1940 U.S. Census Community Project Complete!!

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.

1940 Census Index Complete at Ancestry.com

From Ancestry.com:

It’s DONE!!!!

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.

Up next…

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!

Recent Additions at FamilySearch.org

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:

Genealogy Blog

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!

Alabama Archives Completes Civil War Soldier Index

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.

Happy searching!

Alabama Statewide Death Index 1908-1974 Available for FREE online

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

or

FamilySearch Labs Record Search

Then select North America, and on the next page select “Alabama Statewide Deaths 1908-1974″ index only.

Enjoy!

Melissa

Alabama Archives Adds Additional Counties to the 1867 Voter Registration database

The Alabama Department of Archives & History has updated the 1867 Voter Registration database online.

1867 Voter Registration Database
Entries for the counties of Lee, Lowndes, Limestone, Hale and Jefferson Counties are now available.

Currently all entries for Washington, Wilcox, Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Tallapoosa, Talladega, Sumter, St. Clair, Shelby, Russell, Randolph, Pike, Pickens, Perry, Macon, Madison, Morgan, Marion, Mobile, Marshall, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Lee, Lowndes, Limestone, Hale and Jefferson Counties are available.

Shelby County Reporter Added to BPL Obituary Indexing Project

Okay, this one will be brief. I checked today to see if BPL had updated the obituary indexes lately (they have been back to January 1939 for several weeks) and I saw that they had added a NEW newspaper to the indexing project.

Shelby County Reporter
* Current coverage
* January 1938 – December 1938
* 82 entries

The Shelby County Reporter was published in Columbiana, Shelby County, Alabama. This a much welcome addition to the project.

You can search the index at:

BPL Obituary Index

Also don’t forget that BGS’s 50th birthday is in March!  We will celebrate with friends new and old on March 21st.  More information is to come!

FamilySearch Record Search Update

Paul Nata, Public Affairs Manager for FamilySearch, said in a press release January 31, 2009, that FamilySearch had added over 40 million new records to its Record Search pilot since January 5th.

Individuals with international roots from Argentina, Canada, Germany, IrelandGermany, Netherlands, and the Philippines will find some nice surprises in the newly added collections.

Birth, marriage, and death records were added for the Netherlands and Ireland.  Irish researchers in particular have been anxiously awaiting the 23 million records from the Irish Civil Registration indexes.   These records date from 1845-1958 and are also known as the Statutory Registration Records. Statutory registration for Protestants began in 1845 and for Catholics in 1864.

Many thanks to the thousands of online FamilySearch Indexing volunteers who helped make these wonderful records available.

See the chart below for more details. The new records can be searched for free at FamilySearch.org

(Click Search Records, then Record Search pilot).

Collection Name

Indexed Records

Digital Images

Comments

1869 Argentina National Census

232,853

157,133

New

California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records  1835-1931

43,407

61,017

New

Canada Census 1916

1,811,736

36,263

New

Costa Rica Church Records 1595-1992

1,387,505

260,367

New

Germany Burials 1500-1900

3,633,851


New

Ireland, Civil Registration Indexes 1845-1958

23,023,320

70,971

New

Mexico Aguascalientes Catholic Church Records 1616-1961


601,572

New

Netherlands Births and Baptisms

1,350,335


New

Netherlands Marriages

374,659


New

Netherlands Deaths and Burials

206,477


New

Philippines Marriages

2,224,877


New

1920 United States Census

2,437,479

50,364

Added  Alabama

1850 United States Census

1,425,756


Added Alabama and Indian Population

1850 United States Census (Slave Schedule)

869,079


Added Alabama, Missouri, and South Carolina

1850 United States Census (Mortality Schedule)

37,993


Added Louisiana and Indian Population

1870 United States Census

7,954,406


Added Pennsylvania