Saturday, January 26, 2019

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 20 to 26 January 2019

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

As of 26 January 2019, there were 2,436 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

Maine, Tombstone Inscriptions, Surname Index, 1620-2014 (; 129,668 indexed records with 129,668 record images, ADDED 23 Jan 2019

*  Italy, Vicenza, Bassano del Grappa, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1871-1942       (; 120,752 indexed records with 120,752 record images, ADDED 22 Jan 2019

*  France, Convict Register, 1650-1867     (; 48,409 indexed records with 48,409 record images, ADDED 23 Jan 2019

*  Louisiana, Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970    (; 66,468 indexed records with 66,468 record images, ADDED 19 Jan 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1496-1906   (; 335,012 indexed records with 855,316 record images (was 300,283 records with 855,316 images), Updated 22 Jan 2019

*  Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986    (; 109,089 indexed records with 25,483 record images (was 33,987 records with 8,195 images), Updated 23 Jan 2019

*  Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (; 1,056,188 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,000,245 records with 6,635,049 images), Updated 22 Jan 2019

*  Italy, Salerno, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1949   (; 29,337 indexed records with 5,930,229 record images (was 28,912 records with 5,930,229 images), Updated 25 Jan 2019

*  Indiana, Civil Marriages, 1828-1957     (; Index only (10,571 records), no images (was 10,571 records with 0 images), Updated 23 Jan 2019

*  South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954 (; 134,526 indexed records with 134,265 record images (was 2,423 records with 2,423 images), Updated 23 Jan 2019

*  Missouri, Civil Marriages, 1820-1874    (; 5,668 indexed records with 202 record images (was 4,883 records with 143 images), Updated 23 Jan 2019

*  Tennessee, Confederate Pension Applications, Soldiers and Widows, 1891-1965     (; 27,951 indexed records with 379,476 record images (was 27,951 records with 379,476 images), Updated 25 Jan 2019

*  Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 (; 2,316,970 indexed records with 4,039,657 record images (was 2,314,850 records with 4,039,657 images), Updated 22 Jan 2019

*  Montana, Teton County Records, 1881-2012        (; 12,770 indexed records with 117,351 record images (was 13,118 records with 117,351 images), Updated 24 Jan 2019

*  North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 726,988 indexed records with 829,868 record images (was 411,880 records with 446,211 images), Updated 25 Jan 2019

*  Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957  (; 129,258 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 109,781 records with 105,781 images), Updated 23 Jan 2019

*  Italy, Terni, Civil Registration, 1861-1921     (; 165,734 indexed records with 56,377 record images (was 42,530 records with 14,905 images), Updated 22 Jan 2019

*  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 25 Jan 2019

*  England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912        (; 93,002 indexed records with 4,692 record images (was 92,683 records with 4,692 images), Updated 25 Jan 2019

*  Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 (; 1,015,996 indexed records with 424,329 record images (was 1,015,996 records with 424,329 images), Updated 23 Jan 2019

*  United States Census, 1940      (; 134,867,560 indexed records with 3,841,151 record images (was 134,867,560 records with 3,841,151 images), Updated 25 Jan 2019

*  South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955   (; 69,815 indexed records with 31,540 record images (was 69,815 records with 31,540 images), Updated 23 Jan 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

*  New Jersey, Jersey City, Holy Name Cemetery, Card Index of Interment, 1849-1984 (; 3,420 indexed records with 3,448 record images (was 3,325 records with 3,325 images),  8 Jan 2019

*  Louisiana, Ascension Parish, Index of Marriages, 1773-1963      (; 4,236 indexed records with 4,236 record images (was 3,909 records with 3,909 images),  28 Dec 2018

*  Texas, Gonzales County, Birth Records, 1878-1945        (; 652 indexed records with 695 record images (was 516 records with 516 images),  28 Dec 2018

*  Italy, Avellino, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1947  (; 5,083 indexed records with 5,253 record images (was 4,773 records with 4,796 images),  28 Dec 2018

*  Argentina, Entre Ríos, Civil Registration, 1860-1965    (; 1,406 indexed records with 1,512 record images (was 906 records with 976 images),  10 Jan 2019

--- Collections with new records ---

*  Peru, Tacna, Civil Registration, 1850-1998      (; 777 indexed records with 253,910 record images (was 116 records with 253,910 images),  28 May 2015

*  Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865    (; 807,491 indexed records with 6,791,351 record images (was 804,894 records with 6,791,351 images),  10 Sep 2018

