At the FGS Conference in Knoxville, TN, this week, FamilySearch announced the addition of over 200 million new searchable historic records online representing 18 countries. If you visit FamilySearch Record Search (they will soon be available under "Historical Records" on the new FamilySearch Beta site as well), you'll find 53 new or updated collections from the United States, and over 100 million new records from Europe, Scandinavia, and Mexico. The United States collections include the 1910 U.S. Census, as well as birth, marriage, and death records from a number of states (including 10 million new records for New Jersey and Michigan respectively, 4 million from Tennessee, 41 million from Massachusetts, and more from other states). For Canada, there are new vital records (including some death certificates) for New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Not all of these new records are indexed yet, so in some cases expect to have to browse the images to find what you need.
There are also more than 100 million collective genealogy records (primarily vital records) from Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, England, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Nicaragua, Peru and Puerto Rico. Sorry to all of you genealogists in Australia and New Zealand - looks like nothing new for you in this batch, although I'm sure more will be coming soon.
These new records brings the total number of genealogical records on the FamilySearch Record Search site to 700 million, also including an earlier release of 300 million records in May 2010. Can you believe they've added 200 million new records in less than four months? This huge addition of available records is due in large part of the more than 350,000 genealogy indexing volunteers worldwide who have joined FamilySearch Indexing and use the online tools there to help create indexes from digital images of historic documents. If you want to help FamilySearch to continue putting genealogical records online for free, check out the quick tour of FamilySearchIndexing and then choose a project of interest and see how you like it!
To view available records for your locality of interest, visit FamilySearch Record Search and click on Search or Browse our Record Collections. From there, click your country of interest on the map, and then scroll through the available records for your state, town or locality of interest. New records added this week are highlighted with a red asterisk.