Friday, October 30, 2020

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 30 October 2020

 Welcome to Genealogy News and Education Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    


1)  News Articles:


* RootsTech Connect 2021 is Coming!! FREE and Online - 25-27 February 2021

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:







3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes







4)  Genealogy Education - Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 3 November, 5 p.m.:   Australian Census Substitutes, by Helen V. Smith

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 4 November, 11 a.m.:  How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society, by Kate Eakman

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Jumpstart Your MyHeritage Family Tree with Instant Discoveries, by James Tanner

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: In Black and White: Finding Historical Newspapers From Around the World, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Tech Zone - An Easy Trick to Split PDF Pages, by Thomas MacEntee

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:



6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):


*  Cheri Hudson Passey:  GenFriends: FYR Episode 12-DNA & Documents

*  Data Mining DNA:  How To Upload Your DNA To GEDmatch





*  Family History Ron:  Q&A with Family History Ron

*  FamilySearch:  FamilySearch is Live!








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Findmypast Friday: New Family Records from London and the Bahamas

 I received this information from Findmypast today:

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Explore new family records from London and The Bahamas this Findmypast Friday.

Do you have family connections in London or the Caribbean? This week's new releases can help you find out.

Greater London Burial Index

Spanning 1583-1665, the latest additions to this useful collection come from St Olave's, Southwark. Many of those listed would have died during the Great Plague of London.

These records can reveal useful information for your family tree. You can discover your London ancestors' names, ages, occupations, addresses, and more. Check the parish list to see which other churches and timeframes are covered.

Bahamas life events

Findmypast has just released over 470,000 new birth, marriage, and death records from The Bahamas. You can explore the entire collection or focus on each record set separately:
Covering over a century of history, discover important details for the Caribbean branches of your family tree with these essential resources.

Newspapers

This week, Findmypast has added four new papers and thousands more pages to five others. Brand new to the site are:
Meanwhile, the following newspapers have been updated with more coverage:
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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 354: #565 Mehitable (Knowles) Brown (1653-after 1721) of Eastham, Massachusetts

 Mehitable Knowles (1653-after 1721) is number 565 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #564 George Brown (1652-1721)  in 1674 in Eastham, Barnstable County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #282 Samuel Brown (1686-1749) who married  #283 Ruth Young (1688-1768) in 1708.
*  their daughter #141 Mehitable Brown (1714-1758) who married  #140 Thomas Dill (1708-1761) in 1733.
*  their son #70 Thomas Dill (1755-1839) who married #71 Hannah Horton (1761-1797) in 1782.
*  their daughter  #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) who married  #34 Alpheus Smith (1802-1840)  in 1826.
*  their daughter, #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) who married #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 
   
*  Name:                    Mehitable Knowles[1-2]    
*  Alternate Name:    Mehetable Brown[3]  

*  Sex:                        Female    

*  Father:                   Richard Knowles (1614-1675)    
*  Mother:                 Ruth Bowers (1616-1686)  
 
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
  
*  Birth:                    20 May 1653, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1-2]    

*  Distribution:         29 June 1721 (age 68), husband's will written; Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Death:                   after 29 June 1721 (after age 68), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States    
   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 
 *  Spouse 1:             George Brown (1651-1721)    
*  Marriage 1:           about 1674 (about age 21), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1-2]  
*  Child 1:                   James Brown (1675-    )    
*  Child 2:                   William Brown (1677-    )    
*  Child 3:                   George Brown (1679-1734)    
*  Child 4:                   Mary Brown (1683-1716)    
*  Child 5:                   Mehitable Brown (1684-    )    
*  Child 6:                   Samuel Brown (1686-1749)    
*  Child 7:                   Mercy Brown (1690-1754)    
*  Child 8:                   Joshua Brown (1692-    )  
 
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  
 
The New England Historic Genealogical Record sketch for Mehitable Knowles says[1]:
"[KNOWLES] MEHITABLE, b., probably at Eastham, 20 May 1653; d. at Eastham after 1721; m. GEORGE BROWN of Eastham, who in his will, dated 29 June 1721 and proved 3 Aug. 1721, left his property to be divided 'among all my children,' without naming them, although incidentally he mentioned four of them.  Almost two-thirds of the inventory of his estate consisted of a debt due from Joshua Brown.  Three town grants, one to George Brown and two to Joshua Brown, were laid out adjacent to each other.  Joshua Brown had a son Knowles Brown.  These are the reasons for identifying Mehitable Knowles with the wife of George Brown, who was named in his will."
Mehitable was born 20 May 1653, probably in Eastham, the daughter of mariner Richard and Ruth (Bower) Knowles[1].  

Mehitable Knowles married George Brown (1652-1721), son of William and Mary (Moorecock) Brown of Eastham,  in about 1674, probably in Eastham, Massachusetts[1-2],  They had four known children, and probably four others:

*  James Brown (1675-????), married 1704 Ruth Snow (1679-????).
*  William Brown (1677-????), married 1699 Susannah Harding (1676-????).
*  George Brown (1679-1735), married 1700 Elizabeth Mulford (1677-1744).
*  Mary Brown (1683-1716), married 1703 Nathaniel Mayo (1667-1716).
*  Mehitable Brown (1684-????), married 1715 John Hallett (1688-????).
*  Samuel Brown (1686-1749), married 1708 Ruth Young (1688-1768).
*  Mercy Brown (1690-1754), married 1711 John Walker (1696-1760).
*  Joshua Brown (1692-????), married 1723 Rebecca Rich (1701-????).

In his will dated 29 June 1721, George Brown of Eastham, Massachusetts bequeathed to his wife[3]:
"Item I Give unto my Loveing wife Mehetable All the Reminder of my whole Estate for her Supporte as long as shee Lives, and after her decease to be Equally Divided among all my sons and Daughters be it more or Less..."
It is not known when Mehitable (Knowles) Brown died, but it was certainly after her husband's will was written.  There are no known death or burial records for Mehitable, and she has no probate records in the Barnstable County probate court records.
5)  SOURCES
 
1. Charles Thornton Libby, "The Knowles Family of Eastham, Mass.," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 79, Number 3 (July 1925), pages 286-297; page 293, Mehitable Knowles sketch.

2. Frederick Johnson Simmons, A Few Descendants of William Brown of Eastham, Mass., Cape Cod (the author : n.p., 1883), 27 pages; accessed on FamilySearch Books (https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/), page 4, #2 George Brown sketch.

3. "Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 December 2016), Barnstable County, "Probate Records, Vol. 4-5, 1721-1741," Volume 4, pages 9-11 (images 12-13 of 660), George Brown probate papers, 1721.

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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 2020 for a seventh year to 364 Ancestors in 364 Weeks.  The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in   https://www.geneamusings.com/p/ancestor-biographies.html.


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Thursday, October 29, 2020

Seavers in the News -- Obituary of Maud Evelyn (White) Seaver (1873-1944) of San Pedro, California

 It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the News Pilot [San Pedro, Calif.] newspaper dated 8 July 1944:

The transcription of the article is:

"Maud Evelyn Seaver

"Funeral services for Mrs. Maud Evelyn Seaver, 71, who died yesterday in the San Pedro hospital, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Mottel chapel, Third and Alamitos sts., Long Beach, with the Rev. F. Augustus Martyr officiating.

"Mrs. Seaver, who resided at 742 Nineteenth st., was born in San Francisco and came to Long Beach to live many years ago and to San Pedro 24 years ago.  She was a member of the Episcopal church.

"She leaves the widower, Frank G.; sons, Guilford L., Oakland, Trayer W., Wilmington, Orin E., Long Beach; grandsons, Lloyd and Donald Seaver, Oakland; Charles, Wilmington, and a granddaughter, Julie Seaver, Long Beach. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Adrene Newman and Mrs. Grace H. Powell, both of San Francisco."

