Wednesday, July 4, 2012

New Online Vital Records for Stockton

FamilySearch continues to digitalize its microfilm collection. Here are some records that will interest California and San Joaquin County researchers.

“Registers, records and certificates of county birth and death records acquired from county courthouses. This collection contains some delayed birth records, as well. Some city and towns records are also included. Records have not been acquired for Contra Costa, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Modoc, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Siskiyou, Solano, Tulare and Ventura counties. This collection is being published as images become available.”

For SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY you will find so far:
These are images of the original certificates, not the retyped fancy forms they sell you today. And they are FREE, which is a price you can't beat.


I certainly hope they add more San Joaquin County records to this online collection. If you check the FamilySearch catalog of microfilm under San Joaquin County Recorder as author, you will see more years listed for Stockton and records for Lodi, Manteca, Tracy, and the other parts of San Joaquin County.

I also found gaps in this collection. I found my Aunt Maymie's death certificate in 1916, but not my grandfather's death certificate in 1917. I looked for George H Tinkham's death certificate for March 9, 1945, and it wasn't there, neither in the index nor the images. Mysteries abound. You take what you can get and say thank you.

A Sad Accident, But a Typical Death Certificate:

A Typical Birth Certificate:

Monday, July 2, 2012

5,000,000 Names in 24 Hours

The goal – index 5,000,000 names in one day. The time – July 2, 2012, starting at 12:01 a.m. UTC (that's Greenwich Mean Time to us old people) or 5:01 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time with 24 hours ahead. FamilySearch indexers around the world were asked to do an extra batch or two to break the record set April 30th of 4.9 million records indexed in a day.

Indexers shared their enthusiasm in English and in Spanish on the FamilySearch Facebook page.

And the results?

We've passed 10 million records!


Indexed Records: 7,068,719

Arbitrated Records:3,011,615

TOTAL RECORDS: 10,080,334

Indexers/Arbitrators Participating: 45,104

Read more and see updates at

You don't have to be a member of Facebook to read the page.

If you haven't looked at the 1940 Census lately, you will be surprised to see that only 16 states still need indexing. The others are either up and running with indexes or in the final stages of getting there. The map at shows current progress. Just click on a state to search.

And I must say, that as I compare FamilySearch indexing to Ancestry's, FamilySearch is much more accurate.

(Images are linked from the home page and Facebook page. 
All right belong to them.)