Sunday, May 19, 2019

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 May 2019

Dozens of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands 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:


And Some New Family History Records Were Created by Nick Thorne on The Nosey Genealogist blog.

*  Ancestry’s ThruLines – Part 3 – Asa Ellis Roberts by Don Taylor on the Don Taylor Genealogy blog.

DNA Ethnicity Reports: Who You Are, and What They Say You Are by Lynn Serafinn on the Trentino Genealogy blog.

*  Finding John Costello – A DNA Journey: Isidore Fried & Sarah Esther Salzman Data Analysis by Amberly Beck on The Genealogy Girl blog.

Back to London For a Conference by Emily Aulicino on the DNA-GeneAlem's Genetic Genealogy blog.

Crawford ThruLines Question by Marcia Philbrick on the Heartland Genealogy blog.

*  Highlights of the NGS Conference by Janine Adams on the Organize Your Family Tree blog.

Two New Features Added to GenealogyBank by Tony Pettinato on the GenealogyBank Blog.

Withdrawing a Recommendation by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.

For the Map and Geography Geek in You by Randy Majors on the RandyMajors.com blog.

What's New At Your Genealogy Society? by Gena Philibert-Ortega on the Legacy News blog.

Genealogy 101:  What Will Happen To My Genealogy After I'm Gone on the GenealogyBank Blog.

Finding Eddie by Melanie McComb on the Vita Brevis blog.

Finally, Interesting Possibilities to Sync Your Data by Louis Kessler on the Behold Genealogy blog.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

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


 Friday Fossicking - 17 May 2019 by Crissouli on the That Moment in Time blog.


This Week's Creme de la Creme -- May 18, 2019  by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their 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 am currently 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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Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 12 to 18 May 2019

The following record collections were listed on the Ancestry Card Catalog list on Ancestry.com during the period from 12 to 18 May 2019 

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1967; indexed database with record images, Updated 5/15/2019

Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2017; indexed database without record images, Updated 5/15/2019

Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952; indexed database with record images, Updated 5/15/2019

Wales, Wills and Probate, 1513-1858; indexed database with record images, ADDED 5/14/2019

Netherlands, Baptism Index, 1557-1902; indexed database without record images, Updated 5/14/2019

Staffordshire, England, Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, 1837-2017; indexed database without record images, ADDED 5/10/2019

Bexley, Kent, England, Electoral Registers, 1734-1965; indexed database with record images, Updated 5/9/2019

New York State, Death Index, 1957-1968; indexed database without record images, Updated 5/8/2019

Queensland, Australia, Licensed Victuallers Index, 1900-1903; indexed database without record images, ADDED 5/7/2019

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

By my count, there were NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,666 collections available as of 18 May, an increase of  1 from last week.  Therefore, 2 collections were removed this past week.  Which ones? 


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Disclosure:  I have had a fully paid Ancestry.com subscription since 2000.  Ancestry.com has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Added and Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 12 to 18 May 2019

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 18 May 2019, there were 2,489 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 4 from last week):

The added or updated collections are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Deleted ---

*  Scotland Census, 1901   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3212239); Index only, no images, DELETED 28 Apr 2019

--- Collections Added   ---

*  Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Births Records, 1842-1917        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3246498); Index only, no images, ADDED 1 Jan 1970

*  Pennsylvania, Berks County, Reading, Charles Evans Cemetery and Crematory Burial Records, 1887-1979     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3241365); 10,396 indexed records with 10,396 record images, ADDED 1 Jan 1970

*  Texas, Gonzales County, School Records, 1910-1970       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3019663); 839,140 indexed records with 839,140 record images, ADDED 17 May 2019

*  Utah, Salt Lake County, Enrolled Militia, 1895  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3031546); 8,901 indexed records with 8,901 record images, ADDED 15 May 2019

*  Arizona, Mesa LDS Family History Center, Obituary Index, 1959-2014      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3159286); 852,446 indexed records with 852,446 record images, ADDED 17 May 2019

--- Collections Updated ---

*  Australia, South Australia, Will and Probate Records    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3007557); 48,290 indexed records with 47,080 record images (was 45,061 records with 43,926 images), Updated 7 May 2019

*  Oregon, Yamhill County Records, 1857-1963       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1930095); 7,257 indexed records with 96,736 record images (was 7,175 records with 96,736 images), Updated 7 May 2019

*  Illinois, Cook County, Obituaries, ca. 1970-1990        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2258580); 293,090 indexed records with 35,504 record images (was 293,091 records with 35,504 images), Updated 16 May 2019

*  Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1462519); 3,231,003 indexed records with 1 record images (was 3,231,003 records with 1 images), Updated 13 May 2019

*  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 36,354,828 images), Updated 15 May 2019

*  Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974183); 201,124 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 201,052 records with 207,943 images), Updated 13 May 2019

*  England and Wales Census, 1891  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1865747); 29,048,399 indexed records with 1,281,665 record images (was 29,048,399 records with 1,281,665 images), Updated 8 May 2019

*  Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1930     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1503045); 3,009,818 indexed records with 2,067,487 record images (was 2,571,622 records with 2,067,487 images), Updated 14 May 2019

*  New Jersey, Jersey City, Holy Name Cemetery, Card Index of Interment, 1849-1984 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3016198); 42,736 indexed records with 39,228 record images (was 3,448 records with 3,448 images), Updated 15 May 2019

*  Ohio, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1977  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1987615); 1,840,500 indexed records with 1,097,134 record images (was 1,840,355 records with 1,097,134 images), Updated 15 May 2019

*  Ohio, Columbus, Union Cemetery, Burial Records, ca. 1878-1980   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3019070); 54,081 indexed records with 53,860 record images (was 14 records with 14 images), Updated 16 May 2019

*  United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2333694); 34,153,321 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,153,324 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 18 May 2019

*  Denmark Census, 1845    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2778652); 1,671,252 indexed records with 61,743 record images (was 1,671,252 records with 61,743 images), Updated 10 May 2019

*  Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1926701); 19,912,433 indexed records with 3,007,818 record images (was 19,463,413 records with 3,007,818 images), Updated 9 May 2019

*  New York State Census, 1905     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1463113); 7,673,916 indexed records with 111,177 record images (was 7,704,472 records with 111,177 images), Updated 6 May 2019

*  Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1463145); 1,760,721 indexed records with 864,976 record images (was 1,760,711 records with 864,976 images), Updated 13 May 2019

*  Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1463134); 7,025,587 indexed records with 7,025,587 record images (was 7,025,587 records with 7,025,587 images), Updated 13 May 2019

*  Ohio, World War I Statement of Service Cards, 1914-1919 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3010045); 31,845 indexed records with 31,774 record images (was 30,425 records with 30,357 images), Updated 8 May 2019

*  United States Census, 1940      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2000219); 134,827,283 indexed records with 3,841,151 record images (was 134,827,284 records with 3,841,151 images), Updated 16 May 2019

*  Peru, Áncash, Civil Registration, 1888-2005     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2114425); 824,466 indexed records with 903,067 record images (was 824,466 records with 903,067 images), Updated 17 May 2019

*  England and Wales Census, 1901  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1888129); 34,138,955 indexed records with 34,138,955 record images (was 34,138,955 records with 34,138,955 images), Updated 4 May 2019

*  Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2862204); 191,136 indexed records with 5,040 record images (was 187,811 records with 2,343 images), Updated 8 May 2019

*  West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417434); 2,224,230 indexed records with 2,408,098 record images (was 2,224,230 records with 2,408,098 images), Updated 14 May 2019

*  England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1963      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1462403); 2,852,294 indexed records with 113,093 record images (was 2,852,294 records with 113,093 images), Updated 17 May 2019

*  Illinois, Macon County, Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1447337); 163,674 indexed records with 64,268 record images (was 163,674 records with 64,268 images), Updated 10 May 2019

*  New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Passenger Lists, 1839-1973   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1609792); 7,348,986 indexed records with 296,065 record images (was 7,348,986 records with 296,065 images), Updated 8 May 2019

*  Idaho, Southern Counties Obituaries, 1943-2013  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2290243); 1,514,986 indexed records with 52,677 record images (was 1,514,987 records with 52,677 images), Updated 16 May 2019

*  Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Board of Health Birth Return Records, 1908-1911     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3015348); 9,198 indexed records with 9,090 record images (was 79 records with 79 images), Updated 6 May 2019

*  North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1584959); Index only (2,642,875 records), no images (was 2,642,875 records with 0 images), Updated 14 May 2019

*  New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1520640); 501,128 indexed records with 500,776 record images (was 501,128 records with 1,020,845 images), Updated 7 May 2019

*  Texas, Gonzales County, Birth Records, 1878-1945        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3023822); 53,386 indexed records with 21,688 record images (was 1,225 records with 1,240 images), Updated 15 May 2019

*  Montana, Rosebud County Records, 1878-2011      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1908714); 10,568 indexed records with 97,864 record images (was 10,460 records with 97,864 images), Updated 14 May 2019

*  Philippines Civil Registration (National), 1945-1984    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1852584); 561,953 indexed records with 20,274,621 record images (was 555,046 records with 20,274,621 images), Updated 15 May 2019

*  New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1865481); 384,627 indexed records with 5,946,421 record images (was 384,627 records with 5,946,421 images), Updated 8 May 2019

*  Washington, World War I Veteran's Compensation Fund Application Records, 1921-1925      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1878898); 28,608 indexed records with 29,408 record images (was 28,350 records with 29,154 images), Updated 9 May 2019

*  Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications, 1911-1938    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1865475); 2,127 indexed records with 27,874 record images (was 1,759 records with 27,874 images), Updated 17 May 2019

*  Spain, Soldier Personal Service Files, 1835-1940        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2558684); 14,937 indexed records with 413,569 record images (was 14,937 records with 364,919 images), Updated 7 May 2019

*  United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2367299); 6,595,649 indexed records with 539,878 record images (was 6,221,269 records with 539,878 images), Updated 10 May 2019

--- Collections with new images ---

*  England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3155913); 352,849 indexed records with 23,310 record images (was 277,324 records with 15,832 images),  2 Feb 2019

*  Peru, Cemetery Records, 1912-2013       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3163400); 31,073 indexed records with 1,365 record images (was 28,693 records with 1,245 images),  22 Apr 2019

*  Hawaii, Hansen's Disease Records, Kalaupapa Vital Records Card Index, 1928-1947 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3155903); 7,626 indexed records with 7,792 record images (was 3,601 records with 3,995 images),  29 Apr 2019

*  South Carolina, Colleton County Marriage Licenses, 1911-1951    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3161369); 4,503 indexed records with 4,290 record images (was 2,892 records with 2,753 images),  22 Apr 2019

*  California, Los Angeles County, North Hollywood, Pierce Brothers Memorial Park Cemetery, Memorial Tablets, 1943-1980    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3235392); 52,717 indexed records with 50,702 record images (was 38,571 records with 37,213 images),  29 Apr 2019

*  Brazil, São Paulo, Civil Registration, 1925-1995        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2765317); 1,848,011 indexed records with 1,794,803 record images (was 1,848,011 records with 1,793,938 images),  30 Apr 2019

*  South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2727134); 253,685 indexed records with 253,519 record images (was 253,685 records with 253,446 images),  10 Apr 2019

*  Iowa, Birth Records, 1921-1942  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2849548); 743,115 indexed records with 732,941 record images (was 743,113 records with 728,544 images),  28 Mar 2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

*  Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417491); 1,678,119 indexed records with 1,676,689 record images (was 1,678,119 records with 1,676,692 images),  16 Mar 2019

*  Kansas, Gove County Enumeration Books and List of Residents, 1909-1950  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2854369); 96,391 indexed records with 9,017 record images (was 96,391 records with 11,242 images),  18 Oct 2018

--- Collections with new records ---

*  France, Marriages, 1546-1924    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1500690); Index only (3 records), no images (was 2 records with 0 images),  5 Nov 2013

*  United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2061540); 40,914 indexed records with 707,724 record images (was 24,389 records with 707,724 images),  23 Apr 2019

*  Ohio, Summit County, Coroner Inquests, Hospital and Cemetery Records, 1882-1949 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1985540); 11,863 indexed records with 12,047 record images (was 11,858 records with 12,047 images),  28 Mar 2019

*  Nova Scotia Births, 1864-1877   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2243378); 58,750 indexed records with 35,026 record images (was 12,052 records with 35,026 images),  26 Jun 2015

*  Brazil, Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Cemetery Records, 1897-2012      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2137269); 90,425 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 17,488 records with 150,972 images),  6 Dec 2013

--- Collections with records removed ---

*  Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558-1898  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473000); Index only (36,870,759 records), no images (was 36,965,540 records with 0 images),  15 May 2018

*  Germany Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1494474); Index only (3,248,052 records), no images (was 3,259,720 records with 0 images),  18 Sep 2015

*  California Death Index, 1940-1997       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2015582); Index only (9,366,541 records), no images (was 9,366,542 records with 0 images),  7 Mar 2012

*  World Miscellaneous Marriages, 1662-1945        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1809045); Index only (30,101 records), no images (was 30,349 records with 0 images),  11 Apr 2012

*  Germany Marriages, 1558-1929    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1473009); Index only (8,385,335 records), no images (was 8,390,395 records with 0 images),  18 Sep 2015

*  World Miscellaneous Births and Baptisms, 1534-1983      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1783956); Index only (485,689 records), no images (was 525,475 records with 0 images),  27 Feb 2013

*  United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2199956); Index only (875,610,760 records), no images (was 875,610,817 records with 0 images),  17 Jun 2015

*  Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2010  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2038378); Index only (3,599,263 records), no images (was 3,599,264 records with 0 images),  5 Jun 2012

*  Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949334); Index only (4,267,593 records), no images (was 4,267,594 records with 0 images),  6 May 2014

*  Texas Marriages, 1966-2010      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2031191); Index only (7,606,133 records), no images (was 7,606,135 records with 0 images),  5 Jun 2012

*  Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3015626); 3,503,512 indexed records with 8,035,252 record images (was 3,503,524 records with 8,035,252 images),  14 Mar 2019

*  California Birth Index, 1905-1995       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2001879); Index only (24,589,485 records), no images (was 24,589,489 records with 0 images),  1 Mar 2012

*  Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2370234); 2,509,920 indexed records with 137,344 record images (was 2,509,923 records with 137,344 images),  20 Dec 2018

*  France, Births and Baptisms, 1546-1896  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1782519); Index only (5,343,894 records), no images (was 5,348,491 records with 0 images),  5 Mar 2019

*  England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2285338); Index only (132,174,285 records), no images (was 132,174,286 records with 0 images),  2 Oct 2014

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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.

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.

I note that there are 5 ADDED collections in the list above, and 1 removed, for a total of 4 added.  The FamilySearch web page shows 4 added since last week's post.  

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Where Were They 100 Years Ago?

It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 



Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 18 May 1919 - 100 years ago.

2)  List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.

Here's mine:

*  My grandparents Frederick W. Seaver (born 1876) and Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver  (born 1882) resided at 290 Central Street in Leominster, Massachusetts with their children:  Marion (born 1901), Evelyn (born 1903), Ruth (born 1907), Frederick W. Seaver (born 1911, my father), Edward R. (born 1913), and Geraldine Seaver (born 1817).  I have 15 year old pictures of this residence, which has been demolished.

*  My great-grandparents Frank W. Seaver (born 1852) and Hattie (Hildreth) Seaver (born 1857) resided at 149 Lancaster Street in Leominster, Massachusetts with my 2nd great-grandmother Sophia (Newton) Hildreth (born 1834).  I have a 1910 picture of this house, plus recent photographs, which still stands in Leominster.

*  My great-grandparents Henry Austin Carringer (born 1853) and Della (Smith) Carringer (born 1862) resided at 2105 30th Street in San Diego, California with Della's mother, my 2nd great-grandmother, Abbie A. (Vaux) Smith (born 1844), lived with them.  I have many pictures of this residence, which now stands at 2115 30th Street..


*  My grandparents, Lyle Carringer  (born 1891) and Emily (Auble) Carringer (born 1899) resided at 2054 Harrison Avenue in San Diego, awaiting the birth of my mother in late July 1919.  Emily's mother, my great-grandmother, Georgianna (Kemp) Auble (born 1868) may have lived with them in San Diego or at another unknown address.

So I have 12 direct ancestors living at this time, 100 years ago.  One parent, four grandparents, five great-grandparents, and two 2nd great-grandparents.


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