Saturday, June 29, 2024

Free Canadian Records for Canada Day on MyHeritage

I received this information from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage today:

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I’m pleased to share that in honor of Canada Day, we are offering free access to all 135.4 million Canadian historical records on MyHeritage for a limited time, from June 27 to July 2, 2024.

Search Canadian records for free



MyHeritage has 183 collections from Canada, including vital records (birth, marriage, and death), census records, immigration and passenger lists, military records, and newspapers pages. Among these collections, we have recently added the 1931 Canada Census, complete with an index created by MyHeritage. These records provide a wealth of information that can help anyone with Canadian heritage learn more about their family story.

Read more on our blog.

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Disclosure: I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and have received other material consideration in past years. I uploaded my autosomal DNA raw data to their DNA product. This does not affect my objective analysis of MyHeritage products. I am a subscriber to Family Tree Webinars and love it.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Have You Made Progress On Your 2024 Genealogy Goals?

 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)  Marian B. Wood wrote a blog post, Halfway Through 2024: Genealogy Progress and Plans, to assess her progress to date in 2024.  This is an excellent idea for an SNGF challenge.

2)  How are you doing with your genealogy goals for 2024?  If you did not make goals for 2024, what goals do you hope to achieve in the rest of the year?

3) Tell us about your goals 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 (original goals in green, achievements in purple):

1)  Write weekly "52 Ancestors" and/or "52 Relatives" genealogical sketches, and to add them to my Ancestry Member Tree and to the FamilySearch Family Tree life stories.

I think I missed one week, but excellent!  An A grade.

2)  Write weekly "Amanuensis Monday" and "Seavers in the News" transcription posts for Seaver persons in my database, and add the record transcriptions to profiles in my family tree.

I think I missed one week, but excellent!  An A grade.

3)  Research descendants of my 4th great-grandparents, mainly to support finding lines to my DNA matches.  Write 6-generation reports for lines that are nearly complete.

I have slowed down in this effort, but work on descendants occasionally.  I have been adding more ancestral families on the "new" Partridge line, dscovered from the first FamilySearch Full-Text Search I did!  I wrote no 6-generation descendants reports.  A D grade.

4)  Search Ancestry, MyHeritage, FamilySearch, Findmypast and American Ancestors for new information to add relationships, events, names, dates, places, sources, images and notes to the profiles in my RootsMagic family tree.  

I use Ancestry and FamilySearch extensively every week, but not the other sites that much due to the availability of specific record collections.  I've been using the "Task list" in RootsMagic to organize and document my search results, in addition to adding events, sources and notes.  A B grade. 

5)  Create PDF ancestry reports for ancestral families of myself and my second great-grandparents, plus descendant reports for key surname groups, using genealogy software and put them on Scribd (I last did this in 2012).  Do it for my wife's ancestry also.  

I'm still looking for the "best" family tree software to do this task - I wish they all could do what Family Tree Maker 16 did!  Family Tree Maker 2019 seems to come the closest to what I want to do.  So, I haven't done much on this so far in 2024.  A D grade.

6)  Publish the StoryWorth book that I have written 40 stories for and gift them to my daughters and grandchildren.  Write stories for another StoryWorth book compiling some of my "Wordless Wednesday" blog posts.

I started the year off by editing and embellishing the stories I wrote, and added some more photographs, but I have not made any effort to publish the book.  A D grade.

7)  Work on the photograph collections on the computer, and do enhancement and colorization using MyHeritage and Ancestry photo tools as necessary.  Share not-seen-before photos on "Wordless Wednesday" blog posts.  Add more family photos to my RootsMagic family tree and FamilySearch Family Tree profiles.

This task has been "hit and miss" all year.  I keep finding photographs in my family file folders and surname file folders that are not in the "My Pictures" file folder.  So I copy them to "My Pictures," and use the MyHeritage Photo tools to enhance and colorize them, and save the modified photos too.  I have re-organized the "My Pictures" folder to add photos from years before 1999, and I have shared photos weekly on the Wordless Wednesday theme.  I have not added many photos to my RootsMagic tree or the FamilySearch Family Tree.  A B grade.

8)  Chase more autosomal DNA matches to find common ancestors when possible using AncestryDNA ThruLines, MyHeritage ToFRs, and my "skeleton tree" on Ancestry.  

This task is almost every day - I check my new Ancestry DNA Matches every day, add Notes to those with a known common ancestor and with high value cMs.  I add the lines to my DNA matches when I know them from AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  I make lists of  the AncestryDNA "Common Ancestor" matches every two months using the WikiTree DNA Match Table spreadsheet developed by Greg Clarke.  Finding my 4th great-grandmother Mary Partridge earlier this year added a number of previously unknown DNA matches with a Partridge and/or Wakeman line.   An A grade.
  
9)  Make more photograph slide shows for myself, Linda, my parents, and my grandparents, including photographs and records to tell their stories.  Narrate Zoom videos of the slide shows and share them on my YouTube channel with my family members.

Um, I haven't done anything here except think about doing these tasks when I find another round tuit.  An F grade.

10)  Investigate the best uses of Artificial Intelligence to create historical biographies of myself and my ancestors.  

I have used the Ancestry and MyHeritage AI Biography tools, but find they are too limiting to do a decent genealogical sketch.  I used ChatGPT to take a list of events for a person to create a biography of the person, and that works, but the result is not as extensive as I would like.  I used the EmulateMe avator tool to create a talking Randy - ask him a question and he will answer in his own voice, based on the photograph and 20 page biography I uploaded; I like this, but am worried about scam issues.   I have written genealogy-related poems and songs that tell ancestor stories using ChatGPT and Suno.  A B grade.

11)  Serve the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) on the Board of Directors as newsletter editor and Research/DNA chair, organize and present monthly Research Group and DNA Interest Group meetings on Zoom, and attend and contribute to the in-person education group meetings.

I missed a Board meeting and an Education meeting, but have attended every CVGS program meeting, research group and DNA interest group meeting.  An A- grade

12)  Watch more Family Tree Webinars and YouTube videos, attend CVGS, SDGS and WAGS program Zoom meetings, and attend RootsTech 2024 virtually, in order to keep up-to-date with research techniques, and new genealogy industry features.

I attended RootsTech 2024 virtually, and have attended most SDGS program meetings and several WAGS meetings, plus several GSSCC meetings.  I review over 100 YouTube channels every week and watch the most interesting videos.  An A- grade.

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Only 12 goals, and they were all achievable.  I think I've done pretty well so far this year.  Several other "important new things" have popped up to interfere with the pursuit of some of my 2024 goals. 

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Copyright (c) 2024, Randall J. Seaver

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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 22 to 28 June 2024

    I am keeping track of the new and updated historical record collections at FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 28 June 2024, there are 3,367 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

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*  Brazil, Mato Grosso, Catholic Church Records, 1872-1932 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000070); 2,023 indexed records with 730 record images, ADDED 28-Jun-2024
*  Palestine, Ottoman Census and Population Registers, 1876-1917 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4496121); 847,264 indexed records with 48,402 record images, ADDED 26-Jun-2024
*  Venezuela, Archdiocese of Barquisimeto, Catholic Church Records, 1634-2018 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2373794); 301 indexed records with 155 record images, ADDED 28-Jun-2024

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Jujuy, Civil Registration, 1888-2000 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4489444); 6,515 indexed records with 11,538 record images (was 6,141 records with 10,586 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Arkansas, Mortality Schedules, 1860-1880 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000094); 38,161 indexed records with 1,694 record images (was 38,102 records with 1,692 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024
Armenia Church Books, 1838-1929 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1943754); 1 indexed records with 23,781 record images (was 0 records with 23,781 images), UPDATED 22-Jun-2024
Aruba, Civil Registration, 1823-2004 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4285043); 18,398 indexed records with 4,355 record images (was 18,082 records with 4,011 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1950 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1482191); 101,037 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 99,505 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024

Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2138511); 766,514 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 764,299 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1922463); 9,473,561 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,471,020 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2820768); 1,307,895 indexed records with 204,438 record images (was 1,303,562 records with 203,313 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4473609); 408,923 indexed records with 119,104 record images (was 403,895 records with 117,546 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3741255); 1,754,080 indexed records with 889,868 record images (was 1,751,925 records with 888,858 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1582573); 6,938,615 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,938,608 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2024
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2177298); 1,389,136 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,382,503 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3405096); 8,505,723 indexed records with 1,080,984 record images (was 8,496,207 records with 1,079,489 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1726975); 27,080,053 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 27,049,507 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Colombia, Migration Records, 1885-2014 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000159); 1,007,688 indexed records with 904,150 record images (was 965,995 records with 863,057 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2024

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1460016); 4,341,951 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,341,615 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2040054); 3,637,019 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 3,636,776 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2024
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kisantu Diocese, Catholic Church Records, 1894-2016 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000138); 17,747 indexed records with 6,464 record images (was 14,955 records with 5,421 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Find a Grave Index (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2221801); 244,728,423 indexed records with 244,728,423 record images (was 244,866,016 records with 244,866,016 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000010); 165,958 indexed records with 157,737 record images (was 164,930 records with 156,862 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024

Guadeloupe, Church Records, 1639-1830 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4316498); 704 indexed records with 180 record images (was 646 records with 165 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2024
Guadeloupe, Civil Registration Records, 1792-1872 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4293709); 1,117 indexed records with 159 record images (was 1,062 records with 159 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2790265); 474,706 indexed records with 369,877 record images (was 474,305 records with 369,639 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2075150); 4,599,509 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,599,269 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2451045); 1,013,523 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 1,013,460 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024

Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2443319); 428,254 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 427,974 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4279947); 114,263 indexed records with 21,514 record images (was 113,497 records with 19,471 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2820100); 6,645,339 indexed records with 235,636 record images (was 6,591,742 records with 209,087 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Italy, Campobasso, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1918 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1968528); 223,186 indexed records with 2,171,605 record images (was 148,489 records with 2,171,605 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2024
Italy, Caserta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1866 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2718545); 275,811 indexed records with 4,543,698 record images (was 18,458 records with 4,543,698 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024

Italy, Catania, Diocesi di Caltagirone, Catholic Church Records, 1502-1942 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1493344); 562 indexed records with 554,541 record images (was 526 records with 554,541 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Italy, Roma, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1863-1930 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2390532); 234,170 indexed records with 5,066,067 record images (was 230,397 records with 5,066,067 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2024
Madagascar, Sainte-Marie Island, Civil Registration, 1820-1870 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000242); 156 indexed records with 28 record images (was 114 records with 16 images), UPDATED 26-Jun-2024
Martinique, Church Records, 1662-1847 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4316497); 13,688 indexed records with 2,302 record images (was 13,580 records with 2,285 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2024
Martinique, Civil Registration Records, 1809-1874 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4316501); 429 indexed records with 118 record images (was 423 records with 116 images), UPDATED 21-Jun-2024

Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1883388); 5,946,887 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,942,780 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837906); 9,023,751 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 9,022,694 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000024); 212,816 indexed records with 212,613 record images (was 211,418 records with 211,215 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Papua New Guinea, Vital Records, 1867-2000 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2114430); 368,945 indexed records with 322,361 record images (was 366,721 records with 319,151 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Paraguay, Cemetery Records, 1917-2012 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000254); 16,363 indexed records with 16,328 record images (was 16,359 records with 16,324 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2024

Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1589502); 3,593,810 indexed records with 1,789,697 record images (was 3,593,784 records with 1,789,697 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1877097); 21,179,857 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,173,195 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2787829); 1,112,213 indexed records with 263,446 record images (was 1,106,656 records with 262,574 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Peru, Huánuco, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4439346); 71,216 indexed records with 63,560 record images (was 71,181 records with 63,546 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2024
Philippines, Church Census, 1542-1980 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000216); 501,802 indexed records with 16,783 record images (was 453,473 records with 5,928 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024

Philippines, Neighborhood Census, 1836-1899 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000268); 507,827 indexed records with 18,706 record images (was 35,378 records with 1,244 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024
Portugal, Faro, Civil Registration, 1880-1920 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4122681); 23,908 indexed records with 11,627 record images (was 23,677 records with 14,161 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1913408); 2,560,962 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 2,560,848 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2024
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1935451); 1,095,338 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,095,102 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1807092); 3,322,608 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,322,384 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024

Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1469151); 479,966 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 476,069 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4319131); 596,353 indexed records with 345,666 record images (was 589,821 records with 345,500 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1973 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417492); 1,244,426 indexed records with 682,974 record images (was 1,220,231 records with 682,974 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
St. Lucia, Church Records, 1751-1793 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4449051); 209 indexed records with 42 record images (was 200 records with 40 images), UPDATED 21-Jun-2024
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3438701); 3,267,526 indexed records with 2,304,185 record images (was 3,267,526 records with 2,315,886 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1968530); 25,909,329 indexed records with 24,999,338 record images (was 30,165,165 records with 24,999,338 images), UPDATED 27-Jun-2024
United States, US Residence Database, 1970-2024 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000290); Index only (413,877,975 records), no images (was 339,100,000 records with 0 images), UPDATED 22-Jun-2024
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1837849); Index only (1,349,209 records), no images (was 1,340,308 records with 0 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1823609); 1,145,954 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,145,222 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/4465438); 316,982 indexed records with 114,486 record images (was 311,386 records with 110,657 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3736255); 530,565 indexed records with 44,090 record images (was 521,837 records with 42,818 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Zimbabwe, Diocese of Gweru, Catholic Church Records, 1904-2022 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000102); 83 indexed records with 14,676 record images (was 83 records with 13,556 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024
Zimbabwe, Diocese of Hwange, Catholic Church Records, 1924-2022 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/5000103); 3,857 indexed records with 8,296 record images (was 3,227 records with 5,978 images), UPDATED 28-Jun-2024

--- Collections with new images ---

England and Wales Census, 1911 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1921547); 36,354,828 indexed records with 36,354,828 record images (was 36,354,828 records with 9,350,620 images), last updated 01-Aug-2019
Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3757185); 741,769 indexed records with 105,873 record images (was 741,769 records with 105,818 images), last updated 15-Jun-2024

--- Collections with records removed ---

Australia Marriages, 1810-1980 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1770858); Index only (143,055 records), no images (was 143,056 records with 0 images), last updated 21-May-2024
California Birth Index, 1905-1995 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2001879); Index only (24,589,446 records), no images (was 24,589,447 records with 0 images), last updated 01-Mar-2012
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2199956); Index only (875,609,991 records), no images (was 875,609,992 records with 0 images), last updated 01-Jun-2024
United States Western States Marriage Index (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1854302); Index only (914,503 records), no images (was 914,504 records with 0 images), last updated 22-Oct-2018

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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 https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list 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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Copyright (c) 2024 Randall J. Seaver

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Friday, June 28, 2024

Using ChatGPT-4o to Create a Genealogy Research Plan

 I recently asked Artificial Intelligence ChatGPT-4o to create a Research Plan of an ancestral family for me, assuming I was a novice genealogist looking for advice on how to research an ancestor. 

Here is my initial Prompt:

"From now on, I would like you to ask me questions to find information on my 3rd great-grandparents Henry Caringer and Sarah Feather. When you have enough information to give me research suggestions, create a list of possible places to search."

And the first Response was:

"Sure, let's start with some basic questions:

  1. Where and when were Henry Caringer and Sarah Feather born?
  2. Do you know the locations where they lived during their lifetime?
  3. What were their approximate dates of marriage and death?
  4. Do you have any information about their parents or siblings?
  5. Do you know if they had any children? If so, what were their names?
  6. Do you have any documents or records already, such as census records, birth/death certificates, or marriage licenses?

"These details will help narrow down the places and resources to search for more information."

Prompt #2 was:

"Henry Carringer was born in 1800 in Pennsylvania, and Sarah Feather was born in 1804 in Ohio. They married in about 1825 in Pennsylvania, and had 10 children - Eliza, David, George, Cornelius, Mary, Sarah, Henry, Louisa, Matilda, and Harvey. Sarah died in 1848 in Pennsylvania and Henry died in 1879 in Iowa. I don't know their parents or siblings. I have census records and burial records."

Response #2 was:   

"Great, thank you for the information. Based on what you’ve provided, here are a few more questions to refine our research suggestions:

  1. Do you know the specific towns or counties in Pennsylvania and Iowa where Henry and Sarah lived?
  2. Are there any family stories, letters, or other documents that might provide clues about their lives or family members?
  3. Have you explored local historical societies or libraries in the areas where they lived?
  4. Do you know where Henry and Sarah are buried? If so, which cemeteries?

"These details will help identify more specific resources and locations for further research."

My Prompt #3 was:

"Henry and Sarah resided in Mercer County, PA, and after Sarah died Henry moved to Louisa County, Iowa, where he was buried in the Columbus City IA Cemetery. I don't have any family stories or letters. I have been to Mercer County PA and explored the libraries and historical society there." 

Response #3 was:

"Thank you for the additional details. Based on the information provided, here are some research suggestions to find more about Henry Carringer and Sarah Feather:

"Research Suggestions:

  1. Mercer County, PA Records:

    • Church Records: Look for baptism, marriage, and burial records in local churches where Henry and Sarah might have attended.
    • Land and Property Records: Check Mercer County property records to trace land ownership and transactions involving Henry and Sarah.
    • Probate Records: Search for wills, estate records, and probate documents in Mercer County that might mention Henry or Sarah and their family members.
  2. Louisa County, IA Records:

    • Land and Property Records: Investigate land records in Louisa County to find out when Henry acquired property there.
    • Probate Records: Look for Henry’s will or probate records in Louisa County to identify potential relatives or details about his estate.
  3. Ohio Records:

    • Birth and Family Records for Sarah Feather: Since Sarah was born in Ohio, look into early Ohio records, such as birth records, to find her parents and siblings.
  4. Cemetery Records:

    • Columbus City Cemetery, IA: Check for additional family members buried in the same cemetery as Henry, which might provide clues to other relatives.
    • Mercer County Cemeteries: Look for Sarah Feather’s burial place and see if other family members are buried nearby.
  5. Census Records:

    • Earlier Census Records (1810, 1820): Look for Henry and Sarah’s families before their marriage, which might list their parents or siblings.
    • Neighbors in Census Records: Research neighbors listed in census records, as family members often lived close to each other.
  6. Newspapers and Obituaries:

    • Local Newspapers: Search historical newspapers from Mercer County, PA, and Louisa County, IA, for obituaries, marriage announcements, and other articles mentioning Henry and Sarah or their children.
  7. Genealogy Websites and Databases:

    • Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, MyHeritage: Utilize these platforms to search for existing family trees, records, and documents that other researchers might have already compiled.
  8. DNA Testing and Analysis:

    • DNA Matches: Consider taking a DNA test and exploring matches that might connect you with other descendants of Henry and Sarah, potentially providing new information about their ancestors.
  9. County Histories and Biographies:

    • Local Histories: Look for published county histories or biographical sketches from Mercer County, PA, and Louisa County, IA, which might include references to the Carringer and Feather families.

"By following these suggestions, you can gather more information about Henry Carringer and Sarah Feather’s ancestors and family members. Let me know if you need any help with specific records or databases!"

That's as far as I went because the Chatbot answered my questions pretty well considering the limited information I provided.  The Chatbot did not mention possible military records or tax records.

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Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 22 to 28 June 2024

  The following genealogy record collections were added to the Ancestry.com Card Catalog page by Date Updated during the period from 22  to 28 June 2024:

The ADDED and Updated collections include:

Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/27/2024.  This data collection contains unassisted and assisted immigrant passenger lists to Victoria, Australia for various years between 1839 and 1923. 

Puy-de-Dôme, France, Censuses, 1836-1911; indexed records without record images, ADDED    6/27/2024.  This collection contains census records from Puy-de-Dôme, France.

*  England & Scotland, Select Cemetery Registers, 1800-2024; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/27/2024.  This collection includes burial registers from select cemeteries in England and Scotland. Details on which cemeteries are included are listed in the collection description.

Indre-et-Loire, France, Censuses, 1836-1911; indexed records with record images, ADDED    6/27/2024.  This collection contains census records from Indre-et-Loire, France, between the years of 1836 and 1911.

Berlin, Germany, Deaths, 1874-1986; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/27/2024
This collection includes death records from Berlin, Germany, from 1874 through 1986.

Quebec, Canada, Death Registers 1926-1997; indexed records without record images, ADDED    6/27/2024. This collection is an index of information derived from a government death register produced in Quebec, Canada, between 1926 and 1997.

Prague, Czech Republic, University Students, 1882-1945; indexed records without record images, ADDED 6/26/2024. This collection includes an index of academic records from Prague, Czech Republic between 1882 and 1945. 

Web: Netherlands, Persons on Board Dutch East India Company (VOC), 1633-1794; indexed records without record images, ADDED 6/26/2024. All data in this third-party database was obtained from the source’s website. Ancestry.com does not support or make corrections or changes to the original database. 

Buckinghamshire, England, Napoleonic Register: Posse Comitatus, 1798; indexed records without record images, ADDED 6/26/2024. The Posse Comitatus, or military census, is a record of all men in Buckinghamshire who could be recruited for military service. 

South Carolina, U.S., Death Records, 1821-1972; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/26/2024. This database contains the following South Carolina death records: statewide death certificates, 1915-1960 and 1962-1972. Charleston City death records, 1821-1914; Spartanburg City death recor...

Hampshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1536-1812; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/26/2024. This collection includes Church of England parish registers of baptisms, marriages, and burials between 1558 and 1812 from the historic county of Hampshire, England.

Heidelberg, Germany, Heidelberg University Student Lists, 1386-1929; indexed records without record images, ADDED 6/26/2024. This collection includes images of academic records from Universität Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany, between 1385 and 1929. 

Hampshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/26/2024. This collection includes Church of England parish registers of marriages and banns between 1754 and 1921 from the historic county of Hampshire, England.

Rhode Island, U.S., Marriage Registrations 1853 -1922; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/24/2024. This collection includes images of marriage registers compiled in Rhode Island between 1853 and 1922. The format of the records may vary depending on the county where they were filed.

United Kingdom, Military Roll of Honour, 1945-2022; indexed records without record images, ADDED 6/24/2024. This collection contains military records from the United Kingdom between the years 1945 and 2022. Most records are in English.

U.S., Find a Grave® Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains an index to cemetery and burial details posted on Find a Grave® from the United States. The records are dated between the 1600s and the present. 

UK and Ireland, Find a Grave® Index, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains an index to cemetery and burial details posted on Find a Grave® from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The records are dated between the 1300s and the present. 

Canada, Find a Grave® Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains an index to cemetery and burial details posted on Find a Grave® from Canada. The records are dated between the 1600s and the present. 

Sweden, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains an index to cemetery and burial details posted on Find a Grave® from Sweden. The records are dated between the 1800s and the present. 

Norway, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains an index to cemetery and burial details posted on Find a Grave® from Norway. The records are dated between the 1800s and the present. 

Mexico, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains an index to cemetery and burial details posted on Find a Grave® from Mexico. The records are dated between the 1800s and the present. 

Germany, Find a Grave® Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains an index to cemetery and burial details posted on Find a Grave® from Germany. The records are dated between the 1600s and the present. 

Italy, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains an index to cemetery and burial details posted on Find a Grave® from Italy. The records are dated between the 1800s and the present. 

Brazil, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains an index to cemetery and burial details posted on Find a Grave® from Brazil. The records are dated between the 1800s and the present. 

Global, Find a Grave® Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains an index to cemetery and burial details posted on Find a Grave® for burials at sea and other select burial locations. 

U.S., World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains U.S. Navy muster rolls and associated reports of changes for U.S. Navy enlisted personnel who served on U.S. Navy ships or in other naval activities.

Australia and New Zealand, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/24/2024. This database contains an index to cemetery and burial details posted on Find a Grave® from Australia and New Zealand. The records are dated between the 1800s and the present. 

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The complete Ancestry.com Card Catalog is at   https://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx.  

By my count, there were 9 NEW record collection ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,512 collections available as of 28 June, an  INCREASE of 9 from last week. 

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Findmypast Friday: Discover Home Childrens' Stories

  I received this information from Findmypast today:

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This week we've made a huge update to our Home Children Collection, with Barnardo home records and more.

We've added a trio of important Home Children record sets to our collection this week.

If you have a Home Child in your family tree, you may find their name within all-new enlistment and military death records, burial records, or the Hazelbrae Barnardo Home Index. Explore these new additions to discover important stories that, until now, have been lost to history.

Who were the British Home Children?


Over 130,000 children were sent to live overseas by the British government between the 1860s and the 1970s. Care homes, the church, local authorities and philanthropic organisations rallied behind the scheme, whereby children as young as 2 were sent to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as a way of solving England's 'juvenile vagrancy' problem.

Search Home Children records

This period in the Commonwealth's history has been largely forgotten - but we're dedicated to changing that. In partnership with Home Children Canada and Library and Archives Canada, we're publishing an ever-growing collection of Home Children records. Over 4 million people worldwide are descended from a Home Child - if you've got a Home Child within your family tree, these free-to-access records may help you to uncover their story.

Home Children Burial Index

This new index, created in partnership with Home Children Canada, includes burial information for over 7,000 Home Children.

Home Children Enlistments and Military Deaths

This brand-new collection tells the story of Home Children who went on to enlist in armed forces across the Commonwealth between the 1890s and the 1950s.  Containing records from the Anglo-Boer War, both World Wars and the Korean War, this set provides a comprehensive and transnational account of Home Children's involvement in military conflicts over a 60 year period. These 6,653 records are transcription-only.

Home Children Hazelbrae Barnardo Home Index, 1883-1923


These 9,050 new records document Home Children that were received at the Hazelbrae Barnardo Home in Ontario, Canada between 1883 and 1923.

In conjunction with the Canadian Home Children Immigration Records Index, Inspection Reports, Boards of Guardian records and these indexes from Bethany Children's Homes in Pennsylvania, this new record set tells the story of each child's migration to an unfamiliar land.

New pages from Lanark to Luton

Our newspaper collection grew by 111,501 pages this week. We added a brand new title - the Shoreham Herald - and updated ten of our existing publications from across the UK and Ireland.   Here's everything we added this Findmypast Friday.

New title:
  • Shoreham Herald, 1986-1990
Updated titles:
  • Bognor Regis Observer, 1960
  • Carluke and Lanark Gazette, 1988
  • Fraserburgh Herald and Northern Counties’ Advertiser, 1892
  • Halifax Guardian, 1833, 1835-1837, 1842
  • Leamington Spa Courier, 1955-1959, 1961-1964, 1968-1969, 1995
  • Londonderry Sentinel, 1985, 2002
  • Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle, 1975, 1988
  • Nelson Leader, 1960-1966, 1989, 1999
  • St. Andrews Citizen, 1995
  • Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser, 1994
Episode 2 of Was Justice Served? out now

Episode 2 of our new podcast Was Justice Served? sees Jen and David dive into a mysterious double poisoning case that took place in Victorian-era Surrey. Listen as they examine the evidence, hear testimonies from the trial, and ultimately determine whether the person responsible for this particularly grizzly crime was brought to justice.  
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But that's not all. After listening to the episode, take a look at the case files for yourself. Based on the newspaper clippings available, what's your verdict? Join the conversation by voting on whether or not justice was served here.

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52 Relatives: Henry J. White (1853-1919) of Connecticut

Henry J. White was born 12 April 1853 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, the first son and 4th child of Henry Arnold and Amy Frances (Oatley) White.  


In the 1860 United States Census, the Henry A. White family resided in Killingly township, Windham County, Connecticut.  The household included:
  • Henry A. White -- age 35, male, manufacturer, $1000 in real property, born CT
  • Amy F. White -- age 33, female, born CT
  • Ellen F. White -- age 15, female, born CT
  • Juliette White --age 13, female, born CT
  • Emily A. White -- age 12, female, born CT
  • Henry J. White -- age 7, male, born CT, attended school
  • Fred J. White -- age 1 month, born CT
In the 1870 United States Census, the Henry A. White family resided in Killingly township, Windham County, Connecticut.[4]  The household included:
  • Henry A. White -- age 44, male, white, works in a cotton mill, $1,400 in real property, $500 in personal property, born RI
  • Almira E. White -- age 28, female, white, keeping house, born MA
  • Henry J. White -- age 17, male, white, at school, born CT
  • Frederick J. White -- age 11, male, white, at school, born CT
  • George W. Winslow -- age 8, male, white, at school, born CT.
  • Hosea E. Green -- age 21, male, white, machinist in cotton mill, born CT
  • Mary J. Green -- age 18, female, white, no occupation, born CT
  • Percy T. Green -- age 4 months, male, white, born CT
On 15 February 1878, Henry J. White (age 24, born in East Killingly) married Ida E. Fogg (age 16, born in East Killingly) in Foster, Providence County, Rhode Island.[5]   Ida was born 5 April 1861 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, the daughter of Allen and Laura P. (Soule) Fogg.  She died on 17 April 1932 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.  They had two children:
  • Allen Henry White (1880-1957), born 4 October 1880 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut, died 31 December 1957 in Danielson, Windham County, Connecticut.  He married (1) 19 October 1905 Mattie Orilla Gilbert, born 25 December 1881 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, died 14 March 1922 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut. Allen married (2) on 1 September 1928 to Charlotte A. Hargraves in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, born about 1888 in Massachusetts.
  • male White (1885-1885), born 31 January 1885 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, died 31 January 1885 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.
In the 1880 United States Census, Henry J. and Ida E. White were enumerated in the household of Laura Fogg, Ida's mother, in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.[6]  The household included:
  • Laura Fogg - white, female, age 41, widowed, Keeping house, born Rhode Island, father born Rhode Island, mother born Rhode Island.
  • Mary Fogg - white, female, age 16, single, works in Cotton Mill, born Connecticut, father born Maine, mother born Rhode Island.
  • Henry J. White - white, male, son-in-law, married, works in Cotton Mill, born in Connecticut, father born Rhode Island, mother born Rhode Island.
  • Ida E. White - white, female, age 19, married, works in Cotton Mill, born Connecticut, father born Maine, mother born Rhode Island.
In the 1900 United States Census, the Henry J. White household resided on Furnace Street in Danielson borough of Killingly town, Windham County, Connecticut.[7]  The household included:
  • Henry J. White - Head, white, male, born Apr 1952, age 48, married, for 23 years, born Connecticut, father born Connecticut, mother born Connecticut, a machinist in cotton, can read, write, and speak English, rents a home.
  • Ida White - Wife, white, female, born Apr 1862, age 38, married, for 23 years, 1 child born, 1 child living, born Connecticut, father born Maine, mother born Connecticut, can read, write, and speak English.
  • Allen White - Son, white, male, born Oct 1880, age 19, single, born Connecticut, father born Connecticut, mother born Connecticut, can read, write, and speak English.
In the 1910 United States Census, the Henry J. White family resided at 1 Broad Street in Danielson borough of Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.[8]  The household included:
  • Henry J. White - Head, male, white, age 57, married, for 32 years, born Connecticut, father born Connecticut, mother born Connecticut, speaks English, a Machinist, works in Cotton Mill, can read and write, rents a home.
  • Ida E. White - Wife, female, white, age 49, married, for 32 years, 1 child born, 1 child living, born Connecticut, father born Maine, mother born Connecticut, speaks English, no occupation, can read and write.

Henry J. White died at age 66 on 12 October 1919 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.[2,9]  He was buried in Westfield Cemetery in Danielson, Windham County, Connecticut with his wife, Ida White, and son, Allen H. White.

SOURCES

1. Harry J. Oatley, The Oatley Family in America and Their Descendants (Providence, R.I. : The Oatley Family Association, 1970), page 67, #172 Amy Frances Oatley family sketch.

2. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/37825832/henry_j-white: accessed June 27, 2024), memorial page for Henry J White (12 Apr 1853–12 Oct 1919), Find a Grave Memorial ID 37825832, citing Westfield Cemetery, Danielson, Windham County, Connecticut, USA; Maintained by lpartrick (contributor 49292490).

3. 1860 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut,  population schedule, Killingly town, page 588, dwelling #851, family #925, Henry White household; imaged, "1860 U.S. Federal Census," Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 92.

4. 1870 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Killingly township: page 442, dwelling #691, family #975, Henry White household; imaged, "1870 U.S. Federal Census," Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 116.

5. "Rhode Island, U.S., Marriage Registrations, 1853-1922," indexed database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), Henry J. White and Ida E. Fogg entry, 15 February 1878.

6. 1880 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Killingly, ED 129, Page 16, dwelling #149, family #176, Laura Fogg household; ; imaged, "1880 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com); citingNational Archives Microfilm Publication T9, 1,454 rolls, Washington, D.C.

7. 1900 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Killingly town, Danielson borough, ED 517, Sheet 14A, dwelling #283, family #369, Henry J. White household; imaged, "1900 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T623, 1,854 rolls, Washington, D.C.

8. 1910 United States Federal Census, Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Killingly town, Danielson borough, ED 576, Sheet 28A, dwelling #578, family #679, Henry J. White household;  imaged, "1910 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T624, 1,178 rolls, Washington, D.C.

9. "Connecticut, U.S., Deaths and Burials, 1650-1934," online database index, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org), Henry J. White death entry, 1919.

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Henry J. White (1853-1919) was my great-granduncle, the brother of my great-grandmother, Julia E. (White) Richmond (1848-1913).  

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, WikiTree, and in the FamilySearch Family Tree. 

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