Saturday, November 6, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Computer History

 It's Saturday Night - 

Time for more Genealogy Fun! 

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

1) I am a slave to my computer - how about you?  What is your computer history - what have you used, when did you get it, what did you do on it, etc.?

*  Tell us in your own blog post about your computer history, or in a comment on this post, or in posts on Facebook.

Here's mine:

1)  I started on computers at San Diego State University in about 1965 - with punch cards and FORTRAN programs for my engineering classes.  I also had a slide rule that I used in math, engineering and science classes all through high school and college.

2)  In my first paying job in 1966, I used an electronic four function calculator with a small screen to make calculations, but it didn't have a square root function so I had to do that with a short process.

3)  When I started at Rohr in October 1967, the engineering group had developed some FORTRAN programs for analysis work, so I was able to use my programming skills and develop more analysis programs.  We filled out coding sheets and sent them to the keypunch operators who sent us back a card deck, which we put together, put in a box with rubber bands around the punched cards, and carried them to the computer center.  Every morning, we would go to the computer center to retrieve our card deck in the box (and hope the cards had not been scrambled) and the 11 x 17 printouts from the dot matrix printers.  If the program failed, the printout included a core dump in hexadecimal numbers (base 16) so we could figure out where the program failed.  We then revised the coding, got new punchcards, put the deck together, and submitted it again, hopefully by the end of the day.  

Department secretaries transformed our handwritten pages into engineering reports on typewriters, which we then edited and redlined and they typed them again.

When hand-held calculators, with all of the functions including logarithms and trigonometry functions, came out in the early 1970s, I bought an HP-35 and later an HP-45 and used them for engineering calculations for decades.

4)  In the mid 1970s, we got keypunch machines in our work area, and punched the FORTRAN program and input data cards ourselves.  By the late 1970s, we had a card reader in our work area so we could submit jobs to the remote computer center without walking over to the center.  We also had a printer in our work area that received the printouts.  By the mid-70s, the first word processors were provided to the department secretaries so they could edit the memos and reports.

5)  In the early 1980s, Rohr got a VAX 11/780 computer system for engineering, and we got terminals in our work area to replace the punch cards, although some engineers still used the punchcards.  On the terminals, we could create a FORTRAN program file, add control cards, and electronically submit our program and data deck to the remote computer.  The printouts still came to our work area printer.  Since the terminals had upper and lower case letters, and Greek letters, some of the engineers typed the memos and reports on the terminals, printed them off, etc. (I did). 

6)  In February 1983, I bought an IBM 8086 PC with no hard drive, two 360 kb floppy drives, MS-DOS, and a dot matrix printer for about $3,000.  I used the EasyWriter program for word processing at home, and wrote BASIC programs for my radio wave propagation hobby.  I had this computer when I upgraded to a hard drive in the late 1980s, along with a 300 baud modem, and started my genealogy work in 1988 using the Personal Ancestral File software program.  I still had this setup in 1992 when I used the Prodigy network to connect with other researchers in their forums using the modem.

7)  In 1994, I bought a 80386 PC, with a larger hard drive, 3.5 inch floppy drives, Windows 3.1, and Microsoft Works.  I used this for correspondence, the online services and email, plus Personal Ancestral File for my family tree.  

8)  In 1998 I bought a Windows 95 PC with Microsoft Works and MSWord, with a zip drive, an internal modem and an inkjet printer, and started using the Internet for genealogy research on message boards and mailing lists.  I bought Family Tree Maker Version 5 and transferred my genealogy database into that program.  In 2001, I subscribed to for the record collections and have continued that to the present. 

9)  I upgraded again in about 2004 when the previous computer crapped out, again upgrading to more RAM, faster CPU, Windows XP, CDROM, and a scanner and an inkjet printer.  By this time, we had cable modems and routers.  I bought a laptop in about 2002 so I could make genealogy presentations at genealogy society meetings.  I switched from Family Tree Maker 16 to RootsMagic Version 3 in 2006 for my family tree program.  I started blogging in April 2006 using Blogger and still do this daily.

10)  I upgraded again in 2010 when the 2004 desktop computer crapped out, with Windows 7, an all-in-one printer, DVD and CDROM drives, etc. I switched to Gmail as my email client in about 2011 because Thunderbird was so slow.  I started using Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for social media, and Dropbox to save data and presentations to transfer to the laptop.  This computer lasted until July 2021, and my files were being backed up on iDrive and an external drive.  

