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New searchable collections added online for Brazil, China, England, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain, and the United States

As 2012 comes to a close, I am reminded of the great service that FamilySearch and its volunteer indexers have provided this year. Give back by signing up to index here. Below is their latest announcement.

FamilySearch added an additional 38.5 million new, free indexed records and images this week to its collection. Notable additions include the 6,095,759 indexed records in the new United States World War II Army Enlistment Records collection, the 4,068,907 indexed records for the new United States, Germans to America Index from 1850-1897, the 2,922,943 added to the England and Wales Census of 1871, and the 2,608,645 added to the Denmark Estate Records collection from 1436-1964. Other new searchable collections online were added this week for Brazil, China, England, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Spain, and the United States. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at

Searchable historic records are made available on 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 Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

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 or through more than 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Indexed Records

Digital Images


Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1980



New browsable image collection.

China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2010



New browsable image collection.

Denmark, Estate Records, 1436-1964



Added images to an existing collection.

England and Wales Census, 1871



Added index records and images to an existing collection.

England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916



New indexed record collection.

England, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912



Added index records and images to an existing collection.

Ireland, Landed Estate Court Files, 1850-1885



New indexed records and images collection.

Italy, Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910



New browsable image collection.

Italy, Messina, Patti, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1823-1941



New browsable image collection.

Italy, Pesaro e Urbino, Urbino, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910



New browsable image collection.

Italy, Potenza, Potenza, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1910



Added images to an existing collection.

Italy, Siena, Montepulciano, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929



Added images to an existing collection.

Russia, Simbirsk Church Books, 1768-1939



New browsable image collection.

Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1984



New browsable image collection.

Spain, Diocese of Segovia, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1987



Added images to an existing collection.

Spain, Province of Cádiz, Municipal Records, 1784-1931



New browsable image collection.

Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937



Added images to an existing collection.

U.S., California, San Francisco, World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits, 1918



New indexed records and images collection.

U.S., California, County Marriages, 1850-1952



Added index records and images to an existing collection.

U.S., Florida, Tampa, Passenger Lists, 1898-1945



New indexed record collection.

U.S., New York, New York, Index to Passenger Lists, 1820-1846



New indexed record collection.

United States, Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1820-1908



New browsable image collection.

United States, Famine Irish Passenger Index, 1846-1851



Added index records to an existing collection.

United States, Germans to America Index, 1850-1897



New indexed record collection.

United States, Italians to America Index, 1855-1900



Added index records to an existing collection.

United States, Russians to America Index, 1834-1897



Added index records to an existing collection.

United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946



New indexed record collection.

13 Easy Genealogy Resolutions You Can Make and Keep

Thanks to guest blogger, Lisa Alzo, for the article below.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe that we are just days away from saying “so long” to 2012! The festivities surrounding New Year’s Eve often prompt us to make resolutions (I prefer to use “set goals”). If you’re looking to improve your genealogical research and writing skills in the New Year, here are 13 (for 2013) easy resolutions you can make and keep!

1. Make a plan. Do your past research habits include just randomly typing names into online databases, or Googling an ancestor’s surname? Then it may be time to change them. Developing a Research Plan to focus your research tasks and keep a research log to track your searches. Not sure how? “Plan Your Way to Research Success” (on CD) can help get you started.

2. Clean up your family tree. As genealogists, it’s useful to review our family trees for incomplete or incorrect data that can impede future research success. If you don’t have a copy of Legacy Family Tree 7.5, consider investing in it now, or if you’re already a Legacy 7.0 user, don’t forget about the free update.

3. Tidy your sources. Slacking off on those proper source citations? The New Year is the perfect time to remedy this bad habit. Learn how with a copy of Evidence Explained.

4. Back up your data. Start the year off right by backing up your family tree, digital images, and critical research documents. Make an appointment to do this regularly. Get advice from Thomas MacEntee’s Webinar-on-CD.

5. Contact those cousins! You never know who holds the missing pieces of your family history puzzle. Social media makes it easier than ever to reach out to relatives and find family—do it before it’s too late! Use Legacy Family Tree's Interview Questions (over 1,200 to choose from) to ask just the right questions.

6. Record family stories. This year, go beyond the “name gathering” and dig deeper to learn answers to the “Why?” questions. Using an app like Saving Memories Forever makes it easy.

7. Scan those photographs! In 2012, we were sadly reminded that disasters happen and how painful it is to lose precious family photographs. Learn how to scan and preserve them with a copy of Digital Imaging Essentials by Geoff Rasmussen.

8. Join a genealogical/historical society. Not everything is online! These organizations offer untapped resources and networking opportunities. Check with the Federation of Genealogical Societies or use Google to find one you like.

9. Explore a new resource. Using the same databases over and over? Learn about new resources and techniques for finding female ancestors, using land & property records, Croatian genealogy, and more, with Legacy Family Tree’s QuickGuides™.

10. Attend a conference. Whether it’s your local society’s seminar, or a national conference, try to make at least one 2013 event. Check Conference Keepers for a list. Can’t leave home? There are live streaming events (e.g. from RootsTech), and Legacy Webinars (see #13).

