Monday, May 25, 2015

Jane and Rachel Morley in the Lancashire Quarterly Sessions Reports on Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com added the Lancashire Quarterly Session Records and Petitions, 1648-1908 to their searchable website last week.  However, I don't have an Ancestry.com World subscription, so I cannot access these records from home.

This database piqued my interest, because I found an index record several years ago stating that my wife's third great-grandmother, Jane (Haslam) Morley (1780-1834), and her illegitimate daughters, Rachel and Leah, had been removed to Blackburn from Little Bolton in Lancashire in the 1830 time period.

I went to the San Diego FamilySearch Library on Saturday for the SDGS RootsMagic user group, but I had the presence of mind to go early and take my flash drive in case I found something like the Lancashire records on Ancestry.com.

I entered Jane Morley's name, and then Rachel Morley's name, and found three records in the right place and time frame.  Ancestry.com allowed me to Save this record to my Email, so I did so with all three records, and also the record summaries.  I put in my email address, clicked on Save, and waited.  And waited.  I checked my Gmail several times during the RootsMagic class, and they weren't there.  Drat.  Why?  So after the RootsMagic class, I went back to the computer, found the records, and saved them to my flash drive.  That worked well.

This morning, I was checking my Spam email folder, and there the notice from Ancestry.com was, dated 23 May!  Here is the email:


I clicked on the link to "View your discoveries" and saw the list of three items:


I can Download each of these by clicking on the orange "Download image" button.

Here is the first record on the list, downloaded and saved and snipped:


The Record Summary can be seen with the "Printer friendly" link:


The above record summary provides me with the source citation information that I need for this record.

All in all, this was a productive visit considering it took about 10 minutes to find and email these records that I've waited five years to obtain.  

I still need more records for these persons - there may be poorhouse or workhouse records, bastardy records, and perhaps more in the Bolton-le-Moor church records or civil records.  A visit to Bolton and the Lancashire record offices are on my to-do list and has been for several years.

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New or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - May 17 to 23, 2015

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

As of 24 May 2015, there were 1,995 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 14 from last week):



*  India, Hindu Pilgrimage Records, 1194-2015; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 22 May 2015

*  Spain, Province of Asturias, Municipal Records, 1470-1897; 62,165 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 22 May 2015

*  Spain, Province of Almería, Municipal Records, 1587-1900; 202,522 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 22 May 2015

*  Portugal, Coimbra, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1835-1938; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 22 May 2015

*  Portugal, Passport Registers and Application Files, 1800-1946; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 22 May 2015

*  Portugal, Coimbra, Civil Registration, 1893-1980; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 22 May 2015

*  Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 22 May 2015

*  New York, State Census, 1892; 3,766,108 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 22 May 2015

*  Pennsylvania, Landing Reports of Aliens, 1798-1828; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Texas, Brownsville Passenger and Crew List of Airplanes, 1943-1964; 190,879 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Czech Republic Church Books, 1552-1963; 86,069 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615-1982; 219,587 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Index to Filipino Passengers Arriving at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1900-1952; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Minnesota, Duluth and Wisconsin, Superior Crew Lists, 1922-1958; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Florida, Pensacola, Passenger Lists, 1900-1945; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  South Carolina, Charleston U.S. Citizens Passenger Lists, 1919-1948; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Texas, Houston Arrival Manifests of Airplanes, 1946-1954; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  New York, New York, Index to Alien Crewmen Who Were Discharged or Who Deserted, 1917-1957; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Montana, Manifests of Immigrant Arrivals and Departures, 1923-1956; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Michigan, South Haven Crew Lists, 1957-1959; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927; 1,382,652 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Ontario Births, 1869-1912; 2,094,890 indexed records, no record images, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947; 2,050,112 indexed records, no record images, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Ohio, Southern District Naturalization Index, 1852-1991; 83,982 indexed records, no record images, added or updated 21 May 2015

