Friday, February 22, 2013

FamilySearch Indexing Update February 22 2013

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22 February 2013

Preserving History in the Midst of Natural Disaster

The small city of L’Aquila, Italy, shook during a large earthquake on April 6, 2009. As the epicenter of the earthquake, much of the L’Aquila area was destroyed, and many were killed. The walls and roof of the L’Aquila archive collapsed on its ancient records, and the archivists rushed in during the aftershocks to save them. The archivists felt an urgency to preserve the records and partnered with FamilySearch to digitally preserve and index the records online. You can help preserve the L’Aquila records. When downloading a batch to index at, look for the current project Italia (Antenati Italiani), L'Aquila e Rieti—Stato Civile 1809–1828 [Parte1].

These interesting facts pertain to the L’Aquila project:

· The L’Aquila project includes birth, marriage, and death records.

· The project’s records range from 1809 to 1865.

· With every birth record, you will also find a baptism record.

One of the more difficult fields in this record is the surnames, particularly the mother’s last name. There are many helpful resources available for this project on The Italian Surnames by Region is a great tool to help you find and compare the correct surname spelling. When using this tool for the L’Aquila project, choose Abruzzi for the correct region and spelling.

Current and Completed Projects

To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page . To learn more about individual projects, view the FamilySearch projects page.

New Projects Added

· U.S., Indiana, Warrick—County Marriages, 1811–1959

· Argentina, Paraná—Registros Parroquiales, 1789–1921

· Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part D]

· U.S. (Community Project), New York—New York Passenger Lists, 1942–1957 [Part C]

· U.S.—Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 [Part E]

· U.S., Ohio—County Births, 1856–1956 [Part C]

· U.S. (Community Project), New York—New York Passenger Lists, 1942–1957 [Part A]

· Chile—Registros Civiles, 1885–1932 [Parte A]

· U.S., Indiana, Vermillion—County Marriages, 1811–1959

· U.S., Maine—Delayed Returns for Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1670–1891

· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3BB]

· Deutschland, Mecklenburg-Schwerin—1867 Volkszählung [Teil C]

· Perú, Cusco—Nacimientos Civiles, 1888–1995 [ Parte A]

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Cremona—Nati, 1875–1902

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Bergamo—Nati, 1876–1900

· Portugal, Portalegre—Registros da Igreja Católica, 1870–1911 [Parte 1]

· Jamaica—Civil Marriages and Deaths, 1871–1995 [Part B]

· New Zealand—Immigration Passenger Lists 1871-1915 [Part 2E]

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Pesaro e Urbino—Nati, 1885–1902 [Parte 2]

· U.S. (Community Project), New York—New York Passenger Lists, 1942–1957 [Part B]

· U.S., Vermont—Vital Records, 1760–1954 [Part F]

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Udine—Nati, 1875–1901 [Parte 2B]

· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3AA]

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Taranto—Nati, 1884–1900 [Parte 3]

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Pescara—Nati, 1875–1902 [Parte 3]

· U.S., Indiana, Tipton—County Marriages, 1811–1959

· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3Z]

· U.S. (Community Project), Florida, Tampa—Passenger Lists, 1898–1945 [Part B]

· U.S. (Community Project), Pennsylvania, Philadelphia—Passenger Lists, 1883–1945 [Part B]

· U.S. (Community Project), Maryland—Passenger Lists, 1820–1891

· U.S., California—Death Index, 1905–1939

· U.S., Indiana, Switzerland – County Marriages 1811–1959

· France, Protestant Church Records [Part 2B]

· U.S., New York—1865 State Census

· New Zealand—Passenger Lists, 1871–1915 [Part 2C]

· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3Y]

View the FamilySearch projects page to see the full list of available projects and to learn more about how to participate in various projects.

Recently Completed Projects

Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published in the near future.

