Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Genealogy Tuesday - 30 June 2015

This was a pretty full Tuesday genealogy-wise, although I took some time to get some chores done, and then there was the Padres game.

*  Read email and blogs, and researched and wrote Tuesday's Tip - Use the Improved BLM General Land Office Website to Find Federal Land Patent Locations.  Checked out Carolyn's DNA stuff some more.  Answered email.

*  Worked on the presentation syllabus and edited the two presentations a bit.  Put them in Dropbox for safekeeping.  Deleted duplicate stuff out of Dropbox too.

*  Linda took the Lincoln to Don's for oil change and smog test, and I took the Mercury down later for the oil change and try to fix the check engine problem.  Not sure they can and it may not be able to be smogged.  Drat.

*  Wrote Book Notice: Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Third Edition and then Win a Free AncestryDNA Test Kit - Contest Ends 5 July.

*  Answered more email, worked a little in WikiTree, checked Facebook and Google+, then searched for solutions to the computer problem.  Restoring to before 6/27 might work or might not.  I may have to just set up a new account for her on Windows and Thunderbird.  

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV, eat dinner and watch the end of the soccer match.  USA won.  Online at 6:15 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and add content and sources from Ancestry Hints.  

*  Went in at 7:10 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, read my book, do the dishes, use the tablet to read online.  Padrex lost 4-0.  Hitless wonders sometimes.  Now 37-42 on the season.  

*  Online at 9:40 p.m. to read, then write this post.  Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

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

* 44,892 persons (+ 8)
* 17,960 families  (+ 6)
* 141,282  events  (+ 409)
* 8,404  places  (+ 2)

* 1,210 sources (+ 11)
* 63,110 citations (+ 465)
*  1,117 Multi-media Items (+ 8)

*  2,985 Multimedia links (+ 16)

*  7,224 matched to FSFT (+ 289)

 I'm up to 44.67%  (+0.20%) for citations/events and 140.58% (+1.01%) for citations/persons.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

My Genealogy Monday - 29 June 2015

This was almost an all genealogy day...even got some tasks accomplished.  And had a significant computer problem.

*  Linda said that she couldn't get her email to open - well, the files are gone for some reason.  No clue.

*  Read email and blogs )mine worked fine), and noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 274: Will of John Bigelow (1617-1703) of Watertown, Mass.posted.  

*  Joined Mondays With Myrt and talked about cousin Barbara and the DNA Match trees in the first half hour.

*  Worked on the presentation, and got it almost finished.  Need to edit it, practice it, and make the handout.  Nothing like just in time (11 days!).

*  Noted that New or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - June 21 to 27, 2015 posted, and wrote NEHGS Salutes the Nation’s Anniversary with FREE Access to the Great Migration Databases on AmericanAncestors.org.

*  Worked on the DNA Match trees, answered email, and added to the Best Of post.

*  Wrote It's Always the Last Place You Look!  

*  We left at 5:30 p.m. for Lolita's for dinner, then Coldstone for dessert, home by 7 p.m.

*  Spent almost two hours trying to understand the problem with Linda's email and files.  The files are gone.  Tried to take the system back but that failed (probably had anti-virus on).  Backed up some of my files.  Ranted on Facebook.  Frustrated.

*  Worked on Ancestry Hints, cleared 72 of them adding content and sources to the database.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, answered email and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.


Sunday, June 28, 2015

My Genealogy Weekend - 27 and 28 June 2015

This wasn't a real big genealogy weekend - baseball interfered with research and writing

1)  Saturday, 27 June:

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Surname Saturday -- MOORECOCK (England to colonial New England) posted, and worked on the DNA match tree a bit.  Answered email.

*  We left at 10:35 a.m. for Gary's and the CVGS picnic.  A good time was had by all.  Home by 2:15 p.m.

*  Immediately took a good nap.  Up at 3 p.m. refreshed, and worked on the presentation, got #3 and #2 done.  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Own Scavenger Hunt posted.

*  We left at 5 p.m. for El Pollo Loco for dinner, then the trolley for the Padres game.  In our seats at 6:30 p.m., had my ice cream.  Padres won 7-2 over D-backs, so now 37-40 on the season.  Won two straight.

*  Home by 11 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and off to bed at 11:40.  Didn't sleep well.  Genealogy on Saturday was 7.5 hours.

2)  Sunday, 28 June:

*  Read email and finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 21 to 27 June 2015 post.

*  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m., and home by 11:30.  Online to read blogs and answer email.  Wrote Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of June 20 to 26, 2015 and set it for later.

*  Ate lunch and watched Padres game, read the paper, and dozed a bit.  Padres lost 6-4 to D-backs so now 37-41.  Drat.  

*  Online at 3:45 p.m. to read, write one post for Monday.  Downloaded some probate files from American Ancestors, renamed them, and put them in the surname/famiyl files.

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

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, then wrote the Amanuensis Monday post.  Checked Facebook, added to the new Best Of post, and worked in the database adding content and sources.  Got through the K and into the L surnames.  Genealogy today was 7.0 hours.


Friday, June 26, 2015

My Genealogy Friday - 26 June 2015

This was a fairly full genealogy day, but not the usual!  We had some genealogy fun.  The Padres won, so that makes it even better.

*  Read email and blogs, and wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 78: #93 Mary (Hazard) Oatley (1765-1857).  Worked a bit on the Scully/Foran tree too.

*  We left at 10:45 a.m. for lunch in Escondido with cousin Barbara and her husband Tony and grandson Andrew at the Marie Callenders.  Barbara is a Seaver girl ,and had contacted me in 2004 and provided information about her Seaver family.  I responded then with a report that provided her line back to Robert Seaver in 1634.  We talked about family, and vacations, and Seaver stuff.  That was fun!  We started for home at 2 p.m. and made it by 2:40.

*  Read, added to the Best Of post, and wrote My Relationships to U.S. Presidents - Post 5: Presidents 16-21.  Answered some email too.

*  Wrote the Surname Saturday post, then went in for dinner at 5 p.m. and watched TV news.  Online at 6 p.m. to write the SNGF post.  

*  Went in at 7 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, and read my book, and washed dishes.  Padres won 4-2 over D-backs.

*  Online at 9:50 p.m. to read, check Facebook and write this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

My Genealogy Thursday - 25 June 2015

This was almost an all-genealogy day, such as it is.  I got very little of consequence done, and shirked finishing off the presentation.  Drat.  Tomorrow will be no better.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 268: 1850 U.S. Census Entry for Amos Underhill (1772-1865) Household and then Findmypast Community Edition Now Available to U.S. Libraries and set it for late morning.

*  Left at 10 a.m. for my doctor's appointment, everything seems OK, and home by 11:15 a.m.

*  Read, added to the Best Of post, and worked a bit on the DNA match tree, adding folks on Ancestry (from the FSFT work last night).  

*  Had lunch, and watched the Padres game, read the paper, dozed off a bit.  Pads got behind 7-0 and I came online to work some more on the Ancestry tree, then Pads made it 9-8 in the 8th but the Giants won 13-8.  Drat.  Now 35-40, first time 5 under .500 all year.  Which means they are 25-35 in the last 60.  

*  Online to write Ancestry.com Has Over 700 Free Data Collections.  Who knew?

*  Answered email, worked more on the DNA tree in RootsMagic, made a name list and sent it to C.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV, eat dinner, and change the hose out front.  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, then work some more on the DNA tree.  Got the 52 Ancestors person ready to go.  Added a bunch of Life Sketches to FamilySearch Family Tree.  

*  Worked a bit in the database in the K surnames adding content and sources, but not much progress.  
*  Checked Facebook, then wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 8.0 hours.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My Geneaholic Tuesday and Wednesday - 23-24 June 2015

I didn't journal last night because the Padres game ran late and I was in a hurry to get to bed.

1)  Tuesday, 23 June:

*  Read email and blogs, packed up and left for Carlsbad at 8:15 a.m. for my presentation to NSDCGS at 10 a.m.  Traffic was fairly good, took 60 minutes to get there instead of the usual 45.

*  Greeted by Jerry and Gordon and soon a host of others.  Enjoyed a sweet roll, talked to Mary and Jean, then sat through the business and sharing meeting, then got set up at 10 a.m. and started at 10:20.  Finished by 11:25 just on time.  The audience seemed to appreciate the information and the handout.

