Saturday, January 20, 2024

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your "Favorite" Genealogy Researchers, Speakers, Writers?

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  Who are your favorite genealogy researchers, speakers or writers?  Who do you learn from?  Please list ten or more genealogists who contribute to your genealogy education and experience through books, magazines, videos, podcasts, social media, websites, blogs, webinars, seminars, conferences, presentations, workshops, meetings, other ways or venues, etc.  

2) Tell us about your favorites in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook Status  post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own post.

Here's mine (in no particular order) from the last ten years:

*  Elizabeth Shown Mills - amazing research, books, conferences, webinars, website, articles.

*  Thomas Jones - amazing research, books, conferences, articles.

*  Roberta Estes - DNA guru, blog/website, books, conferences, webinars. 

*  Diahan Southard - DNA guru, conferences, webinars, presentations, videos.

*  CeCe Moore - DNA guru, conferences, webinars, TV, social media.

*  Daniel Horowitz - MyHeritage whiz, conferences, webinars, presentations.

*  Judy G. Russell - legal expert, conferences, webinars, presentations, blog.

*  Crista Cowan - whiz, conferences, videos, social media.

*  Blaine Bettinger - DNA guru - books, conferences, webinars, presentations, blog, social media.

*  Thomas MacEntee - conferences, webinars, blogs, social media.

*  Gena Philibert-Ortega - webinars, presentations, blogs.

*  Cheri Hudson Passey - conferences, webinars, presentations, blog, videos.

*  Diana Elder and Nicole Dyer - webinars, blog, presentations, podcast, videos.

*  Kenneth Marks - newspapers guru, blog.  

*  Connie Knox - blog, videos.

*  Lisa Lisson - blog, videos.

*  Aimee Cross - blog, videos.

*  Lisa Louise Cooke - magazine articles, webinars, blog, videos, podcasts.

*  Andy and Devon Noel Lee - conferences, webinars, videos.

*  Linda Stufflebean - blog.  

*  James Tanner - blog, webinars, videos.

*  Marian B. Wood - blog, webinars, society meetings.  

There are many more, I just can't think of them now.  


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 13 to 19 January 2024

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

As of 19 January 2024, there are 3,271 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 4 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Montana, Flathead County, Poor Farm Hospital Records, 1907-1942 (; 2,733 indexed records with 102 record images, ADDED 17-Jan-2024

*  Montana, Flathead County, School Census, 1903-1969 (; 1,886,451 indexed records with 18,817 record images, ADDED 17-Jan-2024

*  New Hampshire, U.S. District and Circuit Court Naturalization Records, 1873-1945 (; 12,644 indexed records with 10,151 record images, ADDED 12-Jan-2024

*  Ukraine, Lviv, Metrical Books, 1786-1937 (; 491 indexed records with 1,796 record images, ADDED 16-Jan-2024

*  Zimbabwe, Diocese of Chinhoyi, Catholic Church Records, 1941-2022 (; 399 indexed records with 9,367 record images, ADDED 19-Jan-2024

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Catamarca, Civil Registration, 1888-2000 (; 162,790 indexed records with 162,358 record images (was 158,111 records with 157,694 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 126,404 indexed records with 125,921 record images (was 121,002 records with 120,538 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1974 (; 1,022,435 indexed records with 419,985 record images (was 1,021,705 records with 419,985 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2024
Argentina, Córdoba, Censuses, 1778-1874 (; 518,158 indexed records with 12,746 record images (was 514,361 records with 12,745 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2024
Argentina, Tucumán, Catholic Church Records, 1727-1955 (; 657,631 indexed records with 184,969 record images (was 657,104 records with 184,969 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 252,412 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 246,685 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2024
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1950 (; 81,186 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 80,467 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 695,260 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 692,060 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,389,984 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,387,342 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,212,632 indexed records with 183,015 record images (was 1,209,887 records with 182,375 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (829 records), no images (was 829 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 909,139 indexed records with 378,082 record images (was 906,210 records with 376,941 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,152,676 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,148,728 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 252,797 indexed records with 76,261 record images (was 246,100 records with 74,497 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 (; 6,915,193 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,913,477 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 761,429 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 759,677 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,282,592 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,277,898 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
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 12-Jan-2024
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,212,737 indexed records with 1,037,335 record images (was 8,200,229 records with 1,035,606 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,455,122 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,419,952 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 4,338,544 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,338,497 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2024
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,995,342 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,995,138 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2024
Democratic Republic of the Congo, National Identity Cards, 1884-2019 (; 7,942,339 indexed records with 7,957,102 record images (was 6,685,756 records with 6,700,519 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2024
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 18-Jan-2024
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010 (; 2,716,128 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 2,564,156 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2024

Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975 (; 2,288,057 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,288,055 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2024
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920 (; 451,617 indexed records with 48,181 record images (was 450,987 records with 48,181 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2024
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 966,574 indexed records with 12,835 record images (was 962,656 records with 16,133 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2024
France, Charente, Parish and Civil Registration, 1550-1936 (; 2,595,857 indexed records with 1,045,469 record images (was 2,593,234 records with 1,045,469 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2024
France, Loire-Atlantique, Civil Registration, 1792-1960 (; 4 indexed records with 2,921,446 record images (was 4 records with 2,921,446 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2024

Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 95,784 indexed records with 93,962 record images (was 92,638 records with 90,853 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Gibraltar, Church Records, 1697-1991 (; 54,949 indexed records with 5,450 record images (was 54,574 records with 5,363 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Guadeloupe, Civil Registration Records, 1792-1872 (; 599 indexed records with 162 record images (was 595 records with 161 images), UPDATED 13-Jan-2024
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 452,468 indexed records with 354,067 record images (was 452,171 records with 353,806 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 4,589,975 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,589,943 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 999,688 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 998,688 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 420,967 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 420,624 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2024
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 86,996 indexed records with 16,428 record images (was 85,327 records with 10,546 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Hawaii, Hawaii State Archives, Probate Packet Records, 1814-1917 (; 36,909 indexed records with 34,714 record images (was 36,288 records with 22,946 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2024
Hawaii, Registrar of Bureau of Conveyances, Deed Records, 1846-1900 (; 42,426 indexed records with 27,288 record images (was 41,720 records with 26,848 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2024

Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,858,148 indexed records with 46,275 record images (was 1,856,040 records with 48,608 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2024
Illinois, U.S. District Court Naturalization Records, 1870-1944 (; 77,812 indexed records with 75,980 record images (was 52,872 records with 51,853 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019 (; 5,316,735 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 5,313,148 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2024
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 5,449,628 indexed records with 194,320 record images (was 5,369,565 records with 191,509 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Italy, Mantova, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1825-1861 (; 527 indexed records with 129 record images (was 83 records with 20 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2024

Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 51,823 indexed records with 17,994 record images (was 51,706 records with 17,956 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2024
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 12,099 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 11,376 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 (; 41,344 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 39,746 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Luxembourg Census Records, 1843-1900 (; 3,948,278 indexed records with 1,115,931 record images (was 3,929,635 records with 1,115,931 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2024
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 5,795,988 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,789,396 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 8,995,470 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,992,044 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,039,156 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,038,313 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957 (; 7,010,140 indexed records with 211,757 record images (was 7,038,413 records with 211,757 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2024
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950 (; 1,973,243 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,963,993 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 12-Jan-2024
New Jersey Naturalization Records, 1796-1991 (; 812,685 indexed records with 788,179 record images (was 812,680 records with 797,583 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 (; 7,848,171 indexed records with 1,509,652 record images (was 7,848,082 records with 1,509,652 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2024
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903 (; Index only (616,957 records), no images (was 612,880 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Jan-2024
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 177,450 indexed records with 177,271 record images (was 176,467 records with 176,288 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Palau, Church Records, 1921-1940 (; 3,802 indexed records with 290 record images (was 3,657 records with 286 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2024
Paraguay, Civil Registration, 1842-2012 (; 4,976 indexed records with 6,196 record images (was 4,825 records with 5,974 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 420,340 indexed records with 86,538 record images (was 420,340 records with 72,826 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 21,039,650 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,026,669 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984 (; 185,294 indexed records with 20,274,621 record images (was 185,294 records with 20,274,621 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2024
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,090,793 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,090,258 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,319,928 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,319,921 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2024
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 379,349 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 375,534 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (; 497,296 indexed records with 343,580 record images (was 485,551 records with 343,429 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581-1935; index 1633-1860 (; 156,265 indexed records with 721,027 record images (was 154,088 records with 721,027 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2024
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860 (; 825,804 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 825,666 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 14-Jan-2024
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 17-Jan-2024
Texas, Hidalgo County, Marriage Records, 1875-2021 (; 147,157 indexed records with 160,393 record images (was 139,897 records with 148,805 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970 (; 705,290 indexed records with 67,308 record images (was 657,447 records with 66,042 images), UPDATED 18-Jan-2024
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1930 (; 12,822,354 indexed records with 2,156,546 record images (was 12,772,909 records with 2,156,546 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2024
Ukraine, Poltava, Metrical Books, 1741-1937 (; 1,430,215 indexed records with 401,262 record images (was 1,386,845 records with 401,262 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2024
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937 (; 465,247 indexed records with 942,391 record images (was 309,941 records with 942,391 images), UPDATED 16-Jan-2024
United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906 (; 178,625 indexed records with 954,378 record images (was 33,050 records with 954,378 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (1,130,415 records), no images (was 1,121,974 records with 0 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,090,961 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,088,419 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 200,101 indexed records with 75,383 record images (was 195,809 records with 73,125 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,946,526 indexed records with 42,453 record images (was 1,946,083 records with 42,440 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024
Zimbabwe, Diocese of Mutare, Catholic Church Records, 1898-2022 (; 7,789 indexed records with 27,105 record images (was 7,734 records with 20,252 images), UPDATED 19-Jan-2024

--- Collections with new images ---

England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 114,977 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 113,339 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016 (; 1,070,811 indexed records with 257,294 record images (was 1,070,811 records with 257,232 images), last updated 03-May-2023
United States, California, San Francisco, Records of Chinese Laborers Returning to the US, 1882-1888 (; 51,646 indexed records with 3,642 record images (was 51,646 records with 2,282 images), last updated 28-Dec-2023

--- Collections with images removed ---

Colombia, Censuses, 1777-1967 (; 14,877 indexed records with 1,135 record images (was 14,877 records with 1,634 images), last updated 22-Dec-2023
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 80,241 indexed records with 172,235 record images (was 80,241 records with 192,452 images), last updated 29-Dec-2023
South Africa, Natal, Passenger Lists, 1860-1911 (; 154,219 indexed records with 5,744 record images (was 154,219 records with 6,701 images), last updated 02-Apr-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, January 19, 2024

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 13 to 19 January 2024

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 13 to 19 January 2024:

NOTE:  The "Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry" page above for "All Countries" did not show all of the entries from the selected time period.  There were 7 other updated collections found on the "Date Updated" list, and one ADDED collection on the "Date Added" page of the Card Catalog.

The ADDED and Updated collections include:

North Yorkshire, Electoral Registers, 1832-1971; indexed records with record images, ADDED 01/18/2024

Chesterfield County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1860-1872; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/18/2024

Brunswick County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1853-1862; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/18/2024

Charlotte County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1860-1874; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/18/2024

Floyd County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1853-1873; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/18/2024

Chesterfield County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1887-1891; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/18/2024

Rockingham County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1857-1859; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/18/2024

Chesterfield County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1883-1886; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/18/2024

Winnipeg, Canada Burial Records Index, 1878-2022; indexed records without record images, ADDED 01/17/2024

Alexandria County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1853-1859; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/17/2024

Brunswick County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1880-1896; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/17/2024

Nebraska, U.S., Volunteers, 1861-1869; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/17/2024

Accomack County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1878-1881; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/17/2024

Dresden, Germany, Births, 1876-1907; indexed records with record images, Updated 01/17/2024

Floyd County, Virginia, U.S., Deaths, 1883-1896; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/17/2024

Brunswick County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1865-1873; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/17/2024

Caroline County, Virginia, U.S., Births, 1881-1896; indexed records without record images, Updated 01/17/2024


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 2 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,404 collections available as of 19 January, an INCREASE of 2 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 Relatives: Everett Glenn Richmond (1875-1917) of Connecticut and Massachusetts

 I have posted over 500 genealogical sketches of  my ancestors back through the 7th great-grandparents - see the list in 52 Ancestors Biographies.  

I started a new weekly series called "52 Relatives" to document the lives of siblings of my ancestors with relatively short sketches with events and source citations.  They deserve a sketch also - they were integral parts of the lives of my ancestral families.  I will post the sketches on my Ancestry Member Tree and in the FamilySearch Family Tree. 


Everett Glenn Richmond (1875-1917) was born 24 July 1875 in Putnam, Windham, Connecticut, the third child and second son of Thomas and Julia E. (White) Richmond[1].  

In the 1880 United States Census, the Thomas Richmond family resided in Killingly town, Windham, Connecticut[2].  The family included:

* Thomas Richmond -- white, male, age 31, married, overseer in a woolen mill, born England, father and mother born in England),
* Julia Richmond -- white, female, age 33, wife, married, keeping house, born CT, father born CT, mother born RI
* Annie Richmond -- white, female, age 10, daughter, single, attended school, born RI, father born England, mother born CT
* Everett Richmond -- white, male, age 4, son, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT
* Grace Richmond -- white, female, age 3, daughter, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT
* Emily Richmond -- white, female, age 1, daughter, single, born CT, born CT, father born England, mother born CT

The Thomas Richmond family moved to Killingly, Connecticut before 1880, and to Leominster, Massachusetts by 1895.

Everett married, first, Ethel Mary Pierce (1877-1900) on 7 December 1896 in Leominster[3].  She was the daughter of George A. and Ella F. (Nourse) Pierce.  Ethel died on 1 February 1900 in Leominster, after childbirth of their only child:

*  Harvey Mott Richmond, born 1 February 1900 in Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, died 4 February 1900 in Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Everett moved back to the Putnam, Connecticut area soon after the death of his first wife and child. 

In the 1900 United States Census taken in June 1900, Everett Richmond was a boarder in the household of Edgar Williams, residing at 15 Mechanic Street[4].  Everett was listed as male, white, age 24, born Feb 1876, single, a woollen mill dresser, born in Connecticut, father and mother born in Connecticut, can read, write and speak English.  

He married, secondly, Ida May Fiske (1878-1942) on 18 October 1900 in Putnam, Connecticut[5]. She was the daughter of Erastus and Mary Jane (Dexter) Fiske.  They had two children:

*  Juliet Mae Richmond, born 13 June 1911 in Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, died 3 February 1974 in Manchester, Hartford, Connecticut.  She married Edmond J. Morancey on 17 October 1931 in Millerton, Dutchess, New York.  He was born 8 September 1910 in Connecticut, and died 10 May 1988 in Bristol, Hartford, Connecticut.

*  Everett Fiske Richmond, born 8 August 1913 in Putnam, Windham, Connecticut, died 20 September 1977 in Manchester, Hartford, Connecticut.  He married Arlee S. Lee, born 1 January 1911 in Connecticut, died 6 August 1977 in Manchester, Hartford, Connecticut.  

In the 1910 United States Census, the Everett Richmond household reside on River Street in Plainfield, Windham County, Connecticut[6]. The household included:

* Everett Richmond - male, white, age 40, head, first marriage, for 8 years, Born Connecticut, father and mother born Connecticut, speaks English, a dresser tender in a woolen mill, can read and write, rents a house.
* Ida Richmond - female, white, age 35, wife, first marriage, for 8 years, no children born or living, born Connecticut, father and mother born Connecticut, speaks English, can read and write.

Everett Glenn Richmond died 4 January 1917 at age 41 of pneumonia in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut[7-8].  He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster, Massachusetts in Section 20, Lot 122[8].

An obituary for Everett G. Richmond was published in the Norwich [Conn.] Morning Bulletin newspaper dated 5 January 1917:

"Everett G. Richmond

"Everett G. Richmond, ill with pneumonia for just a week, died at 2:45 on Thursday morning at his home in the Mashentuck district.  From the first his illness was of a violent nature and his condition became so critical within a short time as almost to preclude hope for his recovery.  He was 41 years of age.

"Mr. Richmond was born in Putnam, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Richmond.  Practically of his life had been spent in this vicinity.  Sixteen years ago he was married to Miss Ida Fiske, daughter of Mrs. Mary Jane Fiske of this town.  Mrs. Richmond survives her husband with two children, Juliette, 5, and Everett G., 3.  He also leaves his father, resident in Putnam, and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Annie Pickford, Clinton, Mass.; Mrs. Grace Shaw, Fitchburg, Mass.; Mrs. Bessie Seaver, Leominster, Mass.; and Emily of California; Edward of Leominster, Mass."


1. Putnam, Connecticut, "Records of births, marriages, and deaths, v. 1-3, 1855-1900 ", digital images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 March 2020), 2 microfilms, Volume 2, Births, Page 70 (image 64 of 442), Everett Glenn Richmond entry, 24 July 1875, son of Thomas Richmond and Julia White.

2. 1880 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, Killingly: Page 379A, dwelling #26, family #42, Thomas Richmond household; online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 110.

3. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," indexed database and digital images,  New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (, Marriages, Volume 462, Page 476, Leominster, 1896: Everett G. Richmond and Ethel N. Pierce entry, 7 December 1896 .

4. 1900 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Putnam, Enumeration district 522, Sheet 15A, line 37, Everett Richmond in Edgar Williams household; online database with record images, (, citing National Archives and Records Administration, T623, 1,854 rolls.

5. 1910 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Plainfield, Enumeration District 578, Sheet 19A, house visited #280, line 28, Everett Richmond household; indexed database with record images, (, citing original data in National Archives and Record Administration, microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls.

6. "Web: Connecticut Marriage Records, 1897-1968," indexed database,  (, Putnam, Everett Richmond and Ida Fiske entry, 18 October 1900.

7.  "Connecticut Vital Records — Index of Deaths, 1897-1968," indexed database, Connecticut Death Records Index (, Killingly, Everett Richmond entry, 4 January 1917.

8. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Evergreen Cemetery (Leominster, Mass.), Everett G. Richmond (1875-1917) memorial #44531515.

Everett Glenn Richmond (1875-1917) is my grand-uncle.


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Findmypast Friday: Discover Sheffield's Vivid Social History

 I received this information from Findmypast today:


There are over 30,000 new records to explore this Findmypast Friday.

If you've got roots in Yorkshire, this week's 32,437 brand new Sheffield records may just help you to build the branches of your family tree. We've added 29,000 workhouse admission records to our collection, spanning over 200 years, in addition to 2,175 crime and courts records.

We've also added social and institutional records from Sheffield, and over 70,000 new newspaper pages.

Yorkshire, Sheffield Workhouse Admissions 1700-1915

This exciting brand-new set consists of 29,003 workhouse records from Sheffield in Yorkshire. These transcriptions span an impressive 215 years.

Yorkshire, Sheffield Crime Courts and Convicts 1737-1938

Next up we're staying in Yorkshire with an existing collection of court records, to which 2,185 transcriptions have been added, spanning from 1769 to 1938.

Yorkshire, Sheffield Social and Institutional Records 1558-1939

We also added 1,259 records to our Sheffield social and institutional collection this week, consisting of exam records from the Norton Free School.

Over 70,000 new pages to discover

We added a brand new Scottish title to our newspaper collection this week and updated six existing publications. Explore new pages from Sussex to Selby.  Here's a full rundown of all that's been added:

New titles:
  • Cumbernault News, 1961-1991
Updated titles:
  • Bo’ness Journal, and Linlithgow Advertiser, 1885-1887, 1890-1891
  • Eastbourne Herald, 1988
  • Larne Times, 1930
  • Market Harborough Advertiser and Midland Mail, 1969-1972, 1974, 1976-1980, 1983-1988, 1990
  • Selby Times, 1917
  • Thetford & Watton Times, 1917
Have you made a surprising family history discovery? Whatever you've uncovered about your past, we'd love to hear about it. You can now get in touch and tell us using this handy form.


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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Randy's Cousins -- 6th Cousin 2x Removed John Ernst Steinbeck (1902-1968), a Noted Author

 This week's famous cousin is John Ernst Steinbeck (1902-1968). the noted author.  

Here is the FamilySearch Family Tree Brief Life History biography:

"When John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. was born on 27 February 1902, in Salinas, Monterey, California, United States, his father, Johannn Ernst Steinbeck, was 39 and his mother, Olive Hamilton, was 35. He married Carol Henning in January 1930, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. He lived in New York City, New York, United States in 1950 and Arkansas, United States in 1962. In 1929, his occupation is listed as author in United States. He died on 20 December 1968, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Garden Of Memories, Salinas, Monterey, California, United States."
His Wikipedia entry is here.

The FamilySearch Family Tree indicates that I am his 6th cousin two times removed. Here is the closest relationship path:

My most recent common ancestors with cousin John Steinbeck are my 7th great-grandparents William Cutter (1649-1723) and Rebecca Rolfe (1662-1751).

My daughters and my grandkids will be thrilled, I think.  I am!  My mother would have been too.

Are you related to John Ernst Steinbeck?  Check it out on FamilySearch Family Tree by clicking the "View Relationship" link at the top of the page.  Note that you have to be a profile connected to the FamilySearch Family Tree in order for this to work.


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Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1713 Baptism of John Maishman (1713-1761) in Melksham, Wiltshire

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

The treasure today is the 173 Baptism entry for the John Maishman in the Melksham, Wiltshire parish register:

The baptism record for John Marshman is the 15th entry from the bottom of the page:

The transcription of this record is:

"John the son of William Maishman   August 25'th [1713]"

The source citation for this record is:

"Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812," indexed database with record images, (, Melksham > Parish Registers > 1733, image 44 of 84, John Maishman, son of William Maishman, baptism 25 August 1713.

John Maishman (1713-1761) was born before 25 August 1713, the son of William and Millicent (Hawkins) Maishman, in Melksham, Wiltshire.  He died before 3 October 1761 in Melksham, when his will was proved.  He married Jane Crook (1720-1785) on on 13 April 1740 in Melksham.  
John and Jane (Crook) Marshman are my 5th great-grandparents; they had 8 children, including my 4th great-grandmother John Marshman (1747-????) who married Anne Angel (1749-1795) in 1767 in Lacock, Wiltshire. 


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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

What to Expect from FamilySearch in 2024

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What to Expect from FamilySearch in 2024

Graphic showing the number 2024, representing what to expect for in the new year.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—FamilySearch International is giving a sneak peek at some of its 2024 plans. Of course, every year brings more free genealogy records to explore and new and improved experiences to help you make more fun family discoveries. Here is a glimpse of some of the things coming at FamilySearch in 2024.

Genealogy Records

FamilySearch will continue to work with record custodians and other organizations around the world to digitize millions more historical records, to preserve them and make them more widely available.

Record digitization efforts will include more than 75 countries in 2024 from every habitable continent and island group—Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania. Peru and Portugal collections should see significant new additions. 

In addition, we are always happy to make specialized and high-interest record sets more available. Last year FamilySearch worked in collaboration with Ancestry and the Library and Archives Canada to make the 1931 Canada census freely available to search. will add the full 1921 Canada census this year and continue to work on gathering oral genealogies from Africa and other unique record sets and making them available to search.

Speaking of oral genealogies, an updated search experience will be released that will allow you to easily explore the oral genealogies that have already been collected by FamilySearch in over 15 countries in Africa. Users will be able to search by tribe, village, and/or surname and get instant access to the photos, audio recordings, and lineages that were captured during the interviews.

Advances to Computer-Assisted Indexing

In 2024, FamilySearch will continue to improve its computer-assisted indexing algorithms to recognize and index historical genealogical records in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Our handwriting recognition technology, coupled with the help of online volunteers, is making millions of record images text-searchable faster, vastly improving your ability to discover your ancestors worldwide. 

Full-text Search

On a related note, FamilySearch has been leveraging its state-of-the-art, AI-powered handwriting recognition technology to also improve its record search experienceWe try to index the most important details of a record to help you find your ancestors. In 2024, we are working to make your search even more powerful by adding full-text search capability to select record sets.

New Volunteer Experiences

New volunteer experiences through FamilySearch's Get Involved initiatives will allow volunteers to more easily assist with reviewing computer-assisted indexes.

Previous enhancements have allowed volunteers to help quickly review indexed names on their mobile phones and work on record sets of personal relevance or interest. The 2024 Get Involved updates will include options that allow patrons to help review all fields in a record, in ways that are easier and more mobile-friendly. (See how your volunteer efforts from past years have helped others here!)

More Digital Books

FamilySearch will add more contributing organizations in 2024 that will continue to expand the number of digital publications added to its free Digital Library. These full-text searchable publications include genealogy books, family histories, local histories, maps, yearbooks, and more.

Better Sharing Capability for Family Groups

The FamilySearch Family Tree, is a free, highly collaborative tree, where any relatives—including cousins, parents, grandparents, and so on, can work together to document their ancestry. To protect privacy, the Family Tree limits visibility of information entered for living relatives.

This year, new updates to family groups on FamilySearch will allow users to share information about living relatives within a group so that family members do not have to re-enter information about shared living relatives. More details will come, but photo-sharing and collaboratively recording family memories and details about living family members will be much easier with this new update.

The Largest Genealogy Conference in the World—Coming  in February 2024

Starting on February 29, FamilySearch’s popular RootsTech event returns, this year with the theme "Remember." Attend the world’s largest online family discovery conference online worldwide or in person in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 29–March 2, 2024. It will include over 700 classes in 27 languages. A new interactive chat feature will enrich the 2024 experience for those participating in the online RootsTech experience.

RootsTech is a wonderful way to make new family discoveries, learn helpful tips for expanding your family tree, explore innovative new products and services, and be inspired by wonderful keynotes and speakers. The online experience attracts millions of attendees worldwide, and thousands are already registered to participate in the in-person event. The online event is free, and the in-person event is only $109 for the jam-packed 3-day event at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Find out more or register now for both at

Be a Part of the Future of FamilySearch by Testing New Updates

FamilySearch is eager to hear from its users about its site and get feedback on what is working well and how we can improve your experience. In 2024, we plan to offer interested users the opportunity to help test select experiences as they are being developed. Keep an eye out on the FamilySearch blog for more information.

An Exciting New Year—Visit Often!

Visit FamilySearch often to make more discoveries in 2024. The FamilySearch Newsroom and   FamilySearch Blog regularly publish updates to help you know when new features are released.


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