Friday, October 1, 2010

FamilySearch Update -- it keeps on growing

The collections on FamilySearch.org Record Search grew by 2 million new records, raising the total number of collections to 469. The new records are in the Dominican Republic, Italy, Jamaica, Spain, and the United States. The records are predominantly from civil registration and church records. These new records reflect the huge effort going on with FamilySearch Indexing. The Indexing volunteers had indexed 8,684,146 records from September 12th to the 22nd, 2010. Completed indexing projects soon to be published on Beta.FamilySearch.org include two state censuses. It appears that all of the new records are going onto the Beta site.

The new records available include the following:
  • Dominican Republic—Civil Registration, 1801-2006 787,030 additional images added
  • Italy, Catania Province—Catania Diocese, San Biagio Church Records, 1629-1912 15,050 new images
  • Italy, Palermo Province—Monreale Diocese, Church records,1530-1919 385,038 new images
  • Italy, Vicenza Province—Casoni Church Records, 1597-1937 6,314 new images
  • Jamaica – Civil Births, 1878-1899 284,864 new images and 261,206 indexed records
  • Spain, Alicante—Municipal Census, Part 2, 1676-1935 18,809 additional images
  • Spain, Gerona (Girona)—Municipal Records, 1711-1921 3007,870 new images
  • U.S., California, San Francisco—N Gray and Company Funeral Records, 1850 - 1917 Updated Index
FamilySearch described itself as follows:
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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