Back to Blogging after a Hiatus

Posts on Opening Doors in Brick Walls were suspended during the second half of March and the first week of April.

The groom having fun with his bride in 1978

Genealogy research and blogging took a back seat while my husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. We flew off to Majorca for eleven days of “just the two of us” time. No genealogy and no bikes.

and in 2018.

In 2018 the bride was wearing white and the tradition “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” was also kept. My tiny bit older husband wore a new hat he borrowed from one of the souvenirs shops while I wore a blue scarf with my white windbreaker. He’s still as much fun as he was on our wedding day. Surprisingly, our re-enactment of the 1978 photo took on the first shot.

My photographer/husband, drilled in taking pictures of doors and anything useful for my blog, had a great time with his camera. We visited all corners of the beautiful island and came home with over 1200 photos.

La Seu, the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, viewed through a sculpture by Enrique Brogilla.
Tapas at C’an Martina Restaurante in Porto Petro
Windmills in the countryside.
Calla Millor beach.
Indoor market in Felanitx.
Cap de Formentor

Back home, I had to get caught up with emails and genealogy society business before getting back to researching and blogging. Since I was already on a break I extended it a bit.

I took time to focus on getting Genome Mate Pro (GMP) updated with matches and chromosome data from AncestryDNA, FTDNA, and GEDmatch. Becky Mason Walker, the developer of GMP, added MyHeritage as a source for DNA segments in the latest version but will not be supporting templates for import as she does not use MyHeritage at this time. There are others who are working on templates to do all-in-one imports from the site but as MyHeritage is still adding tools I thought it best to take it slowly. I used Eric Siemmoto’s template (in the files of the GMP FB group) to import MyHeritage chromosome data one match at a time for my top 150 matches.

Having had time to get a bit more familiar with the complex software, I am learning how to better use Genome Mate Pro. I had several very enlighting moments while reviewing matches as there are so many different ways to sort the data. They don’t tell you to watch the videos and read the user guide for nothing!

And now I can get back to opening doors in brick walls.

© 2018, copyright Cathy Meder-Dempsey. All rights reserved.

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

18 thoughts on “Back to Blogging after a Hiatus”

  1. I love how you re-created the wedding. Did someone else take it for you, or did your clever photographer husband somehow hold his arm out and take it? What fun! And the island looks gorgeous. Glad you got a break! We all need them. But welcome back!

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    1. Yes, he somehow held his arm out and took it! I couldn’t believe it turned out. I was expecting to have to try over and over again. I’m terrible at having my picture taken. Now I’m full of energy to get back to work. Thank you, Amy.

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    1. Thank you, Kendra. [Drafting a post…] I’m sifting through my matches for examples of why it’s important for me to look at the matches using a chromosome browser instead of relying on Shared Ancestor Hints and Circles.

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  2. Congratulations on your 40 years together, and Happy Anniversary! I absolutely love the door photos that you seem to find, and this stone one is a very interesting one, that is for sure!

    Diane

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