Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Young Fred Seaver All Dressed Up -- Post 327 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I am posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they aren't "Wordless" - I am incapable of having a wordless post!

Here is a photograph from the Seaver/Carringer family photograph collection from my 40 years of photo albums, boxes and piles of family photographs:

I think that this is a photograph of my father, Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), as a boy, or maybe a young teenager, all dressed up in a coat and tie, with his hair slicked back, and a smile on his face.

My guess is that he is about age 12 to 14 in this picture, which dates the photograph to 1923-1926 time frame.  It was probably taken in Leominster, Massachusetts, perhaps on the occasion of his sister Evelyn's wedding in February 1926 (he would be 14 then).  His sister Marion married in August 1928, and I think he would look older by then, being almost 17 years old.  

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Checking Out - a FREE genealogy database search engine

I received an email about a week ago from Dustin Weirich, who said:

"I wanted to tell you about a new genealogy site,  It's completely free for everything.  We have census records from 1790-1940, birth records, death, marriage & divorce, living people, and military records.  

"We wanted to provide a great service for the people who are interested in genealogy but are unable or unwilling to pay for an subscription.   We tried to make it really easy to use (some sites are kind of complicated for new users)."

1)  Let's see what they have.  Here is the home page:

The web page says:

"Welcome to! We have one of the largest collections of historical records anywhere, and they're all 100% free to search! Start researching your family tree by entering a name above and see what we find. We have literally BILLIONS of genealogy records going back hundreds of years."


"Everything on this site is 100% free. Running searches, viewing details, everything! Other genealogy and ancestry sites charge fees, not us! Type in a name and search now!"


"Enter a name and begin your journey. Trace your family origins back hundreds of years. Find your ancestors and long lost relatives. Start researching your family tree now!"

2)  I put my grandfather's name in the search fields on the home page screen, clicked "Search" and received matches:

The search results have five matches - the 1940 U.S. census, the 1930 U.S. census, two Social Security Death Index entries, and a Living People Record (not my grandfather).

3)  I clicked on the green "View Now" button for the top match, the 1940 U.S. Census record, and a popup box appeared with the indexed information about Lyle (two screens):

There is even a source citation (but no location, no enumeration district).

I expected to be able to click on the name of one of the other persons in the Household Members list to see their indexed information.  I clicked on the "George Auble" name, the mother-in-law, and a search for "George Auble" ensued, as shown below.  

There were 30 matchess for "George Auble" and I could see her 1940 U.S. census information, but there were no matches for "Georgia Auble" which was the name in the 1940 U.S. Census indexed by other websites.

On the screen above, I clicked on the "Edit Search" button and changed the first name to "Georgia" and clicked on "Search" and saw:

It found the 1930 U.S. census record for Georgia, plus a Social Security Death Index entry, which I have never seen, and cannot find on Ancestry, FamilySearch or GenealogyBank.  How does that happen?

4)  Here are several other search summaries:

*   I expected the FamilyTreeNow search to find the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census records, and perhaps the California Death Index entry for her.  It did not find the 1900, 1910, 1920 census records or the California death index.  Note that an Ancestry search found those records, and they all were indexed as "Georgia Auble."  

*  For Lyle Carringer, I expected FamilyTreeNow search to find the 1900 to 1940 U.S. Census records, and the SSDI record.  It did not find the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census records.  Ancestry indexed 1900 as "Lyle L. Caninger," 1910 as "Layle Carringer," and 1920 as "Lyle L. Carringer."  

*  I searched for Isaac Seaver, born 1823 in Massachusetts, and FamilyTreeNow found the 1850 to 1880 and 1900 U.S. Census records, as expected.  

*  I search for Randall Seaver in California, and it showed my California Birth Index, California Marriage Index, and some Living People Records that are correct.

