Saturday, April 17, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Best Genealogy Vacation

 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)  Think about your genealogy career - have you taken a "genealogy or family history vacation?" 

2)  Tell us about one (or more) of them - where did you go, what research did you do, did you meet family members, etc.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.  
Please leave a link in a comment to this post.

Here's mine:

Linda and I have taken genealogy vacations almost every year since 1990, and including sightseeing and visiting family in many of them.  I'm counting conferences and cruises with genealogy companies in this list.

The BEST genealogy vacation for us was in August 1999 - we visited Scandinavia for three weeks.  We flew from San Diego to Stockholm, Sweden, flew to Lulea, Sweden where our friends picked us up, spent a week in Finland in Tornio, Kuopio, and Helsinki, visited Tallinn, Estonia, flew from Helsinki to Oslo, Norway, took the train to Voss and Bergen, then flew from Bergen to Srockholm, and Stockholm to San Diego.  

The background:

*  In 1994, we hosted two Finnish high school girls in our home for three weeks who were on an exchange program.  They were smart, sweet and fun, and our daughter Tami had a car and they all had a great time in San Diego.  Mia lived in Tornio in the far north of Finland on the Gulf of Bothnia, and Anna lived in Kuopio in the middle of the country.  

*  Linda's maiden name is Leland, and was derived from Liland farm in Voss.  She has one-fourth Norwegian ancestry.  I did Norwegian genealogy research during the first half of 1999, identifying the part of her ancestry centered on Voss in Hordaland.  Her Norwegian ancestors went to Dane county, Wisconsin the mid-1850s.  

*  Linda's brother had done quite a bit of Leland family history and had visited the Liland farm near Voss in Norway back in 1980. To prepare for our vacation, I tried to find Linda's Norwegian ancestral families and had some luck - I used the Voss bygdebok (farm book) and Voss Parish Registers at the FHC to trace her families back into the 1600's before we went.  I used contacts from the Norway genealogy message board to ask questions, get answers, etc.

The highlights of the entire vacation:

*  Stockholm was for sightseeing and getting acclimated to the time change.  We did try reindeer meat.  The flight to Lulea was to get close to Tornio.

*  Mia and her father Kalle met us at the airport in Lulea, and drove us the 50 miles or so to Tornio.  We loved Kalle and Aila, who both spoke English) and wanted to experience all of the beauty and food and features of Finland.  We spent ten days with them.  Mia had taught me some Finnish words in 1994, but all I could remember was the word for cucumber, and she taught me more on this trip.  We met Aila's parents and sisters.  We took a day trip to Rovaniemi to visit the Arctic Circle and Santa's village, and to an uncle at a cabin near Tornio which had a sauna.  After several days, we all drove through Oulu (where Mia attended the university) to Kuopio where Anna and her family lived.  We stayed two nights, and did some sightseeing, then we drove to Helsinki to sightsee.  Two days was sightseeing around Helsinki, and one day was on a boat trip to Tallinn, which was fun to sightsee. 

We have remained friends since then, exchanging Christmas cards, and Kalle and Aila came to San Diego in 2003 to visit us and sightsee in America.  Mia has visited us several times since - one time in 2000 when she was doing graduate work, and other times on business.  

Kalle, Aila and Mia dropped us at the airport in Helsinki and it was hard to say goodbye.  

*  We flew to Oslo, Norway for the "genealogy" part of the vacation.  We spent two days in Oslo sightseeing and one night we met up with three Norwegian genealogists whom I "met" online on the Norway message board.  They invited many Americans to visit and have a meal with them.  I had a genealogy mystery - I could not read the church register for Voss on a certain page - I thought it was for one of Linda's direct line ancestors in Voss. One of the fellows took some notes on one of the ancestral families. He went to the Archives the next day and sent me an email at the hotel with the answer, just before we left for Voss.

We arrived in Voss after a 6 hour train trip through the mountains with snow at the tops, and made it to our hotel via a taxi.  I took off for the bookstore, the library and the Internet cafe in beautiful downtown Voss. I bought a book, got a good map, and checked my email.

The Voss scenery is breathtaking. There is a long lake, mountains all around, many rivers and streams, very green in the summer, and very white in the winter (it is a ski resort then). I had corresponded a bit with Svein Ulvund (see his photo site here) and he knew the layout of the area. 

*  One of my message board friends had been to Voss the year before, and recommended that I contact Bjorg Liland, who was related by marriage to the Liland farm families. We called the first night, and Bjorg graciously offered to drive us around the lake the next day. We visited Gjelle farm, Midtun farm, Molster farm and Liland farm, all ancestral farms. At Liland farm, Bjorg had arranged to talk to the family, compare genealogy notes and have a snack there - it was quite enjoyable, although the Liland ladies didn't speak English, but Bjorg translated.

Molster farm was where Linda's ancestors lived just before they left for Wisconsin in 1855. It is now a "living museum" vintage 1855, with docents in each room, and a small artifacts room. I enjoyed it tremendously, especially the food cooked in the kitchen.

Needless to say, we really appreciated Bjorg's efforts on our behalf and we treated her to a nice dinner at the Park Liland Hotel in downtown Voss (she used to work there). A few days later, she invited us over for dessert at her apartment. We did more sightseeing - we took the excellent "Norway in a Nutshell" tour) and visited the ski area in the mountains above the town.

*  Finally, we took the train to Bergen and did some sightseeing.  We then flew home from Bergen via Stockholm and Chicago. 

We had a wonderful three weeks in Scandinavia.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 10 to 16 April 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  10 to 16 April 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Beaverhead County, Montana Records, 1862-2009; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/15/2021

Macon County, Illinois, U.S., Decatur Public Library Obituaries, 1879-2007; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/15/2021

Indiana, U.S., Compiled Marriages, 1802-1892; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/12/2021

Sacramento, California, U.S., Sacramento Bee Newspaper Obituaries, Marriages, Births, 1859; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/12/2021


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 32,959 collections available as of 16 April, 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 10 to 16 April 2021

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

As of 16 April 2021, there are 2,982 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  California, Sonoma County, Sebastopol, Evergreen Lawn Cemetery Burial Records, 1800-2010 (; 14,962 indexed records with 14,962 record images, ADDED 12-Apr-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 258,930 indexed records with 2,195 record images (was 256,043 records with 2,175 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 1,820,038 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 1,532,511 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2021
Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 (; 165,698 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 4,863 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 430,727 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 424,794 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 325,830 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,307 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2021

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 459,948 indexed records with 196,052 record images (was 455,467 records with 194,191 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001 (; 214,647 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 214,227 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979 (; 1,376,518 indexed records with 1,584,621 record images (was 14,385 records with 1,584,621 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2021
Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657-1994 (; 168,592 indexed records with 383,518 record images (was 168,592 records with 383,518 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968 (; 48,291 indexed records with 521,512 record images (was 48,291 records with 521,512 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2021

Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 13,065 indexed records with 27,036 record images (was 13,065 records with 26,058 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 1,738,494 indexed records with 113,460 record images (was 1,706,907 records with 111,341 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 33,866,057 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 32,425,877 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2021
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966 (; 1,226,727 indexed records with 1,226,143 record images (was 1,226,708 records with 1,226,124 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 869,433 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 863,288 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021

Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 209,289 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 207,999 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2021
Texas, Indexes and Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Del Rio, 1906-1953 (; 623,990 indexed records with 206,054 record images (was 606,969 records with 206,054 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,338 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 30,047,338 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 416,096 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 283,342 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2021
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,079,108 indexed records with 50,534 record images (was 1,076,174 records with 71,392 images), UPDATED 12-Apr-2021

England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 (; 2,031 indexed records with 2,030 record images (was 1,940 records with 1,939 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949 (; 349,765 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 347,373 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 70,786 indexed records with 12,463 record images (was 70,695 records with 12,397 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 (; 1,750 indexed records with 1,750 record images (was 1,499 records with 1,499 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970 (; 71,103 indexed records with 121,509 record images (was 30,805 records with 121,509 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2021

Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978 (; 43,432 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 43,432 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 100,351 indexed records with 52,646 record images (was 98,160 records with 31,456 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 132,140 indexed records with 49,004 record images (was 131,226 records with 48,776 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994 (; 317,148 indexed records with 1,012,693 record images (was 61,929 records with 1,012,693 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2021
Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950 (; 76,840 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 76,770 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021

Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949 (; Index only (3,401,812 records), no images (was 3,401,343 records with 0 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932 (; 346,894 indexed records with 346,002 record images (was 332,001 records with 314,126 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2021
Colorado, Manitou Springs, Voter Records, 1935-1962 (; 4,911 indexed records with 4,904 record images (was 4,822 records with 4,815 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 167,127 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 34,962 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (251,774 records), no images (was 250,885 records with 0 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021

United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990 (; 24,094,590 indexed records with 149,873 record images (was 15,661,976 records with 105,998 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 304,150 indexed records with 20,282 record images (was 302,881 records with 20,038 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 278,093 indexed records with 270,448 record images (was 272,787 records with 265,340 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
California, passenger and crew lists at various ports, 1907-1956 (; 301,018 indexed records with 286,772 record images (was 285,875 records with 272,550 images), UPDATED 12-Apr-2021
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850 (; 12,465 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 8,550 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021

Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (; 93,301 indexed records with 70,137 record images (was 87,381 records with 65,041 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 (; 191,881 indexed records with 43,637 record images (was 182,291 records with 26,252 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970 (; 3,696,393 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 2,917,771 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 11-Apr-2021
Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924 (; 354,112 indexed records with 332,250 record images (was 354,112 records with 332,250 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924 (; 5,529,869 indexed records with 830,893 record images (was 5,477,411 records with 830,893 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021

Mexico, Morelos, Catholic Church Records, 1598-1994 (; 422,391 indexed records with 531,787 record images (was 75,797 records with 531,787 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2021
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965 (; 684,122 indexed records with 13,272 record images (was 683,075 records with 13,233 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 1,706,914 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 1,706,599 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 12-Apr-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 (; 1,864,069 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 1,182,993 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 2,400,844 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 2,400,729 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 12-Apr-2021

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,213,807 indexed records with 1,962,091 record images (was 7,213,472 records with 1,969,536 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979 (; 23,479 indexed records with 347 record images (was 12,094 records with 193 images), UPDATED 12-Apr-2021
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 5,762,467 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 5,762,467 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records, 1703-1964 (; 225,157 indexed records with 199,328 record images (was 106,460 records with 199,328 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,359,717 indexed records with 105,828 record images (was 1,351,229 records with 105,392 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 1,833,334 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 1,824,061 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 446,531 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 445,139 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943 (; 425,324 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 423,019 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 (; 5,717,088 indexed records with 1,962,488 record images (was 5,717,088 records with 1,962,488 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 100,065 indexed records with 11,548 record images (was 99,351 records with 11,456 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021

Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 16,139 record images (was 1,941 records with 15,825 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 155,372 indexed records with 14,014 record images (was 152,761 records with 13,829 images), UPDATED 16-Apr-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,638 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 155,838 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 (; 39,479 indexed records with 2,530 record images (was 39,479 records with 2,527 images), last updated 16-Nov-2018
Iowa, Iowa City, Voter Registers, 1897-1904 (; 60,329 indexed records with 1,896 record images (was 60,329 records with 92 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956 (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,749 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,805 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 462,610 indexed records with 5,824 record images (was 462,610 records with 7,392 images), last updated 02-Apr-2021
Washington Voting Records, 1876-1940 (; 143,893 indexed records with 12,012 record images (was 143,893 records with 15,940 images), last updated 08-Apr-2021
Colorado, Military Discharge Records, ca.1919-1972 (; 3,125 indexed records with 2,253 record images (was 3,125 records with 2,381 images), last updated 03-Mar-2021
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 273,595 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 303,308 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020

Arizona, Various County Divorce Records, 1877-1937 (; 59,923 indexed records with 59,793 record images (was 59,923 records with 59,795 images), last updated 23-Feb-2021
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,339 record images (was 126,657 records with 6,354 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,601,722 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,978 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,421 records), no images (was 875,610,423 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Iowa Births and Christenings, 1830-1950 (; Index only (396,403 records), no images (was 424,362 records with 0 images), last updated 09-Apr-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, April 16, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 16 April 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 - Friday, 16 April, 11 a.m.: 

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 20 April, 5 p.m.:  Turning Raw Information into Evidence: Tips for Drawing and Explaining Conclusions, by J.H. (Jay) Fonkert

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 21 April, 11 a.m.:  3 Ways to Advance Your Research with Correlation, by Shannon Green

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  The new and improved Legacy Family Tree Webinars website, by Daniel Horowitz and Geoff Rasmussen

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Jewish Genealogy with, by Deborah J. Kroopkin

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   An African Canadian Family History Mystery, by Mags Gaulden

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   What is Genetic Distance? by Diahan Southard

* Archived Family Tree Webinars:    The 24 Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon 

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Family Connections Experiment:  Healing Through Connecting with Our Ancestors

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 13 April 2021?


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New Rolls of Honour, Parish Records, and Newspapers This Findmypast Friday

   I received this from Findmypast this morning:



Brand new rolls of honour, parish records and more

Discover remarkable Anzac stories and Kent family milestones this Findmypast Friday. Here's what's new this week.

Australia, Military Commemorative Rolls & Rolls of Honour

Ahead of Anzac Day, we’ve compiled a major new resource for exploring the lives of Australia's military heroes.

A striking photo included in the records of Captain Alfred John Shout. Gallipoli’s most decorated soldier, Shout was awarded a Victoria Cross and Military Cross.

By combining a variety of Australian commemorative and honour rolls into one simple search, this rich collection makes it easier to discover the details of your ancestors’ service and death across all of the major conflicts of Australian history.

Kent parish records

Unlock family milestones with over 37,000 additional records from six Kent parishes. These records are essential for growing the Kent branches of your family tree.

The parishes covered in this latest tranche of new baptism, marriage and burial records are:
  • Halling, St John the Baptist
  • Hoo St Werburgh
  • Horton Kirby, St Mary
  • Luddesdown, Leywood School
  • Luddesdown, SS Peter & Paul
  • Milton-next-Gravesend, Christchurch
Review the parish list to see exact timeframes covered and the other churches featured in this growing resource.


We’ve added nine new papers and updated a raft of other publications, 35 to be precise. Brand new this week are:
While we've been even busier than usual, expanding the coverage in these 35 newspapers:

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 378: #589 Hannah (Wheeler) Fletcher (1647-1697) of Concord and Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Hannah Wheeler (1649-1697)  is #589 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #588 Samuel Fletcher (1652-1723) on 5 July 1673 (?) in Chelmsford, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #294 Samuel Fletcher (1684-1749) who married #295 Hannah --?-- (1688-1759) in 1712. 
*  their daughter #147 Elizabeth Fletcher (1720-1761) who married #146 Jonathan Keyes (1722-1781)  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:                     Hannah Wheeler[1]    
*  Alternate Name:     Hannah Whealer[6]    
*  Alternate Name:     Hannah Fletcher[2,4]    
*  Alternate Name:     Hanah Flatcher[3]    
*  Alternate Name:     Hannah Wheeler Fletcher[5]  

*  Sex:                        Female    

*  Father:                   George Wheeler (1605-1687)    
*  Mother:                  Katherine Pin (1611-1684)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                     about 1647, Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Distribution:         2 July 1697 (about age 50), father's will proved; Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Death:                  11 December 1697 (about age 50), Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3–5]    
*  Burial:                  after 11 December 1697 (after about age 50), Forefathers Burial Ground, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:           Samuel Fletcher (1647-1723)
*  Marriage 1:        5 July 1673 (?) (about age 25) Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,6]     
*  Child 1:             William Fletcher (1673-1753)
*  Child 2:             Hannah Fletcher (1676-1759)
*  Child 3:             Elizabeth Fletcher (1679-1715)
*  Child 4:             Samuel Fletcher (1683-1683)
*  Child 5:             Samuel Fletcher (1684-1749)
*  Child 6:             Mary Fletcher (1686-1768)
*  Child 7:             Lydia Fletcher (1689-1766)
*  Child 8:             Susanna Fletcher (1692-1717)
*  Child 9:             Isaac Fletcher (1694-1772)
*  Child 10:           Sarah Fletcher (1696- )

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

The Wheeler families of Cranfield in Bedfordshire during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were numerous, and the relationships between them are difficult to sort out without complete parish registers.  One of the best resources for the George Wheeler family is:

Myrtelle Wheeler Molyneaux, The Wheeler Family of Cranfield, England and Concord, Massachusetts and Some Descendants of Sgt. Thomas Wheeler of Concord (Long Beach, Calif. : the author, 1992)[1].

Hannah Wheeler was born in about 1647 in Concord, Massachusetts, the 8th and last child of George and Katherine (Pin) Wheeler, who settled in Concord by 1638[1].

Hannah "Whealer" married Samuel Fletcher (1652-1723), son of William and Lydia (--?--) (Bates) Fletcher. on 5 July 1673 (?) in Chelmsford, Massachusetts 

Hannah Wheeler was born in about 1647 in Concord, Massachusetts, the 8th and last child of George and Katherine (Pin) Wheeler, who settled in Concord by 1638.

Hannah "Whealer" married Samuel Fletcher (1652-1723), son of William and Lydia (--?--) (Bates) Fletcher. on 5 July 1673 (?) in Chelmsford, Massachusetts[1,6].  The marriage record in the Chelsmford vital records book says:
""WHEALER, Hannah, d. George, of Concord, and Samuell Fletcher, s. William, July 5, 1[torn, 1673?]."
They had ten children between 1673 and 1696, all recorded in the Chelmsford vital records book:

* William Fletcher (1673-1753), married 1716 Maqry Foster (1686-1768).
*  Hannah Fletcher (1676-1759), married 1697 Ebenezer Wright (1663-1730).
*  Elizabeth Fletcher (1679-1715), married 1701 Benjamin Butterfield (1679-1715).
*  Samuel Fletcher (1683-1683).
*  Samuel Fletcher (1684-1749), married 1712 Hannah --?-- (1689-1759).
*  Mary Fletcher (1686-1768), married 1715 Jonathan Wheeler (1683-1739.
*  Lydia Fletcher (1689-1766), married 1711 Peletiah Adams (1682-1746).
*  Susanna Fletcher (1692-1717), married 1715 Joseph Chamberlain (1687-1755).
*  Isaac Fletcher (1694-1772), married 1716 Persis Shattuck (1695-1747).
*  Sarah Fletcher (1696-????).

Her father, George Wheeler (1606-1687) of Concord wrote his will on 28 January 1684/5, and it was proved on 2 July 1687 in Middlesex County Probate Court[2].  He bequeathed his estate to his children, including this:
"I give to my daughter Foxes children six pounds equall amongst them: I give to my four daughters Elizabeth Fletcher, Sarah Dudly, Ruth Hartwell & Hanah Fletcher the sume of fifteen pounds apiece in good & currant Countery pay to be paid to them in Concord currant price..."
Hannah (Wheeler) Fletcher died on 11 December 1697 in Chelmsford.  The death record in the town record book says:
"Hannah the wife of Samuel Fletcher Dyed the 11 of December 1697."
Hannah (Wheeler) Fletcher was buried in Forefather's Burial Ground in Chelsmford, Massachusetts.  There is no extant stone, but there is a Find A Grave memorial for her[5].

1. Myrtelle Wheeler Molyneaux, The Wheeler Family of Cranfield, England and Concord, Massachusetts and Some Descendants of Sgt. Thomas Wheeler of Concord (Long Beach, Calif. : the author, 1992), page 219, Hannah Wheeler birth entry, abt. 1647 in Concord.

2. Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Middlesex Cases 00001-01999 Estate File #1580 (7 images), George Wheeler of Concord estate, 1687; "Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014, American Ancestors ( : accessed 21 March 2021); Digitized mages provided by from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass.

3. Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1914), Deaths, page 389, Hanah Flatcher entry, 11 December 1697, wife of Samuell.

4. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, (, "Chelmsford Town Land Records with Births, Marriages and Deaths," Page 346 (image 191 of 230), Hannah Fletcher death entry, 11 December 1697.

5. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Forefathers Burial Ground, Chelmsford, Mass., Hannah Wheeler Fletcher memorial #32751035.

6. Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Marriages, page 231, and 344, Samuel Fletcher and Hannah Whealer entry, 5, July 1673(?).

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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