*  Went to lunch at SouPlantation with about 8 others, had fun discussing genealogy in general.  Drove home and was really dozey...got home by 2 p.m. and took a nap.

*  Noted that Tuesday's Tip - FamilySearch Now Provides an Index Bar With an Indexed Record Image and CVGS Annual Picnic is Saturday, 27 June posted.  Wrote Crestleaf.com’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds: May 2015 - Humphrey White's Home.

*  Created an Ancestry Member Tree for one of the DNA match ancestors, and added persons and content to it.  Didn't take long to get a significant number of folks identified and in the tree.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV and eat dinner.  Back online after 6 p.m. to work more on the DNA match ancestors in the AMT.  

*  Went in at 7:15 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper and my book, and wash the dishes.  Padres won 3-2 over Giants in 11 innings in a come back win.  It ended at 11:20 so I hurriedly read blogs and checked Facebook, and off to bed without journaling.  Genealogy this day was 6.0 hours.

2) Wednesday, 24 June:

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Randy and Annie Moore at Ellis Island -- Post 365 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and then research and wrote Checking Out My Findmypast Family Tree Hints posted in the morning.

*  Worked some more in the DNA match tree, made a GEDCOM file and imported it into RootsMagic, made a pedigree chart and sent it to C.

*  Left at 11:30 a.m. for the library for John's group, get a book, and go to the bank, was home by 12:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post.  Took a nap - really tired after the late night.

*  Researched and wrote  Trying to Find Common Ancestors for Close DNA Matches.  Worked some more in the DNA match tree, added another match tree and tried to find content.  This one was harder.  Used FamilySearch Family Tree to add content in RootsMagic to the first DNA match tree.  Need to add that info to the Ancestry tree.  I wish they all worked together!

*  Went in for dinner at 5:30 p.m., watched TV, watered the plants and put the trash out.

*  Online at 6:15 p.m. to work some more in the DNA match trees adding content using Family Tree.  Need to check WikiTree too, and Google the couples.

*  Went in at 7:30 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper and my book, and did dishes.  Pads lost 6-0 to Giants, so now 35-39 on the year.  Drat.  Going nowhere quickly.

*  Online at 9:45 p.m. to read, answer email, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook and write this post.  Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.


Monday, June 22, 2015

My Geneaholic Monday - 22 June 2015

No Padres game means I can do genealogy stuff all night long.  good thing too - I had things to get done for Tuesday.

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 273: 1788 Deed of Joseph Tripp to Jonathan White in Bristol County, Mass. posted.

*  Joined the Mondays With Myrt crew and discussed the Ancestry subscription mess, and the Barb research problem.  

*  Answered email, checked Facebook, wrote a CVGS blog post, and noted that New or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - June 13 to 19, 2015 posted.

*  Worked on the 10 Best presentation a bit, added two more, three to go.  Guy with the fake grass came to the door to give us a quote and we eventually bit.

*  Researched and wrote SCGS Jamboree Interviews on "A Savory Spotlight."  Worked some more on the presentation.  Answered email, and checked Facebook and Google+.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. for dinner, watch TV news, read the paper and then watched FIFA soccer.  USA beat Colombia 2-0.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to write two posts for Tuesday.  Got the presentation on the flash drive.  Then worked in FamilySearch Family Tree matching quite a few families in Mass.  

*  Added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  genealogy today was 10.5 hours.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

My Genealogy Weekend - 20-21 June 2015

This was a pretty good genealogy weekend.  I wish the Padres had had a good weekend.

1)  Saturday, 20 June 2015:

*  Read email and blogs in a hurry, then out the door to go to the Men's Bible study at Callenders.  We stuffed book.

*  Home by 9:45 a.m. to read, note that Surname Saturday - COLE (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted, and to write Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Three Stories for Father's Day.

*  Worked on creating the family tree chart in FTM for Linda.  Made 4 different and sent them off for a decision.  Answered some email.

*  Worked a bit in FamilySearch Family Tree using virtual Pedigree to find multiple parents, and deleting the relationship with the wrong set of parents.  cleaned up about 6 problems.

*  Went in at 2:15 to take a nap.  Online by 3 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook, and add census records to Joseph Champlin's profile in RootsMagic - event, source, note.  

