California Collections Win This Week with 24 Million New Records

Records for 14 countries added

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CollectionIndexed RecordsDigital ImagesComments
Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-197454,9650Added indexed records to existing collection.
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1600-2010032,209New browsable image collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843-1921016,255New browsable image collection.
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955073,627Added browsable images to existing collection.
Hungary, Civil Registration, 1895-1980041,080New browsable image collection.
Italy, Bologna, Bologna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941031,337New browsable image collection.
Italy, Catania, Arcidiocesi di Catania, Catholic Church Records, 1515-194101,743,442New browsable image collection.
Italy, Catania, Caltagirone, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1861-1941012,146New browsable image collection.
Italy, Catania, Catania, Civil Registration (Comune), 1820-1905017,326New browsable image collection.
Italy, Cuneo, Alba, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-19100140,406New browsable image collection.
Italy, Genova, Chiavari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-194105,107New browsable image collection.
Micronesia, Pohnpei, Court Records, 1951-20100401,066New browsable image collection.
New Zealand, Probate Records, 1878-1960010,529New browsable image collection.
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1687-1992013,441Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1898-198007,094Added browsable images to existing collection.
Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-198002,132,847Added browsable images to existing collection.
Portugal, Aveiro, Passport Registers, 1882-196505,408New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911045,409New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Diocese of Lamego, Catholic Church Records, 1532-191605,544New browsable image collection.
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-19890942,282New browsable image collection.
Russia, Tver Confession Lists, 1728-191301,505Added browsable images to existing collection.
Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987086,538New browsable image collection.
Saskatchewan, Judicial District Court Records, 1891-1954039,015New browsable image collection.
U.S., California, Birth Index, 1905-199524,596,2360New index collection.
U.S.,California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967052,574New browsable image collection.
U.S., Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-19700116,940New browsable image collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-19649,675250,339Added indexed records to existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1936016,323Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Judicial Court Case Files, 1846-1880050,287New browsable image collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1790-1966028,084New browsable image collection.
U.S., Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920063,280New browsable image collection.
U.S., New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787-19380102,303New browsable image collection.
U.S., New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899-1921032,435New browsable image collection.
U.S., Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010043,944New browsable image collection.