Saturday, September 30, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Top End-of-Line Ancestors

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)  Show us your pedigree (or fan) chart.  Who are your end-of-line ancestors?  Describe the top 5 or 10 of them.

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

Here's mine (fan chart for 8 generations from RootsMagic):

My Top 11 end-of-line ancestors are:

*  2nd great-grandfather Devier James Lamphier Smith (1839-1894) - born a Lamphier/Lanfear and adopted by Ranslow and Mary Smith in Jefferson County, New York as a small child.  I know who his Lanfear grandparents are, but I don't know the names of his father and mother.

*  3rd great-grandmother Sarah Fletcher (1802-b1850) - I have only a Bible record with her name.  She was married to Abraham Kemp in 1821 in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.

*  3rd great-grandfather William Knapp (1775-1856) - born in 1775 in Dutchess or Westchester County, New York.  Married to Sarah Cutter in 1804 in Woodbridge, New Jersey.  Many trees say his parents were Shubael and Rebecca (Mead) Knapp, who married in 1783.

*  3rd great-grandmother Mrs. Cornelius Feather (c1785-c1830) - married Cornelius Feather before 1804, perhaps in Trumbull County, Ohio.  They eventually settled in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

*  4th great-grandfather Philip Row (1752-1817) - married in 1772 to Maria/Mary Smith in New Jersey.  Some trees say his parents were Johannes and Catherine (Loscher) Rau of Dutchess County, New York.  

*  4th great-grandmother Maria/Mary Smith (1750-1843) - married in 1772 to Philip Row in New Jersey.  

*  4th great-grandmother Mary Palmer (1790-1845) - married in 1808 to James Vaux in South Petherton, Somerset, England, and migrated to Erie County, New York in the 1830s.  

*  4th great-grandmother Ann Warren (1764-????) - married in 1788 to John Hill in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England.  Some trees say her parents were William and Mary (Nott) Warren of Devonshire, England.

*  4th great-grandmother Hannah Smith (1768-1827) - married in 1789 to Josiah Sawtell in Amherst, Massachusetts, settled in Brookline, New Hampshire and Townsend, Massachusetts.

*  5th great-grandmother Katreen --?-- (1755-1792) - married in 1775 to Abraham Dafoe, a Loyalist.  Settled in Lennox and Addington County, Ontario, Canada.  Some trees say that her parents were John and Christina (Loyst) Diamond who married in 1782.

*  5th great-grandmother Jerusha --?-- (c1750-1817) - married in 1770 to Burgess Metcalf in New Hampshire, settled in Piermont, New Hampshire.  Some trees say she was a Chandler.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 25 to 29 September 2023

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

As of 29 September 2023, there are 3,242 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 23from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Democratic Republic of the Congo, National Identity Cards, 1884-2019 (; 12 indexed records with 12 record images, ADDED 24-Sep-2023
*  Guadeloupe, Civil Registration Records, 1792-1872 (; 446 indexed records with 123 record images, ADDED 27-Sep-2023
*  Martinique, Civil Registration Records, 1809-1874 (; 162 indexed records with 44 record images, ADDED 26-Sep-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971 (; 233,109 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 233,098 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 27-Sep-2023
Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019 (; 662,810 indexed records with 622,171 record images (was 662,810 records with 620,343 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 96,209 indexed records with 95,877 record images (was 93,542 records with 93,234 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977 (; 483,881 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 483,855 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Argentina, Córdoba, Censuses, 1778-1874 (; 192,466 indexed records with 5,520 record images (was 192,466 records with 5,124 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023

Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975 (; 195,517 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 195,313 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 614,505 indexed records with 533,866 record images (was 612,292 records with 530,703 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Aruba, Civil Registration, 1823-2004 (; 36,296 indexed records with 64,983 record images (was 172,196 records with 64,983 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 190,745 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 188,673 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (; 62,388 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 61,602 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023

Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 645,041 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 642,910 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,349,142 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,345,485 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,177,704 indexed records with 174,062 record images (was 1,173,958 records with 173,526 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (668 records), no images (was 527 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 879,665 indexed records with 366,127 record images (was 878,203 records with 365,451 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,071,741 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,069,608 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 148,831 indexed records with 44,238 record images (was 146,663 records with 43,658 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,702,425 indexed records with 866,739 record images (was 1,700,630 records with 868,602 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 747,835 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 743,968 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,237,319 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,234,906 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023

Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957 (; 353,264 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 352,755 records with 105,781 images), UPDATED 26-Sep-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,027,052 indexed records with 1,012,191 record images (was 8,023,079 records with 1,011,352 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Colombia, Archivo Distrital de Bogotá, Cemetery Indexes, 1887-1995 (; 434,403 indexed records with 17,611 record images (was 391,246 records with 15,604 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,315,917 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,314,777 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Colombia, Civil Registration, 1553-2021 (; 795,159 indexed records with 849,685 record images (was 795,082 records with 849,609 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023

Colombia, Costa, Church Records, 1778-2018 (; 60,134 indexed records with 25,757 record images (was 48,787 records with 20,937 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Connecticut, Naturalization Records, 1795-1945 (; 305,750 indexed records with 277,144 record images (was 305,602 records with 277,024 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 4,329,851 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,328,962 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 (; 6,189,722 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,189,621 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 27-Sep-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,992,501 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,992,385 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023

Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1960 (; 197,341 indexed records with 41,819 record images (was 197,167 records with 41,811 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 10,008,900 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 9,902,421 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Census, 1984 (; 1,875,946 indexed records with 585,786 record images (was 1,626,276 records with 541,554 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Denmark Church Records, 1484-1941 (; 18,657,995 indexed records with 2,399,826 record images (was 18,657,995 records with 2,399,826 images), UPDATED 26-Sep-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975 (; 2,282,827 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,281,546 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023

Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 62,768 indexed records with 61,713 record images (was 61,859 records with 60,849 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Guatemala Civil Registration, 1868-2008 (; 2,705,135 indexed records with 2,755,000 record images (was 2,705,135 records with 2,755,000 images), UPDATED 26-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977 (; 5,922,263 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 5,993,792 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 26-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 818,431 indexed records with 3,075 record images (was 816,343 records with 3,075 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 446,861 indexed records with 349,606 record images (was 445,410 records with 348,823 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023

Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 4,571,249 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,558,690 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 990,933 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 990,389 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 414,445 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 414,408 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 1,251,339 indexed records with 41,022 record images (was 1,250,972 records with 41,022 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Quiché, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 1,064,643 indexed records with 70,397 record images (was 1,063,816 records with 70,397 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023

Guatemala, Retalhuleu, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 448,802 indexed records with 550 record images (was 446,316 records with 550 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 356,514 indexed records with 63 record images (was 355,993 records with 63 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
Guatemala, San Marcos, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 1,127,541 indexed records with 16,730 record images (was 1,127,083 records with 16,730 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Santa Rosa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 456,713 indexed records with 97,101 record images (was 456,246 records with 97,101 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Sololá, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 498,584 indexed records with 70,746 record images (was 497,528 records with 70,746 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023

Guatemala, Suchitepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 716,878 indexed records with 1,312 record images (was 714,606 records with 1,312 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Totonicapán, Civil Registration, 1930-2008 (; 606,858 indexed records with 411,867 record images (was 606,854 records with 468,969 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
Guatemala, Zacapa, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 284,158 indexed records with 18,271 record images (was 283,756 records with 18,271 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 64,399 indexed records with 13,443 record images (was 63,433 records with 5,129 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Hawaii, Hawaii State Archives, Probate Packet Records, 1814-1917 (; 14,828 indexed records with 14,389 record images (was 14,022 records with 11,749 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023

Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900 (; 33,365 indexed records with 16,185 record images (was 32,097 records with 10,115 images), UPDATED 27-Sep-2023
Indiana, Mortality Schedules, 1860-1880 (; 62,344 indexed records with 2,856 record images (was 49,439 records with 2,314 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 4,268,728 indexed records with 150,254 record images (was 4,216,234 records with 113,331 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Italy, Agrigento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1865 (; 33,815 indexed records with 1,218,927 record images (was 33,815 records with 1,218,927 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Italy, Chieti, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1930 (; 350,512 indexed records with 3,714,370 record images (was 350,512 records with 3,714,370 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023

Italy, Como, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1806-1951 (; Browse 15,667 Images only, no index (was 16,222 records with 15,667 images), UPDATED 27-Sep-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929 (; 42,103 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 40,526 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Italy, Reggio Calabria, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1784-1943 (; 108,490 indexed records with 2,245,171 record images (was 108,490 records with 2,245,171 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 48,215 indexed records with 16,602 record images (was 48,109 records with 16,560 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Italy, Teramo, Teramo, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1940 (; 170,985 indexed records with 425,736 record images (was 170,985 records with 425,736 images), UPDATED 26-Sep-2023

Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 5,523 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 5,487 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 24-Sep-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 (; 22,547 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 21,792 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 8,893,445 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,888,432 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,030,170 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,029,819 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
New York, Birth Indexes outside of New York City, 1881-1942 (; 2,739,121 indexed records with 78,928 record images (was 758,850 records with 78,928 images), UPDATED 27-Sep-2023

