I recently wrote about a new companion product to FamilySearch Family Tree: Find-a-Record. (See “New FamilySearch Add On: Find-a-Record.”) In addition to the Research Assistant feature I described last time, Find-a-Record contains a Search feature that is like an über-catalog.
The Search feature finds and displays a list of record collections from multiple websites and repositories, with particular record types, about a particular place, and for a particular time period. Filter the search results for free sources, paid sources, online records, and offline records. Click on a result to see an online collection on its respective website or to see the catalog entry for an offline collection.
I performed a search for Oswego County, New York, for 1850-1950, free and paid, online and offline, and death records. Table 2 at the end of this article presents some results Find-a-Record returned. Find-a-Record labels each result as paid or free and online or offline. Note that Find-a-Record returned many results for wrong locations. Instead of Oswego County, some of the results were from New York City, Pennsylvania, Maine, and the Panama Canal Zone. While these are errors, other seemingly erroneous results are expected. You must expect results for wider areas inclusive of Oswego County, such as “World Miscellaneous Deaths…”
Find-a-Record is creating a catalog of the genealogical collections of major research websites and repositories. Table 1 lists those currently included. I don’t envy them. Getting the proper geographic coverage set for each collection is going to be Herculean. Trying to keep up with new collections is going to be Sisyphean.
I wish them luck.
Table 1. Repositories Currently Cataloged by Find-a-Record.
Data from the Find-a-Record website current as of 27 May 2014.
|Ancestry.com||2,565 of 9,864 collections (26%)|
|Archives.com||344 of 417 collections (82%)||Not indexing collections from Archives that also exist in Ancestry or FamilySearch.|
|BillionGraves||Planned for the future.|
|FamilySearch||1,716 of 1,731 collections (99%)|
|FamilySearch Catalog||330,571 of 393,050 collections (84%)||Indexed collections from the UK and the US. This may also include collections from other countries due to immigration and military service records.|
|Find-a-Grave||Planned for the future.|
|findmypast||144 of 922 collections (15%)||Indexed findmypast.com instead of findmypast.co.uk because the .co.uk website is going to change soon.|
|Fold3||41 of 443 collections (9%)|
|GenealogyBank||5,588 of 5,588 collections (100%)|
|MyHeritage||Planned for the future.|
|NEHGS||467 of 669 collections (69%)||americanancestors.org|
|Newspapers.com||2,554 of 2,559 collections (99%)|
|The National Archives of the UK||Planned for the future.|
|US National Archives||Planned for the future.|
|WorldVitalRecords||4,407 of 22,812 collections (19%)|
Table 2. A Find-a-Record search for Oswego County, New York returned these results and more.
|Title||Website||Paid/ Free||Online/ Offline|
|New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952||FamilySearch||free||online|
|United States Deaths and Burials, 1867-1961||FamilySearch||free||online|
|World Miscellaneous Deaths and Burials, 1767-1950||FamilySearch||free||online|
|United States Social Security Death Index||FamilySearch||free||online|
|United States, Panama Canal Zone, Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Registers, 1906-1991||FamilySearch||free||online|
|United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012||FamilySearch||free||online|
|New Rochelle, New York deaths, 1853-1881||Ancestry.com||paid||online|
|New York, Hebrew Burial Records (HFBA), Silver Lake and Mount Richmond Cemeteries, 1899-1991||Ancestry.com||paid||online|
|Menands, New York, Albany Rural Cemetery Burial Cards, 1791-2011||Ancestry.com||paid||online|
|New York, Veteran Burial Cards, 1861-1898||Ancestry.com||paid||online|
|Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald, Vol. I: 1835-1855||Ancestry.com||paid||online|
|New York Times, Obituaries & Marriage Notices, 1889||Ancestry.com||paid||online|
|New York City, Deaths, 1892-1902||Ancestry.com||paid||online|
|New York, Death Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1890 (Barber Collection)||Ancestry.com||paid||online|
|New York, New York, Death Index, 1862-1948||Ancestry.com||paid||online|
|New York City Death Records||Archives.com||paid||online|
|Death Notices from the New York Evening Post, 1801-1890||NEHGS||paid||online|
|New York: Death Notices from the New York Evening Post , 1801-1890||NEHGS||paid||online|
|Proceedings of the Senate and Assembly of the State of New York in Relation to the Death of Chester A. Arthur, April 20, 1887||WorldVitalRecords||paid||online|
|Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald, Volume 1, 1835 - 1855||WorldVitalRecords||paid||online|
|Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons Who Have Died in the United States. For 1858||WorldVitalRecords||paid||online|
|Pennsylvania deaths and marriages as published in The Christian Intelligencer of the Reformed Dutch Church, 1830-1870||FamilySearch Catalog||free||offline|
|Mortality schedules of the United States census, 1850 - 1880 (New York State): New York City, ward 19, dist. 20, p. 775 - New York City deaths May 1870, p. 1704 1870||FamilySearch Catalog||free||offline|
|Stanley I. Reynolds collection: Vol. 1-6 Seneca County Newspapers Deaths Marriages, 1817-1963||FamilySearch Catalog||free||offline|
|Maine military records, 1700-1940: Civil War obituary files, Cummings, Woodbury - Haskell, Cyrus V., 1862-1938||FamilySearch Catalog||free||offline|
|Maine military records, 1700-1940: Civil War obituary files, Haskell, George F. - Mansfield, William, 1862-1932||FamilySearch Catalog||free||offline|