Saturday, October 3, 2015

My Genealogy Saturday - 3 October 2015

This was a fairly busy genealogy day up until I got home at 3 p.m.

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Surname Saturday -- LOKER (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted and wrote Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Best Genealogy Day Ever and set it for later.

*  Wrote Genealogy Days in Chula Vista - October 2015, wrote another post, and set the post CVGS Fall Seminar is Saturday, 7 November 2015: "Over the Pond" to be on top for the next month.

*  Worked in some of the McKnew families, adding content and sources as necessary.  Solved several family mysteries but still have many it seems.

*  Had lunch, then left at 12:15 p.m. for Bonita and the CVGS workshop on Family Tree Maker 2014 led by Ken.  He did a great job.  Sat with my cousins Pat and Christine and enjoyed their company.  

*  Home just after 3 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, then took a nap.

*  Worked a bit in FamilySearch Family Tree, then went in for dinner at 5:30 p.m., and online for awhile to finish up and watched the Padres game (we lost 2-1) and the Aztecs game (we won 21-7).  

*  Online at 10:55 p.m. to read, and write this post.  Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Friday, October 2, 2015

My Genealogy Friday - 2 October 2015

I didn't get a lot done today, too busy with life and searching.  It's coolled off into thel ow 80s now, feels good!

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 92: #112 Johannes Able (1758-1818).  Searched on NewspaperARCHIVE for more Woodward articles without success.

*  Left at 10:10 a.m. for the dentist office, and home before noon.  The new refrigerator was delivered and installed today.  Munched lunch, then researched and wrote FamilySearch Introduces Searching on Largest Genealogy Websites - Post 3: Searching on  Took a short nap.

*  Read, added to the Best Of blog, and searched on Newspaper Archive form ore articles of ancestors without much success.  Added some Knapp families to the database.  Wrote the Surname Saturday post.

*  Went in at 5 to watch TV news.  Linda came home and we went to dinner at Lolita's and then to Cold Stone for dessert.

*  Watched the Padres game, read the paper, and my book.  Padres lost 6-2 to the Dodgers, so now 74-86.  

*  Online at 9:45 p.m. to read, check Facebook, and write this post.  Genealogy today was 7.0 hours.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

My Genealogy Thursday - 1 October 2015

I did very little genealogy-wise today besides save a lot of CVGS photos from Diane G. to my computer files.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday -- Post 282: Death Certificate of Edna Catherine (McKnew) Schaffner (1884-1974) of San Francisco, California and FamilySearch Introduces Searching on Largest Genealogy Websites - Post 2: Searching on and set it for later.

*  Did some research on Nicholas Brocke in FamilySearch and Ancestry.  Also worked a bit on Johannes Able my 52 Ancestors guy, adding narrative and sources.  Found several useful books on FamilySearch Books.

*  Took a 30 minute nap after lunch, at at 2 p.m. we left for El Pollo Loco to get dinner for Linda, then to the trolley to go to the Padres game.  Got there on time.  I had pizza and ice cream, plus a cupcake and some cookies.  Pads won 3-1 in last home game of the season, so now 74-85.  We ended up 13-8 in attendance.

*  Home by 8 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, save Diane's photos, check Facebook and write this post.  Genealogy today was 5.5 hours.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

My Genealogy Day - 30 September 2015

This was a pretty full genealogy day until the evening when I watched the Padres game.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Linda Honored for Church Service -- Post 380 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and then FamilySearch Introduces Searching on Largest Genealogy Websites - Post 1: FamilySearch Matches and set it for later.

*  Left at 11:10 a.m. for McDonalds for lunch, the library for a book, and to Bonita library for the CVGS meeting.  Met Christine and Pat who attended.  

*  Home by 3 p.m. to read, then took a nap.  Checked Facebook. Researched and wrote Found: 1906 Death of Charles Woodward in Topeka, Kansas.

*  Went in for dinner, then worked a bit on finding Charlie's death article before having dessert and watering the front plants.  Watched the Padres game and read my book - Pads lost 5-0, so now 73-85, that's 19 shutouts.  Terrible season.  

*  Online at 10:10 p.m. to add to the Best Of list, answer email and write this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Here are the numbers from my RootsMagic database as of 30 September (with increases in the numbers from 31 August in parentheses):

* 45,033 persons (+ 68)
* 18,026 families  (+ 31)
* 142,351  events  (+ 283)
* 8,537  places  (+ 55)

* 1,275 sources (+ 22)
* 65,244  citations (+ 523)
*  1,119 Multi-media Items (+ 0)

*  2,988 Multimedia links (- 1)

*  8,029 matched to FSFT (+ 181)

 I'm up to 45.83%  (+0.27%) for citations/events and 144.88% (+0.94%) for citations/persons.

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

*  Genea-Musings traffic rank:  Worldwide: 331,312; US: 88,530 (Alexa)

*  79,135  page views (2,638 per day, Blogger Stats, - 938)

*  32,572 page views ( 1,086 per day, Statcounter, + 22 )
*  24,438 unique visitors (815 per day, Statcounter, +4)

*  >1,200 readers on Feedly (+??)
*  1,796 readers via email (Feedburner) (+ 39)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

My Genealogy Tuesday - 29 September 2015

One more day and the year 2015 is three quarters done.  It was a busy day, with some frustration (Sears customer support) and a leaking and warming refrigerator.  We solved that problem by buying a new one tonight.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip - Check Out Missouri Digital Heritage Collections and then Ancestry Adds All "Events" to the LifeStory Page and set it for later.

*  Answered email, and finalized the syllabus for the Social Media presentation.

*  Worked on a blog post but found I had already written about it.  Wasted an hour.  Researched on MyHeritage, randomly picked a relative and searched in the Newspapers, and wrote Found Death Record of a Cousin on MyHeritage, transcribing the article and adding a source.  Added more Find A Grave info too for this family.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and took a nap.  Tried to call Sears for a service appointment but got a run-around.  Went in for dinner at 5:15 p.m., then tried Sears again at 5:40 and never got an appointment because they close at 6 p.m.  Arrgggghhh.

*  Went to 7-11 for a bag of ice, we got the frig stuff into coolers and iced them.  Watched the Padres game for awhile, then we went to Sears and bought a new frig, 25% off.  Home by 9 p.m.

*  Watched the Padres game, we lost 4-3 to Brewers, so now 73-84.  Online at 10:15 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook and write this post.  Genealogy today was 7.5 hours.

Monday, September 28, 2015

My Genealogy Monday - 28 September 2015

I finally had a fairly full genealogy day.  No Padres game.  It was hot again today, about 85F in CV.

*  Read email and blogs and noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post #287: 1702 Will of Ezekiel Bloomfield (1653-1703) of Woodbridge, N.J. posted.

*  Joined the Mondays with Myrt Hangout on Air, and discussed Linda's church work award, the New Jersey probates going missing on Ancestry, and merging two family tree databases.  

*  We left at 11 a.m. for Don's to get the Lincoln assessed, then to International Transmissions to get a quote, and were home by 12:15 p.m.  They called with a quote - not outrageous.  We said go for it.

*  Online to read, note that New or Updated Record Collections at - September 21 to 27, 2015 posted, and wrote Here Yesterday, Gone Today: the New Jersey Wills and Probates 1656-1801 Records.  Went in and took a 30 minute nap.

*  Added to the Best Of post, answered email, and checked Facebook.  Worked in Deb's tree to standardize facts, then matched to or added persons in FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV, eat dinner, and water the front plants.  Watched some of the NFL game.  

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, then worked in the Ancestry Hints.  Got 199 resolved, adding content and sources.  Sources up to 65,228.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

My Semi-Genealogy Weekend - 26 and 27 September 2015

Well, I didn't get any real genealogy research work done this weekend.  It was warm - in the high 80s both days here, only 85F in the cave right now.

1)  Saturday - 26 September 2015

*  Read email on my phone, left at 7:45 a.m. for church and the Men's breakfast for dads.  Had 24 signed up, only 16 showed, of whom 8 were the organizers.  

*  Home by 12 noon to read, note that Surname Saturday -- LARKIN (England to colonial New England) and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Surnames in Your Family Tree Database? posted.

*  Watched the Aztecs game, then took a short nap, and we left at 4 p.m. for dinner at El Pollo Loco.  Had car trouble, probably transmission.  Limped to the trolley station, went to the Padres game, Pads beat Snakes 3-0, and home by 9:40 p.m.with the car jerking every once in awhile.  We need to get it diagnosed on Monday.  

*  Read, finished up the Best Of post, and checked Facebook.  Genealogy this day was only 2.0 hours.

2)  Sunday, 27 September 2015:

*  Read email and blogs on the phone, then went off to church at 9:40 a.m.  Linda was honored for her prayer chain work with prayer quilt, plaque and nice cake.  She was surprised.

