Sunday, May 27, 2018

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Program Meeting - Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 12 noon
Chula Vista Genealogical Society
Program Meeting:  Patricia Diane Godinez on 
“Finding Home Here & There – 
 A Guide To Canadian Research”
at Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library Auditorium
(365 F Street, Chula Vista CA 91910)


Starting in British Columbia, Canada, with her Canadian parents, Patricia Diane (Longhurst) Godinez's presentation will take you on a trip with stops in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Ellis Island, and ending in French Canada. If you have had immigrant ancestors coming from England and Europe, you’ll learn and sympathize with her relatives as they endured trials and tribulations as War Brides, Home Children, or as Members of the Petworth Project. Come learn how researching in Canada can help you with your research in the United States and beyond.
 
Diane Longhurst, as she was called when she made her new home in the USA, has done extensive research in Canada and Mexico. She has four decades of experience after taking an introductory set of classes at the LDS Church. She has also given classes in beginning Family History and shares her love of finding people and putting families in touch with one another again. She has participated in numerous Family History Fairs and is a fan of DNA testing to break through brickwalls. You can tell when Diane is around because she is forever taking everyone’s picture and sending those along to her friends and to the CVGS newsletter or website.

CVGS Programs are free for all persons to attend.  There will be a short business meeting after the presentation, followed by refreshments in the back of the auditorium. 

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Best of the Genea-Blogs - 20 to 26 May 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:


Episode 237 -- Two Experts on Records of the Poor by Ryan Bennett on the Extreme Genes blog.


*  Are you using maps in your Irish research? by Donna Moughty on Donna's Irish Genealogy Resources blog.

*  Solving a Brick Wall with the Research Like a Pro Method by Nicole Dyer on the Family Locket blog.

*  Updates to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy at GEDmatch by Debbie Kennett on the Cruwys News blog.

*  What is GDPR and Why Does it Matter for Genealogy and Family History? by Thomas MacEntee on the Abundant Genealogy blog.

*  How They Do It: Paula Stuart-Warren by Janine Adams on the Organize Your Family History blog.

Reaching Out to Close Genetic Relatives by guest blogger Richard Hill on the MyHeritage Blog.

1,275 Obituary and Obituary Index Links for the U.S. by Kenneth Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.

Located in Scotland by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

Starting WWII Research: Tips From Jennifer Holik by Amy Johnson Crow on the Amy Johnson Crow blog.

One Day in Lesvos by Carol Petranek on the Spartan Roots blog.

Advancing the GEDCOM Standard by Louis Kessler on the Behold Genealogy 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.

*  High Fives -- May 25, 2018 by Dianne Nolin on the Genealogy: Beyond the BMD blog.

*  Friday Finds, 25 May 2018 by Lois Willis on the Lois Willis - Genealogy and Family History blog.

*  Friday Fossicking - 25th May, 2018 by Crissouli on the That Moment in Time blog.'

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This Week's Creme de la Creme -- May 26, 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 20 to 26 May 2018

The following collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections list on Ancestry.com during the period from 20 to 26 May 2018 


The collections added or updated since last week include:


Norfolk, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1990; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/24/2018

Norfolk, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/24/2018

U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947; indexed records without digital images; Updated 5/24/2018

Norfolk, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/24/2018

Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/24/2018

Norfolk, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1940; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/24/2018

Louisiana, Soldiers in the War of 1812; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/24/2018

Norfolk, England, Bishop and Archdeacon Transcripts of Parish Registers, 1600-1935; indexed records with digital images; ADDED 5/24/2018

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/22/2018

Web: UK, Burial and Cremation Index, 1576-2014; indexed records without digital images; Updated 5/22/2018

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/22/2018

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/22/2018

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/22/2018

Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/21/2018

Derbyshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1916; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/21/2018

Derbyshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/21/2018

Derbyshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1991; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/21/2018

Queensland, Australia, World War I Soldier Portraits, 1914-1918; indexed records with digital images; Updated 5/21/2018

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


By my count, there was 1 NEW collection ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,767 collections available as of 26 May, an increase of  1 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, May 26, 2018

Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 20 to 26 May 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 26 May 2018, there were 2,316 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):



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

--- Collections Added ---

*  Arkansas Second Registration Draft Cards, 1948-1959     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1914215); Index only, no images, ADDED 24 Oct 2017

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1647578); 296,855 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 283,600 records with 647,469 images), Updated 22 May 2018

*  South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2517051); 446,780 indexed records with 1,167,010 record images (was 446,780 records with 1,167,010 images), Updated 25 May 2018

*  Liberia, Marriage Records, 1912-2015 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2100287); 41,863 indexed records with 24,406 record images (was 41,863 records with 24,406 images), Updated 24 May 2018

*  Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2142779); 10,443 indexed records with 48,947 record images (was 10,443 records with 48,947 images), Updated 24 May 2018

*  Spain, Soldier Personal Service Files, 1835-1940    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2558684); 6,777 indexed records with 364,919 record images (was 6,777 records with 364,919 images), Updated 22 May 2018

*  Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1937990); 794,498 indexed records with 6,791,351 record images (was 710,095 records with 6,791,351 images), Updated 23 May 2018

*  Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1787825); Index only (43,048 records), no images (was 41,223 records with 0 images), Updated 21 May 2018

*  Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2014    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1726975); 2,887,265 indexed records with 12,555,984 record images (was 2,887,265 records with 12,555,984 images), Updated 23 May 2018

*  Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1430936); 4,447,793 indexed records with 3,505,112 record images (was 4,447,793 records with 3,505,112 images), Updated 22 May 2018

*  Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943-2013 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2290243); 1,434,695 indexed records with 52,677 record images (was 1,434,695 records with 52,677 images), Updated 25 May 2018

*  India, Archdiocese of Goa, Roman Catholic Priesthood Candidates, 1724-1996      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2174937); 256 indexed records with 630,993 record images (was 0 records with 630,993 images), Updated 21 May 2018

*  Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2243379); 145,276 indexed records with 9,228 record images (was 145,276 records with 9,228 images), Updated 25 May 2018

--- Collections with new images ---

*  British Columbia Estate Files, 1859-1949    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2014768); Browse 783,176 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 97,001 images),  29 Nov 2012

*  Germany, Hesse-Nassau, Civil Registers and Church Books, 1701-1875      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1768560); Browse 231,317 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 62,000 images),  28 Nov 2012

*  Brazil, Ceará, Catholic Church Records, 1725-1971       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2175764); Browse 774,950 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 80,000 images),  18 Jun 2014

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  Saskatchewan Probate Estate Files, 1887-1931    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1918293); 41,130 indexed records with 1,903,391 record images (was 41,261 records with 1,903,391 images),  24 Mar 2014

*  Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1661470); Index only (6,830 records), no images (was 6,836 records with 0 images),  12 Mar 2012

*  England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473016); Index only (14,836,360 records), no images (was 14,841,089 records with 0 images),  7 Oct 2013

*  England Marriages, 1538–1973  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473015); Index only (16,105,960 records), no images (was 16,110,090 records with 0 images),  7 Oct 2013

*  England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473014); Index only (68,886,578 records), no images (was 68,947,780 records with 0 images),  3 Mar 2017

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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 - Who Is Your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor (MRUA)?

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 



Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:


1) Who is your MRUA - your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? This is the person with the lowest number in your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name. 

2) Have you looked at your research files for this unknown person recently? Why don't you scan it again just to see if there's something you have missed? 

3) What online or offline resources might you search that might help identify your MRUA?

4) Tell us about him or her, and your answers to 2) and 3) above, in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google Plus. 


Here's mine:

Number 26 on my Ahnentafel List is Devier James Lamphear Smith. I don't know who his parents are - they are Numbers 52 and 53 on my Ahnentafel List. Here are the vital records, and a synopsis of what I know about Devier's parentage:

Devier James Lamphere alias Smith was born 07 May 1839 in Henderson, Jefferson County, New York, and died 01 May 1894 in McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska. He married Abigail A. Vaux 04 April 1861 in Rolling Prairie, Dodge County, Wisconsin, daughter of Samuel Vaux and Mary Underhill. She was born 28 October 1844 in Aurora, Erie County, NY, and died 11 September 1931 in San Diego, San Diego County, CA.

Based on the available personal, public and government records, this person was born with the name Devier James Lamphear, probably in Jefferson County, New York. His birth parents have not been identified to date. He was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith of Henderson, Jefferson County, New York, before 1843.  The Smith family moved from Jefferson County, New York to Dodge County, Wisconsin in 1843.  In March 1866, Devier was granted a name change, by the Wisconsin State Senate and Governor, to Devier J. Smith from Devier Lamphear (although all available records earlier listed him as Devier J. Smith), and he was named as an adopted son in the will of Ranslow Smith.


My hypotheses are that (1) Devier's father had the surname Lamphear (or a variant) or (2) that his mother, with the surname Lamphear, had him out of wedlock, and one or both parents gave him up for adoption.

I have written extensively about my search for the birth parents, ostensibly named Lamphere/Lamphear/Lamphier/Lamfear or Lanphere/Lanphear/Lanphier/Lanfear or any other reasonable spelling of the surname, in Jefferson County, New York in the 1840 time frame. One of my posts, which links to others, is Finding Lamphears in Jefferson County, NY - Post 3.

In my search, I have exhausted the court records in Jefferson County NY that are available on FHL Microfilm, the history books, the online databases, the land record indexes, etc. I've also exhausted the Dodge County, Wisconsin records available on FHL Microfilm and online databases. I visited several repositories in Dodge County and the Wisconsin State Historical Society in Madison last September, and found no records, newspaper articles or vertical files in those places that identified Devier's birth parents. That leaves other unfilmed, unindexed, non-digitized records that might be found in historical societies, genealogical societies, local libraries, and state archives, and private collections.


But, autosomal DNA testing and analysis might help.

Several months ago, I received an autosomal DNA match on MyHeritageDNA with 44.7 cM (0.6%), who had a 3rd great-grandmother named Nancy Lanfear (1816-1898) of Lorraine, Jefferson County, New York.  Devier's parents would be my 3rd great-grandparents.  According to Blaine Bettinger's Shared cM Chart (updated August 2017), the 0.6% indicates that I am about a half 3rd cousin or a 4th cousin (or equivalent removed cousins like 3C1R or 2C2R) to my DNA match person.  If one of the parents of my Devier and Nancy Lanfear are siblings, that would mean my DNA match is my 5th cousin.  


If Nancy Lanfear is the mother of Devier (and he is the right age to be her son), then my DNA match and I would be 4th cousins.  According to FamilySearch Family Tree, Nancy's parents were Isaac and Rosannah (Laun) Lanfear, Nancy married Walter R. Brown in 1834, and her oldest listed child was born  in 1838.  She had a younger sister who married in 1845, and a younger sister who never married; either could be Devier's mother.  She had an older brother who married in 1859 who could be Devier's father by an unknown mother.  I think it is most likely that either Devier's father was the older brother by an unknown mother, or one of the two unmarried sisters had Devier out of wedlock by an unknown father.

If anyone has other research ideas, I would love to hear them!
 


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Surname Saturday -- LUMBERT (England to colonial New England)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  


I am working in the 9th great-grandmothers by Ahnentafel number, and I am up to Ancestor #2119 who is Sarah LUMBERT (1636-1675). 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this LUMBERT family line is:


1. Randall J. Seaver

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

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

66.  Nathan Gates (1767-1830)

67.  Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855)

132.  Simon Gates (1739-1803)
133.  Susanna Reed (1745-1833)

264.  Amos Gates (1706-1783)
265.  Mary Hubbard (1712-1754)

528.  Simon Gates (1667-1752)
529.  Hannah Benjamin (1669-1754)


1058.  Joseph Benjamin (1633-1704)
1059.  Sarah Clarke (1639-1716)

2118.  William Clarke, born about 1600 in England; died before 07 December 1668 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  He married before 1639 in probably Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.
2119.  Sarah Lumbert, born about 1620 in Dorset, England; died 06 September 1675 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Child of William Clarke and Sarah Lumbert is:

*  Sarah Clarke, born 01 August 1639 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States; died Aft. 1716 in probably Preston, New London, Connecticut, United States; married Joseph Benjamin 12 December 1668 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

I don't know who the parents of Sarah Lumbert are - she is probably a grandchild of Thomas Lombard (1581-1663) of Barnstable, Massachusetts through one of his sons.  Other children and grandchildren of Thomas Lombard married into the Clarke and Gates families in Barnstable County, Massachusetts.  

I have done no original research on this Lumbert/Lombard line.  Can anyone help?

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 25 May 2018


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

1)  News Articles:


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Announcing "Unlock the Past in Seattle" Conference with Blaine Bettinger and Maurice Gleeson

*  "Research Like A Pro: A Genealogist's Guide" Book Available in Print

*  SCGS Genealogy Jamboree Livestreaming Sessions Announced

*  THE Genealogy Show Announces Another Headline Speaker for 2019

*  FGS Conference Registration is Open

2)  Record Databases:

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 25 May 2018

*  25 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates

*  New York Public Library’s Rich Digital Collection Has Over 180,000 Images to Download

*  1,275 Obituary and Obituary Index Links from the U.S.

3)  Genealogy Education:


 GeneaWebinars Calendar



*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 30 May 2018, 11 a.m. PDT:  The Palatine Immigrants: Tracing and Locating 18th Century German Immigrants Online by Luana Darby.

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Quaker Migration into America, by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  The Frugal Curator, by Denise May Levenick

Our Recorded Webinar With Thomas MacEntee On May 8, 2018 Is Available For Online Viewing Via The Link In This Post; Thomas MacEntee Has Also Granted Permission To Post A PDF Of His Lengthy Handout; Thank You Thomas!


*  Family Tree Magazine Podcast:  Podcast Episode 120 - The New Family Tree Magazine

*  Who Is Nicka Smith YouTube:  BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 58: Pa Not Pa: Dealing With New, Unsettling Info in DNA Research

*  AmericanAncestors YouTube:  Using the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Boston Collection

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  7- Adding Memories in FamilySearch Tree - Judy Sharp (Updated 5-2018)

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  18- Using the Family Tree Mobile App - Judy Sharp ( New!!)

*  Amy Johnson Crow YouTube:  Starting WWII Research: Tips from Jennifer Holik

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  Mondays with Myrt - 21 May 2018

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  How to Begin Genealogy Research? The Power of Peer Review

*  In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  An inside look at those involved with Team Black and Rebecca Hoyt!

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, May 25,  2018


5)  Neat Stuff:

  
Consumer DNA kits reveal Elbert County woman’s dad is not biological father

Roanoke man reconnects with long-lost sister

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 22 May 2018?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 25 May 2018

I received this information from Findmypast today:

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are over 141,000 new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:



Over 64,000 additional 'open' records have been added to the 1939 Register. Since the Register was launched, Findmypast has matched more than four million 'closed records' to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals recorded.

The 1939 Register now contains more than 33.9 million searchable records. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, their date of birth, marital status and occupation. A wealth of contextual information, including period photographs never before seen online, infographics, region-specific newspaper articles and historical and contemporary maps, are personally tailored to each record, offering a rich and unique user experience unrivaled by any other family history research tool to date.



Browse through more than 60,000 images of case files of Chinese immigrants arriving in Philadelphia. These images comprise the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publication M1144: Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1895-1920, from District No. 4 (Philadelphia) of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Records will reveal a combination of your ancestor's name, age, birth place, occupation, ship name and arrival date.

The original records were created by the regional office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in an effort to enforce the Chinese exclusion acts passed by Congress during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The information was provided by the immigrant or their traveling companion but was recorded by a staff member. As such, mistakes exist in the official records, particularly in relation to the spelling of names.



Discover your military ancestor in this index of over 1,500 records obtained through the Our Heroes website. Our Heroes provides photographs and biographical notes of the officers of Irish regiments as well as Irish officers of British regiments who were killed in action or who were mentioned for distinguished conduct between August 1914 and July 1916.

Transcripts will reveal a variety of details including the officer's birth year, rank, regiment, death date, age at death, burial plot, whether or not they were killed in action and a link to their portrait on the source's website. Many will also include additional notes revealing details of their service and next of kin.



Discover your South Lancashire Regiment ancestor in this index of over 2,800 prisoners of war from 1914 to 1918. This collection has been obtained through the Warrington Museum & Art Gallery. Additional information about these records can be found on the source's website.

Each result will provide you with a transcript of some or all of the following fields: last name, soldier number, rank, regiment, year, where held and any additional notes. Some records may even contain details of the soldier's "adopter" as the Regimental Care Committee for Prisoners of War of the South Lancashire Regiment encouraged individuals to sponsor prisoners. Sponsors would then take on the responsibility of paying for their adopted soldier. 



Over 11,000 additional records have been added to the Worcestershire probate index. There are four types of records in this index: grants of administration, administrations with will annexed, limited (where the entire estate of the deceased is not covered), and wills. The Bishop's Court had jurisdiction over all the probate in the diocese, which covered part of Warwickshire as well as Worcestershire, until 1858.

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Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador.  This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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52 Ancestors - Week 228: #353 Abigail (Thurston) White (1700-1770) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Abigail Thurston (1700-1770) is #353 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #352 William White (1708-1780)   in 1729 in Little Compton, Rhode Island.


I am descended through:

*  their son #176 Jonathan White (1732-1804) who married #177 Abigail Wing (1734-1806) in 1756. 
*   their son, #88 Humphrey White (1757-1814) who married #89 Sibel Kirby (1764-1848) in 1786.
*  their son, #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) who married Miranda Wade (1804-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married Amy Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)

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


*  Name:                      Abigail Thurston[1–3]    
*  Alternate Name:      Abigail White[4]

*  Sex:                          Female    

*  Father:                     Jonathan Thurston (1658-1740)    
*  Mother:                   Susannah  --?-- (1659-1711)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                       7 May 1700, Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1–2]    

*  Distribution:            15 April 1740 (age 39), father's will proved; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

*  Death:                      before 1770 (before about age 70), probably Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States      

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):


*  Spouse 1:           William White (1708-1780)    
*  Marriage 1:        2 October 1729 (about age 29), Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1,3]    

*  Child 1:             Sarah White (1730-    )    
*  Child 2:             Hannah White (1731-1819)    
*  Child 3:             Jonathan White (1732-1804)    
*  Child 4:             Elizabeth White (1734-    )    
*  Child 5:             Abigail White (1736-    )  

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

The Thurston Genealogies book[1] describes the Jonathan and Susannah (--?--) Thurston family, including Abigail Thurston who married William White.

Abigail Thurston was born on 7 May 1700 in Little Compton, Rhode Island, the daughter of Jonathan and Susannah (--?--) Thurston[1-2].  She was the 11th child of 15 born and recorded in the Little Compton town records.

On 2 October 1729, Abigail Thurston married William White in Little Compton, Rhode Island[1,3]. William White was the son of William and Elizabeth (Cadman) White of Dartmouth, Massachusetts. William and Abigail had five children between 1730 and 1736, one son and four daughters, all probably born in Dartmouth.  There are no town records for the births of the children.

Abigail's father, Jonathan Thurston (1658-1740) of Dartmouth, wrote a will on 22 August 1735, and it was probated at Taunton, Massachusetts on 15 April 1740.  In the will, he bequeathed 30 pounds of money to daughter Abigail White, plus one half of the remaining "household stuff" be given to daughters Abigail and Susannah[4].

Abigail died before 1770, probably in Dartmouth.  There are no death or burial records for her.  There are no probate records for Abigail (Thurston) White in Bristol County, Massachusetts probate records.

5)  SOURCES


1. Brown Thurston Compiler, Thurston Genealogies, 1635-1892 (Portland, Maine: Published by Brown Thurston, 1892), pages 263-264, Jonathan Thurston sketch.

2. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Volume 4, "Newport County Births, Marriages, Deaths," Little Compton Births and Deaths, page 174, Abigail Thurston entry.

3. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Vol. 04: Newport County, Births, Marriages, Deaths > Little Compton -- Intentions & Marriages, page 64, Abigail Thurston and William White entry.

4. "Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : Bristol County, Probate Records, "Thurston, Gardner - Tillinghast, Joseph," images 848-854, Jonathan Thurston estate packet, proved 1740.

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NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 
 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2018 to 260 Ancestors in 260 Weeks.

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