Saturday, February 8, 2014

More RootsTech 2014 Expo Hall Photographs

I hope you're not getting tired of my photographs from RootsTech.  Here are more:

1)  Jen Baldwin now works for as the Society Liaison.  I had a great conversation with her about PERSI on FindMyPast - she showed me how to find periodicals on the list.  And the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is available on PERSI with page images!  I also received some neat maps and nifty buttons from her.  Jen is standing in the photo below in front of the large picture of a church building (with the monuments in front):

2)  I didn't have a chance to talk to the folks at the Price & Associates display because they were busy, but they had a neat display chart showing some of the descendant lines of Rev. John Lothropp of Massachusetts:

3)  When I stopped by the Genealogy Gems display, I saw Sunny Morton (who helps Lisa Louise Cooke with the company) and Denise Levenick, so I had to snap their picture.  I saw Lisa only once at her display - and it was mobbed after her iPad presentation:

4)  Just across the way from the Media Center is the Southern California Genealogical Society display, with Leo Myers, Jane Van Tour and Paula Hinkel:

5)  Lisa Alzo had a difficult time getting to Salt Lake City because of weather.  She had to cancel her Thursday talk, but made it to the Friday livestreamed session.  She had to leave today:

I have several more photos to share with you.  Perhaps I'll show them on Sunday and Monday.

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RootsTech 2014 - New Genealogy Product: Extreme Genes Podcast/Radio Show

Exttreme Genes is my choice for the Saturday "New Genealogy Product" - it sounds interesting, everyone can access it for free, and I like podcast/radio shows.

W. Scott Fisher is the "Radio Roots Sleuth" who has a regular podcast/Radio show called "Extreme Genes Family History Radio:"

The publicity for Extreme Genes says:

"There are millions of people either actively researching or wanting to research their family history.  Extreme Genes keeps you informed on the latest in family history research around the world.  Scott Fisher hosts expert guests and people from around the world with remarkable stories of family history discovery.

"Extreme Genes is America's first nationally syndicated radio show on family history, having rolled out in January 2014 through the well known and respected firm of TalkShowsUSA .com.  We are always adding new affiliates.  The program (including all breaks and national commercials, news, weather, etc., is one hour in length."

On the "Podcast" menu tab is the latest podcast.  The 27th episode featured an interview with David Allen Lambert from the New England Historic Genealogical Society:

Here is a photo of Scott Fisher at his Extreme Genes display in the RootsTech Expo Hall:

And a sign on his display table which I thought was great:

You can hear the current and archived podcasts on the "Podcast" page (  You can hear the podcasts on the iHeartRadio's new Talk Channel, on iTunes, or on Stitcher.  Also, several on-the-air radio stations that carry it.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Tell Your Family Story in Two (or Five!) Minutes

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  One of the Keynote speakers today at RootsTech 2014 was Todd Hansen who has The Story Trek show on BYU TV.  He did something I thought was neat - he told his own and his family's story in two minutes - backwards from the present to the past.

2)  For this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - please tell us your life story, and your family's story (back at least to grandparents) in two to five  minutes (say, 200 to 500 words).

3)  Share it with us on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook or Google+ post.

Here's mine:

I'm Randy Seaver, writing this blog at RootsTech.  I researched on Wednesday at the Family History Library, we flew in on Tuesday from San Diego, where my wife and I live in Chula Vista, a city just north of the Mexican border.  I've been blogging for 8 years now, after retiring in 2006 from an aerospace engineering career at Rohr/Goodrich in Chula Vista.  We raised two daughters, who married smart guys, and we have four grandchildren.  We moved into our present home in Chula Vista in 1975, and were married in 1970.  I attended San Diego State University, San Diego High School, Roosevelt Junior High and Brooklyn Elementary. We lived on 30th Street in San Diego and I grew up playing and loving baseball and football.  

I was born in 1943, my parents married a year earlier.  My mother was an accomplished artist and teacher, an only child born in San Diego and she went to the same schools I did.  Her parents were Lyle Carringer and Emily Auble.  Lyle was an accountant with The Marston Department Store for 55 years, served in the U.S. Marines in 1917-1919 in San Diego, and grew up on the same block in San Diego that my mother and I did.  Lyle's parents were Austin Carringer and Della Smith, who settled in San Diego in 1887 a month after their marriage in Cheyenne County, Kansas.  Austin was an airplane mechanic, a machinist, and a carpenter, but was born in Pennsylvania, and had resided in Louisa County, Iowa and Boulder, Colorado.  Della was born in Wisconsin, and lived in Taylor County, Iowa, Concordia, Kansas and McCook Nebraska.  Emily's mother was Georgianna Kemp, who was born in Norfolk County, Ontario, moved to Chicago in about 1890, met and married Charles Auble in 1898.  Charles was a painter (probably not an artist).  They moved to San Diego in 1911 where Emily met Lyle and started their family.  After Charles died falling down the stairs in 1916, Georgianna lived with her daughter's family.

My father was Frederick W. Seaver, who was a Prudential insurance agent while I was growing up.  He came to San Diego in December 1940 to escape a failed romance and the snow in Leominster, Massachusetts.  He attended Leominster High, but didn't graduate; he went to several prep schools, graduated from Worcester Academy, and attended Dartmouth College to play football but dropped out and had odd jobs in Leominster.  His parents were Frederick W. Seaver Sr., and Alma Bessie Richmond.  Fred was a superintendent in a plastics works in Leominster, and was born in Westminster, Massachusetts to Frank W. Seaver and Hattie L. Hildreth.  Frank was a foreman in a comb shop, and settled in Leominster in about 1870 with his parents.  Hattie was born in Northborough, Mass., and was a homemaker in Leominster; Frank and Hattie lived with her parents in Leominster.  Bessie was an accomplished pianist and organist, and raised seven children in Leominster.  She met Fred in Leominster and she married at age 18.  She was born in Killingly, Connecticut to Thomas Richmond and Julia White.  Thomas was an overseer of wool carders in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and had been born in Hilperton in Wiltshire.  Julia was a homemaker, was born in Killingly, and had a fine Mayflower ancestry.

Whew!  It took me more than two minutes to type that, and it is over 500 words.

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Saturday Keynotes at RootsTech 2014

Saturday is the third and last day of the RootsTech 2014 Conference.

It started with two Keynote speakers - Todd Hansen (of The Story Trek show on BYU TV) and Stephanie Nielson (of the NieNie Dialogues blog).  The Keynotes should be on the website in the next week or so.

Here is a photo of Todd Hansen of stage taking a picture of the audience:

Todd's presentation was about his career - he drops in on people at their homes and films their story.  Then he shows the stories on his TV show on BYU TV.  He showed many short videos of people telling their stories at their door or in the homes.

Todd did a two-minute monologue on his life and family - working backwards in time from doing this talk to his work to his family to his parents to his grandparents to his immigrant great-grandparents.  That sounds like a good blog topic!

He encouraged us to take pictures and videos of our lives, and tell our stories, one at a time.  Todd noted that "Everyone has an amazing story..." and you are important and need to tell your story."  After all, what will you say when he knocks on your door?

The second Keynote speaker was Stephanie Nielson, who suffered the results of a plane crash that burned her over 80% of her body in 2008.  Here's a photo of Stephanie at the podium:

What a beautiful and strong person she is!  Her talk was the story of her recovery and resuming her life as a wife, a mother of four children, and a noted blogger.  They had another child two years ago, and showed a video of Stephanie loving her baby.

Stephanie has written a book Heaven is Here.  She was interviewed by several media people in the Media Center, and signed her book for many other people.

She told us that "It's how we deal with hard times that matters," and "Everyone has a story that needs to be told."

Both of these presentations were inspiring and heartwarming - please watch the RootsTech video when it is available.

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Surname Saturday - LNU (probably from Holland to colonial New York)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  

I am in the 7th great-grandmothers and I'm up to Ancestor #859, who is Engeltje LNU (????-????
).   [Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 7th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through just one generation in this LNU (Last Name Unknown) family line is:

1.  Randall J. Seaver (1943-living)

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

6.  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
7.  Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977)

12.  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946)
13.  Abbey Ardell Smith (1862-1944)

26.  Devier James Lamphier Smith (1839-1884)
27.  Abigail A. Vaux (1844-1931)

52.  Ranslow Smith (1805-1873)
53.  Mary "Polly" Bell (1805-1865)

106.  James Bell (1778-1838)
107.  Cornelia Bresee (1780-1840)

214.  Peter Bresee (1750-????)
215.  Maria Van Deusen (1759-????)

428.  Peter Bresee (1721-????)
429.  Suster Dyckman (1721-1763)

858.  Johannes Dyckman, born before 11 May 1690 in Albany, Albany, New York, United States; died after 1767 in probably Columbia, New York, United States.  He was the son of 1716. Johannes Dyckman and 1717. Jannetje Viele.  He married before 1713 in probably Columbia, New York, United States.
859.  Engeltje LNU, born about 1690 in New York, United States, died about 1766 in probably Columbia, New York, United States.

Children of Johannes Dyckman and Engeltje are:
*  Jaannetje Dyckman (1713-1739), married 1733 Teunix Bresee (1710-????)
*  Debora Dyckman (1715-????)
*  Johannes Dyckman (1715-????)
*  Margaret Dyckman (1717-1775), married 1739 Hartman Abrahamse Van Deusen (1722-????)
*  Suster Dyckman (1721-1763), married 1745 Peter Bresee (1721-????)
*  Maryke Dyckman (1724-1758), married 1742 Pieter Ham.
*  Hilletje Dyckman (1727-1770), married (1) 1751 Jacobus Decker and (2) 1754 Wilhelm Schoek.
*  Cornelis Dyckman (1730-1800), married 1750 Willemtje Buys (1734-????).
*  Pieter Dyckman (1732-1800), married 1751 Cornelia Decker.
*  Niclaes Dyckman (1734-1800), married 1761 Annatje Huyck.
*  Jacobus Dyckman (1738-1787), married 1756 Annetje Kool.

Biographical and vital record information about the Dyckman family line was obtained from:

Marjorie Dikeman Chamberlain, Johannes Dyckman of Fort Orange and his Descendants (West Rutland, Vt. : 1988). 

As for Engeltje (--?--) Dyckman's parentage, I have no clue!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Highlights from Friday at RootsTech 2014

Friday at RootsTech 2014 was very busy for me, and I went to no class sessions.  I did go to lunch.  Here was my day:

*  Attended the 8:30 a.m. Keynote session by Judy G. Russell and Spencer Wells.  They were two excellent presentations. Watch this on the video when it becomes available.

*  Went to the Media Center in the Expo Hall at 9:45 a.m., and updated the RootsTech Blog Compendium.  Talked to other geneabloggers in the center, also talked to readers, bloggers and exhibitors who stopped by to talk with me (I'm usually on the back aisle near the Demo stage).  The Media Center was very busy all day, with the keynote speakers and other luminaries being interviewed in the glass cage by media folks, plus side discussions at the tables and the comfortable couches in the corner.  It is difficult to have a conversation sometimes because of the Demo stage nearby.

*  Walked around the Expo Hall, and took some pictures.  Talked to the WikiTree ladies of the wiki, Eowyn and Tami.  Eowyn gave me a T-shirt for taking a selfie with her (I promised to post it...):

*  Went to the MyHeritage lunch as a guest of Schelly and Mark.  The speaker was the new MyHeritage Chief Product Officer, Michael Mailin on "New Products at MyHeritage: The Next Frontier."  Michael talked about his own heritage, how he came to MyHeritage, the features of MyHeritage, and some plans for the future.  It was interesting, and the lunch was good.  There were about 300 attendees.

*  Back to the Media Center, and I wrote the Friday Keynotes at RootsTech 2014 post.  Then it was off into the Expo Hall again to find a new genealogy product to feature.  I decided on one, and came back to write RootsTech 2014 - New Genealogy. Product: Saving Memories Forever.  More readers and bloggers came by also.  I enjoy these interactions and I usually learn something from them.  

*  Stefan Harms from Germany came by and showed me his 600 page family history book that he made using his Family Book Creator program which uses a Family Tree Maker database.  It was impressive, and I look forward to trying it out soon.

*  I went off to the Expo Hall again and took some more pictures, and talked to exhibitors and their guests.  I showed some of those pictures in More Expo Hall Photos from RootsTech 2014 and Expo Hall Panorama View at RootsTech 2014.

*  I was done at 5 p.m., so went back to the hotel, picked up Linda, and off we went to the Family History Library for the pizza and research party.  I had pizza, but Linda couldn't eat it due to her allergies.  We went to JBs on the corner near the FHL for dinner with Laurie and Bev from Arizona (Laurie had allergies too).  I had ice cream while Linda had the salad bar.  We passed on the library.  Then it was back to the hotel.

*  I updated the Compendium post, wrote the two photos posts and this post.  A blogger's work is never done, it seems - I'll do it again on Saturday.

*  It didn't rain or snow today, even though the weather forecast this morning on TV was heavy snow in Salt Lake City.  It might snow on Saturday, though.  The temperatures have been in the 20-45 F range - warmer today than earlier in the week.

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RootsTech 2014 - New Genealogy Product: Saving Memories Forever

Saving Memories Forever is my choice for Friday's New Genealogy Product - it's a no-brainer, really, since they won the FamilySearch Developer's Challenge award this year at RootsTech 2014.

Jane and Harvey Baker have created a mobile app and a website that helps families record, share, and save their family stories.  The key to this app is the ability to do voice recordings on a mobile phone or tablet device.

The website says:

"Saving Memories Forever is a system that consists of an app and a website. The app provides great mobility for interviewing and easy uploading to a secure and private storage on the website. The app also gives you the opportunity to announce your newly recorded story thru Facebook. Listen to your recorded and uploaded stories on the website.  Also use the website to share and “manage” your stories.

"The features of the system are determined by the level of membership.  Saving Memories Forever is available as a Free Membership or as a Premium Subscription."

The website has an excellent description of how to use the site and the app at the Start Here page (  

Here are Harvey and Jane in front of their exhibit this afternoon.

This looks like an excellent opportunity for people interested in recording family stories and saving them for their family and friends to hear.  I will download the app and try it out soon.

Congratulations to Harvey and Jane Baker for bringing this app to fruition and I wish them success with it.

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More Expo Hall Photos from RootsTech 2014

Here are some more RootsTech 2014 photographs from the Expo Hall:

1)  The WikiTree ladies Eowyn and Tami gave me a T-shirt for taking a selfie with Eowyn (I spoke to Chris Whitten later...):

2)  Lisa Louise Cooke talked about Google Search on the Demo Stage:

3)  The Mocavo team lined up for a group picture:

4)  I lucked out and found Elissa Scalise Powell, Thomas W. Jones, and Judy G. Russell in conversation at the Board for Certification of Genealogists display:

Thanks for the picture, ladies and gentleman!

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Expo Hall Panorama View at RootsTech 2014

I made a panorama photograph of the back of the Expo Hall at RootsTech 2014.  Here it is:

Click the picture to embiggen it. [Howland, "embiggen" is a term Bruce Buzbee uses - I don't know the origin of it.]

I took this from the Media Center, which is right on the walkway from one side of the photo to the other.  On the far left is the south side of the Expo Hall.  In the just left-of-center area, the easy chairs in the Demo Stage are very comfortable, and there are speakers every 20 minutes or so.  That's Lisa Louise Cooke making a presentation at the podium.  The right side of the photo is the north side of the Expo Hall.  Of course, it is a straight line from one side to the other - the panorama photo makes it look like the walkway is curved.

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Friday Keynotes at RootsTech 2014

Friday is the second day of the RootsTech 2014 Conference in Salt Lake City.

It started with the two keynote speakers - Judy G. Russell (The Legal Genealogist) and Dr. Spencer Wells, who heads the National Geographic Genographic Project.

Here is Judy just after coming onstage, and her first slide that set the tone for her presentation:

As Judy noted, Aaron Holt of the National Archives said that "Oral family history can be lost in three generations."  To demonstrate that, Judy asked questions of the audience about what they knew about their parents and grandparents - about 95% couldn't answer the first question, and nobody could answer all five questions.  The first question was "What was your mother's first illness?"

Here's a close up of Judy onstage:

Judy used three examples of how stories are obtained, analyzed and confirmed.  Her first example was the Revolutionary War service of Richard Baker and his loss at the Battle of Trenton in 1776.  The only record of his service and death with the 3rd Virginia regiment is a letter written home by his brother after the battle.

Judy used this Baker family to demonstrate how family stories, and published genealogies can be wrong, and how to ensure that any story is correct.  She painted a grand picture of the earlier Baker ancestry in Virginia, including a marriage to a Winslow that gave the family a Mayflower ancestor.  Then she discussed how scholarly research disproved quite a bit of it.  That led to the discussion of the Genealogical Proof Standard and how applying the GPS can help prove oral or written history.

Finally, Judy told the fanciful family story about her great-great-grandfather, Martin Gilbert Cottrell.  Family lore said that he'd been a cowboy in one part of Texas, a rancher in another part, a farmer, a sheriff, a traveling salesman and a preacher.  She was able to find records that document each of those occupations in the different places that demonstrated that it was the same person.

Judy noted that we must find the stories of ancestors, and document them well, so that we can pass those stories to our descendants.  That includes "my story" too.  If we don't, we will lose them in three generations or less.

This was a superb, masterful performance by Judy.  She always speaks clearly and forcefully, which I really appreciate and wish I could emulate.

The second Keynote speaker today was Dr. Spencer Wells.  He started out with a genealogy puzzle - his name, which was Rush Spencer Wells IV.  His grandmother told him about the Rush male who was his 2nd great-grandfather, a 2nd great-grandmother with the maiden name of Spencer, and four Rush Spencer Wells children followed.  Here is a photo of Spencer Wells on stage:

Dr. Wells then took us on a whirlwind tour of The Human Journey through the eyes of a geneticist.  The two basic questions are about origins and journey - how did the species occupy the earth.  He went through basic DNA genetics, then into mtDNA and Y-DNA, and then showed the two sets of haplogroups that have been determined over the past two decades.

He also discussed the Genographic Project, which consists of field research, public participation (DNA tests), and the Legacy Fund (85 grants to date for over $2 million).

He finished up by noting that DNA testing is now in the public consciousness, and tests have increased in 8 years from zero to 1 million by the end of 2012, and we will soon have the 2 millionth test performed.  The more people who test, the better the chances are of finding matches with other testers.

After Dr. Wells, Shipley Munson of FamilySearch came onstage to announce the winners of the Developer Challenge.  The winner was the Saving Memories Forever couple from Missouri:

This was an excellent Keynote session - and you can watch it on when it becomes available in the next week or two.  I highly recommend it for both Keynote addresses!

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52 Ancestors Friday: Julia E. (White) Richmond (1848-1913)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  Here is my ancestor biography for week #6:

Julia E. (White) Richmond (1848-1913) is #11 on my Ancestor Name List, and is my great-grandmother.  She married #10, Thomas Richmond (1848-1917). I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
*  their son, #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) married Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)
*  me, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)

To create this post, I made an Individual Summary report in RootsMagic 6, then saved it into an RTF file.  I then copied and pasted the Person, the Individual Fact List, the Marriages/Children, the General Notes, and the Source Citations into this blog post.  Unfortunately, the source citations superscripts did not survive this process as superscripts, so I put them in brackets in the Individual Facts list below, and without brackets in the Source Citation list.  I have images of many of these records, but have not included them in this blog post due to the length of the post.  Many of them have been transcribed or shown in Amanuensis Monday and Treasure Chest Thursday posts.

(with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:              Julia E. "Juliette" White [1]    
*  Sex:                 Female   
*  Father:            Henry Arnold White (1824-1885)   
*  Mother:            Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864)

*  Alt. Name:       Juliette White [3, 11-12]   
*  Alt. Name:       Julia Richmond [4–5]
*  Alt. Name:       Juliette Richmond [2, 6–7, 10]
2)  INDIVIDUAL FACTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

*  Birth:               8 September 1848, Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States [2]
*  Census:            1 June 1850 (age 1), Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States [1]
*  Census:            1 June 1860 (age 11), Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States [3]
*  Census:            1 June 1870 (age 21), Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States [4]  
*  Census:            1 June 1880 (age 31), Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States [5]
*  Census:            1 April 1900 (age 51), 42 Summer Street, Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [6]
*  Census:            1 April 1910 (age 61), Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States [7]
*  Death:              4 October 1913 (age 65), of cancer of the breast; Putnam, Windham, Connecticut, United States [2]
*  Burial:              after 4 October 1913 (after age 65), Grove Street Cemetery, Putnam, Windham, Connecticut, United States [8-9]
*  Obituary:          after 4 October 1913 (after age 65), Putnam, Windham, Connecticut, United States [10]
*  Spouse 1:         Thomas Richmond (1848-1917)   
*  Marriage 1:       20 June 1868 (age 19), Elmville, Windham, Connecticut, United States [11–12]   
*  Child 1:             Anne Frances "Annie" Richmond (1869-1939)
*  Child 2:             Frederic J. Richmond (1870-1875)    
*  Child 3:             Everett Glens Richmond (1875-1917)    
*  Child 4:             Grace L. Richmond (1876-1963)    
*  Child 5:             Emily White Richmond (1879-1966)    
*  Child 6:             Charles Percival Richmond (1880-1910)    
*  Child 7:             Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)    
*  Child 8:             Edwin Thomas Richmond (1883-1935)    
*  Child 9:             James Henry Richmond (1886-1913)

4.)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

Julia E. White was born on 8 September 1848 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, to Henry Arnold and Amy (Oatley) White [2].  

Julia was often called "Juliet" or "Juliette" in official records and by family members and friends. 

In the 1850 U.S. Census, this family resided in Killingly township, Windham County, Connecticut.   The family included [1]:

*  Henry White -- age 26, male, a weaver, born Glocester RI
*  Amy White -- age 24, female, born S. Kingston RI
*  Ellen F. White -- age 5, female, born Killingly CT, attended school
*  Julia E. White -- age 3, female, born Killingly CT
*  Emily E. White -- age 1, female, born Killingly CT.

In the 1860 U.S. Census, the Henry A. White family resided in Killingly township, Windham County, Connecticut.  The household included [3]:

*  Henry A. White -- age 35, male, manufacturer, $1000 in real property, born CT
*  Amy F. White -- age 33, female, born CT
*  Ellen F. White -- age 15, female, born CT
*  Juliette White --age 13, female, born CT
*  Emily A. White -- age 12, female, born CT
*  Henry J. White -- age 7, male, born CT, attended school
*  Fred J. White -- age 1 month, born CT

Thomas Richmond (age 21, born England, resides Killngly CT) married Juliette White (age 20, born Killingly, resides Killingly) in Killingly, Connecticut on 20 June 1868 by Minister Austin Robbins [11-12].

In the 1870 U.S. Census, the Thomas Richmond family resided in the Second Ward of Stonington, New London County, Connecticut.  The household included [4]:

*   Thomas Richmond -- age 23, male, works in woolen mill, born England
*  Julia Richmond -- age 21, female, keeping house, born CT
*  Anna Richmond -- age 1, at home, born CT

In the 1880 U.S. Census, the Thomas Richmond family resided in Killingly town, Windham County, Connecticut.  The family included [5]:

*  Thomas Richmond -- white, male, age 31, married, overseer in a woolen mill, born England, father and mother born in England),
*  Julia Richmond -- white, female, age 33, wife, married, keeping house, born CT, father born CT, mother born RI  
*  Annie Richmond -- white, female, age 10, daughter, single, attended school, born RI, father born England, mother born CT
*  Everett Richmond -- white, male, age 4, son, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT
*  Grace Richmond -- white, female, age 3, daughter, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT
*  Emily Richmond -- white, female, age 1, daughter, single, born CT, born CT, father born England, mother born CT

In the 1900 U.S. Census, the Thomas Richmond family resided at 42 Summer Street in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts. The family included [6]:

*  Thomas Richmond -- head, white, male, born Jun 1848, age 51, married, for 31 years, born England, parents born England, immigrated in 1856, a resident of the US for 44 years, a naturalized citizen, an overseer of a woolen mill, rents a house
*  Juliette Richmond -- wife, white, female, born Sep 1848, age 51, married, for 31 years, 9 children born, 1 living (obviously an error), born CT, parents born RI
*  Grace Richmond -- daughter, white, female, born Aug 1876, age 23, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, a shirt maker
*  Emily W. Richmond -- daughter, white, female, born Jan 1879, age 21, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT
*  Charles E. Richmond -- son, white, male, born May 1880, age 20, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, a painter
*  Alma B. Richmond -- daughter, white, female, born Feb 1882, age 18, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, housework
*  Edwin T. Richmond -- son, white, male, born Dec 1883, age 16, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, a laundryman
*  James H. Richmond -- son, white, male, born Nov 1886, age 13, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, at school

In the 1910 U.S. Census, the family resided in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.  The family included [7]:

*  Thomas Richmond -- head of household, male, white, age 61, first marriage, married 41 years, born England, parents born England, immigrated in 1856, naturalized, a carder, in a woolen mill, out of work for 26 weeks
*  Juliette Richmond -- wife, female, white, age 62, first marriage, married 41 years, born CT, parents born RI

Julia (White) Richmond died 4 October 1913 in Putnam, Connecticut.  Her death certificate includes this information [2]:

State of Connecticut Bureau of Vital Statistics

Medical Certificate of Death
1. Full name of deceased:  Julliet Richmond
2. Primary cause of death:  Cancer of Breast   3. Duration:          
4. Secondary or contributory:                 5. Duration:           
Remarks: [none]

I hereby Certify that I attended the deceased in h er last illness, and that the cause of death was as above stated.
................................ Signature     F. Allowell   
Dated     Oct 2         19 13 ... Address   Putnam     

Undertaker's Certificate Personal and Statistical
1. Full name of deceased:  Julliet Richmond
2. Place of Death:  Putnam Conn.      No. 6 Church     Street       Ward  
3. Number of families in house:   Two           
4. Residence at time of death: Putnam Conn.            
5. Occupation:    Housekeeper      
6. Condition (state whether single, married, divorced or widowed)
7. If wife, or widow, give name of husband:      Thomas Richmond    
8. Date of death -- year: 1913, month:  Oct  day:    1   
9. Date of birth -- year: 1848, month:  Sept  , day:   8    
10. Age:   65  years,     months,  22   days
11. Sex: Female
12. Color: White
13. Birthplace -- Town:   East Killingly __ State or Country:   Conn.  
14. Father's name in full:   Henry White  
15. Father's birthplace: Town:  Don't Know _ State or Country:               
16. Mother's Maiden Name:   Amy Oatley  
17. Mother's birthplace -- Town:  Don't Know _ State or Country:             
18. Place of burial:   Putnam Ct    Cemetery:   Grove St.      
19. Name of informant:   Thos Richmond Address: Putnam      
20. Was body embalmed: yes  . If so name of embalmer: J.E. Rich   License No. 420

Signature of Undertaker: L. E. Smith Address: Putnam Ct.

 An obituary (undated newspaper clipping, probably about 9 October 1913), was published in the Putnam, Connecticut area [10]:

"Mrs. Juliett (White) Richmond died Wednesday morning at her home No. 6 Church Street, Putnam, aged 66 years after an illness of more than a year.

"She was born here and was daughter of Henry A. and Amy (Oatley) White.  Her early years were spent here.  In 1868 she married to Thomas Richmond, since which time they have resided in Elmville, Putnam and other places.  For the past three years, Mr. Richmond has been an overseer in the Putnam Woolen company's mill.

"Mrs. Richmond is survived by her husband, three sons and four daughters:  Everett of Putnam, Mrs. Annie Pickford and James Richmond of Clinton, Mass., Mrs. Grace Shaw, Edward Richmond, and Mrs. Bessie Seaver of Leominster, Mass., and Mrs. Emily Taylor of San Diego, Cal. There are also nearly twenty grandchildren.  Henry White of Danielson is a brother of the deceased and Mrs. William Buck of Oxford, Mass. and Mrs. Emily Bastow of this place are surviving sisters.

"Mrs. Richmond had always retained many old acquaintances and friends here, by whom she was highly esteemed, and who will greatly miss her occasional visits, which served to keep alive the ties of former years.

"The funeral was in Putnam Saturday and was attended by relatives from this place."

Another newspaper clipping reads:

"The Women's Auxiliary (of St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Putnam CT) will meet with Mrs. George L. Padgett, 87 Fremont street, Thursday afternoon, April 16.

"On Easter morning was used for the first time the lecture Bible, given in memory of Juliett (White) Richmond, late wife of Thomas Richmond, Lay Chairman of the Executive Committee.  The book is according to the American Revised Version, the most accurate translation ever made into any language, and recently authorized for use in the Church.  It is bound in full leather, purple in color, with the inscription in gilt on the front cover.  Mrs. Richmond was a faithful communicant of St. Philip's, constant in attendance at services, and active in the work of the church."

The Richmond gravestone inscription in Grove Street Cemetery in Putnam, Connecticut says [8-9]:



1. 1850 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Killingly town; Page 360, dwelling #582, family #635, Henry White household, online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 51.

2. Putnam, Connecticut, Certificate of Death, Julliet Richmond, 1 October 1913; Registrar of Vital Statistics, Putnam, Ct. (certificate not dated).

3. 1860 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Windham County, Connecticut,  Killingly town, page 588, dwelling #851, family #925, Henry White household; online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 92.

4. 1870 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule,  New London County, Connecticut, Stonington 2nd Ward: page 775, dwelling #272, family #386, Thomas Richmond household; online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 114.

5. 1880 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Windham County, Connecticut, Killingly: Page 379A, dwelling #26, family #42, Thomas Richmond household; online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 110.

6. 1900 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Leominster; ED 1644, Sheet 4B, dwelling #63, family #88, Thomas Richmond household; online database, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T623, Roll 692.

7. 1910 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Windham County, Connecticut, Killingly; ED 514, Sheet 16B, Dwelling #335, family #392, Thomas Richmond household;  online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T624,  Roll 143.

8. Grove Street Cemetery (Putnam, Windham County, Connecticut, United States), Juliet White Richmond; collected by Randall J. Seaver, September 1990.

9. Grove Street Cemetery, "Grove Street Cemetery (Putnam, Conn.)," online database, Windham County, Connecticut CTGenWeb Project, Cemetery Inscriptions, (, Juliet White Richmond entry.

10. "Obituary," undated clipping, about 6 October 1913, from unidentified newspaper; Geraldine Seaver Remley Papers; privately held  by nephew, Randall J. Seaver, [address for private use], Chula Vista CA 91911.

11. Killingly, Connecticut, "Killingly Births, Marriages and Deaths" (Register at Killingly Town Hall, Danielson, Connecticut), Volume 2, page 358, Thomas Richmond and Julia White marriage entry.

12. Connecticut. Windham County. Killingly. Town Registrar's Office. Birth Registrations, Certificate of Marriage, Thomas Richmond and Juliette White, 20 June 1867 (sic); Registrar of Vital Statistics, Killingly, Ct. (certificate dated 24 January 1992).

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

RootsTech 2014 -- New Genealogy Product : AncestorCloud

I will try to highlight at least one new product each day at RootsTech 2014.

Today, it's AncestorCloud (  

The screen says "Show & Tell for genealogists -- it's genealogy without limits."

The publicity says:

"Ancestorcloud is a social community for genealogists.  It's sharing without limits.  You can upload, share, and showcase all of your research files with family and friends for free.  You can also connect with, and follow your favorite researchers and keep on what they are sharing.  All in one beautifully designed place.

"We are launching soon and look forward to opening our doors to the first private beta user group.  Join the quickly growing, first of its kind social network for genealogists."

This site is still in development, but you can request an invitation on the site.

If you are at RootsTech 2014, you can drop by their booth - number 724 (near the Media Center).  I snapped a picture of Jeffrey Hicken and Wesley Eames when I stopped by:

I also signed up to try it out.  It's FREE, and has the potential to be a website to share my family photographs, stories and documents.  I need to work in it a bit, but will probably write about it in future weeks.

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FamilySearch Exhibit at RootsTech 2014

FamilySearch also has a large exhibit area at the front of the exhibit hall.  Here are some photos of their display:

On one side of the display area is the seating area to watch FamilySearch videos and presentations.

In the photo below, taken from the other side of the display, is a view of the area where FamilySearch staff is helping patrons find results on the computer systems:

Across the aisle from the area above, there is an area with a number of computer sets and patrons can find "fun" things on a number of FamilySearch sites, especially the FamilySearch Family Tree:

The options include access to (migration paths), (descendants from an ancestor), (family crests), (create a fan chart), On This Day in History (, House of Names (, and Genealogy 101 (, a fun trivia game).  For some of the activities, the patron can save the graphic created to a flash drive.

I thought that was a great way to introduce some of the "add-on" tools to create charts and use the Family Tree in creative ways.

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FindMyPast Display at RootsTech 2014

The large FindMyPast display near the entrance to the Exhibit Hall is a bit different.  Here are some views:

They fashioned the front of the exhibit, facing the exhibit hall entrance, as a church building.  The photo above shows the "Today's Services" for the day at the "Parish Church of St.-Findus-in-the-Past."  Cute, I thought.

The open area  in the photo below is just to the left of the services board seen above and includes a stained-glass window above the front of the "parish church" with a video screen and a seating area:

On the other side of the partition is the area where FindMyPast staff demonstrate their website and help patrons do a little research:

I didn't talk to anyone on this pass by the display because the staff was busy with customers.

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MyHeritage Exhibit at RootsTech 2014

Another of the major exhibitors at RootsTech 2014 is MyHeritage.  Here are some photos from around their display area:

The view above is looking toward the entrance to the exhibit hall.  The view below is looking toward the rear of the exhibit hall:

The MyHeritage folks had two semi-circular desks with computers on both sides of them for patrons to use or be shown the features of MyHeritage.  There are also benches for one-on-one consultations and to watch the video shows.

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