Monday, August 21, 2017

Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 13 to 19 August 2017

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 20 August 2017, there were 2,244 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1  from last week):


The added or updated collections are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added ---


*  Denmark Census, 1925    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2718007); 3,627,893 indexed records with 3,627,893 record images, ADDED 16 Aug 2017

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Kansas State Census, 1865       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1824715); 149,601 indexed records with 4,701 record images (was 0 records with 4,701 images), Updated 15 Aug 2017

*  Sweden, Kopparberg Church Records, 1604-1900; index 1628-1860   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1977549); 30,577 indexed records with 497,445 record images (was 7,194 records with 497,445 images), Updated 16 Aug 2017

*  Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1384728); 118,500 indexed records with 130,134 record images (was 108,181 records with 130,134 images), Updated 16 Aug 2017

*  Kansas State Census, 1875       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1825178); 618,774 indexed records with 11,248 record images (was 0 records with 11,248 images), Updated 15 Aug 2017

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1987564); 559,161 indexed records with 942,817 record images (was 559,162 records with 942,817 images),  18 Jul 2017

*  United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2199956); Index only (875,611,429 records), no images (was 875,611,440 records with 0 images),  17 Jun 2015

*  Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016224); 816,566 indexed records with 1,582,419 record images (was 816,567 records with 1,582,419 images),  17 Mar 2017

*  California Birth Index, 1905-1995       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2001879); Index only (24,589,800 records), no images (was 24,589,828 records with 0 images),  1 Mar 2012

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In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner.

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

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 dates for major updates also.

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Added or Updated Ancestry.com Databases - Week of 13 to 19 August 2017

The following databases were listed on the Recently Added or Updated Collections list on Ancestry.com during the period from 13 to 19 August 2017

The databases added or updated include:


*  West Yorkshire, Roman Catholic Oath Records, 1714-1787, 1829; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/17/2017

*  Australia and New Zealand, Obituary Index, 2004-2017; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/17/2017

*  Caribbean, Obituary Index, 2003-2009; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/17/2017

*  U.S., Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection, 1847-2017; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/17/2017

*  Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1637-1935; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/17/2017

*  Georgia, Death Index, 1919-1998; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/17/2017

*  Canada, Obituary Collection, 1898-2017; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/17/2017

*  UK and Ireland, Obituary Index, 2004-2017; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/17/2017

*  U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-2017; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/17/2017

*  1891 England Census; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/15/2017

*  Saarland, Germany, Births, 1876-1903; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/14/2017

*  Nova Scotia, Canada, Births, 1840-1915; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/14/2017

*  Halle (Saale), Germany, Births, 1874-1903; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/14/2017

*  Maryland, Catholic Families, 1753-1851; indexed database with record images, ADDED 8/14/2017

*  Saarland, Germany, Marriages, 1876-1923; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/14/2017

*  Web: Tacoma, Washington, Obituary Index, 1882-2015; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/14/2017

*  Halle (Saale), Germany, Deaths, 1874-1957; indexed database with record images, ADDED  8/14/2017

*  Nova Scotia, Canada, Marriages, 1763-1940; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/14/2017

*  Nova Scotia, Canada, Deaths, 1864-1877, 1890-1965; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/14/2017

*  Halle (Saale), Germany, Marriages, 1874-1933; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/14/2017

*  Saarland, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1933; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/14/2017

The complete Ancestry.com Card Catalog is at   http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx
 

By my count, there was 2 NEW databases ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,902 databases available as of 20 August, an increase of  2 from last week.  


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Disclosure:  I have always had a fully paid Ancestry.com subscription.  Ancestry.com has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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Best of the Genea-Blogs - 13 to 19 August 2017

Dozens 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:


*  Life in Poland and the Decision to Leave (Part 1); The Journey to America (Part 2); Life in America (Part 3) by Donna Pointkouski on the What's Past is Prologue blog.  Fascinating!

*  Moscow! by Israel Pickholtz on the All My Foreparents blog.  Genea-smacked!

*  Finding Your Heritage in Unexpected Places by Carolyn Tolman on the Legacy Tree Genealogists blog.

*  Cooking Up Content: 50 Writing Ideas to Feed Your Genealogy Blog by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog.  Great list!

*  Researching Abroad, Day One; Day Two by Lilian Magill on the Lilian's Tree blog.

*  Coming in the Side Door for Amazing Ancestor Finds by Cindy Freed on The In-Depth Genealogist blog.

*  "If My Ancestry Subscription Expires, What Happens to My Tree?” by Lisa Louise Cooke on Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems blog.  Wisdom here.

*  Researching Abroad Roadshow Report - Parramatta by Chris Paton on The GENES Blog.  Fun!

*  CAGR or Computer Aided Genealogical Research by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  Yep.

*  Changing the Rules by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  They do...

*  What You Might Miss in Genealogy Publications by Amy Johnson Crow on the Amy Johnson Crow blog.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

* Friday Fossicking 18th August 2017 by Crissouli on the That Moment In Time blog.

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

*  High Fives - August 18, 2017 by Dianne Nolin on the Genealogy: Beyond the BMD blog.

*  Friday Finds -- Week 33 -- 2017 by Martin Roe Eidhammer on the Norwegian Genealogy and then some blog.

*  Friday Finds, 18 August 2017 by Lois Willis on the Lois Willis - Genealogy and Family History blog.


* Friday Finds 18 Aug 2017 by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

This Week's Creme de la Creme -- August 19, 2017 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 1600 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, August 19, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Family Heirloom

Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!



Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:


1)  The Family History Hound listed 20 Questions about your Ancestor, and I'm going to use some of them in the next few months.  

2)  Please answer the question "
What heirloom do you have that has been handed down through the generations?" 

3)  Write your own blog post, make a comment on this post, or post  your answer on Facebook or Google+.  Please leave a link to your answer in comments on this post.


My response:


While my mother had been giving me family photographs over the years from 1988 (when I started my genealogy research) until she died in early 2002, she pretty much kept the "family treasures" hidden. It was only when we were doing the inventory of the house and personal property, and distributing treasures to the sons and granddaughters, that we found many "goodies." My brothers kindly allowed me to have the "family history" treasures.

One "family history" treasure that I found in the back of a closet was a spoon holder. It had eight spoons in it, each with a monogram on it, but two different sets of initials - six with "C.K." and two with "M.A.V.":



On the back of the spoon holder was a sheet of paper taped to the back:

The page says:

"These silver spoons are made out of the silver buckles worn on the velvet knickerbockers during the revolutionary period by descendants of Sir Isaac Newton - Date of spoons not known but over 100 years old.


"The spoons were given by Catherine Newton Knapp to Mary Auble - and later to her daughter - Bessie Auble Pentecost - grandniece of Catherine Newton Knapp - Now being passed on to another grandniece - Emily Auble Carringer.


"August 19th, 1945.


"The two spoons marked M.A.V. belonged to Lyle's great-grandmother, Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux. They were made by Cogswell in Boston, Mass. in 1760 - They are coin silver. M.A.V. is Grandma Smith's mother."


The six spoons that have the initials "C.K." are the Catherine Knapp (about 1810- after 1894) spoons. Catherine Knapp was the daughter of William Knapp (1775-1856) and Sarah Cutter (1785-1878), and never married. I have part of an obituary for Catherine Knapp, but don't know her death date or place. I can't find any information about her life in my database either...not even census records. Ah, a research challenge!

Another research challenge is the "family story" that the spoons were made out of silver buckles worn by descendants of Sir Isaac Newton. Did Sir Isaac have children and descendants? I don't know, but will try to find out. There was a man named Sir Isaac Newton (not the one of discovering Gravity fame) residing in the early 1800s in Vermont, if I recall correctly!

