Saturday, May 11, 2024

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- A Genealogy Fun Day

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night Again - 

Time For Some More Genealogy Fun!!

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

1)  When was the last time you had Genealogy Fun?  It could be research, conferences, a society meeting, or just talking with friends about your research, a favorite trip, etc.  Tell us about a recent genealogy fun day!

2)  Share your answers on your own blog or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own post.

Here's mine:

It seems like I have Genealogy Fun almost every day that I read blogs, write blog posts, do some research on Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch.  Here are some of my recent FUN efforts:

1)  I was asked a month ago by the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County if I would give a presentation on "Randy's Top 10 Genealogy Search Tips."  I last did that talk in 2020, so I had to review and revise the presentation and then sync it to the revised handout.  That didn't take very long, since I used the same tips, but had to replace some screen captures.  I gave the talk on Tuesday this past week on Zoom, and the audience had favorable comments.  Amazingly, I had a call to give another talk to another California society on Thursday, and said yes.  I haven't given a presnetation since late 2021, so I was a bit rusty.  I do lead two monthly Zoom meetings for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society using Zoom but without a prepared presentation - it's usually a tour of genealogy-related websites or programs. 

2)  I was an early adopter (2011?) of the WikiTree shared tree - it's FREE, it's source centric, what's not to like?  In 2011 and 2012, I uploaded about 7,000 profiles using GEDCOM files to add all of my anxcestral families (as I knew at the time) and hoped someone else would make the Notes and sources readable because I couldn't figure out how to format the information after uploading them.  I added more profiles over time, but still don't know how to do it efficiently and with a readable exposition of notes and sources.  

Then I was asked last month if I would agree to be a "guest star" for a WikiTree Challaenge, and I accepted.  The Challenge is a contest for registered researchers is to add person profiles to the WikiTree (now 38 million strong) that are within 7 degrees of myself (but not living people), to improve existing person profiles, and also to try to solve some of the brick walls" in my tree.  I had, at the start of the challenge on 2 May, 1113 "Connections" that are 7 degrees or closer to me.  In the week of the challenge, which ended on 9 May, I now have 2457 "Connections."  It helped that I connected my wife to her parents and those lines were pretty bare in WikiTree, and now those branches are fuller.  The WikiTree Challenges have four Zoom meetings - three during the Challenge week (they were on 2 May, 4 May and 9 May) and the big Reveal with results is this coming Thursday (16 May).  The Zoom meetings are on YouTube after they are held - check out the WikiTreers YouTube channel at

So what was the Genealogy Fun?  Well, I was able to add some profiles to my RootsMagic tree based  on the research, and source citations, of the contestants.  The other fun was learning more about the efficient ways to add profiles, notes, sources and biographies using user-developed apps, and how to better navigate around the WikiTree system.  

3)  One of the improved WikiTree profiles was for my great-grandaunt, Effie Eva Carringer (1858-1874) who is buried in Boulder, Colorado.  The contestant found more information about her, and when I did more research about her and I found a story on GenealogyBank about her gravestone being restored by volunteers back in 1999.  I contacted the person who took photogreaphs of the broken gravestone on Find A Grave, and learned more about the gravestone.

I've had more fun, but will save them for a future SNGF.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 4 to 10 May 2024

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

As of 10 May 2024, there are 3,320 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Colombia, Migration Records, 1885-2011 (; 164,322 indexed records with 141,873 record images, ADDED 10-May-2024

--- Collections Updated ---

Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 (; 1,875,674 indexed records with 1,851,197 record images (was 1,875,674 records with 1,853,067 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Alabama State Census, 1866 (; 243,781 indexed records with 6,285 record images (was 243,781 records with 6,285 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977 (; 1,544,630 indexed records with 998,148 record images (was 1,544,630 records with 998,148 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977 (; 234,571 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 234,571 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Argentina, Jujuy, Civil Registration, 1888-2000 (; 4,266 indexed records with 5,883 record images (was 4,183 records with 5,708 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

Argentina, National Census, 1869 (; 1,787,117 indexed records with 158,984 record images (was 1,787,117 records with 158,984 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Argentina, National Census, 1895 (; 4,286,888 indexed records with 338,844 record images (was 4,286,888 records with 338,844 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Argentina, Santiago del Estero, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1961 (; 118,919 indexed records with 102,368 record images (was 116,888 records with 102,368 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Aruba, Civil Registration, 1823-2004 (; 14,457 indexed records with 3,057 record images (was 14,423 records with 2,996 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Australia Marriages, 1810-1980 (; Index only (142,903 records), no images (was 142,699 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911 (; 469,040 indexed records with 206,316 record images (was 469,040 records with 206,316 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Barbados Church Records, 1637-1887 (; 1,410,243 indexed records with 25,669 record images (was 1,410,243 records with 25,669 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1953 (; 960,168 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 960,168 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 07-May-2024
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1950 (; 92,022 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 91,389 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 747,633 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 746,033 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,458,087 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,454,719 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,272,816 indexed records with 196,076 record images (was 1,271,324 records with 195,422 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 953,351 indexed records with 395,589 record images (was 951,302 records with 394,819 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Brazil, Paraíba, Civil Registration, 1879-2007 (; 1,949,745 indexed records with 852,268 record images (was 1,949,745 records with 852,268 images), UPDATED 07-May-2024
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 351,451 indexed records with 103,341 record images (was 344,980 records with 101,669 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,740,849 indexed records with 886,371 record images (was 1,739,939 records with 885,920 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 (; 6,938,490 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,938,368 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,332,463 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,330,819 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979 (; 118,603 indexed records with 193,721 record images (was 118,603 records with 193,721 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Canada, Quebec Catholic Parish Registers, 1621-1979 (; 79,535 indexed records with 1,398,741 record images (was 79,535 records with 1,398,741 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,441,315 indexed records with 1,071,158 record images (was 8,435,560 records with 1,070,395 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,873,921 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,862,599 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Colorado, County Marriages, 1864-1995 (; 118,783 indexed records with 48,739 record images (was 118,783 records with 48,739 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 4,340,569 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,340,497 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 3,636,057 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 3,024,209 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024

Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1571-1926 (; 233,047 indexed records with 3,485 record images (was 233,047 records with 3,485 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kisantu Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1894-2016 (; 4,079 indexed records with 1,489 record images (was 3,915 records with 1,430 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 (; 7,878,264 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 7,557,712 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 07-May-2024
England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918 (; 2,953,523 indexed records with 53,151 record images (was 2,953,523 records with 53,151 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916 (; 10,288,506 indexed records with 15,671,012 record images (was 10,288,506 records with 15,671,012 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 150,239 indexed records with 144,166 record images (was 149,117 records with 143,635 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Guadeloupe, Civil Registration Records, 1792-1872 (; 894 indexed records with 246 record images (was 890 records with 135 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 464,698 indexed records with 362,565 record images (was 463,135 records with 361,725 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 4,598,052 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,597,579 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 1,013,166 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 1,013,150 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 426,870 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 426,804 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 107,610 indexed records with 18,115 record images (was 106,949 records with 18,023 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Hawaii, Hawaii State Archives, Probate Packet Records, 1814-1917 (; 44,939 indexed records with 37,697 record images (was 44,295 records with 38,768 images), UPDATED 04-May-2024
Idaho, Bonneville County Records, 1867-2012 (; 36,054 indexed records with 123,122 record images (was 36,054 records with 123,122 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Idaho, Butte County Records, 1882-1970 (; 1,102 indexed records with 23,226 record images (was 1,102 records with 23,226 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024

India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990 (; 527,234 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 527,234 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Indonesia, Jawa Barat, Ciamis District Court Records, 1950-2014 (; Browse 337,963 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 337,963 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Banyumas, Naturalization Records, 1954-2012 (; Browse 145,761 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 145,761 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Boyolali, Naturalization and Citizenship Records, 1960-2011 (; Browse 300,521 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 300,521 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Jepara, Court Records, 1960-2013 (; Browse 255,747 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 255,747 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

