Saturday, October 31, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Hallowe'en Memories and Family History

 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)  What are your Hallowe'en memories from childhood or adulthood.  How did you celebrate the day?  Do you have any photographs?

2)  What about haunted houses?  Are there any in your family history?  Black cats?  Creepy neighbors?  Or witches - are there any in your family history? 

3)  If you were to make a genealogy-themed costume, what would it be?

4)  Tell us all about it in a blog post of your own, in comments on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.  Be sure to link to them in a comment on this blog post.

Here's mine:

I'm too old (or too senile) to remember favorite Hallowe'en costumes, parties, carnivals or pranks from my childhood. I do have one Hallowe'en costume photo - but I'm not in costume (except as a teenager):
That's my brother Scott in the lion costume in about 1960.  Note my flattop haircut - that's me on the left. See - I had hair a long time ago.

I don't recall spooky places in my neighborhood, although the house that Austin and Della   Carringer built at 2115/2119 30th Street in about 1895 in San Diego, that I grew up in, might qualify.  There were little nooks and crannies, and a crawl space beneath the house that I never visited.  We always had cats, but they were usually gray, not black, and were often flattened on 30th or Fern Streets. No bats. No scarecrows in the city. My grandmother served Squirt! as a drink, not a magic potion.

I have hoped for a long time for visions or dream(s) with ghosts or messages (even obscure hints would be nice!) from my brick wall ancestors 
giving me leads to their parentage.  Hey there, Thomas J. Newton,  Hannah (Smith) Sawtell, John Richman, William Knapp, Mary Hoax, Corenlius Feather's wife, Devier Lamphier Smith's parents, etc., I'm talking to you!!  Alas, either my tweeter and snoozer aren't working or these elusive ancestors are happy staying hidden from me.

Ah, a witch! There is one person in my ancestry who was hanged as a convicted Salem witch -- my 9th great-grandmother Rebecca (Towne) Nurse was accused in 1692 and hanged after a trial in Salem. I visited the Francis and Rebecca Nurse house in Danvers MA back in 2004 and it was an interesting place to visit and see - especially the house itself with period furnishings and a docent who told stories about the house and the family.  But then, she wasn't really a witch - just accused of being one. She was found not guilty by the jury, but the magistrate sent them back to reconsider.

A costume?  Maybe a detective with a magnifying glass?  I know - Genea-Man!!  

Janice Brown of Cow Hampshire created this from a really old blog post of mine back in 2006:

I forgot all about this and it is no longer available on Janice's website.  BUT - I found it in one of my presentations from 2006!  It may be too much work to put together in the six hours I have left today before dusk.


Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 24 to 30 October 2020

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  24 to 30 October 2020: 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 10/29/2020

Australia, Royal Australian Air Force Personnel Files, 1921-1948; indexed database with record images, ADDED 10/29/2020

Brazil, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 10/29/2020

Adams County, Mississippi, U.S., Slave Certificates, 1858-1861; indexed database with record images, Updated 10/29/2020

U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 10/29/2020

UK, Allied Prisoners of War, 1939-1945; indexed database with record images, Updated 10/29/2020

Canada, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 10/29/2020

UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 10/29/2020

Australia and New Zealand, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 10/29/2020

Sweden, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 10/29/2020

Norway, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 10/29/2020

Mexico, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 10/29/2020

Germany, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 10/29/2020

Italy, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 10/29/2020

Web: UK, Post Office World War I and World War II Memorial Books, 1914-1945; indexed database without record images, ADDED 10/29/2020

Queensland, Australia, Index to Government Railway Workers, 1878-1946; indexed database with record images, ADDED 10/28/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 3 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,862 collections available as of 30 October, 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 24 to 30 October 2020

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

As of 30 October 2020, there are 2,893 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from Marshall are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Italy, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Verbania, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1814, 1838-1899 (; Index only, no images, ADDED 28-Oct-2020
*  Arizona, Gila County, Voting Registers, 1881-1920 (; 26,653 indexed records with 26,653 record images, ADDED 23-Oct-2020
*  Arizona, Apache County, Voting Records, 1882-1920 (; 21,690 indexed records with 21,690 record images, ADDED 24-Oct-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 158,638 indexed records with 149,744 record images (was 157,829 records with 148,944 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 1,464,810 indexed records with 477,318 record images (was 1,435,880 records with 472,616 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Mexico, Jalisco, Civil Registration, 1857-2000 (; 7,717,010 indexed records with 3,955,679 record images (was 7,590,168 records with 3,955,679 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 178,853 indexed records with 75,233 record images (was 173,220 records with 72,889 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Mexico, Querétaro, Civil Registration, 1864-2005 (; 1,300,150 indexed records with 624,300 record images (was 1,230,596 records with 624,300 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020

