Saturday, August 22, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Disaster Genealogy Go Bag

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) Thank you for this topic to Jacqi Stevens for her post today on Your Genealogy Go Bag on her blog A Family Tapestry.

2)  My daughter Lori evacuated her home in the Santa Cruz mountains on Tuesday due to a large fire.  Am I, or are you, prepared to react to a local disaster like a fire, earthquake, hurricane or civil unrest?  

3)  That prompted me to worry about "what genealogy/family history items would I take with me if I had 15 minutes to collect them?" 

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook post, or as a comment on this blog post.

Here's mine:

*  The computer is old and should be replaced soon.  The printer can be replaced.  Flash drives don't have anything unique on them not on the computer and backup devices.

*  Books and periodicals are fungible and can be replaced if necessary.

*  I have almost all of my paper collection of genealogy and family history digitized, and on my computer hard drive, on my backup external drive, in Google Drive, and in iDrive which backs up my files every night.  

*  So I won't take the hardware or the paper stuff, with the exception of the binder with all of the vital record certificates I have.  

*  I have a box of all of the family papers from my grandparents and further back, which includes Bible pages, scrapbooks, small photo albums, etc.  I will take that.  I will take some time to add to that, and may even get a plastic bin or two to put everything in.

*  I have too many loose photo sets, and many in binders in one of my bookcases, and should try to gather the loose items in one box.  I have incomplete photo albums in my file cabinet that are original photos.  They are digitized, but still precious.  Into the box.

*  I have my grandfather's magnifying glass on my desk and his drafting toolset in my desk.  That could go in the family papers box.

*  We have many large framed family photos on the walls.  Several are unique and I need to save those.  

*  The remaining, undigitized, home movies not digitized need to go too  - it's a small box.

*  We have many pieces of my mother's artwork in the living room and I would try to save the small, personalized pieces if not all of them.  Another box I  fear.  

*  In addition, there are family records that need to be saved - certificates, registrations, , taxes, credit card info, etc.  

I can see that I'm not very prepared for any disaster, especially for one that hits immediately without warning, let alone an hour warning.  Writing it down helps me organize my thoughts, but doesn't get it done. 

Our car is relatively small too - so there are choices to make here along with clothes, medications, hygiene, etc.  Thank goodness we don't have pets to worry about.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 15 to 21 August 2020

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from 15 to 21 August 2020: 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Dresden, Germany, Deaths, 1876-1957; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/19/2020

Georgia, Fulton County Cemetery Records, 1857-1933; indexed records with record images, ADDED 8/19/2020

WEB: Maryland State Archives, Index to Deaths and Burials, 1697-1800; indexed records with record images, ADDED 8/19/2020

Dresden, Germany, Births, 1876-1907; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/19/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 4 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,815 collections available as of 21 August, an increase of  2 from last week.  Therefore, Ancestry removed 2 collections (which ones?) or has miscounted. 


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 15 to 21 August 2020

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

As of 21 August 2020, there are 2,854 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 6 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added ---

*  England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 36,480 indexed records with 36,480 record images, ADDED 17-Aug-2020
*  Arizona, Cochise County, Voting Records, 1882-1932 (; 235,487 indexed records with 235,487 record images, ADDED 12-Aug-2020
*  Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, 1853-1912 (; 1,736 indexed records with 1,736 record images, ADDED 20-Aug-2020
*  Papua New Guinea, Birth Records, 1888-2004 (; 497 indexed records with 497 record images, ADDED 20-Aug-2020
*  Kansas, Lawrence City Cemetery Records, 1850-1988 (; 28,333 indexed records with 28,333 record images, ADDED 20-Aug-2020
*   Arizona, Mohave County, Voting Records, 1876-1920 (; 23,515 indexed records with 23,515 record images, ADDED 14-Aug-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 101,055 indexed records with 93,021 record images (was 100,326 records with 92,460 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 1,016,617 indexed records with 331,079 record images (was 967,382 records with 312,534 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919 (; 277,290 indexed records with 273,037 record images (was 277,245 records with 273,032 images), UPDATED 13-Aug-2020
Idaho, Eastport, Arrival Manifests, 1924-1956 (; 238,695 indexed records with 436,334 record images (was 238,564 records with 436,334 images), UPDATED 14-Aug-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 122,020 indexed records with 52,020 record images (was 114,429 records with 49,030 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Utah, County Birth and Death Records,1892-1951 (; 30,717 indexed records with 1,137 record images (was 30,111 records with 1,124 images), UPDATED 18-Aug-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935 (; 196,798 indexed records with 6,441 record images (was 181,146 records with 5,900 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922 (; 759,381 indexed records with 757,376 record images (was 704,452 records with 702,478 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887 (; 322,876 indexed records with 316,476 record images (was 322,876 records with 316,476 images), UPDATED 13-Aug-2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 701,795 indexed records with 623,941 record images (was 688,540 records with 610,689 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 870,066 indexed records with 59,236 record images (was 772,167 records with 52,960 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976 (; 172,630 indexed records with 132,697 record images (was 168,359 records with 132,569 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 (; 516,049 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 508,893 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 14-Aug-2020
United States, Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Military Servicemen in World War I Records, 1919 (; 4,768 indexed records with 473 record images (was 4,736 records with 473 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2020
South Africa, Orange Free State, Civil Death Registration, 1902-1954 (; 19,699 indexed records with 19,696 record images (was 12,388 records with 12,386 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020