Ireland Census, 1851 (; 58,795 indexed records with 9,450 record images (was 58,795 records with 9,450 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 6,299,462 indexed records with 206,771 record images (was 6,272,775 records with 223,098 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Caltagirone, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1942 (; 18 indexed records with 554,541 record images (was 0 records with 554,541 images), UPDATED 07-May-2024
Italy, Grosseto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1942 (; 113,845 indexed records with 393,814 record images (was 113,845 records with 393,814 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Italy, Modena, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1942 (; 317,276 indexed records with 2,114,742 record images (was 317,276 records with 2,114,742 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024

Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 54,072 indexed records with 18,669 record images (was 53,558 records with 18,515 images), UPDATED 07-May-2024
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 32,456 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 29,819 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 04-May-2024
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 (; 2,476,596 indexed records with 1,841,454 record images (was 2,476,596 records with 1,841,454 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, ca. 1800-2007 (; 12,156 indexed records with 3,878 record images (was 12,156 records with 3,878 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820-1948 (; 1,449,063 indexed records with 155,231 record images (was 1,449,063 records with 155,231 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024

Maryland, Piney Point Crew Lists, 1950-1956 (; 5,101 indexed records with 620 record images (was 5,101 records with 620 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Massachusetts State Census, 1855 (; 1,202,234 indexed records with 15,239 record images (was 1,202,234 records with 15,239 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1925 (; 11,833,798 indexed records with 742,594 record images (was 11,744,902 records with 742,594 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943 (; 3,598,177 indexed records with 244,420 record images (was 3,598,177 records with 244,420 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 (; 2,913,731 indexed records with 335,814 record images (was 2,913,815 records with 335,814 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024

Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984 (; 124,627 indexed records with 29,943 record images (was 124,627 records with 29,943 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Mexico, Campeche, Civil Registration, 1860-1926 (; 144,064 indexed records with 78,926 record images (was 144,064 records with 78,926 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978 (; 2,210,506 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 2,210,506 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998 (; 2,356,090 indexed records with 1,179,899 record images (was 2,356,090 records with 1,179,899 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970 (; 6,685,790 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 6,685,790 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024

Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005 (; 7,057,951 indexed records with 4,936,321 record images (was 7,057,951 records with 4,936,321 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 12,174,622 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 12,174,622 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 (; 5,948,646 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 5,948,646 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Mexico, Jalisco, Civil Registration, 1857-2000 (; 7,851,680 indexed records with 3,955,679 record images (was 7,851,680 records with 3,955,679 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 5,913,234 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,907,586 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

Mexico, Michoacán, Civil Registration, 1859-1940 (; 2,768,885 indexed records with 1,337,669 record images (was 2,768,885 records with 1,337,669 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Morelos, Catholic Church Records, 1598-1994 (; 1,359,237 indexed records with 531,787 record images (was 1,359,237 records with 531,787 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970 (; 8,512,944 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 8,512,944 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records, 1596-1967 (; 1,161,752 indexed records with 499,694 record images (was 1,161,752 records with 499,694 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Nayarit, Civil Registration, 1868-2001 (; 701,339 indexed records with 422,997 record images (was 701,339 records with 422,997 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024

Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 (; 1,635,982 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 1,635,982 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Nuevo León, Civil Registration, 1859-1962 (; 1,603,919 indexed records with 701,908 record images (was 1,603,919 records with 701,908 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 (; 8,691,482 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 8,691,482 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Oaxaca, Civil Registration, 1861-2002 (; 5,329,226 indexed records with 3,865,729 record images (was 5,329,226 records with 3,865,729 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 9,014,418 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 9,014,339 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration, 1861-1930 (; 2,982,713 indexed records with 1,459,393 record images (was 2,982,713 records with 1,459,393 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,040,045 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,040,037 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977 (; 6,002,209 indexed records with 2,162,812 record images (was 6,002,209 records with 2,162,812 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968 (; 1,571,255 indexed records with 521,512 record images (was 1,571,255 records with 521,512 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657-1994 (; 881,230 indexed records with 383,518 record images (was 881,230 records with 383,518 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024

Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970 (; 403,202 indexed records with 121,509 record images (was 403,202 records with 121,509 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994 (; 2,304,848 indexed records with 1,012,693 record images (was 2,304,848 records with 1,012,693 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978 (; 6,453,006 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 6,453,006 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Michigan Births, 1867-1902 (; 1,409,988 indexed records with 164,785 record images (was 1,409,988 records with 164,785 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Minnesota, Duluth and Wisconsin, Superior Crew Lists, 1922-1958 (; 185,353 indexed records with 26,368 record images (was 185,353 records with 26,368 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024

Missouri, County Naturalization Records, 1830-1985 (; 348,032 indexed records with 898 record images (was 348,032 records with 898 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010 (; 16,155 indexed records with 55,148 record images (was 16,155 records with 55,148 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1904-1984 (; 135,467 indexed records with 17,342 record images (was 126,287 records with 17,342 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 (; 7,808,458 indexed records with 1,509,652 record images (was 7,808,458 records with 1,509,652 images), UPDATED 07-May-2024
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000 (; 7,834,775 indexed records with 277,236 record images (was 7,834,775 records with 278,002 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

North Dakota Census, 1925 (; 678,504 indexed records with 18,403 record images (was 678,504 records with 18,403 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Norway Census, 1801 (; 878,979 indexed records with 13,261 record images (was 878,979 records with 13,261 images), UPDATED 07-May-2024
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 201,837 indexed records with 201,638 record images (was 201,128 records with 200,929 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Paraguay, Cemetery Records, 1917-2012 (; 6,528 indexed records with 6,515 record images (was 5,974 records with 5,964 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 (; 3,553,872 indexed records with 1,789,697 record images (was 3,549,255 records with 1,789,697 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 21,117,141 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,115,657 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016 (; 1,071,594 indexed records with 257,431 record images (was 1,071,078 records with 257,347 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Peru, Huánuco, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 69,659 indexed records with 60,042 record images (was 68,555 records with 56,996 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Philippines, Eastern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Borongan, Parish Registers, 1842-1984 (; 205,767 indexed records with 32,304 record images (was 205,767 records with 32,304 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1984 (; 891,073 indexed records with 30,534 record images (was 891,073 records with 30,534 images), UPDATED 07-May-2024

Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,093,871 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,093,731 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,320,750 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,320,585 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 5,093,992 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,093,626 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Rhode Island State Census, 1885 (; 321,999 indexed records with 10,844 record images (was 321,999 records with 10,844 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Rhode Island, District Court Naturalization Indexes, 1906-1991 (; 127,342 indexed records with 136,490 record images (was 127,342 records with 136,490 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024

Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 449,155 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 445,836 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Russia, Tver Church Books, 1722-1918 (; 16,355,375 indexed records with 3,278,129 record images (was 16,355,375 records with 3,278,129 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
Scotland, Civil Registration, 1855-1875, 1881, 1891 (; 535,643 indexed records with 150,347 record images (was 535,643 records with 150,347 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970 (; 42,566 indexed records with 96,045 record images (was 38,614 records with 96,045 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Records, 1840-1972 (; 3,134,593 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 3,134,593 records with 2,216,270 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024

South Africa, Cape Province, Western Cape Archives Records, 1792-1992 (; 148,919 indexed records with 1,016,009 record images (was 148,919 records with 1,016,009 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006 (; 90,610 indexed records with 3,895,196 record images (was 90,610 records with 3,895,196 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (; 542,159 indexed records with 344,373 record images (was 538,958 records with 344,278 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1973 (; 1,220,231 indexed records with 682,974 record images (was 1,220,231 records with 682,974 images), UPDATED 07-May-2024
Sri Lanka, Civil Registration, 1768-1990 (; 9,247,672 indexed records with 9,011,046 record images (was 8,780,094 records with 8,557,042 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 (; 5,040,109 indexed records with 3,357,737 record images (was 5,040,109 records with 3,357,737 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Texas, Hidalgo County, Marriage Records, 1875-2021 (; 174,517 indexed records with 292,750 record images (was 174,517 records with 292,750 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1741-1918 (; 2,535,992 indexed records with 40,448 record images (was 2,138,790 records with 40,448 images), UPDATED 07-May-2024
United States Census, 1920 (; 107,660,164 indexed records with 2,387,416 record images (was 107,660,164 records with 2,387,416 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990 (; 63,198,823 indexed records with 544,742 record images (was 63,198,823 records with 522,671 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, Births, and Marriages 1980-2014 (; 28,646,144 indexed records with 46,919,022 record images (was 28,646,044 records with 46,919,022 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (1,285,984 records), no images (was 1,281,867 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,135,155 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,134,456 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 279,625 indexed records with 93,887 record images (was 277,960 records with 93,037 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 20,503,495 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 20,503,484 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024

Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,947,998 indexed records with 42,497 record images (was 1,947,998 records with 42,497 images), UPDATED 07-May-2024
Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988 (; 2,509,915 indexed records with 137,344 record images (was 2,509,915 records with 137,344 images), UPDATED 08-May-2024
West Virginia, Military Discharge Records, 1866-1990 (; 36,505 indexed records with 8,654 record images (was 36,505 records with 6,423 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 402,587 indexed records with 31,900 record images (was 389,895 records with 30,960 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024
Zimbabwe, Diocese of Gokwe, Catholic Church Records, 1956-2022 (; 958 indexed records with 28,969 record images (was 958 records with 28,684 images), UPDATED 09-May-2024

Zimbabwe, Diocese of Gweru, Catholic Church Records, 1904-2022 (; 83 indexed records with 5,916 record images (was 68 records with 5,585 images), UPDATED 10-May-2024

--- Collections with records removed ---

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 5,766,151 indexed records with 4,403,080 record images (was 5,766,153 records with 4,403,080 images), last updated 30-Dec-2022


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED, and to alphabetize the entries in each category. Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link). It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Friday, May 10, 2024

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 4 to 10 May 2024

The following genealogy record collections were added to the Card Catalog page by Date Updated during the period from 4 to 10 May 2024:

The ADDED and Updated collections include:

Victoria, Australia, Marriage Index, 1837-1962; indexed records without record images,  Updated 5/9/2024.  This collection contains an index of marriage records from the state of Victoria, Australia between 1837 and 1962.

Victoria, Australia, Death Index, 1840-1992; indexed records without record images,  Updated 5/9/2024. This collection contains an index of death records from the state of Victoria, Australia between 1840 and 1992.

Poland, Recipients of the Greater Poland Uprising Cross, 1957-1999; indexed records without record images, ADDED 5/9/2024.  This collection contains military award records from Poland that document awards given between the years 1957 and 1999 for participants in the Greater Poland Uprising (1918–1919). 

England, Medieval Soldier Database, 1368-1374; indexed records without record images,  ADDED 5/8/2024.  This unique index covers soldiers who served in English troops during the Late Middle Ages. Here you will find both land and naval troops comprising of knights, men-at-arms, archers, and cross...

Australia, Government Honour Records, 1900-2023; indexed records without record images,  Updated 5/8/2024. This collection is a comprehensive list of those formally honoured by the Australian government between 1900 and 2023.

Maine, U.S., Catholic Cemeteries, 1820-2023; indexed records without record images,  ADDED 5/6/2024. This collection contains burial records from Maine, USA between the years 1820 and 2023. Most records are in English.

Wyoming, U.S., State and County Marriage Records, 1869-1972; indexed records with record images,  Updated 5/6/2024. This collection contains information on marriages in Wyoming between 1869 and 1972 from both state and county levels.

*  Wyoming, U.S., State and County Birth Records, 1869-1921; indexed records without record images,  ADDED 5/6/2024. This collection contains images of birth certificates and delayed birth certificates produced on a state and county level in Wyoming between 1869 and 1921.

Wyoming, U.S., State Divorce Records, 1941-1972; indexed records with record images,  Updated 5/6/2024. This collection contains images of divorce index cards and certificates produced in Wyoming between 1941 and 1972.

