Friday, July 12, 2024

Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 6 to 12 July 2024

 The following genealogy record collections were added to the Ancestry.com Card Catalog page by Date Updated during the period from 6 to 12 July 2024:

The ADDED and Updated collections include:

Yarmouth, Massachusetts, U.S., Directory 1895; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/11/2024.  Directory listing more than 770 names for Yarmouth, Massachusetts in 1895.

Newton, Massachusetts, U.S., Directory 1929; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/11/2024.  Directory listing more than 34,200 names for Newton, Massachusetts in 1929.

Illinois, U.S., Catholic Diocese of Joliet, Sacramental Records, 1800-1976; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/11/2024. This collection includes sacramental records from Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, dated between 1800 and 1976

Uruguay, Civil Registry 1900-1937; indexed records without record images, ADDED 7/11/2024.  This collection includes the national index of the civil registration books of birth, marriage, and death from all the departments in Uruguay from 1900 to 1937. This index was created from ind...

New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., Historical Notaries' Indexes, 1770-1966; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/11/2024. This collection contains images of indexes produced by notaries in New Orleans, Louisiana, between 1770 and 1966. The indexes contain information about financial transactions, estate proceedin...

Web: South Holland, Emigrants, 1850-1899; indexed records without record images, ADDED 7/10/2024.  All data in this third-party database was obtained from the source’s website. Ancestry.com does not support or make corrections or changes to the original database. To learn more about these r...

Rutherford County, Tennessee, U.S., Marriages, 1889-1940; indexed records without record images, ADDED 7/10/2024. This collection contains marriage records from Rutherford County, Tennessee, USA, between the years 1889 and 1940. Most records are in English.

Lancashire, England, Catholic Registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1762-1913; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/10/2024. This collection contains images of the original parish member lists and registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials created between 1762 and 1913 by Catholic churches in Lancashire, England.

Wisconsin, U.S., Death Records, 1872-2004; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/10/2024. The information provided in this collection is not a legal vital record index. Inclusion of any information does not constitute legal verification of the fact of the event. This collection con...

California, U.S., Registrations of Motor Vehicles, 1905-1922; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/10/2024.  This collection contains images of motor vehicle registration books produced in California between 1905 and 1922. The registers contain information about motor vehicle owners and the vehicles ...

Wisconsin, U.S., Divorce Records, 1907-2015; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/10/2024. This collection contains records for couples who were divorced between 1907 and 2015 in Wisconsin. While the collection mostly consists of divorce certificates, from 2009 onwards you can also ...

Georgia and Transcaucasia, Immigrant Colonists from Germany, 1820-1934; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/10/2024.  This collection contains records of German colonists living in Georgia and Transcaucasia between 1820 and 1934. This is an image only collection. Records may be written in Georgian, German, or...

Wisconsin, U.S., Birth Records, 1812-1921; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/10/2024.  The information provided in this collection is not a legal vital record index. Inclusion of any information does not constitute legal verification of the fact of the event. This collection co...

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) Records, 1943-1947 (USHMM); indexed records without record images, Updated 7/09/2024.  This database contains information relating to the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration’s (UNRRA) work with refugees and Displaced Persons after World War II.

Western Australia, Australia, Crew and Passenger Lists, 1852-1930; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/09/2024.  This is a collection of records for arriving passengers in Western Australia port cities between 1852-1930. The records cover many different ports and were kept by two different agencies over ...

Rhode Island, U.S., Birth Registrations 1846-1921; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/09/2024.  This collection includes births registered in Rhode Island between the years 1846 and 1921. They are organized by town and birth date (or the date when the birth was registered). Since legisla...

Ebensee, Austria, Records of Displaced Persons, 1945 (USHMM); indexed records without record images, Updated 7/09/2024.  This collection contains records of displaced persons from Ebensee, Austria.

London, England, Freedom of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1930; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/09/2024.  This database contains papers associated with application for "Freemen" status. Freeman are: a man who did not have to pay trade taxes and shared in the profits of his borough, a per...

New Zealand, Emigration Reference Books, 1853 and 1890; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/08/2024.  

Waterford, Ireland, Thompson's Funeral Books, 1874-1929; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/08/2024.  This collection contains mortuary records associated with Thompson Funeral Directors in Waterford, Ireland between 1874 and 1929. Most records are handwritten in ledgers.

Arlington, Virginia, U.S., Arlington National Cemetery, 1861-2024; indexed records without record images, ADDED 7/08/2024.  This collection contains burial records from Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA between the years 1861 and 2024. Most records are in English.

First 100 Years of the Baptist Church of South Australia, Australia, 1937; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/08/2024.  First 100 Years of the Baptist Church of South Australia, Australia, 1937

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

By my count, there were 12 NEW record collection ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,530 collections available as of 12 July, an  INCREASE of 13 from last week. 

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52 Relatives: Great-Granduncle Devier David Smith (1863-1920) of Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and San Diego

Devier David "Davie" Smith was born 15 October 1863 in Rolling Prairie, Dodge County, Wisconsin, the first son and second child of Devier James and Abigail A. (Vaux) Smith.  The birth was recorded in the Devier J. and Abbey A. (Vaux) Bible[1] and in Abbey A. Smith's list of births and deaths.[2]

The family moved to Benton, Taylor County, Iowa in about 1867, and then to Cloud County, Kansas in about 1875, and finally to McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska in 1885.

In the 1870 United States census, the Devier Smith family resided in Benton township, Taylor County, Iowa.[3]  The family included:

  • Devier Smith -- age 30, male, white, a farmer, $10,000 in real property, $800 in personal property, born New York
  • Abbie Smith -- age 26, female, white, keeping house, born NY
  • Della Smith -- age 8, female, white, at home, born WI, attended school
  • David Smith -- age 6, male, white, at home, born WI, attended school
  • Mary Smith -- age 4, female, white, at home, born WI

In the 1875 Kansas State census, the D.J. Smith family resided in Lincoln township, Cloud County, Kansas.[4] The household included:

  • D.J. Smith - age 35, male, white, livery and sale stable, $750 in real property, $1155 in personal property, born NY, moved from MO
  • Abbie A. Smith - age 30, female, white, milliner, $340 in personal property, born NY, moved from MO
  • D A Smith - age 13, female, white, born WI, moved from MO
  • D.D. Smith - age 11, male, white, born WI, moved from MO
  • M A Smith - age 8, female, white, born MO, moved from WI

In the 1880 United States census, the D.J. Smith family was listed in Shannon township, Pottawatomie County, Kansas.[5]  The household included:

  • D.J. Smith -- white, male, age 41, married, no occupation, born NY, father and mother born NY
  • Abba A. Smith -- white, female, age 37, wife, married, keeping house, born NY, father born England, mother born NY
  • David D. Smith -- white, male, age 16, son, single, born WI, father and mother born NY
  • Mami Smith -- white, female, age 14, daughter, single, born WI, father and mother born NY
  • E. Kearnes -- white, male, age 21, single, born IA
  • Jos. P. Vaux -- white, male, age 35, brother-in-law, single, born NY, father born England, mother born NY 
In the 1885 Kansas State census, the D.J. Smith family resided in Clyde township, Cloud County, Kansas).[6]  The household included:

  • D.J. Smith - age 46, male, white, married, a speculator, born Ohio, moved from WI
  • Abby A. Smith - age 41, female, white, married, born NY, moved from WI
  • Della Smith - age 23, female, white, a music teacher, born WI, moved from WI
  • D.D. Smith - age 21, male, white, a livery keeper, born WI, moved from WI
  • Matie Smith - age 18, female, white, a music teacher, born WI, moved from WI

Devier David (known also as David, Davie or D.D.) Smith was active in his father's businesses as he grew up.  In the 1885 Kansas census, he was a livery keeper.  When they moved to McCook, Nebraska, he worked at his father's livery stable before his marriage.

Devier David Smith married, first, to Leava A. Smith on 20 June 1889 in McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska.[7-8]  Leava was born 26 March 1866 in Pineville, McDonald County, Missouri, the daughter of Zachariah and Nancy (Gosney) Smith.  Leava died 21 January 1959 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  Davie and Leava (Smith) Smith had one child:

  • Eva Etta Smith, born 6 May 1890 in McCook, Red Willow, Nebraska.  She married (1) Howard Mixon DeFrance (1891-1937) on 2 March 1914 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  He was born 13 July 1891 in San Diego, San Diego County, California and died 15 March 1937 in San Diego, San Diego County, California..  Eva married (2) Alonzo Rex Jones before 1940 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  Alonzo was born 31 December 1894 in San Diego, San Diego County, California, and died 8 November 1976 in Riverside County, California.  Eva died of suicide by asphyxiation on 14 March 1940 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  She is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego.

A letter from David D. Smith in McCook to his mother, Abigail (Vaux) Smith in National City in June 1889 noted that he had married a woman named Leava on 20 May 1889 in McCook, and that Leava's family resided in Jefferson County, Colorado at the time.  

Devier David Smith owned and ran the Blue Front Livery Stable in McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska in the time period 1888-1897.  When his father died on 1 May 1894 in McCook, Nebraska, Davie was the only family member in McCook at the time and handled his father's death and burial.  He inherited the livery stable in downtown McCook, and eventually sold it.

David and Leava (Smith) Smith divorced in about 1895, probably in McCook, Nebraska.  D.D. Smith's Livery is still shown on the 1897 Sanborn Map for McCook, Nebraska.

David D. Smith was not found in the 1900 United States census, despite concerted efforts using different given names (e.g., Dav*, Dev* and D.) and birth year and birth state in the every-name index on www.ancestry.com.

He moved to San Diego before 1902, and perhaps as early as 1897, to join with his mother, and sister Abbie Ardell "Della" (Smith) Carringer and her family. He lived in or near downtown San Diego between 1903 and 1909, according to the San Diego City Directories, and was listed as a driver for several hack companies.  Leava and Eva Etta Smith also moved to San Diego at some time.  Leava married (2) Joseph Walton DeFrance (1865-1937) in about 1908 in San Diego.

Devier David Smith married, second, to Amy A. Ashdown on 25 May 1908 in San Diego, San Diego County, California,[9] alhough they may have been partners by 1902.  She was born about 1877 in San Bernardino, County, California, the daughter of Thomas and Sarah A. (Danton) Ashdown.  Amy died 10 October 1939 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  They had one child:

  •  Maybelle Claire Smith was born 17 May 1902 in San Diego, San Diego County, California, and died 31 March 1964 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  She married(1) John Monroe Milner (1902-1977)  on 5 March 1921 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  He was born 25 April 1902 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, and died 17 January 1977 in Santa Barbara County, California.  They had two children. They divorced before 1942, and Maybelle married (2)  Harris Shipman "Harry" Wright on 26 August 1942 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  He was born 17 July 1914 in Ocean Park, Los Angles County, California, and died 26 April 1987 in El Cajon, San Diego County, California.  They had no children.

The marriage of David Smith and Amy Ashdown was announced in the San Diego Union newspaper, dated 26 November 1908, page 5, in the "Marriage Licenses" section.  The notice says:

"Smith-Ashdown -- David D. Smith, aged 45, native of Wisconsin, and Amy A. Ashdown, aged 31, native of California, both residents of San Diego."

In the 1910 United States census, this family resided at 1431 Union Street in San Diego city, San Diego County, California.  The household included:

  • David E. Smith - head, male, white, age 46, first marriage, married 9 years, born WI, parents born NY/NY, a wharfman, works for steamship company, owns home with a mortgage.
  • Emma Smith - wife, female, white, age 32, first marriage, married 9 years, 1 child born, 1 living, born CA, parents born England/England.
  • Mabelle Smith - daughter, female, white, age 8. single, born CA, parents born WI/CA.
  • Thomas Ashcomb - father-in-law, male, white, age 63, widowed, born England, parents born England/England, no occupation.
  • Mary Cramer - sister, female, white, divorced, 0 children born, born WI, parents born NY/NY, nurse.

In the 1920 United States census (taken as of 1 January 1920), this family resided at 2803 Imperial Avenue in San Diego city, San Diego County, California.  The household included:

  • David D. Smith - head, male, white, age 55, married, born IA, parents born US/US, a chauffeur, unemployed, owns home with a mortgage.
  • Amy A. Smith - wife, female, white, age 42, married, born CA, parents born England/England.
  • Maybelle C. Smith - daughter, female, white, age 17, single, born CA, parents born IA/CA, an apprentice, works in clock shop.

Devier David "Davie" Smith died 2 February 1920 in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  His obituary was published in the San Diego Union newspaper, and says:

"SMITH - In this city, Feb. 2, 1920, David D. Smith, husband of Amy A. Smith, father of Miss Mabelle Smith and Mrs. Howard DeFrance of this city, son of Mrs. J.D. Smith of Los Angeles, Cal., and brother of Mrs. Della Carringer of this city, and Mrs. Matie Cramer of Portland, Ore.;  a native of Wisconsin, aged 56 years 3 months 17 days."

"Friends are invited to attend the funeral services to be held at the Benbough funeral parlors, Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 2 o'clock p.m.  Cremation Clover Lawn crematory.  Please omit flowers."


SOURCES:

1. unknown, Devier J. Smith, 1889-1920, Devier J. Smith Family Bible [loose pages of Birth, Marriages, Death and Note Pages] (no publication information), Devier David Smith entries.

2.  Smith/Carringer Family Correspondence (Loose Letters, 1888–1902), Abigail (Vaux) Smith list of family births and deaths, David Diver Smith birth entry, 5 October 1863, originals privately held by Randall J. Seaver, 1154 Via Trieste, Chula Vista CA 91911, 1988 (great grandson). 

3.  1870 United States Federal Census, Taylor County, Iowa, Benton township: Page 13, dwelling #207, family #207, D.J. Smith household; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Series M593, Roll 421.

4.  "1875 Kansas State Census Census, Population Schedule", Lincoln township, Cloud County, Kansas, page 12, dwelling #107, family #107, D.J. Smith household; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), citing original data at Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kans., on Kansas State Microfilm reel K-4.

5.  1880 United States Federal Census, Pottawatomie County, Kansas, Shannon township: Page 243D, dwelling #125, family #125, D.J. Smith household; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 393.

6.  "1885 Census, Kansas State Census Schedule," Online database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), citing original data at Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas., Clyde township, Clay County, Kansas, page 35, line 10, accessed at www.ancestry.com, citing Kansas State Historical Society Microfilm K-23.

7. unknown, Devier J. Smith, 1889-1920, Devier J. Smith Family Bible [loose pages of Birth, Marriages, Death and Note Pages], Marriages, Devier David (son of D.J. & A.A. Smith) entry, 1889.

8. Smith/Carringer Family Correspondence (Loose Letters, 1888–1902), Abigail (Vaux) Smith list of family births and deaths, David D. Smith and Leeva Smith marriage entry, 20 June 1889, originals privately held by Randall J. Seaver, 1154 Via Trieste, Chula Vista CA 91911, 1988 (great grandson). 

9. "San Diego County (California) Marriage Index," on microfiche (accessed at Carlsbad, Calif. library), David Smith and Amy Ashdown marriage entry, 25 May 1908.

10.  1910 United States Federal Census, San Diego County, California, population schedule, San Diego, Enumeration district 147, Page 2A, Line 6, David E. Smith household, digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microform Series T624, Roll 94.

11.  1920 United States Federal Census, San Diego County, California, population schedule, San Diego, ED 332, Page 1B, dwelling #34, family #35, David D. Smith household, digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T625, Roll 132.

12.  "California Death Index, 1905-1939." online database, FamilySearch (https://www.FamilySearch.org), David D. Smith death entry, 2 February 1920.

13.  San Diego [Calif.] Union, print edition (San Diego, Calif. : San Diego Union Publishing Company), "Death Notices," 3 February 1920 issue, page 5, David D. Smith item.

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Devier David Smith (1863-1920) was my great-granduncle, the brother of my great-grandmother, Abbie Ardell "Della" (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944). 

I have posted over 500 genealogical sketches of  my ancestors back through the 7th great-grandparents and a number of close relatives - see the list in 52 Ancestors/Relatives Biographies.  

This "52 Relatives" theme is a weekly series to document the lives of siblings of my ancestors with relatively short genealogical sketches, including important events, and with source citations.  These relatives lived and died within a family structure, and deserve a genealogical sketch - they were integral parts and important persons in the lives of my ancestral families.  I will post the sketches on my Ancestry Member Tree, WikiTree, and in the FamilySearch Family Tree. 

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Findmypast Friday: Explore New English Parish Records (Surrey, Middlesex, London)

  I received this information from Findmypast today:

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We added baptisms, marriages and more this week.

If your family tree has London branches, it just got easier to fill in those pesky gaps. This Findmypast Friday, we added 25,418 baptisms and over 2,500 marriage records from London, Middlesex and Surrey.

These new additions stretch as far back as 1750 and include parishes in Barking, Lambeth, 

Surrey Baptisms

These 12,190 new additions cover from 1785 to 1865, meaning it's easier than ever to delve into your family tree's 18th and 19th-century branches.

Middlesex Baptisms

We've also added over 12,000 baptisms from Middlesex, covering 122 years.  The parishes included span the Greater London area.

Greater London Marriage Index

Lastly, we added 2,494 transcriptions (spanning 1785 to 1815) to our Greater London Marriage Index this week.

Over 320,000 new pages to explore

Two brand new titles - the Warwick Courier and the Bicester Review - joined our newspaper collection this week.We also updated 21 of our existing publications, with a total of 320,851 new pages added.

Here's everything that's been added to the newspaper archive this Findmypast Friday.

New titles:

  • Bicester Review, 1988-1992, 1996-1998 
  • Warwick Courier, 1992-1995, 1998 

Updated titles:

  • Barnoldswick & Earby Times, 1989
  • Bedfordshire Times and Independent, 1989
  • Biggleswade Chronicle, 1981-1982, 1984, 1989
  • Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press, 1994
  • Burnley Express, 1988-1994, 1996-1998
  • Derbyshire Times, 1988-1989
  • Dunstable Gazette, 2003
  • Eastbourne Herald, 1996-1997
  • Falkirk Herald, 1988-1989
  • Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail, 2003
  • Kirriemuir Herald, 1989
  • Knaresborough Post, 1987, 1994
  • Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette, 1993
  • Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle, 1989-1990, 1992, 1995-1998, 2001-2003
  • Nelson Leader, 1991, 1995, 1998
  • Peterborough Advertiser, 1980, 1983
  • Portadown Times, 2002
  • Shields Daily Gazette, 1996-1997, 2003
  • St. Andrews Citizen, 1996
  • Sussex Express, 2000
  • Wolverhampton Express and Star, 1996-1997

Last week we added a bumper release of US and British records. You can explore all that was added here.

Episode 4 of Was Justice Served? out now

In the fourth episode of the podcast, Jen and David take a look at the mysterious death of Julia Lewin in 1906. Who was responsible for her sudden demise - was it a tragic accident, or were malicious factors at play?
After listening to the podcast, explore the case files for yourself. Review the evidence, and come to your own verdict: was justice served? For each episode, you can vote on it here.

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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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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Randy's Cousins -- 8th Cousin 1x Removed William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), the American Orator and Politician

 This week's famous cousin is my 8th cousins 1x removed William Jennings Bryan (1860-1925), the famous American politician and orator.

Here is William Jennings Bryan's Family Search Family Tree biography:
When William Jennings Bryan was born on 19 March 1860, in Salem, Marion, Illinois, United States, his father, Silas Lillard Bryan, was 37 and his mother, Mariah Elizabeth Jennings, was 25. He married Mary Elizabeth Baird on 1 October 1884, in Perry, Pike, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Marion, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States in 1900. In 1913, his occupation is listed as 41st united states secretary of state in District of Columbia, United States. He died on 26 July 1925, in Dayton, Rhea, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, United States.

The Wikipedia profile for  William Jennings Bryan is here

Here is the Relative Finder chart showing my relationship to William Jennings Bryan:

My most recent common ancestors with 8th cousin 1x removed cousin William Jennings Bryan are my 10th  great-grandparents William Brown (1625-1694) and Mary Morecock (1623-1694). 

Are you related to the William Jennings Bryan?  Check out his profile on the FamilySearch Family Tree and click the "View Relationship" link at the top of the page.  Note that you have to have your profile connected to the FamilySearch Family Tree in order for this to work.

This shows that you never know to whom you might be related!!!  I'm having lots of Genealogy Fun.  Click here to see all of my famous cousins.

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