Saturday, May 6, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Then and Now -- Family Tree Software

 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)  Then and Now - Which genealogy software have you used over your genealogy career to document your genealogy and family history research?  What did you start with (Then) and what do you presently use (Now).  Please share your experiences.

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

Here's mine:

I started doing genealogy and family history research in 1988 - 35 years ago.  How time flies by!

My first computer in 1983 - an IBM PC with no hard drive and two 64 kb floppy disks - was used to write reports and letters and (I think!) to access, via a 300-baud modem, online text sites, especially the Prodigy network in the early 1990s.  At some point, I obtained Personal Ancestral File (PAF) and was able to start entering my family tree information, and save it on a floppy disk.

In 1994, I bought a Windows PC with a hard drive and used Personal Ancestral File (PAF) until about 1996 when I obtained Family Tree Maker (Version 5?). Over time, I upgraded my computers, Windows, Family Tree Maker (to Version 16 by 2006), increased the memory capacity, and updated the modem.  

In about 2006, I changed my main genealogy software to RootsMagic (Version 3?) and have used updated versions every since (now on Version 9).  

My present family tree includes my own ancestral research, including my wife's, my sons-in-law, several surname projects (Seaver, Carringer, Auble, Vaux, Dill, etc.) and now descendants of my 4th great-grandparents.  I have about 71,000 profiles in my RootsMagic family tree now.  I update my Ancestry Member Tree (using RootsMagic TreeShare) weekly, my MyHeritage family tree yearly (using a GEDCOM file), and regularly share information with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles.

I also have Family Tree Maker 2019 (the latest version) and Legacy Family Tree (Version 9) which I occasionally use for standard genealogy reports that RootsMagic doesn't do well IMHO.  


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 29 April to 5 May 2023

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

As of 5 May 2023, there are 3,200 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 4 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

North Carolina, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945       (; 961,543 indexed records with 961,543 record images, ADDED 02-May-2023

Pennsylvania, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945  (; Index only, no images, ADDED 03-May-2023

*  United States Naturalization and Citizenship    (; 52,872 indexed records with 52,872 record images, ADDED 02-May-2023

Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896  (; 240,266 indexed records with 240,266 record images, ADDED 05-May-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Albania, Catholic Church Records, 1799-1967     (; 103 indexed records with 5 record images (was 101 records with 4 images), UPDATED 30-Apr-2023
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 180,641 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 178,803 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 448,305 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 446,947 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Civil Registration, 1860-1965    (; 755,008 indexed records with 545,861 record images (was 754,897 records with 545,806 images), UPDATED 03-May-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 143,911 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 142,433 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023

Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 220,667 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 220,644 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 03-May-2023
Arkansas First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945      (; 1,631 indexed records with 1,003,703 record images (was 0 records with 1,003,703 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 122,663 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 81,924 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (; 42,013 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 41,675 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 9,266,103 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,261,664 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 845,869 indexed records with 352,983 record images (was 844,906 records with 352,562 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,864,315 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,847,449 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995     (; 44,391 indexed records with 16,456 record images (was 43,072 records with 16,018 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,665,035 indexed records with 846,514 record images (was 1,663,031 records with 848,329 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 6,790,948 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,785,220 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977      (; 788,139 indexed records with 166,596 record images (was 788,139 records with 166,596 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 656,309 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 654,886 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 6,497,344 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,497,285 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,651,634 indexed records with 958,168 record images (was 7,638,770 records with 956,489 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 26,213,014 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,190,702 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 4,187,160 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,180,790 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,174,596 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,172,936 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,985,445 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,985,348 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 03-May-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 2,272,348 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,271,914 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 6,108,753 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,104,413 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,260,267 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,260,080 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
England, Cumberland Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (; 520,258 indexed records with 32,035 record images (was 513,376 records with 31,873 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Florida, Funeral Home Records, 1887-1971        (; 33,375 indexed records with 19,911 record images (was 32,977 records with 19,710 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930       (; 8,811 indexed records with 8,637 record images (was 7,180 records with 7,019 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 1,050,917 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,049,760 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023

Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994   (; 254,297 indexed records with 103,502 record images (was 253,898 records with 103,502 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
Hawaii, Marriages, 1826-1954    (; 116,927 indexed records with 41,662 record images (was 75 records with 36,487 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965        (; 1,841,249 indexed records with 47,611 record images (was 1,838,273 records with 46,091 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940   (; 2,500,702 indexed records with 654,418 record images (was 2,500,346 records with 654,418 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023
Italy, Catania, Arcidiocesi di Catania, Catholic Church Records, 1515-1941      (; Browse 1,762,909 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 1,762,909 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023

Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 21,627 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 21,184 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 32,463 indexed records with 10,966 record images (was 31,610 records with 10,663 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941      (; 4,129 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 4,118 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 29-Apr-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930      (; 7,315 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 6,013 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954   (; 3,382,467 indexed records with 1,302,310 record images (was 3,382,155 records with 1,302,310 images), UPDATED 03-May-2023

Mexico, Oaxaca, Catholic Church Records, 1559-1988      (; 8,866,599 indexed records with 3,458,764 record images (was 9,141,864 records with 3,458,764 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 8,508,354 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,496,985 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 3,026,722 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,026,713 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929  (; 1,291,351 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 1,252,994 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 28-Apr-2023
Minnesota, Death Records and Certificates, 1900-1955    (; 697,277 indexed records with 589,395 record images (was 697,277 records with 589,395 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023

New York, Staten Island, Moravian Cemetery, Interment Records, 1866-1967        (; 29,313 indexed records with 1,905 record images (was 29,313 records with 1,905 images), UPDATED 28-Apr-2023
New York, U.S. District Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1991 (; 3,113,672 indexed records with 2,187,206 record images (was 2,766,469 records with 2,187,206 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 823,277 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 823,269 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979     (; 7,815,899 indexed records with 1,509,652 record images (was 7,814,431 records with 1,509,652 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (521,751 records), no images (was 516,601 records with 0 images), UPDATED 01-May-2023

Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953    (; 67,657 indexed records with 94,807 record images (was 67,030 records with 94,150 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
Pennsylvania Civil Marriages, 1677-1950 (; 1,010,371 indexed records with 1,117,101 record images (was 209,880 records with 1,117,101 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 20,966,169 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,979,099 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016     (; 1,070,811 indexed records with 257,232 record images (was 1,067,784 records with 257,294 images), UPDATED 03-May-2023
Peru, San Martín, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 468,711 indexed records with 249,700 record images (was 468,422 records with 249,700 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023

Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 1,079,756 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,079,316 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,347,238 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,346,254 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
Rhode Island Town Births and Baptisms Index, 1639-1932  (; 210,472 indexed records with 26,007 record images (was 210,472 records with 21,771 images), UPDATED 03-May-2023
Rhode Island Town Deaths and Burials Index, 1639-1932   (; 282,252 indexed records with 27,903 record images (was 282,252 records with 36,656 images), UPDATED 03-May-2023
Rhode Island Town Marriages Index, 1639-1932    (; Index only (5,416 records), no images (was 5,416 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-May-2023

Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (; 279,811 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 279,112 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 1,187,112 indexed records with 76,399 record images (was 1,185,418 records with 69,000 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023
Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950  (; 5,040,109 indexed records with 3,357,737 record images (was 4,301,155 records with 3,357,737 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023
Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (; 4,539,443 indexed records with 4,476,649 record images (was 4,539,443 records with 4,476,649 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
Texas, Laredo Arrival Manifests, 1903-1955      (; 637,082 indexed records with 1,322,540 record images (was 636,206 records with 1,322,540 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970       (; 315,210 indexed records with 51,768 record images (was 294,655 records with 48,962 images), UPDATED 01-May-2023
Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1741-1918       (; 1,659,193 indexed records with 40,448 record images (was 1,560,537 records with 40,448 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942       (; 3,207,825 indexed records with 19,317,962 record images (was 1,498,113 records with 19,317,962 images), UPDATED 02-May-2023
United States, California, San Francisco, Records of Chinese Laborers Returning to the US, 1882-1888    (; 49,477 indexed records with 5,692 record images (was 45,435 records with 2,202 images), UPDATED 04-May-2023
United States, New England Seamen's Identification Cards, 1918-1940     (; 62,678 indexed records with 104,825 record images (was 0 records with 104,825 images), UPDATED 03-May-2023

Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (672,134 records), no images (was 665,085 records with 0 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 991,408 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 988,170 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 63,573 indexed records with 31,051 record images (was 62,598 records with 30,217 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 114,977 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 112,731 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 226,446 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,382 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900    (; 2,064,638 indexed records with 108,025 record images (was 2,064,638 records with 107,999 images), last updated 29-Aug-2022

--- Collections with images removed ---

Alaska, Village Census Rolls, 1919-1972 (; 10,315 indexed records with 525 record images (was 10,315 records with 999 images), last updated 10-Mar-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Civil Registration, 1880-2000    (; 784,643 indexed records with 752,535 record images (was 784,643 records with 752,617 images), last updated 21-Oct-2022
Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940   (; 578,819 indexed records with 23,075 record images (was 578,819 records with 23,080 images), last updated 18-Feb-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 5,996,379 indexed records with 357,828 record images (was 5,996,379 records with 359,883 images), last updated 30-Dec-2022
France, Calvados, Census, 1876  (; 34,502 indexed records with 1,462 record images (was 34,502 records with 1,916 images), last updated 23-Mar-2023

France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1876      (; 90,843 indexed records with 1,042 record images (was 90,843 records with 1,965 images), last updated 26-Apr-2023
Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 (; 11,346,687 indexed records with 1,709,621 record images (was 11,346,687 records with 1,709,697 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 294,313 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 298,283 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001     (; 1,455,104 indexed records with 1,453,870 record images (was 1,455,104 records with 1,453,916 images), last updated 04-Sep-2020
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954     (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,329 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,354 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

Portugal, Faro, Civil Registration, 1880-1920   (; 20,692 indexed records with 11,265 record images (was 20,692 records with 11,880 images), last updated 13-Mar-2023
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,932,344 indexed records with 5,611,117 record images (was 6,932,344 records with 5,611,122 images), last updated 29-Nov-2022
Washington, Native American, Census Records, 1880-1952  (; 140,797 indexed records with 8,300 record images (was 140,797 records with 8,301 images), last updated 28-Nov-2022


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, May 5, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 29 April to 5 May 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from  29 April to 5 May 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Arkansas, Birth Certificates, 1914-1922; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/4/2023

Arkansas, Marriage Certificates, 1917-1972; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/4/2023

East Sussex, England, Wills and Probate, 1518-1858; indexed records with record images,   ADDED 5/4/2023

West Sussex, England, Marriage Licences, Wills and Probate, 1521-1858; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/4/2023

Scotland, Red Books of Scotland, 1600-1939; indexed records with record images, ADDED    5/4/2023

Missouri, U.S., Birth Registers, 1847-2002; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/4/2023

Michigan, U.S., Marriage Records, 1867-1952; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/3/2023

Michigan, U.S., Divorce Records, 1897-1952; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/3/2023

Cupar, Fife, Scotland, World War II Evacuation Indexes, 1939-1945; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/3/2023

Arkansas, Divorces, 1923-1972; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/3/2023

Birmingham, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1922; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/3/2023

Michigan, U.S., Death Records, 1867-1952; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/3/2023

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/3/2023

Nottinghamshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1994; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/1/2023

1911 Denmark Census; indexed records without record images, ADDED 5/1/2023

Nottinghamshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1937; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/1/2023

Ireland, King James' Irish Army List, 1689; indexed records with record images, ADDED    5/1/2023

Nottinghamshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1919; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/1/2023

Nottinghamshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/1/2023

Rhône, France, Birth, Marriages and Death Registers, 1793-1917; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/1/2023

Ireland, Patient and Staff Hospital Registers, 1816-1919; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/1/2023

Hampshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1921; indexed records with record images, ADDED 5/1/2023

1906 Denmark Census; indexed records without record images, ADDED 5/1/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 9 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,322 collections available as of 5 May, an increase of 9 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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Can't Make it to the Coronation of My 12th Cousin Twice Removed on Saturday

 I did not get an invitation to the coronation of my 12th cousin twice removed on Saturday.  Maybe the Royal Mail or the U.S. Postal Service lost it amidst all of the hoopla.  

I will watch some of it on television - it all starts at 2 a.m. here in the Pacific Time Zone.  My guess is the actual coronation will be about 6 a.m. Pacific time, so I may get up early. There will probably be endless replays of it.

