Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Genealogy Education Bytes - Wednesday, 17 August 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)  Conferences and Institutes






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



*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 19 August, 11 a.m.:  Tracing Your Alberta Connections, by  Dave Obee.

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 23 August, 11 a.m.:   Make your photos speak with DeepStory, by Daniel Horowitz.

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 24 August, 11 a.m.:  Researching Oklahoma Roots, by Billie Stone Fogarty.

*   Upcoming Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 September:  Webtember:  All Genealogy.  All September Long.

3)  Podcasts/Radio Shows:


*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Episode 267 Become a Forensic Genetic Genealogist


4)  YouTube and Facebook Videos:






*  Family History Fanatics & Genealogists:  RootsMagic VS Family Tree Maker: Best Place Name Clean Up Tool



*  Genealogy TV:  FamilySearch.org Best Practices

*  Genealogy With Amy Johnson Crow:  The REAL Reason Your Ancestor Wasn't In the Will



*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Your Family's Recipes in Old Newspapers




*  Write Your Family History:  The Easiest Way to Write Family Histories

*  Your DNA Guide:  Family Tree DNA Discover
*  Your DNA Guide:  How to use Lucidchart

5)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy Education Bytes - 10 August 2022?

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Lauren and Her First Birthday Cake -- Post 730 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

 I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! This is one of my favorite photographs:


This is my oldest granddaughter Lauren celebrating her first birthday at her home in February 2006.  The cake was pretty good!  She is 17 now and a senior in high school.  

This is all part of our family history!  

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Note:  The photo is on the website - click the URL below.  Feedly isn't showing my images now.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Genealogy News Bytes - Tuesday, 16 August 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 - 9 August 2022.

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Seavers in the News -- James R. Seaver Dies in 1966 in Kansas City, Missouri

 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 Kansas City [Mo.] Times newspaper dated 7 November 1966, page 34:

The transcription of the article is:

"JAMES R. SEAVER

"James R. Seaver, 20, of 7908 Granada, Prairie Village, died yesterday at the home.  Police listed the cause of death as suicide.  Seaver was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church.  Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Seaver, and a brother, Robert Seaver, all of the home; a sister Mrs. Jane Davidson, The Plains, O., and the maternal grandmother Mrs. Clyde A. Shawver, 209 Brush Creek.  Services will be private."

The source citation is:

"James R. Seaver," The Kamsas City [Mo.] Times newspaper, Monday, 7 November, page 34, column 2, James R. Seaver obituary; Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 15 August 2022).

This obituary identifies his age, residence, death date, parents and sibling names, but no occupation or association information other than a church.

James Ross Seaver was born 17 December 1945 in Kansas City, the son of Arthur Twining and Dorothy Maydelle (Shawver) Seaver.  He died 6 November 1966 in Kansas City.  He had no spouse or children.

James Ross Seaver (1945-1966) was my 7th cousin once removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 7th great-grandfather Joseph Seaver (1672-1754). 

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 takes his own life.  I am saddened that I can honor James Ross 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, August 15, 2022

Free Month-long Online Genealogy Conference in September from Legacy Family Tree Webinars

 I received this information from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage today:

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I’m excited to share that Legacy Family Tree Webinars is hosting their third annual Webtember: a free, month-long online genealogy conference!

Every Friday in September, Legacy Family Tree Webinars will host multiple live and pre-recorded webinars with expert speakers on a wide variety of family history and DNA topics. A total of 31 webinars will take place, and they'll all be available to view for free until the end of the month.

Our own Myko Clelland, Director of Content in Europe at MyHeritage, will be speaking about tracing migrating ancestors; Emmanuel Condamine, COO of Filae, will provide an introduction to this extremely valuable French platform we acquired last year; and many, many more fascinating sessions sure to be of interest to MyHeritage fans are in the lineup. You can register for just one session, several, or all of them — completely free.

Click here (https://familytreewebinars.com/webtember) to view the full schedule and register for sessions. 
Webtember 2022
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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.  I subscribe on a yearly basis to Family Tree Webinars and enjoy their content.

