Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your "Real Life"

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

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

* Tell us about your "real life" hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc.  Be mindful of your family's privacy, though!

* Write a blog post of your own, respond with a comment to this post, or write a Facebook status post or a Google+ Stream post.

Here's mine:

Do I really have a "real life" outside of genealogy and family history research, society activities, blogging and speaking? Of course I do - I only do that 8 to 12 hours a day when the grandkids aren't here or we're not traveling.

My other interests include:

* Being with my two daughters and their families, including the four grandchildren (boys aged 10.6 and 8.2, girls aged 9.2 and 6.0). I'm not averse to making family history with all of them!

* Traveling - although we usually combine genealogy research and conference-going with sightseeing and visiting friends. 

* Reading mystery novels - authors like James Patterson, John Sandford, John Grisham, Michael Palmer, Lee Child, Jack Higgins, Michael Connelly, John Lescroart, Tom Clancy, Daniel Silbva, C.J. Box, Brad Thor, etc. I usually read in the evening while watching baseball games or news shows on TV.

* Keeping up with current events (including politics, science, religion, aerospace) via online forums and websites, network and cable news shows, print newspapers, etc.

* Being a devoted fan of the San Diego Padres (MLB baseball - we go to about 20 games a year, and watch on TV), San Diego Chargers (NFL football - we don't go, only watch on TV), and the San Diego State Aztecs (football and basketball - just watch on TV).

*  Entertainment - I don't watch any entertainment shows on TV, don't rent or go to movies, except once in a while.  We used to have a yearly membership to a local theater, but don't this year.

*  Friends - we go to church almost every week, and attend some church social events, and occasionally go to lunch or dinner with friends.  We go to parties when we're invited.  Linda goes out swimming, shopping and lunching almost every day (thank goodness!).  

* Eating and sleeping - Linda is an excellent cook and I really appreciate her culinary talents. We go out to eat occasionally at steak houses, El Pollo Loco, Lolita's or the Barbecue Pit in  National City.  I try to get 7 hours a night to stay sane, and occasionally take a 20-30 minute power nap in the afternoon in my recliner with the TV on.

*  Exercise?  Um, not much these days.  Does typing count?  I used to walk a mile or two several times a week, but now I'm lucky to do it once a week.  I've started walking around the house while talking on the phone - it gets me off my butt and walking a bit.  Ah, mental gymnastics solving genealogy puzzles!  I know that I need to do more exercising my body, but genealogy is so addictive!

Pretty tame, isn't it? But, but, but - see, I have a real life!  I figure I'm doing exactly what I want to when I want to most of the time.

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Surname Saturday - JONES (England > colonial New York, New Jersey)

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 #949, but I don't know who she, or #951, is.  So, the next on the list is Ancestor #953, who is Mary JONES (1672-1760)
.   [Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 7th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through two generations in this JONES 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)

14.  Charles Auble (1849-1916)
15.  Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952)

28.  David Auble (1817-1894)
29.  Sarah Knapp (1818-????)

58.  William Knapp (1775-1856)
59.  Sarah Cutter (1785-1878)

118. Stephen Cutter (1745-1823)
119. Tabitha Randolph (1752-1845)

238.  Samuel Fitz Randolph (1730-????)
239.  Martha Gach (1729-????)

476.  Jacob Fitz Randolph (1708-1779)
477.  Unknown

952.  Samuel Fitz Randolph, born 1668 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States; died 25 June 1754 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States.  He was the son of 1904. Nathaniel Fitz Randolph and 1905. Mary Holloway.  He married 08 June 1693 in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States.
953.  Mary Jones, born about 1672 in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States; died 16 January 1760 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States.  

Children of Samuel Fitz Randolph and Mary Jones are:
*  Samuel Fitz Randolph (1694-????), married (1) 1725 Frances --?-- (1690-1728); (2) 1728 Johannah Kinsey (1705-1752).
*  Prudence Fitz Randolph (1696-1766), married 1716 Shubal Smith (1693-1768).
*  Susanna Fitz Randolph (1699-????)
*  Isaac Fitz Randolph (1699-1720)
*  Joseph Fitz Randolph (1704-1741), married 1731 Elizabeth Kinsey (1707-1738)
*  Jacob Fitz Randolph (1706-1706)
*  Jacob Fitz Randolph (1708-1779), married (1) 1730 unknown; (2) 1764 Mary Fitz Randolph.
*  Mary Fitz Randolph (1709-1709).
*  Mary Fitz Randolph (1712-1716).

