Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Lucille Ball is My 7th Cousin Twice Removed

 I've been playing around with the FamilySearch Famous Relatives page (why?  Because I like to!) and found out today that, according to the entries in the FamilySearch Family Tree, I'm related to Lucille Ball (1911-1989).  Yes, "Lucy" on the all-time great TV show, "I Love Lucy."

Here are the screens that show the relationship:

The common ancestors are Samuel Bigelow (1653-1732) and Mary Flagg (1658-1720), my 8th great-grandparents.  

My father and his siblings would have been thrilled to know this!  I'm sure that my first cousins and their children, will be happy to know this.  

Have you checked out the Famous Relatives page yet?  If you have well-leafed lines in FamilySearch Family Tree, you may be surprised by who you are related to.


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Randy and Lyle in the Garden in 1945 -- Post 645 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

 I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! This is one of my favorite photographs:

This photo was taken in about 1945 in the cornfield at the Lyle Carringer home in San Diego.  That's me as a one or two--year-old toddler holding a doll of some sort with my maternal grandfather, Lyle Carringer (1891-1976).  It was about this time that my father was in the U.S. Navy, and my mother and I were living with the Carringers.   Lyle worked all week at the department store downtown and did house and garden work on the weekends, so I was probably "helping" him in the yard.  It also gave my grandmother a break from taking care of me during the week.  

This photo (originally black and white) has been enhanced and colorized using the MyHeritage photo tools.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Tuesday, 24 November 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):

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 1 December, 5 p.m.:  Once upon a time: It’s all about the story, by Carol Baxter

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 2 December, 5 p.m.:  Four ways DNA Painter can help with your family history research, by Jonny Perl

*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar -Wednesday, 16 December, 6 p.m.:  Bounty Land: It's Complicated, by Annette Burke Lyttle.

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: MyHeritage Mobile App: All New Features From 2020, by Daniel Horowitz

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 247 

*  The Genealogy Guys: Episode #387

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #226r - Social Security Records

*  Ancestral Findings:  Darth Vader Genealogy | AF-398

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  AmericanAncestors:  The Great Houses of Yorkshire


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Review: "Genealogy at a Glance: War of 1812 Research - Updated Edition," by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL

  The Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore has published another in its series of "Genealogy at a Glance" laminated research guides - this time for "War of 1812 Research - Updated Edition", by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL (copyright 2020 by Federation of Genealogical Societies).

This "Genealogy at a Glance" booklet has four laminated pages on one 11" x 17" paper (folded). It is designed to give the user the basic elements of genealogy research in the allotted space. They provide an overview of the facts a researcher needs to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with research in the subject.

The description of the War of 1812 Research - Updated Edition  booklet includes:

Over 250,000 men served in the War of 1812, some for as little as a month. Their service records are found mostly in the National Archives, but also in various other archives and repositories. Many are now available online. Therefore, a researcher needs a guide containing the most current information on how and where to access these War of 1812 records, which is precisely what this updated At a Glance guide is designed to do.

The vast majority of War of 1812 records consist of (1) pension records, (2) compiled military service records, and (3) bounty-land warrant application files. There are other records, of course, but these are the three main entry points in genealogical research. The purpose of this guide is to show you where these records are located, what they contain, and whether they are indexed, microfilmed, digitized, or found online. Regular army and navy records, prisoner of war records, lineage societies, state records, and published sources are also highlighted here.

With an updated and expanded list of online resources and record sources, and a handy checklist for finding militiamen, this updated edition of Genealogy at a Glance: War of 1812 Research is the best, and most current, guide for those wishing to trace their War of 1812 ancestors.

The booklet has these sections:
  • Contents
  • Quick Facts
  • Finding a War of 1812 Soldier
  • Preserving the Pensions
            * What is a Pension?
            * Genealogical Value of Military Pensions
            * The War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions Project

  • Original NARA Record Sources Not Online 
            * Compiled Military Service Records
            * Bounty Land Application Files
            * Regular Army Records
            * Navy Records
            * War of 1812 Prisoner of War Records
  •  Other Record Sources
            * Lineage Societies
            * State Records
            * National Parks and Battlegrounds

  • More to Know
  • Additional Online Resources
  • Research Checklist for Militiamen

This booklet is designed primarily for the person who has little experience and understanding of War of 1812 Research and provides an overview of the basics of finding these resources.

For someone like me that teaches and talks about genealogy a bit, it is invaluable because I can pull it out and provide some guidance to my student or colleague interested in the subject.

The beauty of these "Genealogy at a Glance" booklets is that they are very light and portable in a briefcase or laptop case. They are fixtures in my research case.

