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DNA testing

Started by Lumpy52403. Last reply by Poe Dameron Mar 13. 3 Replies

Has anyone here done any genealogy research using DNA testing?  If so, what are your thoughts on it?Continue

How to get out of being "stuck" on a family line?

Started by Andrew McNeal. Last reply by Salt Dragon Mar 12. 2 Replies

I've researched one line (dad's grandmother) back to the 1700's, with very good accuracy, there's just tons of things on them. However, I'm stuck on finding a single iota of info past dad's…Continue

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is it nessesary?

Started by Eric G.. Last reply by Salt Dragon Mar 12. 4 Replies

hello allthe title "is it necessary? comes from a discussion i had with a couple of friends whilst perusing an antique mall. on this trip we saw countless old family photos being sold by people in…Continue

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Comment by Sheldrake Smith on March 20, 2017 at 8:32am

Hello thanks for having me ....:)I have a problem finding out about my fathers family.I use ancestry com and some other genealogy sites but cant get between a Sheldrake Smith in 1780 Norfolk.UK and getting back to my father Robert William Smith who died in 1947 in the UK..does anybody have some tips?

Comment by Roberto on March 12, 2017 at 9:38am

SD, I understand a little.  My childhood family reunions were a spicy mix of Puerto Rican and Italian cousins, always meeting in the states.  I felt like the amount of drama was overwhelming at times.  Now, for my own children, reunions are much more Americanized, not that I think it is a bad thing.  But, since my parents have both passed away, they do not get as much of the spice and culture that I grew up with.  I do make a point to often tell them about their grandparents so that they understand the atmosphere I came from.  Funny thing is they say I can't get away from my upbringing since they often point out the dramatic Latin-European qualities in dad. :)

Comment by Salt Dragon on March 12, 2017 at 8:02am

What do you feel about family reunions?  My parents immigrated to the US, so my closer family is in Sweden and I have extended family in the US.  Sometimes I feel that Swedish-American have the worst clanishness of Sweden and the worst exclusivism of the US.

I'm trying to raise my sons as Swedish and American without too much of the Swedish-American culture that is neither.  Therefore I'm not too excited about attending a family reunion in the US, but will take one to visit my cousins in Sweden in a couple of weeks and the other one when he's older.  Curious of others' thoughts and experiences. 

Comment by Vytautas on June 19, 2015 at 9:41pm

That's awesome Scott! This is sure to be a boon to many people. Thanks are due to the Smithsonian, FamilySearch, and the National Archives. I hope that indexing goes quickly and that the National Museum of African American History and Culture will be able to store this information and effectively offer it to researchers.

Comment by Tom Lawrence on December 1, 2010 at 11:44pm
The question was asked, "Does it all mean anything to you?" I've been tracing my family and my wife's for several months, knowing there is a mountain of work yet to do, and I am fascinated by the implications of some of the data I've found. The research is a tremendous lesson in history and geography both, and I pore over some of this information and wonder what life must have been like for many of these people during the various time periods I've looked into. It's still an amazing journey for me, and I expect it will continue to be amazing.
Comment by Eric G. on March 9, 2010 at 1:09pm
ya i looked up that site for the show and its an expensive process but may well be worth it

heres a link to some indexes that may help ppl:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~quick/surnames.html
Comment by Gregory Garland on February 26, 2010 at 3:07pm
Wow. I have been away from the community for a while and had not realized people had joined this group. This is the first group I have created, so if there is anything I need to do let me know.
Comment by Jared J. King on February 25, 2010 at 1:55pm
Has anyone been inspired by the recent "Faces of America" special on PBS? Last night's episode focusing on Yo-Yo Ma, Stephen Colbert, Maryl Streep, Eva Longoria, etc, was really amazing to me. I've been stuck with mine at a couple of different points and not sure where to go, but I've gotten some wind in my sails after seeing what they found for each of them.

Eric, I'm stuck there. I have access to Ancestry.com for free at the local library, and I've been really disappointed with what they've had. I'm looking in Ireland and Alsace-Lorraine. What country(ies) are you currently looking in?
Comment by Eric G. on February 25, 2010 at 1:11pm
hello i just joined and im doing some overseas research, does any one have any good links or resource ideas?
Comment by Sean on February 16, 2010 at 4:04pm
I have gone back about two hundred years down one branch of the family, less on another. There are some limits on what I can do. The majority of my ancestors were Irish peasants. For a long period, ending in 1850, the British attempted to break the clans, and one of the ways to do so was to forbid Irish Catholics from learning to read, write, or keep records. So tracing your familyin ireland back past 1850 is tricky at best.

Yes, I think of their hardships and difficulties quite often, their struggles and their efforts.
 

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