Saturday, May 21, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Genealogy Life

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

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

Tell us about your "genealogy life."  How much genealogy and family history work do you do, on average, each week?  What tasks do you routinely perform every day, every month, every year?

2)  Share your genealogy life in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook or google+.

Here's mine:

Overall, I spend 50 to 60 hours a week on some aspect of genealogy.  A typical day (without society, speaking, teaching, or creating presentations) consists of:

*  Reading content from over 1,400 genealogy blogs (perhaps 400 each day on average) in several sessions (today it was four sessions) using Feedly (on the website, or mobile devices).  I select some and put them in the Best of the Genea-Blogs post which I publish on Sunday.  This is about 2 hours a day.

*  Write two to four blog posts - at least one is a daily theme post ( e.g., Amanuensis Monday, Tuesday's Tip, Wordless Wednesday, Treasure Chest Thursday, 52 Ancestors Friday, Surname Saturday, SNGF, Best of the Genea-Blogs, etc.), and some are Dear Randy questions, my own research progress, testing genealogy software and websites, plus selected press releases.  This is about 2 to three hours a day.

*  Doing research - finding records using Ancestry Hints, MyHeritage Record Matches,  FamilySearch Record Hints, or searching record databases.  I enter the content and sources to my RootsMagic database.  This can be from one to four hours each day, depending on other tasks and time available.  

*  Matching my RootsMagic people to FamilySearch Family Tree people and standardizing the FSFT dates, and places several times a week.  I often find new information and try to check it out in records and add the new information to my RootsMagic databases.

*  Social media is daily on Twitter and Facebook, but only occasionally on Pinterest.  I try to limit social media to 30 minutes a day but often fail.  This is 5 to 10 hours a week.

*  Watching webinars once or twice a week and or participating in Hangouts once or twice a week is usual.  This is two to three hours a week.

Weekly or monthly tasks include:

*  I am a board member for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and attend the board meeting, lead the Research Group meeting, usually attend the Computer Group meeting, and attend the Program meeting each month, and occasionally attend the Saturday Workshop.  I edit the monthly newsletter and the society blog (  This averages out to 15 to 20 hours a month.

*  I attend the SDGS program meeting each month and usually write the review article for the SDGS newsletter.  This averages out to 3 to 4 hours a month.  

*  Creating or editing existing presentations and handouts for genealogical societies or libraries or the OASIS class.  I typically give one presentation each month on average.  This work takes about ten to twenty hours a month on average.

*  I teach the RootsMagic class for SDGS once a month when I can at the San Diego FamilySearch Library.  Sometimes I take the opportunity to do some research there.  

*  We attend RootsTech in February and Jamboree in June, and occasionally the NGS and FGS conferences.  I go to at least one and sometimes two all-day seminars.  We also take weeklong genealogy cruises occasionally.  These are over and above the daily or weekly hours.  

That's pretty much my genealogy life!  


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Surname Saturday - LNU (England to 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 #1421, who is Martha LNU (1625-1697) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through one generations of 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)

10.  Thomas Richmond (1848-1917)
11.  Julia E. White (1848-1913)

22.  Henry Arnold White (1824-1885)
23.  Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864)

44.  Jonathan White (1805-1850)
45.  Miranda Wade (1804-1850)

88.  Humphrey White (1758-1814)
89.  Sibel Kirby (1764-1848).

176.  Jonathan White (1732-1804)
177.  Abigail Wing (1736-1806)

354.  Benjamin Wing (1698-1776)
355.  Content Tucker (1695-1738)

710.  Abraham Tucker (1653-1725)
711.  Hannah Mott (1663-1730)

1420.  Henry Tucker, born about 1619 in East Grimstead, Wiltshire, England; died 21 April 1694 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 2840. Robert Tucker and 2841. Susan Barlow.  He married 1651 in Winchester, Hampshire, England.
1421.  Martha LNU, born about 1625 in England; died 09 November 1697 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.

Children of Henry Tucker and Martha are:
*  Abraham Tucker (1653-1725), married (1) 1679 Mary Slocum; (2) 1690 Hannah Mott (1663-1750).
*  John Tucker (1656-1751), married 1688 Ruth Wooley.
*  Martha Tucker (1659-????).
*  Hannah Tucker (1662-1702), married 1685 Nathaniel Slocum (1652-1702).
*  James Tucker (1665-1689).
*  Mary Tucker (1668-????), married 1690 Samuel Perry.
*  Sarah Tucker (1674-????), married 1694 Joseph Hoxie.

Information about this Tucker family was obtained from:

Jos Gahimer, "Early Tuckers," website, (, 2013.


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Friday, May 20, 2016

1.4 Million Westminster Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday - 20 May 2016

I received this via email today from Findmypast about their new databases:


1.4 Million Westminster Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of more than 1.4 million historic records held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre. The release forms the final phase of Findmypast’s Westminster Collection, rich archive of more than 15 million records including bastardy papers, workhouse records, militia records, wills and probate records, constables’ records, census fragments and more.

Consisting of parish baptisms, banns, marriages and burials, today’s release includes fully searchable transcripts and beautifully scanned images of original handwritten registers from more than 50 historic Westminster churches including St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Paul's Covent Garden.

Spanning more than four centuries of the city’s history from 1538 to 1945, the records full of fascinating details of London life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of inhabitants from all walks of life.

Also available to search this week are new additions to our collection Kent, Wills and Probate records, over 13.5 million historic British newspaper archives and a Browse function for our Irish Electoral Registers. We have released over 15 million new records and newspaper articles including:

Over 1,000 new records have just been released in the third phase of our collection of Westminster Baptisms. The records will reveal your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date and parents’ names.

Over 272,000 new records have just been added to our collection of Westminster Banns. The records will reveal where and when your Westminster ancestors announced their intention to marry, when they were married and where they lived.

Over 409,000 new marriages covering more than 40 Westminster parishes are now available to search. The records will reveal when your ancestor was born, where they lived, where they were married and to whom.

Discover if your English ancestor was buried in Westminster with over 517,000 new records that reveal when they were born, when they died and where they were laid to rest.

Over 1,600 will abstracts that reveal your ancestor’s occupation, probate date and any other names included in the documents have been added to our Kent Wills & Probate Indexes. The collection consists of four indexes created from probate cases in the English county of Kent from 1328 to 1890. The original probate documents are held at the Kent History & Library Centre.

You can now browse through 26 volumes of British Library Electoral registers to discover your ancestors in an exact location between the census years.

A massive 13.5 million new articles have been added including 13 brand new titles and updates to a further 23 existing newspapers. New titles from across the UK have joined the collection including publications from Cheshire, Essex, Kent, Lancashire, Wiltshire, Yorkshire and several new additions from Scotland.
Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.


I note that there are still no databases for Wiltshire and Somerset!  How many weeks do I have to point this out?

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