Monday, December 17, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 17 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) Annual Holiday Luncheon with potluck food, installation of the new Board of Directors, a gift exchange (we got two candles...yecch, we will re-gift them next year if we can find them!), and a forgettable slide show that went on too long.  

2)  The old and trusty HP 6350 printer failed (stopped printing black ink), and after trying to clean the printhead numerous times, I finally bought a new HP 6958 printer for my Christmas present.  I installed it on Thursday and finished up the Christmas letter project quickly.  It does two-sided so that's a benefit.  Ink is even more expensive.

3)  Transcribed another deed for Amanuensis Monday - 1828 Bond of Stow and Levi Hildreth with Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass. I need to download more of these deeds from the 1835 to 1859 time frame.

4)  Watched That's New to Me: Unfamiliar Websites for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega, Citations for Beginners by Shellee Morehead, and  101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart by Janet Hovorka, all on 
FamilyTreeWebinars, plus several YouTube videos.  

5)  Participated in today's Mondays with Myrt webinar.  The panel discussed Genea-Santa's navigation system, Myrt's new cat (Bella), the RootsMagic problem with Ancestry signin, MyHeritage DNA features, Old New York and Old Providence maps and postcards, Findmypast Christmas photos, WikiTree, the We're Related mobile app, and Family History Ron's recent video.

6) 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 28,142 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 51,712 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 98,996 source citations.   I TreeShared two times during the last week (about 200 profiles), and resolved about 640 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 87,423 waiting to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

7)  Have 313 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 312 last week), 1050 4th cousins or closer (I had 1050 last week), and 940 pages (over 47,000 matches with at least 6 cM) (was 935 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 105 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my known first cousins.

8)  Have 5,261 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 5,190 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 38 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 36 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%).

9)  Have 1,016 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1016 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.

10)  Have 2,879 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,875 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 1,548 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,547 last  week) with me.

11) Wrote 19 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were press releases.  The most popular post last week was 
Dear Randy - Why Do You Write the 52 Ancestors Friday Posts? with over 235 views.  

12)  Finished work on the Christmas letter, Christmas cards, Christmas tree setup, and online Christmas shopping.  We still need to wrap presents and decorate the tree.  Lori and the boys come on Thursday, and Tami and her crew will come on Saturday for the day.


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1 comment:

Colleen G. Brown Pasquale said...

You have had a busy week! Good luck with the rest of your Christmas preparations.