Friday, October 03, 2008

FamilySearch Indexing Update 3 Oct 2008

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FamilySearchIndexing.org. Please submit all inquiries to support@FamilySearchIndexing.org & do your part by participating as an active volunteer indexer.

FamilySearch Indexing Update
3 October 2008

Over 29 million new names were posted this past week on the
FamilySearch Record Search pilot. Kudos to the FamilySearch volunteer indexers for their monumental contributions! The chart below lists the current indexing projects and their completion status. Volunteers can help any time by registering or downloading a current project at www.familysearch.org (click on Index Records>Volunteer or Start Indexing) or www.familysearchindexing.org.

Project Spotlight: United Kingdom, Cheshire Poor Law
The United Kingdom, Cheshire Poor Law indexing project is currently 82% complete. We would like to finish this project by the end of next week, 10 October 2008. If volunteers have time to donate before October 10th, try doing at least a batch or two (or more) from this project. (To download a batch from a specific project, click the Download From… button in the My Work section of the indexing application’s start page, select the project from the list, and click Download.)


The Cheshire project includes several types of records kept by the workhouses in Cheshire County, including the Chester Union Workhouse at Hoole, from 1848-1967. Some of the poor in the community would go to the workhouses for only a short time. Some ended up spending the rest of their lives there.

We are indexing birth and baptism records, death and burial records, admission registers, and creed registers. The information gathered depends upon the record type and includes the names of those admitted, admission dates, religion, names of children, names of parents, birth dates, baptism dates, names of the deceased, death and burial dates.

These are not all of the Poor Law records but a significant portion of them. It is estimated that these records include 500,000 names. [The population of Cheshire County during the time period of these records is uncertain, but the population in 2001 was 673,781—so a significant portion of the community is represented in these records.]

Current Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion Status

Alabama - 1920 US Federal Census
English - 1920
79%

Argentina Censo 1869 - Buenos Aires
Spanish - 1869
66%

Brandenburg Kirchenbücher
German - 1789-1875
8%

California - 1920 US Federal Census
English - 1920
28%

España Lugo Registros Parroquiales
Spanish - 1530-1930
6%

Florida 1945 Census
English - 1945
24%

France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche
French - 1792-1906
7%

Guanajuato Censo de Mexico de 1930
Spanish - 1930
56%

Guerrero - Censo de Mexico de 1930
Spanish - 1930
35%

Illinois - 1920 US Federal Census
English - 1920
15%

Massachusetts - 1920 US Federal Census
English - 1920
15%

Morelos - Censo de Mexico de 1930
Spanish - 1930
68%

New York - 1870 US Federal Census
English - 1870
55%

Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records
Spanish - 1879 - present
8%

Quintana Roo - Censo de Mexico de 1930
Spanish - 1930
88%

Trento, Italy Baptism Records
Italian - 1784-1924
7%

UK - Cheshire - Poor Law
English - 1848 -1967
82%

Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales
Spanish - 1654 - 1992
0.3%