Saturday, March 8, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Fearless Females Prompt

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)  Read Lisa Alzo's blog post Back for a Fourth Year: Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women's History Month on her blogThe Accidental Genealogist.  [Yes, I know it was last year, but Lisa's using the same list this year.]

2)  Choose one of her daily blog prompts from the list (this is March 8th, do that one if you don't want to choose another), and write about it.

3)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook post or a Google+ post.

Here's mine:

I'm going to choose the March 8th prompt :  "
Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt."

My great-grandmother, Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944) kept a scrapbook, wrote letters to family and friends, and kept a journal for at least one year, 1929.  I have transcribed the journal in my Della's Journal series.  

I have transcribed several of the letters that were in the "collection" of artifacts, ephemera and papers.  One of them has been very useful - a rough draft of a letter she wrote to at least one sister or cousin, and perhaps to several of them.  Here it is:

Letter from Della (Smith) Carringer to her "cousins" (unspecified). Undated, although it is probably October 1903. No envelope. The letter is on “Greetings from Southern California” letterhead, with three pictures (copyright 1901 by Edw. H. Mitchell S.F.):

San Diego
510 Watkins Ave.

Dear Cousins,

Your good letter recived and I was so surprised to hear of two more boys in the family but I know George is proud now the men always are when it is a boy. I always wanted a girl I think they are just as nice don’t you? Wish I could have had my two boys to raise together. Hope you all can keep yours they are so much company one for the other. But I am thankfull for my one boy. He will be twelve next month. He is doing nicely in school now. 

If it is not to much trouble when you write next time give me the childrens ages for I want to set down all of the cousins children and see how big a tree we will be in fifty years from now. Davie was fourty the 15th of this month so that makes the fourth to enter the four tens if Orpha & Nellie had lived. 1 I am the oldest. 2 Orpha next then 3 Nellie & 4 Davie. 5 (Ada dead). 6 Mary Dyar. 7 Matie Smith. 8 (Aggie Smith dead). Then 10 George 9 Myrtle Crouch. 11 Amy. 12 Willie C. 13 Lutie S. (dead). 14 Louie. Bert Vaux 15 (Ralph Crouch dead), 16 Bert Vaux. 17 Guy Vaux dead 19 Callie. I think 18 Gean Woodward was older than Callie but I do not know for shure. You know from there down Myrtle is older than George for I can remember her saying Monkey for Munger when he was a baby. You know from there down this younger generation of cousins.

20 Ada Woodward. 21 Verdie Dyar. 22 Roy Dyar. 24 Nellie Woodward. 23 Devier Carringer. 26. Chester Dyar. 27 Lyle Carringer. 25 Eva Smith. 28 Vern Dyar. 29 Ellen Doctor. 30 Lezzie Doctor. 31 Grace Doctor. 32 Mable Smith. 33 34 Will Cruchs 2 girls. 35 36 37 Amy 2 boys 1 girl. 38 39 40 Geo 2 girls 1 boy. 41 Orpha 1 girl. 18 Grand chil, 23 G Grand chil.

[no further information]

I finally figured out who the "parents" of this family are - it's Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux.  Note the 18 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren comment.  The names of the children given on the list above are all children of the children of Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux. 

I think that this letter was sent to Della's aunt, Celia Ann (Vaux) (Redfield) Munger in Belleville, Kansas because she refers to George's having just had a son - George is certainly George Francis Munger of Belleville, who had a son, Frank E. Munger on 30 May 1903, and had two daughters before that.   The second boy that Della refers to is probably Amy (Munger) Doctor's son, Peter Doctor, who was born in August 1903 in Belleville.

I really do think that Della would be ecstatic that someone in the family found her collection and is using it to create a family tree.  I also think that she would be amazed at what I've found in her ancestry, and in her husband's ancestry also.  

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Surname Saturday - SAMBORNE (England to colonial New 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 #883, who is Mary SAMBORNE (1690-1790)
.   [Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 7th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through three generations in this SAMBORNE 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)

110.  Amos Underhill (1772-1865)

111.  Mary Metcalf (1780-1855)

220.  John Underhill (1745-812)
221.  Hannah Colby (1745-????)

440.  John Underhill (1721-1793)
441.  Joanna Healey (1723-1809)

882.  William Healey, born 29 January 1690 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; died Abt. 1772 in Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.  He was the son of 1764. Samuel Healey and 1765. Hannah Smith.  He married 13 January 1716 in Hampton Falls, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.
883.  Mary Samborne, born 27 October 1690 in Hampton Falls, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States; died about 1790 in Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.  

Children of William Healey and Mary Samborne are:
*  Phebe Healey (1716-1806), married 1738 Winthrop Sargent (1711-1788)
*  Joanna Healey (1718-1809), married 1741 John Underhill (1721-1793)
*  Samuel Healey (1720-????), married Abigail Smith.
*  Mary Healey (1722-????), married 1737 Joseph Clifford (1718-1783)
*  Dorothy Healey (1724-????), married Winthrop Wells.
*  Sarah Healey (1726-1826), married 1742 Isaac Clifford (1721-1818)
*  William Healey (1729-????)
*  Paul Healey (1730-1790), married 1751 Abigail (1730-????)
*  Hannah Healey (1734-1805), married 1752 William Preston (1728-1804).

1766.  Benjamin Samborne, born 20 December 1668 in Hampton Falls, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States; died 15 December 1740 in Hampton Falls, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.  He married before 1690 in New Hampshire, United States.
1767.  Sarah Worcester, born 15 August 1667 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; died 29 January 1721 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.  She was the daughter of 3534. Timothy Worcester and 3535. Susanna.

Children of Benjamin Samborne and Sarah Worcester are:
*  Mary Samborne (1690-1790), married 1716 William Healey (1690-1772).
*  Joanna Samborne (1692-1717), married 1714 Cornelius Clough (1680-????)
*  Sarah Samborne (1694-1756), married 1714 Reuben Samborne.
*  Theodate Samborne (1696-1756), married 1719 Jonathan Samborne.
*  Dorothy Samborrne (1698-1757), married (1) 1721 Jethro Bachiler (1698-1723), (2) 1736 Alexander Moulton.
*  Abigail Samborne (1700-1741), married 1725 Enoch Colby (1702-1780).
*  Jemima Samborne (1702-????), married John Stacy.
*  Susanna Samborne (1704-1776), married 1750 Joshua Blake (1701-1777).
*  Benjamin Samborne (1706-????)
*  Judah Samborne (1708-????), married 1725 Robert Quimby.
*  Benjamin Samborne (1712-1748), married (1) 1733 Hannah Tilton; (2) 1736 Dorothy Tilton.

3532.  John Samborne, born 1620 in England; died Bef. 20 December 1692 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.  He was the son of 7064. John Samborne and 7065. Ann Bachiler.  He married about 1648 in New Hampshire, United States.
3533.  Mary Tuck, born about 1622 in Gorlston, Suffolk, England; died 30 December 1668 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States.  She was the daughter of 7066. Robert Tuck and 7067. Joanna.

Children of John Samborne and Mary Tuck are:
*  John Samborne (1649-1727), married 1674 Judith Coffin (1653-1724).
*  Mary Samborne (1651-1654)
*  Abigail Samborne (1653-1743), married 1677 Ephraim Marston.
*  Richard Samborne (1655-1716), married (1) 1678 Ruth Moulton (1659-1685); (2) 1693 Mary Drake (1657-????).
*  Mary Samborne (1657-1660).
*  Joseph Samborne (1659-1724), married 1682 Mary Gove.
*  Stephen Samborne (1661-1662).
*  Ann Samborne (1662-1745), married Samuel Palmer.
*  Dinah Samborne (1664-????), married 1678 James Marston.
*  Nathaniel Samborne (1666-1723), married (1) Sarah Nelson (1663-1748); (2) 1691 Rebecca Prescott (????-1704).
*  Benjamin Samborne (1668-1740), married (1) 1690 Sarah Worcester (1667-1721); (2) 1721 Meribah Page; (3) 1724 Abigail Gove.

