Saturday, November 11, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Make an Ancestor's Timeline

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) Have you created a Timeline for one of your ancestors using a genealogy software program (e.g., Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, Legacy, Reunion, etc.) or an online family Tree (e.g., Ancestry Member Tree, FamilySearch Family Tree, Geni, MyHeritage, etc.), or in a spreadsheet (e.g., Excel)?

2)  If not, try to create a timeline using the program/website of your choice.  If so, create another one for the ancestor of your choice!

3)  Show us your Timeline creation, and tell us how you did it.  Which program/website, the process you used, and how you captured the images to display your timeline.

4)  Share your Timeline creation on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or on Facebook or Google+.

Here's mine:

I chose to use the RootsMagic 7 genealogy software program, which has both a Timeline View and a Timeline Report.

Here is the "Timeline View" format in RootsMagic 7 for my grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976):

The "Timeline View" for a person has columns for "Age," "Facts," "Date," "Details," "place" and icons for Notes, Sources, and Media (the green check marks)   The "Timeline View" added the immediate family members (parents, siblings, spouses, children) to the list without my having to request it (you can select the options in the "Options" button on the "Timeline View" menu).  I really like this view, but, other than using a screen capture like above, I could not find a way to print out this list in color 

The second option to produce a Timeline is to use the Reports menu > "Lists" item > "Timeline (chronology)" item, and select "Individual Timeline list," select a person from the "Select others to include in timeline," select the person, and check the "Include place for each event" and click on "Generate Report."

Here are the three pages for the Timeline (captured as images using the Windows Snipping Tool):

I also requested "Sources" in an Endnote format:

Note that the Timeline doesn't include events for other family members.  I could use the "Group timeline list" and add events for parents, siblings, spouses and children to the list.  That ran 11 pages.

The "Timeline (chronology)" report is very plain - but it is very useful.  I would like to see a little more information about the relationships - for instance, identify the family persons as son, daughter, wife, father, mother, brother, sister, etc.  I would also like to see this report formatted with some graphics and color so it would be more visual.


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Surname Saturday - BALLARD (England to colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  

I am starting the 9th great-grandmothers and I'm up to Ancestor #2049 who is Elizabeth BALLARD (1615-1657). 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through one generation in this BALLARD 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)

32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

64. Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816)
65. Martha Whitney (1764-1832)

128.  Norman Seaver (1734-1787)
129.  Sarah Read (1736-1809)

256. Robert Seaver (1702-1752)

257.  Eunice Rayment (1707-1772)

512.  Joseph Seaver (1672-1754)

513.  Mary Read (1680-????)

1024.  Shubael Seaver (1640-1730)
1025.  Hannah Wilson (1647-1722)

2048.  Robert Seaver, born about 1608 in England; died 05 June 1683 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He married 10 December 1634 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.
2049.  Elizabeth Ballard, born about 1615 in England; died 06 June 1657 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Robert Seaver and Elizabeth Ballard are:
Shubael Seaver (1640-1730), married 1668 Hannah Wilson (1647-1722).
*  Caleb Seaver (1641-1713), married 1671 Sarah Inglesby (1651-1708).
*  Joshua Seaver (1641-1730), married 1678 Mary May (1657-????).
*  Elizabeth Seaver (1643-1731), married 1661 Samuel Craft (1637-1691).
*  Nathaniel Seaver (1645-1676), married 1671 Sarah LNU (1647-????).
*  Hannah Seaver (1647-1648).
*  Hannah Seaver (1650-1654).

The only reputable sources that address Elizabeth Ballard's life, but not her ancestry, are:

*  William Blake Trask, The Seaver family : a genealogy of Robert Seaver of Roxbury,Massachusetts, and some of his descendants (Boston, Mass. : David Clapp & Son, 1872).

*  Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), Volume III, page 1644-1646, Robert Seaver sketch.

Many online family trees and published books have speculated that Elizabeth's parents were Hugh and Marie (Prosser) Ballard in England.  Other resources name some other set of parents, such as Henry and Elizabeth (Townsend) Ballard.  The fact is that Elizabeth Ballard's parents are unknown.


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Veterans Day 2017 - Honoring My Heroes

On Veterans Day, we honor those who have served our country and have given their lives so that we can remain free. 

My ancestors who have served in the military since the Revolutionary War include:


1. World War II 

Frederick W. Seaver (1911-1983, my father) served in the United States Navy aboard the USS 
Halford. The picture is from 1944.

He and my mother are buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, on Point Loma overlooking the city and the Pacific Ocean


2. World War I 

Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976, my grandfather) served in the United States Marines in San Diego. The picture is from 1917. 


3. Civil War 

*  Isaac Seaver (1823-1901, my great-great-grandfather) of Leominster MA, a blacksmith, served in the Union Army (Civil War pension file).  


4. War of 1812 

* James Bell (1777-1836) of Albany NY and later Henderson NY, served in the NY Militia.
Amos Underhill (1772-1865) of Aurora NY served in the NY Militia.
*  Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) of Westminster MA served in the Massachusetts Militia.


5. Revolutionary War

Martin Carringer (1758-1835) of Mercer County PA (RevWar Pension file)
Philip Row (1752-1817) of Hunterdon County NJ (RevWar Pension File)
Peter Putman (1760-1835) of NJ and Yates County NY (RevWar Pension file)
Stephen Feather (17??-1804) of NJ and Westmoreland County PA
Rudolf Spengler (1738-1811) of York County PA
* Philip Jacob King (1738-1792) of York County PA
* Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816) of Grafton County, NH

Isaac Buck (1757-1846) of Sterling MA (RevWar Pension File)
* Thomas Dill (1755-1830) of Eastham MA (RevWar Pension File)
Joseph Champlin (1758-1850) of S. Kingston RI (RevWar Pension File)
Norman Seaver (1734-1787) of Westminster MA
* Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) of Westminster MA
* Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) of Westford MA
Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1828) of Townsend MA
Amos Plimpton (1735-1808) of Medfield MA
David Kirby (1740-1832) of Westport MA
Joseph Oatley (1756-1815) of S. Kingston RI.

I thank God for these men, the families that nurtured them, the wives that supported them, and the children who learned from them about the importance of service to their country.


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Friday, November 10, 2017

Genealogy News Bytes - 10 November 2017

Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last three days include:

1)  News Articles:

National Genealogical Society Seeks Nominations for 2018 National Genealogy Hall of Fame

*  NBC to Develop a “Reunited” Genealogy Television Drama

*  Ancestry Product Update: Person Page Changes

*  Ancestry and New England Historic Genealogical Society Collaborate to Make Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston Records Available on

*  Findmypast Grants Five Days of Free Access to All Military Records Ahead of Veterans Day 2017

*  FREE ACCESS at ArkivDigital This Weekend, November 11th and 12th

2)  Record Databases:

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 10 November 2017

*  TheGenealogist adds names from 53 new War Memorials

*  Fulton Postcards Historic Newspapers Update - Over 100 Added New York Titles

*  Advantage Preservation Adds 750 Thousand Historical Newspaper Pages - October, 2017

3)  Genealogy Education:

*  Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for November 2017

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 15 November, 11 a.m. PST:  British and Irish research: the differences, by Brian Donovan

* Upcoming  FREE Webinar From SCGS: November 15, 2017: Ancestral Hunting Grounds: Doing On-Site Research, by Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA

*  Upcoming Utah Genealogical Association (UGA) Virtual Chapter Webinar - 16 November 2017:  "More Evidence and Less Inference" by Karen Clifford, AG®

*  Upcoming November 16, 2017 (5 p.m. PST) FGS Webinar: Building Bridges Between Societies, by Rorey Cathcart

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  New York City Genealogical Research: Navigating Through The Five Boroughs, by Michael Strauss

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence, by Jill Morelli

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Little Known Sources for Virginia Research, by Shannon Combs Bennett.

