Monday, October 29, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri -- 29 October 2018

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

1)  Moderated the San Diego Genealogical Society RootsMagic User's Group on Saturday, and we had 9 attendees.  
One was returning to RootsMagic after several years, and needed help getting installed again.  Other issues were creating groups of specific persons, printing notes in a report, printing a timeline of persons and events, and bringing families in FamilySearch Family Tree into a RootsMagic file.

2)  Started looking at the AncestryDNA Matches with Unlinked Trees, and started an Ancestry tree for these persons that might help find common ancestors.  Had success with three of five of the ones tried so far.  Researched the lines and added them to the common ancestors to my RootsMagic tree.

3)  Transcribed another deed for Amanuensis Monday - 1814 Deed of Abigail Wallis to Zachariah Hildreth Jr. in Townsend, Mass.  I downloaded several more of these deeds but I need to download more of them.

4)  Found two more significant Seaver family lines (one of them resulting from the Seavers in the News - Earl Seaver of Akron, Ohio Dies in 1980 post).  

5)  Received a phone call from my friend Paul, whose mother is 103 years old.  I have done some of Maggie's family tree, but now there are more Denmark records on FamilySearch.  I was able to find her father's birth record, her father's parents' names and birth dates, naturalization record, and several census records for Maggie and Paul.  I updated her Ancestry tree too.  This was the most fun of the week!

6)  Watched two Family Tree Webinars - Judy Russell's The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad and Thomas Jones's Using Indirect and Negative Evidence to Prove Unrecorded Events.  Also watched Diahan Southard's webinar  Jack and Jill: Can DNA Reveal The True Story on the Hill? on DNA Central.

7) 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 26,763 of my persons with FSFT.  I continue to use Web Hints from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 51,065 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 96,857 source citations.   I TreeShared twice during the last week, and did not resolve any Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 83,057 waiting to be resolved, but I work on them occasionally.

8)  Have 309 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 309 last week), 1014 4th cousins or closer (I had 1010 last week), and 911 pages (over 45,500 matches with at least 6 cM) (was 909 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 23 DNA Circles (was 23 last week).  I have 16 matches that are third cousins or closer (was 16 last week), and 103 matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 103 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my first cousins.  Added more notes to my DNA matches.

9)  Have 4,876 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 4,837 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 31 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 30 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%).

10)  Have 1,002 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1001 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 50 share 0.50% or more (was 49 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.

11)  Have 2,837 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,823 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 1,525 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,517 last  week) with me.

12) Wrote 18 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were press releases.  The most popular post last week was 
1712 Birth of Daniel Carpenter in South Kingstown, R.I. - Post 435 for Treasure Chest Thursday with over 244 views.  


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