11)  I got a new laptop in 2012 with Windows 7, another in about 2016 with Windows 7, and another with Windows 10 in 2020.   These were used mainly to give presentations at conferences, seminars and society meetings.  Now, I read ebooks, email and social media on my laptop while watching television (sports, news, etc.). 

12)  When the previous Windows 7 desktop computer failed, I bought a Windows 10 PC with more hard drive and CPU at Costco in July 2021.  I was able to transfer all of my genealogy, personal, music and photo files to the new computer from the iDrive backup system.  I still use Gmail for email and still use RootsMagic (now Version 8) for my primary genealogy software program.  I use Zoom to watch society programs and Mondays With Myrt.  I have subscriptions to,, Fold3, com, MyHeritage, Findmypast, GenealogyBank,, American Ancestors, and Family Tree Webinars.  I use free record providers like FamilySearch, Find a Grave, and WikiTree, for online genealogy research.  I work 8-12 hours a day on genealogy on my desktop computer.

That's my story in a nutshell - I'm sure it bored most readers.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 30 October to 5 November 2021

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  30 October to 5 November 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Utah, U.S., World War I Army Servicemen Records Abstracts, 1914-1918; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/4/2021

U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/4/2021

Utah, U.S., World War II Index to Army Veterans of Utah, 1939-1945; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/4/2021

Utah, U.S., World War I County Draft Board Registers, Name Index, 1917-1918; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/4/2021

Florida, World War I Navy Card Roster, 1917-1920; indexed records without record images,   ADDED 11/4/2021

Mississippi, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919; indexed records without record images,   ADDED 11/4/2021

North Carolina, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919; indexed records with record images,   ADDED 11/4/2021

Delaware, World War I Servicemen Records, 1917-1919; indexed records without record images,   ADDED 11/4/2021

Utah, U.S., World War I Militia Lists, 1917-1918; indexed records without record images,   ADDED 11/4/2021

Worcestershire, England, Electoral Registers, 1837-1974; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/3/2021

Global, Find a Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/3/2021

U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/3/2021

UK and Ireland, Find a Grave Index, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/3/2021

Canada, Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/3/2021

Australia and New Zealand, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/3/2021

Sweden, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/3/2021

Norway, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/3/2021

Mexico, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/3/2021

Germany, Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/3/2021

Italy, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/3/2021

Finland, Population Tax Lists, 1809-1920; indexed records with record images, ADDED 11/3/2021

Web: Greece, Census Indexes, 1724-1879; indexed records without record images, ADDED    11/3/2021

Brazil, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/3/2021

Washington, U.S., State and Territorial Censuses, 1857-1892; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/3/2021

Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, U.S., Birth Records, 1888-1890; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/2/2021

Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1903; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/1/2021

Oregon, U.S., State Births, 1842-1917; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/1/2021

Nebraska, U.S., Birth Ledgers, 1904-1911, Birth Index, 1912-1994; indexed records with record images, ADDED 11/1/2021

Uintah County, Utah, U.S., Ute Native American Census, 1910; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/1/2021

UK, Records of the Removal of Graves and Tombstones, 1601-1980; indexed records with record images, ADDED 11/1/2021

Dominican Republic, Civil Registration, 1801-2010; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/1/2021

UK, Military Records of Baptisms, Confirmations, Marriages and Burials, 1813-1957; indexed records with record images, ADDED 11/1/2021

Arizona, U.S., State Court Naturalization Records, 1869-1993; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/1/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 14 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,092 collections available as of 5 November, an increase of  15 from last week.   


Disclosure: I receive 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 30 October to 5 November 2021

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

As of 5 Novembe2021, there are 3,042 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Minnesota, Douglas County, Obituaries, 1860-1990 (; 13,792 indexed records with 13,792 record images, ADDED 03-Nov-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 1,753,177 indexed records with 562,516 record images (was 1,765,988 records with 562,516 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 9,375,556 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 9,187,483 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 160,173 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 159,185 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970 (; 202,489 indexed records with 121,509 record images (was 202,489 records with 121,509 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Liberia Census, 2008 (; 3,697,360 indexed records with 745,896 record images (was 3,492,418 records with 703,049 images), UPDATED 01-Nov-2021

Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930 (; 263,710 indexed records with 48,659 record images (was 273,295 records with 48,659 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990 (; 18,132 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 15,274 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Alabama, Military Discharge Records, ca.1918 - ca.1962 (; 30,254 indexed records with 22,090 record images (was 30,254 records with 12,763 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Washington Deaths and Burials, 1810-1960 (; 646,597 indexed records with 12,815 record images (was 648,288 records with 12,817 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 80,051 indexed records with 21,398 record images (was 79,154 records with 20,501 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021

