Saturday, November 20, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Ancestral Family Migration Map

 It's Saturday Night - 

Time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to: 

This SNGF is based on the Migration map that my friend J. Paul Hawthorne made on Facebook on 18 November.  He used Birth dates and Places for his paternal line. 

1)  For this week's SNGF, make your own migration map for whichever surname or ancestral line you want.  Use a World Map or a country map.  Choose birth, marriage, death, or migration year to put the spots on the map and label them with the year.

2)  Share your map with all of us by writing your own blog post, writing a comment on this blog post, or put it in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment on this post so others can find it.

Here's mine:  

FYI - I downloaded a map from google Images, copied it into Powerpoint, and drew the lines and added the years in Powerpoint, then used the Windows Snipping Tool to save the map as a PNG file to show in this post.  You can do this any way you want, but that process was easiest for me to do!

I chose to do the year of migration to a new place from the previous place.  

a)  Here is my SEAVER surname (my paternal line) places migration map:

Robert Seaver came to Roxbury, Massachusetts from England in 1634.  My ancestral SEAVER families  moved all around northeastern Massachusetts (Sudbury in 1687, Shrewsbury in 1760, Westminster in 1773, Leominster in 1870) until my father got in his car in December 1940 in Leominster and drove to San Diego, California.  

b)  Here is my CARRINGER surname (my maternal line)  places migration map:

For the CARRINGER line, I don't know where or when the immigrant came from Germany, but Martin Carringer (1758-1835) obtained land in Mercer County, Pennsylvania in 1795.  His son, Henry Carringer (1800-1879) moved his family to Louisa County, Iowa in 1858.  His son, David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902) moved his family to Boulder, Colorado in 1873.  His son, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946) moved to San Diego on his honeymoon in 1887, and the family never left.

Thank you, J. Paul, for the idea and inspiration.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 13 to 19 November 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  13 to 19 November 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Nevada, U.S., Naturalization Petitions, 1956-1991; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/19/2021

Idaho, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1857-1989; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

Arizona, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1995; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

New Hampshire, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

Minnesota, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1925; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

Montana, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1866-1965; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

Oklahoma, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1801-2008; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

Oregon, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1849-1963; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

Colorado, Wills and Probate Records, 1875-1974; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

Utah, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1985; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

Michigan, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1784-1980; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

Washington, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1851-1970; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

Savannah, Georgia, U.S., Naturalization Records, 1790-1910; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

Washington, D.C., U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1737-1952; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/18/2021

International Patents, 1890-2020; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/17/2021

Delaware, U.S., Naturalization Records, 1796-1959; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/15/2021

Samara, Russia, Church Books 1748-1934; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/15/2021

Washington D. C., U.S., Military Naturalization Petitions, 1918-1924; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/15/2021

Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/15/2021

Yorkshire, England, Probate Records, 1521-1858; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/15/2021

Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/15/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 2 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,097 collections available as of 19 November, an increase of  2 from last week.   


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 13 to 19 November 2021

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

As of 19 Novembe2021, there are 3,048 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  England, Berkshire, Parish Registers, 1515-1993 (; 84 indexed records with 84 record images, ADDED 19-Nov-2021
*  Iceland Census, 1835    (; 75,673 indexed records with 75,673 record images, ADDED 16-Nov-2021
*  England, Somerset, Church Records, 1501-1999    (; 52,345 indexed records with 52,345 record images, ADDED 17-Nov-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929   (; 274,670 indexed records with 2,308 record images (was 273,709 records with 2,301 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 4,293,665 indexed records with 269,547 record images (was 4,201,337 records with 265,099 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 589,530 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 584,486 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 163,625 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 161,488 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 633,064 indexed records with 266,899 record images (was 626,991 records with 264,672 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021

Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934       (; 996,383 indexed records with 50,583 record images (was 970,920 records with 48,806 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2021
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 147,471 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 147,471 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1974  (; 935,359 indexed records with 419,985 record images (was 935,359 records with 419,985 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Argentina, Chaco, Catholic Church Records, 1882-1955    (; 8,327 indexed records with 10,100 record images (was 8,327 records with 10,100 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 20,136 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 20,136 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021

Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983       (; 587,920 indexed records with 235,772 record images (was 587,920 records with 235,772 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977  (; 826,096 indexed records with 998,148 record images (was 826,096 records with 998,148 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Sweden, Halland Church Records, 1615-1904; index 1615-1860      (; 756,226 indexed records with 352,747 record images (was 756,226 records with 352,747 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-2021
France, Ardèche, Parish and Civil Registration, 1481-1924       (; 1,449,332 indexed records with 839,538 record images (was 1,449,332 records with 839,538 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2021
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928       (; 2,998,794 indexed records with 385,407 record images (was 2,998,794 records with 385,407 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021

Argentina, La Rioja, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1970 (; 50,269 indexed records with 74,259 record images (was 50,269 records with 74,259 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 1,577,838 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,565,622 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (; 22,508 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 20,070 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985       (; 256,204 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 231,042 records with 3,008,340 images), UPDATED 18-Nov-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 29,761,754 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,754 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021

South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958    (; 10,387 indexed records with 10,188 record images (was 1,691 records with 1,659 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2021
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 1,121,960 indexed records with 74,172 record images (was 1,096,025 records with 66,003 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 82,072 indexed records with 23,419 record images (was 80,875 records with 22,222 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Minnesota, Brown County, Obituaries, 1855-1990  (; 40,777 indexed records with 4,216 record images (was 40,777 records with 4,216 images), UPDATED 18-Nov-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 57,491 indexed records with 152,470 record images (was 56,153 records with 143,487 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021

Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 136,430 indexed records with 26,521 record images (was 133,148 records with 79,234 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 8,467,854 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 7,619,963 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Michigan, Eastern and Western Districts, Naturalization Records, 1837-1993      (; 1,864,006 indexed records with 1,428,889 record images (was 1,385,962 records with 1,357,837 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (344,053 records), no images (was 341,881 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 253,180 indexed records with 28,811 record images (was 247,571 records with 28,367 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 565,658 indexed records with 545,114 record images (was 559,265 records with 539,026 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
South Africa, Cape Province, Probate Records of the Master of the High Court, 1834-1989 (; 2,752,189 indexed records with 1,167,010 record images (was 2,744,691 records with 1,167,010 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-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 12-Nov-2021
United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955       (; 447,750 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 356,034 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-2021

Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986    (; 236,405 indexed records with 52,988 record images (was 233,282 records with 52,848 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2021
France, Eure-et-Loir, Census, 1876      (; 12,163 indexed records with 5,142 record images (was 12,163 records with 5,132 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2021
Spain, Diocese of Cartagena, Catholic Church Records, 1503-1969 (; 663,576 indexed records with 22,034 record images (was 644,565 records with 22,034 images), UPDATED 18-Nov-2021
Argentina, Misiones, Catholic Church Records, 1874-1975 (; 32,097 indexed records with 9,155 record images (was 32,097 records with 9,155 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Argentina, Neuquén, Catholic Church Records, 1883-1977  (; 14,150 indexed records with 11,873 record images (was 14,150 records with 11,873 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021

Argentina, Río Negro, Catholic Church Records, 1880-1977        (; 1,722 indexed records with 15,221 record images (was 1,722 records with 15,221 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 58,461 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 58,461 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 9,523,899 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 7,858,443 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2021
Argentina, Santiago del Estero, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1961      (; 34,296 indexed records with 102,368 record images (was 34,296 records with 102,368 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,221,972 indexed records with 1,971,024 record images (was 7,221,674 records with 1,830,960 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021

Argentina, Tucumán, Catholic Church Records, 1727-1955  (; 628,754 indexed records with 184,969 record images (was 628,754 records with 184,969 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Kiribati, Vital Records, 1890-1991      (; 112,395 indexed records with 23,808 record images (was 86,391 records with 18,750 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,576,100 indexed records with 115,938 record images (was 1,576,052 records with 115,937 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-2021
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981     (; 2,289,137 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 2,218,595 records with 978,396 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,040,316 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,004,296 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-2021

