Friday, December 14, 2018

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday, 14 December 2018

I received this information from Findmypast today:


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Over 2 Million Portsmouth Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday
Leading UK family history website Findmypast has today published over 2.4 million new records in partnership with the Portsmouth History Centre.
The records are full of fascinating details of Portsmouth life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the inhabitants of the UK’s only island city for the very first time. Fully searchable transcripts of each original document are also included, enabling anyone to go online and search for their Portsmouth ancestors by name, location and date.

Hampshire, Portsmouth, Portsea Island Rate Books

Search through over a million pages of poor rate books from as early as 1700 through to 1921. The books recorded the amount of rates paid at each property, ownership of the property, and its location in the parishes of Portsea and Portsmouth. Discover the history of your ancestral home, today. With each record you will find a transcript of the vital facts and an image of the original rate poor.
Poor rate books were records of the amount of rates paid and by whom. Rates were levied annually and collected from both property owners and occupiers. The money was used for local poor relief. The Poor Law Act of 1598 made the parish responsible for the poor. The original records are held at the Portsmouth History Centre.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Hospital Records

Search for your ancestors in this fascinating collection of assorted hospital records and medical journals from St James Hospital between 1878 and 1918. At that time, the hospital was known as the Portsmouth Lunatic Asylum. Each result will give you a transcript of the vital facts and an image of the original hospital document. Images may provide you with even more information about your ancestor's life, condition and treatment.
The Portsmouth Hospital Records have been digitised by Findmypast from the collection held by the Portsmouth History Centre. The collection includes a range of documents from the years St James Hospital operated as the city's lunatic asylum including civil registers, deaths, indexes to admissions and discharges, maintenance ledgers, patient notes, registers of discharge and transfers.
Patient notes recorded the individual's progress from their condition when they first entered the hospital and how or if the person improved. You will find notes such as, 'delusions of grandeur', 'excited', 'clean', or one patient was recorded as claiming she was the 'Queen of Brighton'.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Police Staff Records, 1908-1924

Discover your English police heritage in this collection of police records from Portsmouth. The collection has been digitised by Findmypast from the records held at the Portsmouth History Centre. The Portsmouth Police Service was formed in January 1836. The city had its own police force from 1836 until 1967. The city's fire brigade was also a branch of the police force when it was first formed.
With every results you will find an image of the original document and a transcript of the vital facts. The transcripts may include a combination of the officer's age, birth year and birth place as well as their trade or calling, years of service and dates of appointment and discharge. Images may contain a variety of additional details including physical descriptions, photographic portraits, service histories and reasons for discharge/retirement.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Quarter Sessions Browse

Explore thousands of criminal records from these court Quarter Sessions, discover if your Portsmouth ancestors had been caught up in a criminal activity. Findmypast's browse search allows you to search each Session register from beginning to end. As well as the accused's age, aliases and home parish, the records will provide you with a wide variety of details relating to their offence, trail and sentencing.
The courts of quarter sessions were held over a number of days in rotation at different locations at four set times each year. They dealt with serious non-capital crimes, and formed the middle tier of the court system. Quarter sessions were presided over by unpaid magistrates, also known as justices of the peace, appointed by the Lord Chancellor. At each session, two juries would be elected. The Grand Jury's job was to hear the evidence against the accused and to decide whether the case should go to trial. If they sent it forward it was the turn of the Trial or Petty Jury who would decide guilt.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Burials

Was your ancestor buried in Portsmouth, Hampshire? Discover your ancestor's burial entry in over 129,000 additional Portsmouth parish records to uncover the location of their final resting place. The new additions cover Portsea, Highland Road and Kingston cemeteries between the years 1831 and 1902.
Results will provide you with transcripts and images of the original register entry. Transcripts will reveal a combination of the deceased's birth year, death year, age at death, burial date, burial location, denomination, occupation, residence and relatives names. Image may provide additional details such as the name of the minister who performed the ceremony.

England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932

Over 64,000 additional images covering the Parliamentary Borough of Portsmouth have been added to the collection. You can search the records by personal name, polling district, county and constituency, as well as by keyword search to discover the history of your family home in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
Electoral Registers are lists created annually of people who are eligible to vote and include their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. Until 1918, the right to vote was closely linked to property ownership. The details in the registers may vary slightly, but in most you will find a combination of your ancestor's address, qualification to vote and occasionally a description of the residence, their occupation and age.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Trade Directories 1863-1927

Explore more than 30,000 pages of Portsmouth trade directories. Trade directories are an excellent resource for anyone researching their family history and want to understand more about their ancestor's life. They provide insights into local business owners, trades people, civil servants, church leaders, school teachers and much more.
Each record includes an original image of the trade directory that will list your ancestor's company name, occupation and address.

British & Irish Newspaper Update

This week we have added 106,638 new pages to the Archive. We have updated six of our recently added titles, with updates to five of our Irish titles, including additions from the 1970s to the Belfast Telegraph. This week's updates include:
·        Belfast Telegraph - 1973-1978
·        Kerryman - 1991
·        Wexford People - 1997
·        The Bioscope - 1919-1920, 1922, 1924
·        Irish Independent - 2001
·        Evening Herald (Dublin) - 1999-2000

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52 Ancestors - Week 256: #381 Anna (Barber) Kenyon (1717-after 1800) of Rhode Island and Connecticut

Anna Barbara (1717-after 1800) is #381 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #380 Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800)  in 1740 in Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their son #190 John Kenyon (1741-1831), who married #191 Ann Kenyon (1746-1824) in 1764.
*  their daughter #95 Nancy Kenyon (1765-1833) who married  #94 Joseph Champlin (1757-1850)  in 1785.
*  their daughter #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865), who married #46 Jonathan Oatley (1791-1872) in 1813.
*  their daughter #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864), who married  #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) 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:                      Anna Barber[1–3]    
*  Alternate Name:      Ann Barber[4]  
*  Alternate Name:      Ann Kinyon[5]    

*  Sex:                         Female    

*  Father:                    Moses Barber (1652-1733)    
*  Mother:                  Susanna West (1666-1756)  

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

* Birth:                      8 October 1717, South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1–3]    

*  Distribution:        17 December 1733 (age 16), father's will proved; South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[4]    
*  Distribution:         4 April 1756 (age 38), mother's will proved; Charlestown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[5]    

*  Death:                  after 9 May 1800 (after about age 83), Sterling, Windham, Connecticut, United States[2]    

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

*  Spouse 1:                Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800)    
*  Marriage 1:             7 April 1740 (age 30), North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[2]    

*  Child 1:                  Giles Kenyon (1740-    )    
*  Child 2:                  Sylvester Kenyon (1741-1838)    
*  Child 3:                  John Kenyon (1742-1831)    
*  Child 4:                  Abigail Kenyon (1744-1814)    
*  Child 5:                  Paul Kenyon (1746-    )    
*  Child 6:                  Moses Kenyon (1750-1824)  
     
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Anna Barber was born 8 October 1717 in Kingstown, Rhode Island, the 14th and last child of Moses and Susannah (West/Wast) Barber[1-3].  

Anna's father, Moses Barber died in 1733 and his will was proved 17 December 1733[4].  He bequeathed to his "youngest daughter" Ann:

"Item  I Give to my Youngest Daughter Ann Barber one Good feather Bead well Fixed and Twenty pounds In money to be paid to her when she Comes to the Age of Eighteen Years."

Anna Barber married Sylvester Kenyon on 7 April 1740 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island[2].  Sylvester was the son of John and Elizabeth (Remington) Kenyon of North Kingstown.  Sylvester and Anna (Barber) Kenyon had six children born between 1740 and 1750, all were probably born in South Kingstown, Charlestown, or Richmond, Rhode Island[2].  There are no birth records for the children.  They were:

*  Giles Kenyon (about 1740 - ????), married 1760 to Priscilla Briggs (1741-????). 
*  Sylvester Kenyon (1741-1839), married 1760 to Sarah Kenyon (1742-????).
*  John Kenyon (1742-1831), married 1764 Ann Kenyon (1742-1824).
*  Abigail Kenyon (1744-1814), married 1773 James Woodmansee (1752-1814)
*  Paul Kenyon (1746-????)
*  Moses Kenyon (1750-1824), married 1788 Mary Champlin (1769-1857)

The Sylvester Kenyon family may have moved from South Kingstown to Richmond sometime after 1740, but the first record is in March 1748 when Sylvester was named guardian of his nephew Christopher Kenyon, the illegitimate son of his sister, Abigail Kenyon.  

Anna's mother, Susanna (West) Barber died in 1756 and her will was proved on 4 April 1756[5].  She bequeathed to "Anna Kinyon:"

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

and:

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

The personal estate of Susannah Barber totaled 1351 pounds, 10 shillings 0 pence, so Anna's share was about 193 pounds.

After 1777, Sylvester, his wife Anna and several of his children moved from Richmond, Rhode Island to Voluntown, Connecticut and acquired substantial land holdings in and around the Oneco district (now Sterling, Connecticut).  

Sylvester Kenyon died 9 May 1800 in Voluntown, Connecticut.  The Mayflower Families Soule book says:

"He [Sylvester] died intestate, and son Moses administered the estate in which the widow Anna shared."

A search was made for Sylvester's administration in Voluntown and Sterling, Connecticut records, but the record had not yet been found.

No death record or burial record for Anna (Barber) Kenyon has been found in the Richmond, Rhode Island, Voluntown, Connecticut or Sterling, Connecticut records, or on Find A Grave, although Sylvester is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.  It is likely that Anna is buried with him.
   
5.  SOURCES

1. Anne Borden Harding (editor), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations : Volume 3: George Soule  (Plymouth, MA : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1980), page 28, Susannah West/Wast sketch.

2. Anne Borden Harding (editor),  Mayflower families Through Five Generations : Volume 3: George Soule, page 93, Anna Barber sketch.

3. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Volume 5, "Washington County Births, Marriages, Deaths," page 38 (image 158 of 523), Anna Barber birth entry.

4. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943" (South Kingston, R.I.), Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 2, pages 238-245, Moses Barber estate papers, on FHL Microfilm 0.931,833.

5. Charlestown (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Charlestown [RI] Probate and Town Council Records, 1738-1916." Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 2, pages 292-295, Susanna Barber estate papers, on FHL Microfilm 2,319,104.

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NOTE:  In 2014, 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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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Seavers in the News - William K. Seaver Dies in 1951 in Utah

It's time for another 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 Salt Lake Tribune [Salt Lake City, Utah] newspaper dated 21 February 1951:

The transcription of the article is:

"William K. Seaver

LOGAN -- William K. Seaver, 60, native of Illinois and resident of Logan for the past 25 years, died at his home here, 236 N. 2nd West, following a long illness.

"He was born in Illinois, Feb. 25, 1891, a son of Knute and Jennie Rude Seaver.  He married Erma Gessel, Aug. 5, 1925, in Farmington.  For many years he was employed by the White Electric Sewing Machine Co.

"Surviving are his widow and the following children:  William J., Jeannie, Sandra, Carol, Susan and Cynthia Seaver, all of Logan; two brothers and three sisters, Fred O. Seaver, Wallworth, Wis.; Elmer Seaver, Decatur, Ill.; Mrs. Ida Osborne, New York; Mrs. Louise Curtis, Urbana, Ill,, and Mrs. Frances Ackerman, Beloit, Wis., and one grandson.

"Funeral services will be conducted Friday at noon in the Fourth-Sixteenth ward chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Charles D. Tate, bishop of the Sixteenth ward.  Friends may call at the family home Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to time of services.  Burial will be in Logan city cemetery under the direction of the Kenneth Lindquist mortuary."

The source citation for the article is:

"William K. Seaver" obituary, Salt Lake Tribune [Salt Lake City, Utah], 21 February 1951, page 38, column 6, William K. Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 13 December 2018).

The obituary provides the birth date, spouse's maiden name, marriage date and place, but does not state the death date (according to other records, it was 20 February 1951 in Logan).  It names all of his living children.  It also names his parents and living siblings, with married surnames of the sisters.  

I had William Knudt Seaver and Erma Gessel in my RootsMagic family tree with four of the six children.  I did not have Susan and Cynthia in my file because they were born after 1940.

William Knudt Seaver was a descendant of Norwegian immigrants to Wisconsin and then northern Illinois who adopted the Seaver name because his grandfather's Norwegian surname was Sjursen, which was anglicized in Illinois after immigration in the 1840s.

I am not related (to my knowledge) to this Seaver family.

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1748 Guardianship of Christopher Kenyon -- Post 440 for Treasure Chest Thursday

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - 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 1748 guardianship record of Christopher Kenyon (1746-????) in the Richmond, Rhode Island probate records:


The guardianship record is near the top of the right-hand page of the image above:


The transcription of this record is:

"Voted that Selvester Kinyon is Chosen Gardeen to an olfeen Child
named Christopher Kenyon y^e son of one Abigail Kinyon Late of
y^e town of Richmond Deceased"

The source citation for this record is:

Richmond (R.I.) Probate Court, "Vols. 1 thru 6 -- 1747-1783 1812-1834," Volume 1, page 12 (penned, image 78 of 1277), Christopher Kinyon guardianship entry. 1748; "Probate records, 1747-1915; probate estate files indexes, 1747-1977 [Richmond, Rhode Island]," digital microfilm, FamilySearch, (http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 6 December 2018); manuscript on 4 rolls of FHL microfilm, also on US/CAN Microfilm 2,169,128, Item 2.

Christopher Kenyon was born 24 June 1746 in Richmond, and his mother, Abigail Kenyon, died in December 1746, probably in Richmond, Rhode Island.  Christopher apparently was born out of wedlock and his father is unknown.  After Abigail Kenyon died, her brother Sylvester Kenyon was named administrator of her estate one year later on 1 January 1747/8.  It is likely that Sylvester Kenyon and his wife Anna took care of the child after Abigail's death, since they were raising their family in this time frame and place.  Christopher Kenyon apparently married 27 December 1759 in Richmond to Mary Rathbun.  

Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800) is my 6th great-grandfather, who married Anna Barber (1717-after 1800) in 1740.  I am descended through  his son, John Kenyon (1742-1831).

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dear Randy - Why Do You Write the 52 Ancestors Friday Posts?

An email correspondent recently asked me that question, and added that she "...just skips over them because they were not of interest to her." 

My email response was:

"I create the 52 Ancestors Friday post because it helps me add content (events, sources, notes, media) to my genealogy database, improves my research skills, helps me organize further research, and leads me to writing a better biography for my ancestors.  What's not to like?"

That was all I sent back because I was busy working on next week's 52 Ancestors post.  I could have added the following (but it probably wouldn't have impressed my correspondent):

How do I achieve all of that with one post each week?  Here's what I do, using my RootsMagic 7 database, in which I try to include names, relationships, events, research notes, event notes, event and relationship sources, source detail notes, and attached media:

1)  Add content to my genealogy database:

By reviewing my database information for each ancestor, I can determine what information I don't have in my database and can go search for it, either online or in a repository (on microfilm or paper).  I can see which events don't have an event note, or a source, or a media item.  I can determine which events use the preferred name or alternate names and add source citations for those names.



In the process of determining what I don't have, I can concentrate on searching for more sources that have information about my ancestor.  I use online search engines to see if Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Fold3, FindMyPast, American Ancestors, Newspapers.com and GenealogyBank have more information about my ancestor.  If possible, I download an image of the record or the record summary, and can use it in other blog posts like Treasure Chest Thursday or Amanuensis Monday.  When I find something, I add it to the database as a source, event item, event note, source citation, event source citation detail note, and media item.  So I manage to do a focused search for a specific person; the search sometimes expands to parents, spouses, children.

The other research opportunity is to determine what resources are not available online, and need to be searched for in a repository (library, archive, historical society, courthouse, town hall, cemetery, funeral home, school, etc.).

Then there is the opportunity to correct previously entered information.  I have data dating back to about 1990 in my database.  I did not write notes in complete sentences for a long time.  I did not add source citations for a long time.  There is a lot to correct and improve!  This is a chance to upgrade the notes, add more content, add sources and media, etc.  I am still adding my record transcriptions from the Amanuensis Monday and Treasure Chest Thursday posts to the person note and the event note in my database.

2)  Add content to online family trees:


When I have improved a profile by adding events, notes and sources I try to add that information to my online family trees, especially:

*  My Ancestry Member Tree (a personal tree) using RootsMagic's TreeShare feature.  My RootsMagic tree on my computer and my main Ancestry Member Tree are usually in sync.

*  I add information to the FamilySearch Family Tree (a collaborative tree) every week after I write the 52 Ancestors post.  A life sketch, events, sources, fact notes, media and more are added to the Family Tree.

I have other trees on MyHeritage (a personal tree), Findmypast (a personal tree), RootsFinder (a personal tree), and several other sites that I do not update on a regular basis.  I can delete the current tree on these sites and add a new tree whenever I want using a GEDCOM file exported from RootsMagic.

3)  Improve my research skills:  

I learn something about searching almost every time I use an online search engine.  Sometimes in my searching I find a record in an online database that I had not seen or knew about before.

I usually go into the FamilySearch Library Catalog to see what research opportunities exist for the locality (town, county, state) in book or digital microfilm format at the FamilySearch Library.  If I find something of interest in the FSLC, I add it to my FSLC (home, local FamilySearch Library, or Salt Lake City) r
esearch To-Do list.

If I need and want a vital record, probate record, land record or court record that has to be obtained in person at a repository, I add that to my onsite research To-Do list. 

4)  Helps me organize further research:

Adding items to the Research To-Do list for each person in my database leads me to find further information from printed, microfilm or online resources.  I can list those To-Do items by repository or locality, and use the list when I go the next time to the place, repository or website.

If I keep on top of my To-Do list items and keep them updated, they can be transferred to the Research Log I have for many of my Surnames when tasks are completed.

5)  Write a better narrative about my ancestor's life:

All of the above contributes to improving the Person Note, research notes, event notes, etc. that might add to a biographic narrative of my ancestor.  These are still working documents, but what I end up with is more complete and in better form than what I had previously.  So it's an improvement.  And if, for some reason, I can't continue because of life challenges, it's in a readable form for whoever picks up my research work in the next (or later) generation (if they can find it.  One reason to have a blog is so that someone can find it!).

6)  I can hear some readers saying "Why haven't you been doing this all the time?" 

I plead inexperience and lack of knowledge... I've seen it said that it takes 10,000 hours or more of dedicated effort to be a competent genealogy researcher.  I probably have twice that many hours over 30 years of research.  I spend at least 2,000 hours a year doing genealogy activities, but it isn't all research - maybe only 20% of those hours is research, and 98% of that now is done online.

7)  I'm trying to do a better research job - use a list, find information, cite sources, add database content, etc. - every day.  Continual genealogy education is critical.  I'm still learning the best ways to accomplish that by attending seminars and conferences, watching webinars, reading books, periodicals and websites, using software and apps, going to local society programs and meetings, etc. This education process is not "instant education" and application of knowledge - it's a gradual and lifelong process.  I know very little about researching and resources in some localities (the U.S. South, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa, etc.).  On the other hand, I have some expertise with New England, England, some northern states, online resources, etc.

8)  It takes me at least 2 to 8 hours of online research at home to do one person the way I have set it out above.   My emphasis right now is getting my ancestor narratives improved and written one person at a time.  By the end of this year, I should be almost done with my 6th great-grandparents.  I have about 215 known 7th great-grandparents, so that will take over four years to finish.  
With over 50,000 persons in my RootsMagic tree, and with over 2,000 known ancestors, I may be doing this the rest of my life - I'm now 75 - for one 52 Ancestors post a week, that's another 35 years to do just the known ancestors!

If I complete the known 7th great-grandparents, I will have almost 500 ancestor biographies in "rough draft" form  posted on the Internet, and in the Notes of my Ancestry Member Tree, my MyHeritage tree, and the FamilySearch Family Tree.  For posterity, for what they're worth.

10)  I have found that I am a more complete and focused researcher if I do research knowing that I will probably write a blog post about the research.  It may be a "look what I found..." post about one record find, a newspaper article, a Treasure Chest post, an Amanuensis Monday post, or it may be a more comprehensive 52 Ancestor post. 

11)  So I appreciate having the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks theme that Amy Johnson Crow dreamed up - it makes me focus on one ancestor, improves my research work on that ancestor, and improves my biographical narrative for that ancestor that, hopefully, my descendants and other relatives will read. 



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NOTE:  An original version of this post was written on 27 January 2014.  I have updated it in this post.

Copyright (c) 2018, Randall J. Seaver

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Randy and Grandpa Having Fun in 1945 -- Post 544 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

Recently, I discovered an envelope of small photographs saved when my mother died in 2002 - it was hiding in plain sight in the Genea-Cave! 

Included in the photo cache was this oldie-but-goodie - Randy and grandfather Lyle Carringer in the  having fun in 1945:

This is another photo of me and my grandfather - it was probably a weekend at home in San Diego, probably in the back yard.  He is concentrating on keeping a firm hold on my legs because I'm not holding on to his shirt much.  

As I mentioned last week, in 1945 my father was in the U.S. Navy and my mother and I were living with my grandparents, Lyle and Emily Carringer at 2130 Fern Street.  Emily took care of me, at age two, all day, and I'm sure that Lyle (age 54 in 1945) got the weekend duty.  I think he enjoyed it.  I was probably spoiled at this age, but it bonded me to this set of grandparents forever.  

I have done this same thing with all five of my grandchildren and they all loved being on my back and going around the house or back yard.  

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 11 December 2018


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

1)  News Articles:


New England Regional Genealogical Conference registration opens


*  Announcing the 2019 Jamboree Webinar Extension Series!

Godfrey Memorial Library Now Has a New Web Site

*  Google Maps with complete county lines and ZIP Codes; now also search using your current location

2)  New or Updated Record Databases:

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Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 2 to 8 December 2018

Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 2 to 8 December 2018

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New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 10, 2018

3)  Genealogy Education:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 12 December, 5 p.m. PDT:  101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart, by Janet Hovorka

*  Upcoming AmericanAncestors Webinar - Thursday, 13 December, 12 noon PST:  Using Maps in Your Family History Research, by Alice Kane

*  Upcoming Genealogy With a Canadian Twist Webinar - Thursday, 13 December, 10 a.m.  PST:   What's That App, Eh?  Episode 18 by Kathryn Lake Hogan

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 14 December, 11 a.m.:  Citation for Beginners, by Shellee Morehead

*  Research Like a Pro Podcast:  RLP 22: How to Find the Original Record

*  Extreme Genes Podcast:  Episode 263 – Blaine Bettinger Talks Ancestral Spit & Police Use Of DNA

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #26… Social Security Wasn’t Always This Way

*  MyHeritage YouTube:  "We Are All Blended!": The results are in!

*  MyHeritage YouTube:  Becky Higgins Discovers Her Heritage

*  Ancestry YouTube:  Is Opera Singer Charles Craig Related to Me? | My Family Secrets Revealed | Ancestry

*  Ancestry YouTube:  Carmen's Family History Reveals the Truth About Her Father | My Family Secrets Revealed | Ancestry

*  Ancestry YouTube:  Barbara's African Ancestry Mystery | My Family Secrets Revealed | Ancestry

*  Ancestral Findings YouTube:  AF-208: 6 Things to Know Before Visiting the Genealogy Library

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Do More Test Markers Matter? - A Segment of DNA

*  Family History Ron YouTube:  Q&A November 15 2018

*  Kenneth R. Marks YouTube:  14 Places to Find Your Ancestor's Address

*  Valerie & Myrt's Excellent Genealogy Adventures YouTube: How to plan the Perfect Itinerary

*  WikiTree YouTube:  Welcome to WikiTree Series: Collaboration

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Tuesday, December 11,  2018


*  RootsTech 2019 Holiday Special – Save $100!

5)  DNA Success Stories

*  Dr. Phil Gets Real with MyHeritage

*  Another sibling at 65? DNA testing is redefining the modern family

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 7 December 2018?

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