Saturday, June 10, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Are You Saving Family Photographs and Home Movies?

 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)  Almost all genealogists have family photographs and/or home movies of their ancestors, relatives, and friends handed down over the generations.  

2)  What steps have you taken to obtain, save and pass on those photographs or home movies to your family members?

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

Here's mine:

My mother was an only child, and her parents were only children, so the photograph "collections" from her side of my ancestry were in several photo albums and in loose photographs from about 1860 to 2002.  I received most of these photos in the late 1980s and then after my mother's death in early 2002.  

My  father came from Massachusetts to San Diego in 1940, and received letters and photos from his mother and siblings from the 1940s to 1983 when he died.  I met all of my father's siblings and their offspring from the 1950s to the present, and received photos from them.  I received loose photos and family photo albums from his sisters Marion and Geraldine.  My Aunt Gerry was the family person who stayed in contact with all of the family until her death in 2007.

My maternal grandfather was an "early adopter" and took hundreds of photographs and some home movies - first in black and white, then in color - with his cameras from the 1920s to 1976.  My parents took many photos with their cameras, and I have taken many photographs, plus home movies on videotape (which I still cannot find).

The steps I have taken to organize those photographs and home movies include:

*  From about 1980 until about 2000 I created photo albums for my own family photos and have them in a bookcase in the genealogy cave.  I have some enlarged family group photographs on the walls of my house.  Since 2000, the family photos for each year have been digitally saved in Photo file folders on my desktop computer (and backed up on iDrive and an external hard drive.

*  For each major ancestral family, I scanned many of the loose photographs and family album photos and saved them in Photo file folders on my desktop computer (e.g., "Randy Seaver Family") for specific families and events (like vacations).  I tried to use file names that reflected the subject, date and location for each photograph, but have not been too consistent over the 35 years of actively organizing the collection.  I added some of these family photos to my family file folders (I have a folder for each ancestral family) when I could.

*  I used my FOREVER account to digitize the 8 mm family home movies that were handed down from my grandfather and my father.  In addition, I have been saving photographs to FOREVER from my computer files.

*  I enhanced and colorized many family photos using the MyHeritage photo tools - both black and white and in color.  Now I am using the MyHeritage Reimagine mobile app to scan, enhance and colorize photos on photo album pages, naming the photo files, tagging the persons, and saving them in the MyHeritage Photos and in file folders on my desktop computer.

*  I added many family photos to my RootsMagic media files over the years, and they are uploaded to my Ancestry Member Tree, my MyHeritage family tree, and the FamilySearch Family Tree (as "Memories" on profiles).

Unfortunately, I am not finished.  I keep finding photographs in the bookcases, file cabinets, and boxes in the genealogy cave.  I am still discovering unique family photos as I clean up and better organize the cave.  For instance, I recently found a shopping bag in the cave closet that had all of my mother's bedroom dresser, nightstand, and family room counter photos, some of which I don't recall ever seeing before.  I have scanned five large photo albums using Reimagine, and am in the process of saving, tagging and naming them almost every day.  I still have another 15 albums to scan, plus hundreds of loose photographs still in boxes to scan, tag, name, and save.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 3 to 9 June 2023

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

As of 9 June 2023, there are 3,233 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 24 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

Antigua and Barbuda, Civil Registration, 1856-1979      (; 22,184 indexed records with 22,184 record images, ADDED 09-Jun-2023

British Virgin Islands, Anglican Church Records, 1862-1934      (; 1,458 indexed records with 1,458 record images, ADDED 08-Jun-2023

England, Berkshire, Parish Registers, 1515-1993 (; 1,610,955 indexed records with 1,610,955 record images, ADDED 11-Dec-2021

England, Buckinghamshire, Church Records, 1217-1994     (; 1,792,424 indexed records with 1,792,424 record images, ADDED 20-Oct-2021

England, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Baptisms, 1538-1940     (; 526,041 indexed records with 526,041 record images, ADDED 28-Aug-2022

England, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Burials, 1538-1926      (; 313,412 indexed records with 313,412 record images, ADDED 26-Aug-2022

England, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Cemetery Records, 1881-1918     (; 129,284 indexed records with 129,284 record images, ADDED 12-Oct-2022

England, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Hospital Records, 1878-1918     (; 71,376 indexed records with 71,376 record images, ADDED 25-Aug-2022

England, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Marriages, 1537-1930    (; 393,770 indexed records with 393,770 record images, ADDED 16-Aug-2022

England, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Military Tribunals, 1916-1919   (; 14,141 indexed records with 14,141 record images, ADDED 19-Aug-2022

England, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Police Staff Records, 1908-1924 (; 313 indexed records with 313 record images, ADDED 12-Aug-2022

England, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Workhouse Registers, 1879-1919  (; 60,953 indexed records with 60,953 record images, ADDED 16-Aug-2022

England, Lancashire, Liverpool, Baptisms, 1557-1919     (; 974,023 indexed records with 974,023 record images, ADDED 26-Oct-2022

England, Lancashire, Liverpool, Burials, 1557-1968      (; 561,716 indexed records with 561,716 record images, ADDED 24-Oct-2022

England, Lancashire, Liverpool, Church of England Confirmations, 1734-1930      (; 2,413 indexed records with 2,413 record images, ADDED 25-Oct-2022

England, Lancashire, Liverpool, Roman Catholic Parish Records, 1709-1968        (; 643,273 indexed records with 643,273 record images, ADDED 16-Nov-2022

England, Lancashire, Liverpool, School Records, 1845-1926       (; 456,709 indexed records with 456,709 record images, ADDED 14-Sep-2022

England, Lancashire, Liverpool, Workhouse Registers, 1800-1928  (; 1,502,302 indexed records with 1,502,302 record images, ADDED 19-Sep-2022

England, Nottinghamshire, Church Records, 1578-1937     (; 1,300,064 indexed records with 1,300,064 record images, ADDED 06-Aug-2021

Fiji, General Register of Immigrants, 1870-1911 (; 16,868 indexed records with 16,868 record images, ADDED 23-Dec-2020

Fiji, Immigration Passes, 1879-1916     (; 60,698 indexed records with 60,698 record images, ADDED 15-Dec-2020

Fiji, Indian Death Records, 1899-1922   (; 14,752 indexed records with 14,752 record images, ADDED 30-Nov-2020

Fiji, Plantation Register of Indian Immigrants, 1879-1919       (; 76,711 indexed records with 76,711 record images, ADDED 15-Dec-2020

Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Diocese of Münster, Catholic Church Records, 1580-1975 (; 2,062,298 indexed records with 2,062,298 record images, ADDED 22-Jun-2022

--- Collections Updated ---

Alaska, Village Census Rolls, 1919-1972 (; 11,278 indexed records with 1,349 record images (was 11,278 records with 1,260 images), UPDATED 05-Jun-2023
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 191,529 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 188,410 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 452,614 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 451,184 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Civil Registration, 1860-1965    (; 755,112 indexed records with 545,915 record images (was 755,104 records with 545,911 images), UPDATED 05-Jun-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 157,701 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 155,775 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023

Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (; 46,626 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 45,650 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 9,270,450 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,266,776 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 849,349 indexed records with 354,716 record images (was 848,371 records with 354,205 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,913,683 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,904,139 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995     (; 57,148 indexed records with 19,676 record images (was 55,706 records with 19,202 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,671,810 indexed records with 853,571 record images (was 1,670,624 records with 852,798 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 6,864,587 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,844,577 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 665,384 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 663,689 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
British Virgin Islands, Methodist Church Records, 1815-2012     (; 45,726 indexed records with 7,127 record images (was 45,633 records with 7,123 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2023
California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 6,497,639 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,497,477 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,727,259 indexed records with 968,445 record images (was 7,709,298 records with 966,030 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 26,382,816 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,359,069 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 4,183,029 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,181,203 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,178,758 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,177,375 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,985,968 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,985,902 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023

Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010        (; 2,396,096 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 2,390,518 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 2,278,438 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,273,150 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 6,147,978 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,145,711 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,269,389 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,264,765 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
England, Cumberland Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (; 523,601 indexed records with 32,105 record images (was 523,023 records with 32,093 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2023

