FamilySearch Update: New Records Added

FamilySearch added over 2 million new images or indexed records this week to its pilot Record Search databases this week. Thanks to all of the wonderful volunteers who help bring these projects to the Web for public access. Patrons can search these databases for free online at FamilySearch.org or directly at http://pilot.familysearch.org.

Project Name: WWII Draft Reg. Cards
Indexed Records:
Digital Images: 1,651,453
Type: Images
Comments: Updated – 1 new state (Ohio)

Project Name: 1930 Mexico Census
Indexed Records: 314,548
Digital Images: 104,849
Type: Index
Comments: Updated – 1 new state (Coahulia)

Project Name: West Virginia Vital Records (Marriages)
Indexed Records: 306,782
Digital Images:
Type: Index
Comments: Updated – 14 new counties

Project Name: Lima, Peru Civil Registration
Indexed Records:
Digital Images: 134,664
Type: Waypt
Comments: Updated – User guidance added

Project Name: 1885 Florida State Census
Indexed Records:
Digital Images: 8,468
Type: Waypt
Comments: New collection

Project Name: 1935 Florida State Census
Indexed Records:
Digital Images: 36,019
Type: Waypt
Comments: New collection

Project Name: 1945 Florida State Census
Indexed Records:
Digital Images: 51,686
Type: Waypt
Comments: New collection

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Filling in the Holes in My Robbins Family Tree

I mentioned in my last two blogs that I took my laptop with me on my camping trip, and used some of my downtime to input information from my hard files into my database, citing my sources along the way. It was good use of my time, because I didn’t have Internet access to distract me from jumping back and forth between inputting data and looking up more records online (I tend to multitask all too often and am quickly distracted). Instead, I added many items to my To-do Lists, which are easily created for each individual in my RootsMagic software. Many of these were reminders to check online vital records indexes, especially for the states of Texas and Florida. A little lightbulb went off in my head when I realized that I had been mistakenly thinking of my Robbins family as Michiganders, instead of as Texans and Floridians. Yes, many of them were born and raised in Michigan, but my paternal grandfather’s sisters and one of his brothers moved to Texas as adults, and his other brother moved to Florida. Also, my uncle’s (dad’s brother) first wife and their children moved to Florida after their divorce. So I had many names of aunts, uncles, and cousins to look up in databases at Ancestry.com.

Last night and today I have been visiting these databases, aided by Joe Beine’s excellent Death Indexes Online and Online Genealogy Records and Resources for quick entrance to the desired online indexes. I’m also using Ancestry’s US Public Records Index and US Phone and Address Directories, 1993 – 2002 to find recent addresses for my relatives. I’ve added quite a bit to my Robbins family tree using the above resources (citing them as I go!), along with photo captions and obituaries found in the scanned pages of my Grandaunt Joyce’s scrapbook, which I recently received, and which has been the fount of recent posts on my Great-grandfather Robbins’ service in the American North Russian Expeditionary Forces.

I used to be frustrated because I have been brickwalled on my Robbins ancestry at my 4th-great-grandfather, Joseph Josiah Robbins (1820 – 1905), while on many of my other lines, I’ve been able to zip right back into colonial America or cross the pond to Northern Europe. It has seemed strange that my maiden surname’s line suddenly deadends after just a few generations back. But I realized that I really do have a wealth of information on my Robbins family, and in order to break down my brick wall, I need to invest in the time it will take to print up, download, scan, input and cite all the many documents and resources I do have. I’ve been fairly neglectful in attending to the details of this family, either assuming that I already know everything there is to discover, or being frustrated at the dearth of accessible records for those things I lack information on. Two of the strategies that professional researchers insist work well for breaking down our brick walls include going over and analyzing all the information one already has to discover new clues and determine what information is missing; and researching the collateral lines thoroughly. I’m hoping that my methodical steps will unearth some leads to tearing down my brick wall.

Filling in the Holes in My Robbins Family Tree

I mentioned in my last two blogs that I took my laptop with me on my camping trip, and used some of my downtime to input information from my hard files into my database, citing my sources along the way. It was good use of my time, because I didn’t have Internet access to distract me from jumping back and forth between inputting data and looking up more records online (I tend to multitask all too often and am quickly distracted). Instead, I added many items to my To-do Lists, which are easily created for each individual in my RootsMagic software. Many of these were reminders to check online vital records indexes, especially for the states of Texas and Florida. A little lightbulb went off in my head when I realized that I had been mistakenly thinking of my Robbins family as Michiganders, instead of as Texans and Floridians. Yes, many of them were born and raised in Michigan, but my paternal grandfather’s sisters and one of his brothers moved to Texas as adults, and his other brother moved to Florida. Also, my uncle’s (dad’s brother) first wife and their children moved to Florida after their divorce. So I had many names of aunts, uncles, and cousins to look up in databases at Ancestry.com.

