Saturday, April 16, 2022

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Did You Do In 1997?

   It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  We all have a family history.  What did you and your family do in 1997?

2)  Share your answers with us in your own blog, in a Facebook or Instagram post, or in the comments on this blog post.  Please leave a link to anything you post elsewhere in a comment.

Here's mine:

1997 was a year of excitement, wonder and happiness for the Seaver family in Chula Vista. We have been reasonably healthy, as have Randy's mother, Betty Seaver, and Linda's dad, Lee Leland. The only sad note for us was the death of our 18 year old cat, Softy, in January. 

Our excitement this year was the marriage of Tami Joy to James on August 23rd at Chula Vista Presbyterian Church. James is from Victorville CA, where his mother, step-father and brother reside. Tami and James met at Azusa Pacific University in 1995. Lori was Tami's maid of honor, and her bridesmaids were Stephanie (her high school best friend) and Brooke (her college roommate). The wedding was performed by Rev. James Rauch, the former youth pastor at the church. The bride was beautiful and poised, the groom was handsome and happy, the fathers were proud, the mothers were beaming, the cake and flowers were gorgeous, and the 200 guests enjoyed themselves at the ceremony and the reception. Tami and James walked down the same aisle that Linda and Randy did 27 years ago. Our friends from Topeka (the Herynks) and from Boise (the Shangles) made the long journey to Chula Vista to share in our happiness. Tami and Linda planned the wedding wonderfully. 

Tami and James are living in married housing at the university. Tami graduated from Azusa Pacific University (in the Los Angeles area) on December 12 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She worked during the summer at a brokerage firm, and learned a lot about the world of finance. Tami continued working with the youth group at a church near Azusa. She hopes to find a full-time job in January, and will continue her studies at APU toward a Master's degree. James is a senior working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. 

Lori completed her first year of graduate school at Sonoma State University (near Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco), working towards a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education. She worked full-time at the Four C's Pre-school in Santa Rosa to support herself. She had abdominal surgery in May, but recovered well. In June, she moved to Orlando, Florida with her boyfriend, whom she met at San Luis Obispo. He obtained a six month intern job with Disney in Orlando. Lori found a job teaching in a Montessori school in Orlando. She will return to San Diego just before Christmas and will look for work, and perhaps take classes, here in 1998. 

Linda and Randy have stayed active in the Chula Vista Presbyterian Seafarers fellowship group, and attending Lamb's Players Theater with church friends. They enjoyed camping and playing pinochle with the Adams up in Cuyamaca State Park. They go out to dinner often and Linda gets together with her friends for lunch and shopping on the weekends. 

Linda and Randy celebrated their 27th anniversary with a trip in March to Laughlin, Nevada. They went to Cancun for a week's vacation during early July, taking a Sunquest charter and staying at the Melia Cancun resort; they recommend it! Besides shopping and eating along the Cancun strip, they enjoyed resting by the pool. Side trips were taken to Tulum to see the Mayan ruins, to Xel-ha and Xcaret for snorkeling and underwater river sightseeing, Isla de Mujeres for sightseeing, and a pirates cruise one evening.  They also visited Azusa several times, and saw the Rose Parade on New Year's Day for the first time with Tami and James. 

Linda continues to teach fourth grade at Montgomery Elementary in Chula Vista. She stays in contact with her many friends via telephone and visits, and enjoys looking for unique angels for her collection in the shopping centers and craft fairs of our world. Linda loves Temecula for its craft shops and quiet atmosphere, and took several trips there during the year to get away from it all. She swims in the mornings at the health club, and enjoys the fellowship of her church Circle, Forest Home Women's Auxiliary chapter, and the Dolphin club (at the health center). 

