FamilySearch WorldThe world biggest genealogy website, just on keeps getting bigger. This month FamilySearch has added more than 3.1 million new records online. These relate to England, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States, with some being indexed entries, and others images only.

While all new records online are welcome, those of particular interest to us down in the southern hemisphere from Australia and New Zealand are the the 2,669,755 indexed records from the New Zealand Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855–1973, as well as another 4,344 images added to the New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848-1991, taking the total of this collection to over 1.4 million. And not forgetting the  115,441 indexed records and images from the new Sussex Parish Registers, 1538–1910. Now who doesn’t love Parish Register records?? [Note to self: I MUST take some time to look at those Sussex records!]

Collection Indexed Records Digital Images Comments
England, Sussex, Parish Registers, 1538–1910 110,294 5,147 New index records and images collection.
New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1855–1973 2,669,755 0 Added index records to an existing collection.
New Zealand, Probate Records, 1848–1991 0 4,344 Added images to an existing collection.
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613–1918; index 1635–1860 68,822 0 Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Arkansas, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940–1945 272,611 0 Added index records to an existing collection.
U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910 32,769 0 Added index records to an existing collection.


Search these diverse collections, as well at the more than 3.5 billion other records for FREE (yes remember FamilySearch is all free) free at

And remember to not simply use the search features, use the “Browse All Published Collections” link, to view ALL of their collections, including those that are images only. Which because they aren’t indexed yet, they won’t show up when you do searches.  But you can view the images and page through them as if you are looking at the original records. It’s such a BRILLIANT feature.