Saturday, January 5, 2019

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 30 December 2018 to 5 January 2019

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

As of 5 January 2019, there were 2,411 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

--- Collections Updated ---

--- Collections with new images ---

BillionGraves Index     (; 26,812,108 indexed records with 26,812,108 record images (was 26,638,162 records with 26,638,162 images),  27 Nov 2018

--- Collections with new records ---

*  Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980   (; 920,375 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 806,588 records with 5,864,285 images),  26 Apr 2018

*  Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977  (; 1,840,355 indexed records with 1,097,134 record images (was 1,819,646 records with 1,097,134 images),  28 Aug 2018

Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865    (; 802,223 indexed records with 6,791,351 record images (was 802,089 records with 6,791,351 images),  10 Sep 2018

Italy, Salerno, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1949   (; 28,536 indexed records with 5,930,229 record images (was 28,526 records with 5,930,229 images),  29 Sep 2017

Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860       (; 383,602 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 355,153 records with 647,469 images),  11 Sep 2018

Wales, Marriage Bonds, 1650-1900        (; Index only (114,896 records), no images (was 114,303 records with 0 images),  26 Oct 2018

*  Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015      (; 602,836 indexed records with 3,327,853 record images (was 602,561 records with 3,327,853 images),  15 Oct 2018

*  Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 186,980 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 185,921 records with 4,668,489 images),  27 Mar 2018

*  Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906  (; Index only (561,402 records), no images (was 560,659 records with 0 images),  20 Dec 2018

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939        (; 82,649 indexed records with 6,906 record images (was 83,392 records with 6,906 images),  21 Dec 2018

*  California Birth Index, 1905-1995       (; Index only (24,589,493 records), no images (was 24,589,495 records with 0 images),  1 Mar 2012


According to the list above, NO new record collections were Added, and no existing collections were Updated, but some existing collections had records or images added or removed (which are not "Updates" apparently!).

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 -- Your Best Find of 2018, and Research Challenge for 2019

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)  What was your best research achievement in 2018?  Tell us - show us a document, or tell us a story, or display a photograph.  Brag a bit!  You've earned it!

2)  We all have elusive ancestors.  What research problem do you want to work on in 2019?  Tell us where you want to research and what you hope to find.

3)  Put the answers in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook post. 

Here's mine:

1)  I did not have a "really big" research achievement in 2018.  I had a number of small achievements, including:

*  The DNA Match that led to my conclusion that Isaac and Rosina (Laun) Lanfear are the grandparents of my 2nd great-grandfather Devier James Lamphear Smith (1839-1894), who was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith in Jefferson County, New York.  The problem is I don't know which of Isaac and Rosinas's children is his parent, nor do I know the name of his other parent.

*  The George W. Seaver life story in February and March was a significant research effort, and turned into a fun presentation.

*  Thanks to Yvette Porter-Moore, I was able to obtain my mother's, grandfather's and grandmother's San Diego High School records from the Alumni office.  

*  I completed research and made a presentation about the ancestry of a local politician, Supervisor Greg Cox for the Chula Vista Genealogical Society for Family History Day on 29 September.  Eleven family members attended and were fascinated by the records and the research.

*  The most fun research was finding my 103-year-old friend's grandparents names in Denmark records.  She and her son were very appreciative for the information and the record printouts.
2)  For 2019, I anticipate adding to my RootsMagic database using information found online and at the Family History Library in San Diego (throughout the year).  In the process, I may get a breakthrough on a brickwall ancestor, or perhaps another researcher will find my blog posts and be able to extend one or more lines. 

I will continue to add content and source citations in my RootsMagic family tree using all available resources, including FamilySearch Family Tree, WikiTree, Geni World Tree, and Record Hints from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch, plus correspondence from blog readers.

I don't anticipate being able to travel much to do onsite research in 2019 due to my and Linda's health and mobility limitations.  We will go to the Genealogy Jamboree in Burbank in June, and perhaps fit in a cruise in the fall.  

In the future, I want to return to Massachusetts again to do onsite research, especially at the NEHGS and in local libraries, historical societies and cemeteries.  I want to go to southern Ontario to do onsite research on my Kemp and related lines.  I also want to visit northern New Jersey to try to find information about my Auble and Knapp and related lines.  


