Saturday, May 22, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- When You First Left Home

 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)  When did you first leave your parents' home?  Why did you leave?  Where did you move to?  What was it like?  What did you learn?

2)  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:

I stayed in my parents home at 2119 30th Street in San Diego until I was age 23 in October 1966.  I graduated from college in January 1966 and was working as an aeronautical engineer at Sunrise Aircraft in La Mesa, about ten miles from home (two bus routes each way, and a mile walk).  In the fall of 1966, I finally learned to drive, bought a car (a 1962 Chevrolet Caprice (?)) with help from my father and a bank loan, and rented a furnished apartment unit at 4568 Idaho Street in San Diego.  The apartment was four blocks away from my "home" bowling alley on 30th Street, and near several restaurants.  

I could cook bacon and eggs and fix cereal with milk, and had no other cooking skills - the plan was to eat lunch out with my co-workers and eat dinner at the nearby restaurants, and hope mom would invite me for dinner every once in awhile.  I don't recall going shopping for anything, but I must have occasionally. Laundry was a mystery - I took it to my parents house to wash and ran it down to the nearby laundry place to dry it.  I have no recollection of owning a vacuum or doing any cleaning or dusting in this time.

In March 1967, Sunrise announced they had no money to pay the employees, but promised back wages if we stayed on to work.  I stayed on until September 1967 when they closed the doors.  I had burned through my savings, still had the car loan, and went back to live with my parents - same old twin bed.  I filed for and collected unemployment and searched the want ads in the newspaper for engineering jobs.  

Then life changed for the better - I got the engineering job at Rohr in October 1967 and rented an apartment in Pacific Beach in February 1968 with my friend John who knew a lot of girls.  There were more challenges, but they all led to meeting Linda and life was never the same.

Why did I leave my parents' home in October 1966?  I wanted my own independence - probably a bit late!  I now had a car and more freedom.  I didn't want my father to control my life by telling me I was staying out too late or drinking too much.  I wanted a girlfriend, and living at home was a bit stifling, although the food was better.  

What did I learn?  Living alone is boring and lonely.  I watched TV, listened to the radio for distant stations in the wee hours, spent evenings at the bowling alley, and I drank a lot while there.  Working brings in money to support yourself, but not being paid is a challenge - not doing that again!  Lots of necessary life lessons!


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 15 to 21 May 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  15 to 21 May 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Canton, Stark County, Ohio, U.S., Directory, 1913; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/20/2021

Canada, Selected School Yearbooks, 1901-2010; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/20/2021

Lithuania, Vilnius City Directory, 1915; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/20/2021

Ukraine, Applications for ID for the Citizens of Stanislav, 1939-1945 (USHMM); indexed records without record images, ADDED 5/19/2021

Texas, U.S., Birth Index, 1903-1997; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/19/2021

Romania, Jewish Census, 1942; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/19/2021

Latvia, Riga Tax Administration List, 1858-1917; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/17/2021

Charlotte County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1875-1878; indexed records without record images, 

Hawaii, U.S., Marriage Certificates and Indexes, 1841-1944; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/17/2021


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 32,987 collections available as of 21 May, an increase of  0 from last week.   


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 15 to 21 May 2021

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

As of 21 May 2021, there are 2,988 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  North Carolina, Military Discharge Records, 1915-1981 (; 3,903 indexed records with 3,903 record images, ADDED 18-May-2021
*  South Africa, Settlers Index, 1732-1950 (; 9,998 indexed records with 9,998 record images, ADDED 19-May-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 (; 3,629,263 indexed records with 367,912 record images (was 3,629,263 records with 367,912 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 1,941 indexed records with 18,719 record images (was 1,941 records with 18,164 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 261,444 indexed records with 2,213 record images (was 261,299 records with 2,212 images), UPDATED 16-May-2021
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 7,537,097 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 1,820,038 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978 (; 1,233,063 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 448,875 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021

South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 450,250 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 444,917 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (; 1,531,024 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,498,088 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 17-May-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 484,081 indexed records with 206,569 record images (was 479,286 records with 204,655 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632-1958 (; 794,522 indexed records with 378,612 record images (was 89,204 records with 378,612 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (; 101,683 indexed records with 75,164 record images (was 96,222 records with 71,962 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 2,256,331 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 2,241,015 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021
Mexico, Colima, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1969 (; 285,033 indexed records with 228,566 record images (was 106,392 records with 228,566 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657-1994 (; 464,965 indexed records with 383,518 record images (was 168,592 records with 383,518 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944 (; 438,676 indexed records with 189,697 record images (was 11,627 records with 189,697 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Catholic Church Records, 1671-1968 (; 607,144 indexed records with 521,512 record images (was 48,291 records with 521,512 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021

Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985 (; 1,221,289 indexed records with 504,812 record images (was 235,028 records with 504,812 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 2,046,005 indexed records with 134,882 record images (was 1,994,051 records with 129,031 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 528,262 indexed records with 42,454 record images (was 521,667 records with 35,838 images), UPDATED 18-May-2021
Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941 (; 454,612 indexed records with 124,465 record images (was 454,524 records with 124,465 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 922,132 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 912,130 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 21-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 17-May-2021
Louisiana, Orleans Parish, State Museum Historical Center, Cemetery Records, 1805-1944 (; 215,908 indexed records with 200,799 record images (was 66,369 records with 61,785 images), UPDATED 21-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 21-May-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 431,953 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 416,096 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970 (; 4,300,608 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 4,100,996 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021

England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 (; 4,620 indexed records with 4,617 record images (was 3,899 records with 3,896 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 71,923 indexed records with 13,277 record images (was 71,729 records with 13,083 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Albania, Census, 1930 (; 14,227 indexed records with 3,899 record images (was 13,062 records with 3,899 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 (; 4,229 indexed records with 4,228 record images (was 3,640 records with 3,639 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 (; 176,653 indexed records with 9,228 record images (was 175,987 records with 9,228 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021

Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 (; 838,296 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 169,366 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980 (; 2,303,719 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 986,653 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 133,150 indexed records with 49,260 record images (was 133,134 records with 49,257 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Guatemala Marriages, 1750-1930 (; Index only (81,624 records), no images (was 81,623 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,080,820 indexed records with 69,860 record images (was 1,079,108 records with 60,228 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021

Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950 (; 78,787 indexed records with 127,147 record images (was 78,362 records with 127,147 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 670,996 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 663,960 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 21-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 21-May-2021
France, Rhône, Military Registration Cards, 1865-1932 (; 363,754 indexed records with 362,859 record images (was 346,894 records with 331,034 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Michigan, Military Discharge Records, ca.1847 - ca.1965 (; 1,032 indexed records with 447 record images (was 1,010 records with 432 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021

Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 1,769,499 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 437,742 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (263,014 records), no images (was 260,484 records with 0 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Mexico, Morelos, Catholic Church Records, 1598-1994 (; 1,009,687 indexed records with 531,787 record images (was 422,391 records with 531,787 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 106,970 indexed records with 12,716 record images (was 102,008 records with 12,164 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 327,341 indexed records with 317,267 record images (was 318,649 records with 308,960 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021

Mexico Deaths, 1680-1940 (; Index only (271,130 records), no images (was 245,435 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico Marriages, 1570-1950 (; Index only (5,531,764 records), no images (was 3,697,879 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico Baptisms, 1560-1950 (; Index only (30,429,101 records), no images (was 22,694,534 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979 (; 2,956,086 indexed records with 1,584,621 record images (was 1,392,858 records with 1,584,621 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970 (; 3,838,926 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 3,705,076 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021

United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939 (; 37,859,839 indexed records with 1,160,745 record images (was 13,859,406 records with 443,793 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 (; 5,142,547 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 3,234,517 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1918 (; 71,316 indexed records with 5,052 record images (was 71,316 records with 4,311 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 2,017,479 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 2,017,479 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records, 1596-1967 (; 529,742 indexed records with 499,694 record images (was 109,233 records with 499,694 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021

Philippines, La Union, Diocese of San Fernando de La Union, 1801-1984 (; 238,746 indexed records with 30,534 record images (was 238,746 records with 30,534 images), UPDATED 15-May-2021
El Salvador Baptisms, 1750-1940 (; Index only (145,495 records), no images (was 141,900 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1571-1926 (; 217,993 indexed records with 3,485 record images (was 213,399 records with 3,485 images), UPDATED 18-May-2021
Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979 (; 37,781 indexed records with 193 record images (was 23,479 records with 347 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 (; 4,948,719 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 1,880,913 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,215,903 indexed records with 1,969,937 record images (was 7,215,440 records with 1,969,871 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Arizona, Various County Divorce Records, 1877-1937 (; 60,532 indexed records with 60,250 record images (was 59,923 records with 58,913 images), UPDATED 18-May-2021
Papua New Guinea, Birth Records, 1888-2004 (; 72,994 indexed records with 47,346 record images (was 67,610 records with 46,306 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,482,900 indexed records with 110,859 record images (was 1,459,284 records with 109,207 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979 (; 1,788,094 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 1,780,953 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021

Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 14,934 indexed records with 38,564 record images (was 14,740 records with 36,086 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Kentucky, Voter Registers and Registration Books, 1904-1935 (; 19,930 indexed records with 3,896 record images (was 19,914 records with 3,517 images), UPDATED 17-May-2021
Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984 (; 90,810 indexed records with 29,943 record images (was 1,145 records with 29,943 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 458,115 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 456,847 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 492,176 indexed records with 5,981 record images (was 482,143 records with 6,914 images), UPDATED 17-May-2021

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 184,432 indexed records with 15,906 record images (was 179,704 records with 15,592 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Mexico, Aguascalientes, Catholic Church Records, 1601-1962 (; 643,399 indexed records with 618,532 record images (was 181,548 records with 618,532 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico, Yucatán, Catholic Church Records, 1543-1977 (; 1,940,470 indexed records with 1,234,534 record images (was 240,855 records with 1,234,534 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978 (; 1,009,263 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 374,221 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021
Guatemala Baptisms, 1730-1917 (; Index only (337,233 records), no images (was 332,434 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-May-2021

England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 108,358 indexed records with 12,320 record images (was 107,405 records with 12,242 images), UPDATED 21-May-2021
Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-2005 (; 87,332 indexed records with 72,238 record images (was 63,254 records with 72,238 images), UPDATED 17-May-2021
France, Calvados, Military Registration Cards, 1867-1921 (; 128,984 indexed records with 113,950 record images (was 99,145 records with 90,850 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021
United States Census, 1870 (; 40,350,110 indexed records with 1,049,047 record images (was 40,350,110 records with 1,049,047 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978 (; 2,052,795 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 2,000,479 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 20-May-2021

England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 274,649 indexed records with 20,974 record images (was 264,217 records with 19,979 images), UPDATED 18-May-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872 (; 247,184 indexed records with 6,913 record images (was 247,184 records with 6,784 images), last updated 24-Mar-2021
Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (; 944,547 indexed records with 46,333 record images (was 944,547 records with 46,303 images), last updated 23-Mar-2021
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 303,011 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 148,098 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 153,939 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
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
Colorado, Military Discharge Records, ca.1919-1972 (; 3,652 indexed records with 2,258 record images (was 3,652 records with 2,774 images), last updated 04-May-2021
Illinois, Church Records, 1837-1995 (; 16,710 indexed records with 42 record images (was 16,710 records with 1,183 images), last updated 13-Jan-2021
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,347 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,616 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020

Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 (; 198,796 indexed records with 39,895 record images (was 198,796 records with 44,904 images), last updated 13-May-2021
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,339 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,354 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,403 records), no images (was 875,610,407 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamlySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link). It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Friday, May 21, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 21 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, 25 May, 11 a.m.:  Advanced DNA Features on MyHeritage, by Ofer Karp

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 26 May, 11 a.m.:   How Testing Multiple Relatives Can Turbocharge Your DNA Research, by Michelle Leonard

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  The Paternal Ten: Searching for Missing Heirs, by Claire Ammon

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Notion for Genealogists, by Lisa Alzo

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Researching Canadian Nurses, Pilots and Sailors in the First World War, by Kathryn Lake Hogan

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Tech Zone - What Is WATO? by Michelle Leonard

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #277r - Old Books

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  Genealogy Quick Start:   TV LIVE with Pamela Boyer Sayre

*  Genealogy Stories:  Discovering Anne Lister

*  The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:  An Introduction to ScotlandsPeople

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 18 May 2021?


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Findmypast Added Over 2.7 Million Civil Births, Marriages and Deaths to Their Growing Scottish Collection

  I received this from Findmypast this morning:


Findmypast add over 2.7 million civil births, marriages and deaths to their growing Scottish Collection

Millions of new births, marriages, deaths and newspapers from across Scotland are now available to search this Findmypast Friday

Scotland, Modern and Civil Births 1855-2019

Compiled from a number of sources, this collection is essential for enriching the Scottish branches of your family tree.

This growing set of millions of records has been compiled from a number of sources, including local government indexes held by various councils and archives, volunteer & local family history society transcriptions, modern records and civil registers.

Providing a variety of valuable biographical details including dates, locations, parents’ names and residences, the collection will continue to grow over the coming months as further records are collated.

Scotland, Modern and Civil Marriages 1855-2019

Did your relatives exchange wedding vows in Scotland? Unlock family love stories with this useful resource.

Search this collection to discover when, where and to whom your ancestors were married. Using the information you glean from this index, you can access copies of original Scottish marriage certificates via ScotlandsPeople.

Scotland, Modern and Civil Deaths & Burials 1855-2021

This vast record set reveals rich Scottish family research detail including death and burial facts, addresses, occupations and next of kin.

Findmypast is home to the fastest growing collection of Scottish family records online. Enhance your research by combining these death and burial records with Scotland Monumental Inscriptions, the largest resource of its kind. With it, you'll uncover vital details about your Scottish ancestors’ lives and deaths.

Expect these collections of modern and civil birth, marriage and death records to expand further over the coming months as Findmypast continue to update their rapidly growing Scottish collection.


Findmypast have just published five new Scottish newspapers and updated 10 others with extra pages.

Kirriemuir Free Press and Angus Advertiser, 11 August 1927. Read the full page.

Findmypast’s Scottish newspaper archive has grown with the addition of:

While the following titles have been supplemented with additional pages:

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 383: #596 John Stone (1658-1735) of Watertown and Groton, Massachusetts

John Stone (1658-1735)  is #596 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #597 Sarah (Nutting) Farnsworth (1663-1717) in 1698 in Concord, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts.

I am descended through

*  their son, #296 James Stone (1702-1783), who married #297 Mary Farwell (1709-1804) in 1726.
*  their daughter #149 Abigail Stone (1737-1800), who married  #148 Ephraim Sawtell (1735-1800) in 1757.
*  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:                      John Stone[1–3]    

*  Sex:                          Male    

*  Father:                     Simon Stone (1631-1708)    
*  Mother:                   Mary Whipple (1633-1720)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                      23 July 1658 Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]

*  Death:                    1735 (about age 77) Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                Sarah Nutting (1663-1717)    

*  Marriage 1:             7 December 1698 (age 40). Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3]    

*  Child 1:                  John Stone (1699-1784)    
*  Child 2:                  James Stone (1701-1783)  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

A fairly detailed description of the life of John Stone was provided in the book Simon Stone Genealogy[1].  

John Stone was born 23 July 1658 in Watertown, Massachusetts, the second child and son of Simon and Mary (Whipple) Stone[1-2].  He was raised on the Stone family homestead on Mount Auburn in Watertown, Massachusetts[1].

He enlisted, at the age of 17, in Captain John Whipple's Company scouting along the Connecticut River in the spring of 1676, during King Philip's War, and received 3 pounds, 8 shillings, 6 pence for this service.  He was also in Captain Jonathan Poole's Company in the spring of 1676 on garrison duty in the Connecticut River Valley towns, and received 1 pound, 11 shillings.  His name also appears under Watertown soldiers, credited with 3 pounds, 3 shillings, 6 pence. [Bodge, "Soldiers in King Philip's War," pp. 283, 260 and 376][1].

John Stone and his brother Simon Stone settled on land in Groton, Massachusetts that their father had obtained as an early proprietor of the town.  It is likely that John Stone lived in his brother's household until his marriage in 1698[1].  

The records of Groton show that John Stone and Simon Stone were of the same garrison house with the Farnsworth family on 17 March 1692.  Groton suffered from Indian raids during this period, since it was a frontier town, and the inhabitants lived in a state of constant alarm and vigilance.  On 27 July 1694, the town was attacked by Indians and 21 persons were killed, three were seriously wounded, and thirteen were captured.  In 1707, the frontier towns were so harassed by Indians that on 9 July 1707 over thirty householders of Groton, including John Stone, notified the Massachusetts General Court that they would be obliged to abandon the town unless a military guard was maintained there [Massachusetts Archives, 113.420][1].

John married Sarah (Nutting) Farnsworth on 7 December 1698 in Concord, Massachusetts[1,3].  She was the daughter of John and Sarah (Eggleton) Nutting of Groton, Massachusetts, and the widow of Matthias Farnsworth (1650-1693), by whom she had six children.  They had two sons, both born in and recorded in the Groton town records[1]:

*  John Stone (1699-1784), married 1722 Elizabeth Farwell (1703-1762).
*  James Stone (1702-1783), married 1726 Mary Farwell (1709-1804).

On 4 September 1715, John Stone and his wife Sarah of Groton, sold three and a half acres of land there to Samuel Kemp, who recorded it 26 December 1735, perhaps soon after the death of John Stone [Middlesex County Deeds, Volume 37, page 151][1].

No will, administration, death  record, burial record or gravestone of John Stone can be found.  He evidently died in about 1735, since his son John Stone was styled "junior" in a deed dated 4 April 1735 and was listed without the "junior" in another deed dated 1736[1].

1. J. Gardner Bartlett, Simon Stone Genealogy, Ancestry and Descendants of Simon Stone of Watertown, Mass. 1320-1926 (Boston, Mass.: The Stone Family, 1926), pages 62-63, #5 John Stone family sketch.
2. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, (, accessed 19 May 2021), Watertown > Births, Marriages, Deaths, page 42 (image 1240 of 3991), John Ston birth entry, 23 July 1658 to Simon and Mary Stonn.

3. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 2021), page 714, John Stone and Sarah (Nutting) Farnsworth marriage entry, 7 December 1698.


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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