Friday, March 24, 2017

This Week's We're Related Relationships - 24 March 2017

I received 7 new cousin relationships on the We're Related mobile app over the last week, which is based on Ancestry Member Trees.  The new relationships, and my initial evaluation of them, are:

1)  Robert Redford -- Actor, 9th cousin, common ancestor is John Young (1624-1690).



My line back to John Young goes through his son, John Young (1649-1718).  Robert's line goes through David Young (1682-1776), and there are many AMTs that say he was born in Donegal, Ireland and married Martha Boyd and died in Worceste, Mass..  My John Young had a brother David Young (1662-1745) who married an Anna Doane and died in Eastham, Mass.  My judgment is that the Ancestry app has conflated two different David Youngs born 20 years apart here.  My judgment is that this relationship is Unlikely.

2)  Orson Welles -- Entertainer, 8th cousin 2x removed, common ancestor is Robert Williams (1607-1693_.

My line to Robert Williams goes through his purported daughter, Elizabeth --?-- (1620-1664), who married Richard Cutter of Cambridge, Mass.  Orson's line goes from Robert Williams to Isaac Williams (1638-1707).  I don't know Elizabeth --?--'s parents names yet, but Ancestry thinks it does.  There are well documented AMTs for the Isaac Williams parents and descendants.  My judgment is that this relationship is Unlikely.

3)  James Madison - U.S. President, 6th cousin 6x removed, common ancestor is William Allen (1553-1589.

My line back to William Allen goes through 5 known generations of Allens, but I don't have a William Allen in England as a father of my George Allen (1585-1648) of Massachusetts.  President Madison's line goes from William Allen's daughter Eleanor to Peter Montague.  There are over 13,000 AMTs with Peter's granddaughter, but of the 10 I checked (with the most sources), none of them went back to William Allen.  My judgment is that this relationship is Unlikely.

4)  Barbara Perez - Facebook friend, 8th cousin 2x removed, common ancestor is Thomas Nichols (1630-1720).

My line to Thomas Nichols is through his 2nd great-granddaughter, Jerusha --?-- (1750-1817), his first great-grandson Joseph Chandler, his granddaughter, Mary Tucker (1697-????) and her purported father, Ebenezer Nichols (1664-1735), son of Thomas Nichols.  My known line ends with Jerusha --?-- who may have been a Chandler before she married Burgess Metcalf.  Also, how does a man named Ebenezer Nichols have a daughter named Mary Tucker?  Again, Ancestry has added five generations to my known tree here.  I can't judge Barbara's line without seeing more details.  My judgment is that my line on the app is Wrong, and therefore this relationship is Wrong.

5)  Barry Kline - Facebook friend, 8th cousin, common ancestor is John Morrison (1705-1752).

My line back to John Morrison is through his daughter, Martha Morrison (1739-????), but I don't know her father's first name or her mother's name.  Barry's line is through David Morrison (1742-1807), who I don't have in my database.  There are AMTs with David's parents as John and Margrete Morrison, but there is a problem with some of the dates in Barry's line - Isaac Morrison's wife, Elizabeth Haycraft (1791-1868) would be 13 when she had June Mary Morrison (1804-1831).  My judgment is that this relationship is Possible.

6)  Jen Baldwin -- Facebook friend, 7th cousin 4x removed, common ancestor is Christopher Yonges (1545-1626).

My 11 generation line back to Christopher Yonges is through my known ancestor John Young (1624-1691) and his purported father John Youngs (1602-1672).  I don't have the John Youngs 1602 or Christopher Yonges in my database, so Ancestry added two generations to my known ancestry.  Jen's line back to Christopher Yonges has only 7 generations, and says her father was Walter Yoe (1800-1867).  I am sure  that is incorrect.  My judgment is that this relationship is Wrong, since my line is unknown and Jen's looks wrong.

7)  Joan Young - Facebook friend, 6th cousin, common ancestor is Philip Jacob Konig (1738-1792).

My line to Philip Jacob Konig is through his son, Philip Jacob Konig (1764-1829).  Joan's line is through Peter King (1775-1847), brother of my Philip.  My judgment is that this relationship is Very Likely.

My count is up to 197 famous or Facebook cousins provided by the app.  This week, my judgment is that only 1 of the 7 cousin relationships are Likely or better.

I will say it again:  My biggest problem with this We're Related app is that it thinks it knows my ancestral lines better than I do, and adds one to five generations to some of my end-of-line ancestors.  The second biggest problem is that many of the lines of the famous or Facebook persons have colonial lines that have same name, different place problems.


The app may be right -- I don't know for sure -- and I can't really find out because the app provides no source material to back up their assertions.  If there was authoritative information for my end-of-line ancestors, I would add it.  None of the "Unlikely" or "Wrong" relationships have been convincing to me yet.


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 24 March 2017

I received this information from Findmypast today:

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday


Was your ancestor breaking rocks, laid to rest beneath one, or both? Whether your ancestor was married (likely), died (definitely), did hard labour (maybe) or was buried (probably) these North American and Australian records could help you identify them, or even discover more about their life.

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Each result will provide you with a transcript and an images of the original register. Transcripts will reveal your ancestor's birth year, occupation, prison, ship name and the event year. Images may reveal details relating to your ancestor's appearance such as height, complexion, hair, eyes, nose, mouth, and chin. Images may also note particular marks on your their body and note their religion, marital status, and previous history.

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52 Ancestors - Week 168: #241 Anna (Van Vorst) (Van den Bogart) Kemp (1732-1789) of Fredericksburgh, Ontario

Here is my 52 Ancestors biography for week #168:

Anna (Van Vorst) (Van den Bogart) Kemp (1732-1789)  is #241 on my Ahnentafel List, my 5th great-grandmother, who married #240 John Kemp (1723-1795) in about 1760, probably in Schenectady, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #120 John Kemp (1768-1861), who married #123 Mary Dafoe (1776-1832) in 1795.
*  their son, #60 Abraham Kemp (1795-1881), who married #61 Sarah Sephrona Fletcher (1802-1861) in 1822.
*  their son, #30 James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902), who married #31 Mary Jane sovereen (1840-1874)  in 1861.
*  their daughter #15 Georgianna Kemp (1858-1952) who married #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916),  in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
* their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)

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


*  Name:                           Anna Van Vorst[1–4,6]
*  Alternate Name:           Anna Kemp[5]        
*  Sex:                               Female   

*  Father:                           Jacobus Van Vorst (1703-1790)   
*  Mother:                         Anna Beck (1704-1749)   
  
1)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*  Birth:                           before 22 October 1732 Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[1,3,6]   
* Christening:                22 October 1732 (after age 0), Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[1,3,6]   
*  Death:                        before 15 July 1789 (before age 56), Fredericksburgh, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada[4–5]   
*  Burial:                       15 July 1789 (after age 56), Fredericksburgh, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada[4–5]

1)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*  Spouse 1.                  Nicolaas Tjerkse Van den Bogart (1723-1758)    
*  Marriage 1:               29 July 1753 (after age 20), Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[2-3]    

*  Child 1:                     Tjerk Van den Bogart (1754-1835)    
*  Child 2:                     Francis Van den Bogart (1755-1829)    
*  Child 2:                     Rachel Van den Bogart (1757-1767)    
*  Child 4:                     Margarita Van den Bogart (1758-    )

*  Spouse 2:                  John Kemp (1723-1795)   
*  Marriage 2:               about 1759 (after about age 27), probably Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[4]   

*  Child 1:                     Joseph Kemp (1761-1836)   
*  Child 2:                     Jacobus James Kemp (1763-1803)   
*  Child 3:                     Rachel Kemp (1767-    )   
*  Child 4:                     John Kemp (1768-1861)   
*  Child 5:                     Nancy Kemp (1770-1836)   
   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Cheryl Kemp Taber has researched and collected a wealth of information about this family, and posted it in her WorldConnect database on Rootsweb (wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com) titled "Kemps and Kin" updated 13 January 2010[4].

Anna Van Vorst was baptized on 22 October 1732 at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady, New York, the daughter of Jacobus and Anna (Beck) Van Vorst[1,3,6].  

