Wednesday 14 August 2019

Latest family history releases & updates: United States

To aid Irish family historians whose ancestors emigrated to the United States, either direct or via Canada, the listing below notes recent US record collection releases and updates by the major genealogical database providers.

The collections were either released by the database supplier for the first time during July/early August or received some kind of update/top-up during this period.

Where the supplier has provided the information, I've noted the size of the update/new collection.

New Collections


British Officers Serving In Early America, 1614-1787
This collection consists of six C19th publications that record names and details of British Army Officers serving in America prior to and during the Revolutionary War.

Pennsylvania Immigrants, 1727-1776
The snappy title of this 1856 publication tells you pretty much everything: A Collection of Upwards Of Thirty Thousand Names Of German, Swiss, Dutch, French And Other Immigrants In Pennsylvania From 1727 To 1776: With A Statement Of The Names Of Ships, Whence They Sailed, And The Date Of Their Arrival At Philadelphia, Chronology. Some entries carry historical and biographical notes.

Pennsylvania, Oath of Allegiance
Names of male immigrants required to take an oath of allegiance to the British Crown and the Province of Pennsylvania as well as immigration lists between 1786 and 1808. Lists of foreigners arriving post-1786 include names of wives and children. An index to surnames begins on image number 675.


Web: Wayne County Indiana Marriage Records, 1811-1903 (47,282 records)
WEB: Idaho, Reconstructed State Census, 1890 Census & Voter Lists (nearly 36,000 records)
WEB: Connecticut Marriage Records, 1897-1968 (just under 2 million entries)
WEB: Connecticut Death Records, 1897-1968 (More than 1.3 million entries)

My Heritage

Baltimore, Maryland Passenger Lists, 1891-1943 (1,626,159 records)
Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger lists 1900-1953 (more than 1.7million records).


Illinois, Northern District Petitions for Naturalization, 1906-1994 (95,590 records)
Minnesota Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1872-1962 (88,691 records)
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901–1903 (93,590 records)
California, Oakland, Mountain View Cemetery Records, 1857-1973 (129,172 records)
Hawaii, Grantor and Grantee Index, 1845-1909 (198,815 records)
Oregon, Multnomah County, Voting Registration Records, 1908-1958 (988,549 records)
Oregon, Multnomah County, Poor Farm Admissions Records, 1900-1962 (18,060 records)

Updated Collections


United States, Passenger and Crew Lists
Containing more than 100 million records, this new and improved national collection brings together all FindMyPast's existing US passenger lists and adds approaching 3 million new records covering Boston, Baltimore, Texas and South Carolina. They span 165 years of travel (1800-1965).

Billion Graves Cemetery indexes
The latest update to the United States collection adds more than 2.6million records.

Maine, Federal Naturalization Records, 1787-1991 A top of 29,001 images and 24,493 records brings collection total to 172,270 entries.

U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-Current The collection contains more than 178 million obituaries from hundreds of newspapers. It is regularly topped up with entries of recent date.

U.S., Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection, 1847-Current Nearly 44,000 new records added from hundreds of cemetery and funeral homes. Collection now totals more than 53.5 million entries.


Records were added to the following existing collections during July:
United States Census, 1870
Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974
Alabama, Confederate Pension Applications, ca. 1880-1930's
Alaska, State Archives (Juneau), Military Service Discharge Records, 1898-1934 
Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home, 1890-1963 
California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index, 1852-1989
Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990
Georgia, Church Vital Records, 1828-1991 
Hawaii, Passport Records, 1874-1898
Hawaii, Naturalization Records, 1838-1991 
Michigan, Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, Burial Records
Minnesota Naturalization Records and Indexes, 1872-1962 
Missouri, Jackson County Voter Registration Records, 1928-1956
Montana Naturalization Records, 1868-1999
New Mexico Naturalization Records, 1882-1983
Oregon, Multnomah County, Voting Registration Records, 1908-1958
Oregon, Multnomah County, Poor Farm Admissions Records, 1900-1962
Pennsylvania, Huntingdon County, Delayed Birth Records, 1800-1935 
Utah Naturalization Records, 1906-1930
Virginia Naturalization Petitions, 1906-1929
Wisconsin, Milwaukee Petitions for Naturalization, 1848-1991
Wisconsin Index to Naturalization Petitions, 1848-1990

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