Monday, January 25, 2021

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 25 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 DNA interest Group meeting on Wednesday on Zoom with 18 attendees.  I reported on the MyHeritageDNA Genetic Groups, AncestryDNA shutting down their Health feature, and the FamilyTreeDNA merger with myDNA.  I described Chromosome Mapping on DNA Painter and demonstrated adding segments to my map.  The attendees described their recent DNA activities.

2)  Watched one new Family Tree Webinar - Another 50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know by Gena Philibert-Ortega. 

3)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of my 7th great-grandmother #577 Ann (Moore) Hildreth (1666-1760) of Chelmsford, Mass. for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday. 

5)  Reviewed, printed and collected the records for the last four generations for my Mayflower Society application.  I need to write away for BMD certificates to a number of New England town repositories.

6)  Added chromosome segments from DNA matches with known ancestors to my DNA Painter chromosome map from MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe and GEDmatch.  Tried to find AncestryDNA matches in the other match lists with few successes.  Now it's on to tracing the ancestry of my highest matches.

7)  Added Notes to 14 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors, including six with known common ancestors/  Ancestry added 99 new DNA matches this past week, with one new ThruLines.   MyHeritage added 29 new DNA matches.   Reviewed the new DNA matches on  AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

8)  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 40,110 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 121).

9)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 61,233 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 138), and 132.355 source citations (up 377).   I TreeShared with my Ancestry Member Tree twice this week updating 253 profiles, and I resolved 1,996 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 146,345 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily. 

10)  Wrote 15 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was Amanuensis Monday -- 1716 Will of Thomas Brigham (1641-1716) of Marlborough, Massachusetts  with over 328 views.  

11)  We are still fine here at the Genea-cave, hunkered down and not going out much in Week 45 of COVID-19 isolation.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Friday, and it wasn't too busy.  I got the sniffles on Saturday somehow and have been isolating myself more.  Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing genealogy, eating, sleeping, cleaning, and a little yard work.  I watched the NFL playoff  football games on Sunday, and I started reading Nathan Dylan Goodwin's latest ebook on my laptop.


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