FamilySearch Adds More Than 5.1 Million Indexed Records and Images to Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Family Search LogoFamilySearch has added more than 5.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Brazil, New Zealand, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 375,900 indexedrecords from the Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980, collection; the 1,152,816 indexed records and images from the U.S., BillionGraves Index, collection; and the 3,560,424 indexed records from U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891, 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 worldís historic genealogical records online at

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.

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902–1980 375,900 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
New Zealand, Auckland, Albertland Index, 1862–1962 20,415 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., BillionGraves Index 576,408 576,408 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.
U.S., Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820–1951 0 139 Added images to an existing collection.
U.S., New York, Passenger Lists, 1820–1891 3,560,424 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.
U.S., Montana, Pondera County Records, 1910–2012 21,120 0 Added indexed records to an existing collection.


Thank you for the information you provide regarding and all the new records being placed on their website. Perhaps, you have the answer, perhaps not, to my question of; will there ever come a time when “they” will provide images of USA county microfilm of deeds, court records, probate records, etc. on their website? There are some, but very few and far between. For years, I have ordered these microfilm into the local LDS Library (most on expensive, indefinite loan) but am now at an age where it is very difficult to get there because of health reasons and their hours of operation are scant. Do you know if they have any plans to digitize all their county microfilm that is (I guess) stored mostly “in the granite rock” in Salt Lake City, Utah and only available there to read or for branch library rental?


    The plan is to convert ALL microfilms (with a very few exceptions) to digital images and to make them available online. However, that conversion will require quite a few years as they have a LOT of microfilms to convert! Eventually, microfilm will be phased out as new microfilm cameras and viewers become unavailable. Master copies of microfilms undoubtedly will be preserved in the vault for as long as possible but I don’t expect to see microfilms in circulation 20 or 30 years from now.


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