Friday, May 29, 2015

My Sunday (6/7/15) Classes at SCGS Genealogy Jamboree

We are going to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree next week (June 5-7) in Burbank, and I've been trying to decide on the classes I want to attend.  I took a survey several weeks ago and identified the classes, but I don't remember what I selected - I thought they sent me an email, but I can't find it.

So I used the SCGS 2015 mobile app to select my classes, and now they appear in the "My Schedule" part on the mobile app.

Here is the screen shot from the "My Schedule" tab on the app on my iPhone for Sunday, June 7:


It's a little cramped in portrait mode, and more spread out in landscape mode.  At least it tells me, in a cryptic fashion, where to go, who I'm hearing, and the topic.

My selected classes for Sunday are:


*  8:30 a.m.:  SU005:  "Family History Adhesive: Science and Simple Tech 4 Binding Families" by Janet Hovorka, in Hollywood and Burbank room.

*  10:00 a.m.:  SU018:  "Getting Even More Out Of Your Ancestry.com Subscription" by Crista Cowan, in Pavilion 1

*  1 p.m.: SU023:  "Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch" by Eric Provard, in Pavilion 1

I have to skip the last class time on Sunday (2:30 p.m.) because we go over to the Subway and get sandwiches for dinner to take on the train home, which leaves at 4:25 p.m. 

 Those are my choice right now, they may change on the day.  Then there is the Exhibit Hall which is open all day, so I may forgo a class and cruise the exhibits, taking pictures and talking about vendor products.  Of course, I may meet friends, readers and geneabloggers in the hallways and have a chat and miss a class.  Who knows - I usually play it by ear.  My goal is to attend at least 50% of the selected classes each conference so I feel like I get my registration money's worth.

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Photo Dating Women's Bathing Suits

Did my great-grandmothers, or my great-grand-aunts, wear a bathing suit like this in the 1890s?


How about my grandmothers and great-aunts in the 1910s:


How about my mother, and my aunts, in the 1940s:



I ran across a video on YouTube titled "Evolution of the Bikini," and in order to help my fellow researchers date their family photographs, I offer this only for family history purposes to my colleagues and friends:




I wonder if this is going to be the most popular post of the week?  :)  I couldn't resist trying to help my fellow family historians.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 74: #89 Sibel (Kirby) White (1764-1848)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I am extending this theme in 2015 to 104 Ancestors in 104 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #74:

Sibel Kirby (1764-1848)  is #89 on my Ahnentafel list, my 4th great-grandmother, married in 1786 to Humphrey White (1757-1814).

I am descended through:

*  their son, #44 Jonathan White (1805-1850) who married #45 Miranda Wade (1804-1850) in about 1823.  

*  their son, #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married #23 Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864) in 1848.

*  their daughter, #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913), who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868. 
*  their daughter, #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962),  who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
* their son, #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):


*  Birth Name:                  Sibel Kirby[1–3]   
*  Alternate Name:           Sibbel Kirby[8,10]    
*  Alternate Name:           Sybel Kirby[4]    
*  Alternate Name:           Sibel White[5–8]    

*  Sex:                              Female   
*  Father:                         David Kirby (1740-1832)   
*  Mother:                       Martha Soule (1743-1828)   
  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*  Birth:                          8 January 1764, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[4]
*  Distribution:               12 February 1814 (age 50), husband's estate administered; Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[5]
*  Census:                      1 June 1820 (age 56), Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[6]
*  Census:                      1 June 1830 (age 66), Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[7] 
*  Distribution :             1 May 1832 (age 68), father bequeathed $200; Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[8]    
*  Death:                        before 11 March 1848 (before age 84), estate administered; Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[4]   
*  Probate:                     11 March 1848 (age 84), estate administered; Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, USA; Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[9]   
*  Burial:                       about 11 March 1848 (about age 84), Acotes Hill Cemetery, Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1]   
  
2)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*  Spouse 1 Name:       Humphrey White (1757-1814)   
*  Marriage 1:              11 February 1786 (age 22), intentions; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[3,10,11]   
*  Child 1:                   Meribah White (1787-    )   
*  Child 2:                   Benjamin White (1789-1863)   
*  Child 3:                   David White (1793-1859)   
*  Child 4:                   Elizabeth White (1795-1841)   
*  Child 5:                   Humphrey White (1797-    )   
*  Child 6:                   Martha White (1797-1841)   
*  Child 7:                   Nancy White (1797-    )   
*  Child 8:                   Rhoda White (1800-1862)   
*  Child 9:                   Jonathan White (1805-1850)   
*  Child 10:                William White (1807-1866)   
  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

