Saturday, June 20, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Father's Work History

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Sunday, 19 June, is Father's Day.  Let's celebrate by writing a blog post about our father, or another significant male ancestor (e.g., a grandfather).

2)  What was your father's occupation?  What jobs did he have throughout his life?  Do you know his work history?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.

Here's mine:

My father, Frederick Walton Seaver, Jr. graduated from high school in about 1930, and spent parts of two years at Dartmouth College.  He hoped to be a professional baseball player, but injured his knees.  After leaving college, he did odd jobs in Leominster, Massachusetts where his parents lived.

In the 1940 U.S. census, he was enumerated twice.  In Newton, Massachusetts, he lived in the Newton YMCA,  and was a sales manager for a finance company.  He made $1,440 in 1939.  In Leominster, Massachusetts, he resided with his sister and her family, and was an investigator for a bank loan corporation, and made $1,500 the previous year.  

Fred drove to San Diego in December 1940 to escape Massachusetts, and worked for a time with his cousin's husband, Marshall Chamberlain.  By 1942, he was working at Rohr Corporation in Chula Vista as an aircraft worker.  He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in October 1944 and was discharged in February 1946.  He was a mailman 3rd class on the U.S.S. Halford, a destroyer, that was based in the Aleution Islands.

From 1947 to 1971, my father was a life insurance salesman for Prudential Insurance Company (we had a piece of the Rock!).  His office was in Point Loma, and his "debit" (his service area) was in Pacific Beach - a good 14 miles away from home.  He usually went to his office once a week and to his service area two or three times a week.  He went door-to-door selling life insurance policies, and then collected the monthly premium from his customers (it was usually cash payments).  The other days, and into the night, sometimes until 11 p.m. or midnight, he worked at his desk in the den overlooking the front door steps in our apartment at 2119 30th Street.  He had an adding machine with a narrow tape roll (it was great fun to play with when I was a kid!), file cabinets, and many ledger books in which he entered the payments received.  He was always there when I came home from school or work or evening activities.  This work schedule permitted coaching baseball and bowling.

He retired in 1971 (at age 60) after cutting one finger off and badly damaging another with his rotary saw down in the garage workshop.  There were many doctor visits as they managed to save the damaged finger.  But he had to stop bowling.

After retiring, he did work around the house and managed my grandparents apartments (there were six living spaces, including ours).  The small Smith children downstairs adored him and he loved talking to and seeing them.  He continued to make things and fix things in his workshop.  He watched TV more, especially wrestling, boxing, jai alai, baseball, football and basketball.  My parents had Chargers season tickets in the 1970s.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 14 to 20 June 2020

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from 14 to 20 June 2020:  

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Louisiana, Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970; indexed database with record images, ADDED 6/18/2020

New Mexico, Select County Marriage Records, 1905-1999; indexed database with record images, ADDED 6/18/2020

Somerset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1531-1812; indexed database with record images, Updated 6/18/2020

Tennessee, Enumeration of Male Voters, 1891; indexed database with record images, Updated 6/18/2020

Dresden, Germany, Crematorium Registers, 1911-1952; indexed database with record images, ADDED 6/17/2020

Berlin, Germany, Marriages, 1874-1936; indexed database with record images, Updated 6/17/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,797 collections available as of 20 June, an increase of  3 from last week. 


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary all-access subscription from, for which I am thankful. has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 13 to 19 June 2020

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch   ( every week.

As of 19 June 2020, there are 2,814 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 10 from last week):

The added or updated collections this week are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added ---

Mississippi, Admitted Alien Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Pascagoula, Mississippi, July 1903 - May 1935 (; 541 indexed records with 541 record images, ADDED 15-Jun-2020
Oklahoma, Comanche County, Highland Cemetery Records, 1901-1994 (; 25,009 indexed records with 25,009 record images, ADDED 19-Jun-2020
Massachusetts, New Bedford Passenger and Crew Lists, 1902-1943 (; 46,644 indexed records with 46,644 record images, ADDED 15-Jun-2020
Texas, Passenger and Crew Lists Arriving at Various Ports, 1896-1951 (; 179,765 indexed records with 179,765 record images, ADDED 12-Jun-2020
Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Glenwood Cemetery, Burial Records, ca. 1869-1990 (; 4,808 indexed records with 4,808 record images, ADDED 18-Jun-2020

