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  • It's Saturday Night - 
    time for more Genealogy Fun! 

    Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

    1)  Let's play the game "Two Truths - One Lie."  Tell three family stories - two must be true, and one must be a lie - an untruth.

    2)  Have your readers guess which story was the lie, and their reasons for picking that story.

    3)  Share your three stories on your own blog, on Facebook or Google+, or in a Comment on this blog.  Share the link to your stories on this blog, so readers can respond.

    4)  After all Comments are in, share the Lie in a Comment on your post.

    Here's my three stories:

    1)  My 2nd great-grandfather Devier Smith (1839-1894) was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith in Jefferson County, N.Y.

    2)  My 2nd great-grandfather Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) was in the Civil War, and his pension file says he had a bullet wound in his neck.

    3)  I may have a step-sibling because my father Fred Seaver (1911-1983) left Massachusetts in 1940 after a failed love affair.  His sisters said the girl was pregnant.

    Which one is the lie?  


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  • It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  

    I am working in the 9th great-grandmothers by Ahnentafel number, and I am up to Ancestor #2071 who is Mary LNU (1619-1702). 
    [Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts.]

    My ancestral line back through one generation in this LNU family line is:

    1. Randall J. Seaver

    2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
    3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

    4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
    5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

    8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
    9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

    16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
    17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

    32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
    33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

    64. Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816)
    65. Martha Whitney (1764-1832)

    128.  Norman Seaver (1734-1787)
    129.  Sarah Read (1736-1809)

    258.  Isaac Read (1704-1780)
    259.  Experience Willis (1709-1787)

    516.  Thomas Read (1678-1755)
    517.  Mary Bigelow (1677-1708)

    1034.  Samuel Bigelow (1653-1732)
    1035.  Mary Flagg (1658-1720)

    2070.  Thomas Flagg, born before 06 May 1621 in Hardingham, Norfolk, England; died 06 February 1698 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4140. Allan Flegg and 4141. Elizabeth Deveroys.  He married about 1640 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
    2071.  Mary LNU, born 1619 in Hardingham, Norfolk, England; died 30 December 1702 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

    Children of Thomas Flagg and Mary are:
    *  Gershom Flagg (1641-1690), married 1668 Hannah Leffingwell (1647-1724).
    *  John Flagg (1643-1697), married 1670 Mary Gale (1645-????).
    *  Bartholomew Flagg (1645-1675).
    *  Thomas Flagg (1646-1719), married (1) 1668 Rebecca Dix (1641-1691); (2) 1691 Hannah Dumblin (1655-????).
    *  William Flagg (1648-1675).
    *  Michael Flagg (1651-1711), married (1) 1674 Mary Bigelow (1649-1704); (2) 1704 Mary Lawrence (1671-????).
    *  Eleazer Flagg (1653-1722), married 1676 Deborah Barnes (1646-????).
    *  Elizabeth Flagg (1655-1729), married 1676 Joshua Bigelow (1655-1745).
    Mary Flagg (1658-1720), married 1674 Samuel Bigelow (1653-1732).
    *  Rebecca Flagg (1660-1721), married 1679 Stephen Cooke (1647-1738).
    *  Benjamin Flagg (1662-1741), married 1690 Experience Child (1670-1757).
    *  Allen Flagg (1665-1711), married 1675 Sarah Ball (1666-????).

    Information about the Flagg family was obtained from:

    *  Norman Gershom Flagg and Lucius C.S. Flagg, Family Records of the Descendants of Gershom Flagg [born 1730] of Lancaster, Massachusetts with other Genealogical Records of The Flagg Family Descended from Thomas Flagg of Watertown, Massachusetts and Including the Flegg Lineage in England (Quincy, Ill. : Cadogan-Hatcher, 1907).

    There is some speculation that Mary LNU's name was Marable Underwood, a maid servant to Richard Carver.


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  • The first ever Scottish genealogy ViC (virtual conference) is almost here! One week today, there will be five presentations by five speakers:

    • Chris Paton - Pre-Civil Registration Research
    • Margaret Fox: Seek & Ye Shall Find (Kirk records research)
    • Craig Statham: Using NLS Maps for Genealogy Research
    • Chris Halliday: Researching Highland Ancestors
    • Christine Woodcock: The Great Exodus (Scots to Canada)

    Handouts are available now. Vendors and exhibitors have been introduced to registrants through our Scottish ViC Facebook Group. 

    ScotlandsPeople is providing everyone registered with 24 credits for their account and the Scottish Banner has provided a free digital issue of their January newspaper. Vendors are offering discounts and there are prizes to be given away!

    If you have Scottish ancestors, there is still time to register for this virtual conference. No travel required. Simply log in and learn!
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