Friday, June 29, 2012

Ancestry.com Adds 6 More Searchable States to the 1940 US Census

At midnight June 29, 2012, Ancestry.com released six more fully indexed and searchable states to our 1940 U.S. Federal Census collection. The six new states include (with corresponding record counts): 
  • Pennsylvania - 9,900,180
  • Ohio - 6,907,612
  • Tennessee - 2,915,841
  • Virginia - 2,677,773
  • Colorado - 1,123,296
  • Vermont - 359,231 

These states will join the collection with four other searchable states and Washington D.C. (ME, NV, DE, NY). These ten states (and D.C.) make up more than 39 million records of the 132 million total records to be completed later this year.  These records remain searchable for free through 2013 at Ancestry.com/1940.

Monday, June 25, 2012

MyHeritage releases SuperSearch - a state of the art search engine for family history



Cutting-edge search engine powers breakthrough discoveries, adds color to family history and establishes the popular family network as a leading player in the historical content market

PROVO, Utah & LONDON & TEL AVIV, Israel – June 25, 2012: MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, today announced the official launch of SuperSearch, a powerful new family history search engine for helping families around the world discover historical records and long-lost relatives. Packed with the industry’s most international source of historical content and family trees, SuperSearch (www.myheritage.com/research) is capable of searching billions of records within seconds. With a simple and contemporary user experience, clever search features, a massive library of content including one billion global family tree profiles, the world’s largest collection of historical newspapers, and flexible pay-as-you-go or subscription payment options, SuperSearch raises the bar and provides new value and choice for family history fans.

With more than 63 million registered users, MyHeritage has become the trusted home on the web for families wishing to explore their family history, share memories and stay connected. The official launch of SuperSearch, which has been in Beta since April 2012, reaffirms MyHeritage’s position as a leading provider of historical records, following the company’s recent acquisition of WorldVitalRecords and FamilyLink, appointment of former Footnote.com Founder and CEO Russ Wilding to lead content growth, and initiative to provide a free searchable index for the 1940 U.S. Census.

Number one online destination for global research

Available in 38 languages, SuperSearch is the industry’s most multilingual family history search engine, breaking down geographical and language barriers in genealogy research. SuperSearch automatically translates and searches possible initials, synonyms and spelling variations. For example a search for William will also catch Bill, Vilhelm, Guillaume, Guglielmo and many other variations, even when written in other alphabets such as Russian or Hebrew. This increases the chances of finding valuable information within the huge hoards of content on MyHeritage without requiring users to try such variations themselves.

Content highlights

With a powerful mix of historical records and user-generated information in family trees on MyHeritage, SuperSearch helps family history enthusiasts break through brick walls in their research and add color to their family history. The more than 4 billion records on MyHeritage provide worldwide coverage, with strong collections in the USA, UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada. Some record collections are exclusive to MyHeritage, and all this is augmented by content licensed from important third-party databases. Users can find birth, marriage, death, burial, census, military, immigration, yearbooks and other types of records, and view scans of original documents. SuperSearch includes the world’s largest historical newspaper collection (currently about 120 million pages dating back to the 18th century), the 1930 and 1940 US census records, all UK censuses between 1841 and 1901 and the content from MyHeritage-owned family history websites, WorldVitalRecords and FamilyLink.

“SuperSearch represents a watershed innovation in the family history industry,” said Founder and CEO of MyHeritage, Gilad Japhet. “It transforms family history into an experience that is more global, accessible and engaging than ever before. Within a few minutes, you can unravel family mysteries - discover your great-aunt on a passenger list to Ellis Island, find your long-lost branch of the family in a family tree in Brazil or locate the photo of your great-grandfather’s gravestone in England. Complementing our expertise in community family tree building, SuperSearch helps fulfill our goal of connecting families to each other and to their past, and does so in full color, with photos, videos and documents. We're adding millions of new records and family tree profiles every day, which, together with the imminent launch of Record Matching, makes SuperSearch an indispensable tool for family history fans around the world.”
SuperSearch features:

