Saturday, June 8, 2024

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Write a Genealogy Poem Using Artificial Intelligence

 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)  Have you ever written poetry?  About genealogy research?  Do you want to?  

2)  You can use the FREE ChatGPT-4o tool to write a poem (or perhaps another GPT tool).  Write a prompt with details of what you want to include, and let the AI chatbot do the job for you!

3)  Share your prompt and your resulting poem on your own blog or in a Facebook post.  What is the poem's title?  Please share a link in Comments on this post if you write your own post.

Here's mine:

I'm an aerospace engineer, not a creative poet.  I deal in facts and analysis, not rhyming and soaring prose.  But ChatGPT helps me write a poem using a prompt of my choice.  All in about 10 seconds!

The Prompt:

"Create a poem about ace genealogist Randy Seaver, his extensive family tree with surnames  Seaver, Carringer, Richmond, Auble, Hildreth, White, Smith, Vaux and Kemp; localities Leominster, Mercer County, Killingly, Plymouth, Newton, Townsend, Glocester, Rolling Prairie, Ontario, Wiltshire, and Somerset; using websites of Ancestry, FamilySearch, American Ancestors, Findmypast and MyHeritage."

The Poem: [I call it “Randy’s Branches”]

In the realm where roots run deep and wide,

A genealogist named Randy Seaver takes pride.

With passion and precision, he seeks and finds,

The branches of his family tree, intertwined.

Seaver, Carringer, Richmond, Auble, Hildreth,

White, Smith, Vaux, and Kemp, in his ancestral sight.

From Leominster's lanes to Mercer County's fields so green,

Killingly's quiet streets to Plymouth's historic scene.

Newton whispers secrets, Townsend tells of yore,

Glocester guards its heritage, Rolling Prairie's lore.

Ontario's vast expanse and Wiltshire's gentle grace,

Somerset's rolling hills, where ancestors trace.

On Ancestry, he digs with care and keen eye,

FamilySearch reveals where past shadows lie.

American Ancestors, a treasure trove grand,

Findmypast connects stories from distant lands.

MyHeritage enriches with histories untold,

Randy's dedication shines like polished gold.

Through records and archives, in digital scroll,

He weaves a rich tapestry, a family whole.

Each name a legacy, each place a verse,

In Randy's research, past and present converse.

An ace genealogist, mapping time's endless sea,

Randy Seaver unravels his ancestral tree.


Copyright (c) 2024, Randall J. Seaver

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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 1 to 7 June 2024

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

As of 7 June 2024, there are 3,309 historical record collections on FamilySearch (a decrease of 2 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Deleted ---

Argentina, Military Records, 1911-1936 (; 1 indexed records with 1 record images, DELETED

Canada Census, 1931 (; 10,376,786 indexed records with 10,376,786 record images, DELETED

--- Collections Added ---

United States Census, 1950 (; 52,786,559 indexed records with 52,786,260 record images, ADDED 04-Jun-2024

Zimbabwe, Diocese of Hwange, Catholic Church Records, 1924-2022 (; 1,596 indexed records with 702 record images, ADDED 07-Jun-2024

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Cemetery Records, 1882-2019 (; 1,226,896 indexed records with 642,265 record images (was 669,375 records with 622,082 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Argentina, Jujuy, Civil Registration, 1888-2000 (; 5,879 indexed records with 8,727 record images (was 5,481 records with 8,098 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Arizona, U.S. District Court Naturalization Records, 1870-1955 (; 10,956 indexed records with 6,595 record images (was 10,956 records with 6,595 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024
Aruba, Civil Registration, 1823-2004 (; 16,910 indexed records with 4,525 record images (was 15,953 records with 6,154 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005 (; 1,124,406 indexed records with 329,238 record images (was 1,124,406 records with 329,238 images), UPDATED 01-Jun-2024

Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911 (; 469,040 indexed records with 206,316 record images (was 469,040 records with 206,316 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1950 (; 97,606 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 96,391 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 759,591 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 757,222 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,467,972 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,465,565 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Bonaire, Civil Registration, 1831-2003 (; 37,238 indexed records with 15,336 record images (was 37,238 records with 15,336 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024

Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,296,688 indexed records with 201,658 record images (was 1,290,711 records with 200,295 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 961,731 indexed records with 399,853 record images (was 961,720 records with 399,844 images), UPDATED 05-Jun-2024
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 389,254 indexed records with 113,984 record images (was 380,663 records with 111,829 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,748,138 indexed records with 889,987 record images (was 1,746,229 records with 889,066 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Miscellaneous Records, 1748-1998 (; Browse 2,919,774 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 2,919,774 images), UPDATED 02-Jun-2024

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Immigration Cards, 1900-1965 (; 2,401,631 indexed records with 3,967,834 record images (was 2,401,631 records with 3,967,834 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,369,962 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,358,147 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
California, Sacramento Cemetery Records, 1900-1959 (; 31,773 indexed records with 8,442 record images (was 31,773 records with 8,442 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024
Canada, New Brunswick County Register of Births, 1801-1920 (; 467,412 indexed records with 17,044 record images (was 467,412 records with 17,044 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,477,722 indexed records with 1,076,791 record images (was 8,469,622 records with 1,075,459 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024

Colombia, Archivo Distrital de Bogotá, Cemetery Indexes, 1887-1995 (; 470,091 indexed records with 19,372 record images (was 470,091 records with 19,372 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,987,535 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,959,024 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Colombia, Censuses, 1777-1967 (; 14,877 indexed records with 1,805 record images (was 14,877 records with 1,135 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (; 4,341,042 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,340,902 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 3,636,381 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 3,636,310 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024

Democratic Republic of the Congo, Census, 1984 (; 13,581,854 indexed records with 2,834,527 record images (was 13,556,568 records with 2,814,606 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kisantu Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1894-2016 (; 7,878 indexed records with 2,840 record images (was 5,354 records with 1,926 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Denmark Census, 1870 (; 1,760,335 indexed records with 145,352 record images (was 1,760,335 records with 145,352 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 6,149,983 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,149,983 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024
Find a Grave Index (; 244,866,016 indexed records with 244,866,016 record images (was 241,019,522 records with 241,019,522 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024

Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 161,005 indexed records with 153,598 record images (was 158,706 records with 151,517 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Guadeloupe, Church Records, 1639-1830 (; 611 indexed records with 132 record images (was 601 records with 153 images), UPDATED 01-Jun-2024
Guadeloupe, Civil Registration Records, 1792-1872 (; 956 indexed records with 262 record images (was 926 records with 254 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 472,296 indexed records with 368,184 record images (was 471,504 records with 367,473 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 4,598,899 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,598,670 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024

Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 1,013,371 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 1,013,329 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 427,265 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 427,111 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 112,333 indexed records with 19,302 record images (was 111,948 records with 21,011 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Haiti, Civil Registration, 1794-2012 (; 21,032,915 indexed records with 31,609 record images (was 21,032,742 records with 31,609 images), UPDATED 02-Jun-2024
Hawaii, Name Change Records, 1874-1995 (; 26,638 indexed records with 21,949 record images (was 26,638 records with 21,949 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024

India, Catholic Church Records, 1751-2014 (; 12,836,639 indexed records with 185,815 record images (was 12,707,144 records with 84,725 images), UPDATED 04-Jun-2024
Indonesia, Civil Registration, 1806-1997 (; 13,978 indexed records with 30,857 record images (was 7,513 records with 18,919 images), UPDATED 03-Jun-2024
Iowa, Birth and Stillbirth Records, 1921-1947 (; 754,153 indexed records with 781,403 record images (was 754,153 records with 781,403 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 6,504,009 indexed records with 209,253 record images (was 6,458,865 records with 227,634 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Caltagirone, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1942 (; 474 indexed records with 554,541 record images (was 282 records with 554,541 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024

Luxembourg Census Records, 1843-1900 (; 3,779,185 indexed records with 1,115,931 record images (was 3,720,415 records with 1,115,931 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Madagascar, Sainte-Marie Island, Civil Registration, 1820-1870 (; 59 indexed records with 9 record images (was 6 records with 2 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024
Martinique, Civil Registration Records, 1809-1874 (; 392 indexed records with 108 record images (was 356 records with 98 images), UPDATED 04-Jun-2024
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (; 5,932,414 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,925,927 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 9,017,371 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 9,015,389 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024

Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,040,045 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,040,045 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024
Namibia, Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1904-1984 (; 142,266 indexed records with 17,342 record images (was 142,216 records with 17,342 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
New Jersey, Bride Index, 1930-1938 (; 241,227 indexed records with 3,168 record images (was 241,227 records with 3,168 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024
New Jersey, County Naturalization Records, 1749-1986 (; 788,718 indexed records with 791,233 record images (was 788,718 records with 791,233 images), UPDATED 01-Jun-2024
New York, U.S. District and Circuit Court Naturalization Records, 1824-1991 (; 4,121,143 indexed records with 2,187,206 record images (was 4,121,143 records with 2,187,206 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024

North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 (; 7,808,458 indexed records with 1,509,652 record images (was 7,808,458 records with 1,509,652 images), UPDATED 01-Jun-2024
North Carolina, Department of Archives and History, Index to Vital Records, 1800-2000 (; 7,834,775 indexed records with 258,419 record images (was 7,834,775 records with 267,793 images), UPDATED 04-Jun-2024
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 208,217 indexed records with 208,015 record images (was 206,771 records with 206,570 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Palestine, Nablus, Population Registers, 1881-1917 (; 103,568 indexed records with 2,388 record images (was 39,885 records with 2,388 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (; 362,327 indexed records with 309,976 record images (was 362,144 records with 302,757 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024

Paraguay, Cemetery Records, 1917-2012 (; 13,365 indexed records with 13,345 record images (was 10,665 records with 10,648 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 (; 3,583,189 indexed records with 1,789,697 record images (was 3,581,948 records with 1,789,697 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 21,144,535 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,135,578 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016 (; 1,097,284 indexed records with 261,191 record images (was 1,091,651 records with 260,318 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Peru, Huánuco, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 71,163 indexed records with 63,540 record images (was 71,163 records with 63,537 images), UPDATED 05-Jun-2024

Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,094,770 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,094,542 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,321,792 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,321,406 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 468,120 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 462,716 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Russia, Tomsk, Church Books, 1752-1918 (; 2,658,945 indexed records with 447,121 record images (was 2,658,945 records with 447,121 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024
Saba, Civil Registration, 1876-1996 (; 8,587 indexed records with 3,256 record images (was 8,587 records with 3,256 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024

Sint Eustatius, Civil Registration, 1869-1980 (; 7,564 indexed records with 2,871 record images (was 7,564 records with 2,871 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024
Sint Maarten, Civil Registration, 1869-1979 (; 14,541 indexed records with 4,942 record images (was 14,541 records with 4,942 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004 (; 2,214,338 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 2,214,338 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024
South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (; 576,746 indexed records with 345,257 record images (was 570,806 records with 345,169 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1930 (; 12,822,354 indexed records with 2,156,546 record images (was 12,822,354 records with 2,156,546 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,609,995 records), no images (was 875,610,000 records with 0 images), UPDATED 01-Jun-2024
United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 (; 1,786,095 indexed records with 1,801,973 record images (was 1,786,095 records with 1,801,973 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024
United States, Freedman's Bank Records, 1865-1874 (; 480,597 indexed records with 15,301 record images (was 480,597 records with 15,301 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024
United States, Freedmen's Bureau Ration Records,1865-1872 (; 165,573 indexed records with 97,567 record images (was 165,573 records with 97,567 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011 (; 31,807,766 indexed records with 4,918,255 record images (was 31,271,939 records with 4,830,472 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, Births, and Marriages 1980-2014 (; 28,662,424 indexed records with 46,919,022 record images (was 28,662,424 records with 46,919,022 images), UPDATED 04-Jun-2024
United States, US Residence Database, 1970-2024 (; Index only (80,000,000 records), no images (was 32,000,000 records with 0 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (1,324,564 records), no images (was 1,315,011 records with 0 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,142,505 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,140,676 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 299,240 indexed records with 103,965 record images (was 292,929 records with 100,674 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024

Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005 (; 2,366,755 indexed records with 1,386,297 record images (was 2,366,755 records with 1,386,297 images), UPDATED 31-May-2024
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,948,175 indexed records with 42,502 record images (was 1,948,165 records with 42,501 images), UPDATED 06-Jun-2024
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (; 501,319 indexed records with 40,192 record images (was 487,534 records with 38,563 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024
Zimbabwe, Diocese of Gweru, Catholic Church Records, 1904-2022 (; 83 indexed records with 11,290 record images (was 83 records with 8,553 images), UPDATED 07-Jun-2024

--- Collections with new images ---

Arkansas, Mortality Schedules, 1860-1880 (; 38,102 indexed records with 1,692 record images (was 38,102 records with 1,684 images), last updated 28-May-2024
Montana, Flathead County, School Census, 1903-1969 (; 1,886,448 indexed records with 18,817 record images (was 1,886,448 records with 18,764 images), last updated 24-Jan-2024

--- Collections with images removed ---
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 111,409 indexed records with 293,130 record images (was 111,409 records with 327,603 images), last updated 30-May-2024
Scotland, Civil Registration, 1855-1875, 1881, 1891 (; 1,357,397 indexed records with 345,934 record images (was 1,357,397 records with 346,037 images), last updated 22-May-2024

--- Collections with records removed ---

California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (; Index only (24,589,448 records), no images (was 24,589,449 records with 0 images), last updated 01-Mar-2012
England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008 (; Index only (132,174,255 records), no images (was 132,174,256 records with 0 images), last updated 02-Oct-2014
Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002 (; Index only (4,267,585 records), no images (was 4,267,586 records with 0 images), last updated 06-May-2014
Minnesota Marriage Index, 1958-2001 (; Index only (2,414,038 records), no images (was 2,414,039 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Sep-2012


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 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, June 7, 2024

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 1 to 7 June 2024

   The following genealogy record collections were added to the Card Catalog page by Date Updated during the period from 1 to 7 June 2024:

The ADDED and Updated collections include:

* England,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's to current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 6/5/2024. This index allows you to search for your ancestor by name in English newspapers that are available on™ from the 1800s to the present.

* Web: South Australia, Australia, Passenger Lists, 1627-2011; indexed records without record images, ADDED 6/5/2024. All data in this third-party database was obtained from the source’s website. does not support or make corrections or changes to the original database. 


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 33,488 collections available as of 7 June, an  INCREASE of 2 from last week.  


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Disclosure: I pay for an All-Access subscription from In past years.  provided a complimentary All Access subscription, material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City.

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52 Relatives: Stanley Richmond Seaver (1905-1910) of Massachusetts

 I have posted over 500 genealogical sketches of  my ancestors back through the 7th great-grandparents and a number of close relatives - see the list in 52 Ancestors/Relatives Biographies.  

This "52 Relatives" theme is a weekly series to document the lives of siblings of my ancestors with relatively short genealogical sketches, including important events, and with source citations.  These relatives lived and died within a family structure, and deserve a genealogical sketch - they were integral parts and important persons in the lives of my ancestral families.  I will post the sketches on my Ancestry Member Tree and in the FamilySearch Family Tree. 


Stanley Richmond Seaver, the third child and first son of Frederick Walton and Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver,  was born on 20 October 1905 at home 116 Lawrence Street in Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.[1]

He appeared in the census on 1 April 1910 at 116 Lawrence Street (ED 1745) in Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

He died of scarlet fever on 24 April 1910 at the age of 4
years, 6 months and 4 days in Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.[3] Stanley was buried on 26 April 1910 at Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.[4]

An obituary in the Fitchburg Sentinel newspaper dated 25 April 1910 noted the sad occasion:

Stanley Richmond, four years old son of Fred W. and Alma R. Seaver died at their home, 116 Lawrence street, Sunday, with scarlet fever, with which he had been ill for two weeks. The funeral was this afternoon at 2 o'clock, with prayer services at the house. The body was taken to Leominster for burial in Evergreen cemetery.”

His three older sisters recall that during his illness he was isolated in a room and only their mother could go in to bring food, help him, and hold him.  My Aunt Marion recalls sticking her finger through the keyhole in the door just to touch him and to talk with him in his last days.  


1. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," indexed database and digital images,  New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (, Births,Volume 552, Page 317, Leominster, 1905: Stanley Richmond Seaver entry, 20 October 1905.

2. 1910 United States Federal Census, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Fitchburg; Enumeration District 1745, Page 193, Sheet 6B, dwelling #82, family #125, Fred W. Seaver household;  online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T624, Roll 608.

3. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors, Deaths, Volume 1910/43, Page 70, Fitchburg, 1910: Stanley Richmond Seaver entry, 26 April 1910.

4. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Evergreen Cemetery (Leominster, Mass.) Stanley Richmond Seaver memorial.


Stanley Richmond Seaver (1905-1910) was my uncle, the brother of my father, Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983).  


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Findmypast Friday: Marking 80 years since D-Day with updates to our World War 2 Allies Collection

I received this information from Findmypast today:


Trace your family's remarkable D-Day stories with this week's insightful new additions.

As we commemorate #DDay80, we've enriched our World War 2 Allies Collection with over 566,000 additional records. This handpicked collection of detail-packed records is your go-to resource for wartime family history.

Soldiers. Nurses. Home Front civilians. Your relatives. Discover how their pasts have shaped your present this Findmypast Friday. Plus, we've released two new Yorkshire collections.
World War 2 Allies Collection

Now enhanced with records released in the past three years, this huge collection features enlistments, casualty lists, rolls of honour and more.

British Army, Royal York Rangers

Was your ancestor in this unique regiment? Mostly made up of prisoners evading hanging, ironically, it was praised for good conduct and gallantry.

Yorkshire, Leeds City Police 1899-1939

Spanning 40 years, this colourful collection charts the lives and careers of those who kept law and order in Yorkshire's largest city.

276,000 new newspaper pages...

We've welcomed Hunts County News to our newspaper archive this week, alongside updates to 22 other publications. Here's everything that's been added to the archive this Findmypast Friday.

New titles:
  • Hunts County News, 1886-1888, 1890-1891, 1900-1911, 1913-1917, 1919-1926
Updated titles:

  • Ballymena Weekly Telegraph, 2003
  • Batley News, 1987
  • Bellshill Speaker, 1988-1989, 1992-1994
  • Belper News, 1922-1923, 1925, 1932
  • Berwick Advertiser, 1988, 1993-1998, 2000
  • Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News, 1987-1988, 1993-1994
  • Carluke and Lanark Gazette, 1990-1991, 1998
  • Crawley and District Observer, 1889, 1982-1984, 1986-1989, 1995
  • Dunstable Gazette, 1988
  • Eastbourne Herald, 1989, 1995
  • Harrogate Advertiser and Weekly List of the Visitors, 1990
  • Horncastle News, 1995
  • Jedburgh Gazette, 1957-1963
  • Kirkintilloch Herald, 1987-1989, 1993-1994
  • Knaresborough Post, 1988
  • Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian, 1988-1989, 1993-1994, 2000
  • Lurgan Mail, 2000-2002
  • Morecambe Guardian, 1996
  • Portadown Times, 1960-1963, 1971-1977, 2000-2001
  • Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press, 1987-1988, 1993-1998, 2000-2001
  • Skegness Standard, 1986-1988, 1993-1995, 1997-2000
  • Worthing Herald, 1989, 1995
Last week we added exciting new British naval records and so much more. Explore the full release for yourself here.


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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Randy's Cousins -- 6th Cousin 4x Removed John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865), the Famous Actor and Assassin

 This week's famous cousin is my 6th cousin 4x removed John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865), the famous actor and assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.

Here is his FamilySearch Family Tree short biography:

When John Wilkes Booth was born on 10 May 1838, in Bel Air, Harford, Maryland, United States, his father, Junius Brutus Booth Sr, was 42 and his mother, Mary Ann Holmes, was 35. He married Izola Martha Mills on 9 January 1859, in Cos Cob, Greenwich, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. He lived in Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States in 1850 and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860. His occupation is listed as actor in United States. He died on 26 April 1865, in Port Royal, Caroline, Virginia, United States, at the age of 26, and was buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States. 

The Wikipedia profile for John Wilkes Booth is here.  

John Wilkes Booth (May 10, 1838 – April 26, 1865) was an American stage actor who assassinated United States President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. A member of the prominent 19th-century Booth theatrical family from Maryland, he was a noted actor who was also a Confederate sympathizer; denouncing President Lincoln, he lamented the then-recent abolition of slavery in the United States.

Here is the Relative Finder chart showing my relationship to John Wilkes Booth: 

My most recent common ancestors with 6th cousin 4x removed cousin John Wilkes Booth are my 9th great-grandparents Obadiah Holmes (1610-1682) and Catherine Hyde (1610-1684).

Are you related to John Wilkes Booth?  Check out his profile on the FamilySearch Family Tree and click the "View Relationship" link at the top of the page.  Note that you have to have your profile connected to the FamilySearch Family Tree in order for this to work.

This shows that you never know to whom you might be related!!!  I'm having lots of Genealogy Fun.  Click here to see all of my famous cousins.


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Treasure Chest Thursday - 1737 Birth of Mary Rice (1737-1767) in Worcester, Massachusetts Bay

  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 1737 birth entry for Mary Rice in the Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts town records:

The birth record is near the bottom of the Rice items on the left-hand list of the image:

The transcription of this record is::

"Mary Rice Daughter of Jonas Rice & Jean his wife Born ye July 18 1737"

The source citation for this record is (using Evidence Explained 4th edition template):

Worcester [Massachusetts] Town Records, Mary Rice, daughter of Jonas and Jean Rice, 18 July 1737; imaged, "Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," (; Worcester > Birth, Marriages and Deaths > R names > image 54 of 7288; original records in Worcester town record book for "Worcester Births and Deaths, 1719-1750."  

This is a birth entry from the Worcester, Massachusetts town records.  It is an Original Source, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of Mary Rice's birth date and place, and her parents names.

Mary Rice (1737-1767) was born 18 July 1737 in Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts Bay, the daughter of Jonas and Jean (Hall) Rice of Worcester.  Mary married Jasper Partridge (1732-1821) on 12 October 1756 in Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts Bay.  Mary died in Guilford, Windham County, Vermont on 22 February 1767.  They had 7 children.
Jasper and Mary (Rice) Partridge are my 6th great-grandparents, through their son Thomas Partridge (1758-1828) who married Hannah Wakeman (1763-1814) in 1785.


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