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Honoring Female Ancestors: Sarah A. Abbey


Honoring Female Ancestors: Sarah A. Abbey

The month of March is Women History Month. I will be adding some of my female ancestors. in my blogs to honor the hard work that all the achievements small or large to our society. We may not know the full contributions our ancestors provide during their lifetime. We do know that those achievements are not always honored. I honor the achievements in each blog I do, male or female; you are remembered here.

Today’s honoree is: Sarah A. Abbey. Sarah is my 2nd great grandmother. Today’s record is her marriage to Benjamin F Hutchins  at age 20, Benjamin age 21, on 7 Sept 1866 by E. L. Russell, Minister of the Gospel in Wellington, Maine. Intentions were filed 20 Aug 1866. It gives the birthplace for Sarah as St. Albans, Maine. I have not found her birth record to date.

Abbey Sarah A b1846 marriage

Page two of Sarah’s marriage record provides information on her and Benjamin’s parents.

Abbey Sarah A b1846 marriage page2

Sarah’s parents listed as Calvin Abby born Green Maine and Flurentina Abby born Greene Maine. Benjamin’s parents are listed as Perkins Hutchins born New Portland Maine and Nancy Hutchins born Brighton Maine. The marriage information on this record is from Wellington, Piscataquis, Maine  Town Records Volume II. Recorded by Lucy A. Whitehouse. [Note well, that more research is needed to verify names of parents. Other records list Claudens/Cludius Abby as Sarah’s father and Mary Wing as Benjamin’s mother.]

My purpose today is to introduce you to Sarah [Augusta] Abbee, my 2nd great grandmother. To honor her hard work in rural Maine as a mother of at least nine children.


Source Information:

Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll #: 56 Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937, for Benjamin F Hutchins, Piscataquis-1866 image 9, Ancestry.com (accessed 24 Mar 2016), Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. 2010, Provo, UT, USA, FamilySearch.org


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Seeking Surnames: Seaver


Seeking female surnames in honor of Women History month, March 2016.

Seaver Deliverance 1767 birth

Seaver Deliverance 1767 birth Feb 7

I’m behind in my daily posts. It takes time healing from a brain concussion. I can slowly return to the internet for research. I decided to spend fifteen minutes a day looking for my female surnames. I save the records found for later research. I don’t know if they are related or not. They are in the same location, time and possible new surname relatives of other family branches. I can’t call it a one name study because I have several surnames.

Case in point; while researching my Beers ancestors in the Watertown/Newton Massachusetts area I came across a Seaver surname. That is a surname of another of my female ancestors from a different branch of my family. [When I first started my research, eons ago, I didn’t save records of surnames, just the ones that we linked to mine. I found out in future research that many times 19th century ancestor in Maine can be traced back to the 17th century ancestors’ location I never thought to look for them.]

Now I save any “known surname,” record I come across to my possible relatives folder.

Today’s find was, Deliverance Seaver daughter of Shubael and Deliverance _____ Seaver, born 7 Feb 1767. Also, listed is a daughter Mary born 8 Nov 1764. Both born Newton, Massachusetts.

I found this entry while browsing a hint for Bertia Beers Ward, in Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, Newton, Birth, Marriages and Death filmstrip 100 of 4059 Ancestry.com Operations 2011 (accessed 23 mar 2016.)

I wander if she is related to Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing fame?

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).



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Ancestry New Search Button



Ancestry.com has a new search button, at least new to me. Just a quick post in case I’m not the only one who didn’t noticed it.

ancestry search


Ancestry Website. Search button. Ancestry.com. http://person.ancestry.com/tree/86776289/person/48543203363/facts (accessed 12 Mar 2016): 2016

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Tree Under Review: Sources Available Upon Request


My Ancestry Tree is my research tree. The sources need to be cleaned up from when I first started my tree, again, on Ancestry in March 2010. [I had used it in the late 1990’s, but found I had more information than they did. Not understanding the full concept back then, I felt I was paying them for me to add my own research to their program. I know understand the importance of sharing information and supporting the FREE Ancestry services made available.]

Many of my sources are just links in the notes section. [I need to format a source citation for them. I’m still learning that process.) I, also,  have paper sources on file in my private collection. I am slowly working on cleaning up my family tree and sources. I made the mistake of inviting someone to add the cousin line to my tree. I quickly learned that was not a good idea.

To make my job easier and to let others know I have sources, for my direct line at least, I have chosen to add the following graphic to my direct line ancestors. Tree Under Review-Sources Available Under Request! My Ancestry Tree is Public: Stearns Butka Family Tree [This link works for members of Ancestry. I’m not sure if it works those that are not a member, even through my tree is public.]

A Tree Under Review

Here is what my tree looks like with the above graphic:

pedigree chart on ancestry

ancestor tree on ancestry


You can easily tell who are my direct line ancestors and my cousin lines. I have source citations done for the first five generations.  I’m adding them to my Family Tree Program of my choice first. I will update the Ancestry a little at a time. I do have sources for other generations and some citations done. It is a slow tedious learning curve, for me, in regards to writing the citations. Please bear with me. If you are a cousin line of mine, PLEASE contact me at damegussie@gmail.com for sources. I may or may not have the citations complete, but I will gladly provide the information on non-living relatives in my possession.

Source Citation:

Ancestry  (http://www.ancestry.com: home page accessed (26 Feb 2016); entry for Stearns Butka Family Tree, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/86776289/family accessed (26 Feb 2016).




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Mother’s Binder: Finally Getting Organized


Mother’s Binder: Finally Getting Organized 1 Feb -7 Feb 2016

Daily work on getting organized is a challenge and a pleasant adventure. One of DearMyrtle’s challenges this week is to work on the first four generation binders, starting with your mother’s maiden name binder. I have folders not binders for my ancestors. I created “coffee table” books with photographs and stories for some of my more recent family members, as Christmas gifts. I will continue doing so.

DearMyrtle’s idea of 3-ring binders with archival safe materials is a more cost effective way of providing a “coffee table” book for little fingers to explore. It also forces me to go through those file folders. While reviewing the folders I can discard duplicates, saving originals, scan to my digital surname/maiden folders on my computer and enjoy the memories that come flooding back. I will also verify that my FTM2014 Family tree program is current with the same information. [I’m happy that Ancestry.com announced that a company has purchased the software and will continue with updates and syncing with Ancestry after the end of 2016. FTM2014 is my program of choice, although RootsMagic is coming in a close second with Legacy. I can’t wait for RootsMagic to be able to sync with Ancestry.com at the end of the year. End of my digression.]

Here is a brief overview of what’s in my Mother’s Binder:

  1. Narratives of traditions, life story and family memories,
  2. Family Group Sheet
  3. Four generation pedigree chart
  4. Original documents,
  5. Copies of on-line documents that I think the family will enjoy,
  6. Photographs of interest [I have photograph albums and scrapbooks also,]
  7. Some trinkets or photographs of my mother’s memorabilia.

Here are a few photographs and a quick story that is in my mother’s binder.

My mother has two 1940 US Census records listing here residence. I know this is the year Shirley’s mother, Irene Elizabeth Place Pease, became ill [listed on New Hampshire Hospital 1940 US Census.]

Shirley’s father, Charles [Lawrence] Pease [informant,] is listed on the 22 Apr 1940 US Census in Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine, living with his mother, Mary [Downs] Pease; son and Shirley’s brother, Arthur Pease; Shirley [Beatrice] Pease and a housekeeper Ethel Hoyt [cousin.]

1940 US Census Monmouth, Maine

1940 US Census Monmouth, Maine

Shirley [Beatrice] Pease  is listed on the 26 Apr 1940 US Census Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire in the household of William E Doyle [informant and step grandfather to Shirley,] Tina May [Hutchins-Spooner-Towle] Doyle [Shirley’s maternal grandmother,] her half brother, Fredrick [Francis] Allen.

Here is a photograph of Shirley from 1940.

Shirley playing the Ukulele

Shirley playing the Ukulele

Shirley over the years:

Shirley circa 1948 Sutton, New Hampshire

Shirley circa 1948 Sutton, New Hampshire

Shirley 1978 Pembroke , New Hampshire

Shirley 1978 Pembroke , New Hampshire

Shirley 1984 baptism, Kezar Falls, Maine

Shirley 1984 baptism, Kezar Falls, Maine

Shirley drawing the P.E.T Project Raffle winner 2000

Shirley drawing the P.E.T Project Raffle winner 2000

Shirley was known for making and donating her handmade quilts to various charity fundraisers throughout her lifetime. This was one of the last quilts she donated to the Pets and Elders Together Project (P.E.T. Project) for Rockingham County Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice [Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire] in 2000. The following year the P,E.T. Project quilt raffle was dedicated in her memory.

I have added a copy of this post to her binder and digital Surname/Maiden name folder.

Thank you DearMyrtle for the challenge and memories you have given me. Each day of organizing forces me to review work from years ago. I almost always find something I forgot was in the file folder. The memories are precious and are meant to be remembered and shared.

Source Citation:

Finally Getting Organized 1 Feb -7 Feb 2016

Richley-Erickson, Pat “Finally Get Organized,” Dear Myrtle, DearMyrtle’s Genealogy Your Friend In Genealogy since 1995 Blog, 31 Jan 2016. http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/finally-get-organized.html: Access 2 Feb 2016, checklists.


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First Day of the Month = Backup time


1 Feb 2016

First Day of the Month = Backup time

Special Day Calendar

Special Day Calendar

You will most likely see another posting about the importance of backing up you work. I plan my backs the first day of each month. It is a SCHEDULED day that is easy to remember.

What do I back up? Everything!!!

  1. to the cloud product of choice. icloud, Evernote, Dropbox, OneNote, I’m sure there are other cloud that you may use, like, Backblaze,  My back up of choice has been a mixture of all listed above and Google Drive.  This past year was a learning curve of what works best for me. I learned I need to K.I.S.S. , Keep It Simple and Straightforward, [you can read more about it here.]
  2. My Microsoft Word Documents, photos, and backup FTM2014 are all backed up on 2 external drives, on-line Google Docs and a Flash drive sent to my sister offsite. If I find that I have added a large amount of work I will do a weekly backup as needed.
  3. I have on-line Trees with Ancestry.com [most up-to-date], FamilySearch.org, and MyHeritage.com [soon to be up-to-date.] I have tried many other online trees; I will be keeping these three trees the most current.
  4. I’m using FTM2014 as my primary program[using FTM since 2002]. Legacy and RootsMagic are still in the learning stages. All three have pluses and minuses to each. [The three trees have a difference of 100 people between each of them. As I clean up and merge duplicates that number is shrinking. To date my FTM2014 is the most accurate numbers and ancestors.

    I’m in the process of transcribing my paper files and Microsoft Word files to my FTM2014 program including media. I will maintain original, certified documents and discard that is easily found on line.

My goal is to continue to stream line and organize my research so that both, my genealogist friends and family members with have a copy that makes sense to them. Citations with improve for my genealogy friends. Stories will entice my family to read about their ancestor’s.

My surname Binders are available for everyone to pick up and read in house. I also have created several family books and calendars for those who are not into my passion.

Family Tree Interviews

Family Tree Interviews

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It’s In The Records. So…


It’s in the records on Ancestry.com family tree hints. So what I’m I going to do with it?

Salisbury Births

Salisbury Births

This is a record hint for Hannah Currier, my 9th great grandmother, from my Ancestry search.  I know right away it is not an original document but a transcription. I know that because it is not handwritten. No typewriters in 1643 that I’m aware of. That doesn’t mean I will discard this record, there is a lot of mining I need to do on this record.

What questions I ask myself when mining a new record for information.

  1. Which Hannah Currier is mine?
  2. Where is the original records?
  3. How do I find the original

I take a full page screen shot of the page, save it to my surname/maiden folder in a sub folder called Currier Hannah_possible records. (I have a zoomed in view for easier reading in this blog.)

For the answer to Question #1, I can look at my family documents from my direct ancestor that was her child. (I start my research with myself and work backwards.) In this case it was John Foote. I know my Hannah was born in 1643. The first Hannah listed as the daughter of Rich[ard] and Ann, 8: m: 1643.

For the answer to Question #2, Where it doesn’t list a source, I know to visit Quakers records verses church records because of the way the birth is written 8th day of the 5th month 1643. Until 1688 the first month started on 25 March until 1689, when they converted from the Julian calendar to the Georgian calendar. The fifth month would be July. (More about that in a later Blog post or click on links to view now.)

If you notice other records on the page have abbreviations next to the dates. I now go to the bottom of the page to the page numbers and go to page 1. I capture a screen shot of the Title page and the printing company page, if not the same, for future source citation and documentation back up. I save the image in both my Location (Salisbury) and Surname (Currier) folders. I also take a screenshot of each Abbreviations pages and add them to the folders. The abbreviations tell me where the information for the birth date, in this case, came from. That gives me the clue of where to search next, Church Records (Which Church), Town Records (Which Town), Court Records, County Records, Cemetery Records are just a few noted on the first page. Salisbury has 7 pages in the group of record transcriptions.

Abbreviations Page 1

Abbreviations Page 1

For Question #3, I proceed in several ways in finding the originals. I will search on line at Familysearch.org  Massachusetts Records. Family Search is a free online database supported by the LDS Family Search Centers. I would also search online with Google Search, and other Genealogy databases that are on line. If I cannot find anything on line, I know in the New England states, my area of knowledge, I need to go to the town, county or state level in person. A genealogy road trip will be in my future.

The answer to all these questions are tracked in my Microsoft Word document for the person, Hannah Currier, in the case; links are recorded in both Microsoft Word and my Excel research log; and all my research are kept in notes, media and sources in my FTM2014 Family Tree for Hannah Currier. If I’m working on records that I’m not sure belong to my Hannah Currier, I keep the Word Document, media and links in a Surname/Maiden sub folder Currier Hannah unknown relationship, until I can prove or disprove the relationship to my Hannah Currier.

Sometime my Ancestry Tree hints involve a public story. I DO NOT take the story as fact until I verify the information. It is kept in the Unknown Relationship folder and save in my shoe box on Ancestry. Those stories often provide clues of where I can research next.

Public Story hint

Public Story hint

In this case I would find the “Genealogy of Richard Currier of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts, (1616-1686/7), and any of his descendants by Harvey Lear Currier.


  1. Ancestry.com Family Tree
  2. Massachusetts Vital Records Ancestry.com  Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

    Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).

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