Thursday, April 23, 2009

FamilySearch Record Search Update 7 April 2009

This is one of several press releases I've received in the past week or so. My apologies: I've been remiss on posting them in a timely manner.

FamilySearch added over 16 million new indexed records and almost 500,000 new digital images this week to its Record Search pilot (see chart below).

Seven new states were added to the 1920 U.S. Census index (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts). Four counties (Clay Crittendon, Desha, and Monroe) of Arkansas marriages have also been published and includes the indexes and the images. The Arkansas records date from 1837 to 1957. Many thanks to our good friends at the Arkansas Genealogical Society and other FamilySearch Indexing volunteers who help make these priceless collections more readily available online.

See the chart below for more details. The new records can be searched for free at (Click Search Records, then Record Search pilot).

Collection Name: 1920 US Census
Indexed Records: 15,860,466
Digital Images: ---
Comments: Updated-—7 new indexed states (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts)

Collection Name: Mexico, Chihuahua Church Records
Indexed Records: ---
Digital Images: 370,418
Comments: NEW

Collection Name: Arkansas Marriages
Indexed Records: 207,488
Digital Images: 116,337
Comments: NEW-—4 counties (Clay, Crittendon, Desha, and Monroe). Result of joint initiative with the Arkansas Genealogical Society.

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