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Sunday, September 25, 2016

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RECORDS COLLECTION RELEASES FOR 23 SEPTEMBER 2016

The Findmypast Fridays releases this week are a mix of over 1.7 million British and American records:

BRAND NEW RECORDS:

Cheshire Vital Records Browse 1500-1991

OVER 584,000 RECORDS  

Search by parish, event, or record type to browse through thousands of original bishop's transcripts, non-conformist registers, and parish registers from churches across the English county of Cheshire.


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The Shipwrecked Passenger Book: Sailing Westbound from Europe for the Americas 1817-1875
 

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Were any of your ancestors shipwrecked at sea? Uncover the harrowing details of 339 transatlantic shipwrecks between 1817 and 1875. This unique entry, authored by Frank A. Biebel, contains the records of many records of immigrants that you won't find anywhere else.


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Quintin Collections - United States Family Histories
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Discover your colonial ancestors with 3,926 family histories and genealogies from all 50 states and several locations overseas. These PDF records can be searched by publication year, title, county, and state, page number and additional key words.

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The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
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Covering: The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's (NYG&B) quarterly review
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The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

New records: Volume 147, Issue 2: Summer 2016

Total records: 6,117 issues

Covering: Biographical sketches, family genealogies, transcriptions and abstracts, pedigree charts, local history, notices of life events, such as baptisms and marriages, society proceedings and notes
 

Discover: The largest single collection of published material on families that lived in New York State

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Britain, School and University Register Books

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Covering: Thousands of schools across 41 counties in England and Wales

Discover: Your ancestors' school records, birth dates, admission years and the schools they attended
 

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United States, State & Local Histories
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Friday, September 23, 2016

MY MORMON PIONEER RELATIVES

Back in July I received an email from FamilySearch telling me Pioneer Ancestors, by which they
meant Mormon pioneers. There was a link directing me to a webpage where I discovered 15 names
and the pioneer companies in which they journeyed west. I meant to do a blogpost about them back
in July, but then my old laptop began to die and the blogpost was forgotten while I purchased and
set up my new notebook computer.  

The other day I was going through older emails and found that pioneers email once more. Strictly
speaking, these 15 people are distant cousins. I recognized some familiar family names (Abbott, Bartlett,
Willard and York) but the rest are unfamiliar. None of them were already in my database, Still, it's
interesting to find out I have Mormon relatives.

Here's the list. Are any of them your relatives too, or did your ancestors travel west in the same companies? 

Brigham Young Company
Clarissa Alger 1830–1907
John Alger 1820–1897
Fanny Cummings 1835–1908

Daniel Spencer/Ira Eldredge Company
Benjamin Franklin Cummings 1821–1899
Alva Cummings  1832–1917
Rufus Abbott 1784–1879

William Snow/Joseph Young Company
Asa Bartlett York 1832–1920
Julia Ann York 1833–1931
Martha Eliza York 1849–1931
William Aaron Carter 1848–1926

Philip De La Mare Company
Alonzo Harrington LeBaron 1818–1891

John Wood Company
Ezra Carter Chase 1833–1903

James W. Cummings Company
James Willard Cummings 1819–1883

George A. Smith/Dan Jones Company
Martha Ann Appleby 1834–1855

Company Unknown
Samuel Brown 1801–1882






Thursday, September 22, 2016

THE EIGHTH ANNUAL GREAT GENEALOGY POETRY CHALLENGE

It's time to start thinking about the Eighth Annual Great Genealogy Poetry
Challenge!

As in the past, I'll be posting the links to the submissions on Thanksgiving Day,
which this year falls on Thursday, November 24th. Deadline for submissions will be a week before, on Thursday, November 17th. That gives everyone nearly two months to find (or write) and share their poem or song. If you find one long before that deadline you can post it on your blog now, but don't forget to send me the link to it before November 17th!
   
These are the Challenge rules:

1. Find a poem by a  poet, famous or obscure, about the region
one of your ancestors lived in. It can be about an historical event, a
legend, a person, or even about some place (like a river)or a local
animal. It can even be a poem you or one of your ancestors have written.
0r, if you prefer, post the lyrics of a song or a link to a video of someone
performing the song.

2. Post the poem or song to your blog (remembering to cite the source
where you found it.).  If you wish to enter an older post, you may as long
as it has not appeared here in an earlier Poetry Challenge.

 3.Tell us how the subject of the poem or song relates to your ancestor's
home or life, or the area of the country where they lived.

4.Submit your post's link here to me by midnight Thursday, November 17th
and I'll publish all links to the entries on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th!

