Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Irish Catholic Parish Registers Now Online

Great news for those with Irish ancestors. The National Library of Ireland now has digitized microfilm of Irish Catholic Church registers online. The records are unindexed, but you can browse through the images for 1,086 individual parishes for free. They cover the 1740s to the 1880s and consist of mostly baptisms and marriages. You can find the registers online at:

Catholic Parish Registers at the National Library of Ireland

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Online Indexes for Death Records, Cemeteries and Obituaries - Latest Additions

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Website has been updated with the following new links and updates...

Alabama
- Lawrence County Archives - Genealogy Indexes (includes indexes for cemeteries, marriages, wills and more)
- Mobile County: Magnolia Cemetery Interment Cards, 1836-1995

Alaska
- Alaska Deaths Index Database (derived from a variety of sources)

Arizona
- Arizona Death Records Index 1870-1964 and Birth Index 1855-1939 (update: year 1964 added to death records; year 1939 added to birth records)

California
- California Death Index 1905-1939 at FamilySearch (update: now indexed by name)
- Alameda County Cemeteries

Colorado
- Denver Public Library Obituaries Indexes 1923-2014 (update: years 1923 and 2010-2014 added)

Connecticut
- Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2012 (update: years 2002-2012 added; at Ancestry/requires payment)

Florida
- Escambia County: St. Michael's Cemetery Burials (Pensacola)
- Escambia County GenWeb Site - Genealogy Indexes (includes Pensacola News Journal obituaries indexes, Fisher-Pou Funeral Home index, probate indexes, and more)
- Pasco County: West Pasco Historical Society Obituary Database (also has a burial list for Pine Hill Cemetery)

Illinois
- Illinois, Soldier Burial Places, 1774-1974 from FamilySearch
- Cook County: see the next section
- Cumberland County Cemetery Burials (from the Cumberland County Historical and Genealogical Society)
- Kane County: Aurora Public Library Beacon Obituary Index
- Kane County: Elgin Newspapers Vital Records Surname Search
- Rock Island County: Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery Burials
- Winnebago County: Burials at Cedar Bluff Cemetery, Rockford, Illinois

Illinois: Cook County and Chicago
- Cook County Death Index 1878-1939 and 1955-1994 at FamilySearch (Update: more years added; 1910-1915 and 1955-1994 are for Chicago only)
- Cook County: Vital Records Index from Chicago Newspapers 1833-1851

See: Online Chicago & Cook County, Illinois Death Records & Indexes

Indiana
- Daviess County: Washington Times Herald Obituaries, 1984-2012 (from FamilySearch; includes obituaries from Daviess, Martin, Pike and Knox Counties)
- Fulton County: Akron Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes from Newspapers
- Hamilton County Cemetery and Newspaper Databases (the newspaper database indexes birth, marriage and death notices, and obituaries)
- Marion County Cemetery Burials Database (from the Genealogical Society of Marion County)
- Noble County Genealogy Indexes (includes births and deaths 1882-1938, cemetery burials, obituaries, wills and more)

Kansas
- Kansas Gravestone Photo Project
- Cherokee County Obituaries Index 1868-2007
- Leavenworth County Cemetery Burials Database
- Woodson County Death Index 1853-1926

Kentucky
- Kentucky Death Index 2000-2012 (this is a new index that adds 12 years to the already available indexes for Kentucky)
- Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990 from FamilySearch (browsable images; most of the images have not yet been indexed; wills from Caldwell, Henry, Hickman, Russell and Trimble counties are currently indexed.)

Maine
- Maine: Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990 (from FamilySearch)
- Kennebec County: Albion Cemeteries Index
- Waldo County: Town of Unity Cemetery Search

Massachusetts
- Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920 from FamilySearch (includes births, marriages and deaths, 1916-1920, and state amendments to vital records, 1841-1920; not yet complete)
- Barnstable County: Burials in Cataumet and Pocasset Cemeteries (Bourne, Massachusetts)
- Barnstable County: List of Headstones in Old Town Burying Grounds (Sandwich, Massachusetts)
- Bristol County: Historic Cemeteries of Rehoboth
- Essex County: City of Amesbury Cemeteries (includes a database for burials at Union Cemetery and Mt. Prospect Cemetery)
- Essex County: Old Burial Hill Gravestone Index (in Marblehead, Massachusetts)
- Hampden County: Longmeadow Cemetery Records
- Middlesex County: Chelmsford Newspapers Obituary Search
- Norfolk County: Knollwood Memorial Park Burial Search (Canton, Massachusetts)
- Norfolk County: Village Cemetery and Brookdale Cemetery Burials (in Dedham, Massachusetts)
- Norfolk County: Weymouth Town Vital Records to the Year 1850 (includes births, marriages and deaths)
- Suffolk County: St. Michael Cemetery Burials (Boston)
- Worcester County: Inscriptions from the West Street Cemetery in Fitchburg, Massachusetts (1798-1879)

Michigan
- Michigan Death Records 1897-1952 from the Archives of Michigan (update: 1921-1952 added) includes images of the death records from 1897-1939
- Michigan Gravestone Photo Project
- Eaton County: Charlotte Shopping Guide Obituaries 1997-2013 (from the Charlotte Community Library)
- Eaton County Genealogical Society Databases (includes cemetery burials, probate packet files index and other items)
- Livingston County: Village of Pinckney Cemetery Burials
- Otsego County: City of Gaylord Cemeteries (includes burial indexes for Fairview Cemetery and Bagley Cemetery)

Minnesota
- Minnesota: County Deaths, 1850-2001 at FamilySearch (not yet indexed; some counties not included; coverage varies by county)

Missouri
- Missouri Death Certificates Index and Images 1910-1964 (update: year 1964 added)
- Barry County Cemeteries
- Cape Girardeau Municipal Cemeteries (includes burial indexes for Fairmount, New Lorimier and Old Lorimier Cemeteries)
- Jefferson County Probate Files Index (date range not given)
- St. Louis: see the next section
- Warren County Probate Files Listing to 1900

Missouri: St. Louis
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch Obituary Index (covers 1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1970, and 1992-2014) (update: years 2012, 2013 and 2014 added)
- St. Louis County: Greenwood Cemetery Burials 1874-1908 (in Hillsdale, Missouri)
- St. Louis City Wills Indexes, 1852-1946 (update: years 1852-1866 and 1932-1946 added)

See: Online St. Louis, Missouri Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries

Nebraska
- Jefferson County Genealogy Indexes (includes a Funeral Register from Fairbury, Nebraska, and other items)

New Hampshire
- Grafton County: Lebanon Public Library Valley News Obituary Index, July 1997 to present

New Jersey
- Morris County: Presbyterian Church in Morristown Historic Graveyard Burials
- Sussex County: Old Newton Burial Ground Transcript

New Mexico
- Catron County: Mogollon Cemetery Archives

New York
- New York State Genealogical Research Death Index 1957-1964; does not include New York City (update: May-Dec 1964 and Jan-May 1965 entries added)
- Erie County: Forest Lawn Group of Cemeteries Search (includes Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo; St. Matthew's Cemetery in West Seneca; Lakeside Cemetery in Hamburg; Williamsville Cemetery; and cremations at Buffalo Cremation)
- Genesee County Obituary Indexes (for assorted years 1898-2008)
- New York City: see the next section
- Suffolk County: Index to Birth, Marriage and Death Announcements in The Long Island Advance, 1879-1926 (from the Patchogue-Medford Library)
- Suffolk County: Mattituck-Laurel Library Genealogy Resources (includes Suffolk Times Obituary Index, Gildersleeve Scrapbook Obituaries Index, and other items)

New York City
- All Boroughs: New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949 from FamilySearch (includes Manhattan 1795-1949, Bronx 1898-1948, Brooklyn 1847-1949, Queens 1898-1949, and Richmond 1898-1949)
- Brooklyn and Queens: Diocese of Brooklyn Catholic Cemeteries (includes burial indexes for two cemeteries in Queens, one in Brooklyn and one in Nassau County)

See: Online New York City Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Ohio
- Columbiana County: Salem News Obituaries Index 1943-2014, and Grandview Cemetery Association Burial Database (update: more years added to the obituaries index)
- Licking County Infirmary Burial Index
- Summit County Cemetery Records

Oklahoma
- Oklahoma On Demand Court Records (includes indexes for probate records and marriage licenses for many Oklahoma counties)

Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Death Records Indexes 1906-1964 (update: year 1964 added)
- Lancaster County: Mounty Bethel Cemetery Burials (Columbia, Pennsylvania)

Rhode Island
- Newport County: Little Compton Cemeteries Index
- Newport County: God's Little Acre Colonial African Cemetery - Burial Markers
- Washington County: Charlestown Index of Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1738-1849
- Washington County: North Kingstown Standard-Times Obituary Index

South Carolina
- South Carolina Death Index 1915-1964 (update: year 1964 added)

