Saturday, November 18, 2023

RootsMagic Version 9 Updated to Version 9.1.1

 RootsMagic was updated to Version 9.1.0 on 9 November 2023 and then updated again on 17 November 2023 to Version 9.1.1.  The RootsMagic Update History page provides limited details about the two most recent changes:

9.1.1 - 17 Nov 2023

  • Fixed: Optimized Person Search and Advanced Person Search (especially for large files)
  • Fixed: FamilySearch WebHints now use same OAuth login as Family Tree
  • Fixed: Attempt to handle FamilySearch disconnects more gracefully
  • Fixed: General improvement of FamilySearch and Ancestry login

9.1.0 - 9 Nov 2023

  • New: Streamlined Ancestry and FamilySearch login using OAuth technology *
  • Fixed: Optimized speed when working with or switching between groups
  • Fixed: Adding a death fact to RM from Ancestry wasn’t updating Living flag
  • Fixed: Multimedia List report wasn’t displaying linked citation names properly
  • Fixed: Minor fixes
  • Fixed: Cosmetic changes

* OAuth login provides enhanced security by routing sign-in directly to the site itself and supports additional sign-in methods including two-factor authentication.

In order to use Web Hints and TreeShare to work with Ancestry, you must enable Two-Pass Authorization in your account, and be logged into Ancestry on your browser when you use RootsMagic, and your Ancestry login credentials in RootsMagic must match with the browser login credentials.  

In order to use Web Hints and FamilySearch Family Tree with FamilySearch, you must be logged into FamilySearch on your browser and your FamilySearch login credentials in RootsMagic must match with the browser login credentials. 

For other news, please see the RootsMagic Users Facebook page at


Disclosure:  I have been a happy RootsMagic user since 2006, and have purchased every new version.  I have not received material considerations from RootsMagic.

Copyright (c) 2023, Randall J. Seaver

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Have You Written/Made Genealogy Books?

 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 written or made a genealogy or family history book for your family, for eBooks, or for book publication?  How did you do it?

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

Here's mine:

1)   I started doing genealogy research in 1988, and by 1994 I had done enough research and identified many of my ancestors, and recorded the information in Family Tree Maker.  I wanted a book to present to my mother for her 75th birthday in July 1994.  I used Family Tree Maker to make an ancestors report for eight generations, saved it as a Word document, added a cover page, title page, dedication, preface, Table of Contents, Introduction and some family photographs.  I added notes but no sources or index.  I printed the pages on my dot matrix printer and took the stack of pages down to the local UPS Store.  They quickly printed 5 copies with one-sided pages, put them into a comb binding with a thick stock cover and back, and I was all set.  The Ancestry of Betty Virginia Carringer by Randall J. Seaver was born!  My mother was beyond thrilled.  I gave a copy to my two brothers also.   I kept the other two copies and used one for corrections and additions.  

2)  I decided to do the same thing for my father's ancestry, which is more extensive than my mother's because mot lines go back to the 1600s.  So I wrote a 4-generation ancestor report for my father's ancestry, and then 8-generation reports for all of his great-grandparents, in Family Tree Maker.  I saved them as word files, printed them out on the desktop printer, and put them in three-hole notebooks, but I did not publish them.  I have a set of these reports from 2002, plus another for my wife's ancestry.  

3)  In 2012, I created ancestor reports for my mother's ancestry, my father's ancestry, and Linda's ancestry, and descendants of my Seaver, Dill, Carringer, Auble, and Vaux lines, again using Family Tree Maker desktop software, but for a Book.  I did them all with names, dates, places, spouses, and children in ahnentafel order, with sources and an index, but without notes, and saved them in PDF format as eBooks.  I uploaded them to the free Scribd website, and they are still there - searchable in Google.  You can read them (and/or download them) at 

4) I have done a lot more research in the past 11 years, and have started to update these eBooks to include everything I have about my ancestral families back to about 1600.  I will use Family Tree Maker 2019 desktop software for a Book because the formatting is better than RootsMagic 9.  I will put them on Scribd again as eBooks (and delete the old reports) and perhaps try to put them in the FamilySearch Digital Library.  

My experience is that no one in the family is interested in genealogy and surname books and reports, but they know that they will be on my computer system, on the FOREVER subscription site, in Ancestry Member Trees, MyHeritage family trees, and FamilySearch Family Tree.  

That's my plan - tell me yours!! 


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 11 to 17 November 2023

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

As of 17 November 2023, there are 3,248 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Updated ---

Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930 (; Index only (165,101 records), no images (was 165,607 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952 (; Index only (66,566 records), no images (was 75,889 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985 (; Browse 322,058 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 322,058 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Alabama, County Birth Registers, 1881-1930 (; 250,268 indexed records with 48,659 record images (was 263,710 records with 48,659 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 105,458 indexed records with 105,063 record images (was 101,117 records with 100,758 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 (; 670,705 indexed records with 235,772 record images (was 670,335 records with 235,772 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Civil Registration, 1860-1965 (; 759,404 indexed records with 548,541 record images (was 759,400 records with 548,539 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
Argentina, Neuquén, Catholic Church Records, 1883-1977 (; 33,699 indexed records with 11,873 record images (was 33,597 records with 11,873 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
Argentina, Salta, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1972 (; 397,411 indexed records with 144,293 record images (was 397,377 records with 144,293 images), UPDATED 14-Nov-2023
Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1812-1965 (; Index only (3,332 records), no images (was 3,228 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882-1929; 1945-1963 (; Index only (10,228 records), no images (was 10,224 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 223,915 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 216,993 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 14-Nov-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1950 (; 72,220 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 70,778 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 667,227 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 663,614 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,370,591 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,368,149 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Brazil Baptisms, 1688-1935 (; Index only (2,536,321 records), no images (was 2,536,321 records with 0 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-2023
Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,196,929 indexed records with 178,637 record images (was 1,194,027 records with 177,632 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021 (; 994,706 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 994,694 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 13-Nov-2023
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (817 records), no images (was 817 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 889,947 indexed records with 370,573 record images (was 889,045 records with 370,186 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,106,655 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,103,235 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 197,513 indexed records with 60,453 record images (was 189,233 records with 57,955 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,718,952 indexed records with 874,067 record images (was 1,718,399 records with 873,789 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 (; 6,905,795 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,905,345 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 754,263 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 753,962 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,251,978 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,249,503 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
California Great Registers, 1850-1920 (; Index only (3,320,278 records), no images (was 3,338,905 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
California, San Francisco Area Funeral Home Records, 1835-1979 (; 93,871 indexed records with 193,721 record images (was 93,871 records with 193,721 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,105,022 indexed records with 1,022,729 record images (was 8,098,409 records with 1,022,051 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,382,770 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,369,423 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Colombia, Civil Registration, 1553-2021 (; 798,800 indexed records with 853,156 record images (was 798,280 records with 852,807 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Colombia, Costa, Church Records, 1778-2018 (; 104,851 indexed records with 42,765 record images (was 104,815 records with 42,757 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Colorado Naturalization Records, 1876-1990 (; 1,787 indexed records with 259,357 record images (was 0 records with 259,357 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,993,584 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,993,483 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-2023
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964 (; 355,403 indexed records with 112,568 record images (was 339,233 records with 112,568 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023

Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975 (; 2,281,996 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,279,416 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 6,149,816 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,149,780 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 79,313 indexed records with 184,404 record images (was 79,293 records with 122,721 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 77,196 indexed records with 75,767 record images (was 75,403 records with 74,082 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Gibraltar, Church Records, 1697-1991 (; 47,217 indexed records with 4,568 record images (was 40,239 records with 4,059 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Grenada, Church Records, 1747-1930 (; 83,372 indexed records with 11,660 record images (was 23,618 records with 2,606 images), UPDATED 13-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 449,293 indexed records with 351,779 record images (was 448,756 records with 351,288 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 4,578,144 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,578,071 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 996,348 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 996,256 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 419,101 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 418,941 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 71,892 indexed records with 8,840 record images (was 70,160 records with 8,652 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Hawaii, Hawaii State Archives, Probate Packet Records, 1814-1917 (; 30,628 indexed records with 26,019 record images (was 30,248 records with 29,103 images), UPDATED 13-Nov-2023
Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900 (; 40,144 indexed records with 22,671 record images (was 39,026 records with 25,020 images), UPDATED 13-Nov-2023
Idaho, Cassia County Records, 1879-1989 (; 14,323 indexed records with 328,900 record images (was 14,323 records with 328,900 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Idaho, County Naturalizations, 1861-1974 (; 43,613 indexed records with 32,807 record images (was 44,330 records with 32,807 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019 (; 5,313,148 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 5,314,349 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Iowa, Birth and Stillbirth Records, 1921-1947 (; 754,131 indexed records with 781,333 record images (was 753,691 records with 779,797 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 4,784,204 indexed records with 173,056 record images (was 4,706,571 records with 170,516 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 50,462 indexed records with 17,485 record images (was 50,306 records with 17,395 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 7,239 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 7,035 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023

Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 (; 29,046 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 28,197 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Kansas Marriages, 1840-1935 (; Index only (306,042 records), no images (was 305,615 records with 0 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
Kansas, Marriages, 1811-1911 (; Index only (4 records), no images (was 4 records with 0 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
Kansas, Military Discharge Records, ca.1862 - ca.1999 (; 7,399 indexed records with 5,684 record images (was 7,813 records with 5,684 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Martinique, Civil Registration Records, 1809-1874 (; 307 indexed records with 42 record images (was 255 records with 69 images), UPDATED 14-Nov-2023

Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1925 (; 11,744,850 indexed records with 742,594 record images (was 11,743,537 records with 742,594 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 8,963,650 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,952,315 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,033,247 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,032,938 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995 (; Index only (1,213,276 records), no images (was 1,218,744 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957 (; 7,058,955 indexed records with 211,757 record images (was 14,268,013 records with 211,757 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979 (; 1,751,161 indexed records with 562,516 record images (was 1,753,177 records with 562,516 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Montana, Yellowstone County Records, 1881-2011 (; 5,827 indexed records with 124,478 record images (was 5,827 records with 124,478 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
North Carolina, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945 (; 947,410 indexed records with 982,979 record images (was 961,543 records with 982,979 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 (; Index only (601,963 records), no images (was 599,520 records with 0 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 119,675 indexed records with 119,538 record images (was 117,933 records with 117,799 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Oregon, Marion County, Silverton Obituaries, 1893-1912 (; 165,746 indexed records with 5,967 record images (was 165,620 records with 5,963 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Paraguay, Civil Registration, 1842-2012 (; 2,523 indexed records with 2,866 record images (was 1,937 records with 2,163 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Pennsylvania Births and Christenings, 1709-1950 (; Index only (2,516,685 records), no images (was 2,516,982 records with 0 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
Pennsylvania Deaths and Burials, 1720-1999 (; 1,132,926 indexed records with 38,563 record images (was 1,149,297 records with 34,509 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Pennsylvania Delayed Birth Records, 1941-1976 (; 193,892 indexed records with 135,675 record images (was 194,190 records with 135,675 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023

Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994 (; Browse 3,200,560 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 3,200,560 images), UPDATED 17-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 14-Nov-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 20,936,093 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,923,143 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,087,578 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,087,185 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,310,133 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,308,010 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 349,950 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 346,688 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Records, 1840-1972 (; 3,124,681 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 3,115,141 records with 2,216,270 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (; 419,882 indexed records with 342,586 record images (was 407,221 records with 342,447 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records, 1566-1956 (; 1,260,733 indexed records with 390,067 record images (was 1,233,147 records with 390,067 images), UPDATED 14-Nov-2023
St. Lucia, Church Records, 1751-1793 (; 104 indexed records with 20 record images (was 95 records with 17 images), UPDATED 13-Nov-2023

Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581-1935; index 1633-1860 (; 148,949 indexed records with 721,027 record images (was 145,556 records with 721,027 images), UPDATED 12-Nov-2023
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927 (; 1,200,126 indexed records with 56,682 record images (was 1,198,961 records with 75,701 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850 (; 80,174 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 80,169 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 14-Nov-2023
Tennessee Births and Christenings, 1828-1939 (; Index only (181,006 records), no images (was 185,925 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Tennessee Probate Court Books, 1795-1927 (; Browse 628,641 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 628,641 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Tennessee Probate Court Files, 1795-1955 (; Browse 1,021,998 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 1,021,998 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Texas Births and Christenings, 1840-1981 (; Index only (1,339,376 records), no images (was 1,340,024 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Texas Deaths and Burials, 1903-1973 (; Index only (241,388 records), no images (was 242,212 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-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 15-Nov-2023
Ukraine, Kiev Confession Lists, 1741-1918 (; 1,980,354 indexed records with 40,448 record images (was 1,920,902 records with 40,448 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

United States City and Business Directories, ca. 1749 - ca. 1990 (; 63,199,684 indexed records with 366,611 record images (was 63,218,960 records with 366,611 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (; 3,140,830 indexed records with 19,317,962 record images (was 3,207,825 records with 19,317,962 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 (; Browse 11,979,092 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 11,979,092 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
United States, California, San Francisco, Records of Chinese Laborers Returning to the US, 1882-1888 (; 51,097 indexed records with 2,304 record images (was 50,697 records with 2,372 images), UPDATED 11-Nov-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (1,067,233 records), no images (was 1,060,468 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,071,605 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,070,465 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 172,210 indexed records with 65,558 record images (was 169,633 records with 64,326 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,934,817 indexed records with 42,120 record images (was 1,930,386 records with 41,994 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Washington, Soldier Home Records, 1891-1945 (; 12,798 indexed records with 98,141 record images (was 13,061 records with 98,141 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999 (; 2,220,736 indexed records with 2,407,839 record images (was 2,224,230 records with 2,407,839 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023

West Virginia, Military Discharge Records, 1866-1990 (; 22,133 indexed records with 2,793 record images (was 11,815 records with 598 images), UPDATED 15-Nov-2023
Wisconsin Births and Christenings, 1826-1926 (; Index only (740,822 records), no images (was 735,410 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Wisconsin Deaths and Burials, 1835-1968 (; Index only (24,078 records), no images (was 24,064 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930 (; Index only (497,205 records), no images (was 495,257 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023
Wisconsin, Death Records, 1867-1907 (; Index only (184,766 records), no images (was 158,925 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Nov-2023

Zimbabwe, Diocese of Mutare, Catholic Church Records, 1898-2022 (; 48 indexed records with 4,019 record images (was 36 records with 447 images), UPDATED 16-Nov-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Australia, South Australia, Immigrants Ship Papers, 1849-1940 (; 578,819 indexed records with 23,081 record images (was 578,819 records with 23,080 images), last updated 18-Feb-2021
France, Calvados, Census, 1876 (; 62,754 indexed records with 4,820 record images (was 62,754 records with 4,716 images), last updated 30-Oct-2023

--- Collections with images removed ---

North Dakota, Cemetery Records, 1877-1999 (; 546,360 indexed records with 7,570 record images (was 546,360 records with 7,572 images), last updated 08-Nov-2023
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970 (; 458,994 indexed records with 51,276 record images (was 458,994 records with 53,469 images), last updated 07-Nov-2023

--- Collections with new records ---

Russia, Tver Church Books, 1722-1918 (; 15,116,079 indexed records with 3,278,129 record images (was 14,898,420 records with 3,278,129 images), last updated 10-Nov-2023

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,094 records), no images (was 875,610,096 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED, and to alphabetize the entries in each category. Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link). It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Friday, November 17, 2023

Writing My Obituary With ChatGPT 3.5

 Well, it's a test obituary, with a projected death date, but it works well.

I had to feed ChatGPT 3.5 the useful information - it would be like filling out a form at the funeral home with personal information about the deceased.

1)  Here is what I "fed" ChatGPT (I anonymized my descendants names):

Write an obituary for: Name: Randall Jeffrey "Randy" Seaver Birth: 23 October 1943 National City, CA Parents: Frederick Walton and Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver Death: 24 October 2043 Chula Vista, CA; cause - a Geneagasm, in his genealogy cave Spouse: Linda Joan (Leland) Seaver born 1942 in San Francisco Marriage: 21 March 1970 Chula Vista CA Children: LLH, TJL Grandchildren: LRH, LSH, LOL, ASL and CDL, and numerous great-grandchildren. Member of: Chula Vista Presbyterian Church, Rohr Geezer Engineer Club, International Radio Club of America, Chula Vista Genealogical Society, San Diego Genealogical Society,,, FamilySearch, American Ancestors, Facebook, X, Truth Education: Brooklyn Elementary 1955, Theodore Roosevelt Junior High 1958, San Diego High School 1961, San Diego State University 1966 with BS in Aerospace Engineering Employment: Rohr Industries, 1967-2002, as Aerodynamicist, Group Engineer, Chief Aero-Thermo Engineer, Staff Engineer; Professional Genealogist (researcher, teacher, speaker, blogger) Hobbies: Stamp Collecting, Coin Collecting, Medium Wave DXing, Genealogy and Family History Research (since 1988), with 13 Mayflower passengers, several colonial governors, and ancestors back to Charlemagne, King Alfred and William the Conqueror. Interests: Family, San Diego Padres baseball (since 1953), San Diego Chargers football (since 1960), SDSU football and basketball, Science, Engineering, History, Geography, Politics, Travel Accomplishments: Several jet engine thrust reverser patents, a large Ancestry Member Tree with over 105,000 profiles and sources, published numerous eBooks on his ancestors, published daily Genea-Musings blog since 2006, published CVGS newsletter since 2009, hosted genealogy research meetings since 2003, on Zoom since 2020, friend to all, enemy of none Famous sayings: IBIWISI - I'll Believe It When I See It; WGASA - Who Gives a Sh!t Anyway; Pobody's Nerfect; It's Always in the Last Place You Look.

2)  And here is what ChatGPT 3.5 wrote:

3) The text of the obituary:

Randall Jeffrey "Randy" Seaver, a distinguished figure born on October 23, 1943, in National City, CA, breathed his last on October 24, 2043, in Chula Vista, CA. He departed from this world experiencing what can only be described as a fitting end for a man deeply passionate about his pursuits—succumbing to a Geneagasm in his cherished genealogy cave. Randy was the beloved son of Frederick Walton and Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver.

On March 21, 1970, Randy embarked on a lifelong journey with his soulmate, Linda Joan (Leland) Seaver, who survives him. Their union brought forth a legacy of love and family, carried on by their devoted daughters, LLH and TJL, and a constellation of grandchildren, including LRH, LSH, LOL, ASL, CDL, and numerous great-grandchildren.

Randy's educational path saw him traverse through Brooklyn Elementary in 1955, Theodore Roosevelt Junior High in 1958, and San Diego High School in 1961. His thirst for knowledge led him to San Diego State University, where he graduated in 1966 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering.

Professionally, Randy left an indelible mark at Rohr Industries from 1967 to 2002, contributing as an Aerodynamicist, Group Engineer, Chief Aero-Thermo Engineer, and Staff Engineer. His professional journey, however, was only one facet of his multifaceted life. Randy's deep passion for genealogy evolved into a second career as a Professional Genealogist, where he excelled as a researcher, teacher, speaker, and blogger.

Randy's genealogical pursuits were extraordinary, tracing his roots back to 13 Mayflower passengers, several colonial governors, and ancestors reaching as far back as Charlemagne, King Alfred, and William the Conqueror. His commitment to preserving familial legacies was evident in his Ancestry Member Tree, boasting over 105,000 profiles and sources.

In addition to his professional and genealogical achievements, Randy was a stalwart member of various organizations, including Chula Vista Presbyterian Church, Rohr Geezer Engineer Club, International Radio Club of America, Chula Vista Genealogical Society, and the San Diego Genealogical Society. His online presence extended to platforms such as,, FamilySearch, American Ancestors, Facebook, X, and Truth.

A true renaissance man, Randy's interests spanned from stamp and coin collecting to Medium Wave DXing. His love for genealogy and family history research, ignited in 1988, was complemented by an unwavering dedication to his favorite sports teams—the San Diego Padres, San Diego Chargers, and SDSU football and basketball.

Randy's list of accomplishments is extensive, from his patents in jet engine thrust reversers to his daily Genea-Musings blog since 2006 and the publication of numerous eBooks on his ancestors. He served as the editor of the CVGS newsletter since 2009 and hosted genealogy research meetings since 2003, seamlessly transitioning to Zoom in 2020.

Known for his friendly demeanor and memorable sayings, including "IBIWISI - I'll Believe it When I See It," "WGASA - Who Gives a Sh!t Anyway," "Pobody's Nerfect," and "It's Always in the Last Place You Look," Randy Seaver was a friend to all and an enemy of none.

As we bid farewell to this remarkable individual, let us celebrate the life of Randy Seaver—a man whose intellectual curiosity, passion for family, and kindness touched the lives of many. Though he may have left this world, Randy's spirit lives on through the stories he uncovered, the wisdom he shared, and the enduring impact he had on those fortunate enough to know him.

4) Drat, it left out some of the important (to me) details. I forgot my two brothers and thousands of close and DNA cousins. Oh well.

This took all of 30 minutes to plan and execute. The actual obituary took less than 15 seconds to write. And it's a lot more flowery than this retired engineer could do. I wonder how much it would cost to publish it in the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper?

I hope my daughters and grandkids save this somewhere just in case something happens to me before I reach 100 years and one day.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 11 to 17 November 2023

  The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 11 to 17 November 2023: 

The ADDED and Updated collections include:

Haute-Vienne, France, Censuses, 1836-1921; indexed records with record images, ADDED 11/16/2023

Charente, France, Censuses, 1837-1911; indexed records with record images, ADDED    11/16/2023.

Utah, U.S., Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City Sacramental Records, 1860-1998; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/15/2023

Norfolk, England, Indexes to Wills, Probate, Administrations and Marriage Licence Bonds, 1371-1858; indexed records with record images, ADDED 11/15/2023

Washington, U.S., State Corrections and Jail Records, 1877-1970; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/13/2023

UK, British Army World War I Pension Records 1914-1920; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/13/2023

Doubs, France, Censuses, 1906-1921; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/13/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 4 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,372 collections available as of 17 November, an INCREASE of 4 from last week.  


Disclosure: I receive a complimentary all-access subscription from, for which I am thankful. has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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52 Ancestors - Week 504: #1006 David La Tourette (1699-1764) of Richmond County, New York

David La Tourette (1699-1764) is  #1006 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married  #1007 Catherine Poillon (1712-????) in about 1730, probably in Richmond County, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #503 Marie LaTourette (1734-1791) who married #502 Jonathan Lewis (1715-1786)  in 1756.
*  their daughter, #251 Catherine Lewis (1759-1846) who married  #250 William Hutchinson (1745-1826) in 1784.
*  their daughter, #125 Mary Jane Hutchison (1792-1868), who married #124 Frederick Sovereign (1786-1875) in 1810.
*  their son, #62 Alexander Sovereen (1814-1907) who married #63 Elizabeth Putman (1818-1895) in 1840.
*  their daughter, #31 Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874), married  #30 James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) in 1861.
*  their daughter #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952)  married  #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916) 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:                           David La Tourette[1–4] 

*  Sex:                              Male

*  Father:                         Jean La Tourette (1651-1725)
*  Mother:                       Marie Mercereau (1670-1733)

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

*  Birth:                           28 December 1699, Fresh Kills, Richmond, New York, United States[1-2]
*  Baptism:                      7 January 1699/1700, French Church, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States[1–3]

*  Will:                            23 February 1764 (age 64), will written; Richmond, New York, United States[4]
*  Death:                         before 23 March 1764 (before age 64), will presented; Staten Island, Richmond, New York, United States[4]
*  Probate:                      25 April 1764 (age 64), will proved ; Richmond, New York, United States[4]

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

*  Spouse 1:                    Catherine Poillon (1712-????)    
*  Marriage 1:                 before 1730 (before about age 31), probably Richmond, New York, United States[1–3]

*  Child 1:                       Jacques La Tourette 1731-1785
*  Child 2:                       Marie "Mary" La Tourette 1734-1791
*  Child 3:                       Catherine La Tourette 1737-1788
*  Child 4:                       David La Tourette 1738-1808


David La Tourette was born 28 December 1699 in Fresh Kills, Staten Island, New York, the son of Jean and Marie (Mercereau) La Tourette[1-3].  He was baptized in the French Church in Manhattan on 7 January 1699/1700[1-2]

David married Catherine Poillon (1712-????) before about 1730, probably in the French Church on Staten Island[1-2].  She was the daughter of Jacques and Francoise (Billiou) Poillion.  They had four children, all born in Richmond County, New York:

*  Jacques La Tourette (1731-b1785), married Elizabeth Lewis (c1716-1785).
*  Marie "Mary" La Tourette (1734-1791), married c1756 Jonathan Lewis (c1715-1786).
*  Catherine La Tourette (1737-c1788), married 1766 Stephen Bedell (c1745-1837). 
*  David LaTourette (1738-1808), married (1) 1761 Elizabeth Morgan (c1743-????); (2) 1783 Marie Simonson (c1742-????).

The book LaTourette Annals in America describes David La Tourette as[1]:
"He was born at Fresh Kills, Staten Island.  His wife was a daughter of Jacque Poillon and Catherine Le Conte.  Catherine, through her parents, inherited considerable wealth, including lands along Price's Bay, Staten Island.  David was a planter by occupation.  He and Catherine reared their children on the farm here mentioned.  Their children were baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church."
The book Staten Island and Its People: A History, 1609-1929 has the following information about David La Tourette and the La Tourette family[2]:
"Among the early settlers on Staten Island perhaps none attract more interest because of the colonial record than the ancient LaTourettes, who were of the old village of Richmond.  Even to this day there are a number residing here and in tracing their ancestry we find that they have been associated in their activities and in marriage with other leading pioneer families of the Island.  The story of the LaTourettes here relates principally to the family which has resided at Richmond.

"Jean LaTourette, native of Osse in Bearn, came to America and some time later married Marie Mercereau on July 16, 1693, in the French Church in Manhattan.  The record of the marriage is to be found in the "Collections of the Huguenot Society of America," Vol. I, p.29.

"In the same volume the births and baptisms of four children were recorded, viz. 1. Marie, born September 23, 1694, baptized December 6, 1694; 2. Jean, born October 6, 1694, baptized October 20, 1695;  3. Pierre, born November 22, 1697, baptized November 28, 1697; 4.  David, born December 22, 1699, baptized January 7, 1700.  The census of 1706 indicates the subsequent birth of two daughters, Susana, who married Jan Van Pelt, and Hester.  Jean La Tourette appears as a witness and as a freeholder on Staten Island in 1702, and in 1706, according to record, was fifty five years old.  The date of his death is unknown.

"Of his sons: 1. Jean or John la Tourette, born October 6, 1695, in Manhattan, married Marie Mercereau.  He appears as an assessor and a member of the militia in 1715, as a freeholder in 1720, a justice of the peace in 1738 and a vestryman of St. Andrews, Staten Island, in 1732.  His children were : David, born in 1726; Marie, born in 1728; and Henricus, born in 1731. 2.  Pierre Latourette married Marianne Mersereau.  Their children were: David and Jacques (twins), born in 1730; Marie Susanne, born in 1734; and Elizabeth, born in 1736.  The latter married a Nicholas Backer.  3.  David Latourette  married Catharine Poillon, whose children were: Jacques, born in 1732; Marie, born in 1734; and others (including, perhaps, David).

"The Latourettes seem to have been among those French Church people who joined to the call to the Rev. Cornelius Van Sandfordt to preside over the united French and Dutch churches in Richmond County.  The baptisms of David's first children are therefore to be found in the old Dutch church records.  Later, as we know from a letter found in Hawk's 'Transcripts,' most of the French congregation joined the Church of St. Andrews, the records of which prior to 1852 are missing.

"We are thus unable to give the baptismal record of David, son of David and Catharine (Poillon) Latourette, but his gravestone in St. Andrew's churchyard shows that he died November 19, 1808, aged sixty-nine years and ten months, and was therefore born about 1738. He appears as a communicant of the church in 1770, and as a subscriber to the salary of Rev. John H. Rowland in 1787.  In 1852 Charles E. Anthon in 'Anthon's Notes,' which are now the property of the Public Museum of St. George, states that he was the grandfather (probably) of the David Latourette then at Richmond, whose brother John made a family tree and later 'died in the South  The family vault is in St. Andrew's churchyard, dated 1855.  The census of 1790 indicates eight families of the Latourette name then on Staten Island, of which David's, as indicated by the possession of nine slaves, was evidently the most important."
David LaTourette died before 23 March 1764 in Richmond County when his will was presented to the Surrogates Court[4].  The will of David La Tourette of Richmond County was written 23 February 1764 and proved 25 April 1764 in Richmond County Surrogates Court[4].  The transcribed will is:
In the name of God Amen, the twenty third day of February one thousand Seven hundred and Sixty-four, I David La Tourrette of the County of Richmond in the Province of New York, yeoman, being weak in Body but of Perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God therefore calling unto mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing it is appointed to all men once to Die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the following manner and form, principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection at the last day I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I do order and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. 

Secondly my Will and desire is that after my Decease as much of my moveable Estate be sold as will be sufficient to satisfie pay and discharge all my just Debts and funeral Charges. Item I give unto my Son, James La Tourrette my Gun and Sword; Item I give and bequeath unto my two Sons James and David LaTourrette all and singular my Lands and Messuages and Tenements to be divided betwixt them in the following manner and form Viz: James to have the one half of the Clear Land the Westermost part and David to have the other half the Eastermost part and woodland to be divided equally betwixt them according to Quantity Quality by them freely to be Possessed and enjoyed by them their heirs and assigns for ever, they paying to their sisters Mary and Catharine as follows that is to say James to pay to his sister Mary three Hundred pounds of good and current money of the Province aforesaid and to be paid her one year after my Wife's Decease and David to pay to his sister Catharine the sum of three hundred Pounds of like good and Current money as aforesaid and to be paid to her one year after my Wifes Decease and my Will is that if my Daughter Catharine should die before my Wife and without Issue that her part or portion shall be at my Wifes proper disposal to do with it as she shall ^think^ most meet. 

Item I give unto my well beloved Wife Catherine La Tourrette the use of all my Estate Real and Personal as long as she shall remain my Widow but if shall come to marry or Die my Will is that all the movable Estate that then shall be, shall be equally divided betwixt my two Sons James and David La Tourrette share and share alike for all that shall be over and above one hundred Pounds, for my Will is that my Daughter Catherine shall have the value of one hundred pounds worth first out of my moveable Estate before a division be made. 

Lastly I nominate Constitute and appoint my Wife above named to be Executrix and my two Sons James and David La Tourrette, my Son in Law Jonathan Lewis and my Brother Henry LaTourrette Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments Wills Testaments Legacies and Executors by me in any wise before this time named Willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.                                                                                            David La Tourrette 

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said David La Tourrette as his last Will and Testament in the presents of us the Subscribers Viz. 
Henry Perine
Edward Perine 
John Stilwell.

Richmond County } SS  Be it remembered that on the twenty third day of March one thousand seven hundred and Sixty four Personally came and appeared before me Benjamin Seaman Surrogate of the said County, Henry Perine and John Stilwell both of the said county Yeomen and being duely sworn on their Oaths declared that they and each of them did see David La Tourrette sign & Seal the within written Instrument purporting to be the Will of the said David La Tourrette bearing date the twenty third day of February one thousand seven hundred and Sixty four and heard him publish and Declare the same as his last Will and Testament that at the time thereof he the said David La Tourrette was of sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the Knowledge and belief of them the Deponents and that their names subscribed to the said Will are of their respective proper handwriting which they Subscribed as Witnesses to the said Will in the Testators presence and that they the Deponents likewise saw Edward Perine the other Witness to the said Will Subscribe his name as Witness thereto in the Testators Presence.               Benja. Seaman Surrogate

Cadwallader Colden Esquire his Majesty's Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of New York and the Territories depending thereon in America  To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern Greeting Know ye that at Richmond County on the twenty third day of March last before Benjamin Seaman Esquire thereunto Delegated and appointed the last Will and Testament of David La Tourrette Deceased (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved and is now approved and allowed of by me the said Deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his Death goods Chattels and Credits within this Province by means whereof the proving and Registering the said Will and the granting Administration of all and singular the said goods Chattels and Credits and also the auditing allowing and final discharging the account thereof doth belong unto me and that Administration of all and singular the goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased and any way Concerning his Will is granted unto Catharine La Tourrette James La Tourette and David La Tourrette the three Executors in the said Will named being first duely sworn well and faithfully to Administer the same and to make and Exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said goods Chattels and Credits and also to render a Just and true account thereof when thereunto required. In Testimony whereof I have caused the Prerogative Seal of the Province of New York to be hereunto affixed at the City of New York the twenty fifth day of April one thousand seven hundred and sixty four.                                     
                                                                         G.W. Banyar Dep. Sec'y.

1. Lyman E. LaTourette, LaTourette Annals in America (Portland, Ore.: s.p., 1954), page 28, David LaTourette family sketch.

2. Charles W. Leng and William T. Davis, Staten Island and Its People: A History, 1609-1929, 5 Volumes (New York : Lewis Historical Pub. Co.,1930-1933), Volume II, page 918, LaTourette family sktch.

3. Tobias Alexander Wright, editor, Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society: Volume IV, Staten Island Church Records (New York: NYGBS, 1909), "Records of the Dutch Reformed Church of Port Richmond, S.I., baptisms from 1696 to 1772," page 45, baptism entry for Marie, daughter of David La Tourette and Catherine Poillon; digitized images, FamilySearch International, FamilySearch Books ( : accessed 15 August 2019).

4. New York  Surrogates Court, Probate files, Volume 024 1762-1763, pages 416-418 (stamped, images 252-253 of 362), David La Tourette will written 23 February 1764, submitted 23 March 1764, proved 25 April 1764; "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images, ( : accessed 9 September 2015); Original data in New York County, District and Probate Courts..


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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