Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CGSSD Meeting on Saturday, 19 April Features "Researching Scottish Ancestors"

The Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (except December) from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the campus of UCSD, University of California, San Diego. 

The next meeting will be held on 19 April 2014 from 9:00 am to noon. Here are the details:

 9:00 AM  User Group meetings: Macintosh with Dona Ritchie
                                                       with Del Ritchhart
                                                                SIG TBA

10:00 AM Break / snacks & refreshments

10:20 AM Announcements 

10:30 AM Program:  “Researching Scottish Ancestors” by Judy Brooks  

Presentation:  The basics of how to research your Scots and Scots-Irish ancestors online including Scotland and Ireland Sites.

Bio:  Judy Brooks is a professional genealogist specializing in Scots-Irish, Scottish Clans, Irish America, Presbyterians, and Presbyterian church history, especially ministerial.  In her personal research, her focus has been Colonial America, the Revolutionary War and the early settlement of the Ohio River Valley, as well as finding how and when these ancestors crossed the ocean.  She is a retired registered nurse and quality management professional and lives in San Marcos.  

We meet at the Robinson Auditorium complex on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla. From North Torrey Pines Road, turn at Pangea Drive into UCSD. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the left; use any space other than those specifically reserved for UCSD vehicles. Signs will mark directions to our meeting room. Please refer to our website; or the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies website (click here) for driving directions and a map.

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Betty and her Carringer Grandparents -- Post 303 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I'm posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be Wordless Wednesday posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here is a photograph from my grandfather's photo album in the Seaver/Carringer family collection handed down by my mother in the 1988 to 2002 time period:

This is a photograph of my mother, Betty Virgina Carringer at age 14 months (so it probably was taken in October 1920) with her grandparents, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946) and Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944). 

The photograph was probably taken by my grandfather, Lyle L. Carringer, in one of the gardens at the Austin Carringer house on 30th Street in San Diego or the Lyle Carringer house on Fern Street in San Diego.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#GenChat on Twitter Last Friday Was Interesting

Have you participated in a GenChat on Twitter yet?

The genealogy chat hosted by Jen Baldwin (@ancestryjourneys) on Twitter ( last Friday night was interesting, fast-paced and fun.  There were quite a few chatters for this regularly scheduled genealogy chat session.  On Twitter, users are restrained to a 140 character limit for each post (a tweet) so you have to keep up with the flow, plus write your own contributions.  I just used the basic Twitter feed with the #genchat hashtag and refreshed it a lot, but others use a separate program that displays the tweets as they are posted.

The topic on 11 April 2014 was "Confused About Citations."  Jen has put the entire conversation in a Storify post at

You can scroll down the page, and go to the Next page when you hit the bottom.  I don't know how many tweets there are - hundreds, probably.  In one hour.  Everybody seems to tweet at once and somehow the moderator, Jen, keeps everyone on track.  In the process, she also asks questions for responses by the tweeters.  And at the ned, she provides some links to check out, and also had a challenge on her Ancestral Breezes blog - #genchat CHALLENGE: Practice Makes Perfect.

I participated throughout this chat, but always seemed like I was missing a lot because I was writing or trying to read the previous 20 tweets that I had missed.  My answers to several of the questions were late, and Jen had often posted the next question before I answered.  During the chat, I tried to help by providing ideas and links to source citation aids that I've found and used.  Near the end of the chat, Jen said something like "I"m not going to bother sharing links tonight, Randy"s doing it for me"  I didn't know that she was going to, and I apologized to her for that later.

These GenChats are another piece of the social media puzzle.  They may help draw younger researchers adept at social media into genealogy and family history by creating a community of people with technological skills and an interest in genealogy.

I need to participate more often...but if I don't I can try to figure out what was said and shared during the chat by reading Jen's Storify posts at  

There are 32 stories at present (click the "View all" link).  Do you see anything there that interests you?  Go look, read, and enjoy.

You can find upcoming genchats on the Conference Keeper web site -

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Tuesday's Tip - Find Books and Manuscripts on FamilySearch Books

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to:  Find digitized books and manuscripts on the FamilySearch Books webpage.

The FamilySearch Books web page is one of the major links on the FamilySearch Search web page (shown below):

The "Books" link is in the link line below the FamilySearch logo on the screen above.

