Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Back in the Saddle Again

I haven't journaled since I got home on Sunday because the light in the genea-cave burned out when I turned it on Sunday night.  It was dark and I couldn't see the keyboard.  I went out and bought a desk lamp today.  Here's today's journal:

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Tuesday's Tip: Watch RootsTech 2016 Videos on YouTube and  DearMYRTLE YouTube Videos About RootsTech 2016.

*  Left at 10:45 a.m. to go to the hygienist for tooth cleaning.  Got a referral for a root canal (oh boy) and some meds for my gum problem.  Went to Wal-Mart for lunch, then got the meds at the pharmacy and bought the desk lamp and a clock radio for the cave.

*  Home by 1 p.m. to read, then added to the blog compendium and printed off the CVGS Newsletter.  Left at 2:30 p.m. to publish the newsletter;  home by 3 p.m. to take a nap.  

*  Wrote More Information About Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic Synchronization to Ancestry, and answered email.

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

*  Online at 7 p.m. to work in the Findmypast Marriage collection.  Went in at 8 p.m. to watch Finding Your Roots, but Lori called and I missed the first 15 minutes.  

*  Online at 9 p.m. to update the blog compendium, check Facebook and write this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Genealogy Sunday - 31 January 2016

Blogging, and more blogging, with a bit of FSFT in the evening.  One more getup.  Rainy all day and windy in the afternoon.

*  Read email and blogs on my phone, then updated the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 24 to 30 January 2016 post.  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m., home by 11:15 a.m.  Packed - got it all stuffed in one suitcase.  We added a small one later.

*  Read, and wrote a blog post for next week.  Watched the Golf tournament in my recliner, ate lunch, took a nap, and the golf tournament was postponed at 3 p.m. due to weather.

*  Wrote Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of 23 to 29 January 2016 and two more posts for next week.

*  Went in for dinner, watch TV news and Pro Bowl game, and washed dishes.  Online at 7 p.m. to read, check Facebook, and work a bit in FamilySearch Family Tree and Ancestry on Gates descendants.  Lots of them!  

*  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 7.0 hours.

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

* 45,516 persons (+ 129)
* 18,225 families  (+ 56)
* 145,291 events  (+ 676)
* 8,924  places  (+ 65)

* 1,329 sources (+ 17)
* 69,110 citations (+ 827)
*  1,124 Multi-media Items (+ 0)

*  3,047 Multimedia links (+ 48)

*  10,215 matched to FSFT (+ 382)

 I'm up to 47.57%  (+0.35%) for citations/events and 151.84% (+1.39%) for citations/persons.

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


*  147,526 94,903  page views (4,759 per day, Blogger Stats, + 1,698)


*  45,114 page views ( 1,455 per day, Statcounter, +17)
*  31,878 unique visitors (1,032 per day, Statcounter, -96)

*  >1,200 readers on Feedly (+??)
*  1,933 readers via email (Feedburner) (+ 95)

Selected Genealogy Website Traffic Rankings for January (Alexa):

*  Ancestry.com:  512 (Global); 109 (USA)
*  FindAGrave.com:  2,914 (Global); 629 (USA)
*  FamilySearch.org:  3,044 (Global); 828 (USA)
*  MyHeritage.com:  4,589 (Global); 1,587 (USA)
*  Geni.com:  6,400 (Global); 2,792 (USA)
*  23andme.com:  7,335 (Global); 1,903 (USA)

*  Geneanet.org:  7,503 (Global); 321 (France)
*  Newspapers.com:  11,800 (Global); 2,207 (USA)
*  FamilyTreeDNA.com:  16,352 (Global); 4,739 (USA)

*  MooseRoots.com:  18,188 (Global); 4,858 (USA)

*  Archives.com:  19,250 (Global); 3,655 (USA)
*  WikiTree.com:  20,498 (Global); 5,385 (USA)

*  GenealogyBank.com:  28,060 (Global); 5,456 (USA)
*  Fold3.com:  28,209 (Global); 5,152 (USA)
*  FamilyTreeNow.com:  29,338 (Global); 5,217 (USA)
*  Findmypast.com:  41,942 (Global); 9,131 (USA)
*  Mocavo.com:  56,689 (Global);  14,855 (USA)

*  NewspaperARCHIVE.com:  56,916 (Global); 14,194 (USA)


*  BillionGraves.com:  67,569 (Global); 19,573 (USA)
*  Cyndi's List:  75,289 (Global); 13,956 (USA)
*  AmericanAncestors.org:  103,112 (Global); 15,106 (USA)
*  LegacyFamilyTree.com:  115,015 (Global); 28,527 (USA)
*  RootsMagic.com:  116,080 (Global); 21,766 (USA)
*  GenealogyInTime.com:  119,856 (Global); 77,384 (USA)

*  RootsWeb.com:  137,476 (Global); 26,497 (USA)
*  WorldVitalRecords.com:  144,181 (Global); 39,455 (USA)
*  FamilyTreeMaker.com:  218,784 (Global); 58,984 (USA)

Selected Blog Website Traffic Rankings for December (Alexa):


*  Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:  97,485 (Global); 28,366 (USA)
*  LegalGenealogist.com:  188,467 (Global); 37,772 (USA)

*  DNA-eXplained.com:  216,708 (Global); 47,783 (USA)
*  Geneabloggers.com:  230,458 (Global); 55,674 (USA)
*  LisaLouiseCooke.com:  252,496 (Global); 66,464 (USA)
*  Genea-Musings: 303,506 (Global); 63,160 (USA)


*  GenealogyTipOfTheDay.com:  391,031 (Global); 66,503 (USA)
*  DearMyrtle.com:  448,375 (Global); 50,102 (USA)
*  Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections (.ca): 545,580 (Global); 24,221 (Canada)
*  AncestryInsider.org:  635,469 (Global); 108,616 (USA)

*  GenealogyBlog.com:  735,057 (Global); 201,606 (USA)
*  OliveTreeGenealogy Blog:  1,362,261 (Global); 209,070 (USA)*  Genealogy's Star:  1,546,682 (Global); 331,257 (USA)


Saturday, January 30, 2016

My Genealogy Saturday - 30 January 2016

This was a mixed day - some blogging, a memorial service, and more blogging!

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Surname Saturday -- ROLFE (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted, and wrote the SNGF post.

*  We left at 9:45 a.m. for Costco, then to Denny's memorial service at church.  Home by 1:30 p.m.

*  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your #GenealogySelfie Photo posted, and watched golf then took a nap in the recliner.

*  Online at 3:15 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, then wrote MyHeritage Adds Audio Recordings to Their Mobile App.  Went in at 5 p.m. for dinner, read the paper, and watch the Aztecs game.  Aztecs beat UNLV.

*  Online at 7:15 p.m. to read, and wrote several more blog posts for the week. Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 6.5 hours.

Friday, January 29, 2016

My Genealogy Friday - 29 January 2016

Only three more getups before we go off to Salt Lake City.  Linda has started packing.  I'll do it Sunday night.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote 52 Ancestors - Week 109: #132 Simon Gates (1739-1803) and one for next Friday too.  

*  Tested many of the apps on the tablet and iPhone.  Had to delete and then upload the Ancestry app to the phone.  The mobiles are ready to go.  Got almost 200 photos off the phone too to make room for FHL and RootsTech photos.  

*  Went through Geni looking for famous people I'm related to.  Found a bunch and saved them.  Answered email and added to the Best Of post.

*  Wrote Geni.com Tells Me I'm Related to Some Interesting Authors and took my nap.  

*  Checked Facebook, answered more email, and wrote the Surname Saturday post for this week and next.  

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner, and read the paper.  We left at 6:10 to take bottles to Virgil, and home by 6:45 p.m.  Washed the dishes.  Helped Linda sort shoes.

*  Online at 7:30 p.m. to read, then worked on the CVGS newsletter.  It's about 90% done now.  Checked new Ancestry Hints but didn't do anything with them.  I'm tired.  Added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook and I'm done.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

My Genealogy Wednesday and Thursday - 27-28 January 2016

I didn't have time on Wednesday to journal, so I'm trying to remember two days worth of genealogy activity.

1)  Wednesday, 27 January 2016:

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote NGS 2010 Conference in Salt Lake City (Part 1) -- Post 397 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and another post for next week. Then wrote Lisa Louise Cooke is Featured Speaker at Orange County, California Genealogical Society BASH on 5 March 2016 and set it for later.  Took a short nap.

*  Left at 11 a.m. for McDonalds for lunch, then to the bank, and then to Bonita library to help set up for the CVGS program.  Talked to Gena for awhile, then enjoyed her presentation.  

*  Home by 2:30 p.m. to read, work on the Simon Gates biography, then researched and wrote Standardized Historical and Current Place Names - Post 2: Two Potential RootsMagic Solutions.

*  Found out that the streaming classes and syllabus from RootsTech were available, so wrote RootsTech 2016 Streaming Video Class Schedule and RootsTech 2016 Class Syllabus Available.

*  Went in at 5:45 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner and read the paper, and put the trash out.  

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, then worked on the CVGS newsletter for February, since I'm going to be gone all of next week.  

*  Checked Facebook, and discovered Ancestry Hint changes.  Answered email, and added to the Best Of post.  Genealogy this day was 10.0 hours.

2)  Thursday, 28 January 2016:

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday Post 298: 1766 Marriage Record of Simon Gates and Susanna Reed in Marlborough, Mass. and another for next week.

*  Worked on reading and printing syllabus articles.  Has a printer problem - the black ink stopped working.  After a brief Facebook discussion, a "Printhead Clean" worked.  

*  Researched and wrote Ancestry.com Revises "People With Hints" Presentation and then took my nap.

*  Back online at 3 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and wrote Standardized Historical and Current Place Names - Post 3: An Elegant Solution.  Checked Facebook, answered email, and read more syllabus articles.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV, eat dinner, read the paper and then watched the debate.

*  Online at 8 p.m. to read, then worked on the CVGS Newsletter, and I'm done.  Genealogy today was 12.0 hours.



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

My Semi-Genealogy Tuesday - 26 January 2016

Well, I jumped the gun on the Selfie day...thought it was today!  didn't read the headline or text, I guess. Oh well, I can do it on 1 February too.

*  Read email and blogs, noted that ConferenceKeeper & Geneabloggers Proclaim February 1 as #GenealogySelfie Day posted, then wrote My RootsTech 2016 Class Selections.

*  Decided to work ahead a bit on the 52 Ancestors post because RootsTech is next week, and got this week's biography ready to go.  

*  Had lunch, then we left at 12:45 p.m. for the financial advisor meeting.  On the way back, we drove through North Park past the old house and church and school, then to Barbara's center to take her mail, then to El Pollo Loco for dinner, and home by 5:30 p./m.  

*  Watched news and read the paper, had dessert, and online at 6 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and write Standardized Historical and Current Place Names - Post 1.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, answered email, and then watched Finding Your Roots and the SDSU basketball game.  We won 57-54 over Nevada but it was hard.

*  Online at 10:15 p.m. to read, then wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 6.5 hours.

Monday, January 25, 2016

My Genealogy Sunday and Monday - 24-25 January 2016

Not much and then all day!  Only 7 more days until we leave for RootsTech.

1)  Sunday, 24 January:

*  Read email and blogs while watching TV before going to church, and home by 11:30 a.m.  Watched football, but took my nap in the recliner from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

*  Online between games to note that Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 17 to 23 January 2016 posted and to write Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of 16 to 22 January 2016.

*  Watched second game, ate dinner, and online at 7 p.m. to read, then wrote two posts for Monday, after transcribing a will for amanuensis Monday.

*  Worked in FamilySearch Family Tree a bit - straightening out Seaver families.  Checked Facebook, and didn't journal.  Genealogy this day was about 4.0 hours.
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2)  Monday, 25 January:

*  Read email and blogs, and noted that Gena Philibert-Ortega is Speaker for CVGS Program on Wednesday, 27 January and Amanuensis Monday - Post #304: 1715 Will of Jediah Higgins (1657-1715) of Somerset County, N.J. posted.

*  Joined Mondays With Myrt and discussed my posts about preparing for the FHL, my descendants research plan and the RootsMagic sources series.  

*  Watched the RootsTech Ambassador webinar and added the RootsTech app to the tablet.  The iPhone app is so small, the tablet app looks good and is readable.  I guess that's the winner this time!

*  Had lunch, then added to the Best Of post.  Noted that New or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - January 17 to 23, 2016 posted.  Took my nap.

*  Online at 2 p.m. to write Dear Randy: Does RootsMagic Communicate with Ancestry?  Worked awhile on getting my Google Drive files down - was at 12.4 gb now 10.5 gb after deleting items in google Drive Trash.  Who knew that was there?  Read the last 3 NGS mags online and downloaded them and the last 2 NEHGR issues too.  No useful family data.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV, eat dinner, read the paper, and wash dishes.  Online at 7 p.m. to add to the Best Of post.  Transcribed a probate record for next Monday and wrote the post, and a post for Tuesday morning.  I need to write a post each day for the RootsTech week.

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

Saturday, January 23, 2016

My Genealogy Saturday - 23 January 2016

This was a different genealogy Saturday from most...but I made some progress!

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Surname Saturday -- LEARNED (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted and wrote Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Two Degrees of Separation and set it for later.

*  Left at 9:30 a.m. for the Mission Valley FamilySearch Center to teach the SDGS RootsMagic User Group class.  Grabbed the wrong flash drive so had to downoad my RootsMagic database from Google Drive.  We had 19, and quite a few were FTM refugees.  Lots of questions, and hopefully some answers.  Lots of demonstrations.  

*  Home by 1:30 p.m. to read, eat lunch and then took my nap.

*  Online at 3 p.m. to read and add to the Best Of post.  We left after 4 p.m. to go to Barbara's house and then visit her in the rehab center.  Went to dinner at Marie Callenders, and home with a pie at 7:45 p.m.

*  Online at 8 p.m. to read, then did 20 1920 US Census Hints in the database, adding content and sources.  

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 7.5 hours.

Friday, January 22, 2016

My Genealogy Friday - 22 January 2016

This was another stay-at-home genealogy day, and I actually got quite a bit of research done.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote 52 Ancestors - Week 108: #131 Abigail (Fletcher) Whitney (1720-1783).

*  Looked through the White ancestors for probate records that I know are available but I don't have, and created a list to add to the To-Do list.  Came up with about 10 of them.

*  Checked AmericanAncestors for the ones in Barnstable county, Mass., and found two of them, then found 7 more, downloaded them, renamed them and filed them.  Only looked through the first two volumes, probably two more to review.

*  Wrote Found Barnstable County (Massachusetts) Probate Records on AmericanAncestors.org, then took a nap.

*  Online at 2:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, answer email, check Facebook, then added content to a Seaver descendancy line using FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV news, read the paper, eat dinner, and wash dishes.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and wrote the Surname Saturday post.  Then worked in the Ru surnames in the database and finished them up, adding content and sources to the database.  Sources up to 69,012!

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

Thursday, January 21, 2016

My Genealogy Day - 21 January 2016

This was a stay-at-home genealogy day.  Because I got 8 hours of sleep last night, I didn't need a nap!  Cool.  Gotta get in shape for RootsTech.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday Post 297: 1720 Birth Record of Abigail Fletcher (1720-1783).  

*  worked on the To-Do list for the FHL for several hours today - in the morning, and in the afternoon.  Finally!  Reviewed what I did last year, and found some of the photos I took that I had not cataloged.  Oops.  Added info to the To-Do list and marked a bunch as completed.  Found more tasks that I needed a form for, so made the forms.

*  Wrote RootsTech Conference and the Family History Library - a Win-Win-Win-Win For Me.  Answered email, added to the Best Of list, and checked Facebook.

*  Went in at 5:40 p.m. to read the paper, watch TV news, eat dinner, and do the dishes.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, then worked on the Abigail Fletcher Whitney profile for 52 Ancestors.  Worked a bit in the surnames, got down into the Ru surnames, adding content and sources for folks with little content.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.