Saturday, January 30, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Best Summer Vacation as a Kid

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1) Tell us about a memorable summer vacation when you were a child. What are your memories of summer vacations with your family? Did you travel? How? Did you visit extended family? Who?

2)  Put it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link in a comment to this post.

Here's mine:

The first summer vacation my family took was in July of 1954. I was 10, my brother Stan was 7, and my brother Scott was just a gleam. My father drove up Highway 101 to Los Angeles and then onto Highway 99 over the Grapevine, into the hot San Joaquin Valley to Fresno, and then up Highway 41 to the turn off to Bass Lake, just south of Yosemite National Park. It was about 450 miles.  We had never driven much further than 30 miles before, it seemed.  My mother's right arm was badly sunburned from her window being down. What a long day, but we were on an adventure, some place new, and we would be staying for a week at a campground.

I don't know what the name of the camp was, but we were in a rustic cabin, I think with a kitchen, and there was a general store nearby. I think my mother cooked dinners, and made sandwiches for lunch, and we probably had cereal and milk for breakfast. All of the mundane household things didn't matter - we were at a lake with boats and fishing and, oh my, it was going to be fun.

Stan and I learned to swim in Bass Lake. We used inner tubes for awhile, but soon we were cruising around the shallow waters on our own. We went fishing from a boat, putting worms on hooks and catching, as I recall, some small fish and a good sunburn. Then there was the hiking on the trails and in the brush and trees around the cabin. We went up to the store and bought candy and baseball cards. They had most of the baseball cards we didn't have for the 1954 series of cards back home. I think we bought them out so we could trade with our buddies back home.

One day, we drove into Yosemite National Park, stopped in the big Sequoia trees (the car tunnel one) and took pictures, then to Yosemite Valley and went to several waterfalls. We got wet and it was cooling for us because it was hot, and lots of fun. We had never seen these places before, and it was like a new world for two little San Diego boys.

All too soon, we headed home in the 1954 blue Mercury that my dad had bought earlier in the year. Two-door, no seat belts, no air conditioning, stick shift, etc. We had fun on the roads (no freeways then) too, counting trucks, looking for license plates, counting train cars, and singing camp songs.

That was the best vacation we took as a family. My brother Scott came along the next year and we went off on trips to the state bowling tournament for five years or so during the summer, and stayed in motels, but this was the only real vacation we had at a fun place.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 23 to 29 January 2021

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  23 to 29 January 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/29/2021

UK and Ireland, Find a Grave Index, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/29/2021

Norway, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/29/2021

Italy, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/28/2021

Mississippi, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1780-1982; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/28/2021

Florida, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1827-1950; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/28/2021

*  Germany, Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/28/2021

California, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1850-1953; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/28/2021

London, England, Births and Christening Notices from The Times, 1983-2003; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/28/2021

Mississippi, U.S., Provincial Archives, 1820-1951; indexed records with record images, ADDED 1/28/2021

Mexico, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/28/2021

Canada, Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/28/2021

Brazil, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/28/2021

Quebec, Canada, Notarial Records, 1637-1935; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/28/2021

Australia and New Zealand, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 1/28/2021

Alabama, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/28/2021

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1518-1921; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/25/2021


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 32,904 collections available as of 29 January, an increase of  2 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 - Week of 23 to 29 January 2021

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

As of 29 January 2021, there are 2,954 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from Marshall are:

--- Collections Added   ---

Norway Census, 1870 (; 267,848 indexed records with 267,848 record images, ADDED 28-Jan-2021
Colorado, Military Discharge Records, ca.1919-1972 (; 1,735 indexed records with 1,735 record images, ADDED 28-Jan-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 1,763,995 indexed records with 561,876 record images (was 1,763,859 records with 561,855 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Civil Registration, 1792-1893 (; 538,778 indexed records with 118,246 record images (was 532,550 records with 118,246 images), UPDATED 25-Jan-2021
Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 464,892 indexed records with 3,075 record images (was 426,231 records with 3,075 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 353,270 indexed records with 151,960 record images (was 348,345 records with 148,862 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001 (; 149,755 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 142,199 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021

Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979 (; 14,385 indexed records with 1,584,621 record images (was 14,385 records with 1,584,621 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2021
Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957 (; 1,195,827 indexed records with 366,615 record images (was 1,066,150 records with 366,615 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Mexico, Colima, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1969 (; 64,894 indexed records with 228,566 record images (was 57,390 records with 228,566 images), UPDATED 26-Jan-2021
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 264,067 indexed records with 125,540 record images (was 259,787 records with 122,640 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 252,568 indexed records with 2,150 record images (was 252,268 records with 2,148 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021

Arizona, Cochise County, Voting Records, 1882-1932 (; 237,311 indexed records with 14,270 record images (was 235,487 records with 14,188 images), UPDATED 28-Jan-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 1,416,050 indexed records with 91,196 record images (was 1,408,675 records with 90,826 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 30,689,631 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 28,639,774 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Austria, Vienna Population Cards, 1850-1896 (; 598,781 indexed records with 188,034 record images (was 598,792 records with 188,034 images), UPDATED 28-Jan-2021
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 931,059 indexed records with 930,577 record images (was 871,425 records with 870,972 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021

Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910, 1921-1924 (; Index only (1,453,378 records), no images (was 1,451,707 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955 (; 67,902 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 67,902 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 62,637 indexed records with 49,427 record images (was 59,479 records with 46,762 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Illinois, Chicago, Voter Registers, 1888-1892 (; 598,865 indexed records with 15,450 record images (was 598,753 records with 15,455 images), UPDATED 25-Jan-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (242,278 records), no images (was 241,818 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014
(; 30,047,340 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 30,047,341 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 1,566,566 indexed records with 1,554,630 record images (was 1,519,480 records with 1,507,678 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
United States Census, 1920 (; 107,660,163 indexed records with 2,387,416 record images (was 107,660,163 records with 2,387,416 images), UPDATED 26-Jan-2021
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 319,003 indexed records with 183,471 record images (was 318,036 records with 183,457 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 654,636 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 654,636 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021

Texas, Grimes County, Marriage Records, 1951-1966 (; 8,304 indexed records with 4,879 record images (was 6,836 records with 4,138 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 11,659 indexed records with 13,216 record images (was 11,650 records with 12,842 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 177,443 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 176,648 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 114,695 indexed records with 44,988 record images (was 103,909 records with 43,281 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924 (; 163,000 indexed records with 141,226 record images (was 157,175 records with 135,405 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021

Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950 (; 30,041 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 16,997 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, 1853-1912 (; 265,336 indexed records with 35,941 record images (was 265,336 records with 35,941 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 680,307 indexed records with 13,143 record images (was 679,543 records with 13,133 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 216,164 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 213,298 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Finland, Church Census and Pre-Confirmation Books, 1657-1915 (; 33,404,934 indexed records with 486,629 record images (was 33,404,934 records with 486,629 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021

Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 (; 1,375,874 indexed records with 3,675,058 record images (was 1,139,293 records with 3,675,058 images), UPDATED 28-Jan-2021
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990 (; 12,714,895 indexed records with 90,297 record images (was 3,869,490 records with 23,473 images), UPDATED 26-Jan-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 271,399 indexed records with 16,101 record images (was 265,072 records with 15,757 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Civil Registration, 1860-1965 (; 284,247 indexed records with 184,118 record images (was 3,309 records with 3,491 images), UPDATED 28-Jan-2021
South Carolina, Charleston County, Charleston Poorhouse and Correctional House Records, 1803-1916 (; 16,004 indexed records with 495 record images (was 15,982 records with 481 images), UPDATED 28-Jan-2021

