Florida, Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home records, 1888-1938

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Florida, Old Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Home records, 1888-1938


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Maryland, Baltimore County, probate records, 1666-1957

These are unindexed and users will need to be familiar with the record keeping system, but there are over 2,000 digitized rolls of microfilm on FamilySearch  related to Baltimore County, Maryland probate records.


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New York State Death Indexes 1880-1956

nydeathsindexxFor years microfiche indexes to deaths in the State of New York have only been available in a few select locations, at select days, and select times. That has changed due to a New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request from Reclaim the Records that allowed them to obtain copies of the indexes and put those indexes online. As of this writing the indexes for the years shown (1880-1942) have currently been put online. Keep in mind that these are not databases-the index must be browsed. This is a work in progress. Not all years have been posted.

Some years are hard to read. Early years contain scant data. New York City births are generally not included. Yonkers, Albany, and Buffalo are not included until 1914 or 1915.

For some years you can browse the images page by page online. For others the entire file (rather large) must be completely downloaded as a zip file, extracted, and viewed. A big thanks to the staff of Reclaim the Records for making the requests and putting these indexes online.

The following years are currently available on Archive.org:

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U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007

Because of how the data was stored, created, and transferred, Ancestry.com’s “U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007” has some data irregularities.

The entry for “Ida Loeria Neill” is typical. Her middle name is spelled incorrectly (it is Laura) and she probably gave her place of birth as Tioga, Walker Township, Illinois, based upon what is displayed in her entry in the claims Index. The places in this database are taken from the application for a social security number (the SS-5 form) and claims that were submitted by the individual listed. In some cases the place names have been truncated at some point in the process, probably by the Social Security Administration when databases allowed fewer characters in certain situations. Also remember that in early applications place names were not standardized.

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Ancestry.com has standardized the place names for it’s search functionality. In some instances this may cause items to not be located during search (particularly if the exact search option is checked). Consider unexact searches, or (while using an exact search) choose only a state and place the name of the location in the keyword box.

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