*  Utah, FamilySearch, Early Church Information File, 1830-1900    (; 464 indexed records with 1,091,919 record images (was 0 records with 1,091,919 images),  13 Nov 2012

*  Italy, Campobasso, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1918        (; 146,907 indexed records with 2,171,605 record images (was 146,695 records with 2,171,605 images),  10 Jan 2019

*  Italy, Macerata, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1808-1814  (; 339 indexed records with 93,143 record images (was 136 records with 93,143 images),  23 Jun 2017

*  Wales, Marriage Bonds, 1650-1900        (; Index only (115,323 records), no images (was 115,309 records with 0 images),  26 Oct 2018

*  Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001     (; 1,141,668 indexed records with 367,790 record images (was 1,137,892 records with 367,790 images),  9 Nov 2018

*  Iowa, Monroe County, Card index of births, deaths & marriages from newspaper clippings, 1898-2015       (; Index only (212,071 records), no images (was 212,068 records with 0 images),  22 Sep 2018

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996       (; 5,055,520 indexed records with 3,505,112 record images (was 5,055,521 records with 3,505,112 images),  11 Dec 2018

*  California Birth Index, 1905-1995       (; Index only (24,589,491 records), no images (was 24,589,492 records with 0 images),  1 Mar 2012

*  Maryland Probate Estate and Guardianship Files, 1796-1940       (; 86,649 indexed records with 1,586,950 record images (was 89,727 records with 1,586,950 images),  8 Apr 2015


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 -- Two 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):

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

2)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook.

Here are several of mine:

1)  My Seaver/Richmond line:   Me (born 1943 in San Diego) - I met my paternal grandmother once in 1959.  My paternal grandmother Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962, born in Connecticut, daughter of Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) born in England)  knew her grandfather,

James Richmond (1821-1912, born in England, died in Connecticut).  She also knew her husband's grandfather, Isaac Seaver (1823-1901).

 2)  My Carringer/Spangler/King line:  Me (born 1943 in San Diego) - my maternal great grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer held me when I was a baby.  Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946, born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, died in San Diego), son of David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902, born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, died in San Diego) and Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901, born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, died in San Diego),  knew his paternal grandfather Henry Carringer (1800-1879, born in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, died in Iowa) well.  He also knew his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth (King) Spangler (1796-1863, died in Mercer County, Pennsylvania). 

3)  My Carringer/Auble/Kemp/Sovereen line:  Me (born 1943 in San Diego) knew my great-grandmother, Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952).  Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952, born in Norfolk County, Ontario, died in San Diego), knew her maternal grandfather, Frederick Sovereen(1786-1875, died in Norfolk County, Ontario).   

4)  My Carringer/Smith/Vaux/Underhill line:  Me (born 1943 in San Diego) - my great-grandmother, Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944, born in Wisconsin, died in San Diego) held me (I don't remember it, of course!).  Della Smith, daughter of Abigail Vaux (1844-1931, born in Erie County, New York, died in San Diego), granddaughter of Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux (1815-1882, born in Erie County, New York, died in Kansas) may have met her great-grandfather, Amos Underhill (1772-1865, born in New Hampshire, died in Erie county, New York), but I doubt it! 

So I can connect, with two degrees of separation, back to a 4th great-grandfather born in 1772 (but that man likely did not "meet" his great-grandchild).  For the requirement that they actually met, I can get back to a 4th great-grandfather born in 1786.  233 years ago, or 157 years before my birth.  


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Surname Saturday -- CURTIS (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 #2227 who is Sarah CURTIS (1627-1676). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through two generations in this CURTIS 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)

278.  Nathaniel Guild (1712-1796)

279.  Mary Boyden (1708-1776)

556.  Nathaniel Guild (1678-1774)
557.  Mehitable Hartshorn (1683-1771)

1112.  Samuel Guild (1647-1730)
1113.  Mary Woodcock (1653-1703)

2226.  John Woodcock, born before 12 January 1606 in Symondsbury, Dorset, England; died 20 October 1701 in Attleborough, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4452. John Woodcocke and 4453. Elenore LNU.  He married about 1644 in Massachusetts, United States.
2227.  Sarah Curtis, born before 05 August 1627 in Nazeing, Essex, England; died 29 November 1676 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of John Woodcock and Sarah Curtis are:
*  Sarah Woodcock (1646-1726), married 1663 Thomas Estabrook (1649-1713).
*  John Woodcock (1649-1718), married (1) 1674 Sarah Smith (1654-1676); (2) 1682 Sarah Judson (1651-1718)
*  Israel Woodcock (1652-1719), married 1682 Elizabeth Getchell (1662-1763).
Mary Woodcock (1653-1703), married Samuel Guild (1647-1730).
*  Thomas Woodcock (1657-1707), married Mary LNU (1660-1747).
*  Jonathan Woodcock (1658-1736), married 1698 Mercy Williams (1669-1737).
*  Nathaniel Woodcock (1660-1676).
*  Deborah Woodcock (1663-1718), married 1683 Benjamin Onion (1659-1718).