California, San Francisco Chinese passenger lists, 1882-1947 (; 299,854 indexed records with 14,942 record images (was 152,389 records with 4,637 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 (; 6,485,134 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,485,134 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 5,567,321 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 5,470,486 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 25-Jan-2021
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1918 (; 45,224 indexed records with 2,935 record images (was 28,746 records with 1,844 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2021
Texas, Indexes and Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Del Rio, 1906-1953 (; 606,969 indexed records with 206,054 record images (was 322,356 records with 206,054 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021

South Dakota, County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972 (; 148,947 indexed records with 124,277 record images (was 94,313 records with 124,277 images), UPDATED 28-Jan-2021
Pennsylvania Cemetery Records, ca. 1700-ca. 1950 (; 806,612 indexed records with 122,241 record images (was 806,209 records with 122,241 images), UPDATED 24-Jan-2021
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 5,088,589 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,088,564 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960 (; 8,280,984 indexed records with 2,315,874 record images (was 8,278,833 records with 2,277,957 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 2,049,945 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 2,049,945 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 28-Jan-2021

United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 35,411,512 indexed records with 4,830,472 record images (was 35,411,512 records with 4,830,472 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,207,858 indexed records with 1,968,571 record images (was 7,207,487 records with 1,968,500 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Papua New Guinea, Birth Records, 1888-2004 (; 50,191 indexed records with 42,221 record images (was 50,191 records with 42,221 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 868,647 indexed records with 790,718 record images (was 868,647 records with 790,718 images), UPDATED 28-Jan-2021
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 5,759,708 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 5,737,632 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 25-Jan-2021

Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983 (; 84,120 indexed records with 84,048 record images (was 84,120 records with 84,048 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,258,822 indexed records with 99,338 record images (was 1,248,680 records with 98,707 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
South Carolina, County Voter Registration Records, 1882-1895 (; 21,836 indexed records with 38 record images (was 21,793 records with 754 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2021
Norway, Oslo Census, 1901 (; 197,473 indexed records with 8,971 record images (was 189,540 records with 8,603 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 424,427 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 422,525 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 416,745 indexed records with 6,506 record images (was 391,509 records with 4,036 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943 (; 100,384 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 73,180 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Dominican Republic Miscellaneous Records, 1921-1980 (; 387,465 indexed records with 760,173 record images (was 365,507 records with 760,173 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2021
Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918 (; 988,561 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 983,535 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 25-Jan-2021
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880 (; 85,582 indexed records with 48,947 record images (was 48,254 records with 48,947 images), UPDATED 26-Jan-2021

South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 321,886 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 313,301 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 90,269 indexed records with 10,421 record images (was 88,848 records with 10,295 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Guatemala Civil Registration, 1868-2008 (; 2,705,122 indexed records with 2,755,000 record images (was 2,705,044 records with 2,755,000 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 210,345 indexed records with 206,006 record images (was 208,870 records with 204,635 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 126,409 indexed records with 11,323 record images (was 126,409 records with 11,323 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021

Virginia, Various Counties, Marriage Bonds, 1706-1901 (; 2,839 indexed records with 925 record images (was 2,836 records with 922 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 (; 1,875,674 indexed records with 1,852,994 record images (was 1,875,674 records with 1,851,310 images), last updated 30-Nov-2020
Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985 (; 191,136 indexed records with 4,956 record images (was 191,136 records with 3,797 images), last updated 08-May-2019
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,805 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,684 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
California, Honor Roll of Californians who served in WWI, 1914-1918 (; 9,256 indexed records with 9,229 record images (was 9,256 records with 9,226 images), last updated 31-Jul-2020
Arizona, Yavapai County, Pioneers' Home Resident Ledger and Index, 1911-2000 (; 2,848 indexed records with 406 record images (was 2,848 records with 5 images), last updated 09-Apr-2020