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 6,021,345 indexed records with 354,427 record images (was 5,996,379 records with 359,744 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
England, Rutland Parish Registers, 1538-1991    (; 326,083 indexed records with 29,237 record images (was 326,083 records with 29,237 images), UPDATED 02-Jun-2023
Florida, Funeral Home Records, 1887-1971        (; 35,311 indexed records with 20,900 record images (was 34,972 records with 20,730 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
France, Calvados, Census, 1891  (; 70,033 indexed records with 4,532 record images (was 58,856 records with 2,642 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930       (; 17,128 indexed records with 16,887 record images (was 15,219 records with 14,986 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023

Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 1,053,125 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,052,988 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 319,109 indexed records with 24,503 record images (was 318,999 records with 24,503 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2023
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980   (; 12,826,101 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 12,826,101 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 02-Jun-2023
Italy, Oristano, Oristano, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940    (; 76,090 indexed records with 342,194 record images (was 53,410 records with 342,194 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 24,176 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 23,236 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023

Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 34,904 indexed records with 11,887 record images (was 34,782 records with 11,841 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941      (; 4,267 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 4,253 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 04-Jun-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930      (; 12,107 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 11,338 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 8,570,182 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,555,553 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,569,035 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,569,011 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2023

Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 826,814 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 823,282 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 03-Jun-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953    (; 69,535 indexed records with 96,685 record images (was 68,960 records with 96,110 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 21,025,411 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,011,919 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005     (; 1,396,301 indexed records with 903,067 record images (was 1,396,291 records with 903,067 images), UPDATED 02-Jun-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 1,081,427 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,081,263 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2023

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,351,730 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,350,929 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Puerto Rico, San Juan, Cemetery Records, 1888-1988      (; 48,533 indexed records with 23,173 record images (was 45,799 records with 15,099 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (; 284,157 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 281,967 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Sierra Leone, Civil Births and Deaths, 1802-2016        (; 916,261 indexed records with 840,682 record images (was 916,191 records with 823,371 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935  (; 21,925,615 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 21,923,717 records with 1,615,473 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2023

Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970        (; 31,686 indexed records with 96,045 record images (was 29,428 records with 96,045 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2023
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965       (; 2,112,849 indexed records with 538,510 record images (was 2,112,849 records with 538,510 images), UPDATED 08-Jun-2023
Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1741-1918       (; 1,744,847 indexed records with 40,448 record images (was 1,659,193 records with 40,448 images), UPDATED 02-Jun-2023
Ukraine, Zaporizhia Poll Tax Census (Revision Lists), 1811-1858 (; 634,285 indexed records with 62,154 record images (was 634,252 records with 62,154 images), UPDATED 05-Jun-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (715,760 records), no images (was 703,717 records with 0 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,011,520 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,005,390 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 69,294 indexed records with 32,774 record images (was 67,470 records with 32,436 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896  (; 1,780,011 indexed records with 37,780 record images (was 1,546,239 records with 31,875 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023
Virginia, Various Counties, Military Discharge Records, 1919-1980       (; 4,907 indexed records with 1,361 record images (was 4,819 records with 1,582 images), UPDATED 02-Jun-2023
Washington, County Death Registers, 1881-1979   (; 1,629,400 indexed records with 22,582 record images (was 1,628,993 records with 20,400 images), UPDATED 09-Jun-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 420,897 indexed records with 10,759 record images (was 420,897 records with 10,011 images), last updated 31-Jan-2022
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,237,336 indexed records with 1,973,983 record images (was 7,237,336 records with 1,953,429 images), last updated 30-May-2022
Martinique, Church Records, 1662-1847   (; 7,347 indexed records with 1,201 record images (was 7,347 records with 773 images), last updated 29-Nov-2022
Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020      (; 123,474 indexed records with 27,277 record images (was 123,474 records with 26,767 images), last updated 17-Apr-2023
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,932,344 indexed records with 5,611,122 record images (was 6,932,344 records with 5,610,961 images), last updated 29-Nov-2022

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,673 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 157,092 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 74,356 indexed records with 124,894 record images (was 74,356 records with 153,389 images), last updated 15-Mar-2023
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 295,188 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 300,053 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Portugal, Faro, Civil Registration, 1880-1920   (; 22,032 indexed records with 12,419 record images (was 22,032 records with 12,851 images), last updated 28-May-2023

