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  2. I’m watching a things out the Salem Witch Trials from The Travel channel that’s on Hulu. (This one is okay, but they skim the details and don’t go into more than some of the highlights of the accused). This is a subject that I now will usually stop and watch documentaries on due to the genealogy work I’ve done. I’m a direct descendant of Mary Perkins Bradbury (accused, convicted was supposed to be hung but somehow escaped from jail.) I’m also descended from Phebe Wildes Day. (Accused, arrested, but was not taken to Boston/Salem but to a different jail because of where she wa
  3. HerNameIsBuffy

    23 and Me

    I have that too and for the last couple of months had been on a quest and I finally found the common ancestors this weekend. I was so excited to solve the puzzle I forgot how none of this matters irl Turns out in 1512 and 1518 a Swiss couple had two sons amongst their kids. The descendants of one (my 10th g-grandfather) went to Germany and stayed (my dad was born there) and the other's descendants (my 11th g-grandfather) also went to Germany and then to the US in 1717. Pedigree collapse doesn't bother me when there's almost half a millennium in between. I've been working
  4. I’ve had limited results in using dna matches (mainly on ancestry) to figure things out in my tree. This usually involves practing what I refer to as bad genealogy, following so,e of the suggested parents (which is pulling from other people’s trees and those are often not sourced) and seeing what happens with my dna matches at that point (using through lines). I have backed into a correct sort of parents for a 2x great grandmother this way. Most folks are using something else and the suggest parents for that give me nothing. While the other one (which does have a basis as I’m dis
  5. HerNameIsBuffy

    Fundy adjacent family trees - anyone want to share?

    Spending another weekend deep in cross-referencing my families based on DNA to try to break a few brick walls and have to add another fundy adjacent name - Keller in Germany. I think it's so weird I'm into this as I have no contact or interest in living extended family. If I wanted to get all navel gazy about it I'd say it was very telling of my need to keep relationships and connections superficial. You don't get more superficial than "family" that only exists as names, dates, and positions on a tree. It's a nice way to feel a sense of family while still respecting my aversion to
  6. WhatWouldJohnCrichtonDo?

    Fundy adjacent family trees - anyone want to share?

    Some of my ancestors came west to join Horace Greeley's utopian Union Colony of Colorado. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Colony_of_Colorado I haven't investigated it very much, but I don't think it was exactly fundy. Just Utopian and big on no drinking aka the "Temperance Movement". Of course, a few generations later, my grandma from that line married my alcoholic grandfather. I guess he might not have been obviously alcoholic yet when they married?
  7. I'm distantly related to David Daleiden, one the guys behind the Planned Parenthood Sting Videos from a couple of years ago. Prior to all of this he and his family were invited to a big family reunion but luckily none of them showed up. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Daleiden
  8. Let me preface this by saying I have no knowledge and even less interest in the family trees of the fundies on here so I'm strictly going by name but in the last few months I've made some progress on my trees and discovered that I am both Bontrager (Penna Dutch US line) and Arndt (Germany) adjacent. But the reason I am posting this is last weekend I found a Gotthard. It was a first name, not surname and had the extra T....but if any of my kids ever go mining the old family tree for baby names I will delete that one before letting them log into my ancestry account. Fun fact....my G
  9. clueliss

    brick wall- so close

    My sympathies. I have one branch where the names Thomas, Simon, and Uriah (along with John, James, Joseph) are used on repeat.
  10. HerNameIsBuffy

    brick wall- so close

    I'm so frustrated - I moved on from one brick wall to another as a change of pace. I've got my g-grandparents marriage records and the names of their parents. The for my gg grandmothers line there are 5 local families with her name, all related descending from two brothers several generations earlier. I'm just missing the link to my ggg grandfather. I know he's from one of those families but I can't find anything to tell me which one. My distraction for today is to map them out on paper and maybe engaging a new part of my brain will help. I need a time machine to go back an
  11. HerNameIsBuffy

    Oh, Goddess! I Think I'm Related to the Bateses

    I'm Bontrager adjacent from PA Dutch early migration! My people dropped the Mennonite thing first generation after the patriarch was a minister, so apparently I'm of heathen stock from way back. Also have people in the Missouri Ozarks - mostly Laclede county. Do you share a common ancestor with them?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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).
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
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