Monday, October 20, 2014

My Top Genea-Discoveries -- Kemp Family Records

Betty on the Betty's Boneyard Genealogy Blog wrote My Top Ten Genealogical Discoveries--So Far! on 31 August 2014, and I've been meaning to write about my own genea-discoveries ever since.  

I'm not going to rank them all, and I'm going to do them one at a time so I can describe them in some detail - perhaps my experience will help others, or perhaps a reader can suggest more resources for me to find.

Genea-Discovery:  Family Records for Abraham James Kemo and Sarah Fletcher, and descendants.

1)  When I started my genealogy research back in 1988, my mother provided one  handwritten sheet of paper that provided names, birth/death dates, and spouses names for the children of James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) and his two wives, shown below:

This was a sheet that my mother probably copied from other records, and then added the later family information.  I don't know the source that my mother used.

2)  A second sheet of paper was provided by Mark Putman via correspondence in the mid-1990s, with information about the children of Abram James Kemp (1795-????) and Sarah Fletcher (1802-????) (parents of James Abraham Kemp and his siblings), which provided their names, birth and death dates, and spouses names:

This paper was apparently obtained from John Wesley Kemp of Santa Maria, California before Mark sent it to me.

3)  In the mid-1990s, I visited the Huntington Beach Public Library in Orange County, California, which included the surname files of the Orange County, California Genealogical Society.  I found another piece of paper with more information about the Abram James and Sarah (Fletcher) Kemp family:

The top of the typescript provides the source of the information - from an 1877 Bible that belonged to John Evans Kemp, son of Peter Evans Kemp, son of Abraham and Sarah (Fletcher) Kemp.

The bottom part of the typescript above provides birth dates, and a marriage date, for Abraham Kemp and Sarah Fletcher, plus information about their children.  

This remains the only source that my Kemp family has for the marriage of Abram Kemp and Sarah Fletcher, and for the birth date of Sarah Fletcher.

Back in March, 2014, I was at the Huntington Beach library again, and looked for this record in the card catalog, and did not find it listed.  Perhaps it is in a drawer that is not cataloged.  I will have to ask the docents and librarians next time I visit (probably on 3 January 2015).  

4)  Unfortunately, there are no locations provided on any of these papers.  Since I found the third paper, I, and other Kemp family members, have found many more birth, marriage and death records, plus census and other records, for these families.

5)  I know the families of Abram James Kemp's parents and grandparents.  However, I don't know who Sarah (Fletcher) Kemp's parents are.  The 1851 Census of Canada names her as "Sephrona" and says that she was born in France and was of the Catholic religion.  

I have more research to do especially for Sarah (or Sephrona?) - I need to look for Fletcher families in the 1800 to 1820 time frame in Prince Edward County, or Lennox and Addington County, Ontario.  I have looked in the Quebec Drouin Collecton for a baptism of Sarah/Sephrona, with no record found to date.

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Billion Graves Cemetery Maps and Gravesite Transcriptions

I have not explored the Billion Graves website at all over the past few years.  At this time, there are about 10 million gravesite photographs.  I want to look deeper at the site.  Most features on the site are free, but there is a subscription component, called BG Plus, also.

Billion Graves permits volunteer photographers to use the free Billion Graves mobile app for iOS and Android units to take a photograph of a gravesite or gravestone, and the app uploads the photograph, along with the GPS coordinate of the grave, to Billion Graves servers.  Once the photo is on the website, then volunteers can transcribe the photographs.  The transcription information, and the photograph and GPS location, are then available to search on the Billion Graves website and on the FamilySearch website (  FamilySearch updates the collection on a regular basis.

1)  Here is the top of the Billion Graves home page after I signed in with my credentials:

On the "Dashboard" view above, you can see that it knows my location, and tabulates the number of photos I have uploaded, number of transcriptions, number of cemeteries visited, and number of cemeteries added.  There is a "Request Board" in the left-hand column for gravesite photos near my location.  The right-hand area provides "Billion Graves Activity" for recent additions to the collection.

