Thursday, January 29, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 248: 1900 U.S. Census Record for Auble Family in Terre Haute, Indiana

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

The treasure today is the  1900 U.S. Census record for the Auble family in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana:

The portion of the census page with the Auble family members:

The extracted information for the Auble family members, residing at 411 Chestnut Street):

*  Frances M. Auble - head of household, white, female, born Oct 1846, age 53, single, 0 children born, born New Jersey, father born New Jersey, mother born New Jersey, occupation: a school teacher, 0 months not employed, can read, can write, can speak English, owns a house free of mortgage.
*  Sarah G. Auble - mother, white, female, born Jan 1818, age 82, widowed, had 6 children, 5 living, born New Jersey, father born New York, mother born New Jersey, can read, can write, can speak English.
*  Catherine Auble - sister, white, female, born Oct 1851, age 48, single, had 0 children, born New Jersey, father born New Jersey, mother born New Jersey, can read, can write, can speak English.

The source citation for this record is:

1900 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Vigo County, Indiana, Terre Haute Ward 6, ED 112, Sheet 14B, Dwelling 269, Family 319, Frances M. Auble household; indexed database and digital image, ( : accessed 27 November 2013), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T623, Roll 409.

This address is the same location that David and Sarah (Knapp) Auble resided in the 1880 U.S. census.  There are 13 of "roomers" in this household between the ages of 19 and 31, and all of their occupations are "student."  Apparently, they turned this house into a dormitory for students attending a local college.

This is the last record I have found for my 2nd great-grandmother, Sarah G. (Knapp) Auble.  I do not know her death date or death place, although I think it was probably in Terre Haute where her two daughters resided.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Are You Reading the Geneapalooza Blog?

I love genealogy humor, and really enjoy the Geneapalooza blog ( written by Esto Frigus.  The header on the blog says:

"Exposing the world of genealogy, every Monday/Wednesday/Friday, one panel at a time."

Here are screen shots of two recent offerings:

1)  Today, 28 January 2015:

2)  14 January 2015:

(enlarge the images by clicking on them or go to the website)

The strip is published three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

I really recommend starting at the beginning of the strip, back in June 2014.  There is a convenient Archive for 2014 and 2015 at in publication order (oldest first).

The main characters are a relatively young couple, and the young lady decides to do genealogy research.  In the process, the strip hits most of the high and low points about the genealogy community, and meets many "interesting" characters, without naming names, all while pursuing her own research.  Sometimes the individual strips are part of a series, and other times they are not.

I look forward to reading this three times a week.  It's really the only pure "genealogy humor" published on a regular basis in blog format.

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My "Beginning Computer Genealogy" OASIS Class is Mondays, March 9-30, 2015

There is a senior adult education organization called OASIS that focuses on lifelong learning, active lifestyles, and community involvement.  There are local OASIS organizations in many U.S. cities.

In San Diego, the OASIS website is at  They publish a catalog of educational classes, lectures, and activities each trimester.  The current catalog is for January to April 2015 and is online at

I did a search for "genealogy" in the San Diego catalog, and found several entries:

1)  "Beginning Computer Genealogy" by Randy Seaver, 4 Mondays, March 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at Mission Valley Macy's, Fee is $56:

2)  "Me, My Family and I" by Jill R. Scott on Tuesday, April 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at San Marcos Senior Center, Fee is $14:

3)  "Computer Genealogy" by Anne Renshaw, on January 21, and another class on February 4, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Escondido Senor Center, Fee is $10:

To sign up for any class, register at San Diego OASIS (

I've been doing my class three times a year since 2009, and a number of my students have joined local genealogical societies and are doing well in their research.  Unfortunately, two of my 2014 classes were cancelled due to lack of interest.

If these San Diego classes interest you, then please sign up for any or all of them, attend them and use what you learn to extend your genealogy research.

If you live outside of San Diego, investigate if there are similar classes in your local area.  If you have a local OASIS organization, and they don't have a genealogy class, you could volunteer to teach one if you feel capable.

If you have a local OASIS organization, consider signing up for other classes also.  In San Diego, the catalog has many classes on computer usage to help you master computer basics, specific programs, social media, and more.

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Ping Pong Stars of 1956 -- Post 344 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

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

Here is one of the most precious (to me) images from my Seaver/Carringer family collection:

This photograph was taken in about 1956 in the patio next to 2114 Fern Street.  My home was in the building in the right background on the second floor.  

The four young males, participating in the 1956 30th Street ping-pong championship, in the photo above are (from the left):

*  my best friend at the time, Gordon
*  me, Randy, age 12, in the glasses
*  I don't know who this one is, perhaps Kert, Stan's friend?
*  my brother, Stan, age 9.

During the spring, summer and fall, we often had a ping pong table set up in the patio and my brother Stan and I played, or my whole family played, or we had friends over and played ping pong.

Other sporting events happened in the patio - there was a basketball hoop, and we had ferocious whiffle ball games during the summer with our friends.  I wish I had more pictures of the patio games.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Syllabus Materials Available at RootsTech 2015 Website

I discussed the RootsTech 2015 Conference classes yesterday in RootsTech 2015 Conference - News and Sessions.

I wondered about the syllabus materials for RootsTech 2015 - would they be printed, on a CD or flash drive, or just online?  The Frequently Asked Questions page provides the answer:

"How can I access syllabus materials from the conference?

"Syllabus materials are available for download for a limited time on the RootsTech website, typically from two to four weeks prior to the conference to two to three months after. We do not provide printed or digital copies of the syllabus materials"

On the About : 2015 Class Syllabus page, there are links to every available syllabus handout, grouped by the Pass Type.

I clicked on the "RootsTech (RT1100s-1200s) link and the list of presentations in this group appeared:

I clicked on the first one on the list, and saw the syllabus for that class:

So I created a RootsTech 2015 file folder and started downloading the syllabus articles to the file folder.  Two problems:

*  After downloading one article, I used the "Back" button to return to the list and had to open the list again.  After the first one, I right-clicked the presentation title and saved the next one in a new tab, then closed it after I saved it.  That kept the list on the Syllabus tab.

*  Not every class has a handout available.  I found three classes with a 404 error today.

I didn't download every handout available, but I did most of them.  It took about 90 minutes because I skim-read many of them.

I may change my class selections after seeing some of the Getting Started classes.


1)  There is no registration required for the RootsTech syllabus materials.  Anyone can read and download them to their computer.  They may be removed some time after the conference.  Of course, you cannot see the presentation slides or hear the speaker embellish on bullet points.

2)  I looked again at the RootsTech 2015 mobile app and a PDF icon appears on those that are available.  As of today, only about 10% of the titles have a PDF icon.  You tap on the title, then on the "Resources" tab, then on the "Handouts" tab, and on the title again and select where to download it.  Downloaded handouts appear in the "Downloads" icon on the app Dashboard.

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WikiTree Provides More DNA Information About Relatives

I wrote WikiTree DNA Confirmation Aid Results on 26 June 2014, and then did not do much after investigating it and writing about it.

I saw Kitty Cooper's post last week (Organizing DNA Results With Your Genealogy:, and went exploring in WikiTree again.  After updating my DNA test information, the program provided much more DNA-related information (after an overnight wait).

1)  On my WikiTree Home Nav page, I clicked on the "My WikiTree" link (at the top of the page) and selected the "DNA Confirmation" link:

2)  The "DNA Confirmation" page shows information about me and my ancestors through third great-grandparents.  It provides a summary of tests that have already been performed by myself (and others if they share the ancestor).  It identifies the males in my Y-chromosome DNA line and the females in my mitochondrial DNA line.

There are three more tabs at the top of the screen above - for "DNA Tests," "DNA Ancestors" and "DNA Descendants."

3)  Here is my page for "DNA Tests:"

I can Edit this page if I take another DNA test.