*  Rhode Island, Davisville, Melville, Newport, and Quonset Point, Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists, 1955-1957; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 20 May 2015

*  Oregon, Portland, Index and Register of Vessels, 1949-1955; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 20 May 2015

*  Maine, Bath, Seamen's Proofs of Citizenship, 1833-1868; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 20 May 2015

*  Massachusetts, Salem and Beverly Crew Lists and Shipping Articles, 1797-1934; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 20 May 2015

*  Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917-1920; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 20 May 2015

*  North Dakota Census, 1915; 619,448 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 20 May 2015

*  Germany, Hesse, Stadtkreis Darmstadt, Darmstadt District, Civil Registration, 1876-1925; 8,420 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 19 May 2015

*  Peru, Callao, Civil Registration, 1874-1996; no record index, Browse Images only, added or updated 18 May 2015

*  England, London Electoral Registers, 1847-1913; 17,694,080 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 18 May 2015

*  Belgium, Liège, Civil Registration, 1621-1914; 146,415 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 18 May 2015

*  Belgium, Hainaut, Civil Registration, 1600-1913; 276,966 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 18 May 2015

*  Belgium, West Flanders, Civil Registration, 1582-1910; 193,376 indexed records, with record images, added or updated 18 May 2015

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

In order to select a specific collection, go to 
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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Amanuensis Monday - Post 269: 1794 Deed of Jonathan White to Humphrey White in Bristol County, Mass.

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 1794 deed of Jonathan White of Dartmouth, Massachusetts granting land to his son Humphrey White in Westport, Massachusetts.


The transcription of this deed (the bottom deed on the left-hand page) is:

Know all Men by these presents that I Jonathan White of Dartmouth in the County of Bristol
& Commonwealth of Massachusetts yeoman, In consideration of Love & Good will which I
have & do bear to my son Humphry White of the Town & County aforesd yeoman, the receipt whereof
I do hereby acknowlidge & do by these presents Give, grant, convey & confirm with the said
Humphry White & to his heirs & assigns forever, a certain Tract or parcel of Land & salt mead-
ow in Dartmouth, within the boundaries of the town of Westport, and on the west side of Acoakset
River near Hixes Bridge, containing About one hundred & three acres twenty seven rods
be the same more or less, bounded as follows, beginning at the water Fence, thence West two
degrees North forty nine rods, thence Westerly in the line of the high one hundred & fifty
three rods & a half, thence North nine degrees & half West forty rods, thence North fifteen
degrees West nineteen rods to the Corner of the wall, thence eight rods to another Corner, thence
North three degrees & a half East Seventeen rods to a corner, thence Easterly as the wall now
Stands, thence on the same course until it comes to Stephen Kirby's Land, then in said
Kirby's line to the River, then Southerly by the River to the place first mentioned, reserving
the prevalidge of a Cartway from my Land at the West End of this Lot through this Lot to
come in where the Bars now are, over the causway and to enter the highway at the foot of
high hill so called. To have & to hold the afore described premises to the sd Humphry
White his heirs & assigns to their use & behoof forever, and I do covenant with the said
Humphrey White his heirs & assigns, that I am lawfully Seized in fee of the above described
premises that they are free of all Incumbrance, that I have good right to convey the
Same to the said Humphry White, and that I will warrant & defend the same premises
to the said Humphry White his heirs & assigns forever, against the lawfull Claims and
demands of all persons, In Witness whereof I the said Jonathan White have hereunto
Set my hand & Seal this Twenty Seventh Day of February in the year of our Lord one
Thousand Seven hundred & Ninety four.                                Jonathan White {seal]
Signed Sealed & Delivered in presence of us                         Abigail White {seal}
John Smith
Zadock Maxfield 2d

Bristol Ss Dartmo February 27 1794. Then the within named Jonathan White
personally appeared and acknowlidged the within Instrument to be his free
act and Deed hand & seal.                     Before me John Smith Just Pacis
Recd April 29th 1795. and recorded by James Williams Regr.