*   Genealogy Gems Podcast :  Episode #211 with Lisa Louise Cooke

*  The Genealogy Guys Podcast: #334 - 2017 November 5

*  DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel:  
GenDoc Study Group 9 - Citing Absent, Hidden, Obvious and Perplexing Dates

*  DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel:  DNAGen - Open Q&A with Blaine Bettinger

*  Findmypast YouTube Channel:  3 Ways to Trace Wartime Ancestors

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube Channel:  Researching Your Enslaved Ancestors - James Tanner

*  Nicka Sewell-Smith YouTube Channel:  BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 37: People of Color in the Northeast: CT, MA, and NH

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube Channel:  How to Preserve your Family Bibles? - Viewer Question

*  Genealogy Do-Over YouTube Channel:  Genealogy Do Over: Pinterest Secret Boards

4)  Genealogy Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, November 10,  2017

Ancestry Veterans Day Flash Sale – Save 50% on Subscriptions

*  GIVEAWAY: Win an Apple iPhone X from Genealogy Bargains

*  RootsTech 2018 Registration Giveaway Contests

5)  Neat Stuff:

Do You Know United States Geography? Take This Quiz!

The UK's Oddest Place Names

Hard Core Genealogist Until the End

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 7 November 2017?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 10 November 2017

I received this information from Findmypast today:

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Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador.  This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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52 Ancestors - Week 200: #279 Mary (Boyden) Guild (1708-1776) of Massachusetts

Mary (Boyden) Guild (1708-1776) is #279 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #278 Nathaniel Guild (1712-1796)  in 1733 in Dedham, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #139 Mary Guild (1735-1800), who married #138 Amos Plimpton (1735-1808),in 1756.
*  their daughter, #69 Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) who married #68 Aaron Smith (1765-1841) in 1795.
*  their son, #34 Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840), who married #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) in 1826.
*  their daughter #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884)who married  #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)  in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                       Mary Boyden[1–2]    
*  Alternate Name:       Mary Guild[4–5]    
*  Alternate Name:       Mary Gile[3]  

*  Sex:                          Female    

*  Father:                     Thomas Boyden (1681-1770)    
*  Mother:                   Deborah Wight (1685-1730)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                       9 February 1707/8, Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[1]    
*  Distribution:            10 October 1771 (age 63), father's will proved; Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Death:                      20 March 1776 (age 68), Walpole, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[4–5]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                Nathaniel Guild (1712-1796)    

*  Marriage 1:             12 June 1733 (age 25), Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]  

*  Child 1:              Mary Guild (1735-1800)    
*  Child 2:              Nathaniel Guild (1739-1793)    
*  Child 3:              Mercy Guild (1742-1820)    
*  Child 4:              Susanna Guild (1744-1822)    
*  Child 5:              Samuel Guild (1746-1816)    
*  Child 6:              Mehitable Guild (1752-1816)

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

 Mary Boyden was born 9 February 1707/8 in Wrentham, Massachusetts, the first child of Thomas and Deborah (Wight) Boyden[1].

Mary Boyden "of Wrentham" was married by John Metcalfe to Nathaniel Guild "of Dedham"  on 12 June 1733 in Dedham, Massachusetts[2].  They had four children between 1735 and 1752, all born in Walpole, Massachusetts.

Mary's father, Thomas Boyden, died testate in 1770.  In his will, written 5 July 1765 and proved 10 October 1771, he bequeathed 13 pounds, 8 shillings and 6 pence to his daughter "Mary Gile."[3]

Mary Guild died on 20 March 1776 in Walpole, Massachusetts.  Her husband, Nathaniel, died in 1796 in Walpole[4-5].  here are no burial records for Mary (Boyden) Guild in Walpole, Wrentham or Medfield, Massachusetts.
1. Thomas W. Baldwin, Vital records of Wrentham, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : Stanhope Press, 1910), Births, page 34, Mary Boyden entry, `1708.

2. Don Gleason Hill (editor), The Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the Town of Dedham,1635-1845 (Dedham, Mass. : Town of Dedham, 1886), page 60, Nathll Guild of Dedham and Mary Boyden of Wrentham entry, 1733.

3. Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; on 435 FHL Microfilm Reels, "Volumes 69-71, 1770-1772," accessed on FHL US/CAN microfil 493,882, Volume 71, pages 17-18, Thomas Boyden will and letters testamentary.

4. Vital Records of Walpole, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1902), Deaths, page 203, Mary Guild entry, 1776, "wife of Nathaniel".

5. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, "Walpole Births, Marriages and Deaths," (image 331 of 2213), Mary Guild entry.


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 

 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2017 to 208 Ancestors in 208 Weeks.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Find A Grave Search Quirks on FamilySearch

I wrote about the new Find A Grave website today in Updated Find A Grave Website Adds Decent Source Citations using my ancestor Elizabeth H. (Dill) Smith as the example.