1906.  Jeffery Jones, born about 1535 in New York, United States; died before 31 December 1717 in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States.  He married (1) 24 May 1661 Elizabeth Glover (1640-1661)  in Southold, Suffolk, New York, United States; (2) about 1662 in probably Southold, Suffolk, New York, United States.
1907.  Safronie Walter, born before 13 May 1640 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; died in  .  She was the daughter of 3814. John Walter and 3815. Patience Wooten.

Children of Jeffery Jones and Safronie Walter are:
*  Edward Jones (1663-1721), married 1680 Lydia --?--.
*  Susanna Jones (1666-1739).
*  Abigail Jones (1670-1776), married 1707 Jeremiah Bird (1665-1738).
*  Mary Jones (1672-1760), married 1693 Samuel Fitz Randolph (1668-1738)

Information about this Jones family is fairly scarce.  It is treated in several derivative sources and authored works, but none is authoritative, in my opinion.  Jeffery Jones left a will which named his surviving children.  There has been much speculation about Jeffery Jones parents.  He apparently resided in Southold, New York before coming to Elizabethtown, New Jersey in about 1665.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Attaching Historical Records to Entire Families in FamilySearch Family Tree - Part 3: The Source Citations and Record Images

In Attaching Historical Records to Entire Families in FamilySearch Family Tree - Part 2: A Significant Problem (posted 22 April 2014), I found historical record summaries for my second great-grandmother, Sarah G. (Knapp) Auble and her family members, and attached them to her profile in the FamilySearch Family Tree.

I want to show how these records appear in the FamilySearch Family Tree after being attached to the person profile. 

In FamilySearch Family Tree, which is a universal, inter-connected, source-centric, open-access online family tree (meaning one profile for one person, with events supported by documentation, and open to editing and discussion by all registered users), the profile for Sarah G. Knapp appears as (five screens, some overlap):

As you can see in the last image, there are five sources for Sarah G. Knapp, each with a title that is a link.  The Source Citation can be seen by clicking on the link for each source.  I clicked on them and saw:

As an example, the source citation for the 1850 U.S. Census above is:

"United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 Apr 2014), Sarah Auble in household of David Auble, Newark, West ward, Essex, New Jersey, United States; citing family 826, NARA microfilm publication M432.

Clicking on the link for this source on the FamilySearch profile page to the record summary for this census record leads to:

If I want to view the actual record, I can click on the "View document" link in the right-hand column:

I can see the source citation when I'm on the image by clicking on the "Show citation" link in the lower left-hand corner of the screen:

The source citation provided by FamilySearch for this image is:

"United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 Apr 2014), New Jersey > Essex > Newark, West ward > image 117 of 221; citing NARA microfilm publication M432.

As I've pointed out before, the FamilySearch source citations are not exactly in Evidence Explained format for a census citation record image.  The link above goes to the record image, which is probably "good enough" for many researchers.  

 My own source citation for the record image above, and the Auble family, would be:

1850 United States Federal Census, Union County, New Jersey, population schedule, West Ward, Newark; Page 363, Dwelling #580, Family #826, David Auble household; indexed database and digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 April 2014), image 117 of 221; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 448, also available on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 443,647.

However, that includes information not in the FamilySearch source citations for the record summary or the record image, such as the dwelling number, family number, roll number, etc.

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Getting Mary--?--- as Right as Possible - Still not a Sherman IMHO

I posteAm I Really Benjamin Franklin's 5th Cousin 9 Times Removed? on Monday, Follow-Up on Collaborative Tree - Getting It Right on Tuesday, and Getting Mary --?-- As Right As Possible - Not a Sherman IMHO! on Wednesday this week.

Back on the profile for Mary (Sherman) Fish, there has been more discussion about my issues with Mary Sherman, a purported daughter of a Samuel Sherman, being the husband of Thomas Fish.   Here are three screen shots for the discussion at present (some overlap):

I wrote my comment on 21 April, and had responses from four other users within two days.  As a result, the link of Mary --?-- was removed from the Samuel Sherman family that it had been attached to and her name on was modified to "Mary Fish."  

I'm glad that my civil comment with referenced material was seen, read and persuaded several readers that the parent-child relationship for Mary should not be present in until further evidence is provided.  

I recalled that the original profile for Mary (Sherman) Fish said that her parents were Samuel Sherman and Esther Burges, not Samuel Sherman and Grace --?-- as I wrote about in the third post.  So I went back into the NEHGR articles and found the Samuel Sherman and Esther Burges family in:

Michael Johnson Wood, "The Earliest Shermans of Dedham, and Theiur wives: Part 3: Henry Sherman the Younger and his Wife," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 168, Number 1 (January 2014), pages 16-33.

The sketch for Samuel Sherman (1593-1644, son of Edmund Sherman and Anne Clere) who married Esther Burges (????-1646) starts on page 28, and lists eight children (Samuel 1622, Hester 1624, Hannah 1627, John 1629, Edmund 1631, Bezaliel 1633, Deborah 1625, Nathaniel 1639).  The sketch indicates that both Samuel and Esther died in England, left wills naming all of their children, and all of their children resided and died in England.  

Note that there is no Mary in that sketch.  If you believe that this information is authoritative, and I do, it is apparent that Mary (--?--) Fish is not the daughter of this Samuel Sherman and Esther Burges.  

There may be other assertions that Mary, the wife of Thomas Fish, is a Sherman in an online family tree, whether on or another website.  Sherman researchers using would be well-advised to utilize Michael Johnson Wood's six articles to document these England and colonial New England families for the benefit of all other researchers.  

We all have to do our part in this process.  I appreciate the curators that I've discussed these issues with on, WikiTree and WeRelate, all interconnected family trees, to date.  My opinion is that they try hard to do the right thing, are usually objective in their judgments, and rely on sources when they can be found.

I will add source citations to the Wood articles and links to all four of my blog posts on this issue to the profile for Mary (--?--) Fish.  Since I don't have a known Sherman ancestor at this time, I'll leave it to others to add the Sherman data to the profiles.  

Shoot - my complimentary subscription expired this week and I cannot edit the profile or add another discussion item.  Drat.  Now I can't see if there is another relationship between myself and Benjamin Franklin.

I also wonder if Mary (--?--) Fish is turning over in her grave, and cheering us on, because some obscure geneablogger is digging in her roots 315 years after her death?

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52 Ancestors - Week 17: #24 David Jackson "D.J." Carringer (1828-1902)

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 #17:

David Jackson "D.J." Carringer (1828-1902) is #24 on my Ahnentafel List, and is my 2nd great-grandfather. He married #25 Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901) in 1851.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #12, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), who married  #13 Abbie Ardell "Della" Smith (1862-1944) in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), who married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) in 1918.

* their daughter, #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  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 lists and notes 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:                         David Jackson "D.J." Carringer [1, 14]   
*  Sex:                             Male   
*  Father:                         Henry Carringer (1800-1879)   
*  Mother:                        Sarah Feather (1804-1848)

*  Alternate Name:           D.J. Carringer [2, 6 - 7, 9 - 12, 15]    
*  Alternate Name:           Jackson Carringer [3]
*  Alternate Name:           David J. Caringer [4]
*  Alternate Name:           David J. Carringer [1, 5, 13]   

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

*  Birth:                          4 November 1828, Greenville, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States [2] 
*  Residence:                  between 1829 and 1851 (between about age 1 and about 23), with his parents and siblings; Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States
*  Census:                       1 June 1850 (age 21) Sandy Creek, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States [3]
*  Residence:                  between 1851 and 1858 (between about age 23 and about 30), with his wife and sons; Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States   
*  Residence:                  between 1858 and 1865 (between about age 30 and about 37), with his wife and children; Columbus City, Louisa, Iowa, United States  
*  Census:                      1 June 1860 (age 31), Columbus City, Louisa, Iowa, United States [4]
*  Occupation:                1 June 1860 (age 31), Carpenter; Columbus City, Louisa, Iowa, United States [4]
*  Deed:                         5 May 1862 (age 33), bought 40 acres of land in Louisa County, Iowa United States [5]    
*  Deed:                         3 March 1864 (age 35), sold 40 acres in Louisa County, Iowa, United States [6]   
*  Residence:                  between 1865 and 1873 (between about age 37 and about 45), with his wife and children; Jackson, Washington, Iowa, United States [7]  
*  Census:                      1 June 1870 (age 41), Jackson, Washington, Iowa, United States [8]
*  Occupation:                1 June 1870 (age 41), Farmer; Jackson, Washington, Iowa, United States [8]
*  Land sale:                   11 October 1872 (age 43), public sale notice; Jackson, Washington, Iowa, United States [7]
*  Residence:                 between 1873 and 1898 (between about age 45 and about 70), with his wife and sons; Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States   
*  Census:                      1 June 1880 (age 51), Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States [9]
*  Occupation:                1 June 1880 (age 51), Carpenter and joiner; Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States [9]  
*  Deed:                         28 September 1881 (age 52), sold 40 acres of land in Louisa, Iowa, United States [10]   
*  Census:                      1 June 1885 (age 56), Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States [11]  
*  Occupation:                1 June 1885 (age 56), Fruit grower; Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, United States [11]   
*  Residence:                 between 1898 and 1902 (between about age 70 and about 74), with his wife and son Harvey; Horton and Ella Streets (now 30th and Ivy Streets), San Diego, San Diego, California, United States   
*  Census:                      1 April 1900 (age 71), Horton and Ella Streets (now 30th and Ivy Streets), San Diego, San Diego, California, United States [12]   
*  Death:                       20 January 1902 (age 73), of kidney trouble; San Diego, San Diego, California, United States [1]  
*  Burial:                       22 January 1902 (age 73), La Vista Cemetery, National City, San Diego, California, United States [13–14]   

3)  MARRIAGES/CHILDREN (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1.                  Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901)   
*  Marriage 1:                16 October 1851 (age 22), Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States [15]

*  Child 1:                     Harvey Edgar Carringer (1852-1946)   
*  Child 2:                     Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946)    
*  Child 3:                     Effie Eva Carringer (1858-1874)

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

David Jackson Carringer was born on 4 November 1828 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, the second son of Henry and Sarah (Feather) Carringer.  The only record of his birth date is on the "Births" page of the D.J. and Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer family Bible. [2] The entry says:

D.J. Carringer
born Nov 4th 1828 AD
Mercer Co. Pa.

David Jackson Carringer was also called David J., Jackson and D.J. during his lifetime.  He grew up and married in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  

In the 1850 U.S. census, the Henry Caringer family resided in Sandy Creek township, Mercer, Pennsylvania. [3] The family included:

*  Henry Caringer, age 56, male, a farmer, $2000 in real property, born PA
*  Eliza Caringer, age 23, female, born PA
*  Jackson Caringer, age 21, male, a carpenter, born PA
*  George Caringer, age 18, male, a farmer, born PA
*  Cornelius Caringer, age 17, male, a farmer, born PA
*  Mary Caringer, age 14, female, born PA, attended school
* Sarah Caringer, age 13, female, born PA, attended school
*  Henry Caringer, age 11, male, born PA, attended school
*  Loisa Caringer, age 9, female, born PA, attended school
*  Matilda Caringer, age 5, female, born PA, attended school
*  Harvey Caringer, age 2, male, born PA
*  Mary Caringer, age 82, female, born MD

D.J. Carringer married Rebecca Spangler, daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth (King) Spangler, in Mercer County, Pennsylvania on 16 October 1851. [15]  In the "Marriages" section of the D.J. and Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer family Bible:

Oct. 16 by Rev. McAdams
D.J. Carringer Miss Rebeccah Spangler
Mercer Co. Pa. 1851 AD

D.J. and Rebecca moved their growing family to Louisa County, Iowa before 1858, accompanying his widowed father and several of his siblings. By 1860, they had three children, Harvey Edgar, Henry Austin and Effie Eva Carringer.

In the 1860 US Census, the David J. Carringer family resided in Columbus City, Louisa County, Iowa. [4] The family included:

*  David J. Caringer -- age 31, male, carpenter, $200 in real property, $100 in personal property, born PA
*  Rebecca Caringer -- age 28, female, born PA
*  Harvy E. Caringer -- age 9, male, born PA, attended school
*  Henry A. Caringer -- age 7, male, born PA, attended school
*  Epha E. Caringer -- age 2, female, born PA

On 5 May 1862, David J. Carringer bought 40 acres of land in Louisa County, Iowa, the North West quarter of the North West quarter of Section 17 In Township 74  from Catharine McConnel for $300. [5]

On 3 March 1864, D.J. Carringer and his wife Rebecca sold the 40 acres in Louisa County, Iowa, the Northwest quarter of the Northwest quarter of section 17 in Township 74 North of Range 5 West, to John H. Davis for $320. [6]

Sometime during the 1860's, D.J. and Rebecca Carringer bought land in Jackson township, Washington County, Iowa where they resided for several years.

In the 1870 US census, the D. "Carenngtr" family resided in Jackson township in Washington County, Iowa. [8] The household (indexed as Carenngtr on included:

*  D. Carenngtr -- age 40, male, white, farmer, born PA
*  Rebeca Carenngtr -- age 38, female, white, keeps house, born PA
*  Harvy Carenngtr -- age 18, male, white, school, born PA
*  Henry A. Carenngtr -- age 16, male, white, school, born PA
*  Effie Carenngtr -- age ??, female, white, school, born PA

The farm in Jackson apparently failed, since a public notice announcing the sale of the farm and its contents on Friday, 11 Oct 1872 was published. [7] The public notice transcription for the sale of D.J. Carringer's farm in Jackson township, Washington County, Iowa is:


I will sell at my place, 7 miles northeast from Washington, in Jackson township, 
beginning at 10 a.m., on
FRIDAY, OCT. 11, 1872.
The following property, to wit:
1 Team of Mares, 2 Sets Harness, Wagon, Buckeye Mower and Reaper Combined, Self-rake, Bobsleds, Corn Plows, Double and Stirring Plows, Scotch Harrow, 2 Milk Cows, Calf, 13 Hogs, Berkshire Boar, 20 Shoats, Corn in field, and all my Furniture.
TERMS: A credit of Twelve Months will be given on sums over $5, with approved security.
John S. Reeves, Auctioneer.

The family moved to Caribou, Boulder County, Colorado.  Tragedy befell them when their daughter Effie died on 8 June 1874 at the age of 15 years, 6 months, 12 days.  The obituary notice reads, in part:

"The deeply afflicted family have the sincerest sympathy of all the community.  The form of their loved one fades from earth 'but a fair maiden in the Father's mansion, clothed with celestial grace, and beautiful will all the soul's expansion, shall they behold her face.' "

In the 1880 US Census, the D.J. Carringer family resided in Boulder, Boulder County, Colorado. [9]  The household included:

*   D.J. Carringer -- white, male, age 51, married, a carpenter and joiner, born PA, parents born PA
*  Rebecca Carringer -- white, female, age 48, wife, married, keeping house, born PA, parents born PA
*  Harvey E. Carringer -- white, male, age 27, son, single, farming, born PA, parents born PA
*  Henry A. Carringer -- white, male, age 26, son, single, millwright and carpenter, born PA, parents born PA

On 26 September 1881, D.J. Carringer sold 40 acres of land in Louisa County, Iowa to Mary and Louisa M. Carringer for 1 dollar. [10] This was D.J.'s portion of his father's estate.  The land was the Northeast quarter of the SouteEast quarter of section number 29; township number 75. of Range number 5 West.

In the 1885 Colorado State Census, the D. J. Carringer family resided in Boulder County, Colorado. [11]  The household included:

*  D. J. Carringer - white, male, age 56, married, a fruit grower, born Pa., parents born Pa/Ohio
*  Rebecca Carringer - white, female, age 53, wife, married, housework, born Pa., parents born Pa./Pa.
*  Harvey E. Carringer - white, male, age 28, son, single, a clerk, born Pa., parents born Pa./Pa.

By 1898, D.J., Rebecca and Harvey Edgar Carringer had moved to San Diego.  The San Diego Union newspaper, dated 15 November 1898 reported that:

"D.J. Carringer has been granted a permit to build a cottage in Choate & Seaman's addition, east of the city park, to cost $800."

The home was located on the present northwest corner of 30th Street and Ivy Street in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of San Diego, near the home of their son, Henry Austin Carringer (sited on the northeast corner of 30th Street and Hawthorn Street).

In the 1900 U.S. census, the David J. Carringer family resided at the corner of Horton and Ella Streets (now 30th and Ivy) in the 4th Ward of San Diego, San Diego County, California. [12] The household included:

*  David J. Carringer -- head of household, white, male, born Nov 1828, age 71, married 49 years, born PA, father born PA, mother born OH, no occupation, owns home free of mortgage
*  Rebecca Carringer -- wife, white, female, born Apr 1833, age 67, married 49 years, had 3 children, two children living, born PA, parents born PA
*  Harvey E. Carringer -- son, white, male, born Aug 1852, age 47, born PA, parents born PA, no occupation

Some details about the D.J. Carringer family are posted on the web page for their burial of daughter, Effie E. Carringer, in Columbia Cemetery in Boulder, Colorado (see htm?IDNUM=1101), researched and posted by the Boulder Genealogical Society.  The information includes:

*  Deed 7 Aug 1876 Columbia Lodge #14 to D.J. Carringer B5 Whole. (BB1; REC 38:169)
*  The Carringers were not on the 1870 Boulder County, CO census.
*  They were living in Boulder in 1880.
*  'The Petition for the town of Caribou, CO was filed 6 Oct 1874 and it was granted the same day. The petition set forth the boundary of the town and stated that a plat had been filed with the county clerk 26 Dec 1870.' Signers of the petition included D.J. Carringer. (BGS Qt vol. 16 p. 175)
*  Henry E. Carringer was in a list of unclaimed letters at the Boulder Post Office May 1875.
*  1880 Boulder, Boulder Co, CO:
              D.J. Carringer 54 PA PA PA carpenter & joiner,
              wife Rebecca 48 PA PA PA,
              son Harvey E. 27 PA PA PA farming,
              Henry A. 26 PA PA PA millwright & carpenter
*  1885 Boulder census:
              D.J. Carriner 56 PA PA OH fruit grower,
              wife Rebecca 53 PA PA OH,
              son Harvey E. 28 PA PA PA clerk
*  1896 Boulder Directory: Carringer, D.J., fruit grower, res. 2nd Ave, and 3rd St. North Boulder
*  The Carringers were not on the 1900 Boulder census
*  Mrs. D.J. Carringer died San Diego, CA a few days ago from cancer of the stomach. Mr. Carringer is in poor health. (BDC 20 Jan 1902:4)
*  D.J. Carringer d 20 Jan 1902 California of kidney trouble. 'His wife died only a month ago.' He was buried National City on Wed 21 Jan. The Carringers lived in Boulder many years. (BDC 24 Jan 1902:8)

The Carringer/Seaver family library has many books that are inscribed by one of these family members, including schoolbooks of the children.  There are also several letters from D.J., Rebecca and Edgar to the Henry Austin Carringer family that describe their life in Caribou, Colorado.  An 1862 Bible contains several generations of births, marriages and deaths of the family.

The death of D.J. Carringer was announced in the newspaper The Record published in National City, California on Tuesday, 23 January 1902.  It reads:

"David J. Carringer, who died in San Diego last Monday, was buried in La Vista cemetery, in this city, yesterday."

David Jackson and Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer are buried in La Vista Cemetery in National City, California with gravestones in the ground next to their grandchild, Devier David Carringer. [13, 14]

No probate records have been found to date for David Jackson or Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer in San Diego County, California probate court records.

5)  SOURCES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

1. Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer, Carringer Family Bible, Births, Marriages and Deaths (loose pages, 1828-1946) (n.p. : n.p., n.d. before 1901), Deaths, entry for David Jackson Carringer, 20 January 1902.

2. Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer, Carringer Family Bible, Births, Marriages and Deaths (loose pages, 1828-1946), Births, D.J. Carringer entry, 4 November 1828.

3. 1850 United States Federal Census, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, population schedule; Sandy Creek township,  Page 312, dwelling #853, family #880,  Henry Carringer household, online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 796.

4. 1860 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Louisa County, Iowa, Columbus City,  Page 857, house #558, family #558, David J. Carringer household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Series M653, Roll 331.

5. Louisa County, Iowa, "Louisa County, Iowa, deeds records, 1839-1935; index, 1839-1901", "Deeds, v. 14, 16, 1863-1865," Volume 14, Page 210 (stamped), Catharine McConnel to David J. Carringer entry, accessed on FHL microfilm US/CAN 1,005,863.

6. Louisa County, Iowa, "Louisa County, Iowa, deeds records, 1839-1935; index, 1839-1901", "Deed records, lands, v. 43, 1884-1887, v. 45, 1886-1891, v. 48 (to p. 437) 1886-1891", Volume 43, Page 449, D.J. and Rebecca Carringer to John H. Davis entry, accessed on FHL microfilm US/CAN 2,070,716.

7. "Public Land Sale Notice," 11 October 1872, Washington County, Iowa, original linen notice in the personal paper collection of Randall J. Seaver, Chula Vista, Calif.

8. 1870 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Washington County, Iowa, Jackson township: Page 131, house #49, family #49, D.J. Carringer household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 424.

9. 1880 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Boulder County, Colorado, Boulder: Page 525B (stamped), Dwelling #11, Family #11, D.J. Carringer household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 89.

10. Louisa County, Iowa, "Louisa County, Iowa, deeds records, 1839-1935; index, 1839-1901", "Deeds, v. 32, 35, 1876-1882", Volume 35, Page 618 (stamped), David J. Carringer and wife to Mary and Louisa Carringer, accessed on FHL microfilm US/CAN 1,005,869.

11. "Colorado State Census, 1885," online database, (, County of Boulder, Enumeration district 1, Page 102 (penned), dwelling #1163, family #1177, D.J. Carringer entry.

12. 1900 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, San Diego County, California, San Diego City 4th Ward; ED 194, sheet 19B, house #440, family #496, D.j. Carringer household, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T623, Roll 99.

13. La Vista Memorial Park (National City, San Diego, CA), Grave markers, David J. Carringer Gravestone.

14. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, La Vista Cemetery (National City, Calif.), David Jackson Carringer memorial.

