Saturday, September 12, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Was Your Childhood Home Like?

 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) What was your childhood home like?  How big was it?  How many rooms did it have?  What facilities did you have? What furniture was there?  

2) Share your response on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a comment or post on Facebook.

Here's mine:

After World War II, my parents moved into 2119 30th Street in San Diego in 1947.  This was a second floor apartment in one of the houses my great-grandparents built in 1895 and my grandparents owned after they died.  I lived there continuously from 1947 until I moved out for the first time in 1966.

The home was rectangular, about 36 feet by 46 feet, with a covered staircase from the street into the front door on the northwest corner of the house, and a staircase down from the back landing from the northeast corner of the house to the north side; the back stairs were changed to go down the east side of the house in the early 1950s.

The rooms in the upper floor apartment included:

*  At the top of the front stairs was my father's office - perhaps 10 feet square.  There were three more stairs above the front door, my father's desk area to the south of the stairs, and open entries to the dining room to the east and the living room to the west, and a closable door to the master bedroom to the south.  The floor was hardwood. The office had the only heating unit, a wall gas heater on the east wall, that we all stood next to on a cold morning.

*  Along the north wall of the apartment, east of the office, was the dining room, which had two windows facing north.  The dining room was about 14 feet (east-west) by 14 feet (north-south).  The floor was hardwood. There were three open entries - to the kitchen on the east, to the hallway on the east, and to the office on the west.  We had a six person dining room table along the west wall, and a six feet long storage area on the east wall.  A tall bookcase was in the southeast corner of the room opposite the storage area.

*  The kitchen occupied the northeast corner of the apartment, and was about 12 feet (east-west) and 10 feet (north-south).  The floor was linoleum. There was an open entry to the dining room, and a lockable door with a screen on the east end of the kitchen to the back porch, and a window on the north wall.  On the north wall was a cabinet, the gas stove, and a small table.  On the south wall of the kitchen was a washing machine, a sink, and the refrigerator.  We did not have a dryer - my mom either hung clothes to dry on a clothesline from the back porch or took the wash to the laundromat on the next block.

*  The hallway from the dining room lead to the only bathroom in the house on the east side of the hallway, a door to the master bedroom on the west side, and a door to the second bedroom on the south side.  The floor was carpeted. There was a broom closet at the north end of the hallway and a linen closet (towels, sheets, tableclothes, etc.) on the east side of the hallway between the bathroom door and the second bedroom door.

*  The bathroom was on the east side of the building, between the kitchen on the north, second bedroom on the south, and hallway.  The floor was linoleum. The only exit was to the hallway, and there was a window to the east.  The bathroom was probably 8 feet (east-west) by 8 feet (north-south), with space for a bathtub (no in-bath shower until about 1960), a sink, and a toilet, plus a towel table.

*  The second bedroom was in the southeast corner of the building, and measured about 12 feet (east-west) and 12 feet (north-south).  The floor was carpeted. There were two doors, to the hallway on the north and to the master bedroom on the west, and two windows on the south wall.  There was a closet on the north side of the room.  This bedroom had bunk beds on the east wall, and a table on the south wall under the window, with storage on the north wall, and a display board on the west wall.  This was my bedroom, shared with my brother Stan, until 1955, when brother Scott came along and we moved to the sun room.

*  The master bedroom was on the south side of the building, between the hallway and the living room, with three windows on the south wall.  It was about 16 feet (north-south) by 18 feet (east-west) with a triangular cutout with a step down into the sun room in the southwest corner of the room.  The floor was carpeted. There were doors to the hallway and the second bedroom on the east wall, to the sun room in the corner, to the closet on the west wall, and to the office on the north wall. The dressers were along the north wall, the double bed was against the east wall, and there was a table along the south wall.  There was a large closet to the west (about 6 feet by 8 feet) that was the original inside spiral staircase to the downstairs apartment, but was floored over when the house was remodeled in 1927.  This closet also served as the home of the TV set that came into our lives in about 1954 with the screen facing the living room.

*  The sun room was added on to the building in 1927, and is the southwest corner of the building.  It is about 18 feet (east-west) by 12 feet (north-south), with a door on the northeast corner to the master bedroom and a door to the living room in the northwest corner.  There is a window on the east side, three on the south side, and three on the west side.  The floor was always hardwood. This was my mother's art studio until brother Stan and I moved into the sun room in 1955 when brother Scott was born in 1955.  The bunk beds became single beds along the south wall, and my father built a standing closet in the northeast corner and a long work table along the north wall of the room.  There was a small table between the beds on the south wall.

*  The living room was on the west side of the house, and measured about 12 feet (east-west) and 16 feet (north-south).  There were three windows on the west wall, a door to the sun room down one step, and open entries to the office on the east side and to the cubbyhole on the north side of the room.  The floor was carpeted.  A couch was along the south wall and another couch along the west wall, with a table in the middle of the room and another along the north wall.

*  The cubbyhole was open from the living room up one step, and had a window to the west, and was over the covered stairs.  I usually had decorations in it.  I often used it as a reading room or hiding place when it was summer time or I was sick at home from school.

I struggled making the dimensions work out on this home.  It was relatively small, but as a child it seemed big. We used every inch of space with five of us in essentially a 1,400 square feet home.

There are photos of the west and south sides of the house at


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 5 to 11 September 2020

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from 5 to 11 September 2020: 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Illinois, Federal Naturalization Records, 1840-1991; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/11/2020

West Virginia, Federal Naturalization Records, 1844-1943; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/11/2020

Virginia, Federal Naturalization Records, 1901-1938; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/11/2020

Vermont, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1790-1954; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/11/2020

Utah, Federal Naturalization Records, 1906-1930; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/11/2020

Pennsylvania, Federal Naturalization Records, 1795-1931; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/11/2020

Maryland, Federal Naturalization Records, 1795-1931; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/11/2020

Arkansas, Sevier County, Death Records, 1914-1923; indexed records without record images, Updated 9/11/2020

Arizona, Wills and Probate Records, 1866-1974; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/11/2020

Delaware, Federal Naturalization Records, 1802-1943; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/11/2020


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 2 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,825 collections available as of 11 September, an increase of  0 from last week.   Did Ancestry remove 2 collections or did they miscount?


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Added and Updated Record Collections at - Week of 5 to 11 September2020

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

As of 11 September 2020, there are 2,862 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added ---

*  Puerto Rico, Agricultural Schedules of the 1935 Special Census (; 52,940 indexed records with 52,940 record images, ADDED 08-Sep-2020
*  Italy, Trieste, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1924-1944 (; Index only, no images, ADDED 09-Sep-2020
*  Texas, Grimes County, Probate Records of Births, 1939-1957 (; 10,138 indexed records with 10,138 record images, ADDED 01-Sep-2020

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 101,833 indexed records with 93,585 record images (was 101,676 records with 93,471 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Peru, Tacna, Civil Registration, 1850-1998 (; 230,197 indexed records with 253,910 record images (was 225,652 records with 253,910 images), UPDATED 05-Sep-2020
Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 1,171,165 indexed records with 388,660 record images (was 1,113,965 records with 364,931 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt, Civil Registration, 1874-1982 (; 114,651 indexed records with 113,944 record images (was 91,220 records with 90,636 images), UPDATED 04-Sep-2020
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 138,126 indexed records with 58,567 record images (was 132,486 records with 56,563 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020

Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001 (; 50,965 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 46,367 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 22,393,539 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 22,393,539 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2020
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 1,263,479 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 1,263,460 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2020
North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922 (; 864,490 indexed records with 862,398 record images (was 838,931 records with 836,858 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 753,906 indexed records with 676,046 record images (was 730,446 records with 652,591 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020

Texas, El Paso Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of El Paso, 1905-1927 (; 531,571 indexed records with 1,203,960 record images (was 531,571 records with 1,203,960 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2020
South Carolina, State and Territorial Censuses, 1829-1920 (; 176,892 indexed records with 7,123 record images (was 176,829 records with 7,123 images), UPDATED 03-Sep-2020
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 1,116,231 indexed records with 76,441 record images (was 1,013,953 records with 73,318 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976 (; 174,994 indexed records with 132,767 record images (was 174,543 records with 132,754 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Kansas, Lawrence City Cemetery Records, 1850-1988 (; 32,362 indexed records with 1,978 record images (was 31,961 records with 1,966 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2020

