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After reading the earlier posts about being switched at birth, I have to comment.

I have had several children and ...oh my goodness! It seemed like EVERY time I was near the end of the pregnancy and preparing for the hospital, that there would be a tv show on about babies being switched or stolen. lol
Way to settle any nerves, right?

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My cousin recently passed away, and although it was a sad occasion, it was good to be with extended family again. While we were at her son's house after the memorial service, he pulled out several large boxes of his mother's filled with old photographs and memorabilia. My cousin apparently got her parents' boxes of photos and other stuff when they passed away because there are things such as my cousin's mom's (my dad's sister, my aunt's) grade cards from college, her old diary from 1935 and '36, her baby book which contained a large lock of her hair.... It just went on and on. Also in the box that I was looking through had old photos of my great grandmother and great grandfather, and I found a little box with their photograph in it along with a long scrap of fabric that had been cut with pinking shears. We wondered what that fabric might have come from, but I wondered if it was from her wedding dress! It was a gauzy, light purple fabric with tiny embroidered flowers in it. I also found baby pictures of my grandmother and grandfather and so much more! We were invited to take whatever we wanted, so I selected a few of the more important items. I didn't have room in my small suitcase to put them (I flew there), but one of my sisters drove there and she said that they could take some things back with them and then I could come get them. They live about an hour away from me so it's not a big deal to go get them. I can hardly wait to get my hands back on them so I can scan them! Then I can send digital copies to everybody!

I'm also working on my dad's side of the family (his paternal side), but it's far more difficult because my grandfather was an only child. It's harder to find clues.

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I am so obsesed with my Genealogy. I find I am spending a whole lot of time researching and not anything else.



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I used to have trouble with descendant by forgetting the S. Have to remember the cemetery.

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Mary Alice,

Good for you for being strong.

I have been cleaning out book shelves so I can make more room for my binders of genealogy papers.

Hope all are doing fine.
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Don't feel sorry for me. I got the injury before I was born and it was aggravated when I ran a high fever when I was 6. I thought myself to read. Writing is hard, but spell check helps. Some people have suggested I so down and proof read, so I have stared telling people there is a reason sometimes my typing is crazy.

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Oh, Maryalice that is so sad. Hugs

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Because of brain injury, letters mean nothing to me. I can't rememberer them. I have to hope spell check knows what I'm saying. Your article might be very good but it made no sense to me

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Great tips.

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I found this site a short time ago and they have some good ideas. It is Eastmans Online Genealogy Newsletter
 
 
Genealogy’s Often-Misspelled Words
You might want to save this article someplace. I have no idea why, but many of the words used in researching your family tree are difficult to spell. I constantly see spelling errors in messages posted on various genealogy web sites. When someone misspells a word, it feels like they are shouting, “I don’t know what I’m doing!”
Here are a few words to memorize:
Genealogy – No, it is not spelled “geneology” nor is it spelled in the manner I often see: “geneaology.” That last word looks to me as if someone thought, “Just throw all the letters in there and hope that something sticks.” For some reason, many newspaper reporters and their editors do not know how to spell this word. Don’t they have spell checkers?

Cemetery – The letter “a” does not appear anywhere in the word “cemetery.” You can remember the spelling by an old saying, “We go to the cemetery with E’s.” (ease)
Ancestor – This simple word is often spelled “ancester,” “ansester,” or “ansestor.”
Ancestry – This word is often misspelled “ancestory.” I often see errors when someone is referring to the ancestry.com online web site as “ancestory.com.”
History – More than once I have seen someone refer to their “family histroy” or “family histry.”
Descent – Perhaps not as common, but I have seen this spelled as “decent,” which sounds almost the same.
Descendant – it often appears as descendent, descentent and many others.
Grantor versus Grantee – In land records, the grantor is the one who sells or gives (grants) the land while the grantee is the one who receives.
Copyright – Then there is Copyright versus Copywrite.  Just remember that it is always right to copy, not write to copy.
Progenitor – I can never remember how to spell this word. I simply try to avoid it when I am writing!
Two other words often are confused: immigrant and emigrant. Another variation is immigration versus emigration. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary at http://www.merriam-webster.com, an emigrant is “a person who leaves a country or region to live in another one” while an immigrant is “a person who comes to a country to live there.” To repeat, an emigrant leaves while an immigrant arrives.
The late Dick Pence was quite a storyteller, and once he told of an online genealogy article he wrote in which he poked fun at common spelling errors by genealogists. He deliberately misspelled ten different words in the article, including most of the words I listed above. In the text of the article, he never mentioned that the article was a tongue-in-cheek attempt at humor.
Dick soon received an email message from an irate lady who apparently didn’t realize it was a deliberate attempt at humor. She scolded him for his spelling errors, writing, “Mr. Pence, you should be ashamed of yourself. I am an English teacher and I want to tell you that I found seven spelling errors in your article!”

