Saturday, April 6, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 31 March to 6 April 2019

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

As of 6 April 2019, there were 2,463 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

France, Saône-et-Loire, Census, 1896    (; 622,811 indexed records with 622,811 record images, ADDED 3 Apr 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

*  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 6 Apr 2019

*  Luxembourg, Civil Registration, 1796-1941       (; 117,499 indexed records with 767,518 record images (was 101,284 records with 767,518 images), Updated 1 Apr 2019

*  Brazil, Pernambuco, Civil Registration, 1804-2016       (; 8,068,939 indexed records with 5,387,756 record images (was 8,068,939 records with 5,387,756 images), Updated 1 Apr 2019

*  Colombia, Diocese of Barranquilla, Catholic Church Records, 1808-1985   (; 220,501 indexed records with 67,526 record images (was 220,501 records with 67,526 images), Updated 1 Apr 2019

*  Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865    (; 834,013 indexed records with 6,791,351 record images (was 809,189 records with 6,791,351 images), Updated 4 Apr 2019

*  Italy, Trento, Diocesi di Trento, Catholic Church Records, 1548-1937    (; 559,230 indexed records with 86,924 record images (was 554,600 records with 86,924 images), Updated 4 Apr 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

*  North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 5,374,446 indexed records with 5,385,052 record images (was 5,374,446 records with 5,383,142 images),  26 Mar 2019

*  Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950       (; 2,301,902 indexed records with 1,789,697 record images (was 2,301,902 records with 1,789,677 images),  5 Mar 2019

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  Missouri Births and Christenings, 1827-1935     (; Index only (66,636 records), no images (was 66,642 records with 0 images),  8 Mar 2012


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 -- Which Master Source Has the Most Citations?

It's Saturday Night, 

time for more Genealogy Fun!!

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), answer the question:

1)  Have you done a good job of citing your sources in your genealogy management program or online family tree?  How are you doing?  How many source citations do you have, and how many people are in your tree?  What is the sources to persons ratio?

2)  Which master source (e.g., 1900 U.S. census, Find A Grave, specific book, etc.) do you have the most citations for?  How many?  How did you figure this out?

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.

Here's mine:

1) I'm trying!  I'm not nearly done.  I'm almost obsessive now...I've been adding source citations almost every day based on new research, on MyHeritage Record Matches, on Ancestry Hints, etc., all for persons and events that are in my database without a source citation (due to slacking off for many years).  I'm also trying to "improve" existing source citations when I find them by adding better citation details.

At present, my RootsMagic 7 database statistics file (File > Properties) says that I have 103,302 source citations in 1,853 master sources, and there are 53,205 persons in this tree.  My source/person ratio is 1.94, but not every name or event has a citation. 

2)  I think that Find A Grave is the master source in my database that has the most individuals and source citations.  I found this out by:

*  In RootsMagic 7, I created a Source List report (selecting Reports > All reports > Source list > select "Print all sources in database sorted by source name") and browsed the list.  The list for all 1,853 master sources was 3,586 pages long.

The number of citations for some of the master sources were:

**  Find A Grave:  26,378 (25.5% of the total)

**  Social Security Death Index: 4,463
**  Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1920:  3,177
**  1920 U.S. Census:  2,807
**  Social Security Applications and Claims Index:  2,480
**  World War I Draft Registrations:  2,070
**  California Death Index:  1,752
**  Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2003:  1,627

**  1930 U.S. Census:  1,320
**  England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975:  1,320
**  1940 U.S. Census:  1,015

** Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988:  915
**  Medfield, Mass. Vital Records book:  868

**  World War II Draft Registrations:  855
**  Roxbury, Mass. Vital Records Book:  785
**  Concord, Mass. Vital Records Book:  706
**  Woburn, Mass. Vital Records book:  705
**  California Birth Index, 1905-1995:  644
**  1900 U.S. Census:  620
**  1910 U.S. Census:  574

3)  I expected to find a better statistics report that listed the master sources with the number of individuals and citations, and in numerical order.  Oh well.


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Surname Saturday -- CHAVIS (Essex, 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 #2285 who is Jane CHAVIS (1565-1632). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this CHAVIS 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)

1142.  Edward Bangs (1591-1677)

1143.  Rebecca Hobart (1611-1655)

2284.  John Bangs, born about 1560 in Norwich, Norfolk, England; died 11 February 1632 in Hempstead, Essex, England.  He married 30 January 1586 in Panfield, Essex, England.
2285.  Jane Chavis, born about 1565 in England; died about 1632 in Hempstead, Essex, England.

