Lots of New Records at Ancestry.com, FamilySearch

Lots of New Records at Ancestry.com, FamilySearch

Genealogy's two biggest record sites announced additions to their respective collections. Here are the details: Subscription site Ancestry.com added 53 million new US birth, marriage and death records from 23 states dating as far back as the 1600s. The records come from state and local archives, county...

Genealogy’s two biggest record sites announced additions to their respective collections. Here are the details:

  • Subscription site Ancestry.com added 53 million new US birth, marriage and death records from 23 states dating as far back as the 1600s.

The records come from state and local archives, county offices and newspapers.

Subscribers can search Ancestry.com’s vital records collection at www.ancestry.com/vitals.

  • The free FamilySearch.org added a variety of records from the California, Iowa, and Texas in the United States, as well as Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Guam, Hungary, Japan and Wales.

Go here to view the new FamilySearch records and link to each one. Remember, where you see a “0” in the Records column and a number in the “Images” column, you’re looking at a collection that hasn’t yet been indexed. In that case, rather than type in a name to search, you’ll need to browse through the record images in that collection.

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  1. Hi, could you please post the link where we can see the list of collections for the new FamilySearch records? I can’t find it on their site (their "what’s new?" section doesn’t mention it).

    Your link resolves to https://owa.centerbeam.com/owa/auth/logon.aspx?replaceCurrent=1&url=https%3a%2f%2fowa.centerbeam.com%2fowa%2fredir.aspx%3fC%3d0622e1ac8fed4a3181713ce19eb15668%26URL%3dhttp%253a%252f%252fus2.campaign-archive1.com%252f%253fu%253db0de542dc933cfcb848d187ea%2526id%253dc6f41db5ce%2526e%253dbe1e8c1a4c
    which is a login page for Microsoft Outlook.

    Thanks!

  2. Almost all of these "new" databases are indexes that were obtained from their partnership with FamilySearch which are already available free from the FamilySearch site. While the original records indexed by FamilySearch volunteers were obtained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from "state and local archives, county offices and newspapers"; Ancestry cites original data on most of these offerings as "Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah,…Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records." While I can appreciate Ancestry offering them "free" for 14 days, there are "free" 365 days a year from FamilySearch. Some might consider this advertisement by Ancestry a bit disingenuous.