Monday, November 26, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 26 November 2018

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

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group Meeting on Wednesday.  Reported on the DNA bargains available, and went through AncestryDNA features, including ethnicity estimates, downloading raw data to a ZIP file, DNA Circles, New Ancestor discoveries, working with DNA Matches (search matches, Matches map, shared Ancestry Hints, Shared surnames, number of centiMorgans, creating notes, the MedBetter DNA Chrome extension, Shared Matches, working with Unlinked or small trees, and making a spreadsheet of matches.

2)  Continued looking at my AncestryDNA Matches with Unlinked Trees and small public trees, and added one more tree to the DNA Skeleton Tree for that match person that might help find common ancestors.  Had no success with that one DNA Match.

3)  Transcribed another deed for Amanuensis Monday - 1824 Deed of Samuel Stone Jr. 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 new groups of Seaver persons hiding in online databases and online trees.  Added several generations of both adding content and sources.   
Both groups came from searching for obituaries on GenealogyBank and

5)  Watched Every Day Life of Our Ancestors by C. Ann Staley on FamilyTreeWebinars.  Fascinating!

6)  Participated in today's Mondays with Myrt webinar.  The panel discussed the FamilySearch Relative Finder and Ancestry's We're Related mobile app, which led to a discussion of Ancestry Big tree (and Ancestry World Tree and One World Tree databases); the Tennessee Children's Home Society and stolen babies; Pat Kuhn's newspaper articles and using the FamilySearch Wiki; the Problem Solving Spiral recently shared by Elizabeth Shown Mills on Facebook; My Wordless Wednesday post of my father and three sons, and seeing my brother's family over the weekend; Denise Levenick's post on Facebook about the Nixplay Frame for photos and stories; and Russ Worthington's posts about file folder and file naming conventions.

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 27,326 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 51,240 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 98,097 source citations.   I TreeShared four times during the last week (about 350 profiles), and resolved about 500 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 84,158 waiting to be resolved, but I work on them occasionally.

8)  Have 309 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 309 last week), 1022 4th cousins or closer (I had 1020 last week), and 925 pages (over 46,200 matches with at least 6 cM) (was 922 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 known first cousins.  Added more notes to my DNA matches.

9)  Have 5,074 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 4,999 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 35 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 34 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 1,007 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1007 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.

11)  Have 2,862 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,855 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 1,537 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,535 last  week) with me.

12) Wrote 20 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which four were press releases.  The most popular post last week was 
Genealogy News Bytes - 23 November 2018   w
ith over 180 views.  


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