Saturday, November 17, 2018

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 11 to 17 November 2018

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

As of 17 November 2018, there were 2,396 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added --- 

Portugal, Aveiro, Civil Registration, 1911-1915 (; 7,871 indexed records with 7,871 record images, ADDED 12 Nov 2018

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 3,503,524 indexed records with 3,503,524 record images, ADDED 13 Nov 2018

--- Collections Updated ---

Montana, Toole County Records, 1913-1960        (; 4,615 indexed records with 79,300 record images (was 4,561 records with 79,300 images), Updated 15 Nov 2018

Ontario, District Marriage Registers, 1801-1858 (; 32,465 indexed records with 2,738 record images (was 32,465 records with 2,738 images), Updated 13 Nov 2018

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,168,489 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,168,489 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 16 Nov 2018

Italy, Bergamo, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1901   (; 656,852 indexed records with 2,514,754 record images (was 656,852 records with 2,514,754 images), Updated 16 Nov 2018

New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998   (; 384,627 indexed records with 5,946,421 record images (was 384,626 records with 5,946,421 images), Updated 13 Nov 2018

Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 4,356,999 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 4,281,198 records with 404,718 images), Updated 14 Nov 2018

Benin, Civil Registration of Deaths, 1891-2014  (; 23,819 indexed records with 21,173 record images (was 20,583 records with 21,173 images), Updated 15 Nov 2018

Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 (; 39,479 indexed records with 3 record images (was 39,406 records with 2,527 images), Updated 17 Nov 2018

United States Census, 1930      (; 125,180,397 indexed records with 2,957,015 record images (was 125,180,397 records with 2,957,015 images), Updated 16 Nov 2018

*  Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955       (; 88,185 indexed records with 35,684 record images (was 87,899 records with 35,684 images), Updated 15 Nov 2018

Ireland Census, 1901    (; 4,379,702 indexed records with 4,379,702 record images (was 3,483,120 records with 3,483,120 images), Updated 17 Nov 2018

South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930     (; 241,500 indexed records with 241,380 record images (was 241,425 records with 241,380 images), Updated 16 Nov 2018

--- Collections with new records ---

Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898  (; Index only (37,622,885 records), no images (was 37,449,531 records with 0 images),  15 May 2018

Germany Marriages, 1558-1929    (; Index only (8,510,851 records), no images (was 8,487,526 records with 0 images),  18 Sep 2015

Germany Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958   (; Index only (3,483,367 records), no images (was 3,434,955 records with 0 images),  18 Sep 2015

Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997 (; Index only (543,915 records), no images (was 541,107 records with 0 images),  3 Oct 2014


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 keywords (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 Genealogy Resource Are You Thankful For?

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

 time for more Genealogy Fun!

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

1)  What Genealogy Resource are you thankful for?  Is it an organization, software, websites, repositories, persons, or something else?

2)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or on Facebook.  Please drop a link in a comment to this post so that every reader can read about your resource.

Here's mine:

I am very thankful for FamilySearch.  Why am I thankful for FamilySearch?  The reasons are many:

*  The volume of collected records and books is breath-taking.  FamilySearch collected hundreds of thousands of books, created millions of microfilms from repository records, and now has digitized billions of records -- all available in the Family History Library, in FamilySearch Centers, and online at  Over 30 years, I have found these resources to be most helpful in my research journey.

*  The FamilySearch Research Wiki is awesome.  When I want to know something about any genealogy subject, or resources in a country/state/county, I start at the Wiki.

*  The FamilySearch Family Tree is fantastic, with almost one billion profiles.  It is constantly improving.  I have over half of my profiles matched to persons in the Family Tree.  The Family Tree has been enriched by my contributions, and has contributed much information to my RootsMagic database.

*  FamilySearch bankrolls, promotes and manages the RootsTech Conference each winter in Salt Lake City.  This is the premier genealogy conference with the largest attendance, number of classes, and exhibitors.  

*  FamilySearch is a FREE resource for everyone in genealogy, with opportunities for any person to contribute with records, books, indexing, and more.  

*  Thank you, FamilySearch, for all you have done and continue to do for this industry.

Happy Thanksgiving, to all of my Genea-Musings readers.


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Surname Saturday -- MORSE (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 #2199 who is Mary MORSE (1620-1692). [Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through two generations in this MORSE 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)

34.  Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840)
35.  Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869)

68.  Aaron Smith (1768-1841)
69.  Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850)

136.  Moses Smith (1732-1806)
137.  Patience Hamant (1735-1780)

274.  Timothy Hamant (1699-1774)
275.  Hephzibah Clark (1699-1791)

548.  Timothy Hamant (1667-1718)
549.  Melatiah Clark (1674-1747)

1098.  Ephraim Clark (1646-1699)
1099.  Mary Bullen (1642-1726)

2198.  Samuel Bullen, born about 1617 in England; died 16 January 1692 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He married 10 August 1641 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.
2199.  Mary Morse, born before 13 August 1620 in Burgate, Suffolk, England; died 14 February 1692 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  

Children of Samuel Bullen and Mary Morse are:

Mary Bullen (1642-1726), married 1669 Ephraim Clark (1646-1699)
*  Samuel Bullen (1644-1736), married 1672 Experience Sabin (1648-1728).
*  Elizabeth Bullen (1647-1689), married 1668 Benjamin Wheelock (1640-1716).
*  John Bullen (1649-1703), married 1684 Judith Fisher (1663-1753).
*  Joseph Bullen (1651-1704), married 1675 Abigail Sabin (1653-1721).
*  Ephraim Bullen (1653-1694), married 1680 Grace LNU (1662-1689).
*  Meletiah Bullen (1655-1693), married 1680 Josiah Fisher (1654-1736).
*  Elisha Bullen (1657-1735), married 1683 Hannah Metcalf (1664-1719).
*  Eleazer Bullen (1662-1662).
*  Bethia Bullen (1664-????), married 1686 Benjamin Colburn (1659-1714).

4398.  Samuel Morse, born before 12 June 1576 in Boxted, Essex, England; died 10 June 1654 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 8796. Thomas Morse and 8797. Margaret King.  He married 29 June 1602 in Redgrave, Suffolk, England.
4399.  Elizabeth Jasper, born before 08 October 1578 in Redgrave, Suffolk, England; died 20 June 1655 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 8798. Lancelot Jasper and 8799. Rose Shepard.

Children of Samuel Morse and Elizabeth Jasper are:

*  Samuel Morse (1603-1626).
*  Elizabeth Morse (1606-1643), married 1630 Robert Daniel (1602-1655).
*  John Morse (1608-1657), married 1637 Annis Chickering (1613-1693).
*  Daniel Morse (1611-1688), married 1639 Lydia Fisher (1620-1690).
*  Joseph Morse (1613-1654), married 1638 Hannah Phillips (1617-1676).
*  Sarah Morse (1616-1616).
Mary Morse (1620-1692), married 1641 Samuel Bullen (1617-1692).

Information about these Morse families was obtained from:

*  Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society,  2007), Samuel Morse sketch, pages 171-177.

*  G. Andrews Moriarty, English Origins of New England Families, Volume 2 (Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Publishing Company, 1964),  Morse family, pp 262 ff.

*  William S. Tilden (editor) History of the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1650-1886, (Boston, Mass. : Geo. H. Ellis, 1887).  

I have done no original research on this family line.


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Friday, November 16, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 16 November 2018

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

1)  News Articles:

National Genealogical Society 2019 Family History Conference Program Now Available

Reclaim The Records Files Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit–US Department of Veterans Affairs

FamilySearch Unlocking Centuries of Italian Ancestry Records

*  Over 60 Million Pages of Digitized Canadian Documentary Heritage soon to be Available at No Charge

*  International Tracing Service Adds 900, 000 Post-War Records Making Over 2 Million Records Available Online

2)  New or Updated Record Databases:

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday, 16 November 2018

*  FamilySearch New and Updated Collections - November 1-15, 2018

3)  Genealogy Education:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Register for the Family History Fanatics' "DNA eWorkshop: After the Test"

*  LESS than 25 DAYS for the next i4GG (Institute for Genetic Genealogy) 2018 Conference!

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 20 November, 5 p.m. PST:  Every Day Life of Our Ancestors, by Ann Staley

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners, by Rorey Cathcart

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence, by Geoff Rasmussen

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Secrets of the US Federal Census – How Did Enumeration Really Work?, by Thomas MacEntee

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #019 – Historic Time Lines And What They Can Reveal

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

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  DNA Triangulation Made Easier - Family History Fanatics Live

*  Who Is Nicka Smith? YouTube:  BlackProGen LIVE!: Ep 72: Life After Death: Getting More with Death Records

*  FamilySearch YouTube:  Road to RootsTech, Episode 4: The Expo Hall

*  FamilySearch YouTube:  Road to RootsTech, Episode 5: What's New at RootsTech SLC 2019

*  AmericanAncestors YouTube:  Finding Clues to Ancestors from Headstones, Family Plots, and Burial Records

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  Using American Migration Patterns to Find Ancestors - James Tanner

*  Genetic Genealogy Ireland YouTube:  DNA Testing for genealogy - the basics (Donna Rutherford)

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  Team Black Says Farewell on Relative Race as Long Lost Family Continue to Reunite Families.

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, November 16,  2018

5)  DNA Success Stories:

*  Ex-sheriff, brother connected by DNA tests after 63 years

 Sheryl finds her long-lost family

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 13 November 2018?


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New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday, 16 November 2018

I received this information from Findmypast today:

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

There are more than 383,000 new records and newspapers available to search this Findmypast Friday.

British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records

Over 224,000 new records have been added to our collection of National Archive's First World War Soldiers' Medical Records. Including both images of transcripts, these records will enable you to discover when and where your ancestor was wounded, the nature of their wounds, where they were treated, how long they were held for treatment and details pertaining to their service history.
This collection comprises The National Archives' series, MH106, War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen. Only a sample of the medical records was retained. These records are a representative selection of the full collection of medical records created during the war. Due to data protection, Findmypast has only published records where the admission year is dated back 100 years. For this reason, more records will be released in the coming years. The records include admissions and discharge records from hospitals, field ambulances, and casualty clearing stations. You will also find records from Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital before the First World War, dating from 1910. Below is a full list of the hospitals and medical facilities represented in the records.

King's Royal Rifle Corps Chronicle 1900-1920

Explore more than 2,400 pages offering fascinating glimpses into a proud regiment and its evolution from the Boer war to the end of the First World War. These books provide, in many cases, the only record of men who served with the King's Royal Corps, certainly up until 1914. This is the most complete collection of King's Royal Rifle Corps Chronicles published online and a welcome addition to our ever-growing military collection.
The King's Royal Rifle Corps Chronicle was first published by the regiment in 1901 and this release by Findmypast covers the years 1901 to 1920 with gaps, at present, for 1915 and 1919. The King's Royal Rifle Corps fielded four regular battalions and a regimental depot headquartered at Winchester and the chronicles record, in often minute detail, where these battalions were stationed and what they were doing in those stations. All serving officers are named, as well as colour sergeants and often other senior NCOs and some riflemen.

Rifle Brigade Chronicle 1890-1920

First published by the regiment in 1890 the Chronicle on Findmypast contains over 4,800 pages and covers a complete run from 1890 to 1920. These volumes will be of particular interest to anyone who has a general fascination for the late Victorian and Edwardian regular army and the evolution, and destruction, of a regiment during the First World War. These books provide, in many cases, the only record of men who served with the Rifle Brigade, certainly up until 1914.
These volumes are often profusely illustrated with the men appearing in these photos usually named. The volume for 1893, in particular, includes a number of plates of named officers, warrant officers and NCOs from the 1st, 2nd and 4th Battalions as well as articles on such diverse topics as notes from the Crimea, the Mashonaland frontier delimitation, marching in India, and sport in Western Tibet. Sport played a big part of regimental life and inter-company and inter-regimental sports are often detailed at great length.

British Armed Forces, Board Of Trade Rolls Of Honour 1914-1918

On the 19 December 1923, Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, a former President of the Board of Trade unveiled a Roll of Honour which was initiated by the staff after the war. The Roll was inscribed with the details of more than 2,600 employees who lost their lives during the Great War.
Each record is a transcript of the original. The amount of information listed varies, but the records will usually list a combination of your ancestor's birth year, birth place, death date, manner of death, place of enlistment, service number, regiment/corps, rank, decorations, civil rank, home department, family details, residence and more.

British & Irish Newspaper Update

This week we have added 149,524 pages to The Archive. We have updated seven of our existing titles, with updates to Lloyd's List, late twentieth century pages from the Perthshire Advertiser, as well as further additions to the New Ross Standard and the Liverpool Echo. We also have exciting updates this week to our special cinema publication, The Bioscope. This week's updated pages cover the years 1911 to 1913, spanning the early days of commercial cinema.
Titles updated this week include;
·        Belfast Telegraph - 1935
·        The Bioscope - 1911-1913, 1923
·        New Ross Standard - 1915, 1988-2001
·        Liverpool Echo - 1881-1883, 1885
·        Drogheda Independent - 1999-2002
·        Lloyd's List - 1899-1900, 1905
·        Perthshire Advertiser - 1988-1996


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 252: #377 Joanna (--?--) Champlin (about 1692-about 1762) of Rhode Island

Joanna --?-- (about 1692 - about 1762) is #377 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #376 William Champlin (1687-about 1778)  in about 1720 in Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their son #188 Elijah Champlin (1730-1779), who married #189 Phoebe Card (1730-1787) in 1751.
*  their son #94 Joseph Champlin (1757-1850), who married #95 Nancy Kenyon (1765-1833) in 1785.
*  their daughter #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865), who married #46 Jonathan Oatley (1791-1872) in 1813.
*  their daughter #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864), who married  #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) 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:                         Joanna --?-- [1]    
*  Alternate Name:        Joanna Champlin[2]

*  Sex:                            Female  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                         about 1692, Rhode Island, United States    

*  Deed:                        10 December 1760 (about age 68), Joanna released her dower in deed selling land in Charlestown; Charlestown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[2]    

*  Death:                       about 1762 (about age 70), probably Charlestown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States  

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

*  Spouse 1:              William Champlin (1687-1778)    
*  Marriage 1:           before 1720 (before about age 33), Rhode Island, United States[1]    

*  Child 1:               William Champlin (1720-1778)    
*  Child 2:               Michael Champlin (1723-1786)    
*  Child 3:               John Champlin (1727-    )    
*  Child 4:               Elijah Champlin (1730-1779)    
*  Child 5:               Dorcas Champlin (1732-    )    
*  Child 6:               Temperance Champlin (1738-    )  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

The parents names, birth date and birth place of Joanna --?--  are unknown.  Some authored works and online family trees say that Joanna's maiden name is Joanna Watson.  Apparently, there is no extant record with that name.

Joanna --?-- was born in about 1692, probably in Rhode Island.  

The most complete Champlin family history with information about this family is by Robert Champlin of Newmarket, Ontario[1].  He provided a computer file of many of the early Champlin families.  Some of the information below was compiled on July 17, 2000 by Robert Champlin, and supplied by him for the personal use of the readers.

Joanna --?-- married William Champlin before 1720 and they had children[1], but there are no marriage or birth records for the children in town records:

*  William Champlin (born about 1720, perhaps in Charlestown, R.I.)
*  Michael Champlin (born about 1723, perhaps in Charlestown, R.I.)
*  John  Champlin (born about 1727, perhaps in Charlestown, R.I.)
*  Elijah Champlin (born about 1730, probably in Westerly, R.I.)
*  Dorcas Champlin (born about 1732, probably in Westerly, R.I.)
*  Temperance Champlin (born about 1738, probably in South Kingstown, R.I.)

The family resided in Charlestown, Rhode Island until about 1730, when they moved to Westerly, Rhode Island[1].  In 1754, they were in South Kingstown, Rhode Island when William bought land there.  In two 1757 deeds where William sold land in South Kingstown, Joanna released her dower rights in the deed[1].

The family moved to Charlestown, Rhode Island, and William bought 244 acres of land there in 1760.  He sold half of the land to his son Elijah Champlin in late 1760, and Joanna released her dower rights[2].  In 1762, William sold the remaining half of the land in Charlestown, but Joanna did not sign the deed releasing her dower rights.  This implies that she may have died between 1760 and 1762. 

There are no death records for Joanna Champlin.  There are no known probate records for William or Joanna Champlin, and there are no burial records for them.


1.   Robert R. Champlin, Champlin Families in America (Newmarket, Ontario : the author 274 Plymouth Trail, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada L3Y 6G7, 2011, provided by email to Randy Seaver), William Champlin sketch.

2.   Charlestown [R.I.] Town Clerk, "Land Evidence Books, 1738-1931," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ( Family History Library, Salt Lake City, on 6 FHL US/CAN Microfilm and, Vol. 2-3, 1760-1790, Volume 2, Page 39 (image 56 of 567), William and Joanna Champlin Deed to Elijah Champlin, executed 10 December 1760, recorded 8 January 1761 (accessed on FHL US/CAN microfilm 931549).


NOTE:  In 2014, 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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