Utah
- Utah Death Certificates 1904-1962 (update: year 1962 added; also has unindexed images for 1963)

Vermont
- Addison County Cemetery Indexes
- Chittenden County: Colchester Center Cemetery Burials Index
- Franklin County: Town of Fairfax Cemeteries
- Orange County: Town of West Fairlee Cemetery Plot Report (includes burials and plot owners)
- Washington County: Town of Barre Cemeteries (includes cemetery inscriptions for Wilson and Maplewood Cemeteries)
- Windsor County: Bridgewater Cemeteries
- Windsor County: Hartland Cemeteries
- Windsor County: Woodstock Cemetery Index

Virginia
- Virginia Death Records Index, 1912-2014 (at Ancestry/requires payment) includes images of the death certificates from 1912-1987. Ancestry also has Virginia Birth Records, 1864-1999, and Virginia Marriage Records, 1936-2014 (with images for some years).

Washington
- King County: Lake View Cemetery Burials Index (Seattle)

Wyoming
- Natrona County: Highland Cemetery Burial Records Search (in Casper, Wyoming)

This is a list of the most recent additions and updates. There are many more links for death records indexes at: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Monday, June 01, 2015

Virginia Death Certificates, 1912-1987 Now Online

As part of their subscription-based collection of genealogy records, Ancestry.com has a new database that indexes Virginia death records from 1912-2014. Included are digitized images of the death certificates from 1912-1987. See:

Online Virginia Death Certificates, Indexes and Records

Ancestry also now has a Virginia Birth Records Index from 1864-1999 (with images for 1864-1913), a Virginia Marriage Records Index, 1936-2014 (with images for 1936-1988), and a Virginia Divorce Records Index, 1918-2014 (with images for 1918-1988). These also require a subscription. See the Virginia section at:

Online Birth, Marriage and Divorce Records Indexes

Note that statewide registration for vital records in Virginia began in 1912. Early birth listings in Ancestry's database are delayed birth records filed later.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Online Indexes for Birth and Marriage Records (USA) - Latest Additions and Updates

Links to the items listed below were recently added to: Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes or its supplementary state webpages.

Alabama
- Alabama: County Marriages, 1809-1950 at FamilySearch (not yet fully indexed)

Arkansas
- Carroll County Marriage Indexes

California
- California: County Marriages, 1850-1952 at FamilySearch
See: Online California Vital Records Indexes

Colorado
- Colorado Marriage Records Index 1859-1939, and Divorce Index 1861-1941 (from the Denver Public Library)
- Colorado Statewide Marriage Index 1853-2006 at FamilySearch (update: more years added)
- Denver Marriage Records Index 1940-1974 (from the Denver Public Library)
- El Paso County Marriage Licenses and Marriage/Civil Union Records Index Search, 1940-current
- Larimer County Marriage Index, 1858-1910
See: Colorado Genealogy Records and Indexes on the Internet

Florida
- Florida Marriages, 1830-1993 at FamilySearch
See: Online Florida Vital Records Indexes

Illinois
- Illinois: County Marriages, 1810-1934 at FamilySearch (coverage varies by county; does not include all counties)

Indiana
- Indiana Marriage Records Index 1811-1959 from FamilySearch; assorted counties (update: more counties added)
- Indiana Marriage Index 1958-2012 from the Indiana State Library (update: more years added)
- Floyd County Marriage License Search (includes PDF copies of the marriage licenses)
- Howard County Marriage Record Books 1844-1945
See: Online Indiana Vital Records Indexes for Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Kansas
- Harvey County Marriage License Index 1872-April 1913

Kentucky
- Morgan County Marriage Index 1823-1950

Maryland
- Maryland Marriage References Index (some of these were extracted from the Hodges Marriage References Index, 1674-1851)
- Maryland Marriage Licenses and Records Index, 1649-1886

Michigan
- Michigan Marriage Records, 1867-1952 (at Ancestry/requires payment) includes digitized images of the marriage certificates or registers
- Genesee County Marriage Index, 1867-1934 and Birth Index, 1878-1907 (works in progress from the Flint Genealogical Society)
- Jackson County Online Marriage Records Search 1800s to Present

Minnesota
- Yellow Medicine County Birth Records 1870-1910 (large Excel file)
See: Minnesota Vital Records Indexes on the Internet

