Our friends at FamilySearch announced last night that the indexing and arbitration of the 1940 U.S. Census is now complete! It will take a few weeks for all the remaining states to come online, but when it is done we will have (2) independent indexes for the 1940 Census– Ancestry.com and the Familysearch.org (shared by many other sites). (Maybe when the all states come online from the FamilySearch indexing project I will finally find my grandfather’s brothers!)
Don’t despair if you are sad that there are no records to index. Familysearch.org is starting another “Community Project” — the US Immigration & Naturalization Community Project. This project will index passenger lists from all the major US ports, so there will be something in this project for everyone. Just look for the “US (Community Project)” label on all record sets belonging to this new project.
Read the full news release here from FamilySearch.org.
I would personally like to say “THANK YOU” to all the contributors who supported the Birmingham Genealogical Society in the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. I hope we can continue to index as a group supporting the other “Community Projects.” I will post the “final” statistics of the records indexed and arbitrated for the group during the 1940 Census project later on the BGS Facebook page. If you would like to join the group and index other Community Projects, you can find details on how to join and get started here.
Last night, we added the final states and territories to our 1940 U.S. Census index. Now you can search for anyone in the United States by name in the 1940 U.S. Census on Ancestry.com—regardless of which state or territory they lived in.
More census news
While we were busy adding our 1940 Census index, we also added a new feature to certain census records on Ancestry.com—highlighted fields complete with transcriptions making it easier than ever to see exactly who you’re looking at and follow answers across a page. Currently, this feature is available only on the 1940 and 1930 U.S. Censuses and the 1911 UK census but look for it elsewhere on the site in the not-too-distant future.
We’ll have more census news for you coming soon as well as details about other soon-to-launch historical records and features on Ancestry.com. But for now, stop reading. And start searching!
While we were all busy celebrating the holidays with family and friends, the folks at Familysearch.org were busy posting new collections of data. You can see all the recent collections here:
One that will be of interest of most viewing this blog are the “Alabama, County Estate Records…” — not every county is represented at this time, but there are enough to allow you to spend days downloading and viewing estate records. The records in this collection seem to be from the microfilm of the “Loose Records Project” completed in all counties just a few years ago. The records are not fully searchable, but are organized by County and Last Name. I have noticed in more than one county that the papers imaged under a particular name, may not always be for that individual. Of course, there are the “mixing” of same names, but I have also seen a Robinson estate mixed in with the estate of a Williams. Additionally, check for records filmed under the name of the administrator/executor or even under the heirs.
Alabama, County Estate Records
Good luck and happy searching!
The collection now contains newspapers dated from 1874-1901:
Birmingham Iron Age
Weekly Iron Age
Pratt City Herald
You can search them online (OCR) or browse them online here.
The wait is finally over! The Alabama Archives has now added the remaining names (surnames beginning with W, X, Y & Z) to the Civil War Soldier Index.
From the website:
This database was created from an 8 x 5 card file maintained by the Alabama Department of Archives and History from the early 1900s until 1982. As staff came across information related to Alabama individuals during the American Civil War, a card was created. Information on individuals exempted from military service, or who served in the militia or home guard, is included. Soldiers from other states that have some connection to Alabama are also included. If new information was discovered from another source, another card was created. Multiple cards for an individual often exist. Sources include muster rolls, governors’ correspondence, veterans’ censuses, manuscript collections, newspapers, and pension records. Names, places and events are often inconsistently spelled. This card file is in no way inclusive. Not every individual who served from Alabama is present in the card file. Every card contains empty fields. Because much of the documentation relating to the Army of Tennessee was lost, soldiers that served in that army tend to be poorly documented. The cards are arranged alphabetically by last name. Since all of this information is available online, the actual cards are closed.
You can search the complete database here.
Ancestry.com has released the Alabama State Censuses that survive from 1820, 1855 & 1866. The index is FREE for all to search; those with access to Ancestry.com via subscription or local library can also view the images.
Alabama State Census 1820-1866
Exciting news! An index for Alabama Deaths reported between 1908 and 1974 is now on the new FamilySearch Labs website (FREE to access). As part of the index, they have extracted spouse and parents names (if available) as well as death date and place.
Alabama Statewide Death Index 1908-1974
FamilySearch Labs Record Search
Then select North America, and on the next page select “Alabama Statewide Deaths 1908-1974″ index only.