Tuesday, March 13, 2012

18 Million More Free Historic Records for Nevada and California

FamilySearch added just over 20 million new, free records online this past week for Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, and the U.S. The 9 million new California death records and 5 million Nevada marriage records should be a boon for those looking for ancestors in the western U.S. Records were also added for 11 other states. Search these and 2.5 billion other records now for free at FamilySearch.org.

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CollectionIndexed RecordsDigital ImagesComments
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900066,955Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987011,495Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Santiago, Cementerio General, 1821-2010092,094Added browsable images to existing collection.
New Zealand, Probate Records, 1878-1960022,772Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-198901060Added browsable images to existing collection.
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-186031,3440Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Arkansas, Divorce Index, 1923-1939107,9650New Index collection. Index courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., California, Death Index, 1940-19979,366,5430New Index collection.
U.S., California, Divorce Index, 1966-19843,518,8180New Index collection. Index courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Connecticut Divorce Index, 1968-1997322,0120New Index collection. Index courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Georgia, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1942173,989347,247Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 (LaGrange and Lawrence counties)86,1390Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Maine, Veterans Cemetery Records, 1676-1918052,369New browsable image collection.
U.S., Maryland, Probate Estate and Guardianship Files, 1796-194041,56972,937Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920070,379Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949126,92482,342Added index records and added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Minnesota, Divorce Index, 1970-1995366,3500New Index collection. Index courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-20055,069,6820New Index collection. Index courtesy of Ancestry.com.
U.S., North Carolina, County Records, 1833-1970043,354Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800-1909016,570Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Divorce Index, 1965-1984231,4990New Index collection. Index courtesy of Ancestry.com.