Saturday, November 30, 2013

Getting started with the 1940 Census

The following is from FindMyPast.

We've just published some fantastic new birth, marriage and death records on
Great news: we're giving you free access to these records until 31 January 2014!

The new records are as follows:
  • Births and christenings in California, Indiana and Utah
  • Marriages in Alabama, California, Indiana, Iowa and Virginia
  • Deaths in Alabama and North Carolina

You'll find the birth, marriage and death records really useful when building your family tree as they tell you about the key events in your ancestors' lives. Being able to view these crucial records for free will give your family tree a great head start.
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You can also view the 1940 US census for free
View the 1940 US census for free and discover where your parents and grandparents lived, what their occupations were and how much they earned.

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Internet Archive Documentary

I found the following documentary on the Internet Archive. It explains their goal of preserving a copy of the internet and digitizing books and making them available online for free. The website is here -

There isn't any way to embed this video in my blog so you will need to visit the link directly -

Sunday, November 24, 2013

SLCC Genealogy Course: Post #14 - Continuing Education

This week for the Salt Lake Community College Genealogy Course we had to post on two discussions threads.  The first one was on our mid-term project and telling others what is was about. My post was very similar to what I wrote on my blog last week.

The second discussion post was about our plans to continue our education.  There was a huge list of various ways to continue our education. The categories they fell under were:
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • Webinars
  • Genealogy Societies
  • YouTube Channels
  • Publications
  • Conferences
I was tickled to see Renee's Genealogy Blog as one of the resources on the list. This is the comment I made on the discussion thread.
I was familiar with just about everything on the list, but I did find something I wasn't aware of. That is that APG offered free webinars. I looked at the webinars and was so disappointed that I missed some really good ones. I did sign up for the next one coming up. I have to make sure to keep coming back and checking when new ones are offered.

I was also reminded of one resource that I haven't taken advantage of, the YouTube Channel. I love listening to Crista Cowan and was I shocked at how many videos they have now. I don't know why I thought Ancestry just offered videos on using their website. They have a lot of depth in what they offer. I need to get moving on watching those. This have taught me to check back on learning resources, you never know how they have evolved over time.

Over the years I have learned so much from attending genealogy conferences, reading blogs, and watching webinars, I don't see this changing for me in the future. The list reminded me that I need to listen to Podcasts. I tend to work in silence or with just music on in the background, otherwise I can't concentrate. Webinars I will sit and watch, but Podcast I've never had a great time to pay attention to them. You can't watch a Podcast. I just started exercising and listening to Podcasts would work really great during that time frame.

I've become a really lazy reader. I used to learn everything by reading and now I rely on other sources. Unfortunately when I do read it's summaries and quick blog articles. I think it was Warren Bittner that I once heard say there was a difference between genealogist that read the NGS Quarterly and those that don't. From what he described I want to have the skills of a genealogist that reads the Quarterly. I have to admit it's a struggle for me. I really need to start delving deeper into subjects, and stretch myself more. The SLCC Genealogy Course has been a great start in that effort. I really want to continue through the rest of the classes. Maybe when I'm done the Quarterly will be easier for me to follow.
The college class is coming near an end (Dec 10th) and I don't want it to. I contacted the Kathy Jonsson the Coordinator over Salt Lake Community College Continuing Education Department and was able to arrange auditing the next genealogy course is the series. "Intro to Genealogical Research" (CEGN 0010-001 Non-Credit) in exchange for blogging about my experience. I'm really excited about seeing what this class has to offer. The classes don't start until 13 Jan 2014 so you have time to register if your interested in attending.

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NGS Announces Program for the 2014 Family History Conference

The following is from the National Genealogical Society.

NGS is pleased to announce the program for the 2014 Family History Conference is now available in a sixteen-page Registration Brochure, which can be downloaded at The online version of the program is also available on the conference website Conference registration opens on 1 December 2013 at  A number of special events have limited seating, so register on 1 December or as soon as possible thereafter if you plan to attend these events.