5)  It's difficult to tell which databases that Family Tree Now is accessing.  I know about the:

*  1850 to 1880 and 1900 to 1940 U.S. Census
*  San Diego County Birth Records (wonder where they got this?), plus other California Counties in separate databases
*  San Diego County Marriage Records  (wonder where they got this?),  plus other California Counties in separate databases
*  I also saw Florida and Texas birth records.
*  Social Security Death Index
*  Living People Records 

The latter is interesting - do a search and look at the details.  It found my family names - wife, daughters, sons-in-law, mother, daughter's mother-in-law.  But it only has names, current age, and birth month/year.

6)  What could be improved?

*  I would like to see the name link in a census record provide the indexed information for the person in the census record

*  The search appears to be exact for surname and relaxed for given name.  I'm not sure that a birth year or place is really helpful.  Of course, I would like a more capable search engine, even if it's only exact or inexact for the different entries.  

*  Some of the County birth and marriage records don't show a state in the matches.  They should.

*  There are no record images...but it is a FREE site.  

*  The indexed information for census records is adequate.

*  More databases, of course.  Time is needed.

7)  The site works as advertised (FREE), finds matches quickly, and may be very useful as a People Finder website.

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Technology Tuesday - MyHeritage Mobile App - Research

MyHeritage recently updated its mobile app for the iOS devices - see the MyHeritage Blog post at  There are frequently asked questions about the mobile app at

I wrote about the Family Tree portion of the MyHeritage mobile app last week in 
Technology Tuesday - MyHeritage Mobile App - Family Tree.

The mobile app is FREE from the App Store on the iOS products, and from Google Play for Android products.  A user must have a MyHeritage account and a family tree on MyHeritage in order to use the mobile app to its fullest potential.  

1)  The opening screen of the MyHeritage mobile app  on my iPhone looks like this:

2)  I tapped on the "Research" line and I could Search the MyHeritage record databases:

On the screen above, I added information about Amos Underhill (1772-1865), one of my ancestors.

3)  I tapped the "Search" button on the screen above, and a list of over 472,000 matches appeared (three screens shown below, there were many more!):

 I didn't scroll too far down.  The WikiTree and Geni matches are probably from my own submissions.  The only record I saw in the first couple of swipes was for the 1810 U.S. Census.

There were first names other than Amos in the first 20 results, but they all had a middle initial of A.

4)  I tapped on the 1810 U.S. Census item on the results list, and saw:

The search result page, including the document image, was really small, so I flicked to zoom in on it, and that was difficult to do - it did not always work well.

I was able to tap on the small orange "Full image" button (above the image on the screen above), and was able to zoom in on the entry for Amos Underhill:

I did not see a way to attach this record to Amos Underhill in my MyHeritage tree (Note: the website has this capability).

5)  I was concerned that I couldn't revise my search fields, and perhaps request an exact search.  Back on the third screen above, there is an icon ( >> ) next to the words "All results for Amos Underhill."  That takes the user to the search fields for editing or addition, and offers an "Exact match" check box.  I did not see a way to use the Advanced Search features on the app.

When I checked the box, and tapped on "Search," there were only 11 results:

6)  The "Research" feature on the MyHeritage app works well, but (I think!) all a user can do with it is look at it.  They cannot (I think!) attach it to a person in their tree.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

New or Updated Collections at Family Search - September 21 to 27, 2014

It is always a struggle to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch (  As of 28 September, there were 1,834 record collections on FamilySearch.

Here are the new and updated collections for the week of 21 to 27 September 2014:

England, Durham Diocese, Renunciations, 1767 and 1794, Browse Images, *26 Sep 2014
England, Durham Diocese, Original Will Strays, 1743-1900, Browse Images, *26 Sep 2014
England, Durham Diocese, Registered Wills 1526-1858, Browse Images, *26 Sep 2014
England, Durham Diocese, Allertonshire Peculiar Stray Probate Bonds, 1732-1768, Browse Images,  *26 Sep 2014
England, Durham Diocese, Allertonshire Peculiar Administration Bonds and Inventories, 1670-1808, Browse Images,  *26 Sep 2014

