Saturday, January 2, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What Are Your 2021 Plans/Goals/Resolutions for Your Genealogy Research

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  It's the New Year, and many readers and bloggers have already made resolutions, or goals, or plans for one or more tasks or projects.  Or they haven't yet, but could, or should.

2)  For this SNGF, please tell us what plans you've made, or what goals you've stated, or what resolutions you've averred for 2021.  Writing them down may help you achieve them.  Do one or more as you wish.

3)  Put it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link in a comment to this post so readers can find your resolutions/goals/plans.  

Here's mine:

I usually don't do this because it seems that I always fail (yes, I think I won the ##GOPA for 2020 - see below).  

However, I will state three goals that I hope to accomplish in 2021, but two of them are the same goals that I set last year at this time:

*  Goal #1 is to apply to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants for at least one ancestral line - the William White line.  Several friends of mine recently applied and two received membership in GSMD so it can be done.  I feel a responsibility to do this for my cousin Laura who asked for help several years ago, and sent me the information she had collected, and I have not progressed past reviewing her material and my material.  I summarized it in Do I Have Enough Information to Join Society of Mayflower Descendants?  A reader in Illinois who is a GSMD member offered to create an application and thought that I had enough evidence to support my application (and hopefully Laura's and any other Seaver/Richmond descendant).  

I had high hopes for completing this in 2020 because it was the 400th anniversary year of the Mayflower landing in 1620 in Massachusetts Bay.  I filled out the Preliminary application form (see General Society of Mayflower Descendants Application Process - Step 1) in January and submitted it.  Well...I started reviewing my "stuff" again and figured out that I needed to order several birth certificates, including my own (I have a birth registration record that doesn't list my parents!).  

Then COVID-19 hit and all of the repositories closed.  In July, I figured I had better get going, so I got half of my "stuff" into generational documents that I could access and print for submission, with a thought to do the second half of it soon.  "Soon" became December, and the local society person reminded me that fees were going up and if I submit now then I might avoid the fee increase.  I also filled out the draft of the GSMD application and sent it to the local society person who said it looked really good, and get it done!  In haste, I mailed a form and a check to the San Diego County Recorder for the two birth certificates I need and haven't heard back from San Diego.   

Therefore 2021 Goal #1 is to finish this in 2021 and join GSMD before COVID-19 gets me.

*  Goal #2 is also from 2020 - to keep gathering my triangulated DNA match data from the chromosome browsers on FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritageDNA, 23andMe, and GEDmatch and create my DNA Painter display of which bits of every chromosome in my DNA came from which ancestors.  I have started the gathering process with MyHeritageDNA, but I have not finished it.  I need to do one of the sites each month, and finish this process, put the data into DNA Painter, and see the results.

 Well ... I have hardly started this.  I had all year to start it and finish it, but ... nada.  No COVID-19 excuse for this one.  

Therefore 2021 Goal #2 is to do this in 2021 and produce a pretty picture of my ancestor's contributions to my DNA from DNA Painter.

What Are the Odds is a feature on DNA Painter to help figure out common ancestors - maybe Jonny Perl can modify it to give odds on how long this Goal #2 will take me to complete it.

3)  Goal #3 is to updated my eBooks on my ancestral families and descendants of my surname study families (last done in 2012 and they are still on (see, and are searchable).  I need to update them because I have found a wealth of information on my ancestral families and descendants of my surname study progenitors in the last 8 years.  I will do this using one of the genealogy software programs that formats ancestor and descendants reports in a standard format that looks best.  I will include sources, but not notes or media (the 2012 books are already hundreds of pages without them).  

Here is what I think the Seaver books will look like:

Those are my three goals for 2021 - what are yours?

##What is GOPA - I know that inquiring minds want to know:  Did I win the "Genealogist's Outstanding Procrastination Award" for 2020?  If not, who did?  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 26 December 2020 to 2 January 2021

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

As of 2 January 2021, there are 2,941 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from Marshall are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  England, Devon, Plymouth, Tax and Valuation, 1897-1949  (; 210,422 indexed records with 210,422 record images, ADDED 29-Dec-2020
*  Iowa, Marriage Records, 1941-1951       (; 39,192 indexed records with 39,192 record images, ADDED 28-Dec-2020
*  England, Devon, Plymouth, Borough Records, 1519-1905    (; 109,317 indexed records with 109,317 record images, ADDED 30-Dec-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 (; 521,834 indexed records with 337,976 record images (was 521,834 records with 337,976 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979        (; 1,699,263 indexed records with 541,182 record images (was 1,672,542 records with 534,995 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 264,916 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 247,722 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980   (; 1,416,846 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,398,271 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 312,028 indexed records with 132,540 record images (was 296,253 records with 124,628 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021

Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001   (; 135,991 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 135,270 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
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 29-Dec-2020
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 240,248 indexed records with 111,158 record images (was 234,752 records with 107,986 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929   (; 251,154 indexed records with 2,139 record images (was 250,851 records with 2,137 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
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 01-Jan-2021

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 1,404,589 indexed records with 90,503 record images (was 1,404,330 records with 90,498 images), UPDATED 26-Dec-2020
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976   (; 190,718 indexed records with 135,225 record images (was 190,714 records with 135,221 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2020
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966       (; 727,372 indexed records with 726,963 record images (was 697,023 records with 696,629 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 654,629 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 654,617 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 52,303 indexed records with 40,607 record images (was 50,653 records with 39,190 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021

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 31-Dec-2020
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996      (; 1,378,711 indexed records with 1,367,711 record images (was 1,327,376 records with 1,316,702 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
United States Census, 1920      (; 107,660,167 indexed records with 2,387,416 record images (was 107,660,167 records with 2,387,416 images), UPDATED 26-Dec-2020
Brazil, Paraíba, Civil Registration, 1879-2007  (; 1,949,745 indexed records with 852,268 record images (was 1,949,745 records with 852,268 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2020
Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982    (; 161,118 indexed records with 170,198 record images (was 161,118 records with 170,198 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2020

Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 10,515 indexed records with 11,748 record images (was 6,667 records with 11,590 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 173,608 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 173,259 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (; 88,222 indexed records with 39,271 record images (was 71,973 records with 37,880 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950   (; 469 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 53 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2020
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965   (; 628,549 indexed records with 12,066 record images (was 560,642 records with 10,435 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 205,201 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 204,214 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
California County Naturalizations, 1831-1985    (; 509,058 indexed records with 99,436 record images (was 509,058 records with 99,436 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2020
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 253,914 indexed records with 14,164 record images (was 250,912 records with 13,761 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 198,739 indexed records with 194,800 record images (was 189,596 records with 185,728 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965      (; 326,059 indexed records with 301,799 record images (was 326,059 records with 301,799 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2020

Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (; 1,493,939 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,462,412 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2020
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 6,485,134 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,485,134 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2020
District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961  (; 517,460 indexed records with 359,962 record images (was 517,460 records with 359,962 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2020
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001      (; 5,079,542 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,076,461 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005      (; 1,124,411 indexed records with 329,238 record images (was 1,124,411 records with 329,238 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2020

Brazil, Civil Registration, 1860-2006   (; 159,867 indexed records with 71,247 record images (was 155,502 records with 69,223 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,206,771 indexed records with 1,967,836 record images (was 7,206,470 records with 1,967,753 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
Argentina, Tucumán, Catholic Church Records, 1727-1955  (; 626,996 indexed records with 184,969 record images (was 626,996 records with 184,969 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2020
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 251,803 indexed records with 152,358 record images (was 223,458 records with 148,251 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983       (; 83,802 indexed records with 83,730 record images (was 75,123 records with 75,058 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,212,009 indexed records with 96,776 record images (was 1,202,143 records with 96,048 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 416,107 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 414,951 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
Oklahoma, Voter Records, 1906-1956      (; 45,234 indexed records with 379 record images (was 45,228 records with 3,823 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2020
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998   (; 475,157 indexed records with 5,946,421 record images (was 475,157 records with 5,946,421 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2020
Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985     (; 127,796 indexed records with 504,812 record images (was 127,796 records with 504,812 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2020

