Saturday, April 23, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Jill Ball's 2011 Ancestor Meme Revisited

  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)  Participate in the Ancestors GeneaMeme created by Jill Ball on the Geniaus blog back in 2011!

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

The Rules, and the Meme list, is given below in my response.

Here's mine:

The Rules:

The list should be annotated in the following manner:

Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type

You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item

The Meme:
Which of these apply to you?

1.  Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents (from memory...)
2.  Can name over 50 direct ancestors (from memory, easier on paper...)
3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents
4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times (Rev. Stephen Bachiler is one...)
5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist (not found one yet)

6.  Met all four of my grandparents (did not meet my paternal grandfather, Frederick W. Seaver, who died in 1942)
7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents (only Georgianna Kemp Auble, who died when I was 9)
8.  Named a child after an ancestor (gave first daughter middle name of "Lee" after her grandfather - not my ancestor)
9.  Bear an ancestor's given name/s (actually, I have a Randall Grosvenor in the 15th century - does that count?)
10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland (probably 70% of my ancestral lines go back to the British Isles)

11.  Have an ancestor from Asia (perhaps Genghis Khan, but I have no known link)
12.  Have an ancestor from Continental Europe
13.  Have an ancestor from Africa (well, not in the last 100 generations or so...)
14.  Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer (in the US and UK)
15.  Have an ancestor who had large land holdings (what's large?  Larger than 40 acres?  Yep.  Larger than 640 acres?  Probably.)

16.  Have an ancestor who was a holy man - minister, priest, rabbi (Jonathan Oatley in Killingly CT in 19th century, several more in 17th century)
17.  Have an ancestor who was a midwife (unsure)
18.  Have an ancestor who was an author (unsure)
19.  Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones (many Smiths, no Murphys, only one Jones line)
20.  Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng (definirely not!)

21.  Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X
22.  Have an ancestor with a forename beginning with Z (three generations of Zachariah Hildreths, and a Zechariah Barber)
23.  Have an ancestor born on 25th December (many!)
24.  Have an ancestor born on New Year's Day (many!)
25.  Have "blue blood" in your family lines (supposedly if Royal Descendants book is right)

26.  Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
27.  Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth (nope, one great-grandparent born in Canada is the last one born in another country)
28.  Can trace a direct family line back to the eighteenth century (all but 1 or 2 of my 32 3rd great-grandparents
29.  Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier (quite a few)
30.  Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents (Austin Carringer, Della Smith, Georgianna Kemp, Frank Seaver, Thomas Richmond)

31.  Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X (several in England)
32.  Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university (back in the 17th century??)
33. Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence (several are in Sex in Middlesex book)
34.  Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime (logic says someone in 12 generations must have been, not sure about this one)
35.  Have shared an ancestor's story online or in a magazine (many in Genea-Musings...)

36.  Have published a family history online or in print (two books self-published and shared with family, plus ebooks on Scribd)
37.  Have visited an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries (several in New England, and the Ranslow Smith Inn in Wisconsin)
38.  Still have an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family (not in the family...the Ranslow Smith Inn in Wisconsin would qualify if I'd bought it)
39.  Have a family bible from the 19th Century (have Bible pages for births, marriages, deaths, but not the Bible)
40.  Have a pre-19th century family bible


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 16 to 22 April 2022

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  16 to 22 April 2022:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Virginia, U.S., Marriage Registers, 1853-1935; indexed records without record images, ADDED 4/20/2022

1950 United States Federal Census; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/20/2022

California, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1959; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/19/2022

Edinburgh, Scotland, Army Attestation Registers, 1796-1857; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/18/2022


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 33,154 collections available as of 22 April, an increase of from last week.   It appears that there are two other ADDED collections not on the list above, and some of the ADDED dates on the list for other collections are wrong but also counted.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 16 to 22 April 2022

I am keeping track of the new and updated historical record collections at FamilySearch ( every week.