Minnesota, Brown County, Obituaries, 1855-1990 (; 40,777 indexed records with 1,724 record images (was 15,844 records with 1,662 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 621,426 indexed records with 261,899 record images (was 615,859 records with 259,702 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Sierra Leone, Civil Births and Deaths, 1802-2016 (; 480,046 indexed records with 337,839 record images (was 410,927 records with 269,253 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001 (; 2,156,440 indexed records with 997,638 record images (was 2,156,440 records with 997,638 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 (; 6,198,802 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 5,939,629 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,221,467 indexed records with 1,970,894 record images (was 7,221,256 records with 1,963,779 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Arkansas Marriages, 1837-1944 (; Index only (873,559 records), no images (was 873,559 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963 (; Index only (10,224 records), no images (was 10,559 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Utah Births and Christenings, 1892-1941 (; Index only (36,094 records), no images (was 39,166 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Utah Deaths and Burials, 1888-1946 (; Index only (169,307 records), no images (was 170,359 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Utah Marriages, 1887-1935 (; Index only (209,638 records), no images (was 228,154 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021

Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989 (; 482,572 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 473,141 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985 (; 1,411,107 indexed records with 504,812 record images (was 1,396,530 records with 504,812 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970 (; 1,554,372 indexed records with 1,698,859 record images (was 2,143,521 records with 1,698,859 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 (; 2,423,530 indexed records with 121,160 record images (was 2,208,879 records with 109,544 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (; 2,221,966 indexed records with 100,048 record images (was 2,029,048 records with 81,435 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021

Arkansas Church Marriages, 1860-1976 (; 94 indexed records with 2,935 record images (was 94 records with 2,935 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016 (; 377,490 indexed records with 140,128 record images (was 367,328 records with 138,195 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 273,150 indexed records with 2,297 record images (was 271,805 records with 2,287 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941 (; 454,116 indexed records with 124,465 record images (was 463,582 records with 124,465 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978 (; 1,554,692 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 1,495,134 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021

Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950 (; 5,935,454 indexed records with 1,231,203 record images (was 5,935,454 records with 1,231,203 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979 (; 3,270,067 indexed records with 1,584,621 record images (was 3,197,809 records with 1,584,621 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 7,675,262 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 7,492,986 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
New York State Census, 1892 (; 3,743,988 indexed records with 29,137 record images (was 3,766,513 records with 29,137 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Liberia, Vital Records, 1912-2017 (; 264,540 indexed records with 24,406 record images (was 264,213 records with 24,406 images), UPDATED 01-Nov-2021

Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657-1994 (; 547,063 indexed records with 383,518 record images (was 547,063 records with 383,518 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944 (; 471,800 indexed records with 189,697 record images (was 448,795 records with 189,697 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968 (; 1,048,687 indexed records with 521,512 record images (was 1,048,687 records with 521,512 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 (; 1,225,993 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 1,208,900 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 970,920 indexed records with 27,837 record images (was 956,899 records with 47,827 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2021

Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 39,646 indexed records with 39,383 record images (was 36,165 records with 35,926 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 1,564,940 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,564,557 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Missouri Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976 (; Index only (35,219 records), no images (was 35,620 records with 0 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2021
New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904 (; Index only (312,292 records), no images (was 309,875 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2021
Missouri Births and Christenings, 1827-1935 (; Index only (154,814 records), no images (was 161,405 records with 0 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2021

South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988 (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980 (; 2,546,496 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 2,542,557 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
New York State Census, 1905 (; 7,575,502 indexed records with 111,177 record images (was 7,645,548 records with 111,177 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980 (; 3,238,246 indexed records with 3,080,948 record images (was 3,238,246 records with 3,080,948 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992 (; Index only (892,895 records), no images (was 892,895 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021

France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932 (; 404,891 indexed records with 403,990 record images (was 400,382 records with 399,394 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2021
Delaware Marriage Records, 1913-1954 (; 112,894 indexed records with 127,218 record images (was 112,894 records with 127,218 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970 (; 4,528,092 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 4,351,150 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990 (; 84,721 indexed records with 2,280,204 record images (was 60,957 records with 2,280,204 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994 (; 786,685 indexed records with 1,012,693 record images (was 782,424 records with 1,012,693 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021

Georgia, Military Discharge Records, ca.1890 - ca.1966 (; 172,640 indexed records with 107,931 record images (was 39,163 records with 107,931 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Mexico, Morelos, Catholic Church Records, 1598-1994 (; 1,056,536 indexed records with 531,787 record images (was 1,037,595 records with 531,787 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 4,619,572 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 4,074,176 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Missouri Births, 1817-1939 (; Index only (127,281 records), no images (was 133,191 records with 0 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2021
Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 (; 1,920,075 indexed records with 212,640 record images (was 1,920,075 records with 212,640 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021

Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 7,790,095 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 7,788,549 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
France, Eure-et-Loir, Census, 1836 (; 27,963 indexed records with 5,792 record images (was 27,963 records with 5,779 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979 (; 8,283,277 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 8,139,883 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 480,406 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 478,838 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935 (; Index only (998,865 records), no images (was 998,865 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021

Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003 (; 4,073,047 indexed records with 1,431,304 record images (was 4,073,047 records with 1,431,304 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 579,442 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 575,740 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632-1958 (; 888,672 indexed records with 378,612 record images (was 849,867 records with 378,612 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Indiana, Church Marriages, 1780-1993 (; 288 indexed records with 24,477 record images (was 47,419 records with 26,551 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Mexico, Colima, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1969 (; 350,569 indexed records with 228,566 record images (was 343,772 records with 228,566 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021

Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (337,544 records), no images (was 333,352 records with 0 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 4,104,251 indexed records with 259,621 record images (was 4,021,685 records with 255,881 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
United States Deaths and Burials, 1867-1961 (; Index only (11,596 records), no images (was 11,596 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954 (; 3,382,155 indexed records with 1,302,310 record images (was 3,382,155 records with 1,302,310 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Alabama Voter Registration and Poll Tax Cards, 1834-1981 (; 691,216 indexed records with 150,093 record images (was 711,460 records with 150,093 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021

Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 49,873 indexed records with 132,023 record images (was 35,367 records with 127,151 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 7,433,477 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 7,409,243 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019 (; 5,234,218 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 5,234,218 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 542,216 indexed records with 522,343 record images (was 529,846 records with 510,660 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016 (; 5,779,919 indexed records with 1,547,844 record images (was 5,779,919 records with 1,547,844 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021

Arkansas, Military Discharge Records, ca.1917-1969 (; 43,768 indexed records with 12,408 record images (was 43,768 records with 12,408 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
France, Ardèche, Parish and Civil Registration, 1481-1924 (; 1,449,332 indexed records with 839,538 record images (was 1,449,332 records with 839,538 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999 (; 2,224,230 indexed records with 2,408,098 record images (was 2,224,230 records with 2,408,098 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2021
Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957 (; 1,728,976 indexed records with 1,084,822 record images (was 1,728,976 records with 1,084,822 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 4,048,225 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 4,047,753 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021

Florida, Military Discharge Records, ca.1837 - ca.1970 (; 9,909 indexed records with 6,506 record images (was 9,909 records with 6,506 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2021
Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930 (; 41,241 indexed records with 1,276 record images (was 41,654 records with 1,276 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2021
West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971 (; 265,006 indexed records with 325,731 record images (was 265,006 records with 325,731 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Arizona, Various County Divorce Records, 1877-1937 (; 64,098 indexed records with 63,300 record images (was 64,098 records with 62,951 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977 (; 1,138,385 indexed records with 2,162,812 record images (was 946,734 records with 2,162,812 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021

New Hampshire, Vital and Town Records Index, 1656-1938 (; Index only (6 records), no images (was 6 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2021
Ireland Census, 1901 (; 4,379,702 indexed records with 4,379,702 record images (was 4,379,702 records with 4,379,702 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records, 1703-1964 (; 325,463 indexed records with 199,328 record images (was 325,463 records with 199,328 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,574,779 indexed records with 115,908 record images (was 1,569,979 records with 115,811 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records, 1596-1967 (; 577,663 indexed records with 499,694 record images (was 563,744 records with 499,694 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021

Mexico, Aguascalientes, Catholic Church Records, 1601-1962 (; 748,536 indexed records with 618,532 record images (was 723,967 records with 618,532 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978 (; 1,226,105 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,198,515 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
New York Marriages, 1686-1980 (; Index only (266,138 records), no images (was 266,138 records with 0 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2021
New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949 (; Index only (178,141 records), no images (was 174,983 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2021
New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920 (; Index only (134,698 records), no images (was 131,674 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2021

Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 (; Index only (483,826 records), no images (was 483,826 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Finland, Passport Registers, 1900-1920 (; 24,925 indexed records with 644 record images (was 22,293 records with 261 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900 (; 2,058,679 indexed records with 107,863 record images (was 2,047,625 records with 62,168 images), UPDATED 01-Nov-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 4,210,503 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 4,048,034 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970 (; 4,662,405 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 4,616,272 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021