Last night and today I have been visiting these databases, aided by Joe Beine’s excellent Death Indexes Online and Online Genealogy Records and Resources for quick entrance to the desired online indexes. I’m also using Ancestry’s US Public Records Index and US Phone and Address Directories, 1993 – 2002 to find recent addresses for my relatives. I’ve added quite a bit to my Robbins family tree using the above resources (citing them as I go!), along with photo captions and obituaries found in the scanned pages of my Grandaunt Joyce’s scrapbook, which I recently received, and which has been the fount of recent posts on my Great-grandfather Robbins’ service in the American North Russian Expeditionary Forces.

I used to be frustrated because I have been brickwalled on my Robbins ancestry at my 4th-great-grandfather, Joseph Josiah Robbins (1820 – 1905), while on many of my other lines, I’ve been able to zip right back into colonial America or cross the pond to Northern Europe. It has seemed strange that my maiden surname’s line suddenly deadends after just a few generations back. But I realized that I really do have a wealth of information on my Robbins family, and in order to break down my brick wall, I need to invest in the time it will take to print up, download, scan, input and cite all the many documents and resources I do have. I’ve been fairly neglectful in attending to the details of this family, either assuming that I already know everything there is to discover, or being frustrated at the dearth of accessible records for those things I lack information on. Two of the strategies that professional researchers insist work well for breaking down our brick walls include going over and analyzing all the information one already has to discover new clues and determine what information is missing; and researching the collateral lines thoroughly. I’m hoping that my methodical steps will unearth some leads to tearing down my brick wall.

Lloyd Jack ROBBINS (1927 – 2007)

Today I received an e-mail from my aunt, who in turn had received a phone call from her aunt informing us that my paternal granduncle, Lloyd “Jack” ROBBINS, had passed away this morning in Florida from pneumonia. No funeral is planned, but I’ll be looking online the next few days for a possible obituary. I use RefDesk.com to help me find online obituaries in local newspapers nationwide, whenever I hear of the death of an out-of-state family member.

I have no memories of Uncle Jack; probably the last (if only) time I would have seen him was when I was five years old, when his father, William Bryan ROBBINS, Sr., passed away in Western Michigan. So there isn’t a sense of loss as there would be if I had known him well. However, I do mourn that his passing marks that of yet another member of the Greatest Generation; he, like his two older brothers, served in World War II. While they served in the Army Air Corps, he enlisted in the Navy. In fact, only last month, I blogged about a letter my grandfather had written to his parents. In it, he mentioned how glad he was that Jack had joined up.

Uncle Jack was preceded in death by his parents, William Bryan ROBBINS and Marie LEWIS, his brother, Robert Lewis ROBBINS (my grandfather); and his sister, Shirley Marie (ROBBINS) HALL. He is survived by his wife, a son, and three grandchildren, as well as one brother, one sister, and several nieces and nephews. Should I find an obituary, I’ll post it here later.

Lloyd Jack ROBBINS (1927 – 2007)

Today I received an e-mail from my aunt, who in turn had received a phone call from her aunt informing us that my paternal granduncle, Lloyd “Jack” ROBBINS, had passed away this morning in Florida from pneumonia. No funeral is planned, but I’ll be looking online the next few days for a possible obituary. I use RefDesk.com to help me find online obituaries in local newspapers nationwide, whenever I hear of the death of an out-of-state family member.

I have no memories of Uncle Jack; probably the last (if only) time I would have seen him was when I was five years old, when his father, William Bryan ROBBINS, Sr., passed away in Western Michigan. So there isn’t a sense of loss as there would be if I had known him well. However, I do mourn that his passing marks that of yet another member of the Greatest Generation; he, like his two older brothers, served in World War II. While they served in the Army Air Corps, he enlisted in the Navy. In fact, only last month, I blogged about a letter my grandfather had written to his parents. In it, he mentioned how glad he was that Jack had joined up.

Uncle Jack was preceded in death by his parents, William Bryan ROBBINS and Marie LEWIS, his brother, Robert Lewis ROBBINS (my grandfather); and his sister, Shirley Marie (ROBBINS) HALL. He is survived by his wife, a son, and three grandchildren, as well as one brother, one sister, and several nieces and nephews. Should I find an obituary, I’ll post it here later.