11 April 2011

FamilySearch: 14 Million More New Records!

Whether you say it maravilloso, wonderlijk, or merveilleux, it all describes this week’s new, free collection updates at FamilySearch.org—marvelous!

Researchers with Netherlands roots are going to have a heyday perusing the 9 million new digital images for the Netherlands Civil Registration, 1792 to 1952, collection. If your Netherlands ancestors headed south to Belgium, you might find them in the 1.5 million new records added to the Belgium Civil Registration, 1795–1910, online collection. And how about Canada, Chile, Slovakia, and South Africa, with another million records added between them? The wildly popular Ohio County Marriage collection just received a boost of 596,000 images of marriage certificates and an updated index. That means that about 76 percent of Ohio’s county marriages can now be searched online for free. Vermont and Wisconsin collections got a boost this week as well. See the table below for more details. You can search all of the record collections now for free at FamilySearch.org.

It is also worthy to note that the 1881 England and Wales Census index received significant enhancements this week. Searchable fields were added for county, civil parish, ecclesiastical parish, occupation, disability, and folio/page numbers. These additional fields will help users more easily identify the person they are seeking. Even of greater worth is the fact that households are now grouped together so users can see the family in context. The index is linked to the images on findmypast.com.

If you are enjoying the steady stream of free records added weekly, please consider “giving back” as a FamilySearch volunteer. You can start and stop volunteering at any time. Find out more at indexing.familysearch.org.

The new collections include records and updates from the following:

Belgium Civil Registration, 1795-1910
Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900
Chile, Concepcion, Civil Registration, 1885-1903
England and Wales Census, 1881  
Netherlands, Civil Registration, 1792-1952
Slovakia Church Books, 1592-1910
South Africa, Cape Province Dutch Reformed Church Registers, 1660-1970
U.S., Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950
U.S., Vermont, Vital Records, 1760-1954
U.S., Wisconsin, Probate Estate Files, 1848-1933