Saturday, October 2, 2021

Watch the Latest "What's New in RootsMagic 8" Webinar

RootsMagic released Version 8 on Thursday, 30 September 2021.  You can read more about the features of RootsMagic 8 at

Bruce Buzbee and Michael Booth have released the latest "What's New in RootsMagic 8" webinar video (broadcast live on Friday, 1 October).  It is on the RootsMagic TV YouTube channel, and is 45 minutes long:  



Disclosure:  I have been a paying customer of RootsMagic genealogy software since about 2006, and purchased RootsMagic 8 as an upgrade package back in 2018.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Favorite Songs in Your High School Graduation Year

 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)  Do you remember your favorite songs in your high school graduation year?  Please tell us all about it.  [Note:  Wikipedia has the Billboard Hot 100 list for each year; Billboard has weekly Hot 100 lists for every year since 1946.]

For example, the Wikipedia list of Hot 100 songs for 1961 is at  There are links to every year at the bottom of this page.

The Billboard Hot 100 songs for the week of 12 June 1961 is at  

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:

I graduated from San Diego High School in June 1961 at age 17.  Pop music was my major social interest at this age - I listened to the radio all afternoon and night, collected radio station surveys, etc. in place of "normal" social activities like dating, sports, clubs, etc.  

I was a hopeless teenage geek (5 foot 7 inches tall, 120 pounds, googly glasses, goofy overbite grin, pimples, butch haircut - you get the picture!). No dates, no girlfriends, no hope...just music to swoon by. Pop music was my major social interest at this time - I listened to the radio all afternoon and night, collected radio station surveys, etc. in place of "normal" social activities like dating, sports, clubs, etc.

I didn't go to the prom, or any dance, in high school, so I don't know what was the most popular in May or June.  I do know that "Angel Baby" by Rosie and the Originals, a San Diego band was very popular in early 1961, and was one of my favorite songs (I loved romantic songs, and upbeat songs, and ... almost everything!).  Watch and see why.  It got up to #5 in the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1961, and was #76 on the Top 100 for 1961.  

From the Top 100 for 1961 on Wikipedia, my Top 10 favorites were (no particular order, except #1 and #2):

*  I Love How You Love Me, by Paris Sisters -

*  Angel Baby, by Rosie and the Originals -

*  Runaway, by Del Shannon -

*  Dedicated to the One I Love, by the Shirelles -

*  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, by the Shirelles -

*  Blue Moon, by the Marcels -

*  I Like It Like That, by Chris Kenner -

*  There's a Moon Out Tonight, by the Capris -

*  Runaround Sue, by Dion -

*  Calendar Girl, by Neil Sedaka -

Well, that was about the most fun hour this year - just listening to about 20 songs from "my year" and singing along with each of them.  

I hope you enjoyed them, or your favorite songs too!


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 25 September to 1 October 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  25 September to 1 October 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

U.S., Obituary Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 9/30/2021

Canada, Obituary Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 9/30/2021

Belfort, Alsace, France, Birth, Marriage and Death Registers, 1792-1917; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/30/2021

Doubs, France, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1860-1918; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/30/2021

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) Records, 1943-1947 (USHMM); indexed records without record images, Updated 9/30/2021

Yvelines, France, Births, Marriages and Deaths 1792-1916; indexed records without record images, ADDED 9/30/2021

Missouri, U.S., Birth Registers, 1847-1999; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/29/2021

Missouri, U.S., Death Records, 1968-2015; indexed records with record images,   ADDED   9/29/2021

Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/29/2021

Iowa, U.S., Birth Records, 1856-1944; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/29/2021

Iowa, U.S., Death Records, 1880-1904, 1920-1967; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/29/2021

New Hampshire, U.S., Birth Records, 1631-1920; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/28/2021

North Dakota, U.S., State Death Certificates, 1908-2007; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/28/2021

Ireland, Census Fragments, 1821-1851; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/28/2021

Ontario, Canada Births, 1832-1915; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/28/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 5 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,059 collections available as of 1 October, an increase of  5 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 25 September to 1 October 2021

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

As of 1 October 2021, there are 3,031 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 14 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Dominica, Civil Registration, 1901-1991 (; 24,350 indexed records with 24,350 record images, ADDED 29-Sep-2021

*  Grenada, Civil Registration, 1866-1940 (; 239,223 indexed records with 239,223 record images, ADDED 29-Sep-2021

*  Saint Kitts and Nevis, Civil Registration, 1859-1932 (; 209,828 indexed records with 209,828 record images, ADDED 29-Sep-2021

