Saturday, February 20, 2021

"Relatives at RootsTech" App at RootsTech Connect 2021 Now Online

 The Relatives at RootsTech app on the FamilySearch website was activated on Friday for use by registrants for RootsTech Connect 2021.  You do have to sign into the FamilySearch website to utilize the app:

As of 7 p.m. on Saturday night, 143,859 RootsTech registrants have over 25.3 million cousin connections.  It tells me that 6 persons named Seaver are included.

1)  After signing in, the page changes to tell me that I have 28,433 Relatives at RootsTech:

2)  When I click the red "See Your Relatives" link, I can see a list of them:

3)  There are three tabs at the top of the left-hand column - for "Relatives by Location," "Search," and "Friends."  There is a dropdown list on the left side of the screen under "Realtives at RootsTech," to choose a specific country - the default is "All countries."  The list of relatives shows the first 300 of them.  I have not found a way to see the other 28,133 of them except by choosing a country.  My list for the USA has 27,488 relatives on it and I cannot see 27,188 of them.

4)  This Relatives at RootsTech uses the FamilySearch Family Tree to estimate the relationships.  As long as you have entered yourself and added your parents, grandparents and earlier generations to the Family Tree (at least to connect to profiles already in Family Tree), then you should receive Relatives.  I believe that this app is "dynamic" meaning that if you add to it today, you should soon get relatives.  Each relationship may be correct or wrong - it all depends on what you have added to Family Tree and what other contributors have added to Family Tree.

5)  Each relative on the list shows a relationship, a birth state or country.  For instance, my closest relative who has registered to use the app is a 4th cousin 1x removed from California, and there is a purple dot on the state or country to represent him on the map. If I click on his name, I see more options:

The options for each match on the list is to "Send a Message," "View Relationship," and "Add Friend."

6)  I wanted to "View Relationship" so I clicked on that:

A relationship chart appears with the most recent common ancestor at the top and me and the match at the bottom.  Usually, at least one deceased relative of the match and any living relatives of the match are not shown by name, for privacy reasons.  The names of each descendant on both lines are shown with birth and death years and the ascending relationship for my line, and the descending relationship for the match's line.

I can click several times on the "Zoom In" plus sign in the upper right corner to see more detail.  Here is the top of the chart above:

This is a major pain to do - it would be easier for the user to magnify the chart with the mouse.  The relationship of the user to each match is given under the match's name at the top left of the screen above.

To get back to the list of Relatives, you have to use the arrow in the upper left of the chart screen.

6)  I wanted to create a "Friends" list on the app, so I opened the "Search" link at the top of the list of Relatives.  Who should I search for?  I chose my friends at FamilySearch, genealogy bloggers, people I know, Facebook friends, etc.  First, I wanted to search for David Rencher, the Chief Genealogical Officer at FamilySearch, so I guessed at the name he used:

The system spun for several seconds and found him.  Now I can click on his name and see our relationship.  

We are 5th cousins 2x removed, with a common ancestor, according to the Family Tree, of Elizabeth Bloetgoet who had two different husbands.  I think my line is correct back to Elizabeth, and I hope that David has the correct line back to Elizabeth.  However, her marriage to Thomas Gach (my line) shows 9 children born between 1726 and 1743, and David's line with Elizabeth married to Elijah Carman shows children born in 1729, 1750, 1754 and 1768 (come on, them other is 66 years old!). Such is the situation sometimes with FamilySearch Family Tree!

7)  I wanted to add David to my "Friends" list so I clicked on the "Add Friend" button and he was added.  I clicked on the "Friends" tab at the top of the left-hand column and there he is:

I now have over 50 "Friends" on my list.  I am not related to some of them  according to Family Tree.  Some friends I could not find either because they are not connected to the Family Tree or I don't know or can't guess their username.  My own username is "randyseaver1" for some reason lost to the sands of time.

8)  This app works pretty well - I remember using it at RootsTech on my smart phone in 2018 and 2020 when I was in the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.  It worked well there also, but I never saved any of the relationships.

By the way, the app will work through 20 March 2021.

9)  If you want to be my "Friend" at RootsTech, relative or not, please comment below with your Username or email me with it.


Disclosure:  I am a RootsTech Connect 2021 Ambassador and have committed to providing regular publicity about the conference.  I have received free registration, snacks, meals and other benefits from FamilySearch over the 11 years of RootsTech.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Create An Ancestor's Timeline

 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) Do you use Timelines to help you in your research?  Create a Timeline (a chronological list with dates and events) for one of your ancestors that includes their parents, siblings, spouse(s) and children.  Tell us how you did it, and show us your work.
2)  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.

