Saturday, April 15, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What Genea-Musings Posts Do You Like?

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1) Let's do something different today.  Since it's my 17th blogiversary today, please tell me which posts you especially like on Genea-Musings.  Are there any posts that you don't care for?

3)  Write your own blog post, or leave a comment on this post, or write something on Facebook.

Here's mine:

I really enjoy writing the Amanuensis Monday (document transcriptions) and the 52 Ancestors (ancestral genealogy sketches) because they improve my family tree and are challenging to write.  

Some of the other series are curation (Best Of, News Bytes, Education Bytes, new Findmypast collections, new/updated Ancestry collections and new/updated FamilySearch collections.  I hope that they help my readers.

I like writing the Dear Randy and Rabbit Holes With Randy posts because they connect me to my readers.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 8 to 14 April 2023

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

As of 14 April 2023, there are 3,194 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Guam, Census, 1896-1897 (; 7,887 indexed records with 7,887 record images, ADDED 12-Apr-2023

*  Netherlands Antilles, Civil Registration, 1817-2003     (; 1,716 indexed records with 1,716 record images, ADDED 12-Apr-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 171,298 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 167,596 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 88,256 indexed records with 87,981 record images (was 88,244 records with 87,969 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 444,642 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 443,590 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 140,850 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 139,841 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 220,526 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 220,342 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2023

Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (; 40,759 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 40,093 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 841,224 indexed records with 351,144 record images (was 840,333 records with 350,795 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,827,263 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,815,309 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995     (; 41,064 indexed records with 15,344 record images (was 40,430 records with 15,128 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,657,982 indexed records with 845,461 record images (was 1,655,566 records with 843,933 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 6,767,493 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,756,069 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 650,831 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 648,244 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 6,497,214 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,497,148 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,591,154 indexed records with 950,698 record images (was 7,572,516 records with 948,064 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 26,116,275 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,087,267 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023

Connecticut, County Coroner's Records, 1883-1934        (; 13,002 indexed records with 9,969 record images (was 3,177 records with 1,695 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2023
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 4,176,449 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,174,482 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,170,912 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,168,769 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,985,082 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,985,041 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1896   (; 37,019 indexed records with 2,833 record images (was 37,008 records with 1,747 images), UPDATED 12-Apr-2023

Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 2,271,808 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,271,669 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 6,092,414 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,087,338 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,258,625 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,258,323 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
England, Cumberland Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (; 491,350 indexed records with 31,420 record images (was 487,079 records with 31,327 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Find A Grave Index      (; 226,613,568 indexed records with 226,567,760 record images (was 226,613,568 records with 226,613,568 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023

Florida, Funeral Home Records, 1887-1971        (; 32,417 indexed records with 19,427 record images (was 32,179 records with 19,306 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
France, Calvados, Census, 1836  (; 1,501 indexed records with 19 record images (was 4,028 records with 94 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930       (; 4,070 indexed records with 3,928 record images (was 3,312 records with 3,173 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 1,049,284 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,049,178 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2023
Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 318,737 indexed records with 24,503 record images (was 318,288 records with 24,503 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023

Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994   (; 252,231 indexed records with 103,502 record images (was 250,333 records with 103,502 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006     (; 4,558,698 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,553,661 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2023
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900   (; 2,529,151 indexed records with 91,601 record images (was 2,439,717 records with 87,831 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 20,206 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 19,879 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 27,888 indexed records with 9,420 record images (was 26,020 records with 8,794 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023

Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941      (; 4,085 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 4,073 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930      (; 4,435 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 3,438 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920    (; 10,603,856 indexed records with 742,594 record images (was 10,603,856 records with 742,594 images), UPDATED 12-Apr-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 8,473,283 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,454,932 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 3,026,687 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,026,659 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 09-Apr-2023

Norway, Hedmark, Hamar District Prison records, 1877-1896       (; 2,481 indexed records with 83 record images (was 2,118 records with 71 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953    (; 13,486 indexed records with 25,112 record images (was 13,184 records with 24,810 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 21,851,485 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,846,280 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 1,078,152 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,077,862 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,344,412 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,342,899 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023

Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (; 277,539 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 276,859 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (650,739 records), no images (was 645,036 records with 0 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 981,518 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 979,994 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 57,897 indexed records with 28,778 record images (was 56,801 records with 28,554 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 76,138,093 indexed records with 13,720,331 record images (was 76,138,093 records with 13,704,982 images), last updated 16-Aug-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 298,453 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 295,208 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Guatemala, Totonicapán, Civil Registration, 1930-2008   (; 606,854 indexed records with 468,969 record images (was 606,854 records with 467,007 images), last updated 06-Apr-2023
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,616 record images (was 441,574 records with 315,746 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Finland, Passport Registers, 1900-1920  (; 111,359 indexed records with 2,044 record images (was 111,359 records with 3,009 images), last updated 06-Apr-2023
Italy, Salerno, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1949   (; 60,968 indexed records with 3,745,221 record images (was 60,968 records with 3,745,364 images), last updated 28-Dec-2021
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954     (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,004 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,354 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
Texas, Hardin County, Deed Records, 1840-1920   (; 19,997 indexed records with 14,714 record images (was 19,997 records with 18,195 images), last updated 10-Mar-2023
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970       (; 294,655 indexed records with 47,161 record images (was 294,655 records with 48,917 images), last updated 29-Mar-2023

Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901      (; 1,711,973 indexed records with 81,589 record images (was 1,711,973 records with 91,032 images), last updated 31-Mar-2023
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 248,565 indexed records with 215,929 record images (was 248,565 records with 247,034 images), last updated 15-Mar-2023


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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Today is Genea-Musings 17th Blogiversary! Celebrate with Me!!!

 It's Genea-Musings 17th Blogiversary ... yep, I started writing Genea-Musings on Tax Day, 2006!   I've been so busy, I almost forgot about it!  Genea-Musings is still a teenager... but perhaps nearing graduation.

It seems like just yesterday that I started my Randy's Musings blog - here is the first post on 15 April 2006. I explained the name change to Genea-Musings in my first anniversary post on 15 April 2007. In my two-year anniversary post, I showed a screen shot of the early blog page. 

I like to spout some numbers on my blogiversary, so please bear with me:

1)  After 17 years of Randy's Musings and Genea-Musings, this is post number 16,238.   Over 6,213 days, that averages out to be 2.61 posts per day. In the past year, I've written 804 posts, or 2.20 posts per day (that is a little lower than last year, 2.44. I think that the most in a year was 1,053 in 2017, and the most posts in one day was 8, but I've had some days with zero posts (usually when on vacation or in the hospital).

2)  I find it mind-boggling that I have posted:

*  682 Amanuensis Monday posts
*  192 Tuesday's Tips posts
*  763 Wordless Wednesday posts
*  817 Treasure Chest Thursday posts
*  475 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks posts
*  528 Surname Saturday posts
*  726 Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts
*   818 Best of the Genea-Blogs posts

That totals only 30.8% of the total number of blog posts.

For reference purposes, 521 weeks is 10 years, and 886 weeks is 17 years!

3)  Over the 17 years, over 95% of the posts have been original content that I have written, edited and posted about my own research, experience and education.  

4)    My Blogger statistics from Google indicate that I have had 14,365,492 page views in the 17 years.  Currently, I average about 70,000 page views per month, or about 2,300 per day.  It's also 885 views per post on average (ranging from tens to thousands).

5)  In addition,  over 2,200 persons subscribe via RSS using Feedly.  I don't have a count for other feeds, blog readers and  Facebook  readers. If I had to guess, I would say that about 2,000 persons read part of Genea-Musings on an average day. A significant number of the readers (probably over 30%) visiting the actual website come via Facebook or a search engine.

Please permit me to genea-muse for a bit here (it's a given, isn't it?):

1)  I really appreciate the Genea-bloggers Tribe community and all of my Genea-Musings readers. Without all of you, we would not have as much genealogy information (news, research experiences, family history, photographs, etc.) online. Blogging and social networking has brought democratization to the world of genealogy writing - anybody can do it (and many do it very well) and the genealogy community has more information, provided faster and more up-to-date, than it ever has had before.

2)  The genea-blogger community is overwhelmingly friendly and supportive of each other and their readers.  There is very little overt competition, back-biting or flame wars.  This reflects the genealogy community as a whole, I believe, and almost everyone I know believes, in and works at collaborating with, educating, and helping others from the most famous (e.g., the genea-rock stars like Elizabeth Mills, Tom Jones, Judy Russell, Blaine Bettinger, etc.) to the beginners (new society members, new blog readers, etc.).

