Saturday, July 6, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 30 June to 6 July 2019

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

As of 6 July 2019, there were 2,521 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Oregon, Multnomah County, Poor Farm Admissions Records, 1900-1962       (; 18,060 indexed records with 18,060 record images, ADDED 5 Jul 2019

*  Sweden, Swedish Mission Emigration Records, 1905-1932   (; 1,200 indexed records with 1,200 record images, ADDED 3 Jul 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

*  England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 783,835 indexed records with 65,810 record images (was 711,245 records with 57,740 images), Updated 6 Jul 2019

*  Peru, Cemetery Records, 1912-2013       (; 56,023 indexed records with 2,202 record images (was 51,528 records with 2,087 images), Updated 6 Jul 2019

*  South Africa, Natal, Passenger Lists, 1860-1911 (; Browse 6,677 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 4,121 images), Updated 5 Jul 2019

*  New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903      (; 90,472 indexed records with 982 record images (was 77,553 records with 833 images), Updated 6 Jul 2019

*  North Dakota, Red River Valley Genealogical Society, Pioneer Files, 1880-1953   (; 5,520 indexed records with 920 record images (was 5,520 records with 920 images), Updated 1 Jul 2019

*  Michigan, Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, Committee on Civil War Grave Registration, Burial Records (; 45,461 indexed records with 25,974 record images (was 40,387 records with 22,970 images), Updated 5 Jul 2019

*  California, Oakland, Mountain View Cemetery Records, 1857-1973  (; 118,634 indexed records with 3,422 record images (was 67,248 records with 2,193 images), Updated 6 Jul 2019

*  Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio Cemetery Records, 1893-2007    (; 59,532 indexed records with 38,892 record images (was 59,460 records with 38,892 images), Updated 4 Jul 2019

*  United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (; 116,551 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 99,761 records with 707,724 images), Updated 6 Jul 2019

*  Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 4,589,503 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 4,432,295 records with 404,718 images), Updated 2 Jul 2019

*  Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877   (; 218,476 indexed records with 35,026 record images (was 217,953 records with 35,026 images), Updated 6 Jul 2019

*  Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 (; 2,317,376 indexed records with 4,039,657 record images (was 2,316,970 records with 4,039,657 images), Updated 3 Jul 2019

*  United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,153,320 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,320 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 5 Jul 2019

*  France, Vienne, Census, 1836    (; 3,362 indexed records with 4,320 record images (was 3,362 records with 3,867 images), Updated 3 Jul 2019

*  Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957  (; 147,317 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 138,889 records with 105,781 images), Updated 30 Jun 2019

*  Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940   (; 431,002 indexed records with 14,574 record images (was 409,185 records with 15,936 images), Updated 1 Jul 2019

*  Pennsylvania, Huntingdon County, Delayed Birth Records, 1800-1935       (; 4,876 indexed records with 4,846 record images (was 4,644 records with 4,614 images), Updated 3 Jul 2019

*  Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010        (; 686,539 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 663,823 records with 3,416,801 images), Updated 2 Jul 2019

*  Oregon, Multnomah County, Voting Registration Records, 1908-1958        (; 988,549 indexed records with 982,465 record images (was 988,539 records with 982,455 images), Updated 5 Jul 2019

*  Italy, Udine, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1815, 1871-1911  (; 503,203 indexed records with 1,262,279 record images (was 257,344 records with 1,262,279 images), Updated 3 Jul 2019

*  Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918        (; 57,963 indexed records with 21,950 record images (was 36,386 records with 21,950 images), Updated 6 Jul 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

*  North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 5,396,499 indexed records with 574 record images (was 5,396,499 records with 3 images),  5 Jun 2019

*  Iowa, Birth Records, 1921-1942  (; 743,126 indexed records with 741,019 record images (was 743,126 records with 740,963 images),  22 May 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

*  Arizona, Yavapai County, Pioneers' Home Resident Ledger and Index, 1911-2000    (; 2,834 indexed records with 401 record images (was 2,834 records with 406 images),  28 Jun 2019

*  Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974       (; 1,875,638 indexed records with 1,776 record images (was 1,875,638 records with 1,875,638 images),  21 Nov 2018

*  Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home,1890-1963     (; 1,448 indexed records with 1,381 record images (was 1,448 records with 1,398 images),  27 Jun 2018

--- Collections with new records ---

*  Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records, 1760, 1905-2013    (; 555,406 indexed records with 665,914 record images (was 555,342 records with 665,914 images),  11 Apr 2019

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,693 records), no images (was 875,610,700 records with 0 images),  17 Jun 2015

*  Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005        (; Index only (5,069,618 records), no images (was 5,069,619 records with 0 images),  6 Nov 2013

*  California Birth Index, 1905-1995       (; Index only (24,589,480 records), no images (was 24,589,482 records with 0 images),  1 Mar 2012

*  Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997    (; Index only (17,102,153 records), no images (was 17,102,154 records with 0 images),  17 Feb 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 - Ellen's Questions Part 2

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  Ellen Thompson-Jennings posted 20 questions on her blog last week - see 
Even More Questions About Your Ancestors and Maybe A Few About You (posted 27 June). 

2)  We will do these five at a time -
Questions 6 to 10 tonight (we did 1 through 5 last week)

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

Here's mine:

How many DNA companies have you tested with or transferred to? Have you tested at all the 5 major companies? 

I have tested with AncestryDNA (spit), 23andMe (swab), FamilyTreeDNA (swab), MyHeritage (transfer) and LivingDNA (transfer) and DNA.Land (transfer).  

I have also tested my Y-DNA at GeneBase and my mitochondrial DNA at FamilyTreeDNA.

7)  Do you have an ancestor that had a successful business? Is it still in business?  

I think the closest ancestor who had a business was my 2nd great-grandfather, Devier J. Smith (1839-1894), who had a livery business in McCook, Nebraska in the 1885 time frame.  He handed it to his son David D. Smith and it was sold when David moved to San Diego before 1900.

My 2nd great-grandfather David Auble (1817-1894) had a "boot and shoe business" in Newton, New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, and Terre Haute, Indiana from the 1840s until about 1892.  

My 4th great-grandfather, Philip Jacob Konig (1764-1829) owned a grist mill in York, Pennsylvania, and passed it to his heirs.

8)  How long ago was your last “genealogy/DNA happy dance?”

I call them "genea-gasms" but whatever.  It's been awhile, I'm afraid.  Perhaps the last one was discovering the parentage of 4th great-grandmother Catherine Ruth (1770-1813) last year.

9)  Did you ever discover that a friend was also a distant cousin?

Because of my extensive New England ancestry, I have discovered that many genealogy friends, some of whom I've met, are my distant cousins.  I know that I am a distant cousin of Pat Richley-Erickson, David Rencher, Dave Robison, Bill West, Heather Wilkinson Rojo, Jen Baldwin, Midge Frazel, and many more!  I chose the people who immediately came to mind, and I know I missed hundreds of others.  If I am your cousin, please tell me and i'll add your name to my list above (I really need to start a list in a chart, I think).

10)  Do you have a genealogy brick wall? Do you think you will be able to use DNA to work past it? 

My genea-cave is lined with brick walls!  I have hundreds of them.  Many of them are too far back in time (5th great-grandparents or earlier) for DNA to provide conclusive evidence.

I think I have solved one of them with DNA - the grandparents of my 2nd great-grandfather Devier J. Smith (1839-1894) who was adopted.  I have a 4th cousin Lanfear DNA match at MyHeritageDNA who is a descendant from Isaac and Rosannah (Laun) Lanfear of Lorraine, New York.  However, I don't know which child of Isaac and Rosina is the parent of Devier!

I hope to find a Newton or Brigham DNA match in Massachusetts that might lead me to the father of my 2nd great-grandmother, Sophia (Newton) Hildreth (1834-1923).  I have had no luck yet with that one.

I hope to find a Knapp DNA match in Connecticut or New York that might lead me to the father of my 3rd great-grandfather William Knapp (1775-1856) of Dutchess County, New York, but have had no luck there to date.  

I have several DNA matches in Wiltshire for my Richman and Marshman lines that do not have my 3rd great-grandparents John Richman (1788-1867) and Ann Marshman (1784-1856) in the directl ine, so I hope to identify their parents sometime soon.  


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Surname Saturday -- PIN (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 #2317 who is Katherine PIN (1611-1695). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this PIN 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)

18.  Edward Hildreth (1831-1899)
19.  Sophia Newton (1834-1923)

36.  Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857)
37.  Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)

72.  Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829)
73.  Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793)

144.  Zachariah Hildreth (1724-1784)
145.  Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812)

288.  James Hildreth (1698-1761)
289.  Dorothy Prescott (1702-1774)

578.  Samuel Prescott (1674-1758)
579.  Esther Wheeler (1678-1756)

1158:  John Wheeler (1643-1713)

1159.  Sarah Larkin (1648-1725)

2316.  George Wheeler, born before 23 March 1606 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England; died 02 June 1687 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4632. Thomas Wheeler.  He married 08 June 1630 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England.
2317.  Katherine Pin, born about 1611 in England; died 02 January 1685 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of George Wheeler and Katherine Pin are:

*  William Wheeler (1631-1683), married 1659 Hannah Buss (1642-1693).
*  Thomas Wheeler (1633-1686), 1657 Hannah Harwood 1632-1707).
*  Elizabeth Wheeler (1636-1704), married 1656 Francis Fletcher (1630-1704)
*  Sarah Wheeler (1640-1713), married 1665 Francis dudley (1638-1702).
John Wheeler (1643-1713), married 1663 Sarah Larkin (1648-1725).
*  Mary Wheeler (1645-1679), married 1665 Eliphalet Fox (1644-1711).
*  Ruth Wheeler (1647-1703), married 1665 Samuel Hartwell (1645-1725).
*  Hannah Wheeler (1649-1697), married 1672 Samuel Fletcher (1652-1723).

The ancestry of George Wheeler's wife, Katherine Pin or Penn, is not positively known.  Some online family trees claim her parents were Henry and Catherine (Hull) Penn, married in Buckinghamshire in 1612.

The family and biography of George Wheeler has been extensively researched by:

*  M. Wheeler Molyneaux, The Wheeler Family of Cranfield, England and Concord, Massachusetts and Some Descendants of Sgt. Thomas Wheeler of Concord (Long Beach, Calif. : the author, 1992)

John Brooks Threlfall, 50 Great Migration Colonists in New England and Their Origins (Madison, Wis. : the author, 1990)

Dean Crawford Smith, edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908; Part III: The Ancestry of Henry Clay Bartlett, 1832-1892 (Boston : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004)

I have done no original research for this Pin/Penn family.


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Friday, July 5, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 5 July 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

FREE ACCESS at Fold3 to Revolutionary War Records

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 9 July, 11 a.m. PDT:  How to Better Manage Your MyHeritage Family Site, by Daniel Horowitz

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 10 July, 11 a.m. PDT:   (Dutch) Indische roots onderzoeken met behulp van MyHeritage DNA (Dutch), by Martin Fornerod

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 10 July, 5 o.m. PDT:  Prince Edward Island Repositories and Records, by Melanie McComb

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Remedies for Copy & Paste Genealogy, by Cyndi Ingle

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Evaluating Shared DNA, by Paul Woodbury

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tracing a World War One Soldier from US to Europe and Back Again, by Craig R. Scott

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #85:  Community Celebrations

*  The Photo Detective Podcast:  Episode 46: Benson Lossing – Revolutionary Traveler

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Family Tree Live - DNA Lectures:  An Introduction to Y-DNA SNPs & SNP Testing (Graham Holton)

*  Family Tree Live - DNA Lectures:  Cheddar Man & the Origins of the British (Tom Booth)

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains Friday, July 5,  2019

7)  DNA Success Stories:

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


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

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New records available to search this Findmypast Friday

Explore your early American roots this weekend with a selection of new additions, including:
Explore six fascinating 19th century publications that record then names and details of British Army Officers serving in America prior to and during the Revolutionary War. These lists will allow you to discover your ancestor's rank, regiment and details surrounding their service history. Each record is available in a PDF format.
Explore this 1856 publication which, in its own words, is a 'A Collection of Upwards Of Thirty Thousand Names Of German, Swiss, Dutch, French And Other Immigrants In Pennsylvania From 1727 To 1776: With A Statement Of The Names Of Ships, Whence They Sailed, And The Date Of Their Arrival At Philadelphia, Chronology.'
As well as names, these records may also provide you with historical and biographical notes. The prefece went on to add that 'present descendants of the early German, Swiss and French immigrants, now numbering millions living in Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Virginia, and in the Western States, will be enabled, if they procure this publication, to ascertain the time of their ancestors' arrival and other facts of value to most of them.'
Did your ancestor arrive in Pennsylvania between 1727 and 1775 or between 1786 and 1808? This records hold the names of thousands of male immigrants who were required to take an oath of allegiance to the British Crown and the Province of Pennsylvania as well as immigration lists between 1786 and 1808. Within these pages you will find your ancestor's name, the ship they arrived on, there and arrival ports, and arrival date. Names are organised by vessel.
All males over sixteen years of age were obliged to take this oath and declaration, as soon as after arrival as possible. The lists of foreigners arriving after 1786 including the names of wives and children. The full oath can actually be found on image number 9. An index to surnames begins on image number 675.
One new publication, The CIV and the War - Illustrated Souvenir of the City of London Imperial Volunteers, has been added to the collection. As quoted at the beginning of the publication, 'The history of the City of London Imperial Volunteers for service in South Africa is of a very interesting character and well illustrates the loyal feeling that always animates the Corporation and the citizens in times of emergency.'
This week we have added 132,230 brand new pages to the collection. We are delighted to welcome over 100,000 pages to our specialist country pursuits publication Field, which covers an array of topics, such as farming, fishing and country house management. It is a wonderful window into the world of the Victorian country gentleman, and we now have 2,348 issues available to search. We have also added new pages to two of our Staffordshire titles – the Walsall Observer, and South Staffordshire Chronicle and the Staffordshire Sentinel. These new pages cover the late 1890s and early 1900s,
Three indexes of Austrian births, baptisms, marriages and burials are now available to search. These indexes contain more than 165,000 names and cover nearly three centuries of the country's history between 1651 and 1940 and will automatically generate hints against any names stored in your Findmypast family tree.

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 285: #483 Anna (Beck) Van Vorst (1704-before 1749) of Schenectady, New York

Anna (Beck) Van Vorst ( (1704- before 1749) is #483 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married  #482 Jacobus Jillise Van Vorst (1703-1797)  in 1728 in Albany, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #241 Anna Van Vorst (1732-1789) married #240 John Kemp (1723-1795) in about 1760.
*  their son #120 John Kemp (1768-1864) married #121 Mary Dafoe (1776-1832) in 1795.
*  their son #60 Abraham Kemp (1795-1881) married #61 Sarah Fletcher (1802-before 1850) in 1818.
*  their son #30 James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) married #31 Mary Jane Sovereen (18401874) in 1861.
*  their daughter #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952)  married  #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977), married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) in 1918.
*  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:                      Anna Beck[1–4]    

*  Sex:                          Female    

*  Father:                     Caleb Beck (1675-1733)    
*  Mother:                    Annetje Janse Mol (1678-after 1733)  

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

*  Birth:                         before 7 October 1704, Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[2–5]    
*  Baptism:                   7 October 1704 (after age 0), Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[2–5]    

*  Distribution:             3 October 1733 (after age 28), father's will proved; Albany, New York, United States[6]    

*  Death:                       before 20 May 1749 (before age 44), Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[2]  

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

*  Spouse 1:                     Jacobus Jillise Van Vorst (1703-1797)    
*  Marriage 1:                  14 February 1728 (after age 24), Albany Dutch Reformed Church, Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, United States[2-4,7]    

*  Child 1:                       Margriet Vedder Van Vorst (1726-    )    
*  Child 2:                       Caleb Van Vorst (1728-    )    
*  Child 3:                       Elizabeth Van Vorst (1730-1805)    
*  Child 4:                       Anna Van Vorst (1732-1789)    
*  Child 5:                       Jellis Van Vorst (1735-1823)    
*  Child 6:                       Engletje Van Vorst (1738-1821)    
*  Child 7:                       Johannes Van Vorst (1741-1844)    
*  Child 8:                       Abraham Van Vorst (1743-1837)    
*  Child 9:                       Jan Baptist Van Vorst (1746-1830)    

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

The data for this family was obtained from a book by Cuyler Reynolds, Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs[1]; a book by Jonathan Pearson, Contributions for the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of Patent and City of Schenectady from 1662 to 1800[2]; a book by Austin A. Yates, Schenectady County, New York : its history to the close of the nineteenth century[3];  and the Van Vorst Papers collection in the Schenectady Library.  Cheryl Kemp Taber has researched and collected a wealth of information about this family, and posted it in her WorldConnect database on Rootsweb ( titled "Kemps and Kin" updated 27 December 2017[4].

Anna Beck was born in Schenectady, New York, and was baptized in the First Dutch Reformed Church in Schenectady on 7 October 1704[2-5], the first child of parents Caleb Beck and Anna Mol.  The sponsors were Matthew Schinks and Maria Meby.

She married Jacobus Van Vorst in Albany's Dutch Reformed Church on 14 February 1728[2-4,7].  They had nine children, all born in Schenectady and only Caleb and Elizabeth are not in the Schenectady church baptismal records:

*  Margriet Vedder Van Vorst (1726-????).
*  Caleb Van Vorst (1728-????)
*  Elizabeth Van Vorst (1730-1805), married 1747 to Gerardus Quackenbush (1721-????).
*  Anna Van Vorst (1732-1789), married (1) Nicolas Tjerkse Van der Bogart (1723-1758) in 1753 and (1) John Kemp (1723-1795).
*  Jellis Van Vorst (1735-1823), married 1756 Annatje Berrit (1736-1810).
*  Engeltje Van Vorst (1738-1821), married Thomas Welch (1732-1821).
*  Johannes Van Vorst (1741-1844), married 1762 Sarah Kittel (1744-1834).
*  Abraham Van Vorst (1743-1837), married 1769 Maria Heemstraat (1751-1835).
*  Jan Baptist Van Vorst (1746-1830), married 1768 Margarita Marinus (1737-????).

Anna's father, Caleb Beck wrote his will on 8 March 1728, and it was proved on 3 October 1733 in Albany County Surrogates Court[6].  Anna (Beck) Van Vorst was not named in the will.

There is no known death record or burial record for Anna (Beck) Van Vorst.  She certainly died after her last child was born on 23 February 1746, and before Jacobus married, secondly, Sarah Fonda, daughter of Jellis Fonda, on 20 May 1749 in Schenectady[2], leaving Jacobus with at least seven minor children.

1. Cuyler Reynolds, Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911), Volume III, pages 1164-1166, Van Vorst family sketches.

2. Jonathan Pearson, Contributions for the Genealogies of the Descendants of the First Settlers of Patent and City of Schenectady from 1662 to 1800 (Albany, N.Y. : J. Munsell, 1873), pages 10-11, Caleb Beck family sketch, and page 246, Jacobus Van Vorst family sketch.

3. Austin A. Yates, Schenectady County, New York : its history to the close of the nineteenth century (New York : New York History Co., 1902), pages 236 and 266-267, Caleb Beck family sketch.

4. Cheryl Kemp Taber, "Kemps and Kin," online database, RootsWeb WorldConnect Project (, updated 27 December 2017, Jacobus Van Vorst page (

5. "U.S. Dutch Reformed Church Records from Selected States, 1639-1989," digital images, (, New York > Schenectady > Schenectady Baptisms, Vol. 1, Book 41, page 17 (image 21 of 163), Anna Beck entry.

6. "New York County, New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1658-1880 (NYSA)," indexed database with digital images, ( citing original records from New York State Archives, Series No. J0038-82: Probated Wills, 1671-1815 Wills, > Box 01-02, Aretse, Rutt-Arentse, Johannes, 1679-1760, images 299-301 of 552, Caleb Beck probate file, 1733.

7. U.S. Dutch Reformed Church Records from Selected States, 1639-1989, New York > Albany > "Albany, Vol II, Book 2," page 255 (stamped) (image 259 of 308), Jacob Van Vorst and Anna Beck marriage 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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