Saturday, July 25, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Major News Events During Your Life

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) What are the major news events that happened during your life that you remember where you were when you heard about them?

2) Tell us in your own blog post, or in comments to this post, or in comments on Facebook.  As always, please leave a link to your work in Comments.

Here is mine:

I have several " big ones:"

*  The John F. Kennedy assassination on 22 November 1963 in Dallas.  I was in the cafeteria on the San Diego State campus eating lunch.  They made an announcement over the intercom.  Everybody left.  I t took me awhile to get the bus and go home - two transfers.  When I got home my father (who was anti-Kennedy) said "This a terrible thing, Randy."  We watched TV all weekend.  Then the conspiracy theories started and I have always been interested in the story.  

*  The Bobby Kennedy assassination in June 1968 in Los Angeles.  I was new to my group of engineers at Rohr, and had gone to see Bobby in an open area near the plant the day (or week?) before.  One of the engineers had a poker party on election night, and I went.  When we heard about this, we went home and watched TV.  No mystery here!

*  The first moon landing with astronauts on 20 July 1969.  The landing was in the early afternoon, and we listened on the radio at work.  The moonwalk was in the evening, so I watched it with my parents live.  It was an amazing technological feat all through the 1960s and early 1970s.

*  The Pacific Southwest Airlines 182 crash on 25 September 1978 over San Diego.  I was at work, and my mother phoned me to say that the plane had crashed in North Park.  She could see the smoke from her home in Point Loma.  I went home to my family after work and watched TV for several days as they figured it out.  

*  The Challenger Space Shuttle explosion over Florida on 28 January 1986 occurred in the daytime.  I was at work, and everyone was interested in hearing the shuttle had gone into space.  We had the television on in a conference room, and watched in horror when they said it had exploded.  Rohr made the solid rocket booster casing that housed the faulty O-rings. 

*  11 September 2001.  9/11.  I was still in bed when the first aircraft hit the World Trade Tower at around 5:45 a.m.  I had the alarm set to turn the radio on at 6 a.m. and it came on with the news.  I watched TV until the second tower fell, then went to work and that's all they talked about.  We had project engineers on a business trip in Baltimore who drove their rental car across the country in three days because there was no air traffic.  We kept track of where they were.  

That's enough for now!


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 18 to 24 July 2020

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from 18 to 24 July 2020: 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

1861 Census of Canada; indexed database with record images, Updated 7/22/2020

Nuevo León, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981; indexed database with record images, Updated 7/20/2020

U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865; indexed database without record images, Updated 7/20/2020

Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1945; indexed database with record images, Updated 7/20/2020

England and Wales, Death Index, 1989-2019; indexed database without record images, Updated 7/20/2020

Scotland and Northern Ireland, Death Index, 1989-2019; indexed database without record images, Updated 7/20/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,806 collections available as of 24 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 18 to 24 July 2020

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

As of 24 July 2020, there are 2,836 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added ---

California, customs passenger lists of vessels arriving at San Francisco, 1903-1918 (; 314,297 indexed records with 314,297 record images, ADDED 22-Jul-2020
*  Texas, Washington County, Birth Records, 1903-1991 (; 236 indexed records with 236 record images, ADDED 24-Jul-2020
*  Utah, County Birth and Death Records,1892-1951 (; 17,518 indexed records with 17,518 record images, ADDED 24-Jul-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 99,086 indexed records with 91,590 record images (was 97,440 records with 90,397 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 840,606 indexed records with 239,780 record images (was 800,625 records with 218,776 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005 (; 1,373,093 indexed records with 1,509,870 record images (was 1,348,719 records with 1,509,870 images), UPDATED 21-Jul-2020
Nebraska, Lancaster County, Fairview Cemetery, Burial Records, 1864-1999 (; 6,268 indexed records with 6,235 record images (was 6,168 records with 6,135 images), UPDATED 22-Jul-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 97,025 indexed records with 41,664 record images (was 88,551 records with 38,092 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020

Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Parish Records, 1550-1966 (; 223,257 indexed records with 96,520 record images (was 219,508 records with 96,520 images), UPDATED 20-Jul-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935 (; 144,257 indexed records with 4,776 record images (was 130,612 records with 4,280 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922 (; 579,796 indexed records with 577,938 record images (was 534,422 records with 532,592 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 630,935 indexed records with 553,195 record images (was 600,108 records with 528,555 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 131,092 indexed records with 130,860 record images (was 120,392 records with 120,165 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 574,214 indexed records with 42,466 record images (was 517,944 records with 36,594 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976 (; 150,909 indexed records with 132,014 record images (was 145,641 records with 131,855 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928 (; 269,103 indexed records with 34,145 record images (was 262,843 records with 33,394 images), UPDATED 23-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 23-Jul-2020
South Africa, Orange Free State, Civil Death Registration, 1902-1954 (; 3,868 indexed records with 3,867 record images (was 2,743 records with 2,742 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020

South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955 (; 177,124 indexed records with 138,762 record images (was 163,648 records with 125,309 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 121,817 indexed records with 119,361 record images (was 117,905 records with 115,467 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,344 indexed records with 46,885,453 record images (was 30,047,344 records with 46,885,453 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 148,604 indexed records with 147,588 record images (was 132,700 records with 132,099 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Nebraska, Lancaster County, Wyuka Cemetery Burial Permits, 1883-1999 (; 49,695 indexed records with 49,603 record images (was 49,675 records with 49,583 images), UPDATED 17-Jul-2020

Peru, Ayacucho, Civil Registration, 1903-1999 (; 536,001 indexed records with 530,801 record images (was 494,190 records with 489,177 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920 (; 111,380 indexed records with 4,568 record images (was 96,504 records with 4,147 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Ontario, Toronto Cemetery Records, 1989-1995 (; 77,068 indexed records with 6,795 record images (was 75,456 records with 6,660 images), UPDATED 23-Jul-2020
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 454,918 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 451,136 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 (; 1,786,482 indexed records with 1,582,419 record images (was 1,755,140 records with 1,582,419 images), UPDATED 23-Jul-2020

Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 50,287 indexed records with 23,461 record images (was 32,709 records with 19,063 images), UPDATED 21-Jul-2020
North Carolina, Wilmington, Cemetery Records, 1852-2005 (; 28,604 indexed records with 1,226 record images (was 28,423 records with 1,221 images), UPDATED 19-Jul-2020
New York State Census, 1875 (; 3,124,781 indexed records with 55,032 record images (was 3,124,782 records with 55,032 images), UPDATED 18-Jul-2020
Iowa, Scott County, Oakdale Cemetery, Interment Records, 1856-1989 (; 23,867 indexed records with 990 record images (was 23,696 records with 984 images), UPDATED 18-Jul-2020
Michigan, Eastern and Western Districts, Naturalization Records, 1837-1993 (; 1,385,962 indexed records with 1,357,837 record images (was 369,392 records with 360,092 images), UPDATED 21-Jul-2020

Nova Scotia Delayed Births, 1837-1904 (; 76,170 indexed records with 70,782 record images (was 71,859 records with 70,782 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Texas, Hardin County, Marriage Records, 1837-2009 (; 23,193 indexed records with 17,995 record images (was 12,871 records with 10,633 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 120,567 indexed records with 6,108 record images (was 120,565 records with 6,108 images), UPDATED 23-Jul-2020
Guatemala Civil Registration, 1868-2008 (; 2,509,806 indexed records with 2,755,000 record images (was 2,347,509 records with 2,755,000 images), UPDATED 19-Jul-2020
California, passenger and crew lists at various ports, 1907-1956 (; 285,875 indexed records with 272,550 record images (was 199,915 records with 191,033 images), UPDATED 22-Jul-2020

California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 (; 6,162,962 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,121,286 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Death Records and Certificates, 1835-1954 (; 637,314 indexed records with 288,396 record images (was 637,162 records with 288,355 images), UPDATED 20-Jul-2020
Hawaii, Death Records and Death Registers, 1841-1925 (; 123,440 indexed records with 63,121 record images (was 123,440 records with 62,166 images), UPDATED 23-Jul-2020
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,580 records), no images (was 875,610,579 records with 0 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950 (; 445,600 indexed records with 72,102 record images (was 368,735 records with 69,256 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 5,002,990 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,001,086 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Brazil, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 11,994 indexed records with 5,688 record images (was 7,184 records with 3,363 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Illinois, Quincy, Greenmount Cemetery Records, 1875-1985 (; 42,795 indexed records with 30,762 record images (was 32,768 records with 26,161 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 98,490 indexed records with 45,626 record images (was 96,991 records with 45,075 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 43,860 indexed records with 6,078 record images (was 37,134 records with 5,887 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020

Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983 (; 6,730 indexed records with 6,718 record images (was 6,577 records with 6,565 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,073,743 indexed records with 88,290 record images (was 1,066,287 records with 88,223 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Nova Scotia Deaths, 1864-1877 (; 112,199 indexed records with 27,717 record images (was 112,191 records with 27,717 images), UPDATED 20-Jul-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 33,310,071 indexed records with 4,320,292 record images (was 32,787,647 records wih 4,251,571 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 208,940 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 200,134 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 38,344 indexed records with 625 record images (was 25,758 records with 458 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Ohio, Washington County Newspaper Obituaries, 1884-2013 (; 694,396 indexed records with 11,225 record images (was 693,529 records with 11,211 images), UPDATED 21-Jul-2020
Hawaii, Various Islands, Circuit Court Divorce Records, 1849-1915 (; 6,834 indexed records with 46,945 record images (was 0 records with 46,945 images), UPDATED 22-Jul-2020
Netherlands, Bibliothèque Wallonne, Card Indexes, ca. 1500-1858 (; 6,463 indexed records with 1,033,852 record images (was 0 records with 1,033,852 images), UPDATED 20-Jul-2020

Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands Newspaper Obituaries, 1900-ca.2010 (; 108,971 indexed records with 10,090 record images (was 94,713 records with 8,848 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 (; 160,153 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 153,034 records with 105,781 images), UPDATED 20-Jul-2020
Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982 (; 138,021 indexed records with 170,198 record images (was 106,205 records with 170,198 images), UPDATED 22-Jul-2020
Micronesia, Death Records, 1970-1986 (; 1,430 indexed records with 1,426 record images (was 612 records with 611 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 (; 775,401 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 750,092 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 21-Jul-2020

South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 (; 2,676,396 indexed records with 1,167,010 record images (was 2,671,940 records with 1,167,010 images), UPDATED 22-Jul-2020
Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Steinburg, Civil Registration, 1874-1983 (; 227,685 indexed records with 192,128 record images (was 221,138 records with 192,128 images), UPDATED 22-Jul-2020
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 27,639 indexed records with 2,253 record images (was 21,191 records with 1,729 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020
Niue, Vital Records, 1818-1994 (; 40,437 indexed records with 30,298 record images (was 38,718 records with 28,870 images), UPDATED 24-Jul-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

Ohio, Toledo, Historic Woodlawn Cemetery Index of Burials, 1877-1955 (; 69,982 indexed records with 24,126 record images (was 69,962 records with 24,117 images), last updated 17-Jul-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 53,004 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 42,851 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
Louisiana Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970 (; 76,332 indexed records with 3 record images (was 76,332 records with 2 images), last updated 14-Feb-2020
Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991 (; 178,686 indexed records with 212,732 record images (was 178,686 records with 212,723 images), last updated 29-May-2020
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000 (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 96,142 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 94,856 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020

France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896 (; 7,882,907 indexed records with 3,099,653 record images (was 7,882,907 records with 3,096,706 images), last updated 28-Mar-2018
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,680,444 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,676,662 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020
Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971 (; 3,537,384 indexed records with 13,096,662 record images (was 3,537,384 records with 13,096,376 images), last updated 14-Mar-2019
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 311,173 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 298,266 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,537 indexed records with 315,940 record images (was 441,537 records with 316,609 images), last updated 26-Dec-2019
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,549 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,575 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019
United States, New York, Index to Passengers Arriving at New York City, compiled 1944-1948 (; 1,129,668 indexed records with 1,109,790 record images (was 1,129,668 records with 1,112,549 images), last updated 18-Mar-2020
United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Enrollment Records, 1908-1910 (; 136,267 indexed records with 3,779 record images (was 136,267 records with 3,841 images), last updated 09-Apr-2020
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,204,644 indexed records with 1,966,109 record images (was 7,204,644 records with 1,967,791 images), last updated 06-May-2020

Louisiana, New Orleans, Quarterly Abstracts of Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, 1820-1875 (; 426,106 indexed records with 8,922 record images (was 426,106 records with 10,781 images), last updated 16-Jul-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

Mexico Deaths, 1680-1940 (; Index only (249,279 records), no images (was 258,142 records with 0 images), last updated 16-Feb-2020
Mexico Marriages, 1570-1950 (; Index only (4,234,421 records), no images (was 5,306,352 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Jun-2020
Mexico Baptisms, 1560-1950 (; Index only (25,602,504 records), no images (was 29,289,479 records with 0 images), last updated 16-Mar-2020
Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632-1958 (; 7 indexed records with 378,612 record images (was 1,830 records with 378,612 images), last updated 09-Apr-2020
Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984 (; 18,850 indexed records with 29,943 record images (was 36,113 records with 29,943 images), last updated 07-Apr-2020

Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 (; 2,916,592 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 3,006,157 records with 1,750,627 images), last updated 23-Apr-2020
Mexico, Aguascalientes, Catholic Church Records, 1601-1962 (; 127,313 indexed records with 618,532 record images (was 131,006 records with 618,532 images), last updated 07-Apr-2020
El Salvador Baptisms, 1750-1940 (; Index only (141,900 records), no images (was 145,495 records with 0 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 (; 298,611 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 317,022 records with 3,458,764 images), last updated 04-May-2020


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 24, 2020

Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 24 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.

1)  News Articles:

AncestryDNA Update on 6-7cM Removal

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

A Summer of DNA Virtual Conference

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

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  MyHeritage Online Events for June–July

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 28 July, 11 a.m.: Fabulous Photo Discoveries™ at MyHeritage, by Lisa Louise Cooke

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 29 July, 11 a.m.: Researching a Loyalist Soldier, by Craig R. Scott

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Elusive Immigrant: The Search for Dora Lühr, by Warren Bittner

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  50 More Websites Every Genealogist Should Know, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Tech Zone: How to Search Genealogy on Pinterest, by Lisa Lisson

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Getting Started in Family History - 7 - Cemetery and Church Records, by Cheri Hudson Passey

 *  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Getting Started in Family History - 9 - Researching On Location, by Cheri Hudson Passey

*   Archived Family Tree Webinar: Getting Started in Family History - 10 - Research Plans and Logs, by Cheri Hudson Passey

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Getting Started in Family History - 11 - Staying Organized, by Cheri Hudson Passey

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Getting Started in Family History -12 - Avoiding Mistakes, by Cheri Hudson Passey

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips: #191r - Family Stories

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  BYU Family History Library:  2020 Update: Basics of MyHeritage - James Tanner

*  Data Mining DNA:  How to Share your Ancestry Family Tree

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Top Tips for Search at Ancestry - Step-by-step tutorial

7)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 21 July 2020 ?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 24 July 2020

I received this information from Findmypast today:


  • New records from both sides of the Atlantic added to Findmypast’s growing collections
  • Includes the oldest newspaper published on the site to date, stretching coverage back the 17th century
  • Also includes a rare collection of social history records - rediscovered by the Coventry FHS after being lost for nearly 100 years
An eclectic mix of records from both sides of the Atlantic are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Warwickshire, Coventry Pawnbroker Tickets 1915-1923

“Lost” for nearly 100 years and rediscovered during demolition work at 118 Gosford Street, Coventry, in 2015, this fascinating slice of social history was salvaged and lovingly transcribed by the Coventry Family History Society.

The tickets provide a remarkable insight into pawn broking during and immediately after the First World War, revealing the items people pawned, where they lived, how much they received and how often they received loans. Dating from the 24 April 1915 until the 3 October 1923, the tickets cover items that were pawned at Wm. Brookes at 1-2 Silver Street and 118 Gosford Street and Philips Electric Arc Welding Ltd.

They reveal how these shops were overwhelmingly used by women, often pawning items on a Monday to help them get through the week, before retrieving them on a Friday or Saturday when their husbands got paid. The most likely value put on items was around six to five shillings with the most valuable items being priced at 25 shillings. Common items included bedlinen, shoes, dresses, costumes, coats and jackets, tablecloths and even underwear, revealing the daily struggles faced by many during this difficult time.

The large number of tickets issued on Christmas Eve 1915 also serve as a powerful reminder of the impact of the Great War and the thousands of women who were left to fend for their families alone.

Warwickshire Burials

Pinpoint your Warwickshire relatives’ final resting places with over 140,000 additional records from three cemeteries to discover when and where your ancestors were buried, their parent’s names, their dates and birth and death and home address.

Records from the following cemeteries have been added in this update:

  • Coventry, London Road Cemetery, 1916-2007
  • Coventry, St Paul's Cemetery, 1893-1994
  • Walsgrave on Sowe Cemetery, 1893-1994.

United States, Idaho, Reconstructed 1890 Idaho Census

The 1890 US Census was destroyed by fire. This substitute index can help plug the gaps for the state of Idaho. Created by volunteers and staff from Idaho State Archives, the records can reveal important family details like names, dates and locations.

Consisting of federal, state and local government records, the collection pinpoints as many Idaho residents as possible between 1885 and 1894.


This week’s update includes the addition of the Edinburgh Gazette, the oldest title published on Findmypast to date, stretching Findmypast’s newspaper holdings back into the 17th century.

First published eight years before the Act of Union on 2 March 1699 by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office, the Gazette’s consisted of legal and official announcements from HM Government, the Scottish Executive, the Parliaments at Westminster and Holyrood, the Armed Forces, local authorities, churches, companies and private citizens.

It featured articles relating to state matters, parliamentary affairs, planning, and even transport, with Local Authority notices relating to road and footpath closures, as well as regularly printed notices of bankruptcies, the appointment of liquidators and meetings of creditors.

Other new titles available to search this week include;

  • Cork Daily Herald covering 1858-1860, 1863, 1865-1867, 1872-1894
  •  Bangalore Spectator covering 1877, 1880, 1882-1883
  • Edinburgh Gazette covering 1699
  • Cavan Weekly News and General Advertiser covering 1864-1868, 1870-1880, 1882-1887, 1890-1892, 1894-1896
  • Ballinrobe Chronicle and Mayo Advertiser covering 1866-1872, 1875-1877, 1879, 1882-1884, 1886-1889, 1892-1896
  • Nantwich Chronicle covering 1945-1958, 1976, 1978
While additional coverage has been added to;
  • Leicester Chronicle from 1915, 1925, 1929-1933, 1948, 1950-1959, 1965, 1975 and 1977
  • Jersey Evening Post from 1901 and 1904


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 340: #550 Joseph Clark (1664-1731) of Medfield, Massachusetts

Joseph Clark (1664-1731)   is number 550 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #551 Mary Wight (1667-1705 in 1686 in Medfield, now Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, Hephzibah Clark (1699-1791), #275 who married #274 Timothy Hamant (1699-1774)  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:                       Joseph Clark[1–7]    
*  Alternate Name:       Joseph Clarke[8]

*  Sex:                          Male    

*  Father:                      Joseph Clarke (1642-1702)    
*  Mother:                    Mary Allen (1641-1702)  

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

*   Birth:                       14 June 1664, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[6,8]    

*  Distribution:             December 1704 (about age 40), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Death:                      13 July 1731 (age 67), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[5–6] 
*  Burial:                      after 13 July 1731 (after age 67), Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[6]    

*  Probate:                   23 August 1731 (age 67), administrators Abigail Clark and Thomas Clark appointed; Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[7]  

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

*  Spouse 1:                 Mary Wight (1667-1705)    
*  Marriage 1:              8 April 1686 (age 21), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[1-2]    

*  Child 1:                   Mary Clark (1687-1717)    
*  Child 2:                   Mehitable Clark (1690-1765)    
*  Child 3:                   Hannah Clark (1692-1773)    
*  Child 4:                   Esther Clark (1695-1774)    
*  Child 5:                   Joseph Clark (1697-1731)    
*  Child 6:                   Hephzibah Clark (1698-1791)    
*  Child 7:                   Thomas Clark (1703-1776)    

*  Spouse 2:                Abigail (Turner) Smith (1667-1750)    
*  Marriage 2:             23 December 1706 (age 42), Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
*  Child 8:                   Abigail Clark (1711-1746)

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]:
"Joseph Clark was a cordwainer by trade.  He married in 1686 Mary Wight, and settled about the same time in the north part of the town, very near where Noah Allen now lives.  In 1695, he held the office of sealer of leather.  At his father's death, he received the homestead in the south part of the town, and removed thither.  Captain Joseph Clark was one of the prominent men of the town, built the grist mill, and carried on the manufacture of malt in an adjacent building.  His wife died in 1705; and he married in 1706 Abigail Smith, widow of Samuel.  He died in 1731, his wife about 1750."
Joseph Clarke was born 14 June 1664 in Medfield, Massachusetts, the first child of Joseph and Mary (Allen) Clark[1,6,8].

He married, first, Mary Wight (1667-1705) on 8 April 1686 in Medfield[1-2].  She was the daughter of Thomas and Mehitable (Cheney) Wight of Medfield.

They had seven children, all born and recorded in the Medfield town records.  They were:

* Mary Clark (1687-1717), married 1705 Nathaniel Smith (1684-1762).
*  Mehitable Clark (1690-1765), married 1715 Timothy Morse (1687-1765).
*  Hannah Clark (1692-1773), married 1709 John Robbins (1688-1774).
*  Esther Clark (1695-1774), married 1715 Ebenezer Turner (1693-1759).
*  Joseph Clark (1697-1731), married 1718 Experience Wheeler (1697-1754).
*  Hephzibah Clark (1699-1791), married 1727 Timothy Hamant (1699-1774).
*  Thomas Clark (1703-1776), married 1727 Abigail Morse (1696-1777).

Mary (Wight) Clark died on 16 December 1705 in Medfield at age 38, leaving seven children between the ages of 2 and 18.

Joseph married (2) Abigail (Turner) Smith (1667-1750), the widow of Samuel Smith of Medfield, on 23 December 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts[1,4].  They had one child, born and recorded in Medfield:

*  Abigail Clark (1711-1747), married 1730 Henry Smith (1711-1785).

Joseph's mother, Mary (Allen) Clark (1641-1702) died on 5 May 1702 in Medfield at age 60, and his father, Joseph Clark (1642-1702) died on 4 September 1702 at age 60.  Joseph was named administrator of his father's estate[3].  He received a double portion of the estate in December 1704 when the real estate was divided by a committee.  He received (all in Medfield, except where indicated) the following real estate:
*  All the lands on the east side of the cart way with the housing, barn, barn yard, and orchard
*  4 acres of land at the end of the home field adjoining Nathaniel Clark's land
*  2 acres of meadow in center meadow
*  one third part of 63 acres of meadow and swamp lying by Stop River, the middle part only plus a 3 acre neck of meadow between the brook and upland
*  12 acres called Clay pit pasture with a cart way
*  10.5 acres of woodland on south side of Stop River by Wrentham line.
*  18 acres at black swamp
*  one half of 54 acres of woodland in Dedham next to Puffer's land
*  one Cow common Right in Wrentham.
Joseph Clark died 13 July 1731 in Medfield at age 67, leaving a widow, Abigail (Turner) (Smith) Clark and 6 surviving children[5-6].  There is a Find A Grave memorial for Joseph Clark, but no record or stone in Vine Lake Cemetery in Medfield[6].

Joseph Clark died intestate, leaving his wife Abigail and seven living children, his son Joseph having died in March 1731.  The Suffolk County, Massachusetts probate case file is #6,138, with 48 images[7].  The probate file includes:
*  On 23 August 1731, bond was posted by widow Abigail Clark, Thomas Clark, Samuel Smith and Ebenezer Mason for the sum of 3,000 pounds.  Abigail Clark and Thomas Clark were admitted as administrators of the estate on the same day 
*  An inventory of the estate was taken on 2 September 1731 by Samuel Smith, Ebenezer Mason, and John Eles.  The inventory totaled 2434 pounds, 7 shillings, 1 pence.
The extensive real estate holdings included: 
*  The Dwelling house with conveniences of it - 90 pounds
*  a small work house near the dwelling house - 8 pounds
*  a Malt house with the privileges - 60 pounds
*  the Barn and barn yard with privileges - 30 pounds
*  a Corn mill with mill pond and privileges - 100 pounds
*  orchard, meadow, plow land and pasture on east side of the highway by the house - 66 pounds
*  3 acres of plow land on northwest side of the highway by the house - 36  pounds
*  21 acres of meadow land lying by Stop River - 270 pounds
*  an orchard on the south side of the highway - 30 pounds
*  plow land and pasture land on the south side of the highway - 90 pounds
*  parcel of pasture land near the barn called the neck - 168 pounds
*  8 acre parcel of woodland and meadow land in bounds of Walpole - 88 pounds
*  27 acres of woodland in bounds of Walpole - 60 pounds
*  18 acres of Devident land near Rock meadow - 34 pounds
*  10.5 acres of woodland on south side of Stop River - 21 pounds
*  All the land in bounds of Wrentham, upland and meadow belonging to this estate - 70 pounds.
*  land in Black Swamp Devident - 43 pounds
*  Land in New Medfield rights - 75 pounds
*  Land in Contry goar rights - 75 pounds
*  6 acres of meadow and upland near Deacon George Barbur in north part of town - 110 pounds
*  11 acres of upland and swamp lying in the neck (the widow claiming half of it as her right) - 56 pounds
*  a certain house and half acre of land in north part of town - 40 pounds
*  parcel of meadow and upland in north part of town called the gree - 120 pounds
*  2 acres of meadow in Center meadow - 40 pounds
*  11 acres at Crambery pond - 33 pounds
*  8 acres 3 roods in two parcels near Pine Hill part upland and part swamp - 25 pounds
*  5 acres of land in north part of town in two parcels, part upland and part swamp - 36 pounds
*  land in reversion not yet laid out - 2 pounds, 10 shillings.
The total is 1968 pounds, 10 shillings in real estate. 
*  The administrators charged themselves with the all and singular goods, chattels, rights and credits of the deceased.  They filed an account for charges and expenses of 119 pounds, 17 shillings, and 9 pence, which was allowed and approved by the court on 28 April 1732.
*  On 3 October 1732, the probate judge appointed a committee of Samuel Smith, George Barber, Joseph Plimpton, Ebenezer Mason and Solomon Clark all of Medfield to provide a division of the houses and lands for the widow and children of the estate of Joseph Clark. 
*  The committee filed their three page division, and the widow Abigail received a third part of the houses and lands including one half of the dwelling house.  The heirs of the eldest son Joseph Clark received a double portion of the remainder, and single portions were given to son Thomas Clark; Timothy Morse and daughter Mehitable, his wife; Nathnaiel Smith as guardian for his children by daughter Mary; John Robbins and daughter Hannah, his wife; Ebenezaer Turner and daughter Esther, his wife; Timothy Hamant and Hephsibah his wife; Henry Smith and Abigail, his wife. 
*  Abigail (Turner) (Smith) Clark died in early 1750, and on 24 April 1750 the Court appointed Samuel Smith, Josiah Mors and David Clark to divide the real estate.  They judged that the estate did not admit of a division.   
*  On 3 May 1750, the Court gave a warrant to Peter Coolidge, Edward Turner and Seth Dwight, all of Medfield, to appraise the real estate of the widow Abigail Clark.  On 13 June 1750, the committee provided the appraisal to the court, with the real estate worth 271 pounds, 2 shillings.  Thomas Clark, the remaining administrator of Joseph Clark, submitted an account for charges and expenses of 4 pounds, 3 shillings, 2 pence on 13 June 1850. 
*  The heirs-at-law petitioned the court on 2 June 1750 to settle the rest of the estate on Thomas Clark.  This was signed by Nathaniel Smith, Timothy and Mehitable Morse, Timothy and Hephzibeth Hamant, John and Hannah Robbins, Ebenezer and Esther Turner, and Henry Smith. 
*  On 7 August 1750, Thomas Clark, Peter Coolidge and Samuel Smith gave a bond of 500 pounds to settle the estate by Thomas Clark giving the heirs of Joseph Clark 60 pounds, and 30 pounds each to Mary Smith's heirs, Mehitable Mace, Hannah Robins, Esther Turner, Hepzibah Hamant and the legal representatives of Abigail Smith, deceased. 
*  Included in this probate case file is the 6 April 1757 appraisal of the real estate of the eldest son, Joseph Clark, who died in 1731, but was an heir of Joseph and Abigail (Turner) Clark.  The appraisal was 400 pounds.  Joseph Clark, the son of Joseph Clark, son of  Joseph Clark, made a bond and agreement to take the land of his father from the estate of his grandfather and pay his two sisters Catherine and Marcy 100 pounds each, plus 6% interest, as their shares.

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 349, Joseph Clark-3 sketch.

2. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Marriages, page 128, Joseph Clark and Mary Wight entry, 8 April 1686.

3. Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case 2,794 Joseph Clark of Medfield, 1703 (11 images); "Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 23 July 2020).

4. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, indexed database and digital image, (, Boston > Births, Marriages and Deaths, image 1958 of 60705, Joseph Clark and Abigail Smith marriage entry, 23 December 1706.

5. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Deaths, page 202, Joseph Clark entry, 13 July 1731.

6. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Vine Lake Cemetery, Medfield, Mass., Joseph Clark memorial #95763350.

7. Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Case 6,138, Joseph Clark of Medfield, 1731 (48 images);  "Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, American Ancestors   ( : accessed 23 July 2020).

8. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Births, page 40, Joseph Clarke entry, 14 June 1664.


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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