Sunday, April 23, 2017

John Finch is Program Speaker at CVGS Meeting on 26 April

Wednesday, 26 April 2017, 12 noon To 2 p.m.

General Meeting
John Finch on “World War I, the Centennial”

Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910)

John Finch’s topic, “World War I, the Centennial," examines the players and causes of the War, impact on all populations, and the unstable peace that followed the cessation of hostilities.  A display of the various military and other records and documents will be presented which, hopefully, will aid in your research pursuits of this era.  



John Finch has been a member of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society since 1999 and has served as Library Coordinator, Program Chair and President (2004 -2006 term).  He is also a member of the Lee County, Illinois and San Diego Genealogical Societies.   He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1980, and the San Diego County Probation Department in 1999.

 John developed an interest in his own family history at a very young age, but did not begin an active pursuit of research until after retiring in 1999.  Now, he spends several hours each week researching his family, and volunteers, at the Chula Vista library, every Wednesday morning to assist new and seasoned researchers.

There will be a short CVGS business meeting and refreshments after the presentation.

Please register for the meeting at www.cvgenealogy.org on the Events tab so we can plan refreshments and handouts.

This presentation is FREE for all persons to attend.  


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Trees in Your Database?

Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!

 


Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:


1) How many different "trees" do you have in your genealogy management program (i.e., RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, reunion, etc.) or online tree (e.g. Ancestry Member Tree, MyHeritage tree)?


2)  How many trees do you have, and how big is your biggest tree?  Do you have some smaller "bushes" or "twigs?"

3)  Tell us in your own blog post (please leave a link in Comments here), in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.

Here's mine:

In RootsMagic 7, there is a "Count Trees" link in the "Tools" menu.  I clicked that and saw the top of the list:



At the end of the list:

I have 156 separate "trees" or "bushes" or "twigs" in my RootsMagic database.

The largest "tree" is my family tree with all of my ancestral families, the ancestral families of my wife, the ancestral families of my grandchildren, and descendants of my ancestors that I have collected over 29 years.  There are 42,453 persons in that very large tree.

On the other end, I have 11 "twigs" with just one person in them for some reason, including a duplicate of myself!  

Some of the other "bushes" are for different Seaver/Sever lines, families that I have been unable to hook into my big tree, etc.  Some of the small trees are Seaver folks for whom I've found no parents and I need to work on those a bit.  Some appear to be errors.

I need to prune some of these twigs - either delete them or merge them into one of the bigger trees.


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Surname Saturday -- BOWERS (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 #1777, who is Elizabeth BOWERS (1654-1724) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through two generations of this BOWERS family line is:


1. Randall J. Seaver (1943-????)

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


6.  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
7.  Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977)

12.  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946)
13.  Abbie Ardelle "Della" Smith (1862-1944)

26.  Devier James Lamphier Smith (1849-1894)
27.  Abigail A. "Abbey" Vaux (1844-1931)

54.  Samuel Vaux (1816-1880)
55.  Mary Ann Underhill (1815-1883)

110.  Amos Underhill (1772-1865)
111.  Mary "Polly" Metcalf (1780-1855)

222. Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816)
223.  Jerusha --?-- (1750-1817)

444.  Michael Metcalf (1706-1771)
445.  Melatiah Hamant (1704-1751)

888. Michael Metcalf (1680-1761)
889. Lydia White (1686-????)

1776.  Michael Metcalf, born 20 August 1650 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 09 December 1691 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 3552. John Metcalf and 3553. Mary Chickering.  He married 21 December 1676 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.
1777.  Elizabeth Bowers, born 24 May 1654 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 02 September 1724 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Michael Metcalf and Elizabeth Bowers are:
*  Michael Metcalf (1680-1761), married 1705 Lydia White (1686-????).
*  Sarah Metcalf (1683-????), married 1715 Daniel Saunders (1678-????).
*  Samuel Metcalf (1685-1740), married 1710 Mehitable Thurston (1686-1769).
*  Elizabeth Metcalf (1686-????).
*  Jonathan Metcalf (1690-1758), married (1) 1719 Elizabeth Plimpton (1702-1725); (2) 1733 Hannah Smith (1703-1744); (3) 1744 Abigail Gay (1700-1777).

3554.  John Bowers, born about 1626 in England; died 21 February 1676 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He married before 1646 in probably Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.
3555.  Mary --?--, born about 1627 in England; died 17 June 1694 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of John Bowers and Mary are:
*  John Bowers (1646-1676), married 1673 Sarah Clark (1651-1704).
*  Mary Bowers (1648-1707), married 1676 John Metcalf (1638-1738).
*  Elizabeth Bowers (1654-1724), married 1676 Michael Metcalf (1650-1691).
*  Sarah Bowers (1663-1727), married 1686 Joseph Metcalf (1658-1741).

Information about the Bowers family was obtained from:

*  William S. Tilden (editor), History of the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1650-1886 (Boston, Mass. : Geo. H. Ellis, 1887).  

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