Saturday, April 13, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 7 to 13 April 2019

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

As of 13 April 2019, there were 2,463 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

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

--- Collections Updated ---

Oregon, World War I, Veteran State Aid Applications, 1921-1938  (; 37,195 indexed records with 37,123 record images (was 35,690 records with 35,635 images), Updated 8 Apr 2019

Massachusetts, Boston Crew Lists, 1917-1943     (; 2,995,830 indexed records with 244,420 record images (was 1,570,299 records with 244,420 images), Updated 11 Apr 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,154,728 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,168,489 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 12 Apr 2019

Germany, Bavaria, Nuremberg Civil Registration, 1803-1886       (; 1,235,779 indexed records with 1,235,779 record images (was 1,235,779 records with 1,235,779 images), Updated 12 Apr 2019

Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880-1930  (; 46,977,151 indexed records with 87,177 record images (was 46,977,151 records with 87,177 images), Updated 12 Apr 2019

Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin Census, 1900      (; 1,249,431 indexed records with 761,656 record images (was 1,249,431 records with 761,656 images), Updated 10 Apr 2019

Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007   (; 163,674 indexed records with 64,268 record images (was 162,567 records with 64,268 images), Updated 9 Apr 2019

*  France, Saône-et-Loire, Census, 1836    (; 545,834 indexed records with 10,182 record images (was 545,714 records with 0 images), Updated 10 Apr 2019

Montana, Flathead County Records, 1871-2007     (; 72,811 indexed records with 151,157 record images (was 71,357 records with 151,157 images), Updated 9 Apr 2019

Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records, 1760, 1905-2013    (; 555,342 indexed records with 665,914 record images (was 84,273 records with 665,914 images), Updated 11 Apr 2019

*  Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783        (; 609,006 indexed records with 641,406 record images (was 605,095 records with 641,406 images), Updated 9 Apr 2019

*  United States, Freedmen's Bureau Ration Records,1865-1872       (; 165,285 indexed records with 97,567 record images (was 154,587 records with 97,567 images), Updated 12 Apr 2019

*  Montana, Military Records, 1904-1918    (; 51,225 indexed records with 50,189 record images (was 49,446 records with 48,441 images), Updated 9 Apr 2019

*  Italy, Trento, Diocesi di Trento, Catholic Church Records, 1548-1937    (; 602,694 indexed records with 86,924 record images (was 559,230 records with 86,924 images), Updated 8 Apr 2019

*  Washington, Native American, Census Records, 1880-1952  (; 140,781 indexed records with 8,300 record images (was 134,859 records with 7,965 images), Updated 9 Apr 2019

*  South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930     (; 253,685 indexed records with 253,446 record images (was 253,566 records with 253,446 images), Updated 10 Apr 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

*  Tennessee Civil Marriages, 1838-1888    (; 5,925 indexed records with 1,079 record images (was 5,925 records with 0 images),  10 Aug 2016

*  Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 (; 1,590,685 indexed records with 127,811 record images (was 1,590,685 records with 0 images),  28 Nov 2018

*  Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940       (; 446,971 indexed records with 124,465 record images (was 446,971 records with 0 images),  30 Apr 2018

*  North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 5,374,446 indexed records with 5,393,216 record images (was 5,374,446 records with 5,385,052 images),  26 Mar 2019

*  Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Parish Records, 1550-1966      (; 219,508 indexed records with 96,520 record images (was 219,508 records with 0 images),  11 Jan 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

*  Australia, South Australia, Will and Probate Records    (; 45,061 indexed records with 43,926 record images (was 45,061 records with 43,936 images),  31 Jan 2019

*  South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Death, 1869-1954 (; 330,648 indexed records with 330,204 record images (was 330,648 records with 330,223 images),  5 Mar 2019

--- Collections with new records ---

*  Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001     (; 1,220,739 indexed records with 367,790 record images (was 1,195,403 records with 367,790 images),  9 Nov 2018

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918      (; 2,923,593 indexed records with 53,151 record images (was 2,989,837 records with 53,151 images),  13 Mar 2019

*  Texas, Eagle Pass Arrival Manifests and Indexes, 1905-1954      (; 137,989 indexed records with 135,227 record images (was 146,566 records with 135,227 images),  5 Jun 2017

