Saturday, August 5, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Who Has Helped You the Most With Your Family History?

               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)  Ellen Thompson-Jennings wrote 
Who Has Helped You The Most With Your Family History? on her Hound on the Hunt blog this week.  That is a great prompt for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  Thank you, Ellen!

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

Here's mine:

When I started my family history research in 1988, I had no idea what to do with the boxes of photographs and letters and newspaper clippings that I received from my mother.  There were sporadic visits to New England to see my father's siblings over the years, and they encouraged me to sort out my grandmother's story that we were descendants of Peregrine White, born on the Mayflower in 1620.  

I started going to the local libraries (Chula Vista, San Diego, SDGS, and Carlsbad) that had significant genealogy books and periodicals and searched for my family surnames.  However, the major help was found at the San Diego Family History Center, then on 10th Avenue in Hillcrest, where I was introduced to the FamilySearch state guides and to the FHL microfilm collection, especially the census records.  I went there every Saturday and got to know the nice LDS brothers and sisters who staffed the center.  

I had an IBM PC since 1983, so I adopted Family Tree Maker early on, then online bulletin boards, and Prodigy.  A new computer in 1992 brought more capability and Windows, so I could work faster and more efficiently.    

In the early 1990s, I got on the Prodigy network with a dial-up modem and found a wealth of cousins, especially in New England, who were willing to share knowledge and advice.  I also started attending CVGS and SDGS society meetings each month and heard many excellent presentations about resources, repositories, software, reports and charts, etc.  

We made several trips to New England from 1990 to 2007, and I visited the New England Historical and  Genealogical Society several times.  They had many surname and town record books, so I generated a lot of xerox copies for my ancestral families.  I used that information to order microfilms at the Family History Center that extended my family lines and provided a wealth of Seaver data.  

My family tree grew by leaps and bounds and by 1998 I had a lot of data from all of those repositories to fill out my pedigree chart and many surname binders with copies from books nd periodicals.  Then the Internet came along with databases and learning centers and I kept at it.  I can't identify one or two people who helped me the most.

I started doing genealogy presentations for CVGS in about 1996 and for SDGS in about 2004, and many other California societies over the years.  

I continued attending CVGS and SDGS meetings and the speakers offered plenty of new information and introduced me to the world of the NEHG Register and NGS Quarterly and I realized that I needed to up my game relative to standardizing my family tree dates, places and sources.  I studied the Genealogical Proof Standard and tried to follow those principles.  I obtained the book Evidence! Explained in the early 2000s, and decided to use the source templates in my database.  I switched to RootsMagic in about 2006 and used free form sources that mimicked the EE templates.  I also started blogging in 2006, and that provided a window to expand my knowledge as hundreds of geneabloggers wrote posts.  

In 2008, we started going to the SCGS Jamboree, the NGS and FGS conferences, and then the RootsTech conference and genealogy cruises with notable speakers, all of whom I respected and even worshipped.  

I think that the most influential person for me is Elizabeth Shown Mills because the GPS and EE molded my research over the past 20 years.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 29 July to 4 August 2023

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

As of 4 August 2023, there are 3,235 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  India, Catholic Church Records, 1751-2014 (; 650,141 indexed records with 57,269 record images, ADDED 28-Jul-2023
*  Luxembourg, Church and Civil Registration, 1601-1923 (; 171 indexed records with 109 record images, ADDED 03-Aug-2023
*  Sri Lanka, Civil Registration, 1768-1990 (; 928,866 indexed records with 1,366,064 record images, ADDED 31-Jul-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971 (; 219,108 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 215,323 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977 (; 463,556 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 461,806 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975 (; 174,427 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 171,781 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Argentina, National Census, 1895 (; 4,283,133 indexed records with 338,844 record images (was 4,050,060 records with 338,844 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2023
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 168,232 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 154,702 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2023

Austria, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2007 (; 6,793,815 indexed records with 1,055,155 record images (was 6,113,668 records with 994,695 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2023
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 906,935 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 892,528 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (; 55,067 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 54,220 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 624,085 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 621,089 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,314,939 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,308,081 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023

Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,161,506 indexed records with 170,739 record images (was 1,161,000 records with 170,553 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021 (; 992,224 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 979,766 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (523 records), no images (was 523 records with 0 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 863,166 indexed records with 359,841 record images (was 861,763 records with 359,284 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,017,423 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,003,822 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023

Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 89,751 indexed records with 29,022 record images (was 86,037 records with 28,112 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,683,773 indexed records with 860,034 record images (was 1,682,118 records with 859,172 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 695,269 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 692,633 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,226,795 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,226,070 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 7,933,207 indexed records with 998,500 record images (was 7,914,243 records with 995,381 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023

Chile, Cemetery Records, 1821-2015 (; 2,012,746 indexed records with 3,675,058 record images (was 2,013,077 records with 3,675,058 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,548,424 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,529,198 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Colombia, Civil Registration, 1553-2021 (; 795,845 indexed records with 834,999 record images (was 775,622 records with 817,893 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Connecticut, County Coroner's Records, 1883-1934 (; 75,911 indexed records with 44,365 record images (was 71,465 records with 41,989 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 4,326,452 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,324,311 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023

Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 (; 6,189,503 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,189,398 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,991,338 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,991,226 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2023
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 7,328,971 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 6,172,357 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Census, 1984 (; 1,626,276 indexed records with 541,554 record images (was 2,989,472 records with 533,094 images), UPDATED 28-Jul-2023
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 (; 2,418,144 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 2,406,124 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2023

Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975 (; 2,270,459 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,275,548 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 6,149,475 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,149,453 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2023
Florida, Funeral Home Records, 1887-1971 (; 45,868 indexed records with 26,228 record images (was 38,579 records with 22,554 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 44,843 indexed records with 44,262 record images (was 41,848 records with 41,324 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Gibraltar, Civil Records, 1777-1990 (; 226,291 indexed records with 187,954 record images (was 226,270 records with 187,949 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2023

Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 1,056,595 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,055,943 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 330,318 indexed records with 24,503 record images (was 330,308 records with 24,503 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2023
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 982,734 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 982,046 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 412,745 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 412,607 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 57,670 indexed records with 5,470 record images (was 57,345 records with 11,749 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023

Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (; 12,857,923 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 12,846,808 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2023
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 3,715,756 indexed records with 96,115 record images (was 3,646,927 records with 132,280 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 (; 31,140 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 29,565 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 42,391 indexed records with 14,524 record images (was 40,291 records with 13,810 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 4,484 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 4,368 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 01-Aug-2023

Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 (; 19,292 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 18,380 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Luxembourg Census Records, 1843-1900 (; 78,840 indexed records with 1,115,931 record images (was 69,678 records with 1,115,931 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 8,791,626 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,776,694 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,027,729 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,027,699 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2023
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,573,333 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,573,322 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023

Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 823,400 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 823,368 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2023
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 (; Index only (531,598 records), no images (was 529,592 records with 0 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 73,745 indexed records with 100,891 record images (was 73,011 records with 100,158 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Palestine, Nablus, Population Registers, 1881-1917 (; 103,533 indexed records with 2,387 record images (was 39,867 records with 2,387 images), UPDATED 01-Aug-2023
Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 337,807 indexed records with 68,098 record images (was 328,012 records with 38,877 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 21,148,212 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,137,743 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,083,004 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,082,868 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,361,025 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,359,048 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Puerto Rico, San Juan, Cemetery Records, 1888-1988 (; 56,549 indexed records with 29,559 record images (was 52,794 records with 27,388 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 299,700 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 294,761 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023

Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970 (; 34,742 indexed records with 96,045 record images (was 32,133 records with 96,045 images), UPDATED 28-Jul-2023
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 (; 4,262,337 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 3,938,482 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2023
South Africa, Johannesburg, Cemetery Records, 1840-2019 (; 2,273,851 indexed records with 297,168 record images (was 2,274,124 records with 291,328 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2023
Sri Lanka, Colombo District, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990 (; 45,715 indexed records with 33,965 record images (was 38,315 records with 33,965 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2023
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,195,105 indexed records with 78,138 record images (was 1,190,176 records with 59,465 images), UPDATED 02-Aug-2023

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850 (; 76,651 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 72,416 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 03-Aug-2023
Texas, County Birth Records, 1841-1955 (; 2,021 indexed records with 2,701 record images (was 1,999 records with 2,683 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2023
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965 (; 2,121,404 indexed records with 538,510 record images (was 2,121,300 records with 538,510 images), UPDATED 31-Jul-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (908,975 records), no images (was 892,009 records with 0 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,041,599 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,039,686 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023

Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 121,481 indexed records with 50,800 record images (was 118,470 records with 50,144 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,870,829 indexed records with 40,270 record images (was 1,868,110 records with 40,187 images), UPDATED 04-Aug-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Albania, Catholic Church Records, 1799-1967 (; 1,123 indexed records with 25 record images (was 1,121 records with 23 images), last updated 28-Jul-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 784,643 indexed records with 752,626 record images (was 784,643 records with 752,535 images), last updated 21-Oct-2022
Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985 (; 420,897 indexed records with 10,759 record images (was 420,897 records with 9,135 images), last updated 31-Jan-2022
British Virgin Islands, Anglican Church Records, 1862-1934 (; 1,631 indexed records with 224 record images (was 1,615 records with 223 images), last updated 28-Jul-2023
Canada, Registers of Chinese Immigration to Canada, 1885-1949 (; 106,721 indexed records with 4,007 record images (was 106,721 records with 2,099 images), last updated 08-Jun-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 1,972,552 images), last updated 30-May-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,278 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 303,191 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,841,249 indexed records with 47,707 record images (was 1,841,249 records with 47,611 images), last updated 04-May-2023
Illinois, Church Records, 1837-1995 (; 16,710 indexed records with 1,183 record images (was 16,710 records with 1,164 images), last updated 13-Jan-2021
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 156,162 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 155,105 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Alaska, Village Census Rolls, 1919-1972 (; 11,278 indexed records with 611 record images (was 11,278 records with 1,349 images), last updated 05-Jun-2023
Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019 (; 660,033 indexed records with 621,013 record images (was 660,033 records with 621,134 images), last updated 20-Jul-2023
Connecticut Naturalization Records, 1795-1945 (; 117,234 indexed records with 98,713 record images (was 117,234 records with 99,498 images), last updated 17-Mar-2022
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 99,094 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 114,977 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 943,199 indexed records with 9,839 record images (was 943,199 records with 15,797 images), last updated 26-Jul-2023

France, Calvados, Census, 1891 (; 74,236 indexed records with 3,847 record images (was 74,236 records with 5,027 images), last updated 18-Jul-2023
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1876 (; 94,689 indexed records with 483 record images (was 94,689 records with 1,806 images), last updated 26-May-2023
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 76,850 indexed records with 127,629 record images (was 76,850 records with 171,651 images), last updated 16-Jul-2023
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900 (; 527,525 indexed records with 226,445 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,446 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992 (; 741,769 indexed records with 100,245 record images (was 741,769 records with 105,822 images), last updated 21-Mar-2023

Norway, Oslo, Census, 1912 (; 28,795 indexed records with 2,894 record images (was 28,795 records with 6,298 images), last updated 11-Jul-2023
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 968,337 indexed records with 910,592 record images (was 968,337 records with 965,658 images), last updated 22-Jul-2023
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 315,678 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,616 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970 (; 399,983 indexed records with 46,729 record images (was 399,983 records with 57,415 images), last updated 07-Jul-2023
United States, California, San Francisco, Records of Chinese Laborers Returning to the US, 1882-1888 (; 49,477 indexed records with 5,608 record images (was 49,477 records with 5,692 images), last updated 04-May-2023

Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900 (; 2,064,638 indexed records with 107,428 record images (was 2,064,638 records with 108,025 images), last updated 29-Aug-2022
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 315,057 indexed records with 262,752 record images (was 315,057 records with 313,427 images), last updated 23-Jun-2023

--- Collections with new records ---

California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994 (; 6,498,233 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,498,224 records with 2,841,076 images), last updated 28-Jul-2023

--- Collections with records removed ---

California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (; Index only (24,589,457 records), no images (was 24,589,458 records with 0 images), last updated 01-Mar-2012
England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008 (; Index only (132,174,265 records), no images (was 132,174,266 records with 0 images), last updated 02-Oct-2014
England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005 (; Index only (95,810,886 records), no images (was 95,810,888 records with 0 images), last updated 09-Oct-2014
Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998 (; 1,088,349 indexed records with 144,834 record images (was 1,088,350 records with 144,834 images), last updated 18-Feb-2021
Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984 (; 535,952 indexed records with 20,274,621 record images (was 764,556 records with 20,274,621 images), last updated 28-Jul-2023

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,116 records), no images (was 875,610,118 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, August 4, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 29 July to 4 August 2023

The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 29 July to 4 August 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Fife, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1914-1971; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/3/2023

U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865; indexed records without record images, Updated 8/3/2023

New York, U.S., State Census, 1855; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/3/2023

Wanzleben, Germany, External Foreign Workers, 1940-1945; indexed records with record images, ADDED 8/3/2023

U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934; indexed records with record images, Updated 8/3/2023

Scotland, Gravestones and Memorials, 1521-2020; indexed records without record images, ADDED 8/2/2023

UK and Allied Countries, World War II Liberated Prisoner of War Questionnaires, 1945-1946; indexed records with record images, ADDED 8/1/2023

1931 Census of Canada; indexed records with record images, Updated 7/31/2023

Dordogne, France, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1540-1896; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/31/2023

Berks County, Pennsylvania, U.S., Estate Records, 1752-1914; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/31/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,348 collections available as of 4 August, an INCREASE of 4 from last week.