England, Durham Diocese, Probate Inventories, 1676-1846, Browse Images,  *26 Sep 2014
Maryland, Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999, Browse Images, *26 Sep 2014
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1790-1898, 138,452 indexed records, *26 Sep 2014
Ukraine, Odessa Census Records 1897, Browse Images,  *26 Sep 2014
Portugal, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1800-1946, Browse Images, *25 Sep 2014

Spain, Baptisms, 1502-1940, 8,512,899  indexed records, *25 Sep 2014
Spain, Marriages, 1565-1950, 2,146,152  indexed records, *25 Sep 2014
Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993, 1,583,791  indexed records, *24 Sep 2014
Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1802-1969 , 158,956  indexed records, *24 Sep 2014
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1800-1945, Browse Images, *24 Sep 2014

Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1609-1909 , 238,573  indexed records, *24 Sep 2014
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Civil Registration, 1792-1893, Browse Images, *24 Sep 2014
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Church Records, 1539-1793, Browse Images,  *24 Sep 2014
Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1913, 197,522  indexed records, *24 Sep 2014
Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1910, 212,210  indexed records,  *24 Sep 2014

Belgium, Li├Ęge, Civil Registration, 1621-1910, 79,005   indexed records, *24 Sep 2014
Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910, 184,816   indexed records, *24 Sep 2014
Belgium, Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1580-1920, Browse Images,  *24 Sep 2014
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912, Browse Images,  *24 Sep 2014
Washington, County Records, 1803-2010, Browse Images, *24 Sep 2014

Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878-1938, 1,533,014  indexed records, *24 Sep 2014
Czech Republic, School Registers 1799-1953, Browse Images,  *24 Sep 2014
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014, 529,788  indexed records, *24 Sep 2014
Texas, Naturalization Records, 1906-1989, 85,638  indexed records, *24 Sep 2014
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1912, 8,758  indexed records, *23 Sep 2014

Finland, Turku-Pori, Church Records, 1667-1900, Browse Images,  *23 Sep 2014
Italy, Trapani, Poggioreale, Civil Registration (Comune), 1836-1929, Browse Images, *23 Sep 2014
China, Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2013, Browse Images,  *23 Sep 2014
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Jepara, Court Records, 1960-2013, Browse Images,  *22 Sep 2014
India, Archdiocese of Goa, Roman Catholic Priesthood, 1724-1996, Browse Images, *22 Sep 2014

Korea, Collection of Genealogies, 1500-2012, Browse Images, *22 Sep 2014
Missouri, Probate Records, 1750-1998, Browse Images, *22 Sep 2014

Unfortunately, it is difficult to tell which collections are brand new and which ones are updated.  The asterisk is for "new or updated."  I am particularly interested in new collections, for the obvious reasons.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link .  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the major updates also.

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Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver Has Birth, Marriage and Death Records FREE Until 6 October 2014

I received an email from that said included the following:

1)  The second episode of Henry Louis Gates' Finding Your Roots television series is Tuesday night, 30 September, at 8 p.m. ET/MT/PT and 7 p.m. CT on the Public Broadcasting System.  This episode is titled "Born Champions" and features Billie Jean King, Rebecca Lobo, and Derek Jeter.  The full episode will be viewable on the Finding Your Roots website on Wednesday, 1 October.

2) is offering FREE access to Birth, Marriage and Death records on their website through midnight ET on 6 October 2014.  The link to the web page is  You do have to have an Ancestry account (but not a subscription).  The records appear to be for the United States only.

3)  On the search page above, there is a link to a FREE guide to "Search Strategies on Ancestry:"

I look forward to watching the PBS program, and will pass the FREE access information to my society colleagues via email.

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Amanuensis Monday - Post 237: 1870 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Devier and Abby Smith to D.B. McMurry

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 1870 deed in the Taylor County, Iowa deed books for Devier J. Smith and Abby A. Smith selling land to D.B. McMurry:

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

02 Devier J. Smith           }       Filed for record:  July 1st A.D. 18 70
03                                       }                             at    9    o'clock,    A.  M.
04 To:  D. B. McMurry   }      WARRANTY DEED.
05                                        }                             James P. Flick, Recorder
06                                                                                Taylor County, Iowa.
07 Know all Men by these Presents:
08 That      We Devier J. Smith and Abby A. Smith    
09 of the County of   Taylor   and State of    Iowa   in consideration of
10 the sum of    One Hundred                                              Dollars,
11 in hand paid by      D. B. McMurry                  
12 of     Taylor     County and State of     Iowa    do hereby SELL AND
13 CONVEY unto the said     D. B. McMurry               
14 the following described premises, situated in the County of   Taylor    and State of   Iowa   
15 to-wit:
16        Lot No. Five (5) it being ^Situated in the South
17    West fourth (1/4) of the South West qtr (1/4) of Section
18    Twenty three (23) in Township No. Sixty- eight
19    (68) Range Thirty four (34) West as Shown by the
20    Surveyor's Platt made June 11^th 1870 and Recorded
 21   in Book B.     Surveyor's Record    Page 366   

22 and   we   hereby covenant with the said     D. B. McMurry                      
23 that   we   hold said premises by good and perfect title, that   We   have good right and lawful authority
24 to sell and convey the same, that they are free and clear of all liens and incumbrances whatsoever,
25 And   We  covenant   to WARRANT AND DEFEND the said premises, against the lawful claims of all per-
26 sons whomsoever.  And the said    Abby A. Smith                   hereby
27 relinquishes her right of dower in and to the above described premises.

28 Signed this    18^th      day of     June      A.D.  18  70 
29 IN PRESENCE OF          {   U.S. Revenue Stamp  }       Devier J. Smith     
30                                                                                                  Abby A. Smith       

31 STATE OF IOWA          }
32     Taylor       County       }  SS
33  On this   18th   day of    June    A.D. 18 70  , before me
34                   L. N. Lewis                        a    Notary Public      
35 within and for said County, personally came   Devier J. Smith and        
36                                                                               Abby A. Smith his wife    
37                                     personally known to be the identical person s whose name s are  
38                                     affixed to the above instrument as Grantor s , and acknowledged the
39                                     same to be   Their   voluntary act and deed, for the purposes therein
40                                     expressed.
41                                       In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed
42                                   my official seal at     Bedford      on the date
43                                   last above written.
44                                                                                             L. N. Lewis             
45                                                                                              Notary Public        
46      I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the original deed, as filed for record
47  on the     1st      day of      July       18 70  
48                                                             James P. Flick       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. M-N (1869-1872), v. O to p. 311, 1872-1873)" Volume M, page 177 (stamped), Deed of Devier J. and Abby A. Smith to D.B. McMurry, 1870; accessed 4 February 2014 on FHL US/CAN microfilm 1,535,634.

Devier J. Smith bought the southwest quarter of Section 23 in Township 68 North Range 34 West from Tobias and Lydia Denny on 10 December 1867.  He then sold half of it to his father, Ranslow Smith, on 2 March 1868 for $500.  He bought that half back from Ranslow Smith on 15 September 1869.  So at the time of the current transaction, he owned the full 160 acres in the Southwest quarter of Section 23.

Apparently, he subdivided the Southwest quarter of the Southwest quarter into about 40 lots, each containing about one acre, and sold them for about $75 to $200 each.   You can see the Section location and the boundaries of the Devier Smith properties in Finding the Taylor County, Iowa Properties of Devier J. Smith.  

There are a total of 16 deeds similar to this one sold between 1870 and 1875 - only the lot number, the grantee, the date and the price varies.  

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

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 21 to 27 September 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:

*  My Three Rs of Genealogy Research by Pauleen Cass on the Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genelaogical Collaboration blog.  Pauline recommends Revisiting, Recording and Revising your data and conclusions.

*  What Shapes Our Lives as Genealogists? by Midge Frazel on the Granite in My Blood blog.  Midge asks an interesting question, and describes her "shaping."

*  20 Questions You Can Use to Capture Grandma's Story by Paul G. Nauta on the FamilySearch Blog.  Great list.  Don't forget your parents, or yourself, or your spouse.

*  Treasure Chest Thursday: Bingo! A Letter From the Genealogy Program at USCIS! Part II by Smadar Belkind Gerson on the Past-Present-Future blog.  Smadar describes her success in obtaining a naturalization record from USCIS.

*  A Basic Vocabulary for Historical Research by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained Quick Tips blog.   Here are many of the terms you need to know about historical and genealogical research.

*  The Darker Side of Genealogy by Elise Ann Wormuth on the Living in the Past blog.  Elise has found some "dark" things about family members, and recounts how she is dealing with them.

*  A Visit to the Library of Congress by Diane Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane went looking for manuscript items, and found the answer to one of her puzzles.

*  Methodology Thursday: Working With Derivative Sources by Harold Henderson on Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.   Harold digs a bit deeper and is rewarded.  This is a good lesson for all of us.

*  Ancient DNA Matches -- What Do They Mean? by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta highlights recent findings, and answers reader questions about them.

* Overlooked Resources for GeneaGems;  Overlooked GeneaGen#2: Historical SocietiesOverlooked GeneaGem #3; Overlooked GeneaGem #4: Ethnic Societies  by Linda S. on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.  Linda wrote about repositories and their resources that are often overlooked.

*  The Dark Tunnel of Time by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James discusses uniformitarianism in genealogy research.

*  Finding Evan by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Wow!  Timing is everything!

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

*  Follow Friday -- My Favorites From the Last Week (Or So) by Christopher Shaw on the Diggin' for Family blog.

*  Whaddya Miss?  Monday, Sept. 22, 2014;  Tuesday, September 23, 2014;  Thursday, Sept. 25;  Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 by Tami Mize on the WikiChicks blog.

*  Genealogy News Corral, Sept. 22-26 by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.

*  Recommended Reads by Linda S. on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

*  GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 26 September 2014 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Friday Finds and Follows: 26 September 2014 by Miriam Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.

*  Blog Posts and News Stories for Genealogists, September 26, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  What We Are Reading, September 26th Edition by Amy Johnson Crow on the Blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 26, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 09/26/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

*  Creme de la Creme by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (September 27, 2014) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

I think that's a record - 12 curation posts this week!

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, September 27, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Meet My Grandma

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  The FamilySearch Blog has had several posts about sharing your favorite Grandma Story - see 
Have You Shared Your Favorite Grandma Story Yet?—#MeetMyGrandma and 20 Questions You Can Use to Capture Grandma’s Story—#MeetMyGrandma and Grandma Campaign Aims to Gather Your Fondest Grandma Stories—#Meet My Grandmother.

2)  Tonight's SNGF challenge is to tell a favorite grandmother story.  It can be anything about her.

3)  Share it on your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a post on Facebook or Google+.  

4)  For extra credit, be sure to share it on FamilySearch at

Here's mine:

Here is one of my memories about my "Gram," my grandmother:

I was born in October 1943, and my father worked in the aircraft industry in San Diego until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the summer of 1944 during World War II, returning to San Diego in February 1946.  After he left, my mother was working as a schoolteacher, and she and I moved into Gram's house.  So my Gram took care of me all day long in her home at 2130 Fern Street.  

She changed my diaper, kept me fed, clothed and bathed, talked to me, took me shopping to the store, played little games and with toys with me, and really enjoyed doing it.  I think that she was the person who heard my first words, saw my first step, fed me my first solid food, and let me explore the house, the vegetable garden and the greenhouse - it was a child's wonderland with small fish ponds and frogs and insects thriving in lush greenery.

She told me that they were giving me bottled water to drink after I was weaned from the milk bottle, and finally stopped that after she discovered me scooping water out of the toilet and drinking it.  She said they made sure to flush it every time someone used it from then on.

I always felt very close to my Gram, probably because of the bond formed during my baby and toddler years.  We didn't move away - when my father returned from the war, we moved into one of the family-owned apartments on the block, and then to a larger family-owned apartment on the block after my brother Stanley arrived in September 1946.  I saw Gram nearly every day, and she always had a little treat for me when I visited.  Gram was a sweetheart!

I wrote a blog post about my maternal grandmother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer back in 2009 - see Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977).

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Surname Saturday -- LNU (married Peirce) (England to colonial New England)

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 #1045 who is Anne LNU (1613-1683) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through two generations 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)

260.  William Whitney (1683-1720)
261.  Martha Pierce (1681-1759)

522.  Joseph Peirce (1647-1713)
523.  Martha LNU (1647-1698)

1044.  Anthony Peirce, born Bef. 28 April 1611 in Norwich, Norfolk, England; died 09 May 1678 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 2088. John Pers and 2089. Elizabeth LNU.  He married about 1633 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
1045.  Anne LNU, born about 1613 in England; died 20 January 1683 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Anthony Peirce and Anne are:
*  Mary Peirce (1633-????).
*  Mary Peirce (1636-1701), married 1654 Ralph Reed (1630-1712).
*  Jacob Peirce (1637-????).
*  Daniel Peirce (1640-1723), married 1663 Elizabeth LNU (1642-1687).
*  Martha Peirce (1641-????).
*  Joseph Peirce (1647-1713), married (1) 1667 Martha LNU (1647-1698); (2) 1698 Elizabeth Kendall (1653-????).
*  Benjamin Peirce (1649-????), married 1678 Hannah Brooks (1653-1747).
*  Judith Peirce (1650-1723), married 1667 John Sawin (1653-1690).

The only information I have about Anne LNU is from the book:

Frederick Clifton Peirce, Peirce Genealogy (Worcester, Mass.: C. Hamilton, 1880).

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Reader Comments on "How Do I Plan to Save My Genealogical Research for Posterity?"

I have had several excellent comments on my blog post How Do I Plan to Save My Genealogical Research for Posterity? (posted 24 September 2014).

They include:

1)  Heather Wilkinson Rojo said:  "This is a project that can't wait, Randy. I've already made register style reports of ten generations and passed it out to relatives for Christmas presents. Don't wait "until its finished" or "when I get more information" because REALLY who is ever done with their genealogy. Get out copies ASAP. This Christmas! While you are at it, donate an extra copy to your local library, genealogy society or to the library or historical society where the majority of your people lived. - - Also, Blurb will slurp your blog, so there is minimal work in getting a hard copy of your posts in book form. This is a project you can do ASAP, too."

My comment:  Excellent advice, thank you. My local libraries don't have shelf space for my tomes, I fear.   I may do the MyCanvas-type books for Christmas some year soon.  I haven't tried the Blurb slurp yet.

2)  Cary Bright commented:  "I really think as we get older where our research is going [literally and figuratively] should be a focus. I am making decisions differently now and it looks like you are too. Thanks for the great look at your research retention steps."

3)  Tony Proctor noted:  "Definitely a deep question, Randy, and I haven't found an answer myself either.

"Just focusing on the digital data for a second, as hardware and computer operating-systems change, there will always be a route to migrate your data to a newer platform -- if someone is sufficiently interested in maintaining it -- but what about the actual data format? If the data format is proprietary, including database schemas, then will there be any runnable programs in the world that will still be able to make sense of it in times to come? If the structure of online sites is insufficient to accurately represent your data -- for instance, because they're 'tree focused' -- then you have probably invested in some desktop program which may have a limited longevity.

"Even standardised data formats for images (e.g. jpg) and video (e.g. mp4) may be superseded over time but at least they have a public specification and so such data could still be read, if necessary. Maybe this is a question for FHISO: do we need a standardised format for our genealogical data that is neutral with respect to hardware and software, or is some format that only offers limited exchange capabilities sufficient?"

My comment:  You've hit on one of the major issues - if we keep the information solely in a digital form, it may become obsolete or ignored (I know my son-in-law put the CDs I used to give them in a desk drawer).  

At this time, we have a data transfer standard - GEDCOM.  And probably the FamilySearch Family Tree API.  This may be an issue for FHISO as you suggest.  

4)  Emily Moore suggested:  "You could donate your research to a major library during your lifetime. I know the Allen County Public Library accepts donations of organized materials, either paper or digital."

