Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New MyHeritage Historical Record Collections Added in January 2018

I received this information from MyHeritage yesterday:

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I'm delighted to let you know that we've recently added and updated many collections on  MyHeritage SuperSearch™ many of which are exclusive!

The collections include U.S. Yearbooks, newspapers from Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio, over 38.5 million new records added to Sweden Household Examination Books, the Germany Minority Census from 1939 as well as naturalization applications in Mandatory Palestine from 1937 to 1947.
Most of this content is exclusive to MyHeritage and cannot be found on any other major genealogy service. Here's more information about each collection:
  • U.S. Yearbooks, 1890-1979: One of the largest collections of digitized US yearbooks in existence, providing genealogical coverage of individuals who went to high schools throughout a period of 90 years.
Searching is free. A Data or Complete subscription is required to view the records. Keep an eye out for Record Matches! Our Record Matching technology will automatically find relevant historical records for people in your family tree.


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Disclosure:  I have a complimentary MyHeritage Data and Tree subscription, and have received material considerations from MyHeritage over the past nine years.  

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Treasure Chest Tuesday - 1868 Voter Registration for Elijah McKnew in San Francisco, Calif.

This week's Tuesday Treasure is the 1886 Voter Registration record for Elijah Pickrell McKnew in San Francisco, California:

The entry for Elijah Pickrell McKnew is the sixth entry from the top on the right-hand page:



The extracted information for this record is:

*  Voting No.  185
*  Regis. No.  96
*  Name:  Elijah Pickrell McKnew
*  Age:  50
*  Nativity:  Maryland
*  Occupation:  Teamster
*  Local Residence:  1013 Nineteenth
*  Naturalized:  [no entry]
*  Date of Registration:  September 21, 1886

The source citation for this record is:

"California Voter Registers, 1866-1898," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2018), San Francisco > 1886, 1st Precinct, 48th Assembly District, no page number, Voting No. 185, Elijah Pickrell McKnew entry.

This is the fourth Voter Registration entry (1876, 1880, 1882, 1886) for Elijah McKnew in San Francisco.  In 1886, he was age 50, born in Maryland, worked as a teamster, and resided at "1013 Nineteenth.  


In this record, his name is exactly right - it should be Elijah Pickrell McKnew, but the middle name changed almost every registration.

Elijah McKnew (1836-1912) married Jane Whittle (1847-1921) in 1865 in Tuolumne County, California, and they had 11 children between 1867 and 1892.  Elijah and Jane (Whittle) McKnew are my wife's great-grandparents.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 22 January 2018

Here are some of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  I participated in the Family History Fanatics webinar on Friday, 19 January, and presented my "Discovering Jane's Roots in California, Australia and England."  Webinars are different for the presenter - there is no audience to observe and react to.  I have no clue how many folks fell asleep.

2)  Today's Mondays With Myrt on Zoom.us covered a lot of ground (as usual) - the new Study Groups, the Ancestry.com Member Trees indexing and sourcing issue, MyHeritageDNA tests and mcorrespondence with matches, and Trello for a white board.

3)  I received a new 3rd to 5th cousin DNA match on MyHeritageDNA, and it contains a Lanfear in Jefferson County, N.Y.  My 2nd great-grandfather Devier J. (Lamphier) Smith (1839-1894) was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith in about 1840.  I wrote about this in 
A Ray of DNA Hope for my Lamphier/Lanfear Mystery.

4)  GenealogyBank has 273 "Recent Obituaries" for persons in Massachusetts with the last name of Seaver.  There are 18,077 in all states, and 395 in California.  I checked the first 45 in Massachusetts and added the text and source citation to my RootsMagic database.  I sometimes find a maiden name of a spouse and find names for children and their spouses.  There are a few Seaver persons for whom I don't have a profile in my RootsMagic database.  I need to continue mining this data.  

5)  One of my society colleagues asked my help in finding the parents of one of her close DNA matches.  She is corresponding with the match, who was adopted, but knew some of the information about her parents from family papers of some sort.  I think I've found the birth parents and identified several siblings through birth record indexes.  I think I've found a 2009 address and phone number for them other also.

6)  I have 268 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 2662 last week), 700 4th cousins or closer (up from 692 last week), 596 pages (over 29,750 matches with at least 5 cM) (was 585 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 14 DNA Circles (no change for weeks). There were no new close matches (3rd cousin or closer).

7)  I have 2,247 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 2,089 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.1%).  There was one new close match (3rd cousin or better) this week - see 3) above). 

8)  I have 1,150 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (down from 1,154 last week) who share at least 0.10% with me.  Of these, only 1 shares 1.0% or more, 22 share 0.50% or more (was 35 last week), with the highest being 1.54%. 

9)  I have 2,272 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,256) who share 0.25% (18 cM) or more, with the highest match being 1.42% (96 cM).  I have 12 who share at least 1.0% (68 cM) with me, and 1224 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more with me.  I have had better luck finding shared ancestors with a few of these testers.

10)  There were almost daily sessions working in RootsMagic to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 21,997 of my persons with FSFT.  I now have 49,537 persons in my RootsMagic file.   I TreeShare almost every night.  There were also several sessions in Ancestry Hints to add content and source citations for the new RootsMagic profile additions.   I've fallen behind on the Record Hints with 55,325 waiting to be resolved, but I'm working on it.  Every time I add something to RootsMagic and TreeShare, the Hints multiply.  


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What's Coming From FamilySearch in 2018

I received this information from FamilySearch this morning:

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What's Coming from FamilySearch in 2018


Salt Lake City, Utah (22 January 2018), FamilySearch is a global leader in fun, online family history services with over 9 million users in 2017. In 2018 FamilySearch will be expanding its free site and services by adding new family discoveries, more online connections, expanded global reach, and millions of new sources to search. (Find and share this announcement online from the FamilySearch Newsroom).

1.   Personalized Home Page
Refinements to the FamilySearch personalized home page will enable signed-in patrons to make many more new discoveries and easily engage with their family trees.

As new photos, stories, or documents are added by other members of the family, they will be shown on your personalized home page and prioritized based on relevance. You will also be able to see new additions as relatives add them.

Enjoy more adaptive, relevant FamilySearch Record Hints. As millions of new records are added to FamilySearch weekly, the search engine maps them with your family tree. FamilySearch will specifically begin looking for new ancestor record sources you don’t already have in your tree. It will be easier than ever to add them. 

Relevant ancestor event notifications, if you want, will be able to prompt you throughout the year regarding relevant dates in the lives of your ancestors. These can be great nudges to learn more about your forbears.

2.   Historical Records
FamilySearch will digitally preserve over 400 million images in 2018 and publish the majority of them online. It will also add hundreds of millions of indexed, searchable names in historical records, thus making it easier and faster to find your ancestors. 

New additions will include prominent international collections from Europe, Central and South America, and the United States. New images will first be accessible in the FamilySearch Catalog Viewer. Once they are indexed or have additional metadata, they'll be published in the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections.

3.   Online Discovery Experiences
FamilySearch will introduce fun, new personal “discovery” experiences online and in additional physical locations in 2018. The online experiences will be similar to the popular attractions currently found in select FamilySearch Family Discovery Centers.

4.    Family Tree
Refinements to the FamilySearch Family Tree in 2018 will extend its reach globally to more devices through improved language support and making the service faster and easier to navigate in lower bandwidth regions of the world.

An underlying goal of the FamilySearch Family Tree is to ensure new developments regarding data are always converging towards more accuracy and completeness.

An upcoming feature will help improve collaboration while encouraging more sound edits and discouraging poor edits to good data.    

5.  Family Tree Mobile App
FamilySearch will continue to update its FamilySearch Family Tree app and mobile experiences, which extend the website's functionality. Currently, the robust app has 90 percent of the functionality of the web feature.

The app will provide fun, location-based experiences for making family discoveries wherever you happen to be. The popular 2017 “Relatives Around Me” feature allowed crowds or groups to discover who in the crowd was related to them and how.

New experiences in 2018 will build upon this, allowing interaction based on your proximity to people or locations with which you have a personal ancestral relationship.

The app will also continue to enhance the research capabilities of the mobile experience, including a new Research Mode that will allow multiple windows to be opened simultaneously to facilitate multitasking and research from within the app.

6.    Memories
Individuals are now uploading millions of family photos and documents for free permanent storage at FamilySearch. In 2018, patrons will be able to add multiple photos to a family story, rather than just one.

The FamilySearch Tree Fan Chart will help patrons, at a glance, easily discover areas in their tree where memories and sources are attached to ancestors, and help them identify opportunities where they need to be added.

7.   FamilySearch Web-Based Indexing
FamilySearch will end its desktop indexing software in 2018 as it continues to roll out more updates to its new web indexing platform. The new web tool is easy to use and works with any digital device (besides cell phones) with a web browser. It enables hundreds of thousands of volunteers worldwide to make millions of historical images easily and freely searchable by name so online family history researchers can quickly discover ancestors.

 8.  RootsTech
RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch International, will continue to expand its support of community growth, personal development, and exciting industry innovation. This popular global family history conference will attract over 100,000 attendees (in-person and live online viewers).

Keynotes this year will include: Scott Hamilton, olympic figure skating champion, Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York photographer and writer, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Finding Your Roots. and Natalia Fourcade, internationally renowned Mexican pop-rock singer.

The RootsTech Innovation Showcase will highlight exciting innovations related to family history. It will replace the Innovator Summit and Innovator Showdown.

9.   Oral Histories
Family history in oral (no written documentation) cultures are kept in the minds of village elders—walking, human libraries. When they pass away, the library is lost forever. FamilySearch will increase the number of oral histories it captures from these tribal historians significantly throughout Africa.
FamilySearch appreciates its growing customer base (over 134 million visits in 2017!). When you visit FamilySearch in 2018, be sure to sign in to your free account to enjoy the most of what FamilySearch has to offer. Come back regularly to add your own family memories. Enjoy the new content added daily and the new features coming soon. Collaborate with your family to upload your favorite photos, documents, personal histories, or journals from previous years, and update your ancestors' stories.

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Amanuensis Monday - 1722 Probate Papers of Stephen Atwood (1653-1722) of Eastham, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1722 Probate Papers for the estate of Stephen Atwood (1653-1722) of Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts:

a)  Volume 4, pages 66-67:



b)  Volume 4, pages 68-69:

The will of Stephen Atwood starts on page 67, the middle of the page.

The transcription of these probate papers is:

[page 67, halfway down the page]

In the Name of God Amen.  The Twentyeth Day of May
In the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and fifteen
I Stephen Atwood of Eastham in the County of Barnstable In his
Maj^ties Province of the Massachusetts Bay In New England Husbandman
being weak In body, but of perfect Mind and Memory Thanks be given unto God
therefore, Calling unto mind the Mortality of my body and Knowing that it is
appointed for all men once to dye, Do make ordaine this my Last will & Testa-
ment, that is to say Principally and first of all I give and Recommend my
soul into the hands of God that gave it, And my body I recommend to the Earth
to be Buried In decent and Christian manner at the Discretion of my Executrix
nothing doubting but at the generall Resurrection I shall Recive the Same
again by the allmity power of God.  And as touching Such worley Estate where-
with it hath pleased God to bless me In this Life, I give devise & Dispose
of the same In the following manner and form.

Imp^s. I give and bequeath unto my Loveing wife Apphia Attwood the whole
Improvement of all my houseing Lands Marsh or meadow ground that I am
Possest of In the Town of Eastham Dureing her Naturall Life if she
Remain my widdow until her Death but if she see Cause to Marry a
again she shall have the bed whereon we now Lodge with therefore

[page 68]

Curtains and what Ever ^of^ Right belongeth to said bed; whence I Like wise
Constitute make & ordaine my soul Executrix of this my Last will & Testament.

Item. I Give unto my well beloved Son Stephen Atwood a duble portion of all
the Moveable Estate of mine that shall remain after my wifes death or
marriage and to the remaining part of said Moveables Estate to be Equally
Devided amongst my Sons and Daughters to say Mariel Atwood Joseph At-
wood ^&^ to my daughters Hannah Atwood and Apphia Atwood.

Item. to my well beloved Sons Eleazer Atwood and Joshua Atwood I have alredy
given unto them their parts of my Estate In the piece that I sett upon the
farm they bought of one said farm being at a place Commonly called bound brook.

Item.  I Give to my well beloved son Thomas Atwood all and singular my Lands
Messuage and Tenements with all the Rights Tittles profits thereunto belong-
ing or any wise of Right Appertaining by him and his heirs and Assignes
freely and peacably to be posesed and injoyed for Ever, after the death of my
Loveing wife as above said or if she see cause to Marry.

And I do hereby Utterly Disalow revoake and Disannull all & Every other former
Testaments wills legacies and bequests and Executrix In any way by me before
named willed and bequeathed, Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to
be my Last will and Testament.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my
hand and Seal the day and year above written.

Signed Sealed published pronounced and                            mark        
Declared by the said Stephen Atwood as his            Stephen A Attwood    {seal}
Last will and Testament In the presence of Us                       his
the Subscribers.
      Isaac Pepper
      Samuel Doane
      Martha Doane                          Then Isaac Pepper Samuel Doane and Martha Doane
made Oath that they saw Stephen Atwood Late of Eastham now Deceased
Sign Seal and heard him Declear the above written to be his Last will and
Testament and that he was of sound mind and Dispossing memory when
so did In their best apprehentions.
                                                                 Sworn before John Otis Judge of Probates

John Otis Esq^r Commissionated by the Govorneur & Council of the Province
of the Massachusetts Bay In New England to be Judge of the probates of wills
and for granting Letters of Administration on the Estates of p-sons Deceased, have-
ing goods, Chattels, rights or Credits In the County of Barnstable within the province
aforesaid.