Missouri
- Missouri Marriage Records Indexes - 6 Counties (for Crawford, Franklin, Jefferson, Iron, St. Francois, and Washington Counties; circa early 1800s to early 1900s; coverage varies by county)
See: Online Missouri Vital Records Indexes for Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Nebraska
- Greater Omaha Genealogy Society Marriage Indexes -- has some marriage indexes for Brown County, Cass County, Dodge County, Douglas County (Omaha), Hall County, Rock County, Sarpy County, Thurston County, and Wayne County; also has indexes for Omaha Births and Omaha Obituaries

Nevada
- Carson City Marriage Records Index

New York
- New York State: County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936 at FamilySearch (coverage varies by county; some counties not included; does not include New York City)
- Ulster County Marriage Record Index Search 1908-1935; and Ulster County Town Clerk Returns of Birth, Deaths and Marriages c.(1847-1850, 1873-1884)
See: New York Vital Records Indexes & Genealogy Records on the Internet

North Carolina
- North Carolina Marriage Records 1741-2011 (at Ancestry/requires payment) includes images of the marriage registers or records; for 87 North Carolina counties (of 100); coverage varies by county
- North Carolina County Records Finding Aids (includes indexes for: Caldwell County Marriage Licenses, 1878-1882; Haywood County Marriage Licences, 1857-1925; Lenoir County Divorces 1880-1914, 1922-1969; and many other items
See: North Carolina Vital Records Indexes on the Internet

North Dakota
- Stutsman County Marriage Index July 1, 1884 to 1925

Oklahoma
- Hughes County Marriage Index 1907-1968

Oregon
- Oregon Marriage Records Search (indexes marriage records for various years for the following counties: Columbia, Coos, Crook, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Lake, Lane, Polk, Tillamook, Umpqua and Washington; coverage varies by county)

Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Birth Indexes, 1906-1909 (update: year 1909 added)
- Pennsylvania Birth Records, 1906-1908 (at Ancestry/requires payment) includes digitized copies of the birth certificates
See: Online Pennsylvania Vital Records Indexes for Birth, Marriage & Death Records

South Dakota
- South Dakota Marriages, 1905-2013 (at Ancestry/requires payment) (update: more years added)

Tennessee
- Hamilton County Marriage License Index Search (includes Chattanooga; covers 1857-1927 and 1979-present) update: more years added

Wyoming
- Laramie County Marriage Indexes before 1985

For links to the above items see: Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Online Indexes for Death Records, Cemeteries and Obituaries (USA) - Latest Additions

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Website has been updated with links to the following items...

Arkansas
 - Arkansas Gravestone Photo Project (update: now has over 1 million entries)

California
 - Orange County Cemetery District - Burials (includes Anaheim Cemetery, El Toro Memorial Park, and Santa Ana Cemetery)
 - San Bernardino County: Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery Burials (Ontario, CA)

Connecticut
 - Fairfield County: Town of New Fairfield Cemetery Records
 - Hartford County: Windsor Veterans Cemetery Burials
 - New London County: East Lyme Cemeteries
 - Tolland County: Tolland County: Town of Mansfield Burial Records and Index of Vital Records 100 Years Old

Georgia
 - Chatham County: City of Savannah Burial Records Search (includes Bonaventure, Greenwich Colonial, Laurel Grove North and Laurel Grove South Cemeteries)

Illinois
 - Carroll County Genealogy Search - Estate Records (includes digitized copies of some estate files)
 - Cook County Cemetery at Dunning Database (Chicago); database of 7800 Cook County potters field (poor and indigent) burials; See: Online Chicago & Cook County, Illinois Death Records & Indexes
 - Madison County Illinois Circuit Clerk, Digitized Probate Documents (includes Probate Books, 1800-1976, and Probate Indexes)

Indiana
 - Decatur County: Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library Obituaries Index

Iowa
 - Scott County Iowa Cemetery Search (index of burials in 39 rural cemeteries; from the Scott County Library System)

Kansas
 - Chase County Death and Obituary Index 1863-2005
 - Greenwood County: Records of the J.S. Maben Mortuary, Severy, Kansas (many of the burials are in Elk County cemeteries)

Maine
 - Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980 from FamilySearch
 - Cumberland County: The Cemeteries of Brunswick, Maine

Massachusetts
 - Middlesex County: Mount Auburn Cemetery Burials (Cambridge, MA)
 - Norfolk County: Pondville Cemetery Burials (in Norfolk, Massachusetts)
 - Norfolk County: Sharon Memorial Park Burial Search (Jewish Cemetery in Sharon, Massachusetts)
 - Plymouth County: Town of Plymouth Cemetery Burial Record Search
 - Worcester County Memorial Park Cemetery Burials (Paxton, MA)