Mexico, Morelos, Civil Registration, 1861-1920 (; 92,407 indexed records with 41,250 record images (was 86,735 records with 41,250 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, Veracruz, Civil Registration, 1821-1949 (; 2,885,015 indexed records with 1,624,732 record images (was 2,823,105 records with 1,624,732 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration, 1859-1961 (; 1,092,621 indexed records with 437,722 record images (was 1,079,589 records with 437,722 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
New York State Census, 1915 (; 9,742,867 indexed records with 9,742,867 record images (was 9,742,867 records with 9,742,867 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 413,029 indexed records with 412,714 record images (was 380,768 records with 380,458 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 24,451 indexed records with 18,982 record images (was 19,611 records with 15,029 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979 (; 121 indexed records with 25 record images (was 118 records with 23 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920 (; 464,544 indexed records with 16,952 record images (was 423,422 records with 15,001 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980 (; 1,856,794 indexed records with 139,127 record images (was 1,856,794 records with 140,183 images), UPDATED 23-Oct-2020
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 171,541 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 171,541 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, 1853-1912 (; 214,460 indexed records with 22,090 record images (was 185,662 records with 16,397 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 209,843 indexed records with 4,367 record images (was 179,706 records with 3,905 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900 (; 527,371 indexed records with 226,393 record images (was 484,171 records with 220,447 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2020
Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860-2004 (; 57,161 indexed records with 110,234 record images (was 57,161 records with 110,234 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950 (; 1,431,685 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,396,067 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2020

Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration, 1860-1997 (; 436,868 indexed records with 225,991 record images (was 436,868 records with 225,991 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 4,730,995 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 4,730,995 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Mexico, Chihuahua, Civil Registration, 1861-1997 (; 2,447,417 indexed records with 1,561,583 record images (was 2,447,417 records with 1,561,583 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935 (; 343,447 indexed records with 11,358 record images (was 328,512 records with 10,850 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005 (; 6,972,582 indexed records with 4,936,321 record images (was 6,936,577 records with 4,936,321 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020

Brazil, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 103,917 indexed records with 45,657 record images (was 97,638 records with 43,210 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Illinois, Quincy, Greenmount Cemetery Records, 1875-1985 (; 43,770 indexed records with 31,421 record images (was 43,770 records with 31,421 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,204,878 indexed records with 1,963,744 record images (was 7,204,810 records with 1,964,397 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Peru, Pasco, Civil Registration, 1931-1996 (; 73,327 indexed records with 73,160 record images (was 61,727 records with 61,599 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands Newspaper Obituaries, 1900-ca.2010 (; 451,816 indexed records with 41,108 record images (was 426,981 records with 38,723 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

Illinois Births and Christenings, 1824-1940 (; Index only (1,108,392 records), no images (was 1,108,392 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 239,528 indexed records with 2,061 record images (was 239,214 records with 2,059 images), UPDATED 26-Oct-2020
Iowa Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990 (; Index only (385,212 records), no images (was 385,212 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934 (; Index only (2,273,864 records), no images (was 2,273,864 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Missouri Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976 (; Index only (37,496 records), no images (was 37,496 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2020

New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904 (; Index only (330,115 records), no images (was 330,115 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990 (; Index only (1,309,250 records), no images (was 1,309,250 records with 0 images), UPDATED 28-Oct-2020
Missouri Births and Christenings, 1827-1935 (; Index only (169,990 records), no images (was 169,990 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2020
Minnesota Marriages, 1849-1950 (; Index only (340,752 records), no images (was 340,752 records with 0 images), UPDATED 28-Oct-2020
Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1860-1996 (; 2,665,704 indexed records with 1,550,638 record images (was 2,600,460 records with 1,550,638 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020

