Saturday, November 4, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Are You Writing Your Personal History?

 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)  Are you writing about your own personal history?  What are you including?  How are you doing with it?  Who will you distribute it to?  

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

Here's mine:

*  I wrote an autobiography about 10 years ago and updated it in 2022 after my heart bypass operation.  I included chapters about my close family, my childhood, my education and youth, early adulthood, my "real" work life, DXing, genealogy, computers, married life and the future.  It's only 22 pages single spaced.  I passed it to my daughters after I updated it.  I probably need to update it some more.

*  I have yearly Christmas letters since 1983 about our family life, vacations, health, and activities.  The earliest I have in digital form is 1994 so I need to digitize the earlier years.  A project is to put them all into an ebook of some sort and distribute it to my daughters and grandchildren.

*  My daughters gave me a StoryWorth subscription for Christmas last year and I have written 31 stories so far, but none in the last 3-4 months it seems.  I need to write a few more and get them in some semblance of order, so that they can be published in book form at the end of the year.  There is a page count limit and I think I'm near it.  

*  The Genea-Musings blog has over 16,700 posts in it, written since 2006.  Many of them are about family photographs, collected ephemera, ancestor biographies, etc.  Another future project is to collect the family photos into an ebook of some sort and provide it to my daughters and grandchildren.  

*  Then there is the genealogy and family history collection.  I wrote a number of ebooks about my ancestral families and descendants of selected ancestors back in 2012 using Family Tree Maker and posted them on Scribd.  I included only name, date, place and relationship data with source citation, but without  Notes or Media.  They are outdated now, so another project is to update them and put them on Scribd.  The genealogy work will never be finished, I think.

I look forward to seeing what my SNGF friends come up with - perhaps there will be more ideas to work on. 


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 28 October to 3 November 2023

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

As of 3 November 2023, there are 3,247 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 99,373 indexed records with 99,018 record images (was 99,332 records with 98,977 images), UPDATED 01-Nov-2023
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 (; 669,379 indexed records with 235,772 record images (was 667,512 records with 235,772 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2023
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Civil Registration, 1860-1965 (; 758,856 indexed records with 548,139 record images (was 757,320 records with 547,045 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975 (; 195,928 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 195,919 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2023
Argentina, Neuquén, Catholic Church Records, 1883-1977 (; 32,789 indexed records with 11,873 record images (was 29,596 records with 11,873 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

Argentina, Salta, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1972 (; 397,256 indexed records with 144,293 record images (was 396,633 records with 144,293 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 216,993 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 197,605 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1950 (; 69,599 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 67,894 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 660,792 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 656,803 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,365,748 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,362,182 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,191,326 indexed records with 176,685 record images (was 1,188,832 records with 176,198 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (811 records), no images (was 790 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 887,827 indexed records with 369,651 record images (was 886,040 records with 368,854 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,099,100 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,093,511 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 182,097 indexed records with 56,099 record images (was 169,193 records with 52,926 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,717,990 indexed records with 876,394 record images (was 1,716,264 records with 875,430 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 (; 6,904,997 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,902,379 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 753,623 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 750,879 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2023
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,244,939 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,242,721 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Canada, Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918 (; 372,311 indexed records with 21,950 record images (was 372,311 records with 21,950 images), UPDATED 31-Oct-2023

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,084,868 indexed records with 1,020,474 record images (was 8,068,422 records with 1,018,007 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Colombia, Archivo Distrital de Bogotá, Cemetery Indexes, 1887-1995 (; 470,091 indexed records with 19,372 record images (was 470,091 records with 19,371 images), UPDATED 28-Oct-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,355,885 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,332,812 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Colombia, Civil Registration, 1553-2021 (; 798,234 indexed records with 852,756 record images (was 795,231 records with 849,784 images), UPDATED 01-Nov-2023
Colombia, Costa, Church Records, 1778-2018 (; 104,601 indexed records with 42,726 record images (was 103,969 records with 42,596 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2023

