This week, FamilySearch published its first digital Chinese collection, along with additional digital image collections from Belgium, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines and Puerto Rico.
Note that the indexes are still being created for these records, meaning you can’t yet search them by typing in a name. Instead, you view them as you would microfilm, by browsing the record images for the place and/or time period when you think your ancestor’s record was created.
You can view these records on the FamilySearch Beta site.
To find the database you want to browse, first scroll down and click the region under Browse by Location. For German collections, for example, click Europe.
Then you can use the Place filters on the left to home in on the place you need.
If you clicked the Germany filter, you’ll see seven German databases. The one with the “Browse images” link is the just-added database.
FamilySearch also added 20 million more records to the Civil War, Revolutionary War, and the 1851 England and Wales census collections. The Civil War collection lets you search an index, and links you to the subscription website Footnote to view the record. You’ll need a subscription to see it. The 1851 English and Welsh census collection employs a similar arrangement with subscription site FindMyPast.co.uk.
As a side note, if you click the Getting Started link from the FamilySearch Beta home page, you’ll see links to some pretty family trees you can download, then print and fill out.