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Czech Republic, Mexico, and U.S. records added to FamilySearch

from FamilySearch.org:

Eight new searchable collections were updated or added this week at FamilySearch.org—millions of new free images and records.

This week the complete name indexes for the states of Alabama, Colorado, and Illinois [1910 census] were published online at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (FamilySearch.org, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) or Beta.FamilySearch.org.

The Delaware state birth records, 1875 Minnesota State Census, and Illinois, Cook County birth records were also added.

Also released was a digital image collection of church records from Litomerice, Czech Republic—60,000 images! Consumers will see these types of collections more and more online as FamilySearch digitizes microfilms in its Granite Mountain Records Vault. Instead of a microfilm reader in a local family history center, patrons use FamilySearch’s image viewer online to search these high quality digital collections—and they are accessible 24/7.

See the chart below for the complete list of all the newly added or improved collections.

None of this would be possible without the great contributions of many online FamilySearch volunteers. These individuals donate the time and effort needed to make these collections freely available to FamilySearch patrons. If you would like to help by donating a few minutes here and there online with projects of personal interest, become a FamilySearch community volunteer at FamilySearchIndexing.org. Many hands produce great work. Thank you for your support!

New Records

Czech Republic

  • Litomerice State Regional Archive Church Records 1552-1905, pt. 03

Mexico

  • Mexico Census 1930 Index, Yucatan

United States

  • Alabama Federal Census, 1910
  • Colorado Federal Census, 1910
  • Delaware State Birth Records 1861-1922
  • Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers 1873-1908
  • Illinois Federal Census, 1910
  • Minnesota 1875 State Census

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The Granite Mountain Records Vault - take the virtual tour

Vault1 All genealogists benefit from it, but very few have ever visited the Granite Mountain Records Vault where 2.4 million rolls of microfilm are preserved. Thanks to new videos from FamilySearch, you can now tour the vault from your home.

After viewing these videos I was energized about the work FamilySearch is doing to preserve our ancestors' records. In under ten years they expect to have the microfilm digitized and available for researchers. Many of the records are already available here.

In this first video, you'll take a look behind the vault doors where 1) microfilm masters are preserved, 2) duplicates are created and shipped around the world, 3) microfilm is converted to digital images, and 4) digital images are preserved and upgraded as technology changes.

Click here for part 1.

In part two FamilySearch shows the microfilm-to-dital-media process and explains how they face major challenges in the conversion.

Click here for part 2.

In 2004 a cyclone struck the island of Niue, destroying all vital records. Part three shows how FamilySearch's efforts before the storm saved this town's history.

Click here for part 3.

For more information and pictures, click here.


Favorite family history moments

This morning, my 10-year-old caught me indexing a page from the 1910 Pennsylvania census. He said, "dad, what does 'single' mean?" (He was referring to the marital status portion of the record.) Stunned that someone in my immediate family would ask me something genealogy-related, I had to quickly come up with a great answer that would keep his attention.

I got to explain what a census record is, and then we looked up my grandpa (his great-grandfather) in the 1930 census. With his entry in Legacy on my left monitor, and the 1930 census record on my right monitor (oh how I love having two 28" wide-screen monitors side-by-side) I tried to get my son excited about what he was seeing. He replied, "I thought all the people in these records were dead." Grandpa just turned 87.

Before I knew it, it was time for my son to leave for school.

1994-08-0006 This experience with my son reminded me of a family history moment I had with my own great-grandmother 15 years ago. "Great-Grandma Larsen" was the best grandma a boy could have. Although she had dozens and dozens of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, I knew she loved me. She would always kiss me on the lips and she never forgot my birthday.

At our family reunion in Oregon in 1994, she helped me put together a picture pedigree chart of her ancestors (shown on the right). I wasn't completely new to genealogy - I had just completed the first year of my genealogy degree - but this was genealogy at its finest. She told me stories of her great-grandparents as we carefully placed each photo in its place on the pedigree chart.

I get to talk with thousands of genealogists throughout the world every month, and while I love talking genealogy with all of you, there's nothing that beats talking genealogy with my own, close family members.

What about you? I'd love to hear of your "genealogy moments" in the comments below.


Upcoming Legacy classes - May/June 2010

In May and June we are participating in seminars and Legacy classes in California, Colorado, Idaho, Ontario, Texas, and Utah. We hope you'll be able to stop by and say hello. If you know of another Legacy-related event that's not here, we'd like to help advertise it so send us an email.

May 2010

USA | Idaho | Rexburg - May 8. BYU-Idaho Rexburg Family History Conference. Luc Comeau, Legacy's lead developer for the New FamilySearch, Charting, and Research Guidance projects, will present two classes: "Organizing, Planning, Charting, Mapping, and Sharing with Legacy Family Tree" and "FamilySearch Made Easy with Legacy Family Tree". For more information, visit http://www.byui.edu/ce/familyhistory/default.htm.

Canada | Ontario | Toronto - May 14-16. Ontario Genealogical Society Conference 2010. Rick Roberts, president of Global Genealogy will be teaching a 2.5 hour workshop on Friday entitled "Working Effectively with Legacy Family Tree." Visit Global Genealogy's booth for Legacy products and questions. Visit http://torontofamilyhistory.org/2010/ for more information.

USA | Utah | St. George - May 19-21. St. George Regional Family History Training Center located across the street from the St. George LDS temple. This is a 3-session Legacy class of two hours each day. 10:00am-12:00pm. In addition to the demonstration of how to use Legacy, students will also have hands-on practice along with assignments and handouts to best learn the software. Registration is limited, but is open to anyone. Contact David Midgley for more information or call 435-673-4591.

Canada | Quebec | Gatineau - May 20. Members of Legacy's French Translation Team will conduct a presentation on using the latest French version of Legacy. They will exchange with the audience about Legacy, their participation, and will answer questions about the software. Held in the Conference Room, Société de Généalogie de l'Outaouais beginning at 7:30pm. Contact Claude Langevin for more information.

USA | Utah | St. George - May 25-27. St. George Regional Family History Training Center located across the street from the St. George LDS temple. This is a 3-session Legacy class of two hours each day. 6:00-8:00pm. In addition to the demonstration of how to use Legacy, students will also have hands-on practice along with assignments and handouts to best learn the software. Registration is limited, but is open to anyone. Contact David Midgley for more information or call 435-673-4591.

June 2010

USA | California | Burbank - June 11-13. Southern California Genealogical Jamboree 2010. Meet Geoff Rasmussen and Legacy's founder, Dave Berdan, and take advantage of special seminar pricing. We'll also be giving away some big door prizes and teaching four classes, so don't miss this great event. Visit www.scgsgenealogy.com for more information.

USA | Texas | Dallas - June 15/17/22/24. Legacy Family Tree classes at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch (Dallas). Taught by Glenn Kinkade, students will learn how to Backup and restore Family Files, perform complex searches on Family Files, use advanced tagging, prepare and print customized reports, use the source clipboard to record source information, organize the source library and correct mistakes in records in a family file. This class is scheduled June 15- 24, 2010. This class will meet twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Contact Glenn Kinkade for more information.

USA | Colorado | Loveland - June 25-26. Beau Sharbrough will be teaching two Legacy classes: 1) Introduction to Legacy 7 and 2) Automated Search Tools. Come visit with Legacy's vice-president, Ken McGinnis, in booths 23 and 24. Click here for more information.

USA | Texas | Dallas - June 29, July 1/6/8. Legacy Family Tree classes at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch (Dallas). Taught by Glenn Kinkade, the objective of this class is to use genealogy case studies to learn techniques to solve research problems. During each class the students will be given one case study exercise. The case study will include background information on an individual or family and copies or abstracts of additional genealogical records. During class, students will use Heritage Quest, Family Search, and other free internet websites to solve the case study. Students will enter the data and sources in Legacy. After solving the case study, students will document their hypothesis of proof. All of the exercises involve actual problems encountered by genealogists and represent various geographical areas in the United States. This class is scheduled June 29 – July 8, 2010. This class will meet twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Contact Glenn Kinkade for more information.


Over 300 Million New Names Added Online

Announcements like this from FamilySearch keep me motivated to continue my FamilySearch Indexing efforts.

