Saturday, May 15, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Trees or Bushes Are in Your Family Tree Database?

 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)  Almost  all of us have genealogy software that we use to manage our research and our family tree.  Some researchers use only an online family tree.  What do you use?

2)  For this week's SNGF, tell us how many "trees" (or "bushes)" you have in your genealogy management program database.  How did you figure it out?  Also, where do you have online trees?

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:

A)  I use RootsMagic as my desktop genealogy management program.  At presrnt, I have 63,119 profiles in my main database.  RootsMagic has a "Count Trees" in the "Tools" menu, so I used that.  It told me:

Further down the list, it told me that I have 216 different "trees" - many of them are "bushes" and some are real scrawny with 1 or 2 persons in them.  

The first one on my list is headed by ". ." - she is the 3rd wife of Robert Seaver (1608-1683) - I don't know why she is #1, but she is.  I don't know her first name or birth surname.  Anyway, there are 51,911 profiles in that tree - these are my ancestral families, including my wife's and my grandchildren's lines.  

The others on the list are trees or bushes that I have not connected to my main tree.  Generally, they are from my surname studies for Seaver, Seavers, Sever, Severs, Seever, Seevers, Sevier, Carringer, Vaux, Auble, Richman, Buck, Whittle, and many more.  

I also have a number of other RootsMagic databases for friends and clients.  

B)  I have 10 Ancestry Member Trees -  including one attached to my DNA (also synced to my RootsMagic database), and another for finding common ancestors of DNA matches, and several for surnames and friend research.

C)  I have 4 trees on MyHeritage - three of my own from different times, one of those is attached to my DNA, and one for friend research.

D)  I have one tree on FamilySearch Genealogies from about 2017.

E)  I have two trees on Findmypast from different times. 

E)  I have ancestor-only trees on FamilyTreeDNA and GEDmatch.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 8 to 14 May 2021

  The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  8 to 14 May 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

London, England, Land Tax Records, 1692-1932; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/13/2021

Web: Ireland, Guinness Archive Index, 1824-2002; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/13/2021

New York, U.S., Record of Award Medal, 1920-1991; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/10/2021

New Hampshire, U.S., Birth Records, 1631-1920; indexed records with record images, ADDED  5/10/2021

New Hampshire, U.S., Death Records, 1650-1969; indexed records with record images, ADDED  5/10/2021

New Hampshire, U.S., Divorce Certificates, 1850-1969; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/10/2021

New Hampshire, U.S., Revolutionary War Records, 1675-1835; indexed records with record images, ADDED  5/10/2021

New Hampshire, U.S., Marriage Records, 1770-1961; indexed records with record images, ADDED  5/10/2021

England and Wales, Death Index, 1989-2019; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/10/2021

Scotland and Northern Ireland, Death Index, 1989-2020; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/10/2021

New Hampshire, U.S., Marriage Records, 1700-1971; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/10/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 6 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,987 collections available as of 14 May, an increase of  7 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 8 to 14 May 2021

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

As of 14 May 2021, there are 2,986 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Louisiana, Orleans Parish, State Museum Historical Center, Cemetery Records, 1805-1944 (; 66,369 indexed records with 66,369 record images, ADDED 14-May-2021
*  Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 2,167 indexed records with 2,167 record images, ADDED 11-May-2021
*  United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939 (; 13,859,406 indexed records with 13,859,406 record images, ADDED 13-May-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 261,299 indexed records with 2,212 record images (was 261,022 records with 2,210 images), UPDATED 09-May-2021
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 593,351 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 586,155 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
Liberia Census, 2008 (; 757,337 indexed records with 164,393 record images (was 696,700 records with 152,026 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 444,917 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 439,762 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 43,537 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 7,281 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 12-May-2021

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 479,286 indexed records with 204,655 record images (was 475,555 records with 203,123 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979 (; 1,392,858 indexed records with 1,584,621 record images (was 1,392,136 records with 1,584,621 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 2,050,252 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 2,026,038 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1984 (; 238,746 indexed records with 30,534 record images (was 4,922 records with 30,534 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950 (; 78,362 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 77,912 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021

Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Catholic Archdiocese Parish Registers, 1615-1982 (; 381,555 indexed records with 169,282 record images (was 219,587 records with 169,282 images), UPDATED 14-May-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 12-May-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 14,740 indexed records with 36,086 record images (was 13,065 records with 33,754 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 1,994,051 indexed records with 129,031 record images (was 1,930,254 records with 124,418 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 34,246,105 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 33,866,057 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 11-May-2021

Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941 (; 454,524 indexed records with 124,465 record images (was 453,773 records with 124,465 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 912,130 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 900,840 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974 (; 1,260,009 indexed records with 3,133,093 record images (was 1,260,009 records with 3,133,093 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000 (; 7,926,454 indexed records with 269,605 record images (was 7,926,454 records with 217,123 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (260,484 records), no images (was 258,414 records with 0 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021

Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979 (; 5,455 indexed records with 1,102 record images (was 3,935 records with 534 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970 (; 4,100,996 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 4,054,136 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 12-May-2021
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 (; 3,899 indexed records with 3,896 record images (was 2,990 records with 2,988 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 210,556 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 209,289 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 71,729 indexed records with 13,083 record images (was 71,592 records with 12,947 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021

England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 (; 3,640 indexed records with 3,639 record images (was 3,131 records with 3,130 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992 (; 626,278 indexed records with 59,760 record images (was 624,502 records with 54,866 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 (; 169,366 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 169,229 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 103,120 indexed records with 54,262 record images (was 100,351 records with 52,182 images), UPDATED 12-May-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 133,134 indexed records with 49,257 record images (was 133,050 records with 49,242 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 5,323,117 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 5,114,708 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 11-May-2021
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007 (; 5,046,551 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 4,961,914 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 11-May-2021
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 (; 1,796,138 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 1,775,627 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 11-May-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 663,960 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 658,620 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 14-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 14-May-2021

Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1871-1998 (; Index only (7,278,195 records), no images (was 7,270,586 records with 0 images), UPDATED 13-May-2021
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 437,742 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 167,127 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 12-May-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980 (; 986,653 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 981,172 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 11-May-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 102,008 indexed records with 12,164 record images (was 97,223 records with 11,624 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 318,649 indexed records with 308,960 record images (was 310,420 records with 301,125 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021

Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (; 96,222 indexed records with 71,962 record images (was 94,968 records with 70,866 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Philippines, Camarines Sur, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Caceres, Parish Registers, 1716-1977 (; 22,055 indexed records with 130,474 record images (was 0 records with 130,474 images), UPDATED 13-May-2021
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 (; 198,796 indexed records with 44,904 record images (was 191,881 records with 18,418 images), UPDATED 13-May-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970 (; 3,705,076 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 3,704,923 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994 (; 335,870 indexed records with 1,012,693 record images (was 317,148 records with 1,012,693 images), UPDATED 11-May-2021

Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 (; 3,234,517 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 3,222,702 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 11-May-2021
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 2,241,015 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 2,209,764 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 11-May-2021
Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records, 1596-1967 (; 109,233 indexed records with 499,694 record images (was 109,101 records with 499,694 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929 (; 921,460 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 904,552 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 11-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 14-May-2021

Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 (; 1,880,913 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 1,876,738 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 11-May-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 4,583,359 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 4,577,491 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,215,440 indexed records with 1,969,871 record images (was 7,214,928 records with 1,967,791 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Philippines, Biliran, Diocese of Naval Parish Registers, 1818-1978 (; Browse 28,118 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 28,118 images), UPDATED 13-May-2021
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977 (; 314,247 indexed records with 2,162,812 record images (was 314,102 records with 2,162,812 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021

Kiribati, Vital Records, 1890-1991 (; 6,741 indexed records with 2,668 record images (was 5,323 records with 2,182 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records, 1703-1964 (; 230,726 indexed records with 199,328 record images (was 230,502 records with 199,328 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918 (; 372,311 indexed records with 21,950 record images (was 372,311 records with 21,950 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,459,284 indexed records with 109,207 record images (was 1,433,068 records with 108,609 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979 (; 1,780,953 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 1,758,494 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 12-May-2021

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 1,844,346 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 1,833,334 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 456,847 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 453,607 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941 (; 592,181 indexed records with 607,070 record images (was 590,007 records with 607,070 images), UPDATED 12-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 10-May-2021
Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918 (; 1,981,027 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 1,823,154 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 13-May-2021

Hawaii, Various Islands, Circuit Court Divorce Records, 1849-1915 (; 28,276 indexed records with 46,945 record images (was 27,596 records with 46,945 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978 (; 374,221 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 374,105 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 10-May-2021
United States Census, 1910 (; 93,758,709 indexed records with 2,162,782 record images (was 93,758,701 records with 2,162,782 images), UPDATED 13-May-2021
Papua New Guinea, Birth Records, 1888-2004 (; 67,610 indexed records with 46,306 record images (was 54,290 records with 43,257 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 107,405 indexed records with 12,242 record images (was 106,064 records with 12,147 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021

Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 18,164 record images (was 1,941 records with 17,596 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 179,704 indexed records with 15,592 record images (was 175,264 records with 15,351 images), UPDATED 14-May-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 482,143 indexed records with 6,914 record images (was 482,143 records with 5,759 images), last updated 26-Apr-2021
Washington Deaths and Burials, 1810-1960 (; 648,288 indexed records with 12,817 record images (was 648,288 records with 12,815 images), last updated 29-Jan-2020
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
Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971 (; 3,537,384 indexed records with 13,096,731 record images (was 3,537,384 records with 13,096,678 images), last updated 20-Jan-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 153,939 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 157,673 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 303,011 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 307,298 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930 (; 273,295 indexed records with 48,659 record images (was 288,648 records with 48,659 images), last updated 03-Oct-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.


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Friday, May 14, 2021

Blogger Outage on Friday 14 May 2021

I wrote three Genea-Musings blog posts on Friday, 14 May.  They were all online at 3:30 p.m. PDT.

By 4 p.m., they were deleted by Blogger (a Google product) for some reason.  I received an email from Blogger saying they had malware included in them.  Really?

After some discussion on Facebook, I and others figured out that Blogger probably had a malware attack sometime today that infected many blog posts across the system.  Trying to do anything - create a new post, edit a post, etc. - gave me a Red warning page that told me not to try to do anything to get past it.

I decided to let discretion be the better part of valor, so I sat back and waited.  If this post survives the night, then everything will be OK.

What about my three blog posts - the usual 52Ancestors, Findmypast, News and Education posts?  My hope is that they will return as Blogger fixes the problems.  Feedly still has them in their feed, so I copied and pasted the text and images into a MSWord document just in case.  It will take some time to format them if I have to rebuild them in Blogger.

UPDATE - 15 May, 7 a.m.:

Blogger sent emails this morning noting that they had reconsidered the deletions and restored the three blog posts to Draft.  I just posted them again with their original post dates/times.  They are:

52 Ancestors - Week 382: #595 Elizabeth (Foster) Wilson (1673-after 1721) of Billerica, Massachusetts

*  Findmypast Friday: Explore Brand New Military Records and Memorials

*  Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 14 May 2021

Blogger did not indicate what happened here, but many bloggers - genealogy and otherwise - had the problem.  

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 14 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 - Tuesday, 18 May, 5 p.m.:  The Paternal Ten: Searching for Missing Heirs, by Claire Ammon

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 19 May, 11 a.m.: Notion for Genealogists, by Lisa Alzo

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   DNA Downer: Strategies for Dealing with DNA Fatigue, by Blaine Bettinger

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone - YouTube QuickStart: Create a Channel, by Marian Pierre-Louis

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #275r - Conflicting Records

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  FamilySearch:  Your DNA Questions Answered

*  Findmypast:  Fridays Live May 14th

*  Genealogy Software Showcase:  Why is this a Genealogy Website?

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Why I Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network for Beginners)

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 11 May 2021?


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Findmypast Friday: Explore Brand New Military Records and Memorials

 I received this from Findmypast this morning:

Explore brand new military records and memorials this Findmypast Friday

Discover remarkable war stories and more with Findmypast’s latest Friday releases. This week’s update includes new and exclusive WW2 service records, updates to Findmypast’s British medal collection, colour photos of thousands of Norfolfk headstones and memorials along with a whole host of new newspapers.

British Army Service Records

Search exclusive Scots Guards' service records from the Second World War and beyond. Some documents even include photos.

Ronald Tillotson from Dewsbury enlisted in 1938. View his full record.

The records range from a couple of pages to complete service histories documented over many different types of army forms. This is the first time this important collection has been digitised and published online and it's only available at Findmypast.

Britain, Campaign, Gallantry & Long Service Medals & Awards

Discover decorated military ancestors in thousands of new medal records. The latest additions cover:
  • Indian General Service Medals 1854-1895, 1908-1935 and 1936-1939
  • China War Medal 1900
  • Second China War Medal 1857-60
  • General Service Medal 1918-1962
  • India Medal 1895-1902
You can focus your search on any of the above awards by selecting it from the 'Medal type' filter on the search page. The records can reveal important details for tracing someone's military past including service number, rank and regiment.

Norfolk, Churchyard Graves and Memorials Image Browse

See if you can spot your Norfolk relatives’ graves or memorials in thousands of unique colour photos.

Gravestones and memorials can be full of useful family tree information. View this photo in detail.

Norfolk resident Louise Cocker provided these amazing photos. Louise's mission is to document all of the graves and memorials in her home county and we'll be adding more to the collection over time. Could you take on a similar challenge in your area? Photograph your local cemetery and give the snaps to your local family history society. Genealogists the world over will be forever grateful.


Six new papers from England, Scotland and Ireland have been published on Findmypast this week along with substantial updates to 17 existing titles. Brand new this week are;
While coverage has expanded in;
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There is still time to claim a 20% discount on any 1 and 12 month subscription but hurry, offer ends May 15th!


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 382: #595 Elizabeth (Foster) Wilson (1673-after 1721) of Billerica, Massachusetts

Elizabeth Foster (1673-after 1721)  is #595 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #594 John Wilson (1673-after 1721) in 1694 in Billerica, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #297 Joanna Wilson (1702-1786) who married #296 Hezekiah Sawtell (1703-1779) in 1723.
*  their son #148 Ephraim Sawtell (1735-1800) who married #149 Abigail Stone (1737-1800).
*  their son #74 Josiah Sawtell (1768-1847) who married #75 Hannah Smith (1768-1827) in 1789.
*  their daughter  #37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857)  who married  #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) 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:                   Elizabeth Foster[1–3]    
*  Alternate Name:   Elizabeth Willson[4]
*  Sex:                       Female    

*  Father:                   Deacon Joseph Foster (1650-1721)    
*  Mother:                 Alice Gorton (1652-1712)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                     7 October 1673, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3]    

*  Distribution:         after 12 December 1721 (after age 48), father's will proved; Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
*  Distribution:         21 December 1721 (age 48), Elizabeth and John Willson signed agreement with brother Joseph Foster for property in Billerica; Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]    

*  Death:                  after 21 December 1721 (after age 48), Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]    
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:             John Wilson (1673-after 1721)    
*  Marriage 1:          27 November 1694 (age 21), Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2,5]    

*  Child 1:                John Wilson (1695-1764)    
*  Child 2:                Elizabeth Wilson (1697-1786)    
*  Child 3:                Joseph Wilson (1699-    )    
*  Child 4:                Joanna Wilson (1701-1786)    
*  Child 5:                Allice Wilson (1703-1756)    
*  Child 6:                Jacob Wilson (1704-1776)    
*  Child 7:                Sarah Wilson (1706-1744)    
*  Child 8:                Mary Wilson (1708-    )    
*  Child 9:                Esther Wilson (1710-1729)    
*  Child 10:              Dorcas Wilson (1711-    )    
*  Child 11:              Seth Wilson (1713-1783)    
*  Child 12:              Benjamin Wilson (1715-    )    
*  Child 13:              Rebecca Wilson (1717-1729)  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

The Foster Genealogy by Frederick Clifton Pierce provides considerable information about the early generations of this Foster family line.  Elizabeth Foster is included in the Joseph and Alice (Gorton) Foster family[1].  She was born 7 October 1673 in Billerica, Massachusetts, the first child of five born to Joseph and Alice (Gorton) Foster[1-3].

Elizabeth Foster married John Wilson (1673-after 1721) on 27 November 1694 in Billerica[1-2,5].  John was the son of John and Johanna (Carter) Wilson of Woburn and Billerica.  They had 13 children, all born and recorded in the Billerica town vital records:

*  John Wilson (1695-1764), married 1722 Jemima Shed (1698-1740).
*  Elizabeth Wilson (1697-1786), married 1721 William Frost (1694-1738).
*  Joseph Wilson (1699-????), married 1732 Sarah Wilson (1694-1763).
*  Joanna Wilson (1702-1786), married 1723 Hezekiah Sawtell (1703-1779).
*  Alice Wilson (1703-1756), married 1724 Isaac Stearns (1700-1739).
*  Jacob Wilson (1705-1776), married 1737 Hannah --?-- (1710-????).
*  Sarah Wilson (1706-1744), married 1730 John Dean (1705-????).
*  Mary Wilson (1708-????)
*  Esther Wilson (1710-1729)
*  Dorcas Wilson (1711-????), married 1745 Ebenezer Wyman (1706-1760).
*  Seth Wilson (1713-1783), married 1744 Mary Evans (1720-1793).
*  Benjamin Wilson (1715-????).
*  Rebecca Wilson (1717-1729).

Elizabeth's father, Joseph Foster, wrote his will on 26 July 1721, died on 4 December 1721, and his will was proved on 18 December 1721[4].  He left his real and personal property to his third wife, his son Thomas Foster, and  his daughter Elizabeth Willson:
"Thirdly  I give to my daughter Elizabeth Willson the homestead that I had of Doctor John Kittrige whar Thomas Foster now lives and I do further give unto her my Nuttings meadow with all the land that I have upon Beare hill all on the wast side of the country road this I give unto her and to her hairs forever."
He also bequeathed property to his granddaughter, Joanna Willson:
""Fifthly  I give unto my granddaughter Johannah Willson twenty pounds to be paid to her by my executors in a cow and a bed and the rast in money.  I also give her a platter and a grat bason and a little bason and two spoons and my bias skillet and the chest that she lays her clothes in and a lining wheel and six wooden plates and a chaire. These I give to her and her hairs forever.  This money that is to be paid to Johannah above what her bed and cow comes to shall be paid out of ye movables or else they may be sold for money to make it:  and all the rest of my movables both within doors and without both cattle and all other things both wood and iron without doors and bras and pewter within doors and all other movables except that I have given to Joseph Willson and Johannah Willson they shall be equally divided between my son Thomas Foster and my daughter Elizabeth Willson and in cas they cannot agree in thar divission I do appoint my trusty friends Bengemen Thompson and John Blanchord to make thar divission for them and if they cannot agree I appoint Mr. Joseph Stevens to joyn with them and to make a final ishew."
John and Elizabeth Willson made an agreement with Elizabeth's brother, Joseph Foster, on 21 December 1721 that better defined the real property that she was to receive from the estate[4].

There is no apparent death record for John or Elizabeth Wilson.  Both John and Elizabeth died after 21 December 1721 when they signed the agreement.

There is no apparent probate record for John or Elizabeth Wilson of Billerica. There is no burial record for John and Elizabeth (Foster) Willson.


1. Frederick Clifton Pierce,  Foster Genealogy (Chicago, Ill.: W.B. Conkey Company, 1899), page 498, #3873 Deacon Joseph Foster family sketch.

2. Ken Stevens, Wilsons From New England, Volume "J" Descendants of John Wilson of Woburn, Massachusetts, typescript  (Walpole, N.H. :  the author, 1991), page 52, John Wilson 1673 family sketch.

3. Vital Records of Billerica, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1908), Births, page 78, Elisabeth Foster entry, 7 October 1673.

4. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Probate Packet #8 227, Joseph Foster of Billerica, 1721; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 13 May 2021).

5. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ((, Volume 3, page 1691, John Wilson and Elizabeth Foster marriage entry, 27 November 1694 in Billerica.


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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