· U.S. (Community Project), New England—Passenger Lists and Crew Lists, 1918–1954

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Caltanissetta—Nati, 1880–1887 [Parte 2]

· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3L]

· U.S. (Community Project), New York—Naturalization Card Index, 1792–1906 [Part A]

· U.S., Puerto Rico—Censo Federal de 1940

· U.S., Illinois—Pekin Times Obituary Cards, 1914–2007

· U.S., Delaware—Death Certificates, 1955–1961

· Micronesia, Pohnpei—Civil Registration, 1948–2009

· U.S. (Community Project), New York—Naturalization Card Index, 1792–1906 [Part B]

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Udine—Nati, 1875–1900

· U.S., Illinois, Maywood—Maywood Herald Obituary Card Index, 1885–2002

· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3M]

· South Africa—Church of the Province of South Africa Baptism Registers, 1850–1914 [Part 1]

· Italia, Napoli, Monte di Procida—Registri Civili, 1817–1929

· U.S. (Community Project), Texas, Eagle Pass—Arrival Manifests, 1905–1953

· U.S.—Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 [Part D]

· U.S., Indiana, Scott—County Marriages, 1811-1959

· U.S., New Jersey—1915 State Census

· U.S., Indiana, Starke County— Marriages 1811–1959

· México, Hidalgo—Registros Bautismales, 1561–1961 [Parte 1]

· U.S., Illinois—County Marriages 1810–1934 [Part C]

· Nederland, Gelderland—geboorten burgelijke stand, 1811–1902

· U.S., Indiana, Shelby County—Marriages 1811–1959

· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Matrimonios 1900-1910

· Deutschland, Mecklenburg, Schwerin—1867 Volkszählung [Teil B]

· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3N]

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Pescara—Nati, 1875–1902 [Parte 2]

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Cuneo—Nati, 1875–1899 [Parte 2]

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Udine—Nati, 1875–1901 [Parte 2]

· Canada—Passenger Lists 1881–1922

· U.S., Maine—WW I Card Index of Soldiers by Town, 1917–1919

· Bahamas—Civil Registration, 1850–1959

· Jamaica—Civil Marriages and Deaths, 1871–1995

· Chile—Registros Civiles, 1885–1900 [Part C]

· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3O]

· Ghana, Western Region, Ahanta—Census, 1982–1984

· Belgium, Limburg, Lommel—Civil Registration, 1808–1890

· U.S., Florida—County Marriages, 1830–1957 [Part C]

· U.S. (Community Project), Washington, Seattle—Passenger Lists, 1890–1957

· Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3Q]

· U.S., Wisconsin—1865 State Census

· Italia (Antenati Italiani), Pesaro e Urbino—Nati, 1875–1884

· U.S., Iowa—County Marriages 1838–1992 [Part C]

· U.S., Ohio—County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part 3A]

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BYU FHL Sunday Classes, Sunday, 24 Feb 2013

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Just a reminder of the BYU FH Library Sunday classes  24 Feb 2013.   If you use "Windows Explorer" to access our website, the yellow sticky notes on the schedule will be active so you can see more detailed class descriptions. 
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Take one RV. One family tree. And seven people who are embarking on a journey across the country to learn more about the family story they discovered on They’ll travel to fascinating locales.

The Great-Great-Great-Grand Adventure:

The Brown family has started their 6-month family history journey across the United States. After overcoming health problems in the family and feeling the need to make a major change in their lives, Rob and Kathy Brown packed up their children, sold their house and are set off for an experience of a lifetime. This trek will take them through 40 states and create countless memories.

Who are the Browns?

Rob and Kathy have lived in Orem, UT for the last ten and a half years. All of their children were raised in their Orem home and Utah is all they’ve ever known. For the past two years, Kathy has homeschooled their children and she now wants to take the family learning to the next level.

“I’m most looking forward to the opportunity to focus on our family – past and present - without the distractions of everyday life,” said Kathy.  “Plus, a motorhome is a far more compact space to keep clean.”
What do they hope to learn?

“This is an opportunity to help our children make a connection between their ancestors and the family’s rich American story,” said Kathy about the trip. “We’ve only ever talked about America’s rich history, but now they will be able to experience it firsthand.”

“It’s the perfect time to do this. Our children are young enough that they are not involved in a lot of extracurricular activities which would hold us back, but they are old enough to remember and learn.” said Rob referring to their five children Audrey (10), Sophie (7), Harvey (5), George (3) and Sam (18 months).

How is involved?

The mission at is to help everyone discover, preserve and share their family history. The Browns have taken this mission to heart as they planned their family history trip. They have offered to let document their journey so others can see the joy that is brought by researching their own family history.

How can I follow their Journey?

