Thursday, November 12, 2009

Recently Added Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes

Links to the items listed below were recently added to: Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes or its supplementary state webpages.

Alabama
- Madison County Marriage License Index 1809-Feb 1973 (update: more years added)

Delaware
- Delaware State Birth Records, 1861-1908 from FamilySearch Labs (not yet complete)

Georgia
- Morgan County Marriage Records Searchable Database

Hawaii
- Hawaii State Archives Genealogy Indexes (includes some marriage indexes)

Indiana
- Indiana Marriage Records Index 1811-1959 from FamilySearch Labs; presently includes Adams, Blackford, Decatur, Franklin, Henry, Huntington, Owen, Rush, and Sullivan counties (coverage may vary by county)
- Montgomery County Marriage Records Index (includes PDF images of the records)
- Shelby County Birth and Marriage Indexes
See: Online Indiana Vital Records Indexes for Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Kansas
- Kansas Marriage Index, 1854-1861 (not complete)

Louisiana
- Orleans Parish Birth Records Index -- for births over 100 years ago
- Orleans Parish Marriage Records Index -- for marriages over 50 years ago

Maryland
- Washington County Marriages Index 1861-1949, 1950-2007

Michigan
- Michigan Birth Records 1867-1902 and Michigan Marriages 1868-1925 at FamilySearch Labs
- Clinton County Genealogy Records Indexes -- includes newspaper indexes for births to 1900, marriages 1863-1940

Nebraska
- Sarpy County Marriage License Search 1987-present

New Jersey
- Monmouth County Marriage Index 1790-1890

New York
- New York City Birth Records Index 1901-1907
- Nassau County Marriage Index 1908-1936
See: New York Vital Records Indexes & Genealogy Records on the Internet

Pennsylvania
- Philadelphia Marriage Indexes 1885-1951 from FamilySearch Labs
- Westmoreland County Marriage License Search 1885-present

South Carolina
- Greenville County Marriage License Index

Tennessee
- Hamilton County Marriage License Index Search (includes Chattanooga) presently covers 1857-1919 and 1985-2008

Texas
- Colorado County Marriage Records Index 1837-1886
- El Paso County Marriage Records Search 1963-current (also has birth & death records searches)
- Liberty County Birth, Marriage and Death Index
See: Online Texas Vital Records Indexes

See: Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Online Indexes for Obituaries and Death Records - Latest Additions

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Directory has been updated with links to the following items...

California
- San Diego Public Library's Digital Library - Includes Obituaries Indexes (indexes obituaries and death notices in the San Diego Union, 1868-1915; and the San Diego Herald, 1851-1860)

Colorado
- Denver Death Index 1870-1909 (update: years 1906-1909 added)
- Larimer County Genealogical Society - Online Databases (includes indexed scanned obituaries 1980s-1990s)
- Mesa County Cemetery Records
- Weld County: City of Evans Cemetery Burials

Georgia
- Clarke County: Oconee Hill Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions (Athens)
- Richmond County: African American Funeral Programs from the East Central Georgia Regional Library (mostly from the Augusta, Georgia area)

Illinois
- Cook County: The Roll of Honor, Containing the Names of Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of All the Wars of Our Country Who Are Buried in the Cemeteries of Cook County (scanned searchable book from 1922)
- See: Online Chicago & Cook County, Illinois Death Records & Indexes

- La Salle County Genealogy Guild Record Search (includes indexes for some obituaries, probate records and others)

Indiana
- Shelby County Genealogy Indexes - Cemeteries, Obituaries & More

Louisiana
- Louisiana Death Index 1850-1875, 1894-1954 from FamilySearch Labs
- Orleans Parish: Louisiana Biography and New Orleans Obituary Index 1804-1972 (includes "selected biographical references")

Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Death Records 1906-1915 from FamilySearch Labs (will eventually cover 1841-1915; includes scanned images of the death registers and certificates)
- Middlesex County: St. Patrick Cemetery Burials (Lowell, Massachusetts)
- Worcester County: Town of Rutland Death Records to the end of the year 1849 (also includes birth and marriage records)

Michigan
- Michigan Death Records Collection 1897-1920 (update: now 99% complete)
- Arenac County Historical Society Obituaries Indexes (also includes other genealogy indexes)
- Arenac County Cemetery Inscriptions Index
- Jackson County Death Indexes 1886-1899 and 1900-1901 (list of names only, no dates)
- Monroe County: Monroe Commercial Obituary Index 1870-1873 and 1877-1879
- Van Buren County GenWeb Site (includes a death index 1935-1945 and some cemetery burials)

Minnesota
- Hubbard County Cemeteries (includes Greenwood Cemetery, largest cemetery in Park Rapids, MN)

Missouri (St. Louis)
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch Obituary Index (update: more years added; includes 1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1964, and 1992-2008)
- Westliche Post Obituaries Index 1880-1887 - St. Louis German Language Newspaper (update: more years added)
- See: Online St. Louis, Missouri Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries

New Hampshire
- Carroll County: Conway Death Records 1887-2003 & Cemeteries of Conway, Albany & Eaton, NH (update: more years added to death index; cemeteries added)
- Hillsborough County: Cemetery Records of Hillsborough, NH (includes 19 Municipal Cemeteries and Gravesites)

North Carolina
- Onslow County Death Index 1982-2008 (also has indexes for births 1976-recent, marriages 1962-recent, and more)

North Dakota
- Fargo Forum Obituaries Database, 1892-1909 & Nov. 1982-1995 (update: more years added)

Ohio
- Erie County: Oakland Cemetery Burials (Sandusky, Ohio)
- Lucas County: Mt. Carmel Cemetery Index (in Toledo, OH) surnames only
- Summit County: Akron Beacon Journal Obituaries Index 1937-2008 (update: several years added)
- Wood County Sentinel Obituaries Index 1867-1876 (newspaper from Bowling Green, Ohio)

Oregon
- Benton County Genealogical Society Newspaper Project - names published in Benton County newspapers 1865-1925 (work in progress) includes some deaths
- Marion County: Burials in Pioneer Cemeteries
- Multnomah County: Historic Pioneer Cemeteries - Burial Search

Pennsylvania
- Dauphin County: Harrisburg Newspaper Index - Marriages & Deaths from 4 Newspapers, 1799-1827

Tennessee
- Blount County Death Records Database (includes more than 42,000 entries from Blount County newspapers and funeral home records)
- Davidson County: Death Notices in Nashville Newspapers 1855-1907 (not complete)

Texas
- Gillespie County: Fredericksburg Genealogical Society Indexes (includes cemetery burials index and obituaries index 1980-2004)

Virginia
- African American Cemeteries in Albemarle and Amherst Counties - Burial Search

Washington
- Benton County: Tri-City Herald Obituaries Index 2000-March 2009
- Thurston County: Masonic Memorial Park Cemetery Burials (in Tumwater, Washington)

General Obituaries
Added to the general obituaries webpage...
- Necrology Index of Obituary Listings for Congregational Clergy and Missionaries
- Evangelical Messenger Obituary Index 1900-1912

See: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Monday, June 15, 2009

Online Death Indexes and Records - Latest Additions and Updates

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records directory has been updated with links to the following items...

Alabama
- Alabama Death Index 1908-1974 from FamilySearch Labs

Alaska
- Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery Burials

Arkansas
- Arkansas Gravestones (has over 170,000 gravestone photos)
- Pike County Genealogy Records Indexes (includes some cemetery burials for Clark, Hot Spring, Montgomery and Pike Counties)
- Sebastian County Cemeteries

Arizona
- Maricopa County: Pioneers' Cemetery Association (includes some burial indexes)

California
- California Genealogy and History Archives (includes over 144,000 listings for California cemetery burials)
- Fresno Catholic Cemeteries - Burial Records Search

Colorado
- Arapahoe County: Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society Indexes (includes: Littleton Cemetery Interment Records 1869-1981, Nickels-Hill-Drinkwine Mortuary Records 1915-1950, Obituary Index for the Littleton Independent Newspaper/ongoing project, and other items)

Florida
- Florida Death Index 1877-1939 from FamilySearch Labs

Georgia
- Floyd County: City of Rome Cemeteries (3 city owned cemeteries can be searched for burials)
- Muscogee County: Columbus, Georgia Newspapers Obituary Project 1872-1918

Illinois
- Whiteside County: Sterling Daily Gazette Index from the Sterling Public Library (includes obituaries)
- Whiteside County: Tampico Area Historical Society Obituary and Cemetery Indexes

Indiana
- Cass County: Logansport Pharos Tribune Obituaries Index 1974-1980 and 1992-1999
- Cass County Cemeteries
- Henry County Death Records Index 1880-2000
- Howard County Cemeteries and Kokomo Tribune Obituary Index 1941-2008
- Miami County: WPA Death Index 1882-1920 (also includes cemeteries and other death indexes)
- Switzerland County: Vevay Newspaper Index 1840, 1853-1858 (births, marriages & deaths) ongoing project

Kansas
- Atchison County Online Cemetery Files
- Pratt County Cemeteries

Massachusetts
- Hampshire County: Burials in North and West Cemeteries in Amherst
- Nantucket County: Nantucket Grave Markers Database Search ("not comprehensive")
- Plymouth County: Plymouth Colony Archive Project (includes wills and probate inventories, 1600s)

Michigan
- Berrien County: Silverbrook Cemetery Grave Search (Niles, Michigan)
- Calhoun County: Albion Area Obituaries Index 2001-recent
- Van Buren County: Hartford Obituary Index (various years; also includes some cemeteries)
- Van Buren County: Paw Paw Township Cemetery Burials

Minnesota
- Ramsey County: Roselawn Cemetery Burials (Roseville, MN)

New Jersey
- Hudson County Genealogical Society - Genealogy Databases (includes indexes for newspaper death notices, cemetery burials and more)
- Warren County: Belvidere Apollo Obituary Index 1826-1899 (from the Warren County Public Library)

New Mexico
- Santa Fe and New Mexico Obituary Index 1870s to 2005 (not complete; for the second half of the 20th century covers Santa Fe only)

New York
- Fulton County Cemeteries
- Monroe County: Webster Union Cemetery Burials (Webster, New York)
- Nassau County: Town of Oyster Bay Genealogy Indexes (includes historic cemeteries, death index 1881-1920 and other items)
- New York City (Brooklyn): The Evergreens Cemetery Burial Records (not yet complete)

North Carolina
- North Carolina Deaths 1906-1930 from FamilySearch Labs (includes digitized images of the death records)
- Wake County: North Carolina Family Records Online (includes "Marriage and Death Notices from the Raleigh Register and North Carolina State Gazette: 1799-1893" and 220 family Bible records)

Oklahoma
- Kay County Genealogy Indexes: includes Cemeteries and Obituaries (from the Pioneer Genealogical Society)
- Logan County: Summit View Cemetery Burials (Guthrie, Oklahoma)
- Oklahoma County: Oklahoma City Oklahoman Obituaries Index 1972-2008 (some years missing; work in progress) also has deaths found in OKC City Directories 1918 & 1920-1923

Pennsylvania
- Delaware County: Arlington Cemetery Burials (Drexel Hill, PA)

South Carolina
- South Carolina Death Index 1915-1955 from FamilySearch Labs (includes digitized images of the death records from 1915-1943)
- Charleston County Probate Court: Estate/Will & Conservatorship/Guardianship Records Search

Tennessee
- Tennessee Death Index 1914-1928 (udpate: year 1928 added)
- Shelby County: Baron Hirsch Jewish Cemetery Burials (Memphis)

Texas
- Burnet County Obituary Index 1876-1910 (from the Burnet County Genealogical Society)
- Burnet County GenWeb - Genealogy Indexes (includes some cemetery transcriptions and obituary indexes)
- Liberty County Birth, Marriage and Death Index
- Williamson County Cemeteries

Vermont
- Northeast Kingdom Vermont Genealogy (has cemetery listings and other indexes for Caledonia County, Essex County and Orleans County)

See: The Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Monday, June 01, 2009

Millvina Dean, Last Survivor of the Titanic, Dies

Elizabeth Gladys "Millvina" Dean, the last survivor of the Titanic sinking, died on May 31 at age 97. She was nine weeks old when her family boarded the Titanic in 1912. Her mother and brother also survived the sinking. Her father died in the tragedy. You can read more here: Millvina Dean, last remaining survivor of the Titanic, dies aged 97

Dean family on the Carpathia passenger list of Titanic Survivors
The above image is a portion of the Carpathia passenger list showing the three surviving members of the Dean family, siblings Bertram and Elizabeth (two-month-old Eliza) and their mother Georgette (Ettie). The Carpathia rescued 705 of the Titanic's survivors and brought them to New York on April 18, 1912. See: Partial List of Survivors of the Titanic who were taken aboard the Carpathia at the U.S. National Archives website.

James Cameron, director of the popular film, Titanic, along with two of the film's stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, donated money to help pay Millvina Dean's nursing home costs in her last days.

For information on Titanic passenger records see the New York section at... What Passenger Lists are Online?

For more on Titanic survivors see the Titanic category on the right side.

Friday, May 15, 2009

FamilySearch Labs adds Death Indexes for 4 Southern States

The FamilySearch Labs website has recently added death indexes (some with digitized images) for four Southern states. These are:

Alabama Deaths 1908-1974
Florida Deaths 1877-1939
North Carolina Deaths 1906-1930 (with images)
South Carolina Deaths 1915-1943 (with images)
South Carolina Deaths 1944-1955

These indexes are now available at FamilySearch Record Search

Formerly at: FamilySearch Labs Record Search

For more death indexes for these states see:

This article was updated on 8 January 2011.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Search Strategies for Finding Ship Passenger Lists 1820-1940s

This article was updated on 8 April 2014.

Here are some suggestions for finding your immigrant ancestors on a ship passenger list (or manifest) for their arrival in the United States from 1820 to the 1940s (1950s for some ports).

Search Tips
  • Clues in the Census: the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 US federal censuses have a column for year of arrival for immigrants. This can help narrow down the search. Be careful as census records may contain errors.
  • Naturalization Records: Naturalization records created September 27, 1906 and later will usually give the name of the ship, port and date of arrival. Naturalization records before that usually do not give this information (although some might). You may sometimes find errors in these records.
  • Be sure to try alternate spellings of names when searching online databases or other indexes.
Ancestry.com's Immigration Records Collection
Ancestry has digitized and indexed microfilm of National Archives passenger records for the major ports (New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Orleans) as well as many smaller ports. These can be searched online if you have an Ancestry subscription (fee required). This can be a good place to start your search because they have so many records in one place. And you don't need to know the name of the port where your ancestor arrived, or the date of arrival.

Port by Port Search
If you're having difficulty finding your ancestor's passenger list you might try a more specific search at each port. If you don't know the arrival port or don't know where to start, you can find some ideas at: Tips for Determining Your Ancestor's Probable Port of Arrival
Indexes for Various Ethnic Groups: Germans to America, Italians to America, Irish Immigrants, etc.
Some ship passenger indexes have been created for various ethnic groups and these may be helpful as alternate resources if you can't find your immigrant ancestor in other indexes.
Passenger Lists and Indexes on Microfilm Although many of the National Archives publications of ship passenger lists have been digitized and put online, you may still want to use these microfilms in your search. A little old school genealogy can sometimes go a long way... Disclaimer: you might not find the person you're looking for in any of the indexes or records listed here; these are merely suggestions.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Online Military Records and Indexes - New Additions and Updates

Links to the items listed below have been added to the Directory of Online Military Indexes, Records and Rosters of Soldiers

Revolutionary War
- Southern Campaign Revolutionary War Pension Statements (partial collection)
- Alabama: Alphabetical List of Revolutionary Soldiers in Alabama

War of 1812
- Indiana Territory: War of 1812 Collection (consists of muster, pay and receipt rolls of Indiana territory volunteers or militia)

Civil War
- Arkansas Confederate Pension Records Index
- Delaware: Records Related to Delaware's Involvement in the American Civil War (from the Delaware Public Archives)
- Georgia Confederate Veteran Grave Database (work in progress)
- Kansas Virtual Civil War Cemetery Tombstone Photos (not complete, but has over 11,000 photographs of grave markers of Civil War veterans buried in Kansas - searchable by name)
- Mississippi Confederate Grave Registry
- Nebraska Civil War Veterans Database
- Oregon: Index to 1890 Veterans Census
- South Carolina: The New South Newspaper 1862-1866, Port Royal and Beaufort, South Carolina (digitized and searchable)

Spanish American War
- Kansas Troops in the Volunteer Service of the United States in the Spanish and Philippine Wars

World War One
- Denver Public Library World War I Indexes (includes: Fallen Heroes of World War I from Denver, Colorado; Colorado World War I Draft Registration Cards Index; Colorado World War I Draft Registration Index - Minorities; Colorado World War I Casualties Buried in Europe)
- Oregon WWI Draft Registration Index
- International WWI Section, Australia: World War I Service Records
- International WWI Section, New Zealand: New Zealand and World War One Assorted Indexes

