Saturday, May 11, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 5 to 11 May 2019

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

As of 11 May 2019, there were 2,485 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

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

-- Collections Deleted ---

Scotland Census, 1901   (; Index only, no images, DELETED 28 Apr 2019

--- Collections Added   ---

*  France, Vienne, Census, 1836    (; 3,362 indexed records with 3,362 record images, ADDED 10 May 2019

Pennsylvania, Berks County, Reading, Charles Evans Cemetery and Crematory Burial Records, 1887-1979     (; Index only, no images, ADDED 1 Jan 1970

Utah, World War I Army Servicemen Records Abstracts, 1914-1918  (; 18,884 indexed records with 18,884 record images, ADDED 8 May 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

Australia, South Australia, Will and Probate Records    (; 48,290 indexed records with 47,080 record images (was 45,061 records with 43,926 images), Updated 7 May 2019

England and Wales Census, 1901  (; 34,138,955 indexed records with 34,138,955 record images (was 34,138,955 records with 34,138,955 images), Updated 4 May 2019

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 191,136 indexed records with 5,040 record images (was 187,811 records with 2,343 images), Updated 8 May 2019

Denmark Census, 1845    (; 1,671,252 indexed records with 61,743 record images (was 1,671,252 records with 61,743 images), Updated 10 May 2019

New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947       (; 501,128 indexed records with 500,776 record images (was 501,128 records with 1,020,845 images), Updated 7 May 2019

Oregon, Yamhill County Records, 1857-1963       (; 7,257 indexed records with 96,736 record images (was 7,175 records with 96,736 images), Updated 7 May 2019

Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920      (; 1,760,721 indexed records with 864,976 record images (was 1,760,711 records with 864,976 images), Updated 7 May 2019

Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007   (; 163,674 indexed records with 64,268 record images (was 163,674 records with 64,268 images), Updated 10 May 2019

New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973   (; 7,348,986 indexed records with 296,065 record images (was 7,348,986 records with 296,065 images), Updated 8 May 2019

England and Wales Census, 1911  (; 36,354,828 indexed records with 36,354,828 record images (was 36,354,828 records with 36,354,828 images), Updated 6 May 2019

Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936     (; 19,912,433 indexed records with 3,007,818 record images (was 19,463,413 records with 3,007,818 images), Updated 9 May 2019

New York State Census, 1905     (; 7,673,916 indexed records with 111,177 record images (was 7,704,472 records with 111,177 images), Updated 6 May 2019

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,153,324 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,324 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 10 May 2019

England and Wales Census, 1891  (; 29,048,399 indexed records with 1,281,665 record images (was 29,048,399 records with 1,281,665 images), Updated 8 May 2019

Washington, World War I Veteran's Compensation Fund Application Records, 1921-1925      (; 28,608 indexed records with 29,408 record images (was 28,350 records with 29,154 images), Updated 9 May 2019

Spain, Soldier Personal Service Files, 1835-1940        (; 14,937 indexed records with 413,569 record images (was 14,937 records with 364,919 images), Updated 7 May 2019

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Board of Health Birth Return Records, 1908-1911     (; 9,198 indexed records with 9,090 record images (was 79 records with 79 images), Updated 6 May 2019

Ohio, World War I Statement of Service Cards, 1914-1919 (; 31,845 indexed records with 31,774 record images (was 30,425 records with 30,357 images), Updated 8 May 2019

New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998   (; 384,627 indexed records with 5,946,421 record images (was 384,627 records with 5,946,421 images), Updated 8 May 2019

United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012        (; 6,595,649 indexed records with 539,878 record images (was 6,221,269 records with 539,878 images), Updated 10 May 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

California, Los Angeles County, North Hollywood, Pierce Brothers Memorial Park Cemetery, Memorial Tablets, 1943-1980    (; 52,136 indexed records with 50,136 record images (was 38,571 records with 37,213 images),  29 Apr 2019

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 318,510 indexed records with 19,900 record images (was 277,324 records with 15,832 images),  2 Feb 2019

Peru, Cemetery Records, 1912-2013       (; 29,839 indexed records with 1,307 record images (was 28,693 records with 1,245 images),  22 Apr 2019

Hawaii, Hansen's Disease Records, Kalaupapa Vital Records Card Index, 1928-1947 (; 7,606 indexed records with 7,772 record images (was 3,601 records with 3,995 images),  29 Apr 2019

South Carolina, Colleton County Marriage Licenses, 1911-1951    (; 4,503 indexed records with 4,290 record images (was 2,892 records with 2,753 images),  22 Apr 2019

--- Collections with new records ---

United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (; 33,205 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 24,389 records with 707,724 images),  23 Apr 2019

Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877   (; 30,534 indexed records with 35,026 record images (was 12,052 records with 35,026 images),  26 Jun 2015

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 3,546,080 indexed records with 8,035,252 record images (was 3,503,524 records with 8,035,252 images),  14 Mar 2019

France, Marriages, 1546-1924    (; Index only (3 records), no images (was 2 records with 0 images),  5 Nov 2013

Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984    (; 558,107 indexed records with 20,274,621 record images (was 555,046 records with 20,274,621 images),  30 Nov 2016

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Cemetery Records, 1897-2012       (; 70,591 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 17,488 records with 150,972 images),  6 Dec 2013

--- Collections with records removed ---

Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898  (; Index only (36,870,759 records), no images (was 36,965,540 records with 0 images),  15 May 2018

Germany Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958   (; Index only (3,248,052 records), no images (was 3,259,720 records with 0 images),  18 Sep 2015

World Miscellaneous Marriages, 1662-1945        (; Index only (30,101 records), no images (was 30,349 records with 0 images),  11 Apr 2012

Germany Marriages, 1558-1929    (; Index only (8,385,335 records), no images (was 8,390,395 records with 0 images),  18 Sep 2015

World Miscellaneous Births and Baptisms, 1534-1983      (; Index only (485,689 records), no images (was 525,475 records with 0 images),  27 Feb 2013

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,806 records), no images (was 875,610,817 records with 0 images),  17 Jun 2015

Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002        (; Index only (4,267,593 records), no images (was 4,267,594 records with 0 images),  6 May 2014

France, Births and Baptisms, 1546-1896  (; Index only (5,343,894 records), no images (was 5,348,491 records with 0 images),  5 Mar 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.

I note that there are 14 ADDED collections in the list above, and 1 removed, for a total of 10 added.  However, the FamilySearch web page shows only 7 added since last week's post.  It looks like some of the ADDED collections on last week's list are on this week's list.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Tell a Story About Your Mother

It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the United States, so let's celebrate that!

2)  Tell us a story about your mother's life - what did she do during her days while you were growing up?  Did she work outside the home?  Did she volunteer for a school or organization?  What hobbies or interests did she have?  It can be any time in your childhood and school years.

3)  Write your own blog post about it, or write a comment on this post, or write a Facebook post.  

Here's mine:

My mother didn't work outside the home while I was a child or a teenager (the 1950s and early 60s).  My parents were very traditional - my father worked for a salary as a Prudential life insurance agent, and my mother worked in the home doing the shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, beautifying, tending to her husband and three boys, etc.  The housework always seemed to get done with a minimum of fuss and, considering how rambunctious the four males in the house were, managed to keep us and the house presentable.  I know that she worked her butt off to make this happen.

In the 1950s, we had a stove, a sink, a refrigerator but no freezer (I remember an icebox down in the garage for ice), and a washing machine in the kitchen.  We lived in an upstairs apartment in San Diego (18 steps up as I recall) with enclosed front steps and open back steps off a small landing.  The laundry was hung on a line to dry off the back porch.  The one bathroom had a bathtub (no shower until about 1965), a sink, and a toilet (for all 5 of us - did I mention four males?).

My mother kept us dressed, cleaned, fed, taught, disciplined and loved.  She enjoyed seeing us excel in school and in sports, and kept on top of our homework and commitments.  We spent a lot of time outside on the block and in the nearby park, which gave her the time to do her jobs.  The four males in her life didn't help a whole lot with her tasks, as I recall.  

She learned to cook what my father liked - fried egg sandwiches, vermicelli on eggs and toast, and a number of other special dishes.  Breakfast was usually cereal and milk, with pancakes, eggs and bacon on the weekends.  Lunches were baloney or peanut butter sandwiches with cookies and fruit.  Dinners were meat (chops, ham, chicken, ground beef, hot dogs), mashed potatoes, and vegetables, with dessert (ice cream, cake, pie).  We always had fruit, cookies and crackers in the house for snacks. 

Mom went shopping almost every day because we didn't have a freezer and the food didn't have a lot of preservatives to keep it fresh.  For years we had milk delivered by a milkman on the doorstep in the morning.  She walked to the store, and carried the groceries home in a bag or basket.  The Piggly Wiggly two blocks away was the preferred store until it closed and the Safeway was built across the street kitty-corner from our block.

