Thursday, January 26, 2023

Findmypast Friday: Thousands of New and Exclusive Military Records Added

 I received this information from Findmypast today:

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Thousands of new and exclusive military records added this Findmypast Friday 


British Army, Honourable Artillery Company, Cardew-Rendle Roll Of Members 1537-1908 


This new collection is a directory of biographies for 17,000 members of the Honourable Artillery Company, covering nearly four centuries. As the oldest British Army regiment, it received its royal charter from Henry VIII in 1537. Details you’ll find will vary from entry to entry, from birth year and residence to remarkable events and great deeds. 

British Army, Honourable Artillery Company Journal 1923-2021 

 The first issue of this journal was published in 1923, and documented events and activities of the regiment. Make good use of the optional keyword search field here to find mentions of your ancestor, or key events in this regiment’s history. 

British Army, Coldstream Guards 1800-1981 

 Another 48,477 records have been added to this existing collection, which includes records for the oldest continuously serving regiment in the British Army. The new records cover attestation books, discharges, casualties and more. You'll normally find a rank, regimental number and an event year for your ancestor.

 

Newspapers 

 Brush up on local history with even more titles and new pages added to the newspaper archive this week.

 

New titles: 

  • Bangor, Anglesey Mail, 1993 
  • Blackpool Times, 1901-1902, 1904, 1918-1919, 1933
  • Brackley Advertiser, 1960 
  • Cannock Advertiser, 1923 
  • Cobham News and Advertiser, 1970-1971 
  • Grimsby News, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1916-1917, 1923, 1928-1930, 1935
  • Horwich Chronicle, 1889 
  • Isle of Man Examiner, 1905, 1916 
  • Lancaster Observer and Morecambe Chronicle, 1919 
  • Melton Mowbray Times and Vale of Belvoir Gazette, 1918 
  • North Middlesex Chronicle, 1874, 1880, 1889, 1899
  • South Durham Herald & Post, 1999 
  • St. Helens Newspaper & Advertiser, 1902-1903, 1916, 1918-1919
  • Wilmslow Express Advertiser, 1981 

Updated titles: 

  • Aldershot News, 1906 
  • Ayrshire Post, 1993 
  • Birmingham Mail, 1981 
  • Bracknell Times, 1995 
  • Brighton Herald, 1925 
  • Bristol Evening Post, 1984, 1996 
  • Burntwood Post, 1998 
  • Cannock Chase Post, 1998 
  • Chiswick Times, 1904, 1909, 1911, 1913, 1916 
  • Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter, 1967 
  • Ellesmere Port Pioneer, 1999 
  • Esher News and Mail, 1994-1995 
  • Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, 1998 
  • Gateshead Post, 1968, 1977, 1982, 1984-1985 
  • Harrow Gazette, 1907 
  • Harrow Informer, 1998 
  • Hertford Mercury and Reformer, 1997 
  • Herts and Essex Observer, 1997 
  • Hinckley Herald & Journal, 1999 
  • Hounslow & Chiswick Informer, 1982 
  • Huddersfield and Holmfirth Examiner, 1885, 1888
  • Hull Daily Mail, 1989, 1992-1993, 1997-1998 
  • Irvine Herald, 1982 
  • Isle of Thanet Gazette and Thanet Times, 1989
  • Lincolnshire Echo, 1994, 1999 
  • Liverpool Mercury, 1904 
  • Llanelli Star, 1996 
  • Loughborough Mail, 1993 
  • Macclesfield Express, 1981, 1985 
  • Manchester Evening Chronicle, 1935 
  • Manchester Evening News, 1975 
  • Nottingham Guardian, 1877 
  • Rochdale Observer, 1903 
  • Rugeley Post, 1999 
  • Salford Advertiser, 1999 
  • Sandwell Evening Mail, 1998 
  • South Wales Echo, 1983 
  • St. Neots Weekly News, 1997 
  • Sunday Sun (Newcastle), 1967, 1984-1987, 1991, 1994
  • Surrey Mirror, 1969 
  • Uckfield Courier, 1999 
  • Uttoxeter New Era, 1910
  • Wellingborough & Rushden Herald & Post, 1998 
  • West Hull Advertiser, 1999 
  • Weston & Worle News, 1999 

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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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Rabbit Holes With Randy -- Helping My Grandson With an Immigration Interview

 This was a fun research rabbit hole over the past week.  

My grandson, Logan, age 16, had an assignment in one of his high school classes to interview a family member who knew about immigration in the late 19th century or early 20th century.  He has a fine Danish and Italian ancestry on his father's side, and a 97 year old great-grandmother, born in Italy, who is still alive.  They are not my ancestors, but he picked me to interview because I have researched his Italian ancestral families in hopes of piquing interest in the family history.  

The interview was to answer information about an immigrant story.  I had done some basic research for birth, marriage, death, passenger list, census, and newspaper information, but I had not captured all of the record images before.  The interview questions included:  

1) What do you know about your family's background?

2)  Where did your family emigrate?  When? Why?

3)  Do you know anything about the trip to America?

4)  What did they experience on their arrival?  Did they go through Ellis Island?

5)  What kind of process did they go through to become U.S. residents/citizens?

6)  What was their experience as an immigrant in the United States?

7)  Did you or anyone else in your family experience discrimination?

8)  Do you practice any family traditions that have roots in your immigrant background?

9)  Can you share an interesting story about your family background or a member of your family?

My first step was to select Leone Giovanni Morandi (1894-1979), Logan's second great-grandfather, as the subject of the research and interview.  

The second step was to find more records and record images to build a profile for Leone Morandi.  He was born in Bagni di Lucca in Tuscany, Italy, emigrated four times to America (in 1909, 1922, April 1926 and July 1926), married back in Bagni di Lucca in 1920, and finally settled in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1926.  His wife and two small children (the youngest child was Logan's great-grandmother) came over in March 1929.  Leone Morandi's family was in the 1930, 1940 and 1950 U.S. census records in Salt Lake City.  His Declaration of Intention was filed in November, 1926, citing 5 previous years of residence in the U.S.  The family moved to Petaluma, California in about 1968, and Leone died there in 1979, and his wife died there in 1991; there are obituaries and death records for both of them, but I didn't have time to get death certificates.

The third step was to construct a genealogical sketch for Leone Morandi, summarizing or transcribing the records I found for him and his wife.  When I sent that sketch to Logan, he said that "you didn't answer the Questions" and "I can't read them" (because they were "hen scratches" in cursive handwriting; and there were many columns of information for the passenger list and the census records).  Here is the top of the first page of the five page sketch: 

Patience, grasshopper!!

Lastly, in the fourth step, I answered the questions that he asked of me, based on interpretation of the available records and my knowledge of the emigration and immigration process.  I had no idea how to answer questions 7 to 9 and referred him to interviewing his father, his uncle, and his great-grandmother.  I also found online articles that described Bagni di Lucca, emigration, the Ellis Island experience, and the Naturalization process, and sent them to him as background information.  

I received the questions on Saturday, worked on the record search and image acquisition on Sunday, wrote the genealogical sketch on Monday, and answered the questions on Tuesday.  I sent all of my work to Logan on Monday and Tuesday via email attachments.  I probably spent about 15 hours in total - a nice rabbit hole challenge!  Hopefully, Logan (and his father and uncle) will be more interested in his and their ancestry (heh heh).

I'm not finished.  I need to craft source citations for some of the records, and add the citations to the genealogical sketch.  Then I can add the sketch to my Person Notes in RootsMagic, which will be transferred into my Ancestry Member Tree, and also to FamilySearch Family Tree profiles of Leone and his wife.

My carrots are almost gone now.

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Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1699 Marriage of Samuel Gray and Deborah Church in Little Compton, Rhode Island

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

The treasure today is the 1699 marriage record of  Samuel Gray and Deborah Church in Little Compton,  Rhode Island: 

The marriage record is in the Gray section:


The transcription of this marriage record is:

"GRAY, Samuel (-1712) & Deborah CHURCH, m/2 Daniel THROOP/TROOPE; 13 July 1699, Little Compton, RI"

The source citation for this record is:

"U.S. New England Marriages Prior to 1700," online database with digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), page 320, Samuel Gray and Deborah Church marriage entry, 13 July 1699.

This record is a Derivative Source, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the marriage of Samuel Gra and Deborah Church.  The original record is probably in a Little Compton, R.I. town record book that is not extant.

Samuel Gray (1681-1712), the son of Edward and Dorothy (Lettice) Gray, married Deborah Church (1677-1752), the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Tucker) Church, on 13 July 1699 in Little Compton, Rhode Island.  They had 7 children.  Deborah (Church) Gray married, secondly, Daniel Throop (1670-1737) on 21 January 1713 in Little Compton.  They had two children.

Samuel and Deborah (Church) Gray are my 7th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their daughter Lydia Gray (1707-????), who married in 1731 to Joseph Ladd (1702-1748).

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Genealogy Education Bytes - Week of 19 to 25 January 2023

Welcome to Genealogy Education Bytes, posted on Wednesday afternoon for the past week, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history education  items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    


1)  Upcoming Conferences and Institutes



*  Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) 2023 Conference - 26-29 April 2023Virtual and In-Person (Sandusky, Ohio)




2 ) Upcoming Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):







*  Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 25 January, 11 a.m.:  Trail of Tears to Indian Territory by Billie Stone Fogarty.

*  Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 27 January, 11 a.m.:  Trousers, Black Domestic, Tacks & Housekeeping Bills: Problem-Solving with “Trivial Details” by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

*  Family Tree Webinars - Tuesday, 31 January, 5 p.m.:  Settlers, Squatters and Selectors: Land ownership in Australia, 1788-1900 by Cathie Sherwood.

*  Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 1 February, 11 a.m.:  Using Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Problem Solving by Michael D. Lacopo.

3)  Recent Podcasts/Radio Shows:




4)  Recent YouTube and Facebook Videos:

*  Aimee Cross -- Genealogy Hints: Things to watch out for on Find A Grave (CAUTION)

*  Allen County Public Library:  Ask the Experts: DNA

*  AmericanAncestors:  Basics of Jewish American Genealogy

*  Ancestry:  Danny Trejo’s Profound Family History is the American Dream | Finding Your Roots | Ancestry®



  
*  FamilySearch:  Road to RootsTech Episode 4



*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  How to find old newspapers at Google Books for free!



*  WikiTree:  WikiTree Heritage Exchange Video Series (3 Videos)


5)   Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy Education Bytes - 12 to 18 January 2023?

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Feast and Play at Hotel del Coronado in December 2007 -- Post 752 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

 I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! This is one of my favorite photographs:


This photo is from Christmas time 2007 - Linda and I were dressed up in our holiday finery  at the Hotel del Coronado for dinner and a play called "An American Christmas - a Turn of the Century Feast and Celebration.  The Lamb's Players theater actors performed the play featuring early 20th century food and Christmas music.

We were subscribers to Lamb's Players from about 1995 until about 2015, going about 6 times every year to plays at their theater in the round in Coronado.  We usually attended with friends from our church, and usually had dinner in Coronado at a restaurant before the play.

This is all part of our family history!  

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Note:  The photo is on the website - click the URL below.  Feedly isn't showing my images now.


Copyright (c) 2023, Randall J. Seaver

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Genealogy News Bytes - Week of 18-24 January 2023

Welcome to Genealogy News Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon for the past week, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news  items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    


1)  News Articles:











2)  New or Updated Record Collections:







3)  Did you miss the last post in this series - see Genealogy News Bytes - 11 to 17 January 2023.

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Seavers in the News -- James E. Seaver (Age 20) Dies in 1970 in Akron, Ohio

 Here is this week's edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Akron [Ohio] Beacon Journal newspaper dated 21 June 1970, page 52:

The transcription of the article is:

"SEAVER

"James E., age 20 years, of 7745 Brownwood av., Canal Fulton, formerly of 2262 Maryland v., passed away Friday, a.m.  Survived by wife Tina; step-daughter Tina Marie Rambacker, both of Canal Fulton, mother Mrs. Harriet M. Seaver, one sister Miss Nancy Seaver, grandparents Benjamin Simon and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Watkins, all of Akron.  Great-grandmother Mrs. Marie Yost, Wadsworth.  Funeral services will be held at the Prentice & Co. Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore blvd., Tuesday 3 p.m., Rev. A.C. Zagray officiating.  Interment Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday."

