Thursday, October 1, 2020

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1669 Marriage Record for Peter Dill and Thankes Shepard in Chelmsford, Mass.

 It's Treasure Chest Tuesday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1669 marriage record of Peter Dill and Thankes Shepard in the Chelmsford, Massachusetts town record book:

The Dill-Shepard marriage record is the 10th from the top on the right-hand page:

The transcription of this record is:

"Dill    Peter Dill and Thankes the Daughter of Ralph and Thankes
Shepard of Concord were Married the 13'th of the 10'th month
1669. By Samuel Adams.

The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, indexed database and digital image, (, Chelmsford > "Town and Land Records, with Births, Marriages, and Deaths," page 23 (image 33 of 230), Peter Dill and Thankes Shepard marriage entry, 13 December 1669.

This is probably a n Original Source record for the marriage of Peter Dill and Thankes Shepard.  It is Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the marriage date, place, and the names of Peter and Thankes.

Peter Dill (1645-1692) is my 7th great-grandfather whose parentage is not known  He married Thankes Shepard (1651-1733) in 1669, the daughter of Ralph and Thankes (Perkins) Dill of Concord.  They had seven children.  I am descended through their son, Thomas Dill (1682-1718).


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Dear Randy: "How Do You Match and Update FamilySearch Family Tree Profiles?"

 Genea-Musings Bill Gregg asked this on my Monday Genea-Pourri post dated 14 September:

"This mentions your efforts to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles. You've probably blogged about this in the past, but there were too many "FamilySearch" posts for me to find that to see what your process is to accomplish that. Does part of that involve "cleaning up" duplicates, mistakes, etc?

"I'm also wondering if you use the "Watch" function on FamilySearch to get notified about changes. I am doing that for my direct ancestors and I find it takes an hour or two a week to review and often correct mistakes and issues, usually from merges, etc. Particularly merges from MyHeritage Family Trees that sometimes don't seem to be as well documented as Ancestry trees.

"Thanks for any perspective you can share on this."

Thank you, Bill, for the questions.  Here are my responses:

1)  I use the RootsMagic genealogy software program to perform all data entry to my family tree.  I use the TreeShare feature in RootsMagic to update the profiles in my Ancestry Member Tree.  RootsMagic is one of the programs that can interact with the FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT).  

2)  I wrote about Dear Randy: How Do I Match My RootsMagic Person to a FamilySearch Family Tree Profile? on 30 October 2019 that describes the process of matching profiles.  Once a profile is matched, then I can exchange information between the two profiles - I can add information to the FSFT profile from RootsMagic, or add information to RootsMagic from the FSFT profile.  Here is a screen for the "FamilySearch Person Tools" in RootsMagic:

3)  Sometimes I have more information in my RootsMagic profile than the FSFT profile, and in this case I add to or replace information in the FSFT profile, and add names, dates, places, events, notes and sources also.  I usually try to add standardized place names to the events.  Sometimes the FSFT profile has more information than I have, and in this case I add to, to replace, information in the RootsMagic profile.  My goal is to make the RootsMagic and FSFT profiles as similar as possible based on the records and sources available.  I judge, based on the names, dates, places, events, notes, sources and discussions in the FSFT profile, whether to add a new person to my RootsMagic file. Once I add a new person, I can search for more records and sources on other record providers to improve the two profiles.

4)  I cannot delete an FSFT profile, change an FSFT relationship (e.g., parents-to-child, or husband-to-wife) or find a duplicate to merge two FSFT profiles, or delete a custom fact using RootsMagic.  I can merge, from within RootsMagic, duplicate profiles who appear in an FSFT profile (e.g., a person with two different profiles that are spouses or children), but that needs to be done carefully.  If I discover an obvious error in an FSFT profile, I can click on the "Show on Family Tree" button which takes me into the FSFT website and I can change relationships or perform tasks (e.g., delete extraneous names, events, notes, sources) that I cannot perform from within RootsMagic.

5)  The FamilySearch WatchList has changed in that it is no longer accessed via email.  I have about 400 profiles on FamilySearch Family Tree (mostly direct ancestors) that are on my WatchList.  I wrote about the process in Finding the FamilySearch Family Tree Watchlist and a Surprise or Two! on 15 September 2020.  I'm trying to check these WatchList updates on a weekly basis.

I hope that answers your questions, Bill.

NOTE:  The API for RootsMagic to access the FamilySearch Family Tree is broken at this time (since Tuesday afternoon, it seems).  I cannot access the FSFT at the time of writing today.  I hope that gets fixed quickly!  Fixed later on 30 September.


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Papa Lee, Lori and Tami at the Zoo -- Post 637 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

 I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! I found some more family photos hiding in Linda's family photo boxes. This is one of my favorite photographs:

This photograph is from about 1981 when we went to the San Diego Zoo with Linda's father, Lee Leland.  The two girls are our daughters, Lori (about age 7) and Tami (about age 4) at the time.  There are a number of trails and bridges over water in the center of the Zoo and we had Zoo passes and went several times a year, especially when Papa Lee and Uncle Paul visited us.

These photos were scanned from photographs created from developed film prints and are not particularly sharp, but they are what we have!

Several times a year when our children were growing up, Linda sent photographs to her parents and brother in San Francisco. When her father died in 2002, her brother sorted out the photos and gave Linda the ones that were of our family and the ones interacting with them. They were given to us in a big box of stuff back in 2006, and we finally looked at them last year! I've started digitizing them for use in these Wordless Wednesday posts.


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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Randy's Autosomal DNA Test and Analysis Summary - 29 September 2020

 My last list of my Autosomal DNA test and analysis results was posted in Randy's Autosomal DNA Test and Analysis Summary - 23 June 2020.

Here is the update, with comparison to over three months ago (23 June 2020).  I'm curious to see how my numbers have increased:

1)  Ancestry DNA:

*  Total Matches (8 cM or more):  34,106 matches (was 67,743 matches on 6/23/20 with 6 cM or more)
*  Matches with 68 cM (1.0%) or more: 26 matches (was 25 on 6/23/20)
*  Matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more:  145 matches (was 140 on 6/23/20)
*  4th Cousins or closer (> 20 cM): 1,521 matches (was 1,487 on 6/23/20)
*  Matches with Common Ancestors:  405 (was 396 on 6/23/20)
*  Highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my known first cousins.

2)  MyHeritageDNA:

*  Total Matches (8 cM or more):   8,826 matches (was 8,522 on 6/23/20)
*  Matches with 68 cM (1.0%) or more:  5 matches (was 5 on 6/23/20)
*  Matches with 34 cM (0.5 %) or more:  148 matches (was 93 on 6/23/20)
*  Number of Theories of Family Relativity:  8  (was 9 on 6/23/20)
*  Highest Match has 512 cM (7.1%), and is one of my known first cousins once removed.

3)  23andMe:

*  Total DNA Relatives Matches (7 cM or more):  1,433 Matches (was 1,412 on 6/23/20)
*  Matches with 68 cM (1.0%) or more:  9 Matches (was 9 on 6/23/20)
*  Matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more:  112 Matches (was 109 on 6/23/20)
*  Highest Match has 163 cM (2.33%), and is a known 1st cousin twice removed.

4)  FamilyTreeDNA:

*  Total Family Finder Matches (18 cM or more, but counts segments with 3 cM or more):  3,817 Matches (was 3,714 on 6/23/20)
*  Matches with 68 cM (1.0%) or more:  19 (was 18 on 6/23/20)
*  Matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more:  2,565 matches (was 2,490 on 6/23/20)
*  Highest Match has 96 cM (1.42%) and is an unknown cousin.

5)  LivingDNA:

*  Total Matches:  284 (was 247 on 6/23/20)
*  Matches with 68 cM (1.0%) or more:  0 (was 0 on 6/23/20)
*  Matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more: 8 (was 3 on 6/23/20)
*  Highest Match has 45.2 cM and is an unknown relative.

6)  GEDMatch:

*  Matches with 68 cM (1.0%) or more:  1 (was 1 on 4/9/20)
*  Matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more: 41 (was 41 on 4/9/20)
*  Highest Match has 86.8  cM and is a known 3rd cousin

7)  Observations:

*  In 3+ months, I added only 2 matches with 68 cM or more, one on AncestryDNA and one on FamilyTreeDNA.  

*  My AncestryDNA 4th cousins or better has increased only 2.3% in 3+ months, and total matches have decreased 50.0%.  "Common Ancestors" ThruLines are 1.19% of the total matches.

*  MyHeritageDNA total matches have increased 3.6% in 3+ months, and 34 cM or higher matches increased 59%.  I lost 1 Theory of Family Relativity matches.

*  23andMe total matches have increased 1.5% in 3+ months, and 34 cM or higher matches have increased 2.8%.

*  FamilyTreeDNA total matches increased 2.8% in 3+ months.  

*  LivingDNA total matches increased 14.9% in 3+ months.


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Tuesday's Tip - Check Out the " Marriage Index, 1800-1999" Collection added the " Marriage Index, 1800s-1999" record collection on 14 September 2020.  They have created an index for marriage notices and records in the collection of thousands of newspapers.  The Ancestry Card Catalog indicates that there are 11,436,408 entries in this collection.  Thast sounds like a lot, but there are over 835,000,000 in the similar Ancestry index for " Obituaries, 1800- Current" collection. 

On the search page for this record collection, I entered an exact surname of "seaver":

I could have searched for a given name, a "lived in" location, a marriage year or location, with family members (father, mother, sibling, spouse) but I want to see how many Seaver matches there are.

After clicking on the orange "Search" button, I had 186 matches:

The results list shows the name, publication date, publication place, and spouse's name.

I looked in my RootsMagic database, and did not have Mary E. Nevin in my family tree, but I did have William H. Seaver of Woodstock, Vt. in my tree.  Here is the record summary:

The summary provides the name, the spouse's name, the gender, the residence place, the marriage date and the marriage place.  

Here is the actual article  with their wedding announcement published in the Arizona Daily Star {Tucson, Ariz.] dated 25 March 1947:

I added the bride's name and the marriage information to my RootsMagic family tree.  Now I have 185 more to check out.

Here's a source citation for this marriage using the RootsMagic template for a "Newspaper, Online image:":

"Wedding Held Saturday at St. Philips," wedding announcement, Arizona [Tucson, AZ] Daily Star, Tuesday, 25 March 1947, page 7, column 1, announcement of wedding of William H. Seaver and Mary E. Nevin, 22 March 1947; ( : accessed 28 September 2020).

This is an excellent opportunity to search for marriages of 19th and 20th century people in your family tree that may not have been recorded in available vital records.

There is no indication as to how complete this index of the collection is - does it index ALL of the newspapers in the collection?

Of course, the newspapers have to be in the collection, and has to have an accurate index, in order to find these marriage announcements.  

If I ever run out of Obituaries for my "Seavers in the News" theme on Thursdays, here is another great newspaper collection to mine for marriage records.


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to and to and have used them extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 28 September 2020

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

1)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society member Zoom webinar  with Judy G. Russell on "The Ethical Genealogist."on Saturday.  

2)  Participated in Mondays With Myrt today.  We discussed the different historical calendars, Berlin historical maps, cemeteries vs. graveyards, headstone preservation, the Library of congress Newspaper Navigator, the "7 generations in 1 ancestor list," sewing machines and telling family stories.

3)  Created a "7 Generations in 1" ancestor list for my own ancestry, colorized by birth country.
4)  Watched one Family Tree Webinar -- Finding New Cousins and Building Your Family Tree with DNA, by Anne Young.

5)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of 7th great-grandmother #559 Deborah (Wight) Boyden (1685-1730) for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday.  

7)  Added Notes to 10 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors.  Ancestry added 55 new DNA matches this past week.  MyHeritage added 18 new DNA matches.    Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

8)  There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 37,689 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 168).

