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News Release from Familysearch

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of July 10, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, 14 July 2017–FamilySearch published new historic records this week from Brazil (about 4 million civil registration records), Chile, France, Netherlands, New Jersey, Nicaragua, Ohio, Peru, Russia, and BillionGraves. Search then for free at FamilySearch or by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. (Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom).


Indexed Records

Digital Images


BillionGraves Index



Added indexed records and images to an existing collection

Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Brazil, Piauí, Civil Registration, 1875-2013



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Chile Civil Registration, 1885-1903



Added indexed records to an existing collection

France, Coutances et d’Avranche Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1533-1894



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records



Added indexed records to an existing collection

New Jersey State Census, 1895



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996



Added indexed records to an existing collection

Russia, Samara Church Books, 1779-1923



Added images to an existing collection

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

A Learned Member

Congratulations to member Garry Smith who recently completed the Diploma in Family Historical Studies with The Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG).

Garry was presented with his Diploma at a ceremony at the Society on May 13.



L-R Janette Pelosi, Garry Smith, Unknown, Martyn Killion (SAG President)


Australian Royalty at Hornsby

The theme of our General Meeting last Wednesday was Convicts. Eight members shared stories of their convict ancestors – it’s amazing that we are all such upright citizens when we reflect on the deeds of some of our ancestors.

A show of hands indicated that most of those present were Australian Royalty (ie descendants of convicts). We gathered the least shy of that regal group for a photo.



Irish Talk at Hornsby

Dr Perry McIntyre is joining us to speak on Irish Research at our meeting on July 19 at 2:00pm at Hornsby Central Library .

After hearing Perry in 2014 I, your blogger, wrote:

1. She has a wicked, dry sense of humour.
2. She knows her topic inside out.
3. She is a non-boring academic type.
4. She is obsessed with her topic.
5. Perhaps she should have been named Colleen.
6. She is the Chair of the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee (GIFCC) which is actively seeking information about Earl Grey’s Irish Workhouse Immigrant women.

We expect this FREE event to be quite popular so we are taking bookings via TryBooking.

Members and fellow genies are most welcome to attend but you must book prior to the event. Details are here:

Bring your pennies with you as Perry will have books available for sale on the day.

Thanks to the folk at Hornsby Library for their help in organising publicity and bookings.

Heritage Fair in The Other Shire

Our friends from Botany Bay have invited us to attend their Heritage Fair on Saturday 13th May. In previous years this has been an enjoyable event, this year there will bea program of free presentations. There is ample free parking at the venue.

Full details are available on this document: BBFHS HF Flyer

Convict Overload

It seems as though many of our members have convict ancestors. At yesterday’s meeting several members shared stories of these errant men and women. Unfortunately we had so many members willing to talk about their black sheep that we ran out of time.  We will schedule another day later in the year when those who missed out can share their stories.

Thanks to member Garry Smith for giving us permission to post the timeline he created for his ancestor Thomas Thompson, who resided in the local area. You can view the file here:





Free Access to Ancestry

News in the mailbox today.

Banish those winter blues – make the most of free access to Ancestry
Starting this Saturday, we’re giving you free access to all our UK and Irish records for three whole days.* So, you’ll want to know how to make the most of this opportunity.

The video below should be just what you need.
See how easy it is…

Watch now
*Access to the records in the featured collections will start on 18 February and will be free until 20 February, 2017 at 23:59 BST. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an paid membership. To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please click here.