New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 21, 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch added over 23.7 million free indexed historical records this week from Australia, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Italy, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa,  the United Kingdom, and the United States (Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Virginia, Obituary Records, Native American Reservation Rolls, Cemetery Abstracts, and the Veterans Administration Master Index).  ​Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Search these free new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

Country Collection Indexed Records Comments
Australia Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985 50,944 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Belgium Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1914 2,757 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Benin Benin, Civil Registration of Deaths, 1891-2014 10 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Bolivia Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 419,322 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Brazil Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 4,552,840 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Chile Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 69,573 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Costa Rica Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 73,318 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Costa Rica Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 1,978 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 6,437 Added indexed records to an existing collection
El Salvador El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-2001 306,119 Added indexed records to an existing collection
England England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918 305,850 Added indexed records to an existing collection
England England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538-1950 994,791 Added indexed records to an existing collection
France France, Calvados, Military Registration Cards, 1867-1921 1,388 Added indexed records to an existing collection
France France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Church Records, 1539-1793 1,151 Added indexed records to an existing collection
France France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 3,064,022 New indexed records collection
France France, Vienne, Census, 1856 372,562 New indexed records collection
France France, Vienne, Census, 1876 304,196 New indexed records collection
France France, Vienne, Military Draft Cards, 1867-1921 511 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 7,397,644 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Germany, Bavaria, Diocese of Augsburg, Catholic Church Records, 1615-1939 2,871,125 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 34,378 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Germany Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Steinburg, Civil Registration, 1874-1983 17,160 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
Italy Italy, Campobasso, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1918 7,900 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Nicaragua Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 35,367 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952 19,808 Added indexed records to an existing collection
Peru Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 18,924 Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Africa South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 3,686 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United Kingdom Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935 3,153 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974 126 Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
United States Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990 321 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920 94,757 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Indiana, Ripley County, Osgood, Greendale Cemetery Records, 1861-2007 4,443 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Maryland, Baltimore, Loudon Park Cemetery, Cemetery Records, 1853-1986 356,122 New indexed records collection
United States Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941 83,991 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009 45,437 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Montana, Granite County Records, 1865-2009 2,984 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012 348 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Texas, Swisher County Records, 1879-2012 72 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States United States, Cemetery Abstracts 288,877 New indexed records collection
United States United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation Rolls, 1848-1970 769 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012 1,392,105 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 487,730 Added indexed records to an existing collection
United States Virginia, Lynchburg, Diuguid Funeral Home records, 1820-1971 39 Added indexed records to an existing collection

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 world’s historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

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 FamilySearch.org or through more than 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

4 Comments

What happened to the column headed “digital images” that has been a part of these reports on FamilySearch in the past? Are they no longer reporting that data?

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Veterans Administration Master Index…only up to 1940…As with all of your “great hints”…almost worthless

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Hello Dick, I am spending big dollars to access several sites; I can’t help wondering if “the new records” are in fact the same as available on other sites. Is there a comparison list at all please?

Diane

On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 8:53 AM Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter wrote:

> Dick Eastman posted: “The following announcement was written by > FamilySearch: SALT LAKE CITY, UT—FamilySearch added over 23.7 million free > indexed historical records this week from Australia, Belgium, Benin, > Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salva” >

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    You are correct in that various record sets often are duplicated on different web sites.

    —> Is there a comparison list at all please?

    Not that I know of. HOWEVER, please keep in mind that simply because a record set appears on more than one web site that doesn’t mean the same records on another web site are identical.

    Sometimes the records sets WILL be identical but many other times they have been indexed by different transcribers (and may be more accurate or possibly less accurate transcriptions) than the first web site’s effort. Also, one web site’s copy may index more of the record’s fields than will another web site that had all the work done by different people.

    For instance, when the first web sites published the U.S. census records online some years ago, I could not find my great-grandparents listed in the 1910 U.S. census even though I had already found their entry in the 1910 census some years earlier when I first looked at microfilm copies of the original enumerator’s (census taker’s) handwriting. It seems that the person who transcribed the original records and entered the data into a computer database could not read the last name of my great-grandparents as written in the enumerator’s horrible handwriting. What was entered was a complete misspelling of the surname that didn’t even resemble their last name of Theriault.

    As a result, the first online index did not contain a reference to that family even though they were listed in the original census records.

    Some years later, a different web site published the the same records but contained different transcriptions created by someone else who did read the handwriting and decoded it correctly. When I went to the second web site’s index, I was able to find my great-grandparents’ entry in the 1910 census within seconds.

    In addition, the first web site only indexed a few fields, such as last name, first name, sex, age, and so on. The second web site later indexed the same fields but also transcribed additional fields such things as “U.S. citizen?”, “able to read and write English?”, place of birth of the parents, value of real estate, and such information.

    In short, just because a particular set of records appears on two or more web sites doesn’t automatically mean that all copies are identical. Sometimes they ARE identical and at other times a second web site’s copy might be more valuable to you because it contains more information or at least contains more accurate transcriptions.

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