Monday, April 15, 2019

Monday Genea-Pourri - 15 April 2019

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

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Research Group meeting on Wednesday at the Chula Vista library.  I reported on the Ancestry profile revision, the inactive RootsWeb mailing lists, finding the Auble home photograph, and reviewing Leland photos and DNA with my brother-in-law.  A guest had a problem with his Irish ancestry and we discussed that for a significant time.

2)  Taught the second class of my "Beginning Computer Genealogy" class at OASIS (a senior adult education center) on Thursday.  I have seven students eager to learn about genealogy and using the computer to find records and record family history.  We covered the different types of records and online access to them, data entry in software programs (with demonstration in RootsMagic), using the LearnWebSkills site, and accessing commercial record repositories (with demonstration of Ancestry).

3)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) meeting on Saturday, with speaker Kristi Sexton on Cemetery Records and Hunting Your Heritage.

4)  Found and transcribed the 1843 deed  of 3rd great-grandfather Zachariah Hildreth for land in Townsend, Mass. to Samuel D. Baldwin for Amanuensis Monday.

5)  Wrote and posted a biography of 6th great-grandfather #448 Andreas Abel (1690-1751) of Germany and New Jersey for my 52 Ancestors post on Friday.  

6)  Watched one Family Tree Webinar - Visualizing Ancestral Lines With DNA AutoClusters, by Ran Snir of MyHeritage.

7)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt.  Today's webinar discussed the Map Explorer in England on TheGenealogist website, finding cemetery information, using military cemetery sites, Candian veteran death records, sharing files in Dropbox and Sync, TheGenealogyShow, Debbie Parker Wayne's book, and Saskatchewan maps.  

8) There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 30,425 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.  Updated and cleaned up the Family Tree profiles for three ancestors, including life sketches, sources and notes.

9)  I continue to use Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 53,314 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 103,543 source citations.   I TreeShared twice  this week updating 310 profiles, and I resolved about 590 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 107,586 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

10)  Several DNA cousins have contacted me this past week and we have shared tree information.  I have added the family lines of 8 AncestryDNA matches to the RootsMagic database using ThruLines.

11)  Baseball season started two weeks ago, and we have watched every game so far.   The good news is that the Padres are 11-6 on the season so far, and in first place!

12) Wrote 18 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was 
Ancestry Announces Two Improved Features - User Profiles and Messages with over 2,596 views.


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