Sunday, May 3, 2015

A look at FamilySearch Updates since the New Year

I have a habit of looking at FamilySearch if not daily, at least weekly to see what has been updated.  Since I posted back in January there were 1873 records available online.  Fast forward 4 months and we are now sitting at 1969 records.

At first I was going to try and see what were the new 100 record collections available, but I have not kept that good of an eye on the updates to see what is new verse what has just been updated. As of 6 January there have been 222 record collection updates, so out of that 97 must be new ones.

Again I was going to post all updates since January but that would make it way to long, so here is for the month of April.

Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997
Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973
Canada Passenger Lists, 1881-1922
Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991
Georgia, Deaths, 1928-1939
Saskatchewan, Catholic Church Records, 1846-1957
Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005
Ohio, Bloomfield Township, Brownwood Cemetery Records, 1824-2012
BillionGraves Index
North Dakota Census, 1925
North Dakota Census, 1915
Saskatchewan Cemetery Transcripts, ca. 1850-1994
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994
Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860-1975
Philippines, Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880-1999
Peru, Lambayeque, Civil Registration, 1873-1998
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001
Philippines, Northern Samar, Roman Catholic Diocese of Catarman, Church Records, 1860-1983
Texas, Manifests of Aliens Granted Temporary Admission at El Paso, ca. July 1924-1954
United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949
Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934
Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998
Spain, Province of Alicante, Municipal Records, 1762-1921
New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936
Nova Scotia Deaths, 1890-1955
Nova Scotia Deaths, 1956-1957
Czech Republic Censuses, 1800-1945
New Hampshire, Birth Certificates, 1901-1909
Newfoundland Census, 1945
Alabama, Mobile Magnolia Cemetery Interment Cards, 1836-1995
Arizona Obituary Index to Arizona Newspapers, 1993-1994
Newfoundland Census, 1935
Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998
Iowa, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1865
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Pemalang, District Court Records, 1961-2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Ungaran, District Court Naturalization Records, 1975-2014
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Kudus, District Court Naturalization Records, 1958-2013
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Ciamis District Court Records, 1950-2014
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Pekalongan District Court Records, 1977-2003
Philippines, Biliran, Diocese of Naval Parish Registers, 1818-1978
Arizona, County Marriages, 1871-1964
Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937
Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990
South Africa, Orange Free State, Estate Files, 1951-2006
New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1891
Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1938
Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980
England, Cornwall and Devon Parish Registers, 1538-2010
Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1912
Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798-1906
Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1984
Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929
Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1984
California, San Francisco Passenger Lists, 1893-1953
Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950
China Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2014
Maryland, Probate Estate and Guardianship Files, 1796-1940
Montana, Cascade County Records, 1880-2009
Texas, Indexes and Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Del Rio, 1906-1953
Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905-1927
England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918
Montana, Sanders County Records, 1866-2010
Philippines, Civil Registration (Spanish Period), 1706-1911
Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955
Kentucky Confederate Pension Applications, 1912-1950
England, Westminster Rate Books, 1634-1900
United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615-1982
Philippines, Camarines Sur, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres, Parish Registers, 1716-1977
United States, Register of Confederates and Civilians Who Died in the North,1861-1865
Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988
Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Civil Registration, 1794-2012
Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1994
Philippines, Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: How Old

After reading about tonight's SNGF I went over to to give it a whirl.  Unfortunatly I do not know the ages in some of my photo's but I could make educated guess's based off info that I do know.

First one is age is correct actually considering it was taken about a year ago.

This next one was off as he passed away young after a car accident in France (he was my great grand-father Walter Maczek)

This last photo could be possibly close (I am guessing this was around when my grand-parents were dating).  I would say drop maybe 10 for my grandmother, and possibly 5 or so for my grand-father, but these are just guesses.


It is an interesting tool, and will probably get a lot better over time as more people use the system. I think there should be a Yes/No to say if it was accurate or not so that it could possibly learn from its mistakes and go from there.

