Saturday, August 28, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Junior High School (or Middle School) Memories

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:
It's Saturday Night again -
Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  Do you have memories of your Junior High School (or Middle School) years?  Please share several o them.

2)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog post on this post.

Here's mine:

*  I attended Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School in San Diego, California for the 1955, 1956 and 1957 school years (7th, 8th and 9th grade, age 12 to 14).  It was located on Park Blvd. and Upas Street in the northern part of Balboa Park, and was adjacent to the San Diego Zoo.

*  I rode the school bus every day to school - it had a set route to the school.  I think it cost 10 cents every day each way.  It picked me up on our corner of 30th Street and Ivy Street, and went north on 30th Street to University Avenue, west on University, and then south on Park Blvd. to the school.  The ride to school was always uneventful.  There was also a school bus after school, reversing the route, and I took that in 7th grade and early 8th grade.  However, some bullies assaulted me in 8th grade on the bus and I stopped taking it the rest of 8th grade and 9th grade.  So I rode the Route 7 city bus south from the school to downtown and then rode the Route 2 bus east and north to my home.  I often took the opportunity to explore downtown San Diego between the bus rides - the city library was there and I went there to read and explore.  Then it was home to do my homework and have family time.

*  I had the basic English, mathematics, history and science classes, plus gym, and then an elective class.  I chose wood shop in 7th grade, something in 8th grade, Latin in 9th grade.  I excelled in math, taking algebra in 8th and 9th grades.  I don't recall much about the classes or the teachers.  I don't have any report cards from these years.

*  I was very shy around girls, and never attended a dance or social event.  I was small (finally 100 pounds and five feet tall at age 16 in 1959), immature and insecure.  It was a hard three years socially for me.  I had friends from my classes but didn't really hang out after school with anyone.

*  These were the years of early rock and roll music (1955-1958), and I loved the songs and artists on the radio.  My favorite song in 1958 when I graduated was the Everly Brothers "All I Have to Do Is Dream." I didn't watch the TV music shows.

*  I was very into sports and followed the minor league Padres on the radio, and attended several games every year going to the park by bus (good old Route 2).  I watched the World Series games on TV on the weekends, and started watching NFL games too.  

*  These were the years that I explored quite a bit of San Diego on my bicycle - looking for stores that sold baseball cards.  I collected maps, and loved going to new places.  One time I made it to my grandparents house on Point Loma (a good 10 miles away) and they drove me home since it was mainly uphill going back.

Frankly, I've tried hard for over 60 years to forget my junior high years!


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 21 to 27 August 2021

   The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  21 to 27 August 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Web: Saskatchewan, Canada, Death Index, 1889-1949; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/26/2021

Rhode Island, U.S., State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1802-1945; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/26/2021

Web: Saskatchewan, Canada, Birth Index, 1875-1919; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/26/2021

Texas, U.S., Divorce Index, 1968-2015; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/25/2021

Florida, U.S., Naturalization Records, 1847-1995; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/25/2021

U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/25/2021

Texas, U.S., Marriage Index, 1824-2017; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/25/2021

Maryland, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1777; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021

U.S., Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021

Louisiana, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1756-1984; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021

New York, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021

Tennessee, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021

Glamorgan, Wales, Workhouse Registers, 1850-1920; indexed records with record images,   ADDED 8/23/2021

Illinois, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021

Ohio, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021

U.S., Freedmen’s Bureau Marriage Records, 1846-1867; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021

Missouri, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1766-1988; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021

New Jersey, U.S., County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021

Connecticut, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1790-1996; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021

U.S., Freedmen's Bureau Records, 1865-1878; indexed records with record images, ADDED 8/23/2021

Pennsylvania, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/23/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 2 NEW collection ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,041 collections available as of 27 August, an increase of  3 from last week.   


