New Digital Family History Books – August 2012 Report

September 17, 2012  - by 

FamilySearch digitized 1518 books in August. The books are now available for free online at Family History Books. British Isles books include Yorkshire and Dublin parish registers, Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History, and Irish Names and Surnames. International books include abstracts of Denmark probate records (nine counties), a gazetteer of places in Switzerland, and A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic.

Many books covering places in the United States and Canada were also uploaded. The list of compiled family histories, arranged alphabetically by surname, is 84 pages in length. Titles include the 6-volume Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, an assortment of Massachusetts and New Hampshire vital records and local histories, Connecticut probate records, three volumes from the Colonial Records of the State of Georgia series, the 5-volume Adjutant General’s Report … of Illinois Volunteers Who Served in the Spanish-American War, 1898 and 1899, more Indiana local history indexes, the General Index [to] the Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society … Vol. 1 to Vol. 20, 5 volumes of New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial, and many Ohio and Pennsylvania local histories.

Complete reports of books digitized in August 2012 (with links) are available at:

Previous reports: July 2012 | June 2012

Nathan Murphy

Nathan W. Murphy, MA, AG is a United States and Canada Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. He specializes in Southern United States and English family trees.

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  1. Dear Family Search,

    Thank you for your effort in making these books available. I am a little disappointed though, I cannot find anything on the West Indies or even Trinidad and Tobago. You have 27 books in your library dealing with Trinidad and Tobago but none here. I cannot do my any research on my ancestors because they are not Europeans. If I might suggest:
    Lists from the San Fernando Gazette, Trinidad, West Indies: 1865-1896
    Towns and villages of Trinidad and Tobago : with maps of towns and important villages
    The Jewish nation of the Caribbean : the Spanish-Portuguese Jewish settlements in the Caribbean and the Guianas
    From Chaplaincy to Diocese : a history of the Anglican Church in Trinidad, 1797-1904 : a thesis.

    These books have very valuable information that are not found on anywhere. The first one is not even found in any library in Canada. Please digitize these books and also make them available to us. Your help in this matter will be greatly appreciated.

    Warm Regards,
    Pooran R. Bridgelal

      1. I have requested a digital copy on three family histories. I sent in the history numbers I found on their website. In each instance, they responded back to me through e-mail. Because of the volume of requests, it takes approximately 6-8 weeks before they are able to make a digital copy. You may also find that it is already on their list of records to digitize.
        The other thing I have done is call the indexing department to see if or when records you need are going to be ready for indexing. For example, the records for the English poorhouses are schedules to be indexed in 5 years. Therefore, you may want to call to see when the records you need are going to be indexed.

  2. What about books that are already in a digital format? I am writing a book which I plan on providing a copy of to the library. Do you accept books in digital format?

  3. have a friend who is not LDS but has accumulated tons of genealogy from Missouri. She is 92 years old and her kids don’t want it. She wants to donate it to the church. How can she do this?

  4. Hi Nathan,

    I was looking at the register of Danish probates for Frederksborg county, found here:

    In the description it claims to contain 10 parishes in the former Frederiksborg county, however the only parishes available when leafing through the 113 pages are (parish, county):
    – Lille Lyngby, Frederiksborg
    – Aarby, Holbæk
    – Slaglille, Sorø
    Only the first of these is mentioned in the description.

    Likewise, the jurisdictions mentioned in the text are not as the description claims (in the text they are Sorø Akademi, Lerchenborg, Frb. Amtstue; the description mentions the old Kronborg county, Svanholm, Egholm, etc).

    Is the description actually about a different register? I’ve tried to look at the registers to see if two were switched around, but it doesn’t appear so, and they don’t contain for instance Gilleleje-Søborg probate registers.

    Mikkel Eide Eriksen