New York, U.S. District and Circuit Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1991 (; 3,569,255 indexed records with 2,187,206 record images (was 3,113,672 records with 2,187,206 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960 (; 825,752 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 825,729 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 (; Index only (534,627 records), no images (was 533,368 records with 0 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 110,039 indexed records with 109,909 record images (was 109,380 records with 109,250 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Paraguay, Civil Registration, 1842-2012 (; 2 indexed records with 2 record images (was 1 records with 1 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023

Pennsylvania, Western District, Naturalizations, 1820-1930 (; 361,249 indexed records with 282,343 record images (was 360,085 records with 281,186 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 410,148 indexed records with 79,721 record images (was 406,093 records with 79,433 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 20,853,199 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,849,408 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,085,030 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,084,776 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,292,178 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,290,034 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023

Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 326,496 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 323,826 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Sri Lanka, Civil Registration, 1768-1990 (; 1,734,448 indexed records with 1,987,056 record images (was 1,617,914 records with 1,995,048 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,197,227 indexed records with 76,405 record images (was 1,196,518 records with 50,315 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1811 (; 29 indexed records with 2,387 record images (was 29 records with 2,387 images), UPDATED 25-Sep-2023
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, Births, and Marriages 1980-2014 (; 29,776,914 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,750 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 26-Sep-2023

Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (1,010,153 records), no images (was 1,004,754 records with 0 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,058,882 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,057,844 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 153,152 indexed records with 61,616 record images (was 152,241 records with 61,025 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995 (; 20,508,941 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 20,444,315 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 26-Sep-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,900,497 indexed records with 41,133 record images (was 1,896,919 records with 41,033 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023

Wales, Glamorganshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 (; 743,729 indexed records with 753,759 record images (was 743,729 records with 753,759 images), UPDATED 28-Sep-2023
Zimbabwe, Archdiocese of Bulawayo, Catholic Church Records, 1896-2022 (; 7,564 indexed records with 56,953 record images (was 6,795 records with 45,442 images), UPDATED 29-Sep-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Austria, Carinthia, Gurk Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1527-1986 (; 3,694,754 indexed records with 751,981 record images (was 3,694,754 records with 748,237 images), last updated 21-Sep-2023
Delaware, Church Records, 1707-1939 (; 75,282 indexed records with 3,580 record images (was 75,282 records with 3,524 images), last updated 13-Feb-2020
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 1,950,936 images), last updated 30-May-2022
Germany, Baden, Archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, Catholic Church Records, 1678-1930 (; 11,346,687 indexed records with 1,709,697 record images (was 11,346,687 records with 1,709,621 images), last updated 02-Apr-2020
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 301,152 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 292,444 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020

Scandinavia, Mission Emigration Records, 1852-1920 (; 27,406 indexed records with 893 record images (was 27,406 records with 384 images), last updated 11-Jul-2019
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,616 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,415 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
St. Lucia, Church Records, 1751-1793 (; 17 indexed records with 4 record images (was 8 records with 3 images), last updated 24-Sep-2023
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 (; 6,932,344 indexed records with 5,611,122 record images (was 6,932,344 records with 5,611,117 images), last updated 29-Nov-2022

--- Collections with images removed ---

England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 114,975 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 114,977 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 152,920 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 154,289 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,108 records), no images (was 875,610,109 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 29, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 23 to 29 September 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 23 to 29 September 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Kansas, Permits and Registration of Alien Enemy Residents, 1918; indexed records with record images, ADDED 09/28/2023

Australia, Army Militia Service Records, 1901-1940; indexed records with record images, Updated 09/28/2023

U.S.,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 09/27/2023

UK and Ireland,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated  09/27/2023

Australia and New Zealand,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated  09/27/2023

Canada,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 09/27/2023

Oregon, U.S., State Military Records, 1847-1977; indexed records with record images, ADDED 09/25/2023

Web: Netherlands, Navy Officers' Studbooks,1814-1868; indexed records without record images, ADDED 09/25/2023

District of Columbia, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records with record images, ADDED 09/25/2023

Mississippi, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 09/25/2023

Louisiana, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 09/25/2023

Kentucky, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 09/25/2023

Indiana, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 09/25/2023

Illinois, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 09/25/2023

Transylvania, Romania, Birth, Marriage and Death, 1688-1919; indexed records without record images, ADDED 09/25/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 10 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,332 collections available as of 29 September, an INCREASE of 15 from last week.  Apparently, 5 new record collections were added this past week - what are they?


