Thursday, March 23, 2017

Updating my AncestryDNA Status

I last reported on my AncestryDNA results in Where Oh Where Have My AncestryDNA NADs Gone? (posted 14 October 2016).  At that time, I had:

*  148 Shared Matches
*  305 4th Cousins or Closer
*  7 DNA Circles
*  0 New Ancestor Discoveries

Today, when I checked my AncestryDNA results, I found that I have:

*  The same ethnicity estimates
*  175 Shared Matches
*  391 4th cousins or closer
*  10 DNA Circles
*  8 New Ancestor Discoveries



In the past five months, I have:

*  Made a note on each Shared Match (except for the ones with a private tree or those without a tree), and several other cousins that are not Shared Matches.  My notes are along the lines of:

"24.7 cM in 2 segments - 3rd cousin 1x removed, common ancestors are 3rd great-grandparents John Rich and Rebecca Hill"

*  Created a spreadsheet for the Shared Matches entries including the above note information.

*  Clicked on the "Shared Matches" button on the Shared Matches screen to see which other testers match me and the person who is my Shared Match.  

The 10 DNA Circles are for:



*  John Rich (1798-1863, my third great-grandfather) - 11 members, 4 groups, I match all 11 members
*  Rebecca Hill (1790-1862, my third great-grandmother) - 11 members, 4 groups, I match all 11 members
*  James Richman (1821-1912, my second great-grandmother) - 9 members, 3 groups, I match all 9 members
*  Hannah Rich (1824-1911, my second great-grandmother) - 9 members, 3 groups, I match all 9 members
*  Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1828, my 4th great-grandfather) - 4 members, 3 groups. I match only 1 member
*  Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793, my 4th great-grandmother) - 4 members, 3 groups, I match only 1 member
*  Aaron Smith (`1765-1841, my 4th great-grandfather) - 4 members, 4 groups, I match only 1 member
*  James Abram Kemp (1831-1902, my 2nd great-grandfather) - 3 members, 3 groups, I match only 1 member
*  Zachariah Hildreth (1793-1857, my 3rd great-grandfather) - 7 members, 4 groups, I match only 2 member
*  Hannah Sawtell (1768-1857, my 3rd great-grandmother) - 7 members, 4 groups, I match only 2 member

I now have six New Ancestor Discoveries for:

*  Alonzo Howland Cook (1855-1933) of Utah, I match 5 of 17 members in his DNA Circle
*  Mary Elizabeth Thomley (1866-1910), of Alabama,  I match 3 of 8 members in her DNA Circle
*  Milton Arthur Hartley (1854-1932), of Alabama, I match 3 of 8 members in his DNA Circle
*  John Gabriel Deal (1833-1908), of Ohio, I match 4 of 14 members in his DNA Circle
*  Almeda Gregory (1833-1910), of Ohio, I match 4 of 14 members in her DNA Circle
*  Margaret Van Petten (1805-1873), of New York, I match 4 of 11 members in his DNA Circle.

However, I do not have these persons in my pedigree chart.  They may be descended from some of my known ancestors, but the connections seem to be 3 to 8 generations back from them.

Blaine Bettinger has a Shared cM Project ongoing, so I thought I would make a table for my known cousins from the DNA Circles and some of the Shared Matches list:

ANCESTRYDNA SHARED MATCHES TABLE (23 Mar 2017)

Most Recent
Common Ancestor
My Shared cM
Match Name
Match Relationship
John Rich (1790-1868)

108 cM, 6 segments L.R. 3rd cousin 1x removed
John Rich (1790-1868)

108 cM, 5 segments Chris Rawlings 4th cousin
John Rich (1790-1868)

46 cM, 2 segments Munslows 4th cousin 1x removed
-John Rich (1790-1868)

13.2 cM, 1 segment J.S. 4th cousin 1x removed
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 266 cM, 11 segments S.S. 2nd cousin
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 112 cM, 6 segments J.S. 2nd cousin 1x removed
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 33 cM, 2 segments M.H. 2nd cousin 2x removed
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 61 cM, 4 segments J.S. 2nd cousin 2x removed
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 63 cM, 4 segments A.S. 2nd cousin 2x removed
Thomas Richman (1848-1917) 6.7 cM, 1 segment S.J. 2nd cousin 2x removed
James Richman (1821-1912)