--- Collections with new records ---

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (; Index only (48,207,930 records), no images (was 46,640,643 records with 0 images), last updated 03-Jan-2023
England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991   (; Index only (15,310,183 records), no images (was 15,000,390 records with 0 images), last updated 03-Jan-2023
England Marriages, 1538–1973    (; Index only (12,540,960 records), no images (was 12,153,070 records with 0 images), last updated 03-Jan-2023
England, Berkshire, Reading, Cemetery Records, 1843-1959        (; 54,774 indexed records with 5,526 record images (was 52,184 records with 5,526 images), last updated 09-Nov-2020
England, Hampshire Parish Registers, 1538-1980  (; 1,853,815 indexed records with 140,158 record images (was 1,262,246 records with 140,158 images), last updated 02-May-2022

England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996    (; 1,470,833 indexed records with 106,491 record images (was 1,436,324 records with 106,491 images), last updated 30-Dec-2022
England, Lancashire, Liverpool, Banns and Marriages, 1557-1960  (; 407,880 indexed records with 205,218 record images (was 718 records with 205,218 images), last updated 28-Oct-2022
Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898  (; 24,845,514 indexed records with 29,147,064 record images (was 24,594,764 records with 29,147,064 images), last updated 12-Jan-2023
Germany Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958   (; Index only (2,894,148 records), no images (was 2,882,721 records with 0 images), last updated 16-Aug-2022
Germany Marriages, 1558-1929    (; Index only (5,690,255 records), no images (was 5,619,081 records with 0 images), last updated 12-Jan-2023

Germany, Paderborn, Catholic Church Records, 1653-1875  (; 2,358,751 indexed records with 245,763 record images (was 2,352,574 records with 245,763 images), last updated 18-Nov-2020
Illinois Births and Christenings, 1824-1940     (; Index only (1,124,902 records), no images (was 1,070,559 records with 0 images), last updated 10-Oct-2022
Illinois Deaths and Burials, 1749-1999  (; 568,478 indexed records with 177,615 record images (was 561,490 records with 177,615 images), last updated 10-Oct-2022
Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935   (; Index only (998,865 records), no images (was 981,643 records with 0 images), last updated 10-Oct-2022
Italy Births and Baptisms, 1806-1900    (; Index only (1,283,335 records), no images (was 1,268,198 records with 0 images), last updated 02-Nov-2022

Spain Baptisms, 1502-1940       (; Index only (8,689,505 records), no images (was 8,173,079 records with 0 images), last updated 12-Dec-2022
Spain Deaths, 1600-1920 (; Index only (265,951 records), no images (was 256,992 records with 0 images), last updated 11-Feb-2020
Spain Marriages, 1565-1950      (; Index only (2,393,017 records), no images (was 2,269,515 records with 0 images), last updated 12-Dec-2022
Spain, Catholic Church Records, 1307-1985       (; 21,111,469 indexed records with 3,008,340 record images (was 18,598,600 records with 3,008,340 images), last updated 06-Jan-2023
Switzerland, Catholic and Reformed Church Records, 1418-1996    (; 20,924,181 indexed records with 2,024,045 record images (was 20,891,903 records with 2,024,045 images), last updated 07-Oct-2022

--- Collections with records removed ---

Papua New Guinea, Birth Records, 1888-2004      (; 75,369 indexed records with 47,610 record images (was 75,370 records with 47,610 images), last updated 16-Jun-2021
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000      (; 362,144 indexed records with 298,744 record images (was 362,145 records with 298,744 images), last updated 13-Sep-2021
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997    (; Index only (17,102,133 records), no images (was 17,102,134 records with 0 images), last updated 17-Feb-2012
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,130 records), no images (was 875,610,131 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, June 9, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 3 to 9 June 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 3 to 9 June 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

 1931 Census of Canada; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/9/2023

Iowa, U.S., Death Records, 1880-1972; indexed records with record images, updated 6/8/2023

Missouri, U.S., Slave Owner Compensation Claims, 1866-1867; indexed records with record images,  ADDED 6/8/2023

Washington, U.S., Divorce Index, 1969-2017; indexed records without record images, updated 6/8/2023

South Carolina, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1907-2000; indexed records with record images, updated 6/8/2023

U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1861-1985; indexed records with record images, updated 6/7/2023

Palatine German Immigration to Ireland and U.S., Hank Z Jones collection, 1654-1878; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/7/2023

Florida, US, Early Auto Registrations, 1905-1917; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/7/2023

Latvia, Jewish Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1864-1921; indexed records with record images, updated 6/7/2023

UK, World War II War Diaries, 1939-1946; indexed records with record images, updated 6/5/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 3 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,302 collections available as of 9 June, an INCREASE of 3 from last week.


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52 Ancestors - Week 483: #763 Susanna (West) Barber (c1666-b1756) of South Kingstown and Charlestown, Rhode Island

Susanna West (1666-1756) is #763 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #762 Moses Barber (1652-1733) in 1692 in Kingstown, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #381 Anna Barber (1717-a1800), married #380 Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800) in 1740.
*  their son #190 John Kenyon (1742-1831), married #191  Anna Kenyon(?) (c1742-1824) in 1764.
*  their daughter #95 Nancy Kenyon (c1765-b1833), married #94 Joseph Champlin (1758-1850) 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:                         Susanna West[1–3]
*  Alternate Name:         Susannah Wait[6]
*  Alternate Name:          Susanna Barber[1,5]

*  Sex:                             Female

*  Father:                        Francis West (1640-1692)
*  Mother:                      Susanna Soule (1642-1684)

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

*  Birth:                          about 1666, Kingstown, Kings, Rhode Island, British America[1]

*  Distribution:              17 December 1733 (about age 67), husband's will proved; South Kingstown, Kings, Rhode Island, British America[4]

*  Death:                        before 4 April 1756 (before about age 90), Charlestown, Kings, Rhode Island, British America[1,5]
*  Probate                      4 April 1756 (about age 90), inventory taken; Charlestown, Kings, Rhode Island, British America[5]

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

*  Spouse 1:                   Moses Barber 1652-1733
*  Marriage 1:                24 March 1691/2 (about age 26), Kingstown, Kings, Rhode Island, British America[1-3.6]

*  Child 1:                      Dinah Barber 1692-1774
*  Child 2:                      Lydia Barber 1694-1728
*  Child 3:                      Samuel Barber 1695-1760
*  Child 4:                      Susannah Barber 1697-1755
*  Child 5:                      Thomas Barber 1699-1762
*  Child 6:                      Joseph Barber 1701-1779
*  Child 7:                      Martha Barber 1703-1773
*  Child 8:                      Ruth Barber 1705-1755
*  Child 9:                      Benjamin Barber 1707-1792
*  Child 10:                    Mercy Barber 1709-1790
*  Child 11:                    Ezekiel Barber 1711-1782
*  Child 12:                    Abigail Barber 1713-    
*  Child 13:                    Daniel Barber 1714-1805
*  Child 14:                    Anna Barber 1717-1800

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

Her maiden name appears in various forms in the records - Susannah Waist, Susanna Wast, Susanna West, Susannah Wait. This spelling variation lead some to believe she was the daughter of Samuel Waite (NEHGR 73:293).  But Ruth Wilder Sherman argues for West after a comparison of earlier records with later published records (Ruth Wilder Sherman, "North Kingston Records," in ''The American Genealogist,'' 52:101).

From Mayflower Families in Progress: George Soule, #31[1]
"Susanna West, daughter of Francis West and his wife Susanna Soule (daughter of Mayflower immigrant George Soule) was born 1671 or after. The location of her parents at the time of her birth is not clear.  She may have been born in Duxbury, Massachusetts or the areas of Kingstown, Rhode Island.  Kingstown as a political jurisdiction did not occur until 1674. An undocumented birth of 23 Oct 1677, Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island is given in some Ancestry trees. Her three youngest siblings were recorded in (North) Kingstown, but there is no record of Susanna's birth."
Susanna West married 24 March 1691/2, Kingstown, Rhode Island to Moses Barber (before 1652-before 13 Dec 1733) as his second wife[1-3,6]. There was a fire which somewhat destroyed the legibility of the early records. Apparently J. O. Austin interpreted this marriage to Susanna Wait. However, it was later discovered that a copy was made into the South Kingstown records which clearly give her name as Susanna Waist (West)[1].

Susanna West and Moses Barker had 14 children, all of them recorded in the Kingstown town records[1-3]:

*  Dinah Barber (1693-1774), married 1716, Edward Wilcox (1693-1779).
*  Lydia Barber (1695-1728), married 1714 Benjamin Mowry (1680-1728).
*  Samuel Barber (1695-1760), married 1719 Anne Cory (1697-c1760).
*  Susannah Barber (1697-1755), married 1727 Benjamin Perry (1677-1749).
*  Thomas Barber (1699-1762), married 1725 Avis Tanner (1699-1777).
*  Joseph Barber (1701-1779), married 1724 Rebecca Potter (1701-1753).
*  Martha Barber (1703-1773), married 1727 Thomas Parker (1700-1773).
*  Ruth Barber (1705-1755), married 1724 George Bentley (1705-1802).
*  Benjamin Barber  (1707-1792), married 1730 Mary Tefft (1705-1782).
*  Mercy Barber (1709-1790), married 1727 Samuel Tefft (1703-1789).
*  Ezekiel Barber (1711-1782), married 1736 Hannah Webster (1713-1786).
*  Abigail Barber (1713-????).
*  Daniel Barber (1714-1805), married 1739 Deliverance Tefft (1722-1799).
*  Anna Barber (1717-a1800), married 1740 Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800).

Her husband, Moses Barber, Moses Barber Sr. of South Kingstown wrote a will dated 29 March 1728, which was proved on 17 December 1733[4].  Susanna was named as executrix along with their son Benjamin Barber.  Susanna was bequeathed:
"The use of the Rest of my Movable Estate I Give and bequeath to Susanah my Wife So Long as She Remains my Widow as also the use of my Homested farm and House with all the priviledges and profits therewith belonging and further my Will is that at the Decease of my wife Susannah that then all the Remaining part of my said Estate Shall be Equally Divided between the Daughters of my said Wife or their Children."
Susanna Barber died between 29 Sept 1755 (date of her written will) and 3 April 1756 (date that inventory was submitted to the town council), in Charlestown, Kings County, Rhode Island.

The will transcribed from the Charlestown (RI) Probate and Town Council Records reads[5]:
"In the Name of God Amen This 21th Day of September in the 29th year of his Majesties reigne Georg the Second King over Great Briton AD 1755 - I Susannah Barber of Charlestown in Kings County and Colony of Rhodeisland widow Beeing in Helth of body and of Perfect mind & memory Thanks bee Given to almighty God.  Therefore Calling to mind the mortality of my body & Knowing that it is appointed for men Once to Die do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament That is to Say Principally and first of all I Give & Recommend my Soul into the Hands of Allmighty God that gave it and my body I Recommend to the Earth to bee buried in Christian Decent Buriel at the Descrestion of my Executor Nothing Doubting but at the General Resurection I Shall Receive the Same again by the Mighty Powr of God and as Touching Such Worldly Estate Wherewith it Hath Pleased God to to Bless me with in this Life I Give Demise and Dispose of the Same in the Following manner and forme.

"Imprimus My will is and Hereby Order my Executors to pay all my Just Debts and Funeral Charges out of my Estate

"Item  I Give and Bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Anne Kinyon My Great Bible Whose name is written in Said Bible and to be Delliverd to her by my Executor Before my Other Estate to my Children hereafter Named.

"Item  I Give and bequeath to my beloved Daughters (viz.) Dinah Wilcocks & the heirs of Lyda Mory and to Susannah Perry widow to Martha Parker to Ruth Bently Marey Teft and Ann Kinyon all the Remainder of my Estate to bee Equally Devided between them them to them and theire Heirs for Ever.

