Saturday, December 4, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Which Ancestor(s) Are At The Top of Your Research List?

 It's Saturday Night - 

Time for more Genealogy Fun! 

 Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to: 

1)  Which ancestor(s) are at the top of your research list, and why?

2)  Share your answer in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook comment.


[Hat tip to Linda Stufflebean who suggested the question 6 months ago.  Thank you, Linda!]

Here's mine:

I have so many it seems:

*  3rd great-grandmother "Mrs. Feather," wife of Cornelius Feather (1777-1853), probably born in Connecticut before 1785.  None of the records for Cornelius (including land, probate, children's death, etc.) have provided a clue.

*  3rd great-grandparents Lanfear (?) and his/her spouse, parents of Devier J. Lanfear Smith (1839-1894) of Jefferson county, New York.  I am fairly sure (95%) that Devier's grandparents were Isaac and Rosina (Laun) Lanfear of Lorraine, Jefferson county, New York based on a number of shared DNA matches with cM values above 30 cM.

*  Parents of 3rd great-grandmother Sarah Fletcher (1802-ca1850) of Prince Edward County, Ontario, wife of Abraham Kemp.  I have no leads for this challenge, but may have DNA matches in my long list of "Unknown common ancestors" with more than 20 cM shared DNA.

*  Parents of 3rd great-grandmother Ann Marshman (1784-1856) of Hilperton, Wiltshire, wife of John Richman.  I'm pretty sure (80%) that they are John and Anne (Angel) Marshman of Hilperton, Wiltshire based on family locality and a number of shared DNA matches with cM values above 20 cM.  

*  Parents of 4th great-grandfather William Knapp (1775-1856) of Dutchess County, New York and Sussex County, New Jersey.  There are too many Knapp families in New York and there are not enough records.  The parents claimed to be "Potential Parents" cannot be based on the relative birth/death and marriage dates for the potential parents.  There are no ThruLines for the potential parents.

*  Parents of 4th great-grandmother Maria Magdalena Hoax (1768-1851) of Maryland and Mercer County, Pennsylvania, wife of Martin Carringer.  I have Ancestry ThruLines for the "Potential Parents" with shared DNA of 15-20 cM, but have found no records to support the hypothesis.

Of all these, I've recently spent the most time on Ann Marshman's parents because I am studying Hilperton, Wiltshire and have been able to piece a number of families together in the parish records and probate records.  The others have been studied for 20 years or more without resolution.  DNA has helped provide clues for some of these and several other ancestors.

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Added and Updated FamilySearch.org Record Collections - Week of 27 November to 3 December 2021

I am keeping up with the new and updated historical record collections at FamilySearch   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 3 December 2021, there are 3,051 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Deleted ---

*  California, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2786603); Index only, no images, DELETED

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Oregon Death Index, 1971-2008   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3479712); 1,063,054 indexed records with 1,063,054 record images, ADDED 03-Dec-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Oregon, Grant County Records, 1851-1992 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2135625); Browse 233,095 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 233,095 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1860831); 10,032,553 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 9,436,728 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1494432); 422,864 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 237,769 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3479702); 641,424 indexed records with 269,948 record images (was 637,471 records with 268,322 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1460016); 2,203,237 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 2,034,342 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021

Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1616412); 1,721,518 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 1,569,512 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3335352); 263,710 indexed records with 48,659 record images (was 263,710 records with 48,659 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2174941); 31,511 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 26,442 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
England, Kent, Canterbury Parish Registers, 1538-1986   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2384987); 1,399,609 indexed records with 54,764 record images (was 1,369,637 records with 54,764 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2333694); 29,761,754 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,754 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1827268); 505,042 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 497,853 records with 37,199 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4149576); 84,610 indexed records with 25,957 record images (was 83,230 records with 24,577 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Minnesota, Brown County, Obituaries, 1855-1990  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4328761); 164,055 indexed records with 14,806 record images (was 40,777 records with 4,216 images), UPDATED 26-Nov-2021
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1807092); 829,536 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 829,536 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1922527); 2,911,694 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 2,611,914 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2021

Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1909106); 277,321 indexed records with 121,509 record images (was 231,931 records with 121,509 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632-1958   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1521780); 962,774 indexed records with 378,612 record images (was 892,341 records with 378,612 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1922463); 8,002,686 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 7,936,994 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Uruguay, Catholic Church Records, 1726-2000     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4134697); 1,368,336 indexed records with 180,256 record images (was 1,227,550 records with 162,237 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2021
Mexico, Yucatán, Catholic Church Records, 1543-1977     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1909116); 2,204,332 indexed records with 1,234,534 record images (was 2,095,268 records with 1,234,534 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021

Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1909191); 7,017,555 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 6,261,186 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2840171); 7,222,345 indexed records with 1,966,328 record images (was 7,222,183 records with 1,971,075 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Mexico, Colima, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1969      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1508604); 382,120 indexed records with 228,566 record images (was 358,222 records with 228,566 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2021
Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1506640); 97,526 indexed records with 29,943 record images (was 95,952 records with 29,943 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837849); Index only (348,852 records), no images (was 346,308 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2134304); 558,326 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 539,774 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1554576); 1,575,547 indexed records with 504,812 record images (was 1,450,663 records with 504,812 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2060668); 3,980,184 indexed records with 2,513,517 record images (was 3,984,047 records with 2,513,517 images), UPDATED 28-Nov-2021
Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4130007); 2,702,912 indexed records with 139,153 record images (was 2,423,530 records with 121,160 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4130006); 2,547,849 indexed records with 113,018 record images (was 2,221,966 records with 100,048 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2787829); 385,005 indexed records with 141,292 record images (was 384,982 records with 141,289 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Kansas Marriages, 1840-1935     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674845); Index only (305,615 records), no images (was 306,042 records with 0 images), UPDATED 28-Nov-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2843410); 275,724 indexed records with 2,315 record images (was 274,969 records with 2,310 images), UPDATED 29-Nov-2021
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974185); 625,179 indexed records with 235,772 record images (was 614,430 records with 235,772 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1823323); 3,423,390 indexed records with 1,584,621 record images (was 3,303,646 records with 1,584,621 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1877097); 9,477,832 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 8,002,731 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657-1994      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473203); 654,096 indexed records with 383,518 record images (was 569,434 records with 383,518 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473200); 550,227 indexed records with 189,697 record images (was 476,860 records with 189,697 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473206); 1,350,771 indexed records with 521,512 record images (was 1,211,397 records with 521,512 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1491143); 23,192 indexed records with 96,045 record images (was 22,165 records with 96,045 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021

Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473204); 1,315,060 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 1,253,572 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1919582); 1,698,213 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,626,413 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1918910); 1,076,576 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 961,959 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 29-Nov-2021
Oregon, Douglas County Records, 1850-1983       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1972896); Browse 515,750 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 515,750 images), UPDATED 28-Nov-2021
New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1680836); Index only (312,292 records), no images (was 312,292 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1918294); Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Missouri Marriages, 1750-1920   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1680838); Index only (578,207 records), no images (was 581,701 records with 0 images), UPDATED 28-Nov-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2399108); 139,990 indexed records with 83,474 record images (was 136,430 records with 70,004 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Oregon Marriage Index, 1849-1884; 1991-2006     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3500591); 10,983 indexed records with 30,747 record images (was 2,978 records with 30,747 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1428897); 1,633,149 indexed records with 3,675,058 record images (was 1,502,624 records with 3,675,058 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021

Brazil, Rio Grande do Norte, Catholic Church Records, 1788-1967 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2177294); 457,204 indexed records with 54,182 record images (was 457,204 records with 54,182 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Estonia Church Books and Synagogue Registers, 1835-1940 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932350); 8,012,208 indexed records with 679,036 record images (was 27,549 records with 679,036 images), UPDATED 29-Nov-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837908); 4,733,010 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 4,543,993 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1804458); 2,759,880 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 2,653,001 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837905); 978,033 indexed records with 1,012,693 record images (was 843,268 records with 1,012,693 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021