The source citation for this land record is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 20 May 2015), Bristol County > Deeds, 1793-1795, Vol. 72-73 > Volume 73, page 482 (image 572 of 634), Jonathan White deed to Humphrey White, dated 27 February 1794, recorded 29 April 1795.

Jonathan White (1732-1804) is the father of Humphrey White (1757-1814), my 4th great-grandfather.  He gave this plot of land in Westport west of the Acoaxset River (now the Westport River) for love and good will.  The deed mentions "Hixes Bridge" which was probably at the same location as the current bridge across the Westport River along Hixbridge Road in Westport.  Now I'm wondering if I can identify the location of this land from the description and the neighbors mentioned.

I have several more wills of Humphrey White and Jonathan White to transcribe and analyze.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of May 17 to 23, 2015

The following databases were added or updated on Ancestry.com during the period from 17 May to 23 May 2015:



The databases added or updated include:

*  Victoria, Australia, Index to Naturalisation Certificates, 1851-1928; indexed database with record images, ADDED 5/21/2015

*  Washington, D.C., Passenger and Crew Lists, 1942-1962;  indexed database with record images, ADDED 5/21/2015

*  Lancashire, England, Quarter Session Records and Petitions, 1648-1908; indexed database with record images, ADDED 5/21/2015

*  Web: UK, Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards, 1940-1945; indexed database with record images, ADDED 5/19/2015

*  Web: UK, Jersey, Channel Islands, Wills and Testaments, 1663-1948; indexed database with record images, ADDED 5/19/2015

*  West Yorkshire, England, Bastardy Records, 1690-1914;  indexed database with record images, UPDATED 5/19/2015


*  Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963; indexed database with record images, UPDATED 5/18/2015

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.  
 There were four NEW databases this past week. There are 32,647 databases available as of 24 May, an decrease of 15 from last week.  WHAT?  They can't count them right from week to week?  Perhaps they discontinued 19 databases for some reason without telling us? 

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CVGS Program on Wednesday, 27 May is on "Probate Records"

The 27 May 2015 Program meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society will start at 12 noon in the Community Room at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road in Bonita).  

NOTE:  The venue is changed for this month.

The program of "Probate Records - My Favorite Record Type!" will be presented by Randy Seaver.


The program description is:

"Probate records are my absolute favorite record type for identifying and proving family relationships. This presentation describes the overall probate process, the different kinds of probate records, and how to find and obtain probate records in repositories and online record collections."

The speaker's biography is:

"Randy is a native San Diegan, retired aerospace engineer, genealogist and family guy. He and his wife (Angel Linda) love to travel, visit friends and relatives (especially the grandchildren), sightsee, cruise or do genealogy. Their travels have taken them all over the USA, England, Down Under and Scandinavia.  Randy is a past President of CVGS and is currently the Newsletter Editor and the Research Chair.  He blogs every day at Genea-Musings (www.geneamusings.com) on genealogy news, resources, software and his own research."


There will be a short business meeting before the presentation, and snacks before and after the meeting.  This meeting is FREE to attend.  


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Best of the Genea-Blogs - 17 to 23 May 2015

Hundreds of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.


My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

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


*  Looking Past Land and Probate Records by Marian Pierre-Louis on the Legacy News blog.  Marian highlights resources for research in urban areas, especially in New York,

*  How Do You Spell Genealogy? P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E by Janine Adams on the Organize Your  Family History blog.  Janine describes her journey and realization she should grow her tree sideways also.

*  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.  Linda discusses genealogy research now and then (before the Internet).

*  Searching for Ancestry.com at  #NGS2015GEN (Part 1) by the writer of The Ancestry Insider blog.  Mr. AI highlights Crista Cowan's talk at NGS.  Check out Crista's story at the end of this post.

*  Chasing That Probate by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy highlights the problem where folks owned land in more than one state.

