Sunday, December 31, 2023

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 24 to 30 December 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 most 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: 

*  Trying Ancestry's Pro Tools Suite: Map View by Marie Cooke Beckman on MarieB's Genealogy blog - Southeastern USA.

*  The Legal Genealogist’s Christmas & Holiday Wish 2023 by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist.

*  Unviewed Results Only - Another Ancestry Pro Tool by Doris Kenney on A Tree With No Name.

*  Testing Out MyHeritage’s New AI Biographer by Louis Kessler on Behold Genealogy.

*  Who owns government records? Work Product, Ancestry, Reclaim the Records, Freedom of Information Acts, Copyright, and lots of other issues by James Tanner on Genealogy's Star.

*  Preserving Christmas Ornaments by Melissa Barker on A Genealogist In the Archives.

*  Best Genealogy Find of 2023 by Ellen Thompson-Jennings on Hound on the Hunt.

*  Review of new MyHeritage AI features for Genealogy by Anne Young on Anne's Family History.

Tracking Growth by Marcia C. Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy.

Gold Stars by Jim Bartlett on Segment-ology.

*  Finding Women Ancestors In Your Genealogy Research: Remember the Ladies! by Kristin Wenger on Legacy Tree Genealogists.

*  My 2023 Research Year In Review by Marie Cooke Beckman on MarieB's Genealogy blog - Southeastern USA.

AI and Pictures – Will it Enhance your Genealogical Research?  by Lori Samuelson on

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

*  This Week's Creme de la  Creme - December 30, 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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Family Tree Maker - THREE DAYS ONLY - New Year's Sale

 I received the following information from Jack Minsky of Family Tree Maker:


Lots of news to share. Yet another old friend and Family Tree Maker expert from Ancestry has joined our merry team. A helpful new Family Tree Maker book filled with terrific tips and tricks joins our book collection. A return to exhibiting in‐person at conferences beginning this February with RootsTech. And, oh yeah, from now through New Year's Day everything in the Family Tree Maker store is 30-60% off. Let's get started.

Tana Pedersen


Does the name Tana Pedersen sound familiar? It should. She literally wrote the book on Family Tree Maker. Which one? Well, pretty much all of them. Tana is the award-winning author of every one of the official Family Tree Maker guides published by Ancestry. That includes Beyond the BasicsThe Little Book of Answers, and five editions of the Companion Guide. No one on earth has written more pages for this grand old brand than Tana has. And now, we are absolutely delighted that she has joined our great adventure as Senior Director of Communications. Welcome Tana!

Little Book of Answers


Tana's first project is the third edition of her Little Book of Answers: Tips, Tools and Extras. Using her own family tree and personal stories, Tana provides expert advice not found in the Companion Guide. It's a delightful insider's guide that will help you get the most out of Family Tree Maker. You'll learn things like how to create a Family Health History Report that might just save your life some day. Print a colorful giant wall size tree chart to hang at your next family reunion. Check Family Tree Maker's Historical Weather® database to find out if it was rain or shine at your parents' wedding. Use shortcuts to save hours of time. Build comprehensive error reports to polish up your tree. Prevent tree disasters and recover from them when they happen. And oh so much more. Pre-order your copy today and SAVE 50%!


It's been four years since the Family Tree Maker team stepped foot into the grand exhibit hall of the Salt Palace. So we're really excited to be heading to Salt Lake City at the end of February as a sponsor of RootsTech 2024. We'll welcome you with two presentation theaters, a bank of hands-on demo stations, and of course a store stocked with show specials. Tana Pedersen will be on hand to autograph her books. Duff Wilson will man the main stage in a session that will be broadcast live. And Matt Bess will answer all your support questions. Stop by to say hi, or visit our virtual booth online. February 29 - March 2.



It's been a rollercoaster of a year for us with the ongoing war in Ukraine – the country our development labs have called home for a quarter century. But it's also been a year of love and friendship. Of counting our blessings. Of hugging our children a little tighter. Of finding out who our true friends are and how resilient our amazing staff have proven to be. And so here we are, looking forward to surprising and delighting you with our plans for Family Tree Maker in the coming year and beyond. And that's all I'm going to say about that right now. So stay tuned.

I wish you and your family a happy, healthy and safe New Year, filled with wonderful new chapters in your own family's history that is being written every day.

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Jack Minsky
Software MacKiev




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Click here to compare whatever edition you have to the latest edition – the fastest, easiest to use edition of Family Tree Maker ever made.


