Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Technology Tuesday -- Updated Ancestry.com Mobile App

Ancestry.com recently updated its mobile app for iPad, iPod and iPhone - you can read the press release in Ancestry.com Mobile App Has New Features.  I don't know when they will update the mobile app for Android and Windows 8.  The mobile app is FREE from the App Store on the iOS products, and from Google Play for Android products.

The mobile app links to a selected Ancestry Member Tree on Ancestry.com submitted by the user.  The app can view most of the information submitted to the Ancestry Member Tree, including media items and events.  However, source citations and Fact notes are not shown.  Hints are offered, and the user can search Ancestry.com for more information.

Here are some screens from the Ancestry.com mobile app on my iPhone 5s:

1)  The "Name List Tree" view with all persons in the Ancestry Member Tree, listed alphabetically by last name.


Note the icons across the top.  They include:

*  Recently searched persons.
*  Portrait tree view
*  Pedigree tree view
*  Name List tree view:

There are also icons across the bottom for:

*  Hints
*  Comments
*  Tree
*  DNA
*  Settings

Tapping on a name will bring up their profile (see below).

2)  The "Portrait Tree" view (in landscape mode) shows direct line ancestors and siblings and children of the highlighted person. 


 I can swipe up and down, or right and left, to see more ancestors in the tree.  Tapping on the name of a person will bring up their profile.

3)  The "Pedigree Tree" view includes only direct line ancestors and children of the highlighted person (shown in landscape mode).


 I can swipe up and down, or right and left, to see more ancestors in the tree.  Tapping on the name of a person will bring up their profile.

4)  I tapped on Lyle L Carringer on the screen above, and saw his profile:


Scrolling down, I see the person Note at the bottom of the "Timeline" view:


I can tap the "Note" area and edit the person Note.

Note that there is a link for "Hints" below his name and vital data.  A timeline follows with events from Birth to Death (and beyond).

Down at the bottom of the screen are three buttons.  The "Timeline" view is shown on the screen above.  The "Family" and "Gallery" buttons will be shown below.

5)  I tapped on the "Birth" Fact on the Timeline above, and it told me that there was a Gallery with 8 sources for this "Birth" Fact:


I can "Edit" or "Delete" the Fact by tapping the "Fact" button on the screen above.  I saw no way to view the Fact Notes.

6)  I tapped on the button for "Gallery with 8 Sources" and saw thumbnail images of the sources:


6)  If I tap on one of the thumbnails, then I can see the indexed Record Details for that source:


I don't see a way to see a source citation for this source - only the record image.

7)  If I tap on the green square in the middle of the image above, I can see the record image, if one is available.  I can expand the view to zoom in on the image detail:


I will have to swish right and left, and up and down, in order to see all of the information on the page.

8)  The "Family" View for the person (button at bottom of screen) shows Parents, Spouse(s) and Children of the person:


9)  The "Gallery" View for the person shows a thumbnail of each record attached to the Tree for this person:


If I tap on an image in the Gallery, I can zoom in to see more detail, or Edit Photo, Share Photo, or Delete Photo" by tapping the "Photo Details" button, or I can Comment on the image.

10)  I haven't shown the Record Hints or the Searching of the Ancestry.com databases yet.  i'll do that in a subsequent post.

11)  With this mobile app, I can access my Ancestry Member Tree anywhere that I have an Internet connection through my iPhone, iPad or iPod.  I can see Hints, add them to a person profile, or ignore them.  I can search Ancestry.com for more information about the person.  This is truly my family tree in my pocket.

However, I can't see everything in the Ancestry Member Tree, which is unfortunate.  Perhaps source citations and fact notes will be added in future updates.

This is a very powerful tool.  If you invite your family members to be guests or editors to your Ancestry Member Tree, then they can download the FREE Ancestry.com mobile app and have your family tree (with their ancestors) in their pocket also!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day - "There are things that happen in a second that take a lifetime to explain"

It's Labor Day, and I thought somebody (my readers? my kids? my friends?) might be interested in my job history. It is really a short list over a long period of time!

1) My first job was as a newspaper delivery person - a paper boy. I was 11 when my friend Gordon McLennan and I got a route for the twice-weekly San Diego Independent newspaper. Our route was between 32nd Street and 34th Street, and Juniper Street to Laurel Street, in the North Park area of San Diego. We held this job for about six months, delivering papers on Thursday and Sunday mornings to subscribers, using bicycles and flexies (Flexible Flyers, not a sled, but with wheels and steering bar) to throw them on porches. The highlight each month was collecting the subscription fees from the subscribers - we got stiffed a lot for what they considered a throw-away newspaper.