North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000 (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 160,989 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 160,964 images), last updated 05-Oct-2020
United States, Iowa Naturalization Records, 1859-1990 (; 55,256 indexed records with 52,519 record images (was 55,256 records with 52,499 images), last updated 25-Aug-2020
Illinois, Church Records, 1837-1995 (; 16,710 indexed records with 1,183 record images (was 16,710 records with 85 images), last updated 13-Jan-2021
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,676,699 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,675,682 images), last updated 16-Dec-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,298 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 307,278 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,615 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,346 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Arizona, Greenlee County, Voting Records, 1910-1926 (; 21,523 indexed records with 1,967 record images (was 21,523 records with 1,954 images), last updated 12-Aug-2020
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,978 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,973 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,076,174 indexed records with 69,473 record images (was 1,076,174 records with 69,977 images), last updated 01-Dec-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 34,800 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 53,004 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
South Africa, Orange Free State, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1832-1989 (; 639,973 indexed records with 82,300 record images (was 639,973 records with 82,306 images), last updated 09-Oct-2020
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 79,920 indexed records with 35,384 record images (was 79,920 records with 37,644 images), last updated 13-Jan-2021
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

Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 468,014 indexed records with 36,308 record images (was 468,014 records with 37,107 images), last updated 04-Jan-2021
Georgia, World War I, Statement of Service Cards, 1920-1929 (; 106,582 indexed records with 102,217 record images (was 106,582 records with 106,271 images), last updated 26-Mar-2019
Hawaii, Grantor and Grantee Index, 1845-1909 (; 429,814 indexed records with 21,482 record images (was 429,814 records with 21,508 images), last updated 11-Jun-2020
Louisiana, New Orleans Index to Passenger Lists, 1853-1952 (; 439,472 indexed records with 435,363 record images (was 439,472 records with 435,372 images), last updated 27-Aug-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

Ecuador, Cemetery Records, 1862-2019 (; 350,947 indexed records with 335,711 record images (was 330,349 records with 335,711 images), last updated 22-Jan-2021
Uruguay, Catholic Church Records, 1726-2000 (; 42,607 indexed records with 4,075 record images (was 40,901 records with 4,075 images), last updated 22-Jan-2021


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamlySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.

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, January 29, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 29 January 2021

 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 - Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 2 February, 5 p.m.:  Nurturing Your Family Trees: Online or On Your Device (or Both)? by Cyndi Ingle

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 3 February, 11 a.m.:  Me and My 1000+ DNA Cousins, by Diahan Southard

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Genealogy Escape Room, by Thomas MacEntee

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Finding Answers in Naturalization Records, by Amie Bowser Tennant

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #245r - Before Photography

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  American Ancestors: The Federal Census: Moving Beyond the Population Schedule

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

*  FamilySearch:  FamilySearch is Live!

*  Genealogy Quick Start: LIVE - Moonshiners & Doing the Deed

*  Genealogy TV:  Member Connect on Ancestry

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  How to Use Church Records for Genealogy


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Findmypast Friday: Explore brand new crime records and more

 I received this from Findmypast today:


Findmypast Friday
Explore brand new crime records and more

Is a bad apple lurking in your family tree? Findmypast latest new records could help you find out.

Crime records, life events and newspapers. Findmypast have a feast of family history treats for you this week. Here are the details on what's new.

England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935

Findmypast have added over 92,000 additional court and prison indexes to this criminally-fascinating collection. This includes:
  • Herefordshire Prison Register Index 1849-1915 – over 17,000 new records
  • Court of Great Sessions in Wales 1730-1830 – over 20,000 new records
  • Bedfordshire Gaol Registers – over 51,000 new records
  • Kirkby Stephen Petty Sessions 1874-1901 – over 2,000 new records
Derbyshire Life Events

If you’ve got family roots in England’s East Midlands, Findmypast’s latest birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial records could help you trace them. New additions have been added to.
See Findmypast’s Derbyshire parish list to see exactly what's new and the timeframes covered.


This week, Findmypast have published six brand new titles along with updates to 15 others. Online for the first time are;
While significant updates have been added to;
  • Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald from 1976-1977, 1979-1983 and 1985
  • Faversham Times and Mercury and North-East Kent Journal from 1860-1861, 1863, 1865-1871, 1873-1887, 1889-1895, 1897-1905 and 1920
  •  Middlesex Chronicle from 1986-1988
  • Cotton Factory Times from 1900
  • Atherstone, Nuneaton, and Warwickshire Times from 1880-1881, 1883-1884 and 1889
  • Bridgend Chronicle, Cowbridge, Llantrisant, and Maesteg Advertiser from 1893
  • Liverpool Weekly Courier from 1880, 1898, 1900-1901 and 1903
  • Kenilworth Advertiser from 1880
  • Bridlington and Quay Gazette from 1880
  • Brighouse & Rastrick Gazette from 1880
  • Blackpool Gazette & Herald from 1880
  • Birkenhead News from 1880
  • St. Helens Examiner from 1880
  • Northern Weekly Gazette from 1880
  • Dorset County Express and Agricultural Gazette from 1880

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 367: #578 Samuel Prescott (1674-1758) of Lancaster, Concord and Acton, Massachusetts

Samuel Prescott (1674-1758) is number 578 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #579 Esther Wheeler (1678-1756)  in 1698  in Concord, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #289 Dorothy Prescott (1702-1774)who married #288 James Hildreth (1698-1761) in 1721.
*  their son #144 Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) who married #145 Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812) in 1753.
*  their son #72 Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) who married #73 Elizabth Ketyes (1759-1793) in 1777.
*  their son #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) who married  #37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)  in 1810.
*  their son #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) who married  #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) 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:                      Samuel Prescott[1–9]    
*  Alternate Name:      Samuell Prescote[10]

*  Sex:                          Male    

*  Father:                     Jonathan Prescott (1646-1721)    
*  Mother:                   Dorothy Heald (1649-1674)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                      1674, Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]    

*  Deed:                     5 May 1698 (about age 24), granted 90 acres in Lancaster by father, Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
*  Deed:                     24 October 1707 (about age 33), bought 150 acres in New Grant of Concord from James Russell for £60; Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

*  Distribution:          21 February 1721/2 (about age 48), father's will proved; Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[6]    

*  Will:                      19 August 1756 (about age 82), will written; Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7]    

*  Death:                   25 July 1758 (about age 84), Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2,8–9]    

*  Probate:                1 January 1759 (about age 85), will proved; Acton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:              Esther Wheeler (1678-1756)    
*  Marriage 1:           5 May 1698 (about age 24), Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-3,10]    
*  Child 1:                 Esther Prescott (1699-1756)    
*  Child 2:                 Dorothy Prescott (1702-1774)    
*  Child 3:                Amos Prescott (1705-1785)    
*  Child 4:                Mary Prescott (1707-????)    
*  Child 5:                Sarah Prescott (1709-????)    
*  Child 6:               Dorcas Prescott (1712-1803)    
*  Child 7:               Abigail Prescott (1716-1754)    
*  Child 8:               Rebecca Prescott (1719-1762)    
*  Child 9:               Dinah Prescott (1723-????)  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

There are several books that document the life of Samuel Prescott.  The classical family genealogy, The Prescott Memorial, or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America, written by William Prescott MD, published in Boston in 1870 provides quite a bit of information on the descendants of John Prescott, but the information for Samuel Prescott is limited to a list of children[1].

The White Family Quarterly, edited by Almira Larkin White, provides a limited sketch of the Samuel Prescott family in Volume 3, number 4[2].  

Samuel Prescott was born before in about 1674 in Lancaster, Massachusetts to Jonathan and Dorothy (Heald) Prescott[1-2].  He was their third child but the first to survive infancy.  His mother died on 8 October 1674 in Lancaster, perhaps after childbirth.  Jonathan Prescott married three more times, moved to Concord, Massachusetts, and Samuel had six half siblings born in Concord.

Samuel Prescott married on 5 May 1698 in Concord, Massachusetts to Esther Wheeler[1-3,10].  She was the daughter of John and Sarah (Larkin) Wheeler of Concord.  Samuel and Esther (Wheeler) Prescott had nine children, the last seven born and recorded in the Concord town vital records.  They were:

*   Esther Prescott (1699-1756), married 1719 Robert Conant (1699-1773).
*  Dorothy Prescott (1702-1774), married 1721 James Hildreth (1698-1761).
*  Amos Prescott (1705-1785), married 1731 Ruth --?-- (1707-????).
*  Mary Prescott (1708-????), married 1729 Timothy Fletcher (1707-1780).
*  Sarah Prescott (1710-????), married about 1731 --?-- Randall (1706-????)
*  Dorcas Prescott (1712-1803), married 1738 Samuel Minot (1706-1766).
*  Abigail Prescott (1716-1754), married 1739 Isaac Fox (1713-1791).
*  Rebecca Prescott (1719-1762), married 1741 Gershom Davies (1714-1787).
*  Dinah Prescott (1723-????).

On 5 May 1698, the day of Samuel's marriage, Jonathan Prescott, yeoman of Lancaster,  gave land to his son Samuel Prescott, husbandman of Lancaster, "showing fatherly care."  The land included 20 acres of land in Lancaster, including a dwelling house and barn, 30 acres of upland and intervale land, and 40 acres of wood land.  The deed was registered in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Deed Register on 19 September 1706[4].

On 24 October 1707, Samuel Prescott of Concord bought 150 acres of land in the New Grant of Concord for £60 from James Russell, merchant of Charlestown.  The deed was recorded in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Deed Register on 24 October 1707[5].  This "New Grant" of Concord probably became the town of Acton at some point in time.  At some time, the Samuel Prescott family moved to what is now the town of Acton and lived out their lives there.

In the will of Jonathan Prescott of Concord (Samuel's father), written 23 November 1721 and proved 21 February 1721/2, Samuel received[6]:
"Item I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Prescott the sum of five pounds he having all Ready Received a childs full portion of my estate."
Esther (Wheeler) Prescott died in Acton, Massachusetts on 1 May 1756 at age 77.

Samuel Prescott died 25 July 1758 in Acton, Massachusetts at about age 84[1-2,8-9].  There is no known burial location.

He wrote his last will and testament on 19 August 1756. The probate papers are in Middlesex County Probate Records, Probate Packet #18,104[7].  The will reads:
"In the Name of God Amen I Samuel Prescott of Acton in the County of Middlesex in the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England yeamon being of a Sound and Disposing mind though but weak and Infirme in Body Calling to mind my frailty Do make this my Last will and testament first I Committ my Soul to God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be Decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executor hereafter Named and as touching my worldly Estate I Dispose of the Same as follows.

"Imprimis  I Give unto my well Beloved and onely Son Amos Prescott all my Lands and Buildings in Acton with all my Husbandry tools and wearing Apparel my Iron morter and staff He paying out unto the Children of my Daughter Esther Conant deceased the Sum of six pounds and to my Daughter Dorothy Heldreth the Sum of three pounds Six shillings and Eight pence and to my Daughter Mary Fletcher the Sum of Six pounds and to my Daughter Sarah Randal the sum of Six pounds and to my daughter Dorcas Minott the Sum of Six pounds and to the Children of my daughter Abigail Fox deceased the Sum of Six pounds and to my daughter Rebeckah Daves the Sum of Six pounds and to pay them thirty Shillings apeace a year untill the whole be paid the first payment to be one year after my decease.

"Also I Give unto my daughter Davies my pew in Acton meeting House.

"Also I Give unto my Grand daughter Frances Prescott the Bed in which she hath Constantly Lodged  in Since my wives decease with the Bolster (and pillows sheets and Blankets and Coverlets Bed Stead and Cord there unto Belonging also my Great Brass Kittle.

"Also I Give unto my daughters above said (the Children of my daughter Conant and daughter Fox to have their equal shares) all the Remainder of my Estate to be Equilly devided Among them my Lawfull Debts Charge at Doctors and my funerall Charges to be first Reducted out.

