Saturday, May 13, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Then and Now -- Source Citations

 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 - How have you documented your genealogy and family history research with source citations over the years?  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!

As an aerospace engineer in the 1980s, I learned to document my work using rudimentary source citations - usually to a book or periodical or to an event, usually as an in-text citation in parentheses.  

My first genealogy software program was Personal Ancestral File (PAF) which did not have a source citation feature, so I used a shorthand source citation in the Place field for the event.  For instance, if I had a vital record certificate, I would add a source abbreviation in the event place as "Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts (cert.)" or for a vital records book as "Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts (VR)."  Having a lot of Massachusetts ancestors, my growing tree had thousands of these shorthand citations.  I still find the shorthand citations in some online family trees and know where they came from (heh!). 

The early versions of GEDCOM, Family Tree Maker and other software programs had a source citation feature with two fields - one for the SOURce (author, title, publisher) and for the PAGE number (page number, place, date, subjcct).  GEDCOM still has only those two fields.  The GEDCOM fields reflect a "library" repository location.  I added source citations into the two fields in Family Tree Maker as best I could.

As the Internet matured, and source types expanded to include home records, digitized records, photographs,  artifacts, searchable databases, family trees, and more, found online or in a library or an archive or other repository, the source citations became more complex.  Elizabeth Shown Mills published the first edition of Evidence Explained in 2007, which provided standardized source citations for many more record and repository types.  Genealogists now had many more models to use as examples, and many researchers started using those models, but the source citations became very complex since the records being sourced were created on paper, indexed into lists in books or online, and digitized by a provider (e.g., Ancestry, FamilySearch, etc.).  We were advised to find the Original Records if possible, and to layer the source citations to include where we fund it, where the original record was located, etc.

I switched my preferred software to RootsMagic in about 2008, but I still used Family Tree Maker and Legacy Family Tree, using GEDCOM To transfer my data files as needed.  

Desktop and laptop genealogy software programs like RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, and other programs, implemented the Evidence Explained models as Custom source models by 2011.  However, GEDCOM did not change, so any source citation was made to fit into the SOURce-PAGE number fields in GEDCOM.  That restriction ended up mangling any custom source when transferred using GEDCOM.

In 2011, I figured out that I needed to use the Evidence Explained source citation models to craft my source citations, but I had to do it using a Free-form citation that would transfer well using GEDCOM.  I wrote many Genea-Musings blog posts about this problem - see The Seaver Source Citation Saga Compendium (published 16 February 2011).  

Since 2011, I have followed this path - I craft a source citation for a new record type using an Evidence Explained model, then craft a free-form source citation for the new record type and use it as often as needed - changing only the "PAGE number" information for a given "Master SOURce."  

It was a challenge to find all of my source citations in my RootsMagic database, but I "cleaned up" most  of my primitive citations and have used my free-form source citation system since 2011.  I now have over 71,000 person profiles and over 145,000 source citations in my database, but I still have thousands of events without a source citation.  I work on them every week using Record Hints or Matches from my online family trees.  I try to make this a FUN task.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 6 to 12 May 2023

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

As of 12 May 2023, there are 3,203 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Argentina, Córdoba, Censuses, 1778-1874 (; 26,695 indexed records with 26,695 record images, ADDED 09-May-2023

*  Pennsylvania, Western District, Naturalizations, 1820-1930      (; 349,032 indexed records with 349,032 record images, ADDED 08-May-2023

*  United States, Kansas, Naturalization Records, 1856-1991        (; 78,010 indexed records with 78,010 record images, ADDED 04-May-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 182,922 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 180,641 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 448,961 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 448,305 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Civil Registration, 1860-1965    (; 755,008 indexed records with 545,883 record images (was 755,008 records with 545,861 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 146,607 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 143,911 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 136,925 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 122,663 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 10-May-2023

Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (; 42,614 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 42,013 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 9,266,610 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,266,103 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 10-May-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 846,622 indexed records with 353,338 record images (was 845,869 records with 352,983 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,876,062 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,864,315 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995     (; 45,899 indexed records with 16,921 record images (was 44,391 records with 16,456 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,666,782 indexed records with 850,229 record images (was 1,665,035 records with 846,514 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 6,802,236 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,790,948 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 658,401 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 656,309 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
British Virgin Islands, Methodist Church Records, 1815-2012     (; 34,348 indexed records with 5,794 record images (was 14,882 records with 1,999 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 6,497,456 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,497,344 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023

California, customs passenger lists of vessels arriving at San Francisco, 1903-1918     (; 346,813 indexed records with 11,722 record images (was 346,693 records with 1,826 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
California, passenger and crew lists at various ports, 1907-1956        (; 394,191 indexed records with 292,268 record images (was 301,018 records with 284,151 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,662,343 indexed records with 959,717 record images (was 7,651,634 records with 958,168 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 26,251,735 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,213,014 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 4,191,822 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,187,160 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023

Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,175,424 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,174,596 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,985,501 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,985,445 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 09-May-2023
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010        (; 2,390,518 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 2,384,437 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 2,272,754 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,272,348 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 6,113,159 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,108,753 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,261,017 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,260,267 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
England, Cumberland Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (; 521,620 indexed records with 32,071 record images (was 520,258 records with 32,035 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023
Find A Grave Index      (; 229,530,958 indexed records with 229,530,958 record images (was 228,039,416 records with 228,039,416 images), UPDATED 10-May-2023
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 932,138 indexed records with 15,152 record images (was 927,253 records with 15,739 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
Florida, Funeral Home Records, 1887-1971        (; 33,695 indexed records with 20,077 record images (was 33,375 records with 19,911 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023

Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930       (; 10,315 indexed records with 10,132 record images (was 8,811 records with 8,637 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 1,052,191 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,050,917 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900   (; 2,691,311 indexed records with 95,876 record images (was 2,581,408 records with 93,506 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 22,069 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 21,627 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 33,469 indexed records with 11,346 record images (was 32,463 records with 10,966 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023

Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941      (; 4,140 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 4,129 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 06-May-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930      (; 8,553 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 7,315 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954   (; 3,382,497 indexed records with 1,302,310 record images (was 3,382,467 records with 1,302,310 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 8,520,274 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,508,354 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 823,281 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 823,277 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979     (; 7,816,746 indexed records with 1,509,652 record images (was 7,815,899 records with 1,509,652 images), UPDATED 10-May-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953    (; 68,078 indexed records with 95,228 record images (was 67,657 records with 94,807 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 20,972,224 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,966,169 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Peru, San Martín, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 470,389 indexed records with 249,700 record images (was 468,711 records with 249,700 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 1,080,168 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,079,756 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,348,226 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,347,238 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (; 280,192 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 279,811 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Russia, Tver Confession Lists, 1728-1913        (; 126,184 indexed records with 954,651 record images (was 126,184 records with 954,651 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 3,062,262 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 2,732,040 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 11-May-2023
Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1741-1918       (; 1,659,193 indexed records with 40,448 record images (was 1,659,193 records with 40,448 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023

United States Naturalization and Citizenship    (; 52,872 indexed records with 51,853 record images (was 52,872 records with 51,853 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1894-1954 (; 210,076 indexed records with 161,466 record images (was 204,822 records with 156,648 images), UPDATED 05-May-2023
United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939 (; 99,204,702 indexed records with 3,418,799 record images (was 98,322,874 records with 3,383,386 images), UPDATED 08-May-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (679,694 records), no images (was 672,134 records with 0 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 995,029 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 991,408 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023

Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 65,002 indexed records with 31,918 record images (was 63,573 records with 31,051 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896  (; 592,780 indexed records with 11,665 record images (was 240,266 records with 4,537 images), UPDATED 12-May-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Alaska, Village Census Rolls, 1919-1972 (; 10,315 indexed records with 921 record images (was 10,315 records with 525 images), last updated 10-Mar-2023
England, Shropshire Parish Registers, 1538-1918 (; 942,391 indexed records with 62,882 record images (was 942,391 records with 53,628 images), last updated 15-Sep-2020
Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 (; 11,346,687 indexed records with 1,709,697 record images (was 11,346,687 records with 1,709,621 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,288 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 294,313 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954     (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,354 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,329 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016     (; 1,070,811 indexed records with 257,294 record images (was 1,070,811 records with 257,232 images), last updated 03-May-2023
Portugal, Faro, Civil Registration, 1880-1920   (; 20,692 indexed records with 11,880 record images (was 20,692 records with 11,265 images), last updated 13-Mar-2023
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,092 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 151,604 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
Washington, Native American, Census Records, 1880-1952  (; 140,797 indexed records with 8,301 record images (was 140,797 records with 8,300 images), last updated 28-Nov-2022

