Friday, July 10, 2020

52 Ancestors - Week 338: #548 Timothy Hamant (1667-1718) of Medfield, Massachusetts

Timothy Hamant (1667-1718)  is number 548 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #549 Melatiah Clark (1674-1747) in 1696 in Medfield, now Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #274 Timothy Hamant (1699-1774) who married #275 Hephzibah Clark (1699-1791) in 1727.
* their daughter #137 Patience Hamant (1735-1780) who married  #136 Moses Smith (1736-1806) in 1762.
*  their son #68  Aaron Smith (1765-1841) who married #69 Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850) in 1795.
*  their son #34 Alpheus Smith (1802-1840)   who married  #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869) in 1826.
*  their daughter, #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884) who married #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)  in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 

*   Name:                            Timothy Hamant[1–2]    
*  Alternate Name:             Timothy Hammon[3]    
*  Alternate Name:             Timothy Hammant[6]  

*  Sex:                                Male    

*  Father:                           Francis Hamant (1625-1692)    
*  Mother:                         Sarah  --?-- (1629-1708)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*   Birth:                            1 November 1667, Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[3–4]    
*  Distribution:                  1 September 1692 (age 24), father's will proved; Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[2]    

*  Town Officer:                1703 (about age 36), elected town treasurer; Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States[5]    

*  Death:                            1718 (about age 51), Arrowsic, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States[1]    
*  Burial:                            1718 (about age 51), non-cemetery burial, probably Arrowsic, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States[4]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

  Spose 1:                        Melatiah Clark (1674-1747)    
*  Marriage 1:                    19 January 1695/6 (age 28), Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States[6–7]    

*  Child 1:                         Timothy Hamant (1699-1774)    
*  Child 2:                         Samuel Hamant (1701-1755)    
*  Child 3:                         Melatiah Hamant (1704-1751)    
*  Child 4:                         Mehitable Hamant (1706-1727)    
*  Child 5:                         Abiel Hamant (1708-1783)  
            
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

William S. Tilden edited the book History of the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1650-1886. The family genealogy section of the book provides this summary[1]:
"Timothy 2 (Francis) owned the farm and house that had been his father's. He married in 1696 Milletiah Clark (36). He was chosen town treasurer in 1703, and held that office for several years. He died at Arrowsick in 1718; and his widow probably married, as second husband, William Partridge (5), and died in 1747."
Timothy "Hammon" was born 1 November 1667 in Medfield, Massachusetts, the son of Francis and Sarah (--?--) Hamant[3-4].

Timothy was named executor of his father's will, written on 22 July 1692, and proved in Suffolk County Probate Court on 1 September 1692[2].  Timothy received the rest of the estate and was to care for his mother, and pay his sisters money as part of their share. The probate record for Francis Hamant is in Suffolk County probate case file 1,962 in Suffolk County Probate Court.

He married Melatiah Clark (1674-1747) on 19 January 1695/6 in Boston, Massachusetts[6-7].  She was the daughter of Ephraim and Mary (Bullen) Clark of Medfield.  Timothy and Melatiah (Clark) Hamant had five children, all born in and recorded in Medfield:

*  Timothy Hamant (1699-1744), married 1727 Hephzibah Clark (1699-1791).
*  Samuel Hamant (1701-1755), marred 1728 Hannah Partridge (1702-1780).
*  Melatiah Hamant (1704-1751), married 1728 Michael Metcalf (1706-1771).
*  Mehitable Hamant (1706-1727).
*  Abiel Hamant (1708-1783), married 1733 Joseph Smith (1709-1760).

Timothy Hamant served the  town of Medfield in 1703 when he became Town Treasurer. He continued in this position for many years[1].

It is not known why Timothy Hamant went to Arrowsic in Maine in about 1718, but the history of Medfield says he died there[1].  

No burial location is known for Timothy Hamant, but there is a Find A Grave memorial for him[4].

There is no known probate record for Timothy Hamant in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.  His wife and children probably resided in the Medfield house until Melatiah married, secondly, William Partridge in 1726.  Melatiah (Clark) (Hamant) Partridge died in 1747 in Medfield. 
 
5)  SOURCES:

1. William S Tilden and John A S Monks, History of the town of Medfield, Massachusetts, 1650-1886 : with genealogies of the families that held real estate or made any considerable stay in the town during the first two centuries (Boston, Mass.: G.H. Ellis, 1887), page 402, Timothy Hamant sketch.

2. Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case File 1962 Francis Hamant estate file (4 images), will proved 1 September 1692; "Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, American Ancestors (http://www.americanancestors.org : accessed 9 July 2020).

3. Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 57, Timothy Hammon entry, 1 November 1667.

4. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (http://www.findagrave.com), Non-cemetery burial, Timothy Hamant (1667-1718) memorial # 95761826.

5. Cheryl O'Malley "The Francis Hamant House Legacy," webpage, Medfield [Mass.] Historical Society (https://medfieldhistoricalsociety.org/the-francis-hamant-house-legacy/), 2015, Timothy Hamant (1667-1718) sketch.

6. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), "Boston Marriages, 1689-1720," page 44 (image 23 of 96), Timothy Hammant and Melatiah Clark entry, 1696.

7. Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com, "Boston > Births, Marriages, and Death," image 3041 of 60705, Timothy Hammant and Melatiah Clark marriage entry, 1696.

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NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2020 for a seventh year to 364 Ancestors in 364 Weeks.  The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in   https://www.geneamusings.com/p/ancestor-biographies.html.

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Seavers in the News -- George W. Seaver Dies at Age 92 in Scott County, Indiana

It's time for another 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 Scott County Journal [Scottsburg, Ind.] newspaper dated 28 April 1937:

The transcription of the article is:

"George W. Seaver Dead

"George W. Seaver died at the home of his son, Dewey Seaver, Friday, in Jennings township, aged 92 years.

"He served through the Civil War in the Union army, having enlisted at the age of 18 years.  He was with Sherman on his march to the sea.  He lived in Saluda township, and for many years conducted a "store boat," at Saluda landing on the Ohio river.  Later he moved to Scott county, and engaged extensively in the raising of fruit, and was an expert in that line.

"Besides his widow, Mrs. Rosa Seaver, he is survived by six sons, Charles, of Scottsburg; Arthur, of Crothersville; Roy, of Indianapolis; Jesse, of San Francisco, Calif.; Dewey, of Austin; Paul, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and three daughters, Mrs. Mary Mount, of Indianapolis; Mrs. Maude Clifton, of Bedford, Ky., and Mrs. Ruth Browman, of Crystal Lake, Ill.  His death leaves but one Union soldier, Johnie Bennett, who is 3 years older than Mr. Seaver.

"He was a native of Kentucky, and enlisted in the army from Kentucky.

"The funeral and burial was at Wesley Chapel, Sunday evening."

The source citation is:

"George W. Seaver Dead," The Scott County Journal [Scottsburg, Ind.] newspaper, obituary, Wednesday, 28 April 1937, page 1, column 3, George W. Seaver obituary;  Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 9 July 2020).

This obituary provides a death date (implied 23 April 1937), a death place, an age, his spouse's name, his children's names, but no birth date or parents names.

I had George Washington Seaver (1844-1937) in my RootsMagic database,  He was born 27 March 1844 in Jennings, Indiana, the son of Daniel and Julia (Holcomb) Seaver.  He married (1) Sarah Elizabeth Fix (1849-1881) in 1866 in Clark County, Indiana.  They had three children:

*  Mary Seaver (1869-1939), married John William Mount (1859-1936).
*  Fannie Seaver (1872-1917), married 1889 Alvin Louis Ogle (1867-1957).
*  Maud Seaver (1875-1963), married 1895 Charles William Clifford (1849-1931).

He married (2) Rosala Foster (1865-1944) in 1881 in Jennings, Indiana.  They had 12 children:

*  Oliver Seaver (1882-1899).
*  Clara Seaver (1883-1885).
*  Charles C. Seaver (1884-1963), married 1910 Nola Jane Morgan (1893-1966).
*  Arthur Francis Seaver (1885-1964), married 1907 Fern Foster (1889-1971).
*  Roy James Seaver (1887-1971), married 1909 Hettie Florence Warman (1889-1957).
*  George Seaver (1889-1893).
*  Jesse Montgomery Seaver (1890-1975), married (1) 1917 Margaret Blanche Marlowe (1898-????), and (2) 1939 Mary Elizabeth Bottoms (1902-1977).
*  Leslie Foster Seaver (1892-1932), married (1) 1911 Ora Alta Cooley (1892-1918),and (2) 1919 Barbara Anastasia Dempsey (1895-1987).
*  Sylvia May Seaver (1895-1897).
*  Ruth Alice Seaver (1903-1983), married 1922 Charles Cecil Burroughs Rafferty (1901-1943).
*  Dewey Addison Seaver (1905-1997), married 1933 Lelia Mae Hill (1913-1987).
*  Paul Revere Seaver (1906-1996), married 1928 Beulah McClain (1907-1986).

