Archive for January, 2016

FamilySearch: Ohio, Washington County Records, 1810-1930

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

FamilySearchi is indicating the following database has been updated since our last posting:

Ohio, Washington County Court Records, 1810-1930


Land and Probate Classes in February and March

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

We are offering sessions of our popular US land and probate classes this February. Additional details are on our announcement pages.

From Rootdig-Vowels at FamilySearch

Friday, January 29th, 2016

This was posted to Rootdig, but really is a good search tip about vowels at FamilySearch:

“Vowels Matter on Unexact FamilySearch Searches”

FamilySearch: Alien Desertions 1917-1957, Cook County Deaths (1878-1994)

Friday, January 29th, 2016

The following databases are showing as new or updated on FamilySearch since our last update:

New York, New York, Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted, 1917-1957

Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994

Ohio, Washington County Court Records, 1810-1930
Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911aliens



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FamilySearch Update: Texas Deaths 1890-1976

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The following database is showing as having been updated:

Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 organized by digital folder

However, this appears to just be a posting of more images that are unindexed. There are already some Texas death records and indexes in these two FamilySearch databases:

Texas Deaths, 1977-1986

Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 searchable

Swedish Probate Translations and Pictorial Dictionary

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

There are 12 probate records from Sweden here–complete with original images, literal transcription, and English translation. Great for someone needing some guidance with these records. These are samples and you are not probably going to find your ancestor, but a good tutorial. There is also a Swedish-English pictorial dictionary.

1837 County Maps of Ireland

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

This site has high resolution maps for all 32 counties from Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837. 1837-ireland

FamilySearch Updates: New York City Passenger Lists

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The following databases are showing as updated since our last post:

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1891-1924 (unindexed–microfilm loaded only, but very browsable–and you can search at

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891(indexed)


When the Index Entry at FamilySearch is Not Clear as to Location

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

A search of the “Illinois County Marriages” on FamilySearch located a reference for Leroy Clark and Marie Idens[sic] marrying in “Henry, Illinois, United States” in 1918. The problem was that I was not certain if the marriage took place in Henry County, Illinois, or the town of Henry, Illinois.henrymarriage

The answer was there in the GS Film Number: 1435945. Searching the card catalog for that film number indicated that the marriage entry was taken from Henry County, Illinois, marriage records. That would also be the film that has an image of the actual marriage item from which this index entry was created. If an index entry on FamilySearch is unclear, search the card catalog for the roll number from which the entry was made. That will make things more clear and tell you where you can get the actual record.


Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

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