South Africa, Natal Province, Civil Deaths, 1863-1955 (; 338,160 indexed records with 299,097 record images (was 337,989 records with 298,926 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-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 10-Sep-2020
Arizona, Birth Certificates and Indexes, 1855-1930 (; 360,208 indexed records with 359,655 record images (was 341,858 records with 341,328 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2020
Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 (; 56,816 indexed records with 433,665 record images (was 0 records with 433,665 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2020
Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920 (; 234,589 indexed records with 9,447 record images (was 208,349 records with 8,660 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 533,851 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 533,485 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2020
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 359 indexed records with 384 record images (was 171 records with 187 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2020
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 226,771 indexed records with 226,500 record images (was 205,979 records with 205,714 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 4,666,053 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 4,493,501 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 02-Sep-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, 1853-1912 (; 38,587 indexed records with 4,070 record images (was 22,150 records with 3,074 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020

Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 94,759 indexed records with 1,664 record images (was 83,198 records with 1,510 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 266,926 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 266,785 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001 (; 1,455,104 indexed records with 1,453,916 record images (was 1,453,596 records with 1,452,408 images), UPDATED 04-Sep-2020
Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941 (; 236,396 indexed records with 607,070 record images (was 150,837 records with 607,070 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2020
Texas, Hardin County Clerk, Death Records, 1908-1948 (; 2,600 indexed records with 1,358 record images (was 2,238 records with 1,202 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020

South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 140,551 indexed records with 137,952 record images (was 136,639 records with 134,072 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (; 11,244 indexed records with 7,962 record images (was 3,578 records with 2,137 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 (; 6,316,559 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,266,555 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, County Marriage Registers, 1853-1935 (; 237,480 indexed records with 7,776 record images (was 222,125 records with 7,229 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Mexico, Morelos, Catholic Church Records, 1598-1994 (; 75,797 indexed records with 531,787 record images (was 446,210 records with 531,787 images), UPDATED 03-Sep-2020

Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950 (; 801,637 indexed records with 122,073 record images (was 766,039 records with 119,540 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 5,047,038 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,040,656 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Brazil, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 42,253 indexed records with 18,060 record images (was 36,393 records with 15,484 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-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 10-Sep-2020
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 141,994 indexed records with 64,171 record images (was 128,759 records with 60,130 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020

Papua New Guinea, Birth Records, 1888-2004 (; 3,014 indexed records with 2,509 record images (was 2,087 records with 1,959 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 68,429 indexed records with 17,330 record images (was 63,888 records with 12,929 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983 (; 25,172 indexed records with 25,139 record images (was 20,448 records with 20,420 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Arizona, Graham County, Voting Records, 1882-1920 (; 65,760 indexed records with 3,016 record images (was 64,429 records with 2,978 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2020
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,102,834 indexed records with 89,316 record images (was 1,098,026 records with 89,115 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020

Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984 (; 1,145 indexed records with 29,943 record images (was 18,850 records with 29,943 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 275,845 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 261,634 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012 (; 6,595,649 indexed records with 539,878 record images (was 6,595,649 records with 539,878 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Oklahoma, Noble County, Parker Funeral Home, Funeral Records, 1908-1982 (; 1,205 indexed records with 628 record images (was 128 records with 65 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 520,978 indexed records with 515,994 record images (was 444,335 records with 440,368 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020

Hawaii, Hawaiian Islands Newspaper Obituaries, 1900-ca.2010 (; 261,159 indexed records with 23,458 record images (was 239,164 records with 21,352 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 47,167 indexed records with 5,537 record images (was 45,112 records with 5,235 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003 (; 4,064,221 indexed records with 1,431,304 record images (was 4,063,123 records with 1,431,304 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2020
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 59,713 indexed records with 5,211 record images (was 55,732 records with 4,458 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
New Jersey, Newark, Mount Olivet Cemetery Records, 1871-1984 (; 86,565 indexed records with 35,409 record images (was 32,823 records with 8,366 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020

South Africa, Orange Free State, Civil Death Registration, 1902-1954 (; 55,533 indexed records with 55,515 record images (was 33,488 records with 33,478 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2020
Niue, Vital Records, 1818-1994 (; 40,812 indexed records with 30,612 record images (was 40,806 records with 30,608 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2020

--- Collections with new images ---

Nebraska, Naturalization Records, 1855-1989 (; 144,058 indexed records with 140,784 record images (was 144,058 records with 140,356 images), last updated 13-May-2020
Norway, Oslo, Census, 1832-1954 (; 91,579 indexed records with 4,208 record images (was 91,579 records with 3,505 images), last updated 21-Aug-2020
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,067,735 indexed records with 69,449 record images (was 1,067,735 records with 67,960 images), last updated 02-Jul-2020
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,591 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,555 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000 (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 96,614 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 96,539 images), last updated 21-Aug-2020

United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969 (; 469,181 indexed records with 69,358 record images (was 469,181 records with 69,353 images), last updated 30-Aug-2020
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,676,662 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,675,645 images), last updated 16-Jan-2020
Pennsylvania, Wayne County, Court of Common Pleas, Naturalization Records, 1799-1906 (; 15,813 indexed records with 6,229 record images (was 15,813 records with 4,386 images), last updated 04-Aug-2020
Louisiana, New Orleans Index to Passenger Lists, 1853-1952 (; 439,472 indexed records with 435,372 record images (was 439,472 records with 435,100 images), last updated 27-Aug-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999 (; 1,125,809 indexed records with 31,361 record images (was 1,125,809 records with 41,027 images), last updated 14-Feb-2020
Florida Deaths, 1877-1939 (; 471,799 indexed records with 471,266 record images (was 471,799 records with 471,267 images), last updated 08-Aug-2019
Arizona, Nogales, Index and Manifests of Alien Arrivals, 1905-1952 (; 502,795 indexed records with 495,412 record images (was 502,795 records with 496,137 images), last updated 21-Apr-2020
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,803 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,840 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (; 141,473 indexed records with 5,447 record images (was 141,473 records with 5,452 images), last updated 30-Apr-2020

Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 42,903 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 53,004 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896 (; 7,882,907 indexed records with 3,098,316 record images (was 7,882,907 records with 3,099,653 images), last updated 28-Mar-2018
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1936 (; 56,300 indexed records with 2,445 record images (was 56,300 records with 4,189 images), last updated 06-Apr-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 315,944 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,613 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 412,719 indexed records with 23,618 record images (was 412,719 records with 27,606 images), last updated 31-Aug-2020
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 280,039 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,307 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

British Columbia Naturalization Records, 1859-1926 (; 12,718 indexed records with 23,240 record images (was 0 records with 23,240 images), last updated 02-Sep-2020
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 218,550 indexed records with 61,909 record images (was 182,070 records with 61,909 images), last updated 31-Aug-2020
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Catholic Church Records, 1616-1980 (; 329,561 indexed records with 368,464 record images (was 0 records with 368,464 images), last updated 02-Sep-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 (; Index only (3,694,616 records), no images (was 3,694,618 records with 0 images), last updated 18-Mar-2020
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,566 records), no images (was 875,610,567 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-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, September 11, 2020

Genealogy News and Education Bytes - Friday, 11 September 2020

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

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes

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

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 15 September, 5 p.m.:  Reconstructing the Murphy Family Using DNA & Documentary Evidence, by Melissa Johnson

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 16 September, 11 a.m.:  Finding Genealogical Data in the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files, by Trish Hackett Nicola

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Cyndi's List in Practice, by Cyndi Ingle

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Discover More Records with FamilySearch Image Search, by Lisa Alzo

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips: #205r - History

*  The Photo Detective:  Photo Fakes with Michael Medhurst

*  Ancestral Findings:  Corning Glass and your Family | AF-379

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

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

*  FamilySearch:  Greek Research

*  Kentucky-Tennessee Research Associates:  Using Tax Lists to Answer Questions TODAY!

