Saturday, February 27, 2021

My Day 3 at RootsTech Connect 2021

The way this day ended was a lot more exciting and stimulating than how it began for me here in the genea-cave pecking away on my keyboard.  I actually got to talk to people in person (well, on Zoom, but it's better than chatting via text).

1)  The sessions that I watched yesterday afternoon and today included:

*  Ron Tanner on "What's coming on"  He mentioned improving the Add/Find process on Family Tree, changing hinting records and possible duplicates on Family Tree, notifying users of Family Tree changes faster, and improving the "Genealogies" feature with hints, sources and memories.

*  Crista Cowan on "Daily Wrap Up with Feb. 26."  Not much new information here.

*  Miles Meyer on "Adding Maps to Your Family History Analysis."  Some good tips here on map sites, and using Google Maps, Google Sheets and Google Earth.

*  Drew Smith on "Crowdsourcing Your Brick Walls."  Drew covered message boards, mailing lists,  social media and crafting queries in his three talks.

*  Cathie Sherwood on "Ankle Beaters and Barkers: Exploring Our Ancestors' Occupations."  I enjoyed this talk which provided many links to websites with historic occupations. 

*  Debbie Kennett on "Secrets and Surprises: Uncovering Family History Mysteries Through DNA."  Debbie reviews how DNA analysis has solved a multitude of cases and the impact on users.

2)  I watched parts of the Keynotes on the Main Stage.  I enjoyed the Song contest review, and thought that Steve Rockwood's keynote did not have enough genealogy content.

3)  I saw a Facebook invitation in the Ambassadors Group several days ago about an After-party at 1 p.m. PST today so I signed up.  It was Live on Facebook and YouTube for an hour, hosted by the Family Connections Experiment folks.  This had about 40 attendees on YouTube (couldn't tell on Facebook), and had a number of prizes given away.  I won a lifelong Collectionaire membership which looks interesting.  I will probably blog more about it sometime.  This was fun to see real people talking excitedly and sharing, plus I won something!

4)  After a short nap, I joined the DearMYRTLE After Party at 4 p.m. PST, which had up to 66 attendees in a Zoom meeting.  This was also invigorating since I knew most of the people and put a face and voice to people I had not seen or heard before.  It was mainly sharing in the first hour, and then we played a Scavenger Hunt game in the second hour.  We were divided into groups of 3-5 to solve six research questions in 15 minutes.  Our group split up the tasks, and most groups got it all right.  

5)  My Relatives at RootsTech count is now 105,127, with one third cousin 1x removed and 16 4th cousins 1x removed.  

6)  So that is RootsTech for another year.  I did not miss the airplane ride, the hotel room, the cold weather in Salt Lake City, JB's restaurant.  I did miss the excitement, the real Expo Hall, the Media Hub, seeing and talking with hundreds of friends, and the in-person after party at DearMYRTLE's home.  


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 -- Your Favorite RootsTech Connect 2021 Moment, Experience, Session, Feature

 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) Did you attend the free and virtual RootsTech Connect 2021 this week?  What was your favorite moment, experience, session, and/or feature?
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:

1)  My favorite "moment" was watching the Song contest - very earnest and serious and enthusiastic singers playing their original work.  

2)  My favorite experience was going to the Desktop Diner in a Zoom meeting on Friday and being able to actually talk to people in the breakout rooms.  I spoke with Diane L. Richard (who I knew of but have never met) and we talked about our family origins - there were up to 8 people in the room at times).  I also talked to Richard Bernard (who I had never met or known of) about genealogy and politics.  He was intrigued by my blog.  This ended way too early - I could have spent hours on it.

3)  My favorite session was Cathie Sherwood's "Ankle Beaters and Barkers: Exploring Our Ancestors Occupations."

4)  My favorite feature was the "Relatives at RootsTech" app on the website and the Family Tree mobile app.  I have over 103,500 relatives among the half million of more registrants, and found some real friends on the list.  My closest relative was George, a known 3rd cousin 1x removed that looked me up in the Expo Hall last year!  

I much prefer going to RootsTech in person and enjoy most the person-to-person connections with exhibitors, bloggers, speakers, and Genea-Musings readers.  But not this year - hopefully, next year in Salt Lake City.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 20 to 26 February 2021

   The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  20 to 26 February 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Global, Find a Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/26/2021

Mexico, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/26/2021

Norway, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/26/2021

Sweden, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/26/2021

Distrito Federal, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933; indexed database with record images, Updated 2/26/2021

U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/26/2021

UK and Ireland, Find a Grave Index, 1300s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/26/2021

Crawford County, Ohio, Church Records 1853-2007; indexed database with record images, ADDED 2/25/2021

Brazil, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/25/2021

Italy, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/25/2021

Web: Ontario, Canada Immigration Records 1865-1883; indexed database without record images, ADDED 2/25/2021

Germany, Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/25/2021

Australia and New Zealand, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/25/2021

Ohio, Licking County, Hartford Township Records, 1881-1962; indexed database with record images, ADDED 2/25/2021

Ohio, Bloomfield Township, Brownwood Cemetery Records, 1824-2012; indexed database with record images, ADDED 2/25/2021

Ohio, Grace Episcopal Church Records, 1880-1980; indexed database with record images, ADDED 2/25/2021

Washington County, Ohio, U.S., Newspaper Obituaries, 1884-2013; indexed database without record images, ADDED 2/25/2021

Carroll County, Ohio, Veteran Grave Registrations, 1817-1980; indexed database without record images, ADDED 2/25/2021

Ohio, Cleveland, Trinity Lutheran Church Records, 1853-2013; indexed database with record images, ADDED 2/25/2021

Ohio, Washington County Court Records, 1810-1930; indexed database without record images, ADDED 2/25/2021

Canada, Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/25/2021

Nova Scotia, Canada, Black Loyalist Directory, 1783; indexed database without record images, Updated 2/24/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 10 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,920 collections available as of 26 February, an increase of  9 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 20 to 26 February 2021

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

As of 26 February 2021, there are 2,967 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 4 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from Marshall are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Idaho, Military Discharge Records, ca.1917 - ca.1960 (; 1,258 indexed records with 1,258 record images, ADDED 24-Feb-2021
*  Germany, Bavaria, Catholic Church Records, 1650-1875 (; 1,133,938 indexed records with 1,133,938 record images, ADDED 24-Feb-2021
*  Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 (; 37,960 indexed records with 37,960 record images, ADDED 26-Feb-2021
*  Hawaii, Hawaii State Archives, Probate Packet Records, 1814-1917 (; 1,910 indexed records with 1,910 record images, ADDED 22-Feb-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 1,532,511 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 1,532,511 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021
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 24-Feb-2021
Ontario, Toronto Trust Cemeteries, 1826-1989 (; 150,838 indexed records with 7,234 record images (was 150,838 records with 7,234 images), UPDATED 20-Feb-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 384,187 indexed records with 165,747 record images (was 369,606 records with 159,086 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Alabama, Military Discharge Records, ca.1918 - ca.1962 (; 30,254 indexed records with 12,763 record images (was 30,240 records with 22,090 images), UPDATED 21-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 25-Feb-2021
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 (; 407,177 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 393,835 records with 37,199 images), UPDATED 22-Feb-2021
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 (; 919 indexed records with 918 record images (was 448 records with 447 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 53,951 indexed records with 8,139 record images (was 21,502 records with 3,057 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 (; 144 indexed records with 144 record images (was 104 records with 104 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 250,964 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 226,652 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
France, Protestant Church Records, 1536-1897 (; 149,574 indexed records with 39,994 record images (was 149,574 records with 39,994 images), UPDATED 20-Feb-2021
Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950 (; 76,000 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 65,771 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949 (; Index only (3,307,623 records), no images (was 3,297,747 records with 0 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 5,847,342 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 5,648,233 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 22-Feb-2021

United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 (; 2,214,296 indexed records with 2,340,067 record images (was 2,214,296 records with 2,340,067 images), UPDATED 20-Feb-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 (; 1,182,993 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 1,182,993 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 20-Feb-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,209,932 indexed records with 1,968,965 record images (was 7,209,208 records with 1,965,805 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records, 1760, 1905-2013 (; 1,577,338 indexed records with 665,914 record images (was 1,577,299 records with 665,914 images), UPDATED 21-Feb-2021
Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911 (; 299,105 indexed records with 206,316 record images (was 299,086 records with 206,316 images), UPDATED 25-Feb-2021

