Randy’s Genealogy Activity Highlights for 2021

  Trying again over the previous yr, I see that I pursued these family tree and household historical past associated actions – it was a Zoom-y yr to say the least!

1)  Talking

*  Gave no shows to genealogical societies this yr.

*  I had deliberate on chopping again in-person shows as a result of journey points, however COVID did the job for me.  Plus, nobody requested!
*  I created no new shows this yr.

2)  Society Work

*  Moderated 12 CVGS Analysis Group month-to-month conferences (in Zoom conferences) with 12 to 30 in attendance.

*  Moderated 11 CVGS DNA Curiosity Group month-to-month conferences (in Zoom conferences) with 15 to 30 in attendance.
*  Hosted 12 CVGS month-to-month Common Conferences (in Zoom conferences) with 30 to 70 in attendance.  We’re recording this system conferences and placing them on the CVGS web site for our members to view.
*  Wrote, edited, printed, mailed and emailed 12 CVGS month-to-month Newsletters (10-12 pages every month) to the CVGS membership.
*  Served on the CVGS Board for the nineteenth consecutive yr as Analysis Group Chair, DNA Group Chair, and E-newsletter Editor, attending month-to-month Board conferences and Common Society program conferences (12 in Zoom).


3)  Training

*  Watched about 50 Household Tree Webinars as a part of my subscriptions to the service.
*  Attended the 2021 RootsTech convention nearly in March, attending lessons, visiting the exhibit corridor, and so forth.

*  Attended the SDGS January and September seminars, and each SDGS on-line program conferences and particular webinars on Zoom.  
*  Attended the SDGS DNA Curiosity Group conferences on Zoom from hosted by Colin Whitney, typically with audio system.
*  Attended a lot of the SDGS British Isles Curiosity Group on Zoom hosted by Colin Whitney.
*  Participated in about 40 Mondays With Myrt webinars through Zoom contributing data, commentary and opinions about occasions within the genea-sphere.  Additionally watched a number of Wacky Wednesday webinars.
*  Watched tons of of YouTube movies about genealogy-related subjects – I subscribe to about 100 YouTube channels for family tree.
*  Learn the NEHGS magazines and downloaded them to my family tree training folders.  American Ancestors additionally supplies digital editions of a lot of periodicals for New England which I search often and obtain articles to my family tree folders.
*  Downloaded syllabus articles from RootsTech, Household Tree Webinars and save them to my training folders.
*  Learn hundreds of genealogy-related weblog posts from tons of of geneabloggers utilizing Feedly each day.

4)  Running a blog

*  Wrote 870+ weblog posts on Genea-Musings within the sixteenth yr of the weblog.  Most of my posts are about my very own analysis (e.g., Amanuensis Monday, Family tree Pot-Pourri, Carringers within the Information, Wordless Wednesday, Treasure Chest Thursday, Seavers within the Information, 52 Ancestors, and Saturday Night time Family tree Enjoyable), however some are genea-curation concerning the trade (e.g., New and Up to date Ancestry Collections; New and Up to date FamilySearch collections; New and Up to date MyHeritage collections; Family tree Information and Training Bytes on Tuesdays and Fridays; and Better of the Genea-Blogs on Sundays), occasional visitor posts, press releases,  questions requested (e.g., Pricey Randy posts), family tree software program, on-line collections, or trade points.  See:
***  Randy’s “Best” Genea-Musings Posts in 2021
***  High 50 Most Seen Posts in 2021 on Genea-Musings

*  I now have about 13.2 million web page views on the Genea-Musings weblog based on Google.


5)  DNA Checks and Evaluation

*  I’ve autosomal DNA check outcomes at AncestryDNA (check), MyHeritageDNA (add), FamilyTreeDNA (check), 23andMe (check), and Residing DNA (add).
*  Reviewed my DNA matches frequently, and made notes concerning the match knowledge, together with recognized relationships and customary ancestors.  I’ve spreadsheets for the very best matches on AncestryDNA and MyHeritageDNA matches with collected data.  I often obtain my Shared DNA segments from MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.
*  Created AutoCluster teams for MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe  utilizing the Genetic Affairs program.  

*  Began DNA Painter chromosome mapping primarily based on recognized widespread ancestors on MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and 23andMe.

6)  Family tree Analysis and Household Timber

*  Used RootsMagic as my “grasp” household tree program on my desktop and laptop computer computer systems.  See   My RootsMagic Family tree Database Statistics Replace – 1 January 2022 for my progress on my household tree.  Upgraded to RootsMagic Model 8 in early October and realized the ropes.

*  Continued to analysis, discover, supply and enter data on my ancestors and descendants of my fifth great-grandparents to assist discover widespread ancestors with DNA matches.
*  Use the WebHints for Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, and FamilySearch to add content material (names, relationships, occasions, dates, locations, notes and supply citations) for data discovered that apply to every profile.  
*  Looked for extra data for chosen profiles on all the websites, including content material and supply citations for data discovered that apply to every profile.  
*  Mined chosen report collections on Ancestry (utilizing the precise database device for Ancestry Member Tree profiles), on MyHeritage (discovering Document Matches for a particular assortment for my MyHeritage tree profiles), on Findmypast (Document Hints on Findmypast tree profiles), and on FamilySearch Document Hints for FamilySearch Household Tree profiles.
*  TreeShared weekly the adjustments to the RootsMagic tree to my Ancestry Member Tree, which generates extra Document Hints for these profiles.  Up to date my Findmypast and MyHeritage timber utilizing GEDCOM in early 2021.
*  Matched my RootsMagic profiles with FamilySearch Household Tree profiles frequently utilizing the FamilySearch instruments in RootsMagic, and add or edit Household Tree profiles and/or RootsMagic profiles so as to add content material, notes and supply citations.
*  Began the Common Society of Mayflower Descendants membership course of – submitted the preliminary kind and am engaged on the appliance kind and supporting documentation.  Suspended as a result of Linda’s fall and hospitalization.
*  Wrote Randy’s Greatest Family tree Discoveries in 2021 to summarize my family tree analysis efforts.

7)  Digital Knowledge Upkeep

*  Added digital photographs of family tree data, together with downloaded books or articles, to my ancestral training, surname and household recordsdata on a daily “as discovered” foundation.
*  Added different genealogy-related paperwork (e.g., CVGS Newsletters, presentation slides and handouts, and so forth.) to my Family tree file folder.  
*  Backed up the digital picture recordsdata to Google Drive and iDrive within the cloud day by day, and a few recordsdata to Dropbox for switch to the laptop computer on an as-needed foundation.  

8)  Abstract

*  That is what I do virtually day-after-day for five to 11 hours a day seemingly chained to my laptop; plus eat and sleep, however I often take a mid-day nap to recharge.  I labored about 3,000 hours on genealogy-related actions in 2021.  Did not make any cash.  I believe I am my very own boss.  Made a number of discoveries and had a number of genea-fun.  

*  I really gained extra family tree and analysis time as a result of COVID, however now go to Linda day-after-day for an hour on the reminiscence care facility.
*   I nonetheless discover a while for household actions (just a few visits with the daughters and grandkids – some on Facetime and Duo, and church (some on Zoom).  We went to 5 Padres video games this yr earlier than Linda’s fall, and watched Padres baseball on TV, Chargers soccer on TV, and Aztecs soccer/basketball on TV, and studying fiction whereas watching TV).  Then there’s family chores (cooking, laundry and cleansing, however I am lax).  I verify Fb and Twitter day by day, and skim or watch native information and political information/occasions on-line and on TV. 


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