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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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Webinar, Hangouts and Live Streaming Time


Monday with Myrt resumes today. [Russ Worthington reminded my on my Facebook page”Russ Worthington June Stearns Butka – We did Monday with MYRT from the 3rd Floor at the Family History Library. We even extended the HOA to cover all of the folks that stopped by to see it. We didn’t do Wacky Wednesday however. Kinda busy Wednesday until Saturday” . I did see them live at RootTech 2016.] Last week Dear Myrtle,  Cousin Russ, Geoff Rasmussen and about 4,000 other genealogy people, from across the globe, spent their time in Salt Lake City at Roots Tech 2016. That meant that our usual Mondays with Myrt and Legacy Wednesday would not be held last week.

What is a girl to do? I watch RootsMagic training videos, Dear Myrtle’s Ambush Cam videos from Roots Tech 2016. I also watch the Live Streaming programs Roots Tech presented. They will be posting the recording sometime this week to be viewed at our leisure if we missed any.

I warmly welcome back my normal Schedule this week with the Return of Dear Myrtle today. I’m looking forward to hearing about Root Tech 2016 experience and any new genealogy news.

Goals for today 8 Feb 2016:

  1. Watch Mondays with Myrt
  2. Indexing on Family search
  3. Work on siblings in first 4 generations (this will be an ongoing project)
  4. Review digital files for duplicates and streamline my hard drive. It appears to be running out of space.
  5. Just have fun, relax and enjoy the sunset

8 Feb 2016 sunset

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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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