  • Easily search for historical records of any person by first name and/or last name, with optional dates or places.
  • Search also by keywords, events, relationships and other advanced criteria.
  • Find people without even knowing their last names, for example, find three brothers in the same family using only their first names and relationship as siblings, or find all people born on a certain date or in a certain town.
  • Run a global search to cover all data collections at once, or drill down to search only in one collection or one category.
  • SuperSearch is smart enough to figure out the likely gender of the person you're trying to find.
  • Choose between a mode that shows all results, and a summary mode that shows the count of matches from each collection.
  • Results arrive fast, typically within a second, ranked by relevance.
  • Refine results by collection or by any other common criteria.

For a one-minute summary of SuperSearch, watch the video.

Search on-the-go via MyHeritage mobile app

Users can utilize SuperSearch on-the-go with the latest version of the MyHeritage Mobile App for iPhone & iPad and Android. With anywhere, anytime access to billions of records, SuperSearch on the MyHeritage App is ideal for introducing family history to friends and family and for fun moments at family reunions.

Access to records

SuperSearch is open to all and requires no registration. Search result lists are displayed for free. Full access to individual records is provided for free for complimentary content, such as the 1940 U.S. Census and the US Social Security Death Index. To access other, paid-only content, MyHeritage gives users maximum choice via affordable pay-as-you-go credits and data subscription plans at prices that are 75% less expensive than competing services.

Coming soon – Record Matching for automatic discoveries

In the coming weeks, MyHeritage will announce the launch of Record Matching on SuperSearch – a powerful and innovative feature that automatically compares family tree profiles and historical records to each other to find matches, with a high degree of accuracy.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the most popular family network on the web. On MyHeritage, millions of families around the world enjoy having a private and free place to explore their history and share special family memories. Pioneers in making family history a collaborative experience for all the family, MyHeritage empowers its users with innovative social tools and a massive library of historical content. The site is available in 38 languages. The company is backed by Accel Partners and Index Ventures, the investors of Facebook and Skype. For more information visit www.myheritage.com.

FGS Announces $135,000 Donation to War of 1812 Pension Project


Estate of Jon Stedman To Help Digitize Important Family History Records

June 25, 2012 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the donation of a generous gift in the amount of $135,000 from the estate of the late Jon Stedman in memory of his mother, Ardath Stedman. The donation to the Preserve the Pensions – War of 1812 Pension Digitization Fund will be used to help preserve and digitize War of 1812 Pension records.

Hollace Hervey, executrix of the estate, indicated that Jon Stedman was "always interested in preservation and bringing information to the front" so genealogists could more easily use it. Besides caring passionately for facilitating genealogists doing good research, Stedman had a deep love and affection for his mother who was a genealogist in her own right. The Preserve the Pensions project is just such a preservation and access endeavor, and FGS is honored in receiving this generous donation.

The $135,000 donation is a significant lead gift to the Preserve the Pensions project as FGS ramps up its fundraising efforts during the bicentennial of the War of 1812 which started on June 18, 2012. Members of the genealogy and family history communities as well as the general public are invited to learn more about this important record preservation project by visiting the Preserve the Pensions website at www.fgs.org/1812 and assist with honoring our nation’s heritage by preserving the records of our past.

About the Preserve the Pensions – War of 1812 Pension Digitization Fund

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is committed to projects such as Preserve the Pensions – War of 1812 Pension Digitization Fund that link the genealogical community by advancing the cause of preserving records and making them more accessible to the public.

In conjunction with the National Archives & Records Administration (www.archives.gov), fold3 (www.fold3.com) and Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com). FGS is helping to digitize 180,000 pension applications representing an estimated 7.2 million pages of War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files. The collection will be available for free on fold3’s website at www.fold3.com/title_761/war_of_1812_pension_files/.

The multi-year project consists of scanning the pension files at the National Archives in Washington D.C. and creating a searchable index to the digital images. FGS has targeted the War of 1812 Pension Applications as a high priority project based on the value of the content for genealogists as well as the importance of preserving the fragile records.

