Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My 23andMe Ancestry Timeline

After reading Roberta Estes blog post, Calling HOGWASH on 23andMe's Ancestry Timeline, I wondered what my Ancestry Timeline looked like.

1)  Here is my 23andMe Ancestry Timeline:


The line below "Your Ancestry Timeline" header says:

"How many generations ago was your most recent ancestor for each population?"

The link below the chart says "Learn more about how to interpret this result."  I clicked on it and saw:

"This module uses your Ancestry Composition results to estimate the generation range where you are likely to have had a single relative who descended from a single population.

"These results may be helpful for learning about your genealogy, in figuring out from which ancestors a particular ancestry may have been inherited, or for piecing together the history of their likely migrations.

*  For technical details on how this feature works, read our white paper."

There is a scale of years across the top of the chart from 1910 back to 1670, with 30 year increments.

2)  There are five colored bars that extend over a portion of the timeline.  My five color bars are (with the years listed, and the ethnicity percentage) for:

*  British and Irish (blue):  1850 to 1910 (47.9% ethnicity)
*  French and German (light blue):  1820 to 1880 (26.0% ethnicity)
*  Scandinavian (indigo):  1730 to 1820 (2.0% ethnicity)
*  North African (purple):  1670 to 1760 (0.1% ethnicity)
*  Native american (yellow): 1670 to 1760 (0.5 % ethnicity)

When you roll your mouse over each color bar, you see a message like this (for the Scandinavian bar):

"You most likely had a second great-grandparent, third great-grandparent, fourth great-grandparent, or fifth great-grandparent who was 100% Scandinavian. This person was likely born between 1730 and 1820."

3)  So how accurate are these Ancestry Timeline estimates?  I considered my known family tree, and the timeline ranges, and determined:

*  British & Irish:  My great-grandfather, Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) was born in Wiltshire in England, and both of his parents, and probably every ancestor back to Norman times, were born there also.  This estimate is judged Accurate.

*  French and German:  My 3rd great-grandfather, Henry Carringer (1800-1879) was born in Pennsylvania, but his parents (Martin Carringer and Mary Hoax) were children of German immigrants.  This estimate is judged Accurate.

*  Scandinavian:  I don't have any known Scandinavian ancestors back to the early 1600s, and perhaps earlier.  I do have some French and Dutch ancestors who came to America in the 1620-1700 time frame that might have had Scandinavian genes.  There may be some of my English ancestors form the 1620 to 1700 time frame that were from Scandinavian stock.  This estimate is judged as Possible.

*  North African:  I have no known North African ancestors.  Perhaps some of my French and English ancestry from the 1500 to 1650 time frame includes a North African ancestor, but I doubt it. However, I don't know who some of my 4th and 5th great-grandparents are, and it may be that one of them had a North African ancestor. The 0.1% ethnicity implies an 8th great-grandparent of mine.  This estimate is judged as Possible.

*  Native American:  I have no known Native American ancestors.  However, I do have a French-Canadian ancestor (3rd great-grandmother Sarah Fletcher) born in about 1800, and her grandparents,  great-grandparents might have been Native American.  That fits the 1670 to 1760 time frame.  The 0.5% ethnicity implies a 6th great-grandparent of mine.  This estimate is judged as Possible.

So there we are.  I think that this Ancestry Timeline is interesting, and is fairly accurate within the known limitations of my known ancestry and the vagaries of the Reference Groups used for the autosomal DNA analysis.

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Ancestry Sets AncestryDNA Sales Record Over Holiday Period and Fourth Quarter

I seem to be off the Ancestry.com press release distribution for some reason - I hope they put me back on the list sometime soon.

Consequently, I saw this press release on the Ancestry press web page, and I think it's important for my readers to see it.  Here is a video announcement from the Ancestry.com blog:



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1.4 million AncestryDNA test kits sold in Q4

Consumer DNA database reaches new milestone and surpasses three million participants

LEHI, Utah, Jan. 10, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced record sales for AncestryDNA kits during the fourth quarter of 2016:

Sold more than 560,000 AncestryDNA consumer genomics test kits globally over the holiday weekend starting on Black Friday
Sold 1.4 million kits in the fourth quarter
Sold 390,000 more kits in Q4 than were sold in all of 2015

The company also announced that AncestryDNA has reached a new milestone as its consumer DNA platform became the first to exceed three million participants, further establishing the company as the leader in the rapidly growing consumer genomics industry.

