Saturday, August 21, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Tell Your Life Story in Two (or Even Five) Minutes

 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):

1)  Everyone has a life story, and mine is still ongoing.  Tell us your life story - start with today and go back to your birth.  Do it in 200 to 500 words so you could tell it in two to five minutes.

2)  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 name is Randall Jeffrey Seaver, and I am currently 77 years old.  I live in Chula Vista, California, and am married to Linda (for 51+ years).  She currently is a resident of a memory care facility in Chula Vista after a fall and broken hip in June.  I visit her every day for up to an hour.  We have two daughters, and five grandchildren, but they live in Orange County (100 miles away) and Santa Cruz (500 miles away) and visit occasionally.  

My daily activities are genealogy and family history research (6 to 10 hours a day), watching San Diego Padres baseball games in the MLB season, watching San Diego/L.A. Chargers games in the NFL season, eating, and trying to sleep 7 hours a day (often not succeeding).  I started my genealogy blogging "career" in 2006.

I retired from aerospace engineering in 2006, after 40 years of work as an engineer, supervisor, manager and staff engineer.  My specialties were aerodynamics analysis, including computational fluid dynamics, and turbofan engine performance analysis and testing.  I spent 37 of those years at Rohr Industries in Chula Vista, and traveled around the world on company business.  

My formal education started at Brooklyn Elementary School in San Diego in 1948, then Theodore Roosevelt Junior High, and San Diego High School, graduating in June 1961.  I attended San Diego State University as an aerospace engineering major, graduating in January 1966.  While at Rohr, I attended a post-graduate management course - Executive Perspective for Scientists and Engineers (EPSE) - at University of California San Diego in 1988.  

I was born in 1943 in National City, California, the first child of Frederick Walton and Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver.  Fred was born in Massachusetts to Frederick Walton and Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver, and Betty was born in 1919 in San Diego to Lyle Lawrence and Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer.  I met my paternal grandmother once, and lived close by my maternal grandparents up until 1951.  The first home that I remember is 2119 30th Street in San Diego, a second floor apartment in the house that Lyle's parents built in the 1890s.  

The highlight of my life is my marriage with Linda.  We married on 21 March 1970 in Chula Vista in the Presbyterian Church we still attend.  We had two daughters born in 1974 and 1976.  We traveled quite a bit all through our married life - first to vacation spots, then family vacations with our children, then genealogy trips, conferences and cruises.  The girls did well in school, played softball (and I coached!), went to college, work hard, married, and have children and homes of their own.  The five grandchildren are precious to us - jewels in the crown, so to speak - and there is so much love, energy, and promise in them.  

That's the story of my life so far!  Ding - ding - ding - my five minutes are up!


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 14 to 20 August 2021

  The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  14 to 20 August 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Canada, Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/18/2021

Western Australia, Australia, Convict Records, 1846-1930; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/18/2021

Global, Find a Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/18/2021

Brazil, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/18/2021

New Mexico, U.S., Select County Marriages, 1877-2000; indexed records without record images, ADDED 8/18/2021

UK and Ireland, Find a Grave Index, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/18/2021

Italy, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/18/2021

Germany, Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/18/2021

Mexico, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/18/2021

Norway, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/18/2021

Sweden, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/18/2021

Australia and New Zealand, Find a Grave Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/18/2021

Flintshire, Wales, Anglican Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1994; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/16/2021

U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-1999; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/16/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 1 NEW collection ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,038 collections available as of 20 August, an increase of  1 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 14 to 20 August 2021

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

As of 20 August 2021, there are 3,008 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of from last week):
The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  United Kingdom, Outgoing Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 (; 1,048,499 indexed records with 1,048,499 record images, ADDED 16-Aug-2021
*  England, Yorkshire, Bishop's Transcripts, 1547-1957 (; 3,203,393 indexed records with 3,203,393 record images, ADDED 16-Aug-2021
*  Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 1,633,217 record images, ADDED 16-Aug-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 213,912 indexed records with 204,854 record images (was 213,729 records with 204,679 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 268,349 indexed records with 2,262 record images (was 268,039 records with 2,260 images), UPDATED 15-Aug-2021
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 8,838,974 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 7,625,911 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 537,181 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 536,871 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (; 1,624,966 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,599,545 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2021

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 553,427 indexed records with 235,308 record images (was 549,574 records with 233,473 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967 (; Index only (665,054 records), no images (was 665,103 records with 0 images), UPDATED 16-Aug-2021
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (; 241,868 indexed records with 209,771 record images (was 241,836 records with 209,713 images), UPDATED 17-Aug-2021
Liberia, Vital Records, 1912-2017 (; 264,213 indexed records with 24,406 record images (was 243,979 records with 24,406 images), UPDATED 18-Aug-2021
Louisiana Confederate Pensions, 1898-1950 (; 109,703 indexed records with 199,883 record images (was 109,691 records with 199,883 images), UPDATED 16-Aug-2021

Mexico, Durango, Catholic Church Records, 1604-1985 (; 1,378,038 indexed records with 504,812 record images (was 1,376,519 records with 504,812 images), UPDATED 18-Aug-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 3,112,922 indexed records with 205,700 record images (was 3,002,653 records with 201,774 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 545,316 indexed records with 45,919 record images (was 536,295 records with 45,174 images), UPDATED 16-Aug-2021
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945 (; 61,463 indexed records with 1,272 record images (was 60,158 records with 1,272 images), UPDATED 16-Aug-2021
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 29,623 indexed records with 29,435 record images (was 27,198 records with 23,579 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 1,306,483 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,260,538 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 216,316 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 214,737 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 17-Aug-2021
Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648-1941 (; 897,079 indexed records with 258,646 record images (was 881,452 records with 258,646 images), UPDATED 18-Aug-2021
Massachusetts Town Deaths Index, ca. 1640-1961 (; 782,626 indexed records with 52,701 record images (was 782,626 records with 52,719 images), UPDATED 16-Aug-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 3,009,969 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 3,009,969 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021

Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 (; 467,569 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 464,207 records with 37,199 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970 (; 4,590,548 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 4,586,726 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 18-Aug-2021
England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837 (; 9,362 indexed records with 9,348 record images (was 9,346 records with 9,332 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 73,954 indexed records with 15,308 record images (was 73,731 records with 15,085 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799 (; 44,984 indexed records with 44,962 record images (was 40,825 records with 40,803 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021

Vanuatu, Vital Records, 1900-2001 (; 155,540 indexed records with 151,120 record images (was 155,540 records with 151,120 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2021
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978 (; 2,118,745 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 2,118,745 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990 (; 151 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 0 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 (; 654,336 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 648,985 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 18-Aug-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 722,818 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 721,594 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021

Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (294,043 records), no images (was 292,999 records with 0 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Denmark Church Records, 1484-1941 (; 18,657,995 indexed records with 2,399,826 record images (was 18,657,995 records with 2,399,826 images), UPDATED 16-Aug-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 165,448 indexed records with 19,723 record images (was 160,430 records with 19,209 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 447,312 indexed records with 432,110 record images (was 439,002 records with 424,329 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Illinois, Military Discharge Records, ca.1862 - ca.1965 (; 19,385 indexed records with 7,880 record images (was 19,040 records with 7,675 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2021

Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970 (; 3,891,126 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 3,891,126 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2021
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950 (; 1,652,108 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,640,316 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990 (; 5,002 indexed records with 2,280,204 record images (was 5,002 records with 2,280,204 images), UPDATED 17-Aug-2021
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 4,007,560 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 4,000,184 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 18-Aug-2021
Benin, Civil Registration of Deaths, 1891-2014 (; 24,079 indexed records with 21,173 record images (was 23,804 records with 21,173 images), UPDATED 17-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 19-Aug-2021
Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950 (; 1,920,075 indexed records with 212,640 record images (was 1,920,078 records with 212,640 images), UPDATED 17-Aug-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 (; 5,899,677 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 5,897,616 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 18-Aug-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,220,697 indexed records with 1,970,700 record images (was 7,220,552 records with 1,968,621 images), UPDATED 18-Aug-2021
Mexico, San Luis Potosí, Catholic Church Records, 1586-1977 (; 943,561 indexed records with 2,162,812 record images (was 351,933 records with 2,162,812 images), UPDATED 18-Aug-2021

California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 338,248 indexed records with 193,041 record images (was 337,115 records with 193,022 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,545,936 indexed records with 115,104 record images (was 1,545,789 records with 115,096 images), UPDATED 17-Aug-2021
Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979 (; 8,046,394 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 6,620,905 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 17-Aug-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 17,641 indexed records with 72,944 record images (was 17,626 records with 70,707 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,085,896 indexed records with 61,497 record images (was 1,084,543 records with 63,211 images), UPDATED 14-Aug-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 469,564 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 468,941 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021

Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935 (; 13,901,831 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 13,900,697 records with 1,615,473 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001 (; 5,901,872 indexed records with 1,962,488 record images (was 5,901,872 records with 1,962,488 images), UPDATED 16-Aug-2021
Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 (; 3,874,679 indexed records with 2,513,517 record images (was 3,800,176 records with 2,513,517 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 (; 169,913 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 169,185 records with 105,781 images), UPDATED 19-Aug-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 177,129 indexed records with 17,998 record images (was 176,904 records with 17,983 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021

South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988 (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937 (; 260,304 indexed records with 942,391 record images (was 244,170 records with 942,391 images), UPDATED 17-Aug-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 299,643 indexed records with 24,589 record images (was 292,288 records with 24,150 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 342,649 indexed records with 25,579 record images (was 306,619 records with 21,649 images), UPDATED 16-Aug-2021
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Records, 1840-1972 (; 3,076,322 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 3,072,933 records with 2,216,270 images), UPDATED 20-Aug-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971 (; 3,537,384 indexed records with 13,104,808 record images (was 3,537,384 records with 13,096,883 images), last updated 20-Jan-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 289,809 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 151,917 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 154,400 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856 (; 145,696 indexed records with 360 record images (was 145,696 records with 3,090 images), last updated 30-Mar-2018
Finland, Passport Registers, 1900-1920 (; 12,857 indexed records with 29 record images (was 12,857 records with 330 images), last updated 09-Aug-2021
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,104,555 indexed records with 97,258 record images (was 1,104,555 records with 114,913 images), last updated 05-Aug-2021
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 5,569,382 indexed records with 54,107 record images (was 5,569,382 records with 58,158 images), last updated 11-Aug-2021

Kiribati, Vital Records, 1890-1991 (; 16,611 indexed records with 2,824 record images (was 16,611 records with 5,605 images), last updated 29-Jul-2021

--- Collections with new records ---

Argentina, National Census, 1895 (; 3,908,397 indexed records with 338,844 record images (was 3,908,367 records with 338,844 images), last updated 21-Aug-2017


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 20, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 20 August 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

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

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 20 August, 11 a.m.:  Early Ontario Research, by Janice Nickerson

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 24 August, 11 a.m.:  The New Family Tree and Relationship Diagram, by Uri Gonen

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 25 August, 11 a.m.:  Fire, Water, and the 1890 U.S. Census; Researching Beyond the Ashes and Mold, by Elizabeth Williams Gomoll

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Standards for Genealogical Documentation, by Thomas W. Jones

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Using Zotero to Organize and Annotate Your Family History Research, by Colleen Robledo Greene

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone - 3 Ways to Use DNA Painter's cM Estimator Tool, by Paul Woodbury

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  Family History Fanatics:  What is the Gen Column on GEDmatch One-to-Many?

*  Genealogy TV:  Military Records

*  Lisa Louise Cooke:  Plotting Land Using Google Earth

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 17 August 2021?


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Findmypast Friday: Search New UK Burial, Army and Knighthood Records

  I received this from Findmypast this morning:


Search new burial, army and knighthood records this Findmypast Friday

Where will your past take you this week? A London cemetery? Back to World War 2? Or maybe there's a knight in the family you've yet to discover. 
Read on to find out What's new this Findmypast Friday.

British Army, Royal Engineers Other Ranks: Casualty Cards

These detail-rich records cover casualties during and after World War 2. Consisting of both transcripts and images of original documents, these records will enable you to uncover information on their injuries, next of kin and more.

Harold North's card shows his father's name and address, his army number and when and where he was listed as a casualty. View the full record.

Findmypast is home to a host of useful collections for tracing the stories of Royal Engineers. Delve into tracer cards, journals and more to uncover and commemorate their exploits.

Greater London Burial Index

Is your ancestor buried in London? This vast collection has grown again with thousands of new additions from Southwark and Chiswick.

Following today’s update, the Greater Burial Index now includes new records from:
  • Chiswick, 1856-1866
  • Southwark, St George the Martyr Workhouse, 1835-1874
  • Southwark, St Olave, 1848-1866
This ever-growing resource now contains over 2 million records. See Findmypast’s parish list to see which cemeteries timeframes are covered.

Britain, Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth Index

Findmypast have updated this collection of notable knights and dames with the latest entries from the Queen’s Honours lists.

This index spans several centuries, with entries dating back to pre-1500 and continuing on to present day. Each result will provides transcript that includes birth years, biographies, award types and death years (if applicable) and more.


With 13 new titles and updates to 26 more, Findmypast’s newspaper collection continues to grow. This week’s new arrivals include:
While additional pages have been added to:


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 393: #614 Edward Harrington (1668-1736) of Watertown, Massachusetts

Edward Harrington (1668-1736) is #614 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #615 Mary Ockington (1669-1725)  in 1692 in Watertown, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

* their daughter #307 Mary Harrington (1693-1774)  married #306 Joseph Grout (1683-1758) 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:                      Edward Harrington[1–4]
*  Alternate Name:      Edward Harington[5]
*  Alternate Name:      Edward Herrington[6,8]
*  Alternate Name:      Edward Herington[7]

*  Sex:                        Male

*  Father:                    Robert Harrington (1616-1707)
*  Mother:                  Susanna George (1631-1694)

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

*  Birth:                     2 March 1668/9, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,4–5]

*  Distribution:          3 June 1707 (age 38), father's will proved; Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[6]

*  Death:                   21 January 1736 (age 66), Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3–4]

*  Burial:                   after 21 January 1736 (after age 66), Grove Hill Cemetery, Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]

*  Probate:                7 March 1736 (age 67), Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7]

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

*  Spouse 1:             Mary Ockington (1669-1725)
*  Marriage 1:          30 March 1692 (age 23), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,8]

*  Child 1:               Mary Harrington (1692-1774)
*  Child 1:               William Harrington (1694-1751)
*  Child 1:               Mindwell Harrington (1697-1700)
*  Child 1:               Joanna Harrington (1699-1768)
*  Child 1:               Edward Harrington (1702-1792)
*  Child 1:               Samuel Harrington (1704-1784)
*  Child 1:               Nathaniel Harrington (1706-1784)
*  Child 1:               Francis Harrington (1709-1793)
*  Child 1:               Susannah Harrington (1711-1790)

*  Spouse 2:             Anna Rice (1678-1753)
*  Marriage 2:          24 May 1727 (age 58), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

The Edward Harrington family was discussed in Bond's Watertown, Massachusetts Genealogies and History book[1].

Edward Harrington was born 2 March 1668/9 in Watertown, Massachusetts Bay, the son of Robert and Susanna (George) Harrington[1,4-5].

Edward married (1) Mary Ockington (1669-1725) on 30 March 1692 in Watertown, Massachusetts Bay[1,8] at age 23. She was the daughter of William and Mary (--?--) Ockington of Watertown. They had nine children, all born and recorded in Watertown town records:

* Mary Harrington (1693-1774), married (1) 1710 Daniel Rogers (1686-1711).; (2) 1717 Joseph Grout (1683-1758).
* William Harrington (1694-1751), married 1725 Anna Spring (1691-1770)
* Mindwell Harrington (1697-1700).
* Joanna Harrington (1699-1768), married 1720 John Tainter (1699-1768).
* Edward Harrington (1702-1792), married 1731 Anna Bullard (1713-1771).
* Samuel Harrington (1704-1784), married (1) S1725 Sarah Warren (1702-1733); (2) 1736 Elizabeth Stratton (1716-1801).
* Nathaniel Harrington (1706-1784), married 1747 Mary Kimball (1724-1804).
* Francis Harrington (1709-1793), married (1) 1736 Prudence Stearns (1713-1751); (2) 1752 Deborah Brigham (1714-1799).
* Susannah Harrington (1711-1790), married 1731 Samuel Barnard (1699-1762).

Edward Harrington's father, Robert Harrington, died 17 May 1707 in Watertown, and his will, written on 1 January 1704, was proved on 3 June 1707 in Middlesex County Probate Court in Cambridge, Massachusetts[6]. In his will, Robert Harrington mentioned all ten of his living children. Edward Harrington was named one of the executor's, with his brother Daniel, and was bequeathed the homestead and other lands and property:
"6ly I give and bequeath to my youngest son Edward Herrington & to his heirs and assigns for ever (he hath under god been the stay of my old age) the homestall containing by estimation six acres, be the same more or less, with one mansion house two barnes mill house and cyder works, and orchards on s'd land, also my lot of Plowland on Watertown little plaine containing by estimation eighteen acres be it more or less and is bounded Southerly at the highway and easterly with a highway, northerly w'th the Contrey Road leading thro'h s'd town to Sudbury and westerly w'th y'e land of Sam'll Hager, also twelve acres of upland and meadowland purchased of Nath'll Treadeway with y'e land purchased of Capt. Benja'n Gearfield adjoyning to s'd land be the whole more or less, and is bounded Easterly and northerly with y'e lands of M'r Abraham Brown, westerly with y'e lands of y'e aboves'd Capt. Gearfield, southerly with a town highway and northerly w'th y'e aboves'd Contrey Road, also five acres and seven score and fower Rods purchased of Lawrance Waters, bounded northerly with y'e land of y'e aboves'd M'r Abraham Brown, easterly with y'e land of M'r Ben'n South with a highway and w'th y'e aboves'd Robert Herringtons land, also thirty acres & a halfe of land purchased of M'r Ric'd Norcross, also eight acres of meadowland by me Purchased of Capt. Jn'o Sherman, be it more or less, and also all my movable estate within doors or withough as well as what is due to me by bills or bond as well as all other due to ^me^ any way belonging, or in any wise in right appertaining."
After Edward's first wife, Mary (Ockington) Harrington, died in 1725, Edward Harrington married (2) Anna Rice (1678-1753) on 24 May 1727 in Watertown[1-2] at age 58. She was the daughter of John and Tabitha (Stone) Rice of Watertown, and the widow of Jonathan Bullard (1672-1719) of Sudbury. Edward and Anna (Rice) (Bullard) Harrington had no children.

Edward Harrington died 21 January 1736 in Waltham, Massachusetts Bay[1,3-4] at age 66. He is buried in Grove Hill Cemetery in Waltham[4].

Edward Harrington wrote his will on 3 March 1735, and it was proved in Middlesex County Probate Court on 7 March 1736. It is in estate file 10396[7]. The will reads:

In the Name of God Amen this third day of March Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty five. I Edward Herington Sen'r of Watertowne in the County of Midd'x in New England yeo. being in a State of health in Body and of perfect minde and memory Thanks be given unto God, Yet Calling to Minde the Mortallity of my Body and Knowing it is Appointed for men once to dye Do make and ordaine this my Last Will and Testement, That is to Say, Principally and first of all I Give and Recommend my Soule into the hands of God who gave it hopeing throw the Merits and Satisfaction of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins and to Inherit Eternall Life, And my Body I Commit to the Earth to be Decently buried at the descretion of my Executor hereafter Named Nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall Receive the Same againe by the mighty power of God. And as touching Such worldly Estate Wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this Life I Give Demise and Dispose of the Same in the following maner and forme, That is to Say ---

First I Will that all those Debts and Dutyes which I do owe in Right of Conference to any maner of person or persons Whatsoever Shall be well and truly Contented and paid or ordained to be paid in Convenient Time after my decease by my Executor here-after Named.

(2) My Will is that my well beloved Wife Anna Shall have the West lower Room in my dwelling House for Here Use and improvement, and Priviledge of the Cellar as Shall be needfull, and Priviledge in the ketchen So much as She has ocation for and Liberty to use the well at Her pleasure, And the Use of a Garden Spott with Liberty to pass and Repass as thow Shall be need --- And Shall have the Use of an Horse when She Sees ocation to Use one, and fire wood layed at the Dooresit for the fire, and Provition and Cloathing Such as She Calls for and the Use of a Cow, And what ever Else Shee needs to make her Life Easey pleasant and Comfortable both in Sickness And in Health and to be performed by my Executor hereafternamed dureing the Time of Her Remaining my Widow and Continuing in my Dwelling House ^and at her Death afford her a Decent Christian Buriall^ But if She Sees meet to move away Elsewhere then my Will is that all before mentioned for Her Shall Cease and She Shall have Eight pounds per annum yearly and Every yeare dureing the Time of Her Remaining my Widdow and to be paid by my Executor hereafter Named and She Shall have all the goods and Household Stuff that She brought with her to me at Marriage that are yet Remainings to Her and to Her Heirs and Assigns for Ever.

(3) Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son William Herington Sixty acres of Land where he now dwells Runing Northwards and Southwards from his Dwelling House on my West Side Line So far, as that turning Square of and runing Easterly throw my Land to my East Side Line (Highways Excepted out of the measure) shall make the said Sixty Acres, Reserveing to myself my Heirs and Assigns for Ever a Convenient way to pass and Reepass from the Remainder of my Lands throw the Land I now give him to the Country Roads unless it be Accomodated by Town wayes - Also I Will and bequeath unto my said Son William Herington Twenty and five Acres of Land by Estimation be the same more or less being Meddow and Upland lying in Weston on the Westerly Side of a Brook Called & Know by the name of Stoney Brook which I bought of Charls and Ebenezer Chadwick - also I give and bequeath unto my said Son William Herington all my Right and Interest in a Certaine peice of Meddow of six Acres by Estimation be it more or less lyeing in Watertowne joyning by the afore said Stoney Brook and is in partnership Between myself and Benjamin Whitney of said Watertowne He paying to my son Nathanael Herington the Sum of sixty pounds in good true Bills of Publick Creddit on the Massachusets Province within one yeare next after my decease, and then the above mentioned Lands Shall be to my Said son William Herington And to his Heirs and Assigns for Ever by him and them freely to be possessed and Enjoyed.

(4) Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Samuel Herington one half part of all my Wearing Apparrel Which apparrel together with what I have Done for him before this Time is his Portion out of my Estate.

(5) Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Nathanael Herington the Sum of Sixty Pounds in good Bills of Creddit on the Massachusets Province to be paid in one yeare next after my decease by my Son William Herington Which Sum together with his Liberall Education is his Share out of my Estate.

(6) Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Francis Herington one-half part of all my Wearing Apparrel Which Apparrel together with what he hath had of my Estate in Time past is all I designe for him of my Estate.

(7) Item I Give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Grout the Sum of forty pounds ^in Houshold Stuff and such stock or to her Heirs^ in good Bills of Creddit on the Massachusets Province ^ to be paid^ with'in one yeare next after my decease and my Wife's Decease ^or Marriage^ (which Soever first comes to pass) by my Executor hereafternamed, Or in good Bills of Creddit if said other Estate falls Short which Sum together with what she had at Marriage is her Portion.

(8) Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Joanna Tainter the sum of forty pounds in Household Stuff and Quick Stock or to her Heires to be paid by my Executor within Two years next after my decease and my Wifes Decease or Marriage which Soever is first, or in good Bills of Creddit if said other Estate do not hold out, Which sum with what I Gave her at Marriage is all I designe for Her outof my Estate.

(9) Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Suzanna Barnard the Sum of forty pounds in Household Stuff and Quick Stock or to her Heirs to be paid by my Executor within three years next after my Decease and my Wife's Decease or Marriage Which soever falls out first or in good Bills of Creddit of said of her Estate be not Sufficient which sum together with what I have done for Her at Marriage is her full portion.

(10) Item I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Herington whome I Likewise Constitute make and ordaine my only and sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament, all the Rest and Residue of my Estate of What Kind or Denomination Soever, or where The Same or any part thereof may or shall be found, (He allowing performing and paying as is before directed and ordered) To him and to his Heires and assigns for Ever by him and them freely to be possessed and Enjoyed -- And my Will further is that if my said son Edward Herington See Reason to Sell any part of the Lands I have now given him that then my Son William Herington Shall have the offer to buy the Same he Giveing as much as any other person, But in Case He Refuses then my other Sons Successively Shall have the Same Proviledge untill one Excepts of it But if No other of them will purchase the Same that then he Shall ^Sell^ it to Whomsoever he Sees meet -- And I do hereby Utterly Disalow Revoke and Disannull all and Every other former Testament, Will, Legacies Bequests and Executors by me in any Wise before this Time named Willed and bequeathed Rattifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testiment In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seale the day and yeare first above Written.

Signed Sealed Published { memorandum Edward Herington {seal}
pronounced & published { that y'e dash
by the Said Edward Herington { interlining in
as his Last Will & Testiment { y'e third page in
the presence of us the { seventh Parragraff
Subscribers viz't -- { was before signing
John Brown { of these presents
John Whitney
John Coolledge

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 275, Edward Harrington family sketch.

2. "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, (, "Watertown, Births, Marriages and Deaths," page 65 (image 217 of 3991), Edward Harrington and Anna Bullard marriage entry, 24 May 1727.

3. Vital records of Waltham, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New-England Historic Genealogical Society, 1904), Deaths, page 270, Edward Harrington entry, 21 January 1736.

4. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image (, Grove Hill Cemetery, Waltham, Mass., Edward Harrington memorial #34616503.

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

6. "Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files", Volume: Middlesex Cases 10000-11999, Estate File #10459 (5 images), Robert Herrington estate, 1707; "Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014, American Ancestors ( accessed 28 February 2021); Digitized images provided by from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass.

7. "Middlesex County, MA: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital image, American Ancestors ( : accessed, Volume: Middlesex Cases 10000-11999, Estate File #10396 (8 images), Edward Herington estate, 1736; "Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014, American Ancestors ( accessed 28 February 2021); Digitized images provided by from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass.

8. Watertown Records, Comprising the First and Second Book of Town Proceedings, with the Land Grants and Possessions. etc. (Watertown, Mass. : Watertown Historical Society, 1894), Volume 1, page 65 of 66, Edward Herrington and Mary Ocington marriage, 30 March 1692.


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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