Saturday, December 5, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your 2020 "Dear Genea-Santa" Letter

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

(Photo courtesy of footnoteMaven)

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. Here's your chance to sit on Genea-Santa's lap (virtually) and tell him your Christmas genealogy-oriented wish list:

1) Write your 2020 Genea-Santa letter. Have you been a good genealogy girl or boy? What genealogy-oriented items are on your Christmas wish list? They could be family history items, technology items, or things that you want to pursue in your ancestral quest.

2) Tell us about them in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook Status  post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own post.

Here's mine:

Dear Genea-Santa,

I tried so hard to be a good genea-boy again this year. I spoke to several genealogy societies and local groups, set up Zoom meetings with my local societies, edited and wrote my society newsletter and over 900 blog posts, participated in some Zoom webinars, attended RootsTech 2020, and helped several friends and colleagues with their research. In addition, I have added more names, facts, notes, and (especially) sources to my database.  

Thank you for last year's gift - a new Forever box so I can digitize more home movies from my grandfather. Was I a bad genea-boy, or maybe you thought I had enough, or you were out of the other things.  I'll ask for them again!

I  still BELIEVE!!!!! Come on, Santa, all I want for Christmas in 2020 are:

*  A genea-robot ("Magic Genie") that can work 24 hours a day on writing my blog posts and getting my genea-piles organized - that is so boring and there is so much to do ... but a robot would not have to sleep or eat, drive Angel Linda to appointments or even spend time with her (I promise!).  "Magic Genie" could also add Ancestry Record Hints and MyHeritage Record Matches to my RootsMagic database without having me having to type names, dates, places, notes, sources, etc. Maybe we could even train "Magic Genie" to write quality source citations.  

*  RootsMagic Version 8 that works on both Windows and Mac, and has more advanced TreeShare features.

*  That provides all of their source citations to Evidence Explained standards, and  that they would fix the errors in their big tree which we can't see, but is used for the ThruLines and potential ancestors.  Also, that AncestryDNA provides a chromosome browser so we can triangulate matches better.

*  That FamilySearch makes more microfilmed collections available as digital microfilm available from home.  Also, that they make adding Source information to person profiles in Family Tree easier.

*  That MyHeritage provides many more "Theory of Family Relativity" connections with my DNA matches and continues to enhance the MyHeritage collections and the MyHeritageDNA product.

*  That all of the desktop genealogy software programs will synchronize with the online family trees at Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage and Findmypast without losing any information.

*  Solid leads on the parents of William Knapp (1775-1856), Devier James Lamphear Smith (1839-1894), Ann Marshman (1784-1856), John Rich (1789-1868), Martin Carringer (1758-1835),  and Hannah Smith (1768-1827), Mary Palmer (1790-1845), and Maria Magdalena Houx (1768-1850), plus the name of the wife of Cornelius Feather,  would be welcome too!  

*  A biggie - I really need a new desktop Windows computer.  Old "Jeanie" here is on her last legs being 10 years old and Windows 7.

*  Good health for my family, all of my genealogy friends and their families, and for your wife, elves and reindeer.

Thank you, Genea-Santa, for listening to my pleas. I will leave a nice personal meat-lovers pizza in the freezer for you (you can heat it in the kitchen microwave), a rosy red apple and some delicious chocolate chip cookies on the fireplace hearth, and some eggnog (in the refrigerator) for you on Christmas Eve just in case you need fortification. You can get a yummy Dove chocolate ice cream bar out of the freezer if you'd like. Nothing's too good for Genea-Santa - mi casa es su casa!  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 28 November to 4 December 2020

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  28 November to 4 December 2020: 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Cuyahoga County, Ohio, U.S., Jewish Marriage Record Extracts, 1837-1934; indexed  records without record images, Updated 12/4/2020

New York, U.S., Marriage Index, 1600-1784; indexed  records without record images, Updated 12/4/2020

Herkimer and Otsego Counties, New York Directories, 1917; indexed  records without record images, Updated 12/4/2020