The source citation is:

"Maud Evelyn Seaver," News-Pilot [San Pedro, Calif.] newspaper, obituary, Saturday, 8 July 1944, page 5, column 6, Maud Evelyn Seaver obituary;  Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 29 October 2020).

This obituary provides a married name, a death date, a death place, an age, names of her spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, and her residence.  Other than a church affiliation, there is nothing in this obituary about her life, interests, or cause of death.

Maud Evelyn (White) Seaver (1873-1944) was the daughter of Orin E. and Annie (Bolton) White of San Francisco.  She married Frank Guilford Seaver (1875-1955) in about 1897, probably in San Francisco.  They had three chldren:

*  Guilford Lucien Seaver (1898-1966), married Marguerite Grace Carmona (1898-1964) in about 1917.
*  Thayer White Seaver (1900-1969), married Minnie Gladys Huck (1902-1990) in 1923.
*  Orin Edward White (1907-1967) married Agatha Berkhoel (1911-2002) in 1935.

I don't know if I am related to Frank Guilford Seaver on his Seaver line because I cannot find parents for his grandfather, Gilford Lyman Seaver (1811-1879) who was born in Massachusetts and died in Santa Clara, California.  I am related to Frank through his mother's Whirtney line - the common ancestors are Nathaniel and Sarah (Hagar) Whitney, my 7th great-grandparents, so we are 6th cousins 2x removed.  I also have White families in New England, so I may be related to Maud, but I have not traced that line back in time.

There are over 9,500 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has few notable life achievements and a short obituary.  I am glad that I can honor Maud Evelyn (White) Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.

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Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Newspapers.com and have used it extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.


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RootsTech Connect 2021 is Coming!! FREE and Online - 25-27 February 2021

 I received this information from Jen Allen of FamilySearch and RootsTech 2021 event director:

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Wow. I can’t believe the response to RootsTech Connect. Over 100,000 people from more than 165 countries have already registered for this virtual event, including you. Thank you! I thought I’d share a quick update on the plans for the event.

While most of my team is working remotely, a few of us were in the office the other day (physically distanced, of course), mapping out all the content, speakers, and sessions that you’ll have access to during the event. Check out the photo above and see our planning whiteboard.

It’s a ton of work, and we can’t wait to share more about the full schedule and all of our celebrity keynote speakers soon.

If you haven’t already, be sure to add RootsTech Connect to your calendar so you don’t miss it. It’s happening February 25–27, 2021, and you’ll access it on RootsTech.org

I’ll be sending more updates and information over the next few weeks to help you get ready for the event, so be sure to keep an eye on your inbox and follow RootsTech on social media.

P.S. If you’re looking for some fun family history activities to do before RootsTech, check out these discovery activities from FamilySearch. My kids love Compare‑a‑Face.

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Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1649 Birth Record of John Young in Eastham, Massachusetts

  It's Treasure Chest Tuesday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the birth entry for John Young (1649-1718) in the Eastham, Massachusetts town record book:

The John Young birth entry is the first record in the John & [Abigail] Young family record on the right-hand page above:
The transcription of this record is:

"John born Nov. 16, 1649"

The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 December 2012), "Orleans and Eastham Records," page 335 (image 176 of 185), John Young birth record, 16 November 1649; citing original data from Massachusetts town and city clerk records in Jay and Delene Holbrook, Massachusetts Vital and Town Records (Provo, Utah : Holbrook Research Institute), Microfiche collection.

This is a transcription of an original town record book for Eastham, Massachusetts, so it is a Derivative Source with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the birth of John Young and his father's name. It was faitly common for early Massachusetts town record books to list all of the children for a couple in these books.  
   
John Young (1649-1718) was the son of John and Abigail (Howland) Young of Eastham, Massachusetts.  He married Ruth Cole (1651-1735) in about 1671 and they had 8 children, including Ruth Young (1688-1768) who married Samuel Brown (1686-1749)  in 1708.  John and Ruth (Cole) Young are my 7th great-grandparents.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Dear Randy: Who Are Your Mayflower 1620 Ancestors?