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Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 15 August 2022

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

1)  Hosted and moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group Meeting on Wednesday on Zoom.  I reported on upcoming CVGS events, the genealogy news for the past three months, and my own research work, such as it is!

2)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society program meeting on Saturday, featuring Allison Singleton discussing the Allen County Public Library holdings on using PERSI for periodical research. 

3)  Worked on the CVGS website to check uploaded files and Gary's OneDrive site.  Organized my CVGS files by subject to prepare for adding files to the website.

4)  Published a genealogy biography for the 52 Ancestors series for 7th great-grandfather  #712 Robert Kirby (1674-1757) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

5) Transcribed a probate record document -  1865 Petition for Administration of the Estate of Alver M. Seaver of Worcester, Massachusetts - for the Amanuensis Monday series. 

6) AncestryDNA now has 40,697 DNA matches (up 65 from 8 August) for me today, with no new ThruLines.  MyHeritageDNA now has 10,620 DNA matches (up 25 from 8 August) for me, with no new Theories.  Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  Added notes to 2 AncestryDNA matches. 

7)  There was one session working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 48,307 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 29).

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 69,909 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 17 from 8 August), and 145,283 source citations (up 19). I TreeShared 34 new or modified profiles with my Ancestry Member Tree, and I resolved 436  Ancestry Hints. My current Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 25,501 to be resolved, but I work on them several times a week.  Resolved 23 MyHeritage record matches.

9) Wrote 14 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Sunday through Saturday), of which two were a press release. Restarted my weekly News Bytes and Education Bytes posts. The most viewed post last week was 
Genealogy Education Bytes - Wednesday, 10 August 2022 with over 180 views.

10)  This is week 127 since COVID restrictions.  My recovery from heart surgery is (I hope)  complete.  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 shopping on Monday and Friday.    I am still really tired every day, take at least two naps each day, and try to walk for 30 minutes every day on the block.  I watched the Padres games every day and we are now 65-52 on the season (5-2 last week).  

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Amanuensis Monday -- 1865 Petition for Administration of the Estate of Alver M. Seaver of Worcester, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is from the 1865 Worcester County, Massachusetts probate file for the administration of the estate of Alver M. Seaver of Worcester, Massachusetts:

a)  Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records - Case File 52857, image 7 of 18:

The transcription of this petition is (handwritten portions in italics):

To the Honorable the Judge of the Probate Court in and for the County of Worcester:

Respectfully represents  Alexander H. Seaver, 
of   Worcester   in the County of   Worcester,   that
Alver M. Seaver   who last dwelt in
sd Worcester, in said County of Worcester, died on the Twenty-seventh
day of November, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
sixty-  four  intestate, possessed of goods and estate remaining
to be administered, leaving  no   widow,
and as    his   only next of kin, the persons whose names, residence and relationship to the deceased
are as follows, viz.:

Harrison Edwards Seaver, Infant Child and only
lineal descendant of sd deceased, Born March 1st
A.D. 1863

Said Alexander H. Seaver, (Your Petitioner) Brother
and only surviving collateral kin of sd deceased

Edwards W. Green (Father in law of sd deceased) of the
City of Worcester

That your petitioner

Wherefore your petitioner prays that he may be appointed Administrator of the estate
of said deceased.

Dated this  Second  day of  January, A.D. 1865.
                                                         Alexander H. Seaver

The undersigned, being all parties interested in the foregoing Petition, desire the same may be
granted without further notice.

Edwards W. Green for self and sd Minor Child
Also the following Creditors of sd deceased with Residence, viz.:
Martin F. Peeler   Holden Mass.

The source citation for this probate file is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case file 52857 (18 images), Alver M. Seaver of Worcester, 1865; "Worcester County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1731-1881," digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  (https://www.americanancestors.org: accessed 7 August 2022).

The estate file for the administration of Alver M. Seaver contains 18 images, including:

*  image 1 - cover sheet of estate packet
*  3 January 1865:  images 2-3: Affidavit of valuation by administrator, $350
*  1 February 1865:  images 4-5:  Administrator's bond of $700
*  7 February 1865:  images 6-9:  Administrator's petition, citation and decree
*  2 May 1865:  images 10-11:  Affidavit of notice of appointment 
*  2 May 1865:  images 12-14:  Inventory of estate - personal estate of $739.08
*  7 August 1866:  images 15-18:  Administrator's account.  Payments and charges totaled $493.57, leaving a balance of $245.51.  Signed by Alexander H. Seaver, guardian of Harrison E. Seaver.

On image 18, the Funeral Charges section says:

"Intestate died in Washington, D.C.
November 27th 1864, and the Expenses of
his last sickness and Funeral Charges were
paid from the Effects found in his Possession
at his decease.  No Return was ever made
of the charges, ad no Account of them has
been included in the Administration of
his Estate."

Alvah Milton "Alver M." Seaver was born 6 February 1840 in Holden, Massachusetts, the son of Alexander H. and Nancy (Newman) Seaver.  He married Harriet L. Green (1839 1863) on 7 September 1861in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Harriet died shortly after the birth of their only child, Harrison Edwards Seaver (1863-????). 

This is a very sad set of circumstances.  Alvah/Alver married Harriet Green in 1861, and they have a child on 1 March 1863.  Harriet died on 6 March 1863.  At some time, Alexander Harrison Seaver is appointed guardian of Harrison Edwards Seaver, and as administrator on the estate of his brother, Alvah M. Seaver, the only living brother of Alvah.  Alvah/Alver enlists in the Army during the Civil War and dies on 27 November 1864 in Washington, D.C.  Harrison Edwards Seaver dies a single man in 1936.

Alvah Milton Seaver is my third cousin four times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 6th great-grandfather, Robert Seaver (1702-1752).

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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 for records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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Findmypast Announces TreeSearch to Enrich Your Family Tree

 I received this information from Findmypast today:

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Findmypast
Findmypast

  • Major new update on Findmypast enables members to search for ancestors in other members’ family trees
  • Tree Search unlocks a treasure trove of new data, with over 420 million connections in 4.5 million trees waiting to be discovered
  •  Members can quickly and easily grow their trees by adding common ancestors and discovering new connections
  • Only deceased ancestors can be searched using this new feature

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has launched Tree Search, a new feature which gives members the ability to instantly discover ancestors, connections and stories in other members’ family trees.

Now available to all members to explore, the feature allows users to search other members’ trees to find ancestors in common, as well as merging these into their own tree to progress their research faster than ever before.

New users will be able to rapidly start and grow their family tree, while experienced members will be able to enrich their family stories further, discover new connections, and validate their already blooming family trees.

Members can find new cuttings to add to their own trees by heading to their family tree, choosing an ancestor, and then ‘Search Trees’. The clever technology pre-fills details to help you find ancestors in other trees faster. After only a few clicks, you can merge the exciting new finds to your own tree. Or, members can search for ancestors, famous faces and other people of interest via the Tree Search page.

You can also choose to contact a tree owner via Private Messaging to strike up a conversation about your shared ancestry.

Members can check they are opted into this feature by checking ‘share deceased ancestors’ under their family tree’s settings. Anyone who doesn’t wish for their deceased ancestors to appear in Tree Search can opt-out from their family tree settings at any time. Living relatives are not included in Tree Search; only those marked as deceased or over 110 years old are visible. Findmypast members with any subscription or 14-day free trial will have full access to this new feature.

Chris Brake, Head of Data Products at Findmypast said; ‘This is a huge new development for the Findmypast community, unlocking a treasure trove of new possibilities for our members, along with the opportunity to make life-changing connections. This update marks the beginning of an exciting new era at Findmypast: it’s never been easier to discover your own family story with us, and if you’ve not tried Findmypast yet, now is the perfect time to start. In time, even more will be possible with Tree Search.’

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I clicked on the link, and after signing in to Findmypast, I saw my family tree, and scrolled to my 2nd great-grandfather, James Richman (1821-1912):

I clicked on the box for James Richman and the panel opened on the left:

In the panel on the left of the screen is a box to "Search trees."  I clicked on that and saw that there were two other Findmypast trees with information about a James Richman:

The first one is the same person, but "Richmond" instead of "Richman."  Clicking on the match using the "View person" link, I see that the other tree has no further information about children of James Richman.  The "View person" link also has a link to "Message tree owner."

If there was useful information about James Richman in the other tree, I could click on the "Add their family members" in the left-hand panel.  I didn't do that in this instance since my tree has more information in it than the other tree.

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Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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Sunday, August 14, 2022

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 7 to 13 August 2022

  Scores 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:

WikiTree and the FAN Principle by Kathleen on Voices From a Distant Past.

Walking the Clusters Back (WTCB) 2022 by Jim Bartlett on Segment-ology.

Research Notes Revisited by Marcia Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy.

*  How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Genealogist? by Jennifer Dondero on The Occasional Genealogist.

When Genealogical Evidence is Wrong, Wrong, Wrong by Kelly Wheaton on Wheaton Wood.

*  Discovering the New York Public Library Digital Collections by Gena Philibert-Ortega on Legacy News.

*  DNA: In Search of…Signs of Endogamy by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

*  Free Update to Family Tree Maker 2019 for Registered Users by Keith Riggle on Genealogy Tools.

*  Southern Colonial Research: Maps and the Law by Diana Elder on Family Locket.

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 - 12th August 2022 by Crissouli on That Moment In Time.

* This Week's Creme de la Creme - August 13, 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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Census Sunday -- 1950 Census Record for the Amelia Leland Household in Redwood City, California

 The 1950 United States Census record for the household of Amelia Leland in Redwood City, San Mateo County, California, residing at 287 King Street (taken 14 April 1950) is (on two images, Sheets 5 and 6):


The Amelia Leland household starts on line 30 of the first image (Sheet 5):

and continues on line 1 of the second image (Sheet 6):

The information entered for each person in this household is:

*  Line 30 of Sheet 5 - 287 King, dwelling #54, is not a farm, is not on 3 acres or more.

*  Line 30 of Sheet 5 - Amelia Leland, head of household, white, female, age 65, widowed, born in Idaho, not a worker, did no work last week, not looking for work, has no job.

*  Line 1 of Sheet 6 - Alda Leland, daughter, white, female, age 35, divorced, born in California, a worker, worked 40 hours last week, works as bookkeeper for a railroad.

*  Line 2 of Sheet 6: - Diane Leland, granddaughter, white, female, age 14, never married, born California, OTher work, did no work last week, not looking for work, has no job.

**  Line 3 of Sheet 6 (sample questions included)- Robert Fenton, grandson, white, male, age 5, never married, born California. Lived in same house last year, father born U.S., mother born U.S., has not completed K[indergarten], attended school.

The source citation for this family is:

1950 U.S. Federal Census, San Mateo County, California, Redwood City, ED 41-225, Sheets 5 and 60, Household 54, Lines 30-3, Amelia Leland household; indexed database with record images, U.S., National Archives, 1950 Census  (https://1950census.archives.gov/ : accessed 1 April  2022).

Amelia Anna (Brocke) Leland (1884-1975) was born 1 November 1884 in Kendrick, Idaho, the daughter of John Nicholas and Anna (Grieser) Brocke.  She married Severt Oliver Leland (1878-1940) on 12 February 1904 in Helena, Montana.  They had five children.  Frances Alda (Leland) (Iacopetti) (Fenton?) Juelson (1915-1993) was their youngest child.  The two children in this census record are Alda's children, Diane Leland and Robert Fenton.  

Amelia Anna (Brocke) Leland is the paternal grandmother of my wife, Linda Joan (Leland) Seaver (1942-????) through her son, Leo Severt Leland (1911-2002).

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