Historical Record Collections Added in July 2020

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Last month, 19.4 million records in nine collections were added to MyHeritage. The new U.S. collections include passenger lists from California and Washington (Seattle), an index of Navy and Marine awards, and a New York City marriages collection. We have also added an update to the New York City Death collection. The new collections from Spain include a baptism index, a marriage index, and a death index, all from Navarre, Spain. The final collection is an index of leading chess players from all around the world. This update brings the total number of historical records on MyHeritage to 12,502,231,975.

Here are more details about each of the collections:

CollectionDescription Number of RecordsLink to Search

California Passenger Lists, 1893–1957
Passenger manifests of ships arriving in California from 1893 to 1957.2,903,755 recordsSearch collection now

Seattle, Washington Passenger Lists, 1890–1957
Passenger manifests of ships arriving in Seattle, Washington from 1890 to 1957.2,852,242 recordsSearch collection now

New York City Marriage Index, 1866–1937
An index of marriages in New York City from 1866 to 1937.5,193,866 recordsSearch collection now

New York State Deaths, 1957–1969, Update
An index of deaths in New York State from 1957 to 1969706,329 new records for a total of 1,385,043 records
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United States, Index of Navy and Marine Corps Awards, 1925–1994
An index of awards issued by the US Navy from 1925 to 1994.1,760,085 recordsSearch collection now

Spain, Navarre, Index of Baptisms, 1559–1910

An index of baptismal records from Navarre, Spain from 1559 to 1910.4,235,647 recordsSearch collection now

Spain, Navarre, Index of Marriages, 1577–1940
An index of marriage records from Navarre, Spain from 1577 to 1940.818,815 recordsSearch collection now

Spain, Navarre, Index of Deaths, 1592–1986




An index of deaths from Navarre, Spain from 1592 to 198694,941 recordsSearch collection now

Index of Leading Chess Players


An index of leading chess players registered in the world chess federation.925,214 recordsSearch collection now

California Passenger Lists, 1893–1957

This collection of 2.9 million records contains passenger manifests of ships arriving in San Francisco, San Pedro, Wilmington, or Los Angeles, California from 1893 to 1957. 

Uniquely to MyHeritage, it features stitching of two-page manifests (which were common from 1907 onward) into a single image to make sure you won’t miss critical information.

Records include the passenger’s name, age, gender, date of arrival, and the name of the ship. Some records may contain additional information such as marital status, birthplace, nationality, last residence, port of departure, and destination, as well as the names and addresses of family members both in the United States and in the passenger’s home country. 

The record of passenger John Lee, seen below, includes many details about him. On page 1 of the two-page stitched image is John’s occupation, his age, and the name and address of his relative, as well as ship and voyage details. One page 2 is a physical description of John that includes height, complexion, hair, and eye color.

Passenger List record of John Lee, 1912 [Credit: MyHeritage California Passenger Lists, 1893–1957]
Passenger List record of John Lee, 1912 [Credit: MyHeritage California Passenger Lists, 1893–1957]

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Seattle, Washington Passenger Lists, 1890–1957 

The 2.8 million records in this collection contains images and an index of passenger manifests of ships arriving in Seattle, Washington from 1890 to 1957. This collection also features stitching of two-page images which is unique to MyHeritage. Records include the passenger’s name, age, gender, date of arrival, and the name of the ship. More detailed passenger manifests include additional information such as marital status, birthplace, nationality, last residence, port of departure, and destination, as well as the names and addresses of family members both in the United States and in the passenger’s home country. 

The example record below is the passenger record of Stefao Baisonguroff.

Passenger record of Stefao Baisonguroff, 1912 [Credit: MyHeritage Seattle, Washington Passenger Lists, 1890-1957]
Passenger record of Stefao Baisonguroff, 1912 [Credit: MyHeritage Seattle, Washington Passenger Lists, 1890-1957] 
Stefao traveled to Seattle, Washington from Yokohama, Japan on April 10, 1912 aboard a ship named

Kamakura Maru. He was 31 years old at the time, from Uragi Kafkas, Russia, and worked as a laborer. He was 5 ft., 8 inches tall and had black hair and brown eyes. Also mentioned are the names of Stefao’s brother and friend, Mr. Gabra Baisonguroff and Mr. San Karginoff respectively, and their addresses in Russia. 

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New York City Marriage Index, 1866–1937 

This index of 5.1 million records contains information on marriages recorded in New York City between 1866–1937. Records contain information on the names of the bride and groom, marriage date, certificate number, and borough. 

U.S. marriage records are an important genealogical record as they typically not only include information about the bride, the groom, and their residence when the marriage occurred, but often contain additional information such as birth dates, birth places, occupations, and whether the individual was single, widowed, or divorced at the time of the marriage. Often a marriage license will also contain information about the parents of the bride and groom including the parents’ names and birthplaces. Copies of the original marriage records in New York City are available for order for a fee from www.nyc.gov/records. Marriage records from 50 years ago or earlier are classified as public documents and are available to all researchers.

In this collection is the record of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, the 32nd President and First Lady of the U.S. who got married in New York City on March 17, 1905.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, 1941, colorized and enhanced using MyHeritage [Credit: NARA]
Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, 1941, colorized and enhanced using MyHeritage [Credit: NARA]

 

 

Marriage Record of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt [Credit: MyHeritage New York City Marriage Index, 1866–1937]
Marriage Record of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt [Credit: MyHeritage New York City Marriage Index, 1866–1937]

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New York State Deaths, 1957–1969 UPDATED

The New York State Death Index contains information on deaths recorded in New York State exclusive of New York City from 1957 and 1969. The collection contains information on place and date of death, gender, age at death and the state file number. This month, we have updated the collection and added new records, bringing the total number of records in the collection to 1.3 million.

Death certificates represent one of the key primary sources for family information. They are typically issued within days of a death and include many details about a person’s life. Frequently, they contain the individual’s age, birthplace, parents’ names and birthplaces, and cause of death. Copies of original death certificates recorded in this index can be obtained from the New York State Department of Health for a fee.

The death record of John Coltrane, an influential American jazz saxophonist and composer most famous for his contributions to “free jazz,” can be found in this collection.

Cover image of John Coltrane’s album, Giant Steps [Credit: Ged Carroll, CC 2.0]
Cover image of John Coltrane’s album, Giant Steps [Credit: Ged Carroll, CC 2.0]
In the record below are details about John’s residence, age at time of death and inferred birthdate, and date and location of death. 

Death record of John W. Coltrane [Credit: MyHeritage New York State Deaths, 1957–1969]
Death record of John W. Coltrane [Credit: MyHeritage New York State Deaths, 1957–1969]

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United States, Index of Navy and Marine Corps Awards, 1925–1994

This collection of 1.7 million records is an index of awards issued by the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps during the 20th century. The majority of the records pertain to service in the Vietnam War or a later period of service before the turn of the century. Records may contain the first and last name of the service person, the approved award, the date the award was approved, the branch of service or corps, and the individual’s rank.

Records may also contain a variety of additional information, such as the date of recommendation and endorsement for the award, the unit, the case type, the place where the award was earned, and the duty assignment of the individual.

This collection contains the record of Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy diver. Carl was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal after successfully retrieving a missing nuclear bomb off the coast of Palomares, Spain.

Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy Master Diver [Credit: U.S. Navy]
Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy Master Diver [Credit: U.S. Navy]

The record includes plenty of details about Carl’s service and his award.

Carl Brashear’s award from the U.S. Navy [Credit: MyHeritage United States, Index of Navy and Marine Corps Awards, 1925-1994]
Carl Brashear’s award from the U.S. Navy [Credit: MyHeritage United States, Index of Navy and Marine Corps Awards, 1925-1994]

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Spain, Navarre Collections

Navarre is an autonomous community in Northern Spain, bordering the Basque Autonomous Community, La Rioja, and Aragon. Historically an independent kingdom, Navarre was annexed by Castile in 1515. Its capital city, Pamplona, is famous for the running of the bulls event held every July during the San Fermín festival. This custom started in the 14th century out of a need to transport bulls from the fields outside the city to the bullring for the bullfighting event that would take place that day. The culture of modern-day Navarre is tied deeply to that of the Basque Country, and Basque is a co-official language in the region.

This month, we have added 3 collections from the Navarre province in Spain as well as a select number of records from the Basque provinces of Gipuzkoa and Biscay that date back as far as the 16th century. These collections are valuable for anyone with Basque or Navarrese roots.

Spain, Navarre, Index of Baptisms, 1559–1910

This collection of 4.2 million records consists of an index of baptismal records from Navarre, Spain. Records may contain the first and last name of the child, the date and place of the baptism, the names of the father and mother, and the names of the child’s grandparents.

Some of the records include information about the name of the parish, comments, and a reference pertaining to the location of the original records.

The example record below is the Baptism record of Arturo Juan Estanislao Campion Jaymebon. Arturo was a famous Basque politician, writer, and linguist.

It includes details about Arturo’s baptism in Pamplona on May 7, 1854. Also included are the full names of his mother and father and paternal and maternal grandparents.

Baptism record of Arturo Juan Estanislao Campion Jaymebon [Credit: MyHeritage Spain, Navarre, Index of Baptisms, 1559–1910]
Baptism record of Arturo Juan Estanislao Campion Jaymebon [Credit: MyHeritage Spain, Navarre, Index of Baptisms, 1559–1910]

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Spain, Navarre, Index of Marriages, 1577–1940

This collection is an index of marriage records from Navarre, Spain. Records may contain the first and last name of the bride and groom, the ages of the bride and groom, the date and place of the marriage, and the names of the parents of the bride and groom.

Some of the records include information about the name of the parish, the names of witnesses, comments, and a reference pertaining to the location of the original records.

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Spain, Navarre, Index of Deaths, 1592–1986

This collection is an index of death records from Navarre, Spain. Records may contain the first and last name of the deceased, place of birth, age at death, date and place of death, and the names of the individual’s father and mother.

Some records include the names of burial witnesses, names appearing on the individual’s will, any comments, and a reference pertaining to the location of the original records

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Index of Leading Chess Players

This collection is an index of leading chess players registered in FIDE (Fédération Internationale des Échecs), the world chess federation. The records include the player’s first and last name, gender, year of birth, and the country the player represents in international tournaments. FIDE chess titles and player ratings as of November 2019 in standard chess, rapid chess, and blitz chess are also included.

The records in this collection are provided as a free service to the public, courtesy of FIDE.

In this collection is the record of Garry Kasparov, who at age 22 became the youngest to hold the title of World Chess Champion. He was consistently ranked as one of the top chess players throughout his career.

From left, Garry Kasparov with Tibor Karolyi, at the Junior Chess World Championship 1980 in  Dortmund [Credit: Gerhard Hund]
From left, Garry Kasparov with Tibor Karolyi, at the Junior Chess World Championship 1980 in  Dortmund [Credit: Gerhard Hund]
Garry Kasparov [Credit: MyHeritage Index of Leading Chess Players]
Garry Kasparov [Credit: MyHeritage Index of Leading Chess Players]

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Summary

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  • Jacob Psutka


    August 9, 2020

    Would like to see turn of the 1900s records from Galicia, Austria (now part of Ukraine).

  • Richard T. Bealmear


    August 9, 2020

    Wonderful information. Thank you.

  • Frohlichstein Julie


    August 10, 2020

    Thank you so much.