Saturday, January 1, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What Are Your 2022 Plans/Goals/Resolutions for Your Genealogy Research

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  It's the New Year, and many readers and bloggers have already made resolutions, or goals, or plans for one or more tasks or projects.  Or they haven't yet, but could, or should.

2)  For this SNGF, please tell us what plans you've made, or what goals you've stated, or what resolutions you've averred for 2022.  Writing them down may help you achieve them.  Do one or more as you wish.

3)  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 so readers can find your resolutions/goals/plans.  

Here's mine:

I usually don't do this because it seems that I always fail (yes, I think I won the ##GOPA for 2021 again  - see below).  I stopped working on 2021 Goal #1 when Linda had her accident.  I partially accomplished Goal #2 and totally failed Goal #3. 

However, I will state three goals that I hope to accomplish in 2022, but two of them are essentially the same goals that I set last year at this time:

*  Goal #1 is to continue working on the Descendants Reports of my 4th great-grandparents.  I have done 8 of them so far (25% of 32 couples) in 2021.  I take what I have and then research descendants wherever I find them, and from whatever source I find them, and try to support the relationships with record sources.  With 24 more reports to do, this is a big goal, but I have a lot already done.  A reasonable goal would be to do eight more, I think.

Therefore 2022 Goal #1 is to work more on the Descendant reports for my 4th great-grandparents and publish the Descendants Reports.

*  Goal #2 is from 2020 and 2021 - to keep gathering my triangulated DNA match data from the chromosome browsers on FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritageDNA, 23andMe, and GEDmatch and update my DNA Painter display of which bits of every chromosome in my DNA came from which ancestors.  I have done the first pass with DNA matches with known common ancestors, and have about 25% of my chromosomes mapped.  I need to find more known common ancestors (and Goal #1 is supposed to help that!) for my high-value DNA matches using available records and research using my Skeleton tree on Ancestry.  Along with this is to do more work in Genetic Affairs to cluster my matches to help the process along.  

Therefore 2022 Goal #2 is to continue to do this in 2022 and produce a prettier picture of my ancestor's contributions to my DNA from DNA Painter.

3)  Goal #3 is left over from 2021 - to update my eBooks on my ancestral families and descendants of my surname study families (last done in 2012 and they are still on (see, and are searchable).  I need to update them because I have found a wealth of information on my ancestral families and descendants of my surname study progenitors in the last 8 years.  I will do this using one of the genealogy software programs that formats ancestor and descendants reports in a standard format that looks best.  I will include sources, but not notes or media (the 2012 books are already hundreds of pages without them).  

Here is what I think the Seaver books will look like:

Those are my three goals for 2022 - what are yours?

My overall goal for 2022 is to stay alive (COVID go away - and take Omicron, Pi, Rho and Tau variants with you!), visit my wife every day in the memory care facility and to see my daughters and grandkids more often. 

##What is GOPA - I know that inquiring minds want to know:  Did I win the "Genealogist's Outstanding Procrastination Award" for 2021?  If not, who did?  


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RootsMagic Genealogy Database Statistics Update - 1 January 2022

I last updated my Genea-Musings readers on the "numbers" in my RootsMagic genealogy family tree database in:

*  My RootsMagic Genealogy Database Statistics Update - 1 January 2021

*  My RootsMagic Genealogy Database Statistics Update - 31 December 2019

*  My RootsMagic Genealogy Database Statistics Update - 31 December 2018

*  Genealogy Database Statistics Update - 1 January 2014  

I was curious to see how much progress I had made in the last 12 months.

Here is the family tree database summary from RootsMagic on 1 January 2022:

Here are the "numbers" from 1 January 2022 in my RootsMagic database (with increases from 1 January 2021):

*  68,032 persons (+ 7,264)
*  27,481 families  (+ 2,708)
*  214,099 events  (+ 21,265)

*  13,263 Alternate names (+ 2,008)
*  17,667 places (+ 2,773)  
*  2,164 sources ( + 84)
*  143,817 citations (+ 12,225)
*  1,591 Multi-media Items (+ 36)

*  3,203 Multimedia links (- 9)

*  46,603 Persons matched to FamilySearch Family Tree persons (+ 6,965)

In the past 12 months, I've averaged adding 19.9 persons, 7.4 families, 58.3 events and 33.5 source citations each day.  I try to work at least an hour in the evening adding content and sources to the database, although baseball, vacations and the holidays intervened on a lesser scale due to COVID.

 Consequently, I've  managed to reduce my  citations/person from 2.15 to 2.11, and my  citations/event from 0.676 to 0.672 this past year.  Obviously, I don't have a citation for every event, name or relationship, and in some cases I have more than one citation for an event, name or relationship.  At this rate, to reach 100% in citations/events will take about 8 more years!  

I added 7,264 persons to my database in 2021, some in my 4th great-grandparents' descendant lines (including lines to DNA matches with known common ancestors), some in my one-name studies, a few in my grandchildren's trees (Danish and Italian too!), and some from further and ongoing research on my ancestral families.  My one-name studies include Seaver (with variations Sever, Seever, Sevier and plurals), Carringer, Auble, Vaux, Dill, and Buck in my tree, and McKnew in my wife's tree.  

I "mine" new Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, and FamilySearch databases and use RootsMagic WebHints for my ancestral and one-name study surnames, and add content and source citations.  I correct name, relationship, date and place errors found while working on the database.  I use RootsMagic to match my tree profiles to the FamilySearch Family Tree profiles, and exchange verified information both ways on a near-daily basis.

I added a new ancestral Ancestry Member Tree (AMT) on in October 2021 with a new tree upload when RootsMagic 8 was able to synchronize with it.  I TreeShare every week now to keep the AMT up-to-date, which generates more Record Hints.  I do not attach Record Hints to that Ancestry Member Tree because I know that it will be replaced eventually, so doing that would be a time suck.  I uploaded a new MyHeritage tree in April 2021 and need to do that again soon.  I need to add a new Findmypast tree.  I review and manually add records from Ancestry Hints, MyHeritage Record Matches, Findmypast Record Hints, and FamilySearch Record Hints to my RootsMagic database to add content and sources to my family tree database.

Doing the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge for an eighth year in 2021, along with deciding to start with my great-grandparents and doing it by ancestor chart numbers, has greatly improved the events, source citations and notes for the ancestors I write about.  I am now up to #635, in the seventh great-grandparents, at the end of 2021, doing them in ancestor chart number order.  When I post a new biography, I add the Notes and Sources to the FamilySearch Family Tree profile for that person.  I will continue this weekly meme because it helps me focus on one specific ancestor, and their family, each week and improves my database and my family history.

I did not visit a physical repository (e.g, Family History Library, local FamilySearch Library, or a regular library) this year to perform genealogical and family history research. My life situation precludes being away from home for more than two hours. I did lots of online research in commercial record providers (Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, Fold3,, GenealogyBank, AmericanAncestors, etc.), and free record providers (FamilySearch, Find A Grave, Billion Graves, RootsWeb, etc). Since many Family Search Library catalog items are not available from home online, I have a to-do list for the local FamilySearch Library in order to use the digital microfilm that I cannot read at home, and will need to visit the local FSL to view them.

There are only so many hours in my genealogy day - usually 8 to 11 hours, but sometimes only 5 to 8 hours. I spend one to three hours each day reading blog posts and answering emails, one to three hours writing blog posts, an hour or two doing online research, one to three hours adding content and sources to the database, and the balance of my time doing society support tasks, creating presentations, participating in or watching webinars, analyzing my DNA matches, or working on other projects. My genealogy life is varied, and definitely not boring (I gave up doing boring genealogy things like extended client research, or going often to libraries and archives - with some exceptions!). I'm having great genealogy fun, but have no clue how long I can go on like this due to health or family circumstances.

My conclusion is:  I've made steady progress, and I'm actively improving my database in both quantity and quality, but still have a long way to go to have a "fully sourced and accurate" family tree.  It's better than it was, but it can still be improved.  The 4th great-grandparents descendants research study really blossomed this last year!  It is all a lifelong task, I think!  
I truly need a genealogy clone or assistant.  I doubt that Siri, Alexa, Google Home or any other virtual assistant is yet capable of doing genealogy research, source citations, etc.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 25 to 31 December 2021

 I am keeping up with the new and updated historical record collections at FamilySearch   ( every week.

