Saturday, July 11, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Ancestors Have You "Met?"

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) Write down which of your ancestors that you have met in person (yes, even if you were too young to remember them).

2) Tell us their names, where they lived, and their relationship to you in a blog post, or in comments to this post, or in comments on Facebook.

Here is my list:

Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002), my mother, resided in San Diego CA her whole life.

Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), my father, resided in Leominster, MA until 1940 and then in San Diego until his death.

Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), my mother's father, who resided in San Diego his whole life.

Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977), my mother's mother, who resided in Chicago, Illinois until about 1911, then in San Diego until her death.

Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (1868-1952), my great-grandmother (mother of Emily, grandmother of Betty), who resided in Norfolk County, Ontario until she went to Chicago, IL in the 1880s, and then to San Diego in about 1911.

Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), my great-grandfather (father of Lyle, grandfather of Betty). He was born in Mercer County, PA, moved to Louisa County IA in the 1860's, then to Boulder County CO in the 1870's, and then to San Diego in 1887, and he lived out his life there.

Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944), my great-grandmother (mother of Lyle, grandmother of Betty). She was born in Dodge County WI, lived in Taylor County IA, Andrew County MO, Clay,  Pottawatomie and Cloud Counties KS, Red Willow County NE, and came to San Diego in 1887.

Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962), my grandmother (mother of my father, Fred). She was born in Windham County CT, resided in Leominster MA from about 1895 to her death in 1962. I only met her once - in 1958 when she came to visit our family in San Diego.

My paternal grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), died just before my birth year of 1943.

So, I "met" eight of my ancestors. That's probably a pretty low number. Who will have the highest number? It wouldn't surprise me if someone comes up with 10 or 15 ancestors that they have "met."


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 4 to 10 July 2020

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from 4 to 10 July 2020:  

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1945; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/10/2020

*  Idaho, Death Records, 1890-1968; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/9/2020

Idaho, Birth Index, 1861-1918, Stillbirth Index, 1905-1968; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/9/2020

Idaho, Divorce Records, 1947-1968; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/9/2020

Idaho, Marriage Records, 1863-1968; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/9/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,804 collections available as of 10 July, an increase of  0 from last week. 


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary all-access subscription from, for which I am thankful. has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 4 to 10 July 2020

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

As of 10 July 2020, there are 2,828 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 9 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added ---

Arizona, Yavapai County, Voting Records, 1875-1932 (; 156,211 indexed records with 156,211 record images, ADDED 02-Jul-2020
Nebraska, Lancaster County, Fairview Cemetery, Burial Records, 1864-1999 (; 5,638 indexed records with 5,638 record images, ADDED 10-Jul-2020
Ontario, Toronto Cemetery Records, 1989-1995 (; 26,455 indexed records with 26,455 record images, ADDED 10-Jul-2020
Virginia, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Applications for the Relief of Needy Confederate Women, 1915-1967 (; 3,371 indexed records with 3,371 record images, ADDED 09-Jul-2020
North Dakota and South Dakota Naturalization Records, 1851-1883 (; 492 indexed records with 492 record images, ADDED 02-Jul-2020

Brazil, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 3,930 indexed records with 3,930 record images, ADDED 10-Jul-2020
Arizona, Various County Divorce Records, 1877-1937 (; 18,095 indexed records with 18,095 record images, ADDED 08-Jul-2020
Connecticut, Military Census Questionnaires, 1917 (; 391,981 indexed records with 391,981 record images, ADDED 08-Jul-2020
Texas, Hardin County, Marriage Records, 1837-2009 (; 2,990 indexed records with 2,990 record images, ADDED 10-Jul-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 96,961 indexed records with 90,073 record images (was 96,704 records with 89,869 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 765,670 indexed records with 203,545 record images (was 753,090 records with 196,075 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 81,989 indexed records with 35,578 record images (was 75,864 records with 33,102 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 167,730 indexed records with 2,611 record images (was 136,710 records with 7,116 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935 (; 116,211 indexed records with 3,738 record images (was 105,231 records with 3,426 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020

North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922 (; 496,962 indexed records with 495,167 record images (was 460,834 records with 459,062 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887 (; 322,863 indexed records with 316,463 record images (was 322,763 records with 316,366 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 575,729 indexed records with 504,416 record images (was 545,553 records with 475,123 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977 (; 33,741 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 33,741 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949 (; 306,340 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 291,397 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2020

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 456,479 indexed records with 33,281 record images (was 410,392 records with 29,008 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Hawaii, Kauai County, Obituaries, 1982-2010 (; 108,249 indexed records with 8,313 record images (was 108,249 records with 241 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 (; Index only (296,160 records), no images (was 291,424 records with 0 images), UPDATED 06-Jul-2020
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928 (; 253,949 indexed records with 32,383 record images (was 243,757 records with 31,270 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953 (; 381,666 indexed records with 32,524 record images (was 381,666 records with 32,524 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020

South Africa, Orange Free State, Civil Death Registration, 1902-1954 (; 1,822 indexed records with 1,821 record images (was 327 records with 667 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955 (; 150,485 indexed records with 112,139 record images (was 138,828 records with 100,482 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,345 indexed records with 46,885,453 record images (was 30,047,345 records with 46,885,453 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 (; 2,289,287 indexed records with 1,789,697 record images (was 2,289,287 records with 1,789,697 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2020
Nebraska, Lancaster County, Wyuka Cemetery Burial Permits, 1883-1999 (; 49,675 indexed records with 49,583 record images (was 49,655 records with 49,563 images), UPDATED 06-Jul-2020

Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920 (; 82,014 indexed records with 3,680 record images (was 70,438 records with 2,765 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 444,036 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 438,469 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 31,156,775 indexed records with 4,030,758 record images (was 28,635,661 records with 3,588,963 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2020
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 109,231 indexed records with 109,013 record images (was 99,608 records with 99,392 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
North Carolina, Wilmington, Cemetery Records, 1852-2005 (; 28,229 indexed records with 1,216 record images (was 28,190 records with 1,215 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2020

Iowa, Scott County, Oakdale Cemetery, Interment Records, 1856-1989 (; 23,489 indexed records with 976 record images (was 21,252 records with 944 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 31,999 indexed records with 5,669 record images (was 29,296 records with 5,432 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001 (; 1,453,596 indexed records with 1,452,408 record images (was 971,742 records with 970,776 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2020
United States, Alaska, Alien Arrivals at Various Locations, 1906-1956 (; 18,807 indexed records with 11,941 record images (was 12,001 records with 11,229 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2020
Denmark Church Records, 1484-1941 (; 18,657,995 indexed records with 2,399,826 record images (was 18,657,995 records with 2,399,826 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2020

South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 115,169 indexed records with 112,774 record images (was 114,059 records with 111,705 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976 (; 143,540 indexed records with 131,209 record images (was 84,221 records with 87,132 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964 (; 326,059 indexed records with 301,799 record images (was 326,047 records with 301,799 images), UPDATED 06-Jul-2020
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 (; 157,062 indexed records with 36,837 record images (was 144,650 records with 33,685 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2020
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 (; 6,101,628 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,072,392 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020

Louisiana, Orleans Parish Death Records and Certificates, 1835-1954 (; 637,150 indexed records with 288,352 record images (was 633,581 records with 287,387 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 14,778 indexed records with 309 record images (was 7,917 records with 210 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,575 records), no images (was 875,610,576 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950 (; 317,181 indexed records with 57,261 record images (was 271,810 records with 49,986 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 4,999,434 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 4,994,969 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020

Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 1,192,916 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 1,192,916 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2020
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,319,694 indexed records with 144,986 record images (was 3,319,694 records with 143,513 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2020
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 93,358 indexed records with 43,291 record images (was 91,458 records with 41,409 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Arizona, Pima County, Voting Records, 1876-1926 (; 103,577 indexed records with 6,444 record images (was 101,803 records with 6,354 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 4,660,666 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 4,297,059 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2020

Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983 (; 6,454 indexed records with 6,442 record images (was 6,164 records with 6,270 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911 (; 125,407 indexed records with 206,316 record images (was 108,125 records with 206,316 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2020
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 119,271 indexed records with 118,902 record images (was 90,965 records with 90,722 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,061,527 indexed records with 88,148 record images (was 1,057,772 records with 87,883 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877 (; 112,191 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 112,168 records with 27,717 images), UPDATED 05-Jul-2020
Ohio, Toledo, Historic Woodlawn Cemetery Index of Burials, 1877-1955 (; 69,955 indexed records with 24,111 record images (was 69,955 records with 24,111 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 187,704 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 179,602 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 106,989 indexed records with 6,108 record images (was 106,989 records with 5,583 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands Newspaper Obituaries, 1900-ca.2010 (; 80,112 indexed records with 7,470 record images (was 66,671 records with 6,053 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Peru, Ayacucho, Civil Registration, 1903-1999 (; 444,077 indexed records with 439,364 record images (was 396,368 records with 391,947 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
Minnesota, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Layman Cemetery Burial Records, 1860-1926 (; 23,762 indexed records with 23,742 record images (was 23,702 records with 23,682 images), UPDATED 06-Jul-2020

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 17,766 indexed records with 1,468 record images (was 14,258 records with 1,236 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020
England, Cumbria Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (; 1,387,242 indexed records with 60,327 record images (was 1,364,006 records with 59,765 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2020
Peru, Huánuco, Civil Registration, 1888-1998 (; 730,831 indexed records with 708,628 record images (was 730,824 records with 708,628 images), UPDATED 03-Jul-2020
Niue, Vital Records, 1818-1994 (; 36,460 indexed records with 26,845 record images (was 33,535 records with 24,277 images), UPDATED 10-Jul-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

Iowa, Records of Persons Subject to Military Duty, 1862-1910 (; 5,075,771 indexed records with 107,838 record images (was 5,075,771 records with 107,833 images), last updated 03-Aug-2019
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,805 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,749 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
Florida Deaths, 1877-1939 (; 471,799 indexed records with 471,267 record images (was 471,799 records with 471,266 images), last updated 08-Aug-2019
Virginia, Southern Claims Commission Approved Claims, 1871-1880 (; 5,537 indexed records with 5,143 record images (was 5,537 records with 52 images), last updated 05-May-2020
South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872 (; 245,755 indexed records with 6,706 record images (was 245,755 records with 6,705 images), last updated 05-Nov-2019

California, Pioneer Migration Index, Compiled 1906-1935 (; 6,651 indexed records with 6,373 record images (was 6,651 records with 6,144 images), last updated 02-May-2019
Massachusetts, City of Boston Voter Registers, 1857-1920 (; 84,649 indexed records with 7,341 record images (was 84,649 records with 3,954 images), last updated 19-Dec-2019
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,043,205 indexed records with 206,456 record images (was 2,043,205 records with 180,142 images), last updated 11-Sep-2019
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 51,778 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 43,782 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,680,481 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,679,453 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020

United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,978 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,601,722 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

South Africa, Orange Free State, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1832-1989 (; 638,400 indexed records with 80,761 record images (was 638,400 records with 82,254 images), last updated 23-Dec-2019
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,548 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,575 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019
Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991 (; 178,686 indexed records with 212,723 record images (was 178,686 records with 212,744 images), last updated 29-May-2020
Alabama State Census, 1866 (; 243,781 indexed records with 7 record images (was 243,781 records with 6,274 images), last updated 12-Dec-2011
France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896 (; 7,882,907 indexed records with 3,095,369 record images (was 7,882,907 records with 3,099,653 images), last updated 28-Mar-2018

Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,586 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,840 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,204,644 indexed records with 1,967,787 record images (was 7,204,644 records with 1,967,791 images), last updated 06-May-2020
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 327,111 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,307 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
Arizona, Maricopa County, Voting Records, 1876-1932 (; 408,162 indexed records with 20,430 record images (was 408,162 records with 20,470 images), last updated 02-Jul-2020
Kansas State Census, 1905 (; 1,545,509 indexed records with 49,930 record images (was 1,545,509 records with 50,873 images), last updated 10-Oct-2019

--- Collections with new records ---

Oklahoma, Comanche County, Highland Cemetery Records, 1901-1994 (; 26,542 indexed records with 17,646 record images (was 26,532 records with 17,646 images), last updated 01-Jul-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

Mexico Deaths, 1680-1940 (; Index only (258,142 records), no images (was 261,694 records with 0 images), last updated 16-Feb-2020
New York State Census, 1905 (; 7,655,011 indexed records with 111,177 record images (was 7,655,014 records with 111,177 images), last updated 28-Jun-2020
Mexico Baptisms, 1560-1950 (; Index only (29,289,479 records), no images (was 29,564,782 records with 0 images), last updated 16-Mar-2020
Texas, Laredo Arrival Manifests, 1903-1955 (; 457,022 indexed records with 1,322,540 record images (was 461,046 records with 1,322,540 images), last updated 31-Mar-2016
Mexico Marriages, 1570-1950 (; Index only (5,306,352 records), no images (was 5,350,550 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Jun-2020

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (; 5,453,571 indexed records with 19,317,962 record images (was 5,456,420 records with 19,317,962 images), last updated 02-Oct-2015
Guatemala Baptisms, 1730-1917 (; Index only (332,434 records), no images (was 337,233 records with 0 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
Guatemala Marriages, 1750-1930 (; Index only (81,624 records), no images (was 81,625 records with 0 images), last updated 17-Feb-2020
Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 (; 2,744,332 indexed records with 3,894,759 record images (was 3,544,429 records with 3,894,759 images), last updated 13-Jan-2014


My friend, Marshall, has come up with a program to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping us out here!

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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Friday, July 10, 2020

Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 10 July 2020

Welcome to Genealogy News 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 over the past three days.

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

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

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  MyHeritage Online Events for June–July

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 14 July, 11 a.m.:  Connecting the Dots – Introduction to Auto Clusters at MyHeritageDNA, by Paul Woodbury

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 15 July, 11 a.m.: On the Record Trail of My LDS Immigrant Ancestor, by Sunny Morton

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Turning dry facts into exciting narrative, by Carol Baxter

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Find Your Images Online with TinEye, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  The Genealogy Guys:  #381

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  American Ancestors:  What's New at

*  FamilySearch:  Indexing Live Discussion

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Learning from Our History - Elevenses with Lisa Episode 15

6)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 7 July 2020 ?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 10 July 2020

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New records and app features available this Findmypast Friday

Findmypast is pleased to announce a major new update to the Findmypast app: you can now search for records from the Findmypast app. You can also filter and sort the results and with a paid subscription, view transcripts and images to print or download.

To use this feature, download the app (or update it if you already have it) and you’ll see a search magnifying glass at the bottom of your screen. You can find out more about the free Findmypast mobile app and all its great features here.

Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions

Over 32,000 additional records have been added to this exclusive collection. Covering 48 Yorkshire parishes, these records can reveal fascinating details for your family tree including names, ages, birth years, death years, locations and original inscriptions. See our Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions Parish List for more info on the parishes covered.

These latest additions have been provided by our partners at Calderdale Family History Society and City of York & District Family History Society and you won't find them anywhere else online.

Derbyshire Deaths and Burials

This collection of records has been updated with over 60,000 new additions from 7 Derbyshire parishes. Burial records can provide valuable details on the lives and deaths of your ancestors including dates of birth, death and burial, age at death, date of burial and religious denominations.

These new releases have been provided by Derbyshire Family History Society and High Peak Borough Council. See our Derbyshire Parish List for more info on the parishes covered.

National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914

Over 7,000 exclusive admission registers from two schools have been added to this exclusive collection. These records can reveal details about your ancestors’ childhoods that you won't find anywhere else online such as admission dates, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.

Provided by our partners at North West Kent Family History Society, the new additions come from Stone, The Brent School (1894-1920) and St Mary Cray School (1867-1920).

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration Records 1874-1996

We’ve just released millions of civil birth, marriage and death records from Lima, the capital city of Peru. Spanning over 120 years, each collection includes a dedicated search page making it easier to narrow down the record you're looking for:

Brought to you in partnership with FamilySearch, these milestone resources are essential for anyone with Peruvian heritage.


Our newspaper collection continues to grow with the addition of 12 brand new titles, along with updates to 14 existing titles. New to the site are:
  • Manchester & Salford Advertiser covering 1837-1840, and 1842
  • Hampshire Independent covering 1837, 1842-1843, 1845-1846, 1848-1852, 1858-1878, 1880-1882, 1884-1885, 1888-1895, 1898-1900, 1903-1905, 1908-1910, 1912-1918, and 1920-1923
  • Clonmel Chronicle covering 1848-1880, and 1882-1896
  • Jersey Evening Post covering 1899, 1902-1903, and 1905-1909
  • Sunday Illustrated covering 1921-1923
  • Cox’s Legal Circular covering 1916
  • Docks’ Gazette covering 1920
  • On the March covering 1920
  • The War covering 1915
  • Prohibitionist covering 1917-1918
  • Chester-le-Street Chronicle and District Advertiser covering 1913-1923, and 1929-1940
  • Kilkenny Moderator covering 1828-1831, 1833-1840, 1849-1851, 1881, and 1900-1902
Meanwhile, we've updated:
  • Merthyr Express with pages from 1946, 1948, and 1952-1953
  • Westmeath Guardian and Longford News-Letter with pages from 1841-1851, 1853-1860, and 1862-1896
  • Richmond & Ripon Chronicle with pages from 1857, 1859, and 1889
  • Scarborough Gazette with pages from 1856, and 1884
  • Leinster Reporter with pages from 1878, and 1880
  • Wakefield Express with pages from 1862
  • Saint James’s Chronicle with pages from 1851-1866
  • Baldwin’s London Weekly Journal with pages from 1803, 1807, 1809, 1812, 1817-1820, and 1822-1836
  • Cannock Chase Courier with pages from 1914-1928
  • Midland Counties Advertiser with pages from 1882
  • Lynn Advertiser with pages from 1891-1909, and 1911-1912
  • Meath Herald and Cavan Advertiser with pages from 1854-1856
  • Lisburn Standard with pages from 1878, and 1884-1885
  • Sligo Independent with pages from 1856, 1860-1869, and 1920-1924


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 338: #548 Timothy Hamant (1667-1718) of Medfield, Massachusetts

Timothy Hamant (1667-1718)  is number 548 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #549 Melatiah Clark (1674-1747) in 1696 in Medfield, now Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #274 Timothy Hamant (1699-1774) who married #275 Hephzibah Clark (1699-1791) in 1727.
* their daughter #137 Patience Hamant (1735-1780) who married  #136 Moses Smith (1736-1806) in 1762.
*  their son #68  Aaron Smith (1765-1841) who married #69 Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) in 1795.
*  their son #34 Alpheus Smith (1802-1840)   who married  #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) 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)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*   Name:                            Timothy Hamant[1–2]    
*  Alternate Name:             Timothy Hammon[3]    
*  Alternate Name:             Timothy Hammant[6]  

*  Sex:                                Male    

*  Father:                           Francis Hamant (1625-1692)    
*  Mother:                         Sarah  --?-- (1629-1708)  

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

*   Birth:                            1 November 1667, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[3–4]    
*  Distribution:                  1 September 1692 (age 24), father's will proved; Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Town Officer:                1703 (about age 36), elected town treasurer; Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

*  Death:                            1718 (about age 51), Arrowsic, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States[1]    
*  Burial:                            1718 (about age 51), non-cemetery burial, probably Arrowsic, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States[4]  

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

  Spose 1:                        Melatiah Clark (1674-1747)    
*  Marriage 1:                    19 January 1695/6 (age 28), Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[6–7]    

*  Child 1:                         Timothy Hamant (1699-1774)    
*  Child 2:                         Samuel Hamant (1701-1755)    
*  Child 3:                         Melatiah Hamant (1704-1751)    
*  Child 4:                         Mehitable Hamant (1706-1727)    
*  Child 5:                         Abiel Hamant (1708-1783)  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

William S. Tilden edited the book History of the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1650-1886. The family genealogy section of the book provides this summary[1]:
"Timothy 2 (Francis) owned the farm and house that had been his father's. He married in 1696 Milletiah Clark (36). He was chosen town treasurer in 1703, and held that office for several years. He died at Arrowsick in 1718; and his widow probably married, as second husband, William Partridge (5), and died in 1747."
Timothy "Hammon" was born 1 November 1667 in Medfield, Massachusetts, the son of Francis and Sarah (--?--) Hamant[3-4].

Timothy was named executor of his father's will, written on 22 July 1692, and proved in Suffolk County Probate Court on 1 September 1692[2].  Timothy received the rest of the estate and was to care for his mother, and pay his sisters money as part of their share. The probate record for Francis Hamant is in Suffolk County probate case file 1,962 in Suffolk County Probate Court.

He married Melatiah Clark (1674-1747) on 19 January 1695/6 in Boston, Massachusetts[6-7].  She was the daughter of Ephraim and Mary (Bullen) Clark of Medfield.  Timothy and Melatiah (Clark) Hamant had five children, all born in and recorded in Medfield:

*  Timothy Hamant (1699-1744), married 1727 Hephzibah Clark (1699-1791).
*  Samuel Hamant (1701-1755), marred 1728 Hannah Partridge (1702-1780).
*  Melatiah Hamant (1704-1751), married 1728 Michael Metcalf (1706-1771).
*  Mehitable Hamant (1706-1727).
*  Abiel Hamant (1708-1783), married 1733 Joseph Smith (1709-1760).

Timothy Hamant served the  town of Medfield in 1703 when he became Town Treasurer. He continued in this position for many years[1].

It is not known why Timothy Hamant went to Arrowsic in Maine in about 1718, but the history of Medfield says he died there[1].  

No burial location is known for Timothy Hamant, but there is a Find A Grave memorial for him[4].

There is no known probate record for Timothy Hamant in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.  His wife and children probably resided in the Medfield house until Melatiah married, secondly, William Partridge in 1726.  Melatiah (Clark) (Hamant) Partridge died in 1747 in Medfield. 

1. William S Tilden and John A S Monks, History of the town of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1650-1886 : with genealogies of the families that held real estate or made any considerable stay in the town during the first two centuries (Boston, Mass.: G.H. Ellis, 1887), page 402, Timothy Hamant sketch.

2. Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case File 1962 Francis Hamant estate file (4 images), will proved 1 September 1692; "Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 9 July 2020).

3. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 57, Timothy Hammon entry, 1 November 1667.

4. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Non-cemetery burial, Timothy Hamant (1667-1718) memorial # 95761826.

5. Cheryl O'Malley "The Francis Hamant House Legacy," webpage, Medfield [Mass.] Historical Society (, 2015, Timothy Hamant (1667-1718) sketch.

6. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, indexed database and digital image, (, "Boston Marriages, 1689-1720," page 44 (image 23 of 96), Timothy Hammant and Melatiah Clark entry, 1696.

7. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, digital images,, "Boston > Births, Marriages, and Death," image 3041 of 60705, Timothy Hammant and Melatiah Clark marriage entry, 1696.


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

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