Thursday, November 15, 2018

FamilySearch Unlocking Centuries of Italian Ancestry Records

I received this information from FamilySearch today:

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FamilySearch Unlocking Centuries of Italian Ancestry Records

Enzo Ferrari, founder of Ferrari sports cars. 

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (15 November 2018), FamilySearch International announced free access to over  150 million Italian historical genealogical records—the largest online collection of its kind. The unprecedented initiative is the result of collaboration between FamilySearch, the Italian government, the Italian State Archives (Direzione Generale per gli Archivi or DGA), and many other archives. The free collections include over 200 years of digitized images of birth, marriage, death, and other significant family history records from all regions of Italy and many other repositories. Search the free Italy collections online at  FamilySearch.org. 

Over 100 million people worldwide claim Italian roots. Today, tracing their origins to Italy is much easier. Joel Conte and his wife Victoria, both third generation Italians living in the United States, were able to extend their Italian lines back many generations using the newly accessible, free records online. “Using the Italian records and FamilySearch Family Tree hints, we were miraculously able to trace our Italian family back many generations in a short period of time,” said Conte. “It would have taken us years and decades previously to accomplish it.” 

FamilySearch has been preserving historical records from Italy archives for decades. In 2011, it launched a massive collaborative effort with the National Archives of Italy (DGA) that is proving to be “La Stele di Rosetta” (Rosetta Stone) for Italian descendants like Conte all over the world seeking their family origins. This project was the seminal initiative for all Italian historical projects with far reaching impacts. 


FamilySearch 4 Tips to Find Italian Ancestors

The effort has reached its initial goal to digitize all available birth, marriage, and death records from 1806 to 1945 found in the civil registrations of Italy in every state archive and make them available for free online. FamilySearch is now focusing on its second, much more challenging goal, to use online volunteers to create a searchable online database that makes every name, place, and date in each record (estimated to be over 500 million names) easily discoverable on any internet-enabled device—for free. 

The Italy civil registration records are the most complete of FamilySearch’s collections. FamilySearch also has Church records in Italy dating back to the 1500s. Starting a little later, Italy's court (tribunali) records can be found. Civil records became available after 1806. After annexing large sections of Italy during his reign, Napoleon Bonaparte introduced civil registration and the mandatory creation of duplicate records. Copies of birth, citizenship or residency, marriage, and death documents were kept in the community, and a second set were sent to the court having jurisdiction for the area. Today, these are a gold mine for Italian family history researchers—as they continue to become accessible online. 

Through agreements with Italian governments and other repositories, FamilySearch is preserving not only the civil records online, but also millions more from archives throughout Italy—essentially helping to open Italian archives to patrons all over the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The digital images are also a safety net against natural calamities and loss to human handling. 

FamilySearch has an ongoing goal to process over 15 million newly digitized historical records and scanned microfilm images yearly. 

"Amazingly, we will finish digitizing the civil records of all the Italian provinces in 2019, but the indexes that make the records easily searchable by name will take many more years," said Laura Giometta, who leads the FamilySearch Italian Records program. Until the records are indexed, they can be searched as a free digital image collection online. 

FamilySearch online volunteers from around the world are indexing the Italian records. "We have learned that English speakers with no prior foreign language experience can index the Italian historic records accurately without becoming fluent by learning to recognize key words through online training," said Ornella Lepore, indexing supervisor. She said very difficult records are still handled by language experts. 

Lepore says about 2,000 online volunteers are helping index the records—more than 1,000 from the US, about 530 more in Italy, and the rest from other countries. 

 Explore Italy’s rich historical records: 

*  FamilySearch 

*  Italian National Archives (DGA) 

To help index historical Italian records, go to  FamilySearch.org/Indexing

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NOTE:  These are remarkable records.  I've done some searching in them for my grandsons' Italian ancestors and found several birth, marriage and death records.  Indexing will really help me find more.


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Seavers in the News -- Milo Seaver Dies in 1957 in Binghamton, New York

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Press and Sun-Bulletin [Binghamton, N.Y.]  newspaper dated 16 November 1957:

The transcription of the article is:

"MILO SEAVER, 53, of Straits Corners, died yesterday at Tioga General Hospital, Waverly.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred (Holland) Seaver; six daughters, Mrs. Harriet Keene of the Town of Candor, Mrs. Christine Bogart of Utica, Mrs. Phyllis Clark of West Endicott, Mrs. Genevieve Farnham, Mrs. Virginia Miller and Mrs. Dorothy Eichorn, all of Owego; two sons, Donald of Owego and Carl Seaver of Straits Corners; one sister, Mrs. Alice Laycock of Bloomsburg, Pa.; four brothers, Russell of Straits Corners, Fred of Owego, Lewis of Endicott and Walter Seaver of West Endicott; 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He was a member of the Straits Corners Baptist Church.  The body was moved to the Richards Funeral Home, Owego, where friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m."

The source citation for the article is:

"OBITUARIES" Press and Sun-Bulletin [Binghamton, N.Y.] newspaper, dated 16 November 1957, page 12, column 5, Milo Seaver obituary; digital image, Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com :  accessed 15 November 2018).

What an excellent short obituary.  Fifteen names, including the maiden name of his wife and the married names of his daughters.

I had Milo G. Seaver (1904-1957) in my RootsMagic family tree database (and he is also in my Ancestry Member Tree, my MyHeritage tree and the FamilySearch Family Tree). He was born in Allegany County, New York, the son of Jesse Bradley Seaver and Edna Phoebe Brown.  He married Mildred L. Holland (1908-1980) in 1925 in Binghamton.  They had at least 10 children.

I did not have a married name for Harriet Keene, Christine Bogart, Phyllis Clark, or Dorothy Eichorn.  Now I need to find out the given name, birth date and death date of those four husbands and the marriage date if possible.  The Seaver family tree is never finished!

I am related to this Milo Seaver as a 6th cousin twice removed.

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1817 Marriage Record for Sophia Buck and Lambert Brigham in Sterling, Mass. -- Post 438 for Treasure Chest Thursday

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1817 marriage record of Lambert Brigham and Sophia Buck in the Sterling, Massachusetts Town Records:

The Brigham-Buck marriage record is at the top of the right-hand page: 
The transcription of the birth record for Jonas Prescott is:

"[1817] Feb 12^th Joined Lambert Brigham and Sophia Buck both of Sterling in marriage, 
John Robbins Justice of the Peace"

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 September 2012), "Sterling Births, Marriages and Deaths," Marriages, page 261 (penned), image 231 of 1007, Sophia Buck and Lambert Brigham entry.

This is the record of the marriage of Sophia Buck (1797-1882) to Lambert Brigham (1794-1834) in Sterling, Massachusetts.

This may be a Derivative Source record because it may have been copied from another, earlier, record book.  It is a record with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the names of the parties and the date and location of the event.

Sophia Buck (1797-1882) was born in Holden, Massachusetts, the daughter of Isaac Buck (1757-1846) and Martha Phillips (1764-after 1820).  Lambert Brigham (1794-1834) was the son of Phineas Brigham (1755-????) and Lydia Batherick (1752-????), and was born in Westborough.  Lambert Brigham is the first husband of Sophia Buck, and was the father of two sons by Sophia.  After Lambert died in 1834, Sophia (Buck) Brigham married, secondly, to Thomas J. Newton in about 1834, and had two children by him.  I have no idea what happened to Thomas J. Newton, but Sophia married, thirdly, in 1862 to Jonathan Stone (1795-1868) of Westborough.

Sophia (Buck) (Brigham) (Newton) Stone (1797-1882) was my 3rd great-grandmother, and had my 2nd great-grandmother Sophia Newton (1835-1923) by Thomas J. Newton (according to marriage and death records).  Sophia Newton married Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1851, and their daughter Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) is my great-grandmother.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

My New Test Case For Ancestry Member Tree Indexing

In my post Good News and Bad News On Ancestry Member Tree Searches (posted Monday, 12 November 2018), I noted that the good news was that my "test case" for Ancestry Member Tree Indexing had finally been indexed recently.  

I had been checking since November 2017, so it took over a year for my 2nd great-grandfather Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) in my November 2017 Ancestry Member Tree to show up in the search results.

So now I need another "test case" for the next Ancestry Member Tree Indexing event.  I chose my first great-grandfather, Thomas Richmond (1848-1917).  



Today, I searched for records for him (using the "Search on Ancestry" button on the screen above), found several that were correct, and attached three of them to the Thomas Richmond profile.  The three attached records are listed under "Ancestry Sources" in the "Sources" list on the screen above.

As astute readers of Genea-Musings know, having an "Ancestry Source" (and not just any source like those listed in "Other Sources") seems to be a pre-requisite for the person profile to be included in an Index of Ancestry Member Trees.  

