Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who is Your "Bad Behavior" Relative?

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)  Who is one of your relatives (ancestor or not) who behaved poorly during his or her life?   It can be any time period.

2)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on tjhisp ost, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+.

Here's one of mine:

Charles Auble (1849-1916) was my great-grandfather, husband of Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) and father to my maternal grandmother, Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977).  

Great-grandpa Charlie apparently lied to Georgianna throughout their courting in Chicago and marriage in Milwaukee,. Wisconsin.  He said he was born in October 1864 (age 35) in the 1900 U.S. Census, was age 54 in the 1910 U.S. Census, and his date of birth is listed as 31 October 1854 in his death certificate.

By family accounts, Charlie was fond of strong drink.  So much so that he fell down the stairs in the house on F Street in San Diego and ruptured his gall bladder, then lingered bed-ridden for  three months before he died, leaving a wife and 15 year old daughter to remember him not so fondly.  

Charlie was a painter and interior decorator - I think it was probably painting houses and fences and things, rather than art, because he was a member of the Painter's Union in Chicago and San Diego.  I can't find any newspaper items about Charlie in the San Diego newspapers on GenealogyBank about him, other than an obituary and several listings as an election official in April 1916 (but he died 23 March 1916).  

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Surname Saturday -- MAYO (England to colonial Massachusetts)

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 #1147 who is Elizabeth MAYO (1653-1696) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through three generations of this MAYO 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)

34. Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840)
35. Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869)

70.  Thomas Dill (1758-1836)
71.  Hannah Horton (1761-1797)

142.  Nathaniel Horton (1721-1763)
143.  Eunice Snow (1722-1816)

286.  Jabez Snow (1696-1760)
287.  Elizabeth Paine (1702-1772)

572.  Jabez Snow (1670-1750)
573.  Elizabeth Treat (1676-1755)

1146.  Samuel Treat, born 03 September 1648 in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States; died 18 March 1717 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 2292. Robert Treat and 2293. Jane Tapp.  He married 16 March 1674 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.
1147.  Elizabeth Mayo, born 22 May 1653 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States; died 04 December 1696 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  

Children of Samuel Treat and Elizabeth Mayo are:
*  Jane Treat (1675-1729), married 1694 Constant Freeman (1669-1745).
*  Elizabeth Treat (1676-1755), married 1695 Jabez Snow (1670-1750).
*  Sarah Treat (1678-1728), married 1700 Thomas Rogers (1672-1749).
*  Samuel Treat (1680-1733), married 1708 Joanna Vickery (1687-1720).
*  Mary Treat (1682-1723), married 1700 John Rich (1665-1747).
*  Robert Treat (1683-1701)
*  Abigail Treat (1686-????), married 1708 Richard Stevens.
*  Joseph Treat (1690-1756).
*  Joshua Treat (1692-1753), married 1720 Mercy Higgins (1697-1736).
*  John Treat (1693-1762), married 1716 Abigail Young (1694-1781).
*  Nathaniel Treat (1694-1735).

2294.  Samuel Mayo, born 1620 in Essex, England; died 1663 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.   He married 1643 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.
2295.  Thomasine Lumpkin, born 1625 in England; died 16 June 1709 in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 4590. William Lumpkin and 4591. Thomasine.

Children of Samuel Mayo and Thomasine Lumpkin are:
*  Mary Mayo (1650-1711), married 1664 Jonathan Bangs (1640-1728).
*  Hannah Mayo (1650-1671).
*  John Mayo (1652-1726), married 1681 Hannah Freeman (1664-1744).
*  Elizabeth Mayo (1653-1696), married 1674 Samuel Treat (1648-1717).
*  Mercy Mayo (1654-1665).
*  Joseph Mayo (1655-1712), married 1679 Sarah Short.
*  Nathaniel Mayo (1658-1709), married 1678 Elizabeth Wixam (1660-1699).
*  Samuel Mayo (1660-1668).
*  Sarah Mayo (1660-1742), married 1681 Edmund Freeman (1655-1720).
*  Mercy Mayo (1665-1748), married 1684 Samuel Sears (1664-1742).

4588.  John Mayo, born before 02 May 1598 in Greater Middleton, Northamptonshire, England; died 03 May 1676 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  He married  about 1620 in probably Essex, England.
4589.  Thomasine, born about 1602 in England.

Children of John Mayo and Thomasine are:
*  Samuel Mayo (1620-1663), married 1643 Thomasine Lumpkin (1625-1709)
*  Hannah Mayo (1624-????), married 1642 Nathaniel Bacon (1621-????).
*  Nathaniel Mayo (1627-1662), married 1650 Hannah Prence (1629-1698).
*  John Mayo (1630-1706), married 1651 Hannah Reycraft (1637-????).
*  Elizabeth Mayo (1634-1701), married 1653 Joseph Howes (1634-1695).

