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U.S. Indian Census records, 1885-1940, now online

FamilySearch - Publishing Indexed Microfilm to the Internet has Begun

FamilySearch is beginning to publish the digitized microfilm from their vaults to the Internet. These records are being indexed by volunteers via We've previously written about these projects in these articles:

FamilySearch is now testing the searching capabilities of the records that we have been indexing. Current projects that are now either browsable or searchable include:

  • 1880 United States census
  • 1900 United States census
  • 1930 Mexico census
  • New York Passenger Arrival Lists (1892-1924)
  • World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • Freedman Bank Records 1865-1874
  • England, Diocese of Durham Bishops' Transcripts ca. 1700-1900
  • Ohio Deaths 1908-1953
  • Ontario Deaths, 1930-1932
  • Texas Death Index 1964-1998
  • U.S. Social Security Death Index
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904-1956

How to Begin

At the FamilySearch Labs site, click on the Register to use Record Search link. You may be selected to participate. If you are, you will have free access to the above records where you can help FamilySearch test their services and provide valuable feedback. FamilySearch plans to make their records available for free to the public. Visit to get started.


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I"m kind of disappointed. Most of those are already available on I would like to see what has been UNavailable online.

Only problem Vicki is that on you have to purchase a membership which can be quite expensive for some so this would be a good way for people who can't afford a membership to be able to research the census's available to them.

Well Vicki, I hope you are at least helping to do the indexing. The more of us who do it, the faster it ALL will be available. It's a mammoth job!
PS. Fun too!

It also helps when those indexing American records are native English speakers -- not the off shore cheap labor that has used -- often leading to "unavailable" records if the names are transcribed incorrectly!

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