Mom never learned how to drive a car, so we only had one car and my father drove it for his work.  She would take the bus downtown or up to North Park to the department stores and specialty shops.

We either walked to school or rode our bikes (it was 8 blocks away).  Mom volunteered at the school with artwork for projects and assemblies.  She must have walked to and from the school.

My mother was an artist.  In the early 1950s, after Stan and I started in school, she would get picked up once a month by my father's cousin, Dorothy, and they would go off and paint scenery with watercolors.  She bought a kiln, and started doing copper enamel wall pieces.  The kiln was in the sun room where she would work and enjoy her art interest.  Then my brother Scott was born in 1955, and the baby took our bedroom, and Stan and I moved into the sun room, and the kiln went into garage storage until the late 1960s.  After Stan went into the Air Force and I moved out into an apartment in the late 1960s, the kiln came back to the sun room and she was able to create art gallery quality copper enamel pieces.  

Youth baseball was a great thing for my mother.  Little League started in 1956, and my father managed teams up until about 1973.  I never played, but my two brothers played Little League (age 8-12), Pony League (13-14) and Colt League (15-16).  Dad took us to the ball field for practice and league games in the spring and early summer, and that left Mom some free time to read, do some artwork.  She came to some of the games, helped in the concession stand, and was always encouraging to her sons and their teammates.  

She had several friends in the neighborhood.  In addition to the ladies who rented the five Carringer-owned apartments on the block, there were several ladies within walking distance that she visited on a regular basis.  They drank coffee and had snacks, and perhaps some wine, and chatted about their children, and spouses.  After Stan and I became teenagers, and Scott started school, she started having a little sherry in the afternoon to relax and relieve stress, but she had to sneak the bottle in because my father was vehemently against drinking alcohol.  We all knew about it.

All in all, my mother was a classic 1950s mom - taking care of her children and her husband, getting the necessary tasks done efficiently, and finding some time to nurture herself and her interests.  She was a wonderful mother!!!


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Surname Saturday -- LUMPKIN (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 #2295 who is Thomasine LUMPKIN (1625-1709). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through two generations in this LUMPKIN 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)

1146.  Samuel Treat (1648-1717)

1147.  Elizabeth Mayo (1653-1696)

2294.  Samuel Mayo, born 1620 in Essex, England; died 1663 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4588. John Mayo and 4589. Thomasine LNU.  He married 1643 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.
2295.  Thomasine Lumpkin, born 1625 in England; died 16 June 1709 in Harwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Samuel Mayo and Thomasine Lumpkin are:
*  Mary Mayo (1650-1711), married 1664 Jonathan Bangs (1640-1728).
*  Hannah Mayo (1650-1671).
*  John Mayo (1652-1726), married 1681 Hannah Freeman (1664-1744).
Elizabeth Mayo (1653-1696), married 1674 Samuel Treat (1648-1717)
*  Mercy Mayo (1654-1665).
*  Joseph Mayo (1655-1712), married 1679 Sarah Short (1660-1710).
*  Nathaniel Mayo (1658-1709), married 1678 Elizabeth Wixam (1660-1699).
*  Samuel Mayo (1660-1668).
*  Sarah Mayo (1660-1742), married 1681 Edmund Freeman (1655-1720).
*  Mercy Mayo (1665-1748), married 1684 Samuel Sears (1664-1742).

4590.  William Lumpkin, born about 1600 in England; died before 29 January 1671 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  He married before 1623 in England.
4591.  Thomasine Constable, born about 1602 in England; died 26 February 1682 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of William Lumpkin and Thomasine Constable are:
*  Hannah Lumpkin (1623-1676), married 1643 John Gray (1613-1674).
Thomasine Lumpkin (1625-1709), married (1) 1643 Samuel Mayo (1620-1663); (2) 1665 John Sunderlin (1618-1703).
*  Anne Lumpkin (1628-1676), married 1647 William Eldred (1622-1679).

Information about the Lumpkin family was obtained from several derivative source books about the family and collateral families.  There is a will in Plymouth Colony records for William Lumpkin that names his children and their spouses in 1668. 

I have done no original research for this Lumpkin family.


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Friday, May 10, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 10 May 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

BIG NEWS! Family History Library to Add Sunday and Longer Monday Hours to Schedule

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

Friday Finds 10 May 2019

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 14 May, 11 a.m. PDT: Advanced Features on, by Mike Stangel

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 15 May, 5:15 a.m. PDT: Genealogy Pit Stop: Research in 15 Minute Increments, by Thomas MacEntee

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 15 May, 7:30 a.m. PDT:  City Directories: No Town Too Small, No Clue Too Little, by Thomas MacEntee

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  (German) Auswanderung aus Deutschland in die weite Welt - Ursachen, Umstände und Zeugnisse (German), by Andrea Bentschneider

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  
Formatting Your Family History Book for Print, by Lisa Alzo

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #69: A Key Photograph Clue

*  Generations Cafe Podcast:  Episode 28 - Using Mortality Schedules

5)  Genealogy Videos:

*  Boundless Genealogy YouTube:  Family History Clues in a Will | Inheritance & Probate

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  What's New with GEDCOM X? - RootsTech Announcements

*  Genealogy TV YouTube:  Dreams Come True for Genealogy TV

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  GenFriends-Heros and Heroines

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, May 10,  2019

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 7 May 2019?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 10 May 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:



New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are over 526,000 new records and newspapers available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books, 1890 – 1921

Explore lineage books consisting of information submitted by tens of thousands of individuals with connections to Revolutionary War patriots. First formed in 1890 in Washington DC, The Daughters of the American Revolution is dedicated to the preservation of American Revolutionary War genealogies. This database, containing over 57,000 references to Revolutionary War ancestors and their descendants, will reveal birth years, relative's names, family lineages and descriptions of American revolutionaries. Some records may even include a photo or sketch of a veteran or member.
The DAR acknowledges those who signed the Declaration of Independence, veterans of the Revolutionary War, civil servants of the provisional or State governments, signers of the Oath of Allegiance or Oath of Fidelity and Support, participants in the Boston Tea Party, prisoners of war, refugees, doctors and nurses, as well as others who assisted the Revolutionary cause.

Scotland, Wigtownshire & Minnigaff Parish Lists 1684

Search for your Scottish ancestors in parish lists containing over 53,000 names. First published in 1916 by the Scottish records society, the lists consist of "nominal Rolls of all persons, male or female, over the age of 12 years, resident within their respective parishes - grouped according to their residences, farms and house-holds, and specially indicating such as were "irregular," that is non-conforming".

Philadelphia Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

Over 53,000 new records have been added to our exclusive collection of Philadelphia Catholic Baptisms. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original register entry that will reveal a combination of your ancestor's birth date, baptism date, baptism place, residence and parent's names.
Additional information that you may find from the images include place of birth, sponsors, minister who performed the ceremony, and notice of marriage. Catholic priests were charged with noting all vital events of their parishioners. If, for instance, a parishioner married outside her home parish, the priest who performed the marriage would contact her priest to confirm she was baptised and to share the details of her marriage, hence the marriage notice in the baptism register.

Philadelphia Roman Catholic Parish Marriages

Over 30,000 new additions are now available to search. Spanning the years 1800 to 1917, each new record includes a transcript and an image of the original sacramental register that will reveal a combination of the couple's names, birth years, marital status and parents' names as well as the date and location of their wedding.
Additional information that you may find from the images includes dates and locations of the couples' baptisms. Catholic priests were charged with keeping records of such vital events for their parishioners. This means that on a baptism record, for example, a later marriage would be noted as well. If the image attached to your ancestor's transcript is actually from a baptism register, this explains why. If a spouse's name was not transcribed, be sure to check the image, as the name was likely included on the original register.

Lincolnshire Parish Records

Over 266,000 additional records have recently been added to our collections of Lincolnshire parish baptisms, banns, marriages and burials.
Including images of original registers held at the Lincolnshire Archives dating back to the early 1500s, these records are an excellent resource for uncovering previous generations and tracing your roots beyond the start of Civil Registration in 1837.

British & Irish Newspaper Update

This week we have added 108,044 new pages to The Archive. We are delighted to welcome three brand new publications to our collection. For those with an interest in economic history we have added the Course of the Exchange, which is a record of various financial data such as stocks, shares and bonds across the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For this specialist journal we have published the years 1825 to 1908, with 8,455 issues now available to search.
Also joining us this week are two further regional publications, Herefordshire title the Kington Times, and Somerset title the Bridgewater Journal. We have also updated three of our London titles, including the Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald, as well as adding further issues of the Irish Independent and the Crawley News.

International Records Update – Grenada

Explore your Caribbean heritage with over 30,000 birth and baptism records from Grenada. Saint Andrew, Saint David, Prospect Hill, Carriacon, and Grand Bay are a sample of the places represented in this collection. The index was created as part of the International Genealogical Index.

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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