Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Scottish and Belgian fun with FamilySearch

I announced a few days ago that the 1881 census for Scotland was finally online at the FamilySearch site, though hidden in an English and Welsh collection - see

Well it was - now the whole 1881 British census collection has disappeared!

I did leave feedback with the site, so really hoping this is a good sign that the team at FamilySearch are separating them out into their proper constituencies - fingers crossed!

On a more irritating note, FamilySearch announced that it had uploaded over 4 million Belgian civil BMD records to its site at the end of last year. This was of particular interest to me, as my grandfather and his three siblings were in fact born around Brussels, yet I had been unable to access the images on the site. At first I thought it was my computer at fault, so just parked it (I actually have the Belgian birth certs for my lot, so not a priority). However a client of mine has Belgian connections, so I tried again tonight using my laptop - and the same issue occurred.

In fact, there is a simple answer, which I finally located at from a blog in Flemish which carried an aswer to another confused user of the collection experiencing the same problems. Here's the reply:

Thank you for contacting FamilySearch feedback regarding Belgium Civil Registration, 1795-1910 collection.

The National Archives of Brussels, Belgium is the record custodian for the Belgium Civil Registration, 1795-1910 collection. They have contracted with FamilySearch to provide images only to Authenticated Members of the Church, with future plans to be able to provide them to LDS Family History Centers and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as well.

We are sorry that this collection is not available to you at this time.

So it's a licensing issue - hopefully it will be resolved in due course.

On a more positive note - for your emigrant ancestors, some new collections have been announced on the site tonight, including Canada, Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937, and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947; Canada, Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927; Canada, Quebec Notarial Records, 1800-1900; New Zealand, Immigration Passenger Lists, 1839-1973; U.S., New England Naturalization Index, 1791-1906; and various others.

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