Monday, July 1, 2024

Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 30 June 2024

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

1)  Attended the in-person Chula Vista Genealogical society (CVGS) Annual Picnic at Sam and Terri Seat's home in Bonita, with 17 in attendance.  We talked a lot, ate barbecue, and played Genealogy Bingo.  

2)  Attended the GeneaBloggers Premium Zoom meeting on Saturday with 12 in attendance.  We talked about how and why we blog.

3)  Searched for and transcribed the 1759 Will of John Hill (1707-1759) of Fairfield, Connecticut for the Amanuensis Monday theme. 

4)  Wrote a genealogical sketch for my great-granduncle Henry J. White (1853-1919) of Connecticut for the 52 Relatives theme.

6)  Used Family Tree Analyzer to find errors in my RootsMagic file, and corrected many of them.

7)  Used ChatGPT-4o to answer genealogy research questions, like in Using ChatGPT-4o to Create a Genealogy Research Plan.  Also created several more songs and poems using Suno and ChatGPT-4o.

9)  AncestryDNA now has 46,277 DNA matches (up 100 from 23 June) with 1968 "close" matches for me today, with no new ThruLines.  I added Notes to 5 new Matches.  MyHeritageDNA now has 12,602 DNA matches (up 13 from 16 June) for me.  Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

10)  Occasionally matched RootsMagic 10 profiles to FamilySearch Family Tree.  I have matched 51,641 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 39).  

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 73,328 persons in my RootsMagic family tree (up 30), and 146,973 source citations (up 30).  TreeShared 152 new and updated profiles with my Ancestry tree.  Resolved 444 Ancestry Hints. My Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 21,150 to be resolved, but I work on them several times a week.  

12) Wrote 17 Genea-Musings blog posts last week (Sunday through Saturday), of which two were a press release. The most viewed post last week was 
Using ChatGPT-4o to Create a Genealogy Research Plan  with over 187 views.  Genea-Musings had about 48,600 page views last week and over 245,700 views for the month of June to date.  

13)  Real life:  Visited Linda every day at her memory care facility.  Attended the CVGS in-person Annual Meeting on Wednesday. Still reading Simple Genius by David Baldacci.  My Padres went 5-1 this week and are 46-42 on the season - now in playoff contention.


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