3)  The Genea-Bloggers community as a whole has garnered the respect of the genealogy industry - the record provider companies, the software companies, website owners, and genealogical societies.  We have been treated and recognized as legitimate media outlets for the genealogy community.  They understand that genealogy blogs are a significant way to announce and publicize their products or services, and to create genea-buzz at conferences.  This could not happen without the commitment of genea-bloggers to objectivity and collaboration.  Not to mention time, energy and lifelong learning.

4)  I'm really proud to be a member of the Genea-Blogger community and to enjoy the camaraderie online and in person.  At a genealogy conference or seminar, genea-bloggers tend to flock together - it's an instant brother/sisterhood - many of us read and comment on each other's blogs.  Facebook and other social media sites have enabled us to "know," rejoice, or commiserate with the life and research experiences of our colleagues.  
I revel in meeting my friends and colleagues at society meetings, seminars and conferences.  Because of Linda's medical and mobility problems, we will not be able to go together to another conference.

5)  Why am I still writing genealogy blog posts?  Because I can.  Because it really helps me advance my own research.  Because something I write may help other researchers as cousin bait, or as an example, or as a demonstration.  Because I want to.  Because it's therapy for me.  Because it's fun!!!

6) Life is good in the genea-cave, and it's even better when family history is made with our daughters and the five grandchildren.   

7)  Lastly, thank you to my faithful readersI appreciate your feedback to my posts and learn a lot from the collected wisdom and experience of my readers.  

8)  Can I take the rest of the week off?  Probably not.   A new week starts tomorrow and I look forward to writing about 15 posts next week.   I will likely work on the RootsMagic family tree tonight before watching the Padres game.


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Friday, April 14, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 8 to 14 April 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from  8 to 14 April 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Australia, Applications to Enlist in the AIF, 1915-1918; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/13/2023

Eure, France, Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1550-1912; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/13/2023

Seine-Saint-Denis, France, Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1562-1996; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/13/2023

UK and Ireland, Families of Historic Properties, 1222-1967; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/12/2023

Iowa, U.S., Marriage Records, 1880-1947; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/12/2023

Oregon, U.S., County Divorce Records, 1917-1948; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/10/2023

Oregon, U.S., State Marriages, 1906-1971; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/10/2023

South Carolina, U.S., Births, 1915-1920; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/10/2023

Ireland, Kirkpatrick Index of Physician Biographical Files, 1650-1952; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/10/2023

1900 United States Federal Census; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/10/2023

Oregon, U.S., State Divorces, 1925-1971; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/10/2023

Oregon, U.S., State Births, 1842-1921; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/10/2023

Oregon, U.S., State Deaths, 1864-1971; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/10/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 6 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,303 collections available as of 14 April, an increase of 6 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 475: #752 Christopher Champlin (1656-1732) of Newport and Westerly, Rhode Island

Christopher Champlin (1656-1732) is #752 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married (1) #753 --?-- --?--  (c1658-b1718) in about 1682 in Westerly, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their son #376 William Champlin (1687-1778), married #377 Joanna --?-- (1692-1762) in about 1720.
*  their son #188  Elijah Champlin (1730-1779), married #189 Phoebe Card (1730-1789) in 1751.
*  their son #94 Joseph Champlin (1758-1850), married #95 Nancy Kenyon (c1765-b1833) in 1785.
*  their daughter #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865), married  #46 Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872) 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), married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), 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:                        Christopher Champlin[1–4,6-7]
*  Alternate Name:        Christopher Champlain[5]

*  Sex:                           Male

*  Father:                      Jeffrey Champlin (1618-1695)
*  Mother:                    Ulalia Garde (1632-1657)

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

*  Birth:                        26 September 1656, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[2]

*  Probate:                    22 August 1722 (age 65), agreement with wife Elizabeth; Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1-3]

*  Death:                      2 April 1732 (age 75), Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1-2,5]

*  Probate                    24 April 1732 (age 75), administrator appointed, estate inventory taken, account approved; Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1-2,4]

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

*  Spouse 1:                  --?-- --?-- (1658-1718)
*  Marriage 1:              about 1682 (about age 26) Rhode Island, United States[1-2,6]

*  Child 1:                    Christopher Champlin (1684-1734)
*  Child 2:                    John Champlin (1686-1746)
*  Child 3:                    William Champlin (1687-1778)
*  Child 4:                    Jeffrey Champlin (1689-1751)
*  Child 5:                    Joseph Champlin (1690-1731)
*  Child 6:                    Mary Ann Champlin (1692-1725)

*  Spouse 2:                 Elizabeth (Whitehead?) Davol (1670-1722)
*  Marriage 2:              about 1721 (about age 65), Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1-2,7]

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

The typescript Champlin Memorial : a record of the descendants of Geoffrey Champlin of Newport, R.I. in 1638, and of Westerly in 1661. by John D. Champlin was published in 1903[1].

