Saturday, October 23, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- A Baby or Small Child Photograph

 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 have baby or small child photographs of yourself or your parents?  Please share one of them.

2)  Share it 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 have had this photo montage on our hallway wall for 46 years and have never taken a photo of it.  This is not the earliest photo I have of me, but it's the earliest I have of "only me" in my collection - the earlier ones are of me being held by my mother and another by my father that I have shared in other SNGF posts.

This photograph has a date of October 14, 1944 on it, so it was taken when I was almost one year old.

I did not want to take it out of the frame and had to photograph it on the bedroom floor with the CamScanner app on my iPhone, edited it, and transferred it to my computer via email, and edited it again.

Here is another photograph of me taken in 1945 when I was two years old (colorized and enhanced with MyHeritage photo tools):


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 16 to 22 October 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  16 to 22 October 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Rhode Island, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Wisconsin, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1987; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Vermont, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1749-1999; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Nebraska, Wills and Probate Records, 1806-1989; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Kentucky, U.S., Naturalization Records, 1906-1991; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Kansas, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Connecticut, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Hawaii, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1822-1962; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/21/2021

Peoria County, Illinois, U.S., Deaths 1878-1915; indexed records with record images, ADDED    10/21/2021

Peoria County, Illinois, U.S., Births 1878-1915; indexed records with record images, ADDED    10/21/2021

New York, New York, U.S., Bodies in Transit, 1859-1894; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/20/2021

Brazil, Civil Registration, 1870-2012; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/20/2021

Jamaica, Civil Registration Birth, Marriage, and Death Records, 1878-1995; indexed records without record images, Updated 10/20/2021

New York State, U.S., Death Index, 1957-1969; indexed records without record images, Updated 10/20/2021

Argentina, National Census, 1895; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/20/2021

1871 England Census; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/20/2021

United States Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Patents, 1970-2019; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/19/2021

Washington, U.S., Naturalizations, 1853-1980; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/19/2021

Oregon, U.S., State Deaths, 1864-1968; indexed records with record images, ADDED 10/18/2021

Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S., Directories, 1890, 1893; indexed records without record images, Updated 10/18/2021


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 33,064 collections available as of 22 October, an increase of  2 from last week.   Were three other collections removed this past week?  I wonder which ones.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 16 to 22 October 2021

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

As of 22 October 2021, there are 3,039 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Puerto Rico Slave Registers, 1863-1879 (; 136,200 indexed records with 136,200 record images, ADDED 21-Oct-2021
*  Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1918 (; 2,086 indexed records with 2,086 record images, ADDED 21-Oct-2021
*  United States, Selected GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 222,014 indexed records with 222,014 record images, ADDED 18-Oct-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929 (; 271,491 indexed records with 2,284 record images (was 271,351 records with 2,283 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Guanajuato, Catholic Church Records, 1519-1984 (; 9,184,170 indexed records with 4,584,983 record images (was 9,163,937 records with 4,584,983 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1978 (; 1,495,134 indexed records with 968,865 record images (was 1,493,334 records with 968,865 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Jalisco, Civil Registration, 1857-2000 (; 7,851,680 indexed records with 3,955,679 record images (was 7,717,010 records with 3,955,679 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (; 1,673,783 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,640,502 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021

Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 158,200 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 156,932 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 609,901 indexed records with 257,354 record images (was 605,502 records with 255,497 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Chihuahua, Catholic Church Records, 1632-1958 (; 849,867 indexed records with 378,612 record images (was 847,688 records with 378,612 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 5,497,327 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 5,495,596 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
United Kingdom, Outgoing Passenger Lists, 1890-1960 (; 24,113,046 indexed records with 24,113,046 record images (was 13,630,499 records with 13,630,499 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021

Mexico, Campeche, Catholic Church Records, 1638-1944 (; 448,795 indexed records with 189,697 record images (was 443,391 records with 189,697 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Veracruz, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1978 (; 2,877,542 indexed records with 2,563,917 record images (was 2,865,648 records with 2,563,917 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 3,952,769 indexed records with 253,584 record images (was 3,882,812 records with 250,381 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945 (; 71,638 indexed records with 1,272 record images (was 68,855 records with 1,272 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977 (; 1,564,174 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,563,382 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990 (; 13,440 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 8,851 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Ecuador, Cemetery Records, 1862-2019 (; 379,508 indexed records with 337,786 record images (was 373,732 records with 335,711 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (329,116 records), no images (was 325,195 records with 0 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979 (; 24,536 indexed records with 3,224 record images (was 17,726 records with 1,708 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 572,378 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 568,541 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,096,025 indexed records with 72,497 record images (was 1,090,152 records with 72,038 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Peru, Moquegua, Civil Registration, 1850-1996 (; 22,931 indexed records with 23,535 record images (was 22,077 records with 23,535 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885 (; 78,398 indexed records with 19,747 record images (was 77,607 records with 18,958 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 784,132 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 784,025 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Guerrero, Civil Registration, 1860-1996 (; 2,668,436 indexed records with 1,550,638 record images (was 2,665,704 records with 1,550,638 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021

Mexico, Nuevo León, Catholic Church Records, 1667-1981 (; 1,208,900 indexed records with 447,381 record images (was 1,206,038 records with 447,381 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 221,881 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 218,962 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Tlaxcala, Catholic Church Records, 1576-1994 (; 769,407 indexed records with 1,012,693 record images (was 758,542 records with 1,012,693 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 7,364,005 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 7,265,320 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019 (; 5,234,218 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 5,233,542 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021

Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935 (; 13,911,274 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 13,903,961 records with 1,615,473 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Coahuila, Civil Registration, 1861-1998 (; 2,356,090 indexed records with 1,179,899 record images (was 2,333,593 records with 1,179,899 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Durango, Civil Registration, 1861-1995 (; 1,717,723 indexed records with 1,042,146 record images (was 1,669,279 records with 1,042,146 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records, 1546-1971 (; 5,319,101 indexed records with 1,750,627 record images (was 5,307,899 records with 1,750,627 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 232,285 indexed records with 26,416 record images (was 217,158 records with 25,252 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976 (; 521,141 indexed records with 502,232 record images (was 514,249 records with 495,500 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico Baptisms, 1560-1950 (; Index only (30,430,136 records), no images (was 30,429,101 records with 0 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970 (; 4,347,320 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 4,304,096 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980 (; 2,542,557 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 2,540,121 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990 (; 60,957 indexed records with 2,280,204 record images (was 34,849 records with 2,280,204 images), UPDATED 19-Oct-2021

Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 7,480,610 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 7,480,610 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Chihuahua, Civil Registration, 1861-1997 (; 2,486,268 indexed records with 1,561,583 record images (was 2,447,416 records with 1,561,583 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Delaware Marriage Records, 1913-1954 (; 112,894 indexed records with 127,218 record images (was 112,894 records with 127,218 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 4,074,176 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 4,071,176 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 4,032,757 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 4,021,784 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021

Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929 (; 1,036,138 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 1,040,602 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Distrito Federal, Civil Registration, 1832-2005 (; 7,057,952 indexed records with 4,936,321 record images (was 6,972,582 records with 4,936,321 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 7,774,095 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 7,752,283 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901 (; 29,354 indexed records with 1,267 record images (was 16,844 records with 443 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,221,006 indexed records with 1,960,377 record images (was 7,220,807 records with 1,970,725 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

Mexico, Guanajuato, Civil Registration, 1862-1930 (; 2,820,254 indexed records with 1,413,921 record images (was 2,818,856 records with 1,413,921 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979 (; 169,748 indexed records with 2,434 record images (was 152,455 records with 773 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (; 4,543,233 indexed records with 4,476,649 record images (was 4,543,233 records with 4,476,649 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Oaxaca, Civil Registration, 1861-2002 (; 5,329,226 indexed records with 3,865,729 record images (was 5,198,389 records with 3,865,729 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898 (; 1,566,980 indexed records with 115,735 record images (was 1,563,567 records with 115,616 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

