Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Write About Technology

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)  Julie Goucher, on her Anglers Rest blog, has a long-running weekly blog theme called The Book Of Me.  This week's prompts are about Technology.  We'll use that this week!

2)  For this week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - please address these issues:
  • What technology changes did your ancestors see?
  • What technology changes have you seen?
  • Did your family own one of those early changes? - such as television
  • Do you like or dislike technology?
  • What do you think has been the best technological change in your lifetime and historically?
3)  Answer the questions, and share your work on your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.

Here's mine:

a)  The technology changes that my ancestors saw depends on the generation and the times they lived in.  For instance:

b)  My great-great-grandparents, who were born between 1815 and 1845 and lived into the 20th century, saw tremendous changes in modes of travel -- from horseback and buggy and sailing ships  to trains and steamboats and automobiles.  When they were born, light came from the sun, candles and gas lamps, and many lived to see electric lights.  Communication went from letters and town criers to newspapers and telegraph and telephones.  

c)  My great-grandparents, who were born between 1845 and 1870, and lived into the mid-20th century, saw the mass production of automobiles and the use of airplanes for transportation.  They saw the use of more electrical machinery to mechanize work and the invention of radio, television and movies.  They grew some of their own food, or bought it from local farmers and ranchers.

d)  My grandparents, who were born between 1875 and 1900, and lived well into the 20th century saw even more changes in transportation, household appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, etc.) and communications devices.  The space program, early computers, routine airplane travel, etc. were introduced.  My maternal grandfather, Lyle Carringer, loved everything new and technological.  He was an early adopter of automobiles, refrigerators, radios, televisions, etc.  

e)  My parents saw all of those things mature, and be made into commodities.  The digital revolution started and gradually replaced analog devices.  Space travel became commonplace.  However, I don't recall them being early adopters of new technology.  My father worked an adding machine, but neither ever sat at a computer.  In this generation, leisure time became available because of household and workplace inventions that made tasks easier to perform.  My parents rarely took vacations away from San Diego, and my mother flew on an airplane twice in her life.  I don't think my father ever did.  

f)  I was born in 1943, so I grew up with electric lights, radio, television, refrigerators, grocery stores, and telephones (my home's number was ATwater 1-4182).  In my generation, the computer became ubiquitous, more powerful and smaller in size.  I wrote software for work and play in FORTRAN starting in 1966, and bought my first PC in 1983.  The hand-sized smart phone I have is more powerful than the Space Shuttle's computer from the 1980s.  The biggest technological advance I've seen is software development to address almost every educational, entertainment, and economic need and the ability to communicate over the Internet in real time.

g)  I consider myself to be a relatively early adopter of technology - I tend to buy the second version of devices after the bugs are wrung out of the first version.  I love almost every aspect of it.  I work 8 to 12 hours a day using digital technology to learn, to research and to write.  I can do every task much faster on the computer than 30 years ago, and therefore can make more misteaks in a shorter period of time.  I can also do more tasks in a given period of time using digital technology, and can be more productive.  The drawback is, of course, that I have a sedentary lifestyle and my body mass and health status reflect that.  But it is so enticing to sit here in the genealogy cave and tap away on my keyboard and see my words in print immediately after I hit the publish button.  

h)  The best technological development in my lifetime has been the digital computer.  No doubt.  It has affected communications, entertainment, and economics tremendously over the past 70 years, not to mention genealogical education and research.  

i)  The best technological development in history?  For me, it's a tossup between the printing press, the electric light bulb, the automobile, the airplane, and the digital computer.

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Surname Saturday - AXE (Somerset, England)

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 #867, but I don't know who she is. So onward to #869, who is Joan AXE (1682-1748
).   [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 AXE 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)

54.  Samuekl Vaux (1814-1880)
55.  Mary Ann Underhill (1816-1883)

108.  James Vaux (1787-1839)
109.  Mary Palmer (1788-1844)

216.  John Vaux (1747-1806)
217.  Joanna Laver (1763-1836)

434.  John Laver (1722-1786)
435.  Elizabth Wills (1725-1795)

868.  John Laver, born before 19 May 1686 in South Petherton, Somerset, England; died before 26 September 1755 in South Petherton, Somerset, England.  He married 1709 in South Petherton, Somerset, England.
869.  Joan Axe, born 1682 in South Petherton, Somerset, England; died before 01 April 1748 in South Petherton, Somerset, England.

Child of John Laver and Joan Axe is:

*  John Laver, born before 30 October 1722 in South Petherton, Somerset, England; died before 01 January 1796 in South Petherton, Somerset, England; married Elizabeth Wills 16 April 1750 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England.  She was born about 1725 in Somerset, England, and died about 1795 in South Petherton, Somerset, England.

That's all I know about this Laver and Axe couple - just one child is in my database, but I suspect they had more and some investigating the South Petherton parish registers, and perhaps the online English databases on FamilySearch, would reveal more children.  Another item for the To-Do list.

The vital record information came from the parish church records of South Petherton and surrounding parishes in Somerset.  The information has been collected in an unpublished manuscript provided by the author:

Sara Anson Vaux, The Vaux Family of England, the United States, and Australia (unpublished).

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogy Seminar on 8 March Features ... Randy Seaver!

Attention Southern California genealogy and family history buffs (and Genea-Musings fans):

The Hemet-San Jacinto Genealogical Society annual all-day Seminar is on Saturday, 8 March from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hemet Public Library (300 East Latham (upstairs) in Hemet, phone 1-951-765-3272).

The seminar costs $20 for HSJGS members, and $25 for non-members.  A lunch is $8 (choice of ham, turkey or beef sandwich) can be purchased.  

Reservations are needed by Saturday, 1 March 2014 (and should include name, phone number and a check) to:

PO Box 2516
Hemet CA 92546.

Randy Seaver (blog master of Genea-Musings and The Geneaholic) will make four presentations:

9 a.m.:  “Finding Your Elusive Ancestor:  The Genealogical Proof Standard, and Doing a Reasonably Exhaustive Search”

11 a.m.:  "Wikis for Genealogy Collaboration"

1 p.m.:  "Genealogy Is Fun: Seriously"

2:30 p.m.:  "Genealogy and Cloud Computing."

Readers can see a description of these talks at .

You can copy the flyer below, print it and send it in if you choose.  

I look forward to seeing many of my Genea-Musings readers at this event.  Please let me know you read Genea-Musings when I poll the crowd!

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Which Obituary Collections Are In FamilySearch Indexing?

FamilySearch made a big announcement at RootsTech 2014 that they were starting an Obituary Indexing project - see a blog article at Obituaries + Volunteers = A Treasure Trove of Searchable Stories, posted 7 February 2014.  One of the recurring themes at RootsTech was that "Dead Men Don't Tell Stories ... But Their Obituaries Do!"  FamilySearch also declared that 2014 was the "Year of the Obituaries" on 16 January 2014.

The first blog article highlights an Indexing Obituaries video that helps potential indexers understand the indexing process.  There is also a link to a PDF presentation for Indexing Obituaries and Death Notices.

I was curious as to what types of obituary records would be indexed, so I went to the Indexing Projects page and looked at the Current Projects, and saw the top of the list of the current projects:

I decided to search for a keyword on this page, so I typed Ctrl-F and entered the word "obit" in the search field.  That found 17 matches, including the below (3 screens from the U.S. collections):

The highlighted U.S. obituary indexing projects on the list are:

*  U.S., Arizona -- Obituaries, 1993-1994 (Pilot)
*  U.S., Idaho, Minidoka and Cassia Counties -- Obituaries, 1972-2013 (Pilot)
*  U.S., Idaho -- Obituaries, 1880-2013 [Part 2]
*  U.S., Idaho -- Obituaries, 2007 (Pilot)
*  U.S., Illinois, Cook County -- Obituaries, 1970-1990 (Pilot)

*  U.S., Indiana, Daviess County -- Obituaries From the Washington Times Herald, 1984-2012
*  U.S., Michigan, Van Buren County -- Obituaries, 1880-2005 (Pilot)
*  U.S., Michigan -- Muriel Obituary File, 1930-1975 (Pilot)
*  U.S., Michigan -- Muriel Obituary File (Pilot) [Part A]
*  U.S., Minnesota, Steele and Clay Counties -- Obituaries, 1865-2006 (Pilot)

*  U.S., Montana, Cascade County -- Obituaries, 1880-2002 (Pilot)
*  U.S., Ohio, Crawford County -- Obituaries, 1860-2004 (Pilot)
*  U.S., Ohio, Crawford County -- Obituaries, 1860-2004 (Pilot) [Part A]
*  U.S., Pennsylvania -- Obituaries, 1977-2010 
*  U.S., Utah -- Obituaries, 2010-2013

Each collection being indexed has a project description page.  Here is the page for the U.S., Idaho -- Obituaries, 1880-2013 [Part 2] project:

The description page says:

"This is a collection of obituary clippings, funeral programs, and death certificates from various newspapers in southeastern Idaho. The clippings are alphabetized and are from 1880 to 2013."

I will try to index some batches in this collection in the another post.

Readers are encouraged to help with this indexing project.  The more indexers there are, and the more hours they contribute to the project, the sooner we will have obituary collections like the ones noted above to search and find our ancestral families.  I think that this project is really worthwhile, and will be a significant contribution to the online digitized genealogical resources.

One of the major questions I had was "Where are they going to get these records?"  It is apparent to me that the record collections listed above are mostly those done by volunteers in local LDS stakes, genealogical societies or historical societies, and consist of records that were microfilmed by the LDS Family History Library over the past 50 years or so.  There are many other clipping collections in local and regional libraries and repositories, and those may be a fertile field for local societies to digitize and index those collections.  I recall visiting the public library in Sharon, Mercer County, Pennsylvania back in 2004, and seeing the two bookcases with 5 shelves each loaded down with notebooks of newspaper clippings from the previous 100 years or so.

Another question was "If they are newspaper clippings after 1923, how will they address copyright issues."  The copyright issues dealing with actual newspaper page images, or portions of a full page, is another issue.  It's likely that many obituaries were clipped from newspapers and put into one of the record collections that were microfilmed.  That may be fair use, and it may not be.  It would be interesting to hear one of our expert legal genealogists opine on this.

It's funny - this was a really big deal made at RootsTech, but I don't recall seeing a blog post about the projects, how to do it, or user experiences in indexing obituaries.

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52 Ancestors Friday: #15 Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952)

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 #8:

Georgianna Kemp  (1868-1952) is #15 on my Ancestor Name List, and is my great-grandmother.  She married #14, Charles Auble (1849-1916) in 1898.

 I am descended through:

* their daughter, #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977), who married 1918 #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
* their daughter, #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) who married 1942 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
* their son, #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.

1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                 Georgianna Kemp [1–2]    
*  Sex:                    Female   
*  Father:                James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902)   
&  Mother:              Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874)   
2) INDIVIDUAL FACTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                 4 August 1868, Middleton, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada [3–4]   
*  Census:              15 April 1871 (age 2), Windham, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada [1]   
*  Census:              1 April 1881 (age 12), Middleton, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada [2]   
*  Immigration:       about 1890 (about age 22), Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States [5] 
* Census:               1 June 1900 (age 31), 515 West Adams Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States [5]
*  Census:              1 April 1910 (age 41), 32nd Ward, 611 West 76th Street, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States [6] 
*  Census:              1 January 1920 (age 51), 2054 Harrison Street, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States [7]
*  Census:              1 April 1930 (age 61), 2130 Fern Street, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States [8]
*  Census:              1 April 1940 (age 71), 2130 Fern Street, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States [9]
*  Death:               8 November 1952 (age 84), of acute myocardial failure; San Diego, San Diego, California, United States [3-4]
*  Burial:               12 November 1952 (age 84), Cypress View Mausoleum (cremation), Bronze Corridor, Niche 61, San Diego, San Diego, California, United States [4, 10]
*  Alt. Name:         Georgia Kemp [10]
*  Alt. Name:         Georgia K. Auble [7–9]  
*  Alt. Name:         Georgia Kemp Auble [3–4]  
*  Alt. Name:         Georgia Auble [5–6]   
3)  MARRIAGES/CHILDREN (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:          Charles Auble (1849-1916)   
*  Marriage 1:        19 June 1898 (age 29), Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States [11]  

*  Child 1:             Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977)  

4)  NOTES:

Georgianna Kemp was born in Delhi, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada on 4 August 1868 to James Abraham and Mary Jane (Sovereen) Kemp.  The death certificate for Georgia Kemp Auble provides the birth date, but says that her mother's maiden name was Melissa Wilson (Mary Jane (Sovereen) Kemp died in 1874, and James Kemp married Melissa Wilson in 1876) [4].  Census records are consistent with 1868, and the 1900 U.S. census record says she was born in August 1868.

She was called Georgianna or Georgia all of her life, and there are records for both names.  

In the 1871 Census Records for Norfolk County, Ontario, the James Kemp family resided in Windham township, Norfolk County, Ontario.  The household included [1]:

*  James Kemp, Age 40, born Ontario, Religion Wesleyan Methodist, Origin English, Carpenter; 
*  Mary, Age 30, born Ontario, Religion Baptist, Origin German; 
*  Sarah, Age 9, born Ontario, Baptist; 
*  Seymour, Age 7, born Ontario, Baptist; 
*  Melvina, Age 5, born Ontario, Baptist; 
*  Georgianna, Age 2, born Ontario, Baptist.

In the 1881 Census Records for Middleton township, Norfolk County North, Ontario, the James A. Kemp household included [2]:

*  James A. Kemp, Age 49, born Ontario, Religion Wesleyan Methodist, Origin English, Carpenter; 
*  Melissa, Age 35, born Ontario, Religion Wesleyan Methodist, Origin Irish; 
*  James, Age 8, born Ontario; 
*  Georgianna, Age 12, born Ontario; 
*  Alfred, Age 1, born Ontario.

Georgianna probably moved to Chicago, Illinois in about 1889, according to the 1900 U.S. census [5] to live with her sister Elizabeth (Kemp) Cropp, who is listed there in the 1880 US census.

The transcription of the marriage record for Charles Auble and Georgia Kemp in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is [11]:

** No.: 1941
* Full Name of husband: Charles Auble
* Full name of the father of husband: David Auble
* Full name of the mother of husband (a): Sarah G. Knapp
* Occupation of husband: Painter
* Residence of husband: Chicago, Ill.
* Birthplace of husband: Newark, N.J.
* Full name of wife prior to marriage: Georgia Kemp
* Full name of father of the wife: James H. Kemp
* Full name of the mother of the wife (a): Mary Jane Sovereen
* Birthplace of wife: Ontario
* Time when marriage was contracted: June 19 -98
* The place, town or township, and county where the marriage was contracted: Milwaukee
* The color of the parties (b): White
* By what ceremony contracted: Methodist Episcopal
* Names of subscribing witnesses: Laura Masden, W.B. Masden
* Any additional circumstances: [none written]

In the 1900 U.S. census, the Charles Auble lived at 515 West Adams Street in Chicago.. The family included [5]:

*  Charles Auble -- head of household, white, male, born Oct 1864, age 35, married 2 years, born NJ, parents born NJ, a house decorator
*  Georgia Auble -- wife, white, female, born Aug 1868, age 31, married 2 years, 1 child born, 1 living, born English Canada, parents born English Canada, immigrated in 1889, resident of US for 11 years
*  Emily K. Auble -- daughter, white, female, born Aug 1899, age 10 months, single, born IL, father born NJ, mother born English Canada
*  Franklin Kemp -- Brother-in-law, white, male, born Feb 1880, age 20, single, born English Canada, parents born English Canada

In the 1910 U.S. census, the Charles Auble family resided at 611 West 70th Street in the 32nd Ward of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.  The household included [6]:

*  Charles Auble -- head of household, male, white, age 54, first marriage, married 11 years, born NJ, parents born NJ, a decorator (of houses), rents home
*  Georgia Auble -- wife, female, white, age 41, first marriage, married 11 years, 1 child born, 1 living, born Canada English, parents born Canada English, immigrated in 1890
*  Emily Auble -- daughter, female, white, age 10, single, born IL, father born NJ, mother born Canada English, attended school

Charles and Georgia (Kemp) Auble moved to San Diego, California in about 1911, and resided ar 767 14th Street.  Charles died in 1916 after falling down the stairs in their home.

After her husband died in 1916, Georgia lived at 2140 J Street in San Diego, and then moved in with her daughter Emily and family at 2130 Fern Street in about 1920, to 2115 30th Street in about 1947, and to 825 Harbor View Place in 1951 until her death in 1952.

In the 1920 U.S. census, this family resided at 2054 Harrison Avenue in San Diego, San Diego County, California.   The family included [7]:

*  Lyle L. Carringer -- head, rents, male, white, age 28, married, can read, can write, born CA, father born PA, mother born KS, an auditor in a dry goods store, a worker
*  Emily K. Carringer -- wife, female, white, age 20, married, can read, can write, born IL, father born NJ, mother born Canada
*  Betty Carringer -- daughter, female, white, age 5 months, born CA, father born CA, mother born IL
*  Georgia K. Auble -- mother-in-law, female, white, age 50, a widow, born in Canada, parents born Canada, immigrated in 1889, naturalized in 1898

In the 1930 United States census, the Lyle L. Carringer family resided at 2130 Fern Street in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  The household included [8]:

*  Lyle L. Carringer - Head, owns home, worth $10,000, has a radio, male, white, age 38, married, first at age 26, born California, parents born Pennsylvania/Wisconsin, an office worker, works in dry goods store
*  Emily K. Carringer - Wife, female, white, married, first at age 18, born Illinois, parents born New Jersey/Canada English
*  Betty V. Carringer - daughter, female, white, single, born California, parents born California/Illinois
*  Georgia K. Auble - mother-in-law, female, white, age 61, widow, born Canada English, parents born Canada English/Canada English, native language English, immigrated in 1890, a naturalized citizen.

In the 1940 U.S. Census, this family resided at 2130 Fern Street in San Diego.  The household included [9]:

*  Lyle L. Carringer - Head of household, male, white, age 48, married, 4 years of high school, born California, lived in same house in 1935, worked the last week of March 1940, occupation is office clerk, Industry is Retail Dep[artmen]t Store, worked 52 weeks in 1939, earned $1475 in 1939, did not make over $50 in other income.
*  Emily K. Carringer (provided information) - Wife, female, white, age 41, married, attended school in March 1940, 3 years of high school, born Illinois, lived in same house in 1935, did not work the last week of March 1940, had a job, occupation is clerical & saleslady, Industry is Retail Dep[artmen]t Store, worked 52 weeks in 1939, earned $269 in 1939, made over $50 in other income. 
*  Betty Z. Carringer - Daughter, female, white, age 20, single, attended school in March 1940, 4 years of college, born California, lived in same house in 1935, did not work the last week of March 1940,  in School, occupation is student art clerk, Industry is College, worked 6 weeks in 1939, earned $100 in 1939, made over $50 in other income. 
*  Georgia K. Auble - Mother in law, female, white, age 71, widowed, 4 years of high school, born Ontario, Naturalized citizen, lived in same house in 1935, did not work the last week of March 1940, did Housework, occupation is housewife, Industry is own home, earned $0 in 1939,  made over $50 in other income.

Her only granddaughter, Betty Carringer, called her "Nana."

Georgeanna (Georgia) Kemp Auble, who resided at 2115 30th Street in San Diego,  applied to the State of California for Old Age Security on 25 May 1948, providing her birth date (4 August 1868), birth place (Delhi, Ontario, Canada), the fact that she had resided in San Diego since 1911, her husband's name (Charles, deceased), and that she had one living child.  She was granted $60 per month effective 1 August 1948.

She died of acute myocardial failure after falling and fracturing her hip.  The information on the death certificate includes for Georgia Kemp Auble is [4]:

*  Decedent Personal Data:
1a. Name of Deceased =  Georgia Kemp Auble
2a.  Date of Death = November 8, 1952, 7:45 a.m.
3. Sex = Female; 
4.  Race = White
5.  Marital status = Widowed
6.  Date of Birth: Aug. 4, 1868 
7.  Age = 84
8a.  Usual Occupation = Housewife; 
8b.  Kind of Business = Home
9.   Birthplace = Canada; 
10. Citizen of what country = U.S.A.
11. Name/birthplace of Father = James A. Kemp, Canada; 
12.  Maiden Name/birthplace of Mother = Melissa Wilson, Canada; 
13. Name of Present Spouse = Widowed.
14.  Was Deceased in Armed Forces? = No; 
15.  Social Security Number = None; 
16.  Informant = Emily K. Carringer

*  Place of Death:  
17a.  County = San Diego; 
17b. City or town = San Diego; 
17c. Length of Stay = 41 years; 
17d.  Full Name of Hospital or Institution = San Diego County Hospital; 
17e. Address = No. Front Street

*  Last Place of Residence:  
18a. State = Calif.; 
18b. County = San Diego; 
18c. City or Town = San Diego; 
18d. Street Address = 825 Harbor View Place

*  Physician's or Coroner's Certification:  
19a. Coroner = Autopsy; 
19b. Signature:  A.E. Gallagher, Coroner; 
19c. Address: Land Title Bldg.; 
19d. Date Signed = 11/12/52

*  Funeral Director and Registrar:  
20a. Cremation or Burial = Cremation; 
20b.  Date = 11/12/52; 
20c.  Cemetery or Crematory = Cypress View Crematory; 
21.  Signature of Embalmer = William R. Scott; License Number = 4085; 
22.  Funeral Director = Benbough Mortuary; 
23.  Date Received by Local Registrar = Nov 12 1952; 
24.  Signature of Local Registrar = J.B. Askew, M.D.

*  Cause of Death:
25.  Disease or Condition Directly Leading to Death = Pathology Pending; Antecedent Causes, Due To = Acute myocardial failure, Generalized arteriosclerosis

*  Other Significant Conditions:
26.  Conditions contributing to the Death but not Related to the Disease or condition Causing Death = Fracture of right hip non-contributory to the death

*  Operations:
27a.  Date of Operation = 
27b.  Major Findings of Operation = 
28.  Autopsy = Yes

*  Death due to External Violence:
29a.  Type of Violence = Accident
29b.  Place of Injury = Home
29c.  Location = 825 Harbor View Place, San Diego, Cal.
29d.  Time of Injury = 10-28-52, 7:30 p.m. not while at home
29e.  How did injury occur? = Fell on rug.

She is inurned in Cypress View Mausoleum in San Diego (Bronze Corridor, niche 61) with Lyle and Emily (Auble) Carringer [4, 10].

1. Census of Canada, 1871, Norfolk County, Ontario, Schedule #1, district 12, North Norfolk, subdistrict b, Township of Windham, Page 50, Dwelling 178, Family #182, James A. Kemp household ; digital image, Library and Archives Canada ( : accessed 10 March 2013); citing Library and Archives Canada Microfilm C-9909.
2. Census of Canada, 1881, Norfolk County, Ontario, Schedule #1, district 158, Norfolk North, subdistrict A, township of Middleton, page 6, Dwelling #33, Family #33, James A. Kemp household ; digital image, Library and Archives Canada ( : accessed 5 March 2013); citing Library and Archives of Canada Microfilm C-13263.

3. "California Death Index, 1940-1997," online database, (, citing  State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics, Georgia Kemp Auble entry, 1952.

4. San Diego County, California, Certificate of Death, Georgia Kemp Auble, died 8 November 1952; State of California, Department of Health (certificate dated 12 November 1952).

5. 1900 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Cook County, Illinois, Chicago; ED 376, Page 264, Sheet 8B, dwelling #75, family #112, line 77,Charles Auble household; online database, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T623, Roll 257.

6. 1910 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Cook County, Illinois, Chicago Ward 32: ED 1391, Sheet 2B, dwelling #28, family #33,  Charles Aubbe household;  online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T624,  Roll 278.

7. 1920 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, San Diego County, California, San Diego city; Page 179, ED 341, Sheet 3B, Lyle Carringer household;  online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T625,  Roll 132.

8. 1930 United States Federal Census, San Diego County, California, population schedule, San Diego City, enumeration district (ED) 116, sheet 5A, Dwelling #142, Family #148, Lyle L. Carringer household; digital image, ( : accessed 19 June 2012); citing National Archives microfilm publication T626, Roll 192.

9. 1940 United States Census, San Diego County, California, population schedule, San Diego: E.D. 62-63A, Sheet 16-B, Dwelling #426, Lyle L. Carringer household; online images, ( : accessed 2 April 2012), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T627, Roll  451.

10. Cypress View Mausoleum and Memorial Park (San Diego, California), Bronze Corridor, Niche 61, Georgia K. Auble (1868-1952).

11. "Milwaukee County registration of marriages, 1837-1907; index to marriages, 1852-1907," Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, 63 FHL US/CAN microfilms, Volume 30, on FHL Microfilm 1,292,310, Charles Auble and Georgia Kemp entry.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Many More AncestryDNA Matches Now - and a Bug (Update: Fixed!)

AncestryDNA continues to provide more Hints to tree matches that also share significant DNA with me.  I last wrote about these matches in Happy to Have More AncestryDNA Hints  (15 October 2013).

I now have 3 matches who are 4th cousins (calculated by the trees, not by DNA) who are considered strong DNA matches (95% or higher) and 61 who are Distant cousins (5th to 8th cousins calculated by the trees), who are considered moderate to very low DNA matches.

Here is the top of my DNA match list with the "Hints" filter on(I wish it would tell me a number - I had to count to 64):

I won't show you the entire list to save bandwidth.

I have looked at all of the Hints on the list, except for the ones to Private Member Trees, and can see the connections to the common ancestors in my tree and the other person's tree.

The three 4th cousins are indeed 4th cousins, and I've corresponded with two of them off and on over the years.

I now have several matches that have more than one cousin link. Here's one example:

This match actually has three separate sets of common ancestors.  See the left and right arrows beside the common ancestor?  I can see the other sets of common ancestors, and the ancestral path from my tree and the other person's tree, by clicking on the arrows.

Match 1 of 3 on the screen above says that I am an 8th cousin to the other tested person.  However, the common ancestors are our 6th great-grandparents, so we should be noted as 7th cousins, not 8th cousins.

Here's Match 2 of 3 with this same tested person:

This match says that we are 8th cousins, although the common ancestors are my 7th great-grandparents, but there is one generation different, so we are really 7th cousins once removed.

Here is Match 3 of 3 with this same tested person: 

The common ancestors are the 7th great-grandparents of myself and the other tested person, and therefore we are 8th cousins through this match.

So what happened here?  Why does the AncestryDNA Hints tell me that I am an 8th cousin with the other tested person on all three matches with that person, when the tree lines say I am not?  The simple answer is that there's a bug in the AncestryDNA relationship calculator when there is more than one match for the two tested persons.  Apparently, the relationship calculator takes one of the (in this case) 3 common ancestors and calculates the relationship, and then uses that one relationship for the other matches with the tested person.  

