The time period covered by these indexes includes an enormous wave of immigrants, mostly from southern and Eastern Europe. Italians, Portuguese, Russians (including Jews), Poles, Slavs and more entered the U.S. by the millions. Record content varies, but may include ports of departure and entry, age, birthplace, gender, marital status, occupation, citizenship or last country of resident, contact information for loved ones in the Old World or in the U.S., intended destination, and even a physical description. Images of the actual record can be viewed.
Also new at FamilySearch are nearly 1.5 million indexed records from the Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005, collection and over half a million indexed records from the Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895, collection. See the table below for the full list of updates. Search these diverse collections and more than 3.5 billion other records for free at FamilySearch.org.
|England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910||35,896||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg, Eberswalde, City Directories, 1890-1919||0||2,836||New browsable image collection.|
|Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895||572,243||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005||1,452,770||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|Netherlands, Limburg Province, Church Records, 1542-1910||0||131,396||New browsable image collection.|
|Russia, Samara Church Books, 1869-1917||88,149||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1840-1845||129,110||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|U.S., Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993||1,012,025||720,622||Added indexed records and images to an existing collection.|
|U.S., Iowa, State Census, 1905||1,445,414||0||New indexed record collection.|
|U.S., Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1891-1943||2,829,077||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|U.S., Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920||755,766||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
|U.S., Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1883-1945||874,690||0||Added indexed records to an existing collection.|
FamilySearch has posted a series of new videos aimed at helping people trace their African-American family history with Freedmen’s Bureau records.
FamilySearch’s YouTube channel has published several new videos to help researchers better understand how to trace African-American ancestors with the Freedmen’s Bureau records. As we explain more fully in this article, the Freedmen’s Bureau was organized after the Civil War to aid newly-freed slaves in 15 states and Washington, DC. For several years it gathered “handwritten, personal information on freed men, women and children, including marriage and family information, military service, banking, school, hospital and property records,” according to FamilySearch.
Freedmen’s Bureau records are finally being fully indexed and posted online for free at FamilySearch and at DiscoverFreedmen.org. (Read the article we refer to above to see how you can help.) Now it’s time to teach everyone how to USE these records and to begin to share success stories. That’s the purpose behind these videos:
Telling a Story with the Freedmen’s Bureau with the Reverend Dr. Cecil L. Murray:
Research the Records of African-American Ancestors with the Freedmen’s Bureau with Kimberly Freeman:
Uncover Information about your African American Heritage wih the Freedmen’s Bureau with Judy Matthews:
Discover Stories from Your Ancestry with Insights from the Freedmen’s Bureau Project with John Huffman:
Use Freedmen’s Bureau Records to Demystify Your Family History with George O. Davis
Enrich Your Family History with Information from the Freedmen’s Bureau with Ambassador Diane Watson
Free Database on Civil War Soldiers and Sailors (African-American sailors)
Missing Birth Record? Here’s How to Track It Down (Special tip for African-American births)
Who do you know that will want to learn more about the Freedmen’s Bureau and African-American family history resources? Thank you for sharing this article with them.
Looking for an online resource of Jewish family trees?
“The Knowles Collection, a quickly growing, free online Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families from all over the world, reached its one-millionth record milestone and is now easily searchable online,” says a recent FamilySearch press release.
“The collection started from scratch just over seven years ago, with historical records gathered from FamilySearch’s collections. Now the vast majority of new contributions are coming from families and private archives worldwide. The free collection can be accessed at FamilySearch.org/family-trees.
According to FamilySearch, “The databases from the Knowles Collection are unlike other collections in that people are linked as families and the collection can be searched by name, giving researchers access to records of entire families. All records are sourced and show the people who donated the records so cousins can contact one another. New records are added continually, and the collection is growing by about 10,000 names per month from over 80 countries. Corrections are made as the need is found, and new links are added continually.”
The database was started by Todd Knowles, a Jewish genealogy expert at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Jewish communities from around the world have added to it: “The Knowles Collection has grown from Jews of the British Isles (now with 208,349 records), to Jews of North America (489,400), Jews of Europe (380,637), Jews of South America and the Caribbean (21,351), Jews of Africa, the Orient, and the Middle East (37,618), and the newest one, Jews of the Southern Pacific (21,518).” Keep up with the Knowles Jewish Collection at its blog.