Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 12 January 2020

Here are the highlights of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week - what did I do on my New Year's vacation?

1)  Watched one Family Tree Webinar video - Mistakes I Have Made: Confessions of a Repentant Genealogist, by Cheri Hudson Passey.  Wish I had known these 25 years ago.

2)  Participated in Mondays With Myrt today.  We discussed the Alexa.com global website rankings for genealogy sites; Hilary's 52 Ancestors photo; Dave's gig as Springfield genealogy columnist; the Organized Genealogist Facebook group files; DNA Central; Cari Taplin's study groups; DNA ThruLines; Russ's research logs post; New Technology at FamilySearch; BYU Record Linking lab.

3)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Board Meeting on Wednesday.  Wrote, edited, and published the January 2020 CVGS Newsletter.

4)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of 7th great-grandmother #523 Martha (--?--) Peirce (1647-1698) for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday.  

5)  Transcribed a 1796 deed of  5th great-grandfather Simon Gates selling land in Gardner, Massachusetts to Lucas Dunn for Amanuensis Monday.

6)  Added Notes to about 5 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors, and added one ThruLine to the RootsMagic family tree database.

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 34,011 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles.

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 55,799 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 114,346 source citations.   I TreeShared twice this week updating 113 profiles, and I resolved 546 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 121,945 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.    

9)  Reviewed my records for the Mayflower Society application.   Searched for more records on FamilySearch digital microfilm with no success.

10) Wrote 18 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which four were press releases.  The most popular post last week was RootsWeb Mailing Lists Shutting Down on 2 March 2020 with over  638 views.  


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