4454.  William Curtis, born before 12 November 1592 in Nazeing, Essex, England; died 08 December 1672 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He married  06 August 1618 in Nazeing, Essex, England.
4455.  Sarah Eliot, born before 13 January 1600 in Nazeing, Essex, England; died 27 March 1673 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 8910. Bennet Eliot and 8911. Lettice Alger.

Children of William Curtis and Sarah Eliot are:
*  Thomas Curtis (1620-????).
*  Thomas Curtis (1623-1650).
*  Elizabeth Curtis (1625-1628).
Sarah Curtis (1627-1676), married 1644 John Woodcock (1606-1701).
*  John Curtis (1629-????), married 1661 Rebecca Wheeler (1643-1675).
*  Philip Curtis (1632-1675), married 1658 Obedience Holland (1642-1687).
*  Hannah Curtis (1634-1677), married 1651 William Gary (1628-1712).
*  Elizabeth Curtis (1637-1707), married 1659 Isaac Newell (1632-1707).
*  Isaac Curtis (1641-1695), married 1670 Hannah Pulley (1652-1720).

Information about the CURTIS family line was obtained from:

*   Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633  (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995-2001), Volume I, pages 499-501.

I have done no original research on this family line.


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Friday, January 25, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 25 January 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

RootsTech 2019 SLC Offers a Virtual Pass for 18 Recorded Sessions

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

Friday Finds 25 Jan 2019

*  New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of January 21, 2019

*  New Scottish Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday, 25 January 2019

*  English Convict Prisons and Criminal Lunatic Asylums records added to TheGenealogist

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for January 2019

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 30 January 2019:  You Can Do This: Photo Organizing and Preservation, by Thomas MacEntee

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Using OneNote With Your Genealogy, by Tessa Keough

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Patriot or Not?: Using the Genealogical Proof Standard on a Closed DAR Line, by Elissa Scalise Powell

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Get Set, GO! Planning and Executing a Successful Research Trip, by Nicka Smith

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #39 – Looking For An Incredible Source That Costs You Nothing? Listen To This!

5)  Genealogy Education - Video:

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Does the Record Exist? - Beginning Genealogy Tips

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  23andMe Trait Reports

*  Who Is Nicka Smith? YouTube:  BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 75: Getting the Most From Your Research Trip

*  Ancestral Findings YouTube:  AF-217: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting DNA Testing for Genealogy

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  Everyday Family History for the Crazy-busy Life - Olivia Jewell

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  Finding Your Roots: Michael K.Williams and Felicity Huffman

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, January 25,  2019

7)  DNA Success Stories

 A Routine DNA Test Upends Author Dani Shapiro’s Sense of Identity

Ancestry Tests Come Back Saying Identical Twins Have Different DNA

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 22 January 2019?


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New Scottish Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday, 25 January 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New Scottish Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday

Celebrate Burns Night 2019 by uncovering your Scottish roots with a whole host of new Scottish records:

Scotland, Jacobite Rebellions 1715 and 1745

Discover more about the Jacobites and the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745. Findmypast has digitised this expansive collection of records from The National Archives which includes lists of prisoners and those banished or pardoned along with correspondence, commission records, and briefs evidence. The rebellions had the aim of returning James II of England and VII of Scotland, the last Catholic British monarch, and later his descendants of the House of Stuart, to the throne of Great Britain after they had been deposed by Parliament during the 1688 Revolution.
Each results will include both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The collection comprises of 193 pieces from 9 National Archives series so the amount of information listed will vary depending on the type and nature of the documents. Predominately covering the years 1701-1719 and 1740-1767, there are almost 76,000 in this collection of records from a significant time in Scotland's history.

Scotland, Glasgow Anderson's College Anatomy Students 1860-1874

Did any of your ancestors study at the Anderson College of Medicine, Glasgow? Discover details of their class dates. Anderson College was founded in 1796 following the will of John Anderson, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow from 1757. Initially known as Anderson's Institution, it changed its name to Anderson's University in 1828 and finally to Anderson's College in 1877. The Institution's medical school was founded in 1800 when Dr John Burns began lectures on anatomy and surgery. The medical school of Anderson's College became a separate and distinct institution known as Anderson's College Medical School in 1887.
The records consist of class rolls of those who studied under Professor George Buchanan. Each record includes a transcript and original image of the class roll that will list the names of students and the day they attended class.