The biography and family information for Humphrey White is included in the article by Ruth Wilder Sherman, "Some Descendants of Jonathan White of Dartmouth MA and of Humphrey White of Glocester RI," The American Genealogist, Volume 56, Pages 113-118.[3]

Another compiled genealogy, in Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, Volume III (Chicago, Ill. : J.H. Beers Co., 1908), provides more information about the family.[2]

The Dartmouth, Massachusetts town record and vital record book notes the birth of Sybil Kirby to David and Martha (Soule) Kirby as:[4]

"[Kirby] Sybel, d. of David & Martha  8 Jany 1764"

Sibel Kirby married Humphrey White on 11 February 1786.  The Dartmouth, Massachusetts town record book has this marriage entry:[10,11]

"[Kirby] Sibbel and Humphry White both of Dartmouth, Feb. 11, 1786"

Humphrey and Sibel (Kirby) White had ten children born between 1787 and 1807, the first three in Dartmouth and then in Glocester.[2-3]  At least five of the ten married and outlived their mother.

After her husband, Humphrey White died on 15 January 1814, Sibel White and her son Benjamin White were appointed as administrators on the estate on 14 March 1814.[5]  No distribution of the estate was included in the probate record.  Sibyl probably received one third of the personal estate of her husband.  

Sibel was appointed guardian of her four minor children of lawful age on 12 February 1814 by the Probate Court.  The record says:

"Do by these presents, in the name of the State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations, and by virtue of the law in said state, Empowering the Courts of Probate to appoint Guardians, when the Court thinks proper, over certain persons and their Estates, and we now think it proper, for the benefit of Rhoda White, Jonathan White, William White and Nancy White, all of said Glocester under lawfull age, and children of Humphrey White late of Glocester deceased.

"Therefore, we the said Court of Probate have, and do hereby appoint you Sibel White of said Glocester, and you are hereby appointed a proper and lawfull Guardian, over the persons and Estate of the said Rhoda, Jonathan, William and Nancy, with full power to do everything that is right and just according to Law, relating the duty of a Guardian respecting the aforesaid premises."

In the 1820 U.S. Census, Sibel White was a head of household in Glocester, Providence County, Rhode Island.[6]  The household included:

*  one female aged 16 to 26 (probably daughter Martha White)
*  one female over age 45 (Sibel White)

Sibyl's son, Benjamin White, was listed just above Sibel White, and Sibyl's daughter, Meribah Hutchinson, was listed just below her.

In the 1830 U.S. Census, Sibel Kirby was a head of household in Glocester, Providence County, Rhode Island.[7]  The household included:

*  one male aged 20 to 29 (probably son William White)
*  one female aged 20 to 29 (probably William's wife Drusilla)
*  one female aged 60 to 69 (Sibel White)

When her father, David Kirby of Dartmouth (1740-1832) died testate, his will bequeathed to his daughter:[8]

"3d.  I give to my daughter Sibbel White, Two hundred silver dollars to be paid her in one year after my decease, by my executor herein after named, which with what she has already had of me, is to be her share of my estate."

Sibyl (Kirby) White died before 11 March 1848, when administration on her estate was opened.[9]  She probably died in Glocester, Rhode Island. 

The inscription on the gravestone for Sibel  in Acotes Hill Cemetery in Glocester, Rhode Island says[1]:


Sibel Kerby
wife of
Humphrey White
1764-1848

Sibel White died intestate, and the Glocester Court of Probate appointed  her son, William White of Glocester, as administrator of her estate on 11 March 1848[9].

An inventory of the personal estate of Sibel White, late of Glocester deceased, was taken by Leonard R. Williams, David Arnold and Nelson Wade on 24 March 1848.  The personal inventory was apprised at $307.00. 

On 17 December 1848, the commissioners reported that a meeting of the creditors of the estate of Sibel White met at Captain William White's house for the purpose of receiving and examining their claims.  The claims made were by the three commissioners, and amounted to $4.50.

The account of William White was received, allowed and recorded on 14 April 1849.  The account totalled $254.75 spent, with $318.94 received, including $153 for property sold at auction, a note from Jonathan White for $39.96, and notes from Allen Potter and James Cooke.

