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This is the website for all things about Southwest Virginia Genealogy.

As most people know this is an important melting pot area for people to have met and married in the expansion of America. The Scott County area is famous for the Wilderness Road and most families had to travel through here to go to other parts of the country. This are has a natural gap that let people travel trhough the mountains.

From this a lot of people met for the first time and married and then spread out all over the country.

I have started a series of books that are available on Amazon as electronic books, or ebooks. These books can be viewed on Kindle, your computer, and other book reading devices. View the books page for more information.

I am unable to provide you with my actual books here due to my agreement with Kindle. You will need to go there and purchase. I do have other files that you can access here that are about some of my immediate family and the paid section has some other information.

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The First Day of Testimony Against the Soldiers

The first witness in the trial of Capt. Thomas Preston for the Boston Massacre was a barber’s apprentice named Edward Garrick.

He testified about how Pvt. Hugh White conked him on the head for speaking rudely about a passing army captain.

Edward’s testimony might have been more useful in prosecuting White, showing he had was aggressive and violent toward locals before anyone threatened him. But the prosecutors at the soldiers’ trial never called the boy, and we have no indication why.

Instead, the Crown’s opening witness on 27 Nov 1770 was “Jonathan Williams Austin, clerk to John Adams, Esq.” Which is to say, an assistant and trainee of the senior defense counsel.

By modern standards, this is a clear conflict of interest. But Austin had already testified for the Crown at the Preston trial. Even though the captain was acquitted, prosecuting attorneys Robert Treat Paine and Samuel Quincy must have felt the law clerk was a solid witness because they brought him back.

“Do you know either of the prisoners at the bar?” Quincy asked as his first recorded question.

Austin replied that he recognized Pvt. William Macauley: “I was about four feet off: McCauley said ‘Damn you, stand off,’ and pushed his bayonet at me: I did so.” After the shots, Austin recalled, he saw Macauley reload.

The prosecutors asked the next two witnesses, merchant Ebenezer Bridgham and James Dodge, the same first question, and similar questions of town watchman Edward G. Langford and clerk Francis Archbald. The attorneys’ goal was to establish that the defendants were definitely among the soldiers on King Street, and hopefully among those who fired at the crowd. Thus:

  • Bridgham said he saw a tall soldier he thought was Pvt. William Warren fire his gun, but didn’t see Cpl. William Wemms do so.
  • Dodge named Warren and White as present, and said the first shot came from the left side of the squad.
  • Langford identified White and Pvt. Mathew Kilroy, also said the first shot came from the left side, and testified that “immediately after Kilroy’s firing” ropemaker Samuel Gray fell dead, and “there was no other gun discharged at that time.”
  • Archbald also testified to Kilroy’s presence.

Determining which soldiers were present and fired was crucial because on the morning after the shooting people had examined the eight muskets and found that one hadn’t been discharged. One of the soldiers therefore hadn’t killed or wounded anybody. But which one? The prosecution had to prove each shooter’s guilt.

Here are some vivid details from the exchanges.

Q. Was you looking at the person who fired the last gun?
A [from Bridgham]. Yes, I saw him aim at a lad that was running down the middle of the street, and kept the motion of his gun after him a considerable time, and then fired.
Q. Did the lad fall?
A. He did not, I kept my eye on him a considerable time.

Q. Was the snow trodden down, or melted away by the Custom-House?
A [from Dodge]. No, the street was all covered like a cake.”

A [from Langford]. Samuel Gray…came and struck me on the shoulder, and said, Langford, what’s here to pay.
Q. What said you to Gray then?
A. I said I did not know what was to pay, but I believed something would come of it by and bye. He made no reply. Immediately a gun went off. . . . I looked this man (pointing to Killroy) in the face, and bid him not fire; but he immediately fired, and Samuel Gray fell at my feet.

A [from Archbold]: I saw a soldier, and a mean looking fellow with him, with a cutlass in his hand: they came up to me: somebody said, put up your cutlass, it is not right to carry it at this time of night. He said, damn you ye Yankee bougers, what’s your business:

At five o’clock, the judges adjourned until the next morning. Since most trials of the time were over in a day, that was unusual, but—after Capt. Preston’s trial—not unprecedented.

Genealogy News and Education Bytes — Friday, 27 November 2020

Welcome to Genealogy News and Education 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 since the last issue.    

1)  News Articles:j

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education — Conferences and Institutes

4)  Genealogy Education – Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Tuesday, 1 December, 5 p.m.:  Once upon a time: It’s all about the story, by Carol Baxter

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Wednesday, 2 December, 5 p.m.:  Four ways DNA Painter can help with your family history research, by Jonny Perl

*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar -Wednesday, 16 December, 6 p.m.:  Bounty Land: It’s Complicated, by Annette Burke Lyttle.

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: The 1939 Register – Why is it invaluable? by Penny Walters

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Tech Zone – Use Two-Factor Authentication for Added Security, by Thomas MacEntee

5)  Genealogy Education – Podcasts:

*  Generations Cafe:  Research Renewal: A New Series
*  Fisher’s Top Tips: #227r – Female Ancestors

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  Cheri Hudson Passey:  GenFriends: FYR Episode 14-Why Ask Why?
*  Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems:  Elevenses with Lisa episode 35 Viewer Voices 2


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Mondays with Myrt – 12 Oct 2020

Divorce, a contested will and info about canning jams and pickles were our main topics during Mondays with Myrt. We also reviewed how to look things up in the FamilySearch Wiki, specifically for a quick-study of court records in various US states. It’s about learning the name of a court, and what type of cases it handles. Taking Mag’s example of South Carolina research, we then went to the “SEARCH>CATALOG” option at FamilySearch to see what was available for her research.