11. Attack a brick wall. Dedicate 2013 to defining a brick wall research problem and make plans to attack it head on. Get help from the Legacy Brick Walls Bundle CDs.

12. Publish your research. Take your research beyond the “boxes and lines” and considering sharing your findings in a blog or a book. Learn how with the “Ready, Set, Write!” CD.

13. Learn something new. Legacy Family Tree’s 2013 Webinar schedule has more than 40 classes from genealogy's leading educators. With over 60 hours of free genealogy education, there’s no excuse not to improve your knowledge or skills!

Wishing you an abundance of genealogical success in 2013!

2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Schedule announced

WebinarlogoMillennia Corporation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2013 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Choose from more than 40 classes from genealogy's leading educators (over 60 hours of free genealogy education) on topics ranging from genealogy technology to DNA to in-depth research methodologies and evidence analysis.

Sign up for one or for all of them today (so you don't forget later) and you will receive a reminder email both one day and one hour prior to the live event. Register at

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Print the webinar brochure to share with your friends, genealogy society, or Family History Center.

Webinar-on-CD Library

If you missed one of our previous webinars, you can purchase its CD for just $9.95 (or less when purchasing more than 5). Choose from 68 different classes - most come with several pages of handouts with clickable links. Click here to browse the library.

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Genealogist's Christmas Eve

'Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even my spouse.

The dining room table with clutter was spread
With pedigree charts and with letters which said...
"Too bad about the data for which you wrote;
Sank in a storm on an ill-fated boat."

Stacks of old copies of wills and such
Were proof that my work had become too much.
Our children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.

And I at my table was ready to drop
From work on my album with photos to crop.
Christmas was here, and such was my lot
That presents and goodies and toys I'd forgot.

Had I not been busy with grandparents' wills,
I'd not have forgotten to shop for such thrills,
While others bought gifts to bring Christmas cheers,
I'd spent time researching those birth dates and years.

While I was thus musing about my sad plight,
A strange noise on the lawn gave me such a great fright.
Away to the window I flew in a flash,
Tore open the drapes and yanked up the sash.

When what with my wondering eyes should appear,
But an overstuffed sleigh and eight small reindeer.
Up to the house top the reindeer they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys and 'ole Santa Claus, too.

And then in a twinkle, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of thirty-two hoofs.
As I drew in my head, and bumped it on the sash,
Down the cold chimney fell Santa--KER-RASH!

"Dear" Santa had come from the roof in a wreck,
And tracked soot on the carpet, (I could wring his short neck!)
Spotting my face, good 'ole Santa could see
I had no Christmas spirit you'd have to agree.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings, (I felt like a jerk).
Here was Santa, who'd brought us such gladness and joy:
When I'd been too busy for even one toy.

He spied my research on the table all spread
"A genealogist!" He cried!  (My face was all red!)
"Tonight I've met many like you," Santa grinned,
As he pulled from his sack a large book he had penned.

I gazed with amusement--the cover it read
Genealogy Lines for Which You Have Plead.
"I know what it's like as a genealogy bug."
He said as he gave me a great Santa hug.

"While the elves make the sleighful of toys I now carry,
I do some research in the North Pole Library!
A special treat I am thus able to bring,
To genealogy folk who can't find a thing."

"Now off you go to your bed for a rest,
I'll clean up the house from this genealogy mess."
As I climbed up the stairs full of gladness and glee,
I looked back at Santa who'd brought much to me.

While settling in bed, I heard Santa's clear whistle,
To his team, which then rose like the down of a thistle.
And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight,
"Family history is Fun!  Merry Christmas!  Goodnight!"

--Author Unknown

Color-code your ancestry with Legacy Family Tree

If you are looking to add a little sparkle to your pedigree, or if your paper files need an organizational face-lift, then Legacy Family Tree's color-coding is just what you need.

ColorpedigreeHow to turn on the colors
Before you can view and print your pedigrees in full color, the color-coding needs to be turned on. Follow these simple steps:

  1. In the Pedigree View, navigate to yourself. (You don't have to be in the Pedigree View, but it makes it easier to see the effect of the color-coding.
  2. Click on Tools > Apply Ancestor Colors
  3. Click on the Apply Color Coding button.


  • You and your father's father's ancestors are now blue.
  • Your father's mother's ancestors are now green.
  • Your mother's father's ancestors are now red.
  • Your mother's mother's ancestors are now yellow.

Choose the colors you want
The default colors are blue, green, red, and yellow. However, you can choose your own colors. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on Options > Customize > View tab.
  2. In the Ancestor Color Coding section, click on the Change button.
  3. Select your desired colors, and click Save.


Print charts in color
Many of Legacy's charts/reports can be printed in color. For example, to print a color-coded pedigree chart, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Reports icon in the main toolbar. Click on thePedigree tab.
  2. Click on the Color Text and Boxes button.
  3. Click on the 4th option of 4 Line Colors. Click Save.
  4. Preview or Print.