Texas, Grimes County, Marriage Records, 1951-1966       (; 4,662 indexed records with 2,963 record images (was 4,189 records with 2,648 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969    (; 469,181 indexed records with 69,354 record images (was 469,168 records with 69,358 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 83,411 indexed records with 9,670 record images (was 82,959 records with 9,617 images), UPDATED 01-Jan-2021
Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 14,749 record images (was 1,941 records with 14,733 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2020
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015        (; 126,407 indexed records with 11,322 record images (was 126,342 records with 11,320 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2020

Virginia, Various Counties, Marriage Bonds, 1706-1901   (; 1,948 indexed records with 335 record images (was 1,767 records with 308 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2020
Uruguay, Civil Registration Index Card, 1900-1937       (; 2,530,644 indexed records with 649,463 record images (was 2,495,910 records with 655,612 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,652,934 indexed records with 153,262 record images (was 3,652,934 records with 143,825 images), last updated 19-Nov-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
Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt, Civil Registration, 1874-1982      (; 180,514 indexed records with 179,072 record images (was 180,514 records with 178,994 images), last updated 20-Nov-2020
United States, California, List of United States Citizens Arriving at San Francisco, 1930-1949  (; 438,236 indexed records with 31,779 record images (was 438,236 records with 31,774 images), last updated 28-Aug-2020
Hungary Reformed Church Christenings, 1624-1895 (; 6,076,320 indexed records with 312,704 record images (was 6,076,320 records with 312,387 images), last updated 01-May-2012

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
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923  (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,623 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,620 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019
Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991     (; 178,686 indexed records with 212,740 record images (was 178,686 records with 212,690 images), last updated 29-May-2020
Louisiana Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970     (; 76,332 indexed records with 27 record images (was 76,332 records with 24 images), last updated 14-Feb-2020
Alabama State Census, 1866      (; 243,781 indexed records with 6,279 record images (was 243,781 records with 17 images), last updated 12-Dec-2011

Micronesia, Death Records, 1970-1986    (; 5,371 indexed records with 5,348 record images (was 5,367 records with 5,344 images), last updated 25-Dec-2020
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,676,659 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,676,650 images), last updated 16-Dec-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,615 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,559 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934       (; 468,003 indexed records with 35,263 record images (was 468,003 records with 27,488 images), last updated 08-Dec-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 758,377 images), last updated 25-Aug-2020

Ohio, WWI Index and Return Cards, 1916-1920     (; 100,669 indexed records with 100,361 record images (was 100,669 records with 100,348 images), last updated 07-May-2020
Louisiana, New Orleans Index to Passenger Lists, 1853-1952      (; 439,472 indexed records with 435,372 record images (was 439,472 records with 435,098 images), last updated 27-Aug-2020
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 160,817 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 158,575 images), last updated 05-Oct-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 191,136 indexed records with 3,825 record images (was 191,136 records with 5,040 images), last updated 08-May-2019
Norway, Oslo Census, 1901       (; 167,083 indexed records with 6,141 record images (was 167,083 records with 7,487 images), last updated 23-Nov-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934    (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 26,110 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 53,004 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990        (; 3,869,490 indexed records with 23,454 record images (was 3,869,490 records with 24,136 images), last updated 02-Nov-2020
Indiana, Voter Registers, 1850-1931     (; 187,003 indexed records with 93 record images (was 187,003 records with 4,833 images), last updated 21-Dec-2020

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,278 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 307,298 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 284,743 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 314,785 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,605,545 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,973 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,536 records), no images (was 875,610,544 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Kentucky, Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999       (; Index only (9,865,936 records), no images (was 9,865,937 records with 0 images), last updated 15-Jul-2015


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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Friday, January 1, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 1 January 2021

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 - Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 5 January, 5 p.m.:  Where else to look? When matches don’t reply, by Michelle Patient

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 6 January, 11 a.m.:  Genealogy Unplugged: When Offline Records Are the Best, by James M. Baker

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Ten Databases You Need to Know About, by Shannon Combs-Bennett

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Tech Zone - Let Windows 10 Magnify and Read Aloud for You!, by Marian Pierre-Louis

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #237r - Genealogy vs. Family History

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):


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