Saturday, September 9, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Photos of Your Spouse, Significant Other, or Parent

  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)  Do you have photos of your spouse, or significant other, or a parent, or a grandparent?  Please share some of them!  Have you collected all of the photos of your spouse/SO/parent/grandparent in a computer file folder?

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

Here's mine:

My wife is Linda Joan Leland, born in 1942 in San Francisco, the daughter of Lee Severt and Edna May (Schaffner) Leland.  Here she is as a young girl (ca 1950):

And as a high school graduate (1960):

As a San Francisco State college graduate (1964):

As a bride (1970):

As a young mother (1977):

As an older mother (1985):

As a mother of the bride (1997):

As a swimming teacher (2004):

As a mother and grandmother (2018):

In the memory care facility (2023):

I have these photos and many, many more of Linda (with family and friends too) in a number of family photo file folders on my computer.  Maybe I need to collect them all in one place????  And photos of me too.  And my parents.  And my grandparents.  I still have plenty of computer file space...


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 2 to 8 September 2023

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

As of 8 September 2023, there are 3,236 historical record collections on FamilySearch (a decrease of 2 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Deleted ---

*  Alaska, Village Census Rolls, 1919-1972 (; 12,607 indexed records with 928 record images, DELETED
*  Texas, County Birth Records, 1841-1955 (; 2,021 indexed records with 2,701 record images, DELETED
*  Texas, County Deaths, 1860-2005 (; 4,954 indexed records with 4,881 record images, DELETED

--- Collections Added ---

*  Alabama, U.S. District Court Naturalization Records, 1855-1969
(; 45,766 indexed records with 33,610 record images, ADDED 06-Sep-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971 (; 232,783 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 232,197 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 90,422 indexed records with 90,144 record images (was 88,267 records with 87,992 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977 (; 483,139 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 479,047 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975 (; 193,097 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 191,024 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 606,687 indexed records with 523,527 record images (was 605,743 records with 522,169 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023

Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 182,849 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 176,731 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 922,923 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 916,017 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (; 59,463 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 58,683 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 637,166 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 634,525 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,338,638 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,335,416 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023

Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,167,128 indexed records with 172,103 record images (was 1,165,181 records with 171,775 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021 (; 994,685 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 994,681 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 01-Sep-2023
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (527 records), no images (was 527 records with 0 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 874,050 indexed records with 363,769 record images (was 872,009 records with 363,067 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,063,791 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,061,496 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023

Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 118,585 indexed records with 36,589 record images (was 113,554 records with 35,322 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,695,870 indexed records with 866,426 record images (was 1,693,703 records with 865,421 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 723,556 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 714,393 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,232,864 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,231,208 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
California, Oakland, Coroner Records, 1926-1994 (; 29,667 indexed records with 32,805 record images (was 32,894 records with 32,805 images), UPDATED 06-Sep-2023

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,011,474 indexed records with 1,009,630 record images (was 8,000,787 records with 1,008,279 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Colombia, Archivo Distrital de Bogotá, Cemetery Indexes, 1887-1995 (; 231,464 indexed records with 9,883 record images (was 153,691 records with 7,355 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,311,137 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,307,863 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Colombia, Civil Registration, 1553-2021 (; 794,482 indexed records with 849,487 record images (was 815,391 records with 849,428 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Colombia, Costa, Church Records, 1778-2018 (; 20,933 indexed records with 9,376 record images (was 7,618 records with 3,562 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 4,328,103 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,330,385 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,992,239 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,992,011 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 05-Sep-2023
Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1960 (; 192,101 indexed records with 41,707 record images (was 192,054 records with 41,707 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 (; 2,465,639 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 2,454,722 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975 (; 2,278,021 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,277,063 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023

Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 6,149,536 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,149,490 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 2,010,432 indexed records with 360,584 record images (was 2,010,432 records with 360,583 images), UPDATED 01-Sep-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 57,857 indexed records with 57,026 record images (was 55,024 records with 54,238 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Gibraltar, Civil Records, 1777-1990 (; 338,164 indexed records with 217,238 record images (was 337,679 records with 217,204 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 1,059,965 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,059,625 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 05-Sep-2023

Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 5,993,792 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 6,170,713 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 02-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 443,464 indexed records with 347,703 record images (was 443,111 records with 347,450 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 988,079 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 986,776 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 413,040 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 412,923 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 61,580 indexed records with 6,890 record images (was 61,112 records with 12,749 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023

Hawaii, Kauai County, Obituaries, 1982-2010 (; 108,249 indexed records with 8,314 record images (was 108,413 records with 8,311 images), UPDATED 06-Sep-2023
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980 (; 12,882,337 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 12,869,677 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Iowa, World War I Bonus Applications, 1923-1927 (; 115,728 indexed records with 114,377 record images (was 115,705 records with 114,377 images), UPDATED 06-Sep-2023
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 4,052,638 indexed records with 149,070 record images (was 3,984,753 records with 146,488 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Italy, Como, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1951 (; 16,222 indexed records with 15,667 record images (was 12,966 records with 15,667 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023

Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 (; 36,722 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 35,253 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 47,670 indexed records with 16,413 record images (was 46,739 records with 16,101 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 5,155 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 4,913 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 (; 21,246 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 21,191 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 04-Sep-2023
Luxembourg, Church and Civil Registration, 1601-1923 (; 2,028,988 indexed records with 731,407 record images (was 1,697,608 records with 662,894 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023

Martinique, Church Records, 1662-1847 (; 13,343 indexed records with 1,648 record images (was 13,327 records with 1,635 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1925 (; 11,653,175 indexed records with 742,594 record images (was 11,634,591 records with 742,594 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 8,872,549 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,853,115 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,028,876 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,028,272 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929 (; 1,357,595 indexed records with 1,403,105 record images (was 1,353,821 records with 1,403,105 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023

Missouri, County Naturalization Records, 1830-1985 (; 300,149 indexed records with 898 record images (was 0 records with 898 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
New York, Birth Indexes outside of New York City, 1881-1942 (; 758,850 indexed records with 78,928 record images (was 640,875 records with 78,928 images), UPDATED 05-Sep-2023
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 824,185 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 823,702 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 79,445 indexed records with 106,588 record images (was 77,967 records with 105,111 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1968 (; 10,122,568 indexed records with 3,007,818 record images (was 10,123,275 records with 3,007,818 images), UPDATED 06-Sep-2023

Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 385,165 indexed records with 73,208 record images (was 373,856 records with 58,250 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 20,836,503 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,880,637 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,084,172 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,083,894 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,282,592 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,373,114 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 317,927 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 315,278 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023

Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935 (; 21,934,567 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 21,933,952 records with 1,615,473 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Slovenia, Ljubljana, Funeral Accounts, 1937-1970 (; 38,614 indexed records with 96,045 record images (was 37,896 records with 96,045 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
South Africa, Eastern Cape, Estate Files, 1962-2004 (; Browse 425,696 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 425,696 images), UPDATED 05-Sep-2023
South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991 (; 1,630,711 indexed records with 140,942 record images (was 1,892,639 records with 140,942 images), UPDATED 06-Sep-2023
Spain, Madrid, Municipal Census Records, 1910-1923 (; 1,218,185 indexed records with 282,925 record images (was 1,210,581 records with 278,061 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023

Sri Lanka, Civil Registration, 1768-1990 (; 930,827 indexed records with 1,368,025 record images (was 928,866 records with 1,366,064 images), UPDATED 05-Sep-2023
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 (; 823,644 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 821,112 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965 (; 2,120,363 indexed records with 538,510 record images (was 2,121,404 records with 538,510 images), UPDATED 06-Sep-2023
Texas, Gregg County, Marriage Records, 1873-2017 (; 276,329 indexed records with 123,563 record images (was 277,638 records with 123,563 images), UPDATED 06-Sep-2023
Ukraine, Mykolaiv, Metrical Books, 1790-1917 (; 144,884 indexed records with 55,567 record images (was 147,491 records with 55,567 images), UPDATED 06-Sep-2023

Ukraine, Poltava, Metrical Books, 1741-1937 (; 1,386,845 indexed records with 401,262 record images (was 1,430,215 records with 401,262 images), UPDATED 06-Sep-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (985,493 records), no images (was 973,426 records with 0 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,055,164 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,053,713 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 144,585 indexed records with 58,738 record images (was 137,717 records with 57,877 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,887,299 indexed records with 40,757 record images (was 1,884,807 records with 40,687 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023

Wales, Denbighshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 (; 718,898 indexed records with 718,898 record images (was 718,898 records with 718,898 images), UPDATED 07-Sep-2023
Zimbabwe Death Registers, 1890-1977; Index to Death Register, 1892-1977 (; Browse 74,045 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 74,045 images), UPDATED 01-Sep-2023
Zimbabwe Death notices, 1904-1976 (; Browse 328,546 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 328,546 images), UPDATED 01-Sep-2023
Zimbabwe, Archdiocese of Bulawayo, Catholic Church Records, 1896-2022 (; 4,457 indexed records with 15,568 record images (was 682 records with 5,648 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Zimbabwe, Catholic Church Records, 1897-2022 (; 9,815 indexed records with 64,543 record images (was 9,401 records with 64,543 images), UPDATED 01-Sep-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Argentina, Corrientes, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 784,695 indexed records with 752,692 record images (was 784,695 records with 677,858 images), last updated 01-Sep-2023
Argentina, Córdoba, Censuses, 1778-1874 (; 192,466 indexed records with 5,124 record images (was 192,466 records with 1,336 images), last updated 25-Aug-2023
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856 (; 260,627 indexed records with 5,176 record images (was 260,627 records with 4,240 images), last updated 23-Aug-2022
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,354 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,339 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 157,623 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 132,252 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019 (; 662,810 indexed records with 621,094 record images (was 662,810 records with 621,246 images), last updated 21-Aug-2023
Ecuador, Cemetery Records, 1862-2019 (; 991,974 indexed records with 328,516 record images (was 991,974 records with 367,616 images), last updated 06-Jul-2023
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 296,414 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 306,256 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Massachusetts, Births, 1636-1924 (; 354,112 indexed records with 2,899 record images (was 354,112 records with 24,474 images), last updated 19-Apr-2023
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (; 6,932,344 indexed records with 5,610,952 record images (was 6,932,344 records with 5,611,122 images), last updated 29-Nov-2022

--- Collections with records removed ---

California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (; Index only (24,589,453 records), no images (was 24,589,454 records with 0 images), last updated 01-Mar-2012
Kentucky, Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999 (; Index only (9,865,933 records), no images (was 9,865,934 records with 0 images), last updated 15-Jul-2015
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,111 records), no images (was 875,610,113 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, September 8, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 2 to 8 September 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 2 to 8 September 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-2016; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/7/2023

New York, U.S., State Census, 1875; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/7/2023

New York, U.S., State Census, 1865; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/7/2023

Worcestershire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1997; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/6/2023

Worcestershire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1947; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/6/2023

Worcestershire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1812-1922; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/6/2023

Worcestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1600-1812; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/6/2023

Tameside, England, Burials, 1844-2017; indexed records without record images, ADDED 9/6/2023

Virginia, U.S., Birth Registers, 1853-1911; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/6/2023

Web: Civil Registers (Citizens Entitled to Vote) South Holland, 1811-1813; indexed records without record images, ADDED 9/6/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 2 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,305 collections available as of 8 September, an INCREASE of 2 from last week.


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Findmypast Friday: Discover Dorset Stories With This Week's Release

  I received this information from Findmypast today:


Discover Dorset stories with this week's release

This Findmypast Friday, there are over 120,000 exciting new additions to explore from parishes across Dorset in the south of England.

If you've got roots in the South-West of England, this week's record release may just be able to fill in the blanks on your family tree. From baptisms to burials, read on for a full rundown of what's been added.

New Dorset parish records

This Findmypast Friday sees a triple whammy of Dorset records added to our parish collections. Across our baptism, marriage and burial sets, there are a total of 121,225 new additions for you to discover. We have baptism, marriage, and burial records from 342 parishes across the county of Dorset, covering over 450 years. Check out the full parish list for more information.

These records are the building blocks of your family tree. Whether you're tracing back a distant lineage or adding more details to family members you already know, these sets may prove key to your research.

Dorset Baptisms

First up this week is an update to our existing collection of Dorset Baptisms. We've added 38,873 new records from parishes across the county. These new additions span from 1568 to 1930.

The transcriptions in this set contain key information such as a name, birth date and place, baptism date and place, the church name, both parents' names, and the father's occupation. The information included varies slightly, especially when it comes to the very early 15th-century records.

You may also learn parents' addresses from records in this collection. If you're eager to build up a vivid picture of how and where your ancestors lived, this detail will be a huge help - who knows, perhaps the house your family lived in is still standing today.

Dorset Marriages

Next up, we've also updated our collection of Dorset Marriages, with 52,622 new records now available for you to explore.

Stretching as far back as 1470, these additions span over 500 years of Dorset's history. This means that if your ancestors were married in Dorset between 1470 and 1974, their names may just appear in this release.

The 675,000 records within this transcription-only set contain key details like a name, spouse's name, marriage date, parish, occupation and more. You'll likely be able to uncover whether someone was married by banns or by licence, and in some cases, the names of witnesses are also included.

Dorset Burials

Last but not least, we've also added 29,730 burial records from parishes across Dorset. These records span from 1559 to 1993.

If you're struggling to build your family tree back through the centuries, these additions may just provide some of the answers you need.

Like this week's other updated sets, these burials are transcription-only. Within each transcription, you'll find key details like a name, age, birth year, burial date, burial place, and county.

You'll find records from 342 parishes across Dorset within this collection as a whole. We recommend browsing our Dorset parish list for the full rundown of what's covered across the county.

Introducing our new podcast

We're delighted to announce that the first two episodes of our new podcast, Step into the Past, are available for you to listen to.

Take a stroll with Suzannah Lipscomb, as we weave together the past and the present in places that made history. With family history discoveries and so much more, this isn't one to be missed.

This week in newspapers: 100,000 new pages to explore

This Findmypast Friday, our newspaper collection grew by 96,120 pages. We've added two brand new titles - Liverpool Saturday's Advertiser and the Epsom Journal - and updated 10 of our existing publications.

In addition to this week's two new titles, there are updates to many other newspapers within our collection, with brand new pages from Sherborne to Southwark. Here's a full rundown of all that's been added.

New titles:
Updated titles:
  • Bayswater Chronicle: 1892, 1894-1895, 1897, 1901-1908
  • Gloucester Citizen: 1992-1993
  • Liverpool Daily Post: 1921, 1927-1929
  • Liverpool Weekly Mercury: 1908, 1913
  • Middleton Guardian: 1995
  • Ormskirk Advertiser: 1858, 1861, 1892, 1895, 1909, 1924, 1935-1936
  • Rochdale Observer: 1897, 1902, 1920, 1932, 1951, 1961, 1966, 1985, 1988, 1996, 1998-1999
  • Sherborne Mercury: 1795
  • Southwark and Bermondsey Recorder: 1921-1933
  • Widnes Weekly News and District Reporter: 1878, 1883-1886, 1890-1891, 1893-1895, 1897-1900, 1902, 1982


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52 Ancestors - Week 496: #945 Rebecca (Rolfe) (Cutter) Whitmore (1662-1751) of Newbury and Cambridge, Massachusetts

 Rebecca Rolfe (1662-1751) is  #945 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married  #944 William Cutter (1650-1723)  in about 1679 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son #472 Richard Cutter (1682-1756) who married #473 Mercy Kelsey (1698-1760) in 1722.
*  their son #236 William Cutter (1722-1780) who married #237 Mary Kent (1726-????) in 1744.
*  their son #118 Stephen Cutter (1745-1823) who married #119 Tabitha Randolph (1752-1841) in 1769.
*  their daughter #59 Sarah Cutter (1785-1878) who married #58 William Knapp (1775-1856) in 1804.
*  their daughter #29 Sarah G. Knapp (1818-1904) who married David Auble (1817-1894) in 1844
*  their son #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916) who married #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) in 1898. 
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) 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:                        Rebecca Rolfe[1–4]
*  Alternate Name:        Rebeckah Cutter[6,8]
*  Alternate Name:        Rebecca Whitmore[7]
*  Alternate Name:        Rebecca Rolfe Whitmore[5]

*  Sex:                            Female

*  Father:                      John Rolfe (1633-1681)
*  Mother:                    Mary Scullard (1641-1687)

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

*  Birth:                         9 February 1661/2, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States[1,3,5]

*  Distribution:             29 April 1723 (age 62), named executrix, husband's will proved; Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[6]

*  Death:                       23 November 1751 (age 90), Arlington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2,5,7]

*  Burial:                     after 23 November 1751 (after age 90), Old Burying Ground, Arlington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5]

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

*  Spouse 1:                  William Cutter (1650-1723)
*  Marriage 1:               about 1679 (about age 17), Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1-2,4]

*  Child 1:                     Elizabeth Cutter 1680-1748
*  Child 2:                     Richard Cutter 1682-1756
*  Child 3:                     Mary Cutter 1685-1685
*  Child 4:                     Hannah Cutter 1688-1764
*  Child 5:                     John Cutter 1690-1776
*  Child 6:                     Rebeccah Cutter 1693-1718
*  Child 7:                     William Cutter 1697-1756
*  Child 8:                     Samuel Cutter 1700-1737
*  Child 9:                     Sarah Cutter 1702-1788
*  Child 10:                   Ammi Ruhamah Cutter 1705-1746

*  Spouse 2:                  John Whitmore (1654-1739)
*  Marriage 2:               3 June 1724 (age 63), Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2,8]

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

Rebecca Rolfe was born 9 February 1661/2 in Newbury, Massachusetts, the daughter of John and Mary (Scullard) Rolfe of Newbury, Massachusetts[1-4].

She married (1) William Cutter (1650-1723) before 1681 in Cambridge, Massachusetts[1-2,4].  William Cutter was born 22 February 1649/50 in Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay, the son of Richard and Elizabeth (--?--) Cutter.  They had ten children, all recorded in the Cambridge town records:

*  Elizabeth Cutter (1660-1748), married 1705 John Harrington (1684-1750).
*  Richard Cutter (1682-1756), married (1) 1706 Mary Pike (1687-1721); (2) 1722 Mercy Kelsey (1698-1760).
*  Mary Cutter (1685-1685).
*  Hannah Cutter (1688-1764), married 1708 Ephraim Winship (1688-1757).
*  John Cutter (1690-1776), married 1709 Lydia Harrington (1690-1755).
*  Rebeccah Cutter (1693-1718), married 1711 Joseph Adams (1687-1774).
*  William Cutter (1697-1756), married 1724 Anna Rice (1683-1753).
*  Samuel Cutter (1700-1737), married 1720 Ann Harrington (1703-1777).
*  Sarah Cutter (1702-1788), married 1722 Ebenezer Cutter (1698-1750)
*  Ammi Ruhanah Cutter (1705-1746), married 1738 Dorothy Bradbury (1706-1776).

William and Rebecca were admitted to the Cambridge church on 28 July 1700[2].  