Mexico, Morelos, Catholic Church Records, 1598-1994     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837907); 1,091,750 indexed records with 531,787 record images (was 1,060,527 records with 531,787 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837906); 5,274,604 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 4,681,957 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2177275); 892,242 indexed records with 930,569 record images (was 889,840 records with 930,569 images), UPDATED 27-Nov-2021
United States Census, 1930      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1810731); 125,180,340 indexed records with 2,957,015 record images (was 125,180,340 records with 2,957,015 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1951777); 10,970,312 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 9,529,775 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1923402); 5,793,865 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 5,792,693 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records, 1596-1967     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1883377); 621,650 indexed records with 499,694 record images (was 582,716 records with 499,694 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016197); 486,072 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 483,205 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1619814); 1,943,976 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 1,885,318 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974178); 64,286 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 50,784 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2114425); 1,396,291 indexed records with 903,067 record images (was 1,396,291 records with 903,067 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1478678); 610,845 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 600,686 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1925429); 5,929,046 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 5,202,936 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2697871); 1,633,217 indexed records with 46,391 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 42,977 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2021
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974183); 257,740 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 224,741 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1974  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974182); 947,151 indexed records with 419,985 record images (was 943,354 records with 419,985 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Argentina, Chubut, Catholic Church Records, 1884-1974   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974181); 3,184 indexed records with 2,874 record images (was 2,085 records with 2,874 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Argentina, Chaco, Catholic Church Records, 1882-1955    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974180); 13,621 indexed records with 10,100 record images (was 10,832 records with 10,100 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974186); 52,849 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 46,362 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3734475); 4,469,494 indexed records with 275,222 record images (was 4,386,553 records with 272,003 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974184); 847,441 indexed records with 998,148 record images (was 838,394 records with 998,148 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1787825); 79,108 indexed records with 1,272 record images (was 77,961 records with 1,272 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974188); 79,005 indexed records with 74,259 record images (was 77,812 records with 74,259 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2820771); 181,237 indexed records with 3,798 record images (was 160,203 records with 3,188 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4016424); 60,966 indexed records with 171,495 record images (was 59,623 records with 161,955 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1726975); 8,898,439 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 8,501,262 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2381595); Index only (4 records), no images (was 4 records with 0 images), UPDATED 28-Nov-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3511741); 574,236 indexed records with 553,513 record images (was 569,312 records with 548,662 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
France, Ardèche, Parish and Civil Registration, 1481-1924       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3661216); 1,449,332 indexed records with 839,538 record images (was 1,449,332 records with 839,538 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417439); 1,728,976 indexed records with 1,084,822 record images (was 1,728,976 records with 1,084,822 images), UPDATED 28-Nov-2021

Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1614809); 4,505,986 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 4,158,296 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1874591); 9,319,929 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 8,718,632 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
Argentina, Neuquén, Catholic Church Records, 1883-1977  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974191); 17,367 indexed records with 11,873 record images (was 17,367 records with 11,873 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Argentina, Río Negro, Catholic Church Records, 1880-1977        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974192); 4,554 indexed records with 15,221 record images (was 3,478 records with 15,221 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974194); 71,638 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 63,857 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

Argentina, Santiago del Estero, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1961      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974197); 90,732 indexed records with 102,368 record images (was 80,565 records with 102,368 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Argentina, Tucumán, Catholic Church Records, 1727-1955  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974199); 634,711 indexed records with 184,969 record images (was 632,966 records with 184,969 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1860864); 2,345,529 indexed records with 2,162,812 record images (was 1,400,454 records with 2,162,812 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records, 1703-1964  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1790934); 347,291 indexed records with 199,328 record images (was 332,510 records with 199,328 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3155913); 1,576,130 indexed records with 115,939 record images (was 1,576,100 records with 115,938 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

Kentucky, Voter Registers and Registration Books, 1904-1935     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4132034); 27,411 indexed records with 4,290 record images (was 27,411 records with 4,290 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Mexico, Aguascalientes, Catholic Church Records, 1601-1962      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1502404); 827,380 indexed records with 618,532 record images (was 754,869 records with 618,532 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
Oregon, County Marriages, 1851-1975     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803968); 163,482 indexed records with 105,700 record images (was 163,482 records with 105,700 images), UPDATED 28-Nov-2021
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2506770); 174,357 indexed records with 173,225 record images (was 164,487 records with 162,364 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1502401); 1,303,900 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,228,776 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 30-Nov-2021

New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1680840); Index only (178,141 records), no images (was 178,141 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1680841); Index only (134,698 records), no images (was 134,698 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473000); 24,503,786 indexed records with 29,147,064 record images (was 24,503,786 records with 29,147,064 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1972912); 2,996,345 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 2,417,567 records with 978,396 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Sierra Leone, Civil Births and Deaths, 1802-2016        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3245338); 485,564 indexed records with 350,515 record images (was 480,046 records with 337,839 images), UPDATED 29-Nov-2021

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3405096); 4,534,724 indexed records with 577,086 record images (was 3,745,470 records with 479,379 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1883388); 4,807,830 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 4,278,522 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1615259); 4,888,329 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 4,766,357 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1468076); 784,861 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 784,175 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Philippines Civil Registration (Spanish Period), 1706-1911      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1935452); Browse 206,828 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 206,828 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1883382); 3,418,027 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 3,123,123 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1935451); 194,923 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 192,039 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
England, Berkshire, Parish Registers, 1515-1993 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4380176); 600 indexed records with 78,892 record images (was 5,316 records with 78,892 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1881200); 2,057,889 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 1,967,146 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021
Georgia, County Voter Registrations, 1856-1941  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3326831); 394,859 indexed records with 37,973 record images (was 394,859 records with 37,973 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3648677); 265,018 indexed records with 30,201 record images (was 259,450 records with 29,517 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1823609); 489,357 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 471,285 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1804358); 5,366,806 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 5,325,101 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
Georgia, Military Discharge Records, ca.1890 - ca.1966  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4113736); 172,640 indexed records with 107,931 record images (was 172,640 records with 107,931 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Kiribati, Vital Records, 1890-1991      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3756784); 160,566 indexed records with 29,630 record images (was 130,431 records with 26,704 images), UPDATED 02-Dec-2021

Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2363123); 557,711 indexed records with 562,794 record images (was 527,483 records with 532,496 images), UPDATED 01-Dec-2021
Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674670); Index only (75,889 records), no images (was 75,889 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021
Arizona, Yuma, Prison Records, 1884-1910        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4324902); 2,802 indexed records with 1,588 record images (was 2,758 records with 1,480 images), UPDATED 03-Dec-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Michigan, Eastern and Western Districts, Naturalization Records, 1837-1993      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2546149); 1,864,006 indexed records with 1,427,171 record images (was 1,864,006 records with 1,426,772 images), last updated 19-Nov-2021
Arizona, Various County Divorce Records, 1877-1937      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3734469); 64,098 indexed records with 63,692 record images (was 64,098 records with 63,300 images), last updated 03-Nov-2021
Norway Census, 1801     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3733603); 878,979 indexed records with 13,261 record images (was 878,979 records with 13,207 images), last updated 19-Oct-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2790268); 2,967,130 indexed records with 303,148 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 288,934 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3662227); 8,399,675 indexed records with 75,798 record images (was 8,399,675 records with 70,903 images), last updated 28-Oct-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2691993); 3,641,119 indexed records with 155,377 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 157,173 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
France, Mayenne, Parish and Civil Registration, 1427-1897       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3657627); 5,403,554 indexed records with 1,387,593 record images (was 5,403,554 records with 1,388,836 images), last updated 08-Oct-2021
Missouri, Phelps, Crawford, Dent, and Washington Counties, Obituaries, 1880-1990        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4373182); 69,802 indexed records with 12 record images (was 69,802 records with 1,413 images), last updated 09-Nov-2021
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2848682); 7,926,454 indexed records with 251,422 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 278,586 images), last updated 10-May-2021
Minnesota, Douglas County, Obituaries, 1860-1990        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4373186); 72,724 indexed records with 686 record images (was 72,724 records with 4,265 images), last updated 21-Nov-2021
France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3007175); 404,891 indexed records with 383,842 record images (was 404,891 records with 403,990 images), last updated 02-Nov-2021

--- Collections with new records ---

Brazil, São Paulo, Catholic Church Records, 1640-2012   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2177299); 106,145 indexed records with 1,610,067 record images (was 98,693 records with 1,610,067 images), last updated 26-Nov-2021
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1431011); 1,728,211 indexed records with 603,285 record images (was 1,725,699 records with 603,285 images), last updated 26-Nov-2021
Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2345225); 712,080 indexed records with 22,034 record images (was 703,021 records with 22,034 images), last updated 26-Nov-2021

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

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to   https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list 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, December 3, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 3 December 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 - Wednesday, 8 December, 11 a.m.:  Documenting Families or Communities Lost in the Holocaust by Bullets, by Ellin Kowitt

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Genealogy a la carte – Using Australian historical maps in your research, by Benjamin Hollister

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  The Top Ten DNA Do's and Don'ts!, by Michelle Leonard.

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone -- Using Google Chrome’s Reading List, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts/Radio Shows:



6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):















*  Genealogy Quick Start: LIVE with Sharon Batiste Gillins


*  Genealogy With Amy Johnson Crow:  5 Things You Need to Know About DNA Testing for Genealogy


*  Kentucky Tennessee Research Associates:  Look at Virginia Wills and Administrations Again

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Which Genealogy Website Should I Use?


7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 30 November 2021?

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