Monday, January 6, 2020

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 5 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 VGA Webinar video - Using the Cloud to Organize, Preserve, and Share Photos & Documents, by Lianne Kruger.

2)  Participated in Mondays With Myrt today.  We discussed RootsTech SLC 2020, the 50% off subscription, getting around Salt Lake City, backup sites, society newsletters, and speaker contracts.

3)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of 7th great-grandfather #522 Joseph Peirce (1647-1722)  (1651-1722) for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday.  

4)  Transcribed a 1779 deed of  5th great-grandfather Simon Gates buying land in Gardner, Massachusetts from Samuel Conant Jr. for Amanuensis Monday.

5)  We had a quiet Christmas resting, watching TV, and working on genealogy at home for the second year in a row.  I still haven't taken down the tree - the 12 days of Christmas, you know.

6)  Added Notes to about 15 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors, and added two ThruLines 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 33,993 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 55,765 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 114,168 source citations.   I TreeShared twice this week updating 211 profiles, and I resolved 1039 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 122,059 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.    

10)  Decided to go to RootsTech SLC 2020 because daughter Lori gifted me four days off from caretaking from 26 to 29 February.  Made hotel (Little America) and flight (Southwest) reservations and I'm looking forward to seeing my genea-mates again in person.

11)  Decided on two major "goals" for 2020 - to pursue the Mayflower Society application as a descendant of William White, and to work on adding DNA segments from known common ancestors to DNA Painter.

12) Wrote 23 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which four were press releases.  The most popular post last week was Tuesday's Tip: Use the California Birth Index, 1905-1995 with over  1097 views.  


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