50 cM, 4 segments B.R. 3rd cousin
Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1828) 13.7 cM, 1 segment Kennethhildreth22 4th cousin 1x removed
Aaron Smith (1765-1841)

9.4 cM, 1 segment L.T. 5th cousin
James Abram Kemp (1831-1902) 77 cM, 6 segments whimsy47 3rd cousin
Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) 24.2 cM, 3 segments Leslie wing 4th cousin
Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) 23.4 cM, 1 segment M.A. 4th cousin 1x removed
John Daniel Spangler (1791-1852) 73 cM, 4 segments C.G. 4th cousin

John Daniel Spangler (1791-1852) 59 cM, 2 segments Wayne Carringer 4th cousin 1x removed


NOTE:  I blanked out the names of the Shared Matches

As you can see, there is a significant variation in cM for a given relationship.  I have four 4th cousins, and the shared cM ranges from 24.2 to 108 cM.  The average expected cM for a 4th cousin is 14 cM.

The great advantage that AncestryDNA has over the other testing sites is that most of the testers have an Ancestry Member Tree with enough entries that a common ancestor can be found, and therefore a relationship can be determined.  

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1765 Birth Record of Aaron Smith (1765-1841) of Walpole, Mass. - Post #357 of Treasure Chest Thursday

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  1765 birth record of Aaron Smith, son of Moses Smith and Patience Hamant in the vital record books of Walpole, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.


The Aaron Smith birth record is on the right-hand page:


The transcription of this record is:

"Aaron Smith the Son of Moses Smith & Patience his
wife was Born May the 29: 1765"

The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Walpole > Births, Marriages and Deaths, page 81 (image 112 of 2213), Aaron Smith birth entry, 1765; citing original data from Massachusetts town and city clerk records in Jay and Delene Holbrook, Massachusetts Vital and Town Records (Provo, Utah : Holbrook Research Institute), Microfiche collection.

Aaron Smith (1765-1841) was the first of the four sons of Moses Smith (1732-1806) and his second wife, Patience (Hamant) Smith (1735-1780), of Walpole, Massachusetts.  They were all given Biblical names - Aaron, Calvin, Luther and Timothy.  Aaron and Calvin are the only sons that I have found who married and had children.  

The town record provided above is certainly a transcription of an earlier town record, and therefore it is a Derivative Source record with Primary Information and Direct Evidence as to Aaron's name, birth date, birth place and parents names.

Aaron Smith married Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) in 1795 in Medfield, Massachusetts, and they had 8 children between 1795 and 1815, including my ancestor Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840).  Aaron and Mercy (Plimpton) Smith are my 4th great-grandparents.
 
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Seavers in the News - Frank R. Seaver Leaves a Legacy

It's time for another episode of "Seavers in the News" - articles about persons named Seaver who made the newspapers for some reason.

This week's article is from the Pasadena [Calif.] Star-News newspaper, dated Monday, 14 December 1964, on page 24, column 2:


The transcription of this article is:

"School to Benefit From Estate"

"Don Bosco Technical High School in San Gabriel is one of eight institutions benefitted by the will of the late industrialist Frank R. Seaver, who left a great portion of his $10.1 million estate to favorite philanthropies, friends said today.

"The amount of the trust fund which Seaver left for Bosco Tech was not announced.

"Seaver, who died at the age of 82 on Oct. 26, left his widow, Mrs. Blanche Seaver of Los Angeles, his personal effects and a trust fund.

"Other relatives received cash and income from a trust fund.

"Trust funds were also set up to contribute to Pomona College, Pilgrim Congregationasl Church of Pomona, Loyola University, the Roman Catholic Church of Los Angeles, Claremont College, Pepperdine College and Mt. St. Mary's College."

The source citation for this article is:

"School to Benefit From Estate," Pasadena [Calif.] Star-News, 14 December 1964, page 24, column 2, article on Frank R. Seaver estate; indexed database and digital images,  Ancestry.com  (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 March 2017).

Who was Frank R. Seaver?  I checked my RootsMagic database, and easily found Franklin Roger Seaver, born 12 August 1883 in San Jose, California, son of Calton Seaver (1847-1927) and Mary Estella Samuels (1858-1954).  He married Blanche Ebert (1891-1994), and I don't believe that they had any children.

A biography for Frank Roger Seaver was published in the book:

Who's who in the Pacific Southwest : a compilation of authentic biographical sketches of citizens of Southern California and Arizona (Los Angeles : Times-Mirror Print. & Binding House, 1913), page 332.