--- Collections with images removed ---

Arkansas Confederate Soldier Home,1890-1963     (; 1,531 indexed records with 12 record images (was 1,531 records with 1,393 images), last updated 08-Aug-2019
Canada, Registers of Chinese Immigration to Canada, 1885-1949   (; 106,721 indexed records with 2,099 record images (was 106,721 records with 4,007 images), last updated 08-Jun-2022
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 109,029 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 114,977 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
Guam, Census, 1896-1897 (; 7,887 indexed records with 49 record images (was 7,887 records with 148 images), last updated 21-Apr-2023
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 213,171 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,446 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020

Hungary Reformed Church Christenings, 1624-1895 (; 6,076,320 indexed records with 311,217 record images (was 6,076,320 records with 312,704 images), last updated 01-May-2012
Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists Index, 1897-1952    (; 653,829 indexed records with 652,803 record images (was 653,829 records with 652,840 images), last updated 15-Apr-2020
Texas, Hardin County, Deed Records, 1840-1920   (; 26,888 indexed records with 17,191 record images (was 26,888 records with 24,434 images), last updated 20-Apr-2023

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,131 records), no images (was 875,610,132 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, May 12, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 6 to 12 May 2023

The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 6 to 12 May 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Washington, U.S., Death Index, 1940-2017; indexed records without record images, Updated 5/10/2023

Washington, U.S., Birth Index, 1907-1920; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/10/2023

South Carolina, U.S., Sheriff Department Records, 1865-1966; indexed records without record images, ADDED 5/10/2023

Latvia, Jewish Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1864-1921; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/8/2023

1910 United States Federal Census; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/8/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there was 1 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,323 collections available as of 12 May, an increase of 1 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 479: #759 Mary (Weeden) Greenman (c1673-1743) of Westerly and South Kingstown, Rhode Island

Mary Weeden (1673-1742)  is #759 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married  #758 Thomas Greenman (c1669-1728) n 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:                       Mary Weeden[1-2]
*  Alternate Name:       Mary Greenman[3-4]
*  Alternate Name:       Mary Weedin[5]

*  Sex:                           Female

*  Father:                      William Weeden 1647-1718
*  Mother:                     Sarah Peckham 1653-1724

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

*  Birth:                         about 1673, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1]

*  Distribution:              14 October 1728 (about age 55), husband's will proved; South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[3]

*  Death:                         before 8 August 1743 (before about age 70), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[4]

*  Probate:                      8 August 1743 (about age 70), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[4]

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

*  Spouse 1:                  Thomas Greenman (c1669-1728)
*  Marriage 1:               about 1690 (about age 17), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1-2,5]

*  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):    

Mary Weeden was born in about 1673 in Newport, Rhode Island, the daughter of William and Sarah (Peckham) Weeden[1].

He married in about 1690, probably in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, to Thomas Greenman (1669-1728), the son of Edward and Mary (--?-) Greenman[1-2,5].  They had five children, all born, but not recorded, in South Kingstown or Westerly, Rhode Island:

*  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 died testate on 30 October 1728 in South Kingstown, and his will was proved on 14 October 1728 by the South Kingstown Town Council[3].  In his will, he made his wife Mary the executrix, and granted her one third of his personal estate:
"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."
Mary Greenman died intestate before 8 August 1743 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.  Administration on her estate was granted by the town on 8 August 1743[4]. The record reads:
"South Kinstown.

"The Town council of said town in the County of Kings County in the Colony of Rhode Island ye Gen??? Have this day Granted unto Sylvanus Greenman of said Town, Administration upon all the Personal Estate of Mary Greenman, late of said town ???? deced, at the time of her Death. We the Town Council trusting in your Care & Fidelity do by these presents Commit unto you full power & Authority to Administer upon all and Singular the goods Chattles & Credits of Said Deced and Well and truly to Levy, Recover and Receive all Whatsoever Debts and Dues that may appear and to dispose of the same according to Law and to pay all just Debts in which said Deced Stood Bound for so far as her goods,Chattles & Credits will extend and to Render a true and plain accompt of your Administration to said town Council according to Law.

"Sealed with the seal of said town Council and Signed the 8th day of August in the Seventeenth Year of his Majesty Reign, George the Second over Great Brittain King, Anno Domini one thousand Seven Hundred and Forty three
Order of the Town council, Thomas Hazard, clerk of the Town."

