Saturday, July 16, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Plans To Travel For Onsite 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)  Do you have plans to travel to do onsite genealogy research?  [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:

I don't have many plans to travel to do onsite genealogy research.  I'm almost 79, recovering from a heart attack and heart surgery, have a genealogy cave full of useful data, but still have some mysteries in my ancestry.  

Where would I go?  Salt Lake City is an obvious choice, but now I can visit a local Family History Center and see on digital microfilm almost everything I could find at the Family History Library.  I would love to go to New England and visit ancestral home sites and see what I could find for some of my ancestors at NEHGS.  I would love to go to England again and visit Wiltshire and Somerset and try to solve my ongoing mysteries there by finding records that are not yet digitized.

I do plan to go to the San Diego Family History Center in Mission Valley at some time to find more records that are on the restricted (to FHL/FHC access) list of digital microfilms.  

*  My first target would be the Hilperton Land Tax Assessment 1773-1886 records.  I have copied the records from 1773 to 1793 but I need to go all the way up to the 1850s in order to sort out my Richman, Rich, and Marshman ancestry - where did they live, when did they move, etc.  

*  There are also land records in Connecticut and Rhode Island to peruse at the San Diego Family History Center that are restricted from home use.  I made a list (I have it some place...) of these I want to check but now I can't find it - maybe I can look on my computer because I'm sure I typed it.  

Another task for onsite research is at the San Diego County Assessor's office to find land deeds for my Carringer and Auble ancestors.  A visit to the San Diego County Probate Court/library may provide additional probate records for my Carringer, Auble and Seaver ancestors.  

I doubt that I will attend any distant genealogy conference in the future.  I would love to see my geneablogger friends and vendor/supplier friends in person, but that's probably not going to happen unless I go to the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank in future years.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 9 to 15 July 2022

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

As of 15 July 2022, there are 3,125 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 7 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Armenia, Tax Lists, 1817-1917   (; 1,092,016 indexed records with 1,092,016 record images, ADDED 14-Jul-2022

*  Belgium, Liège, Church and Civil Registration, 1590-1947        (; 1,543,489 indexed records with 1,543,489 record images, ADDED 13-Jul-2022

*  Brazil, Espirito Santo, Civil Registration, 1850-2019   (; 1,036 indexed records with 1,036 record images, ADDED 13-Jul-2022

*  Brazil, Rio Grande do Norte, Civil Registration, 1195-2020      (; 141 indexed records with 141 record images, ADDED 13-Jul-2022

*  Minnesota, Military Discharge Records, ca.1917 - ca.1990        (; 6,024 indexed records with 6,024 record images, ADDED 09-Jul-2022

*  Mississippi, Military Discharge Records, 1917-1974      (; 3,178 indexed records with 3,178 record images, ADDED 09-Jul-2022

*  Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 56 indexed records with 56 record images, ADDED 15-Jul-2022

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 10,985 indexed records with 10,884 record images (was 8,713 records with 8,645 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Argentina, Corrientes, Civil Registration, 1880-1930    (; 738,057 indexed records with 703,035 record images (was 724,492 records with 688,877 images), UPDATED 13-Jul-2022
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Civil Registration, 1860-1965    (; 747,266 indexed records with 538,414 record images (was 747,265 records with 538,413 images), UPDATED 11-Jul-2022
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 9,061,158 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,040,416 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 767,752 indexed records with 321,485 record images (was 761,935 records with 319,130 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,489,910 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,480,124 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2016       (; 8,598,721 indexed records with 5,387,756 record images (was 8,591,012 records with 5,387,756 images), UPDATED 13-Jul-2022
Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2014    (; 1,811,424 indexed records with 1,295,575 record images (was 1,811,264 records with 1,295,575 images), UPDATED 13-Jul-2022
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,502,009 indexed records with 768,887 record images (was 1,494,999 records with 762,959 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 6,635,473 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,635,276 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 13-Jul-2022

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 571,463 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 568,432 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Brazil, São Paulo, Civil Registration, 1925-1995        (; 20,823,560 indexed records with 21,089,488 record images (was 20,816,205 records with 21,083,623 images), UPDATED 13-Jul-2022
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,184,001 indexed records with 887,265 record images (was 7,183,888 records with 890,366 images), UPDATED 12-Jul-2022
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 24,577,102 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 24,556,861 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 3,903,480 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 3,903,109 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022

Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,022,674 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,010,806 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 11-Jul-2022
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964   (; 200,003 indexed records with 112,568 record images (was 192,151 records with 112,568 images), UPDATED 11-Jul-2022
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010        (; 2,212,741 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 2,199,974 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 12-Jul-2022
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,170,700 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,164,541 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (; 157,682 indexed records with 55,924 record images (was 155,751 records with 55,333 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022

England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996    (; 1,469,734 indexed records with 89,308 record images (was 1,466,563 records with 100,355 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 5,870,487 indexed records with 353,463 record images (was 5,841,637 records with 352,800 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 588,625 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 588,610 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 12-Jul-2022
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 (; 531,611 indexed records with 337,976 record images (was 530,990 records with 337,976 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945  (; 112,702 indexed records with 1,272 record images (was 111,696 records with 1,272 images), UPDATED 11-Jul-2022

India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (; 234,410 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 213,263 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 636 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 305 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (; 1,581,696 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,581,374 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 7,349,688 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 7,332,959 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 2,604,530 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 2,591,953 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022

New Jersey, Reclaim the Records, Geographic Birth Index, 1901-1929      (; 1,857,429 indexed records with 30,532 record images (was 1,630,107 records with 26,991 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
New York State Census, 1905     (; 7,575,511 indexed records with 111,177 record images (was 7,575,511 records with 111,177 images), UPDATED 12-Jul-2022
New York, Birth Indexes outside of New York City, 1881-1942     (; 640,458 indexed records with 76,740 record images (was 640,257 records with 76,161 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
New York, Military Discharge Records, 1865-1946 (; 46,888 indexed records with 8,014 record images (was 2,368 records with 2,149 images), UPDATED 13-Jul-2022
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 806,423 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 794,684 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022

Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016       (; 5,779,918 indexed records with 1,547,844 record images (was 5,779,918 records with 1,547,844 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Paraguay, Asunción, Cemetery Records, 1842-2011 (; 235,819 indexed records with 66,809 record images (was 234,842 records with 66,809 images), UPDATED 14-Jul-2022
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015    (; 2,044,048 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 2,042,640 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020      (; 55,171 indexed records with 13,832 record images (was 24 records with 8 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 21,257,602 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,906,781 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022

Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541-1985  (; 583,021 indexed records with 960,435 record images (was 582,488 records with 960,435 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2022
Portugal, Castelo Branco, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1911    (; 636,077 indexed records with 333,738 record images (was 623,578 records with 333,738 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2022
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911   (; 1,424,325 indexed records with 490,922 record images (was 1,393,773 records with 490,922 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2022
Portugal, Faro, Catholic Church Records, 1587-1880      (; 415,346 indexed records with 138,057 record images (was 415,021 records with 138,057 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2022
Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911    (; 224,832 indexed records with 815,966 record images (was 221,130 records with 815,966 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2022

Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911        (; 2,004,556 indexed records with 178,927 record images (was 1,997,737 records with 178,927 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2022
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949     (; 1,799,990 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 1,797,601 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 12-Jul-2022
Portugal, Santarém, Catholic Church Records, 1544-1911  (; 1,028,594 indexed records with 647,938 record images (was 1,028,520 records with 647,938 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2022
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 883,016 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 881,330 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989     (; 1,418,226 indexed records with 1,034,661 record images (was 1,412,781 records with 1,034,661 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2022

Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1912     (; 624,897 indexed records with 702,397 record images (was 613,119 records with 702,397 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2022
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,204,161 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,204,097 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 91,681 indexed records with 426,967 record images (was 91,661 records with 423,303 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 1,491,841 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 1,421,154 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 395,916 indexed records with 753,951 record images (was 379,203 records with 740,871 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022

South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (; 17,792 indexed records with 40,337 record images (was 17,773 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581-1935; index 1633-1860    (; 69,095 indexed records with 721,027 record images (was 67,878 records with 721,027 images), UPDATED 13-Jul-2022
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 1,137,838 indexed records with 60,413 record images (was 1,134,399 records with 56,984 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2022
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860       (; 737,796 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 732,693 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996    (; 20,604,792 indexed records with 1,992,569 record images (was 18,298,800 records with 1,736,356 images), UPDATED 12-Jul-2022

Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1741-1918       (; 934,996 indexed records with 40,448 record images (was 824,020 records with 40,448 images), UPDATED 12-Jul-2022
Ukraine, Odesa Census Records 1897      (; 135,640 indexed records with 67,250 record images (was 0 records with 67,250 images), UPDATED 14-Jul-2022
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (440,742 records), no images (was 437,711 records with 0 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 851,438 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 844,014 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022
Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901      (; 105,526 indexed records with 4,118 record images (was 75,742 records with 2,875 images), UPDATED 15-Jul-2022

--- Collections with new images ---

England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 110,589 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 105,603 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,237,336 indexed records with 1,973,983 record images (was 7,237,336 records with 1,965,579 images), last updated 30-May-2022
Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 76,082,519 indexed records with 13,167,405 record images (was 76,082,519 records with 13,167,403 images), last updated 28-Oct-2021
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 46,792 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 45,406 images), last updated 29-Jun-2022
Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 (; 39,488 indexed records with 2,478 record images (was 39,488 records with 2,476 images), last updated 19-Apr-2021

New York, Church Records, 1660-1954     (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,354 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,349 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

France, Calvados, Census, 1891  (; 661 indexed records with 1 record images (was 661 records with 82 images), last updated 07-Jul-2022
Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 (; 11,346,687 indexed records with 1,709,621 record images (was 11,346,687 records with 1,709,697 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 302,433 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 306,403 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 222,768 record images (was 527,525 records with 224,841 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
Illinois, Church Records, 1837-1995     (; 16,710 indexed records with 1,116 record images (was 16,710 records with 1,183 images), last updated 13-Jan-2021

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 315,947 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,616 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

California Divorce Index, 1966-1984     (; Index only (3,518,806 records), no images (was 3,518,807 records with 0 images), last updated 07-Mar-2012
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,223 records), no images (was 875,610,226 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, July 15, 2022

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 9 to 15 July 2022

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  9 to 15 July 2022: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Doubs, France, Censuses, 1906-1911; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/14/2022

U.S., Obituary Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/13/2022

1950 United States Federal Census; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/13/2022

Australia, Obituary Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/13/2022

Canada, Obituary Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/13/2022

North Carolina, U.S., Naturalization Records, 1872-1996; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/11/2022

Wisconsin, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1848-1992; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/11/2022


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 33,182 collections available as of 15 July, an increase of 0 from last week.  


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Findmypast Friday: Five New Pennsylvania Record Collections

 I received this information from Findmypast today:


There are nearly half a million new records to explore this week.


Here’s a rundown of our five new US collections released by Findmypast this week – ideal for those tracing their US ancestry.

Pennsylvania, List of British Prisoners in the War of Revolution

Within this collection, you'll find British and German Hessian soldiers who were captured during the war, giving you an insight into their military experience. Information you may find alongside an ancestor's name includes their ship or unit, where and when they were captured, and occasionally extra remarks such as whether or not they were being considered for a military exchange.

Pennsylvania, Episcopalian Births and Baptisms

If you're looking into more recent US history, this collection contains over 117,000 Episcopalian births and baptisms from the late 1600s to the mid 1900s. The Episcopalian Church were of Protestant faith, and though they were governed separately, were considered to work in full cooperation with the Church of England. It is also possible that you may find those born outside of the US in parish records across England, Scotland and Wales. The information in this collection varies record to record, but will include a combination of event year (birth or baptism), full name, parents' names and parish, meaning you could discover more than one generation to add to your family tree.

Pennsylvania, Episcopalian Marriages

If you've found an ancestor in the previous collection, there's a high chance you'll trace them through our Episcopalian marriages, comprising an immense 153,000 records. These records will give you date of marriage, spouse's name, any witnesses to the marriage and often the person who officiated the ceremony.

Pennsylvania, Episcopalian Deaths and Burials

If you've traced your Episcopalian ancestors this far, don't stop now. Close their journey with a death or burial record. There are over 135,000 records in this collection, and you could find information ranging from place, parish, and death or burial year.

Pennsylvania, Episcopalian Congregational Records

You've discovered entire lifetimes in our new Episcopalian records, but what about their activity within the church? Have a browse through these congregational records to see what you can discover. The original Anglican congregations in Pennsylvania included Christ Church, Philadelphia (est. 1695), Trinity Church, Oxford (est. 1698), St David’s, Radnor (Est 1700) and St. Thomas, Whitemarsh (est. 1702). Originally, there was only one diocese throughout the entirety of Pennsylvania, but in 1865, the Diocese of Pittsburgh was established to encompass every parish west of the Allegheny Mountains. By 1910, there were several dioceses spanning across the state, and by the 1920s these dioceses saw a vastly increasing growth in population. The type of records will differ per collection, but you may be able to find registers of communion, vestry minutes, membership lists and administrative records.


Findmypast is offering nearly 132,000 new pages for you this week, including new London title the Lewisham Borough News. Have a read through the full list of new and updated titles below.

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