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The first hundred fans to pre-order Tana Pedersen's new book will get autographed copies. You can also get an autographed copy at our RootsTech booth in Salt Lake City.


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Disclosure:  I have been a customer of Family Tree Maker since 1995.  I have received several complimentary copies of the software from Software MacKiev in the past five years.  I  received a complimentary upgrade to FTM 2019.

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RootsMagic Genealogy Family Tree Statistics Update - 1 January 2024

I was curious to see how much progress I had made in my family tree during the last 12 months.

Here is the family tree database summary from RootsMagic 9 on 31 December 2023:

Here are the "numbers" from 31 December 2023 in my RootsMagic database (with increases from 1 January 2023):

*  71,807 persons (+ 1,573)
*  29.078 families  (+ 663)
*  225,236  events  (+ 5,656)

*  15,022  Alternate names (+ 471)
*  19.149 places (+ 732)  
*  2,286 sources ( + 59)
*  146,403 citations (+ 897)
*  1,262 Multi-media Items (- 343)

*  3,209 Multi-media links (- 8)

*  50,212 Persons matched to FamilySearch Family Tree persons (+ 1,436)

In the past 12 months, I've averaged adding 4.3 persons, 1.8 families, 15.5 events and 2.5 source citations each day.  I try to work at least an hour in the evening adding content and sources to the database, although baseball, my health problems and the holidays intervened.

 Consequently, I've  managed to reduce my  citations/person from 2.07 to 2.04, and my  citations/event from 0.660 to 0.650 this past year.  Obviously, I don't have a citation for every event, name or relationship, and in some cases I have more than one citation for an event, name or relationship.  At this rate, to reach 100% in citations/events will take about 8 more years!  

I added 1,537 persons to my database in 2023, some in my 4th great-grandparents' descendant lines (including lines to DNA matches with known common ancestors), some in my one-name studies, and some from further and ongoing research on my ancestral families.  My one-name studies include Seaver (with variations Sever, Seever, Sevier and plurals), Carringer, Auble, Vaux, Dill, and Buck in my tree, and McKnew in my wife's tree.  

I "mine" new Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, and FamilySearch databases and use RootsMagic WebHints for my ancestral and one-name study surnames, and add content and source citations.  I add or correct name, relationship, date and place omissions or errors found while working on the database.  I use RootsMagic to match my tree profiles to the FamilySearch Family Tree profiles, and exchange source-verified information both ways on a near-daily basis.

I added a new ancestral Ancestry Member Tree (AMT) on in August 2022 with a new tree TreeShare upload using RootsMagic 8.  I TreeShare every week now to keep the AMT up-to-date, which generates more Record Hints.  I do not attach Record Hints to that Ancestry Member Tree because I know that it will be replaced eventually, so doing that would be a time suck.  I need to add a new Findmypast tree.  I review and manually add records from Ancestry Hints, MyHeritage Record Matches, Findmypast Record Hints, and FamilySearch Record Hints to my RootsMagic database to add content and sources to my family tree database.  I uploaded a new MyHeritage tree in March 2022 and need to do that again this year. 

Doing the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge for a tenth year in 2022, along with deciding to start with my great-grandparents and doing it by ancestor chart numbers, has greatly improved the events, source citations and notes for the ancestors I write about.  I am now up to #1006, in the seventh great-grandparents, at the end of 2023, doing them in ancestor chart number order.  When I post a new biography, I add the Notes and Sources to the FamilySearch Family Tree profile for that person.  I will continue this weekly meme because it helps me focus on one specific ancestor, and their family, each week and improves my database and my family history.

I did not visit a physical repository (e.g, local library, Family History Library, local FamilySearch Library, or a regular library) this year to perform genealogical and family history research. My life situation precludes being away from home for more than two hours. I did lots of online research in commercial record providers (Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, Fold3,, GenealogyBank, AmericanAncestors, etc.), and free record providers (FamilySearch, Find A Grave, Billion Graves, Chronicling America, etc). Since many Family Search Library catalog items are not available from home online, I have a to-do list for the local FamilySearch Library in order to use the digital microfilm that I cannot read at home, and will need to visit the local FSL to view them.

There are only so many hours in my genealogy day - usually only 5 to 8 hours nowadays. I have cut back this past two years because of my health issues.  I spend one to two hours each day reading blog posts and answering emails, one to two hours writing blog posts, an hour or two doing online research, one to two hours adding content and sources to the database, and the balance of my time doing society support tasks, participating in or watching webinars, analyzing my DNA matches, or working on other projects. My genealogy life is varied, and definitely not boring (I gave up doing boring genealogy things like extended client research, or going often to libraries and archives - with some exceptions!). I'm having great genealogy fun, but have no clue how long I can go on like this due to health or family circumstances.

My conclusion is:  I've made steady progress, and I'm actively improving my database in both quantity and quality, but still have a long way to go to have a "fully sourced and accurate" family tree.  It's better than it was, but it can still be improved.  It is all a lifelong task, I think!  
I truly need a genealogy clone or assistant.  I doubt that Siri, Alexa, Google Home or any other virtual assistant is yet capable of doing genealogy research, source citations, etc.;  I know that Artificial Intelligence is not able to do actual research, but it can help document submitted information.

 I last updated my Genea-Musings readers on the "numbers" in my RootsMagic 9 genealogy family tree database in:

*  RootsMagic Genealogy Database Statistics Update - 1 January 2023

*  My RootsMagic Genealogy Database Statistics Update - 1 January 2022

*  My RootsMagic Genealogy Database Statistics Update - 1 January 2021

*  My RootsMagic Genealogy Database Statistics Update - 31 December 2019

*  My RootsMagic Genealogy Database Statistics Update - 31 December 2018


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Saturday, December 30, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your 2023 Christmas Genea-Gifts

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

(Photo courtesy of footnoteMaven)

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1) Was Genea-Santa good to you?  What genealogy gifts did you receive for Christmas this year?

2) Tell us about them in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook Status  post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own post.

Here's mine:

I received one genea-gift from my descendants:

My daughter and her three beautiful children (now 18, 15, and 9) have me this great T-shirt:

The photo on the shirt is of Linda and myself  in her room at her memory care facility in July 2023.  The crocheted headband on Linda's head was made by her granddaughter.  

Sometimes things happen by making a misteak - Tami forgot she ordered one and ordered another one just like it - so she gave that one to Linda.

Oh, I also got a Christmas haircut from my daughter who has a new tool that made quick work of my longer locks.  

One other family history Christmas gift - I really enjoyed talking to all three grandkids about their school and what they were studying and learning.  One more gift - the hugs.

And one more - I gifted myself the Kindle version of Nathan Dylan Goodwin's latest novella - The Deserter's Tale.


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Randy's Genealogy Activity Highlights for 2023

 Looking back over the past year, I see that I pursued these genealogy and family history related activities - it was a Zoom-y year (again!) to say the least!  

1)  Genealogy Society Work

*  Moderated 11 CVGS Research Group monthly meetings (in Zoom meetings) with 20 to 40 in attendance, usually providing an hour of content.
*  Moderated 11 CVGS DNA Interest Group monthly meetings (in Zoom meetings) with 15 to 30 in attendance, usually providing an hour of content.
*  Attended 11 CVGS monthly General Meetings (in Zoom meetings) with 30 to 70 in attendance.
*  Attended 3 CVGS in-person education meetings and helped answer questions for new genealogists.
*  Attended the annual picnic (June) and holiday party (December) in-person and enjoyed seeing my CVGS colleagues.
*  Wrote, edited, published, and emailed 12 CVGS monthly Newsletters (10-12 pages each month) to the CVGS membership in the 14th year of my editorship.
*  Served on the CVGS Board of Directors for the 21nd consecutive year as Research Group Chair, DNA Group Chair, and Newsletter Editor, attending monthly Board meetings and General Society program meetings (10 in Zoom).

2)  Education

*  Watched about 15 Legacy Family Tree Webinars as part of my subscription to the service.
*  Attended RootsTech Connect 2023 virtually over three days, and watched over 100 presentations.
*  Attended the SDGS January and September seminars, and every SDGS online program meeting and special webinars on Zoom.  
*  Attended most of the SDGS DNA Interest Group meetings on Zoom from hosted by Colin Whitney, often with speakers.
*  Attended most of the SDGS British Isles Interest Group on Zoom hosted by Colin Whitney.
*  Watched hundreds of YouTube videos about genealogy-related topics - I subscribe to about 120 YouTube channels for genealogy.
*  Read the NEHGS magazines and downloaded them to my genealogy education folders.   American Ancestors also provides digital editions of a number of periodicals for New England which I search occasionally and download articles to my genealogy folders.
*  Downloaded syllabus articles from RootsTech, Legacy Family Tree Webinars, CVGS programs and SDGS programs and saved them to my education computer folders.
*  Read thousands of genealogy-related blog posts from hundreds of geneabloggers using Feedly on a daily basis.

