The Family History Library announced today that another 200 million genealogical records have been put online. This pushes their website to over 700 million records online. FamilySearch.org is now the largest international genealogy collection online.
The Family History Library is “focusing on digitizing and publishing online federal and state censuses and state birth, marriage and death records.”
Today’s release included:
TN Death Records 1914-1955
OH Tax Records 1800-1850
IL Death Records 1916-1947
and more collections from around the world.
The latest deluge of records includes 53 new or updated collections from the United States and over 100 million new records from Europe, Scandinavia and Mexico. The United States collections include the 1910 U.S. Census and states’ birth, marriage and death records. There are 10 million new records from New Jersey and Michigan, 4 million from Tennessee, an amazing 41 million from Massachusetts, and many more from other states.
TIP: FamilySearch is your best source for free census and vital records. Original digital records – all free.
“Some time ago, FamilySearch committed to creating access to the world’s genealogical records online in a big way. Today’s updates are part of an ongoing effort to make good on those commitments,” said Paul Nauta, FamilySearch public affairs manager. “We have only just begun,” Nauta concluded. In the U.S., FamilySearch is currently focusing on digitizing and publishing online federal and state censuses and state birth, marriage and death records. When complete, the initiative will provide a definitive collection of U.S. genealogical resources for family history researchers.
In addition to the new U.S. collections, over 100 million records were added to FamilySearch’s international collections online — making it most likely the largest international genealogy collection online. The new international databases come from birth, marriage and death records and from municipal records. Go to FamilySearch.org, then click Search Records and then Record Search pilot to see a full list of the free collections. The records will also soon be available at beta.familysearch.org.
Ireland Civil Registration Indexes – 1845-1958
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On closer inspection we see that there is an age gap between the children. James H. Ayres – born about 1842
Sarah Ayres – born about 1844
and Frederica Ayres born about 1849
Q: I am trying to find the exact date of death of my ancestor. I am sure he died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1910. Is there a source for death records for that time period?
A: You want to search these key sources:
1. Philadelphia Historical Newspapers on GenealogyBank 1719-1983 http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/explore/USA/Pennsylvania/Philadelphia/
2. Philadelphia Death Records (free) online 1803-1915 http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;c=1320976
It’s a great day for genealogy.
I found one of my ancestors in the 1881 Canadian census on http://www.familysearch.org/ – What do I do now?
FamilySearch.org is a terrific free site – with helpful indexes like the 1881 Canadian census index.
You may see the original census page at a website put up by the The Library & Archives of Canada. It has the 1881 (and other) census records online – free.
I copied out the index citations for Ella’s brother Charles and sisters: Agnes and Elizabeth.
But, now look carefully at these records. In the census – the mother’s name is: Mary and in these vital records it is given as Annie Stewart.
So, you need to determine – if these records are for the same family or not.
Questions you might ask:
1. Are Annie & Mary the same person?
Perhaps one name is her first name and the other her middle name OR perhaps Annie died and Stephen remarried a person named Mary before the 1881 census was taken.
2. Are these two different families with similar names?
The oldest child listed in the census – William – was born in 1862. So you want to search the Church registers from 1850 on to check for the parent’s marriage record and the records for each of the children.
Like the birth records from the New Brunswick Archives – the Church records should give the mother’s maiden name.
Notice too – that Stephen Jackson was born in England – in 1881 he gave his age as 45 – that would make his birth year as approximately 1836. Let’s hope that he rounded his age – since British birth, marriage and death records were started on July 1, 1837.
3. Your next critical question is: When did they leave Canada and emigrate to the United States? If they are in the US by 1900 – you will want to look for them in the 1900 Census.
If they are still in Canada in 1901 – then you want to search for them in the 1901 Census.
You may use the 1900 Census – free at FamilySearchLabs
You may search the 1901 Canadian Census at the Library & Archives of Canada.
Thousands of city directories are going online.
City directories are a basic tool for genealogists. City directories are like an annual census of the cities and towns across America. Now – thousands of them are being digitized and put online.
Chicago Genealogy Resources.
Bookmark and save this page – so you may easily refer to it often.
Your handy guide to the sources you will actually use to build your family tree.
Land Records – Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales
Illinois State Archives
Marriage Records – 1871-1920. Chicago, IL
Marriage Records – 1763-1900. Illnois Statewide Index
Illinois State Archives
Military – WWII Draft Registration Cards
Illinois State Archives- Military Database Projects
Illinois Veterans’ History Project
Illinois War of 1812 Veterans
Illinois Winnebago War Veterans
Illinois Black Hawk War Veterans
Illinois Mexican War Veterans
Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls
Illinois Civil War Veterans Serving in the U.S. Navy
Illinois Civil War Veterans of Missouri Units
Illinois Spanish–American War Veterans
Database of the 1929 Illinois Roll of Honor
Illinois Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Home Residents
Newspapers: 1854 – Today
Bags & Baggage. (Chicago, IL) 1937-1943
Bulletin. (Chicago, IL) 1968-1969
Central South Sider. (Chicago, IL) 1929
Chicago Courier. (Chicago, IL) 1974-1975
Chicago Herald. (Chicago, IL) 1890-1891
Chicago Metro News. (Chicago, IL) 1973-1990
Chicago Sun-Times (Chicago, IL) 1/1/1986-Current
Chicago Times. (Chicago, IL) 1854-1888
Chicago Tribune. (Chicago, IL) 1/1/1985-Current
Chicago World. (Chicago, IL) 1925-1935
Daily Inter Ocean. (Chicago, IL) 1874-1896
Daily Southtown (Chicago, IL) 7/31/2004-11/17/2007
Illinois Sentinel. (Chicago, IL) 1937
Inter Ocean. (Chicago, IL) 1874-1896
Latin Times. (Chicago, IL) 1868-1975
Metropolitan Post. (Chicago, IL) 1938-1939
Noticia Mundial. (Chicago, IL) 1927-1928
Olivet Baptist Church Herald. (Chicago, IL) 1936
Pomeroy’s Democrat. (Chicago, IL) 1869-1879
Skyline (Chicago, IL) 12/8/2005-12/6/2007
Sol de Chicago. (Chicago, IL) 1960
SouthtownStar (Chicago, IL) 11/18/2007-Current
Sunday Times. (Chicago, IL) 1869-1876
Vida Latina. (Chicago, IL) 1952-1963
Vorbote. (Chicago, IL) 1874-1875
Database of Illinois Servitude and Emancipation Records
Illinois State Archives
GenealogyBank has set up a handy site for searching Savannah, Georgia’s archive of historical newspapers: 1763-1922, 1999-Today.
Savannah, Georgia Newspapers
Click here to search Savannah, Georgia newspapers 1763-1922
Click here to search for the obituaries in Savannah newspapers from 1999-Today
Or click on the individual titles below to search a specific Savannah, GA newspaper:
Coastal Antiques and Art 2002-2006
Coastal Senior 2004-2006
Columbian Museum 1796-1799
Gazette of the State of Georgia 1783
Georgia Gazette 1763-1802
Royal Georgia Gazette 1781
Savannah Morning News 1999-Today
Savannah Republican 1802-1903
Savannah Tribune 1875-1922
Southern Banner 1833-1837
TIP: Other Handy Georgia Sites:
Search over 50 Georgia newspapers:
Click Here to Search Georgia Newspapers 1752-1947
Click Here to Search Georgia Obituaries 1985-Today
Georgia Death Records
Click Here to Search Georgia Death Certificates 1914-1927 (Free)
Click Here to Search Georgia Deaths 1937-2009 (Free)
Georgia Census Records
Click Here to Search Georgia 1850 Census (Free)
Click Here to Search Georgia 1850 Census – Slave Schedule (Free)
Click Here to Search Georgia 1850 Census – Mortality Schedule (Free)
Click Here to Search Georgia 1860 Census (Free)
Click Here to Search Georgia 1870 Census (Free)
Click Here to Search Georgia 1880 Census (Free)
Click Here to Search Georgia 1900 Census (Free)
Georgia Freedman’s Bank Records
Click Here to Search Georgia Freedman’s Bank Records 1865-1874 (Free)