Thursday, July 28, 2016

Short Course Videos Added to Ancestry Academy

I received this press notice today from Ancestry Academy:

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Short Course Videos Added to Ancestry Academy

Ancestry Academy started something new. We published the first five videos in a new series written by our team of Academy experts and presented by outside talent. This is an exciting and different format from our previous long course structure.


The new courses are brief, but targeted, and more like the lessons within each of our full courses. Check out the new shorter courses here, where the topics include:

*  Pre-1850 Censuses
*  1850 Census: An Introduction
*  1880 Census: An Overview
*  1890 Census: Where is It?
*  Introduction to the 1940 Census

Another recent change is that there are now very short, focused tutorials hosted directly on Person Profile pages and in other areas of Ancestry. Look for the "Tutorials" button when it appears in the lower right corner of the page. This links you directly to videos pertinent to that page, as well as to other content we think you might be interested in. The tutorials are also available under Getting Started on the Academy Home Page.

If you bookmark the Recently Added page and use it as your jumping off point each time you visit the site, you'll always see what's been published most recently. If you want to keep on top of our new Short Course Videos, you can bookmark them as well for faster access.

At this point on Ancestry Academy, there are at least 55 expert-led courses, plus 23 one-minute tutorials and the new Short Course Videos—with more of all in the pipeline! So there's a lot of great content to explore. We're pretty sure you'll learn something new.

Take Ancestry Academy on the go with our newly updated mobile apps
The Ancestry Academy apps let you watch all courses and videos from your Android or iOS mobile device. Just install the app on your device and log in to access all your favorite videos.

Download the mobile app here.


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Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 324: Birth Record of Simon Wade (1731-after 1800)

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 birth record for Simon Wade (1731-after 1800), son of Nathaniel and Ruth (Hawkins) Wade, in Scituate, Rhode Island:


The Wade entries:


The extracted information from this record for the children of Nathaniel and Ruth (Hawkins) Wade:

*  3-113  WADE, Simon, of Nathaniel and Ruth,    Dec. 11, 1731
*  3-113  WADE, Dudley,                                        Dec. 1, 1734
*  3-113  WADE, Mary,                                           Dec. 10, 1736
*  3-113  WADE, Ruth,                                           Aug. 28, 1740
*  3-141  WADE, Deborah,                                     May 23, 1744
*  3-141  WADE, John,                                           Jan. 1, 1746

The source citation for this record is:

"Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Volume 3, "Providence County Births, Marriages and Deaths," page 50 (image 146 of 473), Simon Wade birth entry.

The record above is from the published book that is in the Ancestry.com digital book collection.  The numbers (e.g., 3-113) refer to the pages in the original Scituate town record volume, so 3-113 is Volume 3, page 113.  I have not found those yet, but I'm pretty sure that they are on FHL microfilm. 

 The same information is in several other indexes and compiled genealogies.

This record is a Derivative Source (since the Original Source is the handwritten town record book), with Primary Information and Direct Evidence for the birth of Simon Wade to his parents.

Simon Wade (1731-after 1800) married Deborah Tracy (1731-after 1800), and they are my fifth great-grandparents.  I descend through their son, Simon Wade (1767-1857).

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Seavers in the Newspapers - William A. Seaver's Will in 1883

I had some free time today, so I went searching for Seaver folks in the historical newspaper collections on GenealogyBank.  An interesting article was this one titled "William A. Seaver's Will" in the New York Herald newspaper, dated 15 February 1883, on page 8.  Here is the screen shot of the GenealogyBank article:


The image of the article is:


The transcription of this article (not the actual will) is:

             WILLIAM A. SEAVER's WILL
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The will of the late William A. Seaver, editor of
Harper's Drawer, was filed yesterday in the Surro-
gate's Court at White Plains.  The estate is situ-
ated at Mount Vernon, Westchester county, and is
estimated to be worth about $200,000.  The will is
dated November 6, 1882, and appoints the Metro-
politan Trust Company as executor.  It provides
for the disposition of the estate as follows: -- To the
widow, Mrs. Harriet Seaver, is bequeathed all the
furniture, works of art, library, horses and car-
riages and other personal property.  The executors
are directed to sell all the real estate and apply the
proceeds thereof to her benefit during her life.  At
her death, in addition to an annual income which
is guaranteed to the decedent's brother David
from the date of the probate of the will, and
amounting to $1,200, he is to have the benefit of the
the proceeds of $50,000, which sum is to be invested for 
that purpose.  To his brother's children, John W.,
Ella M., and Charlotte L. Seaver, the income on
$15,000 each is to be paid; to James E. Seaver and
Ella Spencer, children of his brother James E.
Seaver, the interest upon the earnings of $10,000 is
to be paid.  Olive M. Seaver, widow of his brother
Lucas, is to receive the income upon $10,000; Mary
M. Brady, daughter of Judge John R. Brady, is to 
receive the income upon $5,000.  The income of
$10,000 is set apart for Charles B. Seaver.  Nelson
G. Rogers and Rev. James Belles are to receive the
earnings of $1,000.  For the purpose of erecting a
monument the sum of $2,000 is set apart.  The
residuary legatees are John W. Seaver, Ella M.
Seaver and Charlotte L. Seaver.

The source citation for this newspaper article is:

New York [N.Y.] Herald newspaper, digital image, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com), Thursday, 15 February 1883, page 8, "William A. Seaver's Will" article.

My RootsMagic database has thisi nformation about this man:  William Augustus Seaver (1815-1883) was the son of William and Naomi (McCleary) Seaver, born in Albany, New York and died in Mount Vernon, New York.  He married Harriet Hull (1817-1898) in 1836, and had three children - William Hull Seaver (1837-1866), Harriet Langhorne Seaver (1839-1842), and Elliott Seaver (1849-1851).

Since all three of his children died before he did without issue, William A. Seaver's heirs-at-law became his siblings (and their heirs).  He had six siblings, but only David Seaver (1833-1892) was still alive when William A. Seaver wrote his will.  The children of his other siblings - his nieces and nephews - included:

*  John W., Ella M. and Charlotte L. Seaver were children of Daniel McCleary Seaver (1816-1862) and Charlotte Ann Bennett (1835-1915).
*  James E. Seaver and Ella Spencer were children of James Everett Seaver (1821-1853) and Nancy Keith Follett (1824-1892).
*  Charles B. Seaver is a son of Daniel McCleary Seaver (1816-1862) and Esther Mary Bassett  (1817-1841).
*  His brother Lucas Seaver's wife Olive M. Seaver is mentioned, but their son Lucas Seaver is not mentioned.

I don't know who Mary M. Brady, Nelson G. Rogers and Rev. James Belles are - perhaps they are close family friends, business colleagues of William, or relatives of Harriet (Hull) Seaver.

The way I read this, the principal money for each legatee was to be invested and they were to receive the annual proceeds from the investment.  I don't know what became of the principal - was it left to the heirs of the legatees, or did it revert back to William A. Seaver's heirs?  This is a newspaper article, and not the original will, which may explain the legacies accurately.  I haven't searched for the actual will yet in the Ancestry.com or FamilySearch New York Probate databases.

This was fun - it's always nice to see a wealthy Seaver family.  As with other families, a wealthy man with no living children can be a real benefit to the nieces and nephews!

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NGS 2010 Conference Photos #1 -- Post 423 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I'm posting old (and sometimes new) family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless posts like others do - I am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here are some of the most precious (to me) images from my Seaver/Leland photograph collection:


After our Australia - New Zealnd - Fiji trip in March 2010 for our 40th wedding anniversary, we spent five days in Salt Lake City at the end of April 2010 at the National Genealogical Society conference. Here are some of my photographs from the week:

1)  My friend, the late Finn Hansen, whom I talked to every time I visited Salt Lake City, took this photo of me at the computer area in the Exhibit Hall.  I've used it in my own publicity ever since, with his permission.  Thank you, Finn!


2)  One evening, Linda and I walked a few blocks and had dinner with Lisa Alzo and Donna Pointkouski:


3)  In the Exhibit Hall, I took a photo with Tim Firkowski and Alvie Davidson:


4)  I love this picture of my good friends, Tom Kemp and Leland Meitzler:


5)  Ron Arons was selling his Criminal Records book this year - I love seeing Ron at conferences - he always dresses so well!