This four-page laminated booklet costs $9.95,  plus postage and handling. You can order it through the Genealogical Store, or use the link for the War of 1812 Research - Updated Edition booklet and click on the "Add to Cart" link.  I recommend buying these booklets at seminars and conferences where they are offered in order to avoid the shipping costs.


Disclosure: contacted me recently and asked me to provide a review of this booklet. They mailed me a review copy for my personal use as remuneration for this review.

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 22 November 2020

 Here are the highlights of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) DNA Interest Group Meeting on Zoom on Wednesday with 19 attendees.  We discussed AncestryDNA ThruLines in some detail, highlighting all of the buttons and how to deal with the links of the matches to Common Ancestors, looking for consistency and reliable sources, and using common sense.  We went around the screen and the attendees shared their use of ThruLines and also what they are working on with their DNA matches.

2)  Present "Probate Records - My Favorite Record Type" to the Larimer County (Colorado) Genealogical society in a Zoom Meeting with about 45 attendees.  This was a fun group with interesting questions and comments.

3)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) British Isles Interest Group meeting on Saturday in a Zoom meeting with Colin Whitney giving a presentation the "Which Brits Are Hiding in Your Tree?"

4)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt Zoom webinar.  We discussed Myrt's Facebook post about "What are you working on?", the new Netherlands Archives website, my John Haughton genelaogical sketch and finding his will, Diane Hall's scrapbook, Melissa's archives conference, and archives resources, and the Powerpoint screen dimension issue for presenters.

5)  Watched one Family Tree Webinars video - Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men by Shannon Green.

6)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of my 7th great-grandfather #568 John Haughton (1647-1705) of Boston, Mass. and New London, Conn. for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday.  While researching this ancestor, I found his will in New London records and determined that he had a second family.

7)  Transcribed a probate record in 1706 Division of Real Estate of John Plimpton (1649-1704) of Medfield, Massachusetts for Amanuensis Monday today.  

8)  Added Notes to 13 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors.  Ancestry added 28 new DNA matches this past week.  MyHeritage added 21 new DNA matches.   Reviewed the new DNA matches on  AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

9)  There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 38,792 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 137).

10)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 60,087 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 121), and 128,860 source citations (up 492).   I TreeShared with my Ancestry Member Tree twice this week updating 272 profiles, and I resolved 1,276 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 140,716 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily.   I have 142,732 MyHeritage Record Matches to be resolved and work on them weekly.

11)  Wrote 17 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which three were a press release.  The most popular post last week was Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Children Did Your Ancestor Have?  with over 434 views.  

12)  We are still fine here at the Genea-cave, hunkered down and not going out much in Week 36 of COVID-19 isolation.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Friday, and it wasn't too busy.  We went to outdoors church on Sunday in the sun. Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing genealogy, eating, sleeping, a little yard work, watched SDSU and Chargers football games, and I started another new mystery fiction book on my laptop.


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Amanuensis Monday -- 1706 Division of Real Estate of John Plimpton (1649-1704) of Medfield, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the 1706 Division for the Estate of John Plimpton (1649-1704) of Medfield, Massachusetts, in Probate Packet 2,865 in the Suffolk County, Massachusetts probate court records. 

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The transcription of this division is:

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In obedience to and persuance of an order of y'e Hon'ble Judge of probates for y'e
County of Suffolk bareing Date March y'e Seventh Day Anno Domini 1704
Directed to us whose Names are hereunto Subscribed together with Joseph Medcalf
and Joseph Ellice or any three of us to make a Division of y'e houses and Lands of
John plimpton Late of Medfield husbandman Deceased Intestate to and among his
widow and children and there Legall Representatives according to law.  We the
said Subscribers have Divided said house and Lands to each one his and her
full part or share as followeth.

Viz. To Sara plimpton widow of the Deceased for her thirds for Term of Life
for her third part in y'e Dwelling house y'e Lower Room of that end of y'e house next
to m'r Joseph Baxter with y'e Celler and y'e back Leanto adjoyning so far as the
partition, and one third part of y'e barn and one third of y't home Lot and Land
at home orchard and Land lying on both sides of y'e way to Ly on that side next to
m'r Baxters (Excepting a Spot or parcell of Land on y's north Side of y'e Brook --
also three acres and a half of meadow Land by harbour Iland near Bullards
Causway on that side next to Nathaniel partridges meadow, and four acres more
of meadow land next to y'e Long Causway and also nine acres of pine swamp
meadow by Stop River next to Jonathan Boydens swampy meadow, more
also three acres of Clay pitt paster and one fourth part of a grist mill and Rights therto
more seven acres and od measure of woodland on y'e south side of Stop River, and more
twelve acres and three Roods of swampy Land that was granted to m'r wilson, and
five acres one Rood and thirty four Rods of woodland by noon Hill that was Bullens
and also five acres and twenty two Rods of woodland that was John pratts on y'e
south side of stop River, and one Common Right in Wrentham bounds.

To John Plimpton Eldest son of y'e Deceased for his two shares or Double
portion, the other two third parts of y'e Dwelling house and barn and
nessisary yard Room and passage thereunto, and y'e other two third parts
of y'e home lot orchards and Land at home on both sides of y'e way
Excepting what is above Excepted, More also twelve acres of
pine swamp meadow bottom by stop River, on that side next to
John Fishers swamp, more two acres of meadow by harbour Iland
adjoyning to his mothers on that side next to bullards causway
and also one acre more of meadow adjoyning to his mothers and his own that
was Joseph Bullards, and also a woodlot on y'e south side of Stop River being
Six acres three Roods and Twenty Six Rods that was Isaac Chinrys and five acres
and a half of pine swamp near Wheelers Bottom and two acres and a half
of Cedar Swamp in Deadham bounds, and also that percel of swampy land at
y'e south side of Chinrys Causway, more one acre and a half of meadow in broad
meadow, and four acres and a half of swamp and meadow joyning to Daniel Thurstons
meadow and Wrentham Line, more also nine or ten acres of upland containing y'e
old field on y'e south side of Stop River and four acres and a half of woodland ad-
joyning to it and also five acres one Rood and 28 Rods of woodland that was Joseph plimptons
and y'e one half of three acres and a half and 17 Rods of woodland that was Warfields
Northeast side and one common Right in Wrentham bounds.

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To His Son Henry Plimpton for his single part or share.
one hundred and twenty acres of Land and meadow at y'e new grant, More
five acres and a half of meadow and upland by Charles River and also Six acres
of swampy meadow in pine Swamp next to his Brother Johns, more one acre of
of meadow in North meadow Next to y'e upland, and also one quarter part of a
Saw mill with Rights of Lands belonging to it, More a small Dwelling house
on y'e North Side of y'e brook with a smalle percell of Land on said side of y'e brook,
More also Six acres of Land at Chesnut Iland, and also Six acres and od
measure of woodland on y'e north Side of the Town.

To his Daughter Elizabeth plimpton for her Single part or share.
Three and twenty acres and one Rood of swamp and upland on y'e west
side of Charles River and three acres and Sixteen Rods of Course meadow
on y'e same side of y'e River purchased of John Warfield, More nine acres
and one Rood of upland on y'e west side of Charles River adjoyning to
y'e Land granted to Joshua fisher, and also three acres and a half and thirty
four Rods of woodland on y'e Same Side of y'e River adjoyning to the
farm Land southward, More also four acres and a half of meadow land
adjoyning to her brother Henry's acre of meadow ^in north meadow^, more also two percels
of Land in Wrentham bounds, one parcel being fourteen acres of a plow
Land, y'e other percel being four acres and a half of woodland, and seventy
acres of woodland in Deadham bounds that was Dowens, and also the
Black Swamp Lot, more fifteen acres of plow Land in Wrentham bounds
near y'e great River next to Jonathan plimptons Land, and also two
acres of meadow at Stop River to ly next y'e meadow of mary plimpton
and to have a cart passage from y'e bridg to y'e Litle Iland, More the one
half of a wood lot that was Warfields Containing in y'e whole three acres and
a half and Seventeen Rods, y'e south west side of it.

Medfield  December y'e 25'th 1706.                      
                                                                              Sam'l Barbur
                                                                              Henry Adams
                                                                             Jonathan Benson
Suffolk Ss   Boston  4 febru, 1706
I Accept and allow of this Pretame of the Committee
as a Division and Settlement of the houseing and Land of
the within named John Plimpton, his Eldest Son John
Plimpton appearing to present the same, Declared his full
Satisfaction therewith                         Is'a Addington, J. Prob.

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case File 2865 (37 images), John Plimpton of Medfield, 1705; "Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 6 August 2020). From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, digitized images provided by

John Plimpton (1649-1704) married (1) Elizabeth Fisher (1659-1694) in 1678 in Medfield, and they had three children:

*  John Plimpton (1680-1730), married 1707 Susanna Draper (1687-1769)
*  Henry Plimpton (1684-1731), married 1706 Mary Smith (1688-1774)
*  Joseph Plimpton (1686-????).