15. Rebecca (Spangler) Carringer, Carringer Family Bible, Births, Marriages and Deaths (loose pages, 1828-1946), Marriages, entry for D.J. Carringer and Rebeckah Spangler, 16 October 1851.


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Dear Randy: How Do I Publish My Family Tree?

Regular commenter T asked that question on my Follow-Up on Collaborative Tree - Getting It Right post (22 April 2014), saying:

"How does one go about publishing a family tree? I have researched so much of my family that no one else has and I've found errors in research done by others. One quote from a published book is wrong and I have the correct information. And once successfully published, how do I get it 'out there' for others to use?"

That's an excellent question and almost every genealogy researcher asks it at some point in their career.  It has several possible answers, depending on several factors, including:

1)  Write an article for a specific research problem or family line and submit it to a genealogical periodical - a local (e.g., Chula Vista Genealogical Society), regional (e.g., Southern California Genealogical Society), state (e.g., California Genealogical Society) or national (e.g., National Genealogical Society) genealogical organization or publisher.  Each society or publisher will have standards for content (page limits, reader interest, etc.), editing (peer-reviewed, lightly edited, or published as-is), source citations, images, etc.  You should read past issues to determine if the periodical is appropriate for your article.  An article may take some time to publish, depending on publishing schedules and editing issues.

2)  Write a family history book using genealogy software or a word processor and publish it yourself (at a copy service) or using a book publisher.  There are publishing services for small runs like CreativeContinuum ( that will publish your book and provide other services for a price.  Biff Barnes on the Stories to Tell Books website writes about this option and offers services.  There are other genealogy publishers for family history books that might have a wide reader interest.  

3)  Publishing it yourself is easier if you use a publish-on-demand service like  You create the content, edit it (or have someone else edit it), contract with the publishing service, set a price for the book, and publish it, then try to market it.  I have not done this or investigated it much.  Denise Olson on the Moultrie Creek Gazette blog has many posts about this option.

4)  You could write your own genealogy blog and write about each family or family line in your ancestry, displaying record images and abstracts or transcriptions to justify your research conclusions.  Blog posts can be found using a search engine, so your information would be found by a researcher looking for names and places and relationships.  Obviously, I do this!

5)  You could publish the whole book as a PDF file on an online website like, and other publish-on-demand services.  I've put several multi-generational family history reports together and have them on Scribd - see  I can delete them, or add more, and I can even sell them.  The information in the reports is found by a search engine.  

6)  You could use one or more of the many online family tree systems as cousin bait.  An Ancestry Member Tree gets found by the Ancestry search engine, and is free to create.  However, if you want to discuss specific research points in an AMT, you need to attach Stories to the persons rather than rely on Notes uploaded with a GEDCOM file (since Notes are not visible to anyone but the tree Owner).  Some online trees encourage discussions about research problems - WikiTree, WeRelate, Geni and the FamilySearch Family Tree are examples. Content on some of the online trees (not Ancestry, not FSFT) can be found with a search engine.  

7)  You could write posts or comments on Rootsweb surname or locality message boards and Rootsweb mailing lists about specific research problems and issues.  These are also found by a search engine.  

It all depends on how much effort you want to expend to create a family history book or article.  There are cost issues with actual paper and cover books. One risk is that another researcher will take issue with the conclusions that you've published and now you have the same problem that you mentioned in your question.

I'm sure that my Genea-Musings readers will have other ideas for reader T - please comment on this post and help T out with publishing options.  

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SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2014 Syllabus Material Available

I posted News for the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2014 in Burbank yesterday, and mentioned that the Jamboree 2014 app was now available.

I downloaded the app, registered my email and password, and now can access it on all of my devices.  The Jamboree blog post had a link to access the app content on the Internet at  The screens on the mobile App look pretty much the same as those on the website, so I'll use the website to find the syllabus materials.

1)  Here is the screen for the SCGS 2014 app on the Internet:

2)  The syllabus materials are available in the "Classes" page:

The user has the choice between "Browse by Day" or "Browse by Topic" (shown above).

3)  I clicked on the "Browse by Day" link and saw:

The user can click on one of the conference days - June 5th is shown on the screen above.

Each "class" is shown with the class time, class code, speaker's last name and title of the presentation.  If there is a "PDF" icon next to the class time, it indicates that there is a handout in PDF format available.  Those talks without a PDF icon don't have a handout available at the present time.

4)  I clicked on the TH008 class and saw the class description:

There are three tabs at the top of the description, for "Actions," "About" and "Resources."

5)  The syllabus material is in the "Resources" tab.  When the screen below first opens, you have to click on the blue "Handouts" button to see the link to the handout in PDF format:

6)  I clicked on the title of the talk under the blue "Handouts" button on the screen above to see the PDF of the handout:

I can use the menu strip in the lower right-hand corner to see the full page, go full screen width, zoom in, zoom out, save to a file, or print the handout.

6)  The mobile app uses the same process as the website, except the menu choices are to:

*  Open the Handout In-App
*  Open the Handout in Books, Evernote or Dropbox (on my iOS device).
*  Email the Handout (you have to type in the email address, title and message)

7)  I love being able to access the handout (when available) in the app, although I know that Internet access in the classrooms at Jamboree may not be reliable.  It will probably be best to download them to my laptop computer and be able to access them there if the Internet access is poor or my mobile runs out of battery.  

Another neat thing is that the handouts can be colorful.  But the links are not active, but you can copy/paste from the PDF.

8)  There are other very useful functions in the mobile app, and i'll keep exploring them.

Note that you don't have to be registered for the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree to access the syllabus material on the Internet or on the mobile app.

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Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 211: Sanborn Fire Insurance Map for San Diego (1921-1955)

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 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map page for my Carringer family homes in San Diego.

The block from Book 2 of the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for San Diego is bounded by 30th Street on the west, Ivy street on the north, Fern Street on the east, and Hawthorn Street on the south.  As you can see, the map for this block has been corrected and pasted over the original page (probably several times!).  The latest revision to the map book was in 1955, and this map reflects the block as I remember it in 1955.

The Key to the map book indicates that wood-frame buildings are yellow color, brick buildings are pink, stone or concrete buildings are blue, and fireproof material buildings are orange.  The Key is shown here:

The houses of interest on this block include:

*  2115-2119 30th Street.  This house was originally built in about 1895 by my great-grandparents and was located on the corner of 30th and Hawthorn Streets, then "improved" in about 1927 and moved to the present location then.  The improvement was making it two separate dwellings (upstairs and downstairs) with two entrances.  The notation 2-F on the map indicates that it is a wood frame house with two floors.  The first floor entrance is indicated by a dot in the lower left-hand corner of the house.  The second floor entrance is denoted by a 2 in the upper left-hand corner of the building on the map.  The map shows a dashed lined "PLFM" (platform) on the east side - this is probably the back porch and stairs (which were constructed at about this time).  There is a notation 4' on the north side of the building which is, I think, the clearance between buildings.  To the right of that notation is a notation 41' which is a clearance to the next building to the north, which is misleading since there was a wooden fence and a lath house in between the two buildings.  There is a solid line on the south side of the house that runs from 30th Street to Fern Street.  This is a reinforced concrete brick wall separating the properties.

*  2114-2116 Fern Street.  This two-story wood-frame house, with two dwellings, was built in about 1927 by my great-grandparents.  The two entrances are noted by a dot (first floor) and a 2 (second floor).  The back stairs to the second floor are also shown.  There is a 10 foot separation between this building and the 2115-2119 30th Street building.

*  2130 Fern Street.  This one-story wood-frame house was built in about 1920 by my grandparents.  The entrance is in the bottom right-hand corner.  There is a one-story garage (marked A) to the south of the house.  This property was sold in about 1950 to Mr. Phillips.

*  2123 and 2127 30th Street.  These two small dwellings were built in about 1927 by my grandparents, and are one-story wood-frame houses with attached garages (which are not marked with an A).

*  The seven small apartments in three separate buildings at 2107 and 2111 30th, 3004, 3006, 3008, 3010 and 3012 Hawthorn.  Two of them are one-story buildings, and the one on the right is a two-story building with a garage below the two upstairs apartments.  These were built in about 1953 after my grandparents sold the two lots south of the 2115-2119 building to Mr. Glassford.  

I accessed this Sanborn Fire Insurance Company book at the San Diego Central Library yesterday during my short visit there.  The genealogy, local history and rare book collections of the library are on the 9th floor.  The Sanborn volumes can be requested at the information desk and they will be provided to your workstation.  

A source citation, you ask?  Here's my effort (using the Maps, Historic" source template in RootsMagic 6, using EE 12.67):

Insurance Maps of San Diego, California (New York: Sanborn Map Co., 1921), Volume 2, page 231, accessed at San Diego Central Library (330 Park Blvd., San Diego), Local History collection.

I looked for other ancestral homes also.  I could spend all day browsing through maps like these!

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