Clicking on the "Books" litab takes you to the "Family History Books" page at

The text below the search box says:

Family History Books is a collection of more than 100,000 digitized genealogy and family history 
publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. 
The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to 
books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. The valuable resources included in Family 
History Books come from the following partner institutions:
On the screen above, I entered some search terms - marshman wiltshire devizes - into the search field.  After clicking on the blue "Search" button, I saw results:

The 5 results on the screen above look promising.  I clicked on the title of one of them, the book downloaded to the screen, and I saw the front page of this work:

In the lower right-hand corner, is the family PDF toolbox with icons for full screen height, full screen width, zoom out, zoom in, save file, and print.

I could find no way to actually search this document.  I tried Ctrl-F and putting a name in the search field but received no matches.  So I tried scanning all of the pages, and that was difficult, boring and time consuming.

I saved the file to my computer hard drive, and then opened that file and searched it for "marshman" and found 8 matches.  That worked!

I was curious what the "i" in a circle icon was at the top right of the screen above, so I clicked it and saw:

There's the information about this document!

On other matches, I occasionally get this screen when I click to see them:

This screen indicates that someone else is currently using this item, and to check back later to access it.

To view some of these book items, you need to be a registered FamilySearch user.

There are over 100,000 items in this collection now, and the Family History Library Catalog has links to these Book items when they are in the catalog.

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Genea-Musings is 8 Years Old Today

It's Genea-Musings 8th Blogiversary!!!!!!!

It seems like just yesterday that I started my Randy's Musings blog - here is the first post on 15 April 2006. I explained the name change to Genea-Musings in my first anniversary post on 15 April 2007. In my two-year anniversary post, I showed a screen shot of the early blog page. 

I like to spout some numbers on my blogiversary, so please bear with me:

After eight years of Randy's Musings and Genea-Musings, this is post number 7,667. Over 2,922 days, that averages out to be 2.56 posts per day. In the past year, I've written 949 posts, or 2.60 posts per day (that is a little higher than last year, 2.56). I think that the most over the eight years was 8 posts in one day and I've had days with zero posts (usually when on vacation).

My readership has increased each year. Since I started this blog, I have had over 1,406,000 unique visitors (these include multiple visits per day by the same reader) and over 2,274,000 page views over seven years, and over 471,850 page views and over 350,827 unique visitors in the past year. Those numbers (from SiteMeter) are somewhat higher than last year.  

My SiteMeter statistics indicate that in March 2014 this blog had about 991 unique visitors a day, with an average of about 1,425 page views a day.  My StatCounter statistics show 1,042 unique visitors a day, and 1,339 page loads a day over the last 31 days.  I also use Google Statistics to look at statistics, and the page view numbers are a lot higher for some reason (about 4,710 per day over the past month).  I still don't know if those numbers include RSS reader visits and views - I do think the Google Statistics numbers include RSS reader views.

In addition, about 1,385 persons subscribe via email using Feedburner, and about 1,200 persons subscribe via Feedly.  I don't have a count for other feeds, blog readers and Facebook readers. If I had to guess, I would say that about 4,000 persons read Genea-Musings on an average day. A significant number of the readers (probably over 50%) on the actual website come via a search engine - you wouldn't believe what some of the search parameters are!

This StatCounter traffic chart for the last year (15 April 2013 to 14 April 2014) shows Page Loads (green), Unique Visitors (blue), and Returning Visitors (orange). 

This is a traffic chart for the last eight years (since July 2006 when I subscribed to StatCounter) in terms of Page Loads (green), Unique Visitors (blue), and Returning Visitors (orange).

As you can see, my visits and page views were somewhat higher this past year, but have tailed off a bit in the last two months.

Please permit me to genea-muse for a bit here:

I really appreciate the Genea-bloggers community and all of my Genea-Musings readers. Without all of you, we would not have as much genealogy information (news, research experiences, family history, photographs, etc.) online. Blogging and then social networking, has brought democratization to the world of genealogy writing - anybody can do it (and many do it very well) and the genealogy community has more information, provided faster and more up-to-date, than it ever has had before.

The genea-blogger community is overwhelmingly friendly and supportive of each other and their readers.  There is very little overt competition, back-biting or flame wars.  This reflects the genealogy community as a whole, I believe - almost everyone believes in and works at collaborating with, educating and helping others - from the most famous (e.g., the genea-rock stars like Elizabeth Mills, Tom Jones, Megan Smolenyak, etc.) to the beginners (new society members, blog readers, etc.).

