22 January 2015

Cousins Are Not Ancestors

UPDATED after another error was found.

There was a statement made on this week's episode of Genealogy Roadshow that made me do a double take. But first, a statement that probably had historians yelling at their television sets.
The opening of each episode contains some history of the city they are filming in. The Saint Louis episode included this "fact":
 Narrator: "Named for the French Monarch, Louis the Fourteenth..."
According to the city's official site, Saint Louis was named for Louis IX.
The quote that made me do a double take was in the Laura Ingalls Wilder segment [starts at 44:25]. The entire segment, most of this episode in fact, was filled with "may be" and "might be." There was no definitive answer on whether the family was related to Laura Ingalls Wilder, just a huge leap of faith based on proximity. That was bad enough but then there was this:
 Kenyatta Barry: "You've been reading the books written by your pioneering ancestor."
Aunts, uncles, and cousins, no matter how distant, are not ancestors. If these families are connected, and that's still a pretty big if, Laura Ingalls Wilder would be a distant cousin. They are definitely not the author's descendants which means she is definitely not their ancestor.

Starting at 38:35 in the episode linked above you see James Whaley (b. 1921-). He is the grandfather of the young man Josh Taylor has at his table. Dass Whaley is the young man's great-grandfather.

Josh Taylor: "He married a woman named Chanch Leopold and we were able to trace the Leopold family back..."

While it is never stated that Chanch Leopold is the mother of James Whaley the on-screen chart shows they are linked and reads, "Great Grandmother: 1931 - ??."
Dass made quite the catch finding a woman willing to marry a man almost 50 years her senior. And giving birth to James 10 years before she herself was born? That miracle should've been the highlight of the show.

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19 January 2015

Empire State

There are over 1000 Ancestry member trees with a profile for the person below. I stopped looking once I got to 1000. Too depressing. The profiles have varying amounts of detail and none of them has a record attached. I know, you're shocked, especially since there are so many records available for the time period. </sarcasm>
One tree owner posted their exciting find (Dau Asinia's spouse) on Ancestry's Facebook page. Of course Ancestry liked it. Gotta keep encouraging those clickophiles. Sigh.

 Dau V Asinia
 Birth: 0180 in Empire, Plaquemines, Louisiana, United States
 Death: 230 in Empire, Dodge, Georgia, United States

 Quintus Anicius Paulinus
 Birth: abt 180 in Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy
 Death: in Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy

 Quintus Anicius Paulinus
 Birth: 180 in France
 Death: 230 in Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy

 Marriages (none have dates)
 To Quintus Anicius Paulinus in Empire,
 To Quintus Anicius Paulinus in Empire, Dodge,
 To Quintus Anicius Paulinus in Empire, Dodge, Georgia, United States
 To Quintus Anicius Paulinus in Empire, Plaquemines, Louisiana, United States
 To Quintus Anicius Paulinus in Rome, Roma, Lazio, Italy

 Ascyllius VonEastern Francs
 Birth: 0323 in , , Sachsen, Germany
 Death: 0379 in , , Sachsen, Germany

 Mother VonEastern Franks
 Birth: 277 in Sachen, , , Germany
 Death: in Old, , Sachsen, Germany

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05 January 2015

150th Generation

It's the beginning of the year, time for an Adam & Eve post.

Title: Adam & Eve

Uploaded: Once and attached to 14 different profiles

One profile for
Adam First Man

Six profiles for
Adam Father of all mankind The First Patriarch 150TH GENERATION
Birth 4000 BC in Garden of Eden
Death 3070 BC in East of Eden

Seven profiles for
Eve Mother of all mankind The First Matriarch 150TH GENERATION
Birth 4025 BC in Garden of Eden
Death 3034 BC in Garden of Eden

Attached to: 33 other trees

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02 January 2015

Top Ten

Barking is now 3 years old! Happy Blogiversary to me ;-)
Thanks to all of you who read my blog and keep me going!
If you have just started reading Barking or if you've missed some posts this year be sure to check out the top ten posts of 2014. Below that are the top five posts from the past three years.

TOP TEN of 2014

10. No Leeway
      A crazy tree with premature births and zombies.

9. Dead End Street
    A bizarre profile for "Cul De Sac."

8. The Biblical Rule
    Rule #4: The Bible is not a source for your family tree.

7. Social Disgrace: Double Down
    An Ancestry employee refuses to read the Ancestry help page he's posting.

6. Kan u hep me fine my famly?
    Spelling usually doesn't count in genealogy except...

5. Etched in Stone
    A rant about some questionable research featured on Finding Your Roots.

4. What the WHAT?
    Comments from genealogy Facebook pages that will have you shaking your head.

3. The Best Newspaper Site For You
    How to find the best newspaper site for you.

2. Social Disgrace III
    Examples of Ancestry.com's social media failures.

1. Bottomless Pit
    A profile with 2000 marriage events and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

TOP FIVE 2012-2014

5. You might be a clickophile...
    A list, a la Jeff Foxworthy, of clickophile behavior.

4. The 10 Commandments of Genealogy 
    Exactly what it sounds like.

3. Apologies Only Go So Far 
    A rant after the Ancestry site crash of 2013.

2. My DNA Results 
    My own DNA results from the BETA stage of AncestryDNA.

1. Free Gen Websites 
    Research ideas for those on a tight budget.

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29 December 2014

New Year's Resolutions

A couple of suggested New Year's resolutions for Ancestry's programmers:
1) Communicate with Ancestry.com users.
2) Finish what you start.
Sometimes new features are just sprung on users with no explanation. No opt out and all Ancestry employees can say is, "That feature is being tested and until it is widely available, all I can do is acknowledge it is intentional - not an error." Helpful, really helpful.
Other times things are taken away with no notice whatsoever. If you're like me you probably hadn't noticed that links for locations are gone. We can no longer click on the location of an event and be taken to a map. It doesn't take much effort to use Google Maps instead but that's not the point. Lack of communication is the point. Apparently communication within the company is not a priority either. In this thread it took Ancestry employees over two weeks to figure out the feature had been discontinued.
Photo tagging disappeared when "global commenting" was added. Apparently it's never coming back. Has Ancestry said anything about this other than a random comment on their message boards?
Meanwhile, the programmers continue to add new features without ever fixing issues with existing ones.


Photo labels - Portrait / Family Photo, Site / Building / Place, Headstone, Document / Certificate, Other - have been around since at least 2009 but they have yet to serve a purpose. You cannot sort or search within a tree's photo gallery by label. You cannot include/exclude a photo label in a global photo search. I'm so glad I went through my entire gallery and assigned the appropriate label to each item. It's been so helpful. </sarcasm>
Photo captions and comments cannot be formatted. If you're typing and hit return it looks as if you've started a new paragraph, until you save the caption/comment and view it. The return is not recognized. Same goes for the transcription section for "Document / Certificate" images.
Formatting doesn't always work on stories either. Write a story in a word processing program, copy and paste to Ancestry and it looks fine. Save and suddenly all bold, italics, font changes, and paragraph indications are gone. Luckily you don't have to re-type everything but you do need to re-do all the formatting despite the fact that it looks fine on the editing page.

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