Saturday, March 13, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your #1 All-Time Favorite Song

 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!):

What is your all-time favorite song? Yep, number 1. It's hard to choose sometimes. If you made your favorite all-time Top 40 music selections, what would be #1?

2. Tell us about it. Why is it a favorite? Do you have special memories attached to this song? 

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 listed some of my favorite all-time songs, mainly from the 1950's and 1960's, in several posts here and here. I never got past 1964, it seems, on my list. That sort of dates me, huh?

From that list, my #1 all-time favorite is from 1961 - I Love How You Love Me by The Paris Sisters. You can hear the song here and read the lyrics here.

Why this song? 1961 was my high school graduation year and I was a hopeless teenage geek (5 foot 6 inches tall, 120 pounds, googly glasses, goofy overbite grin, pimples, butch haircut - you get the picture!). No dates, no girlfriends, no hope...just music to swoon by.

Like every red-blooded male teen, I yearned for a girlfriend and more, and songs like this really raised my, um, spirit. It took eight more years before I found the love of my life, but it was worth the wait!

I wonder if my daughters and grandchildren will ever find this post and learn a little bit more about my life?

It will be interesting to see the music mix from the bloggers and readers for this SNGF, since we are such a diverse group!


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 6 to 12 March 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  6 to 12 March 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

1939 England and Wales Register; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/11/2021

Massachusetts, Delayed and Corrected Vital Records, 1753-1900; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/11/2021

Delaware Baptisms, 1697-1886; indexed records without record images, ADDED 3/11/2021

New Jersey, Calvary United Methodist Church Records, 1821-2003; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/11/2021

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, RMS Titanic Fatality Reports, 1912; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/11/2021

Haut Rhin, France, Census, 1866; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/11/2021

San Luis Potosí, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1970; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/10/2021

Puebla, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1970; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/10/2021

Oregon, U.S., State Marriages, 1906-1968; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/10/2021

Oregon, U.S., State Births, 1842-1917; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/10/2021

Oregon, State Divorces, 1925-1968; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/10/2021

Ireland, Census Search Forms, 1841-1851; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/8/2021

Ireland, Court of Chancery Records, 1633-1851; indexed records with record images, ADDED    3/8/2021

Ireland, Poor Law and Board of Guardian Records, 1839-1920; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/8/2021

Ireland, Catholic Qualification and Convert Rolls, 1701-1845; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/8/2021

Ireland, Church of Ireland Search Forms for Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1731-1870; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/8/2021

Nova Scotia, Canada, Census, Assessment and Poll Tax Records, 1770-1795, 1827, 1838; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/8/2021

Ireland, Valuation Records, 1824-1856; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/8/2021

Ireland, Exchequer Court of Equity Bill Books, 1674-1850; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/8/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 12 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,942 collections available as of 12 March, an increase of  12 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 6 to 12 March 2021

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

As of 12 March 2021, there are 2,969 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from Marshall are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Alaska, WWII Statement of Service Records, 1948-1949    (; 8,524 indexed records with 8,524 record images, ADDED 09-Mar-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Texas, Various Counties, Military Discharge Records, 1916-1990  (; 41,043 indexed records with 18,012 record images (was 34,087 records with 11,843 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929   (; 255,139 indexed records with 2,169 record images (was 254,824 records with 2,167 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 1,536,430 indexed records with 101,556 record images (was 1,493,077 records with 96,782 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 406,436 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 406,436 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980   (; 1,462,106 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,447,032 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021

Virginia, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872     (; 834,464 indexed records with 197,862 record images (was 834,464 records with 197,862 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 405,641 indexed records with 174,757 record images (was 393,004 records with 169,766 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001   (; 209,484 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 208,489 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890        (; 897,849 indexed records with 90,497 record images (was 897,849 records with 90,497 images), UPDATED 09-Mar-2021
England, Manchester, Parish Registers, 1603-1910        (; 1,782,418 indexed records with 248,202 record images (was 1,782,418 records with 248,202 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021

Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1974  (; 877,189 indexed records with 419,985 record images (was 877,189 records with 419,985 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records, 1544-1945   (; 252,071 indexed records with 141,003 record images (was 252,071 records with 141,003 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
New York, Southern District, U.S District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1946       (; 2,766,464 indexed records with 2,187,206 record images (was 2,766,464 records with 2,187,206 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2021
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 847,077 indexed records with 61,909 record images (was 646,123 records with 61,909 images), UPDATED 09-Mar-2021
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983       (; 558,339 indexed records with 235,772 record images (was 558,339 records with 235,772 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021

Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976   (; 194,082 indexed records with 135,672 record images (was 193,974 records with 135,669 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2021
Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1850-1896     (; 598,792 indexed records with 188,034 record images (was 598,781 records with 188,034 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945  (; 48,711 indexed records with 1,272 record images (was 45,340 records with 1,272 images), UPDATED 11-Mar-2021
Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950   (; 76,240 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 76,160 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 75,807 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 73,200 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021

Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955  (; 321,301 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 264,300 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006        (; 90,610 indexed records with 3,895,196 record images (was 90,610 records with 3,895,196 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954   (; 778,306 indexed records with 1,302,310 record images (was 778,306 records with 1,302,310 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-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 12-Mar-2021
Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 (; 58,586 indexed records with 433,665 record images (was 58,586 records with 433,665 images), UPDATED 09-Mar-2021

England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837       (; 1,413 indexed records with 1,412 record images (was 1,150 records with 1,149 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 68,367 indexed records with 11,853 record images (was 67,888 records with 11,667 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799  (; 262 indexed records with 262 record images (was 204 records with 204 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992       (; 319,039 indexed records with 43,666 record images (was 266,663 records with 42,640 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 12,949 indexed records with 19,204 record images (was 12,711 records with 18,360 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021

South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966       (; 1,225,957 indexed records with 1,225,373 record images (was 1,225,714 records with 1,225,130 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-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 08-Mar-2021
Pennsylvania, Eastern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1795-1931  (; 476,209 indexed records with 326,903 record images (was 476,209 records with 326,903 images), UPDATED 09-Mar-2021
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records, 1703-1964  (; 106,460 indexed records with 199,328 record images (was 106,460 records with 199,328 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2021
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949    (; Index only (3,307,809 records), no images (was 3,307,702 records with 0 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021

France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932   (; 319,702 indexed records with 318,813 record images (was 301,992 records with 301,104 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 4,226,530 indexed records with 37,434 record images (was 4,035,183 records with 37,438 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-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 12-Mar-2021
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 369,490 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 250,964 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990        (; 15,661,851 indexed records with 105,997 record images (was 12,714,895 records with 90,308 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2021

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 297,119 indexed records with 18,676 record images (was 296,191 records with 18,197 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010   (; 838,449 indexed records with 202,325 record images (was 838,449 records with 202,325 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577-1907; index 1625-1860       (; 30,025 indexed records with 619,894 record images (was 30,025 records with 619,894 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1932    (; 4,566,628 indexed records with 1,623,199 record images (was 4,566,628 records with 1,623,199 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986    (; 174,104 indexed records with 40,073 record images (was 166,065 records with 30,440 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021

Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1956  (; 495,704 indexed records with 1,631,476 record images (was 495,704 records with 1,631,476 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942       (; 1,498,113 indexed records with 19,317,962 record images (was 1,498,113 records with 19,317,962 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1918   (; 66,554 indexed records with 4,722 record images (was 55,430 records with 1,327 images), UPDATED 11-Mar-2021
Georgia, Military Discharge Records, ca.1890 - ca.1966  (; 37,711 indexed records with 43,836 record images (was 37,696 records with 40,081 images), UPDATED 11-Mar-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929  (; 856,303 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 830,136 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 09-Mar-2021

Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920   (; 209,675 indexed records with 400,918 record images (was 209,675 records with 400,918 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001      (; 5,088,810 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,088,804 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 09-Mar-2021
Maine, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1990 (; 176,207 indexed records with 207,883 record images (was 68,775 records with 207,883 images), UPDATED 09-Mar-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,211,008 indexed records with 1,969,149 record images (was 7,210,493 records with 1,969,071 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Norway, Oslo Census, 1901       (; 224,662 indexed records with 9,939 record images (was 205,348 records with 6,108 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021

Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979   (; 12,094 indexed records with 193 record images (was 136 records with 5 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2021
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 321,055 indexed records with 185,356 record images (was 320,173 records with 184,505 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911   (; 299,460 indexed records with 206,316 record images (was 299,105 records with 206,316 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,309,193 indexed records with 102,126 record images (was 1,296,359 records with 101,349 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Germany, Prussia, East Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1551-1992 (; 2,276,278 indexed records with 548,194 record images (was 2,276,278 records with 548,194 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2021

New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986    (; 652,447 indexed records with 791,233 record images (was 562,145 records with 791,233 images), UPDATED 11-Mar-2021
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 1,804,924 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 1,781,630 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (244,833 records), no images (was 243,905 records with 0 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 438,131 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 435,833 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943    (; 372,672 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 278,446 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Find A Grave Index      (; 201,088,123 indexed records with 201,088,123 record images (was 196,661,615 records with 196,661,615 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2021

Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918    (; 1,819,709 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 1,215,114 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 09-Mar-2021
Hawaii, Various Islands, Circuit Court Divorce Records, 1849-1915       (; 24,646 indexed records with 46,945 record images (was 20,433 records with 46,945 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905        (; 751,700 indexed records with 170,969 record images (was 551,175 records with 127,488 images), UPDATED 11-Mar-2021
South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872   (; 246,449 indexed records with 6,737 record images (was 246,209 records with 6,731 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957 (; 1,196,055 indexed records with 366,615 record images (was 1,195,827 records with 366,615 images), UPDATED 11-Mar-2021

England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 95,814 indexed records with 11,056 record images (was 95,039 records with 10,952 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010        (; 934,809 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 934,809 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 11-Mar-2021
Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 15,179 record images (was 1,941 records with 15,139 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945   (; 22,386 indexed records with 185,883 record images (was 13,881 records with 185,883 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 230,246 indexed records with 224,785 record images (was 219,173 records with 214,324 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015        (; 134,695 indexed records with 12,023 record images (was 129,830 records with 11,590 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940   (; 578,819 indexed records with 23,079 record images (was 578,819 records with 23,074 images), last updated 18-Feb-2021
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956  (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,796 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,731 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960     (; 8,280,976 indexed records with 2,315,874 record images (was 8,280,976 records with 2,315,797 images), last updated 27-Jan-2021
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 226,446 record images (was 527,525 records with 225,986 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
Washington, Native American, Census Records, 1880-1952  (; 140,781 indexed records with 8,300 record images (was 140,781 records with 7,961 images), last updated 09-Apr-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,652,934 indexed records with 153,924 record images (was 3,652,934 records with 154,385 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 273,595 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 316,290 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,615 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2015    (; 1,384,387 indexed records with 1,154,003 record images (was 1,384,386 records with 1,154,003 images), last updated 02-Jan-2018

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,516 records), no images (was 875,610,522 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, March 12, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 12 March 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

*  We Are Open! The 51st Jamboree Conference! (4-5 and 11-12 June 2021)

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

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 16 March, 5 p.m.:  Reporting on Research: Standards Encourage Better Communication, by Nancy A. Peters

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 17 March, 11 a.m.: - 10 Links You Have to Try, by Devin Ashby

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Researching Ancestral Locations in Prussian Genealogy Records, by Nancy E. Loe

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone - From Cursor to Spotlight: How to Highlight for Clarity, by Cheri Hudson Passey

*  Ancestral Findings:  What is Your Genealogy Vision? | AF-454

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Family Connections Experiment:  How To Do a Simple Search for Records

*  FamilySearch:  Panel: Storytelling for Kids

*  Lisa Lisson:  Ask Mary Your DNA Questions!

7)  Did you miss the last post -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 9 March 2021?


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