The biography says:

"SEAVER, Frank Roger. Lawyer.  Res. 143 E. Holt Ave., Pomona, Cal; office, 317 Wilcox Bldg., Los Angeles, Cal.  Born in San Jose, Cal. in 1883; son of Carlton and Mary Estella (Samuels) Seaver.  Attended public schools of Claremont, Cal.; public and high schools of Pomona, Cal.; graduated from Pomona College, B.S., 1905; attended Law School of Harvard Univ., 1906-07; admitted to bar of Cal. in 1906; engaged in practice of law alone, 1908-11; formed partnership with brother, Byron D. Seaver, in 1911.  Atty. for Mutual Building & Loan Assn. of Pomona, Cal.; Municipal Corporation of Lordsburg, Cal.; Western Precipitation Co. of Los Angeles; atty. and dir. Wayside Press of Los Angeles; secy, Home Printing Co.; vice-pres. C. Seaver Co.: pres. Pomona College Alumni Assn.  Member N. G. C.; delegate to Republican conventions (Assembly, District and County); Board of Freeholders for drafting Los Angeles County Charter, 1912.  Member Board of Trade of Pomona, Cal.; Chamber of Commerce; University Club, Los Angeles; Harvard Club of So. Cal.; Masonic fraternity; Shrine.  Republican.  Congregationalist."

Interesting - he sure accomplished a lot in his first 30 years of life (this book was published in 1913).  I wondered if there was another obituary in a more recent book for the last 50 years?

Well, yes.  The California State Military Museums website has a long biography at  http://www.militarymuseum.org/Seaver.html.  There are also several books available that document his life and achievements.  The Online Archive of California has another biography and a finding aid for the papers of Frank R. and Blanche (Ebert) Seaver at  http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8g44pm3/entire_text/.

Wow!  He was pretty busy throughout his life.  

Franklin Roger Seaver was my 4th cousin 4 times removed.  


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2012 Visit to Oslo, Norway -- Post 456 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

Linda and I flew to Norway through London for the 2012 Legacy Family Tree cruise out of Oslo to Le Havre, Dublin, Liverpool and Edinburgh during May 2012.

We had met Torill Johnsen of Oslo in February at RootsTech, and she had said "If you come to Oslo, we can go to the Archives."

So we did - here are some photos from the Oslo visit with Torill:

1)  On our second day in Oslo, Torill picked us up in the early afternoon (we slept in due to jet lag), and we did some sightseeing.  In the hills above Oslo is the Riksarkivet which is the national archives of Norway:


2)  Torill guided us around, and we found the Voss bygdebok with Linda's families in it:


3)  Linda has the book opened to the cover page:


4)  After more touring, and visiting some shops, we took Torill out to dinner at a downtown restaurant:


5)  Randy and Torill at the restaurant:


She returned us to our hotel after dinner and we tried to recover from the jet lag so we could board our Royal Caribbean ship on the next day.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dear Randy: What Did You Mean by "Don't Want to Crap Up My RootsMagic Tree?"

Reader Joe asked "You say 'I don't want to crap up the RootsMagic tree with Ancestry source citations.' Why?" in an email reacting to my comment in Dear Randy: How Do You Update All Your Online Trees? (posted 22 February 2017).

Here is my response to Joe:


I try very hard to use source citations that conform to the Evidence Explained style of source citations.  My entire RootsMagic database has over 81,000 source citations done in that style.

Ancestry.com provides source citations that do not conform to the Evidence Explained style.  Their source citations are too general and not specific.  Let me give you an example.

Here is the source citation information from Ancestry.com for the 1940 U.S. Census for my father:

The transcription of the source citation and source information areas is:

Source Citation

Year: 1940; Census Place: Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1614; Page: 81A; Enumeration District: 9-398

Source Information

Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.
Note that the Ancestry source citation does not refer to a line or household number on the census page, or the head of household name, or an access date.  Most source citation models don't have separate named sections like "Source Citation" and "Source Information." [Note:  I didn't mention the italicization problems in the Source Citation ...]
Here is the source citation for the same record using the Evidence Explained source template in RootsMagic:
1940 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Newton, ED 9-398, Page 81A, line 20, Frederick W. Seaver in Patrick J. Delaney household, digital image, Ancestry.com  (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 March 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T627, Roll 1614.
It's my personal preference to use the EE source citation models, but I think they are infinitely better than the Ancestry citations.  
When I use Family Tree Maker software to attach records to my FTM family tree, the Ancestry created events, media and source citations are downloaded to my FTM database.  I could modify the downloaded source citation using a free-form citation template, or use the citation information to create an EE template citation, but that creates extra work on my part, especially when I have over 1,000 1940 U.S. census events in the database. 
I don't want that to happen when my RootsMagic database will be able to attach Ancestry records and Ancestry source citations, using "TreeShare" and/or "Web Hints" in the near future.  In other words, I don't want Ancestry.com source citations to "crap up" my RootsMagic database and create extra work for me to fix it.  
Unless Ancestry.com significantly modifies their source citation models using Evidence Explained principles, I doubt that I will add records directly into my RootsMagic database because of the extra work involved.  
I am heavily invested in the Evidence Explained source citation models now, with over 81,000 source citations at present.  I want to continue to adhere as best I can to that standard style.

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Treasure Chest Tuesday - 1904 Marriage License/Certificate for Severt Leland and Amelia Brocke

This week's Tuesday treasure is the 1904 Marriage License and Certificate for Severt Leland and Amelia Brocke in Helena, Lewis and Clark county, Montana:



The extracted information, from the right-hand page of the above image, includes (with handwritten entries in italics):

                              MARRIAGE LICENSE                                                   No.  3859
STATE OF MONTANA, COUNTY OF LEWIS AND CLARKE

To Any Person Authorized to Solemnize Marriages, Greeting:
You are hereby authorized to join in lawful wedlock and to celebrate within this County the rites and ceremonies
of marriage between                 Severt Leland 
of                                                London, Wis.,
Aged 25 years, __ months, __ days  Color:  white
born at                                       Madison, Wis.
not previously married
son of                                          T.S. Leland
His mother's maiden name was Annie Natvig
And                                              Amelia Brocke
Of Kendrick, Idaho
Aged 19 years, __ months, __ days, Color: white
Born at   Kendrick, Idaho
not  previously married
Daughter of                                 N. Brocke 
Her mother's maiden name was  Annie Greaser
and this shall be your good and sufficient warrant therefor.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and official seal this  11th
day of  Feby  , A.D.  1904.
                                                    FinlaylucRae    District Clerk
                                                   by William T. Condon  Deputy

                                                         MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE
STATE OF MONTANA        }  SS
County of Lewis and Clarke }
This certifies that the undersigned, a  Minister of the Gospel
did, on the  12  day of  Feb.  A,.D.  1904, at  Helena, Mont.
join in lawful wedlock  Severt Leland
and                                 Amelia Brocke
with their mutual consent and in accordance with the  laws of Mont. and the rules of the
M.E. Church
Attest:
S.E. Hughes      } Witnesses                   Severt Leland
Jennie V. Smith }                                    Amelia Brocke
                                                                R.P. Smith
Filed for record the  1st  day of  March,  A.D.  1904, at 10 o'clock A.M.
                                                                FinlaylucRae             Clerk
                                                          by William T. Condon    Deputy

The source citation for this record is:

"Montana County Marriages, 1865–1950", indexed database with digital images, FamilySearch (https//familysearch.org), "Lewis and Clarke County, Vol. H (1903-1908)," page 373 (image 95 of 700), Severt Leland and Amelia Brocke entry.

The Leland family resided in Gardiner, Montana in 1904, and the Brocke family resided in Kendrick, Idaho.  I don't know why they married in Helena - perhaps they met and married in a place away from their families.

Severt Oliver Leland (1878-1940) and Amelia Anna Brocke (1884-1975) are my wife's paternal grandparents.  They had four children born in Montana between 1904 and 1911, and one born in San Francisco in 1915.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Software MacKiev introduces FamilySync™ and Ancestry Retires TreeSync

I received this information today from Ancestry.com and Software MacKiev:

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Software MacKiev introduces FamilySync™

Last year, we announced the purchase of Family Tree Maker desktop software by Software MacKiev and because we wanted to make the transition to a new owner as smooth as possible, we committed at least a year of customer and product support.  The goal has always been to maintain the capability to share your family tree data between files on your computer with your personal Ancestry online trees. We’ve been hard at work co-developing a new Ancestry gateway with Software MacKiev to use in their Family Tree Maker 2017, which will be available soon.  We believe Software MacKiev continues to deliver the best value to users of Family Tree Maker with their focus and expertise in software solutions.   

