Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 5 November 2018

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

1)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society monthly program at the Chula Vista Library on Wednesday. 
The speaker was new CVGS member Judith Helton, who spoke about "Hidden in Plain View."  This was about quilts used by escaping slaves to guide them on the Underground Railroad.

2)  Presented "Using FamilySearch Digital Microfilm to Find Genealogical Records" at the CVGS Saturday Workshop on 3 November at Bonita-Sunnyside Library.  Provided a four page handouts with guidelines for finding probate, land, church, vital, and other records in the unindexed Historical Records and FamilySearch Catalog.  After the talk, tried to help attendees with their specific problems.

3)  Continued looking at the AncestryDNA Matches with Unlinked Trees, and started a DNA Skeleton Tree for these persons that might help find common ancestors.  Had success with five of ten of the 4th cousins tried so far.  Researched the lines and added them to the common ancestors to my RootsMagic tree.  Added my own skeleton tree to support 
How Accurate Is an Ancestry Quick and Dirty Tree?

4)  Transcribed another deed for Amanuensis Monday - 1816 Deed of Robert Jefts to Zachariah Hildreth Jr. in Townsend, Mass.  I downloaded several more of these deeds but I need to download more of them.

5)  Gave the Denmark records I found last week to my 103-year-old friend Maggie at church on Sunday.  She had tears in her eyes seeing the birth record of her father and the names of her paternal grandparents for the first time.

6)  Watched four of the eight videos from the MyHeritage LIVE 2018 conference in Oslo, Norway.  Enjoyed the keynote talk by Gilad Japhet, and watched one video of the genealogy track and two DNA track videos.  I speed-watched through these on Facebook on the MyHeritage Users Group page.

7)  Participated in today's Mondays with Myrt webinar.  I briefly discussed my CVGS Workshop experience.  Other topics inclued the Canada Expeditionary Force records (great!), the MyHeritage Live 2018 conference videos, the upcoming Who Do You Think You Are? series on TLC, Pat Kuhn's 1870 census record problem on FamilySearch, and tutorials for FamilySDearch Family Tree videos.

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 26,944 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 51,111 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 97,287 source citations.   I TreeShared twice during the last week, and resolved about 800 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 82,398 waiting to be resolved, but I work on them occasionally.

9)  Have 309 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 309 last week), 1016 4th cousins or closer (I had 1014 last week), and 917 pages (over 45,800 matches with at least 6 cM) (was 911 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 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.

10)  Have 4,949 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 4,876 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 32 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 31 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 1,004 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1002 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 50 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 2,839 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,837 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 1,527 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,525 last  week) with me.

13) Wrote 19 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was 
Genealogy News Bytes - 2 November 2018 with over 194 views.  


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