Saturday, March 9, 2024

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Are You Telling Your Own Life Story?

  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)   How are you telling your own life story?  Who have you shared it with?  What do you hope to do in the future?

2) Tell us about your life storytelling so far in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own post.

Here's mine:

I have done several things to date to tell my life story, including:

a)  I wrote a 21 page autobiography in 2001, updated it in 2013, and updated it again in 2022, and updated it again in 2024.  I used this autobiography to create my EmulateMe avatar that anyone can talk to - see an example in

b)  I have written 37 stories for a StoryWorth book, and shared them with my daughtrers, but I haven't published the book to date.  I need to get a round tuit.

c)  I have written many stories about my life in the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun theme on my Genea-Musings blog - see

d)  I have over 800 family photographs on my Genea-Musings blog, many of them with my life activities as a subject, in the (Not So) Wordless Wednesday theme -- see  

e)  I have several digital home movies from the 1940s to 1970s on my YouTube channel --  My plan is to run them in a Zoom meeting with my own commentary and put them on the YouTube channel.

f)  Another plan I have is to put many of my photographs, with a short description of each, into a Powerpoint presentation, record it in a Zoom meeting with commentary, and put it on my YouTube channel.  I did this at our 50th wedding anniversary party about our married life, but without the commentary because of time constraints.  I also want to do the same type of presentation with commentary for my wife, my parents, and my four grandparents.   

g)  All of these will go on my FOREVER page which my daughters and grandchildren can access for 99 years.  They will also be in my Google Drive account, and in my home computer archive if I ever get it started - another round tuit.


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 2 to 8 March 2024

   I am keeping track of the new and updated his8orical record collections at FamilySearch ( every week.

As of 8 March 2024, there are 3,300 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Sint Eustatius, Civil Registration, 1869-1980 (; 7,564 indexed records with 2,871 record images, ADDED 07-Mar-2024

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Córdoba, Catholic Church Records, 1557-1974 (; 996,471 indexed records with 419,985 record images (was 996,425 records with 419,985 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2024
Argentina, Jujuy, Civil Registration, 1888-2000 (; 2,159 indexed records with 2,936 record images (was 1,679 records with 2,284 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Aruba, Civil Registration, 1823-2004 (; 506,384 indexed records with 3,427 record images (was 506,370 records with 142,238 images), UPDATED 06-Mar-2024
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1953 (; 960,168 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 960,168 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1950 (; 85,684 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 85,118 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024

Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 717,713 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 715,155 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,420,042 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,415,103 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,237,132 indexed records with 188,244 record images (was 1,232,596 records with 187,327 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (835 records), no images (was 835 records with 0 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 926,605 indexed records with 385,223 record images (was 923,476 records with 383,989 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,190,877 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,182,627 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 278,109 indexed records with 83,654 record images (was 274,289 records with 82,537 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,729,953 indexed records with 881,309 record images (was 1,729,589 records with 878,316 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2024
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 (; 6,920,227 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,918,787 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 767,886 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 767,849 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 05-Mar-2024

Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,300,651 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,298,026 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,324,945 indexed records with 1,053,080 record images (was 8,309,330 records with 1,050,726 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,684,940 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,665,032 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 4,339,605 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,339,477 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,997,243 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,997,178 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 03-Mar-2024

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kisantu Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1894-2016 (; 320 indexed records with 121 record images (was 204 records with 79 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2024
England, Manchester, Miscellaneous Records, 1700-1916 (; 678,488 indexed records with 853,933 record images (was 853,933 records with 853,933 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2024
Find A Grave Index (; 238,795,323 indexed records with 238,795,323 record images (was 237,967,779 records with 237,967,779 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 128,296 indexed records with 125,197 record images (was 126,370 records with 123,388 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Gibraltar, Church Records, 1697-1991 (; 57,934 indexed records with 6,092 record images (was 57,209 records with 5,934 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024

Guadeloupe, Civil Registration Records, 1792-1872 (; 770 indexed records with 103 record images (was 748 records with 97 images), UPDATED 02-Mar-2024
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 457,339 indexed records with 357,411 record images (was 456,998 records with 357,088 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 4,590,984 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,590,974 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 1,006,254 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 1,005,783 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 422,635 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 422,536 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024

Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 97,903 indexed records with 18,840 record images (was 95,760 records with 18,493 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Indonesia, Jawa Tengah, Banjarnegara, Naturalization Records, 1960-2012 (; Browse 188,777 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 188,777 images), UPDATED 05-Mar-2024
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 5,873,821 indexed records with 191,056 record images (was 5,821,329 records with 203,754 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Italy, Agrigento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1865 (; 34,501 indexed records with 1,218,927 record images (was 34,501 records with 1,218,927 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2024
Martinique, Church Records, 1662-1847 (; 13,466 indexed records with 1,692 record images (was 13,461 records with 1,336 images), UPDATED 06-Mar-2024

Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1925 (; 11,744,902 indexed records with 742,594 record images (was 11,744,902 records with 742,594 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2024
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 5,848,085 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,837,807 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 9,013,011 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 9,012,823 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,039,938 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,039,907 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950 (; 1,973,243 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,973,243 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024

New Zealand, Cemetery Transcriptions, 1840-1981 (; 488,261 indexed records with 22,727 record images (was 488,045 records with 22,720 images), UPDATED 05-Mar-2024
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 187,419 indexed records with 187,227 record images (was 186,070 records with 185,881 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Paraguay, Civil Registration, 1842-2012 (; 7,520 indexed records with 9,408 record images (was 7,494 records with 9,368 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2024
Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 (; 3,476,792 indexed records with 1,789,697 record images (was 3,476,780 records with 1,789,697 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 422,343 indexed records with 142,118 record images (was 422,314 records with 137,733 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 21,088,369 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,084,063 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Peru, San Martín, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 470,933 indexed records with 249,700 record images (was 470,933 records with 249,700 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,092,208 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,092,023 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,320,277 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,320,270 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 04-Mar-2024
Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001 (; 5,091,700 indexed records with 4,581,756 record images (was 5,091,547 records with 4,581,756 images), UPDATED 06-Mar-2024

Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 410,143 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 405,925 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (; 512,408 indexed records with 343,789 record images (was 510,713 records with 343,756 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965 (; 1,131,292 indexed records with 682,974 record images (was 1,105,473 records with 682,974 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Spain, Province of Gerona, Municipal Records, 1566-1956 (; 1,287,873 indexed records with 390,067 record images (was 1,287,571 records with 390,067 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2024
St. Lucia, Church Records, 1751-1793 (; 124 indexed records with 27 record images (was 122 records with 26 images), UPDATED 07-Mar-2024

Texas, Hidalgo County, Marriage Records, 1875-2021 (; 170,645 indexed records with 252,276 record images (was 169,746 records with 237,356 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (1,195,680 records), no images (was 1,185,092 records with 0 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,116,555 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,114,455 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 229,911 indexed records with 82,005 record images (was 225,699 records with 80,532 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,947,713 indexed records with 42,489 record images (was 1,947,652 records with 42,487 images), UPDATED 04-Mar-2024

Zimbabwe, Diocese of Gokwe, Catholic Church Records, 1956-2022 (; 90 indexed records with 8,716 record images (was 56 records with 4,072 images), UPDATED 08-Mar-2024

--- Collections with images removed ---

Luxembourg, Church and Civil Registration, 1601-1923 (; 2,929,867 indexed records with 1,009,673 record images (was 2,929,867 records with 1,014,132 images), last updated 18-Oct-2023
Nebraska, Naturalization Records, 1855-1989 (; 144,058 indexed records with 140,356 record images (was 144,058 records with 140,784 images), last updated 13-May-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008 (; Index only (132,174,257 records), no images (was 132,174,260 records with 0 images), last updated 02-Oct-2014
England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005 (; Index only (95,810,885 records), no images (was 95,810,886 records with 0 images), last updated 09-Oct-2014
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996 (; 5,766,154 indexed records with 4,403,080 record images (was 5,766,159 records with 4,403,080 images), last updated 30-Dec-2022
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,051 records), no images (was 875,610,056 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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Mondays With Myrt Starts Again on Monday, 11 March at 12 noon ET, 9 a.m. PT, 1600 UTC

This is wonderful news from DearMYRTLE (AKA Pat Richley-Erickson) - she is starting weekly YouTube broadcasts on 11 March 2024 at 12 noon ET, 9 a.m. PT, etc.  This was announced in her blog post Attending the NEW Mondays with Myrt.  

Here is the information about the new program, the upcoming dates and topics, and the panelists:


Here’s how to join Mondays with Myrt on YouTube, watch recordings of previous shows, and find out about our marvelous cadre of panelists.

Most Mondays, DearMYRTLE will begin broadcasting live on YouTube at 12 Noon Eastern US (daylight when applicable).

Eastern (New York) Noon
Central (Chicago) 11:00 am
Mountain (Denver) 10:00 am
Pacific (Seattle) 9:00 am
UTC (GMT) 16:00 am

Tune in to the livestream on Be sure to subscribe and click the “bell” to change notifications to all. Then as soon as something is scheduled or goes live, you will be notified.

The virtual meeting will be automatically recorded on YouTube.

Our first 2024 series runs six weeks as follows:

11 March – RootsTech Rehash, Genealogy PI, special guest.
Upcoming Mini-Myrts “Growing my Family Archive Project.”
18 March – Across our desks, Genealogy PI, special guest.
25 March – Across our desks, Genealogy PI, special guest.
1 April – April Fool’s Costume Party & “Foolish Mistakes That Muddled My Research.” Special guest Cyndi of
8 April – Across our desks, Genealogy PI, Special guest.
15 April – Across our desks, Genealogy PI, “Who’s In My Line?”

We will then take a two week break.

Meet Our New & Returning Panelists

We have quite a few panelists owing to their busy professional speaking schedules. You’ll note some appear on stage during the broadcast, while others contribute on the YouTube side to answer attendee questions.

End Notes

1 – AG Accredited by the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists.

2 – CG Those who hold this credential have demonstrated competence in research, analysis, kinship determination, and reporting skills with the Board for Certification of Genealogists.


NOTE: I was a regular panelist on the earlier Mondays With Myrt hosted by Pat and co-hosted by the late Russ Worthington from 2013 to April 2022.  I am happy that Pat has decided to resume the weekly program and asked me to be a panelist.  I look forward to learning from the other panelists, and sharing my own genealogy world view.  

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Friday, March 8, 2024

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 2 to 8 March 2024

 The following genealogy record collections were added to the Card Catalog page by Date Updated during the period from 2 to 8 March 2024:

The ADDED and Updated collections include:

* Rhône, France, Birth, Marriages and Death Registers, 1668-1922 (in French); indexed records with record images, Updated 3/7/2024
This collection contains birth, marriage, and death registers from Rhône, France.

* UK, Royal Navy Medical Journals, 1817-1856; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/7/2024
This database contains indexed images of medical journals from 19th-century British ships, the majority being convict ships bound for Australia or Van Diemen’s Land. The journals were kept by ...

* Oklahoma and Indian Territory, Dawes Census Freedmen Rolls, 1898-1914; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/7/2024
This database contains the Native American citizenship enrollment cards, sometimes referred to as census cards, for Freedmen fornerly held by the Five Cvilized Tribes - the Cherokee, Chickasaw...

* Ireland, Dublin Coopers Society and Brewers' Guild Records, 1702-1945; indexed records with record images, 
ADDED 3/6/2024
This collection includes an index of the membership of the Dublin Coopers Guild in Ireland, between 1765 and 1945 and minute books from the Brewers´ Guild of Dublin and Coopers' Guild.

* London, England, Parish Maps, 1860-1880; indexed records with record images, 
ADDED    3/6/2024
This collection offers maps of parish boundaries in London, England, spanning from 1860 to 1880. Parish names and boundaries changed over time, requiring maps to be routinely updated.

* UK, Imperial Gazetteer Maps, 1900; indexed records with record images, 
ADDED 3/6/2024
This collection contains images of imperial gazetteer maps of the United Kingdom published in 1900. Gazetteers were geographical directories that included information about places and place na...

* Ireland, 2nd and 3rd Edition Map, 1899-1905; indexed records with record images, 
ADDED    3/6/2024
This collection contains images of second- and third-edition Ordnance Survey maps of Ireland produced between 1899 and 1905. The maps use a scale in which one inch equals a mile, and they were...

* Ireland, Guinness Trade Ledgers, 1860-1960; indexed records with record images, 
ADDED    3/6/2024
This collection contains images of trade ledgers produced by the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, and England between 1860 and 1960. The brewery's sales and personnel records were kept in ...

* Ireland, Guinness Employee Records, 1799-1939; indexed records with record images, 
ADDED    3/6/2024
This collection contains images of employee records from the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, Ireland, between 1799 and 1939.

* Northern Ireland, Street Directories, 1819-1900; indexed records with record images, 
ADDED    3/4/2024
Here you can access over eighty years of street directories in Northern Ireland. While directories were typically maintained for larger cities such as Belfast and Londonderry, this collection ...

* Duluth, Minnesota, Obituary Index, 1904-2023; indexed records without record images,   
ADDED  3/4/2024
This collection contains indexes of obituaries printed by newspapers from Duluth, Minnesota, between 1904 and 2023. Obituaries are among some of the most useful genealogical tools available. I...

* UK, World War II War Diaries, 1939-1946; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/4/2024
This collection includes diaries kept by military units of the British army during the Second World War.

* U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/4/2024
This is a collection of Civil War Registrations from 1863-1865. There were four drafts that included 776,000 individuals in that time.


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,433 collections available as of 8 March, an INCREASE of 10 from last week.  


Disclosure: I receive a complimentary World Explorer 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: James Henry Richmond (1886-1913) 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. 


James Henry Richmond was born 16 November 1886 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, the 9th and last child of Thomas and Julia E. "Juliet" (White) Richmond of Killingly.[1-2]

The Richmond family moved to Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts in about 1895, and resided at 42 Summer Street.  James attended Leominster schools. 

In the 1900 US census, the Thomas Richmond family resided at 42 Summer Street in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.[4] The family included:

*  Thomas Richmond -- head, white, male, born Jun 1848, age 51, married, for 31 years, born England, parents born England, immigrated in 1856, a resident of the US for 44 years, a naturalized citizen, an overseer of a woolen mill, rents a house

*  Juliette Richmond -- wife, white, female, born Sep 1848, age 51, married, for 31 years, 9 children born, 1 living (obviously an error), born CT, parents born RI

*  Grace Richmond -- daughter, white, female, born Aug 1876, age 23, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, a shirt maker

*  Emily W. Richmond -- daughter, white, female, born Jan 1879, age 21, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT

*  Charles E. Richmond -- son, white, male, born May 1880, age 20, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, a painter

*  Alma B. Richmond -- daughter, white, female, born Feb 1882, age 18, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, housework

*  Edwin T. Richmond -- son, white, male, born Dec 1883, age 16, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, a laundryman

*  James H. Richmond -- son, white, male, born Nov 1886, age 13, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, at school

In the 1910 U.S. census, the Fred W. Seaver (it is indexed as Leaver in the census record) resided at 116 Lawrence Street in Fitchburg Ward 6, Worcester County, Massachusetts.[4]  The family included:

*  Fred W. Seaver -- head of household, male, white, age 33, married once, 10 years, born MA, father and mother born MA, speaks English, superintendent in a comb shop, a worker, owns home, with a mortgage, can read and write

*  Bessie A. Seaver -- wife, female, white, age 28, married once, 10 years, 4 children, 4 living, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, speaks English, no occupation, can read and write

*  Marion F. Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 8, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attends school

*  Evelyn Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 7, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attends school

*  Stanley R. Seaver -- son, male, white, age 4, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attends school

*  Ruth W. Seaver -- daughter, female, white, age 2, single, born MA, father born MA, mother born CT, attends school

*  James H. Richmond -- brother-in-law, male, white, age 23, single, born CT, father born England, mother born CT, speaks English, comb-maker, in a comb shop, a worker, 24 weeks out of work in 1909, can read and write

James Richmond married Ethel Rosetta Judson (1890-1966) on 30 November 1911 in Danielson, Windham County, Connecticut[5-6].  

Ethel was the daughter of William R. and Anna (--?--) Judson of Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.  She was born 12 November 1890 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, and died 17 May 1966 in Danielson, Windham County, Connecticut.  She married (2) Clifton Gould Spauding (1886-1950) on 30 May 1917, and married (3) Alonzo Brooks (1890-????) on 14 June 1941 in Danielson. 

The wedding announcement in the Norwich [Conn.] Bulletin newspaper dated 1 December 1911, page 2, says[6]:


"At the home of Dr. and Mrs. W.H. Judson at noon on Thanksgiving day their daughter, Miss Ethel R. and James H. Richmond, Leominster, Mass., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Richmond, formerly of Elmville, were united in marriage.  Rev. Elliott F. Studley of the Methodist church officiating.   The ceremony was attended by members of the families.

"The bride wore a handsome gown of white peau de cygne abnnd carried a bouquet of white roses.

"Mr. and Mrs. Richmond left during the afternoon for a wedding trip, after which they will occupy their home in Leominster.  No cards were issued.

"The bride is a graduate of Killingly High school, class of'09.  All of her life has been spent here, and she has a great many friends who wish her much happiness.

"The groom was for years resident in Elmville, and is very well known here.  He is employed in Fitchburg."

After their marriage, James and Ethel (Judson) Richmond resided in Leominster, Massachusetts where they had a daughter:

*  Anna Richmond was born 24 July 1912 in Leominster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.  There is no record of a marriage or a death.  The last record is the 1930 United States census when she is residing with her mother, Ethel Richmond, in Danielson, Windham County, Connecticut.

After Anna's birth, James and Ethel moved back to Danielson, Windham County, Connecticut, but James was ill.  James Henry Richmond spent the last part of his life in Clinton, Worcester County, Massachusetts at the home of his sister, Annie (Richmond) Pickford.  

His death certificate indicates he died 23 November 1913, was a resident of Danielson, Connecticut, male, white, married, born Nov. 16, 1886, age 27 years, 0 months, 7 days, a combmaker, born in Connecticut.  His father was Thomas Richmond, born in England, and Juliet White, born in Connecticut.[2]  

The cause of death was pulmonary tuberculosis, and he had suffered for about one year.  The doctor was Walter P. Bowers of Clinton.  The informant was Mrs. Walter Pickford of 896 Main St. in Clinton (his sister). The place of burial was Westfield Cemetery in Danielson, Connecticut on 25 November 1913.[2]

An obituary for James H. Richmond was in the papers of Geraldine (Seaver) Remley given to Randy Seaver in 2007.  There is a handwritten date of 1913 on the newspaper clipping, but there is no date of the clipping.  It is probably from a newspaper in the Killingly, or Putnam, Connecticut area.

The obituary says:

"James H. Richmond

James H. Richmond, who died at Clinton, Mass., Sunday, was the son of Thomas Richmond of this city.  His mother died here a few weeks ago and it will be recalled that one of the pathetic incidents in connection with it was the fatal illness of this young man, which precluded his attending his mother's funeral.

"Although but 27 years of age he had been sick for more than a year and hope of his recovery was abandoned several years ago.  He formerly lived in Elmville and Danielson and in the latter place, on November 30, 1911, just two years ago, he married Miss Ethel Judson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W.H. Judson of Danielson.  A daughter was born to them about a year ago.

"After the fatal character of his malady was recognized he went to Clinton, to the home of his sister, Mrs. Walter Pickford, and it was there that he breathed his last.

"The body was taken to Danielson Sunday evening and the burial took place at 1 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon.

"Beside his wife and daughter, his father and sister, Mrs. Pickford, there is a brother, Everett, who lives here; another brother, Edward, of Leominster, and three other sisters, Mrs. Frederick Shaw and Mrs. Frank Seaver, who live in Leominster, and Emily whose home is in California."

James H. Richmond is buried in Westfield Cemetery, Danielson, Connecticut.[7]  


1. Killingly, Connecticut, "Killingly Births, Marriages and Deaths" (Register at Killingly Town Hall, Danielson, Connecticut), Volume 3, page 50, James Henry Richmond entry, 16 November 1886.

2. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1911-1915," online database, American Ancestors (, New England Historic Genealogical Society : 2008), citing original records held by the Massachusetts Archives, Deaths, Volume 1913/32, Page 236, Clinton, 1913: James Henry Richmond entry, 23 November 1913.

3. 1900 United States Federal Census, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Leominster; ED 1644, Sheet 4B, dwelling #63, family #88, Thomas Richmond household; online database, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T623, Roll 692.

4. 1910 United States Federal Census, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Fitchburg; Enumeration District 1745, Page 193, Sheet 6B, dwelling #82, family #125, Fred W. Seaver household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T624, Roll 608.

5. Connecticut Marriage Records, 1897-1968, indexed and imaged, (, Killingly, James Richmond and Ethel Judson entry, 30 November 1911.

6. "Richmond-Judson," marriage announcement of James H. Richmond and Ethel R. Judson, Norwich [Conn.] Bulletin newspaper, 1 December 1911, page 2, imaged, (

7. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Westfield Cemetery (Danelson, Conn.), James H. Richmond (1886-1913) memorial #37569297.

James Henry Richmond (1886-1913) was my grand-uncle, the brother of my paternal grandmother, Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver.  


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