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 21 to 27 August 2021

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

As of 27 August 2021, there are 3,009 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  New Hampshire, Military Discharge Records, 1866-1880 (; 94 indexed records with 94 record images, ADDED 19-Aug-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 214,043 indexed records with 204,985 record images (was 213,912 records with 204,854 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 9,141,309 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 8,838,974 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 144,937 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 136,515 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 560,610 indexed records with 238,394 record images (was 553,427 records with 235,308 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 1,949,271 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 1,947,399 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021

Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978 (; 1,491,967 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 1,490,975 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 (; 654,336 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 654,336 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990 (; 385 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 151 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991 (; 1,893,861 indexed records with 140,942 record images (was 1,893,847 records with 140,942 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,337 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 30,047,337 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021

South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 550,082 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 537,181 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 74,346 indexed records with 15,699 record images (was 73,954 records with 15,308 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 (; 46,034 indexed records with 46,012 record images (was 44,984 records with 44,962 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Vanuatu, Vital Records, 1900-2001 (; 162,189 indexed records with 157,406 record images (was 155,540 records with 151,120 images), UPDATED 24-Aug-2021
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 (; 2,339,791 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 2,282,656 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 65,847 indexed records with 87,421 record images (was 65,512 records with 70,554 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,546,353 indexed records with 115,117 record images (was 1,545,936 records with 115,104 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Sierra Leone, Civil Births and Deaths, 1802-2016 (; 314,397 indexed records with 172,877 record images (was 310,867 records with 145,358 images), UPDATED 25-Aug-2021
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 (; Index only (395,614 records), no images (was 387,661 records with 0 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 6,899,246 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 6,898,329 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021

Uruguay, Catholic Church Records, 1726-2000 (; 674,856 indexed records with 91,274 record images (was 249,608 records with 27,559 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 (; 5,900,631 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 5,899,677 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,220,724 indexed records with 1,970,702 record images (was 7,220,697 records with 1,970,700 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Jalapa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 152,111 indexed records with 42,552 record images (was 135,755 records with 42,552 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850 (; 28,723 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 23,872 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 24-Aug-2021

Dominican Republic Miscellaneous Records, 1921-1980 (; 460,302 indexed records with 760,173 record images (was 439,298 records with 760,173 images), UPDATED 21-Aug-2021
Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985 (; 1,388,639 indexed records with 504,812 record images (was 1,378,038 records with 504,812 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 (; 94,147 indexed records with 48,947 record images (was 89,543 records with 48,947 images), UPDATED 24-Aug-2021
Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 (; 2,056,812 indexed records with 102,916 record images (was 1,904,988 records with 93,028 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016 (; 305,298 indexed records with 128,943 record images (was 299,092 records with 127,878 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021

South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Records, 1840-1972 (; 3,082,566 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 3,076,322 records with 2,216,270 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 268,763 indexed records with 2,265 record images (was 268,349 records with 2,262 images), UPDATED 22-Aug-2021
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 623,002 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 617,454 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Jutiapa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 288,049 indexed records with 36,732 record images (was 230,951 records with 36,732 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 4,657,378 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 4,152,434 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021

Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949 (; 362,886 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 360,464 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 116,744 indexed records with 115,685 record images (was 97,194 records with 96,144 images), UPDATED 21-Aug-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968 (; 1,044,048 indexed records with 521,512 record images (was 1,042,929 records with 521,512 images), UPDATED 25-Aug-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 1,382,641 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,306,483 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955 (; 860,124 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 855,853 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021

Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 16,040 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 11,090 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988 (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 120,896 indexed records with 69,505 record images (was 117,497 records with 60,420 images), UPDATED 25-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Escuintla, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 390,332 indexed records with 2,355 record images (was 339,350 records with 2,355 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986 (; 788,718 indexed records with 791,233 record images (was 788,715 records with 791,233 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021

Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 188,283 indexed records with 24,503 record images (was 157,942 records with 24,503 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970 (; 4,297,734 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 3,891,126 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994 (; 631,248 indexed records with 1,012,693 record images (was 604,782 records with 1,012,693 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 4,024,248 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 4,007,560 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 1,698,746 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 1,284,993 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021

Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1571-1926 (; 230,858 indexed records with 3,485 record images (was 228,105 records with 3,485 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 135,103 indexed records with 103,502 record images (was 116,862 records with 103,502 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 403,584 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 315,923 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Zacapa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 137,439 indexed records with 18,271 record images (was 118,913 records with 18,271 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 5,781,217 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 5,777,556 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021

Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979 (; 8,062,860 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 8,046,394 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 1,915,698 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 1,900,500 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 470,538 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 469,564 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918 (; 4,012,624 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 3,754,717 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (; 3,127,182 indexed records with 1,248,448 record images (was 2,882,324 records with 1,079,754 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021

England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 178,821 indexed records with 18,103 record images (was 177,129 records with 17,998 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 231,497 indexed records with 163,007 record images (was 205,031 records with 133,311 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 6,519,186 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 5,912,550 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 537,225 indexed records with 3,075 record images (was 465,065 records with 3,075 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955 (; 293,210 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 261,692 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 24-Aug-2021

Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977 (; 141,655 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 139,820 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (297,813 records), no images (was 294,043 records with 0 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 3,231,444 indexed records with 215,273 record images (was 3,112,922 records with 205,700 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 34,246,105 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 34,246,105 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Retalhuleu, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 228,317 indexed records with 550 record images (was 203,635 records with 550 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021

Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 581,601 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 449,505 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021 (; 691,094 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 617,892 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 25-Aug-2021
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985 (; 189,567 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 170,315 records with 3,008,340 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Suchitepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 323,946 indexed records with 1,312 record images (was 278,894 records with 1,312 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 17,655 indexed records with 74,679 record images (was 17,641 records with 72,944 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021

Guatemala, Santa Rosa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 236,538 indexed records with 97,101 record images (was 204,684 records with 97,101 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 6,993,658 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 6,772,665 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 459,467 indexed records with 443,778 record images (was 447,312 records with 432,110 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (; 358,596 indexed records with 296,489 record images (was 241,868 records with 209,771 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021
Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 (; 603,342 indexed records with 22,034 record images (was 586,096 records with 22,034 images), UPDATED 26-Aug-2021

Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 3,365,431 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 3,179,932 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960 (; 8,280,934 indexed records with 2,315,874 record images (was 8,280,933 records with 2,315,874 images), UPDATED 25-Aug-2021
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977 (; 944,126 indexed records with 2,162,812 record images (was 943,561 records with 2,162,812 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 341,892 indexed records with 193,103 record images (was 338,248 records with 193,041 images), UPDATED 25-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Quiché, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 486,655 indexed records with 70,397 record images (was 419,672 records with 70,397 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021

Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 579,155 indexed records with 41,022 record images (was 498,744 records with 41,022 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Petén, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 112,150 indexed records with 713 record images (was 94,327 records with 713 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Guatemala, San Marcos, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 563,352 indexed records with 16,730 record images (was 472,115 records with 16,730 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 180,769 indexed records with 63 record images (was 150,576 records with 63 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Sololá, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 237,767 indexed records with 70,746 record images (was 207,776 records with 70,746 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021

Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978 (; 1,196,544 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,196,544 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 25-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 200,356 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 159,289 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 301,237 indexed records with 24,680 record images (was 299,643 records with 24,589 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Totonicapán, Civil Registration, 1930-2008 (; 310,047 indexed records with 219,493 record images (was 266,508 records with 164,734 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,279,992 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,267,322 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 (; 2,201,452 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 2,185,862 records with 978,396 images), UPDATED 24-Aug-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 4,028,891 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 3,009,969 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 725,783 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 722,818 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978 (; 2,803,034 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 2,118,745 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 23-Aug-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 134,481 indexed records with 49,594 record images (was 134,481 records with 49,594 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 170,936 indexed records with 20,575 record images (was 165,448 records with 19,723 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 (; 5,247,709 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 5,246,742 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979 (; 1,716,935 indexed records with 603,285 record images (was 1,716,935 records with 603,285 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021
Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019 (; 342,767 indexed records with 344,616 record images (was 306,198 records with 305,983 images), UPDATED 27-Aug-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,085,896 indexed records with 65,903 record images (was 1,085,896 records with 61,497 images), last updated 14-Aug-2021
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 (; 9,400 indexed records with 9,386 record images (was 9,362 records with 9,348 images), last updated 19-Aug-2021
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 537,125 indexed records with 8,989 record images (was 537,125 records with 7,187 images), last updated 16-Jul-2021
Finland, Passport Registers, 1900-1920 (; 12,857 indexed records with 352 record images (was 12,857 records with 29 images), last updated 09-Aug-2021
Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971 (; 3,537,384 indexed records with 13,126,649 record images (was 3,537,384 records with 13,104,808 images), last updated 20-Jan-2021
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,104,555 indexed records with 114,913 record images (was 1,104,555 records with 97,258 images), last updated 05-Aug-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 151,763 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 151,917 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979 (; 8,420 indexed records with 408 record images (was 8,420 records with 1,428 images), last updated 09-Jul-2021
Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992 (; 626,278 indexed records with 40,575 record images (was 626,278 records with 59,760 images), last updated 14-May-2021
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 38,972 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 45,842 images), last updated 16-Aug-2021
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 342,649 indexed records with 22,335 record images (was 342,649 records with 25,579 images), last updated 16-Aug-2021

New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,339 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,354 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
Hungary, Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895 (; 18,304,230 indexed records with 1,114,948 record images (was 18,304,230 records with 1,114,955 images), last updated 12-Feb-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,381 records), no images (was 875,610,375 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 FamilySearch 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, August 27, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 27 August 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, 1 September, 11 a.m.:  Your DNA Questions Answered Live with Diahan, by Diahan Southard

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 27 August, 11 a.m.:  

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census; Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold, by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Three Letters From Sarah: A Case Study, by J. Mark Lowe

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

Ellen Thompson-Jennings:  FOREVER 15 Save Your Memories 

*  FamilySearch:  Finding Your Quebec Ancestors

*  Findmypast:   Fridays Live August 27th

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Episode 68 Avoid Rabbit Holes and Find More Genealogy!

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 24 August 2021?


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Findmypast Friday: Search New Irish Poor Law Records and British Newspapers

  I received this from Findmypast this morning:


Search new Irish Poor Law records and British newspapers this Findmypast Friday

Findmypast is home to the largest collection of Irish family records online. This week’s Findmypast Friday sees their vast collection grow again with thousands of new and exclusive Poor Law records.

Waterford Poor Law Unions Board of Guardians Minute Books

Over 158,000 additional records covering Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan between 1845 and 1921 have been added to the collection.

The Board of Guardians were charged with the task of distributing relief to the completely destitute in each Union. They operated workhouses which were built to hold 600-800 inmates, but were overwhelmed with thousands coming to their doors seeking salvation from disease and starvation.

Including both transcripts and images of original documents, these minute books contain the names and details of inmates, staff and suppliers, weekly reports of how many men and women were housed in the workhouse, how many were discharged or died, the number of births and more.

They often deal with individual cases in some detail and also record the workhouse expenditures such food, clothing or salaries and the number of inmates receiving medical treatments.

Clare Poor Law Union Board of Guardians Minute Books

Over 21,000 new records from Kilrush Union have also been added to Findmypast’s Clare Poor Law collections. Also including both transcripts and images, these new additions cover meeting minutes dated between 1848 and 1870.

Alongside Findmypast’s workhouse records from Clare and Waterford, you’ll also find collections from Dublin, Donegal, Galway and Sligo on Findmypast. Few workhouse registers survive in Ireland, and in their absence the Board of Guardian minute books are often the only record of who was housed there.


