Monthly Archives: December 2015

FamilySearch Updates: Pre-WW2 Missouri Enlistments and 1860 Census

The following databases are showing as updated on FamilySearch:

Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941

United States Census, 1860 — index free on FamilySearch, but membership required to see actual image.


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About Genealogy Search Tip of the Day

We’ve picked up quite a few fans/followers of this blog, so I thought I’d briefly post a little bit about Genealogy Search Tip of the Day.

Genealogy Search Tip of the Day is written by Michael John Neill. These tips are different from those that appear on Genealogy Tip of the Day. This blog was originally to contain one web-based or online search tip every day–but I realized that I didn’t always have something every day, so we stopped making certain I had something “every day,” because I hate to write a tip just so I can say I have a tip. Tips are things I encounter during my own research–we don’t copy them from other blogs or sites. Because of this, they tend to be concentrated on areas where I have people. Those who want to know more about my own personal family tree can see my ahnenlist.

Genealogy Search Tip of the Day is totally free–although we do appreciate those who use our affiliate links to make purchases or purchase one of my webinars.

Thanks to everyone who participates in any way, shape, or form in Genealogy Search Tip of the Day. It is appreciated.

FamilySearch Updates: The European Continent

The following databases have been updated or added to FamilySearch since our last posting regarding the European continent:


Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1800-1870
Italy, Udine, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1815, 1871-1911
Italy, L’Aquila, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865, 1911-1943
Austria, Upper Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1919
Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1929
Spain, Province of Sevilla, Municipal Records, 1293-1966
Italy, Ragusa, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1900-1940
Italy, Savona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1813, 1838-1936
Italy, Caltanissetta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1935
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland Province, Civil Registration, 1679-1942
Italy, Reggio Calabria, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1896-1943
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1914
Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1913
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913
Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1926
Germany, Hesse, Frankfurt, Civil Registration Deaths Indexes, 1928-1978
Switzerland, Bern, Civil Registration, 1792-1876
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911

Unexact Searches at FamilySearch–Not What You Might Think

[note: These search results were obtained in the 1880 Census at FamilySearch on 28 December 2015.]

Leaving the exact boxes unchecked at FamilYSearch is supposed to give you more results. And it usually does. However many researchers make assumptions about how those “unexact” searches at FamilySearch work.

It would seem reasonable that an unexact search for Bertus Grass would bring back the same results as an unexact search for Bertus Gross in the same record. After all, Gross and Grass are very similar and are Soundex equivalents for each other. The only different is one letter, a vowel. That seems pretty close.

It’s not. FamilySearch brings different results for these searches with the exact box unchecked. It would seem to me that Grass and Gross should bring the same results when the exact box is not checked.

Think about that the next time you perform an unexact search at FamilySearch. 


The results for Bertus Gross are shown below: bertus-gross

Not Getting Exact in the Forest with Searches

The 1858 manifest for Georg H Berends indicated he was a forester.behrens1858-2The occupation of the immigrant is listed on some manifests during the 18th century time period. does not (as of this writing) include that information as a search term. Try searching for a Berends arriving on 28 August 1858 with keyword for*. The keyword box needs to be checked exact to require for* to be in the results. If that box is unchecked, you’ll get results because there are things that match some of what you enter, not because the word forester is a part of the database entry. Requiring for* to be in the results brings no results–meaning that the occupation truly is not being included as a search term.



FamilySearch Update UK and Ireland

The following UK and Ireland databases have been updated on FamilySearch since our last posting for that area:

England, Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1603-1910
Wales, Glamorgan, West Glamorgan, Electoral Registers, 1839-1925
England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911
England, Kent, Register of Electors, 1570-1907
England, Lancashire, Parish Registers 1538-1910
England and Wales Census, 1851
United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920