Monday, December 4, 2023

Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 3 December 2023

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

1)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical society DNA Interest Group meeting on Saturday.  David Nowotnik described his app to automate the Leeds Method for AncestryDNA and Colin Whitney discussed the available clustering tools, including Greg Clarke's and Genetic Affairs.

2)  Wrote a genealogical sketch for my maternal grandfather Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976).  I started the 52 Ancestors theme with my great-grandparents, and need to write sketches for my grandparents also.

3)  Transcribed the 1914 Will of John Seaver (1857-1932) of Richmond County, New York for the Amanuensis Monday theme.  

4)  Tried out the Tiermaker website to rank the websites that I use for genealogical research. 

5)  Read the book and wrote a book review for Book Review: "Leaving a Legacy, Turn Your Family Tree Into a Family Book" by Rebecca Shamblin.

6)  Finished Nathan Dylan Goodwin's most recent book, The Deserters Tale.

7)  AncestryDNA now has 44,441 DNA matches (up 23 from 26 November) for me today, with one new ThruLines (which was incorrect IMHO).  I added Notes to 1 match.  MyHeritageDNA now has 11,966 DNA matches (up 6 from 26 November) for me, with no new Theories.  Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

8)  Occasionally matched RootsMagic 9 profiles to FamilySearch Family Tree.  I have matched 50,059 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 2).  

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 71,663 persons in my RootsMagic family tree (up 0), and 146,381 source citations (up 8).  Resolved 157 Ancestry Hints. TreeShared no new and updated profiles with my Ancestry tree.  My Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 14,011 to be resolved, but I work on them several times a week.  

10) Wrote 17 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Sunday through Saturday), of which one was a press release. The most viewed post last week was ChatGPT 3.5 Offers Genealogy Book Recommendations
 with over 151 views.  Genea-Musings had about 19,800 page views last week.  

11)  Real life:  This is week 195 since COVID restrictions started.   I stayed home except for visiting Linda almost every day at the skilled nursing/memory care facility. Went shopping on Monday and Friday.  Linda fell and broke her upper right arm on Wednesday, and we spent 6 hours in the ER.  She is back in her facility with a sling.  Went to the church men's group breakfast on Saturday.  Lori came on Thursday to help celebrate Linda's birthday on Sunday.     Walked almost every day on the block and talked to several neighbors.  Finished reading Nathan Dylan Goodwin's The Deserter's Tale (excellent!) and started the James Patterson book The Shadow.   My SDSU basketball Aztecs won two games, and the Chargers wont on Sunday over the Patriots 6-0 (so now 5-7).  Watched some college football on Saturday and NFL football on Sunday.  


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