What you should know:
  • TreeSync will be replaced by Software MacKiev’s FamilySync™.  In the new FamilySync, Ancestry’s search, merge, and Ancestry hints will all work as they do now for users who sync with their Ancestry trees and you can also look forward to more exciting new improvements.
  • FamilySync will be available only in Software MacKiev’s Family Tree Maker 2017 edition, which will be released on March 31, 2017.
The upgrade is free for all users who purchased a copy of a MacKiev Family Tree Maker edition since March 1, 2016. Those with previous Ancestry editions, or who got a free copy of Family Tree Maker 2014.1 or Mac 3.1, are eligible for discounted upgrades. The pre-order upgrade is $29.95 for those who sign up for Software MacKiev’s mailing list before March 29 and the upgrade will continue to be a discounted price ($39.95) for a limited time after March 29.  
  • Between Wednesday, March 29 and Friday, March 31, there will be a short period where syncing functionality may be interrupted as Software MacKiev rolls out their new syncing technology.  
  • As of March 29, 2017, Ancestry will no longer be supporting TreeSync, given the introduction of Software MacKiev’s FamilySync™.  Software MacKiev will continue to handle all related customer questions for Family Tree Maker.  Visit Software MacKiev’s Family Tree Maker Support Center at support.familytreemaker.com if you have questions.
 For additional information, news and discounted upgrade offers for Family Tree Maker, visit www.familytreemaker.com.

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So there is still a pre-order discount for $29.95 for FTM 2017 but you have to sign up for the Software MacKiev mailing list before 29 March.

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Amanuensis Monday -- 1731 Will of John Paine (1660-1731) of Eastham, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is from the Barnstable County, Massachusetts probate documents for John Paine (1660-1731) of Eastham, Massachusetts.  

a)  Barnstable County [Mass.] Probate Records, Volume 5, pages 12-13:



b)  Barnstable County [Mass.] Probate Records, Volume 5, pages 14-15:



The transcription of the will of John Paine is:


[page 13]

In the Name of God Amen. The fourteenth Day of July 1731 I John Paine
of Eastham in the County of Barnstable in the province of the Massachusetts bay in New
England Yeoman being advanced to old age and Labouring under Bodily weakness & Infirmity
but of competent & Sound mind & memory praise be given to God Therefor and mindfull of
the Mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to Die do therefore make and
Ordain this my Last Will and Testament That is to say Principally and first of all I give &
Recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I Commend to the Earth
to be buried with decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named.
Believing that the General Resurrection I Shall receive it again by the Mighty Power of God, and
as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I give demise
and Dispose thereof in manner and form following. That is to say first that my Debts & funeral
Charges being paid & discharged. Item I Give and bequeath to my beloved wife Alice Pain one
third part of my personal Estate & goods & chattles To have hold possess and Enjoy To herself her
Executors & Adm^rs in part of which she shall have Liberty (if she see Cause) to take the best bed
& furniture belonging to the house & also the bed w^ch she brought with her which was hers before
Marriage & the new Chest of Drawers These she may have at the price they shall be Valued.
Also I give to my s^d Wife the one half of my grain both Indian and English w^ch shall be grow-
ing on my Land or by me in any of my houseing or barn at my decease with the one half of
my flax as also one Silver Spoon and four pounds in bills of Credit then Currant this Spoon
is Mark'd IPA Two Last I give to my s^d wife in Special Consideration for Extraordinary Care
& Trouble in tending me in my Long Illness. Further I give my s^d Wife one Stone Jugg or Pitcher
mark'd GR also further I give my s^d Wife one Cow w^ch is now over at Porkey Island a fatting
with one of my Large Swine now at the door and one pig with all the Molasses butter or Cheese
which I shall have by me at my decease. Item I Give and bequeath to my Wife aboves^d
the Eastern End of my dwelling house wherein I now Live from the floor to the Roof with the
one half of the Leanto Chimney & half the benefit of the oven w^ch is in the Western End of my

