05 February 2018

Genealogy Videos Galore

Years ago I started creating genealogy related playlists on YouTube. 
I update them about twice a year. 
There are so many free tutorials available. 
Take advantage of them!
To go to the playlists click HERE.


29 January 2018

DNA Myth

A common DNA misconception is that you and your sibling will have the same autosomal DNA results. I have no idea where this myth came from but here are some examples showing how not true it is.
On the left is me and on the right is my brother.



 Here we have three more siblings: Marcos, Rebecca, and Mary.


There are more regions but they are all less than 1% noise except on Mary's. Hers also includes 2% Mali and 1% Senegal that didn't fit into the screen cap.
That's just the ethnicity results. Let's take a look at the cousin matches.


They are all listed as "immediate family" for each other and they all match their aunt, Maria B.
As you can see they all share different amounts of DNA with different relatives. Jannivy is the granddaughter of their sister who has passed away. Maria shares so much DNA with her that she shows up as "close family" instead of "1st cousin" where a great-niece would usually show. As the amount of DNA shared gets smaller it's more likely a match will only show up on one sibling. If you're using, or will be using, DNA as a serious research tool you should test as many family members as possible. Your brother, sister, aunt, or uncle may be the key to solving your mystery.


23 January 2018

Cherokee Woman

It's been a while but I'm back with another crazy profile.
How many errors, inconsistencies, or just plain idiotic things can you find?

Cherokee Woman

Birth  1710 in ,,North Carolina,USA
Marriage  11 Jun 1734 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland*
Marriage  29 Jul 1740 in Fairfield, Northumberland, Virginia, United States*
Marriage  18 Oct 1744 in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States*
Marriage  1753*
Marriage  1783*
Death  1785 in Cherokee, Georgia, USA
*All marriages are to James Robert Adair.
PARENTS
Thomas Webb Hobson
B. 1665 in St Stephens Parish, Northumberland, Virginia, United States
D. 1714 in St Stephens Parish, Northumberland, Virginia, United States
Sarah Clark
B. 1675 in St Stephens Parish, Northumberland, Virginia, United States
D. 10 Oct 1743 in St Stephens, Northumberland, Virginia, United States

SPOUSE
James Robert Adair
Birth  1709 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Marriage  30 Oct 1733 in Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Scotland to Agnes Craig
Marriage  11 JUN 1734 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland to Ann Mc Carty
Marriage  11 Jun 1734 in Antrim, Antrim, Ireland to Cherokee Woman
Marriage  11 Jun 1734 in Antrim, Antrim,, Ireland to Esther McBride
Marriage  29 Jul 1740 in Northumberland County, Virginia to Clark Hobson
Marriage  29 Jul 1740 in Fairfield, Northumberland, Virginia, United States
Marriage  03 Jun 1744 in Georgia, USA to Ann McCarty
Marriage  18 Oct 1744 in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States to Ann Mc Carty
Marriage  18 Oct 1744 in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States to Cherokee Woman
Marriage  18 Oct 1744 in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA in Esther McBride
Marriage  1753 to Cherokee Woman
Marriage  1754 to Isabella Lowery Hamilton
Marriage  1783 to Ann Mc Carty
Marriage  1783 to Cherokee Woman
Death  1783 in Robeson County, North Carolina, USA

Of course this profile only has other trees as "sources." So I took a swig, steeled myself, and took a look at the attached profiles on those trees. What I found, after the break.

25 January 2016

Another Change Comin'

Did anyone else catch the brief preview of Ancestry's new HINTS page earlier today? A friend alerted me to it and I caught it just before it was taken down.


Hints were visible under the ALL HINTS but RECORDS, PHOTOS, and STORIES showed the error message above. The banner at the top is rather large and each hint was HUGE. Viewing ALL HINTS on my laptop I could only see one hint without scrolling. My friend could see two. Are all programmers married to carpal tunnel surgeons?
The alphabet is gone from the top of the page and the relationship is displayed automatically. On the current HINTS page you have to click "View relationship to me." Unfortunately the new page disappeared before I had a chance to see if there were any other differences.
I'm hoping we'll be able to sort by record collection. What changes would you make to the HINTS page?


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22 January 2016

Who Am I?

You've seen this disaster of a profile before in Bottomless Pit 2. That post featured the events on the profile. This one has the list of alternate names. Over 6000 of them. Six THOUSAND!
This profile has given me nightmares. What if there's a profile somewhere on all of our trees that, because of a computer glitch, has every name and every event attached to it?
There are also a couple dozen "alternate name" facts with no name on them at all. See the horror after the jump.