Friday, November 25, 2016

AncestryDNA Canada sale

AncestryDNA (Canadian version) is having a sale, $50 off! 

AncestryDNA has over 2 million profiles (probably way over that now, as they hit 2 million by June 2016.) 

After testing at AncestryDNA I would recommend uploading your data to Gedmatch, as the one downside to AncestryDNA over 23andMe and FTDNA is that they will not provide us with a chromosome browser.  

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tiffany's 2nd to Top Gedmatch match

Elva M. - This match is from FTDNA. She shares two segments with Tiffany, one on chromosome 1 and one on chromosome 2. This is a paternal match for Tiffany. I emailed her, and set some nearby segments for Tiffany to maternal or paternal in GMP.

Tiffany's Top FTDNA match

Ruth W - this appears to be a paternal match for Tiffany.  Without Ruth being on gedmatch I can't confirm this, but she doesn't appear to match any of Tiffany's close maternal DNA matches (and this includes 3 maternal half siblings and a maternal grandparent). I sent an email and am moving on as the trees are currently almost unusable at FTDNA today.

Tiffany's 2nd to Top 23andMe match

Eileen P - 65 cM over 5 segments. The segments are on Chr. 2, 3 segments on chr 5 and chr. 17.  I can see she accepted sharing at 23andMe in 2013. Because I have imported the aggregated chromosome browser files for everyone since then many times, I am pretty sure she is a paternal match for Tiffany, but since 23andMe is still not usable for me, I can not confirm this.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Brandon's Top MyHeritage Match

Trenten S.- I could not find this person in GMP, I sent a message asking where they tested, requested access to their tree, and am moving on....

Brandon's Top Geni Match

Don K.- matches Brandon at FTDNA on chr. 4.  Also matches Tiffany at FTDNA and Geni.  He doesn't show as a match at FTDNA to me or Sandra although we overlap with Tiff and Brandon in that segment.

Geni reports he is our 16th cousin 5 times removed.  This is a bit farther than one would hope with a 8.5 cM match.  As well, Geni's path goes through our maternal grandfather.  Most likely this match goes through our maternal grandmother, as there is no match with our maternal grandfather.  For now, this one goes on the unsolved pile.

Amazing Breakthrough

Today while reviewing a DNA match, I made an amazing breakthrough and was able to add several ancestors!

My notes indicated that Isabella's father was listed as Edward on the marriage record I and that he was an engineer.  Big problem here, because I can't find the marriage record I was referencing. I think maybe I ordered a copy and it was too large to scan easily so it wasn't scanned and added to her images in Legacy.  It is unlikely I would have viewed the full marriage record online somewhere and not copied it into the notes at least, with the URL.  Only other possibility is too horrible to consider, which is that I viewed and attached a marriage record at, and some time since then they removed that database and my source link to it.

I was able to find an Isabella Nelson born about 1838 in Scotland, with a father Edward in the 1841 and 1851 Scotland Census.  It so happened that the location matched up perfectly with the DNA match's Nelson family in Scotland!  Isabella had sisters Agnes, Elizabeth, Marion and Jean, and a brother Noben.  The images are not available for the Scotland Census, so I can't check that Noben name.   

Jean's birth record lists her mother as Marion Armour.  This makes the Armour male listed in the household make sense.  Marion's birth record lists her parents as David Armour and Marion Riddell.

Isabella's sister Elizabeth married John Beveridge and named one of their son's William Slack Beveridge. William Slack Beveridge was born in 1864, with Isabella having married William Slack in 1859, so it is possible he was named after him.

Edward's birth record lists his parents as Alexander Nelson and Elizabeth Smith.

None of all of the above proves conclusively that Isabella, daughter of Edward Nelson and Marion Armour is MY Isabella, who married William Slack.

To help prove this, I can try to identify other matches in that segment of chromosome 2, from about 130M to 182M.