*  Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio Directory, 1916-1921; indexed  records without record images, Updated 12/4/2020

Lithuania, Internal Passports, 1919-1940; indexed  records without record images, Updated 12/4/2020

Cornell and Princeton University Directories, 1922; indexed  records without record images, Updated 12/4/2020

Fayette County, West Virginia, U.S., Births, 1888-1893; indexed  records without record images, Updated 12/4/2020

Raleigh County, West Virginia, U.S., Birth Records, 1853-1875; indexed  records without record images, Updated 12/4/2020

Maine, U.S., Revolutionary War Bounty Applications, 1835-1836; indexed  records with record images, Updated 12/3/2020

U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1999; indexed  records with record images, Updated 12/3/2020

Australia and New Zealand, Obituary Index, 2004-Current; indexed  records without record images, Updated 12/3/2020

U.S., Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection, 1847-Current; indexed  records with record images, Updated 12/3/2020

Ohio, U.S., Select County Death Records,1840-1908; indexed  records with record images, ADDED 12/3/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 1 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,874 collections available as of 4 December, an increase of  2 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 - Week of 28 November to 4 December 2020

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

As of 4 December 2020, there are 2,930 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 6 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from Marshall are:

--- Collections Added ---

France, Seine-Saint-Denis, Parish and Civil Registration, 1523-1932 (; 40,667 indexed records with 40,667 record images, ADDED 04-Dec-2020
*  California, Military Discharge Records, 1856-1965 (; 4,338 indexed records with 4,338 record images, ADDED 02-Dec-2020
*   Arkansas, Military Discharge Records, ca.1917 - ca.1969 (; 11,704 indexed records with 11,704 record images, ADDED 02-Dec-2020
*  Illinois, Chicago, Voter Registers, 1888-1892 (; 286,578 indexed records with 286,578 record images, ADDED 01-Dec-2020
*  Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 22,592 indexed records with 22,592 record images, ADDED 03-Dec-2020
*  Alabama, Military Discharge Records, ca.1918 - ca.1962 (; 13,956 indexed records with 13,956 record images, ADDED 02-Dec-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Utah, Brigham City Family History Center, Obituary Collection, 1930-2015 (; 350,005 indexed records with 24,814 record images (was 296,110 records with 20,685 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 1,591,973 indexed records with 511,564 record images (was 1,547,960 records with 505,306 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 1,799,018 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 1,799,018 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2020
Mexico, Jalisco, Civil Registration, 1857-2000 (; 7,717,010 indexed records with 3,955,679 record images (was 7,717,010 records with 3,955,679 images), UPDATED 28-Nov-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 243,386 indexed records with 101,731 record images (was 220,617 records with 96,023 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020

Germany, Hessen-Nassau, Diocese of Limburg, Catholic Church Records, 1601-1919 (; 1,527,043 indexed records with 301,321 record images (was 1,494,287 records with 294,536 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2020
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 (; 5,202,936 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 5,104,214 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 28-Nov-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935 (; 408,880 indexed records with 13,819 record images (was 407,929 records with 13,789 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2020
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 268,816 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 268,805 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2020
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 5,069,729 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,069,074 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020

Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 216,715 indexed records with 98,348 record images (was 210,655 records with 95,859 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 241,326 indexed records with 2,073 record images (was 240,423 records with 2,067 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2020
Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968 (; 48,291 indexed records with 521,512 record images (was 40,878 records with 521,512 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-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 02-Dec-2020
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 1,369,563 indexed records with 89,796 record images (was 1,368,775 records with 89,786 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2020

Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976 (; 190,637 indexed records with 135,181 record images (was 188,663 records with 135,160 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-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 30-Nov-2020
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 604,850 indexed records with 604,502 record images (was 562,515 records with 581,200 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Papua New Guinea, Birth Records, 1888-2004 (; 43,582 indexed records with 36,468 record images (was 39,261 records with 33,763 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955 (; 43,229 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 43,229 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2020

Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 46,711 indexed records with 35,903 record images (was 43,542 records with 34,760 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Ecuador, Cemetery Records, 1862-2019 (; 292,599 indexed records with 292,075 record images (was 190,302 records with 189,882 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-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 02-Dec-2020
Manitoba Church Records, 1800-1959 (; 12,397 indexed records with 6,567 record images (was 12,293 records with 6,567 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2020
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 1,172,646 indexed records with 1,162,749 record images (was 1,110,372 records with 1,125,082 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020

Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,076,174 indexed records with 71,404 record images (was 1,067,735 records with 58,330 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2020
United States Census, 1920 (; 107,660,169 indexed records with 2,387,416 record images (was 107,660,169 records with 2,387,416 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2020
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 182,848 indexed records with 108,834 record images (was 162,360 records with 94,085 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 616,632 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 598,413 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Texas, Grimes County, Marriage Records, 1951-1966 (; 3,353 indexed records with 1,917 record images (was 3,308 records with 1,892 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020

Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 1,047 indexed records with 10,955 record images (was 1,047 records with 10,705 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 172,493 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 172,411 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2020
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 64,903 indexed records with 35,592 record images (was 63,765 records with 35,472 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648-1941 (; 762,526 indexed records with 258,646 record images (was 762,526 records with 258,646 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
United States Census, 1910 (; 93,758,701 indexed records with 2,162,782 record images (was 93,758,701 records with 2,162,782 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2020

Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 392,849 indexed records with 7,687 record images (was 350,648 records with 7,071 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
California County Naturalizations, 1831-1985 (; 509,058 indexed records with 99,436 record images (was 505,381 records with 99,436 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2020
Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001 (; 132,764 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 131,521 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Finland, Church Census and Pre-Confirmation Books, 1657-1915 (; 33,404,934 indexed records with 486,629 record images (was 33,404,934 records with 486,629 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Georgia, County Voter Registrations, 1856-1941 (; 294,752 indexed records with 28,943 record images (was 230,552 records with 19,875 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2020

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 227,004 indexed records with 11,402 record images (was 221,306 records with 10,986 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Costa Rica, Cemetery Records, 1958-2013 (; 9,442 indexed records with 9,377 record images (was 1,443 records with 3,617 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 28,639,774 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 28,639,774 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2020
Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 (; 1,875,674 indexed records with 1,853,064 record images (was 1,875,674 records with 1,853,067 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, 1853-1912 (; 264,985 indexed records with 35,929 record images (was 264,632 records with 35,900 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2020

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 202,494 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 201,699 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660 (; 84,189 indexed records with 4,176 record images (was 74,938 records with 3,737 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2020
United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910 (; 91,259 indexed records with 91,832 record images (was 91,259 records with 91,832 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2020
Brazil, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 142,142 indexed records with 63,323 record images (was 133,000 records with 60,497 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,205,496 indexed records with 1,968,010 record images (was 7,205,309 records with 1,967,985 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020

Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977 (; 167,218 indexed records with 2,162,812 record images (was 167,218 records with 2,162,812 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2020
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 5,657,925 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 5,552,684 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 29-Nov-2020
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983 (; 63,265 indexed records with 63,209 record images (was 59,169 records with 60,722 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Mexico, Oaxaca, Civil Registration, 1861-2002 (; 5,198,389 indexed records with 3,865,729 record images (was 5,198,389 records with 3,865,729 images), UPDATED 28-Nov-2020
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,173,785 indexed records with 94,292 record images (was 1,163,115 records with 93,770 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020

New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986 (; 492,000 indexed records with 791,233 record images (was 431,337 records with 791,233 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2020
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 412,527 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 410,878 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Washington Voting Records, 1876-1940 (; 94,672 indexed records with 11,098 record images (was 78,492 records with 9,702 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2020
Dominican Republic Miscellaneous Records, 1921-1980 (; 365,507 indexed records with 760,173 record images (was 317,277 records with 760,173 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2020
Hawaii, Various Islands, Circuit Court Divorce Records, 1849-1915 (; 14,287 indexed records with 46,945 record images (was 6,834 records with 46,945 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2020

