Saturday, September 16, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Analyze Your 3rd Great-Grandparents AncestryDNA ThruLines

  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)  If you have AncestryDNA ThruLines results, which set of 3rd great-grandparents has the most ThruLines? [Note:  Go to home age, then "DNA" tab, then "ThruLines" tab and run your mouse over each of your ancestors to see the number of ThruLines for each ancestor].  Analyze your ThruLines from these ancestors.  Are they all "correct?"  

[If you don't have AncestryDNA, but have another DNA test provider, analyze those results for your 3rd great-grandparents.]

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

Here's mine:

The third great-grandparents with the most ThruLines are John Rich (1790-1868) and Rebecca Hill (1790-1862) with 38 ThruLines.  This couple resided in Hilperton in Wiltshire in England.  I have 21 ThruLines through their daughter, my 2nd great-grandmother Hannah Rich (1824-1911) who married James Richman (1821-1912) and migrated to the USA in 1856.  The other 17 ThruLines are through five other children of John and Rebecca (Hill) Rich. 

Of the 17 "other" ThruLines, the highest number of centiMorgans is 108 cM in 5 segments - the relationship is 3rd cousin once removed.  The other relationships of these 17 are mostly 4th cousins or 4th cousins once removed. There are 8 ThruLines in this group that share at least 20 cM with me.  There are 3 ThruLines in those 17 that share 10 cM or less with me, and they are all likely my cousins.  

I think that 37 of the 38 ThruLines are "correct" according to my research.  The ThruLine that is "incorrect" has the wrong child connected to Hannah (Rich) Richman, but is likely related through another child of John and Rebecca (Hill) Rich.  


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 9 to 15 September 2023

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

As of 15 September 2023, there are 3,237 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  France, Haute-Garonne, Census, 1896 (; 12,866 indexed records with 227 record images, ADDED 11-Sep-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971 (; 232,930 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 232,783 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019 (; 662,810 indexed records with 620,343 record images (was 662,810 records with 621,094 images), UPDATED 11-Sep-2023
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 91,304 indexed records with 91,022 record images (was 90,422 records with 90,144 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977 (; 483,752 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 483,139 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975 (; 194,380 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 193,097 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023

Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 608,772 indexed records with 526,058 record images (was 606,687 records with 523,527 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (; 60,496 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 59,463 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 639,737 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 637,166 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,341,938 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,338,638 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,170,332 indexed records with 172,834 record images (was 1,167,128 records with 172,103 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023

Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021 (; 994,694 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 994,685 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 11-Sep-2023
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (527 records), no images (was 527 records with 0 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 876,167 indexed records with 364,566 record images (was 874,050 records with 363,769 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,066,200 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,063,791 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 128,670 indexed records with 39,138 record images (was 118,585 records with 36,589 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,697,818 indexed records with 867,305 record images (was 1,695,870 records with 866,426 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 735,548 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 723,556 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,234,032 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,232,864 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 (; 352,755 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 352,475 records with 105,781 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,017,046 indexed records with 1,010,438 record images (was 8,011,474 records with 1,009,630 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023

Colombia, Archivo Distrital de Bogotá, Cemetery Indexes, 1887-1995 (; 288,286 indexed records with 12,158 record images (was 231,464 records with 9,883 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,312,968 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,311,137 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Colombia, Civil Registration, 1553-2021 (; 794,719 indexed records with 849,577 record images (was 794,482 records with 849,487 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023
Colombia, Costa, Church Records, 1778-2018 (; 31,606 indexed records with 14,203 record images (was 20,933 records with 9,376 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 4,328,367 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,328,103 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023

Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,992,341 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,992,239 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2023
Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1960 (; 196,399 indexed records with 41,782 record images (was 192,101 records with 41,707 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 8,347,477 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 8,338,850 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975 (; 2,279,095 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,278,021 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 6,149,592 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,149,536 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2023

