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Welcome to Southwest Virginia Genealogy .com

Hi guys.All the books are back again. My brother has taken them over. Sorry that it took so long. Protection Status Protected by CopyrightSpot

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.

If I can be of any service you can email me at

Haiti Educational NGOs, Paper-Mâché Horses, VoteByMail, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, August 8, 2020


Thanks very much to Win Flint for letting me know about her new site, and I’m sorry it had to sit in the queue for almost a week. It’s called Educational NGOs in Haiti. From the front page: “This website is for non-governmental (NGO) schools in Haiti to share resources and make connections. Given the nature of the transportation and communications infrastructure in Haiti this can be difficult. It is also a place for sharing evidence-based research that can be useful in improving the educational operation of schools in Haiti.”

The Calvert Journal: Watch the birdie: how a papier-mâché horse in Tbilisi Zoo grew into a popular photo studio. “I was born in Tbilisi in the 1980s, back when the country was still a part of the Soviet Union. Visiting the zoo was a special event for me: it meant that I would get a Plombir ice cream, a cup of sparkling gazirovka (a non-alcoholic sparkling beverage), and a ride on an amusement ride adjacent to the premises. But the highlight of the day would always be getting the chance to sit on the papier-mâché horse that looked like it had galloped from a merry-go-round ride. I remember being helped onto the horse, filled with anticipation and excitement at having my photo taken, but also overcome with shyness in front of the photographer.” The author is working with the descendants of the photographer to crowdsource a collection of these images. This essay is so good. Grab a tissue and read it.

The Verge: VoteByMail makes it easier to request a mail-in ballot ahead of the election. “Registering to vote by mail can be a tricky process that varies depending on the state you reside in. You’ll often need to find the right website, the right form, fill in the correct info, and find the right election official to submit the paperwork. VoteByMail streamlines the process by finding your local election official, assembling some basic information needed to request a ballot, and sending the whole thing off for you. You should still check with your local board of elections if you do not receive a mail-in ballot, to ensure you can vote when election season arrives.”


Revelstoke Review: Revelstoke’s forestry museum launches podcasts and new website. “Gary Xie started working for the [BC Interior Forestry Museum] in mid-May from his home in Surrey, Ont. He has never seen the museum and never been to Revelstoke. He was supposed to move to Revelstoke at the half-way point of his contract, however, he had trouble finding safe, single-space accommodation. However Xie continued to work remotely, updating the museums website and eventually, creating a podcast for the museum, featuring professionals in the local forestry industry.”

ProPublica: After a Year of Investigation, the Border Patrol Has Little to Say About Agents’ Misogynistic and Racist Facebook Group. “The Border Patrol vowed a full accounting after ProPublica revealed hateful posts in the private Facebook group. Now congressional investigators say the agency is blocking them and revealing little about its internal investigation.”


CNN: Facebook bans ads from pro-Trump PAC. “Facebook announced Thursday it was banning ads from The Committee to Defend the President, a pro-Trump super PAC. Facebook did not say how long the ban would last.”

Hyde Park Herald: Museum of Science and Industry wins grant to digitize 7,000 artifacts. “The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, has received a grant $225,782 to digitize a major part of its collection of more than 35,000 artifacts. The funds will pay for the MSI to create a website that will give free public access to 7,000 artifacts for the first time.”


Deutsche Welle: Brazil top court sets precedent by banning global access to social media accounts. “Once again, Facebook and Twitter are finding themselves caught in the crossfire as Brazil’s top court goes after suspected purveyors of fake news. Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes ordered both platforms to block accounts spreading illegal content. The fact that national Brazilian judges are having international social media accounts blocked is a novelty and could have global repercussions.”


University of Texas at San Antonio: UTSA experts find bias in disease-tracking algorithms that analyze social media. “Social media has become the latest method to monitor the spread of diseases such as influenza or coronavirus. However, machine learning algorithms used to train and classify tweets have an inherent bias because they do not account for how minority groups potentially communicate health information.”

KTSP: New website tracks broadband access and internet speed across Minnesota. “The Minnesota Rural Broadband Coalition is asking people to take the speed test on their website. Participants give their address or a nearby location data. The website then measures the download and upload speeds of the internet connection. The results are then recorded and displayed on a map. Green dots indicate a fast connection; red dots equal a slow connection.”

ABC News (Australia): Australia needs a soil database to prepare for future fires, scientists say. “The academics recently wrote a paper saying last summer’s bushfires had ravaged soils, damaging agricultural and environmental recovery.” Good morning, Internet…

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Quick and Dirty: Registration for DearMYRTLE 2020 Webinars and Meetings

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: This is the “Quick and Dirty” registration page for DearMYRTLE’s 2020 webinars and Meetings. If you’d like the “Detailed” version, it is found here:


If you are experienced with DearMYRTLE’s Webinars and Meetings, you just need the basic facts as listed below.

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Happy family tree climbing!
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont

A Dad and Scientist’s View on Genomic Health

By Barry Starr, PhD, Director, Scientific Communications, Ancestry As we approach Father’s Day, I was excited to see results from a recent survey from Ancestry® that showed that dads, like me, know that understanding their genes can be foundational to how they care for their own health, and understand their family’s health. For example, the Read More

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“Two floating batteries came up Mystic River”

Back in June, we left the town of Malden worrying in mid-1775 about being attacked by British forces out of Charlestown, across the Mystic River.

The town had ended up with two cannon from Newburyport. Locals built earthworks near the landing of the Penny Ferry from Charlestown and strengthened the buildings there. (A comment on that June posting reminds us the ferry landing was near what’s now the Encore Casino in Everett.)

To guard that site, the Massachusetts army assigned a company of Malden men to their home town. Their leader was Capt. Naler Hatch (1731-1804), who had learned to command at sea. Locals remembered him as “a stout built man, rather rash in temper, and fiery in zeal.”

Deloraine Pendre Corey’s history of Malden says that on 23 July Christian Febiger, the Denmark-born adjutant of Col. Samuel Gerrish’s regiment in the Continental Amy, wrote of the situation at Malden:

Capt Hatch of Colo. [Thomas] Gardners Regiment is there with one Company & has to mount 20 men on Guard every Day without Officers, three Relieves is 20 men privates mounting every Day & then they have no Sentries on the River which by the Description and the Situation of the place wants at least 4 Centries every Night.

Gerrish moved Capt. Eleazer Lindsey and his company from Winnisimmet in Chelsea to strengthen that spot in Malden. Lindsey was a 59-year-old veteran of the last war from Lynn. His men had signed up from several Essex County towns.

On Sunday, 6 August, the British finally came. Lt. Benjamin Craft of Manchester, stationed at Winter Hill, wrote in his diary:

Just after [morning] meeting two floating batteries came up Mystic River and fired several shots on Malden side, and landed a number of regulars, which set fire to a house near Peny ferrys which burnt to ashes.

One Capt. Lyndsly who was stationed there, fled with his company, and got before the women and children in his flight.

We were all alarmed, and immediately manned our lines, and our people went down to Temple’s Point with one field piece, and fired several shot, at the regulars, which made them claw off as soon as possible. Gen. Gage, this is like the rest of your Sabbath day enterprises.

“Temple’s Point” was no doubt part of Robert Temple’s farm in what is now Somerville.

Katie Turner Getty described this fight in detail from the perspective of Lt. Col. Loammi Baldwin, then stationed in Chelsea, for the Journal of the American Revolution. Baldwin reported directly to Gen. George Washington:

I proceeded to Malding as quick as possable found that Capt. Lindsey was gone home, & his Company dispersd, all but a few with the Lieut. was down at the House that was Burnt[.] I went to him and enquired into the matter who Informd me that the Capt. was gone Home & near one half the Company was fled & where they were gone he could not tell, I ordred him to Rally his Company & Guard his Post which he Seem’d willing & ready to preform as far as Lay in his Power.

It appears that the lieutenant was Daniel Galeucia (also spelled Gallusia and Galushe, 1740-1825). In an odd twist, he was married to Capt. Lindsey’s daughter.

By this time the British were back over in Charlestown, parading on shore in triumph. Inside Boston, though, selectman Timothy Newell noted in his diary “several Soldiers brought over here wounded.”

COMING UP: More fighting and a court-martial or two.

DearMYRTLE’s Schedule – June thru July 2020

DearMYRTLE and Cousin Russ have a wonky, but exciting webinar, institute and meeting schedule now through the end of July. Here are the particulars.
Mondays with Myrt with CC (most Mondays throughout the year)
Noon Eastern
New 2020 registrations may be processed here:
Adding Live CC to Your Zoom Events
30 June 2020 at Noon Eastern
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WACKY Wednesday with CC (most Wednesdays throughout the year)
9pm Eastern
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Mini-Myrt (Quick 20 minutes, no CC)
14-18 July, then 28-31 July
Noon Eastern
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The Archive Lady with CC
Wednesday (though date varies throughout the year)
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Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont

4 Monitors?

YUP! Ol’ Myrt here has gone ”cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs” er, um, make that multiple monitors. With all this Covid-19 self isolating, Ol’ Myrt has been busy providing Zoom tech support at GRIP 2020 with Cousin Russ and some mighty fine GRIP Tech Hosts. And I’ve been living in my office the better part of the day and finishing up by hosting three of five evening sessions each week of GRIP. 

It has helped that I recently upgraded my computer setup from three to four monitors. Here’s why:
Here’s what’s typically on each monitor:
Monitor 1 – (bottom left) 
— My genealogy program.
Monitor 2 – (bottom right) 
— Transcript for transcribing documents word-for-word
Monitor 3 – (top left) 
— Web browser with tabs for multiple sites. Usually Ancestry, FindMyPast. MyHeritage and
Monitor 4 – (top right) 
— A folder with digital images for the current research subjects, to verify I have correctly named files and that all downloaded files are attached to the ancestor(s) in question.
— Snagit Editor to add the citations to the expanded bottom border of an  photo or document image that I create in my genealogy software.
Whether it’s a Zoom Meeting or a Zoom Webinar, here’s what’s typically on each monitor:
Monitor 1 – (bottom left)
— Zoom in gallery view, resized to 3/4 of the screen 
— Zoom Chat dialog box nearly 1/4 of the screen
— Zoom Screen Share Control Bar with annotation options
Monitor 2 – (bottom right) 
— What I’m screen sharing to attendees. 
— Mouse pointer settings have been changed to very large and bright green.
Monitor 3 – (top left)
— Zoom Participant List
— Trello – our agenda for the meeting is on a card there. 
— Facebook – my back channel communication with Cousin Russ in case I get bumped from Zoom. 🤗
— I may also text Russ via cell. 
— A 3×3 inch browser with the 3rd party app Streamer.Center activated for CC in our Zoom Webinars. 
Monitor 4 – (top right) 
This is my testing area. 
— To verify my genealogy program is not open to living people before I drag it to my shared screen monitor.
— To preview new to me websites, shared by a new person in our Zoom event, to ensure it isn’t bogus.
— To look up things on another browser tab, say to Amazon for a book we just mentioned during the live chat.
— Word to take notes about what else to say so I won’t lose the thought.
— Lately, I’ve used Word to deconstruct a citation sample.
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Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     🙂
Your friend in genealogy
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Second Life: Clarise Beaumont

(+) Is Your Genealogy Society Growing or Shrinking?

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

I am fortunate in that I travel a lot and am often asked to speak at local genealogy society meetings. I meet a lot of members and officers of these societies, and I hear a lot of stories about each society’s successes and failures. A few stories seem to be repeated over and over by multiple societies although I do hear a few exceptions. By far, the most common stories I hear are that a particular society is struggling and is slowly becoming smaller and smaller. A few societies report the opposite: they are steadily growing in both membership and in services.

What is the difference? I don’t have all the answers, but I do see a few common factors amongst the stories I hear.

A Changing Environment

The most common story I hear is that the world is changing around us. Of course, the world has always been changing; but changes appear to be happening faster today than ever before. Ignoring the recent problem of the Covid-19 pandemic that (hopefully) will disappear sooner or later, the major items that seem to impact genealogy societies include rapidly-changing technology, ever-increasing expenses of publishing and distributing printed materials, increased expenses of gasoline and other travel expenses for members, competition from the World Wide Web, and also a great problem with inertia. Inertia is illustrated by a refrain that I hear often: “We don’t want to change.”

Let’s tackle that last item first: inertia.

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Vermont Campaign Finance, Black Lives Matter Protests, Indie Game Festival, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, July 29, 2020


VTDigger (Vermont): VTDigger launches campaign finance database. “Our campaign finance portal shows readers the top contributors to each campaign, how candidates rank over time and how they compare to each other, along with the raw data that powers the state’s database. This is only the beginning of the tool. Candidates must file new campaign reports on a monthly basis, and we’ll keep adding them along with new insights and features for our readers.”

Winston-Salem Journal: The Syllabus: UNCG’s new Black Lives Matter protests archive. “The latest addition to UNCG’s collections is an archive of materials from area Black Lives Matter protests. The university is now seeking photos, videos, flyers, posters, protest signs, clothing and anything else from the beginning of the BLM movement in 2013 or from the recent local protests over the death of George Floyd. These items will be part of the library’s new Triad Black Lives Matter Protest Collection.”


Google Blog: The Indie Game Festival announces its nine winners. “The talent of independent and small game developers shines this year at Google Play’s Indie Games Festival, a celebration of the creativity of game developers. We received hundreds of submissions for the three competitions in Europe, Japan and South Korea. This year’s winning games have something for everyone, from a food-themed puzzle game with cats to a Mars Survival Project.”

CNET: Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Google CEOs lay out their antitrust defenses in remarks to Congress . “The CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google on Tuesday evening released opening remarks that cast their companies as icons of American ingenuity as they gear up for a highly anticipated antitrust hearing with legislators on Wednesday.”


PCWorld: How to back up your Google Photos library and keep your metadata. “Google Photos is one of the best ways to sync and store the picture you take on your phone, but getting them out of your library is another story—especially if you want to keep your metadata (date, time, caption, etc.). Since Photos no longer includes an option to sync with Google Drive, keeping a rolling backup of your photos is going to take some work. Here and your options are for creating a backup that keeps your photos and metadata intact.”


The Guardian: Yaël Eisenstat: ‘Facebook is ripe for manipulation and viral misinformation’. “Yaël Eisenstat was a CIA officer for 13 years and a national security adviser to vice president Joe Biden. Between June and November 2018, she was Facebook’s global head of elections integrity operations, business integrity.”

San Diego Jewish World: Museum of the Hebrew Language planned in Jerusalem. “The museum will supplement the [Academy of the Hebrew Language]’s ongoing activities of writing a historical dictionary of Hebrew, covering the language’s development from approximately the 12th Century BCE, and also serving as an Internet resource for people who want to know how a word from a foreign language can be translated into Hebrew. Questions may be asked of the Academy’s volunteer experts via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.”


BetaNews: New Chrome extension provides security check on open source code. “Developers frequently make use of open source components in order to speed up projects and save them having to reinvent tasks. But this can lead to the introduction of hidden security risks. Now though open source marketplace xs:code is launching a new, free Chrome extension, xs:code Insights, which provides users with intuitive, in-depth analytics on open source repositories, including repository score, security analysis, maintenance and activity status, reviews, ratings and more.”

TechCrunch: New York legislature votes to halt facial recognition tech in schools for two years. “The state of New York voted this week to pause for two years any implementation of facial recognition technology in schools. The moratorium, approved by the New York Assembly and Senate Wednesday, comes after an upstate school district adopted the technology earlier this year, prompting a lawsuit in June from the New York Civil Liberties Union on behalf of parents. If New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the legislation into law, the moratorium would freeze the use of any facial recognition in school systems in the state until July 1, 2022.”


Engadget: DeepMind and Oxford University researchers on how to ‘decolonize’ AI. “In a moment where society is collectively reckoning with just how deep the roots of racism reach, a new paper from researchers at DeepMind — the AI lab and sister company to Google — and the University of Oxford presents a vision to ‘decolonize’ artificial intelligence. The aim is to keep society’s ugly prejudices from being reproduced and amplified by today’s powerful machine learning systems.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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Seavers in The News – Isaac S. Seaver Dies in Detroit in 1937

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 Detroit [Mich.] Free Press newspaper dated 30 May 1937:

The transcription of the article is:

“Isaac S. Seaver

“Mr. Seaver, one-time merchant of Pompeii, Mich., and former judge and banker at Ithaca, Mich., died Saturday at Woman’s hospital after an illness of two weeks.

“Born in Clinton County 84 years ago, Mr. Seaver spent most of his life in Gratiot County.  For 50 years he was in business at Pompeii.  He was judge of probate for Gratiot County for 12 years and president of the Ithaca National Bank 25 years.  He moved to Detroit five years ago and lived at 1312 Seward Ave.  He was a member of the Metropolitan Methodist Church here.

“Surviving are five children, Mrs. Warren A. Stahl, Mrs. Loren Baylis, Bert, Elizabeth and Meryl Seaver.  Funeral services will be held in the M.E. Church in Ithaca at 3 p.m. Wednesday.”
The source citation is:

“Isaac S. Seaver,” Detroit [Mich.] Free Press newspaper, obituary, Sunday, 30 May 1937, page 7, column 1, Isaac S. Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 23 July 2020).

This obituary provides a death date, a death place, an age, an anniversary date, and the name of five children, but not his wife’s name or the location of the children.

Isaac Shoemaker Seaver (1852-1937) was the son of Thomas Weisner and Elizabeth C. (Bushnell) Seaver.  He married (1) Mary Ann McReynolds (1857-1880) in 1878, and they had one daughter:

*  Ethel M. Seaver (1880-1904).

Isaac married (2) Jennie McReynolds (1861-1935) in 1881 (Jennie was Mary Ann’s sister) and they had five children:
*  Carrie Luella Seaver (1883-1975), married Warren Albert Stahl (1887-1962) in 1909.
*  Mattie Elizabeth Seaver (1884-1975), married Loren Monroe Baylis (1894-1971) in about 1920.
*  Milo Bert Seaver (1887-1978), married Gertrude Fannie Lewis (1888-1973) in 1909.
*  Elizabeth F. “Bessie” Seaver (1889-1970.
*  Lora Merle Seaver (1891-1976).

I am a 4th cousin 4 times removed to Isaac Shoemaker Seaver (1868-1945).  Our common Seaver ancestor is Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) of Sudbury, Massachusetts.

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 serve their community  I am glad that I can honor Isaac Shoemaker 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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An Update from Ancestry’s CEO

To our community,  The last several weeks have been an emotional journey. As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, I am continually inspired by all the communities, organizations and frontline heroes coming together to help those in need. We remain forever grateful to the healthcare workers fighting the pandemic and the essential workers Read More

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