Monday, March 20, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1868 Will of James N. Sever (1793-1869) of Kingston, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the 1868 Will of James N. Sever (1793-1869) of Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

1)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17828:  1868 Will of James N. Sever - Image 11 of 17:

2)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17828: 1869 Will of James N. Sever - Image 12 of 17:

3)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17828: 1869 Will of James N. Sever - Image 13 of 17:
4)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17828: 1869 Will of James N. Sever - Image 10 of 17:
The transcription of this will is:

[image 11 of 17]

I James N Sever of Kingston Plymouth County do make this my last
Will and Testament, in the following manner, hereby revoking all former Wills by
me made.

First, I give to my son Winslow W. Sever, five hundred dollars he relinquishing all claim
to certain articles of furniture belonging to him now remaining in my house.
I give to my Wife and to my daughters Charlotte and Nancy One hundred dollars
to each of them.
I give to Evergreen Cemetery in Kingston One hundred dollars.
I give to my friend and Pastor Joseph H. Phipps One hundred dollars.
I give to Robert Eager for his many acts of friendship Fifty dollars.
the foregoing legacies to be paid in six months after my decease free from Government tax.

Second, I give to my Wife the use occupancy and improvement of my homestead place
where I now reside, land, buildings houshold furnishing full and complete in
every particular as they may be at time of my decease, also all of my garden
and farming tools during the time of her natural life, and without being
accountable for the ordinary wear and use of such things.  I also give her
in her own right animals if any and all stores and supplies in hand of all
kinds.  If the Trustee to be appointed under this Will should think it proper
and advantageous to sell the whole or any part of this property given to my Wife
for her use, with the full and free consent of my Wife he is authorized and
empowered to do so, but the money arising from such sale, shall form and  make a part
of the Trust estate thereafter to be provided for with the same provisions and conditions.

[Image 12 of 17]

Third.  All the remainder of my estate both real and personal
I give to my son Winslow W. Sever in (Trust nevertheless) for the
following purposes.  First to pay all later legally assessed
annually on the estate I have given the use of to my Wife,
and also to pay all necessary expences for the ordinary care and repair
of the buildings and fences during his life, and also to pay all legally
assessed taxes on the trust estate and any other necessary expences
After these deductions, the net annual income & interest from 
all sources from the trust estate shall be paid in the following
manner.  One half part thereof to my Wife during the term
of her natural life, and the remaining half part in equal
parts to my daughters Charlotte and Nancy during the life of my
Wife, these payments to be made to my Wife and daughters
quarterly if convenient to the Trustee to do so.

I hereby authorize and empower the Trustee aforesaid to sell any
of the real or personal estate under this trust that he may deem
In the interest of the trust, and to invest and reinvest the
same in safe and if possible productive investments.

Fourth.  At the deceased of my Wife the whole of the remainder of
the estate both real and personal shall be equally divided
among my children provided however that if any of my children
should decease leaving no surviving issue during the continuance of
of the aforesaid trust the share that would ^fall^ to them or either of them shall
pass to my surviving children and to their heirs.

[Image 13 of 17]

And I do hereby appoint my son Winslow W. Sever Executor of
my Will, and requiring no Bonds of the Judge of Probate thinks
its proper to do so.
                                     Kingston July 21'st Eighteen hundred sixty-eight.

                                                                        James N Sever  {seal}

Signed Sealed and declared by James N Sever as and for his Will and we at his
request in his presence and in presence of each other signed our names as
                                                                                George B Bradford
                                                                                 Joseph Stetson &
                                                                                 B.F. Ames

I James N Sever of Kingston, do make codicil to my Will which is dated
July twenty first eighteen hundred sixty eight, making some alterations in
regard to the disposal of the income of the Trust estate.

I may order and direct the Trustee to pay to my wife Eight hundred
dollars, and to my daughter Charlotte four hundred dollars annually in
quarterly payments, after ^these^ payments to pay my daughter Nancy any excess
of net income over twelve hundred to fifteen hundred dollars, and any excess
of net income over fifteen hundred dollars shall be paid annually in equal parts
to my wife and surviving children.  All of these payments to be paid in full in the order in
which they are named, of the annual net income is sufficient for that purpose

[Image 10 of 17]

I also give to my wife the liberty to have out of my wood land twelve cords
of Wood annually, for the use of herself and family so long as she shall
occupy the house I have given her the use of and the expense of cutting
and carting the same to be paid by the Trustee from the income of the
Trust estate without charge to my wife.

In all other respects my will shall remain the same rendered.

Signed in presence of                                          James N Sever
Joseph Stetson 
Edwin Durham                                    Sept'r 3, 1868.
George B. Bradford.

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Plymouth County [Mass.] Register of Probate, Plymouth County (Mass.) Probate Records, 1686-1881, American Ancestors (, Estate file 17828 (17 images), James N. Sever of Kingston, 1869.

James Nicholas Sever (1793-1869) was born 13 December 1793 in Kingston, Massachusetts, the son of John and Nancy (Russell) Sever.  He died 9 April 1869 in Hull, Massachusetts.  He married (1) Mercy Foster Russell (1799-1844) in December 1819 in Kingston.  She was the daughter of George and Betsey Foster (Drew) Russell.  They had seven children:

*  George Russell Sever (1822-1823).
*  James Russell Sever (1824-1825).
*  James Nicholas Sever (1828-1846).
*  Sarah Russell Seaver (1829-1831).
*  Winslow Warren Sever (1832-1894).
*  Charlotte Freeman Sever (1833-1875).
*  Nancy Russell Sever (1835-1908), married 1869 Henry Lewis Chase (1832-1905).

James Nicholas Sever married (2) Jane Ripley Nichols (1805-1891), the daughter of Israel and Hannah (Foster) Nichols, on 15 September 1845 in Kingston.  They had one child:

*  male Sever (1847-1847).

The will was written on 3 September 1868, the codicil was written on 21 September 1868,  and the will and codicil were proved on 10 May 1869 in Plymouth County Probate Court.  Winslow W. Sever was identified as the executor and trustee in the will.  A bond of $20,000 was posted by the executor on 10 May 1869.  There is no inventory, account or distribution in the estate file.

The will and codicil are fairly complicated.  His daughter Charlotte died unmarried in 1875.  His daughter Nancy married Henry Lewis Chase in 1869, died in 1908, but had no children.  His son, Winslow W. Sever died in 1894 without a spouse or heirs.  Winslow Warren's Sever's probate estate file is probably quite convoluted and is probably distributed amongst the heirs of James Nicholas Sever's siblings.

James Nicholas Sever (1793-1869) is my 4th cousin 6 times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is Robert Seaver (1608-1683) of Roxbury, Massachusetts.


NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday." John offers this definition for "amanuensis:"

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Read other transcriptions of records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 March 2023

Scores of genealogy and family history bloggers write hundreds 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:

*  The DNA Justice Foundation by Leah Larkin on The DNA Geek.

*  Use Color-Coding to Solve Mystery DNA Matches by DiAnn Iamarino Ohana on Fortify Your Family Tree.

*  RootsTech: After the Party  by Gena Philibert-Ortega on GenealogyBank Blog.

*  Canadian 1931 Census to Be Released on June 1st 2023 by Chris Paton on Scottish GENES.

*  My RootsTech 2023 Recap ~ Friday and ~Saturday by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History.

Silas Dooley by Marcia Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy.

*  A Week in Salt Lake City – Family Search Library and RootsTech 2023 by Patricia Coleman on Patricia Coleman Genealogy.

*  cM Explainer™ – New MyHeritage Relationship Prediction Tool by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

*  Awaiting the widow’s thirds  by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist.

 FHL FINDS ~ The marriage of Johann Talarowski & Bertha Keller - 1884 in Germany by Diane Gould Hall on Michigan Family Trails.

*  The Growing Phenomenon of the Unlinked Family Cluster by Blaine Bettinger on The Genetic Genealogist.

*  What Are Your Hidden Sources? by Gena Philibert-Ortega on Legacy News.

*  DNAExplain Blog to be Preserved for Future Generations in the Library of Congress by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

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 17th Mar 2023 by Crissouli on That Moment In Time.

This Week's Creme de la Creme - March 18, 2023  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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Treasure Chest Sunday - H.A. Carringer's 1921 Automobile Registration

 This is a special Treasure Chest post.  I couldn't wait until Thursday!

I read a Facebook post by Melody Lassalle that discussed the California Automobile Registration database available on the Internet Archive.  The database is for the years 1917 to 1922, and the registrations are listed by registration number for the entire state.

I knew that my great-grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946) had a Model T Ford automobile in the early 1920s in San Diego, but I didn't know which year or model.  

It was difficult to figure out how to find the database and to search it by name.  I finally resorted to searching for it on Google.  That worked for 1919, 1920 and 1921, but not 1917 and 1918.  Link for 1921 is .  Search with the search icon on left.

H.A. Carringer was the only Carringer person in the 1921 database:

This record appears on page n307 of the 1921 database (image 808 of 1124).

The extracted data for the H.A. Carringer entry is:

  • Registration number:  372292
  • Name of registrant:  H.A. Carringer
  • Address:  2104 30th st San Diego
  • Make of Automobile:  Ford
  • Type of Automobile:  Tour[ing?]
  • Year of Automobile:  [19]14
  • Engine number:  411644

A source citation for this record is:

"California Automobile Registrations, 1917-1922," indexed database with record images, Internet Archive ( : accessed 17 March 2023), 1921, Volume VII, page n307 (image 808 of 1124), Registration #372292, H.A. Carringer entry, 1914 Ford, Touring, Engine number 411644; original data in California Motor Vehicle Department (Sacramento, Calif.), digitized by California Digital Library, Americana collection.

I wanted to know what this 1914 Model T Ford Touring car might look like, and cost, so I found an image of this automobile online on the Swope Cars of Yesteryear Museum web page:

Here is one of the photos of this automobile:

It's a convertible!!!  With a mechanical top for cold, wind, and precipitation issues..

Information about the automobile includes:

  • Four cylinder, 22 horsepower, original cost $550. Top speed 45 miles per hour. Gas mileage 15 to 21 MPG. Gasoline costs 12 to 15 cents a gallon.
  • The first “Wide Track.” This Ford was known as the “southern Model T”, with 60” wide axles. The extended axle width was because of wagon rut in the south were wider than those in the north.
  • Between 1909 and 1927, Ford build 15,000,000 Model T Cars.
  • Henry Ford’s imitation of mass production methods on a moving assembly line led to lower car prices.
  • It also led to the $5.00 work day. People came from Kentucky and all over the south to work in the Ford Assembly Plant and earn the handsome wage of $5.00 a day!
  • In 1914, Ford with 13,000 employees produced 300,000 cars.
My grandfather, Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976) was very good with mechanical things, and I'm sure he drove this car all around San Diego.  He probably impressed his wife-to-be, Emily Kemp Auble (1999-1977), with the car and his driving prowess while they were dating (who knows what secrets the back seat held?).  

Thank you to Melody for mentioning this on Facebook!  This was the best Genealogy Fun I've had all day!


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Saturday, March 18, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Are/Were You A Wild and Crazy Genealogist?

Hey genea-folks, 

it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!


Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) What is the most wild, crazy, off-the-wall, or really stupid thing you have done in pursuit of your ancestral families and their family history?

2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, a comment to this post, or a comment or status on Facebook.

Here's mine:

I'm a pretty methodical person. I don't do dangerous or criminal things on a whim (well, um, there were times when I was younger and drank more than I should have). I am also a fairly shy person - I don't like striking up conversations or meeting people I don't know, although that was worse when I was younger.

I started doing genealogy research in 1988, and had found quite a bit of information about my Seaver and Richmond lines in New England, although I couldn't figure out where the Richmonds came from in England. My brother and I traveled to Massachusetts in August 1990 to attend our uncle's 50th wedding anniversary, and I was able to talk to a number of the aunts, uncles and cousins about the Richmond family down in the Putnam, Connecticut area.

We had a free day, so my brother and I took off from Salem New Hampshire for Putnam (only 84 miles!), and stopped at a motel in Putnam. We had dinner, noticed a graveyard right next to the motel, and decided to cold call the Richmond people in the phone book. We hit gold on the second call - second cousins of ours with some family information. Russell was deaf, so we talked to his wife, and arranged for Russell to meet us at the Grove Street Cemetery right next to the motel. He came at the appointed hour, and showed us the graves in the cemetery. 

We hoped that he would take us out to their home and show some of the family treasures with us. He did, and we had a splendid time talking about the Richmond family line, looking at family photos, and seeing the family farm next door to their log cabin home. They remembered being visited in the 1930s by their Seaver cousins from Leominster, Massachusetts.  We gathered some of the papers and photos up and went down to a local drugstore to copy them. Here is a digital image of a xerox copy of one of the family photographs (I wonder who has it now?):

This is the James Richman/Richmond (1821-1912) family in about 1885, also showing Hannah (Rich) Richmond (1824-1911) and 8 of their 9 children.  

Linda and I stopped by to see Russell and Helen several times in the 1990s, and both died since then.

I'm sure that many of my readers have been more adventurous and outgoing than I have been in my genealogical pursuits!


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 11 to 17 March 2023

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

As of 17 March 2023, there are 3,190 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Updated ---

Alaska, Village Census Rolls, 1919-1972 (; 10,315 indexed records with 999 record images (was 9,471 records with 721 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 158,376 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 154,407 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 86,575 indexed records with 86,325 record images (was 84,476 records with 84,243 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 440,903 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 439,625 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 131,576 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 130,438 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 212,294 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 209,425 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911   (; 469,040 indexed records with 206,316 record images (was 454,582 records with 206,316 images), UPDATED 14-Mar-2023
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 803,808 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 775,345 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (; 37,652 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 37,052 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912   (; 568,253 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 533,139 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021     (; 954,745 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 954,707 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 13-Mar-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 834,737 indexed records with 348,584 record images (was 832,704 records with 347,817 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,790,713 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,774,742 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995     (; 38,147 indexed records with 14,184 record images (was 37,740 records with 13,999 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,649,714 indexed records with 840,729 record images (was 1,648,013 records with 839,926 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 6,722,111 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,713,501 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 643,808 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 642,514 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,523,291 indexed records with 941,688 record images (was 7,515,552 records with 940,420 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 25,987,056 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 25,956,417 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Connecticut, County Coroner's Records, 1883-1934        (; 380 indexed records with 197 record images (was 61 records with 34 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 4,166,128 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,163,213 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,156,492 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,155,815 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,984,829 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,984,782 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 2,270,295 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,269,079 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 6,066,106 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,060,879 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023

England, Cumberland Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (; 482,696 indexed records with 31,215 record images (was 478,907 records with 31,118 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Florida, Funeral Home Records, 1887-1971        (; 31,865 indexed records with 19,149 record images (was 31,761 records with 19,097 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 74,356 indexed records with 152,948 record images (was 73,283 records with 118,607 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930       (; 2,328 indexed records with 2,195 record images (was 2,094 records with 1,961 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 1,048,267 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,048,078 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994   (; 247,466 indexed records with 103,502 record images (was 247,176 records with 103,502 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017        (; 31,771 indexed records with 6,635 record images (was 29,196 records with 5,134 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Haiti, Civil Registration, 1794-2012    (; 20,925,837 indexed records with 31,609 record images (was 20,925,837 records with 31,609 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 (; 538,401 indexed records with 337,976 record images (was 538,397 records with 337,976 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1968      (; Index only (1,764,023 records), no images (was 1,764,023 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023

Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019    (; 5,270,929 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 5,269,832 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 17,482 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 16,868 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 22,711 indexed records with 7,628 record images (was 22,057 records with 7,384 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941      (; 4,054 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 4,040 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 14-Mar-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930      (; 302 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 112 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Luxembourg Census Records, 1843-1900    (; 15,190 indexed records with 1,115,931 record images (was 13,708 records with 1,115,931 images), UPDATED 13-Mar-2023
Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918    (; 28,651,537 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 28,649,342 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996   (; 5,763,364 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,763,328 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 8,388,889 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,370,791 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 3,026,566 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,026,527 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 14-Mar-2023

Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860-2000        (; 3,258,220 indexed records with 1,371,091 record images (was 3,258,179 records with 1,371,091 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995     (; 343,502 indexed records with 577,690 record images (was 305,126 records with 577,690 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (; 1,944,442 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,941,948 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (516,601 records), no images (was 515,444 records with 0 images), UPDATED 13-Mar-2023
Ohio, Military Discharge Records, 1834-2004     (; 4,772 indexed records with 707 record images (was 2,897 records with 327 images), UPDATED 14-Mar-2023

Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953    (; 12,266 indexed records with 23,892 record images (was 11,587 records with 23,211 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 21,823,838 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,814,709 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Portugal, Faro, Civil Registration, 1880-1920   (; 20,692 indexed records with 11,880 record images (was 19,600 records with 9,625 images), UPDATED 13-Mar-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 1,077,041 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,076,714 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,339,207 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,337,360 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (; 274,181 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 273,156 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Russia, Tver Confession Lists, 1728-1913        (; 87,144 indexed records with 954,651 record images (was 56,837 records with 954,651 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Parish Records, 1550-1966      (; 223,781 indexed records with 96,520 record images (was 223,257 records with 96,520 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581-1935; index 1633-1860    (; 95,612 indexed records with 721,027 record images (was 83,834 records with 721,027 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (; 4,539,443 indexed records with 4,476,649 record images (was 4,543,233 records with 4,476,649 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Texas, Hardin County, Deed Records, 1840-1920   (; 19,997 indexed records with 18,195 record images (was 14,222 records with 5,349 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970       (; 255,536 indexed records with 44,685 record images (was 229,264 records with 36,445 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937     (; 309,611 indexed records with 942,391 record images (was 309,183 records with 942,391 images), UPDATED 14-Mar-2023
United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955       (; 3,699,480 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 2,873,273 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (622,689 records), no images (was 616,106 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 978,631 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 978,324 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 52,410 indexed records with 27,627 record images (was 51,590 records with 27,445 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 248,565 indexed records with 247,034 record images (was 220,990 records with 219,550 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896      (; 7,866,340 indexed records with 3,099,653 record images (was 7,866,340 records with 3,097,791 images), last updated 07-Jun-2021
Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 76,138,093 indexed records with 13,294,271 record images (was 76,138,093 records with 13,215,591 images), last updated 16-Aug-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 304,043 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 294,923 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 224,840 record images (was 527,525 records with 216,821 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939 (; 98,322,874 indexed records with 3,383,386 record images (was 98,322,874 records with 3,382,852 images), last updated 08-Jun-2022

--- Collections with images removed ---

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 420,897 indexed records with 10,703 record images (was 420,897 records with 10,759 images), last updated 31-Jan-2022
Brazil, São Paulo, Civil Registration, 1925-1995        (; 20,824,559 indexed records with 21,090,476 record images (was 20,824,559 records with 21,090,509 images), last updated 03-Nov-2022
California, passenger and crew lists at various ports, 1907-1956        (; 301,018 indexed records with 284,151 record images (was 301,018 records with 286,772 images), last updated 12-Apr-2021
England Death Records, 1998-2015        (; 3,293,163 indexed records with 3,293,163 record images (was 3,293,164 records with 3,293,164 images), last updated 16-Apr-2020
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,237,336 indexed records with 1,863,309 record images (was 7,237,336 records with 1,969,976 images), last updated 30-May-2022

South Africa, Johannesburg, Cemetery Records, 1840-2019 (; 1,996,255 indexed records with 165,717 record images (was 1,996,255 records with 193,541 images), last updated 05-Feb-2023
United States, California, San Francisco, Records of Chinese Laborers Returning to the US, 1882-1888    (; 45,435 indexed records with 2,202 record images (was 45,435 records with 5,370 images), last updated 23-Apr-2021
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,932,344 indexed records with 5,610,932 record images (was 6,932,344 records with 5,611,122 images), last updated 29-Nov-2022
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 144,163 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 153,717 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,258,024 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,257,996 records with 592,191 images), last updated 10-Mar-2023

--- Collections with records removed ---

New York, New York City Marriage Licenses Index, 1950-1995      (; Index only (3,124,583 records), no images (was 3,124,584 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Jun-2017
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997    (; Index only (17,102,134 records), no images (was 17,102,135 records with 0 images), last updated 17-Feb-2012
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,137 records), no images (was 875,610,139 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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