As of 31 December 2021, there are 3,060 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Australia, New South Wales, Gaol Photographic Description Books, 1871-1969      (; 29,275 indexed records with 29,275 record images, ADDED 27-Dec-2021
*  United States, Kentucky, Agricultural Schedules, 1850-1880      (; 480,007 indexed records with 480,007 record images, ADDED 28-Dec-2021
*  British Virgin Islands, Methodist Church Records, 1815-2012     (; 14,882 indexed records with 14,882 record images, ADDED 29-Dec-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 661,656 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 654,313 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978     (; 2,187,509 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 2,167,058 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 638,127 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 631,521 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 773,569 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 773,569 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 667,744 indexed records with 279,157 record images (was 660,570 records with 277,103 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021

Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979    (; 3,915,975 indexed records with 1,584,621 record images (was 3,886,195 records with 1,584,621 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 19,878,991 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 19,727,929 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1984   (; 891,073 indexed records with 30,534 record images (was 630,452 records with 30,534 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 44,772 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 46,400 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981     (; 4,530,089 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 4,506,751 records with 978,396 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 3,355,553 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 3,085,554 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944    (; 943,216 indexed records with 189,697 record images (was 935,577 records with 189,697 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918   (; 30,165,145 indexed records with 24,999,338 record images (was 30,165,145 records with 24,999,338 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968     (; 1,561,517 indexed records with 521,512 record images (was 1,557,573 records with 521,512 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (; 1,537,341 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,534,825 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 4,820,888 indexed records with 292,068 record images (was 4,725,188 records with 288,081 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977  (; 1,546,722 indexed records with 998,148 record images (was 1,545,950 records with 998,148 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (428,410 records), no images (was 423,743 records with 0 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928       (; 6,766,771 indexed records with 828,236 record images (was 6,762,540 records with 827,703 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 145,646 indexed records with 84,427 record images (was 139,990 records with 73,905 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 1,828,412 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,823,871 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (; 42,101 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 39,325 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 1,777,936 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 1,753,828 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985       (; 8,407,578 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 6,358,504 records with 3,008,340 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979  (; 1,893,925 indexed records with 603,285 record images (was 1,873,049 records with 603,285 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021

Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979        (; 25,880 indexed records with 1,466 record images (was 25,859 records with 1,296 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996   (; 5,654,979 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,648,907 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2021
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970    (; 6,686,567 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 6,686,235 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 62,088 indexed records with 193,568 record images (was 62,088 records with 192,232 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 88,937 indexed records with 30,282 record images (was 87,667 records with 29,012 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021

Virgin Islands US, Church Records, 1765-2010    (; 83,687 indexed records with 10,633 record images (was 12,967 records with 10,633 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 799,661 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 797,114 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (359,569 records), no images (was 356,438 records with 0 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Philippines, Northern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Catarman, Church Records, 1860-1983      (; Browse 63,212 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 63,212 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021
Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981  (; 1,624,419 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 1,621,663 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021

Barbados Church Records, 1637-1887      (; 1,410,243 indexed records with 25,669 record images (was 817,870 records with 25,669 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994     (; 265,419 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 265,419 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 21,035,658 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 19,831,176 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015    (; 3,155,427 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 3,154,706 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2021
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949    (; Index only (3,415,496 records), no images (was 3,415,197 records with 0 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 68,926 indexed records with 94,447 record images (was 68,828 records with 72,221 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
Brazil, Pernambuco, Catholic Church Records, 1762-2002  (; 1,165,198 indexed records with 578,073 record images (was 869,815 records with 578,073 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980   (; 3,209,234 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 3,208,052 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021
Brazil, Rio Grande do Norte, Catholic Church Records, 1788-1967 (; 966,354 indexed records with 54,182 record images (was 962,944 records with 54,182 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 285,899 indexed records with 32,323 record images (was 279,734 records with 31,762 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977      (; 501,544 indexed records with 166,596 record images (was 491,606 records with 166,596 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2021
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850     (; 42,381 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 36,907 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
Philippines, Camarines Sur, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres, Parish Registers, 1716-1977  (; 375,273 indexed records with 130,474 record images (was 249,760 records with 130,474 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986    (; 248,810 indexed records with 55,975 record images (was 236,405 records with 38,078 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970      (; 6,740,330 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 6,687,074 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021

United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955       (; 523,271 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 471,071 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021
Brazil, Ceará, Catholic Church Records, 1725-1971       (; 316,483 indexed records with 774,950 record images (was 236,487 records with 774,950 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
Uruguay, Catholic Church Records, 1726-2000     (; 1,681,472 indexed records with 290,765 record images (was 1,680,975 records with 290,659 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2021
Mexico, Morelos, Catholic Church Records, 1598-1994     (; 1,358,648 indexed records with 531,787 record images (was 1,356,382 records with 531,787 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2021
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 7,070,854 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 7,070,426 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021

Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records, 1596-1967     (; 1,159,732 indexed records with 499,694 record images (was 1,152,485 records with 499,694 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999        (; 1,488,241 indexed records with 930,569 record images (was 1,484,372 records with 930,569 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
Utah, Utah County Records, 1850-1962    (; 6,241 indexed records with 105,474 record images (was 0 records with 105,474 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2021
Italy, Salerno, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1949   (; 60,968 indexed records with 5,926,960 record images (was 60,968 records with 5,926,960 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
Philippines, Eastern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Borongan, Parish Registers, 1842-1984     (; 205,767 indexed records with 32,304 record images (was 18,831 records with 32,304 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021

Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 133,270 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 127,841 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988      (; 9,198,860 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 9,192,638 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 18,950,916 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 18,875,852 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,223,536 indexed records with 1,939,137 record images (was 7,223,095 records with 1,969,766 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021
Philippines, Biliran, Diocese of Naval Parish Registers, 1818-1978      (; Browse 28,118 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 28,118 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021

Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 (; 2,443,161 indexed records with 22,034 record images (was 2,020,842 records with 22,034 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 49,163 indexed records with 48,850 record images (was 44,344 records with 28,788 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Brazil, Paraíba, Catholic Church Records, 1731-2013     (; 1,550,836 indexed records with 788,492 record images (was 981,578 records with 788,492 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2021
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979     (; 10,850,507 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 10,833,350 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,194,029 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 2,739,541 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2021

Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 (; 64,889 indexed records with 433,665 record images (was 58,586 records with 433,665 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Spain, Diocese of Segovia, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1987   (; 358,499 indexed records with 831,103 record images (was 245,932 records with 831,103 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 495,728 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 494,069 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 676,591 indexed records with 11,178 record images (was 636,278 records with 7,564 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989    (; 621,345 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 599,517 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918    (; 8,325,794 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 7,318,750 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2021

Brazil, Pará, Catholic Church Records, 1930-1976        (; 92,961 indexed records with 103,313 record images (was 51,430 records with 103,313 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 29,761,754 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,754 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Philippines, Negros Occidental, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod, Parish Registers, 1755-1976  (; 219,906 indexed records with 95,820 record images (was 18,400 records with 95,820 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Italy, Avellino, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1947  (; 109,616 indexed records with 3,099,458 record images (was 109,616 records with 3,099,458 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2021
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021

Switzerland, Ticino, Census, 1837       (; 3,675 indexed records with 118 record images (was 1,030 records with 1,030 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 590,462 indexed records with 569,005 record images (was 586,626 records with 565,486 images), UPDATED 31-Dec-2021
Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615-1982  (; 1,186,401 indexed records with 169,282 record images (was 972,821 records with 169,282 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021
Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1985 (; 290,553 indexed records with 706,557 record images (was 217,075 records with 706,557 images), UPDATED 30-Dec-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979   (; 190,767 indexed records with 2,721 record images (was 190,767 records with 2,056 images), last updated 24-Nov-2021
Delaware, Church Records, 1707-1939     (; 75,282 indexed records with 3,580 record images (was 75,282 records with 3,365 images), last updated 13-Feb-2020
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 111,616 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 99,461 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,616 record images (was 441,574 records with 315,622 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 226,446 record images (was 527,525 records with 225,142 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,604,358 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,992 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019


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, December 31, 2021

Happy New Year -- Let's Make 2022 a GREAT Genealogy Year!

I want to wish all of my readers a very Happy New Year for 2022.

May 2022 bring you happiness, good health, many friends, lots of love and more time to pursue your genealogy addiction passion.

May you complete all of your genealogy and family history goals and objectives (you do have them, don't you?) and may extra genea-blessings be provided to you! Have fun!!!

Stay tuned to Genea-Musings for more genealogy fireworks in 2022!!!

