Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Three Stories for Father's Day

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)  Sunday, 18 June, is Father's Day.  Let's celebrate by writing a blog post about our father, or another significant male ancestor (e.g., a grandfather).

2)  What are three things about your father (or significant male ancestor) that you vividly remember about him?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

Here's mine:

I'm choosing to write about my maternal grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) because I've done this for my father in several years past.  Here are my three stories:

1)  Lyle was a small child as a youth and a small man as an adult.  He was over-protected after his birth because his parents lost their first child, Devier David Carringer (1889-1890) at 9 months of age.  The earliest photos of Lyle show him in short pants with curly hair.  

I think that he started attending school at age 7 but did not graduate from San Diego High School until 1914 when he was age 22.  When he entered the United States Marine Corps in 1917 at age 25, he was all of 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighed 121 pounds.  

As a boy, he roamed all over San Diego from downtown to East San Diego walking, riding the streetcars or on a bicycle.  He loved San Diego and attended many historic events and took photographs of some of them throughout his life.

While still a youth (age 14), he started working as a cash boy at Marston's Department Store in downtown San Diego in 1905.  By 1917, he had worked as a cashier, mail order clerk, post office clerk and floorwalker.  He worked as a clerk and as an accountant at Marston's for many years, and retired in 1960, after 55 years of service.

2)  Lyle Carringer collected postage stamps and corresponded with other stamp collectors from all over the world.  Over the years, friends from Pitcairn Island, New Zealand, Papua-New Guinea and Australia came to visit them.  Family, friends and coworkers sent postcards from their travels all over the world.  He was also an excellent photographer, and the family albums have many pictures of family groups, San Diego scenes, and of his daughter and grandsons.  Lyle loved mechanical things - cars, cameras, and the like.  Lyle was a hardy and enterprising man who liked to garden, do handyman work on the rental properties, and go for automobile rides in the countryside.   

He was a kind, gentle and patient man, yet firm, who loved his wife and daughter very much, but was not a religious person, because his parents had rejected religion after the death of their first child.  I don't recall seeing him angry, even once.  He enjoyed his three grandsons and encouraged them to collect things (like stamps!), to explore their world, and to get an education.  
3)  I found this article in the San Diego Union newspaper, dated 24 March 1935, on page 18 (accessed on which describes their back yard in their home at 2130 Fern Street in San Diego where my mother grew up:

Carringer Gardens, Model of Beauty, Have Also Wealth of EntertainmentBy Ada Perry
"Mr. and Mrs. Lyle L. Carringer, 2130 Fern st., are never bored with their garden.  They have four fish pools in it filled with finny pets that are always on the move.  Sometimes they move out on the grass, but the Carringers chalk this up to playfulness and continue to enjoy the aquatic aspects of their home.
"The Carringer place is distinctly in the livable small garden or outdoor living room class.  The pools are strategically located to invite folks outdoors for pleasure and relaxation.  One pool, the smallest, is placed near the rear door of the house as a starting point.  From there to a sunny larger pool planted to lilies and overhung with shrubs is a natural step.
"Other parts of the garden planted in flowers, cacti and succulents and several fruit trees are easily accessible from the second pool and then the Carringers and their friends naturally gravitate to a lath house furnished with chairs and tables.
"There are sources of amusement in the lath house.  The remaining pools are located there.  One is a rill in the heart of a pretty rockery and the other a shadowy oval presided over by a rice plant with curving stalks topped with leaves like giant hands.  Directly above the pool a tree rests apparently on the water.  The invisible stand which holds it up represents some clever household ingenuity.  It was formerly a piano stool.
"A grill is built at the end of the lath house on a rock structure.  The grill space can be filled with a decorative potted plant when not in use although the Carringers have found it a consistent entertainer.
"Next to the grill is a glass house annex with a surprise feature.  On shelves are aquariums filled with tropical fish, paradise, moons, guppies and other fancy swimmers weaving about in grassy water jungles; blinking, gobbling and raising families in the most distracting style.  The glass house is heated for them and each aquarium has individual radiators and thermometers for perfect comfort.
"Tropical aquariums are often kept indoors but the Carringers have theirs handy to the pools where fish life from goldfish to guppies can be observed.  Certain of the tropicals are moved to the goldfish pools at favorable times for variety." 

I remember the lath house and the glass house and the fish ponds in them, but I don't recall the other features.  They moved out of that house in 1950 and built their house on Point Loma soon after.

I guess that's more than three stories, but I wanted to tell all of them.


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Family Tree Maker 2017 - 16 June 2017 Update

I read this last night on the Family Tree Maker Users group page on Facebook from Jack Minsky:



We have tested syncing and it works well as confirmed by beta testers and some volunteer test drivers who tested as well. Syncing for beta testers is already open (they are testing preview builds of Test Drive 2.0) But we have decided to hold off opening syncing to test drivers until Monday until further tree safety features can be put in place.
We have implemented a number of new tree safety features that will help prevent accidental deletion of people from your trees. They include a delete warning message, proposed deletions appearing in red in the sync change log window, and requiring a button click to initiate syncing. All to call attention to deletions so they can’t happen by mistake.
(See below for a support article on the new tree safety features.)
As noted, all beta testers have syncing on, and we hope to get test drivers syncing again by Monday with a modified build that has the new safety features added. We are also on track to introduce Test Drive 2.0 sometime next week and will start by testing it with a few thousand volunteers who would like to move up from the Original Test Drive.
As soon as we turn on syncing for test drivers, we’ll announce that here. Test drivers will also see the color of the Sync Weather Report window change from Red (no syncing) to Orange (sync with caution). As soon as the Test Drive 2.0 program is ready to roll, we’ll announce that here, by email and on our support site:
Here’s where to go to get answers: 
1. Go to
2. Enter “tree safety” in the search field
1. Go to
2. Enter “Drive 2.0” in the search field
1. Go to
2. Enter “2017 FAQ” in the search field
1. Go to
2. Enter “2017 feature” in the search field


Disclosure:  I have paid for Family Tree Maker 2017 and am patiently waiting for the release of the software.  I have received material considerations from Family Tree Maker over the years.

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SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2017 Blog Compendium

This blog post will serve as a blog compendium for genealogy blog posts about activities at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2017 in Burbank, California, held from 8 June to 11 June 2017.

1)  Randy Seaver on the Genea-Musings blog:

*  Checking In at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree - Thursday 8 June (8 June 2017)
*  Jamboree Friday Activities -- 9 June 2017 (9 June 2017)
*  Saturday Activities at Jamboree - 10 June 2017 (10 June 2017)
*  Sunday Activities at the SCGS Jamboree - 11 June 2017 (11 June 2017)
*  More Photos From the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2017 (12 June 2017)

2)  Jacqi Stevens on the A Family Tapestry blog:

 A Can't-Miss-This Day (8 June 2017)
*  The Trouble With Conferences (10 June 2017)
*  Ideas Versus Time (11 June 2017)
*  Beyond What's Expected (12 June 2017)
*  Doubting Thomas (13 June 2017)

3)  SCGS on the Genealogy Jamboree blog:

*  Jamboree 2017: Miss the Genetic Genealogy 2017 Conference? We've got you covered! (9 June 2017)
*  Thank You From Jamboree 2017 (12 June 2017)
*  Streamed Video Available Through July 10th! (13 June 2017)

4)  Arlene Eakle on Arlene Eakle's Genealogy Blog:

*  Live From the Southern California Jamboree (10 June 2017)

5)  Thomas MacEntee on the Genealogy Bargains blog:

*  FREE 2017 Jamboree Live Streamed Sessions – Archive Available for Viewing (12 June 2017)

6)  Donna Moughty on  Donna's Irish Genealogy Resources blog:

*  Southern California Genealogy Jamboree (12 June 2017)

7)  Melanie Frick on the Homestead Genealogical Research blog:

*  Five Years at the SCGS Jamboree (12 June 2017)

8)  Donna Peterson on the Hanging From the Family Tree blog:

*  SCGS Jamboree 2017 - Thursday and Friday (13 June 2017)
*  SCGS Jamboree 2017 - Saturday (14 June 2017)
*  SCGS Jamboree 2017 - Sunday (15 June 2017)

