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  2. Couldn't figure out how to start a new topic under, Geneology. Please, tell me how to move it. Bottom line: I'm an avid, amateur genealogist, and I have an entire line of Bates, from the Missouri Ozarks area that were very Christian Fundamentalist, to the point that they didn't believe women should read. My Great Grandma rebelled, and married a damn Quaker.
  3. clueliss

    How to get started

    Finding your royal roots. From the useful charts channel And the video before that one is spoilered it’s about is everyone related to royalty.
  4. keen23

    23 and Me

    I did 23&Me, and there weren't any surprises. My parents are in fact my bio parents. There haven't yet been any surprise relatives coming out of the woodwork. I do have more than a handful of relatives who I'm related to on both sides (not that surprising). My family on both sides came over from eastern Europe - I am 99.9% European and .1% unassigned- hung around in Newfoundland and Quebec for 150 or so years, and then came to New Hampshire/Maine/Massachusetts between 1880 and 1920. Except for my maternal grandfather who came directly from northern Italy to Massachusetts.
  5. HerNameIsBuffy

    23 and Me

    I also find the migration paths fascinating. Of my 16 g-g-grandparents 6 lines are Colonial. And except for one that went direct to MD from England everyone else is either MA/PA to VA. From there I have a couple who went to NC before TN but then it gets super crowded with the ones that went to TN and from there to MO post civil war. Oh, except for a couple that went England > VA and one that went Scotland > Barbados > VA. It makes sense for farmers as the government was awarding land in TN to Revolutionary war vets as an incentive to settle and lots of families (mine in
  6. clueliss

    23 and Me

    I also did some research and found a migration pattern out of Massachusetts after the Salem Witch Trials to Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. But you know, I just can't imagine why the families of those persecuted in 1692/1693 would want to flee the area. I have ancestry that goes back to that area (as well as Maine). And found that post Revolutionary War/War of 1812 when the government decided to pay soldiers with land grants there was a migratory hop out of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states (for me Maryland/Virginia) to the Ohio River area (Ohio, Indiana, Illi
  7. HerNameIsBuffy

    23 and Me

    I have that migration pattern as well! I wonder how many of us with Colonial ancestors have lines that tie in at some point. I am now sad I haven't come across a Quaker. But I am certainly glad my uncle because an LDS convert because there was some serious time and money spent documenting that side. We've got documents on one line going back to 1635 - it's crazy. It's so much more fun to do that side than my dad's....I'm a first generation American on that side so the brick walls come pretty early. Main goal is to solve the mystery of my Grandfather's parents, but part of me feel
  8. clueliss

    23 and Me

    On that note -I'd like to thank the colonial era Quakers for documenting (not really kidding) every stinking life event in their notes and preserving them. Even if your family was Quaker for a short period of time - the notes are there. Also explained to me (along with some google research) that Migration of folks from New Jersey/Pennsylvania through Maryland, Virginia and into the Carolinas really did happen (and you know, Quaker Meeting Notes).
  9. HerNameIsBuffy

    23 and Me

    Ancestry is super easy and you can create an account for free....but if you want to use the feature with records then you have to upgrade to one of the paid packages. I was on there all weekend - needed an escape from life - and when looking at family trees trying to sort out one of my dead ends I saw a very familiar name keep cropping up. Guess whose former Mennonite family has criss crossed lines with a fundy family of Mennonite extraction? Hey Bontragers....my family dropped the Mennonite stuff first generation here in the 1700s and none of my line married a Maxwell!
  10. WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

    23 and Me

    My mother-in-law gave me an Ancestry DNA test as a birthday gift in 2019. I'm lazy/disorganized/worried by new things enough that it's still in the box. I need to find out if I can still use it. I'm not particularly worried about any surprises in my immediate family. I look too much like both of my parents and my 3 siblings to expect any surprises there. I just haven't felt up to reading all the instructions and making sure I follow them all correctly. I'll also have to make an Ancestry account, I presume. This makes me sound like the lazybones I often am, but I find new things harder t
  11. CTRLZero

    23 and Me

    The Neanderthal component surprised me. Other than that, nothing unexpected popped up DNA-wise. A little extra sleuthing on a census document showed my great grandfather immigrating from Ireland instead of Germany (as the family lore goes), so not sure what that means. Could be he traveled from Germany through Ireland. *shrug* I answered an email from an unknown cousin who initiated contact and provided me some info on my great uncles. I had vague memories of the stories, so I replied with a few details of my own. I’d love to hear from him again at any time, so I don’t think resp
  12. clueliss

    23 and Me

    I've done both Ancestry DNA and 23 and Me (had better health information). And hey - my sister did 23 and me and we're full bio sisters - no surprises. I did discover via doing some intentional 'out there' connections in an attempt to triangulate the parentage of a 3x Great Grandmother that the Surname family that I was trying to tie to was going to be impossible to work with due to the vast number of cousins marrying cousins and then having children that were popping higher than they should have in my DNA matches. A couple of colonial era generations of Surname family had eleventy chi
  13. HerNameIsBuffy

    23 and Me

    I've got several where I know how we're related just because my mom's family is well documented (something good came out of an uncle converting to LDS....crazy detailed genealogy records) and I have old albums where she recorded the married names of her great aunts so I know their place in the tree, if not the people. I'm not a big fan of living relatives - ha. I have a huge extended family but outside of my siblings and kids I don't speak to anyone and that works for me....but I'm fascinated by the lines and ancestors. I guess I like the idea of family more than actual people I
  14. CTRLZero

    23 and Me

    We did the 23 and Me kit. The person who appeared highest on my family listing is my first cousin. It was interesting that she was searching for the whereabouts of her biological dad. She learned via the DNA kit that she and her brother have different biological fathers. Surprise! The fathers would both be long dead, as is her mother, so it remains a mystery. We have a few “walkaways” on both my and my husband’s side of our families, so we were curious to find traces of where they disappeared to. It is fun seeing the occasional far flung family members on the charts, mostly just to
  15. HerNameIsBuffy

    23 and Me

    Have any of you done 23 and Me or other DNA sites? I know the risks, but I did it anyway and found it pretty interesting how the results shake out with known relatives. For instance growing up I knew my paternal uncle had a child but he and his wife divorced before or just after her birth and she remarried. No one even knew if she was ever told about her bio dad and he died very young so no chance for him to find her. Turns out she did 23 and me because she wasn't sure if the man who raised her was her and got her answer as she came out as first cousins with my brother and I. W
  16. donnal

    Interesting Genealogy Findings

    Old topic, but I just noticed this forum existed, lol. I was recently able to find my father's birth parents and have been able to trace his lineage back to the late 1800s so far thanks to AncestryDNA and Ancestry.com. It's been very interesting. His side of the family has been this big gaping black hole for so long. His birth mother died very tragically when he was a baby and his father apparently couldn't raise the kids on his own so he gave them up for adoption. My father had no paperwork, the records were sealed, and he couldn't remember anyone's names or anything. I decided to take t
  17. HerNameIsBuffy

    Resistance Genealogy

    I'm not sure how I feel about this. I have some dark history in my family tree, not only slaveholders but a slave trader, and that has nothing to do with who I am. I'm all about holding people accountable for their own actions, but we can't be personally liable for the sins of our fathers, so to speak. To be clear I don't care if she embarrasses them with this, just commenting on the over arching point.
  18. clueliss

    Resistance Genealogy

    This thread - she's demonstrating the power of searching public records - in this example it was triggered by the false allegation that he idiots with guns in St. Louis were democratic party donors (they aren't).
  19. This is someone I follow on Twitter. She does 'resistance genealogy' - meaning she regularly digs into the genealogy of politicians and other famous types when they stand and spew stupid crap. https://twitter.com/CleverTitleTK She retweeted this gem after Drew Brees made his statement about 'the flag' last night. Guess who comes not only from a history of slave owning family but is tied into the removal of Choctaw Indians and the Andrew Jackson Indian Removal Act?
  20. So I discovered a lot of ancestry.com leads that led me to newspapers.com (and you can save the clippings over to ancestry). FYI Newspapers does offer a 7-day free trial which I'm taking advantage of at the moment. So yesterday I looked up my paternal family surname (sort of common in the US) in the small town my father is from. While I was hoping for obituaries for his mom, sister and father what I found was a series of divorce announcements, etc for my paternal grandparents (not a shock since I had figured out from evidence as well as a discussion with my uncle about them). (oh and t
  21. I have had two WTF moments . The one was finding out that my one ancestor , Stephen Duncan Burns , is also a distant cousin . So yeah , Pennsylvania backwoods folks can be inbred too . Another WTF moment I had , and probably the most controversial yet , was when researching a family name in my genealogy , Stumpner , I discovered that some Stumpners were Jewish , and had settled in Krakow , Poland https://jri-poland.org/databases/jridetail_2.php , while others were not Jewish , and were found among the great-great grandparents of this notable / notorious historical figure http://wargs.com/ot
  22. This is similar to the surnames of some of my Pennsylvania German ancestors . I kid you not , one of them had the maiden name of Feck , alternately Faeg , and the other Fuchs , pronounced with a long U , and in German the "ch" would have been pronounced with the " ka" sound , it means fox in English , which was what it was later Anglicized to .
  23. Upon researching my family tree , I discovered that I am descended from both a Revolutionary War veteran , Thomas Bolton Burns , and a Union Civil War veteran , his grandson , Stephen Duncan Burns . So , I might possibly be eligible to join both the Sons of the American Revolution , and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War . Being that I am male , I obviously would not be eligible to join the DAR . So far though , I have just been part of a club that consists of me , myself , and I . The activity of this club is to buy small U. S. flags to adorn the graves of Union , and Revolu
  24. Marmion

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    I first got into history because , for one thing I have always been interested in History , and I wanted to learn more specifically about my ancestors role in historical events , and pay tribute to them . More personally though , I had wanted to try to see if I could find any concrete evidence to back up this bit of family folklore passed along by an uncle of mine . He had claimed that I had a great-great-great-great grandmother whom was a Native American , of the Crow nation . Well , upon doing extensive research , I found out that the closest ancestor whom fit the bill , was the wife of Co
  25. I've posted this elsewhere, but my fave so far is a family name of Fukkink. Especially got a giggle when I went on ancestry.ca and found all the generic questions, such as: "What did your Fukkink ancestors do for a living?" and "What is the average Fukkink lifespan?"
  26. I believe it's Daughters of Union Veterans

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