Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 14 August 2018


Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last four days include:

1)  News Articles:


 
ISFHWE Excellence-in-Writing Competition Winners Announced

*  Don’t Panic! OLD Find-A-Grave Shutting Down August 20th, 2018

*  #FGS2018 Conference App Is Available

*  A Fort Wayne, Indiana, City Councilman Proposes Eliminating the Annual Budget for the Allen County Public Library

2)  New or Updated Record Databases:

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Added or Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 5 to 11 August 2018

*  Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 5 to 11 August 2018

*   August Update: GenealogyBank Just Added New Content from 68 Titles!

*  Complete Archive of Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Records—Now Online for Free

3)  Genealogy Education:


 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  Free Family History Classes and Webinars for August 2018

BYU Family History Library Webinar Series (August 2018)

*  Upcoming American Ancestors Webinar - Thursday, 16 August, 12 noon PDT:  Applying for Dual Citizsenship by Descent, by Rhonda Mcclure


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 15 August, 11 a.m. PDT:  Untangle the Web of German Websites, by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

*  Research Like a Pro Podcast:  RLP 5: Locality Research Part 2


*  The Genealogy Guys Podcast:  Episode #348

*  Extreme Genes Podcast:  Episode 247 – Edison’s Great Grandson Talks Thomas Edison- His Legacy, And Family Stories

*  Lisa Louise Cooke Genealogy Gems YouTube:  Lisa Interviews Find My past CEO Tamsin Todd and Ben Bennett

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  How do you write about the dark stories on your family tree? - Genealogy Jamboree

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  A Finnish Question - A Segment of DNA

*  The NextGen Genealogy Network YouTube:  Faces of NextGen Live - Brooke Schreier Ganz

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  FamilySearch Communities by Nicky Smith

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  Working as a Professional Genealogist by Katy Barnes

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  WACKY Wednesday - Indexing

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube: Mondays with Myrt - 13 Aug 2018

*  Findmypast YouTube:  Walking in Your Ancestors' Footsteps | Findmypast Fridays10 August 2018

*  Findmypast YouTube:  Visiting My British Ancestor's Local Church | Findmypast

*  Kenneth R. Marks YouTube:  7 Time Management Hints for Genealogy Researchers

*  Kenneth R. Marks YouTube:  Where to Find High School and College Yearbooks Online

*  Ancestral Findings YouTube:  AF-191: Who’s Who in the American Revolution: Samuel Adams

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Tuesday, August 14,  2018


5)  DNA Success Stories:

*   EXCLUSIVE: From a long line of strong women: Beyonce's family tree reveals her great-great-great grandmother was a slave who married a wealthy white merchant in a 'love match'

*  Internet DNA test leads to emotional reunion between Houston woman and her mother

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 10 August 2018?

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Treasure Chest Tuesday - 1913 City Directory for Charles Auble in San Diego, California

Today's Tuesday's Treasure is the 1913 City Directory entry for my great-grandfather Charles Auble in San Diego, California:


The entry for Charles Auble is on the right-hand page of the image above:


The extracted data is:

Auble Chas, painter, h 767. 14th.

The source citation for this record is:

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (N.p.:n.p., n.d.), San Diego, California, 1913, page 119 (image 67 of 708), Chas Auble entry; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 January 2014).

Charles Auble and his family, wife Georgianna (Kemp) Auble and daughter Emily Kemp Auble, moved from Chicago, Illinois to San Diego in about 1911.  The first San Diego City Directory he appeared in was the 1913 edition.


While Charles was alive, the family resided at 767 14th Street (near the southeast corner with F Street) and Charles worked as a "painter."  I believe it was house painting, since he was a member of the painter's union.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri - 13 August 2018

Here are some of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)   Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society's Research Group meeting on Wednesday with 15 attendees.  In the first hour, I discussed the new New York Births database, the New Jersey Deaths database, finding Los Angeles death certificates on FamilySearch, working with the Henry White deeds, and the SDGS seminar.  In the second hour, the attendees described their research challenges and talked about their successes.


2)  Found and transcribed the will of  7th great-grandmother Susannah (West) Barber (1666-1756) of Charlestown, Rhode Island in the Charlestown Town Council Records 
volumes on Family History Library microfilm, and used it for today's Amanuensis Monday post.

3)  Searched for recent Seaver obituaries on GenealogyBank and found 28 so far in 2018.  Added information for about 15 of them to the database, in addition to adding family information from the obituaries.

4)  Took part in the Mondays With Myrt webinar today.  We discussed the Allken County Public Library budget problems, Ireland Townland Valuation records, my David Auble deed on FamilySearch digital microfilm, FamilySearch record access (30% indexed, some browsable, and many only in the FamilySearch Catalog), records not digitized in archives, Catholic church records in NY, NJ, PA and MA, and more.

5)  Watched one webinar at Family Tree Webinars ("Logic and Deduction as Step 3 of the Genealogical Proof Standard" by Shellee Morehead).  

6)  Added  3 more charts to the presentation for my project researching the ancestry of a local personality, and will present what I find at the CVGS Family History Day in September with him and his family in attendance.  The presentation is about 75% done now, but will need to be pared down.  I didn't work on this RootsMagic family tree during the week because of higher priorities, and the tree has grown to 527 persons with 1,601 citations.  

7)  Added about 50 more charts to my presentation on "Attending a Genealogy Conference" which I will give on 15 August to the SDGS German Interest Group. 
 The new batch of slides discussed the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree and RootsTech in more detail, along with photographs of conferences.  I need to finish this up!


8) There were several sessions working in RootsMagic to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other database families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 25,094 of my persons with FSFT.  I now have 50,563 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 95,412 source citations.   I TreeShared twice during the last week, but didn't resolve any Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 71,353 waiting to be resolved, but I'm working on them occasionally.

9)  Have 299 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 297 last week), 954 4th cousins or closer (I had 948 last week), and 866 pages (over 43,250 matches with at least 6 cM) (was 861 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 23 DNA Circles (was 23 last week).  I have 15 matches that are third cousins or closer, and 102 matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 100 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my first cousins.  My ethnicity estimate has not been modified yet.

10)  Have 4,321 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 4,290 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 25 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 24 last week).  I have three close relatives, including a first cousin once removed, and two first cousins twice removed.  The highest DNA match is 512 cM (7.1%).

11)  Have 989 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 987 last week) who share at least 0.10% (7 cM) with me.  The two closest relatives are third cousins.  Of these, only 3 share 1.0% or more, and 48 share 0.50% or more (was 47 last week), with the highest match being 1.54%. My highest match is an adoptee.  I struggle to find out anything about most of these testers.

12)  Have 2,741 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,733 last week) who share 0.25% (18 cM) or more, with the highest match being 96 cM (1.42%).  I have 12 who share at least 1.0% (68 cM) with me, and 1,482 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,476 last  week) with me.

13)  Updated my AncestryDNA spreadsheet showing names, shared cM/segments, known common ancestors, and whether they have an Ancestry tree, are on GEDMatch, and known common chromosome segments.  


14) Wrote 19 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were press releases.  The most popular post last week was "
Finding David Auble's Land Records in Sussex County, New Jersey" with over 457 views.  


15)  Daughter Lori and sons flew down on Saturday to visit until Tuesday, and daughter Tami and family came down on Sunday for lunch and playing at Jump Around with Lori's boys.  We got some family photos (Christmas? :)) taken in front of the house.  All five kids are growing up.  It was fun seeing them individually and together.  We went to the beach today for 3.5 hours - the boys and Lori had fun in the water.

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Amanuensis Monday - Post #441: 1756 Will of Susanna (West) Barber (1666-1756) of Charlestown, Rhode Island

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1756 will of Susannah (West) Barber of Charlestown, Rhode Island in the Charlestown Town Records:

[Volume 2, pages 292]

[Volume 2, page 293]


The transcription of the will is:

[Volume 2, page 292]

"In the Name of God Amen This 21th Day of September in 
the 29th year of his Majesties reigne Georg the Second King over Great 
Briton AD 1755 - I Susannah Barber of Charlestown in Kings County 
and Coloney of Rhodeisland widow Beeing in Helth of body and 
of Perfect mind & memory Thanks bee Given to almighty God. 
Therefore Calling to mind the mortality of my body & Knowing that 
it is appointed for men Once to Die do make and ordain this my 
Last will and Testament That is to Say Principally and 
first of all I Give & Recommend my Soul into the Hands of Allmighty God 
that gave it and my body I Recommend to the Earth to bee buried 
in Christian Decent Buriel at the Descrestion of my Executor 
Nothing Doubting but at the General Resurection I Shall Receive 
the Same again by the Mighty Powr of God and as Touching 
Such Worldly Estate Wherewith it Hath Pleased God to to Bless 
me with in this Life I Give Demise and Dispose of the Same in 
the Following manner and forme.

"Imprimus My will is and Hereby Order my Executors to pay all my 
Just Debts and Funeral Charges out of my Estate

"Item I Give and Bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Anne 
Kinyon My Great Bible Whose name is written in Said Bible 
and to be Delliverd to her by my Executor Before my Other 
Estate to my Children hereafter Named.

"Item I Give and bequeath to my beloved Daughters (viz.) Dinah Wilcocks 
& the heirs of Lyda Mory and to Susannah Perry widow to Martha 
Parker to Ruth Bently Marey Teft and Ann Kinyon all the 
Remainder of my Estate to bee Equally Devided between them 
them to them and theire Heirs for Ever.

"Lastly I Constitute make and ordain my beloved Son 
Benja Barber to be my whole and Soul Executor to this my 
my Last Will and Testament (and the Reason I Know 
make this will is because I Ca???? ?? Have my former Will 
when Requested hereby Revoking Disallowing and 
Diaannulling all other former Wills Legacies and Bequeaths 
by me before maid Rattifying & Confirming this and no other 
to bee my Last Will and Testament Wishes Where of I Have 
Herewith Set my hand & Seal the Day and year first before 
Written Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared 
by the said Susannah Barber as her Last Will and Testament 
the presence of we the Subscribers 
......................................................................................... her 
.......................................................................... Susannah S Barber {seal}
Timo Perce ...................................................................... mark
Jos Park
Benja Park
Jos Willcock
Joseph Crandal
"


[Volume 2, page 293]

"Personally appeard in Councill Benja Park Jos Crandal J
os Willcocks and Declard on oath that they Saw Susannah 
Barber Deceasd Seign Seal Publish pronounce and Declare 
the Will as they Seignd as witnesses to bee her Last Will and T
estament and She was in her perfect mind and memory at 
the Same time according to the Best of theire Judgment. 
The above Evidances (viz.) Benja Park Joseph Crandall 
Jos Wilcocks further Declard oath that they Saw Timothy 
Perce Josep Park Jnr Seign as Witnesses at the same time 
with them.  Before Benja Hoxie President of the Councill
 The above ???? ???? ???? 
Kings County and Coloney of Rhodeisland. {seal}

"By Vertue of the Power Granted to the Town Councill of Charlestown 
in the County of Kings County and Coloney of Rhodeisland 
for the Probate of Wills and of Granting of Letters of 
Administration within sd Town ????

"To all people to whome these presence Shall Come Greeting 
wee the Town Councill of the Town of Charlestown aforesaid 
according to the Power by Law Invested in us Do hereby Give Grant 
and fully Impower Mr. Benja Barber of Hopkinton in the County 
& Coloney abovesaid Executor to the Last Will and Testament 
of his mother Susannah Barber Late of Charlestown 
Deceased to administer on all and Singular the Estate 
Goods Chattels and Credits of his mother & to act and Do 
what Power is Needfull Nessary & propper to bee done 
Recaling the promises agreeble with the Law of this 
Coloney in Such Cases maid & provided &c.

"In testamoney of which and in Confirmation of the 
Promises & by order and in behalf of the Towne 
Councill I Have Given forth the Powr of Administr-
ation under my hand and seal in said Charlestown 
Apr the 4th AD 1756 B Hoxsie C Clerk."

The source citation for the probate records of Susannah Barber is:

Charlestown [RI] Probate and Town Council Records, 1738-1916. Family History Library (on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 2,319,104, Items 1-5), Volume 2, pages 292-295, Susannah Barber estate papers, 1756.

Susannah (West) Barber (1666-1756) was the widow of Moses Barber (1652-1733), and she died in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Moses and Susannah (West) Barber had 14 children.

The beauty of this will is that it names all of the living daughters in September 1755 - Ann Kinyon (my ancestor, wife of Sylvester Kenyon), Dinah Wilcocks, heirs of Lyda Mora [Mowry], Susannah Perry, Martha Parker, Ruth Bentley, and Mary [Mercy?] Tefft. She also appoints her son Benjamin Barber as executor. 

The inventory of her personal property is included in the probate papers (but not transcribed above).  The inventory listed had a significant value - over 1,351 pounds. The daughters likely received quite a nice inheritance, although it may have been in possessions and not in money.


Moses and Susannah (West) Barber are my 7th great-grandparents, and I am descended through their daughter Anna (Barber) Kenyon (1717-after 1800) who married Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800) in 1740.


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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."

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 5 to 11 August 2018

Dozens of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.


Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:


*  Eleven “Soldier Boy” Love Letters from the Lost Summer of 1919 – 52 Ancestors #205 by Roberta Estes on the DNAeXplained -- Genetic Genealogy blog.

The Rules of DNA Testing by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.

*  Using Name Standardization in Genealogy Research by Michele Lewis on the Legacy News blog.

IAJGS 2018 Warsaw Blogger Compendium by Emily Garber on the (Going) the Extra Yad blog.

New Method: DNA Quick Sort and Color Clustering: Identifying "In Common" Surnames by Dana Leeds on The Enthusiastic Genealogist blog.

*  Joshua Currey (1741-1802), U. E. Loyalist by Jo Henn on the Climbing My Family Tree blog.

*  Genealogy 101: Historical Societies & Your Family History by Gena Philibert-Ortega on the GenealogyBank Blog.

Write Your Own Memories Before They Are Forgotten! by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Blog.

The Archive Lady:  Preserving Old Family Letters by Melissa Barker on the Abundant Genealogy blog.

New Compact Chromosome Browser on GEDmatch’s GENESIS by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

*  Friday Fossicking, 10th August 2018 by Crissouli on the That Moment in Time blog.

This Week's Creme de la Creme -- August 11, 2018 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.


Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.


Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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Added or Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 5 to 11 August 2018

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections list on Ancestry.com during the period from 5 to 11 August 2018 


The record collections added or updated since last week include:


Idaho, County Birth and Death Records, 1863-1970; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/9/2018

Tennessee, Death Records, 1908-1958; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/8/2018

Liverpool, England, Catholic Confirmations, 1813-1922; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/8/2018

Liverpool, England, Catholic Baptisms, 1741-1916; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/8/2018

Liverpool, England, Catholic Burials, 1813-1985; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/8/2018

Liverpool, England, Catholic Marriages, 1754-1932; indexed database with record images, Updated 8/8/2018

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

By my count, there were 0 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,708 collections available as of 11 August, an increase of  0 from last week.   

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Disclosure:  I have had a fully paid Ancestry.com subscription since 2000.  Ancestry.com has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 5 to 11 August 2018

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

As of 11 August 2018, there were 2,351 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

The deleted. added or updated collections are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added   ---

Maine, State Archives, World War I (WWI) Grave Cards, 1914-1950 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2968248); 3,893 indexed records with 3,893 record images, ADDED 9 Aug 2018

France, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Civil Registration, 1792-1938 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2968259); 1,988,198 indexed records with 1,988,198 record images, ADDED 7 Aug 2018

--- Collections Updated ---

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2333694); 34,168,489 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,168,489 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 10 Aug 2018

Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1925429); 4,281,198 indexed records with 405,213 record images (was 4,052,556 records with 405,213 images), Updated 9 Aug 2018

Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1601210); 1,631,910 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 1,565,831 records with 2,591,542 images), Updated 9 Aug 2018

Maine, United States Naturalization Records, 1918-1991  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2613134); 20,867 indexed records with 29,001 record images (was 20,862 records with 29,001 images), Updated 9 Aug 2018

Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2115584); 1,122,425 indexed records with 329,238 record images (was 889,877 records with 329,238 images), Updated 9 Aug 2018

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2573604); 434,732 indexed records with 315,495 record images (was 249,038 records with 279,473 images), Updated 8 Aug 2018

Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1930  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1503045); 2,571,622 indexed records with 1,445,574 record images (was 2,571,622 records with 1,445,574 images), Updated 7 Aug 2018

California County Naturalizations, 1849-1985  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2125028); 412,031 indexed records with 99,436 record images (was 312,705 records with 99,436 images), Updated 9 Aug 2018

Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2531337); 584,981 indexed records with 475,273 record images (was 516,904 records with 475,273 images), Updated 9 Aug 2018

--- Collections with records removed ---

Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949334); Index only (4,267,594 records), no images (was 4,267,595 records with 0 images),  6 May 2014

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In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use a keyword (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords..

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!

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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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many of Your Ancestors Are on Social Security Death Index?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



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


1)  Michael John Neill wrote a blog post this week listing his ancestors that have an entry in the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).  He had seven ancestors in the SSDI.


2)  This week, review your files and determine which of your ancestors have an entry in the Social Security Death Index (free on FamilySearch.org - see https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1202535).  How many do you have?

3)  Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook or Google Plus.  Leave a comment with a link to your blog post if you write one.


Here's mine:

*  Father:  Frederick Walton Seaver Jr (1911-1983) 
*  Mother:  Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002) 

*  Grandfather:  Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) - none
*  Grandmother:  Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962) - none
*  Grandfather:  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
*  Grandmother:  Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977)

All eight of my great-grandparents died between 1913 and 1952 and are not in the SSDI.

So I have four.  

A strange thing happened on my way to the SNGF.  When I searched for my mother with "betty" and "seaver" died in "2002" the result did not appear on FamilySearch.  I found her easily on Ancestry.com using the same search terms.  I went back to FamilySearch and searched for "seaver" and died in "2002" and found the "Betty C. Seaver" entry.   I searched for "betty c." and "seaver" and it did not find it, but it did find "c" and "seaver."  So they must have misindexed "Betty" but it prints out as "Betty C. Seaver."  Strange.

She's also the only one of my ancestors with an entry in the Social Security Application and Claims Index database on Ancestry.com.


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