“Our focus is on helping consumers around the world take advantage of the latest technology and science to help them learn more about themselves, their families and their place in the world,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry. “Right now, what most people want from a DNA kit is the chance to better understand themselves and get some sense of an answer to the question of ‘Who am I?’ That’s a powerful, emotional thing, and as a company we want to make that experience as rich and rewarding as possible.”

Record-breaking DNA kit sales solidify AncestryDNA’s position as the first choice for consumers looking to learn more about themselves by unlocking the secrets contained in their DNA. The company’s DNA products provide consumers with a prediction of their ethnicity breakdown in addition to the largest universe of potential cousin matches currently available, thanks to the millions of people already in the company’s consumer DNA database.

Ancestry’s leadership in both family history and consumer genomics enables the company to provide consumers with a unique experience that is both constantly improving and flexible enough to grow with a consumer’s own interests. As the AncestryDNA database grows, consumers benefit as the network effect enables the company to deliver insights that are not possible to uncover with smaller databases. Consumers who first come to Ancestry through AncestryDNA can easily delve deeper into the discoveries they make by subscribing to family history services and taking advantage of the hundreds of millions digitized records in the company’s databases.

“We’re constantly investing in, researching and developing new ways for people to dive deeper into their personal stories through DNA and family history, and we’re excited to share some incredible new tools with our customers in the new year,” continued Sullivan. “Every day, we are privileged to see the power of the insights we deliver and how they can transform people’s lives for the better. We’re committed to continuing to provide our customers with the best experience and value out there.”

Sullivan will present an overview of company growth and direction at the 35th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 beginning at 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

About Ancestry

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.4 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and DNA data from more than 3 million people. Since 1996, more than 19 billion records have been added to Ancestry’s databases, and users have created more than 80 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, AncestryProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by Ancestry.com DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of Ancestry.com, LLC.

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Disclosure:  I have a fully paid Ancestry.com US subscription.  I received a complimentary AncestryDNA test several years ago when it was launched.  I have received travel and hotel expense reimbursements from Ancestry on occasion for meetings with Ancestry.com management.


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Visiting Old World Wisconsin - Post 4-- Post 448 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

During our 2011 vacation to Springfield, Illinois and surrounding states, we had one day in Eagle, Wisconsin and explored Old World Wisconsin, and Ranslow's Smith's Four-Mile Inn.  I wrote about it in Day 13 on the Seaver Midwest Genealogy Tour (posted 18 September 2011).

I took many pictures inside the house, but some of them didn't turn out (and my camera battery died during this day). Here are more of the photos on the upper floors of the house:


1)  As you enter the Four Mile Inn on the ground floor, you enter a hallway with a staircase to the second floor on the left.  It is blocked off for visitors to go upstairs (the Old World Wisconsin staff permitted me to go upstairs):

2)  On the second floor, there are a number of bedrooms.  Here is a view of the upstairs hallway with doors to the bedrooms:


Note the beautiful railings around the staircase opening.

3)  There is furniture in the upstairs bedrooms, but they are covered.  I'm not sure that they are authentic period pieces (meaning 1870s time frame).  Here is a picture from inside a bedroom looking out on the second floor balcony:


4)  There is another staircase from the second floor to the third floor.  I was told that the third floor was a ballroom or dance room.  Here is the view looking toward the southeast corner of the building:


I really appreciated that the Old World Wisconsin staff permitted me to go upstairs to visit the non-public areas of the Four Mile Inn. 


My second great-grandfather, Devier J. Lamphier Smith (1839-1894) was a teenager who lived in this building from 1853 to 1861, when he married.  As I was wandering through the rooms, I wondered which room was his.  

I was disappointed that they didn't have the livery stable at Old World Wisconsin.  Perhaps he slept there with his horses.  


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Casting Call for Season 3 of Relative Race

I received this information from the Relative Race (the BYU TV genealogy show) today:

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Now Casting Season 3 of
RELATIVE RACE


**Time sensitive**

Relative Race returns for its third season and is looking for new contestants. Four teams will be cast to embark on a 10-day odyssey throughout America to meet undiscovered relatives and compete for $50,000.  With DNA as a road map, each team will complete challenges as they navigate the country, and discover new family members they never knew they had. However, even with the $50,000 Grand Prize on the line, perhaps the greatest reward will be the discovery of family!

