Saturday, October 28, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Where Were Your 16 2nd Great-Grandparents Born, Married and Died?

 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)  Where did your 16 2nd great-grandparents live and die?  What are their birth, marriage and death dates and locations?

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

Here's mine:
  • Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) - born in Westminster, Mass., died Leominster, Mass. married 1851 Medfield, Massachusetts.
  • Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1885) - born in Medfield, Mass., died in Leominster, Mass.
  • Edward Hildreth (1832-1899) - born in Northborough, Mass., died Leominster, Mass., married 1852 Northborough, Mass.
  • Sophia Newton (1834-1923) - born in Springfield, Vt., died in Leominster, Mass.
  • James Richman (1821-1912) - born in Hilperton, Wiltshire, died in Putnam, Conn., married 1845 in Hilperton, Wiltshire.
  • Hannah Rich (1824-1911) - born in Hilperton, Wiltshire, died in Putnam, Conn.
  • Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) - born in Glocester, R.I., died in East Killingly, Conn., married 1844 in Thompson, Conn.
  • Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864) - born in South Kingstown, R.I., died in Norwich, Conn.
  • David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902) - born in Greenville, Penn., died in San Diego, Calif., married 1851 in Mercer County, Penn.
  • Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901) - born in Mercer County, Penn., died in San Diego, Calif.
  • Devier James Lamphier Smith (1839-1894) - born in Jefferson County, New York, died in McCook, Neb., married 1861 in Dodge County, Wis.
  • Abbie A. Vaux (1844-1931) - born in Aurora, N.Y., died in San Diego, Calif.
  • David Auble (1817-1894) - born in Stillwater, N.J., died in Terre Haute, Ind., married 1844 in Newton, N.J.
  • Sarah G. Knapp (1818-1904) - born in Woodbridge, N.J., died in Bushnell, Ill.
  • James Abraham Kemp (1831-1907) - born in Prince Edward County, Ont., died in Norfolk County, Ont., married in 1861 in Norfolk County, Ont.
  • Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874) - born in Norfolk County, Ont., died in Norfolk County, Ont.
So my 2nd great-grands were born between 1817 and 1844, and died between 1874 and 1931.  

Births in Massachusetts (3), Vermont (1), Rhode Island (2), Wiltshire (2), Pennsylvania (2), New York (2), New Jersey (2) and Ontario (2).

Deaths in Massachusetts (4), Connecticut (4), Nebraska (1), Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Ontario (2) and California (3).

And my ancestors kept moving west - four generations later I was born in San Diego County, California.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 21 to 27 October 2023

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

As of 27 October 2023, there are 3,247 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Oregon, Marion County, Silverton Obituaries, 1893-1912
(; 60,595 indexed records with 2,302 record images, ADDED 27-Oct-2023

*  United Kingdom Funeral Notices 1914-2023 (; 10 indexed records with 10 record images, ADDED 27-Oct-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 99,332 indexed records with 98,977 record images (was 99,285 records with 98,930 images), UPDATED 26-Oct-2023
Argentina, Córdoba, Censuses, 1778-1874 (; 271,202 indexed records with 7,350 record images (was 192,466 records with 5,520 images), UPDATED 26-Oct-2023
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Civil Registration, 1860-1965 (; 757,320 indexed records with 547,045 record images (was 756,798 records with 546,783 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975 (; 195,919 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 195,878 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 24-Oct-2023
Argentina, Salta, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1972 (; 396,633 indexed records with 144,293 record images (was 393,543 records with 144,293 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023

Arkansas, Mortality Schedules, 1860-1880 (; 38,102 indexed records with 1,692 record images (was 507 records with 17 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1950 (; 67,894 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 66,746 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 656,803 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 654,039 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,362,182 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,359,445 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,188,832 indexed records with 176,198 record images (was 1,186,922 records with 175,790 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023

Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (790 records), no images (was 772 records with 0 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 886,040 indexed records with 368,854 record images (was 885,018 records with 368,394 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,093,511 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,088,917 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 169,193 indexed records with 52,926 record images (was 162,410 records with 50,360 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,716,264 indexed records with 875,430 record images (was 1,713,770 records with 874,169 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 (; 6,902,379 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,902,084 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 750,879 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 750,726 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,242,721 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,241,140 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,068,422 indexed records with 1,018,007 record images (was 8,054,691 records with 1,016,160 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Colombia, Archivo Distrital de Bogotá, Cemetery Indexes, 1887-1995 (; 470,091 indexed records with 19,371 record images (was 469,896 records with 19,366 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2023

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,332,812 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,321,897 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Colombia, Civil Registration, 1553-2021 (; 795,231 indexed records with 849,784 record images (was 795,227 records with 849,776 images), UPDATED 23-Oct-2023
Colombia, Costa, Church Records, 1778-2018 (; 103,969 indexed records with 42,596 record images (was 102,222 records with 42,134 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 (; 6,191,435 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,190,608 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,993,184 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,993,142 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023

Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1960 (; 199,593 indexed records with 42,030 record images (was 199,433 records with 42,026 images), UPDATED 25-Oct-2023
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 11,612,314 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 11,480,760 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 24-Oct-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975 (; 2,274,943 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,273,611 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 6,149,740 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,149,701 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 25-Oct-2023
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 953,621 indexed records with 15,943 record images (was 949,760 records with 8,946 images), UPDATED 24-Oct-2023

Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 70,029 indexed records with 68,828 record images (was 68,510 records with 67,325 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Gibraltar, Church Records, 1697-1991 (; 26,624 indexed records with 3,112 record images (was 25,614 records with 3,014 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Guadeloupe, Civil Registration Records, 1792-1872 (; 454 indexed records with 125 record images (was 450 records with 124 images), UPDATED 26-Oct-2023
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 448,328 indexed records with 350,905 record images (was 448,179 records with 350,763 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 4,573,581 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,573,192 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023

Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 992,312 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 992,151 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 414,612 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 414,536 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 25-Oct-2023
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 67,458 indexed records with 13,815 record images (was 66,958 records with 13,759 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,853,825 indexed records with 46,478 record images (was 1,853,098 records with 43,037 images), UPDATED 25-Oct-2023
Indiana, Mortality Schedules, 1860-1880 (; 66,124 indexed records with 3,003 record images (was 66,104 records with 3,002 images), UPDATED 22-Oct-2023

Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 4,536,339 indexed records with 160,704 record images (was 4,478,441 records with 150,181 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 49,683 indexed records with 17,106 record images (was 49,122 records with 16,915 images), UPDATED 26-Oct-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 6,329 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 6,095 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 (; 26,369 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 25,344 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Luxembourg Census Records, 1843-1900 (; 1,257,824 indexed records with 1,115,931 record images (was 1,242,448 records with 1,115,931 images), UPDATED 23-Oct-2023

Martinique, Civil Registration Records, 1809-1874 (; 194 indexed records with 10 record images (was 179 records with 48 images), UPDATED 25-Oct-2023
Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1925 (; 11,741,054 indexed records with 742,594 record images (was 11,740,742 records with 742,594 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 8,923,601 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,915,033 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,031,342 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,031,179 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 26-Oct-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 114,791 indexed records with 114,657 record images (was 113,304 records with 113,171 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023

Paraguay, Civil Registration, 1842-2012 (; 946 indexed records with 945 record images (was 486 records with 485 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 419,059 indexed records with 82,451 record images (was 418,939 records with 69,588 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 20,890,235 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,875,300 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,086,463 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,086,126 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,304,575 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,301,811 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023

Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 340,297 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 337,976 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (; 391,782 indexed records with 342,249 record images (was 381,023 records with 342,099 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Spain, Madrid, Municipal Census Records, 1910-1920 (; 1,876,135 indexed records with 464,815 record images (was 1,942,615 records with 454,193 images), UPDATED 21-Oct-2023
Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records, 1566-1956 (; 1,233,147 indexed records with 390,067 record images (was 1,223,805 records with 390,067 images), UPDATED 23-Oct-2023
St. Lucia, Church Records, 1751-1793 (; 95 indexed records with 17 record images (was 84 records with 15 images), UPDATED 23-Oct-2023

United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 31,271,939 indexed records with 4,830,472 record images (was 33,871,694 records with 4,830,472 images), UPDATED 20-Oct-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (1,041,197 records), no images (was 1,033,167 records with 0 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,065,662 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,063,878 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 162,010 indexed records with 63,113 record images (was 159,033 records with 62,648 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,919,581 indexed records with 41,683 record images (was 1,914,443 records with 41,538 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023

Zimbabwe, Archdiocese of Bulawayo, Catholic Church Records, 1896-2022 (; 8,070 indexed records with 59,790 record images (was 8,070 records with 59,790 images), UPDATED 26-Oct-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,278 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 304,033 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950 (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,616 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,146 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970 (; 428,905 indexed records with 58,516 record images (was 428,905 records with 56,918 images), last updated 18-Sep-2023
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 156,857 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 155,155 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

France, Haute-Garonne, Census, 1896 (; 22,155 indexed records with 387 record images (was 22,155 records with 388 images), last updated 16-Oct-2023
North Carolina, County Divorce Records, 1926-1975 (; 20,027 indexed records with 2,773 record images (was 20,027 records with 2,776 images), last updated 23-Apr-2019
Puerto Rico, San Juan, Cemetery Records, 1888-1988 (; 68,841 indexed records with 22,542 record images (was 68,841 records with 30,564 images), last updated 14-Oct-2023
Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901 (; 1,711,973 indexed records with 90,580 record images (was 1,711,973 records with 91,515 images), last updated 31-Mar-2023

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,101 records), no images (was 875,610,104 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
United States, Selected GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014 (; 213,279 indexed records with 82,660 record images (was 222,014 records with 82,660 images), last updated 18-Oct-2021


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 27, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 21 to 27 October 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 21 to 27 October 2023: 

The ADDED collections include:

Lynchburg, Virginia Obituary Index, 1837-2019; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/25/2023

Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950; indexed records without record images, Updated 10/25/2023

Queensland, Australia, Licensed Victuallers Index, 1900-1914; indexed records without record images, Updated 10/25/2023

Utah, U.S., Birth Registers, 1892-1944; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/23/2023

Georgia, U.S., Property Tax Digests, 1793-1892; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/23/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 1 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,350 collections available as of 27 October, an INCREASE of 2 from last week.  Apparently, 1 other record collection was added this past week.


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52 Ancestors - Week 501: #958 Jan/John Bloetgoet/Bloodgood (1672-1716) of Flushing, New York

Jan/John Bloetgoet/Bloodgood (1672-1716) is  #958 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married  #959 Mary Morgan (c1675-1730) in about 1694, probably in Flushing, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #479 Elizabeth Bloodgood (1702-1770)  who married #478 Thomas Gach (1702-1770)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:                          Jan Bloetgoet[1–2]
*  Alternate Name:          Jan Bloodgood
*  Alternate Name:          John Bloodgood

*  Sex:                             Male

*  Father:                         Frans Janszen Bloetgoet (1632-1676)
*  Mother:                        Lysbeth Janse Van Gouda (1633-1730)

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

*  Birth:                           before 4 August 1672, Flushing, Queens, New York, United States[2]
*  Baptism:                      4 August 1672 (after age 0), Flushing, Queens, New York, United States[1–2]

*  Death:                         before 18 May 1716 (before age 43), settlement of affairs concerning wife Mary; Flushing, Queens, New York, United States[2]

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

*  Spouse 1:                     Mary Morgan 1675-1730
*  Marriage:                     before 1694 (before about age 22), New York, United States[1–3]

*  Child 1:                        Francis Bloodgood 1694-1766
*  Child 2:                        John Bloodgood 1696-1756
*  Child 3:                        William Bloodgood 1698-1756
*  Child 4:                        Jeffrey Bloodgood 1700-    
*  Child 5:                        Elizabeth Bloodgood 1702-1770
*  Child 6:                        Deborah Bloodgood 1705-1749


Jan Bloetgoet was born before 4 August 1672, when he was baptized in the old Dutch Church in Flushing, New York, the youngest son of Frans Janszen and Lysbeth Janse (Van Gouda) Bloetgoet of Flushing[1-2].  

Jan married Mary Morgan (1672-1730) before 1694 in New York[1-3].  She was probably the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Feake) Morgan of Flushing.  They had six children:

*  Francis Bloodgood (1694-1766), married 1717 Judith Shotwell (?) (1697-1766).
*  John Bloodgood (1696-1756), married 1728 Sarah Brinckerhoff (1709-1760).
*  William Bloodgood (1698-1756), married 1726 Mary Gach (1700-1760).
*  Jeffrey Bloodgood (1700-????).
*  Elizabeth Bloodgood (1702-177), married 1721 Thomas Gach (1702-1770).
*  Deborah Bloodgood (1705-1749), married 1735 Byerly Bashford (1710-1794).

John Bloodgood was described as a wheelwright and carpenter who purchased considerable property in Westchester County, New York, but, apparently, did not reside there.  On 4 August 1703, John Williams sold land in Mamaroneck, Westchester County to John Bloodgood of Flushing, carpenter and later in 1703 John Bloodgood, carpenter, sold land in Mamaroneck to Godfrey Hans, ropemaker of Mamaroneck[2].

John Bloodgood died intestate after 1715, the year that he belonged to the Company of Jonathan Wright, and 18 May 1716 when a "certain document was prepared, signed and sealed by Governor Robert Hunter, Esq., concerning John's widow Mary and the settlement of his affairs.[2]"  

Mary (Morgan) Bloodgood married, secondly, Captain James Savage[2].  Mary is mentioned in the 1720 will of her father, Charles Morgan of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, as the wife of Captain James Savage.  In Mary's will proved in 1730, she mentions her son William Bloodgood[2].


1. Howard L. Swain, "Frans Bloodgood (Bloedtgoedt) of Flushing, New York," New Netherland Connections, Volume 12, Number 1 (January-March 2007), pages 1-11, page 8, children of Frans Janszen Bloetgoet and Lysbeth Janse Van Gouda.

2. George M. Bloodgood, Mrs. William C. Cahill, Mrs. William V. Callaghan, Ancestors and Descendants of Captain Frans Jans Janse Bloetgoet, Volume II, Descendants of John Bloodgood, the Youngest Son, typescript, (n.p. : the authors, 1966), (accessed at Family History Library on US/CAN FHL Microfilm 0,824,077, Items 2), page 1, #3G John Bloodgood family sketch.

3.  "U.S. Dutch Reformed Church Records from Selected States, 1639-1989," indexed database with digital images, (, New York > Jamaica > Albany, Vol IV, and Jamaica, Book 4, page 165 (image 4 of 125), Elizabeth Bloetgoed baptism entry.


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: Manchester Electoral Registers, London Burials, Berkshire Baptisms and Newspapers

 I received this information from Findmypast today:


Millions for Manchester this Findmypast Friday
  • A huge 25 million brand-new electoral records added for Greater Manchester
  • Plus, new additions for London and Berkshire
Greater Manchester Electoral Registers 1820-1940

Over 25 million exclusive records have been added to Findmypast this week. This brand-new collection for Greater Manchester, with images and transcriptions to view, covers 1820-1940. They are ideal for tracing anyone in between census years, plus, as they contain full addresses, they are handy for house history too. You’ll typically find an ancestor’s name, home address, township and ward.

Greater London Burial Index

There are 396,992 new burial records for Greater London to explore, covering 1558-1901. You’ll normally spot an ancestor’s name, age at death, burial date, occupation, denomination, address and parish.

Berkshire Baptisms

Lastly, a further 231,375 baptisms have been added to this existing Berkshire collection. Spanning 1538 to 1923, these records contain names, baptism dates, parents’ names, residences, parishes and counties.


Did your ancestors make the news? One new title, updates to a further six, and 93,381 new pages make up this week’s newspaper release.

New titles:
  • Middlesex & Surrey Gazette, 1877-1878
Updated titles:
  • Belfast News-Letter, 1991
  • Campbeltown Courier, 1876-1879, 1893-1950
  • Derry Journal, 1975-1977, 1989
  • Edinburgh Evening News, 1986-1989, 1991
  • Lurgan Mail, 1989, 1993
  • South Wales Daily Post, 1989

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Free Access To All Death Records on MyHeritage for Halloween

 I received this information from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage today:


I’m happy to share that from October 27 to November 1, 2023, we’re offering free access to all death, burial, cemetery, and obituary records on MyHeritage: 370 collections and 881,738,760 records in all at

Free death records for Halloween

Death records are essential for family history research. They often include birth and death dates, the names of family members, last known addresses, and sometimes even cause of death. Providing a wealth of information, all in one place, death records can act as springboards for further investigations into other areas of an ancestor’s life. Sometimes they might even contain personal anecdotes, especially obituaries.


Please share the news with your friends and followers let them know that they can search the free records at Non-MyHeritage members will be asked to register in order to access the records. More information can be found on our blog.


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GFO: A Day of Tools & Tech -- 2023 Fall Seminar (11 November 2023)

 I received this information from the Genealogical forum of Oregon (GFO) recently:


A Day of Tools & Tech -- 2023 Fall Seminar

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon's 2023 fall seminar focuses on how to get the most out of your computer for genealogical research.

This online seminar offers a full day of techniques and tips relevant to your research. From using common apps in creative ways to squeezing the most out of Google, you are sure to learn something new! The main speaker is the charismatic and always entertaining Thomas MacEntee.

  • Session 1 - You Use WHAT for Your Genealogy?
  • Session 2 - Google Tools for Genealogists
  • Session 3 - Genealogy Tech with Thomas
  • Session 4 - Tech Troubleshooting - What Would You Do?
  • Closing and Door Prizes

For more information and registration, visit our web site at


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Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1864 Death Record of Amy Frances (Oatley) White (1826-1864) in Norwich, 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 1864 death record of Amy Frances (Oatley) White in the Norwich, Connecticut Town Records:

The death record is the second record at the top of  the left-hand page:

The extraction of this death record is:

*  Date:  November 12 1864
*  Disease or cause of death:  Stran^? U?? Hernia
*  Name:  Amy Frances White Oatley 
*  Age:   38 0  0
*  Color:  W[hite]
*  Birthplace:  Kingston R.I.
*  Last Occupation:  Housewife
*  Residence:  do [Norwich]
*  Single, married or widowed:  Married 

The source citation for this  death record is:

Norwich, Conn., Registrar of Vital Statistics, Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1640-1921, Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), on 10 microfilm rolls, accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 1,311,436, Deaths, pg. 257, image 648 of 941, Amy Frances White death record, 12 Nov 1864.

This record is probably a Derivative Source, copied neatly into a record book at an unknown time, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence for the death of Amy Frances White in Norwich, Connecticut on 12 November 1864.

Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864) was born in 1826 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, the daughter of Jonathan and Amy (Champlin) Oatley.  Amy married Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) on 30 June 1844 in Thompson, Connecticut.  They had six children between 1845 and 1860.  Amy died 12 November 1864 in Norwich, Connecticut.

The Henry White family resided in East Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut in the 1860s, but Amy died in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.  The places are separated by only 37 miles.  Why was she in Norwich?  I cannot identify an Oatley or White close relative who lived in Norwich in the 1860 and 1870 census records.  Perhaps Amy was visiting a friend or neighbor who had moved to Norwich.  She was only 38 years old.  

I think that the cause of death was a "strangulated umbilical hernia."  I looked it up on Wikipedia, and the small intestine may have been trapped within the umbilical muscle ring adjacent to the belly button.  It occurs in adults but is much more rare than in babies.

Henry Arnold and Amy Frances (Oatley) White are my 2nd great-grandparents.  I am descended through their daughter, Julia E. White (1848-1913), who married Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868. 


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Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Genealogy Education Bytes - Week of 19 to 25 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 - Friday, 27 October, 11 a.m.:  Dissection & Analysis of Research Problems: 10 Steps to a Solution by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 1 November, 11 a.m.:  Finding Females in US Naturalization Records, 1790-1952 by Nancy E. Loe.

3) Recent Podcasts/Radio Shows:

4) Recent YouTube Videos:

*  Aimee Cross - Genealogy Hints:  5 FREE Family History Websites You're Missing

*  FamilySearch:  Top 4 Tips - Military Records

5) Did you miss the last post in this series - Genealogy Education Bytes -  12 to 18 October 2023?


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