Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Seavers in the News -- K. Donald Seaver Dies in 1965 in Hazardville, Connecticut

 Here is this week's 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 Hartford [Conn.] Courant newspaper dated 4 October 1965, page 9:

The transcription of the article is:

"K. Donald Seaver
K. Donald Seaver, 79, of 103 Main St., Hazardville, died Saturday at his home.  He was born in Wareham, Mass., son of the late Clarence and Emma Hudson Seaver and was formerly employed as a credit manager at the Norfolk Lumber Company of Stoughton, Mass.

"He was a resident here for about four years and was a member of Hazardville Methodist Church.

"Besides his wife, Mrs. Doris King Seaver, he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Robert A. Weisleder of Hazardville and two grandchildren.

"The funeral will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Somers Funeral Home.  The Rev. J. Kenneth Pearson of the Hazardville Methodist Church will officiate.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Stoughton, Mass.

The source citation is:

"K. Donald Seaver," The Hartford [ Conn.] Courant newspaper, Monday, 4 October 1965, page 9, column 2, K. Donald Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 5 July 2022).

This obituary identifies his birth place, death date and place, spouse's name, children's names, parents names, and limited occupation and association information.

Kenneth Donald Seaver was born 24 May 1886 in Wareham, Massachusetts, the son of Clarence Leroy and Emma Cushman (Hudson) Seaver.  He died 2 October 1965 in Hazardville, Connecticut.  He married Doris Lilian King (1888-1982) in about 1912 in Massachusetts.  They had two children:

*  LaVerne Adella Seaver (1914-1927).
*  Marjorie Emma Seaver (1916-1999), married Robert Anderson Weisleder (1911-1994).

Kenneth Donald Seaver (1886-1965) is probably a distant cousin of mine.  I don't know the parentage of his great-grandfather, Joseph T. Seaver (1805-????).

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 a rather sparse obituary.  I am glad that I can honor Kenneth Donald 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.


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Newspapers.com and have used it extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.

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Monday, July 4, 2022

My 23 Known Revolutionary War Soldiers


I wanted to list, and link to my blog posts about (in blue), my 23 known Revolutionary War soldiers:

Martin Carringer (1758-1835) of Mercer County Pennsylvania (RevWar Pension file)

Philip Row (1752-1817) of Hunterdon County New Jersey (RevWar Pension File)

Peter Putman (1760-1835) of New Jersey and Yates County New York (RevWar Pension file)

*  Stephen Cutter (1745-1823) of Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Stephen Feather (1740-1804) of New Jersey and Westmoreland County Pennsylvania

Rudolf Spengler (1738-1811) of York County Pennsylvania

Philip Jacob King (1738-1792) of York County Pennsylvania

*  John Underhill (1745-1816) of Chester, New Hampshire.

Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816) of Piermont New Hampshire.

Isaac Buck (1757-1846) of Sterling Massachusetts (RevWar Pension File) 

* Thomas Dill (1755-1839) of Eastham Massachusetts (RevWar Pension File) 

Joseph Champlin (1758-1850) of S. Kingstown Rhode Island (RevWar Pension File) 

* Norman Seaver (1734-1787) of Westminster Massachusetts. 

Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) of Westminster Massachusetts. 

* Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) of Westford Massachusetts. 

Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1828) of Townsend Massachusetts. 

*  Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1785) of Lincoln, Massachusetts.

*  Ephraim Sawtell (1734-1800) of Mason, New Hampshire and Townsend, Massachusetts.

Amos Plimpton (1735-1808) of Medfield Massachusetts. 

*  Moses Smith (1732-1806) of Walpole, Massachusetts.

David Kirby (1740-1832) of Westport Massachusetts. 

Joseph Oatley (1756-1815) of S. Kingstown Rhode Island. (Rev. War Pension File)

Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802) of Westborough, Massachusetts.

Amazingly, each of them survived their wartime experiences.