International Genealogical Index (IGI) (; 892,761,439 indexed records with 892,761,439 record images, ADDED 18-Jun-2020
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976 (; 14,319 indexed records with 14,319 record images, ADDED 19-Jun-2020
South Carolina, Secretary of State, Slave Mortgage Records, 1734-1780 (; 134,491 indexed records with 134,491 record images, ADDED 18-Jun-2020
Texas, Confederate Army and Commanding Officer Card Index, ca.1861-ca.1865 (; 80,070 indexed records with 80,070 record images, ADDED 18-Jun-2020
United States, Indenture and Manumission Records, 1780-1939 (; 29,731 indexed records with 29,731 record images, ADDED 19-Jun-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 93,709 indexed records with 87,564 record images (was 87,642 records with 83,125 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 691,552 indexed records with 175,976 record images (was 640,796 records with 162,652 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 65,995 indexed records with 28,721 record images (was 61,092 records with 26,499 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935 (; 82,266 indexed records with 2,678 record images (was 73,577 records with 2,399 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922 (; 399,864 indexed records with 398,138 record images (was 364,967 records with 363,263 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020

England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887 (; 321,270 indexed records with 314,894 record images (was 321,043 records with 314,718 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Georgia, Chatham, Savannah, Laurel Grove Cemetery Record Keeper's Book (colored), 1852-1942 (; 59,144 indexed records with 1,116 record images (was 58,965 records with 1,114 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950 (; 223,632 indexed records with 62,274 record images (was 222,444 records with 62,274 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 287,647 indexed records with 19,276 record images (was 182,324 records with 14,157 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 22,393,539 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 21,233,661 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2020

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 (; 6,638,474 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,618,031 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
American Samoa, Vital Records, 1850-1930 (; 24,861 indexed records with 72,071 record images (was 24,860 records with 72,070 images), UPDATED 13-Jun-2020
Iowa, Buchanan County Obituaries and Cemetery Records, ca.1796-1988 (; 218,370 indexed records with 42,904 record images (was 218,275 records with 42,886 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928 (; 209,261 indexed records with 26,250 record images (was 194,414 records with 23,845 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955 (; 115,025 indexed records with 76,694 record images (was 104,904 records with 66,575 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020

Texas, Passenger and Crew List of Airplanes, 1931-1964 (; 374,851 indexed records with 35,939 record images (was 190,879 records with 35,939 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2020
Minnesota, Olmsted County, Oakwood Cemetery Records, 1863-1998 (; 31,120 indexed records with 16,510 record images (was 28,346 records with 15,326 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 (; 393,835 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 388,395 records with 37,199 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2020
Nebraska, Lancaster County, Wyuka Cemetery Burial Permits, 1883-1999 (; 49,486 indexed records with 49,394 record images (was 49,250 records with 49,176 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
Find A Grave Index (; 187,222,502 indexed records with 187,222,502 record images (was 185,000,820 records with 185,000,820 images), UPDATED 17-Jun-2020

Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920 (; 44,929 indexed records with 2,106 record images (was 34,967 records with 1,676 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Georgia, Columbus, Linwood and Porterdale Colored Cemeteries, Interment Records, 1866-2000 (; 46,965 indexed records with 2,134 record images (was 46,946 records with 2,133 images), UPDATED 13-Jun-2020
District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961 (; 462,080 indexed records with 359,962 record images (was 461,923 records with 359,962 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
Mississippi, Death Certificate Index, 1912-1943 (; 689,450 indexed records with 6,623 record images (was 689,030 records with 6,621 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 27,504,895 indexed records with 3,332,160 record images (was 26,889,376 records with 3,152,203 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020

South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 77,540 indexed records with 77,337 record images (was 68,193 records with 68,505 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 63,731 indexed records with 35,463 record images (was 63,572 records with 35,437 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 4,267,959 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 4,082,746 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1899-2011 (; 87,405 indexed records with 32,338 record images (was 87,154 records with 32,338 images), UPDATED 14-Jun-2020
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 420,484 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 416,706 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020

Georgia Births and Christenings, 1754-1960 (; Index only (21,863 records), no images (was 21,882 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Jun-2020
Pennsylvania Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 (; 166,281 indexed records with 8,571 record images (was 166,215 records with 8,569 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
California County Naturalizations, 1831-1985 (; 505,480 indexed records with 99,436 record images (was 443,836 records with 99,436 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633-1978 (; 1,447,080 indexed records with 425,330 record images (was 1,398,916 records with 425,330 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
Denmark Church Records, 1484-1941 (; 18,657,995 indexed records with 2,399,826 record images (was 18,657,995 records with 2,399,826 images), UPDATED 17-Jun-2020

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 201,976 indexed records with 8,594 record images (was 200,713 records with 8,568 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2020
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 112,274 indexed records with 110,072 record images (was 111,343 records with 109,156 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901-1929 (; 150,813 indexed records with 159,626 record images (was 149,410 records with 159,626 images), UPDATED 17-Jun-2020
New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946 (; 2,467,631 indexed records with 2,187,206 record images (was 2,075,408 records with 2,187,206 images), UPDATED 12-Jun-2020
Utah, Brigham City Family History Center, Obituary Collection, 1930-2015 (; 172,280 indexed records with 12,035 record images (was 157,334 records with 10,983 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020

California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 (; 5,965,054 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 5,922,420 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Death Records and Certificates, 1835-1954 (; 605,216 indexed records with 279,565 record images (was 563,934 records with 256,112 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 2,501 indexed records with 114 record images (was 1,053 records with 66 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,580 records), no images (was 875,610,599 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877 (; 109,683 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 68,077 records with 27,717 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020

Idaho, Nez Perce County, Brower Wann Funeral Home Records, 1925-1986 (; 12,025 indexed records with 11,964 record images (was 11,133 records with 11,078 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2020
Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950 (; 163,716 indexed records with 24,777 record images (was 110,770 records with 11,927 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 4,988,755 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 4,986,748 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952 (; 1,026,312 indexed records with 159,173 record images (was 897,082 records with 159,173 images), UPDATED 17-Jun-2020
Paraguay Marriages, 1800-1900 (; Index only (14,388 records), no images (was 13,746 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Jun-2020

Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 83,700 indexed records with 38,048 record images (was 79,616 records with 35,103 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Holy Cross Cemetery, Interment Records, 1909-1979 (; 146,295 indexed records with 3,574 record images (was 146,295 records with 3,574 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 480,285 indexed records with 412,179 record images (was 451,244 records with 383,180 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 25,064 indexed records with 2,649 record images (was 24,230 records with 1,824 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983 (; 4,258 indexed records with 4,250 record images (was 1,742 records with 1,741 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020

Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 52,132 indexed records with 51,986 record images (was 40,096 records with 39,993 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891 (; 13,475,960 indexed records with 428,944 record images (was 13,462,298 records with 428,944 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2020
California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907-1948 (; 633,877 indexed records with 120,267 record images (was 633,521 records with 120,267 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
Ohio, Toledo, Historic Woodlawn Cemetery Index of Burials, 1877-1955 (; 69,884 indexed records with 24,087 record images (was 69,518 records with 23,986 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951 (; 278,840 indexed records with 264,534 record images (was 278,814 records with 264,534 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 156,427 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 143,619 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Dominican Republic Miscellaneous Records, 1921-1980 (; 289,722 indexed records with 760,173 record images (was 259,632 records with 760,173 images), UPDATED 17-Jun-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,345 indexed records with 46,885,453 record images (was 30,047,345 records with 46,885,453 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands Newspaper Obituaries, 1900-ca.2010 (; 49,072 indexed records with 4,379 record images (was 38,038 records with 3,391 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Peru, Ayacucho, Civil Registration, 1903-1999 (; 347,709 indexed records with 343,538 record images (was 321,510 records with 317,445 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020

