FINALLY! I’ve been very disappointed in autosomal DNA testing…that is, until this month. Ninety-eight percent of the “matches” have been so distant, or have not had enough work done on their family trees, that there has been no way to know how we connect, if, in fact, we do at all. Until now, the only benefit to the testing was confirming that I did not show any Native American heritage. Continue reading
None of us were born professional genealogists. Some of us (such as moi!!) have NO aspirations to become one. However, I love genealogy. I am obsessed with it. I strive to do a good job. I cite my sources. I attend conferences. I read books. I listen to webinars. I apply what I learn. I’m long past the stage of simply wanting to get to the next generation; rather, I’d prefer to get to “know” my ancestors better by filling in the details of their lives with information on how they lived, what they did, what they ate, who they associated with. This is what makes genealogy fun.
A few weeks ago I began drafting a short biography of my great-great grandfather, Albert J. Stanwood. I’ve been working on this line for well over 20 years, and thought it would be fun to put together something that I could share with extended family members, starting with Albert, and working my way back to HIS fifth great grandfather and colonial ancestor, Philip Stainwood, the first of the name in the United States. It should be simple I thought, since I have the usual birth, marriage, death, and land records, old letters written from one family member to another, photographs and obituaries and other interesting facts for the family. I’ve taken several research trips to Massachusetts, Maine and Minnesota where the family had lived. Everything should be in order. A tweak here and a tweak there should be all that’s needed. Piece of cake, right? Continue reading
Last Sunday was quite momentous. I actually went to the movie theater. This was only the third time in the last eight years I was willing to give up 3 hours of my time and fork over $15 to see a film, but Lincoln was sooooo worth it! The civil war era is absolutely my favorite period in history, so that was an added bonus.
Leaving the theater, instead of thinking about the war as a historical event, I began to ponder how it affected my ancestors, their towns and communities, and their daily lives. Mostly, how did it affect their families?
At the start of the Civil War in 1861, both the Union and Confederate sides began mobilizing troops. Continue reading
In order to identify our subject’s parents, we first start with known facts, working from the most present information to the past. Family sources stated Jacob (also known as “John” or “Jack”) Meiselman had the following siblings:
- Izzie of Boston, Massachusetts
- Ben, who resided in North Carolina, and who had a son named Michael, who also resided in North Carolina. Ben owned movie theaters.
- Herman (research showed that Herman Benjamin [who sometimes used the middle name Bernard] is the same person as Ben above)
- Lottie Continue reading
I really have enjoyed The Next Generation (TNG) – is a great way to share your research with others online. My dilemma in the past has been trying to keep TNG updated with the data I have in my primary desktop software, Roots Magic (which I LOVE!). Recently I learned that you can simply overwrite your TNG data by uploading a new Gedcom, so I thought I’d give that a whirl. First, though, I decided to upgrade TNG from version 8.0 to 9.0.
The upgrade went without a hitch. TNG has an excellent forum and a Wiki which answers most questions. However, when I’ve had additional questions that I can’t solve with the online helps, Darrin Lythgoe has been WONDERFUL about providing support for his product. When I first installed TNG a couple of years ago, he guided me through the process when I had issues. (Discovered it runs best on Linux, and my host was Windows-based. A change to Linux solved those problems.)
While my upgrade was smooth, updating my database was a little more challenging. Continue reading
Are you having issues with Ancestry’s DNA portal? About a week ago I received an email with a notice stating that I have three new matches. However, when I try to access them, I keep getting the above message. Hmmm….sure hoping it resolves soon. I’m trying to be patient!
I’m home. I’m finally home. Not just home in a house, but home on the East Coast. I’m finally where I belong, in the midst of my ancestors, many of whom died centuries ago.
At the end of March, my husband announced he’d applied for a job in Maryland. By May he’d moved into an apartment, and I was furiously house-hunting for our new, permanent residence online. By July I’d finished preparing our five-acre ranch home in California for market, and on August 13th the day it closed escrow, my son and I loaded up all of my family heirlooms and my genealogical records into a uHaul (would never consider sending such items with the moving company who took the rest of our household belongings!), buckled up the menagerie of dogs, and began our 2,800 mile trip to the Mid-Atlantic! I’m not looking back! Continue reading