Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Haplogroup Import at 23andMe???!

Today I was searching for a profile of a match who accepted a sharing invite and found something I have never seen before at 23andMe.  Instead of "Ancestry and Health" or "Ancestry only" or even "Profile suspended" this one profile showed "Haplogroup Import".  

I have no idea what it means. I edited a screenshot to remove the persons name and photo.

Haplogroup Import at 23andMe

I just might message just to ask what is this mysterious "Haplogroup Import" ???? Did 23andMe at some point experiment with the idea of importing Haplogroups??  

Friday, August 29, 2014

FREE ACCESS weekend at Ancestry.com

In case you haven't heard, this weekend there is FREE ACCESS to Global Records at Ancestry.com.  No Credit Card required. I use Ancestry.com every day in my genealogy research, usually for a good portion of my research time.  If you are not currently a subscriber I encourage you to check out all the great resources this weekend with this FREE offer!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tibudah Hayden - or The Ancestor Who Never Existed....

Today a distant cousin requested I try to clean up a messy area of the Potter family tree at Geni.com.  Always willing to help where I can, I started fixing the errors and duplicates in the area mentioned.  And then a remarkable thing happened. I came across the story of Tibudah Hayden...who it seems never really existed. 

According to a post by "kelleypaulf" on an Ancestry.com message board: 

"To anyone researching Tibudah Hayden and reading through these old posts, I have an update on this old mystery. Joseph Potter's wife was not a "Tibudah Hayden". She never existed. This must have been some confusion with Zebudah Hayden who married Joseph Potter, Jr. The real wife of Joseph Potter, Sr. is Mary Baker (1717 - 1788), daughter of Joseph Baker and Elizabeth Perry. You can find the reference to Mary (Baker) Potter in Joseph Baker's will dated September 18, 1752. You will also find her signature as Mary Potter along with Joseph Potter's signature on Joseph Baker's probated will dated June 23, 1755. For further evidence, I compared Joseph's signature on Joseph Baker's probated will to his signature on his own will and they are the same. Although not proven, it is possible that Joseph Baker was the son of Joseph Baker and Ruth Holton from Northampton, MA born in 1676 and that this Baker connection would have made Mary Baker and Joseph Potter 2nd cousins (Joseph Potter's grandmother was most likely Elizabeth Baker from Lynn, MA, daughter of Edward Baker, who married John Witt). The Witts, Bakers and Potters were all neighbors in Marlborough, MA near the northeast section of the town at that time (some of which is now Hudson, MA). This place was known as Agaganquamasset, or the Indian Plantation. I hope this information helps others doing research into these families and finally puts to rest this old mystery."

She was the 6th great grandmother of my sister Sandra Foster.  This is of importance to me, as I have autosomal DNA tested my sister, and this ancestor is within range to have DNA cousin matches.  

My sisters line goes Joseph Potter and Mary Baker >Martha Potter>Esther Ann Rice>Nelson Hugo Reed>Cora Josephine Reed>Marjorie Beatrice Whiteway>Daryl Wayne Foster>Sandra Marie Foster.

I looked at the evidence that the poster had kindly posted images of in her family tree at Ancestry.com, and I agree, she was Mary Baker, born 29 Jul 1717 in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Tibudah Hayden did not exist and was an error. I haven't seen enough evidence to be 100% convinced that they were 2nd cousins as described, but it does seem probable. Perhaps in time more evidence will be discovered, or I will find the time to look deeper. 

So goodbye to a brick wall, and hello to new ancestors :)

Had I not been doing this tidying up the tree at Geni.com I would not have discovered this valuable information!

And, always remember to check for documents to support every name and relationship! When you can't find something on someone, sometimes it is because they don't exist and you are looking for the wrong name, date or location, or all of the above!

Known descendants who have DNA tested for genetic genealogy:

Sandra Foster (23andMe autosomal)

If you are a descendant of Joseph Potter and Mary Baker click here for more info on how you can help!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My AncestryDNA results are in!

I was about to take a nap and I quickly checked my email and it said my AncestryDNA results are in.  No more nap for me!

260 pages of matches with 50 per page means I have 13,000 matches, maybe a bit less if the last page isn't full. 13,000 new DNA cousins! Woohoo!

8 hints! Only 8! And all are estimated to be "Distant Cousin"! Maybe it takes some time for more to appear. I have a pretty well grown tree.  Of the 8 the top one is locked the rest are not.

For the 2nd hint, they are my 6th cousin twice removed.  Our common ancestors are Josiah Sawyer and Abigail Sawyer (my 7th great grandparents). My line is through their daughter Abigail who married Nathaniel Haskill.  His line is through their son Lemuel. I have to mention at this time that I have far from a complete list of descendants of this couple.  Since AncestryDNA doesn't show segment matches I will have to wait and see if this cousin is at GEDMATCH or willing to upload to GEDMATCH to see if they also match my maternal grandfather as they should if this is the actual connection.

For the 3rd hint, they are my 4th cousin 4 times removed. Our common ancestors are Jeremiah Haskell and Thankful Beaman. His line is through their son Jeremiah, and mine is through their son Nathaniel Haskill.  Again, I do not have a complete list of all the dsecendants of this couple.  Again, since AncestryDNA doesn't show segment matches I will have to wait and see if this cousin is at GEDMATCH or willing to upload to GEDMATCH to see if they also match my maternal grandfather as they should if this is the actual connection.

