Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 23 April 2018

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

 Downloaded four land records for Joseph Richards (1695-1748) of Southborough, Mass.  from FamilySearch, abstracted them, and was able to include them in the biography post - see  52 Ancestors - Week 223: #314 Joseph Richards (1703-1748) of Lynn and Southborough, Massachusetts.

2)  Found and downloaded the 11 pages of the probate records of Ebenezer Phillips (1695-1746) of Southborough, Mass. from, transcribed the will for the Amanuensis Monday post.  

3)  Downloaded my autosomal DNA match chromosome segments from 23andMe and saved them in a spreadsheet.  I still need to do this for FamilyTreeDNA and GEDMatch, and then I will try to get my DNA Painter chart started.

4)  I taught the third class of "Beginning Computer Genealogy" at OASIS (a senior adult-education center) on Thursday.  This session covered creating charts in RootsMagic software (including pedigree, relationship and wall charts), online family trees (including an Ancestry Member Tree, and FamilySearch Family Tree, message boards and mailing lists, and census information.  

5)  I made more progress on my genealogy project - I am researching the ancestry of a local personality, and will present what I find at the CVGS Family History Day in September.   I figured out the mystery great-grandmother's name, and her parents names.  I found an index entry for the 1861 naturalization for another great-grandparent in Wisconsin, but couldn't find the record in FamilySearch digital microfilms. The RootsMagic tree has grown - 177 persons with 510 citations (I deleted some that were Ancestry generated).  I TreeShare this with an Ancestry Member Tree (which generates Hints!), access the WebHints for Ancestry, FamilySearch and Findmypast, and share data with  FamilySearch Family Tree profiles.

6) There were occasional 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 23,218 of my persons with FSFT.  I now have 49,865 persons in my RootsMagic file.   I TreeShared once during the last week.  There was also one session in Ancestry Hints to add content and source citations for the new RootsMagic profile additions.   I've fallen behind on the Record Hints with 61,212 waiting to be resolved, but I'm working on them.

6)  I participated in the 23 April edition of the Mondays With Myrt webinar.  In today's webinar, we discussed:  Revolutionary War soldiers and DAR/SAR applications; the "Pirates of the Pedigree" conference in October; access and search problems on; the FamilySearch catalog; WikiTree cleanup project and benefits;  FamilySearch Family Tree use and benefits; DNA Day on 25 April, and DNA analysis features.

8)  I have 281 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 279 last week), 846 4th cousins or closer (up from 832 last week), and 756 pages (over 37,750 matches with at least 5 cM) (was 744 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 13 matches that are third cousins or closer, and 94 matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 94 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my first cousins.  I have 19 DNA Circles (was 19 last week). Very few of the new matches have an Ancestry Member Tree.

9)  I have 3,567 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 3,488 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.1%), with 21 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 20 last week).  I have two close relatives, both first cousins twice removed.  The highest match is 293 cM (4.0%).  Most of my  matches have very small trees with no common ancestors shown.

10)  I have 1,054 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1,046 last week) who share at least 0.10% with me.  Of these, only 1 shares 1.0% or more, and 42 share 0.50% or more (was 42 last week), with the highest match being 1.54%.  I struggle to find out anything about most of these testers.

11)  I have 2,563 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,537 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 1,372 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,367 last  week) with me.  I have had better luck finding shared ancestors here with a few of these testers.


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