Author: mjnrootdig

Sifting Through AncestryDNA Matches Webinar and a Repeat

Response to the AncestryDNA webinars has been overwhelming. As a result, we are: offering another live session of “Beginning Working with Your AncestryDNA Matches” on 24 September. adding a new session “Sifting Through Your AncestryDNA Matches” on 1 October 2017. Details are on our AncestryDNA webinar page. Thanks for your support of our offerings.


Bubba, Tommy, and Me

Shared DNA matches can be confusing if one does not stop and think. Another descendant of my Samuel and Anne (Murphy) Neill, referred to in this post as Bubba, also performed a DNA test at AncestryDNA. That’s helpful to me because then I can see with whom we share matches. Most of the shared matches […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Hinrich Jacobs Fecht

Hinrich was born in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, in 1823. He died in Elvaston, Hancock County, Illinois, in 1912. Some things about research that I have learned from Hinrich: those who are poor leave fewer records. Hinrich never purchased real property, does not appear on any tax lists, and has no probate record. immigrants get their […]

Contacting the DNA Matches to My Irish Forebears

I originally had the AncestryDNA test performed in an attempt to learn something about my Irish immigrant ancestors, Samuel and Ann (Murphy) Neill. The Neills were my great-great-grandparents–not all that far removed from me. They were born in Ireland in the 1830s/1840s, probably in different locations as they married (and apparently met) in New Brunswick […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Ida (Trautvetter) Neill

Ida (Trautvetter) Neill was born in Wythe Township, Hancock County, Illinois, in 1910 and died near Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois, in 1994. Some things I’ve learned about research from her: people give the information they believe to be accurate. Grandma thought she was born in Tioga, Illinois, and put that on every record throughout her […]