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house half the porch before the Door with half the priviledge of the barn and the Ware house
standing Southward of my dwelling house as also one half of my Cellar Together with one
Third part of all my upland and meadowing divided or undivided whether plain or Wood
Land in part of which she may and I do hereby Give her Liberty to take half the orchard
as it is now Inclosed all Contain'd in this Paragraph from the Wood together to be possess'd
Enjoy'd & improv'd by her Dureing the term of her natural Life also I give to my s^d Wife
the free Use of my Large Iron Kettle to be Improv'd by her for her benefit as Long as
she Continues to be my widow as also the free Use and Improvement of the Crane Trammel
one pair of pothooks and the use of the Iron Dogs & Smal & Irons dureing s^d term also I give to my s^d Wife the Iron Pott & Kettle w^ch she brought with her and were hers before marriage
To have and to hold forever. Item only allowing to my two Daughters Rebecca & Mercy Pain
Liberty (if they or either of them see Cause) as Long as they Live unmarried to dwelling
Easterly End of the house. Item I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Pain The half of my
Dwelling house barn shop or Ware house Leanto Porch and Cellar as above described w^th the
one half of my Orchard as it is now Enclosed To have and to hold to him his heirs and
Assigns forever after the Decease of my Wife Alice Pain abovenamed.

Item I Give and bequeath to my four Sons John Pain William Pain Theophilus Pain &
Thomas Pain all my Upland Swamp & Meadowing whether Divided or undivided To have
to hold to them Respectively and to their heirs and Assigns for ever Two Thirds thereof
at my decease and The other Third Thereof at the decease of my Wife Alice Pain above-
named To be Equally Divided To them or to their Legal Representatives.

Item I Give and bequeath to my two sons Theophilus Pain & Thomas Pain Each of
them one bed bolsters & Pillows as near in Value as may be to that which I gave to
my son William Pain furthermore I give and bequeath to my s^d son Thomas Pain
my Musquet and one Silver Spoon mark'd TPM moreover it is my Will and I do
hereby give to my Wife abovenamed The free and full use of all the Tillable ^land^ & the
Meadow which shall fall to my son Thomas in the division thereof until my s^d
Son arrive to Eighteen Years old. Item I Give and bequeath to my four maiden
Daughters Vizt Rebeckah Pain Mercy Pain Alice Pain and Hannah Pain so
much out of my personal Estate & Goods & Chattells as will make them Equal for
quantity & quality as near as may be To what I have Given to my three daughters
Married Vizt Mary Freeman Sarah Knowles & Elizabeth Snow. Moreover I give &
bequeath to my two Daughters Alice and Hannah Pain my Large Silver Cup & each
of them one Silver Spoon also I give & bequeath to my s^d beloved Wife one third part
of my Mare which is a Black mare with a white star in her forehead. Item I give &
bequeath to my son John Pain my Cane and one of my Iron Chains. Item I give
to my four sons John Pain William Pain Theophilus Pain & Thomas Pain
all my wearing apparrell to be divided Equally among them after my decease.

Item The remaining part (if any there be) of my personal Estate & Goods & Chattels I
give and bequeath to my Seven daughters Viz. Mary Freeman, Sarah Knowles,
Elizabeth Snow, Rebeckah Pain, Mercy Pain, Alice Pain, & Hannah Pain.to be
Equally divided to them or to their Legal Representatives. Finally I do hereby Nominate
Constitute & Appoint my Two sons John Pain & William Pain Joint Executors of this my
Last Will and Testament . Witness my hand and Seal the Day & Year first abovenamed.

Sign'd Seal'd and declared to be the Last Will & Testament                  John Paine {seal}
of the abovenamed John Paine in Presence of
Nathaniel Mayo
Samuel Higgins

Jonathan Higgins Ju^r

The source citation for this probate record is:

"Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital 
images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 December 2016), Barnstable County, "Probate and Guardianship Records, Vol. 3-6, 1720-1747," Volume 5, pages 13-17 (images 462-464 of 882), 1731 will and inventory of John Paine.  Original data from Barnstable County [Mass.] Probate Court clerk books.

John Paine had two wives, and two sets of children.  He had 13 children with his first wife, Bennett Freeman (1671-1716) between 1690 and 1714:  John, Mary, William, Benjamin, Sarah, male, Elizabeth, Theophilus, Josiah, Nathaniel, Rebecca, Mercy and Benjamin.  Of those, only John, Mary, William, Sarah, Elizabeth, Theophilus, Rebecca and Mercy were alive when John Paine wrote his will in 1731.   After Bennett (Freeman) Paine died in 1716, John Paine married (2) Alice Mayo (1686-1748) in 1720.  They had five children between 1721 and 1728:  Hannah, James, Thomas, Alice and Hannah.  The last three were alive when John Paine wrote his will in 1731.

