Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SLCC Genealogy Course: Post #28 - Land & Probate Records

I am still struggling to get caught up on my Salt Lake Community College Genealogy Course assignments. This latest assignment was on Land and Probate Records. I have to be honest and tell you this was virgin territory for me. I've taken classes on this subject but never searched actual records.

What I learned is there are a LOT of records made during whole recording process. They are really important records and I need far more practice than this one assignment gave me. I was just focusing on Washington County, New York in my attempts to find some family members.  Just my luck the images were on line, but not indexed. Ok, there are crazy indexes at the beginning of the records, but not one you can just type in who you're looking for. Ugh! I just hate those records. These are nothing more than digitized microfilms and personally I think the microfilm would have moved faster than FamilySearch and my internet browser tonight. I suppose if I considered the time it takes to ordering a film, waiting for it to come in, it would have been faster to look at the digital images online.

I spent FOREVER looking at records and didn't find anyone. Oh, I noted all the people with the same surnames, and they could turn out to be important, but I can't holler about anything great right now. Sure saw some cool stuff but nothing I can claim for my family story at this point.  We were asked to write up a summary of why land and probate records help us with our research.  I'm sharing it with you, but just be warned a lot of it came from the FamilySearch Wiki. If I had found a great discovery I could have written a more intriguing summary.

Land and Probate Records Summary

There is a wide variety of information that can be found in the land and probate records.

Probate records are all records which relate to the disposition of an estate, whether the person died leaving a will or not. They are essential for research because they often pre-date the birth and death records kept by the civil government.

In the collections of probate records, you can learn the deceased date of death, and residence. You can learn about their FAN club, i.e. name of spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, and their places of residence. Wills and probate records are good resources for learning the names of married daughters, which is often hard to trace. You can also learn about adoption or guardianship of minor children and dependants.

Through the inventories, you can learn about the person’s trade or occupation, and their economic standing in the community. The wording of the will could tell you what religious faith the person belonged to. Additional clues are former places of residence, land ownership, former spouses and their military service. All these items can help you locate additional records on the individual.

Land records are primarily used to learn where an individual lived and when he lived there. The availability of affordable or free land in the United States attracted many immigrants. Land ownership was generally recorded as soon as settlers arrived. They are important records because they exist when few other records are available during early periods.

Land records usually contain the following information.
1. Names of interested parties
2. Date of transaction
3. Legal description of the property
4. Monies exchanged
5. Details of the transaction
6. Names of witnesses

These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. They often reveal other family information, such as the name of a spouse, heir, other relatives, or neighbors. Sales between parent and child can help confirm relationships that might not be found in any other records. You may learn where a person lived previously, his occupation, if he served in the military, if he was a naturalized citizen, and other clues for further research.

See ya tomorrow, for tomorrow is always another genealogy day!

Have the Free LDS Partner Subscriptions Begun to Roll-out?

It looks like the free LDS  access to premium websites: Ancestry, MyHeritage and FindMyPast are starting to get active. Here are some messages I received yesterday (22 Apr 2014) on the roll-out. So far I haven't seen anything official put out by FamilySearch or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Email received from Riverton FamilySearch Library consultant.
They announced today in our staff meeting that Directors of Family History Centers are suppose to have access to Ancestry.com today. Within the next week anybody that is listed as having a Family History church job is suppose to have access to Ancestry.com.

Then they will allow all people in Utah as the next group.
Then they will allow all members in United States.
Then they will allow all other Countries to have access

LDS-Ward-Consultant Mailing List on RootsWeb.
Concerning Roll out for LDS Partner Subscriptions Access will rollout by e-mail invitation. The e-mail invitation cannot be forwarded. It's only good for the person who received it. Roll out will start with General Authorities. Then to church employees and missionaries. Then Family History Consultants. Then to active Family Search patrons. Purpose is keep the Partner sites from going into overload from too many at once. This roll out will be for Ancestry.com, Findmypast and MyHeritage. Efforts are continuing for further partners in the future. This is from a notice received for Church Service Missionaries.

Deseret News article on 2 Apr 2014
"Access to genealogy websites for LDS Church members may come sooner than expected"

"Originally, FamilySearch encouraged church members to be patient because this special access wouldn't be available until the end of 2014.

But Thom Reed, FamilySearch's partner marketing manager, recently reported the project is ahead of schedule.

"The launch is currently scheduled for the middle of the second quarter," Reed said. "We are in the testing phase with our internal group right now. ... In the next two months, we will begin with a limited rollout. Patrons will be notified by an individual email invitation once we go live. We anticipate broad access for all members of the church will happen in the late summer, early fall, if all goes well."

Update:  James Tanner just announced he received his free access today as a Church Service Missionary. You can read about it at: "Free Access to Ancestry.com, MyHeritage and findmypast.com begins"

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection Update - 15 Apr 2014

The following is from FamilySearch.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 3.6 Million Images to Collections from China, Colombia, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, United States, and Wales

FamilySearch has added more than 3.6 million images to collections from China, Colombia, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, United States, and Wales. Notable collection updates include the 868,226 images from the new Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600–2012, collection; the 559,222 images from the U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791–1994, collection; and the 587,097 images from the China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239–2013, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600–2012 0 868,226 Added images to an existing collection.
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239–2013 0 587,097 Added images to an existing collection.
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903–1998 0 158,401 Added images to an existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888–1983 0 49,886 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555–1911 0 149,421 Added images to an existing collection.
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Miscellaneous Records, 1707–1962 0 163,066 New browsable image collection.
Spain, Records of Widows and Orphans of Spanish Officers, 1826–1960 0 88,720 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., California, Oakland, Alameda County, Obituary Card Files, 1985–2011 0 738 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Delaware Vital Records, 1680–1962 0 356,143 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Iowa, Polk County Probate Records, 1914–1924 0 81,578 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Iowa, Poweshiek County Land Records, 1855–1934 0 16,268 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Iowa, Poweshiek County Probate Records, 1850–1930 0 60,546 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, Meagher County Records, 1866–2012 0 97,709 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910–2012 0 24,027 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Teton County Records, 1881–2012 0 19,083 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New Mexico, Naturalization Records, 1882–1983 0 29,163 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Ohio, Hamilton County Records, 1791–1994 0 559,222 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., Pennsylvania, Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1977–2010 0 122,063 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Utah, Juab County Records, 1847–1948 0 62,081 New browsable image collection.
United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861–1925 0 41,832 New browsable image collection.
Wales, Court and Miscellaneous Records, 1542–1911 0 84,157 Added images to an existing collection.

FamilySearch Historical Records Collection Update - 9 Apr 2014

The following is from FamilySearch.

FamilySearch Adds More Than 2.1 Million Images to Collections from Italy

FamilySearch has added more than 2.1 million images to collections from Italy. Notable collection updates include the 89,778 images from the new Italy, Lucca, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1807–1814, collection; the 445,302 images from the new Italy, Genova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1796–1812, 1838–1859, 1866–1899, collection; and the 1,637,317 images from the Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the worldís historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at FamilySearch.org or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Italy, Genova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1796–1812, 1838–1859, 1866–1899 0 445,302 New browsable image collection.
Italy, Lucca, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1807–1814 0 89,778 New browsable image collection.
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865 0 1,637,317 Added images to an existing collection.