Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Who in Your Database Has Your Birth Day?

Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!


Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Are
 there persons in your genealogy database that has the same exact birth date that you do?  If so, tell us about him or her - what do you know, and how is s/he related to you?

2)  Are there persons in your database that are your ancestors that share your birth day (but not the year)?   How many, and who are they?

3)  Are there other persons in your database that share your birth day (but not the year)?  How many, and who are they?

4)  For bonus points, how did you determine this?  What feature or process did you use in your software to work this problem out?  I think the Calendar feature probably does it, but perhaps you have a trick to make this work outside of the Calendar function.

5)  Share your answers on your own blog, or on a comment to this post, or on Facebook or google+.  Be sure to leave a link in Comments to your post.

Here's mine:

1)  No one in my database has my exact birth date of 23 October 1943, besides myself.  I expected that. 
2)  No known ancestor in my database shares my birth day.  That really surprised me.  I have 47,500 persons in my database (but not everyone has a birth date), and of those about 2,200 are direct-line ancestors of mine.  The odds are that 6 or 7 would be born on any specific day of the year.  I have only one - me! 
3)  There are 68 persons in my database with a birth day of 23 October.  Of the 68 with the same birth day, there are only 36 born after 1800, and only 6 in the 20th century.  They are (with birth date, name, and age in parentheses):

23 October 1636 Mary Marvin (381)   
23 October 1657 Jonathan Goodrich (360)   
23 October 1658 Jacob Newell (359)   
23 October 1663 John Warren (354)   
23 October 1666 Ebenezer Nutting (351)   
23 October 1673 William Fletcher (344)   
23 October 1677 Francis Follansbee (340)   
23 October 1679 Paul Fletcher (338)   
23 October 1681 John Rowe (336)   
23 October 1683 Samuel Fletcher (334)   
23 October 1683 Benjamin Craft (334)   
23 October 1691 Sarah Bartlett (326)   
23 October 1697 Susannah Barber (320)   
23 October 1700 Ebenezer Boutwell (317)   
23 October 1706 Ebenezer Davenport (311)   
23 October 1710 Mary Poillon (307)   
23 October 1710 Charles Champlin (307)   
23 October 1715 Bethiah Little (302)   
23 October 1720 Enoch Lewis (297)     
23 October 1726 Samuel Oatley (291)   
23 October 1729 Sissel Andersdtr (288)   
23 October 1735 Joseph Thorne (282)   
23 October 1738 Deborah Winsor (279)   
23 October 1759 William Wood (258)   
23 October 1762 Catharina Fritts (255)     
23 October 1776 Beaulah Seaver (241)   
23 October 1776 Mary Champlin (241)   
23 October 1784 Sarah Ann Bowen (233)   
23 October 1787 Hannah Buck (230)   
23 October 1789 Phoebe Champlin (228)   
23 October 1796 James Lewis (221)   
23 October 1798 Sarah Wade (219)   
23 October 1802 Hannah Lewis (215)   
23 October 1804 Charlotte Seaver (213)   
23 October 1813 Ruth Graham (204)   
23 October 1814 Lawton Wade (203)   
23 October 1815 Roxa Ann Burrell (202)   
23 October 1815 Betsey Perry (202)   
23 October 1822 Albian W. Sever (195)   
23 October 1823 Elmira Knowlton (194)   
23 October 1823 Mary Porter Horton (194)   
23 October 1835 Joseph Champlain Haszard (182)   
23 October 1839 Elizabeth Proctor Harvey (178)   
23 October 1847 Josiah W. Seaver (170)   
23 October 1848 Frank J. Glidden (169)   
23 October 1849 Harriet Ada Carringer (168)   
23 October 1850 Mary Ann Seaver (167)   
23 October 1854 Mary Ellen Sever (163)   
23 October 1854 Susan Rumstay (163)   
23 October 1858 John E. Sullivan (159)   
23 October 1862 William Hyman Green (155)   
23 October 1863 Julia Etta Dill (154)   
23 October 1872 Caroline Stodder Seaver (145)   
23 October 1872 Otis Monroe Carringer (145)   
23 October 1883 Lionel Linwood Sever (134)   
23 October 1887 Milo Bert Seaver (130)   
23 October 1889 Edmond Mathieu (128)   
23 October 1889 Clara Olive Seaver (128)   
23 October 1894 Loriesa Elizabeth "Lurie" Seaver (123)   
23 October 1895 Mae Cordelia Natvig (122)   
23 October 1896 Myrtle Iris Stuckey (121)   
23 October 1899 Irene Louise Seaver (118)   
23 October 1900 Margaret Cecelia Grieser (117)   
23 October 1902 James Darwin Seaver (115)   
23 October 1907 Cyril George Eates (110)   
23 October 1910 Mildred Irene Rodgers (107)   
23 October 1911 Marvin Edward Vaux (106)   
23 October 1926 Roy Percy Trembley (91)
4)  In RootsMagic 7, the easiest way for me to do this was to: 
*  Go to Reports; then Lists; then Birthday and Anniversary List;  then click on Create Report 
*  Select "Birthdays" and "Everyone" in the database, click on Generate Report.  The report created was in date order, and was 710 pages long. 
*  Scroll down the report to 23 October, note the names and years, and print out two pages.  Count how many there are, and look for ancestors.