Over 300 Million New Names Added Online

There were over 150 new collections added or enhanced this week at FamilySearch.org. FamilySearch volunteers indexed over 120 million records—over 300 million new names—from original source documents to accomplish this great feat.  The massive release was announced this past week at the National Genealogical Society annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The records can be found at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (FamilySearch.org, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) or Beta.FamilySearch.org. Be sure to share the good news with family and friends.

See the chart below for the complete list of all the newly added or improved collections.

None of this would be possible without the great contributions of many online FamilySearch volunteers. These individuals donate the time and effort needed to make these collections freely available to FamilySearch patrons. If you would like to become a volunteer in the FamilySearch community, please go to FamilySearchIndexing.org. Many hands produce great work. Thank you for your support!

New/updated Collections

Argentina

  • Baptisms, 1645—1930
  • Marriages, 1722—1911

Australia

  • Deaths and Burials, 1816—1980

Austria

  • Births and Baptisms, 1651—1940
  • Burials, 1768 – 1918
  • Marriages, 1722 — 1898

Bahamas

  • Births, 1550—1891

Barbados

  • Baptisms, 1739—1891
  • Burials, 1854—1885
  • Marriages, 1854—1879

Belgium

  • Births and Baptisms, 1560—1890
  • Deaths and Burials, 1564—1900

Brazil

  • Baptisms, 1688—1935
  • Deaths, 1750—1890
  • Marriages, 1730—1955

Canada

  • Births and Baptisms, 1661—1959
  • Deaths and Burials, 1664—1955
  • Marriages, 1661—1949
  • British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872—1986
  • British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859—1932
  • New Brunswick Births, 1819—1899
  • Nova Scotia Births, 1702—1896
  • Nova Scotia Marriages, 1711—1909
  • Ontario Births, 1779—1899
  • Ontario Marriages, 1800—1910
  • Quebec  Births , 1662—1898

Caribbean

  • Births, 1590—1928
  • Deaths, 1790—1906
  • Marriages, 1591—1905

Costa Rica

  • Baptisms, 1700—1915
  • Deaths, 1787—1900
  • Marriages, 1750—1920

Czech Republic

  • Births, 1637—1889
  • Marriages, 1654—1889

Dominican Republic

  • Baptisms, 1726—1924
  • Deaths, 1666—1862
  • Marriages, 1743—1929

Ecuador

  • Baptisms, 1680—1930
  • Deaths, 1800—1920
  • Marriages, 1680—1930

El Salvador

  • Baptisms, 1750—1940
  • Marriages, 1810—1930

France

  • Deaths and Burials, 1546—1960
  • Marriages, 1546—1924

Germany

  • Births and Baptisms, 1558—1898

Gibralter

  • Marriages, 1879—1918
  • Births and Baptisms, 1704—1876

Great Britain

  • Deaths and Burials, 1778—1988
  • Marriages, 1797—1988
  • Channel Islands Births and Baptisms, 1820—1907
  • Isle of Man Births and Baptisms, 1821—1911
  • Isle of Man Deaths and Burials, 1844—1911
  • Isle of Man Marriages, 1849—1911
  • Wales, Births and Baptisms, 1586—1907
  • Wales, Deaths and Burials, 1586—1885
  • Wales, Marriages, 1541—1900

Grenda

  • Births and Baptisms, 1866—1891

Guatemala

  • Baptisms, 1730—1917
  • Deaths, 1760—1880
  • Marriages, 1750—1930

Hondurus

  • Baptisms, 1730—1930
  • Marriages, 1800—1910

Hungary

  • Baptisms, 1734—1895

Iceland

  • Marriages, 1770—1920

India

  • Births and Baptisms, 1800—1945
  • Deaths and Burials, 1800—1945
  • Marriages, 1800—1945

Ireland

  • Deaths, 1864—1870

Italy

  • Births and Baptisms, 1806—1900
  • Deaths and Burials, 1809—1900

Jamaica

  • Births and Baptisms, 1752—1920

Luxembourg

  • Births, 1662—1840
  • Deaths, 1702—1798
  • Marriages, 1700—1810

Mexico

  • Deaths, 1680—1940
  • Marriages , 1570—1950

Panama

  • Baptisms, 1750—1938
  • Deaths, 1840—1930
  • Marriages, 1800—1950

Paraguay

  • Baptisms, 1800—1930
  • Marriages, 1800—1900

Peru

  • Baptisms, 1556—1930
  • Deaths, 1750—1930
  • Marriages, 1600—1940

Philippines

  • Births and Baptisms, 1642—1994
  • Deaths and Burials, 1726—1957
  • Marriages, 1723—1957

