Friday, September 30, 2011

Riverton FamilySearch Library 15 Oct 2011 Seminar

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The folks at the Riverton FamilySearch Library in the southwest of the Salt Lake Valley are making quite a splash with their monthly seminars. They typically draw over 400 attendees. Even the venerable Family History Library downtown doesn't meet that bar.



Riverton FamilySearch Library
13400 South and Bangerter, Riverton, Utah
(Four story building east of Home Depot)
Free Saturday Seminar–October 15, 2011
9:00 a.m. to Noon



9:00 a.m.:  Keynote Speaker: Randy Bryson
“FamilySearch Scanning: The Story of Opening the Granite Mountain Records Vault”

10:00 a.m. Choose one of the following four classes:

  • “Making Google Work for You” - Sue Maxwell
  • Introduction to Legacy 7.5 Tree Maker and Legacy FamilySearch" - Carl Holland
  • Where the Pros Search...Many Free, Wonderful Genealogy Sites Exist. Search from Your Home. Search for That Missing Link. - Ron Ray
  • "Researching Your Scottish Ancestry - Raymon Naisbitt

11:00 a.m. Choose one of the following four classes:
  • “Strategies for Searching - Using Ancestry.com” - Sue Maxwell
  • “New England Research” - Marilyn Markham
  • Bits and Pieces: How to Write Your Personal History” - Rose Ann Fisher
  • Temple Submission Policies" - Ray Garrison

Utah Archives Month programs

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received late yesterday from the Utah State Archives and Records Service. Address all inquiries to gfairclough@utah.gov.



The Utah State Archives will observe Utah Archives Month throughout October with weekly events each Friday at noon. Classes geared to celebrate the value of historic records will be offered each week. The statewide theme for 2011 is "Archives: the Records of Our Lives."

Alan Barnett, reference archivist at the Utah State Archives, will share the fascinating story of extortion letters from the self-proclaimed "Tall and Short Man"€ that were found in the Utah State Archives holdings from a 1911-1913 Ogden City Police Department investigation, on October 7.

Ron Fox, who has over 30 years of government service and currently serves as president of The Fox Group, Inc., will discuss his latest book “When the White House Came to Zion,” a photographic history that takes us on an entertaining journey through time as we discover the stories behind the events that brought American presidents to Utah, on October 14.

Will Bagley, a historian specializing in the history of the western United States, will discuss his latest book €œThe Mormon Rebellion: America's First Civil War, 1857-1858, a story that describes how, in 1857, President James Buchanan ordered U.S. troops to Utah to replace Brigham Young as governor and restore order in what the federal government viewed as a territory in rebellion, on October 21.

Robert Kirby, a humor and religion columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune, will share his thoughts on the value of historic records in our everyday lives, followed by an event inviting past and present members of Utah's law enforcement community to bring in historic items and memories to share, on October 28.

All events will be held in the Courtyard Meeting Room in the State Archives Building, 346 S. Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City. An exhibit of capitol artifacts is on display in the lobby of the Archives building. The display includes notable artifacts, such as a capitol dome light, original office furnishings, historic photographs, design submission competition entries, program of competition booklets, a piece of granite, and commemorative items.

Information about these and other events is listed in the calendar on the Utah Archives Month website, utaharchivesmonth.org.


 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

GeneaBloggers Radio: Digging Deeper: Dealing with Conflicting Genealogy Evidence

DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here will appear as the guest host of Geneabloggers BlogTalk Radio on Friday, 30 September 2011. Our topic: Digging Deeper: Dealing with Conflicting Genealogy Evidence.

To log in and listen to the show: 
Call In Number: +1 213 286 6709


Friday, September 30, 2011
10pm-11:30pm Eastern US
9-10:30pm Central US
8-9:30pm Mountain US
7-8:30pm Pacific US
Use the Time Zone Converter to determine the correct time for your neck of the woods.

My special guests will include:  
Barbara Mathews, CG℠ certified genealogist and author of The Demanding Genealogist blog. She serves as the Massachusetts Society of the Colonial Dames of America as the verifying genealogist, and is the genealogist for the Welles Family Association. She received her undergraduate degree from University of Connecticut in Physics and Mathematics, received her M.S.W. From Brandeis University, and studied history at Harvard Extension School.

Website: http://gis.net/~bmathews/
Blog: The Demanding Genealogist



Certified genealogist Michael Hait, CG℠ of Hait Family Research . Michael is a full-time professional genealogist, with over fifteen years of research experience across the United States. His specialties include Maryland research, African American genealogy, and records of the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Michael is a frequent contributor to genealogy magazines and journals, and a popular lecturer in the Mid-Atlantic area.


Accredited Genealogist and Family History Library employee Claire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS, AG®  Claire is author of "The Social Media Guide for Ancestral Research: Using Web 2.0 Strategies". She is a professional researcher with many years experience in genealogy and family history research and accredited in England research. She is a native of RI and moved to Utah in 2003 and works at the Family History Library. She maintains her own business, Timeless Genealogies. She created the "Especially for Youth" section on the FamilySearch Research Wiki. She lectures on a large variety of topics concentrating on various localities as well as the youth and the latest technology tools. She designed a step by step guide for learning the new Web 2.0 technologies for all who wish to expand and extend their research. She loves spending time with her family, reading, and writing.
I think you'll agree TONIGHT'S GUESTS have unique perspectives on genealogy research and will help us figure out how to handle conflicting evidence. And, as usual, you never know what other aspects of genealogy and family history will be covered at GeneaBloggers Radio so tune in! GeneaBloggers Radio is about the most fun you can have with your genealogy on a Friday night!

BLOG SPOTLIGHT
I'd like to give a shout out to one of the TOP 40 2011 Family Tree Magazine genealogy blog award winners, Jennifer Thornton Woods, who worked at United States Air Force  as a Russian Linguist no less! Her popular blog (in English) is Climbing My Family Tree located at http://www.climbingmyfamilytree.com


Of particular interest is a new feature of the blog where Jen’s daughter Ellie, a budding artist has drawn the first in a series of what Jen calls “Genea-Comic” titled The Court Record Lift. Head on over to climbingmyFamilyTree.com, and scroll through the posts. Better yet, add ClimbingMyFamilyTree to your blog reader, so you won’t miss a post. You’ll be glad you did.

Hope you enjoy the show. Next Friday, October 7, 2011 GeneaBloggers Radio will return with special host Angela Walton-Raji for a live show on ethnic genealogy including guests Linda Geiger and Lisa Lee. Stay tuned!
Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)

DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy. 

Certified Genealogist and CG are proprietary service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.

The International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, internationally recognized as ICAPGenSM  and AG, sets standards for the genealogical community through comprehensive written and oral examinations.
 

Syncing with online trees and other researchers

DearREADERS,
Today's announcement Ancestry.com Releases Family Tree Maker 2012 with TreeSync™ deals with the concept of syncing between a desktop computer's genealogy program and a genealogy web site. We have previously seen some activity of this sort with the "newFamilySearch" trees, where some FamilySearch Certified software can sync to update data one or both ways. This past May we saw the emergence of AncestorSync in beta-test mode which is reportedly planning to release several additional versions hopefully by RootsTech 2012.

But where's the beef?

More succinctly, I should say "here's MY beef" with the syncing scenarios thus far:

From a marketing standpoint, Ancestry.com is doing its best to keep members involved both on and off the net by offering a sync that will work only between Ancestry's Family Tree Maker 2012 desktop software and Ancestry's online family trees. There are conflicting reports in the FTM users' message board leading me to question the reliability of the syncing option in FTM 2012. In it's favor, Ancestry.com trees still provides what I consider the best mix of security/access options for online collaboration on top of the "shaky leaf" option to have Ancestry's computers search within context for indexes and scanned images that may match ancestors on your tree.

I believe the FTM2012/Ancestry.com Sync is limited, not taking into account the other genealogy software programs in use, including a big contingent of FTM16 users who refuse to switch because of problems with later versions.

Syncing to "newFamilySearch" trees at FamilySearch.org is limited as well. It has more to do with clearing names for temple work (avoiding duplication), than for sharing of well-documented genealogy research among genealogists. FamilySearch removed the option to dispute, concerning me greatly. (Remember the case of my Uncle Jack being listed in NewFamilySearch as a deceased female. He is had no unusual operations, nor did he pass away. He and his wife winter in Arizona and maintains his home in Washington state.) FamilySearch's attempt to make one family tree won't work for serious genealogists because of a perpetual source citation problem and the fact that the current digital record citation details exist in a fully-editable wiki format. I wouldn't want any Tom, Dick or Harry messing up my source citations.

AncestorSync is limited to a few beta testers at this point. But AncestorSync still has the best suggestion of future syncing scenarios. The website states it "currently supports: Ancestral Quest, Legacy, Mac Family Tree, PAF, RootsMagic, The Master Genealogist and more on the way." But where's the product? Still in the pipeline.

I've heard a subsequent version of AncestorSync will permit syncing one geni.com database (admittendly skinny in the citation and attached images department) with not one but multiple desktop software programs simultaneously. Wouldn't THAT be useful to those using multiple genealogy programs?

The website also explains Ancestor Sync will work with "Your Favorite Online Pedigree". Does this mean Geni, MyHeritage, WikiTree, FamilySearch and other online tree sites? What about syncing with Ancestry.com? We just don't know, as AncestorSync is available only in beta for downloading from Geni to it's testers' genealogy program of choice. Though additional syncing options may be in the pipeline, we've not yet seen a testable product to work with that goes across the board.

OPINIONATED, AREN'T I?
I don't like syncing with a genealogy website as the only method of sharing data with another researcher with common ancestors.
  • I don't know what info that website will aggregate, sift through or rearrange
  • What if the other researcher has more information than permitted by the brokering website's number and length of fields permitted for each ancestor? That information will be lost to me. 
IF a service like AncestorSync were to introduce an end-user to end-user file syncing service, I'd go for it. But I am getting the cart before the horse. AncestorSync has got to get out of beta and get on with the show.
Hopefully all genealogy entities will "beef up" their file syncing capabilities making it easier for researchers to share info.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.



 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BACK STORY: Get Off the Fence and Start Writing

DearREADERS,
During FGS 2011, Ol' Myrt here dressed up as my paternal great-grandmother Eliza Marie (Wasden) Weiser (1862-1942) for my luncheon presentation to the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. This "back-story follow up" has taken on the characteristics of a lengthy novel, but I'll publish this never-the-less, so my grandchildren can get a kick out of the whole story.

My paternal great-grandmothers, Eliza, wearing the hat,
is the mother of the other three ladies.
L to R: Pearl, Myrtle, Eliza and Grace Weiser.
NOTE: Myrtle is my grandmother, the inspiration for my "DearMYRTLE" nom de plume.

Charles Switzer Weiser kinda looks like
PT Barnum, wouldn't you say?
I channeled my great-grandmother Eliza, who managed to support her large family by maintaining a small truck farm. Her ne'er-do-well husband Charles Switzer Weiser (1850-1926) was often unnecessarily absent  from the home, particularly when a traveling circus came to town and kept him away for months at a time.


I can just imagine my great-grandmother's practical, no-nonsense approach as she dealt with the realities of her life in the country. Having an "inactive" husband certainly didn't bode well for Eliza, in the Mormon community of Twin Falls, Idaho.

My father often spoke fondly of trips to visit Eliza, where he and his siblings were happy to sleep on the wood floor just for the adventure of it. Dad said egg gathering with his youngest uncle Kenneth was challenging. Kenneth insisted the proper method was to climb up in the rafters of the barn where the best laying hens liked to roost, grab three or four eggs and put them in your pocket before climbing down the ladder to run into the kitchen for breakfast. Needless to say, those eggs were smashed, and my Dad at age four was pretty mad. But I digress.


Eliza Marie (Wasden) Weiser (1862-1942)
in front of her home in Twin Falls Idaho, circa 1940.

Charles and Eliza Marie (Wasden) Weiser home
in Twin Falls, Idaho, circa 1940.

View of the garden with the fence in the background.

Row after tow of potatoes and other vegetables
kept great-grandma's children busy tending and eating.



BACK TO MY APPEARANCE as my great-grandmother Eliza Marie (Wasden) Weiser

Thanks to Linda McCauley for taking these ISFHWE luncheon pics.

 Notice I borrowed heavy work boots, an old plaid shirt and a cowboy hat from Mr. Myrt.



THIS IS SOME OF THE TEXT on which my extemporaneous luncheon presentation was based:

Well, good afternoon everyone. So I understand this is the meeting of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors, and I’ve been asked to step in on behalf of my great-granddaughter, who goes by the nom de plume of DearMYRTLE. My goal is to help you GET OFF THE FENCE and start writing!

So let’s talk about that – WRITING.

Putting your ideas down on paper, on your new-fangled computers, in your blogs, in a book perhaps an e-book, paper or hardbound, maybe even a newspaper… whatever your medium of choice.

Now just how many of you are writing like you KNOW you should – a little bit every day?

If not – GET OFF THE FENCE and start writing! Don’t make me take out my secret weapon… My great-grandson-in-law, Mr. Myrt over there is holding my secret weapon, wrapped up in that old quilt should I need to rely on it.

Do you read everything you can get your hands on just to critique the author’s skills at painting a picture with words? Making characters believable? Being concise?

If not – GET OFF THE FENCE and start writing! Don’t make me take out my secret weapon…

When I began writing, it wasn’t too much after the invention of the hammer and chisel. We thought we were so advanced because we had moved out of the “cave painting stage” of communicating our thoughts. In elementary school, we used a hand-held slate and white chalk -- and that was messy.When we graduated to ink pens, there was always the problem of the boys dipping our pigtails into the inkwells of our wooden school desks.

By the time my great-granddaughter, DearMYRTLE, was ready for school, times had changed. Each fall before elementary school started, she and her brother Mike would take the bus down to the local Rexall Drug and pick up some good #2 pencils and a couple of those big fat pink erasers. Now, I hear it’s not politically correct to require kids to bring their own school supplies like pencil cases and such, but I digress.

Long about third grade my great-granddaughter learned to write in cursive – but still used the pencil. By sixth grade she was permitted to use a fountain pen – the kind with the little pin on the side to draw the ink out of the bottle. Her teachers wouldn’t permit the use of those new-fangled “ball point pens” (really, truly) because using a fountain pen without smudging the ink was the sign of good penmanship.

In Junior High my great-granddaughter took up calligraphy in art class, and its no wonder there wasn’t much accomplished in the world of writing until the arrival of the Gutenberg Press. Some words took her a good two minutes to execute with all those squiggles and serifs. Movable type sped things up even more.

Speaking of “type” by high school my great-granddaughter had to type her book reports, and somehow no one ever told her that you could rearrange paragraphs. She thought she was just a TERRIBLE writer because the words didn’t flow perfectly from the beginning of the report to the end. You know – an introduction, middle and then the denumont – (tying together of loose ends). It wasn’t until DearMYRTLE encountered the dreaded MRS. GRAHAM, her tenth grade English teacher that Myrt learned about edits and rewrites.

ARE YOU doing edits and  rewrites AFTER you throw all your ideas on the page?

If not – GET OFF THE FENCE and start writing! Don’t make me take out my secret weapon…

When my great-granddaughter went to college it was a marvelous thing that her parents gifted her with a manual Smith-Corona typewriter. It was pink, if you can imagine, and I hear she was delighted. But writing then was still cumbersome because if you wanted to rearrange sentences or paragraphs, you had to type the whole thirty page term paper over again – double spaced with no cross outs. That now obsolete "White-Out" hadn’t been invented yet, so she used one of those terrible circular erasers with the little green bristle brush.

DearMYRTLE's first job involved using an IBM Selectric (with the little interchangeable type balls if you wished to change fonts.) It was then that we began using White-Out or those “white correction tapes”.

I hear DearMYRTLE bought her first computer in the winter of 84-85 back in the dark ages of computer technology. It was a Commodore64 with a tape drive instead of floppies or a hard drive. Back then she thought her daughters just might need to learn on a full-sized keyboard. 

But let’s fast-forward -- Now my 2nd great-grandson, Ty knew at age 2 how to use a mouse and could click to make choices in a pre-school color-matching computer game online at Disney.com.

Every night 12 year-old 2nd great-granddaughter Aubrey texts her grandmother DearMYRTLE on her iPod Touch, and occasionally sends me a photo with comments via her mom’s iPhone.
Advances in word processing make rearranging sentences and paragraphs a snap. DearMYRTLE calls it "drag and drop" but not being exposed to computers, I just have to take her word for it.
 The methods for communicating thought have changed so much in the last 100 years, but don’t let that deter you. You've got it a LOT easier than writers in my day and age. Why you won't even get ink build up on your finders -- just sore eyes from staring at your computer screen for hours on end.

Don't you think it is about time you...
GET OFF THE FENCE and start writing! Don’t make me take out my secret weapon… 

When it comes to  YOUR writing – it doesn’t matter:·
  • What type of schooling you’ve had
  • What tools you use – paper / computers or otherwise
GET OFF THE FENCE and start writing! Don’t make me take out my secret weapon…

Now I’ve given some of  you an UNSHARPENED PENCIL with an extra eraser cap just to remind you about our little talk today. As you sit and dawdle – staring at that computer screen at home or in your office – remember you don't have to rely on the hammer and chisel to get your message across. You don't even have to worry about sharpening that pencil. You just need to DIVE IN.