Michigan
 - Genesee County: Flint Public Library Obituaries Indexes 2000-2013
 - Oakland County: Milford Times Obituary Index 1929-1949 (from the Milford Public Library)
 - Sanilac County Genealogy Indexes (includes Sanilac Jeffersonian Newspaper Index of Births, Deaths and Marriages 1876-1990 and Croswell Cemetery Data)

Mississippi
 - Jackson County: Cemeteries of West Jackson County, Mississippi

Missouri
 - Adair County: Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery Records (in Kirksville)
 - St. Louis City Wills Index, 1866-1932 (update: more years added)
 - St. Louis Circuit Court Probate Division Historical File Indexes
 - For the above two, see: Online St. Louis, Missouri Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries

New Jersey
 - Union County: Connecticut Farms Cemetery Burials

New York
 - Bronx County: The Hart Island Project (documents over 62,000 people who were buried at Hart Island since 1980); See: Online New York City Death Records Indexes
 - Ulster County Town Clerk Returns of Birth, Deaths and Marriages, c.(1847-1850, 1873-1884); also has other genealogy indexes

North Carolina
 - Catawba County Newspaper Obituaries 1993-2012 (update: more years added)
 - Craven County Cemetery Indexes (includes indexes for WPA burial records and some individual cemeteries)
 - Craven County Death Index 1914-2014 (update: more years added)
 - Craven County: New Bern Obituaries and Death Notices Index 1751-1928 and 1966-Recent  (update: more years added)
 - Johnston County: Smithfield Herald Obituaries 1801-present (update: more years added)
 - Randolph County: Asheboro Courier and Courier-Tribune Newspapers - Obituaries Index 1903-1999 (update: more years added)

Ohio
 - Ohio: County Death Records, 1840-2001 from FamilySearch (Most are pre-1908. Includes digitized images of the death registers from county courthouses. Images may not be available for all counties.)
 - Ohio Death Certificate Index 1913-1944 and 1954-1963 (update: 1954-1963 added)
 - Lawrence County Obituaries Indexes
 - Lawrence County: Health Department Births and Deaths Index 1909-2001 (birth dates after 10/19/1934 not included)
 - Lawrence County Cemetery Indexes
 - Tuscarawas County: City of Dover Cemetery Records Search

Pennsylvania
 - Pennsylvania Death Certificates 1906-1963 (at Ancestry/fee-based); includes scanned copies of the death certificates (update: years 1945-1963 added)
 - Butler County: Dengler Funeral Home Records Index, 1910-1921 and 1941-1945
 - Centre County: Centre Daily Times Obituaries Index 1937-2014 (update: more years added)
 - Crawford County: Conneaut Valley Area Historical Society Cemetery Indexes
 - Sullivan County: Sullivan Review Obituaries Index 1899-2013

Texas
 - Gazetteer of Deceased Texas Physicians, 19th and 20th Centuries (index to obituaries or other biographical resources for over 12,000 Texas physicians)
 - Bexar County: Obituaries Index for San Antonio Newspapers 1957-1960
 - Hopkins County Genealogical Society Indexes (includes births and cemetery burials)

Wisconsin
 - Dane County: Roselawn Memorial Park Burial Search (Monona, Wisconsin)
 - Rock County: Orfordville Lutheran Church Cemetery Records
 - Rusk County: City of Ladysmith Riverside Cemetery Burials

This is a list of the most recent additions. There are many more links for death records indexes at: Online Death Records Indexes, Obituaries and Cemeteries

Monday, December 08, 2014

10 Cool Places to Find Your Ancestors Online (USA)

For Genealogy Research

FamilySearch Genealogy Record Search
You'll find all sorts of free genealogy indexes and records here with more being added fairly often.

National Archives Online Public Access Search
Here you can search the online resources of the U.S. National Archives, including the Access to Archival Databases (AAD).

Online Searchable Death Indexes, Records and Obituaries
A list of indexes for death certificates, death records, newspaper obituaries, cemetery burials and probate records.

Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes
A list of indexes for birth and marriage records.

Online Military Indexes and Records
A list of online military indexes from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam.

Ship Passenger Lists on the Internet
Internet sources for digitized and transcribed passenger records and indexes.

Online Naturalization Records and Indexes
A directory to help find USA naturalization records.

Bureau of Land Management (BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records
Here you can search for some federal land records from the BLM.

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
A growing collection of searchable digitized newspapers (1836-1922) from the Library of Congress.

Some Free Online Census Records and Indexes
A list of some free census records and indexes on the Internet.