Find A Grave Index (; 235,295,005 indexed records with 235,295,005 record images (was 233,524,740 records with 233,524,740 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023
France, Insee Social Security Death Index, 1970-2022 (; 27,217,470 indexed records with 27,217,470 record images (was 25,582,792 records with 25,582,792 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2023
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 77,595 indexed records with 173,933 record images (was 76,850 records with 151,530 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 60,136 indexed records with 59,240 record images (was 57,857 records with 57,026 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Gibraltar, Civil Records, 1777-1990 (; 338,190 indexed records with 217,244 record images (was 338,164 records with 217,238 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023

Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 330,358 indexed records with 24,503 record images (was 330,320 records with 24,503 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 443,761 indexed records with 347,925 record images (was 443,464 records with 347,703 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 988,700 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 988,079 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 413,663 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 413,040 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 62,316 indexed records with 13,090 record images (was 61,580 records with 6,890 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023

Hawaii, Hawaii State Archives, Probate Packet Records, 1814-1917 (; 14,022 indexed records with 11,749 record images (was 12,303 records with 11,880 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2023
Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900 (; 32,097 indexed records with 10,115 record images (was 31,434 records with 19,989 images), UPDATED 09-Sep-2023
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 4,122,964 indexed records with 151,393 record images (was 4,052,638 records with 149,070 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 (; 38,257 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 36,722 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 47,740 indexed records with 16,437 record images (was 47,670 records with 16,413 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023

Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 5,351 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 5,155 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 (; 21,254 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 21,246 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 12-Sep-2023
Luxembourg, Church and Civil Registration, 1601-1923 (; 2,029,401 indexed records with 721,605 record images (was 2,028,988 records with 731,407 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023
Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1925 (; 11,653,179 indexed records with 742,594 record images (was 11,653,175 records with 742,594 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 8,879,182 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,872,549 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023

Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,029,546 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,028,876 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 824,790 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 824,185 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023
Norway Church Books, 1815-1930 (; 14,436,790 indexed records with 1,288,153 record images (was 17,901,159 records with 1,288,153 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2023
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 (; Index only (533,368 records), no images (was 532,539 records with 0 images), UPDATED 13-Sep-2023
Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953 (; 3,537,971 indexed records with 3,894,759 record images (was 2,744,322 records with 3,894,759 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023

Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 107,900 indexed records with 107,771 record images (was 79,445 records with 106,588 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 982,353 indexed records with 979,629 record images (was 975,313 records with 927,254 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023
Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 398,653 indexed records with 75,354 record images (was 385,165 records with 73,208 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 20,842,068 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,836,503 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,084,479 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,084,172 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,285,694 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,282,592 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 5,088,810 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,088,810 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 320,356 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 317,927 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (; 370,959 indexed records with 341,967 record images (was 370,954 records with 341,966 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Spain, Madrid, Municipal Census Records, 1910-1923 (; 1,290,871 indexed records with 300,289 record images (was 1,218,185 records with 282,925 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023

Sri Lanka, Colombo District, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1677-1990 (; 46,402 indexed records with 33,965 record images (was 46,185 records with 33,965 images), UPDATED 11-Sep-2023
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,196,518 indexed records with 50,315 record images (was 1,195,862 records with 60,440 images), UPDATED 08-Sep-2023
Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (; 4,539,443 indexed records with 4,476,649 record images (was 4,539,443 records with 4,476,649 images), UPDATED 11-Sep-2023
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937 (; 309,932 indexed records with 942,391 record images (was 309,611 records with 942,391 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023
United States Index to Alien Case Files, 1940-2003 (; 1,484,268 indexed records with 1,470,605 record images (was 1,484,268 records with 1,470,606 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023

Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (994,717 records), no images (was 985,493 records with 0 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,056,444 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,055,164 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 150,189 indexed records with 59,922 record images (was 144,585 records with 58,738 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,891,448 indexed records with 40,877 record images (was 1,887,299 records with 40,757 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023
Wales, Glamorgan Parish Registers, 1558-1900 (; Index only (921,889 records), no images (was 921,889 records with 0 images), UPDATED 14-Sep-2023

Zimbabwe, Archdiocese of Bulawayo, Catholic Church Records, 1896-2022 (; 6,315 indexed records with 28,594 record images (was 4,457 records with 15,568 images), UPDATED 15-Sep-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 946,416 indexed records with 10,714 record images (was 946,416 records with 10,611 images), last updated 14-Aug-2023
France, Calvados, Census, 1876 (; 44,012 indexed records with 1,724 record images (was 44,012 records with 1,567 images), last updated 08-Aug-2023
New Jersey Naturalization Records, 1796-1991 (; 589,460 indexed records with 585,009 record images (was 589,460 records with 575,600 images), last updated 15-Dec-2020
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970 (; 399,983 indexed records with 57,536 record images (was 399,983 records with 55,385 images), last updated 07-Jul-2023

--- Collections with images removed ---

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892 (; 7,237,336 indexed records with 1,950,936 record images (was 7,237,336 records with 1,973,983 images), last updated 30-May-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 292,444 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 296,414 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,849,355 indexed records with 9,627 record images (was 1,849,355 records with 45,743 images), last updated 08-Aug-2023
Norway, Oslo, Census, 1912 (; 33,185 indexed records with 4,444 record images (was 33,185 records with 7,233 images), last updated 11-Aug-2023
Puerto Rico, San Juan, Cemetery Records, 1888-1988 (; 63,283 indexed records with 23,213 record images (was 63,283 records with 29,862 images), last updated 29-Aug-2023

South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,415 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,616 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 146,232 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 157,623 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

Argentina, Buenos Aires, Catholic Church Records, 1635-1981 (; 4,629,586 indexed records with 978,396 record images (was 4,629,587 records with 978,396 images), last updated 17-May-2022
California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (; Index only (24,589,452 records), no images (was 24,589,453 records with 0 images), last updated 01-Mar-2012
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,110 records), no images (was 875,610,111 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 15, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 9 to 15 September 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 9 to 15 September 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Dordogne, France, Censuses, 1831-1896; indexed records with record images, ADDED  9/14/2023

Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/14/2023

UK, Postal Service Appointment Books, 1737-1969; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/14/2023

Deux-Sèvres, France, Censuses, 1896-1911; indexed records without record images, ADDED  9/14/2023

Aude, France, Censuses, 1810-1906; indexed records without record images, ADDED 9/14/2023

Calgary, Canada, City of Calgary Burials, 1819-2023; indexed records without record images, Updated 9/14/2023

Oregon, U.S., State Prison Records, 1854-1946; indexed records with record images, ADDED  9/14/2023

U.S., Freedmen's Bureau Records, 1865-1878; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/14/2023

Vienne, France Censuses 1836-1901; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/14/2023

Geneanet Community Trees Index; indexed records without record images, Updated 9/13/2023

Lwów, Poland, HeHalutz Organization Regional Branch Records, 1934 (USHMM); indexed records without record images, ADDED 9/13/2023

Queensland, Australia, Civil Servant Indexes, 1866-1867; indexed records without record images, ADDED 9/12/2023

UK, World War II Army Casualty Lists, 1939-1945; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/11/2023

U.S., Border Crossings from Canada to U.S., 1895-1960; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/11/2023

London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/11/2023

United States, Officer Down Memorials, 1791-2022; indexed records without record images, Updated 9/11/2023

London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/11/2023

London, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1923; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/11/2023

Web: Emigrants from the Netherlands, 1848-1877; indexed records without record images, ADDED 9/11/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 9 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,315 collections available as of 15 September, an INCREASE of 10 from last week.


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Findmypast Friday: Search Surrey Stories and More

  I received this information from Findmypast today:


Search Surrey stories and so much more

If you've got roots in the Greater London area, you may just find the name of an ancestor or two amongst this week's new additions.

If you've got ancestors from the Greater London area, this week's release is for you, as we've added over 40,000 Non-Conformist parish records from Southwark. With both images and transcriptions available, these four fascinating new sets span two centuries of history.

We've also added four brand-new titles to our newspaper collection, with a total of 302,872 new pages available for you to explore. Read on for a full rundown of all that's been added.

Surrey, Southwark Baptisms

The first of this week's exciting new sets is Surrey, Southwark Baptisms, which contains 11,354 records spanning from 1801 to 1923. With both images and transcriptions available, there are so many rich details to discover.

These records are from registers created by Southwark's Non-Conformist denominations, from Baptist, Congregational (Independent), and Methodist chapels across the London borough. These denominations typically created baptism registers similar to England's Anglican parishes, meaning that these records are similar to our Church of England parish baptisms.

Surrey, Southwark Marriages

This week's second new set is a collection of Non-Conformist marriages, also from the Surrey parish of Southwark. There are 896 records to explore, covering 1867 to 1939.

They derive from congregations across Southwark - including chapels near the Thames in Bermondsey and Borough, and others further south, in Peckham and Camberwell.

Surrey, Southwark Burials

Next up, we've also added Non-Conformist burial records from Southwark. Within this brand-new set, there are 1,915 records to explore, covering the years 1781 to 1860. If you've managed to trace the London branches of your family tree back as far as the 18th century, this collection is not to be missed.

These burial records are from Independents (Congregationalists), which are part of the United Reformed Church. They come specifically from the York Street Chapel, Walworth, and the Colliers Rents Independent Chapel, Southwark.

Surrey, Southwark Congregational Registers

In addition to baptisms, marriages, and burials, we've also added 24,844 Non-Conformist congregational records for Southwark, spanning the years 1804 to 1984.

Including everything from Sunday School admission registers and pledge books to dues (tax) registers, this varied set records the life of Southwark's Non-Conformist community. You'll find both images and transcriptions for each record, although the information included depends on the type of record.


We're going back to school with this week's newspaper release, which sees the addition of the all-new Schoolmaster and Edinburgh Weekly Magazine to our collection. We've added three further titles from London, Liverpool, and Kent, too.

But that's not all - we've also updated an extensive list of 26 of our existing titles. With a grand total of 302,872 brand new pages, there are so many exciting stories to be discovered.

New titles:
  • Epsom Journal, 1871-1896, 1898-1899, 1901-1902
  • Kent Times, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks Examiner, 1858-1859, 1861-1862
  • Liverpool Saturday’s Advertiser, 1823, 1826-1828, 1830-1832
  • Schoolmaster and Edinburgh Weekly Magazine, 1832-1833
Updated titles:
  • Armley and Wortley News, 1898
  • Banbury Advertiser, 1912
  • Banbury Beacon, 1901
  • Bayswater Chronicle, 1892, 1894-1895, 1897, 1901-1908
  • Bury Free Press, 1979
  • Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter, 1986-1989 1997
  • Devizes and Wilts Advertiser, 1872
  • Donegal Vindicator, 1914
  • Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 1986
  • Gloucester Citizen, 1992-1993
  • Liverpool Daily Post, 1921, 1923, 1927-1929, 1953, 1955, 1979, 1999
  • Liverpool Weekly Mercury, 1908, 1913
  • Middleton Guardian, 1995
  • North British Advertiser & Ladies’ Journal, 1995
  • Northfleet and Swanscombe Standard, 1897
  • Ormskirk Advertiser, 1858, 1861-1862, 1892, 1895, 1898, 1900, 1909, 1924, 1935-1936
  • Rochdale Observer, 1897, 1902, 1904-1905, 1920, 1932, 1951, 1961, 1966, 1985, 1988, 1996, 1998-1999
  • Saturday Telegraph (Grimsby), 1905
  • Sherborne Mercury, 1784-1788, 1795
  • South London Observer, 1889-1894
  • Southern Weekly News, 1910
  • Southport Visiter, 1904-1906
  • Southwark and Bermondsey Recorder, 1921-1933
  • Welshman, 1894
  • Widnes Weekly News and District Reporter, 1878, 1883-1886, 1890-1891, 1893-1895, 1897-1904, 1906-1908, 1910-1911, 1982
  • Wiltshire County Mirror, 1875, 1910


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52 Ancestors - Week 497: #946 Joseph Kelsey (1673-1742) of Windsor, Connecticut and Elizabeth, New Jersey

 Joseph Kelsey (1673-1742) is  #946 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married  #947 Joannes DeCamp (1677-1739)  in about 1697 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #473 Mercy Kelsey (1698-1760) who married #472 Richard Cutter (1682-1756) 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:                     Joseph Kelsey[1]
*  Alternate Name:     Joseph Kellsey Sr.[2]
*  Sex:                         Male

*  Father:                    Mark Kelsey (1634-1722)
*  Mother:                   Rebecca Hoskins (1634-1683)

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

*  Birth:                       about 1673, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States[1]

*  Death:                      before 1 July 1742 (before about age 69), Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States[2]
*  Probate:                   1 July 1742 (about age 69), will proved; Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States[1–2]

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

*  Spouse 1.                Joannes DeCamp (1677-1739)
*  Marriage 1:            about 1697 (about age 24), Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States[1]

*  Child 1:                  Mercy Kelsey 1698-1760
*  Child 2:                  Hannah Kelsey 1700-1777
*  Child 3:                  Joseph Kelsey 1702-1753
*  Child 4:                  Mary Kelsey 1704-1748
*  Child 5:                  Benjamin Kelsey 1706-1765
*  Child 6:                  Daniel Kelsey 1708-1759
*  Child 7:                  Ruth Kelsey 1710-1750
*  Child 8:                  Phebe Kelsey 1713-    
*  Child 9:                  Lydia Kelsey 1715-    

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

According to the book A Genealogy of the Descendants of William Kelsey, who Settled in Cambridge, Mass. in 1632; at Hartford, Conn. in 1636; and Settled at Killingworth, Conn. in 1663 by Edward Claypool and Azalea Clizbee, Joseph Kelsey was the 5th son and 6th child of Mark and Rebecca (Hoskins) Kelsey, and was born about 1673 in Windsor, Connecticut[1].

Joseph married in 1697 to Joannes "Jane" DeCamp (1677-1739) in Elizabeth, New Jersey[1].  She was the daughter of Laurens Jansen and Aeltje "de Mandeville) DeCamp.  They had nine children, all probably born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but there are no birth records for them[1]:

*  Mercy Kelsey (1698-1760), married 1722 Richard Cutter (1682-1756).
*  Hannah Kelsey (1700-1777), married 1726 James Badgley (1699-1777).
*  Joseph Kelsey (1702-1753)
*  Mary Kelsey (1704-1748), married 1725 John Olliver (1700-1766).
*  Benjamin Kelsey (1706-1765), married 1741 Hannah Atkinson (1708-????).
*  Daniel Kelsey (1708-1759), married 1730 Jemima Clark (1701-1759).
*  Ruth Kelsey (1710-1750), married 1730 Benjamin Ellstone (1712-1760).
*  Phebe Kelsey (1713-????), married 1734 John Wood (1709-????).
*  Lydia Kelsey (1715-????), married 1740 Lewis Winans (1718-????).

Joseph Kelsey removed from Windsor, Connecticut to Elizabeth, New Jersey around the time of his marriage in about 1697[1].  

The first record of "Joseph Kelsey, planter" in New Jersey is the purchase of 100 acres of land in Elizabeth from Robert Morse on 13 December 1700[1].

Joseph Kelsey, planter, died testate before 1 July 1742 in Elizabeth, New Jersey when his will, written 13 February 1739/40, was proved in Essex County Probate Court[1-2].  The will abstract for Joseph Kellsey Sr. was published in the New Jersey Archives Calendar of Wills in Volume XXX, page 279[2]:
1739-40, Feb. 13.  KELLSEY, Joseph Sen'r, of Elizabeth Town, Essex County, planter, will of:  Two youngest sons, Benjamin and Daniel, land joining lands of Jonathan Miller and John Radley's mill.  Eldest son, Joseph.  Daughters Lidia Winans, Marey Cutter, Hannah Badgley, Mary Olliver, Ruth Ellstone, and Phebe Wood.  
Executors -- John Terrill, James Badgeley, Joseph Wood.  
Witnesses -- William Crage, Nathaniel Messenger, Mary Hand.  
Proved July 1, 1742.  Lib. C. page 491.
1 July 1742.  John Terrill, of Elizabeth Town, declines to act as executor.

1. Edward A. Claypool and Azalea Clizbee, A Genealogy of the Descendants of William Kelsey, who Settled in Cambridge, Mass. in 1632; at Hartford, Conn. in 1636; and Settled at Killingworth, Conn. in 1663 (Sanford, N.C. : n.p., 1928), pages 65-67, #16 Joseph Kelsey sketch.

2. A. Van Doren Honeyman, editor, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey: First Series -- Volume XXX: Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, etc., Volume III -- 1730-1750 (Somerville, N.J.: The Unionist Gazette Association, Printers, 1918), page 279, Joseph Kellsey Sr. entry; digital image, (


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 14, 2023

Rabbit Holes With Randy - a Genea-Whiff! and Google Saves!

 It was a deep rabbit hole that took two hours to sort out.

1)  Some history:  By the year 2000, I had made a lot of xerox copies of book and periodical pages and had filled up three-hole binders with all of the paper sorted by surnames (e.g., "Auble") or groups of surnames (e.g., "Medfield families" with tabs for each surname).  My book cases were full.  The tops of the bookcases had periodicals on them.  There was no more room in the genealogy cave for more bookcases.  

But my research at libraries, including the Family History Library/Center and local libraries, did not stop.  I continued to make xerox copies of useful books and periodical articles and records but I didn't add them to the already packed binders.  The loose papers (stapled as needed) were then stacked up on the floor or put in the open space between the top of the binders and the top of the bookcase frame.  

Over time, I entered the information from the binders and the loose papers into Family Tree Maker and, after 2008, into RootsMagic.  On the papers, I noted if I had entered the data to the programs, and added source citations in RootsMagic.  

And then we could find information in books, periodicals, records, digital microfilm, etc. online and save it on the genealogy computer.  So I also have computer file folders with digital information for each surname and each ancestral family, plus localities and repositories.  Some of it duplicates the stuff in the three-hole binders.  

2)  The Rabbit Hole:  Every week I try to write a genealogical sketch for the 52 Ancestors theme on Genea-Musings (see the list at I consult the Notes and Sources I've made for my target person in RootsMagic.  If I lack information to fill out the sketch, I go looking for my source in the computer file folders and the binders/loose papers, and then search online (Ancestry, FamilySearch, American Ancestors, MyHeritage, Google, Internet Archive, Find A Grave, etc.) to check all of the information boxes I need for the sketch.

This week's 52 Ancestor sketch is for  Joseph Kelsey (1673-1742) and I could not find a three-ring binder with information for him or his ancestry.  So I looked through my computer file folders for Kelsey, and then all of the loose papers (about 6 linear feet of paper) and found two articles about his ancestry, but not the pages of the book that I had sourced in RootsMagic.  Apparently, when I found the book in the Family History Library years ago, I entered the name/date/place material into RootsMagic without capturing the text within the book.

Plan B was to search the online record providers.  A search for my Joseph Kelsey on Ancestry revealed very little - not a book or periodical and no birth, marriage or death records.  Same with the other providers.

So I went to Plan C - I searched for the book title (A Genealogy of the Descendants of William Kelsey, written in 1928) on Google.  And the first match was a digitized book on Ancestry:  

I entered the name of Joseph Kelsey and easily found his family sketch on page 65.  

3)  Huh???  I searched Ancestry for him.  I went back and looked again on Ancestry - I missed the entry (there were 4,413 matches) - his family sketch was the 3rd entry on the list in "Public Member Stories" and I flat out missed it.  Perhaps I was distracted?  Or had a senior moment?  

No excuses - a genea-whiff!!  It's good to have a multi-pronged search, I guess. 

I downloaded the cover pages and the pertinent pages of the book that cover the three generations of ancestor Kelseys in the book and saved them to my Kelsey surname file folder on my computer.  

So "no harm, no foul" as they say in basketball - Google Saves!  I have what I needed, but I spent two hours finding it (but it was a "fun" two hours finding stuff I had forgotten about!).  I found out (again!) that I have a lot of loose papers not in the binders!  And I made this blog post about it.

