Thursday, July 18, 2019

MyHeritage Refreshes The Data for the Theory of Family Relativity™ for DNA Matches

I received this via email today from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage:

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I have great news — we’ve just refreshed all the data for the Theory of Family Relativity™!

With this exciting update, you’ll get new and updated theories that explain how you and your DNA Matches may be related. This much-anticipated update may provide you with answers about relationships that have baffled you, as well as offer new insights about your ancestors and family relationships.
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The Theory of Family Relativity™ scans billions of family tree profiles and historical records to craft detailed theories of how DNA Matches on MyHeritage may be related to each other. Since launching the feature in February, our DNA database has grown significantly, the number of family trees on MyHeritage has reached 45 million, existing trees have grown, and more historical records have been added to SuperSearch™.

A new notification system has been created to update MyHeritage users about new theories as they are discovered, one theory at a time. This email will be sent periodically, as of this week.

We hope that MyHeritage DNA users will enjoy the current update, which has more than doubled the number of theories available.
Read more about this update and some key facts and figures in the blog post.
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NOTE:  I have written posts about the Theory of Family Relativity in the past, the last one was   MyHeritage Theory of Family Relativity™ is Imperfect - Be Careful!  In that post, I noted that 5 of my 15 Theories were wrong based on my own research. 

After receiving the notice today, I checked my Theory of Family Relativity matches today.  I now have 12 Theories, and only two of them are wrong based on my own research.  Three of the wrong ones are no longer listed, which is good.  Unfortunately, the two that are still wrong depend on someone else's trees and have "low" confidence.

None of today's Theories use my own MyHeritage tree because I did not have my latest tree connected to my DNA results, and I deleted the 2011 MyHeritage tree that previously was connected to my DNA results about a month ago.  Therefore, today's Theories used other person's trees who have me and some of my lines in them.  Interestingly, some Theories list five Unknown persons in a Private tree (mine?  I don't know!) up to a match with a known ancestor from another tree.

When I figured that out, I connected my DNA test to my current MyHeritage tree, so it will be interesting to see how long it takes to get Theories based on my own tree, and if I get more Theories than the 12 I currently have.

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Treasure Chest Thursday - 1810 Marriage of Frederick Sovereen and Mary Jane Hutchison in London District, Upper Canada

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1810 marriage record of Frederick Sovereen and Mary Jane Hutchison in the Early London District records (Upper Canada):

The transcription of this record is:

17 May 1810.  Frederick Sovereen Jr. of Charlotteville, yeoman, and Mary Jane Hutchison of Walsingham, spinster, by Thomas Welch JP.  witnesses John Backhouse, Cornelius Dedrick, James Hutchison, John Backhouse and Ephraim C. Mitchell.

The source citation for this record is:

Bill Martin, "Early London District [Ontario] Marriages," online database, Bill Martin's Genealogy Website (http://my.tbaytel.net/bmartin/london_m.htm : accessed 17 July 2019), Frederick Sovereen Jr. and Mary Jane Hutchison marriage entry.

This is a Derivative Source entry in an online database developed from transcribed records found at the Ontario Historical Society by Bill Martin.  I cannot find this specific record on FamilySearch in the Ontario District Marriages, 1801-1858, since their London District microfilm covers only 1833-1855.  The Ontario Archives or Ontario Historical Society may have this record.  

Frederick Sovereen and Mary Jane Hutchison are my 4th great-grandparents, through their son Alexander Sovereen (1814-1907) who married Elizabeth Putman (1818-1895) in 1840 in Norfolk County, Ontario.  

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

FREE "Family Tree Adventure" Event on 3 August Features Kenyatta Berry in Carlsbad, California

The North San Diego County Genealogical Society, Friends of the Carlsbad Library and  Adventures by the Book are hosting a special "Family Tree Adventure" event on Saturday, 3 August at the Carlsbad City Library (1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad CA) starting at 2 p.m in the Schulman Auditorium.


Join us for an author talk featuring Kenyatta D. Berry, host of KPBS’ Genealogy Roadshow, discussing her new book, The Family Tree Toolkit. The book will navigate you through the sometimes overwhelming and sometimes treacherous waters of tracing ancestry.

Kenyatta D. Berry is a Professional Genealogist, Entrepreneur and Attorney with over 20 years of experience in genealogical research and writing.

