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Monday, July 16, 2018

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RELEASES FOR 13JUL 2018

Over 122,000 new records were added in Findmypast Friday for July 13:

 

Berkshire Registers & Records

Explore over 600 registers and records from the English county of Berkshire. Discover your ancestor in parish registers from Leckhamstead and St Mary, Reading.

This collection currently holds two titles presented in PDF format; Parish Registers of Leckhamstead, 1558-1812 and Parish Registers of St Mary, Reading, 1538-1812. The Registers of Leckhamstead include baptisms, marriages, and burials for Leckhamstead in north Berkshire. Entries will include names and event dates but may also include fathers' names or additional details. The Registers of St Mary include baptisms, marriages and burials as well as a list of vicars with brief biographies.
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Durham Registers & Records

Learn more about your Durham ancestors with our collection of more than 2,800 registers and records from the North Eastern County.

There are 16 titles included in this collection including a 1904 guide to the "Antiquities of Sunderland and Its Vicinity" as well as baptisms, marriages and burials covering the parishes of St Nicholas, St Margaret's, St Mary in the South Bailey, Bishop Middleham, the Ancient Chapel of Esh in Lanchester, St Mary le Bow, Winston, Whickham, Whitburn, Ryton, Coniscliffe, Stanhope, Whorlton, and Ebchester as well as Dalton-Le-Dale, Seaham & Sherburn Hospital.
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Scotland, Jacobite Histories 1715-1745

Discover more about the Jacobites and the Jacobite Risings with this collection of historical publications. These documents are presented in a PDF format and can be searched by name, conflict, publication title and year, and keyword.

This rich collection consists of 23 titles covering a variety of topics related to the risings. It includes a range of detailed histories, song books, estate papers, lists, historical papers and memoirs written by those who participated.
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Greater London Burial Index

Over 109,000 new additions covering 27 Middlesex parishes have been added to the Greater London Burial Index. The records consist of transcripts that may reveal a combination of your relative's name, age, occupation, religious denomination and where they were buried.

The greater London Burial index now contains over 1.7 million records spanning the years 1399 and 1992 and includes Middlesex Burials & Memorial Inscriptions, The South London Burials Index 1545-1905, City of London Burials 1754-1855 and Middlesex Burials 1538-1992.
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British & Irish Newspapers

This week we have added 111,538 new pages to our collection of historic British Newspapers. We have added one new title – the Witney Express and Oxfordshire and Midland Counties Herald – and updated seven of our existing titles. We have added pages to four of our Irish titles, including the incredibly influential Freeman's Journal, as well as adding to our Liverpool and Dover titles, and also to the Music Hall and Theatre Review.
 

The new additions include;
    Witney Express and Oxfordshire and Midland Counties Herald (new title) - 1869-1887
    Evening Herald (Dublin) - 1897, 1899, 1901, 1907, 1996
    Irish Independent - 1913, 1915
    Freeman's Journal - 1912-1919, 1922-1924
    Sligo Champion - 1983, 1988-1995
    Liverpool Echo - 1973, 1979-1980
    Music Hall and Theatre Review - 1910-1911
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Friday, July 13, 2018

AN APOLOGY PART 2

I've had some comments from fellow geneabloggers about my previous post and the situation with email notices from Gmail about readers' comments.

First, a confession: when it comes to technology and the internet I am a dummy. (same goes for understanding the DNA stuff). You would not believe how long it took me to learn how to cut & paste things back in my days on mIRC. So when I get a question from Tony Proctor, who I consider to be a genealogy technology guru, my reaction is to be speechless for several minutes and then panic. I am not sure I can come up with a coherent answer.

So let me quote the advice given me on FB by Carol A. Bowen Stevens::

I believe the fix is to go to the Dashboard in Blogger. Go to where your email addy is recorded, You know, it will say, send notifications to Mr. Bill. I Believe one is in Settings? Or Comments. Snoop around till you discover the area.

Remove the email addy information. Erase it. Save the change. Now go right back in and type your email address in again. Yea. SAVE the change again.

Check all the spots in the Dash that has your email. Do the erase and re-add motions in each.

Since I am writing this in the middle of the night, and NOT on the computer, if this does not make sense let me know.

Now here’s another little trick, after, check your email there will be a verification link thingy you have to click. 


Good luck.


Thanks Carol!


And here's a screenshot of  the emails screen on the Dashboard:





I hope this is helpful.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

AN APOLOGY

Recently I found out that Google had changed a setting on my blog that sent me an email whenever
someone left a comment on my blog. They stopped sending the emails.

Now I hadn't really suspected that was the case. I'd noticed I hadn't gotten any comments on my blogposts of late, but didn't think much about it. After all, I'm not one of the better known geneabloggers and don't have as many followers as others do. Then I saw a post on Facebook from another genealogist about finding hundreds of comments from readers she hadn't been notified about. So I checked the Comments link on my blog settings and was dismayed to find I had many comments from as far back as last year that I hadn't known about. To make matters worse, a few days ago in an attempt to publish them en masse I inadvertently deleted them all.

Tonight I found five new comments left from the last few days and those have now been published. I will try to fix the Comments setting so I will once more get the email notifications and this situation  doesn't continue.

I apologize for not responding to those readers who took the time to read my blog and never saw them published.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RELEASES FOR 6JUL 2018

More new records from Great Britain were released for last week's Findmypast Friday:

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Cambridgeshire Registers & Records

OVER 350 RECORDS Explore publications pertaining to the English county of Cambridgeshire. Discover your ancestor in the parish registers of Orwell spanning the years 1560 to 1837 and of St Michael’s, spanning 1538 to 1837.
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Buckinghamshire Registers & Records

OVER 600 RECORDS Uncover details pertaining to your Bucks ancestor’s baptism, marriage or burial with parish registers from Great Hampden and Stewkeley covering more than 260 years of the county’s history. A 1910 guide to the Highways & Byways in Buckinghamshire is also included.
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Thames & Medway Baptisms

New records: 9,968
Total records: 367,610
Covering: Baptisms in the parish of St Mary Magdalene in Woolwich between 1837 and 1851
Discover: Your ancestor’s birth date, baptism place, baptism date, parents’ names and additional notes
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Thames & Medway Burials

New records: 6,044
Total records: 201,333
Covering: Parish of St Nicholas in Deptford between 1813 to 1847
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Monday, July 09, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 25: NICHOLAS SNOW OF EASTHAM, MA.

My ancestor Thomas Rogers married Elizabeth Snow, daughter of my 9x great grandparents Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins. Through her parents I am descended from Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower.  Here's a short biography of Nicholas from Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts Vol.III

The American ancestor of most of the Snows of southeastern Massachusetts was (I) Nicholas Snow, who came to this country in the ship "Ann" in 1623, and had a share in the first division of land in Plymouthin 1624. He was made a freeman in 1633. With six others—Thomas Prence, John Doane, Josiah Cook, Richard Higgins, John Smalley and Edward Bangs—he began the settlement of Eastham (at first called Nauset) in 1645. Nicholas Snow was elected the first town clerk, and held that office for sixteen years from 1646; was deputy from 1648 for three years, and was'selectman from 1663 for seven years. He was one of Gov. Thomas Prence's associates, being probably from Somerset, England. He died at Eastham Nov. 15, 1676. Mr. Snow married, in Plymouth, Constance Hopkins, daughter of Stephen Hopkins, of the "Mayflower." They had twelve children: Mark, born at Plymouth May 9, 1628; Mary, born about 1630; Sarah, about 1632; Joseph, about 1634; Stephen, about 1636; John, about 1638; Elizabeth, about 1640; Jabez, about 1642; Ruth, about 1644; Hannah, probably in Eastham in 1646; Rebecca, probably in Eastham in 1648; and one whose name in unknown.-p127

Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts: Containing Historical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families ..VolIII  J.H. Beers & Company,  Chicago Il.1912

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RELEASES FOR 29JUN 2018

There were over 57 thousand new records in last week's Findmypast Friday's releases:

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Kent, Lydd Midwife's Birth Register 1757-1815

OVER 2,400 RECORDS The records in this collection were transcribed from the original birth register of William Waylett (1729-1815), a male midwife who practiced in Lydd and the surrounding parishes on Romney Marsh in Kent. Transcripts will reveal a combination of your ancestor’s birth date, birth place, parents' names and any additional notes. Notes may include details of the pregnancy, delivery, mother, or payment for services.
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Sussex Monumental Inscriptions
New records: 1,839
Total records: 24,941
Covering: Churchyards in Eastbourne, Litlington, Lullington and West Dean
Discover: Birth year, age at death, death year, location, inscription, number in grave and register reference
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Northumberland and Durham Memorial Inscriptions

New records: 14,370
Total records: 119,133
Covering: Churchyards in Birtley, Blyth, Boldon, Eighton Banks, Gosforth, Great Lumley, Penshaw, Ryhope, South Shields, Whitley Bay, Woodhorn
Discover: Burial year, birth date, death date, age at death, denomination, inscription, location, plot, stone type and any additional notes
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Yorkshire Burials

New records: 38,386
Total records: 5,164,222
Covering: Stoney Royd Cemetery in Halifax
Discover: Age, birth year, burial date, burial place and images of original documents
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Monday, July 02, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 24: ELEAZER ROGERS OF PLYMOUTH, MA

