Monday, October 14, 2019

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 13 October 2019

Here are the highlights 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 with 14 attendees.  I reported on the GenealogyBank search for FamilySearch Family Tree people, the obituary search collection on Ancestry, Family Tree Maker 2019 release, my cousin bait success, MyHeritage Live 2019 videos, and Finding Your Roots.  We watched the Yaniv Erlich TEDMED talk video.

2)  Attended the SDGS monthly program meeting on Saturday.  The speaker was Julieanne DeWalt Adamik, the NSDCGS President, on beginning DNA research.  

3)  Worked a bit on  my new presentation on "Researching in Historical Newspapers" which I will give at the 30 October CVGS general meeting - about 60% done now.

4)  Watched one Family Tree Webinars video -  50 Records that Document Female Ancestors, by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 

5)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of 6th great-grandfather #510 Ephraim Rolfe (1743-1818) for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday.  

7) There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 33,121 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.

8)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 55,073 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 110,850 source citations.   I TreeShared twice this week updating 265 profiles, and I resolved 925 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 115,461 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

9)  Added several more ThruLines to DNA matches to my RootsMagic file.  Added Notes to about 5 AncestryDNA matches.   Looked at my new MyHeritageDNA matches and added several notes.  I need to tabulate these and get them into clusters.  

10) Wrote 18 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were a press release.  The most popular post last week was 
Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Which Ancestral Home Would You Like to Visit? with over 358 views.


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Judith said...

Hi, Randy,

What do you mean that you added Thrulines? Did you adjust your tree to help Ancestry find the ThruLine?

This might be a topic of general interest. Or maybe you have written about it before.

Judith Culver
Ferndale, WA

Randy Seaver said...

Hi Judith,

For some ThruLines where there is a relatively clear path from the common ancestor to the DNA match, I add the line to my RootsMagic file, check all the relatinoships and events to records (using WebHints or searches), and add the DNA match to my RootsMagic file. I have a collection now of about 100 AncestryDNA matches and several MyHeritageDNA matches in my RootsMagic file. Since they are living persons, they don't show up in my public Ancestry Member Tree. I also have a group of Facebook friends in my RootsMagic file that are related to me or to a Seaver or Carringer person.