For the 4th hint, she is my 6th cousin twice removed. Only one possible relationship is showing but the connection is from my paternal grandfather.  In this case our common ancestors are Joseph Athanase Gravel and Marguerite Laporte.  Due to a hyphen in my name "Joseph-Athanase" the match only shows Marguerite Laporte. Again, since AncestryDNA doesn't show segment matches I will have to wait and see if this cousin is at GEDMATCH or willing to upload to GEDMATCH to see if they also match my father as they should if this is the actual DNA connection.

For my 5th hint, according to the hints, she is my 5th cousin two times removed 2 ways and 6th cousin twice removed once.  This is actually not quite correct. Again, we have a minor difference in how we have entered one of our ancestors. I actually have a theory of yet another way we may be related. Our connection could be from Stephen Culver/Lydia Lee, or Abigail Sawyer/Nathaniel Haskill.  My theory is the possibility this is a FRIAR match. This cousin was actually already in my tree.

For my 6th hint, she is my 8th cousin. Our common ancestors are Francois Petrin and Marguerite-Antoinette Parenteau.

For my 7th hint, he is my 7th cousin once removed. Our common ancestors are Claude Hus and Marie-Francoise Mandeville.

For my 8th (and final) hint, he is my 7th cousin once removed.  Our common ancestors are Eleazer Williams and Mary Lord.

I believe that 8th cousin is as far as they will go (out to 7th great grandparents)

Next up is the cousins with no hints. 18 predicted 4th cousins (range 4th-6th), and the rest are predicted distant cousins (range 5th-8th ).

I really like the ability to click on the surnames in common with the DNA cousins. I also really like the ability to see when a match last logged in.  

Now, for the ethnicity estimates, I think they are insanely off.

3% Great Britain? Really? I will post later comparing my 3 different ethnicity reports from 23andMe, AncestryDNA and FTDNA.

Welcome AncestryDNA cousins!

Welcome! Nice to meet you!

I am always thrilled to "meet" a new cousin.  

Since AncestryDNA does not show actual matching segment data it would be very helpful if you uploaded your data to GEDMATCH, and then let me know your Gedmatch kit#.  This will also allow me to see if you match other relatives as expected. You can find more information about Gedmatch here

If you are comfortable sharing, I would love an invite to view your AncestryDNA matches as well. You can do this by going to "Settings" (looks like a little wheel icon) from your AncestryDNA Home Page. Partway down the page is a "Invite others to access DNA results". This will allow me to see who we match in common. You can invite me as username yourlinktothepast or email krislovesmike (at) hotmail.com.

If you or any other known relatives who have tested at AncestryDNA or 23andMe or FTDNA please let me know as this may help us work on finding and/or confirming our common ancestors.

My tree on Ancestry shows pretty much all my ancestors, but you may find a complete list of my direct lines only here.  

WikiTree's new Pre-1700 Self-Certification

I had occasion today to see that WikiTree has a new badge for Pre-1700 Self-Certification.  They will apparently soon require this badge to be able to add and/or edit profiles from before the year 1700.  An interesting idea for quality control.  

The test was interesting, but honestly, I don't think it will really help much with keeping the WikiTree clean of errors. The questions weren't exactly great teaching questions. In my opinion, the answer to practically everything is "it depends". This wasn't always the correct answer. There was a bit too much focus on the terms of what defines a source for example for me to find the test really useful.

It is too difficult still to identify when a profile is a duplicate of an already existing profile, and I don't find the interface easy enough to use. Since WikiTree has no sources itself, there is no easy way to attach sources, making it too time consuming to add sources to the level that would really help, and there aren't that many great, easy for newbie genealogists sources for Pre-1700 anyways. 

Since I do like the DNA features, I will continue to visit WikiTree now and then, and see if my Cousin Bait fishing lures have caught anything interesting...but Geni remains my favorite collaborative genealogy site.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Charlotte Selena Bradley

Charlotte Selena Bradley was the daughter of Richard Bradley and Ann Scharf.

Charlotte was born 21 Sep 1861 in North Gower Ontario, Canada.

In the 1881 Census of Canada, Charlotte ("Charlot", 19) is living with her father Richard (49), mother Anna (59) and brother "Gorge, 17)

Charlotte married Robert Maxwell on 27 Sep 1882 in Carleton County, Ontario, Canada.

In the 1891 Census of Canada, Charlotte (29) is living with her husband Robert (32) and their children Enock E (7), Robert (5), Clinton (3), and George (1).

In the 1901 Census of Canada, Charlotte (37) is living with her husband Robert (41), and their children Ernest (17), Erskin (15), Clinton (13), George (11), Pearl (9), Alfred (7), Maybelle (4) and Ada (2).

In the 1911 Census of Canada, Charlotte (50) is living with her husband Robert (52), and their children George (22), Pearl (19), Mabel (14), Alfred (16), Ada (11), Mildred (9), and Gertrude (7)

She died 28 Mar 1916 in Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada. Her death registration lists her parents as Richard Bradley and Ann Scharf. Her cause of death was carcinoma of the stomach.

Ottawa, Canada, Beechwood Cemetery Registers, 1873-1990 for "Charlotte Selina Maxwell" indicates her parents were Richard and Ann Bradley.


1881 Census of Canada, accessed at Ancestry.com

Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1928, accessed at Ancestry.com

1891 Census of Canada, accessed at Ancestry.com

1901 Census of Canada, accessed at Ancestry.com

1911 Census of Canada, accessed at Ancestry.com

Ottawa, Canada, Beechwood Cemetery Registers, 1873-1990 for "Charlotte Selina Maxwell", accessed at Ancestry.com 

Ontario, Canada, Deaths 1869-1938 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947, accessed at Ancestry.com, entry for Charlotte Selina Maxwell