FGS is proud to be leading the national fundraising to support this project and is actively seeking donations from genealogical and historical societies, patriotic and military heritage societies, as well as interested corporations and individuals. Ancestry.com and fold3 are providing a dollar-for-dollar match of each donation through a provision of services. To learn more and contribute to the Preserve the Pensions project, visit www.fgs.org/1812.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit http://www.fgs.org.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

‘Strengthening ties’ at BYU family history conference

PROVO, Utah — Those attending BYU’s 44th annual Family History and Genealogy Conference will be able to choose from more than 130 classes, including a new hands-on workshop on how to build your own genealogy website. This year’s conference, to be held July 31-August 3 at the BYU Conference Center, has a theme of “Strengthening the ties that bind families together through family history.” It offers classes for family historians of all skill levels.

Richard E. Turley, Jr., assistant historian and recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will give the opening plenary address on Tuesday. Under his leadership in 1999, the church’s Family History Department launched the popular FamilySearch.org website.

Wednesday’s plenary speaker will be John Titford from England, a writer, broadcaster and genealogical consultant. The Thursday plenary speaker will be Rod DeGiulio, director of FamilySearch Data Operations.

More than 130 classes will be offered in a variety of categories and topics, including: exploring family trees, hands-on workshops, FamilySearch, international research, German research, youth and genealogy, getting support from priesthood leaders, computers and technology, methodology, etc. A complete schedule can be viewed at familyhistoryconferences.byu.edu.

The conference will feature a Family History Consultant track on Tuesday and Wednesday with classes designed for consultants in LDS Family History Centers.

Industry exhibitors from throughout the United States will show off their newest products and services.
Two hands-on workshops will be offered. A “German Gothic Handwriting Workshop,” taught by Warren Bittner, will be held from 9:45 a.m.–noon Tuesday. Participants will learn to decipher the German Gothic handwriting used on many genealogical records in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Scandinavia.

The second hands-on workshop, “Building a Genealogy Website,” will be held 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, to teach participants how to make their research available to the world by creating their own family history website using Google Sites. It will be taught by Rebecca Smith, Noel Coleman, and Hannah Allan.

GenealogyWallCharts.com is offering conference attendees a free black-and-white fan chart of their family tree. To take advantage of this offer, order the chart online, then pick it up at the conference at no charge.

Noncredit registration for the four-day event, including a CD syllabus, is $180. Family history consultants will receive a $25 discount on general registration. The for-credit cost for the conference (2 credits of History 481R—Family History Directed Research and a CD syllabus) is $440. To register, call 1-877-221-6716 or visit familyhistoryconferences.byu.edu.

Men’s and women’s housing, which includes lunch each day of the conference, is available on the BYU campus for $100. Conference participants who are not staying in campus housing can buy a $25 lunch card that covers hot lunches, a salad bar, drinks and dessert at the Morris Center each day of the conference.
For more information about the conference, visit the website or call 801-422-4853.

Call for Speakers Now Open for APG Professional Management Conference


Theme for 2013 Conference to be “Marketing and Strategies”

WESTMINSTER, Colo., 24 June 2012−The Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is now accepting speaking proposals for the 2013 APG Professional Management Conference (PMC). The one-day conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City on 20 March 2013, one day before the RootsTech Family History & Technology Conference (http://rootstech.org/).

“APG’s Professional Management Conference offers speaking topics not offered elsewhere,” said Kenyatta D. Berry, APG President. “Year after year, attendees look forward to learning new techniques for running their businesses and serving their clients. This year’s theme, “Marketing and Strategies,” reflects the qualities that make PMC a must-attend event.”

The deadline for proposals is 15 July 2012.

Call for Papers Details

PMC offers lectures that encourage attendees to improve both their genealogical and business skills. Lecture topics should challenge genealogical professionals to think outside the box, help professionals evaluate their current business, and encourage professionals to meet the demands of the twenty-first century client.