The source citation is:

"Seaver,The Akron [Ohio] Beacon Journal newspaper, Sunday, 21 June 1970, page 53, column 3, James E. Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com  (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 23 January 2023).

This obituary identifies his name, residence, age, date of death, ,  names of his wife, child, sister, grandparents and great-grandmother.  There is no cause of death, occupation, interests or association information.

James E. Seaver (1949-1970) was born 27 November 1949 in Akron, Ohio, the son of Warren Edward and Harriet M. (Simon) Seaver.  He died 19 June 1970 in Akron, Ohio.  He married Tina --?-- (????-????) before 19 June 1970.  They had no children together.  

James E. Seaver is not a Seaver relative of mine.  He is descended from Henry and Elizabeth (--?--) Seaver, who came from Germany in the 1760s.

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person dies young and his obituary names a lot of relatives. I am glad that I can honor James E. Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.

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


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Monday, January 23, 2023

Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 23 January 2023

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

1)  Hosted and moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) DNA Interest Group meeting on Wednesday in a Zoom meeting with about 27 attendees.  We discussed the I4GG conference, RootsTech 2023 conference, free DNA Painter webinars on Family Tree Webinars, the Facebook Genetic Genealogy Tips & Techniques group, WikiTree DNA, Ancestry color dots, and two DNA related questions and answers.

2)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) British Isles SIG on Zoom in meeting format.  Colin Whitney presented two case studies.

3)  Wrote a genealogical sketch for #741 7th great-grandmother Elizabeth Tompkins (1675-after 1729) of Little Compton, Rhode Island for the 52 Ancestors series.


4)  Transcribed a probate record for the Amanuensis Monday series -- 1719 Will of Nathaniel Tompkins (1650-1724) of Little Compton, Rhode Island.

5)  Added two more family stories in StoryWorth, including biographies of my maternal grandparents. I have written 16 stories so far.

6)  Posted another six generations descendants report for Humphrey White (1757-1814) and Sibel Kirby (1764-1848) of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

7)  Grandson Logan asked me to help with information about the immigration of one of his ancestors in the late 1800s or early 1900s.  I did some research on one of them, gathered birth and marriage records in Italy, passenger list records, naturalization record, census records and an obituary for one of his 2nd great-grandparents.  

8) AncestryDNA now has 41,791 DNA matches (up 91 from 16 January) for me today, with one new ThruLines.   I added two Notes to my matches.  MyHeritageDNA now has 10,995 DNA matches (up 17 from 16 January) for me, with no new Theories.  Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

9)  Occasionally matched RootsMagic 8 profiles to FamilySearch Family Tree.  I have matched 48,874 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 19).  

10) Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and source citations to my RootsMagic profiles. I now have 70,347 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 22 since 16 January), and 145,590  source citations (up 37). I TreeShared no new or modified profiles with my Ancestry Member Tree, and I resolved 231  Ancestry Hints. My Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 172,741 to be resolved, but I work on them several times a week.  I resolved no MyHeritage Record Matches, leaving 162,207 Record Matches in 285 sources and I work on them occasionally.  

11) Wrote 17 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Sunday through Saturday), of which two were a press release. The most viewed post last week was 
RootsTech 2023 Schedule, Speakers and Sessions Announced with over  223 views.  Genea-Musings had about 16,700 views last week.  

11)  Real life:  This is week 150 since COVID restrictions started.   I stayed home except for visiting Linda every day.  Linda is at a memory care and skilled nursing facility in Chula Vista 7 miles from home. I got the Jitterbug screen protector and casing installed at Best Buy. Went grocery shopping on Monday and Friday.  Finished my Michael Connelly book Fair Warning, and started the C.J. Box book Wolf Pack. Watched the NFL playoffs. Did not do much genealogy work all week, except for blog posts.  

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