Information about this Mayo family was obtained from:

*  Lonnie Chrisman, "Notes of Chrisman Pedigree" (

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Friday, August 14, 2015

The Home Page Over the Years 1996 to 2015

I used the Wayback Machine on the Internet Archive website to capture these screen shots of the home page (not signed in) over the years:

1)  1996:

2)  1999:

3)  2001:

4)  2003:

5)  2006:

6)  2009:

7)  2012:

8)  2015:

Remember, these are the home pages that a non-logged in person would see.  You can also click on the tabs to see Search and other pages.

This is not an exhaustive list of the changes - I picked every two or three years to provide a limited number of views.

Note that from 2009 on, starting a new family tree (which is free to do) was at the top of the page rather than the Search fields.  The Family Trees tab appears in 2003.

According to, I have been an Ancestry subscriber since 27 July 2000, but I'm not sure that it has been continuous.  It has been continuous since about 2006.

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New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) to Publish The Mayflower Descendant with Winter 2016 Issue

I received this press release this morning:


August 14, 2015Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has announced that, as the result of an agreement with the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants (MSMD), NEHGS will assume a ten-year stewardship of the venerable journal The Mayflower Descendant. First published in 1899 by George Ernest Bowman, under the auspices of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, the journal is one of the most highly respected scholarly journals in the field of genealogy. NEHGS plans to continue twice-a-year publication, winter and summer, available by subscription, with a winter 2016 issue to be published at the end of the 2015 calendar year.

An editorial board of NEHGS experts will manage publication of the biannual journal, working in collaboration with leading scholars in the field ensuring that the high standards of the journal are maintained.

The journal will continue to be a source of scholarship relating to Mayflower families and related families, their origins in England, and their lives and places of residence in America, from the earliest settlements to their migrations north and westward. Articles will be of genealogical and historical importance and will maintain The Descendant’s historic scholarly standards. As publisher, NEHGS will encourage first-time authors to publish in The Descendant. A call for articles will be forthcoming.

D. Brenton Simons, NEHGS President and CEO, pointed out, “The Mayflower Descendant is essential for New England research, a ‘must-read’ when tackling a genealogical problem in New England or with New England roots. As the leader in scholarly excellence in family history, with established strength in New England genealogy and a nearly 170-year history of producing publications in the field, NEHGS is perfectly poised to assume the publication of The Descendant,” Simons continued, “carrying on the tradition begun by George Bowman in 1899 and shaping this prestigious journal for a modern audience.” 

Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, CGSM, member of the Board of Assistants of MSMD, and  consulting  editor for The Descendant, stated, “We are excited to partner with NEHGS in this new phase of publishing The Mayflower Descendant. The journal has long been a significant resource for genealogical researchers of early colonial New England and we are confident that NEHGS will continue its high level of genealogical scholarship.”

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 85: #101 Maria Dorothea (Dinkel) Spangler (1748-1835)

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.  I am extending this theme in 2015 to 104 Ancestors in 104 Weeks. Here is my ancestor biography for week #85:

Maria Dorothea Dinkel (1748-1835)  is #101 on my Ahnentafel list, my 4th great-grandmother, who married #100 Rudolf Spengler (1738-1811) in 1767.

I am descended through:

* their son, #50 Daniel Spangler (1781-1851), who married #51 Elizabeth King (1796-1863) in 1815.

*  their daughter, #25 Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901) who married #24 David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902),  in 1852.
*  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-....)


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

 *  Name:                     Maria Dorothea Dinkel[1]
*  Alternate Name:      Dorothea Spangler[3,4]    
*  Sex:                          Female   
*  Father:                      Johann Daniel Dinkel (1713-1755)   
*  Mother:                    Maria Ursula Von Ernest (1713-1793)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                       1748, Strasbourg, Alsace, France[1]
*  Death:                      12 June 1835 (about age 87), York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[1–3]   
*  Burial:                     after 12 June 1835 (after about age 87), Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[3]   
*  Probate:                  24 June 1835 (about age 87), will proved; York, York, Maine, United States[4]
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                Rudolf Spengler (1738-1811)   
*  Marriage 1:             1 January 1767 (about age 19), York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[1-2]   

*  Child 1:                  Gen. John Jacob Spengler (1767-1843)   
*  Child 2:                  Maria Catherine Spengler (1770-1824)   
*  Child 3:                  Elizabeth Spengler (1773-1844)   
*  Child 4:                  Margaret "Recky" Spengler (1773-1852)   
*  Child 5:                  Jesse Spengler (1775-1860)   
*  Child 6:                  Johannes Spengler (1777-    )   
*  Child 7:                  Anna Maria Spengler (1779-1841)   
*  Child 8:                  Daniel Spangler (1781-1851)   
*  Child 9:                  Mary Margaret Spengler (1783-1841)   
*  Child 10:                Peter Spengler (1786-1823)   
*  Child 11:                Helen Dorothea Spengler (1789-1842)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Maria Dorothea Dunckel was born in about 1748, probably in Strasbourg, Alsace, France, the daughter of Johann Daniel Dunckel and Maria Ursula Von Ernest[1].  The family emigrated to Pennsylvania in about 1758.

