Author: mjnrootdig

NEHGS and Absolute Certainty

According to an email I received from NEHGS (New England Historic Genealogical Society) today, they will let you know “with absolute certainty” if a lineage is correct. They will not check your entire tree for the $500 fee, but they will check one line of descent. Many genealogical conclusions, particularly ones involving individuals born before […]

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ThruLines Does Part of the Work

It is important to constantly remember when using AncestryDNA’s ThruLines that it only does part of the work and that “work” is partially based on user-submitted trees. Those are trees over which you have no control. I’m not going to even dip my toe into a discussion of the programming that probably takes place to […]

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ThruLines is not “Proof”

DNA does not lie. Other records are open to debate. I see postings online where individuals refer to ThruLines as “proof.” No. That is not what ThruLines is. It is a way to help those who use AncestryDNA to analyze their results faster since it shows the probable connection to a DNA match using user-submitted […]

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A Wish for FindAGrave

Instead of death certificates, obituaries, links to relatives, and other information in the “memorial” on FindAGrave, I would rather see links to adjacent stones or information on which stones are in close proximity to the stone for which the memorial was created. That would be helpful and that would information that would be really lost […]

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree

The name was Barksdale Sledd. Unique first names are great as they help distinguish the individual in records and make identification easier–usually. One should not assume that there are no contemporaries with the exact same unusual name as often names of this type are passed down from one generation to the other. Unusual first names […]

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1831 Ohio Tax Headings

The image is of an 1831 tax list for Jackson Township, Coshocton County, Ohio. I’m working on creating a list of just what all the columns are for. This set of “answers” will be updated as needed. Feel free to post comments. 1-Owner Name 2-R[ange] 3-T[ownship] 4- 5- 6- portion of section/lot? 7-No. of Acres […]

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