But mistakes can be caused by bad lighting, blurry photo's, even wrinkles in just the right places.  I had photo's of mine taken in the same year show 27/37/42 respectfully.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Surname Saturday: Koricina

Surname:  Koricina

Surname Meaning:  Unknown.
Country of Origin:  Slovakia, Brestovany, Bucany 
Location of my Hellers:  Slovakia
Spelling Variations:  Korcina

Other Notes:  None
The surname is part of my maternal family, on my KONDRC side.  They first entered into my family (as I know) around 1840's when a daughter  was born.

Descendants report:

1. Stephan Koricina was born in 1824 in Slovakia (most likely Brestovany/Bucany)  and died on 26 Jan 1894.  He married Maria Kadlec around 1855 based off birth of first daughter.  

Children on Stephan Koricina and Maria Kadlec
i. 2. Anna Koricina born 9 Aug 1844
ii. 3. Stephan Koricina born 20 Feb 1846
iii. 4. John Koricina born 3 May 1848
iv. 5. Catherine Koricina born 12 Nov 1853
v. 6. Maria Koricina born 5 March 1857 in Brestovany, Slovakia, died 1 Dec 1912.

2. Anna Koricina - No Data

3. Stephan Koricina married Anna Vojtech (b. 9 Aug 1844)

4. John Koricina married Anna Nisnansky (b. 1854)

5. Catherine Koricina married Michael Ondreska

6. Maria Koricina married Michael Kondrc (b. 1842)

Children of Michael Kondrc and Maria Koricina

i. 7. Ursula Kondrc was born on May 4, 1892 and died on Oct. 20, 1892.
ii. 8. Terezia Kondrc was born on Sep. 27, 1890 and died on May 23, 1895.
iii. 9. Ursula Kondrc was born on May 26, 1889 and died on Jun. 25, 1889.
iv. 10. Maria Kondrc was born on Jan. 31, 1888 and died on an unknown date.
v. 11. Josef Kondrc was born on Aug. 28, 1886 and died on an unknown date.
vi. 12. Frantisek Kondrc was born on Dec. 15, 1884 and died on Feb. 1, 1895.
vii. 13. Anna Kondrc was born on Jul. 11, 1883 and died on an unknown date.
iix. 14. Steve Kondrc was born on Nov. 26, 1881 in Czech Republic and died on Sep. 2, 1958 in Kittanning, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, USA.
ix. 15. Jan Kondrc was born on Apr. 5, 1880 and died on an unknown date.
x. 16. Veronika Kondrc was born on Jan. 5, 1878 and died on Mar. 28, 1879.

Without pulling out all my KONDRC line information this is all the information I currently have on my KORICINA line. Any one with any information please let me know.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DNA Day 2015

This Friday is DNA day once again, and it brings me back to the question of what have I benefited from my DNA.  It has been a few years since I purchased a DNA kit from 23andMe, and for the most part it just confirmed what I already knew about my family lines.

With DNA day also comes some nice discounts for some of the kits, I have searched a little and have only seen FamilyTreeDNA offer about 20$ off most of their kits, AncestryDNA does not show any discounts as of yet.  And I don't know any other testing places anymore.

Maybe I was expecting some grand revelation with using DNA, but every match I have seen on 23andMe has been at least 4 generations back and we have yet to make a confirmed match.  I have also used GEDMATCH, which is interesting but once again its 3.5 generations and still no matches to be found. I have also used my 23andMe kits on FamilyTreeDNA, but this was recent so still on the fence about this also.

If anyone has any thoughts or opinions or even pointers on how to use my 23andMe data to get more details about my family let me know.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Brick Wall: Sister Cecilia Kondrc

I am back trying to connect the dots for Sister Cecilia Kondrc.  From previous posts you know she had a book written about her, and a LIFE article.  I am still looking for the CLIMAX! made for TV movie "The Deliverance of Sister Cecilia" (1954).

 I only know she was a relative of the family (Aunt) at best based off information that I have gathered over time.  From word of mouth, pretty much the same things have been said.  She was somehow related to my Steve Kondrc (my maternal great grand-father).

I did a little bit more searching and found some new pages (mostly images)

Slovaks of Chicagoland
Slovaks of the Greater Mahoning Valley

And below is a post card which may be addressed to her parents, or another relative, if anyone can decipher the writing please post below.

From my reading it says "Sr M. Makavio Kondrcova"

Back to information that I know:

Cecilia Kondrc was the daughter of Jan Kondrc and Anna Kondrc (dont know mother's maiden name). I believe that she was born in Brestovany on August 8, 1911. In the book "The Deliverance of Sister Cecilia" she mentions that she lived in a small village outside of Bratislava. Her father joined the army in 1917 (Farmer), and she has a few siblings which names might have changed from the book (Tonka/Mary Kondrc Hudek-Canada/Agnes)

Sister Cecilia passed away on January 20, 1985 in Crown Point, Indiana.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

SNGF: Ancestor Score 2015 edition.

Last year Randy had us do the SNGF for our Ancestor Score.  I pulled up last years to compare to this years to see if I actually made any progress.

After reading other folks comments I decided to use Family Tree Ahnentafel Report to view my line.

GenRelationshipPoss. People# Found% Completed
4Great GrandParents88100
52x Great GrandParents1616100
63x Great GrandParents321854
74x Great GrandParents642132.8
85x Great GrandParents1284232.1
96x Great GrandParents2564417.1
107x Great GrandParents512193.7

The is one is for 2013.    A quick looks shows that I have made some progress.  I have found about 40 more connections.  Overall not to bad of a year, I hope by the end of 2015, I will be able to equal the amount of names from 2014 or even possibly double the amount of "found".

GenRelationshipPoss. People# Found% Completed
4Great GrandParents88100
52x Great GrandParents1616100
63x Great GrandParents321854
74x Great GrandParents641929
85x Great GrandParents1282217.1
96x Great GrandParents256259.7
107x Great GrandParents512193.7

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Records Year in Review

Last year around the same time posted about FamilySearch and what collections they had for the new year, and also how many records were new/updated.

Last year FamilySearch updated/added a total of 770 collections of records.  Once again this does not go into all the details of how many actual records were updated/added, just the number of collections.

In 2014 they added/updated 741 collections.  Not a bad average if I say so.  Looking back at previous post I have made about FamilySearch updates we can try and get an estimate a possible scale of how many actual records have been added.

For instance

United States Census: 1860                                                                       2013: 5,302,012
                                                                                                              2014: 27,106,888

West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970                                                     338,410 03 Jan 2014
                                                                                                      1,504,135 23 Jan 2014

Slovakia, Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1910                           8,887,032 9 Nov 2012
                                                                                                    13,829,595 06 Oct 2014

England and Wales, Death Index 1800-1920                                   40,618,506 02 Jan 2014
                                                                                                   87,446,270 04 Sep 2014

England and Wales, Marriage Index, 1800-1920                              35,117,915 01 Jan 2014 
                                                                                                   95,810,909 09 Oct 2014

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards                       (April 2014) Images Only
                                                                                                  10,047,318 26 Dec 2014

Nebraska, State Census, 1885                                                            169,869 17 Apr 2014
                                                                                                        747,367 05 Dec 2014

Belgium, Limburg, Civil Registration, 1798-1906                                         40,818 16-Apr-14
                                                                                                             50,161 30 Dec 14

Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1910                                         55,048 16 Apr 2014
                                                                                                          79,005 02 Jan 2015

As you can see this is just a few of the ones that I scanned through to get a rough number of records actually updated over the course of a year.  Most of these are first "recorded" as in I posted about the updates in April of 2014, and then since then with the last updated date, and new numbers.

Just taking into account of the above 9  "updated" collections we sit with over 1 million records updated over the course of 2014.  Well 146,091,968 records roughly, my math might not be 100% accurate, but that is a pretty good number for such a small group I selected.  Now take that over all the 1873 collections currently sitting at FamilySearch, I wonder where we sit with the amount of records updated over the course of the year.


Recommendation for Genealogy Software?

So I thought I had a newer version of Family Tree Maker but I am using 2012 version, and it being 2015, I figured I should at least entertain the idea of new software if needed.

I know a few of the other software out there RootsMagic, MyHeritage, FamilyTreeMaker.  Is there other ones?  Which ones would you suggest?  Is there a valid reason to update from 2012 to another product?

What would be some of the benefits of upgrading and or changing to another product?