Here's mine:

I used RootsMagic 7 with the Reports > Lists > Timeline (Chronology List) and selected my grandmother (Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962) and selected her parents family and her family with her spouse. 

Here is my timeline:

There are two pages of Events listed chronologically, plus two pages of source citations, and an index page in this RootsMagic report.

It strikes me that almost every event on this list was a time of celebration (births, marriages, etc.) or mourning (deaths, burials, etc.).  Obviously, my grandmother did not participate in every event on this list, but she participated in most of them.  

This report would be enhanced if it listed the relationship of the person with the other persons in the report (e.g., father, mother, spouse, brother, sister, child, etc.).  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 13 to 19 February 2021

  The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  13 to 19 February 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Pennsylvania. U.S., Obituary and Marriage Records, 1947-2010; indexed records with record images, ADDED 2/18/2021

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., Deaths, 1870-1905; indexed records with record images, ADDED 2/18/2021

Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., Marriages, 1700-1809; indexed records without record images, Updated 2/17/2021

Washington, D.C., U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1826-1850; indexed records without record images, Updated 2/17/2021

New York, U.S., Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, 1861-1900; indexed records with record images, Updated 2/17/2021

Hillsdale County, Michigan, U.S., Farm Directory, 1919-1924; indexed records without record images, Updated 2/17/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 2 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,911 collections available as of 19 February, 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.

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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 13 to 19 February 2021

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

As of 19 February 2021, there are 2,963 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from Marshall are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Iowa, Military Discharge Records, ca.1862 - ca.1976 (; 33,021 indexed records with 33,021 record images, ADDED 16-Feb-2021
*  Nicaragua, Cemetery Records, 1922-2007 (; 185,282 indexed records with 185,282 record images, ADDED 15-Feb-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 254,534 indexed records with 254,534 record images (was 253,724 records with 2,159 images), UPDATED 14-Feb-2021
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 564,132 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 544,231 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 16-Feb-2021
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Civil Registration, 1792-1893 (; 547,872 indexed records with 118,246 record images (was 538,778 records with 118,246 images), UPDATED 17-Feb-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 364,493 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 352,979 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 369,606 indexed records with 159,086 record images (was 358,810 records with 154,740 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021

Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001 (; 186,298 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 171,140 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955 (; 159,950 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 130,221 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 312,483 indexed records with 150,439 record images (was 294,363 records with 140,611 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
British Columbia Naturalization Records, 1859-1926 (; 17,090 indexed records with 23,240 record images (was 12,718 records with 23,240 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933 (; 396,978 indexed records with 12,444 record images (was 396,977 records with 12,444 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021

Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918 (; 1,215,114 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 988,561 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 1,450,089 indexed records with 94,439 record images (was 1,439,703 records with 93,776 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976 (; 190,815 indexed records with 135,322 record images (was 190,718 records with 135,225 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 (; 598,112 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 587,743 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 17-Feb-2021
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 178,567 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 178,330 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 69,866 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 68,634 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974 (; 1,260,009 indexed records with 3,133,093 record images (was 1,260,009 records with 3,133,093 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 72,841 indexed records with 58,142 record images (was 69,682 records with 55,616 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Utah, Tooele County Records, 1855-1956 (; 103,604 indexed records with 114,486 record images (was 41,091 records with 114,486 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (243,049 records), no images (was 242,885 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,339 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 30,047,339 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 1,609,519 indexed records with 1,597,463 record images (was 1,609,483 records with 1,597,427 images), UPDATED 15-Feb-2021
Uruguay, Catholic Church Records, 1726-2000 (; 84,575 indexed records with 8,123 record images (was 84,575 records with 8,123 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 (; 448 indexed records with 447 record images (was 341 records with 340 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 21,502 indexed records with 3,057 record images (was 9,450 records with 1,079 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021

Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 (; 3,835,070 indexed records with 828,877 record images (was 3,835,070 records with 828,877 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 (; 104 indexed records with 104 record images (was 68 records with 68 images), UPDATED 16-Feb-2021
Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1860-1996 (; 2,665,704 indexed records with 1,550,638 record images (was 2,665,704 records with 1,550,638 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 11,696 indexed records with 16,163 record images (was 11,688 records with 14,819 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 90,249 indexed records with 45,384 record images (was 79,920 records with 37,644 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021