World War Two
- Iowa: World War II Iowa Press Clippings Digital Collection
- Ohio: Cleveland Servicemen's Photographs Index 1940-1955
- International WWII Section, Canada: Second World War Service Files Canadian Armed Forces War Dead

Korean War
- Korean War/Access to Archival Databases (AAD) includes Korean War casualties, wounded, prisoners of war and missing in action

Vietnam War
- Vietnam War/Access to Archival Databases (AAD) includes Vietnam War casualties, wounded, prisoners of war, missing in action, and more items

See: Online Military Indexes and Records

Monday, April 06, 2009

Online Death Records and Indexes - New Additions and Updates

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Directory has been updated with links to the following items...

Alabama
- Madison County Probate Records Index 1809-1965 (also includes indexes for marriage licenses and other items)
- Montgomery County Cemeteries

Arizona
- Arizona Death Records Index 1844-1958 (update: year 1958 added)
- Maricopa County: Double Butte Cemetery Burials (2nd listing)

California
- Riverside County: Lake Elsinore Cemetery Burials

Colorado
- El Paso County Cemeteries (from the Colorado Tombstone Transcription Project)
- Larimer County: Local History Archive (includes burials in Grandview and Roselawn Cemeteries and indexes for some obituaries)

Florida
- Escambia County: St. John's Historic Cemetery Burial Search (Pensacola, Florida)

Illinois
- Kane County: St. Charles Public Library Local Newspapers Index 1993-present (includes obituaries)
- Madison County Genealogical Resources - includes Cemetery Burials (from the Edwardsville Public Library and the Illinois Digital Archives)
- McHenry County Historical Society Obituaries Index
- Winnebago County Death Index 1844-1981

Indiana
- Morgan County Cemeteries Index

Kentucky
- Jefferson County: Herman Meyer & Son Jewish Funeral Home - Burials and Headstone Photos (Louisville, KY) ongoing project

Maryland
- Early Maryland Probate Indexes
- Allegany County: Percy Cemetery Burials and Obituaries (small older cemetery in Frostburg, MD)
- Washington County Obituary Locator 1790-2007

Massachusetts
- Barnstable County: Barnstable Patriot Newspaper Archive 1830-1930

Michigan
- Michigan Death Records 1897-1920 (ongoing project - not yet complete)
- Delta County Genealogical Society - Genealogy Indexes (includes: probate index 1873-1975, and a cemetery burials index)

Mississippi
- Monroe County Book of the Dead: Cemetery Burials (work in progress)

Missouri
- Missouri Death Certificates Index and Images 1910-1958 (update: year 1958 added)

New Hampshire
- Belknap County: Sanbornton Historical Society Cemetery Burials (ongoing project)
- Sullivan County: Cemeteries of Washington, NH

New Jersey
- New Jersey Death Records Index, June 1878-June 1884 (from the NJ State Archives)

New Mexico
- Bernalillo County: Burials in 4 Albuquerque Cemeteries
- San Juan County Genealogy Indexes (includes an obituary index 1982-Feb. 2000, and cemetery burials)

New York
- Chautauqua County Cemeteries (also has some church death and burial transcriptions)
- Western New York Genealogy Indexes from the Painted Hills Genealogy Society (includes cemetery burials and other indexes for Allegany County, Cattaraugus County, Chautauqua County and Steuben County)
- Northern New York Historical Newspapers (for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and Saint Lawrence Counties)
- For more historical NY newspapers see the New York section at: Historical Newspapers and Indexes on the Internet - USA

Ohio
- Clermont County Cemetery Photo Project
- Cuyahoga County: Western Reserve Historical Society - Genealogy and Other Indexes (includes index to McGorray Brothers Funeral Home Ledger Books; Marriage and Death Notice index from the Jewish Independent, and Jewish Review and Observer 1889-1964; and other items)
- Trumbull County: Warren-Trumbull County Public Library Obituaries Index

Oregon
- Multnomah County: Portland Oregonian Newspaper Index Search 1851-1987, includes obituaries index 1975-1987
- Washington County Cemetery Records

