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05 Jun 2022
07:33:06pm
Well more of a forest really, amazingly, after taking nearly 30 years to find the death/burial of my dads mum in 1945 (my gran), dad was a foundling and never knew his mother. I have today found that she had a brother born in 1890 who sadly only lived for a few days.
So another entry but no line to follow.

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05 Jun 2022
09:46:47pm
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Some years back, my mother's cousin started researching our family tree on my great grandfathers side. He had emigrated from Norway. After he found what he could in the US, he traveled to Norway. He went to the city of Gol, Norway. With the help of the local clergy, he was able to trace our lineage back to the 1500's.

Alas, he didn't find any royalty. Just a bunch of farmers and tradesmen. My great grandfather was a skilled carpenter. He and his sons built many homes.

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06 Jun 2022
09:09:22am
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I signed up for Ancestry a while back just to see the results. It immediately connected me to my daughter and a few other close relatives. Every so often I get an email about a new connection. Some of them I've never heard of, but last week it was a cousin on my mother's side.. our grandmothers were sisters. It's interesting that the DNA traits continue through generations

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06 Jun 2022
09:28:48am
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Have not gone down the DNA route, all of mine has been hard slog, much of it looking through paper records prior to the internet boom in genealogical resources. It is a lot easier today but everything needs checking, especially the internet trees where people assume a connection without proof. I have my mums line back to about 1640 but still have folks details missing from the 1850's where they appear to just become untraceable.

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06 Jun 2022
09:38:12am

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My Sister, who is into genealogy, discovered that one of my relatives was a lawman in the old Wild West -sheriff or deputy not sure which. He must not have been much of a gunslinger ‘cause supposedly he got shot down in a gunfight on Main Street. And, also supposedly, we’re related to about 95% of Butler county Nebraska. Happy LoL - not really, but my ancestors were some of the early Settlers and many of their descendants still reside in the area.

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06 Jun 2022
01:53:18pm
re: Family tree

Another avenue of collecting - ancestors instead of stamps
Just a bit of hard earned advice.
Use whatever is posted in the Family Trees section of Ancestry and all other genealogy platforms as a starting point unless it has a solid citation.
Never accept someone else's research as your own, far too many poorly researched "facts" on the "interweb". It's is easy make errors.

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Harvey

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06 Jun 2022
02:11:45pm
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Since I'm adopted I've never taken much interest in genealogy. A cousin of mine, years ago, did a bit of research into my birth family and came up with the fact that my father (on the original birth certificate) was full blooded Mi'kmaq and my birth mother was 25%. This makes me 62.5% native. It reminds me of a Native I heard interviewed once. He was upset at the number of people who, after doing a bit of genealogical research and finding that they were a certain percentage Native, miraculously claimed that they "now had a better understanding of the Native Peoples"! When I was growing up my adopted mother never mentioned my ancestry because then it was considered something to be ashamed of. Now it appears to be "very in"! I don't mean this to be racist in any small, or large, amount. I just want to point out that just because you now know your genetic makeup it doesn't miraculously change who, or what, you are. I really hope this hasn't offended anyone and if the moderator doesn't think this post appropriate it's removal would not offend me.

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06 Jun 2022
04:34:17pm
re: Family tree

Airline, a very true statement, I always obtain certificates where possible, plus parish records (most of my tree came from England) where these are available.
While researching the family of my wife I was unable to find the death of her Great grandmother, traced through all the census records but no death but all in the family were sure she never re-married or left her husband.
Then a stroke of luck, the 1911 census page showed two children who had been born and died between census years, that were unknown to the family, but lo and behold he had included his wife but she was crossed out and his status changed from married to widower . The transcripts had all included her as being alive. Turns out she died the year before the census in 1910.
There are still family that I am searching for, one left the family, reason unknown, changed his name and never was in contact again. That one may be caught with DNA. Some went to NSW and although I have traced them and their deaths, the children seem to want nothing to do with the UK mob.
But we plod onwards, some births, some deaths as we all grow older and hopefully someone will continue the research after I'm departed.

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07 Jun 2022
09:39:28am

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Ancestry and/or MyHeritage, I used them as a starting point and as a tool to create an overview of what I found, but like you guys stated, I never used the info I found there as irresputable proof. Too many times I found out people with similar names had been confused or assumptions had been made that were based on nothing. What I did when I tried to find the family roots of my wife (mine have already been done by a relative in great detail) was find names on MyHeritage and then go to the archives, which are all online nowadays, in order to find birth or marriage certificates. Using publicly available documents I was able to trace her ancestors back 10 generations, a forefather born in 1639. That was fun to do. If one would want to go further it gets very difficult, one needs church records and many have been lost over the centuries.

Aside from that, about 12 years ago, my sister in law found out that her father was not the person her mother was married with (something that didn't surprise me at the time as she looks very different from her brother and sister) and using the commercial DNA services she was able to find her real father, a Jewish guy from NYC who as a young man went to Amsterdam in the summer of love of 1967, where he met my mother in law with results 9 months later. He was unaware of his Dutch offspring until he got contacted by my sister in law 50 years later...

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11 Jun 2022
08:19:11am
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MY family tree fell on my house last month....!


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11 Jun 2022
09:42:03am
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Had to get this taken down last week as roots had broken in the wind and it was leaning a tad more than it should.Image Not Found

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11 Jun 2022
09:58:52pm
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Ah, those family trees.....

....never know what you're gonna find from one day to the next!



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17 Jun 2022
09:47:55pm
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Several years ago, my mother's cousin got interested in genealogy. He decided to do a family tree on my great grandfather's family. After learning as much as he could from such things as census records, immigration records, etc., he decided to travel to Norway. With the help of the local parish priest. he went over old church records. He was able to complete the family tree back to the 1500's. Alas, no royalty or wealthy people in the tree. Just a line of carpenters, farmers, etc. My great grandfather was a carpenter. Many houses that he and his sons built 100 years ago are still standing.

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05 Jun 2022
07:33:06pm

Well more of a forest really, amazingly, after taking nearly 30 years to find the death/burial of my dads mum in 1945 (my gran), dad was a foundling and never knew his mother. I have today found that she had a brother born in 1890 who sadly only lived for a few days.
So another entry but no line to follow.

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Dakota

05 Jun 2022
09:46:47pm

re: Family tree

Some years back, my mother's cousin started researching our family tree on my great grandfathers side. He had emigrated from Norway. After he found what he could in the US, he traveled to Norway. He went to the city of Gol, Norway. With the help of the local clergy, he was able to trace our lineage back to the 1500's.

Alas, he didn't find any royalty. Just a bunch of farmers and tradesmen. My great grandfather was a skilled carpenter. He and his sons built many homes.

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Tom in Exton, PA
06 Jun 2022
09:09:22am

re: Family tree

I signed up for Ancestry a while back just to see the results. It immediately connected me to my daughter and a few other close relatives. Every so often I get an email about a new connection. Some of them I've never heard of, but last week it was a cousin on my mother's side.. our grandmothers were sisters. It's interesting that the DNA traits continue through generations

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06 Jun 2022
09:28:48am

re: Family tree

Have not gone down the DNA route, all of mine has been hard slog, much of it looking through paper records prior to the internet boom in genealogical resources. It is a lot easier today but everything needs checking, especially the internet trees where people assume a connection without proof. I have my mums line back to about 1640 but still have folks details missing from the 1850's where they appear to just become untraceable.

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philatelia

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06 Jun 2022
09:38:12am

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My Sister, who is into genealogy, discovered that one of my relatives was a lawman in the old Wild West -sheriff or deputy not sure which. He must not have been much of a gunslinger ‘cause supposedly he got shot down in a gunfight on Main Street. And, also supposedly, we’re related to about 95% of Butler county Nebraska. Happy LoL - not really, but my ancestors were some of the early Settlers and many of their descendants still reside in the area.

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Airline

06 Jun 2022
01:53:18pm

re: Family tree

Another avenue of collecting - ancestors instead of stamps
Just a bit of hard earned advice.
Use whatever is posted in the Family Trees section of Ancestry and all other genealogy platforms as a starting point unless it has a solid citation.
Never accept someone else's research as your own, far too many poorly researched "facts" on the "interweb". It's is easy make errors.

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Harvey

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06 Jun 2022
02:11:45pm

re: Family tree

Since I'm adopted I've never taken much interest in genealogy. A cousin of mine, years ago, did a bit of research into my birth family and came up with the fact that my father (on the original birth certificate) was full blooded Mi'kmaq and my birth mother was 25%. This makes me 62.5% native. It reminds me of a Native I heard interviewed once. He was upset at the number of people who, after doing a bit of genealogical research and finding that they were a certain percentage Native, miraculously claimed that they "now had a better understanding of the Native Peoples"! When I was growing up my adopted mother never mentioned my ancestry because then it was considered something to be ashamed of. Now it appears to be "very in"! I don't mean this to be racist in any small, or large, amount. I just want to point out that just because you now know your genetic makeup it doesn't miraculously change who, or what, you are. I really hope this hasn't offended anyone and if the moderator doesn't think this post appropriate it's removal would not offend me.

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sheepshanks

06 Jun 2022
04:34:17pm

re: Family tree

Airline, a very true statement, I always obtain certificates where possible, plus parish records (most of my tree came from England) where these are available.
While researching the family of my wife I was unable to find the death of her Great grandmother, traced through all the census records but no death but all in the family were sure she never re-married or left her husband.
Then a stroke of luck, the 1911 census page showed two children who had been born and died between census years, that were unknown to the family, but lo and behold he had included his wife but she was crossed out and his status changed from married to widower . The transcripts had all included her as being alive. Turns out she died the year before the census in 1910.
There are still family that I am searching for, one left the family, reason unknown, changed his name and never was in contact again. That one may be caught with DNA. Some went to NSW and although I have traced them and their deaths, the children seem to want nothing to do with the UK mob.
But we plod onwards, some births, some deaths as we all grow older and hopefully someone will continue the research after I'm departed.

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07 Jun 2022
09:39:28am

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re: Family tree

Ancestry and/or MyHeritage, I used them as a starting point and as a tool to create an overview of what I found, but like you guys stated, I never used the info I found there as irresputable proof. Too many times I found out people with similar names had been confused or assumptions had been made that were based on nothing. What I did when I tried to find the family roots of my wife (mine have already been done by a relative in great detail) was find names on MyHeritage and then go to the archives, which are all online nowadays, in order to find birth or marriage certificates. Using publicly available documents I was able to trace her ancestors back 10 generations, a forefather born in 1639. That was fun to do. If one would want to go further it gets very difficult, one needs church records and many have been lost over the centuries.

Aside from that, about 12 years ago, my sister in law found out that her father was not the person her mother was married with (something that didn't surprise me at the time as she looks very different from her brother and sister) and using the commercial DNA services she was able to find her real father, a Jewish guy from NYC who as a young man went to Amsterdam in the summer of love of 1967, where he met my mother in law with results 9 months later. He was unaware of his Dutch offspring until he got contacted by my sister in law 50 years later...

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11 Jun 2022
08:19:11am

re: Family tree

MY family tree fell on my house last month....!


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11 Jun 2022
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Had to get this taken down last week as roots had broken in the wind and it was leaning a tad more than it should.Image Not Found

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11 Jun 2022
09:58:52pm

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Ah, those family trees.....

....never know what you're gonna find from one day to the next!



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17 Jun 2022
09:47:55pm

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Several years ago, my mother's cousin got interested in genealogy. He decided to do a family tree on my great grandfather's family. After learning as much as he could from such things as census records, immigration records, etc., he decided to travel to Norway. With the help of the local parish priest. he went over old church records. He was able to complete the family tree back to the 1500's. Alas, no royalty or wealthy people in the tree. Just a line of carpenters, farmers, etc. My great grandfather was a carpenter. Many houses that he and his sons built 100 years ago are still standing.

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