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 430,203 indexed records with 6,749 record images (was 416,745 records with 6,506 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943 (; 240,696 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 211,216 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940 (; 1,500,689 indexed records with 654,418 record images (was 1,500,689 records with 654,418 images), UPDATED 21-Feb-2021
Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966 (; 1,851,299 indexed records with 2,017,500 record images (was 1,851,299 records with 2,017,500 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949 (; 344,856 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 337,300 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 22-Feb-2021

New Hampshire, County Naturalization Records, 1771-2001 (; 171,517 indexed records with 173,600 record images (was 171,517 records with 173,600 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 646,123 indexed records with 61,909 record images (was 267,890 records with 61,909 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 502,039 indexed records with 41,892 record images (was 500,335 records with 27,059 images), UPDATED 22-Feb-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 71,566 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 69,866 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955 (; 264,300 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 163,829 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 22-Feb-2021

Florida Deaths, 1877-1939 (; 471,799 indexed records with 471,267 record images (was 471,799 records with 471,267 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932 (; 301,992 indexed records with 301,104 record images (was 285,075 records with 284,196 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924 (; 275,004 indexed records with 253,188 record images (was 274,820 records with 253,004 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021
South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956 (; 347,435 indexed records with 102,193 record images (was 347,435 records with 102,193 images), UPDATED 20-Feb-2021
Montana, County Naturalizations, 1856-1979 (; 52,124 indexed records with 46,602 record images (was 52,124 records with 46,602 images), UPDATED 20-Feb-2021

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 24-Feb-2021
Norway, Oslo Census, 1901 (; 205,348 indexed records with 6,108 record images (was 197,473 records with 8,971 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 432,351 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 429,820 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872 (; 245,906 indexed records with 6,715 record images (was 245,772 records with 6,707 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 94,138 indexed records with 10,836 record images (was 93,601 records with 10,741 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021

Sweden, Västerbotten Church Records, 1619-1896; index, 1688-1860 (; 242,079 indexed records with 170,304 record images (was 232,145 records with 170,304 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1985 (; 63,919 indexed records with 706,557 record images (was 63,919 records with 706,557 images), UPDATED 20-Feb-2021
Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976 (; 297,224 indexed records with 70,504 record images (was 297,222 records with 70,504 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 385,413 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 364,493 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001 (; 205,785 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 186,298 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021

Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 (; 5,202,936 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 5,202,936 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 20-Feb-2021
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005 (; 1,550,855 indexed records with 1,116,809 record images (was 1,550,855 records with 1,116,809 images), UPDATED 20-Feb-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (243,592 records), no images (was 243,049 records with 0 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 1,464,219 indexed records with 95,196 record images (was 1,450,089 records with 94,439 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976 (; 193,603 indexed records with 135,579 record images (was 190,815 records with 135,322 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021

Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927 (; 305,880 indexed records with 336,900 record images (was 305,880 records with 336,900 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
France, Coutances et d'Avranches Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1894 (; 620,378 indexed records with 19,201 record images (was 620,378 records with 19,201 images), UPDATED 20-Feb-2021
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 1,609,530 indexed records with 1,597,474 record images (was 1,609,519 records with 1,597,463 images), UPDATED 25-Feb-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 12,342 indexed records with 17,951 record images (was 11,696 records with 16,163 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 4,693,826 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 4,693,826 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 22-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 23-Feb-2021
Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941 (; 502,246 indexed records with 607,070 record images (was 394,229 records with 607,070 images), UPDATED 25-Feb-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 216,405 indexed records with 211,713 record images (was 214,806 records with 210,211 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Texas, Voter Records, 1867-1918 (; 163,550 indexed records with 4,244 record images (was 163,231 records with 4,238 images), UPDATED 22-Feb-2021
Arizona, Various County Divorce Records, 1877-1937 (; 59,923 indexed records with 59,795 record images (was 18,095 records with 18,068 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
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 23-Feb-2021