The most complete family history is by Robert Champlin of Newmarket, Ontario[2].  He provided a computer file of many of the early Champlin families to the author.

Christopher Champlin, youngest son of Jeffrey Champlin and Eulalia Garde, was born at Newport, Rhode Island on September 26, 1656[2].

Christopher married twice. The name of his first wife has been lost to posterity[1-2,6], and she was the mother to all six of his children, each of whom was born at Westerly:

*  Christopher Champlin (1684-1734), married 1705 Elizabeth Denison (1689-1749)
*  John Champlin (1686-1746), married 1712 Elizabeth Raymond (1687-1766).
*  William Champlin (1687-1778), married c1720 Joanna --?-- (c1692-c1762)
*  Jeffrey Champlin (1689-1751), married c1730 Sarah --?-- (c1692-c1751).
*  Joseph Champlin (1690-1731), married c1720 Sarah Brown (c1694-1763).
*  Mary Ann Champlin (1692-1725), married 1716 Daniel Ely (c1693-1776).

Christopher Champlin married, secondly, to Elizabeth (Whitehead?) Davol (1670-1722), widow of William Davol (1666-1719)[1-2,7].  They had no children together.

Christopher Champlin was admitted a freeman of Westerly on October 17, 1679.  He was not as prominent in public affairs as his brothers but he held several positions of trust. In 1682 he was chosen "For the Jury of tryalls for the corte of tryalls to be held in Newporte." In 1698 he was appointed constable, in 1703 he was a member of the Town Council, and in 1706 and 1707 he was a deputy to the Rhode Island General Assembly representing Westerly[1-2].

On 11 September 1700, Christopher bought of "Ninicraft, Chief Sachem of yr Narragansetts for twelve pounds of N.E. silver," a tract of 140 acres in Westerly, bounded west by a river yt comes from Taukkacassett Pond and part by land of John Meson, south by the Great Pond, east as ye fence no standeth east by ye hills of rocks behind north of ye house where ye now dwelleth." 

On 11 February 1711 he deeded Christopher Champlin Jr. a 150 acre farm including what he had originally purchased from the Sachem Ninecraft, 300 pounds and then 10 years later 200 pounds and his farm, house, and land in Westerly[1-2].

On 21 August 1722, Christopher Champlin and his second wife, Elizabeth (--?--), widow of William  Davell, made an agreement[1-3].  It says (very difficult to read):
"To all Christian people to whome these presents shall come Know ye that whereas there is a Legacy Given to Elizabeth Champlin wife to Christopher Champlin Senr who was formerly Relict to Mr. William Danell deceased & he being of the town of Westerly in his Majesties Colony of Rhoad Island and Providence Plantations in New England (Viz.)

"Twenty Pounds mony twenty Loads of wood & the keeping of four Cretures ?? ?????? and yearly and every year during the whole course of her naturall life to be paid by the Son William Danel of sd Town & Colony as may appear by the last Will & Testament of the sd William Danel deceased who did make by sd last Will make and ordain William Danel her son an Executor to sd Last Will and testament and upon probation of sd will before the town Counsel of the town of Westerly the sd Councel did Require Bond of sd Danel with two sureties for his ??? Administration and performance of sd will & In Compliance with the sd Request Samuel Clark and Christopher Champlin Junr Both of the said town and Colony were both bound with the sd William Danel unto the aforesd Counsel as may appear by their Bond of two thousand pounds Currant mony of New England which is upon Record for the due performance of sd will the Bond haves date March the thirteenth day in the year one thousand seven hundred and Eighteen Coming nineteen & for the Better Securing the sd Sureties or bondsmen Clark and Champlin their Estates Heirs & Succesers which is altogether Requisite and needfull by Reason that it ????? Evident that the aforesd William Danel hath ??paid a Great part of his Estate & doth Still go on Wasting & Embezzling of the same Reference being had to the above written precept and Every Article & Clause yrof ???? of one Sd Elizabeth Champlin having Considered the Difficulty that may arise to said Bondsmen by ???? [an unreadable line inserted] of these presents for Ever Exhonorate Requit and Discharge the aforesd Samuel Clark and Christopher Champlin Sr and their heirs Executors and admr for Ever of and from all and Every part and parcel of the Legacy of twenty pounds mony twenty Loads of wood and keeping of four Cretures that is to say I do for Ever Requitt and Discharge the sd Clark and Champlin their heirs and Succesors from all that hath been due unto me by the above mentioned will from the begining of the world to the Date of these presence and from the Date of these presents to the end of the world. I the Sd Christopher Champlin Senr do by these presents allow and confirm all the above writen premises and in token and Confirmation that this is our lone and voluntary act and deed we have hereunto Sett our hands and seales this twenty first day of August Annoq Domini 1722.