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 4,333,447 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,332,733 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 (; 6,194,738 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,191,435 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,993,384 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,993,184 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2023
Cuba, Church Records, 1584-1960 (; 199,610 indexed records with 42,030 record images (was 199,593 records with 42,030 images), UPDATED 29-Oct-2023
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 11,685,937 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 11,612,314 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-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 27-Oct-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975 (; 2,277,201 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,274,943 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 6,149,764 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,149,740 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 31-Oct-2023
England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010 (; 840,334 indexed records with 202,325 record images (was 840,334 records with 202,325 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
France, Calvados, Census, 1876 (; 62,754 indexed records with 4,716 record images (was 44,911 records with 3,858 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2023

France, Haute-Garonne, Census, 1896 (; 41,572 indexed records with 722 record images (was 22,155 records with 387 images), UPDATED 31-Oct-2023
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 79,293 indexed records with 122,721 record images (was 79,288 records with 142,639 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 72,927 indexed records with 71,703 record images (was 70,029 records with 68,828 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Gibraltar, Church Records, 1697-1991 (; 27,589 indexed records with 3,205 record images (was 26,624 records with 3,112 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 448,572 indexed records with 351,120 record images (was 448,328 records with 350,905 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 4,573,989 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,573,581 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 995,745 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 992,312 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 418,541 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 414,612 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 68,754 indexed records with 9,980 record images (was 67,458 records with 13,815 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Hawaii, Hawaii State Archives, Probate Packet Records, 1814-1917 (; 30,248 indexed records with 29,103 record images (was 15,086 records with 14,642 images), UPDATED 28-Oct-2023

Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900 (; 39,026 indexed records with 25,020 record images (was 34,548 records with 21,903 images), UPDATED 28-Oct-2023
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 4,624,059 indexed records with 167,699 record images (was 4,536,339 records with 160,704 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 49,991 indexed records with 17,218 record images (was 49,683 records with 17,106 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 6,821 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 6,329 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 (; 27,048 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 26,369 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

Italy, Vicenza, Bassano del Grappa, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1871-1942 (; 186,697 indexed records with 1,637,660 record images (was 186,697 records with 1,637,660 images), UPDATED 27-Oct-2023
Martinique, Church Records, 1662-1847 (; 13,351 indexed records with 2,243 record images (was 13,343 records with 1,648 images), UPDATED 31-Oct-2023
Martinique, Civil Registration Records, 1809-1874 (; 206 indexed records with 56 record images (was 194 records with 10 images), UPDATED 01-Nov-2023
Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1925 (; 11,742,315 indexed records with 742,594 record images (was 11,741,054 records with 742,594 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 8,937,413 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,923,601 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,032,760 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,031,342 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 02-Nov-2023
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 (; Index only (599,520 records), no images (was 536,996 records with 0 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 116,729 indexed records with 116,595 record images (was 114,791 records with 114,657 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Oregon, Marion County, Silverton Obituaries, 1893-1912 (; 161,923 indexed records with 5,856 record images (was 60,595 records with 2,302 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Paraguay, Civil Registration, 1842-2012 (; 1,692 indexed records with 1,691 record images (was 946 records with 945 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 420,291 indexed records with 72,935 record images (was 419,059 records with 82,451 images), UPDATED 01-Nov-2023
Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 (; 31,978 indexed records with 34,017 record images (was 31,978 records with 34,017 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 20,909,975 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,890,235 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Peru, San Martín, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 470,928 indexed records with 249,700 record images (was 470,908 records with 249,700 images), UPDATED 28-Oct-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,086,835 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,086,463 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,307,155 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,304,575 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 344,018 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 340,297 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (; 392,731 indexed records with 342,271 record images (was 391,782 records with 342,249 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Spain, Madrid, Municipal Census Records, 1910-1920 (; 1,876,135 indexed records with 464,718 record images (was 1,876,135 records with 464,815 images), UPDATED 01-Nov-2023
Sri Lanka, Civil Registration, 1768-1990 (; 3,971,186 indexed records with 3,889,988 record images (was 3,437,667 records with 3,443,355 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,198,961 indexed records with 75,701 record images (was 1,198,038 records with 77,883 images), UPDATED 01-Nov-2023
Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (; 4,539,443 indexed records with 4,476,649 record images (was 4,539,443 records with 4,476,649 images), UPDATED 30-Oct-2023
Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1741-1918 (; 1,920,902 indexed records with 40,448 record images (was 1,885,144 records with 40,448 images), UPDATED 01-Nov-2023
United Kingdom Funeral Notices 1914-2023 (; 4,987,937 indexed records with 4,987,937 record images (was 10 records with 10 images), UPDATED 28-Oct-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (1,053,013 records), no images (was 1,041,197 records with 0 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,069,300 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,065,662 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 165,833 indexed records with 63,728 record images (was 162,010 records with 63,113 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,925,436 indexed records with 41,851 record images (was 1,919,581 records with 41,683 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Wales, Pembrokeshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912 (; 320,664 indexed records with 378,652 record images (was 320,664 records with 378,652 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 113,341 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 108,126 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
Zimbabwe, Archdiocese of Bulawayo, Catholic Church Records, 1896-2022 (; 8,070 indexed records with 59,791 record images (was 8,070 records with 59,790 images), last updated 26-Oct-2023

--- Collections with images removed ---

Argentina, Córdoba, Censuses, 1778-1874 (; 271,202 indexed records with 5,472 record images (was 271,202 records with 7,350 images), last updated 26-Oct-2023
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 953,621 indexed records with 11,888 record images (was 953,621 records with 15,943 images), last updated 24-Oct-2023
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957 (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 307,151 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 307,278 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,853,825 indexed records with 40,891 record images (was 1,853,825 records with 46,478 images), last updated 25-Oct-2023
Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939 (; 1,019,742 indexed records with 1,921,138 record images (was 1,019,743 records with 1,921,140 images), last updated 13-Jun-2023

New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 127,105 indexed records with 5,181 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,354 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
Norway, Oslo, Census, 1912 (; 41,203 indexed records with 7,370 record images (was 41,203 records with 8,892 images), last updated 19-Oct-2023
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980 (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 155,873 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 156,857 images), last updated 19-Nov-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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RootsTech 2024 News for November

There are several announcements from FamilySearch about the RootsTech 2024 genealogy conference (29 February to 2 March 2024 in-person in Salt Lake City or FREE online), including:

1)  The "Road to RootsTech 2024 #2" video:

2)  The Friday Keynote Speaker has been selected:

Lynne M Jackson, author and president and founder of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation will be speaking on stage at RootsTech on Friday, March 1, 2024. Lynne has spent her life telling the story of her great-great grandparents Dred and Harriet Scott, an enslaved couple who took their case for freedom to the US Supreme Court. 

Lynne's efforts to ensure her ancestors' courageous fight for freedom, citizenship and equality is never forgotten fits perfectly the RootsTech 2024 theme of REMEMBER. 

For more about this inspiring Keynote Speaker visit the FamilySearch website HERE.

3)  The RootsTech 2024 Sweepstakes Winners:

RootsTech 2024 had a free pass sweepstakes contest for a free in-person registration - with 20 winners:

If you were not one of the winners of a Pass you can still register to attend RootsTech 2024 in Salt Lake City using the following DISCOUNT CODE when registering -- RT24SWEEPSTAKES

4)  There is an official theme song for RootsTech 2024:

5)  In-person RootsTech 2024 registration fees:

Note that the Early-Bird registration price of $99 for a three-day pass expires on 18 November - the price goes up to $109 on 19 November, and to $129 on 29 February 2024.  Register early!

6)  The RootsTech Daily Schedule is:


Disclosure:  I am a RootsTech 2024 "Influencer" but will receive no remuneration for my support or posting of RootsTech information.  I will be an online participant this year because of my health problems.

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Friday, November 3, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 28 October to 3 November 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 28 October to 3 November 2023: 

The ADDED collections include:

Massachusetts, U.S., Soldiers and Sailors in the Revolutionary War; indexed records with record images, ADDED 11/01/2023

Pennsylvania, U.S., Death Certificates, 1906-1970; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/01/2023

UK, Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths From British Consulates, 1810-1968; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/30/2023

*   Frankenberg, Germany, Family Registers, 1717-1938; indexed records with record images, Updated 10/30/2023

North Dakota, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/30/2023

New Jersey, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/30/2023

Nebraska, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/30/2023

Germany, Volksbund, Indexes of Victims of War, WW1 and WW2, 1870-1955; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/30/2023

Maine, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/30/2023

Idaho, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/30/2023

Michigan, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 10/30/2023

Utah, U.S., State Prison Records, 1875-1947; indexed records without record images, ADDED    10/30/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 9 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,359 collections available as of 3 November, an INCREASE of 9 from last week.  


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52 Ancestors - Week 502: #959 Mary Morgan (c1676-a1730) of Flushing, New York and Perth Amboy, New Jersey

 Mary Morgan (c1676-a1730) is  #959 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married  #958 Jan/John Bloetgoet/Bloodgood (1672-1716)  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:                         Mary Morgan[1-2]
*  Alternate Name:         Mary Savage[3]

*  Sex:                             Female

*  Father:                        Charles Morgan (1649-1719)
*  Mother:                       Elizabeth Feake (1650-1702)

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

*  Birth:                           about 1676, Flushing, Queens, New York, United States

*  Distribution:               17 February 1719/20 (about age 43), father's will proved; Perth Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[3]

*  Death:                           after 24 August 1730 (after about age 54), Perth Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States[1]

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

*  Spouse 1:                     Jan/John Bloetgoet/Bloodgood (1672-1716)
*  Marriage 1:                  before 1694 (before about age 22), New York, United States[1-2]

*  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

*  Spouse 2:                     Capt. James Savage 1673-1725
*  Marriage 2:                  about 1718 (about age 42), Flushing, Queens, New York, United States[1]


Mary Morgan was born in about 1676, probably in Flushing, New York, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Feake) Morgan[1].

Mary married Jan/John Bloetgoet/Bloodgood (1672-1716) before 1694 in New York[1-2].  He was the son of Francis Janszen and Lysbeth Janse (Van Gouda) Bloetgoet. They had six children[1]:

*  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 died intestate before 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."[1]  

Mary (Morgan) Bloodgood married, secondly, Captain James Savage[2] in about 1718, probably in Flushing[1].  Mary is mentioned in the 1720 will of her father, Charles Morgan of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, as the wife of Captain James Savage[3].  

James Savage owned property adjoining the Presbyterian churchyard at Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and after hi death  Mary Savage deeded this property to her son, William Bloodgood  on 24 August 1730[1].

Mary died after 24 August 1730, probably in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  There is no probate record for her in the New Jersey Calendar of Wills[1].


1. 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, 1966, (accessed at Family History Library on US/CAN FHL Microfilm 0,824,077, Items 2), page 1, #3G John Bloodgood family sketch.

2.   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.

3. William Nelson, Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey; Volume XXIII; Calendar of New Jersey Wills: Volume I. 1670-1730 (Paterson, N.J.: The Press Printing and Publishing Company, 1901), page 327, Charles Morgan will abstract, 1720; digital images, accessed on "New Jersey, U.S., Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817," ( : accessed 2 November 2023.


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: Explore Stories From the North West of England

 I received this information from Findmypast today:


Explore stories from the north west of England

There are over 400 years of history to explore within this week's exciting record release

If you've got roots in the historic Northern county of Westmorland, you may find the name of an ancestor or two amongst this week's new records. We've also added over 200,000 newspaper pages to our collection, with one brand new title and updates to many more existing publications.

Westmorland Baptisms

The first of our Westmorland trio are baptisms, to which we've added 56,692 new transcriptions. These updates are from parishes across the county, so be sure to consult our full parish list when exploring this set.

Westmorland Marriages

Secondly, we've also updated our collection of Westmorland Marriages, with an impressive 62,286 transcriptions added.

Westmorland Burials

Lastly, we've also updated our Burials collection for Westmorland. There are 128,779 new transcriptions for you to explore.


216,287 brand new pages joined our archive this week, with a new title and updates to a further ten existing publications.

New titles:
  • Protestant Vanguard, 1935-1947
Updated titles:
  • Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser, 1990-1992
  • Belfast News-Letter, 1993
  • Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 1872
  • Edinburgh Evening News, 1945, 1990
  • Larne Times, 1900, 1925, 1956-1984, 1993
  • Portadown News, 1956-1982
  • South Wales Daily Post, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1998
  • Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser, 1946-1947, 1954-1966
  • Western Evening Herald, 1994, 1996
  • Wokingham Times, 1977-1980

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, November 2, 2023

My 2nd Great-Grandfather Sold Hair Tonic

 My second great-grandfather, Devier James "D.J." Lamphier Smith (1839-1894), the adopted son of Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith, was a man of many talents an occupation.  Among them was livery man, land speculator, horse trader, and as a hair tonic (or "snake oil" if you prefer) salesman.

Here is an article from the McCook [Neb.] Tribune newspaper dated Friday, 12 January 1894, page 5, column 6:

A transcription:  


"To you and your friends that wish new hair grown on bald heads.  Call on D.J. Smith, as he will guarantee to grow new hair on bald heads on any person that has been bald from 1 to 30 years, for $50 to $300.  P.S. -- He will sell you the medicine for $30, with full instructions how to use it.  All consultations strictly confidential.  DEVIER J. SMITH, McCook, Nebraska.


"The Wonderful Wonder of the World has reached the top round of the ladder of success in the short time it has been used, and many bald heads are already taking on nice coats of hair.  Call on D.J. Smith at McCook for particulars and terms."

I also have an advertisement that was in the family papers handed down to me from my grandparents and my mother:

The advertisement says "only" $2 a bottle, but the newspaper article says for $30.  I wonder how successful he was?  

A source citation for the newspaper article:

 "Notice.,” McCook [Neb.] Tribune newspaper, Friday, 12 January 1894, page 5, column 6, Devier J. Smith article; digital image, accessed on GenealogyBank ( : accessed 30 October 2023).

Now you know why I think that Devier James Lamphier Smith (Lamphier is is birth surname according to a name change record and his adoptive father's will) is one of my favorite, and most interesting ancestors.


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Treasure Chest Thursday - 1750 Marriage of William Noade and Grace Crabb in Staverton, Wiltshire

  It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1750 marriage entry for William Noade and Grace Crabb in the Staverton, Wiltshire parish records:

The marriage entry is the first entry in the list for 1750:

The transcription of this record is::

1750   William Noade & Grace Crabb was marred Septm'ber y'e 27

The source citation for this record is:

"Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812," indexed database with record images, (, Staverton, "Parish Registers, 1673-1712," image 70 of 106, William Noade and Grace Crabb marriage entry, 27 September 1750; Original data: Wiltshire Church of England Parish Registers, Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England.

This is an entry in the Staverton, Wiltshire parish register.  It is an Original Source with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the marriage of William Noade and Grace Crabb on 27 September 1750 in Staverton.  William Noade (c1728-????) was the probably son of Stephen and Rebecca (Tanner) Noad of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, and Grace Crabb (1728-1769) was the daughter of Joseph and Grace (Cox) Crabb of Trowbridge. 
William Noad (c1728-????) and Grace Crabb (1728-1769) are my 5th great-grandparents; they had at least 7 children, including my 4th great-grandmother Betty Noad (1767-1814) who married William Rich (1766-1835) in 1788 in Trowbridge.


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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Genealogy Education Bytes - Week of 26 October to 1 November 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 November 2023

*    Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 3 November, 11 a.m.:  Friends of Friends: Quakers and African American Communities by Ari Wilkins.

*   Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 8 November, 5 p.m.:  Scottish Emigration to North America: Before, During and After the Rebellions by Paul Milner.

3) Recent Podcasts/Radio Shows:

4) Recent YouTube Videos:

*  American Ancestors:  Stories from the Archives: Scrapbooks

*  BYU Family History Library:  Memory Keepers - Peggy Lauritzen (22 Oct 2023)

Ellen Thompson-Jennings - Family History Hound:  Tour of Legacy Family Tree Webinar

*  Your DNA Guide:  DNA News: 23andMe Update
*  Your DNA Guide:  DNA Defined: Half Relationships

5) Did you miss the last post in this series - Genealogy Education Bytes -  19 to 25 October 2023?


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