The family will be writing blogs, taking pictures and making videos to capture every exciting moment of the trip. You can follow their journey at

2.5 Million Criminal Records Now Available Online for the First Time

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2.5 Million Criminal Records Now Available Online for the First Time Launches UK Criminal Records dating 1770-1934

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 20, 2013) –, an international leader in online family history, today announced the largest collection of historical criminal records from England and Wales is being published online for the first time in association with the National Archives (U.K.).

More than 2.5 million records dating from 1770-1934 will be easily searchable and provide a wide variety of color, detail and fascinating social history, chronicling the fate of criminals ranging from fraudsters, counterfeiters, thieves and murderers and their victims.

With this new addition, World Subscribers will have access to mug shots, court documents, appeal letters, registers from the prison ‘hulk’ ships used when mainland prisons were overcrowded. The first 500,000 of criminal records arenow available to search on, and the remainder is to be online soon.

We are delighted to launch these incredible records in the United States,” said D. Joshua Taylor, lead genealogist Our teams have worked to ensure the collection’s rich details are available online, including descriptions of appearance and demeanor, identifying marks and mug shots.”

“This set includes both the accusers and the accused, providing details on criminal acts and convictions within the United Kingdom across multiple centuries. Combined with our recently released British newspapers, this collection to provide a unique and personal glimpse at historical crime and punishment in the United Kingdom.”

Paul Carter, Principle Modern Domestic records specialist at The National Archives added, “These records span several government series and show the evolution of the criminal justice system in the nineteenth century as the country dealt with the impact of industrialization, urbanization and population growth.

“They record the intimate details of hundreds of thousands of people, beginning with judges’ recommendations for or against pardons, to petitions through which criminals and their families could offer mitigating circumstances and grounds for mercy, and later, licensees containing everything from previous convictions to the state of a prisoner’s health.”

The information in the records comes from a variety of Government departments including the Home Office, Prison Commission, Metropolitan Police, Central Criminal Court and the Admiralty. The records from 1817-1931 will be published first followed by the period 1770-1934 in the coming months.

This collection is available across all findmypast international sites.’s expertise at digitizing historical records and uniting communities provides the tools to help people connect with their past and present.

To learn more about or to get started on your own family history search:
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For the record, for good…The National Archives is a government department and an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). As the official archive of the UK government and England and Wales, we look after and make available to the public a collection of historical records dating back over 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5 files. Our 21st-century role is to collect and secure the future of the record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible as possible. We do this by devising technological solutions to ensure the long-term survival of public records and working to widen access to our collection. The National Archives also advises on information management across government, publishes all UK legislation, manages Crown copyright and leads the archive sector. We work to promote and improve access to public sector information and its re-use

AncestryDNA now available to the public

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AncestryDNA Test Provides An Affordable, Easy Way to Learn About Your Past and Family

Innovative test now available to the general public provides analysis of your genetic ethnicity, living relative matches, and further insight into family history research

(PROVO, Utah) – February 21, 2013 –, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the public availability of its AncestryDNA test to U.S. residents. This easy-to-use, comprehensive test provides consumers with their genetic ethnicity and the unique opportunity to connect DNA results directly to any applicable family trees, matching test takers with other close or distant family members. Combined, these features provide the most complete snapshot of one’s family history that has ever been available.

Interest in using DNA to explore family history is growing. In a 2012 Harris Interactive survey, 56 percent of Americans—more than 110 million people—stated they would be interested in taking a DNA genealogy test. This number is 14 percent higher than the previous year. For many, this interest in family history extends far beyond American soil. Nearly two out of three respondents told Harris that learning about their family’s roots outside the U.S. is one of the most important benefits of researching family history.

AncestryDNA picks up where the paper trail leaves off. Whereas older consumer DNA tests utilized only 46 DNA markers, this new test analyzes more than 700,000 DNA marker locations and cross-references them with its one-of-a-kind comprehensive worldwide catalogue of DNA samples. The combination of an individual’s DNA with more than 40 million family trees and 11 billion records on can help people find specific ancestors as far back as the mid-17th century by connecting with living relatives. Additionally, AncestryDNA gives people their ethnic breakdown by percentage from 20 populations including the British Isles or Native American—automatically tracing their ethnicity and displaying the results in an interactive and simple way.

“AncestryDNA provides consumers with exciting insights into their ethnic background and helps them find relatives who may hold the keys to exciting new family history discoveries,” said Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of “As a company, we are committed to helping people connect with their past and we are excited to be able to offer a unique, affordable, and easy way for people to learn even more about their personal history.”

AncestryDNA helps determine geographic and ethnic origins by comparing test-takers’ unique DNA signatures to the DNA of people from across the globe. In the initial beta release, users were matched with a significant number of living relatives, and more than two million fourth-cousin DNA matches have been found for customers potentially sharing an ancestor in the database. As more people take the test, the database will continue to grow, providing a richer experience and more clues. People who have already taken the test receive regular updates with the latest findings. Because these results include the users’ ethnicities, they may produce surprising findings that provide additional curiosities for future research. Since the launch, 7.7 million ancestors are now available to discover through family trees linked to DNA results.

“We believe that the cutting edge of DNA technology used in AncestryDNA will revolutionize the entire family history experience,” said Ken Chahine, Senior Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA. “We have already seen huge success with our beta launch as users discover new clues and living relatives passed down through DNA. As more people take the test, we look forward to seeing even greater results and more family history connections.” 

Find out where you come from with an AncestryDNA test. You can learn even more about your family history by visiting and signing up for a free 14-day trial.

Pricing and Availability
AncestryDNA is now available and tests start at $129 for subscribers. Learn more at

About Inc. is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 11 billion records have been added to the site in the past 16 years. Ancestry users have created more than 44 million family trees containing more than 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, offers several localized websites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

About DNA, LLC DNA, LLC is a subsidiary of Inc. AncestryDNA uses a simple test to analyze an individual’s DNA. AncestryDNA offers the potential of identifying new insights into people’s ancient ancestry to help them collaborate with distant cousins and make even more discoveries in their family history. For more information visit

Registration for the UGA South Davis Family History Fair is Now Open

The following is from the UGA.

The UGA South Davis Family History Fair will be April 19-20 at the Woods Cross High School. This is a new venue for this event.
The keynote speaker for Friday evening's session will be DENISE MAY LEVENICK, "The Family Curator", speaker and author of  "How to Archive Family Keepsakes: Learn How to Preserve Family Photos, Memorabilia and Genealogy Records"  The title for her presentation is "Treasures in the Attic: Every Keepsake Has a Story." This will begin at 7:00 pm Friday evening and is free to the public.

Saturday's program will start at 8 am with a keynote address by DAVID RENCHER, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch - entitled "Preserve the Pensions – The Community Makes a Difference!"

On Saturday, the fair will have classes on many different subjects relating to family history and great vendors will be showing all the newest in Family History products.
Cost for the fair is only $10.00 for UGA members and $15.00 for non-UGA attendees. The cost includes the syllabus on CD containing the handouts for all classes.  The printed syllabus will be $15.00 for UGA members and $20.00 for non-UGA attendees.  Register at the UGA website
Come and join us for the 16th year of this great community event!!  
If you would like to attend for free, SIGN UP AS A VOLUNTEER by contacting Kim Mason at

We'll see you there!

Major east London cemetery records added to Deceased Online

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Records for historic East London cemetery
added to Deceased Online website
All 420,000 records for the large and historic Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium in East London have been digitized and will all be available on by early March 2013.   The unique Deceased Online web portal now features over 3 million London burial and cremation records and millions more for the rest of the UK.

The records for Manor Park comprise approximately 380,000 burial records and 40,000 cremation records featuring:

  • Digital scans of registers
  • Computerised records for later post-1996 burials and cremations
  • Interment details indicating all those buried in each grave
  • Maps providing the section in the cemetery where each burial is located
  • Some photographs of memorials

Manor Park opened in 1875 and features many interesting burials and memorials that are a real insight into the late 19th and 20th century East London.  

The 43-acre Manor Park Cemetery and Crematorium is located near Forest Gate in the London Borough of Newham (records for which are also on Deceased Online). It is privately owned and has been managed by the same family since its foundation on1875.  Indeed, the grave of Mr. William Nesbitt, the very first interment that took place on 25th March 1875, can still be found on the right hand side of Remembrance Road.

Other historic graves and memorials include:
  • John Travers Cornwell VC (1900-1916), who died from his wounds at the age of 16 and is believed to be the 3rd youngest recipient of the Victoria Cros, losing his life in the Battle of Jutland in 1916.
  • Annie Chapman (1841–1888), the second victim of Jack the Ripper was buried here in September 1888.
  • There is a royal connection with the large memorial to Mary Orchard (1830-1906), a much loved nanny to the children of Princess Alice.
  • Elizabeth Ann Everest (d 1895) was nanny to Winston Churchill
  • Derek Bailey (1930-2005), one of the UK’s best known avant-garde guitarists who played with many well-known artists and had an extensive recording career.
  • There is a memorial to the 10 year old little hero John Clinton (d 1894) who perished whilst trying to save a drowning friends
  • William Thomas Ecclestone (1863-1915) was, at the time of his death, reckoned to be at 38 stones the 2nd heaviest man in the world.  He’s affectionately known on his memorial as ‘Jolly Jumbo’.
  • There are approximately 100 war graves

Deceased Online is the only website portal dedicated to providing detailed statutory burial and cremation records.  Launched four years ago, its database is growing rapidly and features local authority, private cemeteries and crematoria (such as Manor Park) and data supplied by ‘Friends’ groups and family history societies.  Data on the Deceased Online website covers many areas from Aberdeen down to South Devon.  

Manor Park director, Brian Cook, said of the digitization and web project: “We’re delighted to have all our records digitized which will enable both the local community and anyone connected with the internet globally to access them easily.  It also means that we can protect and preserve all our old records and easily access them ourselves online and digitally.”  

Deceased Online’s Head of Marketing Richard Gray commented: “With its size, location and history, Manor Park is an important database to have available online to millions of users.  Deceased Online now has over 3 million unique burial records for London available at the touch of a mouse representing nearly 10 million data items and in East London, we have an excellent and growing range of data”.  

National Genealogical Society 2013 Family History Conference

NGS 2013 Family History Conference
Building New Bridges
8−11 May 2013
Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Conference Sessions (conference registration required)
Register today to attend four full days of more than 150 lectures by 100 of the nation's top genealogists and historians.

Pre-Conference Tours (conference registration not required)
Hoover Dam and Ethel M. Chocolates Tour
This six-hour tour allows participants to explore the rich history of Hoover Dam, enjoy a buffet lunch, and tour a chocolate factory and botanical garden.

Museum Tour
Tour the 30-acre Clark County Museum and the National Atomic Testing Museum in this five-hour tour.

Night Tour
Experience the full brilliance of neon Las Vegas in a five-hour tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown!

For more information, please see Las Vegas Area Tours.

Conference Highlights
Opening SessionWednesday, 8 May, 8:00 a.m.
Marian Smith, Chief, Historical Research Branch, USCIS, will explore the importance of national policy changes to ancestors, their records, and your genealogical research in "People, Policy, and Records: The Importance of Historical Background."
NGS First-Timers' BreakfastThursday, 9 May, 7:00 a.m.
Network and share conference tips and strategies with other first-time attendees, NGS officers, and the NGS board of directors.
NGS BanquetFriday, 10 May, 7:00 p.m.
Join NGS in welcoming historian Mark Hall-Patton, Museums Administrator for the Clark County Museum System and authenticator for the History Channel's Pawn Stars, along with well-known genealogist, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak. Hall-Patton looks at research and artifact authentication, television style, in "Do You Think Anyone's Going To Watch This Show?" Smolenyak presents a model monthly grant awards program in "Lucky 13: A Modest Proposal Regarding Genealogy Grants and Pawn Stores."
NGS/GenTech LuncheonSaturday, 11 May, 12:15 p.m.
Come prepared for audience participation as the Ancestry Insider explores "The Future of Family History — According to You!"
NGS Annual MeetingSaturday, 11 May, 5:15 p.m.
Hear the latest updates concerning publications, member benefits, genealogy courses, affiliate programs, video archives, and more from NGS President, Jordan Jones.
Exhibit Hall (free to the public)
Visit more than 100 vendors, who offer a variety of genealogy-related products, services, and memberships.

Exhibit hall hours are as follows:
Wednesday, 8 May, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9 May, 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday, 10 May, 9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 11 May, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Register today to attend the
NGS 2013 Family History Conference.
See you in Las Vegas!