Signed Sealed and Delivered                                          his
in the presents of us                                    Christopher CC Champlin (seal)
Edward Greenman                                                       mark
Robert Austin                                                              her
Joanna Champlin                                           Elizabeth EC Champlin  (seal)
G Davisson                                                               mark
"Mr. Christopher Champlin and Mrs. Elizabeth Champlin the Subscribing both presents appeared in Westerly this 29 Day of August 1722 and acknowledged the above writen instrument to be their voluntary act and deed before me, Joseph Stanton, Justice."
Christopher Champlin appears often in the Westerly land records (FHL microfilm numbers in parentheses)[1]:

*  Westerly deeds, Vol. 4, 1725-1738, Pages 142-43 (940232), Christopher Champlin to William Champlin, son of sd Christopher Champlin, cordwainer, 37 ½ A bounded: Nicholas Saterly, Capt. John Babcock, Roger Elderton; mentions a deed by John Lewis dated Dec. 17, 1722, Dec. 9, 1726. Witnesses: George Babcock, Henry Davison.

*  Westerly deeds, Vol. 5, Pages 253-254 (940233), Indenture dated April 7, 1730, between Christopher Champlin and Elizabeth his wife, and Roger Elderton, 37 ½ A bounded: Nicholas Saterly, Capt. John Babcock, .. deed from under hand and seal of John Lewis dated Dec. 17, 1722. Witnesses: William Bassett and Jos. Hull.

*  Westerly deeds, Vol. 5, Page 273 (940233), Christopher Champlin quit claim to Joseph Hull rights in dwelling house and land which Joseph Hull bought of Caleb Church, Bloomer, Dec. 22, 1730. Witnesses: Isaac Browne and Jeffery Champlin.

*  Westerly deeds, Vol. 6, Pages 207-08 (940233), Christopher Champlin and Elizabeth his wife to son Christopher Champlin, Husbandman, 100 A bounded: Charles Ninegrett, land I have given to my son Joseph Champlin, Nov. 17, 1733. Witnesses: Joseph Champlin and Rebeckah Champlin.

*  Westerly deeds, Vol. 6 Pages 209-10 (940233), Christopher Champlin and Elizabeth his wife to son Joseph Champlin 74 A bounded: land I have given to my son Christopher Champlin, Maj. Joseph Stanton, Nov. 17, 1733. Witnesses: Christopher Champlin jr and Hannah Champlin.

*  Westerly deeds, Vol. 6, Pages 219-220, Christopher Champlin Jr. and Hannah his wife to Christopher Champlin sr., 100 A, Nov. 27, 1733. Witnesses: Enoch Kinyon and John Bell.

Christopher Champlin died at Westerly on 2 April 1732[1-2,5]. His will was offered for probate, 24 April 1732, but, for some informality, it was set aside and on the same day the Town Council of Westerly voted that "Capt. Christo^r Champlin shall have Letter of Administration on his own bond on his father's estate."[1,4]

On 24 April 1732, the inventory of Christopher Champlin of the town of Westerly in King's County in the Colony of Rhoad Island, yeoman lately deceased, was appraised by Samuel Perry, Benjamin Perry and John Hill.  The inventory is short with only 13 lines, but is difficult to decipher.  It totaled 189 pounds, 4 shillings and 10 pence.  The major portion of the estate was a "bond from Thomas Mitchell of Block Island, a Desperate Debt" valued at 156 pounds. There is also an entry for "an old Negro woman worse than Nothing" with a value of 00-00-00.  The inventory was recorded on 24 (?) April 1732[1,4].