Maria Dorothea Dinkel married Rudolf Spengler on 1 January 1767 in York, York County, Pennsylvania[1-2].  They had eleven children between 1767 and 1789.  

A sketch of the left profile of Dorothea Spengler was done in about 1815, and was in the Spangler book.

The York [PA] Gazette newspaper of June 18, 1835 contains the obituary of Dorothea Spangler[2]:

"In memory of Dorothea Spangler, relict of Rudolf Spangler, deceased, who died June 12, at the advanced age of 87 years.  How few they that arrive at that period of life, blessed with a happy temperament of mind.  She led the life of a pure and upright Christian.  Relatives and friends revere and cherish her memory."

The gravestone of Dorothea Spangler is in Prospect Hill Cemetery in York, York County, Pennsylvania[3].  The inscription says:

Rudolf Spangler
Born 1738
Died Aug. 5 1811
Capt. 1775

Dorothea Spangler
Born 1748
Died June 12, 1835

Dorothea Spangler wrote a very short last will and testament in 1834 in German and it is in the York County, Pennsylvania probate record book[4].  I haven't found a translation of this record to date.

On 24 June 1835, Charles Nes and Jacob A. Fischer affirmed under oath that the will of Dorothea Spangler, written in German, was in her handwriting and her signature.  

1. Samuel Small, Jr., Genealogical Records of George Small, Philip Albright, Johann Daniel Dunckel, William Geddes Latimer, Thomas Bartow, John Reid, Daniel Denezet, Jean Crommelin, Joel Richardson (Philadelphia, Pa.: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1905), page 134, Maria Dorothea Dinkel sketch.

2. Edward W. Spangler, The Annals of the Families of Caspar, Henry, Baltzer and George Spengler Who Settled in York County Respectively in 1729, 1732, 1732 and 1751, with Biographical and Historical Sketches, and Memorabilia of Contemporaneous Local Events (York, Penn. : n.p., 1896), page 181, Rudolf Spengler sketch.

3. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Prospect Hill Cemetery, York, Penn., Dorthea Spangler memorial #73467755.

4. "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," digital images, FamilySearch (,  York County, “Wills, 1833-1846, Vol. R-S," will of Dorothea Spangler, 1834, in Volume R, pages 208-209 (images 116 and 117 of 528).


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pedigreeable - A New FamilySearch Certified Program

The latest FamilySearch Partner News blog post on the FamilySearch Blog highlighted a new certified partner program called Pedigreeable.

The description of the program is:  Pedigreeable is lets you create beautiful family tree charts and tree views. Quickly and easily create beautiful family trees, perfect for gifts or home decor.

I can't resist things like this, so here's what I found:

1)  The top of the home page at looks like this:

2)  Step 1 in the process of creating a beautiful, modern family tree is to select a template:

I picked the template on the left.

3)  Step 2 is to pick a color scheme:

I picked the one on the top row on the right.

4)  Step 3 is to sign into FamilySearch and identify yourself in the FamilySearch Family Tree:

The program collects you and your ancestors for four generations.  You can select one of those ancestors as the subject of your Pedigreeable.

After the ancestors load (as shown above), then click on "Done" (below the graphic).

5)  Now you have to choose if you want the Basic Download (Free), Deluxe Download ($19.95) or Poster Print ($34.95). 

I picked the Basic Download, which is a 600 x 600 pixel PNG file download.  

The Deluxe download gives you a choice:

*  A 1 megapixel download of a PNG file, optimized for embedding in blog posts.
*  A 9 megapixel download of a PNG file, optimized for medium and small prints.
*  A 144 megapixel download of a PNG file optimized for large prints.

The Poster Print option provides an 18 inch by 24 inch  poster on white semi-glass paper, with free shipping.

6)  Here are two of the Pedigreeable charts I created:

I like the Balloons chart, but I wish the type was bolder.

7)  This program is really easy to use, and provides a useful product.  However, it is only 5 generations, and you have to be in the FamilySearch Family Tree to make it work.

Users should note that there are other FamilySearch certified programs that provide free or paid charts with more generations (e.g.,  But this one is quick, different and pretty.

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