No distribution of the estate of Sibel White was found in the probate records for Glocester RI.
 
5)  SOURCES

1. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com), Acotes Hill Cemetery, Glocester, R.I., Sibel Kerby White Memorial #80231225.

2. Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, Volume III (Chicago, Ill. : J.H. Beers Co., 1908), page 2229, Humphrey White sketch.

3. Ruth Wilder Sherman, "Some Descendants of Jonathan White of Dartmouth MA and of Humphrey White of Glocester RI," The American Genealogist, Volume 56, Number 2 (April 1981), Pages 113-118, page 115, Humphrey White sketch.

4. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), "Dartmouth Births, Marriages and Deaths," Page 83 (image 45 of 2331), Sybil Kirby entry.

5. "Probate Records, 1731-1915 (Glocester, Rhode Island)", FHL Microfilm US/CAN 941,848, Volume 3, pages 360-366, 395, Humphrey White estate.

6. 1820 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Providence County, Rhode Island, Glocester town, page 79, Sibel White household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M33, Roll 117.

7. 1830 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Providence County, Rhode Island, Glocester town, page 297, Sibil White household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M19, Roll 168.

8. "Probate Records, 1687-1916; Index, 1687-1926" Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate Court Records, on 199 FHL US/CAN Microfilm rolls; original records at Probate Registry, Taunton, Mass., Will of David Kirby of Westport, Volume 71, Page 102, accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,462,659.

9. "Probate Records, 1731-1915 (Glocester, Rhode Island)", Volume 5, pages 90, 269, 277, 287, Sibel White estate papers, accessed on FHL microfilm US/CAN 941,849.

10. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com, "Dartmouth Births, Marriages, Deaths," no page number (image 184 of 2331), Sibbel Kirby and Humphrey White entry.


11. Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 ( Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society,1929-1930), Volume 2, Marriages, page 537, Humphry White and Sibbel Kerby.


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Legacy Family Tree Version 8 is Updated - Research Guidance Feature

The Legacy News blog posted today notes that the popular family tree software program was updated to version 8.0.0.499 today.  You can see the added or improved features in the blog post.  This is a FREE download (although some of the features in the free version are not functional).

One of the unique features that Legacy Family Tree has, and other software programs do not have, is the "Research Guidance."  Over 440 new sources were added, and 28 sources were revised.

1)  Users can access the Research Guidance from the "My Toolbar" menu and the "Research Guidance" button:


2)  With one of my ancestors highlighted, when I click on the "Research Guidance" button and the "Review Timeline" tab opened:


3)  The next tab on the "Research Guidance" screen is for "Preliminary Survey:"


For my target person, 88 sources were listed.  There are five sub-tabs - for:

*   "Lineage-Linked Databases" (e.g., Ancestry Member Trees),
*  "Surname MB/ML" (e.g., a Seaver message board or mailing list),
*  "Locality MB/ML" (e.g., a Worcester County message board or mailing list),
*  "Genealogies" (e.g. a published compiled genealogy book)
*  "Local Histories" (e.g., a county or town history book)

Note that these records or publications are not searched-for records, they are suggestions to check for records or publications for the target person based on their birth and death range and the locations noted in the "Review Timeline" tab.

4)  The "Suggested Sources" lists specific source titles that may have information about the target person:


There are six sub-tabs on this screen - for:

*  Goal: Birth
*  Goal:  Death
*  Goal:  Marriage
*  Goal:  Parents
*  Goal:  Siblings
*  Goal:  History

On each of those tabs, the user can review each suggested source, add it to a To-Do List (by clicking on "Plan to Search"), Ignore the suggested source (by clicking the "Options" button, and clicking on "Ignore this source for the specific  person), or note that the task has been "Done" by clicking the "Done" check box for the source.

For each source highlighted by the user on the screen above, there is a list at the bottom left of the screen for Repositories where the source might be found.

5)  Items that are checked "Plan to Search" appear on the "To Do List" (the fourth tab on the first line of tabs).

6)  Each screen above has explanatory material on the screen to help a researcher navigate the "Research Guidance."  This "Research Guidance" feature can be used for each person in the user's family tree database.

These sources can be used to review a wide range of specific sources which can help a researcher find published information about their target person.  However, published information can be very incomplete for many historical persons, and research in unpublished or digitized records is required.  Legacy Family Tree users can do that in the "Search Internet" button on the "Search" menu.

