I’ve been spending a lot of time—a real lot of time—working with my Ancestry DNA, FTDNA, and GEDmatch results, working through my match lists, compiling data. The question is what exactly do I expect—or hope—to achieve from all this time and effort?
Several weeks ago, Ancestry released their newest tool: Genetic Communities. These communities are based on some pretty cool work with the DNA of millions of AncestryDNA test-takers. Mine were right on target.
I recently came across a reference to a Christopher Hocker who was living in Ohio in the early 1800s. Could this finally be a sighting of Christopher, son of Johann George and Anna Margaretha (Weidman) Hocker, who allegedly ran off to Ohio about 1808?
George W. Houdeshell married Lovina Force in 1890. Between then and 1914, they had 12 children, ten of whom survived to adulthood. This Wordless Wednesday features a Houdeshell family photo.
William Bonnington, my four times great grandfather, was born about 1816 most likely in Bowden, Roxburghshire, Scotland.1 He was the son of Robert and Agnes (Inglis) Bonnington.2 He died 11 June 1885 in his brother’s house in Bowden.3 About 1838, he married Margaret Purves4 (or Fairborn).5 She was born about 1821 and died between 1844 […]
This week’s 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks posts features my three times great grandfather, James Smith, of Whitburn Parish in Linlithgow, Scotland.
I’m looking at my 3x great grandfather Jefferson Force for this installment of my 52 ancestors in 52 weeks.
Perhaps not so surprisingly, I’ve fallen behind on my 52 ancestors posts. I’m hoping to catch up. Here’s a short post on Henry Jones to get me me going again.
I’ve written extensively about my ancestor Christian Hoover and the search for his family. Now that I’ve got another piece of evidence that his parents were Philip Hoover and Hannah Thomas, I thought I’d write about them.
When I saw the recent announcement that Family Tree DNA was now accepting Ancestry V2 DNA uploads for autosomal transfer, I was excited, to say the least. Here are my initial thoughts after trying it out.