Information about these Samborne/Sanborn (many spellings!) was found in:

(1)  V.C. Sanborn, F.B. Sanborn, Genealogy of the Family of Samborne or Sanborn, 1198-1898 (Concord, N.H. : The Rumford Press,  1899).

(2)  Malva Lynn Teed and Mary L. Emil, "We Are Because They Were", typescript (1983), accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 1,033,945, Item 6.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Ancestry Drops "Old Search" - Hysteria Ensues

I haven't seen an official announcement about this yet, unless you count the one back in June 2013 that announced the eventual demise, but dropped the "Old Search" function recently.  

The Ancestry Insider wrote about this last month in Old Search Retirement, Pays Down Technical Debt.

A lot of my Facebook Friends, and many more on the Facebook Group Page and the Ancestry Site Comments Message Board, are complaining that the "Old Search" is gone, and that they don't like the "New Search."  Some have cancelled their subscription, and some advocate boycotting for a week.  Here's a gravestone that reader Talbotrail back in June 2013:

My own feelings about this are mixed - I understand the "lost" and "frustrated" feeling that "it's not like it used to be, " "I have to learn how do something differently," and "I'll show them - I'll quit or boycott them."  But change happens...

I continue to believe that the "New Search" (actually the only search now) is the most powerful, most comprehensive, most flexible, most complicated and most misunderstood set of search features I've seen in the genealogy world.  I embrace it, and try to use every feature I find on the website, in order to maximize the value of my subscription (yes, I pay for my own, so that I can objectively write about it).

To that end, and to help my genealogist colleagues, I wrote a series of posts about Ancestry "New Search" vs. "Old Search" back in 2013.  Here is a list of some of the posts for your reading pleasure (I know, they're long, and detailed, that's me.  Enjoy!):

*  Comparing "Old Search" and "New Search" Results on (28 June 2013)

*  Is this the Problem Users Have with's "New Search?" (28 June 2013)

*  How I Search on "New Search" - Post 1: Name and Locality Filters (29 June 2013)

*  Searching Records From Within An Ancestry Member Tree (2 July 2013)

*  Comparing "Old Search" and "New Search" Results on - Exact Matches (5 July 2013)

*  Another "Old Search" vs. "New Search" Comparison (4 September 2013)

*  Ancestry "Old Search" and "New Search" Comparison with Exact Matches (5 September 2013)

* "New Search" Results With Wild Card Names (6 September 2013)

All of my posts about are in my label file - 599 of them to date!

Most of those posts listed above generated a number of reader comments.  I responded to many of them in some of my Follow Friday posts (they are in the label file also).

During those months of working and comparing "Old Search" with "New Search," I drew several conclusions, including:

*  Exact searches in "New Search" cannot be done from the Home page, but can be done on the "Advanced Search" page and "Search" tab.
*  The user can pick either the "Records" view tab (which looks like the "Ranked Matches" results in "Old Search") or the "Categories" view tab (which looks like the "Old Search" Exact Match results) on the search results page.

*  "New Search" found more applicable matches for the requested name, and different records, than "Old Search."
*  The number of matches found for "my guy" in "New Search" were the same records found in "Old Search," but were in a different order in the Match list.

*  The "Records" view list in "New Search" Matches put records for "my guy" near the top of the list.
*  The "Records" view list, in either "New Search" or "Old Search," did not find records for "my guy" that had different indexed name spellings that did not match in Soundex. 

*  For results with many matches, the "Categories" view might be easier to work with than the "Records" view.

*  Searchers should not totally rely on the "Records" view search results with only a name and birth year/place.  A wild card search and a wider birth year range would have found missed records.

*  Different wild card searches in "New Search" produce different results.  In general, the more characters you use, the fewer matches you receive. 
*  If the user uses too many alphabetical characters in a Wild Card search, all of the relevant results may be limited even with wild cards.

*  Narrowing the search using "not exact" dates and locations drives the relevant matches for the target person to the top of the "Records" view match list.

*  Narrowing the search using "exact" dates and locations may miss relevant records.
*  If the results do not find an expected record in a specific database for the target person, then search that database separately and use all of the tricks (exact name, wild cards, expand the date range, remove birthplace, first name only in a county, etc.) one at a time or in combination. 

