Saturday, September 19, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Moving On Out

  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!):

1.  Where did you go the first time you moved out of your parents home?  Did you have roommates? Did you live by yourself?  Did you get married right away?  Tell the story - your children and grandchildren will want to know!

2.  Share your story in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or on Facebook.  Please leave a comment with a link to your post here.

Here's mine:

I lived in my childhood home all through college - taking the bus to San Diego State University.  I rode the bus everywhere because I didn't get a driver's license until October 1966, at age 23.

In late 1966, I had a decent engineering job at Sunrise Aircraft, bought a car (my father helped), and decided I would get an apartment on my own close to where I hung out at Aztec Bowl at 30th and El Cajon Blvd.  It was a one-bedroom, furnished, second floor, and relatively cheap on Idaho Street near Madison Avenue.  I still went to the folks home for dinner several times a week, ate at the nearby restaurants and the bowling alley occasionally, went out to lunch with my colleagues, and could cook bacon and eggs.  I started drinking with the bowling buddies and was working on DX radio hobby almost every night.  

In March 1967, the company told us that they couldn't pay the employees, but if we kept working they would compensate us when the financial crisis was over.  I worked without pay until September, when they shut the doors.  So I moved out of my apartment, back to my parents' home, but had the sun room to myself because my brother was in the Air Force.  

After a month on unemployment, I had some interviews with aerospace companies, and landed a job.  But I didn't take that job because another one appeared over the weekend, and I stayed in San Diego.  

The next apartment wasn't much better, but that's a story for another time, and it leads to meeting Linda.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 12 to 18 September 2020

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from 12 to 18 September 2020: 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

New York City, New York, Saint Peter's Lutheran Church Records, 1862-1955; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/17/2020

New York City, New York, Church of the Transfiguration Records, 1847-1938; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/17/2020

Yates County, New York, Swann Vital Records Collection, 1723-2009; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/17/2020

Lancashire, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1935; indexed records with record images,   ADDED 9/14/2020 Marriage Index, 1800s-1999; indexed records with links to record images, ADDED 9/14/2020

Sweden, Select Baptisms, 1611-1909; indexed records without record images, Updated 9/14/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 5 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,830 collections available as of 18 September, 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 12 to 18 September 2020

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

As of 18 September 2020, there are 2,865 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

New and updated collections this week are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added ---

*  Arizona, Navajo County, Voting Records, 1895-1954       (; 49,366 indexed records with 49,366 record images, ADDED 10-Sep-2020
*  Peru, Pasco, Civil Registration, 1931-1996      (; 343 indexed records with 343 record images, ADDED 15-Sep-2020
*  Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 123 indexed records with 123 record images, ADDED 15-Sep-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976    (; 102,059 indexed records with 93,745 record images (was 101,833 records with 93,585 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979        (; 1,201,901 indexed records with 399,077 record images (was 1,171,165 records with 388,660 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 143,675 indexed records with 60,414 record images (was 138,126 records with 58,567 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001   (; 53,976 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 50,965 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935      (; 246,753 indexed records with 8,145 record images (was 237,480 records with 7,776 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020

South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 767,521 indexed records with 689,649 record images (was 753,906 records with 676,046 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981     (; 2,092,570 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 2,092,543 records with 978,396 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949     (; 314,449 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 306,340 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 35,411,516 indexed records with 4,830,472 record images (was 35,411,516 records with 4,830,472 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2020
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 1,179,923 indexed records with 79,826 record images (was 1,116,231 records with 76,441 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020

United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 25,213,096 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 22,393,539 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2020
Arizona, Mohave County, Voting Records, 1876-1920       (; 23,680 indexed records with 2,195 record images (was 23,515 records with 2,186 images), UPDATED 11-Sep-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 30,047,342 indexed records with 46,885,453 record images (was 30,047,342 records with 46,885,453 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2020
Arizona, Birth Certificates and Indexes, 1855-1930      (; 360,257 indexed records with 359,704 record images (was 360,208 records with 359,655 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920     (; 245,978 indexed records with 9,992 record images (was 234,589 records with 9,447 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020

South Africa, Orange Free State, Civil Death Registration, 1902-1954    (; 62,843 indexed records with 66,052 record images (was 55,533 records with 55,515 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 469 indexed records with 590 record images (was 359 records with 384 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966       (; 241,953 indexed records with 241,674 record images (was 226,771 records with 226,500 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, 1853-1912  (; 43,304 indexed records with 9,461 record images (was 38,587 records with 4,070 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965   (; 99,827 indexed records with 1,788 record images (was 94,759 records with 1,664 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020

California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 70,774 indexed records with 19,599 record images (was 68,429 records with 17,330 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (; 267,008 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 266,926 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2020
South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955   (; 338,170 indexed records with 299,107 record images (was 338,160 records with 299,097 images), UPDATED 11-Sep-2020
Texas, Hardin County Clerk, Death Records, 1908-1948    (; 2,760 indexed records with 1,467 record images (was 2,600 records with 1,358 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2020
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 142,182 indexed records with 139,567 record images (was 140,551 records with 137,952 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020

Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000      (; 17,998 indexed records with 10,135 record images (was 11,244 records with 7,962 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 6,358,408 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,316,559 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Idaho, Southeast Counties Obituaries, 1864-2007 (; 3,495,292 indexed records with 9,165 record images (was 2,762,653 records with 9,165 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2020
Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950        (; 803,369 indexed records with 122,153 record images (was 801,637 records with 122,073 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001      (; 5,050,664 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,047,038 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020

Brazil, Civil Registration, 1860-2006   (; 44,711 indexed records with 19,756 record images (was 42,253 records with 18,060 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 144,416 indexed records with 65,444 record images (was 141,994 records with 64,171 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Papua New Guinea, Birth Records, 1888-2004      (; 3,340 indexed records with 2,895 record images (was 3,014 records with 2,509 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 5,192,057 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 5,017,973 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2020
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983       (; 26,266 indexed records with 26,591 record images (was 25,172 records with 25,139 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020

Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996      (; 568,876 indexed records with 563,340 record images (was 520,978 records with 515,994 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,105,723 indexed records with 89,483 record images (was 1,102,834 records with 89,316 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2016       (; 8,577,483 indexed records with 5,387,756 record images (was 8,577,471 records with 5,387,756 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2020
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 278,809 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 275,845 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Oklahoma, Noble County, Parker Funeral Home, Funeral Records, 1908-1982 (; 1,995 indexed records with 1,608 record images (was 1,205 records with 628 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020

Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands Newspaper Obituaries, 1900-ca.2010     (; 281,045 indexed records with 25,299 record images (was 261,159 records with 23,458 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 48,833 indexed records with 5,751 record images (was 47,167 records with 5,537 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015        (; 61,527 indexed records with 5,459 record images (was 59,713 records with 5,211 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
New Jersey, Newark, Mount Olivet Cemetery Records, 1871-1984    (; 108,036 indexed records with 41,602 record images (was 86,565 records with 35,409 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2020
United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012        (; 6,608,271 indexed records with 539,878 record images (was 6,595,649 records with 539,878 images), UPDATED 11-Sep-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

Utah, World War II Index to Army Veterans of Utah, 1939-1945    (; 42,634 indexed records with 42,543 record images (was 42,634 records with 42,243 images), last updated 30-Jun-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934    (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 53,004 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 42,903 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922       (; 864,697 indexed records with 862,605 record images (was 864,490 records with 862,398 images), last updated 10-Sep-2020
Louisiana Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970     (; 76,332 indexed records with 5 record images (was 76,332 records with 4 images), last updated 14-Feb-2020
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1936   (; 56,300 indexed records with 4,189 record images (was 56,300 records with 2,445 images), last updated 06-Apr-2020

Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923  (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,592 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,591 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019
France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896      (; 7,882,907 indexed records with 3,099,653 record images (was 7,882,907 records with 3,098,316 images), last updated 28-Mar-2018
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,680,478 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,676,662 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905        (; 141,473 indexed records with 5,452 record images (was 141,473 records with 5,447 images), last updated 30-Apr-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,613 record images (was 441,574 records with 315,944 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 308,253 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 280,039 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996    (; 264,217 indexed records with 19,979 record images (was 264,217 records with 19,929 images), last updated 13-Aug-2020
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 96,648 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 96,614 images), last updated 21-Aug-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,319,694 indexed records with 143,475 record images (was 3,319,694 records with 144,986 images), last updated 08-Jul-2020
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956  (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,740 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,749 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
Arizona, Nogales, Index and Manifests of Alien Arrivals, 1905-1952      (; 502,795 indexed records with 495,070 record images (was 502,795 records with 495,412 images), last updated 21-Apr-2020
Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991     (; 178,686 indexed records with 212,540 record images (was 178,686 records with 212,744 images), last updated 29-May-2020
United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969    (; 469,181 indexed records with 69,348 record images (was 469,181 records with 69,358 images), last updated 30-Aug-2020