She was married on 29 July 1753 to Nicolaas Van Den Bogaert, son of Tjerk Frassen and Margaret Grietje (Vedder) Van Der Bogaert, in Schenectady, New York[2-3].  They had four children, who were all baptized in the First Reformed Church in Schenectady[4]
*  Tjerk, 5 March, 1754 
*  Frans, 4 May, 1755 
*  Rachel, 6 February, 1757;  it is believed that Rachel Van den Bogart died young. 
*  Margarita, 16 July, 1758.

Sometime between Dec. 11, 1757 and before the baptismal of his fourth child on July 16, 1758, Nicolaas died leaving Anna a young widow of only 26 years of age[4]

In about 1759, Anna married John Kemp. John Kemp raised the young Van den Bogart children and he and Anna subsequently had five children, three of whom were baptized in the First Reformed Church in Schenectady[4]:
*  Joseph Camp, 20 July 1761
*  Jacobus Camp, 9 Janaury 1763
*  Rachel Camp, 23 August 1767

Two other children, John and Nancy were born after 1767 and no baptism records have been found for them[4].

"John Kemp" fought for the British in the American Revolution, as did his sons and a stepson.  He served in His Majesty's Service in the Corps styled as King's Rangers under the command of Lt. Col. Robert Rogers in Captain Samuel Harden's Company.  When the British lost the war, the King's Rangers disbanded at Cataraqui, Ontario, near Kingston, in October 1784.  Because of their loyalty to the Crown, John Kemp and his family were given the title of "United Empire Loyalist" and were each granted 200 acres of free land[4].  

The John Kemp family may have resided in Fredericksburgh in Addington County, Ontario as early as 1784, listed as a farmer, and he attended the Anglican and/or First Reformed Church.  The old United Empire Loyalists List shows John Kemp Sr of Fredericksburgh, soldier, on the Land Board of Mecklenburgh in 1790 and of 1793[4].  

Anna Kemp was buried 15 Jul 1789 in Fredericksburgh Township, Addington County, Ontario at about 57 years of age[4-5].  No burial place is known.

Anna's father, Jacobus Van Vorst, left instructions in his will, written in 1790, for Tjerk Van der Bogart (one of Anna's sons from her first marriage) to care for Rachel Kemp (a daughter by John Kemp). Her father's will read: "Then I give & bequeath to my said daughters Elizabeth Quackenbos & Angelica Welch & in trust to Cherick Van de Bogart for keeping & maintaining Rachel Camp daughter of John Camp all the Stock & Cows to be divided equally among them & to their heirs & assigns for ever."[4]

5)  SOURCES
 
1. Arthur C. M. Kelly and Donald A Keefer, Baptism record of Schenectady Reformed Church : Schenectady, New York, 1694-1811 (Rhinebeck, N.Y., A.C.M. Kelly, 1987), page 45, #990, Anna Van Vorst baptism entry.

2. Donald A. Keefer and Arthur C. M. Kelly, Marriage Records of Schenectady Reformed Church, 1694-1852 (Rhinebeck, N.Y., A.C.M. Kelly, 1988), page 17, #363, Klaas Tjerkse Van den Bogart and Anna Van Vorst marriage entry.

3. Jonathan Pearson and J. W. MacMurray, A history of the Schenectady patent in the Dutch and English times :being contributions toward a history of the lower Mohawk Valley (Albany, N.Y. :  J. Munsell's Sons, 1883), pges 32, 215, 245, 246, Anna Camp, Van den Bogart and Van Vorst entries.

4. Cheryl Kemp Taber, "Kemps and Kin," online database, Rootsweb WorldConnect Project (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=cdn-kemp).

5. William Briggs, Ontario Historical Society Papers and Records (Toronto, Canada : Ontario Historical Society, 1899), page 60, Anna Kemp burial entry.

6. "U.S. Dutch Reformed Church Records from Selected States, 1639-1989," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), New York > Schenectady > Schenectady Baptisms, Vol. 1, Book 41, Page 10 (penned, image 79 of 163), Anna Van Vorst baptism entry, 22 October 1732.

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NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2017 to 208 Ancestors in 208 Weeks.



