Saturday, August 4, 2018

Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 29 July to 4 August 2018

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at   FamilySearch   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 4 August 2018, there were 2,349 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

Italy, Palermo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1947   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2608509); Index only, no images, ADDED 3 Aug 2018

--- Collections Updated ---

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2333694); 34,168,489 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,168,489 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 3 Aug 2018

BillionGraves Index     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026973); 25,551,766 indexed records with 25,551,766 record images (was 25,226,581 records with 25,226,581 images), Updated 1 Aug 2018

Georgia Deaths, 1928-1942       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1385727); 551,726 indexed records with 484,960 record images (was 554,254 records with 484,960 images), Updated 31 Jul 2018

Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016224); 1,669,089 indexed records with 1,582,419 record images (was 1,635,176 records with 1,582,419 images), Updated 2 Aug 2018

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1972912); 1,114,946 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 1,114,946 records with 978,396 images), Updated 31 Jul 2018

Italy, Chieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1930    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2419833); 339,924 indexed records with 3,714,370 record images (was 339,924 records with 505,027 images), Updated 3 Aug 2018

England and Wales Census, 1881  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2562194); 26,124,851 indexed records with 1,410,451 record images (was 26,124,851 records with 1,410,451 images), Updated 30 Jul 2018

Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1787825); Index only (45,340 records), no images (was 43,048 records with 0 images), Updated 31 Jul 2018

Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880-1930  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2790465); 46,977,151 indexed records with 87,177 record images (was 46,956,431 records with 87,177 images), Updated 3 Aug 2018

--- Collections with new images ---

Texas, El Paso Alien Arrivals, 1909-1924  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2306316); 193,394 indexed records with 192,133 record images (was 193,394 records with 0 images),  27 Jul 2018

--- Collections with images removed ---

Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1708654); Index only (193,370 records), no images (was 193,370 records with 193,370 images),  30 Apr 2018

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In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list 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.

Note that they added images to the El Paso Alien Arrivals collection and removed images from the Nebraska Marriages collection.  There is a good reason to check each collection when it is added or updated - perhaps your ancestor's record has been added, and if you capture the image of a record you will have it if the images are removed for some reason.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Four Degrees of Separation

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)  Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with FOUR degrees of separation?  That means "you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor."  When was that fourth ancestor born?

2)  Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook or a stream post on Google Plus.


Here are several of mine:

1)  My Seaver/Richmond line:   

*  Me (born 1943) - I met my paternal grandmother once in 1959.  
*  My paternal grandmother Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962, daughter of Thomas Richmond (1848-1917))  knew her grandfather, Henry Arnold White (1824-1885).  
*  Henry Arnold White probably met his great-grandfather, David Kirby (1740-1832) (Henry's father was Jonathan White (1806-1850), whose mother was Sybil Kirby (1764-1848), whose father was David Kirby (1740-1832)).

David Kirby (1740-1832) certainly met his grandfather, Robert Kirby (1673-1755) (David's father was Ichabod Kirby (1705-1793), whose father was Robert Kirby).

 2)  My Carringer line:  

*  Me (born 1943) - my maternal great grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer held me when I was a baby.  
*  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), son of David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902) and Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901),  surely met his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth (King) Spangler (1796-1863).  
*  Elizabeth (King) Spangler certainly met her husband's grandmother, Maria Dorothea (Dinkel) Spangler (1748-1835) (Elizabeth's father was John Daniel Spangler (1781-1851), whose parents were Rudolf Spangler (1738-1791) and Maria Dorothea (Dinkel) Spangler (1748-1835).

Maria Dorothea (Dinkel) Spangler (1748-1835) certainly knew her parents, Johann Daniel Dunckel (1713-1755) and Maria Ursula von Ernest (1713-1793).  I don't know her grandparents.

3)  My Carringer/Smith/Vaux/Underhill line:  

*  Me (born 1943) - my great-grandmother, Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944) held me (I don't remember it, of course!).  
*  Della Smith (born in Wisconsin), daughter of Abigail Vaux (1844-1931), granddaughter of Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux (1815-1883) may have met her great-grandfather, Amos Underhill (1772-1865, died in New York), but I doubt it!   
*  Amos Underhill certainly met his grandparents, John Underhill (1721-1793) and Joanna Healey (1718-1809) (through their son John Underhill (1745-1816)).

John Underhill (1721-1793) certainly met his great-grandparents, Henry Ambrose (1649-1724) and Susanna --?-- (1646-1730).  John's parents were Sampson Underhill (1692-1732) and Elizabeth Ambrose (1698-1782).  Elizabeth's parents were Nathaniel Ambrose (1678-1745) and Sarah Eastman (1674-1728).  Nathaniel's parents were Henry Ambrose (1649-1724) and Susanna --?-- (1646-1730).  Each of these families resided in Salisbury, Massachusetts.

So I can connect, with four degrees of separation, back to a woman born in about 1646 - over 370 years!  

It strikes me that five degrees of separation might be really interesting!  Another time!


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Surname Saturday - REED (England to colonial Massachusetts)

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 #2141 who is Sarah REED (1638-1681). 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through two generations in this REED 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)

266.  Nathan Reed (1719-1802)
267.  Susanna Wood (1724-1780)

534.  Josiah Wood (1687-1753)
535.  Ruth Walker (1692-1752)


1070.  John Walker (1665-1699)
1071.  Ruth Kendall (1675-1730)

2140.  Samuel Walker, born 28 June 1643 in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; died 18 January 1704 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4280. Samuel Walker and 4281. Anna Sheldon.  He married 10 September 1662 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
2141.  Sarah Reed, born before 30 December 1638 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 01 November 1681 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Samuel Walker and Sarah Reed are:
*  Edward Walker (1663-1735), married 1690 Elizabeth Dean (1671-????).
John Walker (1665-1699), married 1691 Ruth Kendall (1675-1730).
*  Samuel Walker (1667-1744), married (1) 1689 Judith Howard (1667-1724); (2) 1724 Mary Richardson (1669-1748).
*  Sarah Walker (1670-1704), married 1687 Edward Johnson (1658-1725).
*  Timothy Walker (1672-1706), married 1699 Elizabeth Fowle (1681-1764).

4282.  William Reed, born about 1587 in England; died before 17 February 1662 in Newcastle, Northumberland, England.  He married about 1626 in probably Hertfordshire, England.
4283.  Mabel Kendall, born 1605 in England; died 15 June 1690 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 8566. Henry Kendall and 8567. Gabriel Armstrong.

Children of William Reed and Mabel Kendall are:
*  George Reed (1627-1706), married (1) 1652 Elizabeth Jennison (1637-1665); (2) 1665 Hannah Rockwell (1642-1724).
*  Ralph Reed (1630-1712), married 1654 Mary Peirce (1636-1701).
*  Justus Reed (1633-1633).
*  Abigail Reed (1638-????), married 1650 Francis Wyman (1619-1699).
Sarah Reed (1638-1681), married 1662 Samuel Walker (1638-1681).
*  Bethiah Reed (1640-1717), married 1657 John Johnson (1635-????).
*  Israel Reed (1642-1711), married 1669 Mary Kendall (1651-1722).
*  Rebecca Reed (1647-1734), married 1664 Joseph Winn (1630-1715).

Information about this REED family was obtained from:

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Nora Emma Snow, The Snow-Estes Ancestry (Hillburn, N.Y.: Snow, 1939).

I have done no original research on this Reed line.


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Friday, August 3, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 3 August 2018


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

1)  News Articles:


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Here’s When You Can Watch Season 5 of “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.”

 DNA Testing Companies Sign New Guidelines for Sharing Data With Third Parties

Privacy Best Practices for Consumer Genetic Testing Services

(US) Senators Harris and Carper Introduce Legislation to Ensure Gender Identity Sexual Orientation to 2030 Census

Google Maps Switches to 3D Globe at Small Scales

*  An Update on RootsFinder

2)  New or Updated Record Databases:

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday. 3 August 2018

FamilySearch New Historical Records for July 30, 2018

Chronicling America Updates - July, 2018

3)  Genealogy Education:


 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  Free Family History Classes and Webinars for August 2018

BYU Family History Library Webinar Series (August 2018)

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 8 August, 11 a.m. PDT:  Genealogical Proof for the Novice Genealogist, by Annette Burke Lyttle


*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Jewish Genealogy for the Non-Jew: History, Migration, DNA, by Schelly Talalay Dardashti

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 5): Adding an Obituary, by Geoff Rasmussen

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Photoshop: Filters, Plugins and Actions, by Jared Hodges

Announcing the Unlock the Past Genealogy Cruise from Sydney to Singapore
*  Family Tree Magazine Podcast:  DNA and Adoption: Podcast Episode 122

*  MyHeritage YouTube:  MyHeritage Presents BVB Players with Their DNA Results and Family Secrets

*  Ancestry YouTube:  August 2018 Edition | What's New at Ancestry

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  How Do You Evaluate Hints on Family Search? - Research Over My Shoulder Episode 7

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  An Interview with Melissa Barker, AKA The Archive Lady.

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  The Archive Lady - Museums have Records, too!

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, August 3,  2018


FREE E-BOOK: After You’re Gone – Future Proofing Your Genealogy Research

5)  DNA Success Stories:

*  A Reunion of a Lifetime: Discovering Family Through MyHeritage DNA

*  Finding a long-lost family: British man discovers siblings in Owensboro

*  Dark secret comes to light through DNA test that unites sisters after 30 years

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 31 July 2018?

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday. 3 August 2018

I received this information from Findmypast today:

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday





There are over 182,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;


Over 37,000 additional 'open' records have been added to the 1939 Register. Since the Register was launched, Findmypast has matched more than four million 'closed records' to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals recorded.

The 1939 Register now contains more than 33.9 million searchable records. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, their date of birth, marital status and occupation. A wealth of contextual information, including period photographs never before seen online, infographics, region-specific newspaper articles and historical and contemporary maps, are personally tailored to each record, offering a rich and unique user experience unrivalled by any other family history research tool to date.


Explore registers and records from the English county of Cumberland. This collection currently comprises one title: Monumental Inscriptions in the Graveyards of Brigham & Bridekirk, 1666-1876.

Published in 1878, the title consists of 111 pages. The preface notes that 'the whole of these inscriptions were copied with great care, and the same care has been extended to the printing of them; it is therefore hoped that no errors of an important character will appear in any portion of the work'. Brigham is a village dating back to Neolithic times, and Bridekirk is a parish and township.


Explore registers and records from the English county of Derbyshire. This collection currently comprises one title: The Brave Men of Eyam, 1665-1666.

The Brave Men of Eyam, 1665-1666 – Or A Tale of the Great Plague Year, by Edward N Hoare, rector of Acrise, consists of 265 pages. Eyam is a civil parish and village in the Derbyshire Dales district. The village is particularly known for the 1665 outbreak of bubonic plague and the villagers' response to it: isolating themselves to prevent further spreading of the plague. The preface of this title attempts to explain the extent to which this work is factual and fictional. It is stated that the statistics regarding deaths, dates, and some leading incidents are historical, and 'the object of the book is to tell, in a popular form, the tale of a "mighty woe"'.


Explore registers and records from the English county of Devon. This collection currently comprises one title: Parish Registers of Hemyock, 1635-1837.

Parish Registers of Hemyock, 1635-1837 was published in 1923. Included in this title are 282 pages of baptisms, marriages, and burials, as well as bishop's transcripts from 1602, 1606, 1609-11, 1617, 1625, 1626, 1633, and 1636. Additionally, a list of the parish's rectors and chaplain priests is included. Hemyock is a civil parish and village. The production of wool was the village's main source of wealth from the 1500s to the 1800s. It is said that the Cadbury family originated in Hemyock.


Explore registers and records from the English county of Cheshire. This collection currently comprises five titles, including parish registers and histories and funeral certificates. Currently, there are five titles within this collection:
  • Cheshire Funeral Certificates, 1600-1678 – This title was published in 1882 and is the sixth volume published by The Record Society. This volume was edited by John Paul Rylands, fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
  • Gawsworth Church and Parish – This title was published in 1924 and written by Reverend H E Polehampton, rector of the parish. The preface was written by the Lord Bishop of Chester, Henry Luke. The book includes chapters on the church's exterior and interior, churchwardens and parish clerks, and church life. Gawsworth is a village and civil parish.
  • History of the Parish of Eastham, 1871-1920 – This title was written for the Parish Magazine, 1874-76, by Isabel Tobin. Included are notices of the church restoration by Reverend H J Storrs. This edition was published in 1920, with the permission of the author.
  • Notes on the Parish of Burton in Wirral – This title was published in 1908 and authored by F C Beazley. Illustrated by Graham Johnston, the book includes seven plates and numerous coats of arms. The village of Burton is located on the Wirral Peninsula.
  • Parish Registers of Holy Trinity, Chester, 1532-1837 – This volume was transcribed, indexed, and edited by L M Farrall. Biographical and genealogical notes are included in the indexes on this title.

This week we have added 143,678 pages to The Archive. We have added one new title, the Oxfordshire Weekly News, and we have continued to augment our Irish collection, with updates to three of our Irish titles. We have also added more pages to the Liverpool Echo, with titles now spanning the years 1879 to 1988 for this particular newspaper.

The coverage years added to the collection this week include;
  • Oxfordshire Weekly News - 1869-1895, 1898-1926
  • Irish Independent - 1995-1997, 2000
  • Belfast Telegraph - 1995-1997, 2000
  • Liverpool Echo - 1987-1988
  • Evening Herald (Dublin) – 2002
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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.

Copyright (c) 2018, Randall J. Seaver

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52 Ancestors - Week 237: #362 John Tracy (1695-1751) of Providence County, Rhode Island

John Tracy (1695-1751) is #362 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married #363 Mary Hawkins (1710-1767) in 1728 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #181 Deborah Tracy (1730-after 1800)  who married #180 Simon Wade (1731-after 1800)  in 1763.
*   their son, #90 Simon Wade (1767-1857) who married #91 Phebe Horton (1772 - after 1820) in 1790.
*  their daughter #45 Miranda Wade (1804-1850) , who married #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) 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)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                         John Tracy[1–4]    

*  Sex:                            Male    

*  Father:                       John Tracy (1661-1701)    
*  Mother:                     Deborah  --?-- (1662-    )  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                        about 1695, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States[1-2]
*  Death:                      1751 (about age 56), Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1-2]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                 Mary Hawkins (1710-1767)    

*  Marriage 1:              2 January 1727/8 (about age 33), Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1-4]   

*  Child 1:                   John Tracy (1728-    )    
*  Child 2:                   Deborah Tracy (1730-1800)    
*  Child 3:                   Prince Tracy (1730-    )    
*  Child 4:                   Mary Tracy (1732-    )    
*  Child 5:                   Sarah Tracy (1735-    )    
*  Child 6:                   Eve Tracy (1738-    )    
*  Child 7:                   Adam Tracy (1742-    )    
*  Child 8:                   Olive Tracy (1744-    )    
*  Child 9:                   Lois Tracy (1746-1790)  

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

Information about the Tracy family of Massachusetts and Rhode Island was published in two books:

1)  Cuyler Reynolds, Genealogical and family history of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the building of a nation, Volume 3, (Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914).

2)  Sherman Wild Tracy, The Tracy Genealogy; Being Some of the Descendants of Stephen Tracy of Plymouth Colony, 1623 (Rutland, Vt.. : The Tuttle Publishing Company, 1936).

John Tracy was born in about 1695, probably in Duxbury, Massachusetts, to John and Deborah (--?--) Tracy, the 6th of 7 children[1-2].  There is no birth record for this event.

The John Tracy family moved to Providence, Rhode Island some time before 1723, when the records show that he bought land.  He bought other land in 1728 and 1730 from William Hawk [probably Hawkins, Mary's father]. He was a farmer. John Tracy lived in what is now Johnston, Rhode Island[1]

John married Mary Hawkins on 2 January 1727/8 in Providence, Rhode Island, which was recorded in the Providence town records[1-4].  Mary Hawkins was born in about 1710 in Providence, the daughter of William and Mary (--?--) Hawkins of Providence.  The marriage record says:

"TRACY, John, and Mary Hawkins; m. by Elisha Knowlton, Justice, Jan. 2, 1727-8."

John and Mary (Hawkins) Tracy had nine children between 1729 and 1751.  All births were recorded in the Providence town records.  The Tracy book lists them as:

- John b. 20 January 1728-29; m. Eunice Jenks
- Deborah b. 20 Feb 1730-31; m. 1750 or 1760 Mr. Wade of Foster, RI
- Prince, b. 20 Feb 1730-31. Went to Maryland or Pennsylvania.
- Mary b. 22 March 1732-33; d. probably young
- Sarah b. 18 May 1735; m. 1 - Peter Smith; 2 - Sewell Hewitt. (Lived a widow at Clarksburg, Massachusetts 1812)
- Eve b. 14 May 1738; d. probably young
- Adam b. 27 May 1742; d. probably young
- Olive b. 27 August 1744; unm. 1812, d. at Providence (Johnston 1812-1820). 
- Lois, b. 18 October 1746; d. 1790

John Tracy died in about 1751, and Mary died in about 1767, probably in Providence[1-2].  There are no death records in the Providence town records for them.  There are no burial records available, since they were probably buried on a family farm.  There are no probate records for either John or Mary Tracy in the Providence County, Rhode Island probate court records.
 
5)  SOURCES

1. Sherman Wild Tracy, The Tracy Genealogy; Being Some of the Descendants of Stephen Tracy of Plymouth Colony, 1623 (Rutland, Vt.. : The Tuttle Publishing Company, 1936), John Tracy sketch.

2. Cuyler Reynolds, Genealogical and family history of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the building of a nation, Volume 3, (Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1914)., John Tracy sketch.

3. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), Vol. 2: Providence County Births, Marriages, Deaths, Providence Marriages, page 188, John Tracy and Mary Hawkins marriage entry.

4. "Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916," indexed database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org), Mary Hawkins and John Tracy entry.

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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.

Copyright (c) 2018, Randall J. Seaver

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Seavers in the News -- Estate of Bertha M. Seaver of Chicago in 1959

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, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Chicago [Ill.] Tribune newspaper dated 21 March 1959:


The transcription of this obituary is:

"ESTATE WORTH $1,588,461 LEFT BY MRS. SEAVER

"The estate of Mrs. Bertha M. Seaver, widow of Andrew Seaver, furniture manufacturer, who died in 1929, was placed at $1,588,461 in an inheritance return filed Friday with County Clerk Edward J. Barrett.

"She willed $94,000 to 25 relatives and friends and provided the remainder should be placed in trust with Northern Trust company for seven relatives.  On their deaths, one-third of the principal shall go to heirs of the seven and the balance shall be distributed among Travelers Aid Society, Illinois Society for Prevention of Blindness, Outing Association for Crippled Children, and the Lutheran Woman's League of Chicago.

"Mrs. Seaver lived at 581 Ingleside part, Evanston, and died Nov. 19, 1957, at age 82.  The return placed federal estate tax at $436,214 and Illinois tax at $38,428."

The source citation for this obituary is:

"Estate Worth $1,588,461 Left by Mrs. SeaverChicago [Ill.] Tribune newspaper, 21 March 1959, page 51, column 1, Mrs. Bertha M. Seaver obituary; digital image, Newspapers.com   (www.newspapers.com :  accessed 2 August 2018).

I searched my RootsMagic family tree database for Andrew (died 1929) and Bertha Seaver (died 1957) , and did not find them in my database.  

I searched on Ancestry.com for Andrew Seaver, born about 1870, and found 1880 to 1920 census records which led me to his parents, William and Anna Seaver, who were born in Norway.  I added their family to my RootsMagic family tree, and then found that Andrew E. Seaver married Bertha Moe in 1900 in Chicago.  Apparently, they had no children.  

I don't know who the seven relatives are who received a share of the trust after Bertha died.  My guess is that they are siblings, nieces and nephews of Bertha and Andrew.

Andrew's father, William Seaver, was probably born Viking Sjurson of ytre Kvarmo, Voss, Norway, son of Sjur Knutson and Ingeborg Vikingsdtr.  The Sjur Knutson family probably adopted the Seaver surname (it sounds like Sjur, apparently) in the 1870s when Norway required families to give up patronymics and adopt a surname.  

I am not related to Andrew or Bertha (Moe) Seaver, but I wish that I had been 60 years ago!

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