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

rootstech Official Blogger

RootsTech 2011 Official Blogger Banner Button

You may have seen the shiny new button in the sidebar here at GeneaBloggers stating that I am an rootstech Official Blogger. I am happy to say that not only am I delivering three panel presentations during the conference (February 10-12, 2011 in Salt Lake City, Utah), but that yes, I am an Official Blogger.

I can’t yet reveal what the duties of an Official Blogger entails, but I can tell you this so far about rootstech and why it will ROCK!

  • You can still catch the early bird registration between now and January 7, 2011 for only $99.  Can you believe that? Three solid days of technical education for just $33 a day? And better yet, students get all three days for $35.  Amazing.
  • Not only will you be able to mingle and meet with other genealogists and family historians, but you will also meet other technology folks who may not have a background in genealogy, but want to learn more about the needs of the genealogical community.
  • Yours truly will be presenting sessions entitled Genealogy Blogs: Impact and Influence in the Genealogy Community, Self-Publishing for Genealogists and Genealogical Societies, and Virtual Presentations Roundtable. Each panel will have well-known genealogy bloggers and genealogists involved in discussions of important technology issues for the genealogical community.
  • Hotel pricing is very reasonable and I have an inside scoop on a deal not yet announced. Also, Dick Eastman has been tracking hotel pricing for rootstech – see his post here.
  • The sessions announced so far, let alone the keynote addresses and banquets, look amazing.  Almost 45 sessions each day.  Subject cover everything from blogs, social media, programming and platforms such as SQL, PHP, Ruby on Rails, and much more.

You’ll be hearing much more about rootstech in the next few weeks, especially after the holiday season.  And start looking for those rootstech Official Blogger badges in the sidebars of your favorite genealogy blogs.  Besides, FamilySearch must know me well and the fact that I like shiny, sparkly things like neat blog badges!

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

FamilySearch.org Announces Big Changes

Family Search

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

Big Changes at FamilySearch.org

Updated Site Now Available; More Improvements to Come

SALT LAKE CITY–FamilySearch announced several changes today for its family history website,  FamilySearch.org. Online patrons will find millions of new records and images, over 40,000 helpful articles, over 100 interactive courses of instruction, and a dynamic forum to ask personal genealogy questions. The changes have been in testing for some time. FamilySearch will continue to implement the new website in phases to ensure all critical elements are functioning as desired. Once complete, the website will be promoted more broadly.

The new site offers the following free benefits to FamilySearch patrons:

  • Millions more scanned, historical documents and indexes that are published more frequently.
  • An improved search experience that looks through more content and gives more accurate results.
  • A thriving online genealogical community where patrons can give and receive help.
  • One user name and password for all FamilySearch products and services.
  • Responsive, reliable, and scalable hardware and software that will allow the site to grow and improve.

FamilySearch has published a helpful document called “Adjusting to the New Version of www.familysearch.org” and a video tutorial that summarizes the changes to the new site.  These new guides can be found under the “Changes at FamilySearch.org” link.

The prior version of the site will still be available through the transition period.

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

©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee