Friday, February 24, 2012

FamilySearch: 2.8 million new records this week

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: Our friends at FamilySearch have been busy according to this recent communication. Please address all inquiries to

Oh Canada! And England, Hungary, Italy, Russia, and US 

Mountain of free historic records online keeps growing weekly

FamilySearch added 2.8 million new, free records online this past week for Canada, England, Hungary, Italy, Russia, and the U.S. Got Hungarian roots? Check out the new 900,000 Hungary Reformed Church Christenings records. You might be surprised to know that FamilySearch now has over 2.5 billion free searchable records online now in its historic record collections. Find your ancestors now for free at

Searchable historic records on are made possible by thousands of volunteers from around the world who transcribe (index) the information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the amount of digital images being published online at Learn more about how to personally help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records as a volunteer indexer at

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Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1831 91,908 0 Added indexed records to existing collection.
Canada, Lower Canada Census, 1842 46,467 7,674 New Index and browsable image collection.
Canada, New Brunswick, Late Registration of Births, 1810-1899 0 24,015 New browsable image collection.
England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-1910 332,615 0 New index collection.
Hungary Reformed Church Christenings, 1624-1895 914,441 0 Added indexed records to existing collection.
Italy, Torino, Torino, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1899 48,155 0 New index collection.
Russia, Tver Confession Lists, 1728-1913 0 953,146 New browsable image collection.
U.S., North Carolina, Estate Files, 1663-1964 9,675 250,339 Added indexed records and browsable images to existing collection.
United States, Index to Indian Wars Pension Files, 1892-1926 0 52,315 New browsable image collection.
United States, Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942 0 6,749 New browsable image collection.
United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (HI) 33,914 71,648 Added index records and browsable images to existing collection.

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