"And I do hereby Appoint and make my Son Amos Prescott the Sole Executor of this my Last will and testament allowing no other to be my Last Will and testament.  In wittness whereof I have Here unto Set my hand and Seal this Nineteenth Day of August 1756 and in the thirtieth year of His majesties Reign.

"signed Sealed and Delivered by the said
Samuel Prescott as his last Will and testament
in presence of us

Jonathan Hosmer                          his
Daniel Fletcher               Samuel   P   Prescott   (seal)
William Barker Junr."                mark

On 9 October 1758, Deacon Jonathan Hosmer and Joseph Barker, both of Acton, and Captain Stephen Hosmer of Concord were appointed to a committee to apprise the Estate of Samuel Prescott, late of Acton.

An inventory of the real and personal estate of Samuel Prescott, late of Acton, was taken by the committee on 17 October 1758.  The estate totaled 328 pounds, 9 shillings, 3 pence, including 227 pounds, 9 shillings, 4 pence in real estate.  The real estate included a dwelling house (10 pounds), a barn (5 pounds), and one half of 163 acres and 104 rods of land (206 pounds, 9 shillings, 4 pence), and one pew in Acton meeting house (6 pounds).  The inventory was exhibited on 23 October 1758 and approved by the Court.

On 11 December 1758, Amos Prescott presented the last will and testament of Samuel Prescotyt, late of Acton, and the inventory to the Court.  The first two witnesses made oath to the Court that Samuel Prescott had been of sound mind when he made his last will and testament, but the third witness thought him uncapable.  The Court delayed the hearing for three weeks.  On 1 January 1759, the Court approved the will, the objections made being waived.  Amos Prescott was ordered to present an Account of his proceedings when required.

Amos Prescott charged himself with the money left and the debts of his father, paid the debts, funeral expenses and executorship charges, all of which amounted to 49 pounds, 3 shillings, 10 pence.  The Court accepted the Account on 5 May 1760.

1. William Prescott, MD, The Prescott Memorial, or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston, Mass. : Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), page 50, Samuel Prescott family sketch.

2. Almira Larkin White (editor), "Children of John Prescott," White Family Quarterly (Haverhill, Mass. : Nichols, 1903-1905), Volume 3, Number 5 (October 1905), page 121, Samuel Prescott family sketch.

3. Henry S. Nourse (editor), The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 (Clinton, Mass. : W.J. Coulter, Printer, 1890), Appendix, page 451, Samuel Prescott and Esther Wheeler marriage entry, 5 May 1698.

4. Record books of the registry of deeds, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 1649-1900; indexes: grantee (1639-1905) and grantor (1639-1950); 1780 rolls of microfilm, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, "Deeds, 1706-1716, Vol 14-15," Volume 14, page 105, Jonathan Prescott to Samuel Prescott, executed 5 May 1698, recorded 19 September 1706.

5. Record books of the registry of deeds, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 1649-1900; indexes: grantee (1639-1905) and grantor (1639-1950), "Deeds, 1706-1716, Vol 14-15," Volume 14, page 381, James Prescott to Samuel Prescott, executed 24 October 1707, recorded 24 October 1707.

6. "Probate Records 1648-1924 (Middlesex County, Massachusetts),"  Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), on 886 FHL US/CAN Microfilms,  Probate Packet #18,082, Jonathan Prescott, 1721, accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,421,496.

7. "Middlesex County, Mass.: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 8 April 2018), Packet 18,104, Samuel Prescott of Acton, 1758 (10 images); citing  original records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, with digitized mages provided by

8. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, (, "Acton Births, Marriages and Deaths," Page 36 (Image 21), Samuel Prescott entry, 25 July 1758.

9. Town of Acton, Massachusetts, Vital Records of the Town of Acton, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1923), Deaths, page 290, Mr. Samuel Prescott entry, 25 July 1758.

10. George Tolman (compiler), Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Concord, Mass. : Committee on Printing, 1894), page 46, Sam'll Prescote and Ester Wheeler marriage entry, 5 May 1698.


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 2021 for an eighth year to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks.  The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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