Saturday, August 7, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Newspaper Headlines On Your Birth Date

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

What was your own birth date?

2)  Find a newspaper from your hometown, or a nearby larger town or city, that was published on that date.  What was the major headline on page 1 of that issue of the newspaper?

3)  Share your headline with us in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook post.

NOTE:  For those who don't have access to digital newspapers behind a subscription wall, find FREE digital newspapers using Kenneth Marks The Ancestor Hunt website at  -

4)  Tell us in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog post on this post.

Here's mine:

My birth date is 23 October 1943 in National City, California (a San Diego suburb).

I knew that GenealogyBank had San Diego newspapers for that time period, so I searched for page one of that edition of the San Diego Union newspaper and easily found it:

The top headlines are:

*  Jap Subs Reported Off Coast; Planes Destroy Jungle Defenses
*  Trainmen Turn Back Strike
*  Tax Structure Streamlined by House Group
*  Capitalist Dies in L.A. Hotel
*  Russians Slay 1500 Germans at Melitopol

And below the image above:

*  Super Flat Tops Loom
*  Americans Gain Four Miles In Push to Join Eighth Army
*  Berlin Charges Kidnapping Plot
*  Big Allied Convoy in Mediterranean
*  etc.

The page 1 news articles were half war related and half everything else - local, national and world.

There was a lot more news on page 1 in 1943 than there is in 2021!


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 31 July to 6 August 2021

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

As of 6 August 2021, there are 3,001 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

England, Navy Allotment Records, 1795-1812 (; Index only, no images, ADDED 04-Aug-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 212,121 indexed records with 203,071 record images (was 186,848 records with 177,834 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 267,783 indexed records with 2,258 record images (was 267,205 records with 2,254 images), UPDATED 01-Aug-2021
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 617,454 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 610,687 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 2,893,144 indexed records with 195,302 record images (was 2,812,632 records with 188,966 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 532,967 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 528,665 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021

Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (; 1,599,545 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,581,925 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 136,515 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 134,290 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 542,358 indexed records with 230,526 record images (was 538,124 records with 229,055 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978 (; 1,237,173 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 1,233,063 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Mexico, Guerrero, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1979 (; 2,966,349 indexed records with 1,584,621 record images (was 2,956,086 records with 1,584,621 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021

Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,267,322 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,246,927 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2021
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 1,947,399 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 1,945,765 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 97,194 indexed records with 96,144 record images (was 80,632 records with 79,588 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,104,555 indexed records with 114,833 record images (was 1,092,759 records with 114,616 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978 (; 1,166,258 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,165,063 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021

Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 (; 584,851 indexed records with 235,772 record images (was 582,609 records with 235,772 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Argentina, Tucumán, Catholic Church Records, 1727-1955 (; 628,754 indexed records with 184,969 record images (was 627,915 records with 184,969 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 7,625,911 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 7,587,938 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928 (; 2,708,552 indexed records with 344,939 record images (was 2,707,620 records with 344,797 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 1,228,536 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,179,334 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021

Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021 (; 617,892 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 593,129 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955 (; 855,853 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 851,983 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021
Ecuador, Cemetery Records, 1862-2019 (; 373,732 indexed records with 336,313 record images (was 350,947 records with 335,711 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2021
Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964 (; 346,394 indexed records with 397,530 record images (was 346,394 records with 395,682 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 30,047,337 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 30,047,337 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021

Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 11,090 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 8,318 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 (; 464,207 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 459,560 records with 37,199 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2021
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970 (; 4,329,918 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 4,300,608 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 (; 9,220 indexed records with 9,206 record images (was 9,011 records with 8,998 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 73,520 indexed records with 14,874 record images (was 73,426 records with 14,780 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021

England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 (; 35,861 indexed records with 35,843 record images (was 32,564 records with 32,547 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
Vanuatu, Vital Records, 1900-2001 (; 146,905 indexed records with 145,280 record images (was 146,864 records with 145,248 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 (; 872,494 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 862,410 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980 (; 2,326,479 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 2,316,544 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996 (; 134,468 indexed records with 49,591 record images (was 134,462 records with 49,590 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2021

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 6,772,665 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 6,744,358 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2021
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 (; 2,282,656 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 2,274,823 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960 (; 8,280,933 indexed records with 2,315,874 record images (was 8,280,934 records with 2,315,874 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021
Mexico, Tabasco, Catholic Church Records, 1803-1970 (; 72,264 indexed records with 121,509 record images (was 71,103 records with 121,509 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941 (; 642,577 indexed records with 607,070 record images (was 636,463 records with 607,070 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021

Mexico, Yucatán, Catholic Church Records, 1543-1977 (; 1,948,296 indexed records with 1,234,534 record images (was 1,940,470 records with 1,234,534 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 157,283 indexed records with 18,565 record images (was 156,627 records with 18,126 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 429,210 indexed records with 414,877 record images (was 421,582 records with 407,703 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (; 241,836 indexed records with 209,713 record images (was 233,063 records with 202,218 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021
United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955 (; 261,692 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 243,606 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2021

Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 (; Index only (387,661 records), no images (was 380,602 records with 0 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970 (; 3,891,126 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 3,843,420 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 3,179,932 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 3,179,565 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 (; 5,194,159 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 5,142,547 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 3,129,514 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 2,273,784 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021

Georgia, Military Discharge Records, ca.1890 - ca.1966 (; 39,163 indexed records with 107,931 record images (was 37,711 records with 47,134 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2021
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929 (; 998,666 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 955,718 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2021
Argentina, Misiones, Catholic Church Records, 1874-1975 (; 32,097 indexed records with 9,155 record images (was 25,209 records with 9,155 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648-1941 (; 881,452 indexed records with 258,646 record images (was 871,087 records with 258,646 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2021
Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979 (; 105,198 indexed records with 1,509 record images (was 89,076 records with 1,285 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021

Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 (; 5,839,600 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 5,837,545 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 5,912,550 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 5,882,806 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Argentina, Santiago del Estero, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1961 (; 34,296 indexed records with 102,368 record images (was 24,614 records with 102,368 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,220,178 indexed records with 1,970,620 record images (was 7,219,973 records with 1,970,572 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
Arizona, Various County Divorce Records, 1877-1937 (; 64,098 indexed records with 60,894 record images (was 64,074 records with 63,096 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021

Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977 (; 351,933 indexed records with 2,162,812 record images (was 340,970 records with 2,162,812 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 496,477 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 462,082 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 334,147 indexed records with 192,964 record images (was 332,946 records with 192,937 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 27,198 indexed records with 27,025 record images (was 24,450 records with 20,840 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,545,581 indexed records with 115,086 record images (was 1,545,477 records with 115,082 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2021

Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979 (; 1,853,830 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 1,839,978 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 17,592 indexed records with 66,470 record images (was 16,472 records with 62,785 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (291,812 records), no images (was 290,610 records with 0 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 468,378 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 467,911 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records, 1807-1992 (; 1,022,846 indexed records with 1,135,393 record images (was 1,000,351 records with 1,135,393 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2021

Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918 (; 3,754,717 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 3,441,161 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2021
Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941 (; 463,582 indexed records with 124,465 record images (was 463,430 records with 124,465 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021
Louisiana, Orleans and St. Tammany Parish, Voter Registration Records, 1867-1905 (; 2,882,324 indexed records with 1,081,451 record images (was 2,602,013 records with 916,974 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 176,589 indexed records with 17,959 record images (was 171,747 records with 17,463 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (; 1,568,105 indexed records with 75,058 record images (was 1,295,994 records with 63,819 images), UPDATED 05-Aug-2021

South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988 (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 283,296 indexed records with 23,497 record images (was 277,368 records with 22,857 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978 (; 2,118,745 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 2,059,327 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2021
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Records, 1840-1972 (; 3,068,591 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 3,065,819 records with 2,216,270 images), UPDATED 06-Aug-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Peru, Huancavelica, Civil Registration, 1915-2003 (; 9,515 indexed records with 9,498 record images (was 8,901 records with 8,885 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021
Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971 (; 3,537,384 indexed records with 13,096,883 record images (was 3,537,384 records with 13,096,731 images), last updated 20-Jan-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
California, San Francisco Chinese passenger lists, 1882-1947 (; 299,854 indexed records with 11,499 record images (was 299,854 records with 9,740 images), last updated 29-Jan-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 149,651 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 154,400 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,973 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,978 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 272,451 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 289,809 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Canadian Headstones (; 2,982,451 indexed records with 2,546,441 record images (was 2,982,451 records with 2,643,617 images), last updated 21-May-2019

--- Collections with new records ---

Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985 (; 170,315 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 108,155 records with 3,008,340 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021
Argentina, Neuquén, Catholic Church Records, 1883-1977 (; 14,150 indexed records with 11,873 record images (was 13,358 records with 11,873 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021
Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 (; 586,096 indexed records with 22,034 record images (was 517,863 records with 22,034 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977 (; 139,820 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 117,270 records with 207,943 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021
Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1974 (; 935,359 indexed records with 419,985 record images (was 927,187 records with 419,985 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021

Argentina, Chubut, Catholic Church Records, 1884-1974 (; 2,085 indexed records with 2,874 record images (was 0 records with 2,874 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 56,343 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 39,910 records with 83,087 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975 (; 20,136 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 17,641 records with 69,981 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971 (; 13,305 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 11,931 records with 102,718 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021
Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977 (; 826,096 indexed records with 998,148 record images (was 820,916 records with 998,148 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021

Spain, Diocese of Albacete, Catholic Church Records, 1504-1979 (; 1,716,935 indexed records with 603,285 record images (was 1,710,323 records with 603,285 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021
Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970 (; 50,269 indexed records with 74,259 record images (was 41,366 records with 74,259 images), last updated 30-Jul-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio Cemetery Records, 1893-2007 (; 59,231 indexed records with 38,892 record images (was 59,796 records with 38,892 images), last updated 13-Feb-2020


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamilySearch 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, August 6, 2021

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 31 July to 6 August 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  31 July to 6 August 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1920; indexed records with record indexes, Updated 8/5/2021

London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003; indexed records with record indexes, Updated 8/5/2021

U.S., Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825; indexed records with record indexes, ADDED 8/5/2021

London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; indexed records with record indexes, Updated 8/5/2021

London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936; indexed records with record indexes, Updated 8/5/2021

New Zealand, Cemetery Records, 1800-2007; indexed records with record indexes, Updated 8/4/2021

Radnorshire, Wales, Anglican Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1994; indexed records with record indexes, Updated 8/4/2021

Danish West Indies Census, 1841-1901; indexed records with record indexes, Updated 8/2/2021

Danish West Indies, Probate Records, 1736-1893; indexed records with record indexes, ADDED 8/2/2021

Carmarthenshire, Wales, Anglican Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1560-1994; indexed records with record indexes, Updated 8/2/2021

Danish West Indies, Records and Documents Relating to General Governance, 1755-1916; indexed records with record indexes, Updated 8/2/2021

Danish West Indies, Records Relating to Enslaved People, 1625-1904; indexed records with record indexes, Updated 8/2/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 2 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,040 collections available as of 6 August, an increase of  2 from last week.   


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Findmypast Friday: New School and Parish Records

I received this from Findmypast this morning:



Search new school and parish records

Where will your past take you this Findmypast Friday? Find out with Findmypast’s latest new additions.

National School Admission Registers

Findmypast have added over 9,000 new records from Halifax, Yorkshire to their collection of National School Admission registers. This vast collection spans the years 1870 to 1914 and contains over 9.3 million transcripts and images from 41 counties across England and Wales

Search these records to discover where your ancestor went to school, their birth date, admission year and the name of the school they attended. You may also be able to discover their parents’ names, father’s occupation, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.

Staffordshire Parish Registers

Explore thousands of new baptism, marriage, banns and burial registers from four parishes in Staffordshire, including;
  • Caverswall, St Peter
  • Chebsey, All Saints
  • Checkley, St Mary & All Saints
  • Tipton, St Mary
Revealing essential names, dates, locations and family details, these new Staffordshire resources form part of the largest collection of UK parish records available anywhere online.


15 new papers have just joined the site along with updates to seven existing titles. Brand new to the Findmypast archives are:

While year coverage has been expanded in:

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 392: #613 Susannah (Hagar) Grout (1653-1731) of Watertown, Massachusetts

Susanna Hagar (1653-1731) is #613 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #612 Joseph Grout (1649-1720)  in 1681 in Watertown, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

* their son #306 Joseph Grout (1683-1758) married Mary Harrington (1693-1774) in 1717.
* their daughter #153 Mehitable Grout (1726-1795) married #152 Moses Brigham (1723-1769) in 1749.
* their son, #76 Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802) married #77 Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) in 1779.
* their son #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834) married #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882) in 1817.
* their daughter #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.
* their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
* their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
* their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) 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:                      Susannah Hagar[1-3]
*  Alternate Name:      Susannah Hager[6]
*  Alternate Name:      Susannah Grout[4–6]

*  Sex:                         Female

*  Father:                    William Hagar (1620-1684)
*  Mother:                   Mary Bemis (1624-1695)

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                      about 1653, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]

*  Distribution:          1 April 1684 (about age 31), father's will proved; Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]

*  Distribution:          4 November 1720 (about age 67), husband's will proved; Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]

*  Death:                   8 May 1731 (about age 78), Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:             Joseph Grout (1649-1720)
*  Marriage 1:          about 1681 (about age 27), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-3,6]

*  Child 1:                Susannah Grout (1681-1724)
*  Child 2:                Joseph Grout (1682-1758)
*  Child 3:                Mary Grout (1687-    )
*  Child 4:                Mehitabel Grout (1689-    )
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Susanna Hagar was born in about 1653 in Watertown, Massachusetts, the daughter of William and Mary (Bemis) Hagar of Watertown[1-3].

Susanna married Joseph Grout (1649-1720) in about 1681 in Watertown, Massachusetts at age 27[1-3,6]. He was the son of John and Sarah (Busby) Grout of Sudbury. They had four children, all born and recorded in Watertown town records:

* Susannah Grout (1681- after 1724), married 1710 Zachariah Smith (1687-1724).
* Joseph Grout (1683-1758), married 1717 Mary Harrington (1693-1774).
* Mary Grout (1687-????).
* Mehitabel Grout (1689-????).

The Joseph Grout family resided in Watertown until Joseph's death.

The will of Susannah's father, William Hagar (1620-1684) of Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay, was written 10 January 1683/4, and was proved 1 April 1684[4]. The will bequeaths to his daughter the following:
"I give unto my daughter Susannah Grout fifty shillings to be paid within three years after my decease in country pay."
Joseph Grout died before 4 November 1720 in Watertown when his will was proved in Middlesex County Probate Records. In her husband's will written 1 September 1720, Susannah (Hagar) Grout was bequeathed[5]:
"I give & bequeath to my loving wife Susanah Grout as her dower one one third part of my Estate both Real & personal to be posesed by her according to the direction of the law for settling Intestat Estas. or comfortable maintenanc out of my estate dureing the term of her Remaining my widow, which she shall see cause to accept of."
Many online family trees and websites claim that Susannah (Hagar) Grout died on 8 May 1731 in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and some claim she was buried in Waltham, Massachusetts. There are no extant records for her death or burial date and location..


1. Henry Bond, M.D., Family Memorials: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts (Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown & Co., 1860), page 264, William Hagar family sketch.

2. Colonel Thomas Waln-Morgan Draper, The Bemis History and Genealogy, Being an Account in Greater Part of the Descendants of joseph Bemis of Watertown, Mass. (San Francisco, Calif. : The Stanley-Taylor Co., 1900), pages 1-3, Mary (Bemis) Hagar family sketch.

3. Alicia Crane Williams (editor), Early New England Families Study Project, Volume 1 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 2020), John Grout family sketch (8 pages).

4. "Probate Records 1648-1924 (Middlesex County, Massachusetts)," Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), on 886 FHL US/CAN Microfilms, Volume 6, pages 126-128, William Hagar estate papers; accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,521,762.

5. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Probate Packet #9,960 (3 images) Joseph Grout of Watertown, 1720; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( accessed 30 May 2020); Original records in Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

6. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008, page 328, Joseph Grout and Susanna Hager entry, 1681.


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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Thursday, August 5, 2021

MyHeritage Improves their Online Family Tree

 Here is more information from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage:


I’m pleased to announce that the most popular view for family trees on MyHeritage has been improved with a new design — making it easier than ever to navigate your family tree and make new discoveries.

It’s easy to get absorbed in family history research, and spend hours on the family tree. The new tree design, which is cleaner and more modern, helps improve the overall user experience and make discovering your family history easier and more enjoyable. We have added useful new features, and some nice touches.

The improvements also include a new Relationship diagram that enables you to visualize your relationship to other people in the family tree to easily understand how you are related.

Other enhancements include a revamped side panel with one-click buttons to view the Relationship diagram, view Smart Matches™, Record Matches, or DNA Matches for a person. You’ll also see if MyHeritage identified any inconsistencies in your tree. In addition, we’ve added more options that enable you to customize the display of your family tree.

Watch this video for a brief overview of what’s new, and read the blog post for the full details about the improvements to the online family tree. 


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Seavers in the News - Milo Seaver Dies in Waverly, New York in 1957

   It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Press & Sun-Bulletin [Binghamton, N.Y.] newspaper dated 16 November 1957:

The transcription of the article is:

"MILO SEAVER, 53, of Straits Corners, died yesterday at Tioga General Hospital, Waverly.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred (Holland) Seaver; six daughters, Mrs. Harriet Keene of the Town of Candor, Mrs. Christine Bogart of Utica, Mrs. Phyllis Clark of West Endicott, Mrs. Genevieve Farnham, Mrs. Virginia Miller and Mrs. Dorothy Eichorn, all of Owego; two sons, Donald of Owego and Carl Seaver of Straits Corners; one sister, Mrs. Alice Laycock of Bloomburg, Pa.; four brothers, Russell of Straits Corners, Fred of Owego, Lewis of Endicott and Walter Seaver of West Endicott; 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He was a member of the Straits corners Baptist Church.  The body was moved to the Richards Funeral Home, where friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m."

The source citation is:

"Milo Seaver," Press and Sun-Bulletin [Binghamton, N.Y.] newspaper, Saturday, 16 November 1957, page 17, column 5, Milo Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 5 August 2021).

This obituary provides the name, death date and place, spouse's name, siblings names and children names, plus limited information about his associations.

Milo G. Seaver (1904-1957) was born on 26 September 1904 in Allegany County, New York, the son of son of Jesse Bradley and Edna Phoebe (Brown) Seaver.  He married Mildred L. Holland (1908-1980) on 31 December 1925 in Binghamton, New York.  They had 10 children:

*   Harriet A. Seaver (1926-????), married 1948 James N. Keene (1926-1997).
*  Christine E. Seaver (1928-2020), married 1946 Herbert William Bogert (1924-????).
*  Donald D. Seaver (130-2015), married Evelyn Belle Burns (1931-2015).
*  Genevieve May Seaver (1931-1972) married William H. Farnham (1930-2014).
*  Virginia Seaver (1934-????), married 1954 Howard J. Miller (1932-2014).
*  Carl Jesse Seaver (1937-2002), married 1957? Roberta (1939?-????)
*  Dorothy E. Seaver (1939-????), married 1954? William O. Eichhorn (1933-1966).
*  Phyllis Seaver (1940-????) married George Francis Clark (1939-????).
*  Mary Ann Seaver (1941-1942)
*  Sharon Seaver (1943?-????).

I am a 6th cousin two times removed to Milo G. Seaver.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 7th great-grandfather Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) of Framingham, Massachusetts.

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has many children. I am glad that I can honor Milo G. Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


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Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1668 Birth Record of Edward Harington in Watertown, Mass.

 It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1668 Birth entry for Edward Harington in the Watertown, Massachusetts Bay Colony town record book:

The marriage entry is  the 13th from the top and 14th from the bottom of the left-hand page:

The transcription of this record is:

"Edward Harington son of Robert & Susan Born the 2'd of March"

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, (, Watertown, Births, Marriages and Deaths, page 62 (image 151 of 3991), Edward Harington birth entry, 2 March 1668/9.

This is an entry in a digitized handwritten Watertown town record book.  It is an Original Source with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the birth of Edward Harington to Robert and Susan Harington on 2 March 1668/9.
Edward Harrington married Mary Ockington (1669-1725) in 1692 in Watertown, Massachusetts Bay Colony.  They had nine children between 1693 and 1711, all recorded in Watertown.

Edward and Mary (Ockington) Harrington  are my 7th great-grandparents, through their daughter Mary Harrington (1693-1774) who married  Joseph Grout (1683-1758) in 1717.


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