One relative who didn't survive was my 5th great-granduncle Asahel Read (1753-1775) who died at Lexington in April 1775.

I thank God for these men, for the families that nurtured them, for the wives and parents that supported them, and for the children who learned from them the importance of service to their country.

Thank you, gentlemen soldiers, and your families, for your service and your bravery.  I wish that I had known you.  You've provided me with a wonderful ancestry, and I greatly appreciate it every day.


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Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 4 July 2022

 As many readers know, I went in for an angiogram on 26 May, and had a quadruple coronary artery bypass graft operation on 30 May.  I came home the night of 7 June, so I have another 2-4 weeks of recovery to go.  My time on the desktop computer has been limited.

 Here are the highlights of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past four weeks.  

1)  Watched several YouTube videos and also a Family Tree Webinar - Top 10 Secrets to Using MyHeritage by Daniel Horowitz.

2)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society picnic at Daryl's house on Wednesday.  There were 20 people in attendance, with barbecue food and lots of sharing.  I haven't seen most of these people in person since before COVID.  

3)  Published a genealogy biography in  for the 52 Ancestors series for 7th great-grandfather  #706 Jonathan Thurston (1649-1740) of Little Compton, Rhode Island and Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

4) Transcribed a probate record document - 1869 Administrator's Petition for Probate of Estate of Emily M.L. Seaver in Middlesex County, Massachusetts - for the Amanuensis Monday series. 

5)  After getting home from the hospital, I made a GEDCOM for descendants of 4th great-grandfather John Kemp (1768-1864) and uploaded it to WikiTree.  I then had to match the profiles in the GEDCOM with profiles already in WikiTree.  I am in the process of ADDing those profiles not previously in WikiTree.  It is slow going because you have to have at least one source citation in the profile to add the profile to WikiTree.  About 10% of the profiles had no sources, so I have to search to find a source and add it to the WikiTree profile.  I am about 25% through this list now.

6)  Reviewed the latest NEHGR (Spring 2022) issue, read the Willis English ancestry article, and started entering information into my RootsMagic tree. 

7) AncestryDNA now has 40,427 DNA matches (up 22 from 27 June) for me today, with no new ThruLines. MyHeritageDNA now has 10,511 DNA matches (up 40 from 27 June) for me, with two new Theories. Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe. 

8)  There was one session working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 48,105 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 8).

9) Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and source citations to my RootsMagic profiles. I now have 69,675 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 12 from 27 June), and 145,114 source citations (up 34). I TreeShared 40 new or modified profiles with my Ancestry Member Tree, and I resolved 564  Ancestry Hints. My current Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 25,269 to be resolved, but I work on them several times a week. 

10) Wrote 15 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Sunday through Saturday), of which three were a press release. The most viewed post last week was  
RootsMagic Family Tree Software Updated to Version 8.2.0 with over 370 views.

11)  This is week 121 since COVID restrictions.  Since I've been home, My Sharp Home Health nurses and physical therapy visits ended this past week. Linda is at a memory care and skilled nursing facility in Chula Vista 7 miles from home and I visited her four times last week.  My brother-in-law, Paul and his wife Debra, visited from Thursday to Saturday and really helped with yard and house work.  I went shopping on Thursday.  I am still really tired every day, take at least two naps each day, and try to walk for 30 minutes every day on the block.   I was told to get off the desktop computer and spend more time in my recliner to get my feet off the ground.  I watched the Padres games every day  and we are now 46-35 on the season (2-4 last week). I can't drive for another 2-4 weeks, and have upcoming doctor, nurse and therapy appointments.  Friends are driving me to go to the doctor appointments and Linda's facility.  


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Amanuensis Monday -- 1869 Administrator's Petition for Probate of Estate of Emily M.L. Seaver in Middlesex County, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is from the 1869 Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court estate papers for the intestate estate of Emily M.L.  Seaver (1831-1869) of Ashland, Massachusetts.

a)  Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 41273, image 3 of 7:

The transcription of this petition is (handwriting in italics):

To the Honorable the Judge of the Probate Court in and for the County of Middlesex:

Respectfully represents  George F. Seaver 
of  Ashland  in the County of  Middlesex  that
    Emily M.L. Seaver  who last dwelt in
Ashland  in said County of Middlesex, died on the  twenty fifth
day of  July  in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty  nine
intestate, possessed of goods and estate   remaining to be adminis-
tered, leaving  a husband  who is  your petitioner  
and is her only next of kin the persons whose names, residence and relationship to the deceased are:
as follows, viz.:
          Willie F. Seaver and
          Fanny C. Seaver both of said
         Ashland  children

That your petitioner is  the husband of said deceased

Wherefore your petitioner prays that he may be appointed Administrator of the estate of said

Dated this  twenty third  day of  November  A.D.  1869.
                                                        Geo. F. Seaver

The source citation for this probate record is:

Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 41273 (7 images), Emily M.L. Seaver of Ashland, 1869; "Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  (https://www.americanancestors.org: accessed 3 July 2022).

The estate file for the intestate probate of Emily M.L. Seaver (1831-1869) contains 7 pages, including:

*  23 November 1869:  images 2-3, The Petition for Administration of the estate
*  23 November 1869:  image 4, decree of administrator's appointment
*  25 November 1869:  image 5, affidavit of administrator that estate value is less than $1000
*  23 November 1869:  images 6-7:  bond of administrator of estate for $2000

Emily M.L. Jones was born January 1831 in Boston, Massachusetts, the daughter of James H. and Fanny (Cossett) Jones.  She married George Francis Seaver (1835-1887) on 5 June 1855 in Ashland, Massachusetts.  Emily died 25 July 1869 in Ashland.  They had three children:

*  William Francis "Willie" Seaver (1857-1930), married (1) 1879 Viola G. Bledsoe (1859-1895); (2) 1896 Mary J. Blake (1865-1906); (3) 1910 Rebecca Catherine Young (1870-1944).
*  Fanny Cosset Seaver (1860-????), married 1883 James B. Knowlton (1856-????).
*  Harrie W. Seaver (1863-1864).

George Francis Seaver (1835-1887) is my 6th cousin 4 times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 9th great-grandfather, Robert Seaver (1608-1683).


NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday." John offers this definition for "amanuensis:"

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Read other transcriptions for records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 26 June to 2 July 2022

 Scores of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

*  How to Access Ancestry’s 1,174 Free Collections by Kenneth Marks on The Ancestor Hunt.

*  Adoptive Research Using Genealogy+DNA: Searching without Any Information  by Diane Henriks on Know Who Wears the Genes In Your Family: Family History and Genealogy Blog.

*  My 2022 Genealogy Paper Chase by Marian B. Wood on Climbing My Family Tree.

New Update to Theory of Family Relativity by Daniella on MyHeritage Blog.

*  Ask a Genealogist: Exploring Your Cherokee Heritage by Linda Carroll on Legacy Tree Genealogists Blog.

GRIP 2022 (June) Debrief by Julie Cahill Tar on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub.

 FamilyTreeDNA DISCOVER™ Launches – Including Y DNA Haplogroup Ages by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

*  Why I Blog About My Family History Research by Diana Bryan Quinn on Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog.

Freelove and Giggles by Christopher C. Child on Vita Brevis.

When is a Book a Genealogical Source? by Gena Philibert-Ortega on Legacy News.

The Courage of Their Convictions by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

*  Friday Fossicking - 1st Jul 2022 by Crissouli on That Moment In Time.

* This Week's Creme de la Creme - July 2, 2022  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and  read their articles, and add the blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I currently am reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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Census Sunday -- 1950 Census Record for the Marshall B. Chamberlain Household in San Diego, California

 The 1950 United States Census record for the family of my paternal great-aunt, Emily (Richmond) Taylor, was found in San Diego, San Diego County, California, ED 37-50, Sheet #14 (taken 7 April 1950), at 4601 Terrace Drive:

The Chamberlain household is in lines 10-12:

The information entered for each person in this household is:

*  Line 10 - 4601 Terrace Drive, dwelling #198, not a farm, not on 3+ acres

**  Line 10 - Marshall B. Chamberlain, head of household, white, male, age 46, married, born Oregon, Other Work, did not work last week, did not look for work last week, does have a job, a superintendent of a steel construction company, works in a steel construction (mfg) company, a private business.

**  Line 11 - Dorothy T. Chamberlain, wife, white, female, age 46, married, born Massachusetts, home worker, did no work last week, not looking for work, has no job.

**  Line 12 - Emily R. Taylor, mother-in-law, white, female, age 71, widowed, born Connecticut,   home worker, did no work last week, not looking for work, has no job.

The source citation for this family is:

1950 U.S. Federal Census, San Diego County, California, El Cajon Judicial township, ED 37-50, Sheet 14, Household 198, Lines 10-12, Marshall B. Chamberlain household; indexed database with record images, U.S., National Archives, 1950 Census  (https://1950census.archives.gov/ : accessed 1 April  2022).

Emily White (Richmond) Taylor (1879-1966) was my grandmother's sister, the 5th child of Thomas and Julia (White) Richmond.  She married George Russell Taylor (1865-1945) on 10 April 1901 in Leominster, Massachusetts.  They had one child, Dorothy Richmond Taylor (1904-1992), who married Charles Marshall Beale Chamberlain (1903-1968) on 16 September 1925 in San Diego, California.  


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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Genealogy Activity Have You Spent Time On?

   It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

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

1)  I am completely out of ideas for this week - and am late in posting.  What genealogy activity have you spent time on this week?

2)  Write your own blog post, or add your response as a comment to this blog post, in a Facebook Status post or note.

Here's mine:

Family history has to be a genealogy activity!  Linda's brother and his wife came on Thursday and went home today.  We visited Linda all three days, and Tami and two of her kids came down today also, so I need a nap.  

The only real genealogy activity I recall this week, besides the normal blog themes, is trying to ADD my 1081 profiles to WikiTree.  I've been successful for about 250 of them over the past two weeks, but have plenty more to do.  I try to do 20-40 per day but each addition requires multiple clicks and perhaps a source citation if I don't have one.  

Today, the latest quarterly of the New England Historic Genealogical Society became available, and one of the articles is the English ancestry of Roger Willis (1635-1700), my 8th great-grandfather, so I added two more generations of Willis ancestry.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch.org Record Collections - Week of 25 June to 1 July 2022

  I am keeping track of the new and updated historical record collections at FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 1  July 2022, there are 3,115 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 4 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Deleted ---

*  Ireland, Prison Registers, 1798-1928    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4279963); 3,127,594 indexed records with 3,127,594 record images, DELETED

--- Collections Added   --

*  Alaska, Village Census Rolls, 1919-1972 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4465440); 2,098 indexed records with 2,098 record images, ADDED 27-Jun-2022
*  Germany, Bavaria, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1591-1963       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4234521); 11,478 indexed records with 11,478 record images, ADDED 27-Jun-2022
*  Germany, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1639-1943  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4234522); 57,338 indexed records with 57,338 record images, ADDED 27-Jun-2022
*  Missouri, Military Discharge Records, 1862-1996 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4159751); 1,928 indexed records with 1,928 record images, ADDED 28-Jun-2022
*  New Jersey, Reclaim the Records, Geographic Birth Index, 1901-1929      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4461588); 571,861 indexed records with 571,861 record images, ADDED 01-Jul-2022

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Catamarca, Civil Registration, 1888-2000     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4328763); 48,494 indexed records with 48,579 record images (was 27,746 records with 27,647 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2022
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4450393); 6,910 indexed records with 6,849 record images (was 5,650 records with 5,591 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3006885); 605,739 indexed records with 522,167 record images (was 604,302 records with 516,245 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2022
Australia, Albany, Inward Passenger Lists, 1873-1924    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4451678); 68,179 indexed records with 1,085 record images (was 33,898 records with 201 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2022
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2138511); 494,562 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 490,186 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2022

Benin, Civil Registration of Deaths, 1891-2014  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2534492); 25,076 indexed records with 21,173 record images (was 24,079 records with 21,173 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2022
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1922463); 9,030,901 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,010,634 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3479702); 758,899 indexed records with 317,906 record images (was 756,629 records with 316,978 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016194); 2,458,547 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,439,719 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3741255); 1,489,799 indexed records with 760,017 record images (was 1,482,370 records with 756,100 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1582573); 6,635,276 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,635,276 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2022
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016197); 566,388 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 562,804 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2246703); 211,148 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 205,591 records with 105,781 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2022
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3405096); 7,156,104 indexed records with 883,804 record images (was 7,152,281 records with 883,380 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1726975); 24,538,387 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 24,524,391 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022

Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2040054); 2,983,666 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,983,643 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2022
Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1960 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4375851); 191,423 indexed records with 41,707 record images (was 191,392 records with 41,707 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1919582); 2,151,507 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,144,586 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
England and Wales Census, 1871  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1538354); 12,983,349 indexed records with 1,281,291 record images (was 0 records with 1,281,291 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2022
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3648679); 154,828 indexed records with 55,196 record images (was 153,475 records with 55,037 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2022

England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3656808); 1,420,085 indexed records with 106,048 record images (was 1,383,830 records with 94,038 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3734475); 5,817,321 indexed records with 352,167 record images (was 5,806,038 records with 348,186 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2102016); 587,873 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 587,770 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2022
Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3478266); 19,105 indexed records with 11,126 record images (was 17,797 records with 11,294 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2022
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2135627); 530,219 indexed records with 337,976 record images (was 529,630 records with 337,976 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022

Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2697871); 1,633,217 indexed records with 46,764 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 46,616 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2022
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2174941); 202,582 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 196,407 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2820100); 919,370 indexed records with 30,845 record images (was 914,542 records with 30,644 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2022
Italy, Cuneo, Alba, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1483030); Browse 373,052 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 373,052 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Italy, Oristano, Oristano, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1947719); 42,443 indexed records with 342,194 record images (was 78 records with 342,194 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2022

Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1947700); 8 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 0 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Italy, Rovigo, Rovigo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1937        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1482864); Browse 1,082,856 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 1,082,856 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Italy, Teramo, Teramo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1947829); 169,373 indexed records with 425,736 record images (was 169,373 records with 425,736 images), UPDATED 26-Jun-2022
Kansas, Military Discharge Records, ca.1862 - ca.1999   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4121697); 7,769 indexed records with 5,654 record images (was 740 records with 536 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2022
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1502401); 1,581,128 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,580,920 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837906); 7,315,033 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 7,302,339 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1881200); 2,536,957 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 2,527,202 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1986       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2761211); 126,185 indexed records with 125,770 record images (was 84,215 records with 89,730 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2022
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2020117); 1,843,142 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,834,313 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2022
New York State Census, 1905     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1463113); 7,575,502 indexed records with 111,177 record images (was 7,575,502 records with 111,177 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2022

New York, Birth Indexes outside of New York City, 1881-1942     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4460198); 637,837 indexed records with 73,789 record images (was 619,770 records with 69,844 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1494432); 773,925 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 773,858 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2022
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1661306); Index only (445,946 records), no images (was 442,332 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Jun-2022
Paraguay, Asunción, Cemetery Records, 1842-2011 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2026205); 227,727 indexed records with 66,809 record images (was 208,028 records with 66,809 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1877097); 21,891,321 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,878,719 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022

Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1928590); 934,920 indexed records with 571,698 record images (was 934,920 records with 571,698 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1913      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2001878); 480,681 indexed records with 684,393 record images (was 480,681 records with 684,393 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1913410); 535,683 indexed records with 857,376 record images (was 535,683 records with 857,376 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1928593); 1,327,205 indexed records with 490,922 record images (was 1,327,205 records with 490,922 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1928588); 208,163 indexed records with 815,966 record images (was 208,163 records with 815,966 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022

Portugal, Leiria, Catholic Church Records, 1534-1911    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1976101); 387,472 indexed records with 639,166 record images (was 387,472 records with 639,166 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2014755); 1,965,494 indexed records with 178,927 record images (was 1,965,494 records with 178,927 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1913408); 1,796,890 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 1,796,890 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1935451); 880,824 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 880,265 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1928589); 1,393,757 indexed records with 1,034,661 record images (was 1,393,757 records with 1,034,661 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022

Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1912     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2043775); 581,767 indexed records with 702,397 record images (was 581,767 records with 702,397 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Puerto Rico, San Juan, Cemetery Records, 1888-1988      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4376727); 38,222 indexed records with 12,896 record images (was 35,791 records with 10,534 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2022
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4016424); 91,546 indexed records with 415,199 record images (was 89,605 records with 409,384 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1554443); 15,871,293 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 13,914,986 records with 1,615,473 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2022
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1468076); 1,384,340 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 1,334,973 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022

South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1478678); 791,714 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 787,534 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 26-Jun-2022
South Africa, Johannesburg, Cemetery Records, 1840-2019 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4453927); 443,167 indexed records with 24,954 record images (was 395,843 records with 21,950 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2022
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3511741); 371,046 indexed records with 728,857 record images (was 368,058 records with 717,942 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1918294); 17,628 indexed records with 40,337 record images (was 15,484 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1784529); 8,730,988 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 8,730,988 records with 3,008,340 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022

Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1983324); 4,543,233 indexed records with 4,476,649 record images (was 4,543,233 records with 4,476,649 images), UPDATED 30-Jun-2022
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837849); Index only (434,884 records), no images (was 432,586 records with 0 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022
Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2001084); 68,170 indexed records with 433,665 record images (was 68,170 records with 433,665 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2022
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1823609); 833,990 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 824,954 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 01-Jul-2022

--- Collections with new images ---

England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1465708); 1,108,130 indexed records with 105,603 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 104,922 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2968245); 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,992 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,610,944 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2691993); 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,638 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 138,042 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2840171); 7,237,336 indexed records with 1,903,528 record images (was 7,237,336 records with 1,973,983 images), last updated 30-May-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2790268); 2,967,130 indexed records with 292,418 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 307,298 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2399108); 203,483 indexed records with 56,358 record images (was 203,483 records with 116,296 images), last updated 14-Jun-2022
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2787817); 127,105 indexed records with 1,208 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,354 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2821281); 2,699,406 indexed records with 2,683,205 record images (was 2,699,406 records with 2,692,830 images), last updated 18-Mar-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473014); Index only (46,665,065 records), no images (was 46,674,981 records with 0 images), last updated 02-May-2022
England Marriages, 1538–1973    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473015); Index only (12,151,534 records), no images (was 12,151,535 records with 0 images), last updated 26-May-2022
Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers, 1828-1912      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2487287); 880,427 indexed records with 1 record images (was 21,832,352 records with 1 images), last updated 24-Jun-2015
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2199956); Index only (875,610,237 records), no images (was 875,610,242 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2333694); 29,761,750 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,751 records with 46,885,461 images), last updated 30-Apr-2022

Washington Divorce Index, 1969-2014     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2759158); Index only (1,236,865 records), no images (was 1,236,866 records with 0 images), last updated 21-Aug-2017
Washington Marriage Index, 1969-2014    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2761120); Index only (1,994,530 records), no images (was 1,994,531 records with 0 images), last updated 25-Aug-2017


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED, and to alphabetize the entries in each category.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list 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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