Friday, April 24, 2015

Genea-Therapy: Down the Mulford Rabbit Trail Today

I got home from the dentist's office today at 12 noon with my mouth half numb  after a "deep cleaning and root planing" - if you can avoid this treatment, I recommend it!!  It's not as bad as periodontal surgery though (been there, done that too).

I digress.  I felt like doing some "comfort genealogy" for genea-therapy, so here is what I did:

1)  There was an email from FamilySearch giving me my weekly Watch List information about changes to my ancestors on the FamilySearch Family Tree.  Lookee there - there were changes for  my 7th great-granfather Mulford Martin (1713-1741) L4WB-5V6 and his father, Peter Martin (1693-1756) LDF2-JKX.  I didn't see anything different than what I have, but they don't have any sources or "real" notes yet.  Another item for my to-do list!

2)  I recalled that Peter Martin's wife was Marie Mulford, and that I didn't have a set of parents for her, so I wondered if they listed parents for her.  They did!  Here's is the Family data for Marie Mulford (1695-1730) LDF2-TVY:

3)  There's a lead - Thomas Mulford (1650-1732) L8WJ-G95 and Mary Conkling (1658-1743) LV4G-6QJ are her purported parents in the FamilySearch Family Tree.  Is that correct?  I don't know, but I want to find out.  This may be profitable.

4)  Reviewing the profile for Thomas Mulford, I found:

He died in East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, and is buried there.  My first thought was "is there a probate record that might name his children, especially Marie (Mulford) Marrtin of Piscataway, New Jersey."

4)  Off to the New York Probate Records, 1629-1971 collection on FamilySearch.  There were no Suffolk county probate records on the list of Counties.  So I checked the FamilySearch Wiki for New York Probate Records and found that Suffolk County was formed in 1785, and records from 1662-1785 were probably in New York County.  I easily found Thomas Mulford 1732 in the Will Index for New York County.  His will is in Volume 11, page 511.  Here it is:

I read the will online and did not see a mention of a daughter, Marie or Mary...hmmm.  Marie died in about 1730, but Thomas Mulford wrote his will in 1727, so she should be mentioned.  All of his other known children are mentioned.

5)  I Googled [ thomas mulford east hampton will 1732] in the off chance that someone has transcribed it, and there are a number of transcriptions online.  The Long Island surname website had a life summary and a will transcription - see  There were others on the Google match list.  The will transcription was a lot easier to read, and there is no mention of Marie (Mulford) Martin.  The list of children did not mention Marie either.  Several other sites on the Google match list were checked, with no mention of Marie.  There are, of course, a lot of online family trees with Marie (Mulford) Martin included as a daughter of Thomas and Mary (Conkling) Mulford, including the FamilySearch Family Tree.  8 of the first 50 Ancestry Member Trees give her parents as Thomas and Mary (Conkling) Mulford.  There are a number of MyHeritage tress that also have that relationship.

6)  I concluded that to date I have seen no evidence of the relationship of Mary (Mulford) Martin to Thomas and Mary (Conkling) Mulford.  What should I do?  I decided to add a Discussion item to the FamilySearch Family Tree profile for Thomas Mulford.  I copied the will transcription into the discussion also.  Then I asked the question:

"Marie (Mulford?) Martin was alive when Thomas Mulford wrote his will in early 1727, and had children. Logically, she should have been mentioned if she was his daughter. "Comments? What record is there that Marie/Mary (Mulford?) Martin was the daughter of Thomas Mulford (1650-1732)?"

I probably should disconnect Marie Mulford from the Thomas and Mary (Conkling) Mulford family also, but I'll wait to see if I get any response.

7)  I get very few responses to Discussion items like this on FamilySearch.  I get immediate responses, and action, on and on WikiTree discussion items.  Why is that?  Is no one watching there folks like I am?

8)  Well, the anesthetic has worn off, I don't have a headache, the teeth are a bit sore but not bad, the bleeding has reduced.  An hour's work, and genea-therapy helps!!  That was fun.  Not productive, but fun, and I learned some things in the process.

A nap might be in order on this Friday afternoon.  Or not, since I have two blog posts for Saturday to write before 7 p.m. tonight.  A geneabloggers work is never done, it seems.

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HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 3: An English Story

I wrote HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 1: First Look on Wednesday, and HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 2: Custom Events  on Thursday. 

bgwiehle's comment on the Wednesday post asked:  " would be interesting to see what you get if you use one of your non-American ancestors or relatives (Canadian, English, etc.). Are there events that are included that don't appear in an American profile of the same era? Are the texts worded in a way that explains a different view-point of a shared event?"

In response, HistoryLines principal Jeff Haddon emailed me with this information:

"In preparation for your next post on a non-American ancestor, I wanted to make sure you know that HistoryLines currently covers the following countries, with many more coming in the following weeks and months. We're adding countries in order of priority based on surveys of our users.
  • United States
  • Canada
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Denmark
  • Germany"
My thanks to Jeff for the input.  

Fortunately, one of my test trees input to HistoryLines over the past three months was for my third great-grandfather, Samuel Vaux (1816-1880), born in England and died in Kansas.  [I say fortunately because when I tried to do a new tree person HistoryLines asked me to subscribe...I haven't done that yet!]

Here is the top of his HistoryLines Story:

And the next screen down:

The Story elements created by HistoryLines for Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) include:

*  Samuel born, 1816 (custom event)
*  England, 1816
*  Princess Charlotte Dies, 1817
*  Childbirth
*  Death of King George III, 1820
*  Childhood
*  Education
*  Industrial Revolution
*  Hygiene
*  Clothing
*  Religion
*  Slavery Abolished in UK, 1833-1834
*  Factory Act, 1833-1834
*  Marriage
*  Diet
*  Medicine
*  Opium Wars, 1839-1860
*  Improved TransAtlantic Mail, 1840
*  Entertainment
*  Household
*  Transportation
*  Communication
*  Crimean War, 1853-1856
*  Military
*  Politics
*  India Under Crown Rule, 1858-1947
*  Commerce
*  Education Act, 1870-1871
*  First Boer War, 1880-1881
*  Immigration to the United States, 1860-1880
*  Samuel Dies, 1880 (custom event)

Here is the end of Samuel's Story on HistoryLines:

I have not added any custom events to this Story to date.

The Story assumes that Samuel spent his entire life in England.  I don't know what would happen if I inserted a migration story into the file, and then added information about Samuel for his life in the USA.  Would the Story elements change to be USA based?

I learned a bit more about English history and lifestyles by reading the stories in Samuel's Life Story above.

I don't know that I've answered bgwiehle's question completely, especially about the differentp oints of view.  For instance, we would need two persons who lived in the 1770s to see the American side and the English points-of-view about the Revolutionary War; or two persons who lived in the 1910s to see the Irish and the English points-of-view of the Irish independence.

Jeff has provided answers to my questions posed in the first two blog posts about HistoryLines, but I'll save them for next week in hope that Jeff will answer my question above.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 69: #78 Isaac Buck (1757-1846)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I am extending this theme in 2015 to 104 Ancestors in 104 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #69:

Isaac Buck (1757-1846) is #78 on my Ahnentafel list, my 4th great-grandfather. He married in 1780 to #79 Martha Phillips (1757 to after 1820).

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #39 Sophia Buck  (1797-1882) who married #38 Thomas Newton (about 1795 to about 1840) in about 1834.  

*  their daughter, #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) who married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899), in 1852.  
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louise Hildreth (1847-1920), who married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874. 
*  their son, #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
* their son, #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                      Isaac Buck[1–14]   
*  Sex:                         Male   

*  Father:                     Isaac Buck (1732-    )   
*  Mother:                   Mary Richards (1733-    )   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                      27 September 1757, Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[1,12]
*  Military:                 1775–1783 (about age 18–about 26), Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[5]
*  Census:                  1 June 1790 (age 32), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[3]
*  Census:                  1 June 1810 (age 52), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[4]
*  Pension:                 8 April 1818 (age 60), Revolutionary War Pension File; Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[5]   
*  Census:                 1 June 1820 (age 62), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[6]   
*  Census:                 1 June 1830 (age 72), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[7]
*  Census:                 1 June 1840 (age 82), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[8]
*  Death:                   7 February 1846 (age 88), Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[9,13]   
*  Burial:                  10 February 1846 (age 88), Legg Cemetery, Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[10–11]
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:              Martha "Patty" Phillips (1757-1820)   
*  Marriage:              18 May 1780 (age 22), Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[2,14]   

*  Child 1:                Polly Buck (1782-    )   
*  Child 2:                Silas Buck (1784-1863)   
*  Child 3:                Pliny Buck (1790-1874)   
*  Child 4:                Martha Buck (1791-    )   
*  Child 5:                Sally Buck (1794-    )   
*  Child 6:                Sophia Buck (1797-1882)   
*  Child 7:                Dennis Buck (1802-1873)   
*  Child 8:                Isaac Buck (1808-1871)   
*  Child 9:                Leander Howe Buck (1810-    )   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

The circumstances of the birth of Isaac Buck are interesting.  The printed Southborough VR book says[1]:

"BUCK, Isaac, s. Isaac Buck and Mary Richards, Sept 27, 1757"

The handwritten Southborough town record book says[13]:

"Born to Mary Richards, a son named Isaac Buck reputed by her to be a
son of Isaac Buck on Sepr 27, 1757."

There's a big difference in these two records.  The first implies that Isaac Buck and Mary Richards were married, the second is pretty explicit that they were not married.  The latter record is on the same page, and just below, the list of children born to Joseph and Mary Richards, including their daughter Mary in 1733.

As described in the Richards research, Mary Richards married widower John Phillips, of Shrewsbury,  in 1774 in Southborough, MassacHusetts;  presumably, Mary's son Isaac Buck went to live with his mother in Shrewsbury. John Phillips had four children by his first wife, Hannah Brown, including Martha/Patty Phillips.  

The book by Henry S. Nourse, The Military Annals of Lancaster Mass. 1740-1865, published in Lancaster MA, 1889, notes on page 128 that:   "Isaac Buck, in Captain Benjamin Hastings' Company of Bolton, etc.;" and on page 191:  "Isaac Buck in Captain Zebedee Redding's Company, 14th regiment, Bolton Continental Soldiers, 1777-9"

During the Revolutionary War in 1775[5], young Isaac Buck was in Captain Benjamin Hastings company of Bolton, Colonel Asa Whitcomb's regiment. He was a matross in Captain James Swan's company, Colonel James Craft's regiment, in 1776.  A "matross" was a private in the army who aided the artillery gunners to load, fire and sponge the guns.  He was also in Captain Philip Marett's company in 1776-1777.  He was in the Continental Army in Captain John Houghton's company, Colonel Josiah Whitney's regiment in 1778, and was in Captain Redding's company, Colonel Gamaliel Bradford's regiment in 1777.  In 1780 and 1781, he was in Captain Thomas Jackson's company, Colonel John Crane's Third Artillery regiment.

Isaac Buck and Patty Phillips married:  the Lancaster, Massachusetts town records show[2,14]:

  "May 18 1780, marriage of Isaac Buck and Patty Phillips, both of Lancaster, consummated by Rev. Reuben Holcomb." 

Isaac and Martha (Phillips) Buck had nine children born between 1782 and 1810;  they resided in Sterling, Massachusetts between 1780 and about 1796, in Holden between 1786 and about 1800, and in Sterling after 1800.

Isaac Buck was listed in Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts in the 1790 US census[3].  There was one male over age 16, 3 males under age 16, and 3 females in the household. 

In the 1810 U.S. Census for  Worcester County MA, Isaac Buck headed a household in Sterling which included[4]:

*  two males aged 0-10,
*  one male aged 10 to 16, 
*   one male aged over 45, 
*  one female age 10-16,
*  one female aged 16 to 26 
*  one female aged over 45. 

The Revolutionary War Pension Abstract for Isaac Buck reads:

"BUCK, Isaac, S34136, Cont & MA Line, appl 8 Apr 1818  Worcester Cty MA aged 60 a res of Sterling MA, in 1820 sol had a wife Patty aged 60 and a son Isaac 14 his only child living at home" (Virgil White, Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pensions, Vol. 1;  p. 450).

The Revolutionary War Pension file for Isaac Buck indicates that for his service, he was awarded a pension of $8 per month commencing 8 April 1818[5].  Isaac Buck's affidavit says:

"I, Isaac Buck, a citizen of the United States, now resident at Sterling in the County of Worcester in the State aforesaid, do on oath testify and declare that in the War of the revolution in the month of December in the year one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine, I entered and engaged in the land service of the United States on the continental establishment, and served accordingly from that time to the end of the war as a private against the common enemy without any interruption or absence, that I belonged to Captain Jackson's company of Artillery in Colonel Crane's Regiment under the command of General Knox, and that I left the service in the month of June 1783 at West Point when the Army was disbanded, and that by reason of my reduced circumstances in life and poverty, I stand in need of assistance from my country and support being now of the age of sixty years - and I hereby relinquish all claims to every pension heretofore allowed me by the laws of the United States if any may be or hath been allowed.  My discharge was lost from my pocket many years since and is not in existence."
/signed/ Isaac Buck.

A schedule of the property belonging to Isaac Buck of Sterling, as of May 1, 1820, included:

"one cow - one clock - one table - one looking glass - one chest - one shovel - one tongs - crockery - glass stemware - one old axe - one hoe - one old plough - one old wagon - one pot - one kettle - one pair of dogs - three old chairs - six knives and forks - $30.25"

The schedule also says, apparently written for Isaac Buck:

"The said applicant is a farmer, but wholly unable to labour the present season on account of a wound in his shoulder in May last - and never expects to perform much labour hereafter.  His wife named Patty Buck is aged 60 years - is barely able to do the work of her house.  I have but one child at home named Isaac Buck aged 14 years and performs as much labour as other farmer's boys at his age, but does nothing toward my support.  This is the whole of my family.  /signed/ Isaac Buck."

In the 1820 US Census, the Isaac Buck family resided in Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts[6].  The household included:

*   one male age 10-16, 
*  one male age 16-26, 
*  one male over age 45, 
*  two females over age 45.

In the 1830 US Census, the Isaac Buck family resided in Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts[7].  The household included:

*   one male age 30-40, 
*  one male age 70-80, 
*  one female age 5-10, 
*  one female age 10-15, 
*  one female age 30-40.

In the 1840 US Census, Isaac Buck does not appear as a named entry in the household listings.  However, he does appear in the list of names of Revolutionary War Veterans as "Isaac Buck, age 83" in Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts[8].

The death record in the Sterling vital record book reads[9,13]:

"Registered Feby 10 1846; Isaac Buck, male, widower; age 93y 11m 20d; Revolutionary Pensioner; died February 7th 1846; died of old age; born in Southborough;  Illegitimate."

No parents are listed for him - only the sad note "Illegitimate".  The age at death given in this record does not agree with the published birth date of Isaac Buck.

He was buried in Legg Cemetery in Sterling[10,11], and has a Sons of the American Revolution placard on his grave, which is under a tree in the left front of the graveyard.  

The inscription on the Isaac Buck gravestone in Legg Cemetery in Sterling, Worcester County, Massachusetts says[11]:

Isaac Buck
12 Mass 

Rev. War

There is no gravestone for his wife.  

After visiting the Sterling town library, I wrote the Sterling Historical Society.  I received a letter in response from Robert Waters of Sterling MA, who is also a descendant of Isaac Buck, through his son Silas Buck, a farmer, carpenter and millwright in West Sterling.   Mr. Waters provided a substantial list of descendants of Isaac and Patty (Phillips) Buck, plus published and unpublished documents.

A search of the Worcester County Probate Record Index revealed no probate records for Isaac or Martha Buck.


1. Systematic Historic Fund, Vital Records of Southborough, Massachusetts to the end of the Year 1849 (Worcester, Mass.: Franklin P. Rice, 1903), Births, page 23, Isaac Buck entry.

2. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, Lancaster Births, Marriages, and Deaths, Page 204, on Image 127, Isaac Buck and Patty Phillips marriage entry.

3. 1790 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Sterling town; Page 551, Isaac Buck household; digital image, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M637, Roll 4, .

4. 1810 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Sterling town, page 693, Isaac Buck household; online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M292, Roll 22.

5. "Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applkication Files,"  online database with digital images, ( : 2011), original records in National Archives Publication M804, Pension File S34136, Cont & MA Line, Isaac Buck of Sterling, Mass.

6. 1820 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Sterling town, online database, (, Page 67, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M33, Roll 54.

7. 1830 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Sterling town; online database, (,  Page 51, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M19, Roll 68.

8. 1840 United States Federal Census, Worcester County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Sterling town; Page 14, Isaac Buck household; online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M704, Roll 199.

9. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," indexed database and digital images,  New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (, Deaths, 1846, Worcester County, Sterling town, Volume 21, Page 121.

10. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Legg Cemetery (Sterling, Mass.), Isaac Buck memorial # 9033752.

11. Esther K. Whitcomb, editor, Inscriptions from Burial Grounds of the Nashaway Towns (Bowie, Md. :  Heritage Books, 1989), page 176, "Isaac Buck b 27 Sept 1757 d (?), REV. in Leg Cemetery, W. Sterling".

12. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, digital images,, Southborough, Births, Marriages and Deaths, page 66, image 114 of 1007, Isaac Buck birth entry.

13. Frances Pratt Tapley, Vital Records of Sterling, Massachusetts (Sterling, Mass.: Sterling, Mass. Historical Commission, 1976).

14. Henry S. Nourse (editor), The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 ( Lancaster, Mass. : n.p., 1890), 126.


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Finding More Cousins in FamilySearch Family Tree Using Puzzilla

I wrote about in Checking Out Puzzilla - a Descendant Viewer Using FamilySearch Family Tree (posted 21 November 2013) and Using Puzzilla and FamilySearch Family Tree to Identify Autosomal, Y and mtDNA Candidates posted 18 February 2014).  The website accesses the FamilySearch Family Tree and the user can highlight an ancestor and see the descendants of the highlighted ancestor in the FamilySearch Family Tree.  Puzzilla is free to use, but has a premium service with more features. 

I wondered how many actual "cousins" I have in the FamilySearch Family Tree, and how full (or sparse) the Family Tree for those lines.  

In Puzzilla, after signing into the website using my FamilySearch credentials, I chose to go back six generations to my 4th great-grandparents.  Here is the Puzzilla chart:

The Puzzilla diagram above shows all of my ancestors back to the 4th great-grandfathers (since I chose 6 generations.
I clicked on my 4th great-grandfather, Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816), and it showed the direct line from me  back to Benjamin in the left-hand frame.  In the dropdown box, I selected "Descendants" and saw the Puzzilla diagram for Benjamin Seaver:

The default setting is 4 generations for Descendants, so I selected 6 generations so I could at least see how many of my 5th cousins are in the Family Tree, as shown in the diagram above.  The line from Benjamin to me is in yellow (I'm at about 11 o'clock on the diagram above).  It looks like there are 10 5th cousins at this time in the Family Tree.  However, my father has 15 4th cousins in the tree (my 4th cousins once removed).  My grandfather has 45 3rd cousins (my 3rd cousins twice removed).  It is very likely that most of those cousins have children out to my generation and beyond, but they are not in the Family Tree.  However, the Family Tree cannot show me living persons (except those I may have added myself?), so I think the 5th cousins descendants from Benjamin Seaver may be 30 to 59.

I did the same thing by clicking on Nathan Gates (1760-1830), another 4th great-grandfather.  Here is his descendants diagram:

This is a very full diagram, with 68 of my 5th cousins shown, and 337 of my 4th cousins once removed shown.  This descendants diagram is pretty full!

I did my 4th great-grandfather Aaron Smith (1765-1841) also, as shown in the diagram below:

Aaron's FamilySearch Family Tree descendants are very sparse for some reason - no 5th cousins, 3 4th cousins once removed, and 13 3rd cousins twice removed.

Then I did my 4th great-grandfather, Thomas Dill (1755-1836), as shown in the diagram below:

This descendants diagram is populated a bit more, with 3 fifth cousins, and 33 4th cousins once removed.

The charts above show descendants for 8 of my 32 4th great-grandparents.  Of course, I have many more cousins in the FamilySearch Family Tree descended from my other 24 4th great-grandparents.  

As I pointed out in an earlier post, I am related to everyone that are in these descendants diagrams - they are all my cousins (except for my siblings, of course!).  They all share autosomal DNA with me.  Those of them that are Seaver males share Y-DNA with me.  

Unfortunately, not all of the cousins with common ancestry have done autosomal DNA tests,  and not all of those that have done autosomal DNA tests have added profiles to the FamilySearch Family Tree.  

Lastly, I know that not all profiles in the FamilySearch Family Tree are correct, but my perception is that information for persons born since, say, 1750 (i.e., my 4th great-grandparents) are fairly accurate - the problems in the Family Tree are mainly in earlier generations.  

Puzzilla is an excellent graphical tool to help users find close and distant cousins, but it requires users to enter their family information in order to connect to the bigger tree, and then to add sources, notes and media to document the life of their ancestors and other relatives.

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HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 2: Custom Events

I wrote HistoryLines Launched This Week - Post 1: First Look yesterday, and wanted to show how to add a custom personal event and story to the life story of a person.

I'll use my grandfather, Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976) again as the example, and use his enlisting in the U.S. Marine Reserves as the example story.

1)  In History Lines, I clicked on the "Add a Story" link (on the left side of the screen, just below "1870" in the timeline) on the page for my grandfather's life story:  

I can then choose from

*  Add Family member
*  Add Birth, Death or Marriage
*  Add Immigration, Relocation
*  Add Residence
*  Add Event

2)  I chose to "Add Event."  An edit box opens with fields for a Title, a Date, a Place, and a Residence place for the event, and the opportunity to add a Photo.  Then the user can add text to describe the Event.  Here is the result for Lyle's Marines story:

3)  When I click the red "+Add to Story" button, this custom story was added to the Life Story in chronological order:

4)  The title of the custom Story was added to the Timeline at the top of the Life Story for the person:

You can see the added title for the 1917 event ("Lyle Joins the U.S. Marines") below "National Park Service" and above "Flu Pandemic."

This is a very useful feature, and is probably the best way to personalize the Life Story with family photographs, documents and stories.  A birth, marriage or death certificate could be added to those Events in the timeline, a baby photo of a child could be added to the child birth event in the Timeline, a photo of an elderly parent could be added for the death of the parent.  U.S. Census records could be added along with a transcript or summary of the family members, including their residence location.  

The "Add a Story" feature will also create events for additional birth, marriage and death events, and Immigration event, a Relocation event, a Residence event, etc.  

I will look at a non-American ancestor in the next post, per reader bgwiehle's suggestion in a comment on the first post.

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Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 259: 1829 Death Notice of Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829)

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  1829 death notice of Zachariah Hildreth in the Farmer's Cabinet newspaper (Amherst, N.H.):

The transcription of this death notice is:

"In Townsend, March 16, Capt. Zachariah Hildreth, aged 75."

The source citation for this record is (using the "Newspapers, Online Images" source template in RootsMagic):

"DIED," death notice, Farmer's Cabinet (Amherst, N.H.), 28 March 1829 (Volume 27, Issue 29, page 3), Zachariah Hildreth death notice; GenealogyBank ( : accessed 9 April 2015), Newspaper Archives collection; citing original newspapers in American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, Mass.).

I found this record while searching all of the commercial databases I have access to after publishing the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks biography of Zachariah Hildreth.  His death date was not defined, so I went hunting and found this notice.  It clears up the research problem nicely!  

Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SCGS Genealogy Jamboree News - Early Bird Registration Ends 30 April

The Southern California Genealogical Jamboree publicity chair recently sent this information to me via email:


Early Bird Discount ends April 30th
Register Online Today!

Discount for SCGS Members - Join Today and Save! 

Outstanding Speakers and Classes 
In the past, Jamboree speakers have been among the most knowledgeable professionals in the  genealogical community. This year is no different.With over 60 speakers we can't list everyone in this newsletter, so please take a moment and meet them here.

View The Updated Schedule

What topics will be covered?  Everything from online databases to traditional brick-and-mortar repositories; from DNA to interviewing; from organization to military records. You'll find just what you need to make progress on solving your family history puzzle. View the schedule here.

Conference Hotel - Los Angeles Marriott Burbank 
If you are planning to stay at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport, make your hotel reservations now!The Marriott has set up two blocks of rooms for Jamboree. One is $160 per night single/double, and the other is a smaller block on the Concierge level of the East Tower at $180 per night single or double. Concierge guests receive a free hot buffet breakfast, munchies, dessert, and soft drinks served in the Concierge Lounge. The tier pricing, and the number of rooms assigned to each tier, was set by the Marriott.

Some tiers are already sold out on Wednesday and Thursday. Here's what to do if you get a "no rooms available" message online. Call the Marriott directly at (818) 843-6000 or (800) 840-6450 and make your reservation over the phone. Mention group Genealogical Jamboree 2015 to get the Jamboree block prices.

The room blocks close May 13, 2015, or when the rooms are sold out -- which could happen in the near future.

If you want to reduce your lodging costs, consider sharing a room with a fellow genealogist. If you are interested, send an email to with your name, dates of attendance, and tell us a little about yourself (gender, late/early riser, party girl or robe-and-slippers type or if you suffer from allergies).  

Special Events - Contests, Tours, Workshops, and Meals  

This year offers an entertaining mix of special events. Have fun while you learn!

The Blogger Badge contest can help you win a free registration to Jamboree 2015 or 2016. Details here.
Dress Like Your Favorite Ancestor!
Meet at the stage area to parade as your favorite ancestor. The audience will decide the winner of a FREE registration to Jamboree 2016 (June 3- 5).

Tours and Excursions:
San Fernando Mission Tour
SCGS Library Research Morning

"Creating a Digital Genealogy Scrapbook" with Barb Groth."Order In the Court- Hands On with Court Records" with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL. 
"Who In the World Was Hjalmar? A Hands-on Problem Solving Workshop" with J. H. ("Jay") Fonkert, CG
"Autosomal DNA Chromosome Mapping" with Tim Janzen, MD.(SOLD OUT)
"Workshop: Documenting a Respectable Family History: Guidelines, Not Rules" with Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. (Only a few seats left!)

Meals (click here for details and to register):
Thursday Luncheon with Chris Schauble, KTLA Morning News Anchor. "Family Found"
Friday Banquet: "How Genealogy Has Not Changed in Fifty Years" with Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
Saturday Breakfast: "California Historic Missions" with Sheila Benedict
Saturday FamilySearch Breakfast: "Using FamilySearch to Connect with Your Friends, Associates, and Neighbors" - Michael Provard, Katherine Warburton.
Saturday Banquet: "Hoosier Daddy - LIVE!" with Dr. Michael D. Lacopo
Sunday American Ancestors NEHGS Breakfast - "Start Your Day Fresh with Essential Research Skills" with Alice Kane

Research Assistance 
Members of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will provide one-on-one consultation to help you hurdle over your brick walls. Consultations are free for paid registrants of Jamboree. Sign-ups are open for research consultants. The list for those requesting assistance will be open soon. Be on the lookout.

Volunteers Needed
As you can imagine, Jamboree takes hundreds of volunteer hours during the weekend of June 4th through June 7th. From room monitors to hospitality team members, from registration to data entry typists, we have roles open for everyone.
You don't need to be an SCGS member and you don't need to volunteer for long shifts. Volunteer Coordinator Lise Harding will be sending an email out in the next few days to let you know how you can become a member of the best conference team in genealogy! If you'd rather, you can email her at and let her know of your interest. You'll be glad you did!

Valuable Door Prizes
Throughout the weekend, attendees anxiously gather in the convention center foyer, grasping their tickets and hoping to win one of the valuable prizes offered by our generous donors. The Grand Prize, awarded Sunday at 3:30 p.m., is a research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, along with a 7-night stay at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel. Buy your tickets early, and buy often! Every registered attendee will receive one free ticket in their registration envelope. Don't forget to put it in the bin for your chance to win!  

Exhibit Hall - The Tools you Need
The Exhibit Hall is Free to the Public!
Between sessions, at lunch and during the day, you can visit our exhibitors, commercial vendors, genealogical societies and heritage organizations, authors, and others. Schedule enough time to visit all the booths, and don't be shy. Strike up conversations with the booth staff. They have lots of information and are looking forward to sharing it with you.

Live Streamed Sessions Advance Registration
Live streamed sessions will be announced on May 1. Add your name to the advance registration list to be among the first to learn of this year's live stream schedule

I'm going, are you?  I hope to see you there!

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