Monday, August 25, 2008

FamilySearch Update: 25 Aug 2008

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friend Paul Nauta at FamilySearch.org. Please address all inquiries to support@FamilySearch.org .

25 August 2008

FamilySearch has updated or added three new free databases this week to its online pilot program at http://pilot.familysearch.org/. The new additions represent over 9 million new names. There are now over 477 million searchable names on the pilot site.

Current indexing projects include the 1920 U.S Census, 1869 Argentina Census, 1930 Mexico Census, 1945 Florida State Census, Louisiana Deaths, German Church Records, Italy Church Records, Spain Church Records, Venezuela Church Records, and Nicaragua Civil Registration Records.

A sincere thanks goes out to the great online community of FamilySearch volunteer indexers for their great work in these initiatives. Individuals willing to help with any of the current or upcoming indexing projects can begin immediately by registering online at
www.FamilySearchIndexing.org
. The more volunteers participating, the more records FamilySearch will be able to make freely available online—quicker.

1870 U.S. Federal Census
Thirteen new states and almost 9 million names were added to the free 1870 U.S. Census index online. Indexes are now available for Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Dakota Territory, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon,Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming. Digital images can be searched for all states except Kentucky, Vermont, and Virginia.

West Virginia Births Index
A searchable name index for West Virginia Births for 1853 to 1930 has been added. This project includes 220,000 names and is 76% complete. For a list of counties indexed in the collection to-date, see the project description at http://pilot.famlysearch.org/. No images currently.

West Virginia Deaths Index
The West Virginia Deaths Index 1853 to 1870 is now available online. Over 266,00 names were added, and it is 80% complete. This is an index of both statewide and county death records. A link to digital images on the West Virginia Division of Culture and History website is provided from the index.

Summary of Current Projects/Updates

  • 1870 US Census - Searchable database online Updated – 13 new states
  • WV Births Searchable database online Updated – 14 new counties
  • WV Deaths Searchable database online Updated – 14 new counties
  • 1920 U.S. Census Indexing Project New states added
  • 1869 Argentina Census Indexing Project New in cue
  • 1930 Mexico Census Indexing Project New states added
  • 1945 Florida State Census Indexing Project New in cue
  • German Church Records Indexing Project New in cue
  • Italy Church Records Indexing Project New in cue
  • Louisiana Deaths Indexing Project New counties added
  • Nicaragua Civil Registration Indexing Project New in cue
  • Spain Church Records Indexing Project New in cue
  • Venezuela Church Records Indexing Project New in cue