I will share more from this conference in the coming weeks. 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

RootsWeb Mailing Lists are Not Accessible. Why?

I was demonstrating how to use the RootsWeb message boards and mailing lists in my OASIS adult education "Beginning Computer Genealogy" class on Monday, and could not get into the Mailing List page to subscribe or browse the archives.

When I checked it again today, I still could not get into the Mailing Lists.  I could see the available lists, but when I clicked on one to subscribe, I got the error message again (and again and again - I checked about 10 mailing lists just to be sure).

Here is the opening page when I click on the Mailing Lists tab on the Rootsweb main page:


I put "seaver" in the field for "Find a mailing list" and got this result:


And I got it many more times also for other mailing lists.

What has happened here?  Is Ancestry.com aware of this failure on Rootsweb?  Did they just move the mailing lists somewhere else or delete the whole database?

As always, this may be happening to only me - could other users please check this for me?


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Treasure Chest Tuesday - James A. Smith 1902 Michigan Death Certificate

Yes, I know it's supposed to be Treasure Chest Thursday, but I can't help it - I want to share some of the records that I (and others) have found in my/their repository and online searches for my ancestral families.

This week's Treasure is the 1902 Death Certificate for James A. Smith (1833-1902) in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan:




Information extracted from this death record includes:

*  City:  Detroit;          *  County:  Wayne;               *  No.: 389 Cass Ave.
*  Full Name:  James A. Smith                                 *  Date of Death:  4 - 5 - 1902
*  Sex:  Male;               *  Color:  White;                  *  Marital Status:  Married
*  If married, age at (first) marriage:  32 years         *  Age:  69 years  0 months  0 days
*  Parent of  2  children of whom 2 are living          *  Date of Birth:  1833
*  Occupation:  Traveling Salesman                         *  Birthplace:  Massachusetts
*  Name of Father:  Jas. Smith                                 *  Birthplace of Father:  Mass.
*  Maiden Name of Mother:  Elizabeth Dill            *  Birthplace of Mother:  Mass.
*  Date of Burial:  Apr 7 1902                                  *  Place of burial:  Woodmen
*  Signature of Undertaker:  Wm R Hamilton         *  Address of Undertaker:  Detroit
*  Informant:  Mrs. Jas. A. Smith                            *  Address:  389 Cass Ave.
*  Cause of Death:  Heart Disease

The source citation for this record is:

"Death Records, 1897-1920," online database, Seeking Michigan (http://seekingmichigan.org/), Transcript of Certificate of Death, Wayne County, 1902, No. 1448, James A. Smith entry (http://seekingmichigan.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/p129401coll7/id/488832/rec/6).

James A. Smith is the son of my third great-grandparents, Alpheus and Elizabeth (Dill) Smith, and the brother of my 2nd great-grandmother Lucretia Smith (1828-1884).  He married Annie Eliza Stewart in 1864, and they had two daughters, Annie Lucretia Smith (1864-????) and Grace Louisa Smith (1866-1959).  The two daughters are my first cousin three times removed.

The only obvious error in this record is the name of the father - it should be Alpheus Smith, not James Smith.  The informant surely had never met her father-in-law and may have forgotten or not known his name.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Picnic is Wednesday, 27 July in Bonita, California

WEDNESDAY, July 27th  ANNUAL PICNIC
from 11 a.m. To 2 p.m.
At Home of Gary and Wanda Brock 
(4397 Allen School Lane, Bonita CA 91902)



     Attendance is free but we ask that you bring a dish as a potluck item and a $5 donation to cover cost of hotdogs, brats, hamburgers, fixings.  Plates, utensils and water will be furnished by the society.  Please contact Ana Castro (crcastro@cox.net, 619-781-8441) to coordinate your potluck contribution – it could be a side dish, appetizers, salad, beans, fruit, veggies, or desserts.

     The theme will be "Digging the Dirt – Our Family Stories" about a “misbehaving ancestor” and will include a large display board  and table  where you  can display an article or artifact about your ancestor.  Bring your stories!!