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Surname Saturday - ALDUS (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 #2217 who is Mary ALDUS (1623-1653). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through two generations in this ALDUS 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)

138.  Amos Plimpton (1735-1808)
139.  Mary Guild (1735-1800)

276.  John Plimpton (1708-1756)
277.  Abigail Fisher (1711-1785)

554.  John Fisher (1677-1727)
555.  Abigail Smith (1686-1726)

1108.  John Fisher (1652-1727)
1109.  Hannah Adams (1656-1746)

2216.  Joshua Fisher, born before 02 April 1621 in Syleham, Suffolk, England; died 10 August 1672 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4436. Joshua Fisher and 4437. Elizabeth LNU.  He married 15 March 1643 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.
2217.  Mary Aldus, born before 18 October 1623 in Fressingfield, Suffolk, England; died 03 September 1653 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Joshua Fisher and Mary Aldus are:
*  Mary Fisher (1644-????), married 1662 Thomas Clapp (1639-1691).
*  Joshua Fisher (1645-1646).
*  Hannah fisher (1647-1648).
*  Abigail Fisher (1649-????), married 1667 John Holton (1645-1712).
*  Joshua Fisher (1651-1709), married 1674 Esther Wiswall (1654-1711).
John Fisher (1652-1727), married (1) 1672 Judith LNU; (2) 1674 Hannah Adams (1656-1746)
*  Hannah Fisher (1653-????), married 1673 William Burroughs (1652-????).

4434.  Nathan Aldous, born before 17 September 1592 in Dennington, Suffolk, England; died 15 March 1676 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 8868. Francis Aldous and 8869. Sarah Gooch.  He married before 1623 in probably Suffolk, England.
4435.  Mary LNU, born about 1595 in England; died 01 January 1677 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Nathan Aldous and Mary are:
Mary Aldus (1623-1653), married 1643 Joshua Fisher (1621-1672).
*  Anne Aldus (1626-????).
*  John Aldus (1628-1700), married 1650 Sarah Eliot (1628-1686).

Information about the Aldous family was obtained from:

Myrtle Stevens Hyde, "Corrected Ancestry for Nathan Aldus of Early Dedham, Massachusetts", New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 150, number 4 (October, 1996), pp. 473ff, 

I have done no original research on this family line.


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Friday, January 4, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 4 January 2019

Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last seven days (I skipped the New Years Day post) include:

1)  News Articles:

The Future of Crime-Fighting is Family Tree Forensics

Selected Genealogy Website Alexa Traffic Rankings - 3 January 2019

*  GenSoftReviews Users Choice Awards for 2018 announced

*  Changes to TNA fees from February 2019

*  Dutch Genealogy News for December 2018

*  The National Genealogical Society Welcomes Nancy Peters and Allen Peterson as its New NGSQ Editors

*  NGS 2020 Conference - Call for Proposals Now Open

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 4 January 2019

 Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 23 to 29 December 2018

*  British Newspaper Archives additions in last 30 days

*  NY State Historical Newspapers Adds/Updates 12 Titles - December, 2018

*  Chronicling America Updates - December, 2018

3)  Genealogy Education Opportunities:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 9 January, 5 p.m. PST:  Maintaining an Organized Computer, by Cyndi Ingle

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Researching in Australian Archives, by Helen Smith

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  DNA Rights and Wrongs: The Ethical Side of Testing, by Judy G. Russell

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Focused Research VS Information Overload, by DearMYRTLE and Russ Worthington

*  Research Like a Pro Podcast:  RLP 25: U.S. Federal Census Records Part 1

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #33… Church Transfer Documents… What Might They Tell You?

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #32… Was Your Ancestor A Free Mason? There May Be Some Records Waiting For You

*  Extreme Genes Podcast/Radio Show:  Episode 266 – Dick Eastman On 2018 Genie Highlights And What Happens When We’re All Like Iceland

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Correcting for Small Segments in FamilyTree DNA

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  How to remove people from the wrong family on FamilySearch

*  Ancestral Findings YouTube:  AF-211: Tips to Write an Excellent Genealogy Blog

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  Meet Team Red from Season 4 of Relative Race

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, January 4,  2019

5)  DNA Success Stories

 Columbus man reunites with birth mom after 52 years

'This Could Be Your Child': Father to Reunite With Daughter After Finding Her on Ancestry Site

DNA sleuth's labor of love uncovers new leads in 'Hatbox Baby' mystery

Man and woman find out they're siblings after more than 60 years

6)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 28 December 2018?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 4 January 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are over 381,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Over 76,000 additional records have been added to our collection of Norfolk parish baptisms. The new additions span 1777 to 1990 and cover the parishes of North Creake, Ringland, Southwood, Thornham and Worstead.

Each record will give you an original image of the parish register and a transcript of the details found in the records. The transcripts can vary depending on the age of the record and its condition, but most will include your ancestor's birth date, baptism date, parish and parent's names. The image displays the parish register page on which your ancestor's name appears.