Children of John Bangs and Jane Chavis are:

Edward Bangs, born before 28 October 1591 in Panfield, Essex, England; died 16 February 1677 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States; married (1) Lydia Hicks (1612-before 1635) about 1633 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States; married (2) Rebecca Hobart (1611-1655) about 1635 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.
*  Jonas Bangs, born about 1596 in Hempstead, Essex, England, died 1664 in Ingatestone, Essex, England; married Marie Chopin (1597-????) in Freyering, Essex, England.

I have found no information about John Bangs and Jane Chavis, who died in England, other than their marriage date and children in FamilySearch Family Tree.

Information about the Bangs family was obtained from:

*  Robert Charles Anderson (editor), The Great Migration Begins, Volume I (Boston : NEHGS, 1995) pages 86-91, Edward Bangs sketch.

*  Dean Dudley, History and Genealogy of the Bangs Family  (Montrose, Mass. : the author, 1896), pgs. 9 - 11, Edward Bangs sketch.

I have done no original research for this Bangs or Chavis family.


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Friday, April 5, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 5 April 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

Press Release: NGS to Live Stream Ten Genealogy Lectures During its Family History Conference in May

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

Friday Finds 5 April 2019

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 9 April 11 a.m. PST:  
Visualizing Ancestral Lines with DNA AutoClusters, by MyHeritage

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 10 April 11 a.m. PST: (Swedish) Från DNA-match till släkting (Swedish), by MyHeritage

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 10 April 5 p.m. PST:  Plain Folk Researching Amish and Mennonite Families, by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  One Touch Genealogy Research: How to Handle a Record Just Onceby Thomas MacEntee

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: An Introduction to DNA Painter, by Jonny Perl

*  Archived Family Tree Webinqar:  Formatting Your Family History eBook for ePub and PDF, by Lisa Alzo

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #59:  What is an Occupation?

*  The Photo Detective Podcast:  My Family Resemblance

*  African Roots Podcast: Episode # 440

*  Ancestral Findings Podcast:  Are We All Royalty? Mathematics Seems to Prove It 

5)  Genealogy Education - Video:

*  BoundlessGenealogy YouTube:  BIG Family History Clues in a 1938 Illinois Obituary

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  FindMyPast: British Newspaper Collection

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  Is it time to write your Memoir?

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  Preserving Family History in Fun & Modern Ways - Olivia Jewell

*  The Family History Guide YouTube:  TFHG Show Me Project 1 Goal 2

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  Tracing Their Steps

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 2 April 2019?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 5 April 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New Kent Parish Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

        Findmypast has published original  parish registers online for the first time in partnership with Kent County Council

        Over 2.6 million records have been digitised, fully indexed and are now available to search

        These new additions join Findmypast’s existing Kent collections to form the most comprehensive online archive of Kent parish registers in the world

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of thousands of original Anglican parish registers in partnership with Kent County Council.

The new records have been created from over 3,000 handwritten registers currently held at the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone. These registers have been scanned and digitised in full colour to ensure the highest possible image quality.

Over 2.6 million fully indexed baptism, banns, marriage and burial records spanning more than 400 years of Kent history are now available to search online exclusively at Findmypast.

By improving access to these rich documents and making them searchable for the first time, Findmypast will provide family historians from around the world with even more opportunities to discover their Kent ancestors. Researchers can now uncover details of their families past and add new generations to their family tree with greater ease than ever before.

Today’s release builds on an existing partnership between Findmypast and archives in Kent that has already resulted in the online publication of over 2.5 million Canterbury Archdeaconry records held by the Canterbury Cathedral Archives.

Findmypast’s UK Data Strategy Manager, Paul Nixon, said; “Now with over 5 million indexed parish register entries for Kent, Findmypast really is the only show in town if your ancestors put down roots in the Garden of England. We’re thrilled to be working with the Kent History & Library Centre.”

These new additions have been merged with Findmypast's existing Canterbury and Kent Family History Society collections to form the most comprehensive online repository of Kent parish registers in the word with over 7.3 million records. The new and improved combined collections include:

·                  Kent Baptisms Discover when and where the baptism took place, as well as your ancestor's parents' names, professions, and residence.

·                  Kent Marriages & Banns - These records may reveal when and where your relative's banns were read, as well as who announced them. These records may also reveal when and where your ancestor married, as well as the bride and groom's full names and names of their fathers.

·                  Kent Burials These records may reveal where and when they were buried, as well as their spouses' and fathers' names.

Other Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

Ontario Genealogical Society Provincial Index

Explore this vast index covering a vast range of Genealogical information on Ontario families. Established by Ontario Genealogical Society volunteers in 1997, this powerful resource currently contains over 2.6 million records and will prove invaluable to anyone looking to trace their Ontario roots.

British & Irish Newspaper Update

This week we have added 126,386 new pages to our collection. We have added four brand new titles this week, with the addition of Kent title the Thanet Times, London title the Harrow Leader, and Middlesex title the Staines & Ashford News. This week also sees the publication of a curious title from 1811, the Anti-Gallican Monitor, which was published during the the Napoleonic wars.
We have also updated two of our existing titles: adding over 60,000 pages to the Reading Evening Post, with additions also to the Kensington Post. Updates to both titles come from the 1990s.

Records from Central America’s largest and most populous country have been added to our growing collection of international records. Nicaragua Civil Registration 1809-2011 contains over 2.2 million transcripts of birth, marriage and death records spanning more than two centuries of the Republics history.

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 272: #445 Melatiah (Hamant) Metcalf (1704-1751) of Medfield, Mass. and Keene, N.H.

Melatiah (Hamant) Metcalf (1714-1751) is #445 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married  #444 Michael Metcalf (1706-1771) in 1728 in Medway, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #222 Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816), married #223 Jerusha --?-- (1750-1817), in 1770.
*  their daughter, #111 Mary Metcalf (1780-1855), married #110 Amos Underhill (1772-1865), in 1801.
*  their daughter, #55, Mary Ann Underhill (1815-1882) in 1839. married #54 Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) in 1839.
*  their daughter, #27 Abigail A. Vaux (1844-1931), married #26 Devier James Lamphear Smith (1839-1894) in 1861.
*  their daughter, #13 Abby Ardell Smith (1862-1944), married #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), 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: Melatiah Hamant[1]    
*  Alternate Name:     Militia Hamant[2] *  Alternate Name:     Miletiah Hamant[5] *  Alternate Name: Melatiah Metcalf[3-4]

* Sex: Female    

* Father: Timothy Hamant (1667-1718)    
* Mother: Melatiah Clark (1674-1747)  

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

*  Birth:                     26 May 1704, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]  
*  Death:                    30 December 1751 (age 47), Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States[3–4]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                       Michael Metcalf (1706-1771)    
*  Marriage 1:                    2 July 1728 (age 23), Medway, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[1,5]    
*  Child 1:                         Oliver Metcalf (1729-1797)    
*  Child 1:                         Michael Metcalf (1730-1777)    
*  Child 1:                         Melatiah Metcalf (1732-1766)    
*  Child 1:                         Amity Metcalf (1734-    )    
*  Child 1:                         Abijah Metcalf (1735-1815)    
*  Child 1:                         Sarah Metcalf (1737-1812)    
*  Child 1:                         Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816)    
*  Child 1:                         Silas Metcalf (1745-    )  

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

Melatiah Hamant was born 26 May 1704 in Medfield, Massachusetts, the third child and first daughter of Timothy and Melatiah (Clark) Hamant[2].  

She married Michael Metcalf (1706-1771) on 2 July 1728 in Medway, Massachusetts[1,5], and they had eight children:

*  Oliver Metcalf (1729-1797), who married Sarah Hammond (1727-1813) in 1759.
*  Michael Metcalf (1730-1777), married Sarah Allen (1732-1756) in 1753.
*  Melatiah Metcalf (1732-1766), married Jonah French (1728-1764) in 1750.
*  Amity Metcalf (1734-????)
*  Abijah Metcalf (1735-2825), married Mercy Ellis (1742-1818) in about 1763.
*  Sarah Metcalf (1737-1812), married Amos Davis (1732-1794) in 1757.
*  Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816), married Jerusha --?-- (about 1750-1817) before 1770.
*  Silas Metcalf (1745-????).

All but the last child were born in Medway; Silas was born in Rutland, Massachusetts.  

Michael and Melatiah (Hamant) Metcalf moved their family to Keene, New Hampshire before 1750.  Several of their children were married in Cheshire County, New Hampshire.  

Melatiah (Hamant) Metcalf died on 30 December 1751 in Keene[3-4].  There are no known burial or probate records for Melatiah (Hamant) Metcalf in Cheshire County.  


1. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, indexed database and digital image, (, "Medway Births, Marriages and Deaths," image 133 of 1171, Michael Metcalf and Melatiah Hamant marriage entry.

2. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), page 56, Militia Hamant entry.

3. "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," digital image, FamilySearch International (, 2010. citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. “Death certificates, 1901-1937", Melatiah Metcalf (1705-1751) entry.

4. "New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947," indexed database and digital images, (, Deaths > Index to deaths, early to 1900 > Morse - Nichols, image 2529 of 4992, Melatiah Metcalf entry.

5. Vital records of Medway, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1905), Marriages, page 232, Michael Metcalf and Miletiah Hamant 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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