Portugal

  • Baptisms, 1570—1910
  • Deaths, 1640—1910
  • Marriages, 1670—1910

Russia

  • Births and Baptisms, 1755—1917
  • Deaths and Burials, 1815—1917
  • Marriages, 1793—1919

Samoa

  • Baptisms, 1863—1940
  • Burials, 1895—1970

Spain

  • Deaths, 1600—1920

Sweden

  • Baptisms, 1611—1920
  • Burials, 1649-1920
  • Marriages, 1630-1920

Switzerland

  • Baptisms, 1491-1940
  • Burials, 1613-1875
  • Marriages, 1532-1910
  • Basel City Church Books, 1380-1917
  • Schaffhausen Genealogies and City Directories, 1460-1952

Ukraine

  • Births and Baptisms

Uruguay

  • Marriages, 1840—1900

United States

  • 1910 Federal Census (AZ, CA, DE, FL)
  • Births, 1867—1931
  • Deaths, 1867—1961
  • Marriages, 1733—1990
  • Arizona Births and Christenings, 1909—1917
  • Arizona Deaths, 1910—1911; 1993—1994
  • Arizona Marriages, 1888—1908
  • Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1880—1893
  • Arkansas Deaths and  Burials, 1882—1929; 1945—1963
  • Arkansas Marriages, 1837—1944
  • Delaware Births and Christenings, 1710—1896
  • Delaware Deaths and Burials, 1815—1955
  • Delaware Marriages, 1713—1953
  • District of Columbia Births and Christenings, 1830—1955
  • District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840—1964
  • District of Columbia Marriages, 1830—1921
  • Florida Births and Christenings, 1880—1935
  • Florida Deaths and Burials, 1900—1921
  • Florida Marriages, 1837—1974
  • Hawaii Births and Christenings, 1852—1933
  • Hawaii Deaths and Burials, 1862—1919
  • Hawaii Marriages, 1826—1922
  • Idaho Births and Christenings, 1856—1965
  • Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907—1965
  • Idaho Marriages, 1878—1898/1903—1942
  • Kansas Births and Christenings, 1818—1936
  • Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885—1930
  • Kansas Marriages, 1840—1935
  • Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839—1960
  • Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843—1970
  • Kentucky Marriages, 1785—1979
  • Louisiana Births, Christenings, 1811—1830; 1854—1934
  • Louisiana Marriages, 1816—1906
  • Maine Births and Christenings, 1739—1900
  • Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841—1910
  • Maine Marriages, 1771—1907
  • Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650—1995
  • Maryland Deaths and Burials, 1877—1992
  • Maryland Marriages, 1666—1970
  • Montana Marriages, 1889—1947
  • New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726—1918
  • New Mexico Deaths, 1788—1798; 1838—1955
  • New Mexico Marriages, 1751—1918
  • New York Births and Christenings, 1640—1962
  • New York Deaths and Burials, 1795—1952
  • New York Marriages, 1686—1980
  • North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866—1964
  • North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898—1994
  • North Carolina Marriages, 1759—1979
  • Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854—1997
  • Oregon Births and Christenings, 1868—1929
  • Oregon Deaths and Burials, 1903—1947
  • Oregon Marriages, 1853—1935
  • South Dakota State Census, 1935
  • Tennessee County Marriages, 1790—1950
  • Utah Births and Christenings, 1892—1941
  • Utah Deaths, 1888—1946
  • Utah Marriages, 1887—1966
  • Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765—1908
  • Vermont Deaths, 1871—1965
  • Vermont Marriages, 1791—1974
  • Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853—1912
  • West Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853—1928
  • West Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1854—1932
  • West Virginia Marriages, 1854—1932
  • Wyoming Marriages, 1877—1920
  • World Misc Births, 1534—1983
  • World Misc Deaths, 1767—1950
  • World Misc Marriages, 1662—1945