*  Home by 11:45 a.m. to watch the rest of the Chargers game.  Lost 31-14 to the Vikings and it wasn't that close.  Looks like a long season.  Watched some of the Padres game, took a nap in the recliner, and came in at 2:45 p.m. to read, add to the new Best Of post, and note that Best of the Genea-Blogs - 20 to 26 September 2015 posted.  Padres lost 4-2 to Snakes, so now 73-83 on the season.

*  Wrote Added or Updated Databases at - Week of September 20-26, 2015, then we ate dinner, and I took Linda to Barbara's to swim.   Back home, wrote the FamilySearch post, then wrote the SDGS review.

*  Watched some football, then transcribed a will and wrote the Amanuensis post for Monday, and wrote Chula Vista Genealogical Society Program on Wednesday, 30 September on "The Civil War" and copied it to the CVGS blog.

*  Looked at the lunar eclipse, Linda came home, and I answered email and checked Facebook.  Checked Ancestry too.  Went in at 9 p.m. to watch the Charger highlights.  Waste of time.

*  Online at 9:45 p.m. to read, then wrote this post.  Genealogy today was about 5.0 hours.

Friday, September 25, 2015

My Genealogy Friday - 25 September 2015

We left last Friday for the Bay area to attend my brother-in-law's 70th birthday party and then spend two days with daughter Lori in Santa Cruz.  There was a surprise at the birthday party - Paul married his longtime girlfriend (I called her my love-in-law) of 23 years.  S it became a memorable event for the family and his friends.  We had fun with three cousins of Linda's too.

We got home on Wednesday afternoon, and went to the Padres game on Thursday night after a full day of reading and blogging, so I didn't journal.  It's been warm here - a high of about 90F today.  So for Friday:

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 91: #111 Mary (Metcalf) Underhill (1780-1855).

*  Edited the Social Media talk and made the syllabus.  After lunch, went to the bank and the library.

*  Home at 1 p.m. to research and write How Complete Is the Wills and Probates Collection for One County?  Took a nap.

*  Wrote What Happened to the 1656-1785 New Jersey Probate Records on

*  Wrote the two Saturday posts before dinner.  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV news, ate dinner, watered the front plants, and went online to read blogs and email, and answer email, then worked in the Newby database to resolve all place names.

*  Went in at 7:20 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, and then my Grisham paperback book.  Padres lost to Arizona 6-3, so now 72-82 on the season.

*  Online at 10:15 p.m. to read, check Facebook, and then write this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

My Geneaholic Thursday - 17 September 2015

This was almost a stay-at-home all-genealogy day...a little warmer, up to 82F or so.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 280: Birth Record of Thomas Dill (1708-1761) in Medford, Mass. and then Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 18-21 September 2015 and set it for later.

*  Went off to the Rohr lunch at 10:45 a.m., and home by 1 p.m.

*  Added to the Ancestry and FS posts for the weekend.  Took a nap.  Read email and blogs, added to the Best Of post, tried to find info about Etienne for Annick, checked Facebook.

*  Worked on Seaver names in the Social Security Applications and claims database, adding content and sources.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner, and water the front plants.  Watched the football game and read the paper.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to research and write Genea-Therapy - Finding More Seaver Folks.  Did some more work in the Social Security database, then checked Facebook.

*  Matched some of the Seaver folks in FamilySearch Family Tree.  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

My Semi-Genealogy Wednesday - 16 September 2015

It was much cooler here today, a high of about 80F, and much more comfortable.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Geneablogger Dinner at SCGS Jamboree 2009 -- Post 378 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and then another for next week.  Also made boilerplate posts for the Ancestry and FS posts.

*  Worked in FamilySearch and Ancestry probates trying to find more ancestors, without success.

*  Left at 11 a.m. for McDonalds for lunch, then to the bank, then the library for a book, and John's group, and then the CVGS Computer Group.  I left early and was home by 1 p.m.

*  Read, added to the Best Of post, and wrote More on New York County Probate Records on Ancestry and FamilySearch.  Took a 30 minute nap.

* Watched an hour of the first debate, then online to read and check Facebook while listening to the first debate.

*  Went in at 5:10 p.m. to watch the second debate, and ate dinner.  Watched the Padres game, read the paper and washed dishes and read my Thor book.  Padres won 4-3 over the Dbacks, so now 69-78.

*  Online at 9:30 p.m. to read, check Facebook and write this post.  Genealogy today was 6.0 hours.