Tuesday, August 30, 2016

2016 Rockstar Genealogist Nominations are Open

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Rockstar Genealogist on John D. Reid's Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections blog - see Rockstar Genealogist Nominations are Open.


John's criteria for being a Rockstar Genealogist are:

"Rockstar genealogists are those who give 'must attend' presentations at family history conferences or as webinars, who when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy. If you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup, or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter they are likely Rockstar candidates."

The blog post has a list of those who have been nominated from past years and he solicits nominations for other potential rockstars.

The deadline for nominations is noon (EDT?) Friday, 2 September, and voting for Rockstar Genealogist in various categories will start on Saturday, 3 September.

Please participate - check your favorites to make sure they are nominated, or nominate someone who meets the criteria, and then vote when the opportunity is available.

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Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1870 U.S. Census Record for Seaver Torgerson Household in Deerfield, Wisconsin

Yes, I know it's supposed to be Treasure Chest Thursday, but I can't help it - I want to share some of the records that I (and others) have found in my/their repository and online searches for my ancestral families.

This week's Treasure is the 1870 United States Federal Census record for the Seaver Torgerson household in Deerfield, Dane County, Wisconsin (on two census pages):




The Seaver Torgerson household entries are:



The extracted data for the Seaver Torgerson household:

*  Seaver Torgerson - age 67, male, white, a Farmer, $800 in real estate, $3000 in personal estate, born Norway, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth, a male U.S. citizen over age 21
*  Betsy Torgerson - age 52, female, white, keeping house, born Norway, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth
*  Ole Torgerson - age 18, male, white, works on farm, born Norway, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth, attended school
*  Anna Torgerson - age 15, female, white, at home, born Norway, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth, attended school
*  Isabella Torgerson - age 12, female, white, born Wisconsin, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth, attended school

The source citation for this record is:

1870 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Dane County, Wisconsin, Deerfield Township, Page 179B, Dwelling #142, Family #149, Seaver Torgerson household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 1708.

This census record for the Seaver Torgerson household is spread over two pages of the census records.  The parents have other children who are not enumerated in this record.

Seaver Torgerson's Norwegian patronymic name was Sjur Torgersen, and Betsy Torgerson's Norwegian patronymic name was Brita Olsdtr.  The Norwegian patronymic names of the children should by Sjursdtr.  However, the family apparently followed the American custom of a common surname for all family members in the 1870 time frame.  In the 1875 to 1880 time frame, the family members adopted the Leland surname.

Sjur Torgersen (1804-1889) and Brita Olsdtr (1818-1895) are my wife's 2nd great-grandparents who migrated from Voss in Norway to Wisconsin in the 1850s, settling in Deerfield, Dane County, Wisconsin.  Linda is descended from Torger Sjursen Leland (1850-1933), the oldest son of Sjur Torgersen and Brita Olsdtr, who married Anna Ellingsdtr Natvig (1853-1911).

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Good News: Ancestry Member Trees Indexes Were Updated

I wrote Ancestry Member Trees Indexing Update - UPDATED on 11 August 2016, noting that the Ancestry Member Trees index had not been updated since February 2016, according to sources.  I wrote an email to my Ancestry contact, who indicated that they were planning on updating the AMT Index.

In a later email, Matt indicated that the indexing of the Ancestry Member Trees used a different system than the Hinting system, and that Hints were updated within 24 hours of new or edited profiles, but that AMT Indexing was updated periodically.

1)  I wondered how long the Indexing update would take, and the information we received was early September.

In order to determine when the AMT Indexing occurred, I added four new profiles to my Ancestry Member Tree, as discussed in Ancestry Member Trees Indexing Update - UPDATED.  I added a source citation for three of the persons - Solfest Johannesen, the father of Britha, and Ragnhild Solfestdtr.  I did not add a source citation for Eli Solfestdtr in order to test the earlier statement by Ancestry that the Ancestry Member Trees are only indexed if they have at least one source for the profile.

I checked every few days after my blog post, and documented the efforts in updates to the blog post.

When I checked on Saturday, 27 August, the three profiles in my Ancestry Member Tree were found in a search.  Here are two screens that show the three search results:




Here is Solfest Johannesen's profile in my Ancestry Member Tree:


note that there is a source for his birth.  Note also that there are three children listed - Eli, Britha and Ragnhild.

Here is the profile for Eli Solfestdtr, who does not appear in the search results:


Eli Solfestdtr does not appear in the search results because there is no source citation for events in her profile.  

2)  Now the question becomes:  When will the next AMT Indexing occur?  Will it be daily, weekly, monthly, yearly?  I don't know, but I've asked Ancestry the question in an email.  

I have created another test to determine when the next AMT Indexing occurs.  I added spouses for all three of the daughters this morning.  Here is the profile for the spouse of Britha Solfestdtr:



I added a source for his birth and death events.  I did the same for spouses of Eli and Ragnhild Solfestdtr also.

3)  Does any reader want to guess how long it will take for Ancestry to add these three spouses to the AMT Index?  


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CVGS Program Meeting is Wednesday, 31 August 2016: Shirley Becker on "New York Revisited"

CVGS General Meeting 

Chula Vista Civic Center Library Auditorium (365 F Street, Chula Vista CA 91910)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12 Noon PDT 

Please Note Change of Program Topic

Shirley Becker will present "New York, Revisited!"



Shirley Becker is a great grandmother to about 13, of whom 4 live with her. Since 3 are teenagers, she does occasionally have to battle for computer time. Shirley has been working on genealogy seriously for about 30 years and before that occasionally as she found time. 

Most of her research is in upstate New York, but as her lines grow she has found some in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and the New England States. She is presently attempting to correct mistakes and add sources that were neglected when she was a beginner in the lifelong work that is known as Genealogy.

The meeting starts promptly at Noon with announcements and introductions. The presentation by our guest speaker will be followed by a short business meeting, and finally raffle drawings, refreshments and fellowship will complete the program.  Attendance is free.


Please register soon if you plan to attend this meeting so that we may better plan for this event. More information and online registration: CVGS General Meeting.


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Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 21 to 27 August 2016

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

As of 28 August 2016, there were 2,128 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 10 from last week):


The added or updated collections are:

*  Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Parish Records, 1550-1966; 164,962 indexed records without record images, Updated 26 Aug 2016

*  Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration, 1803-1933; 425,774 indexed records with record images, Updated 26 Aug 2016

*  Australia, Queensland, Maryborough Public Records, 1847-1989; 17,156 indexed records with record images,  Updated 26 Aug 2016

*  United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942; Browse Images only, no record index, Updated 26 Aug 2016

*  Maine & Massachusetts, Case Files of Deceased and Deserted Seamen, 1837-1965; Browse Images  only, no record index,  ADDED 26 Aug 2016


*  Massachusetts, Boston Passenger Lists Index, 1899-1940; indexed records with record images,  Updated 25 Aug 2016

*  Czech Republic Censuses and Inhabitant Registers, 1800-1990; Browse Images only, no record index, Updated 25 Aug 2016

*  United States, Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contracts, Indenture and Apprenticeship Records, 1865-1872; 620,353 indexed records with record images,  ADDED 25 Aug 2016

*  England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers, 1797-2004; 516,231 indexed records with record images, Updated 25 Aug 2016

*  New Zealand, Obituaries, 1844-1963; 14,545 indexed records with record images,  ADDED 25 Aug 2016

*  North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers, 1779-1782; Browse Images only, no record index, ADDED 25 Aug 2016

*  Maine Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications, 1835-1838; Browse Images only, no record index,   ADDED 25 Aug 2016

*  New Hampshire Revolutionary War Records, 1675-1835; Browse Images only, no record index, ADDED 25 Aug 2016

*  Massachusetts Revolutionary War Bounty Land Applications, 1805-1845; Browse Images only, no record index,  ADDED 25 Aug 2016

*  Netherlands, Gelderland Province Civil Registration, 1800-1952; 183,873 indexed records with record images, Updated 25 Aug 2016

*  Iowa State Census, 1905; 2,182,231 indexed records with record images,  Updated 23 Aug 2016

*  Arizona, Payson, Obituaries, 1948-2008; 213,416 indexed records with record images,  ADDED 23 Aug 2016

*  Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945; 64,175 indexed records with record images,  ADDED 23 Aug 2016

*  Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916; 208,653 indexed records without record images, Updated 23 Aug 2016

*  France, Dordogne, Censuses, 1876; 847,160 indexed records with record images, Updated 22 Aug 2016

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! 

In order to select a specific collection, go to https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list 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 dates for major updates also.

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New Genealogy Service Poised to Fill Critical Gap in Genealogy Industry

I received this press release today from Genealogy.Coach:

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New Genealogy Service Poised to Fill Critical Gap in Genealogy Industry

Online Genealogy Coaching



CEDAR HILLS, Utah - August 29, 2016 - A new family history service launched today that will fill a critical gap in the multi-billion dollar genealogy industry.  genealogyDOTcoach (SM) is a new online service that matches up professional genealogists (called Genealogy Coaches) with people who want to have all the fun of making family history discoveries for themselves but just need a little assistance from someone they can trust.

