The bounty seems to just keep coming from FamilySearch’s digital pipeline. Mexico collections earned the top spot this week for FamilySearch online collection updates, with nearly 5 million new browsable images added. The Mexico records date from 1545 to 1984. In addition to Mexico, FamilySearch expanded 7 more of its collections. Millions more records or images were added for Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Italy, and Venezuela. The U.S. collections were also expanded, with new data for California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Union Provost Marshal’s File, and Virginia.
If you don’t follow FamilySearch’s weekly record updates, you should. FamilySearch has been publishing some very significant free content very regularly online. It’s historic records are coming from three primary sources 1) digital conversion of its millions of rolls of microfilm to digital images, 2) online volunteers who create free searchable indexes, 3) 185 digital cameras in 40 + countries capturing new content “digitally at birth”, and 4) agreements with third parties (record custodians and commercial companies like Ancestry.com, Find My Past, and Footnote). And it’s all free with the exception of a few collections it has under agreement with some commercial companies.
See 9 Million Browsable Images from 9 Countries Added This Week for more detail or search the new record collections now for free at FamilySearch.