Month: June 2018

Wishes for AncestryDNA

As the results from another DNA test comes in at AncestryDNA , I have four immediate wishes: the ability to download my matches as a spreadsheet–at least some of the data a chromosome browser more than one color to star the matches another “star” or something that I could use to indicate when I’ve “figured” the […]

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Amy Assigns an 1807 Debt-Part I

On 25 February 1807 James Clagg made out a “bond” indicating that he owed John Sledd 8 pounds, 11 shillings, and 4 pence. The debt had been accruing interest since 1799. At the time Clagg lived in Bedford County, Virginia, and Sledd was a resident of Amherst County. William Tinsley witnessed the signature of Clagg. […]

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AncestryDNA Class–July 2018

Based on many requests, we’ve added this class to our schedule for July: AncestryDNA–5 weeks Activities/Content: Understanding what can and cannot be learned from the AncestryDNA test Strategies for “figuring out” people who do not return communication Probability of relationship based on shared DNA and relationship scenarios not presented Downloading AncestryDNA matches into an Excel […]

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AncestryDNA Helper

Since AncestryDNA does not allow for an easy download of match information as a spreadsheet, there’s a workaround. That workaround does the job, but there are a few challenges to using it. Until Ancestry decides to allow users the download ability, this is the cheapest alternative. I added the AncestryDNA Helper to my Chrome browser so that […]

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Sally/Sarah–What’s the Difference?

When two people have the same (or similar) names, or one person has multiple names, it can create big problems for genealogists. Records on individuals with the same name need to be “sorted” out into their separate identities, while individuals who used different names may have to be “merged” together to create one identity despite […]

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Proving Descent From James Rampley, Revolutionary War Patriot-Part II

One problem with my cousin’s DAR application was that the only actual information tying Riley Rampley (1825-1893) to his father, James Rampley (1803-1884) was from printed county histories. There was no reason to doubt the connection, but the application required something a little more substantial. The problem was that there was not one record stating […]

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