Monday, January 16, 2023

Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 16 January 2023

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

1)  Hosted and moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Research Group meeting on Wednesday on Zoom with about 32 attendees.  We discussed the USCIS fee hike, the BCG webinars, FamilySearch and MyHeritage 2022 highlights, the new Finding Your Roots season, RootsTech 2023, my year-end blog posts, StoryWorth, and 2023 goals.  The discussion period included questions about genealogy-related gifts, 2023 genealogy goals, and topics for future research group meetings.

2)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) Annual Meeting on Zoom in webinar format.  Judy G. Russell presented four talks on "Where There Is – or Isn’t – a Will"; "How Old Did He Have To Be…?"; "Laws of the Indies: Spanish Colonial laws and the records they produced;" and “Twelve Good and Lawful Men” on Jury Lists in Genealogy.

3)  Wrote a genealogical sketch for #740 7th great-grandfather William Ladd (1665-1729) of Portsmouth and Little Compton, Rhode Island for the 52 Ancestors series.

4)  Transcribed a probate record for the Amanuensis Monday series -- 1729 Will of William Ladd (1665-1729) of Little Compton, Rhode Island.

5)  Added four more family stories in StoryWorth, including biographies of my maternal grandparents. I have written 14 stories so far.

6)  Posted another six generations descendants report for William Rich (1766-1835) and Elizabeth Noad (1767-1814) of Wiltshire, England.  

7) AncestryDNA now has 41,700 DNA matches (up 58 from 9 January) for me today, with no new ThruLines.   I added no Notes to my matches.  MyHeritageDNA now has 10,978 DNA matches (up 20 from 9 January) for me, with no new Theories.  Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

8)  Occasionally matched RootsMagic 8 profiles to FamilySearch Family Tree.  I have matched 48,855 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 63).  

9) Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and source citations to my RootsMagic profiles. I now have 70,325 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 61 since 9 January), and 145,553  source citations (up 43). I TreeShared 25 new or modified profiles with my Ancestry Member Tree, and I resolved 330  Ancestry Hints. My Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 173,057 to be resolved, but I work on them several times a week.  I resolved no MyHeritage Record Matches, leaving 162,438 Record Matches in 285 sources and I work on them occasionally.  

10) Wrote 16 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Sunday through Saturday), of which two were a press release. The most viewed post last week was 
A Blast From the Past -- The Visit to TGN (Ancestry) in January 2009 by Genealogy Communicators with over  220 views.  Genea-Musings had about 9,800 views last week.  

11)  Real life:  This is week 149 since COVID restrictions started.   I stayed home except for visiting Linda every day.  Linda is at a memory care and skilled nursing facility in Chula Vista 7 miles from home. The Jitterbug screen protector and casing came on Saturday, but I can't figure out how to install the protector. Went grocery shopping on Monday and Friday.  Watched a lot of football, and did not do much genealogy work all week, except for blog posts.  My Chargers lost to Jacksonville 31-30 in the AFC playoffs, so their season is over. 


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