Pennsylvania
- Assorted Pennsylvania Cemeteries/WebCemeteries (a collection of mostly small cemeteries in PA; includes a genealogy search)
- McKean County Cemeteries
- Philadelphia County Cemeteries (USGenWeb Archives)
- Potter County Cemeteries
- York County Death Indexes and Genealogy Indexes (update: new URL and new indexes added)

South Dakota
- South Dakota Gravestone Photos (ongoing project)

Tennessee
- Rutherford County Cemeteries

Texas
- Nueces County: Corpus Christi Obituary Index and Old Bayview Cemetery Burials (update: Bayview cemetery added)

Utah
- Iron County: Cedar City Cemetery Burials (ongoing project)

Washington
- Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State Cemetery Project

West Virginia
- West Virginia Death Index 1917-1958; coverage varies by county (update: year 1958 added)
- Huntington Herald Dispatch & Charleston Gazette Obituaries Index 1990-2005 (PDF files; has some gaps)

Wisconsin
- Milwaukee County: Wisconsin Jewish Death & Burial Index, and Jewish Chronicle Obituary Index

See: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Michigan Death Certificates 1897-1920 Online

The Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Historical Center have made nearly a million death records from 1897-1920 available on their "Seeking Michigan" website.

You can download copies of the currently available death certificates for free at: Michigan Death Records 1897-1920

For more online Michigan death records and indexes see: Online Michigan Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

For information about more online death certificates see: Online Death Certificates

This article was updated on 27 July 2013

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Tips for Finding German Genealogy Records for Your German-American Ancestor

After I posted Tips for Finding Your German Immigrant Ancestor's Hometown in Germany last month, someone asked me what the next step was. She already had the name of her immigrant ancestor's hometown and didn't know where to look for further research. So here are some suggestions that may be helpful...

German Genealogy Records at the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City
I usually start a German genealogy research project by checking the catalog of the LDS Family History Library (FHL) to see if they have any microfilmed records for the place where my German ancestor lived. Doing a "Place Search" in their online catalog for the name of the town can tell you whether they have microfilmed records available at the library for that town. You may also want to search for the broader region or for nearby towns.

Be aware that other German towns across Germany may have the same or similar names as the town you're looking for. To help find the correct location you might try checking German maps or German gazetteers.

If the FHL has the microfilmed records you need, you can order the microfilm rolls for viewing from many local LDS Family History Centers for a fee (some German microfilms may not circulate in Europe). Church records are often used for doing genealogy research in Germany so it is helpful to know your ancestor's religious affiliation. If your ancestral family's place of residence doesn't have a church they may have gone to one in a nearby town.

German Genealogy Records in Germany (if not available at the FHL)
If the Family History Library does not have the records you need, then you can try writing letters or emails to local parishes, civil or religious archives, or civil registration offices in Germany. The book, Ancestors in German Archives: A Guide to Family History Sources, can be a helpful reference (try your local library). Some German archives have websites. Many of these are listed in the book, or you might try a Google search for the name of the archive you need. This directory may also be helpful: Deutsche Archive im Internet -- try the Staatliche Archive (Staatsarchive) and Kirchenarchive (Church archives) listed there.

The Germany Letter Writing Guide from the FHL may be helpful for writing to German parishes and archives. There will usually be fees for any research requests you have (even if records are not found). In some cases, you may want to hire a local researcher in Germany, especially if you need extensive research done.

Is Anything Online? - German Genealogy Records on the Internet
Some indexes to German genealogy records are available online. Here's a handy starting point: Online German Genealogy Indexes and Databases. You might also try Google searches for the German town or parish.

Disclaimer: you may not be able find records for your German ancestor using this guide. These are merely suggestions.

The next article in this series: How I Found Some Genealogy Records for My German Ancestors

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Tips for Finding Your German Immigrant Ancestor's Hometown in Germany

This article was updated on 10 May 2015.

Here are some suggestions where you might find the German place of origin (city, town, or village) for your immigrant ancestor who came to America from Germany. Knowing the name of the town can help you take your genealogy research back to Germany to look for German genealogy records.

Ship Passenger Records (arrivals)
The Hamburg Passenger Departure Lists 1850-1934
If your ancestor's ship departed from the German port of Hamburg then you may be able to find the departure list for that ship. These records usually give the last residence for each passenger.

