Author: mjnrootdig

DNAPainter Suggestion When You’ve Got Multiple Known Relationships

  DNA analysis is more complicated when there are multiple relationships with your DNA matches and those relationships are close enough to impact the amount of shared DNA with those individuals. I’m not talking about multiple shared connections that aren’t known until the pedigree has been extended ten generations. These are double connections within five […]

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My Uncle is my Brother-in-Law

Rolf Habben was an uncle of my great-great-grandfather Johann Ufkes. Rolf Habben was also a brother-in-law of Johann Ufkes. I was confused. Rolf Habben was born in 1815 in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany. He was married twice: in 1840 to Hille Eilts Post (born 1807 in Wiesens-died in Wiesens in 1853). in 1857 to Christena Hinrichs […]

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What the Index Indexes

For years the main indexes genealogists used were census indexes. We were glad to have them. In the old days…. Pre-1850 US census indexes were head of household indexes only–for reasons that should be pretty obvious. Census indexes for 1850 censuses and after usually only included the head of household and anyone within the household […]

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DNAPainter Webinar Released

This session will focuses on the free aspects of DNA Painter at http://www.dnapainter.com. We will discuss downloading matching data from DNA sites, painting your DNA matches, finding match data, labeling, grouping, overlapping segments, and more as time allows. Our concentration is on getting you started with DNAPainter in a way that will help you make […]

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Dead Men Swear in Mercer County

Any item taken from a record out of context has the potential to confuse other researchers or to result in statements that are simply false. This image from an estate settlement in Mercer County, Illinois, in the 1880s makes the point perfectly well. If the researcher takes just a key phrase out of this record, […]

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Some Ancestors Are Anonymous

The 1880 enumerator in Floyd County, Georgia, encountered a Wilkins family headed by Anonymous. There was also a child in the household named Anonymous as well. Sometimes those names we think are incorrect are actually right. This individual appears to really have been named Anonymous based upon other records in the same location. It is […]

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