My comment:  Excellent suggestion, Emily.  Thank you.  Maybe they'll have shelf space for my one-name study reports and ancestor reports.  The key is the word "organized" - mine isn't well organized, except for my family tree database.

5)  Marian offered:  "My friends and I discuss this more often these days -- I guess it's a boomer thing. We're also a population who have used computers long enough to know that companies come and go, data formats change, new computers can't accept connectors from older peripherals, and companies have no interest in supporting last year's model of data, software, or hardware.

"Randy, I've found it very time-consuming to get just one nuclear family with about 10 children onto FamilySearch's Family Tree with their sources, even though I already have them researched and documented on my desktop. Importing a Gedcom with fewer than 100 people was a disaster, requiring more clean-up time than retyping it all by hand would have taken. 

"How have you progressed in putting your tree onto Family Tree? Is there a secret technique that I'm missing?

"I've been toying with the hard-cover photobooks that so many websites will let us format online, and then print and ship them to us. I think the images can act as eye-candy, and I can slip in narratives about the people and documents in the images. My feeling is that it needs to have hard covers to defend itself over time on a shelf, and people will hold onto it for the photos with labels, even if they don't care about the text. 

"By the way, many of the sites that offer this service have sales around May-June, and probably November-December. I like the fact that I can keep the master on the web site, revise it as I need to, and print on demand when I have the funds or need a gift for a wedding or new baby."

My comments:  Marian, I add content to FamilySearch Family Tree through RootsMagic 6.  That minimizes my typing, but there is a lot of clicking.  My problem is that I sometimes forget the spouses of siblings of my ancestors and don't match them or add their Events, sources, and notes.  Using the GEDCOM file into the Genealogies website works, but it loses a lot of useful information in the process.  

I've managed to add most of my ancestral families into the Family Tree back 7-9 generations, but then I bump up against the Individuals of Unusual Size that cannot be merged.  It takes time, but using RootsMagic has made it easier.  Note that Legacy Family Tree 8 and Ancestral Quest 14 essentially do the same thing as RootsMagic does.  

6)  mbm1311 said:  "I have settled on, FamilySearch, WeRelate and scanning my research binders and sending them to Mocavo. As it has already been said - none of this goes from one to the other in a clean and complete fashion. Lots of follow up typing to try and get all the information in there.

"There is too much 'secretarial' work in genealogy. I don't like having to check things and re-enter missing data. What a waste of time!"

My comment:  I hadn't thought of scanning research binders and sending them to Mocavo.  I could do the same with my Scribd reports in PDF - send them to Mocavo -  I think.  

7) commented:  "Two things could resolve this problem. First is an XML-based data standard to replace GEDCOM. Second, genealogical societies need to realize what an asset this service would be for their members. With digital storage getting cheaper every day, building member archives can be a very lucrative operation. I would much rather give my research to the society (or societies) near me or where my ancestors lived than to a commercial enterprise."

My comment:  How would societies monetize the "member archives" after digitizing them?  I'm guessing by putting the information behind a pay wall, and letting users search them?  Have other societies done this?  Has it worked for them?

For me, the big issue is the quality of the research in the "member archives."  My experience is that only 20% of all researchers do any original research - most rely on work someone else has published (book, periodical, website) or put in an online family tree.  We have a "family archive" in my local society file cabinet at the library - four boxes of correspondence and photocopies of published work.  Despite publicizing of the surnames, no one has wanted to look at it.

8)  T noted:  "I have gone back to paper. I have my tree on line but since no one is interested no one will find it when I die. At least with binders of paper they will have to open the binder to see what's in there. I have also written the story of several couples with some still to write. I've given binders with the stories to some relatives. The feed back on the stories has been positive but it hasn't sparked any interest in anyone. Why bother if I'm going to do the work and print the book for free?"

My comment:  For the family members that might be interested in the family history, a paper book or binder is probably the best way to go, in my humble opinion.

9)  Thank you to my readers who offered commentary and suggestions.  

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Updated 27 September to add #7 and #8 above.