Monday, May 30, 2016

Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 22 to 28 May 2016

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

As of 29 May 2016, there were 2,102 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):


The added or updated collections are:

*  Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984; 2,355,610 indexed records with record images, Updated 26 May 2016

*  Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003; 4,012,169 indexed records with record images, Updated 26 May 2016

*  Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954; 474,485 indexed records with record images, Updated 26 May 2016

*  Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950; 700,117 indexed records with record images, Updated 26 May 2016

*  Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957; 1,869,736 indexed records with record images, Updated 26 May 2016

*  Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935; 2,282,689 indexed records without record images, Updated 26 May 2016

*  Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2014; 877,618 indexed records with record images, Updated 25 May 2016

*  Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005; 751,808 indexed records with record images, Updated 25 May 2016

*  Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962; 2,548,575 indexed records without record images, Updated 25 May 2016

*  Arizona Obituary Index to Arizona Newspapers, 1993-1994; 38,287 indexed records with record images, Updated 24 May 2016

*  Georgia, Brunswick Passenger Lists, 1904-1939; 776 indexed records with record images, Updated 24 May 2016

*  Minnesota, Baudette, Warroad, and International Falls Passenger Lists, 1910-1923; 793 indexed records with record images, Updated 24 May 2016

*  Florida, Port Everglades Passenger Lists, 1932-1951; 24,375 indexed records with record images, ADDED 24 May 2016

*  Texas, El Paso Alien Arrivals, 1924-1952; 200,315 indexed records with record images, ADDED 24 May 2016

*  Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945; 42,239 indexed records with record images, Updated 24 May 2016

*  Belgium, Li├Ęge, Civil Registration, 1621-1914; 345,710 indexed records with record images, Updated 24 May 2016

*  Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912; 18,413 indexed records with record images, Updated 24 May 2016

*  Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1914; 384,559 indexed records with record images, Updated 24 May 2016

*  Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992; 1,261,966 indexed records without record images, Updated 23 May 2016

*  Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950; 608,259 indexed records without record images, Updated 23 May 2016

*  Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934; 2,271,641 indexed records with record images, Updated 23 May 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 or UPDATED, in addition to which collections were removed.  My 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 - Post 322: Account for Estate of Henry Smith (1680-1743) of Medfield, 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 1743 account for the estate of Henry Smith (1680-1743) of Medfield, Sussex County, Massachusetts (starts near bottom of the right-hand page):



The transcription of this account is (transcribed line by line):

Suffolk Ss. The Accompt of Daniel Smith and Henry Smith
Excrs of the Testament of their Father Henry Smith late
of Medfield Husbandman deced Intestate.

The said accompants Charge thermselves with all and Singular the
Goods and Chattels of the said deced Specified in an Inventory
thereof by them Exhibited into the probate office for the County afores'd
on the 21'st October 1743. Amount to the sum of …..........                                    £604.  6. 4

Reced Since of Benjamin Colman
5
2
Of Ephraim Cheney
--
8
                                                                                                                 Old Tenor £609 16 4
And the said Accomptaats pray Allowance as foloows viz't.
20
Paid James Richardson 47/8 paid Doct'r Benj'n Ware 50/
£ 4
17
8
Paod Jonathan Whitney 90/ p'd Jos. Clark Dig'g Grave 5/-
1
5
Paid eleazer Partridge 6/ p'd Saml Clark 15/ Eben'r Ware J'r 28.5
2
9
5
Paid Phebe Clark 16/ Seth Clark 12/
1
8
Paid Isaac Wheeler Rates 110/1 p'd Doct'r Ja's Gerrauld 107/
£10
17
1
Paid Joshua Boyden 116/ p'd Will'm Plimton 69/4
9
5
4
Paid Samuel Sudey Funeral Charges
7
15
6
Paid Edward Turner for drawing Will &c
1
12
6
Paid Samuel Richardson 41/6 p'd Jon Clark 10/6 Tho's Clark 6/2
2
18
2
Paid Deborah Smith 24/8 paid Nathan Plimpton 20/
2
4
8
Paid Dan'l; Sanders jun'r 12/3 paid Jonath'n Smith 23/5
1
15
8
Paid Joseph Clark 28/8 paid Sam'l Morse 12/2
2
0
8
Paid for proving the Wi;; Record of Inventory &c
2
11
Paid fro Drawing allowing & Record of this acc't &c
1
7
6
Expenses & Horse Hire in the affairs of the Estate
6
Old Tenor
£58
8
2
                                     Save Errors Daniel Smith Henry Smith

Suffolk Ss. By the Hon'ble Josiah Willard Esq'r Judge of Probate &c
Daniel smith and Henry smith Execors presented the foregoing
and made oath that it contains a just and true acco'y of their
admi'on of the Estate of their late Father Henry smith dec'ed
so far as they have proceeded therein and produced Receipts
and Vouchers for the Several payments therein mentioned
which I do allow and Approve of                          J. Willard
Boston Sep'r the 17. 1744
                                                        Exam'd A. Belcher Reg'r

The source citation for this account is:

Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, indexed database with digital images,Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Suffolk County, "Probate Records, Vol 35-37, 1740-1745," Volume 37, Pages 261-262 (images 771-772 of 927), Henry Smith estate account, 1744.




See Amanuensis Monday - Post 320: Will of Henry Smith (1680-1743) of Medfield, Mass. and Amanuensis Monday - Post 321: Estate Inventory of Henry Smith (1680-1743) of Medfield, Mass. for earlier blog posts for the probate records of Henry Smith.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of 22 to 28 May 2016

The following databases were added or updated on Ancestry.com during the period from 22 to 28 May 2016:



The databases added or updated include:

*  Australia, Newspaper Vital Notices, 1851-2001; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/27/2016

*  Arizona, Voter Registrations, 1866-1955; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/26/2016


*  U.S., World War I Soldier Naturalizations, 1918; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/26/2016


*  Tasmania, Despatches of the Governor's Office, 1823-1855; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/26/2016


*  Czechoslovakia, Selected Jewish Holocaust Records, 1938-1945 (USHMM); indexed records without record images, Updated 5/26/2016


*  Arizona,County Marriage Records, 1865-1972; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/26/2016


*  Ohio, Naturalization Petition and Record Books, 1888-1946; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/27/2016


*  Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Confirmations, 1870-1911; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/26/2016


*  Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1912; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/26/2016


*  Tasmania, Australia, Convict Court and Selected Records, 1800-1899; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/26/2016


*  Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1912; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/26/2016


*  Tasmania, Australia, Insolvency and Petty Sessions, 1829-1902; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/26/2016


*  Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1912; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/26/2016


*  Northamptonshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1532-1812; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/26/2016


*  Arizona, Territorial Census Records, 1864-1882; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/26/2016


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. 
 

By my count above there were 4 NEW databases ADDED this past week, per the list above. There are now 32,594 databases available as of 29 May, up 4 from last week.  


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Best of the Genea-Blogs - 22 to 28 May 2016

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:


*  MyHeritage DNA matching & terms of use by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.  Judy dissects the terms of use for the MyHeritage DNA matching.

*  Thoughts on In-Person Conferences by Lori Thornton on the Smoky Mountain Family Historian blog.  Lori shares her thoughts.

*  Behold’s Genetic Relationship Notation (BGRN) by Louis Kessler on Louis Kessler's Behold Genealogy blog.  Louis has come up with a fascinating methodology here.

*  It Takes Two: The Research Benefits of a Two-Monitor System by guest blogger Drew Smith on the Genealogy Insider blog.  Drew describes the benefits of this.  I wish I had more desk space.

*  Loss of Life Sketches on Merger? by James Tanner on the Rejoice, and be Exceeding Glad ... blog.  James highlights a FamilySearch Family Tree problem.  I use life sketches a lot.

*  Comments on the Changing Times of Genealogy by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  James quotes Bob Dylan...I'm swimming as fast as I can!

*  Creating Family History Videos Easily and for Free by Amy Johnson Crow on the Amy Johnson Crow blog.  Amy created a how-to for Adobe Spark videos.  Superb!

*  Test: Treasures from Old Newspapers (Using Adobe Spark) by Pat Richley-Erickson on the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Blog.  Pat produces her first Spark video.

*  A Troubled Life: Mina Mae Mitchell (1868-1910) by Christine Manczuk on the Ancestry Island blog.  Oh my!  Christine 's great-grandfather's other wife was trouble.

*  Is Genealogy Dangerous to Your Health? by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog.  This is an important post.  Kudos to Thomas.

*  "Every Genealogy Record You Need is Online" - I Beg to Differ! by Lori Samuelson on the Genealogy at Heart blog.  I agree with Lori, who provides excellent examples.

*  It’s in print, but is it true? by Rhonda McClure on the Vita Brevis blog.  Right on, Rhonda.  Lots of surprises in original records.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

 Friday Fossicking 27th May 2016 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time blog.

*  GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 27 May 2016 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.


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

  Friday Finds on Saturday by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.


*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for May 27, 2016 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

 This Week's Creme de la Creme -- May 28, 2016 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (May 28, 2016) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  Favorite Reads of the Week: 81 May 2016 by Nicole Dyer on the Family Locket 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 1590 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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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Ancestor's Occupations

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)  Geneablogger Diane Gould Hall posted WORKDAY WEDNESDAY – What kind of work did your ancestors do? on her Michigan Family Trails blog last year, and I thought the topic could be used as an SNGF post.

2)  Please go back several generations (say parents or grandparents or great-grandparents) and list the occupations that they had in the records you've found for them.  You could do this, say, by ancestor table number.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook or Google+.

Here's mine:

I'm going to use Ancestor Table number, starting with my parents and going back to my great-grandparents:

2)  Frederick W. Seaver (1911-1983), my father, had these occupations:

*  1940:  Sales manager in a finance company (1940 US Census)
*  1940:  Investigator for a loan bank corporation (1940 US Census)
*  1942-1944:  Clerk for an aircraft manufacturing company in Chula Vista
*  1944-1946:  Mailman 3rd class in United States Navy aboard USS Halford
*  1947-1971:  Prudential Life Insurance agent in San Diego

3)  Betty V. (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002), my mother:

*  1941-1942:  Art and English teacher at Wilson Junior High School in San Diego
*  1942-1943:  Clerk at an aircraft manufacturing company in Chula Vista
*  1944-1946:  Art teacher at Memorial Junior High School in San Diego

4)  Frederick W. Seaver (1876-1942), my grandfather:

*  1900:  Painter of combs at plastics factory in Leominster, Mass.
*  1910:  Superintendent of a comb shop in Leominster, Mass.
*  1918:  Superintendent at Paton Manufacturing Company in Leominster, Mass.
*  1920:   Superintendent of a comb shop in Leominster, Mass.
*  1930:  Superintendent of a celluloid company in Leominster, Mass.
*  1940:  Foreman at Viscoloid company in Leominster, Mass.

5)  Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962), my grandmother:

*  1900:  housework in Leominster, Mass.

6)  Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976), my grandfather:

*  1920:  Auditor, works in dry goods store in San Diego
*  1930:  Office worker, works in dry goods store in San Diego
*  1940:  Office clerk - Marston's Department Store in San Diego
*  1960:  retired as Accountant at Marston's Department Store in San Diego

7)  Emily K. (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977), my grandmother:

*  1940:  Clerical and saleslady at Marston's Department Store in San Diego

8)  Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922), my great-grandfather:

*  1874:  Ironworker in Leominster, Mass. (marriage record)
*  1880:  works in a comb shop in Leominster, Mass.
*  1900:  Teamster in Leominster, Mass.
*  1910:  Assistant superintendent at horn shop in Leominster, Mass.
*  1920:  Assistant superintendent at horn shop in Leominster, Mass.

9)  Hattie L. (Hildreth) Seaver (1857-1920), my great-grandmother:

*  1880:  Keeping house in Leominster, Mass.

10)  Thomas Richmond (1848-1917), my great-grandfather:

*  1870:  Works in a woolen mill in Stonington, Conn.
*  1880:  Overseer in a woolen mill in Killingly, Conn.
*  1900:  Overseer of a woolen mill in Leominster, Mass.
*  1910:  Carder in a woolen mill in Killingly, Conn.

11)  Julia (White) Richmond (1848-1913):

*  1870:  Keeping house in Stonington, Conn.
*  1880:  Keeping house in Killingly, Conn.

12)  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), my great-grandfather:

*  1880:  Millwright and carpenter in Boulder, Colorado
*  1889-1897:  Carpenter at Russ Planing Mill in San Diego (City Directories)
*  1900:  Carpenter in San Diego.
*  1910:  Carpenter in San Diego.
*  1920:  Cabinet maker, works in a furniture store in San Diego
*  1930:  Aviation technician at Rockwell Field, San Diego
*  1940:  Retired millwright and mechanic in San Diego

13)  Della (Smith) Carringer, (1862-1944), my great-grandmother:

*  1880:  Keeping house in Blue Rapids, Kansas
*  1940:  Housework in own home in San Diego  

14)  Charles Auble (1849-1916), my great-grandfather:

*  1870:  A painter in Terre Haute, Indiana
*  1880:  A painter in Terre Haute, Indiana
*  1900:  A house decorator in Chicago, Illinois
*  1910:  A house decorator in Chicago, Illinois
*  1913-1915:  A painter in San Diego (City directories)

15)  Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952):

*  1940:  Housework in own home in San Diego.

That's enough for now!  I know that I have more City Directory records for all of these folks, but they are not listed in my database.  I should add them!


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