Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 26 February 2018

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

1)  I continued searching for the parents of George Washington Seaver with resounding  success, with the help of Barry Sheldon.  More on this in recent and future posts.  I still need to document the Lida J. (Robie?) (Baker) (SCrooker) (Seaver) Brown's story.

2)  I moderated the San Diego Genealogical Society RootsMagic User's Group on Saturday, 24 February.  We had nine attendees, and discussed making an ancestor or descendants book; creating a MyRootsMagic web page or making web pages for an owned web site; TreeShare with an Ancestry Member Tree, including syncing a person, and bringing data from Ancestry to RootsMagic; FamilySearch interaction; Mapping and Place Lists; and Shared Facts (can you obtain a list of them?).

3)  Today we are on the airplane to RootsTech 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  We get in at about 2 p.m., so I missed the Mondays With Myrt webinar today from the Family History Library.  I expect to go to the FHL on Tuesday for research, and then go to RootsTech classes on Wednesday, and camp out in the Expo Hall on Thursday through Saturday.  We are staying at the Radisson Hotel this year, and hope to have a wheelchair so I can transport Linda around the Salt Palace and out to dinner and parties.  I downloaded the rest of the syllabus articles and copied them to Dropbox and my laptop.  

4)  I worked on my tree in the new RootsFinder online family tree program, imported from FamilySearch Family Tree.  I wrote two blog posts highlighting the menu selections and the person profile features in the program.

5)  I have 255 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 252 last week), 760 4th cousins or closer (up from 743 last week), 649 pages (over 32,400 matches with at least 5 cM) (was 639 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 10 matches that are third cousins or closer, and 86 matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 85 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my first cousins.  I have 15 DNA Circles (up from 14 last week). There were no new close matches (3rd cousin or closer).  Very few of the new matches have an Ancestry Member Tree.

6)  I have 2,886 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 2,797 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.1%), with 25 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 29 last week).  The highest match is 184 cM (2.5%).  Most of my close matches have very small trees with no common ancestors shown.

7)  I have 1,119 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (down from 1,120 last week) who share at least 0.10% with me.  Of these, only 1 shares 1.0% or more, and 36 share 0.50% or more (was 61 last week), with the highest match being 1.54%.  I struggle to find out anything about most of these testers.

8)  I have 2,412 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,398) 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 1,303 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,294 last week) with me.  I have had better luck finding shared ancestors here with a few of these testers.

9) There were almost daily 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 22,702 of my persons with FSFT.  I now have 49,694 persons in my RootsMagic file.   I TreeShare almost every night.  There were also several sessions in Ancestry Hints to add content and source citations for the new RootsMagic profile additions.   I've fallen behind on the Record Hints with 58,131 waiting to be resolved, but I'm working on them.  Every time I add something to RootsMagic and TreeShare, the Hints multiply.  


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