9)  Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog:

*  Another Wonderful Jamboree is Over (16 June 2017)

10)  J. Paul Hawthorne on the GeneaSpy blog:

*  Jamboree 2017 Pre-Conference (16 June 2017)
*  Jamboree 2017; Day 1 (17 June 2017)
*  Jamboree 2017; Day 2 (20 June 2017)
*  Jamboree 2017: Day 3 (21 June 2017)

11)  Deborah Sweeney on the Genealogy Lady blog:

*  Jamboree 2017 (18 June 2017)

12)  Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog:

*  Student Genealogy Grant Recipients Attend SCGS Jamboree (19 June 2017)

Social media users are using the hashtag #SCGS2017 for this conference - search on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media outlets for additional information from the conference.

If you know of a genealogy oriented blog post about the 2017 SCGS Genealogy Jamboree Conference that is not on this list, please let me know in Comments to this post or in email at

I am attending this years SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2017 Conference and will try to update this post at least twice daily until the blogging ends.

First Published:  Friday, 9 June 2017. 

Last Updated:  Wednesday, 21 June, 8 a.m. PDT.


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Surname Saturday -- HOLLOWAY (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 #1905, who is Mary HOLLOWAY (1641-1703) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through two generations of this HOLLOWAY 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)

14.  Charles Auble (1849-1916)
15.  Georgianna Kemp (1862-1952)

28.  David Auble (1817-1894)
29.  Sarah G. Knapp (1818-1904)

58.  William Knapp (1775-1856)
59.  Sarah Cutter (1785-1878)

118.  Stephen Cutter (1745-1823)
119.  Tabitha Randolph (1752-1841)

238.  Samuel Fitz Randolph (1730-????)
239.  Martha Gach (1730-????)

476.  Jacob Fitz Randolph (1706-1779)
477.  FNU LNU

952.  Samuel Fitz Randolph (1668-1754)
953.  Mary Jones (1672-1760)

1904.  Nathaniel Fitz Randolph, born before 15 May 1642 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States; died 21 November 1713 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States.  He was the son of 3808. Edward Fitz Randolph and 3809. Elizabeth Blossom.  He married November 1662 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.
1905.  Mary Holloway, born about 1641 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States; died 12 July 1703 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States.

Children of Nathaniel Fitz Randolph and Mary Holloway are:

*  John Fitz Randolph (1663-1727), married (1) 1682 Martha Adams (1658-1702); (2) 1702 Sarah Potter (1667-1736).
*  Isaac Fitz Randolph (1664-1694), married (1) 1690 Martha Bingley (1664-1691); (2) 1692 Ruth Higgins (1672-1709).
*  Nathaniel Fitz Randolph (1666-1703), married 1692 Grace Hull (1672-1752).
*  Samuel Fitz Randolph (1668-1754), married 1693 Mary Jones (1672-1760)
*  Joseph Fitz Randolph (1670-1718), married 1700 Isabel Laing (1675-1755).
*  Edward Fitz Randolph (1672-1760), married 1704 Katherine Hartshorne (1682-1759).
*  Martha Fitz Randolph (1674-????).

3810.  Joseph Holloway, born about 1605 in Crewkerne, Somerset, England; died December 1647 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  He married before 1638 in Probably Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.
3811.  Rose Allen, born about1609 in England; died about 1692 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 7622. George Allen and 7623. FNU LNU.

Children of Joseph Holloway and Rose Allen are:
*  Joseph Holloway (1638-1692), married 1661 Mary Hull (1645-1692).
*  Mary Holloway (1641-1703), married 1662 Nathaniel Fitz Randolph (1642-1713)
*  Sarah Holloway (1643-1675), married 1662 Joseph Allen (1645-1704).
*  Experience Holloway (1644-????0, married 1668 John Goodspeed (1645-1719).
*  Hopestill Holloway (1646-1715), married 1665 Samuel Worden (1645-1716).

Information about the Joseph HOLLOWAY family was obtained from:

*  Carl Boyer 3rd, Ancestral Lines, Third Edition (Santa Clarita, Calif. : the author, 1998), pages 306-7.


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