I wondered what my relationship to King Charles III would be, and WikiTree told me that his WikiTree profile is Windsor-21.  My WikiTree profile number is Seaver-15, so it is easy to use the Find > Relationships feature from my WikiTree home page to find the closest relationship:

Our most recent common ancestor is Cecilia (Luttrel) Rogers (1523-1566), who is Charles III's 11th great-grandmother and my 13th great-grandmother, according to WikiTree.  Who is she?  Her WikiTree profile is Luttrel-1.  I doubt that Charles III and I share any significant DNA segments.  

WikiTree found 194 other relationships between cousin Charles and me, but I don't recognize the names of the other common ancestors.

I do note that my line goes through four other generations of Seaver males - my father Frederick, my grandfather Frederick, my great-grandfather Frank, and my 2nd great-grandfather Isaac Seaver.  My father's siblings  would be swelling with pride in their ancestral connections to the King of England.  My grandchildren might be impressed - they are 12th cousins four times removed with King Charles III. 

Are any of my readers related to King Charles III?  Are any related to me?  Tell me in Comments.


Disclosure:  I am a member of WikiTree and have done extensive work in it.  It is FREE to use.  I have received no compensation or benefits from posting this information.

Copyright (c) 2023, Randall J. Seaver

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52 Ancestors - Week 478: #758 Thomas Greenman (c1669-1728) of Newport, Westerly and South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Thomas Greenman (c1669-1728) is #758 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #759 Mary Weeden (1673-1742) in about 1690 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #379 Judith Greenman (1694-1786) married #378 Job Card (1690-1760) in 1716.
*  their daughter #189 Phoebe Card (1730-1789), married #188  Elijah Champlin (1730-1779) 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:                     Thomas Greenman[1–3]

*  Sex:                         Male

*  Father:                     Edward Greenman (1626-1688)
*  Mother:                   Mary --?-- (1628-    ????)

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

*  Birth:                       about 1669, Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1]

*  Death:                      before 14 October 1728 (before about age 59), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[2]

*  Probate:                   will proved, 14 October 1728 (about age 59), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[2]

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

*  Spouse 1:                  Mary Weeden (c1673-1743)
*  Marriage 1:               about 1690 (about age 21), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1,3]

*  Child 1:                     Silas Greenman 1690-1778
*  Child 2:                     Sylvanus Greenman 1692-1763
*  Child 3:                     Judith Greenman 1694-1786
*  Child 4:                     Catherine Greenman 1696-????   
*  Child 5:                     Abigail Greenman 1698-????

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

Thomas Greenman was born in about 1669 in Newport, Rhode Island, the son of Edward and Mary (--?--) Greenman[1].

He married in about 1690, probably in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, to Mary Weeden ( about 1673-before 1743), the daughter of William ad Sarah (Peckham) Weeden of Westerly and South Kingstown[1,3].  They had five children, all born, but not recorded, in South Kingstown or Westerly, Rhode Island[1]:

*  Silas Greenman (c1690-1778), married about 1727 Anna Babcock (1701-1731).
*  Sylvanus Greenman (c1692-1763), married 1721 Sarah Clarke (1692-1801).
*  Judith Greenman (c1694-1786), married c1716 Job Card (1690-1760).
*  Catherine Greenman (1696-????).
*  Abigail Greenman (1698-????).

Thomas Greenman was a tailor, according to several documents, including his will[1-2].

On 4 October 1706, Thomas Greenman sold 13 Acres of land to George Babcock Of Westerly[1].

He was an original member Of the Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church in 1712, located in Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island[1].

On 31 August 1719, Thomas Greenman deposed as to land, calling himself 50 Years Old and upwards[1].

Thomas Greenman of South Kingstown died testate, having written a will dated 30 October 1728 and proved 14 October 1728[1-2].  The will reads[[2]:
"In the Fear of God the Last or thirtyeth day October 1728 I Thomas Greenman of South Kingstown Taylor in the Colony of Rhode Island and providence plantation in New England Being very Sick and Weak in body but of perfect Mind and memory thinks begiven to god therefore and Knowing that it is appointed that all men must Dye do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament yt is to say principally and first of all I recommend my Soul into the hands of god that gave it and my body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian buriel at the discrestion of my Executor and Executrix and as Touching Such Worldly Estate which hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and dispose of the Same in the following manner and form