John Plimpton married (2) Sarah Turner (1663-1738) in 1697 in Medfield, and they had two children:

*  Sarah Plimpton (1700-1706)
*  Elizabeth Plimpton (1702-1725), married 1719 Jonathan Metcalf (1690-1758).

John Plimpton died intestate on 30 January 1704 in Medfield, Massachusetts.  The Bond and Letter of Administration on 5 April 1704 was signed by sons John Plimpton and Henry Plimpton, and the Inventory was presented on 5 April 1704.  A committee of three divided the estate - one third to the widow and two-thirds to the three living children - John (two shares), Henry (one share) and Elizabeth (one share), with John receiving the rest of the homestead.  When the second wife, Sarah (Turner) Plimpton, died in 1738, her third share was appraised, and distributed to the grandchildren of John Plimpton, since the three children were deceased, with grandson John Plimpton (son of John Plimpton) receiving the homestead.

John and Elizabeth (Fisher) Plimpton are my 8th great-grandparents, through their son John Plimpton (1680-1730) who married Susanna Draper (1687-1769) in 1707 in Medfield, Massachusetts.


NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday." John offers this definition for "amanuensis:"

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Chula Vista Genealogical Society Meeting on Wednesday, 25 November Features Ray Raser on the "Mayflower, Voyage of Hope in 1620"

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 -- 12 noon PST
Chula Vista Genealogical Society General Meeting 
in a Zoom Video Conference Meeting 
Presenter:  Ray Raser on 
"The Mayflower, Voyage of Hope in 1620, and Its Impact on History" 

This presentation will describe the Mayflower voyage in 1620, its passengers, the events that led up to the voyage, the landings, the hardships, the first harvest and Thanksgiving, and the impact of this event on the history of the United States of America. 

 Ray Raser serves as the Governor of The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of California that currently has approximately 3,000 members. He also represents California as Assistant General to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants based in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Ray also serves, along with his wife Gail, as Co-Editor of the California Mayflower Quarterly. 

 Ray is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in History with emphasis in American Colonial History. He did graduate work at George Washington University and American University in Washington D.C. He is a licensed California Real Estate Broker and retired from a career as a Broker-Builder in industrial and commercial real estate in the Los Angeles area. Ray and Gail are the parents of a daughter, five sons and fourteen grandchildren. 

 This program will be held online using the Zoom video conferencing platform for meetings and webinars. A Zoom meeting invitation will be sent via email to CVGS members on 23 November.  

The invitation will be available to non-members by registering at  Or contact for the invitation.

NOTE:  The Chula Vista Genealogical Society offers an email membership of $10 per year for distant members (outside of San Diego County, California).  Besides the monthly General Meeting with a program on last Wednesdays, there are monthly meetings of the Research Group on second Wednesdays and a DNA Interest Group meeting on the third Wednesdays, plus a monthly 10-page email newsletter chock full of program announcements, research tips and program reviews.


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Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 15 to 21 November 2020

    Dozens of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

 Estimating cMs for a segment of DNA by Jonny Perl on DNA Painter Blog.

How to Evaluate an AncestryDNA ThruLines Hypothesis by Nicole Elder on Family Locket.

Genealogy Road Trip 2020 by Debby Warner Anderson on Debby's Family Genealogy Blog.

Ordering the SS-5: 2020 Style and It's Just Not As Good by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist.

*   The Journey of DNA’s Inheritance Paths: X-DNA and Autosomal DNA by Paul Woodbury on Legacy Tree Genealogists.

Excommunicated Dunkers In the Family by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

Is GEDmatch Accurate and Legit? by Margaret O'Brien on Data Mining DNA

*  How To Donate an Item to a Repository by Marian B. Wood on Climbing My Family Tree.

 A Family Secret Revealed and a Mystery Solved by DNA by Richard Hill on DNA Testing Update.

 DNA testing companies should be clear about what it means to have “Native American DNA”* by the writer on the 23andMeBlog.

*  Elijah, Elisha, Let’s Throw The Whole Thing Off, Part 1 by Chris Staats on Staats Genealogical Services.

*  Caring for Your Family Tree: How to Prune and Graft Branches Based on Sources and Analysis by Diana Elder on Family Locket.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds  by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

 Friday Fossicking, 20th Nov 2020 by Crissoulli on That Moment In Time.

This Week's Creme de la Creme -- November 21, 2020  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

*  Saturday Serendipity (November 21, 2020) by John D. Tew on Filiopietism Prism.

 Family History Meanderings - Week of Nov. 21, 2020 by Deb Ruth on Deb's Adventures in Genealogy.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and  read their articles, and add the blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I currently am reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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