As of 22 April 2022, there are 3,096 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Deleted ---

*  Ireland, Prison Registers, 1798-1928    (; 3,127,594 indexed records with 3,127,594 record images, DELETED

--- Collections Added   ---

*  France, Côtes-d'Armor, Parish and Civil Registration, 1467-1920 (; 9,861,214 indexed records with 9,861,214 record images, ADDED 20-Apr-2022
*  Peru, Madre de Dios, Civil Registration, 1968-1975      (; 1,160 indexed records with 1,160 record images, ADDED 21-Apr-2022
*  Prisoners of War, 1715-1947     (; 513,659 indexed records with 513,659 record images, ADDED 21-Apr-2022

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 184 indexed records with 184 record images (was 88 records with 88 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 8,836,286 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 8,822,901 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 731,037 indexed records with 305,351 record images (was 728,644 records with 304,226 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,316,596 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,297,000 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965    (; 2,401,631 indexed records with 3,967,834 record images (was 2,366,228 records with 3,967,834 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2022

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 541,521 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 540,227 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Brazil, São Paulo, Civil Registration, 1925-1995        (; 20,816,206 indexed records with 21,083,623 record images (was 15,484,002 records with 15,919,701 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 362,680 indexed records with 193,502 record images (was 362,049 records with 193,488 images), UPDATED 17-Apr-2022
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 6,837,527 indexed records with 836,861 record images (was 6,828,610 records with 838,440 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 22,555,910 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 22,555,839 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 3,583,732 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 3,583,684 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2022
Croatia, Delnice Deanery Catholic Church Books, 1571-1926       (; 233,047 indexed records with 3,485 record images (was 230,858 records with 3,485 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2022
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 1,962,575 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,955,830 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-2001       (; 3,900,857 indexed records with 1,381,210 record images (was 3,900,857 records with 1,381,210 images), UPDATED 18-Apr-2022
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (; 139,665 indexed records with 50,098 record images (was 138,926 records with 50,051 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,603,017 indexed records with 116,547 record images (was 1,603,017 records with 116,547 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996    (; 834,235 indexed records with 56,376 record images (was 784,255 records with 50,115 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 130,041 indexed records with 71,360 record images (was 126,877 records with 68,197 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 5,778,375 indexed records with 342,789 record images (was 5,775,304 records with 342,671 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 446,461 indexed records with 48,055 record images (was 446,258 records with 48,040 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 768,369 indexed records with 13,058 record images (was 761,345 records with 13,112 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,234,248 indexed records with 1,905,749 record images (was 7,233,181 records with 1,973,162 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 175,576 indexed records with 106,773 record images (was 165,157 records with 90,063 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 585,671 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 582,531 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 557,122 indexed records with 3,075 record images (was 556,603 records with 3,075 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022

Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006     (; 2,217,273 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 2,176,816 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 675,254 indexed records with 41,022 record images (was 652,574 records with 41,022 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Guatemala, Quiché, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 513,022 indexed records with 70,397 record images (was 512,226 records with 70,397 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 203,492 indexed records with 63 record images (was 199,176 records with 63 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Guatemala, San Marcos, Civil Registration, 1877-1994    (; 606,330 indexed records with 16,730 record images (was 606,317 records with 16,730 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022

Guatemala, Santa Rosa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994    (; 254,427 indexed records with 97,101 record images (was 246,526 records with 97,101 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Guatemala, Suchitepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 378,281 indexed records with 1,312 record images (was 369,624 records with 1,312 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
Guatemala, Totonicapán, Civil Registration, 1930-2008   (; 340,297 indexed records with 225,717 record images (was 334,804 records with 224,470 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945  (; 111,696 indexed records with 1,272 record images (was 105,847 records with 1,272 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 46,418 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022

India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (; 134,877 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 128,322 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Luxembourg Census Records, 1843-1900    (; 5,414 indexed records with 1,115,931 record images (was 0 records with 1,115,931 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918    (; 11,815,438 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 10,086,792 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (; 1,552,154 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,547,153 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 7,167,233 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 7,156,038 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022

Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 2,360,768 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 2,355,111 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 (; 7,047,908 indexed records with 2,513,517 record images (was 6,604,441 records with 2,513,517 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
New York, Birth Indexes outside of New York City, 1881-1942     (; 61,837 indexed records with 10,027 record images (was 6,955 records with 3,792 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Paraguay, Asunción, Cemetery Records, 1842-2011 (; 88,036 indexed records with 66,809 record images (was 76,320 records with 66,809 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Peru, Arequipa, Civil Registration, 1860-1976   (; 71,431 indexed records with 24,048 record images (was 69,073 records with 24,048 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 20,515,753 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,505,131 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997      (; 807,938 indexed records with 942,817 record images (was 807,882 records with 942,817 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005      (; 1,556,474 indexed records with 1,116,809 record images (was 1,556,467 records with 1,116,809 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022
Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911    (; 800,980 indexed records with 571,698 record images (was 785,796 records with 571,698 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1913      (; 410,234 indexed records with 684,393 record images (was 343,498 records with 684,393 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022

Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911     (; 443,467 indexed records with 857,376 record images (was 426,983 records with 857,376 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541-1985  (; 427,771 indexed records with 960,435 record images (was 426,934 records with 960,435 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Castelo Branco, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1911    (; 528,086 indexed records with 333,738 record images (was 526,375 records with 333,738 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911   (; 634,748 indexed records with 490,922 record images (was 634,016 records with 490,922 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Faro, Catholic Church Records, 1587-1880      (; 176,826 indexed records with 138,057 record images (was 176,183 records with 138,057 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022

Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911    (; 101,685 indexed records with 815,966 record images (was 101,172 records with 815,966 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911        (; 1,488,892 indexed records with 178,927 record images (was 1,487,021 records with 178,927 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949     (; 1,715,794 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 1,679,525 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Santarém, Catholic Church Records, 1544-1911  (; 962,307 indexed records with 647,938 record images (was 958,342 records with 647,938 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 817,634 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 812,443 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022

Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911  (; 473,970 indexed records with 781,053 record images (was 472,918 records with 780,806 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941 (; 321,393 indexed records with 396,243 record images (was 320,225 records with 396,243 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989     (; 1,075,474 indexed records with 1,034,661 record images (was 1,069,609 records with 1,034,661 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1912     (; 265,849 indexed records with 702,397 record images (was 264,060 records with 702,397 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,201,705 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,201,689 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 21-Apr-2022

Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 84,234 indexed records with 354,700 record images (was 84,234 records with 348,367 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 1,086,305 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 1,056,075 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 770,844 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 765,774 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
South Africa, Johannesburg, Cemetery Records, 1840-2019 (; 279,601 indexed records with 15,226 record images (was 250,467 records with 13,684 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 333,323 indexed records with 665,563 record images (was 330,322 records with 660,020 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022

South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (; 11,092 indexed records with 40,337 record images (was 6,445 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Sri Lanka, Colombo District, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990   (; 32,028 indexed records with 33,965 record images (was 31,017 records with 33,965 images), UPDATED 19-Apr-2022
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880     (; 113,615 indexed records with 48,947 record images (was 113,615 records with 48,947 images), UPDATED 18-Apr-2022
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937     (; 307,709 indexed records with 942,391 record images (was 305,452 records with 942,391 images), UPDATED 18-Apr-2022
United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955       (; 775,604 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 687,026 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 20-Apr-2022

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 29,761,753 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,753 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (405,142 records), no images (was 403,171 records with 0 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 696,917 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 682,804 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 19,180,297 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 19,167,833 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 22-Apr-2022

--- Collections with new images ---

Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 (; 11,346,687 indexed records with 1,709,697 record images (was 11,346,687 records with 1,709,641 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 298,336 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 285,187 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,673 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 154,024 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Find A Grave Index      (; 213,737,460 indexed records with 213,737,460 record images (was 213,737,461 records with 213,737,461 images), last updated 25-Feb-2022
Puerto Rico Slave Registers, 1863-1879  (; 138,445 indexed records with 18,075 record images (was 138,445 records with 24,333 images), last updated 15-Mar-2022
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 315,947 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,616 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939 (; 76,938,809 indexed records with 2,712,255 record images (was 76,938,809 records with 2,716,426 images), last updated 28-Jan-2022
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 70,602 indexed records with 53,438 record images (was 70,602 records with 66,719 images), last updated 30-Mar-2022

--- Collections with new records ---

Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021     (; 729,153 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 729,079 records with 150,972 images), last updated 15-Apr-2022

--- Collections with records removed ---

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (; Index only (46,900,323 records), no images (was 46,910,239 records with 0 images), last updated 25-Feb-2022
England Marriages, 1538–1973    (; Index only (11,944,214 records), no images (was 11,944,215 records with 0 images), last updated 25-Feb-2022
Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers, 1828-1912      (; 880,427 indexed records with 1 record images (was 21,832,352 records with 1 images), last updated 24-Jun-2015


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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