New York, Lackawanna, Holy Cross Cemetery Records, 1855-1965 (; 202,250 indexed records with 20,792 record images (was 201,790 records with 20,741 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
Iowa, Lyon County, Cemetery Records, ca.1800- ca.2000 (; 12,356 indexed records with 12,345 record images (was 11,667 records with 11,658 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
North Carolina, Wilmington, Cemetery Records, 1852-2005 (; 26,819 indexed records with 1,142 record images (was 26,797 records with 1,135 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 13,073 record images (was 1,941 records with 13,070 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2020
Minnesota, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Layman Cemetery Burial Records, 1860-1926 (; 23,576 indexed records with 23,556 record images (was 23,545 records with 23,525 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 9,839 indexed records with 738 record images (was 6,263 records with 506 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020
Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1888-1998 (; 730,535 indexed records with 708,628 record images (was 728,679 records with 708,628 images), UPDATED 18-Jun-2020
Niue, Vital Records, 1818-1994 (; 29,765 indexed records with 21,417 record images (was 26,823 records with 19,228 images), UPDATED 19-Jun-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 2,874,113 indexed records with 118,705 record images (was 2,874,113 records with 109,603 images), last updated 22-May-2020
England, Rutland Parish Registers, 1538-1991 (; 326,083 indexed records with 29,237 record images (was 326,083 records with 29,067 images), last updated 26-Jan-2018
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,805 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,796 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
Oregon, Multnomah County, Voting Registration Records, 1908-1958 (; 988,549 indexed records with 982,465 record images (was 988,549 records with 980,956 images), last updated 05-Jul-2019
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,575 record images (was 883,350 records with 27 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019

United States, New York, Index to Passengers Arriving at New York City, compiled 1944-1948 (; 1,129,668 indexed records with 1,112,549 record images (was 1,129,668 records with 1,109,785 images), last updated 18-Mar-2020
United States, Native American Birth and Death Records, 1885-1940 (; 78,133 indexed records with 5,912 record images (was 78,133 records with 4,960 images), last updated 22-Aug-2019
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,680,470 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,680,444 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,043,205 indexed records with 206,456 record images (was 2,043,205 records with 206,436 images), last updated 11-Sep-2019
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,537 indexed records with 316,609 record images (was 441,537 records with 309,689 images), last updated 26-Dec-2019

Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,840 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,651 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Ohio, Clermont County Tax Records, 1816-1900 (; 404,808 indexed records with 17,751 record images (was 404,808 records with 18,365 images), last updated 09-Dec-2019
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 190,388 indexed records with 2,691 record images (was 190,388 records with 3,471 images), last updated 21-May-2020
Utah, Cemetery Abstracts (; 125,183 indexed records with 4,695 record images (was 125,183 records with 4,698 images), last updated 29-Aug-2019
Pennsylvania, Wayne County, Court of Common Pleas, Naturalization Records, 1799-1906 (; 15,766 indexed records with 5,946 record images (was 15,766 records with 6,225 images), last updated 18-Dec-2019
Florida Deaths, 1877-1939 (; 471,799 indexed records with 471,266 record images (was 471,799 records with 471,267 images), last updated 08-Aug-2019

United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969 (; 468,634 indexed records with 69,348 record images (was 468,634 records with 69,349 images), last updated 17-Sep-2019
United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Enrollment Records, 1908-1910 (; 136,267 indexed records with 3,841 record images (was 136,267 records with 4,011 images), last updated 09-Apr-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 43,908 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 53,004 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 312,025 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 320,598 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981 (; 486,930 indexed records with 22,091 record images (was 486,930 records with 22,680 images), last updated 25-Apr-2019

--- Collections with new records ---

North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979 (; 271,177 indexed records with 6,230,000 record images (was 271,002 records with 6,230,000 images), last updated 21-Nov-2016
North Carolina, Voter Registration Records, 1868-1898 (; 15,067 indexed records with 1,544 record images (was 10,986 records with 1,544 images), last updated 01-May-2020
New York State Census, 1892 (; 3,766,513 indexed records with 29,137 record images (was 3,766,108 records with 29,137 images), last updated 11-Jun-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

New York State Census, 1905 (; 7,655,030 indexed records with 111,177 record images (was 7,655,435 records with 111,177 images), last updated 11-Jun-2020
Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005 (; Index only (5,069,616 records), no images (was 5,069,617 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Sep-2019
Denmark Baptisms, 1618-1923 (; Index only (5,252,456 records), no images (was 5,252,462 records with 0 images), last updated 18-Mar-2020
Kentucky, Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999 (; Index only (9,865,937 records), no images (was 9,865,938 records with 0 images), last updated 15-Jul-2015
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (; Index only (17,102,149 records), no images (was 17,102,150 records with 0 images), last updated 17-Feb-2012


My friend, Marshall, has come up with a program to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping us out here!

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.

Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Talking About Genealogy ...