The conference will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and Marriott Hotel located in downtown Richmond, Virginia, 7–10 May 2014. Conference highlights include a choice of more than 175 lectures, given by many nationally known speakers and subject matter experts about a broad array of topics including records for Virginia and its neighboring states; migration into and out of the region; military records; state and federal records; ethnic groups including African Americans, German, Irish, and Ulster Scots; methodology; analysis and problem solving; and the use of technology including genetics, mobile devices, and apps useful in genealogical research.

The first few pages of the brochure provide details about conference logistics and describe several special events. The daily conference program includes the name of each speaker, the lecture title, and a brief description of the presentation. A number of social events and workshops are also offered during the conference. If 2014 will be your first NGS Family History Conference, check out for additional information about what you might experience at the conference. 

An exhibit hall with more than seventy-five vendors will be free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, directly across from the Marriott Hotel. Exhibitors will include genealogy database and software providers, booksellers, genealogy societies, providers of genetic testing, and much more.

Up-to-date information about the availability, amenities, and rates for conference hotels can be found at

Sign up for the NGS Conference Blog at so you do not miss conference news or announcements.

UGA Virtual Chapter Meeting Tomorrow with D. Josh Taylor

The following is from the Utah Genealogical Society.

UGA Virtual Chapter Meeting is November 21 at 7:00 p.m. MST

UGA Virtual Chapter
Join us for a Webinar on Thursday, November 21
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Utah Genealogical Association's free monthly virtual chapter meeting. 

Our special guest speaker will be D. Josh Taylor. His presentation will be on  "Hidden Gems: Materials in Digital Libraries for Family History."

Presentation description: Digital libraries have revolutionized the way researchers can access and use materials. Explore general techniques to finding digital collections suitable for genealogical and historical research in public, university, and private libraries.
Title:UGA Virtual Chapter
Date:Thursday, November 21, 2013
Time:7:00 PM - 9:00 PM MST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kicking Up the Past Documentary on KickStarter

The following is from Kicking Up the Past.

Last week to pledge support for documentary that portrays genealogy as art, science & hard-work.
AmbitiousKickstarter.comproject must return pledges if funding goal is not met.

Speaking Saturday before a well-attended meeting of CAGGNI (Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois) Kicking Up the Past project producer Ken J. Marks said, “this is the only documentary you will find on television that portrays the hard-work, art and science of researching your family tree… no celebrities… no button-pushing short cuts”.

Just 7 days remain to the novel project conceived by Chicago-area teacher & genealogist, Madonna Davis to utilize crowd funding to fund a television documentary project called Kicking Up the Past.  The effort relies strictly on the strength of the public to make pledges to support the expense of producing a made-for-television documentary preserving family histories.  Co-producer Madonna notes, “If just one half of 1% of everyone who pursues genealogy in the U.S. pledges just a few dollars, it would fund a full season of great television that the whole genealogy community could fully endorse.”

The deadline for pledging is this Sunday, November 24th. Simply go to and type “genealogy” in the search bar to find the Kicking Up the Past project.The project rewards may also be viewed at

Kickstarter is a funding home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of the public. Since its launch in 2009, 5 million people have pledged $822 million, funding 49,000 creative projects.

For additional information go to or contact: Ken J. Marks 312 505-6193  EM:

Upcoming ISGS Webinars December 2013

The following is from the Iowa State Genealogical Society.

Upcoming ISGS Webinars

Join us on Tuesday, December 10, at 8:00 PM Central, where Jeanne Larzalere Bloom, will present, Miracles, Mysteries & Mayhem: Online Family Trees.  To attend this webinar, register at
Last week's webinar, Little Houses on the Prairie: Midwestern Research Techniques, presented by Diana Crisman Smith, is now available to ISGS members in the Members Section of the ISGS website (

Upcoming Webinars
For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit
Support the ISGS Webinar program by making a financial contribution, which will help ISGS expand its educational offerings in a virtual manner.  To learn why we need your help, or to make a contribution, please visit

Please direct any questions to the ISGS Education Committee at

The 2014 ISGS Webinar Series is Sponsored by FamilySearch (

ISGS Genealogical Name Tag - I Want One!!!

