Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 17 February 2020

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 meeting on Wednesday.  I reported on the RootsTech handouts and livestream schedule, the MyHeritage inColor photo colorizer, the 24 hour webinar marathon on 12-13 March, Nathan Goodwin's "The Sterling Affair" book, and demonstrated creating, exporting and importing a GEDCOM file.  

2)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt with Pat Richley-Erickson.  We discussed the MyHeeritage InColor colorizing tool, the FamilySearch Family Tree mobile app "My Contributions" feature, Jacqi's "What if it is my Circus" post about bad tree data, the value of online family trees, how do we keep the online trees updated, the RootsWeb mailing list made inactive on 2 March, mindmapping software, and the RootsTech livestream presentations and downloading handouts.

3)  Watched one Family Tree Webinar - "Organize Your DNA Matches (Updated)" by Diahan Southard.

4)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of 7th great-grandfather #528 Simon Gates (1667-1752) for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday.  

5)  Transcribed an 1804 deed of  Daniel Gates selling land in Gardner, Massachusetts to his sister Elisabeth Gates for Amanuensis Monday.  This was a result of their father's estate distribution.

6)  Added Notes to about 10 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors, and added one ThruLines to the RootsMagic family tree database.  Reviewed new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

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 34,397 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 80).

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 56,184 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 70) , and 116,203 source citations (up 255).   I TreeShared four times this week updating 298 profiles, and I resolved 571 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 124,746 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.    

9)  Used the MyHeritage InColor feature to colorize about 15 black and white photographs.  The feature works pretty well, except on Santa Claus photos!  

10)  Wrote 21 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which four were press releases.  The most popular post last week was FREE Access to for Ancestry All Access Members This Weekend! with over 813 views.  

11)  Bought a new iPhone 8 to replace my five year old iPhone 5s.  The battery was failing, and the phone was full (only 16 gB), and I couldn't update to the latest operating system.  So now I can take more photos, use the latest apps and features, and am a happy camper.  


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