William Cutter of Cambridge wrote his will on 1 June 1722, and died on 1 April 1723 in Cambridge.  His will was proved in Middlesex Probate Court on 29 April 1723[6].  Rebecca was named one of the executors of the estate, along with their four older sons.  She was bequeathed:
"Item I Give to my dear and loving Wife Rebeckah Cutter the full improvement of a third part of my lands, and the Est end of my now Dwelling house during her Natural Life, and a third part of my moveable Estate to be at her own despose for ever."
Rebecca (Rolfe) Cutter married, as her second husband and his second wife, John Whitmore, Senior, a Deacon and highly trustworthy citizen of Medford, on 3 June 1724 in Cambridge[1-2,8]. Deacon Whitmore died 22 February 1739-40, aged 84 years.

Rebecca died 23 November 1751 in Arlington, Massachusetts[1-2,5,7], and was probably buried in the Old Burying Ground in Arlington[5].  There is no extant gravestone.


1. Frederick G. Rolfe, The Early Rolfe Settlers of New England (Baltimore, Md. : Gateway Press, Inc., 1995), page I-4.2, Rebecca Rolfe family sketch.

2. Dr. Benjamin Cutter, The History of the Cutter Family of New England  (Boston, Mass. : 1871), pages 21-22, #3 William Cutter family sketch.

3. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital images, (, Newbury > Births, Marriages, and Deaths > image 680 of 2384, Rebecca Rolfe birth entry, 9 February 1661/2.

4. "U.S. New England Marriages Prior to 1700," indexed database with digital images,  (, page 201, William Cutter and Rebecca Rolfe marriage entry, Cambridge, before 1681; Original data from Torrey, Clarence A., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004).

5. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Old Burying Ground, Arlington, Mass., Rebecca Rolfe Whitmore memorial #148488764.

6. "Middlesex County, MA: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, American Ancestors ( : accessed 19 December 2014), Case File 5,669 (13 pages), William Cutter, 1723; original records in Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court, Cambridge, Mass.

7. Vital Records of Arlington, Massachusetts to the Year 1850  (Boston, Mass. : NEHGS, 1904), Deaths, page 155, Rebecca Whitmore entry, 23 November 1751, widow, age 90.

8. Thomas W. Baldwin (compiler), Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1915), Marriages, page 421, Dea. John Whittmore and Rebeckah Cutter marriage entry, 3 June 1724.


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, September 7, 2023

Rabbit Holes With Randy - The "Wheels" in Heredis Genealogy Software

 I recently obtained Heredis software (see Genealogy Software: Heredis 2024 Is Available!), installed it, and imported a GEDCOM file of my family tree (with over 71,400 profiles) and checked it out.

The software publicity mentioned "wheels" and I wanted to determine what that was and how it was used.  In short, a "wheel" is a circular representation of a persons ancestor or descendant family tree - like a fan chart.  In Heredis, it can be a whole circle, a half circle or a portion of a circle - the user can control the shape of the family tree.  

Here is a screen shot of a 9 generation "Ancestors wheel" (I chose a 225 degree "wheel" for this) of my great-grandmother, Julia E. White (1848-1913) with the background colors determined by the County the person was born in:

Here is a 7 generation "Descendants wheel" for Julie E. White (again colored by County) showing descendants of Julia:

One of the new features of Heredis is a "Mixed wheel" (180 degrees for each type) showing both ancestors (9 generations) and descendants (7 generations) of Julia E. White:

When you are on the screen, you can run your mouse over the screen to zoom in and out of a portion of the tree.  Here is a zoomed portion of the "Mixed wheel" so I can examine a portion of the tree:

I had not seen a "Descendant wheel" or "Mixed wheel" chart before.  There are several different options for the background colors that can be selected by the user.

I'm still exploring the many features of Heredis.  There are significant differences in how the family tree is displayed in Heredis versus Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic and Legacy Family Tree (the other software programs I am familiar with).  One difference is that all names in Heredis are displayed with the surname first and in capitals as shown above.  Another is how dates are displayed - as month/day/year.  I haven't yet figured out if those items can be modified. 

It was fun and informative to go down this rabbit hole this week.  There are many more screens and features for this curious bunny to explore.


Disclosure:  I have received complimentary copies of Heredis software over the years, including this most recent version, but I have never really explored it.  I am in the process of exploring how I might use this software to enhance my genealogy research.

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