Rootstech insight 2

This is great information, using a case study, to delve into the history of slavery and the various laws. Trying to trace families and a discussion of family names taken. I may need to rewatch this tomorrow.

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Rootstech insight

Amazing. I would not have expected less. I receive her blog thru email and she writes amazingly. I really enjoyed this, it’s not anything I’m doing yet, but I think I will soon.

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More cousins!

I’ve been a bit quiet lately. For those who follow my journey in genealogy here and are not my personal friend, thank you. And there is where a small explanation of quiet is deserved. I am also on another kind of journey, a year ago I received an official diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Something which was triggered by a surgery two years previously. And not surprisingly it is genetic. I love DNA, however not when they make me in pain. Anyways, just a reason why I am quiet, not to fear, I am still climbing family trees.

Now for the topic we are all here for. I love collecting cousins! Now a couple of things has happened recently. I found connected to my own DNA a Schutte that I couldn’t place. Looking at what small piece of tree he had, I knew his grandfather’s name and it didn’t quite compute. While waiting for his reply to my ancestry message, I reach out to other grandchildren of the gentleman in question. It’s one of those uncomfortable stories, man leaves family and off in the unknown has another family. Now first cousins are about to meet each other in the virtual world. So far, so good, these things take time and they are emotional.

Now for the other cousin collecting, which I have to say has happened a dozen or so times. A friend/client of mine, whose they I have been working on and recently moved into the phase of dna matches working. I use the color coding system developed by Dana Leeds, which helps to sort and codify dna cousins. So using said method, it helps me get two more generations beyond where I had been able to. Then I recognized a surname, Gallion. Gallion out of the Maryland Colony. Hmmm, I go look in my own tree, bam, the same name and dates are staring at me. I suddenly get very excited, ‘no way’! I descended from a son, they from a daughter, funny, I had that daughter and spouse in place already. So cool. 8th cousin once removed. Not the first cousin collected who I already knew, probably won’t be the last!

I love DNA!

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I’ve previously written about my grandparents, Adam Wilson Lowe & Mary Elizabeth Stewart. I’d like to follow a specific line of Mary Stewart. Hoping several cousins that follow this page might be intrigued.

To those who share this heritage with me, we have a Mayflower Line.

Mary’s mother was Maude Belle Galyean. The Galyean line for five generations back from Maude are as follows: Alfred, Samuel Jr, Samuel Sr, Jacob & Thomas. At this point we’re in the earlier 1700s.

Thomas’s mother is Mary Williams, her mother is Mary Fuller. Samuel Fuller 1612-1683 come over with his parents, Edward & Anna Fuller. Mayflower landed in Plymouth in the year 1620, both Edward & Anna died the next year. Leaving Samuel an 8 year old and his older brother Matthew 16. I’m unsure who might have taken them in, or if Matthew was considered old enough to look after his brother, but they remain and are recorded in marriages, deaths of the Mayflower descendants, along with their children for several generations.

The place that the Fuller family comes from is called Redenhall, Norfolk, England.

I share this Mayflower with a young friend of ours, Thomas, where his family merges into the Galyean line, just before following the women to the Fuller family.

I do love genealogy!

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Ancient dna

DNA links 5,500 year old remains of aboriginal woman found in Canada and her 200 x great-grandaughter who still lives nearby

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Client DNA discovery

I love DNA! Recently one of clients gave me access to their new dna results. I’m happily assigning the first eight colors, using the Leeds method. Aware that I am missing one of the 2nd great grandfathers from my research. Within the first week, one of the 1-2nd cousin range messaged within Ancestry and explains the missing his great grandfather and this client’s missing 2nd great grandfather. I fill that information in and note the story.

There was a male neighbor already married and at this point have 3 children. The lady was unmarried, she gave their son her maiden name, but within a short time she was married herself and her first child was raised by her husband.

This single discovery has now identified more than a dozen of their dna matches, that would have otherwise, been put into a general group that wouldn’t have been able to file down deeper.

I love DNA. I’m also glad I didn’t have to try and figure our who this person might have been. Nice when someone has done the work and is willing to share. But that the thing about genealogy in general, it has moved into an area of cooperation and almost crowd sourcing, especially when you think about how places like FamilySearch, WikiTree, OneTree and several others actually work. It is literally one tree and anyone can edit information. Sometimes good and sometimes not. But that a rant for another day!

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DNA matches and the wonders of it all

You know what amazes me? How a single segment of DNA survives to randomly tumble its way down thru the generations? I mean this true for all segments of DNA, but the idea of this abstract. Most people find abstract difficult to grasp. So when a moment to concrete arise, I am awed and amazed all over again.

I was looking thru Lea’s dna matches today. I struggle to know how so many of her matches fit. One half of her DNA is Ethiopian, so trace it, matching it is nearly impossible. Only a minor portion of those tested would be Ethiopian in nature. But even in her mother’s side, only half of that family is truly traceable, that would be her mother’s father’s side. We can go 3-5 generations back, before we are faced with many brick walls, including a Jewish one.

Where I have been able to trace is her mother’s mother’s side. We very quickly are in significant family names and histories, in particular that of Grant. Yes, that Grant family that produced Ulysses S Grant (General and Former President of the US). Lea is not a descendant of Ulysses, but they have a shared ancestor.

This matched DNA person shares an Ancestor that is a branch off Grant, leading up to us to Joseph Loomis (1590-1658). Born in England and migrating to Boston, Massachusetts Colony in 1638. Among his children was two daughters, one named Mary, who married John Skinner and one named Elizabeth, who married Lt Josiah Hull, which is my wife’s line.

Ultimately this DNA match is 9th cousin twice removed.

I love genealogy, especially DNA genealogy.

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DNA success story

Looking through my Facebook groups this afternoon, most of them are genealogy related, was the question to the best success story related to DNA.

Here’s what I wrote.

I was contacted by the spouse of a dna 2nd cousin (edit: 2nd 1 removed). So we share a set of great grandparents (edit: his great grandparents, my second great grandparents). I quickly identified which set. And started to work with the name they knew.

Backstory, from his side, his grandfather married, had a child, then abandoned the family. Child grew up, married, had children. Her son, my dna cousin, and his siblings, now grown with their own families.

My side, I recognize the name, but as a middle name to my grandma’s uncle. I see his first marriage in my research. I didn’t have any children nor any further information on that spouse. What I do have is he married again and had children. I have that family, their marriages and the next generation.

So this second cousin was in descendant of the daughter left abandoned by my grandma’s uncle. Sad truth. But I have been able to give him access to a line of his history lost to him before.

What I can not give him is a reason why. I have no idea.

I am now friends on FB with his wife. He is properly placed in my tree. And he knows his lineage from my research. I would say that’s a win. It didn’t give him all his answers, but reclaimed family is always good.

I think it’s a good story.

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Learning my tools to tell a story

So I’m learning new approaches to handle information that you want to hand to a client.

I have seen hundreds of different forms to collect information, but that assumes a base level of knowledge of what you’re looking at for it to make sense.

I want to tell a story, after all I’m a storyteller. It’s was always a key component to how I taught about cheese and food to my customers. So how do I tell a story. I like the book of life, as done on PBS “Finding your roots”. We see a snippet of that story for the show.

But how do I do it? Have write it? Nope. Just print out a bunch of pages? No, that still requires that the customer can understand and interpret it. How do I tell the story. What tool do I have? Well I have Microsoft Word. I can insert images and manipulate its size, fitting it within a written document. I can pit and choose what images help support the story I’m telling. And what am I telling? A man or woman is born, to a place and time. Something significant might have happened, like wartime service. Maybe it’s of interest to know what kind of job that did? Certainly marriage, but in just a couple generations, there is no document to share. Maybe ancestors wander from place to place, looking for what? Work? Or did they stay in the same place, maybe even sharing the same land for generations.

I start with this in mine for a client that requires paper. Something to read and look at, hold in his hands. He had a specific question in mind, but I am giving him a larger picture. I just hope in the end he is pleased with my work.

I want my business to build, slow and organic. I have a plans for my own education to help me be a better researcher.

And do this while taking on what I can handle, while I still understand my fibromyalgia and it’s limitations in my life. Fun thing is, if I’m awake at 2 am, I work at 2 am, if my body needs to sleep to noon, then that happens too.

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Family Groups on Facebook

I discovered something fun with my own family.

Responding to a posting in a local history group, I saw family members, I’ve never known come out the woodwork. So at the suggestion of one if those cousins, I made a group for the descendants of Ignatius Schutte.

Suddenly we had a space for folks of common ancestor to help fill in the gaps if their specific lines. It’s a week old, but so far it fills my heart.

So if you are researching a family in an area rich with widespread descendants but still a lot largely in the same geographic area, make a group, invite the family you can, let those branches reach out to others.

And if you are a descendant of Ignatius Schutte and haven’t discovered the group yet.

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