Saturday, January 22, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Best Family History Discovery This Week

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

 Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and I hope more of you do than participated in the last several SNGF challenges), is to:

1)  What was your best family history or genealogy discovery (or discoveries) this past week (or month if you choose)?

2)  Post your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.  Be sure to comment and leave a link to your post on this post.

Here's mine:

 I have several "small" but  useful ones:

*  I found Yearbook photos on for my brother Scott from San Diego High School in 1972-3.  He was in a school choir and on the baseball team.  I captured the photos and sent them via email to him.

*  While doing the 52 Ancestor post on Thursday night, I wondered if Lydia (Batherick) Brigham's father had a probate record.  He did, so I downloaded 12 images from American Ancestors and saved them to the David Batherick file folder.  Unfortunately, it did not include anything (like a will or distribution) that identified his daughter, Lydia, but I'll use it for Amanuensis Monday with the account and inventory in the estate file.

*  After this week's Amanuensis Monday transcription, I was curious if Jonathan Forbes, the brother-in-law of Phinehas Brigham, had purchased more of the Moses Brigham estate.  I found several more deeds that showed Forbes bought the whole of Moses Brigham's Jr. portion of his father's estate, and also Jr.'s portion of his mother's estate.  Jonathan Forbes married Sarah Brigham, the oldest child of Moses and Lydia (Maynard) Brigham.  So it looks like the Brigham house "stayed in the family."  It probably housed most of the family at last through the death of Phinehas Brigham in 1802, or even later.

*  I updated my spreadsheet list of AncestryDNA matches noted as "Common Ancestors" using the updated Greg Clarke tool (see Downloading My AncestryDNA Match List With Google Sheets).  I now have 451 AncestryDNA ThruLines, and since the tool provides the list of Notes associated with the ThruLines, I found one ThruLine that I had not seen before.  I added a Note for that match, evaluated the line back to the Common Ancestor, found it was pretty well documented, and added the line and the match person to my RootsMagic database.  Now I have another project to find all descendants of that line from the common ancestor.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 15 through 21 January 2022

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  15 to 21 January 2022:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Upper Berry, France Marriages, 1561-1907; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/19/2022

Saone-et-Loire, France Marriages, 1540-1903; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/19/2022

Paris, France & Vicinity, Births, 1700-1899; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/19/2022

Allier, France, Deaths, 1598-1909; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/19/2022

UK and Ireland, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/19/2022

Latvia, Passport and Police Registration Lists, 1900; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/18/2022


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 0 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,111 collections available as of 21 January, an increase of  0 from last week.   


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 15 to 21 January 2022

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

As of 21 January 2022, there are 3,063 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Philippines, Catholic Church Records, 1615-1985 (; 4,733,362 indexed records with 4,733,362 record images, ADDED 21-Jan-2022
*  Anguilla, Church Records, 1827-1944     (; 13,090 indexed records with 13,090 record images, ADDED 20-Jan-2022
*  Grenada, Church Records, 1747-1930      (; 485 indexed records with 485 record images, ADDED 20-Jan-2022

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929   (; 276,633 indexed records with 2,321 record images (was 276,633 records with 2,321 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 5,085,340 indexed records with 305,494 record images (was 4,968,741 records with 301,560 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 670,775 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 659,464 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 773,674 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 773,661 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2022
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 684,353 indexed records with 285,020 record images (was 680,402 records with 283,424 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022

Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 5,954,005 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 5,951,197 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2022
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 19,927,830 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 19,906,481 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 46,527 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 46,527 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 3,381,536 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 3,373,271 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983       (; 661,307 indexed records with 235,772 record images (was 651,176 records with 235,772 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022

Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934       (; 1,026,234 indexed records with 49,859 record images (was 1,005,947 records with 35,944 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2022
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (431,136 records), no images (was 428,410 records with 0 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 1,846,426 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,840,723 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (; 52,923 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 47,145 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991       (; 1,892,566 indexed records with 140,942 record images (was 1,892,438 records with 140,942 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2022

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 21-Jan-2022
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996      (; 1,612,727 indexed records with 1,600,508 record images (was 1,609,550 records with 1,597,494 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2022
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 92,600 indexed records with 33,935 record images (was 90,958 records with 32,302 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 817,071 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 809,339 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 65,105 indexed records with 208,601 record images (was 62,088 records with 200,224 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022

Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 150,061 indexed records with 90,020 record images (was 145,646 records with 86,703 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Brazil, São Paulo, Catholic Church Records, 1640-2012   (; 1,001,036 indexed records with 1,610,067 record images (was 998,706 records with 1,610,067 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 21,115,368 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 21,114,799 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
United States Census, 1880      (; 50,472,094 indexed records with 1,080,487 record images (was 50,472,094 records with 1,080,487 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2022
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949    (; Index only (3,415,559 records), no images (was 3,415,553 records with 0 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2022

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 69,236 indexed records with 97,241 record images (was 68,926 records with 103,423 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2022
Brazil, Pernambuco, Catholic Church Records, 1762-2002  (; 1,390,121 indexed records with 578,073 record images (was 1,349,533 records with 578,073 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (370,384 records), no images (was 365,753 records with 0 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
Anguilla, Civil Registration, 1901-1991 (; 25,711 indexed records with 5,702 record images (was 7,688 records with 5,702 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2022
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977      (; 510,146 indexed records with 166,596 record images (was 506,292 records with 166,596 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022

South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 (; 2,752,260 indexed records with 1,167,010 record images (was 2,752,189 records with 1,167,010 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850     (; 44,673 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 42,381 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632-1958   (; 1,229,260 indexed records with 378,612 record images (was 1,227,461 records with 378,612 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986    (; 256,047 indexed records with 57,720 record images (was 248,810 records with 32,027 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Brazil, Ceará, Catholic Church Records, 1725-1971       (; 393,811 indexed records with 774,950 record images (was 354,896 records with 774,950 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022

Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985       (; 8,468,491 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 8,440,589 records with 3,008,340 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Brazil, Bahía, Catholic Church Records, 1598-2007       (; 291,231 indexed records with 368,634 record images (was 278,560 records with 368,634 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929  (; 1,103,270 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 1,078,856 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2022
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999        (; 1,492,581 indexed records with 930,569 record images (was 1,490,995 records with 930,569 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 138,306 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 133,270 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022

Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988      (; 9,256,548 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 9,198,860 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 18,981,847 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 18,973,880 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,225,522 indexed records with 1,971,687 record images (was 7,224,795 records with 1,971,549 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2022
Brazil, Paraná, Catholic Church Records, 1704-2008      (; 102,556 indexed records with 138,743 record images (was 96,522 records with 138,743 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
Brazil, Paraíba, Catholic Church Records, 1731-2013     (; 1,732,437 indexed records with 788,492 record images (was 1,624,449 records with 788,492 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,169,557 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,144,286 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2022
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 504,351 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 500,350 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 688,681 indexed records with 10,865 record images (was 676,591 records with 11,593 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
England and Wales Census, 1871  (; Browse 1,281,291 Images only, no index (was 9,950,062 records with 1,281,291 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2022
Brazil, Pará, Catholic Church Records, 1930-1976        (; 109,732 indexed records with 103,313 record images (was 105,886 records with 103,313 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022

Georgia, Houston County, Marriage Records, 1832-2015    (; 119,746 indexed records with 88,960 record images (was 119,505 records with 88,729 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2022
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 310,377 indexed records with 34,637 record images (was 300,810 records with 33,987 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
Sweden, Västerbotten Church Records, 1619-1896; index, 1688-1860        (; 336,357 indexed records with 170,304 record images (was 333,080 records with 170,304 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2022
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 610,267 indexed records with 588,515 record images (was 602,267 records with 580,633 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022

Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989    (; 738,887 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 666,257 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 21-Jan-2022
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960   (; 8,280,984 indexed records with 2,315,394 record images (was 8,280,934 records with 2,311,150 images), UPDATED 20-Jan-2022

--- Collections with new images ---

United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939 (; 48,981,646 indexed records with 1,570,071 record images (was 48,981,646 records with 1,569,591 images), last updated 27-May-2021
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 5,610,949 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,288 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 286,019 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 7,926,450 indexed records with 278,552 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 266,555 images), last updated 14-Jan-2022

--- Collections with images removed ---

Delaware, Church Records, 1707-1939     (; 75,282 indexed records with 3,202 record images (was 75,282 records with 3,580 images), last updated 13-Feb-2020
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 49,163 indexed records with 48,824 record images (was 49,163 records with 48,851 images), last updated 31-Dec-2021
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965   (; 185,833 indexed records with 144,881 record images (was 185,833 records with 184,695 images), last updated 10-Jan-2022
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990        (; 30,848,723 indexed records with 156,818 record images (was 30,848,723 records with 188,335 images), last updated 29-Apr-2021
United States, New York, Index to Passengers Arriving at New York City, compiled 1944-1948      (; 1,129,668 indexed records with 1,112,544 record images (was 1,129,668 records with 1,112,549 images), last updated 18-Mar-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

North Carolina Birth Index, 1800-2000   (; Index only (6,957,259 records), no images (was 6,957,263 records with 0 images), last updated 12-Dec-2011
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,310 records), no images (was 875,610,312 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979     (; 7,814,432 indexed records with 1,509,652 record images (was 7,814,433 records with 1,509,652 images), last updated 22-Jul-2021


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, January 21, 2022

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 21 January 2022

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, 21 January, 11 a.m.:  Mexican Catholic Parish Records, Part I: Baptisms, Confirmations & Burials, by Colleen Robledo Greene.

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 25 January, 11 a.m.:  New Records on MyHeritage, by Mike Mansfield.

*  Archived Family History Webinar:  Using Historical Fiction and Social History to Support Your Narrative, by Beth A. Stahr

*  Archived Family History Webinar:   An Additional 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts/Radio Shows:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  Findmypast:  Friday's Live January 21st

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  5 Top Tips for Searching at

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 18 January 2022?


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Findmypast Friday: New British Crime Records and Newspapers

  I received this from Findmypast today:


Search 1921 crime records this Findmypast Friday

Police Gazette, 1921

Spanning the entire year of 1921, the 1921 Police Gazette comprises 152 issues, with 12 or 13 issues being published each calendar month.

Part of Findmypast’s extensive collection of criminal and prison registers, the Police Gazette has a long history, dating as far back as 1772 and taking various aliases. Most famously named Hue and Cry, its purpose was relatively self-explanatory: advertise for wanted criminals across the UK police forces to enable them to catch, convict, and bring to justice the crooks of 1921.

With the 1921 Census being delayed until June of that year, the Police Gazette records wanted criminals on either side of the census date, meaning perhaps that some of its wanted criminals can be found within the returns of the census. Crooks being crooks, however, they often went by multiple aliases, or were on the run from the law, making them more difficult to spot.

This publication has a unique collection of portraits for certain criminals, such as the one above, as well as detailed physical descriptions. It also includes notes, scribbled in red pen, by the police in 1921.

Don't immediately panic if you find your ancestor within these pages, however: it is not simply hardened criminals that the 1921 Police Gazette records. This publication also included notes about apprehensions of crooks across the UK, and publicised crimes that were reported by citizens, such as thefts and break-ins.


There are five brand new titles this week - three from England, and two from Ireland - and an incredible 72 updated newspapers from all four corners of the UK. Here's the full list.

New titles:
Updated titles:

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

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