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FARMALLChick
True Blue Farmgirl

978 Posts

Lora
Alexandria IN
USA
978 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2016 :  3:22:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone else do genealogy? Did the Ancestry DNA kit (received as a Christmas gift). I just got my results back. 43% Irish, Some German, French, Italian, Greek, Iberian peninsula and north African. Very interesting. Most of it knew, but some I did not. Will be interesting to see where research takes me now.

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NikisMom
True Blue Farmgirl

140 Posts

Julie
Framingham MA
140 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2016 :  3:47:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I do and also did the DNA test. After hearing for so long that I was not Irish, only Canadian French (my Nana was very angry at my Papa's mother - from Ireland). I found out I was more Irish than French. 37% Irish, the rest in upper Europe (German, Scotland, etc). I have found some "cousins" through the database.
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edlund33
True Blue Farmgirl

1449 Posts

Marilyn
Renton WA
USA
1449 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2016 :  4:47:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love working on genealogy when I have time but with aging parents and a business to run I don't get as much time as I'd like to. I haven't done the DNA testing but am saving up money so I can. I've been working primarily on my paternal grandfather's lines in Sweden. On his mother's side I managed to get in contact with a relative who had spent his entire adult life researching the family genealogy. He passed away just a few months after we made contact but he mailed me a huge envelope full of his records since his kids were not interested. I am slowing translating, verifying and entering the information in family tree maker so I can someday share it with others which was his unfulfilled dream. On my great grandfather's side of the family I have three semi-professional genealogists so they have been so helpful not only in sharing the family history but also cultural and local information about the farm and area where he grew up. I discovered that he had an older sister who stayed in Sweden that we had never heard about, so it turns there are many living relatives who are just a few generations removed. They knew there was family here in the USA but since the brothers all changed their last names at Castle Garden and all but two passed away within a year or two of immigration they quickly lost track. Needless to say they were as delighted to hear from me as I was to find them so it's been a fantastic experience for us. I have genealogical information back to the early 1700's and even some back into the 1600's. It's a fascinating journey but I can't imagine having done it in the pre-computer days!

Cheers! ~ Marilyn

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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2467 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2467 Posts

Posted - Mar 28 2016 :  11:29:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Marilyn, that is fascinating. I was adopted. Met my natural mom when I was 56. I did ancestry.com too. I am German, scots, Norwegian and Cherokee. I have a lot of information to go through. Have found some relatives but not all.

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ceridwen
True Blue Farmgirl

736 Posts

Carole
Northeast New York
USA
736 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2016 :  08:00:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Lora, I am doing some genealogy. I actually earned my expert level merit badge. I love doing it. It's so easy to get lost in it and the next thing you know it's 2 am. I use Ancesty.com for my research. I haven't renewed my membership because I don't have a lot of time on my hands at the moment. I do enjoy it. I would love to do a dna test!

Marilyn, fascinating! I love your story! How wonderful that you have made connections. Thank you for sharing!

Carole
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sherone_13
True Blue Farmgirl

2317 Posts

Sherone
Evanston WY
USA
2317 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2016 :  08:59:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have been doing genealogy for years. We recently found the neatest site called relativefinder.org. I found out I am related to Louis L'amour! How cool is that? We have a family history mystery in our family. We cannot find a birth certificate for my paternal Great Grandfather because it burned during the Indian Wars in Oklahoma. That line has been halted there for years and we have no way to connect it to other lines. So if anyone out there has a James Dotson from Salazar County, Oklahoma in your line. I really want to talk to you. This would be somewhere around Tahlequah in the early 1900's.

Sherone

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FARMALLChick
True Blue Farmgirl

978 Posts

Lora
Alexandria IN
USA
978 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2016 :  11:18:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What neat histories. My family came from Ireland to Great Britain on my maternal grandmother's side (her name was actually Irelan) and from Switzerland on my maternal grandfather's (Speicher)side. I know my paternal grandmother's family was Irish (Driscoll)and my paternal grandfather's side was German (Christman). Not sure where the rest of it fits in.

Several years ago, my mother and I did some research and found that we are direct descendants of Thomas J. Stone, signer of the Declaration of Independence. We are listed in the DAR now. My mother's cousin won't give us back the family bible so I can't get anymore information from that. I am hoping that as soon as I am working again, I can resubscribe to Ancestry.com. I am doing as much free stuff as I can right now.

I love watching Finding Your Roots on PBS and Genealogy Roadshow when they are on. My DH's cousin and I would watch together via txt message. It was our Tuesday night date. lol He's in his 70's. We would text each other through the whole show. Ol'boy cracks me up!! love him!!

"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway" -John Wayne
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guineahen
True Blue Farmgirl

86 Posts

Andrea
Hawley Pa
USA
86 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2016 :  05:33:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've been wanting to do the DNA test too- so it is pretty accurate?
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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2467 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2467 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2016 :  7:26:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I believe that the DNA they do is accurate on Ancestry.com. It costs $99.

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queenmushroom
True Blue Farmgirl

985 Posts

Lorena
Centerville Me
USA
985 Posts

Posted - Apr 23 2016 :  08:14:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Can't afford a DNA kit, but would love to know. I knew one of my maternal grandmother's ancestors was hanged during the salem witch trials. Through her lineage, she traces back to ancestors who hob nob with the likes of King Henry VIII. The North's to be exact. I also found out that she is also the ancestor of Chester Arthur, one of our lesser known presidents. Her name was Susannah Martin.

Patience is worth a bushel of brains...from a chinese fortune cookie
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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2467 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2467 Posts

Posted - Apr 23 2016 :  2:34:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What great information Lorena.

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knittingmom
True Blue Farmgirl

665 Posts

AnneMarie
Edmonton Alberta
Canada
665 Posts

Posted - May 27 2016 :  09:31:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love genealogy as well. My background is Ukrainian and French. I know my mother's ancestors came to Canada over 300 years ago.



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