Saturday, May 8, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Three Things About Your Mother

  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)  Sunday is Mother's Day in the USA, and usually a time for memories and gratitude to our special birth person.

2)  For this week's SNGF, tell us three things about your mother that are special and memorable  to you.

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:

My mother was Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002), who lived her entire life in San Diego, California.  She was the daughter and only child of Lyle L. and Emily K. (Auble) Carringer, who married in 1918 in San Diego.  She married Frederick W. Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942 in San Diego.  I am her firstof three sons, born in 1943.  Stan was born in 1946 and Scott in 1955.  

1)  My mother was really smart.  She skipped a grade in elementary school.  I've seen her report cards from high school.  She graduated from San Diego State College in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science in Art, and taught junior high school Art and English for several years.  The bookcase in our home on 30th Street was stocked with a World Book encyclopedia, non-fiction and fiction books by famous authors.  She knew history, geography, art, literature, and learned about sports.  In her later years, she loved sitting on the deck of her Point Loma home with a view of San Diego Bay and the city and read paperback mystery books every day.  

2)  My mother was an artist.  Art was a stress reliever for her.  With three little boys, she needed that, and my father's cousin, Dorothy Chamberlain, provided an outlet in the 1950s by picking her up and driving to a scenic place in San Diego and they would work on water color paintings.  I wish I had some of them!  They also went to Spanish Village in Balboa Park (an artist haven) to paint, share experiences with others, and see different art forms.  Eventually, in the 1970s she decided to create copper enamel scenes (she specialized in angels!) using thin copper plates, putting  enamel paint in different colors on the plates to form a larger scene or mural, firing up her kiln to melt and fix the paint, and then framing the pieces.  We have many of her pieces in our living room, as do my brothers.

3)  My mother was a serene person.  She was rarely angry and never swore, and any anger was verbally directed at herself or a situation.  She loved to sit quietly and read, drink sherry, talk with a friend, watch television.  She took events that happened to her and the family in stride and with a positive attitude - "how can we fix this or make it better."  

A bonus:  She was not overly interested in family history.  She knew three of her grandparents but virtually nothing about earlier generations and didn't seem to care about their life stories.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 1 to 7 May 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  1 to 7 May 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

1860 United States Federal Census; indexed database with record images, Updated 5/5/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 0 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,980 collections available as of 7 May, an increase of  0 from last week.   


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 1 to 7 May 2021

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

As of 7 May 2021, there are 2,983 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Texas, Hardin County, Deed Records, 1840-1920   (; 714 indexed records with 714 record images, ADDED 06-May-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Iowa, Military Discharge Records, ca.1862 - ca.1976     (; 177,044 indexed records with 55,393 record images (was 170,766 records with 54,899 images), UPDATED 03-May-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929   (; 261,022 indexed records with 2,210 record images (was 260,424 records with 2,206 images), UPDATED 02-May-2021
Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941       (; 453,773 indexed records with 124,465 record images (was 448,984 records with 124,465 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981  (; 169,229 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 165,698 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 439,762 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 436,090 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021

United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931        (; Index only (37,466 records), no images (was 37,466 records with 0 images), UPDATED 05-May-2021
Sweden, Swedish Mission Emigration Records, 1905-1932   (; 1,200 indexed records with 3 record images (was 1,200 records with 1,200 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950     (; 4,915,854 indexed records with 1,231,203 record images (was 4,915,854 records with 1,231,203 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979    (; 1,392,136 indexed records with 1,584,621 record images (was 1,376,518 records with 1,584,621 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 2,026,038 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 2,023,187 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981     (; 2,092,569 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 2,092,569 records with 978,396 images), UPDATED 04-May-2021
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949     (; 352,876 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 349,765 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1949    (; Index only (3,401,844 records), no images (was 3,401,844 records with 0 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (; 374,105 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 371,085 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 1,930,254 indexed records with 124,418 record images (was 1,865,583 records with 119,678 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021

Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860       (; 621,050 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 614,774 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 03-May-2021
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945  (; 54,390 indexed records with 1,272 record images (was 52,528 records with 1,272 images), UPDATED 05-May-2021
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928       (; 1,226,063 indexed records with 155,444 record images (was 1,214,219 records with 155,442 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966       (; 1,227,261 indexed records with 1,226,677 record images (was 1,227,257 records with 1,226,673 images), UPDATED 01-May-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 900,840 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 889,444 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021

Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980   (; 981,172 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 979,156 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648-1941      (; 844,841 indexed records with 258,646 record images (was 831,926 records with 258,646 images), UPDATED 05-May-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (; 133,050 indexed records with 49,242 record images (was 132,893 records with 49,195 images), UPDATED 07-May-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 07-May-2021
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880       (; 444,940 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 441,167 records with 37,199 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021

Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970    (; 4,054,136 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 4,049,588 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837       (; 2,990 indexed records with 2,988 record images (was 2,625 records with 2,624 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 71,592 indexed records with 12,947 record images (was 71,504 records with 12,859 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799  (; 3,131 indexed records with 3,130 record images (was 2,756 records with 2,756 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1936   (; 93,817 indexed records with 7,234 record images (was 93,817 records with 7,234 images), UPDATED 03-May-2021

Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936     (; 19,912,465 indexed records with 3,007,818 record images (was 19,912,465 records with 3,007,818 images), UPDATED 05-May-2021
Czech Republic Censuses and Inhabitant Registers, 1800-1990     (; 1,603 indexed records with 4,916,932 record images (was 2,316 records with 4,916,932 images), UPDATED 30-Apr-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 5,114,708 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 4,737,544 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Italy, Lecce, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1901-1941     (; Browse 3,307,040 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 3,307,040 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950   (; 77,912 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 77,353 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 658,620 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 656,456 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 475,555 indexed records with 203,123 record images (was 471,797 records with 201,455 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (258,414 records), no images (was 255,984 records with 0 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 97,223 indexed records with 11,624 record images (was 93,540 records with 11,208 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 310,420 indexed records with 301,125 record images (was 304,364 records with 295,744 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850     (; 14,810 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 12,465 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000      (; 94,968 indexed records with 70,866 record images (was 94,769 records with 70,813 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955       (; 221,857 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 206,838 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (359,282 records), no images (was 355,836 records with 0 images), UPDATED 04-May-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970      (; 3,704,923 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 3,696,393 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (; 1,582,953 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,570,699 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 6,273,476 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 6,086,163 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 2,209,764 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 2,189,865 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977   (; 2,017,479 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 1,706,914 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records, 1596-1967     (; 109,101 indexed records with 499,694 record images (was 106,493 records with 499,694 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021

Colorado, Military Discharge Records, ca.1919-1972      (; 3,652 indexed records with 2,774 record images (was 3,125 records with 2,253 images), UPDATED 04-May-2021
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000   (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 217,123 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 157,531 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
South Dakota, County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972  (; 166,692 indexed records with 124,277 record images (was 164,888 records with 124,277 images), UPDATED 03-May-2021
Germany, Prussia, Westphalia, Minden, Miscellaneous Collections from the Municipal Archives, 1574-1912  (; 122,594 indexed records with 7,654 record images (was 121,291 records with 7,654 images), UPDATED 05-May-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988      (; 1,876,738 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 1,864,069 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021

Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 4,577,491 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 3,981,874 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,214,928 indexed records with 1,967,791 record images (was 7,214,587 records with 1,966,131 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1930     (; 3,009,818 indexed records with 2,156,546 record images (was 3,009,818 records with 2,156,546 images), UPDATED 03-May-2021
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977     (; 314,102 indexed records with 2,162,812 record images (was 310,388 records with 2,162,812 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records, 1703-1964  (; 230,502 indexed records with 199,328 record images (was 225,157 records with 199,328 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021

Wales, Marriage Bonds, 1650-1900        (; Index only (207,779 records), no images (was 206,842 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-May-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,433,068 indexed records with 108,609 record images (was 1,397,453 records with 107,536 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979     (; 1,758,494 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 1,712,729 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 06-May-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 13,065 indexed records with 33,754 record images (was 13,065 records with 32,237 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 453,607 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 450,800 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021

Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records, 1807-1992     (; 959,173 indexed records with 1,135,393 record images (was 948,619 records with 1,135,393 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965       (; 1,970,820 indexed records with 538,510 record images (was 1,963,541 records with 538,510 images), UPDATED 04-May-2021
Oklahoma Marriages, 1870-1930   (; Index only (19,296 records), no images (was 19,296 records with 0 images), UPDATED 05-May-2021
Mississippi, Voter Registration, 1871-1967      (; 314,508 indexed records with 11,541 record images (was 312,339 records with 8,689 images), UPDATED 05-May-2021
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905        (; 2,011,954 indexed records with 609,302 record images (was 1,992,106 records with 619,825 images), UPDATED 05-May-2021

Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 (; 3,243,329 indexed records with 2,513,517 record images (was 3,226,782 records with 2,513,517 images), UPDATED 03-May-2021
Papua New Guinea, Birth Records, 1888-2004      (; 54,290 indexed records with 43,257 record images (was 50,205 records with 42,235 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 106,064 indexed records with 12,147 record images (was 104,094 records with 11,997 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021
Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992   (; Index only (857,181 records), no images (was 857,181 records with 0 images), UPDATED 05-May-2021
Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 17,596 record images (was 1,941 records with 17,183 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021

Sweden, Västerbotten Church Records, 1619-1896; index, 1688-1860        (; 268,894 indexed records with 170,304 record images (was 262,256 records with 170,304 images), UPDATED 03-May-2021
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937     (; 170,494 indexed records with 942,391 record images (was 297,098 records with 942,391 images), UPDATED 03-May-2021
Iowa, Iowa City, Voter Registers, 1897-1904     (; 63,334 indexed records with 1,805 record images (was 63,306 records with 2,685 images), UPDATED 05-May-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015        (; 175,264 indexed records with 15,351 record images (was 170,446 records with 15,057 images), UPDATED 07-May-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Nebraska, Naturalization Records, 1855-1989     (; 144,058 indexed records with 140,784 record images (was 144,058 records with 140,356 images), last updated 13-May-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,298 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 301,518 images), last updated 03-Nov-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
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 63,294 indexed records with 82,980 record images (was 63,294 records with 69,809 images), last updated 28-Apr-2021
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

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 ---

Arizona, Various County Divorce Records, 1877-1937      (; 59,923 indexed records with 58,913 record images (was 59,923 records with 59,793 images), last updated 23-Feb-2021
Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979        (; 3,935 indexed records with 534 record images (was 3,935 records with 908 images), last updated 24-Mar-2021
Texas, Various Counties, Military Discharge Records, 1916-1990  (; 42,417 indexed records with 17,931 record images (was 42,417 records with 18,301 images), last updated 26-Apr-2021
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 4,394,651 indexed records with 44,145 record images (was 4,394,651 records with 46,099 images), last updated 31-Mar-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 100,351 indexed records with 52,182 record images (was 100,351 records with 52,646 images), last updated 15-Apr-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

Iowa, Church and Civil Deaths, 1845-1987        (; 21,075 indexed records with 7,627 record images (was 21,153 records with 7,627 images), last updated 09-Apr-2021
Texas Births and Christenings, 1840-1981        (; Index only (1,340,024 records), no images (was 1,344,068 records with 0 images), last updated 16-Oct-2020
Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992       (; Index only (191,590 records), no images (was 191,632 records with 0 images), last updated 29-Apr-2021
United States Western States Marriage Index     (; Index only (914,508 records), no images (was 914,509 records with 0 images), last updated 22-Oct-2018
Iowa, Church and Civil Births and Baptisms, 1837-1987   (; 89,517 indexed records with 8,242 record images (was 90,597 records with 8,242 images), last updated 29-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, May 7, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 7 May 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 - Friday, 7 May, 11 a.m.:  Researching the Descendants and Ancestors of the Weeping Time People, by Brian Sheffey

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 11 May, 11 a.m.:  Latest Updates to MyHeritage Genetic Groups, by Daniel Horowitz

Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Comparing Australian Content on the Giant Genealogy Websites, by Sunny Morton

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Solving a Brick Wall with DNA – A Case Study, by Larry W. Thomas

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone - Get it Together! 5 Tips to Make Google Calendar Work for You, by Cheri Hudson Passey

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #273r - Keepsakes

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  American Ancestors:  Stories from the Archives: Diaries

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Top 10 Family History Interview Questions to Ask Your Relatives

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 4 May 2021?


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