According to a press release today from FamilySearch, they’ve added to the records (both indices and images) to the pilot FamilySearch site (http://pilot.familysearch.org). For some time, they’ve had all of the images for the 1850 U.S. census (population schedule). Now the everyname index is 83% complete with the recent addition of Louisiana and Wisconsin. The indexed states are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
They have also added to the available indexes for the 1850 slave schedules. All of the images for the slave schedules are available for browsing, even for the states that aren’t yet indexed.
It isn’t just U.S. researchers that are benefitting from FamilySearch’s efforts. Among their international records groups are new church records for Mexico, Norway and Spain.
This is such a wonderful time to be a genealogist!