News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 18, 2013

GENEALOGY: FamilySearch adding records, family history books

Tamie Dehler
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — FamilySearch has made some informative announcements recently that bear repeating.

First, it is in the process of adding records to a number of American military databases for more recent wars. These include the following databases: American Prisoners of War During the Korean War, 1950-1953; Casualties of Army Personnel, Dependents and Civilian Employees, 1961-1981; Casualties of the Vietnam War, 1956-1998; Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Registers, 1906-1991; Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, 1942-1946; Korean War Battle Deaths, 1950-1957; Korean War Dead and Army Wounded, 1950-1953; Korean War Repatriated Prisoners of War, 1950-1954; Military Personnel who Died During the Vietnam War, 1956-2003; World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941-1945; the San Francisco, California, World War I Enemy Alien Registration Affidavits, 1918; and the World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946.

Passenger lists and immigration information are always welcomed information. For the port of Philadelphia, check out the Philadelphia Passenger List Index Cards, 1883-1948; and the Pennsylvania, Eastern District, Naturalization Indexes, 1795-1952. For the port of Boston, check the Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists, 1820-1891. For New York, examine the New York, Index to Passenger Lists, 1820-1846.

Another record collection that has just gotten started, at more than 41,390,200 entries, is the United States Public Records Index. “This collection is an index of names, birth dates, addresses, phone numbers and possible relatives of people who resided in the United States between 1970 and 2010. These records were generated from telephone directories, driver licenses, property tax assessments, credit applications, voter registration lists and other records available to the public. The collection is now eight percent complete,” states the website. (I’m personally not sure how I feel about this database, as I could be on it – and you could, too. I wonder if this is not an invasion of the privacy of living persons who might not want their birthdates posted and other information for public perusal).

FamilySearch announces that it also has scanned 100,000 family history books in cooperation with the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne. “The majority of the books online are family histories, with a smaller portion made up of cemetery records, local and county histories, genealogy magazines, and how-to-books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. These valuable aids are viewed by more than 100,000 people a month,” states FamilySearch.

During the Federation of Genealogy Societies Conference, to take place Aug. 21-24 in Fort Wayne, FamilySearch invites any attendee to bring his/her books and/or photos of genealogical significance to be scanned for free during the conference. Your scanned book will then be added to FamilySearch’s online digital book collection. They are particularly interested in autobiographies and biographies containing genealogical material, family histories with genealogical information, indexes to records, local and county histories, and yearbooks.

The scanning of books will take place in the Allen County Public Library and will begin on Monday morning, and last through 3 p.m. on Saturday, when the conference closes. Photos will be scanned from Wednesday though Saturday.

Books or photos later than 1923 must have the permission of the copyright holder to be scanned. Items earlier than 1923 are likely in the public domain and do not require permission to copy.