Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 16 April 2018

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

 I moderated the Research Group meeting of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society on Wednesday and discussed my "news" in the first hour and the group shared their successes and challenges in the second hour.  I talked about my blog on Do I Still Need a Desktop Genealogy Software Program?, the Find A Grave memorial photo request that was fulfilled, and the MyHeritageDNA autosomal segment match download process.

2)  I taught the second class of "Beginning Computer Genealogy" at OASIS (a senior adult-education center) on Thursday.  This group asks a lot of good questions and I hardly got through the presentation.  This session covered starting a family tree in RootsMagic software (including data entry, sourcing, notes, media, etc.), using the LearnWebSkills tutorials, commercial record providers, and census research tips.  

3)  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 took one more English line back one or two generations, and took the German line back several more generations.  I searched GenealogyBank for obituaries for the ancestors who died in the USA.  The RootsMagic tree has grown - 170 persons with 508 citations!  I TreeShare this with an Ancestry Member Tree (which generates Hints!), access the WebHints for FamilySearch and Findmypast, and share data with  FamilySearch Family Tree profiles.

4)  The presentation I did for the Surname Society Annual Meeting on 17 March was posted on the Family Tree Webinars collection behind the paywall for members, without a handout.  The presentation is Using FamilySearch Digital Microfilm to Find Genealogical Records.   

5)  The Padres games "interfere" with my genealogy time, and will until October.  We didn't go to a game last week, but we watched all of them.  The Padres won five and lost two last week (so now 7-10 on the season), and are doing better.  I read the newspaper and fiction mystery books during the game, and check my mail and blogs on my cell phone.  

6)  I participated in the 16 April edition of the Mondays With Myrt webinar.  In today's webinar, we discussed:  Creating a Virtual Cemetery on Find A Grave; the 1939 UK register and associated maps; old photographs for Nottingham and Seattle; URL re-direction for genealogy sites with multiple country sites (e.g., Ancestry has US, Canada, UK, Germany, etc.); using FamilySearch record collections and FHL Catalog entries to find land records in each county and state; Family History Library Catalog access options - "Any," "Online," or a specific Center - "Any" shows you everything available wherever it is, but "Online" does not include digital microfilm available only on the Catalog site; and more.

7) 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 23,210 of my persons with FSFT.  I now have 49,835 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 60,817 waiting to be resolved, but I'm working on them.

8)  I have 279 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 277 last week), 832 4th cousins or closer (up from 823 last week), and 744 pages (over 37,150 matches with at least 5 cM) (was 733 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 93 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 3,488 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 3,402 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.1%), with 20 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 1,046 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1,062 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 41 last week), with the highest match being 1.54%.  I struggle to find out anything about most of these testers.

11)  I have 2,537 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,521 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 1,367 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,362 last  week) with me.  I have had better luck finding shared ancestors here with a few of these testers.


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