Saturday, June 16, 2018

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 10 to 16 June 2018

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at   FamilySearch   ( every week.

As of 16 June 2018, there were 2,328 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The added or updated collections are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added

Idaho, Jerome County Historical Society, Minidoka Japanese Relocation Center Military Records, 1942-1945        (; 1,469 indexed records with 1,469 record images, ADDED 12 Jun 2018

*  Utah, Delayed Birth Certificates, 1900-1960     (; 27,347 indexed records with 27,347 record images, ADDED 14 Jun 2018

*  Denmark, Copenhagen City, Burial Registers, 1805-1968   (; 3,571 indexed records with 3,571 record images, ADDED 11 Jun 2018

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Peru, Ɓncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005     (; 224 indexed records with 903,067 record images (was 224 records with 903,067 images), Updated 11 Jun 2018

*  South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 (; 1,475,888 indexed records with 1,167,010 record images (was 446,780 records with 1,167,010 images), Updated 12 Jun 2018

*  Iowa, Old Age Assistance Records, 1934-1958     (; Index only (817,662 records), no images (was 810,788 records with 0 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880     (; 17,958 indexed records with 48,947 record images (was 10,443 records with 48,947 images), Updated 12 Jun 2018

*  Italy, Asti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1803-1814, 1911-1935   (; 60,441 indexed records with 279,461 record images (was 59,527 records with 279,461 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935  (; 13,876,376 indexed records with 1,624,867 record images (was 13,876,376 records with 1,624,867 images), Updated 14 Jun 2018

*  Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015      (; 527,664 indexed records with 3,327,853 record images (was 527,664 records with 3,327,853 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Albania Census, 1930    (; 11,721 indexed records with 3,899 record images (was 0 records with 3,899 images), Updated 15 Jun 2018

*  Chile, Civil Registration, 1885-1932    (; 3,789,272 indexed records with 1,623,199 record images (was 3,788,254 records with 1,623,199 images), Updated 14 Jun 2018

*  District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854-2013      (; Browse 52,042 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 52,042 images), Updated 14 Jun 2018

*  Italy, Rieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1840-1945     (; 136,350 indexed records with 448,819 record images (was 136,292 records with 448,819 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Italy, Pescara, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1929   (; 441,553 indexed records with 2,022,109 record images (was 417,032 records with 2,022,109 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1912  (; 90,358 indexed records with 7,654 record images (was 89,678 records with 7,654 images), Updated 15 Jun 2018

*  Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 868,841 indexed records with 80,929 record images (was 825,065 records with 0 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Public Records   (; 5,886,927 indexed records with 5,886,927 record images (was 481,583 records with 481,583 images), Updated 11 Jun 2018

*  New Brunswick Late Registration of Births, 1810-1899    (; Browse 24,015 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 24,015 images), Updated 14 Jun 2018

*  Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (; 1,678,119 indexed records with 90,516 record images (was 1,651,891 records with 64,300 images), Updated 15 Jun 2018

*  Italy, Brescia, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1797-1943   (; 90,016 indexed records with 620,801 record images (was 66,115 records with 620,801 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

*  Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 2,017,648 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 2,008,677 records with 1,454,787 images), Updated 14 Jun 2018

*  Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications, 1911-1938    (; 1,759 indexed records with 27,874 record images (was 0 records with 27,874 images), Updated 13 Jun 2018

--- Collections with new images ---

*  Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 (; 2,834,539 indexed records with 527,596 record images (was 2,834,539 records with 0 images),  6 Jun 2018

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005        (; Index only (5,069,623 records), no images (was 5,069,624 records with 0 images),  6 Nov 2013

*  California Marriage Index, 1960-1985    (; Index only (4,879,215 records), no images (was 4,879,216 records with 0 images),  6 Dec 2011

*  California Birth Index, 1905-1995       (; Index only (24,589,502 records), no images (was 24,589,503 records with 0 images),  1 Mar 2012


In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use a keyword (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords..

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Did Your Father Love To Do?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

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

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) It's Father's Day in the USA on Sunday, so let's talk about our fathers.  

2)  What did your father really like to do in his work or spare time?  Did he have hobbies, or a workshop, or did he like sports, or reading, or watching TV?