We’re actually going to QUIT TALK TALKING about writing AND ACTUALLY GET OFF THE FENCE and start writing! 
We're going to have a "working lunch".
Take one of the brightly colored pieces of paper in the center of your lunch tables, because we’re going to move into the INTERACTIVE part of this presentation – the part where you DO GET OFF THE FENCE.

We’re going to take four minutes for each of you to accept the WRITING ASSIGNMENT for your table. 

This will be SHORT, SWEET and perhaps most interesting.

 We won’t worry about WERE WHAT WHY, WHO WHEN or HOW.

We’re just going to write.   

It’s OK to talk with your neighbors. In fact I’d like you to work with your neighbors and decide which one of your writing creations you’ll share with the entire group.

GET OFF THE FENCE and start writing! The time clock starts now...

WHAT ENSUED, my DearREADERS, was priceless, spontaneous and utterly marvelous. People started writing and sharing comments with their table mates. I tromped around the room in Mr. Myrt's big old work boots. With mic in hand, I found several willing to share the results of this writing challenge and I was amazed by the talent in the room.

When we're not worried about writing we can get C R E A T I V E!

TOWARD THE END, I TOOK OFF THE COWBOY HAT and explained why I took on the persona of my Great-Grandmother Eliza (Wasden) Weiser for this presentation.
You always hear about other folks who have a precious letter from an ancestor, but until recently I hadn't been one of those. Genealogists talk about how we'd be ever so thankful to have even a scrap of paper from an ancestor. Often we settle for diary entries from others in the family describing an event, or from someone else who served in an ancestor's military unit.

A week before the luncheon presentation, I had been sorting through a box of my father's books, including some that he had inherited from his mother Myrtle (Weiser) Player Severinson. It has been hard for me to go through Dad's things since he passed away just a few short years ago.

As I moved the book from the box to the shelf, an envelope fell out.
It was addressed to Mrs. Shirley Player, 720 West 4th North, Salt Lake City, Utah. Postmarked Twin Falls, Idaho, 11:30 AM, Oct 22, 1924 and included a 2 cent stamp. I knew this was a letter to my Grandma Myrtle, quite possibly from her mother. I was jazzed, and carefully removed the fragile pages from the torn envelope to find out more.


Inside were two pages, of what appears to have been at least a three page letter from my great-grandmother Eliza Marie (Wasden) Weiser to her daughter, my grandmother Myrtle Eliza (Weiser) Player. Though Eliza didn't sign the letter, I have no doubt it is hers, read on to find out why.

Essentially the letter describes Eliza's parents' home.


Transcription of the unnumbered page image at right. Note I've used [and] rather than the ampersand as it always gets funky in this blogger interface.

"Sketch of father [and] Mother's last home


This home was located half block from the Public Square in Gunnison, Utah their home consisted of five rooms with tyle or flatrock for walks

I can always remember with pride mothers little flower garden a variety of all kinds of flowers and Father[s] vegetable garden was always considered to be one of the earliest"

Transcription of the unnumbered page at left.
"in and around the barn Father always 
had a place for everything and everything in its place
his wagons [and] machinery [and] hardness when not in use were always just under cover [and] the home was kept immaculate -
they enjoyed entertaining their children [and] friends always
usually a splendid repast as they enjoyed always Sister Wasden cooking"

WHY I THINK THIS LETTER SHOULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO ELIZA
The writer speaks of his/her mother and father. There is no return address on the envelope, but Eliza and Charles Switzer Weiser were the only adult members of our family known to live in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1924. The mention of the home "in Gunnison, Utah" and that last phrase "Sister Wasden" confirmed my suspicions that this was a letter from Eliza speaking of her mother, and not a letter from Charles Switzer Weiser whose mother who had died years before in Chicago, never having lived in Utah.

Additional background Info: My father told me on many occasions about traveling for hours by car during rain storms from Salt Lake City to Twin Falls to visit his grandmother. He explained when a tire hit a rain puddle, the muddy water would literally come up through the wooden floor boards of his Dad's car, so by the time they arrived they were all drenched. Dad also told me those early cars didn't have motor driven windshield wipers, and that whomever sat in the front seat with the driver had to manually swish the wipers back and forth using a little handle on the top inside of the windshield. Dad also referred to his grandmother's vegetable garden, mentioning how you'd better lock your car doors and windows when you arrived in the late summer or else you'd be gifted with a pile of extra zucchini squash, the size of your forearm, from pretty much anyone nearby with a vegetable garden.

