Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday Genea-Pourri - 11 December 2017

Here are some of my genealogy-related activities over the past week:

1)  I found that the Lancashire, England parish registers were available on FamilySearch and the images were available in the FamilySearch Catalog.  I used that to look for the 1840 marriage record of Alexander Whittle and Rachel Morley in Bolton-le-Moors, which I wrote up in Dear Randy - How Did You Find That 1840 Lancashire Marriage Record?

2)  I prepared the Ruth (Young) Brown sketch for the 52 Ancestors post on Friday, and found a gravestone photo for her on Find A Grave.  After I posted the biography, I wondered if she had any probate records, since she died in 1768, 19 years after her husband died.  I looked in the Barnstable County Probate Records on FamilySearch, and she was not listed in the probate docket index.  I checked the probate docket for her husband, Samuel Brown, and saw two guardianship records.  This turned out to be the two youngest sons of Samuel and Ruth Brown, Isaac and John, whose guardianship was awarded to their mother.

3)  The Chula Vista Genealogical Society board meeting was last Wednesday.  I am the Research Group Chair and Newsletter Editor.  I started the 10-page newsletter on Thursday, and had it finished by Saturday evening.  It usually takes three to four hours as long as I have several articles already written during the month before.  After the reviewers corrected my errors, I sent it to most of the membership via email on Sunday evening.  Today, I printed out the master copy and the labels, and went to the local UPS Store to copy, attack labels and stamps, and mailed the postal copies.  My writeup of the 29 November "Heirloom Show and Tell" meeting is in CVGS November 29th Program Review - "Heirloom Show and Tell" on the Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe blog.

4)  Today's Mondays With Myrt featured fairly lengthy discussions on the use of Social Media for genealogy, possible scam telephone calls and emails, Tony Proctor's SVG Family Tree plug-in for Blogger and Wordpress, and the book, Albion's Seed, by David Hackett Fischer, which will be a 2018 study group on DearMYRTLE's YouTube channel.   

5)  I have 246 Shared Ancestors matches (up from 243 last week) on AncestryDNA, with 647 matches that are 4th cousins or closer (up from 640 last week.  Of those, one is a first cousin, 1 is a second cousin, and 8 are third cousins.  

6)  I  have 261 DNA Matches on MyHeritageDNA.  Almost all of these matches have either no family tree or very small family trees on MyHeritage (20 or fewer persons).  I have only one known close cousin on my match list - she is a first cousin twice removed.

7)  The new HP Envy laptop sits in the extra bedroom begging for attention and I haven't done much on it this week.  I did copy my genealogy data to the big flash drive but haven't put it into the laptop.  After that, I need to add the Photos and other family files.  

8)  I have completed all of our Christmas shopping for the kids and grandkids online, and the packages are being delivered this week from Amazon.  I love this!  I still need to buy more for Linda, but Amazon, Blair, Catherines, and other stores don't have what I want.  Frustrating!

9)  I have ignored the annual Christmas Letter and Christmas Cards for two weeks now, I need to get my butt in gear.  We may cut down on the postal mail list and increase the email list this year.


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1 comment:

Tony Proctor said...

Only just noticed your reference to my SVG trees here, Randy. I'd like to just add a correction, if that's OK. There's no "plug-in"; there a windows-based designer (free, as is my support) that generates data you can just include in your Web page (or blog) to show family trees. These are interactive, too, but you'd get a better feel by playing with the two quite different examples in: :-)