Friday, October 31, 2014

My Geneaholic Friday - 31 October 2014

Ten months down, two to go.  They're going to be busy!  We had 9 trick or treaters tonight.

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Hallowe'en Names Revisited posted, and then that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 44: #51 Elizabeth (King) Spangler (1796-1863) posted.

*  Got email that the OASIS class was cancelled again, drat!  At least I didn't copy all of the handouts!

*  Worked for several hours in the Eastham vital record books on FamilySearch looking for Elizabeth Dill's birth record.  It still eludes me.  copied some pages so I can look at them easier.

*  Wrote New or Updated Databases - October 23-31, 2014.

*  Worked in the Hints - did the Pennsylvania Death Certificate database, and then 30 more in the 1940 Census database - down to 38 to do.

*  Decided to write Hallowe'en Pranks in San Diego in 1906 to celebrate.

*  Went in at 4:15 p.m. to read the paper, watch TV news, and take a nap.  Ate dinner, washed the dishes too.  

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, write the Surname Saturday post and SNGF post.  Worked in Ancestry adding content and sources - down through Howe.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  genealogy today was 11.5 hours.

Monthly Stats time:

Here are the numbers from my RootsMagic database as of 31 October (with increases in the numbers from 30 September 2014 in parentheses):

* 43,681 persons (+ 306)
* 17,447 families  (+ 105)
* 134,501 events  (+ 1832)
* 7,670 places  (+ 101)

* 1122 sources (+ 15)
* 56,352 citations (+ 1632)
*  1043 Multi-media Items (+ 4)

*  2,808 Multimedia links (+ 12)

 I'm up to 41.90%  (+0.65%) for citations/events and 129.00% (+2.84%) for citations/persons.

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

*  Genea-Musings traffic rank:  Worldwide: 389,851; US: 80,828 (Alexa)

*  119,831 page views (3,865 per day, Blogger Stats,+142)
* xx,xxx web page visits (xxx per day, Site-meter) (-??) Sitemeter is down
* yy,yyy page views (yyyy per day, Site-meter) (- ??) Sitemeter is down
*  >1,000 readers on Feedly (+??)
*  1,643 readers via email (Feedburner) (+ 39)

Industry database statistics for 31 October 2014:

*  32,467 Databases 
*  2,147,483,647 profiles in Public Member Trees on
*  3,829 Birth Marriage and Death Databases on 
*  573 Census and Voter List Databases on
*  112,227,647 Entries in U.S. Find A Grave Database on
*  94,331,881 Entries in Social Security Death Index Database on

*  1,841 Record Collections on FamilySearch
*  846 United States Record Collections on FamilySearch
*  166 Census and Lists Record Collections on FamilySearch
*  1,075 Birth, Marriage and Death Record Collections on FamilySearch
*  93,946,127 Entries in Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch

*  421,647 Databases on

*  5,671,748,849 Historical Records on
*  1,273,676,920 Profiles in MyHeritage Family Trees
*  142,600,510 Profiles in World Family Tree

*  1,485 Record Collections on
*  544 U.S. Record Collections on
*  553 United Kingdom Record Collections on

Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Geneaholic Thursday - 30 October 2014

Hallowe'en is tomorrow...this was a quiet and peaceful and genealogy day at home!

*  Read email and blogs, and wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 238: Henry Austin Carringer's 1888 Great Register of Voters Entry and then printed off the OASIS syllabus material for next Monday.

*  Researched and wrote Demonstrating Adding Hints in a Specific Database to my RootsMagic Database.

*  Worked in Pennsylvania Death Certificates on Ancestry and finished the Seaver folks.  Added some persons and more content and sources.

*  Wrote three blog posts for the CV Genealogy Cafe blog.  Answered some email.  Checked Facebook.

*  Worked on Elizabeth King Spangler's data, adding notes and media and sources, getting it ready for the 52 Ancestors bio.  Wondered about a burial location, and think it may be in Conneautville.  Found a possible in Find A Grave but the death year is wrong...but the death date is correct!  Requested a photograph.  Created a profile for Daniel Spangler also in Sheakleyville Cemetery, and requested a photo.  Wrote When and Where Did Elizabeth (King) Spangler (1796-1863) Die or Be Buried?

*  Went in at 5:15 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner, water the front yard, and wash the dishes.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, and wrote the 52 Ancestors post.  Downloaded the handouts and some presentations from the NARA Virtual Conference 2014.  Wrote the Halloween post.

*  Worked in the database on the Ho names, got down into Hopkins.