LET'S COUNT THE GENERATIONS involved if I share this letter and these stories with my grandchildren:
  1. My 2nd great-grandparents Thomas and Mary (Coucom) Wasden each born in England, emigrated to the United States after joining the LDS Church. Their last home was in Gunnison, Utah.
  2. Their daughter, born in Utah, my great-grandmother Eliza Marie (Wasden) Weiser, who wrote the letter and was living in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1924.
  3. Her daughter, my paternal grandmother Myrtle Eliza (Weiser) Player Severinson, who lived in Salt Lake City in 1924, later moved to Seattle when my Dad was 8 years of age. She married Harold Severinson after the death of her first husband Shirley Player.
  4. Her son, my father, Glen S. Player, MD who kept his mother's books after her passing away in his home 28 Sept 1972. Dad died in the same home on 28 Sept 2007 with my brothers Mike, David and me in attendance.
  5. Me
  6. My daughters
  7. My grandchildren
This letter from my great-grandmother describing her impressions of her parents -- her pride, her handwriting are simply PRICELESS to me.
It IS important that you  GET OFF THE FENCE and start writing! Your memories and compiled genealogy tell the stories of people reaching back generations in time.

SO, GET OFF THE FENCE and start writing! Don’t make me take out my secret weapon…

THE SECRET WEAPON
Are you as overly curious about the secret weapon as were the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors luncheon attendees? At the end of my presentation, Mr. Myrt removed the quilt so I could reveal my secret weapon.

Just in case you need a little PRODDING
to "Get off that fence and start writing!"

NOTE: The luncheon and two plaid shirt photos were taken and graciously shared by Linda McCauley, who originally posted them at her SmugMug site. Thanks for sharing, Linda.

PS - Now Ol' Myrt finds herself in a pickle. There are several who know I'll be the luncheon speaker at the 5 Nov 2011 Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania's Family History Day. They say after the "Myrt and the pitchfork" presentation they can hardly wait to see what I'll come up with next. [sigh]

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.

FamilySearch: Australia, Estonia, Mexico, US additions

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FamilySearch. Please address all inquiries to support@familysearch.org.  

 New Collections for Australia, Estonia, Mexico, and U.S. 

U.S. Additions Include Utah, California, Illinois and 7 other states 

28 September 2011


New records collections from Australia, Estonia, Mexico and the United States can now be searched for free at FamilySearch.org. In addition, new records were added to Austria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Honduras, Poland, South Africa, and Spain collections. Find your ancestors now at FamilySearch.org.

Searchable records on
FamilySearch.org are made possible by thousands of volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) the information from handwritten records to make them easily searchable by computer. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to help accelerate this great initiative to preserve and provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records. To learn more about the FamilySearch indexing program, visit indexing.familysearch.org
Collection Records Images Comments
Australia, Tasmania, Miscellaneous Records, 1800–2000 0 19,898 New browsable image collection.
Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888 0 255,279 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Canada, Saskatchewan Provincial Records, 1879-1987 0 13,864 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1903 54,265 1,964 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic Church Books, 1552-1935 0 67,701 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses 1843-1921 0 20,395 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Třeboň, Nobility Seignorial records, 1664-1698 0 64,620 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Estonia, Church Books 1835-1940 0 10,245 New browsable image collection.
Estonia, Petseri County, Surname Register Cards 1921-1923 0 12,902 New browsable image collection.
Honduras, Church Records, 1633-1978 0 37,122 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Puebla, Civil Registration, 1861-1930 0 1,457,276 New browsable image collection.
Poland, Roman Catholic Church Books, 1600-1950 0 34,473 Added browsable images to existing collection.
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2004 0 96,404 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979 810,218 0 Added index records to existing collection.
Spain, Diocese of Avila, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1975 77,954 0 Added index records to existing collection.
U.S., California, San Mateo County Records, 1856-1967 0 17,174 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879-1960 0 16,031 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Illinois, Probate Records, 18191970 0 64,589 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Maine, State Archive Collections, 1636–1964 0 24,686 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Maine, Washington County Courthouse Records, 1785-1950 0 91,241 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Minnesota, County Birth Records, 1863-1983 0 113,520 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Mississippi State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951 0 125,677 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Ohio, Cuyahoga County Probate Files, 1813-1900 0 17,788 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1953 0 7,786 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1935 0 41,117 Added browsable images to existing collection. 

FamilySearch
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