Compensation:
  • $700 per day + agency fee. (Compensation & fees will be paid for each day the team remains on the show).
  • 1st place winner will win $50,000.
Eligibility:

1. Must be between the ages of 21-55.

2. Teams may consist of spouses, siblings, or parent/child.

3. Must be non-union.

4. Must be willing to submit to a DNA screening test and family tree for genealogy eligibility.

5. Must have valid drivers license, and clean driving record.

6. Must complete and pass a criminal background check.

7. Must be available for 2 weeks to film during August, or September 2017 – exact dates TBD

(Must also be available for various follow-up shoots as needed to complete production and marketing.)

8. 3rd Generation US citizens preferred.

All applications are due no later than February 28 th , 2017.

Go to TRRcasting.com to apply,


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Here is a video promo for the show casting:



Comment:  This looks interesting.  If you think you want to do this, go to the website and there are directions for filing an application.

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Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2017 Announced! Pacific Coast - September 22-29, 2017

I received this information from Legacy Family Tree recently:

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Legacy Genealogy Cruise 2017 Announced! 
Pacific Coast - September 22-29, 2017

The 14th annual Legacy Genealogy Cruise, to be held September 22-29, 2017, departs from Seattle, Washington aboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas ship and will feature top genealogy speakers including members of the Legacy Family Tree staff. We will cruise the Pacific Coast and visit the following ports:

  • Seattle, WA
  • Astoria, OR
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Victoria, British Columbia


Genealogy Classes at Sea

While at sea attend classes taught by some of genealogy's finest educators, Legacy Family Tree webinar speakers, and Legacy developers. In addition to the classes, you will benefit from the small-group sessions and lots of time to learn from each other.

The Ship

Is it adventure you seek, or a restful retreat from life on land? Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas® is home to an array of innovations that give you whatever type of vacation you desire. Catch a wave on the FlowRider® surf simulator, or climb a rock wall that overlooks the sea. Find your adventure on the basketball court, ice-skating rink or mini-golf course. If it's zen you seek, achieve it poolside or at the relaxing VitalitySM Spa. Liven up your nights on the Royal Promenade, with parades, dancing, and duty-free shopping deals. Enjoy spacious public areas, enhanced staterooms, new virtual balconies, and a spectacular three-story dining room with new dining experiences, this ship has room for your whole crew.

Reservations or questions

Prices begin at $428 per person, based on double occupancy. The price includes:
  • Genealogy classes
  • Shipboard accommodations
  • Ocean transportation
  • Meals
  • Some beverages
  • Most onboard entertainment

Transportation to Seattle, port charges, gratuities, government fees/taxes, and optional tours are extra.

Click here to learn more or to securely book your cruise online.

To reserve a cabin, or ask questions, contact our travel coordinator, Christy, at 1-425-222-6222 or send an email to LegacyFamilyTreeCruise@gmail.com.

More Information

For class descriptions, frequently asked questions, descriptions of the places we'll visit, or pictures of our past cruises, visit http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/CruiseInfo_2017.asp.

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Comment:  We have been on three Legacy Family Tree cruises and really enjoyed the cruises with genealogy classes, dinners and tours with the group, and interacting with the Legacy Family Tree staff.  We're thinking of going on this one.

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Treasure Chest Tuesday - 1930 U.S. Census Record for Paul Schaffner Household in San Francisco, Calif.

This week's Tuesday treasure is the 1930 United States Census record for the Paul Schaffner family enumerated in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California:



The Schaffner family snippet:


The extracted information for the Schaffner family, residing at 46 Rivoli Street in San Francisco, is:

*  Paul Schaeffner - head, owns home, worth $10,000, has a radio, male, white, age 49, married, first at age 26, able to read and write, born California, parents born New York/Massachusetts, can speak English, a bookkeeper, works for Oil Company
*  Edna Schaeffner - wife, female, white, age 46, married, first at age 26, able to read and write, born California, parents born Maryland/Australia, can speak English, no occupation
*  Muriel Schaeffner - daughter, female, white, age 21, single, able to read and write, born California, parents born California/California, can speak English, no occupation
*  Edna Schaeffner -  daughter, female, white, age 16, single, able to read and write, born California, parents born California/California, can speak English, no occupation

The source citation for this record is:

1930 United States Federal Census, San Francisco County, California, population schedule, 27th Assembly District, Enumeration District 177, Page 21B, Dwelling #379, Family #463, Paul Schaffner household,  online database with digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 July 2009), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T626, Roll 201.

