Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Family Trees on FindMyPast.com - Post 1: Creating the Tree, and Basic Navigation

I've been a subscriber to FindMyPast.com for two years now, and have used the website to find records for my american and English ancestral families.

However, I had not created a Family Tree on FindMyPast.com, and I don't recall any blog posts showing the process and the tree features.  Perhaps someone has blogged about it, but I don't recall seeing it.

1)  Here is the home page (after I signed in), and I highlighted the "My family tree" tab.  I can click on an existing tree, view all trees, or create a tree:

2)  I clicked on "Create a tree" and had a choice to either "Import a tree" (upper right-hand corner) or start entering my own name, vital data, etc.:

I clicked on the button to "Import a tree":

The note on the screen says:

"Please note we cannot upload any media files referenced in your GEDCOM.  
Currently limited GEDCOMs containing a maximum of 50,000 people."

I found a recently created GEDCOM file of my ancestral families (I chose up to 15 generations back), put the file name into the "Choose file" field on the screen above, and clicked on the blue "Upload" button.  The "Family trees" screen opened:

The GEDCOM file for 15,383 persons started uploading.  After 36 minutes, the screen said the file was uploaded:

3)  I clicked on the family tree title, and the "Tree settings" window opened:

I typed my name into the "Home person" and "You" fields, and edited the name of the tree, and checked the "Public tree" box, but did not check the "Show living" box.  I did not check the "Captialized surnames" box.

When I clicked on the blue  "Save changes" button, I got an error message that my name in the "Home person" field was not acceptable (presumably because I'm living).  I picked my father instead and the changes saved.

4)  The tree opened with a rather bare-bones pedigree chart, with my father (now the home person) highlighted:

I could click on the arrow under my father (the home person above) to see the Spouse and Children, see Siblings, or Add a relative.

By clicking on a person's name, I could perform more actions.  I clicked on my grandfather's name, and a box appeared with the basic vital information for the person.  There were buttons at the bottom of the box for "Their tree," "Profile," "Edit," "Add relative," and "Search":

5)  I clicked on the "Profile" button and saw the "Overview" timeline for the person (three screens below):

As you can see, the "Timeline," "Media" and "Notes" appears on the left-hand side of the screen, and the "Things to investigate" and "Relations" (parents, spouses and children, and siblings) are in the right-hand side of the screen.

I had several other Events on the Timeline - specifically the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 census, a draft registration event, some occupation events, an obituary, a funeral event, and a Burial event.  Those did not appear in the Timeline for some reason (perhaps there is a limit on the number of Events?).

Note that the Media did not transfer into the tree (as warned), yet there are place holders for media.  The Notes transferred seamlessly it appears.

Note also that the above screens are for the "Overview" tab - there are also tabs for  "Fact and Events," "Relations" and "Notes."

In the next post in this series, we'll look at the other tabs on the "Profile" screen.

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Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

MyCanvas Not Being Discontinued - Alexander's Will Adopt It

I received this in my email from Ancestry.com today:


Check out the blog post below from Eric Shoup. http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/08/19/mycanvas-is-sticking-around/

Great news: MyCanvas finds a new home in Alexander’s
(Author: Eric Shoup)

This past June, we announced that we were retiring the MyCanvas website and service in September 2014.

We’ve heard from many people who love MyCanvas and hate the idea of it going away. Well, we have some good news for you: It’s not going away after all. We listened and decided not to retire MyCanvas, but instead transfer the website to Alexander’s.

Founded 35 years ago, Alexander’s is a Utah-based printing production company that has been the long-term printer of MyCanvas products including its genealogy books, calendars, and other printed products. This makes the transition of MyCanvas to Alexander’s a natural fit.

It’s our hope that this agreement will not change the experience for MyCanvas customers. In fact, Alexander’s plans to make some exciting improvements we think you’ll love. Additionally, MyCanvas will continue to be available from the Ancestry.com website as we believe in the importance of sharing family history discoveries and see MyCanvas as a way to deliver this ability to our customers.

The transition of MyCanvas will take about six months. But in the meantime, all MyCanvas projects will remain accessible on Ancestry.com until it moves over to Alexander’s next year. We will continue to communicate details as the transition moves forward.

We want to thank our loyal MyCanvas customers for all the projects you have built and printed with us over the years. We’re excited about this new owner of MyCanvas—and we think you will be too.


This is, indeed, good news for users of MyCanvas to create quality family history books with photographs, charts and narratives.  

The blog post above states that MyCanvas will be available from the Ancestry.com website.  This doesn't explicitly state it, but it implies that the information in the Ancestry Member Tree of the user will be accessed in order to create a new or revised book.  

Obviously, this is a really smart move by Alexander's - they get to continue producing one of their products which probably is a significant part of their business.  My guess is that they will hire some of the Ancestry.com personnel who developed the technology to turn the family tree information into the book format, and the technology and website to do it will be part of the transition process.  

copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Tuesday's Tip - Use "Record Hints" to Add Sources to FamilySearch Family Tree

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Use the "Record Hints" feature to add sources and content to the FamilySearch Family Tree.

In order to use FamilySearch Family Tree, you have to add your ancestral families to this "universal" (i.e., one tree = "our tree," not "my tree") family tree database.  Once your ancestral families are entered into the tree, then sources should be added in order to support the names, dates, places, events and relationships in the tree.

FamilySearch now provides "Record Hints" on the Family Tree profiles for persons in the tree, based on the records available in the indexed FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

The "Record Hints" are similar to Ancestry's green leaf "Hints" on an Ancestry Member Tree - they indicate that FamilySearch has found a record for this person in their record collections.

These "Record Hints" appear at the top of the right-hand column on a person profile, viz:

This is the person Profile for my great-grandfather, Charles Auble (1849-1916).  When I opened his profile today, there was one "Record Hint" for him (note, I had already attached several others for him from census records).  The "Record Hint" is a Wisconsin marriage record for Charles Auble and his wife, Georgia[nna] Kemp.

I clicked on the "Record Hint" to determine if it was for my great-grandfather (two screens below):

The indexed information on the record is shown in the left-hand column on the screens above, and the information in the Family Tree is shown on the right-hand side of the screens above.  Persons named in the record are shown on the left and compared with persons in the Family Tree on the right.

I can decide to "Attach" this record to Charles Auble or decide that it is "Not a Match" with the two buttons below the "Reason to Attach Source" field on the screen above.

I decided that this is a match to my great-grandfather and great-grandmother, so I will click on the blue "Attach" button.  First, I need to enter a "Reason to Attach Source" and I did that as shown below:

After clicking on the blue "Attach" button, I have now attached the source to my great-grandfather's profile (as noted by the green background on the screen below):

However, I need to Attach it to my great-grandmother too, so I clicked on the circled "Attach" link on the screen above.  After I do that, the screen looks like this:

The record is now attached to both of my great-grandparents.  I chose not to attach the record to Charles Auble's parents, although the information was correct (but used initials).

Back in the Family Tree Profile for Charles Auble, I scrolled down to the "Sources" section, expanded the marriage source, and saw:

The source citation, the link to the record summary, and my reason for attaching it are included in the "Sources" entry.

This is the easiest way to attach a Source to a Profile in the FamilySearch Family Tree.  The bonus is the link to the record summary.

If you are using the FamilySearch Family Tree, I urge you to attach sources in this manner whenever you can.  You will be helping to add documentation to the Family Tree and, perhaps, find a record that adds to your documentation of your ancestral families.  In addition, you may be helping other researchers find records to help them in their own research.

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/08/tuesdays-tip-use-record-hints-to-add.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Monday, August 18, 2014

Best Way to Match Parents in Familysearch Family Tree Using RootsMagic - Part I

I have matched hundreds of persons in my RootsMagic 6 genealogy database with profiles in the FamilySearch Family Tree.  The major problem I have had is with matching parents of the person I'm working on.

I think that I have finally found the "best way" to do this, but it took me a long time to get the idea.  I cannot find anything in the RootsMagic Help information about this, nor do I recall anyone else writing about it.  But it's important if you are matching persons using RootsMagic (or any other program, I think).