To all to whome these presents Shall Come Greeting.

Know ye that upon the day of the Date hereof before me at Barnstable In
the County aforesd The will of Stephen Atwood late of Eastham In y^e County of
Barnstable now deceased, to these presents annexed, was proved, approved, and allowed,
who having while he Lived and at the time of his Death goods Chattles Rights or
Credits in the County beforesd; and the probate of sd will, and power of Committing
administration of all and singular the goods Chattles Rights and Credits of the sd deceased
by vertue thereof Appertaining unto me.  The Administration of all and Singular therefore
goods Chattles Rights of the said Deceased and Executrix In the Same will named, well &
faithfully to Execute the sd will and to administer the Estate of the sd Deceased according
there unto.  And to make a True & perfect Inventory of all and Singular y^e goods
Chattles Rights & Credits of the sd Deceased and to Exhibit the Same Into the Registry of
the Court of Probate for the County aforesd at or before the Tenth day of August Next Ensuing
and also to render a plain & True Acct of y^e said Administration upon Oath when Called
thereto.  In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and the Seal of y^e sd Court
of Probate Dated at Barnstable the 12th day of July
Annoque Domini 1722                                                                          John Otis

[page 69]

An Inventory of the Estate of the Late Deceased Stephen
Atwood of Eastham taken by us the Subscribers on the 12th Day
of July under Oath 1722.


To Lands and houseing £200 – 00 – 00
To one ox         05 – 00 – 00
To 2 Cowes and half     08 – 15 – 00
To a small Cattle     01 – 15 – 00
To Linnens     04 – 07 – 03
To one bed and bolster         05 – 00 – 00
To one more bed and bolster     03 – 10 - 00
To Curtains       01 – 08 – 00
To Coverleds     02 – 08 – 00
To 3 old coverleds     00 – 03 – 00
To Two woolen Blankets     01 – 05 – 00
To Two Old Coats     00 – 05 – 00
To Two Old Bedsteads      00 – 16 – 00
To Two Chists and One box     00 – 10 – 00
To one Caine     00 – 10 – 00
To potts Anirons and Other Iron ware     03 – 03 – 06
To Carts Chains and Other Irons        01 – 15 – 08
To wooden ware     00 – 15 – 00
To putter and Earthen     01 – 06 – 00
To Brass       00 – 15 – 00
To an Ironing box and Other Small things     00 – 06 – 00
To a weavers Loome     01 – 10 – 00
To Swine         00 – 12 – 06
To half a hay boat     00 – 17 – 06
To Two Iron weges     00 – 06 - 00

£246 – 18 – 11

July 12th 1722                                                                  Edward Knowles
Then Apphia Atwood Executrix to y^e                           Samuel Doane
Last Will & Testament of her Late husband                    David Donae
Stephen Atwood made Oath to the Truth of y^e above Written Inventory so far as
Shee know and that if any thing further of the Estate of the sd deceased shall
Come to her Knowledge that is Matteriall she will allso bring it to this In-
ventory.

                                                                 Sworn before Jno Otis Judge of Probate

The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Barnstable County, "Probate Records, Vol 4-5, 1721-1741, Volume 4, pages 67-69 (images 39-40 of 660), Stephen Atwood, 1722, Will, Letters Testamentary and Inventory.

Stephen Atwood (1653-1722) married Apphia Bangs (1651-????) in 1677 in Eastham, Massachusetts, and they had eight children between 1678 and 1696.

The will of Stephen Atwood, written in 1715 and proved in 1722, names all eight of the children.  His widow was bequeathed all the improvement and use of the real estate and personal estate until her death, but if she married again she would receive only a bed and curtains and other bed things.  Apphia was also named executrix of the estate.  The personal estate was to be divided amongst all the children after his wife died or married, with eldest son Stephen Atwood receiving a double portion.  The youngest son, Thomas Atwood, was to receive the real estate. The estate Inventory totaled £247, with £200 of that the housing and real estate.

Stephen and Apphia (Bangs) Atwood are my 7th great-grandparents, through their daughter Hannah Atwood (1686-1771) who married Samuel Horton (1686-1778) in 1714.

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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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