Saturday, October 14, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Have You Helped Someone With Their Genealogy?

 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)  Have you helped someone (a friend, a colleague, someone you didn't know, etc.) with their genealogy and family history?  Genea-blogger Ellen Thompson-Jennings wrote on this topic last month in 
Have You Helped Someone With Their Genealogy? on Hound on the Hunt.

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

Thank you, Ellen, for this great prompt.

Here's mine:

I have helped several friends, and some people I didn't know, by doing genealogy and family history research online for free in order to improve my research skills and expand my own knowledge.

The one that comes to top of mind is the case of Ed M. which I performed in the 2009-2011 time frame.  Ed was a member of our church in Chula Vista along with his second wife, Maria.  Ed was from Georgia, and all of his ancestry was from the southeastern states.  Ed had three children with his first wife, Elaine. He had lost contact with his four siblings, including a brother named Bob M., and wanted to regain contact with them.  At the time, he was bedridden with only his telephone to communicate with me and others, but I did visit him several times at their home here in Chula Vista.  

I took the names, dates and places that he gave me about his birth family and went to work.  I started with census records (the last one available was 1930) to identify his ancestors and their family members.  Then I used the Social Security Death Index, Find A Grave, state vital record collections, military records, etc. to find records to provide dates and places that made sense and supported the research.  I started at Family Tree Maker file and added to it over the months.  Eventually, I found 8 generations of his M. ancestors, all of his great-grandparents, most of his second great-grandparents, and some of his 3rd and 4th great-grandparents.  His M. ancestors came from Ireland into South Carolina in the early 1800s, and moved to Tennessee and North Georgia in the mid-1800s.  Before he died in 2011, I was able to provide a ancestor report from Family Tree Maker, and a M. descendants report, that summarized my work.

I used the public records databases to find his brother and three half-siblings' current addresses and phone numbers, and gave them to Ed.  I wrote a letter to his brother and half-siblings in 2009 in an effort to establish contact with them.  That worked, and Ed was able to talk to his brother on the telephone.  His brother and his brother's children attended the memorial service for Ed in early 2011.  I provided a similar report to Bob, the brother.  Neither of them knew much about their ancestry before their grandparents.  

This was very rewarding for Ed - it gave him something to think about and appreciate at a time that he was ill and dying.  He was very happy to contact his brother and learn about his family history.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 7 to 13 October 2023

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

As of 13 October 2023, there are 3,243 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Hawaii, Name Change Records, 1874-1995 (; 26,638 indexed records with 21,949 record images, ADDED 12-Oct-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019 (; 669,375 indexed records with 622,171 record images (was 668,448 records with 620,892 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 99,128 indexed records with 98,773 record images (was 98,796 records with 98,446 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975 (; 195,785 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 195,663 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Argentina, Salta, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1972 (; 391,198 indexed records with 144,293 record images (was 387,816 records with 144,293 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000 (; 617,267 indexed records with 537,586 record images (was 617,136 records with 537,432 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2023

Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1950 (; 65,007 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 63,824 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 651,134 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 647,610 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,356,641 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,353,450 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,185,234 indexed records with 175,294 record images (was 1,182,576 records with 174,700 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (766 records), no images (was 738 records with 0 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 883,689 indexed records with 367,837 record images (was 881,961 records with 367,033 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,079,909 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,074,906 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 152,818 indexed records with 46,155 record images (was 150,237 records with 45,006 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,709,990 indexed records with 872,737 record images (was 1,705,983 records with 871,287 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 (; 6,902,084 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,902,016 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2023

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 750,400 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 749,814 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,239,811 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,238,450 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,048,510 indexed records with 1,015,389 record images (was 8,038,889 records with 1,013,662 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Colombia, Archivo Distrital de Bogotá, Cemetery Indexes, 1887-1995 (; 469,475 indexed records with 19,351 record images (was 464,189 records with 19,103 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,319,574 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,317,438 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023

Colombia, Civil Registration, 1553-2021 (; 795,211 indexed records with 849,741 record images (was 795,163 records with 849,689 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2023
Colombia, Costa, Church Records, 1778-2018 (; 88,005 indexed records with 37,195 record images (was 69,617 records with 29,632 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 4,332,399 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,331,128 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 (; 6,189,816 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,189,779 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,992,803 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,992,645 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 09-Oct-2023

Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1960 (; 198,505 indexed records with 41,939 record images (was 198,083 records with 41,895 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 10,557,673 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 10,090,663 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975 (; 2,271,973 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,270,216 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 6,149,603 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,149,592 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 (; Index only (40,536,159 records), no images (was 45,758,592 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023

England Marriages, 1538–1973 (; Index only (11,801,391 records), no images (was 11,804,605 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 66,452 indexed records with 65,286 record images (was 64,664 records with 63,557 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Gibraltar, Church Records, 1697-1991 (; 25,238 indexed records with 2,974 record images (was 24,475 records with 2,907 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 447,782 indexed records with 350,378 record images (was 447,355 records with 349,968 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 4,571,415 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,571,315 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023

Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 991,857 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 991,400 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2023
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 414,500 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 414,474 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2023
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 65,915 indexed records with 13,633 record images (was 64,913 records with 13,511 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,853,098 indexed records with 43,037 record images (was 1,851,795 records with 48,007 images), UPDATED 06-Oct-2023
Indiana, Mortality Schedules, 1860-1880 (; 65,985 indexed records with 2,998 record images (was 65,503 records with 2,983 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023

Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881 (; Index only (3,738,926 records), no images (was 3,743,264 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
Ireland Marriages, 1619-1898 (; Index only (396,941 records), no images (was 399,201 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 4,403,447 indexed records with 160,537 record images (was 4,335,209 records with 139,164 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1496-1906 (; 377,123 indexed records with 855,316 record images (was 377,123 records with 855,316 images), UPDATED 09-Oct-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 48,517 indexed records with 16,705 record images (was 48,371 records with 16,654 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2023

Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 5,884 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 5,645 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 (; 24,251 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 23,563 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Luxembourg Census Records, 1843-1900 (; 586,021 indexed records with 1,115,931 record images (was 437,122 records with 1,115,931 images), UPDATED 06-Oct-2023
Luxembourg, Church and Civil Registration, 1601-1923 (; 2,841,658 indexed records with 1,039,103 record images (was 2,071,465 records with 816,488 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995 (; Index only (153,174 records), no images (was 159,058 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023

Maryland Marriages, 1666-1970 (; Index only (169,741 records), no images (was 180,749 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
Maryland, Church Records, 1668-1995 (; 80,624 indexed records with 26,267 record images (was 87,260 records with 31,501 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915 (; Index only (2,557,535 records), no images (was 2,567,339 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910, 1921-1924 (; Index only (128,713 records), no images (was 1,155,574 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1925 (; 11,738,176 indexed records with 742,594 record images (was 11,722,858 records with 742,594 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 8,906,638 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,901,309 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,030,948 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,030,570 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
New Jersey Births and Christenings, 1660-1980 (; Index only (1,801,884 records), no images (was 1,810,468 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
New Jersey Marriages, 1678-1985 (; Index only (788,850 records), no images (was 789,497 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
New York, U.S. District and Circuit Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1991 (; 3,669,255 indexed records with 2,187,206 record images (was 3,569,255 records with 2,187,206 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023

Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 112,059 indexed records with 111,928 record images (was 111,013 records with 110,883 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Paraguay, Civil Registration, 1842-2012 (; 268 indexed records with 267 record images (was 81 records with 80 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 986,794 indexed records with 903,324 record images (was 982,353 records with 951,929 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 (; Index only (2,516,982 records), no images (was 2,518,495 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Oct-2023
Pennsylvania, Western District, Naturalizations, 1820-1930 (; 363,113 indexed records with 282,352 record images (was 361,249 records with 282,343 images), UPDATED 06-Oct-2023

Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 418,609 indexed records with 81,181 record images (was 416,336 records with 81,922 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 20,864,062 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,857,841 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,085,706 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,085,446 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,298,882 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,295,162 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 334,804 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 330,083 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023

Sri Lanka, Civil Registration, 1768-1990 (; 3,235,871 indexed records with 3,605,468 record images (was 2,880,561 records with 3,055,975 images), UPDATED 07-Oct-2023
St. Lucia, Church Records, 1751-1793 (; 40 indexed records with 8 record images (was 40 records with 8 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581-1935; index 1633-1860 (; 145,556 indexed records with 721,027 record images (was 142,968 records with 721,027 images), UPDATED 12-Oct-2023
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850 (; 78,595 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 78,595 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (1,025,378 records), no images (was 1,016,987 records with 0 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,061,129 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,059,759 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 156,727 indexed records with 62,275 record images (was 154,554 records with 61,913 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,909,129 indexed records with 41,385 record images (was 1,904,753 records with 41,261 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023
Zimbabwe, Archdiocese of Bulawayo, Catholic Church Records, 1896-2022 (; 8,070 indexed records with 59,782 record images (was 8,028 records with 59,692 images), UPDATED 13-Oct-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900 (; 33,365 indexed records with 18,031 record images (was 33,365 records with 16,185 images), last updated 27-Sep-2023