1. Alden G. Beaman,  "Some Descendants of James Weeden of Newport," Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Volume 10 (1987), pages 21-23.

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

3. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943,"  (South Kingston, R.I.), digital microfilm, FamilySearch (, on 8 microfilm reels (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 2, Page 123 (accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,931,833), Thomas Greenman will, proved 14 October 1728.

4. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943", Volume 4, Page 8 (accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,931,834), Mary Greenman administration granted, 8 August 1743.

5. "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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Thursday, May 11, 2023

Treasures In the Closet - My Mother's Childhood Scrapbook and Art Portfolio

After my mother died in early 2002, we emptied her house and sold it, and I took home the "family history stuff" that nobody else wanted.  It included collections from her grandparents, parents, and her own family life.

 One of the treasures that I found in the closet of my genealogy cave (which had been my daughter's bedroom before 1997) was the "childhood scrapbook and art portfolio" of my mother, Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver hiding on the top shelf of the closet.  

I put "scrapbook" in quotes because it wasn't a usual scrapbook - it was a large (16 inches wide, 24 inches tall) that she pasted "stuff" into from her school days (elementary school in 1924-1931) and junior high school (1931-1934).  There were notes, cards and well-wishes, newspaper articles, stories, poems, and her childhood artwork.  She eventually received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art in 1940, and was a junior high school art teacher during the early 1940s.

Here is a sampling of the pages:

*  An invitation to a birthday party, and art:

*  A letter to Santa Claus:

c)  A music program, homework, language assignment, and story:

d)  A pencil sketch:

e)  Watercolor pictures:

There are many more examples.

The challenge now is what to do with this "scrapbook and art portfolio."  It's back on the shelf in the closet for now along with other treasures (like my father's bowling scrapbook, my father's retirement plaques, and more).


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Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1650 Birth Record of John Remington (1650-1688) in Rowley, Massachusetts

 I looked in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings for Treasure Chest Thursday.

The treasure today is the birth record of John Remington in Rowley, Massachusetts:

The birth record is the first one for 1650 at the bottom of the left-hand page:

The transcription of this marriage record is:

"John Remington Son of John and Abigaill born
the first month ye twentieth day."

The source citation for this marriage record is:

Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital images, (, Rowley > Births, Marriages, and Deaths, image 165 of 1804, John Remington birth, son of John and Abigaill, 20 March 1650; citing original data from Massachusetts town and city clerk records in Jay and Delene Holbrook, Massachusetts Vital and Town Records (Provo, Utah : Holbrook Research Institute), Microfiche collection.

This record is an Original Source, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the birth of John Remington.  

John Remington (1650-1688) was born 20 March 1650 in Rowley, Massachusetts, the son of John and Abigail (Acie) Remington.  He married Abigail Richmond (1656-1744) in about 1679 in Newport, Rhode Island.  They had four children.

John and Abigail (Richmond) Remington are my 8th great-grandparents. I am descended through their daughter, Elizabeth Remington (1686-1747), who married John Kenyon (1682-1735) in1704 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.


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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Genealogy Education Bytes - Week of 4 to 10 May 2023

Welcome to Genealogy Education Bytes, posted on Wednesday afternoon for the past week, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.

1) Upcoming Conferences, Institutes and Seminars

Conference Keeper Calendar

2023 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference -- 31 May to 3 June 2023, Virtual and In-Person (Richmond, Virginia).

International German Genealogy Partnership 2023 Conference - 9-11 June 2023, Virtual and In-Person (Fort Wayne, Indiana).

* Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 10 May, 5 p.m.:  A military heritage: Finding your British army lineage in pre-20th century records, by Cathie Sherwood.

*  Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 12 May, 11 a.m.:  Spies, Slackers, and Aliens: Records of the American Protective League by Michael L. Strauss.

*  Family Tree Webinars - Tuesday, 16 May, 5 p.m.:  Name Changes and the Law by Judy G. Russell  

* Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 17 May, 11 a.m.:  Introduction to and Overview of Microsoft PowerPoint – Class 1 of 9 Seema Kenney

3) Recent Podcasts/Radio Shows:

4) Recent YouTube and Facebook Videos:

*  Amie Cross - Genealogy Hints:  
10 Tips to Be a Smart Genealogist

*  Legacy Tree Genealogists:  Which DNA Test Is The Best To Get?

5) Did you miss the last post in this series - Genealogy Education Bytes - 27 April to 3 May 2023?


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