Saving an Ancestry Hint when in the Tree person profile adds the record to the "Ancestry Source" list.  Accepting Ancestry Hints using RootsMagic TreeShare does not seem to add a source to the "Ancestry Source" list.  

Now the watch is on for the next event of Ancestry Member Tree Indexing.  I hope that it occurs within a week or a month, and not a year or even never.  So Ancestry, I'll be watching to see if you are naughty or nice - as you know, I'm also known as Genea-Santa in some precincts!  

Just to cover my bases, I've attached records to about ten other person profiles in this Ancestry Member Tree.  Only 51,280 profiles to go!

To my readers:  

*  Does Ancestry index your person profiles who have an "Ancestry Source?"

*  Does Ancestry  index your person profiles who do not have an "Ancestry Source?"  

Please leave me a comment in the Comment link below.  Thank you!


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Disclosure:  I have always had a fully paid Ancestry.com subscription since 2000.  Ancestry.com has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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Register for the Family History Fanatics' "DNA eWorkshop: After the Test"

I received this information from Family History Fanatics this week:

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Have you taken a DNA test and want to know what to do next? Do you want to find out what genetic genealogy is all about and how it can help you?

If so, the Family History Fanatics DNA eWorkshop is the course for you.  Over the course of three webinars (6 hours), you’ll learn what you can do with your DNA test to get the most bang for your buck. You don’t have to have already taken a DNA test, but it will be helpful to understand the principles and be able to do some of the homework assignments. This class is designed for genetic genealogy beginners.

Examples from the testing companies 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and MyHeritageDNA will be used to explain genetic genealogy concepts and the tools available on the websites. Also, the third-party website GEDmatch.com will be used to show how you can take advantage of tools to expand your genealogical research. You’ll learn 8 steps you need to do to help your DNA testing be effective.




DATES: Live 3 Consecutive Thursdays
  • 29 November
  • 6 December
  • 13 December
TIME:  8 pm Eastern Time  (Time Zone Converter, click here)

REPLAY:

A replay of the webinar will be available within 24 hours after the broadcast and can be viewed by all registered participants for up to one year.

PRICING
  • Early Bird Price (until November 18th) -- $24.99
  • Regular Price (until November 28th) -- $29.99

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Randy Ready for Junior High Graduation in June 1958 -- Post 540 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

Recently, I discovered an envelope of small photographs saved when my mother died in 2002 - it was hiding in plain sight in the Genea-Cave! 

Included in the photo cache was this oldie-but-goodie - Randy and brother Scott in the patio in June 1958:


I think that this photograph was taken in June 1958 at the time of my 9th grade graduation from Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School in San Diego.  The setting is the patio next to our 30th Street home.  In this photo, I'm 14 years old, and Scott is almost two and a half years old.  That was probably my first suit.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 13 November 2018


Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last four days include:

1)  News Articles:


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Findmypast Partners with Living DNA to Launch the Most Detailed Ancestry Discovery Experience

*  Ancestry Launches a New Take on Genetic Traits

*  Shared Ancestral Places Added to MyHeritage DNA Matches

*  The New York Times’s Capsule of History Goes Digital

 RootsTech 2019 Mobile App Now Available for Download!

*  Announcing a New South-West of England Family History Show

2)  New or Updated Record Databases:

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Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 4 to 10 November 2018

*  Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 4 to 10 November 2018

*  Friday Finds 9 Nov 2018

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of November 12, 2018

3)  Genealogy Education:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  MyHeritage LIVE 2018 Conference Video and Blog Compendium

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 14 November, 11 a.m. PST:  Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners, by Rorey Cathcart

*  Upcoming NEHGS Webinar - Thursday, 15 November, 12 noon PST:  Raising the Dead: Finding Clues to Ancestors from Headstones, Family Plots, and Burial Records, by David Allen Lambert

*  Upcoming UGA Webinar - Thursday, 15 November, 6 p.m. PST: Evernote: The Genealogist's Workhorse, by Donald R. Snow, PhD

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 16 November, 11 a.m. PST:  Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 7): Adding Email Correspondence, by Geoff Rasmussen

*  Research Like a Pro Podcast:  RLP 18: How to Create a Locality Guide

*  Extreme Genes Podcast/Radio Show:  Episode 259 – World War II Marine Recalls HER Days In The Service / “Cousin Fishing” Pays Off For Excited Genie

*  Genealogy Journeys Podcast:  #62 - Forestry

*  The Genealogy Guys Podcast:  #352 

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #018 – The Potential Benefit of Swapping Brick Walls

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  WACKY Wednesday - FamilySearch Catalog

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  Mondays with Myrt - 12 Nov 2018 Veterans Day Tribute

*  WikiTree YouTube:  Welcome to WikiTree Series: An Introduction to WikiTree

*  WikiTree YouTube:  Welcome to WikiTree Series: The Collaborative Tree

*  Ancestral Findings YouTube:  AF-204: Don't Make These 8 Mistakes in Your Genealogy Research

*  Genetic Genealogy Ireland:  Introducing DNA Painter (Katherine Borges)

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems YouTube:  How to Solve an Old Postcard Mystery for Genealogy and Family History

*  Valerie and Myrt's Excellent Genealogy Adventures YouTube:  Valerie Got Her Passport in Record Time

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Tuesday, November 13,  2018


5)  DNA Success Stories:

*  Long lost sisters meet for first time in 50 years

*  Bend man’s DNA test unlocks elaborate family tree

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 9 November 2018?

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Findmypast Partners with Living DNA to Launch the Most Detailed Ancestry Discovery Experience

I received this information from Findmypast and LivingDNA today:

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FINDMYPAST PARTNERS WITH LIVING DNA TO LAUNCH THE MOST DETAILED ANCESTRY DISCOVERY EXPERIENCE
  • Findmypast, in collaboration with Living DNA, has launched the most advanced biogeographical ancestry discovery experience on the market
  • This British brand partnership uses cutting-edge science to reveal users’ unique British and Irish heritage across 21 regions and is the first to connect DNA to Findmypast’s archive of more than 9 billion historical records
  • Findmypast and Living DNA’s combined service allows users to pinpoint exactly where in the UK their family roots come from and then use the findings to explore their family history in extensive archives
  • Those who have already taken DNA tests can upload their tests here and make discoveries that only Findmypast DNA can provide

 Leading British and Irish family history website, Findmypast, has launched their partnership with leading British DNA testing firm, Living DNA, to create a new biogeographical ancestry experience to help family historians explore their worldwide and British and Irish roots.

Available from today, the partnership combines science and history to allow people to explore their past in more depth than ever before possible. It uses Living DNA’s unique test employing cutting-edge science to provide a unique breakdown of 80 global regions, including 21 across Britain and Ireland. Exclusive to Living DNA, this method delivers a level of detail currently unmatched by any other DNA test available on the market.

The first of its kind service from Findmypast and Living DNA allows users to map their biogeographical heritage and make brand new discoveries about their family history, with access to Findmypast’s collection of over 9 billion historical records and newspaper articles, supporting the genetic expertise of Living DNA. After discovering where their British and Irish ancestors lived, genealogy enthusiasts will be directed towards the records they need to bring their ancestors’ stories to  life.

The new biogeographical DNA tests are available to purchase online from 12th November, RRP $89 (USD). Those who have already taken DNA tests can upload their tests here and make discoveries that only Findmypast DNA can provide.

Tamsin Todd, CEO of Findmypast says, “At Findmypast we work to help each of our customers feel the thrill of making discoveries about themselves, their families and their roots. Our new DNA experience, powered by Living DNA, connected to Findmypast’s superior historical records, means more people around the world will be able to discover their biological links to the British Isles.”

David Nicholson, Co-founder of Living DNA also commented, “Our purpose is to make DNA testing simple. We’re passionate at not only providing cutting-edge ways of looking at your DNA, but to do so with strict privacy measures to protect your data. Our partnership allows the most precise DNA test on the market to work hand-in-hand with Findmypast’s family history records in a way not done before.”

As the only DNA test on the market to break down a person’s heritage into specific British and Irish regions and connect them with historical records, Findmypast DNA helps users to build a colourful picture of their roots. Whether you descend from Normans, Romans or Saxons, users can also access interactive maps showing the global movements of those who share their DNA, from 80,000 years ago all the way up to modern day.


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At the time of publication (11 a.m. PST today), there is no apparent link for me to attach the Living DNA test results to my Findmypast tree or to the Findmypast Beta Family Tree (the FamilySearch Family Tree).  When there is, I will blog about the process and results.  

Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador.  This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.  I uploaded my raw DNA to Living DNA in 2016 and have an account there.

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Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1875 Death Notice for Martha Matilda Schaffner in Oakland, California

The treasure today is the 1875 death notice for Martha Matilda Schaffner in Oakland, California:



The transcription of this death notice is:

"SCHAFFNER -- In this city, January 23d, 1875, Martha Matilda, wife of Frederick Schaffner, a native of Ireland, aged 37 years, 7 months and 6 days.

"Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral tomorrow (Sunday) at 2 o'clock P.M., from residence, corner Franklin and Ninth streets, without further notice."

The source citation for this death notice is:

"DIED," death notice, Oakland [Calif.] Tribune, 23 January 1875, page 3, column 6, Martha Matilda Schaffner death notice; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 26 June 2018).

Martha Matilda (--?--) Schaffner was born 17 June 1837 in Ireland if the age at death is correct in the notice.  She married Frederick Schaffner (1828-1899) in about 1850 (first child born in late 1851), probably in New York City.  They had at least six children between 1851 and 1870.  She died 23 January 1875.  The Frederick Schaffner family resided in San Francisco and Oakland, California from about 1857 until their deaths.

Age 13 is really young for a marriage in 1850, so it is possible that she was Frederick's second wife.  In the 1870 U.S. Census, she is listed as age 35 (so about 1835). 

This is the only death record available for Martha Matilda Schaffner.

Martha Matilda (--?--) Schaffner is my wife's 2nd great-grandmother, through her oldest son Herman Schaffner (1851-1921), who married Mary Ann Paul (1854-1908).

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 12 November 2018

Here are some of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society monthly program at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in San Diego on Saturday.  
The speaker was Gena Philbert Ortega, who spoke about "Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses: Documenting Women."  I missed the second talk and came home after halftime because I needed a nap and we were going out on Saturday night for dinner.


2)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Board Meeting on Wednesday.  Reported on the Newsletter, Research Group and DNA Group.  Wrote, compiled, and edited the November 2018 CVGS Newsletter and sent it out on Sunday night to the email list of members.  

3)  Continued looking at the AncestryDNA Matches with Unlinked Trees, and added several more trees to the DNA Skeleton Tree for these persons that might help find common ancestors.  Had success with two more DNA Matches, and added them to the common ancestors to my RootsMagic tree.  


4)  Transcribed another deed for Amanuensis Monday - 1814 Deed of Sarah Green to Zachariah Hildreth Jr. in Townsend, Mass.  I downloaded several more of these deeds but I need to download more of them.  Found and downloaded three deeds for William Champlin in Charlestown RI using FamilySearch Digital microfilm.  

5)  Sent the Denmark records I found two weeks ago to the son of my 103-year-old friend Maggie.  He has expressed an interest in researching his ancestry, and perhaps starting his own tree on Ancestry.com.

6)  Watched the last four of the eight videos from the MyHeritage LIVE 2018 conference in Oslo, Norway.  I speed-watched through these on Facebook on the MyHeritage Users Group page.

7)  Participated in today's Mondays with Myrt webinar.  The theme today was the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice, and honoring our veterans.  I discussed the Fold3 memorial page I made for my grandfather and other ancestors who have served.


8) There were several sessions working in RootsMagic to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other database families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 27,204 of my persons with FSFT.  I continue to use Web Hints from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 51,153 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 97,413 source citations.   I TreeShared three times during the last week, and resolved about 200 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 84,512 waiting to be resolved, but I work on them occasionally.


9)  Have 309 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 309 last week), 1017 4th cousins or closer (I had 1016 last week), and 919 pages (over 45,900 matches with at least 6 cM) (was 917 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 23 DNA Circles (was 23 last week).  I have 16 matches that are third cousins or closer (was 16 last week), and 104 matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 104 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my first cousins.  Added more notes to my DNA matches.

10)  Have 4,967 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 4,949 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 33 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 32 last week).  I have three close relatives, including a first cousin once removed, and two first cousins twice removed.  The highest DNA match is 512 cM (7.1%).

11)  Have 1,002 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1004 last week) who share at least 0.10% (7 cM) with me.  The two closest relatives are third cousins.  Of these, only 3 share 1.0% or more, and 51 share 0.50% or more (was 51 last week), with the highest match being 1.54%. My highest match is an adoptee.  I struggle to find out anything about most of these testers.

12)  Have 2,845 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,839 last week) who share 0.25% (18 cM) or more, with the highest match being 96 cM (1.42%).  I have 12 who share at least 1.0% (68 cM) with me, and 1,531 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,527 last  week) with me.

13) Wrote 20 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which three were press releases.  The most popular post last week was 
How Accurate Is an Ancestry Quick and Dirty Tree?  with over 696 views.  


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