Saturday, February 4, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Basic Facts For an Ancestor

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  Pick an ancestor, any ancestor.  What do you know about them?  What source type(s) do you have for each item? Answer the 20 questions below about your chosen ancestor.

2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own blog post.

Here's mine:

1)  Ancestor's birth name:   Jonathan Oatley [book, church record, census, marriage record, death certificate]

2)  Ancestor's parents:  Joseph Oatley and Mary Hazard [book]

3)  Ancestor's birth date and place:  7 July 1790, South Kingstown RI [book, Find A Grave]

4)  Ancestor's baptism/christening date and place:  6 February 1813, Exeter, RI [book]

5)  Ancestor's spouse birth name:  Amy Champlin [book]

6)  Ancestor's spouse parents:  Joseph Champlin and Nancy Kenyon [book]

7)  Ancestor's spouse birth date and place:  9 March 1798, South Kingstown, RI [book, Find A Grave]

8)  Ancestor's spouse death date and place:  8 February 1865, East Killingly CT [town record, death certificate]

9)  Children of Ancestor and spouse:  a)  John Alfred Oatley; b) Joseph H. Oatley; c)  Almira O. Oatley; d)  Nancy E. Oatley; e)  Lorenzo Dow Oatley; f)  Stephen Hazard Oatley:  g)  William Henry Oatley; h)  Benedict Oatley; i)  Amy Frances Oatley; j)  Jonathan Oatley; k)  Mary Eliza Oatley; l)  Hannah Hazel Oatley; m)  Olive F. Oatley; n) George Whittier Oatley.  [book, town records]

10)  Ancestor's death date and place:  10 August 1872, East Killingly, CT [book, death certificate, Find A Grave, death index]

11)  Ancestor cause of death:  old age [death certificate]

12)  Ancestor's burial location:  Bartlett Cemetery #1, East Killingly, CT [Find A Grave]

13)  Ancestor's occupation(s):  Minister [book, 1834, death certificate] , stonecutter [census, 1850], mason [census, 1860]

14)  Ancestor's  military service:  None

15)  Ancestor's residences:  South Kingstown, RI, Exeter, RI, Killingly CT. [book, census records, death certificate]

16)  Ancestor's land records:  None

17)  Ancestor's probate records:  None

18)  How do you keep track of this information?:  RootsMagic software.

19)  What records do you need to find?:  birth record with parents names; spouse birth record with parents names; marriage record.

20)  Have you written an ancestor genealogical sketch about this person?:  Yes.


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Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County Program Announcement - 7 February 2023

 The publicity flyer for the February, 2023, ZOOM program presented by the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County is below.  The ZOOM registration link is shown at the top.  

This is a FREE event. Registration can be made at

Thank you to Genea-Musings reader and CVGS member Gail Burk for sending this information.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 28 January to 3 February 2023

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

As of 3 February 2023, there are 3,182 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Florida, Funeral Home Records, 1887-1971        (; 62 indexed records with 62 record images, ADDED 02-Feb-2023

*  Germany, Oldenburg, Catholic and Lutheran Church Records, 1764-1959     (; 1,394 indexed records with 1,394 record images, ADDED 02-Feb-2023

*  Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953    (; 8,863 indexed records with 8,863 record images, ADDED 03-Feb-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Alaska, Village Census Rolls, 1919-1972 (; 9,471 indexed records with 1,145 record images (was 6,289 records with 631 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 148,505 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 146,913 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 434,454 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 433,541 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 122,976 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 122,048 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 189,241 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 186,089 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023

Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 9,251,941 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,248,929 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 30-Jan-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 825,109 indexed records with 344,600 record images (was 823,032 records with 343,606 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,714,258 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,697,064 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995     (; 35,135 indexed records with 12,722 record images (was 34,371 records with 12,334 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,637,193 indexed records with 834,879 record images (was 1,634,810 records with 833,704 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 6,665,520 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,661,671 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 630,524 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 627,417 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 6,496,857 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,496,661 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,465,357 indexed records with 932,554 record images (was 7,457,183 records with 931,524 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 25,830,987 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 25,807,835 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 4,133,358 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,132,925 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,151,362 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,144,694 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,984,505 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,984,449 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 2,266,748 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,266,672 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 6,049,064 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,044,545 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,257,959 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,257,919 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2023
England, Cumberland Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (; 68,376 indexed records with 4,660 record images (was 45,259 records with 3,315 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930       (; 817 indexed records with 807 record images (was 328 records with 328 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 1,045,897 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,045,331 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994   (; 245,459 indexed records with 103,502 record images (was 245,304 records with 103,502 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023

Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 (; 538,397 indexed records with 337,976 record images (was 538,394 records with 337,976 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2023
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980   (; 12,329,591 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 10,459,958 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 14,576 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 14,046 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 19,203 indexed records with 6,284 record images (was 19,038 records with 6,220 images), UPDATED 29-Jan-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941      (; 3,853 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 3,795 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023

Italy, Udine, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1815, 1871-1911  (; 503,203 indexed records with 1,262,279 record images (was 503,203 records with 1,262,279 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2023
Luxembourg Census Records, 1843-1900    (; 13,708 indexed records with 1,115,931 record images (was 8,637 records with 1,115,931 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 8,243,923 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,206,639 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 3,022,990 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,021,742 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 823,205 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 822,982 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2023

Norway, Oslo, Census, 1912      (; 14,951 indexed records with 3,032 record images (was 12,748 records with 1,590 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2023
Peru Baptisms, 1556-1930        (; Index only (2,857,454 records), no images (was 2,865,547 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Peru Marriages, 1600-1940       (; Index only (402,655 records), no images (was 412,737 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 21,730,152 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 22,004,617 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 1,075,075 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,074,775 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,332,124 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,330,528 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (; 270,292 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 269,416 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 1,660,573 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 1,358,089 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 27-Jan-2023
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850     (; 65,424 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 63,609 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 31-Jan-2023
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880     (; 134,319 indexed records with 48,947 record images (was 130,873 records with 48,947 images), UPDATED 01-Feb-2023

Texas, County Deaths, 1860-2005 (; 4,954 indexed records with 4,881 record images (was 14,299 records with 4,881 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023
United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906     (; Browse 954,378 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 954,378 images), UPDATED 31-Jan-2023
United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975 (; 52,123,098 indexed records with 8,129,310 record images (was 52,123,098 records with 8,129,310 images), UPDATED 31-Jan-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (583,067 records), no images (was 575,264 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 976,851 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 976,358 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023

Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 42,711 indexed records with 24,106 record images (was 40,567 records with 22,922 images), UPDATED 03-Feb-2023
Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901      (; 1,711,719 indexed records with 91,528 record images (was 1,710,996 records with 91,505 images), UPDATED 02-Feb-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1876      (; 69,098 indexed records with 1,580 record images (was 69,098 records with 1,368 images), last updated 04-Jan-2023
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 297,441 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
United States 1950 Census       (; 7,849,989 indexed records with 7,849,989 record images (was 1,847,635 records with 1,847,635 images), last updated 16-Aug-2022
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 152,163 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 137,480 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,237,336 indexed records with 1,865,662 record images (was 7,237,336 records with 1,871,564 images), last updated 30-May-2022
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 222,572 record images (was 527,525 records with 224,125 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
South Africa, Natal, Passenger Lists, 1860-1911 (; 154,219 indexed records with 5,768 record images (was 154,219 records with 6,701 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,560 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,616 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960   (; 3,269,031 indexed records with 2,247,208 record images (was 3,269,031 records with 2,315,885 images), last updated 18-Oct-2022

--- Collections with new records ---

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (; Index only (46,640,643 records), no images (was 46,640,642 records with 0 images), last updated 03-Jan-2023

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,143 records), no images (was 875,610,148 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020


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, February 3, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 28 January to 3 February 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from  28 January to 3 February 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) Records, 1943-1947 (USHMM); indexed records without record images, Updated 2/1/2023

Cohasset, Massachusetts, U.S., Directory, 1894; indexed records without record images, Updated 2/1/2023

Massachusetts, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/30/2023

Minnesota, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/30/2023

Ohio, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/30/2023

Texas, U.S., Select County Marriage Records, 1837-1965; indexed records with record images, Updated 1/30/2023

North Carolina, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/30/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 4 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,267 collections available as of 3 February, an increase of 4 from last week. 


Disclosure: I receive a complimentary all-access subscription from, for which I am thankful. has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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52 Ancestors - Week 466: #743 Deborah Church (1677-1752) of Hingham, Massachusetts, Little Compton, Rhode Island, and Lebanon, Connecticut

Deborah Church (1677-1752)  is #743 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #742 Samuel Gray (1682-1712)  in 1699 in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #371 Lydia Gray (1707-????) , who married #370 Joseph Ladd (1701-1748), in 1731
*  their daughter #185 Elizabeth "Betsy" Ladd (1735-1814), married #184 Benedict Oatley (1732-1821) in 1755.
*  their son # 92 Joseph Oatley (1756-1815), married #95 Mary Hazard (1765-1857) in 1781.
*  their son #46 Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872), married #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865) in 1813.
*  their daughter #23 Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864), married #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married 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) who 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:                     Deborah Church[1–4]
*  Alternate Name:     Deborah Grey[5-6,9]
*  Alternate Name:     Deborah Throope[7]
*  Alternate Name:     Deborah Church Gray Throope[8]

*  Sex:                         Female

*  Father:                    Joseph Church 1638-1711
*  Mother:                  Mary Tucker 1640-1710

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

*  Birth:                      12 March 1676/7, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States[1–3]

*  Distribution:           12 March 1710/1 (age 34), father's will proved ; Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[5]
*  Distribution:           2 April 1712 (age 36), husband's will proved; Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[6]

*  Death:                      8 June 1752 (age 76), Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States[7–8]
*  Burial:                      after 8 June 1752 (after age 76), Old Cemetery, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States[8]

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                 Samuel Gray 1681-1712
*  Marriage 1:              13 July 1699 (about age 22), Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1–2]

*  Child 1:                    Samuel Gray 1700-1764
*  Child 2:                    John Gray 1701-1702
*  Child 3:                    Dorothy Gray 1704-1740
*  Child 4:                    Joseph Gray 1706-1706
*  Child 5:                    Lydia Gray 1707-    
*  Child 6:                    Simeon Gray 1709-1742
*  Child 7:                    Ignatius Gray 1711-1712

*  Spouse 2:                 Daniel Throope 1670-1737
*  Marriage 2:              21 January 1713 (age 36), Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1-2,9]

*  Child 8:                   William Throope 1714-1714
*  Child 9:                   Daniel Throope 1715-1771
*  Child 10:                 Joseph Throope 1717-1799

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

Deborah Church was born 12 March 1676/7 in Hingham, Massachusetts, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Tucker) Church[1-3].  The Church family moved to Little Compton, Rhode Island in about 1680.

She married (1) Samuel Gray (1682-1712), son of Edward and Dorothy (Lettice) Gray, on 13 July 1699 in Little Compton, Rhode Island[1-2,4].  The Samuel Gray family resided in Musquosh Hollow in Little Compton.  Samuel and Deborah had seven children, all recorded in the Little Compton town records:

*  Samuel Gray (1700-1764), married 1721 Hannah Kent (1702-1769).
*  John Gray (1701-1702).
*  Dorothy Gray (1704-1740), married (1) Samuel Throop (1700-1726); (2) 1729 Ebenezer Hyde (1702-1742).
*  Joseph Gray (1706-1706).
*  Lydia Gray (1707-????), married 1731 Joseph Ladd (1701-1748).
*  Simeon Gray (1709-1742), married 1731 Ann Hide (1713-1773).
*  Ignatius Gray (1711-1712).

Deborah's father, Joseph Church of Little Compton Esq., wrote a will dated 15 February 1710/11 and proved on 12 March 1710/11 in Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Court[5].  His daughter, Deborah Gray, was bequeathed:
"I give and bequeath to my Daughter Deborah Grey the wife of Samuel Grey one whole share to them & their heires and assignes as aforesd."
Samuel Gray died on 23 March 1712 in Little Compton, Rhode Island.  He wrote his will on 20 March 1712 which was proved in Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Court on 2 April 1712.  His wife, Deborah Gray and his brother Thomas Grey were joint Executors.  He bequeathed to his wife Deborah:
"Imp-s.  I give and bequeath unto Deborah Grey my Dearly Beloved wife the Improvem-t of my whole Estate both Real and personall for her own and her Childrens maintenance so long as she haves my name or Remaines my widowand do allso Constitute make & ordain Her and my beloved brother Thomas Grey Joynt Executors of this my last will & Testament. Item my will is y-t if my wife after my decease do see cause to Marry again that then she shall have one hundred pounds Currant money of this Province payd to her out of my Estate and shall quit her Right, tithe, interest & ronrom (?) to & with any of the rest of my Estate.
Ten months after Samuel Gray's death, Deborah Gray married (2) Daniel Throope (1670-1737) in Little Compton on 21 January 1713, as his third wife[1-2,9].  He was the son of  William and Mary (Chapman) Throope.  Daniel Throop and Deborah (Church) Gray had three children:

*  William Throope (1714-1714)
*  Daniel Throope  (1715-1771), married 1737 Susanna Carey (1717-1754).
*  Joseph Throope (1717-1799), married 1740 Deborah Buell (1718-1811).

Daniel Throope died on 3 December 1737 in Lebanon, Connecticut.

Deborah (Church) (Gray) Throope died 8 June 1752 in Lebanon, Connecticut[7-8].  She was buried in Old Cemetery in Lebanon[8].  The inscription on her stone says:
"In memory of Deborah Throope, consort of Mr. Dan Throope, who lived a sober and virtuous life and died in hope of eternal life through Christ, June the 8th, 1752, in the 70th year of her age."

1. Robert S. Wakefield (compiler), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 18: Family of Richard Warren (3 Parts) (Boston, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1999), Part 1, page 103, Deborah Church family sketch.

2. Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, Little Compton Families ( Little Compton, R.I.: Little Compton Historical Society, 1967), page 294, #6 Samuel Gray (1682-1712) family sketch.

3. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital images, (, "Hingham > Births, Marriages, and Deaths," page 39, image 2419 of 3625, Deborah Church birth entry, 12 March 1676/7.

4. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008), page 651, Samuel Gray and Deborah Church marriage entry, 13 July 1699.

5. "Probate Records, 1687-1916; Index, 1687-1926," Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate Court Records, on 199 FHL US/CAN Microfilm rolls; original records at Probate Registry, Taunton, Mass., Volume 3, Pages 21-23, probate records of Joseph Church of Little Compton, 1711, on FHL Microfilm 0,461,882.

6. Bristol County [Mass.] Register of Probate, Bristol County (Mass.) Probate Records, 1686-1880, American Ancestors (, Case 11298 (6 images), estate papers of Samuel Gray of Little Compton, 1712.

7. Robert S. Wakefield (compiler), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 18: Family of Richard Warren (3 Parts)Part 1, page 103, Deborah (Church) (Gray) Throop death entry, 8 June 1752.

8. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Old Cemetery, Lebanon, Conn., Deborah Church Gray Throope memorial #46181013.

9. Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, Little Compton Families, page 294, Daniel Throop and Deborah Grey marriage entry, 21 January 1713.


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 in 2014.  I have extended this theme in 2023 to 520 Ancestors in 520 Weeks.

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Findmypast Friday: Delve Into Rich Northumberland Records

I received this information from Findmypast today:


Delve into rich Northumberland records this Findmypast Friday  

Northumberland Baptisms 

There are over 13,000 new additions to this collection from six parishes across the county, spanning the years 1571-1847. While you’ll typically find both parents’ names and dates, you may also uncover the father’s occupation, residences, and even if the child is the firstborn, and so on.  

Northumberland Marriages 

 384 records have been added to this set, covering 1769-1771. Detail you’ll find may include the spouses’ names and ages, residences, witnesses and father’s names. 

Northumberland Burials 

 There are 86 new records to this collection, all for the Catholic church of Haggerston, Our Lady and St Cuthbert. You'll normally find a name, burial date, residence, and sometimes next of kin, useful for ensuring you have the right ancestor. 

Northumberland & Durham Memorial Inscriptions 

 Lastly, 5,300 memorial inscriptions have been added to this set, covering seven burial grounds across both counties. You may find an ancestor’s name, burial and birth year, along with some additional notes or the inscription.  


 A further 156,854 pages have been added to the newspaper archive this week, with a duo of new titles from London.

New titles: 

  • Comet for Hornsey, Crouch End and Highgate, 1889
  • Wandsworth Borough News, 1914 

Updated titles: 

  • Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 1770, 1792
  • Bath Journal, 1762
  • Birmingham Daily Post, 1901, 1912
  • Birmingham Mail, 1918 
  • Coleshill Chronicle, 1982 
  • Coventry Evening Telegraph, 1980 
  • Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter, 1956
  • Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, 1881
  • Esher News and Mail, 1970-1971, 1974, 1999 
  • Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 1997 
  • Hull Daily Mail, 1987 
  • Kensington News and West London Times, 1911 
  • Lincolnshire Echo, 1952, 1954-1955, 1965-1966, 1987
  • Liverpool Daily Post, 1916 
  • Liverpool Daily Post (Welsh Edition), 1962, 1965
  • Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1923 
  • Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 1938 
  • Nottingham Evening Post, 1967 
  • Nottingham Guardian, 1909 
  • Staffordshire Newsletter, 1987 
  • Sunbury & Shepperton Herald, 1994 
  • Sunday Sun (Newcastle), 1993, 1995 
  • Surrey Advertiser, 1904-1908, 1910, 1921, 1924-1926, 1928, 1930, 1934-1938, 1946, 1948-1949, 1951, 1953-1954, 1956-1958, 1962, 1965-1966, 1968-1973
  • Winsford Chronicle, 1991 
  • Wokingham Times, 1997  


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