It might be time to revisit the free FamilySearch.org if you haven’t been by lately: Among the oodles of recent record updates are collections from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Estonia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Honduras, Poland, South Africa and Spain.
To see all the recently updated records, click the region of interest on the FamilySearch.org home page. Next, click the blue “Last Updated” heading on the right.
The list of record collections will be resorted to show recently updated collections at the top:
For example, some recently updated collections from the United States are:
- Arkansas births, christenings, marriages and deaths
- Georgia death index
- North Carolina estate files
- Idaho: Clark County records (marriage affidavits, naturalization records, declarations of intention, deeds, patents, brands and marks, mining records, probate records and estate files)
- Illinois probate records
- Indiana marriages
- Ohio: Cuyahoga County probate files
- Oregon: Columbia County records (land and property, marriage, and naturalization records and indexes)
- Tennessee county marriages
- Utah probate records
- Washington state Army National Guard records
- Washington state county records
US Civil War records are also gathered onto a Civil War landing page. These include Confederate pensions ad service records for various states, Union Provost Marshal Files, Union Navy Widows’ Certificates and more. To see them all listed, go to the Civil War landing page and click the “More” link beneath the “Find your ancestors in the following collections” list.
This Civil War page also links to bios on some famous faces from the era and links to how-to information.
Remember that not all of the collections on FamilySearch have been indexed yet. The organization’s policy is to provide researchers with online access to record images as quickly as possible, and get volunteers working on the indexes in the mean time.
When you see a “Browse Images” link for your collection of interest (such as the Quebec notarial records, above), you’ll need to have a good idea of when and where your ancestor was living when the record was created. Then you’ll go through the record images one by one, similar to scrolling microfilm.