Monday, September 25, 2017

Dear Randy: What Is Your Genealogy Work Flow Using RootsMagic TreeShare?

An SDGS colleague asked this question at the RootsMagic User Group last Saturday.  It's a good one, and I was planning on writing about it.

Most Genea-Musings readers know that I use RootsMagic as my genealogy desktop software of choice, and that the new TreeShare feature provides the ability to synchronize an Ancestry Member Tree with my RootsMagic tree, although it is used one person at a time.  RootsMagic also provides WebHints with, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch records for a specific person.  It also enables matching with persons in the FamilySearch Family Tree, and transfer of information one event and one person at a time.

I uploaded my RootsMagic family tree database as a NEW Ancestry Member Tree back in late June, and have been using the TreeShare feature almost every day.  Therefore, the information in my Ancestry Member Tree is the same as the information in my RootsMagic database.  I wrote My Best Practices for RootsMagic TreeShare and Ancestry WebHints (posted 11 July 2017) to codify my practices using the new RootsMagic features.  

Since I am in the middle of trying to find descendants of my 64 4th great-grandparents, since they are persons most likely to provide a close autosomal DNA match, I have been doing descendancy research one generation at a time in many of my ancestral lines.  For this work, my goal is to obtain birth, marriage, death, burial, census, draft registration, military, and other records to define my cousins in my database.

When I find a new person in a search on the Internet or an online record provider, or in one of the online family trees, this is my work flow process [Note: images are examples only]:

1)  Add the name, approximate birth date and death date if known) to my RootsMagic database as a new person.  Add a spouse name and/or children's names if available.  Connect the new person to parents if information is available.

2)  TreeShare the new person(s) in RootsMagic to add to my Ancestry Member Tree.  

3)  Adding or updating a person to my Ancestry Member Tree ignites Ancestry's Record Hint engine, and within minutes there are usually a number of Hints for the "low-hanging record fruit" - census, birth, marriage, death, burial, draft registrations, etc. records.

4)  Check the Hints on the website where I can click on each Hint and see the record.  I add information from the relevant Hints to the person profile in RootsMagic, and add a source citation for each record added to the event and to the name used in the record (this may be an alternate name).

5)  In RootsMagic, check the WebHints for the person in FamilySearch, MyHeritage and Findmypast.  Most of these are "low hanging record fruit" also and often are identical to what I found on Ancestry.  However, I do find records on those sites that are not on Ancestry, especially in England and Europe since I don't have an Ancestry World subscription.

6)  On the record summary, Ancestry provides a list of "Suggested Records" that may be helpful.  It's easier to use the "Suggested Records" list to add content for the person in one fell swoop than to deal with individual Hints.  Note:  not all Hints and "Suggested records" are accurate - some do not apply to the person at hand.

7)  Do a Search on Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch for records for the person, using the known information at hand to limit the results.  Some of the record providers may limit their Hints to a set of popular databases - Ancestry takes the top 10% of databases by record count to use as Hints.

8)  With all of the above records and sources added to the RootsMagic database, along with downloaded media for some of the person(s), I can now TreeShare the person(s) information again to my Ancestry Member Tree.  

9)  Match, add or update my RootsMagic person(s) with the profile for the person in FamilySearch Family Tree.  I can add sources and notes to the FSFT profile. 

10)  At this point, the information for my RootsMagic person(s) is identical to the information in my Ancestry Member Tree and in FamilySearch Family Tree.

Obviously, the above process captures the "low hanging online record fruit," but not all of the records that are available for a person.  There is a wealth of newspaper, probate, land, court, tax, church, military, immigration, and other records that are not digitized and/or indexed for our ancestral families.  I pursue those records for my ancestral families on a regular basis, but not for every person in my RootsMagic database.

However, the process above does provide a baseline profile for a person that can be useful in descendancy research, in one name studies, DNA matches, etc.  For me, that is "good enough" for my purpose.  My goal here is that my work using this process will help other researchers who run across it in the online trees, or on my blog.

I'm hoping that MyHeritage, Findmypast, Geni and WikiTree will create APIs that work with RootsMagic similar to the Ancestry API or the Family Tree API so that I can do something similar with my tree persons on those sites also.  

So how are you using the RootsMagic TreeShare feature?  


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Amanuensis Monday - Probate Records for Estate of John Garnsey (1648-1722) of Rehoboth, Mass. - Part 2

This week's documents for Amanuensis Monday are from the Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Court records for John Garnsey (1648-1722) of Rehoboth, Massachusetts (presented in date order):

a)  Probate Packet 10414 (image 5 of 22):

b)  Probate Packet 10414 (image 6 of 22):

The transcription of this Inventory is:

A true inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels,
Rights and Credets of Mr. John Garnsey Carpenter, Late of
Rehoboth deceased. Taken this 20^th Day of april 1722
by William Salisbury, Francis Willson and John Thomson as to haveth
                                                                                                                       £     s    d
Imprimis To his wearing apparrel
Item to his Books
Item to province Bills
Item to one Pocker book
Item to one silver spoon
Item to two ounces of silver money and six pence
Item to some penneys
Item to one feather bed and bolster
Item to one feather bed furniture bedsted and Cord
Item to one flock bed bolster blanket and coverlid
Item to one Coverlid and blanket 2-0-0 one bedsted and Covs 0-10-0
Item to five sheets and some small Linnen
Item to two new bed Cords onw five shillings the other three shillings
Item to one Wainscot Chest and drawers
Item to one Chest and drawers 0-11-0 to one Letter Chest 0-8-0
Item to eleven yards of new cloath at 4^s pr yard
Item to one Cubburd 0-6-0 one old meal trough 0-4-0
Item to two old Tables
Item to peuter vessels
Item to one brass kittle
Item to one Warming pan
Item to one brass Skillet
Item to two Iron Trammels
Item yo one Iron pot and pot hooks 0-16-0 one Iron pot 0-7-0
Item to one pair of Tongs and one frying pan
Item to three glass bottels one stone Jugg and one Iron Candlestik
Item to houshold Utensils of wood, a trays bowls and dishes}
morter and Cann }
Item to one pail and one piggin – 0-2-6 five Chairs 0-12-0
Item to beer barre Tunnel and Cheern
Item to Carpenter Tools and one sickel
Item to one pair of Cans and one Sive
Item to salt pork
Item to one Gun 1-5-0 two Swords 0-9-0
Item to Iron hoops bones and bolts and some other old Iron
Item to one Sundial 0-1-0 one Syth 0-5-0
Item to nine3 pounds of flax
Item to two pounds of Cotton yarn
Item yo some woolen yarn
Item to Linnen yarn
Item to two meat tubs and two bags
Item to one plow, Cops and hors traces


Item to thirteen pounds of Tobacko 0-4-4 three pounds of hops 2
Item to powder, flints, knapsack and powder horn
Item to one old bedsted and one small bag
Item to beetle two wedges and one small hoe
Item to three pitchforks

Item to one horse
Item to four swine
Item to three cows
Item to one small cow
Item to thirteen bushels of Indian corn
Item to three bushels or rie
Item to nine bushels of ground malt
                                      {due from Samuel Hix 01—12—00       }

                                     {due from John Horton 01—01—00       }

Item to his Credets      {due from John Garnsey 01--00--00         }
                                    {due from Ebenezer Garnsey 00—05--06 }

                                    {due from Joseph Garnsey 00—05--00    }

                                    {due from James Bowen 00—05--09       }

Item to all the Housing and Land (Seths house excepted)
To one third part of a Corn mill

Given under our hands the day above said                           William Salisburry }
                                                                                                Francis + Willson } prisers
                                                                                                        his mark        }
                                                                                              John Thomson        }
Bristoll Ss May 7^th 1722

Then before y^e Honoble Paine Esqr Judge of Probate of
Wills and Granting Letters of Administration within y^e County
of Bristol came Seth Garnsey & James Bowen Administrators
to y^e estate of John Garnsey late of Rehoboth deceased –
Intestate and made oath the Inventory above Written Contains
the whole of That Estate the said deceased dyed seized of and is
Come to their hands and Knowledge and when they Know of more
they will Reveal it that it may be of Record wherewith.

Bristoll Ss: May 9^th 1722 Juratt Coram Nath^ll Paine

The source citation for this probate estate packet is:

Bristol County [Mass.] Register of Probate, Bristol County (Mass.) Probate Records, 1690-1881, Estate File 10414 (22 images), John Garnsey of Rehoboth, 1722; digital images, American Ancestors (; citing original records at Probate Registry, Taunton, Mass.

John Garnsey (1648-1722) resided in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts when he died on 31 March 1722.  He married three times - with his first wife Elizabeth (1652-1714) he had 13 children; with his second wife, Judith Ormsbee (1673-1715) he had one child; with his third wife, Sarah (Miller) Titus (1655-1742) he had no children. 

John Garnsey died intestate - leaving no will to probate, so the Probate Court went through the administration process of appointing an administrator, the administrators took an inventory, submitted an account, and distributed the estate to the heirs at law.  There are 22 images in the probate packet for John Garnsey of Rehoboth on the American Ancestors website.  

In Part 1, the widow and eldest son petitioned the court to relieve them of administratrix/or responsibility, and the Court appointed Seth Garnsey and James Bowen as administrators.

In this Part 2, the three appraisers have produced an Inventory of the estate totaling £110 in real estate and £85-13-11 in personal estate.

There will be several more posts for this intestate estate in Bristol county, Massachusetts.

John and Elizabeth (--?--) Garnsey are my 8th great-grandparents, through their eldest child, Mehitable Garnsey (1673-1742) who married John Horton (1672-1752) in about 1689, and resided in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

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 - Week of 17 to 23 September 2017

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch ( every week.