--- Collections with images removed ---

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988 (; 2,010,432 indexed records with 334,516 record images (was 2,010,432 records with 360,584 images), last updated 01-Sep-2023
England, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1538-2016 (; 11,478,527 indexed records with 933,096 record images (was 11,478,527 records with 933,231 images), last updated 23-Feb-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,141 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 307,151 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 127,105 indexed records with 5,979 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,339 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
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

--- Collections with records removed ---

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008 (; Index only (132,174,264 records), no images (was 132,174,265 records with 0 images), last updated 02-Oct-2014
South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2016 (; Index only (705,520 records), no images (was 705,521 records with 0 images), last updated 21-Jul-2017
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,104 records), no images (was 875,610,106 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020--- Collections Added ---Hawaii, Name Change Records, 1874-1995 (; 26,638 indexed records with 21,949 record images, ADDED 12-Oct-2023


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, October 13, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 7 to 13 October 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 7 to 13 October 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

U.S., Order Sons of Italy in America News, 1953-1995; indexed records with record images,   ADDED 10/11/2023

Australia, Coastal Passenger Records, 1852-1924; indexed records with record images, ADDED    10/11/2023

Norway, Foreign War Graves, 1915-1947; indexed records without record images, ADDED    10/11/2023

Ireland, Londonderry Corporation Minute Books, 1673-1901; indexed records with record images, ADDED 10/09/2023

Ireland, Ulster, Dissenters Petitions, 1775; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/09/2023

Ireland, Select Catholic Marriage Registers, 1778-1942; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/09/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 5 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,340 collections available as of 13 October, an INCREASE of 5 from last week.  Apparently, 1 record collection was removed this past week.


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52 Ancestors - Week 500: #957 Elizabeth (Hunt) (Vail) (Gach) Griffith (1657-1747) of Westchester, New York and Woodbridge, New Jersey

 Elizabeth (Hunt) Vail (1656-1747)  is  #957 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married  #956 Thomas Gach/Gage/Gauge (c1660-1703) in about 1698, probably in Westchester, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their son #478 Thomas Gach (1702-1770) who married #479 Elizabeth Bloodgood (1702-177) in 1721.
*  their daughter #239 Martha Gach (1729-????) who married #238 Samuel Fitz Randolph (1730-????) in 1750.
*  their daughter #119 Tabitha Randolph (1752-1841)  who married #118 Stephen Cutter (1745-1823) 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:                          Elizabeth Hunt[1]
*  Alternate Name:          Elizabeth Vail[4]
*  Alternate Name:          Elizabeth Gauge[5]
*  Alternate Name:          Elizabeth Griffith[2]

*  Sex:                              Female

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

*  Birth:                            February 1657, probably Westchester, New York, United States[1]

*  Will:                             12 April 1739 (about age 82), will written; Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[2]

*  Death:                           3 November 1747 (about age 90) Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[3]

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

*  Spouse 1:                      Samuel Vail (1654-1695)
*  Marriage 1:                   about 1677 (about age 20), Southampton, Suffolk, New York, United States[1]

*  Child 1:                         Samuel Vail 1678-1733
*  Child 2:                         Martha Vail 1681-1742
*  Child 3:                         Rev. John Vail 1685-1774
*  Child 4:                         Sarah Vail 1685-1730
*  Child 5:                         Daniel Vail 1688-1746
*  Child 6:                         Arthur Vail 1690-1776
*  Child 7:                         Thomas Vail 1695-1717

*  Spouse 2:                      Thomas Gach/Gage/Gauge (c1660-1703)
*  Marriage 2:                   about 1698 (about age 41), probably Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[1,4]

*  Child 8:                        Mary Gach 1700-1760
*  Child 9:                        Thomas Gach 1702-1770

*  Spouse 3:                     John Griffith (1653-1713)
*  Marriage 3:                  20 October 1709 (about age 52), Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[1,5]

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

Elizabeth Hunt was born in about February 1657, probably in Westchester County, New York.  Her parents are not clearly identified in records or by other researchers[1].  