The following is from Beth Foulk on Google+.  Let me just say I am a nut over pins.  I just had to buy this one. My biggest dilemma was to use my married name or maiden name. I finally settled on married name since this is a name tag after all. Anyone can see what my maiden name was by looking at my father's last name.

My New Family Tree Name Tag

I had the wonderful opportunity at the end of October to speak at the Iowa Genealogical Society Fall Conference.  Once there, it didn't take me but a few minutes to notice that many of the genealogists in attendance were wearing these amazing family tree name tags.

My reaction was immediate: "I want one!"

The name tags, of course, give your name, but they take it two steps - or generations - further.  They show in pedigree chart style your parents and grandparents.  The women are listed with their maiden names. I chose to use my maiden name for my name, but I'm sure you could use your husband's name or hyphenate the two to add another surname to your tag. Anyway, without saying a word, whomever you're speaking immediately knows the four or five primary surnames you're researching!  How easy - and fun - is that for family tree networking!

The name tags are 2.25 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide.  White with black engraved lettering and a pin clasp. Turn around time (order to receipt) is about two weeks.

The Iowa Genealogical Society uses the name tags as a fund-raiser. They are $13 each shipped to your mailbox.

If you, too, have the "I want one!" reaction, visit the Iowa Genealogical Society website. You can complete the online order form,  

Questions? Email Debi Chase at, and tell her "Beth sent you."

Oh! What a great Christmas present for the genealogy-junkie in the family!  (And, yes, it's okay to buy yourself Christmas presents.)

I can't wait to start wearing it around conferences and genealogy meetings. If you see me and happen to recognize any of my ancestors from my name tag, let's talk!

Happy Networking!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

SLCC Genealogy Course: Post #13 - Mid-Term Project Completed

Somehow, this week, after attending a two day genealogy conference, having a new hard drive put into my computer, re-installing all my programs, and having my modem start to die, (which required a reset every half hour), I was able to complete and submit, 15 minutes before the Wednesday midnight deadline my Salt Lake Community CollegeGenealogy Course 6 hour mid-term project.

What I created for the project was a family blog, that looks like a website, so it would be easy for me to update. This "website" was for all the descendants of my parents, Philip & Alice (Weatherwax) Harris. My parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 4 years old. They gave us a legacy of faith and I wanted to record and pass on our stories so the following generations would be encouraged to follow in their footsteps.

Originally when our family decided, at the beginning of this year, to gather our faith promoting stories, I was going to create a book and send it to everyone for Christmas. The more I thought about indexing such a book I decided it would be easier to create a website instead. I had attended a class by the Ancestry Insider on turning a blog into a website a couple of years ago that inspired me to use this approach. I figured that I could use Labels to tag the stories by people's names or categories they belonged in.  By adding a list of the labels they would become links to the stories they belonged to. For example, if you clicked on a person's name, all the stories they were mentioned in would come up. If you click on a category like Healing, you would get all the stories that mentioned the experiences of miraculous healing.

Blogs always display the newest story on it's home page. I wanted a post that would be static and not change. I needed to create a post that would become the home page and then publish  it. After it was published I went back and edited that post. I changed the post date to 1 Jan 2099. This was so far out in the future that this would always appear as the newest blog article and never be replaced.

So the beauty of using a blog as a website is that I can now go in and just post any new story.  I just have to make sure I add the labels that apply to it.  Now everything is automatically indexed and I don't have edit anything else.  It will be very easy to maintain.

The challenges I had were finding a blog title that wasn't already taken. All the good names I wanted were no longer available. I finally found one that would work "Harris Memories". The next challenge was deciding on a blog template. The simply thing to do is design something in your head or on paper and then create it. I'm just not built to think that way. I used the trial and error method that takes much longer and is way more frustrating. Surprisingly, I did settle on a template I wanted, it was the layout of the elements, picking colors and things like that, that I changed a zillion times.

I was quite pleased with the way the website/blog came out. The blog address is . If you just tried to go to that link you will find you need an invitation to view it. Here is a screen shot of the home page.

That comes to another point of the beauty of using a blog as a website. Not only is Google Blogger a free place to host your blog, it also allows you to make the blog private. I have control over who can visit this website/blog.

