Saturday, November 2, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 27 October to 2 November 2019

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

As of 2 November 2019, there were 2,642 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

The added or updated collections this week are (from the FamilySearch listing):

Alabama Deaths, 1908-19741,875,610Nov 1, 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 -- Your Favorite Hallowe'en Memory

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Hey boys and girls, it's only two days after Hallowe'en, and time for some Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! 

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1) Think about your most memorable Hallowe'en - was it when you were a child (candy, games, carnivals), a teenager (tricks and treats), or an adult (perhaps a party)?

2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post of mine, or in a comment on Twitter or Facebook in response to this post.

3) Have fun!

Here's mine:

My most memorable Hallowe'en "event" was after we were married and had the girls. Our young couples group at church always had a party at Hallowe'en and everybody got dressed up and we had games and stories and prizes. One year, I was still skinny enough to put on my wife's long maternity dress, stuff a bra with small towels, and put on panty-hose and short heels (fortunately, we're about the same height and shoe size), and dabs of perfume in the right spots [Memo to self - I don't want to do that again...]. I also had on my wife's long black wig and a nice mask with a woman's face with eyeholes. So off we go to the party. We always get to parties at the appointed time so as to get a full evening's worth of the punch, food and fun.

Our pastor at the time was divorced and had a reputation as a ladies man. He always showed up late to parties. When he showed up at the door, my wife scurried into the kitchen with several of the other wives while all the husbands milled about, oblivious since they knew it was me. I adjusted everything I could before the pastor walked in. I was sitting on the couch with my legs together (that's still hard for men, you know) and my ankles crossed (not any leg hair showing - long dress).

The pastor checked everything out, saw me on the couch, sidled over and introduced himself as Ted and I stood up. He said something like "you sure look nice tonight" and I shook his hand with a limpish wrist and responded in a falsetto voice "Enchante, I'm sure." He was totally confused and I heard giggles from the open kitchen door. I wasn't quick thinking enough to lead him on further, of course, being a staid Presbyterian. I slowly removed my mask and the room erupted in laughter and he turned red. Serves him right, trying to make time with an elder in the church (we didn't have female elders then).

It was a trick (on him) and a treat (for everyone else) and a fine Hallowe'en memory for for us. When we had the church's 25th anniversary party several years later, it was replayed with much hilarity - of course I could barely fit into the dress by then.


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RootsTech London 2019 Conference Blog Compendium - Updated!

I am not attending RootsTech London 2019 conference, but I can keep up with the news from the conference by creating and keeping current this blog compendium.

Here are blog posts about the conference:

1)  Trials and Tribulations of a Self-Taught Family Historian by Shannon Combs-Bennett:

RootsTech London Day 1 (posted 24 October 2019)
RootsTech: Day 2 (posted 26 October 2019)

2)  Jennyalogy by Jennie Joyce:

Walk the Ground Your Ancestors Walked to Truly Understand Them (posted 24 October 2019)
Discover More About Your Ancestors and You'll Discover More About Yourself (posted 28 October 2019)
The Same RootsTech, But also a Different RootsTech (posted 31 O ctober 2019)

3)  The History Interpreter by Janet Few:

Ready for RootsTech (posted 23 October 2019)
RootsTech Day 1 (posted 25 October 2019)
RootsTech Day 2 (posted 27 October 2019)
RootsTech Day 3 (posted 28 October 2019)

4)  Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections by John D. Reid:

RootsTech London Canadian Meetup (posted 23 October 2019)
RootsTech London - Dan Snow (posted 25 October 2019)
RootsTech London Videos (posted 28 October 2019)
RootsTech London Wrap-Up (posted 31 October 2019)

5)  GeniAus by Jill Ball:

Going Walkabout RootsTech London (posted 25 October 2019)
Aussies at RootsTech London (posted 28 October 2019)

6)  Miles' Genealogy Tips by Miles Meyer:

RootsTech London 2019 - Day 1 - October 24, 2019 (posted 25 October 2019)
*  RootsTech London 2019 - Day 2 - October 25, 2019 (posted 25 October 2019)
*  RootsTech London 2019 - Day 3 - October 26, 2019 (posted 26 October 2019)

7)  Histoires de Familles – Families Stories  by Marie Cappart:

RootsTech Jour 1 : Quelle Journée! (posted 24 October 2019)

8)  Treasure Chest of Memories by Laura Hedgecock:

RootsTech London Versus RootsTech Salt Lake City (posted 26 October 2019)
RootsTech London Review (posted 26 November 2019)

9)  TravelGenee by Fran Kitto:

Day One RootsTech London (posted 27 October 2019)
Day Two RootsTech London (posted 29 October 2019)
Day Three RootsTech London (posted 11 November 2019)
Why I Loved RootsTech London! (posted 25 November 2019)

10)  Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter by Dick Eastman:

RootsTech/London is a Roaring Success (posted 28 October 2019)
My Photos From RootsTech/London (posted 28 October 2019)

11)  Church News by Scott Taylor:

*  Hello, London — RootsTech takes its first international step with 3-day event in UK (posted 25 October 2019)

12)  LearnALittleEveryDay by Philip Glass:

*  RootsTech London 2019 – show report (posted 28 October 2019)

