November 29, 2014

DAR To Allow DNA Evidence For New Applications And Supplementals In 2014

DAR DNA

DAR DNA

President General DAR Lynn Young’s Announcement Regarding DNA Documentation

In a new announcement today, the President General of the DAR has said that Y-DNA evidence will be accepted as additional documentation for new member applicants and supplementals. A portion of the text reads:

So what that means is that beginning January 1, 2014, NSDAR will accept Y-DNA evidence in support of new member applications and supplemental applications. DNA evidence submitted along with other documentation will be considered along with all of the other source documentation provided to prove heritage. Y-DNA will not be considered as stand-alone proof of linage because while it can be used as a tool point to a family, it cannot be used as absolute proof for an individual.

Read the entire article on President General Lynn Young’s blog here.

To be honest, I never thought this would be something the DAR would agree to, but I am so very glad for all of us that they have. It will be just one more source, and could  make all the difference for families.

#PBS Genealogy Roadshow Reminder

Genealogy Roadshow logo

Genealogy Roadshow logo

Just a quick reminder…don’t forget to watch the premier episode of Genealogy Roadshow tonight on your local PBS station. Just in case, you might want to set your recorder for the series. I did!

If your genealogy juices get flowing afterwards, please visit my friend Thomas MacEntee’s blog…

  • Cyndi’s List for genealogy links, and the other mega genealogy links website…

Don’t forget to search my page…

FREE stuff and search the 1940 census

 

21 Days Only – Thank A Veteran T-Shirt Available Here

Thank A Veteran

Just for fundraising, I created a T-shirt that means a lot to me. I belong to the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Jim is a member of the American Legion. In order to raise some donation funds for each organization, today I created Thank A Veteran T-Shirt.  There are only 15 shirts for sale, and only for 21 days, so come October 3rd the sale ends no matter what.  I purchased the first one to start the ball rolling! :) Thanks in advance for your purchases!

Thank A Veteran

1917 Ethel Mae and Lillie Mae Vitatoe Yates Die From Burns In Fireplace Accident

Walter, Lillie & Ethel Mayfix


It’s always serendipitous how new family information comes to light in the most innocent of ways. A few days ago I received a message from “Louise” through the FindAGrave site. Louise had asked me to change a Yates grave location from Ponders cemetery in Roane, Tennessee to reflect that it actually was in the Kelsay cemetery in the same county.

As it turned out, Louise and I determined that all of the Yates family graves that she had added in Kelsay/Kelsey cemetery were my family members, so she was kind enough to transfer them to me.

So, now I’m in the process of checking each new memorial, connecting it to other family members when it’s possible, and downloading photos of headstones if they are new to me.

As I download new photos I can upload them to my Yates Family Tree on Ancestry.com , add my own photos to FindAGrave and/or to Ancestry as well.

One of the families I have been able to add information for was my great grand uncle Walter Jackson Yates and his first wife Lillie Mae and their daughter Ethel Mae. It’s quite a sad story really. Walter and Lillie (Vitatoe) had two boys James Steven and Samuel Joseph, and then the youngest was the little baby girl Ethel born 23 December 1916. I’m not sure yet of the full details of the accident, but there was a fire and little 3 month old Ethel was burned so badly that her shoelaces were completely gone. (I’m citing that because it was something my great aunt Martha Yates Scott wrote in her memoir. She was in direct contact with some of the Yates family in Tennessee at the time.) Lillie must have tried to save her and in the process she too was burned and died from her injuries.

Walter, Lillie & Ethel Mayfix

The picture of them is the only one our family has of the three of them together. What I didn’t have before, and what I have now is a photo of the homemade headstone for Lillie and Ethel. This family was the epitome of being dirt poor, but someone, maybe Walter, found a large piece of stone and it looks like he lovingly scratched his wife and baby’s names and dates as best he could.

Ethel and Lillie Yates headstone

In the “It Pays To Look Again” department, I had added Lillie and Ethel’s birth and death information, but since then more documents have become available through Ancestry, and so this death certificate for Ethel showed up in a search. I think I can read part of it, but the writing is so light I’m not sure what it really says.  I think it says “Caught in bedding ___ fire grate”.  This happened in February of the year and most likely the only source of heat was a fireplace.  Today, I found the death certificate for Lillie Mae Vitatoe Yates which helps me document names and dates. Previously, I didn’t have Lillie’s birthdate.

TennesseeDeathRecords1908-1958ForEthelYates

TennesseeDeathRecords1908-1958ForLillieMaeYates

Rest in peace Lillie and little Ethel. We have not forgotten you! redheart2

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