*  The Fifth American Civil War Blog Post Challenge Roundup by Bill West on the West in New England blog.  There are seven interesting entries in this roundup.

*  If You Thought Genealogy Was Boring ... by Lisa Lisson on the Lisa Lisson blog.  I never have, but Lisa highlights articles that show hers is not boring.

*  Genealogy Societies: What Are They Good For? by Jacqi Stevens on the A Family Tapestry blog.  Good question, great answers.

*  Off to America, Thank You Dear Uncle ... by Erica Voolich on Erica's Adventures in Genealogy blog.  Erica shares family letters to and from Sweden in the 1860s.

*  Citations With My Phone by Michael John Neill on the Rootdig.com blog.  Michael is at the FHL collecting records and citations.

*  Get It While You Can Genealogy: On Lost Opportunities by Debbie Mieszala on The Advancing Genealogist blog.  Words of wisdom here for all of us regretful researchers.

*  First Period Colonial House by Jeanie Roberts on The Family Connection blog.  Jeanie's article describes early colonial houses.  BTW, Anthony Colby is my ancestor too.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

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

*  Weekly Genealogy Finds - May 16-22nd by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

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

*  GAGs - GeniAus Gems - 22 May 2015 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for May 22, 2015 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Friday Finds - 05/22/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Noteworthy Reads #14 by Jo Henn on the Climbing My Family Tree blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 1560 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.


Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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NGS 2015 Conference Blog Compendium - UPDATED

The National Genealogical Society 2015 Conference is this week, May 13-16, 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri.


As always, genealogy bloggers are in attendance, attending conference presentations and meals, and wandering the exhibit hall.  They are also writing blog posts about their activities.

Here is an NGS 2015 Conference blog compendium - I add them as I read them, and will try to keep it updated at least through the end of May.

1)  Upfront With NGS blog by Diane L. Richard:

*  National Genealogical Society Presents Awards Honoring Excellence in Newsletter Editorship and Service to NGS (13 May 2015)
*  2015 William Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship Awarded at National Genealogical Society Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri (19 May 2015)
*  Certification Workshop at NGS 2015 (22 May 2015)
*  The NGS 2015 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri Was a Success! (23 May 2015)

2.  The Ancestry Insider blog:

*  #NGS2015GEN and FamilySearch (Part 1) (13 May 2015)
*  #NGS2015GEN and FamilySearch (Part 2) (14 May 2015)
*  #NGS2015GEN Off to a Great Start (14 May 2015)
*  Thursday at #NGS2015GEN, Thinking of Dad (15 May 2015)
*  Searching for Ancestry.com at  #NGS2015GEN (Part 1) (19 May 2015)
*  Searching for Ancestry.com at  #NGS2015GEN (Part 2) (20 May 2015)
*  Smiths and Joneses at #NGS2015GEN (21 May 2015)

3)  Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter blog by Dick Eastman:

*  NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri - Day #1 (13 May 2015)
*  NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri - Day #2 (14 May 2015)
*  NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri - Day #3 (15 May 2015)
*  NGS Conference in St. Charles, Missouri - Day #4 (18 May 2015)

4)  Trials and Tribulations of a Self-Taught Family Historian blog by Shannon Combs Bennett:

*  NGS 2015 Day 1 Recap (13 May 2015)
*  NGS 2015 Day 2 Recap (14 May 2015)
*  NGS 2015 Day 3 Recap (15 May 2015)
*  NGS 2015 Day 4 Recap (18 May 2015)

5)  TransylvanianDutch blog by John Newmark:

*  NGS 2015: Day One (13 May 2015)
*  NGS 2015: Day Two (14 May 2015)
*  NGS Days Three and Four (17 May 2015)

6)  The In-Depth Genealogist blog by Liz Walker:

*  NGS First Day (14 May 2015)
*  NGS Day 2 (15 May 2015)
*  NGS Day 3 (16 May 2015)
*  Day 4 and Wrap-up of NGS 2015 (22 May 2015)

