Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Puerto Rico Civil Registration Records - Published Index

It's been a long time coming, but FamilySearch finally published the index to their Puerto Rico civil registration collection (births, marriages and deaths). You can find the collection here: Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001. The collection mainly covers 1885-1950ish, but some the collection has some earlier and later years for some municipalities. More than 4.8 million birth, marriage, and death certificates are now searchable by name. The collection is free to use - happy searching!

Friday, February 20, 2015

RootsTech 2015 - Ancestry-FamilySearch Partnership Announced for Mexican Records

Last week the genealogy world came together in Salt Lake City for #RootsTech. During the opening session on Thursday, Dennis Brimhall, CEO of FamilySearch, announced a partner project with Ancestry to make millions of indexed records of Mexican records available online beginning later this year.

The partnership will have FamilySearch supplying Ancestry with digital images of all civil registration (births, marriages, and deaths) and Catholic Church records (specifically baptisms, marriages, and burials/deaths). Ancestry will be indexing these records and making them available on their website. The digital images will continue to be on FamilySearch for free, but the indexes will be available on Ancestry for a fee. Eventually the indexes will be available on FamilySearch.

Working together these records will be available much more quickly to users - what would have taken FamilySearch decades to index will be made available over the next year or so. I'm looking forward to seeing these records become more accessible, it's an exciting time for those with Mexican heritage.