Books will be available for sale and signing. Presented in partnership with North San Diego County Genealogical Society, Friends of the Carlsbad Library and Adventures by the Book.

This is a free event. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served. For more information, please visit www.carlsbadlibrary.org.

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Marion and Betty at Cabrillo Monument -- Post 574 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

My cousin Nancy sent me the Seaver/Richmond photo album of her mother, Marion Frances (Seaver) (Braithwaite) Hemphill after Marion died in 2000.  Throughout her life, Marion had carried on an extensive correspondence with all of her siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews.  

The album had many photos of the Seaver and Richmond families that I had never seen.  Here is one of them:


This photograph is of my Aunt Marion (Seaver) (Braithwaite) Hemphill (1901-2000) (my father's eldest sibling) and my mother Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002).  They are at Cabrillo National Monument on the tip of Point Loma overlooking San Diego Bay in the summer of 1982.   The submarine base is below them on the left, North Island Naval air Station is the late area on the right, and downtown San Diego is far off in the distance on the right.

Marion was visiting from South Carolina in 1982 to see her brother Fred and his family, and to see her Richmond cousins that lived in southern California.


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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 16 July 2019


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

1)  News Articles:


Announcing the Polish Genealogy Conference 2019


*  Announcement - Laura G. Prescott Scholarship Winners

*  Vivid-Pix Announces Adding Metadata Zoom/Transcribe Feature to its RESTORE Software

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 17 July, 11 a.m.:  Research Your Newfoundland Ancestors, by Tessa Keough

*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar -- Wednesday, 17 July, 6 p.m. PDT:  More Power: Genetic Genealogy Apps and Extensions, by Shannon Christmas

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Lesser Used Records for Research in the Netherlands, by Yvette Hoitink

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips:  #88 -- Write Your Story


*  Extreme Genes:  Episode 290 – The Georgetown Memory Project / Lambert On Researching Revolutionary Ancestors

*  Research Like a Pro:  RLP 53 - U.S. Homestead Records

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):


6)  Genealogy Bargains:



7)  DNA Success Stories:


8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 12 July 2019?


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Treasure Chest Tuesday - 1870 U.S. Census for Abraham Camp Household in Saginaw, Michigan

This weeks Tuesday's Treasure is the 1870 United States Census record for the Abraham Camp household in Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan:

The entry for the Abraham Camp household is:

The extracted information for Abraham and his wife is:

*  Abraham Camp, age 74, male, white, a laborer, personal property worth $200, born in Canada, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth, a male citizen above age 21.
*  Suffrany Camp - age 62, female, white, keeping house, born in France, father of foreign birth, mother of foreign birth.

The source citation for the Abraham Camp household is:


1870 United States Federal Census, Saginaw County, Michigan, population schedule, Saginaw Ward 5, page 397A, dwelling #56, family #59, Abraham Camp household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 702.

I am very sure that this is Abraham Kemp (1795-after 1881) and his second wife, Sephrona (Goddard) (Sheltraw) Kemp (1808-1896).  They were in the 1851  Canada West census in Ameliasburg, Prince Edward County, Ontario (she as Sephrona Kemp age 44 born in France) and in the 1861 Canada West census (she as Ann Kemp, age 55 born in Canada West).  

Abraham Kemp and his first wife, Sarah Fletcher, are my third great-grandparents, through their son, James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) who married (1) Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874) in 1861.


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Monday, July 15, 2019

Monday Genea-Pourri - 15 July 2019

Here are the highlights of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Research Group at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library, with 16 in attendance.  I discussed my upcoming talk at SDGS, my Isaac Lanfear War of 1812 pension file, and the new Ancestry Hints feedback feature, plus how to use quick and dirty trees on Ancestry to find links to DNA matches.

2)  Was the feature speaker at the San Diego Genealogical Society meeting on Saturday with 95 in attendance.  I presented two new talks - "Randy's Top Ten Genealogy Search Tips" and "Using Collaborative 'Big' Trees."  This was the annual ice cream social and I had three scoops.

3)  Watched one Legacy Family Tree webinar -- How to Better Manage Your MyHeritage Web Site, by Daniel Horowitz.


5)  Wrote and posted a biography of 5th great-grandfather #242 Abraham Dafoe (1755-1815) for my 52 Ancestors post on Friday.  

6) There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 31,551 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.