The genea-bloggers community as a whole has also garnered the respect of the genealogy industry - the database companies, the software companies, website owners, and genealogical societies.  We have been treated and recognized as legitimate media outlets for the genealogy community.  They understand that genealogy blogs are a significant way to announce and publicize their products or services, and to create genea-buzz at conferences.  This could not happen without the commitment of genea-bloggers to objectivity and collaboration.  Not to mention time, energy and lifelong learning.

I'm really proud to be a member of the genea-blogger community and to enjoy the camaraderie online and in person.  At a genealogy conference or seminar, genea-bloggers tend to flock together - it's an instant brother/sisterhood - many of us read each other's blogs and "know" each other's life and blogging experiences.  

So - what to blog about today? It's Tuesday, so time for a Tuesday's Tip post soon.  Life is good in the genea-cave, and it's even better when family history is made with the grandchildren (our 5 and 9 year-old granddaughters are with us this week on spring vacation), or when we travel to a genealogy seminar, conference or society talk 
(we were at RootsTech in February, in Huntington Beach 6 weeks ago, in Hemet 5 weeks ago, in Temecula yesterday, and we're going to Genealogy Jamboree in seven weeks in Burbank). 

Lastly, thank you to my faithful readers.  I do this to help the genealogy community pursue their hobb  obsession, and to document my own family history.  I appreciate your feedback to my posts and learn a lot from the collected wisdom and experience of my readers.  

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Monday, April 14, 2014

FamilySearch Needs to Make it Easier to Find "Browse Images" Collections

In the past ten days, I've done a workshop and a research group session on finding records on FamilySearch at my local Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and over the past two years have made presentations about searching FamilySearch historical records all over Southern California, but many people I share with are perplexed by browsable collections - those not indexed yet - and need more help finding them and using them.  Therefore, I know that users in the genealogy world need more help in finding and using them.

Once the concept is explained, it becomes understandable to them, but the problem is that it is really difficult to find those collections that are not indexed.  FamilySearch calls them "Browse Images" collections.

I think that FamilySearch needs to make it easier to find all of the historical record collections, and provide some directions on how to use them.  Until that happens, the "Browse Images" records will be underutilized.  Which is sad, because they are the "best" records, in my humble opinion.

I, and others, call these "Browse Images" collections "Digital Microfilm," because that is what they are.  In most cases, the images have been digitized from Family History Library microfilm, and there are links  to the specific digital collections in the Family History Library Catalog.

Here is how a typical online researcher searching for information about their surname or a specific ancestor finds the "Browse Images" collection:

1)  Go to the FamilySearch home page (

2)  To find historical record collections, the user has to click on the "Search" button (in blue at bottom) or link (above the image) to get to the "Search" page ( (two screens below, some overlap):

I will bet that 90% to 95% of ALL FamilySearch users start their searches from the Search page above, and just enter the names, and then get millions of matches in some order.

3)  If the user clicks on the links (in blue to the left of the world map at the bottom of the web page), they will see a series of links:

Those links lead to the list of record collections.  The user can select any one of the region links and only see historical record collections for those regions.

4)  If the user selects the "Browse all published collections" link, then they can see the list of ALL record collections available.  Here is today's web page for Historical Record Collections (

As you can see, it is an alphabetical list.  There are "Filters" for different regions, dates, and record types.

How can the user find records for a specific topic - whether it's a country, state, or record type?

5)  Do you see the "Filter by collection name" search field at the top of the left-hand column?  Here it is enlarged:

6)  For example, if I want to see only records for, New York" I can put my cursor in the "Collection name" field above and the screen changes to reflect only New York records (as shown below):

Note that I didn't finish typing "york" and it showed me records with the two words "new" and "yor."

If I only search for "york" I might get some records for Yorkshire or York County.

7)  Do you see the "Browse Images" links on the Historical Record Collections screens above?  Those are the collections that not yet indexed by FamilySearch Indexing volunteers.  The "Browse Images" collections are more than one half of all of the historical record collections available on FamilySearch.  Some indexed record collections have images also.  You can tell which collections have images by looking for the camera icon to the left of the collection name.

Many of the "Browse Images" are record collections with original source material - town, vital, church, tax, land, probate and other records - that will help you solve your research challenges.  I really think that many difficult research challenges will be solved once users are familiar with browsing the image collections for their ancestors.  That task is a subject for each record type and collection.

8)  How could FamilySearch make it easier for users to access these "Browse Images" collections?

I think that there are two ways:

a)  Add a link on the Home page (first image above) and the "Search" page (second image above) for "Records" that goes directly to the Historical Record Collections page (  Note that on the "Search" page, the "Records" link goes to the "Search" page, not to the list of Historical Record Collections.  It should go to the "Records" list.

b)  Add links to video tutorials on how to search for the "Browse Images" collections on the Search page with appropriate description so that users actually will try to use them.  They also need links to video tutorials on how to use specific collections to find records for a person (e.g., New York Probate Records").

Using a specific "Browse images" collection is difficult at first - it has many small steps with lots of detail. It isn't a simple "look it up, there I found it, I'll attach it to my tree person, I'm done!" exercise.

Usually, the user has to find an index, look names up in the index, note the names and volume/page numbers, then find the volume of interest, search for the specific page, capture the page image, and read the page image carefully.

9)  My own work-around right now is that I start my searches on the Historical Record Collections page -  Nearly all of my searches these days are for specific people in specific locations in "Browse Images" collections, so a "New York" search really works well for me.

10)  FamilySearch is an amazing website with much unique and useful online content.  Every researcher needs to learn how to use it effectively, and teach others how to use it effectively for their research work.  And it's FREE!  

At present, it is difficult for users to find FamilySearch historical record collections without indexes.  The website should be improved to make it easier to find and use these "Browse Image" collections.

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Amanuensis Monday - Post 214: 1832 Deed of Oren and Nancy Treat to James Vaux in Erie county, New York

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 a land deed in Erie County, New York dated 15 November 1832, recorded on 31 March 1842, transferring 25 acres in one parcel in Erie County for $336.50 paid by James Vaux to Oren and Nancy Treat.


The transcription of this document is (with handwritten portions in italics):

[page 19]

1 Oren Treat & Nancy his wife To James Vaux

2 This indenture made the fifteenth day of November in the year of our
3 Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two, between Oren Treat
4 of the township of Aurora in the County of Erie in the State of New
5 York, and Nancy Treat his wife of the first part and James Vaux of
6 the same place of the second part. Witnesseth, that the said party of
7 the first part for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred
8 thirty six dollars fifty cents lawful money of the United States of
9 America to them in hand paid by the said party of the second part
10 the receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged have granted
11 bargained sold aliened remised released enfeoffed ad confirmed and
12 by these presents do grant bargain sell alien remise release enfeoff
13 and confirm unto the said party of the second part and to his
14 heirs and assigns forever.

15 All that certain tract of land situate lying and being in the
16 County of Erie aforesaid being part or parcel of a certain town-
17 ship which on a map or survey of divers tracts or townships of
18 land of the Holland Land company made for the proprietors by
19 Joseph Ellicott surveyor is distinguished by township number nine
20 in the sixth range of said townships and which said tract of land
21 on a certain other map or survey of said townships into lots
22 made for the said proprietors by the said Joseph Ellicott is dis-
23 tinguished by part of lot number twenty seven in said township.
24 Bounded east by the east line of land conveyed to the said party
25 of the first part by the said Holland Land Company by their
26 several deeds, forty three chains seventy nine links, south by
27 the south bounds of said land so conveyed by the said Company
28 as aforesaid five chains seventy –- links, west by a line parallel

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29 to the first mentioned boundary forty three chains eighty nine
30 links, and north by lot number twenty eight five chains seventy
31 links, containing twenty five acres be the same more or less.
32 Together with all and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances
33 thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversion and
34 reversions remainder and remainders rents issues and profits thereof.
35 And all the estate right title interest claim and demand whatsoever
36 of the said party of the first part either in law or equity of in
37 and to the above bargained premises with the said hereditaments
38 and appurtenances.

39 To have and to hold the said hereby granted above mentioned and
40 described premises with the appurtenances and every part and par-
41 cel thereof to the said party of the second part his heirs and assigns
42 to the sole and only proper use benefit and behoof of the said party
43 of the second part the heirs and assigns forever.

44 And the said party of the first part for themselves their heirs
45 executors and administrators do covenant grant bargain and
46 agree to and with the said party of the second part his heirs
47 and assigns that at the time of the ensealing and delivery of
48 these presents they were well seized of the premises above described
49 as of a good sure perfect and indefensible estate of inheritance
50 in the law in fee simple and have good right full power and
51 lawful authority to grant bargain sell and convey the same
52 in manner and form abovesaid.

53 And that the said premises and every part thereof are free clear
54 discharged and unincumbered of and from all former and
55 other grants titles charges estates judgments decrees taxes assess-
56 ments and incumbrances of what nature and kind soever.

57 And the said party of the first part for themselves their heirs
58 executors and administrators do covenant grant bargain promise
59 and agree to and with the said party of the second part his heirs
60 and assigns to warrant and forever to defend the above bar-
61 gained premises and every part and parcel thereof now being
62 in the quiet and peacable possession of the said party of the
63 second part against the said party of the first part their heirs
64 executors administrators and assigns and against all and
65 every other person or persons claiming or to claim the said
66 premises or any part thereof.

67 In witness whereof the party of the first part have hereunto set
68 their hands and seals the day and year first above written,.

69 Sealed and delivered in the presence of
70 G.W. Johnson to the signature of                    Oren Treat L.S.
71 Oren Treat, James Enos                                 Nancy Treat L.S.

72 State of New York }
73 Erie County }              Be it remembered that on this twenty
74                                   second day of November in the year of our
75 Lord on thousand eight hundred and thirty two personally came
76 before me James Enos one of Commissioners of Erie County to
77 take the acknowledgment of deeds, Oren Treat and Nancy his
78 wife to me known to be the persons described in the
79 within deed, and they acknowledged that they signed seal-
80 ed and executed the within for the uses and purposes there-
81 in contained. And I having examined the said Nancy sep-
82 arate and apart from her said husband and she acknowledg-
83 ed that she signed sealed and executed the same without
84 the fear or compulsion of her said husband and I have

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85 examined the within to allow the same to be recorded.
86                                                        James Enos
87                                                       Commissioner
88 Record examined and compared with the
89 original March 31 1842 at 12-1/2 o'clock M.
90                                                      Noah P. Sprague Clerk.

The source citation for this record is:

"New York, Land Records, 1630-1975," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2 February 2013), digital images, "Erie County, New York Deeds, 1841-1842, Volumes 66-67," Volume 67, Pages 19-21 (images 543 and 544 of 797), James Vaux deed in Aurora, N.Y. from Oren and Nancy Treat, 1832.

The original records in the Erie County, N.Y. County Clerk's Office, which are on 907 rolls of FHL Microfilm; the specific deed is on FHL microfilm US/CAN 590,041, and online here.

This is the second land record found for my 4th great-grandfather James Vaux (1787-1839) in New York, who emigrated from Somersetshire in England to New York State in about 1830 with his wife and family. 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

I'm Presenting "Overview of New England Research" on Monday, 14 April to Temecula Valley Genealogical Society

I will be presenting "Overview of New England Research" to the Temecula Valley Genealogical society on Monday, 14 April 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at thTemecula City Hall at 41000 Main St, Temecula, CA 92590. It's in Old Town Temecula off of Front Street (the main drag through Old Town).

The talk description:

New England has a rich trove of genealogical and family history records, starting with the founding of each town, county or colony in the six present states. In this presentation, Randy will describe the sources for vital records, land records, probate records, town records, family history books and periodical articles for Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont, including significant brick-and-mortar repositories and online research opportunities.

I hope to see many of my Genea-Musings readers there - if you're in the area, please come enjoy an evening and be sure to say hello to me.

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Best of the Genea-Blogs -- 6 to 12 April 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:

*  The Genealogy Elite and the Genealogy Police by Michael John Neill on the blog.  Michael weighs in on the elite issue.  My experiences are similar.

*  Genealogy Success ~ It's All a Matter of Work by Lee R. Drew on the Family History With the LineageKeeper blog.  Lee discusses his genealogy youth experiences, and marvels at his grandchildren's technological capabilities.

*  In Defense of Genealogy As A Hobby by Tammy Hepps on the Treelines Blog.  Tammy opines on the Expertise issue, and thinks we should leave the hobbyists and casual users of genealogy services alone.  Good piece!

*  Flipboard Magazines for Genealogy - A Blossoming New Platform by Diane Richard on the Upfront With NGS blog.  Diane shares her Flipboard creation using some of her blog articles.

*  Copyright, Terms of Use and Flipboard by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  User beware with Flipboard...Judy dissects their Terms of Use.

