Saturday, March 20, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your High School Years

 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) This week we travel down Memory Lane again - tell us about your high school years with answers to ten questions.

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:

1. What was your high school's full name, where was it, and what year did you graduate? San Diego High School, in downtown San Diego (12th Avenue and Russ Blvd.), 1961.

2. What was the school team nickname, and what are/were your school's colors? Cavemen/Cavers, and uniforms were Powder Blue and White.  "We are the Cavers, the mighty, mighty Cavers..."

3. What was the name of your school song, and can you still sing it? The Gray Castle. No, I had to look up the name of the song, let alone the words.  Here is a video with photos of the school as it was in the 1960s:

4. Did you have a car? How did you get to and from school? No car until I was 23. I took the bus both ways.  The good old Number 2 bus went south down 30th Street, west on Beech, south on 28th, west on B, south on 25th, and west on Broadway.  I got off at 12th and walked the four blocks north to school.  I often walked home from school (uphill!) if my book load wasn't too heavy.

5. Did you date someone from your high school? Or marry someone from your high school? Were you considered a flirt? No; No; and I was too self-conscious to flirt.  No dates until college.  I did have dreams about dating some girls.  I avoided after-school events and dances - Mr. Wallflower did not know how to dance despite the dreadful lessons back in elementary school, plus every girl was taller than me in high school.  

6. What social group were you in? I was in the outcast group - the nerds and geeks, with short hair and glasses, and heavy into math, physics, chemistry, etc.  We did talk about sports a lot.  Our school was fairly well racially integrated, but cliquish.  

7. Who were your favorite teachers? Mrs. Johnsie Posey (geometry, calculus), J.O. Peterson (chemistry).  Mrs. Posey had a beautiful southern accent (it was a novelty in 1960 San Diego) and was a fun and demanding teacher.  She prepared me well for college and an engineering career.  Mr. Peterson was a bit absent-minded, and half of the class was trying to make explosives in the lab.  

8. What did you do on Friday nights? I attended some football games in the fall in Balboa Stadium - the Cavers were really good!  Otherwise, I was home watching TV or playing family games.  By high school, I was into music - listening to the radio and collecting Top 40 surveys.  

9. Did you go to and have fun at the Senior Prom? Nope. Didn't go to the prom, although the counselors tried to line me up with a really smart girl. She didn't want to go either.

10. Have you been to reunions, and are you planning on going to the next reunion? I went to the 10th, and was essentially shunned by all the people I didn't know. I almost went to the 50th in 2011, but didn't because I figured no one will remember what anybody looked like!  

I really hated high school because I got picked on for being small, unathletic and smart. All except the learning part - that was fun!

See, that wasn't so bad, was it? Kind of true confessions time. Now write a post answering these questions on your blog or put a comment on this post.

Enjoy the memories! Or not...I'm surprised I survived!


The URL for this post is:

Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post.  Share it on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest using the icons below.  Or contact me by email at

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 13 to 19 March 2021

  The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  13 to 19 March 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Bristol, England, Non-Conformist Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers, 1644-1981; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/18/2021

Wyoming, U.S., Star Valley Independent Obituaries, 1901-2015; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/15/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 1 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,943 collections available as of 19 March, an increase of  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.

The URL for this post is:
Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post. Share it on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest using the icons below. Or contact me by email at

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 13 to 19 March 2021

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

As of 19 March 2021, there are 2,969 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from Marshall are:

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 255,139 indexed records with 2,169 record images (was 255,139 records with 2,169 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 414,104 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 406,436 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 18-Mar-2021
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 7,281 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 6,042 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 13-Mar-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 419,323 indexed records with 180,629 record images (was 405,641 records with 174,757 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001 (; 209,616 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 209,484 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021

