Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Meet My Grandma

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  The FamilySearch Blog has had several posts about sharing your favorite Grandma Story - see 
Have You Shared Your Favorite Grandma Story Yet?—#MeetMyGrandma and 20 Questions You Can Use to Capture Grandma’s Story—#MeetMyGrandma and Grandma Campaign Aims to Gather Your Fondest Grandma Stories—#Meet My Grandmother.

2)  Tonight's SNGF challenge is to tell a favorite grandmother story.  It can be anything about her.

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

4)  For extra credit, be sure to share it on FamilySearch at

Here's mine:

Here is one of my memories about my "Gram," my grandmother:

I was born in October 1943, and my father worked in the aircraft industry in San Diego until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in the summer of 1944 during World War II, returning to San Diego in February 1946.  After he left, my mother was working as a schoolteacher, and she and I moved into Gram's house.  So my Gram took care of me all day long in her home at 2130 Fern Street.  

She changed my diaper, kept me fed, clothed and bathed, talked to me, took me shopping to the store, played little games and with toys with me, and really enjoyed doing it.  I think that she was the person who heard my first words, saw my first step, fed me my first solid food, and let me explore the house, the vegetable garden and the greenhouse - it was a child's wonderland with small fish ponds and frogs and insects thriving in lush greenery.

She told me that they were giving me bottled water to drink after I was weaned from the milk bottle, and finally stopped that after she discovered me scooping water out of the toilet and drinking it.  She said they made sure to flush it every time someone used it from then on.

I always felt very close to my Gram, probably because of the bond formed during my baby and toddler years.  We didn't move away - when my father returned from the war, we moved into one of the family-owned apartments on the block, and then to a larger family-owned apartment on the block after my brother Stanley arrived in September 1946.  I saw Gram nearly every day, and she always had a little treat for me when I visited.  Gram was a sweetheart!

I wrote a blog post about my maternal grandmother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer back in 2009 - see Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977).

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Surname Saturday -- LNU (married Peirce) (England to colonial New England)

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

I am in the 8th great-grandmothers and I'm up to Ancestor #1045 who is Anne LNU (1613-1683) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through two generations in this LNU family line is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

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

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

64. Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816)
65. Martha Whitney (1764-1832)

130.  Samuel Whitney (1719-1782)
131.  Abigail Fletcher (1720-1783)

260.  William Whitney (1683-1720)
261.  Martha Pierce (1681-1759)

522.  Joseph Peirce (1647-1713)
523.  Martha LNU (1647-1698)

1044.  Anthony Peirce, born Bef. 28 April 1611 in Norwich, Norfolk, England; died 09 May 1678 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 2088. John Pers and 2089. Elizabeth LNU.  He married about 1633 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
1045.  Anne LNU, born about 1613 in England; died 20 January 1683 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Anthony Peirce and Anne are:
*  Mary Peirce (1633-????).
*  Mary Peirce (1636-1701), married 1654 Ralph Reed (1630-1712).
*  Jacob Peirce (1637-????).
*  Daniel Peirce (1640-1723), married 1663 Elizabeth LNU (1642-1687).
*  Martha Peirce (1641-????).
*  Joseph Peirce (1647-1713), married (1) 1667 Martha LNU (1647-1698); (2) 1698 Elizabeth Kendall (1653-????).
*  Benjamin Peirce (1649-????), married 1678 Hannah Brooks (1653-1747).
*  Judith Peirce (1650-1723), married 1667 John Sawin (1653-1690).

The only information I have about Anne LNU is from the book:

Frederick Clifton Peirce, Peirce Genealogy (Worcester, Mass.: C. Hamilton, 1880).

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Reader Comments on "How Do I Plan to Save My Genealogical Research for Posterity?"

I have had several excellent comments on my blog post How Do I Plan to Save My Genealogical Research for Posterity? (posted 24 September 2014).

They include:

1)  Heather Wilkinson Rojo said:  "This is a project that can't wait, Randy. I've already made register style reports of ten generations and passed it out to relatives for Christmas presents. Don't wait "until its finished" or "when I get more information" because REALLY who is ever done with their genealogy. Get out copies ASAP. This Christmas! While you are at it, donate an extra copy to your local library, genealogy society or to the library or historical society where the majority of your people lived. - - Also, Blurb will slurp your blog, so there is minimal work in getting a hard copy of your posts in book form. This is a project you can do ASAP, too."

My comment:  Excellent advice, thank you. My local libraries don't have shelf space for my tomes, I fear.   I may do the MyCanvas-type books for Christmas some year soon.  I haven't tried the Blurb slurp yet.

2)  Cary Bright commented:  "I really think as we get older where our research is going [literally and figuratively] should be a focus. I am making decisions differently now and it looks like you are too. Thanks for the great look at your research retention steps."

3)  Tony Proctor noted:  "Definitely a deep question, Randy, and I haven't found an answer myself either.

"Just focusing on the digital data for a second, as hardware and computer operating-systems change, there will always be a route to migrate your data to a newer platform -- if someone is sufficiently interested in maintaining it -- but what about the actual data format? If the data format is proprietary, including database schemas, then will there be any runnable programs in the world that will still be able to make sense of it in times to come? If the structure of online sites is insufficient to accurately represent your data -- for instance, because they're 'tree focused' -- then you have probably invested in some desktop program which may have a limited longevity.

"Even standardised data formats for images (e.g. jpg) and video (e.g. mp4) may be superseded over time but at least they have a public specification and so such data could still be read, if necessary. Maybe this is a question for FHISO: do we need a standardised format for our genealogical data that is neutral with respect to hardware and software, or is some format that only offers limited exchange capabilities sufficient?"

My comment:  You've hit on one of the major issues - if we keep the information solely in a digital form, it may become obsolete or ignored (I know my son-in-law put the CDs I used to give them in a desk drawer).  

At this time, we have a data transfer standard - GEDCOM.  And probably the FamilySearch Family Tree API.  This may be an issue for FHISO as you suggest.  

4)  Emily Moore suggested:  "You could donate your research to a major library during your lifetime. I know the Allen County Public Library accepts donations of organized materials, either paper or digital."

My comment:  Excellent suggestion, Emily.  Thank you.  Maybe they'll have shelf space for my one-name study reports and ancestor reports.  The key is the word "organized" - mine isn't well organized, except for my family tree database.

5)  Marian offered:  "My friends and I discuss this more often these days -- I guess it's a boomer thing. We're also a population who have used computers long enough to know that companies come and go, data formats change, new computers can't accept connectors from older peripherals, and companies have no interest in supporting last year's model of data, software, or hardware.

"Randy, I've found it very time-consuming to get just one nuclear family with about 10 children onto FamilySearch's Family Tree with their sources, even though I already have them researched and documented on my desktop. Importing a Gedcom with fewer than 100 people was a disaster, requiring more clean-up time than retyping it all by hand would have taken. 

"How have you progressed in putting your tree onto Family Tree? Is there a secret technique that I'm missing?

"I've been toying with the hard-cover photobooks that so many websites will let us format online, and then print and ship them to us. I think the images can act as eye-candy, and I can slip in narratives about the people and documents in the images. My feeling is that it needs to have hard covers to defend itself over time on a shelf, and people will hold onto it for the photos with labels, even if they don't care about the text. 

"By the way, many of the sites that offer this service have sales around May-June, and probably November-December. I like the fact that I can keep the master on the web site, revise it as I need to, and print on demand when I have the funds or need a gift for a wedding or new baby."

My comments:  Marian, I add content to FamilySearch Family Tree through RootsMagic 6.  That minimizes my typing, but there is a lot of clicking.  My problem is that I sometimes forget the spouses of siblings of my ancestors and don't match them or add their Events, sources, and notes.  Using the GEDCOM file into the Genealogies website works, but it loses a lot of useful information in the process.  

I've managed to add most of my ancestral families into the Family Tree back 7-9 generations, but then I bump up against the Individuals of Unusual Size that cannot be merged.  It takes time, but using RootsMagic has made it easier.  Note that Legacy Family Tree 8 and Ancestral Quest 14 essentially do the same thing as RootsMagic does.  

6)  mbm1311 said:  "I have settled on, FamilySearch, WeRelate and scanning my research binders and sending them to Mocavo. As it has already been said - none of this goes from one to the other in a clean and complete fashion. Lots of follow up typing to try and get all the information in there.

"There is too much 'secretarial' work in genealogy. I don't like having to check things and re-enter missing data. What a waste of time!"

My comment:  I hadn't thought of scanning research binders and sending them to Mocavo.  I could do the same with my Scribd reports in PDF - send them to Mocavo -  I think.  

7) commented:  "Two things could resolve this problem. First is an XML-based data standard to replace GEDCOM. Second, genealogical societies need to realize what an asset this service would be for their members. With digital storage getting cheaper every day, building member archives can be a very lucrative operation. I would much rather give my research to the society (or societies) near me or where my ancestors lived than to a commercial enterprise."

My comment:  How would societies monetize the "member archives" after digitizing them?  I'm guessing by putting the information behind a pay wall, and letting users search them?  Have other societies done this?  Has it worked for them?

For me, the big issue is the quality of the research in the "member archives."  My experience is that only 20% of all researchers do any original research - most rely on work someone else has published (book, periodical, website) or put in an online family tree.  We have a "family archive" in my local society file cabinet at the library - four boxes of correspondence and photocopies of published work.  Despite publicizing of the surnames, no one has wanted to look at it.

8)  T noted:  "I have gone back to paper. I have my tree on line but since no one is interested no one will find it when I die. At least with binders of paper they will have to open the binder to see what's in there. I have also written the story of several couples with some still to write. I've given binders with the stories to some relatives. The feed back on the stories has been positive but it hasn't sparked any interest in anyone. Why bother if I'm going to do the work and print the book for free?"

My comment:  For the family members that might be interested in the family history, a paper book or binder is probably the best way to go, in my humble opinion.

9)  Thank you to my readers who offered commentary and suggestions.  

Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Updated 27 September to add #7 and #8 above.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 39: #46 Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" in her blog post Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  Here is my ancestor biography for week #39:

Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872) is #46 on my Ahnentafel list, my third great-grandfather.  He married in 1813 to #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865). 

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, 
#23 Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864), who married #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885)
*  their daughter, #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917)
*  their daughter, #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), 
* their son, #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


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

*  Name:                       Jonathan Oatley[1–11]   
*  Sex:                       Male   
*  Father:                       Joseph Oatley (1756-1815)   
*  Mother:               Mary Hazard (1765-1857)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL FACTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                        7 July 1790, South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1]
*  Baptism:                   6 February 1813 (age 22) Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1]
*  Census:                     1 June 1820 (age 29), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[2]    
*  Census:                     1 June 1830 (age 39), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[3]
*  Census:                     1 June 1840 (age 49), Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[4]
*  Census:                     1 June 1850 (age 59), Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[5]
*  Occupation:              1 June 1850 (age 59), stonecutter; Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[5]
*  Census :                    1 June 1860 (age 69), East Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[6]
*  Occupation:             1 June 1860 (age 69) mason; East Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[6]    
*  Census :                    1 June 1870 (age 79), East Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[7]
*  Death:                      10 August 1872 (age 82), East Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[8-10]
*  Burial:                      after 10 August 1872 (after age 82), Bartlett Cemetery #1, Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, United States[10-11]
3)  MARRIAGE AND CHILDREN  (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

*  Spouse 1:                Amy Champlin (1798-1865)   
*  Marriage:            29 May 1813 (age 22), Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[12]
*  Child 1:                   John Alfred Oatley (1815-1863)   
*  Child 2:                   Joseph H. Oatley (1816-1898)   
*  Child 3:                   Almira O. Oatley (1817-1903)   
*  Child 4:                   Nancy E Oatley (1818-1892)   
*  Child 5:                   Lorenzo Dow Oatley (1821-1900)   
*  Child 6:                   Stephen Hazard Oatley (1822-1863)   
*  Child 7:                   William Henry Oatley (1824-1899)   
*  Child 8:                   Benedict Oatley (1825-1891)   
*  Child 9:                   Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864)   
*  Child 10:                 Jonathan Oatley (1828-1884)   
*  Child 11:                 Mary Eliza Oatley (1831-1907)   
*  Child 12:                 Hannah H. Oatley (1832-1907)   
*  Child 13:                 Olive F. Oatley (1836-1891)   
*  Child 14:                 George Whittier Oatley (1837-1837)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Jonathan Oatley was born on 7 July 1790 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, the son of Joseph and Mary (Hazard) Oatley.[1]

Jonathan Oatley was baptized in the Baptist Church at Exeter, RI. on 6 February 1813. Amy Champlin was baptized at the same church on 20 February 1813.[1]  They married in Exeter on 29 May 1813.[12]

In 1814, Jonathan Oatley bought a parcel of land in South Kingstown from R.A. Hazard for $20.00.[1]  On 30 November 1816, he and his wife sold an acre to his brother, Joseph Oatley, for $20.[1]  The land in South Kingstown was bounded northerly on land of the heirs of Daniel Stedman, westerly by land of Benjamin T. Peckham, southerly on a highway, and easterly by land of Rowland Hazard.  It was the same lot that the late Joseph Oatley held there.  Amy Oatley joined in the sale.

In the 1820 US Census, the Jonathan Oatley family resided in South Kingston, Washington County, Rhode Island.[2]  The household included:

*   three males under age 10, 
*  one male age 26 to 45, 
*  one female under age 10, 
*  one female age 16 to 26.

"Bro. Jonathan Oatley" was voted a letter of recommendation on 18 April 1829 by the Exeter church, and was a delegate to the Ecclesiastical Council on 2 July 1829.  On 16 October 1829, the congregation at Exeter voted to give Brother Jonathan Oatley a letter of recommendation and dismission.  He was ordained in about 1829 to become pastor of the First Baptist Church of South Kingstown, RI. His pastorate continued for about three years.[1]

The extracted information from the 1830 U.S. census record for Jonathan Oatley is:[3]

*  3 males under age 5 [probably William (born 1824?), Benedict (born 1826) and Jonathan (born 1828)]
*  2 males aged 5 to under 10 [probably Lorenzo (born 1821) and Stephen (born 1822)]
*  2 males aged 10 to under 15 [probably John (born 1815) and Joseph (born 1816)]
*  1 male aged 30 to under 40 [certainly Jonathan (born 1790)]
*  2 females under age 5 [probably Amy (born 1826) and ????]
*  1 female aged 10 to under 15 [probably Nancy (born 1818)]
*  1 females aged 15 to under 20 [perhaps Almira (born 1817)]
*  1 female aged 30 to under 40 [certainly Amy, wife of Jonathan (born 1798)]

In 1834, Jonathan Oatley and Amy, accompanied by twelve children, left South Kingstown and came to East Killingly, Connecticut. They joined the Baptist Church and he began as pastor on about 1 May 1834, carrying a letter of recommendation from the South Kingstown church. There is no record of how long he served in that capacity.  Trouble arose in the congregation in 1847.  The church records say:[1]

 "Whereas, elder Jonathan Oatley, and his wife Amy, Joseph Oatley, William Oatley, Amy Oatley White, were at different times during the year 1847 excluded from the fellowship, ordinances, and watch-care of this church."  

A later record for 5 February 1853 reads:[1]

 "In accordance with the invitation given to the following persons, Jonathan Oatley, Amy his wife, Joseph Oatley, William Oatley and Amy Oatley White did accept of said invitation and were by a unanimous vote restored to the full fellowship of said Church at a covenant meeting held ... Killingly the 5th day of Feb. 1853.  R.B. Covill, Church Clerk."

He and his sons were quarry men and granite workers, as well as farmers. They owned a quarry near Killingly Old Pond.  The "Oatley Ledges" near East Killingly are well known.  The Oatleys made long granite steps for the church in "Kentuck" and when that church was torn down, the steps were removed and have served as the steps in front of the Union Baptist Church in East Killingly.[1]

The first twelve children of Jonathan and Amy (Champlin) Oatley were born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.  Two more children were born in East Killingly, Connecticut, making a total of fourteen children.

In the 1840 US Census, the Jonathan Oatley family resided in District No. 25 of Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut (National Archive Microfilm Series, Roll 32, Page 165).  The household included:[4]

*   2 males age 10 to under 15, 
*  2 males age 15 to under 20, 
*  1 male age 20 to under 30, 
*  one male age 40 to under 50, 
*  1 female under age 5, 
*  2 females age 5 to under 10, 
*  one female age 10 to under 15, 
*  1 female age 20 to under 30 
*  one female age 40 to under 50.

In the 1850 US Census, the Jonathan Oatley family resided in Killingly Township, Windham County, Connecticut.[5] The household included:

*  Jonathan Oatley - age 59, male, stone cutter, born S. Kingston RI
*  Amey Oatley -- age 52, female, born S. Kingston RI
*  Olive Oatley -- age 14, female, born Killingly CT

In the 1860 US Census, the Jonathan Oatley family resided in East Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.[6]  The household included:

*  Jonathan Oatley -- age 70, male, mason, $1000 in real property, born CT
*  Annie Oatley -- age 62, female, born CT

It is said that when Jonathan Oatley was 75 years old, he walked from Killingly to South Kingstown to visit his many friends and relatives.[1]

In the 1870 US Census, Jonathan Oatly (age 79, at home, born RI) resided with his son Joseph Oatly (age 55, a stone cutter, born RI) and his family in East Killingly, Windham county, Connecticut.[7]

Jonathan Oatley died 10 August 1872 in Killingly, Connecticut, age 82, of old age.[8-10]  He was a widower, born in South Kingston, RI, reported by Dr. E.A. Hill.  The transcription of the death certificate for Jonathan Oatley is:

*  Name:  Jonathan Oatley
*  Sex:  Male
*  Date of Birth:  ------
*  Race:  White
*  Age:  82
*  Date of Death:  Aug. 10, 1872
*  County of Death: Windham
*  Town of Death:  Killingly
*  City & State of birth:  So. Kingston, Rhode Island
*  Marital Status:  Widowed
*  Last Spouse:  --------------------
*  Usual Occupation:  Clergyman
*  Residence-State:  Connecticut
*  Residence-County: Windham
*  Residence-Town:  Killingly
*  Cause of Death:  Old Age
*  Certification - Physician:  E.A. Hill

He and his wife are interred in the Bartlett Cemetery on Chestnut Hill in East Killingly.[10-11]  Before the caskets were lowered into the grave, the silver coffin plates were removed and given to a family member.[1]

His gravestone inscription in Bartlett Cemetery #1 in East Killingly, Connecticut, reads:[11]

was Born in S. Kingston, R.I.
July 7, 1790
and died in Killingly
Aug. 10, 1872
aged 82 years and 3 mos.
& 3 days

No probate records for Jonathan Oatley were found in the Killingly probate district records.
1. Harry J. Oatley, The Oatley Family in America and Their Descendants (Providence, R.I. : The Oatley Family Association, 1970), Jonathan Oatley sketch, page 30.

2. 1820 United States Federal Census, Washington County, Rhode Island, Population Schedule, South Kingstown; online database, (, Page 105, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M33, Roll 115.

3. 1830 United States Federal Census, Washington County, Rhode Island, Population Schedule, South Kingstown, Page 135 (penned), Jonathan Oatley household; digital image, ( : accessed 27 June 2013), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M19, Roll 167.

4. 1840 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Killingly town; Page 165 (penned), Jonathan Oatley household, digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M704, Roll 32.

5. 1850 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Killingly town, Page 358, dwelling #548, family #601, Jonathan Oatley household, online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 51.

6. 1860 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, Population Schedule, East Killingly, Page 553, dwelling #584, family #606, Jonathan Oatley household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Series M653, Roll 92.

7. 1870 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, Population Schedule, West Killingly:  Page 445 (stamped), Dwelling #725, Family #1045, Joseph Oatly household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 116.

8. Killingly, Connecticut, "Killingly Births, Marriages and Deaths" (Register at Killingly Town Hall, Danielson, Connecticut), Volume 2, 1849-1881, page 552.

9. Connecticut. Windham County. Killingly. Town Registrar's Office. Certified Copy of Death Record, Jonathan Oatley, 10 August 1872; Registrar of Vital Statistics, Killingly, Ct. (certificate dated 24 January 1992).

10. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Bartlett Cemetery #1, Killingly, Conn., Rev. Jonathan Oatley memorial #36289160.

11. Bartlett Cemetery #1, Killingly, Connecticut, Grave Markers, Rev. Jonathan Oatley marker.

12. Harry J. Oatley, The Oatley Family in America and Their Descendants (Providence, R.I. : The Oatley Family Association, 1970), page 38.


Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Which Family Tree Programs Sync With Online Trees and/Or Have Mobile Apps?

We discussed this question last night on DearMYRTLE's Wacky Wednesday Hangout On Air - "What Kind of Software is That?"  Watch it on YouTube at

I'm going to separate this discussion into different platforms - Genealogy Software Program, Mobile Devices, and Online Trees.

A)  Genealogy Family Tree Software Programs:

1)  Family Tree Maker 2014 (Windows) and Family Tree Maker for Mac (Mac):

***  Syncs (intentionally) with an online Ancestry Member Tree (one link per AMT).
*** syncs (automatically) with an online Ancestry Member Tree (one link per AMT)

2)  RootsMagic 6 (Windows) and with MacBridge (Mac):

***  Syncs person/event information (intentionally, not the whole tree) with the online FamilySearch Family Tree
***  Has RootsMagic mobile app that can read a RootsMagic file (no syncing)

3)  Legacy Family Tree 8 (Windows):

***  Syncs person/event information (intentionally, not the whole tree) with the online FamilySearch Family Tree
***  Families mobile app can read and sync (intentionally) with a  Legacy Family Tree software file on your computer

4)  Ancestral Quest 14 (Windows):

***  Syncs person/event information (intentionally, not the whole tree) with the online FamilySearch Family Tree

5)  Family Tree Builder 7 (Windows):

***  Syncs (intentionally) with an online MyHeritage Family Tree.
***  My Heritage mobile app syncs (automatically) with an online MyHeritage Family Tree.

6)  Reunion 10 (Mac):

***  Reunion mobile app syncs (intentionally) with a Reunion software tree.

7)  Family Historian (Windows, UK-based):

*** no syncing or mobile apps to date.

8)  Heredis (Windows and Mac):

***  Heredis mobile app syncs (intentionally) with Heredis software tree.

B)  Family Tree Mobile Apps

1) mobile app (iOS, Android and Windows):

***  Syncs (automatically) with an online Ancestry Member Tree

2)  MyHeritage mobile app (iOS and Android):

***  Syncs (automatically) with an online  MyHeritage Member Tree

3)  Family Tree mobile app (iOS):

***  Syncs (automatically) with the online FamilySearch Family Tree

4)  RootsMagic mobile app (iOS):

***  Static app from a specific RootsMagic software file.

5)  Families mobile app (iOS):

***  Syncs with a Legacy Family Tree software file.

6)  Reunion mobile app (iOS):

***  Syncs with a Reunion software file.

7)  GeneaNet mobile app (iOS and Android):

***  Syncs with a specific GeneaNet online family tree

C)  Online Family Trees

1) Member Tree (isolated tree):

***  GEDCOM upload
***  Provides Hints from databases
***  Syncs (intentionally) with a Family Tree Maker 2014 software file
***  Syncs (automatically) with an mobile app.

2)  MyHeritage Family Tree (isolated tree):

***  GEDCOM upload
***  Provides Record Matches from MyHeritage databases
***  Syncs (intentionally) with a Family Tree Builder software file
***  Syncs (automatically) with the MyHeritage mobile app

3)  GeneaNet Family Tree (isolated tree):

***  GEDCOM upload
***  Syncs automatically with mobile app

4)  FamilySearch Family Tree (universal tree):

***  No GEDCOM upload
***  Provides Record Hints from FamilySearch databases
***  Syncs (automatically) with Family Tree mobile app

5)  Geni World Family Tree (universal tree):

***  No GEDCOM upload
***  Does not sync with a software program or mobile app.

6)  WikiTree World Tree (universal tree)

***  GEDCOM upload
***  Does not sync with a genealogy software program or mobile app.

7)  WeRelate Family Tree (universal tree):

***  GEDCOM upload
***  Does not sync with a genealogy software program or mobile app.

8)  FindMyPast. com Family Tree (isolated tree)

***  GEDCOM upload

9)  Mocavo Family Tree (isolated tree)

***  GEDCOM Upload
***  Provides limited Hints from Mocavo databases

D)  I think I've captured most of the major players here.  

There are other genealogy software programs, and some may sync to an online family tree site or to a mobile app.  There are other stand-along mobile apps that can read a GEDCOM file.  There are other family tree websites also.  There are other software programs that work with records (e.g., Clooz, Evidentia) and mobile apps that provide specific genealogical information (Find A Grave, BillionGraves).

If you know of one that I haven't listed above, or have a correction to the list above, please leave a comment on this blog post and I will add it to the list.

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Updated: 26 September, modified GeneaNet app sync, and added Mocavo and FindMyPast online trees.

2015 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) - Early-Bird Registration Ends October 31, 2014

This information was provided via email from the Utah Genealogical Association and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG):


The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) will be held from January 12 to 16, 2015. All courses and events will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center Hotel. Labs, if applicable, and research facilities will be available at the Family History Library.


Early-bird registration ends on October 31, 2014. If you log in as a member first your information will be populated and you will be automatically charged the reduced rate. If you are a non-UGA member you may purchase a membership, register as a non-member, and be refunded the difference. If you have questions please call the main UGA phone number at (801) 259-4172 or You will be given the option to pay by credit card using PayPal (you do not have to have a PayPal account) or by sending a check.

Tuition is $375 for UGA members and $425 for non-members (a $50 savings).  You MUST be logged in to the member’s area of the website prior to registering to receive the member discount. These tuition prices are applicable through October 31, 2014 when early-bird registration expires.  (After October 31, 2014, tuition is $425 for UGA members and $475 for non-members). Two payment options are available: pay online with your credit card via PayPal or pay via check through the mail. Your place in the course is reserved upon checkout.


We recommend staying at the conference hotel, the Hilton Salt Lake City Center in order to obtain the full institute experience and have access to special events and networking with the instructors and other attendees.  SLIG’s reduced rate is $129/night (reduced from $269/night). This rate is set for up to four people in a room. The rooms are spacious and a two-queen room can comfortably accommodate four people.