The reason I wanted the website private was because I had a few other things I wanted to share that need to stay private, namely a calendar and a family directory.

The calendar probably took me the most time to do. I looked for a gadget to put on the blog for a calendar but nothing fit. I finally discovered by Googling that I could embed a Google Calendar into a website. Which meant I could also embed that into a blog post or page. Blogger allows you to add tabs under your header that are called Pages. You can then either create a permanent page or link to another website. Adding these Pages or tabs really make the blog have a website appearance.

It took FOREVER, for me to add all the family members birthdays, anniversary and special family events. I set the dates up to repeat yearly so I never had to edit them. I guess the ones I will have to change are the baby due dates coming up in the family. I can just go in and switch them to the babies birthday's when we know what that is. Once again setting it up on this type of calendar means very little maintenance for me. Not only is the calendar embedded in the website/blog it also can be shared with other family members so they view it in their Google Calendar.  No more excuses missing a birthday in the family now.

The other item I mentioned I wanted in the website/blog was a family directory. I hunted for a gadget to add one but couldn't find one.  I saw such a gadget for the Google Sites - free websites, but nothing that would transfer to a blogger gadget.  I then had to think outside the box. I finally figured out I could create with Google Drive a spreadsheet and then embed that spreadsheet into the website/blog.  On the spreadsheet I created columns for each person's name, address, phone numbers, email address, parents/spouse. I didn't have a chance to but I want to add another column and put in small pictures of each family member. I think that would be fun.

Now that the family directory is in a spreadsheet I don't have to worry about updating and sending that out to everyone. This is going to be really easy to update as needed.

The last Page I added to the blog was a link to my family website. I have room to add more Pages if I want to. Something I will do in the future is add our family recipes. Blogger has a gadget so you can allow people to search the blog. I added that so if the family wants to search for something that I didn't think to create a label for it will be no problem.  

My final step to the whole project was to add the stories. I was lucky they were all typed up. It was a matter of coping & pasting the text and then adding the right labels to go with the posts.

The day after I submitted my website/blog as my mid-term project, I turned around and sent invites to all my family members to access it. I think they must be still in shock over the fact that they got their Christmas present way early this year. No one, except my husband, has given me any feedback. He commented on what I really wanted everyone in the family to appreciate, and that is the stories and how inspiring they are. I still have my fingers crossed that the family will appreciate the same thing.

I am actually grateful for the opportunity this mid-term project gave me. I feel really good about what I created for my family. It will meet so many needs and there is room for growth, without a lot of work on my end managing it. During this whole process I've been thinking of the movie "Field of Dreams" and the phrase "Build it and they will come!" It's only been 3 days so I guess I can wait for them to still come.

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

The Official Announcement of the end of New FamilySearch.

The following is from FamilySearch.

December 2013 Becomes Read Only

The next step to fully implement FamilySearch Family Tree on is to change to read-only status. This milestone will occur in December 2013.
Users will still be able to view information on after the change, but users will no longer be able to edit or change information.
Users have many reasons to switch from to FamilySearch Family Tree. They can:
  1. Correct information about ancestors and relationships.
  2. Find valuable records for any ancestor, right from the person page.
  3. Add sources to ancestors with a few simple mouse clicks.
  4. Add photos, documents, and stories to ancestors.
  5. Print fan charts, pedigrees, and family group records.
Go to Go to Family Tree

FamilySearch Indexing Community Newsletter

The following is from FamilySearch.

The Future of Indexing

While the current indexing system has done a wonderful job, it is due for some major renovations. We are happy to report that we are moving ahead on a new indexing system-and what's even more exciting is that you will soon begin to see some of the results. Preview the new system and website in this article!

A Story of Perseverance

While facing many struggles, one of Sister Burch's greatest concerns was her ability to continue indexing. Read her story of success and share your own!

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Ancestral Quest is FamilySearch Certified for Tree Share, Sources, Discussions, Change History and LDS Support

The following is from Ancestral Quest.

