July 30, 2015

Genealogy News You Can Use

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Jamboree logo

It’s Jamboree Time!

A quick shout out about two things genealogy related. One is that starting today there will be an exciting genealogy Jamboree hosted by the Southern California Genealogical Society and attended by all sorts of my genealogy friends from far and wide. If you are unable to attend, you can still take part online by watching their Live Streamed Sessions.  Five of the sessions ask for a nominal payment, while 14 of them are free for your family tree climbing enjoyment.

Help Save Fairview Cemetery in Greenwood, South Carolina

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May 31st of this year marked the first day of cleanup at the Fairview Cemetery with 32 volunteers ready to pitch in and uncover the long-forgotten and neglected graves, some of which belong to my friend Robin Foster’s family members. You can read more about their efforts on Robin’s blog Saving Stories.

23andMe And The 1004 DNA Relatives

When I began doing genealogy decades ago it never really was on my radar that we would be able to find and connect with cousins using our DNA. Now, here we are and our cousins are not only found, but verified by documentation and genetically. We had my husband Jim’s DNA tested through 23andMe some years ago, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many cousins of his paternal and maternal side have also used 23andMe as well and been able to contact us easily.

What We’ve Found

Many things we expected to see were English, Irish and French percentages that would be quite high. What we weren’t sure of was whether or not there was any Native American in Jim’s DNA. Just last year when his profile was updated by 23andMe it showed that there is a 0.1% of Native American blood in Jim’s paternal side of the family. We know now that what we suspected was true, but we’re still on the hunt for the elusive ancestor who brought that DNA into the family.

 What? We Have Jewish Ancestors?

Another surprising bit was that there’s also a 0.6% of Ashkenazi Jewish DNA in the line as well. As it pertains to the Wilkerson line, that was probably a mixing of DNA with some of the family’s northern European lines. As the 23andMe page explains it, “You share DNA history with 23andMe customers that have reported full Ashkenazi ancestry”.


And last, but not least, Jim also has 2.8% of Neanderthal DNA. I find this very interesting, and not because of any humorous aspect, but because, to me, it says the Neanderthals might not have survived to be a recognizable human in present time, but their mixing of DNA with other humanoids says “we adapted”. Who knows what they truly looked like? I mean, after all, “someone” had to be attracted to them, right?

It’s All Relatives

23andMe reports that, as of now, Jim has 1004 DNA relatives; 6 second and third cousins, and 344 fourth cousins. Over time, this number will likely increase. We have made contact with the closest ones with surnames like Boyert, Miller, etc. There are probably many more with whom we could connect, but their DNA profiles are private and not shared.

Historical Maryland Cabin Is Moved To A New Lakeside Location

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Cabin

The Chester Cabin “Houyhnhnm”

The cabin in this video was built in 1927 from old, dead chestnut trees from a location in Maryland. I’m purposely not giving too much information about the owners and it’s new location in order to preserve the owner’s security. I love the way the video was filmed, as well as the story written by the owner and presented from the cabin’s point of view. I hope you enjoy it, and will give it a good rating on YouTube if you do.

 

Mystery Stories With A Genealogical Focus

Some people are so entertained by the mysteries in their own family trees they could write a book. I know I am. What could be more fun than spending your spare time with some fictional stories like Mystery Stories With A Genealogical Focus to curl up with during the holidays? And, if you are a Kindle user, 53 of them are also available in that format. Ninety-eight of them have at least a four star rating as well.  Click the link, feed your addiction! :)

The Genealogist’s Guests is written by Ann Simpson. Ann Simpson lives in Falmouth, Virginia near the Civil War Battlegrounds of Historic Fredericksburg. Most of her paranormal writing takes place in the early morning before the family wakes and the spirits rest. A writer who lives on the land her ancestors camped during the Civil War. Where there’s no shortage of ghosts. There are power lines now where her ancestors camped, a place called Camp Mud. As Ann writes paranormal fiction she looks out the window at the power line, her ancestors nearby.

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