Missouri Marriages, 1750-1920 (; Index only (571,805 records), no images (was 571,805 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2020
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Civil Registration, 1859-2000 (; 3,927,743 indexed records with 1,896,240 record images (was 3,904,712 records with 1,896,240 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, Nuevo León, Civil Registration, 1859-1962 (; 1,603,919 indexed records with 701,908 record images (was 1,540,107 records with 701,908 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998 (; 2,333,593 indexed records with 1,179,899 record images (was 2,333,593 records with 1,179,899 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986 (; 431,337 indexed records with 791,233 record images (was 304,551 records with 791,233 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

Mexico, Durango, Civil Registration, 1861-1995 (; 1,669,279 indexed records with 1,042,146 record images (was 1,528,834 records with 1,042,146 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration, 1800-2002 (; 1,307,274 indexed records with 1,184,297 record images (was 1,234,076 records with 1,184,297 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920 (; Index only (141,587 records), no images (was 141,587 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
New Hampshire, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1636-1947 (; 124,901 indexed records with 402,443 record images (was 124,901 records with 402,443 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Civil Registration, 1867-1950 (; 527,823 indexed records with 64,866 record images (was 233,215 records with 64,866 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020

Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1935-1999 (; 192,605 indexed records with 254,406 record images (was 191,813 records with 254,406 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Missouri Births, 1817-1939 (; Index only (136,466 records), no images (was 136,466 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2020
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 5,066,602 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,065,857 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985 (; Index only (1,096 records), no images (was 1,096 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961 (; 75,120 indexed records with 87,781 record images (was 75,120 records with 87,781 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020

Papua New Guinea, Birth Records, 1888-2004 (; 17,982 indexed records with 14,552 record images (was 15,330 records with 12,230 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Mexico, Oaxaca, Civil Registration, 1861-2002 (; 5,198,389 indexed records with 3,865,729 record images (was 5,029,273 records with 3,865,729 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861-1995 (; 1,054,573 indexed records with 745,080 record images (was 991,891 records with 745,080 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 1,681,873 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 1,635,572 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980 (; Index only (926,062 records), no images (was 926,062 records with 0 images), UPDATED 28-Oct-2020

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 386,832 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 373,834 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935 (; Index only (758,998 records), no images (was 758,998 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration, 1861-1930 (; 2,982,713 indexed records with 1,459,393 record images (was 2,937,397 records with 1,459,393 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 (; 8,931,440 indexed records with 1,093,937 record images (was 8,913,925 records with 1,093,937 images), UPDATED 26-Oct-2020
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 77,638 indexed records with 9,152 record images (was 75,906 records with 8,986 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

Minnesota, Stevens County Genealogical Society Records, 1876-2006 (; 55,602 indexed records with 63,363 record images (was 32,052 records with 63,363 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 220,122 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 220,122 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001 (; 120,030 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 114,999 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 868,494 indexed records with 790,565 record images (was 868,473 records with 790,544 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 1,316,183 indexed records with 87,709 record images (was 1,303,349 records with 87,389 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 28,639,774 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 25,213,096 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648-1941 (; 748,101 indexed records with 258,646 record images (was 718,659 records with 258,646 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Manitoba Church Records, 1800-1959 (; 10,836 indexed records with 6,567 record images (was 10,585 records with 6,567 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 906,134 indexed records with 897,818 record images (was 864,901 records with 856,918 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 1,047 indexed records with 4,660 record images (was 1,047 records with 3,733 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

Texas, Hardin County, Registers of Births, 1882-1939 (; 6,078 indexed records with 247 record images (was 6,078 records with 247 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915 (; 1,621,804 indexed records with 108,296 record images (was 1,699,153 records with 108,296 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Virginia, Rockingham County, Marriage Registers, 1864-1926 (; 9,152 indexed records with 290 record images (was 9,059 records with 287 images), UPDATED 28-Oct-2020
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 156,923 indexed records with 154,027 record images (was 155,293 records with 152,449 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (; 47,380 indexed records with 29,763 record images (was 47,376 records with 29,759 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

Mexico, Hidalgo, Civil Registration, 1861-1967 (; 3,080,183 indexed records with 1,575,430 record images (was 3,010,003 records with 1,575,430 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 (; 6,484,892 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,484,892 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915 (; 5,337,991 indexed records with 830,893 record images (was 2,739,146 records with 830,893 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929 (; 683,331 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 683,331 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,341 indexed records with 46,885,453 record images (was 30,047,341 records with 46,885,453 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930 (; 42,408 indexed records with 1,276 record images (was 42,408 records with 1,276 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2020
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 114,723 indexed records with 42,834 record images (was 104,453 records with 39,357 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983 (; 42,537 indexed records with 42,494 record images (was 39,645 records with 39,607 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860-2000 (; 3,249,961 indexed records with 1,371,091 record images (was 3,203,130 records with 1,371,091 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,134,101 indexed records with 92,170 record images (was 1,129,743 records with 91,614 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

