Saturday, December 31, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (SNGF) - What did Genea-Santa Bring You?

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

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

1) What gift that you received for Christmas is your favorite for genealogy purposes? Book, magazine, hardware, software, website subscription, research time, DNA test - what was it, and how will it affect your genealogy research?

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

 Come on, spill!  And it's OK to respond to this in the days after Saturday too!

My response:

I gifted myself with the book The Stranger In My Genes by Bill Griffeth.  I look forward to reading about his journey into finding his birth father using DNA.

We got two priceless family history gifts.  The first is a 2017 photo calendar with pictures of Tami's family each month as they grew up in 2016.  She gets them from Shutterfly and we now have about six years of them.   
This calendar will rekindle memories of 2016 with our daughter and grandchildren - the holidays, the birthdays, the overnight visits with us, the school shows, etc. 

The second gift is the large photograph of all of our descendants as of December 2016 - I wrote about it in Our Best Christmas Gift for 2016 -- (Not So) Wordless Wednesday Post 445.  It's on our entry way wall now, and I look at it every day and think "this is our legacy - they are beautiful."


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Family Tree Maker Newsletter - dated 24 December 2016

The Family Tree Maker Users Facebook group page has the latest newsletter (dated 24 December 2016) from Jack Minsky of Software McKiev, the owner of Family Tree Maker:


FAMILY TREE MAKER News - Holiday Edition

As you settle in for some holiday cheer, here's our last news for 2016.

If you've been trying hard to resist upgrading to the new MacKiev edition, well quick, cover your eyes, close this email or just jump to the next article, because we are about to share three potentially irresistible reasons to make your move:
• The $29.95 upgrade discount ends December 31st (it's going up to $39.95)
• You will be able to continue syncing into 2017 and beyond
• You will get a copy of a new edition coming in 2017 — for FREE

So if you haven't upgraded yet from your older Ancestry edition of Family Tree Maker (FTM 2012 or Mac 2 and older), and you've read this far, no more excuses. See “How to Get a Copy of FTM” below to learn more.

Here's the situation. You're upgrading to our new edition of Family Tree Maker and you have your tree still linked to your old edition. Well there's one thing you should NOT do — and that's to break that link and re‐download your tree. Because now you can take your link with you. When you open your tree in our edition, the link will move (somewhat magically if you ask me) right along with the tree. No need to break links or re‐download. It just works.

Relax. TreeSync® won't stop working at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve. It will still be retired at some point in the not too distant future, but before that happens, new syncing technology will be available to replace it. And that means syncing as we know it for FTM is going to live on into 2017 and beyond. So stop worrying about what happens at the end of the year. As long as you've purchased a MacKiev edition, syncing, search, and Ancestry's shaky leaf hints are all here to stay.

If you're an early bird in the US, you'll be pleased to know that we've added three more morning hours to our live chat support service, now open from 6am‐6pm, 7 days a week. We still offer email support and you'll find hundreds of useful articles in our Support Center. But when your research can't wait, there's nothing like a live agent to walk you through the steps. See “Getting Technical Support”, below.

Here's hoping you have a great holiday time with family and friends, and I can hardly wait to share what's coming in the new year. But that will just have to wait for the next edition of Family Tree Maker News.

Stay tuned!
Jack Minsky
Software MacKiev

Topics of Interest (see below)
• How to Get a Copy of FTM
• Getting Technical Support
• Getting a Replacement Copy
• Family Tree Maker Home Page Links

As you probably know, we have published updated versions of Ancestry's latest editions which we call FTM 2014.1 and Mac 3.1. You can find out how to get a copy below. Where you go depends on what Family Tree Maker edition you currently have:

• Users of FTM 2014 and Mac 3
Free updates are coming very soon. If your copy is working well, just hang in there, and we'll notify you as soon as the updates are available. If however, you are experiencing problems with your copy of FTM, you can get the latest build right now for free. See “Getting a Replacement Copy” below.

• Users of older FTM editions
No matter how old your copy of FTM is, or whether it's running on Windows or Mac, you can download an upgrade for $29.95 (vs. $69.95 regular price) until the end of 2016. Sign up for the Family Tree Maker mailing list at to take advantage of this limited-time upgrade offer which ends December 31st.

• New users
If you have never owned a copy of Family Tree Maker before, you can download a full edition from our online store for $69.95 by going to and clicking the Store button. You can purchase a download with or without a hard copy on CD or on a USB drive. And on startup, you'll get an offer for a 14-Day free trial you can use to search all US records on

Software MacKiev is now supporting all versions of Family Tree Maker for both Mac and Windows, though Ancestry will continue to assist us behind the scenes through the end of 2016 and beyond.
Where to Get Technical Support

Companion Guide. 
The first stop for learning how to use features of Family Tree Maker is the Companion Guide which contains step by step instructions for everything you might want to do. You can open the guide from the Help menu while running Family Tree Maker.

Knowledge Base. 
We have hundreds of helpful articles posted on our support site on a variety of topics that will be of interest to all users, and can help solve problems. To get to the knowledge base, just go to

Support Requests. 
If you don't find what you need in the Knowledge Base articles (at just click the link for “additional support” at the bottom of the page and you will see the Technical Support request form. Typically we'll be getting back to you by email in 2 days or less.

Live Chat. 
When you file a Support Request (see above) between the hours of 6am and 6pm EST (7 days a week), you will have an option to have a live chat with an experienced support agent. This can be very helpful for urgent issues or those that would be easier as a discussion than an email exchange.

Facebook Group. 
There is an excellent unofficial but very active Facebook group called “Family Tree Maker® Users” which you might want to consider joining. They have many very experienced users who are generous in sharing their time and wisdom to help other users solve problems and learn new tricks.

Replacement Copies. 
We have set up an online Replacement Center which is always open. The Center provides free replacements for those with FTM 2014 or Mac 3 and later, and discounted upgrade replacements for older editions. If you are a registered user and find yourself needing a fresh copy, then have a look at “Getting a Replacement Copy” below.

For any users needing a replacement for FTM 2014 or Mac 3, we have set up a completely automated online Replacement Center. Whether you've had a hard drive crash, are moving to a new computer, or just need to reinstall FTM but your activation code doesn't work anymore, you can use the Replacement Center 24 hours a day to get a fresh copy. Here's how:

Getting a Replacement Download
1. Go to
2. Click "for additional assistance" at the bottom of the page.
3. Click the Replacement Center tile.

The Replacement Center checks that you have a copy of FTM 2014 or Mac 3 registered with Ancestry and then provides you with a free fresh link by email. You will also be given an option to purchase a backup disc for $10 or our new natural wood USB backup drive for $14. Note that what you get will be a full free-standing installer, so it won't be looking for your old copy, a disc, or anything else.

You will also notice that the replacement copy installer doesn't ask you for an activation code. That's because we don't use them. Why? Well, we don't like them ourselves, so we decided a long time ago we weren't going to torment our customers with them. Instead, we use this old-fashioned thing called the honor system. It's been working pretty well for us for more than two decades now, so don't expect us to be changing that any time soon.

Almost everything you will need to know can be found on our Family Tree Maker home page.
Links on the home page include:
• FAQ – Find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
• Feedback – Let us know what we're doing right and what to improve.
• Report a Bug – Tell us what you think needs to be fixed.
• Suggest a Feature – What you would like to see in our next edition?
• Beta Tester Signup – Volunteer to help us test upcoming editions
• Gift Collection – Perfect gifts for the family historian.

Any Questions?
If you have questions for us, please first read our FAQ as we've tried to answer the most common ones there. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, please send your question through our Feedback Form which you'll find on our FTM Home Page (see above). Thanks!


If you go to the Facebook group page, please read the comments - there are many, and some of them describe a good experience updating their Family Tree Maker software and continuing to sync with their Ancestry tree.

So the bottom line for current FTM 2012 and earlier users is that there is a FREE update right now, but FTM 2014 (Windows) or FTM Mac 3 (Macs) users will have to wait for the email with the link until sometime soon (Jack's intro says "next week" which starts on 1 January 2017). 

One other great thing is that, for current users of FTM 2012 and earlier, the NEW version for 2017 will have a discounted upgrade price if you buy the Update now.  And the sync with a currently linked Ancestry Member Tree should work.

I didn't see any promise of a FTM 2017 discount for FTM 2014 and Mac 3 users, but I'm guessing there will be one.

I haven't received my email from Software MacKiev yet because I am a registered FTM 2014 user.  I don't think I will download the replacement copy now since the email is coming "soon."

I just found the email for my FTM 2014 Update in my Gmail spam folder dated 30 December.  Onward!

Has anyone taken advantage of the earlier users opportunity?  


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Surname Saturday -- LNU (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 #1513, who is Rebecca LNU (1625-1692) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through one generation of this LNU family line is:

1. Randall J. Seaver (1943-????)

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)

46.  Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872)
47.  Amy Champlin (1798-1865)

94.  Joseph Champlin (1758-1850)
95.  Nancy Kenyon (1765-????)

188.  Elijah Champlin (1730-1779)
189.  Phoebe Card (1730-1787)

378.  Job Card (1690-1760)
379.  Judith Greenman (1694-1786)

756.  Job Card (1653-1739)
757.  Martha Acres (1668-1715)

1512.  Richard Card, born about 1620 in England; died before 01 July 1674 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.  He married before 1647 in probably Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.
1513.  Rebecca LNU, born about 1625 in England; died after 20 November 1692 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.

Children of Richard Card and Rebecca are:
*  Joseph Card (1648-1729), married 1677 Jane LNU (1653-1717).
*  James Card (1650-1706), married (1) 1678 Ruth DeHavens (1656-1702); (2) 1703 Martha West (1675-1764).
*  Job Card (1653-1739), married (1) 1689 Martha Acres (1668-1715); (2) 1716 Margery Acres (1665-1724); (3) 1724 Hannah Holloway (1667-????).

Information about this Card family was obtained from:

*  Maxine Phelps Lines, "Descendants of Richard Card of Newport," Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Volume 3, Number 3 (January 1981) to Volume 4, Number 4 (April 1982), Volume 3, Number 3, Page 193.


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Friday, December 30, 2016

This Week's We're Related Relationships - 30 December 2016

I received 11 new cousin relationships on the We're Related mobile app this week, which is based on Ancestry Member Trees.  The new relationships, and my initial evaluation of them, are:

1)  Barack Obama -- U.S. President, 8th cousin 1x removed, common ancestor is Mary Jones (1672-1760).

My line to Mary Jones is through her son Jacob Fitz Randolph, and Barack's line is through her daughter, Prudence Fitz Randaolph.  I have researched both lines, and think this relationship is Very Likely.

2)  Diane Patricia Gould -- Facebook friend, 9th cousin, common ancestor is Joanna Kitchell (1637-1711)

The app says my line adds 5 generations from my 4th great-grandfather William Knapp to Joanna Kirtchell, but the five generations are not in my tree, for good reasons explained in earlier posts.  I don't know about Diane's line.  My judgment is that this relationship is Unlikely.

3)  Stephen King -- Author, 8th cousin 2x removed, common ancestor is John Norman (1637-1713).

My line does not go through this John Norman.  The app shows John Norman (1666-1713) as the son of John Norman (1637-1672), and Eunice Norman (1686-1743) as the daughter of  John Norman (1666-1713), but that is incorrect, IMHO.  My research says Eunice Norman is the daughter of John Norman (1660-1709), who is the son of Richard Norman (1623-1683).  My judgment is that this relationship is Unlikely as stated. 

However, since the father of my Richard Norman (1623-1683) and Stephen's John Norman (1606-1672) is Richard Norman (1580-1653), which makes me Stephen King's 9th cousin 1x removed.
4)  Rebbecca Caya -- Facebook friend, 8th cousin 1x removed, common ancestor is Mariah Smith (1664-1724).

My line to Mariah Smith is through daughter Ruth Collins; Rebbecca's line goes through William Collins (1712-1812), her purported brother.  My records indicate that William Collins (1690-1767) is the son of Mariah Smith, and not the William Collins born in 1712 (when Mariah would have been 48 years onld).  My judgment is that this Relationship is Unlikely.

6)  Dolly Parton -- Musician, 8th cousin 2x removed, common ancestor is Marretie Hansen Vos (1660-????).

The app extends my line three generations back from Margriet Wies (1726-????), whose parents are unknown to me.  My judgment is that this relationship is Unlikely.

7)  Emma Stone -- Actress, 7th cousin 3x removed, common ancestor is Anna Maria Drupler (1685-1783)

The app extends my line back one generation from Maria Magdalena Ritter (1706-1784), and I don't have her parents.  Emma's line is through a daughter Eva Rosina Ritter (1708-1783).  My judgment is that this relationship is Possible, and I will investigate this added generation.

8)  Cathy Napolitano -- Facebook friend, 8th cousin 2x removed, common ancestor is Hannah Benjamin (1668-1752).

My line to Hannah Benjamin is through her son Amos Gates (1706-1783), while Cathy's line is through daughter Elizabeth W. Gates (1707-1738), mother of Mary Burton.  My records indicate that Elizabeth Gates (1701-1741) was the daughter of Hannah Benjamin, and married Thomas Wheeler.  Because of the difference in birth year and spouse's name for Elizabeth Gates, my judgment is that this relationship is Doubtful.

9)  Russ Worthington -- Facebook friend, 8th cousin 2x removed, common ancestor is Jacob Warren (1642-1722).

The app indicates that Jacob Warren is the father of Abigail Warren (1707-1748), who is them other of Hannah Colby (1745-????).  My research and AMT indicates that Hannah Colby was the daughter of Abigail Worthen (1714-????) who married Joseph Colby in 1736, and Abigail was the daughter of Ezekiel Worthen (1672-1755).  Russ's line goes through Jacob Warren's daughter Sarah Warren (1670-1741), who married a Lee.  A search showed that there were no Ancestry Member Trees for a Sarah Warren born 1670 whose father was Jacob Warren and whose husband was a Lee.   My judgment is that this relationship is Doubtful, although I will further investigate the possibility listed.

My records indicate that Jacob Warren (1642-1722) of Chelmsford, Mass. was the husband of Mary Hildreth (1650-1730), daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (--?--) Hildreth of Chelmsford.  I am an 8th great-grandson of Richard Hildreth, so Russ may be a 10th great-grandson of Richard Hildreth.

10)  Mickey Mantle -- Sports star, 8th cousin 1x removed, Nathaniel Ambrose (1677-1745).

My line from Nathaniel Ambrose goes through Elizabeth Ambrose (1698-1782) who married Sampson Underhill in 1718 in Massachusetts.  Mickey's line goes through Rachel Ambrose (1710-1770) who married a Lea. I don't have Rachel Ambrose in my database, but I could be wrong.  Some Ancestry trees indicate that Rachel (Ambrose) Lea was born in Virginia and married there, while my Elizabeth Ambrose was born and lived in New England.  My judgment is that this relationship is Unlikely.

11)  Annette Kapple -- Facebook friend, 8th cousin 2x removed, common ancestor is Magdalena Jacobs Verdon.

The app adds two generations to Helena (--?--) Putman to get to Magdalena Verdon for my line.  My guess is that Annette's line to Magdalena is correct.  My judgment is that this relationship is Doubtful, although I will investigate the Brouwer connection it provides.

My count is up to 108 famous or Facebook cousins provided by the app.  This week, my judgment is that only one of the 11 cousin relationships are Likely or better.

I will say it again:  My biggest problem with this We're Related app is that it thinks it knows my ancestral lines better than I do, and adds one to five generations to some of my end-of-line ancestors.  They may be right -- I don't know -- and can't really find out because they provide no source material to back up their assertions.  If there was authoritative information for my end-of-line ancestors, I would add it.  None of the "Doubtful" or "Wrong" relationships have been convincing to me yet.


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The Genea-Musings Top 40 Viewed Posts for 2016

Like many other genea-bloggers, I'm curious about which posts on Genea-Musings are "popular" - and why they might be.

Here are the Top 40 viewed Genea-Musings blog posts from 2016 that had the most page views in 2016 (from View Count statistics on the Google Blogger Posts page as of 30 December 2016). 

Post Title


Book Review: "The Spyglass File," by Nathan Dylan Goodwin



Creating Source Citations in RootsMagic 7 - Post 1: New Master Source



Historical Records of an American Santa Claus


4 has Added "North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000" Database



RootsTech 2016 Conference Blog Compendium - UPDATED!



Does the Ancestry Member Tree Index "Prune" Trees?