Peru, Pasco, Civil Registration, 1931-1996 (; 74,016 indexed records with 73,849 record images (was 74,012 records with 73,845 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2020
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 (; 163,580 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 160,153 records with 105,781 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2020
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 231,170 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 226,433 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 82,573 indexed records with 9,574 record images (was 80,973 records with 9,490 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2020
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 (; 934,809 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 802,424 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 29-Nov-2020

Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 14,219 record images (was 1,941 records with 14,148 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2020
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 171,433 indexed records with 168,346 record images (was 167,218 records with 165,109 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 107,934 indexed records with 9,965 record images (was 100,215 records with 9,478 images), UPDATED 04-Dec-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

Iowa, Records of Persons Subject to Military Duty, 1862-1910 (; 5,075,771 indexed records with 107,838 record images (was 5,075,771 records with 107,833 images), last updated 03-Aug-2019
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 35,919 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 34,800 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
Texas, Voter Records, 1867-1918 (; 155,840 indexed records with 4,048 record images (was 155,840 records with 3,189 images), last updated 14-Oct-2020
Louisiana Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970 (; 76,332 indexed records with 19 record images (was 76,332 records with 18 images), last updated 14-Feb-2020
France, Morbihan, Parish and Civil Registration, 1536-1894 (; 1,975,120 indexed records with 323,821 record images (was 1,975,120 records with 322,655 images), last updated 19-Feb-2020
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000 (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 160,631 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 160,378 images), last updated 05-Oct-2020

United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969 (; 469,168 indexed records with 69,358 record images (was 469,168 records with 69,353 images), last updated 03-Oct-2020
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,680,451 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,676,690 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020
United States, Iowa Naturalization Records, 1859-1990 (; 55,256 indexed records with 52,524 record images (was 55,256 records with 52,494 images), last updated 25-Aug-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,614 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,558 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981 (; 486,930 indexed records with 22,680 record images (was 486,930 records with 22,606 images), last updated 25-Apr-2019

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

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,652,934 indexed records with 153,405 record images (was 3,652,934 records with 155,823 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985 (; 191,136 indexed records with 3,797 record images (was 191,136 records with 5,040 images), last updated 08-May-2019
Alaska Naturalization Records, 1884-1991 (; 81,550 indexed records with 71,828 record images (was 81,550 records with 71,865 images), last updated 26-Jun-2020
Hungary Reformed Church Christenings, 1624-1895 (; 6,076,320 indexed records with 312,387 record images (was 6,076,320 records with 312,704 images), last updated 01-May-2012
Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991 (; 178,686 indexed records with 212,690 record images (was 178,686 records with 212,694 images), last updated 29-May-2020

United States, Compiled Military Service Records Of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With The U.S. Colored Troops, 1861-1866 (; 931,845 indexed records with 758,769 record images (was 931,845 records with 759,589 images), last updated 25-Aug-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 293,176 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 307,298 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
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
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 298,764 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,115 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
Louisiana, New Orleans Index to Passenger Lists, 1853-1952 (; 439,472 indexed records with 435,100 record images (was 439,472 records with 435,372 images), last updated 27-Aug-2020

South Africa, Orange Free State, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1832-1989 (; 639,973 indexed records with 80,813 record images (was 639,973 records with 82,306 images), last updated 09-Oct-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

Connecticut Naturalization Records, 1795-1942 (; 175,235 indexed records with 102,286 record images (was 64,030 records with 102,286 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 (; 157,404 indexed records with 36,838 record images (was 157,062 records with 36,838 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020
California, San Francisco Chinese passenger lists, 1882-1947 (; 152,389 indexed records with 6,396 record images (was 62,291 records with 6,396 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020
Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 398,586 indexed records with 3,075 record images (was 370,236 records with 3,075 images), last updated 26-Nov-2020
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (; 551,175 indexed records with 131,960 record images (was 459,872 records with 131,960 images), last updated 25-Nov-2020

