Thursday, December 1, 2022

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1673 Birth Record of Mehittabel Garnsey in Milton, Massachusetts

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

The treasure today is the 1673 birth record of Mehittabel Garnsey in Milton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts:

The birth record is the first record of the Garnsey section:

The transcription of this birth record is:

"GARNSEY, Mehittabel, Dau. of John,  Nov. 2, 1673"

The source citation for this record is:

 Peter Thacher and Hannah Vose, Milton records : births, marriages and deaths, 1662-1843 (Boston, Mass. : A. Mudge & Son, 1900), Births, page 27, Mehittabel Garnsey entry, 2 November 1673; indexed database with images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com).

This record is a Derivative Source, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the birth of John Horton.  The original record is probably in a Milton town record book that is not extant.

Mehittabel Garnsey (1673-1742) was born 2 November 1673 in Milton, Massachusetts Bay, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (--?--) Garnsey.  She married John Horton (1672-1752), the son of Thomas and Sarah (--?--) Horton in about 1690 in Milton.  They had seven children.

John and Mehitable (Garnsey) Horton are my 7th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their son John Horton (1696-1796), who married Mary Chase (1695-1734) in 1719 in Swansea, Massachusetts.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Genealogy Education Bytes - 24 to 30 November 2022

Welcome to Genealogy Education Bytes, posted on Wednesday afternoon for the past week, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history education  items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    


1)  Upcoming Conferences and Institutes



2 ) Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 30 November, 11 a.m.:  Cherokee, Choctaw & Chickasaw Freedmen Records and Family Stories by Angela Walton-Raji

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 2 December, 11 a.m.:  Finding Unknown Descendants of a Freedmen Cemetery by Char McCargo Bah.

*  SCGS Jamboree Webinar - Saturday, 3 December, 10 a.m.:  Two if By Sea: The Sea and the American Revolution, by Bryna O'Sullivan.

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 6 December, 5 p.m.:  Lloyd’s of London: its history and its records for shipping by Paul Milner.

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 7 December, 11 a.m.:  Creating a DNA plan for Geoff’s brick wall by Doahan Southard.

3)  Podcasts/Radio Shows:

*  Research Like a Pro:  RLP 229: Interview with Deborah Keyes



4)  YouTube and Facebook Videos:

*  Allen County Public Library:  5 Family History Videos



*  BYU Family History Library:  RootsMagic 8, People Tab - Nancy Busby (20 Sep 2022)





*  Just Genealogy:  7 Genealogy Videos



5)   Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy Education Bytes - 17 to 23 November 2022?

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Seeing Rhinos at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park in 2007 -- Post 745 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

  I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! These are some of my favorite photographs:



As San Diego County residents, we are blessed to have the San Diego Zoo (in Balboa Park) and the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park (on highway 78, east of Escondido).  We had Zoo memberships for many decades, until recently.  

In April 2007, Linda and I visited the Wild Animal Park without any of our grandkids, and we paid extra for the "Plains of Africa" tour in the park.  On this tour, the passenger truck gives us access to the heads of the rhinos.  We were able to pet them and feed them.  

My favorite animals at the Wild Animal Park were the tigers, lions and cheetahs, but you have to walk to their display areas.  The lions have a big glass window at the back of their lair and you can get really close to them safely.

This is all part of our family history!  

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Genealogy News Bytes - 23 to 29 November 2022

Welcome to Genealogy News Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon for the past week, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news  items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    


1)  News Articles:







2)  New or Updated Record Collections:









3)  Did you miss the last post in this series - see Genealogy News Bytes - 16 to 22 November 2022.

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Seavers in the News -- Vernon H. Seaver Dies in 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio

 Here is this week's edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from The Cincinnati [Ohio] Enquirer newspaper dated 6 Jul 1969, page 22:

The transcription of the article is:

"SEAVER

"Vernon H., beloved husband of Henrietta Seaver; father of Mrs. James Vandermolen, Mt. Washington. Thursday, July 3, 1969; residence, Hillsboro, Ohio.  Services, Miller Funeral Home, Hillsboro, Ohio, Monday, July 7, at 11 A.M.  Visitation, Sunday at the funeral home, 1 to 9 P.M."

The source citation is:

"Seaver,The Cincinnati [Ohio] Enquirer, Sunday, 6 July 1969, page 22, column 7, Vernon H. Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 28 November 2022).

This obituary identifies his name, day of death, his wife's name and his daughters' married names.  There is no birth date or location, no parent's names, no occupation, no affiliations, and no cause of death information.  

Vernon Hayes Seaver (1906-1969) was born 7 March 1906 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Louis Ticknor and Henrietta (Hicks) Seaver.  He died 3 July q1969 in Hillsboro, Ohio.  He married Henrietta Fredericka Fischer (1911-1992) in December 1939 in Cincinnati.  They had one child:

*  unknown Seaver, married James M. Vandermolen.

Vernon Hayes Seaver is my eighth cousin twice removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 9th great-grandfather Robert Seaver (1608-1683).

I did not know his spouse's name and still don't know his daughter's name after searching family trees and Ancestry records.
 
There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has a very short obituary.  I am glad that I can honor Vernon Hayes Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.

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Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Newspapers.com and have used it extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.


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Monday, November 28, 2022

Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 28 November 2022

 Here are the highlights of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week.  

1)  Published a genealogy sketch for the 52 Ancestors series for 7th great-grandfather #728 John Horton (1672-1752) of Milton and Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

2)  Transcribed a probate record for Amanuensis Monday -- 1795 Will of Relief Seaver (1774-1795) of Westminster, Massachusetts.

3)  Added to my MyHeritage AI Time Machine images and saved most of the available options to the computer, and added some of them to Facebook.  Wrote New Themes Added to the MyHeritage AI Time Machine.  Here is one of my favorites (1960's person):

4)  Added more photographs and document images to my ancestral profiles on FamilySearch Family Tree.  I'm working on the 3rd and 4th great-grandparents.  Wrote the post Rabbit Holes With Randy -- Adding Memories to FamilySearch Family Tree Profiles to describe my process.

5)  Added more photos and document images, and more Web Links to my 52 Ancestors posts, to my Ancestry Member Tree profiles.

6) AncestryDNA now has 41,331 DNA matches (up 29 from 21 November) for me today, with no new ThruLines.  Added Notes to 0 of them, and added no lines to  RootsMagic.   MyHeritageDNA now has 10,869 DNA matches (up 11 from 21 November) for me, with no new Theories.  Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

7)  Occasionally matched RootsMagic profiles to FamilySearch Family Tree.  I have matched 48,522 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 20).  

8) Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and source citations to my RootsMagic profiles. I now have 70,107 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 6 since 21 November), and 145,450  source citations (up 8). I TreeShared 115 new or modified profiles with my Ancestry Member Tree, and I resolved 344  Ancestry Hints. My Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 176,524 to be resolved, but I work on them several times a week.  My MyHeritage family trees have 162,523 Record Matches in 286 sources and I work on them occasionally.  

9) Wrote 19 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Sunday through Saturday), of which four were a press release. The most viewed post last week was 
Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 13 to 19 November 2022 with over  198 views.  Genea-Musings had about 13,800 views last week.  

10)  Real life:  This is week 142 since COVID restrictions started.  Tami and her two grand came down on Thanksgiving Day to take me to lunch, and to see Linda.  I went to our former neighbors house for Thanksgiving dinner, but I didn't eat much there - great to see this family after 30 years.  Linda is at a memory care and skilled nursing facility in Chula Vista 7 miles from home and I visited her six times last week.  I went grocery shopping on  Monday and Friday.  My Aztecs basketball team were 1-2 last week, my Aztecs lost their football game on Saturday night, and my Chargers won on Sunday.

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Amanuensis Monday -- 1795 Will of Relief Seaver (1774-1795) of Westminster, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the will for Relief Seaver of Westminster, Massachusetts, in Worcester County estate file 52918, filed in 1795.  

Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52918 image 3 of 5:

Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52918 image 2 of 5:

The transcription of this will is:

In the Name of God Amen This Eleventh Day of August
in the year of our Lord Seventeen Hundred and ninety five.
I Relief Seaver of Westminster in the County of Worcester
and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Seamstress being weak
and low as to bodily Health but of perfect mind and Memory
Caling to my mind the Mortality of my Body and know-
ing that all Mankind must return to their original Dust
do make and ordain this my last will and Testament
that is to say previously and first of all I give and recommend
my Soul to the God who gave it when God shall see fit to re-
move out of this troublesome World and my Body I recom-
mend to the Dust in a Decent and becoming Manner when ever
it shall please God to take me out of this World not doubting
but I shall receive the same again at the General Res-
urrection by the Mighty power of God and as touching
such Worldly Estate as it has pleased God to bestow upon me.
I would Dispose of the same in the following Manner Viz

1.  To my ^Hon'd^ Mother I would give my Dark coloured Calico Gown
and when she has done with it I would have her give
it to ^my Sister^ Faithy.

2.  I would give my purple sash to my Sister Lucinda.

Furthermore, I constitute my Brother Heman Seaver
my sole Executor to this my last will and Testament
and Order him to pay all my past and just Debts and
funeral Charges as far as my Estate will allow of it and if
any thing remains I would give it to my Sister Faithy
and I do utterly disallow and revoke any other will or Testa-
ment made or said to be made by me ratifying and Confirming
this and this only to my last will and Testament in witness
whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and
Year above Mentioned signed sealed and --- Turn Over
Delivered published pronounced and Declared by the said Relief
Seaver To be her last will and Testament in presents of us --
Jesse Spaulding                                              Relief Seaver
Amos Gates Sworn      }
Elisabeth Gates Sworn }    Oct'r 20th 1795
                                                proved & approved and ordered
                                                to be recorded
                                                              Jos. Dorr J. Prob.

The source citation for this probate file is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 52918 (5 images), Relief  Seaver of Westminster, 1795, "Worcester County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  (https://www.americanancestors.org: accessed 27 November 2022).

Relief Seaver (1774-1795) was born on 25 September 1774 in Westminster, the daughter of Norman and Sarah (Read) Seaver.  She was the 10th child of Norman (1734-1787) and Sarah (Read) Seaver.  She died on 20 August 1795 at the age of 20.  Her two younger sisters were Faitha Seaver (1776-1864) and Lucinda Seaver (1780-1844.  She did not marry.

Relief must have had some physical problems to cause her to write her will, including statements about her faith and trust in God.  However, there is no cause of death in the available records. Her father, Norman Seaver (1734-1787) died in 1787 and Relief received a portion of his estate (£11 6d) from Norman's executor.

Her brother Heman Seaver (1769-1835) was named executor of the estate.  Her two younger sisters were bequeathed clothing, and sister Faithy was to receive the balance of the estate.  There is a bond petition in the estate file, but no inventory or list of real and personal estate, and no division of the estate.  

Relief Seaver (1774-1795) is my 4th great-grandaunt.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 5th great-grandfather Norman Seaver (1734-1787).

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NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday." John offers this definition for "amanuensis:"

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Read other transcriptions of records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 20 to 26 November 2022

 Scores of genealogy and family history bloggers write hundreds of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

*  Using the Fan Methodology to Find a Female’s Father: Part 3- Research Logging and Report Writing by Diana Elder on Family Locket.

*  When Is a Genealogy Harvest Too Big? by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree.

*  The Irish way of death  by John Grenham on John Grenham - Irish Roots.

How Genealogy Research Provides Comfort After a DNA Surprise by Kara Rubinstein Deyerin on Legacy Tree Genealogists.

DAD by Bill West on West in New England.

 Finding A Place For Rachel Throop In My Loyalist Parker Family by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

*  Booties from Chief BlackHawk by Michael Dwyer on Vita Brevis.

*  5 Underutilized Native American Research Resources by Kathleen Brandt on a3Genealogy.

Seats at the Table by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

*  40 Questions to Preserve Your Family History by Denys Allen on PA History.

Tradition by Marcia Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy.

*  Immigration: The Greatest Genealogical Challenge, Part One: The larger picture by James Tanner on Genealogy's Star.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

*  Friday Fossicking - 25th Nov 2022 by Crissouli on That Moment In Time.

* This Week's Creme de la Creme - November 26, 2022  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and  read their articles, and add the blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I currently am reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.


Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here


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Cyber Monday Sale at MyHeritageDNA!

 I received this from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage today:

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Our Cyber Monday sale is on, and your audience won’t want to miss it! This is our best deal of the year — and our lowest price ever. Plus, we’re offering free shipping on 2 kits or more! But this offer will be over soon, so please spread the word and help more genealogists enjoy all the benefits of DNA testing.




Whether you’ve been waiting for a great deal to purchase one for yourself, or are looking for a meaningful, affordable holiday gift, now is the perfect time to order MyHeritage DNA! Our simple cheek swab test reveals your origins across 2,114 geographic regions and connects you with new relatives. As the #1 DNA test in Europe, it’s the best option for exploring origins and finding family members overseas.

 

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NOTE:  There are two deals here that end on Monday, 28 November: 

*  $36 for one MyHeritageDNA kit; 

*  $36 for one MyHeritageDNA kit, plus a month's free trial for a MyHeritage Complete plan.  Note the caveats at this site:  After 30 days, you'll enjoy a 50% discount and be charged $299 $149 for the first year. The Complete subscription renews annually. You can cancel anytime.

Disclosure: I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and gave 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.

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Census Sunday -- 1950 U.S. Census Record of Charles L. Richmond Household in Wethersfield, Connecticut

The 1950 United States Census record for the household of Charles L. Richmond in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut residing at 217 Prospect Street (taken 13 April 1950), on Sheet 21 of ED 2-309.

The Charles L. Richmond household starts on line 7 of the image (Sheet 21):

The information entered for each person in this household is:

*  Line 7 of Sheet 21 - 217 Prospect Street, dwelling  #227, is not a farm, is not on 3 acres or more.

*  Line 7 of Sheet 21 - Charles L. Richmond, head of household, white, male, age 51, married, born in Connecticut, a WorKer, worked 40 hours last week, a mail carrier, works for postal service, a Government employer.

*  Line 8 of Sheet 21 -  Elizabeth Richmond, wife, white, female, age 51, married, born in New York, works at H[ome],  did no work last week, was not looking for work, has no job.

The source citation for this family record is:

1950 U.S. Federal Census, Hartford County, Connecticut, Wetherfield, ED 2-309, Sheet 21, Dwelling Unit #227, Lines 7 to 8, Charles L. Richmond household; indexed database with record images,  Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/ : accessed 26 November 2022).

Charles Lloyd Richmond (1898-1968) was born 12 September 1898 in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Charles Edwin and Lavinia (Guertin) Richmond.  He died 30 June 1968 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  He married Elizabeth Byers (1899-1963) on 15 November 1922 in New York City.  She was born 20 January 1899 in Brooklyn, New York, and died 30 June 1963 in St. Petersburg.  They had one child.

Ralph Albert Richmond is my first cousin twice removed.  Our common ancestors are my second great-grandparents James and Hannah (Rich) Richmond.

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