Wednesday, December 17, 2014

My Genealogy Wednesday - 17 December 2014

Sometimes things don't go as planned.  I was going to go shopping today, but got bogged down doing genealogy stuff and never got out the door.  Linda's eyelid was OK all day until evening when it drooped again.  The daughters are concerned, and we have a doctor visit on Thursday afternoon.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Christmas at the Carringers - Post 338 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and checked into FindMyPast Hints.

*  Talked to Tami for awhile, then wrote I Am Not Doing a Genealogy Do-Over.  Had lunch, checked Facebook, and answered email, including getting the syllabus for Palm Desert finished and sent off.

*  Looked at Geni matches, then researched and wrote FindMyPast Introduces Hints in Family Trees.  Added to the Best Of post and read more email.

*  We left for dinner at El Pollo Loco in National City at 5:10 p.m. and home by 6:30 p.m.  Read the paper and watched TV news.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to check Facebook, and then finish off the 45 remaining 1940 Record Hints in the 1940 census, adding some content and 72 sources to the database.  Did a little investigating on a Seaver problem from an Ancestry mail message.

*  Checked email and blogs, then wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Genealogy Day - 16 December 2014

Another rainy day, but I didn't stay home all day.  Went shopping.  A bust.  Drat.  Linda is so hard to shop for.  Me, I go on Amazon and find stuff for me, and the grandkids, with ease.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip - Use the Learning Resources on the AmericanAncestors.org Site and then CVGS Annual Holiday Luncheon Highlights and set it for later.

*  Ran the Tree Count in RootsMagic and found singles and doubles and deleted some of them.  Answered email.

*  Left at 11:45 for Costco for a Polish dog, looked longingly at the Samsung tablets, then to Catherines for Linda bnt nada.

*  Home by 1 p.m. to read.  Worked on the MSMoney file - got one bank account done, need to split out the credit card statements.  Then do the other bank account.  I let this go since December last.

*  Worked on NameClean in RootsMagic, and wrote NameClean Function in RootsMagic 7.  Didn't finish it until after dinner.

*  Went in at 5:45 p.m. for dinner, read the paper, watched TV, and then online at 7:15 p.m. to read, then worked in the 1940 census.  Had 103 matches from the latest effort, cleared 58 of them adding content and sources.

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

Monday, December 15, 2014

My Genealogy Monday - 15 December 2014

Finally got all of my shopping done, except for Linda!  Amazon is great!

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 247: Letter of Administration for Estate of Simon Gates (1739-1803) posted.  Kind of missed Mondays with Myrt!  Wrote New or Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - December 7-13, 2014 and set it for latem orning.

*  Shopped for about an hour.

*  Worked in the database, closing out completed To-Do items and adding new ones.  Went through the whole set of ancestors back to 4th great-grandparents.  Had lunch and went out to prune the rose bushes.

*  Answered email, added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, bored.  Wrote Ancestry Green Leaf Hints Keep Sprouting in my Ancestry Member Tree.

*  We left at 5 p.m. for dinner at Outback, Linda had a reaction to the filet again, on our no-no list now.

*  Home by 6:45 to watch TV sports and read the paper.  Online at 7:15 p.m. to read, then work haphazardly in Seaver names, especially those with a dead end, adding content and sources.  Found more Seaver names too.

*    Wrote this post.  genealogy today was 10.5 hours.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

My Genealogy Sunday - 14 December 2014

This was not much of a genealogy day, although I did capture several probate record sets in the evening.  And my Chargers lost to the Broncos - bummer.  Probably out of thep layoffs now.

*  Read email and blogs, and finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 7 to 13 December 2014  post.

*  Went off to church at 9:30 a.m., home by 11:15 p.m.  Watched football and read the paper, then watched Broncos beat Chargers 22-10 in a good game until the 4th quarter.  So now 8-6.  Good news is the 49er game is on Saturday night, not Sunday when we're at Tami's for Christmas.

*  Read email and blogs and Facebook after the Chargers game, then went in to eat dinner, read the paper and watch TV news.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, answer email, transcribe three records and write the Amanuensis Monday post, then downloaded 4 sets of Essex County probate records from AmericanAncestors - 2 for Colby guys and 2 for Bartlett guys.  Still have more to do!

*  Checked Facebook, wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 4.0 hours.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Genealogy Saturday - 13 December 2014

This was a stay-at-home day because we finally got our new forced-air heater installed after a month of waiting.  It rained more overnight too, but dried up this morning.

*  Read email and blogs, then noted that Surname Saturday -- BACON (England to Colonial Massachusetts) posted.

*  The heater guy came at 10:40, and was finished by 1:10 p.m.  It works!  

*  Worked on the OCCGS presentations and handouts and got them almost done.  Need to proof them on Sunday.  Then the PDSC talk and i'm set for January and February.

*  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Dear Genea-Santa Letter posted.  Added to the Best Of post.  Checked Facebook.  Answered email.

*  Went off at 3 p.m. to the store for groceries, and home by 3:45 p.m.  

*  Putzed around in the database, added some content and sources.  Worked on several Seaver lines adding to the FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  Went in for dinner at 5 p.m., read the paper, and watched TV.  Helped Linda with her piles of papers.

