Monday, May 20, 2024

Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 19 May 2024

 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 Zoom on Wednesday.  Reported on the 23andMe historical matches, the new Finding Family DNA YouTube channel, Diahan Southard's newsletter and free webinars, and my own DNA match challenges and successes.

2)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society (SDGS) monthly British Interest Group  meeting.  Colin Whitney discussed maps of the British Isles.

3)  Watched Diahan Southard's webinar "Ask the Wife" on Friday.  

4)  Participated in Mondays With Myrt on Monday (13 May).  We discussed my WikiTree challenge, Ursula's research journal, where to find records, and Pat's "Who's In My Line?" game.

5)  Participated in the WikiTree Challenge #5 Reveal meeting on Thursday where I and my cousin connections were the target, er, subject.  See Experiencing the WikiTree Challenge for a summary of the challenge.  Added and/or edited a number of profiles on WikiTree.

6)  Transcribed the 1836 deed of Amos and Mary Underhill to Lorin Phillips in Erie County, New York for the  Amanuensis Monday theme. 

7)  Wrote a genealogical sketch for my great-grandaunt Effie Eva  Carringer (1858-1874) of Pennsylvaia, Iowa, and Colorado for 52 Relatives theme.

8)  Made a list of land record targets, and captured about 20 deeds for ancestors on FamilySearch Full-Text Search.

9)  Worked more with the MyHeritage Multi-Photo Scanner to add album pages to my Photos page, and created a short presentation about it for Mondays With Myrt.  

10)  My famous cousin this past week was 8th Cousin Taylor Swift, the very famous singer and songwriter.

11)  AncestryDNA now has 45,919 DNA matches (up 31 from 12 May) with 1950 "close" matches for me today, with 3 new ThruLines.  I added Notes to 3 new Matches, nd one new Match line to RootsMagic.  MyHeritageDNA now has 12,536 DNA matches (up 15 from 12 May) for me, and I added a Match line to RootsMagic for one Match.  Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

12)  Occasionally matched RootsMagic 9 profiles to FamilySearch Family Tree.  I have matched 51,260 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 45).  

13) 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 72,931 persons in my RootsMagic family tree (up 52), and 146,864 source citations (up 8).  Resolved 518 Ancestry Hints. TreeShared 71 new and updated profiles with my Ancestry tree.  My Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 18,313 to be resolved, but I work on them several times a week.  

14) Wrote 18 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Sunday through Saturday), of which two were a press release. The most viewed post last week was 
New FamilySearch Labs Experiment: Find Help With AI Search with over 178 views.  Genea-Musings had about 30,700 page views last week and over 203,000 views for the past month.  

15)  Real life:  I visited Linda almost every day at the skilled nursing/memory care facility and we played Uno.  Attended the Rohr Engineer's luncheon on Thursday.  Used the lawnmower to cut the backyard weeds/grass and did the edges with the weed-whacker.  Started reading David Baldacci's Simply Lies.  My Padres went 2-3 this week and are 24-24 on the season.  


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