United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955 (; 180,625 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 159,950 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 1,314,658 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 1,306,352 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
France, Loire-Atlantique, Civil Registration, 1792-1960 (; 4 indexed records with 2,921,446 record images (was 4 records with 2,921,446 images), UPDATED 18-Mar-2021
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 2,699,406 indexed records with 2,692,830 record images (was 868,647 records with 790,718 images), UPDATED 18-Mar-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (245,724 records), no images (was 244,833 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021

South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 1,225,961 indexed records with 1,225,377 record images (was 1,225,957 records with 1,225,373 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 1,575,978 indexed records with 104,891 record images (was 1,536,430 records with 101,556 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 (; 608,487 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 598,112 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2021
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928 (; 1,214,219 indexed records with 155,442 record images (was 311,775 records with 39,911 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2021
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 178,605 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 178,605 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 18-Mar-2021

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 77,683 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 75,807 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021 (; 589,946 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 425,097 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 18-Mar-2021
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955 (; 506,605 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 321,301 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2021
Alabama Voter Registration and Poll Tax Cards, 1834-1981 (; 682,767 indexed records with 140,819 record images (was 498,196 records with 35,907 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2021
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 (; 1,567 indexed records with 1,566 record images (was 1,413 records with 1,412 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021

England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 68,559 indexed records with 11,930 record images (was 68,367 records with 11,853 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 (; 382 indexed records with 382 record images (was 262 records with 262 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 414,958 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 369,490 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 13,023 indexed records with 19,994 record images (was 12,949 records with 19,204 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 94,932 indexed records with 34,005 record images (was 90,249 records with 40,748 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2021

England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 129,368 indexed records with 48,272 record images (was 129,315 records with 48,252 images), UPDATED 18-Mar-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 4,737,544 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 4,693,826 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2021
Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950 (; 76,301 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 76,240 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 18-Mar-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 655,136 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 655,136 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949 (; Index only (3,308,221 records), no images (was 3,307,809 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021

Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941 (; 529,577 indexed records with 607,070 record images (was 502,246 records with 607,070 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2021
Georgia, County Voter Registrations, 1856-1941 (; 352,643 indexed records with 27,505 record images (was 352,400 records with 38,357 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 297,127 indexed records with 18,990 record images (was 297,119 records with 18,676 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 238,457 indexed records with 232,484 record images (was 230,246 records with 224,785 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Census, 1984 (; 834,422 indexed records with 142,417 record images (was 709,049 records with 130,323 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2021

Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (; 47,531 indexed records with 29,913 record images (was 47,392 records with 29,775 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924 (; 288,530 indexed records with 266,706 record images (was 275,004 records with 253,188 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Uruguay, Catholic Church Records, 1726-2000 (; 177,827 indexed records with 19,293 record images (was 177,827 records with 19,293 images), UPDATED 18-Mar-2021
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 680,775 indexed records with 13,151 record images (was 680,775 records with 13,151 images), UPDATED 18-Mar-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 530,193 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 517,193 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 13-Mar-2021

Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865 (; 945,598 indexed records with 12,795,172 record images (was 945,598 records with 6,791,351 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-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 18-Mar-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 2,400,729 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 2,400,483 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 13-Mar-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,211,514 indexed records with 1,969,230 record images (was 7,211,008 records with 1,969,149 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 322,922 indexed records with 187,099 record images (was 321,055 records with 185,356 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,319,088 indexed records with 102,984 record images (was 1,309,193 records with 102,126 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Germany, Prussia, East Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1551-1992 (; 2,375,594 indexed records with 569,841 record images (was 2,276,278 records with 548,194 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2021
West Virginia Voter Registers, 1866-1890 (; 8,442 indexed records with 278 record images (was 8,431 records with 277 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2021
Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981 (; 4,737,769 indexed records with 552,086 record images (was 3,756,718 records with 435,518 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 439,135 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 438,131 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 451,415 indexed records with 5,957 record images (was 430,203 records with 4,675 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2021
Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records, 1807-1992 (; 922,615 indexed records with 1,135,393 record images (was 908,432 records with 1,135,393 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943 (; 402,528 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 372,672 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
California Great Registers, 1850-1920 (; Index only (3,338,455 records), no images (was 3,321,801 records with 0 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2021
South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872 (; 246,892 indexed records with 6,474 record images (was 246,449 records with 6,737 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2021

Micronesia, Death Records, 1970-1986 (; 5,689 indexed records with 5,581 record images (was 5,687 records with 5,579 images), UPDATED 18-Mar-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 96,524 indexed records with 11,133 record images (was 95,814 records with 11,056 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 15,223 record images (was 1,941 records with 15,179 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021
Sweden, Västerbotten Church Records, 1619-1896; index, 1688-1860 (; 253,225 indexed records with 170,304 record images (was 242,079 records with 170,304 images), UPDATED 18-Mar-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 139,561 indexed records with 12,356 record images (was 134,695 records with 12,023 images), UPDATED 19-Mar-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,652,934 indexed records with 157,177 record images (was 3,652,934 records with 153,924 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,805 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,796 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (; 751,700 indexed records with 172,394 record images (was 751,700 records with 170,969 images), last updated 11-Mar-2021
Illinois, Church Records, 1837-1995 (; 16,710 indexed records with 1,135 record images (was 16,710 records with 42 images), last updated 13-Jan-2021
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1936 (; 93,817 indexed records with 7,234 record images (was 93,817 records with 5,549 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,615 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,290 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952 (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,840 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,775 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020
New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981 (; 486,930 indexed records with 22,680 record images (was 486,930 records with 19,025 images), last updated 25-Apr-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

England, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (; 4,004,655 indexed records with 401,197 record images (was 4,004,655 records with 402,984 images), last updated 20-Apr-2020
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,076,174 indexed records with 60,534 record images (was 1,076,174 records with 69,473 images), last updated 01-Dec-2020
Uruguay, Civil Registration Index Card, 1900-1937 (; 2,569,205 indexed records with 655,661 record images (was 2,569,205 records with 667,856 images), last updated 05-Feb-2021
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1918 (; 66,554 indexed records with 2,424 record images (was 66,554 records with 4,722 images), last updated 11-Mar-2021
Georgia, Military Discharge Records, ca.1890 - ca.1966 (; 37,711 indexed records with 40,376 record images (was 37,711 records with 43,836 images), last updated 11-Mar-2021

Washington Voting Records, 1876-1940 (; 142,487 indexed records with 13,825 record images (was 142,487 records with 15,832 images), last updated 01-Mar-2021
France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932 (; 319,702 indexed records with 318,655 record images (was 319,702 records with 318,813 images), last updated 12-Mar-2021
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 62,997 indexed records with 54,489 record images (was 62,997 records with 80,195 images), last updated 18-Feb-2021
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 327,194 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,303 images), last updated 20-Feb-2020
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 126,657 indexed records with 6,334 record images (was 126,657 records with 6,339 images), last updated 02-Sep-2020

Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900 (; 527,525 indexed records with 225,986 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,446 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

Philippines Civil Registration (Archives Division), 1902-1945 (; 22,483 indexed records with 185,883 record images (was 22,386 records with 185,883 images), last updated 12-Mar-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,515 records), no images (was 875,610,516 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020


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.


The URL for this post is:

Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post. Share it on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest using the icons below. Or contact me by email at

Friday, March 19, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 19 March 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

*  We Are Open! The 51st Jamboree Conference! (4-5 and 11-12 June 2021)

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

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 24 March, 11 a.m.:  20th Century Immigrants to the West Coast by Linda Harms Okazaki

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tracing Your War of 1812 British Soldier, by Paul Milner

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Reporting on Research: Standards Encourage Better Communication, by Nancy A. Peters

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: - 10 Links You Have to Try, by Devin Ashby

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone - How to share access to AncestryDNA test results, by Paul Woodbury

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #259r - Occupations

*  Family Connections Experiment:  Interview: Joe Price from the BYU Records Linking Lab

*  Family Connections Experiment:  Live Question & Answers

*  Findmypast:  Fridays Live 19 March 2021

*  Genealogy Stories:  An Expert Guide To Chartism

*  Lisa Lisson:  Let's Chat About Genealogy!


Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post.  Share it on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest using the icons below.  Or contact me by email at

Findmypast Celebrates St Patrick's Week with Over Half a Million New Irish Records

   I received this from Findmypast this morning:



Findmypast celebrate St Patrick's Week with over half a million new Irish records

Dig deeper into your Irish heritage with employment and poor law records from the Emerald Isle. Here is what's new this Findmypast Friday.

Ireland, Dublin Guinness Brewery Employees

Did your ancestor work for one of Ireland’s most iconic brands? Discover occupations, birth and death dates, spouse names and more.

Arthur Guinness established his brewery at St James's Gate, Dublin in 1759 by signing a now-defunct 9,000-year lease for £45 a year. Since then, thousands of Dubliners have worked at the famous landmark. If your relatives were among them, this collection is a must-search.

Clare Poor Law Unions Board of Guardians Minute Books

Findmypast have added over 500,000 records to this County Clare collection, a fascinating resource if you have family ties in the region.

The detailed records cover workhouses in Clare's Corofin, Ennis, Ennistymon and Kilrush Poor Law Unions. In them, you'll find information on the day-to-day running of the institutions with mentions of inmates, staff and suppliers.

Leicestershire Parish Records

Privacy rules have allowed Findmypast to release another tranche of baptism, marriage, banns and burial records from churches across Leicestershire.

As with all of their parish record collections, Findmypast have compiled a handy list showing exactly what's new and the timeframes covered.


Findmypast’s newspaper releases continue the distinctly Irish theme this week. This latest update includes published nine new papers from Ireland and updated five others with additional pages. Hot off the press from Ireland are:
While this week’s supplemented papers include:

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.

The URL for this post is:

Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post. Share it on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest using the icons below. Or contact me by email at

52 Ancestors - Week 374: #585 Joanna (Cleveland) Keyes (1670-1758) of Woburn and Westford, Massachusetts

Joanna Cleaveland (1670-1758)  is number 585 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #584 Joseph Keyes (1667-1757) on 28 May 1690  in Chelmsford, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #292 Joseph Keyes (1698-1744) who married #293 Elizabeth Fletcher (1698-1775) in 1720. 
*  their son #146 Jonathan Keyes (1722-1781) who married #147 Elizabeth Fletcher (1720-1761) in 1746.
*  their daughter #73 Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793) who married #72 Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) 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:                        Joanna Cleveland[1–3]    
*  Alternate Name:         Joanna Cleaveland[8]    
*  Alternate Name:         Joanna Keyes[6] 
*  Alternate Name:         Joannah Keyes[5]    
*  Alternate Name:         Joanna Cleveland Keyes[4]

*  Sex:                             Female    

*  Father:                        Moses Cleveland (1624-1702)    
*  Mother:                      Ann Winn (1626-1682)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                          5 March 1670, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–4]

*  Distribution:              11 July 1757 (age 87), husband's will proved; Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

*  Death:                       18 March 1758 (age 88), Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2,4,6–7]    
*  Burial:                      after 18 March 1758 (after age 88), Fairview Cemetery, Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                   Joseph Keyes (1667-1757)
*  Marriage 1:                28 May 1690 (age 23), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2,8-10]

*  Child 1:                     Miriam Keyes (1691- )
*  Child 2:                     Lydia Keyes (1693-1762)
*  Child 3:                     Joanna Keyes (1695-1787)
*  Child 4:                     Joseph Keyes Jr. (1698-1744)    
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

: The Cleveland family genealogy book has an excellent record of the Moses and Ann (Winn) Cleveland family[1], and also the Joanna (Cleveland) Keyes family[2].

Joanna Cleveland was born 5 March 1670 in Woburn, Massachusetts, the 10th child (of 11) and 4th daughter of Moses and Ann (Winn) Cleveland of Woburn[1-4].  

On 28 May 1690, Joanna Cleaveland (1670-1758) married Joseph Keyes in Chelmsford, Massachusetts[1-2,8-10].  He was the son of Solomon and Frances (Grant) Keyes of Chelmsford.  They had four children, all born and recorded in Chelmsford:

*  Miriam Keyes (1691-????), married 1728 John Lawson (1705-????).
*  Lydia Keyes (1693-1762), married 1712 John Mudge (1686-1762).
*  Joanna Keyes (1695-1787), married (1) 1716 Thomas Kidder (1690-1729); (2) 1732 Samuel Fitch (1699-1775).
*  Joseph Keyes (1698-1744), married 1720 Elizabeth Fletcher (1698-1775).

Her husband, Joseph Keyes, died 9 June 1757 at age 90 in Westford, Massachusetts (which had split off from Chelmsford in about 1730).  In his will dated 29 June 1745, and proved in Middlesex County Probate Court on 11 July 1757[5], he bequeathed to Joanna:
"Imprimus I Give and bequeath to Joannah my Dearly Beloved Wife all my Houshold goods During her Life..."
Joanna (Cleveland) Keyes died 18 March 1758 at age 88 in Westford, Massachusetts[1-2,4,6-7]. The gravestones of Joseph and Joanna (Cleveland) Keyes are in the Fairview Cemetery in Westford.  Her gravestone in Fairview Cemetery in Westford says[4]:

"Here lies the Body of
Mrs Joanna Keyes
the Grandmother of
Mr. Jonathan Keyes
who departed this Life
March ye 18th 1758.
Being 87 Years & 11 months old"

 1. Edmund James Cleveland and Horace Gillette Cleveland, The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, (Hartford, Conn. : 1899), pages 23-32, Moses Cleveland family sketch.

2. Edmund James Cleveland and Horace Gillette Cleveland, The Genealogy of the Cleveland and Cleaveland Families, (Hartford, Conn. : 1899), page 52, #11, Joanna Cleveland family sketch.

2. Edward F. Johnson,  Woburn Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths [5 Volumes], (Woburn, Mass.: The News Print, 1893), Volume 1, page 51, Joanna Cleveland birth entry, 5 April 1670.

4. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Fairview Cemetery (Westford, Mass.), Joanna Cleveland Keyes memorial # 36127476.

5. "Middlesex County, Mass.: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed, 10 February 2018), Probate Packet #13,196 (6 images), Joseph Keyes of Westford, 1757.

6. Vital Records of Westford, Massachusetts to the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1915), Deaths, page 293, Joanna Keyes entry, 18 March 1758.

7. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, (, "Westford Births, Marriages and Deaths," Page 81 (Image 47 of 1750), Joanna Keyes death entry.

8. "Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988," digital images,, "Chelmsford, Town and Land Records, with Births, Marriages and deaths," page 30 (penned) (image 37 of 230), Joseph Keyes and Joanna Cleaveland marriage entry.

9. Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1914), Marriages, page 262, Joseph Keyes and Joanna Cleaveland entry, 28 May 1690.

10. Asa Keyes, Genealogy: Robert Keyes of Watertown, Mass., 1633; Solomon Keyes of Newbury and Chelmsford, Mass., 1653, and Their Descendants; Also, Others of the Name (Barattleboro, Vt. : Geo. E. Selleck, Printer, 1880), page 148, #II (8) Joseph Keyes family sketch.

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

The URL for this post is:

Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

Please comment on this post on the website by clicking the URL above and then the "Comments" link at the bottom of each post. Share it on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest using the icons below. Or contact me by email at