*  Online at 7 p.m. to do more FamilySearch Family Tree work, then worked in the J surnames adding content and sources - got into the Jones names.

*  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Friday, December 12, 2014

My Geneaholic Friday - 12 December 2014

This was supposed to be the day our new forced-air heater would be delivered and installed five weeks after it was ordered.  But it rained about an inch today - all morning...and they called and said they would come on Saturday.  Tonight will be the coldest night of the fall so far...blanket time.  We've not had a heater since June when SDG&E said ours was unsafe.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 50: #57, Anna (Row) Auble (1787-1860) and Season 2 of "Genealogy Roadshow" on PBS Starts 13 January 2015 and set it for late morning.

*  Wrote December 2014 Issue of CVGS Newsletter is Available and December Research Group Highlights and the Holiday Luncheon summary of the CVGS blog.  

*  Printed off more Christmas letters and stuffed envelopes - we did about 90.  Checked Facebook and answered email.  I left at 1 p.m. for the post office, then went shopping for Linda.  Came home empty handed in the rain.

*  Sent CVGS newsletter to society editors, then sent Christmas letter to friends via email, and sent out surveys to CVGS members.  

*  Wrote New or Updated Ancestry.com Databases - 6 to 12 December 2014.

*  Looked for obituaries in GenealogyBank for Seaver people - Russell and Stanley.  Added some content and sources to the database.

*  Went in for dinner at 5:30, read the paper, washed the dishes.

*  Onlnie at 7 p.m. to read, worked more in GenealogyBank.  Wrote the Surname Saturday post.  Then downloaded the Michael Bacon 1701 probate record from AmericanAncestors.  Downloaded the Simon Gates 1803 probate record from FamilySearch, then found that I already had it.  Drat.  Edward Hildreth's probate in Worcester County is not online yet since it is post 1881.

*  Facebook again, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 11 hours.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

My Geneaholic Thursday - 11 December 2014

This was the day of the CVGS annual Holiday Luncheon, and also the first day of Christmas card stuffing.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 243: 1816 Baptismal Record of Samuel Vaux and then Heritage Books Genealogy Cruise - The Genealogy Activities and set it for later.

*  Gathered up my CVGS surveys, and the script for the officer installation, and went off to South library for the CVGS Holiday Luncheon.  Helped set up chairs, talked to folks, and the party started at 11:45 a.m.  Left at 2 p.m.

*  Read, talked to Mark on the phone, and researched and wrote Another Try at MyHeritage "Instant Discoveries" Feature.  Checked Facebook and answered email.  Printed off the second page of the Christmas letters.

*  Went in at 5:30 p.m. to watch TV news, read the paper, eat dinner, and stuff letters into Christmas cards and envelopes.  

*  Online at 7 p.m. to print more letters, then added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook, and worked on the Anna Row Auble profile for 52 Ancestors.  

*  Genealogy today was 11.0 hours.



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Geneaholic Wednesday - 10 December 2014

Linda woke up with a fever, was OK all day, and then bad chills, vomiting and fever after dinner.  Drat.  Hope I don't get it too.  Know of two others with similar symptoms from the cruise.

*  Had to go to the store for Bayer aspirin and a thermometer at 8 a.m., home to read email and blogs on my phone, and wrote Thomas Richmond Family in About 1887 -- Post 337 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and then 2015 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series Schedule Announced and set it for later.

*  Worked a bit on the MyHeritage Discover feature.  Gather stuff up and off at 11:10 a.m. for McDonalds for lunch, then the library for the CVGS Research Group.  We had 12, and a good discussion on various topics.  Went to Office Depot afterwards for mailing labels.

*  Home by 3 p.m. to read, write MyHeritage Introduces Instant Discoveries Feature and check Facebook.  Answered email.

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to watch TV news, read the paper, eat dinner, put out the trash and wash dishes.  Then Linda got sick, so I tried to help.

*  Printed off more CVGS surveys, and the Christmas letter mailing list, and the first page of the letter.  

*  Futzed around on Facebook, wrote some Christmas week posts.  Totally unmotivated and sleepy.  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Geneaholic Tuesday - 9 December 2014

Only 15 more days until Christmas - I may never catch up!  But I'm trying.  I actually got a pretty good jump on several pending projects today.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Tuesday's Tip -- Check Our Ancestry.com's FREE State Research Guides and Heritage Books Genealogy Cruise - On The Boat and set it for late morning.

*  Started working on editing the three presentations for early January.  Need to get the handouts to the society program chairs for publicity.  Two are evergreens, but the FamilySearch talk has major changes.  

*  Answered email, and added to the Best Of post.  Made airplane reservations for SLC/RootsTech, and for San Jose/Christmas after talking to Lori on the phone.  Ordered three books from NGS for me.

*  Researched and wrote First Look at the Updated AmericanAncestors.org Website.  Checked AncestryDNA matches - more have been added.

*  Went through the recent Record Hints on Ancestry, adding sources and content.  Checked Facebook.

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

*  Online at 7 p.m. to read, then edited the two CVGS member surveys and printed off some for Wednesday.  Need more for Thursday.  Added RootsMagic 7 to the laptop, added the latest database in Dropbox, and resolved the media items.

*  Worked on the Christmas letter and got it almost done.  Didn't have many good pictures of the grandkids - gotta do that at Christmas!  

*  Had a glitch in Genea-Musings - it flipped to a spam page.  Ran Speedy PC and now it works right.  Maybe I need to change the Blogger/Google password again.  Hmmm.  

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.5 hours.


Monday, December 8, 2014

My Genealogy Sunday and Monday - 7-8 December 2014

We got home from our genealogy cruise with Heritage Books on Saturday afternoon.  I spent the afternoon and evening reading over 1000 emails and started on the 2200 blog posts in Feedly.  Gave up after reading about 600.  Marked the remainder as "read."  Did put together a Sunday Best Of post.

1)  Sunday, 7 December:

*  Read email and blogs early, finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 30 November to 6 December 2014 post.  

*  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m., went to the store afterwards, and got home at 12:30 p.m.  Read, checked Facebook, and sorted saved emails into folders.  Answered a bunch of them.

*  Finished up the CVGS Newsletter and emailed it to the members.  Worked on the two surveys.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch the Chargers/Patriots game.  We were ahead for three quarters, and lost 23-14.  Good defensive game - one mistake.  It was a winnable game.

*  Linda had bad headache and chills this evening. Finally asleep at 9:30 p.m.

*  Wrote a post for Monday morning.  Genealogy this day was 5.0 hours.

2)  Monday, 8 December 2014:  Linda was better today.

*  Read email and blogs, and noted that New or Updated Ancestry.com Databases - 29 November to 6 December 2014 posted.  Wrote Ancestry.com Publishes "Ancestry Global Family History Report"and set it for late morning.

*  Joined the Mondays With Myrt Hangout on air and contributed a bit, including a cruise summary.  

*  Wrote More on RootsMagic and MyHeritage Links and set it for early afternoon. 

*  Printed off the CVGS Newsletter masters and the postal mail list, and went to the UPS Store and published it.  Needed new ink cartridges to do it, both color and back.

*  Home by 2:15 p.m. to wait for Linda to read her email and Facebook.  Agony...watched TV news.

*  Finally online at 3:45 p.m. to read, then wrote New or Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - November 30 to December 6, 2014.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the new Best Of post.  Printed off the Christmas letter mailing list.  Need to work on the Christmas letter - we're late with that this year.  Got the photos into file folders too.

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

*  Online to work a bit in the database - sort of randomly.  Added some Seaver folks found in 1940 census.  Uploaded some photos from the cruise to Facebook.  Need to do blog posts too.

*  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

3)  Here are the numbers from my RootsMagic database as of 8 December (with increases in the numbers from 31 October 2014 in parentheses):

* 43,982 persons (+ 301)
* 17,553 families  (+ 106)
* 136,185 events  (+ 1684)
* 7,822 places  (+ 152)

* 1,131 sources (+ 9)
* 57,536 citations (+ 1216)
*  1,069 Multi-media Items (+ 26)

*  2,884 Multimedia links (+ 76)

 I'm up to 42.25%  (+0.35%) for citations/events and 130.82% (+1.82%) for citations/persons.

Genea-Musings statistics for November (compared to stats for October 2014):


*  Genea-Musings traffic rank:  Worldwide: 329,100; US: 77,254 (Alexa)

*  112,955 page views (3,765 per day, Blogger Stats, -100)
* 21,324 web page visits (711 per day, Site-meter) (-51)
* 32,529 page views (1084 per day, Site-meter) (-40) 
*  >1,000 readers on Feedly (+??)
*  1,569 readers via email (Feedburner) (- 74)

Industry database statistics for 8 December 2014:

*  32,514 Ancestry.com Databases 
*  2,147,483,647 profiles in Public Member Trees on Ancestry.com (unchanged)
*  3,847 Birth Marriage and Death Databases on Ancestry.com (+18)
*  575 Census and Voter List Databases on Ancestry.com (+2)
*  113,551,252 Entries in U.S. Find A Grave Database on Ancestry.com (+1,323,605)
*  94,331,869 Entries in Social Security Death Index Database on Ancestry.com (-12)

*  1,857 Record Collections on FamilySearch (+14)
*  858 United States Record Collections on FamilySearch (+12)
*  170 Census and Lists Record Collections on FamilySearch (+4)
*  1,083 Birth, Marriage and Death Record Collections on FamilySearch (+8)
*  93,946,127 Entries in Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch (unchanged)

*  124,060,301 entries in Find A Grave on FamilySearch
*  423,803 Databases on Mocavo.com (+156)

*  5,708,072,169 Historical Records on MyHeritage.com (+36,323,320)
*  1,400,188,663 Profiles in MyHeritage Family Trees (+126,511,743)
*  143,516,772  Profiles in Geni.com World Family Tree (+916,262)

*  1,512 Record Collections on FindMyPast.com (+27)
*  553 U.S. Record Collections on FindMyPast.com (+9)
*  569United Kingdom Record Collections on FindMyPast.com (+16)