Monday, May 13, 2019

Monday Genea-Pourri - 13 May 2019

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

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group on Wednesday with 12 in attendance.  Discussed my Forever experience, including my YouTube movies, the "Who Do You Think You Are?" show to be on NBC this year (when?), Finnish and Danish records on MyHeritage, and the SDGS meeting.  In the second hour, the attendees discussed their research challenges and successes.

2)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society meeting on Saturday.  In the first session, Anne Turhollow presented "Putting Flesh on the Bones: Newspaper Research."  In the second second, I moderated one of the 13 Group discussion tables; mine was on "Colonial New England."  There were four others in the group.  I provided an updated 4 page handout for reference purposes.  After the session, I talked for 15 minutes with Jenny Lynn, my Forever ambassador, who encouraged me to sign up for a Storage plan on Forever.

3)  I signed up for a Free 2 gb Storage plan on Forever on Saturday afternoon.  My movies were there, and I made several albums for my photographs, and I added photos to the Charles Auble Family album, and captioned them.  I may sign up later for the 10 gB plan so that future digitized movies and many more family photos can be added to my Forever account.

4)  I signed up for the 100 gB Google Drive plan because I was maxed out on the Free Google Drive plan.  On Saturday night, I added 30 gB of my Genealogy files to Google Drive.  

6)  Wrote and posted a biography of 6th great-grandfather #454 Johann Leonhard Nachbar (1698-1766) of Germany and New Jersey for my 52 Ancestors post on Friday.  

7)  Watched one DNA Central Webinar - "So You Wanna Be a Search Angel" by McKell KeeneyExcellent webinar (behind paywall), with description of tools to solve adoption and other thorny problems, and a cast study. 

8)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt on Zoom (which will go on YouTube later).  Today's webinar discussed Pat Kuhn's granddaughter's wedding, Hilary's nephew's wedding in England, an article about genealogy blogs in an English magazine, use of social media vs. blogs, and why fewer people are blogging; use of YouTube; the 150th anniversary of the "golden spike" on transcontinental railroad in Utah; Liv highlighted the Oslo 1798 interactive video; use of Flickr to store photos; I showed my 2014 Flickr album of Myrt's RootsTech after-party.

9) 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 30,855 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.

10)  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 53,610 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 104,627 source citations.   I TreeShared once this week updating 111 profiles, and I resolved about 763 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 109,839 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

11) Wrote 18 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was 
Where Are the Morris County, New Jersey Probate Records in the Family History Library Catalog - UPDATED with over 505 views.


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