     Parking will be available on the property with assistants to help you park. No need to park on the street. Golf cart service will be available to transport you and your belongings to and from the parking area if needed.  


All persons are welcome at this event.  Please register to indicate your attendance on the CVGS website (www.cvgenealogy.org) on the Events tab.  


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Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 17 July to 23 July 2016

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

As of 24 July 2016, there were 2,110 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):


The added or updated collections are:

*  France, Seine-Maritime, Rouen, Indexes to Church Records, 1680-1789; 38,020 indexed records with record images, Updated 22 Jul 2016

*  Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933; 109,803 indexed records with record images, Updated 21 Jul 2016

*  Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1837-1910; 4,575,333 indexed records with record images, Updated 21 Jul 2016

*  Italy, Agrigento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1865; Browse Images only, no indexes, ADDED 21 Jul 2016

*  Czech Republic Land Records, 1450-1889; Browse Images only, no indexes, Updated 20 Jul 2016

*  Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013; 4,709,143 indexed records with record images, Updated 20 Jul 2016

*  Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958; 2,198,000 indexed records with no record images, Updated 20 Jul 2016

*  Australia, Tasmania, Migrant Files, 1945-1968; Browse Images only, no indexes, ADDED 20 Jul 2016

*  Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950; 779,774 indexed records with record images, Updated 20 Jul 2016

*  Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998; 147,078 indexed records with record images, ADDED 20 Jul 2016

*  Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001; 2,405,620 indexed records with record images, Updated 19 Jul 2016

*  Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967; 1,069,456 indexed records with no record images, Updated 19 Jul 2016

*  North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979; 3,457,243 indexed records with record images, Updated 19 Jul 2016

*  Maine Vital Records, 1670-1907; 1,421,557 indexed records with record images, Updated 19 Jul 2016

*  Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003; 4,107,607 indexed records with record images, Updated 19 Jul 2016

*  Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962; 2,548,575 indexed records with no record images, Updated 19 Jul 2016

*  North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979; 1,207,804 indexed records with no record images, Updated 19 Jul 2016

*  Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977; 1,575,573 indexed records with no record images, Updated 19 Jul 2016

*  Texas Marriages, 1837-1973; 1,695,783 indexed records with no record images, Updated 19 Jul 2016

*  Italy, Forlì-Cesena, Forlì, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1800-1815, 1866-1930; 139,112 indexed records with record images, Updated 19 Jul 2016

*  Italy, Cremona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1744-1942; 361,876 indexed records with record images, Updated 18 Jul 2016

*  Italy, Savona, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1813, 1838-1936; 154,198 indexed records with record images, Updated 18 Jul 2016

*  Italy, Nuoro, Nuoro, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1915; 18,865 indexed records with record images, Updated 18 Jul 2016

*  Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949; 870,856 indexed records with record images, Updated 18 Jul 2016

*  Minnesota Marriages, 1849-1950; 438,331 indexed records with no record images, Updated 18 Jul 2016

The asterisk used by FamilySearch is for "Recently added or updated."  I am particularly interested in new collections, for the obvious reasons.  FamilySearch does provide a listing of which collections are new or updated several days after my post.
 
My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here! 

In order to select a specific collection, go to https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner.

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

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Amanuensis Monday - 1689 Will of Griffin Crafts (1600-1689) of Roxbury, 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 will of  Griffin Crafts (1600-1689) of Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts:



The transcription of this will is:

[image 291 of 585, left-hand side, near bottom]

The Last will and Testament of Griffen Crafts
of Roxbury in the County of Suffolk in New
England made this 18th of may in the year of
our Lord one thousand six hundred eighty
nine is as followeth.  I the said Griffen Crafts

[image 291 of 585, right-hand side]

being through Gods Goodness in competent health
and of perfect memory and understanding yet be-
ing sensible of the decay of nature the Lord having
this Severall yeares past deprived me of my natu-
rall sight and being allso alaremed by other
infirmities atending my old age to prepare for
the disolution of this my Earthly Tabernacle
it is in order thereunto it is my desire to make
and Constitute this my last will and Testa-
ment in manner and forme following.  I doe heart-
ily & freely commit and bequeath my soul into
the hands of my gracious and mercifull father
who gave it me and my body after my decease
to my Executor hereafter mentioned to be by him
honourably and decently buried being fully A-
shured tha tho death shall make a seperation
betweene my Soul and body for a season and the
grave shall reduce my flesh and bones into
rottnes yett by the Allmighty power of god
they shall be raysed and united – againe at the
Last day hopeing through gods mercy in the
merits of Christ I shall their behold my re-
deemer with everlasting Joy and Comfort con-
cerning that Temporal Estate that hath
pleased god to blesse me withall in the world
my will and desire is that my just debts
if any be together with my sickness and fu-
nerall charges be defrayed and discharged
and the remainder of my Estate dispose as
hereafter expressed.  Item  I give and bequeath
to my Beloved Wife dorcas seven pounds tenn
shillings as followeth namly fifty shillings
a year for three years beginning at my decease
in such pay following twenty in money and
thirty in provision while the three years be
out if she Live so long and if she doth not
live while the three yeares be out then conse-
quently for the time she liveth and further I
doe give to my beloved wife one book of mr. gir-
Rens workes and then to be returned to my
Executor.  Item I give to my beloved Son
moses Craft tenn pounds in money or in En-
glish goods at money price besides what he

[image 292 of 585, left-hand side]

oweth me already and all my wearing Clothes
and all to be payd and delivered within half
a year after my decease by my executor hereafter
mentione.d  Item I give ato my son-in-law
Nathanyel Wilson besides fifteene pounds in
money that he oweth me already five pounds
more twenty shillings in money and four pounds
in cuntry comodities to be payd by my Executor
within one yeare after my decease.  Item I give
to my son-in-law Edward Adams five pounds
twenty shillings in money and four pounds
in Cuntry commodities to be paid by my Executor
within one year after my decease.  Item I doe
give to my daughter hannah wilson that is to
say if She out live her husband and be left as
widdow tenn pounds in cuntry commodities
to be paid by my Executor in three years equally
beginning at the decease of her husband Nathan-
iel Willson provided that she be not married
againe.  Item I Give to my daughter Abegal
Adams tenn pounds in Cuntry Comodities
according to the tenour of my daughter willson
above expressed.  Item I give to my grand
Child Epheim Craft a Cow if he live to the
age of 21 yeares to be paid by my Executor hereaf-
ter expressed the Cow not to exceed eight yeares
of age.  Item I doe make my son Samuell
Craft my Soul Executor and doe give unto him
all my housing and Lands & Estate of what
kind & nature soever whether in my hands
or due unto me allways excepting the mouva-
bles in my house & thus my will I do order to
stand for ever If I make not another and in
aknowledgment of all and Singular the promiss-
ed articles I the said Griffin Craft have heare-
unto sett to my hand fixed my Seale the day
& yeare above written.
                       The mark of G Griffen Craft {A Seal]
Witnes Joseph Griggs, William gareis

                               Boston November 9th 1690
Joseph Griggs and William Gareis the two Sub-
scribing wittnesses appeared in County Court &
made oath that they were present & did see

[image 292 of 585, right-hand side]

Griffen Crafts Signe seale & publish this instru-
ment to be his Last will & testament and that when
he so did he was of a disposing mind.

The source citation for this will is:

Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Suffolk County, "Probate Records, Vol. 7-8, 1636-1766," Volume 8, page 8 (images 291-292 of 585), Griffen Crafts will papers, 1689.

Griffin Craft(s) (1600-1689) had six children by his first wife, Alice LNU (1600-1673), named Hannah, John, Mary, Abigail, Samuel and Moses Craft(s).  John and Mary had died by the time Griffin Crafts made his will.  He named his living sons Samuel and Moses, and his living daughters Hannah Wilson and Abigail Adams, in his will, along with his third wife Dorcas.

This document is a derivative source since it was copied from the original Volume 8 of the Suffolk County Probate Court book, which was copied from the original handwritten will in the probate packet filed in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.  

Griffin Craft is my 10th great-grandfather, and I am descended from his daughter, Hannah (Crafts) Wilson (1628-1692), who married Nathaniel Wilson (1621-1692) in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1645.

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