Monday, January 18, 2021

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 17 January 2021

 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 on Zoom with 24 attendees.  I reported on the death of former member Olive Lenane, the RootsTech 2021, SCGS Jamboree and NERGC conference,  MyHeritage's 2020 report, the Findmypast online family tree, FamilySearch's new "Ancestor Discovery Pages," the American Ancestors periodicals, my FOREVER box, my 2020 summary posts, and several distant cousin contacts.  The attendees discussed their genealogy gifts for Christmas or their best research finds in 2020.

2)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society British Isles Interest Group meeting on Saturday on Zoom hosted by Colin Whitney, who gave a presentation on "Finding Your Immigrant Ancestors Origins."

3)  Attended the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS) program meeting on Saturday on Zoom featuring Lisa Louise Cooke speaking on "Future of Technology & Genealogy:  5 Strategies You Need."

4)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt webinar.  We discussed Martin Luther King's life, John's blog post about First Names, Dave's interview of an elderly friend, my FOREVER box and digitized home movies, Frank on CompGen (a free German database), FamilySearch's "Relatives at RootsTech" app, the new Nathan Dylan Goodwin book, WikiTree, and Pat Kuhn's church baptism record.

5)  Downloaded my 29 digitized home movies from the FOREVER flash drive and watched some of them.  Put several on my YouTube channel and we watched one during Mondays With Myrt today.

6)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of my 7th great-grandfather #576 Ephraim Hildreth ( of Eastham, Mass. for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday. 

8)  Added Notes to 20 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors.  Ancestry added 69 new DNA matches this past week, with no new ThruLines.   MyHeritage added 14 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 39,989 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 114).

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 61,095 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 110), and 131,978 source citations (up 462).   I TreeShared with my Ancestry Member Tree twice this week updating 288 profiles, and I resolved 1,567 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 146,693 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily. 

11)  Wrote 15 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was Dear Randy - "What is Your Work Flow With An Ancestry Hint?"   with over 388 views.  

12)  We are still fine here at the Genea-cave, hunkered down and not going out much in Week 44 of COVID-19 isolation.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Friday, and it wasn't too busy.  I picked up books at Olive's house for donation to CVGS.  Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing genealogy, eating, sleeping, cleaning, and a little yard work.  I watched some of the playoff  football games on Saturday and Sunday, and I started reading a new mystery fiction ebook on my laptop.


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