Scotland, Glasgow Smallpox Vaccination Registers 1801-1854

Do you have ancestors from Glasgow? Explore these smallpox vaccination registers to find out when they received their inoculation to help fight the smallpox disease. Smallpox was caused by the variola virus, there are two types of the virus. The more deadly form of the disease is the variola major which killed about 30% of people who were infected. The smallpox vaccine, introduced by Edward Jenner in 1796, was the first successful vaccine to be developed.
The collection consists of ten volumes of registers recording the inoculation program that was carried out in Glasgow between 1801 and 1854. Each result will include a transcript of the original register entry that lists the name of the individual being inoculated, the date of their inoculation, their birth year, address, the name of their parent or guardian, the name of the inoculator and the results of the inoculation.

Scotland, Glasgow & Lanarkshire Death & Burial Index 1642-1855

Over 283,000 additional records spanning the years 1636 to 2001 have been added to the Scotland, Glasgow & Lanarkshire Death & Burial Index 1642-1855. This index of deaths and burials consists of transcripts of original documents covering the years of 1642 to 1855. From the index, you may learn your ancestors' birth year, death and burial dates, age at death, burial place, and mortcloth price.
These new additions have been provided by the Glasgow and West of Scotland Family History Society.

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Registers

Over 223,000 new baptisms, marriages and burials have been added to our collections of Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Registers. The New additions cover 471 parishes across the country and span the years 1800 to 1966. Each result will include both a transcript and image of the original register entry.
Our collection of Scotland Roman Catholic Sacramental registers covers all eight Scottish dioceses: Aberdeen, Argyll & The Isles, Dunkeld, Galloway, Glasgow, Motherwell, St Andrews & Edinburgh, and Paisley, and date back to the early 17th century. The records form part of our wider Catholic Heritage Archive, a ground-breaking project that aims to digitise the historic records of the Catholic Church in Britain, Ireland and North America, and additional new records will be added to these collections later in the year.

Scotland Roman Catholic Congregational Records

Over 55,000 new records have been added to the collection. Congregational records can help you get a better understanding of your ancestors' relationship with the church and include registers of confirmations and communion recipients, as well as parish lists, seat rentals, lists of people who converted to Catholicism and more.
Congregational registers incorporate sacramental records other than those pertaining to baptisms, marriages, and burials, such as communicants (those who received Holy Communion), confirmations (those who received Holy Confirmation), sick calls (those who received the Anointing of the Sick), and first confessions (those who received Holy Reconciliation). You will also find records of people who converted to Catholicism. In many parishes, you could rent seats in the chapel for your family. The seat rental records will list the individual names, the cost of the rental, and the location of the seat. Another register type you will discover is status animarum, Latin for 'status of the souls'. These records noted the names of all the Catholics in the area. Many include the names of head of households and the individual's residence.

British & Irish Newspaper Update

This week we have added 140,106 new pages to The Archive, meaning in total we are just shy of 30 million pages available to search, with a current total of 29,905,890 pages.
We have added one brand new title, the Sunday World (Dublin), which is full of amusing agony aunt anecdotes, and updated five of our existing titles. Updated titles include the Carlisle Journal, the Perthshire Advertiser and the Manchester Evening News, as well as two of our Irish titles, the Drogheda Argus & Leinster Journal and the New Ross Standard.

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 262: #411 Anna Catharina (Unruh) Wilhelm (1709-after 1771) of Germany and Pennsylvania

Anna Catharina Unruh (1709-after 1773) is #411 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #410 Johann Jacob Wilhelm (1700-1773)  in about 1727 in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #205 Maria Barbara Wilhelm (1740-1779) married #204 Philip Jacob Konig ((1738-1792), 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:                    Anna Catherina Unruh[1–2]
*  Alternate Name:     Catharina Wilhelm[4]    
*  Alternate Name:     Anna Catharina Unruh Wilhelm[3]
*  Sex:                         Female    

*  Father:                    Hans Georg Unruh (1671-    )    
*  Mother:                  Anna Appolonia Schweitzer (1682-    )  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                    26 November 1709, Edenkoben, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[1,3]    
*  Baptism:               1 December 1709 (age 0), Edenkoben, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[1]    

*  Death:                  after 17 August 1771 (after age 61), husband's will written; Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States[4]    
*  Burial:                 after 17 August 1771 (after age 61), First Reformed Church Memorial Garden, Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States[3]    

*  Distribution:        16 October 1773 (age 63), Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States[4]    
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                Johann Jacob Wilhelm (1700-1773)    
*  Marriage 1:             about 1727 (about age 27), Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[2]    

*  Child 1:                  Johann Jacob Wilhelm (1728-1784)    
*  Child 2:                  Johann Valentin Wilhelm (1731-    )    
*  Child 3:                  Maria Catharina Wilhelm (1735-1793)    
*  Child 4:                  Philip Jacob Wilhelm (1738-1795)    
*  Child 5:                  Maria Barbara Wilhelm (1740-1779)    
*  Child 6:                  Johann Adam Wilhelm (1742-1824)  

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

Anna Catharina Unruh was born 26 November 1709, and baptized 1 December 1709 in the church at Edenkoben in Rheinland-Pfalz[1].  She was the daughter of Hanss Georg Unruh and his wife, Appollonia Schweizer, after whom her eldest son named a daughter. 

In about 1727, Anna Catherina married Jacob Wilhelm, probably in Edenkoben, Rheinland-Pfalz[2].  

Jacob and Catherina had at least two children baptized in the Evangelisch church at Niederhochstadt in Rhineland-Pfalz[2].

The Wilhelm family migrated from Rhineland-Pfalz to America in April 1734, probably sailing down the Rhine River to Rotterdam[2].  They left Rotterdam on the ship St. Andrew with John Stedman, Master.  They stopped in Plymouth on the way to Philadelphia.  The ship landed there on 12 September 1734 with a total of 263 persons.  There were 89 males above age 16, 41 males under 16, and 123 women and female children aboard the ship. 
The family settled first in Berks County, Pennsylvania, where the births of sons Philip Jacob (1738) and Johann Adam (1742) were both recorded at  Little Tulpehocken Church (Christ's Church Evangelical) in what is now Jefferson Township in Berks county[2].

The children of Johann Jacob and Anna Catharina (Unruh) Wilhelm are:

1.  Johann Jacob Wilhelm - baptized 29 March 1728 in Niederhochstadt, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany; married about 1754 to Sophia Catharina Schupp (1730-1799); died 16 November 1784 in Donegal, Pennsylvania. 

2. Johann Valentin Wilhelm - baptized 2 December 1731 in Niederhochstadt, Rheinland-Pfalz, Garmany, probably died in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

3.  Maria Catharina  Wilhelm - born about 1736, probably in Berks County; married Henrich Zanck (1711-1801) before 1752 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

4. Philip Jacob Wilhelm - born 10 January 1738, baptized 2 February 1739 in Little Tulpehocken Church (Christ's Church Evangelical) in Berks County; married Elisabetha Haverstick in 1762 in Lancaster; died October 1793 in Lancaster.

5. Maria Barbara Wilhelm - born 7 September 1740, North Codorus, York, Pennsylvania, died before 1789 in York; married Phillip Jacob Konig 1 April 1763 in Lancaster.

6.  Johann Adam Wilhelm - born October 1742, baptized 28 November 1742, Little Tulpehocken Church (Christ's Church Evangelical) in Berks County; married Barbara Konig in about 1770 in York, died 1824 in Lancaster.

At a later date, the Wilhelm family moved to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where they resided on Prince Street in the town of Lancaster during the 1750s and 1760s[2].

It is not known when Anna Catharina died, but it was after Jacob wrote his will on 17 August 1771 because she was bequeathed money, personal property and lifetime support in the will.
Jacob Wilhelm's will was proved  in Lancaster County Probate Court on 16 October 1773, and the probate records are in Lancaster Will Book J, pages 350-353[4]

There is a Find A Grave memorial for Anna Catharina Unruh Wilhelm in the First Reformed Church Memorial Garden in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, although there is no death date or stone photograph for Catharina[3]

1. "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," indexed database, FamilySearch (, Unruh entry, 01 Dec 1709; citing ; FHL microfilm 68,853.

2. John H. Grimes, "The Wilhelm Family of Northwestern Berks," Jacob Wilhelm and Anna Catharina Unruh marriage entry.

3. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, First Reformed Church Memorial Garden, Lancaster, Penn., Anna Catharine Unruh Wilhelm memorial #164627469.

4. "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," digital images, FamilySearch (, Jacob Wilhelm will, written 17 August 1771, registered 16 October 1773; accessed in Lancaster County, “Wills, 1747-1830, Vol. I-K,” Book J, pages 350-353, images 424-425 of 786.


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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