Findmypast updated the following collections this week in its World Collection:
Findmypast has partnered with the New England Historic Genealogical Society to bring us early Massachusetts vital records through 1850! These records were compiled from multiple sources and stretch back to the early 1600s.
Got ancestors in the Swansea Pals, members of the 14th (Service) Battalion, The Welsh Regiment? Their records are now online, thanks to a partnership with the West Glamorgan Archives and the Glamorgan Family History Society. Aren’t partnerships wonderful?
Mocavo awarded a grant of $25,000 to the Bethany Children’s Home in Womelsdorf, PA. Mocavo will digitize two ledger books with information about the children who were residents of the home between 1863-1990.
FamilySearch reached 1 billion names indexed! That is an amazing accomplishment. Kenneth B. (California, United States), Brittney S. (Idaho, United States), and April R. (Alberta, Canada) were the individuals who indexed and arbitrated the billionth record. The first billion took seven years; FamilySearch asks, how long will the next billion records take? Any guesses? (I actually think it could take at least that long – census records are easy and take much less time to index than other types of records. And we’re done with those. But who knows! The number of indexers is growing all the time.)
You can now search the burials at Hart Island, New York City’s public burial ground (“potter’s field”). The online database covers burials since 1977, but the burials go back to 1881. Thanks to the Genealogy News Corral for the heads up.
The Status Animarum records from the Saint Joseph Parish Church in Stari trg ob Kolpi, Slovenia, have been posted, covering the 1875-1886 Thanks to the GenealogyBlog for the heads up, and especially for the definition of “Status Animarum:”
Status animarum translates as “the state of souls.” They contain names and information about baptism, marriage, burial, and relationship to head of household for everyone living in a parish by house number. Spouses often show the town and house where they were born or moved.