California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 319,877 indexed records with 184,222 record images (was 319,684 records with 184,034 images), UPDATED 22-Feb-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,287,493 indexed records with 100,813 record images (was 1,279,436 records with 100,365 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964 (; 346,394 indexed records with 395,682 record images (was 346,394 records with 395,682 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021
Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 14,975 record images (was 1,941 records with 14,775 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968 (; 48,291 indexed records with 521,512 record images (was 48,291 records with 521,512 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 127,228 indexed records with 11,357 record images (was 126,868 records with 11,339 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
North Carolina, Davidson County Vital Records, 1867-2006 (; 155,572 indexed records with 79,128 record images (was 155,572 records with 79,128 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021
United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (; 30,165,145 indexed records with 24,999,338 record images (was 30,165,145 records with 24,999,338 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 283,342 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 283,342 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970 (; 1,927,411 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 1,927,411 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 655,134 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 654,820 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 (; 175,499 indexed records with 9,228 record images (was 174,293 records with 9,228 images), UPDATED 23-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 25-Feb-2021
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 1,186,859 indexed records with 1,186,296 record images (was 1,111,592 records with 1,111,082 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 129,312 indexed records with 48,245 record images (was 129,287 records with 48,231 images), UPDATED 25-Feb-2021

New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 4,035,183 indexed records with 37,438 record images (was 3,591,169 records with 37,438 images), UPDATED 22-Feb-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 291,951 indexed records with 17,721 record images (was 287,697 records with 17,340 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021
Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1914 (; 410,043 indexed records with 3,506,224 record images (was 410,043 records with 3,506,224 images), UPDATED 23-Feb-2021
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 (; 166,065 indexed records with 30,440 record images (was 157,404 records with 36,838 images), UPDATED 22-Feb-2021
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1918 (; 55,430 indexed records with 3,592 record images (was 45,224 records with 2,844 images), UPDATED 25-Feb-2021

Virginia Voter Registration, 1902-1970 (; 6,043 indexed records with 364 record images (was 5,761 records with 355 images), UPDATED 22-Feb-2021
Montana, Flathead County Records, 1871-2007 (; 73,188 indexed records with 151,157 record images (was 73,188 records with 151,157 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021
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 24-Feb-2021
South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965 (; 1,111,950 indexed records with 682,974 record images (was 1,111,950 records with 682,974 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 344,244 indexed records with 166,063 record images (was 312,483 records with 150,439 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021

Arizona, Navajo County, Voting Records, 1895-1954 (; 53,274 indexed records with 6,694 record images (was 49,366 records with 3,427 images), UPDATED 22-Feb-2021
Texas, Grimes County, Marriage Records, 1951-1966 (; 11,647 indexed records with 7,015 record images (was 11,631 records with 7,002 images), UPDATED 24-Feb-2021
Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945 (; 3,796 indexed records with 185,883 record images (was 0 records with 185,883 images), UPDATED 26-Feb-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Australia, South Australia, Will and Probate Records (; 48,404 indexed records with 47,189 record images (was 48,404 records with 47,179 images), last updated 24-Aug-2020
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,652,934 indexed records with 157,177 record images (was 3,652,934 records with 154,907 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,298 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 307,278 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990 (; 12,714,895 indexed records with 90,312 record images (was 12,714,895 records with 65,329 images), last updated 26-Jan-2021
Oregon, Multnomah County, Voting Registration Records, 1908-1958 (; 988,587 indexed records with 982,475 record images (was 988,587 records with 980,966 images), last updated 15-Jul-2020

Uruguay, Catholic Church Records, 1726-2000 (; 177,827 indexed records with 19,293 record images (was 84,575 records with 8,123 images), last updated 18-Feb-2021
Alabama, Confederate Pension Applications, ca. 1880-1930's (; 264,773 indexed records with 261,619 record images (was 264,773 records with 261,618 images), last updated 17-Aug-2020
Louisiana Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970 (; 76,332 indexed records with 35 record images (was 76,332 records with 33 images), last updated 14-Feb-2020
Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992 (; 266,663 indexed records with 42,640 record images (was 266,663 records with 41,095 images), last updated 01-Feb-2021
Alabama State Census, 1866 (; 243,781 indexed records with 6,274 record images (was 243,781 records with 17 images), last updated 12-Dec-2011