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My Saturday (6/6/15) Classes at SCGS Genealogy Jamboree

We are going to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree next week (June 5-7) in Burbank, and I've been trying to decide on the classes I want to attend.  I took a survey several weeks ago and identified the classes, but I don't remember what I selected - I thought they sent me an email, but I can't find it.

So I used the SCGS 2015 mobile app to select my classes, and now they appear in the "My Schedule" part on the mobile app.

Here is the screen shot from the "My Schedule" tab on the app on my iPhone for Saturday, June 6:




It's a little cramped in portrait mode, and more spread out in landscape mode.  At least it tells me, in a cryptic fashion, where to go, who I'm hearing, and the topic.

My selected classes for Saturday are:


8:30 a.m.: SA003:  "Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online?" by Thomas W. Jones, in Pavilion 2.

10 a.m.:  SA011:  "Lutherpalians and Presbygationalists: Where Did Grandma's Church Go?" by Dave McDonald, in the Pasadena Room.

11:30 a.m.:  SA026:  "Magnificant, Magical, Mesmerizing Manuscript Collections" by Michael Lacopo in Academy 3 Room

2 p.m.: SA036:  "Leaving Brick Walls Behind You" by Eric Seiss in Academy 3 Room.

3:30 p.m.:  SA041:  "Treasure in Township Records" by Peggy Lauritzen in the Glendale Room.

5 p.m.:  SA049:  "Where is the Book with My Family in it?" by Drew Smith in Sunset A&B Rooms.

Those are my choice right now, they may change on the day.  Then there is the Exhibit Hall which is open all day, so I may forgo a class and cruise the exhibits, taking pictures and talking about vendor products.  Of course, I may meet friends, readers and geneabloggers in the hallways and have a chat and miss a class.  Who knows - I usually play it by ear.  My goal is to attend at least 50% of the selected classes each day so I feel like I get my registration money's worth.

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Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 264: 1830 Petition for Removal of Jane Morley from Little Bolton to Blackburn in Lancashire

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  1830 Petition for removal of Jane Morley and her twin daughters from Little Bolton to Blackburn in Lancashire, England:


The petition for Jane Morley and her daughters is the bottom one on the right-hand page:


The transcription of this record is (handwritten portions in italics):

         Upon the Appeal of the Inhabitants of Blackburn
                                       in the said County                       to
the Order made by  William Allen and Ralph Fletcher
         Esquire two of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace and Quorum in and for the
said County of Lanceaster, under their Hands and Seals, bearing Date the twenty ninth
                          Day of  November                       last, for the Removal of
Jane Morley Widow and her two twin children Leah and
Rachael each aged eleven years
poor Persons out of the Township of  Little Bolton          in the said county of
Lancaster, into the Township of  Blackburn          aforesaid, the same Order
is by this Court  ratified and confirmed as to Jane Morley the Mother and
by consent of both the said Parties quashed for want of Form as to
Leah and Rachael her children.

The source citation for this removal petition is:

"Lancashire, England, Quarter Session Records and Petitions, 1648-1908," indexed database and record images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 May 2015), Salford, Lancashire, 29 November 1930 Session, Reference QSP 2941/1-254, Petition for Jane Morley, Little Bolton to Blackburn; citing Lancashire Quarter Session Records and Petitions, 17th - 19th Century, Microfilm, Lancashire Record Office, Preston, England.

From previous research into Jane Morley (1780-1834), who is my wife's third great-grandmother, I know that she had Leah and Rachel Morley out of wedlock.  The daughters were christened on 25 December 1821 in St. Peter's Church in Little Bolton, Lancashire.   This is the first record I have found of their continued existence after the christening record.  

For some reason, the citizens of Blackburn want them to be removed from Little Bolton to Blackburn, a distance of about 24 miles.  The question becomes "Why would they be removed from this place?"  Jane and her daughters were baptized in Little Bolton, and had probably lived their whole lives there.  Was this removal voluntary on Jane's part, or involuntary?  Did Jane have relatives in Blackburn who would take them in and provide for them?  Was Jane reconciling with the father of her daughters and he resided in Blackburn?  Was Jane concerned about her failing health and wanted care for her young daughters?  Had Jane removed to Bolton between 1821 and 1830, and then moved back to Little Bolton without authorization?  There must be a good reason.  Unfortunately, this record does not provide enough information to determine the reason that Blackburn requested the removal.

There are several more records of this type from 1830.  

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Finding Humphrey White's House in Glocester, R.I.

I found several articles about Humphrey White online - see a short biography in the Ruth Sherman article (Ruth Wilder Sherman, "Some Descendants of Jonathan White of Dartmouth MA and of Humphrey White of Glocester RI," The American Genealogist, Volume 56, Pages 113-118) and an article in the Rhode Island vanity book (Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, Volume III (Chicago, Ill. : J.H. Beers Co., 1908).

I thought that I could probably find out where his house in Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island was located.  The latter article on page 2229 is shown below:


Unfortunately, the page image is poor and cutoff on the left margin.  This article, however, says that Humphrey White bought a large farm in 1796 from John Pray;  his son, Benjamin White, lived on the farm until his death in 1863;  Benjamin's son, George Nelson White,bought the old homestead in 1869 and moved there.  

When I searched for Humphrey White profiles in family trees yesterday, I saw this photograph on the Geni.com profile:
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The photo above looks like the photographer took the photograph from the road running past the house.  The title on the photo, added by James Walter Place, says that the address is 751 Reynolds Road (Route 94) in Glocester.

Earlier, I had found the 1870 cadastral map of Glocester, Rhode Island on Historic MapWorks:


I zoomed into the area in "Shady Oak District No. 8" and saw that G.N. White was the occupant of the residence along the highway just below the work "Oak."


Is that the Humphrey White, Benjamin White and George Nelson White residence?  

Can I find it on Google Maps?  Here is the Google Map for this area, with the stick pin for 751 Reynolds Road:


There is a road just to the north of the stick pin and the pond to the east is called "White's Pond."

I switched to Satellite view and zoomed in even more:


I switched to Street View, and was able to get these views of this building:



Is that the Humphrey White house?  The views aren't exactly the same as the photograph on Geni.com, but I think that it is the same house.

My next challenge was "Who lives there now?"  I went to the Glocester Town Real estate Data site (http://www.crcpropertyinfo.com/crcdb/glocester.htm) and clicked on "Start Search" and added "Reynolds" to the "Look For" field and "Location" in the "In Field" and clicked on "Search:"  

The list of property on Reynolds Road appeared, and I found an entry for 743-751 Reynolds Rd, which opened on the "Site Data" tab:



The owner of the property is West Glocester LLC.  On the link for "Buildings" I saw:



This page says that the Barn and the Welcome Center had been built in 1780.  There are other buildings.  The "Photo and Sketch" page has a photo of the Welcome Center:


I'm pretty sure that this is the Humphrey White house that has been converted into a Welcome Center for this West Glocester LLC business.  I wonder if they are aware of the historic nature of the house?  I wonder when this house was converted from a home to a business center.

Well, that was fun!  Hunting down things like this, using a variety of sources, shows me that it's a great time to be a genealogist!  Now I need to schedule a visit to 751 Reynolds Road in Glocester.

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My Friday (6/5/15) Classes at SCGS Genealogy Jamboree

We are going to the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree next week (June 5-7) in Burbank, and I've been trying to decide on the classes I want to attend.  I took a survey several weeks ago and identified the classes, but I don't remember what I selected - I thought they sent me an email, but I can't find it.

So I used the SCGS 2015 mobile app to select my classes, and now they appear in the "My Schedule" part on the mobile app.

Here is the screen shot from the "My Schedule" tab on the app on my iPhone for Friday, June 5:


It's a little cramped in portrait mode, and more spread out in landscape mode.  At least it tells me, in a cryptic fashion, where to go, who I'm hearing, and the topic.

My selected classes for Friday are:

* 8:30 a.m.:  FR-F01:  "Discussion: Genealogy World Roundtable Session 1" in Pavilion 1

*  10:15 a.m.: FR-F02:  "Discussion: Genealogy World Roundtable Session 2" in Pavilion 1

*  11 a.m. FR-G03:  Drew Smith, "Crowdsourcing Your Brick Walls," in Pavilion 2

*  1 p.m.:  FR009:  Rhonda McClure, "Mining the Treasures in Newspapers," in Pavilion 2

*  2:30 p.m.:  FR011:  Alice Kane, "He Was in My sights and POOF! Strategies for disappearing Ancestors," in Pasadena Room