One again another ancestor for whom I haven't found much information online...yet. My 7x great grandfather  Eleazer Rogers seems to have been a seaman up until he suffered some serious wounds during fighting Indians  in Maine:

"To  Honoble" William Stoughton Esqr Lieutenant Governour and to the Council
and Representatives in General Court Assembled, The humble petition, of Eliezer Rogers
of plymouth

Sheweth
That your Petitioner being a Soldier under the Command of Captain Thomas Dymock did
on the ninth day of September last (1697) receive Several Wounds in an Engagemt with the ffrench and Indians att Winagauts. particularly he was shott through the Thigh, and
through the right side of his head which put out his Eye, and has made him in a great
measure incapable of his Employment

Yor Petitioner therefore humbly prays that he may have his Cure perfected att the publick Charge, and may have Such further Stipend and pension as to this Honoble Court shall Seem reasonable, and yor petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray &c
Eleazer rogers

May ult. 1698 Read in the House of Representatives
and Committed.

June 7'h In Answer to this petition
Ordered, That the petitioner shall be allowed and paid out of ye publick Treasury the Sum of Twenty pounds in full compensation for smart money, and for the loss and damages abovementioned, by him sustained

Sent up for Concurrance.
June 8th 1698. In Council.
Read and Resolved a Concurrance
Isc Addington Secry./ "

Baxter, James Phinney, ed .Documentary History of the State of Maine Vol 5 Containing the Baxter Manuscripts Maine Historical Society Portland 1897 (p512)

Monday, June 25, 2018

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RELEASES FOR 22JUN 2018

There are over 960 thousand records in this week's Findmypast Friday additions:
 

BRAND NEW RECORDS:

Scotland, Fife Death Index, 1549-1877

OVER 265,974 RECORDS Search deaths recorded in Fife’s old parish records including deaths and burials from St Andrews and Edinburgh Testaments (from 1549 to 1823), sheriff court wills (1824-1854), Fife newspapers (1822-1854), Kirk Session account books for mortcloths, lair registers and other sources.
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Canada Obituary Notices

OVER 235,338 RECORDS Discover your relative’s name, birth and death years, and obituary text. The records currently contained within this collection have been obtained from Genealogy Quebec’s online obituaries website. Additional information such as images and details about the records can be found on the source’s website.
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Wiltshire Social & Institutional Records 1123-1968

OVER 422,199 RECORDS Search for your ancestors in 72 different types of records spanning nearly 900 years of Wiltshire history. The collection contains a wide variety of documents and a full list of what is available can be found at the bottom of the search page.
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Wiltshire Baptisms Index 1530-1917

New records: 1,575
Total records: 2,895,537
Covering: Quaker births
Discover: Birth date, baptism date, parish & parents’ names
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Wiltshire Marriages Index 1538-1933

New records: 261,565
Total records: 1,457,044
Covering: Quaker marriages
Discover: Birth year, residence, occupation, marital status, marriage date, location, father’s name, witnesses’ names and corresponding details for the spouse
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Wiltshire Burials Index 1538-1990

New records: 1,811
Total records: 2,091,561
Covering: Quaker burials
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 23: THOMAS ROGERS OF EASTHAM, MA'

I haven't found much so far online about 8x great grandfather Thomas Rogers so far. This, from William Hopple Edwards, is the longest summation of Thomas' life I have yet seen:

Thomas Rogers (6-22); b. May 29, 1638; d. Jun. 16, 1678;m. Dog. 13, 1965.
Thomas Rogers, son of Lt. Joseph and Hannah (----) Rogers was born in the 3rd month (old style) 29th day, lé38, and was baptized at Eastham, Mass. He married Dec. 13, 1665, Elizabeth Snow, daughter of Hon. Nicholas and Constance (Hopkins) Snow, who was born about 1610 and died Jun. 16, 1678. He died Jun. 16, l678 at Eastham.

The children of Thomas and Elizabeth (Snow) Rogers, according to Leon Clark Hills - Cape Cod Series – Vol II - 1911, born at Eastham, were:
l. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 8, 1666; m. ----- Higgins.
2. Joseph, b. Feb. 1, 1667; m. Prudence -----.
3. Hannah (5-ll) ; b. Mar. 20, 1669; m. Amaziah Harding.
lo. Thomas; b. Mar. 6, 1670; d. Mar. 16, lé70-l.
5. Thomas; b. May 6, 1672; m. Sarah Treat.
6. Eleazer, b. Nov. 3, 1673; m. Ruhmah Willis.
7. Nathaniel, b. Jan. l8, 1675.

pp279-280

Genealogical and Ancestral Notes: ser. 1, v. 2. 47 families of Robinson ancestors, self published,
Leiden, Conn. 1957.

I do wonder about the death date for Thomas and his wife Elizabeth Snow (Rogers) being the same. Did they actually die on the same date, and if they did, what were the circumstances?

I am descended from their son Eleazer.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RELEASES FOR 15JUN 2018

There are nearly 1.5 million records in the Findmypast Friday releases for 15 June:

BRAND NEW RECORDS:

British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records

OVER 691,000 RECORDS have been added to our National Archives' collection of medical records from the First World War. These records will allow you to discover when and where your ancestor was wounded, where they were treated and how long they were held at the medical facility for treatment. Images may provide a variety of additional details such as their service history and a description of the wound
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United States Deceased Physician File (Ama), 1864-1968 Image Browse

OVER 707,000 RECORDS Explore images of the deceased physician card files from the American Medical Association (AMA). The card files comprise biographic records of deceased physicians in the United States and a few from Canada from 1864 to 1968.
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United States Marriages

New records:79,966
Total records: 190,557,044
Covering: Indiana marriages 1818-1920
Discover: The couple's full names, ages, marital status, marriage date, marriage location, and parents' names
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Periodical Source Index

New images:13,283
Titles updated: Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine/American Spirit, Fitchburg Historical Society Proceedings, Genealogical Advertiser, Genealogical Magazine & Genealogical Quarterly Magazine
Covering: National and regional American history
Discover: Articles,
photos, and other genealogical material you might not find using traditional search methods
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Friday, June 15, 2018

FATHERS DAY 2018

In honor of Fathers Day I'm posting pictures of some of the fathers on my family tree. From the Wests:

My Dad, Floyd E West, Jr.




 

Great grandfather Philip J. West, Cousin Stanley & Grandfather Floyd E West, Sr.







2x great grandfather Jonathan P.West & wife Louisa Almata (Richardson)West
3x Great grandfather John Cutter West
Some of the maternal grandfather's from Dad's family:

2x great grandfather Asa F Ellingwood & wife Florilla (Dunham)Ellingwood.

2x Great grandfather Amos Hastings Barker & wife Betsy Jane (Moore) Barker.
3x Great grandfather Philip Richardson

And the only pictures I have from Mom's side of the family:
Great grandfather John McFarland & wife Annie (Kelley)McFarland.

Great Grandfather Edward J White.


Happy Fathers' Day!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

JOSEPH ROGERS JR: "'A MOST DEADLY FALL"

In the course of googling for information about my ancesto Joseph Rogers Sr., I came across several references to the death of his sone Joseph Rogers Jr/ at the hands of a man named John Hawes. I found the following account in the book Edmond Hawes of Yarmouth, Massachusetts written by James William Hawes:

In the proceedings the following entry appears: "Att this Court, John Hawes, of Yarmouth, was indited for violently and by force of armes takeing away the life of Josepth Rogers, of Eastham, by giveing him a most deadly fall, on the 25 of December, 1660, in the towne of Eastham, whereof and whereupon hee did most vehemently complaine, and about 48 houres after died. The said John Hawes did put himself upon tryall by God and the Countrey. The grand jury found the bill of inditement a true bill. The names of the petty jury, or jury of life and death, that had the tryall of this case, as followeth:
  Mr. Josias Winslow, Senir,
  Leiftenant James Torrey,
  Robert Finney,
  Cornett Robert Studson,
  Ephraim Morton,
  Samuell Hickes,
'William Paybody,
  Samuell Sturtevant,
  Ephraim Tinkham,
  Steven Bryant,
  John Sutton,
  Benjamine Bartlett.
These brought in a verdict wherin they expressed that they found that the said John Hawes was not guilty, and soe according to law hee was cleared in the open Court and released
.'"-pp145-146

Edmond Hawes of Yarmouth, Massachusetts: an emigrant to America in 1635, his ancestors, including the allied families of Brome, Colles, Greswold, Porter, Rody, Shirley and Whitfield; and some of his descendants, The Lyons genealogical company, N.Y, N.Y., 1914

Monday, June 11, 2018

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RELEASES FOR 8JUN 2018

The Findmypast Fridays releases for 8June has added over 82 thousand new records to the Suffragette collection:

BRAND NEW RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS:

Suffragette Collection update

OVER 22,000 RECORDS Explore the latest additions to our Suffragette collection. In association with The National Archives and exclusively available on Findmypast, this latest batch of records has just been released online for the first time ever. It includes a wide variety of government and police records as well as any 1911 census return that lists “Suffragette” or “suffragist” as an occupation.
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Women's Suffrage Petition 1866

OVER 1,500 RECORDS Did your ancestor sign the petition that laid the foundations of the organized campaign for women’s suffrage? Search for them on the very first Votes for Women mass petition to be put before Parliament.
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Suffragette Newspapers Browse

New records: 58,360
New titles: 14
Covering: Church League for Women's Suffrage, Common Cause, Conservative and Unionist Women's Franchise Review, Free Church Suffrage Times, International Woman Suffrage News, Jus Suffragi, The Suffragist, The Vote, Woman's Dreadnought, Woman's Leader and the Common Cause, Woman's Signal, Women's Franchise, Women's Suffrage, and the Women's Suffrage Record
Discover: Interviews, personal accounts, political statements, satirical cartoons, news stories, photographs and more
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Monday, June 04, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 22:JOSEPH ROGERS OFEASTHAM, MA'

My 9x great grandfather Joseph Rogers was in his early teens when he sailed on the Mayflower with his father Thomas in 1620,and was left alone shortly afterwards. He survived and became a prominent citizen in several towns in the Plymouth Colony, as William Richard Cutter shows us:

(II) Lieutenant Joseph Rogers, son of John Rogers (1), was also a Pilgrim. He was born in England or Holland and came with his father in the "Mayflower" to Plymouth; was married and had six children in 1650. He had lands assigned to him in 1623 and was freeman in 1633. He removed to Duxbury. He was given permission by Plymouth colony to keep a ferry over Jones river near his house, March 2, 1635-36. He and his brother John had a grant of land April6. 1640. He finally removed to Eastham, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. He was appointed lieutenant of the military company at Nawsett in 1647. His will dated January 2, 1677-78, was proved March 5 of that year. He bequeathed to sons Thomas, John and James, to daughters Elizabeth Higgins and Hannah Rogers and to his wife. He gave to Beriah Higgins a, share with his children because Beriah had lived with him a great while, etc. Children: 1. Sarah, born August 6, i633. died young. 2. Joseph, July 19, 1635, died 1660. 3. Thomas, March 29, 1637. 4. Elizabeth, September 29, 1639. 5. John, April 3, 1642. 6. Mary, September 22, 1644.7. James, October 18, 1648, mentioned below.8. Hannah, August 8, 1652.
 -p776

 Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 2  Lewis historical Publishing Company  N.Y., N.Y., 1908

All that is known about Joseph's wife is that her first name was Hannah. I haven't as yet been able to
find a copy of his will online.

I did find an sad story about his eldest son, Joseph Rogers Jr. which I'll share in the next post

Friday, June 01, 2018

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RELEASES FOR 1JUN 2018

Over 2.7 million new records, many Chicago Catholic Church records, are in the Findmypast
Friday releases for this week.

BRAND NEW RECORDS:

Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records

OVER 431,000 RECORDS Were your Catholic ancestors members of a congregation in Chicago? Explore a variety of congregational records from across the archdiocese to uncover vital biographical details as well as where and when your ancestors worshipped.
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Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Registers Browse

OVER 1,900 REGISTERS Our comllection of Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Registers is now available to browse. Our browse function enables you to delve through original registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in their entirety.
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ADDITIONAL RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS :

Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

New records: 1,227,824
Total records: 1,564,477
Covering: Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago
Discover: Birth year, baptism date, parents’ names, residence, birth place and baptism place
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Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Marriages

New records: 597,191
Total records: 217,627
Covering: Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago
Discover: The couple’s marriage date, marriage place and parents’ names
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Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Burials

New records: 229,540
Total records: 266,640
Covering: Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago
Discover: Birth year, death date, burial date and location
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Ireland National School Registers

New records: 43,772
Total records: 186,116
Covering: Schools across County Mayo
DIscover: Where and when your ancestor went to school, their attendance, parents’ occupation, the classes they attended, exam results and more
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Scotland Monumental Inscriptions Index

New records: 33,916
Total records: 293,113
Covering: 14 Scottish counties including the Isle of Skye
Discover: Birth year, death year, burial ground and any additional notes
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Sunday, May 27, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 21:THOMAS ROGERS OF PLYMOUTH PLANTATION

My 10x great grandfather Thomas Rogers was a Mayflower passenger and a signer of the Mayflower Compact. Unfortunately he died not long after landing at Plymouth.

From William Richard Cutter:

Thomas Rogers, immigrant  ancestor, was one of the Pilgrim Fathers. He was born in England, went to Holland with the Pilgrims and came to New England in 1620 on the "Mayflower, "' bringing with him his son Joseph, and taking a prominent part in the colony at Plymouth. His other children came afterward. He died in the first sickness at Plymouth. Among his children were: 1. Joseph, mentioned below. 2. John, weaver and planter of Duxbury; taxed there in 1632; admitted a freeman March 1, 1641-42; town officer and commissioner of jurors; married, April 16. 1639, Ann Churchman; lived at Scituate about 1647; removed to Marshfield where he died: will dated February 1, 1660; wife Frances. 3. William. 4. Noah.pp775-776

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 2  Lewis historical Publishing Company  N.Y., N.Y., 1908

EXPERIENCE ROGERS' ANCESTORS

Samuel Totman's wife was my 6x great grandmother Experience Rogers, the descendant of Mayflower passenger Thomas Rogers.

And through her mother Ruhamah Willis she is descended from Stephen Hopkins.

Experience was  also descended from several other Mayflower related families .  There will be a lot for me to blog about in these lines.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RELEASES FOR 25MAY 2018

There are over 140 thousand new records in the Findmypast Friday releases for 25May 2018:

BRAND NEW RECORDS:

1939 Register update 

OVER 64,00 NEWLY OPENED RECORDS have been opened up and are now available to search. As its official home, Findmypast has more 1939 Register records than any other site, with thousands more being opened and made available to search every month.
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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Case Files Of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923 Image Browse

OVER 60,000 RECORDS Browse images of case files of Chinese immigrants arriving in Philadelphia created by the regional office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service to enforce the Chinese exclusion acts passed by Congress during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Ireland, British Army Officers 1914-1918

OVER 1,500 RECORDS Discover your military ancestor in this index of officers of Irish regiments and the Irish officers of British regiments who were killed in action or who were mentioned for distinguished conduct between August 1914 and July 1916.
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South Lancashire Regiment Prisoners Of War 1914-1918

OVER 2,800 RECORDS Discover your South Lancashire Regiment ancestor in this index of prisoners of war from 1914 to 1918. Records will reveal a variety of details about your ancestor's military career as well as their time in captivity.
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Worcestershire Probate Index 1600-1858

New records: 11, 571
Total records: 63,131
Covering: Wills, inventories & letters of administration
Discover: Probate date, occupation, marital status, location, document type, reference and any additional notes
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Friday, May 25, 2018

THE MILITARY HONOR ROLL PROJECT 2018: ABINGTON, MA.

((I first posted this back in 2013. Sadly another name has been added to the wall since then, 
Abington's first native son killed in Afghanistan))

Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy is once again asking
bloggers to transcribe their local veteran monuments and list the names
on their blog. It's called the Military Honor Roll Project and I wanted to
take part this year.  I headed over to the memorial here in Abington
which is located right next to the building shared by the American Legion
and VFW Posts. It's a beautiful spot and there's quite a few names on it for
such a small town. They start with World War 1 and run up to the present
day.
 
It was a bright sunny day and I thought perfect for taking the pictures I needed
to work with for the transcription, but it turned out to be it was less than ideal.
The nearby trees were casting shadows over most of the monument and the wind
moving the leaves would cause the shadows to shift around.

 





                     DEDICATED
          IN LASTING MEMORY OF
ABINGTON'S MEN AND WOMEN WHO
       SERVED AND SACRIFICED IN
         THEIR COUNTRY'S WARS

             KILLED IN ACTION




World War I
Edgar D. Bascomb
Chester W. Belcher
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Henry C. Hurst
John J. Mahoney
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Wendell E Chamberlin
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George W. Coleman
Edmund G. Crossley
Elton E. Eckstrom
George S. Forsyth
Roy E. Hjelm
Wellington Jamieson
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John F. Monahan
John Rice
Frank D. Warner Jr.


Korea

Viet-Nam
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Peter D. Christianson DFC
Richard F. Gliniewicz
Glenn R. Gordon
Ralph G. Hamlin
Ernest H Laidler
Richard A. Fitts


Afghanistan
Daniel Vasellian




I encourage my fellow genealogy bloggers to take part in Heather's
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 20: WILLIAM PARKER OF SCITUATE, MA.

My 9x great grandfather William Parker was a bit of rebel. He's the first of my Plymouth Colony ancestors who was fined for entertaining Quakers in his house, and for not attending church services. Here's what Samuel Dean wrote about him in his History of Scituate:
                                                      
                                                           WILLIAM PARKER
was a freeman 1640. He had sixty acres of land north of Edward Foster's North river lot. His house stood in Parker lane, west of the small brook. In 1639, he married Mary, the daughter of Thomas Rawlins: and again 1651, Mary, the daughter of Humphry Turner. His children, Mary born 1639, William 1643, Patience 1648, Miles 1655, Joseph 1658, Nathaniel 1661. This family has spread wide in the country. Some descendants are in Boston. Joseph remained in Scituate : his children, Alice, Mary, Joseph, Judith, Miles, from 1684 to 1702. His son Joseph was the last who lived on the paternal spot, save his only daughter Ruth, born 1711, who lived to a great age, and is remembered as the last of the family. William, jr. had sons, (his wife Mary Clark 1693), Alexander, Joshua and Elisha, but they all removed. Nathaniel died in Phipps's Canada expedition, 1690. His brother Miles was then living in Scituate. William Parker died 1684. His will gives "To Joseph 10 acres near the land formerly John Bonpasse's, and 3 acres near where the Sweede's old house stood. To daughter Patience Randall—to grandchild Stephen Totman—wife Mary the homestead during her life, then to be divided between Miles, Nathaniel, William, Lydia, Mary, Judith.
" -P320

History of Scituate, Massachusetts: From Its First Settlement to 1831  James Loring, Boston, Ma. 1831

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 19: THOMAS RAWLINS OF SCITUATE, MA.

Thomas Totman's wife Mary Parker was my 8x great grandmother. While looking into her parents, William Parker and Mary Rawlins, I was able to push back her line one more generation to her grandfather, Thomas Rawlins of Scituate, Ma., my 10x great grandfather.

I found information about Thomas in a book by John Rollins:

Thomas RawliwS, Of Soituate.

(i.) Thomas Rawlins came from England in 1630 in the same company with Governor Winthrop, the first company of that year; settled in Roxbury; was admitted freeman May 18, 1631*; removed to Scituate, according to Roxbury records, about 1639!. He must have been in Scituate before 1639, because the Colony records say that Thomas Rawlins and others, of Scituate, were presented by the jury Dec, 1638, for receiving foreigners and strangers into their houses and lands without license of the Governor and Assistants, or acquainting the town of Scituate therewith. They were all discharged by the Court, 1639. Mr. Rollins purchased Anthony Annable's North River lot, in 1642. His house, situated where Dea. Thomas and Dea. George King afterward resided, was built in 1637. In 1646 he was one of the Connihasset partners^.
 

During his residence in Scituate he was a man of note and usefulness, having been appointed by the General Court a member of the Grand Jury of the Colony in 1641, 1642, and 1646; he was also a surveyor of Scituate, 1642, 1644, and one of the Town Committee in 1643; he was also one of the Deputies from Scituate at the special session of the General Court held at Plymouth, Sept. 27, 1642, for the purpose of providing forces against the Indians, for an offensive and defensive war, at which session "Miles Standish was appointed Captain of the forces to be raised; Mr. Thomas Prence to be his counsel, and to advise in the wars; William Palmer, leftenant, and Peregrine White, auncient bearer."*
 

Oct. 10, 1643, he was again a delegate to the General Court, convened on the occasion of the insurrection of the Indians against the Dutch and English.
 

His first wife, Mary, died just prior to his removal, having, according to Roxbury Church Records, "lived a godly life." His second wife, Emma, died Dec. 27, 1655, and he married May 2, 1656, Sarah, widow of David Mattocks, of Roxbury.f
 

Mr. Rawlins died in Boston, Mar. 15, 1660. His will, dated Mar. 12, 1660, conveyed property to his wife Sarah; and to his son Thomas, a house in Boston, provided he live there with his mother as heretofore; to his son Nathaniel, a farm in Scituate, etc. It is added in the record of probate that "Thomas Rawlins, ye sonne, declared that knowing his father to have left his mother-in-law, Sarah, too little, he was free and willing, and did give her nine pounds more," etc. -pp271-272

Records of families of the name Rawlins or Rollins, in the United States    . Geo. S. Merrill & Crocker, Printers, Lawrence, Mass. 1874

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MOTHERS DAY PT2

In honor of Mother's Day, here are pictures of our Dad's female ancestors.

First, on his mother's side:

Amos H Barker & Betsey J (Moore) Barker


Our 2x great grandmother Betsey Jane Moore was born on 16 Aug 1842 at Waterford,
Oxford, Me. She married Amos Hastings Barker in 1856 and they raised a family of
12 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood. Betsey died 12Mar 1924 at age 82.

My great grandmother Charlotte Lovenia Barker is the lady on the right.

 Our great grandmother Charlotte Lovenia Barker was youngest of  Amos & Betsey's
12 children. She was born on 3 Aug 1879 in Albany, Oxford, Maine and was known as
":Lottie". She married her first cousin Frank W. Barker on 16Oct 1898 and they had
4 children before Frank died in 1905 from pneumonia caused by "La Grippe" (the flu).
She was married three more times before her death on 3Jan 1944 at Bangor, Maine.   

Cora Berthella (Barker) West & her great granddaughter Mindy Sue West

Our grandmother Cora Berthella (Barker) West was born 27Oct 1899 and was the eldest
child of Frank and Charlotte. She preferred the name Bertha, although it was given as
Cora on her marriage certificate. Bertha married Floyd E.West Sr on 24Mar 1919 and
had 5 children, one of whom was our Dad.

 On his Dad's side of the family:

Arvilla (Ames)West

Our 3x great grandmother Arvilla Ames was born in Livermore, Androscoggin, Maine
on 25Jan 1810, one of 10 children. She married John Cutter West on 23Sep 1827
at Sumner, Maine, and five years later they moved to Letter B Plantation (later renamed
Upton), Oxford, Maine. She had 10 children, 3 of whom died in a diphtheria outbreak
in 1862. She died at age 97 at Hermon, Maine.

Louisa A.(Richardson) West
Louisa Richardson, our 2x great grandmother was born in Wilton, Maine on
23Jun 1837 at Wilton, Maine.  She was the second wife of Jonathan Phelps West,
whose first wife had died in the 1862 diphtheria outbreak. Louisa and Jonathan
married on 31Jan 1865 and had 4 sons. She died 4Oct 1925 at age 88.

Florilla (Dunham) Ellingwood & Asa F Ellingwood


Our other paternal 2x great grandmother was Florilla Dunham who was born 29Aug
1832 at North Paris, Oxford, Maine. She married Asa F. Ellingwood on 10Aug 1850
at Woodstock, Oxford, Maine and 11 children.(She was one of 11 children herself.)
She died in Paris, Oxford, Maine on 21Feb 1917.

Clara (Ellingwood) West

Finally, our great grandmother  Clara Ellingwood was the 8th child and youngest
daughter of Florilla and Asa Ellingwood. She was born 6Mar 1865 in Dummer, Coos,
NH. Her first marriage with Charles Tidswell ended in divorce and she married our
great grandfather Philip J West on 25May 1894 at Shelburne, Coos, NH. She had
three children by her first marriage and two by her second, including our grandfather
Floyd E West, Sr. Sadly, Clara died young after an illness in Augusta, Maine on 10Apr
1901. She was only 36 years old.

And those are the pictures we have of the mothers in our family.

Happy Mother's Day! 

MOTHERS DAY

Once again for Mothers Day I'm posting photos of our family's mothers.

For our Mom's side we don't have very many since her grandparents immigrated
here from Ireland and Germany in the 19th century.

 
John McFarland & Annie (Kelley) McFarland
First there's Anna Kelley, born 1Oct 1858 in Kiltrustan, Roscommon, Ireland. She married
my great grandfather in Edinburgh Scotland on 16May1879 and shortly after they came
to America and settled in Boston. She had 17 children, 10 of whom survived to adulthood.
Anna died 15Feb 1945 at Boston, Ma. at age 86.



Pauline (Offinger) White
Our other maternal great grandmother was Pauline Offinger, born 17Dec 1873
in Cambridge, Massachusetts to German immigrant parents. She married Edward J.
White on 27Nov 1895 in Boston, Ma. and had 9 children.          



Agnes (McFarland) White
Our grandmother Agnes (McFarland) White was born 7Oct 1898 in Boston, Ma, the
14th of John & Annie's 17 children. She was known as "Aggie" in the family.
She married Edward F.White, Sr. and had two children, our Uncle Ed and our Mom
Anne Marie. She died 12Feb 1957 in Malden Ma.


Anne M. (White) West


Finally, our Mom, Anne M. (White) West. She was born 7Jul 1927 at Boston, Ma and
married our Dad on 29Jun 1947, also at Boston. To her McFarland cousins she was
known as "Red White". She died on 28Jul 1999 at Weymouth, Ma and she is missed by
my brother, my sister, myself and the rest of the family.

Monday, May 07, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 18:STEPHEN TOTMAN OF PLYMOUTH, MA.

Looking into my 7x  great grandfather Stephen Totman for this post handed me another family mystery to ponder. The original information I had found online was that Stephen had one wife named Dorothy, possibly Dorothy Stoddard. But this brief entry by  William Richard Cutter presents a different story:

II) Stephen, son of Thomas Totman, resided first in Scituate, where he married _____ ____ (first) . He removed to Plymouth, and married Dorothy  _____. He settled finally in Dorchester. Children: Stephen, born October 11, 1691, died young; Samuel, born July 20, 1693; Stephen, May 27, 1695, died young: Mary, born November 6, 1696; Christian,January 17. 1699. Of second wife, born in Dorchester: Elkanah, 1703 ; Thomas, mentioned below; Lydia, 1708; Stephen, 1711.- p641

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, Volume 2,  Lewis historical publishing Company,   New York, N.Y.  1910

Now my information was that Stephen's son Samuel (my 6x great grandfather) was born in 1691. But if Cutter is correct and  the first Samuel died young, then I am descended from the second Samuel who was born in 1711.

So many questions, so little time.

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