*  England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991   (; Index only (14,810,408 records), no images (was 14,836,360 records with 0 images),  7 Oct 2013

*  England, Dorset, Parish Registers, 1538-2001    (; 1,473,691 indexed records with 25,517 record images (was 1,530,171 records with 25,517 images),  12 Sep 2017

*  England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (; Index only (68,876,243 records), no images (was 68,886,578 records with 0 images),  3 Mar 2017

*  Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 1,222,698 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 1,229,341 records with 4,192,353 images),  21 Dec 2017

*  Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997    (; Index only (17,102,155 records), no images (was 17,102,158 records with 0 images),  17 Feb 2012

*  Sweden, Södermanland Church Records, 1604-1900; index 1640-1860 (; 222,034 indexed records with 617,735 record images (was 233,581 records with 617,735 images),  10 Nov 2016

*  Netherlands, Gelderland Province Civil Registration, 1800-1952  (; 131,012 indexed records with 3,936,452 record images (was 183,873 records with 3,936,452 images),  25 Aug 2016

*  North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979  (; 271,002 indexed records with 6,230,000 record images (was 271,177 records with 6,230,000 images),  21 Nov 2016

*  England, Westminster Rate Books, 1634-1900      (; Browse 776,840 Images only, no index (was 10,026,835 records with 776,840 images),  3 Apr 2015

*  Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957  (; 1,322,677 indexed records with 54,003 record images (was 1,329,791 records with 54,003 images),  15 May 2018

*  France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896      (; 7,882,907 indexed records with 3,099,653 record images (was 7,890,349 records with 3,099,653 images),  28 Mar 2018

*  England Marriages, 1538–1973    (; Index only (16,104,626 records), no images (was 16,105,960 records with 0 images),  7 Oct 2013

*  England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010   (; 838,449 indexed records with 202,325 record images (was 840,334 records with 202,325 images),  2 Feb 2018

*  United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903       (; 161,678 indexed records with 19,265 record images (was 169,253 records with 19,265 images),  7 Dec 2011

*  England, Middlesex, Westminster, Parish Registers, 1538-1912    (; 19,890 indexed records with 53,121 record images (was 1,223,754 records with 53,121 images),  20 Dec 2012

*  South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956       (; 347,435 indexed records with 102,193 record images (was 364,390 records with 102,193 images),  4 Nov 2016

*  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Passenger List Index Cards, 1883-1948        (; 1,114,475 indexed records with 1,180,749 record images (was 1,153,207 records with 1,180,749 images),  26 Apr 2013


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 -- Tell Us About One of Your Grandparents

It's Saturday Night, 

time for more Genealogy Fun!!

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

1)  Memories of the ancestors we knew and loved need to be told to the younger generations.  

2)  Tell us about your memories of a grandparent that you knew and loved.  If they all died before you knew them, tell us about a parent or a favorite aunt or uncle.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:

I knew my maternal grandparents very well, and they were major influences on me for over 20 years.  My paternal grandparents lived in Massachusetts - my Seaver grandparent died before I was born, and I met my paternal grandmother once when she visited here in San Diego.  

I'm going to write about my grandmother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977).

Emily was born in Chicago on 19 August 1899 to Charles and Georgianna (Kemp) Auble.  They moved to San Diego in about 1911, and lived at 767 F Street near downtown San Diego.  Emily attended San Diego High School, but dropped out to work after her father died in March 1916 after falling down the stairs in their home.  Her mother lived until 1952, and was called "Nana" by my mother.  She lived with Emily the rest of her life.

After her marriage to Lyle Carringer in 1918 in San Diego, Emily was a housewife and mother to my mother, and only child.  She loved gardening and flower arranging. She was a member of the San Diego Floral Association and the Flower Guild Arrangers of San Diego. She entered many floral arrangement competitions and was a master judge of flower arrangements for the National Council of State Gardens Club. She was also a member of the Point Loma Assembly and Ikebana International. 

She was a prim, proper, happy, optimistic, loving, warm and gentle person who enjoyed being with friends and family.  I doubt that she ever uttered a curse word, and was very disappointed when someone else did.  I know...she told me!  She was religious, but never went to church (my grandfather was agnostic, and my mother was also).

Emily suffered a stroke in the 1960's but seemed to recover quickly, and lost quite a bit of weight. She suffered from dementia in the 1970's, and died following a stroke at home on 19 June 1977, and is inurned at Cypress View Mausoleum (Bronze Corridor, Niche 60) in San Diego, CA.

I have so many wonderful memories of, and deep feelings about, this Very Important Person in my life. They include:

* She took care of me daily during World War II (1944 to early 1946) when my father was in the U.S. Navy and my mother was teaching school. She was probably the one who saw my first step, gave me baths, opened my world to reading, and heard my first words. I always felt very close to her, more so than my two brothers did, for this reason.  

* When I was a young boy, Lyle and Emily lived downstairs from us, and I often visited them, went to the Piggly Wiggly store two blocks away with her, and loved playing in her fenced-in gardens by her house. She was the one who supervised our berry picking and lemonade selling ventures.

* When Lyle (Gramp) and Emily (Gram) moved to Point Loma in 1951, their home became our second home. My brothers and I have fond memories of many Christmas Eves spent bedded down in the spare bedroom, singing Christmas carols, and falling asleep before Santa Claus came. We always went to their house on the Fourth of July to watch the fireworks over San Diego Bay.

* She always was interested in my life, and encouraged me to do well in school, to learn about San Diego, and to play fair and do my best. My youth years were not wonderful from a peer standpoint because I was small, wore glasses and was not adept in sports or mechanical things. She was sort of my "secret friend" I could talk to about things.

*  When Linda and I married in 1970, they hosted the family bridal shower and the pre-wedding dinner in their home, and it was a beautiful place.  

* After our marriage, we didn't visit Lyle and Emily as much as before. There were the holiday events, but we were just "too busy" to visit more than occasionally. 

*  When Lyle died in November 1976, we started taking my mother over to the house to help Emily with basic things (my father often refused to go because she would berate him - the dementia) and to check on her. We usually made an outing of it - taking the girls to see their grandmother and great-grandmother. Emily doted on our two little ones, and served us Squirt! and cookies every time - Lori (born in 1974) thought it was great, but Tami was still a baby (born in 1976). It was good for Emily to look forward to these visits, but I feel guilty that we didn't go often enough.  

*  It was on one of these visits that we found her on the floor, near death, after a stroke. The sight is seared in my memory - it was so hard to see this lovely woman in that way. My eyes still tear up over the memory. She died that night in the hospital.

Other than my wife and mother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer was the person I loved the most throughout the first 33 years of my life. 

I so appreciate the legacy that she left me - especially the memories of a life well lived and the wonderfully diverse heritage - mainly colonial 17th century English in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, colonial 18th century German immigrants to New Jersey, a small colonial Dutch line in New York and a mystery French Canadian line. Thank you, Gram, for making my life so good and my genealogy work so interesting!


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Surname Saturday - DEWEY (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 #2287 who is Margaret DEWEY (1580-1630). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this DEWEY 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)

2286.  Edmund Hobart, born before 01 January 1574 in Great Snoring, Norfolk, England; died 08 March 1646 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4572. Thomas Hobart and 4573. Hellena Winsofer.  He married 07 September 1600 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.
2287.  Margaret Dewey, born about 1580 in Norfolk, England; died before 1634 in probably Hingham, Norfolk, England.

Children of Edmund Hobart and Margaret Dewey are:
*  Nazareth Hobart (1601-1658), married 1630 John Beal (1593-1688).
*  Edmund Hobart (1603-1685), married 1632 Elizabeth Elmer (1608-1675).
*  Peter Hobart (1604-1679), married (1) 1628 Elizabeth Ibrook (1608-1645); (2) 1646 Rebecca Peck (1620-1693).
*  Alice Hobart (1605-1674), married 1631 Thomas Chubbuck (1607-1676).
*  Thomas Hobart (1606-1689), married 1629 Ann Plomer (1610-????).
Rebecca Hobart (1611-1677), married 1635 Edward Bangs (1591-1677).
*  Elizabeth Hobart (1612-1660), married 1640 Ralph Smith (1612-1685).
*  Joshua Hobart (1614-1682), married 1638 Ellen Brook (1622-1700).

I have found no information about the parents of Margaret Dewey other than the FamilySearch Family Tree which says they are Constable Robert Dewey (1540-1602) and Margaret Stasye (1549-1608) of Hingham, Norfolk, England. 
Information about the Hobart family was obtained from:

*  Robert Charles Anderson (editor), The Great Migration Begins, Volume II (Boston : NEHGS, 1995) pages 958-960, Edmund Hobart sketch.

I have done no original research for this Hobart or Dewey family.


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Friday, April 12, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 12 April 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

Introducing Fold3’s New Search

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

Friday Finds 12 Apr 2019

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 16 April 5 p.m. PST:  Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye!, by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 17 April 11 a.m. PST: Boost Your Germanic Research: Understand Historical Jurisdictions, by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: (Swedish) Från DNA-match till släkting (Swedish), by MyHeritage

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Plain Folk Researching Amish and Mennonite Families, by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  So, You've Found Your German Town of Origin, Now What?, by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #61: Why Visit Ancestral Cemeteries?

*  The Photo Detective Podcast:  Episode 36:

5)  Genealogy Education - Video:

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

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  10 Helpful Things to Know Before Using Family Tree- Kathryn Grant

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  Mondays with Myrt - 8 Apr 2019

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  Relative Race Discussion With Joe and Jerica

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 9 April 2019?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 12 April 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

We've added over 23,000 new records and over 113,000 newspaper pages this week. They include a sizeable tranche of records from the Southern English county of Devon.
This brand new collection covers ships administered in the Devon ports of Appledore, Barnstaple and Bideford between 1595 and 1705. The records reveal:
·        The names of the ship's masters and merchants
·        The ship's name and the year it was entered in the port book
·        The ship's cargo, tonnage and trade type

These port books are not only valuable from a family history perspective, they also act as evidence of the development of global trade in the 16th and 17th centuries. They were used by different types of customs officials including Collectors, Controllers and Searchers.
Our collection of Devon parish registers (which includes many exclusives you won't find anywhere else online) has grown again. We've added baptism records covering four parish churches in the county:
·        Appledore, Independent Chapel
·        Appledore, Ebenezer Baptist Chapel
·        Appledore, Methodist Chapel
·        Bideford, Methodist Circuit

Baptism records give you the detail behind one of the biggest milestones in your ancestor's early life including where and when they were baptised and their parents' names. The latest additions date back to the 1750s, with much of this collection stretching as far back as the 1500s.
Our Devon burial records have been supplemented with additions from the parish of Northam. Burial records will usually contain useful family tree information including your ancestor's age at death, where and when they were buried and their religious denomination.
Our dedicated search page allows you to filter by burial and death year, burial place, denomination and archive, making it quick and easy to find what you're looking for.
Did your family own a public house or live and work in an orchard? Land tax records could help you find out. New additions from Northam and Clovelly have been added to this collection.
In the records you'll find information on:
·        The land owner's and occupier's names
·        The year or year range that the events were recorded
·        The year the valuation took place
·        The sum of money paid on the property

This unique record collection is available through our ongoing partnerships with the Devon Record Office and the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office.
Hot off the press, we've released six brand new publications, including four from Northern Ireland:
·        People's Advocate and Monaghan, Fermanagh, and Tyrone News covering the years 1876-1905
·        North Down Herald and County Down Independent covering the years 1898-1929, 1931-1938
·        County Down Spectator and Ulster Standard covering the years 1904-1912
·        Fermanagh Herald covering the years 1903-1912
·        Acton Gazette covering the years 1886, 1918-1920, 1967-1980
·        Jewish Chronicle covering the year 1896

We've also added more coverage to a further three papers as follows:
·        Reading Evening Post - pages from 1966-1967 and 1977-1979 added
·        Staffordshire Sentinel - pages from 1920-1929 and 1942 added
·        Staines & Ashford News - pages from 1992 added

Our burgeoning global record collection has grown again with the release of two sets of vital records from the Central American nation of Honduras:

·        Honduras Baptism Index 1730-1930
·           Honduras Marriage Index 1800-1910
These collections, part of the International Genealogical Index, will help you track your ancestors if they settled in or hailed from Honduras.

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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