England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 129,287 indexed records with 48,231 record images (was 129,036 records with 48,202 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924 (; 274,820 indexed records with 253,004 record images (was 240,889 records with 219,086 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007 (; 4,919,131 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 4,859,050 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 16-Feb-2021
Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950 (; 65,771 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 55,314 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 654,820 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 654,736 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021

Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949 (; Index only (3,297,747 records), no images (was 3,250,043 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 62,997 indexed records with 80,195 record images (was 62,637 records with 70,381 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Liberia Census, 2008 (; 696,700 indexed records with 152,026 record images (was 646,242 records with 139,857 images), UPDATED 16-Feb-2021
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 19-Feb-2021
Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 (; 1,399,475 indexed records with 3,675,058 record images (was 1,375,874 records with 3,675,058 images), UPDATED 13-Feb-2021

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 287,697 indexed records with 17,340 record images (was 283,131 records with 17,034 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 214,806 indexed records with 210,211 record images (was 213,355 records with 208,826 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 32,425,877 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 30,689,631 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850 (; 8,550 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 0 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Texas, Various Counties, Military Discharge Records, 1916-1990 (; 34,087 indexed records with 11,843 record images (was 28,244 records with 7,763 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021

Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 (; Index only (348,407 records), no images (was 341,368 records with 0 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg and Posen, Church Book Duplicates, 1794-1874 (; 1,702,801 indexed records with 288,145 record images (was 1,702,801 records with 288,145 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 226,846 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 222,152 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990 (; 5,002 indexed records with 2,280,204 record images (was 4,369 records with 2,280,204 images), UPDATED 16-Feb-2021
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 5,648,233 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 5,567,321 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021

Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964 (; 346,394 indexed records with 395,682 record images (was 341,338 records with 395,682 images), UPDATED 17-Feb-2021
Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998 (; 1,088,351 indexed records with 144,834 record images (was 1,088,351 records with 144,834 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1571-1926 (; 196,110 indexed records with 3,485 record images (was 189,080 records with 3,485 images), UPDATED 16-Feb-2021
Maine, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1990 (; 68,775 indexed records with 207,883 record images (was 32,923 records with 207,883 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 1,111,592 indexed records with 1,111,082 record images (was 1,056,536 records with 1,056,025 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-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 18-Feb-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,209,208 indexed records with 1,965,805 record images (was 7,208,734 records with 1,968,746 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 319,684 indexed records with 184,034 record images (was 319,521 records with 183,878 images), UPDATED 17-Feb-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,279,436 indexed records with 100,365 record images (was 1,274,877 records with 100,093 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979 (; 889,687 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 889,687 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935 (; 1,011,348 indexed records with 3,617 record images (was 1,007,766 records with 3,617 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 429,820 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 426,143 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943 (; 211,216 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 176,745 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
California Great Registers, 1850-1920 (; Index only (3,321,801 records), no images (was 3,310,884 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021
Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 (; 578,819 indexed records with 23,079 record images (was 576,167 records with 22,982 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021

Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 (; 3,200,913 indexed records with 2,513,517 record images (was 3,169,741 records with 2,513,517 images), UPDATED 13-Feb-2021
South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872 (; 245,772 indexed records with 6,707 record images (was 245,755 records with 6,704 images), UPDATED 13-Feb-2021
Texas, Grimes County, Marriage Records, 1951-1966 (; 11,631 indexed records with 7,002 record images (was 11,024 records with 6,464 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 2,400,483 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 2,400,483 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 18-Feb-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 93,601 indexed records with 10,741 record images (was 92,621 records with 10,632 images), UPDATED 19-Feb-2021

Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 14,775 record images (was 1,941 records with 14,772 images), UPDATED 16-Feb-2021

--- 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
Maryland, Allegany County, Tax and Voter Records, 1798-1948 (; 255,522 indexed records with 16,063 record images (was 255,522 records with 12,890 images), last updated 08-Feb-2021
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990 (; 12,714,895 indexed records with 65,329 record images (was 12,714,895 records with 62,500 images), last updated 26-Jan-2021
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,638 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,594 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (; 551,175 indexed records with 131,948 record images (was 551,175 records with 128,983 images), last updated 25-Nov-2020