Spain, Diocese of Segovia, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1987   (; 13,577 indexed records with 831,103 record images (was 9,264 records with 831,103 images), UPDATED 18-Nov-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 481,741 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 481,062 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 636,278 indexed records with 10,939 record images (was 591,400 records with 10,108 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-2021
Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989    (; 520,336 indexed records with 2,733 record images (was 500,266 records with 2,733 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918    (; 6,117,890 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 4,782,677 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2021

Washington, Western District, Naturalization Records, 1853-1957 (; 263,326 indexed records with 139,772 record images (was 141,968 records with 139,772 images), UPDATED 18-Nov-2021
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 13,305 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 13,305 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021
Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-2005        (; 103,783 indexed records with 72,238 record images (was 89,819 records with 72,238 images), UPDATED 19-Nov-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 191,136 indexed records with 4,956 record images (was 191,136 records with 3,361 images), last updated 08-May-2019
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 306,393 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 288,934 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856      (; 160,203 indexed records with 3,188 record images (was 160,203 records with 3,387 images), last updated 08-Nov-2021
Massachusetts, Church Records, 1630-1943        (; 9,337 indexed records with 149 record images (was 9,337 records with 323 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996    (; 427,842 indexed records with 28,547 record images (was 427,842 records with 32,181 images), last updated 05-Nov-2021
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
Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019  (; 527,483 indexed records with 532,496 record images (was 527,483 records with 532,515 images), last updated 11-Nov-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,322 records), no images (was 875,610,324 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamilySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link). It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Friday, November 19, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 19 November 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, 19 November, 11 a.m.:  Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada, by Christine Woodcock

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Planning Research, by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Reeling ‘Em in with Cousin Bait—10 Ways to Connect with Family, by Cheri Hudson Passey

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts/Radio Shows:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  Family Tree Magazine:  Coat of Arms: Can Your Family Claim One?

*  Findmypast:  Friday's Live November 19th

*  Lisa Louise Cooke Genealogy Gems:  U.S. Census Maps for 1950

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 16 November 2021?


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Findmypast Friday: Search Over 22 Million New U.S. Records

  I received this from Findmypast today:


Search over 22 million new US records this Findmypast Friday

From obituary notices spanning all 50 states, to a focused collection documenting marriages not previously recognised during the slave trade, there is plenty to discover in our latest US update.

United States Obituaries Notices

Search over 22 million new additions to discover your ancestor’s name, birth and death years, and obituary text. Now containing over 79 million records, this vast collection covers all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and provides valuable details for tracking down an ancestor's death record or full obituary.

This collection has been obtained from the and websites. Additional information such as images and details about the records can be found on the source’s website.

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages

Explore almost 40,000 marriages from the Reconstruction Era documented by the Freedmen's Bureau, including those which occurred during slavery that went unrecognized and those occurring immediately after Emancipation.

Formally, The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandon Lands, existed to help transition and offer aid to the now 4,000,000 freed African Americans across the country after the abolition of slavery. This agency is known commonly as “The Freedmen’s Bureau” in the United States and existed from 1865-1872.

These fascinating records consist of marriage registers, marriage certificates, marriage licenses and other proofs of marriages. While the amount of information varies, you will commonly find the following information:

  • ·Names of the couple
  •  Date of marriage
  •  Location of marriage
  •  Ages of the couple
  •  Names of witnesses

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks yet another milestone for Findmypast’s newspaper collection with over 46 million pages published online to date. Eight brand new papers have been added this week alone, and an amazing 86 have been updated, totalling a collective 181,690 pages. Our new titles include the Law Chronicle, Commercial and Bankruptcy Register, which named and shamed the businessmen that had fallen on hard times, and The London & China Herald, which reported commercial intelligence between the east and the west, including the trade prices of silk, tea, and cotton.

New titles include:

Updated titles include:

Disclosure: I receive 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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