Saturday, February 13, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Did You Meet the Love Of Your Life?

 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) Tomorrow is Valentine's Day.  Write about how you met the love of your life.  No fair picking "genealogy" as thel ove!

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:

I was 24 years old, never been kissed (much?), and self-conscious as all get out about it.  I was working at Rohr Aircraft in Chula Vista, and had just started driving the year before.  I was in an apartment with my friend John (the freeloader, it turned out) in Pacific Beach and had just bought my Thunderbird.  I hung out in the evenings at the bowling alley in North Park, bowled in several leagues there, one with friend John, and we drank and kibitzed in the bar afterwards.

John had a girlfriend named Sherry, and she needed another male for her bowling team, so John asked me if I would like to bowl with him and Sherry and another female.  I said "sure."  The "another female" was Linda, whom Sherry had met at the U.S. Navy Air Station Officer's Club in Coronado (Sherry was in the Naval Reserve).  So we bowled the league match, and I couldn't keep my eyes off this tall, beautiful, tanned and poor bowler... who was a great encourager.  She was a first year elementary school teacher in Coronado and was from San Francisco.  It was February 1968. 

We adjourned to the bar, John and I played pool for awhile, and we all had our favorite drinks.  Linda and Sherry had to leave, so John and I said goodnight and went to King Luis' Inn (a bar in Linda Vista) and eventually home.  

The league went on for months, and Linda and I never had a date, but we talked and drank some almost every week.  I was interested in another woman from Oregon whom I'd met several times at radio conventions and we carried on a long distance conversation.  

On Memorial Day morning, Linda was resting in bed in her Chula Vista apartment when a running pickup truck was put into gear by two young boys while their father met someone.  The truck backed up into the wall of Linda's apartment and threw her out of bed against the opposite wall, scrunched in her mattress with her nightgown up around her neck.  The father came in through the hole in the wall, called out, and talked to Linda and yelled "she's alive."  The ambulance came and took her to the hospital and her parents came down from San Francisco to help.

While she was in the hospital, Sherry told John about it and he told me, and we decided we would take her some gifts in the hospital.  We stopped at a liquor store, and bought some beer and some magazines and headed to the hospital.  We passed a beautiful yard in Coronado with bright red roses, and we stopped and I asked the owner, who was pruning the roses, if we could have a rose to take to our friend in the hospital.  He cut several for us, and off we went.  We opened one of the beer bottles and put the roses in it, and visited Linda and gave her the magazines and the rose bottle.  Later, she said she drank the beer.

Linda's parents took her off to recuperate from her broken vertebra in San Francisco, and she returned in September for the next school year.  We stopped bowling together, but Sherry had a weekly pool party at her condo and we were all there, along with many others.  I still had not asked her out for a date.  The other interest of mine was uninterested, so I was still footloose.  

Several of my bowling buddies went to the San Diego State football games, so in late 1968 John, Sherry, Linda and I drove to Pasadena for a bowl game around Christmas in the Rose Bowl.  I drove and it was after 3 a.m. when we got back to San Diego.  Linda gave me a neck rub from the back seat to keep me awake.  I think I figured out that she might be someone special.

But we saw each other at Sherry's almost every week, but I was interested in other things.  She was a nice girl and a friend.  In August 1969, Linda threw a party at her refurbished apartment in Chula Vista, but I was at King Luis' Inn and had moved several times.  Finally, a mutual friend tracked me down, and I went to her apartment, but the party was over, so I helped clean up the apartment.  

After that, we started real dating - going out to dinner, to the beach, to movies, to Charger and Aztec football games, and I figured out (finally!) that she was pretty special.  I proposed on Valentine's Day 1970 (51 years ago) and we married on 21 March 1970.  I told the proposal story in Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Memorable Valentine's Day!

Sherry was a lifelong friend of ours until she passed away several years ago, and John disappeared around 1970.

Fifty one years later, we are still together and huddled in our house for the past year.  We did not get to celebrate our 50th anniversary with a party or a newspaper announcement last year.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 6 to 12 February 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  6 to 12 February 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938; indexed records with digital images, Updated 2/12/2021

Guerrero, Mexico, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979; indexed records with digital images, Updated 2/11/2021

Texas, U.S., Select County Marriage Records, 1837-1965; indexed records with digital images, Updated 2/10/2021

Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., Cemetery Index Cards, 1840-1988; indexed records without digital images, ADDED 2/8/2021

Mobile, Alabama, U.S., Magnolia Cemetery Interment Cards, 1836-1995; indexed records with digital images, ADDED 2/8/2021


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 32,909 collections available as of 12 February, an increase of  2 from last week.   


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 6 to 12 February 2021

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

As of 12 February 2021, there are 2,961 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from Marshall are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Diocese of Magdeburg, Catholic Church Records, 1608-1945 (; 257,051 indexed records with 257,051 record images, ADDED 09-Feb-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 253,724 indexed records with 2,159 record images (was 253,441 records with 2,157 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2021
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 1,532,511 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 1,013,227 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 11-Feb-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 352,979 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 337,738 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (; 1,447,032 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,431,579 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 358,810 indexed records with 154,740 record images (was 356,372 records with 153,526 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021

North Carolina, Voter Registers and Certificates of Registration, 1868-1964 (; 162,262 indexed records with 16,390 record images (was 159,893 records with 16,250 images), UPDATED 11-Feb-2021
Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950 (; 55,314 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 43,655 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 294,363 indexed records with 140,611 record images (was 274,387 records with 130,111 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949 (; Index only (3,250,043 records), no images (was 3,231,003 records with 0 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-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 12-Feb-2021

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 1,439,703 indexed records with 93,776 record images (was 1,427,425 records with 91,902 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 1,056,536 indexed records with 1,056,025 record images (was 995,243 records with 994,758 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 68,634 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 32,435 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2021
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955 (; 163,829 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 92,907 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 06-Feb-2021
Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 69,682 indexed records with 55,616 record images (was 66,174 records with 52,476 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021

Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (242,885 records), no images (was 242,632 records with 0 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Alabama Voter Registration and Poll Tax Cards, 1834-1981 (; 498,196 indexed records with 38,865 record images (was 458,806 records with 17,308 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2021
Sri Lanka, Colombo District, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990 (; 31,017 indexed records with 33,965 record images (was 27,819 records with 33,965 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2021
Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 1,609,483 indexed records with 1,597,427 record images (was 1,608,835 records with 1,596,780 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 (; 341 indexed records with 340 record images (was 68 records with 68 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021

England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 9,450 indexed records with 1,079 record images (was 1,977 records with 266 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 (; 68 indexed records with 68 record images (was 36 records with 36 images), UPDATED 11-Feb-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 11,688 indexed records with 14,819 record images (was 11,679 records with 13,774 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 178,330 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 177,929 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 129,036 indexed records with 48,202 record images (was 118,388 records with 46,908 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021

West Virginia Voter Registers, 1866-1890 (; 8,431 indexed records with 277 record images (was 7,073 records with 237 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2021
Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648-1941 (; 794,062 indexed records with 258,646 record images (was 792,678 records with 258,646 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2021
Germany Marriages, 1558-1929 (; Index only (3,362,468 records), no images (was 3,361,697 records with 0 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2021
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 222,152 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 218,602 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-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 12-Feb-2021

Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941 (; 394,229 indexed records with 607,070 record images (was 360,605 records with 607,070 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001 (; 171,140 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 156,455 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 283,131 indexed records with 17,034 record images (was 278,887 records with 16,625 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 213,355 indexed records with 208,826 record images (was 212,015 records with 207,581 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Census, 1984 (; 709,049 indexed records with 130,323 record images (was 621,985 records with 114,368 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2021

Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016 (; 5,281,255 indexed records with 1,547,844 record images (was 5,268,503 records with 1,547,844 images), UPDATED 11-Feb-2021
Maryland, Allegany County, Tax and Voter Records, 1798-1948 (; 255,522 indexed records with 12,890 record images (was 255,020 records with 16,651 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2021
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950 (; 1,521,845 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,493,939 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 11-Feb-2021
Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924 (; 240,889 indexed records with 219,086 record images (was 172,398 records with 150,620 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 509,120 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 354,038 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 06-Feb-2021

Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929 (; 830,136 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 798,101 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 11-Feb-2021
South Dakota, County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972 (; 163,843 indexed records with 124,277 record images (was 148,947 records with 124,277 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 5,088,796 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,088,792 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 11-Feb-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,339 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 30,047,339 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 2,400,483 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 2,400,464 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2021

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,208,734 indexed records with 1,968,746 record images (was 7,208,252 records with 1,968,653 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 319,521 indexed records with 183,878 record images (was 319,382 records with 183,744 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2021
Montana, County Naturalizations, 1856-1979 (; 52,124 indexed records with 46,602 record images (was 52,124 records with 46,602 images), UPDATED 11-Feb-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,274,877 indexed records with 100,093 record images (was 1,266,950 records with 99,789 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986 (; 562,145 indexed records with 791,233 record images (was 530,408 records with 791,233 images), UPDATED 09-Feb-2021

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 1,781,630 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 1,759,266 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 10-Feb-2021
Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981 (; 2,291,371 indexed records with 267,503 record images (was 449,369 records with 53,252 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 426,143 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 425,276 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records, 1807-1992 (; 908,432 indexed records with 1,135,393 record images (was 890,417 records with 1,135,393 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943 (; 176,745 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 127,195 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021

Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935 (; 13,900,697 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 13,898,916 records with 1,615,473 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970 (; 20,247 indexed records with 96,045 record images (was 18,288 records with 96,045 images), UPDATED 11-Feb-2021
Texas, Grimes County, Marriage Records, 1951-1966 (; 11,024 indexed records with 6,464 record images (was 10,039 records with 5,765 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 92,621 indexed records with 10,632 record images (was 91,903 records with 10,565 images), UPDATED 12-Feb-2021
Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (; 628,439 indexed records with 30,151 record images (was 39,585 records with 2,190 images), UPDATED 08-Feb-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985 (; 191,136 indexed records with 5,040 record images (was 191,136 records with 4,956 images), last updated 08-May-2019
Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt, Civil Registration, 1874-1982 (; 180,514 indexed records with 179,072 record images (was 180,514 records with 178,994 images), last updated 20-Nov-2020
Florida Deaths, 1877-1939 (; 471,799 indexed records with 471,267 record images (was 471,799 records with 471,266 images), last updated 10-Dec-2020
South Africa, Orange Free State, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1832-1989 (; 639,973 indexed records with 82,306 record images (was 639,973 records with 82,300 images), last updated 09-Oct-2020
Louisiana Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970 (; 76,332 indexed records with 33 record images (was 76,332 records with 30 images), last updated 14-Feb-2020

Colombia, Bogotá, Burial Permits, 1960-1991 (; 178,686 indexed records with 212,742 record images (was 178,686 records with 212,740 images), last updated 29-May-2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 868,647 indexed records with 790,718 record images (was 868,647 records with 790,717 images), last updated 01-Feb-2021
Texas, Passenger and Crew Lists Arriving at Various Ports, 1896-1951 (; 196,073 indexed records with 101,080 record images (was 196,073 records with 100,734 images), last updated 21-Oct-2020
Spain, Aragón, Electoral Censuses, 1890-1934 (; 4,972,408 indexed records with 53,004 record images (was 4,972,408 records with 52,851 images), last updated 04-Jun-2019
Ohio, Marietta Cemetery Records, 1788-2013 (; 20,357 indexed records with 575 record images (was 20,357 records with 574 images), last updated 03-Jan-2019

Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 (; 1,681,910 indexed records with 1,680,476 record images (was 1,681,910 records with 1,676,699 images), last updated 16-Dec-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,615 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,559 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,803 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,651 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020
United States, Compiled Military Service Records Of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With The U.S. Colored Troops, 1861-1866 (; 931,845 indexed records with 759,589 record images (was 931,845 records with 758,769 images), last updated 25-Aug-2020
Idaho, Bonneville County, Idaho Falls, Rose Hill Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 (; 14,513 indexed records with 14,152 record images (was 14,513 records with 14,123 images), last updated 09-Mar-2020

England, Cambridge Parish Registers, 1538-1983 (; 473,470 indexed records with 32,937 record images (was 473,470 records with 31,748 images), last updated 01-Feb-2021
New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981 (; 486,930 indexed records with 22,680 record images (was 486,930 records with 22,165 images), last updated 25-Apr-2019
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 5,605,545 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 316,808 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,307 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
Alaska Naturalization Records, 1884-1991 (; 81,550 indexed records with 71,795 record images (was 81,550 records with 71,919 images), last updated 26-Jun-2020
South Carolina, Charleston District, Estate inventories, 1732-1844 (; 398,496 indexed records with 5,270 record images (was 398,496 records with 7,585 images), last updated 07-Nov-2019
Ohio, Voter Records, 1893-1960 (; 1,668,152 indexed records with 31,429 record images (was 1,668,152 records with 32,149 images), last updated 23-Dec-2020
England, Huntingdonshire Parish Registers (; 308,855 indexed records with 14,127 record images (was 308,855 records with 14,279 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020

North Dakota, Naturalization Records, 1868-1924 (; 1,878 indexed records with 14 record images (was 1,878 records with 45 images), last updated 26-Mar-2020
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990 (; 12,714,895 indexed records with 62,500 record images (was 12,714,895 records with 89,672 images), last updated 26-Jan-2021
Australia, Victoria, Inward Passenger Lists, 1839-1923 (; 883,350 indexed records with 5,594 record images (was 883,350 records with 5,631 images), last updated 30-Jul-2019
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1936 (; 93,817 indexed records with 5,812 record images (was 93,817 records with 7,234 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Georgia, County Voter Registrations, 1856-1941 (; 352,400 indexed records with 38,357 record images (was 352,400 records with 38,548 images), last updated 17-Dec-2020

Australia, South Australia, Prison Records, 1838-1912 (; 82,262 indexed records with 5,469 record images (was 82,262 records with 7,529 images), last updated 10-Apr-2020
Alabama State Census, 1866 (; 243,781 indexed records with 17 record images (was 243,781 records with 6,279 images), last updated 12-Dec-2011
California, Pioneer Migration Index, Compiled 1906-1935 (; 6,651 indexed records with 229 record images (was 6,651 records with 6,373 images), last updated 02-May-2019
United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969 (; 469,181 indexed records with 69,354 record images (was 469,181 records with 69,358 images), last updated 01-Jan-2021
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (; 551,175 indexed records with 128,983 record images (was 551,175 records with 131,703 images), last updated 25-Nov-2020

Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 500,335 indexed records with 27,059 record images (was 500,335 records with 37,627 images), last updated 04-Feb-2021
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 62,637 indexed records with 70,381 record images (was 62,637 records with 76,167 images), last updated 18-Dec-2020
Arizona, Pima County, Voting Records, 1876-1926 (; 103,577 indexed records with 6,386 record images (was 103,577 records with 6,444 images), last updated 10-Jul-2020
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 264,217 indexed records with 19,479 record images (was 264,217 records with 19,979 images), last updated 13-Aug-2020
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000 (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 153,069 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 160,288 images), last updated 05-Oct-2020

Ohio, Clermont County Tax Records, 1816-1900 (; 404,853 indexed records with 17,751 record images (was 404,853 records with 18,365 images), last updated 15-Jul-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,530 records), no images (was 875,610,531 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960 (; 8,280,982 indexed records with 2,315,874 record images (was 8,280,984 records with 2,315,874 images), last updated 27-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, February 12, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 12 February 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, 16 February, 5 p.m.:  A Family for Suzanne, by Ruth Randall

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 17 February, 11 a.m.:  Shoot Like a Pro: How to Record Quality Videos Using Your Mobile Device, by Elizabeth M. O'Neal

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Chinese American Research: Challenges and Discoveries, by Grant Din

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Researching Your Maine Ancestors, by B.J. Jamieson

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone - Bring PowerPoint to Life with Animations, by Diane Boumenot

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #249r - Share Your Family History

*  FamilySearch:  FamilySearch is Live!

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Internet Archive: 10 Amazing Genealogy Finds You Need!


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RootsTech Connect 2021 Class Sessions List Released

 The RootsTech Connect 2021 Conference (25 to 27 February 2021 - FREE, Online) genealogy and family history classes have been released in an 18-page alphabetical list.  You can access the PDF class list at this link.  

Here is an image of the first page of the class list. 

Users can search this list by using Ctrl+F (Windows) or Command+F (Mac).  Search the list by subject, presenter, language or category.

The 18-page lists contains about 600 classes!  There is no set schedule for these classes.  Users will be able to watch any of them for at least the next 12 months On Demand starting from 25 February through the new RootsTech web site (not available yet).

The three-day schedule (25 to 27 February) for the Conference features the Main Stage entertainment and information programs.  Users can download the Main Stage schedule here.

Here is an image of the Main Stage schedule.  all times are EST.

The Main Stage presentations start on 24 February at 7 p.m. EST with a preview of the Expo Hall.  Note that the Saturday program is repeats of Steve Rockwood's presentation every three hours from midnight to 12 noon.  All Main Stage presentations will be available on-demand for the next 12 months (or more) starting on 25 February through the RootsTech website.

There will be more information after next Tuesday on the new RootsTech website that will be used for all of these presentations.

There are over 260,000 registrants from over 200 countries already registered for RootsTech Connect 2021.  Registration is FREE - go to to register to virtually attend this conference for FREE online.


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52 Ancestors - Week 369: #580 Jonas Prescott (1678-1750) of Groton, Massachusetts

Jonas Prescott (1678-1750)   is number 580 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #581 Thankful Wheeler (1682-1716)  in 1699  in Concord, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #290 Jonas Prescott (1703-1784) who married #291 Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739) in 1731.
*  their daughter #145 Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812)  who married #144 Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) in 1753.
*  their son #72 Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) who married #73 Elizabth Keyes (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:                     Jonas Prescott[1–9]

*  Sex:                        Male

*  Father:                    Jonas Prescott (1648-1723)
*  Mother:                   Mary Loker (1653-1735)    
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                       26 October 1678, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3]    

*  Distribution:            27 March 1724 (age 45), father's will proved; Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[6]    

*  Death:                      12 September 1750 (age 71), Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7–8]    
*  Burial:                     after 12 September 1750 (after age 71), Old Burying Ground, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[8]    

*  Probate:                   23 September 1751, administration granted; Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[9]  
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                 Thankful Wheeler (1682-1716)    
*  Marriage 1:              5 October 1699 (age 20), Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2,4]    

*  Child 1:                    Ebenezer Prescott (1700-1771)    
*  Child 2:                    Jonas Prescott (1702-1784)    
*  Child 3:                    Thankful Prescott (1705-????)    
*  Child 4:                    Mary Prescott (1711-1793)    
*  Child 5:                    Sarah Prescott (1712-1737)    

*  Spouse 2:                 Mary Page (1674-1749)    
*  Marriage 2:              30 April 1718 (age 39), Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Jonas Prescott and his family are briefly described in The Prescott Memorial book[1] and in the White Family Quarterly[2] .  

Jonas Prescott was born 26 October 1678 in Groton, Massachusetts, the third child and eldest son of Jonas and Mary (Loker) Prescott[1-3] .  

He married, first, to Thankful Wheeler (1682-1716) on 5 October 1699 in Concord, Massachusetts at age 20[1-2,4] .  Thankful was the daughter of John and Sarah (Larkin) Wheeler.  They had five children:

*  Ebenezer Prescott (1700-1771), married 1721 Hannah Farnsworth (1702-????).
*  Jonas Prescott (1703-1784), married 1731 Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739).
*  Thankful Prescott (1705-????), married (1) 1726, Timothy Spaulding (1700-1734); (2) 1741 Joseph Baldwin (1702-1747); (3) 1752 John Marshall (1700-1757)
*  Mary Prescott (1711-1793), married 1728 Joseph Stone (1702-1777).
*  Sarah Prescott (1712-1737), married 1732 Samuel Minot (1706-1766).

