Saturday, April 1, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What Genealogy Record Collections to Digitize or Index?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:
It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

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

1)  What genealogy record collections would you like to see digitized or indexed?  List one or more.

2)  Put it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link in a comment to this post.

Here's mine:

*  County Land Records.  FamilySearch has many (almost all?) land records on digital microfilm already, but most of them are not indexed, and most of them are for records before 1900.  We need records after 1900.  We need the deed indexes digitized so we can see if our research targets had land transactions.  The index of the deed indexes should include grantee and grantor names, locations (towns?), dates, volume, page number, etc.  

*  California Birth (since 1995), Death (since 1997) and Marriage records (since 1985).  Many state vital records end in the early to mid 20th century by state law because of privacy concerns.

*  Many existing digitized County probate record collections end in the 1880-1910 time period.  Most of the existing probate record collections are not indexed on FamilySearch, and are partially indexed on Ancestry (there are many records left out).  There's over a century of additional probate records that have not been digitized or indexed.

*   Criminal and Civil County Court records.  FamilySearch has some on digital microfilm, but they are not indexed.  They should be indexed, at least the case information - case number, names, dates, places, volumes, page numbers etc.

Those are my top four suggestions.


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Randy, I had the same ideas as you, but I came up with a few more examples.

Linda Stufflebean said...

My wish list:

M Scott said...

I don't have a specific collection in mind, but I'd love to see a focus on any collection that advances African American family history research! ❤️

Teresa said...

Here's a link to my post: