Friday, September 4, 2015

My Genealogy Thursday and Friday - 3 and 4 September 2015

These were stay-at-home days, except for the Padres game on Thursday night.

1)  Thursday - 3 September:

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 278: 1741 Birth Record of Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816) in Medway, Mass.  

*  Started my Social Media presentation - got through Facebook.  Lots more to do!

*  Add to the Best Of post, answered email, and checked Facebook.  Wrote HistoryLines Adds New Features and Content and then took a nap.

*  Online to read, worked a bit in Ancestry and the County Marriages, then added notes and osurces to the FamilySearch Family Tree.  I need to catch up with the 52 Ancestors posts for my folks in the FSFT.

*  We left at 5 p.m. for the trolley, ate at the Tin Fish, and into Petco Park by 6:40 p.m.  he game went late, Padres lead 4-0, got behind 7-4 in the 6th, and rallied to win 10-7 in the 8th.  Best game of the year.  Downside was it was a 3.5 hour game, so we got the 11 p.m. trolley home, and arrived after 11:30.

*  Read email and blogs, and off to bed at midnight.  Genealogy today was 7.0 hours.

2)  Friday, 4 September (brother Stan's 69th birthday):

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 88: #108 James Vaux (1787-1839).  Had to add quite a bit to the RootsMagic database for him.

*  Wrote ISFHWE Excellence in Writing Competition Winners Announced and set it for later, then worked for an hour on the CVGS Newsletter.  About 60% done.

*  Wrote Nominate Your Favorite Rockstar Genealogist, and then Vote! and set it for later.  Took a 90 minute nap - still feel tired.  

*  Online to read, add to the Best Of post, and answer email.  Worked in Ancestry Probates for Seaver folks in California, McKnew and Pickrell folks in DC and Maryland.  Didn't find much.  My guess is that they have less than 10% of available probate records.

*  Added more notes and sources to FSFT, and checked Facebook.  

*  Went in for dinner at 5:45 p.m., watched TV, and online at 6:30 p.m. to work through the recent Ancestry Hints.  Got through 38, didn't add much to the database.

*  Went in at 7:15 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, and then my book.  Dodgers were ahead in the 8th when I came in to read, and write this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My Genealogy Tuesday and Wednesday, 1 and 2 September 2015

It's been a busy two days.  I took the girls back on Tuesday morning, and then the Ancestry probate collection launched on Wednesday, and my Padres lost both games.

1)  Tuesday, 1 September:

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Post Number 9000 on Genea-Musings and then got the girls ready to go home.  Fed, dressed, packed, but we forgot the xylophone.  Drat.

*  Left at 10 a.m. for Carlsbad for lunch and to meet Tami.  Ate at the pizza place.  Charlie was there too so I got a bit of Chaz-time.  Was home by 12:20 p.m.

*  Tried to take a nap, but had a reflux...and a headache.  Checked email, added to the Best Of post, and worked in California County Marriages.  Added some folks to the tree and connected a family to an existing family.  

*  Wrote Mining the California, County Marriages, 1850-1952 Collection on FamilySearch and went in at 5 p.m. for dinner and watched TV.  Watered the front yard, picked up a bit around the house too.  The girls are messy.

*  Online for a bit at 6:20 to read email and blogs.  Went in at 7:15 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper and then finished my Clark book.  Game went long, Rangers won 8-6 as the bullpen faltered again.  Drat.

*  Online at 10:50 p.m. to read, check Facebook and done.  Genealogy this day was 7.0 hours.

2)  Wednesday, 2 September:

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Sweethearts at the Padres Game -- Post 376 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and then worked in the Ancestry probates for awhile.  Wrote Adds 170 Million Indexed U.S. Probate Record Images and set it for later.

*  Left at 11 a.m. for McDonalds for lunch, the bank, and the library for John's group, get some books, and the CVGS Bored meeting.  Yawn.  Home by 2:30 p.m. to take a nap.

*  Up at 3 p.m. to read, then worked more in the probates, and wrote NEHGS Salutes Labor Day with FREE Access to Databases on  Captured three wills of New Jersey ancestors, many with wills were not there for some reason.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to eat dinner and watch TV, put the trash out.  Online at 6:30 p.m. for awhile to read and add to the Best Of post.

*  Back in at 7:15 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper and start my Coonts book.  Padres lost 4-3 in 10 innings to Rangers, so now 64-69 on the season.  

*  Online at 10:50 to write this post.  Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.

Monday, August 31, 2015

My Genealogy Days - 29-31 August 2015

1)  Saturday, 29 August:

*  We went to Huntington Beach for Charlie's first birthday party, had a great time.

*  Brought Audrey and Lauren home with us, got home by 8:40 p.m.

*  Finished up the Best Of post for Sunday.

2)  Sunday, 30 August:

*  Read, helped the girls get ready, and off we went to church at 9:30 a.m.

*  Home by 11:30 a.m., watched Padres game then LLWS game.  Pads won 9-4, US lost to Japan 18-11.

*  Wrote several blog posts for Sunday night and Monday morning.

*  We went to dinner at Lolita's, and home for dessert and TV.  Wrote the Amanuensis post.  Went for walk with Lauren at 9 p.m. and we talked until 10, so I missed WDYTYA?  Oh well, worth it!

3)  Monday, 31 August:

*  Read email and blogs, anfd joined Mondays with Myrt at 8:45.  Over at 10:45, and checked Facebook, answered email and added to the Best Of post.

*  After lunch, took a nap, then wrote a blog post.

*  We left at 5 p.m. for dinner at El Pollo Loco, caught the 6:15 trolley and in Petco Park by 6:45 p.m.  Padres won 6-0 over Rangers, so now 64-67 on the season.

*  Home by 10:30 to get the girls to bed, then wrote this post.

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

* 44,965 persons (+ 52)
* 17,995 families  (+ 30)
* 142,068  events  (+ 399)
* 8,482  places  (+ 13)

* 1,253 sources (+ 27)
* 64,721 citations (+ 993)
*  1,119 Multi-media Items (+ 2)

*  2,989 Multimedia links (+ 5)

*  7,848 matched to FSFT (+ 417)

 I'm up to 45.56%  (+0.57%) for citations/events and 143.94% (+2.05%) for citations/persons.

Genea-Musings statistics for August (compared to stats for July):

*  Genea-Musings traffic rank:  Worldwide: 366,364; US: 90,951 (Alexa)

*  110.534  page views (3,566 per day, Blogger Stats, + 462)
*  >1,200 readers on Feedly (+??)
*  1,757 readers via email (Feedburner) (+ 6)

Friday, August 28, 2015

My Geneaholic Friday - 28 August 2015

I actually got out of the house today after doing my morning post.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 87: #103 Catharina (Ruth?) Konig (1770-1813).  Answered email, and added to the Best Of post.

*  Left at 10:30 a.m. for Verizon to get Linda's phone fixed.  They had to do a hard reset.  I had to enter phone numbers again in Contacts.  Then to get my haircut, to the library for a book, and to Costco for lunch. 

*  Home by 12:30 p.m. to read, then worked in WikiTree and wrote I Am Hillary (Rodham) Clinton's 18th Cousin, and perhaps Donald Trump's 19th Cousin Once Removed.  Fun!

*  Went in at 2:30 p.m. for a nap, and up at 3:15 to read, check Facebook, and wrote the Surname Saturday post.

*  Went in at 4:30 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, eat dinner, water the front yard, and wash dishes.  Pads lost to Phillies 7-1, so now 62-66.

*  Online at 7:15 p.m. to read, then wrote the SNGF post, and worked in Ancestry Hints covering 83 more, adding content and sources.  Fixed at least one mystery Seaver problem too.

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

Thursday, August 27, 2015

My Genealogy Thursday - 27 August 2015

This was an all genealogy day until the evening, when our two baseball teamsl ost.  Drat.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 277: 1808 Marriage Record of James Vaux and Mary Palmer in South Petherton, Somerset and then Review - "QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research, Evidence Style*" and set it for later.

*  Worked some more in the Shared Matches in AncestryDNA - not much new, there were some but none looked "right" - I think many of my matches are IBS rather than IBD.

*  Wrote CVGS Program Review - Problem Solving Panel on 26 August 2015 on the CVGS blog, plus two more posts.  

*  Had lunch, answered email, made separate sets of the Problem Solving presentation for the requesters, and then took a 30 minute nap.

*  Up at 1:40 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and wrote How Can I Find What Paper or Microform Information is Kept in a Particular Area?

*  The plumber came and fixed the kitchen faucet and the bathroom clog.  Went in at 4:20 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, then watched the LLWS game, we ate dinner, and I read my book.  Padres lost 4-2 to Nationals, SVLL lost 9-7 in 8 innings to Texas.  Drat.  Not enough pitching depth - always a problem!

*  Online at 8:30 p.m. to read, check Facebook, save photos from the CVGS program, and add to the Best Of post.  Genealogy today was 7.5 hours.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Genealogy Wednesday - 26 August 2015

Well, one more presentation completed...but I have to remember to email stuff to the ones that want it.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote More Genealogy Friends at 2008 SCGS Jamboree -- Post 375 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and then New York State Family History Conference is September 17-19, 2015 and set it for later.

*  Left at 11 a.m. with the laptop and flash drive (glad I had that!) and went to Mcdonalds for lunch, the library for books, and then Bonita library for the CVGS Program - I was on the Problem Solving Panel.  We worked through 11 questions about resources in 80 minutes.  I did three questions.  It seemed to be well received.

*  Home by 3 p.m., checked email and took a nap.  Up at 3:50 p.m. to read blogs, then went in at 4:30 p.m. to watch the Padres game.  We ate dinner, read the paper, and put out the trash.  Also watched the LLWS game.  Padres won 6-5 over Nationals, so now 62-64.  Pennsylvania won over Texas 3-0, so SVLL playes Texas on Thursday night.

*  Online at 7:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and wrote AncestryDNA Shared Matches Appear.  Looks like I have more Richman, Rich and Hill cousins!  Added some data to the database.

*  Worked matching Vaux folks to persons in the FamilySearch Family Tree.  Added content, added some sources, etc.  

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My Geneaholic Tuesday - 25 August 2015

This was almost an all genealogy day...except for baseball and the nap.  Woke up to a phone call asking if we could get the girls today, but that didn't pan out...yet.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip: Evidence Explained Website has Citation Examples, QuickLessons, QuickTips, Forums and More! 

*  Added Ceasar's stuff to my CVGS presentation, then edited it once more, and saved it to the flash drive and Dropbox.

*  Added to the Best Of post, answered email and an Ancestry message, had lunch, and researched and wrote Down the Rabbit Hole - Finding the Estate Papers of John Underhill (1721-1793) of Chester, N.H.

*  Went in at 2:30 for a nap, then read and checked Facebook before going in to watch the Padres game at 4:10 p.m.  Switched to the Little League game at 5 p.m.  SVLL won 11-3 over Kentucky, so into the US semi-finals on Thursday.  Padres lost to Nationals 8-3.  Drat, now 61-64.  Took a short walk.

*  Online at 7:30 p.m. to read, then worked on Mc names in the database adding content and sources.  Up to 64,602 sources.  Added the CVGS presentation to the laptop using Dropbox.

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

Monday, August 24, 2015

My Genealogy Sunday and Monday - 23-24 August 2015

I missed journaling again last night, can't remember why...oh yeah, WDYTYA?

1)  Sunday, 23 August 2015:

*  Read email and blogs, and finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 16 to 22 August 2015 post.

*  We went to church at 9:30 a.m., then to the store afterwards, and home by 12 noon.  Watched Sweetwater Valley LL World Series game, they lost to Texas 8-4.  Disappointing.  Then watched some of Padres game - they lost to Cards 10-3.  Drat, so now 61-63.

*  Online at 3 p.m. to write Added or Updated Databases at - Week of August 16 to 22, 2015 and CVGS Program Meeting on Wednesday, August 26th is a "Problem Solving Panel" and set it for later.  also wrote the FamilySearch weekly post.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and watch TV news.  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and transcribe the first half of the William Sever estate account for Amanuensis Monday.

*  Answered email, and worked on the CVGS panel presentation a bit.  At 9 p.m. was reading blogs and saw a post about WDYTYA? and went in and watched whole thing.  Came back to read and not much else.  Genealogy today was 6.5 hours.

2)  Monday, 24 August 2015:

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Amanuensis Monday - Week 282: Asset Account of William Sever (1729-1809) Estate of Kingston, Mass. posted.

*  Joined Mondays With Myrt and discussed several topics, showed my GenealogyBank finds.

*  Read email at 10:45 a.m., then worked on the CVGS presentation some more.  Noted that New or Updated Record Collections at - August 17 to 23, 2015 posted.  

*  Had lunch, read blogs and added to the Best Of post, worked a bit in MyHeritage with Record Matches adding content and sources, and then took a nap.  Up at 3:15 p.m. to write Dear Randy: What is the Most Important Skill for Finding Digital Records Online?

*  Checked Facebook, answered email, did some WikiTree merges, and went in at 5 p.m. to watch the SVLL World Series game.  Ate dinner, read the paper.  SVLL won 10-3 over Rhode Island, so now they have to win 4 straight to be the champions.  I doubt if they will.

*  Online at 7:15 p.m. to read, then worked on Ancestry Hints for an hour - got through 144 of them - all the new ones since last time.  Added sources and content.

*  Checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

My Genealogy Friday and Saturday - 21-22 August 2015

Friday was an OK genealogy day, but not Saturday.  We had Padres games both nights.

1)  Friday, 21 August 2015:

*  Read email and blogs, wrote the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 86: #102 Philip Jacob Konig (1764-1829) post, and the Book Notice: "Blood Legacy: The True Story of the Snow Axe Murders" by James Pylant and set it for late afternoon.

*  Worked a bit on the Angeline King mystery - looked for land records of John P. Vaux in Erie County and found a few, but none mention his wife's family.  

*  Went in at 11 a.m. to watch the Sweetwater Valley LL game.  They won 14-2!  Next game is Sunday.  Had lunch, and took a nap.

*  Wrote the Surname Saturday post, then wrote Snapshots of Life in San Diego on the Carringer Memory Lane, and then the SNGF post for Saturday.

*  We left at 5 p.m. for the trolley and the Padres game; Financial advisor Alison was the hostess, and we had a nice time seeing old friends and talking to Alison and family.  Padres won 9-3 over Cards, so now 60-62, won 4 in a row, and 6 of 7.

*  Home on the trolley by 10:45 p.m., and I read but didn't post.  Genealogy today was 6.0 hours.

2)  Saturday, 22 August 2015:

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

*  Left at 9:30 a.m. for the San Diego FamilySearch Library in Mission Valley.  Got there by 9:50 a.m. and got set up to teach the RootsMagic user's group, answering questions, while covering WebHints with MyHeritage and FamilySearch, how to interact with the FamilySearch Family Tree, and crafting source citations.  

*  Home by 1:15 p.m. to read, then took a nap.  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Golden Wedding Anniversaries posted.

*  Read, add to the Best Of post, and we left at 3:45 p.m. for the trolley and ate at the Tin Fish, then into Petco Park by 5:20 p.m. and saw the Padres beat the Cards 8-0.  So now 61-62, won 5 in a row and 7 of 8.  On a roll!

*  Home by 9:40 p.m. to read, and write this post.  Genealogy today was 5.0 hours.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

My Genealogy Thursday - 20 August 2015

We thought this would be the first Little League game, but it was rained out.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 276: Death Record of Joseph Champlin (1757-1850) in Worcester, Mass. and then Ancestral Quest Genealogy Software is Now Available for the Mac and set it for later.

*  Found some City Directory entries for Auble, Carringer and Seaver and put them in the database.  Found the DJ Carringer horticultural article on GenBank and transcribed it and sourced it.  

*  Worked on the Philip Jacob Konig sketch for Friday, finding records, adding sources and notes to the sketch.  Went in at 1:30 p.m. for a nap.

*  Online by 2:15 p.m. to read, answer email, add to the Best Of post and check Facebook.  Wrote 

Printing Pages From the "New" Member Trees.  Worked in the unknowns, got from Julia through Martha tonight.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to eat dinner, read the paper, and watch TV news.  Online at 6 p.m. to send email for the RootsMagic class, then worked on the Alscae Lorraine research problem for Stump the Chumps.  Added more slides to the presentation deck.

*  Worked some more in the Unknowns, trying to add content and sources.  Added content to quite a few of the absolute blank ones, but stymied on maybe 25% of them.  Sources at 64,472.

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