*  "New Search" is complex, and needs to be practiced and learned on a regular basis.  If you are paying for an subscription, you should be willing to invest enough time to learn how to use it efficiently and effectively. provides many helpful articles on their Blog and on video on the YouTube Channel.  Please go read and watch those articles and videos to help you adjust to "New Search."

After over 5 years of getting to know, and, in some cases, consulting with them at conferences or meetings or phone calls, I know that personnel really want the customer to succeed at finding genealogical records pertinent to their ancestors.  Everything they've done has been intended to make the user experience better.  They've been willing to listen to "Old Search" advocates, and have added features that look and work like "Old Search" to "New Search."  Their customer base is very diverse geographically, agewise, in technological expertise, and in genealogical research experience.  They can't have one user experience for me, and one for Elizabeth, and one for Vladimir and one for Rafael.  

Like life, change happens.  Without change there is no progress, but not all change results in progress.  My opinion is that "New Search" is progress, and will continue to be improved and changed over time.  

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52 Ancestors - Week 10: #17 - Lucretia Townsend (Smith) Seaver (1828-1884)

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 #10:

Lucretia Townsend (Smith) Seaver  (1828-1884) is #17 on my Ancestor Name List, and is my 2nd-great-grandmother.  She married #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in 1851.

 I am descended through:

*  their son, #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922), who married 1874 Hattie L. Hildreth (1857-1920)

*  their son, #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), who married 1900 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)
* their son, #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), who married 1942 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) 
*  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:                   Lucretia Townsend Smith [1]    
*  Sex:                      Female   
*  Father:                  Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840)   
*  Mother:                 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869)   
2) INDIVIDUAL FACTS ( with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                    6 September 1828, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States [1]

*  Census:                 1 June 1850 (age 21), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States [2]
*  Census:                 1 June 1855 (age 26) Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States [3]
*  Census:                1 June 1860 (age 31), Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [4]
*  Census:                1 June 1865 (age 36), Westminster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [5]
*  Census:                1 June 1870 (age 41), Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [6]
*  Census:                1 June 1880 (age 51), Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [7]   
*  Death:                  24 March 1884 (age 55), of an abscess; Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [8–9]
*  Burial:                  after 24 March 1884 (after age 55), Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [10–11]
*  Probate:               22 April 1884 (age 55), Letter of Administration filed; Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States [12]
*  Alt. Name:           Lucretia T. Smith [2]    
*  Alt. Name:           Lucretia T. Seaver [3, 5, 10, 12]
*  Alt. Name:           Lucretia Smith [13–14]
*  Alt. Name:           Lucretia Seaver [4, 7]    
*  Alt. Name:           Lucretia D. Seaver [6, 8–9]   
3)  MARRIAGES/CHILDREN (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    
*  Spouse 1:            Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)   
*  Marriage 1:         9 September 1851 (age 23), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States [13-14]
*  Child 1:              Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)   
*  Child 2:              Benjamin Seaver (1854-1894)   
*  Child 3:              Elizabeth Lucinda Seaver (1859-1914)   

*  Child 4:              Ellen Maria "Nellie" Seaver (1861-1933)  

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

The birth of Lucretia Townsend Smith is recorded in the Medfield, Massachusetts Vital Records book as [1]:

"[SMITH], Lucretia Townsend, d[aughter]. Alpeus B. and Elizabeth, Sept. 6, 1828"

Her first and middle names commemorated one of her mother's teacher colleagues in Dedham, Lucretia Townsend.

She was also called Lucretia Smith and Lucretia T. Smith before her marriage, and Lucretia Seaver, Lucretia T. Seaver and Lucretia D. Seaver after her marriage. 

In the 1850 US census, Elizabeth H. Smith (age 52, female, born MA) resided in Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts with Lucretia T. Smith (age 22, female born MA) [2].

The marriage record in the Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915 record collection has this information [13]:

*  Date:  Sept. 4 1851 in Walpole
*  Groom:  Isaac Seaver, resident of Medfield, age 27, a Blacksmith, born Westminster, parents Benj & Abigail Seaver, Second marriage
*  Bride:  Lucretia Smith, resident of Medfield, age 23, born in Medfield, parents Alpheus & Eliza Smith, First marriage
*  Officiant:  Rev. Geo. R. Newhall

In the 1855 Massachusetts State Census, the Isaac Seaver family was enumerated on 14 September 1855 residing in Medfield, Norfolk county, Massachusetts [3].  The household included:

*  Isaac Seaver - age 31, male, a machinist, born in Mass.
*  Lucretia T. Seaver - age 28, female, born Mass.
*  Juliette G. Seaver - age 8, female, born Mass.
*  Frank W. Seaver - age 3, male, born Mass.
*  Benjn Seaver - age 1, male, born Mass.

In the 1860 census, this family resided in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts [4]. The household included:

*  Isaac Seaver 3rd -- age 36, male, blacksmith, $1800 in real property, $600 in personal property, born MA
*  Lucretia Seaver -- age 32, female, born MA
*  Juliette G. Seaver -- age 13, female, born MA, attended school
*  Frank W. Seaver -- age 8, male, born MA, attended school
*  Benjamin Seaver -- age 6, male, born MA, attended school
*  Elizabeth L. Seaver -- age 1, female, born MA.

The 1865 Massachusetts State Census entry for the Isaac Seaver family in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts includes [5]:

*  Isaac Seaver - age 41, male, born Westminster, Mass., married, a blacksmith, ratable polls checked, legal voter checked
*  Lucretia T. Seaver - age 37, female, born Medfield, Mass., married, a housekeeper
*  Juliet G. Seaver - age 17, female, born Westminster, Mass., single, a domestic
*  Frank W. Seaver - age 13, male, born Medfield, Mass.
*  Benjamin Seaver - no age, male, born Medfield, Mass.
*  Lizzie L. Seaver - age 6, female, born Westminster, Mass.
*  Nellie M. Seaver - age 4, female, born Westminster, Mass.

In the 1870 US census, this family resided in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts [6]. The household included:

*  Isaac Seaver -- age 46, male, white, works in a fork shop, $2000 in real property, $1500 in personal property, born MA
*  Lucretia D. Seaver -- age 42, female, white, keeping house, born MA
*  Frank W. Seaver -- age 18, male, white, attends school, born MA
*  Benjamin Seaver -- age 16, male, white, attends school, born MA
*  Elizabeth Seaver -- age 11, female, white, attends school, born MA
*  Ellen M. Seaver -- age 8, female, white, attends school, born MA

In the 1880 census, the Isaac Seaver family resided in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts [7].  The family included:

*  Isaac Seaver -- white, male, age 56, married, born MA, blacksmith, parents born MA
*  Lucretia Seaver -- white, female, age 52, wife, married, born MA, keeping house, parents born MA
*  Nellie Seaver -- white, female, age 18, daughter, single, attended school, born MA, parents born MA.

The death entry for Lucretia (Smith) Seaver in the Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915 has this information [8]:

*  Date/Place:  24 March 1884 in Leominster, Mass.
*  Lucretia D. Seaver, Female, Married, age 56-6-18 at death; cause of death an Abscess; Residence is Leominster, Place of Death is Leominster, Burial in Leominster; birthplace Medfield; father is Alpheus Smith, born in Medfield; Mother is Elizabeth - , born in Eastham, Mass.

The gravestone inscription of Isaac Seaver, two of his wives, and two children in Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster, Massachusetts reads [10-11]:

1823  Isaac Seaver  1901
1826 Juliett his wife 1847
1828 Lucretia T. his wife 1884
1854 Benjamin Seaver 1894
1861  Nellie M. Seaver  1931

Lucretia T. (Smith) Seaver died in 1884, intestate.  Her probate papers are in Worcester County Probate Records, Probate Packet B-3169 [12]. Her husband, Isaac Seaver was named administrator, and he filed bond of $1000 on 22 April 1884.  The  administrator's petition was filed on the same date, listing the following children:

Frank W. Seaver of Leominster    son
Benjamin Seaver of Maitland FL    "
Eliz. L. Blanchard of Harvard    daughter
Ellen M. Seaver of Leominster      "


1. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 92: Lucretia Townsend Smith entry.

2. 1850 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule; Medfield town, Page 348A, Dwelling #488, Family #632, Eliza Smith household; online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 331.

3. "Massachusetts State Census, 1855,"  indexed database and digital image,  (, Norfolk county, Medfield, page 19 (penned), Dwelling #55, Family #55, Isaac Seaver household.

4. 1860 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Westminster:  Page 94, dwelling #354, family #386, Isaac Seaver household; digital images, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 531).

5. "Massachusetts, State Census, 1865", Worcester County, Westminster, Page 30 (penned), Dwelling #272, family #310, Isaac Seaver household; digital image, FamilySearch (

6. 1870 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Leominster: Page 284, dwelling #398, family #526, Isaac Seaver household; digital images, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 654.

7. 1880 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Leominster:  Page 533C, dwelling #493, family #621, Isaac Seaver household; digital images, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 565.

8. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," indexed database and digital images,  New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (, Deaths: Volume 357, Page 414.

9. Leominster, Massachusetts, Death Certificate, Certificate of Death, Lucretia D. Seaver, 24 March 1884; City Clerk's Office, Leominster, Mass. (certificate dated 28 August 1991).

10. Evergreen Cemetery (Leominster, Mass., on Main Street), Lucretia T. Seaver gravestone.

11. Find A Grave, database and images (, Evergreen Cemetery (Leominster, Mass.), Lucretia Townsend Smith Seaver memorial.

12. "Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records" (Worcester County Probate Courthouse, Worcester, Mass.), Probate Packet B-3169, Lucretia Seaver (1884), letter of administration filed.

13. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors, Marriages: Volume 55, Page 214, Walpole:  Isaac Seaver and Lucretia Smith entry.

14. Walpole, Massachusetts, Certificate of Marriage, Isaac Seaver and Lucretia Smith, 4 September 1851, Town Clerk's Office, Medfield, Mass. (certificate dated 7 October 1994).


Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Finding My Richman Family in FindMyPast Searches

One of the reasons I subscribed to was because I could access English records to research my Wiltshire and Somerset ancestral families from the 17th to 19th centuries, in addition to the USA records that they offer (and I'm looking forward to Canada records too - hint hint!).  I've been visiting the site regularly to capture records to add to my document files and to my family tree.

Here is a recent search, in which I found that the FindMyPast interface has changed a bit:

1)  From the home page, after signing in, I entered the name of John Richman in the name fields, and a birth date of 1788 plus/minus 5 years, and to limit results to Wiltshire:

The results of my search looks like this:

There are census records for 1851 and 1861 that are for "my" John Richman.

There are two blue icons on the right side of the screen - one icon is for the record image, the other for the record transcription.  They also have a small black dot in the upper right-hand corner of the icon - that denotes that I've looked at this item previously.

I clicked on the icon for the transcription.  Here are 3 screens showing the top of the transcription page for this record:

I especially like the clear definition of the record source elements, for example;

*  Parish:  Hilperton
*  County:  Wiltshire
*  Registration district:  Melksham
*  Record set:  1851 England, Wales & Scotland Census
*  Folio:  267
*  Page:  45
*  Piece Number:  1840
*  Archive Reference:  HO107

All of those are useful to define a source citation for this record on Unfortunately, FindMyPast does not provide a clearly defined source citation in any format for this record.  I think that it should - all of the elements needed are in the record transcription.

I also like the clear definition of the other persons in the household of the searched for person.  That helps minimize my flipping back and forth to add the household members to my event note.

There is much more on the transcription page, including a list of districts that did not survive or were not enumerated in this census.

When I clicked on the "record image" icon, the image appeared, and I zoomed in to fill the page.

In the lower right-hand corner of the page, there are small links in blue type to "Report Image Error," "Print" and "Download" the image.

The biggest change I see on the screen above is the ability to browse the record set.  There are small blue arrowheads at the left and right of the screen above.  If I click on the left arrowhead, I can see the previous image in the record set.  If I click on the right arrowhead, I can see the next image in the record set.  There is a real benefit to being able to browse a record set so as to determine who the close neighbors of the target family might be, or to search for other persons with the same surname near the target family.

