Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Dear Randy - Why Do You Write the 52 Ancestors Friday Posts?

An email correspondent recently asked me that question, and added that she "...just skips over them because they were not of interest to her." 

My email response was:

"I create the 52 Ancestors Friday post because it helps me add content (events, sources, notes, media) to my genealogy database, improves my research skills, helps me organize further research, and leads me to writing a better biography for my ancestors.  What's not to like?"

That was all I sent back because I was busy working on next week's 52 Ancestors post.  I could have added the following (but it probably wouldn't have impressed my correspondent):

How do I achieve all of that with one post each week?  Here's what I do, using my RootsMagic 7 database, in which I try to include names, relationships, events, research notes, event notes, event and relationship sources, source detail notes, and attached media:

1)  Add content to my genealogy database:

By reviewing my database information for each ancestor, I can determine what information I don't have in my database and can go search for it, either online or in a repository (on microfilm or paper).  I can see which events don't have an event note, or a source, or a media item.  I can determine which events use the preferred name or alternate names and add source citations for those names.

In the process of determining what I don't have, I can concentrate on searching for more sources that have information about my ancestor.  I use online search engines to see if, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, Fold3, FindMyPast, American Ancestors, and GenealogyBank have more information about my ancestor.  If possible, I download an image of the record or the record summary, and can use it in other blog posts like Treasure Chest Thursday or Amanuensis Monday.  When I find something, I add it to the database as a source, event item, event note, source citation, event source citation detail note, and media item.  So I manage to do a focused search for a specific person; the search sometimes expands to parents, spouses, children.

The other research opportunity is to determine what resources are not available online, and need to be searched for in a repository (library, archive, historical society, courthouse, town hall, cemetery, funeral home, school, etc.).

Then there is the opportunity to correct previously entered information.  I have data dating back to about 1990 in my database.  I did not write notes in complete sentences for a long time.  I did not add source citations for a long time.  There is a lot to correct and improve!  This is a chance to upgrade the notes, add more content, add sources and media, etc.  I am still adding my record transcriptions from the Amanuensis Monday and Treasure Chest Thursday posts to the person note and the event note in my database.

2)  Add content to online family trees:

When I have improved a profile by adding events, notes and sources I try to add that information to my online family trees, especially:

*  My Ancestry Member Tree (a personal tree) using RootsMagic's TreeShare feature.  My RootsMagic tree on my computer and my main Ancestry Member Tree are usually in sync.

*  I add information to the FamilySearch Family Tree (a collaborative tree) every week after I write the 52 Ancestors post.  A life sketch, events, sources, fact notes, media and more are added to the Family Tree.

I have other trees on MyHeritage (a personal tree), Findmypast (a personal tree), RootsFinder (a personal tree), and several other sites that I do not update on a regular basis.  I can delete the current tree on these sites and add a new tree whenever I want using a GEDCOM file exported from RootsMagic.

3)  Improve my research skills:  

I learn something about searching almost every time I use an online search engine.  Sometimes in my searching I find a record in an online database that I had not seen or knew about before.

I usually go into the FamilySearch Library Catalog to see what research opportunities exist for the locality (town, county, state) in book or digital microfilm format at the FamilySearch Library.  If I find something of interest in the FSLC, I add it to my FSLC (home, local FamilySearch Library, or Salt Lake City) r
esearch To-Do list.

If I need and want a vital record, probate record, land record or court record that has to be obtained in person at a repository, I add that to my onsite research To-Do list. 

4)  Helps me organize further research:

Adding items to the Research To-Do list for each person in my database leads me to find further information from printed, microfilm or online resources.  I can list those To-Do items by repository or locality, and use the list when I go the next time to the place, repository or website.

If I keep on top of my To-Do list items and keep them updated, they can be transferred to the Research Log I have for many of my Surnames when tasks are completed.

5)  Write a better narrative about my ancestor's life:

All of the above contributes to improving the Person Note, research notes, event notes, etc. that might add to a biographic narrative of my ancestor.  These are still working documents, but what I end up with is more complete and in better form than what I had previously.  So it's an improvement.  And if, for some reason, I can't continue because of life challenges, it's in a readable form for whoever picks up my research work in the next (or later) generation (if they can find it.  One reason to have a blog is so that someone can find it!).

6)  I can hear some readers saying "Why haven't you been doing this all the time?" 

I plead inexperience and lack of knowledge... I've seen it said that it takes 10,000 hours or more of dedicated effort to be a competent genealogy researcher.  I probably have twice that many hours over 30 years of research.  I spend at least 2,000 hours a year doing genealogy activities, but it isn't all research - maybe only 20% of those hours is research, and 98% of that now is done online.

7)  I'm trying to do a better research job - use a list, find information, cite sources, add database content, etc. - every day.  Continual genealogy education is critical.  I'm still learning the best ways to accomplish that by attending seminars and conferences, watching webinars, reading books, periodicals and websites, using software and apps, going to local society programs and meetings, etc. This education process is not "instant education" and application of knowledge - it's a gradual and lifelong process.  I know very little about researching and resources in some localities (the U.S. South, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Europe, Africa, etc.).  On the other hand, I have some expertise with New England, England, some northern states, online resources, etc.

8)  It takes me at least 2 to 8 hours of online research at home to do one person the way I have set it out above.   My emphasis right now is getting my ancestor narratives improved and written one person at a time.  By the end of this year, I should be almost done with my 6th great-grandparents.  I have about 215 known 7th great-grandparents, so that will take over four years to finish.  
With over 50,000 persons in my RootsMagic tree, and with over 2,000 known ancestors, I may be doing this the rest of my life - I'm now 75 - for one 52 Ancestors post a week, that's another 35 years to do just the known ancestors!

If I complete the known 7th great-grandparents, I will have almost 500 ancestor biographies in "rough draft" form  posted on the Internet, and in the Notes of my Ancestry Member Tree, my MyHeritage tree, and the FamilySearch Family Tree.  For posterity, for what they're worth.

10)  I have found that I am a more complete and focused researcher if I do research knowing that I will probably write a blog post about the research.  It may be a "look what I found..." post about one record find, a newspaper article, a Treasure Chest post, an Amanuensis Monday post, or it may be a more comprehensive 52 Ancestor post. 

11)  So I appreciate having the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks theme that Amy Johnson Crow dreamed up - it makes me focus on one ancestor, improves my research work on that ancestor, and improves my biographical narrative for that ancestor that, hopefully, my descendants and other relatives will read. 


NOTE:  An original version of this post was written on 27 January 2014.  I have updated it in this post.

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Randy and Grandpa Having Fun in 1945 -- Post 544 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 grandfather Lyle Carringer in the  having fun in 1945:

This is another photo of me and my grandfather - it was probably a weekend at home in San Diego, probably in the back yard.  He is concentrating on keeping a firm hold on my legs because I'm not holding on to his shirt much.  

As I mentioned last week, in 1945 my father was in the U.S. Navy and my mother and I were living with my grandparents, Lyle and Emily Carringer at 2130 Fern Street.  Emily took care of me, at age two, all day, and I'm sure that Lyle (age 54 in 1945) got the weekend duty.  I think he enjoyed it.  I was probably spoiled at this age, but it bonded me to this set of grandparents forever.  

I have done this same thing with all five of my grandchildren and they all loved being on my back and going around the house or back yard.  


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 11 December 2018

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

1)  News Articles:

New England Regional Genealogical Conference registration opens

*  Announcing the 2019 Jamboree Webinar Extension Series!

Godfrey Memorial Library Now Has a New Web Site

*  Google Maps with complete county lines and ZIP Codes; now also search using your current location

2)  New or Updated Record Databases:

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 2 to 8 December 2018

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 2 to 8 December 2018

New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 10, 2018

3)  Genealogy Education:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 12 December, 5 p.m. PDT:  101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart, by Janet Hovorka

*  Upcoming AmericanAncestors Webinar - Thursday, 13 December, 12 noon PST:  Using Maps in Your Family History Research, by Alice Kane

*  Upcoming Genealogy With a Canadian Twist Webinar - Thursday, 13 December, 10 a.m.  PST:   What's That App, Eh?  Episode 18 by Kathryn Lake Hogan

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 14 December, 11 a.m.:  Citation for Beginners, by Shellee Morehead

*  Research Like a Pro Podcast:  RLP 22: How to Find the Original Record

*  Extreme Genes Podcast:  Episode 263 – Blaine Bettinger Talks Ancestral Spit & Police Use Of DNA

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #26… Social Security Wasn’t Always This Way

*  MyHeritage YouTube:  "We Are All Blended!": The results are in!

*  MyHeritage YouTube:  Becky Higgins Discovers Her Heritage

*  Ancestry YouTube:  Is Opera Singer Charles Craig Related to Me? | My Family Secrets Revealed | Ancestry

*  Ancestry YouTube:  Carmen's Family History Reveals the Truth About Her Father | My Family Secrets Revealed | Ancestry

*  Ancestry YouTube:  Barbara's African Ancestry Mystery | My Family Secrets Revealed | Ancestry

*  Ancestral Findings YouTube:  AF-208: 6 Things to Know Before Visiting the Genealogy Library

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Do More Test Markers Matter? - A Segment of DNA

*  Family History Ron YouTube:  Q&A November 15 2018

*  Kenneth R. Marks YouTube:  14 Places to Find Your Ancestor's Address

*  Valerie & Myrt's Excellent Genealogy Adventures YouTube: How to plan the Perfect Itinerary

*  WikiTree YouTube:  Welcome to WikiTree Series: Collaboration

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Tuesday, December 11,  2018

*  RootsTech 2019 Holiday Special – Save $100!

5)  DNA Success Stories

*  Dr. Phil Gets Real with MyHeritage

*  Another sibling at 65? DNA testing is redefining the modern family

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 7 December 2018?


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Name of the Year - 2018 Winner is ...

Did you know that there is a "Name of the Year" contest that is handled like the NCAA Basketball tournament?  They start with reader nominations that provide 64 names and have matchups and winners are selected by voters until there is an overall winner in the "championship."

Here is the ballot for 2018 with the 64 contestants.  All of the names are real, according to the website Name of the Year.

There are some interesting, fascinating and different names on that list!  Who would you vote for?

Last year's winner was Kobe Buffalomeat.  The Name of the Year website has a list of previous winners at

There is also a Hall of Name at

So who won the 2018 contest?  See A Signature Achievement on the Futility Closet blog (one of my favorite blogs).

Do you have ancestral names that might be put into a genealogy name contest like this?  Make your own recommendation here in a Comment.

So now i'm wondering which names would make a great married name - for instance, if Hallelujah Lulie married Beau Titsworth, would she use the name Hallelujah Titsworth?  And if she married Mosthigh Thankgod, her married name might be Hallelujah Thankgod.  What other fun name combinations do you see?


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Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1934 Obituary of Paul F. Schaffner (1879-1934) in San Francisco, Calif.

The treasure today is the 1934 obituary for Paul F. Schaffner in the San Francisco Call newspaper dated 31 May 1934:

The transcription of this death notice is:

Death Claims Oil Manager
Paul Schaffner Victim of Heart Disease

"Paul F. Schaffner, 55, manager of the Valvoline Oil Company here, and for many years a leader in fraternal circles, is dead after a short illness.  He succumbed Tuesday night to heart disease.  

"A native of San Francisco, he was a past master of Amity Lodge, No. 370, of the Masons, and member of the Scottish Rite and Islam Temple of the Shrine.

"He is survived by his wife, Edna; two daughters, Mrs. S. Blair Mertes and Edna May Schaffner, and a brother, Fred Schaffner.

"Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Mission Masoci Temple, 2668 Mission Street, under auspices of Amity Lodge.  Friends may call at the chapel of Gantner and Maison, 771 Valencia street, until tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.  Inurnment will be in Cypress Lawn Memorial Park."

The source citation for this death notice is:

"Death Claims Oil Manager, Paul Schaffner Victim of Heart Disease," San Francisco [Calif.] Chronicle, 31 May 1934, page 11, column 4, Paul F. Schaffner obituary; GenealogyBank ( : accessed 6 October 2014), Newspaper Archives collection.

Paul Frederick Schaffner (1879-1934) was born in August 1879 to Herman and Mary Ann (Paul) Schaffner in San Francisco.  He married Edna Catherine McKnew (1884-1974) on 24 June 1906 in San Francisco, California.

Paul and Edna (McKnew) Schaffner are my wife's maternal grandparents through Edna May Schaffner (1913-1979) who married Lee S. Leland (1911-2002) in 1937 in San Francisco.


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Monday, December 10, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 10 December 2018

Here is a summary of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Board of Directors meeting, and reported on the newsletter, research group and DNA interest group meetings.

2)  Wrote, edited and published the 10-page CVGS Newsletter for December 2018.  Emailed it to about 90 members and snail mailed it to 14 members.  Highlights included the Annual Holiday Luncheon, and summaries for the 28 November Program, the 1 December Workshop, the 14 November Research Group and the 21 November DNA Interest Group.
3)  Transcribed another deed for Amanuensis Monday - 1828 Deed of Stow and Levi Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass. I need to download more of these deeds from the 1835 to 1859 time frame.