Mexico, Nayarit, Civil Registration, 1868-2001 (; 696,443 indexed records with 422,997 record images (was 696,443 records with 422,997 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940 (; 2,768,885 indexed records with 1,337,669 record images (was 2,729,458 records with 1,337,669 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, México, Civil Registration, 1861-1941 (; 3,193,160 indexed records with 1,339,715 record images (was 2,969,132 records with 1,339,715 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, Campeche, Civil Registration, 1860-1926 (; 144,064 indexed records with 78,926 record images (was 142,984 records with 78,926 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861-1990 (; 2,048,120 indexed records with 1,526,718 record images (was 2,017,801 records with 1,526,718 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020

Mexico, Quintana Roo, Civil Registration, 1866-1902 (; 4,454 indexed records with 3,739 record images (was 4,454 records with 3,739 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration, 1860-2005 (; 2,600,103 indexed records with 1,521,336 record images (was 2,562,016 records with 1,521,336 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Uruguay, Civil Registration Index Card, 1900-1937 (; 2,459,064 indexed records with 648,331 record images (was 2,417,688 records with 642,573 images), UPDATED 26-Oct-2020
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 (; 3,655,566 indexed records with 1,962,488 record images (was 3,655,566 records with 1,962,488 images), UPDATED 24-Oct-2020
France, Civil Registration, Various Communes, 1542-1900 (; Index only (53,914 records), no images (was 53,914 records with 0 images), UPDATED 28-Oct-2020

Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915 (; 1,325,757 indexed records with 108,704 record images (was 3,817,317 records with 108,704 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949 (; Index only (192,732 records), no images (was 192,732 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992 (; Index only (543,429 records), no images (was 543,429 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 84,463 indexed records with 7,874 record images (was 80,453 records with 7,572 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910 (; Index only (584,463 records), no images (was 584,463 records with 0 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910 (; Index only (1,641,751 records), no images (was 1,641,751 records with 0 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 559,118 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 548,925 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 35,411,512 indexed records with 4,830,472 record images (was 35,411,512 records with 4,830,472 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 172,155 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 172,116 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 (; Index only (2,904,706 records), no images (was 2,904,706 records with 0 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 203,268 indexed records with 8,625 record images (was 203,268 records with 8,625 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 187,922 indexed records with 82,362 record images (was 179,352 records with 78,973 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Mexico, Guanajuato, Civil Registration, 1862-1930 (; 2,818,856 indexed records with 1,413,921 record images (was 2,680,860 records with 1,413,921 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2020
Oklahoma, Noble County, Parker Funeral Home, Funeral Records, 1908-1982 (; 11,880 indexed records with 6,756 record images (was 11,880 records with 6,756 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Texas, Grimes County, Marriage Records, 1951-1966 (; 2,670 indexed records with 1,432 record images (was 2,564 records with 1,356 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 268,562 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 268,214 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

United States Census, 1870 (; 40,350,110 indexed records with 1,049,047 record images (was 40,350,110 records with 1,049,047 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2020
South Africa, Orange Free State, Civil Death Registration, 1902-1954 (; 208,841 indexed records with 208,093 record images (was 208,831 records with 208,083 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

Utah, Cemetery Abstracts (; 125,183 indexed records with 4,698 record images (was 125,183 records with 4,695 images), last updated 29-Aug-2019
Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919 (; 277,290 indexed records with 273,037 record images (was 277,290 records with 273,032 images), last updated 13-Aug-2020
Oregon, Multnomah County, Voting Registration Records, 1908-1958 (; 988,587 indexed records with 980,715 record images (was 988,587 records with 980,705 images), last updated 15-Jul-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 33,626 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 26,992 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
Arizona, Nogales, Index and Manifests of Alien Arrivals, 1905-1952 (; 502,795 indexed records with 496,137 record images (was 502,795 records with 495,863 images), last updated 21-Apr-2020

Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,608 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,607 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (; 359,481 indexed records with 80,234 record images (was 359,481 records with 80,181 images), last updated 20-Oct-2020
Louisiana Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970 (; 76,332 indexed records with 13 record images (was 76,332 records with 12 images), last updated 14-Feb-2020
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,680,451 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,676,699 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,433,960 indexed records with 245,015 record images (was 2,433,960 records with 240,875 images), last updated 18-Aug-2020

Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,840 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,775 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,805 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,749 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
Idaho, Bonneville County, Idaho Falls, Rose Hill Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 (; 14,513 indexed records with 14,152 record images (was 14,513 records with 14,146 images), last updated 09-Mar-2020
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 126,657 indexed records with 6,324 record images (was 126,657 records with 6,319 images), last updated 02-Sep-2020
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 264,217 indexed records with 19,979 record images (was 264,217 records with 19,195 images), last updated 13-Aug-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,319,694 indexed records with 141,698 record images (was 3,319,694 records with 144,986 images), last updated 08-Jul-2020
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990 (; 92,598 indexed records with 10 record images (was 92,598 records with 709 images), last updated 14-Oct-2020
England, Huntingdonshire Parish Registers (; 301,146 indexed records with 12,678 record images (was 301,146 records with 14,201 images), last updated 17-Sep-2020
North Carolina, Voter Registers and Certificates of Registration, 1868-1964 (; 15,067 indexed records with 1,543 record images (was 15,067 records with 1,544 images), last updated 01-May-2020
Texas, El Paso, Applications for Non-Resident Aliens Border Crossing Identification Cards, 1945-1952 (; 141,806 indexed records with 140,579 record images (was 141,806 records with 140,613 images), last updated 09-Apr-2020

North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000 (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 146,337 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 160,364 images), last updated 05-Oct-2020
Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991 (; 178,686 indexed records with 212,739 record images (was 178,686 records with 212,740 images), last updated 29-May-2020
Delaware, Church Records, 1707-1939 (; 75,282 indexed records with 3,532 record images (was 75,282 records with 3,572 images), last updated 13-Feb-2020
France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932 (; 210,639 indexed records with 209,963 record images (was 210,639 records with 210,043 images), last updated 13-Oct-2020
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 327,303 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,307 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020

South Africa, Orange Free State, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1832-1989 (; 639,973 indexed records with 82,260 record images (was 639,973 records with 82,306 images), last updated 09-Oct-2020
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,973 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,978 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with new records ---

Mexico Deaths, 1680-1940 (; Index only (259,303 records), no images (was 250,532 records with 0 images), last updated 16-Feb-2020
Mexico Marriages, 1570-1950 (; Index only (4,282,036 records), no images (was 4,276,295 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Jun-2020
Mexico Baptisms, 1560-1950 (; Index only (25,714,026 records), no images (was 25,709,602 records with 0 images), last updated 23-Sep-2020
Florida Births and Christenings, 1880-1935 (; Index only (17,736 records), no images (was 10,164 records with 0 images), last updated 14-Mar-2020
Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995 (; Index only (1,202,966 records), no images (was 1,176,133 records with 0 images), last updated 20-Jan-2020
Michigan Births and Christenings, 1775-1995 (; Index only (966,462 records), no images (was 950,240 records with 0 images), last updated 18-Mar-2020

Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995 (; Index only (1,218,744 records), no images (was 1,208,326 records with 0 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

Georgia Church Marriages, 1754-1960 (; 315 indexed records with 2,728 record images (was 1,535 records with 2,728 images), last updated 11-Jan-2020


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamlySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.  

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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Hallowe'en Name Whacking 2020 Style

 There are a number of families in the Rootsweb WorldConnect database at  that have surnames connected to Hallowe'en. For instance:

1) The GHOST surname - there are many entries, including the descendants of Philip Ghost of Westmoreland County PA - see 6 generations here. It looks like at least one GHOST from this family is still living.

2) The GOBLIN surname - It looks like there are no real GOBLIN family trees - only isolated GOBLIN women who married men with other surnames.

3) The SKELETON surname - there are hundreds of entries but few trees with many generations. Methinks these are mostly misspelled SKELTON people.

4) The FRANKENSTEIN surname - There are many entries, and most of them are of German origin. One family that settled in Rochester NY is here. There is one Frank N. Stein here.

5) The WITCH surname - there are some entries, but no long family lines in the database. Some of those listed were accused of witchcraft.

6) The PUMPKIN surname - there are some entries, but no long family lines.  There are also hundreds of  entries for a given name of PUMPKIN.

