Saturday, January 20, 2018


 Findmypast added 2.9 million new records in the Findmypast Friday releases for 19January:


Jersey Baptisms 1540-1915

OVER 228,000 RECORDS  Does your family have roots in the Bailiwick of Jersey? Explore thousands of Church of England baptism registers from the island of Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the English Channel, to uncover dates, locations and the names of both parents.

Jersey Marriages 1542-1940

OVER 119,000 RECORDS Search transcripts of Church of England marriages and add new branches to your growing family tree. Marriage registers can reveal the date and location of your ancestor’s marriage as well the names of their parents and in-laws.

Jersey Burials 1541-1940

OVER 155,000 RECORDS Discover the final resting place of your Jersey ancestors with a collection of transcripts covering 17 burial sites across the Island. Records will reveal their birth year, burial date and burial place.

Connecticut, Stonington Cemetery Records

OVER 1,800 RECORDS Explore records from Connecticut’s Stonington Cemetery, a 22-acre non-sectarian burial ground founded in 1849. Transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s birth date, death date and burial plot.

New Jersey Birth Index 1901-1903 Image Browse

OVER 2,700 RECORDS Browse through images to discover your ancestor’s name, parents' names and birth year. This collection has been obtained from the New Jersey State Archives and images are courtesy of Reclaim the Records.


England, Greater Manchester Baptisms 1571-1910

OVER 1.7 MILLION RECORDS Explore baptism and christening records from the Diocese of Manchester parishes, pertaining mainly to those from the historic county of Lancashire. Both transcripts and images of the original registers are provided. You can discover event dates and places for your ancestor, as well as your ancestor’s parents’ names.

Friday, January 19, 2018


I'm about to start posting about the ancestors of my 3x great grandmother Rachel (Barrows) Ellingwood.This is one of my three Plymouth county lines and includes a veteran of the Revolutionary War and Mayflower passengers.

Here's a relationship chart from 8x great grandfather John Barrows down to my father;:

Thursday, January 18, 2018


My 8x great grandfather Francis Dane Jr's wife was Hannah Poor, daughter of my immigrant ancestor Daniel Poor (Poor). Daniel Poor was married to Mary Farnhan, the eldest child of my  10x great grandfather Ralph Farnham, Sr.. The Poors had a large family, as William Richard Cutter describes in this short biography:

Daniel Poore, the immigrant ancestor, came from England in the ship "Bevis", Captain Robert Batten, master, sailing from Southampton with sixty other passengers in May, 1638, when he was fourteen years of age. He came in the family of Stephen and Alice Dummer. In the same ship came also Samuel Poore, and Alice Poore. who married George Little, of Newbury. Massachusetts. Daniel doubtless lived in Newbury about ten years, and Samuel and Alice settled for life there. John Poore, probably an elder brother, also settled there and another brother, Thomas Poore, settled and died at Andover, leaving neither wife nor children. Daniel Poore married in Boston, October 20, 1650, Mary Farnum, sister of John Farnum, who also settled in Andover, and has many descendants in that section. Daniel Poore died June 8, 1689, aged sixty-five; his wife also died in Andover, February 3, 1714, aged eighty-five years. Their home was on the easterly side of the Shawshine river, not far from its mouth and near the station on the Boston & Maine railroad in North Andover near the Merrimac river, and the street railway from Lawrence to North Andover passes near the site of the old house. The ancient bridge over the Shawshine river is near by and the homestead included land on both sides of the river below the bridge. Children of Daniel and Mary (Farnum) Poore: I. Mary, born in the summer of 1651; married in Newbury, John, son of Deacon Nicholas and Mary (Cutting) Noyes, November 23, 1668, and in Newbury the births of ten children are recorded. 2. Sarah, born December 28, 1652; married, February 13, 1673, Samuel Pettengill, of Newbury, son of Richard Pettengill, and they had eleven children, born in Newbury. 3. Martha, born November 4, 1654; married, February 9, 1679, John Granger, and had seven children in Andover. 4. Daniel, mentioned below. 5. John, born September 5, 1658, died unmarried. December 24, 1690; was a soldier in the Canadian Expedition. 6. Hannah, born May 6, 1660; married, November 16, 1681, Lieutenant Francis Dane, son of Francis Dane, of Andover, where they had nine children. 7. Elizabeth, born April 15, 1662; married, April 7, 1686, Jacob, son of John and Martha Marstone, and they had eleven children at Andover. 8. Deborah, born April 18, 1664; married, May 29, 1689, Timothy Osgood, brother of the wife of her brother, Daniel Poore; she died in 1724; he died in 1748. 9. Ruth, February 16, 1665; married John Stevens. 10. Priscilla, born June 22, 1667. 11. Lucy, born September 28, 1670.

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4,  Lewis historical publishing Company, N.Y., N.Y., 1913

In the entry about Daniel Poor Jr that is mentioned,  there is a remark that he and his wife had 18 children but that "she was sorely disappointed because she failed to have twenty."!

Despite that, I think Daniel Poor Sr was probably more than satisfied with 66 grandchildren.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


I'm starting off the 2018 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge with my 8x great grandfather Francis Dane Jr.. Charlotte Helen Abbott wrote about the Danes n Early Records of the Dane Family. on the Memorial Hall Library of Andover, Ma. website. You'll notice several familiar family names of those people the children married:

Francis (3) Dane's first farm was on the old stage road from Andover
Centre to Lowell, past South Church and between Hartwell Abbott's and the
place where Ora Baker lives-past Indian Ridge Reservation to E. Holt and
so on across land to the Jameson place.

His second home was built on the Stratton place- the house long since
gone. The one built by Franklin Heald stands near the site. Philemon (6) lived
there last before Straaton took it up. Capt. Franklin bought the land
from Dane and sold to Stratton.

Francis (3) Dane (Francis (2) John (1) ) and wife Hannah Poore, had:

Francis (4), b.  April 22, 1683; d. Oct. 27.

Abel (4), b. Sept. 27. 1684; d. y.

Hannah (4),b.Oct. 6, 1687; m. Samuel Phelps, June 30, 1708; called Sgt.; d.Apr.
26, 1745; she d. May 26, 1746.

Francis (4) 2nd., b.  ; d. Dec.9, 1689

Francis (4) 3rd.; b. Aug.19, 1690; d. Dec. 15, 1716; m. Hannah Turner, March 18,
1714; she m. 2nd., Ebenezer Abbott, April 5, 1720. She was dau. of
James Turner of Charlestown and w.Hannah Dalzell, who, as a widow, m.
Sgt. Wm. Johnson of Andover , neighbor of the Dane family, 1707. Ch.-
Francis (5),  b. March 31, 1715; d. Dec 15, 1716.

John (4), b. Sept. 18, 1692; d. Jan.10, 1763; m. Sarah (4) Chandler, Nov.15, 1713,
b. March 13, 1693, dau. Wm. Chandler and w. Sarah Buckmaster; she d.
June 17, 1747; he m. 2nd., Sarah Cromby, Aug. 1, 1749, widow of
Thos. Hurd of Billerica and widow of Eph. Abbott of Andover; she d.
Aug. 5, 1780 at home of her dau. Eliz. Abbott, wife of Asa Abbott,
The Abbott family kept her papers and the annuity paid annually on
her acct. by her Dane stepson was charged up to Hurd on back of the dowry
claim or will. This she had,- up to 1773. A descendent of James Dane, old
Elizabeth Dane, said that the second wife lived outside with other
children for a while but came back to the homestead and died there.

Joseph (4), b. April 5. 1696; d. Dec. 27, 1721 of small pox. He m. 1st, Feb. 4.
1718, Lydia Johnson, dau. of John Johnson and . Elinor Ballard; she d.
Nov. 16, 1718; he m. 2nd., July 14, 1720, Mary Harndon; she m. 2nd. Joshua
Frye (4) July 14, 1724. She d. 1729, age 31.

David (4), b. April 24, 1698.

Mary (4), b. April 22, 1699; m. Dec 29, 1721, Jeremiah Ballard, son of Joseph
Ballard and w. Rebecca Orne, b. March 29, 1697. Jeremiah and Mary sold
the Ballard estate on the site of  Memorial Hall Library to Capt.
Gibson and left for Lunenberg, by Church letter, Nov. 23, 1736; d. there.
 Early Records of the Dane Family.

Monday, January 08, 2018


 Nearly 1.5 million new records are in the Findmypast Friday releases for 4Jan:


Middlesex, Brompton Cemetery Records

OVER 645,000 RECORDS  Search through thousands of records from one of one of Britain's oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. Each result includes both a transcript and image of the original document digitised from the original register held by the National Archives. Records may reveal your ancestor’s death year, age at death, residence and burial date

England, Cheshire School Records, 1782-1950

OVER 423,000 RECORDS Were your ancestors educated in the English county of Cheshire? Search records covering more than 120 schools across the county to discover your ancestor’s birth date, residence, father’s name, the name of their school and years attended.

British Army, British Red Cross Society Volunteers 1914-1918

OVER 243,000 RECORDS Discover your Red Cross ancestor’s name, birth year, rank and service history with a collection of records from the British Red Cross website. Additional information about the records, including images of original VAD cards, can be found on the source website.

Mississippi, Tippah County Records 1836-1923 Image Browse

OVER 115,000 RECORDS Browse through records related to deeds, chattel deeds (personal property), and probate case files from Mississippi’s Tippah County Courthouse. The records will provide the names of grantors and testators, residences, names of witnesses, and dates of transactions.

Ireland Military Pensions and Medals 1916-1922

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Greater London Burial Index

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Total records: 1,690,022
Covering: Over 300 Anglican and non-conformist parishes across Greater London
Discover: Birth year, death year, burial date, occupation, religious denomination, address, and burial location

Tuesday, January 02, 2018


Time for a look back at my some of my genealogy activity  in 2017 with a comparison with 2016.

All in all, it wasn't a great year but an okay one. I need to work on the Find A Grave numbers as well as visiting more cemeteries as soon as it gets warmer this year.

My research numbers as shown by RootsMagic7:
2017-31,296 people, 112,296 citations, 589 sourcesw
2016-31,142 people,  111,434  citations. 577 sources
My total people went up by 154. I probably added a bit more than that but I merged duplicates and deleted a few errors.

Find a Grave
2017-616 memorials, 1006 photos, 188 volunteer photos taken
2016- 616 memorials, 1002 photos 185 volunteer photos taken.
For some reason I lacked the desire to visit cemetaries last year.

2017 (211)
2016 (237)
2015 (220)
2014 (199)
2013 (179)
2012 (170)
2011 (248)
2010 (196)
2009 (254)
2008 (214)
2007 (208)
While my total posts did go down for the first time in several years, I did pass the 200 post mark for the 7th time.

On my Old Colony Graveyard Rabbit blog, I only posted 5 times for the second year in a row.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


Since  I wasn't successful in fulfilling all my 2017 geneaplans, I'm realy going to try harder on some of them next year, especially those which require that i get out on the road and go somewhere. This list for 2018 is the first where I haven't resolved to break down the John Cutter West, since that finally happened in 2017.

Items in boldface are 2017 plans  that I didn't work on at all so I will be concentrating on them more in 2018

1.Continue adding more of my ancestors siblings and their lines to my database.

2. Get off my butt and actually visit the places my ancstors lived and are buried here in Massachusetts. I didn't do any road trips in 2017. Getting out of my apartment oncethe weather turns warm is better for my health, too.

3.This year I'm  going to set a more praactical goal for my blogging: to reach at least 200 posts in this blog and to post anything, anything at all, in my Graveyard Rabbits  blog.

4. Take and post more photos for Find A Grave. Another way toi get me off my butt and out of the apartment.

5. Continue to stay organized:  Keep putting images  I download into  the folder they belong in immediately,

6. Transcribe more of the wills and probate files I've downloaded already.

7. Find and download the wills and probate files of female ancestors.

8.  Keep working  on  the timeline for my ancestors who were involved in the Colonial New England Indian wars, including those who were captured.

9. Go back and finish the series about the "Hot Mess" probate file of ancestor Nathaniel Stowe which I forgot to finish in May 2015. (Probably because it's such a "hot mess").

10. Write more  about my ancestor Gov. John Endecott. I keep pushing it aside, I think, because he did somethings that were nasty.

11.Keep having fun with genealogy!

There they are. I hope I do better in 2018 than I did in 2017!