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52 Ancestors - Week 491: #886 Ezekiel Worthen (1672-1755) of Amesbury, Massachusetts and Chester, New Hampshire

Ezekiel Wathen/Worthen (1672-1755)  is #886 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married  #887 Abigail Carter (1686-1752)   in 1704 in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #443 Abigail Worthen (1714-????) who married #442 Joseph Colby (1707-1768) in 1736.
*  their daughter #221 Hannah Colby (1745-????), married #220 John Underhill (1745-1816)in 1767.
*  their son, #110 Amos Underhill (1772-1865), married #111 Mary Metcalf (1780-1855) in 1801.
*  their daughter, #55, Mary Ann Underhill (1815-1882) in 1839. married #54 Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) in 1839.
*  their daughter, #27 Abigail A. Vaux (1844-1931), married #26 Devier James Lamphear Smith (1839-1894) in 1861.
*  their daughter, #13 Abbey Ardell Smith (1862-1944), married #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), who married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) in 1918.
* their daughter, #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                        Ezekiel Worthen[1]
*  Alternate Name:        Ezekiell Wathen[2-4]

*  Sex:                           Male

*  Father:                       Ezekiel Wathen (1636-1716)
*  Mother:                     Hannah Martin (1643-1730)

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

*  Birth:                         18 May 1672, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[2–3]

*  Death:                         before 19 October 1755 (before age 83), will proved; Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States[1]
*  Probate:                     19 October 1755 (age 83), will proved; Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States[1]

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

*  Spouse 1:                     Abigail Carter (1686-1752)
*  Marriage 1:                  26 December 1704 (age 32), Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[2-4]

*  Child 1:                       Mary Worthen 1705-1784
*  Child 2:                       Jacob Worthen 1707-1791
*  Child 3:                       Ezekiel Worthen 1709-1783
*  Child 4:                       Thomas Worthen 1711-1773
*  Child 5:                       Abigail Worthen 1714-    
*  Child 6:                       Hannah Worthen 1716-1750
*  Child 7:                       Martha Worthen 1721-    
*  Child 8:                       Mehitable Worthen 1722-1806
*  Child 9:                       Anne Worthen 1724-    
*  Child 10:                     Samuel Worthen 1727-    
*  Child 11:                     Ephraim Worthen 1728-1763

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

Ezekiel "Wathen" was born 18 May 1672 in Amesbury, Massachusetts, the son of Ezekiel and Hannah (Martin) Wathen[2-3].  His last name changed over time to "Worthen."

On 26 December 1704, Ezekiel Wathen married Abigail Carter in Amesbury, Massachusetts[2-4].  She was the daughter of John and Martha (Brown) Carter of Salisbury, Massachusetts.  They had eleven children, all born and recoded in the Amesbury town records with the surname Worthen:

*  Mary Worthen (1705-1784), married 1726 Samuel Buswell (1702-1795).
*  Jacob Worthen (1708-1791), married 1728 Sarah Lancaster (1708-1794).
*  Ezekiel Worthen (1710-1783), married 1733 Hannah Currier (1710-1782).
*  Thomas Worthen (1712-1773), married 1734 Jane Martin (1712-????).
*  Abigail Worthen (1714-????), married 1736 Joseph Colby (1707-1768).
*  Hannah Worthen (1716-1750), married 1735 Nathan Colby (1710-1759).
*  Martha Worthen (1721-????).
*  Mehitable Worthen (1722-1806), married 1741 Edmund Elliott (1716-1789).
*  Anne Worthen (1724-????)
*  Samuel Worthen (1727-????).
*  Ephraim Worthen (1728-1763).

Abigail (Carter) Worthen died in Amesbury, Massachusetts on 26 September 1752.  Ezekiel Wathen/Worthen probably moved to Chester, New Hampshire before his wife died, perhaps to live with his daughter, Abigail (Worthen) Colby's family.

