Monday, February 15, 2021

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 15 February 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 28 attendees (iincluding 6 guests).   In the first hour, I shared about RootsTech, the new MyHeritage features, FamilySearch 2020 highlights, Ancestry management changes, the NGS 2021 conference, my second FOREVER box (even showed one home movie), and discussed the Genelaogical Proof Standard and Evidence Analysis Process Map.  In the second hour, attendees asked questions and shaed their research successes and challenges.

2)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society monthly program meeting, which featured Thomas MacEntee on "Coded Census: Deciphering U.S. Census Codes" and "Getting Ready For the 1950 Census."  

3)  Attended today's Mondays With Myrt webinar and shared about the 1751 inventory of Jonas Prescott and the 1750 Massachusetts money change.  We also discussed Liv's photo of her 2nd great-grandparents in Norway, the Viking settlement in Newfoundland, Myrt's Journal, department stores, Presidents Day, and original documents and artifacts.

4)  Watched one Family Tree Webinar Nurturing Your Family Trees: Online or On Your Device (or Both)? by Cyndi Ingle.  Excellent.  Great chart in handout.

5)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of my 7th great-grandfather #580 Jonas Prescott (1678-1750) of Groton, Mass. for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday. 

7)  AncestryDNA added 135 new DNA matches this past week, with two new ThruLines, and  MyHeritage added 37 new DNA matches.   Reviewed the new DNA matches on  AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  Added Notes to 12 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known shared ancestors, and added 2 ThruLines to RootsMagic.  Added one new Theory of FamilyRelativity on MyHeritageDNA to RootsMagic.  

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 40,460 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 125).

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 61,599 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 163), and 133,159 source citations (up 242).   I TreeShared with my Ancestry Member Tree twice this week updating 379 profiles, and I resolved 1,382 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 146,429 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily. 

10)  Wrote 21 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which five were a press release.  The most viewed post last week was RootsTech Connect 2021 Class Sessions List Released with over 494 views.  

11)  We are still fine here at the Genea-cave, hunkered down and not going out much in Week 47 of COVID-19 isolation.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Friday, and it wasn't too busy.   Linda went to the dentist on Wednesday, and we got our first COVID vaccine on Thursday at the local mall.  Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing genealogy, eating, sleeping, cleaning, and a little yard work. 


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