Saturday, August 1, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Did You or Your Children Know Their Great-Grandparents?

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) Did you or your children know their great-grandparents?  

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:

1)  My children were born in 1974 and 1976, so they did not meet their paternal paternal great-grandparents, Frederick and Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver, who died in 1942 and 1962.  They did meet their paternal maternal great-grandparents, Lyle and Emily (Auble) Carringer who died in 1976 and 1977, respectively.   They did not meet their maternal paternal great-grandparents - Severt and Amelia (Brocke) Leland (who died in 1940 and 1974), or their maternal maternal great-grandfather, Paul Schaffner (who died in 1934) but my oldest daughter met her great-grandmother Edna (McKnew) Schaffner (who died in late 1974) once.  We have a picture of the four generations.

2)  For myself, I was born in 1943, and so I did not meet any of my paternal great-grandparents, Frank W. and Hattie (Hildreth) Seaver, who died in 1922 and 1920, nor Thomas and Julia (White) Richmond, who died in 1917 and 1913.  I did meet three of my four maternal great-grandparents, since Henry Austin and Della (Smith) Carringer died in 1946 and 1944, and Georgianna (Kemp) Auble died in 1952, but her husband Charles Auble died in 1916.  

The only one I recall is Georgianna (Kemp) Auble, who lived with my grandparents.  She was warm and sweet, and we called her Nana (which is what my mother called her).  I do have old home movies of me with my great-grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer.

I would love to have been able to talk to Georgianna about genealogy and family history, since she was born in Ontario, moved to Chicago and married, and came to San Diego in about 1911.  Of course, I would love to talk again to any of them about their life experiences and family memories, but that isn't going to happen, is it?

To summarize, one of my children met three of their eight great-grandparents, and one of them met two.  I met three of my eight great-grandparents.  

3)  An additional thought:  My two grandsons (born 2003 and 2006) knew two of their great-grandparents, although one died 12 years ago.  They will have very fond and happy memories of their Gi-gi-ma!  My two granddaughters (born 2005 and 2008) knew one of their great-grandparents, who has since died.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 25 to 31 July 2020

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from 25 to 31 July 2020: 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Mexico, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/30/2020

Brazil, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/30/2020

Wales, Wills and Probate, 1513-1858; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/30/2020

Italy, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/30/2020

Germany, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/30/2020

Westminster, London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1919; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/30/2020

Norway, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/30/2020

Sweden, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/30/2020

Westminster, London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1935; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/30/2020

Canada, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/30/2020

UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/30/2020

U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/30/2020

Westminster, London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1812-1910; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/30/2020

Australia and New Zealand, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/30/2020

USC Shoah Foundation, Holocaust – Jewish Survivor Interviews; indexed records without record images, ADDED 7/27/2020

Arizona, Voter Registrations, 1866-1955; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/27/2020

U.S., Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/27/2020

Europe, Registration of Foreigners and German Persecutees, 1939-1947; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/27/2020

New York, New York, Index to Death Certificates, 1862-1948; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/27/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 6 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,812 collections available as of 31 July, an increase of  6 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 25 to 31 July 2020

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

As of 31 July 2020, there are 2,841 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 5 from last week):

New and updated collections this week are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added ---

*  California, Honor Roll of Californians who served in WWI, 1914-1918     (; 9,256 indexed records with 9,256 record images, ADDED 31-Jul-2020
*  France, Nord, Parish and Civil Registration, 1524-1893  (; 5,413,612 indexed records with 5,413,612 record images, ADDED 30-Jul-2020
*  New York, New York, Index to Passengers Lists of Vessels, 1897-1902     (; 403,635 indexed records with 403,635 record images, ADDED 30-Jul-2020
*  United States, New Jersey, Naturalization records from various counties, 1905-1944      (; 54,403 indexed records with 54,403 record images, ADDED 29-Jul-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005     (; 1,382,541 indexed records with 903,067 record images (was 1,353,828 records with 903,067 images), UPDATED 30-Jul-2020
Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976    (; 99,936 indexed records with 92,195 record images (was 99,086 records with 91,590 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979        (; 887,782 indexed records with 266,117 record images (was 840,606 records with 239,780 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Canada Census, 1851     (; Index only (2,197,287 records), no images (was 1,741,086 records with 0 images), UPDATED 27-Jul-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 104,592 indexed records with 44,994 record images (was 97,025 records with 41,664 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020

*  Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976   (; 153,501 indexed records with 132,093 record images (was 150,909 records with 132,014 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935      (; 158,515 indexed records with 5,213 record images (was 144,257 records with 4,776 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922       (; 629,181 indexed records with 627,263 record images (was 579,796 records with 577,938 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 660,457 indexed records with 582,672 record images (was 630,935 records with 553,195 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Missouri State and Territorial Census Records, 1732-1933        (; 341,768 indexed records with 12,444 record images (was 314,664 records with 12,444 images), UPDATED 30-Jul-2020

*  England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 644,053 indexed records with 47,138 record images (was 574,214 records with 42,466 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934       (; 263,920 indexed records with 13,424 record images (was 167,730 records with 9,634 images), UPDATED 29-Jul-2020
United States, Compiled Military Service Records Of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With The U.S. Colored Troops, 1861-1866 (; 850,715 indexed records with 695,278 record images (was 567,405 records with 468,864 images), UPDATED 28-Jul-2020
South Africa, Orange Free State, Civil Death Registration, 1902-1954    (; 5,395 indexed records with 5,394 record images (was 3,868 records with 3,867 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955   (; 190,323 indexed records with 151,968 record images (was 177,124 records with 138,762 images), UPDATED 31-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 31-Jul-2020

Nebraska, Lancaster County, Fairview Cemetery, Burial Records, 1864-1999        (; 6,271 indexed records with 6,238 record images (was 6,268 records with 6,235 images), UPDATED 29-Jul-2020
Find A Grave Index      (; 188,169,391 indexed records with 188,169,391 record images (was 188,169,391 records with 188,169,391 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920     (; 127,971 indexed records with 5,037 record images (was 111,380 records with 4,568 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 464,072 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 454,918 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 35,411,498 indexed records with 4,830,472 record images (was 33,310,071 records with 4,320,292 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020

South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966       (; 145,689 indexed records with 145,444 record images (was 131,092 records with 130,860 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Nova Scotia Delayed Births, 1837-1904   (; 86,570 indexed records with 70,782 record images (was 76,170 records with 70,782 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Ontario, Toronto Cemetery Records, 1989-1995    (; 77,200 indexed records with 6,806 record images (was 77,068 records with 6,795 images), UPDATED 30-Jul-2020
New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986    (; 138,512 indexed records with 791,233 record images (was 35,991 records with 791,233 images), UPDATED 29-Jul-2020
Texas, Hardin County, Marriage Records, 1837-2009       (; 33,146 indexed records with 26,597 record images (was 23,193 records with 17,995 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020

South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 124,668 indexed records with 122,189 record images (was 121,817 records with 119,361 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974       (; 1,875,674 indexed records with 1,853,066 record images (was 1,875,674 records with 1,374,035 images), UPDATED 28-Jul-2020
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 6,193,821 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,162,962 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Louisiana, Orleans Parish Death Records and Certificates, 1835-1954     (; 637,322 indexed records with 288,398 record images (was 637,314 records with 288,396 images), UPDATED 29-Jul-2020
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965   (; 49,035 indexed records with 766 record images (was 38,344 records with 625 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,577 records), no images (was 875,610,580 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Jul-2020

Texas, Washington County, Birth Records, 1903-1991      (; 10,069 indexed records with 635 record images (was 236 records with 12 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
South Carolina, County Marriage Licenses, 1911-1951     (; 671,955 indexed records with 663,042 record images (was 512,688 records with 507,292 images), UPDATED 27-Jul-2020
Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950        (; 493,955 indexed records with 74,133 record images (was 445,600 records with 72,102 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001      (; 5,006,395 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,002,990 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Brazil, Civil Registration, 1860-2006   (; 16,310 indexed records with 7,718 record images (was 11,994 records with 5,688 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020

Illinois, Quincy, Greenmount Cemetery Records, 1875-1985        (; 43,477 indexed records with 31,240 record images (was 42,795 records with 30,762 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 101,273 indexed records with 46,744 record images (was 98,490 records with 45,626 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Valencia, Catholic Church Records, 1760, 1905-2013    (; 1,577,299 indexed records with 665,914 record images (was 1,437,104 records with 665,914 images), UPDATED 29-Jul-2020
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 52,149 indexed records with 6,298 record images (was 43,860 records with 6,078 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983       (; 7,136 indexed records with 7,121 record images (was 6,730 records with 6,718 images), UPDATED 31-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 30-Jul-2020
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,078,892 indexed records with 88,524 record images (was 1,073,743 records with 88,290 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 213,512 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 208,940 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996      (; 175,768 indexed records with 174,249 record images (was 148,604 records with 147,588 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands Newspaper Obituaries, 1900-ca.2010     (; 135,141 indexed records with 12,419 record images (was 108,971 records with 10,090 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020

Peru, Ayacucho, Civil Registration, 1903-1999   (; 571,219 indexed records with 565,881 record images (was 536,001 records with 530,801 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Micronesia, Death Records, 1970-1986    (; 4,256 indexed records with 4,250 record images (was 1,430 records with 1,426 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 35,383 indexed records with 4,538 record images (was 35,383 records with 4,538 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Utah, County Birth and Death Records,1892-1951  (; 24,677 indexed records with 978 record images (was 17,518 records with 758 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015        (; 30,222 indexed records with 2,554 record images (was 27,639 records with 2,253 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020
Niue, Vital Records, 1818-1994  (; 40,609 indexed records with 30,434 record images (was 40,437 records with 30,298 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956  (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,749 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,740 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Enrollment Records, 1908-1910  (; 136,267 indexed records with 4,011 record images (was 136,267 records with 3,779 images), last updated 09-Apr-2020
United States, Texas, Laredo, Index to Manifests of Permanent and Statistical Alien Arrivals, Dec 1929-Apr 1955 (; 162,889 indexed records with 47,507 record images (was 162,889 records with 28,733 images), last updated 14-Jul-2020
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
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923  (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,580 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,549 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019

Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991     (; 178,686 indexed records with 212,744 record images (was 178,686 records with 212,732 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 96,196 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 96,142 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
United States, New York, Index to Passengers Arriving at New York City, compiled 1944-1948      (; 1,129,668 indexed records with 1,112,544 record images (was 1,129,668 records with 1,109,790 images), last updated 18-Mar-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,537 indexed records with 316,609 record images (was 441,537 records with 315,940 images), last updated 26-Dec-2019
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952    (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,840 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,614 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 327,055 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 311,173 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
Arizona, Maricopa County, Voting Records, 1876-1932     (; 408,162 indexed records with 20,470 record images (was 408,162 records with 20,430 images), last updated 02-Jul-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999      (; 1,125,809 indexed records with 38,435 record images (was 1,125,809 records with 39,955 images), last updated 14-Feb-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934    (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 51,638 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 53,004 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 191,136 indexed records with 4,956 record images (was 191,136 records with 5,040 images), last updated 08-May-2019
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,676,699 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,680,444 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,043,205 indexed records with 206,436 record images (was 2,043,205 records with 206,456 images), last updated 11-Sep-2019

Maine, Church Records, 1734-1907        (; 57,125 indexed records with 2,458 record images (was 57,125 records with 2,694 images), last updated 12-Feb-2020
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,204,644 indexed records with 1,965,900 record images (was 7,204,644 records with 1,966,109 images), last updated 06-May-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

Utah, Brigham City Family History Center, Obituary Collection, 1930-2015        (; 188,929 indexed records with 13,240 record images (was 188,909 records with 13,240 images), last updated 26-Jun-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

Idaho, Jefferson Star, County Cemetery Records, 1800-2000       (; 127,852 indexed records with 90,607 record images (was 128,076 records with 90,607 images), last updated 02-Jun-2020
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997    (; Index only (17,102,147 records), no images (was 17,102,148 records with 0 images), last updated 17-Feb-2012


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 31, 2020

Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 31 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:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

*  A Summer of DNA Virtual Conference (15 August 2020)

*  The Family History Federation's Really Useful Family History Show (14 November 2020)
4)  Genealogy Education - Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 4 August, 7 p.m.:  Tracing Australian and New Zealand World War One Ancestors,  by Helen V. Smith

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 5 August, 11 a.m.:  Using DNA to Solve Adoption and Unknown Parentage Mysteries, by Michelle Leonard

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Researching a Loyalist Soldier, by Craig R. Scott

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Tech Zone:  How to Set the Download Folder of Your Choice, by Marian Pierre-Louis

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #193r - Mining Records

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  American Ancestors:  Jewish Women in the Labor Movement

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Irish Genealogy Expert Research Strategies

*  Your DNA Guide:  Your DNA Guide - the Academy

7)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 28 July 2020 ?


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