Wednesday, March 22, 2023

RootsTech 2023 Summary from FamilySearch

 I received this from FamilySearch today:


RootsTech 2023 Unites Friends and Families Worldwide

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH—RootsTech 2023, the world’s largest, global celebration of family and genealogy hosted by FamilySearch, held its first ever hybrid in-person and virtual event from March 2–4, reaching millions of participants from 236 countries and territories. Participants were inspired by keynote speakers like Jordin Sparks and Sean Astin, hundreds of classes, and millions of personal and family discoveries and connections. The RootsTech 2023 virtual content can now be explored for free at, all year long.

FamilySearch CEO, Steve Rockwood, in his opening remarks invited attendees worldwide to make an extra effort to counter divisiveness in all its forms by helping to unite their families, friends, and communities.  Watch Steve Rockwood’s RootsTech 2023 Keynote

A record number of participating in-person and virtual attendees made new family connections with cousins all around the world through the interactive, free Relatives at RootsTech feature, which continues through March 31, 2023.

The busy RootsTech 2023 virtual Expo Hall, where viewers can watch product demonstrations from show sponsors and related classes, will be available online through the end of 2023.

RootsTech 2023 Quick Facts
  • RootsTech 2023 united, inspired, informed, and entertained participants from all over the world.More than 500,000 participants have made over 5.2M common ancestor connections to other participants through Relatives at RootsTech 2023.
  • Participants from 236 countries and territories.
  • More than 3 million participants in person and online.
  • Over 128,000 hours of livestream video and 70,000 hours of on-demand content watched.
  • Over 4,000 young adults attended in person.
Relatives at RootsTech 2023

Whether you attend RootsTech 2023 in person or online, a popular interactive activity of the annual event is Relatives at RootsTech. Open through March 31, 2023, anyone can see if and how they are related to hundreds of thousands of participants anywhere in the world. The experience uses an easy tree builder and includes a surname comparison feature for those who do not have a FamilySearch tree. Hundreds of thousands have been delighted to discover new cousins, or to find out they were related to friends, speakers, fellow attendees, famous people in history, and even one of the keynotes—Sean Astin, of Lord of the Rings fame (Find out if you’re related).

RootsTech 2023 Keynotes
  • The youngest winner of American Idol and Grammy-award winning performer, Jordin Sparks, kicked off RootsTech 2023. She shared the role music has played in her life and career. Watch Jordin Sparks at RootsTech 2023
  • Actor Sean Astin, well known for his roles in Lord of the Rings, Goonies, and Rudy, further endeared himself to fans as he reminisced about his family and how we can build united relationships. Watch Sean Astin at RootsTech 2023
  • Surprise guest, Adassa, the voice behind the animated character Dolores in Disney’s “Encanto”, and the voice behind the chart-topping song, “We Don’t Talk about Bruno”, wowed the audience with a live rendition of the song and her own family history reveal. Adassa also sang the RootsTech 2023 theme song, “Uniting”, with singer/songwriter Chad Truman of the Truman Brothers, and the One Voice Children’s Choir. Watch Adassa at RootsTech 2023
  • Renowned photographer, Me Ra Koh took the RootsTech 2023 audience through her personal journey of resilience and growth, and inspired viewers to appreciate that the inevitable shadows of life actually define the light in our lives while providing tips on developing personal narratives and resiliency. Watch Me Ra Koh at RootsTech 2023
  • Jennifer Jacobs and Jessica Stern, CEO and COO of nonprofit Connect Our Kids, shared how the organization’s search technology has been helping child welfare advocates unite foster care children with their families. Watch Connect Our Kids at RootsTech 2023
Other RootsTech 2023 keynotes were available exclusively online.
  • His Highness Sheikh Salem bin Sultan bin Saqr Al-Qasimi is a major contributor to achieving sustainability and food security in the United Arab Emirates. He was awarded the Medal of Excellence for being an important figure in sustainable investment. He talked about learning from bees how to make the world a more harmonious place.
  • Tuti Furlan is an influential psychologist in Guatemala who specializes in positive psychology and the science of happiness. Her address in Spanish emphasized that family is not a burden but the fertile soil that allows us to flourish, if we choose it.
  • Mona Magno-Veluz, national president of the Autism Society Philippines, designed and engineered initiatives that empower persons on the autism spectrum and those who care for them. She talked about three blessings she has found in her life through family history.
RootsTech 2023 Innovation and Tech Forum

RootsTech is the place to learn about advancements in technology that can help make new family discoveries and connections. Watch some of the latest innovations including artificial intelligence and DNA showcased at the Innovation and Tech Forum 2023.

RootsTech 2023 welcomed industry leaders and platinum sponsors to share their latest innovations:
  •  Ancestry’s CEO, Deb Liu, and Chief Product Officer, Heather Friedland (Watch here) announced the celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary. Ancestry® introduced its new Storymaker Studio™, advancements in its DNA science with SideView™ technology, handwriting recognition AI, and predicted it will publish 15 billion new historical records online in 2023.
  • MyHeritage celebrated its 20th anniversary. Aaron Godfrey, Vice President of Marketing at MyHeritage, highlighted their new AI Time Machine™, 3.1 billion new records, Photo Tagger™, and an exclusive new feature called Photo Data™ that can estimate when a photo was taken using AI technology. (Watch here to learn more).
  • is a newcomer to the family history industry. The online service intuitively builds your family tree from historical records and brings it to life using collaborative stories. CEO, Kendall Hulet introduced the company’s new AI-powered family history tool, StoryAssist™, that enables users to quickly create an impressive story from just a few details.
Family Discovery Day 2023

Creating and deepening family connections is at the core of Family Discovery Day at RootsTech. Sessions are aimed at learning more about ancestors and strengthening personal and family narratives. Elder Gerrit W. Gong of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his wife, Sister Susan Gong, explored their Chinese and Irish ancestry at Family Discovery Day 2023. The Gongs shared video clips of their recent visits to their homelands in Hawaii and Ireland.
Watch Family Discovery Day 2023

Participant Quote Highlights:
  • I loved coming back to [RootsTech] ‘in person’. There’s nothing like the energy of gathering together…making new connections. Our calendar’s already marked for RootsTech 2024. See you then!!! –L. Bringhurst
  • I attended in person for the first time! It was everything I had hoped for and more. So excited that many classes and events were virtual, and we can watch them anytime! Thank you to everyone who worked to make this event amazing!!! –A. Utton
  • I loved the hybrid classes. I'm new to genealogy and I loved all the sessions I watched from home. It definitely makes me want to attend next year in person. –P. Hawkins
  • I just finished watching... It was absolutely incredible! So entertaining, I cried and I laughed until family came from the other room to see what was going on. –R. Rawlings

Disclosure:  I am a RootsTech 2023 "Influencer" but will receive no remuneration for my support or posting of RootsTech information.  I will be an online participant this year because of my health problems.

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Genealogy Education Bytes - Week of 16 to 22 March 2023

 Welcome to Genealogy Education Bytes, posted on Wednesday afternoon for the past week, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.

1) Upcoming Conferences, Institutes and Seminars

Conference Keeper Calendar

SCGS Genetic Genealogy 2023 Conference Registration is Open - 31 March to 2 April 2023, Virtual and in-person (Burbank, Calif.)

2023 GSNJ Spring Conference - 22 April 2023 - In-Person (West Windsor, New Jersey)

Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) 2023 Conference - 26-29 April 2023, Virtual and In-Person (Sandusky, Ohio)

New England Regional Genealogy Consortium (NERGC) 2023 Conference - 3-6 May 2023, In-Person only (Springfield, Mass.)

2023 National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference -- 31 May to 3 June 2023, Virtual and In-Person (Richmond, Virginia).

International German Genealogy Partnership 2023 Conference - 9-11 June 2023, Virtual and In-Person (Fort Wayne, Indiana).

2 ) Upcoming Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

Conference Keeper Calendar

Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series

MyHeritage 2023 Webinar Series

Legacy Family Tree Webinar’s 2023 Mexico Research Series

Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2023 Webinar Series

Utah Genealogical Association Pro Talk Webinar Series

RootsTech 2023 On-Demand Sessions

* Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 22 March, 11 a.m.:  PERSI 2.0: The New PERSI for Everyone, by Sunny Morton

* Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 24 March, 11 a.m.:  Margaret’s Baby’s Father & The Lessons He Taught Me, by Elizabeth Shown Mills

* Family Tree Webinars - Tuesday, 28 March, 11 a.m.:  New Developments of MyHeritage DNA, by Gal Zrihen

3) Recent Podcasts/Radio Shows:

*  Ancestral Findings:  AF-731: Roy Williams: The Mickey Mouse Club, Part 10 | Ancestral Findings Podcast

*  Family Tree Magazine:  The RootsTech On Demand Library | Best Websites

* Research Like a Pro:  RLP 245: RLP with DNA 8 DNA Tools Part1

4) Recent YouTube and Facebook Videos:

* Aimee Cross - Genealogy Hints:  Family Tree Mistakes We ALL Make - Starting Your Genealogy Right

*  BYU Family History Library:  Findmypast Part 2 - Vivien Brown (18 Mar 2023)

*  Denys Allen, PA Ancestors:  Do You Know This Early Pennsylvania History?

*  Ellen Thompson-Jennings - Family History Hound:  Interview with Troy Dunn RootsTech 2023

*  Genealogy TV:  RootsTech Rocked (2023)

*  WikiTree:  WikiTree LiveCast

5) Did you miss the last post in this series - Genealogy Education Bytes - 9 to 15 March 2023?


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The Best Day of My Life -- Post 760 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

 I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! This is one of my favorite photographs:

This day - 21 March 1970 - was the BEST day of my life.  53 years ago, my hopes and dreams were realized.  Linda and I have tried very hard to live out the hopes and dreams - from family to love to commitment to wedding to a home of our own to our girls to vacations to travel to cruises to family history to grandchildren to elderhood.  What a ride!  It's not over yet.  I'm  happy that I can remember almost all of it!

This is all part of our family history!


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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Genealogy News Bytes - Week of 15 to 21 March 2023

Welcome to Genealogy News Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon for the past week, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news  items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Did you miss the last post in this series - see Genealogy News Bytes - Week of 8 to 14 March 2023.


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Seavers in the News -- Inez (Poor) Seaver Dies in 1971 in Williamstown, Vermont

Here is this week's edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from The Times-Argus [Barre-Montpelier, Vt.] newspaper dated 3 February 1971, page 2:

The transcription of the article is:

"Mrs. Guy (Inez) Seaver

"WILLIAMSTOWN -- Mrs. Guy (Inez) Seaver, 77, died last night at her home after an illness of several weeks.

"She was born July 4, 1893 in Williamstown, daughter of Jesse and Kate (Martin) Poor.  She attended local schools.

"On Feb. 25, 1917, she was married to Guy Seaver.  They lived a short time at Northfield then returned to Williamstown, where they have resided since 1918.

"Besides her husband, she leaves three sons, Guy Raymond Seaver Jr. and Donald Seaver, both of Williamstown, and Allen Seaver, Winstead, Conn.; 14 grandchildren; a great-grandson; a cousin, Mrs. Cordelia Delary, Northfield; a nice and two nephews.

"Private funeral services will be held Friday at the Whitcomb Funeral Home, 102 Washington St., Barre.  There are no calling hours.

"Entombment will be in the Wilson Cemetery vault pending spring burial in the Williamstown Village Cemetery."

The source citation is:

"Mrs. Guy (Inez) Seaver,The Times-Argus [Barre-Montpelier, Vt.] newspaper, Wednesday, 3 February 1971, page 2, column 6, Inez (Poor) Seaver,  ( : accessed 20 March 2023).

This obituary identifies her name, residence, date and place of birth and death, marriage date and place, her parents names, names of her husband, and three children and two siblings, with little education and association information.  

Inez Belle Poor (1893-1971) was born 3 June 1893 in Williamstown, Vermont, the daughter of Jesse and Kate (Martin) Poor.  She died 3 February 1971 in Williamstown.  Inez married Guy Raymond Seaver (1893-1981), the son of Forrest Clinton and Eva Estella (Metcalf) Seaver, on 25 February 1917 in Northfield, Vermont.  They had four children:

*  Guy Raymond Seaver (1918-2002), married 1945 Bernadette Rita Duranleau (1923-2000).
*  Allen Wendell Seaver (1919-1992), married 1946, Constance M. Doyle (1924-2011).
*  Jesse Morton Seaver (1923-1933).
*  Donald Barton Seaver (1925-2022), married 1954 Bernice Lee Chambers (1936-????).

I am an 8th cousin twice removed to her husband, Guy Raymond Seaver.  Our common Seaver ancestor is 9th great-grandfather Robert Seaver (1608-1683).

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has a fairly complete obituary. I am glad that I can honor Inez Belle (Poor) Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


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Monday, March 20, 2023

Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 19 March 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) DNA Interest Group Meeting on Wednesday in a Zoom meeting.  I reported on Ancestry's DNA Compare, MyHeritage's cM Explainer, the RootsTech DNA On-Demand talks, and my 23andMe family tree feature.  In the second hour, member Sam Seat worked through one of his DNA mysteries.

2)  Wrote a genealogical sketch for #749 Elizabeth (Tefft) Carpenter (a1683-b1750) of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and South Kingstown, Rhode Island  for the 52 Ancestors series. This is my 472nd ancestor sketch. 

3)  Transcribed the 4 page 1868 Will of James N. Sever (1793-1869) of Kingston, Massachusetts for the Amanuensis Monday series.

4)  Watched more RootsTech 2023 On-Demand videos and saved more syllabus articles.

5)  Wrote one more family story using StoryWorth - "What Game Did You Play With Your Parents?"

6) AncestryDNA now has 42,666 DNA matches (up 93 from 12 March) for me today, with no new ThruLines.   I added 3 Notes to my new matches.  MyHeritageDNA now has 11,195 DNA matches (up 17 from 12 March) for me, with no new Theories.  Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

7)  Occasionally matched RootsMagic 9 profiles to FamilySearch Family Tree.  I have matched 49,312 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 21).  

8) 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 70,839 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 21), and 145,860  source citations (up 27). I TreeShared 0 new or modified profiles with my Ancestry Member Tree, and I resolved 329 Ancestry Hints. My Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 176,453 to be resolved, but I work on them several times a week.  I resolved no MyHeritage Record Matches but I work on them occasionally.  

9) Wrote 16 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Monday through Sunday), of which two were a press release. The most viewed post last week was 
Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 5 to 11 March 2023 with over 230 views.  Genea-Musings had about 17,100 views last week.  

10)  Real life:  This is week 158 (over three years!) since COVID restrictions started.   I stayed home except for visiting Linda every day at the skilled nursing/memory care facility. Went grocery shopping on Monday and Friday.  I'm still reading the Iris Johansen book The Bullet.  Watched the Aztecs two games in the NCAA tournament, and they won both.  Watched parts of many other games.  Watched parts of several Padres spring training games too - the season starts in 11 days.   


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Amanuensis Monday -- 1868 Will of James N. Sever (1793-1869) of Kingston, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the 1868 Will of James N. Sever (1793-1869) of Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

1)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17828:  1868 Will of James N. Sever - Image 11 of 17:

2)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17828: 1869 Will of James N. Sever - Image 12 of 17:

3)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17828: 1869 Will of James N. Sever - Image 13 of 17:
4)  Plymouth County [Massachusetts] Probate Records Estate File 17828: 1869 Will of James N. Sever - Image 10 of 17:
The transcription of this will is:

[image 11 of 17]

I James N Sever of Kingston Plymouth County do make this my last
Will and Testament, in the following manner, hereby revoking all former Wills by
me made.

First, I give to my son Winslow W. Sever, five hundred dollars he relinquishing all claim
to certain articles of furniture belonging to him now remaining in my house.
I give to my Wife and to my daughters Charlotte and Nancy One hundred dollars
to each of them.
I give to Evergreen Cemetery in Kingston One hundred dollars.
I give to my friend and Pastor Joseph H. Phipps One hundred dollars.
I give to Robert Eager for his many acts of friendship Fifty dollars.
the foregoing legacies to be paid in six months after my decease free from Government tax.

Second, I give to my Wife the use occupancy and improvement of my homestead place
where I now reside, land, buildings houshold furnishing full and complete in
every particular as they may be at time of my decease, also all of my garden
and farming tools during the time of her natural life, and without being
accountable for the ordinary wear and use of such things.  I also give her
in her own right animals if any and all stores and supplies in hand of all
kinds.  If the Trustee to be appointed under this Will should think it proper
and advantageous to sell the whole or any part of this property given to my Wife
for her use, with the full and free consent of my Wife he is authorized and
empowered to do so, but the money arising from such sale, shall form and  make a part
of the Trust estate thereafter to be provided for with the same provisions and conditions.

[Image 12 of 17]

Third.  All the remainder of my estate both real and personal
I give to my son Winslow W. Sever in (Trust nevertheless) for the
following purposes.  First to pay all later legally assessed
annually on the estate I have given the use of to my Wife,
and also to pay all necessary expences for the ordinary care and repair
of the buildings and fences during his life, and also to pay all legally
assessed taxes on the trust estate and any other necessary expences
After these deductions, the net annual income & interest from 
all sources from the trust estate shall be paid in the following
manner.  One half part thereof to my Wife during the term
of her natural life, and the remaining half part in equal
parts to my daughters Charlotte and Nancy during the life of my
Wife, these payments to be made to my Wife and daughters
quarterly if convenient to the Trustee to do so.

I hereby authorize and empower the Trustee aforesaid to sell any
of the real or personal estate under this trust that he may deem
In the interest of the trust, and to invest and reinvest the
same in safe and if possible productive investments.

Fourth.  At the deceased of my Wife the whole of the remainder of
the estate both real and personal shall be equally divided
among my children provided however that if any of my children
should decease leaving no surviving issue during the continuance of
of the aforesaid trust the share that would ^fall^ to them or either of them shall
pass to my surviving children and to their heirs.

[Image 13 of 17]

And I do hereby appoint my son Winslow W. Sever Executor of
my Will, and requiring no Bonds of the Judge of Probate thinks
its proper to do so.
                                     Kingston July 21'st Eighteen hundred sixty-eight.

                                                                        James N Sever  {seal}

Signed Sealed and declared by James N Sever as and for his Will and we at his
request in his presence and in presence of each other signed our names as
                                                                                George B Bradford
                                                                                 Joseph Stetson &
                                                                                 B.F. Ames

I James N Sever of Kingston, do make codicil to my Will which is dated
July twenty first eighteen hundred sixty eight, making some alterations in
regard to the disposal of the income of the Trust estate.

I may order and direct the Trustee to pay to my wife Eight hundred
dollars, and to my daughter Charlotte four hundred dollars annually in
quarterly payments, after ^these^ payments to pay my daughter Nancy any excess
of net income over twelve hundred to fifteen hundred dollars, and any excess
of net income over fifteen hundred dollars shall be paid annually in equal parts
to my wife and surviving children.  All of these payments to be paid in full in the order in
which they are named, of the annual net income is sufficient for that purpose

[Image 10 of 17]

I also give to my wife the liberty to have out of my wood land twelve cords
of Wood annually, for the use of herself and family so long as she shall
occupy the house I have given her the use of and the expense of cutting
and carting the same to be paid by the Trustee from the income of the
Trust estate without charge to my wife.

In all other respects my will shall remain the same rendered.

Signed in presence of                                          James N Sever
Joseph Stetson 
Edwin Durham                                    Sept'r 3, 1868.
George B. Bradford.

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Plymouth County [Mass.] Register of Probate, Plymouth County (Mass.) Probate Records, 1686-1881, American Ancestors (, Estate file 17828 (17 images), James N. Sever of Kingston, 1869.

James Nicholas Sever (1793-1869) was born 13 December 1793 in Kingston, Massachusetts, the son of John and Nancy (Russell) Sever.  He died 9 April 1869 in Hull, Massachusetts.  He married (1) Mercy Foster Russell (1799-1844) in December 1819 in Kingston.  She was the daughter of George and Betsey Foster (Drew) Russell.  They had seven children:

*  George Russell Sever (1822-1823).
*  James Russell Sever (1824-1825).
*  James Nicholas Sever (1828-1846).
*  Sarah Russell Seaver (1829-1831).
*  Winslow Warren Sever (1832-1894).
*  Charlotte Freeman Sever (1833-1875).
*  Nancy Russell Sever (1835-1908), married 1869 Henry Lewis Chase (1832-1905).

James Nicholas Sever married (2) Jane Ripley Nichols (1805-1891), the daughter of Israel and Hannah (Foster) Nichols, on 15 September 1845 in Kingston.  They had one child:

*  male Sever (1847-1847).

The will was written on 3 September 1868, the codicil was written on 21 September 1868,  and the will and codicil were proved on 10 May 1869 in Plymouth County Probate Court.  Winslow W. Sever was identified as the executor and trustee in the will.  A bond of $20,000 was posted by the executor on 10 May 1869.  There is no inventory, account or distribution in the estate file.

The will and codicil are fairly complicated.  His daughter Charlotte died unmarried in 1875.  His daughter Nancy married Henry Lewis Chase in 1869, died in 1908, but had no children.  His son, Winslow W. Sever died in 1894 without a spouse or heirs.  Winslow Warren's Sever's probate estate file is probably quite convoluted and is probably distributed amongst the heirs of James Nicholas Sever's siblings.

James Nicholas Sever (1793-1869) is my 4th cousin 6 times removed.  Our common Seaver ancestor is Robert Seaver (1608-1683) of Roxbury, Massachusetts.


NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday." John offers this definition for "amanuensis:"

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Read other transcriptions of records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 12 to 18 March 2023

Scores of genealogy and family history bloggers write hundreds of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

*  The DNA Justice Foundation by Leah Larkin on The DNA Geek.

*  Use Color-Coding to Solve Mystery DNA Matches by DiAnn Iamarino Ohana on Fortify Your Family Tree.

*  RootsTech: After the Party  by Gena Philibert-Ortega on GenealogyBank Blog.

*  Canadian 1931 Census to Be Released on June 1st 2023 by Chris Paton on Scottish GENES.

*  My RootsTech 2023 Recap ~ Friday and ~Saturday by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History.

Silas Dooley by Marcia Philbrick on Heartland Genealogy.

*  A Week in Salt Lake City – Family Search Library and RootsTech 2023 by Patricia Coleman on Patricia Coleman Genealogy.

*  cM Explainer™ – New MyHeritage Relationship Prediction Tool by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

*  Awaiting the widow’s thirds  by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist.

 FHL FINDS ~ The marriage of Johann Talarowski & Bertha Keller - 1884 in Germany by Diane Gould Hall on Michigan Family Trails.

*  The Growing Phenomenon of the Unlinked Family Cluster by Blaine Bettinger on The Genetic Genealogist.

*  What Are Your Hidden Sources? by Gena Philibert-Ortega on Legacy News.

*  DNAExplain Blog to be Preserved for Future Generations in the Library of Congress by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

*  Friday Fossicking 17th Mar 2023 by Crissouli on That Moment In Time.

This Week's Creme de la Creme - March 18, 2023  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and  read their articles, and add the blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I currently am reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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