9)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 59,123 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 133), and 126,493 source citations (up 128).   I TreeShared with my Ancestry Member Tree twice this week updating 2616 profiles, and I resolved 940 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 134,995 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily.    

11)  Wrote 16 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were press releases.  The most popular post last week was Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your "7 Generations in 1" Chart with over 298 views.  

11)  We are still fine here at the Genea-cave, hunkered down and not going out much.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Friday, and it wasn't too busy.  Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing genealogy, eating, sleeping and a little yard work, watching the Padres games, and started a new mystery book.  My Padres finished 37-23 for the season, and start the playoffs on Wednesday.


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Amanuensis Monday -- 1735 Bond and Order to Distribute the Estate of Jonathan Boyden (1652-1732) of Medfield, Massachusetts

  This week's document for transcription is the 1735 Bond and Order to Distribute the Real Estate of Jonathan Boyden  (1652-1732) of Medfield, Massachusetts, in Probate Packet 6,257 in the Suffolk County, Massachusetts probate court records:

Image 44 of 49:
Image 45 of 49:

The transcription of these papers is:

[Image 44 of 49]

Know all men by these Presents That We
Joshua Boyden, Housewright & George Barbur Husband-
man both of Medfield & John Boyden Husbandman of
Walpole all in the County of Suffolk
within His Majesty's Province of the Massachusets
Bay in New England are holden and Stand firmly
bound and Obliged unto Josiah Willard Esq'r Judge
of the Probate of Wills and for Granting Adminacons
within the County of Suffolk in the full and Just
Sum of Nine hundred & thirty four Pounds Curr't Money
in New England.  To be paid unto the said Josiah Willard
Esq'r his Successors in the said Office or Assigns.  To the
true Payment whereof We bind our Selves our and
Each of our Heirs Executors Admin'rs and Assigns Joyntly
and Severally in the whole and for the whole firmly
by these Presents.  Sealed with our Seals Dated at
Boston the Nineteenth Day of April Anno Domini 1735,
And in the Eighth Year of His Majesty's Reign.

The Condition of the above Obligation is Such That whereas
that Part of the Real Estate of Jonathan Boyden late of Medfield in the
County of Suffolk Yeoman deced Intestate that was set off to his Relict Widow
Anne Boyden who is also Deced Cannot Admit of a Division among all his
Children And the said Estate having been Apprized at the Sum of
Four hundred & Sixty Seven Pounds is Assigned unto his Grandson Joshua
Boyden ^above bounden^ one of the Sons of his eldest Son Jonathan Boyden Jr (Deced) he paying
thereout unto the Children of the said Jonathan Boyden or their Legal
Representatives Namely to y'e Children of Jonathan Boyden ^Jr^ as his Double
^Portion thereof y'e Sum of one hundred & three Pounds, fifteen Shillings & 7d-1/2 and to Mary Clap^
Deced or her Heirs, Elizabeth Sabin, Mehitable Titus, Thomas Boyden, John

[image 45 of 49]  

Boyden, Joseph Boyden and Sarah Jones the Sum of Fifty One
Pounds Seventeen Shillings and nine Pence half penny a peice in Bills
of Publick Credit on or before the Nineteenth Day of April which will be
in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred & thirty six with
Interest for the said Sums in the Interim after the Rate of six Pounds pr
Cent pr Annum being their full Shares of in their s'd Fathers Real Estate
aforesaid.  Now if therefore the said Joshua Boyden fulfill the Decree
of the said Judge of Probate by Paying the afores'd Sums of Money with
Interest as aforesaid without fraud Coven or further Delay Then this Ob-
ligation to be Void and of none Effect.  Otherwise to abide & Remain in
full force and Virtue.

Signed Sealed & Delivered                                             Joshua Boyden
in presence of us (the Words to y'e Children
of Jon'a Boyden dec'd as his Double Portion thereof
y'e Sum of One hundred & three Pounds fifteen Shill'gs
& 7'd-1/2 and y'e Words Mary Clap first put in and
Interlined And y'e Words (as their Single Portion           George Barbur
thereof also Interlined)
                            John Payne                                           John Boyden

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Packet #6,527 (49 images), Jonathan Boyden of Medfield, administration granted 1732; "Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1636-1893," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 17 September 2020); from records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, digitized images provided by

Jonathan Boyden (1652-1732) married (1) Mary Clark (1649-1730?) in 1673 in Medfield, Massachusetts, and they had eight children - Jonathan (1674-1719), Mary (1677-1718), Elizabeth (1678-1756), Mehitable (1680-1756)), Thomas (1682-1770), John (1685-1754), Joseph (1687-1758) and Sarah (1690-????).

Jonathan Boyden married (2) Anne --?-- (1657-1735) in about 1730, probably in Medfield.  They had no children.

When Jonathan died on 30 May 1732 at age 80, Anne declined administration on her husband's estate, and five of the surviving children petitioned to have son John Boyden be named the administrator.  The Probate Court gave a Letter of Administration to John Boyden and David Jones on 9 June 1732.  The Inventory of the estate was taken, and totaled £771 in personal estate and £1331 in real estate, and was approved by the Court on 24 June 1732.  The Negro servant sold for £8 more, plus more credits, which made the total inventory £2114, according to an account approved on 1 November 1732.  After funeral charges (£44!), expenses and fees, the administrator's account totaled £127 at that time.  By 2 July 1733, the account totaled £209.  

The Court commissioned a committee of three to divide the property to the widow and the children or their representatives.  The committee told the Court that the real estate was incapable of being divided equitably, and that it should be settled on one heir.  

The two oldest children had died (Jonathan and Mary), and the heirs of the eldest son (Jonathan 1674) were to receive a double share.  They chose Joshua (son of Jonathan 1674, grandson of Jonathan 1652) to receive the double share and to pay his siblings their share.  A Bond and Letter of Administration was given to Joshua Boyden on 25 September 1733 for their share of Jonathan 1652's estate.  

Widow Anne (--?--) Boyden died before 28 March 1735, and her third share of Jonathan's estate had to be distributed to all of the heirs.  The widow's thirds of the real estate amounted to £467, so the total value of the real estate was about £1401 at the time.  

With 9 shares (8 children, heirs of eldest son Jonathan Boyden 1674 to receive a double share), each share was worth £103-15s-7d for Jonathan 1652's portion of the estate, and £51-17s-9d for Anne's portion.  Grandson Joshua Boyden posted bond and received the order to receive all of the real estate, and distribute the portions to his father's siblings as heirs of Jonathan and Anne Boyden, on 19 April 1735.

There is no Bond and order for John Boyden and David Jones to distribute the estate of Jonathan Boyden 1652 in the probate case file.  Their final account on 19 April 1735 notes that the personal estate was distributed to the heirs, leaving £791 to be distributed to the heirs of Jonathan Boyden (1652-1732).  This does not make much sense to me, but it is what it is.

As noted above, the real estate of Jonathan Boyden (1652-1732) was settled on his grandson, Joshua Boyden (1709-1770), son of Jonathan Boyden (1674-1719), who was age 22 when his grandfather died.  My guess is that the children of Jonathan Boyden 1674 resided with their grandfather Jonathan Boyden 1652 until he died, and it made sense to settle the estate on the eldest grandson.  Joshua Boyden may have had to sell real estate in order to pay his aunts and uncles their share of the Jonathan Boyden 1652 estate.

Jonathan and Mary (Clark) Boyden are my 8th great-grandparents, through their son Thomas Boyden (1682-1770) who married Deborah Wight (1680-1730) in 1707 in Medfield.


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, September 27, 2020

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Meeting on Wednesday, 30 September, Features Colin Whitney

 Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 12 noon

CVGS General Meeting

in a Zoom Video Conference Meeting 

Colin Whitney on 

"Discovering the Nicholas Family In the British Isles"

This presentation traces the process of uncovering several generations of Colin's great-great-grandmother Nicholas branch of the family tree. It involves cooperation with a cousin via the internet, a family Bible, finding the MRCA from a DNA match and piecing together small clues to reveal the story. It ends with an attempted invasion of the British Isles.

Colin Whitney was born and raised outside London, England and attended high school at the Ottershaw Boarding School. He studied physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and went on to obtain his Doctorate. He accepted a position there as Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department before continuing his research at the Central Research Laboratory of the Sperry Rand Corporation. In the late 1970s he moved to California joining the Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver City, California as a technical manager. Later he transferred to their Missile Systems Group and moved with them to Tucson, Arizona where became the Technical Director.  He retired in 1999.

Colin is a member of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and of the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS).  He is Education Director and DNA Interest Group Leader for SDGS.


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Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 20 to 26 September 2020

 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 343 – Free RootsTech Connect Takes Conference Virtual and Global / To Run 24 Hours For Three Days / FamilySearch In The Pandemic by Ryan B. on Extreme Genes.

How Do You Unravel a Genealogical Mystery? by Gena Philibert-Ortega on Legacy News.

Confirmation Bias by Jill Morelli on Genealogy Certification: My Personal Journal.

Adding Context for 3D View of Ancestors, Part 3 by Marian B. Wood on Climbing My Family Tree.

*  Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020 by Amy B. Cohen on Brotmanblog: A Family Journey.

FamilyTreeDNA's myOrigins Version 3 Rollout by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained -- Genetic genealogy.

Another Leaf on the Family Tree by Claudia C. Breland on Genealogy and Online Research Claudia C. Breland.

Lessons From Breaking Down a Brick Wall by Amy Johnson Crow on Amy Johnson Crow.

Meet Mark and A Bit About Bridget by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry.

What's In a Name? by Greg Ross on Futility Closet.

Not My Fault! by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist.

Using Excel to Display 7 Family Generations on 1 Sheet by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

DNA Research Flow by Robin Wirthlin on Family Locket.

*  Two Hidden Secrets to Find a Ton More Results from the FamilySearch Catalog by Kenneth Marks on  The Ancestor Hunt.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

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

 Friday Fossicking, 25th Sept 2020 by Crissoulli on That Moment In Time.

This Week's Creme de la Creme -- September 26, 2020  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

 Saturday Serendipity (September 19, 2020) by John D. Tew on Filiopietism Prism.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and  read their articles, and add the 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 currently am 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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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your "7 Generations in 1" Chart

 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. DNAsleuth (Ann Raymont) created a 7-in-1 chart showing 7 generations of ancestors on one page several weeks ago - see her blog post at  In her post, there is a link to her Word document if you wish to use it.

2.  Linda Stufflebean's husband, Dave, took the concept a step further, and created an Excel template of the 7-in-1 chart.  You can download Dave's file from my Google Drive at  Linda's chart is in (I opened it to "Editor" so you can download it and work with it).

Here is an image of the blank 7-in-1 chart:

As you can see, the left column is the Generation number, and the other columns are for ancestors of Gen. 1 listed in columns for each grandparent.  So the chart covers Ancestors #1 through 127 in an ahnentafel list or a large pedigree chart.

3.  The challenge tonight is to fill out your 7-in-1 chart and show it to us.  I used the spreadsheet, added the ancestor numbers while adding the names (starting with 1 = me, 2- father, 3= mother, etc.).   I added the names and birth-death years (if known) for the first 7 generations.  Then I colored the boxes by birth place by countries, and saved my chart as an XLS file.  I then saved my chart as a JPG by using the Windows Snipping Tool to create the image. This task took me an hour to complete, so plan ahead!

4.  Show us your 7-in-1 chart in your own blog post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link to your creation in a comment on this post.

Here's mine:

My columns are wider than Ann's and Linda's because I added birth-death years which really help me remember my ancestors.  I could put the color code on the bottom of the table too.

What other color coding could we do?  I want to do color coding by States/Provinces, by Death location, by Marriage Location, by Occupation, by Military Service, etc.

What other Color Coding can you think of?

Thank you to Ann Raymont for the chart concept and the Word file master, and to Linda and Dave for providing the Excel file master.


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