South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955 (; 306,673 indexed records with 267,613 record images (was 281,257 records with 242,265 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,342 indexed records with 46,885,453 record images (was 30,047,342 records with 46,885,453 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Arizona, Birth Certificates and Indexes, 1855-1930 (; 278,954 indexed records with 278,512 record images (was 272,851 records with 272,420 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Idaho, County Naturalizations, 1861-1974 (; 44,330 indexed records with 32,807 record images (was 43,216 records with 32,807 images), UPDATED 14-Aug-2020
Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920 (; 176,696 indexed records with 7,714 record images (was 162,077 records with 6,931 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020

Alabama, Confederate Pension Applications, ca. 1880-1930's (; 264,773 indexed records with 261,619 record images (was 263,153 records with 260,062 images), UPDATED 17-Aug-2020
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 514,051 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 492,778 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 35,411,516 indexed records with 4,830,472 record images (was 35,411,516 records with 4,830,472 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 178,633 indexed records with 178,377 record images (was 165,959 records with 165,707 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 4,493,501 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 4,267,959 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 13-Aug-2020

Nova Scotia Delayed Births, 1837-1904 (; 116,891 indexed records with 70,782 record images (was 108,961 records with 70,782 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 (; 1,772,468 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 1,591,377 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2020
Idaho, County Marriages, 1864-1950 (; 224,116 indexed records with 62,274 record images (was 224,083 records with 62,274 images), UPDATED 15-Aug-2020
England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916 (; 853,933 indexed records with 853,933 record images (was 853,243 records with 853,243 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Texas, Hardin County, Marriage Records, 1837-2009 (; 56,667 indexed records with 44,082 record images (was 53,804 records with 41,893 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020

Texas, Hardin County Clerk, Death Records, 1908-1948 (; 1,214 indexed records with 772 record images (was 94 records with 86 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 131,250 indexed records with 128,711 record images (was 128,082 records with 125,557 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Connecticut Naturalization Records, 1795-1942 (; 64,030 indexed records with 102,286 record images (was 63,526 records with 101,923 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Louisiana, New Orleans, Slave Manifests of Coastwise Vessels, 1807-1860 (; 115,467 indexed records with 14,746 record images (was 115,098 records with 14,597 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2020
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 (; 6,247,176 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,213,636 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020

Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 67,650 indexed records with 1,271 record images (was 63,903 records with 1,116 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,569 records), no images (was 875,610,579 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2020
Texas, Washington County, Birth Records, 1903-1991 (; 17,768 indexed records with 2,727 record images (was 17,602 records with 2,714 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2020
Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950 (; 648,754 indexed records with 94,630 record images (was 572,514 records with 84,008 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 5,013,375 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,008,286 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020

Brazil, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 26,099 indexed records with 11,999 record images (was 21,409 records with 10,277 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 113,191 indexed records with 52,756 record images (was 106,758 records with 50,279 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 60,340 indexed records with 9,537 record images (was 58,755 records with 8,141 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983 (; 14,539 indexed records with 14,517 record images (was 9,800 records with 9,780 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 324,432 indexed records with 321,923 record images (was 251,680 records with 249,642 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,089,798 indexed records with 88,904 record images (was 1,086,692 records with 88,811 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 235,103 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 222,796 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 262,234 indexed records with 4,583 record images (was 226,051 records with 3,955 images), UPDATED 17-Aug-2020
Utah, Salt Lake County, Enrolled Militia, 1895 (; 8,936 indexed records with 1 record images (was 8,901 records with 263 images), UPDATED 14-Aug-2020
Iowa, Dallas County, Violet Hill Cemetery, Lot Records, 1846-1988 (; 6,529 indexed records with 3,069 record images (was 5,737 records with 2,701 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2020

Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands Newspaper Obituaries, 1900-ca.2010 (; 195,519 indexed records with 17,504 record images (was 169,446 records with 15,325 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Micronesia, Death Records, 1970-1986 (; 4,840 indexed records with 4,834 record images (was 4,832 records with 4,826 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2020
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 39,315 indexed records with 4,813 record images (was 37,232 records with 4,659 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,433,960 indexed records with 245,035 record images (was 2,043,205 records with 203,211 images), UPDATED 18-Aug-2020
Utah, Brigham City Family History Center, Obituary Collection, 1930-2015 (; 247,172 indexed records with 17,455 record images (was 188,929 records with 13,240 images), UPDATED 14-Aug-2020

Vermont Vital Records, 1760-2008 (; 1,974,176 indexed records with 1,162,117 record images (was 1,974,176 records with 1,162,117 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2020
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 43,246 indexed records with 3,579 record images (was 38,429 records with 3,371 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2020
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 264,217 indexed records with 19,979 record images (was 248,236 records with 19,429 images), UPDATED 13-Aug-2020
Niue, Vital Records, 1818-1994 (; 40,782 indexed records with 30,584 record images (was 40,762 records with 30,564 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985 (; 191,136 indexed records with 5,040 record images (was 191,136 records with 4,956 images), last updated 08-May-2019
Alaska Naturalization Records, 1884-1991 (; 81,550 indexed records with 71,918 record images (was 81,550 records with 71,864 images), last updated 26-Jun-2020
Arizona, Nogales, Index and Manifests of Alien Arrivals, 1905-1952 (; 502,795 indexed records with 496,137 record images (was 502,795 records with 495,686 images), last updated 21-Apr-2020
Louisiana Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970 (; 76,332 indexed records with 4 record images (was 76,332 records with 3 images), last updated 14-Feb-2020
Alabama State Census, 1866 (; 243,781 indexed records with 6,285 record images (was 243,781 records with 6,269 images), last updated 12-Dec-2011

Illinois, Church Records, 1837-1995 (; 28,599 indexed records with 28,599 record images (was 28,599 records with 1,183 images), last updated 10-Oct-2019
Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999 (; 1,125,809 indexed records with 41,027 record images (was 1,125,809 records with 38,435 images), last updated 14-Feb-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,613 record images (was 441,574 records with 309,420 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Louisiana, New Orleans Index to Passenger Lists, 1853-1952 (; 439,348 indexed records with 435,255 record images (was 439,348 records with 434,382 images), last updated 30-Jan-2020
Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, Burial Records, 1861-1948 (; 43,367 indexed records with 41,423 record images (was 43,367 records with 41,074 images), last updated 21-Oct-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Iowa, Records of Persons Subject to Military Duty, 1862-1910 (; 5,075,771 indexed records with 107,833 record images (was 5,075,771 records with 107,838 images), last updated 03-Aug-2019
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,319,694 indexed records with 130,327 record images (was 3,319,694 records with 144,986 images), last updated 08-Jul-2020
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 288,054 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 301,863 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 34,898 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 53,004 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,554 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,584 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019

Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991 (; 178,686 indexed records with 212,540 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 96,291 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 96,330 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,675,645 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,676,681 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,586 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,803 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020
South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930 (; 253,685 indexed records with 253,446 record images (was 253,685 records with 253,519 images), last updated 10-Apr-2019

United States Navy Widows' Certificates, 1861-1910 (; 1,003,115 indexed records with 1,003,056 record images (was 1,003,115 records with 1,003,115 images), last updated 15-Sep-2010
Iowa, Birth Records, 1921-1942 (; 743,126 indexed records with 740,963 record images (was 743,126 records with 741,019 images), last updated 21-May-2019

--- Collections with new records ---

Maine Marriages, 1771-1907 (; Index only (323,566 records), no images (was 320,474 records with 0 images), last updated 11-Mar-2020
Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900 (; Index only (622,157 records), no images (was 599,465 records with 0 images), last updated 22-Feb-2020
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 1,220,292 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 1,219,670 records with 1,899,876 images), last updated 12-Aug-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992 (; Index only (192,790 records), no images (was 193,592 records with 0 images), last updated 30-Jan-2020
Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949 (; 946,278 indexed records with 585,021 record images (was 946,706 records with 585,021 images), last updated 15-May-2020
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (; Index only (17,102,145 records), no images (was 17,102,147 records with 0 images), last updated 17-Feb-2012
Iowa, Church and Civil Marriages, 1837-1989 (; Index only (8,793 records), no images (was 12,747 records with 0 images), last updated 13-Jan-2020
New York, New York City Marriage Licenses Index, 1950-1995 (; Index only (3,124,585 records), no images (was 3,124,586 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Jun-2017

Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950 (; Index only (424,362 records), no images (was 424,435 records with 0 images), last updated 05-Feb-2020
California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (; Index only (24,589,475 records), no images (was 24,589,476 records with 0 images), last updated 01-Mar-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, August 21, 2020

Genealogy News Bytes - Friday, 21 August 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:

3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes

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

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 25 August, 11 a.m.:  How to Use MyHeritage DNA Results to Enhance Your Family Tree, by Michelle Leonard

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 26 August, 11 a.m.:  Slack for Genealogy Projects, by Thomas MacEntee

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  The Advance of Research Habits over Recent Decades — And the Downside, by Tom Jones

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Getting to Know Mexican Church & Civil Registration Records, by Colleen Robledo Greene

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Tech Zone - DNA Testing of Hair for Genealogy? by Blaine Bettinger

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #199r - DNA Secrets

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Elevenses with Lisa Episode 21

7)  Genealogy Bargains:

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 18 August 2020 ?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 21 August 2020

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New and exclusive Scottish records and photos

Discover your Scots clan and its amazing story in this week's new records

Over a quarter of a million new Scottish records and 11 brand new newspapers are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Scotland, Burgess & Guild Brethren Index

This fascinating collection of occupation records has been updated with over 60,000 new additions. This includes over 22,000 new Edinburgh Burgesses and Guild Brethren records as well as thousands of new records published in association with the Trades House of Glasgow, including Burgess Rolls 1846-1950, Incorporation of Masons of Glasgow Members 1574-1950, Glasgow Maltmen 1605-1879, Glasgow Barbers 1899 and much more.

A portrait of a baker, John McFarlane, taken in 1870. His record also includes his full address and the year he died. View the full record.

These amazing records date from the 1200s all the way up to the 1970s. In them researchers can unlock details surrounding Scotland's medieval burgesses - a minority of powerful merchants and craftsmen who controlled their burghs.

Scotland, Banffshire & Moray Life Events

Explore over 250,000 birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records in three new collections from North East Scotland. As well as searching all three vital collections at once, you can delve into each one separately:

Birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records not only reveal the details of milestone events in your family's past, they're also the building blocks of every family tree. The names, dates and locations found in these records could help you take the next step on your Scottish family history journey.


It’s a bumper week of newspaper releases with 11 brand new publications and more pages added to six others. Brand new to the site are:

• Middleton Albion from 1893-1895

• Newmarket Journal from 1897 and 1912

• Patriot; or, Political, Moral, and Philosophical Repository Consisting of Original Pieces from 1792-1793

• Bootle Times from 1887

• Ashbourne Telegraph from 1926

• Shetland News from 1885-1887, 1903 and 1919

• Kirkcaldy Times from 1879, 1883, 1886 and 1892

• Northman and Northern Counties Advertiser from 1881 and 1884

• Helensburgh News from 1877, 1886 and 1892

• Kelso Mail from 1869, 1881-1882 and 1885

• Bolton Free Press from 1835 and 1842-1846

Meanwhile, we've added thousands of new pages to the following papers:

• Daily Mirror from 1921

• Huddersfield Daily Chronicle from 1897

• Middlesex Chronicle from 1990

• Luton Times and Advertiser from 1889

• Kilmarnock Weekly Post and County of Ayr Reporter from 1864-1865

• Leicester Chronicle from 1917

Where will your past take you this weekend? Dive into our latest releases to find out.


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 344: #554 John Fisher (1677-1727) of Medfield, Massachusetts

John Fisher (1677-1727) is number 554 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #555 Abigail Smith (1686-1725)  in 1705 in Medfield, now Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #277 Abigail Fisher (1711-1785) who married #276 John Plimpton (1708-1756)  in 1731.
*  their son #138 Amos Plimpton (1735-1808) who married #139 Mary Guild (1735-1800) in 1756.
*  their daughter #69 Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) who married #68  Aaron Smith (1765-1841) 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:                        John Fisher[1–5]    

*  Sex:                            Male    

*  Father:                       John Fisher (1652-1727)    
*  Mother:                     Hannah Adams (1656-1746)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                        22 December 1677, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Death:                       14 August 1727 (age 49), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
*  Administration:        16 October 1727 (age 49), administration granted to Josiah Fisher; Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[5]    
*  Distribution:             16 September 1735 (age 57), division of real property to heirs; Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[5]  

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

*  Spouse 1:                  Abigail Smith (1686-1725)    
*  Marriage 1:               23 April 1705 (age 27), Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Child 1:                    Solomon Fisher (1706-1706)    
*  Child 2:                    Abigail Fisher (1707-1711)    
*  Child 3:                    Sarah Fisher (1709-1711)    
*  Child 4:                    Abigail Fisher (1711-1785)    
*  Child 5:                    John Fisher (1714-1777)    
*  Child 6:                    Sarah Fisher (1719-1756)    
*  Child 7:                    Joshua Fisher (1724-    )  

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 for John Fisher[1]:
"John Fisher was a blacksmith like most of the family, and settled in the north part of the town near Castle Hill.  An old cellar on the farm of Geo. W. Bruce probably marks the spot.  A grant of twenty rods for building was made to the family in 1701 - evidently in this locality.  He was admitted to full communion in 1710.  He married in 1705 Abigail Smith, who died in 1725.  John died in 1727, a few months before his father.  The estate was settled in 1735."
John Fisher was born 22 December 1677 in Medfield, Massachusetts, the second child and first son of John and Hannah (Adams) Fisher[2].

John Fisher married Abigail Smith on 23 April 1705 in Medfield[3].  She was born 18 December 1686 in Medfield, the daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Clarke) Adams.   John and Abigail (Smith) Fisher had seven children, all born in Medfield and recorded in the town record book:

*  Solomon Fisher (1706-1706).
*  Abigail Fisher (1707-1711)
*  Sarah Fisher (1709-1785)
*  Abigail Fisher (1711-1785), married 1731 John Plimpton (1708-1756).
*  John Fisher (1714-1777), married 1736 Dorcas Adams (1717-1807).
*  Sarah Fisher (1719-1756).
*  Joshua Fisher (1725-????), married 1752) Silence Adams (1724-????).

Abigail (Smith) Fisher died 23 February 1724/5 at age 38, just days after the birth of her son Joshua Fisher.  

John Fisher died 14 August 1727 at age 49 in Medfield[4], leaving four children aged 2 to 15 without parents.  

There is no burial record available for John Fisher, but he may have been buried in Vine Lake Cemetery in Medfield.

John Fisher's father, John Fisher (1652-1727), died intestate on 15 December 1727 in Medfield, only three months after John Fisher's (1677-1727) death.  His estate file shows that his son John's heirs received a double portion when it was closed in 1728, with administrator Joshua Fisher (son of the elder John) assigned all of the real estate and paying 46 pounds to the heirs of the younger John Fisher, and 23 pounds to the heirs of his three sisters.  When Hannah (Adams) Fisher died in 1746, her children or their heirs received £11-10s per share from their father's estate.

John Fisher (1677-1727) died intestate, and his estate papers are in Case 5512 in the Suffolk County Probate Court estate files[5].  His brother, Josiah Fisher (1692-1781), was named administrator on 16 October 1727, and the Inventory was apprised on 20 October 1727 by Ebenezer Mason, Abraham Harding and George Barbur.  The inventory totaled £517-06s-08d.  The real estate included:

*  House and barn and the homestead -       £158-00-00
*  Meadow 3 Acres, Swamp 15 acres -         £63-00-00
*  Other land and swamp -                            £22-00-00
*  Other buildings and lands -                     £110-00-00

The real estate totaled £353.

On 11 August 1735, the apprisers informed the court that the property "will conveniently make but one settlement according to the best judgment of the subscribers" and recommended that it be settled on the eldest son, John Fisher. The Court ordered the subscribers to apprise the real estate, which was done on 15 September 1735 and it totaled £384.  On 16th September 1735, the eldest son, John Fisher, Josiah Fisher and Samuel Smith posted a bond of £768, and the Court ordered that eldest son John Fisher would receive the real estate, and would pay his three living siblings (Abigail Plimpton, Sarah Fisher and Joshua Fisher) £76-16s each as their share of the estate.


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 389, John Fisher family sketch.

2. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 51, John Fisher entry, 22 December 1677.

3. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Marriages, page 171, John Fisher and Abigail Smith entry, 23 April 1705.

4. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Deaths, page 212, John Fisher entry, 14 August 1727.

5. Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case File 5512 (16 pages) John Fisher of Medfield, 1727; "Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 12 August 2020).


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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