Paul and Edna (McKnew) Schaffner married in 1906, and had two daughters, Muriel and Edna Schaffner.  Edna Schaffner (1913-1979) is my wife's mother, and Paul and Edna (McKnew) Schaffner are my wife's maternal grandparents.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Finding Syllabus Material on the RootsTech 2017 Mobile App

The RootsTech 2017 mobile app for iOS and Android has been available for some time on the App Store and Google Play.

The RootsTech.org website doesn't say much about the mobile app, but there has been information on the RootsTech Facebook pages about it.  Some of the comments I've seen include (from geneablogger Amy Archibald, related by Lynn Broderick, on Facebook):

""The speaker syllabi materials will ONLY be available on the APP. They will not be available via the website. You have the ability to download, email, and take notes on the electronic handout.

"Through the registration portal, you can select to purchase a printed copy of all the syllabi for $35.00. You pay for this in advance, and pick up onsite at the conference. There will be no printing available onsite - you need to order it in advance if you want one printed."

I downloaded the "RootsTech" app (note that it's not "RootsTech 2017") from the App Store to my iPhone and did not have to sign in with any RootsTech creds, but I did need to specify a credit card (which was not used) in order to download it (I have no clue if that happens to everyone).

I wanted to find the syllabus materials.  

1)  Here is the dashboard for the mobile app on my iPhone:


2)  The class list and the syllabus material can be found on the "Conference Schedule" page (top row, 2nd from right on the screen above).  I tapped on "Conference Schedule":


3)  The different tracks are shown.  I selected "Browse by Day," then selected Wednesday the 8th, and scrolled up and down to see the different classes and workshops.


4)   I chose one of the 3 p.m. classes and saw (two screens):



The page for each class includes the class location, date, time, speaker's name, brief class summary, the track, and resources.  If there is a Handout it will be in Resources.

5)  I tapped "Handouts (1)" and another line appeared:


6)  The handout is in the bottom link - I tapped that and saw:


The app gives me the option to "Take Notes on Handout," "Download Handout" or "Email Handout."

7)  Initially, I chose "Download Handout" and had to tap it again, then had to tap "Download App In ..." and saw the choices:


I could choose to put it in notes, Copy to iBooks, Copy to Adobe Acrobat or Copy to Dropbox.

When I selected "Copy to Dropbox" I could download it to a specific file folder, but it had a 24 digit file name that is not user-friendly.  There is a "Back to RootsTech app" link at the top left of the screen which I didn't see until just now.

8)  The better option, I think, is to "Email the Handout" to myself.  Before I did this, I created a RootsTech 2017 file folder on my computer, and then emailed them one at a time to myself.

When I received the email, I opened it, copied the presentation title and author (e.g., "Records Created at Death_Ackerson"), downloaded the PDF file to my file folder, pasted the title/author text as the file name, and saved it to the file folder.  After that, I was able to go back to the "Conference Schedule" page on the app and do the next class syllabus.  I was able to download over 40 class syllabi to my computer, and name the files something reasonable, in 15 minutes.

9)  When I go to RootsTech, and attend a class, I can download the syllabus item to Adobe Acrobat on my phone or tablet using the process above, and read it while watching the class, assuming there is wi-fi in the classroom.  However, it still has the useless 24 character file name.  I could also read it on my phone or tablet out of Dropbox, but I still have the file name problem.

I hope this helps!

The mobile app works fine, it's logical, and similar to the apps from past years.  There are several seemingly useless extra taps required.  The file name problem is difficult to overcome if you save a file to Acrobat or Dropbox or email, unless you change the file name when you save it to a file folder as I did in 8) above.

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Disclosure:  I received a complimentary registration pass to RootsTech 2017, and earlier RootsTech conferences, for being a RootsTech Ambassador.

Copyright (c) 2017, Randall J. Seaver


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Amanuensis Monday - 1738 Will of John Metcalf (1648-1738) of Medfield, Mass.

This week's documents for Amanuensis Monday are the 1738 Suffolk County, Massachusetts probate records for John Metcalf (1648-1738) of Medfield, Massachusetts:




The transcription of the three different probate records are:


[page 109, right-hand page of first image]

[in right-hand margin]
Probate
of
John Metcalf's
Will
7218

Josiah Willard Esq^r. Commissioned by His Excellency Jonathan Belcher
Esqr Capt^n General & Governour in Chief in & over His Majesty's Province
of the Massachusetts Bay in New England by and with the advice and
consent of the Council to be Judge of the Probate of Wills and for Granting
Letters of admin^acon on the Estates of Persons dece^d, having goods, Chattels
Rights or Credits in the County of Suffolk within the Province aforesaid. To
all unto whom these Presents shall come, Greeting. Know ye, That upon
the Day of the Date hereof before Me at Boston in the County aforesaid,
the Will of John Metcalf late of Medfield in the County aforesaid Hus-
bandman dece^d, to these Presents annexed, was Proved approved & allowed.
Who having while he Lived, and at the time of his Death, Goods, Chat-
tels, Rights or Credits in the County aforesaid, and the Probate of the s^d
Wilol, and Power of committing admin^acon of all & singular the Goods,
Chattels, Rights & Credits of the said dece^d by virtue thereof appertaining
unto Me, The admin^acon of all and Singular the Goods, Chattels Rights
and Credits of the Said Dece^d, and his Will in any manner concerning, is
hereby Committed unto Jonathan Metcalf Sole Executor in the same Will
Named, Well and faithfully to Execute the said Will and to administer
the Estate of the said Dece^d according thereunto, And to make a true and
perfect Inventory of all & singular the Goods, Chattels, Rights & Credits of the
s^d Dece^d, and to Exhibit the same into the Registry of the Court of Probate
in the County afores^d at or before the 24^th day of January next Ensuing, and also
to render a plain and true accompt of his said admin^acon upon Oath. In
Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and the Seal of the s^d Court
of Probate. Dated at Boston the Twenty fourth Day of October Anno Dom^i 1738.
John Boydell Reg^r                                                              J. Willqard
                                 Exam^d SS John Boydell Reg^r

[page 110, top of left-hand side of second image]

[in margin]
John
Metcalf's Will
7218

In the Name of God, Amen, the Second Day of March
in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred & thirty eight. I
John Metcalfe of Medfield in the County of Suffolk within His Majesty's
Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Husbandman being
arrived & come to a considerable & great age in years but of a disposing mind &
Memory thanks be given to God therefore: Calling to Mind the Mortality of my
Body and knowing that it is appointed unto Men once to dye: Do make and
Ordain this my Last Will & Testament that is to say. In the first place and
Principally, I give & recommend my precious Soul into the hands of God who gave
it and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buryed in a decent Christian
manner at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the Resur-
rection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God and as
touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless Me in
this Life (which remains in my hands) I Do give will & dispose in the follow-
ing manner & form hereinafter expressed. I Will and bequeath that out of my
Moveable Estate the following Sums & Legacies be paid viz to my Brother Joseph
Metcalf or his heirs the Sum of Twenty Shillings and to the Heirs of my
Sisters to wit the Heirs of Elizabeth Ellis and to the Heirs of Experience Wheeler
and to the Heirs of Hannah Bullen and to the Heirs of Mary Ellis to the
Heirs of these my four Sisters abovenamed they being dece^d I will & bequeath
the Sum of Four pounds To Each Family of the Surviving Heirs the Sum of
Twenty Shillings to be paid by my Executor after my decease in Bills of Publick
Credit or Equivalent thereunto. Item I give & bequeath to my Cousins Michael
& Samuel Metcalfe of the Town of Medway and my Cousin Jonathan Metcalfe
my wearing apparel to be Equally divided among them unto whom I have by
Deeds under my Hand & Seal my Real estate in Lands as therein may more
largely appear and since the Decease of my well beloved Wife unto whom
I gave my House & Improvem^ts in Lands reserved out of the above mentioned Deeds
I Do will & bequeath unto my Cousin Jonathan Metcalf the youngest of
my well beloved Brother Michael Metcalfe formerly dece^d My Dwelling House,
and all such Conveniences adjoyning to my House & Barn as are excepted in the
above mentioned Deeds referrence being thereunto had and I Do will & bequeath
unto him the said Jonathan Mercalf all my Moveable Estate Debts and
Funeral Charges and the aboves^d Legacies being first paid unto him and
and to his Heirs forever. And I do constitute name ordain & appoint the aboves^d
Jonathan Metcalfe to be the Executor of this my Last Will & Testam^t
and I Do hereby utterly Disallow and revoke all & every other and former
Testam^ts Wills & bequests in any ways before named Willed & bequeathed
Ratifying & confirming this & no Other to be my Last Will & Testam^t. In
Witness hereof I Set my Hand & Seal the Day & Year above written.
The Mark of JM John Metcalf & a seal

