FREE British Isles Research Seminar, March 13-17, 2017

FamilySearch is offering an amazing opportunity - to attend a British Isles Research Seminar, in person OR online, March 13-17, 2017

FamilySearch Offering a FREE British Isles Research Seminar that you can attend in-person at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City OR online! This event will take place starting Monday, March 13th and run through Friday, March 17th, 2017.

Click here to the FamilySearch Wiki article on this event or click here to download the PDF brochure. Both links contain information on how to sign up for the seminar.

Class Descriptions and Schedule

Note: all times shown are Mountain Daylight Time (UTC/GMT -6)

Presenter Bios

  • Phil Dunn, AG® is an Accredited Genealogist in England and Scotland research with nearly 35 years professional experience in genealogical research methodology and is an experienced missing persons locator/heir-tracer, formerly for two major UK corporations and, more recently with a local law firm. The son of English parentage, he has lived, studied and lectured in the UK, Ireland, U.S. and Canada, and is a specialist in especially London and ‘Home’ (surrounding) counties, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire, England’s big cities, ‘Brickwall’ 17th Century emigration, the West Midland counties, military, Nonconformist, (esp. Roman Catholic, Huguenots, Germanic churches, etc) British subjects abroad, maximizing users’ experience in the FamilySearch search engine.
  • Craig Foster, AG® has had an interest in history and genealogy since his youth. He earned two Master’s degrees at Brigham Young University and has worked at the Family History Library since 1991. He has worked as a British cataloger; in the VIP Services (formerly Library Public Affairs) Unit; and, since 2011, as a Research Specialist in British Reference. While Craig loves pretty much all British family history research, he has a particular interest in Scotland and Ireland. He is also very interested in and has researched and written about marriage practices and age at first marriage, generational family relationships, and naming patterns. Craig and his wife, Suzanne, are the parents of three children.
  • Mark Gardner, AG® was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been a professional genealogist since November, 1982. Most of this time has been in the Family History Library assisting individuals locate their ancestors. His love for Genealogy came from his Father who instilled in him at a young age the importance of Genealogical Research.  His trips to The British Isles in 1974 and 1976 gave him a sense of the how important History is to the British. Research Trips to the British Isles in 1986, 2008, 2011, 2012 and Australia & New Zealand in 1990 were a very helpful experience.  He is currently a staff member of the British Reference/Research Unit since June, 2000 at the Family History Library. He has a great understanding of the British Isles Collection housed in the Family History Library and also online genealogical records.
  • Joni Kesler, AG® has been with the Family History Library for 30 years. She has worked in the United States, British, Hosting and VIP units. She currently works as a Research Specialist assigned to the Outreach and Discovery Team. Joni enjoys reading and spending time with her family of four daughters, four granddaughters, and one grandson.
  • Todd Knowles, AG® is an accredited Genealogist who specializes in English and Jewish research. For the past 15 years he has been a member of the reference staff at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Todd has lectured all over the world and his articles have been widely published. In own genealogical search began at the age of twelve and the desire to find more about his family grows every day. His quest to find more about his GGGrandfather, a Polish Jew, has led to the creation of the Knowles Collection, six databases that contain the records of the Jewish people. It currently (as of Jan 2017) contains the records of over 1,400,000 people. Todd also authors a blog about the collection, knowlescollection.blogspot.com. Todd is married with seven children and 2 grandchildren.
  • David Rencher, AG®, CG, FUGA, FIGRS, is employed as the Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch. A professional genealogist since 1977, he is one of the rare few who have earned both credentials: Accredited GenealogistCM with ICAPGenSM in Ireland research and Certified Genealogist® with the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. He is a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
  • Darris Williams, AG® has a Bachelor degree in Family & Community History. He worked as a British reference consultant at the Family History Library for 15 years and was a co-founder of the FamilySearch wiki. Darris is presently a research community manager, freelance genealogist and family history instructor.

©2017, copyright Thomas MacEntee. All rights reserved.

FamilySearch Kicks Off 2011 with the Addition of 90 Million New Online Records

Family Search

[Editor’s note: the following information on new  records has been received from FamilySearch.]

FamilySearch Kicks Off 2011 with the Addition of 90 Million New Online Records

Includes 18 Million Digital Images from 13 Countries

No doubt family history enthusiasts will have a heyday looking over the latest collection updates! The 18 million free, browsable digital images are just a sample of what should be a banner year as FamilySearch continues to plug away at digitizing its massive microfilm collection for online access. U.S. researchers will be excited to begin poring over the 3 million new digital images of U.S. naturalization records included in this update.

