Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 11 June 2018

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

1)  Gave my "Genealogy! Be An Ancestry Detective" presentation at OASIS (a senior adult education center in La Mesa) on Thursday to about 20 attendees who paid for the privilege of learning about the basics of genealogy research. 
They were really interested in DNA for some reason.

2)   Attended the Family History Day Committee meeting and the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Board meeting on Wednesday.  I just make reports at these meetings because I get my jobs done during the weeks before.  

3)  Wrote and edited the ten page June 2018 issue of the CVGS Newsletter over the weekend, sent the PDF copy to the email list, and took the masters and published it and mailed copies to 15 members who don't have email.  I am in my 10th year as editor of the newsletter.

4)  Found my Henry White deeds from Killingly, Connecticut, which I collected at the Family History Library in late February.  Transcribed one of them for amanuensis Monday this week.

5)  Made significant 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 had the wrong parents for one of the paternal lines, and figured out who the right parents were - a same name-same place problem.  I was able to find several generations of ancestors in England for the right parents.  The RootsMagic tree has grown to 346 persons with 761 citations.  I need to find English parish records on FamilySearch digital microfilm to show in the presentation.  

6) There were two 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 23,761 of my persons with FSFT.  I now have 50,083 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 94,279 source citations.   I TreeShared once during the last week.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 63,087 waiting to be resolved, but I'm working on them.

7)  Have 289 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 288 last week), 897 4th cousins or closer (up from 893 last week), and 829 pages (over 41,400 matches with at least 5 cM) (was 822 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 13 matches that are third cousins or closer, and 100 matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 99 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my first cousins.  I have 20 DNA Circles (was 20 last week).  My ethnicity estimate has not been modified yet.

8)  Have 3,935 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 3,878 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 22 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 22 last week).  I have three close relatives, one a first cousin once removed, and two first cousins twice removed.  The highest match is 512 cM (7.1%).

9)  Have 1,037 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1,037 last week) who share at least 0.10% with me.  The two closest relatives are third cousins.  Of these, only 2 shares 1.0% or more, and 45 share 0.50% or more (was 45 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.

10)  Have 2,654 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,633 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 1,435 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,424 last  week) with me.

11) Wrote 21 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was "
Using the RootsMagic 'Duplicate Search Merge' Tool"  with over 365 views.  I


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