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Genealogy News and Education Bytes — Tuesday, 12 January 2021

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






*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Wednesday, 13 January, 5 p.m.:  Do You Have an Artificial Brick Wall?, by Robyn Smith

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Friday, 15 January, 11 a.m.:  From Grandmother to First European Landowner of Canada, by Lianne Kruger

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  MyHeritage Mobile App: All New Features From 2020, by Daniel Horowitz

5)  Genealogy Education – Podcasts:

*  Researching Like a Pro:  RLP 131: Grafting Family Branches Part 1
*  Fisher’s Top Tips:  #240r – Who Else Has Your Stuff?



6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

 





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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — What Do You Take After From Your Parents and Grandparents?

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1) What do you “take after” or “favor” from our parents and/or grandparents?  It could be looks, traits, mannerisms, speech, etc.

2)  Put it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link in a comment to this post.


My thanks to reader Liz Tapley for suggesting this topic.

Here’s mine:

 A)  Physical size, looks, etc.

*  I am 5’10” tall, my father was 6’2″, my mother like 5’4″, but my brothers were both about 6’2″.  My grandfather Seaver was about 5’10” and my grandfather Carringer was 5’7″.

*  I had blonde hair as a child, which turned brownish with auburn streaks before turning gray.  My father and mother both had dark brown hair.

*  I am pretty bald now, and it has been receding since I was 21 years old.  My father had a widow’s peak with receding temples, and my maternal grandfather had a full head of hair.  My paternal grandfather had thinning hair and receding temples, but wasn’t bald.  My great-grandfather Auble was cue-ball bald so it’s all his fault!

*  I have blue eyes, and both of my parents had blue eyes.  I don’t know about my grandparents.

*  My skin is very fair – I get sunburned easily, my skin peels, when it burns, and I have some basal cell spots on my arms and head.  I think my parents burned easily, but I don’t recall spots.  None of us tanned well.  I think this reflects my 99% western European ancestry.

*  I am overweight which reflects my sedentary lifestyle since I was a teenager (125 pounds at age 18), sitting at a desk all day.  My father was somewhat overweight after 1971 when he retired, but had a job driving and walking as an insurance agent when he was working.  My maternal grandfather was thin all of his life and had a walking job at a department store in San Diego. 

*  I have one good eye and one eye with amblyopia that was never corrected.  My aunt Marion, my father’s oldest sister, had it too.

B)  Traits and mannerisms:

*  I am fairly even-tempered in public, but I have a temper in private at times, expressed as a cuss word or a door slam, but nothing more violent.  My father was similar, my mother was very even tempered and rarely raised her voice.  My maternal grandparents seemed very peaceful and happy.  I never met my paternal grandfather and met my grandmother only once. 

*  I love to read.  My mother did too, and her parents also.  I don’t recall my father reading much.  We had a large library of fiction and nonfiction books, plus World Book encyclopedia,  in my house growing up.  My mother had a “mysteries library” in her home after becoming a widow and would lend paperback books to me and to others.  I have a fairly extensive genealogy library and read for about an hour every light from library books and online books – mainly mysteries and crime fiction.

*  My love of sports is from my father.  He coached youth baseball, and listened to or watched baseball, football and basketball all of his life.  He loved the Chargers most.  My mother put up with it (only one TV!).  My brothers and I loved it – playing, coaching, watching, being fans of Padres, Chargers, Clippers, Gulls.

*  My maternal grandparents, my parents, and my wife and I had/have traditional values of right and wrong, law and order, trying, studying, and working hard, achieving goals but not bragging, being judgmental of actions and words of others, etc.  

*  I don’t recall many “sayings” of my parents or grandparents – perhaps my brothers do.  My Massachusetts-born father used to say “For crying out loud!” when I or my brothers did something wrong.  But I don’t think I did/do that with my children or grandchildren.  

C)  This was difficult because I don’t think I look like either of my parents, or like my grandparents.  It’s difficult to tell because the photographs I have are at different ages.  

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Seavers in the News — Julia F. (Haley) Seaver Dies in 1935 in Winthrop, Mass.

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 Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper dated 2 February 1935:

The transcription of the article is:

“SEAVER — In Winthrop, Jan. 31, Julia F. (nee Haley), beloved wife of the late Christopher H. Seaver, formerly of Charlestown.  Funeral from residence, 143 Revere st., Monday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m.  Solemn high mass of requiem at the Church of St. John the Evangelist at 10 o’clock.  Relatives and friends kindly invited to attend.”

The source citation is:

“Deaths,” The Boston [Mass.] Globe newspaper, death notice, Saturday, 2 February 1935, page 19, column 6, Julia F. (Haley) Seaver death notice;  Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 25 June 2020).

This obituary provides a death date (31 January 1935), a death place, her spouse’s name, but not her parents or children names.     

I had Julia Frances (Haley) Seaver (1868-1935) in my RootsMagic database.  She was born July 1868 in Charlestown, Mass., the daughter of John and Eliza (Connor) Haley.  She married Christopher Hammond Seaver (1866-1910) in 1898 in Boston, Mass. They four one children:

*  Christopher Hammond Seaver (1898-1899).
*  John William Seaver (1900-1978).
*  Albert E. Seaver (1901-1949), married 1937 Antonina E. Lavish (1909-1992).
*  Mary A. Seaver (1904-????).

Julia’s husband, Christopher Hammond Seaver, is not my relative as far as I know.  His grandfather, Hammond Seaver (1810-1850) came from Germany before 1839.

There are over 9,000 Seaver “stories” in my family tree – and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and some are widowed for a long time.  I am glad that I can honor Julia Frances (Haley) Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors, or will provide more information about them to me.

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



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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Your Number One Songs

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):

Tonight, we’re going to go down memory lane a bit.

1)  What was the #1 song on the day you were born?  Or on your birthday when you were 15?  When you were 18?  Or when you married?  Or some other important date in your life.

2)  Go to http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/birthdayno1 and enter the date and select from UK, US or Australia record lists.  Note:  the first date available is 1 January 1946. 

Alternatively, go to Wikipedia.org and search for “number one songs in yyyy” (insert your year) and enter the month and date and see a list of number one songs for each year since 1940. 

3)  Tell us what your results are (If you are sensitive about your age, don’t list the date or year… ) on a blog post of your own, a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status line or note. 


Here’s mine:


*  Birth date 23 October 1943:

From the Wikipedia site, #1 on that date was “Sunday, Monday or Always” by Bing Crosby (lyrics only, couldn’t find a video or recording online)

*  Age 15 on 23 October 1958:

From the This Day in Music site, #1 was “It’s All in the Game” by Tommy Edwards (YouTube video)

*  Age 15 on 23 October 1961:

From the This Day in Music site, #1 was “Runaround Sue” by Dion. (YouTube video)

*  Married on 21 March 1970:

From the This Day in Music site, #1 was “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel (YouTube video)

*  During the time that I was really “into” popular music (1956-1970), the #1 hits on my birthday were:

**  1956. Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog — Elvis Presley
**  1957.  Jailhouse Rock/Treat Me Nice — Elvis Presley
**  1958.  It’s All in the Game — Tommy Edwards
**  1959.  Mack the Knife — Bobby Darin
**  1960.  I Want to be Wanted — Brenda Lee

**  1961.  Runaround Sue — Dion
**  1962.  Monster Mash — Bobby Boris Pickett & the Crypt Kickers
**  1963.  Sugar Shack — Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
**  1964.  Do Wah Diddy — Manfred Mann
**  1965.  Yesterday — The Beatles

**  1966.  96 Tears — ?? & the Mysterians
**  1967.  To Sir, with Love — Lulu
**  1968.  Hey Jude — The Beatles
**  1969.  Sugar, Sugar — The Archies
**  1970.  I’ll Be There — The Jackson Five

*  I had never heard of the Bing Crosby song – here are the lyrics:

Sunday, Monday or Tuesday
Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
I want you near
Every day in the year

Oh, won’t you tell me when
We will meet again
Sunday, Monday or always

If you’re satisfied
I’ll be at your side
Sunday, Monday or always

No need to tell me now
What makes the world go ’round
When at the sight of you
My heart begins to pound and pound

And what am I to do
Can’t I be with you
Sunday, Monday or always

Always and forever I must be with you
Beginning Sunday and Monday and then forever

Oh, won’t you tell me when
We will meet again
Sunday, Monday or always

If you’re satisfied
I’ll be at your side
Sunday, Monday or always

No need to tell me now
What makes the world go ’round
When at the sight of you
My heart begins to pound, pound, pound

What am I to do
Can’t I be with you
Sunday, Monday or always?


I wonder if my parents sang this around the time I was born?


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Genealogy News Bytes – Tuesday, 5 November 2019


Some of the genealogy news and education items across my monitor the last four days include:






2)  New or Updated Record Collections:





3)  Genealogy Education – Webinars (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar



*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Tuesday, 5 November, 5 p.m.:  Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure, by Helen V. Smith

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Wednesday, 6 November, 11 a.m.: Understanding Ethnicity Estimates, by Mary Eberle

4)  Genealogy Education – Podcasts:



*  Fisher’s Top Tips: #125r – Repeating Names

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  BYU Family history Library:  Family Search Genealogies by Ann Tanner








6)  Genealogy Bargains:


7)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes – 1 November 2019?

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Daughter Tami’s Junior High Graduation in 1991 — Post 587 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I can’t help it, I can’t do a wordless post!  I found some more family photos hiding in my voluminous My Pictures file folder – I don’t think I’ve posted this one yet.


This photograph was taken in June 1991 at Hilltop Junior High School in Chula Vista.  Our daughter, Tami, holding the flowers, had just graduated from 9th grade at this school.

From the left are my mother, Betty (Carringer) Seaver (1919-2002, so she was 71+ in this photo), myself (at age 47+), Tami (at age 14+) and my wife Linda (at age 48+).

My mother loved to go to graduations of her grandchildren!  I look forward to doing that too – only three more years!

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