*  Lisa Louise Cooke Genealogy Gems:  Elevenses with Lisa Episode 24

*  Who Is Nicka Smith?: New Updates Coming at AncestryDNA!

7)  DNA Stories:


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I Received My New AncestryDNA Ethnicity Estimate

AncestryDNA posted Ancestry® Delivers More Precise Ethnicity Estimates Powered by the World’s Largest Consumer DNA Network today.

 When I checked my DNA Story on AncestryDNA, I noticed that my ethnicity estimates have changed a bit.  Here is my latest (11 September 2020) ethnicity estimate:

Here is my previous ethnicity estimate (screen captured on 9 September 2020):

So I've lost 17% from England, Wales and Northwestern Europe; I've gone from 5% Ireland and Scotland to 19% Scotland and 7% Ireland; I've gone from 3% Sweden to 7% Sweden, and from 6% Norway to 5% Norway.

My estimated ancestral origin estimate from my known ancestors in about 1600 CE is:

*  68%  British Isles (but just 1% to 2% from Ireland and Scotland)
*  24%  Germany/Switzerland
*  1%  Holland/Belgium
*  1%  France
*  6%  Unknown (perhaps some are French, some are English)

My last comparison of ethnicity estimates from all of the providers is in

As we all know, these are ESTIMATES based on reference populations.  My DNA hasn't changed, but the ethnicity estimates of five different companies are all different because they use different reference groups.  I still think the 23andMe estimate is closest to my ancestral estimate.


Disclosure:  I received a complimentary test kit from AncestryDNA a long time ago.  

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 11 September 2020

I received this information from Findmypast today:                          



400 years on from its famous voyage, Findmypast have published a new Mayflower passengers lists along with a vast collection of “Immigrant Guides”, perfect for learning more about the lives of your immigrant ancestors.

Around 35 million people are descended from the Mayflower Pilgrims. Are you one of them?   [YES!!]

Massachusetts, Mayflower Passengers 1620

This iconic collection includes the names and details of all 132 known passengers and crew who set sail from Plymouth on board the Mayflower 400 years ago.

The collection consists of five pages of the Mayflower Compact. Created and signed during the vessel’s ten weeks at sea, it recorded the essential details of who those on-board and established a rudimentary form of democracy for the new settlement.

Transcripts list the Pilgrims' names, birth years, birth places and relationships to others on the ship while images may reveal additional details.

The Compact only includes those that actually sailed on the Mayflower and does not include other members of the Puritan group that stayed in England or the Netherlands.

The Mayflower arrived in America and set anchor in present-day Cape Cod, at Provincetown Harbor, on November 11, 1620. The settlers were forced to endure their first winter unprepared; as a result, only about half of those recorded survived those harsh first months.

Global Immigrant Guides

Containing over 11,000 pages and covering 60 assorted publications from around the world, this rich and varied collection will provide you with rare insights into the lives and experiences of you immigrant ancestors.

Covering emigration to North America, Australia and beyond, Immigrant guides were often published by companies offering passage, either across an ocean or across land.

As well as providing invaluable advice for new arrivals, guides were often used as promotional materials to encourage settlement in regions where the company had made an investment. Governments with settlement schemes, such as Canada and Australia, often also produced such guides.

The publications in this collection can provide a great deal of information about the circumstances in which your ancestors relocated such as the associated costs, time spent, necessary supplies to bring, and so forth.

Immigrant Guides will not typically list immigrants or emigrants by name, but you can utilize them for historical context to understand the logistics of and motivation for your ancestor’s journey.


This week, specialist paper Gentlewoman (covering 1890-1895 and 1897-1915) has been added to Findmypast’s collection of historic British and Irish newspapers. First published on 12 July 1890 the ‘Royal, Loyal and Constitutional’ Gentlewoman promised to know ‘no party politics,’ being written ‘mainly by gentlewomen for gentlewomen.’

Additional pages have also been added to existing titles including;
  • Cork Daily Herald from 1859, 1861-1862 and 1869-1871
  • Fleetwood Chronicle from 1845
  • Boston Guardian from 1941-1952
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