Saturday, July 20, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 14 to 20 July 2019

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

As of 20 July 2019, there were 2,526 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The added or updated collections are:

United States Census, 1940134,827,283Jul 19, 2019
England and Wales Census, 191136,354,828Jul 17, 2019
Georgia Deaths, 1928-1942553,236Jul 17, 2019
Scotland Census, 18713,349,414Jul 17, 2019
United States Census, 187040,350,163Jul 16, 2019
Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877218,587Jul 14, 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.

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 4

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 Hound on the Hunt blog three weeks ago - 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 16 to 20 tonight (we did 1 through 5 three weeks ago, questions 6 through 10 two weeks ago, and questions 11 through 15 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:

If you’re into DNA which would you say you work on more? Genealogy or DNA? Or about the same? 

I definitely work more on Genealogy than DNA.  I am actively researching descendants of my 4th great-grandparents, and spend more time on searching, data entry and blogging than looking at DNA matches.  I do add the ancestral lines of some of my DNA matches into the RootsMagic tree.

17)  Do you think that your genealogy is ever really done? 

No, I think my genealogy will never be completely finished.  At least back to, say the 1600 time frame.  I have so many unknown parents of ancestors and it sure seems like there are no records for many of those ancestors.  I'm trying, though!

18)  Did you ever search an ancestor’s name on the internet and you were surprised at what you found? 

Yes, all the time this happens.  A birth record, a baptism record, a marriage record (or two or three), death record, burial record, a photo, a military record, a passenger record, a name change record, probate record, deeds, etc.  It only takes one clue to set off the search for more.  

19)   Do you ever feel like your ancestors are nudging you in the right direction in your research?

I really haven't felt a nudge one way or another.  I haven't had a dream where someone says "go to this place and find a surprise..." I have walked into a cemetery and quickly found an ancestor I was seeking, but she was right on the main path into the cemetery. 

20)  If you could give one piece of advice to someone new to genealogy, what would you tell them?  

Only one?  How limiting.  Please, please, please, cite your sources so that you can find the record again, someone else can find the record, or someone can evaluate your evidence and conclusions for each event for a person. 


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Surname Saturday -- DRAPER (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 #2323 who is Mary DRAPER (1625-1697). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this DRAPER 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)

290.  Jonas Prescott (1704-1784)
291.  Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739)

580.  Jonas Prescott (1678-1750)
581.  Thankful Wheeler (1682-1716)

1160.  Jonas Prescott (1648-1723)
1161.  Mary Loker (1653-1735)

2322.  John Loker, born about 1608 in Probably Bures St. Mary, Suffolk, England; died 1653 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4644. Henry Loker and 4645. Elizabeth LNU.  He married about 1650 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
2323.  Mary Draper, born bout 1625 in England; died after 1697 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of John Loker and Mary Draper are:
*  John Loker (1650-1719), married 1673 Sarah Rice (1655-1703).
Mary Loker (1653-1736), married 1672 Jonas Prescott (1648-1723).

The family and biography of the Loker family has been researched by:

*  Joan S. Guilford, The Ancestry of Dr. J.P. Guilford: Volume 1 (N.p. : Sheridan Psychological Services, Inc., 1990).

*  Douglas Richardson, "The Riddlesdale Alias Loker Family of Bures Saint Mary, England and Sudbury Massachusetts," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 143, No. 4, pages 325-331.

The birth information for Mary Draper is not available, but her name is mentioned in the two Loker works noted above.

I have done no original research for these Loker or Draper families.


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Friday, July 19, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 19 July 2019

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

1)  News Articles:

Update to Theory of Family Relativity™

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 23 July, 11 a.m.:  Introducing the MyHeritage DNA Health+Ancestry Test, by Ofer Karp

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 24 July, 11 a.m.:  Should You Take the Hint? Automatic Record Hinting on the Giant Genealogy Websites, by Sunny Morton

*  UGA DNA Webinars - Tuesday, 23 July, 5 p.m. PDT:  GEDmatch: Tools to Find and Analyze Matches, by Mary Eberle.

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Research Your Newfoundland Ancestors, by Tessa Keough

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips:  #89 - Sharing Stories

*  Genealogy Gems:  Episode 231

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  BYU Family History Library:  Family Name Networks - Joe Price

*  American Ancestors:  Getting Started in Polish Research

*  Boundless Genealogy:  1850 US Federal Census | Genealogy Clues to Grow Your Family Tree

*  Family History Ron:  Family History Ron Q&A 18 Jul 2019

*  Who Is Nicka Smith?: BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 88: MAAGI 2019

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

7)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 16 July 2019?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 19 July 2019

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New Essex Parish Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday
Findmypast has added over 5.4 million Essex baptisms, banns, marriages and burials to their growing collection of UK parish records, the largest available online.
Findmypast’s parish record coverage
Available to search in three individual indexes spanning more than 460 years of the county’s history, the records consists of transcripts of original parish registers held at the Essex Record Office.
Essex is a large county in the south-east of England and forms part of the Metropolitan Green Belt just beyond greater London. The original Kingdom of Essex, founded by Saxon King Aescwine in AD 527, occupied territory to the north of the River Thames and east of the River Lee. In the 1640s, during the English Civil War, notorious witch hunter General Matthew Hopkins lived in the county accused 23 women in Chelmsford in 1645.
A full list of all parishes and date ranges covered can be found in our Essex Parish List.
Covers 532 parishes and reveals birth place, birth date, birth place, denomination, residence, baptism date, baptism place, parents’ names, and father’s occupation.
Covers 553 parishes and reveals residence, occupation, marital status, banns year, marriage date, location, spouse’s name, spouse’s residence, spouse’s marital status, father’s name, spouse’s father’s name and the names of any witnesses.
Covers 455 parishes and reveals birth year, age at death, denomination, birth year, burial year, burials date and burial place.
Other records available to search this Findmypast Friday include;
Just under a thousand additional records from 15 non-conformist parishes have been added to our collection of Derbyshire Births and Baptisms. Mainly covering Methodists, Baptists, and Presbyterians, the full list of new additions has been highlighted in our Derbyshire parish list.
Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. The county borders Greater Manchester to the northwest, West Yorkshire to the north, South Yorkshire to the northeast, Nottinghamshire to the east, Leicestershire to the southeast, Staffordshire to the west and southwest and Cheshire to the west.
Celebrate Belgian Independence Day this coming Sunday by discovering your Belgian roots. Explore two indexes, Belgium Marriages 1563-1890 and Belgium Deaths & Burials 1564-1900, containing more than 212,000 records.
These records will enable you to determine when your ancestors died, where they were laid to rest, when they married and the name of their spouse.
This week we have added 116,100 new pages and five brand titles. The new titles now available to search include three early socialist publications; the Forward (Glasgow), the Labour Leader and the Clarion, an evangelical Scottish newspaper known as the 'Witness', and the Calcutta Gazette, one of India's earliest newspapers.
We have also added updates to twenty-one of our existing titles, covering the length and breadth of Scotland, Ireland and England. This includes updates to two of our Cornish titles – the Royal Cornwall Gazette and Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser, as well as updates to seven of our Scottish titles, including the John o'Groat Journal and the Perthshire Advertiser.

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 287: #243 Katreen (--?--) Dafoe (1755-1792) of New York and Upper Canada

Katreen (--?--)  Dafoe (1755-1792) is #243 on my Ahnentafel List, my 5th great-grandmother, who married  #242 Abraham Dafoe (1755-1815) in 1775, probably in Albany, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #121 Mary Dafoe (1776-1832) who married #120 John Kemp (1768-1864) 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:                        Katreen --?-- [1–2]    

*  Sex:                            Female  

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

*  Birth:                          about 1755, New York, United States[1-2]    

*  Death:                        about 1792 (about age 37), Fredericksburgh, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, Canada[1-2]  

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

*  Spouse 1:               Abraham Dafoe  (1755-1815)    
*  Marriage 1:            about 1775 (after about age 20), New York, United States[1-2]    

*  Child 1:                 Mary Dafoe (1776-1832)    
*  Child 2:                 female Dafoe (1780-1784)    
*  Child 3:                 Jacob Dafoe (1784-1872)    
*  Child 4:                 Elizabeth Dafoe (1786-1861)    
*  Child 5:                 George Dafoe (1788-1873)    
*  Child 6:                 Lucy Dafoe (1791-????)  

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

Cheryl Kemp Taber researched and collected a wealth of information about the family of  Abraham Dafoe and allied families, and posted it in her WorldConnect database on Rootsweb ( titled "Kemps and Kin" updated 27 December 2017. Her notes for this the wife of Abraham Dafoe are incorporated below.

At this time, Katreen's birth date and parents names are not known.  A record of 25 June 1781 says the wife of Abraham Dafoe of St. Johns in Quebec is 26 years old[2].  Therefore, she was born in about 1755 if that record is correct.

Information on the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada (UELAC) website includes this information for the wife of Abraham Dafoe (1755-1815)[1]:

"Wife's name:  Katreen Diamond b. 1755 m. 1775 d. before 1792 daughter of John Diamond & Christiana Loyst."

However, online family trees indicate that this John Diamond was born in about 1755 and Elizabeth Loyst was born in about 1768, and they were married in 1782.  If that information is correct, then Katreen could not have been their daughter.  Perhaps she was the daughter of another Diamond family.

Abraham Dafoe probably married Katreen --?-- in about 1775, perhaps in Albany, New York[1-2].  

They had six children[1-2]:

*  Mary Dafoe (1776-1832), married John Kemp (1768-1864) in 1795.
*  female Dafoe (1780-1780)
*  Jacob Dafoe (1784-1872), married Anne Phillips (1786-1871) in 1804.
*  Elizabeth Dafoe (1786-1861), married Henry Sharp (1782-1853) in 1809.
*  George Dafoe (1788-1883), married Elizabeth Sills (1791-1860).
*  Lucy Dafoe (1791-????)

The Dafoe family resided in Albany and Little Hoosick, New York before and during the American Revolution.  After several Dafoe family members, including Abraham, were captured and subsequently paroled, but were in  St. Johns in southern Quebec by 1782, and then migrated to Fredericksburgh in what is now Lennox and Addington County, Ontario before 1786 and they were granted land there by the British Governor General[2].

Abraham's wife, Katreen (--?--) Dafoe, died in about 1792 after the birth of their last child, Lucy Dafoe who was baptised 11 December 1791 in Fredericksburgh[1-2].

There is no known death or burial record for Katreen (--?--) Dafoe.

1. "Information on the Loyalists," database, United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada (, accessed 10 July 2019, Children of Loyalist Abraham Dafoe.

2. Cheryl Kemp Taber, "Kemps and Kin," online database, RootsWeb WorldConnect Project (, updated 27 December 2017, Abraham Dafoe sketch (


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.

NOTE:  This biography is out of order.  I skipped over it in 2017 and did his father instead in week 169.  

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