Are any of my readers or other researchers this messed up?  I could revamp my whole file system and digitize everything, put it all in the computer files, but it would take years to do it.  Frankly, I'd rather explore for new ancestors and new information about my ancestors than do what I should have done over 35 years of research.  Genealogy stuff happens.  My bad.  But it's been fun!

I need some carrots to reward myself for this success!


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Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1658/9 Marriage Record of Mark Kelsey and Rebecca Hoskins in Windsor, Connecticut

 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 1658/9 marriage record of Mark Kelsey and Rebecca Hoskins in Windsor, Connecticut Colony:

The marriage record is the 7th from the top of the page:
The transcription of this marriage record is:

"KELSEY, Mark2 (c1634-    ) & 1/wf Rebecca HOSKINS; m Windsor 8 Mar 1658/9 [GMB 2:1119]"

The source citation for this  marriage record is:

"U.S. New England Marriages Prior to 1700," indexed database with digital images, (, 
Third Supplement to Torrey´s New England Marriages Prior to 1700, page 165, Mark Kelsey and Rebecca Hoskins marriage entry, Cambridge, 8 March 1658/9; Original data from Torrey, Clarence A., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004)

This record is a Derivative Source, with Secondary Information and Indirect Evidence of the marriage of Mark Kelsey and Rebecca Hoskins in Windsor, Connecticut. 

Mark Kelsey was born about 1634, probably in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of William and Esther (--?--) Kelsey.  He died before 27 February 1722/3 in Windsor.  He married (1) Rebecca Hoskins (1634-1683), daughter of John and Ann (Filer) Hoskins, on 8 March 1658/9 in Windsor, Connecticut.  They had 7 children.  He married (2) Abigail --?-- Atwood, widow of Thomas Atwood, in 1683 in Windsor, Connecticut.  They had no children.

Mark and Rebecca (Hoskins) Kelsey are my 8th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their son Joseph Kelsey (1673-1742), who married in 1697 to Joannes DeCamp (1677-1739) in Elizabeth New Jersey. 


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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Genealogy Education Bytes - Week of 7 to 13 September 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):

Conference Keeper Calendar

Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series

*  FamilySearch Library Classes and Webinars for September 2023

*   Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 13 September, 5 p.m.:  Setting Sail with Your Seafaring Ancestors by Denise E. Cross.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 16 September, 7:15 a.m.:  Hidden Roots in Your DNA: Adoptee Success & Surprise Discoveries by Richard Hill.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 16 September, 8:30 a.m.:  So, You Think You Know All About City Directories? by Paula Stuart-Warren.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 16 September, 9:45 a.m.:  Driven by Faith: The German Protestants in Ukraine by Dave Obee.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 16 September, 11 a.m.:  Mexican Land Reform and the Ejido: History and Records by Lisa Medina.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 16 September, 12:30 pm.:  Diving into the Newly Released 1931 Canada Census

*   Family Tree Webinars - Tuesday, 19 September, 5 p.m.:  Follow the Trail of Records and DNA from Ireland to Oregon (1810-1860) by Karen Stanbary.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 20 September, 11 a.m.:  Genealogy Escape Room: The Case of the Only Name Change at Ellis Island by Thomas MacEntee.

3) Recent Podcasts/Radio Shows:

4) Recent YouTube Videos:

*  Allen County Public Library:  International Research: Where to Begin?
*  Allen County Public Library:  Tips for Locating Hard to Find Census Records
*  Allen County Public Library:  DAR Applications: Ask the Experts
*  Allen County Public Library:  After the Fire: Overcoming Record Loss

*  American Ancestors: Basics of Scandinavian Research

*  British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa:  Ken McKinlay, 9 September 2023

*  Dallas Genealogical Society:  Using Social History for Family History Research

*  Genealogy With Amy Johnson Crow:  AncestryDNA Has Removed Features for Some Users!

*  Your DNA Guide:  DNA Defined: Ethnicity
*  Your DNA Guide:  DNA Defined: YDNA
*  Your DNA Guide:  DNA News

5) Did you miss the last post in this series - Genealogy Education Bytes - 31 August to 6 September 2023?


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