Lectures must be new, original, and on topics relevant to professional genealogists, but do not need to be specifically genealogical. The theme for the 2013 PMC is “Marketing and Business Strategies” and we welcome proposals on topics such as, but not limited to: the fours P's of marketing (product, pricing, promotion, placement), building your brand, lecturing for success, driving traffic to your website, professional networking, keeping clients happy, converting prospects into clients, etc. Presentations from other professional fields on topics that would benefit professional genealogists will be considered such as tax deductions for genealogists, benefits of incorporating versus remaining a sole proprietorship, grants for genealogical research, etc. Lectures will be one hour, including questions; however, those offering a 2–3 hour interactive workshop are also encouraged to submit proposals.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to admin@apgen.org either in Microsoft Word or PDF format and should include the following:
  • Name, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address of speaker
  • Title of the presentation
  • Detailed description of the presentation
  • Short one-sentence summary for the program brochure
  • Short one-sentence biography for the program brochure
  • Biography of 150 words for publicity and the PMC syllabus
  • Audio visual requirements
  • List of lectures given in the last 18 months including topic and location
Selected speakers will receive a complimentary registration to the APG Professional Management Conference, PMC syllabus, lunch, and a $400 all inclusive honorarium for a one hour lecture presentation or a $650 all inclusive honorarium for a two-hour lecture presentation. APG does not pay separate travel expenses or hotel costs.

About the Association of Professional Genealogists

The Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org), established in 1979, represents more than 2,600 genealogists, librarians, writers, editors, historians, instructors, booksellers, publishers and others involved in genealogy-related businesses. APG encourages genealogical excellence, ethical practice, mentoring and education. The organization also supports the preservation and accessibility of records useful to the fields of genealogy and history. Its members represent all fifty states, Canada and thirty other countries. APG is active on LinkedIn, Twitter (www.twitter.com/apggenealogy) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AssociationofProfessionalGenealogists).

Saturday, June 23, 2012

NGS Re-releases Rare 1986 Audio Recording of Milton Rubincam and John Coddington

ARLINGTON, VA, 23 JUNE 2012: During 2012, the National Genealogical Society is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the NGS Quarterly. The past ten decades have been marked by extraordinary contributions from many scholars who have advanced the field of genealogy and whose thinking is mainly available through print media. For the NGSQ anniversary, NGS created a historical video series, Voices of Genealogy, to capture on film many of the notable genealogists of our time. As a complement to the Voices of Genealogy video series, the National Genealogical Society and Repeat Performance are re-releasing a special collectors’ audio recording of an NGS “Ask the Experts” session from the 1986 NGS Conference in the States held in Columbus, Ohio. It featured Milton Rubincam and John Insley Coddington, two of the more prominent genealogists of the previous generation.

In the NGS “Ask the Experts” recording, Rubincam and Coddington answer questions from the audience about how to research a particular problem or where to find a historical record before the availability of the Internet and search engines, such as Google. Their answers and suggestions represent the best genealogical thinking of that era and urge consideration of many issues that still plague researchers today, like the problem of incomplete indexes and the limitations of not considering enough source material. This rare audio recording is an important asset for collectors and the study of notable genealogical contributors.

Milton Rubincam (1909‒1997) was the 21st and 26th president of the National Genealogical Society. He was book review editor and assistant editor for the NGS Quarterly for many years and editor from 1957‒1962. He was chairman of the Board for Certification of Genealogists (1964–1978). He was elected an NGS Fellow in 1957 and inducted into the NGS Hall of Fame in 2003. He was also a Fellow of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and the Utah Genealogical Association. The 100th Anniversary issue of the NGS Quarterly, March 2012, Volume 100, Number 1, features a reprint of “The Genealogist’s Contribution to History” by Milton Rubincam.

John Insley Coddington (1902‒1991) was editor of the NGS Quarterly for three issues after Rubincam. He was elected an NGS Fellow in 1978 and inducted into the NGS Hall of Fame in 1997. He was a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Texas State Genealogical Society, and the Society of Genealogists of London. He was fluent in several languages and wrote over 200 articles for the NGSQ and other genealogical journals.

You can order a copy of this historic interview, “Ask the Experts”(item #COO-15), from Repeat Performance at http://www.audiotapes.com/conf.asp?ProductCon=2012 (or http://goo.gl/mY5ZP). Be sure to use the item #COO-15 when searching for this recording. It is available in three mediums: CD-ROM for $10.00, cassette tape for $8.50, or MP3 for $6.00, plus $2.00 for shipping. Shipping for additional items in the same order is $1.00 each. Or you can save the cost of shipping and download an MP3 for $5.00. There is also a link to order “Ask the Experts” on the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org.

Voices of Genealogy is a historical video archive of some of the most notable genealogists of our time, produced by award winning filmmakers Kate Geis and Allen Moore, for members of the National Genealogical Society. Many of the leading scholars in the field of genealogy discuss how they became interested in family history research, their contributions to the field, and how genealogy progressed in the twentieth century. Interviews are being released throughout 2012 in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and can be viewed by NGS members at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/videos_online.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogy education, high research standards, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, research guidance, and opportunities to interact with other genealogists. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Midwestern Roots Early Registration Ends June 27


July 20 and 21
Indianapolis Marriott East, Indianapolis
$125 for IHS members, $150 for nonmembers or $75 for students

Midwestern Roots 2012: Family History and Genealogy conference is presented by the Indiana Historical Society, July 20 and 21, 2012, in Indianapolis. The two-day conference includes more than 30 sessions. Many focused on the technologies that are changing the way we research our family history. Also features the Family History Market and Book Fair.

A wide range of nationally known speakers will be there to help you continue on your journey to find your family story. We are excited to bring to you Dick Eastman, Shamele Jordon, J. Mark Lowe, Thomas MacEntee, Daniel S. Poffenberger, Juliana Smith, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak, D. Joshua Taylor, Patricia Van Skaik, Curt B. Witcher and more.

For more information or to register, visit http://www.indianahistory.org/midwesternroots

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

RootsTech 2013 Call for Presentations - Deadline Extended

Call for Presentations 
March 21-23, 2013 | Salt Lake City, Utah

 

The third annual RootsTech Conference will bring together thought leaders and consumers of all skill levels who want to share and experience the latest trends in genealogy and technology. Building on the success and growth of previous years, RootsTech 2013 will reach thousands of participants on site and around the world. RootsTech includes engaging, interactive sessions that promote learning and the free exchange of ideas on using technology to improve the way genealogy is done. The conference provides many opportunities to simplify and improve the family history experience for those just getting started to those who are advanced genealogists.

We are looking for unique presentations that address the specific ways in which technology can be used by all levels of genealogists (beginner to advanced). The focus for developers will be the latest resources and techniques needed to create and contribute to innovative applications and systems in the family history industry. We invite proposals that address technology challenges and solutions that have the potential to improve family history and genealogical research. Additional consideration will be given to proposals that provide hands-on or interactive experiences, with presenters giving step-by-step approaches and live demonstrations for using technology for genealogy, including tips and helps for using software, hardware, web-based solutions, etc. Since RootsTech is designed as an interactive conference, traditional lectures depending entirely on text-based slides are discouraged

Possible sessions for genealogists include:
  • Introduction to various technology solutions for genealogists with minimal tech experience
  • Online sites and services for getting started
  • Solutions for saving, accessing and sharing data  
  • Publishing and sharing family history online
  • Tools for online collaboration and community projects
  • Using popular applications for family history
  • Reaching and engaging new genealogists through technology
  • Tips for successful online research
  • Organizing files and data to support good conclusions  

Possible sessions for developers include:  
  • GPS and geo-mapping ancestral locations
  • Applications for mobile devices
  • Social applications
  • Standards and APIs
  • Records imaging and tree visualization
  • Gamification of family history experiences
  • Cloud-based solutions for saving, accessing, and sharing data 

Submissions are due by June 15, 2012, with an extended deadline of October 15, 2012 for limited, late-breaking technology research submissions.

Types of Sessions
  1. Presentations: Classroom settings that engage participants. 
  2. Panels or Discussions: Formal panels of experts discussing specific topics, led by a facilitator. 
  3. Hands-on Workshops: Labs where attendees have hands-on experience in a specific task or objective. 
  4. Unconferencing: Informal, participant-led discussion groups. 