5)  Done!  Fun?  Informative?  


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Surname Saturday -- BROWN (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 #1775, who is Martha BROWN (1654-1717) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through three generations of this BROWN family line is:

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

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

6.  Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976)
7.  Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977)

12.  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946)
13.  Abbie Ardelle "Della" Smith (1862-1944)

26.  Devier James Lamphier Smith (1849-1894)
27.  Abigail A. "Abbey" Vaux (1844-1931)

54.  Samuel Vaux (1816-1880)
55.  Mary Ann Underhill (1815-1883)

110.  Amos Underhill (1772-1865)
111.  Mary "Polly" Metcalf (1780-1855)

220.  John Underhill (1745-1816)
221.  Hannah Colby (1745-????)

442.  Joseph Colby (1707-1768)
443.  Abigail Worthen (1714-????)

886.  Ezekiel Worthen (1672-1765)
887.  Abigail Carter (1686-1752)

1774.  John Carter, born 18 May 1650 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; died 1697 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 3548. Thomas Carter and 3549. Mary.  He married about 1679 in Probably Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.
1775.  Martha Brown, born 05 July 1654 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; died 04 July 1717 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of John Carter and Martha Brown are:
*  Mary Carter (1681-1691).
*  Thomas Carter (1682-170-9), married 1706 Anne Martin (1680-????).
*  Abigail Carter (1686-1752), married 1704 Ezekiel Worthen (1672-1765).
*  John Carter (1688-1718), married 1711 Judith Bagley (1690-1724).
*  Samuel Carter (1691-1716).
*  Mary Carter (1691-1691).
*  Ephraim Carter (1693-1798), married 1717 Martha Stevens (1696-1795).
*  Joseph Carter (1695-????).

3550.  William Brown, born before 23 November 1615 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; died 24 August 1706 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He married  25 June 1645 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.
3551.  Elizabeth Murford, born about 1620 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; died after 1692 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of William Brown and Elizabeth Murford are:
*  Mary Brown (1647-1688), married 1667 Thomas Hoyt (1641-1691).
*  William Brown (1648-1669).
*  Ephraim Brown (1650-1693), married 1676 Sarah LNU (1654-????).
*  Martha Brown (1654-1717), married 1679 John Carter (1650-1697).
*  Elizabeth Brown (1656-1705), married 1679 Samuel Clough (1657-1709).
*  Sarah Brown (1658-1730), married 1679 Benjamin Brown (1647-1736).

7100.  George Brown, born 19 May 1592 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England; died before 06 November 1633 in New Sarum, Wiltshire, England.  He married 30 September 1611 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.
7101.  Christian Hibbert, born about 1590 in England; died 08 November 1633 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

Children of George Brown and Christian Hibbert are:
*  Henry Brown (1613-1701).
*  William Brown (1615-1706), married 1645 Elizabeth Murford (1620-1692)
*  George Brown (1619-1620).
*  George Brown (1622-1699), married 1684 Hannah Grant (1631-1716).
*  Abraham Brown (1626-????).

Information about this BROWN family was obtained from:

*  Walter Goodwin Davis, The Ancestry of Lydia Harman, 1755-1836, wife of Joseph Waterhouse of Standish, Maine (Newburyport, Mass., Parker River Researchers, 1988), pg 218.

*  David Webster Hoyt, The old families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts : with some related families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich, and Hampton (Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982).


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It's Genea-Musings 11th Blogiversary!

 It's Genea-Musings 11th Blogiversary today!!!!!!!

It seems like just yesterday that I started my Randy's Musings blog - here is the first post on 15 April 2006. I explained the name change to Genea-Musings in my first anniversary post on 15 April 2007. In my two-year anniversary post, I showed a screen shot of the early blog page. 

I like to spout some numbers on my blogiversary, so please bear with me:

1)  After eleven years of Randy's Musings and Genea-Musings, this is post number 10,591.  Over 4,018 days, that averages out to be 2.64 posts per day. In the past year, I've written 988 posts, or 2.70 posts per day (that is a little higher than last year, 2.65). I think that the most over the 11 years was 1,034 in 2011, and the most posts in one day was 8, but I've had some days with zero posts (usually when on vacation).

I find it mind-boggling that I have posted:

*  371 Amanuensis Monday posts
*  174 Tuesday's Tips posts
*  459 Wordless Wednesday posts
*  406 Treasure Chest Thursday posts
*  170 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks posts
*  391 Surname Saturday posts
*  417 Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts
*  501 Best of the Genea-Blogs posts

2)  My known on-website readership has increased each year until recently. Since I started this blog, I have had over 2,448,000 unique visitors on the website from a browser (these include multiple visits per day by the same reader) and over 3,395,000 page views over 11 years, and over 341000 page views and over 245,000 unique visitors in the past year. 
My Statcounter statistics indicate that in the last month this blog had about 696 unique visitors a day, with an average of about 931 page views a day.  Those numbers (from StatCounter) are somewhat lower than last year. 

3)    I also use Google Statistics to look at statistics, and the page view numbers are a lot higher for some reason (about 4730 per day over the past month).  I still don't know if those numbers include RSS reader and mobile visits and views - I do think the Google Statistics numbers include RSS reader and mobile views.

4)  In addition, about 2,186 persons subscribe via email using Feedburner, and over 2,000 persons subscribe via Feedly.  I don't have a count for other feeds, blog readers and  Facebook  readers. If I had to guess, I would say that about 5,000 persons read part of Genea-Musings on an average day. A significant number of the readers (probably over 20%) on the actual website come via a search engine - you wouldn't believe what some of the search parameters are!

Please permit me to genea-muse for a bit here:

1)  I really appreciate the Genea-bloggers community and all of my Genea-Musings readers. Without all of you, we would not have as much genealogy information (news, research experiences, family history, photographs, etc.) online. Blogging and then social networking, has brought democratization to the world of genealogy writing - anybody can do it (and many do it very well) and the genealogy community has more information, provided faster and more up-to-date, than it ever has had before.

2)  The genea-blogger community is overwhelmingly friendly and supportive of each other and their readers.  There is very little overt competition, back-biting or flame wars.  This reflects the genealogy community as a whole, I believe, and almost everyone believes in and works at collaborating with, educating, and helping others, from the most famous (e.g., the genea-rock stars like Elizabeth Mills, Tom Jones, Megan Smolenyak, etc.) to the beginners (new society members, new blog readers, etc.).

3)  The genea-bloggers community as a whole has garnered the respect of the genealogy industry - the database companies, the software companies, website owners, and genealogical societies.  We have been treated and recognized as legitimate media outlets for the genealogy community.  They understand that genealogy blogs are a significant way to announce and publicize their products or services, and to create genea-buzz at conferences.  This could not happen without the commitment of genea-bloggers to objectivity and collaboration.  Not to mention time, energy and lifelong learning.

4)  I'm really proud to be a member of the genea-blogger community and to enjoy the camaraderie online and in person.  At a genealogy conference or seminar, genea-bloggers tend to flock together - it's an instant brother/sisterhood - many of us read and comment on each other's blogs.  Facebook and other social media sites have enabled us to "know," rejoice, or commiserate, with the life and research experiences of our colleagues.

5) Life is good in the genea-cave, and it's even better when family history is made with our daughters and the five grandchildren (we added grandson Charlie 31 months ago), or when we travel to a genealogy seminar, conference or society talk 
(we attended RootsTech in February, and we're going to Genealogy Jamboree in eight weeks in Burbank). 

6)  Lastly, thank you to my faithful readers.  I do this to help the genealogy community pursue their hobb obsession, and to document my own family history.  I appreciate your feedback to my posts and learn a lot from the collected wisdom and experience of my readers.  

Can I take the rest of the week off?  Probably not.


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