"Lastly I Constitute make and ordain my beloved Son Benja Barber to be my whole and Soul Executor to this my Last Will and Testament and the Reason I Know make this will is because I Ca???? ?? Have my former Will when Requested hereby Revoking Disallowing and Diaannulling all other former Wills Legacies and Bequeaths by me before maid Ratifying & Confirming this and no other to bee my Last Will and Testament With?? Where of I Have Herewith Set my hand & Seal the Day and year first before Written Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the said Susannah Barber as her Last Will and Testament the presence of we the Subscribers her
                                                                   Susannah  S Barber
Timo Perce mark
Jos Park
Benja Park
Jos Willcock
Joseph Crandal"
"Personally appeard in Councill Benja Park Jos Crandal Jos Willcocks and Declard on oath that they Saw Susannah Barber Deceasd Seign Seal Publish pronounce and Declare the Will as they Seignd as witnesses to bee her Last Will and Testament and She was in her perfect mind and memory at the Same time according to the Best of theire Judgment.  The above Evidances (viz.) Benja Park Joseph Crandall Jos Wilcocks further Declard oath that they Saw Timothy Perce Josep Park Seign as Witnesses at the same time with them.  Before Banja Hoxie President of the Council The above ???? ???? ???? Kings County and Coloney of Rhodeisland.

"By Vertue of Power Granted to the Town Councill of Charlestown in the County of Kings County and Coloney of Rhodeisland for the Probate of Wills and of Granting of Letters of Administration within sd Town ????

"To all people to whome these presence Shall Come Greeting wee the Town Councill of the Town of Charlestown aforesaid according to the Power by Law Invested in us Do hereby Give Grant and fully Impower Mr. Benja Barber of Hopkinton in the County & Coloney abovesaid Executor to the Last Will and Testament of his mother Susannah Barber Late of Charlestown Deceased to administer on all and Singulart the Estate Goods Chattels and Credits of his mother & to act and Do what Power is Needful Nessary & propper to bee done Recaling the promises agreeble with the Law of this Coloney in Such Cases maid & provided &c.

"In testamoney of which and in Confirmation of the Promises & by order and in behalf of the Towne Councill I Have Given forth the Powr of Administration under my hand and seal in said Charlestown Apr the 4th AD 1756 Hoxsie C Clerk."

"An inventory of all and Singular the Goods Chattels Rights and Credits of Susanna Barber Late of Charlestown Deseased Taken by us the Subscribers Aprill the 3 Day AD 1756..."
The inventory is three columns long and is quite detailed.  The personal estate of Susannah Barber totaled 1,351 pounds, 10 shillings 0 pence. Joseph Crandall and Stephen Sanders were the appraisers. The Inventory was approved by the Charlestown Town Council on the last day of April 1756.

The will mentions son Captain Benjamin Barber;  daughters Dinah Wilcock (wife of Edward Wilcox), Lydia Mory (presumably deceased since her unnamed heir, possibly Isaac Dayton, received), Susannah Perry, widow, Martha Parker (wife of Thomas Parker), Ruth Bently (wife of George Bentley), Mary Tifft (wife of Samuel Tifft), and Ann Kenyon (wife of Sylvester Kinyon).  The witnesses were Timothy Perce, Joseph Park, Jr., Benjamin Park.


1. Anne Borden Harding (editor), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations : Volume 3: George Soule  (Plymouth, MA : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1980), page 28, #31, Susannah West/Wast family sketch.

2. Lois J. (Barber) Schroeder, Moses Barber of South Kingstown, Rhode Island and Many Descendants, 1652-1984 (Decorah, Iowa, Amundsen Publishing Company, 1984), accessed on FamilySearch Digital Library (, pages 1-9, Moses Barber family sketch.

3. Alden G. Beaman, Ph.D., "A Line of Descent from Moses Barber of Kingstown," Rhode Island Genealogical Register, Volume I, number 2 (October 1978), pp 112-120.

4.  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, Pages 238-245 (on FHL Microfilm 0.931,833), Moses Barber will written 1728, proved 1733.

5. Charlestown [RI] Probate and Town Council Records, 1738-1916, digital microfilm, FamilySearch (, Family History Library (on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 2,319,104, Items 1-5), Volume 2, pages 292-295, Susanna Barber estate papers.

6. James N. Arnold, Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850, First Series, Births, Marriages and Deaths : a Family Register for the People (Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical Publishing Co., 1891-1912), "Vol. 05: Washington County: Births, Marriages, Deaths," North Kingstown Marriages, page 8 (image 17 of 523), Moses Barber and Susannah Wait entry.


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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