Wednesday, September 2, 2015


The following announcement has been made by about a new record collection they have added to their site:

Probate records are some of the most valuable documents you’ll come across doing your family
history. These records, created a­fter an individual’s death, often exist in time periods when birth,
marriage, and death records are unavailable and contain personal details unlike any other record.
Even though you might not have known your ancestors, you can discover the people and possessions
they cared about and perhaps learn a little more about their character and personality.
Ancestry is home to the largest online collection of documented wills and probate records for the
United States. You’ll find records for all 50 states covering more than 300 years, from 1668 to 2005.
That’s more than 170 million documents available for browsing. The size of this unprecedented
collection means you’re likely to find at least one of your ancestors.

 The research guide for these records can be found HERE.

Here is a list of the records that have been added:

NARA Collections on Ancestry.comReference, Dictionaries & Almanacs909Updated

Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal364,338New

California, Wills and Probate Records, 1782-1999Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal156,155New

Oklahoma, Wills and Probate Records, 1801-2008Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal249,300New

Washington, D.C., Wills and Probate Records, 1737-1952Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal30,027New

Michigan, Wills and Probate Records, 1784-1980Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal251,269New

Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1727-2008Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal626,392New

Arizona, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1995Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal25,868New

Rhode Island, Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal102,650New

West Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1724-1978Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal643,165New

North Dakota and South Dakota, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1985Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal4,850New

Mississippi, Wills and Probate Records, 1780-1982Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal238,449New

Alaska, Wills and Probate Records, 1883-1978Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal352New

Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal782,788New

Utah, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1985Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal41,474New

Texas, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-2000Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal104,139New

Montana, Wills and Probate Records, 1831-1952Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal19,606New

Oregon, Wills and Probate Records, 1833-1963Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal30,076New

Colorado, Wills and Probate Records, 1875-1974Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal29,873New

Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal141,599New

Maryland, Wills and Probate Records, 1604-1878Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal23,754New

Missouri, Wills and Probate Records, 1766-1988Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal460,046New

Florida, Wills and Probate Records, 1810-1974Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal78,608New

Maine, Wills and Probate Records, 1584-1999Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal183,212New

Delaware, Wills and Probate Records, 1676-1971Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal89,737New

Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal382,993New

Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal323,830New

Idaho, Wills and Probate Records, 1857-1989Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal24,398New

Iowa, Wills and Probate Records, 1758-1997Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal593,105New

New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1656-1999Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal568,803New

Pennsylvania, Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal1,835,295New

Washington, Wills and Probate Records, 1807-1997Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal100,981New

Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal549,187New

Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal285,932New

Arkansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1783-1998Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal95,015New

New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal2,820,431New

Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal281,088New

Minnesota, Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1999Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal1,007,132New

Wisconsin, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1987Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal169,973New

Louisiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1756-1984Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal205,250New

Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal1,224,408New

New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal194,945New

South Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1670-1980Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal217,944New

Hawaii, Wills and Probate Records, 1822-1962Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal9,538New

Nebraska, Wills and Probate Records, 1806-1989Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal2,513New

Wyoming, Wills and Probate Records, 1864-1915Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal461New

Nevada, Wills and Probate Records, 1906-1925Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal27New

New Mexico, Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1993Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal9,416New

North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal1,065,131New

Vermont, Wills and Probate Records, 1749-1999Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal67,314New

Maryland, Calendar of Wills, 1635-1743Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal7,475Updated

New York County, New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1658-1880 (NYSA)Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal24,108New

Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963Birth, Marriage & Death7,057,115Updated

This is quite a number of new records.  Hope you find your ancestors in these records - happy ancestor hunting.

Saturday, August 29, 2015


The following record collections are shown as new or updated on and

Happy ancestor hunting. Record Collections
England and Wales Census, 190134,138,955 *29 Aug 2015
Germany, Prussia, Brandenburg and Posen, Church Book Duplicates, 1794-18741,675,056 *27 Aug 2015
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-19402,249,859 *27 Aug 2015
Argentina, National Census, 18691,799,773 *27 Aug 2015
Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891964,953 *27 Aug 2015
Arizona, Douglas, Arrival Manifests, 1906-195510,325 *27 Aug 2015
Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-20147,083 *26 Aug 2015
Utah, Eureka and Payson, Births and Deaths, 1898-190317 *25 Aug 2015
United States Census, 18402,566,893 *25 Aug 2015 Record Collections


West Yorkshire, England, Select Removal and Settlement Records, 1689-1866Wills, Probates, Land, Tax & Criminal14,195New

Slovakia, Vranov Transport List, 1942Stories, Memories & Histories1,194New

Poland, Auschwitz Work Cards, 1944-1945Stories, Memories & Histories852New

Compiled List of Jews in Concentration Camps, 1945Stories, Memories & Histories987New

Stettin, Poland, Jewish Deportation into the Lublin Area, 1940-1942Stories, Memories & Histories1,129New

Mszana Dolna, Poland, Census, 1942Stories, Memories & Histories1,029New

Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, Deported Jews, 1942Stories, Memories & Histories1,054New

Leeds, England, Beckett Street Cemetery, 1845-1987Birth, Marriage & Death187,851New

Israel, Tehran Children, 1943Stories, Memories & Histories848New

Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968Birth, Marriage & Death14,515,660Updated

1851 England CensusCensus & Voter Lists16,692,527Updated

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Are newspapers one of your favorite sources for your genealogy and family history research?  There is a little known FREE site, that searches over two million newspapers from 1800 to 2013 from one place at one time.  I tried this site today and found additional information on one of my Arkansas ancestors that was printed in an Illinois paper.  The site is entirely free and you can sign up to join their mailing list to get up to date information on any new newspapers as they are added.

Give this site a try and let us know what you find.
The goal of is to make it possible to search all the world’s online historic newspapers from one place. We aren’t there yet, but we are adding more newspapers every day.
With it is now possible for family historians, genealogists, and researchers to search historic digitized newspaper archives from around the globe. is much like Google, Bing, or other search engines but is focused on only historical, digitized newspapers. It enables you to search, for free, across many newspaper sites simultaneously, rather than having to visit each site separately. By clicking on the search result that interests you you'll go directly to the newspaper site which hosts that story.
Many of the smaller newspaper sites are not well known and may be difficult to find with the usual search engines but are searchable from
We're continuing to add more newspapers to, so if at first you can't find what you're looking for, please check back later. Or you can add your name to our mailing list, and we'll email you when a new collection is added.
Here at Veridian we've been involved with lots of newspaper digitization projects for customers like Cornell, Princeton, the National Libraries of New Zealand and Singapore, and many others. If you have any comments or suggestions about this site, or if you know of other free online newspaper collections which you'd like to see added to, please contact us.