Hawaii, Honolulu, Voter Registration Applications, ca. 1920-1966 (; 308,229 indexed records with 305,220 record images (was 308,111 records with 305,343 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 784,169 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 784,167 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 (; 187,852 indexed records with 9,228 record images (was 185,603 records with 9,228 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978 (; 2,879,559 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 2,879,559 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 1,942,727 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 1,942,727 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021

Georgia, County Voter Registrations, 1856-1941 (; 394,859 indexed records with 37,973 record images (was 352,643 records with 27,505 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 237,766 indexed records with 27,627 record images (was 233,748 records with 27,074 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 (; 5,325,101 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 5,322,130 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Indiana Births and Christenings, 1773-1933 (; Index only (230,663 records), no images (was 230,663 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929 (; 1,050,956 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 1,036,138 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021

Alabama Estate Files, 1830-1976 (; 25,276 indexed records with 2,197,466 record images (was 25,276 records with 2,197,466 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1812-1965 (; Index only (3,228 records), no images (was 4,828 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021
Montana, Military Discharge Records, 1917-1953 (; 2,561 indexed records with 2,322 record images (was 2,561 records with 2,247 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2021
Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901 (; 63,432 indexed records with 2,455 record images (was 49,150 records with 1,869 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2021
Arkansas, Sebastian County Births and Deaths, 1877-1963 (; Index only (32,250 records), no images (was 32,250 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2021

England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 427,842 indexed records with 32,181 record images (was 404,061 records with 26,515 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 150,526 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 140,313 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Kentucky, Voter Registers and Registration Books, 1904-1935 (; 27,411 indexed records with 4,290 record images (was 19,930 records with 3,896 images), last updated 17-May-2021
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856 (; 145,696 indexed records with 3,090 record images (was 145,696 records with 600 images), last updated 30-Mar-2018
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990 (; 30,848,723 indexed records with 188,320 record images (was 30,848,723 records with 188,248 images), last updated 29-Apr-2021
Mississippi, Voter Registration, 1871-1967 (; 314,533 indexed records with 11,542 record images (was 314,533 records with 5,273 images), last updated 29-Jul-2021

Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 133,148 indexed records with 79,234 record images (was 133,148 records with 76,884 images), last updated 28-Oct-2021
South Africa, Natal, Passenger Lists, 1860-1911 (; 154,219 indexed records with 6,701 record images (was 154,219 records with 5,763 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 179,770 indexed records with 18,153 record images (was 179,764 records with 18,152 images), last updated 29-Oct-2021
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 307,288 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,616 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,415 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020

England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 114,977 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 114,419 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

France, Eure-et-Loir, Census, 1876 (; 12,163 indexed records with 5,132 record images (was 12,163 records with 5,134 images), last updated 01-Apr-2021
France, Mayenne, Parish and Civil Registration, 1427-1897 (; 5,403,554 indexed records with 1,388,789 record images (was 5,403,554 records with 1,388,836 images), last updated 08-Oct-2021
Arizona, Yuma, Prison Records, 1884-1910 (; 2,758 indexed records with 1,480 record images (was 2,758 records with 1,563 images), last updated 04-Oct-2021
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 157,121 indexed records with 148,432 record images (was 157,121 records with 156,003 images), last updated 22-Oct-2021
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 8,399,675 indexed records with 70,903 record images (was 8,399,675 records with 87,278 images), last updated 28-Oct-2021

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 68,488 indexed records with 85,203 record images (was 68,488 records with 91,836 images), last updated 28-Oct-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,324 records), no images (was 875,610,325 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Washington Marriage Index, 1969-2014 (; Index only (1,994,531 records), no images (was 1,994,532 records with 0 images), last updated 25-Aug-2017


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, November 5, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 5 November 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 - Friday, 5 November, 11 a.m.: Say Amen: Going to Church with the Master – Finding the Mother Church, by Char McCargo Bah

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 9 November, 11 a.m.: An overview of the massive new record collection from France, by Elizabeth Zetland.

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 10 November, 5 p.m.:  The Two Colonial Georgias, by Larry W. Thomas.

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Uncovering the lives of your London (England) ancestors, by Cathie Sherwood

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Investigative Genetic Genealogy – the Use of DNA for Law Enforcement, by Diahan Southard

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone - Organize Your Digital Files in 3 Easy Steps, by Diane Boumenot.

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  The Genealogy Guys Podcast:  #396

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  Genealogy Quick Start:  LIVE with Colleen Robledo Greene

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  15 Freebies for Genealogy

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 2 November 2021?


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