2) My second job was an extension of the first - my brother and I had a San Diego Independent newspaper route for about five years, but closer to home (28th Street to Fern Street, Date Street to Fir Street, 10 blocks, about 100 addresses). We got really good at doing this job through experience, got to know our customers, and made some pocket money. The customer that I remember is old Mr. Stoddard, who lived on Dale Street. He had his buddies over to play cards regularly, and when we came to collect, he would ask us in to show off what we learned. He actually paid us 25 cents or 50 cents each month to learn something new - the State Capitals, the National Parks, say the alphabet backwards, etc.

3) I wrote about my first "real" regular paying job in the summer of 1963 with the San Diego Chargers in http://www.geneamusings.com/2007/10/my-first-real-job.html.

4) After three years at San Diego State University studying aerospace engineering, I got my first real "professional" job with Wagner Aircraft in San Diego in the summer of 1964 - I spent about three months there. This was a spinoff company (from Convair) trying to build a 25-seat commuter propeller-driven aircraft designed for small airfields. The innovative feature was a boundary layer control system that would permit takeoffs and landings at 60 miles/hour. I worked as an analyst doing aerodynamics analysis (performance, stability and control, etc.) with several veteran  aerodynamicists, including Bob Gusky, who would play a big role in my life a few years later.  This was an excellent basic job education and networking experience.

5) I went back to college (San Diego State University) in September 1964, and Wagner Aircraft folded before the summer of 1965. However, Sunrise Aircraft was formed with new investors and Fred Wagner at the helm, but with few of the Wagner Aircraft employees, and none of the aerodynamicists. I got a summer job there for 1965, doing essentially the same things I had done at Wagner in 1964. Larry F. was the only aerodynamicist at the time and he was happy to have someone help out. I stayed on as a part-time employee in late 1965, and then came on full-time in January 1966 after graduating from SDSU. In addition to the aerodynamics work, I picked up some of the Boundary Layer Control (BLC) work and traveled to Cambridge Mass. twice for model tests and technical discussions with DynaTech, a technical services company. In the end, I wrote a NASA Contractor's Report with the DynaTech people. Unfortunately, Sunrise Aircraft couldn't meet payroll in March 1967, and I kept working there for essentially promises (which never came about) until September.  Another excellent experience, more responsibility, and some travel.  Also - a lesson learned!

This was the first real crisis in my life - I had my own apartment, was living the good life, but now had to move back in with my parents and borrow money from the bank. I applied for unemployment, started a job search, had several interviews, and finally accepted a job in Thousand Oaks Calif. with Northrop Ventura as an aerodynamicist. I was going to start on Monday, 24 October 1967. My plan was to live a month in a cheap motel, eat on my credit card, pay the bills with my first paychecks, and then get an apartment there.

My father had worked at Rohr Corporation in Chula Vista in the 1940's, and still had some contacts there in management, to whom he had given my resume. Bob Gusky was at Rohr then, and my resume passed his desk and he asked the employment folks to set up an interview. Gil from Employment called on Friday morning, 21 October, and asked if I could come down the next week for an interview. I explained that I was starting at Northrop Ventura on Monday - could we do an interview on that Friday afternoon? The answer was yes - I put on my only suit and tie, drove down to Chula Vista (8 miles), interviewed, and was offered the job on the spot.  This is my first "There are things that happen in a second that take a lifetime to explain" moment.


6) I worked at Rohr Corporation (later Rohr Industries, Rohr Inc., and then Aerostructures Group of Goodrich, now a part of United Technologies) from October 1967 until I retired in August 2002, starting as an Aerodynamicist, then a Senior Aerodynamicist, an Aero/Thermo Group Engineer, Chief of Aerodynamics, Chief of Aero/Thermo and finally as a Senior Staff Engineer. I became an expert in nacelle aerodynamics; turbofan engine performance; thrust reverser design, performance and testing; fluid dynamics; aircraft performance; boundary layers; and FORTRAN programming. I worked on most of the commercial aircraft built by Boeing, McDonnell Douglas and Airbus, and traveled all over the USA and Europe. It was a great 35-year career in a good company.



7) After being retired for two years, I went back to Goodrich Aerostructures in August 2004 for two years as a Contract Engineer, working on the Boeing 787 nacelle design and analysis (shown above, the engine inlets, clowls, thrust reversers, nozzles, etc.).

8)  Genealogy research and Genea-blogging!  After the 2002 retirement, I joined the Board of Directors of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society and have served as Treasurer, First Vice-President - Programs, President, Research Chairman and Newsletter Editor (the last two are my present positions).  I started writing Genea-Musings in April 2006.  This "job" includes writing, speaking, attending conferences, consulting with genealogy companies, meeting lots of other enthusiastic and committed researchers and bloggers, etc.  I've never had so much fun!  

One of my favorite sayings is "There are things that happen in a second that take a lifetime to explain." This is certainly true for me - with my job search in 1967, meeting my wife in 1968, reading Roots in 1987, and starting to blog in 2006. 

What would my life have been like if Rohr had not called me on Friday, 21 October 1967? I really don't know. I would have worked in Thousand Oaks, perhaps met and married a woman near there, or perhaps moved on to Seattle, Long Beach, or some other aerospace center.  Would my daughters and grandchildren be as smart and beautiful as mine are?  Would I still be in my home town enjoying my family and friends?  Would I have become interested in genealogy in 1987 if my life course had been different?   Who knows!


The URL for this post is:   http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/09/labor-day-there-are-things-that-happen.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


Amanuensis Monday - Post 233: More Papers in 1929 Devier J. Smith Probate File in Red Willow County, Nebraska

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 a 1929 order of a hearing, a publisher's affidavit and the published Notice of Hearing to define heirship of the estate of Devier J. Smith in Red Willow County, Nebraska:



The transcription of the "Order of Hearing" document (typed portions underlined, handwritten portions in italics):

01 IN THE COUNTY COURT OF   Red Willow   COUNTY, NEBRASKA.

02 In the Matter of the Estate of  }   ORDER OF HEARING
03    Devier J. Smith   , Deceased }

04 Now on this    25th   day of   November,     A.D. 19 29  , upon reading 
05 and filing the petition of       John E. Kelley        
06 for determination of heirship in the above entitled matter, it is ordered that the    30th   day of
07    December,     A.D. 19 29  , at   10   o'clock   A.  M. be assigned for hearing said
08 petition, when all persons interested in said matter may appear at said county Court and show cause why the
09 prayer of said petitioner should not be granted, and that notice of the pendency of said petition and the hearing
10 thereon, be given by publication in the   McCook Republican    for three weeks prior to said day
of hearing.
11                                                                           A. L. Zink                     
12                                                                             County Judge

The transcription of the "Publisher's Affidavit" document (typed portions underlined, handwritten portions in italics):

01 STATE OF NEBRASKA     }         Jan. 2
02 Red Willow County            } SS
03                                                       A.L. Zink
04     C W Barnes            , being duly sworn
05 deposes and says that he is the    publisher    of
06                    THE McCOOK REPUBLICAN
07 a legal newspaper published weekly at McCook, Red
08 Willow County, Nebraska; and of general circulation in
09 said county; that said newspaper, at the time of the 
10 publication of the attached notice had a bona fide cir-
11 culation of not less than three hundred copies each week,
12 and had been published within said county for fifty-two
13 consecutive weeks prior to the beginning of the publica-
14 tion of the attached notice.   Affiant further says that a
15 notice, of which the attached is a true copy, was pub-
16 lished in the regular and entire issue of said newspaper,
17 and not in supplement, on the following dates:

18 Friday,     November 29    , 19 29 
19 Friday,     December 6      , 19 29 
20 Friday,     December 13    , 19 29 

21 Subscribed in my presence and sworn to me
22 this  16th  day of   December    , 19 29 
23                     H R McCormick    
24                              Notary Public

25 Publsiher's Fee    $    10.40    
26     Recd payment from J. E. Kelley
27                           C W Barnes

The transcription of the "Notice of Hearing" document (typed portions underlined, handwritten portions in italics):

01 First Publication Nov. 29, 1929
02 Last Pub.   Dec. 14, 1929      t3

03 NOTICE OF HEARING

04 Estate No. 1992 of Devier J. Smith
05 Deceased, in the County Court of
06 Red Willow County, Nebraska.
07    The State of Nevraska, To all
08 persons interested in said estate,
09 creditors and heirs take notice, that 
10 John E. Kelley has filed his petition
11 alleging that Devier J. Smith died in-
12 testate in McCook, Nebraska, on or
13 about December 24, 1900, being a
14 resident and inhabitant of Red Wil-
15 low County, Nebraska, and the own-
16 er of the following described real 
17 estate, to-wit:  Lot Seven (7), in
18 block Thirty (30), Original Town of
19 McCook, Nebraska, (having received
20 title as D.J. Smith) leaving as his 
21 sole and only heirs at law the fol-
22 lowing named persons, to-wit:  Abbie
23 A. Smith, his widow; David D. Smith, 
24 a son;  Matie Chenery and Della A.
25 Carringer, daughters; and praying  
26 for a decree barring claims; that no 
27 application for administration has
28 been made and the estate of said de-
29 cedent has not been administered in
30 the State of Nebraska, and that the 
31 heirs at law of said decendent as
32 herein set forth shall be decreed to
33 be the owners in fee simple of the
34 above described real estate, which 
35 has been set for hearing on the 30th
36 day of December, A.D. 1929.
37      Dated at McCook, Nebraska, this 
38 25th day of November, A.D. 1929.
39 (SEAL)                 A.L. Zink
40                             County Judge
41 JOHN E. KELLEY, Attorney

A source citation for these documents is:

Order of Hearing, Publisher's Affidavit and Notice of Hearing, by John E. Kelley, 25 November 1929, Estate of Devier J. Smith file folder No. 1992, Red Willow County, Nebraska, Probate Court, McCook, Nebraska (accessed 11 July 2014 by Chris Christensen).

The first paper in this probate file was displayed and transcribed in Amanuensis Monday - Post 230: 1929 Petition for Determination of Heirship of Devier J. Smith Estate (posted 11 August 2014).  I also explained the "back story," how I obtained images of this probate file, and Devier J. Smith's relationships in the first blog post.


copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver



Sunday, August 31, 2014

FGS 2014 Conference Blog Compendium

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2014 Conference is underway in San Antonio, Texas.  I am not there because of family matters.



However, I will try to keep this blog compendium up-to-date over the next week or two as geneabloggers post their news, photos, experiences, etc.  I look forward to hearing what happens in the class sessions, the exhibit hall, around conference tables, in meetings, and in the bars and restaurants.

1)  Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog:

*  Gone to Texas (26 August 2014)
*  Texas Tidbits Day 1 (27 August 2014)
*  Texas Tidbits Day 2 (28 August 2014)
*  We Did It! (30 August 2014)

2)  Sandra Crowley on the FGS Conference Blog:

*  FGS 2014 Conference Getting Set to Start (26 August 2014)
*  Stay Up to Date with the FGS app (26 August 2014)
*  FGS 2014 Off to a Great Start - Wednesday (27 August 2014)
*  Thank You Volunteers and Sponsors (29 August 2014)
*  Visit FGS' New Booth in the Exhibit Hall (29 August 2014)

3)  Amy Coffin on the We Tree Genealogy Blog:

*  Greetings From San Antonio for #FGS2014 (25 August 2014)
*  Librarians' Day Re-cap at FGS2014 (26 August 2014)
*  FamilySearch Media Dinner Re-cap for FGS2014 (26 August 2014)

4)  Cari Taplin on the Genealogy Pants blog:

*  Going, Gone to Texas (26 August 2014)

5)  Janet Hovorka on The Chart Chick blog:

*  Report from the FamilySearch Blogger Dinner Part I (27 August 2014)
*  FamilySearch Blogger Dinner, Part II (27 August 2014)

6)  Mr. AI on The Ancestry Insider blog:

*  #FGS2014 Conference FamilySearch Media Dinner (27 August 2014)
*  #FGS2014 #FamilySearch Free Presentations (28 August 2014)
*  #FGS2014 Free Outside the Box Genealogy Presentations (28 August 2014)
*  #FGS2014 #Ancestry.com Free Presentations (28 August 2014)
*  #FGS2014 #Genealogy Conference Free Presentations on Main Stage (28 August 2014)
*  #FGS2014 Conference for Free (28 August 2014)
*  #FGS2014 Conference: Riders on the Orphan Train (29 August 2014)
*  #FGS2014 Conference: Finding Female Ancestors (29 August 2014)
*  #FGS2014 Focus on Societies: Strong Business Strategy (30 August 2014)
*  #FGS2014 Conference: Autosomal DNA (1 September 2014)
*  #FGS2014 Conference: AncestryDNA Ethnicity Reports (2 September 2014)