*  Lessons Learned from My Research Trip by Janine Adams on the Organize Your Family History blog.  Janine went to the Midwest Genealogy Center near Kansas City and recounts her experiences.

*  Ancestry DNA and Finding a "New" Cousin by Schalene Dagutis on the Tangled Roots and Trees blog.  Schalene has been collaborating with a cousin she found through an AncestryDNA match.  Check out the camel photo.

*  Cleanup in Aisles 1 - 1,000 by Harold Henderson on the Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.  Harold is working on cleaning out his paper files doing it 10 minutes a day.  Admirable!

*  52 Ancestors Challenge: Week 14 Recap by Amy Johnson Crow on the No Story Too Small blog.  Amy does a great job collecting these blog posts every week!

*  Using Risk Management Strategies to Do Genealogy Efficiently by Yvette Hoitink on the Dutch Genealogy blog.  Yvette demonstrates how she uses a matrix approach to assess risk management for genealogy problems.

*  United States Online Historical Newspaper Links by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Ken has worked on this for six months - what a great set of links!

*  SUNDAY'S SERMON:  Ten Citation Commandments for Intimidated Souls by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained Quicktips blog. Amen, Sister Rapknuckle! Instant classic!!!

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

*  NN Genealogy Things You Need To Know This Morning, Sunday, 6 Apr 2014; Monday, 7 Apr 2014; Tuesday, 8 Apr 2014; Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014; Thursday, 10 Apr 2014, Friday, 11 Apr 2014; Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 by Caroline M. Pointer on the blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for April 11, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  News Stories and Blog Posts for Genealogists - April 11, 2014 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity, April 12, 2014 by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs by Dawn Watson on the Diggin' In the Roots 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 1490 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, April 12, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Source Have You Used the Most?

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Have you done a good job of citing your sources in your genealogy management program or online family tree?  How are you doing?  How many source citations do you have, and how many people are in your tree?  What is the sources to persons ratio?

2)  Which master source (e.g., 1900 U.S. census, Find A Grave, specific book, etc.) do you have the most citations for?  How many?  How did you figure this out?

3)  Tell us in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or on Facebook or Google+ in a post.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post on this blog post.

Here's mine:

1) I'm trying!  I'm not nearly done.  I'm almost obsessive now...I've been adding source citations almost every day based on new research, on MyHeritage Record Matches, on Ancestry green leaf Hints, etc., all for persons and events that are in my database without a source citation (due to slacking off for many years).  I'm also trying to "improve" existing source citations when I find them by adding better citation details.

At present, my RootsMagic 6 database statistics file says that I have 51,239 source citations in 1,030 master sources, and there are 42,752 persons in this tree.  My source/person ratio is 1.1985. 

2)  I think that Find A Grave is the master source in my database that has the most individuals and source citations.  I found this out by:

*  In RootsMagic 6, I created a Source List report (selecting Reports > All reports > Source list > select "Print all sources in database sorted by source name") and browsed the list.  The list for all 1,030 master sources was 1,546 pages long.

The number of citations for some of the master sources were:

**  Find A Grave:  11,572 (22.6% of the total)

**  Social Security Death Index: 1,997
**  New England Vital Records, 1841-1915:  1,769
**  Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915:  865
**  California Death Index:  828
**  Medfield, Mass. Vital Record book:  785
**  1900 U.S. Census:  476

I just realized that the New England and Massachusetts Vital Records sources are identical record collections with different Master Source names.  So there are 2,634 for the record collection cited.

*  In Legacy Family Tree 8, I created a Source Report (selecting Reports > Other Reports > Source Citations > checking "Master Sources and Citation Summary Accounts") to get a list of all master sources and the number of individuals with a citation to that source.  

For Find A Grave, there were 4,365 individuals with a Find A Grave source.  I couldn't find a way to obtain the total number of source citations for each master source.  

3)  I expected to find a better statistics report in both reports that listed the master sources with the number of individuals and citations, and in numerical order.