"Imprimus I give and bequeath to Mary dearly beloved wife after all my just debts be paid & discharged the third part of my moveable Estate and the third part of what my house and Land may be sold for and the rest of my estate my will is yt my Sons shall each of them twice as much as each of my Daughters and I do Intend of the money yt is my meaning also I make my wife my executrix and I do make Capt. Wm Clark of Westerly in the Colony aforesd my Ex-r with my wife if he will Except of it but if he will not except it Then my will is that my wife shall be my hole and Sole Executrix and my will is that my Executrix and Executor shall sell my land and building to pay my Just Debts but if my Executor do not except of it then my will is that my Executrix may do it herself and I do declare this to be my last will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the year and day of the date above written
                                                                                      Thomas Greenman {Seal}
"Signed & Sealed to be his
Last will & Testement [sic]
In presence of
Job Card
Jer-h Clark
Jos-h Hull"
"Mr. Jos-h Hall & Job Card both So Kingstown appeared before the Town Council of South Kingstown the 14 Day of October An Dom 1728 and on there Engagement declared that they Saw Thomas Greenman Late of So Kingstown Deceased Sign Seal Publish & Declare the above Instrument to be his Last will and Testament and that he was in his perfect Mind & Memory and also declared that they Signed as Witnesses in the Testators ????? at the Same Time & that they also saw Jeremiah Clark Sign as Witness at the same time Signed by Wm Robinson Clerk of Court Recorded November 11 1728"

"The Town Council of South Kingstown has this Day  granted unto Capt. Wm Clark and Mary Greenman Ex-r and adm-on Executrix to the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Greenman Late Deceased adm-on upon the Estate of Thomas Greenman aforesd lying and being in So Kingstown aforesaid wee his Maj-ties Justices by and with the advice of the town Counc-l of sd Town being Impowered by the laws of this Colony for the granting of probate of wills and Letters of adm-on within the Town aforesd Wm Clark Executor and Mary Greenman Executrix to the last Will and Testament of Thomas Greenman Deceased aforesd we Trusting in your Care and fidelity do by these  presents Council unto you both Joyntly and Severall full power to adm-or upon all and Singular the Goods Chattels Rights and Credits of Thomas Greenman Deceased and well and faithfully to Levey Recover and Receive all and whatsoever Debts and Dues and to dispose of the Same according to Law, and to pay all debts in w-ch the deceased Thomas Greenman Stood bound so far as his goods Chattles Rights and Credits can Extend according to the value thereof and to make a True and perfect Inventory of and Singular the goods Chattles Rights and Credits of the Said deceased and to Exhibit the Same with the Town Council abovesd  of Probate for the Town aforesd at or before One Twelve Month & a day after the date hereof and to Render a Plain and True accompt of your adm-on upon Oath and we do by these presents ordain Constitute and appoint you Wm Clark and Mary Greenman both Joyntly adm-or of all and Singular the goods Chattles Rights and Credits aforesd.  In Testimony thereof we hereunto Sett Our hands and Seals dated In So Kingstown the 11th day of November Anno domini 1728 Sign by order of the Council  Robt Hannah C Council."
An inventory of the personal estate of Thomas Greenman of South Kingstown deceased was taken by Benjamin Ranolds and Jonathan Turner on 24 October 1728.  The total of the estate was not written down.  Adding the values of the different items results in at least 215 pounds (some values are difficult to read).

On 10 March 1728/9, Jonathan Tanner and Benjamin Raynolds appeared before the town council of South Kingstown and declared on there solemn engagement that they did inventory the estate of Thomas Greenman to the true value thereof according to the best of their understanding.

On 20 March 1728/9, Mary Greenman, Executor of Thomas Greenman late of South Kingstown deceased appeared before the town Council of South Kingstown and declared on her solemn engagement that she did exhibit a true and perfect inventory of all the personal estate that did belong to her deceased husband to the apprizers.


1. Peter Holden Greenman, The Greenman Family in America (Cohasset, Mass. : Greenman Family Association, 1988), pages 7-8, Thomas Greenman family sketch.

2. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943,"  (South Kingston, R.I.), digital images, FamilySearch (, on 8 microfilm reels (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 2, Page 123, accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,931,833.

3. "U.S. New England Marriages Prior to 1700," indexed database with digital images,  (, page 324, Thomas Greenman and Mary Weedin marriage entry, South Kingstown, R.I., before 1701; Original data from Torrey, Clarence A., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore, Md : Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004).


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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