Monday, May 7, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 7 May 2018

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

1)    Found and downloaded the land records of Ebenezer Phillips of Southborough, Mass. from FamilySearch, and abstracted them for last Friday's 52 Ancestors post.  Also found the deed images I made in February 2016 for Humphrey White in Glocester RI and used one in today's Amanuensis Monday post.

2)  Made progress on my two new presentations for the San Diego Genealogical Society on 14 July 2018 - "Descendancy Research" and "Discovering George W. Seaver's Life Story."  I have the first one finished, but I need some graphics, and the second one is about 50% complete.

3)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Family History Day committee meeting and Board meeting on Wednesday.   I have two presentations to give on 29 September 2018 at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library for Family History Day - one on "Using DNA Results for Genealogy" and the second on "Who Is ... Greg Cox," a former Chula Vista mayor and current San diego County supervisor.  

4)  Compiled and edited the May 2018 CVGS Newsletter over the weekend, including our first DNA success story - one of our members helped an adoptee find the name of her birth father - who was a cousin of our member.  

5)  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 am still finding first and second cousins of my subject, but have not found any new ancestors for him.    The RootsMagic tree has grown - 229 persons with 463 citations.  I TreeShare this with an Ancestry Member Tree (which generates Hints!), access the WebHints for Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage and Findmypast, search for more data online, 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 23,316 of my persons with FSFT.  I now have 49,882 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 61,661 waiting to be resolved, but I'm working on them.

7)  I have 283 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 281 last week), 865 4th cousins or closer (up from 859 last week), and 777 pages (over 38,800 matches with at least 5 cM) (was 768 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 13 matches that are third cousins or closer, and 96 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.

8)  I have 3,689 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 3,640 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.1%), with 21 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 21 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.

9)  I have 1,027 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1,034 last week) who share at least 0.10% with me.  Of these, only 1 shares 1.0% or more, and 43 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.  I am losing matches every week.

10)  I have 2,594 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,579 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 1,404 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,396 last  week) with me.  I have had better luck finding shared ancestors here with a few of these testers.

11)  I wrote 20 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which only two were a press release.  The most popular post was Reader Comments on Ancestry Search Problems with over 1,130 views and 3 comments.


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