If  you submit a humorous poem or song that will be entered under the
"Willy Puckerbrush" division. Willy was the late geneablogger Terry
Thornton's alias for some humorous posts and comments.
There you have it. You have two months to find your poem and post it to your
blogs. I will be waiting to see what you all find and share!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RECORDS COLLECTION RELEASES FOR 16 SEPTEMBER 2016

The nearly 4.8 million Findmypast Friday record releases  for 16Sept include brand new Irish records plus additions to the Lincolnshire U.K. collections:

 
BRAND NEW RECORDS:

Original Will Registers 1858-1920
Over 181,000  records forming the largest collection of surviving wills for post-1858 Republic of Ireland. Explore the pages of wills to discover where your family lived, what assets they had, if it was left to relatives, and if anyone was left out due to a family feud.
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Ireland, Catholic Qualification & Convert Rolls 1701-1845
OVER 50,000 RECORDS
Lists of Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism in order to qualify for certain rights such as owning property or running businesses due to the harsh Penal Laws of the 18th century.
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Ireland Merchant Navy Crew Lists 1863-1921
OVER 820,000 RECORDS
Indexed lists of men and women who served with the Merchant Navy that reveal detailed information for each crew member, where and when they were born, and details their life at sea. The lists not only cover Irish sailors but also include natives of Norway, Russia, Sweden, America and Germany, to name but a few.
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Ireland Valuation Office Books
OVER  2 MILLION RECORDS
Land and house surveys kept by the Valuation Office of Ireland. These books were preparatory to the Griffith’s Valuation and reveal where and when individuals rented or owned property and provide rare glimpses of life in pre-famine Ireland.
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Lincolnshire Baptisms
New feature: Search by name, year, place and parent’s names
Total records: 1,914,636
Covering: Baptism in Lincolnshire between 1538 and 1911
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Lincolnshire Banns
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Covering: Banns read in Lincolnshire churches between 1538 and 1911
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Lincolnshire Marriages
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Lincolnshire Burials
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Covering: 300 burial places across Lincolnshire
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Lincolnshire Parish Register Browse
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Total number of records: 4,462,304
Covering: Parish churches right across Lincolnshire
Discover: Baptisms, marriages and burials
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British Newspapers
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Covering: Brighton, Birmingham, Preston, Norwich, Durham and more
Discover: News articles, obituaries, family notices, letters, advertisements and more
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Friday, September 16, 2016

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2016 WEEK 32: JOHN MOORE 4TH OF BOLTON, MA.

In Week 32 of the 52 Ancestors challenge  I've come to the fourth and last ancestor named John Moore on my family tree. Once again my information comes from the article inVolume 57 of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, titled SOME DESCENDANTS OF JOHN MOORE OF SUDBURY, MASS. by Ethel Stanwood Bolton:


22. John4 Moore (John3 John2 John1) married in Lunenburg, Mar. 19, 1723-4, Susanna, daughter of Henry and Dorcas Willard. He was baptized and owned the covenant in Lancaster, July 2, 173 2. In 1751 he is called of Bolton (Worcester Co. Deeds, Vol. 31, pp. 38, 39).
Children:

I. Samuel, b. Mar. 29, 1726, in Lancaster; m. Aug. 19, 1747, in Bolton, Zeresh Houghton, and
had issue.

II. Abigail, b. Aug. 12, 1728; m. Apr. 26, 1750, Rufus Houghton of Lancaster.

III. John, b. Jan. 3, 1730-1; m. Aug. 30, 1757, Unity Willard of Lunenburg, and had issue. He lived
in Bolton.

IV. Susanna, b. May 28, 1733; m. Nov. 24, 1759, Jonathan Houghton.

V. Abner, b. Sept. 28, 1736; m. Nov. 16, 1769, Elizabeth Hastings, in Bolton.
-p308 

It's interesting to see how closely the Moore, Willard and Houghton families were woven together, And, John's wife Susannah Willard is not only my 6x great grandmother through the Moore line, she is also my 6x half great grandaunt.Susanna's mother Dorcas Cutler was Henry Willard's second wife. Mary Larkin was his first, and their son Joseph is my 7x great grandfather through the Houghton's on m Dad's side of the family.


Unfortunately I haven't found a probate file so far for John 4th.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

OVER THREE MILLION IRISH RECORDS FREE TO SEARCH FOREVER ON FINDMPAST

I received this press release from Findmypast today in my email:

                                               Over 3 Million historic Irish records
                                                       free forever to search online

 ·                    Four fascinating NAI collections spanning 220 years of Irish history (1701-1922)
                                                                        free to search forever
                                                                

·                          Released online for the  first time, the records will allow researchers to trace
                           their roots back to Pre-Famine Ireland and learn about the lives of their Irish
                                                                                    ancestors




Dublin, Ireland, September 15th 2016
Leading Family History website Findmypast, has today announced the online publication of more than 3 million historic Irish records released in association with the National Archives of Ireland and Family Search International. The release consists of a wide range of documents including original wills, lists of Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism, land valuation records and merchant navy crew lists. The records date back to pre-famine Ireland and will be completely free to search forever.

Spanning over 220 years of Irish history from 1701 to 1922, the release is comprised of four highly valuable National Archives of Ireland collections including:


Original Will Registers 1858-1920 - over 181,000 records the largest collection of surviving wills for the post-1858 period for the Republic of Ireland. The registers allow researchers to explore the pages of wills to discover where their family lived, what assets they had, if it was left to relatives, and if anyone was left out due to a family feud.


Qualification and Convert Rolls 1701 – 1845 - lists of over 52,000 Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism. During the harsh Penal Laws of the 18th century, Irish Catholics were restricted from owning property or running businesses. Many chose to either convert (at least legally) to the established Church or swear loyalty in front of a court in order to qualify for certain rights

Valuation Office books 1824-1856 – these land and house surveys kept by the Valuation Office of Ireland contain over 2 million names. The books that make up this collection were preparatory to the Griffith’s Valuation, and provide a comprehensive assessment of the rental value of Irish lands and property from the mid-1820s to the mid-1850s. The books reveal where and when individuals rented or owned property and provide rare glimpses of life in pre-famine Ireland

Merchant Navy Crew lists 1857-1922 - These indexed lists records the details of over 832,000 men and women who served with the Merchant Navy. The original lists were extensive and provided detailed information for each crew member, where and when they were born, and their life at sea. The lists not only cover Irish sailors but also include natives of Norway, Russia, Sweden, America and Germany, to name but a few

This is the first time these important National Archives of Ireland collections have been fully indexed with digitized images of the original papers linked online. All four collections are fully searchable, providing relatives and historians from all over the world with opportunities to discover more about their Irish heritage through documents that, until today, could only by accessed by visiting the Archive’s reading rooms in Dublin.

Findmypast is home to the most comprehensive online archive of Irish family history records with over 114 million documents published in partnership with The National Archives of Ireland, The National Archives UK, and a host of other local, county and national archives.

Brian Donovan, Head of Irish Records at Findmypast, comments:
“The records of the National Archives of Ireland are a central resource for Irish family history and we at Findmypast are once again delighted to be making them available and fully searchable to all online in partnership with our colleagues at Family Search. Moreover, we are once again releasing these records for free forever, just like we did with the pre-1901 census records or the Roman Catholic parish registers, making Irish genealogy that much easier and cheaper for all. It is a privilege to work with the records and team at the National Archives, and we look forward to further releases in the near future.”

Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland, said:
The National Archives of Ireland has been to the forefront of genealogical democratisation, starting with the release free to access of the 1901 and 1911 censuses online, and followed by the material available on our genealogical website – http://genealogy.nationalarchives.ie/ We regard it as a fundamental principle that Irish people and people of Irish descent should have free access to their genealogical cultural heritage. Our partnership with Findmypast and FamilySearch has allowed us to continue to activate that principle, and we regard the partnership as an exemplary arrangement for access to important records with minimum cost to the State. It has been a harmonious partnership, where all involved gain benefit from the arrangement.


This latest release comprises a huge number of records, ranging from 17th century convert records to 19th century land records, shipping records and copies of wills which were destroyed in 1922. None of these records have been digitised or indexed before. They contain millions of names not available elsewhere. We know that they will be a great addition to the records already available to the millions interested in their Irish ancestry, and to the growing online scholarly archive on Irish history.
Our partnership with Findmypast and FamilySearch has allowed us to continue to activate that principle, and we regard the partnership as an exemplary arrangement for access to important records with minimum cost to the State. It has been a harmonious partnership, where all involved gain benefit from the arrangement.”


This latest release comprises a huge number of records, ranging from 17th century convert records to 19th century land records, shipping records and copies of wills which were destroyed in 1922. None of these records have been digitised or indexed before. They contain millions of names not available elsewhere. We know that they will be a great addition to the records already available to the millions interested in their Irish ancestry, and to the growing online scholarly archive on Irish history.”


 Find out more at: http://www.findmypast.com/irish-ancestors

Monday, September 12, 2016

2016 WEEK 31: JOHN MOORE 3RD OF LANCASTER & BOLTON MA. PT2

Compared to the files of his father and grandfather, the probate file of John Moore is practically a work of art, The handwriting on most of the documents is neat and easy to read. Here's the first page detailing how the estate will be divided  It shows John 3rd owned 13 properties covering 369 acres and valued at 624 pounds, 6 shillings and 6 pence. This includes the properties he had given his sons before his death  :


Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.) CASE NUMBER: 41411 Page16
The estate inventory counted  9 pieces of land totaling  228 acres and worth  512 pounds, 10 shillings:

Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1731-1881. Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.) CASE NUMBER: 41411 page 19



The thing that strikes me about the first three John Moores in my family tree is how land wealthy they all were. John Jr and John 3rd owned over 300 acres which really is a lot of land.

I'll eventually post a transcription of John 3rd's probate file.