Over 33,000 new Norfolk Banns are now available to search. These new additions cover the parishes of Rockland All Saints & St Andrew, Roughton, Snetterton and Yaxham. Banns of marriage are the public announcement in a Christian parish church of a forthcoming marriage. They would be announced on three consecutive Sundays in order to prevent anyone from marrying when there was a legal impediment to them doing so.

The records include both a transcript and image of the original banns register. The details in each transcript may vary depending on the age and condition of the original source. Most transcripts will include the couple's names, residences, home parish and banns year. Images may reveal the second and third banns dates, the couple's marital statuses and the name of the minister who performed the banns.

Over 27,000 new records covering the parishes of North Creake, Rockland All Saints & St Andrew, Snetterton, Somerleyton, Southwood, Wacton, Wells next the Sea, Westacre and Worstead. The new additions span the years 1777 to 1984 and will reveal a combination of names, dates and locations related to both the bride and groom.

Every record displays an image of the original parish register as well as a transcript with all the pertinent information found in the record. The detail in each transcript will vary depending on the age of the records. Earlier marriage records recorded less information than those created in the twentieth century. Transcripts may include a combination of the couple's birth years, residences, marriage date, home parish, ages and father's names.

Search over 15,000 recent additions to our collection of Norfolk Burials covering the parishes of North Creake, Rockland All Saints & St Andrew, Southwood, Wells next the Sea and Worstead. The transcripts and images will list a combination of your ancestors' burial dates, ages and residences at time of death, and their birth years.

A burial record is a good source for your family tree because it helps you to follow your ancestor's life journey from beginning to end. Many of our ancestors moved throughout their lives for different reasons like work and family. Death records will show where they were living at the end of their lives and this may indicate where their families resided. You can use this information to search for more ancestors in the electoral registers and census records.

Since our last update we have added an additional 228,772 pages across ten titles, including one brand new title. The Lennox Herald for Dumbartonshire in Scotland joins 111 other Scottish newspapers in the collection. You can find a list of the titles we have added to in the table below.

Updates have also been made to the following existing titles:

·         Belfast Telegraph - 1979-1983
·         Cheshire Observer - 1931-1938, 1946, 1948-1949, 1951-1960
·         Drogheda Argus and Leinster Journal - 1965-1969, 1971-1986, 1988-2005
·         Drogheda Independent - 1986-1987, 2005
·         Kerryman - 1986-1987, 2003-2005
·         Lloyd's List - 1887, 1890, 1892, 1903
·         Sligo Champion - 1912-1921
·         Western Mail - 1912, 1919-1923, 1933-1938, 1946-1947, 1952, 1959
·         Wexford People - 1986, 1994, 2005


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 259: #408 Johann Nicolaus Konig (1707-1776) of Germany and Pennsylvania

Johann Nicolaus Konig (1707-1776) is #408 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married #409 Maria Margaretha Stuber (1702-1771) in 1735 in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #204 Philip Jacob Konig ((1738-1792), married #205 Maria Barbara Wilhelm (1740-1779) in 1763.
*  their son, #102 Philip Jacob Konig (1764-1829), married #103 Catherine Ruth (1770-1813) in 1789.
*  their daughter, #51 Elizabeth King (1796-1863), married  #50, Daniel Spangler (1781-1851) in 1815.
*  their daughter, #25 Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901), married #24 David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902) in 1851.
*  their son, #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), married #13 Abby Ardell Smith (1864-1944) in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977).
*  their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                       Johann Nicolaus König[1–4]    
*  Alternate Name:       Nicholas King[5–6]    
*  Alternate Name:       Nicholas König[7–8]    
*  Alternate Name:       Nicholas Koenig[9]

*  Sex:                          Male    

*  Father:                     Hans Paulus König (1678-1736)    
*  Mother:                   Anna Catharina  --?-- (1678-1731)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                       18 May 1707, Leinenweber, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[2]    

*  Immigration:           October 1752 (about age 45), ship Ketty, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States[1]    

*  Death:                     before 29 March 1776 (before age 68), will probated; York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[5]    

*  Probate:                 29 March 1776 (age 68), will proved; York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[5-6]    
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:               Maria Ursula Bochinger (1709-1735)    
*  Marriage 1:             20 January 1728 (age 20), Edenkoben, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[1,3,9]    
*  Child 1:                 Johann Gottfried König (1728-1805)    
*  Child 2:                 Johann Peter König (1730-1793)    

*  Spouse 2:              Maria Margaretha Stuber (1702-1771)    
*  Marriage 2:           19 June 1735 (age 28),  Edenkoben, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[1,4,10]    
*  Child 3:                 Anna Elisabetha König (1737-1776)    
*  Child 4:                 Philip Jacob König (1738-1792)    
*  Child 5:                 Johan Wilhelm König (1745-????)    
*  Child 6:                 Maria Barbara König (1750-????)    

*  Spouse 3:             Susanna Vogele (1705-after 1776)    
*  Marriage 3:          17 December 1771 (age 64), York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[1,7–8]  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  
Some of the material presented in this sketch is excerpted from the book The Kings of York County:  Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers by Richard Shue[1].  Part I of the book details the life and times of Johann Nicholas Konig ("King"), the immigrant and pioneer.

A person named Johann Nicolau Konig was born 18 May 1707 in Leinenweber in the Rhineland Palatinate to Hans Paulus and Anna Catharina (--?--) Konig[2].  This may be Nicholas King of Pennsylvania.  

Johann Nicolaus Konig married, first, on 20 January 1728 to Maria Ursula Bochinger (1709-1735) in Edenkoben in the Palatinate[1,3,9], who bore him at least two children:

*  Johann Gottfried Konig (1728-1805), married 1761 Anna Christina Ziegler (1740-1802).
*  Johann Peter Konig (1730-1793).

His first wife died before 1735, and he married, secondly, to Maria Margaretha Stuber on 19 June 1735 in Edenkoben, Rhineland Palatinate[1,4,10].  They had at least four children, all born in the Palatinate:

*  Anna Elisabetha Konig (1737-1773), married Johann Martin Cronemiller (1737-1770) on 20 June 1756 in Lancaster.
*  Philip Jacob Konig (1738-1792), married 1 April 1763 Maria Barbara Wilhelm (1740-1779) in Lancaster.
*  Johann Wilhelm Konig (1745-????)
*  Maria Barbara Konig (1750-????), married about 1770 to Adam Wilhelm (1742-1824).

The Konig's were of the Reformed faith, and the date of their departure from the Palatinate of the Rhine corresponds to the period of heavy emigration by Reformed and Lutheran adherents from the Palatinate. The Palatinate had been a beautiful, fertile, vineyard-clad land, located between Speyer in the south and Cologne in the north.  It was caught in the crossfire of the recurring wars instigated by France's Louis XIV.  The countryside was ravaged, the crops and villages burned, the peasants persecuted.  Homeless Palatines died of starvation and exposure.  There were three different faiths in the region - Reformed, Lutheran and Roman Catholic, and the ruler of the moment tried to  impose his religious beliefs on everybody, resulting in persecution for those out of favor.  Under these circumstances, Nicholas King and his family emigrated to America in the wake of thousands of his countrymen[1].

In 1752, the Konig family left the Palatinate by boat, sailing down the Rhine to Rotterdam in Holland.  The family boarded the ship Ketty along with about 200 other German immigrants.  The ship, captained by Theophilus Barnes, sailed to Portsmouth in England to obtain clearance papers to sail to America.  They sailed to Philadelphia, arriving  in mid-October 1752.  The passengers took the oath of allegiance to King of England on October 16, 1752 at the Court House in Philadelphia[1].

The Konig family on the passenger list for the ship Ketty included:

Johann Nicolaus König, 45
Maria Margaretha (Stuber)
Gottfried, 24
Johann Peter, 21
Anna Elisabeth, 15
Philipp Jacob, 13
Johann Wilhelm, 7
Maria Barbara, 2

The list noted that they went to Chester County.

Between 1752 and 1760, the family's whereabouts is not known.   Two of Nicholas' children married a Wilhelm, children of Jacob Wilhelm of Lancaster County.  It is possible he was in Lancaster County, or in Berks County.  The earliest record of Nicholas in York, Pennsylvania is 1760, when he purchased a 200 acre tract of land in Manchester township, on the north side of the Codorus River, for 600 pounds. There he and his sons built a primitive home, a barn, cleared and planted the fields[1].

Nicholas became a naturalized British citizen on March 21, 1762, and his sons Jacob and Godfrey became citizens on September 9 1762. Between 1764 and 1771, Margaret King died[1]

On December 27, 1764, his son Jacob bought the 200 acres for 600 pounds.  Nicholas purchased another 200 acres of land on 22 August, 1765.  On November 19, 1770, Nicholas King "yeoman" purchased a house and lot on Beaver Street in York, paying Andrew Rudisilly 60 pounds for a lot and house[1].