As of 23 September 2017, there were 2,257 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added ---

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913   (; 389,073 indexed records with 367,912 record images (was 389,073 records with 30,389 images), Updated 20 Sep 2017

*  Austria, Upper Austria, Linz, Death Certificates, 1818-1899     (; 23,132 indexed records with 25,035 record images (was 4,987 records with 25,035 images), Updated 19 Sep 2017

*  Italy, Brescia, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1797-1815, 1866-1943        (; 66,115 indexed records with 620,801 record images (was 0 records with 620,801 images), Updated 20 Sep 2017

*  Peru, Diocese of Huacho, Catholic Church Records, 1560-1952     (; 343,377 indexed records with 159,173 record images (was 343,377 records with 159,173 images), Updated 21 Sep 2017

*  Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 278,704 indexed records with 21,317 record images (was 278,704 records with 21,317 images), Updated 20 Sep 2017

--- Collections with images removed ---

*  New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1896   (; 857,343 indexed records with 857,343 record images (was 857,382 records with 857,382 images),  4 Oct 2016

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997    (; Index only (17,102,163 records), no images (was 17,102,164 records with 0 images),  17 Feb 2012

*  United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,611,291 records), no images (was 875,611,310 records with 0 images),  17 Jun 2015

*  Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2010  (; Index only (3,599,266 records), no images (was 3,599,268 records with 0 images),  5 Jun 2012

*  Texas Marriages, 1966-2010      (; Index only (7,606,137 records), no images (was 7,606,138 records with 0 images),  5 Jun 2012

*  United States Census, 1930      (; 123,299,347 indexed records with 2,957,015 record images (was 125,180,397 records with 2,957,015 images),  14 Dec 2015

*  Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005        (; Index only (5,069,633 records), no images (was 5,069,636 records with 0 images),  6 Nov 2013

*  California Birth Index, 1905-1995       (; Index only (24,589,671 records), no images (was 24,589,696 records with 0 images),  1 Mar 2012


In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner.

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

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Added or Updated Databases - Week of 17 to 23 September 2017

The following databases were listed on the Recently Added or Updated Collections list on during the period from 17 to 23 September 2017

The databases added or updated include:

*  Texas, Select County Marriage Records, 1837-2015; indexed database with record images, Updated 9/21/2017

*  London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; indexed database with record images, Updated 9/21/2017

*  Staffordshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1839; indexed database without record images, ADDED  9/21/2017

*  Cedar County, Missouri, Cemetery Index, 1839-1970; indexed database without record images, Updated 9/21/2017

*  Vesoul, France, Marriage Index, 1595-1700; indexed database without record images, Updated  9/20/2017

*  London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003; indexed database with record images, Updated 9/20/2017

*  London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930; indexed database with record images, Updated 9/20/2017

*  London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916; indexed database with record images, Updated 9/20/2017

*  Web: Minnesota, Alien Registration Index, 1918; indexed database without record images, Updated 9/20/2017

*  London, England, Church of England Confirmation Records, 1838-1921; indexed database with record images, Updated 9/20/2017

*  Poland, Łódź Ghetto Inhabitant Lists, 1939-1944 (USHMM); indexed database without record images, Updated 9/19/2017

*  UK, City and County Directories, 1766 - 1946; indexed database with record images, Updated 9/18/2017

*  Fife, Scotland, Cupar Library Newspaper Index Cards, 1833-1987; indexed database with record images, Updated 9/18/2017

*  England, Extracted Parish and Court Records, 1399-1795; indexed database with record images, ADDED 9/18/2017

*  Czechoslovakia, Selected Jewish Holocaust Records, 1939-1941 (USHMM); indexed database without record images, Updated 9/18/2017

The complete Card Catalog is at 

By my count, there were 2 NEW database ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,887 databases available as of 23 September, an increase of  2 from last week.  

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


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Best of the Genea-Blogs - 17 to 23 September 2017

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

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

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

*  Revisiting the Women and Early California Law by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.

*  Family History and Project Based Learning at School by Nivole Dyer on the Family Locket blog.

*  Resources for Pennsylvania Research by Kathleen Brandt on the a3Genealogy blog.

*  Research Like a Pro Part 6: Write It Up by Diana Elder on the Family Locket blog.

*  The Archive Lady: How to Preserve Newspaper Clippings by Melissa Barker on the Abundant Genealogy blog.

*  New England Genealogy: Tips From David Lambert by Amy Johnson Crow on the Amy Johnson Crow blog.

*  RootsMagic, FamilySearch Family Tree ID Numbers, & RootsMagic Facebook Page by Nancy Messier on the My Ancestors and Me blog.

*  3 Ways to Get Your Foreign Family Letters and Records Translated by Amie Bowser Tennant on The Genealogy Reporter blog.

*  A Visit to Plymouth Plantation by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on the Nutfield Genealogy blog.

*  Shared cM Project 2017 Update Combined Chart by Roberta Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday Fossicking - 22nd September 2017 by Crissouli on the That Moment In Time blog.

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

*  High Fives - September 22, 2017 by Dianne Nolin on the Genealogy: Beyond the BMD blog.

*  Friday Finds -- Week 38 -- 2017 by Martin Roe Eidhammer on the Norwegian Genealogy and then some blog.

*  Friday Finds, 22 September 2017 by Lois Willis on the Lois Willis - Genealogy and Family History blog.

Friday Finds 22 Sept 2017 by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

This Week's Creme de la Creme -- September 23, 2017 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (September 23, 2017) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

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

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 1600 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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