Sadly, it has come to our attention that a new entity has apparently been using the names of top-tier professional African American genealogist to garner attention for it’s new venture. Nicka Smith writes “There exist several documented incidents wherein BOAAG has falsely claimed formal association between itself and several noted genealogical professionals and speakers without their knowledge or consent.” Statement of non-support My dear readers will note I have added my name to the statement.
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont

00:07:58 Patricia Jackson: Hi from Kentucky
00:08:01 Betty-Lu Burton: I remembered this week
00:08:06 Sheri Snodgrass: Hello everyone from sunny Iowa
00:08:13 Laila Christiansen: Hi all from Oslo Norway! 
00:08:23 Molly McKinley: Hi from Florida
00:08:24 Linda Stufflebean: I’m in still hot Tucson. 100 highs again this week.
00:08:30 Cynthia Hall: Caddo Mills, Texas
00:08:30 Betty-Lu Burton: Hi from Arkansas
00:08:33 Melissa Barker: Hello Everyone! The Archive Lady is here. I’m off for Columbus Day!
00:08:33 Sheryl Whisenhunt: Hello from Pollock Pines, California.
00:08:44 Maria Capaldi: Hello Everyone!
00:08:44 Mags Gaulden: Hey from Thanksgiving Day in Canada!
00:08:45 Frank Jatzek: Hi Melissa
00:08:45 Lindell Johnson: I listening/seeing you from Albany, OR
00:08:49 Penny Walters: Hello from the south west of the UK, Bristol City 
00:08:53 Mags Gaulden: Ottawa
00:08:54 Randy Seaver: I’m from Chula Vista CA south of San Diego.  Expecting warm weather and Santa Ana winds this week.
00:08:55 Else Bratlien: Hi from Santa Rosa California
00:08:59 char Espo: New Mexico
00:09:11 Doris Lanier: Hi from Garrett Indiana
00:09:11 Kathleen Daetsch: from nyc
00:09:18 Sue Tolbert: Hi from Oklahoma!
00:09:20 Melanie Hinds: From Illinois – Chicago area
00:09:46 Cousin Russ: Tina – do you have a question ?
00:10:05 Cyndy Bray: oops forgot to change to everyone. Hi from Central California
00:10:07 Monique Riley: in Idaho
00:10:22 Maria Capaldi: Sounds good
00:10:44 Hilary Gadsby: I am in the Conwy valley in North Wales
00:10:44 Myra Lindgren: good morning from Wyoming
00:10:47 Penny Walters: hi from Bristol, UK
00:10:49 Randy Seaver: and Alona’s koalas
00:10:52 Kathy Richardson: Salt Lake City, UT
00:11:01 Molly McKinley: It’s still in the high 80’s here in Florida
00:11:06 Kathleen Daetsch: We’re in the 50’s today
00:11:16 Cousin Russ: John Boeren Divorce in the Netherlands.
00:11:28 Robbin Smith: goin to be in 90s in Miami
00:11:36 Myra Lindgren: less smoke here thank you to the wind…
00:12:08 Pat Kuhn: in the 50’s and raining here in Central Pennsylvania
00:12:36 Cousin Russ: Married, Divorced, Married
00:14:15 Maria Capaldi: I’d say
00:17:38 Frank Jatzek: Btw. I like the Dutch words for marriage Certificate: “Huwelijks Akte” 
00:18:29 Randy Seaver: One of my favorite sayings is “Real life is much more complex than fiction”
00:19:12 Frank Jatzek: Randy: Real Life still writes the best Stories
00:19:35 Judy Sova: wow.  wish we had that.
00:20:10 Randy Seaver: And we’re stuck with records that reflect only official moments in time, except for family lore and newspaper articles
00:20:38 Betty-Lu Burton: I have seen a few marriage records with a divorce or an annulment note, but usually when the divorce happened near the time of marriage or in the same place of the marriage
00:22:17 marian koalski: Marriage packets in some PA counties do have documents like a divorce decree from an earlier marriage.
00:23:53 Sheri Snodgrass: Husband’s gr grandfather filed for divorce in 1862 in IL as he was abandoned – she left to a ‘far away state’.
00:24:17 Kathleen Daetsch: I don’t think NY checks either, I was a widow and when I remarried I didn’t need to present my late husband’s death cert. 
00:24:51 Randy Seaver: some states now have divorce record indexes online, but I’m not sure that we can access divorce case files except by going to the local courthouse
00:24:57 Michelle Minner: I have been married 4 times….and each time, the states (Georgia, Florida, PA) all took my word that my divorces were final
00:25:33 Melissa Barker: My great grandfather divorced my great grandmother in 1940 and ALSO went to the courts and had her committed to an insane asylum just so he could marry another woman. He married that woman 2 weeks after the divorce and my great grandmother spent 15 years in the asylum. I have the divorce and commitment records and my grandmother told me this story. 
00:25:41 Frank Jatzek: I have to look into the documents of my mothers Father since his former Family thought he where killed in the war. Instead he felt in love with my mothers mom and the rest is history…I never checked if there are divorce documents
00:26:21 Maria Capaldi: Hi Mag!
00:26:48 Maria Capaldi: HI Melissa 🙂
00:27:12 marian koalski: Melissa Barker, what a frightening story! I’ve heard of those things happening but not from a family member’s account.
00:27:35 Maria Capaldi: I agree Marian
00:28:15 Cynthia Hall: Texas has divorce indexes
00:29:11 Robbin Smith: My sister’s divorce is shown on ancestry for Virginia
00:30:07 Betty-Lu Burton: My great-grandfather’s divorce records from his second wife is in his their son’s dependent pension file
00:30:56 Kathleen Daetsch: This is why we have so many bigamy fraud cases in this country. I think there should be a way of checking if someone is married
00:31:51 Sheri Snodgrass: Love those criminals – more documentation!
00:33:03 Pam Wade: Hi Mags. I live in South Carolina and most of my family is from here and N.C. What are your family names from S.C., N.C. & Georgia?
00:35:36 Kathleen Daetsch: I believe  New York courts are county and State
00:35:40 Molly McKinley: My Gaffney’s are from 96th District
00:37:29 Molly McKinley: My Hames line was from Union County, SC
