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Anyone study ancestry/genealogy?

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NavyMom 2
RoseSr 4
amwhy 1
AFWife 1
ghostpost 5
exladysux 1
tinman 1
TexasOma 1
Let Logic Prevail 1
Dorothy Parker 3
Defcon1 7
texanbrit 1
SmoochieAndTheBean 17
Odin 5
tebberann 1
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SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

What is the best web site to use? I'm looking for access to documents (cesnsus, military, marriage etc.) 

tebberann --- 2 years ago -

Ancestry.com
The National Archives
Mormon Search 

Odin --- 2 years ago -

Funny you should mention this.

I got my DNA tests back from a genealogy DNA company today.

A bit of a surprise.

Norwegian on my Mother's side. (rare haplotype so it's pretty solid).

Probable French on my father's side. wth??!!!???? 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -


Probable French


Probable? Weird they would put that. 

Odin --- 2 years ago -

Probable? Weird they would put that.

They didn't word it that way. They just give the percentages of various regions that have certain genotypes.

France, Spain, Basque, and Ireland were well represented. Pretty much nil in the region I thought it would be. But, meh.. the French they have a rep.

It's just for fun, lots of migration, so really there is no way to use genetics to really get very specific on location of origins. 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

Huh that's pretty cool. I'd like to look into that someday. 

bikerbandits --- 2 years ago -

I would say ancesrty.com. I just started trying to piece back my history and have already learned a lot! 

ghostpost --- 2 years ago -

I use ancestry.com. I believe you can get a free trial membership..at least you used to be able to. A lot of states have genealogy information on line, usually for free. The Mormon church also has a website: Familysearch.org that anyone can access.

The Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of LDS on Northpark also has a Family History Search Center in which a person can access and have more resources. I have been meaning to make an appointment and take advantage of their services: Kingwood Family History Search Center 

TexasOma --- 2 years ago -

The 1940 Census was just released this month. You can access it free.

If you go to the library with your computer, you can use their wifi and connect with Ancestry.com for free.

Here is a link to the Mormon Family Search. It's pretty helpful.

I also have used Rootsweb.com - it is now a part of Ancestry.com but it is still free.

I have also used Ancestry.com paid subscription but I've kinda dropped my genealogy quest for a while - too many roadblocks & I got frustrated., so I set it aside. 

texanbrit --- 2 years ago -

This is a cool subject, my dad used to do this kind of work on the side well volunteered his time actually for friends over here, it was his hobby, in England you can get the records from churches as long as you know where the relatives were born/married/died ect.... It was facinating to watch this process unfold. I loved it!! 

ghostpost --- 2 years ago -

There was a thread posted a few days ago from the Kingwood library that was having a free introduction to genealogy seminar.

The Clayton library is another local resource: Clayton Library Houston

Genealogy is a fascinating and educational hobby. If I were homeschooling, I would use it as a foundation for so many topics, especially history. Even if I wasn't homeschooling, I would get my kids interested in it..it really makes history come alive and gives relevance to dates and events that otherwise are just topics to memorize. When you realize your greatgrandfather was in a particular war, then the dates of battles and the events surrounding it become very real.

My dh had never met his paternal grandfather. Through my research he found out that his grandfather immigrated from Germany as a young boy and went on to be a Dean at the Univ of Tennessee. I contacted the Univ of Tennessee and they were gracious enough to send me pictures of him and even a book he had published. Dh was thrilled.

One of my sisters joined the DAR after starting on her genological search and the ladies connected with that organization helped her tremendously in her research. She put together a book of our family history complete with old family photos and gave them to all of us for Christmas a few years ago. Needless to say we treasure it! 

tinman --- 2 years ago -

My grandfather on my Dad's side came from Mormons and was born in AZ. He fought on a submarine during WWII and owned a business in Roswell, NM for 40 years after that.

When he retired and applied for his social security benefits, the gov't told him that he would need to send in his birth certificate to prove his citizenship.

He didn't have one because AZ wasn't a state when he was born. The birth was recorded in the family bible and for some reason, the main Mormon Library in Salt Lake had it. The gov't gave him all kinds of heck, but finally agreed to accept a copy of the family bible stating his birth.

He fought and was wounded for his country and yet some government pencil pusher tried like heck to deny him his benefits.

Pretty typical. 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

I just ran into www.Geni.com and I really like the format. Well, that and it links to Facebook, so that sells it for me. I'm also looking into Ancestry.com but just don't know if I should pay for both, or one, or what. My ancestors are from Maryland, if that matters. 

AFWife --- 2 years ago -

Ancestry.com for sure. 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

but finally agreed to accept a copy of the family bible stating his birth.

Interesting! 

Defcon1 --- 2 years ago -

I am neck-deep in genealogy studies!!!!

:D

I use ancestry.com and civilwardocs.com

Sometimes FindAGrave.com has helped me out.

Best of luck to you researchers!

DEO VINDICE! 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

Is something wrong with me? (Don't answer that, ha).

Why is it so hard to find people on ancestry.com? Even if I know the exact full name and locations, I'm still getting pages and pages of other random people.

civilwardocs.com

New one to me, thanks for posting 

ghostpost --- 2 years ago -

Sometimes FindAGrave.com has helped me out.

awesome people that volunteer for this service! I have found some old, old headstones of family members that have led me to their obits and other valuable information. 

ghostpost --- 2 years ago -

Why is it so hard to find people on ancestry.com? Even if I know the exact full name and locations, I'm still getting pages and pages of other random people.


I'm not sure. Are you giving full names and birthyears? The more info you can give the more it narrows things down. try clicking on just family trees to see what info other people may have on your ancestors..just be sure to check their sources to make sure that the info they listed is correct..there is a lot of false info on family trees of people that are new to ancestry and click on every leaf without carefully checking out the info before accepting it as fact. 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

FindAGrave.com

WOW.

When my Pop pop died I was asked to design the grave marker that would be water etched. He was buried 2000 miles from me so I never got to actually see his grave marker.

I just found it!! 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

.there is a lot of false info on family trees of people that are new to ancestry and click on every leaf without carefully checking out the info

Ah! Okay, I didn't think of that. Thanks, that will help to keep that in mind! 

Defcon1 --- 2 years ago -

FindAGrave.com

WOW.



:D 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

AND that was 8 years ago! 

Odin --- 2 years ago -

Scratch the French connection.

Got more data. The overall type is present in great numbers in France but the subtype is Scottish.

Wow, now I know why I loved the highlands so much. It's in my blood.

But how the hell did a Scotsman get to Poland????? Or maybe the question is, why? 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

IDK but I'm Polish, Dutch, and French, etc. Apparently I come from a long line of "loving" people. 

Odin --- 2 years ago -

IDK but I'm Polish, Dutch, and French, etc. Apparently I come from a long line of "loving" people.

Yep, those are usually attractive groups too. 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

Yep, those are usually attractive groups too.

You wouldn't want ugly people breeding like rabbits would you? J/K kind of... 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

Is it possible for the 1900 census to have recorded a male child as a female? 

ghostpost --- 2 years ago -

Is it possible for the 1900 census to have recorded a male child as a female?

Yes. There a lot of mistakes on the census and other forms..sometimes it was recorded wrong, sometimes the family had accents and misunderstood, sometimes misspellings led to names being wrong, people lied about their ages and relationships too. As you dig deeper into genealogy you learn to check and double check before accepting anything at face value..but that is part of the fun. It is like the challenge of a real complicated puzzle, but this one is real and has much more meaning to you. Just be careful...it is also very addictive! 

Odin --- 2 years ago -

I'm loving the genetic stuff myself. Science, history, genealogy, medical all my interests wrapped into one.

I'm using 23andme. Sadly, none of my relatives have done it yet so it's only showing 3rd cousins so far in the "relative finder". I have no idea who they are. The closet one to me genetically, lives in the UK.

Most people don't bother to put their family locations in their profile so it makes it tough to find matches.

https://www.23andme.com/ 

NavyMom --- 2 years ago -

I am interested in my family tree. I met 4 out of the 8 of my great-grandparents, remember all of them, have pictures of them and know their names. In fact, they're all buried in the same cemetery. Both sides of my family is buried in the same cemetery. My folks just bought their plots there too. (And no, Mom/Dad were not related at all. LOL) So I thought it wouldn't be too hard to research them because I would like to know more info, but I am not interested in paying Ancestry for that search. I'm going to try some of these website that yous have recommended. Thank you! 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

AlmostEmptyNester - that findagrave site should help 

NavyMom --- 2 years ago -

Thanks MommyBear, I'm going to look into that too although everyone I met in my lifetime is buried in the exact same cemetery. :) 

exladysux --- 2 years ago -

I got my DNA tests back from a genealogy DNA company today.


Which one did you use and how much did it cost? 

RoseSr --- 2 years ago -

As you dig deeper into genealogy you learn to check and double check before accepting anything at face value..but that is part of the fun.

If you have Louisiana or Texas roots that date back to the Spanish era you should remember that most records were kept by the church - the Catholic church. Our John White was listed as Juan Huit... a poor attempt at spelling John White phonetically. 

RoseSr --- 2 years ago -

Need somebody's help here to remember a website that was suggested at the Kingwood Library (a Mormon lady spoke) - the site had a name that included the word 'curious' and when I logged into it my computer received a toolbar that led to a number of useful sources. If nobody remembers it, I'll look through my stuff and see if I can come up with it. 

amwhy --- 2 years ago -

RoseSr, that's the Relatively Curious toolbar:

http://relativelycurious.ourtoolbar.com/

The lady that created it used to live in Kingwood. Wish she was still here! 

RoseSr --- 2 years ago -

Thanks, amwhy. You are right. I have to add that some of the suggestions are for a fee but some of them are free. I especially like the newspaper link. I found a long-lost relative in New York City that way. 

SmoochieAndTheBean --- 2 years ago -

I especially like the newspaper link.

What newspaper link? 

RoseSr --- 2 years ago -


What newspaper link?

If you load the toolbar from relativelycurious, it has a link to a list of newspapers that you can click on, such as the New York Times or any number of newspapers. Some are indexed, some you have to use your computer's search key. 

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