New England and Freedmen’s Records Amongst Highlights of FamilySearch’s Newly Added Collections

Some very attractive collections were published this week online at Those with New England roots will greatly appreciate? the 2.5 million Massachusetts birth records. And the long awaited Virginia Freedmen’s Bureau Letters (over one million of them!) and Arkansas Confederate Pensions are certainly going to be a boon to those doing southern or African American research.

Additional collections were released for England (Bristol Parish Registers), Mexico (Catholic Church Records), Kansas (county marriages), Texas (Commanche County records), and World War II Draft Registration Cards for Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, and Ohio.

See the table below for additional details about the latest collection updates.





England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538–1900



This first part of a multi–staged release. Covers mostly 1813–1900 and will initially include the index only, with images projected to be added later. These records include baptisms, marriages, and burials registered by the Church of England.

Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886–1933



Updated index.

U.S., Arkansas Confederate Pensions, 1901–1929



New collection. Browsable images.

U.S., Kansas, County Marriages, 1855–1910



New collection. Browsable images.

U.S., Massachusetts Births, 1841–1915



Name index and images of state birth records from 1841–1915.

U.S., Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858–1955



New collection. Browsable images.

U.S., Virginia, Freedmen's Bureau Letters, 1865–1872



U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942



Added data for Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, and Ohio.

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  1. While working at the National Archives I came across the names of two African American men who were supplying cotton to the Union Army in 1863. They were not being paid by a third party and the US Quartermasterin New Orleans was advocating for their pay. There names Joseph Hedges and Henry Stedman. The records were part of the US District Court Southern Division-Cincinnati Mixed Files. Please feel free to post this info in more appropriate places where this might do some good should anybody be looking for Henry of Joseph

    Ann Duffy 06 May 2011
    5:50 pm
  2. The Historical Documents on for Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, England have been especially helpful for miissing information previous to the 1851 Census. England Marriages, 1538-1973. Blockley, Worcestershire, England around 1803 would be helpful.

    Christie Haynes 08 March 2011
    8:30 pm
  3. Are the Virginia Freedmens Bureau letters indexed yet? Ive not been able to locate any searchable files except the cohabitation lists. If the online index to images is available, would someone mind sharing the link?

    Elaine Taylor, Louisa County 03 March 2011
    8:42 am
  4. I am so grateful for the Family History Centers and the availability to order on microfilm, so many world wide records. This has inabled me to trace 8 of my direct family lines back to their entrance into to Colonies before the Revolutionary War. When will you concentrate on records earlier for those of us who had ancestors arrive (not on the Mayflower, etc), but in the early 16th century? In one case, Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam. That is where I have hit many brick walls.

    Katherine Iona Mock 28 February 2011
    7:29 am

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