Saturday, February 23, 2013

DNA and your Family Search.

Well is it worth the money to have a DNA test done if you are missing people in your family tree past. Our answer would be a resounding Yes. But you need to know what you are looking for before you buy a test kit. The more markers you have tested the better the results will be overall, but the more expensive the test. National Geographics, DNA Tribes, Family Tree DNA and others perform these tests. You can do a Ancestral Origins, which will tell you where your ancestors came from. Then there is Y-DNA Testing and mtDNA Testing, Only men can have both done, women can have mtDNA done. Again the more markers the more people you can find with just your brand of DNA. What does that mean? Some of these folks know their family tree back to the 1600's or more so if you are missing someone in your tree they may be able to help you figure it out. Example: One of our trees we were missing Great-Great-Great grandfather's Father. Most of his information was lost during the Civil War. Thanks to the testing we were able to jump farther back in time to a relative. The person that had the information about the distant relation helped us to move forward in time to figure out who Father of our Great-Great-Great Grandfather was. Not only that but because of testing done by Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and made public we found out that the men of the family are related to Niall NĂ³igiallach - Niall of the Nine Hostages, legendary King of Ireland who died in 405. Although a number of historian actually believe he died sometime around 450. If you test through Family Tree DNA, they can convert your results over to a couple other services. Although we were not as impressed with the Ancestral Origins, because at this time they only do 8 markers. They other two tests for finding ancestors was the best value from them linking us with more people who knew their trees. DNA Tribes does a 27 Marker Ancestral Origins test which turned out to be far more interesting. When you decided to use this method, do check everyone out, prices and testimonial may also help you make up your mind.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Lost in the Cemetery, missing a relative.

Missing a relative that should be buried in some such cemetery as recorded by a family member, well don’t be surprised if you can’t find them where you thought they were. This is a real problem. In some cases it could be that they are where you think they are and the records for that cemetery may have gotten lost as well as the head stone for them being lost or just plan impossible to read.
Some cemeteries are going to computer versions and some are still on 3 X 5 cards as I found out recently and even some are it rather large books with drawings of plots and the names on some plots have faded away.
This can pose a problem for those using the cemetery to find people.
Two of the most interesting mistakes we have found out searching is stole headstones, and one that had the wrong information on it that had replaced the faded one that was there before.
Be careful. Even in a cemetery things are not always what they seem.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Changing people’s religious affiliations after death.

Genealogy is the study of a person or families ancestors. But what happens to those dead persons who have their religious affiliation changed without there permission. You don’t think that happens, well it does. I do family research or genealogy and I’ve seen it happen. You come across information on family members that are all clearly of one religious group and then you find a single person in that group who recently was re-baptized by another religious group. Well one person made the comment to me it shouldn’t matter they are dead. Well tell that to the family they are related too. On more than one occasion of finding this kind of thing had happened they all want to know how to change it back. Believe me that’s the million dollar question. Wish I knew what to tell them.
I was told that archivers in other countries would ask people what their religious affiliation was before they would let them see records because of this very reason. They seem to have known about this problem before some of us found about about it.
Most of us know the group in question that practices this kind of behavior. I’m not mentioning names, they know who they are too, I’m sorry to say.
Those of us who are history majors are always appalled at people who want to re-write history for political or personal gain, but this is so personal that it has to stop. Changing history of this kind just to make it look like you had more converts is wrong. The practice needs to be stopped. If all the family members in the main line agree to changing a person that’s one thing, most of these people don’t even know it has happened to their ancestor.
Has this happened to someone your know, please tell us your story and if you had success with changing it back.

Monday, July 11, 2011

The 125th Anniversary of a Death.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Considered the Fairytale King for the wonderful palaces he has built during his reign, this year they have been celebrating his passing. May he always be remembered.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Gearing up!

Well the semester is almost over. That said, I will be visiting some out of the way cemeteries and museums to get a look at the changing cultures of both environments.
Having taken museum studies I am now looking at things with a different viewpoint. I hope to share those things with all of you.
One of my projects this semester has been in learning new collaboration methods. I hope I will be able to show how this works and the kinds of results it can produce.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Time to shift gears, just a little.

Well the last few months have been full of school and searching. Researching those in the past poses any number of issues. Can we really piece together the lives that these people had when they were alive, and if we are putting this life on display how do we go about that with giving them the greatest amount of dignity. This semester I am also taking a class that goes into the display question even more. We talk about Native American displays, what is art what is artifact and what should not be on display.
At lunch the other day a friend of mine said, "Do they ever consider how white people are displayed?" Do we think how homo spaiens in general are displayed?
Cemeteries are also displays of a different sort. Funerary art of the past and present.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Finding your family through cemeteries.

When looking through your family tree sometimes you run a ground. No pun intended.
Families have information that may not jive date wise with what you find.
That's when I try to find a headstone. See if maybe they left us a clue.
I had one that was a particular mess. Some members had him being buried in Neb. and others in Kansas. We after a little digging I found he was in Kansas. Died in Nebraska and taken back to the rest of the family in Kansas. Which as I think about it, that was probably no easy task back in those days. Remember if you find some family says one thing and the other have a different version, there might be a good story there and it's worth taking the time to find out.