Wyoming, U.S., State and County Death Records, 1896-1971; indexed records with record images,  Updated 5/6/2024. This collection includes records of deaths that occurred in Wyoming between 1896 and 1971 from county and state levels. The records are official death certificates created by the attending phy...

U.S., Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874; indexed records with record images,  Updated 5/6/2024. This collection contains records from the Freedman’s Bank (formally known as the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company) between 1865 and 1874.

Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., Tax Records, 1780-1821; indexed records with record images,  ADDED 5/6/2024. This collection shows the residents of Boston who paid taxes from 1780 to 1821.

New Jersey, U.S., Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1711-1878; indexed records with record images,  Updated 5/6/2024. This collection contains county records of birth, marriage, and death for individuals from New Jersey between 1711 and 1878. All records are handwritten in English. New Jersey vital records ar...


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By my count, there were 5 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,473 collections available as of 10 May, an  INCREASE of 5 from last week.  


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52 Relatives: Harvey Edgar Carringer (1852-1946) of Pennsylvania, Iowa, Colorado, and San Diego, California

I have posted over 500 genealogical sketches of  my ancestors back through the 7th great-grandparents - see the list in 52 Ancestors Biographies.  

This "52 Relatives" theme is a weekly series to document the lives of siblings of my ancestors with relatively short genealogical sketches, including important events, and with source citations.  These relatives lived and died within a family structure, and deserve a genealogical sketch - they were integral parts and important persons in the lives of my ancestral families.  I will post the sketches on my Ancestry Member Tree and in the FamilySearch Family Tree. 


Harvey Edgar Carringer was born 6 May 1852 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, the son of David Jackson and Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer.[1-2]  He was the oldest child of D.J. and Rebecca; his brother Henry Austin Carringer was born in 1853, and his sister Effie Eva Carringer was born in 1858.

The family moved to Columbus City, Louisa County, Iowa before 1860.

In the 1860 United States census, this family resided in Columbus City, Louisa County, Iowa.  The family included:[3]
  • David J. Caringer -- age 31, male, carpenter, $200 in real property, $100 in personal property, born PA
  • Rebecca Caringer -- age 28, female, born PA
  • Harvy E. Caringer -- age 9, male, born PA, attended school
  • Henry A. Caringer -- age 7, male, born PA, attended school
  • Epha E. Caringer -- age 2, female, born PA
In the 1870 United States census, this family resided in Jackson township in Washington County, Iowa. The household, indexed as Carenngtr on, included:[4]
  •  D. Carenngtr -- age 40, male, white, farmer, born PA
  • Rebeca Carenngtr -- age 38, female, white, keeps house, born PA
  • Harvy Carenngtr -- age 18, male, white, school, born PA
  • Henry A. Carenngtr -- age 16, male, white, school, born PA
  • Effie Carenngtr -- age ??, female, white, school, born PA
After losing their home in Washington County, Iowa to foreclosure in 1873, the David J. Carringer family moved to Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado.  Harvey's sister, Effie Eva Carringer, died at age 15 in Boulder and is buried there.

In the 1880 Unoted States census, the D.J. Carringer family resided in Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado.  The household included:[5]
  •  D.J. Carringer -- white, male, age 51, married, a carpenter and joiner, born PA, parents born PA
  • Rebecca Carringer -- white, female, age 48, wife, married, keeping house, born PA, parents born PA
  • Harvey E. Carringer -- white, male, age 27, son, single, farming, born PA, parents born PA
  • Henry A. Carringer -- white, male, age 26, son, single, millwright and carpenter, born PA, parents born PA
In the 1885 Colorado State census, the David J. Carringer family resided in Boulder County, Colorado. The household included:[6]
  • D. J. Carringer - white, male, age 56, married, a fruit grower, born Pa., parents born Pa/Ohio
  • Rebecca Carringer - white, female, age 53, wife, married, housework, born Pa., parents born Pa./Pa.
  • Harvey E. Carringer - white, male, age 28, son, single, a clerk, born Pa., parents born Pa./Pa.
In about 1898, the David J. Carringer family, including Harvey Edgar, moved to San Diego, San Diego County, California, where their son Henry Austin Carringer had settled in 1887.  They built a house on the corner of Horton and Ella Streets (now Ivy and 30th Streets) in San Diego, only one block from Henry Austin Carringer's home.

In the 1900 United States census, the David J. Carringer family resided at the corner of Horton and Ella Streets (now 30th and Ivy) in the 4th Ward of San Diego, San Diego County, California. The household included:[7]
  • David J. Carringer -- head of household, white, male, born Nov 1828, age 71, married 49 years, born PA, father born PA, mother born OH, no occupation, owns home free of mortgage
  • Rebecca Carringer -- wife, white, female, born Apr 1833, age 67, married 49 years, had 3 children, two children living, born PA, parents born PA
  • Harvey E. Carringer -- son, white, male, born Aug 1852, age 47, born PA, parents born PA, no occupation
Harvey Edgar Carringer's parents died in late 1901 and early 1902 in San Diego.  Harvey lived in the David Carringer home until 1903, when he boarded with his brother Austin for several years.  By 1914, Harvey had moved his residence to Ingraham Street in Pacific Beach and resided there until the late 1930s.  He resided in National City in the years before he died in 1946.  

He never married.  He had several occupations - a photographer, a rancher, a grocer, a laborer and was essentially retired by 1922.  Harvey Edgar Carringer, known to the family as Edgar or Eddie, was tall, thin and bearded in 1895 and 1900 pictures of the family.

The San Diego City Directories have many listings for Harvey E. Carringer between 1899 and 1941, including:[8]
  • 1899 - retired, resides Ella st and Trinity ave
  • 1901 - photographer, home Horton and Ella
  • 1903 - rancher, home 460 Horton av.
  • 1904 - (Mygatt & Carringer), boards 510 Watkins av.
  • 1905 - resides 510 Watkins av.
  • 1906 - grocer at 1117 6th, home 510 Watkins av.
  • 1907 - resides 510 Hawthorne
  • 1909 - resides ne cor Hawthorn
  • 1910 - resides ne cor Hawthorn
  • 1912 - resides 2105 30th 
  • 1914 - resides South Pacific Beach
  • 1915 - home South Pacific Beach
  • 1917 - home s. end of Ingraham, Pacific Beach
  • 1918 - home s. end of Ingraham, Pacific Beach
  • 1919 - home s. end of Ingraham, Pacific Beach
  • 1920 - home s. end of Ingraham, Pacific Beach
  • 1921 - laborer, home 3972 Ingraham
  • 1923 - laborer, home 3972 Ingraham Pacific Beach
  • 1928 - home 3972 Ingraham P.B.
  • 1929 - home 3972 Ingraham
  • 1932 - home 3972 Ingraham
  • 1933 - home 3972 Ingraham
  • 1934 - home 3972 Ingraham
  • 1937 - home 3972 Ingraham
  • 1939 - home 2121 Fern
  • 1941 - home rear 2320 I Av (National City)
The California Voter Registration Rolls (1900-1968) have several listings for Harvey E. Carringer, all in San Diego County:[9]
  •  1900-1906 - age 53, a merchant, 1117 Sixth
  • 1908-1912 - age 57, Pacific Beach, Retired, a Republican
  • 1914 - Pacific Beach, Retired, a Republican
  • 1916 - Pacific Beach, Retired, a Republican
  • 1918 - Pacific Beach, Retired, a Republican
  • 1922 - Ingraham, Pacific Beach, Rancher, a Republican
  • 1926 - 3972 Ingraham, RFD Box 89, Pacific Beach, Retired, a Republican
  • 1940 - 2320 I, National City, Retired, a Democrat
  • 1942 - 2320 I, National City, Retired, a Democrat
In the 1910 United States census, Harvey resided with the Henry Austin Carringer family resided on Hawthorne Street in the 4th Ward of San Diego, San Diego County, California. The family included:[10]
  • Henry A. Carringer -- head of household, male, white, age 58, first marriage, married 22 years, born PA, parents born PA, a carpenter, does general work, owns house free of mortgage
  • Della A. Carringer -- wife, female, white, age 50, first marriage, married 22 years, 2 children born, 1 living, born WI, parents born NY
  • Lyle L. Carringer -- son, male, white, age 18, single, born CA, father born PA, mother born WI
  • Harvey Carringer -- brother, male, white, age 59, single, born PA, parents born PA, own income
  • Abby A. Smith -- mother-in-law, female, white, age ??, widowed, 5 children born, 3 living, born NY, father born England, mother born NY, own income
In the 1920 United States census, Harvey E. Carringer resided on La Playa Ave in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  The household included:[11]
  • Harvey E. Carringer - head, rents home, male, white, age 67, single, can read and write, born Pennsylvania, father born Pennsylvania, mother born Pennsylvania, no occupation.
In the 1940 United States census, Harvy E. Carringer resided at 929 A Avenue, Apartment 3, in National City, San Diego County, California.  The household included:[12]
  • Harvy E. Carringer- rents home for $16/month, head, male, white, age 87, single, born Pennsylvania, in 1935 he lived in Pacific Beach, San Diego County, did no work, has other income.
Harvey Edgar Carringer died 22 April 1946 in San Diego, San Diego, California at age 93.[2,14]  He was buried on 11 May 1946 in Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego in the Evergreen section (Potter's Field) (Division CO 5 Row 9 Grave 47).[14]  There is no gravestone for him.


1. Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer, Carringer Family Births, Marriages and Deaths (loose pages, 1828-1946) (n.p. : n.p., n.d. before 1901), Births, Harvy E. Carringer entry, 6 May 1852.

2. "California, U.S.,  Death Index, 1940-1997," online database, FamilySearch (, Harvey Carringer (1852-1946) entry.

3. 1860 United States Federal Census, Louisa County, Iowa, Columbus City,  Page 857, house #558, family #558, D.J. Carringer household; digital image, ( : accessed 11 November 2009); citing National Archives Microfilm Series M653, Roll 331.

4. 1870 United States Federal Census, Washington County, Iowa, Jackson township: Page 131, house #49, family #49, D.J. Carringer household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 424.

5. 1880 United States Federal Census, Boulder County, Colorado, Boulder: Page 525B, D.J. Carringer household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 89.

6. "Colorado State Census, 1885," online database, (, County of Boulder, Enumeration district 1, Page 102 (penned), dwelling #1163, family #1177, D.J. Carringer entry.

7. 1900 United States Federal Census, San Diego County, California, San Diego City 4th Ward; ED 194, sheet 19B, house #440, family #496, D.j. Carringer household, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T623, Roll 99.

8. San Diego City Directory, 1901, Harvey E. Carringer entry; "U.S. City Directories, 1821-1995,"  imaged, ( : accessed 29 October 2018), California > San Diego > 1901 > page 57 (image 30 of 191).

9. Great Register, Harvey E. Carringer entry; "California Voter Registers, 1900-1968," imaged, (, San Diego County> 1908-1912 > Roll 002, 4th Ward, 1st Precinct (image 139 of 1586), 

10. 1910 United States Federal Census, San Diego County, California, San Diego 4th Ward; ED 150, Sheet 9A, Lines 1-5, Henry A. Carringer household;  online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T624, Roll 94.

11. 1920 United States Federal Census, San Diego County, California, San Diego City:  ED 249, Sheet 5B, Line 96, Edgar Carringer household; digital image, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T625, Roll 130.

12. 1940 United States Census, San Diego County, California, population schedule, National City, ED 37-55A, page 9A, Dwelling #210, Harvy E. Carringer household; digital image, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T627, Roll 297.

13. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Mount Hope Cemetery, San Diego, Calif., Harvey Carringer (1852-1946) memorial #88844542.


Harvey Edgar Carringer (1852-1946) was my great-grand-uncle, the brother of my maternal great-grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946).  I am quite sure that he met me when I was a baby.  Surely, he was a friend and mentor as the uncle of my grandfather, Lyle L. Carringer, and probably encouraged Lyle's interest in photography.


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