7)  Thomas MacEntee on the GeneaBloggers blog:

*  GeneaBloggers at FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio This Week (27 August 2014)

8)  Donna Peterson on the Hanging From the Family Tree blog:

*  FGS2014 - Society Day (27 August 2014)
*  FGS2014 - Day 2 (28 August 2014)
*  Gone to Texas - FGS2014 Day 3 (29 August 2014)
*  The Final Day - FGS2014 (31 August 2014)

9)  Jordan Jones on the GenealogyMedia.com blog:

*  FGS 2014 (31 August 2014)

I will update this post frequently, and try to keep it at the top of Genea-Musings stack, for at least the next week.  Check back often!

If you have written an FGS related post, and I've missed it, please comment on this post and I'll add it to the list.

Last updated:  9 a.m. 2 September 2014

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Best of the Genea-Blogs - 24 to 30 August 2014

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:


*  10 Tips to Revive and Refocus Your Family History Research by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist blog.  Lynn has excellent suggestions.

*  Researching Elusive People by Elizabeth Shown Mills on the Evidence Explained QuickTips blog.  Wise words from ESM.

*  Exciting New Feature in FamilySearch Catalog by Jenny Lanctot on the Are My Roots Showing? blog.  Jenny finds a very useful feature!

*  Interview With "Who Do You Think You Are?" Producer Dan Bucatinsky by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.  Diane summarizes main points from an audio interview.

*  Standardizing Sources and Citation Templates by Louis Kessler on  Louis Kessler's Behold Blog.  Louis has a FHISO proposal to deal with source citations.  Bravo!

*  How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog.  Jill's husband, Mr. Geniaus (not a genealogist!),  attacked a genealogy problem and solved it!

*  Comments From the Vendors -- The Future of Genealogy Conferences by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  This is unfortunate, but predictable, and probably unavoidable.

*  The Game of the Name by Tony Proctor on the Parallax View blog.  Tony reviews how name structure varies by country and culture - how should genealogy deal with this?

*  Slides From How to Reveal  Your Female Ancestor's Story on Ancestry.com by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on the Finding Forgotten Stories blog.  Anne shares her presentation slides - there are three good examples of excellent research here.

*  Death of a Stranger Solves a Family Mystery 103 Years Later by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.  What an interesting research story.  Sometimes a hunch pays off, and help from family and colleagues does too!

*  Serendipity. Or Thanks, Dad. by Debbie Mascot on the Mascot Manor Genealogy blog.  I think it was...

These genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week:

*  WikiChicks Whaddya Miss? Tuesday August 26, 2014 by Gena Philibert-Ortega on the WikiChicks blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for August 29, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Follow Friday - My Favorites From the Last Week (Or So...) by Christopher Shaw on the Diggin' For Family blog.

*  What We Are Reading: August 29th Edition by Amy Johnson Crow on the Ancestry.com Blog.

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

*  Saturday Serendipity (August 30, 2014) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  FGS 2014 Conference Blog Compendium on the Genea-Musings 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 1540 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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http://www.geneamusings.com/2014/08/best-of-genea-blogs-24-to-30-august-2014.html

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How Many Sarah LNU's Are in Your Genealogy Database?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):


1)  I have many females in my family tree database without a last name.  One of those female first names is "Sarah."  Do you have situations like this, where you don't know the surname of some females? [I call them LNU persons - Last Name Unknown.]


2) How many "Sarah" persons without a surname do you have in your genealogy database?  How many of them are your ancestor?  

3)  If you have one that is your ancestor, have you looked recently to determine if there are more records online that might lead you to her surname?  Go look for one - you might be surprised!

4)  Tell us about your Sarah LNU ancestors with no surname.  Perhaps someone will read it and help you out!

5)  Share your information in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.

6)  NOTE:  If you don't have any "Sarah" persons without a surname, then pick another female first name.

Here's mine:

I have the following "Sarah" persons with no surname in my genealogy database (over 43,000 persons):

*  77 that have just the first name "Sarah."
*  Of those, 14 are my ancestors.  All of them were born before 1700.

Here are three that might be solvable with a little help:

1)  Sarah LNU (1605-1650), who married William Worcester (1595-1662) in about 1628 in Buckinghamshire (?), England.  They migrated to Salisbury, Massachusetts and had 13 children.