7)  I continue to use Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 54,021 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 106,463 source citations.   I TreeShared once this week updating 202 profiles, and I resolved 787 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 113,367 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

8) Wrote 16 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was 
Amanuensis Monday -- 1808 Mortgage Deed of Nathan Gates to Merari Spaulding in Gardner, Massachusetts with over 566 views.


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Amanuensis Monday -- 1810 Mortgage Deed of Nathan Gates to Jonathan Osgood in Gardner, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1810 mortgage deed of  Nathan Gates selling land to Jonathan Osgood in Gardner, Massachusetts in the Worcester County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 176, pages 546-547]

[Volume 176, pages 548-549]

The transcription of this deed is:

[page 546, near bottom of page]


[in left margin]

Gates Nathan

         to 
Jon^a Osgood

[body of text]


Know all men by these presents that I Nathan Gates of Gardner
in the County of Worcester & Commonwealth of Massachusetts Yeoman in consideration of three
hundred seventy five Dollars paid me by Jonathan Osgood of Gardner aforesaid Clerk the
receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge do hereby give grant sell and convey unto the said
Jonathan Osgood his heirs & assigns a certain tract of land lying and being in the Southeasterly part
of the Town of Gardner aforesaid containing fifty acres be the same more or less and is bounded
as follows (viz) begining at a heap of stones thence south 20° East twenty rods to a heap of stones

[page 547]

thence runnig west 39 rods and a quarter to a heap of stones thence south Eighteen de-
grees west 43 rods and a half to a heap of stones thence south 72 degrees west fifty rods to a
Spruce tree thence north 18 degrees west 90 rods to a beach tree northwesterly seventy three rods to a heap
of stones thence runing north 18 degrees west nineteen rods to a hemlock thence north 72
degrees East eighty rods to a stake and stones thence south 18 degrees East 68 rods to a beach
thence north 72 degrees East 10 rods to where it first began and is part of lot N^o fifty five third
division and part of lot N^o 111 second division and is bounded Easterly on fourth division
Southerly on Lot N^o 35 westerly and northerly on land of John Miles.

And also another peice of land containing one acre and is part of lot N^o 91 third
division bounded as follows begining at a hemlock the northwesterly corner of said Lot and
runs south 40 degrees west 21 rods to a hemlock stump thence south four degrees East 6
rods to a heap of stones thence East 32 degrees north 19 rods to a heap of stones on the line of
said lot thence to where it first began ten rods bounding Easterly Lot N^o 111 second
northerly on Lot N^o 90 third division and every other way on the remaining part of
said lot.  And also an other piece of land lying ajoining on the Easterly side of the
above lot containing seventeen acres be the same more or less and is bounded as follows
viz begining at the Northwesterly corner at a stake and stones thence runing
south 22 deg. East forty rods to a stake and stones thence turning and runing south
66-3/4° west 34 rods and nineteen links to the ????? by a town road and heap of stones thence
turning and runing by s^d road 14 rods to a stake and stones thence turning and runing
north 76-1/4 degrees East 25 & 9 links to a stake & stones thence turning and runing South 61-1/2
degrees East 18 rods to a stake and stones by the brook thence turning and runing north 44[d]
degrees East 15 rods to a hemlock marked thence turning and runing north 16-1/2 degrees
East 16 rods and 20 links to a Spruce tree marked thence turning and runing north 63-1/4 degrees
East 9 rods to a dead Spruce tree thence turning northwesterly in a strait line to a stake in the Swamp
43 rods to the corner of s^d Gates's land thence turning and runing south 87-3/4 degrees East 29 rods
to the corner and bound first mentioned.  The first mentioned tract has a house & barn thereon
standing and all of said tract is the greater part under improvement and contains my house
farm on which I now live.

To have and to hold the same to the said Jonathan Osgood his heirs & assigns
to his and their use and behoof forever and I do covenant with the s^d Jonathan Osgood his
heirs and assigns that I am lawfully seized in fee of the premises that they are free of all incum-
brances Except a Mortgage Deed signed by me runing to Merari Spaulding for the security

of the payment of 300 dollars and that I will warrant and defend the same to the said Jonathan
Osgood his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all persons.

The condition of this deed is such that whereas the said Nathan Gates has
given the said Jonathan Osgood a Note of hand bearing even date with this deed of the sum
of one hundred and seventy nine dollars and twenty Cents to be paid in one year from the

[page 548]

date on interest Now know that I the said Nathan Gates my heirs Executors or Administrators
shall well and truly pay or cause to be paid to the said Jonathan Osgood his heirs Executors
or Administrators or assigns the full contents of said Note with the interest by the time above
mentioned then this obligation is to be void otherwise to be and remain in force.

In witness whereof I the said Nathan Gates have hereunto set my hand and seal
this seventh day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ten
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us                       Nathan Gates  {seal}
Aaron Wood    }                                                                  Abigail Gates  {seal}
Sally Wood      }

Wprcester ss Gardner July 7, 1810 Nathan Gates above named acknowledged
this instrument to be his free act and deed before me -- Aaron Wood Justice of Peace
Rec^d July 11^th 1810  Ent^d & Exam^d pr  Dan^l Clap Reg.

[in left margin of page 547]

I the subscriber hereby certify that I have received the full contents of the within mortgage deed and order the same to be
discharged on record at the Registers office within and for the County of Worcester given under my hand and seal the twenty eighth
day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred and eleven - Jonathan Osgood  {seal}  Worcester Gardner August 28, 1811
signed sealed & delivered in presence of }          
Aaron Wood  Jabez Fairbank                   }
Jonathan Osgood above named acknowledged the above instrument by him subscribed to be his free act & deed before me Aaron Wood Justice of Peace
                                   Rec^d Sept^r 3^d 1811 Ent^d & Exam^d pr Dan^l Clap Reg

The source citation for this recorded deed is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 13 January 2015), Worcester County, "Deeds, 1810, Vol. 176-177," Volume 176, pages 546-548 (images 288-289 of 713), Deed of Nathan Gates to Jonathan Osgood, executed 7 July 1810, recorded 11 July 1810, voided 28 August 1811.

In this deed, Nathan Gates, yeoman of Gardner, sold three tracts of land (50 acres, 1 acre and 17 acres) in southeastern Gardner to Jonathan Osgood of Gardner for 375 dollars in a mortgage deed conditioned on Nathan Gates paying a debt of $179.20 with interest to Osgood within one year from 7 July 1810.  Gates satisfied the debt on 28 August 1811 and the deed was voided by Osgood.

Nathan Gates (1767-1830), who married Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855) in 1790, is my 4th great-grandfather.  I am descended from their daughter, Abigail Gates (1797-1867) who married Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) in 1817.

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NOTE:  Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 7 to 13 July 2019

Dozens of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.


Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:


*  Episode 289 – GedMatch Founder Curtis Rogers Talks Law Enforcement / Adoptee Rights Spokespeople Discuss New York Legislative Victory by Ryan B. on Extreme Genes.

*  Evidence Analysis Explained: Digging Into Genealogical Sources by Robert on Legacy Tree Genealogists.

The Woman in His Life: Finding Female Ancestors via Their Husbands by Gena Philibert-Ortega on GenealogyBank Blog.

*  How Many of These Must-Visit Genealogy Destinations Have You Been To? by Janet Meydam on Family History Daily.

Coming To Terms with Social Media by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry.

The Fastest, Easiest Way to Organize Your DNA Matches by Diaham Southard on Your DNA Guide.

The Archive Lady: Courthouse Research by Melissa Barker or Abundant Genealogy.

You're the Scientist in Your Family Tree by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree.

* Anatomy of a Genealogy Mistake by Nancy Loe on Sassy Jane Genealogy.

Finally Figured "It" Out by Russ Worthington on A Worthington Web Log.


Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

 Friday Fossicking - 12th July 2019 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time.


This Week's Creme de la Creme -- July 13, 2019  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.


Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I currently am reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.


Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 7 to 13 July 2019

The following record collections were listed on the Ancestry Card Catalog list on Ancestry.com during the period from 7 to 13 July 2019 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Caribbean, Obituary Index, 2003-2011; indexed database without record images, Updated 7/11/2019

Canada, Obituary Collection, 1898-2018; indexed database without record images, Updated 7/11/2019

UK and Ireland, Obituary Index, 2004-2018; indexed database without record images, Updated 7/11/2019

U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 7/11/2019

U.S., Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection, 1847-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 7/11/2019

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The complete Ancestry.com Card Catalog is at    http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx.  

By my count, there were 0 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,674 collections available as of 13 July, an increase of  from last week.  


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