Other Sources - Death Certificates, Obituaries, Naturalization Records, Biographies, more...
Disclaimer: you may not find the place name in any of the records listed here. These are merely suggestions.

This outline was derived from the "Find your Immigrant Ancestor" section of the Basic Reasearch Guide for German Genealogy. It was created for the Germanic Genealogy Society of Colorado.

You can download a printable PDF version of this outline from: Genealogy Roots Blog Files: Finding Your German Ancestor's Hometown

Next Article in this Series: Tips for Finding German Genealogy Records for your German-American Ancestor

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Latest Additions - Online Indexes for Obituaries and Death Records

This list kept getting longer and longer and so I thought, time to post it...

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Directory has been updated with links to the following items...

Arizona
- Arizona Gravestone Photo Project (has over 61,000 gravestone photos from across Arizona)

California
- Early California Population Project (contains baptism, marriage, and burial records in the California mission registers from 1769-1850, documenting nearly 110,000 early residents)
- Imperial County: Riverview Cemetery Burials (Brawley, California)
- Lassen County Obituary Index (for various newspapers and years)
- Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Burials 1849-2000 (PDF file)
- Siskiyou County Obituary Index

Illinois
- Adams County: Quincy Historical Newspaper Archive 1835-1919 (update: more years added)
- Sangamon County: Oak Ridge Cemetery Interment Records, March 1858-July 1918 (in Springfield, IL)

Indiana
- Elkhart County: Nappanee Public Library Obituaries Index
- Elkhart County: Wakarusa Public Library Obituaries
- Washington County: Crown Hill Cemetery Burials, Salem, Indiana

Kansas
- Johnson County Obituaries Index 1977-present (updated)
- Norton County Cemeteries
- Norton County Obituaries Indexes

Kentucky
- Allen County Genealogy Database (includes some death indexes and cemetery burials)

Maine
- Cumberland County: Portland Diocese Catholic Cemetery Burials (ongoing project)

Massachusetts
- Worcester County: Worcester Evening Post Deaths Index 1897-1898 (ongoing project)

Michigan
- Calhoun County Death Index, c. 1930s-recent
- Hillsdale County Cemeteries
- Kalamazoo County Genealogy Records (includes vital records, cemeteries, probate records and more)
- Oakland County: Machpelah Cemetery Jewish Burials (Ferndale, Michigan)
- Wayne County: Woodmere Cemetery (Detroit) Some Early Burials (ongoing project)

Mississippi
- Monroe County: Pearce Chapel Church Cemetery

Missouri
- Jefferson County Newspaper Index 1866-1910 (includes birth, marriage and death notices)
- St. Louis: St. Peter's Cemetery Burial Search (St. Peter's Evangelical United Church of Christ)
- St. Louis: Missouri History Museum Genealogy and Local History Index (includes: Missouri Republican death index, 1870-July 13, 1871 & 1880-July 2, 1881, also indexes many other sources)
- St. Louis County: Cemetery Records, St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Creve Coeur

Montana
- Lewis and Clark County: Helena Independent Record Obituary Index Jan-1984 to Dec-2006 (also has some cemetery indexes and other genealogy indexes)
- Yellowstone County: Vital Statistics from Early Billings Gazettes 1882-1901

New Jersey
- Monmouth County Archives Searchable Genealogy Databases (includes Coroner Inquests Index 1786-1915 and other indexes)

New York
- Franklin County Cemeteries
- Steuben County Cemeteries

North Carolina
- Craven County: New Bern Obituaries and Death Notices Index (update: several years added)

North Dakota
- Stark County: City of Dickinson Cemeteries Burial Database (PDF files)

Ohio
- Franklin County: Union Cemetery Burials, Columbus, Ohio
- Hamilton County: Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery Burials (Cincinnati)
- Montgomery County: David's Cemetery Burials, Kettering, Ohio
- Washington County Genealogy (includes some burials and an index to 17,792 Obituaries 1987-1999)

Oklahoma
- Carter County Cemetery Burials

Oregon
- Multnomah County: Portland Historic Pioneer Cemeteries Search

Pennsylvania
- Philadelphia Jewish Exponent Obituary Database

Tennessee
- Tennessee Death Index 1914-1927 (Update: year 1927 added)

Vermont
- Vermont Probate Files 1791-1919 at FamilySearch Labs (not yet complete)

See: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries