Monday, March 18, 2024

Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 17 March 2024

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

1)  Hosted and presented the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Research Group Meeting on Wednesday.  I reported on RootsTech 2024, FamilySearch Labs, MyHeritage OldNews and other new features, Ancestry's new features,  the return of Mondays With Myrt, and my DeepStory efforts.

2)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical society British Isles Interest Group meeting on Saturday.  Colin Whitney presented "Exploring Irish Archives."

3)  Watched several more RootsTech 2024 videos and collected more syllabus articles for both online and in-person classes.  Watched the Gilad Japhet session on his artifact DNA testing, MyHeritage new features and coming new features.

4)  Participated in the "Mondays With Myrt" YouTube video conference, and spoke about the FamilySearch Full-Text Search results and the in-person syllabi for RootsTech 2023.

5)  Transcribed the 1802 will of my 5th great-grandfather Theodorus Friederich Houx (1725-1802) of Frederick county, Maryland for Amanuensis Monday theme.  The will does not name any children, and bequeathed everything to his wife.

6)  Wrote a genealogical sketch for my great-granduncle James Richmond (1849-1929) of Wiltshire and Connecticut for 52 Relatives theme.

7)  Did more searching for probate records in Massachusetts on the FamilySearch Full-Test Search feature after a reader question.  At this time, the probate records are very limited, especially in Barnstable County.  Why?  They haven't fed them into the transcription AI machine yet.  See Dear Randy: "Why Can't I Find Barnstable County, Massachusetts Probate Records on FamilySearch Full-Text Search?"

8)  Did more research on the Partridge and Wakeman families associated with the last wife (Mary Partridge (1792-1855) of my 4th great-grandfather Cornelius Feather (1777-1853).  Wrote Do I Have Any 5th Great-grandparents Partridge/Wakeman DNA Matches? after connecting Mary as the mother of Sarah Feather to see if I have AncestryDNA ThruLines to Partridge or Wakeman families.  Yes, I do - 15 of them.

9)  AncestryDNA now has 45,520 DNA matches (up 28 from 11 March) with 1937 "close" matches, for me today, with 15 new ThruLines (all on Partridge lines).  I added Notes to 15 new Matches.  MyHeritageDNA now has 12,354 DNA matches (up 45 from 11 March) for me, with no new Theories (I still have 19).  23andMe brought back the "Relatives In Common" feature and I reviwed some lines. Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

10)  Occasionally matched RootsMagic 9 profiles to FamilySearch Family Tree.  I have matched 50,792 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 42).  

11) 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 72,398 persons in my RootsMagic family tree (up 54), and 146,693 source citations (up 59).  Resolved 469 Ancestry Hints. TreeShared 130 new and updated profiles with my Ancestry tree.  My Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 15,093 to be resolved, but I work on them several times a week.  

12) Wrote 20 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Sunday through Saturday), of which 4 were a press release. The most viewed post last week was  
MyHeritage DeepStory Creates a Great Short Audio/Visual Biography with over 320 views.  Genea-Musings had about 28,800 page views last week and over 153,000 for the past month.  

13)  Real life:  This is week 210 (four years on) since COVID restrictions started.   I visited Linda every day at the skilled nursing/memory care facility and we played Uno. Went grocery shopping on Monday and Friday.  Walked several days on the block and talked to several neighbors.   I finished reading Iris Johansen's Firestorm and started Tess Gerritsen's The Keepsake. The SDSU Aztec basketball team went 2-1, but lost the MWC championship game to New Mexico, and finished 24-10 on the season; they are a 5 seed in the NCAA March Madness in the East region.


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