There are menu links at the top of the page for "Search," "Blog," "Store," "Get Started" and "Community."

The tabs are "Dashboard," "Photos," "Tools," "Transcribe," "Notifications" and "BG Plus."

2)  In the "Tools" tab, I clicked on "Cemetery Map:"

The map for the San Diego area, centered on my location, opened, and I could see the location of the  cemetery sites that have gravesite entries, color coded for number of entries:

I can zoom into an area on the map using the zoom bar at the top left, or with my mouse scroll wheel.

Here is the map of Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, California, which is the closest cemetery to my location:

The color coding is in the lower left-hand corner of the screen:

*  Purple for a cemetery with 1000+ BillionGraves images.
*  Yellow for a cemetery with BillionGraves images.
*  Green for a cemetery with less than 20 BillionGraves images.
*  Blue for a cemetery without BillionGraves images.

3)  To transcribe an image, I clicked on the "Transcribe" tab (which has 923,367 images waiting for me and others to transcribe them!), and it opened for gravesite in Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita.  I guess it choose the cemetery nearest the user to transcribe entries.

There is a photograph for the gravesite, and fields to enter information on the "Buried Here" tab.  The fields shown are Prefix, Given Names, Family Names, Birth month-day-year, and Death month-day-year.

There is an "Advanced Options" link, which adds fields for Maiden Name, Marriage date, Suffix, and Age-at-death.

There are links to Add military specific info, Show/hide Hebrew dates, and Others not buried here.

The icons on the Cemetery name line are for "New Individual Buried here" (e.g., if more than one person is on a gravestone) and "Add Epitaph/Notes."

I added the name, birth date, death date, military information and epitaph/notes to the form, as shown below:

Before I could Save the transcription, I clicked on the "thumbs up"  icon at the top of the photograph to indicate that the photo quality was good.

When I was finished, I clicked on the green check mark at the top right of the form.  That showed the transcribed information in a form:

If I wanted to transcribe another gravesite, I can click on the dark blue right-arrow at the top right of the screen above.

That was pretty easy, but the icons and some links to add information are not particularly noticeable for new users.  Once you've done some transcriptions, the process gets easier.

I will explore more features, including the BG Plus features, in future blog posts.

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Amanuensis Monday - Post 240: 1872 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith to Alexander John

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

The subject today is an 1872 deed in the Taylor County, Iowa deed books for Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith selling land to Alexander John. 

The transcription of this deed is (handwritten text in italics, form fields underlined):

FROM:  D.J. & A.A. Smith   }       Filed for record, this    6th   day of      June     A.D. 18 72 at
                                                  }                               6    o'clock,    P.  M.
TO:         Alex John                }      
                                                  }                             E.G. Medford, Recorder
Know all Men by these Presents: That      I. Devier J. Smith and Abbie   
    A. Smith wife       of the County of   Taylor   and State of    Iowa   
in consideration of the sum of    Thirty two Hundred ($3200)                                    Dollars,
in hand paid by         Alexander John                     
of     Taylor     County and State of     Iowa    do hereby SELL AND CONVEY
unto the said        Alexander John        the following       
described premises, situated in the County of   Taylor    and State of   Iowa    to wit:
      The North Half of the South West Quarter of Section No. Twenty Three   
    (23) in Township No Sixty Eight (68) North in Range Thirty four (34) 
and   We   hereby covenant with the said     Alexander John                            
that   We   hold said premises by good and perfect title, that   We   have good right and lawful authority to sell
and convey the same; that they are free and clear of all liens and incumbrances whatsoever, And We covenant 
 to WARRANT AND DEFEND the said premises, against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever.  
And the said       Abbie A. Smith                        
hereby relinquishes her right of dower in and to the above described premises.
Signed this    5th      day of     June          A.D.  18  72 
IN PRESENCE OF          {   $ 3.50 U.S. Rev.Stamp     }        Devier J. Smith       
                                            {Annexed and Cancelled by }         Abbie A. Smith     
                                            { D.J. & A.A.S.                        }
STATE OF IOWA,     Taylor       County        SS
On this   fifth   day of    June       A.D. 18 72  , before me    E.G. Medford      
a    Notary Public      within and for said County, personally came    Devier J. Smith     
   and Abbie A. Smith     personally known to be the identical person s whose 
                        name s are  affixed to the above instrument as Grantor s , and acknowledged the same
                        to be   Their   voluntary act and deed, for the purposes therein expressed.
{ N P  }           In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my 
{ seal }            official seal at     Bedford  Iowa     on the date last above written.
                                                                              E.G. Medford            
                                                                               Notary Public        
     I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the original deed, as filed for record on the
     6th      day of      June      18 72  
                                                            E.G. Medford          Recorder.

The source citation for this Deed is:

Taylor County, Iowa, Taylor County, Iowa, deed records, 1855-1953; index, 1855-1902, "Deed Records (Land) v. O (cont'd), 1873-1874, v. P 1871-1873, v. Q (to p.391)" Volume P, page 290(stamped), Deed of Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith to Alexander John, 1872; accessed 4 February 2014 on FHL US/CAN microfilm 1,535,635.

Devier J. Smith purchased the entire Southwest quarter of Section 23 in Township 68 North, Range 34 West (160 acres) on 10 December 1867, along with 60 acres in Section 18 of Township 67 North, Range 33 West, for $1400.  In the present deed, he sells the northern half (80 acres) of Section 23 for $3200.  This is a tidy profit (perhaps about $2700) after five years of holding and improving this land, which may have had their farm house on it.  

Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith are my second great-grandparents.  By 1875, they were residing in Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas.  Subsequently, they moved in 1885 to McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska in 1885, and then bought land in Cheyenne County, Kansas before Devier died in 1894 in McCook.  Abbie came to San Diego to live with her daughter's family in the early 1890s.

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 October 2014

Hundreds of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

*   Decennial Conference on Genetic Genealogy, Decennial Conference on Genetic Genealogy - ISOGG Meeting, and Decennial Conference On Genetic Genealogy - Sunday by Jennifer Zinck on the Ancestor Central blog.  Jennifer has a lengthy summary of presentations and Q&A at the FTDNA Conference.

*  Brick Wall Buster Strategies by Linda S. on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.  Linda offers tried and true methods to break down your brick wall problems, plus some of her own examples.

*  And the Results Are ... by Michael Lacopo on the Hoosier Daddy? blog.  Michael had to wait for autosomal DNA test results and found out how his mother was related to her siblings.

*  Tenth Annual Family Tree DNA Conference Wrapup by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta shares her experiences at the FTDNA Conference last weekend.

*  Lessons From the Lectern by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy highlights the BCG lecture series in Salt Lake city.

*  Naming Relationships by Nancy Messier on the My Ancestors and Me blog.  Nancy describes different ways of naming relationships.  I've always been confused about great-grand aunts myself.

*  12 Keys to Analyzing the Vitals Section of Historic Newspapers by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Ken looks at vital record information found in newspapers.

*  Forward Into the Past by Tim Firkowski on Sherlock's Genealogical Adventures blog.   Tim shares his father's memories of visiting his Polish homeland.

*  Back to the Old Home -- Genealogical Research in Dublin;  Digging for the Truth at the National Archives of Ireland;  How Many Repositories Can I visit in One Day?  Irish Land Records Not Just About Land!  by Polly Kimmitt on the Polly Blog.  Polly shares her experiences researching in Dublin, Ireland.

*  My Top Ten Genea-Mysteries by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane updates her list of significant mysteries in her ancestral research.

*  And Now For the Serious Search; Let the Grunt Work Begin;  Luck, Guardian Angels and the Irish; Walking the Rainy Streets of Dublin;  The Aw-Inspiring Moments of Research; Race to Finish by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry blog.  Jacqi shares her Dublin research experiences, and finally finds something helpful.

*  Gaenovium -- Keys to Open Data and Open Standards by Sue Adams on the Family Folklore Blog.  Sue highlights her experiences at the Gaenovium conference last week.

*  Caught Up in the Research by Susan Olsen LeBlanc on the Gopher Genealogy blog.  Susan describes the client project she's been working on, with great success.

*  Free Transfer of DNA Data From Ancestry to Family Tree DNA! by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.  This is great news for spitters who want a chromosome browser.  Miss Kitty shows us how.

These genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week:

*  GAGs - GeniAus Gems - 17 October 2014 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Friday Finds and Follows, 17 October 2014 by Miriam J. Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of Our Ancestors blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for October 17, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds -- 10/17/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (October 18, 2014) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  My Memorable Monthly Mentions (AKA My Favorite blogs This Month) by Jacquie Schattner on the Seeds to Tree blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 1540 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Is Your All-Time Favorite Song?

Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!


Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1. What is your all-time favorite song? Yep, number 1. It's hard to choose sometimes. If you made your favorite all-time Top 40 music selections, what would be #1?

2. Tell us about it. Why is it a favorite? Do you have special memories attached to this song? 

3. Write your own blog post about it, or make a comment on this post or on a Facebook or Google+  entry.

Here's mine:

I listed some of my favorite all-time songs, mainly from the 1950's and 1960's, in several posts here and here. I never got past 1964, it seems, on my list. That sort of dates me, huh?

From that list, my #1 all-time favorite is from 1961 - I Love How You Love Me by The Paris Sisters. You can hear the song here and read the lyrics here.

Why this song? 1961 was my high school graduation year and I was a hopeless teenage geek (5 foot 6 inches tall, 125 pounds, googly glasses, goofy overbite grin, pimples, butch haircut - you get the picture!). No dates, no girlfriends, no hope...just music to swoon by.

Like every red-blooded male teen, I yearned for a girlfriend and more, and songs like this really raised my, um, spirit. It took eight more years before I found the love of my life, but it was worth the wait!

I wonder if my daughters and grandchildren will ever find this post and learn a little bit more about my life?

It will be interesting to see the music mix from the bloggers and readers for this SNGF, since we are such a diverse group!

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Surname Saturday - LNU (England to colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  

I am in the 8th great-grandmothers and I'm up to Ancestor #1053 who is Ruth LNU (1626-1677) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through one generation in this LNU family line is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

64. Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816)
65. Martha Whitney (1764-1832)

130.  Samuel Whitney (1719-1782)
131.  Abigail Fletcher (1720-1783)

262.  John Fletcher (1692-1749)
263.  Mary Goble (1694-1734)

526.  Thomas Goble (1656-1724)
527.  Sarah Shepard (1667-1746)

1052.  Thomas Goble, born about 1634 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 22 November 1690 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 2104. Thomas Goble and 2105. Alice Brookman.  He married April 1656 in probably Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.
1053.  Ruth LNU, born about 1633; died about 1668 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Thomas Goble and Ruth are:
i. Thomas Goble, born 21 May 1656 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; died 10 March 1724 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married Sarah Shepard 04 July 1686 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
ii. Stephen Goble, born about 1658 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; died 21 September 1676 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
iii. Mary Goble, born about 1660 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; died 11 February 1700 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married Joseph Dana 17 January 1682 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; born 21 March 1656 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
iv. Ruth Goble, born 04 August 1663 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; died 1729 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married Samuel Stratton 1689 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; born 08 April 1658 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; died 11 October 1726 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
v. Robert Goble, born about 1664 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; died before 1670 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

vi. John Goble, born about 1666 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married Abigail Rogers 03 May 1693 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; born about 1668 in Massachusetts, United States.

The Goble family information as obtained from:

*  Evelyn Goble Steen, Goble Genealogy Homepage (, online database, Thomas (2) Goble (1631-1690) sketch.

*  Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, 1634-1635, Volume 3, F-H (Boston : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002), pages 81-83, Thomas Goble sketch.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Theme for FGS 2015 Conference is Connect. Explore. Refresh

I chose to be an Ambassador for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2015 Conference, which will be held in Salt Lake City from 11-14 February 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.

So what does the theme mean to me?

1)  Connect:  I always look forward to conferences because I get to see many of my genea-friends (bloggers, readers, speakers, exhibitors) in the Exhibit Hall, in the hallways and classes, at the hotel, in restaurants, and at the Family History Library.  It's fun to catch up with and spend time with every person I talk to.  I love meeting new genea-friends in person too.

For my wife, this is the best part of the conference.  She loves to swim, talk and share with old and new friends.  She knows quite a few geneabloggers, and some of my best readers, by now, and really looks forward to the conference.

2)  Explore:  Exploring the Exhibit Hall is the best for me seeing new and upgraded products and discussing the features and capabilities of the products.  I really enjoy getting to know the exhibitors and asking questions about their products.

Another aspect of Explore is the Family History Library - I always try to spend at least one day at the FHL checking out books and microfilms.  I usually explore 10-20 microfilms each trip to SLC, based on my To-Do list, and capture record images on my iPhone and flash drive.

Linda occasionally goes exploring using Trax to go to the shopping centers and occasionally takes a tour arranged through the hotel.

3)  Refresh:  I come to a conference with expectations - to do some useful research, to meet new people and enjoy everyone I talk to, to see some new products and features in the Exhibit Hall, to attend at least some classes, and to work in the Media Center to share my excitement, education and photographs.

I think that the Conference keynote speakers are refreshing - they are the best of the best, and offer enthusiasm, knowledge and new challenges.

Linda and I will be at the FGS 2015 Conference.  It's less than 4 months away now!  We will probably come on Tuesday and leave on Sunday.  I hope to see many Genea-Musings readers there!

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More on Finding Record Hints for a Specific Database on

As a follow-up to my blog post Finding Record Hints for Persons in a Specific Database on (15 October 2014), Russ Worthington has created a short how-to video of the process he uses:

This covers how to find your own Ancestry Member Tree number (the 8-digits required) and how to find the Database ID number (unique for each of Ancestry's databases - a 4-5 digit number).  Good job, Russ!

Both of those are required in order to search Ancestry Hints for a specific database for persons in your Ancestry Member Tree.

1)  To review:  Once you find those two numbers, you can get a list of Ancestry Record Hints for persons in your AMT for the apecific database.  The process to use is:

*  Copy this URL to your browser address bar:

* Click in the address field and edit it to:
**  Substitute your AMT code number for xxxxxxxx
**  Substitute the Database number you want for dddd

If there are more characters after the Database number, don't add them - add only the 4 or 5 Database numbers to the URL above.

For one of my Ancestry Member Trees and the Social Security Death Index, my URL is

Note:  You cannot click on the link to my tree above - it will not work since you don't have Owner access to my Ancestry Member Tree.

I also recommend that you save the link to your tree and at least one Database number in your Bookmarks or Favorites on your computer.  I put it in my Bookmarks Bar on Chrome so that I can find it easily.  You could also put it in a document in Evernote or in your Dropbox (or other cloud service) folder so that you can find it when you are on another computer.

2)  You can find the Database ID number on the Database search page.  For example, here is the Database search page for the U.s. World War I Draft Registration Cards (found from the Card Catalog):

I highlighted the URL at the top of the page.  The dbid=6482 for this database, as shown below:

The dbid number is what you write down and put into the URL described in 1) above.

2)  I want to list some of the more popular (at least for me!) database numbers here for my own use, and also for my readers' use:

*  1940 U.S. Census:  dbid=2442
*  1930 U.S. Census:  dbid=6224
*  1920 U.S. Census:  dbid=6061
*  1910 U.S. Census:  dbid=7884
*  1900 U.S. Census:  dbid=7602
*  1880 U.S. Census:  dbid=6742
*  1870 U.S. Census:  dbid=7163
*  1860 U.S. Census:  dbid=7667
*  1850 U.S. Census:  dbid=8054

*  Social Security Death Index:  dbid=3693
*  California Birth Index, 1905-1995:  dbid=5247
*  California Marriage Index, 1960-1985:  dbid=1144
*  California Death Index, 1940-1997:  dbid=5180
*  Texas Birth Index, 1902-1997: dbid=8781
*  Texas Death Certificates, 1903-1982:  dbid=2272
*  Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1944:  dbid=5164
*  Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church and Town Records, 1708-1985:  dbid=2451
*  Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988:  dbid=2495
*  U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935: dbid=2189

*  U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current:  dbid=60525
*  U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989:  dbid=2469
*  U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012: dbid=1265
*  New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957:  dbid=7488
*  U.s. Passport Applications, 1795-1925: dbid=1174
*  U.S. World War I, Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918: dbid=6482
*  U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:  dbid=1002
*  U.s. World War II Army Enlistments, 1938-1946: dbid =8939
*  U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949: dbid=1143

*  1911 England Census:  dbid=2352
*  1901 England Census:  dbid=7814
*  1891 England Census: dbid=6598
*  1881 England Census: dbid=7572
*  1871 England Census: dbid=7619
*  1861 England Census: dbid=8767
*  1851 England Census: dbid=8860
*  1841 England Census: dbid=8978

*  1921 Canada Census:  dbid=8991
*  1911 Canada Census:  dbid=8947
*  1901 Canada Census:  dbid=8826
*  1891 Canada Census:  dbid=1274
*  1881 Canada Census:  dbid=1577
*  1871 Canada Census:  dbid=1578
*  1861 Canada Census:  dbid=1570
*  1851 Canada Census:  dbid=1061

Your choice of dbid number may be different - go find some and write them down for easy reference.

4)  I am not sure that ever finds ALL of the Record Hints for persons in your Ancestry Member Tree.  In one of my trees, which is more mature than the other (it's been an AMT since about 2011), the People count is 7,389 and the Record Hints count is 18,575.  This changes occasionally, and the number of Record Hints is reduced when I Attach or Ignore a Record Hint.

In another of my trees, added in August 2014, the number of People is 42,920 and the Record Hint count today is 20,619.  That is up 2 Hints from about an hour ago.  So Ancestry continues to add Hints.  I found that I could spur the production of Record Hints by looking at an ancestor in my AMT in the Family View, wait for the Hints to be added (it sometimes takes 20-60 seconds), and then go back and do the next ancestor in my AMT.

I think the message here is that there will always be newly found Record Hints because keeps adding databases and finding Hints from previously added databases.  It seems like their search algorithms never stop.  However, we may have to wait for a very recent "New" Ancestry.ycom database to add the Record Hints to our AMT persons.

Now I'm wondering how accurate these Record Hints are.  I have looked at about 100 1940 and 1930 U.S. Census Hints over the past two days, adding content and source citations to my database.  Of these, I think there were only 2 or 3 that were not correct - same name usually, but different family.  That's encouraging!

5)  Some readers may ask "Why don't you just do this person-by-person?"  My answer is that this is a much more efficient method to "mine" databases for my persons of interest.  I don't have to wade through 20-40 Hints for my persons of interest to find the 3 or 4 that are "real" records (and not indexed records) for my ancestral families.  I can control what I add, and creating the source citations is much easier using the "source memory" function in my genealogy software.

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UPDATED:  18 October to correct one dbid and add 3.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 42: Sarah (Feather) Carringer (1804-1848)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" in her blog post Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  Here is my ancestor biography for week #42:

Sarah (Feather) Carringer (1804-1848) is #49 on my Ahnentafel list, my third great-grandmother.  She married in about 1825 to #48 Henry Carringer (1800-1879).

I am descended through:

*  their son, #24, David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902), who married Rebecca Spangler (1831-1901) in 1851.