North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000 (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 160,900 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 153,069 images), last updated 05-Oct-2020
California, Pioneer Migration Index, Compiled 1906-1935 (; 6,651 indexed records with 6,373 record images (was 6,651 records with 229 images), last updated 02-May-2019
United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969 (; 469,181 indexed records with 69,358 record images (was 469,181 records with 69,354 images), last updated 01-Jan-2021
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,680,488 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,680,476 images), last updated 16-Dec-2020
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,840 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,803 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 327,307 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 316,808 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 264,217 indexed records with 19,979 record images (was 264,217 records with 19,479 images), last updated 13-Aug-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,652,934 indexed records with 154,907 record images (was 3,652,934 records with 157,673 images), last updated 19-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
Louisiana, New Orleans Index to Passenger Lists, 1853-1952 (; 439,472 indexed records with 435,363 record images (was 439,472 records with 435,372 images), last updated 27-Aug-2020
England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980 (; 1,856,794 indexed records with 130,465 record images (was 1,856,794 records with 139,127 images), last updated 23-Oct-2020
Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992 (; 266,663 indexed records with 41,095 record images (was 266,663 records with 42,640 images), last updated 01-Feb-2021

Delaware, Church Records, 1707-1939 (; 75,282 indexed records with 3,532 record images (was 75,282 records with 3,580 images), last updated 13-Feb-2020
Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937 (; 14,239 indexed records with 612 record images (was 14,239 records with 1,773 images), last updated 14-May-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
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,559 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,615 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
New York, New York, Index to Passengers Lists of Vessels, 1897-1902 (; 870,652 indexed records with 856,565 record images (was 870,652 records with 857,036 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020

New Brunswick County Registers of Births Index, ca. 1812-1919 (; 142,670 indexed records with 4,341 record images (was 142,670 records with 5,992 images), last updated 07-Nov-2020
Arizona, Maricopa County, Voting Records, 1876-1932 (; 408,162 indexed records with 18,267 record images (was 408,162 records with 20,470 images), last updated 02-Jul-2020
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 126,657 indexed records with 5,979 record images (was 126,657 records with 6,339 images), last updated 02-Sep-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900 (; 527,525 indexed records with 225,986 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,446 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (; 628,439 indexed records with 29,937 record images (was 628,439 records with 30,151 images), last updated 08-Feb-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,529 records), no images (was 875,610,530 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.


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Friday, February 19, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 19 February 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, 23 February, 11 a.m.:  Bringing your family photos to life on MyHeritage, by Keren Dotan

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 24 February, 11 a.m.: Polish genealogy online - portals and databases, by Kinga Urbanska

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Shoot Like a Pro: How to Record Quality Videos Using Your Mobile Device, by Elizabeth M. O'Neal

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone -- Why are Parent/Sibling DNA Comparisons so Confusing? by Michelle Leonard

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Episode 250 - 10 Surprising Genealogical Finds at Google Books

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #251r - Directories and Maps

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  FamilySearch:  RootsTech 2021 Sneak Peek

*  Your DNA Guide:  YDNA Tests for Family History


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Search New British and Black History Records this Findmypast Friday

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Search new British and Black History records this Findmypast Friday

Discover marriages, pub landlords and more this Findmypast Friday. Here's what's new this week.

Britain, Marriage Licences

Search over 100,000 new additions from the Diocese of Durham dating all the way back to the 16thcentury.

With records from as early as 1115, this useful collection covers fifteen English counties including London, Lancashire, Suffolk, Exeter, Lincoln, Yorkshire, and more. Marriage licenses will reveal your ancestor’s intended spouse, father’s name, and the intended marriage place.

Cambridgeshire, Licensed Victuallers

Were your Cambridgeshire ancestors pub landlords? Discover the name of their establishment, its location and when they ran it.

The surviving records for Cambridgeshire 1764-1828 are kept in the Cambridgeshire Archives in Ely. They have been photographed and transcribed by members of the Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Family History Society, which has kindly licensed the records for the use of researchers on Findmypast.

Each record normally includes the name and abode of the victualler, the name of the alehouse, tavern or inn, and the name and abode of the person providing surety.

United States, Inspection Roll Of Negroes, 1783

Search the records of Black Loyalists evacuated by the British from New York in 1783 after defeat in the American War of Independence. Please note that the terms used in historical records reflect the attitudes and language of the time and may now be considered inappropriate, derogatory or offensive.

A page from the Inspection Rolls documenting Harry Washington (see attached), former slave of George Washington, who escaped to British lines in 1776 and rose to the rank of corporal in Lord Dunmore's regiment of "Black Pioneers".

The records in the Inspection Roll are highly detailed. The exact content varies according to the status of the individual evacuee (for instance, whether free, or former slave, or slave of a Loyalist), but most will include a combination of their name, age, status, physical description and the vessel they were evacuated on.


Explore 11 new titles covering diverse locations from India, China, Dominica and Antigua to Beverley, Birkenhead and Blandford. Brand new to the collection this week are:
Findmypast have also added additional pages to 19 existing titles as follows;

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