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Monday Genea-Pourri – Week Ending 10 January 2021

 Here are the highlights of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society board meeting and reported on the monthly Research Group meeting, the monthly DNA Interest Group meeting, and the monthly newsletter.   Wrote, edited, published and distributed the January 2021 CVGS Family History Gazette to the society members via email.

2)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society monthly meeting featuring two presentations by Diahan Southard on “Organizing Your DNA Results” and “Ask the Wife!”  Excellent talks.

3)  Participated in today’s Mondays With Myrt webinar.  We discussed 2020 genealogical research successes, the Nantucket Historical Association records, Facebook groups, the FAN club, USA passports, Norway visits, DNA company changes, and Myrt’s Journal.

4)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of my 7th great-grandmother #575 Bennett (Freeman) Paine (1671-after 1716) of Eastham, Mass. for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday. 

5)  Transcribed a probate record in Amanuensis Monday — 1703 Will of John Mainord (1630-1711) of Marlborough, Massachusetts  for Amanuensis Monday today.  


6)  Added Notes to 13 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors, and added connecting lines of DNA matches to three Common Ancestors in my RootsMagic family tree.  Ancestry added 67 new DNA matches this past week, with one new ThruLine.   MyHeritage added 21 new DNA matches.   Reviewed the new DNA matches on  AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

7)  Started my first DNAPainter Chromosome Mapping using known relationships on MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  I still have many more to do, but I started (a year after deciding to do it).

8)  There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 39,875 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 149).

9)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 60,985 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 126), and 131,516 source citations (up 485).   I TreeShared with my Ancestry Member Tree twice this week updating 306 profiles, and I resolved 1,536 Ancestry Hints.  I’ve fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 146,202 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily. 

10)  Worked a bit gathering copies of supporting evidence for two generations on my Mayflower Society application for William White.  Doing this, I identified several more “certificates” I need to obtain for the application.  

11)  Wrote 16 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — What Do You Take After From Your Parents and Grandparents?  with over 281 views.  

12)  We are still fine here at the Genea-cave, hunkered down and not going out much in Week 43 of COVID-19 isolation.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Friday, and it wasn’t too busy.  I went to the dental hygienist on Thursday.  Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing genealogy, eating, sleeping, cleaning, and a little yard work.  I watched some of the playoff  football games on Saturday and Sunday, and I continued reading a mystery fiction ebook on my laptop.

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