2)  Sarah LNU (1611-16781), who married (1) Robert Keyes (1604-1647) in about 1630, immigrated to Watertown, Massachusetts and had 8 children; married (2) John Gage (1606-1672) in 1658 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and resided in Newbury, Massachusetts.

3)  Sarah LNU (1644-1693), who married Thomas Horton (1638-1716) in about 1668, resided in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and had 6 children.

For these three Sarah LNUs, I looked on Ancestry Member Trees using the spouse's name, and did not find any real help.  There are too many entries and they are not ordered in any rational way.

I also looked on the FamilySearch Family Tree and found:

*  Sarah (LNU) Worcester (1600-1650), wife of William Worcester (1595-1662) of Salisbury, is listed as Sarah Brown, with parents Samuel Brown and Susanna Bates.  This is a possibility, I need to investigate it further.  There are other entries in FSFT for this William Worcester, and several say the wife is Sarah Brown, and several others say Sarah Blake.  

*  Sarah LNU (1611-1681), who married (1) Robert Keyes (1604-1647), of Watertown and Newbury - there is one entry with her surnamel isted as Allen, but without any sources or parents listed.

*  Sarah (LNU) Horton (1644-1693), wife of Thomas Horton (1638-1716) has no strong matches with a surname.

So my little foray into online trees was not too productive.  I will follow up on the wife of William Worcester.  I really need an authoritative NEHGR article or surname book entry that sources an English parish register or a father's will or land deed to provide some evidence besides a family tree entry.

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Surname Saturday - HILL (England to colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  


I am in the 8th great-grandmothers and I'm up to Ancestor #1037 who is Ruth HILL (1644-1736) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through two generations in this HILL family line is:


1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

64. Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816)
65. Martha Whitney (1764-1832)

128.  Norman Seaver (1734-1787)
129.  Sarah Read (1736-1809)


258.  Isaac Read (1704-1780)
259.  Experience Willis (1709-1787)


518.  Samuel Willis (1675-1758)
519.  Susannah Gleason (1676-1756)

1036.  Roger Willis, born about 1646 in probably Massachusetts, United States; died before December 1700 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He married 19 July 1664 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.
1037.  Ruth Hill, born August 1644 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 01 September 1736 in Wayland, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Roger Willis and Ruth Hill are:
*  Ruth Willis (1666-1701), married 1690 John Goodenow (1670-1736)
*  Mary Willis (1669-????)
*  Samuel Willis (1675-1758), married (1) 1700 Experience Newell (1677-1703), (2) 1703 Susannah Gleason (1676-1756).
*  Elizabeth Willis (1678-????)
*  Hannah Willis (1680-????)
*  Sarah Willis (1684-????), married 1712 Daniel Taylor (1690-1741).
*  Josiah Willis (1686-1758), married 1715 Sarah Wood (1692-1783).
*  Thankful Willis (1690-1735), married 1727 James Bellows (1701-????).

2074.  John Hill, born about 1602 of Chard, Somerset, England; died 31 May 1664 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4148. John Hill and 4149. Jane Gaud.  He married about 1629 in England.
2075.  Frances Tileston, born about 1608 in Chard, Somerset, England; died about 1680 in probably Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of John Hill and Frances Tileston are:
*  John Hill (1630-1718), married (1) 1653 Hannah Parmalee (1644-1690); (2) 1690 Elizabeth Thorpe (1655-1719).
*  Frances Hill (1632-1676), married 1667 Jonah Austin (1630-1683).
*  Rebecca Hill (1634-1676), married 1667 Joseph Gray.
*  Mary Hill (1636-1726), married 1657 Thomas Breck (1635-1703).
*  Samuel Hill (1638-1708), married 1667 Martha (????-1715).
*  Jonathan Hill (1640-1710), married 1675 Mary Basset(1640-1715).
*  Hannah Hill (1641-1729), married 1662 Daniel Fisher (1638-1683).
*  Mercy Hill (1643-1709), married 1664 Elkanah Willis (1639-1711).
*  Ruth Hill (1644-1736), married 1664 Roger Willis (1646-1700)
*  Ebenezer Hill (1645-1696), married (1) 1683 Ruth Bailey (1645-1688); (2) 1693 Sarah (1644-????).
*  Israel Hill (1648-1677).
*  Martha Hill (1648-????)
*  Mehitable Hill (1651-1679).