Mexico, Colima, Civil Registration, 1860-1997 (; 440,658 indexed records with 225,991 record images (was 436,868 records with 225,991 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Nayarit, Catholic Church Records, 1596-1967 (; 563,744 indexed records with 499,694 record images (was 563,547 records with 499,694 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Sonora, Civil Registration, 1861-1995 (; 1,163,706 indexed records with 745,080 record images (was 1,054,573 records with 745,080 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Catholic Church Records, 1750-1984 (; 95,952 indexed records with 29,943 record images (was 90,810 records with 29,943 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861-1990 (; 2,110,670 indexed records with 1,526,718 record images (was 2,048,120 records with 1,526,718 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 477,710 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 476,366 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Yucatán, Civil Registration, 1860-2005 (; 2,612,577 indexed records with 1,521,336 record images (was 2,600,103 records with 1,521,336 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989 (; 459,438 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 439,317 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Dominican Republic Miscellaneous Records, 1921-1980 (; 460,394 indexed records with 760,173 record images (was 460,302 records with 760,173 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 157,121 indexed records with 156,003 record images (was 147,339 records with 146,231 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

Washington, County Naturalization Records, 1850-1982 (; 164,265 indexed records with 170,198 record images (was 164,187 records with 170,198 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 35,362 indexed records with 123,451 record images (was 33,846 records with 120,284 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Civil Registration, 1800-2002 (; 1,310,613 indexed records with 1,184,297 record images (was 1,307,274 records with 1,184,297 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2021
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988 (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971 (; 3,537,384 indexed records with 13,167,402 record images (was 3,537,384 records with 13,161,458 images), last updated 20-Jan-2021
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,354 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,339 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 (; 3,629,263 indexed records with 166 record images (was 3,629,263 records with 309,616 images), last updated 23-Sep-2021
Massachusetts, Church Records, 1630-1943 (; 9,337 indexed records with 323 record images (was 9,337 records with 472 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985 (; 191,136 indexed records with 3,361 record images (was 191,136 records with 4,576 images), last updated 08-May-2019
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
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900 (; 527,525 indexed records with 226,382 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,446 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

Mexico, Sonora, Catholic Church Records, 1657-1994 (; 547,063 indexed records with 383,518 record images (was 540,661 records with 383,518 images), last updated 15-Oct-2021
Mexico, Colima, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1969 (; 343,772 indexed records with 228,566 record images (was 338,492 records with 228,566 images), last updated 15-Oct-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,333 records), no images (was 875,610,336 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 (; Index only (17,102,137 records), no images (was 17,102,138 records with 0 images), last updated 17-Feb-2012


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 22, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 22 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 - Wednesday, 27 October, 11 a.m.:  Building Family Trees for Your DNA Matches, by Mary Eberle

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: My 20 Year Mystery – Finding family origins with Y-DNA, by Shellee Morehead

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone - Convert a JPEG image to a Word Document using Google Drive, by Amie Bowser Tennant

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  Lisa Louise Cooke Genealogy Gems:  Digital Preservation Library of Congress Style

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 19 October 2021?


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Findmypast Friday: Diocese of Plymouth Joins Findmypast’s Exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive

 I received this from Findmypast today:


Findmypast Friday
Diocese of Plymouth joins Findmypast’s exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive

Findmypast have expanded their exclusive collection of Catholic parish registers with over 100,000 records covering 59 parishes across Cornwall, Devon & Dorset.

Published online for the first time in association with Diocese of Plymouth, this valuable new resource spans 1781-1921 and includes;
Each record includes both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The amount of information listed in these detail rich records may vary, although most results will reveal key biographical details as well as the date, parish, and location of the event that was being recorded.

Baptisms will reveal the names of godparents and parents, enabling you to uncover details of previous generations as well as the identities of family friends or relatives. Marriages will provide the name of your ancestor’s spouse, father and witnesses while burials allow you to discover the final resting place of your ancestors, their age at death, marital status and in some cases even cause of death.

Congregational records are packed with other fascinating facts surrounding your ancestor’s relationship with the church such as details of their confirmation, first confession or even the location of their seat rental.

As many of the original registers were written in Latin, Findmypast have applied a Latin dictionary to the name search field. This gives their search the capability to search for the English and Latin versions of a name when the name variants option is selected.

Today’s release marks just the latest update to the Catholic Heritage Archive, Findmypast’s ground-breaking digitisation project to bring millions of records from across Scotland, England, Ireland and American online for the very first time.

The Roman Catholic Church holds some of the oldest and best-preserved family records which, until now, have remained locked away for centuries. By working with partners at various Archdiocese, Findmypast has enabled millions of users across the world to explore their Catholic roots online.


This week’s Findmypast Friday update also sees 11 new papers added to the Findmypast newspaper archive along with updates to 18 existing titles. 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 402: #625 Esther (Wagget) Buck (1676-1748) of Boston, Woburn and Wilmington, Massachusetts

Esther Waggett (1673-1748)  is #625 on my Ahnentafel  List, my 7th great-grandmother, who marrie#624  Ephraim Buck (1676-after 1739) in 1696 in Woburn, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

* their son #312 Isaac Buck (1706-1780) married #313 Ruth Graves (1711-????) in 1729. 
* their son #156 Isaac Buck (1732-????) did not marry #157 Mary Richards (1733-????).
*  their son #78 Isaac Buck (1757-1846) married #79 Martha Phillips (1757-1830) in 1791.
* their daughter #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882)married #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834)  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:                          Esther Wagget
*  Alternate Name:          Esther Waget[1]
*  Alternate Name:          Esther Buck[2]

*  Sex:                              Female

*  Father:                        Thomas Wagget 1650-1688
*  Mother:                       Susanna White 1653-  

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

*  Birth:                          about 1676, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States

*  Death:                        before 19 December 1748 (before about age 72), Wilmington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]
*  Probate:                    19 December 1748 (about age 72), administration granted; Wilmington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2]

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

*  Spouse 1:                    Ephraim Buck 1676-after 1739
*  Marriage 1:                 1 December 1696 (age 20), Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]

*  Child 1:                      Sarah Buck (1697-????)
*  Child 2:                      Hester Buck (1700-????)
*  Child 3:                      Ephraim Buck (1702-1789)
*  Child 4:                      Susanna Buck (1705-1754)
*  Child 5:                      Isaac Buck (1706-1780)
*  Child 6:                      Rachel Buck (1708-????)
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Esther (or Hester) Wagget was born in about 1676 in Boston, Massachusetts Bay, probably the daughter of Thomas and Susanna (White) Wagget.  There is no birth record for Esther Wagget.

Esther married Ephraim Buck (1676-1739) on 1 December 1696 in Woburn, Massachusetts Bay[1].  He was the son of Ephraim and Sarah (Brooks) Buck of Woburn. Ephraim and Esther had six children, all born and recorded in the Woburn town vital records, except for the last two children:

*  Sarah Buck (1697-????), married (1) 1718 Ebenezer Fish (1693-1726); (2) 1729 William Fisk (1695-????).
*  Hester Buck (1700-????).
*  Ephraim Buck (1702-1789), married (1) 1726 Abigail Pierce (1706-1728); (2) 1728 Mary Wood (1705-1794).
*  Susanna Buck (1705-1754), married 1729 Ebenezer Fisk (1703-1783).
*  Isaac Buck (1706-1780), married 1729 Ruth Graves (1711-????)
*  Rachel Buck (1708-????)

The Ephraim Buck family resided in Woburn until Wilmington, Massachusetts was formed in about 1730 from the towns of Woburn, Reading and Billerica.

When Ephraim Buck died after 15 March 1738/9, there was no probate of his estate.  Esther probably lived on the homestead with one or more of her children.  She died before 19 December 1748 in Wilmington[2].  There is no death or burial record available for Esther (Wagget) Buck.

Esther (Waget) Buck died intestate, and her estate was probated in Middlesex County Probate Court[2].  A bond of 500 pounds was posted by Isaac Buck of Stoneham (son of Ephraim and Esther Buck), Joseph Mathews of Stoneham, husbandmen, and William Fiske of Reading, husbandman, on 19 December 1748.  Isaac Buck of Stoneham, was admitted administrator of the estate of Esther Buck, late of Wilmington, widow, deceased, intestate. on 19 December 1748.

