Saturday, April 24, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Tell Us About One of Your Elusive Ancestors

 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)  We all have "elusive ancestors" that we cannot find a name for, or one that absolutely eludes us, but we know some details about their spouse and/or children.

2)  Tell us about one of them - how are you related?  What do you know about them? Where did they live? 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:

One of my most elusive ancestors is the first wife of my 4th great-grandfather, Cornelius Feather (1777-1853).  She was born before 1785, perhaps in Connecticut, and died before 1830, probably in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  She married Cornelius Feather before 1804, perhaps in Trumbull County, Ohio.  He was born in 1777 in Washington County, Pennsylvania, the son of Stephen and --?-- (--?--) Feather, and died 1 April 1853 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  They had four known children:

i. Sarah Feather, born 07 June 1804 in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio; died 09 April 1848 in Perry, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. She married Heinrich/Henry  Carringer   before 1825 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania; born 06 June 1800 in Sandy Creek, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, the son of Martin and Maria Magdalena (Hoax) Carringer, and died 20 April 1879 in Columbus City, Louisa County, Iowa.  They had sons named David, George, Cornelius, Henry, and Harvey, and daughters named Eliza, Mary, Sarah, Louisa and Matilda.

 ii. John Feather, born 4 April 1806 in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, died 22 April 1878 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  He married Phebe Condit on 11 September 1828 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  She was born 14 February 1809 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of David and Rachel (Ross) Condit, and died 21 June 1891 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  They had sons named Ira, William, Cornelius, David, Stephen, Hiram, John and George, and daughters named Mary Rachel and Nancy.

iii. George Feather, born 1808 in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio; died 1890 in Mercer County, PA. He married Mary Keelan before 1840 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  She was born about 1812 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of William and Abbie (Partridge) Keelan, and died about 1855 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  They had sons named Joseph, Cornelius, George, William and Samuel, and daughters Mary and Silveretta.

iv. Mary Ann Feather, born about 1815 in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, died before 1855 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.  She married (1) Charles Milner (1798-????) before 1835 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and they had children Esther and Cornelius.   


The name of the wife of Cornelius Feather is not known. The only clue about her birthplace is the 1880 US Census record of her son, George Feather, which says his mother was born in Connecticut.  With a first child born in 1806, a birth date of about 1785 is an estimate.

Cornelius Feather settled in Warren township, Trumbull County, Ohio. He appears in the 1804 through 1810 tax records of Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio.

He moved to Mercer County, Pennsylvania in about 1823, settling in what is now Otter Creek township. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, voted the Democratic ticket, and served in the War of 1812. 

In the 1830 US census for Mercer County, Pennsylvania, the Cornelius Feathers household resided in Salem township. The household included one male aged 20-30 (George?), one male aged 50-60 (Cornelius), one female aged 10-15 (Mary Ann), one female aged 20-30 and one female aged 30-40. 

In the 1840 US census, the Cornelius Feather family resided in New Lyme township, Ashtabula County, Ohio. The household included one male aged 60-70 (Cornelius), one female aged 0-5, one female aged 5-10, one female aged 30-40 and one female aged 40-50.

In the 1850 US census, this family resided in Salem township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. The household included:

* Cornelius Feather -- age 73, male, a farmer, $1000 in real property, born NY
* Mary Feather -- age 58, female, born PA

The age of Mary Feather in the 1850 census record (age 58, born about 1792), and of the oldest female in the 1830 (age 30 to 40) and 1840 census records (age 40 to 50), imply that Mary (and the oldest female) is not the mother of Sarah Feather (born in 1804), John (born about 1806), or George (born about 1808) but may be the mother of Mary Ann (born about 1815).  Mary may have been married before to an unknown first husband.

I have several DNA match clusters on AncestryDNA and MyHeritageDNA for which I have not been able to identify a known common ancestor.  My guess is that one of those clusters is for my elusive ancestor, --?-- (--?--) Feather, wife of Cornelius Feather.  That may be how I solve this puzzle in time.

Alternatively, I need to search for records in eastern Ohio or western Pennsylvania for her parents willing property or selling land to --?-- Feather.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 17 to 23 April 2021

  The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  17 to 23 April 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Arizona, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1880-1935; indexed records without digital images, Updated 4/19/2021

West Virginia, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1724-1985; indexed records with digital images, Updated 4/19/2021

Australia, Army Militia Service Records, 1901-1940; indexed records without digital images, ADDED 4/19/2021

Wyoming, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1875-1908; indexed records with digital images, Updated 4/19/2021

Alaska, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1883-1978; indexed records with digital images, Updated 4/19/2021

New Mexico, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1993; indexed records with digital images, Updated 4/19/2021

Arizona, U.S., Death Records, 1887-1960; indexed records without digital images, Updated 4/19/2021


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 32,960 collections available as of 23 April, an increase of  1 from last week.   


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 17 to 23 April 2021

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

As of 23 April 2021, there are 2,982 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

New and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Deleted ---

*  Iowa, Marriage Records, 1941-1951       (; 13,151 indexed records with 13,151 record images, DELETED

*  Iowa, Birth Records, 1921-1942  (; 35,336 indexed records with 35,336 record images, DELETED

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Michigan, Military Discharge Records, ca.1847 - ca.1965 (; 1,010 indexed records with 1,010 record images, ADDED 23-Apr-2021

*  Kansas, Military Discharge Records, ca.1862 - ca.1999   (; 740 indexed records with 740 record images, ADDED 22-Apr-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929   (; 259,596 indexed records with 2,200 record images (was 258,930 records with 2,195 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2021
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Mérida, Catholic Church Records, 1654-2015    (; 1,384,386 indexed records with 1,157,611 record images (was 1,384,386 records with 1,154,003 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 435,047 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 430,727 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 468,303 indexed records with 199,745 record images (was 459,948 records with 196,052 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Kansas, Grant County, Census Records, 1895-1982 (; 28,877 indexed records with 16,647 record images (was 28,877 records with 16,647 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021

Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000      (; 94,318 indexed records with 70,675 record images (was 93,301 records with 70,137 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021

England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538-1950    (; 2,771,114 indexed records with 280,015 record images (was 2,554,370 records with 280,016 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 13,065 indexed records with 30,509 record images (was 13,065 records with 27,036 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 1,805,162 indexed records with 116,563 record images (was 1,738,494 records with 113,460 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 33,866,057 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 33,866,057 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2021
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945  (; 52,528 indexed records with 1,272 record images (was 50,341 records with 1,272 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2021
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 327,310 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 325,830 images), UPDATED 17-Apr-2021

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 878,374 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 869,433 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980   (; 979,156 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 540,728 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2021
Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648-1941      (; 831,926 indexed records with 258,646 record images (was 817,864 records with 258,646 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2021
United States, California, San Francisco, Records of Chinese Laborers Returning to the US, 1882-1888    (; 45,435 indexed records with 5,370 record images (was 44,940 records with 5,334 images), UPDATED 23-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 23-Apr-2021

England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837       (; 2,241 indexed records with 2,240 record images (was 2,031 records with 2,030 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 71,202 indexed records with 12,733 record images (was 70,786 records with 12,463 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799  (; 2,328 indexed records with 2,328 record images (was 1,750 records with 1,750 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992       (; 624,502 indexed records with 59,635 record images (was 596,952 records with 53,808 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2021
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978    (; 2,000,479 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 43,432 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2021

South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966       (; 1,226,866 indexed records with 1,226,282 record images (was 1,226,727 records with 1,226,143 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (; 132,727 indexed records with 49,148 record images (was 132,140 records with 49,004 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 436,341 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 424,891 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2021
Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 (; 39,488 indexed records with 2,476 record images (was 39,479 records with 2,530 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2021
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007    (; 4,961,914 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 4,919,130 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2021

Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950   (; 77,056 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 76,840 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949    (; Index only (3,401,844 records), no images (was 3,401,812 records with 0 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2021
Portugal Marriages, 1670-1910   (; Index only (45,297 records), no images (was 49,907 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2021
Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951  (; 909,681 indexed records with 475,273 record images (was 933,998 records with 475,273 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2021
Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984    (; 535,953 indexed records with 20,274,621 record images (was 535,953 records with 20,274,621 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2021

Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001   (; 215,223 indexed records with 16,188 record images (was 214,647 records with 16,188 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 90,186 indexed records with 10,812 record images (was 304,150 records with 20,282 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 294,366 indexed records with 286,222 record images (was 278,093 records with 270,448 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Idaho, Military Discharge Records, ca.1917 - ca.1960    (; 1,386 indexed records with 733 record images (was 1,258 records with 654 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2021
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (; 1,570,699 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,557,998 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2021

Ontario, Roman Catholic Church Records, 1760-1923       (; Browse 126,534 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 126,534 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2021
Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924        (; 354,112 indexed records with 332,250 record images (was 354,112 records with 332,250 images), UPDATED 17-Apr-2021
Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, 1921-1924      (; 5,534,192 indexed records with 830,893 record images (was 5,529,869 records with 830,893 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Mexico, Yucatán, Catholic Church Records, 1543-1977     (; 240,855 indexed records with 1,234,534 record images (was 222,562 records with 1,234,534 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2021
Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965   (; 685,054 indexed records with 13,308 record images (was 684,122 records with 13,272 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021

Florida, Military Discharge Records, ca.1837 - ca.1970  (; 9,107 indexed records with 6,303 record images (was 8,096 records with 5,669 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929  (; 904,552 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 881,785 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 2,400,844 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 2,400,844 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,214,189 indexed records with 1,969,652 record images (was 7,213,807 records with 1,962,091 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,378,160 indexed records with 106,727 record images (was 1,359,717 records with 105,828 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996       (; 5,759,522 indexed records with 4,403,080 record images (was 5,759,522 records with 3,680,369 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2021
Montana, Military Discharge Records, 1917-1953  (; 2,561 indexed records with 2,247 record images (was 2,234 records with 2,044 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (253,559 records), no images (was 251,774 records with 0 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 449,051 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 446,531 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records, 1807-1992     (; 948,619 indexed records with 1,135,393 record images (was 937,081 records with 1,135,393 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2021

Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1943    (; 426,019 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 425,324 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
California Great Registers, 1850-1920   (; Index only (3,338,905 records), no images (was 3,338,455 records with 0 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2021
Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 (; 3,226,782 indexed records with 2,513,517 record images (was 3,226,683 records with 2,513,517 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 101,902 indexed records with 11,752 record images (was 100,065 records with 11,548 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 16,842 record images (was 1,941 records with 16,139 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015        (; 163,751 indexed records with 14,575 record images (was 155,372 records with 14,014 images), UPDATED 23-Apr-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

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 5,601,722 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019
Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 191,136 indexed records with 5,040 record images (was 191,136 records with 4,660 images), last updated 08-May-2019
New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956  (; 4,749,222 indexed records with 84,805 record images (was 4,749,222 records with 84,749 images), last updated 20-Aug-2019
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 306,256 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 273,595 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954     (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,354 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,339 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 144,523 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 157,638 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990        (; 24,094,590 indexed records with 140,427 record images (was 24,094,590 records with 149,873 images), last updated 13-Apr-2021
Norway, Oslo Census, 1901       (; 224,662 indexed records with 7,921 record images (was 224,662 records with 9,939 images), last updated 12-Mar-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991       (; 1,893,764 indexed records with 140,942 record images (was 1,893,765 records with 140,942 images), last updated 21-May-2020
England, Hampshire Bishop's Transcripts 1680-1892       (; 830,884 indexed records with 70,735 record images (was 849,707 records with 70,735 images), last updated 31-Mar-2021
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,412 records), no images (was 875,610,421 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Portugal Baptisms, 1570-1910    (; Index only (305,077 records), no images (was 306,608 records with 0 images), last updated 18-Mar-2020
California Marriage Index, 1960-1985    (; Index only (4,879,209 records), no images (was 4,879,210 records with 0 images), last updated 06-Dec-2011
California Birth Index, 1905-1995       (; Index only (24,589,467 records), no images (was 24,589,470 records with 0 images), last updated 01-Mar-2012


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 23, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 23 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)

THE Genealogy Show - Virtual (25-26 June 2021)

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

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 27 April, 11 a.m.:  Recent updates to MyHeritage's historical record search engine, by Dana Drutman

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 28 April, 11 a.m.:  94% European and 6% Nigerian - Tracing My Missing Nigerian Ancestor, by Yetunde Moronke Abiola

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Turning Raw Information into Evidence: Tips for Drawing and Explaining Conclusions, by J.H. (Jay) Fonkert

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   3 Ways to Advance Your Research with Correlation, by Shannon Green

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Tech Zone - How to Do a Screen Recording on Your iPhone, by Amie Bowser Tennant

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Tech Zone - How to Do a Screen Recording on Your Android Device, by Amie Bowser Tennant

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips: #267 - Preserving Paper Documents

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #268 - Visiting Senior Relatives

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #269 - Photo Clues

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Family Connections Experiment:   Connecting Through Creativity

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

*  Genealogy Quick Start:   LIVE: Library of Congress & Court Records

*  Genealogy Stories:  The Body Snatchers

*  Genealogy TV:  Ancestry New Features May 2021

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Questions Asked in the 1950 U.S. Census

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 20 April 2021?


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