3)  Blogging

*  Wrote about 820 blog posts on Genea-Musings in the 18th year of the blog.  Most of my posts are about my own research (e.g., Amanuensis Monday, Genealogy Pot-Pourri, 
Seavers in the News, Wordless Wednesday, Treasure Chest Thursday, 52 Ancestors, and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun), but some are genea-curation about the industry (e.g., New and Updated Ancestry Collections; New and Updated FamilySearch Collections; Genealogy News Bytes, Genealogy Education Bytes; and Best of the Genea-Blogs), occasional guest posts, press releases,  questions asked (e.g., Dear Randy posts), research summaries (Rabbit Holes with Randy), genealogy software, online collections, or industry issues.  See:
***  Randy's "Best Of" Genea-Musings Posts in 2023
***  Top 40 Most Viewed Posts in 2023 on Genea-Musings
*  I now have about 16,813 posts and 15.6 million page views on the Genea-Musings blog since 2006 according to Google.

4)  DNA Tests and Analysis

*  I have autosomal DNA test results at AncestryDNA (test), MyHeritageDNA (upload), FamilyTreeDNA (test), 23andMe (test), and Living DNA (upload).
*  Reviewed my DNA matches on a regular basis, and made notes about the match data, including known relationships and common ancestors.  I have spreadsheets for the highest matches on AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, and MyHeritageDNA matches with collected information.  I occasionally download my Shared DNA segments from MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.
*  Created updated AutoCluster groups for MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe  using the Genetic Affairs program.  
*  Did not add much to my DNA Painter chromosome mapping based on known common ancestors on MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and 23andMe.

5)  Genealogy Research and Family Trees

*  Used RootsMagic 9 as my "master" family tree program on my desktop and laptop computers.  See RootsMagic Genealogy Database Statistics Update - 1 January 2024 for my progress on my family tree.  
*  Continued to research, find, source and enter information on my ancestors and descendants of my 4th great-grandparents to help find common ancestors with DNA matches.  
*  Used the WebHints for Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, and FamilySearch to add content (names, relationships, events, dates, places, notes and source citations) for records found that apply to each profile.  
*  Searched for more records for selected profiles on all of the sites, adding content and source citations for records found that apply to each person profile.  
*  Mined selected record collections on Ancestry (using the specific database tool for Ancestry Member Tree profiles), on MyHeritage (finding Record Matches for a specific collection for my MyHeritage tree profiles), on Findmypast (Record Hints on Findmypast tree profiles), and on FamilySearch Record Hints for FamilySearch Family Tree profiles.
*  TreeShared each week the changes to the RootsMagic tree to my latest Ancestry Member Tree, which generates more Record Hints for those profiles.  Updated my MyHeritage tree using GEDCOM in early 2023.
*  Matched my RootsMagic profiles with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles on a regular basis using the FamilySearch tools in RootsMagic, and added or edited Family Tree profiles and/or RootsMagic profiles to add content, notes and source citations.
*  The General Society of Mayflower Descendants membership application process is still on hold after submitting the preliminary form.

6)  Family Photos

*  Reorganized my family photos into major families - mine and Linda's, our daughter's families, my parents, Seavers, Carringers, Lelands.  
*  Found several caches of family photos and artifacts hiding in the genealogy cave closet, file cabinets, and file boxes.
*  Used the MyHeritage Reimagine mobile app to image photo album pages and loose photos to add hundreds of photos to my collection.
*  Colorized and enhanced over 600 family photos using the MyHeritage photograph tools.  

7)  Family Stories

*  Wrote 37 stories about my life, many with photographs, for the StoryWorth book I received last year for Christmas.  There are still more to do, and I should have the book ready for publication in 2024.
*  Scanned and OCRed the 37 pages of my Aunt Geraldine Seaver's audio tape transcriptions of her family memories and edited them (the scans and OCR were imperfect!).  I put them in an RTF and PDF document on my computer and saved them in Google Drive, iDrive and FOREVER for now.  
*  Made a presentation and Zoom video of our life since 1970 with over 200 slides, just in time for our wedding anniversary and birthday celebration in October.
*  Started writing biographies about my close relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) for 52 Relatives series.
*  Experimented with Artificial Intelligence programs to write ancestor biographies using ChatGPT and MyHeritage AI Biographer.  

8)  Digital Data Maintenance

*  Added digital images of genealogy records, including downloaded books or articles, to my ancestral education, surname and family files on a regular "as found" basis.
*  Added other genealogy-related documents (e.g., CVGS Newsletters, presentation slides and handouts, etc.) to my Genealogy file folder.  
*  Backed up the digital files to Google Drive occasionally and iDrive in the cloud daily, and some files to Dropbox for transfer to the laptop on an as-needed basis.  

9)  Summary

*  I do this almost every day for 5 to 11 hours a day seemingly chained to my computer; plus eat and sleep, but I usually take a mid-day nap to recharge. A lot of my reading of email, blogs and social media are done on my phone now.  I worked about 2,000 hours on genealogy-related activities in 2023.  I didn't make any money doing this but spent some.  I think I'm my own boss.  I made some discoveries and had a lot of genea-fun.  
*  We celebrated our 53.5 year anniversary (we missed out on our 50th in March 2020), my 80th birthday and Linda's 81st birthday in October at our church with 70 in attendance, plus an Elvis impersonator who sang for 90 minutes.  It was the first time Linda was seen by many of our friends since June 2021 when she broke her hip.
*  The year saw improved health for me - I had a pacemaker installed in September to stabilize my heart rate, slept better, but have lapsed into eating sweets again.  I'm trying to walk a bit every day.
*   I love having time for family activities (occasional visits with the daughters and grandkids - some calls on Facetime).  I visit Linda in her skilled nursing and memory care facility almost every day for an hour.  I watched Padres baseball on TV, Chargers and NFL football on TV, and Aztecs football/basketball on TV, and read the newspaper, genealogy magazines, and fiction books (mostly mystery books) while watching TV.  Then there's household chores (shopping, cooking, laundry and cleaning, but I'm lax - I did buy a Roomba to help!).  I check Facebook and Twitter daily, and read or watch local news and political news/events online, on my phone, and on TV. 


Copyright (c) 2023, Randall J. Seaver

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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 23 to 29 December 2023

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

As of 29 December 2023, there are 3,261 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1872 (; 12,167 indexed records with 279 record images, ADDED 30-Sep-2022

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 (; 4,630,193 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 4,630,159 records with 978,396 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Argentina, Catamarca, Civil Registration, 1888-2000 (; 150,584 indexed records with 150,061 record images (was 147,987 records with 147,692 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 119,919 indexed records with 119,455 record images (was 119,750 records with 119,286 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023
Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1974 (; 1,013,722 indexed records with 419,985 record images (was 1,007,473 records with 419,985 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Argentina, Córdoba, Censuses, 1778-1874 (; 514,361 indexed records with 12,745 record images (was 518,010 records with 12,738 images), UPDATED 25-Dec-2023

Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 (; 799,515 indexed records with 424,329 record images (was 799,515 records with 424,329 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Arizona, U.S. District Court Naturalization Records, 1870-1955 (; 10,956 indexed records with 6,595 record images (was 10,939 records with 6,585 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Arizona, Various County Divorce Records, 1877-1937 (; 64,098 indexed records with 63,963 record images (was 64,098 records with 63,692 images), UPDATED 23-Dec-2023
Aruba, Civil Registration, 1823-2004 (; 506,361 indexed records with 143,206 record images (was 506,312 records with 143,186 images), UPDATED 25-Dec-2023
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1953 (; 947,845 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 942,938 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023

Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1950 (; 78,872 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 77,835 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 686,459 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 683,002 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,382,474 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,381,056 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,206,227 indexed records with 181,669 record images (was 1,204,997 records with 181,423 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (824 records), no images (was 817 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 901,334 indexed records with 375,020 record images (was 899,194 records with 374,291 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,137,148 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,130,332 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 239,067 indexed records with 72,511 record images (was 238,505 records with 72,280 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,721,467 indexed records with 875,223 record images (was 1,721,259 records with 877,947 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 (; 6,910,760 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,909,474 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 756,723 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 755,849 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,272,553 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,270,751 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,166,027 indexed records with 1,030,731 record images (was 8,153,197 records with 1,028,848 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,342,297 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,319,173 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Colombia, Censuses, 1777-1967 (; 14,877 indexed records with 1,634 record images (was 9,012 records with 1,016 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 4,338,392 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,338,108 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,994,490 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,994,271 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2023
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 19,191,270 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 15,034,995 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Democratic Republic of the Congo, National Identity Cards, 1884-2019 (; 5,866,218 indexed records with 5,948,980 record images (was 5,909,675 records with 5,948,980 images), UPDATED 25-Dec-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975 (; 2,288,051 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,287,230 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2023

Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 6,149,972 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,149,971 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2023
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 962,656 indexed records with 16,137 record images (was 962,752 records with 11,757 images), UPDATED 25-Dec-2023
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 80,241 indexed records with 188,944 record images (was 79,603 records with 163,151 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 87,507 indexed records with 85,826 record images (was 85,866 records with 84,238 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Steinburg, Civil Registration, 1874-1983 (; 227,685 indexed records with 192,128 record images (was 227,685 records with 192,128 images), UPDATED 25-Dec-2023

Gibraltar, Church Records, 1697-1991 (; 53,875 indexed records with 5,235 record images (was 53,533 records with 5,197 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2023
Guadeloupe, Civil Registration Records, 1792-1872 (; 595 indexed records with 161 record images (was 591 records with 160 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2023
Guam, Census, 1896-1897 (; 8,002 indexed records with 152 record images (was 8,002 records with 152 images), UPDATED 25-Dec-2023
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 451,781 indexed records with 353,421 record images (was 451,606 records with 352,864 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 4,589,783 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,589,636 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023

Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 997,648 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 997,341 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 420,050 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 419,861 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 81,389 indexed records with 11,205 record images (was 79,507 records with 7,439 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023
India, Catholic Church Records, 1751-2014 (; 11,164,250 indexed records with 70,081 record images (was 3,510,299 records with 67,490 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990 (; 339,847 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 332,565 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2023

Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 5,211,036 indexed records with 186,060 record images (was 5,148,971 records with 183,760 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 51,465 indexed records with 17,889 record images (was 51,311 records with 17,842 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 9,805 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 8,998 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 (; 36,622 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 36,046 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 5,783,003 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,776,589 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 8,982,628 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,981,438 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,036,461 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,035,845 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023
Minnesota, Brown County, Obituaries, 1855-1990 (; 175,606 indexed records with 15,580 record images (was 175,606 records with 15,580 images), UPDATED 25-Dec-2023
New Jersey Naturalization Records, 1796-1991 (; 812,680 indexed records with 797,583 record images (was 589,460 records with 585,009 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
New York, U.S. District and Circuit Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1991 (; 4,121,143 indexed records with 2,187,206 record images (was 4,023,952 records with 2,187,206 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 (; 7,844,965 indexed records with 1,509,652 record images (was 7,841,809 records with 1,509,652 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 167,241 indexed records with 167,064 record images (was 166,031 records with 165,855 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023
Palau, Church Records, 1921-1940 (; 3,351 indexed records with 269 record images (was 2,953 records with 260 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023
Paraguay, Civil Registration, 1842-2012 (; 4,540 indexed records with 5,577 record images (was 4,391 records with 5,303 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 21,008,983 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,002,856 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023

Philippines Births and Baptisms, 1642-1994 (; Index only (5,364 records), no images (was 93,580 records with 0 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945 (; 2,699 indexed records with 185,883 record images (was 22,483 records with 185,883 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1986 (; 37,482 indexed records with 6,699,351 record images (was 90,022 records with 6,699,351 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984 (; 185,294 indexed records with 20,274,621 record images (was 535,952 records with 20,274,621 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines Civil Registration (Spanish Period), 1706-1911 (; Browse 206,828 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 206,828 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023

Philippines Court Records, 1838-1936 (; Browse 522,632 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 522,632 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines Deaths and Burials, 1726-1957 (; Index only (3,021,896 records), no images (was 7,009,269 records with 0 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines Marriages, 1723-1957 (; Index only (832,152 records), no images (was 3,454,876 records with 0 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines, Camarines Sur, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres, Parish Registers, 1716-1977 (; Browse 130,474 Images only, no index (was 375,273 records with 130,474 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines, Catholic Church Records, 1615-1985 (; 6,013 indexed records with 2,258,645 record images (was 6,222,375 records with 2,258,645 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023

Philippines, Eastern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Borongan, Parish Registers, 1842-1984 (; Browse 32,304 Images only, no index (was 205,767 records with 32,304 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1984 (; Browse 30,534 Images only, no index (was 891,073 records with 30,534 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615-1982 (; 199,293 indexed records with 169,282 record images (was 1,186,401 records with 169,282 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984 (; 2,571 indexed records with 5,857,674 record images (was 2,571 records with 5,857,674 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Philippines, Negros Occidental, Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod, Parish Registers, 1755-1976 (; Browse 95,820 Images only, no index (was 219,906 records with 95,820 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023

