Saturday, March 9, 2019

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 3 to 9 March 2019

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

As of 9 March 2019, there were 2,456 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Utah, World War I Militia Lists, 1917-1918      (; 26,019 indexed records with 26,019 record images, ADDED 8 Mar 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

*  England and Wales Census, 1851  (; 18,369,674 indexed records with 1,174,633 record images (was 18,369,674 records with 1,174,633 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005     (; 628,688 indexed records with 903,067 record images (was 498,471 records with 903,067 images), Updated 8 Mar 2019

*  Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980   (; 920,375 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 920,375 records with 5,864,285 images), Updated 6 Mar 2019

*  South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954 (; 330,648 indexed records with 330,223 record images (was 134,526 records with 134,265 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (; Browse 429 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 193 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891     (; 13,462,298 indexed records with 428,944 record images (was 13,462,298 records with 428,944 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538-1950    (; 1,923,637 indexed records with 61,776 record images (was 1,923,622 records with 61,776 images), Updated 8 Mar 2019

*  England and Wales Census, 1861  (; 19,591,543 indexed records with 1,033,317 record images (was 19,591,543 records with 1,033,317 images), Updated 4 Mar 2019

*  Hungary, Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895     (; Index only (18,304,230 records), no images (was 18,304,230 records with 0 images), Updated 6 Mar 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 8 Mar 2019

*  Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880       (; 365,639 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 365,639 records with 37,199 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  North Carolina, Confederate Soldiers and Widows Pension Applications, 1885-1953 (; 55,118 indexed records with 189,158 record images (was 54,498 records with 189,158 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  Louisiana, New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945       (; 1,214,574 indexed records with 219,677 record images (was 1,214,574 records with 219,677 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  New York State Census, 1905     (; 7,704,472 indexed records with 111,177 record images (was 7,703,567 records with 111,177 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration of Births, 1899-1912    (; 69,290 indexed records with 12,641 record images (was 69,290 records with 12,641 images), Updated 4 Mar 2019

*  Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915 (; 2,739,146 indexed records with 830,893 record images (was 2,739,146 records with 830,893 images), Updated 7 Mar 2019

*  France, Births and Baptisms, 1546-1896  (; Index only (5,348,491 records), no images (was 72 records with 0 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941     (; Browse 607,070 Images only, no index (was 83,991 records with 607,070 images), Updated 8 Mar 2019

*  Wisconsin State Census, 1905    (; 2,228,391 indexed records with 24,874 record images (was 2,228,391 records with 24,874 images), Updated 7 Mar 2019

*  England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992     (; Index only (2,554,396 records), no images (was 2,103,418 records with 0 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1963      (; 2,852,294 indexed records with 113,093 record images (was 2,851,869 records with 113,093 images), Updated 6 Mar 2019

*  Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955       (; 88,556 indexed records with 35,684 record images (was 88,185 records with 35,684 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 3,732,386 indexed records with 4,027,050 record images (was 3,313,007 records with 3,383,048 images), Updated 6 Mar 2019

*  Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939        (; 54,755 indexed records with 6,906 record images (was 81,857 records with 6,906 images), Updated 6 Mar 2019

*  Connecticut Births and Christenings, 1649-1906  (; Index only (589,296 records), no images (was 562,194 records with 0 images), Updated 6 Mar 2019

*  England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918      (; 2,989,415 indexed records with 53,151 record images (was 2,989,415 records with 53,151 images), Updated 7 Mar 2019

*  Louisiana, Orleans Parish Vital Records, 1900-1964      (; 180,897 indexed records with 54,869 record images (was 148,562 records with 54,869 images), Updated 7 Mar 2019

*  Utah, FamilySearch, Early Church Information File, 1830-1900    (; 1,007,361 indexed records with 1,091,919 record images (was 96,308 records with 1,091,919 images), Updated 6 Mar 2019

*  Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 3,503,524 indexed records with 8,189,316 record images (was 3,503,524 records with 8,189,316 images), Updated 2 Mar 2019

*  Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Public Records   (; 5,886,927 indexed records with 5,886,927 record images (was 5,886,927 records with 5,886,927 images), Updated 4 Mar 2019

*  Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950       (; 2,301,902 indexed records with 1,789,677 record images (was 2,301,902 records with 1,789,677 images), Updated 5 Mar 2019

*  United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012        (; 6,221,269 indexed records with 539,878 record images (was 6,221,269 records with 539,878 images), Updated 8 Mar 2019

*  Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003  (; 4,005,319 indexed records with 1,431,304 record images (was 4,005,319 records with 1,431,304 images), Updated 4 Mar 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

*  England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 7,851 indexed records with 62,518 record images (was 7,851 records with 43,331 images),  2 Feb 2019

*  England, Shropshire Parish Registers, 1538-1918 (; 12,490 indexed records with 101,094 record images (was 12,490 records with 79,311 images),  5 Feb 2019

--- Collections with new records ---

*  Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952   (; Index only (105,683 records), no images (was 104,079 records with 0 images),  25 Feb 2013

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  New York Marriages, 1686-1980   (; Index only (736,826 records), no images (was 737,800 records with 0 images),  11 Jul 2016

*  Brazil, Paraíba, Civil Registration, 1879-2007  (; 1,949,745 indexed records with 852,268 record images (was 1,950,205 records with 852,268 images),  18 Dec 2017

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 -- A Fearless Female Writing Prompt

It's Saturday Night, 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I want you to:

1)  Read Lisa Alzo's blog post "Fearless Females Blogging Prompts Series Returns for 2019"
 on her blog, The Accidental Genealogist

2)  Choose one of her daily blog prompts from the list (this is March 9th, do that one if you don't want to choose another), and write about it.

3)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment here with a link to your post.

Here's mine:

I'm going to choose the March 8th prompt:  "Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt."

My great-grandmother, Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944) kept a scrapbook, wrote letters to family and friends, and kept a journal for at least one year, 1929.  I have transcribed the journal in my Della's Journal series.  

I have transcribed several of the letters that were in the "collection" of artifacts, ephemera and papers.  One of them has been very useful - a rough draft of a letter she wrote to at least one sister or cousin, and perhaps to several of them.  Here it is:

Letter from Della (Smith) Carringer to her "cousins" (unspecified). Undated, although it is probably October 1903. No envelope. The letter is on “Greetings from Southern California” letterhead, with three pictures (copyright 1901 by Edw. H. Mitchell S.F.):

San Diego
510 Watkins Ave.

Dear Cousins,

Your good letter recived and I was so surprised to hear of two more boys in the family but I know George is proud now the men always are when it is a boy. I always wanted a girl I think they are just as nice don’t you? Wish I could have had my two boys to raise together. Hope you all can keep yours they are so much company one for the other. But I am thankfull for my one boy. He will be twelve next month. He is doing nicely in school now. 

If it is not to much trouble when you write next time give me the childrens ages for I want to set down all of the cousins children and see how big a tree we will be in fifty years from now. Davie was fourty the 15th of this month so that makes the fourth to enter the four tens if Orpha & Nellie had lived. 1 I am the oldest. 2 Orpha next then 3 Nellie & 4 Davie. 5 (Ada dead). 6 Mary Dyar. 7 Matie Smith. 8 (Aggie Smith dead). Then 10 George 9 Myrtle Crouch. 11 Amy. 12 Willie C. 13 Lutie S. (dead). 14 Louie. Bert Vaux 15 (Ralph Crouch dead), 16 Bert Vaux. 17 Guy Vaux dead 19 Callie. I think 18 Gean Woodward was older than Callie but I do not know for shure. You know from there down Myrtle is older than George for I can remember her saying Monkey for Munger when he was a baby. You know from there down this younger generation of cousins.

20 Ada Woodward. 21 Verdie Dyar. 22 Roy Dyar. 24 Nellie Woodward. 23 Devier Carringer. 26. Chester Dyar. 27 Lyle Carringer. 25 Eva Smith. 28 Vern Dyar. 29 Ellen Doctor. 30 Lezzie Doctor. 31 Grace Doctor. 32 Mable Smith. 33 34 Will Cruchs 2 girls. 35 36 37 Amy 2 boys 1 girl. 38 39 40 Geo 2 girls 1 boy. 41 Orpha 1 girl. 18 Grand chil, 23 G Grand chil.

[no further information]

I quickly figured out who the "parents" of this family are - it's Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux.  Note the 18 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren comment.  The names of the children given on the list above are all children of the children of Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux. 

I think that this letter was sent to Della's aunt, Celia Ann (Vaux) (Redfield) Munger in Belleville, Kansas because she refers to George's having just had a son - George is certainly George Francis Munger of Belleville, who had a son, Frank E. Munger on 30 May 1903, and had two daughters before that.   The second boy that Della refers to is probably Amy (Munger) Doctor's son, Peter Doctor, who was born in August 1903 in Belleville.

I really do think that Della would be ecstatic that someone in the family found her collection and has used it to create a family tree.  I also think that she would be amazed at what I've found in her ancestry, and in her husband's ancestry also. 


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Surname Saturday -- CORK (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 #2259 who is Audrey CORK (1590-1638). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through two generations in this CORK 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)

70.  Thomas Dill (1755-1839)
71.  Hannah Horton (1761-1797)

140.  Thomas Dill (1708-1761)
141.  Mehitable Brown (1714-1758)

282.  Samuel Brown (1686-1749)

283.  Ruth Young (1688-1768)

564.  George Brown (1652-1721)
565.  Mehitable Knowles (1653-1721)

1128.  William Brown (1624-1694)
1129.  Mary Moorecock (1625-1694)
2258. Henry Moorecock, born about 1588 in Smarden, Kent, England; died before 1625 in Kent,
England. He married 04 June 1616 in St. Margaret's, Canterbury, Kent, England. 2259. Audrey Cork, born about 1590 in Egerton, Kent, England; died before December 1638 in
Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Children of Henry Moorecock and Audrey Cork are:
*  Bennet Moorecock (1619-????).
*  Nicholas Moorecock (1621-????).
Mary Moorecock (1625-1694), married 1649 William Brown (1624-1694).

I have no other information on the Moorecock or Cork families.  Some derivative sources have Mary's maiden name as Murdock.  

However, in The Great Migration, Audrey (Cork) Moorecock, widow of Henry Moorecock, is named as the first wife of Thomas Whitton (1599-1664).  They married in 1625 in Kent, and Thomas died in Plymouth.  The sketch for Thomas Whitton names the children of Henry and Audrey (Cork) Moorecock.

Robert Charles Anderson, George E. Sanborn, Jr., Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (Boston Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society,2000-2011), Volume VII, T-Y, pages 380-385, Thomas Whitton sketch.


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Friday, March 8, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 8 March 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

Your VIP Invitation to Jamboree Registration!

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

 Friday Finds 8 Mar 2019

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 12 March, 11 a.m. PST:  Suggested Relationship Paths: An Inside Look at the Theory of Family Relativity™, by Ran Snir

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 13 March, 11 a.m. PST:  (Swedish) Hitta okänd familj med MyHeritage (Swedish), by Christina Sagersten

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 13 March, 6 p.m. PST: Reclaim The Records: Using Freedom of Information Laws for Genealogy, by Brooke Ganz

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Polled! Finding your Ancestors in New South Wales Colonial Muster and Census Returns, by Carol Baxter

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: A Guide to Third Party Tools For DNA Testing, by Michelle Leonard

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Impact of the 1918 flu epidemic: A personal stories-based approach, by Lori Lyn Price

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  A Recipe for Well-being: Health and Illness in Colonial New England, by Lori Lyn Price

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast: #51… Directories And Maps Can Sometimes Tell Stories As Plainly As A Personal History

*  The Genealogy Guys Podcast:  #358

5)  Genealogy Education - Video:

*  23andMe YouTube:  2
3 Minutes With Anne, LIVE!

*  Who Is Nicka Smith? YouTube:  BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 79: Ask Mariah: The DNA Edition

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 5 March 2019?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 8 March 2019

I received this information from Findmypast this morning:

New Cincinnati Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are more than 7 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:
Did you have Scottish ancestors from Dundee and the county of Forfarshire (Angus)? Search over 50,000 Hearth Tax records from 1691 to find out the number of hearths found within their home. Details such as this will provide you with clues about the family's wealth and status.
In 1690, Parliament granted a tax of 14 shillings on hearths including kilns. Heads of households, landowners, and tenants were liable for the tax, only hospitals and the poor living on charity from the parish were exempt from the tax. The money raised from the tax was then used to fund the army.
Explore more than 28,000 extracts that taken from original Kirk Session minutes. Responsible for parish business, and the morals of the parishioners, the Kirk Session was the lowest level of a church court and minutes typically contained a detailed account of the parish business.
Banffshire is a county in the north-east part of Scotland. It is bounded on the north by the Moray Firth, on the east and south-east by Aberdeenshire, and on the west by the counties of Moray and Inverness.
Over 2,000 additional records have been added to our collection of British India Office Deaths & Burials. The new additions consist of endowment registers spanning the years 1897 to 1947. These registers document private endowments for the upkeep of graves. Please note, the year given will be between one and five years after the death or burial actually took place.
British India Office Deaths & Burials now contains over 594,000 records that will enable you to discover details about the deaths of your ancestors who died in the UK, British India, Burma and other territories connected to the India office (St Helena, Sumatra, Kuwait, Aden, Penang, Macao). Discover where, when and in some cases how they died as well as where they were buried.
Over 7.1 million additional records have been added to our collection of United States Obituary Notices. From this index of obituary notices, you can discover your ancestor's name, birth and death years, and obituary text. This collection has been obtained from the and websites. Additional information such as images and details about the records can be found on the source's website.
Each record consists of a transcript that will reveal a combination of your ancestor's birth year, death date, obituary text and location.
Over 18,000 articles from a variety of publications have been added to the Index. The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) enables you to easily locate key information about people and places. It contains millions entries from thousands of historical, genealogical and ethnic publications, making it an invaluable, comprehensive family history resource.
The Index provides a simple way to access articles, photos, and other material you might not find using traditional search methods. This can help to build the historical context around your personal research, and the world your ancestors lived in.
Unearth your Caribbean roots with three new indexes of births & baptisms, marriages and burials containing over 600,000 records and spanning the years 1590 to 1928.
These records cover a variety of nationalities and countries including Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico and Panama.
This week have added 139,520 new pages to our collections. We are delighted to welcome four brand new titles this week, three of which cover the late twentieth century: London title the Harefield Gazette, the Reading Evening Post and Buckinghamshire title the Amersham Advertiser. Rounding off our new titles this week is the Orcadian, which covers the years 1854 to 1912 and was published in Kirkwall, Orkney.
We have updates to ten of our existing titles this week, with new pages covering the length and breadth of the British Isles and Ireland. We have updates to titles covering the counties of Kent, Middlesex, Cambridgeshire, Sussex, and Warwickshire, as well as updates to our Scottish and Irish titles.

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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