Monday, December 10, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 10 December 2018

Here is a summary of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Board of Directors meeting, and reported on the newsletter, research group and DNA interest group meetings.

2)  Wrote, edited and published the 10-page CVGS Newsletter for December 2018.  Emailed it to about 90 members and snail mailed it to 14 members.  Highlights included the Annual Holiday Luncheon, and summaries for the 28 November Program, the 1 December Workshop, the 14 November Research Group and the 21 November DNA Interest Group.
3)  Transcribed another deed for Amanuensis Monday - 1828 Deed of Stow and Levi Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass. I need to download more of these deeds from the 1835 to 1859 time frame.

4)  Found several Kenyon ancestors' entries in the Richmond, R.I. Town Records on FamilySearch digital microfilm, including Elizabeth Kenyon's 1747 probate inventory.  There are still records to find in this record set.  

5)  Watched  
Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking County and State Records by Mary Kircher Roddy on FamilyTreeWebinars, plus several YouTube videos.  

6)  Participated in today's Mondays with Myrt webinar.  The panel discussed the M
yHeritage deadline (12/15) for DNA uploads for free analysis tools, the NERGC conference in April 2018 in Manchester, NH, the 2019 Ohio Genealogical Society conference, the WikiTree Scan-a-Thom in January, Ed Thompson's Facebook question about phone photos with glare and skew, the Genea-Santa wish list and viewer comments, Living DNA erhnicity, and Russ's Family Tree Maker Users blog posts.

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 27,957 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 51,622 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 98,757 source citations.   I TreeShared four times during the last week (about 320 profiles), and resolved about 700 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 87,008 waiting to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

8)  Have 312 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 311 last week), 1050 4th cousins or closer (I had 1031 last week), and 935 pages (over 46,750 matches with at least 6 cM) (was 929 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 23 DNA Circles (was 23 last week).  I have 17 matches that are third cousins or closer (was 17 last week), and 105 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.

9)  Have 5,190 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 5,140 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 36 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 35 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 1,016 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1013 last week) who share at least 0.10% (7 cM) with me.  The two closest relatives are third cousins.  Of these, only 4 share 1.0% or more (was 3 last week), and 54 share 0.50% or more (was 53 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 2,875 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,867 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 1,547 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,542 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 
Where Am I Saving My Digitized Family Photos? with over 241 views.  

13)  Started work on the Christmas letter, Christmas cards, and online Christmas shopping. 


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