Philippines, Pangasinan, Civil Registration, 1945-1981 (; 19,585 indexed records with 151,466 record images (was 71,181 records with 151,466 images), UPDATED 22-Dec-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,089,475 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,089,210 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Puerto Rico, San Juan, Cemetery Records, 1888-1988 (; 125,461 indexed records with 49,641 record images (was 83,234 records with 32,990 images), UPDATED 27-Dec-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 368,884 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 366,352 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Russia, Tobolsk, Church Books, 1722-1930 (; 14,522,621 indexed records with 660,143 record images (was 8,807,592 records with 660,143 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023

South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (; 444,494 indexed records with 342,842 record images (was 434,185 records with 342,724 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
South Dakota, Grave Registration Records, 1940-1941 (; 293,502 indexed records with 16,405 record images (was 293,502 records with 16,405 images), UPDATED 23-Dec-2023
St. Lucia, Church Records, 1751-1793 (; 114 indexed records with 24 record images (was 111 records with 23 images), UPDATED 26-Dec-2023
Texas, Hidalgo County, Marriage Records, 1875-2021 (; 126,212 indexed records with 135,847 record images (was 120,945 records with 131,327 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
United States, California, San Francisco, Records of Chinese Laborers Returning to the US, 1882-1888 (; 51,646 indexed records with 5,862 record images (was 51,387 records with 5,469 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023

United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 61,325,058 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 53,167,634 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (1,108,744 records), no images (was 1,102,776 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,082,231 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,080,523 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 191,570 indexed records with 70,614 record images (was 189,638 records with 69,877 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,945,804 indexed records with 42,433 record images (was 1,944,700 records with 42,402 images), UPDATED 28-Dec-2023

Zimbabwe, Diocese of Mutare, Catholic Church Records, 1898-2022 (; 4,711 indexed records with 14,842 record images (was 3,151 records with 12,289 images), UPDATED 29-Dec-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Australia, South Australia, Prison Records, 1838-1912 (; 82,262 indexed records with 7,529 record images (was 82,262 records with 5,469 images), last updated 10-Apr-2020
Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 (; 6,231,630 indexed records with 311,201 record images (was 6,231,630 records with 278,388 images), last updated 08-Jun-2022
England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660 (; 84,189 indexed records with 4,111 record images (was 84,189 records with 2,686 images), last updated 03-Dec-2020
France, Calvados, Census, 1876 (; 66,267 indexed records with 2,683 record images (was 66,267 records with 1,799 images), last updated 30-Nov-2023
France, Calvados, Census, 1891 (; 74,296 indexed records with 5,271 record images (was 74,296 records with 2,198 images), last updated 08-Aug-2023

France, Marne, Census, 1856 (; 362,441 indexed records with 6,375 record images (was 362,441 records with 6,258 images), last updated 22-Jan-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Census, 1836 (; 545,834 indexed records with 10,183 record images (was 545,834 records with 10,178 images), last updated 10-Apr-2019
Georgia, World War I, Statement of Service Cards, 1920-1929 (; 106,582 indexed records with 106,271 record images (was 106,582 records with 102,217 images), last updated 26-Mar-2019
Germany, Paderborn, Catholic Church Records, 1653-1875 (; 2,352,574 indexed records with 266,792 record images (was 2,352,574 records with 245,763 images), last updated 18-Nov-2020
Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate, Diocese of Mainz, Catholic Church Records, 1540-1952 (; 2,263,151 indexed records with 275,466 record images (was 2,263,151 records with 273,910 images), last updated 30-Nov-2023

Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 278,748 indexed records with 153,336 record images (was 278,748 records with 136,800 images), last updated 22-Feb-2023
Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900 (; 41,267 indexed records with 24,493 record images (was 41,267 records with 7,851 images), last updated 13-Dec-2023
Hawaii, Tax Assessment Rolls, 1847-1903 (; 103,265 indexed records with 2,320 record images (was 103,265 records with 1,781 images), last updated 17-Oct-2019
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,856,040 indexed records with 48,608 record images (was 1,856,040 records with 48,161 images), last updated 06-Dec-2023
Maryland, Allegany County, Tax and Voter Records, 1798-1948 (; 255,522 indexed records with 16,671 record images (was 255,522 records with 16,063 images), last updated 08-Feb-2021

Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992 (; 741,769 indexed records with 105,726 record images (was 741,769 records with 100,245 images), last updated 21-Mar-2023
North Carolina, Voter Registers and Certificates of Registration, 1868-1964 (; 163,179 indexed records with 16,390 record images (was 163,179 records with 14,219 images), last updated 22-Jul-2021
Ohio, Clermont County Tax Records, 1816-1900 (; 404,853 indexed records with 18,365 record images (was 404,853 records with 17,751 images), last updated 15-Jul-2020
Texas, Grimes County, Deed Records, 1869-1917 (; 14,873 indexed records with 14,323 record images (was 14,873 records with 9,337 images), last updated 13-Feb-2023
Utah, Salt Lake County, Enrolled Militia, 1895 (; 8,936 indexed records with 263 record images (was 8,936 records with 1 images), last updated 14-Aug-2020

Utah, World War I Militia Lists, 1917-1918 (; 26,164 indexed records with 351 record images (was 26,164 records with 349 images), last updated 15-Sep-2020
Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900 (; 2,064,638 indexed records with 108,052 record images (was 2,064,638 records with 107,428 images), last updated 29-Aug-2022
West Virginia, Military Discharge Records, 1866-1990 (; 36,505 indexed records with 8,654 record images (was 36,505 records with 6,675 images), last updated 11-Dec-2023

--- Collections with images removed ---

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Census, 1984 (; 12,001,359 indexed records with 2,310,329 record images (was 12,001,359 records with 2,332,584 images), last updated 21-Dec-2023
France, Calvados, Census, 1856 (; 56,521 indexed records with 2,055 record images (was 56,521 records with 2,916 images), last updated 07-Sep-2022
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1876 (; 96,831 indexed records with 1,253 record images (was 96,831 records with 1,528 images), last updated 18-Dec-2023
Georgia, County Voter Registrations, 1856-1941 (; 394,859 indexed records with 33,700 record images (was 394,859 records with 37,515 images), last updated 03-Dec-2021
Germany, Prussia, East Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1551-1992 (; 4,776,407 indexed records with 874,353 record images (was 4,776,407 records with 874,413 images), last updated 08-Dec-2022

Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1967 (; 1,745,279 indexed records with 1,740,447 record images (was 1,745,279 records with 1,743,757 images), last updated 19-Sep-2022
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (; 3,127,182 indexed records with 1,244,024 record images (was 3,127,182 records with 1,248,448 images), last updated 27-Aug-2021
Martinique, Church Records, 1662-1847 (; 13,407 indexed records with 1,257 record images (was 13,407 records with 2,254 images), last updated 09-Dec-2023
Norway, Oslo, Akershus Prison Records, 1844-1885 (; 808 indexed records with 213 record images (was 808 records with 275 images), last updated 14-May-2020
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,202,270 indexed records with 78,487 record images (was 1,202,270 records with 78,527 images), last updated 18-Dec-2023

Texas, Hardin County, Deed Records, 1840-1920 (; 37,487 indexed records with 34,753 record images (was 37,487 records with 34,755 images), last updated 23-Aug-2023
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990 (; 63,199,684 indexed records with 324,873 record images (was 63,199,684 records with 346,036 images), last updated 17-Nov-2023
Utah, Brigham City Family History Center, Obituary Collection, 1930-2015 (; 350,005 indexed records with 21,451 record images (was 350,005 records with 24,814 images), last updated 03-Dec-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 (; 7,107,821 indexed records with 1,962,488 record images (was 6,403,269 records with 1,962,488 images), last updated 08-Dec-2022

--- Collections with records removed ---

Alabama, Jefferson County Circuit Court Papers, 1870-1916 (; 96,454 indexed records with 283,698 record images (was 96,458 records with 283,698 images), last updated 17-Jan-2023
Florida Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001 (; Index only (11,718,364 records), no images (was 11,718,366 records with 0 images), last updated 12-Jan-2012
France, Eure-et-Loir, Census, 1856 (; 35,515 indexed records with 5,536 record images (was 35,517 records with 5,536 images), last updated 27-Jul-2021
Idaho Church Marriages, 1864-1976 (; Index only (3 records), no images (was 984 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Jun-2020
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 1,624,511 indexed records with 1,611,643 record images (was 1,624,512 records with 1,611,643 images), last updated 12-Aug-2022

Poland, Tarnow Roman Catholic Diocese Church Books, 1612-1900 (; Index only (997,468 records), no images (was 1,002,155 records with 0 images), last updated 05-Jan-2012
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,068 records), no images (was 875,610,070 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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