Sunday, August 7, 2022

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 31 July to 6 August 2022

 Scores of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

It Is Iterative by Jim Bartlett on Segment-ology.

Genealogy Obsession Pays an Unexpected Dividend by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree.

*  How to Download Your DNA Match Lists & Segment Files by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

Ancestry DNA's Beta Chromosome Painter by Kelly Wheaton on Wheaton Wood.

*  Help – RootsWeb Message Boards Helped with Networking & is Still Useful for Hints by Lisa S. Gorrell on My Trails into the Past.

*  COUSINS, COUSINS AND MORE COUSINS ~ What treasures can you find when you visit your cousins? by Diane Gould Hall on Michigan Family Trails.

All These Lines by Jeff Record on Vita Brevis.

*  Universal vs Private Family Trees: Pros and Cons by James Tanner on Genealogy's Star.

*  Genealogy Takes a Neighborhood by Gena Philibert-Ortega on Legacy News.

 60 Free Online Genealogy Websites You Should Be Using by Kenneth Marks on The Ancestor Hunt.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

*  Friday Fossicking - 5th Aug 2022 by Crissouli on That Moment In Time.

* This Week's Creme de la Creme - August 6, 2022  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and  read their articles, and add the blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I currently am reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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Census Sunday -- 1950 Census Record for the Edna C. Schaffner Household in San Francisco, California

 The 1950 United States Census record for the household of Edna C. Schaffner in San Francisco, California, residing at 46 Rivoli Street (taken 24 April 1950) is:

The Edna C. Schaffner household starts on line 7 of the image:

The information entered for each person in this household is:

*  Line 7 of Sheet 10 - 46 Rivoli, dwelling #132, is not a farm, is not on 3 acres or more.

*  Line 7 of Sheet 10 - Edna C. Schaffner, head of household, white, female, age 65, widowed, born in California, a home worker, did no work last week, not looking for work, has no job.

*  Line 8 of Sheet 10 - Muriel Mertes, daughter, white, female, age 41, married, born in California, a home worker, did no work last week, not looking for work, has no job.

**  Line 9 of Sheet 10 (sample questions included)- Blair S. Mertes, son in law, white, male, age 43, married, born California, Working, worked 37.5 hours last week, a printing pressman, works in commercial printing.  Lived in same house last year, father born U.S., mother born U.S., completed 12 years of school, not presently in school, worked 48 weeks last year, earned $5300 in wages last year, relatives in household earned no money last year, did not earn money as a business, did not earn income as interest, dividends, pensions, rent, etc.  Served in the military (other than World War I and II).

**  Line 10 of Sheet 10 - Jean M. Mertes, granddaughter, white, female, age 16, never married, born California, OTher work, did no work last week, not looking for work, has no job. 

The source citation for this family is:

1950 U.S. Federal Census, San Francisco County, California, San Francisco, ED 38-1100, Sheet 10, Household 132, Lines 7-10, Edna C. Schaffner household; indexed database with record images, U.S., National Archives, 1950 Census  ( : accessed 1 April  2022).

Edna Catherine (McKnew) Schaffner (1884-1974) was born 7 March 1884 in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Elijah and Jane (Whittle) McKnew.  She married Paul Frederick Schaffner (1879-1934) on 24 June 1906 in San Francisco.  They had two children - Muriel Jean Schaffner (1909-1994), who married Samuel Blair Mertes (1906-1974) on 22 August 1930 in San Francisco; and Edna May Schaffner (1913-1979), who married Leo Severt Leland (1911-2002) on 11 September 1937 in San Francisco.

Edna Catherine (McKnew) Schaffner is the maternal grandmother of my wife, Linda Joan (Leland) Seaver (1942-????).


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Saturday, August 6, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Who Is a Mysterious Person In Your Family Tree?

  It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

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

1) Who is a mysterious person in the family tree you'd like to learn more about? [Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting topics!]

2)  Write your own blog post, or add your response as a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook Status post or note.

Here's mine:

There are so many!  I have a blank space in my pedigree chart for both of my 3rd great-grandparents who were the biological parents of my 2nd great-grandfather, Devier J. Lamphear Smith (1839-1894).  Devier was born on 7 May 1839 and was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith of Henderson, New York in the 1839-1842 time period, and was born in Jefferson County, New York.  The Ranslow Smith family migrated to Dodge County, Wisconsin the 1842-1848 time period.

In his will dated 1865, Ranslow Smith (1805-1873) referred Devier as "Devere J. Lamphear, Commonly called Devere J. Smith, my adopted son."  The will was proved in 1875.  Devier petitioned the Wisconsin State Senate for a name change in 1866.  The section says:

" The name of Devier Lamphier is here-by changed to Devier J. Smith and the said Devier Lamphier is hereby declared to be the adopted child and legal heir of Ranslow Smith of Dodge County."

I have several autosomal DNA matches who are descended from Isaac and Rosina (Laun) Lanfear of Lorraine, Jefferson County, New York.  Isaac and Rosina had at least ten children between 1807 and 1828.  One of them was very likely to be one of the parents of Devier J. Lamphier.  Perhaps one of the unmarried Lanfear daughters (there were four between the ages of 16 and 27 in May 1839) had Devier out of wedlock in 1839.  The other parent, very likely a male, is totally unknown, but there may be clues in the DNA matches that I have not seen or analyzed yet that could lead me to which Lanfear child had the baby Devier.

Those are my two most mysterious persons in my family tree.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 30 July to 5 August 2022

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

As of 5 August 2022, there are 3,128 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Louisiana, Military Discharge Records, ca.1890 - ca.1951        (; 1,182 indexed records with 1,182 record images, ADDED 29-Jul-2022

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 32,131 indexed records with 31,997 record images (was 20,899 records with 20,788 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 413,319 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 412,853 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, Catholic Church Records, 1894-1950 (; Browse 648 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 648 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2022
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 23,059 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 20,894 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 01-Aug-2022
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 9,160,928 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,137,035 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 782,563 indexed records with 326,723 record images (was 778,204 records with 325,073 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,521,524 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,506,060 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,522,397 indexed records with 780,006 record images (was 1,516,373 records with 777,046 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 576,427 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 575,200 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Brazil, São Paulo, Civil Registration, 1925-1995        (; 20,824,065 indexed records with 21,090,007 record images (was 20,823,560 records with 21,089,488 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2022

Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957  (; 216,556 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 211,148 records with 105,781 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2022
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,186,753 indexed records with 890,825 record images (was 7,184,123 records with 887,278 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 24,643,041 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 24,617,259 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 3,907,577 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 3,905,487 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,024,009 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,022,674 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022

Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1960 (; 191,577 indexed records with 41,707 record images (was 191,567 records with 41,707 images), UPDATED 30-Jul-2022
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964   (; 206,211 indexed records with 112,568 record images (was 200,003 records with 112,568 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2022
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,196,664 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,180,952 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918      (; 2,953,523 indexed records with 53,151 record images (was 2,953,523 records with 53,151 images), UPDATED 30-Jul-2022
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (; 202,880 indexed records with 61,435 record images (was 189,467 records with 60,352 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2022

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 5,948,130 indexed records with 358,921 record images (was 5,923,185 records with 356,499 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
France, Calvados, Census, 1856  (; 53,216 indexed records with 2,605 record images (was 20,117 records with 1,134 images), UPDATED 01-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 589,633 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 588,764 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 565,985 indexed records with 3,075 record images (was 563,599 records with 3,075 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008    (; 248,125 indexed records with 168,233 record images (was 245,667 records with 167,679 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022

Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994   (; 155,246 indexed records with 103,502 record images (was 152,664 records with 103,502 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006     (; 2,373,515 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 2,358,241 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 205,489 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 203,701 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 736,807 indexed records with 41,022 record images (was 715,613 records with 41,022 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Quiché, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 517,620 indexed records with 70,397 record images (was 515,892 records with 70,397 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022

Guatemala, Retalhuleu, Civil Registration, 1877-1994    (; 285,316 indexed records with 550 record images (was 281,854 records with 550 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 225,192 indexed records with 63 record images (was 222,365 records with 63 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Santa Rosa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994    (; 258,291 indexed records with 97,101 record images (was 258,286 records with 97,101 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Sololá, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 302,650 indexed records with 70,746 record images (was 295,470 records with 70,746 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Suchitepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 407,256 indexed records with 1,312 record images (was 403,575 records with 1,312 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022

Guatemala, Totonicapán, Civil Registration, 1930-2008   (; 356,944 indexed records with 229,480 record images (was 353,580 records with 228,852 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Guatemala, Zacapa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 159,333 indexed records with 18,271 record images (was 155,339 records with 18,271 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 (; 533,284 indexed records with 337,976 record images (was 532,690 records with 337,976 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (; 251,925 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 251,915 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2022
Iowa State Census, 1925 (; 2,487,917 indexed records with 327,118 record images (was 2,487,917 records with 327,118 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2022

Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900   (; 1,091,383 indexed records with 36,418 record images (was 1,038,014 records with 34,740 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 2,246 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 1,702 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 968 indexed records with 303 record images (was 696 records with 227 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2022
Luxembourg Census Records, 1843-1900    (; 5,414 indexed records with 1,115,931 record images (was 5,414 records with 1,115,931 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2022
Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915 (; 1,325,760 indexed records with 24,029 record images (was 1,325,760 records with 108,704 images), UPDATED 01-Aug-2022

Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918    (; 17,135,501 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 14,272,315 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 01-Aug-2022
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (; 1,581,924 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,581,885 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2022
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 7,388,357 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 7,370,974 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 2,646,437 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 2,625,502 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929  (; 1,154,048 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 1,146,848 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2022

New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947       (; 501,128 indexed records with 500,766 record images (was 501,128 records with 500,776 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2022
New Jersey, Reclaim the Records, Geographic Birth Index, 1901-1929      (; 1,882,930 indexed records with 30,911 record images (was 1,882,621 records with 30,906 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2022
New York, Birth Indexes outside of New York City, 1881-1942     (; 640,820 indexed records with 78,339 record images (was 640,761 records with 77,744 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,549,895 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,549,512 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 808,092 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 807,724 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022

Oklahoma, Military Discharge Records, 1898-1993 (; 13,722 indexed records with 3,103 record images (was 7,582 records with 1,521 images), UPDATED 01-Aug-2022
Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973      (; 914,435 indexed records with 240,799 record images (was 896,220 records with 240,799 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Paraguay, Asunción, Cemetery Records, 1842-2011 (; 235,894 indexed records with 66,809 record images (was 235,860 records with 66,809 images), UPDATED 30-Jul-2022
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015    (; 2,047,233 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 2,046,324 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965   (; 273,204 indexed records with 271,997 record images (was 231,389 records with 230,213 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2022

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 21,256,022 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,587,541 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Peru, San Martín, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 468,422 indexed records with 249,700 record images (was 466,863 records with 249,700 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2022
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 895,703 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 894,596 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,207,758 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,205,729 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Romania, Civil Registration, 1865-1903  (; 754 indexed records with 359 record images (was 751 records with 358 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2022

Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 91,689 indexed 
records with 435,848 record images (was 91,689 records with 435,725 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2022
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 1,711,103 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 1,666,505 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
South Africa, Johannesburg, Cemetery Records, 1840-2019 (; 798,976 indexed records with 45,598 record images (was 443,167 records with 24,586 images), UPDATED 01-Aug-2022
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 474,433 indexed records with 809,354 record images (was 432,191 records with 784,828 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979  (; 1,893,926 indexed records with 603,285 record images (was 1,893,925 records with 603,285 images), UPDATED 29-Jul-2022

Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 1,142,975 indexed records with 75,229 record images (was 1,137,838 records with 68,775 images), UPDATED 01-Aug-2022
Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1741-1918       (; 1,077,374 indexed records with 40,448 record images (was 934,996 records with 40,448 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2022
United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955       (; 1,012,324 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 919,555 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 29-Jul-2022
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (450,851 records), no images (was 445,968 records with 0 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 875,570 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 865,978 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022

Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 2,519 indexed records with 1,467 record images (was 1,513 records with 756 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022
Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901      (; 192,208 indexed records with 10,181 record images (was 171,147 records with 8,036 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2022

--- Collections with new images ---

Argentina, Catamarca, Civil Registration, 1888-2000     (; 48,494 indexed records with 48,579 record images (was 48,494 records with 48,466 images), last updated 24-Jun-2022
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Census, 1984  (; 907,140 indexed records with 165,622 record images (was 907,140 records with 95,006 images), last updated 06-Apr-2021
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 806,632 indexed records with 13,940 record images (was 806,632 records with 13,801 images), last updated 18-Jul-2022
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,237,336 indexed records with 1,969,353 record images (was 7,237,336 records with 1,899,012 images), last updated 30-May-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,278 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 304,033 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020

Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 226,445 record images (was 527,525 records with 220,070 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
North Carolina, County Divorce Records, 1926-1975       (; 20,027 indexed records with 2,776 record images (was 20,027 records with 2,775 images), last updated 23-Apr-2019
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 7,926,449 indexed records with 278,586 record images (was 7,926,450 records with 278,552 images), last updated 25-May-2022
Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020      (; 55,171 indexed records with 13,832 record images (was 55,171 records with 13,824 images), last updated 21-Jul-2022
United States, New York, Index to Passengers Arriving at New York City, compiled 1944-1948      (; 1,129,668 indexed records with 1,109,790 record images (was 1,129,668 records with 1,109,785 images), last updated 18-Mar-2020