*  Worked in Ancestry adding content and sources for some of the Ma surnames.  Went in at 5:20 p.m. for dinner and watch TV news, then online at 6:20 p.m. for more in Ancestry.

*  Went in at 6:50 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, and finish my book.  Pads won 8-1 over D-backs.  

*  Online at 9:45 p.m. to read, finish up the Best Of post, and check Facebook.  Genealogy this day was 8.0 hours.

2)  Sunday, 21 June 2015:

*  Didn't sleep well last night.  Read email and blogs, then off to church at 9:30 a.m. and home by 11:40 a.m. Worked on the Ancestry, NSDCGS and FamilySearch blog posts before lunch.  Noted that Best of the Genea-Blogs - 14 to 20 June 2015 posted.

*  Went in at 1 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, take a short nap.  Padres lost 7-2 to the D-backs.  A strange game.  Now 34-38 and slowly falling out of contention.  Drat.

*  Online at 3:45 p.m. to read, then transcribed the deed for Amanuensis Monday and wrote the post.   Checked Facebook, answered email.  The girls called to wish me Happy Father's Day.  Had a Facetime with the girls.  Fun.  Noted that Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of June 13 to 19, 2015 posted.

*  We left at 5:15 p.m. for dinner at The Barbecue Pit in NC, then to Coldstone for ice cream.  Home by 6:40 p.m.

*  Noted that Randy Will be Speaking in Carlsbad, Calif. on Tuesday, 23 June posted.  Worked on people with Hints from the daily adds but not much was useful.  Worked on the 1920 US Census content and citations - reduced the count by 22.  Now 533.  Sources at 62,997.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  Genealogy this day was 6.5 hours.


Friday, June 19, 2015

My Genealogy Friday - 19 June 2015

I didn't make much progress today in my tasks, but learned a bit and had fun doing it.  Then the Padres lost again.  Drat.

*  Read email and blogs, and wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 77: #92 Joseph Oatley (1756-1815).  Added some events to Joseph's profile and edited the blog post.

*  Checked out the FamilySearch Family Tree training page, and wrote FamilySearch Family Tree Training Materials.  

*  Decided to watch several of the SCGS videos before they go away - watched Fonkert, Bettinger/Woodbury and Cooke.  Browsed the syllabus again and printed off about 10 articles for further review.  Completely forgot to work on the Top Ten presentation.

*  Answered email, then researched and wrote More on the Four-Mile Inn at Old World Wisconsin after watching Lisa's video.  Found the page in a straight Google search.  Didn't find anything new in a Scholar search.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV, eat dinner, water the front yard and eat dinner.

*  Online at 6:15 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, then did some random searching to add content and sources to the database.  

*  Went in at 7:10 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, and then my book.  Pads lost 4-2 to D-backs.  Now 33-37.  Drat!

*  Online at 9:45 p.m. to read, check Facebook and write this post.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

My Semi-Geneaholic Day - 18 June 2015

Life sometimes throws lemons at you.  I had tonight all planned as a big research and source citation time, but then the phone rang.  Good news is the Padres broke their 4 game losing streak.

*  Read email and blogs, added to the Best Of post, and wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 267: 1860 U.S. Census Entry for Amos Underhill (1772-1865).

*  Answered some email, corrected the Ancestry post, and then went off at 10:45 a.m. to the health center for my blood work.  Was home by 11:30 a.m.  Researched and wrote Down the Research Rabbit Hole - Who is Mr. Clotworthy?  That was fun!

*  Went in at 12:45 p.m. to eat lunch and watch the Padres game and read the paper.  Almost got a nap.  Pads won 3-1 over the A's to go to 33-36 on the season.  

*  Online at 3:15 p.m. to check Facebook, read blogs and answer emails.  Did some FamilySearch Family Tree matching.  Forgot to write a blog post.  Oh well.  

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV and eat dinner.  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, then answered more email.  Did some FTDNA review for Carolyn but could not find trees for the cousins with the same chromosome 9 markers. 

*  Then the phone rang around 7:30.  Barbara was at a health center and was shaky and needed a ride home.  We went and got her and got her and her car home.  We got home at 8:45 p.m.

*  Online to read, answer more email, and write this post.  Will do some online searching in Ancestry for awhile.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.