Monday, October 18, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1772 Deed of Norman Sever Buying Land in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts from Thomas Andrews

 This week's document for transcription is the 1772 land deed record for Norman Sever, yeoman of Shrewsbury, buying 1 acre of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts from Thomas Andrews for 2 pounds lawful money.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 77, Page 47]:

The transcription of this deed is (starting at the top of the left-hand page of the image):

Know all Men by these Presents That I Thomas Andrews
of Shrewsbury in the County of Worcester and Province of
the Massachusetts Bay in New England Gentleman For
and in Consideration of two Pounds Lawful Money paid
me by Norman Sever of Shrewsbury in the same County and
Province Yeoman The Receipt whereof I do hereby Ack-
nowledge my self Satisfied and do hereby grant, sell and
Convey to the said Norman Sever and heirs a Piece of land
Situate in Shrewsbury afores'd the Piece Containing One
Acre Bounded as follows; Begining at a Stake and Stones
at the Northeast Corner of my Land Joyning to said Severs
Land and Phillip Munroes Land Runing Southwest and
Running Sixty four Rods to a Stake and Stones Standing
in the line Between said Andrews and said Severs Land.
To have and to hold the Same to the said Norman Sever
his heirs & assigns To there Use and Behoof forever and
and I do Covenant with the said Norman Sever his heirs
& assigns that I am lawfully Seized in fee of the premises that
they are free of all Incumbrances that I have good right
to convey the Same to the said Norman Sever to hold as
aforesaid and that I will Warrant and Defend the Same
to the said Norman Sever his heirs and assigns forever
Against the Lawful Claims and Demands of all Persons.  In
Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this
Eighth day of April Anno Dom. 1772.   Thomas Andrews  {seal}
Signed Sealed & Deliv'd in
Presence of Hannah Bruce  Isaac Herrick
Worcester ss May 3 1777 Personally Appeared Thomas Andrews
and Acknowledged the above Written Instrument to be his free
Act & Deed before me   W'm Young  Just Peace
Rec'd May 3'd 1777 Ent'd & Ex'd pr Nath'n Baldwin Regr

The source citation for this land record is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 3 October 2021), Worcester County, "Deeds 1776-1778, vol. 75-77," Volume 77, Page 47 (image 495 of 650), deed of Thomas Andrews to Norman Sever, executed 18 April 1772, recorded 3 May 1777; citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

This deed is for a one acre piece of land in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, that Norman Sever, yeoman of Shrewsbury bought from Thomas Andrews, Gentleman of Shrewsbury, for 2 pounds lawful money on 8 April 1772 (and recorded on 3 May 1777).  The land was adjacent to Norman Sever's land in Shrewsbury.

Norman Sever (1734-1787) was the son of Robert and Eunice (Rayment) Sever of Sudbury and Westminster, Massachusetts.  He married Sarah Read (1736-1809) on 14 March 1755 in Sudbury, and they had thirteen children.  Norman and Sarah (Read) Sever are my 5th great-grandparents through their son Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816).


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

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

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

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 10 to 16 October 2021

 Scores of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

Another Online Site for Family History Month by Donna Moughty on Irish Family Roots.

Misdirected by Marcia Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy.

What You're Losing With Your Private Family Tree by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree.

How I Knew About Franz by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry.

*  Thanks to MyHeritage DNA Quest, I Had Both of My Dads to Walk Me Down the Aisle by Esther on MyHeritage Blog.

Distribution of TGs Part 4 (Spreadsheet) by Jim Bartlett on Segment-ology.

The Archive Lady:  The Home Archivist's Tool Kit by Melissa Barker on Genealogy Bargain$.

5 Do's and Don'ts of Genealogy by Minnie Sheridan on THE Genealogy Show.

26 Websites to Find Digitized Books For Free by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

WikiTree Challenge Fun - It's My Turn by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

Genealogy Tip:  Copyrights -- Can I Copy That? by Gena Philibert-Ortega on GenealogyBank Blog.

What Is a BSO In Genealogy? by Pauleen Cass on Family History Across the Seas.

*  RLP with DNA Study Group Part 3: Timeline, Source Analysis and Citations by Diana Elder on Family Locket.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

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

*  Friday Fossicking 15th Oct 2021 by Crissouili on That Moment In Time.

* This Week's Creme de la Creme - October 16, 2021  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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Saturday, October 16, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Best "Genealogy Find" This Week (or Month)

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -
Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  What was your best "genealogy find" this week (or this month, or this year)?  Was it a new ancestor, a new record, a new conclusion drawn, a new photograph, or something else?

2)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog post on this post.

Here's mine:

While working on the Ephraim Buck genealogy sketch on Wednesday, I noted that all I had for his death was "1734" with no day/month, no location, and no source.  I tried to improve that date based on a record or some source.  A search on Ancestry, MyHeritage, FamilySearch, WikiTee, Geni, Google, and American Ancestors found no death, burial, or probate record.  However, I found several land records in Middlesex County, Massachusetts on FamilySearch Historical Records by browsing the deed indexes and captured several deed images.  One of them was very helpful - here is my abstract of the deed:

"Ephraim Buck, yeoman of Wilmington, sold two parcels of land in Woburn to his son Ephraim Buck, husbandman of Wilmington, on 15 March 1738/9. for 200 pounds in money.  The first parcel was the homestead now in Wilmington bounds containing about 50 acres adjoining.  The land was bounded easterly on Andover road, northerly by Daniel Eames, westerly by Maple Meadow in Woburn, and southerly by his brother Samuel Buck.  A second parcel was the land purchased by Ephraim Buck from Benjamin Johnson.  He reserved one half of the homestead, the barn, and the land bounded on Andover road for his use and benefit for his lifetime.  The deed was signed by Ephraim and his wife Esther Buck, who relinquished her thirds.  The deed was recorded on 21 June 1742."

The clincher here is that Ephraim's wife, Esther (Wagget) Buck is identified in this deed, and it was executed on 15 March 1738/9.  So Ephraim Buck was still alive on 15 March 1738/9.  It was recorded in the record book on 21 June 1742.  That doesn't mean that Ephraim Buck died before that date, but it is a possible clue that he did.  

So I was able to add a death date of "after 15 March 1738/9" to Ephraim's life sketch.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 9 to 15 October 2021

  The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  9 to 15 October 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Dresden, Germany, Births, 1876-1907; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/14/2021

Halle, Germany, Census and Citizen Lists, 1400-1915; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/14/2021

Alabama, U.S., Naturalization Records, 1888-1991; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/14/2021

U.S., Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/14/2021

Limbach-Oberfrohna, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1952; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/13/2021

Rhodes, Archives of the Jewish Community, 1939 (USHMM); indexed records without record images,  ADDED 10/13/2021

Limbach-Oberfrohna, Germany, Marriages, 1809-1938; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/13/2021

Ireland, Irish Emigration Lists, 1833-1839; indexed records with record images, ADDED     10/13/2021

Limbach-Oberfrohna, Germany, Births, 1876-1907; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/13/2021

Palm Beach County, Florida, U.S., Naturalization Records, 1823-1974; indexed records with record images, ADDED 10/13/2021

Tabasco, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/12/2021

Washington, U.S., Naturalizations, 1853-1980; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/12/2021

Tamaulipas, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1703-1964; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/11/2021

Florida, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1822-1850; indexed records without record images, Updated 10/11/2021

San Luis Potosí, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1970; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/11/2021

Tlaxcala, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/11/2021

California, U.S., State Court Naturalization Records, 1850-1986; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/11/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 3 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,062 collections available as of 15 October, an increase of  3 from last week.   


Disclosure: I have a complimentary all-access subscription from, for which I am thankful. has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 9 to 15 October 2021

 I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch ( every week.

As of 15 October 2021, there are 3,036 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900 (; 2,047,625 indexed records with 2,047,625 record images, ADDED 14-Oct-2021

*  South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (; 1,691 indexed records with 1,691 record images, ADDED 11-Oct-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 214,140 indexed records with 205,082 record images (was 214,112 records with 205,054 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 271,351 indexed records with 2,283 record images (was 271,218 records with 2,282 images), UPDATED 08-Oct-2021
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 9,163,937 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 9,161,537 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 3,882,812 indexed records with 250,381 record images (was 3,802,452 records with 245,856 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 568,541 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 563,570 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021

Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 156,932 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 155,725 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 605,502 indexed records with 255,497 record images (was 601,138 records with 253,624 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632-1958 (; 847,688 indexed records with 378,612 record images (was 841,628 records with 378,612 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 5,495,596 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 5,127,729 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
Mexico, Colima, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1969 (; 338,492 indexed records with 228,566 record images (was 337,383 records with 228,566 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021

Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657-1994 (; 540,661 indexed records with 383,518 record images (was 540,661 records with 383,518 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944 (; 443,391 indexed records with 189,697 record images (was 442,311 records with 189,697 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968 (; 1,048,687 indexed records with 521,512 record images (was 1,044,048 records with 521,512 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978 (; 2,865,648 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 2,806,601 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978 (; 1,493,334 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 1,493,334 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021

Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 559,538 indexed records with 42,227 record images (was 556,149 records with 25,506 images), UPDATED 11-Oct-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 1,563,382 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,528,340 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990 (; 8,851 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 6,657 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985 (; 231,042 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 205,746 records with 3,008,340 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (325,195 records), no images (was 320,894 records with 0 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 29,761,754 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,754 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 4,048,034 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 4,045,682 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 77,607 indexed records with 18,958 record images (was 77,139 records with 18,490 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 784,025 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 783,350 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 (; 1,206,038 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 1,194,781 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021

Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980 (; 2,540,121 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 2,531,984 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994 (; 758,542 indexed records with 1,012,693 record images (was 633,343 records with 1,012,693 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 7,265,320 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 7,208,976 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973 (; 888,391 indexed records with 240,799 record images (was 886,667 records with 240,799 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2021
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 68,288 indexed records with 92,429 record images (was 67,799 records with 82,113 images), UPDATED 11-Oct-2021

Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 (; 644,565 indexed records with 22,034 record images (was 606,745 records with 22,034 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
Martinique, Church Records, 1662-1847 (; 335 indexed records with 49 record images (was 34 records with 7 images), UPDATED 14-Oct-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 217,158 indexed records with 25,252 record images (was 209,436 records with 24,524 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 514,249 indexed records with 495,500 record images (was 505,846 records with 487,463 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016 (; 5,779,919 indexed records with 1,547,844 record images (was 5,779,919 records with 1,547,844 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021

United Kingdom, Outgoing Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 (; 13,630,499 indexed records with 13,630,499 record images (was 1,048,499 records with 1,048,499 images), UPDATED 14-Oct-2021
Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990 (; 34,849 indexed records with 2,280,204 record images (was 5,002 records with 2,280,204 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 7,480,610 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 7,480,133 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
Uruguay, Catholic Church Records, 1726-2000 (; 849,800 indexed records with 115,772 record images (was 767,913 records with 105,072 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2021
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 (; 5,307,899 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 5,253,103 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 4,071,176 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 4,040,330 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 4,021,784 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 3,408,691 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 7,752,283 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 7,732,934 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,220,807 indexed records with 1,970,725 record images (was 7,220,756 records with 1,970,704 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977 (; 946,734 indexed records with 2,162,812 record images (was 944,126 records with 2,162,812 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2021

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,563,567 indexed records with 115,616 record images (was 1,560,046 records with 115,507 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 33,846 indexed records with 120,284 record images (was 33,605 records with 114,218 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 476,366 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 475,372 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989 (; 439,317 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 429,251 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901 (; 16,844 indexed records with 443 record images (was 3,853 records with 92 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021

Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985 (; 1,396,530 indexed records with 504,812 record images (was 1,388,639 records with 504,812 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2021
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988 (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 15-Oct-2021
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Records, 1840-1972 (; 3,112,191 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 3,112,164 records with 2,216,270 images), UPDATED 14-Oct-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,673 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 155,689 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 (; 233,282 indexed records with 52,848 record images (was 233,282 records with 44,679 images), last updated 08-Oct-2021
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,090,152 indexed records with 72,038 record images (was 1,090,152 records with 57,315 images), last updated 06-Oct-2021
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,797 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,635 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 112,102 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 105,316 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,288 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 285,859 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971 (; 3,537,384 indexed records with 13,161,458 record images (was 3,537,384 records with 13,154,176 images), last updated 20-Jan-2021
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,339 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,314 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Ecuador, Cemetery Records, 1862-2019 (; 373,732 indexed records with 335,711 record images (was 373,732 records with 336,313 images), last updated 04-Aug-2021
Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979 (; 17,726 indexed records with 1,708 record images (was 17,726 records with 2,631 images), last updated 05-Oct-2021
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 591,400 indexed records with 10,108 record images (was 591,400 records with 10,136 images), last updated 07-Oct-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 130,453 indexed records with 67,753 record images (was 130,453 records with 76,875 images), last updated 05-Oct-2021
Finland, Passport Registers, 1900-1920 (; 22,293 indexed records with 261 record images (was 22,293 records with 582 images), last updated 07-Oct-2021

Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 (; 2,208,879 indexed records with 109,544 record images (was 2,208,879 records with 110,892 images), last updated 04-Oct-2021
Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (; 2,029,048 indexed records with 81,435 record images (was 2,029,048 records with 92,604 images), last updated 01-Oct-2021
France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932 (; 400,382 indexed records with 399,394 record images (was 400,382 records with 399,481 images), last updated 19-Jul-2021
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 7,706,217 indexed records with 79,766 record images (was 7,706,217 records with 80,082 images), last updated 01-Oct-2021
Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979 (; 152,455 indexed records with 773 record images (was 152,455 records with 2,185 images), last updated 06-Oct-2021

Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 42,977 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 46,396 images), last updated 07-Oct-2021
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 404,061 indexed records with 26,515 record images (was 404,061 records with 29,853 images), last updated 01-Oct-2021

--- Collections with new records ---

Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970 (; 4,613,620 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 4,607,418 records with 4,263,289 images), last updated 08-Oct-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949 (; Index only (3,401,843 records), no images (was 3,401,844 records with 0 images), last updated 09-Jun-2021
Wisconsin Marriage Index, 1973-1997 (; Index only (948,930 records), no images (was 948,931 records with 0 images), last updated 08-Feb-2012


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamilySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.

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, October 15, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 15 October 2021

Welcome to Genealogy News and Education Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

*  Findmypast Friday: New School Records and Newspapers

3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes

4)  Genealogy Education - Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 15 October, 11 a.m.:  My ancestors were Irish – or were they?, by Natalie Bodie

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 19 October, 5 p.m.: My 20 Year Mystery – Finding family origins with Y-DNA, by Shellee Morehead

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 20 October, 11 a.m.:  Comparing the Genealogy Giants 2021: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, and MyHeritage, by Sunny Morton

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Recent updates to MyHeritage's historical record search engine, by Mike Mansfield

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Navigating Your Way Through FamilySearch, by Cyndi Ingle

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Projects at Family Tree DNA: To join or not to join, that is the question…, by Diahan Southard

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Ancestral Findings:  AF-541: The Twentieth Amendment: The Constitutional Amendments | Ancestral Findings Podcast

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #312 - Search Angels

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Findmypast Friday: New UK School Records and Newspapers

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Explore new school records and more this Findmypast Friday

Discover your ancestors’ school days in thousands of new records and explore the latest updates to Findmypast’s newspaper archives this Findmypast Firday.

National School Admission Registers

Findmypast have added thousands of new school records from Halifax, Yorkshire spanning 1859-1922 to there ever expanding collection of British school records.

Search these new additions to gain rare insights into your ancestor’s childhood and reveal their birth date, admission year and the school they attended. You may also discover their parents’ names, father’s occupation, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.

This latest tranche of school records is published in partnership with the Family History Federation and Calderdale Family History Society. The schools and years covered are:
  • Haugh Shaw, 1892-1922
  • Akroyd Place Board School, 1896-1919
  • Heath Grammar School, 1874-1875
  • Halifax School Board, 1859-1884
  • Halifax Technical College, 1902-1910
Now containing over 9 million records, the National School Admission Registers & Log-books collection is the result of a landmark project between schools, record offices and archives in England and Wales. Never before have so many organisations come together to create a digital version of their records. This is an ongoing project to scan and transcribe school admission registers and log-books from around the country.

Does your heritage lie in the UK’s largest county? Findmypast’s Yorkshire collection is second to none. Delve into millions of parish records, 90 regional newspapers and so much more.


Hot off the press, the latest papers to join the Findmypast newspaper Archive are:

While 18 publications have been updated with additional content covering the following date ranges :

Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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