This is the first clue I have about the Newton middle name for Catherine Knapp. They lived in Newton, Sussex County, New Jersey. There is no Newton family in her mother's ancestry, but there could be in her father's Knapp ancestry (which I have not been able to determine to date).

The two spoons with the initials "M.A.V." were given by Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux (ca 1815-after 1880), daughter of Amos Underhill (1772-1865) and Mary Metcalf (1780 - ????), and wife of Samuel Vaux (1816-after 1880). 

I do not know when or where the wooden spoon holder was obtained by Emily (Auble) Carringer. She probably bought it at a store after she was given the spoons by her cousin, Bessie (Auble) Pentecost on her birthday in 1945.


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Surname Saturday - DEIKEN (Germany to Colonial New York)

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 #1939, who is Maria Elisabetha DEIKEN (1680-1755) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through one generation of this DEIKEN family line is:


1. Randall J. Seaver (1943-????)

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 (1862-1952)

30.  James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902)
31.  Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874)

60.  Abraham Kemp (1795-1881)
61.  Sarah Fletcher (1802-1861)

120.  John Kemp (1768-1861)
121.  Mary Dafoe (1776-1832)

242.  Abraham Dafoe (1755-1815)
243.  Katreen --?-- (1755-1792)

484.  Johann Ernst Dafoe (1726-1784)
485.  Maritjen Keller (1729-1789)

968.  Abraham Dafoe (1703-1753)
969.  Maria Catherina Reiffenberger (1705-1748)


1938.  Johann Georg Reiffenberger, born about 1674 in Flammersbach, Hessen, Germany; died 1750 in Livingston Manor, Columbia, New York, United States.  He was the son of 3876. Johannes Christianus Reiffenberger and 3877. Catharina Cuntz.  He married about 1700 in Hessen, Germany.
1939.  Maria Elisabetha Deiken, born about 1680 in Flammersbach, Hessen, Germany; died 1755 in Livingston Manor, Columbia, New York, United States.

Children of Johann Reiffenberger and Maria Deiken are:

i. Maria Catharina Reiffenberger, born about 1705 in Haiger,  Hessen, Germany; died 20 January 1748 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York, United States; married Abraham Defoe (1703-1753) about 1723 in Probably Dutchess, New York, United States.
ii. Anna Margaretha Reiffenberger, born Abt. 1708 in Hessen, Germany; married Abraham Laucks 23 December 1732 in Catskill, Greene, New York, United States; born about 1710 in Germany; died 1754 in Kinderhook, Columbia, New York, United States.
iii. Georg Reiffenberger, born Abt. 1710 in West Camp, Ulster, New York, United States; died 1754 in New York, United States; married Anna Maria Leick about 1735 in New York, United States; born 18 June 1714 in New York, United States.
iv. Daniel Reiffenberger, born Abt. 1713 in Livingston Manor, Columbia, New York, United States; died 1789 in Livingston Manor, Columbia, New York, United States; married Anna Elisabetha Stuber 23 December 1732 in Catskill, Greene, New York, United States; born about 1715 in Dutchess, New York, United States;
v. Adam Reiffenberger, born Abt. 1716 in Columbia, New York, United States; died 25 November 1756 in Germantown, Columbia, New York, United States; married Agnes Falckenberg; born 26 November 1714 in New York, United States;

vi. Johannes Reiffenberger, born October 1720 in Germantown, Columbia, New York, United States; died before 29 December 1784 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York, United States; married Anna Maria Hauch about 1740 in New York, United States; born 07 March 1717 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York, United States; died about 1773 in Columbia, New York, United States.

I don't know where I obtained this information, such as it is, about Maria Elisabetha Deiken.  It may have been in one of the Henry Z. Jones books on Palatine families (and the photocopies may be buried in my paper piles), or it may have been in online family trees.  There are several trees on Rootsweb Worldconnect with essentially the information I have above. 

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