Saturday, September 25, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Great-Grandparents Locations

 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)  We all have 8 biological great-grandparents.  Where and when were they born, where and when did they marry, and where and when did they die?

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:

a)  Paternal great-grands:

*  Frank Walton Seaver - born 1852 in Medfield, Mass., died 1922 in Leominster, Mass.

married in 1874 in Keene, N.H. to Harriet Louise Hildreth - born 1857 in Northborough, Mass., died 1920 in Leominster, Mass.

*  Thomas Richmond - born 1848 in Hilperton, Wiltshire, died 1917 in Clinton, Mass.

Married in 1868 in Killingly, Conn. to Julie E. White - born in 1848 in Killingly, Conn., died 1913 in Putnam, conn.

b)  Maternal great-grands:

*  Henry Austin Carringer - born 1853 in Mercer County, Penn., died 1946 in San Diego, Calif.

Married 1887 in Wano, Kansas to Abbie Ardell Smith - born 1862 in Rolling Prairie, Wis., died 1944 in San Diego, Calif.

*  Charles Auble - born 1849 in Newark, N.J., died 1916 in San Diego, Calif.

Married 1898 in Milwaukee, Wis. to Georgianna Kemp - born 1868 in Middleton, Ontario, died in 1952 in San Diego, Calif.

Five of my eight great-grandparents, born between 1848 and 1868, moved west during their lifetimes.  My father came west in 1940 to San Diego.  Three of my 2nd great-grands came from England to America in the 1830s and 1850s.  My 2nd great-grands Carringer and Smith moved west also, and three ended up in San Diego in the 1880s.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 18 to 24 September 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  18 to 24 September 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Shropshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1900; indexed records without record images, ADDED 9/23/2021

Shropshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1901; indexed records without record images, ADDED 9/23/2021

Shropshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1900; indexed records without record images, ADDED 9/23/2021

Shropshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; indexed records without record images, ADDED 9/23/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 4 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,054 collections available as of 24 September, an increase of  4 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 18 to 24 September 2021

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

As of 24 September 2021, there are 3,017 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  England, Devon, Plymouth, World War II Records, 1939-1945 (; 213 indexed records with 213 record images, ADDED 24-Sep-2021

*  Switzerland, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1418-1996 (; 2,514,258 indexed records with 2,514,258 record images, ADDED 20-Sep-2021

*  England, Devon, Plymouth, World War I Rolls of Honour, 1914-1918 (; 665 indexed records with 665 record images, ADDED 22-Sep-2021

*  Argentina, Catamarca, Civil Registration, 1888-2000 (; 91 indexed records with 91 record images, ADDED 23-Sep-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

United Kingdom, British Armed Forces and Overseas Vital Records, 1761-2005 (; 2,878,201 indexed records with 2,878,201 record images (was 1,396,857 records with 1,396,857 images), UPDATED 22-Sep-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 270,044 indexed records with 2,274 record images (was 269,892 records with 2,273 images), UPDATED 19-Sep-2021
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 (; 587,920 indexed records with 235,772 record images (was 584,851 records with 235,772 images), UPDATED 21-Sep-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 562,802 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 560,882 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 151,905 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 151,159 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 589,605 indexed records with 249,189 record images (was 584,384 records with 247,225 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978 (; 1,493,277 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 1,491,967 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 4,949,965 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 4,787,863 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 22-Sep-2021
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 (; 2,218,595 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 2,201,452 records with 978,396 images), UPDATED 22-Sep-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (313,206 records), no images (was 308,495 records with 0 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 3,610,923 indexed records with 238,102 record images (was 3,515,619 records with 233,323 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
Hawaii, Kauai County, Obituaries, 1982-2010 (; 108,413 indexed records with 8,311 record images (was 108,249 records with 8,313 images), UPDATED 20-Sep-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 1,528,077 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,526,618 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990 (; 2,458 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 1,150 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991 (; 1,893,861 indexed records with 140,942 record images (was 1,893,861 records with 140,942 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 29,761,754 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,756 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 20-Sep-2021
Hawaii, Honolulu, Voter Registration Applications, ca. 1920-1966 (; 308,111 indexed records with 305,343 record images (was 303,083 records with 300,267 images), UPDATED 20-Sep-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 76,163 indexed records with 17,516 record images (was 75,571 records with 16,924 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 754,284 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 745,936 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992 (; 699,709 indexed records with 64,978 record images (was 626,278 records with 40,575 images), UPDATED 20-Sep-2021

Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 29,267 indexed records with 98,777 record images (was 19,983 records with 92,764 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 125,780 indexed records with 65,552 record images (was 120,896 records with 69,254 images), UPDATED 20-Sep-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 7,208,976 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 7,137,390 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 21-Sep-2021
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015 (; 2,426,370 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 2,425,608 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 21-Sep-2021
Canada, Ontario Tax Assessment Rolls, 1834-1899 (; 2,097,307 indexed records with 103,861 record images (was 2,056,812 records with 102,916 images), UPDATED 20-Sep-2021

England, Yorkshire, Bishop's Transcripts, 1547-1957 (; 5,802,523 indexed records with 258,670 record images (was 3,203,393 records with 183,530 images), UPDATED 23-Sep-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 196,809 indexed records with 23,209 record images (was 190,189 records with 22,493 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (; 1,867,887 indexed records with 86,311 record images (was 1,702,983 records with 73,320 images), UPDATED 20-Sep-2021
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 7,330,725 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 7,162,020 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 20-Sep-2021
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 4,040,306 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 4,039,886 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021

Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 58,461 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 56,343 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 21-Sep-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988 (; 5,939,629 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 5,939,629 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 7,513,092 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 6,749,667 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 6,804,021 indexed records with 67,526 record images (was 6,229,432 records with 62,536 images), UPDATED 23-Sep-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,553,179 indexed records with 115,340 record images (was 1,551,254 records with 115,289 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021

Mexico, Jalisco, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1979 (; 8,139,883 indexed records with 5,797,486 record images (was 8,139,883 records with 5,797,486 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 808,449 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 808,449 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 23-Sep-2021
Minnesota, Cottonwood County, Obituaries, 1850-1990 (; 5,410 indexed records with 299 record images (was 5,290 records with 295 images), UPDATED 22-Sep-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 473,593 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 472,573 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 (; 3,898,883 indexed records with 2,513,517 record images (was 3,898,883 records with 2,513,517 images), UPDATED 20-Sep-2021

England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 179,710 indexed records with 18,148 record images (was 179,562 records with 18,141 images), UPDATED 23-Sep-2021
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 (; 1,683,213 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 1,614,160 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 19-Sep-2021
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988 (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 (; 3,629,263 indexed records with 309,616 record images (was 3,629,263 records with 367,912 images), UPDATED 23-Sep-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 492,631 indexed records with 475,221 record images (was 488,041 records with 471,104 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 301,738 indexed records with 24,709 record images (was 301,684 records with 24,706 images), UPDATED 19-Sep-2021
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Records, 1840-1972 (; 3,110,251 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 3,103,338 records with 2,216,270 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,220,744 indexed records with 1,970,705 record images (was 7,220,744 records with 1,932,784 images), last updated 03-Sep-2021
Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 214,092 indexed records with 205,034 record images (was 214,088 records with 205,030 images), last updated 17-Sep-2021
Finland, Passport Registers, 1900-1920 (; 20,262 indexed records with 530 record images (was 20,262 records with 508 images), last updated 15-Sep-2021
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 67,799 indexed records with 82,113 record images (was 67,799 records with 77,897 images), last updated 14-Sep-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,638 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 157,673 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Sierra Leone, Civil Births and Deaths, 1802-2016 (; 361,973 indexed records with 220,394 record images (was 361,973 records with 220,396 images), last updated 17-Sep-2021
Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 (; 230,078 indexed records with 39,192 record images (was 230,078 records with 52,003 images), last updated 15-Sep-2021
Germany, Prussia, West Prussia, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1537-1981 (; 6,091,613 indexed records with 591,680 record images (was 6,091,613 records with 591,749 images), last updated 16-Jul-2021
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,087,703 indexed records with 59,152 record images (was 1,087,703 records with 71,766 images), last updated 17-Sep-2021

Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 45,205 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 46,229 images), last updated 13-Sep-2021
South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872 (; 250,738 indexed records with 6,967 record images (was 250,738 records with 7,194 images), last updated 31-Aug-2021
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 134,996 indexed records with 128,698 record images (was 134,996 records with 133,899 images), last updated 16-Sep-2021
Illinois Deaths and Burials, 1749-1999 (; 568,478 indexed records with 137,811 record images (was 568,478 records with 177,584 images), last updated 22-Jul-2021
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,106,921 indexed records with 111,521 record images (was 1,106,921 records with 114,878 images), last updated 31-Aug-2021

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 303,318 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 307,288 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934 (; 556,149 indexed records with 25,506 record images (was 556,149 records with 47,092 images), last updated 16-Sep-2021
Kiribati, Vital Records, 1890-1991 (; 20,098 indexed records with 3,764 record images (was 20,098 records with 6,729 images), last updated 10-Sep-2021
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 381,787 indexed records with 23,255 record images (was 381,787 records with 27,796 images), last updated 17-Sep-2021

--- Collections with new records ---

Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632-1958 (; 841,628 indexed records with 378,612 record images (was 840,266 records with 378,612 images), last updated 17-Sep-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,357 records), no images (was 875,610,362 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Nevada Marriage Index, 1956-2005 (; Index only (5,069,615 records), no images (was 5,069,616 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Sep-2019
Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 (; 2,366,755 indexed records with 1,386,297 record images (was 2,366,758 records with 1,386,297 images), last updated 22-Jul-2021
England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008 (; Index only (132,174,274 records), no images (was 132,174,275 records with 0 images), last updated 02-Oct-2014


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, September 24, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 24 September 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 - Tuesday, 28 September, 11 a.m.:  The new and improved Legacy Family Tree Webinars website, by Geoff Rasmussen

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 29 September, 11 a.m.: Beginning Ukrainian Genealogy, by Michelle Chubenko

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Federal Records Relating to Rivers and Canals. by Pamela Boyer Sayre.

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Cluster Research: Using Groups of People to Find Your People, by Robyn Smith

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Moravian Trails and Records, by Elissa Scalise Powell

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Beginning Hungarian Genealogy, by Lisa Toth Salinas

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  One Family, Many Connections: Using the FAN club in one Australian locality, by Cathie Sherwood

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Roosevelt’s Tree Army: Researching the Civilian Conservation Corps, by Michael L. Strauss

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Fabulous Photo Collection: Frith at Findmypast

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


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Findmypast Friday: 32 million Electoral Registers Published

I received this from Findmypast today:


Findmypast publishes 32 million Electoral Registers

1910 to 1919 Electoral Registers from England & Wales now available to search online with greater accuracy than ever before

New and improved collection bridges the vital gap between the 1911 Census and 1939 register

Containing 32 million names and 14 million addresses, the new Registers form a vital resource for anyone searching for ancestors or exploring the history of a home in early 20th Century Britain ahead of the launch of 1921 Census

Leading family history website Findmypast have today announced the publication of a significant update to their collection of. These new additions have been added to Findmypast’s existing collection of indexed 1920 to 1932 registers to create a vast new resource containing 150 million records spanning over two decades.

Ahead of Findmypast’s widely anticipated release of the 1921 Census of England & Wales in January 2022, improved access to these important British Library documents will enable family historians to locate their ancestors between the 1911 Census and 1939 Register with greater ease and accuracy than ever before.

As well as adding a staggering 32 million names, Findmypast’s new and improved England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1910-1932 collection now contains over 14 million additional addresses making it a valuable resource for anyone looking to explore the history of their home.

Electoral Registers are listings of all those registered to vote in a particular area. The lists were created annually to record the names of eligible voters and their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. Registration for voters in England and Wales has been required since 1832 and registers were typically published annually, making them particularly useful for tracking ancestors between censuses, uncovering previous occupants of a property or exploring the history of a local area.

Thanks to a new technique known as “Structured Data Extract”, England & Wales Electoral Registers 1910-1932 has been fully indexed, allowing users to search millions of images by name, date, location and keyword. As well as images, each search result provides a transcript recording the individual’s name, registration year, address or abode, the nature of their qualification to vote or a description of their property, and occasionally their occupation or age.

This new method has not only enabled Findmypast to extract large volumes of meaningful information from so many original documents, it has also allowed for this data to be structured and organised to a greater degree than traditional Optical Character Recognition. This not only enables more precise searches but also the use of name variants which will catch a huge assortment of miss-spelled names.

RICHARD JACKSON, Findmypast’s Data Development Manager said: "To extract meaningful data from images, the documents go through three distinct steps. Firstly, Findmypast process the images, de-skewing to align wonky text. Then the images are enhanced to amplify the text on the page for better character recognition. Once the text on each image has been captured, the Structured Data Extract process analyses and identifies the contents and structure of each image based on a variety of expectations."

In the case of Electoral Registers, names are expected to appear on the left-hand side of each image with address information on the right. In time, we hope to revisit this dataset to extract even more value for our customers and hope that they enjoy the results of this first stage of extraction.

Findmypast is now able provide users with unrivalled record coverage for early 20th century Britain, allowing them to trace their family story across a period of history that has traditionally been difficult for many researchers.

Other records available to search this Findmypast Friday:

Scotland Monumental Inscriptions

Discover your relatives' final resting places in Scotland with a unique resource that has just been updated with thousands of new records.

Check Findmypast’s burial ground list for the date ranges and number of records included for each location.


Hot off the press, what family stories will you uncover in Findmypast’s latest newspaper update? Brand new publications include:
While thousands of 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 398: #621 Lydia (Ward) Maynard (1664-1740) of Sudbury and Marlborough, Massachusetts

Lydia Ward (1665-1740) is #621 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #620 John Maynard (1661-1731)  in 1688 in Marlborough, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

* their son #310 James Maynard (1694-????) married #331 Mary Morse (1697-????) in about 1719.
* their daughter #155 Lydia Maynard (1722-1802) married #154 David Batherick (1722-1794)in 1742.
* their daughter #77 Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) married #76 Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802)  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:                   Lydia Ward[1–3]
*  Alternate Name:   Lidea Ward[4]
*  Alternate Name:   Lydia Maynard[5]

*  Sex:                      Female

*  Father:                 Richard Ward (1635-1667)
*  Mother:               Mary Moore (1641-1702)

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

*  Birth:                 16 March 1664/5, Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1,4]

*  Distribution:     14 June 1731 (age 66), husband's will proved; Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]

*  Death:              10 January 1740 (age 74), Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[6]

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

*  Spouse 1:          John Maynard (1661-1731)
*  Marriage 1:       about 1688 (about age 24), Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3]

*  Child 1:            John Maynard (1690-1741)
*  Child 2:            Daniel Maynard (1692-1760)
*  Child 3:            James Maynard (1694-    )
*  Child 4:            Mary Maynard (1695-1717)
*  Child 5:            Reuben Maynard (1698-1762)
*  Child 6:            Abigail Maynard (1701-1778)
*  Child 7:            Phineas Maynard (1703-1725)
*  Child 8:            Bethia Maynard (1705-1720)
*  Child 9:            Hezekiah Maynard (1708-1781)
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Lydia Ward was born 16 March 1664/5 in Sudbury, Massachusetts Bay, the only daughter and second child of Richard and Mary (Moore) Ward[1,4].

Lydia married at age 24 in about 1688 to John Maynard (1661-1731) son of John and Mary (Gates) Maynard of Marlborough, Massachusetts Bay[1-3].

The family resided in Marlborough, and they had nine children, all but Bethia born and recorded in Marlborough town records:

*  John Maynard (1690-1741), married 1719 Hepsibah Brigham (1686-1757).
*  Daniel Maynard (1692-1760), married 1735 Mary Oaks (1710-1805).
*  James Maynard (1694-????), married 1719 Mary Morse (1697-????).
*  Mary Maynard (1696-1717).
*  Reuben Maynard (1698-1762), married 1745 Dorothy Williams (1714-????).
*  Abigail Maynard (1701-1778), married 1743 Nathan Tyler (1687-1782).
*  Phineas Maynard (1703-1725).
*  Bethia Maynard (1705-1720)
*  Hezekiah Maynard (1708-1781), married 1739 Tabitha How (1712-1757)

John Maynard wrote his will on 15 April 1731 and it was proved on 14 June 1731 in Middlesex County Probate Court[5].  In his will he provided for his wife, Lydia:
"Item I Give unto and bequeath to Lydia my dearly beloved wife one half of all my household ????? or Goods to be her own, and at her own disposing."
"... But if ???? ????? should so order That I should Leave my now wife a widow, and she should not chuse to be provided for by him my said son  Hezekiah,  then my will is that my wife that now is shal have the privilege of her conveniancy  she stand in need of in this my house and have one cow which she shall chuse out of my stock of cretures, and be keept summer and winter at the ???? of my said son Hezekiah and one third part of the income of my pleace yearly for her Livlyhood during the time She Remains my widow."
After her husband John died, Lydia (Ward) Maynard likely lived the rest of her life with her youngest son, Hezekiah Maynard, who inherited the John Maynard homestead in Marlborough.  

Lydia died at age 75 on 10 January 1740 in Sudbury[6].  There is no known burial location, and there are no probate records for her in Middlesex County Probate Court records.

1. Andrew Henshaw Ward, Ward Family; Descendants of William Ward, who settled in Sudbury, Mass., in 1639 (Boston, Mass. : Samuel G. Drake, 1851), page 13, Richard Ward family sketch, Lydia Ward birth entry, 16 March 1664/5.

2. Charles Hudson, History of the Town of Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from its first settlement in 1657 to 1861 (Boston, Mass. : Press of T.R. Marvin & Son, 1862), page 413, #1-5- John Maynard (1661-1731) family sketch.

3. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008, page 499, Marlborough, John Maynard and Lydia Ward, before 1690.

4. Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 148, Lidea Ward entry, 16 March 1664.

5. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Middlesex 14000-15999 - Estate File #14854 (7 images) John Maynard estate, 1731; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 2 January 2021); Digitized mages provided by from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass.

6. Andrew Henshaw Ward, Ward Family; Descendants of William Ward, who settled in Sudbury, Mass., in 1639 (Boston, Mass. : Samuel G. Drake, 1851), page 23, John Maynard family sketch, Lydia (Ward) Maynard death entry, 10 January 1740.


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, September 23, 2021

Seavers in the News - Kenneth E. Seaver Dies in 1956 in in Charlestown, Massachusetts

 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 Boston [Mass.] Globe[ newspaper dated 12 October 1956:

The transcription of the article is:

"SEAVER -- In Charlestown.  Oct. 10, Kenneth E., beloved husband of Marquita (Roch) and father of Kenneth R. and Barbara Ann Seaver of 503 Main st.  Funeral services at the E.L. Kelleher Funeral Home, 67 Broadway, Somerville, Saturday at 10 a.m.  Relatives and friends invited.  Veteran of World War II.  Visiting hours 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m."

The source citation is:

"Seaver,The Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper, Friday, 12 October 1956, page 40, column 6, Kenneth E. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 16 September  2021).

This obituary provides the name, home address, death date and place, spouse's name, children's names, , and information about his military service.  This is the only death record I've found for Kenneth, and I did not have information about his two children.

Kenneth Elmer Seaver (1912-1956) was born 31 January 1912 in Hubbardston, Massachusetts, and died 10 October 1956 in Charlestown.  He was the son of Samuel Alonzo and Florence Alice (Wells) Seaver.  He married (1) Marie Rizzo (1917-????) on 14 April 1935 in Keene, New Hampshire.  They had two known children:

*  Barbara Ann Seaver (1937-????)
*  Kenneth Robert Seaver (1941-1982).

Kenneth Elmer Seaver married (2) Marquita Roch (1911-1984) on 12 January 1943 in New Hanover, North Carolina.  They had no known children.

I am a 4th cousin 2 times removed to Kenneth Elmer Seaver, with the common Seaver ancestor being 5th great-grandfather Norman Seaver (1734-1787) of Westminster, 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 an obituary without many life details. I am glad that I can honor Kenneth Elmer 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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