Sunday afternoon Genealogy Fun

Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun – Your Own Scavenger Hunt

Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun.  Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun.

This week, the mission is:

1) You’re going on a scavenger hunt – for records of one of your relatives.  You can pick a relative who lived in the 1800 to 2000 time period.  A brother of one of your ancestors might be best (since males don’t change their name).  Or the husband of a sister of your ancestor.  Tell us the name of your chosen relative. 

2)   Go to FamilySearch and search for records for that relative.  Start on the Search page –  Search any way you want.

3)  Tell us what you found in the FamilySearch record collections.  Did you find something new about that relative?   What else can you find online at another website?

4)  Write your own blog post, comment on this post, or write something on Facebook or Google Plus.

1) The relative I chose was my 2x great grandfather Joseph Whimpey’s brother, Isaac Whimpey, born 6 June 1827 in Frome, Somerset, England, died 9 August 1912 at Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States.

2) The records I found at Family Search searching for Isaac Whimpey born 1827 in Frome, Somerset, England were:

England and Wales Census, 1851       birth: Frome, Somerset residence: 1851 Wales

United States Census, 1900    residence: 1900 American Fork city Ward 1-3, Utah, Utah, United States  

Utah, Deaths and Burials, 1888-1946  child: Rachel Whimpey Worthen (Father)

United States Census, 1880    residence: 1880 Tuscarawas, Stark, Ohio, United States (Head)

United States Census, 1870    residence: 1870 Ohio, United States

Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953        child: Mary Jane Geltz (Father)

There were a lot more records available at when searching for “Isaac Whimpey born 1827”

Utah Cemetery Inventory BIRTH:         6 Jun 1827 – England DEATH:   9 Aug 1912 – Lehi, Utah OTHER:           Lehi, Utah

Utah Death Registers, 1847-1966 BIRTH:       abt 1827 DEATH:           9 Aug 1912 – Utah

1900 United States Federal Census Home in 1900:  American Fork, Utah, Utah

Utah, Death and Military Death Certificates, 1904-1961BIRTH:        abt 1827 DEATH:           9 Aug 1912 – Utah, Utah, USA

Utah, Select County Marriages, 1887-1937 MARRIAGE:         10 Jul 1889 – Sanpete, Utah, United States

Utah, Select Marriages, 1887-1966 MARRIAGE:          10 Jul 1889 – Manti, Sanpete, Utah

U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current BIRTH:       6 Jun 1827 DEATH:        9 Aug 1912

England & Wales, Criminal Registers, 1791-1892 RESIDENCE:          3 Jan 1842 – Somerset, England

1861 Wales Census RESIDENCE:          1861 – Bedwas, Monmouthshire, Wales

1851 Wales Census RESIDENCE:          Llanelly, Breconshire

1841 England Census RESIDENCE:      Frome, Frome Selwood, Somerset, England

Another entry that I found while searching without his birth year was his marriage entry

England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837-1915 Marriage Jul 1847 Crickhowell, Breconshire

To find his immigration record, I left his name and birth year, but narrowed my search to immigration records:

New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957ORIGIN:         England DEPARTURE:      Liverpool, England

After doing the search for Immigration records, I thought that there may be other Historical Records I had missed, so narrowed the search parameters to Historical Records (to get rid of all the Public Member Trees etc), to see if there were any additional historical records I missed:

Utah County, Utah Cemetery Index DEATH:   9 Aug 1912

Salt Lake County, Utah, Death Records, 1908-1949 NAME:             Isaac Whimpey SPOUSE:           Mary Lewis

Web: Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011   MARRIAGE:         1889 – Sanpete, Utah

1880 United States Federal Census RESIDENCE:        1880 – Tuscarawas, Stark, Ohio

1870 United States Federal Census
RESIDENCE:  1870 – Salem, Columbiana, Ohio, United States RESIDENCE:                                                                Leetonia, Columbiana, Ohio


I decided to check FindMyPast, to see if they have any additional entries, mainly prior to his migrating to the United States

1841 England, Wales & Scotland Census        Frome, Somerset, England

1851 England, Wales & Scotland Census        Llanelly, Crickhowell, Breconshire, Wales

1861 England, Wales & Scotland Census        Bedwas, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales

Utah Marriages 1845-1935               Sanpete, Utah, United States

US Census 1900                               American Fork, Utah, United States

United States Billion Graves index    Lehi, Utah, United States

England & Wales marriages 1837-2008           Crickhowell, Breconshire, Wales

Powys Banns                                    Llanelli, Breconshire, Wales

Powys Marriages                               Llanelli, Breconshire, Wales

The Powys Banns and Marriages were new to me.

Other websites where I have found information for Isaac were Has baptism, burials and marriages from St John Baptist Parish Frome Has baptisms, burials and marriages for parish registers in the United Kingdom – Somerset is well represented.

I also have copies of his marriage certificates that were sent to me by one of his descendants – the 1847 marriage from the District Registrar at Crickhowell, and his 1870 marriage from the Probate Court in Tuscarawas country, Ohio.  The 1847 marriage certificate can also be obtained from the GRO UK Certificate Ordering Service