Organization by color-coding
You've probably learned that unless your paper files are in order, further genealogy research can be frustrating. You've also probably tried dozens of different organizational systems. Not every system works for everyone, which is why we have been publishing different methods via Legacy News.

Mary Hill developed a color-coding system for organization which has become very popular, and it works directly with Legacy's color-coding system. Her system is explained here.

Purchase Legacy Deluxe
To take advantage of Legacy's color-coding, you must be using the Deluxe Edition. To learn more about the Deluxe Edition click here. To purchase/upgrade to Legacy Deluxe, click here.

Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics, free webinar now online for a limited time

WebinarlogoIf you have an Irish brick wall, this webinar may be the most important class you've ever viewed. Judy Wight, our Irish expert, did a tremendous job today teaching us about difficulties with Irish names and places, which, when understood, can solve even the most difficult Irish research problems.

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 29 minute recording of Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics is now available to view in our webinar archives for a limited time. Visit to watch.

Pre-order the webinar-on-CD

2012-12-05-cdOwn your own copy of Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the complete 1 hour 29 minute recording of the class, complete Question/Answer session, and 4 pages of handouts. Click here for more information or to purchase.

It is also available in our brand new Ireland webinar CD bundle which includes all three of Judy's Ireland webinars (about 4 1/2 hours and 13 pages of handouts). Click here to purchase.

Christmas Sale

Nearly everything in our online store has been discounted until December 31, 2012 - therefore there are no webinar coupon codes today.

2013 Webinars

Stay tuned to this blog for our big announcement about next year's webinar schedule. If you can believe it, we'll be taking it to an entirely new level of genealogy education. Thanks to all of our webinar speakers and attendees for making our Legacy Family Tree webinar series such a success!

New Legacy QuickGuides - Newspapers, Heirlooms, and Starting a Family Archive

Legacy QuickGuidesTM are quickly becoming one of the more popular resources for genealogists. Each guide contains four pages of valuable information covering a variety of genealogy research topics, and are written by genealogists and family historians who are experts in the subject areas. Today we announce the availability of three new Legacy QuickGuides: Using Historical Newspapers for Genealogy Research by Julie Tarr, Preserving Family Heirlooms by Denise Levenick, and Starting a Family Archive by Denise Levenick.

Q_NEWSPAPRUsing Historical Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Newspapers can be a goldmine for genealogists. Serving as the gateway to the past, historical newspapers help genealogists learn about the events and perceptions that affected a community. The Using Historical Newspapers for Genealogy Research Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information designed as an introduction to the wealth of information to be found in historical newspapers and how to overcome the challenges associated with newspaper research.

Available in a laminated 4-page printed guide or digital PDF.

Q_PRESERVEPreserving Family Heirlooms

Are you the keeper of the “family stuff,” boxes of documents, photographs, and memorabilia? Get straightforward tips on how to care for and preserve your family treasures in the Preserving Family Heirlooms Legacy QuickGuide™. Learn the best storage strategies for scouting and military memorabilia, toys, china, documents, correspondence, photographs, and more. Discover online resources for appraisers, conservators, archival storage suppliers, and conservation experts. 

Available in a laminated 4-page printed guide.

Starting a Family Archive

Q_ARCHIVEA curator and a collector have a lot in common: both selectively acquire, care for, use, and display special things. A family curator is a collector of family artifacts and memorabilia. Like any kind of collection, even family treasures can become overwhelming if they are not effectively organized and stored for preservation. The Starting a Family Archive Legacy QuickGuide™ is packed with essential information and basic strategies to help you organize a family archive in your home and find resources for restoration, preservation, and disaster recovery. Preserve what is important to you, to your family, and to your community!

Available in a laminated 4-page printed guide.

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Webinar Wednesday - Researching Your Irish Ancestors: Beyond the Basics by Judy Wight

WebinarlogoAs difficult as Irish research is, we can overcome its hurdles if we have a better understanding of the idiosyncrasies of Irish given names, surnames, and place names. Our speaker, Judy Wight, solved the case of Delia Holland - in Ireland she was known as Bridget Houlihan. This webinar discusses situations you may encounter with names and places and provides resources for overcoming these problems.

Join us for the live webinar on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2pm Eastern U.S. Register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day. Before joining, please visit to ensure you have the latest version of Java which our webinar software requires. When you join, if you receive a message that the webinar is full, you know we've reached the 1,000 limit, so we invite you to view the recording which should be published to the webinar archives within an hour or two of the event's conclusion.


About the presenter

Wightjudy-100Judith Eccles Wight graduated from Brigham Young University. She is an AG (Accredited Genealogist researcher) specializing in Irish and Scottish research. From 1990-2001 she worked as a British Reference Consultant at the Family History Library. She is a published author in many genealogical periodicals and is a popular genealogical lecturer and teacher. She is founder, past president and forever board member of Ulster Project-Utah, an ecumenical peacemaking organization that brings Catholic and Protestant teens from Northern Ireland to various established centers in the U.S.

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The webinar will be live on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at:

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We look forward to seeing you all there!