Saturday, May 7, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What Excites You About Genealogy Research?

 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)  What Excites You About Genealogy Research?  What part of performing genealogy and family history research really excites you - what keeps you coming back day after day?

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:

For me, the "Thrill of the Hunt"  keeps me going day after day.  I always have some record to find, or some mystery to solve, or a goal to achieve.  It may be:

* Adding information from Record Hints and adding source citations to my family tree (because they may lead to more records),  

*  Solving another DNA match puzzle by finding a common ancestor (because that may uncover more cousins over time), 

* Transcribing probate and land records (because it may reveal more family member relationships), 

*  Writing ancestor biographies (because it's documenting my research), 

*  Researching for the parents of an end of a line ancestor (because it will extend my ancestry back another generation),

*  Helping some one else solve a thorny genealogy mystery (because it's helping someone else do more research),

*  Adding family information to Ancestry Member Tree and FamilySearch Family Tree (because it may help someone else extend their research),

*  Solving a "why did they do that?" mystery (because I want my research to be as complete as possible),

*  Documenting genealogy activities (my own, other geneabloggers, and the industry),

*  And many more reasons, I think.

In doing all these things, I am a detective, a snoop, a chronicler, a documenter.  It keeps me fresh day to day and year to year.  I love documenting my ancestry (and that of my wife and my grandchildren) with blog posts like 52 Ancestors, Amanuensis Monday, Treasure Chest Thursday, Census Sunday, Seavers in the News, etc.  I love documenting industry news, new/updated record collections and education opportunities with blog posts like Wordless Wednesday, Rabbit Holes With Randy, Genealogy Potpourri, Best of the Genea-Blogs, Genealogy News and Education Bytes.  

Every day brings a new challenge, and often brings a new research discovery.  Or it brings a new perspective on a research topic or a research technique.  It is my idea of Genealogy Fun!  

Researching and writing about genealogy keeps me relatively sane and off of social media and watching TV, but I try to make time to stay informed and to root for my San Diego Padres and former San Diego Chargers. 


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 30 April to 6 May 2022

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  30 April to 6 May 2022:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Canada, Obituary Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/5/2022

U.S., Obituary Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/5/2022

Latvia Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1854-1909; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/4/2022

Estonia, Census, Tax and House Lists, 1784 to 1944; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/4/2022

1950 United States Federal Census; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/4/2022

UK, Women’s Royal Naval Service Records, 1917-1919; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/4/2022

Alpes de Haute Provence, France, Census, 1836-1911; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/2/2022

Danish West Indies, Records and Documents Relating to General Governance, 1755-1916; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/2/2022

Web: Canadian Headstone Index, 1840-2017; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/2/2022

Edinburgh, Scotland, Alien Registers, 1794, 1798-1825; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/2/2022


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 3 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,153 collections available as of 6 May, an increase of 3 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 April to 6 May 2022

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

As of 6 May 2022, there are 3,099 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Canada, Border Entry Lists, 1908-1918   (; 939,553 indexed records with 939,553 record images, ADDED 04-May-2022

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 1,043 indexed records with 1,042 record images (was 418 records with 418 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911   (; 350,846 indexed records with 206,316 record images (was 312,992 records with 206,316 images), UPDATED 29-Apr-2022
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 8,870,928 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 8,854,021 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976    (; 279,472 indexed records with 270,254 record images (was 279,468 records with 270,250 images), UPDATED 30-Apr-2022
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 737,444 indexed records with 308,176 record images (was 735,052 records with 307,170 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,349,121 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,330,601 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 173,949 indexed records with 78,215 record images (was 167,967 records with 75,106 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 546,418 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 544,139 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 368,758 indexed records with 193,612 record images (was 365,568 records with 193,549 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 6,865,375 indexed records with 845,671 record images (was 6,858,306 records with 844,752 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022

Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015      (; 1,709,099 indexed records with 3,675,058 record images (was 1,694,090 records with 3,675,058 images), UPDATED 04-May-2022
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 23,413,168 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 23,000,619 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 3,730,164 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 3,729,983 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 5,989,582 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 5,984,103 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 02-May-2022
Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1960 (; 191,192 indexed records with 41,706 record images (was 191,073 records with 41,706 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022

Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010        (; 2,175,200 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 2,163,930 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 04-May-2022
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,006,331 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,999,811 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (; Index only (46,674,981 records), no images (was 46,910,239 records with 0 images), UPDATED 02-May-2022
England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991   (; Index only (12,047,775 records), no images (was 12,078,253 records with 0 images), UPDATED 02-May-2022
England Marriages, 1538–1973    (; Index only (11,849,456 records), no images (was 11,944,215 records with 0 images), UPDATED 02-May-2022

England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (; 141,183 indexed records with 50,305 record images (was 140,262 records with 50,153 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980  (; 1,262,246 indexed records with 140,158 record images (was 1,856,794 records with 130,465 images), UPDATED 02-May-2022
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996    (; 1,067,739 indexed records with 54,269 record images (was 1,033,671 records with 67,066 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 135,927 indexed records with 77,242 record images (was 133,507 records with 74,824 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 5,780,930 indexed records with 343,264 record images (was 5,779,040 records with 342,813 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 450,732 indexed records with 48,175 record images (was 448,919 records with 48,125 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1836      (; 265,182 indexed records with 5,060 record images (was 114,347 records with 2,313 images), UPDATED 04-May-2022
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856      (; 260,145 indexed records with 5,168 record images (was 247,102 records with 1,885 images), UPDATED 03-May-2022
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,236,403 indexed records with 1,917,916 record images (was 7,235,136 records with 1,973,544 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg and Posen, Church Book Duplicates, 1794-1874      (; 1,702,801 indexed records with 288,145 record images (was 1,702,801 records with 288,145 images), UPDATED 03-May-2022

Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 182,114 indexed records with 109,491 record images (was 175,576 records with 102,433 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 45,440 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 41,036 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (; 150,011 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 142,575 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900   (; 727,686 indexed records with 24,692 record images (was 706,249 records with 24,022 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Italy, Teramo, Teramo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940        (; 169,373 indexed records with 425,736 record images (was 86,198 records with 425,736 images), UPDATED 04-May-2022

Malta, Passport Applications, 1865-1943 (; 14,581 indexed records with 39,882 record images (was 14,577 records with 57,764 images), UPDATED 04-May-2022
Massachusetts, Springfield Vital Records, 1638-1887     (; 67,355 indexed records with 3,331 record images (was 67,355 records with 3,331 images), UPDATED 04-May-2022
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (; 1,576,819 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,574,876 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 7,194,766 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 7,186,605 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 2,393,319 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 2,372,850 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022

New York, Birth Indexes outside of New York City, 1881-1942     (; 108,301 indexed records with 23,562 record images (was 63,883 records with 15,837 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,513,045 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,502,456 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 03-May-2022
Paraguay, Asunción, Cemetery Records, 1842-2011 (; 108,973 indexed records with 66,809 record images (was 99,186 records with 66,809 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1935-1999   (; 197,790 indexed records with 254,406 record images (was 192,605 records with 254,406 images), UPDATED 30-Apr-2022
Peru, Arequipa, Civil Registration, 1860-1976   (; 71,881 indexed records with 24,048 record images (was 71,853 records with 24,048 images), UPDATED 04-May-2022

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 20,990,550 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,977,037 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Peru, Madre de Dios, Civil Registration, 1968-1975      (; 1,188 indexed records with 1,187 record images (was 1,184 records with 1,183 images), UPDATED 02-May-2022
Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911    (; 901,417 indexed records with 571,698 record images (was 800,980 records with 571,698 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1913      (; 432,267 indexed records with 684,393 record images (was 410,234 records with 684,393 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911     (; 452,119 indexed records with 857,376 record images (was 443,467 records with 857,376 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022

Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541-1985  (; 566,504 indexed records with 960,435 record images (was 427,771 records with 960,435 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Portugal, Castelo Branco, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1911    (; 565,525 indexed records with 333,738 record images (was 528,086 records with 333,738 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911   (; 763,023 indexed records with 490,922 record images (was 634,748 records with 490,922 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911    (; 108,641 indexed records with 815,966 record images (was 101,685 records with 815,966 images), UPDATED 03-May-2022
Portugal, Leiria, Catholic Church Records, 1534-1911    (; 207,234 indexed records with 639,166 record images (was 200,568 records with 639,166 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022

Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911        (; 1,597,794 indexed records with 178,927 record images (was 1,488,892 records with 178,927 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949     (; 1,774,719 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 1,715,794 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Portugal, Santarém, Catholic Church Records, 1544-1911  (; 1,026,830 indexed records with 647,938 record images (was 962,307 records with 647,938 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 854,826 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 818,136 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911  (; 479,026 indexed records with 782,282 record images (was 473,970 records with 781,053 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022

Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941 (; 354,448 indexed records with 396,243 record images (was 321,393 records with 396,243 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989     (; 1,141,913 indexed records with 1,034,661 record images (was 1,075,474 records with 1,034,661 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1912     (; 306,639 indexed records with 702,397 record images (was 265,849 records with 702,397 images), UPDATED 05-May-2022
Puerto Rico Slave Registers, 1863-1879  (; 139,472 indexed records with 24,408 record images (was 138,445 records with 18,075 images), UPDATED 02-May-2022
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,204,097 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,202,188 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 29-Apr-2022

Puerto Rico, San Juan, Cemetery Records, 1888-1988      (; 26,217 indexed records with 2,287 record images (was 22,085 records with 1,133 images), UPDATED 29-Apr-2022
Romania, Civil Registration, 1865-1903  (; 404 indexed records with 185 record images (was 331 records with 153 images), UPDATED 04-May-2022
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 86,700 indexed records with 367,249 record images (was 84,234 records with 361,572 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Scotland, Lanarkshire Church Records, 1823-1967 (; 17,946 indexed records with 684 record images (was 17,932 records with 683 images), UPDATED 03-May-2022
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 1,149,827 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 1,114,108 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022

South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 776,425 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 774,142 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
South Africa, Johannesburg, Cemetery Records, 1840-2019 (; 333,537 indexed records with 18,380 record images (was 305,119 records with 16,725 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 340,791 indexed records with 676,047 record images (was 337,449 records with 670,923 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (; 14,010 indexed records with 40,337 record images (was 13,863 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records, 1566-1956 (; 830,568 indexed records with 390,067 record images (was 824,437 records with 390,067 images), UPDATED 04-May-2022

Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581-1935; index 1633-1860    (; 66,352 indexed records with 721,027 record images (was 64,467 records with 721,027 images), UPDATED 03-May-2022
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 29,761,751 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,751 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 30-Apr-2022
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (410,892 records), no images (was 408,092 records with 0 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 734,048 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 712,964 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 19,241,172 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 19,240,872 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 06-May-2022

--- Collections with new images ---

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 76,082,519 indexed records with 13,167,403 record images (was 76,082,519 records with 13,167,402 images), last updated 28-Oct-2021
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 303,328 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 277,089 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,560 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,415 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,673 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 144,347 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 768,369 indexed records with 10,467 record images (was 768,369 records with 13,418 images), last updated 22-Apr-2022
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 224,177 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,446 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 12,308,209 indexed records with 127,540 record images (was 12,308,209 records with 127,797 images), last updated 14-Mar-2022
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,604,039 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,987 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,260 records), no images (was 875,610,261 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020


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, May 6, 2022

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 6 May 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, 6 May, 11 a.m.: McMasters’ Will: The Scheme That Made Us Virtually Free, by Calvin Dark

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 10 May, 11 a.m.: Drawing Insights from Your Family Photos, by Daniel Horowitz

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 10 May, 11 a.m.:  Finding Your Delaware Ancestors, by Irene Heffran Monley

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Government Gazettes as a Genealogical Resource, by Helen V. Smith

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Quickly Organize Your DNA Matches with the Leeds Method, by Dana Leeds

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Legacy QuickTip: How to make a list of ancestors in Legacy from ___________?, by Geoff Rasmussen

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts/Radio Shows:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

* Genealogy Quick Start:  LIVE with Melinda Kashuba

*  Findmypast:  

*  Genealogy With Amy Johnson Crow: Find Millions of Genealogy Clues with This Free Website

*  Julie Cahill Tarr | Genealogy in Action:  1950 US Census: All states now available to SEARCH on Ancestry!

* Pat Richley Erickson:  DearMYRTLE's CensusGenie

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 3 May 2022?


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