The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:
June 17, 2014
FamilySearch has added more than 4.9 million indexed records and images to collections from Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland, United States, and Venezuela. Notable collection updates include the 2,596,134 indexed records from the Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1860–1975, collection; the 638,381 images from the Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Miscellaneous Records, 1636–1962, collection; and the 403,057 indexed records from Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577–1995, 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.
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|Collection||Indexed Records||Digital Images||Comments|
|Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600–1913||0||56,613||Added images to an existing collection.|
|Canada, Ontario Births, 1869–1912||334,375||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|Colombia, Military Records, 1809–1958||0||167,753||Added images to an existing collection.|
|Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1860–1975||2,596,134||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657–1994||10,922||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|Portugal, Braga, Priest Application Files (Genere et Moribus), 1596–1911||0||472,737||Added images to an existing collection.|
|Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Miscellaneous Records, 1636–1962||0||638,381||Added images to an existing collection.|
|Russia, Samara Church Books, 1779-1923||272,894||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration, 1792–1876||13,423||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918||27,071||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577–1995||403,057||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|