Isaac Buck, administrator of the estate of Esther Buck, late of Wilmington, widow deceased, complained that a few days after Esther's death that Ebenezer Fisk and Ebenezer Kitteridge, both of Tewksbury, husbandmen, carried away from the place where Esther last dwelt in Wilmington sundry of her goods and chattels (the particular value thereof being unknown to Isaac Buck) and concealed a part of the same. He petitioned that the Court examine Ebenezer Fisk and Ebenezer Kitteridge under oath concerning this issue.  On 9 January 1748/9, the Court requested that Fisk and Kitteridge appear before the Court on 23 January 1748/9, to be interrogated touching the subject matter of Isaac Buck's complaint.

On 23 January 1748/9, Ebenezer Fisk, being sworn, declared that soon after the deceased's funeral, being at her house, Rachel Buck daughter of the deceased, desired him to convey to his own house a chest of drawers, the contents of which are unknown to him, because he has not looked into it to this day, and his wife has taken nothing out of it. He declared that the deceased desired him to let the said Rachel live with him as his Daughter and that Rachel desired that he would carry up her things, and Rachel has accordingly lived with him.  Ebenezer Kitteridge made oath that at the desire of Ebenezer Fisk that he came down with him and assisted him in conveying these things, and Rachel went with them.

Isaac Buck then complained that Captain Ephraim Buck of Wilmington, husbandman (son of Ephraim and Esther Buck), and Rachel Buck late of Wilmington but now of Tewksbury, spinster, carried away from the house where Esther last dwelt in Wilmington sundry goods and chattles, and Isaac Buck requested the Court to examine Ephraim Buck and Rachel Buck.  On 30 January 1748/9, the Court ordered that Ephraim Buck and Rachel Buck appear before the Court on 13 February 1748/9 at ten o'clock before noon, to answer under oath the foregoing complaint.

On 13 February 1748/9, Ephraim Buck stated under oath that he had a cow which his father left with his mother, two sheep, a feather bed, one or more bolsters which his father left with his mother, a chest of drawers, a chest with one drawer, a feather bed and coverlet, an iron pot, a warming pan, some sheets, and 6 plates.  There is no indication that Rachel testified - the Court probably determined that the earlier testimony of Ebenezer Fisk was sufficient.

1. Edward F. Johnson,  Woburn Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths [5 Volumes], (Woburn, Mass.: The News Print, 1893), Volume 3, Marriages, page 38, Ephraim Buck and Esther Waget entry, 1 December 1696.

2. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Probate case file 3343 - Esther Buck of Wilmington 1748; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (


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, October 21, 2021

Seavers in the News - Kate M. Seaver Dies in 1957 in Amherst, 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 Burlington [Vt.] Free Press newspaper dated 24 August 1957:

The transcription of the article is:

"Miss Kate M. Seaver

"STOWE, Aug. 23 -- Miss Kate M. Seaver, 73, a former resident of Stowe, Vt., died last evening at Amherst, Mass., following a short illness.  Born at Johnson, Vt., on Aug. 24, 1884, she was the daughtrer of Arthur F. and Delores K. Adams Seaver.

"She attended Stowe, Vt. schools and for many years did nursing at Boston and Amherst, Mass.

"She was a member of Unity Church, Amherst, the Women's Alliance of that church, the Amherst Women's Club and the League of Women Voters, Amherst.

"She is survived by her brother. Ora L. Seaver of Ludlow, Mass., two nephews Arthur and Miles Seaver of Amherst, Mass., and several relatives in the Stowe area.

"Services will be held at the Community Church, Stowe, on Monday afternoon at 2, with the Rev. Frank Stockwell officiating.  Burial will be in Riverbank Cemetery, Stowe."

The source citation is:

"Miss Kate M. Seaver,The Burlington [Vt.] Free Press newspaper, Saturday, 24 August 1957, page 2, column 2, Kate M. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 21 October  2021).

This obituary provides the name, death date and place, age, birthdate and place, parents names, siblings names, an occupation, and associations..  

Katherine May "Kate" Seaver was born 24 August 1884 in Stowe, Vermont, the daughter of Arthur Stannard and Dolores K. (Adams) Seaver.  She died 22 August 1957 in Amherst, Massachusetts.  She did not marry or have children.

Katherine May Seaver is my 7th cousin 3 times removed, with the common Seaver ancestor being my 9th great-grandfather Robert Seaver (1608-1683).

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 is active and serves her community throughout her life. I am glad that I can honor Katherine May 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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