DNA testing for me

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I haven’t posted anything about this before but I thought I might as well write a little about my DNA experience.

First I took a FamilyTreeDNA test back in February 2015 got the results on 16 April 2015. You hear about of all the surprises people have when they get their results such as “oh wow! I have Jewish ancestry!” or “BAM, off I go to find the native american ancestry in my results!”

Well no such reveals for me…..But there were a couple of small surprises

97% European…..hmm, not a big surprise there.

Of that 87% British Isles…..no big shocker
5% Scandinavian…..OK a little shocked at this
4% Eastern European…..a little surprised with this
1% Southern European…..hmm this may explain my fiery temper😉

1% East Asian (specifically North East Asian)…..OK this did surprise me a little

1% Middle Eastern (specifically Asia Minor)…..again pretty surprising

The biggest surprise to me……the number of matches I have who don’t have a family tree uploaded. Or if they do have one uploaded (I get all excited when I see the possibility of one being there) it only shows their name😦

I know people take DNA tests for many reasons but I guess I had assumed (I know, I know what that word does!) that at least the majority of people testing would put up a tree.

Have any of you had a surprise or big reveal you weren’t expecting in your DNA results?

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So why do I sneeze so much?

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A couple of weeks ago one of my Facebook friends, J Paul Hawthorne of GeneaSpy blog, posted an Excel spreadsheet that went viral on social media. In his spreadsheet he listed where 5 generations of his family were born. I thought what a wonderful idea it was so I joined in on the fun. It wasn’t until a day ago I realized what a wonderful thing to post to this blog.

So here it is:

My Five Generation Custom Chart JPH v2 Birth Places

I’m the first one on the left. My parents are the next row and so on. SOOOO, seeing this I have one question……..why am I so allergic to Kentucky’s native flora? I mean my ancestors have lived, worked and worshiped in this state for over 200 years! Shouldn’t that make MY body more accustomed to the native pollen in this state?

Well anyway it is interesting to see all of the Kentucky listed on the chart. I guess to get a little color variation I could list the different counties and make them different colors.

What would your chart look like?

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Tuesday’s Tip – Ganging up on unlabeled pictures

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As I updated you all yesterday about what I have been doing to keep myself busy the last couple of months, I thought I’d pass along a little tip I have picked up.

Unfortunately, not all of the pictures in my piles can be forwarded to unsuspecting I mean lucky recipients. This is because they have not been labeled or identified as of yet.

What is a researching genealogist to do?

How about enlisting help from the distant cousin mentioned earlier? The main reason I “enlisted” his help in this project is because he has a different set of pictures and a different knowledge base than I do. So I thought the two of us might be able to “gang up” on the unlabeled pictures in both of our collections.

Here’s a couple examples of our successes:

First case – I emailed Cousin Joe a picture I know was taken at a family reunion and based on my mother’s apparent age in the picture was taken in the 40’s. I listed the names of the people I knew in the picture (which was only my mother, her parents and siblings) and asked Joe if he could name the people in the picture which he knew. He emails me back the next day with the name of everyone else in the picture. Success #1

Second case – Cousin Joe emails me two pictures of unknowns in his collection and ask me if I knew anything about either one of them. The first picture was of a couple with which I was unfamiliar. Fail #1 But the second one was of a baby sitting outside in a rocking chair. I immediately recognized this baby as one I had in my collection. Not only did I know the name of the baby, I could tell him the month and year the picture was taken. I was only able to do this because I had the companion picture to his picture. My picture contained my mother’s oldest sister standing beside the very same rocking chair holding the very same baby……my mother’s oldest brother. The information on the back of my picture was written by my grandmother so I am pretty certain as to the accuracy of the information. Success #2

In most of the pictures we have been questioning each other about, we have been able to help each other probably a good 40% of the time.

So if you have a group of pictures you aren’t sure who the people are in them (who doesn’t have those?) try “ganging up” on them with a fellow researcher, distant cousin, elderly relative or neighbors that lived near your families.

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What I’ve been up to lately?

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I have written before how I was starting to label my parents & grandparents pictures. Well since then I’ve inherited more pictures from an aunt and a distant cousin, who is also going through inherited family pictures. (Yes, some times it seems to be a constant game of picture swap!)

I hadn’t realized how many pictures I had until gathering them together in a group. It was then I asked myself “Do I really want to house pictures of, not just direct ancestors, but cousins, aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles…..and on and on?” Well the answer is NO. It was then I decided the pictures of people who are not my direct line and have descendants (the lucky ones I can track down) need to go to them.

SO, this has been my project for the last eight months or so….Reuniting pictures with their people. It has been very rewarding mailing off pictures to distant cousins for at least two reasons:

1. seeing my pile of non-direct line ancestors dwindling Yah!

and

2. to give a face to a name in a genealogy program or a faded memory of a loved one long gone.

It’s nice to make a relative happy!

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Starting the new year with a new blog & new look

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Well I have officially done it! I’ve thought about it for a while and I finally decided to move on my idea…..what is that you ask? Well the idea I’ve had for a while is to move my blog from my old site at http://debsresearch.blogspot.com to this site.

I’m not sure what caused the abrupt change of attitude from thinking about it to doing it but I did.  Yeah!

As with most people when I move, I like to change things up a little and get a new look. So I’ve changed the look of the site as well.

Please let me know what you think.

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