[page 111, top of right-hand page of second image]

Signed Sealed published & declared by the said John Metcalf as his Last
will & Testament in the presence of us the subscribers Jo9nathan Plimpton
Elisha Bowers James Bowers Elisha Barbur.
                                                      Exam^d John Boydell Reg^r

[in right-hand margin]
John Metcalf
Evidence
7218

The within written Will being presented for Probate by the Execut^r therein
named, Jonathan Plimpton Elisha Bowers & James Bowers made Oath that
they saw John Metcalf the Subscriber to this Instrument Sign & Seal & heard
him publish & declare the same to be his Last Will & Testament and that
when he so did he was of sound disposing Mind & Memory according to these
Deponents best discerning and that they (together with Elisha Barbur now
absent by reason of Indisposition) Set to their hands as Witnesses thereof
in the said Testators presence.                                                   J Willard

Boston Octo. 24 1738              John Boydell Reg^r

The source citation for these documents is:

"Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital 
images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 July 2016), Suffolk County > Probate Records, Vol. 32-34, 1734-1739:  Volume 34, pages 109-111 (images 664-665 of 938), 1738 Letter testamentary, will and evidence for estate of John Metcalfe; Original data from Suffolk County [Mass.] Probate Court clerk books.

John Metcalf (1648-1738) had two wives.  He married his first wife, Mary Bowers (1648-1707), in 1676, and they had three children, one died in infancy and the other two died in 1707 in the same month that their mother died.  They did not marry or have children.  John Metcalf married his second wife, Sarah (Turner) Plimpton (1663-1738) in 1708.  They had no children together, but Sarah had two Plimpton children from her first marriage, but one of them died as a child.  The other child, Elizabeth Plimpton (1702-1725) married Jonathan Metcalf (1690-1758) in 1719, and they had three children.  Jonathan Metcalf married twice more.

In the will of John Metcalf (1648-1738), he names his heirs as the heirs of his brother, Joseph Metcalf ((1658-1741), the heirs of his deceased sister Elizabeth (Metcalf) Ellis (1654-1735), the heirs of his deceased sister Experience (Metcalf) Wheeler (1661-1730), the heirs of his deceased sister Hannah (Metcalf) Bullen (1664-1719), the heirs of his deceased sister Mary (Metcalf) Ellis (1668-1727), and the heirs of his deceased brother Michael Metcalf (1650-1691), naming them as "cousins" Michael, Samuel and Jonathan Metcalf.  He named his "cousin" (actually his nephew) Jonathan Metcalf as his executor, and left all of his real property and moveables to Jonathan Metcalf, who was to pay the legacies to the other heirs.

This Jonathan Metcalf (1690-1758) was the one who married his step-cousin, Elizabeth Plimpton, in 1719.  

John Metcalf (1648-1738), Michael Metcalf (1650-1691), Elizabeth (Metcalf) Ellis (1654-1735), Experience (Metcalf) Wheeler (1661-1730), Joseph Metcalf (1658-1741), Hannah (Metcalf) Bullen (1664-1719) and Mary (Metcalf) Ellis (1668-1727) were all children of John Metcalf (1622-1690) and Mary Chickering (168-1698), who married in 1647 in Dedham, and resided in Medfield, Massachusetts.  

This will names all of the known children of John and Mary (Chickering) Metcalf, and three sons of John Metcalf's brother, Michael Metcalf (1650-1691)..  

This is a probate record of a man who married twice, had three children who died before he died and had no children, and whose two wives died before he died.  Having no heirs, his will bequeathed money and property to the heirs of his six siblings.  One of them, Jonathan Metcalf (1690-1758) had married the daughter of John Metcalf's second wife.  So in this will, he is essentially providing for the only living heir of his two wives.

I still need to search the Suffolk County, Massachusetts probate court index books for the inventory and account, and any other papers, for the estate of John Metcalf (1648-1738).

John Metcalf (1648-1738)  is not my ancestor;  his parents are my 9th great-grandparents, his brother Michael Metcalf and his wife Elizabeth Bowers (1654-1724) are my 8th great-grandparents, and his nephew Michael Metcalf (1680-1761) and his wife Lydia White (1686-????) are my 7th great-grandparents through their son, Michael Metcalf (1706-1771), who married Melatiah Hamant (1704-1751).

It was fun untangling this puzzle.  

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NOTE:  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."

My list of previous Amanuensis Monday posts is at  http://www.geneamusings.com/p/amanuensis-monday-posts.html.  

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Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 8 to 14 January 2017

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

As of 15 January 2017, there were 2,181 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of  1  from last week):

The added or updated collections are:

*  Russia, Tver Church Books, 1722-1918; 846,696 indexed records with record images, Updated 13 Jan 2017

*  Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912; 71,388 indexed records with record images, Updated 13 Jan 2017

*  France, Finistère, Quimper et Léon Diocese, Catholic Parish Records, 1772-1894; 143,047 indexed records with record images, Updated 13 Jan 2017

*  Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Miscellaneous Records; 2,803,546 indexed records with record images, Updated 13 Jan 2017

*  England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers, 1797-2004; 565,588 indexed records with record images, Updated 13 Jan 2017

*  Ghana Census, 1984; 1,432,819 indexed records with record images, Updated 13 Jan 2017

*  Russia, Tatarstan Church Books, 1721-1939; Browse Images only, no indexed records, Updated 12 Jan 2017

*  France, Dordogne, Censuses, 1856; 530,930 indexed records with record images, Updated 12 Jan 2017

*  Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940; 462,877 indexed records with record images, Updated 11 Jan 2017

*  South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972; 648,837 indexed records with record images, Updated 11 Jan 2017

*  Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015; 523,456 indexed records with record images, Updated 11 Jan 2017

*  France, Seine-Maritime, Rouen, Indexes to Church Records, 1680-1789; 63,715 indexed records with record images, Updated 11 Jan 2017

*  New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998; 384,625 indexed records with record images, Updated 11 Jan 2017

*  North Dakota, County Marriages, 1882-1925; 115,141 indexed records with record images, ADDED 10 Jan 2017

*  Venezuela, Diocese of San Cristóbal, Catholic Church Records, 1601-1962; 688,577 indexed records with record images, Updated 09 Jan 2017

*  Australia, Queensland, Immigration indexes, 1864-1940; 64,508 indexed records without record images, ADDED 09 Jan 2017

This week, one record collection was deleted:

*  Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

In order to select a specific collection, go to https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of 8 to 14 January 2017

The following databases were added or updated on Ancestry.com during the period from 8 to 14 January 2017:

The databases added or updated include:


*  England & Wales, Christening Index, 1530-1980; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/12/2017

*  South Africa, Occupational Index, 1864-1918; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/12/2017

*  Gloucestershire, England, Prison Records, 1728-1914; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/12/2017

*  England & Wales Marriages, 1538-1988; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/12/2017

*  Ohio, Naturalization Petition and Record Books, 1888-1946; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/11/2017

*  Antwerp, Belgium, Civil Registration, 1796-1906; indexed records with record images, ADDED 1/10/2017

*  Namur, Belgium, Civil Registration, 1800-1912; indexed records with record images, ADDED 1/10/2017

*  Brabant, Belgium, Civil Registration, 1582-1914; indexed records with record images, ADDED 1/10/2017

*  East Flanders, Belgium, Civil Registration, 1541-1912; indexed records with record images, ADDED 1/10/2017

*  Liège, Belgium, Civil Registration, 1676-1700, 1798-1901; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/10/2017

*  Washington, Petitions for Naturalization, 1860-1991; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/10/2017

*  London, England, Stock Exchange Membership Applications, 1802-1924; indexed records with record images, ADDED 1/9/2017

*  Victoria, Australia, Wills and Probate Records, 1841-2009; indexed records with record images, ADDED 1/9/2017

*  London, England, Freedom of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1930; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/9/2017

*  London, England, TS Exmouth Training Ship Records, 1876-1918; indexed records with record images, ADDED 1/9/2017

*  London, England, Gamekeepers' Licences, 1727-1839; indexed records with record images, ADDED 1/9/2017

The recently added and updated page on Ancestry.com is at http://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections.

The complete Ancestry.com Card Catalog is at  http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx. 
 

By my count, there were 10 NEW databases ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,812 databases available as of 15 January, an increase of 9 from last week.  The count is off by 1, I wonder why?

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Disclosure:  I have a fully paid Ancestry.com subscription.  Ancestry.com has reimbursed me for travel expenses to meetings and has hosted meals in Salt Lake City in past years.

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