Monday, April 22, 2019

Monday Genea-Pourri - 22 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) DNA Interest Group meeting on Wednesday at the Chula Vista library with 14 in attendance.  I reported on the monthly DNA news, described and demonstrated using the GEDmatch Genesis website, including how to upload your DNA raw data, the admixture results, the one-to-many features, the one-to-one comparison results, and uploading a GEDCOM file. 

2)  Taught the third class of my "Beginning Computer Genealogy" course 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 name issues, creating charts in software programs, using online family tree sites, searching message boards and mailing lists, and discussed using census information.

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

4)  Wrote and posted a biography of 6th great-grandmother #449 Maria (--?--) (Abel) Tedrick (1693-1771) of Germany and New Jersey for my 52 Ancestors post on Friday.  

5)  Watched one Family Tree Webinar - Transcribing Documents: There is More Than Meets the Eye! by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson.

6)  Opened the returned FOREVER box that contained the 23 digitized home movies, plus two DVDs and a USB drive with the 23 digitized files.  Watched all of the silent movies with glee and some tears.  Made some screen captures of certain scenes and put some of them on Facebook.  Uploaded two digitized movies to my YouTube Channel and shared them on Facebook.  I need to work out how to do voiceovers on the video so that the family knows what they are watching.

7)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt on Zoom and Facebook Live (shown on the DearMYRTLE Facebook group page).  Today's webinar discussed the updated FamilySearch Digital Library, other digitized book sites, English census records, my Forever digitized home movies, Ancesry Member Tree DNA icons, quick-click genealogy, name variations, and headphones.

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 30,549 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.  

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 53,372 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 103,766 source citations.   I TreeShared twice  this week updating 275 profiles, and I resolved about 845 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 108,735 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

10) Wrote 19 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was Randy's Autosomal DNA Test and Analysis Summary - 16 April 2019 over 299 views.


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