Texas, Eagle Pass Arrival Manifests and Indexes, 1905-1954 (; 532,001 indexed records with 135,227 record images (was 523,424 records with 135,227 images), last updated 11-Nov-2020
Guatemala Civil Registration, 1868-2008 (; 2,684,681 indexed records with 2,755,000 record images (was 2,659,532 records with 2,755,000 images), last updated 26-Nov-2020
United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903 (; 169,253 indexed records with 19,265 record images (was 161,678 records with 19,265 images), last updated 07-Dec-2011
Sweden, Västerbotten Church Records, 1619-1896; index, 1688-1860 (; 219,192 indexed records with 170,304 record images (was 195,579 records with 170,304 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020
Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999 (; 81,314 indexed records with 54,964 record images (was 81,248 records with 54,964 images), last updated 08-Nov-2019

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger List Index Cards, 1883-1948 (; 1,153,207 indexed records with 1,180,749 record images (was 1,114,475 records with 1,180,749 images), last updated 26-Apr-2013
Hungary, Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895 (; 18,304,231 indexed records with 1,114,955 record images (was 18,304,230 records with 1,114,955 images), last updated 12-Feb-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946 (; 2,766,464 indexed records with 2,187,206 record images (was 2,767,966 records with 2,187,206 images), last updated 28-Sep-2020
Florida Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001 (; Index only (11,718,366 records), no images (was 11,718,367 records with 0 images), last updated 12-Jan-2012
Texas, Laredo Arrival Manifests, 1903-1955 (; 301,048 indexed records with 1,322,540 record images (was 758,070 records with 1,322,540 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (; Index only (17,102,142 records), no images (was 17,102,143 records with 0 images), last updated 17-Feb-2012
Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990 (; Browse 259,357 Images only, no index (was 158,496 records with 259,357 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (; 1,498,113 indexed records with 19,317,962 record images (was 5,453,571 records with 19,317,962 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,547 records), no images (was 875,610,550 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-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.


Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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Friday, December 4, 2020

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 4 December 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

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

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 8 December, 11 a.m.:  Find a Boatload of Passenger Lists on MyHeritage, by Sharon Monson

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 9 December, 5 p.m.: The Most Prominent Citizens: Using County Histories, by Cari Taplin

*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar - Saturday, 5 December, 10 a.m.:  Faith of Our Fathers: United States Church Records, Part 2 by Peggy Lauritzsen.

*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar -Wednesday, 16 December, 6 p.m.:  Bounty Land: It's Complicated, by Annette Burke Lyttle.

*  *  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Once upon a time: It’s all about the story, by Carol Baxter

*  *  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Four ways DNA Painter can help with your family history research, by Jonny Perl

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

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone - Record a Virtual Presentation in PowerPoint, by Diane Boumenot

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips: #229r - Boundary Changes

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  How to Find Old Maps for FREE at the Website


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Findmypast Friday: New Baptisms, Probate Indexes and Newspaper Pages

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Findmypast Friday: new baptisms, probate indexes and newspaper pages

Essex Baptisms

Over 169,000 new transcripts have been added to Essex baptisms. Unique to Findmypast, these new additions, covering a wide range of parishes and date ranges, will reveal your ancestor’s date and location of birth, date and location of baptism, residence, parents’ names and father’s occupation.


See Findmypast’s Essex parish list for details of the new arrivals, along with locations and years covered across the entire collection.

Devon Baptisms

Findmypast’s Devon collection continues to grow with over 45,000 Methodist baptism records. These new additions cover 73 churches and span from 1837-1919.


The collection now contains over 2.7 million records spanning 400 years of the maritime county’s history.


Berkshire Probate Index

Discover details of your Berkshire ancestors in new probate records dating all the way back 1480.

Findmypast parish records

Findmypast’s unrivalled parish coverage

The index will reveal the year of probate, the type of document surviving, its archive reference (for ordering copies of original documents from the Berkshire Record Office) and usually an ancestor’s occupation and residence.


This week, Findmypast have added over 47,000 additional pages to Leicester Evening Mailcovering 1929-1943.


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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