Here is the problem:

1)  On the RootsMagic "FamilySearch Person Tools" screen, I want to match the parents of my person (Eunice Rayment) with the parents attached to my person in the FamilySearch Family Tree:

2)  I want to match the Father in RootsMagic (Samuel Rayment on the left list on the screen above) with the Father in FamilySearch Family Tree (Samuel Raymond on the right list above).  And do the same thing with the Mother.

To do this, I have been clicking on the RootsMagic Father, then finding matches for him already in Family Tree.

3)  After I find and select one or more matches for the Father, when I come back to the "Share Data" screen, I see:

As you can see, there are now two Samuel Raymond profiles on the FamilySearch side of the screen, with the same ID number on the Family Tree side of the screen.

4)  Then I do the same thing for the Mother - I clicked on the RootsMagic mother and matched her with one or more FamilySearch Mothers.

5)  The result is shown below:

I now have this profile (the child, Eunice Rayment) with three sets of parents in the Family Tree - one for the couple, one for the Father with an Unknown mother, and one for the Mother with an unknown father.  I've made the FamilySearch Family Tree much worse!  I still don't understand how that happens, but it does.

6)  The only way to correct this problem (that I've found) is to go to the FamilySearch Family Tree profile for the matched RootsMagic person (in this case, the child, Eunice Rayment).  Here is the Family Members section of the profile for Eunice Rayment (two screens):

As you can see on the two screens above, the three different families all have the same child.

7)  To rectify this problem, the user has to do the following operation for the families that have only one parent:

**  Run the mouse over the Child's name and click on the "Edit Parents" link.
**  Click the "Delete relationship" link on the top right of the screen
**  Add a cogent reason to the field that appears for the action
**  Click the two check boxes below the "Reason" field
**  Click the blue "DFelete" button below the check boxes.

Here is the "Delete Relationship" screen for one of the relationships:

8)  I did the same thing for the other "family with one parent" and both "spurious families" disappeared in the Family Tree.  Here's the bottom of the "Family Members" section on the Eunice Rayment (the child) profile:

As you can see, there is only the one family with the child Eunice Rayment now.

9)  Back to RootsMagic, I refreshed the screen, and now the Father and Mother in RootsMagic are matched to the Father and Mother in the Family Tree, and there are no spurious parents listed on the FamilySearch side of the screen:

10)  So what is the preferred way to match Parents of a person using the RootsMagic "FamilySearch Person Tools"?  I will show how I've learned to do it in the next post in this series.

11)  To reiterate - DO NOT USE the method shown above to match Parents of a Person using the RootsMagic "FamilySearch Person Tools."  It creates problems in the Family Tree database, and requires extra work to fix.

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/08/best-way-to-match-parents-in.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

My Autosomal DNA Quandary Persists

I wrote My Autosomal DNA Quandary a year ago, and my quandary still persists.

In a nutshell, my quandary is that the three autosomal test results I've taken do not match each other, and only one matches my perception of my genealogical ethnicity.

According to my genealogical research, based on the estimated origins of my 256 6th great-grandparents (I had to guess at some of them), is in these regions:

68%  British Isles
24%  Germany
1%  Holland
1%  France
6%  Unknown (perhaps some are French, or English, or Native American)

Compare that estimate with the results provided by the three autosomal DNA tests taken to date:

1)  The AncestryDNA test results:

The AncestryDNA ethnicity estimate is:

*  66% Europe West
*  18% Ireland
*  9% Great Britain
*  3% Scandinavian
*  1% Italy/Greece
* <1% Iberian Peninsula
*  <1% Pacific Islander
*  < !% Native-American

2)  The FamilyTreeDNA test results:

The FamilyTreeDNA ethnicity estimate is:

*  45% Scandinavia
*  32% Western and Central Europe
*  19% Southern Europe
*  4% British Isles

3)  The 23andMe test results are (Speculative estimate):

The 23andMe ethnicity estimate is:

*  46.7% British & Irish
*  24.7% French & German
*  1.9% Scandinavian
*  23.5% Broadly Northern European
*  1.2% Broadly Southern European
*  1.2% Broadly European
*  0.5% East Asian & Native American
*  0.1% Middle Eastern & North African
*  0.1% Unassigned

4)  As you can see, the ethnicity populations are not exactly the same between the three test companies.  

*  If you combine British and Irish, then 23andMe says I'm 46.7%, AncestryDNA says 27%, and FamilyTreeDNA says 4%.  [Compared to 68% from genealogy research.]

*  FamilyTreeDNA says I'm 45% Scandinavian, AncestryDNA says 3%, and 23andMe says 1.9%.   [Compared to perhaps 1-2% from genealogy research.]

*  If you consider France and Germany to be representative of Western and Central Europe, then the AncestryDNA says 66%, FamilyTreeDNA says 32% and 23andMe says 24.7%.   [Compared to perhaps 28 to 32% from genealogy research.]

*  Only 23andMe provides non-specific ethnicity results, saying I am 23.5% "Broadly Northern European" (which could be Scandinavia, Western and Central Europe).  AncestryDNA and FamilyTreeDNA don't provide any "broad" results.

So do you see why I am still confused?  Also, AncestryDNA and FamilyTreeDNA have changed their ethnicity estimates in the past year or two.  

5)  My understanding for the disparity between these results rests on three factors:

*  The estimates are from DNA test results in reference populations in the specific areas.  Very few of these European populations are homogenous - we know that the British Isles have had significant immigration over the centuries from Scandinavia (Viking, Norman), Iberia, and western Europe (Angle, Saxon, etc.).  Perhaps that explains the British Isles and Ireland ethnicity disparities.

*  The autosomal DNA in our chromosomes comes from ancestors from thousands of years ago, not just 7 generations ago.  

*  Each testing company uses the same chip, but tests different numbers of SNPs, or gives more importance to certain SNPs.

Obviously, I am not an expert in this - just a confused customer and user.

If the tests all agreed, and were really different from my genealogical estimates, then I would think that I have a serious genealogy research problem.  But 23andMe seems to match my genealogical estimates pretty well, especially if I apportion the "broadly Western European" segment to the British Isles and France/Germany.

One concern is that each of the DNA testing companies seem to claim that the results provided are definitive for each person.  Obviously they are not, at least in my case.  We saw a lot of DNA test results on the Finding Your Roots TV series on PBS last year, and I anticipate we'll see more this year when the 2014 season starts in September.  I think they are using 23andMe for those tests, but I'm not positive.  

There was quite a bit of helpful discussion in the comments to my earlier post My Autosomal DNA Quandary  (posted 22 August 2013).  Since then, I have worked a bit in GEDMatch to try to find chromosome matches.  I have not investigated DNA Tribes to date.

Some questions:

*  How well do your test results match across companies?

*  What are the uncertainty bounds for each test company?

*  What am I missing?

*  Should I just accept that the reference populations and methodology are different between test companies?

*  Will the estimates from the testing companies be improved again and again over the coming years?

Reader comments will be appreciated!

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/08/my-autosomal-dna-quandary-persists.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Amanuensis Monday - Post 231: 1791 Upper Canada Land Petition of Abraham Dafoe

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 five images in a 1791 land petition filed by Abraham Defoe with the Government of Upper Canada on his own and his brother's service during the American Rebellion (five images):

The transcription of these petition papers is:

[page 551, first image above, marked 1]

To his Excellency the Right Honorable Guy Lord Dorchester
Captain General, Governor & Commander in Chief of the Colonies of 
Quebec, Nova Scotia New Brunswick & Their Dependencies &c &c &c

The Memorial of Abraham Defoe, late a Corporal
                     in the King's Rangers
                                          Humbly Sheweth
That your Lordship's Memorialist in Right of his Brother
Jacob Defoe who died at St. John's in the year 1784 and Served
as a private in the King's Rangers, Humbly prays that the
portion of land that his Brother would have received, had he
lived to come to this Country may be assigned him in the
Tenth Township.

And your Memorialist as in duty bound shall we pray
                                                     Abraham Defoe

Kingston           }           To his Excellency Lord Dorchester }
Feb.y 23d 1791  }            Governor & Commander in Chief & & &
                                                   in Council, Quebec.

[page 552, second image above, reverse of image 551, marked 1a]

Dist. Mecklenburgh
No. 527
Abraham Defoe

Concur in this w?
the Land Board

Report                Page 14
February 23 1791

[page 553, third image above, marked 1b]

To his Excellency the Right Honorable Guy Lord Dorchester
Captain General, Governor, & Commander in chief of the Colonies
of Quebec, Nova Scotia & New Brunswick & their dependencies &&&

The Memorial of Abraham Defoe Serg^t King Rangers
                                        Humbly Sheweth
That your Lordship's Memorialist have Received one hundred
Acres, humbly prays that one hundred Acres More, together
with his Lordship's Bounty of two hundred Acres may be
assigned him in the Seventh Township --
And your Memorialist as in duty bound will ever pray
                                                          Abraham Dafoe
Kinston                }
March 9^th 1790  }
                              To his Excellency Lord Dorchester
                              Governor & Commander in Chief & & &
                                                              in Council

[page 554, fourth image above, marked 1c]

No. 235   1790
Abraham Dafoe

folio 38

[page 556, fifth image above, marked 1e]

Abraham Dafoe

Report      Page 7th
Certificate granted
21^st March 1792
                  100 Acres

The source citation for this set of land petition records is:

Upper Canada, "Upper Canada Land Petitions, 1763-1865," digital image, Library and Archives Canada (http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/ : accessed 11 August 2014), Abraham Dafoe, 1791, Microfilm C-1885, Volume 171, "D" Bundle Micellaneous 1788-1795, (DA-DEY), Petition 1 (images 551-554, 556 of 925); citing RG 1, L 3.

There are two petitions in this one set of papers - one filed in 1791 and the second in 1790.  Abraham Dafoe prays for 100 acres in his brother Jacob's right in 1791 (images 1 and 2 above), and for 100 acres more, plus 200 acres of Bounty land, in 1790 in his own right (images 3 and 4 above).  The fifth image above notes he was granted 100 acres.  It is unclear to me if he received the Bounty land, or his brother's land.

The process to find these records was described in Finding Loyalist Petition Papers on Library and Archives Canada (LAC) (posted 11 August 2014).

Abraham Dafoe (1755-1815) is my fifth great-grandfather.  His daughter, Mary Dafoe (1776-before 1851) married John Kemp (1768-after 1861). 

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Post #8000 on Genea-Musings

My motto:  "Life is short - eat ice cream and do genealogy first!"

A funny thing happened eight years and four months ago on my way to the ice cream store - I said to myself:  "Randy, maybe you could blog about something once a week or so ... about genealogy, politics, sports, religion, you, know, your life."  My wife said "Honey, that would probably be pretty boring - who in the world would read what you write?"

So the experiment began, and 8,000 posts later here I am - happily stuck in a "routine" of writing two or three or more blog posts each day about genealogy resources and results on Genea-Musings, a daily journal blog post on The Geneaholic almost every day, and occasional posts on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe.  Then there's Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, including my almost weekly participation on video (available on YouTube) in Mondays With Myrt!  My wife wonders what I do in the Genealogy Cave every day for eight or ten hours!  

Oh, I forgot, there's my society meetings, society presentations, the senior adult and CVGS education classes, and I even find time to spend on online research (and very occasional repository research), entering data and sources into my genealogy database, entertaining the grandchildren and my wife, and watching Padres baseball games on TV or at Petco Park.  There is Life with Genealogy!  But, for me, there is no Life without Genealogy!  It's part of me, who I am, and has been for 26 years.

In celebration of my 8,000th post (that's over 2.6 posts per day on average, and over 960 posts per year on average), I'm going to take the rest of the day off from ... blogging, not genealogy.  Tomorrow is another day.  I'll be away next weekend to visit my daughter and grandsons in Santa Cruz, and my other daughter is having a baby in four weeks, so I do get to do some "real life" things.  

The statistics for eight years of blogging, from SiteMeter and Blogger:

*  1,506,500 visits (average of 510 per day, SiteMeter since July 2006)
*  2,422,400 page views (average of 820 per day, SiteMeter since July 2006)
*  13,858 comments (average of 1.7 per post, Blogger since 2007).

Thank you to my friends, geneablogging colleagues, and Genea-Musings readers for their patience, understanding, collaboration and support over the years - it's been a lot of fun, and I hope it continues for years to come.

I do appreciate your comments and emails, and will be happy to answer "Dear Randy" questions about genealogy, research, online resources, software, family trees, etc. on the blog.

The URL for this post is:  http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/08/post-8000-on-genea-musings.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 10 to 16 August 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:

*  Alex Haley - Genealogy Hero or Heel? by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog.  I vote "both" - but really appreciate what he did to energize genealogy work.  Roots inspired me.

*  Upper Canada Land Petitions at LAC by Ken McKinlay on the Family Tree Knots blog.  I picked this post because it really helped me with my LAC struggles.

*  The Future of Family History: Peering Into the Mist by James Tanner on the FamilySearch blog.  James discusses the future, where everything is in one big family tree, and is correct.  Right...

*  Wednesday Spotlight: Marian Pierre-Louis by Tami Osmer Mize on the WikiChicks blog.  This week's interview is of Marian Pierre-Louis of New England.

*  I'm a ProGen Almnus! by Miriam Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.  Miriam describes the 18-month ProGen course and what she learned.

*  Life and Near-Death in Fort Wayne by Sally Knudsen on the SallySearches blog.  Sally had a hairy travel day, but an excellent research day at ACPL.

*  Genealogy Technology -- Random Thoughts by Louis Kessler on Louis Kessler's Behold Blog.  Some excellent thoughts, and questions, in this "rant" (it wasn't really!) by Louis.

*  Survey Results Indicate People Leave Societies Because Little Value Offered by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.  Gail had over 300 respondents to the survey.  Interesting!

*  The Fourth American Civil War Blogpost Challenge Roundup by Bill West on the West in New England blog.  Bill highlights entries in his Civil War blogp ost challenge.

*  Ancestry.com New Terms and Conditions by the write of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Interesting changes, but we need a legal analysis, I think.

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

*  Monday's Muse - 11 August 2014; Whaddya Miss? Monday, August 11, 2014; Whaddya Miss? Tuesday, August 12, 2014; Whaddya Miss? Wednesday, August 13, 2014; Whaddya Miss? Thursday, August 14, 2014; Whaddya Miss? Friday, August 15, 2014 by Eowyn Langhoff and Tami Osmer Mize on the WikiChicks blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for August 15, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 08/13/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.

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

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.

The URL for this post is:  

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Genea-Bucket List

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, please!):

Knowing that a "Bucket List" is a wish list of things to do before death:

1)  What is on your Genealogy Bucket List?  What research locations do you want to visit?  Are there genea-people that you want to meet and share with?  What do you want to accomplish with your genealogy research?  List a minimum of three items - more if you want!

2)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own (please give me a link in Comments), a comment to this post in Comments, a status line or comment on Facebook, or a Google+ Stream post.

Think big!  Have fun!  Life is short - do genealogy first!  

Here's mine:

1)  The ancestral family history place that I want to visit is South Petherton, Somerset, England.  My VAUX family came from there in about 1840, immigrating to Erie County, New York.  I've been fortunate that several Vaux cousins have done quite a bit of research there and have defined the ancestral families very well.  But there's no substitute for walking in places that you ancestors walked, worshipped and are buried.

2)  I need to visit the New England Historic Genealogical Society again.  I last visited there in 1997 (I think!) and have found many more New England ancestors since then.  I especially want to delve into the manuscript collection.  I want to discuss my Thomas Newton and Hannah Smith brick wall problems with the experts.  

3)  I want to publish books about my ancestors (either digital or paper) for my children, grandchildren, brothers and cousins.  I've done two limited editions myself, but they are out-of-date now.  I also want to publish photo albums (probably digital) for my family.  

4)  I would like to go to every national and regional genealogy conference held during one calendar year.  In the process, I'd like to visit every major regional and national genealogy repository in the same year.  This would be like visiting every major league ballpark in a season.  I'm not sure that I can afford this, and my wife might not approve, but, hey, it's a wish list!  

Okay, I showed you mine, now show me yours!

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Surname Saturday - MAVERICK (England to colonial Massachusetts)

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

I am in the 8th great-grandmothers and I'm up to Ancestor #1031 who is Sarah MAVERICK (1659-1723) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through three generations in this MAVERICK 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)

128.  Norman Seaver (1734-1787)
129.  Sarah Read (1736-1809)

256. Robert Seaver (1702-1752)
257.  Eunice Rayment (1707-1772)

514.  Samuel Rayment (1679-1723)
515.  Eunice Norman (1686-1743)

1030.  John Norman, born about 1660 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; died after 25 February 1709 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 2060. Richard Norman and 2061. Margaret Flint.  He married 10 November 1683 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.
1031.  Sarah Maverick, born about 1659 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; died before 1723 in probably Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  

Children of John Norman and Sarah Maverick are:
*  Richard Norman (1684-1724).
*  Margaret Norman (1685-1685).
*  Eunice Norman (1686-1743), married (1) 1704 Samuel Rayment (1679-1723), married (2) 1730 Joseph Morgan.
*  Moses Norman (1687-1731), married 1716 Anne Bulfinch (1690-1746).
*  John Norman (1690-1696).
*  Sarah Norman (1693-????), married 1718 John Broughton (1692-????).
*  Benjamin Norman (1694-1699).
*  John Norman (1696-1725), married 1720 Mary Coes (1699-????).
*  Benjamin Norman (1699-????)
*  Jonathan Norman (1701-1724).
*  Elizabeth Norman (1706-1770), married (1) 1725 William Edgell (1700-1739); married (2) 1739 Isaac Howe (1686-1764).

2062.  Moses Maverick, born before 03 November 1611 in South Huish, Devon, England; died 28 January 1686 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He married  22 October 1656 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.
2063.  Eunice, born about 1628 in England; died after 05 December 1698 in probably Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Moses Maverick and Eunice are:
*  Mary Maverick (1657-1695), married 1681 Archibald Ferguson (1649-1727).
*  Sarah Maverick (1659-1723), married 1683 John Norman (1660-1709).
*  Moses Maverick (1660-1685).
*  Aaron Maverick (1663-1685).

2124.  John Maverick, born before 28 December 1578 in Awliscombe, Devon, England; died 03 February 1636 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4248. Peter Mavericke and 4249. Dorothy Tucke.  He married 28 October 1600 in Islington, Devon, England.
2125.  Mary Gye, born about 1580 in Sandford, Devon, England; died after 1666 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 4250. Robert Gye and 4251. Grace Dowrish.

Children of John Maverick and Mary Gye are:
*  Samuel Maverick (1602-1676), married 1630 Amias Cole (1597-1670).
*  Elias Maverick (1604-1684), married 1633 Anna Harris (1613-1697).
*  Mary Maverick (1606-1607).
*  Aaron Maverick (1608-????)
*  Mary Maverick (1610-1652), married 1635 James Parker (1606-1652).
*  Moses Maverick (1611-1686), married (1) 1635 Remember Allerton (1614-1655); married (2) 1656 Eunice --?-- (1628-1698).
*  Abigail Maverick (1614-1644), married 1640 John Manning (1610-????).
*  Antipas Maverick (1619-1678), married 1644 Katherine.
*  John Maverick (1621-????), married 1649  .Jane Andrewes (1625-????).

The sources for these Maverick families include:

Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 (Boston, NEHGS, 1995), Volume II, pages 1241-1243.

Miss Elizabeth French, "Genealogical Research in England", New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 69 (April 1915), page 146.

William Prescott Greenlaw, "John Maverick and Some of His Descendants", New England Historic Genealogical Register, Vol. 96 (July 1942), pages 232-241; Vol. 96 (Oct. 1942), pages 358-366.

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