*  2:30 p.m.:  FR022:  Michael Lacopo, "Methods for Identifying the German Origins of American Immigrants," in Academy 3

*  4 p.m.: FR027:  Geoff Rasmussen, "Technology and Techniques for Differentiating Two People with the Same Name," in Academy 2

*  5:30 p.m.:  FR029:  Judy G. Russell, "Inventing America -- Records of the U.S. Patent Office," in Sunset A&B

Those are my choice right now, they may change on the day.  Then there is the Exhibit Hall which opens at 1 p.m., so I may forgo a class and cruise the exhibits, taking pictures and talking about vendor products.  Of course, I may meet friends, readers and geneabloggers in the hallways and have a chat and miss a class.  Who knows - I usually play it by ear.  My goal is to attend at least 50% of the selected classes each day so I feel like I get my registration money's worth.

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The Isaac Seaver Family Gravestone -- Post 361 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 July 2004 in Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster, Massachusetts.  That is yours truly standing beside the gravestone of:

*   my second great-grandfather, Isaac Seaver (1823-1901),
*   his first wife, Juliett (Glazier) Seaver (1826-1847), 
*  his second wife and my second great-grandmother, Lucretia (Smith) Seaver (1828-1884), 
*  Benjamin Seaver (1854-1894), son of Isaac and Lucretia
*  Nellie M. Seaver (1861-1932). daughter of Isaac and Lucretia.

The Isaac Seaver stone is near the Main Street entrance to the cemetery and just to the south of the chapel.  The houses in the background of the photograph are across Main Street.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Do You Ever Wonder Who Else Might Be Researching Your Ancestor?

I think that we all have that question in our heads - and this one:  "If there are other genealogists who are researching this ancestor, why haven't they contacted me?"  But then I realize, "You know, I haven't tried to find them either!"

I decided today to see how many other persons have researched my 4th great-grandfather, Humphrey White (1757-1814), whom I profiled in my post 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 73: #88 Humphrey White (1757-1814) (22 May 2015).  If someone Googled [ Humphrey White Glocester ], they would likely see several of my family tree and blog post contributions to the genealogy library:



Using the Google results, I looked at:

1)  Geni.com - the Humphrey White profile is managed by three persons, myself and two others:



2)  WikiTree - the Humphrey White profile is managed by myself, and no one has asked to be on the Trusted List:



3)  MyHeritage Trees - the Humphrey White profile in my tree has 17 Smart Matches - 10 other persons with him in their tree (there are some folks with more than one duplicate tree).  All of them seem to have essentially the same information about birth, death, marriage, spouse, parents, children. I have confirmed all 17 matches, but only one other person has confirmed the match with me.



4)  Ancestry.com - There are 129 Public Ancestry Member Trees (including mine) and 21 Private Ancestry Member Trees with a Humphrey White (1758 MA-1814 RI), with wife Sibel Kirby, profile.  I think that some users have more than one tree here.



5)  RootsWeb WorldConnect - There are 22 different trees on WorldConnect that have Humphrey White (1758 MA-1814 RI) with wife Kirby; some submitters have more than one tree.  I don't have a tree here.



6)  FamilySearch Family Tree - the Humphrey White (1758-1814) profile has many additions and changes - FamilySearch added many events back in 2012, and I have added and edited quite a few items.  One other person merged two profiles of one of the daughters of Humphrey White.  



7)  There are probably other online family trees with a profile for Humphrey White, but the ones above are the biggest separate and collaborative family tree websites.  Have I missed any other large online trees that I can access?

There may be websites created by researchers that include Humphrey White, and those can be found using a web search.  

8)  In conclusion, there are at least 190 other researchers who have Humphrey White in their online family trees.  Now, not all of those persons are descendants of Humphrey White, so they may not have much information about him.  But my guess is that there's at least 10 and perhaps as many as 40 researchers with online tree data who are descendants of Humphrey White.  

The challenge is to try to contact them and determine their interest in exchanging information.  Should I wait for them to contact me?  Perhaps I should do some reviewing of the other persons trees (for example, I can use Geni.com to tell me that one of the managers is a 5th cousin once removed) and contact those who are descendants of Humphrey White.

What would you do?  Have you tried to do something like this?  And then there are the other hundreds of ancestors with descendants in these trees.  I could spend all of my time doing this and run the risk of not getting much information in return.

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