Saturday, September 17, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Elementary School Memories

 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) The new school year has started in the Northern hemisphere, and for most children that means a new grade, a new teacher, and perhaps new friends.

2)  Tell us about some of your elementary school memories when you were a child.  What are your memories of starting school in a new year?  Who were your teachers?  How did you get to school?  Who were your best friends?  What subjects did you like best?  What extra-curricular activities did you participate in?  Make up your own questions if you'd like!

3)  Share your memories in your own blog post, or in a Facebook post.

 Here's mine:

I attended all seven years of elementary school (1948-1955) kindergarten plus six grades) at Brooklyn Elementary at 30th Street and A Street in San Diego.  This was about 8 blocks south of my home.  My brother and I either walked or rode our bikes.  It was downhill going, and uphill coming home.  We usually used 30th Street because it was wider and had better sidewalks, plus a church playground, two mom and pop stores, and a drug store.  They built a new school several blocks away about ten years ago, but the old campus is now a Charter school campus called Albert Einstein Academy.  

I was always excited about the new school year.  We never knew who our teacher was going to be.  I had Mrs. Cleator for kindergarten (she seemed about 80 years old, but was probably only 60 or so); Mrs. Brown for first grade; I don't recall my second and third grade teachers;  Miss Williams was my fourth grade teacher, and I really liked her;  Mr. de la Torre was my 5th grade teacher, and he was good.  Mr. Wragg was my 6th grade teacher, and I liked him too (he was killed in 1979 by a student shooting at his school in San Diego).  

My best friends during 4th to 6th grade were Gordon MacLennan and Steve Johnson.  I lost track of Gordon after Junior High School.  I went all the way through high school with Steve, who was the smartest, most athletic and most fun guy in the classes - we competed.  I lost track of Steve when I went to college.  Baseball cards were the big deal, and we had a group that traded them like crazy.  We knew the names of all of the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indian players (Padres were the Indians PCL farm club) -- our favorites were Herb Score, Rocky Colavito, and Luke Easter.  We used to take the #2 bus down to the Padres games at Lane Field (Broadway and Harbor Drive).

Girl friends?  Not many, I was too busy with school and sports.  There was one, named Carrie, when I was in 6th grade.  I don't remember her last name.  I still remember where she lived over on Bancroft Street, but I don't recall seeing her after 6th grade.  

My favorite subject was mathematics.  I quickly learned to add, subtract, my times tables, and division, and then fractions, and I think we started a little algebra.  I hated doing oral book reports.  My favorite period was recess, of course!  We had a large playground on one block, and a small ball field across Fern Street on the opposite corner.  We usually played baseball or kickball or dodgeball there.  In the spring, there was a travel softball league and I played for several years and got to visit other schools and see their facilities.  I usually played right field or end-of-the-bench, but I rooted good!

The major extracurricular activity for me was the Safety Patrol.  I joined in 4th grade, and did my duty at the corner of Fern and A Street every day after school while in 4th and 5th grade. We wore white uniforms, with a yellow hat and a red sweater.  I became a Sergeant in 5th grade and got to blow the whistle, and then became Supply Sergeant in 6th grade, the second in command;  Steve was the Lieutenant in charge, and then a Captain later in 6th grade.  This was tied into the San Diego Police Department, so we had an officer who commanded us.  I was lucky because in 6th grade it was Officer Richard Tazelaar, who was a family friend of ours.  The best part of this was being part of a team and learning discipline (we marched, shouted orders, etc.) but one Saturday a month the Police Department hosted all of the Safety Patrol members at the Fox Theater in downtown San Diego - cartoons, movies, hot dogs, punch, popcorn, peanuts, etc.  It was a great reward!


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 10 to 16 September 2022

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

As of 16 September 2022, there are 3,140 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  France, Savoie, Parish and Civil Registration, 1500-1927        (; 1,640,312 indexed records with 1,640,312 record images, ADDED 13-Sep-2022
*  Portugal, Azores, Catholic Church Records, 1044-2019    (; 587,508 indexed records with 587,508 record images, ADDED 14-Sep-2022
Portugal, Lisbon, Catholic Church Records, 1334-1952    (; 2,436,541 indexed records with 2,436,541 record images, ADDED 14-Sep-2022
*  Portugal, Madeira, Catholic Church Records, 1044-1959   (; 980,994 indexed records with 980,994 record images, ADDED 15-Sep-2022

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 116,968 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 116,964 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2022
Argentina, Catamarca, Civil Registration, 1888-2000     (; 118,825 indexed records with 118,950 record images (was 76,484 records with 76,325 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 62,478 indexed records with 62,290 record images (was 59,288 records with 59,106 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 414,879 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 414,836 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2022
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 113,769 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 113,159 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022

Australia, Albany, Inward Passenger Lists, 1873-1924    (; 190,623 indexed records with 2,995 record images (was 128,196 records with 2,103 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 26,705 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 23,059 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 9,184,540 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,172,256 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Brazil, Bahía, Catholic Church Records, 1598-2007       (; 2,147,639 indexed records with 368,634 record images (was 2,147,639 records with 368,634 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Brazil, Ceará, Catholic Church Records, 1725-1971       (; 4,068,254 indexed records with 774,950 record images (was 4,068,254 records with 774,950 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Catholic Church Records, 1706-1999        (; 4,943,071 indexed records with 930,569 record images (was 4,943,071 records with 930,569 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 794,656 indexed records with 331,584 record images (was 793,246 records with 331,040 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,561,764 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,555,727 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Brazil, Paraíba, Catholic Church Records, 1731-2013     (; 6,373,432 indexed records with 788,492 record images (was 6,373,432 records with 788,492 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Brazil, Pará, Catholic Church Records, 1930-1976        (; 659,584 indexed records with 103,313 record images (was 659,584 records with 103,313 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Catholic Church Records, 1738-1952   (; 628,202 indexed records with 184,012 record images (was 628,202 records with 184,012 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,572,022 indexed records with 804,671 record images (was 1,567,140 records with 802,149 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 590,945 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 589,090 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994     (; 1,201,827 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,201,827 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Brazil, São Paulo, Catholic Church Records, 1640-2012   (; 5,721,711 indexed records with 1,610,067 record images (was 5,721,711 records with 1,610,067 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,274,352 indexed records with 902,412 record images (was 7,257,690 records with 897,013 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 25,026,099 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 24,981,041 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 3,915,515 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 3,912,805 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,074,703 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,072,440 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,983,888 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,983,873 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022

Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1960 (; 191,672 indexed records with 41,707 record images (was 191,657 records with 41,707 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2022
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964   (; 215,838 indexed records with 112,568 record images (was 206,211 records with 112,568 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 2,193,884 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,193,658 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,217,336 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,216,276 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (; 204,622 indexed records with 61,504 record images (was 204,589 records with 61,503 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2022

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 5,996,379 indexed records with 359,883 record images (was 5,996,310 records with 359,881 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2022
England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1963      (; 2,900,867 indexed records with 134,087 record images (was 2,900,867 records with 134,087 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Find A Grave Index      (; 220,065,180 indexed records with 220,065,180 record images (was 219,126,736 records with 219,126,736 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 862,658 indexed records with 14,808 record images (was 862,658 records with 15,117 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2022
Florida Deaths, 1877-1939       (; 484,116 indexed records with 482,004 record images (was 483,312 records with 481,991 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022

Florida, Divorce, 1927-1950     (; 267,307 indexed records with 267,121 record images (was 267,307 records with 267,121 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2022
France, Calvados, Census, 1836  (; 1,030 indexed records with 40 record images (was 1,030 records with 39 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 589,988 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 589,956 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977   (; 5,980,566 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 5,969,508 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006     (; 2,392,506 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 2,373,515 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2022

Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 (; 536,599 indexed records with 337,976 record images (was 535,935 records with 337,976 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 4,461 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 4,149 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 3,632 indexed records with 1,043 record images (was 3,037 records with 879 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1967       (; 1,745,193 indexed records with 1,740,377 record images (was 1,742,600 records with 1,741,084 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910, 1921-1924   (; Index only (1,464,148 records), no images (was 1,464,148 records with 0 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022

Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918    (; 20,870,774 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 17,135,501 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (; 1,582,022 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,582,009 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996   (; 5,691,434 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,676,129 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Mexico, México, Catholic Church Records, 1567-1970      (; 4,326,919 indexed records with 4,823,124 record images (was 4,325,549 records with 4,823,124 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988      (; 9,995,911 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 9,931,064 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 7,485,962 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 7,473,344 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 2,711,120 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 2,703,469 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929  (; 1,176,495 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 1,154,048 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Mexico, Zacatecas, Catholic Church Records, 1605-1980   (; 3,249,880 indexed records with 1,663,800 record images (was 3,248,913 records with 1,663,800 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
New York, Birth Indexes outside of New York City, 1881-1942     (; 640,875 indexed records with 78,905 record images (was 640,875 records with 78,889 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022

Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,559,152 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,558,267 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 810,340 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 810,340 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2022
Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973      (; 917,511 indexed records with 240,799 record images (was 917,460 records with 240,799 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Paraguay, Asunción, Cemetery Records, 1842-2011 (; 235,894 indexed records with 66,809 record images (was 235,894 records with 66,809 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015    (; 2,050,919 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 2,050,555 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022

Peru, Arequipa, Civil Registration, 1860-1976   (; 71,888 indexed records with 24,048 record images (was 71,888 records with 24,048 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996  (; 31,969 indexed records with 34,017 record images (was 31,950 records with 34,017 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 21,494,162 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,458,600 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997      (; 807,938 indexed records with 942,817 record images (was 807,938 records with 942,817 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
Peru, Huánuco, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020       (; 5,939 indexed records with 3,998 record images (was 2,416 records with 2,259 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022

Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005      (; 1,556,474 indexed records with 1,116,809 record images (was 1,556,474 records with 1,116,809 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018 (; 585,661 indexed records with 291,414 record images (was 585,661 records with 291,414 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1913      (; 603,793 indexed records with 684,393 record images (was 590,282 records with 684,393 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911     (; 731,496 indexed records with 857,376 record images (was 731,477 records with 857,376 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2022
Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541-1985  (; 660,918 indexed records with 960,435 record images (was 637,327 records with 960,435 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022

Portugal, Leiria, Catholic Church Records, 1534-1911    (; 469,648 indexed records with 639,166 record images (was 462,652 records with 639,166 images), UPDATED 11-Sep-2022
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949     (
rch/collection/1913408); 2,197,356 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 2,196,624 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2022
Portugal, Santarém, Catholic Church Records, 1544-1911  (; 1,501,307 indexed records with 647,938 record images (was 1,497,865 records with 647,938 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 936,416 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 936,231 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911  (; 523,854 indexed records with 785,939 record images (was 522,147 records with 785,939 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2022

Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941 (; 742,036 indexed records with 396,243 record images (was 741,907 records with 396,243 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2022
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989     (; 1,705,444 indexed records with 1,034,661 record images (was 1,628,684 records with 1,034,661 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2022
Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1912     (; 669,973 indexed records with 702,397 record images (was 669,970 records with 702,397 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2022
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,241,484 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,218,930 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 91,694 indexed records with 436,440 record images (was 91,694 records with 436,431 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022

Scotland, Lanarkshire Church Records, 1823-1967 (; 17,973 indexed records with 685 record images (was 17,973 records with 685 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 1,896,744 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 1,894,361 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
South Africa, Johannesburg, Cemetery Records, 1840-2019 (; 883,187 indexed records with 67,651 record images (was 798,976 records with 44,885 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 641,937 indexed records with 901,521 record images (was 641,614 records with 901,411 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958    (; 370,954 indexed records with 341,966 record images (was 362,839 records with 333,956 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022

Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985       (; 13,216,765 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 11,419,479 records with 3,008,340 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
St. Lucia, Church Records, 1751-1793    (; 2 indexed records with 1 record images (was 2 records with 1 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2022
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 1,153,125 indexed records with 75,909 record images (was 1,142,975 records with 61,177 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2022
Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1741-1918       (; 1,122,664 indexed records with 40,448 record images (was 1,077,374 records with 40,448 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2022
Ukraine, Zaporizhia Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1811-1858 (; 634,252 indexed records with 62,154 record images (was 634,252 records with 62,154 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022

United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955       (; 1,330,342 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 1,012,324 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 10-Sep-2022
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (469,608 records), no images (was 466,827 records with 0 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Uruguay, Catholic Church Records, 1726-2000     (; 1,682,914 indexed records with 291,744 record images (was 1,681,472 records with 291,464 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Utah, State Archives Records, 1848-2001 (; 68,646 indexed records with 433,665 record images (was 68,170 records with 433,665 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2022
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 921,262 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 912,923 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022

Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 10,830 indexed records with 6,005 record images (was 10,227 records with 5,731 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 19,911,961 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 19,845,424 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2022
Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901      (; 457,554 indexed records with 27,170 record images (was 385,870 records with 24,245 images), UPDATED 16-Sep-2022

--- Collections with new images ---

France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896      (; 7,866,340 indexed records with 3,098,316 record images (was 7,866,340 records with 3,090,628 images), last updated 07-Jun-2021
Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900     (; 19,105 indexed records with 12,144 record images (was 19,105 records with 11,126 images), last updated 30-Jun-2022
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (; 1,633,217 indexed records with 46,886 record images (was 1,633,217 records with 46,450 images), last updated 09-Aug-2022
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 2,699,406 indexed records with 2,692,830 record images (was 2,699,406 records with 2,683,205 images), last updated 22-Jul-2022
South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930     (; 267,269 indexed records with 265,201 record images (was 267,269 records with 264,811 images), last updated 10-Aug-2022
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,673 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 141,358 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 420,897 indexed records with 10,703 record images (was 420,897 records with 10,759 images), last updated 31-Jan-2022
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 70,054 indexed records with 112,047 record images (was 70,054 records with 124,816 images), last updated 18-Aug-2022
Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 267,936 indexed records with 135,765 record images (was 267,936 records with 153,488 images), last updated 02-Sep-2022
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,601,362 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,609,065 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019


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 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, September 16, 2022

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 10 to 16 September 2022

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  10 to 16 September 2022: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Georgia, U.S., Naturalization Records, 1794-1993indexed database with digital images, Updated 9/15/2022

South Dakota, U.S., Marriages, 1905-2018indexed database with digital images, Updated 9/15/2022

Queensland, Australia, School Admission Records, 1860-1992indexed database without digital images, ADDED 9/15/2022

Texas, U.S., Naturalization Records, 1852-1991indexed database with digital images, Updated 9/14/2022

New Jersey, U.S., Naturalization Records, 1878-1945indexed database with digital images, Updated 9/14/2022

Montana, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1870-1999indexed database with digital images, Updated 9/14/2022

Michigan, U.S., Federal Naturalization Records, 1887-1931; indexed database with digital images, Updated 9/14/2022

1950 United States Federal Census; indexed database with digital images, Updated 9/14/2022

U.S., Naturalization Records, 1840-1957indexed  database with digital images, Updated 9/14/2022

UK and Commonwealth, Law Examination Records, 1836-1946; indexed database with digital images, ADDED 9/12/2022