Randy celebrated his 30th year at Rohr in October. He chose to become a Senior Staff Engineer in June, relinquishing his management role after 19 years. Randy had weeklong business trips to Berlin in June, and to Moscow in July on engineering projects. The Moscow trip was very interesting, and he had the opportunity to sightsee and visit the flea markets for Russian treasures, which Linda enjoyed. He avidly follows the Padres and Chargers on TV - a true fan (wait till next year!). He finished his service on the Pastor Nominating Committee at church, with the call of Dr. Paul Fisher as the Senior Pastor. 

His major avocation remains genealogy. Randy went to Salt Lake City for a week of research at the Family History Library in May. Research for a book on the ancestry of Isaac Seaver, his great-great-grandfather, was started. He keeps in touch with other researchers through access to Prodigy, Delphi, and the Internet for genealogy data. 

[Edited a bit for privacy reasons and minor errors.  Thank goodness for our yearly Christmas letters (since 1983) - I didn't remember all of this!]


Copyright (c) 2022, Randall J. Seaver

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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 9 to 15 April 2022

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  26 March to 1 April 2022:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Washington, U.S., County Naturalizations, 1878-1974; indexed records with record images,   ADDED 4/13/2022

Western Ukraine, Ukraine, Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/13/2022

Dresden, Saxony, Germany, Citizens' Documents and Business Licenses, 1820-1962; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/13/2022

Virginia, U.S., Death Registers, 1853-1911; indexed records without record images, ADDED    4/13/2022

Kyiv, Ukraine, Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1930; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/13/2022

1950 United States Federal Census; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/15/2022


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 5 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,146 collections available as of 15 April, an increase of from last week.   


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 9 to 15 April 2022

  I am keeping track of the new and updated historical record collections at FamilySearch   ( every week.

As of 15 April 2022, there are 3,094 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

Australia, Western Australia, Fremantle, Inward Passenger Lists, 1890-1911      (; 114,295 indexed records with 114,295 record images, ADDED 15-Apr-2022
France, Calvados, Census, 1836  (; 1,030 indexed records with 1,030 record images, ADDED 13-Apr-2022
Ireland, Prison Registers, 1798-1928    (; 3,127,594 indexed records with 3,127,594 record images, ADDED 10-Aug-2021
United States 1950 Census       (; 1 indexed records with 1 record images, ADDED 31-Dec-1969

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 88 indexed records with 88 record images (was 46 records with 46 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Arkansas Marriage Index, 1933-1939      (; Index only (421,079 records), no images (was 421,079 records with 0 images), UPDATED 11-Apr-2022
Australia, Albany, Inward Passenger Lists, 1873-1924    (; 27,991 indexed records with 555 record images (was 16,590 records with 1 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 8,822,901 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 8,806,414 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021     (; 729,079 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 729,079 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 728,644 indexed records with 304,226 record images (was 725,558 records with 302,800 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,297,000 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,277,236 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 540,227 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 537,124 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002 (; 362,049 indexed records with 193,488 record images (was 359,868 records with 193,437 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 6,828,610 indexed records with 838,440 record images (was 6,821,064 records with 837,532 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 22,555,839 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 22,555,824 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2022
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 3,583,684 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 3,583,675 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 5,984,103 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 5,969,279 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2022
Denmark, Århus Municipal Census, 1896   (; 23,997 indexed records with 1,842 record images (was 14,511 records with 1,091 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010        (; 2,163,930 indexed records with 3,416,801 record images (was 2,149,426 records with 3,416,801 images), UPDATED 11-Apr-2022

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 1,955,830 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,949,387 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
El Salvador Civil Registration, 1704-2001       (; 3,900,857 indexed records with 1,381,210 record images (was 1,873,626 records with 1,381,210 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (; 138,926 indexed records with 50,051 record images (was 138,539 records with 50,003 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996    (; 784,255 indexed records with 50,115 record images (was 731,284 records with 54,923 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 126,877 indexed records with 68,197 record images (was 122,807 records with 64,128 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022

