Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Non-Geneaholic Sunday - 31 August 2014

It was not a good (or bad) genealogy day...just a typical summer Sunday in the genea-cave.  And the last day of August.  2014 is now two thirds gone, monthwise!  I need to start planning for 2015 trips, presentations, conferences, etc.

*  Read email and blogs, finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 24 to 30 August 2014 post.

*  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m., and home by 11:30 a.m.  Watched TV news while Linda did her thing on the computer.  Online briefly at 12:30 to read and add to the FGS post.

*  Went in at 1:10 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, take a nap.  Padres lost 7-1 to the Dodgers.  Drat.  Bullpen failed.  

*  Online at 4:15 p.m. to read, then started the Amanuensis Monday post.

*  Went in for dinner at 5 p.m., watched TV news, watered the front year, and washed dishes.

*  Online at 6:30 p.m. to read, then work in the FamilySearch Family Tree - ran into all kinds of roadblocks due to being unable to merge people.  Answered some email.  Checked Facebook.  

*  Searched for something to write for Monday...finally did it.  Wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 5.0 hours.

Monthly Stats time:

Here are the numbers from my RootsMagic database as of 31 August (with increases in the numbers from 31 July 2014 in parentheses):

* 43,230 persons (+ 162)
* 17,264 families  (+ 62)
* 132,137 events  (+ 552)
* 7,508 places  (+ 115)

* 1095 sources (+ 23)
* 53,670 citations (+ 404)
*  1005 Multi-media Items (+ 76)

*  2,709 Multimedia links (+ 175)

 I'm up to 40.62%  (+0.14%) for citations/events and 124.15% (+0.47%) for citations/persons.

Genea-Musings statistics for August (compared to stats for July 2014):

*  Genea-Musings traffic rank:  Worldwide: 468,264; US: 222,862 (Alexa)

*  107,742 page views (3,476 per day, Blogger Stats, -131)
* 23,245 web page visits (750 per day, Site-meter) (+ 32)
* 35,068 page views (1,131 per day, Site-meter) (+ 74)
*  >1,000 readers on Feedly (+??)
*  1,594 readers via email (Feedburner) (+ 128)

Industry database statistics for 31 August 2014:

*  32,375 Databases
*  2,147,483,647 profiles in Public Member Trees on
*  3,779 Birth Marriage and Death Databases on 
*  572 Census and Voter List Databases on
*  105,282,139 Entries in U.S. Find A Grave Database on
*  94,331,881 Entries in Social Security Death Index Database on

*  1,804 Record Collections on FamilySearch
*  837 United States Record Collections on FamilySearch
*  159 Census and Lists Record Collections on FamilySearch
*  1,057 Birth, Marriage and Death Record Collections on FamilySearch
*  93,946,127 Entries in Social Security Death Index on FamilySearch

*  421,654 Databases on

*  5,397,121,264 Historical Records on
*  1,349,333,967 Profiles in MyHeritage Family Trees
*  141,865,137 Profiles in World Family Tree

*  1,440 Record Collections on
*  560 U.S. Record Collections on
*  511 United Kingdom Record Collections on

Saturday, August 30, 2014

My Non-Geneaholic Friday and Saturday - 29-30 August 2014

Between the grandgirls and the Padres games, I didn't get a whole lot done these two days.  Really, just blogging.

1)  Friday, 29 August 2014:

*  Read email and blogs on my phone, then noted that 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 35: #42 John Rich (1791-1868) posted. Not sure what I did the rest of the morning, besides take care of and play with the girls.  

*  Researched and wrote Dear Randy: How Do I Cite an Online City Directory? and we took off at 1 p.m. to go to the financial advisor.  The girls went with us.  We were home by 3:15 p.m.

*  Answered email, and wrote Mobile App Has New Features.  Wrote the Surname Saturday post.

*  We left at 5:15 p.m. for El Pollo Loco for dinner, and home by 7 p.m. in time for the Padres game.  Added to the Best Of and FGS posts.

*  Watched Padres game, went 12 innings - we won 3-2 over Dodgers, but it was 11:30 by the time it ended.  Didn't journal.  Genealogy today was about 5.0 hours.

2)  Saturday, 30 August 2014:

*  Got up late, and got the girls squared away, read email and blogs on my phone, then added to the Best Of and FGS posts.  Wrote the SNGF post.  noted that Surname Saturday - HILL (England to colonial Massachusetts) posted.

*  Got the girls packed up, and we left at 11:30 a.m. to meet Tami in Carlsbad to pass them back to her at In n Out.  We were home by 2 p.m.  Noted that Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How Many Sarah LNU's Are in Your Genealogy Database? posted.

*  Went in and watched football, then news, and took a short nap.  We left at 3:45 p.m. for the trolley, and then to Petco Park for the Padres game.  We won 2-1 in 10 innings over the Dodgers, so now 64-70 on the season.  

*  Home by 10 p.m. to read, check Facebook, and I'm tired!  Genealogy today was maybe 3.0 hours.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Geneaholic Thursday - 28 August 2014

Only three more days left in August, where did this month go?  With the girls here this week, I don't have time to do any research, but I have some fun with them.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 229: Quaker Church Marriage Record for Thomas Gach and Elizabeth Bloodgood in 1721.

*  Took the girls to the library for reading books, then to Plaza Bonita for lunch, and the store to get the lemonade for Audrey's stand.  We got back about 1:30, and they went off with Linda to swim at 2:30 p.m.

*  Researched and wrote Use Descendancy View to See Record Hints, Research Suggestions and Data Problems on FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  Checked Facebook, added to the Best Of and FGS compendium posts, and worked a bit in the Hilperton records adding sources to the database.  

*  At 5 p.m., Audrey and I went out and set up her lemonade stand.  I took a picture and put it on Facebook.  Several neighbors came by and bought lemonade, but she and Lauren drank some of the stock.  We left for dinner at 6 p.m., stopped at Lolita's for Linda, then Chik Fil A for the rest of us.  Home by 7:30 p.m.

*  Researched and wrote the 52 Ancestors post.  Got the girls into bed but not asleep yet.  Added to the Best Of and FGS posts, checked Facebook, and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 7.0 hours.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My Geneaholic Wednesday - 27 August 2014

This was a busy day with the grandgirls here and the CVGS program meeting.  I got some things accomplished, though!

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Ed and Janet and Fred and Betty - Post 322 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and FGS President D. Joshua Taylor Named Honorary Mayor of La Villita and "Hispanic Research Day in San Diego County" at San Diego Central Library on 6 September 2014 and set the last two for later in the day.  I also played a bit with the girls.

*  Packed up the laptop and the projector and off at 11 a.m. for McDonalds for lunch, and then to the library for the CVGS program meeting.  Helped Hal get set up, and he had a full 90 minutes for his British Research talk.  Excellent information and examples.  

*  Home by 3 p.m. to read, then made the chart and wrote My Descent From William I "the Conqueror," King of England.  Added to the Best Of and FGS compendium posts too.

*  Went in to watch TV news, took a short nap, and we left at 6:15 p.m. for Subway and McDonalds for dinner.  

*  Home by 7:30 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, and put the trash out.  Switched over to WDYTYA? at 9 p.m., the Minnie Driver episode, and it was boring, so watched more of the Padres.  They won 3-2 in 10 innings over Brewers, so now 62-70.  Second half of WDYTYA? Minnie Driver episode was more interesting.

*  Online at 10 p.m. to read, add to the compendium and Best Of posts, check Facebook, and write this post.  Genealogy today was 7.0 hours.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Geneaholic Tuesday - 26 August 2014

I'm back from Santa Cruz and the visit with my daughter and grandsons.  I got back on Monday afternoon, and we went to the Padres game Monday night, so I did nothing genealogy wise since Thursday except read email and blogs and edit some blog posts.

*  This morning, I read email and blogs, then wrote Tuesday's Tip - Check Out the WikiPedia List of Online Newspaper Archives and FamilySearch Obituary Collection is Expanding and set it for early afternoon.  Also started the FGS blog compendium post.

*  We left at 11:30 a.m. for Carlsbad to meet Tami and the grandgirls at In n Out for lunch.  We brought the girls home with use, and were home by 2 p.m.  I read, then went in and took a nap, while they went swimming with Linda.  

*  We went to dinner at 5:15 p.m. to El Pollo Loco, and home by 6:30 p.m. Caught up on the Best Of and FGS posts.  Then in to watch the Padres game.  The girls finally went to bed about the time it was over at 10 p.m.  Pads won 4-1 over Brewers, so now 61-70 and still mired in third place in the West. We'll be lucky to win 76 games, I think.  Noted that FGS 2014 Conference Blog Compendium posted.

*  Online at 10 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of and FGS posts, and write this post.  Genealogy today was 4.5 hours.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My Geneaholic Thursday - 21 August 2014

It was a stay-at-home day again, but the rest of the week won't be!  I'll be back on Monday...grandchildren are calling!

*  Read email and blogs, wrote Treasure Chest Thursday - Post 228: Quaker Church Birth Record for Martha Gach and research and wrote Family Trees on - Post 3: Source Citations and set it for later.  Major FAIL IMHO on that, but probably easy to fix.

*  Wrote a post for Friday, then wrote Best Way to Match Parents in FamilySearch Family Tree Using RootsMagic - Part 2 and set it for the afternoon.  Wrote a post for Saturday and one for Monday too.

*  Watched Russ's webinar on Find A Grave, answered email and read blogs, added to the Best Of blog, and then worked in the Quaker records some more - captured more images for ancestors, and added a bunch of source citations.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to eat dinner and watch TV news.  Back online at 5:30 p.m. to read, do more Quaker record source citations.  Went in at 7 p.m. to watch the Padres game.  Fast game, over by 9:30, Dodgers hit a 2-run homer in the 8th to win it 2-1.  Drat.  So now 59-67.

*  Online at 9:30 to read, check Facebook, and write this post,  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My Geneaholic Wednesday - 20 August 2014

It seems like August just started, and now it's almost over.  Strange how time flies when you're having fun, isn't it?

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Uncle Ed and Aunt Janet Visit San Diego -- Post 321 for (Not So) Wordless Wednesday and Cyndi Ingle Featured at San Diego Genealogical Society Seminar on 27 September and set it for later.  Researched and wrote Family Trees on - Post 2: Navigation Aids and Profile Tabs and set it for mid-afternoon.

*  Left at 11 a.m. for McDonalds for lunch, then to the bank and the library - stopped to see John for awhile, then got the Computer Lab opened and set up the projector for the CVGS Computer Group.  We had only 8 in attendance, but I think they learned something.  

*  Home by 2 p.m. to read, took a short nap at the desk, then helped Linda a bit with food for the pastor.  Wrote two Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe posts, and tried to work in AmericanAncestors but it was really slow.

*  Went in for dinner at 4:45 p.m., watched TV news.  Put out the trash too.  Online at 5:30 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, worked in Ancestry adding source citations for Seaver census records, and then worked in AmericanAncestors until 7:15 p.m. downloading images of vital record books for the Seaver line.  

*  Went in at 7:20 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper, then the AmericanAncestors magazine, and watched WDYTYA Kelsey Grammer episode.  Interesting trail he took - seemed mundane, but that's pretty much how all of mine is!  Watched the end of the Pdres game, we won 4-1 over Dodgers, so now 59-66.

*  Online at 10:15 p.m. to read, write this post, check Facebook, and done.  Genealogy today was 9.5 hours.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

My Geneaholic Tuesday - 19 August 2014

This would have been my grandmother's 115th birthday - Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977), and my father-in-law's 103rd birthday, Leo Severt Leland (1911-2002).   I loved them both dearly.

*  Read email and blogs, then wrote Tuesday's Tip - Use "Record Hints" to Add Sources to FamilySearch Family Tree and MyCanvas Not Being Discontinued - Alexander's Will Adopt It and set it for later.

*  Worked in Family Tree for awhile, adding sources and matching persons and events.  Answered some email.  Contributed to Jill's genea-dictionary too.  Added captured images and sources to the database.

*  Created a GEDCOM and uploaded it to FindMyPast.  Researched and wrote Family Trees on - Post 1: Creating the Tree, and Basic Navigation.  Watched two Between the Leaves videos from the Ancestry chicks.  Checked Facebook.

*   Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news and eat dinner.  Online at 6 p.m. to read, then captured VR book images on AmericanAncestors for ancestors with BMD in Mass.  Got the Hildreth/Sawtell line done, I think.  Lots more to do.  

*  Went in at 7:15 p.m. to watch the Padres game, read the paper and finish my CJ Box book.  I love his stuff.  Read email and blogs on my phone while Dodgers won 8-6.  Drat, now 58-66.

*  Online at 10:30 p.m. to read, then write this post.  Genealogy today was 10.0 hours.

Monday, August 18, 2014

My Geneaholic Monday - 18 August 2014

I really missed having Mondays With Myrt today....had to find things to do!  Succeeded!

*  Read email and blogs, then noted that Amanuensis Monday - Post 231: 1791 Upper Canada Land Petition of Abraham Dafoe posted and wrote My Autosomal DNA Quandary Persists and set it for later.  Wrote the 52 Ancestors post for Friday this week since I'll be away by then.

*  Answered email, and did more work in the FamilySearch Family Tree matching and merging ancestral families for several hours.  Got a lot done.  Wrote Best Way to Match Parents in Familysearch Family Tree Using RootsMagic - Part I.

*  Captured Sawtell and Stone vital record book images from AmericanAncestors.  Went in for dinner at 5:30 p.m., watched TV news, and was back online at 6:15 p.m. to capture more VR data and add media and sources to the database.  Worked in FamilySearch Family Tree on these families also.

*  Worked in the Har surnames to add content and sources.  Added several ancestral families for James in his Hard line.  Still a lot to do, and there's some cousin potential here with Tami.

*  Added to the Best Of post, checked Facebook and wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 12.0 hours.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

My Geneaholic Sunday - 17 August 2014

I got quite a bit done today in genealogy - even prepared a bit for my weekend away next week.

*  Read email and blogs, finished up the Best of the Genea-Blogs - 10 to 16 August 2014 post.

*  We went off to church at 9:30 a.m., and home by 11:15 a.m.  Watched the Padres-Cards game, SL went up 5-0 in 3 innings, Pads fought back but lost 7-6.  Now 58-65.

*  Online at 2:15 p.m. to read, wrote three posts for the weekend, plus one for Monday, and Post #8000 on Genea-Musings.

*  Went in at 5 p.m. to watch TV news, eat dinner, water the front yard, and wash the dishes.  Online at 6:15 p.m. to read, add to the Best Of post, check Facebook, and worked in FamilySearch Family Tree getting several families straightened out - duplicate entries, too many parents, etc.  Worked in RootsMagic also matching my database folks with FSFT folks.  Found a secret to avoid creating spurious families using RootsMagic.  Will blog about it.

*  Read, then wrote this post.  Genealogy today was 6.0 hours.