The “accompt of ye Subscribers proceedings as administrator of ye Estate of Christopher Champlin, Senr, late of Westerly desesed,” was signed Chr. Champlin and dated December 25, 1732.  Among the items are:
“to Doctor Babcock as per Receipt £2 – 11 - 6”
“to funerall Charges 8 – 15 - 0”
“to 5 days spent in ye affaire 01 – 05 - 0”
It is not known where Christopher Champlin or his two wives are buried in Westerly.


1. John D. Champlin, Champlin Memorial : a record of the descendants of Geoffrey Champlin of Newport, R.I. in 1638, and of Westerly in 1661 (Newport, R.I. : the author, 1903)., pages 8-10, #3 Christopher Champlin family sketch.

2. Robert R. Champlin, typescript, Champlin Families in America (Newmarket, Ontario : the author, 2011), unnumbered pages, #7 Christopher Champlin family sketch.

3. Westerly [R.I.] Town Clerk, "Town council and probate records, 1699-1888 [Westerly, Rhode Island]," (on 5 FHL Microfilm reels), Volume 2, Pages 74-75 (accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,930,805), Agreement between Christopher Champlin and Elizabeth Danell, 22 August 1722.

4. Westerly [R.I.] Town Clerk, "Town council and probate records, 1699-1888 [Westerly, Rhode Island]," Christopher Champlin probate records, administrator appointed, inventory taken, account approved, 24 April 1732.

5. James N. Arnold (editor), The Narragansett Historical Register, A Magazine Devoted to the Antiquities, Genealogy and Historical Matter Illustrating the History of the Narragansett Country, or Southern Rhode Island, Volume 1, 1882-1883 (Hamilton, R.I. :  The Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, 1882-1883), "A List of the Births and Deaths of Westerly," page 68, Christopher Champlain death entry, 2 April 1732; accessed on FamilySearch Books (

6. "U.S. New England Marriages Prior to 1700," indexed database with digital images,  (, page 143, Christopher Champlin and --?-- --?--, 1682.

7. "U.S. New England Marriages Prior to 1700," indexed database with digital images,  (, page 143, Christopher Champlin and Elizabeth Danell, about 1721.


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, April 13, 2023

Dear Randy: Why Don't I Receive Your Genea-Musings Emails Any More?

Several devoted readers have sent me questions in email like this.  Let me quote one:

"I have been receiving your blog letters for years and at the end of 2022 they stopped. I have tried to sign up again but cannot find a link.  What am I to do. My days are sad without your wonderful news letters!  Please send me a link or tell me how to get back in your good graces."

Dear readers:  Thank you for the nice emails. Unfortunately, I don't have any good news.  My email responses to these readers have included the following:

" Dear reader:  The email feed that I was using (since about 2010) - Feedburner - to distribute my daily posts intentionally stopped working in July 2022.  So that's why you no longer get my daily emails with Genea-Musings blog posts.  

"I have not found a free email system that lets me send daily emails to over 2,000 readers.  That's what I had before Feedburner quit sending them, although I suspect that some (many?) of the email addresses were dormant or unread.   There are several email services that charge money based on the number of email addresses on the list.  I make no money from this blog, and cannot afford $100 or more each month.

"I am still alive and kicking after recovery from my bypass heart surgery in May 2022, and have been writing blog posts - about 16 a week, although my computer time has been reduced significantly.  You can put Genea-Musings ( in your Internet web browser and read my posts any time you want, or in your Bookmark or Favorites in your web browser and click on it when you want.  

"You could use an RSS feed program like Feedly ( to read any number of blogs.  I use Feedly every day to read about 200 genealogy blog posts a day.  It's free, but does have premium features.  By adding the Genea-Musings link (and any other blog links) to Feedly you can click on the Feedly link (I keep the Feedly link in my Bookmarks Bar on Chrome) any time you want and it will show you new posts from your list of links.  

"If you're on Facebook, make me a Friend (and I will reciprocate friendship) and access my FB feed (  I post a link to every post each day on my FB feed.

"If you're using a smart phone or tablet to read internet sites, you can open the web browser and add the web address to it (there is probably a "Favorite" feature on the device's browser).

"Be assured that you are not in my bad graces, and I don't have an easy, and cheap, solution to offer you."

Needless to say, my blog traffic has gone way down since July 2022 - it's about 30% of what it was before Feedburner shut down.

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