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Legacy News Post #1,000

1000 Aftering graduating with a degree in genealogy over nine years ago I was relieved that my writing days were finally over. I did not think the essay and report writing would ever end. Little did I know.

This post is the 1,000th Legacy News post since we began this blog back in August 2005. I began writing with the hope of sharing a few ideas and tips with our Legacy Family Tree users, not foreseeing that they would be read by millions and millions. In this nearly six year span of writing, I've shared experiences with my own research, news from the technology world, and my excitement of how we've pioneered genealogy webinars. Along the way you have put up with my personal stories as I've announced the births of two of my children, shared my oldest son's astonishment when he learned genealogy wasn't that boring, and kept you up-to-date with the latest on my favorite ancestor - Asa Brown.

Kind of sounds like I'm writing my own obituary here, but as all genealogists know, when we look to the past we can create a brighter future. Looking back, here are the top 25 most-read articles of the past 1,000 posts:

It has been a pleasure communicating and interacting with all of you. Here's to the next 1,000 posts!


New records online for Canada, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, and U.S.

Additions Made to Collections from Seven Other Countries

Historic records from eight countries have been digitized and added to FamilySearch.org. In addition to 1.8 million new U.S. records, collections from seven other countries were added: Canada, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, and Poland. There are many gems for curious minds, such as the updates to the South Dakota 1945 State Census, New York court records, Indiana marriage records, or how about the service affidavits of Utahans who served in the militia during the Indian Wars from 1909-1917? Begin searching now at FamilySearch.org.

Collection

Records

Images

Comments

Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800–1900

0

40,283

Added browsable images to existing collection.

Czech Republic Church Books, 1552–­1935

0

19,381

Added browsable images to existing collection.

France, Coutances Catholic Diocese, 1802–1907

51,151

2,832

Added images and index to existing collection.

Italy, Civil Registration, 1806–1940

0

223,659

Added browsable images to existing collection for Catania, Chiaveri, Messina, Teramo, and Torre Annunziata.

Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1599–1979

0

4,625

Added browsable images to existing collection.

Mexico, Morelos, Catholic Church Records, 1598–1969

0

2,310

Added browsable images to existing collection.

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545–1970

0

38,774

Added browsable images to existing collection.

Mexico, Quintana Roo, Civil Registration, 1866–1902

0

3,739

New browsable image collection.

Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615–1982

128,715

0

New index collection.

Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600–1950

0

45,116

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,California, Collections of the California Genealogical Society, 1700–1942

0

165,529

New browsable image collection.

U.S.,California, San Mateo County Records, 1856–1967

0

73,147

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,California, San Mateo County, Colma, Italian Cemetery Records, 1932–2011

0

12,265

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811–1959

44,359

0

Added index records to existing collection.

U.S.,Louisiana, First Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1940–1945

0

54,738

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,Louisiana, Orleans Parish Second District Judicial Court Case Files, 1846–1880

0

82,785

New browsable image collection.

U.S.,Louisiana, Second Registration Draft Cards, compiled 1948–1959

0

151,525

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,Maryland, Register of Wills Books, 1792–1983

0

17,630

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,Montana, Cascade County Records, 1888–1945

0

28

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,New York, Orange County Probate Records, 1787–1938

0

32,013

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,New York, Queens County Probate Records, 1899–1921

0

23,531

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,North Carolina, County Records, 1833–1970

0

12,924

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,North Carolina, State Supreme Court Case Files, 1800–1909

0

51,595

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,Ohio, Montgomery County, Probate Estate Files, 1850–1900

0

191,779

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S. Social Security Death Index, 1962–2011

413,804

0

Added index records. Updated as of 30 June 2011.

U.S.,South Dakota State Census, 1945

158,646

171,965

Added images and index to existing collection.

U.S.,Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection, 1800–1999

0

25,149

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,Utah, Indian War Service Affidavits, 1909–1917

0

13,038

New browsable image collection.

U.S.,Utah, Salt Lake County Birth Records, 1890–1915

33,262

1,687

New images and index collection.

U.S.,Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1908–1949

35,512

22,517

Added images and index to existing collection.

U.S.,Washington State County Records, 1885–1950

0

32,698

Added browsable images to existing collection.

U.S.,Washington State, Army National Guard Records, 1880–1947

0

6,925

Added browsable images to existing collection.

United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

20,073

36,130

Added images and index to existing collection.

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 has 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.


Free webinar now online - Organizing for Success by Karen Clifford

Karenpic-100 Yesterday's webinar, Organizing for Success, presented by Karen Clifford, is now available in our webinar archives. In addition to Karen's ideas on organizing your paper files, she also had lots of research and analysis tips. One attendee commented, "Absolutely fascinating! Wish Karen had been my professor in college. Loved the way she systematically explained the information."

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event, the 1 hour 58 minute recording of Organizing for Success is now available to view in our webinar archives. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp to watch. It will be available there indefinitely.

Congrats to the door prize winners

Thanks to Karen and her research company, Genealogy Research Associates, for donating these wonderful door prizes:

Pre-order the webinar-on-CD

2011-08-03-organization-web Own your own copy of Organizing for Success by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the recording of the class and the complete Q/A session. 1 hour 58 minutes. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Special discount coupon

The special discount coupon of organize that was announced during the webinar is valid for 10% off anything in our online store through Monday, August 8, 2011.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Newspapers for Genealogists with Tom Kemp - Wednesday, August 17, 2011
  • Best Internet Resources for African American Genealogy with Angela Walton-Raji - Wednesday, August 31, 2011
  • Watch Geoff Live: Adding a Census Record - Wednesday, September 7, 2011
  • Facebook for Genealogists with Thomas MacEntee - Wednesday, September 14, 2011
  • Researching Your Connecticut Ancestors with Marian Pierre-Louis - Wednesday, September 21, 2011
  • "Ah hold your whisht and tell me the true story": Uncovering your Irish Family History with Jennifer Geraghty-Gorman

Click here to register.