Delaware, Church Records, 1707-1939 (; 75,282 indexed records with 3,580 record images (was 75,282 records with 3,532 images), last updated 13-Feb-2020
South Africa, Natal, Passenger Lists, 1860-1911 (; 154,219 indexed records with 6,701 record images (was 154,219 records with 6,682 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (; 628,439 indexed records with 30,151 record images (was 628,439 records with 29,937 images), last updated 08-Feb-2021
New York, New York, Index to Passengers Lists of Vessels, 1897-1902 (; 870,652 indexed records with 857,036 record images (was 870,652 records with 856,565 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020
New Brunswick County Registers of Births Index, ca. 1812-1919 (; 142,670 indexed records with 5,992 record images (was 142,670 records with 4,341 images), last updated 07-Nov-2020

New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 126,657 indexed records with 6,339 record images (was 126,657 records with 5,979 images), last updated 02-Sep-2020
Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 73,030 indexed records with 58,299 record images (was 72,841 records with 58,142 images), last updated 18-Feb-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt, Civil Registration, 1874-1982 (; 180,514 indexed records with 178,731 record images (was 180,514 records with 179,072 images), last updated 20-Nov-2020
Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 (; 578,819 indexed records with 23,074 record images (was 578,819 records with 23,079 images), last updated 18-Feb-2021
Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991 (; 178,686 indexed records with 212,739 record images (was 178,686 records with 212,742 images), last updated 29-May-2020
Ireland, Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage License Bonds Indexes, 1623-1866 (; 218,434 indexed records with 7,804 record images (was 218,434 records with 7,847 images), last updated 27-Sep-2019
Alabama Voter Registration and Poll Tax Cards, 1834-1981 (; 498,196 indexed records with 35,907 record images (was 498,196 records with 38,865 images), last updated 09-Feb-2021

United States, California, List of United States Citizens Arriving at San Francisco, 1930-1949 (; 438,236 indexed records with 31,732 record images (was 438,236 records with 31,779 images), last updated 28-Aug-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 43,713 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 53,004 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
Arizona, Nogales, Index and Manifests of Alien Arrivals, 1905-1952 (; 502,795 indexed records with 495,070 record images (was 502,795 records with 496,137 images), last updated 21-Apr-2020
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1936 (; 93,817 indexed records with 5,549 record images (was 93,817 records with 5,812 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981 (; 486,930 indexed records with 19,025 record images (was 486,930 records with 22,680 images), last updated 25-Apr-2019

Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900 (; 527,525 indexed records with 224,839 record images (was 527,525 records with 225,986 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
Connecticut Naturalization Records, 1795-1942 (; 175,235 indexed records with 102,225 record images (was 175,235 records with 102,286 images), last updated 24-Nov-2020
Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 (; 1,875,674 indexed records with 1,852,894 record images (was 1,875,674 records with 1,852,994 images), last updated 30-Nov-2020
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
Texas, El Paso Alien Arrivals, 1909-1924 (; 200,166 indexed records with 187,539 record images (was 200,166 records with 198,636 images), last updated 30-Apr-2019

California, San Francisco Chinese passenger lists, 1882-1947 (; 299,854 indexed records with 9,740 record images (was 299,854 records with 14,942 images), last updated 29-Jan-2021
Texas, Passenger and Crew Lists Arriving at Various Ports, 1896-1951 (; 196,073 indexed records with 100,734 record images (was 196,073 records with 101,080 images), last updated 21-Oct-2020
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,676,699 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,680,488 images), last updated 16-Dec-2020
Arizona, Gila County, Voting Registers, 1881-1920 (; 81,164 indexed records with 1,124 record images (was 81,164 records with 4,277 images), last updated 21-Dec-2020
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,740 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,749 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019

Norway Census, 1801 (; 878,979 indexed records with 13,260 record images (was 878,979 records with 13,261 images), last updated 19-Oct-2020
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (; 551,175 indexed records with 127,488 record images (was 551,175 records with 131,948 images), last updated 25-Nov-2020
Illinois, Church Records, 1837-1995 (; 16,710 indexed records with 42 record images (was 16,710 records with 1,183 images), last updated 13-Jan-2021
United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969 (; 469,181 indexed records with 69,353 record images (was 469,181 records with 69,358 images), last updated 01-Jan-2021
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,549 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,840 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020

