Saturday, July 4, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Fourth of July Memories

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

It's Saturday Night and the Fourth of July - let's have some Genealogy Fun! If you're reading this on Sunday morning, or even later, it's not too late for you to participate.

1) Think of the best Fourth of July you remember from your childhood.

2) Think of the best Fourth of July you remember from your adulthood.

3) What will you do on the holiday?

4) Write about one, or all, of them on your blog or in Comments to this post, or on Facebook.  Please leave a comment and/or link on this post. 

Here's mine:

1. The best memory I have from my childhood was going over to my father's cousin's house and playing with sparklers and watching firecrackers go off. San Diego County was, and still is, a firecracker/fireworks free county (but many break the law, of course, especially in Chula Vista). My father's cousin's husband, Chuck (we always called him just "Chuck," but his real name was Marshall Beal Chamberlain) bought firecrackers and sparklers from Tijuana (or from someone who snuck them up from Tijuana). And my brother and I got to wave the sparklers around. Chuck and his buddies would shoot off the firecrackers in their enclosed patio and yard. This may not sound like a big deal to you, but it was "forbidden fruit" in the 1950's for this San Diego boy.

The other memory I have is going to my grandparents house on Point Loma and driving along Rosecrans Street in their 1950 Hudson with fireworks going off overhead, fired from the Yacht Club nearby. I never liked being real close to the booms and these were a little too close. 

2) In the 1980s, we often went to Coronado Beach on the 4th of July, sometimes with the girls softball team or the girls Brownie/Girl Scout troop. It was always a "build sandcastles, jump in the waves, try to bodysurf, 
get sunburned, roast hot dogs, burn S'mores" event, and our daughters and their friends enjoyed it tremendously.  For several years, the softball team and coaches (I was the coach, Linda the manager) rode in an open truck in the Coronado 4th of July Parade down Orange Avenue. 

3) The Chula Vista Presbyterian Church is adjacent to the San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, and every year the Country Club has a fireworks show.  For many years, the church had a congregational picnic on July 4th on the patio outside the Family Life Center, followed by pulling out the lawn chairs and watching the fireworks over the Country Club, which is just several hundred yards to the west.  We have a great view, and it is great fun to see our friends and celebrate the day.  In recent years, we haven't had the picnic, but we still go at about 8 p.m., set up the lawn chairs, and enjoy the fireworks with our friends.  
But not this year!   Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be sitting in the family room at 8:30 p.m. on July 4 watching replays of fireworks from years past, and live fireworks from other cities in the County.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 27 June to 3 July 2020

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from 27 June to 3 July 2020:  

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Wyoming, Death Records, 1909-1969; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/1/2020

Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/1/2020

Wyoming, Marriage Records, 1941-1966; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/1/2020

Wyoming, Divorce Index Cards, 1941-1953; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/1/2020

Wyoming, Territorial Census, 1869, and City of Cheyenne Censuses, 1875 and 1878; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/1/2020

1871 Census of Canada; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/1/2020

Oklahoma, Select County Marriage Records, 1893-1951; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/1/2020

Massachusetts, Boston Archdiocese Roman Catholic Sacramental Records, 1789-1900; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/30/2020 Obituary Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/30/2020

Canada, Selected School Yearbooks, 1901-2010; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/29/2020

Wisconsin, Employment Records, 1903-1988; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/29/2020

New Jersey, Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/29/2020

1939 England and Wales Register; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/29/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,804 collections available as of 3 July, an increase of  5 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.

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Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 27 June to 3 July 2020

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

As of 3 July 2020, there are 2,819 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added ---

South Africa, Orange Free State, Civil Death Registration, 1902-1954 (; 327 indexed records with 327 record images, ADDED 03-Jul-2020
Kansas, Riley County, Sunset Cemetery, Burial Index Cards, 1856-1998 (; 93 indexed records with 93 record images, ADDED 27-Jun-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 96,704 indexed records with 89,869 record images (was 96,055 records with 89,381 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 753,090 indexed records with 196,075 record images (was 741,969 records with 192,983 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941 (; 244,885 indexed records with 767,518 record images (was 242,271 records with 767,518 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2020
Alabama, Jefferson County Circuit Court Papers, 1870-1916 (; 96,458 indexed records with 283,698 record images (was 94,720 records with 283,698 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 75,864 indexed records with 33,102 record images (was 70,872 records with 30,840 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020

New York State Census, 1905 (; 7,655,014 indexed records with 111,177 record images (was 7,655,030 records with 111,177 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2020
Arizona, Maricopa County, Voting Records, 1876-1932 (; 408,162 indexed records with 20,470 record images (was 403,905 records with 20,319 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922 (; 460,834 indexed records with 459,062 record images (was 430,782 records with 429,032 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887 (; 322,763 indexed records with 316,366 record images (was 322,296 records with 315,908 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 545,553 indexed records with 475,123 record images (was 511,657 records with 443,483 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020

Minnesota, Blue Earth County, Glenwood Cemetery, Burial Records, ca. 1869-1990 (; 4,955 indexed records with 4,951 record images (was 4,949 records with 4,945 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2020
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933 (; 314,664 indexed records with 12,444 record images (was 289,326 records with 12,444 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2020
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 410,392 indexed records with 29,008 record images (was 354,533 records with 25,777 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976 (; 84,221 indexed records with 87,132 record images (was 51,627 records with 49,173 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 (; 508,893 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 500,918 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2020
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928 (; 243,757 indexed records with 31,270 record images (was 228,865 records with 29,124 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
Utah, World War II Index to Army Veterans of Utah, 1939-1945 (; 42,634 indexed records with 42,543 record images (was 42,317 records with 42,243 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2020
Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648-1941 (; 655,931 indexed records with 258,646 record images (was 627,980 records with 258,646 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2020
South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955 (; 138,828 indexed records with 100,482 record images (was 126,671 records with 88,330 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Hawaii, Hansen's Disease Records, Kalaupapa Census Index, 1839-1970 (; 5,636 indexed records with 7,098 record images (was 5,636 records with 7,161 images), UPDATED 29-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 01-Jul-2020
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 90,965 indexed records with 90,722 record images (was 70,123 records with 69,930 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Nebraska, Lancaster County, Wyuka Cemetery Burial Permits, 1883-1999 (; 49,655 indexed records with 49,563 record images (was 49,605 records with 49,513 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
Find A Grave Index (; 188,169,391 indexed records with 188,169,391 record images (was 187,222,502 records with 187,222,502 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2020
Oklahoma, Comanche County, Highland Cemetery Records, 1901-1994 (; 26,532 indexed records with 17,646 record images (was 26,516 records with 17,634 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2020

Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920 (; 70,438 indexed records with 2,765 record images (was 59,134 records with 2,449 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 438,469 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 429,404 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 (; 167,282 indexed records with 9,228 record images (was 154,218 records with 9,228 images), UPDATED 26-Jun-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 28,635,661 indexed records with 3,588,963 record images (was 27,575,557 records with 3,341,220 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2020
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 99,608 indexed records with 99,392 record images (was 89,139 records with 88,932 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020

England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 63,765 indexed records with 35,470 record images (was 63,740 records with 35,469 images), UPDATED 26-Jun-2020
North Carolina, Wilmington, Cemetery Records, 1852-2005 (; 28,190 indexed records with 1,215 record images (was 27,893 records with 1,205 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2020
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 (; 1,541,989 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 1,340,892 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2020
Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950 (; 223,865 indexed records with 62,274 record images (was 223,818 records with 62,274 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 (; 1,006,875 indexed records with 3,675,058 record images (was 915,474 records with 3,675,058 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2020

Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 (; 470,796 indexed records with 22,034 record images (was 466,749 records with 22,034 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2020
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 203,268 indexed records with 8,625 record images (was 202,429 records with 8,604 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2020
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 114,059 indexed records with 111,705 record images (was 113,270 records with 111,010 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,319,694 indexed records with 143,513 record images (was 2,874,113 records with 118,705 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2020
Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964 (; 326,047 indexed records with 301,799 record images (was 325,806 records with 301,799 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020

California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 (; 6,072,392 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,027,197 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Death Records and Certificates, 1835-1954 (; 633,581 indexed records with 287,387 record images (was 622,417 records with 284,353 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Iowa, Scott County, Oakdale Cemetery, Interment Records, 1856-1989 (; 21,252 indexed records with 944 record images (was 18,071 records with 754 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Hawaii, Death Records and Death Registers, 1841-1925 (; 123,440 indexed records with 62,166 record images (was 123,257 records with 61,609 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2020
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,576 records), no images (was 875,610,581 records with 0 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020

Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929 (; 594,224 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 562,897 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935 (; 105,231 indexed records with 3,426 record images (was 95,181 records with 3,117 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
American Samoa, Census Records, 1900-1945 (; Index only (53,705 records), no images (was 53,680 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2020
Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950 (; 271,810 indexed records with 49,986 record images (was 225,520 records with 41,149 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 4,994,969 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 4,991,999 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020

Maine, Kennebec County, Togus National Cemetery Records (; 4,452 indexed records with 4,441 record images (was 4,442 records with 4,441 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2020
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 91,458 indexed records with 41,409 record images (was 87,857 records with 40,012 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900 (; 242,695 indexed records with 99,348 record images (was 135,301 records with 49,204 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2020
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 29,296 indexed records with 5,432 record images (was 26,656 records with 4,218 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983 (; 6,164 indexed records with 6,270 record images (was 5,556 records with 5,545 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,057,772 indexed records with 87,883 record images (was 1,056,558 records with 87,762 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
Missouri, Jackson County Voter Registration Records, 1928-1956 (; 459,407 indexed records with 61,961 record images (was 458,167 records with 61,961 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2020
Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877 (; 112,168 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 111,528 records with 27,717 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 896,126 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 597,939 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2020
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,067,735 indexed records with 70,768 record images (was 968,713 records with 64,828 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 179,602 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 174,792 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 226,051 indexed records with 3,955 record images (was 190,388 records with 2,691 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2020
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 7,917 indexed records with 210 record images (was 5,575 records with 172 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
England, Isle of Wight Parish Registers, 1538-1983 (; 170,353 indexed records with 11,704 record images (was 159,655 records with 11,524 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2020
Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands Newspaper Obituaries, 1900-ca.2010 (; 66,671 indexed records with 6,053 record images (was 57,540 records with 5,115 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020

Peru, Ayacucho, Civil Registration, 1903-1999 (; 396,368 indexed records with 391,947 record images (was 371,859 records with 367,558 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968 (; 915,094 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 915,089 records with 707,724 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2020
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 (; 750,092 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 722,243 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
Utah, Brigham City Family History Center, Obituary Collection, 1930-2015 (; 188,909 indexed records with 13,240 record images (was 188,909 records with 13,238 images), UPDATED 26-Jun-2020
Minnesota, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Layman Cemetery Burial Records, 1860-1926 (; 23,702 indexed records with 23,682 record images (was 23,692 records with 23,672 images), UPDATED 26-Jun-2020

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 14,258 indexed records with 1,236 record images (was 13,001 records with 1,017 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 248,236 indexed records with 19,429 record images (was 312,577 records with 13,907 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2020
Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1888-1998 (; 730,824 indexed records with 708,628 record images (was 730,796 records with 708,628 images), UPDATED 02-Jul-2020
Niue, Vital Records, 1818-1994 (; 33,535 indexed records with 24,277 record images (was 31,201 records with 22,783 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,204,644 indexed records with 1,967,791 record images (was 7,204,644 records with 1,890,899 images), last updated 06-May-2020
Arizona, Nogales, Index and Manifests of Alien Arrivals, 1905-1952 (; 502,795 indexed records with 496,137 record images (was 502,795 records with 494,971 images), last updated 21-Apr-2020
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 327,307 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 320,786 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991 (; 178,686 indexed records with 212,744 record images (was 178,686 records with 212,730 images), last updated 29-May-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 43,782 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 25,872 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,749 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,805 images), last updated 20-Aug-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
South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872 (; 245,755 indexed records with 6,705 record images (was 245,755 records with 6,706 images), last updated 05-Nov-2019
California, Pioneer Migration Index, Compiled 1906-1935 (; 6,651 indexed records with 6,144 record images (was 6,651 records with 6,373 images), last updated 02-May-2019
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,679,453 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,680,448 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,043,205 indexed records with 180,142 record images (was 2,043,205 records with 206,456 images), last updated 11-Sep-2019
Tennessee, Church Records, 1816-1995 (; 3,909 indexed records with 95 record images (was 3,909 records with 288 images), last updated 01-Oct-2019
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,601,722 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,978 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with new records ---

Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940 (; Index only (813,202 records), no images (was 808,403 records with 0 images), last updated 06-Feb-2020
New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986 (; 35,991 indexed records with 791,233 record images (was 0 records with 791,233 images), last updated 26-Jun-2020
Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853-1912 (; Index only (661,722 records), no images (was 660,558 records with 0 images), last updated 29-Jan-2020
Virginia Births and Christenings, 1584-1917 (; Index only (1,450,128 records), no images (was 1,448,135 records with 0 images), last updated 18-Mar-2020


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.

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 3 July 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 and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  MyHeritage Online Events for June–July

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 8 July, 5 p.m.:  Turning dry facts into exciting narrative, by Carol Baxter

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  The 1939 Register for Family Historians, by Fiona Brooker

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:    Finding a Father for Molly - Using DNA, by Jill Morelli

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone - Get Organized Using Scrivener Printable Index Cards, by Lisa Alzo

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  The Genealogy Professional:   TGP 59: Jessica Taylor - Business Owner

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #185r - Celebrations

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  American Ancestors:  Jewish Life in Rural New England

6)  Genealogy Bargains:


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 3 July 2020

I received this information from Findmypast today:


Findmypast celebrate Independence Day 2020 with 17 million new US records

  • Millions of new marriage records from Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon
  • New military records covering the Revolutionary War, Civil War and First World War including photos, physical descriptions, service histories and biographical details
  • New and exclusive Yorkshire Parish Baptisms and British newspapers also available to search
In celebration of 4 July 2020, leading family history website Findmypast has added more than 17 million new records from across the United States to their ever-expanding collection of family history records. This includes:

United States Marriages

Over 16 million new additions covering the states of Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon have been added to the collection. United Stats Marriages now contains more than 246 million records spanning 450 years of American history and, when complete, will form the largest single online collection of its kind.

Marriage records are an excellent way of adding new branches and generations to your growing family tree. Transcripts may vary depending on the date and location of the marriage but most will include a combination of you’re the couple’s names, ages, birth years, marriage date, marriage location, residence and parent’s names. Where available, digitised images of the original records will often include even more details.

United States, Pennsylvania, Civil War Veterans' Card File

A brand new collection covering over 432,000 Civil War veterans from the Keystone sate, United States, Pennsylvania, Civil War Veterans' Card File includes both transcripts and original images of highly detailed Index Cards that were originally created for Samuel Penniman Bates History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1865.

The Office of the Adjutant General later expanded the scope of the cards by transcribing onto them the information included in original Civil War Muster Rolls and other related records. As well as recording details of veterans’ military service such regiment, company, dates and places of enrolment, muster and discharge, the information captured also covered important biographical details. This includes names, birth dates, birth places, age at enrolment and physical descriptions including complexion, height, hair and eye colour.

United States, New Jersey, Military Records Index

Explore over 192,000 records to uncover details of you American Revolutionary War, Civil War and First World War ancestors. This comprehensive new collection has been created by merging four separate military collections including;

Revolutionary War Damage Claims, 1776-1782

These records list New Jersey citizens who filed damage claims from the American War of Revolution. The claims describe losses incurred during the war at the hands of British forces, the Continental Army, New Jersey militia, and the militias of neighbouring states.

Civil War Service Records 1861-1865

A comprehensive collection of records with details on the New Jersey men who served during the United States Civil War.

Civil War Payment Vouchers, 1861-1865

Includes payment vouchers for military expenditures and wartime purchases made by the State of New Jersey from 1861 through 1866. Personal and corporate name entries are included in this collection of records. The documents cover discharge certificates for soldiers' final pay, affidavits of family members for pay due to deceased soldiers, and quarterly returns from counties and cities for subsistence allowances paid to the soldiers' families and dependants during their service. The collection also includes payment vouchers for services and goods such as carting services, recruiting services, printing, communications, guns, flags, uniforms, fodder, and munitions.

World War 1 Deaths, Descriptive Cards, Photographs and Correspondence Index

This index covers the New Jersey men who were killed in action or otherwise died while in United States service during World War I, 1917-1918. In late 1919, the U.S. War Department issued, to the adjutant generals of each state, sample cards for the recording of service information for deceased soldiers and sailors. The information cards provide the following data: name; service number; race; residence; place and date of enlistment; place and date of birth; organizations served in and dates of assignment/transfer; date killed or otherwise died (if not killed in action, cause of death); wounds or injuries received; and the name and address of the person notified of the death.

A photo of 23-year-old Nicholas Eugene Kelly from Summit, New Jersey, found in this collection.

His record also includes a card listing his service details and correspondence informing his family that he was killed in action.

United States, Rolls Of The Soldiers In The Revolutionary War

Our new United States record releases are rounded-off with over 14,000 records from the Revolutionary War. These PDF images may reveal your freedom-fighting ancestors' rank, the regiments they served in and information relating to their service. The collection features several historical publications relating to the War of Independence including;

  • Colonel Joseph Badger's regiment muster rolls
  • Rolls of the soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783
  • Hartland in the Revolutionary War
  • Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War
  • Revolutionary documents of New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution, battalions and line, 1775-1783
  • Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution, battalions and line, 1775-1783, Part 2
  • Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution, The Connecticut Settlement
  • Pennsylvania in the War of the Revolution, battalions and line, 1775-1783, Second Series
  • Vermont, Rolls of the Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775 to 1783
  • New Hampshire, Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, embracing some of the Indian and French War rolls
  • New Hampshire, Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1777
  • New Hampshire, Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1629-1725
  • New Hampshire, Soldiers in the Revolutionary War, 1777-1780
Other records available to search this Findmypast Friday:

Yorkshire Baptisms

The world’s largest online collection UK parish records continues to grow with over 59,000 new transcripts and images of original parish registers covering 13 Yorkshire parishes. Visit out Yorkshire Parish list to find out more.


This week, we've added five brand new titles as well as updates to five existing titles. This includes;

  • Lisburn Standard covering 1878, and 1884-1959
  • Lynn Advertiser covering 1842-1890, and 1909-1910
  • Alderley & Wilmslow Advertiser covering 1874-1896, and 1898-1924
  • Cannock Chase Courier covering 1889-1910, and 1912-1913
  • Saint James’s Chronicle covering 1801-1820, and 1822-1850
While our updated titles this week are:
  • Burton Chronicle covering 1860-1865, 1907-1908, and 1910-1911
  • Halifax Guardian covering 1877
  • Huddersfield Daily Chronicle covering 1872
  • Chester Courant covering 1896-1897, and 1900
  • Barnsley Independent covering 1889

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