Submission Information

Proposals will be accepted online at rootstech.org from May 9, 2012 through June 15, 2012.  Syllabus materials will be due from participating presenters on October 1, 2012 (other than late-breaking proposals).

While there is no monetary compensation, RootsTech presenters will receive a complimentary conference registration and a syllabus. Speakers from out-of-state selected to present three or more lectures will also receive hotel accommodations.

Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. Prize Recipient

Ginger Goodell of San Luis Obispo, California, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Walter Lee Sheppard Jr. Prize, bestowed annually upon genealogists who demonstrate sound practices and exceptional potential. Candidates for the award are drawn from the Advanced Research Methodology and Evidence Analysis track at Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research. The stipend awarded to each recipient covers the preliminary and final application fees for pursuing certification by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Past recipients of the prize include Judy Russell, CG, of Avenel, New Jersey; David Ouimette, AG, CG, of Highland Utah; Phil Burnett Adderly, CG, of Shreveport, Louisiana; and Teri Tillman, CG, of Natchez, Mississippi.

The Samford University IGHR and the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) were both founded in 1964 by a cadre of genealogical educators seeking to advance quality and professionalism within the field. Across the decades, BCG has co-sponsored the IGHR; and a significant number of Board-certified genealogists have been its course coordinators and instructors.

The prize itself memorializes the late Walter Lee Sheppard Jr., one of the twentieth-century's leading genealogical scholars whose example strongly promoted sound reasoning and careful analysis in all genealogical specialties. As a mentor, his discerning eye could be counted upon to identify a missed source or clue in family reconstructions, thereby strengthening a colleague's conclusions. A founder and president of BCG, Lee was also a fellow and president of the American Society of Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, and other bodies. In 2007, he was elected to the National Genealogy Hall of Fame.

The Sheppard Prize is privately funded by an IGHR Track 4 graduate, for whom Lee acted as mentor and patron. The prize has no affiliation with the Board for Certification of Genealogists itself.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Growing Need for International Indexers

18 June 2012


Growing Need for International Indexers

More than 120 projects are currently available from countries outside the U.S., representing 16 languages. Since the first of the year, new projects have been launched from Bolivia, Paraguay, Switzerland, and the Philippines. Later this year, FamilySearch indexing plans to release projects for Armenia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Micronesia, Panama, Slovakia, and Sri Lanka. More indexers with non-English language expertise are needed to help make these records searchable online.

Join this exciting community effort to make records searchable online and ensure our ancestors are remembered by visiting indexing.familysearch.org.


Current and Completed Projects
To view a list of currently available indexing projects, along with their record language and completion percentage, visit the FamilySearch indexing updates page. To learn more about individual projects, view the FamilySearch projects page.

New Projects Added

  • Argentina, Mendoza, Ciudad de Mendoza—Registros Parroquiales, 1665–1922
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3C]
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 3D]
  • Colombia, Antioquia, Sonsón y Rionegro—Registros Parroquiales, 1814–2008
  • México, Coahuila, Matamoros y Torreón Registros Iglesia Católica
  • México, Durango, Gómez Palacio, Cuidad Lerdo, Mapimí, Cuencamé—Registros Parroquiales, 1708–1963
  • Micronesia, Pohnpei—Civil Registration, 1948–2009
  • Peru, Chiclayo y Lambayeque—Registros Civiles, 1873–1950 [Parte A]
  • Ukraine, L'viv—Roman Catholic Diocese Church Book Duplicates, 1600–1948 [Part 1]
  • U.S., Puerto Rico—Censo Federal de 1940
  • U.S., Indiana, Saint Joseph County—Marriages 1811–1959
  • Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1846–1848 [Часть C]

View the FamilySearch projects page to see the full list of available projects and to learn more about how to participate in various projects.


Recently Completed Projects

Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at familysearch.org in the near future. 

