Saturday, February 28, 2015

My Genealogy Saturday - 28 February 2015

This was an all-genealogy day except for dinner out.

*  Read email and blogs, and noted that Surname Saturday - CLARKE (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted.

*  Left at 9:20 a.m. for Panera for the merger meeting with Diane, Dave and others.  Home by 12:15 p.m.

*  Read, added to the Best Of and Blog compendium posts, checked Facebook, and wrote two posts for the CVGS blog.  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Did You Meet Your Significant Other? posted.

*  We left for dinner at 5 p.m. for Marie Callenders, home by 6:20 p.m. to watch the Azrecs game.  They lost 56-46 at home.  Drat.

*  Online at 7:15 p.m. to send he CVGS events to Joan, then worked in the 1930 US Census records and added content and sources for 21 more matches.

*  Read, checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Here are the numbers from my RootsMagic database as of 28 February (with increases in the numbers from 31 January in parentheses):

* 44,551 persons (+ 162)
* 17,814 families  (+ 79)
* 138,494  events  (+ 888)
* 8,198  places  (+ 29)

* 1,151 sources (+ 6)
* 60,389 citations (+ 1,253)
*  1,108 Multi-media Items (+ 1)

*  2,967 Multimedia links (+ 2)

 I'm up to 43.60%  (+0.63%) for citations/events and 135.55% (+3.33%) for citations/persons.

Genea-Musings statistics for February (compared to stats for January):


*  Genea-Musings traffic rank:  Worldwide: 257,344; US: 66,780 (Alexa)


*  93,240 page views (3,330 per day, Blogger Stats, -203)
* 23,558 web page visits (841 per day, Site-meter) (+4)
* 35,992 page views (1285 per day, Site-meter) (-3) 
*  >1,100 readers on Feedly (+??)
*  1,698 readers via email (Feedburner) (+ 98)


Friday, February 27, 2015

My Geneaholic Friday - 27 February 2015

This was another stay-at-home day filled with research and writing.

*  Read email and blogs, and added to the Best Of and RootsTech compendium posts.  Noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 61: #68, Aaron Smith (1765-1841) posted.  Wrote More Information About MooseRoots.com and set it for later.

*  Struggled to get a GEDCOM to work in Famberry, it finally did with Steve's help, and worked in it and wrote Trying Out the Famberry Family Tree.

*  Answered email, checked Facebook, and wrote two Surname Saturday posts.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to watch TV, eat dinner, read the paper, and wash dishes.  Online after 7 p.m. to finish up the Surname Saturday post, then wrote the SNGF post for Saturday.

*  Worked in the 1930 Census Hints on Ancestry - got 24 more done, adding content and source citations.  Sources up to 60,341.

*  Checked Facebook, wrote this post, and i'm done.  Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

My Genealogy Thursday - 26 February 2015

I stayed home and worked on genealogy things today...big surprise, huh?

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 251: 1777 Marriage Record of Zachariah Hildreth and Elizabeth Keyes in Townsend, Mass. and then did more in FamilySearch Family Tree before writing Fixing Online Family Trees - One Person at a Time on FamilySearch Family Tree and set it for later.

*  Answered email, then watched some of the RootsTech videos and updated that blog post.  Added many photos and comments to my WDYTYA Story and sent it to myself and Lori.  Still more to add, I wonder how big it can be?  

*  Researched and wrote MooseRoots Is a New Genealogy Research Engine.  Added to the Best Of and RootsTech posts.

*  Went in at 5:10 p.m. to watch TV, eat dinner, read the paper, and wash dishes.  Online again at 6:45 p.m. to write the 52 Ancestors post for Friday.  Found an 1809 deed for Thomas Dill in Barnstable County and saved it.  Need to transcribe and source it and use it for Amanuensis Monday.

*  Worked in FamilySearch Family Tree with the Smith and Dill lines resolving names, dates and places.  Was able to fix several errors in Family tree, and found some useful names and events for my database too.

*  Read, checked Facebook, then wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 11.5 hours.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My Genealogy Wednesday - 25 February 2015

Three more days in February?  Daylight Savings in 11 days?  Whoa.  Where did the winter go?