00:38:18 Frank Jatzek: Always remember the Information you are looking for might only be in the Indexes or the actual Pages and vice versa (most of the time because stuff got lost)
00:40:03 Randy Seaver: some counties moved older records to county archives – San Diego has pre-1920 records at San Diego Historical Society
00:40:31 Betty-Lu Burton: I have seen newspaper notices that said as of this date I am no longer responsible for my wife’s debts
00:40:51 Judy Sova: Here they’re called Judgment of Divorce.  Could be under “judgments.”
00:42:14 Mags Gaulden: @Pam Wade – Do I not know you? LOL Gaulden, McElmoyle, Hunt, Templeton, I have a complete list on my WikiTree Profile, under Surnames.
00:42:29 Maria Capaldi: OMG! they are aweful
00:43:12 Pam Wade: Ok I will look. 
00:43:22 Liv Christensen: A publication by the state called Norsk Lysningsblad published information about divorce. The last time they published about a specific person seems to be in the 1970’s.
00:44:26 Molly McKinley: My grandmother’s first marriage was ended in Arkansas in the very early 1900’s with no proof.  My cousin thinks they just decided to call it quits and go on with life.
00:45:51 Maria Capaldi: lol
00:46:25 marian koalski: Molly, that apparently happened among my relatives when they didn’t have money or time for lawyers and courts.
00:46:32 Flo Merritt: Thank you Hilary 🙂
00:46:58 Bobbie Christensen: In  colonial times, and sometimes into the mid-1800’s, you had to get a bill passed in the state legislature in order to get a divorce. Check the annual printed records of the actions of the state legislature for records of the bills passed, under divorce or the individual last name.
00:51:35 Cynthia Hall: If the legislature to approve divorces in this day and age, that is all they would be doing?
00:51:47 Cousin Russ: link to my “mason jar++”;
00:53:25 Maria Capaldi: How about that! Cool
00:53:48 Cynthia Hall: I miss my set of German stoneware!
There is a second type with just one clamp
00:55:37 Betty-Lu Burton: I believe food with high sugar or salt content do not need to be sealed as well as those with lower sugar and salt
00:55:42 Pam Wade: When making jelly and jam I fill the jars up, put the lids on and flip the jars upside down for five minutes. Then when you turn them over, them are sealed and can be stored in your cabinets or pantry.
00:56:17 Betty-Lu Burton: Pam I use to do that with my jams 
00:56:23 Pam Wade: Jellies and jams can last for years.
00:56:38 Maria Capaldi: it reminds me of Williamsburg, VA
00:56:46 marian koalski: One of my women relatives got a patent for a fruit jar in about the 1880s.
00:56:52 Sheri Snodgrass: Not pickles but sauerkraut
00:56:59 Pam Wade: My Mama made sour pickles.
00:57:02 Molly McKinley: We made salt pickles with a big crock like that…they were horrible…lol
00:57:06 Betty-Lu Burton: My grandmother did watermelon pickles
00:57:08 Frank Jatzek: we did in normal canning glasses like the ones I showed above
00:57:10 Kathleen Daetsch: ripening tomatoes in a paper bag with an apple will make them ripen faster
00:58:10 Melinda Culpon: gasket
00:58:19 Monique Riley: Yes, don’t store apples with other things. Apples need to be stored them separately from other produce because they’re big ethylene gas emitters. We can’t get canning lids and really needed some for our produce. Even looked in Utah. No luck!
00:58:31 Pam Wade: I have hundreds of mason jars from the times I canned. One year I canned 100 jars of tomatoes. I did it for my husband, who loved them.
00:58:46 Hilary Gadsby: We called these Kilner jars when I was growing up
00:58:47 Melinda Culpon: gasket is what the ring is called
00:59:41 Maria Capaldi: Yes Kathleen my Dad did the same thing and put in our basement b/c of it being cool. The other thing he did would put our poinsettia’s after the holiday down too(not in a bag) they would come back sometimes…
01:00:05 John Boeren: I visited an old house years ago, they told us that they found jars with food in the cellar when renovating the place… hundreds of years old… some of the food was still edible… wouldn’t try that! this is the house:
01:00:30 Hilary Gadsby: We sealed Jams and jelly with waxed disks and covered jar with paper or fabric circle and elastic band
01:00:50 Kathleen Daetsch: I have a very old crock.
01:00:52 Danine Cozzens: Hilary,
01:01:05 Danine Cozzens: My paternal grandmother put brown paper soaked in whiskey on top of her jam (1950s). Maternal gm used paraffin.
01:02:14 Hilary Gadsby: I made courgette chutney this year
01:02:28 Molly McKinley: We left them for a long time.  They just were way too salty.
01:04:16 Mags Gaulden: How long can wine and other stuff survive from Archealogy finds – seawrecks!!?
01:04:52 Maria Tegtmeier: I have often used USU’s website
01:05:15 Maria Tegtmeier: for canning
01:05:17 Molly McKinley: I have some of those books from early 1900’s when my grandparents moved to Florida.
01:06:02 John Boeren: the jars with a rubber ring and lid, we call weckpot… many images on google 🙂
01:06:08 Cynthia Hall: My son makes his own mozzarella cheese.
01:06:12 Mags Gaulden: Fig Preserves!
01:06:20 Pam Wade: In S.C. we have the Clemson Cooperative Extension service
01:06:43 Mags Gaulden: Blue Cheese from Clemson!
01:07:39 Pat Kuhn: I have some Weck jars
01:08:13 Frank Jatzek: Mags: very Long. I have seen a report where they found old mead from Egyptian time and it was consumable. they even could save and revitalize some of the yeast
01:08:47 Kathy Richardson: My parents, both born in Utah, called the process, “bottling” and called the glass containers, “bottles” not “jars”
01:08:54 Cousin Russ: “There exist several documented incidents wherein BOAAG has falsely claimed formal association between itself and several noted genealogical professionals and speakers without their knowledge or consent.” Statement of non-support
01:09:43 Maria Capaldi: I read this!!  Unbelievable!! 

DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ recognize the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent 2015-2024. We reach out to all regardless of race, color, creed, sexual orientation or national origin with support for researching family and documenting cultural inheritance.
01:13:35 Maria Capaldi: I agree!
01:13:43 Cousin Russ: We thank Dr. Shelley Murphy for sponsoring our Closed Captioning service for the year. Her blog is found here:
01:14:14 John Boeren: we have a long history of fostering children in our families
01:14:47 Michelle Grant: Thanks for the links and for this webinar. 
01:16:45 Cousin Russ: .
01:17:27 Frank Jatzek: Randy: that’s a lot of text to transcribe. I bet this was an amazing find and source
01:17:39 Maria Capaldi: I can attest to that Myrt is very helpful, sympathetic and genuine! 
01:19:31 Frank Jatzek: the Signature by Thomas looks very nice
01:27:49 Frank Jatzek: that goes for the polish digitalized church and civil records as well. The old Index has lower Quality then the new index!
01:29:18 Randy Seaver: Ancestry has indexes for state wills and probates, but they miss a lot of names.  And their list of “books” ior case numbers are out of numerical order.  It’s a pain.  
01:30:01 Cousin Russ: Miss Peggy Lauritzen makes progress! That’s all that I did. I didn’t enter information. I didn’t tag anyone. I simply uploaded the scans for their family to find someday. Here is an example of one of them. I am not related to this man – but, someone is.
01:30:08 Randy Seaver: Frank, I did each of those posts in less than an hour.  I have over 300 probate record posts – one a week piles up fast! 
01:30:16 Maria Capaldi: Love Miss Peggy!!!!
01:31:12 Maria Capaldi: So thoughtful!
01:32:18 Randy Seaver: In the 1600s and 1700s, almost every New England ancestor of mine (maybe 70-80% of them) had a probate record because they owned land, often several parcels. 
01:32:29 Kathleen Daetsch: I was supposed to go last month
01:33:17 Cousin Russ: Just Genealogy Halloween Dance in Second Life. Skeleton counting contest, maze, carnival. You’ll need to take the tour!
01:33:19 Frank Jatzek: I am
01:33:34 Maria Capaldi: Me, trying to figure it out still….lol
01:35:53 Maria Capaldi: Thank you very much everyone!
01:35:58 Cousin Russ: Robbin Smith Finding your roots airs on Tuesday Night on US PBS Stations.
01:36:03 Cynthia Hall: Mid Atlantic Genealogical Society (MAGS) is having a virtual conference this weekend.
01:37:36 Hilary Gadsby: Who Do You Think You Are is back this evening in the UK
01:37:58 Flo Merritt: Thank you for another great session
01:38:01 Cynthia Hall: Sorry.  MAGS is the Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society.
01:38:02 Mags Gaulden: I like MAGS
01:38:29 John Boeren: Thanks for joining today, Mags! 🙂
01:39:41 Mags Gaulden: Always a pleasure John.
01:40:07 Pat Kuhn: it is the same for a death certificate in New York City
01:40:44 Hilary Gadsby:
01:41:35 Frank Jatzek: Reminds me a bit of Berlin Civil Register Offices. you have to know in what street an Event happened because even one number more or less can end you up in a different civil Office district
01:42:16 Sheri Snodgrass: Like the British version of WDYTYA better than the US version
01:43:29 Maria Capaldi: We don’t get it 🙁
01:43:41 Maria Capaldi: Cool, ill check there.

How I Use Genealogy Software and Online Family Trees

 Roberta Estes wrote a blog post yesterday titled “Genealogy Tree Replacement – Should I Or Shouldn’t I?” on her DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy blog.  I commented on it, but want to expand on my comments a bit.

Roberta explains the situation we all face – we may have a family tree in our genealogy software programs (e.g., RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, etc.) and on a number of websites (e.g., Ancestry, MyHeritage, etc.).  But it’s impossible to keep them all up-to-date without making a new GEDCOM file every so often and uploading it to the online trees.  If I do this, do I delete my old tree which may have many record hints and record images attached to the tree person profiles?

Here is a list of the family trees that I actively manage and what I do to try to keep them all updated:

1) I have a master tree in RootsMagic that now has about 60,000 profiles – ancestral families of mine, my wife’s and my sons-in-law; plus one name studies for Seaver/Sever/Sevier, Carringer, Auble, and Vaux; plus descendants of several other ancestral surnames; plus descendants of my 4th great-grandparents (to aid in DNA matching).

*  I do all of my data entry in RootsMagic, adding names, dates, places, events, notes, sources, and media.  I download record images that I want to save to my desktop computer files – they go into a Family file in a Surname File in a Group file – with a common file naming convention.  