  • Argentina, Santa Fe, Venado Tuerto—Registros Parroquiales, 1884–1972 [Parte B]
  • Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Cartões de Imigração, 1900–1965 [Parte 2 I]
  • Magyarország, Szabolcs—polgári anyakönyvi adatok, 1895–1978 [2. Rész]
  • Mexico, Aguascalientes—Nacimientos 1860–1921
  • Nederland, Gelderland—Geboorten burgelijke stand, 1811–1902 [Part 2]
  • South Africa, Free State—Church Records [Part 1]
  • Sverige, Södermanland—Kyrkoböcker till 1860 [Del 3]
  • UK, England and Wales—1871 Census for Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Durham [Part D]
  • U.S., Alabama—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Arkansas—WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918
  • U.S., California—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Hawaii—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Indiana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Iowa—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Louisiana—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Oklahoma—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Maine—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., North Dakota—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., South Dakota—1940 Federal Census
  • U.S., Texas—Birth 1903–1934 [Part H]
  • U.S., Texas—Deaths, 1890–1976 [Part C]
  • U.S., Texas—Deaths, 1890–1976 [Part D]
  • U.S., Virginia, Surrey—County Marriages, 1800–1950 [Part A]
  • Venezuela—Nacimientos Civiles, 1873–1909
  • U.S., Washington—1940 Federal Census
  • 日本移民記録 1914, 1922–1927

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International 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 free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Millions of Historic Records Added for Belgium, China, Philippines, and the U.S.

More Completed State Indexes Now Searchable Online for the 1940 US Census 

FamilySearch published new, free records online for Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, England, Georgia, Indonesia, Italy, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. The 1940 US Census Community Project continues to progress quickly. Online volunteers have now indexed 80 million names out of the historic 1940 census. Follow the progress online or search the 20 completed states at FamilySearch.org/1940census.  BillionGraves also contributed about a million indexed records. Search these diverse collections and 2.8 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable historic records on FamilySearch.org are made available by thousands of online volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More online volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the amount of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about how to personally help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online as a volunteer indexer at FamilySearch.org.

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Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
0
349,963
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
206,316
New browsable image collection.
0
1,339,442
New browsable image collection.
980,915
980,915
Affiliate provided new indexed records and browsable images.  
74,323
1,202
Added indexed records and browsable images  to existing collection.
0
119,291
New browsable image collection.
0
141,775
New browsable image collection.
0
23,008
New browsable image collection.
0
75,276
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
84,542
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
1,588,606
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
52,767
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
123,966
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
983
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
65,881
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
36,799
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
46,170
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
37,311
New browsable image collection.
0
49,009
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
27,223
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
26,259
Added browsable images to existing collection.
4,242
0
Added indexed records to existing collection.
0
104,831
New browsable image collection.
0
4,375
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
5,813
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
134,878
Added browsable images to existing collection.
21,878
0
Added indexed records to existing collection.
0
24,703
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
6,356,654
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
101,177
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
31,074
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
21,549
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
47,334
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
873,732
New browsable image collection.
2,629,006
0
New indexed collection
0
112,580
New browsable image collection.
0
158,340
New browsable image collection.
0
56,475
New browsable image collection.
0
5,146
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
265,333
Added browsable images to existing collection.
16,217
0
Added indexed records to existing collection.
0
69,935
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
47,107
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
89,204
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
74,400
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
29,852
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
101,198
New browsable image collection.
0
38,814
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
3,796,974
New browsable image collection.
0
118,518
Added browsable images to existing collection.
1,200,141
0
Added indexed records to existing collection.
2,325,643
0
Added indexed records to existing collection.
0
90,550
New browsable image collection.
0
69,454
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
43,465
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
46,360
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
86,849
New browsable image collection.
0
16,434
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
37,718
New browsable image collection.
86
689,079
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
25,788
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
32,220
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
159,181
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
26,908
Added browsable images to existing collection.
0
20,031
Added browsable images to existing collection.
46,148
0
Added indexed records to existing collection.
9,853,018
0
Added indexed records to existing collection.
404,753
404,753
 Affiliate provided indexed records and browsable images  to existing collection