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

Here's mine:

My father, Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) loved anything to do with sports.  Especially baseball.  He grew up in Leominster, Mass., and played baseball at Leominster High School in the mid-1920s.  He went to Dartmouth College to play baseball, but hurt his knee and dropped out as the Depression hit in the 1930 time frame.  Back in Leominster, he played on several sandlot teams during the 1930s.  His favorite major league team was the Boston Red Sox (of course!).  

After he moved to San Diego in 1940 and got married in 1942, and came back from world War II in 1946, he was a high average ten pin bowler and was on teams in San Diego's most prestigious leagues.  

He would listen to San Diego Padres minor league games on the radio when he could, but I don't think he ever went to see a baseball game in San Diego for some reason - probably because they weren't the Red Sox.

When a Little League was formed in our area in 1956, he signed up to coach a team when my brother Stan was 9 years old.  Soon, he was managing a major league Little League team.  He also volunteered to take care of the two ball fields at Morley Field in Balboa Park, and spent several evenings a week there dragging the fields, cleaning up, watering the sparse grass, etc.  He went on to manage Stan's Pony League and Colt League teams, and then my brother Scott started playing in 1964, and my father managed his teams right through Colt League also.  

The downside was that my father was very competitive and hated to lose at anything, especially baseball games.  He was always trying to get an edge on the opposing manager, which made him fairly unpopular with the other league members.  After cutting two fingers off in a garage accident with a rotary saw, he had to sit out at least one year to recuperate.  

He continued bowling up until the accident also, but eventually cut back the number of leagues to a Friday night league.  Our first vacations in the 1954-1960 time frame were trips to the California State Bowling Tournament sites up and down California, and we did some sightseeing also.  He drove the whole way.  

We got a television in the living room in the mid-1950s, and they started showing baseball Game of the Week and NFL games, and he watched them all.  During the 1950s and 1960s, we watched the Saturday Night fights and even the bullfights in Tijuana on the local Spanish station.  He was a San Diego Chargers fan from their coming to San Diego in 1961, but only watched them when they were on television.  When the Chargers moved into San Diego Stadium in 1968, he bought season tickets and held them until about 1980.  It was a struggle to discuss football strategy and player capabilities with him because my opinion was usually at odds with his.  He liked basketball too, and in the 1970s and early 1980s he would watch the L.A. Lakers games and yell at the announcers, Chick Hearn and Hot Rod Hundley, for any reason at all.  

On the last night of his life, May 26, 1983, we visited him at the hospital (he had prostate problems), and left him to watch the basketball game at around 6:30 p.m. He had a heart attack while watching the game - I've always figured that he went out yelling at Chick Hearn or berating the Lakers for their sloppy play.  


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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 working in the 9th great-grandmothers by Ahnentafel number, and I am up to Ancestor #2125 who is Sarah LNU (1624-1665). 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in 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)

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)

66.  Nathan Gates (1767-1830)

67.  Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855)

132.  Simon Gates (1739-1803)
133.  Susanna Reed (1745-1833)

264.  Amos Gates (1706-1783)
265.  Mary Hubbard (1712-1754)

530.  Samuel Hubbard (1687-1753)
531.  Sarah Clark (1681-1720)

1062.  Samuel Clark (1646-1730)
1063.  Rachel Nichols (1654-1722)

2124.  Arthur Clark, born about 1620 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England; died 30 October 1665 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He married before 1644 in Massachusetts, United States.
2125.  Sarah LNU, born about 1624 in England; died 1665 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Arthur Clark and Sarah are:

i. Sarah Clark, born before 10 March 1644 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; died in

ii. Samuel Clark, born before 01 November 1646 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 30 January 1730 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; married Rachel Nichols (1654-1722) about 1676 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Information about this Clark family was obtained from Massachusetts vital records.  A sketch of Arthur Clark is in:

*  William Richard Cutter (editor), New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume II,  (New York : Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913), pages 864-5, Arthur Clark sketch.

The FamilySearch Family Tree profile for Sarah LNU says her maiden name was Thayer, according to a MyHeritage tree.  
I have done no original research on this Clark line.  


