Month: May 2018

Projected Relationship

Relationship projections in DNA test results are estimations based upon shared DNA. The relationship is an estimate. The relationship stated is based on the amount of shared DNA (measured in centimorgans). The Shared cM Project has estimates of relationships based on shared centimorgans. These are estimates. These probable relationships on the Shared cM Project are based […]


I Can’t Find It

[still applicable today] From the former Ancestry Daily News  Michael John Neill — 3/22/2006     This week we look at some ways that our searches of records can be stymied.  Handwriting  Have you considered how the letters might appear on the page of the original document? This is especially a concern when using indexes […]

A Potential DNA Match on My Neill Family-Part II-Passing the Chunks

Part of my problem in utilizing my AncestryDNA matches to find relatives of my Irish forebears was that I was too concentrated on matching other descendants of my Samuel Neill. It’s tempting to do that–after all, there were about ten other descendants of Samuel in the AncestryDNA database. They would have to match other Neill relatives […]

Why Use the Word “Potential?”

Words matter. The recent post on a DNA discovery used the phrase “Potential DNA Match on My Neill Family” in the title. DNA matches to someone or it doesn’t. There’s not a “potential” to the match. The “potential” is when the researcher is not yet certain which family the shared match comes through. What’s “potential” […]

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 […]