*  Turks and Caicos Islands, Civil Registration, 1822-1991 (; 7,179 indexed records with 7,179 record images, ADDED 29-Sep-2021

*  Minnesota, Brown County, Obituaries, 1855-1990 (; 14,294 indexed records with 14,294 record images, ADDED 01-Oct-2021

*  England, Devon, Plymouth, Captive Registers, 1680 (; 248 indexed records with 248 record images, ADDED 27-Sep-2021

*  Belize, Civil Registration, 1881-1951 (; 140,386 indexed records with 140,386 record images, ADDED 28-Sep-2021

*  Barbados, Civil Registration, 1900-1931 (; 199,770 indexed records with 199,770 record images, ADDED 28-Sep-2021

*  Belgium, Limburg, Lommel, Civil Registration and Church Records, 1668-1875 (; 23,692 indexed records with 23,692 record images, ADDED 28-Sep-2021

*  England, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Ratings, Medal Roll, 1914-1920 (; 72,264 indexed records with 72,264 record images, ADDED 25-Sep-2021

*  British Virgin Islands, Civil Registration, 1859-1992 (; 26,286 indexed records with 26,286 record images, ADDED 29-Sep-2021

*  Martinique, Church Records, 1662-1847 (; 17 indexed records with 17 record images, ADDED 29-Sep-2021

*  Anguilla, Civil Registration, 1901-1991 (; 25,711 indexed records with 25,711 record images, ADDED 28-Sep-2021

*  West Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1776-1971 (; 589,014 indexed records with 589,014 record images, ADDED 29-Sep-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

Brazil, Bahia, Civil Registration, 1877-1976 (; 214,100 indexed records with 205,042 record images (was 214,092 records with 205,034 images), UPDATED 30-Sep-2021
New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 270,622 indexed records with 2,278 record images (was 270,044 records with 2,274 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,983,594 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,983,594 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 563,397 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 562,802 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (; 1,640,502 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,624,966 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 30-Sep-2021

Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 153,798 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 151,905 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 596,385 indexed records with 251,611 record images (was 589,605 records with 249,189 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955 (; 339,969 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 312,743 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 30-Sep-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 4,985,226 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 4,949,965 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970 (; 2,143,521 indexed records with 1,698,859 record images (was 2,143,521 records with 2,663,044 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2021

Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (317,005 records), no images (was 313,206 records with 0 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 105,316 record images (was 1,106,921 records with 111,521 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 31,208 indexed records with 108,885 record images (was 29,267 records with 98,777 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 3,722,758 indexed records with 242,552 record images (was 3,610,923 records with 238,102 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 (; 662,607 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 658,818 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928 (; 2,998,794 indexed records with 385,407 record images (was 2,982,125 records with 382,973 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 1,528,306 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,528,077 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Kiribati, Vital Records, 1890-1991 (; 23,524 indexed records with 7,678 record images (was 20,098 records with 3,764 images), UPDATED 30-Sep-2021
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 4,039,747 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 4,034,887 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 (; 475,663 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 471,760 records with 37,199 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021

Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1514-1970 (; 4,601,710 indexed records with 4,263,289 record images (was 4,601,710 records with 4,263,289 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935 (; 13,903,961 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 13,901,831 records with 1,615,473 images), UPDATED 30-Sep-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 76,739 indexed records with 18,092 record images (was 76,163 records with 17,516 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 768,100 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 754,284 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 (; 185,603 indexed records with 9,228 record images (was 183,203 records with 9,228 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021

Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 (; 1,190,550 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 1,190,550 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990 (; 4,753 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 2,458 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 342,676 indexed records with 193,116 record images (was 342,557 records with 193,110 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2021
New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1865-1957 (; 7,706,217 indexed records with 80,082 record images (was 6,804,021 records with 67,526 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980 (; 2,526,977 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 2,526,977 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 202,791 indexed records with 23,842 record images (was 196,809 records with 23,209 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 499,294 indexed records with 481,457 record images (was 492,631 records with 475,221 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016 (; 5,779,919 indexed records with 1,547,844 record images (was 5,779,919 records with 1,547,844 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2021
Sierra Leone, Civil Births and Deaths, 1802-2016 (; 410,927 indexed records with 269,255 record images (was 361,973 records with 220,394 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2021
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 (; Index only (403,941 records), no images (was 400,734 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2021

Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950 (; 1,677,018 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,669,176 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2021
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 7,333,483 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 7,330,725 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 7,583,814 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 7,513,092 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 5,781,217 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 5,781,217 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,556,546 indexed records with 115,426 record images (was 1,553,179 records with 115,340 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021

Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 36,165 indexed records with 35,926 record images (was 32,938 records with 32,721 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 474,528 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 473,593 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989 (; 426,059 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 426,059 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918 (; 4,709,373 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 4,414,227 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 30-Sep-2021
Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 (; 3,922,635 indexed records with 2,513,517 record images (was 3,898,883 records with 2,513,517 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021

Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982 (; 164,187 indexed records with 170,198 record images (was 161,118 records with 170,198 images), UPDATED 27-Sep-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 179,710 indexed records with 18,148 record images (was 179,710 records with 18,148 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Georgia, Tax Digests, 1787-1900 (; 2,029,048 indexed records with 92,604 record images (was 1,867,887 records with 86,311 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988 (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
Sweden, Västerbotten Church Records, 1619-1896; index, 1688-1860 (; 316,195 indexed records with 170,304 record images (was 307,810 records with 170,304 images), UPDATED 30-Sep-2021

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 301,752 indexed records with 24,710 record images (was 301,738 records with 24,709 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2021
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996 (; 404,061 indexed records with 29,853 record images (was 381,787 records with 23,255 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Records, 1840-1972 (; 3,112,080 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 3,110,251 records with 2,216,270 images), UPDATED 01-Oct-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,673 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 157,638 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Norway, Oslo Census, 1901 (; 224,779 indexed records with 8,627 record images (was 224,779 records with 7,982 images), last updated 24-May-2021
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 134,996 indexed records with 128,699 record images (was 134,996 records with 128,698 images), last updated 16-Sep-2021
Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937 (; 14,239 indexed records with 1,187 record images (was 14,239 records with 612 images), last updated 14-May-2020
Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979 (; 124,061 indexed records with 1,774 record images (was 124,061 records with 365 images), last updated 30-Aug-2021
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900 (; 527,525 indexed records with 226,446 record images (was 527,525 records with 221,739 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed -- 

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,182 indexed records with 325,611 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 327,310 images), last updated 17-Apr-2021
Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979 (; 12,000 indexed records with 988 record images (was 12,000 records with 1,949 images), last updated 13-Sep-2021
Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985 (; 191,136 indexed records with 4,576 record images (was 191,136 records with 5,040 images), last updated 08-May-2019
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960 (; 8,280,934 indexed records with 2,314,116 record images (was 8,280,934 records with 2,315,874 images), last updated 25-Aug-2021

--- Collections with new records ---

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 4,040,330 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 4,040,306 records with 6,124,553 images), last updated 24-Sep-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978 (; 1,493,334 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 1,493,277 records with 968,865 images), last updated 24-Sep-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

England Marriages, 1538–1973 (; Index only (11,691,993 records), no images (was 11,693,802 records with 0 images), last updated 22-Jul-2021
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 (; Index only (45,844,088 records), no images (was 45,854,324 records with 0 images), last updated 22-Jul-2021


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, October 1, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 1 October 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, 1 October, 11 a.m.: Born a Slave: Rediscovering Arthur Jackson's African American Heritage, by David W. Jackson

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 4 October, 6 p.m.: A Cargo of Criminals: Transportation to Australia, by Carol Baxter

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 5 October, 11 a.m.:  DNA Health Tests and Your Family Health History, by Rick Crume

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: The new and improved Legacy Family Tree Webinars website, by Geoff Rasmussen

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Beginning Ukrainian Genealogy, by Michelle Chubenko

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Tech Zone - Working with Snagit’s Scrolling Tools, by Colleen Robledo Greene.

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  BYU Family History Library:  Using Street View on Google Earth - John Pace

*  FamilySearch:   Using French Church Records

*  Findmypast:  Fridays Live October 1st

*  Lisa Louise Cooke Genealogy Gems:  Newspaper Obituaries for Genealogy and Family History

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 28 September 2021?


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Findmypast Friday: Search Millions of New U.S. Marriage Records

 I received this from Findmypast today:


Search millions of new marriage records this Findmypast Friday

Unlock essential family tree information with our latest Findmypast Friday releases

United States Marriages

Findmypast have added over 5.7 million new marriage records from four American states. The latest additions to this huge collection include:
  • California marriages, 1850-1945
  • Indiana marriages, 1811-2007
  • Iowa marriages, 1809-1992
  • Massachusetts marriages, 1841-1915
This collection contains all the United States marriage records that are currently on Findmypast. Dating from the 17th to the 20th century, records will continue to be added to this collection as they are obtained.

There are both images and transcripts in this collection; however, some records only provide a transcript. Various marriage record types are included: applications, licenses, certificates, intentions to marry, registers, bonds, and affidavits. Based on the type of record and where it was created, the amount of available information will vary. There is also a small collection of banns records included.

Essex Marriages and Banns 1537-1935

On the other side of the Atlantic, we've also released thousands of marriage records from four parishes in Essex, England. The new arrivals join us from:
  • Chingford
  • Leytonstone
  • South Chingford
  • Walthamstow
Check Findmypast’s Essex parish list for full details of the records covered in this collection. If your heritage lies in Essex, Findmypast is an essential resource. From parish records to newspaper archives and monumental inscriptions, you’ll find everything you need to piece together your past.


Findmypast’s ever-expanding newspaper collection has been bolstered with eight new publications and updates to 15 others.

This week’s new releases 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 399: #622 Joseph Morse (1667-1733) of Groton and Marlborough, Massachusetts

 Joseph Morse (1667-1733) is #622 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #623 Grace Warren (1671-1753)  in 1691 in Marlborough, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

* their daughter #311 Mary Morse (1697-????) married #330 James Maynard (1694-????)  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:                      Joseph Morse[1–4,6-7]
*  Alternate Name:      Joseph Morss[5]

*  Sex:                        Male

*  Father:                   Joseph Morse (1637-1677)
*  Mother:                 Susanna Shattuck (1643-1716)

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

*  Birth:                   11 November 1667, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3,5]

*  Death:                  11 July 1733 (age 65), Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–3,6]
*  Burial:                 after 11 July 1733 (after age 65), Old Common Cemetery, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]

*  Probate:                3 September 1733 (age 65), will proved; Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4]

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

*  Spouse 1:             Grace Warren (1670-1753)
*  Marriage 1:          20 January 1690/1 (age 23), Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2,7]

*  Child 1:                Joseph Morse (1692-1756)
*  Child 2:                Grace Morse (1694-1731)
*  Child 3:                Mary Morse (1697-    )
*  Child 4:                Elizabeth Morse (1699-1775)
*  Child 5:                Jonas Morse (1703-1779)
*  Child 6:                Patience Morse (1705-1776)
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Joseph Morse was born 11 November 1667 in Groton, Massachusetts Bay, the son of Joseph and Susanna (Shattuck) Morse[1-3,5].  The Marlborough town history book has brief sketch for Joseph Morse and his family.

Joseph married on 20 January 1690/1 to Grace Warren (1671-1753) of Watertown[1-2,7].  They had six children, all born and recorded in Marlborough[1-2]:

*  Joseph Morse (1692-1756), married 1716 Abigail Barnes (1695-1741).
*  Grace Morse (1694-1731), married 1716 Jacob Hinds (1685-1764).
*  Mary Morse (1697-????), married 1719 James Maynard (1694-????).
*  Elizabeth Morse (1699-1775), married 1717 Benjamin Woods (1691-1740).
*  Jonas Morse (1703-1779), married 1735 Lucy Eager (1707-1802).
*  Patience Morse (1705-1776), married 1726 Jonathan Keyes (1702-1778).

On 25 December 1695, Joseph Morse, his brother Samuel Morse, Samuel Bigelow and John Bemis bought 350 acres of land in Marlborough, known as "the Farm," from the heirs of John Alcocke[2].
Joseph settled in the house said to have been built by John Alcocke, and Samuel built on the south of Joseph's house, and brother Jonathan bought and built on an adjoining tract.  Therefore, one garrison protected all of the families.

Joseph Morse died at age 65 11 July 1733 in Marlborough, Massachusetts Bay[1-3,6]. He was probably buried in the Old Common Cemetery in Marlborough, but there is no extant gravestone.

The Will of Joseph Morse (1667-1733) of Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, was written 9 April 1733, and proved on 3 September 1733 by the executor.  It is in Estate File 15528 in the Middlesex County Probate Court records[4].  The transcription of this will is:

In the Name of God Amen
I Joseph Morse of Marlburrough sen'r in y'e County of Middl's in New England yeoman being Aged and full of Pain but of sound mind and Disposing memory blessed be God therefor in and by these Presents make this my Last will and Testament in manner and form as followeth -

Imp'rs I Will and bequeath my soul to God that Gave it and my Body to y'e earth to be Decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executor Hereafter Named Hoping through the Death sufferings and Merrits of my Great Redeemer to Receive it a spiritual Body in all Respects better filled and prepared for my Lord and Master's service.And as to y'e Worldly Goods God in his Rich and undeserved Bounty hath made me Possessor of I Do Dispose of them in manner following.

1'st  I will and Bequeath unto my son Joseph in Adition to what I have Heretofore Given him by deed and as his full part in mine inheritance Twelve Acres of Meadow Lying and being in that comonly called Sedge Meadow and y'e upland thereunto Adjoining at y'e easterly end thereof, and also five acres of Meadow on y'e easterly part of my Possession in that comonly called Broad Meadow and also Three Acres in that comonly called spruce swamp adjoining therunto.

2'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my Grand children by my daughter Grace ^deceased^ one Hundred Pounds to be paid unto them in equall parts as they shall become of full age.  And if it shall Happen that any of my s'd Grandchildren should Decease before they Become of age as is afores'd, my Will is that that his or her or their part be equally Devided amongst the survivors of them.

3'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my son in Law Jacob Hinds five Pounds in full of his part of my Estate whatsoever.

4'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my Daughters Mary Elisabeth and Patience Three Hundred Pounds to be Paid unto them fifty Pounds Each at y'e end of one year and an half Next after my Decease and the other Part which is fifty pounds each to be paid unto them att three years End next after y'e Decease of my Wife Grace, to be Paid unto them Respectively in Good and Lawfull Bills of Creditt on the Province afores'd or in other species current with y'e Merchant at Money price at y'e Respective Days and times of Payment.

5'ly I Will and Bequeath unto my Tender and Wellbeloved Wife Grace During the Time that she shall Remain my Widow, the Continual Improvement of all and every Part of my Buildings orchards fences Plowlands Meadows and the Continual Incomes from thence arising, which are not Heretofore by Deed, or by this my present will Disposed of.

6'ly I Will and bequeath unto my Wife afores'd all my Moveable Estate within my now Dwelling house (Bonds excepted) and also one Horse Two Cowes and Four sheep to be at her Dispose to any or all of my three Daughters above Named as she my said Wife shall Judge most expedient.

7'ly  I Will and Bequeath unto my son Jonas all my Lands not Heretofore Disposed of Together with all and singular the Buildings Fences orchards improvements and incomes from thence from time to time and at all times ariseing to be with him and his assignes forever after the time of my s'd Wife Grace shall Decease or cease to be my Widow.  Further my Will is that from and after my Decease my cattle of what Kind soever and my money or Bonds for money Together with my Tooles for Husbandry shall be and Remain unto my s'd son Jonas forever.

Finally  I name and constitute my son Jonas afores'd to be sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament Here'by Renouncing all former Wills and Do Declare this to be my Last Will and Testament Declared signed and sealed this Ninth Day of Aprill Anno Domini one thousand seven Hundred Thirty and Three and in the fifth year of y'e Reign of our Soverein Lord George y'e second of Great Britain &c King.Declared signed and sealed (the word Deceased was Hereunto anexed before sealing and Declaring Hereof) in Presence of us Wittnesses
Samuel Biglo
Samuel Morss
Daniel Harington                                                       Joseph morse  

On 3 September 1733, Jonas Morse (the executor) and the three witnesses presented the will to the Middlesex County Probate Court and Jonas Morse was charged to faithfully execute the will of his father and to provide an account when required by Judge Jonathan Remington. 

There is no inventory or account provided in the probate estate file.

1. J. Howard Morse and Emily W. Leavitt, Morse Genealogy, Comprising the Descendants of Samuel, Anthony, William and Joseph Morse, and John Moss; Being a  Revision of the Memorial of the Morses, Published by Rev. Abner Morse in 1850 (New York : Springfield Printing and Binding Company, 1903), page 12, #45, Joseph Morse family sketch.

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 416, #2-11- Joseph Morse family sketch.

3. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Old Common Cemetery, Marlborough Mass., Joseph Morse memorial #71760727 .

4. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Middlesex 14000-15599 Estate File #15528 (4 images), Joseph Morse estate, 1733; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 17 January 2021); Digitized mages provided by from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass.

5. Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1926-1927), Two volumes, Vol. 1, Births, page 155, Joseph Morss entry, 11 November 1667.

6. Franklin P. Rice (editor), Vital Records of Marlborough, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849  (Boston, Mass. : Franklin P. Rice , 1908), Deaths, page 378, Joseph Morse Sr. entry, 11 July 1733.

7. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008, Third Supplement, page 188, Joseph Morse and Grace Warren entry, 20 January 1690.


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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