Historical Record Collections Added in April 2020

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We’ve reached an exciting milestone: there are now over 12 billion historical records available on MyHeritage! 287 million records were added in April alone from 4 new collections: a U.S. Social Security applications and claims collection, a family tree index from the Netherlands, an index of U.S. court cases, and an Iceland census collection.

Here are more details on the new collections added:

CollectionDescription Number of RecordsLink to Search

U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936–2007
An index of Social Security applications and claims in the U.S. from 1936 to 2007.240,604,242 recordsSearch collection now

GenealogieOnline Family Tree Index
An index of family tree records from the Netherlands and other countries in Northwest Europe.39,658,157 recordsSearch collection now

United States, Index of Court Cases, 1833-2018

An index of descriptions of court cases from various state and federal courts of the United States and its territories overseas.6,713,834 recordsSearch collection now

Iceland Census 1703-1920


An index of Iceland census records from 1703 to 1920.921,099 recordsSearch collection now

U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936–2007

This collection of 240 million records contains records created by the Social Security Administration when individuals applied for a Social Security Number or when a claim was made for disability, retirement, or death benefits. The records include the applicant’s or claimant’s full name, date and place of birth, gender, and for application records, father’s full name, and mother’s full name — including the mother’s maiden name. The inclusion of birthplace and parents’ names makes this collection an invaluable companion to the U.S. Social Security Death Index, which does not include these important fields.

Records in this collection may have place names that were abbreviated or personal names that were truncated in the data supplied by the Social Security Administration. MyHeritage has corrected and expanded many of these when possible, but other values remain abbreviated or truncated.

Search the U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007

GenealogieOnline Family Tree Index

This collection provided by GenealogieOnline, an excellent Dutch website by Bob Coret, is composed of 39 million family tree records from genealogists in the Netherlands and other countries in Northwest Europe. This large repository consists of records that typically include first and last names, dates and places of births, marriages, and deaths as well as information about family members. 

Search GenealogieOnline Family Tree Index

United States, Index of Court Cases, 1833–2018

This collection is an index of descriptions of court cases from various state and federal courts of the United States and its territories overseas. Records contain the following searchable information: the first and last names of plaintiffs and defendants, the full name of the case, the date of the decision in court, and the court’s jurisdiction. Records also include the name of the court, the docket number, and the first and last page of the volume.

Fewer than one percent of the records date from before 1833. The earliest is from 1640.

The records in this collection are provided by the Caselaw Access Project and Harvard Law School.

Search United States, Index of Court Cases, 1833–2018

Iceland Census 1703–1920

This collection includes Iceland census records for the years 1703, 1816, 1835, 1840, 1845, 1850, 1855, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1901, 1910, and 1920. It is invaluable for genealogists who have relatives in Iceland.

Because Iceland was under Danish rule until 1944, census collections that were taken in Iceland from 1835–1920 were extensions of the Danish census collections taken that same year and even appear in a Danish format.

Census records may include the name, sex, age, occupation, marital status, relationship to the head of the household, religious affiliation, and birthplace (county and parish) of all members of the household.

Earlier census collections, taken in 1703 and 1816 censuses were unique to Iceland. The 1703 census lists all residents by name and may also include sex, age, county and parish. The 1816 lists the names of all residents and often includes a birthplace and other items.

This data was published by the National Archives of Iceland.

Search Iceland Census 1703–1920

Summary

April was a productive month for our team and lots of valuable content was added to MyHeritage.

Searching these collections on MyHeritage is free. To view these records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete subscription.

If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, our Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if records from these collections match your relatives. You’ll then be able to review the record and decide if you’d like to add the new information to your tree.

Enjoy the new collections!

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  • Russell Hackman


    May 9, 2020

    How do I find Johan Freidrich Hackman from Amsterdam, Holland. Institution: Stadsarchief Amsterdam?