"With do-it-yourself sites like Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org it has become so easy for anyone to start climbing their family tree," says co-founder, Janet Hovorka.  "But, sometimes people get a little stuck in the process.  The traditional option at that point has been to purchase a 10 or 20 hour research package from a professional genealogist.  Many people can't afford that kind of help. Others are reluctant to do so because they want the joy of making those family history discoveries themselves.  genealogyDOTcoach aims to fill that gap."

The service launches with 25 coaches across 47 different categories. Topics include:  getting started; genetic genealogy/DNA; tree analysis and writing a research plan; and document translation.  Coaches also specialize in research for different regions of the world and different ethnic groups.  The initial group of coaches have an average of 25 years of training and experience apiece.  They are researchers, authors, and lecturers.  The impressive list of coaches includes some of the most well-known genealogists in the industry.

On the genealogyDOTcoach website, users can select a topic and see a list of coaches who specialize in that topic.  They can review comments and ratings from previous clients, to help them select a coach they would like to work with.  Sessions can be scheduled for 15, 30 or 60 minutes.  Pricing starts as low as $15 for 15 minutes.

Shortly before the coaching session, an email link is sent that allows the user to log in to a private video chat room.  There they meet face to face, via video chat, to share screens and documents with the genealogy coach, and receive the help they need to keep them moving along in their family history journey.

"Clients leave the coaching sessions with a game plan for how to move forward in their family history research," says Hovorka.  "Just like life coaches or athletic coaches, genealogy coaches can give you the boost you need to be better at what you enjoy."


About genealogyDOTcoach
Website:  https://genealogy.coach
Complete listing of coaches with their bios found here:  https://genealogy.coach/project/all-coaches/

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Well, "coaching" is what I've been doing for 13 years in the Chula Vista Genealogical Society - hosting the Research Group where attendees discuss their research challenges and successes, and ask questions about resources and specific research problems.  I will continue to do this as part of my society duties.  

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Amanuensis Monday - Post 336: Will of Jonathan Thurston (1659-1740)

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 will of  Jonathan Thurston (1659-1740) of Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts:


The transcription of this will is (transcribed line by line):

In the name of God Amen

This twenty second Daye of August one thousand Seven hundred thirty & five I Jonathan Thurston Late of
Little Compton in the County of Bristol with in his Majesties province of the Masachusetts Bay in New England yeoman but
now Resident and Living in Dartmouth in the said County being: week of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be
Given unto God therefore Calling unto Mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is apointed for all men once to
Dye do make and ordain this my Last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I Give and Recomend my
soul in to the hands of God that gave it and My body I Recomend to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christian manner at the
Discretion of my Executor: and as touching such worldly Estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give demise
and dispose of the same in the following Manner and form

Imprimis I give and bequeath to my son Edward Thurston Ten shillings in mony he having had his part or portion all Ready.

Item I give and bequeath to my son Jonathan Thurston whome I Constitute make and Ordain my sole Executor of this my last
Will and testament one hundred and forty pounds in Mony to be understood good passable Bills of publick Credit

Item I give to my son Joseph Thurston one hundred and fifty pounds in the alike mony as afore sd to be paid him out of my Estate

Item I give to my son Job Thurston one hundred and fifty pounds in such mony as afore sd to be paid to him out of my Estate

Item I give to my Daughter Mary Brownell thirty pounds in mony such as afore sd to be paid to her out of my estate

Item I Give to my Daughter Content Wood thirty pounds in such mony as afore sd to be paid to her out of my Estate

Item I give to my Daughter Abigail White thirty pounds in such mony as afore sd to be paid to her out of my Estate

Item I give to my Daughter Susanah Car thirty pounds in such mony afore sd
to be paid to her out of my Estate

Item I give to my grand son Lovet Peters thirty pounds in such mony as afore sd to be paid him out of my Estate and all so that bead
that did belong to my Daughter Ellenor his Mother

Item I give to my grand daughter Rebeckah Southworth twenty pounds in mony such as afore sd to be paid her out my my said Estate and all the household stuff that did belong to my Daughter Patiance her Mother

Item I give and bequeath ten shillings a peas to all my Daughter Elizabeth woods Children in such mony as afore sd to be paid to Each of
them out of my Estate

Item I give and bequeath ten shillings a peace to all my Daughter Sarah Sawdays Children in such mony as afore sd to be paid to
Each of them out of my Estate

And my will is that all my household stuf that I have not Disposed of in this my will I give to be equally Devided
between my two youngest Daughters Abigail and Susanah

And if there be any of my other Estate not Disposed of in this my will: my mind and will is that after all my just Debts
and funeral Charges be paid that the Remainder: if any be: I give to be equally Devided between my two youngest sons
viz. Joseph & Job & my mind is that if either of them of my sd two sons Joseph or Job should happen to Dye:
before my Decease: & Leave No Lawfull living issue: that then the survivour shall have: his part portion or share
free and clear: all my Legacies to be paid by my Executor above named.