7) The HAUNT surname - there are only a few entries, none with a family line.  There are a few persons with the first name of HAUNT.

8) The SPOOK surname - there are dozens entries, and only one with a three generation family. There are smoe entries for people with a given name of Spook and some for the first name of Spooky (at least one dog!)

9) The GHOUL surname - there are dozens of entries.

10) The JACKO surname has hundreds of entries, and there are dozens of entries with a given name of Jacko..

11) The LANTERN surname has hundreds entries. But there are no people named Jack O. Lantern, but 4a fewentries with Jack Lantern.

12) There are hundreds of CAT surname entries and thousands of  CATT entries. There is one Rin Black Cat name, which died in 2006 in Uncle Brick's barn.

13) There are some SCARY surname entries - many of them still living. There are dozens of entries for a given name of Scary.

14) There are dozens of  DRACULA surname entries, many of them are related to The Count. There are some entries for a given name of DRACULA.

15) There are hundreds of CEMETERY entries, some of them the name of actual cemetery databases.

16)  There are thousands of GRAVE surname entries, and tens of thousands of  GRAVES surname entries.  There are a few entries for the name Robin Graves.

17)  There are tens of thousands of entries for the surname COFFIN.

18) There are thousands of MONSTER entries. No Monster Mash, though (there are thousands of surname entries for MASH). There are no "Boris Pickett" persons, but there are some entries for BOBBY PICKETT.

19) There are hundreds of SKULL surname entries.

20) There are scores of SPIRIT entries. There are a few entries for a Holy Spirit with a spouse named Mary, with a child.

21) There are hundreds of thousands of surname entries for WEBB, but only a few entries for "Spider WEBB" (all nicknames)

22) There are hundreds of entries for SCREECH surname. And dozens of entries for a given name or nickname of Screech.

23) There are a few entries for HALLOWEEN surname - even a Mary Halloween.  There are dozens of given name entries for HALLOWEEN (including maiden names).

24) There are no VAMPIRE surname entries, and a few given name entries.

25) There are thousands of BROOM surname entries.

26) There are scores of  BAT surname entries, thousands of BATT surname entries and thousands of BATTY surname entries.  There are hundreds of entries for BATTY as a given name.

27) There are no ZOMBIE surname entries or given name entries. Whew!

28)  There are thousands of entries for the surname BLOOD.

29)  The surname DEATH has thousands of entries.

30)  The 
TRICK surname has thousands of surname entries and TREAT surname has tens of thousands of entries!  There are some given name entries for Tricky, but no Tricky Treat.

31)  The surname WARLOCK has some entries, but there are a few given name entries. 

32)  There are a few surname entries for WEREWOLF, both married to the same Lucky guy!

33)  There are hundreds of surname entries for BOO, and hundreds of  given name entries for BOO, and dozes of entries named Booboo.

34)  There area few1 surname entries for GREMLIN.

Enough!! What other Hallowe'en oriented surnames can you think of? Are they in WorldConnect?

The blog published some entries from death records in Who would name their daughter Halloween? Just check the records.

John D. Reid posted some Hallowe'en names and occupations  in Halloween fun from in 2009.

Chris Dunham did some Census Whacking on Hallowe'en names in Censuswhacking for Halloween in 2005.

John Newmark had some Hallowe'en names in Friday Five in 2007.

Did I miss a post on Hallowe'en names?  If so, please tell me and I'll add it to my list.

NOTE:  Up until recently, WorldConnect provided a name count for a search.  Now they don't.  Too bad.  I refuse to count into the hundreds when a computer could do it easily.


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Friday, October 30, 2020

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 30 October 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:

* RootsTech Connect 2021 is Coming!! FREE and Online - 25-27 February 2021

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes

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

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 3 November, 5 p.m.:   Australian Census Substitutes, by Helen V. Smith

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 4 November, 11 a.m.:  How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society, by Kate Eakman

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Jumpstart Your MyHeritage Family Tree with Instant Discoveries, by James Tanner

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: In Black and White: Finding Historical Newspapers From Around the World, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Tech Zone - An Easy Trick to Split PDF Pages, by Thomas MacEntee

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Cheri Hudson Passey:  GenFriends: FYR Episode 12-DNA & Documents

*  Data Mining DNA:  How To Upload Your DNA To GEDmatch

*  Family History Ron:  Q&A with Family History Ron

*  FamilySearch:  FamilySearch is Live!


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