A problem:  I wonder where the 1841 census entry for John Richman is?  Ah, he was enumerated as "Jno Richman."  I would think that, since the given name box for "name variants" was checked (automatically by FindMyPast), that "Jno" would be a recognized "name variant" for John.  I easily found him, and noted that "John" was not a "name variant" for "Jno" either.  That's strange, because if I do a search for "Wm" it finds "William" also, and vice versa.  "Jas" finds "James" and vice versa, also.

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Genea-Musings Flipboard Magazine Gets Noticed

Todd Lappin, who writes the Flipboard Magazines Blog, highlighted my "Betty's Life" Flipboard magazine in his post on 4 March 2014 titled "A Mother's Life, Remembered on Flipboard."

Todd highlighted several parts of my blog post Trying Out Flipboard, a Curated Magazine Website/Mobile App, which described my how-to process for creating it.

The "Betty's Life" Flipboard Magazine is here.

Is this something that other genealogists and family historians are interested in doing?  I thought of several other things that could be done using Flipboard - ancestral homes, a cemetery survey, a town history, a genealogical society activities, etc.

If this interest you, please try it out.  Flipboard is a free website to use, and the iOS and Android apps are free to download and use on mobile devices.

My thanks to Todd for the exposure and recognition.

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Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 204: Death Record for Sophia (Buck) (Brigham) (Newton) Stone (1797-1882)

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 Death Record for Sophia (Buck) (Brigham) (Newton) Stone (1797-1882) in Westborough, Massachusetts:

Sophia (Buck) Stone is the first entry on this page from the Westborough, Mass. vital records reported to the Massachusetts state vital records bureau for 1882.  The information includes:

*  Date:  Jan. 6 [1882]
*  Name:  Sophia (Buck) Stone
*  Sex:  F[emale]
*  Condition:  W[idowed]
*  Age:  84 [years] 7 [months] 3 [days]
*  Disease, or Cause of Death:  Heart disease
*  Residence, and Place of Death:  Westboro
*  Occupation:  [blank]
*  Birthplace:  Holden
*  Names of Parents:  Isaac & Martha (Phillips)
*  Birthplace of Parents:  Southboro [& blank]

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," indexed database and digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (, Deaths: Volume 339, Page 452, 1882, Westborough: Sophia (Buck) Stone entry, age 84-7-3.

Sophia (Buck) (Brigham) (Newton) Stone is one of my third great-grandmothers, the daughter of Isaac Buck and Martha Phillips, and the mother of Sophia Newton (1834-1923), one of my second great-grandmothers.  She was married three times - to Lambert Brigham (1794-1834) in 1817, to Thomas J. Newton (????-????) in about 1834, and to Jonathan Stone (1795-1868) in 1862.  

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Free Research Guides in Learning Center

Did you know that has a FREE Learning Center with research articles on a range of genealogical subjects.  The Learning Center is at

For instance, the FREE Research Guides web page:

The list of "New Guides" includes:

*  5 Steps to a Healthy Family Tree Added 5 March 2014
*  5 Must-See Collections on Added 17 December 2013
*  State Research Guides  Ongoing project with new states being added regularly
The newest article, 5 Steps to a Healthy Family Tree was written by Amy Johnson Crow, Anne Gillespie Mitchell, and Juliana Smith:

This article introduces the five major tenets of the Genealogical Proof Standard, and how to use the proof standard to do excellent research.

You can download all of these articles to your computer as PDF files and read them at your leisure, or print them out for future reference or sharing.

I also checked out the Free State Research Guides, and they've added these states so far:

*  Alaska (02 January 2014)
*  California (08 January 2014)
*  Connecticut (1 March 2014)
*  Georgia (25 November 2013)
*  Indiana (12 December 2013)

*  Kansas (29 January 2014)
 Michigan (07 February 2014)
*  New Mexico (22 January 2014)\
*  New York (14 January 2014)
*  Oregon (12 February 2014)

*  Texas (25 November 2013)
*  Virginia (9 December 2013)

That's a good start - they say that they will add more during 2014. 

These State Research Guides are also in PDF format and can be downloaded to your computer for reading offline or printing, or can be read online.

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