In the last few years there has been an explosion of DNA testing for genealogical purposes and if you are a family history researcher like me, then you will have either already taken a DNA test yourself or at least considered the possibility of taking one. But are you fully aware of the potential risks … Continue reading DNA Kits – Should They Come With a Warning?
Another day, another podcast! This time something a little bit different, two guys chatting down the pub (minus the pub and beer of course), all things history, genealogy and family related and putting the world to rights. I even manage to squeeze some Lego in there as well!!!! Looking back at history, how we fit … Continue reading Out of the Blank Podcast
Welcome to week 26 of my Genealogy challenge, from the wonderful Amy Johnson Crow, of writing something about your Ancestors for a whole year, #52Ancestors in 52 weeks. This weeks prompt is 'Middle' and my first thought was the most unusual middle name on my tree, that of my great-grandmother Marguerite 'Longland' Lukes. Now you … Continue reading #52Ancestors ‘Middle’ and How to Clutch at Straws
For those of you that follow me online, you will have no doubt seen the post I made on Father's Day, about the amazing DNA breakthrough that I made on my Family Tree, to say that I was excited is the biggest understatement of the year!!! To give you some background, after I started researching … Continue reading My DNA Breakthrough and Looking for a Needle in a Haystack
Wow, where did those three days go!! A bit like when you were a child looking forward to Christmas, the build up and expectation are enormous and it takes forever to arrive, then before you know it, wham its gone! Can you believe it's a week ago? So firstly can I say a huge massive … Continue reading RootsTechLondon Round Up
If you are a regular Twitter user, you might have caught site of a truly wonderful new Genealogy Community called Walk My Past. The site and online community is run by owner Abbie and has quickly built up a great online following and a growing list of Genies and followers. Like the best ideas, this … Continue reading Walk My Past
Next up for my eight Great-Grand parent blog is Frank Day who was born 28th January 1878 at 11, Peacock Street, Gravesend, Kent, the youngest of seven children, born to Thomas Frederick Day and Louisa Day nee Hallsey. (11, Peacock Street, Gravesend, Kent) At the time of Frank Day’s birth his Father, Thomas Elisha Day … Continue reading The Life and Times of Frank Day
This is the first in a series of blogs that will tell the tale of my eight Great-grandparents, first up is William Chiddicks. William Chiddicks was born on 18th March 1866, the first born child of seven children, born to James Chiddicks and Elizabeth Chiddicks nee Lake. William was born in South Ockendon, Essex and … Continue reading The Life and Times of William Chiddicks
So further to my previous blogs covering my DNA journey (see links below), I have recently received an updated version of my ethnicity estimate from my test with Ancestry. The question is how much notice should we take of these ethnicity estimates? There are definitely similarities between the estimates that I have received from Ancestry … Continue reading Ethnicity Estimates, Should we take them seriously?
This blog has been totally rewritten in light of the recent security breach at GEDmatch, Jan 2021. I have previously wrestled with the dilemma of whether or not to keep my DNA on the GEDmatch website and prior to this breach, I had been quite happy to do so. Now after another breach, even with … Continue reading GEDMatch All DNA Kits Deleted