Month: February 2018

Ancestry DNA Pools

I’m still working on the concept of “Ancestry Pools” to help me sift through and analyze my DNA matches. Most researchers have some “pedigree collapse” and endogamy. It is just a matter of degree. For me it is particularly difficult in my maternal families who are all from the same area of northern Germany in […]


My 7th, 7th, 6th and 6th Great-Grandparents

They are my 7th great-grandparents. They are my 7th great-grandparents. They are my 6th great-grandparents. They are my 6th great-grandparents. I’m not repeating myself. I’m talking about Ayelt and Trientje (Ubben) Gerdes who were early 19th century residents of Wiesens, Ostfriesland, Germany. It’s not unusual to be descended from the same couple more than once, […]

Mary, Mary…That’s not Contrary

This document comes from the guardianship of Mary Brown in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The mother and daughter are requesting that the court appoint a local man as the daughter’s guardian. [begin transcription] [For it?] my Desier and my Daughter Mary Browns that Deacon Stephen Gipson Should be put in Garden for Mary Mary Brown [end […]

My Blogs–Monthly Subscription Reminder

I maintain the following genealogy blogs:—Michael’s thoughts, research problems, suggestions, and whatever else crosses his desk Genealogy Tip of the Day—one genealogy research tip every day–short and to the point Genealogy Search Tip—websites I’ve discovered and the occasional online research tip–short and to the point? Subscription/Unsubscription links are on the top of each page. […]

Only Search FamilySearch for Fields the Database Has

FamilySearch recently updated “Iowa, Old Age Assistance Records, 1934-1946” recently. FamilySearch allows for searches “with a life event” by: Birth Marriage Residence Death Any While these records are organized by county, the county is not included in the database entries (the county can be discovered by a search of the catalog), the only geographic information that […]