Monday, December 18, 2017

Monday Genea-Pourri - 18 December 2017

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

1)  We had our Chula Vista Genealogical Society Holiday Luncheon last Wednesday at the Chula Vista South Library, with 30 in attendance.  This was a potluck, with the typical holiday fare - ham and turkey, plus salad, vegetables, rolls, dessert and more.  For entertainment, we went around the tables and attendees answered "What was your best Christmas gift ever?"  Mine was the Davy Crockett coonskin cap and the Daisy BB gun my brother and I received in 1954.  Second best was probably the Flexible flyers we received in 1955, and third was probably the bicycles we got in 1956.  After the sharing, we had the gift exchange, the raffle for the poinsettias on the table, and the door prize (a gold Santa Claus).  Unwrapped toys and non-perishable food were also collected to donate to the Salvation Army.  It was fun to see everybody dressed up in their Christmas finery and to see some who haven't attended many meetings in recent months.

2)  I finally found the Samuel Haughton/Horton probate records on that gave me an approximate death date (before 1 April 1778).  I summarized the probate record for his biography on Friday and transcribed them for Amanuensis Monday post today and next week.  

3)  There was no Mondays With Myrt hangout today because of the holidays.  If there had been, I think I would have discussed my research done for a 95-year old church lady whose husband died in World War II in Europe after about a year of marriage.  She needed his service number for paperwork.  I easily found it in several records on Ancestry and Fold3, including his 1942 draft registration card and Find A Grave memorial with a photo of his gravestone.  She had never seen any of these items, and I sent them to her.  We forget how hard it is for others to find records like these.

4)  I have 253 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 246 last week), 654 4th cousins or closer (up from 647 last week), and 14 DNA Circles (no change for weeks).  There were no new close matches (3rd cousin or closer).

5)  I have 266 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 261 last week).  There were no new close matches this week.

6)  We managed to write our annual Christmas letter (35 years running), print it, fold it and insert it into envelopes, stamp, return label and affix address label, and mail 80 of them in just three days.  If you want to see what we really did all year, please email me.  Whew. 

7)  I completed my shopping for Linda the easy way.  She received a Blair catalog last week and marked it up for me.  I ordered stuff online and the packages should arrive soon.  I wonder if she would like an updated ancestral family report?  

8)  There were several long sessions working in RootsMagic to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles.  I TreeShared almost every night.  There were also several long sessions in Ancestry Hints to add content and source citations for the new RootsMagic profile additions.   I've fallen behind on the Hints with 49,700 waiting to be resolved, but I've done 200 of them three times this past week.  

9)  All in all, it was a fairly quiet week on the genealogy front.


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