Amanuensis Monday - 1911 Petition for Certificate of Title for Anna T. Leland (1853-1911) of Deerfield, Wisconsin



Creating Source Citations in RootsMagic 7 - Post 4: Crafting a Source Citation for a Published Book Found Online



Book Review: Genetic Genealogy in Practice



Ancestry Announces the We're Related Mobile App - Post 1



More Information About Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic Synchronization to Ancestry



Tombstone Tuesday - Children of John Ellis and Leah (Bound) Seaver



SCGS 2016 Genealogy Jamboree Blog Compendium - UPDATED



My Top Ten Genealogy Research "Programs"



They Listened ... Ancestry Offers Different Colors for Ancestry Member Trees



Mining Hints by Specific Record Collection - Updated



Is This the "Best" Census Record Ever?



Comparison of Database Matches by Record Providers - Seaver Surname



Mining Hints by Specific Record Collection



Creating Source Citations in RootsMagic 7 - Post 2: Adding Source Details to the Master Source



RootsTech 2016 Highlights: What's Coming for



Creating Source Citations in RootsMagic 7 - Post 3: Adding Master Text, Detail Text, Quality and Repository Information



Win a DNA Journey Contest With Momondo



Don't Trust the Will and Probate Record Indexes



Creating a List of Burials in a Specific Cemetery Using RootsMagic



Creating Source Citations in RootsMagic 7 - Post 5: Crafting a Source Citation for a Census Entry Using a Source Template



Tuesday's Tip - Check Out Digitized Genealogy and Family History Books



10 Million Irish Catholic Parish Records Free Forever on Findmypast!



Should Online Family Trees Be Used in a "Reasonably Exhaustive Search?"



Family Tree Maker Software News Update



Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ancestral Birthplace Chart



NGS 2016 Conference Blog Compendium - UPDATED!



2016 FGS Conference Blog Compendium - UPDATED



52 Ancestors - Week 154: #217 Joanna (Lavor) Vaux (1763-1836) of South Petherton, Somerset



Book Notice: "A Genealogist's Guide to Boston, Massachusetts" Released



Ancestry Member Trees Indexing Update - UPDATED



Searching Newspaper Records on Findmypast



Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1870 U.S. Census Record for Seaver Torgerson Household in Deerfield, Wisconsin



ICYMI - Comments on "Are Ancestry Leaf Hints Useful?"



52 Ancestors - Week 151: #204 Philip Jacob Konig (1738-1792)


The ten most popular Genea-Musings posts since 2007 are:

1)  Microfilm Scanning at the FHL and FHC (posted 22 July 2009) - 76,910 views.

2)  1940 Census Enumeration District Maps Online at NARA Website (posted 18 July 2011) - 63,116 views.

3)  Genealogy Presentations on (posted 28 January 2010) - 25,937 views.

4)  Merry Christmas to All! (posted 25 December 2011) - 14,852 views.

5)  World records for number of children (posted 21 July 2006) - 11,536 views.

6)  Randy's NGS 2010 Photos - Post 1 (posted 4 May 2010) - 9,700 views

7)  Book Review: "The Spyglass File," by Nathan Dylan Goodwin (posted  29 September 2016 -- 6,960 views

8)  Family Tree Maker 2014 Software Announced - 30% Discount (or more) (posted 26 August 2013) -- 5,007 views.

9)  Creating Source Citations in RootsMagic 7 - Post 1: New Master Source (posted 12 January 2016) -- 4,786views.

10)  Surname Saturday - LNU (? Dolbear ?) (England to colonial New England) (posted 28 September 2013) -- 4,407 views

Of course, all of my blog posts are viewed by many more readers than those that go to the web page for the post - those who read them on the Genea-Musings home page, those that read them in an RSS reader, or on a mobile device, and those that receive them via email.

Another measure of popularity or readership might be in the number of comments generated by each post.  I don't think that is a reliable measure of popularity because of the proliferation of RSS reader usage, email usage, and mobile device usage, each of which require one or more click throughs to get to the comment box.

It certainly seems like readers search for, source citations, and genealogy software topics, and find my blog posts.

Previous "most popular" posts on Genea-Musings are:

I wondered what the least popular Genea-Musings post was in 2016.  I know that Surname Saturday, Treasure Chest Thursday, Wordless Wednesday, and Amanuensis Monday posts are not that popular.  Best of the Genea-Blogs and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun are usually popular, often with the highest number of views each week.  I found that SDGS Program on Saturday, 9 April Features John Finch (posted 6 April 2016) had only 91 views.  


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