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I really need to read the messages more.
When I had my third son and they brought a baby to me, I knew right away that baby was not mine.
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Thanks for the book link!

I had to delete the Ancestry app and erase the whole tablet. It worked okay until I got into the 1840s, then everything got all wonky. The tablet's okay again. I just can't use that app. I go on my laptop. I started a family tree for Marie Antoinette, and it's fun to add the photos of her family, since they're all these really pretty portraits that they posed for.

I have family from Texas too! My grandfather was adopted into a rich family, the Joneses. The singer George Jones says it's a very big family and they have these huge family reunions. I think it's the same family. I don't know if any of my family members go to the reunions or not.

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Got it thanks

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My grandfather is Charles Webster the third, Charles Webster the first father is Charles William the 3rd. They are all in Who's Who of Texas Men and all are listed as CW. When I went to find Charles William lll father, It came back there where 10,000 men by that name born in England and Ireland within the 10 year period I think my ancestor was born.

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Such a close call! I'm glad that didn't happen to your family.

I've been using the Ancestry app this weekend, I just downloaded it. It's been a lot of fun, but I've started to hit some snags with finding people of similar names and how that can mix things all up. And I think it's starting to adversely affect how my tablet works, so I might have to delete it and visit the website on my laptop or our desktop computer.

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Oh how scary that must have been for you! I can't imagine. It does make one wonder how many more of these stories exist that we have never heard about. I know there are always warning when you start genealogical work that you need to keep an open mind and be prepared for surprises. Still they amaze me. It's a reminder that there is a another whole world I (and probably others) really didn't realized existed. I'm happy everything worked out well for you.

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When I had my son, I was in my room. I had just gone to the restroom and was making my way back to my bed. I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a woman in the hallway with a baby. I knew that baby was mine. Why was he out of the ursery? She claimed he was upset and she was just dancing with him. She went back to the nursery and another nurse checked him out and brought him to me. Shortly after I was home, a baby was stolen from that hospital. The story was that the lady pretended to be a nurse. I can't help but wonder if it was the same woman.
Not a switched at birth story...

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Yesterday Yahoo posted an article from the Washington Post about a lady who was exploring her ancestry because she couldn't figure out why she had certain ethnicities listed. When she finished she figured out that one of her relatives has been switched at birth by the hospital in the days before hospitals followed any particular protocol for making sure the mothers were matched with the right babies. The article was lengthy and the process sounded complicated, but the lady was apparently thorough and correct. She found the other family who took the DNA tests too and they all figured out what happened. It would be interesting to know how often this really happened and what some of the consequences were.

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people that are mixed at birth

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I wasn't able to access the article. What was it about?

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Maybe a few of us came close to that problem.

I just read something about some triplets that appeared on The Doctors TV (one married to Dr. Phil's son) that did the home DNA test and got the results on the show. They came back that they were identical triplets, but the part that does the testing for ancestors and relatives came back really different percentages of each. They did it through 23andMe. Isn't that who the ancestry one is?



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My maiden name is Hurley, Mom says when she had my sister, they had 8 bed wards for woman that stay in the hospital 8 days after the baby was born and to make sure they got the rest they needed the baby was kept in a nursery except for nursing.

Mom says a lady in the ward with her had the last name of Harley. The second day other ladie's little girl kept screaming and wouldn't eat. While she was trying to calm the baby she noticed the the arm band said Hurley. Mom said after that the first thing they did was check the arm bands. She said that the nurses must have been rushed because they had a tearable time telling Hurley from Harley.

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I just read this article that was linked in a Facebook post. Rather interesting. I guess I would have had some of that problem, too, had it not been for my mother's roommate when I was born. Mom was brought a little red-haired boy and commented she thought I had dark hair. Said her roommate took off after the nurse right away. I have enough problems looking for my ancestors.
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The LDS church is big into genealogy because of their belief that you can baptize your ancestors and they can go to heaven if they were good people. If someone says this is my great grandfather, the church agrees, weather they know much about genealogy or not, it is excepted and there after the temple lets the person be baptized in the name of that person you can't change anything between the two people. I know people that are very proud of the fact they were baptized 50 times, but if I ask them something about genealogy, they have done little more then copy someones else tree. And we know how bad that can mess things up.



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LDS has my family tree incorrect. they have the wrong man as my gr. grandfather's grandfather. And I have my gr grandfather's book where he says the name of his father's father. =/ I told them they had it wrong and they argued with me that they did not and would not change it.

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I had a bunch of leaves pop up on ancestry alone with quite a few blue boxes which are the same as leaves but from the LDS church. I understand the LDS church having so many that could no way be the person they have attached the box to, a more them normal leaves are so out of line. I know I'm not the only one using Ancestry and just wanted to let you know they have found lots of info the is garbage, well not all is garbage, it relates to people either a generation or two before or after the person they have attached it to. Things like someone fought in a war the year before he was born. Just really watch your dates

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Hello all,

I have still been scanning lots of family photos. I gave some to my brother-in-law to identify. He does not have much interest and that is too bad. I found these photos after the loss of my husband.

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It's been raining daily for about two weeks now and my jungle needs mowing! I need at least two straight days of sun before I can do that.

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Hello all,

We are getting rain now. Yesterday was so nice and sunny.


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Hello all,

Sandy- emoticon news on getting into those pants. emoticon

Now a debate on how much salt we should eat. I wish they would make up their minds on what we should and should not eat. Moderation. My husband had two diseases I could not have prevented.

Carol- Have a good conference.

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Good morning Leona,

My name is Carol. If you know the original family name you might be able to search through Ancestry to find them. The trick comes when they changed the name. Once you get your DNA results it might turn up and that will help you make the connection. I don't know how much this is a character trait, but some families are more open to or interested in doing the testing. On my father's side I get ton's of responses as well as lists of other family members who share the same connection. On my mother's side I get almost none at all. By the way, you will probably find that people you expect to be matches will not be. I have two half sisters with matches to me as well as my daughter. Sometimes one will show up in the shared list but not others. It's one of the vagaries of DNA. Ancestry has places you can click to get some of the explanations. That whole process can take on a life of its own. Have fun and good luck!

By the way, I am leaving in a couple hours for a conference. I will have to use the hotel computer to check in and, depending on its availability and my time constraints, I may be somewhat out of touch or just dropping short notes for a few days. Hubby has cataract surgery the day after I get back. So don't think I've just quit or dropped dead - I'll be back full bore around next Wednesday or Thursday.

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Hello all,

Westernsage- First, what is your name? I probable missed it one time.
Jackson and Scandinavian? My husband's family was Scandinavian but never would have thought about a Jackson. I had done the DNA test with Ancestry but will not know for another month or so but am curious.

My real father's grandson found me on Ancestry and said his brother had the test done. I will check with him.
This past weekend my daughter and granddaughter were talking and I found my granddaughter's other grandmother was full Finnish. My husband's family was Swedish and Norwegian so she has a lot of Scandinavian in her. When, I did the test I ordered 3; one for me, one for our oldest son and one for this granddaughter.

I have found names misspelled on census also.

Yesterday, I scanned more pictures into my computer. I am sending the originals to relatives.

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Thank you ladies for the feedback. Ancestry it is! I really appreciate you both sharing your experiences and information.

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I used the Ancestry DNA and found my birth-father's family. The information has been validated and is quite correct. I don't have experience with any of the others but Ancestry might be a good place to start.

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STRNGNGRNDED do the Ancestry test. Then you can transfer the results to Family Tree DNA for free & you will get more matches. Also, transfer to Gedmatch free & get even more matches as they have uploaded results from all three major DNA companies.

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LDS has my family info incorrect and they refused to fix it. I don't trust their information.

My brother and I have decided to get our DNA test done. Does anyone have a suggestion on which company to use? We were considering ancestry.com

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My Dad and I went to the LDS library near me several years ago to research our ancestors. They had his Dad's name spelled 3 different ways, I think. None correct. I think they have it corrected now. I still can't find any information there, even though at the LDS library I can go into ancestry.com to try to find information.

Someone asked on FB if anyone researching their ancestry had found out if they had ancestors who were famous. Those I know of aren't famous as far as I know. I have heard that the one great grandfather was a descendant of a Baron in Germany, but I can't find any information back then.



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My first husband's family name was Jackson, so my kids are both Jacksons. It's a good name! But I can't research it for them very far because Jackson was the name they changed to when they came from a Scandinavian country with a barely pronounceable name. Good luck with your search!

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Thanks, Sandy. They do have lots of information.

My maiden name is Jackson so I have to really search records. I have found records using my father's brother's first name as it is different. My father was Leonard and there are lots of those.


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MNLEONA & Others - LFS has an online site with many of their records available that way.

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On another site I am on (not Spark) someone asked about genealogy. Many had mentioned the Latter Day Saints site.
Here is my response. Since we have many doing research here, I thought I would post it.
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Good information here. My husband and I were in Salt Lake City at the Latter Day Saints Research Center. We were new at this and got some information but if you have a chance, go there. They also have many locations where you can get information. Even in a small town near me they are there on a Saturday for a few hours. Check their site.
I look at obituaries but they can be wrong. My step-father's first name was spelled wrong and I gave them the information. They corrected it the next week. It was a small town and people knew him so they did come to the services.
On one census, they misspelled my grandmother's name.
I am lucky enough on my grandfather's side to have a famous artist so he is in history books and there is information about his family. My mother told me the name of the town in Italy my grandparents lived before coming to America and I found relatives on Facebook with this information.
On my grandmother, I only know a little and she was born in Italy. In a letter my mother had from my aunt she had written the recipe for my grandmother's bread. On the other side, she had written "Mom got a letter today her sister in Italy had passed away". No date. I finally found the sister's name. One lived in Colorado near my grandparents so I knew her.
Look at recipe books and old letters. I kept my mother's calendars as she had birthdates written on them.
The Minnesota Historical Society has given me lots of information on my husband's family.
I am waiting for my DNA to come for the results. I do not know much about my real father so am interested to know about him.
My step-father's chart goes back to when his family left Wales and came to America.
Sometimes, you have to pull teeth to get relatives to write back to you. I know from experience. Keep trying.
Sorry, I have talked so much. I am 79 and if I do not do this, my kids will not know what I know and remember. Good for people who do the research.
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At the time I took my DNA test I read all that stuff and don't remember anything like that. Even so, the way that reference is written is in a very sensational style, which always makes me suspicious. And what does that really mean? DNA can be used against you? Perhaps they are referring to people who are committing crimes?

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I don't know how much of this is true, but at least check with reading the terms of service on ancestry.
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That is what I though also about DNA. I need to study it more.
Spending today on genealogy but 2 phone calls kept me busy. One was from my father's nephew and we talked family.
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I have been following DNA comparisons with close relatives and you might be surprised how different the DNA can be from one to the next. I have two half-sisters; they are full sisters to each other. It is amazing how often I will get shared matches with a distant relative and then one sister but not the other. I have noticed that even my daughter and I often do not share DNA relationships with some distant people. And then again, sometimes we are all related to a distant match. It can be a real hoot!

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I told my husband's sister-in-law yesterday that I had done the DNA and she said her cousin had also had one done in December. It was a gift from her kids.
Her mother and her mother's sister married two brothers so she said they should have the same DNA. I did not know that about her parents.

I need to do some more photos again. I was doing such a good job and have fallen behind on my project.

Rain again today.

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Hi all:

Do you have to use any particular sites if you were born in Scotland and not the US? I have been hankering to do this research for years.

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Hello all,

Vicki- Sounds like a good day. I agree with Sandy.

I send off my DNA to Ancestry. It may take 6-8 weeks. I am curious about my real father's side. I know about my mother and step father as I have charts going way back on them.

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Sounds like a great day! One day of overeating isn't fatal as long as it doesn't lead to more days of the same, but it sounds like you have it under control. So glad that you had such a wonderful day!
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Attended a great genealogy Day yesterday in Bolingbrook IL. Great presentations! I then attended a fun Kentucky Derby Party, and ate too much. Back on track today. I'm loving life and feeling grateful.

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Annie- I am not sure how long I have been researching but agree on always finding something new. emoticon

Lots of rain emoticon here today and in the 30s. Snow missed us. emoticon

A good day to go through photos. emoticon

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Annie, have you tried Ireland Reaching Out or Irish Family History Foundation? I found baptism records for some of my paternal grandmother's siblings at the Foundation.

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I receive a newsletter from Ireland and in Friday's note was the Irish naming convention. With this information, I'm certain my ancestors father, was Andrew. This is based on the three known brothers, which fought together in the Battle of Waterloo.

Their military records listed they were born in Granard, Longford County, Ireland. Unfortunately church records were either burned or weren't being kept in the 1700's. I also don't know if they had other siblings, such as sisters or if their parents are buried in the church Cemetery.

Often we come across questions that will go unanswered. I've been research for 53 years and still finding answers to so many other relatives. You just never know when something new will pop up. Never give up

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Sandy- It might have been easier to be from Canada.

I know my uncle, married to my mother's sister, family changed their last name to Oliver but I do not know the original name. My mother told me that and the name but at that time I did not have as much interest. emoticon

I try to add tidbits to the person's page on Family Tree.

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Leona, proving the Georgia connection was really great. Annie & I spent many weeks (or months) looking for my grandfather's family in Canada, England & Ireland. For some reason, he lied about where he was born on the 1900 & 1910 census - said he was born in Canada. I found the Waycross, Georgia on the death certificate of one of his sons year later. Somewhere between my grandfather's death & John's death, my grandmother found out the truth. I'd really like to know why he lied about his birthplace and/or what he was hiding from, but I guess that mystery will remain a mystery.

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Sandy- That is good news about Georgia. emoticon

I sent for the DNA kits. I know about my mother's side as my grandparents are from Italy. I am pretty sure I have Native American in my blood from my father. Both my father and step-father were born in Oklahoma. For my step- father (Joplin) I have his family tree back to the Joplings and when they came from Wales.

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Congratulations on the family ties in Georgia!!

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I did my DNA test with Ancestry about 3 years ago & it has confirmed much of my tree, which is good. When you get the Ancestry results, you can upload them to Family Tree DNA for free & that will get you even more matches. You can also upload free to Gedmatch & that will increase your matches even more as they have uploaded results from all 3 major DNA testers - Ancestry, Family Tree DNA & 23andMe. I have seen many adoptees find their birth families, most of which turn out to be happy reunions - not all, but most.

By the way, Annie, my DNA confirmed that the Cottingham family in Georgia was the right family. That was really good to know.

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Just reading through everyone's comments about DNA testing. Ancestry has a discount now through 4/26 and it's peaked my interest. Maybe I should send one to my brother!!

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I just have been considering learning more about using Evernote for research. There is a book Evernote for genealogy and there are some webinars and podcast to learn more. I just was wondering about someone using it vs someone promoting it.

Thank you, Sandy. Have a great week.

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PGBACK we're glad to have you. We try to give as much help here as we can, but resources are limited. If you have questions or need help with something, please post it here & we will do our best to help you out.

I have heard of Evernote, but do not use it. Is it a program that you use?

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I just want to thank you for all the information on free websites for genealogy. I have only been interested in genealogy for about a year. Does anyone use Evernote for genealogy research?
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Melody, I don't know if Leona is on the birthday list or not, but could you please make sure she is? Thanks.

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Thanks Sandy- I see they are offering it until Wednesday of this week. emoticon

Welcome Melody as a co-leader. emoticon emoticon

Actually, today April 22, is my birthday and I will celebrate with my kids tonight. I am 79 now.

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Hi, Leona. The Ancestry test is always $79 if you buy it through the Facebook group DNA Detectives. When you get your Ancestry results, you can upload them to Family Tree free. You can also upload them to Gedmatch free & there are tests uploaded there from all three (now four with My Heritage) major DNA testing companies - Ancestry, Family Tree & 23andMe.

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Wishing everyone a Blessed Easter. emoticon If Jewish, A Good Passover.
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Hello all,

This is from Frances on the Anyone Over 70 group. I know she would not mind my sharing. She also does a lot of genealogy. If this helps anyone, let me know and I will tell her. I plan to do this after the Holiday.
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"Leona, I never made a quilt with photos. I did print photos on fabric for the playmat I made for my grandson a couple of years ago. It's a fun, easy process and they came out very well - and still look great.

As to the DNA tests: it probably would be very worthwhile for you, since you seem to have worked your tree extensively. I would recommend you get an autosomal DNA test. Since you're already on ancestry.com, I'd suggest doing it through them when the tests are on sale (sometimes as low as $79). You could also do the autosomal through FamilyTree DNA.com - which is a much more precise test with a great deal of additional information, such as ancestor migration, haplogroups, etc (depending on the test you choose). The autosomal test is about the same price as ancestry's or just slightly higher.

Family Tree offers a mitochondrial test (maternal/female line only) which might be helpful if you have already traced your female line (mother, maternal grandmother, maternal g-grandmother, maternal gg-grandmother, etc). If not - if you don't already know their names - it's not terribly helpful as mtDNA rarely mutates and hundreds of your female ancestors (and their sisters) will carry the exact same mtDNA. I had the mtDNA test and, while I did make some matches, most were completely untraceable due to the commonality of the mtDNA in the places where my maternal ancestors originated.

I would highly recommend Family Tree DNA's Y-dna test for your son, if you want to spend the money ($200-300), as this test traces the paternal/male line only (your son, your husband, your husband's father, his grandfather, etc). This could prove very valuable in making connections through your husband's lines. As an illustration, my father and his only brother are both deceased. My father had only daughters, and his brother had 2 daughters and 1 son. So far, we've been unable to get the son - the lone remaining male - to take a Ydna test. If he passes, the DNA track for that line will be lost forever. My son is going to have the Y test, but that will, of course, be his father's line.

Lastly, get as many relatives as possible tested. Everyone carries different DNA, and even though siblings will get many of the same matches, they will also each get very unique matches. You can link all of them to your tree on ancestry, by setting yourself as the administrator.

I've had the autosomal & mitochondrial tests. My daughter, son, and 20-year-old grandson have each had the autosomal, and my son will be doing the Y-dna. My son-in-law and daughter-in-law have each had the autosomal, as well, because those will help the grandchildren trace their lines as we go forward.

If you'd like to do some research, get "The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy" by Blaine Bettinger. It is a very readable explanation of a very complex (to me, at least) subject.

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Thanks. Just couldn't figure out how they told exact countries.



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They look for markers. My markers come back 88% native British. and 12 countries that have invaded England. If you look back in history that even included African countries. When I did my genealogy, one of my ancestors in the US married a black girl in the 1700s. It had nothing to do with an invasion. I'm told the way the DNA really helps is it sometimes shows you that you have markers for a region that you never thought of. An ancestor was born in the US but her family was from Asia and you didn't know you needed to be looking in Asia for her family

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I just opened this topic to ask about DNA testing and find that there is some discussion on it. I was curious because of some of the advertisements I have seen. Also wondering how do they tell the differences between the exact countries. Do they get DNA from a bunch of different people who know their ancestry? I know that there is some DNA testing that tells basic areas/regions of the world. I don't have the money to get one done, but would like to be able to get it sometime and find out just what my great grandparents on my dad's side ancestry is. I know his mother's side mostly, but not positive of her father who could be all German or could be part native American.



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Shoot, I was hoping I was 47% Irish, but since the Welsh and Scottish is included I won't know just how much % I am Irish. I've always had a thing for the Irish. Thanks for the info.

I just found out that Ancestry has a $99 deal for 6-Month Membership and I called to signed up.
So back in business. I had some e-mail come in that I couldn't bring up so now I should be able to get that info.

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Mine came back 88% British and 12% people that invaded Britain. England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland all invaded each other at least once that I know of, so I figured they all fit together. Besides they have been marrying into each other even longer to keep the peace.

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-COURT- The Irish are a complicated bunch. I know, my paternal grandmother was born & raised in Ireland. Here is an article that I hope will help/ It explains how Ireland is made up of long ago immigrants from England, Scotland & Wales.

I have come to think of Great Britain as a mini version of the U.S. & those four countries as the separate states, with people moving freely back & forth.


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Leona, sorry about the loss of your friend. 91, is a long life to live and to think what history she has witnessed.

I have a question about the DNA print out. I've had it a long time and still haven't figured it out.

It says 47% IRELAND

But when I click on the word Ireland, it says primary: Ireland, Wales, Scotland.
Then it goes into the less than primary. Would Wales and Scotland be part of the 47% ?
That would cut down my % of Irish. I've been telling everyone I'm 47% Irish, since it says Ireland on the main screen.

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Well I lucked out that relative was also a mayor and liked to be called Captain, There was a big debate in the papers as to weather he ever captioned a boat or just liked the title. The news papers did say he owned a fleet of boats and had his boats run the blockade, but could find no proof he captained one of the boats. I found a report in a news paper that showed what boats had docked at a local port just before the war, 23 boats had docked and unloaded that day, my relative owned 22 of them. I still don't know if he ever captained a boat, But if he wants to be called Captain, Captain it is.

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Hello all,

I went to a funeral of a good friend. She turned 91 and died the next day.
Her parents and my husband's parents were very close friends. This is the second close friend I lost in the past year.

I think this is one reason I work at my genealogy. I want my kids and their kids to know about the family and since I personally knew my aunts and uncles, this is how I can tell my kids.

Some of you find detailed information like the uncle Mary A;ice found and family Joyce. Where did you find it?

Need to get busy.
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Always fun when we find someone special. I found an uncle that wasn't a soldier in the civil war, but had a fleet of ships and was a blockade runner.

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emoticon In my on line work last night I found a War Hero ! emoticon
2nd cousin of my Dad's and only one year older than he....A Missouri farm boy with mechanical aptitude became a "Motor Machinist Mate 2C" on a Submarine.
The sub was lost at sea and never recovered....he received a Purple Heart (well, his family)

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Thanks, Leona. I'll check it out.

Spent 8:00 am to 4:30 pm in a continuing ed class, so I'm tired. Had under 800 steps when I got home. Went on the Wii & did Walk It Out for 30 minutes & now have 3,916 steps. Was going a little slow because I am tired. Good night all.

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Sandy- The woman who has a site about thyroid is Mary Sholom. I found her on many sites and one is verywell.com/about.com. She is in medical but someone who has thyroid problems.
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Have a funeral tomorrow before work....Tues drove to Sedalia to see Dad and helped him do the electronic "Guest Book" for his brother's wife. He used to type all the time, but a short note took him forever..
.He is 93 and now the last of his generation...he was 9th of 10 children.

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Sandy- I had the right side of my thyroid removed years ago. I had skin cancer on top of my heard so I am bald on top and have thin hair. I am on Synthroid and I am not sure it helps but I will stay on it. Hard to lose weight. There is a site I used to read that is helpful. I will find it for you. Take care.

I found I am able to scan on my new printer so I may do some scanning today of papers for the genealogy.

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Give it time Sandy and you will see the results. As I learned form this stupid infection it takes longer to get better then it does to get sick

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It's been a weird time for a while. The thyroid condition has been causing some hair loss & the doctor sent me to a dermatologist. We tried several things that I didn't feel were really helping & she gave me a prescription to try which my doctor was monitoring with monthly bloodwork. He did the first one before I started taking the prescription. After a month, he took another one & told me that my sodium levels were down & to let the dermatologist know to see what she wanted to do. She wanted me to continue the meds, so my doctor took another blood test a month later & said the sodium levels were too low. I asked him if some of the symptoms I had been having were caused by that & he said yes, stop taking the med immediately. I contacted the dermatologist to let he know that I was stopping the med & she suggested another one we could try. It was pretty expensive & I declined.

Problem over, right? No, not quite. After stopping the med, I gained about 1 pound every day. By day 10 I was ready to call the doctor because I had gained 12 pounds. I decided to call him the next day. The next morning I was down 1 pound so I put off contactinng him. The weight has continued to drop but not as fast as it went up. So far, only 5 pounds gone of the 12 that was added. Needless to say, I'm not real thrilled by that.

The good news is that I am back to feeling normal (whatever normal is) & have more energy. I'm back to exercisiing every day & ready to get back to de-cluttering & cleaning. I am starting the 30 Day Decluttering Challenge today. Bring it on!

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Leona, They had my father buried in a local cemetery when mom bad him cremated and his ashes were on a plane to another country so we could spend them on his farm he loved so much

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I have not checked Find-A-Grave for a long time.

Mary Alice- I find obituaries can be wrong so many times. The paper got my father's first name wrong and I was the one who gave them the information.

I will scan more pictures again today and mark them.

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