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Surname Saturday - ROLFE (England to New England)

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

I am in the 7th great-grandmothers and I'm up to #893, who is not known to me, as are the females from #895 to #943.  The next one on the list is Ancestor #945, who is Rebecca ROLFE (1662-1751)
.   [Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 7th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through three generations in this ROLFE family line is:

1.  Randall J. Seaver (1943-living)

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

6.  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
7.  Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977)

14.  Charles Auble (1849-1916)
15.  Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952)

28.  David Auble (1817-1894)
29.  Sarah Knapp (1818-????)

58.  William Knapp (1775-1856)
59.  Sarah Cutter (1785-1878)

118. Stephen Cutter (1745-1823)
119. Tabitha Randolph (1752-1845)

236.  William Cutter (1722-1780)
237.  Mary Kent (1726-????)

472.  Richard Cutter (1682-1756)
473.  Mercy Kelsey (1698-1760)

944.  William Cutter, born 22 February 1649 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; died 01 April 1723 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 1888. Richard Cutter and 1889. Elizabeth.  He married 04 December 1679 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States.
945.  Rebecca Rolfe, born 09 February 1662 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; died 23 November 1751 in Arlington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  

Children of William Cutter and Rebecca Rolfe are:
*  Elizabeth Cutter (1681-1749), married 1705 John Harrington (1684-1750)
*  Richard Cutter (1682-1756), married (1) 1706 Mary Pike (1687-1721), (2) 1722 Mercy Kelsey (1698-1760)
*  Mary Cutter (1685-1685)
*  Hannah Cutter (1688-1764), married 1708 Ephraim Winship (1688-1757)
*  John Cutter (1690-1776), married 1709 Lydia Harrington (1690-1755).
*  Rebeccah Cutter (1693-1718), married 1711 Joseph Adams (1687-1774)
*  William Cutter (1697-1756), married 1724 Anna Rice (????-1753).
*  Samuel Cutter (1700-1737), married 1720 Ann Harrington (????-1777).
*  Sarah Cutter (1702-1788), married Ebenezer Cutter.
*  Ammi Ruhamah Cutter (1705-1746), married 1738 Dorothy Bradbury (1708-1776).

1890.  John Rolfe, born before 10 March 1633 in Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England; died 01 October 1681 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He married 04 December 1656 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.
1891.  Mary Scullard, born 09 January 1641 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; died 10 April 1687 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 3782. Samuel Scullard and 3783. Rebecca Kent.

Children of John Rolfe and Mary Scullard are:
*  Mary Rolfe (1658-1658).
*  Mary Rolfe (1660-????), married Benjamin Dunham (1640-1715).
*  Rebecca Rolfe (1662-1751), married (1) 1679 William Cutter (1649-1723), (2) 1724 John Whitmore.
*  John Rolfe (1664-1690), married 1688 Sarah Moores (1663-1689)
*  Samuel Rolfe (1666-1713), married 1699 Ann Alston (1669-????).
*  Sarah Rolfe (1667-1700), married 1693 Benjamin Cromwell (1658-1715).
*  Joseph Rolfe (1670-1708), married Rebecca.
*  Hannah Rolfe (1672-1696), married 1691 Elisha Parker (1660-1717).
*  Benjamin Rolfe (1674-????), married 1703 Margaret Holland (1675-1709)
*  Esther Rolfe (1675-1742), married (1) 1696 Jonathan Dunham (1672-1706), (2) 1706 Ezekiel Bloomfield (1683-1748)
*  Henry Rolfe (1678-1723), married 1699 Margaret Connolly (1670-1720).
*  Moses Rolfe (1681-1746), married 1702 Mary Hale (1678).

3780.  Henry Rolfe, born before 05 September 1585 in Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England; died 01 March 1642 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 7560. John Rolfe and 7561. Honour.  He married 28 May 1621 in Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England.
3781.  Honor Rolfe, born about 1590 in Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England; died 19 December 1650 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 7562. Richard Rolfe and 7563. Agnes Rolfe.

Children of Henry Rolfe and Honor Rolfe are:
*  Anna Rolfe (1626-1697), married (1) 1645 Thomas Blanchard (1622-1650), (2) 1651 Richard Gardner (1619-1699).
*  Hannah Rolfe (1630-1678), married 1647 Richard Dole (1622-1705)
*  John Rolfe (1633-1681), married 1656 Mary Scullard (1641-1687)
*  Benjamin Rolfe (1638-1710), married 1659 Apphia Hale (1642-1708).

Information about these families was obtained from:

1)  Frederick G. Rolfe, The Early Rolfe Settlers of New England, Volume I, Baltimore, Md. : Gateway Press, Inc., 1995), accessed on FamilySearch Family History Books at

2)  Vital record books of several Massachusetts towns.

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