Tips & Quips Arrives

Tips & Quips for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills arrived a while back and I’ve finally had some time to look at it. It’s a small volume that is easily portable and makes Evidence Explained look like monstrous tome . My unmanicured hand easily covers Tips & Quips which is the only reason my hand is not […]


A Filtering Wish on AncestryDNA

I’m still playing with my results on AncestryDNA, so I’m still learning. However there is one thing I wish I could do there: filter my results by submitter. Manually searching trees and searching trees by specific surnames seems highly inefficient to me. And there’s no guarantee that a surname that matches is even the line on […]

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Maria (Bruns) Fecht

Maria (Bruns) Fecht was born in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, and died probably in Hancock County, Illinois, before the fall of 1877. She married Hinrich Jacobs Fecht in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany. Some things I’ve learned about research from Maria: people sometimes marry their in-laws. Maria married Hinrich Jacobs Fecht after his first wife Trientje Bruns died. Trientje […]

My First Six “Cousin” Matches on AncestryDNA

I have hundreds of cousin matches on AncestryDNA. I’m not yet certain how many I will eventually try and contact. The first six matches were particularly interesting for me  as  AncestryDNA grouped them as “second cousins.” The first five matches were indicated as being “first or second cousins” and the sixth was indicated as being a  “second or […]

Ancestral Clues and Connections: Hinrich Jacobs Fecht (1823-1912)

Hinrich Jacobs Fecht was born in 1823 in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany, and died in 1912 in Elvaston, Hancock County, Illinois. He married Marie Bruns in Wiesens, Ostfriesland, and later married Antje (Jaspers) Habben in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1877. What I’ve learned about research from Hinrich: last names can be dropped. Hinrich is enumerated in […]

My AncestryDNA Results Are In and I’m Surprised

I was surprised just a little with my Ancestry.com DNA test results which came in over the weekend. Using my third great-grandparents as a point of reference (simply because I’m not going to use my 10th great-grandparents to create the percentages for this post), my genealogical ancestry is approximately: 50% Ostfriesen (my maternal side)–which qualifies as […]