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

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[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 and’s index to the 1881 and 1891 England and Wales censuses and’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

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

England and Wales Census, 1891

31,782,845 Index only. Images available at

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

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

3,610,754 Data courtesy of

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

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©2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee

WikiTree Improves Its Privacy Tools

[Editor's note: the following press release was received from Elyse Doerflinger who is the WikiTree Evangelist at WikiTree]

WikiTree Makes its Privacy Tools Easy to Use

January 17, 2010:

Today WikiTree is announcing the release of a new feature that makes its unique privacy tools more user-friendly. This represents a significant enhancement in the website’s defining blend of private family history and large-scale public collaboration.

WikiTree connects living people and distant ancestors on one worldwide family tree. Users can confidently include personal photos, memories, and family details while gaining the benefits of public sharing and wiki editing. The key is what WikiTree calls “Trusted Lists”. Profile Managers decide who can access and edit each individual profile, and they control how much of each profile should be visible to those outside the Trusted List. It is an uniquely powerful set of tools, but new users have had trouble understanding what information can be seen by whom.

Genealogy technology expert Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers explained the problem in his November review of WikiTree: “As I entered information such as birth dates, it always appeared for me and I didn’t know what a non-member of WikiTree would see.  I had to log out to understand what this view would look like.” This led him to recommend that WikiTree add a “preview or a public view function.”

WikiTreers now have this public view function. They can easily toggle back and forth between the private view, for themselves and others on the Trusted List, and the public view that everyone else sees. If they change a privacy setting, they can instantly see its effect.

About WikiTree: WikiTree’s mission is to create a rich worldwide family tree resource by striking the perfect balance between collaboration and privacy. It gives families a free and easy way to privately share information and organize their facts, memories, and photos. At the same time, it enables distant relatives and strangers to grow a worldwide family tree and create a valuable resource for future historians. WikiTree was started in 2008 by Chris Whitten, the creator of WikiAnswers – one of the top 50 websites in the US. Content on WikiTree is owned and edited by its contributors. Join the free community at

Disclosure statement: I have no material contacts with WikiTree or its creator, Chris Whitten; however I have reviewed the WikiTree product and have interviewed Chris Whitten in the past here at GeneaBloggers. To review the other material connections I have with genealogy vendors, please see Disclosure Statements.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee

ISGS Unveils New Website

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[Editor's Note: the following press release was received from the Illinois State Genealogical Society announcing their new website.]

Illinois State Genealogical Society Unveils New Website

New Design Features Illinois Resources for Genealogy Researchers

January 15, 2011 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) announces the debut of its newly redesigned website available to the public on Saturday, January 15, 2011.

Located at, the new ISGS website features links to ISGS projects as well as links to other records and resources throughout Illinois including those individual genealogical home pages with an Illinois connection!

Visitors are invited to explore the new ISGS website and enjoy these features:

  • The current issue of the ISGS Newsletter and archived copies back to 2008
  • Listings of ISGS events and events for Illinois genealogical societies
  • Highlights of various ISGS projects and initiatives
  • Free databases filled with information on Illinois ancestors
  • A list of Illinois research resources

New Members Section

One of the new features of the ISGS website is a members-only section which will be populated with access to Illinois-related databases for those researchers with Prairie State ancestors. Over the course of the next few months, additional members-only databases will be added.

Stop By and Visit ISGS!

ISGS encourages everyone – ISGS members and the public – to stop by and explore. In addition, visitors are encouraged to leave their feedback with the ISGS webmaster at

About Illinois State Genealogical Society

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was organized in October of the Illinois Sesquicentennial Year, 1968, and is a non-profit, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:

  • To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
  • To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
  • To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
  • To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.

The ISGS genealogical collection is located in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield and an administrative office is maintained in the Illinois State Archives. For more information visit

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Disclosure:  I am currently the webmaster for the Illinois State Genealogical Society, as well as a Director, Publicity Chair and Death Records and Obits Chair. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with other genealogy vendors and organizations.

©2011, copyright Thomas MacEntee