I found this to happen for all cases where there is more than one set of common ancestors in the Hints for a tested person.  The relationships are calculated correctly when there is only one set of common ancestors.  In addition, my relationship with the other persons in the other tested person's tree are incorrect because of the error noted above.

I hope that will correct these errors as soon as possible.  

I REALLY like the presentation of these results.  By showing the relationships between me and the other tested person, I can now contact the other tested person using the Ancestry message system and compare noted on the ancestry of the common ancestors.  

The really neat thing is this:  if we find that we have significant chromosome segments that are identical, then that means our genealogy research back to the common ancestors is confirmed (unless one of us has left out or added a generation).  Unfortunately, doesn't provide a chromosome comparison between two different testers, but FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe do. All three companies will provide a spreadsheet download of the markers and these can be read into the GEDMatch program to compare chromosome segments.  I have not explored that yet, but I will soon.

I hope that AncestryDNA will implement a chromosome matching comparison system soon. Ancestry has a pretty good thing going here - there are millions of Public Member Trees and a significant number of AncestryDNA autosomal DNA testers.  What's lacking is the charts that would show which part of specific chromosomes have identical segments. 

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UPDATE:  25 February 2014;  I received an email from Ancestry that said the "bug" pointedo ut above had been fixed.  I looked at my example above, and the cousin relationships are now correct (not shown here).  This squeaky wheel is happy!

Win a Free Pass to RootsTech 2015

I received an email from FamilySearch yesterday (you can see the full missive here) that said they would be giving away five free registrations to RootsTech 2015.  Here is a portion of the email:

The text:

"Now that RootsTech is over, we know you have more than a few to-do items on your list of better ways to accomplish your family history work.  
We're giving away five all-access passes to RootsTech 2015. To be entered in the contest, go to and find an article you enjoy or a project that you plan to do this year. Share the link on any social media site with the hashtags #RootsTech and #FamilyStorytelling. You'll be automatically entered into the contest and five winners will randomly be drawn. Good luck!"
That's pretty neat - plan ahead, enter and maybe you'll win!
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Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 202: 1868 Burial Record for John Rich in Hilperton, Wiltshire

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time 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 Burial Record for John Rich in Hilperton, Wiltshire in 1868:

The information for John Rich
's burial is (handwritten information in italics):

Heading:  BURIALS in the Parish of      Hilperton     
in the County of      Wilts     
in the Year One Thousand, Eight Hundred and    sixty eight    .

No.:  138
Name:  John Rich
Abode:  Hilperton Marsh
When Buried:  June 6th [1868]
Age:  79
By Whom:  ?.?. M?rdock, Off?men [I think...]

The source citation for this burial entry is:

Church of England, Parish Church of Hilperton (Wiltshire, England), Bishop's Transcripts, 1622-1880, "Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1837-1880," FHL BRITISH Microfilm 1,279,404, Item 15 (accessed 5 February 2014); Burials, Page [ ] (blank), 1868, No. 138, John Rich entry.

The information in this burial entry is very limited, but the age of 79 tells me that this is my 3rd great-grandfather, who was born in about 1789.  On the other hand, the burial date is much more definitive than the entry in the Civil Registration records which just indicate the second quarter of 1868.  I have not ordered the Civil Registration death record to date.

I obtained this image from the Hilperton, Wiltshire Bishops Transcripts on microfilm at the Family History Library on 5 February 2014.  

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Effectively Using the "View People With Hints" Feature on

Believe it or not, I don't think that I have EVER clicked on the "View People With Hints" link right there on my home page to the right of the information about my "active" Ancestry Member Tree.  So I clicked on it today...and wished I had done it before!  As far as I can tell, it's been there since 2008 or earlier.

Here is the link shown on the home page:

When I clicked on it, the screen showed two tabs - one for People and one for Hints.  I have 7374 people in this tree, and there are 27,700 hints.  The screen below shows the top of the list of all People with hints on the right side of the screen:

I could filter the results by First name or Last name, or by alphabetical last name, or by searching for a specific name.

On the left-hand side of the screen above, there are other filter options, ,including:

*  All Hints (27,700)
*  Record (19,786)
*  Photos (1528)
*  Stories (622)
*  Member Tree (5764)

I decided to look only at the "Record" category, which showed me a list of Hints from records:

This list is divided into several categories - hints added in the last day, hints added in the last 7 days, hints added in the last 30 days, hints added in last 90 days, and hints added more than 90 days before.  I like that separation - if I reviewed these on, say, a 30 day interval, I could efficiently add content to my own family tree.  That would be more efficient than clicking on the green leaf hints semi-randomly in my tree pedigree view (which is what I've been doing).

For the top Hint on the list on the screen above, I clicked on the dropdown arrow next to the "Review hint" and noted that I could Review the hint (see how it compares to what I have in my tree, and then Accept,  Reject or Ignore the hint); View record; View all her hints; View her profile (on my tree); View her tree (on my tree).

I clicked on the "View record" link for the top item on the list on the screen above - an 1830 U.S. Census record for John Rinchart who is the person that thinks married Christina Able in my tree (and probably because someone has added John Rinehart as an alternate name in the index):

I have no idea if Christina (Able) Rinehart is included in that census record or not, but I know that I did not have that record attached to John Rinehart who is also in my tree.  It may not be "my" John Rinehart in my tree, or it may be.  I need to make that judgment.

Having found a record, I prefer to click through to the record image and Save it to my computer, add an appropriate file name to the image, put it in the appropriate Ancestor file folder, add an event to the person in my RootsMagic database, create a source citation for the event, add the media item to the person and tag it to the event, etc.

Other researchers would click on the "Review Hint" link and accept, reject or ignore it as they choose.  If they Accept the Hint, then the Ancestry Member Tree will include the record on the person in question.  In the case above, it would be to Christina Able, not to John Rinehart (until I find the Hint for John Rinehart).

Scrolling down, I saw two familiar names from the California County Marriage Records I wrote about on Monday - Vivienne Pettit and Lawrence Blanchard.   Between them was a great grand-uncle, Everett Glens Richmond (1875-1917):

Hmmm, the Hint offered for Everett Glens Richmond (1875-1917) says Everett Gleason Richmond married in 1924 to Ethel Nissen.  Here's the record summary for it:

Since I know that Everett Glens Richmond died in 1917 in Connecticut, I figure that he didn't marry Ethel Nissen in 1924 in California.  So that Hint got rejected quickly!

What about the "Photos" Hint list?  Here is the top of that list, filtered for "S" surnames and "Most Recent" Hints:

In this case, a distant Kemp cousin has attached gravestone photos from my AMT to my father in his Ancestry Member Tree.

After reviewing all of the options provided by this feature, I realized that I need to define some "Best Practices" consistent with my own standards for adding content to my database in RootsMagic.  But I also want to attach records to my Ancestry Member Tree.  What should I do?

I decided that I would review these Hints and:

1)  Download only actual record images to my computer files, and attach the media, along with an event and source citation, to persons in my RootsMagic tree.

2)  Accept Record hints from indexed record images into my Ancestry Member Tree.

3)  Reject Record hints that do not apply to the person in my AMT.

4)  Ignore Record hints for persons in my AMT that are from indexes (e.g., the AGBI or Millennial File).  These hints might lead me to another database that would have an image, however.

5)  Not accept, reject or ignore Photo or Stories hints because I don't want to infringe on another researcher's copyright.  However, if it's an image or story from an out-of-copyright source, I will try to find it online and add it to my database.

6)  Ignore all Family Tree hints, although I may follow the hint to see if the linked tree has mroe information than I do about the person, and follow the trail in that tree to find more sources and record images.

If I was starting out with a newly added tree, this would be a great way to populate it with records and sources.  I could concentrate on one person at a time, and visit the "View people with Hints" on a regular basis.

However, at this time in my AMT's life (with 7374 persons and lots of Hints already accepted) it might be more efficient to concentrate on one family at a time, so I might want to list the Hints by People rather than by Hints added in the last NN days.  I may just concentrate on Hints for my ancestors, and not my ancestors siblings, in order to reduce the work load a bit.

The user has the option to see the recently added Hints in some ordered set (last day, last 7 days, etc.).  I wonder if just searched for those persons in my database, or were they searches of only the most recently added or updated databases?  Why did the Christina Able record show up on the "Last day" list?  Did Ancestry search this database only in the last day?  Or did someone add the alternate John Rinehart name recently that made it pop up?

The Everett Glens Richmond match above shows some of the pitfalls that can be encountered.  The middle name wasn't exactly the same, but what if only the middle initial had been used in the record?  If I didn't know that he had died in 1917, I might have added the marriage to my database.

All in all, I think that this is a very useful feature on   It is "push technology" where they offer you the Hints (in several different formats) and can be very helpful to find more records for your tree persons.  The user still has to be discerning - is this a record for the tree person of interest - and collects or attaches the record using defined standards.

How do you deal with the Hints on your Ancestry Member Tree?  Do you follow Hints from within your tree pedigree or person profiles, or do you use the "All people with Hints" system noted in this post?  What are your standards for accepting Hints and attaching them to your Ancestry Member Tree?

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