After Thankful (Wheeler) Prescott died on 16 November 1716, Jonas married, secondly, Mary (Page) Ashton (1675-1749)[5].  They had no children.

Jonas' father, Jonas Prescott, bought land from Andrew the Indians in Groton (in what is now Westford, Massachusetts), and held the water privilege and grist mill at Stony Brook in Forge Village. According to a Westford history book:
"Members of the Prescott family of Groton began occupying Forge Village during the Colonial Period for the purpose of operating their grist mill on Stony Brook and, later, manufacturing iron from bog-ore they mined in Groton."
Jonas Prescott, Jr.  enlarged and improved the works at Stony Brook, by erecting additional forges for manufacturing iron from ore, as well as for other purposes[2].

Jonas Prescott Jr. was captain of the militia and justice of the peace, and represented the town of Groton in the General Court in 1720[2].

Jonas Prescott's father, Jonas Prescott (1648-1723) died on 31 December 1723, and his will dated 28 December 1723 was proved on 7 March 1724.  In his will, he bequeathed to his son Jonas Prescott[6]:
"Item  I give to my Son Jonas Prescott besides what I have all Ready given him by a deed and other ways my silver tancard at ye deceas of my wife."
Upon the petition of Jonas Prescott and others, a part of Groton, including Forge Village, was set off to form the town of Westford in 1730[2].

Jonas received extensive land holdings from his father during his father's lifetime, and bought and sold other properties in Groton and Westford. 

Jonas Prescott died intestate on 12 September 1750 at age 71 in Groton, Massachusetts[7], and was buried in the Old Burying Ground in Groton[8].  The inscription says:

"Here lies buried the 
body of 
Cap Jonas Prescott 
who departed 
this life 
September 12th AnnoDomini 
1750 Age 71 years 
10 mo 17 Ds"

The probate records for Jonas Prescott (1678-1750) are in Middlesex County Probate Court packet 18,081[9].  On 23 September 1751, Ebenezer Prescott, the eldest son, was named administrator of the estate of his father, Jonas Prescott.  An inventory of the real and personal property was taken on 15 November 1751, and presented to the Probate Court by the administrator on 25 November 1751.  The real property totaled over £7500 old tenor, and the personal property about £690 old tenor.  The inventory notes that most of the real property was given by deed to his children before he died.  In a series of affidavits, Ebenezer Prescott agreed to give money (in lawful money of New England) to his siblings: 

*  Joseph Stone and Mary Stone of Groton - £150
*  John Marshall and Thankful Marshall of Nottingham, New Hampshire - £150
*  Samuel Minott of Concord - £100 for his children
*  Jonas Prescott of Groton - £200

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 53, #57-3, Jonas Prescott Jr. sketch.

2. Almira Larkin White (editor), "Children of John Prescott," White Family Quarterly (Haverhill, Mass. : Nichols, 1903-1905), Volumes 1-3, pages 104-134, page 126, #61 Jonas Prescott sketch.

3. Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1926-1927), Two volumes, Births, page 191, Jonas Prescott entry, 26 October 1678.

4. George Tolman (compiler), Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Concord, Mass. : Committee on Printing, 1894), page 50, Jonas Prescott and Thankful Wheeler entry.

5. Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Marriages, page 153, Jonas Prescott Jr. and Mary Page entry, 18 April 1718.

6. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Estate file 18080 (11 images) Jonas Prescott of Groton, 1724; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (, accessed 11 February 2021).

7. Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, Deaths, page 157, Capt. Jonas Prescott entry, age 71-10-17.

8. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Old Burying Ground (Groton, Mass.), Jonas Prescott memorial # 29051425.

9. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Estate file 18081 (10 images) Jonas Prescott of Groton, 1751.


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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