18.6 million new historical records have been added in October 2019 from seven new collections from all over the world, including Australia, Spain, the former Soviet Union, Latvia, the United States, Germany, and Denmark.
Here are the full details of these new record collections:
|Collection||Description||Number of Records||Link to Search|
|Australia Death Notices, 1860-2019||An index to death notices throughout Australia from 1860 to 2019.||7,060,362 new records||Search collection now|
|Spain, Bilbao Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1501-1900||An index of baptism, marriage, and death records for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bilbao|
between 1501 and 1900.
|4,966,780 records||Search collection now|
|Soviet Union, Soldier Memorials, 1915-1950||An index of soldiers who died or went missing from 1915 to 1950.||4,553,650 records||Search collection now|
|Latvia, Riga Internal Passport Holders Index, 1918-1940||An index of passport holders 1918 to 1940.||890,811 records||Search collection now|
|United States Index of Gravestones, 1900-2018||An index of gravestones from 25 cemeteries throughout the United States from 1900 to 2018.||601,986 records||Search collection now|
|Germany, Emigrants from Southwestern Germany, 1736-1963||An index of of emigrants leaving Southwestern Germany between 1736 and 1963.||285,158 records||Search collection now|
|Denmark, Copenhagen Burials, 1860-1912||An index to burial records from Copenhagen, Denmark from 1860 to 1912.||255,733 records||Search collection now|
This free collection of over 7 million records contains death notices, funeral notices, and obituaries from Australia from a variety of sources. The dates of these notices primarily range from 1900–2019, with a few entries from the previous 50 years. The collection is completely free to search, view, and add to your family tree.
This collection of over 4.9 million records consists of baptism, marriage, and death records for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bilbao. The majority of the records correspond to the historical region of Biscay, Spain within the Basque Country, with a small minority of records from Cantabria.
Baptismal records contain the following searchable information: first name, primary surname and secondary surname of the child and parents, date, and location. For marriages: first name, primary surname and secondary surname of the bride and groom, date, and location. For death records: first name, primary surname and secondary surname of the deceased, date, and location. The parish is also viewable for most records.
The 4.5 million records in this collection gives details on soldiers from the Soviet Union who died or went missing during the wars in the early to mid-20th century. Information listed on these records may include: name, year and place of birth, rank, and date and place of retirement.
These records might also include place of service, reason for retirement, and hospitalizations. Most of the information in this collection is in Russian. MyHeritage provides the ability to search this collection in one language and receive results in another using its unique Global Name Translation technology. The technology automatically translates given names and surnames into the language of the query. For example, a search for Alessandro (Alexander in Italian) will also find “Саша,” the Russian form of Sasha — a popular nickname for Alexander — with its corresponding translation into the language of your search.
During the interwar period, every person over the age of 15 was supposed to have an internal passport as proof of identity. This database of 890,811 records includes residents of Riga and may include the surname, given name, father’s name, date of birth, place of birth, and place of origin of the passport holder. Like the Australia Death Notices collection, this collection is completely free to search, view, and add to your family tree.
Many of the internal passport files contain photographs as well as all addresses the person lived at during the passport’s validity, including those outside of Riga. Whenever the passport’s validity expired, the passport was to be returned to the government. It is not known how many actually returned their passport to the government, so this collection is not a complete representation of all people who lived in Riga during this period of time.
This collection includes 601,986 records from more than 25 cemeteries located in the United States.
The records include headstone inscriptions and burial records. In these records you may find information such as the deceased’s name, date of birth and death, and date and place of burial. Cemetery records are especially helpful for identifying ancestors who were not recorded in other records, such as children who died young or women.
Records from cemeteries in the following states can be found in this collection: California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, and South Dakota.
This collection of 285,158 records is an index of emigrants leaving Southwestern Germany largely between 1736 and 1963. Records may contain the following searchable information: first and last name, birth date, date and county of emigration, and first and last name of a relative. The following information may also be viewable: title, alternate name, former residence, district, address, marital status, religion, occupation, birth name, destination, and additional information on the family of the individual.
Emigration from Germany occurred in a number of waves, triggered by current events such as the July Revolution of 1830, the 1848 March Revolution, the foundation of the German Reich in the 1870s, World War I, and other significant events. The majority of the records from this collection are from the mid 1750s to the early 1900s.
This collection of 255,733 records is an index to burial records from Copenhagen, Denmark. Records typically list the name of the deceased, death date, and burial place. In some cases, the deceased’s age, occupation, and cause of death may also be listed.
Burials usually took place with a few days of death. Burials in Denmark were recorded in the records of the parish where the burial occurred. Original burial records have been digitized and made searchable by the Copenhagen City Archives.
Enjoy searching all of these new collections that are now available on MyHeritage SuperSearch. Searching these records is always free, and you can also view and save records to your family tree from the Australia Death Notices and Latvia, Riga Internal Passport Holders Index for free. But to access Record Matches or to view or save records from the other collections, you’ll need a Data or Complete subscription.
Our Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if any of these records mention a member of your family tree. You’ll then be able to review the record and decide if you’d like to add the new information to your tree. Learn more about Record Matches on MyHeritage Education!
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