Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How Many Sarah LNU's Are in Your Genealogy Database?

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):

1)  I have many females in my family tree database without a last name.  One of those female first names is "Sarah."  Do you have situations like this, where you don't know the surname of some females? [I call them LNU persons - Last Name Unknown.]

2) How many "Sarah" persons without a surname do you have in your genealogy database?  How many of them are your ancestor?  

3)  If you have one that is your ancestor, have you looked recently to determine if there are more records online that might lead you to her surname?  Go look for one - you might be surprised!

4)  Tell us about your Sarah LNU ancestors with no surname.  Perhaps someone will read it and help you out!

5)  Share your information in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.

6)  NOTE:  If you don't have any "Sarah" persons without a surname, then pick another female first name.

Here's mine:

I have the following "Sarah" persons with no surname in my genealogy database (over 43,000 persons):

*  77 that have just the first name "Sarah."
*  Of those, 14 are my ancestors.  All of them were born before 1700.

Here are three that might be solvable with a little help:

1)  Sarah LNU (1605-1650), who married William Worcester (1595-1662) in about 1628 in Buckinghamshire (?), England.  They migrated to Salisbury, Massachusetts and had 13 children.

2)  Sarah LNU (1611-16781), who married (1) Robert Keyes (1604-1647) in about 1630, immigrated to Watertown, Massachusetts and had 8 children; married (2) John Gage (1606-1672) in 1658 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and resided in Newbury, Massachusetts.

3)  Sarah LNU (1644-1693), who married Thomas Horton (1638-1716) in about 1668, resided in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and had 6 children.

For these three Sarah LNUs, I looked on Ancestry Member Trees using the spouse's name, and did not find any real help.  There are too many entries and they are not ordered in any rational way.

I also looked on the FamilySearch Family Tree and found:

*  Sarah (LNU) Worcester (1600-1650), wife of William Worcester (1595-1662) of Salisbury, is listed as Sarah Brown, with parents Samuel Brown and Susanna Bates.  This is a possibility, I need to investigate it further.  There are other entries in FSFT for this William Worcester, and several say the wife is Sarah Brown, and several others say Sarah Blake.  

*  Sarah LNU (1611-1681), who married (1) Robert Keyes (1604-1647), of Watertown and Newbury - there is one entry with her surnamel isted as Allen, but without any sources or parents listed.

*  Sarah (LNU) Horton (1644-1693), wife of Thomas Horton (1638-1716) has no strong matches with a surname.

So my little foray into online trees was not too productive.  I will follow up on the wife of William Worcester.  I really need an authoritative NEHGR article or surname book entry that sources an English parish register or a father's will or land deed to provide some evidence besides a family tree entry.

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Lynn David said...

I have 9 Sarahs two of which drop the 'h.' But I do not have a Sarah in my direct ancestral line, however. So, I went looking through my ancestral tree and found I had to go to the 17th century to find one (thank you good Catholic Church records!).

I chose the one who is earliest I know, her name is listed as "Jeanne _____" and is both my 7th and 8th great-grandmother, through two of her children. She was probably born between 1630 and 1640 perhaps in Grez-Doiceau, Brabant Wallon, Belgium, where her husband Pierre BOURGUIGNON, was born in 1624, or Biez where some children were born or Bonlez where the family ended up. She was dead by 1700, probably in Bonlez where the family ended up after 1660. No marriage has been found.

GeneGinny said...

Another interesting challenge, Randy. Thank you for your continued inspiration.

Dana Leeds said...

I wasn't able to do the challenge last night, but completed it this morning. My Sarah's with LNU were all too distant, so I did "Ann" instead. I had 6 of them and was able to uncover the maiden name of one of them! Also, two of these are direct relatives that I hope to uncover some day! Thanks again for the challenge!

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I have a bunch of Sarahs but none in my direct line.

I have 19 Marys with no surname, two of which are my direct ancestors:
1. Mary is married to Benjamin Brashear who are the parents of Elizabeth, who married John Sellman in 1679 in Anne Arundel Co, Maryland.
2. Mary is married to David Walker who are the parents of Hope Walker, who married Nathaniel Lancaster 19 Apr 1758 in Goochland Co, Virginia.
I haven't really worked these lines in a very long time. Thanks for the inspiration!

Carrie Smith said...

Here's Mine:

John said...

Thanks for the inspiration to conduct some research. My Sarah LNU is unrelated to me, I think, but the research has made me less than 100% certain about that.

michelecolson said...

Found some good stuff here: