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Genealogy


By balt

6 months ago



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#1 6 months ago

Not Deeproot, more like Finding Your Roots. Anyone else here dabble in genealogy? I've been gathering data off-and-on for about a decade, adding to the research my mother did in the 1980's. One new resource in my hunt has become genetic services offered by Ancestry.com and 23andme. Thanks to them, this weekend I've been reaching out to second and third cousins that I didn't even know existed. Sometimes there is enough information to figure out broadly what branch of the family we share, and other times its just a complete mystery. I'm working backwards in time from the present, whereas finding cousins traditionally involved working forward in time from a common ancestor. The thing I'm most excited about now is finding a few people in branches of my family that have been dead ends in my prior research. Maybe one of them will know more about our shared great-great grandfather than I do. Anyway, the genetic data is livening up my research by putting me in contact with living relatives instead of sorting through scans of old documents. Genealogy: not a bad way to shelter in place on a rainy day...besides pinball.

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#2 6 months ago

I've done a bit of genealogy, tracking down my father's line back to the 1700's. A couple of weeks ago I found a possible link that would let me trace the family WAY back to before 1000 A.D., but I have a couple of not-verified links. I do know that DNA testing could prove that I was a direct descendant of one person a few generations older than my iffy links, so I may end up doing that...
My mother's mom has a bunch of family tree stuff for her side of the family, I really need to get with her soon, she just turned 88.
I really enjoy tracking links down, and can easily lose a week or so exploring different branches.

#3 6 months ago

Never a dull moment around here. An exchange I had with a distant relative today:

ME: I'm having trouble following the Ancestry.com family tree you shared with me. According to your tree, your parents were first cousins because their mothers were sisters. Mistake?

RELATIVE: No not a mistake, and if you look at the tree you will see the double on both sides until we gave up putting in the double information. That's why our health is so bad, we have double everything, including all the bad, Arthritis, bone degeneration, Heart Problems and on and on. No, not crippled or crazy !! ...But also all the talent and great looks, ha ha.

4 months later
#4 50 days ago
Quoted from balt:

ccording to your tree, your parents were first cousins because their mothers were sisters. Mistake?

This is not as rare as you would think around the world even today. In America, many states outlaw it but many do not. Among earlier settlers, the lack of potential mates out in the frontier meant sometimes there wasn't many other choices. Lots of American's with ancestors here since the 1700s have at least one or two of these in their family tree. As long as it didn't happen generation after generation, it is no big deal.
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