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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Australian, Mexican and Argentine Records added to Record Search

December 8, 2009 brings significant additions to FamilySearch's Record Search collection of world wide genealogy source material. In addition to Australian, Mexican and Argentine records, there were additions to the U.S. States of Arkansas and Indiana. The references here to the "Wiki" are to the Family Search Research Wiki reference for that collection. The following collections were added:

Index to bounty immigrants arriving in N.S.W. Australia from 1828 to 1842. The index covers the following series: Persons on early migrant ships, 1828-1832 (4/4823); Persons on early migrant ships, May 1832 - Jan 1833 (4/4824); Entitlement certificates of persons on bounty ships, 1832-1842 (4/4825-4891). Index prepared by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Quoting from the Research Wiki:
This collection indexes about 60,000 records of immigrants arriving in Sydney. Beginning in 1828, the Australian Government organized a program to encourage people to migrate to Australia, particularly to the State of New South Wales, which had been founded in 1788. “Assisted Immigrants” were immigrants whose passage was paid for or partially paid for by the Government as an incentive to settle in New South Wales. Another program which ran from 1835 to 1841 was the bounty reward system. “Bounty immigrants” were selected by colonists and who paid for their passage. When the immigrant arrived the colonist would employ them and the colonist would then be reimbursed by the government for all or part of the cost of passage. The first immigrants to apply for this assisted immigration were the people from Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland. Later, people from other European countries began immigrating to Australia.
Mexico Marriages 1700 to 1900. This project represents all Legacy extraction data available from the VR and EASy databases as of June, 2008. Please note that this data has been submitted by volunteers over the past thirty years. The data in this project does not necessarily represent a complete series of regions, parishes, or rolls. Quoting from the Wiki:
For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1999, some of the entries were published on 4 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "Middle America Vital Records Index: Mexico." This index is an index of the births or christenings; marriages; and deaths or burials throughout Mexico. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.
Argentina, Buenos Aires City Census for 1855. Images of population schedules listing inhabitants of Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1855. This census covers the Federal District only, however, this is where the majority of the population lived during this time period. The 1855 Census of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, covers about 92,000 inhabitants. Wiki

Arkansas County Marriages from 1837 to 1957.
74% complete. Index and images of marriages recorded in counties of Arkansas. Index and images are currently available for all counties except: Arkansas, Benton, Clark, Crawford, Cross, Franklin, Hempstead, Howard, Lafayette, Little River, Lonoke, Miller, Phillips, Polk, Randolph, Scott, Sebastian, Sevier, Sharp, Washington, White, Woodruff. There may be related records included with marriage records. This project was indexed in partnership with the Arkansas Genealogical Society. Wiki

Indiana Marriages from 1811 to 1959. 12% complete. Indexed in partnership with the Indiana Genealogical Society. Name index of marriages recorded in the Indiana Territory and in the State of Indiana between 1811 and 1959. This collection includes marriage returns and licenses for the following counties: Adams, Blackford, Carroll, Decatur, Franklin, Henry, Huntington, Ohio, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at family history centers. Wiki.

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