Thursday, October 07, 2010

FamilySearch: "Image only" collections by 20 million new items

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Steady Flow of Digital Images Reflects the Dawning of a New Digital Age
20 million new “browsable” images from 8 countries published online

An increasing number of “image only” collections are being published on the website, signifying a new phase in the site’s digital pipeline. Rather than waiting until the index is complete for each collection, FamilySearch is releasing the digital images as soon as possible in a browsable format. This gives patrons quicker access to records, which they can search in a similar way they would with a microfilm reader.

This week FamilySearch published its first digital Chinese collection, along with additional digital image collections from Belgium, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, and Puerto Rico. Twenty million additional indexed records were also published for Civil War and Revolutionary War collections and the 1851 Census for England and Wales. Search these records now at

See the chart below for the complete list of newly added or updated collections.
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Belgium, Civil Registration, 1795-1910—Part 1

New images*
Central America, Colonial Census Records—Guatemala, 1662-1900

New images
China, Feng Ping Shan Library—Chinese Genealogies, 1500-1900

New images published as “Chinese Genealogies”
Germany, Hessen-Nassau Civil Registers and Church Books, 1701-1875

New images
Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1890
New records and images
Mexico, Guerrero—Catholic Church Records, 1576-1969

Additional images added
Mexico, Hidalgo—Catholic Church Records, 1546-1963

Additional images added
Mexico, Mexico (Estado)—Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970

Additional images added
Mexico, Tlaxcala—Catholic Church Records, 1576-1989

Additional images added
Netherlands, Drenthe—Civil Registration, 1811-1942

Additional images added
Netherlands, Friesland—Civil Registration, 1811-1932, Part 2

Additional images added
Netherlands, Friesland—Civil Registration, 1811-1950, Part 1

Additional images added
Netherlands, Gelderland Province Civil Registration, 1811-1950

New images
Netherlands, Zeeland—Civil Registration, 1796-1922

Additional images added
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland—Civil Registration, 1811-1942

Additional images added
Philippines, Manila—Civil Registration, 1899-1994, Part 1

New images
Puerto Rico, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969

Additional images added
United Kingdom, 1851 Census—England and Wales

New indexed records
United States, South Carolina—Civil War Confederate Service Records, 1861-1865

New index pointing to's website
United States—Civil War Pension Index Cards

Additional records added
United States—Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910

New index pointing to's website
United States—Revolutionary War Service Records, 1775-1785

New index pointing to's website

*To view the images in this collection, patrons must be logged in at There is no access or subscription fee.

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