Salt Lake City, Utah (November 16, 2013) – Incline Software, LC announced today that Ancestral Quest™, its Windows®-based family tree software, was recently certified by FamilySearch™ for Tree Share, Sources, Discussions, Change History and LDS Support.
Ancestral Quest meets the rigorous standards set by FamilySearch for allowing its users to work in FamilySearch Family Tree (hereinafter referred to as Family Tree) by sharing not only data, but documentation, discussions and reasons for making changes. This not only helps users of AQ participate as good neighbors in Family Tree, but allows them to benefit from the comments and findings of others as they record their own personal family history in their AQ or PAF file.
Ancestral Quest allows users to search Family Tree for matching records and exchange facts for individuals and relationships between their own file and Family Tree. It also allows comparing of families and exchanging of family members between their personal file and Family Tree. Users can improve the data on Family Tree by sharing their research, and can learn more about their own family by looking through the Family Tree data made available by others. For LDS users, AQ handles the processes of reserving and tracking the progress of LDS ordinances.
No other personal family tree product has met more FamilySearch certification requirements than Ancestral Quest. You can learn more about these specific certifications on this FamilySearch page.
Additional Features for Sharing with Family Tree
Ancestral Quest goes above and beyond the certification requirements of FamilySearch, providing additional features that will aid users in accomplishing quality work with their personal family file and with Family Tree.
Ancestral Quest allows users to view the notes of individual records in Family Tree, and exchange notes between Family Tree and the notes they have in their personal file. Many, many users have expressed a desire to be able to upload their notes from their PAF or AQ file to Family Tree, where those notes can be viewed by other relatives researching the same family lines. AQ now provides a simple interface for that exchange. AQ is the only FamilySearch Tree Share certified program to offer this feature.
Source Details
In addition to meeting the requirements for FamilySearch Sources certification, Ancestral Quest provides exacting genealogists with an extra bonus. In most desktop family tree programs, sources are recorded with such details as the source Title, Author, Publication Facts, Repository, Page Number, Source Quality, etc. In Family Tree, sources provide this information as a formatted 'citation', but do not contain the detailed breakdown of this data. AQ allows users to send the breakdown of these details to Family Tree to be stored in the Notes portion of the Family Tree source. This allows other users of a desktop program to later import the source in such a way that the Title, Author, Repository, etc., are properly brought back from Family Tree.
Continued Access to new.FamilySearch Data
Ancestral Quest allows users to read the other opinions of the Birth, Christening, Deathand Burial facts stored in new.FamilySearch (nFS). nFS contains a wealth of information in these extra opinions that were not carried over to Family Tree, and users of AQ are benefiting every day from the ability to see these on the same screen with their own data, and with data from Family Tree. There are three situations where these extra opinions from nFS can be helpful:
  • In some cases, the birth, christening, death or burial information that was moved to Family Tree from nFS is not the best data. AQ helps a user identify these situations and import the correct data from nFS to Family Tree.
  • When records of different people were improperly combined in nFS, these extra opinions are often the best clue for recognizing the situation. They help users take corrective action.
  • When Family Tree doesn’t have the best data from nFS, attempts to match correct records between a person’s local record and its corresponding record on Family Tree often fail. By seeing these extra opinions during the matching process, records can be matched more accurately.
As long as FamilySearch allows Ancestral Quest to provide read-only access to these facts, AQ will be pleased to provide its users with this benefit. AQ is the only FamilySearch Tree Share certified product to still offer this read-only access to nFS data.
Benefits to PAF Users
Ancestral Quest can directly update a PAF file, thus AQ provides PAF users with the ability to share data with Family Tree, including sources, notes and LDS ordinance information. Even though PAF has been discontinued as a supported product by FamilySearch, we understand that there are millions who still use PAF and can benefit from this capability. AQ is the only FamilySearch Tree Share certified product that provides this share capability for PAF users. And because the Windows versions of PAF were derived from AQ, PAF users will feel right at home as they use Ancestral Quest.
History of Ancestral Quest's Certification with FamilySearch
In July of 2008, Ancestral Quest became the first family tree desktop program to be certified by FamilySearch to match and sync data with new.FamilySearch. In March of 2009, AQ received an award from FamilySearch for Most Comprehensive Syncing. As Family Tree started replacing nFS, AQ provided its users with the capability mentioned above to move nFS data to Family Tree. In June, 2013, AQ became FamilySearch Tree Share certified in time to make sure that users could transition from nFS to Family Tree. The FamilySearch certifications changed in early November, as some of FamilySearch’s prior certifications were removed, and new certifications added. As of November 11, 2013, AQ received the current FamilySearch certifications of Tree Share, Sources, Discussions, Change History and LDS Support.
Incline Software™ developed Ancestral Quest in 1994, and has been enhancing it ever since. AQ is a powerful yet easy to use, full-featured genealogy records manager, used by both beginners and professionals. Its reporting and sourcing capabilities are excellent. AQ has scrapbooking capabilities and can also generate a web page with not only the data, but the scrapbook items as well, so this information can be easily shared with family across the world on the Internet, or placed on a smartphone or tablet to be taken on the go. AQ provides many extras such as research timelines and award winning abilities for searching and sorting through ancestral records.
This announcement has focused on a relatively small portion of Ancestral Quest: those features that deal with FamilySearch Family Tree.
In addition to English, Ancestral Quest is also available in German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish. You can learn more about Incline Software, Ancestral Quest, andAncestral Quest Basics, by visiting or calling Incline Software at 1-800-825-8864.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SLCC Genealogy program - Spring Registration is OPEN

Salt Lake Community College GENEALOGY Program Spring Registration is OPEN

Spring registration for returning students and begins on November 11 for new students. Registration details can be found at 

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) has offered Genealogy courses in the Division of Continuing Education since 2007. The program was developed in response to a growing community need for proper use of genealogical records and sources as well as expertise in research methodology and family history documentation. Revamped in 2012, the program is now under the Information Studies umbrella, with premier instructors who are highly respected in the field of genealogy and family research. 

 Current Genealogy Instructors: 
  • Lorraine Bourne, Accredited Genealogist 
  • Sharon Carmack, Certified Genealogist 
  • Karen Clifford, Accredited Genealogist, UGA Fellow 
  • Janet Hovorka, Masters in Library & Information Science 
  • Kelly Summers, Accredited Genealogist 
SLCC is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. 

Spring 2013 semester credit & noncredit courses include: 
  • Genealogy Computer & Internet Tools** 
  • Intro to Genealogical Research 
  • U.S. Record Groups 
  • International Record Groups 
  • Tracing Immigrant Origins 
  • Genealogy Writing & Publishing 
  • Preparing for U.S. Credentials 
**First class in series 

Offered as credit or non-credit – depending on the student’s goal – a focus on International or U.S. genealogical research is available. To earn a certificate, students must complete six classes. Courses are offered online and prepare students to become accredited or certified in genealogical research. 

Credit courses (GEN): Tuition is $454 for a 3 credit hour class. Out-of-state tuition for a 3 credit hour class is $1,362. All of the Genealogy program courses are offered online. For financial aid determination go to:

Non-credit courses (CEGN) can also be taken to earn a certificate. Tuition for a non-credit course is $350 online course fee. To register for non-credit course call 801-957-5200. An application for acceptance to the college is not required for non-credit courses. To register for non-credit options call: 801-957-5200
·         Contact and Questions: GenealogyProgram@slcc.edu801.957.5383 
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FamilySearch New Collections Update 14 November 2013

The following is from FamilySearch.
FamilySearch Adds More Than 3.2 Million Indexed Records and Images to Collections from Austria, Brazil, Italy, South Africa, and the United States

FamilySearch has added more than 3.2 million indexed records and images from Austria, BillionGraves, Brazil, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,157,399 images from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980, collection, the 324,226 images from the newSouth Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962–2004 and South Africa, Western Cape, Estate Files, 1966–2004, collections, and the 71,367 indexed records from the U.S., Minnesota, Naturalization Card Index, 1930–1988, 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

Searchable historic records are made available on 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 Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online

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 or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
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New browsable image collection.
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New browsable image collection.
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
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