Saturday, April 27, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 21 to 27 April 2019

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

As of 27 April 2019, there were 2,476 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 7 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added ---

*  New York, New York, Department of Health, Manhattan Birth Index Cards, 1866-189(; 14,365 indexed records with 14,365 record images, ADDED 22 Apr 2019

*  Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919     (; 277,245 indexed records with 277,245 record images, ADDED 25 Apr 2019

*  Wyoming, Reclaim the Records, State Archives Vital Records, 1908-1966   (; 297,595 indexed records with 297,595 record images, ADDED 23 Apr 2019

*  Utah, World War I Service Questionnaires, 1914-1918     (; 6,496 indexed records with 6,496 record images, ADDED 22 Apr 2019

*  Pennsylvania, Carbon County, Jim Thorpe, Cemetery Records, 1747-2007    (; 17,406 indexed records with 17,406 record images, ADDED 22 Apr 2019

*  United States, GenealogyBank Marriages, 1815-2011       (; 16,335 indexed records with 16,335 record images, ADDED 22 Apr 2019

*  Utah, World War I County Draft Board Registers, Name Index, 1917-1918   (; 137,805 indexed records with 137,805 record images, ADDED 23 Apr 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Peru, Ɓncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005     (; 824,466 indexed records with 903,067 record images (was 628,688 records with 903,067 images), Updated 26 Apr 2019

*  New York, Staten Island, Moravian Cemetery, Interment Records, 1866-1967        (; 26,881 indexed records with 1,798 record images (was 0 records with 2,606 images), Updated 22 Apr 2019

*  Peru, Cemetery Records, 1912-2013       (; 24,548 indexed records with 1,062 record images (was 0 records with 4,688 images), Updated 22 Apr 2019

*  South Carolina, Colleton County Marriage Licenses, 1911-1951    (; 1,348 indexed records with 1,286 record images (was 0 records with 230 images), Updated 22 Apr 2019

*  California, Los Gatos, Los Gatos Memorial Park Cemetery Card Index to Burials, 1889-1989        (; 14,526 indexed records with 14,329 record images (was 0 records with 47 images), Updated 22 Apr 2019

*  Georgia Deaths, 1928-1942       (; 553,236 indexed records with 479,987 record images (was 551,726 records with 479,987 images), Updated 25 Apr 2019

*  United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (; 9,530 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 0 records with 707,724 images), Updated 23 Apr 2019

*  England and Wales Census, 1871  (; 22,939,134 indexed records with 1,281,291 record images (was 22,939,134 records with 1,281,291 images), Updated 26 Apr 2019

*  North Carolina, County Divorce Records, 1926-1975       (; 20,027 indexed records with 2,773 record images (was 19,840 records with 2,687 images), Updated 23 Apr 2019

*  Virginia, Petersburg, Gillfield Baptist Church Record, 1827-1906        (; 15,330 indexed records with 547 record images (was 15,162 records with 546 images), Updated 22 Apr 2019

*  Missouri Births, 1817-1939      (; Index only (136,466 records), no images (was 130,075 records with 0 images), Updated 24 Apr 2019

*  Florida, World War I Navy Card Roster, 1917-1920        (; 5,950 indexed records with 5,941 record images (was 5,813 records with 5,804 images), Updated 25 Apr 2019

*  Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925   (; 1,533,863 indexed records with 116,995 record images (was 1,533,863 records with 116,995 images), Updated 26 Apr 2019

*  Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 3,337,329 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 3,337,329 records with 12,555,984 images), Updated 22 Apr 2019

*  United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,153,325 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,325 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 26 Apr 2019

*  Montana, Granite County Records, 1865-2009      (; 7,704 indexed records with 108,688 record images (was 7,691 records with 108,688 images), Updated 22 Apr 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 22 Apr 2019

*  France, Calvados, Military Registration Cards, 1867-1921        (; 99,145 indexed records with 90,850 record images (was 95,494 records with 86,175 images), Updated 26 Apr 2019

*  Italy, Pesaro e Urbino, Urbino, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1866-1942   (; 123,874 indexed records with 709,381 record images (was 118,183 records with 709,381 images), Updated 23 Apr 2019

*  Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 (; 763,146 indexed records with 2,513,517 record images (was 763,146 records with 2,513,872 images), Updated 26 Apr 2019

*  New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981 (; 486,930 indexed records with 22,680 record images (was 475,556 records with 22,165 images), Updated 25 Apr 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

*  England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 220,557 indexed records with 9,467 record images (was 124,082 records with 474 images),  2 Feb 2019

*  Hawaii, Hansen's Disease Records, Kalaupapa Vital Records Card Index, 1928-1947(; 191 indexed records with 149 record images (was 21 records with 15 images),  1 Jan 1970

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

*  Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940   (; 409,185 indexed records with 15,936 record images (was 409,185 records with 15,686 images),  17 Apr 2019

*  French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 55,916 indexed records with 9,903 record images (was 55,916 records with 0 images),  16 Apr 2019

*  New Jersey, Bride Index, 1930-1938      (; 241,227 indexed records with 3,168 record images (was 241,227 records with 3,105 images),  7 Sep 2018

--- Collections with images removed ---

*  Italy, Salerno, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1949   (; 29,500 indexed records with 5,922,834 record images (was 29,500 records with 5,930,229 images),  25 Jan 2019

*  Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (; 1,678,119 indexed records with 1,676,689 record images (was 1,678,119 records with 1,676,692 images),  16 Mar 2019

*  North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 5,396,464 indexed records with 573 record images (was 5,374,446 records with 5,396,425 images),  26 Mar 2019

*  Iowa, Birth Records, 1921-1942  (; 743,113 indexed records with 728,544 record images (was 743,113 records with 728,600 images),  28 Mar 2019

--- Collections with new records ---

*  Peru, Tacna, Civil Registration, 1850-1998      (; 1,618 indexed records with 253,910 record images (was 1,557 records with 253,910 images),  28 May 2015

*  Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877   (; 8,202 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 0 records with 27,717 images),  26 Jun 2015

*  Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974       (; 1,875,638 indexed records with 1,875,638 record images (was 1,871,558 records with 1,875,638 images),  21 Nov 2018

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

*  Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930      (; 42,317 indexed records with 1,276 record images (was 2,975 records with 1,276 images),  25 Nov 2015

*  Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984    (; 548,635 indexed records with 20,274,621 record images (was 537,922 records with 20,274,621 images),  30 Nov 2016

*  Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001     (; 1,230,389 indexed records with 367,790 record images (was 1,220,739 records with 367,790 images),  9 Nov 2018

*  Wales, Marriage Bonds, 1650-1900        (; Index only (140,792 records), no images (was 140,765 records with 0 images),  31 Jan 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.

Copyright (c) 2019, Randall J. Seaver

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Family Home Movies and Videotape

It's Saturday Night, 

time for more Genealogy Fun!!

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

1)  What home movies and/or videotapes of your families do you have - either passed down from earlier generations, or your own?

2)  What have you done with them?  Are they still on reels, or have they been digitized?  Have you put them on a website, or in the cloud?  

3)  If you haven't, what do you plan to do with them?  Will you digitize them?  Who will you pass them on to?
4)  Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

Here's mine:

1)  What I have:  I have about 100 home movies in my collection - about 70 from my grandfather Lyle Carringer from the 1940s to about 1960; about 8 from my father from the 1960s;  about 20 of our family from the 1970s and early 1980s.

I also have a videotape collection of family videos from the Massachusetts Seaver families from the 1940s to 1970s, and some of our family from the 1980s.  However, I cannot find this collection.  I need to search some more.

2)  What I've done:  Our movie projector and VHS player failed many years ago (perhaps around 2000?) and we did not replace them.  I did number and caption the home movies on a sheet of paper and stickie notes on the movie reels.

At RootsTech 2018, I bought a Forever box ( and in late February 2019 I selected 23 home movies (the "best ones" hopefully) and filled out the paper work.  The box came in the mail with FedEx with directions and a mailing label to send it back, and I faithfully followed directions and sent it back on 1 March 2019.  All I had to do was select the movies, put a number sticker on them, make a list of the numbers and desired captions, put them in the box along with my order form, and take it to Fedex.  

The Forever box got to Green Bay, Wisconsin by 5 March, and they sent it back on 5 April, and I got it from the FedEx truck on 11 April.  All of the movies were there, along with two DVDs and a USB drive that each had all 23 MP4 files on them.  The cost for all of this was about $330 (east 50 foot reel is $15, the DVDs cost a bit also, and there was a discount offer).

Finally, last Saturday, 21 April I had some free time and I watched all of them (they are each about 3 minutes long).  That was the most fun I've had in a long time.  Laughing, crying, trying to remember, and seeing my people moving and interacting with me and with each other.  What a precious gift.  Well worth the money.

I uploaded two of the movies to my YouTube channel.  The two I selected were my parents wedding in 1942 (Reel 21) and our wedding in 1970 (Reel 01).  

While I watched the movies on my computer, I made some screen captures of certain scenes of interest and saved them.  I need to make more of those, and then crop the images to just the movie frame.  The most precious one I did was my 91 year-old great-grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer, playing with me on my first birthday on his lap in October 1944.  I had never seen his smile!  It's beautiful!

3)  Plans?  Needless to say, I will upload more of the movies to YouTube, but probably not all of them, in the near future.

I am debating whether to buy another Forever box for at least one more batch of the home movies - my heart says YES!!!  If I find my videotapes, then I will do another Forever box for those too.

My plan is to use software to add a voice track to the silent movies and load them back on the YouTube channel, and also to the DVDs and USB drive for posterity.  I need to find a cloud home for all of them also.  

I will pass them on to my two daughters and five grandchildren on the DVDs and the cloud storage.  Hopefully they will enjoy seeing their mothers as babies and children, not to mention me and my brothers as babies and children.

4)  I did - now it's your turn!


Copyright (c) 2019, Randall J. Seaver

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Surname Saturday -- HOBART (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 #2291 who is Elizabeth HOBART (1612-1660). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through two generations in this HOBART 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)

286.  Jabez Snow (1697-1760)

287.  Elizabeth Paine (1702-1772)

572.  Jabez Snow (1670-1750)
573.  Elizabeth Treat (1676-1755)

1144. Jabez Snow (1642-1690)
1145.  Elizabeth Smith (1648-1733)

2290.  Ralph Smith, born before 06 April 1612 in Hingham, Norfolk, England; died 27 October 1685 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  He married before 1640 in probably Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.
2291.  Elizabeth Hobart, born 1612 in Hingham, Norfolk, England; died before 1660 in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Ralph Smith and Elizabeth Hobart are:
*  Samuel Smith (1641-1696), married 1666 Mary Hopkins (1640-1700).
*  John Smith (1644-1692), married 1667 Hannah Williams (1644-1718).
*  Daniel Smith (1647-1716), married 1677 Mary Young (1658-1719).
Elizabeth Smith (1648-1733), married (1) 1670 Jabez Snow (1642-1690); (2) 1691 William Merrick (1643-1732)
*  Thomas Smith (1651-????).
*  Deborah Smith (1653-????).

4582.  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 9164. Thomas Hobart and 9165. Hellena Winsofer.  He married 07 September 1600 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.
4583.  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 Ibrook (1622-1700).
*  Sarah Hobart (1617-1674).

Information about the Hobart family was obtained from:

*  Robert Charles Anderson (editor), The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 (Boston, Mass. : NEHGS, 1995, Volume II, pages 958-960, Edmund Hobart sketch.

I have done no original research for this Hobart family.


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Friday, April 26, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 26 April 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

Ancestry’s IPO Talk Shows How Consumer DNA Testing Has Matured

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

Friday Finds 26 April 2019

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 30 April 7 p.m. PDT:  English Parish Records: More than Hatch, Match and Dispatch, by Helen V. Smith

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 1 May 11 a.m. PDT:  How to Use Autosomal DNA to Resolve Historical Paternity Cases, by Ugo Perego

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Comparing the Genealogy Giants:, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage 2019 edition, by Sunny Morton

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  How I Built My Own Brick Wall,by Rebecca Whitford Koford

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Finding Your 17th Century Ancestors in England, by Paul Milner

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  England’s Quarter Sessions Records, by Paul Milner

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Making Sense of the English Census, by Paul Milner

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #65 - Marking Your Pictures

*  The Photo Detective Podcast:  Episode 38: The Last Muster Journey

5)  Genealogy Education - Video:

*  23andMe YouTube:  DNA Day Videos (many)

MyHeritage YouTube:  DNA Day Videos (many)

*  Boundless Genealogy YouTube:  Genealogy Brick Wall Bertha Case Study: Step 1

*  The BYU Family History Library Library YouTube:  The Knowles Collection- Todd Knowles

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Family Activities to Involve Children in Family History

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 23 April 2019?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 26 April 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are over 700,000 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Queensland Soldier Portraits, 1914-1918

Come face to face with your Australian military ancestor in this collection of over 24,000 photographic portraits from the First World War. Each result is provided with a link to view a portrait of your ancestor in his military uniform published in The Queenslander newspaper between 1914 and 1918. Transcripts may also reveal your ancestor's service number and regiment.
All the portraits were taken by Talma Studios during the First World War. The studio set up a tent at a soldier's camp at Enoggera, Queensland and photographed members of the Expeditionary Force. Uniforms were provided for every soldier. In some cases, the soldier had yet to be fitted out. This meant every soldier appeared in uniform in the portraits. The portraits were also republished alongside reports of wounded or missing soldiers. Not every soldier from Queensland was photographed, but this collection does represent almost half of the Queensland soldiers.

Queensland, Hospital Registers

Explore over 58,000 assorted Queensland hospital records from hospitals across Queensland including Brisbane, Croydon, Dalby, Mackay, and Wallagarra. These records are a wonderful genealogy resource, and an essential search for anyone with Queensland ancestry.
The registers have been made available by the Queensland State Archives and some records have been transcribed by Judy Webster. The records include registers of patients diagnosed with consumption, admission and discharge registers, and quarantine records.

Scotland, Shetland Newspaper Marriage & Anniversary Notices 1872-2018

Search over 47,000 marriage and anniversary notices printed in the Shetland Times between 1872 and 2018. Newspapers can an incredible resource when tracing your family tree, they reveal the daily lives of our ancestors, allowing you to further understand an ancestor's place within their local community.
Established in 1872, The Shetland Times is a family-owned newspaper that is based and published in Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland.

Scotland Monumental Inscriptions

Almost 65,000 additional records covering Aberdeenshire, Caithness, Kincardineshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the Tay Valley area have been added to our collection of Scottish monumental inscriptions.
Monumental inscriptions are memorials placed on a person's grave or burial place. They vary in size and in how much is recorded about the person. Monumental inscriptions are an excellent resource for family historians because many record the names of other relatives such as a spouse, children or parents, as well as their birth and death dates.

International Records Update – Panama

Three new indexes containing just under half a million vital records from the Republic of Panama have recently joined our growing collections of international records.
These new additions consist of baptisms, marriages and deaths spanning the years 1750 to 1950 and will generate hints on Findmypast family trees.

British & Irish Newspapers

This week we have added over 112,300 new pages to the collection. We are delighted to see updates to over seventy of our existing titles, which cover locations across the British Isles and Ireland. As well as updating regional papers, there are updates to some of our specialist titles including sporting publication The Referee, and religious publication the Catholic Standard. Updates this week variously cover the years 1872, 1912 and 1959, with more extended additions joining the Fulham Chronicle.
We also have two brand new titles this week, London newspaper the Harrow Observer, and Nottinghamshire title the Mansfield and Sutton Recorder. The Harrow Observer has pages covering much of the twentieth century, whilst the Mansfield and Sutton Recorder covers the late twentieth century.
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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