Saturday, March 23, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 17 to 23 March 2019

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

As of 15 March 2019, there were 2,460 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Texas, Gonzales County, Divorce Records, 1911-1958      (; 1,934 indexed records with 1,934 record images, ADDED 22 Mar 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

*  West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971     (; 265,006 indexed records with 325,731 record images (was 264,637 records with 325,731 images), Updated 22 Mar 2019

*  Sweden, Kalmar Church Records, 1577-1907; index 1625-1860       (; 30,025 indexed records with 619,894 record images (was 30,025 records with 617,325 images), Updated 22 Mar 2019

*  Texas, Houston, Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895-2008  (; 45,758 indexed records with 41,543 record images (was 41,070 records with 41,543 images), Updated 21 Mar 2019

Idaho, Bingham County Historical Society, Bingham County Records, 1885-1920     (; 7,197 indexed records with 442 record images (was 6,844 records with 6,844 images), Updated 20 Mar 2019

Indiana, World War I, Enrollment Cards, 1919    (; 135,800 indexed records with 135,642 record images (was 134,761 records with 134,664 images), Updated 20 Mar 2019

Ohio Tax Records, 1800-1850     (; 4,029,171 indexed records with 45,984 record images (was 1,628,639 records with 45,984 images), Updated 23 Mar 2019

Germany, Bavaria, Middle Franconia, Brenner Collection of Genealogical Records, 1550-1900       (; 2,710,341 indexed records with 893,668 record images (was 2,667,770 records with 893,668 images), Updated 18 Mar 2019

*  South Carolina, Chesterfield County, Original Marriage licenses, 1911-1951      (; 47,526 indexed records with 47,420 record images (was 45,609 records with 0 images), Updated 21 Mar 2019

*  North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 4,936,240 indexed records with 5,359,306 record images (was 4,482,367 records with 4,727,590 images), Updated 17 Mar 2019

*  Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998      (; 1,057,736 indexed records with 144,834 record images (was 827,515 records with 144,834 images), Updated 19 Mar 2019

*  Maine, State Archives, World War I (WWI) Grave Cards, 1914-1950 (; 4,061 indexed records with 4,062 record images (was 3,893 records with 5 images), Updated 22 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 22 Mar 2019

*  Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (; 1,678,119 indexed records with 1,676,692 record images (was 1,678,119 records with 1,676,692 images), Updated 16 Mar 2019

*  France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932   (; 100,252 indexed records with 100,020 record images (was 40,223 records with 40,197 images), Updated 21 Mar 2019

*  Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016     (; 145,729 indexed records with 106,090 record images (was 72,568 records with 71,312 images), Updated 19 Mar 2019

*  New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936        (; 1,256,101 indexed records with 955,515 record images (was 1,256,101 records with 955,515 images), Updated 18 Mar 2019

*  Colorado Statewide Divorce Index, 1900-1939     (; 87,470 indexed records with 82,674 record images (was 0 records with 82,674 images), Updated 21 Mar 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

*  England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 7,851 indexed records with 102,605 record images (was 7,851 records with 78,527 images),  2 Feb 2019

Hawaii, Marriages, 1826-1954    (; 52,852 indexed records with 36,487 record images (was 52,852 records with 0 images),  1 May 2018

Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940   (; 1,614,425 indexed records with 654,418 record images (was 1,614,425 records with 0 images),  28 Nov 2018

Indiana, Church Marriages, 1780-1993    (; 47,419 indexed records with 30,405 record images (was 47,419 records with 0 images),  19 Jan 2017

*  England, Shropshire Parish Registers, 1538-1918 (; 12,490 indexed records with 152,390 record images (was 12,490 records with 124,156 images),  5 Feb 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930     (; 253,566 indexed records with 253,446 record images (was 253,566 records with 253,519 images),  14 Dec 2018

--- Collections with records removed ---

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008   (; Index only (132,174,286 records), no images (was 132,174,287 records with 0 images),  2 Oct 2014

Liberia, Marriage Records, 1912-2015    (; 170,643 indexed records with 24,406 record images (was 170,646 records with 24,406 images),  19 Feb 2019


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 -- Birth Order in Your Line

It's Saturday Night, 

time for more Genealogy Fun!!

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

1)  Pick one of your ancestral lines - any one - patrilineal, matrilineal, zigzag, from a famous ancestor, etc.  Pick a long one if you can.

2)  Tell us which position in the birth order that your ancestor was in each generation.  For example "third child, first son."  Also list how many children were born to these parents.  

3)  Share your Birth Order work with us on your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, in a comment on Facebook, etc.

Here's mine - I chose my patrilineal line:

1.  Randall J. Seaver (1943-....) - first child, first son of Frederick and Betty (Carringer) Seaver (3 sons)
2.  Frederick W. Seaver (1911-1983) - fifth child, second son of Frederick W. and Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (3 sons, 4 daughters)
3.  Frederick W. Seaver (1876-1942) - first child, first son of Frank W. and Hattie (Hildreth) Seaver (3 sons)
4.  Frank W. Seaver (1852-1922) - first child, first son of Isaac and Lucretia (Smith) Seaver (2 sons, 2 daughters)
5.  Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) - third child, first son of Benjamin and Abigail (Gates) Seaver (2 sons, 2 daughters)
6.  Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) - fourth child, second son of Benjamin and Martha (Whitney) Seaver (4 sons, 6 daughters)
7.  Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) - second child, first son of Norman and Sarah (Read) Seaver (8 sons, 5 daughters)
8.  Norman Seaver (1734-1787) - fourth child, third son of Robert and Eunice (Rayment) Seaver (7 sons, 2 daughters)
9.  Robert Seaver (1702-1752) - first child, first son of Joseph and Mary (Read) Seaver (2 sons, 4 daughters)
10.  Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) - second child, second son of Shubael and Hannah (Wilson) Seaver (3 sons, 3 daughters)
11.  Shubael Seaver (1640-1739) - first child, first son of Robert and Elizabeth (Ballard) Seaver (4 sons, 3 daughters)

My averages are:

*  Child number = 2.3
*  Number of children:  6.5

One of the interesting facts about this particular line is that every one of the males in this line was the oldest son that had children (some older sons died, and some were single without children).


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Surname Saturday -- COLESON (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 #2281 who is Joan COLESON (1587-1654). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this COLESON 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)

142.  Nathaniel Horton (1720-1771)

143.  Eunice Snow (1722-1816)

284.  Samuel Horton (1686-1778)
285.  Hannah Atwood (1686-1771)

570.  Stephen Atwood (1653-1722)
571.  Apphia Bangs (1651-1722)

1140.  Stephen Atwood (1616-1694)
1141.  Abigail Dunham (1621-1668)

2280.  John Atwood, born before 04 February 1583 in Sanderstead, Surrey, England; died 27 February 1644 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4560. Nicholas Atwood and 4561. Olive Harman.  He married 25 July 1612 in St. Martin-in-the-Field, Westminster, Middlesex, England.
2281.  Joan Coleson, born about 1587 in London, Middlesex, England; died 01 June 1654 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  She was probably the daughter of 4562. John Coleson and 4563. Joan Bullocke of Boston, Lincolnshire, England.

Children of John Atwood and Joan Coleson are:
*  Joan Atwood (1613-????)
*  Harmon Atwood (1613-1651)
*  John Atwood (1614-1673), married 1640 Sarah Masterson (1619-1714).
Stephen Atwood (1616-1694), married 1644 Abigail Dunham (1621-1668).
*  Agnes Atwood (1618-????).
*  Henry Atwood (1620-1670), married 1644 Abigail Jenney (1619-1690).
*  William Atwood (1622-????).

There are several Derivative Source works that detail this Atwood family, including:

*  Atwood, Charles, History of the Atwood Family in England and the United States, to which is Appended a History of the Tenney Family (1888)

* Atwood, Elijah Francis, Ye Atte Wode Annals (Sisseton, S.D. : Atwood Publishing Co., June 1928)

The best summary of this Atwood family is the profile  for John Atwood in

I have done no original research for this Atwood or Coleson family.


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Friday, March 22, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 22 March 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

Press Release: Bode Forensic Genealogy Service (FGS)

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

*  Friday Finds 22 March 2019

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 26 March, 11 a.m. PDT:  Following Your Family's Immigration Trail on MyHeritage, by Mike Mansfield

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 27 March, 11 a.m. PDT:  No Purchase Necessary: Free Genealogy Tools for Your iPad/iPhone, by Devin Ashby

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  The Five-story Fall: Correlating Indirect and Direct Evidence to Extend the Pedigree, by Debra S. Mieszala

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Rescuing Orphaned Items: How to Save and Share Ebay, Etsy and Flea Market Finds, by Thomas MacEntee

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #55:  DNA Tests Results

*  Genealogy Guys Podcast:  #359

*  The Photo Detective Podcast:  Episode 33: Spring Cleaning Your Photos

5)  Genealogy Education - Video:

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  WACKY Wednesday - YOU are the client

*  The In-Depth Genealogist:  FYR and Relative Race Season 5 Ep2

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  Discovering the FamilySearch Family Tree App - James Tanner

*  Valerie and Myrt's Excellent Genealogy Adventures YouTube:  WiFi in Europe

*  Valerie and Myrt's Excellent Genealogy Adventures YouTube:  Secret Compartments & Other Travel TIps

*  American Ancestors YouTube:  Using and Evaluating Published Genealogies

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 18 March 2019?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 22 March 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are more than 1.7 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:
Explore lists of over 5,000 US servicemen who were stationed in North Devon during WW2. The records consist of original visitor books kept by the local servicemen's club. The servicemen served at the Assault Training Centre in North Devon, which was set up in 1942. It was established during the Second World War as a centre to develop and practice amphibious assault exercises to prepare for the Normandy landing on D-Day. They practiced on the beaches at Woolacombe and Saunton Sands.
A service club was set up by the Red Cross in October 1943 at Bungalow Café, North Devon. It is now known as the Red Barn. The service club had a visitor's book which recorded the servicemen's name, date of signing, service number, location details, hometowns, and states. Not all servicemen who were based at the Training Centre signed in. A few have left a comment, although the layout of the pages did not encourage this. Some state pages are neat and tidy, with names arranged in an orderly fashion. Other pages have names written sideways, diagonally, across one another and on top of each other. Sadly, for those young men who did not return home, this may have been the last time they signed their names.
Search this database of more than 130,000 records of Crown Office Precognitions and High Court Trial Papers to find out if your ancestor was ever in trouble with the law or the victim of a crime. Each record includes a transcript of the original document that, depending on its age and nature, may reveal a wide variety of facts. Records may include biographical details surrounding your ancestor's birth, their address, descriptions and occupation as well as details of their trial. This may include the date, location and nature of their offense, the names of their victims, previous convictions, the date and location of their trial and the sentence they received.
Crown Office Precognitions are factual statements that have been given by witnesses to both the prosecution and defence before the case goes to trial. Precognitions differ from a witness statement, a witness statement is an account of what the witness has said or seen were as a precognition is an account of the witness's evidence.
Search for your ancestors in the 1834 census for Dalkeith, Midlothian. The collection contains over 5,000 transcripts that that will reveal a combination of your ancestor's address, age, occupation, place of worship and corresponding details for their fellow household members. If they were a child at the time, the records will also reveal the names of both their weekday and Sunday schools.
Located on the River Esk, Dalkeith is a former market town in Midlothian, Scotland. In 1831 the opening of the Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway was a significant development as it enabled the transportation of farm produce and minerals from the local area and, allowed producers to take advantage of larger and more distant markets. At its peak, Dalkeith was the most important grain market town in Scotland.
Discover your British military ancestor with these regimental histories. Regimental histories are an excellent resource for discovering more about your ancestor's military career. You can discover where the regiment was stationed, read despatches from the First World War and records of the deeds and achievements of the British Army. This fascinating collection of more than a thousand PDF images currently includes three publications including;
·        The 1st Battalion Royal Scots in South Africa, 1899-1902 – edited by Captain J H Cuthbert. It is an illustrated record of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards during the South African War. So many of the officers carried cameras that it was decided that on the return of the battalion a collection of the photographs take should be made, and a selection from them should be brought out in book form.
·        The Green Howards in The Great War - written by Colonel H C Wylly, CB and published in 1926. The publication includes the history of the Green Howards in the First World War, where they fought on almost every front, and the Third Afghan War of 1919.
·        The History of the Lincolnshire Regiment 1914-1918 – edited by Major-General C R Simpson, CB. Colonel of the Regiment with a forward by The Earl of Yarborough, O.C. The works is compiled from war diaries, despatches, officers' notes and other sources
International Records Update – El Salvador
Over 1.1 million records from the republic of El Salvador have recently been added to our growing collection of world records. The new additions consist of three indexes of baptisms, civil births and marriages spanning the years 1750 to 1940, including:
El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated countries in Central America. It is also known for its rainforests, waterfalls, coffee farms, and rich culture.
This week we have added over 110,000 new pages to our collection of British & Irish newspapers. We are delighted to welcome two specialist titles, Justice – 'the oldest socialist journal in the British Islands,' and the Tablet, a Roman Catholic newspaper. We also have one further brand new addition, the Portadown News from County Armagh in Northern Ireland.
We have also updated two of our existing titles, the West Middlesex Gazette and the Staffordshire Sentinel. This week we have added the years 1930 to 1938 to the Staffordshire Sentinel, with 28,000 new searchable pages.
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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