Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 21, 2018

Over 2 million new Baden, Germany Catholic Church records added this week. In addition, another 1.6 million records from Argentina, Benin, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, England, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, Venezuela, and the United States (Iowa, Louisiana, and Rhode Island).

Check out these new records by clicking on the links below, or go to FamilySearch.org to search over 8 million free names and images. 

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30,572
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19,059
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20,583
0
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8,166
0
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35,019
0
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446,584
0
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17,365
0
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2,493,466
0
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4,307
0
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41,606
0
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8,770
0
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1,544
0
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22,219
0
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264,371
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235,765
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6,629
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18,386
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Historical records on FamilySearch: Week of May 14, 2018

New Historical records on FamilySearch: Week of May 14, 2018: Find the new free genealogy records on FamilySearch the week of May 14, 2018, which are from Australia, Brazil, Kentucky, Luxembourg, Oklahoma, and Peru.

Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
3,639
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
9,412
0
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31,590
0
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56,241
0
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58,909
0
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13,833
0
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24,067
0
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Friday, May 11, 2018

Discover new Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 7, 2018.

Discover new Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 7, 2018.: Discover your ancestors on FamilySearch with near historical genealogical records added this week from BillionGraves Index, Peru, Cusco, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Cape Verde, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, Panama, Portugal, and Slovakia.

Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
1,839
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
6,736
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
12,559
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
8,788
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
5,988
0
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136,337
0
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7,839
0
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146,592
0
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1,025
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291,504
291,504
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mesa FamilySearch Library's Arizona Obituaries Index


A number of people have asked what happened to the library's obituary index when the website was moved to the Wiki

As of yesterday, it is now available on the Wiki. Open your browser to www.mesafamilysearchlibrary.org and select the Menu on the right-hand side.


Then select the Arizona Obituraries Index

There it is. Happy searching.





Monday, April 23, 2018

FamilySearch Adds 2 Billionth Image of Genealogy Records

From the FamilySearch newsroom:

In your quest to discover your family history it might be time to take another look at FamilySearch’s online offerings. The genealogy giant’s free online databases of digitized historical documents have now surpassed 2 billion images of genealogy records with millions more being added weekly from countries around the world. Nonprofit FamilySearch, a global leader in historical genealogy records preservation and access, announced the milestone today.

Last September FamilySearch transitioned from its microfilm circulation services to a new digital model that makes its massive genealogical records collections more broadly and readily accessible online (See UPDATE: FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm). Today’s announcement reinforces its continuing commitment to grow online genealogy resources. FamilySearch currently adds over 300 million new images a year online from its microfilm to digital and field operations efforts. 

The free genealogy records include censuses, birth, marriage, death, court, immigration and other document types that are invaluable for individuals to make personal family history discoveries and connections. A host of online volunteers (See FamilySearch Indexing), partners, and emerging technologies help to eventually create searchable name indexes to the images, but in the meantime, images (digital photos) can be browsed and saved.

The digital image only collections can be viewed at FamilySearch in three points of access:

  • The catalog includes a description of all microfilms and digital images in FamilySearch images. New images from field operations or digitized microfilms are added daily.
  • Historical records include collections that have searchable name databases or some waypoints to help in browsing unindexed images.
  • Books include digital copies of local histories and published genealogies from the FamilySearch Family History Library in Salt Lake City and other affiliate libraries. This includes many books that were previously preserved on microfilm.

FamilySearch traces its preservation work to 1938 when its forerunner, the Genealogical Society of Utah, began microfilming historical genealogy documents. Eighty years later, the preservation science has changed from microfilming to digital preservation which creates convenient access to anyone with an internet connection. Today, FamilySearch has over 300 mobile digitization teams with specialized cameras, filming genealogy documents on location from archives worldwide. It also partners with libraries and societies to digitize their historical books and other relevant publications.

FamilySearch has billions more indexed records that are searchable by name online, and robust, free collaborative Family Tree and Memories features and mobile apps. To explore its records and images and these services, simply create a free account and start searching. 

See also FamilySearch’s Strategy to Help Preserve the World's Archives

Friday, April 20, 2018

What Happened to the 2017 Innovation Showcase Winners? - Part 5

Part 5 of a 5-part series

Last, but not least, the People’s Choice award went to:


Quoting the news release:

People’s Choice ($25,000 cash and AWS credits), Kindex, an app designed to help users create searchable, shareable archives of family letters and other documents using tags to help users easily locate information.

Kindex was one of the 2016 RootsTech Innovator Showdown semi-finalists. After much effort and perseverance, the company increased their capabilities and were selected as the 2017 People’s Choice. Indexing software that lets families archive and index their collections of family records. These include journals, letters, video and audio collections.

Kindex had a great booth at RootsTech 2018, and announced a major update to their archival software. Here is a video explaining the update:



And just this month, Kindex announced new archival plan pricing.

While at RootsTech, I was able to meet with Laura Anderson, Senior Historian at the LDS Church History Library. She explained how she was able to leverage the power of Kindex to provide a platform for organizing and gathering the records of the Mormon Battalion. To view these records, or to volunteer to index, visit https://mormonbattalion.kindex.org and click Request Access

There are a number of featured archives, all require a free Kindex account. There are a number of  public and private archives maintained by families, organizations, and societies available. 

Until I actually looked at some of the archives it did not occur to me to use Kindex to archive photos. Of course, it seemed like a great option for journals and written records, but the photo option escaped me. Take a look at the Archives and see for yourself.

For more information see their blog at kindexblog.org.