Monday, October 19, 2009

FamilySearch Record Search Update: 1865 Massachusetts, 1855 Wisconsin, 1869 Argentina & 1982-84 Ghana Censuses Among New Collections Added

The following is from FamilySearch.
19 October 2009

There are some fascinating new collections in FamilySearch’s Record Search. Ten million new records and images were added this update. Some particularly interesting highlights included the 1865 Massachusetts State Census, Wisconsin 1855 State Census, and 1869 Argentina Census—all now complete, the Ghana Census, 1982–1984 digital images, and the England, Cheshire School Records, 1796–1950, collections. See the chart below for a list of all the newly added collections.
These collections can be searched for free at Record Search pilot (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).

Hats off to the online volunteers who help make these collections freely available by donating a few minutes of their time or talents through the FamilySearch Indexing program.

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
Argentina, 1895 Census 47,007 Updated index and images. Project is now complete.
Argentina, 1869 Census 484,234 157,133 Updated index and images.
England, Cheshire School Records, 1796–1950 435,681 New index only collection. Project is now complete.
Ghana, Census, 1982–1984 11,187 New browse image only collection; project is ongoing.
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627–1978 83,363 Updated browse image only collection. Project is now complete.
U.S., 1920 Federal Census 7,330,741 Added indexes for Wyoming, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.
U.S., Illinois, Cook County Birth Registers, 1871–1915 369,962 19,781 Updated index and images.
U.S., Massachusetts State Census, 1865 1,352,817 17,656 Added indexes. Project is now complete.
U.S., Wisconsin State Census, 1855 133,164 3,088 New index and image collection. Project is now complete.

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


debilyn said...

What an amazing blog!

Please don't think I'm crazy, but I was recently called as the Family History Center Director for our ward and I am utterly lost. The previous Director hasn't really been able to help much, and our History Center is tiny.

Obviously you know what you're doing! Any tips or advice on where to begin? I would be forever grateful!

You can email me at

Renee Zamora said...

The first thing I would recommend is that you join FHCNET - a great mailing list that will open up a world of people that have, been there, done that!

Subscribe: Go to
or send blank email to