Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Rabbit Holes With Randy - Really Deep This Time!

 This week's Rabbit Hole is typical for my "play time" research - when I am bored and need something fun to interest me.  Here is what happened:

1)  I checked the new record collections on MyHeritage - lookee there, they have a new record collection for "Connecticut Marriages" added on 15 May 2022 - the description says:

This collection contains an index of marriage records from Connecticut in the United States from largely the first half of the twentieth century. Records may contain the first and last names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage, and the city where the marriage was performed.

2)  I said:  "I wonder if they have some of my Richmond family marriages in this collection?"  I recalled that I have several descendants of my 2nd great-grandparents, James and Hannah (Rich) Richmond, for whom I don't have an explicit marriage date.  So I entered "Thomas Richmond" in the search fields to see what I can find:

I don't have the first one in my database, but I do have the next two, and this collection provides a marriage date and place.  There is no image, but I can use this information to see if I can find an image.  

3)  Because this is a derivative source with primary information and direct evidence of the marriages, but is from a vital records collection, I added it to my RootsMagic (replacing my "about 1923" and "about 1847" dates) profiles in my database for the two marriages.  I sourced the date and place to the MyHeritage collection because that is where I found it.  If I find a record image on another site with better information, I will source it also in the RootsMagic profiles.  

4)  I reviewed my RootsMagic file for other Connecticut marriages from this family line (they are all my cousins) without an exact date and found five or six more that I can add to my database.

5)  I said:  "Some of these folks in my tree were born in the 1900-1940 time frame, but I don't have death dates or places for them.  I wonder if Ancestry has death dates for some of these people?"

6)  I went to my Ancestry Member Tree (AMT) and searched for persons from within my AMT (that's usually the best way to search on Ancestry, IMHO) methodically down through the children of my second great-grands, and sure enough there were Connecticut death records and obituaries for about 20 descendants of James and Hannah (Rich) Richmond.  I was able to add several children to their descendants because there were records for them.  I added source citations for the information. 

7)  As an added "bonus," I found a World War II draft registration card  for my first cousin, twice removed, Thomas H.M. Richmond (1902-1987), that gave me his full name as "Thomas Henry Marshman Richmond."  Marshman was the maiden name of his great-grandmother, Ann (Marshman) Richman (1788-1856) of Hilperton, Wiltshire.  

8)  This was a very profitable (well, no money came my way, but it added significant content to my tree!) three hours down this rabbit hole, and I accomplished something for the descendants of my 2nd great-grandparents.  I like doing these "play time" free-styling searches - it keeps me fresh and usually feeds my RootsMagic family tree with added content and sources.  

NOTE:  I checked the Ancestry record collection for some of the marriages, and they are in the Web: Connecticut, U.S., Marriage Records, 1897-1968 collection.  I guess I haven't searched Ancestry well enough or checked the record hints for these folks!

It's time for my afternoon snack - I bought some more carrots the other day and they have replaced my afternoon ice cream snack.  I have to take care of this bunny's heart!


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1 comment:

Susi's Quarter said...

Excited for you. Blessings Susi
As far as I know no Richmond but have CT kin more than I thought.