France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932   (; 190,561 indexed records with 189,893 record images (was 190,561 records with 189,973 images), last updated 01-Sep-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1850-1896     (; 505,565 indexed records with 188,034 record images (was 632,358 records with 188,034 images), last updated 02-Aug-2019
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015    (; 1,649,779 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 1,772,468 records with 373,775 images), last updated 19-Aug-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, September 18, 2020

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 18 September 2020

 Welcome to Genealogy News and Education 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 since the last issue.

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes

*  Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference 2020 (26-27 September 2020)

4)  Genealogy Education - Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 22 September, 11 a.m.:  Finding new cousins and building your family tree with DNA, by Anne Young

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 23 September, 11 a.m.: Introduction to VPNs, by Thomas MacEntee

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Reconstructing the Murphy Family Using DNA & Documentary Evidence, by Melissa Johnson

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Finding Genealogical Data in the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files, by Trish Hackett Nicola

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Your DNA questions answered live with Diahan, by Diahan Southard

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  How to Recalculate centiMorgan Totals at FamilyTreeDNA (Advanced), by Paul Woodbury

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips: #207r - Search Angels

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  FamilySearch:  Digital Library Live Discussion

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Elevenses with Lisa Viewer Voices - Episode 25


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 18 September 2020

I received this information from Findmypast today:                          


Findmypast Friday: Brand new travel records and feature enhancements

Along with brand new records and newspapers, a nifty update to Findmypast’s search experience is now live.

Genealogical Guide to Early Settlers of America

With indexes unique to Findmypast, explore three volumes of highly detailed information on the families and communities of Colonial America.

Containing over 34,000 names and consisting of both searchable transcripts and PDF images of Henry B Whitmore’s original 1898 work, this collection provides detailed biographies and family histories of early American settlers.

Users can search for their early American ancestors by name, year, town or state as well as optional keywords to refine results even further.

Passenger Ship Posters

Step back in time and see the eye-catching 20th Century adverts that enticed thousands to take to the seas.

These visually rich relics from the golden age of the Ocean Liner can provide additional context surrounding the experiences of sea-faring ancestors.


Findmypast have also added over 200,000 newspaper pages to their collection of British and Irish newspapers with five brand new publications and updates to 16 existing titles. New to the collection are:
  • Football News (Nottingham) from 1891-1895 and 1898-1914
  • Workman’s Advocate (Merthyr Tydfil) from 1873-1875
  • Birmingham & Aston Chronicle from 1875-1888
  • Wolverhampton Express and Star from 1876-1877, 1880 and 1885, 1889
  • Herts and Essex Observer from 1874-1875, 1877-1878 and 1880-1889
While substantial updates have been added to:
  • Gentlewoman covering 1896 and 1916-1926
  • Liverpool Courier and Commercial Advertiser covering 1889
  • Ballinrobe Chronicle and Mayo Advertiser covering 1881
  • Cavan Weekly News and General Advertiser covering 1897 and 1903
  • Manchester & Salford Advertiser covering 1843-1845 and 1848
  • The Halesworth Times and East Suffolk Advertiser covering 1881, 1883-1886 and 1889-1899
  • Bromyard News covering 1913-1924
  • Marylebone Mercury covering 1872-1876, 1878, 1884, 1886, 1897-1925 and 1948-1978
  • Strabane Weekly News covering 1908-1910
  • Meath Herald and Cavan Advertiser covering 1917-1921 and 1924-1932
  • Fife News covering 1885
  • Halifax Evening Courier covering 1892
  • Otley News and West Riding Advertiser covering 1889
  • Blyth News covering 1911
  • Dartmouth & South Hams chronicle covering 1910-1912
  • Dundee Weekly News covering 1884
Brand new site features

Searching for specific collections on Findmypast is now easier than ever. With Findmypast’s new and improved list of all record sets, users can search by topic, filter by location and date range to find the resources most relevant to their research within Findmypast’s vast archive of more than 14 billion records.

Users can access this handy feature by selecting 'All record sets' on the Search menu when logged into the site.


Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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