13)   UK to Canada Genealogy by Penny Allen:

*  Roots Tech London 2019 – a Canadian’s perspective (posted 29 October 2019)

14) by Steve Atcherly:

RootsTech London 2019 (posted 23 October 2019)

15)  Recover Your Roots by Sylvia Valentine:

RootsTech Round Up Day 1 (posted 29 October 2019)
RootsTech Round Up Day 2 (posted 29 October 2019)

16)  LyfeLynes Family History by Samantha John

RootsTech London -- Yes, Another Genealogy Conference (posted 1 November 2019)

17)  Davies of Mold by Carole Steers:

Exel[lent] Reflections on RootsTech London (posted 1 November 2019)

18)  Antecedentia by John Boeren:

RootsTech London: My Experience (posted 4 November 2019)

19)  The Genealogy Girl by Amberly Beck:

RootsTech London in Review (posted 4 November 2019)

20)  Family History Across the Seas by Pauleen Cass:

RootsTech London 2019  -- My Thoughts (posted 6 November 2019)

21)  Hound on the Hunt by Ellen Thompson-Jennings:

RootsTech London (posted 7 November 2019)

22)  My Favorite Ancestor by Jenny Hansen:

RootsTech London (posted 12 November 2019)

23)  The Edge of Snowdonia by Hillary Gadsby:

RootsTech London Review Day 1 (Part One) (posted 13 November 2019)

24)  Carolina Girl Genealogy by Cheryl Hudson Passey:

*  RootsTech London 2019: Inspiration, Education and Association-A Look Back (posted 19 November 2019)

25)  FamilySearch by Paul Nauta:

RootsTech London 2019 Recap (posted 20 November 2019)

26)  The Family History Guide Blog by Angelle Anderson:

The Family History Guide at RootsTech London - Part One (posted 18 November 2019)
The Family History Guide at RootsTech London - Part Two (posted 25 November 2019)

Last Updated: 26  November 2019, 9 a.m. PST

If you know of other RootsTech related blog posts that I have not included above, please let me know in Comments or in email (

I will try to update this post daily until the content streams thins out.


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Surname Saturday -- LNU (Susanna, who married Roger Buck, 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 #2497 who is Susanna LNU (1618-1685). [Note: the more recent ancestral families have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this LNU 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)

38.  Thomas J. Newton (1800-????)

39.  Sophia Buck (1797-1882)
78.  Isaac Buck (1757-1846)

79.  Martha Phillips (1757-1830)

156.  Isaac Buck (1732-????)
157.  Mary Richards (1733-????).

312.  Isaac Buck (1706-1780)
313.  Ruth Graves (1711-????)

624.  Ephraim Buck (1676-????)
625.  Esther Waget (1677-1748)

1248.  Ephraim Buck (1646-1721)
1249.  Sarah Brooks (1652-1720)

2496.  Roger Buck, born about 1617 in England; died 10 November 1693 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4992. William Buck.  He married about 1640 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
2497.  Susanna LNU, born about 1618 in England; died 10 September 1685 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Roger Buck and Susanna LNU are:

*  Samuel Buck (1643-1690), married 1670 Rachel Levens (1646-1694).
*  John Buck (1644-1644).
Ephraim Buck (1646-1721), married 1671 Sarah Brooks (1652-1720).
*  Mary Buck (1649-1669)
*  Lydia Buck (1650-????), married 1673 Henry Smith (1645-1720).
*  Ruth Buck (1653-1683), married 1674 Thomas Bathrick (1657-1683).
*  Elizabeth Buck (1657-????), married 1678 Joshua Wood (1655-????).

The FamilySearch Family Tree lists Susanna's maiden name as Jones, daughter of Ebenezer Fry Jones and "Woman of the Wampanoag."  One of the "Events" is immigration with her father in 1635 at age 18, probably from a passenger list.  It is highly unlikely that Ebenezer Jones, or some other male Jones, had a child in 1617-8 with a "Woman of the Wampanoag" in either England or Massachusetts.  

Some Ancestry Member Trees list Susanna as the daughter of Robert Jones (1599-1691, son of Thomas Prence) and Elizabeth Soane.  Who knows what is correct.  Susanna is an LNU in my tree.

I have done no original research on this LNU line or the purported Jones line.


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Friday, November 1, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 2 November 2019

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

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 5 November, 5 p.m.:  Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure, by Helen V. Smith

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Comment mieux gérer votre site familial sur MyHeritage (French), by Elisabeth Zetland

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Family Tree Builder - En præsentation af funktionerne (Danish), by Lene Søby

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  The (Underground) Railroad Runs Through Here, by Janice Lovelace

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Researching Black Loyalist Communities in Canada, by Janice Lovelace

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips:  #124r -- The 1752 Calendar Change

*  Ancestral Findings:  Cousin Relationships the Easy Way | AF-292

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  BYU Family History Library:  5 - Adding sources in Family Search Tree By Judy Sharp

*  DNA and Family Tree Research:  The Black Book, DNA & the O'Malley's of Limerick

*  Family History Fanatics:  Finding Creepy Stories in Newspapers

*  Sharn White:  4 RootsTech London Videos

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

7)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 29 October 2019?


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