England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 5,775,304 indexed records with 342,671 record images (was 5,761,662 records with 342,137 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 446,258 indexed records with 48,040 record images (was 434,273 records with 47,002 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
France, Calvados, Census, 1856  (; 3,078 indexed records with 468 record images (was 2,552 records with 529 images), UPDATED 11-Apr-2022
France, Hautes-Alpes, Census, 1856      (; 247,102 indexed records with 1,885 record images (was 228,720 records with 4,631 images), UPDATED 11-Apr-2022
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,233,181 indexed records with 1,973,162 record images (was 7,232,516 records with 1,973,019 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022

Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994        (; 652,574 indexed records with 41,022 record images (was 652,574 records with 41,022 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
India, Madras Diocese Protestant Church Records, 1743-1990      (; 128,322 indexed records with 39,904 record images (was 120,751 records with 39,904 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900   (; 706,249 indexed records with 24,022 record images (was 653,835 records with 22,067 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978    (; 1,547,153 indexed records with 393,502 record images (was 1,543,096 records with 393,502 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 7,156,038 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 7,146,594 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022

Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 2,355,111 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 2,348,417 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
New York, Birth Indexes outside of New York City, 1881-1942     (; 6,955 indexed records with 3,792 record images (was 6,655 records with 1,315 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,502,456 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,480,439 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 11-Apr-2022
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (439,897 records), no images (was 436,619 records with 0 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2022
Paraguay, Asunción, Cemetery Records, 1842-2011 (; 76,320 indexed records with 66,809 record images (was 67,490 records with 66,809 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022

Peru, Arequipa, Civil Registration, 1860-1976   (; 69,073 indexed records with 24,048 record images (was 67,345 records with 24,048 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 20,505,131 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,498,836 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Peru, Cusco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997      (; 807,882 indexed records with 942,817 record images (was 807,876 records with 942,817 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2022
Peru, Junín, Civil Registration, 1881-2005      (; 1,556,467 indexed records with 1,116,809 record images (was 1,556,462 records with 1,116,809 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996       (; 5,766,161 indexed records with 4,403,080 record images (was 5,759,522 records with 4,403,080 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2022

Peru, Puno, Civil Registration, 1890-2005       (; 1,376,981 indexed records with 1,509,870 record images (was 1,376,969 records with 1,509,870 images), UPDATED 12-Apr-2022
Portugal, Aveiro, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911    (; 785,796 indexed records with 571,698 record images (was 245,101 records with 571,698 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1913      (; 343,498 indexed records with 684,393 record images (was 125,259 records with 684,393 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
Portugal, Braga, Catholic Church Records, 1530-1911     (; 426,983 indexed records with 857,376 record images (was 116,000 records with 857,376 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
Portugal, Bragança, Catholic Church Records, 1541-1985  (; 426,934 indexed records with 960,435 record images (was 78,543 records with 960,435 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022

Portugal, Castelo Branco, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1911    (; 526,375 indexed records with 333,738 record images (was 226,045 records with 333,738 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Portugal, Coimbra, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911   (; 634,016 indexed records with 490,922 record images (was 121,187 records with 490,922 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Portugal, Faro, Catholic Church Records, 1587-1880      (; 176,183 indexed records with 138,057 record images (was 37,725 records with 138,057 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
Portugal, Guarda, Catholic Church Records, 1459-1911    (; 101,172 indexed records with 815,966 record images (was 30,896 records with 815,966 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
Portugal, Leiria, Catholic Church Records, 1534-1911    (; 200,568 indexed records with 639,166 record images (was 125,611 records with 639,166 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022

Portugal, Portalegre, Catholic Church Records, 1859-1911        (; 1,487,021 indexed records with 178,927 record images (was 244,211 records with 178,927 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949     (; 1,679,525 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 984,439 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
Portugal, Santarém, Catholic Church Records, 1544-1911  (; 958,342 indexed records with 647,938 record images (was 307,236 records with 647,938 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 812,443 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 427,818 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911  (; 472,918 indexed records with 780,806 record images (was 154,261 records with 749,703 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022

Portugal, Vila Real, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1941 (; 320,225 indexed records with 396,243 record images (was 137,519 records with 396,243 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Portugal, Viseu, Catholic Church Records, 1523-1989     (; 1,069,609 indexed records with 1,034,661 record images (was 503,918 records with 1,034,661 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Portugal, Évora, Catholic Church Records, 1533-1912     (; 264,060 indexed records with 702,397 record images (was 36,064 records with 702,397 images), UPDATED 14-Apr-2022
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,201,689 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,201,613 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Puerto Rico, San Juan, Cemetery Records, 1888-1988      (; 22,085 indexed records with 1,133 record images (was 9,670 records with 407 images), UPDATED 10-Apr-2022

Romania, Civil Registration, 1865-1903  (; 331 indexed records with 153 record images (was 318 records with 145 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2022
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 84,234 indexed records with 348,367 record images (was 84,234 records with 332,568 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Scotland, Lanarkshire Church Records, 1823-1967 (; 17,932 indexed records with 683 record images (was 17,898 records with 681 images), UPDATED 11-Apr-2022
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 1,056,075 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 1,021,209 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 765,774 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 757,395 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022

South Africa, Johannesburg, Cemetery Records, 1840-2019 (; 250,467 indexed records with 13,684 record images (was 232,405 records with 12,107 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 330,322 indexed records with 660,020 record images (was 326,447 records with 654,816 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (; 6,445 indexed records with 40,337 record images (was 2,063 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860       (; 705,427 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 696,754 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 12-Apr-2022
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850     (; 53,396 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 50,266 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022

Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880     (; 113,615 indexed records with 48,947 record images (was 111,539 records with 48,947 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 29,761,753 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 29,761,753 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 13-Apr-2022
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (403,171 records), no images (was 400,872 records with 0 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 682,804 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 672,509 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 19,167,833 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 19,167,204 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 15-Apr-2022

--- Collections with new images ---

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 420,897 indexed records with 10,759 record images (was 420,897 records with 10,758 images), last updated 31-Jan-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 285,187 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 260,659 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 226,446 record images (was 527,525 records with 226,394 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,616 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,415 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,987 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,608,758 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

New York, Church Records, 1660-1954     (; 127,105 indexed records with 5,511 record images (was 127,105 records with 6,354 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939 (; 76,938,809 indexed records with 2,716,426 record images (was 76,938,809 records with 2,717,393 images), last updated 28-Jan-2022
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 154,024 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 157,673 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (; Index only (46,910,239 records), no images (was 46,900,323 records with 0 images), last updated 25-Feb-2022
England Marriages, 1538–1973    (; Index only (11,944,215 records), no images (was 11,944,214 records with 0 images), last updated 25-Feb-2022
Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers, 1828-1912      (; 21,832,352 indexed records with 1 record images (was 880,427 records with 1 images), last updated 24-Jun-2015

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,269 records), no images (was 875,610,276 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Washington Divorce Index, 1969-2014     (; Index only (1,236,866 records), no images (was 1,236,867 records with 0 images), last updated 21-Aug-2017


In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link). It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Friday, April 15, 2022

This is Genea-Musings 16th Blogiversary! Celebrate with Me!!!

  It's Genea-Musings 16th Blogiversary ... yep, I started it on Tax Day, 2006!   I've been so busy, I almost forgot about it!  Genea-Musings is still a teenager... 

It seems like just yesterday that I started my Randy's Musings blog - here is the first post on 15 April 2006. I explained the name change to Genea-Musings in my first anniversary post on 15 April 2007. In my two-year anniversary post, I showed a screen shot of the early blog page. 

I like to spout some numbers on my blogiversary, so please bear with me:

1)  After 16 years of Randy's Musings and Genea-Musings, this is post number 15,444.   Over 5,848 days, that averages out to be 2.64 posts per day. In the past year, I've written 894 posts, or 2.48 posts per day (that is a little lower than last year, 2.53. I think that the most in a year was 1,053 in 2017, and the most posts in one day was 8, but I've had some days with zero posts (usually when on vacation).

2)  I find it mind-boggling that I have posted:

*  635 Amanuensis Monday posts
*  192 Tuesday's Tips posts
*  715 Wordless Wednesday posts
*  767 Treasure Chest Thursday posts
*  427 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks posts
*  528 Surname Saturday posts
*  676 Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posts
*  766 Best of the Genea-Blogs posts

That totals only 29.8% of the total number of blog posts.

For reference purposes, 521 weeks is 10 years, and 834 weeks is 16 years!

3)  Over the 16 years, over 95% of the posts have been original content that I have written, edited and posted about my own research, experience and education.  

4)    My Blogger statistics from Google indicate that I have had 13,515,718 page views in the 16 years.  Currently, I average about 100,000 page views per month, or about 3,300 per day.  It's also 875 views per post on average (ranging from tens to thousands).

5)  In addition, about 3,500 persons receive it via email using Feedburner, and over 2,200 persons subscribe via RSS using Feedly.  I don't have a count for other feeds, blog readers and  Facebook  readers. If I had to guess, I would say that about 5,000 persons read part of Genea-Musings on an average day. A significant number of the readers (probably over 30%) visiting the actual website come via Facebook or a search engine.

Please permit me to genea-muse for a bit here (it's a given, isn't it?):

1)  I really appreciate the Genea-bloggers Tribe community and all of my Genea-Musings readers. Without all of you, we would not have as much genealogy information (news, research experiences, family history, photographs, etc.) online. Blogging and social networking has brought democratization to the world of genealogy writing - anybody can do it (and many do it very well) and the genealogy community has more information, provided faster and more up-to-date, than it ever has had before.

2)  The genea-blogger community is overwhelmingly friendly and supportive of each other and their readers.  There is very little overt competition, back-biting or flame wars.  This reflects the genealogy community as a whole, I believe, and almost everyone I know believes, in and works at collaborating with, educating, and helping others from the most famous (e.g., the genea-rock stars like Elizabeth Mills, Tom Jones, Judy Russell, Blaine Bettinger, etc.) to the beginners (new society members, new blog readers, etc.).

3)  The Genea-Bloggers community as a whole has garnered the respect of the genealogy industry - the record provider companies, the software companies, website owners, and genealogical societies.  We have been treated and recognized as legitimate media outlets for the genealogy community.  They understand that genealogy blogs are a significant way to announce and publicize their products or services, and to create genea-buzz at conferences.  This could not happen without the commitment of genea-bloggers to objectivity and collaboration.  Not to mention time, energy and lifelong learning.

4)  I'm really proud to be a member of the Genea-Blogger community and to enjoy the camaraderie online and in person.  At a genealogy conference or seminar, genea-bloggers tend to flock together - it's an instant brother/sisterhood - many of us read and comment on each other's blogs.  Facebook and other social media sites have enabled us to "know," rejoice, or commiserate with the life and research experiences of our colleagues.  
I revel in meeting my friends and colleagues at society meetings, seminars and conferences.  Because of Linda's medical and mobility problems, we will not be able to go together to another conference.

5)  Why am I still writing genealogy blog posts?  Because I can.  Because it really helps me advance my own research.  Because something I write may help other researchers as cousin bait, or as an example, or as a demonstration.  Because I want to.  Because it's therapy for me.  Because it's fun!!!

6) Life is good in the genea-cave, and it's even better when family history is made with our daughters and the five grandchildren.   

7)  Lastly, thank you to my faithful readers. I appreciate your feedback to my posts and learn a lot from the collected wisdom and experience of my readers.  

8)  Can I take the rest of the week off?  Probably not.  I need to do the Saturday blog posts tonight, unless something important comes up.   I will likely work on the RootsMagic family tree tonight before watching the Padres game.


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