Monday, August 6, 2018

Monday Genea-pourri - 6 August 2018

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

1) Attended the CVGS Family History Day Committee meeting and CVGS Board Meeting last Wednesday at the library.  We are 8 weeks away from the community-wide Family History Day on 29 September, where I have two presentations.

2)  Wrote, edited and published the August 2018 edition of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Newsletter.  The ten pages include upcoming program and meeting notices, past program and meeting reviews, upcoming webinar lists, interesting genealogy blog post links, and more.  

3)  Found and transcribed the will of John Guild (1616-1682) of Dedham, Massachusetts in the Suffolk County (Mass.) probate record volumes, and used it for today's Amanuensis Monday post.

4)  Took part in the Mondays With Myrt webinar today.  We discussed FamilySearch Indexing, the DAR proof requirements, Fudge family photos found at a car boot sale in England, the Henry White deeds in Killingly CT, Connecticut records, Pat's open letter to an archivist, archival supplies, eBay watch lists, and using Feedly for blog reading.

5)  Watched one webinar at Family Tree Webinars ("
An Overview of Important Historical Record Collections" by Tal Erlichman) and one webinar on Virtual Genealogical Association ("Mapping Your Ancestors" by Helen Smith).  

6)  Added about 30 more charts to the presentation for my project researching the ancestry of a local personality, and will present what I find at the CVGS Family History Day in September with him and his family in attendance.  The presentation is about 75% done now, but will need to be pared down.  I TreeShared once and worked through one session of adding Ancestry Hints to the RootsMagic tree, which has grown to 527 persons with 1,601 citations.  

7)  Started a new presentation on "Attending a Genealogy Conference" which I will give on 15 August to the SDGS German Interest Group. 
Added about 25 charts defining different conference types (national, regional, specialty, cruises, institutes, etc.) and when the next event for each will be.  The next batch of slides will discuss the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree and RootsTech in more detail, along with photographs of conferences.  

8) There were several 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 24,990 of my persons with FSFT.  I now have 50,469 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 95,302 source citations.   I TreeShared twice during the last week, but didn't resolve any Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 70,506 waiting to be resolved, but I'm working on them occasionally.

9)  Have 297 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 296 last week), 948 4th cousins or closer (I had 944 last week), and 861 pages (over 43,000 matches with at least 6 cM) (was 855 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 23 DNA Circles (was 23 last week).  I have 14 matches that are third cousins or closer, and 100 matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 100 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my first cousins.  My ethnicity estimate has not been modified yet.

10)  Have 4,290 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 4,258 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 25 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 24 last week).  I have three close relatives, including a first cousin once removed, and two first cousins twice removed.  The highest DNA match is 512 cM (7.1%).

11)  Have 987 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 984 last week) who share at least 0.10% (7 cM) with me.  The two closest relatives are third cousins.  Of these, only 3 share 1.0% or more, and 47 share 0.50% or more (was 47 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.

12)  Have 2,733 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,728 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 1,476 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,476 last  week) with me.

13) Wrote 20 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which three were press releases.  The most popular post last week was "
1728 Marriage Record of John Tracy and Mary Hawkins in Providence, Rhode Island - Post 423 for Treasure Chest Thursday" with over 465 views.  


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