Sunday, May 8, 2016

Ever wonder

About certain traffic sources to your genealogy blog?

I have. Specifically about the large number of hits I get from Russia. Seems odd. Maybe someone is just scraping my blog or maybe it's something else.

Then I read this article today. The day we discovered our parents were Russian spies

Only a few paragraphs in:

"The man and woman the boys knew as Mom and Dad really were their parents, but their names were not Donald Heathfield and Tracey Foley. Those were Canadians who had died long ago, as children; their identities had been stolen and adopted by the boys’ parents." [emphasis mine]

Ever wonder?

P. S.
I'm amused by the large number of hits from Russia for this post!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Science vs. Story

DNA testing hasn’t been very fruitful in terms of breaking through any brick walls. 


When I did Family Finder at Family Tree DNA, there were so many matches and so few obvious connections, that I almost wondered if it had been worthwhile. The closest match percentages seemed so low it hardly seemed useful.

Then I asked my mom to get tested. I’d read that going closer by one generation could make a noticeable difference, so thought it might be worth a shot.

I got her results today and actually found one of her 3rd cousins once removed. His match to her was 84.66%. It was her closest match after me and there was a likely connection in his family names. In his tree, I found the exact point of the connection. I never looked at him in my list of matches because it was only a 48.49% match to me. There were just too many for me to analyze at that match level. Now, of course, I realize I need to reconsider the importance of the percentage.

I scrolled through more of my mom’s matches and saw a name I was familiar with from my research. It was not a direct ancestral name, but I knew it was my 2x great grandaunt’s married name. As I reviewed the list of family names for this match, I saw many of my own distant family names, but most exciting for me was seeing one of my brick wall names. I hope he has more info than I have and I hope is responds to my email.

Now to figure out where on my dad’s side the gene pool deepened. My mom came back 100% European. I’ve got 4% Middle Eastern. Going back only a few generations, that percentage could become very significant. My hypothesis is that it’s my Swiss line where this happens. My earliest Schwab ancestor was the salt distributor for his district and also ran a tavern, perhaps exposing him for foreigners.

I’ve been looking for inspiration for a novel.  I think I found it.