And I do here by utterly Disalow Revoke and Disannul all and Every other former Testaments wills Legacies
and bequests and Executors by me in any way before Named Willed and Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no
other to be my Last will and testament in wittnes where of I have here unto Set my hand and Seal the Day and
year above written.
Signed sealed published pronounced
and Declared by the said Jonathan Thurston                               his
as his last will and testament in the presents                 Jonathan X Thurston {seal}
of us the subscribers                                                                  mark and seal
Nathaniel Soule
Francis Tripp
William Hix

Bristol Ss April the 15th 1740
Then Before the Hona^le Nathaniel Blagrove Esq Judge of the Probate
of Wills &c within the County of Bristol Came Francis Tripp &
William Hix Two of the Wittnesses of the Last Will and Testament
of Jonathan Thurston Late of Little Compton Deceased and made
Oath that they Were Present and Did See and hear the said Deceased
Signe Seal Publish and Declare the Within Written Instrument
to be his Last Will and Testament and that he Was of a Sound
Disposing mind when he so did and that Nathaniel Soul
Signed as a Wittness with them att the Same time and that they
All Signed in the Presence of the Testator.
                                                            Jurat Coram N. Blagrove

Stephen Paine Register                      Bristol Ss April y^e 16 1740
                                                          Entered in the Ninth Book of Wills
                                                          Sworn folleo 591: 592 &c Stephen Paine Register

The source citation for this will is:

Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Bristol County, Probate Records, Thurston, Gardner - Tillinghast, Joseph, images 848-854, Jonathan Thurston estate packet, image 854, Will, proved 1740.

Jonathan Thurston had 18 children registered in the Little Compton, Rhode Island town records.  He names 12 of them in his will written in 1735 - Edward Thurston (born 1679), Jonathan Thurston (born 1687), Joseph Thurston (born 1714), Job Thurston (born 1717), Mary Brownell (born 1685), Content Wood (born 1691), Abigail White (born 1700), Susanna Carr (born 1712), Ellenor Peters (born 1696, deceased), Patience Southworth (born 1702, deceased), Elizabeth Woods (born 1682, deceased), Sarah Sawday (born 1693, deceased).  In addition, he notes that sons Joseph and Job are his two youngest sons, and Abigail and Susanna are his two youngest daughters.  Apparently, six other children were not living or had no issue in 1735 when he wrote his will - they were John (born 1695), Rebecca (born 1689), Hope (born 1698), Amey (born 1705), Peleg (born 1706) and Jeremiah (born 1710), 

Jonathan Thurston does not mention a wife.  Only one birth record for his 18 children names a wife - Susanna is named as the mother of Edward, born in 1679.  She may have been born about 1660, and may have died between 1706 and 1712.  Another woman (named Sarah?) may have been the mother of the last three or four children (including Susanna, Joseph and Job.

Jonathan Thurston is my 7th great-grandfather, and his daughter Abigail Thurston (1700-????) who married William White (1708-1780) is my ancestor.  

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of 21 to 27 August 2016

The following databases were added or updated on Ancestry.com during the period from 21 to 27 August 2016:


The databases added or updated include:


*  1850 United States Federal Census; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/24/2016

*  Sibiu, Romania, Tax Registers, 1707-1724, 1787-1878; indexed database with record images, ADDED 8/24/2016

*  Upper Berry, France Deaths, 1564-1907; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/23/2016

*  New South Wales, Australia, Land Records, 1811-1870; indexed database with record images, Updated  8/23/2016

*  Upper Berry, France Marriages, 1561-1907; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/23/2016

*  Oklahoma, Naturalization Records, 1889-1991; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/23/2016

*  Upper Berry, France, Births Index, 1557-1935; indexed database without record images, Updated 8/23/2016

*  Medway, Kent, England, Poor Law Union Records, 1836-1937; indexed database with record images, ADDED  8/23/2016

*  Maryland, Wills and Probate Records, 1604-1998; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/23/2016

*  Web: Minnesota, Obituary Index, 1891-2003; indexed database without record images, ADDED 8/22/2016

*  Web: North Brabant, Netherlands, Markiezenhof Baptism Index, 1597-1810; indexed database without record images, ADDED 8/22/2016

The recently added and updated page on Ancestry.com is at http://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections.

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

By my count above there were 4 NEW databases ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,697 databases available as of 28 August, an increase of 4 from last week. 



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