The will provides for his second wife, Alice, four sons, and seven daughters, including the three married daughters, Mary Freeman (wife of Samuel Freeman, Sarah Knowles (wife of Joshua Knowles), and Elizabeth Snow (wife of Jabez Snow).  In two places, the last name of the daughter "Alice Pain" is crossed out for some reason.  Alice was born in 1728, so she was only three years old at the time of her father's death.  

John Paine's will was proved on 19 January 1731/2.  He died 18 October 1731 according to the Eastham town records, and is buried in Orleans Cemetery in East Orleans, Massachusetts.  

John Paine is my 7th great-grandfather.  I am descended through his daughter, Elizabeth (Paine) Snow (1702-1772).  

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NOTE:  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."

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Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 12 to 18 March 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 19 March 2017, there were 2,204 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of  0  from last week):


The added or updated collections are:


*  Germany, Baden, Church Book Duplicates, 1800-1870; 434,193 indexed records with record images, Updated 17 Mar 2017

*  Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998; 816,570 indexed records with record images, Updated 17 Mar 2017

*  New Hampshire, Civil War Service and Pension Records, 1861-1866; 225,395 indexed records with record images, Updated 16 Mar 2017

*  Peru, Amazonas, Civil Registration, 1939-1998; 67,418 indexed records with record images, Updated 16 Mar 2017

*  British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries; 304,175 indexed records with record images, Updated 16 Mar 2017

*  Italy, Prato, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1923; 52,950 indexed records with record images, Updated 15 Mar 2017

*  Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records; 7,983,080 indexed records with record images, Updated 14 Mar 2017

*  Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-1959; 63,254 indexed records with record images, Updated 14 Mar 2017

*  Sweden, Norrbotten Church Records, 1612-1923; index 1658-1860; 6,531 indexed records with record images, Updated 14 Mar 2017

*  Italy, Viterbo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1870-1943; 90,219 indexed records with record images, Updated 13 Mar 2017

*  Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1496-1906; 282,212 indexed records with record images, Updated 13 Mar 2017

*  Italy, Grosseto, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1851-1907; 113,845 indexed records with record images, Updated 13 Mar 2017

*  Italy, Rieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1840-1945; 136,292 indexed records with record images, Updated 13 Mar 2017

*  Italy, Enna, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1944; 240,184 indexed records with record images, Updated 13 Mar 2017

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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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of 12 to 18 March 2017

The following databases were Added or Updated on Ancestry.com during the period from 12 to 18 March 2017

The databases added or updated include:


*  Wigan, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1926; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/17/2017

*  Wigan, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1911; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/17/2017

*  Poland, Łódź Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (USHMM); indexed records without record images, Updated 3/17/2017

*  Wigan, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1580-1812; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/17/2017

*  Wigan, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1979; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/17/2017

*  West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Confirmations, 1859-1875, 1901-1915; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/16/2017

*  Swansea and Surrounding Area, Wales, Gaol Records, 1877-1922; indexed records with record images, ADDED  3/16/2017

*  West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/16/2017

*  Swansea and Surrounding Area, Wales, Poor Law Union Records, 1836-1916; indexed records with record images, ADDED3/16/2017

*  Durango, Mexico, Civil Registration Births, 1861-1930; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/16/2017

*  West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1935; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/16/2017

*  Durango, Mexico, Civil Registration Deaths, 1861-1987; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/16/2017

*  West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1910; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/16/2017

*  Swansea and Surrounding Area, Wales, Electoral Registers, 1839-1966; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/16/2017

*  West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/16/2017

*  Ontario, Canada, Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1802-1967; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/16/2017

*  Durango, Mexico, Civil Registration Marriages, 1861-1951; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/16/2017

*  Surrey, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1987; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/15/2017

*  Surrey, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1937; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/15/2017

*  Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1912; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/15/2017

*  Surrey, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/15/2017

*  Web: Indiana, Marion Public Library Marriage Index, 1831-2008; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/14/2017

*  Ireland, City and Regional Directories, 1850-1946; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/13/2017

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, there were  4 NEW databases ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,851 databases available as of 19 March, an increase of  4 from last week.  


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Disclosure:  I have a fully paid Ancestry.com subscription.  Ancestry.com has reimbursed me for travel expenses to meetings and has hosted meals in Salt Lake City in past years.

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