Author: mjnrootdig

Don’t Let Your Ancestor Be Eclipsed By Irrelevant Events

Historical timelines fitting your ancestor’s life into larger historical events are a good analytical tool. However… One always has to give some thought to whether or not the historical event really had an impact on your ancestor’s life. Don’t just dump larger historical events into your ancestor’s personal chronology without thinking about whether or not […]

Waiting on the Groom in 1817

The War of 1812 widow’s pension application for Jemima Meads (widow of Elisha) in Harford County, Maryland, includes testimony from Thomas Tredway. Elisha served as a private in Captain James Rampley’s Company of the Maryland Militia in the War of 1812. Tredway was an 83-year old resident of Baltimore County, Maryland, at the time of […]

In the Same Hand?

Working only with transcriptions can sometimes be a hindrance. Handwriting sometimes itself is a clue. The original wills of Antje Fecht and Mimke Habben appear to be written by the same person. They were written approximately thirteen years apart. There is no direct statement as to who wrote the wills. This is typical for the […]

DNA Suggests Short-Term Relationship–and the Potential for Reactions

I’m working on analyzing DNA test results for an individual whose mother was likely the result of a “short-term” relationship his grandmother had late in 1912 while she was married to someone else. Without going into details, the DNA matches (shared and, more importantly unshared) confirm this suspicion. While “short-term relationship” is a nicely worded […]

ELCA Records on Ancestry.com–Avoiding Confusion

Ancestry.com has two seemingly similar record sets: “U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [ELCA] Church Records, 1826-1945” “U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America[ELCA], Swedish American Church Records, 1800-1946.” Researchers can potentially get them confused. “U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [ELCA] Church Records, 1826-1945” does not contain records of every ELCA congregation. The digital images that Ancestry.com […]