Washington, Native American, Census Records, 1880-1952 (; 140,781 indexed records with 7,961 record images (was 140,781 records with 7,964 images), last updated 09-Apr-2019
Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960 (; 8,280,976 indexed records with 2,315,797 record images (was 8,280,982 records with 2,315,874 images), last updated 27-Jan-2021

--- Collections with new records ---

Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988 (; 2,509,919 indexed records with 137,344 record images (was 2,509,918 records with 137,344 images), last updated 19-Dec-2018
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 227,680 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 226,846 records with 586,312 images), last updated 18-Feb-2021
Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950 (; 4,915,855 indexed records with 1,231,203 record images (was 4,915,854 records with 1,231,203 images), last updated 15-Jan-2020
Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008 (; 3,836,460 indexed records with 828,877 record images (was 3,835,070 records with 828,877 images), last updated 19-Feb-2021
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 178,605 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 178,567 records with 829,309 images), last updated 18-Feb-2021

Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 (; 2,330,519 indexed records with 3,087,354 record images (was 2,330,518 records with 3,087,354 images), last updated 08-May-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

Pennsylvania, Church Marriages, 1682-1976 (; 8,776 indexed records with 23,593 record images (was 101,989 records with 23,593 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,528 records), no images (was 875,610,529 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Tennessee Church Marriages, 1810-1965 (; 244 indexed records with 3,933 record images (was 1,320 records with 3,933 images), last updated 27-Jan-2020


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

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link). It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Friday, February 26, 2021

My Day 2 at RootsTech Connect 2021

 Day 2 for me started at about 2 p.m. on Thursday until about 2 p.m. on Wednesday.  My usual genealogy activities and real life have interrupted my session watching, but that's OK because the Sessions will be on the RootsTech site for a year.  However, the Chats, Expo Hall, Song Contest and Relatives at RootsTech will be taken down on Sunday.

I watched a number of sessions in the past 24 hours, including:

*  Nicole Dyer's "How to Interpret a DNA Cluster Chart."  This provides basic information which is useful for beginners and intermediates.

*  Kitty Cooper's "Why Contribute Your Research To a One World Collaborative Tree."  Kitty covers FamilySearch Family Tree, WikiTree, and Geni - but only the "why" and brief comparsions.

*  Andy Lee's 3-part series on "Bring Your Genealogical Society Into the 21st Century"  Pretty good summary of what's available for genealogy societies to work efficiently.  

*  Karen Stanbary's "Ruling Out Instead of Ruling In: DNA & the GPS In Action".  Interesting concept.

*  Debbie Kennet's "Genetic Genealogy Meets CSI."  Debbie reviews the issues and experience with law enforcement using autosomal DNA matches.

*  Ron Tanner's "What's New in FamilySearch."  This covers the last year of changes implemented in FamilySearch Family Tree.

I signed up for the Zoom meeting for the Desktop Diner at 1 p.m. today, and there were over 200 RootsTech attendees just brimming over with excitement that they could actually talk to other attendees face to face. This was fun!  I went to two Breakout sessions, first with Diane L. Richard for "Donuts with Diane," and then Richard Bernard for the "Hot Fudge Volcanic Brownie."  This was over too soon - I had several more Breakout sessions I wanted to attend.  I took a screen shot of the main room near the end:

I am up to 100,114 Relatives at RootsTech, and have reached the limit of 150 Friends on the website.  I Friended my top 100 (5th cousins or closer) or so plus people I know.  The Friends remain on the app until 20 March 2021 but I think the website goes away after Sunday.

That's Day 2.  There's one more Day to go, and I'm going to watch more sessions, chat with vendors in the Expo Hall, and attend the Ambassadors After Party on Saturday at 1 p.m. PST.  


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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Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 26 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, 2 March, 5 p.m.:  British Genealogy Online: The Top English & Welsh Family History Websites,  by Rick Crume

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 3 March, 11 a.m.:  La Madre Chiesa - Italian Catholic Parish Records, by Suzanne Russo Adams

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Polish genealogy online - portals and databases, by Kinga Urbanska

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  How Did My Pennsylvania Ancestor Get There?: Migration Trails West, by Elissa Scalise Powell

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:
*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #253 - Google Search Tricks

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Cheri Hudson Passey:  GenFriends: Kicking Off Relative Race Season 7 with Chris and DeShae!


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