Ezekiel Worthen of Chester, New Hampshire died before 19 October 1755 when his will was proved in Rockingham County, New Hampshire Probate Court[1].  He wrote his will on 2 October 1752.  The will reads:
In the Name of God Amen. The 2^d Day of Septemb^r In the ^26th^ year of his Majestys Reign A.D. 1752. I Ezekiel Worthen of Chester In the Province of Hamp^s In New England Yeoman being of Perfect mind & Mem^y thanks be to God for it Calling to mind the Mortality of my Body Knowing it is appointed for all Men Once to Die Do make this my Last Will & Testam^t

Principally & first of all I Recommend my Soul Into the hands of Almighty God that Gave it & my Body I Commit to the Earth to be Decently Buried In Christian Like manner Nothing Doubting but I Shall Receive the Same again by the mighty power of God at the Coming of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ & as Touching the  Worldly Estate Wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless me Withal In this present Life I Give Demise & Dispose In manner following.

Imprimus My Will that all my Just & Due Debts Which I Do Owe to any Person or Persons Shall be Duly paid by my Exec^rs after Named In Due Time Out of my Estate as aforesaid & my & my Wives funeral Charges.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Son Jacob Worthen all that my Lands Situate In Salisbury In the County of Essex Which Was Conveyed to me by my hon^d father John Carter Late of Salsbury aforesaid Deceased by Deed Bearing Date March y^e 29^th 1726 To Say all Except four acres which my Said Son Jacob have heretofore Purchased of me by Deed of Sale the Said Jacob Paying unto four of my Daughters his Sisters  Namely ^Mary^ Abigail Martha & Mehetabel forty five pounds apeice to Each of them Equal to Bills of Credit of the old Tenor.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Son Thomas Worthen Ten Shill^s old Tenor the Reason is I Give ^to^ Him No More is Because I have Otherway Given him heretofore Considerable of my Estate.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Son Ezekiel Worthen Twenty pounds Equal to Bills Of Credit of the old Tenor the Reason I Give him no more to my said Ezekiel is Because I have Given him heretofore a Considerable part of my Estate With the Trade of a Joiner.

Item I Give unto my son Ephraim Worthen my Best Suit of apparel from Top To Toe the said Ephraim To Pay unto my Daughter Hannah his sister forty five Pounds Equal to Bills of the old Tenor & unto my Son Ezekiel Worthen Twenty pounds as Before mentioned Equal to Bills of Credit of the old Tenor to be paid by my said Son Ephraim &c all the Before mentioned Bequests to be pay With In three Years Next after my Decease In the aforesaid Bills or in Stock or Other Good pay at the Current price as it then Goes at.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Said Son Ephraim Worthen Whom I appoint my Executor to this my Last Will &Testam^t all that my My homestead Living Whereon I Now Dwell With all the appurtenances thereto Belonging & also the Remaining part of my Whole Real Estate In What Place Whatsoever With the addition of all my Implem^ts of husbandry & all Other out Doore Tools or Matters Whatsoever & also that Bed Whereon the said Ephraim now Lodges With the furniture & also my Stock of Creatures of all Sorts Reserving the Use & Benefit of the one half of the above mentioned Premises for & to the Use of my Loving ^Wife^ Abigail During the Term of her Natural Life to be Rendered to Her yearly by my Said Son Ephraim & I Do also Give & Bequeath unto my Said Son Ephraim all Other my Whole Income Profits of What Kind Name or Nature Soever as Bills Bonds Credits &c.

Saving all my Indoore Goods of all Sort I Give & Bequeath unto my forenamed Daughters to be Equally Divided In Equal Proportion to & among them or their Survivors that is to say all that Remains after my Said Wives Decease Before Bequeathed and I Do hereby Revoke & Disallow Any Other former Will by me heretofore made Ratifying & Confirming this &no Other to be my Last Will & Testam^t the day & year aforewritten.

Signed Sealed Published & Declared    }
by the said Ezekiel Worthen as his Last}
Will & Testam^t In the Presence of us  }        Ezekiel Worthen [seal]
Orlando Bagley
Theo^s Foot
Thomas Bagley

Province of    } To all People To Whome these Presents Shall Come 
New Hamp^r } Andrew Wiggins Esq^r Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for Said Prov^e [seal] 
Sendeth Greeting
Know ye that on the 19^th Day of Octob^r 1755 The Instrum^t a Copy of Which is hereby annexed Purporting the Last Will & Testam^t of Ezekiel Worthen Late of Chester In Said Province Yeoman Deceased Was presented for Probate by Ephraim Worthen Son of Said Deceased Sole Exec^r therein Named When appeared Before me Theoph^s Foot & Thomas Bagley two of the Witnesses thereto Subscrib'd Who made Oath that they saw the Said Testator Sign Seal & heard him Declare the s^d Instrum^t to be his Last Will & Testam^t & that they with Orlando Bagley Subscribed their Names Together as Witnesses to the Execution thereof In the Said Testators Presence & that he Was then to their Best Judgment of Sound mind & Memory.

I Do therefore Prove approve & allow of the Said Instrum^t as the Last Will & Testam^t of the Before Named Deceased & Do Commit the Adm^n thereof in all Matters the Same Concerning & of his Estate Whereof he Died Seized & Possessed in Said Province unto the Before Named Exec^r Well &faithfully to Execute the Said Will & to adm^r The Estate of the Said Deceased Who has accepted Said Trust & So make a true & Perfect Inve^y of all the Estate of the Said Deceased & to Exhibit the Same Into the Registry of the Court of Probate for the Province aforesaid at Or Before the Last Wednesday of January Next & he Shall Render an Acco^t of his Proceddings upon When thereunto Lawfully Required. In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal of Office the day & Year afors^d
W^m Parker Reg'r And^w Wiggin.

1. "New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982," indexed database and digital images, (, All Counties > Vol. 18-19, 1750-1756, Volume 18, pages 378 to 380 (images 542-3 of 667), Ezekiel Worthen of Chester probate records, 1755.

2. Town of Amesbury, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts  to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, Mass. : Topsfield Historical Society, 1913), Births, page 249, Ezekiell Wathen birth entry, 18 May 1672.

3. Joyce S. Pendery, "Descendants of George and Margery Wathen of Salem, Massachusetts," New England Historical and Genealogical Register ( New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass.), Volume 154, Number 3 (July 2000), Pages 325-352, pages 348-349, Ezekiel Wathen family sketch.

4. Topsfield Historical Society, Vital Records of Salisbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, Mass. : Topsfield Historical Society, 1915), Marriages, page 520, Ezekiel Wathen and Abigail Carter entry, in "Amesbury," 26 December 1704.


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, August 3, 2023

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1672 Birth Record of Ezekiell Wathen (1672-1755) of Amesbury, 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 1672  birth record of Ezekiell Wathen in Amesbury, Massachusetts:

The birth record in the WATHEN listing:

The transcription of this birth record is:

"[WATHEN] Ezekiell, s. Ezekiell and Hannah, May 18, 1672.  N.CT. R."

The source citation for this birth record is:

Town of Amesbury, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, Mass. : Topsfield Historical Society, 1913), Births, page 249, Ezekiell Wathen birth entry, 18 May 1672.

This record is a Derivative Source, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the birth of Ezekiell Wathen in Amesbury, Massachusetts, the son of Ezekiell and Hannah Wathen. The original record is probably in an Amesbury town record book that may no longer be available.  

Ezekiell Wathen (1672-1755) was born 18 May 1672 in Amesbury, Massachusetts Bay.  He married Abigail Carter (1686-1752) on 26 December 1704 in Amesbury, Massachusetts Bay.  Abigail was born 7 March 1686 in Salisbury, the daughter of John and Martha (Brown) Carter of Salisbury.  Ezekiell and Abigail had 11 children.

Ezekiell and Abigail (Carter) Wathen [also Worthen] are my 7th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their daughter Abigail Worthen (1714-????)  who married 1736 to Joseph Colby (1707-1768).


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Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Genealogy Education Bytes - Week of 27 July to 2 August 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

2 ) Upcoming Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

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Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series

FamilySearch Library Classes and Webinars for August 2023

*   Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 4 August, 11 a.m.:  Loyalists, Freedmen and Frauds in the Southern Claims Commission by Sharon Batiste Gillins.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Tuesday, 8 August, 11 a.m.:  Ten MORE Secrets to Using MyHeritage by Daniel Horowitz.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 9 August, 5 p.m.:  Finding Prussian Ancestors in Online Archives by Nancy E. Loe.

3) Recent Podcasts/Radio Shows:

4) Recent YouTube Videos:

*  Aimee Cross - Genealogy Hints:  Family History and the Law - What You Need to Know

*  Allen County Public Library:  6 recent videos

*  Genealogy With Amy Johnson Crow:  Tony Bennett Can Teach You About Genealogy

*  Storied_Social:  The Family Treehouse Episode #003

5) Did you miss the last post in this series - Genealogy Education Bytes - 20 to 26 July 2023?


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