Monday, April 12, 2021

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 12 April 2021

 Here are the highlights of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Board meeting in a Zoom Meeting last Wednesday, and reported on the Research Group, DNA interest Group, and the April Newsletter.

2)  Wrote, edited and published the 13 page issue of the CVGS "Family History Gazette" newsletter for April 2021 
3)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) Zoom Webinar on Saturday, featuring Shannon Christmas giving two presentations, "The Proof is in Evidence: Use DNA to Research Colonial American Ancestors" and "Let The Circle Be Unbroken: Reconnect African American families with DNA."

4)  Attended today's Mondays With Myrt webinar.  The panel discussed what we didn't know about, and the mistakes we made, early in our research, such as sourcing, importance of witnesses, noting all of the information in a record, not using a research log, software limitations, etc.  Other topics included Crista's Facebook post about having an error in a 2nd great-grandparents ancestry, the Wacky Wednesday census series, the 1950 US census release in a year, the PBS "Atlantic Crossing" series, MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia feature, and more.

5)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of my 7th great-grandfather #588 Samuel Fletcher  (1652-1723) of Chelmsford, Massachusetts  for my 52 Ancestors post on Friday. 

7)  AncestryDNA added 114 new DNA matches this past week, with five new ThruLines, and  MyHeritage added 21 new DNA matches.   Reviewed the new DNA matches on  AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  Added Notes to 5 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known shared ancestors, and added seven ThruLines to RootsMagic. 

8)  There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 41,522 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 112).

9)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and source citations to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 62,729 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 139), and 136,104 source citations (up 256).   I TreeShared with my Ancestry Member Tree twice this week updating 285 profiles, and I resolved 1,868 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 149,531 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily. 

10)  Wrote 17 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which three were a press release.  The most viewed post last week was "My Sailor Father Animated in 1944 -- Post 663 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday" with over 455 views.  

11)  We are still fine here at the Genea-cave, hunkered down and not going out much after Week 56 of COVID-19 isolation.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Friday, and it wasn't too busy.  I went to 99 Cent Store, Dollar Tree and Costco during the week.  We both went to the medical center for lab work on Wednesday.  We went masked to outdoor church on Sunday and talked to and fist bumped some friends.  The Padres season continues, and they are now 7-3, and we had the first no-hitter in Padres history (53 seasons) on Friday. Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing (mainly) genealogy, plus eating, sleeping, cleaning, cooking, and a little yard work - I got the back yard mowed after 9 months of growing weeds.

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Amanuensis Monday -- 1697 Estate Inventory of John Grout (1616-1697) of Sudbury, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the 1697 inventory of the estate of John Grout (1616-1697) of Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, which is in Estate File 9951 in the Middlesex County Probate Court records. 

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The inventory is also included in the Middlesex County Probate Court Clerk's volumes, in Volume 9, pages 101-102:



The transcription of the Inventory is (from the court clerk volume, because it is clearer and easier to read:

An Inventory of the Housing Lands goods & Chattels of Capt Jn'o Grout

late of Sudbury who deceased 25'th July 1697  ....................................    £       s       d

Impr.  To his Eldest Son John Grout y'e Lands medows

given to him by will valued at ............................................................... 250 -- 00 -- 00

It  To his son Jonathan Grout y'e houseing Lands Meadows Mill &

Streams and Rights given to him by y'e Will ........................................ 130 -- 00 -- 00

It  To his son Joseph Grout of Watertowne y'e housing Lands and

Meadows rights given to him by will lying in y'e Town of Watertown  150 -- 00 -- 00

It To his Son in Law John Livermore y'e Farm given to him

by will lying in Watertown by Madups ................................................  020 -- 00 -- 00

It To his Son in Law Joseph Curtis In Money & Medow

given to him by Will ............................................................................    24 -- 00 -- 00

It To his Son in Law John Woodward y'e Lands & Medow

given to him by Will .............................................................................   24 -- 00 -- 00

It To his Loveing wife Sarah Grout y'e Land & Medows

given her by Will ...................................................................................   30 -- 00 -- 00

Quick Stock

To 3 Cows .............................................................................................   10 -- 00 -- 00

To 2 Calves ...........................................................................................     1 -- 00 -- 00

To 5 Sheep & 5 Lambs .........................................................................     2 -- 10 -- 00

To 4 Swine ............................................................................................     2 -- 00 -- 00

To 3 beds and bedding Suitable .............................................................  14 -- 00 -- 00

To Pewter ..............................................................................................     1 -- 10 -- 00

To Brass and one Iron Pott ...................................................................     5 -- 00 -- 00

To  Handirons Tramells Spitt & Tongs Shilyards &

house hold Irons ...................................................................................     3 -- 00 -- 00

To Table Linnen ...................................................................................     2 -- 00 -- 00

To one Chest given to his son Jonathan by Will .................................     1 -- 00 -- 00

To one Chest and one Cubbard ............................................................    2 -- 00 -- 00

To Chaires Stools wheels & other Lumb^r .........................................    2 -- 00 -- 00

To his Broad ax Cart Irons augers, 1 Iron Barr, 1 Sledge

Saws & one adds .................................................................................    2 -- 10 -- 00

To 2 acres of Indian Corn ...................................................................     4 -- 00 -- 00

To his Books .......................................................................................     3 -- 00 -- 00

To his wearing Clothes ......................................................................      6 -- 00 -- 00

To a Chest more ..................................................................................     0 -- 12 -- 00

To 1 Hatchett 2 Wedges and Cookering & Cutting Knife .................     0 -- 10 -- 00

      Apprized by us  Aug't 10'th 1697                                                   690 -- 12 -- 10

                                   Joseph Noyes

                                   Peter King

                                   Francis Fullam

Charlestowne Aug'u 16'th 1697 By y'e Hon'ble James Russell Esq'r

Jonathan Grout one of y'e Executors admitted prsonally appearing made

oath y't y'e within written Contains a true Inventory of y'e Estate of Cap't

John Grout late of Sudbury Deced as far as Comes to his knowledge &

when more appears he will Cause it to be added.

Exa'd William Phipps  Reg'r                      Jurat'?? Coram  Ja Russell

The source citations for this probate case file is:

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Middlesex Cases 00001-01999, Estate File #9951 (7 images), John Grout of Sudbury estate, 1697; "Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014, American Ancestors  (https://www.americanancestors.org: accessed 30 May 2020); Digitized mages provided by FamilySearch.org from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass. 

"Massachusetts, U.S. Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 April 2021), Middlesex County, "Probate Records, Vol. 7-10, 1689-1704," Volume 9, pages 99-102 (images 427-429 of 748), John Grout of Sudbury will and probate records, proved 16 August 1697.

John Grout (1616-1897) married (1) Mary Cakebread (1620-1641) in about 1640, probably in Watertown, Massachusetts, and they had one child, recorded in Watertown:

*  John Grout (1641-1708), married 1667 Rebecca Toll (1644-1721).

John Grout married (2) Sarah Busby (1619-1699) in 1642, daughter of Nicholas and Bridget (Cocke) Busby.  The had nine children, the first recorded in Watertown, and the rest recorded in Sudbury:

*  Sarah Grout (1643-????).
*  Hannah Grout (1646-1727), married 1668 John Livermore (1638-1718).
*  Joseph Grout (1649-1720) married 1680 Susannah Hagar (1653-1731).
*  Abigail Grout (1655-1745), married 1677 Joseph Curtis (1647-1700).
*  Elias Grout (1657-????).
*  Jonathan Grout (1658-1730), married 1701 Abigail Dix (1677-1753).
*  Mary Grout (1661-????), married 1688 Thomas Knapp (1657-????).
*  Susanna Grout (1664-1727), married 1692) John Woodward (1661-1736).
*  Elizabeth Grout (1665-1694), married 1683 Samuel Allen (1664-1745).

John Grout died 25 July 1697, one day after his will was written.  In his will, he identified his wife as Sarah, and his living children as John, Jonathan, Joseph, Susannah Livermore, Abigail Curtis, Mary Knapp, and children of daughter Elizabeth Allen.  An inventory was taken on 10 August 1697 and totaled £690-12-00, including extensive land holdings.  The will was proved by the Probate Court on 16 August 1697.

John and Sarah (Busby) Grout are my 8th great-grandparents, through son Joseph Grout (1649-1720) who married Susannah Hagar (1653-1731) in 1680 in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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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."

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 4 to 10 April 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:

*   Research in Missouri: The Repositories by Diana Elder on Family Locket.

*  Edith Lore Blossoms: Floods, Typhoid, The “Beauty Bunch,” a Scholarship…Plus a Plot Twist by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

A Surfeit of Mead: A Family History Tale by Janet Few on The History Interpreter - Janet Few.

My Family Tree In Numbers by Paul Chiddicks on The Chiddicks Family Tree.

Family Tree Fun For Computer Geeks by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree.

How To Find a Biological Father Without His Name by Sunny Morton on Your DNA Guide.

*  My #1 Genealogy Problem-Solving Strategy by Julie Tarr on Genealogy in Action.

Jill Ball: Family History Blogger Downunder by Debra Woods on FamilySearch Blog.

Combining the DNA Power of 23andMe With the Tree Building Power of Ancestry by Fran Shockley on Family Locket.

 8 Essential Elements To Create The Best Genealogy Research Plan by Natalie Pithers on Genealogy Stories UK.

*  How to Choose which Family Stories to Write by Laura Hedgecock on Treasure Chest of Memories.

Left Behind by Judith Batchelor on Genealogy Jude.

We Are All Trailblazers by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry.

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 9th Apr 2021 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time.

This Week's Creme de la Creme - April 10, 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, April 10, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Games Your Family Played

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


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

1)  Think about the games that your whole family would play when you were a child. 

2)  Tell us about one (or more) of them - what was it called, what were the rules (as you remember them), who played the game, where did you play the game, who usually won?
  

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.  
Please leave a link in a comment to this post.

Here's mine:

The game was called GHOST.  I don't know why!  You went around the table spelling English words one letter at a time, with a minimum of four letters.  The words had to be in the dictionary.  If you spelled a complete valid word, then you got a point.  The winner of the game was the one with the fewest points at the end of the game (which was usually when my father wanted to stop to do some work at his desk).  A player could challenge the spelling of the previous player, who had to pronounce and spell the complete word s/he was thinking of.  If they could, then the challenger got the point.  If they couldn't, then the one challenged got the point. 

We (my family of four) played GHOST almost every night after dinner at the dinner table for several years when I was aged 12 to 15 (and my brother was aged 9 to 12).  This was a great game to help us with spelling and it got us reading the dictionary for hours searching for interesting words.  It also gave us some family time in the late 1950s before we all were addicted to the evening television shows. 

My strategy was to find unique words in the dictionary that I could "hang" on one of the other family members.  for instance, if someone started a new word with "b" then I would say "d" and the family had to spell "bdellium."  If they started with "m" then I would say "n" and the word had to be "mnemonic." If someone started a new word with "g" then I would say "h" and the family had to spell "ghost" or "ghoul."

Eventually, we got around to finding and spelling "antidisestablishmentarianism," "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis" (I remembered the first parts, but had to look it up!) and other long words, but we had to be careful not to spell a complete word within the longer word - like "antidisestablishment."  We experimented in later years with being able to add two letters in order to avoid spelling a valid word.  I loved to try to get my father to spell the valid word, and he would usually try to bluff his way through.  I tried to avoid getting my mother, but didn't mind getting my brother. 

Challenging had a strategy too - if I knew I was going to get hung with a word ending, I would try to bluff everyone by confidently saying a letter and hoping that I wouldn't be challenged.  Of course, this usually broke down into arguments satisfied only by the one challenged looking the word up in the dictionary. 

I searched for the GHOST game and found this Wikipedia entry, which describes the basic game and several variants.

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Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 3 to 9 April 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on Ancestry.com during the period from  3 to 9 April 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

U.S., Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865; indexed records with record images, ADDED    4/8/2021

Danish West Indies, Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1820-1909; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/8/2021

Danish West Indies, Records and Documents Relating to General Governance, 1755-1916; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/8/2021

Danish West Indies Census, 1841-1901; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/8/2021

1910 United States Federal Census; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/8/2021

Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/8/2021

North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers, 1779-1782; indexed records with record images,   ADDED 4/8/2021

Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home, 1890-1963; indexed records with record images, ADDED    4/8/2021

Danish West Indies, Denmark, Records of Enslaved People, 1672-1917; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/8/2021

Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/8/2021

Danish West Indies, Records Relating to Enslaved People, 1625-1904; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/8/2021

Box Butte County, Nebraska, U.S., Funeral Home Records, 1919-1976; indexed records without record images, ADDED 4/7/2021

Nebraska, U.S., Index to Deaths, 1904-1955; indexed records with record images, ADDED    4/7/2021

Missouri, U.S., Death Certificates, 1910-1962; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/7/2021

Nebraska, U.S., Index to Marriages, 1909-1955; indexed records with record images, ADDED    4/7/2021

Nebraska, U.S., Select County Marriage Records, 1855-1908; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/7/2021

1870 United States Federal Census; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/6/2021

Cardiff, Wales, Index to Police Constabulary Registers, 1904-1920; indexed records without record images, ADDED 4/5/2021

Glamorganshire, Wales, Glamorgan County Ayslum Records, 1845-1920; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/5/2021

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The complete Ancestry.com Card Catalog is at   http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx.  

By my count, there were 14 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,957 collections available as of 9 April, an increase of  14 from last week.   

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Disclosure: I have a complimentary all-access subscription from Ancestry.com, for which I am thankful. Ancestry.com 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 FamilySearch.org Record Collections - Week of 3 to 9 April 2021

 I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 9 April 2021, there are 2,981 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 7 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  France, Eure, Census, 1836      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3463558); 27,963 indexed records with 27,963 record images, ADDED 05-Apr-2021

*  Kentucky, Voter Registers and Registration Books, 1904-1935     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4132034); 16,713 indexed records with 16,713 record images, ADDED 06-Apr-2021

*  Montana, Military Discharge Records, 1917-1953  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4149587); 2,234 indexed records with 2,234 record images, ADDED 06-Apr-2021

*  Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3478266); 1,004 indexed records with 1,004 record images, ADDED 07-Apr-2021

*  Vanuatu, Vital Records, 1900-2001       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3734433); 3 indexed records with 3 record images, ADDED 05-Apr-2021

*  Italy, Lecce, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1901-1941     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2310702); Index only, no images, ADDED 07-Apr-2021

*  Colorado, Manitou Springs, Voter Records, 1935-1962     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4133829); 4,822 indexed records with 4,822 record images, ADDED 08-Apr-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Iowa, Marriage Records, 1941-1951       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4127799); 13,151 indexed records with 249,088 record images (was 39,192 records with 249,088 images), UPDATED 08-Apr-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2843410); 256,043 indexed records with 2,175 record images (was 255,889 records with 2,174 images), UPDATED 03-Apr-2021
Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674842); Index only (192,790 records), no images (was 192,790 records with 0 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1478678); 424,794 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 416,709 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2761958); 6,031,182 indexed records with 327,307 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,307 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3479702); 455,467 indexed records with 194,191 record images (was 448,813 records with 191,697 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1925428); 214,227 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 212,592 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 08-Apr-2021
Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records, 1807-1992     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2046887); 937,081 indexed records with 1,135,393 record images (was 922,615 records with 1,135,393 images), UPDATED 05-Apr-2021
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2114430); 87,381 indexed records with 65,041 record images (was 71,747 records with 51,838 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Iowa, Church and Civil Births and Baptisms, 1837-1987   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2366597); 91,582 indexed records with 8,242 record images (was 91,582 records with 8,242 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021

Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1913408); 347,373 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 344,856 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 06-Apr-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3734475); 1,706,907 indexed records with 111,341 record images (was 1,680,896 records with 109,442 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1647578); 614,774 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 608,487 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 05-Apr-2021
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3732506); 1,226,708 indexed records with 1,226,124 record images (was 1,226,521 records with 1,225,937 images), UPDATED 08-Apr-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1919582); 863,288 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 857,296 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1468076); 656,456 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 656,281 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 05-Apr-2021
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3418468); 683,075 indexed records with 13,233 record images (was 681,875 records with 13,194 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Iowa, Church and Civil Deaths, 1845-1987        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2366613); 21,153 indexed records with 7,627 record images (was 21,153 records with 7,627 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2333694); 30,047,338 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 30,047,340 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1827268); 435,112 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 430,792 records with 37,199 images), UPDATED 06-Apr-2021

Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1615259); 4,049,588 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 2,887,860 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 07-Apr-2021
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4149578); 1,940 indexed records with 1,939 record images (was 1,784 records with 1,783 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4149576); 70,695 indexed records with 12,397 record images (was 70,248 records with 12,279 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4149574); 1,499 indexed records with 1,499 record images (was 1,213 records with 1,213 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4016424); 13,065 indexed records with 26,058 record images (was 13,063 records with 23,291 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021

Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2399108); 98,160 indexed records with 31,456 record images (was 94,932 records with 34,005 images), UPDATED 03-Apr-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3648679); 131,226 indexed records with 48,776 record images (was 130,299 records with 48,564 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2385204); 87,260 indexed records with 27,644 record images (was 87,260 records with 27,644 images), UPDATED 07-Apr-2021
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1410397); 4,919,130 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 4,919,130 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 06-Apr-2021
Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1930340); 76,770 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 76,570 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021

Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1462519); Index only (3,401,343 records), no images (was 3,369,839 records with 0 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2549721); 63,129 indexed records with 69,771 record images (was 62,997 records with 54,489 images), UPDATED 03-Apr-2021
Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2531337); 933,998 indexed records with 475,273 record images (was 958,868 records with 475,273 images), UPDATED 08-Apr-2021
Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2576872); 578,334 indexed records with 607,070 record images (was 529,577 records with 607,070 images), UPDATED 07-Apr-2021
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2787817); 126,657 indexed records with 6,354 record images (was 126,657 records with 6,339 images), UPDATED 07-Apr-2021

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3648677); 302,881 indexed records with 20,038 record images (was 299,624 records with 19,698 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3511741); 272,787 indexed records with 265,340 record images (was 262,389 records with 255,177 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Census, 1984  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3288450); 907,140 indexed records with 165,622 record images (was 834,422 records with 152,449 images), UPDATED 06-Apr-2021
Illinois, Military Discharge Records, ca.1862 - ca.1965 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4113738); 18,436 indexed records with 7,418 record images (was 17,008 records with 2,869 images), UPDATED 05-Apr-2021
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2718009); 182,291 indexed records with 26,252 record images (was 174,104 records with 40,073 images), UPDATED 08-Apr-2021

Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837908); 2,917,771 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 917,760 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2400643); 354,112 indexed records with 332,250 record images (was 354,076 records with 332,214 images), UPDATED 07-Apr-2021
Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1463156); 5,477,411 indexed records with 830,893 record images (was 5,369,695 records with 830,893 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1804358); 3,222,702 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 3,192,076 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 08-Apr-2021
Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3733440); 1,941 indexed records with 15,825 record images (was 1,941 records with 15,481 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1544-1966    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3665083); 1,011,691 indexed records with 578,075 record images (was 261,714 records with 221,000 images), UPDATED 05-Apr-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2840171); 7,213,472 indexed records with 1,969,536 record images (was 7,212,822 records with 1,969,431 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3583819); 332,946 indexed records with 192,937 record images (was 332,733 records with 192,920 images), UPDATED 04-Apr-2021
Iowa, Military Discharge Records, ca.1862 - ca.1976     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4114270); 170,766 indexed records with 54,899 record images (was 129,419 records with 44,761 images), UPDATED 06-Apr-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3155913); 1,351,229 indexed records with 105,392 record images (was 1,342,352 records with 104,660 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021

Germany, Prussia, East Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1551-1992 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4110912); 2,470,787 indexed records with 589,017 record images (was 2,375,594 records with 569,841 images), UPDATED 07-Apr-2021
Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records, 1596-1967     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1883377); 106,493 indexed records with 499,694 record images (was 9,515 records with 499,694 images), UPDATED 08-Apr-2021
Germany, Rhineland-Palatinate, Diocese of Mainz, Catholic Church Records, 1540-1952     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4127803); 2,256,494 indexed records with 273,949 record images (was 2,190,371 records with 267,989 images), UPDATED 06-Apr-2021
Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4111605); 4,995,626 indexed records with 591,749 record images (was 4,737,769 records with 552,086 images), UPDATED 07-Apr-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837849); Index only (250,885 records), no images (was 249,898 records with 0 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016197); 445,139 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 443,409 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Washington Voting Records, 1876-1940    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3754702); 143,893 indexed records with 15,940 record images (was 142,487 records with 13,825 images), UPDATED 08-Apr-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2134304); 423,019 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 415,705 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Massachusetts, Church Records, 1630-1943        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2787822); 6,606 indexed records with 472 record images (was 6,606 records with 332 images), UPDATED 07-Apr-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3584542); 99,351 indexed records with 11,456 record images (was 98,608 records with 11,366 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021

Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674820); Index only (424,362 records), no images (was 424,362 records with 0 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Maine, Church Records, 1734-1907        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2787824); 57,125 indexed records with 2,722 record images (was 57,125 records with 2,694 images), UPDATED 07-Apr-2021
Iowa, Iowa City, Voter Registers, 1897-1904     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4132312); 60,329 indexed records with 92 record images (was 16,199 records with 720 images), UPDATED 07-Apr-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3736255); 152,761 indexed records with 13,829 record images (was 149,420 records with 13,211 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2021
Iowa, Birth Records, 1921-1942  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2849548); 35,336 indexed records with 741,019 record images (was 743,126 records with 741,019 images), UPDATED 08-Apr-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2691993); 3,641,119 indexed records with 155,838 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 147,425 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2803479); 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,805 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 69,579 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2057674); 1,076,174 indexed records with 71,392 record images (was 1,076,174 records with 60,534 images), last updated 01-Dec-2020
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2704794); 462,610 indexed records with 7,392 record images (was 462,610 records with 6,044 images), last updated 02-Apr-2021
Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3015626); 3,537,384 indexed records with 13,096,678 record images (was 3,537,384 records with 13,096,662 images), last updated 20-Jan-2021

Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3463100); 527,525 indexed records with 226,446 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,445 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2968245); 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,978 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,601,679 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Nebraska, Naturalization Records, 1855-1989     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3241361); 144,058 indexed records with 140,356 record images (was 144,058 records with 140,784 images), last updated 13-May-2020
Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2862204); 191,136 indexed records with 4,660 record images (was 191,136 records with 5,040 images), last updated 08-May-2019
Uruguay, Civil Registration Index Card, 1900-1937       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1976089); 2,585,769 indexed records with 657,995 record images (was 2,585,769 records with 669,750 images), last updated 26-Mar-2021
Mississippi, Voter Registration, 1871-1967      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3308840); 312,339 indexed records with 8,689 record images (was 312,339 records with 11,461 images), last updated 16-Jan-2021
Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3757185); 596,952 indexed records with 53,808 record images (was 596,952 records with 58,914 images), last updated 30-Mar-2021

Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2506770); 54,371 indexed records with 52,359 record images (was 54,371 records with 53,353 images), last updated 25-Mar-2021
Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2632078); 39,479 indexed records with 2,527 record images (was 39,479 records with 2,530 images), last updated 16-Nov-2018
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2790268); 2,967,130 indexed records with 303,308 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 307,298 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2780641); 520,313 indexed records with 31,160 record images (was 520,313 records with 42,395 images), last updated 25-Mar-2021
France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3007175); 332,001 indexed records with 314,126 record images (was 332,001 records with 331,111 images), last updated 29-Mar-2021

Texas, Various Counties, Military Discharge Records, 1916-1990  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3734716); 41,043 indexed records with 8,558 record images (was 41,043 records with 18,012 images), last updated 10-Mar-2021

--- Collections with new records ---

Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1554576); 235,028 indexed records with 504,812 record images (was 127,796 records with 504,812 images), last updated 02-Apr-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1784223); 2,330,518 indexed records with 3,087,354 record images (was 2,330,519 records with 3,087,354 images), last updated 08-May-2020
Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1743384); 4,915,854 indexed records with 1,231,203 record images (was 4,915,855 records with 1,231,203 images), last updated 15-Jan-2020
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2199956); Index only (875,610,423 records), no images (was 875,610,427 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2015    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417520); 1,384,386 indexed records with 1,154,003 record images (was 1,384,387 records with 1,154,003 images), last updated 02-Jan-2018
Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2370234); 2,509,917 indexed records with 137,344 record images (was 2,509,919 records with 137,344 images), last updated 19-Dec-2018

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

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to   https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list 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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