This appeared on Facebook today - by Christopher Miller in the DNA Detectives Social group.

I couldn't resist posting this - hat tip to DearMYRTLE on her Mini-Myrt Zoom meeting this morning.

CeCe Moore has made the big time - she's on a meme!

Um, I don't wear a tie any more when talking about genealogy, but I get the look.  They probably should have put Jack Nicholson in the lower part of the photo!

Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 19 June 2020

Welcome to Genealogy News Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop over the past three days.

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  FREE! Family History Library Online Classes June 2020

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 23 June, 11 a.m.:  Working with SuperSearch™ to Find the Correct Historical Record, by Daniel Horowitz

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 24 June, 11 a.m.:  Utilizing the HathiTrust Digital Library for Family History Research, by Colleen Robledo Greene

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives, by David Ouimette

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1840, by D. Joshua Taylor

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone: What Are Pile-up Regions?, by Diahan Southard

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Black British Family History Research and Identity, by Penny Walters

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Why did the Welsh Leave Wales?, by Penny Walters

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Finding Your 19th Century Ancestors in England, by Paul Milner

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Finding Your 18th Century Ancestors in England, by Paul Milner

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips :  #181r - Surprising Family History

*  The Photo Detective:  Episode 87 - Our Ancestors at Work

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Family History Ron:  Q&A with FamilyHistoryRon

*  FamilySearch:  Juneteenth Live with Thom Reed

*  Genealogy Quick Start:  Genealogy Quick Start LIVE: Social History

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Ways to Use Google Earth for Genealogy and Family History

*  Your DNA Guide:  Understanding Mitochondrial DNA

*  Your DNA Guide:  YDNA Testing

6)  Genealogy Bargains:


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 19 June 2020

I received this information from Findmypast today:


Unique new records from The National Archives Available to Search This Findmypast Friday

New family discoveries await in record collections you won't find anywhere else online

Britain, Royal and Imperial Calendars 1767-1973

Findmypast have added over 1.2 million records to this unique collection of records from The National Archives. The Royal and Imperial Calendars can reveal fascinating details for your family tree including:

  • Your ancestors' names
  • Their jobs
  • Where they lived
  • Their regiment and rank if they served in the military
  • How much they were paid
These records provide a valuable resource for tracing the whereabouts and careers of persons employed in various posts in Britain's public sphere from the 1800s to 1973. As quoted in the 1809 Calendar, it contains; "accurate lists of all the official departments of state, and branches of public service; the law; the church; national or commercial companies and institutions; and many additional articles of public utility."

The later calendars from the 20th century evolved to include the Civil Service List and additional departments such as Home Office and Treasury.

British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records

Over 2,000 new records have been added to this unique collection. Along with details on where your ancestor was wounded and how long they were held at a medical facility for treatment, the records can reveal:

  • Your ancestors' names and birth years
  • Their rank and corps
  • The number of years they spent in service
  • Their admission and transfer dates
  • The name of the hospital where they were treated
  • A description of their disease or wound
This collection comprises The National Archives’ series, MH106, War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen. Only a sample of the original medical records was retained. These records are a representative selection of the full collection of medical records created during the war.

The records were collected by the Medical Research Committee and then given over to the British Museum during the First World War for statistical research. In 1931, Thomas John Mitchell and G M Smith published History of the Great War, based on official documents. Medical services: Casualties and medical statistics of the Great War from the data gathered from these medical records.

England BillionGraves Cemetery Index

More than 106,000 records have been added to Findmypast’s cemetery index for England.

Cemetery records are great for discovering where and when your ancestor died. They can also give you information on their birth and marriage dates.

With an abundance of cemeteries, it can be overwhelming trying to pinpoint exactly where your ancestor was laid to rest, and visiting each potential location is costly. In partnering with BillionGraves, Findmypast aim to make available all the cemetery records held on their site, saving you time and money as you search for your ancestor. BillionGraves is the largest resource for GPS-tagged headstones and burials on the web, with over 12 million records.

Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2011

Discover your Central American roots with over 287,000 new civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths from Nicaragua. Brought to you in partnership with FamilySearch, these civil registration records can tell you more about your relative's life in Nicaragua.

As you trace your Nicaraguan past, be sure to also delve into these other useful resources for Central America:

This week, Findmypast have updated five titles in their newspaper collection as follow:

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