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Friday, June 15, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 15 June 2018

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

1)  News Articles:

Reclaim The Records wins a Third Lawsuit; NYC Marriage Index for 1996-2017 is now Online

GRIP 2019 Courses Announced

*  National Institute for Genealogical Studies Announces Certificate Program in Eastern European Genealogy Research

Family History Hosting Announces GedSite Version 2.06

*  Update: A Fire at the Aberdeen (Washington) Museum of History Destroys Much of the Museum’s Collection and a Genealogy Society’s Library

2)  Record Databases:

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 15 June 2018

*  NEHGS Releases New Database-Mayflower Families 5th Generation Descendants, 1700-1880

*  ScotlandsPeople adds new maps and plans collection

3)  Genealogy Education:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for June 2018

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 19 June, 5 p.m. PDT:  Using Maps in Genealogical Research, by Sara A. Scribner

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 19 June, 11 a.m. PDT: You Need a Search Strategy: Maximizing Your Results with Online Genealogical Databases, by Mike Mansfield

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Easily Read Old Style American Handwriting, by Sharon Monson

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Finding Unique African Americans Collections in Large Databases, by Angela Walton-Raji

Free June Webinar! Why Am I Stuck? 10 Solutions to Common Genealogical Brick Walls

*  The Genealogy Guys Podcast:  #345

*  The Genealogy Gems Podcast:  Episode 218 - It's All About You

*  MyHeritage YouTube:  8 Football Legends Uncover Their Origins with MyHeritage DNA

*  Who Is Nicka Smith? YouTube:  BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 59: People of Color Genealogy Research in Florida

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  How to uncover what an ancestor's initial stands for - Research Over My Shoulder

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Southern California Genealogy Jamboree Recap

*  Amy Johnson Crow YouTube:  Reclaim the Records: Getting Access to Genealogy Records with Brooke Schreier Ganz

* YouTube:  AncestryDNA | CNN's: Finding Kamau Bell Episode 2 | Ancestry

*  Findmypast YouTube:  Discover Military Ancestors with Hints | Findmypast

*  New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:  New York State Family History Conference Webinar: Everything You Need to Know

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, June 15,  2018

*  MyHeritage 50% Off for NGS Members, Friends and Family

5)  Neat Stuff:

Father and Daughter reunited on The Today Show thanks to MyHeritage DNA

Father and son meet for the 1st time after DNA test

*  Clan Wars Blamed for Mysterious Ancient Collapse of the Male Chromosome

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 12 June 2018?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 15 June 2018

I received this information from Findmypast today:

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are over 1.4 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:
Over 691,000 records have been added to our National Archives' collection of medical records from the First World War. These records may allow you to discover when and where your ancestor was wounded, where they were treated how long they were held at the medical facility for treatment. Images may provide a variety of additional details such as their service history and a description of the wound.
The medical records were collected by the Medical Research Committee and then given over to the British Museum during the First World War, 1914 to 1918. The records were used for statistical research. In 1931, Thomas John Mitchell and G M Smith published History of the Great War, based on official documents. Medical services: Casualties and medical statistics of the Great War from the data gathered from these medical records.
Explore images of the deceased physician card files from the American Medical Association (AMA). The card files contain over 707,000 records and comprise biographic records of deceased physicians in the United States and a few from Canada from 1864 to 1968.
Each record consists of a transcript that may reveal when your ancestor died, where they practiced, where they attended school, where they were living at the time of their death, details relating to their career and their cause of death.
Over 79,000 additional records have been added to our collection of United States Marriage records. The new additional cover marriages conducted in Indiana between 1818 and 1920.
The collection includes both transcripts and images of original documents that will list a combination of your ancestor's marriage date, location, the names of both the bride and groom, their birthplaces, birth dates, ages, residence and the names of both their parents.
This month, we've added 13,283 images to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI). New additions have been added to the following publications:
Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine / American Spirit – volumes 43 to 53, 56 to 57 – this magazine offers articles on American history and historical subjects pertaining to Colonial America, as well as sections on genealogy
Fitchburg Historical Society Proceedings – volumes 1 to 5 – including papers relating to the history of the town of Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Genealogical Advertiser – volumes 1 to 4 – a quarterly magazine of family history, which includes marriage and probate records
Genealogical Magazine – volumes 1 to 4 – this periodical is a journal of family history, heraldry, and pedigrees
*  Genealogical Quarterly Magazine – volumes 1 to 5 – as the title page says, this periodical is devoted to 'genealogy, history, heraldry, revolutionary and colonial records'. From its pages, you can discover marriage notices, cemetery inscriptions, inhabitant lists, and church records for various places in New England.

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 230: #355 Content (Tucker) Wing (1695-1738) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Content Tucker (1695-1738) is #355 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #354 Benjamin Wing (1698-before 1782)  in 1722 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #177 Abigail Wing (1734-1806) who married #176 Jonathan White (1732-1804) in 1756. 
*   their son, #88 Humphrey White (1757-1814) who married #89 Sibel Kirby (1764-1848) in 1786.
*  their son, #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) who married #45 Miranda Wade (1804-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) 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:                     Content Tucker[1–2]
*  Alternate Name:     Content Wing[3]  
*  Sex:                        Female    

*  Father:                   Abraham Tucker (1653-1725)    
*  Mother:                 Hannah Mott (1663-1730)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                    12 March 1695, Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Distribution:        20 April 1725 (age 30), Distribution of father's estate; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Death:                 before October 1739 (before about age 44), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States    

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

*  Spouse 1.               Benjamin Wing (1698-1782)    
*  Marriage 1:           18 October 1722 (age 24), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[2]    
*  Child 1:                 Elizabeth Wing (1724-1778)    
*  Child 2:                 Sarah Wing (1728-1813)    
*  Child 3:                 Hannah Wing (1726-1809)    
*  Child 4:                 Benjamin Wing (1732-1806)    
*  Child 5:                 Abigail Wing (1734-1806)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

Content Tucker was born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts on 12 March 1695, the daughter of Abraham and Hannah (Mott) Tucker[1].  She was their third child of seven.  The birth record for Content Tucker in the Dartmouth, Massachusetts Vital Record book says:

"[TUCKER], Content, d. Abraham [Abraham (s. Henry) and Hanna (second w.), C.R.3], Mar. 12, 1695."

Content married Benjamin Wing  on 18 October 1722 in Dartmouth[2].  Benjamin Wing was the son of Matthew and Elizabeth (Mott) (Ricketson) Wing.  The marriage record in the Dartmouth Vital Record book says:

"WING, Benjamin, s[on]. Matthu of D[artmouth] and Content Tucker, d[aughter]. Abraham of D[artmouth], 18th, 8 mo., 'called October," 1722, C.R.3'"

Benjamin and Content had five children born between 1724 and 1734, all born in Dartmouth and recorded in the town vital records.

Content's father, Abraham Tucker, wrote his will in November 1724, and died in March 1725.  The will mentions Content twice[3]:

"... it is my will that if any of Either of my three daughters Last mentioned shall dye before before she or they come to the age as aforsaid, that then her or their Legcee or Legacies shall be paid in Equall Proportion thereof to the survivors of my Seven Daughters namely Mary Russell, Elizabeth Barker, Sarah Wing, Content Wing Joanah Tucker Ruth Tucker and Hannah Tucker or Their Legal Representatives in case any of them be dead.

"... further my will is yt after all my Debts & above mentioned Legacies Paid & Satisfied then what shall shall be Remaining of my Personall Estate both Stock & household goods & Paper money of any theire may be at my decease not herein above disposed of shall be Equally divided amonst my Seven Daughters yt is Mary Russel Elezebeth Barker Sarah Wing Content Wing Joannah Tucker Ruth Tucker & Hannah Tucker or theire Legall Representatives in case any of them be dead."

This family worshipped in the Society of Friends meeting in Dartmouth.

There is no death or burial record for Content (Tucker) Wing.  She may have died soon after the birth of her last child in 1734, and definitely died before her husband married, secondly, to Rhoda Rogers in October 1739. 


1. Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 ( Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society,1929-1930), Births, page 285, Content Tucker birth entry, 1695.

2. Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850, Marriages, page 553, Benjamin Wing and Content Tucker entry, 1722.

3. "Probate Records, 1687-1916; Index, 1687-1926," Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate Court Records, on 199 FHL US/CAN Microfilm rolls; original records at Probate Registry, Taunton, Mass., Volume 5, Pages 67-69, Abraham Tucker will, accessed on FHL Microfilm US/CAN 0,461,883.


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 2018 to 260 Ancestors in 260 Weeks.

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