His son, Jesse Montgomery Seaver (1890-1975), was a genealogist and author of many family history books.  See Jesse Montgomery Seaver Genealogies.

I am probably not related to George Washington Seaver - his father Daniel Seaver (1801-1869) was probably born in New York, but has no known parents.  Jesse Montgomery Seaver could not figure it out either.

There are over 9,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and some people live a long time and have many children.  I am glad that I can honor George Washington Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors, 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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MyHeritage Has Free Access to Over 1 Billion Birth Records from 10-16 July

I received this information from MyHeritage today:

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I’m happy to share with you that MyHeritage is providing free access to all birth records, from July 10–16, 2020! This vast treasure trove includes 104 collections from all over the world, comprising a total of 1,099,379,647 records.
This is a fabulous opportunity for anyone who wants to search for their ancestors’ birth records. 
Free Access to All Birth Records on MyHeritage
Here's the link to search the collections starting July 10.
There is also a huge sale on MyHeritage DNA kits — only $49 per kit, now through July 20.
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I had 1,562 exact match results for "Seaver" last name in 33 record collections.  There were 79 exact match results for "Carringer" last name in 10 collections.  There were 375,096 exact match results for "John Smith" in 88 collections.  There were only 2 exact match results for "Randall Seaver" in 1 collection.

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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Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1667 Birth Record of Timothy Hammon in Medfield, Massachusetts

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

The treasure today is the 1667 birth record of Timothy Hammon in the Medfield, Massachusetts town vital record book:


The birth record is the second entry for HAMMON:


The transcription of this record is:

"[HAMMON] Timothy, s. Francis and Sarah, Nov. 1, 1667."

The source citation for this record is:

Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Births, page 57, Timothy Hammon entry, 1 November 1667.

This is a Derivative Source record for the birth of Timothy Hammon. It is Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the birth date and place, and the name Timothy Hammon and his parents. The original record is probably a Medfield town record that has been lost over the centuries.

Timothy Hamant (1667-1718) was the son of of Francis and Mary (--?--) Hamant of Medfield. He married Melatiah Clark (1674-1747) in 1696 in Medfield; she was the daughter of Ephraim and Mary (Bullen) Clark of Medfield, Massachusetts. Timothy and Melatiah (Clark) Hamant are my 7th great-grandparents, through their son Timothy Hamant (1698-1774), who married Hepsibath Clark (1699-1791), and through their daughter Melatiah Hamant (1704-1751), who married Michael Metcalf (1706-1771) in 1728.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Dipping Into Denmark Church Records: 1842 Birth of Kirstine Sørensen

My grandsons have Danish ancestry through their father.  His grandparents came from Denmark in 1906 and settled in Chicago.

FamilySearch has a nice list of 28 Denmark record collections, and many of them are indexed and have record images.  I am using t
he "Denmark Church Records, 1484-1941" collection for these records.


Today, I'm looking for the birth record of Kirstine Sørensen who was born 26 April 1842 in Gram, Haderslev, Denmark.  Here is the birth record summary image:


And the actual record image is:

The birth record is the 9th record down the page, and numbered #13.  Here is the record:

The birth date is in the second column, the name of the child is in the 3rd column, the baptism date is in the 4th column, the parents names are in the 5th column, and the sponsors are in the 6th column.    Kirstine Sørensen was born 26 April 1842, baptized 10 July 1842, to parents Hans Sørensen and Elske Chatrine Bennetsen.  The record is from Gram, Haderslev, Denmark.

The source citation for this birth record is:


"Danmark Kirkebøger, 1484-1941", database with images,   FamilySearch   (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QGDW-L95R : 16 June 2020), Kirstine Sørensen, 1842.

Kirstine Sørensen (1842-1911) is my grandsons' 3rd great-grandmother.  She married Hans Lauritzen Hede (1838-1910) in 1863.

Note that these records are also on Ancestry.com ($$) and MyHeritage.com ($$).

Previous blog posts for my grandsons' ancestors include:

*  Dipping Into Denmark Church Records: 1880 Birth of Jens/Hans Lauritzen Hede (posted 10 June 2020)
*  Dipping Into Denmark Church Records: 1863 Marriage of Hans Lauritzen Hede and Kirstine Sørensen (posted 17 June 2020)
Dipping Into Denmark Church Records: 1838 Birth of Hans Lauritzen Hede (posted 25 June 2020)


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Tami on the Softball Field in 1990 (?) #3 -- Post 625 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! I found some more family photos hiding in Linda's family photo boxes. This is one of my favorite photographs:

Both of our daughters played Bobby Sox softball when they were between 9 and 14 years old.  Lori was a pitcher and Tami was a catcher.  The softball field was a half mile up our nearby main street.  Linda managed a team for several years and I coached.  The girls made the All-Star team almost every year in their age-groupings.  After the regular season was over in June, there were All-Star tournaments in several levels.  Tami also played on a travel team for several years in the summer. It was a fun family activity in the spring and summer and provided some travel experiences.  

The photo above shows Tami decorating the Seaver family Plymouth Voyager van before a road trip to Buena Park in the summer of 1990 or 1991.  Some of her teammates names are on the passenger side window.  We bought the van in about 1986 because our girls were getting bigger, and we were working with two softball teams at the time.  We used the van to take 5 or 6 girls to the tournaments.  The van eventually died in 1998 after 12 years of great service.  

These photos were scanned from photographs created from developed film prints and are not particularly sharp, but they are what we have!

Several times a year when our children were growing up, Linda sent photographs to her parents and brother in San Francisco. When her father died in 2002, her brother sorted out the photos and gave Linda the ones that were of our family and the ones interacting with them. They were given to us in a big box of stuff back in 2006, and we finally looked at them last year! I've started digitizing them for use in these Wordless Wednesday posts.


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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Genealogy News Bytes - Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Welcome to Genealogy News Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop over the past four days.




2)  New or Updated Record Collections:





3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  MyHeritage Online Events for June–July



*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 8 July, 5 p.m.:  Turning dry facts into exciting narrative, by Carol Baxter

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:


*  Fisher's Top Tips: #186r - New Stories


5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):







6)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 3 July 2020 ?

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Virtual Genealogical Association Webinars for Rest of 2020

The Virtual Genealogical Association (VGS) is a global organization serving family history enthusiasts of all levels, geared towards those:

  • whose circumstances make it difficult to attend local genealogical society meetings
  • who prefer online presentations, special interest groups (SIGs), conferences, and socializing
  • with an interest in connecting, networking, and mentoring with global genealogists.
The society has a yearly subscription of $20, and members can watch earlier presentations for six months after their initial performance.


The webinar calendar for the rest of 2020 is:

July 2020

Louis Kessler – “Your DNA Raw Data & What You Can Do With It”
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/726749004989897230
Louis’s website

Sara Gredler – “Successfully Searching the Old Fulton NY Postcards Website”
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4995646880768298256
Sara’s website

August 2020

Jessica Trotter – “Occupational Records: Finding Work-Related Paper Trails”
Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:00 am Eastern
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/860941100625456654
Jessica’s website

Ute Brandenburg – “Research in East and West Prussia“
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4472056144613994766
Ute’s website

Caroline Guntur – “Introduction to Swedish Genealogy”
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1459563609771119632
Caroline’s website

Julie Goucher – “Researching Displaced People”
Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 1 pm Eastern
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7366977902044253456
Julie’s website

September 2020

Sara Campbell – “Using Historic Maps of New England and Beyond”
Saturday, September 5, 2020 at 11:00 am Eastern
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5746896996539662864
Sara’s website

Tammy Tipler-Priolo – “Simple Steps to Writing Your Ancestors’ Biographies”
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6811392478401841420
Tammy’s website

Tamara Hallo – “How to Get the Most Out of FamilySearch.org”
Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4186898904830910476
Tamara’s website

Annette Lyttle – “Finding & Using Digitized Manuscript Collections for Genealogical Research”
Friday, September 25, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern
Annette’s website

October 2020

Patricia Coleman – “Beginning with DNA Painter: Chromosome Mapping”
Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 11:00 am Eastern

Kristin Brooks Barcomb – “Understanding & Correlating U.S. World War I Records & Resources”
Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern

Christine Johns Cohen – “Lineage & Hereditary Societies: Why, Where, When, What & How?”
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern

November 2020

VGA 2020 Virtual Conference (details will be announced in Spring 2020)
Fri, Nov 13 – Sun, Nov 15, 2020

Judy Nimer Muhn – “Researching French-Canadians in North America”
Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern
Judy’s website

Marian B. Wood – “Curate Your Genealogy Collection – Before Joining Your Ancestors!”
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern
Marian’s website

December 2020

Diane L. Richard – “The Organizational Power of Timelines”
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern
Diane’s website

Nancy Loe – “Using Macs and iPads for Genealogy”
Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm Eastern
Nancy’s website

Jean Wilcox Hibben – “Family History Can Heal Family Present”
Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern
Jean’s website

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Tombstone Tuesday -- Samuel Gray (1682-1712) Buried in Little Compton, Rhode Island

I have collected a number of gravestone photographs from my own camera and from Find A Grave memorials over many years, and thought I would share them one at a time for Tombstone Tuesday.

Here is the gravestone of my 7th great-grandfather, Samuel Gray (1682-1712) in Old Commons Burial Ground in Little Compton, Rhode Island:


I can barely read the inscription from the photograph:



Here Lyeth Ye Body
Of Samull Gray
Aged 30 Years
And Departed This
Life May Ye 23 
1712

The source citation for this gravestone is:

Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 06 July 2020), memorial page for Samuel Gray (1682–23 May 1712), Find a Grave Memorial no. 28839554, citing Old Commons Burial Ground, Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Janet Muff (contributor 46951416) .

Thank you to Janet Muff for creating this Find A Grave memorial and to 
Roger Guillemette for taking the photographs.

Samuel Gray (1682-1712) and Deborah Church (1677-1752) 
are my 7th great-grandparents.   Samuel was the son of Edward and Dorothy (Lettice) Gray, and Deborah was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Tucker) Church. They married in 1699 in Little Compton, R.I., and had 7 children, including Lydia Gray (1707-????), my 6th great-grandmother, who married Joseph Ladd (1701-1748) in 1731.
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Monday, July 6, 2020

Dear Randy: How Many Details Do You Add To a Family Tree Profile?

A society colleague asked this question in our society newsletter. 

My answer includes these points:

1)  I add as many events to my ancestor's Facts or Events in my desktop software program (I use RootsMagic for all data entry).  From birth to estate settlement - it might include church, town, marriage, tax, land, cemetery, funeral home, probate, directory, census, military, immigration, emigration, passenger lists, society membership, citizenship, school, newspaper, voter, residence, occupation, and other records.  I include biographical information from books, periodicals, newspapers, family stories, photographs, memories, etc.   My goal is to have source citations, media, and notes to support each Fact or Event assertion.  It all adds up to a timeline for the person profile. 

Here is the "Edit Person" screen for my great-grandfather Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in RootsMagic:

NOTE:  The Facts are in chronological order.  The three columns with check marks are for Fact Notes, Sources and Media.  

I add research notes (if there is conflicting or confusing evidence) and person notes (a life sketch) in a "Note" attached to the Name of the person in the profile.  I often add "Fact Notes" to Facts/Events that transcribe, abstract or summarize the information in the record source.

The profile "Note" is in the right section ("Person Details") of the profile with the Name highlighted on the screen above.  Here is a screen with the "Note:"

2)  I don't do as much for collateral lines (for example, siblings of my ancestors, siblings of my wife's ancestors, DNA Match lines from common ancestors, cousin lines, my one-name study profiles, etc.).  For these profiles, I do try to find and source birth, baptism, marriage, death and burial information using the best source records available.  I usually don't add Media or other Facts/Events to these profiles, but I do add obituaries and biographies to profile Notes..

3)  I am a "lumper" rather than a "splitter" when it comes to data entry to the software program. A "splitter" will enter a Fact or Event for every variation of an event - for example, there might be six records for a birth or a death of a person, and they may have slightly different dates, or places, or name spellings.  A "lumper" might pick the earliest event information, or a consensus of the records, and enter that information to represent the event.  A "splitter" might identify a person with only a birth name, or an alternate name, and include all name variations in their profile, with a source for each name.   A "lumper" might add "Alternate Names" and source each one, with a source for each alternate name.  Software usually permits the user to add "Alternate Birth" or death or marriage information too.

As an example, here is my entry for 2nd great-grandfather Devier James Lamphier Smith (1839-1894) showing "splitter" entries for the birth date:

NOTE:  Devier was born a "Lamphier," was adopted by the Smith family, and had his name changed to Smith in 1866 by a Wisconsin state law.  There are several record dates for his birth date, but only two which give the specific date (but they are three years apart!).  I discuss this conflict in the "Person Details" Note.

4)  All of this information can be used to write blog posts, periodical articles, unpublished manuscripts, or published books at a later date.  When I get "a round tuit!"

5)  It's up to the Individual researcher as to how much to include.  I started as a "lumper" and decided 15 years ago that it was too much extra work to become a "splitter."  Being a "lumper," the narratives and reports created by the software are much more readable!


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