Let's sing the song:

And a beautiful song and scenery:


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Top 50 Most Viewed Posts in 2021 on Genea-Musings

 A)  Here are the Top 50 viewed Genea-Musings blog posts from 2021 that had the most page views in 2021 (from View Count statistics on the Google Blogger Posts page as of 30 December 2021):

1)  Findmypast announced major update to the National Burial Index For England & Wales (26 February 2021) - 3864 views
3) and Your Ancestry Member Tree (4 August 2021) - 2123 views
4)  Is This the Best Gravestone Ever? (8 February 2021) - 1940 views
5)  RootsTech Connect 2021 Class Sessions List Released (12 February 2021) - 1671 views

7)  Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 2 August 2021 (2 August 2021) - 1254 views
8)  The Long-Awaited GEDCOM 7.0 is Here! (7 June 2021) - 1075 views

18)  Exploring RootsMagic 8 - #1 - the Main Screens (3 October 2021) - 892 views
20)  Changes to Genea-Musings (29 June 2021) - 861 views

23)  Rabbit Holes With Randy -- Wiltshire Probate Records (15 December 2021) - 854 views

26)  The Best Laid Plans -- Life Happens (28 June 2021) - 830 views

45)  What's Coming Soon To Ancestry? (16 June 2021) - 683 views

46)  Disproving an AncestryDNA ThruLine (3 November 2021) - 672 views

Why 50?  Well, the plan was to do a Top 30.  I guessed that 600 views would be #30 this past year, and I was listing them week by week in order and ended up with over 60 on the list.  So I cut it to 50!  

B)  The ten most popular Genea-Musings posts since 2007 (per Google Blogger) are:

1)  Microfilm Scanning at the FHL and FHC (posted 22 July 2009) - 76,910 views.

2)  1940 Census Enumeration District Maps Online at NARA Website (posted 18 July 2011) - 67,300 views.

3)  Genealogy Presentations on (posted 28 January 2010) - 25,940 views.

4)  Dear Are You Fixing These Problems? (17 January 2019) - 17000 views

5)  Merry Christmas to All! (posted 25 December 2011) - 14,900 views.

6)  World records for number of children (posted 21 July 2006) - 14,600 views.

7)  Randy's NGS 2010 Photos - Post 1 (posted 4 May 2010) - 9,345 views

8)  RootsTech 2017 Blog Compendium -- UPDATED (posted 1 March 2017) - 8212 views

9) Says They Will Work on Technical Problems (posted 11 May 2018) - 7910 views

10)  Book Review: "The Spyglass File," by Nathan Dylan Goodwin (posted  29 September 2016) -- 6,410 views

C)  Of course, all of my blog posts are viewed by many more readers than those that go to the specific web page for the post - those who read them on a Genea-Musings archive page, those that read them in an RSS reader, or on a mobile device, and those that receive them via email (Feedburner still works for me!).

Another measure of popularity or readership might be in the number of comments generated by each post.  I don't think that is a reliable measure of popularity because of the proliferation of RSS reader usage, email usage, and mobile device usage, each of which require one or more click throughs to get to the comment box.  In addition, there are thousands of spam comments in the list (now Google doesn't block them and I'm too lazy to do it every day).

It certainly seems like readers search for, Findmypast, DNA, Dear Randy, and genealogy software topics, and find my blog posts.  In recent years, my research posts - Amanuensis Monday, 52 Ancestors, Treasure Chest Thursday, etc. have made the Top 40 list.

D)  Previous "most popular" posts on Genea-Musings are:

E)  Readership of Genea-Musings went up a bit over the past year - perhaps more persons have started reading my blog (and other blogs) on a web browser or moved from a reader or email, or perhaps Genea-Musings has become more interesting and readers are excited by it.  For example, the 30th most viewed post last year had 642 views.  This year, the 30th most viewed post had 808 views and the 50th had 661 views.  

Google says that there were 1.66 million page views for Genea-Musings in 2021, and 13.2 million page views all time (since 2007).  These numbers include views of "Pages" on Genea-Musings - the subject headings at the top of the page.

I wrote about 870 blog posts this year, compared to over 950 for most years since 2007.

F)  I wondered what the least viewed Genea-Musings post was in 2021.  I know that Surname Saturday, Treasure Chest Thursday, Wordless Wednesday, and Seavers in the News posts are not that popular (but some made the Top 50 this year).  The least viewed blog post in 2021 (to date) was Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1693 Marriage of John Smith and Ruth Cutler in Charlestown, Massachusetts posted 23 December 2021, with 91 views.


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