Elizabeth married, first, to Samuel Vail (1654-1695) in 1677 perhaps in Southampton, Suffolk County, New York and they had seven children[1]:

*  Samuel Vail (1678-1733), married 1707 Abigail Hadden (1685-1724).
*  Martha Vail (1681-1742), married 1733 Edward Burling (1674-1749).
*  John Vail (1685-1774), married 1712 Martha Fitz Randolph (1693-1766).
*  Sarah Vail (1685-1730), married 1707 Edward Crowell (1685-1756).
*  Daniel Vail (1688-1746), married 1717 Hannah Griffin (1700-1747).
*  Arthur Vail (1690-1776), married 1721 Hannah Causten (1698-1773).
*  Thomas Vail (1695-1718), married 1717 Rachel Fitz Randolph (1698-1722).

It is apparent that Elizabeth (Hunt) Vail married Thomas Gage/Gauge married in about 1698, probably in Westchester[1,4].  Her birth date of about 1657 has been reported by other researchers.

Thomas and Elizabeth Gach moved from Westchester, New York to Woodbridge, New Jersey in about the year 1700[1]

Thomas and Elizabeth (Hunt) Vail had two children, probably born in Woodbridge, New Jersey[4]:

*  Mary Gach (c1700-1760), married 1726 William Bloodgood (1698-1756).
*  Thomas Gach (c1702-1770), married 1721 Elizabeth Bloodgood (1702-1770).

Elizabeth, the widow of Samuel Vail and Thomas Gach, of Woodbridge, married (3rd.) John Griffith, on 20 October, 1709[5].

The following information was obtained from the book Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey, by William C. Armstrong[1].

Elizabeth married (2nd) Thomas Gach (Gauge) of Westchester, New York, a ship builder, who owned a house and land in Westchester.

The Vail Papers (Vol. 18:44) quote from the Westchester Town Records, the "sale of a house and 8 acres of land formerly owned by Thomas Gach, in Westchester" -- sold by Joseph Appleby to Samuel Vail (son of Elizabeth and Samuel (2) Vail) 28 February, 1705-6. Thomas Gach and wife removed from Westchester, N. Y., to Woodbridge, N. J., about the year 1701. We infer this from a deed of sale of "a house and lot at Woodbridge, N. J., 14 April, 1701, sold by Thomas Codrington and wife to Thomas Gauge, late of Westchester, N. Y., Shipwright." (v. N. J. Archives, 1st Ser. Vol. 21: 140).

Thomas Gauge died between the 28th March 1703 and 23 April, 1703, the date and proving of his will.  It states he lived in Woodbridge; was a ship carpenter; it names Elizabeth as Executor, son Thomas and apparently other children, also names his "son-in-law, Thomas Veale" (v. N. J. Arch. 1st Ser. Vol. 23:182; also Middlesex Co. Wills). His inventory amounted to 171-6-0, including half interest in a boat equal to 130.

She appears as Elizabeth Gach in the Woodbridge Monthly Meeting Quaker Records as early as 19 December 1706. She took a lively and consecrated part in all activities of the Friends Meeting. She supervised the care of the Meeting House and in other ways looked to the comfort of the Society. Doubtless she was the most popular match-maker among these early Quakers for we have counted not fewer than a half a dozen couples "presented to the Meeting," intending to marry. She made legal provision for her children at the time of her third marriage and conducted her whole life as a loving parent and a "Mother in Israel." She made her home with her son Thomas Gachat one time, at another with her daughter, Mary Bloodgood.

Elizabeth, the widow of Samuel Vail and later the widow of Thomas [Gach,] of Woodbridge, married (3rd.) John Griffith, on 20 October, 1709. He was from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and brought a "Certificate of Clearness" from the Middletown, Monthly Meeting in Bucks County. He became an active member of the Woodbridge Friends Meeting (v. Shotwell Family, p. 188.) Elizabeth is believed to have had no children by this marriage, being at the time of marriage 52 years of age.

Her will was found among the papers of the estate of John Vail of Littleton, N. J., a grand-son of John [Vail] the Quaker Preacher. It was found by Alfred Vail, and recorded among the Vail Papers. It is one of the documents which proves Elizabeth Griffith to be the mother of John (3) Vail. Being thus important it is herewith annexed.

Elizabeth, wife of Samuel (2) Vail, is the connecting link between the Westchester, N. Y., Vails and a numerous progeny, in Essex Co., N. J., primarily, but now widely extended in the United States and abroad. The maiden name of Elizabeth has not been definitely found yet; but as she is so important in establishing the connection she demands consideration. She was thrice married : (1st.) to Samuel (2) Vail about 1677, for her first child, Samuel (3), was born 21 December, 1678. That she was the wife and later the widow of Samuel Vail is assured beyond doubt in a land record of Westchester which reads, "Elizabeth Uail quitclaims land to Thomas Hunt." (v. Vail Papers, Vol. 18: 44, No. 82). The full reading of this extract from the "Westchester Town Records," is, "Elizabeth Uail, widow of Samuel Vail late of Westchester, quitclaims, etc." dated 6th June, 1695.

"The last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Griffith of Woodbridge, New Jersey[2]:
Forasmuch as it is appointed for all people some day to die and the time when very uncertain, I, Elizabeth Griffith, of Woodbridge, in the County of Middlesex and Province of East New Jersey, being weak in body, but of a sound, disposing mind and memory and inclined to dispose of the estate that the Lord hath to bless me with, do make this, my last will and testament in manner following: That is to say,

First of all, I desire to resign my soul to God Almighty who gave it me, whensoever it shall please Hlin to call for it;  and my body to the earth, to receive such decent burial as my executors hereinafter named shall think convenient; and as touching my worldly estate, I give and bequeath the same as followeth, viz: First, I give and direct that my daughter, Mary Bloodgood, the wife of William Bloodgood shall be fully paid for the trouble that I have been and shall be to them.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Gach all that remains in his hands (at the time of my decease) of those goods that I have left with him when I came to live with my son in law, William Bloodgood.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son John Vail the sum of £10, which he has already got in his hands; my will further is that all the meadows which my husband left me to divide at my discretion, shall be divided between my son John Vail and my son Thomas Gach, that is to say that my son John Vail shall have all that my son Thomas Gach has given him a quitclaim for, to be enjoyed by him, his heirs and assigns forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my two daughters, Martha Burling, the wife of Edward Burling of New York and Mary Bloodgood, the wife of William Bloodgood of Woodbridge all the remaining part of my estate to be equally divided between them.

Lastly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my two daughters, Martha Burling and Mary Bloodgood, executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all others and former wills by me at any time heretofore made, declaring this and this only to be my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of the Fourth Month, commonly called June, in the Year of our Lord, 1739.   Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Elizabeth Griffith as her last will and testament in the presence of its subscribers.
Elizabeth Griffith.
John Shotwell.
Thomas Pike.
Joseph Shotwell.

Whereas, my daughter, Martha, is dead, mentioned ln this will to be my executrix with my daughter Mary; now it is my further will be put my son John Vail Executor in her room and place, giving my son, John all power and privilege that my said daughter, Martha, had in the said will, relating thereunto being had may further appear. In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand this 17th 10th Mo., 1742. Elizabeth Griffith.
Witness: Abraham Shotwell.
Elizabeth (Hunt) (Vail) (Gach) Griffith died 3 November 1747 in Woodbridge, New Jersey[3].


1. William C. Armstrong, Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey (Lambertville, N.J. :  Hunterdon House, 1979), pages 294-297, Elizabeth (Vail) Gach sketch.

2. William C. Armstrong, Pioneer Families of Northwestern New Jersey (Lambertville, N.J. :  Hunterdon House, 1979) , page 296, Elizabeth (Hunt) (Vail) (Gach) Griffith will transcription.

3. U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1931, Rahway and Plainfield [N.J.] Monthly Meeting, Rahway and Plainfield Monthly Meeting, Births 1705-1901, Deaths 1705-1908, Marriages 1712-1885, page 189, Elizabeth Griffith entry, age 90 years 6 months; indexed database and digital image, ( : accessed ).

4. Clyde V. Gage, John Gage of Ipswich, Mass. and his descendants : an historical, genealogical and biographical record, as developed from sources explained herein (Worcester, N.Y. : C.V. Gage, 1964), pages 83-84, #1004 Thomas Gage family sketch.

5. U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1931, Rahway and Plainfield [N.J.] Monthly Meeting, Register of Marriages, Births, and Deaths, 1687-1871, Marriages, page 2 (image 41 of 129), John Griffith and Elizabeth Gauge entry; indexed database and digital image, ( : accessed 3 July 2014).


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, October 12, 2023

Findmypast Friday: Uncover 400 Years of Oxfordshire History

  I received this information from Findmypast today:


Uncover 400 years of Oxfordshire history this Findmypast Friday

Oxfordshire Baptisms

This brand-new collection includes over 233,000 records from the existing England Baptisms collection, in addition to 20,185 new records. As building blocks of your family tree, you’ll want to delve into these if you have Oxfordshire ancestors. You’ll typically find a name, birthdate, baptism date, place, and both parents’ names. The records span an impressive 426 years, from 1524 to 1950.

Oxfordshire Marriages

Also new, this set includes existing records and around 13,098 brand-new ones, totalling 67,864. Spanning 1538 to 1936, you should find a name, spouse’s name, place and marriage year.

Oxfordshire Burials

Lastly, there are 34,612 brand-new burials into this new set, totalling 37,241 with the existing records. Covering 1558 to 1976, there are records from every parish across Oxfordshire. You’ll usually find a full name, birth year, burial year and place.


One new title, updates to a further 22, and over 96,538 new pages make up this week’s newspaper release.

New titles:
  • Scottish Cinema, 1919-1920
Updated titles:
  • Aberdeen Free Press, 1881
  • Ballymena Observer, 1959-1984
  • Belfast News-Letter, 1987, 1990, 1992
  • Bolton Journal & Guardian, 1910
  • Brighton Argus, 1899
  • Chard and Ilminster News, 1912
  • Derry Journal, 1981, 1988, 1993-1994
  • Downham Market Gazette, 1912
  • Evening Star, 1910, 1912
  • Evesham Journal, 1873
  • Guernsey Evening Press and Star, 1899, 1910
  • Kent Messenger & Gravesend Telegraph, 1900
  • Londonderry Standard, 1853
  • Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, 1911
  • Man of Ross and General Advertiser, 1872
  • Manchester City News, 1937
  • North Middlesex Chronicle, 1876
  • Northern Daily Telegraph, 1911-1912
  • Northwich Guardian, 1897
  • Southern Weekly News, 1900
  • Uganda Herald, 1936
  • Wicklow News-Letter and County Advertiser, 1914

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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Treasure Chest Thursday - 1878 Gravestone of Lutie Smith on Find A Grave

 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 1878 gravestone of Lutie Smith (1875-1878) from Find A Grave:

The transcription of this gravestone is:

"Our Little
Son of D.J.
and A.A. Smith
Mar. 19 1878
Age 2

The source citation for this  death record is:

Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 11 October 2023), memorial page for Lutie Smith (16 Jun 1875–19 Mar 1878), Find a Grave Memorial ID 96353655, citing Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas, USA; Maintained by Judy Mayfield (contributor 46636512).

Lucian H. "Lutie" Smith (1875-1878) was the son of my 2nd great-grandparents, Devier J. and Abbie (Vaux) Smith.  He was born 16 June 1875 in Bedford, Iowa, and died 19 March 1878 in Concordia, Kansas.  He was the 5th and last child of Devier and Abbie, and the second who died as a small child.  I can't imagine the devastation that they experienced.  Lutie is my great-granduncle. 

I never knew if Lutie was a boy or a girl.  The gravestone makes it clear!  I had not found this memorial before today.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Genealogy Education Bytes - Week of 5 to 11 October 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 October 2023

*   Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 11 October, 5 p.m.:  Help! How do I separate genealogical fact from fiction? by Carol Baxter.

*    Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 13 October, 11 a.m.:  Gold! Gold! Gold! The 1897 Klondike Rush by Jill Morelli.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Tuesday, 10 October, 5 p.m.:  Steamer Kate Explosion: Correlating Indirect Evidence to Identify and Correct an Error by Ann Staley.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 18 October, 11 a.m.: The Gentlemen Judges: Justices of the Peace by Judy G. Russell.

3) Recent Podcasts/Radio Shows:

*  Research Like a Pro:  RLP 274: Church Marriage Records

4) Recent YouTube Videos:

*  Aimee Cross - Genealogy Hints:  Good Searches on Ancestry (Are You Searching WRONG?)

*  Family Locket:  How to Find Land and Tax Records

*  Genealogy TV:  How to Search on

*  Hitting the Bricks With Kathleen: Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen: Unraveling Roots

*  Legacy Tree Genealogists:  How To Use DNA Matches In Your Genealogy Research

5) Did you miss the last post in this series - Genealogy Education Bytes -  28 September to 4 October 2023?


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