Read email and blogs, wrote Randy's First Car -- Post 348 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday.  Then wrote Fixing Online Family Trees - One Person at a Time on Geni.com and set it for later.

*  Went off at 11 a.m. to McDonalds for lunch, then to the library to visit John's group and then the CVGS program meeting.  Barbara was an excellent presenter - lots of photos of San Ysidro and Tijuana River Valley.

*  Home by 2:15 p.m. to water the yard and fold clothes, then online to read, add to the Best Of and Blog compendium posts, and wrote My Top 10 Genealogy Family Tree Resources.  Worked in FamilySearch Family Tree correcting the Robert Seaver family successfully!

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV news, read the paper, eat dinner, put out the trash and wash dishes.  Online at 7:15 p.m. to read, then did 25 1930 census matches on Ancestry plus other suggested records, adding content and sources.  Sources at 60,272.

*  Checked Facebook, wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

My Genealogy Tuesday - 24 February 2015

I had a headache most of the day until after my nap, still feeling tired.  Went to the doctor today for my regular visit.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Tuesday's Tip: Listen to the Extreme Genes Podcast and Visit the Website.  

*  Left at 10 a.m. for the medical center, saw the doc, everything going well, except when he asked me to breathe deeply I coughed after exhaling and he wants me to go to the pulmonary office for a breathing test.  Hmmm.

*  Home by 11:15 a.m. to read, add to the Best Of and blog compendium posts, and worked a bit in Geni adding more ancestors.  I'm amazed that no one else has added some of these Massachusetts folks from the 1700s and 1600s.

*  Wrote Escondido Family History Fair is Saturday, 7 March 2015 and then I Have One Big "Tree" and a Lot of "Bushes" in my RootsMagic Database and set it for later.

*  Went in at 3:15 p.m. to take a nap, and Linda came home at 4 and woke me up.  Headache was better.  Answered email, checked Facebook, and did a little research on Ancestry for folks in the database.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to read the paper, watch TV news, and eat dinner.  Online at 6:45 p.m. to read, then worked in the database adding content and sources. 

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Monday, February 23, 2015

My Genealogy Monday - 23 February 2015

This was a full genealogy day for me, and even found several new probate records online.

*  Read email and blogs, and updated the Rootstech compendium and the Best Of posts.  Noted that  Amanuensis Monday - Post 256: 1849 Will of John Seaver of Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts posted.

*  Joined the Mondays With Myrt HOA and demonstrated Generasi and the Ancestry Beta.  Lots of good discussion this week.

*  Noted that New or Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - February 16-22, 2015 posted.  Wrote My Top 10 Online Genealogy Research Resources  and set it for later. 

*  Worked in Geni.com responding to discussions from 2014.  In the process, determined that AmericanAncestors had two sets of probate records in Essex County Mass. for Crispus Richards and John Richards, so downloaded them, renamed them, and put them in their family folders.  Also downloaded the Great Migration Begins sketch for Thomas Hazard and put it in his family folder.  Merged all of the test tree folks so that they matched the real tree folks, and all of the tree branches connected.

*  Answered email, checked Facebook.  Went in at 4:45 p.m. for dinner, then left at 5:15 p.m. for the National City library for my library talk.

*  Got to the library at 5:30, and got set up.  The talk went well, but only 10 in attendance.  Good discussion afterwards with attendees on specific problem.  Helped one lady find how to buy a 1917 UK birth record.

*  Home by 8 p.m. to read, then worked in Ancestry to find more family for loose Seaver folks.  Got one connected, more added to another, and failed on one other.

*  Added to the two posts, then wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

My Genealogy Day - 22 February 2015

Just a typical genealogy non-football or non-baseball Sunday... and it rained tonight, first time in weeks.

*  Read email and blogs, and finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 15 to 21 February 2015 post.

*  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m., and home by 11:30 a.m.  I watched TV news and ate lunch.

*  Online at 12:30 p.m., and updated the RootsTech compendium post.  Wrote four posts for the CVGS blog.  

*  Updated the Ancestor Detective talk and put it in Dropbox for the laptop.  Transcribed the John Seaver will and wrote the Amanuensis Monday post.  

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner and wash dishes.  Online at 6:45 p.m. to write Added or Updated Databases on Ancestry.com - Week of 14 to 20 February 2015 and the FamilySearch post for Monday.

*  Had to eliminate some photos from Dropbox.  They were duplicates from the phone, so saved me like 600 mb of space on Dropbox.  Got the presentation file on the laptop.

*  Added content and sources for the last 27 World War I Draft Registration matches, plus any other useful suggested records (especially Find A Grave).  Then worked some more with loose Seaver trees.  Failed on two of them, but was able to connect two others with ancestors with confidence.  Sources at 60,146.

*  Checked Facebook, wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Genealogy Day - 21 February 2015

This was a day with some genealogy work, and a memorial service.

*  Read email and blogs in a hurry, then off to the CGSSD meeting at UCSD in La Jolla.  Sat in on the RootsMagic class - Chris reviewed the Tools available in RootsMagic.  Hal horrocks gave his Colonial Records talk at 10:30, and I was home by noon.

*  Noted that Surname Saturday - FENNE (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted, and updated the RootsTech compendium.  Then it was off to church for my friend Alan Sachrison's memorial service.  It was very well done, with military honors.  A reception afterwards, and we saw some old friends.

*  Home by 3:30 p.m. to read, noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Four Degrees of Ancestral Separation posted.  Worked on the SDGS article about RootsTech.  Updated the bog compendium too.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to eat dinner, read the paper, and watch TV news, then washed dishes.  Online at 6:45 p.m. to read, answer email, send the article to SDGS, and worked on the BillionGraves notice for a Seaver.  Managed to connect him to an existing tree in the database.

*  Used the Count Trees feature in RootsMagic to find a sparse Seaver tree, and managed to add several more generations back to a German immigrant.  

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.




Friday, February 20, 2015

My Geneaholic Friday - 20 February 2015

This was another busy genealogy day at home - even got some yardwork done.

*  Read emails and lbogs, added to the RootsTech compendium and Best Of blogs.  Noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 60: #67, Abigail (Knowlton) Gates (1774-1855) posted.

*  Wrote Connecting to A.J. Jacobs on Geni.com - Post 2 and then discovered Generasi and wrote Generasi.me Does Interactive Family Timelines and set it for later.

*  Worked a bit in Geni.com and then in WikiTree and wrote Connecting to A.J. Jacobs on WikiTree and set it for later.  ent out around 3 p.m. to work in the side yard getting the cut bush branches into the yard waste can.  Still more to do.  

*  Answered email, checked Facebook, worked a bit in Family Tree, then wrote the Surname Saturday post.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner, read the paper and wash dishes.

*  Online at 6:15 p.m. to read, add to the RootsTech compendium and Best Of blogs, and wrote the SNGF post.  Then did 20 more World War I Draft registration items in Ancestry, and added content and sources to the database.  

*  Wrote this post.  Tired.  Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Geneaholic Thursday - 19 February 2015

I stayed home today, even slept in a bit, still tired from the RootsTech week.  Got some things done.  Need to start on the new talks soon.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 250: 1810 Marriage Record of Zachariah Hildreth and Hannah Sartell in Townsend, Mass.

*  Worked in Geni.com with matches, and wrote Connecting to A.J. Jacobs on Geni.com.

*  Updated the handout for the Genealogy - Be An Ancestry Detective talk on Monday in NC.

*  Worked in Family Tree Maker - had to download the patch since it wouldn't update.  Instaleld it, and worked on the Calendar feature, then wrote Dear Randy: How Can I Make a Calendar in Family Tree Maker 2014?

*  Updated the Best Of post and RootsTech compendium, and checked Facebook.  Answered some email.  Approved the Geni match.  Played in Relative Finder - most of them have problems.  Compared Geni and WeRelate profiles for some of the early Plymouth folks.

*  Went in at 5:20 p.m. to read the paper, watch TV and eat dinner.  Online at 6:45 p.m. to read, then write the 52 Ancestors post for Friday.  Worked quite a bit in FamilySearch Family Tree to add matches and content for the Alpheus Smith line to FSFT, not much to my database.  Some of the older profiles are really messed up.  At least the chart will look right now!  More to do, of course.

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.