Information about this Hill family was obtained from:

J. Gardner Bartlett, "John Hill of Dorchester, Mass. and His Descendants", New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 58, number 2 (April 1904), page 157.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Ancestry.com Mobile App Has New Features

I received this via email from Ancestry.com:

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We just re-launched the Ancestry App on version 6.0 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. This isn’t just a re-launch on a new system, we’ve worked hard to add some solid new features that we think you’ll enjoy.
Prioritized Hints View 
We’ve added a new section to the application which allows you to view all the hints for a given tree from a single place. We’ve added a prioritized sort order to the hints in this section so that your very best hints automatically bubble up into view. In addition to a priority sort, we’ve made it possible to view hints based on recency, with the newest hints at the top of the list. Near the top of the new hints view you will find sort order controls titled “best” and “latest” which allow you to toggle between these two sort orders to meet your needs. We’ve also included some filtering capabilities for the hints in this section which will allow you to filter hints by the last name of the person the hint is for, or to filter hints by type (photo, story or record). When you see a hint that you’d like to learn more about, simply tap; the details of the hint will come into view and you will be able to accept or ignore the hint from right there.
Comments 
Every day thousands of photos and stories are added to Ancestry by users of the website and the Ancestry App. When one of these pieces of great content might be associated with a  relative of yours you will get a photo or story hint and you get to share this content and benefit from the work of other Ancestry users. Now you will have the ability to comment on these shared pieces of content directly from the mobile app - just like you can on the website. When viewing a photo or story you will notice a new comment area within the mobile app, here you will see comments from others and be able to leave comments of your own. 
Comments View  
The new comments section provides a running history of the new comments that have been left on photos and stories I your tree,  making it easy for you to keep up to date on the latest comments. When you see a comment that you would like to see in full context or respond to, silly tap; you will be taken to the photo or story that the comment was made on and be able to review the entire comment thread associated with the content. 
Badges 
You may notice a new red badge with a number in it that shows up on the Ancestry app icon. This lets you know that you have new hints or comments to review. We have also included badges on the icons representing the hint and comment sections which allow you to know exactly where the new content can be found. 
Notifications 
If you have enabled the Ancestry App to send you push notifications you will now be notified when the very best new hints or comments are available. When you are ready to view the new hint or comment, simply tap; the app will open and you will be taken dirtily to the hint or comment. 
Tree Viewer Enhancements 
In addition to family and pedigree views, you can now view your family tree in a list view. From this view you can filter the list of tree persons by name or using a number of useful filters (Direct Ancestors, End of Line, Living Relatives, People with Hints, and People with Recent Hints). We’ve also added a dedicated person search within the pedigree and family views. Tapping on the search icon In the top left corner of the tree viewer will allow you to enter the name of the person you are looking for. When you see the person you are looking for, simply tap; the tree will be refocused on this person and you will be taken directly to his or her profile details. 
Navigation 
We’ve simplified and updated the navigation within app. You will notice prominent tabs along the bottom of the app for Hints, Comments, Tree, DNA, and Settings. Getting around the app will now be quicker and easier than ever.    
In addition to the major updates highlighted above we have worked on smaller touches within the app that enhance the overall experience. As you use the app in more depth you will likely notice other changes like: quick links to web content, side-by-side comparisons between tree and record data, quick access to profile information from hints and updated colors and styling. We hope that the new version 6.0 app experience will be a good one, and that the Ancestry Mobile App will become an ever more integral part of your Ancestry experience. 
If you have ideas, thoughts or questions please feel free to submit feedback by tapping on the “Feedback” tab within the Settings section of the app. The Ancestry Mobile Team 
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I think I saw most of this last night while I was working in the App.  It looked significantly different from what I recalled previously.

Here are some screen shots from my database:

1)  The "Latest Hints" view (note there is also a "Best Hints" view):


Tapping on one of the Hints shows the record information and the tree information:


2)  The "Comments" View:


Tapping on one of the images above opens the image and provides an opportunity to make a comment about it.

3)  The "Tree Viewer" List (note the other two tree views - Family and Pedigree):


4)  The "DNA" View:


I didn't realize some of these features were brand new and hadn't been announced yet!  Now they have!  Enjoy!!

Hmmm.  Now I have to revise my "Genealogy in the Cloud" presentation...


Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver