Friday, March 27, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 65: #72 Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1820)

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 #65:

Zachariah Hildreth (1754- ca 1820)  is #72 on my Ahnentafel list, my 4th great-grandfather. He married in 1777 to #73 Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793).



I am descended through:

*  their son #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857), who married # 37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857) in 1810.  

*  their son, #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899), who married #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) 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-....)

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


*  Name:                         Zachariah Hildreth[1–16]   

*  Alternate Name:          Zachery Hildreth[17]
*  Alternate Name:         Zech Hildreth[21]    
*  Alternate Name:         Zachariah Hildrith[18]    
*  Alternate Name:         Zach Hildreth[19]    
*  Alternate Name:         Zacheus Hildreth[15]  

*  Sex:                            Male   

*  Father:                       Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784)   
*  Mother:                     Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812)   
  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*  Birth:                        13 January 1754, Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]   
*  Military:                   1776–1780 (about age 22–about 26), Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7–9]
*  Miscellaneous:         1778–1808 (about age 24–about 54), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[10]   
*  Military:                  1786 (about age 32), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[17]
*  Military:                  1790–1796 (about age 36–about 42), Elected Captain of militia company; Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[11]   
*  Census:                   1 June 1790 (age 36), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[12]
*  Elected:                   1793 (about age 39), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[13]
*  Tax List:                 1 October 1798 (age 44), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[14,18]
*  Census:                   1 June 1800 (age 46), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[19]
*  Census :                  1 June 1810 (age 56), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[15]
*  Census:                  1 June 1820 (age 66), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[20]
*  Death:                    about 1820 (about age 66), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[16]   
*  Burial:                   about 1820 (about age 66), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[16]
     
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

*  Spouse 1:              Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793)   
*  Marriage 1:           1 September 1777 (age 23), Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3–6]
*  Child 1:                 Aaron Hildreth (1778-    )   
*  Child 2:                 Elizabeth Fletcher Hildreth (1780-1792)   
*  Child 3:                 Hannah Hildreth (1782-1848)   
*  Child 4:                 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857)   
*  Child 5:                 Lucy Hildreth (1785-1865)   
*  Child 6:                 Martha "Patty" Hildreth (1787-    )   
*  Child 7:                 Fanny Hildreth (1789-1865)   
*  Child 8:                 Nabby Hildreth (1791-1791)   
*  Child 9:                 James Hildreth (1793-1797)   

*  Spouse 2:              Abigail "Nabby" Hart (1775-1846)   
*  Marriage 2:          24 March 1794 (age 40), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[21]    
*  Child 1:               Abigail Hildreth (1795-1796)   
*  Child 2:               James Hildreth (1798-1798)   
*  Child 3:               Joseph Hart Hildreth (1800-1868)   
*  Child 4:               Mary Hildreth (1801-1848)   
*  Child 6:               Jonathan Stowe Hildreth (1803-1863)   
*  Child 6:               Elizabeth Hildreth (1804-1816)   
*  Child 7:               John Hildreth (1806-1868)   
*  Child 8:               Levi Hildreth (1808-1885)        

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

 The birth record of Zachariah Hildreth, son of Zachariah and Elizabeth (Prescott) Hildreth, in the Westford town records book says:[1-2]

"Zachariah Hildreth, son of Zachariah Hildreth and Elizabeth his wife was born January ye 13th 1754."

There are three entries in the Massachusetts Sailors and Soldiers in the Revolutionary War book[7]:

*  Hildreth, Zachariah, Boston.  List of men mustered by Nathaniel Barber, Muster   Master for Suffolk Co., dated Boston, June 8, 1777;  Capt. Langdon's Co., Henry Jackson's Regt.

*  Hildreth, Zachariah.  2d Lieutenant, Capt. Zachariah Wright's 8th (2d Westford) co., 6th Middlesex Co. regt. of Mass. militia; list of officers chosen by the several companies in said regiment, as returned by Jonathan Reed and others, field officers; ordered in Council, April 24, 1776, that said officers be commissioned; reported commissioned April 24, 1776.

*  Hildreth, Zachariah.  corporal, Capt. Isaac Wood's co., Col. Jonathan Reed's regt. of guards; joined April 1, 1778; service, 3 mos. 4 days, at Cambridge; enlistment, 3 months from April 1, 1778; also, same co. and regt.; muster rolls dated Cambridge, May 9, and June 1, 1778; enlisted March 31, 1778.

There was a Zachariah Hildreth who resided in Boston who is probably the man with the first entry.  There are several muster rolls available for this Sergeant Zachariah Hildreth in Colonel Henry Jackson's Regiment.

A Sons of the American Revolution application for George Henry Woolley (dated 1922)[8] claims that Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) was a 2nd Lieutenant of Capt. Zach. Wright's Company of the Middlesex 6th Regiment.  

This is the same information in the Daughters of the American Revolution for the application of several DAR members - Zachariah is Ancestor # A055571.  His service description is[9]:

Service:  MASSACHUSETTS    
Rank: SECOND LIEUTENANT
Birth:  1754    WESTFORD MIDDLESEX CO MASSACHUSETTS
Death:  3-17-1829     TOWNSEND MIDDLESEX CO MASSACHUSETTS
Service Description:  1) SECOND WESTFORD REGT

Another Sons of the American Revolution application, by Samuel Hildreth Emerson,  claims the same service for Zachariah's father, Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) of Westford, Massachusetts.  

I think that the third entry in the Soldiers and Sailors book is Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1820) rather than the second entry.  I think that this is much more likely - that a 48 year old man would serve as an Officer rather than a 22 year old man.   

The marriage record of Zachariah Hildreth and Elizabeth Keyes in the Townsend, Massachusetts town record book says[5]:

"Sept 1 [1777]  Zachariah Hildreth with Elizabeth Keys both of Westford."

The listing in the Westford Vital Records book says[3,4,6]:

"[HILDRETH] Zachariah [jr. int.], and elizabeth Keyes, at Townsend, Sept. 1, 1777*"

The list of the children of Zachariah Hildreth was in the Townsend, Massachusetts town records[10]:

Aaron son of Zachriah & Elisabeth Hildreth born Oct 30th 1778
Betsy daughter of Do born June 4th 1780
Hannah daughter of Do born September 10th 1782
Zachriah son of Do born April 10th 1783
Lucy daughter of Do born July 18th 1785
Patty daughter of Do born May 16th 1787
Fanney daughter of Do born Augt 22d 1789
Nabby daughter of Do born April 16th 1791
James son of Do born July 17th 1793

In 1786, during the Shays Rebellion in Massachusetts, a number of men in Townsend were listed as sympathizers, and about 30 of them marched to Concord from Townsend under Lieutenant Peter Underwood.  Zachery Hildreth is on the list.  The History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts book describes the action[13].

In the 1790 U.S. Census, the Zach Hildreth family resided in Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  The household included[12]:

*   two males under age 16, 
*  two males over age 16, 
*  seven females.

The book, Biographical Encyclopaedia of Massachusetts of the Nineteenth Century, states[11]

"Zachariah Hildreth was a farmer, a cooper, and a military man, who was  elected Captain of the militia in 1790, and held that office until 1796."

Elizabeth Keyes died on 6 August 1793 in Townsend.  Zachariah married his second wife, Abigail "Nabby" Hart, on 24 March 1794.  The intentions to marry for Zachariah Hildreth and Nabby Heart are in the Townsend Vital Records book.  The record says[21]:

"March 8th 1794 Rec^d the Names of Cap^t Zech^r Hildreth and Nabby 
Heart both of Townsend with their intentions of Marriage
24th gave a Certificate."

A family story noted that Abigail had been residing with Zachariah's family at the time Elizabeth died.  They had eight children born in Townsend between 1795 and 1808.  All of their births were recorded in the Townsend, Massachusetts town record book and Vital Record book[10]:

Nabby daughter of Zachariah & Nabby Hildreth born Feb 27th 1795
James son of Do born July 23d 1798
Joseph son of Do born April 2d 1800
Mary daughter of Do born Augt 17th 1801
Stow son of Do born April 17th 1803
Elisabeth daughter of Do born Augt 4th 1804
John son of Do born April 4th 1806
Levi son of Do born May 8th 1808

Zachariah Hildreth is on the Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax List residing in Townsend, Massachusetts.  The information for his listing in the Dwelling House section includes[18]

*  Names of Occupants or Possessors:  Zachar. Hildrith
*  Names of reputed owners:  Hildrith Zachariah
*  Town:  Townsend
*  Number of Houses Exempted from Valuation:  0
*  Number of Dwelling Houses &c included in the valuation:  1 dwelling house, 
*  Quantity of land:  80 perches
*  Valuation determined by principal assessors:  200 Dollars
*  Valuation as revised and equalized by the commissioners:  220 Dollars

Another entry in the same volume for Land, Lots, Buildings and Wharves has this information[14]:

*  Names of Occupants or Possessors:  Zachariah Hildreth
*  Names of reputed owners:  Hildrith Zachariah
*  Town:  Townsend
*  Number of Houses Exempted from Valuation:  0
*  Number of Dwelling Houses &c included in the valuation:  0 
*  Quantity of land:  100 acres; 44 acres, 2 acres, 80 perches
*  Valuation determined by principal assessors:  1110; 110; 30 Dollars
*  Valuation as revised and equalized by the commissioners:  1221; 121; 33 Dollars
*  Whole Valuation of lands possessed by one person:  1375 Dollars

In the 1800 U.S. Census, the Zach Hildreth family resided in Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  The household included[19]:

*   one male under age 10, 
*  one male aged 10-16, 
*  two males aged 16-26, 
*  one male over age 45, 
*  three females age 10-16, 
*  one female aged 16-26, 
*  one female aged 26-45.

In the 1810 U.S. Census, the Zachariah Hildreth family resided in Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  The household included[15]:

*   three males under age 10, 
*  one male aged 10-16, 
*  one male aged 26-45, 
*  one male over age 45, 
*  two females under age 10, 
*  one female aged 16-26, 
*  one female aged 26-45.

In the 1820 US Census, the Zacheus Hildreth family resided in Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  The household included[20]:

*   two males aged 10-16, 
*  1 male aged 16 to 18, 
*  one male aged 16-26, 
*  one male aged over 45, 
*  two females aged 16 to 26, 
*  one female aged over 45.

The Sons of the American Revolution application for George Woolley states that Zachariah Hildreth died 17 March 1829 in Townsend[8].  However, the Townsend Vital Record book gives the date as 1819 in the burial records[21].  "Zacheus" Hildreth was enumerated in the 1820 U.S. Census as a male over age 45[20].  There is no conclusive information about his death date.  

He is buried in New Cemetery in Townsend.  The Townsend Vital Record book, under New Cemetery, states[21]:

"Pratt, Benanuel, & Zachariah Hildreth, 1819 (S.A.R. marker)"

No probate records were found for Zachariah Hildreth in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts probate records.
 
5)  SOURCES

[1]. Vital Records of Westford, Massachusetts to the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1915), Births, page 58, Zachariah Hildreth entry.

[2]. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), "Westford Births ,Marriages and Deaths," page 71 (penned, image 42 of 1750), Zacharish Hildreth birth entry, 1754.

[3]. Vital Records of Westford, Massachusetts to the Year 1849, Marriages, page 194, Zachariah Hildreth and Elizabeth Keys entry.

[4]. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com, "Townsend Births, Marriages, and Deaths," page 338 (image 793 of 1351): Zachariah Hildreth and Elisabeth Keys entry.

[5]. Henry C. Hallowell (editor), Vital Records of Townsend, Massachusetts (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1992), Marriages, Book 1, page 23, Zachariash Hildreth and Elisabeth Keys entry.

[6]. Westford, Massachusetts, Certificate of Marriage, Zachariah Hildreth to Elizabeth Keyes, 1 September 1777; Town Clerk's Office, Westford, Mass. (certificate dated 12 January 1995).

[7]. Massachusetts, Secretary of the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War (Boston, Mass. : Wright & Potter Printing, 1896-1908), Volume 7, page 860, Zachariah Hildreth entries.

[8]. U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, online database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Illinois Society of the SAR, National Number 37388, image 438-440 of 489, George Henry Woolley application, 1922.

[9]. "Ancestor Search," indexed database, DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution (http://www.dar.org : accessed 25 March 2015), Ancestor # A0155571, Zachariah Hildreth.

[10]. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com, "Townsend Births, Marriages and Deaths, Book 6" page 98 (penned, image 163 of 1351), List of children of Zachariah Hildreth, 1778-1808.

[11]. H. Clay Williams, Biographical Encyclopaedia of Massachusetts of the Nineteenth Century, Volume 2 (Boston, Mass. : Metropolitan Publishing and Engraving Company, 1883), page 312, Milo Hildreth sketch.

[12]. 1790 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Townsend, Page 610, Zachariah Hildreth household; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com), citing National Archives Microfilm Series M637, Roll 4.

[13]. History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men (Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1890)., Volume 1, page 598, 1793, Zechariah Hildreth entry.

[14]. "Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax," indexed database and digital image, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), Volume 11, Townsend, Massachusetts, Page 49 of 720, Land, Lots, Buildings and Wharves, Zachariah Hildreth listing.

[15]. 1810 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Townsend,  Page 295, Zachariah Hildreth household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing National Archives Microfilm Series M292, Roll 20.

[16]. Henry C. Hallowell (editor), Vital Records of Townsend, Massachusetts, Deaths, page 359, Zachariah Hildreth entry (with SAR marker).

[17]. History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men (Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1890)., Volume 1, pages 584-586, Zachery Hildreth entry.

[18]. "Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax," indexed database and digital image, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), Volume 11, Townsend, Massachusetts, Page 10 of 720, Dwelling Houses, Zachariah Hildrith listing.

[19]. 1800 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Townsend,  Page 1295, Zach Hildreth household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing National Archives Microfilm Series M32, Roll 17.

[20]. 1820 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Townsend, Zacheus Hildreth household, online database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Page 567, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M33, Roll 51.


[21]. Henry C. Hallowell (editor), Vital Records of Townsend, Massachusetts, page 30, Zech. Hildreth and Nabby Heart marriage entry.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Example Source Citations for the New York City Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes on FamilySearch

After FamilySearch released the New York City Birth, Marriage and Death indexes last week, I started "mining" the three collections for Seaver persons, hoping to find more accurate content (names, dates, places, spouse's maiden name, parents names, etc.) than I had in my database.  In some cases, I did not have the person in my database, which led to some online research to try to connect the person to parents in my database.

In the process of adding content, I needed to also add source citations for the records.  In this post, I want to provide some example source citations for the three record collections:

1)  Births:

I was able to add a birth date, birth place and middle name for the birth of Philip Barber Seaver.  The parents names are always given.  The source citation is:

"New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909," indexed database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 26 March 2015), Philip Barber Seaver entry, 10 August 1905.

2)  Marriages:


I was able to add a marriage date and place for the marriage of Alfred L. Seaver and Anna Allen Brown.  The parents names, approximate birth years and birthplaces of both persons are usually given.  The source citation is:

"New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1866-1938," indexed database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 26 March 2015), Alfred L. Seaver and Anna Allen Brown entry, 15 April 1919.

3)  Deaths:

I was able to add a death date and death place for Philip Barber Seaver.  The parents names are sometimes given.  The source citation is:

"New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949," indexed database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 26 March 2015), Philip Barber Seaver entry, 12 August 1905.

If researchers use these record collections, they can copy and paste these source citations into their database, and substitute names, event date and access date for their own findings.

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Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 255: 1798 Direct Tax Assessment for Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1820) in Townsend, Mass.

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  Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax record for Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1820):

a)  Volume 11, Page 10, Townsend, Massachusetts:


b)  Volume 11, Page 49, Townsend, Massachusetts:


The extracted information from the two records for Zachariah Hildreth are:

a)  Volume 11, Page 10, List of Dwelling Houses, including Outhouses, and the Lots they are erected, owned or possessed on October 1, 1798:

*  Names of Occupants or Possessors:  Zachar. Hildrith
*  Names of reputed owners:  Hildrith Zachariah
*  Town:  Townsend
*  Number of Houses Exempted from Valuation:  0
*  Number of Dwelling Houses &c included in the valuation:  1 dwelling house, 
*  Quantity of land:  80 perches
*  Valuation determined by principal assessors:  200 Dollars
*  Valuation as revised and equalized by the commissioners:  220 Dollars

b)  Volume 11, Page 49, List of Land, Lots, Buildings and Wharves owned or possessed on October 1, 1798, excepting Dwelling Houses

*  Names of Occupants or Possessors:  Zachariah Hildreth
*  Names of reputed owners:  Hildrith Zachariah
*  Town:  Townsend
*  Number of Houses Exempted from Valuation:  0
*  Number of Dwelling Houses &c included in the valuation:  0 
*  Quantity of land:  a) 100 acres; b) 44 acres; c) 2 acres, 80 perches
*  Valuation determined by principal assessors:  a) 1110; b) 110; c) 30 Dollars
*  Valuation as revised and equalized by the commissioners:  a) 1221; b) 121; c) 33 Dollars
*  Whole Valuation of lands possessed by one person:  1375 Dollars

The source citations for these two documents are:

a)  "Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax," indexed database and digital image, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), Volume 11, Townsend, Massachusetts, Page 10 of 720, Dwelling Houses, Zachariah Hildrith listing.

b)  "Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax," indexed database and digital image, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org), Volume 11, Townsend, Massachusetts, Page 49 of 720, Land, Lots, Buildings and Wharves, Zachariah Hildreth listing.

In October 1798, Zachariah Hildreth is age 4, has a second wife and six living children.  He owns a dwelling house assessed at $220, and 146 acres of land assessed at $1,375 for this tax assessment.

In both records, the valuations determined by the principal assessors were "revised and equalized" by increasing the valuation by 10% by the Commissioners.  

Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1820) is my 4th great-grandfather.  My 3rd great-grandfather is Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857), son of Zachariah and his first wife, Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793).  


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What Family Tree Program Do You Use for Your Genealogy Research?

I am often asked by society colleagues, and email correspondents, "what family tree program do you use?"  

My response is usually "I use RootsMagic to manage my genealogy research, but I have and use Family Tree Maker and Legacy Family Tree for certain features (e.g., charts, reports, statistics), and I use online trees at Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, Geni.com, FamilySearch Family Tree, WikiTree, WeRelate and FindMyPast to be a cloud backup, to find research leads, and to provide cousin bait."  Whew!

I have often wondered which software programs and online trees are the most "popular" or most used.

The Weekly Genealogist email newsletter from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) asked the question last week, and this week they have tabulated the responses from 4,530 society members.  The results are:


Putting them in order:

*  50%:   Ancestry.com online family tree
*  47% :  Family Tree Maker software
*  18%:  FamilySearch.org online family tree
*  13%:  RootsMagic software
*  11%:  Legacy Family Tree software
*  7%:  Reunion software
*  7%:  Another software program not listed
*  6%:  Don't use an online tree or software program for research
*  6%:  Personal Ancestral File software
*  6%:  The Master Genealogist software
*  3%:  WikiTree online family tree
*  3%:  Geni.com online family tree
*  3%:  Findmypast online family tree
*  2%:  Ancestral Quest software
*  2%:  Family Tree Builder software
*  1%:  Gramps software
*  1%  Ancestris software
*  1%  Heredis software
*  1%  Mac Family Tree software

Responders could vote for any number of responses.

UPDATE:  I added the other two items to the list per Tony Proctor's suggestion.

It appears that they did not include MyHeritage, WeRelate and other online trees and Family Historian, Brothers Keeper, and other software programs on the list for some reason (perhaps they were overlooked), which is unfortunate.  They may be reflected in the 7% for another desktop or online tree program.

The high Family Tree Maker response (47%) may reflect both platforms - the old (Version 16 and before) and the new (Version 2008 to 2014).

I was surprised by the 18% vote for FamilySearch Family Tree because it is relatively new, and is not a GEDCOM upload (although some software programs can interact with it)..

I have not heard of Ancestris, but it has 1% of the responses.  Their home page is  http://www.ancestris.org/.  It is free to use, works on all platforms, has many language versions, etc.  I may have to look into this!

Have any readers seen a similar survey with as many respondents?

For my readers:  What desktop software programs and/or online family trees do you use for your genealogy research?  Please tell me in Comments.  It's OK to have more than one response.

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Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver


Interesting Comments and Follow-Up on Genea-Musings Posts

Here are some of the recent comments on Genea-Musings posts, and my responses if warranted:

1)  On Tuesday's Tip: FamilySearch Has Added New York City Records (posted 24 March 2015):

* Dara said excitedly: "Thank you, Randy Seaver!! I've finally found the death record for my GGG-grandmother, Jane Byrne, in Brooklyn, in 1901 and with it the names of my GGGG-grandparents, William and Hannah Daly - Happy Days! Can't wait to learn more about these record sets."

My comment:  I love getting comments like this!!!  It made my day.  Glad I can help, Dara, and I hope you find records of your 4th great-grandparents too!

*  Jacqi Stevens noted:  "Randy, this is excellent news! Guess I'll have to switch tracks on my ancestor chase, and set aside the pursuit of maternal colonials and take a look at what I can find on paternal immigrant NYC residents. I've got plenty of them that have me stymied."

My comment:  Good luck with your search, but please keep going on your maternal colonials too.

2)  On Sorting Out the Military Service of Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1820) (posted 23 March 2015):

*  Linda Stufflebean commented:  "Randy, Check the DAR.org website, GRS link to Ancestors. http://services.dar.org/Public/DAR_Research/search_adb/default.cfm

"Two Zachariahs come up, one 1728-1784, married Elizabeth Prescott. The second 1754-1829 married Elizabeth Keyes and he is called 2nd Lt. One member, nat. number 762184, has both men listed as her patriots. My nat. number begins with 658 and I joined in 1981. This lady likely joined in the late 1980s or early 1990s and had to provide strong documentation."

My comment:  Thank you for looking, Linda.  Can I see the application online to see the lines that were submitted?


*  Red ranted:  "FamilySearch family tree is to unprotected. It's too easily changed by users who don't even have contact information let alone supporting documents. It is too difficult to undo inaccurate information changed by hecklers. You spend countless hours being accurate and anyone can come along and change names and information to potty words. And if after more countless hours you fix it, you find they create a new free user and mess with it all over again... A good idea poorly monitored, and lacking the undo all changes made by a user tool. You can't even report the abuse of a tree. The act of creating the tree is to view and show the tree not spend endless hours with the maintenance of said tree..."

My comments:  I believe that anyone who uses FamilySearch Family Tree needs to have a username now, be logged in, and an email address on file.  The standard for every submitter is to supply Sources, Notes and to use Discussions to civilly resolve debates.  That said, I have encountered no real debates over my changes to person profiles and relationships.  

Please show me an example of "...anyone can come along and change names and information to potty words."  I'm sure FamilySearch would like to know about it, and discipline the user.  You can report the abuse.  

4)  On Best of the Genea-Blogs - 15 to 21 March 2015 (posted 22 March 2015):

*  mbm1311 said:  "There isn't a week that goes by where someone doesn't complain about the quality of an online tree. Would it be feasible to have an online tree that took a DAR like process to gain access? Let's say I have a documented tree and apply and I'm vetted. Then you come along with some duplicate research but some new branches then your new information gets vetted and attached.

"What do you think? I'm not saying the DAR type process would say that we know EVERYTHING about the tree we've certified but there is enough evidence to believe these people are related in the way presented."

My comment:  Something like this might work with a collaborative tree (our tree) like the FamilySearch Family Tree, WikiTree, or Geni, but I think that the effort would be too difficult to do it on separate family trees (yours, mine, his, hers, etc.).  That said, who in their right mind would volunteer to do this thankless task of double checking names, relationships and events, checking against sources, and putting a stamp of approval on the conclusions for a person, or a set of persons?

I think the better option is to have a family tree wiki, like FamilySearch Family Tree and WikiTree, and encourage, even require, submitters to add their sources, research notes, proof arguments, discussions, etc.  to support their conclusions.  FamilySearch thinks that, eventually, the sources will support collaborative conclusions and the tree will be pretty good.  Of course, there is still a lot of merging and cleanup to do on persons in Family Tree.  We'll see, but I think it has the potential to be really good.  WikiTree doesn't have the volume of profiles yet, but it doesn't have all of the problems that Family Tree has now.  Contributors are encouraged to provide sources, engage in discussions, etc. to support their conclusions.  Geni has a larger volume of profiles than WikiTree but fewer than Family Tree, and they use Curators to monitor changes and arbitrate discussions; they also "freeze" profiles of famous persons so that only selected persons can edit them based on source material.


*  XDmetalbabeDX said:  "familytreenow.com, findthebest.com and mooseroots.com are ran by the same identity thieves - I have filed a complaint with BBB, FTC and my state attorney general since they refuse to remove my personal information from their website. They do not have the right nor do they have my consent to post my personal information even if they say they get their information from other public databases which is a lie. My personal records are blocked, therefore their claims are all lies."

My comment:  From what they say, the records are all from publicly available records, many of which can be found for free in a simple Google search.  Have the BBB, FTC and attorney general responded to your complaint?  If it's valid, and enough people complain, they should investigate it.  

They haven't stolen your identity - you still have it, right?  But there is publicly available information on you, and me, and almost everybody that people can find if they look for it.  Did you block your personal data back in, say, 1970, before the Internet?  Are you in a court record, in a driver's license database, in a telephone book, etc.?  You cannot block personal data that's already in a database distributed to the world, often by a government agency, to a subscription or free website.

6)  It was difficult, but I refrained from posting the spam comment that I get at least once a week about spell-casters, losing your husband, and avoiding divorce.  

That's enough for today...it's an interesting mix of topics and commentary.  


Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver





Oo-Hoo, Linda and Edna -- Post 352 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

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

Here is one of the most precious (to me) images from my Seaver/Carringer family collection:




This is a fuzzy picture, but it's still precious because it's a happy occasion and a three-generation matrilineal line  photograph..  

This was taken in the bride's room at Chula Vista Presbyterian Church on 21 March 1970 just before my marriage to Linda.  Pictured here are, from the left:

*  Edna Catherine "Oo-hoo"  (McKnew) Schaffner (1884-1974), grandmother of Linda.
*  Linda Leland, soon to be Mrs. Seaver
*  Edna May (Schaffner) Leland (1913-1979), Linda's mother, and Oo-hoo's daughter.

Oo-hoo was so happy to come to our wedding.  Linda gave her a plane trip to San Diego for a Christmas present, and when Linda called to tell her that she was engaged and would be married on 21 March, Oo-hoo was overjoyed.  She could hardly wait.  What a trooper at age 86.  She didn't miss anything and enjoyed every minute of her stay.

Oo-hoo was Linda's special "angel" - they had a very special relationship from Linda's birth to Oo-hoo's death.  There's a story about how she got the name Oo-hoo that Linda tells - who has heard it?

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Copyright (c) 2015, Randall J. Seaver