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52 Ancestors - Week 447: #717 Rebecca (Gifford) Soule (1689-b1747) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Rebeckah Gifford (1689-1747)  is #717 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #716 Jacob Soule (1689-1748) in 1710, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  her son, #356 Benjamin Soule (1719-1803), who married #357 Meribah Waite (1720-1803) in 1742.
*  their daughter #179 Martha Soule (1743-1828) who married #178 David Kirby (1740-1832)  in 1763. 
*  their daughter, #89 Sibel Kirby (1764-1848) who married #88 Humphrey White (1757-1814)  in 1786.
*  their son, #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) who married Miranda Wade (1804-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married Amy Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) 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:                        Rebeckah Gifford[1–4]

*  Sex:                            Female

*  Father:                       Robert Gifford 1657-1730
*  Mother:                     Sarah Wing 1658-1720

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

*  Birth:                        1689 Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[2]

*  Death:                      before 12 August 1747 (before about age 58), not named in husband's will; Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[5]
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                     Jacob Soule (1687-1748)
*  Marriage 1:                  22 January 1709/10 (about age 20), Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1–3]

*  Child 1:                       Joseph Soule 1711-1793
*  Child 2:                       Elizabeth Soule 1712-1781
*  Child 3:                       Oliver Soule 1714-1715
*  Child 4:                       Rebecca Soule 1715-1747
*  Child 5:                       Nathaniel Soule 1718-1769
*  Child 6:                       Benjamin Soule 1719-1803
*  Child 7:                       Rosamond Soule 1723-1801
*  Child 8:                       Stephen Soule 1727-1789

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

Rebeckah Gifford was the daughter of Robert and Sarah (Wing) Gifford, born in about 1689 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts Bay[1-2].

She married Jacob Soule of Dartmouth on 22 January 1709/10 in Dartmouth[1-4].  Jacob was the son of Nathaniel and Rose (Thorn?) Soule.  They had eight children, all born and recorded in Dartmouth town records:

*  Joseph Soule (1711-1793), married (1) 1736 Mary Davis (1710-1750); (2) 1758 Dinah Tripp (1716-????).
*  Elizabeth Soule (1712-1781), married 1735 Caleb Tripp (1714-1781).
*  Oliver Soule (1714-1715).
*  Rebecca Soule (1715-1747), married 1735 Reuben Waite (1713-1754).
*  Nathaniel Soule (1718-1769), married 1741 Jane Potter (1717-1807).
*  Benjamin Soule (1719-1803), married 1742 Meribah Wait (1720-1803).
*  Rosamond Soule (1723-b1801), married 1744 Nathaniel Potter (1719-1801).
*  Stephen Soule (1727-1789), married 1746 Sarah Potter (1724-a1789).

Rebeckah and her sisters were not mentioned in their father's will, written in 1724 and proved in 1730.

There is no record of Rebeckah's death.  She is not mentioned in her husband's, Jacob Soule's will, written on 12 August 1747[5]. There is no burial record for her on Find A Grave.  A gravestone photograph purporting to be that of Rebeckah (Gifford Soule is posted on some of her profiles in Ancestry Member Trees, but it is for another Rebeckah Soule of Duxbury.


1. Anne Borden Harding (editor), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations : Volume 3: George Soule  (Plymouth, MA : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1980), page 22, Jacob Soule family sketch.

2. Almon E. Daniels and MacLean W. McLean, "William Gifford of Sandwich, Mass., d. 1687," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 128, pages 241-260 (October 1974), Volume 129, pages 221-237 (July 1975), Volume 129, pages 221-223, Robert Gifford Family Sketch.

3. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital images, (, "Dartmouth Births, Marriages and Deaths," no page number (image 303 of 2331), Rebeckah Gifford and Jacob Soule marriage entry.

4. Vital records of Dartmouth, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 ( Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society,1929-1930), Marriages, page 205, Rebeckah Gifford and Jacob Soule entry, 22 January 1709/10.

5. Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Probate Packet 24220 for Jacob Sowle of Dartmouth 1748 (8 images); "Bristol County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2017, American Ancestors (; original records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, digitized images provided by FamilySearch.


NOTE:  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 2022 to 468 Ancestors in 468 Weeks.

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