United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,992 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,603,645 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 90,193 indexed records with 89,627 record images (was 90,193 records with 86,423 images), last updated 18-Jul-2022

--- Collections with images removed ---

Australia, Western Australia, Fremantle, Inward Passenger Lists, 1890-1911      (; 365,061 indexed records with 7,182 record images (was 365,061 records with 11,681 images), last updated 19-Jul-2022
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856      (; 260,145 indexed records with 4,542 record images (was 260,145 records with 5,168 images), last updated 20-May-2022
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 69,802 indexed records with 108,649 record images (was 69,802 records with 121,204 images), last updated 18-Jul-2022
Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 (; 11,346,687 indexed records with 1,698,338 record images (was 11,346,687 records with 1,709,697 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
Illinois, Monroe County, Deed Records, 1816-1900        (; 9,797 indexed records with 1,760 record images (was 9,797 records with 3,091 images), last updated 08-Feb-2022

Italy, Terni, Civil Registration, 1861-1921     (; 165,734 indexed records with 56,364 record images (was 165,734 records with 56,377 images), last updated 22-Jan-2019
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 12,308,209 indexed records with 118,476 record images (was 12,308,209 records with 127,540 images), last updated 14-Mar-2022
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 155,185 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 156,196 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979   (; 1,535,848 indexed records with 7,701 record images (was 1,535,848 records with 21,586 images), last updated 18-Jul-2022

--- Collections with new records ---

Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,983,817 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,983,807 records with 1,421,761 images), last updated 29-Jul-2022
Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911    (; 1,007,581 indexed records with 571,698 record images (was 1,007,522 records with 571,698 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911     (; 710,947 indexed records with 857,376 record images (was 707,773 records with 857,376 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022
Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541-1985  (; 596,798 indexed records with 960,435 record images (was 593,078 records with 960,435 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022
Portugal, Castelo Branco, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1911    (; 654,662 indexed records with 333,738 record images (was 653,997 records with 333,738 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022

Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911   (; 1,500,667 indexed records with 490,922 record images (was 1,466,831 records with 490,922 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022
Portugal, Faro, Catholic Church Records, 1587-1880      (; 493,154 indexed records with 138,057 record images (was 492,903 records with 138,057 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022
Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911    (; 228,912 indexed records with 815,966 record images (was 228,897 records with 815,966 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911        (; 2,043,362 indexed records with 178,927 record images (was 2,042,187 records with 178,927 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949     (; 1,883,173 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 1,882,378 records with 1,207,157 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022

Portugal, Santarém, Catholic Church Records, 1544-1911  (; 1,039,804 indexed records with 647,938 record images (was 1,039,645 records with 647,938 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911  (; 520,251 indexed records with 785,913 record images (was 519,735 records with 785,913 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022
Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941 (; 378,454 indexed records with 396,243 record images (was 378,186 records with 396,243 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989     (; 1,533,874 indexed records with 1,034,661 record images (was 1,531,540 records with 1,034,661 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022
Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1912     (; 647,889 indexed records with 702,397 record images (was 647,585 records with 702,397 images), last updated 28-Jul-2022

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850     (; 61,062 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 58,893 records with 2,968 images), last updated 29-Jul-2022

--- Collections with records removed ---

Papua New Guinea, Birth Records, 1888-2004      (; 75,370 indexed records with 47,610 record images (was 75,371 records with 47,610 images), last updated 16-Jun-2021
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,207 records), no images (was 875,610,214 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Washington Marriage Index, 1969-2014    (; Index only (1,994,529 records), no images (was 1,994,530 records with 0 images), last updated 25-Aug-2017


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED, and to alphabetize the entries in each category.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

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 5, 2022

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 30 July to 5 August 2022

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  30 July to 5 August 2022: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Haute-Vienne, France, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1792-1930; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/4/2022

Alabama, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/4/2022

Geneanet Community Trees Index; indexed records without record images, ADDED 8/4/2022

St. Croix, Danish West Indies, Denmark, Records of Enslaved and Free People, 1779-1921; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/3/2022

Lancashire, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1939; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/1/2022

UK, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Service Records, 1903-1922; indexed records with record images, ADDED 8/1/2022


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 2 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,188 collections available as of 5 August, an increase of 2 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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