4)  Found several Kenyon ancestors' entries in the Richmond, R.I. Town Records on FamilySearch digital microfilm, including Elizabeth Kenyon's 1747 probate inventory.  There are still records to find in this record set.  

5)  Watched  
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records by Mary Kircher Roddy on FamilyTreeWebinars, plus several YouTube videos.  

6)  Participated in today's Mondays with Myrt webinar.  The panel discussed the M
yHeritage deadline (12/15) for DNA uploads for free analysis tools, the NERGC conference in April 2018 in Manchester, NH, the 2019 Ohio Genealogical Society conference, the WikiTree Scan-a-Thom in January, Ed Thompson's Facebook question about phone photos with glare and skew, the Genea-Santa wish list and viewer comments, Living DNA erhnicity, and Russ's Family Tree Maker Users blog posts.

7) 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 27,957 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 51,622 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 98,757 source citations.   I TreeShared four times during the last week (about 320 profiles), and resolved about 700 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 87,008 waiting to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

8)  Have 312 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 311 last week), 1050 4th cousins or closer (I had 1031 last week), and 935 pages (over 46,750 matches with at least 6 cM) (was 929 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 23 DNA Circles (was 23 last week).  I have 17 matches that are third cousins or closer (was 17 last week), and 105 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 known first cousins.

9)  Have 5,190 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 5,140 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 36 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 35 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%).

10)  Have 1,016 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1013 last week) who share at least 0.10% (7 cM) with me.  The two closest relatives are third cousins.  Of these, only 4 share 1.0% or more (was 3 last week), and 54 share 0.50% or more (was 53 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.

11)  Have 2,875 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,867 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 1,547 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,542 last  week) with me.

12) Wrote 18 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were press releases.  The most popular post last week was 
Where Am I Saving My Digitized Family Photos? with over 241 views.  

13)  Started work on the Christmas letter, Christmas cards, and online Christmas shopping. 


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Google Maps with complete county lines and ZIP Codes; now also search using your current location

I received this information from Randy Majors, who has updated his website and added more features to his geographic search engines:


You can now search using your current location on all Google Maps mapping tools (in addition to searching by place, address, etc.):

*  County Lines on Google Maps (covers U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland)

Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps

ZIP Codes on Google Maps

Latest write-up here:


Great stuff!  Thank you, Randy!

I searched for Dodge County, Wisconsin on the Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps site for "Cemeteries" (from dropdown menu) in 1880:

You can zoom in or out using Ctrl + Scroll on Windows computers.


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Amanuensis Monday - 1828 Deed of Stow and Levi Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1824 deed of Samuel Stone Junior of Townsend, Massachusetts to Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 326, pages 554-555]:

[Volume 326, pages 556-557]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 326, page 555, starts at bottom of right-hand page]
[in right-hand margin]

S. Hildreth &al to Z. Hildreth

[in body of page]

Know all men by these presents that we Stow Hildreth and Levi

Hildreth both of Townsend in the County of Middlesex and
Commonwealth of Massachusetts yeomen in consideration of two
thousand dollars paid by Zachariah Hildreth of said Townsend
gentleman the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge do

[Volume 326, page 556]

hereby give grant sell and convey unto the said Zachariah Hil-
dreth his heirs and assigns forever a certain farm situate south-
erly of the meeting house in said Townsend and on babery
hill  so called with all the buildings on said premises for
the quantites and quality reference being had to the deed by me
this day conveyed to the said Stow and Levi the bounds and
descriptions will fully appear meaning to convey all which
I conveyed to the said Stow and Levi in my deed aforesaid.
To have and to hold the afore granted premises to the same Zachariah
Hildreth his heirs and assigns to his and their use and behoof
forever.  And We for ourselves our heirs executors and adminis-
trators do covenant with the said Zachariah Hildreth his heirs
and assigns that we are lawfully seized in fee of the afore
granted premises that they are free of all encumbrances thatwe have good right to sell and convey the same to the said
Zachariah Hildreth to hold as aforesaid, and that we for
ourselves our heirs executors and administrators will warrant
and defend the same to the said Zachariah Hildreth his
heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and
demands of all persons.  Provided nevertheless that if the
said Stow Hildreth and Levi Hildreth their heirs executors and
administrators pay or cause to be paid fulfilled and satisfied
to the said Zachariah Hildreth his heirs executors admin-
istrators or assigns a certain bond bearing even date of these
presents fully ?????? care of the said Zachariah and Abigail wife
of the said Zachariah then this deed and also a certain bond
aforesaid bearing even date with these presents given by the said
Stow and Levi to the same Zachariah Hildreth to perform the
same at the times aforesaid shall both be void and otherwise shall
remain in full force.  In witness whereof we the said Stow
Hildreth and Levi Hildreth have hereunto set our hands
and seals this twelfth day of February in the year of our Lord
one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight.
Signed Sealed and delivered           }  Stow Hildreth  {seal}
in presence of us                              }   Levi Hildreth   {seal}
Aaron Keyes                                   }   Middlesex Ss February 11, 1828
Sarah Jepson                                  }  then the above named Stow Hildreth
The ????? ??????? before Signing  }  and Levi Hildreth acknowledged
the above instrument to be their free act and deed Before
me Aaron Keyes J. Peace
Middlesex Ss November 13, 1833. Received and Recorded by
                                                                           ?.?. Stone  Reg^r.

The source citation for this recorded deed is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,FamilySearch ( : accessed 2 December 2018), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1833, Vol. 326," Volume 326, pages 555-556 (image 291-292 of 305), Deed of Stow Hildreth and Levi Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth, executed 12 February 1828, recorded 13 November 1833.

The grantee of this deed is Zachariah Hildreth Sr. (1754-1828), "Gentleman."  The grantors, Stow Hildreth and Levi Hildreth, are two sons of Zachariah and Abigail (Hart) Hildreth.  Apparently, Zacharish Hildreth Sr. had given or sold this land to Stow and Levi Hildreth in an earlier deed.  In this deed, a bond is mentioned for the care of Zachariah and Abigail Hildreth and the bond will be void as long as the care is provided.  Zachariah essentially bought the care of he and his wife for $2000.  No time limit is provided in the deed.  Zachariah died on 16 March 1829 and Abigail died on 24 November 1846.  

"Stow" Hildreth is certainly Jonathan Stowe Hildreth (1803-1863) who was born in Townsend to Zachariah and Abigail (Hart) Hildreth.  Levi Hildreth (1808-1885) was the youngest son of Zachariah and Abigail (Hart) Hildreth.  

Some words in the deed were very difficult to decipher due to the handwriting and the ink density.  I used question marks to indicate the difficult words.  Perhaps readers can decipher them by comparison to other deeds or better knowledge of the legal terms.

Zachariah Hildreth Sr. (1754-1829) is my fourth great-grandfather, who married (1) Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793) in 1777, and (2) Abigail Hart (1769-1846) in 1794.  I am descended through son  Zachariah Hildreth Jr. (1783-1857) who married Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857).


NOTE:  Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 2 to 8 December 2018

Dozens of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

As We Write the Rules ... by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.

* Comments on the Future of Online Trees by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.

Using Pre-1850 Records to Find an Ancestor's Children by Lisa Lisson on the Are You My Cousin? blog.

Automatic Clustering from Genetic Affairs by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.

There Are Other Trees Out There by Jacqi Stevens on the A Family Tapestry blog.

AutoClustering by Genetic Affairs by Roberta Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.

Do ONE Simple Thing to Save Your Genealogy by Denise Levenick on The Family Curator blog.

Genealogy 101:  Transcribing Genealogy Records by Gena Philbert-Ortega on the GenealogyBank blog.

Context is Key: Understnading the Record Within the Record Collection by Sue McNelly on the Kindred Past blog.

Research in Online Trees by Tony Proctor on the Parallax View blog.

3 Ways to Prove Your Family Tree is Correct by DiAnn Iamarino on the Fortify Your Family Tree blog.

A Genealogist's Development by David Allen Lambert on the Vita Brevis blog.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

Bonus Edition: Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

Friday Fossicking -- 30th Nov. - 7th Dec. 2018 by Crissouli on the That Moment in Time blog.

This Week's Creme de la Creme -- December 8, 2018  by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 2 to 8 December 2018

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections list on during the period from 2 to 8 December 2018 

The record collections added or updated since last week include:

As you can see, none were listed for the specified week.  This is the second week in a row that nothing was listed as ADDED or Updated.  
The last ADDED collection was on 6 November.  The last UPDATED Collection was on 8 November.

The complete Card Catalog is at 

By my count, there were 0 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,673 collections available as of 8 December, an increase of  0 from last week.   


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