BULLET Genealogy Indexes on CD-ROM

FAMILY SEARCH contains the following five sets:

Ancestral File - The Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints (Mormons) collects genealogies from around the world and makes them available for research on this set of seven disks. The files link individuals with families and pedigrees, showing ancestors and descendants of that individual. The files contain genealogical information about millions of people from many countries, with data covering names, dates, and places of birth, marriage, and death. For the most part, this information is given for only deceased persons. The names and addresses of the contributors are also usually given. Searchable by surname.

International Genealogical Index - An index of several disks arranged by country of over 200 million names of deceased persons. The files list vital and church records from all over the world from the early 1500's to the late 1800's, and can include births, baptisms, and marriages. A search is conducted by choosing a country and then entering a surname or full name.

Social Security Index - This set of two disks contains millions of names of persons reported to the Social Security Administration who died between 1937 to 1995 and who had received Social Security benefits. However, the majority of records found will be from about 1961. Information given can include birth date, year and month of death, the last residence of the deceased individual, and Social Security number. This information can then enable the researcher to obtain the deceased person's Social Security application, which can give valuable genealogical information. Researchers looking for "lost" or "missing" persons, as well as genealogists, find this database most helpful because it is one of the few files providing later 20th century information.

Family History Library Catalog - Index to the Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City, the largest genealogical library in the world. Holdings are searched by surname, county, state, province, or country. Extremely useful because it lists records microfilmed by the Mormons from all over the world.

Military Index - A misnomer, this disk lists the names of only those American servicemen who died in the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts.

Other genealogical CDs

Marriage records - The History and Genealogy Department has several CDs indexing early marriage records (1800's) and earlier for the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Can be search by name of bride or groom.

Land records - Five CDs contain early land records for the states of Alabama, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, and Wisconsin. These are land records that an individual received or purchased from a governmental body, such as the United States, France, Spain, or a state or territory.

New England Historical and Genealogical Register Index - Name index and full-text set of CD ROMS for the long running periodical of the same name first published in 1847. Indexes Volumes 1-148. Especially useful for genealogists researching early New England ancestors.

Miscellaneous - Other CDs include a New York City 1870 Census index by name, a colonial America census index, 1607-1789 by name taken from tax lists and other records, birth records for the United States and Europe, 900-1880, a mortality index taken from U.S. Census mortality records, 1850-1880, and an index of American Soldiers serving from 1784 to 1811.

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