 A society colleague asked me this question in email, and since the Mayflower was on the high seas 400 years ago today, here are my ancestors who were aboard the ship:

You can seem ore information about the Mayflower on the MayflowerHistory.com website.

On my paternal grandmother's side:

*  William White (1587-1621), who married 
*  Susanna (Jackson) White (1592-1675)
*  Peregrine White (1620-1704), who married Sarah Bassett (1628-1711)

*  Richard Warren (1578-1628), who married Elizabeth Walker (1580-1673)

*  George Soule (1601-1680), who married Mary Bucket (1603-1676)

*  Francis Cooke (1583-1663), who married Jeanne Hester Mehieu (1586-1666)
*  John Cooke (1607-1695), who married Sarah Warren (1614-1696)

On my paternal grandfather's side:

*  William Brewster (1566-1644), who married 
*  Mary (--?--) Brewster (1569-1627)

*  Stephen Hopkins (1581-1644), who marred Mary Kent alias Back (1580-1613)
*  Constance Hopkins (1606-1677), who married Nicholas Snow (1604-1676)

On my maternal grandmother's side:

*  Edward Fuller (1575-1621), who married
*  Ann (--?--) Fuller (1581-1621)
*  Samuel Fuller (1608-1683), who married Jane Lothrop (1614-1678)

I have 14 of the 104 passengers who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 in my ancestry.

I decided early in 2020 to submit an application to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants using my William White ancestry, but have not completed the preliminary Application yet.  I need several certificates and have not sent for them yet.

Are you my cousin with any of these folks as our common ancestor?  Please let me know in comments to this post.  Thank you!

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Seavers and Carringers at the Train Station in July 1942 -- Post 641 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

 I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! This is one of my favorite photographs:

This colorized photo is from July 1942 taken at the Santa Fe train station in San Diego.  The occasion was the arrival of my father's mother and sister on the train from Massachusetts before the wedding of my parents on 12 July 1942:

The people in the photo are, from the left:

*  Lyle L. Carringer (1891-1976), my maternal grandfather

*  Emily K. (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977), my maternal grandmother (in the shade)

*  Frederick W. Seaver, Jr. (1911-1983), my father (in the suit in front)

*  Dorothy (Taylor) Chamberlain (1904-1992), my first cousin 1x removed

*  Geraldine Seaver (1917-2007), my aunt (Fred's sister)

*  Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962), my paternal grandmother, and Fred's mother

*  Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), my mother, soon to be Fred's wife.

I don't know for sure who took this photograph - my guess is that Dorothy's husband, Marshall Chamberlain took the photo.  When my father came from Massachusetts in December 1940, he stayed with the Chamberlains in San Diego.  Dorothy is the daughter of Emily (Richmond) Taylor (who is the sister of Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver) who also resided with the Chamberlains.  

Look at the suits, dresses, jewelry, hats and gloves fresh off the train!  I have a home movie of this event also.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Tuesday, 27 October 2020

   Welcome to Genealogy News and Education Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    


1)  News Articles:




2)  New or Updated Record Collections:




3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes








4)  Genealogy Education - Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar




*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 28 October, 11 a.m.:  In Black and White: Finding Historical Newspapers From Around the World, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Jumpstart Your MyHeritage Family Tree with Instant Discoveries, by James Tanner

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Research Like a Pro:  RLP 120: Identifying and Preserving Photographs with Maureen Taylor

*  The Genealogy Professional:  TGP 62 - Paula Stuart-Warren



* Fisher’s Top Tips #218r – The Potential Benefit of Swapping Brick Walls

*  Ancestral Findings: Get With the Plan: Breaking Bad Genealogy Habits | AF-392

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  BYU Family History Library: BYU Ancestry Academy by Ann Tanner









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