7)  BCG Springboard: News and Notes blog by a number of reviewers:

*  Skillbuilding:  Little on Lesser-Known Documents, by Darcie Hind Posz (14 May 2015)
*  Skillbuilding:  Miller on the Anatomy of a Military Pension, by Darcie Hind Posz (15 May 2015)
*  Skillbuilding:  Russell on Living With Legal Lingo, by B. Darrell Jackson (16 May 2015)
*  Skillbuilding:  Hare on Building Better Citations, by Michael Ramage (17 May 2014)
*  Skillbuilding:  McDonald on Transcribing and Abstracting, by Cari A. Taplin (18 May 2015)
*  Skillbuilding:  Bettag on Historical Resources for Petitions to Congress, by Amy Larner Giroux (19 May 2015)
*  Skillbuilding:  Hait on Reasonably Exhaustive Search, by Nancy A. Peters (20 May 2015)
*  Skillbuilding: Dunn on Indirect Evidence, by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin (21 May 2015)
*  Skillbuilding:  Bloom on the Art of Negative-Space Research: Women by Debbie Mieszala (23 May 2015)
*  BCG Luncheon: a Lighthearted Retrospective (25 May 2015)

8)  Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal blog by Jill Morelli:

*  NGS German Day (12 May 2015)
*  NGS 2015: Day 2, Survival (14 May 2015)
*  NGS Withdrawal: Thank You, Volunteers! (18 May 2015)
*  NGS 2015: "Take-Aways" (25 May 2015)

9)  The Legal Genealogist blog by Judy G. Russell:

*  Big News at NGS:  EE3 (15 May 2015)

10)  Sweet Tea, Tart Lemons & Memories by Angie Rodesky:

*  Day One of the NGS Conference (14 May 2015)
*  Day Two of NGS Completed (15 May 2015)
*  NGS Vendor Spotlight -- JustAJoy (15 May 2015)

11)  Genealogically Speaking blog by Dave McDonald:

*  The Boomerang Life (15 May 2015)

12)  Missouri State Genealogical Association blog by Tom Pearson:

*  NGS 2015 Conference (18 May 2015)

13)  The Advancing Genealogist blog by Debbie Mieszala:

*  The Expanding Mindset: A Challenge (13 May 2015)

14)  Homestead Genealogy Research blog by Melanie Frick:

*  2015 NGS Family History Conference (19 May 2015)

15)  The FindMyPast Blog by Jen Baldwin:

*  Great Times in St. Charles (20 May 2015)

16)  Long Lost Relatives.net blog by Susan Petersen:

*  My First National Genealogy Conference (21 May 2015)
*  NGS Conference - Meeting My Friends - DearMYRTLE (21 May 2015)
*  Meeting More Friends at NGS (21 May 2015)
*  NGS Conference Summary - The Sessions - Part One (23 May 2015)
*  NGS Conference Summary - The Sessions - Part Two (23 May 2015)
*  NGS Conference Summary - The Sessions - Part Three (23 May 2015)
*  NGS Conference Summary - Part Four (23 May 2015)
*  NGS Conference Summary - Part Five (23 May 2015)
*  NGS Summary - Part Six (23 May 2015)
*  NGS Summary - Part Seven - In Conclusion (23 May 2015)

17) GenealogyMedia.com blog by Jordan Jones:

*  NGS 2015 -- Evernote for Genealogists (25 May 2015)

V1)  DearMYRTLE's AmbushCam:

*  Claire V. Brisson-Banks (13 May 2015)
*  Preserve the Pensions with Janice Fritsch (14 May 2015)
*  Missouri State Archivist John Dougan (15 My 2015)
*  Fold3.com Senior Director Gordon Atkins (15 May 2015)
*  Matching Funds Preserve the Pensions (17 May 2015)
*  Freedman's Bureau with Reginald Washington (17 May 2015)
*  Ancestry's Card Catalog Crista Cowan (17 May 2015)
*  FamilySearch (17 May 2015)
* Instant Discoveries at MyHeritage (17 May 2015)
*  Dublin Workhouse Registers at FindMyPast (17 May 2015)
*  Susan Petersen's Take on #NGS2015gen (17 May 2015)
*  In-Depth Genealogy (17 May 2015)
*  NYG&B With McKeldon Smith (18 May 2015)
*  Evidence Explained 3rd Edition (18 May 2015)
*  Heritage Books 3rd Cruise (18 May 2015)
*  Association of Professional Genealogists (18 May 2015)

If you have written a blog post from the NGS Conference and it is not listed above, please let me know in Comments and I will add it to the list.

Originally published 14 May 2015; Last updated:  25 May 2015, 9 a.m.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Visited States/Provinces Map

It's Saturday Night, 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!


For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:


1)  What states in the USA and what provinces in Canada have you visited or lived in?  

2)  Either list, or make a map of them (at the http://www.defocus.net/visitedstates/us-canada.html website) and indicate the following:

 red for states/provinces where you've not spent much time or seen very much.
*  amber for states/provinces  where you've at least slept and seen some sights.
 blue for states/provinces  you've spent a lot of time in or seen a fair amount of.
*  green for states/provinces  you've spent a great deal of time in on multiple visits.

3)  For extra credit, you could make a map to show where your ancestors resided at any time (e.g., in 1900), or perhaps where your 16 great-great-grandparents or 32 3rd-great-grandparents married, or where your ancestors were born, all with an appropriate legend.

4)  Tell us, or show us, your "Where I've been" map, and any other map that you created having fun tonight.  Put them in your own blog post, on Facebook or Google+, and leave a comment on this blog post so that we all see them.

Here are my maps:

1)  My "Where I've been" map of the United States and Canada:



So I've been to 40 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.  I have ancestral localities in Iowa and Nebraska and definitely want to visit there someday.  

I've only lived in California, but have made more than five trips to the other green states (hmm, maybe Hawaii and New Hampshire should be green too!).

2)  I decided to show where my 16 great-great grandparents resided at the time of their marriage.  The scale I used is:

*  red for states/provinces where 1 or 2 resided at marriage.
*  amber for states/provinces where 3 or 4 resided at marriage.
*  blue for states/provinces where 5 or 6 resided at marriage.
green for states/provinces where 7 or more resided at marriage.



I have 1 state (Massachusetts) where four of my great-great-grandparents resided at marriage, and 4 states and one province where 2 resided, and another 2 that married in England.  These marriages occurred in the 1840 to 1865 time frame.

3)  I decided to show the 3rd great-grandparents too (same scale):

*  red for states/provinces where 1 or 2 resided at marriage.
*  amber for states/provinces where 3 or 4 resided at marriage.
*  blue for states/provinces where 5 or 6 resided at marriage.
green for states/provinces where 7 or more resided at marriage.


Now I have 8 that resided in Massachusetts, and 4 that resided in 4 states and one province, and 4 that resided in England.  

The England folks migrated to Connecticut in 1855, and the Ontario folks migrated from New York and New Jersey.

4)  A map of where my ancestors from my parents back through the 3rd great-grandparents (62 ancestors) were born - with a scale of:

*  red for states/provinces where 1 or 2 were born.
*  amber for states/provinces where 3 or 4 were born.
*  blue for states/provinces where 5 to 8 were born.
green for states/provinces where 9 or more were born.



On this map, out of the 62 persons from my parents back to the 3rd great-grandparents, I have 16 born in Massachusetts, 8 born in England, 7 born in New York and Pennsylvania, 6 born in Rhode Island and Connecticut, 5 in Ontario, etc.  The 1 in Quebec is my one French-Canadian ancestor who married in Ontario.

That was fun!

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