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Updating my AncestryDNA Status

I last reported on my AncestryDNA results in Where Oh Where Have My AncestryDNA NADs Gone? (posted 14 October 2016).  At that time, I had:

*  148 Shared Matches
*  305 4th Cousins or Closer
*  7 DNA Circles
*  0 New Ancestor Discoveries

Today, when I checked my AncestryDNA results, I found that I have:

*  The same ethnicity estimates
*  175 Shared Matches
*  391 4th cousins or closer
*  10 DNA Circles
*  8 New Ancestor Discoveries



In the past five months, I have:

*  Made a note on each Shared Match (except for the ones with a private tree or those without a tree), and several other cousins that are not Shared Matches.  My notes are along the lines of:

"24.7 cM in 2 segments - 3rd cousin 1x removed, common ancestors are 3rd great-grandparents John Rich and Rebecca Hill"

*  Created a spreadsheet for the Shared Matches entries including the above note information.

*  Clicked on the "Shared Matches" button on the Shared Matches screen to see which other testers match me and the person who is my Shared Match.  

The 10 DNA Circles are for:



*  John Rich (1798-1863, my third great-grandfather) - 11 members, 4 groups, I match all 11 members
*  Rebecca Hill (1790-1862, my third great-grandmother) - 11 members, 4 groups, I match all 11 members
*  James Richman (1821-1912, my second great-grandmother) - 9 members, 3 groups, I match all 9 members
*  Hannah Rich (1824-1911, my second great-grandmother) - 9 members, 3 groups, I match all 9 members
*  Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1828, my 4th great-grandfather) - 4 members, 3 groups. I match only 1 member
*  Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793, my 4th great-grandmother) - 4 members, 3 groups, I match only 1 member
*  Aaron Smith (`1765-1841, my 4th great-grandfather) - 4 members, 4 groups, I match only 1 member
*  James Abram Kemp (1831-1902, my 2nd great-grandfather) - 3 members, 3 groups, I match only 1 member
*  Zachariah Hildreth (1793-1857, my 3rd great-grandfather) - 7 members, 4 groups, I match only 2 member
*  Hannah Sawtell (1768-1857, my 3rd great-grandmother) - 7 members, 4 groups, I match only 2 member

I now have six New Ancestor Discoveries for:

*  Alonzo Howland Cook (1855-1933) of Utah, I match 5 of 17 members in his DNA Circle
*  Mary Elizabeth Thomley (1866-1910), of Alabama,  I match 3 of 8 members in her DNA Circle
*  Milton Arthur Hartley (1854-1932), of Alabama, I match 3 of 8 members in his DNA Circle
*  John Gabriel Deal (1833-1908), of Ohio, I match 4 of 14 members in his DNA Circle
*  Almeda Gregory (1833-1910), of Ohio, I match 4 of 14 members in her DNA Circle
*  Margaret Van Petten (1805-1873), of New York, I match 4 of 11 members in his DNA Circle.

However, I do not have these persons in my pedigree chart.  They may be descended from some of my known ancestors, but the connections seem to be 3 to 8 generations back from them.

Blaine Bettinger has a Shared cM Project ongoing, so I thought I would make a table for my known cousins from the DNA Circles and some of the Shared Matches list:

ANCESTRYDNA SHARED MATCHES TABLE (23 Mar 2017)

Most Recent
Common Ancestor
My Shared cM
Match Name
Match Relationship
John Rich (1790-1868)

108 cM, 6 segments L.R. 3rd cousin 1x removed
John Rich (1790-1868)

108 cM, 5 segments Chris Rawlings 4th cousin
John Rich (1790-1868)

46 cM, 2 segments Munslows 4th cousin 1x removed
-John Rich (1790-1868)

13.2 cM, 1 segment J.S. 4th cousin 1x removed
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 266 cM, 11 segments S.S. 2nd cousin
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 112 cM, 6 segments J.S. 2nd cousin 1x removed
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 33 cM, 2 segments M.H. 2nd cousin 2x removed
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 61 cM, 4 segments J.S. 2nd cousin 2x removed
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 63 cM, 4 segments A.S. 2nd cousin 2x removed
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 6.7 cM, 1 segment S.J. 2nd cousin 2x removed
James Richman (1821-1912)

50 cM, 4 segments B.R. 3rd cousin
Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1828) 13.7 cM, 1 segment Kennethhildreth22 4th cousin 1x removed
Aaron Smith (1765-1841)

9.4 cM, 1 segment L.T. 5th cousin
James Abram Kemp (1831-1902) 77 cM, 6 segments whimsy47 3rd cousin
Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) 24.2 cM, 3 segments Leslie wing 4th cousin
Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) 23.4 cM, 1 segment M.A. 4th cousin 1x removed
John Daniel Spangler (1791-1852) 73 cM, 4 segments C.G. 4th cousin

John Daniel Spangler (1791-1852) 59 cM, 2 segments Wayne Carringer 4th cousin 1x removed


NOTE:  I blanked out the names of the Shared Matches

As you can see, there is a significant variation in cM for a given relationship.  I have four 4th cousins, and the shared cM ranges from 24.2 to 108 cM.  The average expected cM for a 4th cousin is 14 cM.

The great advantage that AncestryDNA has over the other testing sites is that most of the testers have an Ancestry Member Tree with enough entries that a common ancestor can be found, and therefore a relationship can be determined.  

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1765 Birth Record of Aaron Smith (1765-1841) of Walpole, Mass. - Post #357 of Treasure Chest Thursday

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the  1765 birth record of Aaron Smith, son of Moses Smith and Patience Hamant in the vital record books of Walpole, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.


The Aaron Smith birth record is on the right-hand page:


The transcription of this record is:

"Aaron Smith the Son of Moses Smith & Patience his
wife was Born May the 29: 1765"

The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Walpole > Births, Marriages and Deaths, page 81 (image 112 of 2213), Aaron Smith birth entry, 1765; citing original data from Massachusetts town and city clerk records in Jay and Delene Holbrook, Massachusetts Vital and Town Records (Provo, Utah : Holbrook Research Institute), Microfiche collection.

Aaron Smith (1765-1841) was the first of the four sons of Moses Smith (1732-1806) and his second wife, Patience (Hamant) Smith (1735-1780), of Walpole, Massachusetts.  They were all given Biblical names - Aaron, Calvin, Luther and Timothy.  Aaron and Calvin are the only sons that I have found who married and had children.  

The town record provided above is certainly a transcription of an earlier town record, and therefore it is a Derivative Source record with Primary Information and Direct Evidence as to Aaron's name, birth date, birth place and parents names.

Aaron Smith married Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) in 1795 in Medfield, Massachusetts, and they had 8 children between 1795 and 1815, including my ancestor Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840).  Aaron and Mercy (Plimpton) Smith are my 4th great-grandparents.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Seavers in the News - Frank R. Seaver Leaves a Legacy

It's time for another episode of "Seavers in the News" - articles about persons named Seaver who made the newspapers for some reason.

This week's article is from the Pasadena [Calif.] Star-News newspaper, dated Monday, 14 December 1964, on page 24, column 2:


The transcription of this article is:

"School to Benefit From Estate"

"Don Bosco Technical High School in San Gabriel is one of eight institutions benefitted by the will of the late industrialist Frank R. Seaver, who left a great portion of his $10.1 million estate to favorite philanthropies, friends said today.

"The amount of the trust fund which Seaver left for Bosco Tech was not announced.

"Seaver, who died at the age of 82 on Oct. 26, left his widow, Mrs. Blanche Seaver of Los Angeles, his personal effects and a trust fund.

"Other relatives received cash and income from a trust fund.

"Trust funds were also set up to contribute to Pomona College, Pilgrim Congregationasl Church of Pomona, Loyola University, the Roman Catholic Church of Los Angeles, Claremont College, Pepperdine College and Mt. St. Mary's College."

The source citation for this article is:

"School to Benefit From Estate," Pasadena [Calif.] Star-News, 14 December 1964, page 24, column 2, article on Frank R. Seaver estate; indexed database and digital images,  Ancestry.com  (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 March 2017).

Who was Frank R. Seaver?  I checked my RootsMagic database, and easily found Franklin Roger Seaver, born 12 August 1883 in San Jose, California, son of Calton Seaver (1847-1927) and Mary Estella Samuels (1858-1954).  He married Blanche Ebert (1891-1994), and I don't believe that they had any children.

A biography for Frank Roger Seaver was published in the book:

Who's who in the Pacific Southwest : a compilation of authentic biographical sketches of citizens of Southern California and Arizona (Los Angeles : Times-Mirror Print. & Binding House, 1913), page 332.

The biography says:

"SEAVER, Frank Roger. Lawyer.  Res. 143 E. Holt Ave., Pomona, Cal; office, 317 Wilcox Bldg., Los Angeles, Cal.  Born in San Jose, Cal. in 1883; son of Carlton and Mary Estella (Samuels) Seaver.  Attended public schools of Claremont, Cal.; public and high schools of Pomona, Cal.; graduated from Pomona College, B.S., 1905; attended Law School of Harvard Univ., 1906-07; admitted to bar of Cal. in 1906; engaged in practice of law alone, 1908-11; formed partnership with brother, Byron D. Seaver, in 1911.  Atty. for Mutual Building & Loan Assn. of Pomona, Cal.; Municipal Corporation of Lordsburg, Cal.; Western Precipitation Co. of Los Angeles; atty. and dir. Wayside Press of Los Angeles; secy, Home Printing Co.; vice-pres. C. Seaver Co.: pres. Pomona College Alumni Assn.  Member N. G. C.; delegate to Republican conventions (Assembly, District and County); Board of Freeholders for drafting Los Angeles County Charter, 1912.  Member Board of Trade of Pomona, Cal.; Chamber of Commerce; University Club, Los Angeles; Harvard Club of So. Cal.; Masonic fraternity; Shrine.  Republican.  Congregationalist."

Interesting - he sure accomplished a lot in his first 30 years of life (this book was published in 1913).  I wondered if there was another obituary in a more recent book for the last 50 years?

Well, yes.  The California State Military Museums website has a long biography at  http://www.militarymuseum.org/Seaver.html.  There are also several books available that document his life and achievements.  The Online Archive of California has another biography and a finding aid for the papers of Frank R. and Blanche (Ebert) Seaver at  http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8g44pm3/entire_text/.

Wow!  He was pretty busy throughout his life.  

Franklin Roger Seaver was my 4th cousin 4 times removed.  


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2012 Visit to Oslo, Norway -- Post 456 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

Linda and I flew to Norway through London for the 2012 Legacy Family Tree cruise out of Oslo to Le Havre, Dublin, Liverpool and Edinburgh during May 2012.

We had met Torill Johnsen of Oslo in February at RootsTech, and she had said "If you come to Oslo, we can go to the Archives."

So we did - here are some photos from the Oslo visit with Torill:

1)  On our second day in Oslo, Torill picked us up in the early afternoon (we slept in due to jet lag), and we did some sightseeing.  In the hills above Oslo is the Riksarkivet which is the national archives of Norway:


2)  Torill guided us around, and we found the Voss bygdebok with Linda's families in it:


3)  Linda has the book opened to the cover page:


4)  After more touring, and visiting some shops, we took Torill out to dinner at a downtown restaurant:


5)  Randy and Torill at the restaurant:


She returned us to our hotel after dinner and we tried to recover from the jet lag so we could board our Royal Caribbean ship on the next day.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dear Randy: What Did You Mean by "Don't Want to Crap Up My RootsMagic Tree?"

Reader Joe asked "You say 'I don't want to crap up the RootsMagic tree with Ancestry source citations.' Why?" in an email reacting to my comment in Dear Randy: How Do You Update All Your Online Trees? (posted 22 February 2017).

Here is my response to Joe:


I try very hard to use source citations that conform to the Evidence Explained style of source citations.  My entire RootsMagic database has over 81,000 source citations done in that style.

Ancestry.com provides source citations that do not conform to the Evidence Explained style.  Their source citations are too general and not specific.  Let me give you an example.

Here is the source citation information from Ancestry.com for the 1940 U.S. Census for my father:

The transcription of the source citation and source information areas is:

Source Citation

Year: 1940; Census Place: Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1614; Page: 81A; Enumeration District: 9-398

Source Information

Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.
Note that the Ancestry source citation does not refer to a line or household number on the census page, or the head of household name, or an access date.  Most source citation models don't have separate named sections like "Source Citation" and "Source Information." [Note:  I didn't mention the italicization problems in the Source Citation ...]
Here is the source citation for the same record using the Evidence Explained source template in RootsMagic:
1940 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newton, ED 9-398, Page 81A, line 20, Frederick W. Seaver in Patrick J. Delaney household, digital image, Ancestry.com  (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T627, Roll 1614.
It's my personal preference to use the EE source citation models, but I think they are infinitely better than the Ancestry citations.  
When I use Family Tree Maker software to attach records to my FTM family tree, the Ancestry created events, media and source citations are downloaded to my FTM database.  I could modify the downloaded source citation using a free-form citation template, or use the citation information to create an EE template citation, but that creates extra work on my part, especially when I have over 1,000 1940 U.S. census events in the database. 
I don't want that to happen when my RootsMagic database will be able to attach Ancestry records and Ancestry source citations, using "TreeShare" and/or "Web Hints" in the near future.  In other words, I don't want Ancestry.com source citations to "crap up" my RootsMagic database and create extra work for me to fix it.  
Unless Ancestry.com significantly modifies their source citation models using Evidence Explained principles, I doubt that I will add records directly into my RootsMagic database because of the extra work involved.  
I am heavily invested in the Evidence Explained source citation models now, with over 81,000 source citations at present.  I want to continue to adhere as best I can to that standard style.

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Treasure Chest Tuesday - 1904 Marriage License/Certificate for Severt Leland and Amelia Brocke

This week's Tuesday treasure is the 1904 Marriage License and Certificate for Severt Leland and Amelia Brocke in Helena, Lewis and Clark county, Montana:



The extracted information, from the right-hand page of the above image, includes (with handwritten entries in italics):

                              MARRIAGE LICENSE                                                   No.  3859
STATE OF MONTANA, COUNTY OF LEWIS AND CLARKE

To Any Person Authorized to Solemnize Marriages, Greeting:
You are hereby authorized to join in lawful wedlock and to celebrate within this County the rites and ceremonies
of marriage between                 Severt Leland 
of                                                London, Wis.,
Aged 25 years, __ months, __ days  Color:  white
born at                                       Madison, Wis.
not previously married
son of                                          T.S. Leland
His mother's maiden name was Annie Natvig
And                                              Amelia Brocke
Of Kendrick, Idaho
Aged 19 years, __ months, __ days, Color: white
Born at   Kendrick, Idaho
not  previously married
Daughter of                                 N. Brocke 
Her mother's maiden name was  Annie Greaser
and this shall be your good and sufficient warrant therefor.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and official seal this  11th
day of  Feby  , A.D.  1904.
                                                    FinlaylucRae    District Clerk
                                                   by William T. Condon  Deputy

                                                         MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
STATE OF MONTANA        }  SS
County of Lewis and Clarke }
This certifies that the undersigned, a  Minister of the Gospel
did, on the  12  day of  Feb.  A,.D.  1904, at  Helena, Mont.
join in lawful wedlock  Severt Leland
and                                 Amelia Brocke
with their mutual consent and in accordance with the  laws of Mont. and the rules of the
M.E. Church
Attest:
S.E. Hughes      } Witnesses                   Severt Leland
Jennie V. Smith }                                    Amelia Brocke
                                                                R.P. Smith
Filed for record the  1st  day of  March,  A.D.  1904, at 10 o'clock A.M.
                                                                FinlaylucRae             Clerk
                                                          by William T. Condon    Deputy

The source citation for this record is:

"Montana County Marriages, 1865–1950", indexed database with digital images, FamilySearch (https//familysearch.org), "Lewis and Clarke County, Vol. H (1903-1908)," page 373 (image 95 of 700), Severt Leland and Amelia Brocke entry.

The Leland family resided in Gardiner, Montana in 1904, and the Brocke family resided in Kendrick, Idaho.  I don't know why they married in Helena - perhaps they met and married in a place away from their families.

Severt Oliver Leland (1878-1940) and Amelia Anna Brocke (1884-1975) are my wife's paternal grandparents.  They had four children born in Montana between 1904 and 1911, and one born in San Francisco in 1915.

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