Monday, November 23, 2020

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 22 November 2020

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

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) DNA Interest Group Meeting on Zoom on Wednesday with 19 attendees.  We discussed AncestryDNA ThruLines in some detail, highlighting all of the buttons and how to deal with the links of the matches to Common Ancestors, looking for consistency and reliable sources, and using common sense.  We went around the screen and the attendees shared their use of ThruLines and also what they are working on with their DNA matches.

2)  Present "Probate Records - My Favorite Record Type" to the Larimer County (Colorado) Genealogical society in a Zoom Meeting with about 45 attendees.  This was a fun group with interesting questions and comments.

3)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) British Isles Interest Group meeting on Saturday in a Zoom meeting with Colin Whitney giving a presentation the "Which Brits Are Hiding in Your Tree?"

4)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt Zoom webinar.  We discussed Myrt's Facebook post about "What are you working on?", the new Netherlands Archives website, my John Haughton genelaogical sketch and finding his will, Diane Hall's scrapbook, Melissa's archives conference, and archives resources, and the Powerpoint screen dimension issue for presenters.

5)  Watched one Family Tree Webinars video - Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men by Shannon Green.

6)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of my 7th great-grandfather #568 John Haughton (1647-1705) of Boston, Mass. and New London, Conn. for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday.  While researching this ancestor, I found his will in New London records and determined that he had a second family.

7)  Transcribed a probate record in 1706 Division of Real Estate of John Plimpton (1649-1704) of Medfield, Massachusetts for Amanuensis Monday today.  

8)  Added Notes to 13 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors.  Ancestry added 28 new DNA matches this past week.  MyHeritage added 21 new DNA matches.   Reviewed the new DNA matches on  AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

9)  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 38,792 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 137).

10)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 60,087 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 121), and 128,860 source citations (up 492).   I TreeShared with my Ancestry Member Tree twice this week updating 272 profiles, and I resolved 1,276 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 140,716 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily.   I have 142,732 MyHeritage Record Matches to be resolved and work on them weekly.

11)  Wrote 17 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which three were a press release.  The most popular post last week was Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Children Did Your Ancestor Have?  with over 434 views.  

12)  We are still fine here at the Genea-cave, hunkered down and not going out much in Week 36 of COVID-19 isolation.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Friday, and it wasn't too busy.  We went to outdoors church on Sunday in the sun. Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing genealogy, eating, sleeping, a little yard work, watched SDSU and Chargers football games, and I started another new mystery fiction book on my laptop.


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