*  their son, #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), who married #13 Abbie Ardell "Della" Smith (1862-1944) in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), married Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) in 1918. 
* their daughter, #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                       Sarah Feather [1]
*  Alternate Name:     Sarah Carringer [1, 2]
*  Sex:                          Female   

*  Father:                      Cornelius Feather (1777-1853) [1]   
*  Mother:                    unknown unknown (ca 1785- ca 1830)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL FACTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

*  Birth:                      7 June 1804, Warren, Trumbull, Ohio, United States [2]
*  Death:                     9 April 1848 (age 43), Perry, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States [2]
*  Burial:                    after 9 April 1848 (after age 43), Perry, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States [2]

3)  SPOUSES AND CHILDREN (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

*  Spouse 1:               Henry Carringer (1800-1879) [2]
*  Marriage:               before 1825 (before about age 21), Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States[1]

*  Child 1:                  Eliza Carringer (1827-1914)   
*  Child 2:                  David Jackson "D.J." Carringer (1828-1902)   
*  Child 3:                  George Carringer (1832-1880)   
*  Child 4:                  Cornelius A. Carringer (1834-1916)   
*  Child 5:                  Mary Carringer (1835-1908)   
*  Child 6:                  Sarah Carringer (1837-    )   
*  Child 7:                  Henry Carringer (1839-1864)   
*  Child 8:                  Louisa M. Carringer (1842-    )   
*  Child 9:                  Matilda Spangler Carringer (1845-1911)   
*  Child 10:                Harvey Carringer (1848-1870)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Sarah (Feather) Carringer was born 7 June 1804 to Cornelius Feather and his unknown wife, probably in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio.  The birth date was provided by the Kelso Cemetery records.[2]  

There is no marriage record available for Henry Carringer and Sarah Feather.  There first child was born in June 1827, so an estimated marriage date of "about 1825" seems appropriate.  Henry would have been age 25 in 1825, and Sarah would have been age 21.

Between 1827 and 1848, Sarah gave birth to ten children, and all of them lived to adulthood, although two died as young men.

Sarah (Feather) Carringer died on 9 April 1848, and is buried in Kelso Cemetery, Perry township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.[2]   The record says:

"Sarah Carringer, June 7, 1804- Apr 9, 1848, in the 44th y of her age"

This is in a short list of "Additional names from the state library at Harrisburg, Copier unknown" in the Mercer County Gravestone Inscriptions books for Kelso Cemetery.   Apparently, these persons are buried in Kelso Cemetery in Hadley.

The writ of partition in the estate records of Cornelius Feather in Mercer County filed in 1855 identifies Sarah as the wife of Henry Carringer.  A portion of the writ says:[1]

"...that your petitioner's said father Cornelius Feather lately died intestate leaving him surviving a widow since Dec^d and Issue, your petitioner and George Feather, and also the Issue of two Daughters of said Cornelius Feather towit, Cornelius A., and Ester Ann Milner, children of Mary Milner who was formerly Mary Feather, and said Ester Ann Milner being a miner and having no Guardian; and Eliza, David J., George W., Cornelius A., and Mary Carringer and Sarah, Henry, Loisa M., Matilda S. and Harvy M Carringer, all children of Sarah Carringer intermarried with Henry Carringer who was formerly Sarah Feather, of whom Sarah, Henry, Loiza, Matilda and Harvy are miners and have no Guardian chosen. "

The children of Sarah (Feather) Carringer received $89.95 to divide between them from the estate of their maternal grandfather.

5)  SOURCES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

1. "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," digital images, FamilySearch (, Mercer County, "Mercer County Orphans Court Docket, 1850-1858," Volumes D-E, "Petition for writ of partition" entry for Cornelius Feather, 20 August 1855, Volume E, Pages 148-150 (images 408/409 of 684); citing original records on FHL microfilm US/CAN 878,977.

2. Loretta Barker DeSantis, Sally Glaser Dufford, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, Cemetery Inscriptions, 16 Volumes  (n. p. : Mercer County [Pa.] Genealogy Society, n.d.), Volume 8. page 47, Sarah Carringer (1804-1848) entry.


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