4)  Here is the DNA Ancestors page, which is pretty useful.  If you look closely, you can see icons for Y-DNA, X-DNA, mtDNA and auDNA on the appropriate persons (three screens):

The page above provides a list of my Y-chromosome DNA matches (my Seaver patrilineal line), my mitochondrial DNA matches (my matrilineal line), and my X-chromosome DNA matches (based on the rules for mitochondrial lines (males received only their mothers X, females receive X from both fathers and mothers).

5)  For the "DNA Descendants" page, I went back to one of my ancestors (since I don't have descendants in WikiTree) and saw a dropdown descendants list that provided Y and X chromosome descendants.  Since I used a male, it didn't list mitochondrial DNA descendants since there are none.

6)  This would be extremely helpful if everybody who has contributed to WikiTree had input their DNA tests, and had ancestors in common with me.  

Alas, not many WikiTreers have input their DNA information, and absolutely no person that I looked at has another WikiTreer with a  DNA match to me.

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Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver

Tuesday's Tip - Search Hints by Record Collection

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Use Hints for a Specific Database to Add Content to Your Member Tree.

Did you know that you can filter your green leaf Hints by record collection?  I currently have over 41,000 Hints in my "big" tree with almost 43,000 persons in it.  More are being added every day.

How do I deal with them?  Well, I've chosen to add content to my Ancestry Member Tree (facts, sources, images) by mining individual databases.  I manually add the events, sources and images to my RootsMagic database also.  I find this process easier to handle one database at a time rather than one person at a time, or one page of Hints (20 Hints per page, so I have over 2,000 pages to look at!).  When I finish a selected database, I have a feeling of accomplishment.  And I've added content and sources that enrich my database and may help other researchers who find the information in my Ancestry Member Tree.

I've written about searching databases by record collection previously in:

*  Finding Record Hints for Persons in a Specific Database on (posted 15 October 2014) 

*  More on Finding Record Hints for a Specific Database on (posted 17 October 2014).

*  Demonstrating Adding Hints in a Specific Database to my RootsMagic Database (30 October 2014)

If you read those posts, you can see that there are two key numbers to learn:

*  Your Ancestry Member Tree number - if you open your Ancestry Member Tree to the tree chart, the Tree number is in the URL (Internet address) at the top of your screen.  

*  The database number for the selected database.

Let me demonstrate it again here.  

1)  The screen below shows my Pedigree view of my Ancestry Member Tree:

At the top of the browser page (not shown above) is the URL (Internet address) for this Ancestry Member Tree:

The URL is

My Ancestry Member Tree number is the 8-digit number in the URL:  71134866.

2)  Use the Card Catalog to find the database number of the database you want to search.  I chose the World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.

In the URL line on my browser is the address for this specific database.  It is:

The Ancestry database number for the World War I Draft Registration database is number 6482.

3)  Now, the magic URL to search my Ancestry Member Tree (71134866) by this specific database (6482) is:

You will have to substitute your own Ancestry Member Tree number and the database number that you want to search.  You can add my URL above into your browser but don't click Enter.  Put your cursor in the URL and substitute your Ancestry Member Tree number in place of mine and the database number you selected.  Once I had these numbers in my browser address line, I saved the URL in my Bookmarks so I could easily use it again.

4)  When I plugged the URL for the World War I Draft Registrations into my browser, I received my results:

I had 191 entries for persons in my Ancestry Member Tree in the World war I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 collection.  I can then go through these one at a time, attaching or rejecting the record image to persons in my tree, which will also attach the source citation, and adding the information to my RootsMagic database.

I usually click on the link for the record for the person - in the screen above I chose the link to the image for Leslie Delmar Acker, the first person on the list above:

I can add the pertinent information to my RootsMagic database, and a source citation to Evidence Explained standards (note that's source citations are not to EE standards).  

The World War I Draft Registrations, 1917-1918 are for males born between 1874-1900, and the coverage is fairly complete.  The record always contains a full name, a birth date, a current location, an employer, a next of kin, a signature, and a description of the person.  This is an excellent record for males born in that time period; some states do not have birth indexes or certificates for that time period.  

5) is still finding Hints for me (about 5-10 each day!), so I will have to revisit these specific databases every so often.  So far I've completed the Social Security Death Index, the 1940 U.S. Census, and Find A Grave using this process.  I'm currently working in the 1930 U.S. Census.  

My experience is that the Hints provided are 95% to 100% accurate - the search engines are excellent.  Of course, they don't find everything due to really different name spelling variations, or errors in my Ancestry Member Tree.  My guess is that they find 80% to 90% of the possible matches.  

This process works well for me - I continue to add content and source citations to my database, enriching the profiles of my Tree persons gradually, one record at a time.  I have a feeling of accomplishment when I finish a database.

It makes more sense to me to let Ancestry's search engines do these tasks rather than fumble with search field entries.  It saves me time, and energy, and I can sleep at night while works to find records for my Tree persons.  

6)  It would be really helpful if would enable this to be done with one click - for example, a link on the selected database page that says "Search your Ancestry Member Tree for persons with entries in this database."  

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Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver

Monday, January 26, 2015

RootsTech 2015 Conference - News and Sessions

The RootsTech 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City is only two weeks away.  There are some announcements - see the web page:

1)  Early Registration ($159 for three days) ends on 26 January (today!).  After that, Regular Registration ($239) ends 6 February 2015.  See the RootsTech Pricing page for information about the Innovator Summit, Family Discovery Day, and more.

2)  The RootsTech 2015 Conference App has been released for iOS and Android mobile devices.  See the RootsTech 2015 App page  for more details.

3)  The Conference Schedule is at  There are 327 classes listed, which includes FGS, Innovator Summit, Getting Started, and RootsTech classes.  Note that you need to have the appropriate pass in order to attend some of these.

On the left-hand side of the screen, the "Pass Type" filter can help you find classes that your pass will cover.  Clicking on one of the Pass Types will provide the list for that type.

4)  For the RootsTech pass, the classes in each session that I might attend include:

a)  Thursday, 12 February 2015:

*  11:00 a.m.:  Thomas MacEntee, Ballroom I, on "RT1456 Self-Publishing for Genealogists: Tips, Tricks, and Tools"

*  1:30 p.m.:   Apryl Cox, Ballroom G, on "RT1290 Accessing England's Probate Records and Indexes Online"

*  3:00 p.m.:  Judy G. Russell, Ballroom D, on "RT2281 Making a Federal Case Out of It"

*  4:30 p.m.:  Janis Forte, Ballroom D, on "RT1402 Using Technology to Uncover Your Genealogical Treasure Trove"

b)  Friday, 13 February 2015:

*  10:30 a.m.:  Hall D, on "RT2640 RootsTech Innovator Showdown"

*  1:00 p.m.:  Dan Lawyer, Room 151, on "RT2264 New Innovation at Ancestry: Better Research and Powerful Stories"

*  2:30 p.m.:  Kitty Cooper, Ballroom C, on "RT1661 The Advantages of Working with a One World Tree"

*  4:00 p.m.:  Lisa Louise Cooke, Room 151, "RT1715 How to Turn Your Tablet (or Smart Phone) into a Genealogy Powerhouse"

c)  Saturday, 14 February 2015:

*  10:30 a.m.: Kory Meyerink, Ballroom C, on "RT1630 Genealogy Wikis: A User’s Guide"

*  1:00 p.m.:  Tammy Hepps, Room 151, on "RT1680 Conducting Story-Driven Research"

*  2:30 p.m.:  Ron Arons, Ballroom C, on "RT1150 Nifty & Powerful Technologies for Genealogical Analysis & Documentation"

*  4:00 p.m.:  James Tanner, Ballroom G, on "RT1479 Do I Own My Ancestors?: Copyright, Attribution, Plagiarism, Sharing and Claims to Research Ownership"

The venue map, with the room numbers on it, are on the Venue map page:

I need to balance attending these presentations with my work in the Media Center, roaming the Expo Hall, attending the FGS presentations, and research in the Family History Library.  I need two clones, I fear!  Two conferences in one place is one too many.

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January 28th CVGS Program Features Steve Andres on USS Midway Museum

from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium 
(365 F Street)

Steve Andres on “The U.S.S. Midway Museum”

   In this presentation, Steve Andres will discuss the history of the U.S.S. Midway’s service in the US Navy from 1945-1992, and subsequent service to the nation as a museum in a slide presentation.  He will bring some brochures about several of the Midway’s programs, and discuss them as well.   In the remaining minutes, he will take the audience on a virtual tour of the ship.

     Steve Andres has been a Midway Museum Docent for eight years, accumulating over 2,000 volunteer hours.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967, served eleven years in submarines, and was responsible for two Naval Systems Command units before retiring in 1997 as a Captain with 30 years of service.

     His civilian experience includes corporate executive responsibilities in publicly held companies, retiring for a second time in 2006.  He and his wife, Louise, reside in La Jolla.  They have two grown children and are the proud grandparents of two granddaughters and a grandson.

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New or Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - January 19-25, 2015

I'm trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch (  As of 25 January 2015, there were 1,906 record collections on FamilySearch (up 6 from last week).

*  Virginia, Alexandria Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels, 1946-1957; Browse Images only, no indexes, addod or updated 23 Jan 2015

*  United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012; 402,388 indexed records, no images, added or updated 23 Jan 2015

*  North Dakota, Census 1925; 284,113 indexed records, with images, added or updated 23 Jan 2015

*  Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1994; Browse Images only, no indexes, addod or updated 22 Jan 2015

*  Hawaii, Index to Filipino Arrivals to Honolulu, 1946; Browse Images only, no indexes, addod or updated 22 Jan 2015

*  North Dakota, Census, 1915; 257,483 indexed records, with images, added or updated 22 Jan 2015

*  Massachusetts, Federal Census Mortality Schedule, 1880; Browse Images only, no indexes, addod or updated 22 Jan 2015

*  Massachusetts, Federal Census Mortality Schedule, 1870; Browse Images only, no indexes, addod or updated 22 Jan 2015

*  El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-1977; 655,985 indexed records, with images, added or updated 22 Jan 2015

*  United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1892; 1,703,529 indexed records, with images, added or updated 21 Jan 2015

*  United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of the Assistant Commissioner, 1865-1872; Browse Images only, no indexes, addod or updated 20 Jan 2015

*  Louisiana, Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1872; Browse Images only, no indexes, addod or updated 20 Jan 2015

*  Colorado, Naturalization Records, 1876-1990; Browse Images only, no indexes, addod or updated 20 Jan 2015

*  Boston, Passenger Lists, 1848-1891; 1,115,730 indexed records, with images, added or updated 20 Jan 2015

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

In order to select a specific collection, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner.

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) 2015, Randall J. Seaver

Amanuensis Monday - Post 253: Decree of Partition in Simon Gates (1739-1803) Estate

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 the 1803 decree of partition in the estate settlement of Simon Gates (1739-1803) of Gardner, Worcester County, Massachusetts in Worcester County Probate File 23252:

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

[page 102 of 1069]

Worcester Ss.
To all People unto whom these Presents shall come,
Nathaniel Paine Esq.
Judge of the Probate of Wills, &c., in the County
of Worcester within the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, sendeth Greeting.

KNOW YE, That, pursuant to the Acts or Laws of the said
Commonwealth, relating to the Settlement or Distribution of the
Estate of Intestates, and the Directions, Power and Authority
to me therein given, I do hereby order and assign accept the foregoing
report of the Committee by and order and assign –

all those Pieces and Parcels of Land, with the Buildings and Appurtenances
thereon and thereunto belonging, as -

and the same is are particularly set forth and described in the Return of
Commissioners by me appointed and sworn for the Apprisal thereof, and
by them valued at three thousand Seven hundred and
ninety six Dollars – (as by Return of the
said Commissioners into the Registry of Probate for the said County
------------------- may appear) TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the
hereby ordered and assigned Land and Premises, with the Members and
Appurtenances thereof unto ---- the before named (excepting what in set
off to the Widow of sd Deceased for her (Dower) unto the several assignees
therein mentioned –
and to their Heirs and Assigns forever.

PROVIDED they the said Assignees who have more than their share ^set to them,^
their Heirs, Executors, or Administrators, shall and do well and truly
pay, or cause to be paid unto the rest of the before-named deceased's
Children, their legal Representatives, or Guardians, the several Sums of
Money hereafter in this my Decree to them respectively ordered to be paid,
together with the Interest for their respective Sums or Portions, after the
Rate of Six Pounds per Cent, per Annum, to commence on and from
the 1st Day of April last Anno Domini,
and both Principal and interest to be paid (if demanded) on or before the
17th day of November which will be in the Year of our
Lord One Thousand Seven eight Hundred and four.

[page 103 of 1069]

ACCORDINGLY I Order the before-named Assignee s ^Simon Gates & Danl Gates^ their
----- Heirs, &c, in the first Place to pay and clear the Charges
relating to this Settlement, amounting in the whole to

Then to pay out to the other heirs as follows, viz. -
the said Simon Gates and Daniel Gates to pay or cause to be
paid unto Elisabeth Gates their sister in part of her portion
the sum of four hundred and eighty four Dollars thirteen Cents
and half a cent and to Ezekiel Gates his share amount-
ing to five hundred and Six Dollars thirteen Cents & one third of a
Cent and to Reubin Gates the Sum of Sixteen Dollars thirteen
Cents and one third of a Cent in part of his portion – the said
Elisabath, Ezekiel and Reubin, having the rest of their portions in
Said Real Estate assigned to them in Real Estate payment to be made
in like money.

In like Money, Manner, and with the Interest before mentioned. All which
aforesaid Sums, with the Share of the said Assignee s amount to the apprized
Value of two thirds of sd Real Estate and (together with what
was advanced by the said deceased in his Life Time to Nathan
Gates -----------------------------) make each Child's
Share therein to be agreeable to the Direction of the Law.

PROVIDED also, in case all or any Part of the hereby assigned Land
and Premises shall be legally evicted from the above-named Assignee s
their ---------------------
Heirs, Executors, Administrators or Assigns, that then the rest of the
aforesaid deceased's Children, their Heirs, &c. (Sharers in this division)
shall refund their rateable Parts, with Law Charges. In Testimony
whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and the Seal of the Probate Office
for the County aforesaid, the 17th Day of May
in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven ^eight^ Hundred and four,

Nath^l Paine JProb.

The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Worcester County, Probate Files, 1731-1925, Case 23252, Simon Gates Estate, 1803, Decree of Partition; digital images,,( accessed 12 August 2014); in "Case no 23243-23330, Gates, Sarah-Gay, William, 1731-1881" (images 102-103 of 1069); original records in Worcester County, Mass. Courthouse.

This is the seventh of several transcriptions from the Estate packet for Simon Gates (1739-1803), my 5th great-grandfather.  He died 11 March 1803 in Gardner, Worcester County, Massachusetts.  

In this part of the estate file, the Judge of the Probate Court decrees that what the Commissioners, appointed by the Judge, did in setting off real estate to the widow and the children of Simon Gates, was proper and he approved of the results.

I like to transcribe all of the document because there are so many nuances in the forms, which reflect the Law at the time of the event.  The Judge crossed out several phrases, and inserted other phrases, to reflect the actual circumstances.  

In the next post, I will transcribe the final account of the executors of the estate of Simon Gates.  That will complete my transcriptions of the records in this probate packet.  

Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 18 to 24 January 2015

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:

*  Citations: 10 Commandments for Intimidated Souls by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained QuickTips blog.  A superb list.

*  Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy Photo Album by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog.  Denise had too much fun at SLIG, and has pictures to prove it.

*  Crossing the Border by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James highlights migration information and database websites.

*  Do You Love Digital Records? Pros and Cons? by Pauleen Cass on the Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration blog.  Pauleen provides excellent advice in this article.

*  Finding a Place for Global Family Reunions by Pat Richley-Erickson on the Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration blog.  Pat highlights the features of a private Google+ Community to foster family reunions and family communication.

*  Post-SLIG Observations by Jill K. Morelli on the Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal blog.  Jill describes her week in the Advanced Practicum course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.  Sounds like fun!

*  What Happens to Your Genealogy Research When You're Gone? by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  Lorine provides her answers to the question.

*  The Genealogy Do-Over and Genealogy Software by Sue Adams on the Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration blog.  Sue highlights some blog posts about the Do-over and the software tools used by the writers, and discusses genealogy software.

*  Are Your Ancestors the Average of 5 Records? by Amy Johnson Crow on the No Story Too Small blog.  Amy has a great question, and shares why we should be looking for all record types.

*  Organizing DNA Results With Your Genealogy: WikiTree by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.  Kitty highlights how WikiTree is sharing DNA results with users.

*  Does This Couple in Missouri Own Your Relatives on Find A Grave Too? by Heather Collins on the Young & Savvy Genealogists blog.  Bravo, Heather!  Well done.

*  The Best Way to Find EVERY Historic Newspaper in America by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Kenneth has the answer...10%!  What was the question?

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

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

*  GAGs - GeniAus Gems - 21 January 2015 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Friday Finds and Follows: 23 January 2015 by Miriam J. Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.

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

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for January 23, 2015 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History blog.

*  Blog Posts for genealogists, January 23, 2015 by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- January 24, 2015 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (January 24, 2015) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism 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 1550 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your 2015 Genealogy Education Plans

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) What are your genealogy education plans for 2015?  Local society meetings or seminars?  Regional or national conferences?  Weeklong institutes?  Genealogy cruises?  Podcasts?  YouTube Videos?  Webinars or Hangouts On Air?  Magazines?  Websites?  Blogs?

2)  How much time do you invest in Genealogy Education?  Why do you do it?

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

Here's mine:

1)  My 2015 genealogy education:

*  I will attend monthly program meetings of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS), San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS), and Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego (CGSSD).  

*  I will attend the CVGS and SDGS all-day seminars each year.

*  I am scheduled to teach 3 sessions of Beginning Computer Genealogy at San Diego OASIS (adult education), host a monthly CVGS Research Group, and make presentations to about 10 Suthern California genealogical societies in 2015.

*  I will go to FGS 2015 and RootsTech 2015 in Salt Lake City in February.  I probably won't attend many classes.  I usually learn more from the syllabus materials than sitting in a class.

*  I will go to the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree in June 2015 in Burbank, California.  I usually attend some classes here.

*  I doubt that we will go on a genealogy cruise this year (we've done it the last three years) due to my wife's mobility issues.  I haven't been to a weeklong institute, but I'd like to, but not this year.

*  I have a subscription to Family Tree Webinars and usually watch the presentations after the live event (mainly because the CVGS events are at the same time on Wednesdays).  

*  I watch the Southern California Genealogical Society (SCGS) (I'm a member) webinars after the live event also.  I occasionally watch other webinars from other providers that are free or within my subscription package.

*  I participate in the Mondays With Myrt discussions using Google+ Hangouts On Air whenever I can;  when I miss one, I watch it on YouTube.  

*  I watch YouTube videos from a number of genealogy "channels" including Ancestry, FamilySearch, DearMYRTLE, Russ worthington, Tessa Keough, etc.

*  I listen occasionally to podcasts from the Genealogy Guys, Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems, Marian Pierre-Louis' Fieldstone Common and Professional Genealogist, and Fisher's Extreme Genes.

*  I have subscriptions to the National Genealogical Society (NGSQ and NGS Magazine), the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGR and American Ancestors Magazine), Family Tree Magazine, and Internet Genealogy magazine.  

*  I read over 1500 genealogy blogs using the Feedly RSS news reader on a daily basis.

2)  I estimate that I spend about 30% of my genealogy time on genealogy education each year.  That is at least 2-3 hours a day almost every day.  I look at it as an investment - the opportunities are endless, it seems.  I can learn about new tasks, applications, record groups, DNA, etc. from experts in the field and apply the lessons to my own research.   

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