Joe Everett is a genealogy librarian at FamilySearch, responsible for patron services in international branches of the Family History Library. Joe was previously the head of International Reference at the Family History Library and a technical services librarian, cataloging Slavic and Germanic records. He also spent several years as content manager at Joe earned a B.A. in Russian Language and Family History/Genealogy (Germanic emphasis) from Brigham Young University and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University (Kansas). He has been active in library and genealogical associations and has lectured and published articles Central & East European research.

19 June 2013

Hamburg Passenger Lists now indexed for 1850-1914

I just learned that the Hamburg Passenger Lists have been updated on (URL: The name index now covers 1850-1914 (previously it was 1877-1914). This means that the bulk of this collection is now indexed, including the time period of peak migration through that port. The only remaining piece to index are the records following WWI (1920-1934). (You can still browse the images, though).

The update adds over eight hundred thousand new records to the index, which now includes over 4.6 million names.

(Note that they have not updated the little yellow notification in the search box to reflect the expanded index coverage yet. The "About this database" section has the updated coverage information, though. I have also tested numerous searches for the earlier years back to 1850 and they are working.)

12 June 2013

Want Emotionally Healthy Children? Tell Family Stories - Church News and Events

Want Emotionally Healthy Children? Tell Family Stories
Social science research helps confirm what genealogists have felt all along--that there are significant benefits to sharing family history with young people.