I wanted to compare the Find A Grave source citation with the FamilySearch and other citations, so I searched on FamilySearch for the Find A Grave record collection.  Searching that, I couldn't find Elizabeth Smith's memorial on FamilySearch using exact first and last names, years, etc.  Frustrated, I moved on to something else.

This afternoon, I thought to myself - "it must be there, but perhaps the indexing is quirky." 

1)  On FamilySearch, I input "elizabeth" as an inexact first name and "smith" as an exact last name, added an  date of "1840 to 1870" and "Medfield" for "Any place" in order to narrow the search, and saw:

No matches.  But I know she's there!

2)  Okay, I searched with only the surname exact, and got 17 matches:

17 Matches, but none were my Elizabeth Smith.  I still know she's there!

3)  I put "elizabeth" back in as a first name, but "not exact," and used "smith" as the last name, but "not exact:"

Yay!!  That worked.  Why?  Obviously, it has to do with the last name that was indexed.

4)  What if I used "dill smith" as a last name, and made it "exact?"

Yep, that worked too.  Did FamilySearch index these records using the maiden name combined with the last name?  Maybe.  Here is the record summary for this record:

The first names and last names are not in separate fields.  They do have a separate field for the assumed maiden name.

There is a decent EE-quality source citation for this record also:

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 July 2016), Elizabeth H. Dill Smith, 1869; Burial, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States of America, Vine Lake Cemetery; citing record ID 60037924, Find a Grave,

I learned from this exercise that I need to be careful searching in this Find A Grave collection on FamilySearch.  I don't know how pervasive this "feature" "quirk" is, but it baffled me for hours today.  If it baffles me, it probably baffles many other researchers.

Two lessons learned here:

*  Users should not use "exact" search for the first and last name fields in this collection on FamilySearch.  

*  This may be why Record Matches for Find A Grave don't appear on some FamilySearch Family Tree profiles.  


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Seavers in the News -- 1923 Obituary for Charles L. Seaver

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a semi-regular feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the The Whitesville [N.Y.] News newspaper dated Thursday, 4 October 1923:

The transcription of this obituary is:


"Died at Endicott, Wednesday, Sept. 26th -- Funertal at Stanards, Saturday

"Charles L. Seaver died at the home of his son Jesse Seaver at Endicott, September 26, 1923.  The remains were brought to Wellsville Friday.

"Mr. Seaver leaves a wife and four children.  Gilbert at Erie, Pa.; Harold A., of Hallsport; Jesse of Endicott and Horton of Ralston, Pa.  One sister, Mrs. Luana Rixford, also survives.  Mr. Seaver was one of the oldest members of Wellsville Lodge, No. 230, F & A.M.

"Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church, at Stanards, Saturday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Flewelling officiating and the body was laid to rest with Masonic honors."

The source citation for this obituary is:

"Charles L. Seaver," obituary, The Whitesville [N.Y.] News,  Thursday, 4 October 1923, page 1, column 2; NYS Historic Newspapers   ( : accessed 9 November 2017), Charles L. Seaver obituary.

According to my family tree database, Charles Lewis Seaver was born 6 June 1844 in Amity, Allegany County, New York, the 5th child of Lewis and Azubah (Robinson) Seaver.  He married three times:

1.  To Elvira A. Chalker (1853-1876) in 1870.  They had four children: 

*  Gilbert C. Seaver (1870-1928), who married 1909 Cora Bell Biddle (1874-1948).
*  Harold Andrew Seaver (1872-1951), who married 1900 Lytie Genevra Perkins (1878-1961).
*  Jesse Bradley Seaver (1874-1955), who married 1896 Edna Phoebe Brown (1875-1911).
*  Horton L. Seaver (1876-1876).

2.  To Amanda V. Horton (1842-????) before 1880, no children.

3.  To Barbara Helen Fletcher (1861-1947) before 1904, one child.

*  Horton L. Seaver (1904-1960).  

Charles Lewis Seaver (1844-1923) was my 4th cousin 4 times removed.  Our common ancestors are my 7th great-grandparents, Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) and Mary Read (1680-????).


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