Eight new papers have joined Findmypast’s newspaper archives this week, including;
While additional pages have been added to the following titles:


Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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52 Ancestors - Week 394: #615 Mary (Ockington) Harrington (1669-1725) of Watertown, Massachusetts

Mary Ockington (1669-1725) is #615 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #614 Edward Harrington (1668-1736)  in 1692 in Watertown, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

* their daughter #307 Mary Harrington (1693-1774)  married #306 Joseph Grout (1683-1758) in 1717.
* their daughter #153 Mehitable Grout (1726-1795) married #152 Moses Brigham (1723-1769) in 1749.
* their son, #76 Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802) married #77 Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) in 1779.
* their son #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834) married #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882) in 1817.
* their daughter #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.
* their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
* their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
* their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
* their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                       Mary Ockington[1]
*  Alternate Name:       Mary Okinton[3]
*  Alternate Name:       Mary Ockington Harrington[2]
*  Alternate Name:       Mary Harrington[4]
*  Alternate Name:       Mary Ockington[5]

*  Sex:                          Female

*  Father:                    William Ockington (1639-1702)
*  Mother:                  Mary --?-- (1632-1694)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                   7 September 1669, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[2–3]

*  Death:                   23 October 1725 (age 56), Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3-4]
*  Burial:                  after 23 October 1725 (after age 56); Grove Hill Cemetery, Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:             Edward Harrington (1668-1736)
*  Marriage 1:          30 March 1692 (age 23), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,5]

*  Child 1:               Mary Harrington (1692-1774)
*  Child 1:               William Harrington (1694-1751)
*  Child 1:               Mindwell Harrington (1697-1700)
*  Child 1:               Joanna Harrington (1699-1768)
*  Child 1:               Edward Harrington (1702-1792)
*  Child 1:               Samuel Harrington (1704-1784)
*  Child 1:               Nathaniel Harrington (1706-1784)
*  Child 1:               Francis Harrington (1709-1793)
*  Child 1:               Susannah Harrington (1711-1790)
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Mary Ockington was born 7 September 1669 in Boston, Massachusetts Bay, the daughter of William and Mary (--?--) Ockington of Boston[2-3].

Mary married Edward Harrington (1669-1736) on 30 March 1692 in Watertown, Massachusetts Bay[1,5]. He was the son of Robert and Susannah (George) Harrington of Watertown. They had nine children, all born and recorded in Watertown town records:

* Mary Harrington (1693-1774), married (1) 1710 Daniel Rogers (1686-1711).; (2) 1717 Joseph Grout (1683-1758).
* William Harrington (1694-1751), married 1725 Anna Spring (1691-1770)
* Mindwell Harrington (1697-1700).
* Joanna Harrington (1699-1768), married 1720 John Tainter (1699-1768).
* Edward Harrington (1702-1792), married 1731 Anna Bullard (1713-1771).
* Samuel Harrington (1704-1784), married (1) 1725 Sarah Warren (1702-1733); (2) 1736 Elizabeth Stratton (1716-1801).
* Nathaniel Harrington (1706-1784), married 1747 Mary Kimball (1724-1804).
* Francis Harrington (1709-1793), married (1) 1736 Prudence Stearns (1713-1751); (2) 1752 Deborah Brigham (1714-1799).
* Susannah Harrington (1711-1790), married 1731 Samuel Barnard (1699-1762).

Mary (Ockington) Harrington died 23 October 1725 in Waltham, Massachusetts Bay[1,3-4]. She is buried in Grove Hill Cemetery in Waltham[3].


1. Henry Bond, M.D., Family Memorials: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts (Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown & Co., 1860), page 275, Edward Harrington family sketch.

2. Boston City Registrar, Reports of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston; Volume 9 (Boston, Mass.: Rockwell and Churchill, 1883), page 111, Mary Okinton birth entry, 7 September 1669.

3. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image, (, Grove Hill Cemetery, Waltham, Mass., Mary Ockington Harrington memorial #34616582.

4. Vital records of Waltham, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New-England Historic Genealogical Society, 1904), Deaths, page 270, Mary Harrington entry.

5. Watertown Records, Comprising the First and Second Book of Town Proceedings, with the Land Grants and Possessions. etc. (Watertown, Mass. : Watertown Historical Society, 1894), Volume 1, page 65 of 66, Edward Herrington and Mary Ocington marriage, 30 March 1692.


NOTE: In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog. I have extended this theme in 2021 for an eighth year to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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