*  Had the random thought to see if James H Dill was on FamlySearch and he was...along with the other children of Thomas and Hannah Dill, including Elizabath.  Checked the film number, found it on the FamilySearch Town Records database, and searched for them and can't find them.  Very frustrating!  Worked for an hour going page by page, then found an index and Thomas wasn't there.  Will have to look some more!

*  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 12.5 hours!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Geneaholic Wednesday - 29 October 2014

This was a busy day, mainly due to the CVGS program today.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Hallowe'en Costumes in 1960 -- Post 331 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and Dear Randy: Do You Research All Family Tree Connections? and set it for later.  Practiced the RM HOA trick with Russ.

*  We left at 10:40 a.m. for the library, then for lunch at In 'n' Out, and then to Bonita library for the CVGS program by Annette Hubbell.  Excellent!

*  Home by 2:45 p.m. to read, practice the HOA material, and wrote an OBG "Different" Occupations in the 1880 U.S. Census.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch the World Series, eat dinner, and put out the trash.  Online at 5:40 p.m. to join the HOA, then talked about Searching a Specific Database on, demonstrating the steps to get them, then adding content to my RootsMagic database.  The Wacky Wednesday HOA is at

*  Went in to watch the end of the Series - Giants won 3-2 over Royals.  Baseball is done, now I can do more research and writing in the evenings.

*  Online at 8:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook, add content from Ancestry to the database (got down to Hooper), and wrote this post. Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Geneaholic Tuesday - 28 October 2014

This was an all genealogy day until the evening - then World Series and Finding Your Roots.

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Tuesday's Tip - NEHGS Subject Guides at the Learning Center and then New or Updated Collections at FamilySearch - 19-25 October 2014 and set it for later.  Tried to watch the NARA webinar but it was boring.

*  Edited the last three OASIS presentations and handouts, and made PDFs.  Put them in Dropbox for safe keeping.  Need to print the handouts on Friday or Saturday and get everything on the laptop by Sunday.

*  Wrote ISHFWE "Excellence in Writing" Competition Call for Entries and then NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair is FREE This Week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - Updated and set it for later.

*  Worked on 1940 US Census entries, got the list down from 87 to 70, adding sources and content.  Did a Seaver search on Ancestry for the 1940 Census, and received 1715 matches.  Worked from the top of the list - added several generations in one family line adding content and sources.  My estimate is that I have about 25% of those Seaver folks in my database.  Sources at 56,169.

*  Went in to watch the World Series, eat dinner, read the paper, water the front yard, wash dishes, and finish my book.  I switched over to Finding Your Roots in the 8th inning when it was 10-0.  so Wednesday will be the finish.

*  Finding Your Roots was interesting - mostly for the records shown.  The "guests" were not very voluble tonight.

*  Online at 9:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook, write the Wordless Wednesday post, and write this post.  genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Monday, October 27, 2014

My Geneaholic Monday - 27 October 2014

It's almost the end of October - wow!  Need to find a costume for Wednesday and Friday!

*  Read email and blogs, noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 241: 1873 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Devier J. and Abbie A. Smith to James McMonigal posted.

*  Joined the Mondays With Myrt panel - see  Didn't talk about the Record Hints on Ancestry, but did talk about several other topics.

*  Read, answered email, renewed my Ancestry subscription, checked FamilySearch and Ancestry for new databases, and had lunch.  Checked Mocavo and MyHeritage for new databases also. Wrote NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair is FREE This Week - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

*  Worked in Kinpoint, and wrote Kinpoint Can Be Used To Find Research Opportunities and set it for later.  Found out that the TreeSeek chart still isn't updated to FSFT.

*  Worked in the 1940 census some more - got the 111 entries down to 87, adding sources and content.  Then added content to FamilySearch Family tree from RootsMagic.

*  Went in at 5:25 p.m. to read the paper, watch TV news, eat dinner, and wash the dishes.  

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, answer email, and work in FSFT matching in the Hazard/Oatley lines.  Then reviewed the Place list and resolved quite a few.  Worked in in the Ho surnames, got down to Hol adding sources and content.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, and wrote this post.  genealogy today was 12.0 hours.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My Geneaholic Sunday - 26 October 2014

Since the was no Chargers game today, I did some genealogy work.

*  Read email and blogs, and finished up Best of the Genea-Blogs - 19 to 25 October 2014.

*  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m. and home by 11:45 a.m.  Watched football, then came in and worked on the last 9 1940 US Census entries.  Then went into my AMT and found more lines without Hints, so made Ancestry Hint them too.  Ended up with 99 more 1940 census entries.  

*  Wrote the Amanuensis Monday post, then wrote CVGS Program Meeting on 29 October - "Witness to Gettysburg" and set for later in the afternoon.  Also sent the email to CVGS members.

*  Watched football, then baseball, ate dinner, watered the front yard, washed dishes, and read my book.  giants won Game 5, 5-0 over Royals, so up 3-2.  

*  Online at 8:15 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook, work in the database - finished up the Hi surnames and working on the Ho surnames.  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 6.0 hours.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Geneaholic Saturday - 25 October 2014

A nice family history story lesson, data entry, and baseball...what a great combination.

*  Read email quickly, then off to the SDGS Volunteer Appreciation morning with Dawn Thurston.  She gave two talks about writing your memoirs, good stuff.

*  Home by 12:30 to eat lunch, note that Surname Saturday - GOBLE (England to colonial Massachusetts) and Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Photographs Through the Generations posted.

*  Worked in the 1940 US Census database again - got the 29 remaining Hints down to 9 while adding more content and sources.  Sources at 56,009 now.

*  Went in at 4:30 p.m. to watch football, then baseball, read the paper, took a nap, ate dinner, read my new book, and washed dishes.  Giants won 11-4 in 4 hours to even the series at 2-2.

*  Online at 9 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, answer email, check Facebook, and write this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.

Friday, October 24, 2014

My Geneaholic Friday -24 October 2014

This was a fairly full genealogy day - I got quite a bit done!

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 43: #50 Daniel Spangler (1781-1851), and then Updates Pennsylvania Death Certificates - Now 1906-1963 and set it for later.

*  Started on the OASIS presentation and syllabus.  Edited the OCCGS syllabus and sent it off.

*  Worked in the 1940 US Census Record Hints, got it down to 29, added more content and sources. 

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of post, wrote the Surname Saturday post, and wrote  Hopping Down the 1940 U.S. Census Rabbit Trail.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch the World Series, eat dinner, read the paper, wash dishes and finish my J.D. Robb book.  Royals won game 3 3-2 over Giants.

*  Online at 8:30 p.m. to read, wrote the SNGF post, and then worked in Ancestry adding content and sources.   Sources now 55,924.

*  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My Geneaholic Thursday - 23 October 2014

My birthday, ho hum.  21 years past 50...was great until the Charger game, then PFFFFFFFFFFT.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 237: San Diego Library/Archives Special Collections and BillionGraves Plus Features and set it for later.

*  Answered email, added to the Best Of post, and filled out the two contracts and sent them off.  

*  Worked on the 1940 US Census matches, Did 22 of them, but also added some source citations from other records.  Sources now at 55,820.

*  Found an obituary for James Warren Sever to help a reader, and transcribed it into the database.

*  Wrote Dear Randy: How Can I Find Free Records About My Family?  Had to go to the store for spaghetti sauce in them iddle of it.  Came back and finished the post before dinner.

*  Ate dinner and watched Chargers pre-game show, then the game.  14-7 Denver at the half.  Then 28-14 at the end of 3 quarters, and a final of 35-21 Denver.  Drat.  Defense played poorly, offense couldn't run.

*  Online at 8:45 p.m. to read, answer email, check Facebook, then read some of the novel.  Genealogy today was 9.0 hours.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

My Geneaholic Day - 22 October 2013

This was not much of a writing or research day, but I did do some genealogy work.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Aunt Marion and Aunt Gerry Visit in 1978 -- Post 330 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and researched and wrote Searching for Persons and Cemeteries on BillionGraves and set it for later.

*  Checked the San Diego Central Library catalog for archival items - found some.  Left at 11 a.m. for lunch at McDonalds and then to the parking garage for the carpool to the San Diego Central Library.  

*  We got there at 12 noon, staked out a table, and I had Kate the librarian bring out the Great Registers for San Diego and found Henry A. Carringer in 1888.  Looked in 1908 also, but it was only for other cities in the county, not San Diego City.  She said they didn't have them.  Drat.  So she brought out several more items, including an 1897 booklet about the merits of San Diego, and 1910, 1920 and 1930 newspaper clippings with Marston Company advertisements.  I also perused some of the SDGS booklets of transcriptions of vital records.  Also met rick Crawford and explained my San Diego family connection.

*  We left at 3 p.m. and I was home by 3:45 p.m. Read, then dozed off for 10 minutes, and we left at 4:40 p.m. for LaMaze and my birthday dinner.  I had prime rib, baked potato and veggies.  Came home to watch World Series Game 2, which the Royals won 7-2.  

*  Online at 8 p.m. to read, answer email, check Facebook, and then added transcriptions and sources for the amanuensis Monday and Treasure Chest Thursday posts where I didn't have them in my database.  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 8.5 hours.