Nicholas married his third wife, Susanna Vogele, on 17 December 1771 in  the First Reformed Church in York[1,7-8].

Nicholas wrote his will on 9 March 1776, claiming he was "sick and weak in body, but of sound disposing mind", and signing by mark on the document. The will was proved in York County court on 29 March 1776, with his daughter Elizabeth Cronemiller as executrix[5-6].  He provided his wife Susanna Kingwith 20 pounds, and expressed his wish that she continue to dwell in their home.  To Elizabeth, he bequeathed the house on Beaver Street in York.  He directed that all remaining property be sold at public auction and the proceeds be divided equally between his four children - Godfrey, Ann, widow of Cronemiller, Phillip, and Barbara, wife of Adam Wilhelm..

Johann Nicholas King died between 9 March (when he wrote his will) and 29 March 1776 (when the will was proved) in York, Pennsylvania.  There is no known burial location for him or any of his spouses.

1. Richard Shue, The Kings of York County: Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers (York, Penn. : the author, n.d.), Part I, page 23, Johann Nicholas Konig sketch.

2. Konig-King research material ( letters and family group sheets), 1973-1980;  held by Historical Society of York County Pennsylvania, [address for private use], Alfred Kuby letter, dated 23 June 1980, Johann Nicholas Konig birth and baptism record.

3. Konig-King research material ( letters and family group sheets), 1973-1980;  held by Historical Society of York County Pennsylvania, [address for private use], Johann Nicholas Konig family group sheet, Johann Nicholas Konig and Maria Ursula Bochinger marriage record.

4. Konig-King research material ( letters and family group sheets), 1973-1980;  held by Historical Society of York County Pennsylvania, [address for private use]; Karl Scherer letter, dated 29 March 1973, Johann Nicholas Konig and Margaretha Stuber marriage record.

5. Richard Shue, The Kings of York County: Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers, Part I, page 25, Nicholas King probate.

6. "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," digital images, FamilySearch (, "Will books, 1749-1882 ; General index to wills, 1749-1940," Wills v.A-D 1749-1779, Vol. C, pages 342-344, Nicholas King will and probate papers, 1776; also on FHL microfilm US/CAN 22,131.

7. "York County, Pennsylvania, 1745-1800: First Reformed (Trinity) Church," indexed database, (, Marriage, Nicolaus Konig and Susan Vogele entry.

8. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013, digital images, (, PA - York > York > United Church of Christ > Trinity United Church of Christ,  AD 1771, image 132 of 502, Nicholas Konig and Susanna Vogele marriage entry.

9. "Deutschland Heiraten, 1558-1929," database, FamilySearch (, Nicklaus Koenig and Maria Ursula Bechingers, 20 Jan 1728; citing Evangelisch, Kapellen-Drusweiler, Pfalz, Bavaria; FHL microfilm 193,930.

10. "Germany, Marriages, 1558-1929," indexed database, FamilySearch (, Nicolaus Koenig and Maria Margaretha Stuber entry.


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 2019 to 312 Ancestors in 312 Weeks.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Seavers in the News -- Dr. Tom Seaver Dies Suddenly in 1943

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly 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 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper dated 18 May 1943:

The transcription of the article is:

"Auto Mishap Kills Officer
Oakmont Army doctor Dies in South

"Lieurtenant Tom Seaver, 28 of Hulton road and Eighth street, Oakmont, a doctor in the medical corps at Camp Mackall, North Carolina, died Sunday in Pinehurst, N.C., from injuries received in an automobile accident, according to word received by his parents.

"Lieutenant Seaver was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh medical school, and served his internship in the Allegheny General Hospital.  He was a member of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church.  He leaves his wife, Eleanor Landstrom Seaver, with the American Red Cross in Australia; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Seaver of Oakmont; three sisters, Mrs. R.C. Ritter of Asheville, N.C., Mrs. K.C. Shewitt of Pittsburgh, and Mrs. James Verner of Cleveland.  Funeral services will be held at his parents' home Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock."

The source citation for the article is:

"Auto Mishap Kills Officer," Pittsburgh [Penn.] Post-Gazette newspaper, Tuesday, 18 May 1943, page 4, column 6, Dr. Tom Seaver death notice;   ( : accessed 3 January 2019).

This obituary is for Thomas Seaver (1915-1943), the son of Kenneth and Mabel (Bright) Seaver of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It mentions the name of his wife and his three sisters' married names.  Thomas married Eleanor Louise Landstrom on 6 May 1940 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.  They had no children.

I had this family in my RootsMagic family tree database.  Dr. Tom Seaver is my 7th cousin 2x removed.


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