Patrons will also find 72 million new, searchable, indexed records to search for free thanks to FamilySearch’s cadre of online volunteer indexers and agreements with Ancestry.com and findmypast.com. Findmypast.com’s index to the 1881 and 1891 England and Wales censuses and Ancestry.com’s indexes for U.S. border crossings from Canada to U.S. and Mexico to U.S. can now be searched free of charge at FamilySearch.org.

See the table below for additional details of the latest collection updates.

Collection Images Records Comment
Brazil, Catholic Church Records 588,020 Images added to the following collections: Sao Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, and Rio de Janeiro

Canada, Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937, and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947

188,756 Index only.

Canada, Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927

363,464 Index only.

Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900

71,036 Notary records from Montreal and Terrebonne.

England, Bristol, Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1900

271,298 Index only.

England and Wales Census, 1881

30,262,586 Index only. Images available at findmypast.com.

England and Wales Census, 1891

31,782,845 Index only. Images available at findmypast.com.

Guatemala Civil Registration, 1877-1934

2,085,501 Images have waypoints.
Italy, Civil Registration 51,466 Localities published: Rovigo

Italy, Napoli Province Municipal Records, 1809-1936

84 37,416

Jamaica, Civil Birth Registration

305,360 New records added to existing collection. Images were already published.

Mexico, Catholic Church Records

4,031,651 Images added for localities in the following states: Guerrero, Mexico (Estada), Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Zacatecas

Mexico Census, 1930 (San Luis Potosi)

526 501,486

Netherlands, Civil Registration, 1792-1952

4,180,580 Images and waypoints added for Drenthe, Gelderland, Groningen, Limburg, Overijssel, and Utrecht.

New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1839-1973

1,446 144,523

Nicaragua, Managua, Civil Registration, 1879-2007

1,263,191 New images.

Philippines, Manila Civil Registration, 1899-1994

1,972,249 New images.

Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Diocese Church Books, 1654-1946, Part 1

254,375 Digital images of baptism, birth, marriage, burial and death records for parishes in the Radom, Poland, diocese.

U.S., Border Crossings From Canada to United States, 1895-1956

4,335,400 Data courtesy of Ancestry.com.

U.S., Border Crossings From Mexico to United States, 1903-1957

3,610,754 Data courtesy of Ancestry.com.

U.S., California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index, 1852-1989

581,198 Images and waypoints added.

U.S., California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976

567,808 Images and waypoints added.

U.S., Delaware Death Records, 1855-1955

180,832 14,584

U.S., Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950

1,493,775 Images and waypoints added.
U.S., Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915 200,672 18,134 New records and images added to the existing collection. 2,126,586 records were moved to this collection from the legacy collection.
U.S., Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915 72,760 15,110 New records and images added to the existing collection. 1,083,931 records were moved to this collection from the legacy collection.

U.S., Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950

207,650 338,109

U.S., New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906

635,867 Images and browse entries are available.
U.S., New York State Census, 1892, Part 2 9,589 Images added for the following localities: Albany, Broome, Essex, Greene, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Long Island City, Madison, Onondaga, Ontario, Oswego, Queens, Warren
U.S., Rhode Island, State Census, 1935 693,472 693,472 Contains information from index cards created for each person in the 1935 state census.

Wales, Probate Abstracts, 1773-1780

186 New images.
Total 18,936,289 72,883,291

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. 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. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 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.

Disclosure: please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with FamilySearch and other genealogy vendors.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

New Records Added to Updated FamilySearch Website

Family Search

[Editor’s note: the following information on updated records has been received from FamilySearch.]

New Records Added to Updated

FamilySearch Website

Searchable U.S. Social Security Death Index Now Available

The new-look FamilySearch website now has some new records to match. Nearly three million new digital images were posted this week, helping family historians researching their ancestors in Canada, Spain, Venezuela, and the United States. The U.S. Social Security Death Index is also a new addition to the site, with over 7 million indexed records. You can search all of these records and more at FamilySearch.org.

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

Project Digital Images Indexed Records Comments
Canada, New Brunswick Provincial Deaths, 1815-1938 81,680 80,397 New records linked to images
Spain, Granada Catholic Pre-Marriage Investigation Files Index, 1556-1899 0 456,927 New records
U.S. Social Security Death Index 0 7,144,328 New records
U.S., Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 407,017 315,266 New records added to existing collection
U.S., Iowa State Census, 1885 0 1,737,228 New records
U.S., Minnesota Will Records, 1849-1985 0 159,894 New records added to existing collection
U.S., Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813-1900 861,653 0 New images
U.S., Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955 1,274,869 1,273,493 New records linked to images
U.S., Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 60,268 166,132 New records linked to images (first part of collection)
U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Case Files, 1861-1933 150,280 0 New images
Venezuela, Merida Parish Registers, 1654-1992 223 78,916 New records and images added to existing collection

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. 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. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for 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.

Disclosure: please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with FamilySearch and other genealogy vendors.

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee