Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My Best Ancestral Genea-Discoveries of 2015

I guess it's OK to write this post now - I had many ancestral genealogical discoveries in 2015, and I want to list the best ones.  I'll list them in chronological order:

*  Plotting the Metes and Bounds of Simon Gates Home Farm in Gardner, Mass.Farm-Spotting: The Simon Gates Home Farm in Gardner, Massachusetts and More Farm-Spotting the Simon Gates Home Farm in Gardner, Massachusetts, and Finding the Simon Gates 1803 Home Farm Using Historic Map Works Overlays.

*  Amanuensis Monday - Post 258: 1912 Probate Record of James Richmond of Putnam, Connecticut - Part 1Amanuensis Monday - Post 259: 1912 Probate Record of James Richmond of Putnam, Connecticut - Part 2 and Amanuensis Monday - Post 260: 1913 Probate Record of James Richmond of Putnam, Connecticut - Part 3

*  Amanuensis Monday - Post 261: 1875 Probate Record of Frederick Sovereen of Windham, Ontario

*  Yes, Grandchild, We are Related to Princess Charlotte!

*  Mea Culpa - The Ranslow Smith House in Jefferson County, New York

*  Finding Humphrey White's House in Glocester, R.I.

*  Jane and Rachel Morley in the Lancashire Quarterly Sessions Reports on

*  James Vaux Articles in the British Newspaper Collection on FindMyPast

*  Down the Rabbit Hole - Finding the Estate Papers of John Underhill (1721-1793) of Chester, N.H.

*  Winner! Will of Jonathan Lewis (1715-1785) of Staten Island, New York

*  Winner!! Probate Records for Sever Torgerson Leland (1804-1889) of Dane County, Wisconsin

*  Big Winner!!! Will of Matthias Trimmer (1722-1793) of Roxbury, New Jersey

*  Winner: A Twofer in Ancestry's New Jersey Wills and Probate Collection, But!

*  Found: 1906 Death of Charles Woodward in Topeka, Kansas

*  Woo Hoo!!! Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate File Papers, 1731-1881, Now on

*  Enriching My RootsMagic Database - Miss Sadie Vaux

My one-day visit to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City provided many more probate and deed records for my ancestral families.  In many cases, these don't provide breakthroughs or great finds, but they do add to the information about the lives of my ancestors.  The other major event was in Early September, when added the U.S. Wills and Probates collection for each state.  

Looking back, there's no really big breakthrough there - just a lot of small additions to the genealogy database for my ancestry.  In addition, I transcribed and sourced many of the records and documents on hand in my weekly Amanuensis Monday and Treasure Chest Thursday posts.  With this list, I should be able to remember what I did accomplish in 2015!

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