Monday, November 12, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 12 November 2018

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

1)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society monthly program at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in San Diego on Saturday.  
The speaker was Gena Philbert Ortega, who spoke about "Wives, Girlfriends, Widows, Exes and Mistresses: Documenting Women."  I missed the second talk and came home after halftime because I needed a nap and we were going out on Saturday night for dinner.

2)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Board Meeting on Wednesday.  Reported on the Newsletter, Research Group and DNA Group.  Wrote, compiled, and edited the November 2018 CVGS Newsletter and sent it out on Sunday night to the email list of members.  

3)  Continued looking at the AncestryDNA Matches with Unlinked Trees, and added several more trees to the DNA Skeleton Tree for these persons that might help find common ancestors.  Had success with two more DNA Matches, and added them to the common ancestors to my RootsMagic tree.  

4)  Transcribed another deed for Amanuensis Monday - 1814 Deed of Sarah Green to Zachariah Hildreth Jr. in Townsend, Mass.  I downloaded several more of these deeds but I need to download more of them.  Found and downloaded three deeds for William Champlin in Charlestown RI using FamilySearch Digital microfilm.  

5)  Sent the Denmark records I found two weeks ago to the son of my 103-year-old friend Maggie.  He has expressed an interest in researching his ancestry, and perhaps starting his own tree on

6)  Watched the last four of the eight videos from the MyHeritage LIVE 2018 conference in Oslo, Norway.  I speed-watched through these on Facebook on the MyHeritage Users Group page.

7)  Participated in today's Mondays with Myrt webinar.  The theme today was the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice, and honoring our veterans.  I discussed the Fold3 memorial page I made for my grandfather and other ancestors who have served.

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 27,204 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 51,153 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 97,413 source citations.   I TreeShared three times during the last week, and resolved about 200 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 84,512 waiting to be resolved, but I work on them occasionally.

9)  Have 309 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 309 last week), 1017 4th cousins or closer (I had 1016 last week), and 919 pages (over 45,900 matches with at least 6 cM) (was 917 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 104 matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 104 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my first cousins.  Added more notes to my DNA matches.

10)  Have 4,967 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 4,949 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 33 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 32 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 1,002 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1004 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 51 share 0.50% or more (was 51 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 2,845 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,839 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 1,531 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,527 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 
How Accurate Is an Ancestry Quick and Dirty Tree?  with over 696 views.  


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