*  RootsMagic permits me to “TreeShare” my person profiles with an Ancestry Member Tree, one person at a time and one event at a time, from within the program.  I can either add content to my Ancestry tree or from my Ancestry tree to RootsMagic.  I do this every week.  I rarely download anything from Ancestry into RootsMagic because Ancestry’s source citations are poorly crafted and any record image I might download goes into another file with a non-descriptive name.  
*  RootsMagic permits me to “match” my person profiles to FamilySearch Family Tree profiles from within the program.  So I can add Family Tree persons, events, notes and sources to RootsMagic, or from RootsMagic to Family Tree.  
*  RootsMagic provides WebHints with links to Record Hints on, FamilySearch, MyHeritage and Findmypast.  I can click right into these sites from my RootsMagic program and go to the records on the WebHints list.  I can then enter information from those WebHints right into RootsMagic,
*  RootsMagic permits me to create a GEDCOM file of all or part of my family tree, which I can then upload to another software program or to an online tree.
*  I have other family tree software programs on my desktop computer – Legacy Family Tree, Family Tree Maker, Family Tree Builder and RootsFinder.  I use these occasionally to take advantage of program capabilities that are, IMHO, better than what is in RootsMagic.  I upload a new GEDCOM file to these programs when I need to.

2) I TreeShare my RootsMagic tree with my major Ancestry tree (connected to my AncestryDNA test)  every week to keep the Ancestry tree up-to-date.  I try to prevent Ancestry record images (poorly named) and sources (poorly crafted) from coming into RootsMagic. My Ancestry tree immediately creates Record Hints for new or changed profiles, which I can then mine and add to my RootsMagic tree.  I also do searches on to catch every record for a person.

*  AncestryDNA uses my Ancestry Member Tree (which has many descendants of my 4th great-grandparents!) to find Common Ancestors of my AncestryDNA Matches using the ThruLines feature.  Common ancestors are identified from my tree information, the trees of my DNA matches, and their Big Tree.  I have over 34,000 DNA matches, but only 400 Common Ancestor matches are identified.  

3) I upload a new GEDCOM to MyHeritage every year but save the previous family tree file and delete earlier family tree files. MyHeritage provides Smart Matches and Record Matches for each person profile, and also matches by Source.  I can access the Record Matches from the WebHints in RootsMagic. When I find useful Record Matches on MyHeritage, I add them to my RootsMagic file,  I also do searches on MyHeritage to catch every record for a person.

*  MyHeritageDNA uses my MyHeritage tree to find Common Ancestors of my MyHeritage matches using the Theory of Family Relativity feature. I have almost 9,000 MyHeritageDNA matches, but only 8 Theory of Family Relativity identified matches.  

4) I upload a new GEDCOM to Findmypast every once in awhile.  Findmypast provides Record Hints for tree profiles on their website, or on the RootsMagic Web Hints feature.  I add useful information to my RootsMagic tree.  I also do searches on Findmypast to catch every record for a person.

5)  American Ancestors uses RootsFinder as their online family tree, and I uploaded a GEDCOM file there a year ago.  However, my family tree takes up 1.5 gb when I access it, and slows my desktop computer significantly.  It provides Record Hints but I rarely search for them.   I also do searches on American Ancestors to catch every record for a person.
6) I have an ancestors only tree at FamilyTreeDNA which rarely provides any useful matches.

7)  I have an ancestors only tree at GEDmatch which rarely provides any useful matches.

8) I match profiles in FamilySearch Family Tree (a collaborative tree) with profiles in my RootsMagic tree, or create new FamilySearch Family Tree profiles from RootsMagic profiles, and share information both ways, including sources and notes.

*  FamilySearch provides record matches for person profiles, which I can access from the tree profile or from the FamilySearch WebHint in RootsMagic.  When I find useful record matches on FamilySearch, I add the information to my RootsMagic tree.   I also do searches on FamilySearch to catch every record for a person.

9)  I have added information for most of my ancestral families to (a collaborative tree) over time, but it takes time to add information there with or without a GEDCOM.  

10)  I have added information for most of my ancestral families to WikiTree (a collaborative tree) over time, but it takes time to add information with or without a GEDCOM.


What genealogy software do you use, and why do you prefer it?

What online family tree(s) do you use, and how do you keep them up to date?


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MyHeritage: Norway Church Records (1815–1938)

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at MyHeritage.

New historical record collection: Norway Church Records (1815–1938)

The records in this collection were digitized in collaboration with the National Archives of Norway (Arkivverket), and consist of 42.2 million indexed records and high quality scans of the original documents. The records include births & baptisms, marriages, and deaths & burials. This release is the first time the collection’s images are fully indexed and searchable — making it easier than ever to research your Norwegian ancestors. The addition doubles the number of Norwegian historical records on MyHeritage and brings the total number of historical records on MyHeritage to 12.6 billion.


The records in this collection cover a critical period in Norway’s history, beginning just one year after its secession from Denmark. This important collection helps overcome the significant gaps in Norwegian censuses taken from 1801 to 1865. Five censuses were collected in Norway during those years, but they did not record names of individuals, making the church records the definitive source for genealogical data during that period. 

Due to Norwegian privacy laws, the birth & baptism records released in this collection extend until 1919 (inclusive), the marriage records extend until 1937 (inclusive), and the death & burial records extend until 1938 (inclusive). 

In the Norway Church birth and baptism records, a child was often recorded with only his or her given name(s) without an expressly recorded surname, as it was assumed the child would take either a patronymic surname from their father or take a hereditary surname. To overcome the challenge of the missing surname, MyHeritage inferred two possible surname variations for each individual, so users can search for either the patronymic or hereditary surname to find the correct record. MyHeritage indexed the surname variations to make them discoverable, but the actual records were not modified, and the surnames were not inserted into them, to preserve their authenticity.

The Norway Church Records (1815–1938) collection is an indispensable resource for anyone who is looking to learn more about their Norwegian roots during this time period. With the release of this collection, MyHeritage now offers 80 million historical records from Norway, 57 million historical records from neighboring Sweden, and 107 million records from Denmark, positioning MyHeritage as the leader in Scandinavian family history research.


WACKY Wednesday – Database Sorting: Did they serve in the military?

Cousin Russ demonstrates a listing of US War dates with estimated ages of participants. He utilized Google to compiled a list of record sets in which to search for ancestors.Determining which ancestors is a matter of using a “filter” option in Family Tree Maker. He could specify a person living during the time of the war, and then gradually take each ancestor through the possible related databases.

You’ll find Cousin Russ’s post Color-coding and Civil War Soldiers blog post here.
We recommend using the Google Search to find where a specific record set may reside, depending on current contractual arrangements as these change over time.

DearMYRTLE used the RootsMagic-generated the “Who Was There List” as an alternative.

Surely your main-stream genealogy database program can be queried to find people who lived during the time period of a given war. TRY IT!
SPECIAL SEGMENT: Dr. Shelley Murphy discusses her full-time research with the University of Virginia’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers. She has identified over 500 individuals to date. See the video we explored here:

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Happy family tree climbing!
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Thursday CoronaBuzz, October 29, 2020 25 pointers to updates, useful stuff, research news, and more.

Please wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stay at home if you can. Please be careful. I love you.


KVVU: Nevada Resilience Project launches website to provide resources for coping with COVID-19. “The Nevada Resilience Project announced the launch of a new website Wednesday to help people manage the impacts of COVID-19. NRP was created to help build coping strategies for those experiencing stress or anxiety with COVID-19, the group said in a press release. The website… will list resources and information related to job loss, housing insecurity, isolation or healthcare challenges.”


New York Times: ‘At Capacity’: Covid-19 Patients Push U.S. Hospitals to Brink. “A hospital in Idaho is 99 percent full and warning that it may have to transfer coronavirus patients to hospitals in Seattle and Portland, Ore. Medical centers in Kansas City, Mo., turned away ambulances on a recent day because they had no room for more patients. And in West Allis, just outside Milwaukee,
an emergency field hospital erected on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair admitted its first virus patient this week.”

Argus Leader: South Dakota reaches new highs in COVID-19 hospitalizations, daily cases. “South Dakota set new highs in the daily number of people infected with COVID-19 on Wednesday, as well as reported new infections. The South Dakota Department of Health reported 1,270 new infections, as well as 412 hospitalizations, an increase of 17 in the previous 24 hours. Nine additional people died, bringing the statewide total to 384.”


Washingtonian: Super-Concierge Doctors, High-Design Home Classrooms, and Catered Backyard Dinners: Lifestyles of the Rich and Quarantined. “Dr. Brown said he would charter the plane himself. He was nervous—the patients wanted him at their summer home in St. Michaels to screen them for Covid immediately. But it was a Thursday in summer, and driving would take forever. Forget about taking the car. Instead, Ernest Brown, owner of Doctors to You, a Washington-area concierge-medicine group whose house-yacht/private-jet calls start at $600 a pop, drove to Gaithersburg and hopped a puddle jumper to the airport in Easton. The patients, who needed to be screened in order to meet with another VIP, sent a car to meet him. All told, Brown was at their waterfront estate for ten minutes, max. Results: negative.”


Kansas Reflector: ‘Manufactured crisis’: Mask hater enlists followers to defy mandates at Topeka, Manhattan businesses. “The facemask-despising owner of a martial arts school in St. Marys is enlisting like-minded science deniers to participate in mandate-defying flash mobs at Topeka and Manhattan businesses. Jason Harpe claims COVID-19 is a ‘manufactured crisis’ and mask mandates are a plot to test the public’s willingness to comply with government demands.”


BBC: Toymakers expect strong Christmas sales despite coronavirus. “Toymakers are expecting strong global sales during the critical end-of-year festive season, after a surge of pandemic-fuelled demand for items such as Barbies and board games.”

The Guardian: Legendary Paris bookshop Shakespeare and Company begs for help in pandemic. “One of the world’s most iconic bookshops, Shakespeare and Company, has appealed to its customers for help as it is struggling, with sales that are down almost 80% since March. The celebrated Parisian bookstore told readers on Wednesday that it was facing ‘hard times’ as the Covid-19 pandemic keeps customers away.”

Seattle Times: Amazon extends working from home into summer. That could rattle downtown Seattle retailers, restaurants.. “ will let corporate employees work from home through June 2021, the latest company to push back reopening offices as COVID-19 cases surge again across the U.S.”


Bloomberg: Vaccine Makers Can Skip U.S. Inspections. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspects a few thousand drug manufacturing plants every year to ensure their standards are up to par. Many of those inspections are required before a pharmaceutical company can gain approval of a new drug. They serve as a check on whether drugmakers can produce quality therapies. But that won’t be the case for Covid-19 vaccine developers that gain emergency authorization of a shot.”

Politico: ‘A mass exodus’: HHS staffers jumping ship amid pandemic, fears of Trump loss. “At least 27 political appointees have exited the embattled Health and Human Services department since the start of the Covid-19 crisis in February, according to a POLITICO review, and senior leaders are bracing for dozens more officials to depart swiftly if President Donald Trump loses re-election.”

BBC: Covid-19: How the Czech Republic’s response went wrong. “The Czech Republic was praised for its swift response to the coronavirus crisis back in spring, but seven months on it’s now recording 15,000 new cases a day and has the second highest per capita death rate over seven days in the world. So what went wrong?”

BNN Bloomberg: ‘Surge’ Virus Testing Targets Asymptomatic in Latest Push. “Missouri, Kentucky, Utah, and South Dakota will be the next states to get “surge” virus testing sites as Covid-19 cases in the U.S. rise and federal officials push for ‘smart testing’ strategies.”

New York Times: Amtrak Warns of Layoffs and Project Delays Without Billions in Assistance. “In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, William J. Flynn said his agency might have to cut an additional 2,400 jobs and divert funding from critical capital projects, such as the multibillion-dollar tunnel between New York and New Jersey — called the Gateway program — and improvements to New York Penn Station. His total budget request to Congress is $4.9 billion. That includes the rail agency’s $2 billion standard appropriation.”

Politico: White House looks at cutting Covid funds, newborn screenings in ‘anarchist’ cities. “New York, Portland, Ore., Washington, D.C., and Seattle could lose funding for a wide swath of programs that serve their poorest, sickest residents after the president moved last month to restrict funding, escalating his political battle against liberal cities he’s sought to use as a campaign foil.”


Argus Leader: S.D. House Speaker battles COVID-19: ‘It’s been the most devastating stuff I’ve ever had’. “A high-ranking lawmaker in South Dakota had a case of COVID-19 that sent him to the emergency room twice this month. Speaker of the House Steve Haugaard, R-Sioux Falls, told the Argus Leader Monday that he spent the last two weeks dealing with a severe case of the coronavirus that’s infected thousands of South Dakotans in recent months.”


Sports Illustrated: ‘I Think There’s a Better Way’: Can—and Should—College Football Change Its Approach to Contact Tracing?. “In college football, a player who is exposed to COVID-19 can’t ‘test out’ of quarantine, regardless of whether he ever tested positive himself. Some believe that will change soon. But should it?”

BBC: England v Barbarians: Thirteen Barbarians players charged by RFU after coronavirus protocol breached. “Thirteen unnamed Barbarians players have been charged by the Rugby Football Union after Sunday’s game against England was cancelled because of coronavirus protocol breaches. Players face a range of charges including ‘individual breaches of the protocols’ and ‘providing false statements during an investigation’, the RFU said.


CNN: A fourth-grader walked to school to use its WiFi because he didn’t have internet at home. “A fourth-grader in Roswell, New Mexico, has been walking to his shuttered elementary school to do his classwork over the building’s WiFi because he didn’t have internet access at home. Schools in the Roswell Independent School District have been conducting classes online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

San Francisco Chronicle: Marin high school suspends in-person learning following ‘large’ student party. “A Catholic high school in Marin County suspended in-person instruction for two weeks after administrators learned of a large party hosted by students. The principal of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield announced the suspension of in-person classes in a letter to parents posted on the school’s website, in an attempt to curb the potential spread of the coronavirus.”


NBC Connecticut: UConn Pauses Free Tuition Program Due to Financial Struggles Amid Coronavirus Pandemic. “Announced by [UConn President Thomas] Katsouleas last fall, the program allows any in state student with a family income of less than $50,000 to attend UConn without tuition being charged. The intention was for the program to solely be funded by donors, but with the coronavirus comes concerns that the program may not be sustainable.”


STAT News: CDC expands definition of ‘close contacts,’ after study suggests Covid-19 can be passed in brief interactions. “Previously, the CDC described a close contact as someone who spent 15 minutes or more within six feet of someone who was infectious. Now, the agency says it’s someone who spent a cumulative 15 minutes or more within six feet of someone who was infectious over 24 hours, even if the time isn’t consecutive, according to an agency spokesperson.”


Washington Post: The pandemic is rewriting the rules of science. But at what cost?. “The pandemic has upended norms of the scientific process, from the way studies are funded through the publication of findings. Researchers have been presenting their results online or sending them directly to media outlets rather than awaiting publication in prestigious academic journals. And the stodgy process of peer review has evolved into forthright — and sometimes acrimonious — assessments in the unbridled atmosphere of the Internet.”

EurekAlert: Relieving the cost of COVID-19 by Parrondo’s paradox. “The health and well-being of the population will be affected if the community is kept open, but the lockdown strategy also incurs economic and financial impacts. Each strategy on its own will increase the total ‘cost’ to society. Can both losing strategies be combined in a manner that leads to a winning outcome? That is the question that researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) set out to answer in a recent paper published in Advanced Science.”

BBC: Cheaper to prevent pandemics than ‘cure’ them. “The world needs a new approach to prevent future pandemics killing millions more victims, a report says. It says contact between people, wildlife and livestock must be curbed to cut the risk of bacteria and viruses crossing from animals to humans. Health care should be provided for people living close to animals in high-risk areas. This would help stop outbreaks of disease before they have a chance to spread more widely.”


Des Moines Register: Auditor: Iowa misallocated at least $21 million in COVID-19 funds. “Iowa’s government misallocated at least $21 million of federal assistance intended for COVID-19 relief and must correct the error by the end of the year or face having to repay the money, State Auditor Rob Sand says. Iowa used the money from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act to help pay for a new accounting system.”

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Genealogy News and Education Bytes — Tuesday, 27 October 2020

   Welcome to Genealogy News and Education 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 since the last issue.    

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education — Conferences and Institutes

4)  Genealogy Education – Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Wednesday, 28 October, 11 a.m.:  In Black and White: Finding Historical Newspapers From Around the World, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:   Jumpstart Your MyHeritage Family Tree with Instant Discoveries, by James Tanner

5)  Genealogy Education – Podcasts:

*  Research Like a Pro:  RLP 120: Identifying and Preserving Photographs with Maureen Taylor

*  The Genealogy Professional:  TGP 62 – Paula Stuart-Warren

* Fisher’s Top Tips #218r – The Potential Benefit of Swapping Brick Walls

*  Ancestral Findings: Get With the Plan: Breaking Bad Genealogy Habits | AF-392

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  BYU Family History Library: BYU Ancestry Academy by Ann Tanner


Copyright (c) 2020, Randall J. Seaver

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FindMyPast Friday: new rolls of honour, baptism and burial records

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at FindMyPast. 

Findmypast Friday: new rolls of honour, baptism and burial records

Explore First World War Rolls of Honour covering Caribbean troops who served with the British Army, new Kent parish records and a host of newspaper updates this Findmypast Friday.

Caribbean Rolls of Honour WW1

Trace military ancestors and their incredible stories in our new Caribbean Rolls of Honour. The records list soldiers from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago who served with the British Armed Forces during World War 1.


For Jamaica, which provided the largest Caribbean contingent to the British and Allied war effort, there are records for army officers from, or connected with, the island as well as NCOs and other ranks who lost their lives in the conflict. For Trinidad & Tobago, the collection is more complete and comprehensive. It is believed to contain the great majority of men who served in the War, including some who served with the French Army.


As well as soldiers of Afro-Caribbean descent, there are men from the Indian Sub-continent, presumably in most cases the descendants of indentured labourers, as well as men of Latino and Jewish heritage.


Releases for other islands in the Caribbean will be added to this collection over time.


Kent Baptisms

Over 7,000 parish baptisms covering Sutton-at-Hone, Woolwich and St Mary Cray have been added to the collection. Explore these transcripts and images of original church registers to discover new Kent family milestones.


Baptism records are essential for getting further in your family tree. They can reveal your ancestors’ names, birth and baptism dates, where they lived and importantly, their parents’ details.

Kent Burials

Was your ancestor laid to rest in Kent? Discover where and when they were buried with over 5,000 new burials from the parishes of Eltham and Thames & Medway.


Findmypast is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Kent family records online. You can also delve into marriages and bannswills and probate indexes and poor law union records from the Garden of England.



This week, we’ve released four brand new papers and added more pages to 10 publications.


The latest titles to join our expanding archive include:


·         Civil & Military Gazette (Pakistan) covering 1884 and 1891-1893

·         Indian Statesman covering 1876

·         Weekly Dispatch (London) covering 1820-1829, 1831-1850 and 1852-1868

·         Kilrush Herald and Kilkee Gazette covering 1879-1880, 1889-1899, 1901-1919 and 1921-1922

And we’ve added even more issues to:

·         Huddersfield Daily Chronicle from 1883

·         Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper from 1894 and 1901-1912

·         Dundee Courier from 1989

·         Cambridgeshire Times from 1872

·         Carmarthen Journal from 1841

·         Derby Daily Telegraph from 1990

·         Daily Mirror from 1994 and 1998-1999

·         Sligo Chronicle from 1880-1891

·         Marylebone Mercury from 1933, 1935 and 1938

·         Tralee Chronicle from 1881


Seavers in the News — George N. Seaver Dies in Delaware in 1943

 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 News Journal [Wilmington, Del.] newspaper dated 21 July 1943:

The transcription of the article is:

“George Seaver Dies in Hospital
Former Credit Manager Of
News-Journal Company Stricken Last Friday
“George N. Seaver, 69, of 1372 West Seventh Street, retired credit manager of the News-Journal Company, died shortly before noon today in The Memorial hospital.

“He was taken to the hospital last Friday after suffering a stroke at the Kent Hotel dining room.

“Mr. Seaver retired May 15, 1942 after 17 years in credit and collection work.  He served nine years as News-Journal credit manager, and eight years as assistant business manager of the Evening Journal.

“Coming to Wilmington from New England as a young man, he became a group leader of draftsmen at the Edge Moor office of the American Bridge Company, and was later associated with the late Charles H. Ten Weeges in the coal business before coming to the Evening Journal.

“Mr. Seaver, who has been a local resident about 50 years, was unmarried.  He is survived by a brother living in Waterbury, Conn.

“He was a member of Lafayette Lodge, No. 14, A.F.&A.M.; St. John’s Commandery, No. 1, Knights Templar; the Delaware Shrine Club, Lulu Temple, A.&O.N.M.S. of Philadelphia; and a past high priest of St. John’s Chapter, No. 4, R.A.M.”

The source citation is:

George Seaver Dies in Hospital,” The News Journal [Wilmington, Del.] newspaper, obituary, Wednesday, 21 July 1943, page 3, column 1, George N. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 15 October 2020).

This obituary provides a name, a death date, a death place, an age, a cause of death,  his employment history, the fact he was unmarried, but no names of his parents or brother or other relatives.  I did not have his death date and place, or his cause of death, in my RootsMagic database.

George Newton Seaver was born 5 November 1873 in Templeton, Massachusetts, the son of John Holden and Laura Lucretia (Fiske) Seaver of Templeton.   George had a brother, John Dwight Seaver (1883-1969) who resided in Waterbury, Connecticut, but in 1943 he had other siblings still living – Henry Holden Seaver (1871-1949), Charles Adams Seaver (1879-1971), and Warren Luther Seaver (1886-1968).

George Newton Seaver (1873-1943) is my 4th cousin 2 times removed, with common Seaver ancestors of my 5th great-grandparents Norman and Sarah (Read) Seaver. 

There are over 9,500 Seaver “stories” in my family tree – and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person leaves home and has no spouse or descendants.  I am glad that I can honor George Newton 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.


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

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