*2015 Tracks*

In 2015, SLIG is offering twelve tracks. The foremost experts in the field for each subject provide students with at least twenty hours of in-depth instruction on their topic. The format allows coordinators and instructors to build on the understanding gained from each lecture, building a  foundation rather than giving scattered information. Students leave with a much deeper understanding of the topic.The following four tracks still have seats remaining:

*Beyond the Library: Research in Original Source Repositories (John Colletta, Ph.D., FUGA)*

This course explores repositories of original historical sources: archives, courthouses and manuscript collections. The purpose of this course is to take the mystery and trepidation out of using original source repositories.

*Finding Immigrant Origins (David Ouimette, CG)*

This course covers the key historical sources and research methodologies for family historians tracing immigrant origins. We explore chain migration, ethnic migration paths, surname localization, DNA evidence, cluster genealogy, and other tools to help find your immigrant’s ancestral village.

*Advanced Research Tools: Post-War Military Records (Craig R. Scott, CG, FUGA)*

Wars by their nature create records; however records are created in the aftermath of war also. There is the pension application file(s) or a bounty land application file(s). But there is so much more in addition to these records. There is pension law, payment ledgers, payment vouchers, public
and private claims, correspondence, state claims, soldiers homes, and burial records. This course will cover these topics in-depth.

*Resources and Strategies for US Research, Part I (Paula Stuart-Warren, CG, FUGA, FMGS)*

This course provides in-depth study of 19th-21st century U.S. resources and methodologies for utilizing them. Analyze content, origin, location, and develop tools and strategies to interpret records.

We look forward to seeing you at SLIG in January 2015!


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Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 233: List of Children of Norman and Benjamin Seaver in Westminster, Mass.

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 list of children of Norman and Sarah (Read) Seaver and Benjamin and Martha (Whitney) Seaver  in the Westminster, Massachusetts town record book:

There are two families entered on this page of the Westminster, Massachusetts town record book.  The transcription of the two family entries is:

Mr. Norman Seuer and Wife Sarah Seuer Fam?
September ye 25^h 1774    Leafe Seuer Borne   and Deceased August ye ?? of consumption
October ye 2^d 1775          Asell Reed Seuer Borne
1777 Aug^t 2^d                   Fatha Seuer Born
May 23 1780                       Lucinda Sever Born

Benjamin Seaver and Marthy his Wife Family Records
December 30th 1784          Achsa Whitney Seaver Born
December 2d 1786             Abigail Seaver Born
May 1^t 1789                     Job Seaver Born
November 15th 1791         Benjamin Seaver Born
July 27th 1794                   Susanna ^Whitney Seaver Born
Febr^y ye 10th 1797          Martha Seaver Born
Nov^r 24^th 1799              Silas Whitney Seaver Born
Dec^r 20^th 1802               Isaac Seaver Born
March 16^th 1806              Rozilla Seaver Born & Died Sept 18 1825
April 14^th 1812                Mary Jane Seaver Born

The source citation for one of these entries is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, ( : accessed 26 February 2012), "Westminster Births, Marriages and Deaths,"  page 38 (penned, image 116 of 1195), Family of Benjamin and Marthy Seaver, Benjamin Seaver birth entry, 1791.

The Norman Seaver family entries are for his last four children - other children were recorded in Sudbury between 1755 and 1759, and in Shrewsbury between 1761 and 1771.  

All of the known children of Benjamin and Martha (Whitney) Seaver were recorded in Westminster.

There are several "hands" in the writing on this page for the Norman Seaver family, but the list of children for the Benjamin Seaver appears to be in the same hand.  This may reflect a long-lasting town clerk whose writing didn't change significantly, or that all of the children were added to the record at one time.

Because I don't know if the Benjamin Seaver children were entered contemporaneously with their birth dates, I'm treating their birth records as a Derivative Source, Original Information and direct Evidence in the Quality measure provided in the RootsMagic 6 program.

Benjamin Seaver, born in 1791, the son of Benjamin and Martha (Whitney) Seaver, is my third great-grandfather.

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