New Collections: Week of September 26, 2016

The following announcement was written by the folks at FamilySearch:


The Find A Grave Index continues to grow with a new addition of over 6 million indexed records. Also, find more indexed records from Australia and the United States Revolutionary War. See the interactive table below for these and more historic records added this week at Join our online indexing volunteers anytime and help make more of these exciting collections discoverable to more people. Find out how





United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers 1818-1872



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Tasmania Civil Registration of Births 1899-1912



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Australia Cemetery Inscriptions 1802-2005



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Find A Grave Index



Added indexed records to an existing collection

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 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 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


One must be careful with findagrave – it is a great resource but not always what it puts itself out to be – Family Search Indexing based on wrong information merely complicates ones research – often findagrave images do not match the text of memorials. I’ve even found folks who have photoshopped & uploaded an obituary image to fit their purposes – which is totally unacceptable. A preponderance of the evidence is always one’s best bet. Be Careful and Know your SourceS – plural – it is becoming a jungle out there.

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    I totally agree on findagrave not being reliable. Just this morning I came across 3 incorrect dates for the death of individuals. One of them had a photo of the headstone, but it only showed the year so someone had added full dates to it. The problem was I found the death certificate and they had the date wrong by a day (27th instead of 28th). Another one had attached the obit (with the date of death) on findagrave with no photo of the headstone and the same problem, they did not show the correct date ( I also found the death certificate and it showed the same as the obit). The 3rd occasion had the full date on the headstone, but the info typed in showed the wrong month, Mar. instead of May. I just don’t understand why there is so much wrong data there. If someone is going to take the time to enter the information, why can’t they make sure they get it correct. It happens all the time, but never 3 times in one day. (So I’m just on a rant!!!)


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