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52 Ancestors - Week 498: #947 Joannes (De Camp) Kelsey (1677-b1739) of Brooklyn, New York and Elizabeth, New Jersey

 Joannes DeCamp (1677-b1739) is  #947 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married  #946 Joseph Kelsey (1673-1742)  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:                     Joannes De Camp[1–2]

*  Sex:                         Female

*  Father:                     Laurens Jansen De Camp (1645-1719)
*  Mother:                   Aeltje De Mandeville (1650-????)    

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

*  Birth:                      before 2 April 1677, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States[1]
*  Baptism:                 2 April 1677 (after age 0), Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States[1]

*  Death:                    before 1739 (before about age 62), Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States[2]

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

*  Spouse 1.                Joseph Kelsey (1673-1742)
*  Marriage 1:            about 1697 (about age 20), Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States[2]

*  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):    

The DeCamp genealogy book by George Morrison notes that a Joannes DeCamp was baptized on 2 April 1677 in the Dutch church in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Laurent and Aeltje (de Mandeville) De Camp.  There is no further record of her, assumed to be a female. The feminine name in Dutch would have been Joanna or Johanna.

Several Kelsey genealogies report that a "Miss DeCamp" (born 1674) married Joseph Kelsey, probably about 1696.

According to the Kelsey genealogies, there were no other DeCamp families in the New York or New Jersey area at that time.

Joannes De Camp married Joseph Kelsey in about 1697 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.  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-????).

Joannes (De Camp) Kelsey died before 1739.  There is no known burial place for her.


1. George Austin Morrison Jr., De Camp Genealogy.  Lauren De Camp of New Utrecht, N.Y., 1664, and His Descendants (Albany, N.Y. : Joel Munsell Sons, Publishers, 1900), page 19, Joannes DeCamp baptism entry, 2 April 1677.

2. 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 family sketch.


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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Findmypast Friday: London Electoral Registers, Kent Burials, 1912 Ulster Covenant, and More

I received this information from Findmypast today:


With electoral registers, burials and so much more, there are over two million new additions to discover.

If you've traced your family's roots back to London, Kent or Ireland, you may just find an ancestor's name in this week's hefty record release. We've updated our Kent Burials, and added two brand-new sets from London and Ulster.

Read on for a full rundown of all that's been added this Findmypast Friday.

London, Lambeth Electoral Registers 1832-1886

First up, we have a brand new set of Lambeth electoral records. Londoners will be delighted to learn that we've added 1,398,843 new register records for the district, with both transcriptions and images available to search.

Lambeth is a historical borough on the south bank of the River Thames. Its population trebled in the first three decades of the 19th century - with over 100,000 inhabitants by c.1830, it housed many of London's poor.

These records, unique to Findmypast, span from 1832 to 1886 and provide valuable insight into a rapidly growing district within the capital city.

Ireland, Ulster Covenant 1912

Next up, we've got an exciting Irish addition. We've added a brand new set from Ulster.

This province in the north of Ireland has seen considerable strife throughout its history. Bolstering our existing collection of Irish records, this new set sheds light on the lives of those involved in the bitter conflict over Irish independence.

With 444,601 records now available for you to search, find out whether your Irish ancestor played a role in this key historical event.

Kent Burials

Last up, we've also updated our collection of Kent burial records. There are 8,635 new additions to explore, spanning almost 500 years, between 1542 and 1992.

These records are from parishes across the county. To learn more about which parishes are included, be sure to consult the full parish list.

From these transcriptions, you can expect to learn a full name, an age, a birthdate, a burial date and place, a residence, an occupation, and the county. In some instances, the grave dedication is also recorded. This emotive detail offers a deeply personal insight into your ancestor's life (and indeed, their death).

Some records contain additional information under the 'Notes' heading - you may learn a marital status, parents' names, and whether the deceased was a foundling.

Over 71 million pages now available to explore

With the addition of a brand new title and updates to a further four, our newspaper collection hit an exciting landmark this week. There are now more than 71 million digitised pages within our ever-expanding archive. This Findmypast Friday, we added a total of 224,018 new pages.

Here's a full rundown of all that's been added this week.

New titles:
Updated titles:
  • Belfast News-Letter, 1971-1976, 1979-1981, 1984, 1986
  • Liverpool Daily Post, 1956-1957, 1959, 1969-1971, 1974, 1978, 1980-1981, 1983, 1985-1986, 1991-1992
  • Liverpool Daily Post (Welsh Edition), 1957-1959
  • Torbay Express and South Devon Echo, 1987-1989, 1992, 1995

Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County Program on 3 October 2023 Features Pamela Brigham

 I received this information from my friend and society colleague Gail Burk:


Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz County Lecture Series 

 Cohosted online by GSSCC and the Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) 


Online registration through the SCPL website is required for home viewing of this event. 
To register, please type in or click

OR ATTEND LIVE STREAM (no registration required) in the upstairs meeting room of the downtown library

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 1:00 PM PDT 

Guest Speaker: Pamela Brigham

 Topic:  Getting the Most Out of Your MyHeritage DNA Results

MyHeritage has several great tools available for evaluating your DNA results. We’ll look at everything from ethnicity results to how to use the tools for evaluating your relationship to your DNA matches. We’ll also look at their Chromosome Browser, Auto Cluster, and the Ethnicity Map. All of these tools can help you with evaluating your DNA results. Come learn how these tools can help you!

Pamela Brigham is the President of the Silicon Valley Computer Genealogy Group. She has been using technology to advance her research into her family’s past. She believes in using technology as a tool to help break through brick walls and effectively document her genealogy.

Pamela worked in the technology industry for almost 20 years, and ever since she started researching her genealogy years ago, she has applied her technology skills to effectively document her family history. She enjoys teaching genealogical classes about using FamilySearch, Ancestry, MyHeritage, FindMyPast and newspaper research. She is a frequent presenter at the Ancestor Roundup in Seaside. Pamela received a certificate in genealogy from Boston University.


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Treasure Chest Thursday - 1662 Marriage of Nathaniel FittsRandle and Mary Holley in Barnstable, 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 1662 marriage record of Nathaniel FittsRandle and Mary Holley in Barnstable, Massachusetts:

The marriage record is the 8th line from the top of the left-hand page:

The transcription of this marriage record is:

"Nath'l Fittsrandle & Mary Holley Married Nov'r 1662"

The source citation for this  marriage record is:

"Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital images, (, Barnstable > Births, Marriages, Deaths, 1643-1714 Town Records, 1736-1855; Vol. 1 > page 412 (image 196 of 212), Nath'a Fittsrandle and Mary Holley marriage entry, November 1662; citing original data from Massachusetts town and city clerk records in Jay and Delene Holbrook, Massachusetts Vital and Town Records (Provo, Utah : Holbrook Research Institute), Microfiche collection.

This record is a Derivative Source, with Secondary Information and Direct Evidence of the marriage of Nathaniel Fitz Randolph and Mary Holley/Holloway in Barnstable, Massachusetts.  The record is arranged by family in the same hand over many years, and is thereby Derivative, copied from original town records no longer extant or available.

Nathaniel FitzRandolph was born before 15 May 1642 in Barnstable, Massachusetts, the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Blossom) Fitz Randolph.  He died 21 November 1713 in Woodbridge, New Jersey.  He married Mary Holley (or Holloway) (1641-1703) on November 1662 in Barnstable, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Allen) Holley/Holloway.  They had 7 children.

Nathaniel and Mary (Holley) Fitz Randolph are my 8th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their son Samuel FitzRandolph (1688-1754) who married Mary Jones (1672-1760) in 1693.


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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Genealogy Education Bytes - Week of 21 to 27 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 - Friday, 29 September, 7:15 a.m.:  50 Family History Writing Tips in 50 Minutes by Lisa A. Alzo.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 29 September, 8:30 a.m.:  A Revolutionary War Case Study: Joseph L. Harper by Craig R. Scott.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 29 September, 9:45 a.m.:  Mini Case Studies Demonstrate Finding a Town of Origin by Teresa Steinkamp Mcmillin.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 29 September, 11 a.m.:  Welsh Emigration to North America by Paul Milner.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 29 September, 12:30 pm.:  Worth More than Gold or Silver – MyHeritage’s U.S. Naturalization Records, Northern California, 1852-1989 Collection by Sharon Monson.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Tuesday, 3 October, 6 p.m.:  Gold Fever and Finding Miners Down Under by Shauna Hicks.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 4 October, 11 a.m.:  Beginning with DNA Painter by Jonny Perl.

3) Recent Podcasts/Radio Shows:

*  Research Like a Pro:  RLP 265: Edward Raymond Kelsey's Cabin

4) Recent YouTube Videos:

*  Jenny Hawran:  5 RootsTech 2023 Videos

*  Legacy Family Tree Genealogists:  Is It Worth It To Hire a Professional Genealogist?

*  The Family History Guide:  TFHG - 5 Minute Feature: The Vault

*  Your DNA Guide:  Dog DNA Test Part 3
*  Your DNA Guide:  DNA News

5) Did you miss the last post in this series - Genealogy Education Bytes - 14 to 20 September 2023?


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