Sunday, May 21, 2017

Gedmatch now links to WikiTree

Not exactly new, as this has been in place for months, but I am just getting to this now.  I do have some entries at WikiTree although I use more.  I can see I need to add some Gedmatch numbers for some kits I manage.  I just did this, and if you haven't already added your Gedmatch #s to WikiTree, I recommend doing this ASAP. It only takes a few minutes.

I do try to figure out a connection prior to emailing them, and if I can see a family tree showing ancestors on WikiTree this makes me able to send a first email with more details than the standard "we are a match, wanna figure out how?" 

Also, please link your DNA to  They are much larger than WikiTree and we have a better chance of already having an established path there.  I do try to keep my WikiTree up-to-date but there are only so many hours in the day!

AncestryDNA is giving great new matches with amazing frequency!

I now have one 2nd cousin, three 3rd cousins , and two new matches at the top of my 4th cousins.  My list of 4th cousins or closer is now 191, and it goes up almost every day! (In fact, while I was writing this my list of 4th cousins or closer went up to 192!)


I now have 7 New Ancestor Discoveries.  I am not able to figure out my relationship to any of them! I will write separate posts on each of them and see if we can get those solved!

I have 2 Genetic Communities still.  Scots in Central Scotland and Ulster, Ireland now has 51, 851 members! Their confidence in placing me in this Community is 60%.   I have 55 DNA matches in this Community.

My second Genetic Community is Early Settlers of New York.  This community has 279,685 members.  Their confidence in placing me in this Community is only 20%. I have 80 DNA matches in this Community.  

I belong to 4 DNA Circles, for Willard Woodman Slocum, Sarah Eliza McNutt, John Thomas Lloyd and Grace Elizabeth Slocum.

I have 377 PAGES of DNA matches.  There are 50 matches on a page.  You might wonder what I do with all these matches.  I try to contact each match and encourage them to upload to FTDNA and Gedmatch so we can see the matching segments.  I also try to see how I am related to each match, If I can add generations to their tree I try to let them know so we can see our Ancestor Hint. I have only 41 Ancestor Hints so far.  Since I have about 18,850 matches that isn't very good. I figure that maybe about half of all matches should be able to have a MRCA found.  That leaves about half the matches as "currently unsolvable" because they have a MRCA beyond a current Brick Wall of either myself or the match.  Some of the reason that many Ancestor Hints aren't appearing are: the match isn't linked to a tree, the match's tree only has 1 or 2 generations, there are errors in the matches (or my) tree.  Even if you only consider the 4th cousins or closer predicted matches, I have 272 of those, and only 41 Shared Ancestor Hints.  A surprisingly high number of matches have no trees.  

If they are at FTDNA or Gedmatch or 23andMe I mark the segments shared with our MRCA. Each time I can do this makes it easier for the next matches to be determined.

I actually believe that my AncestryDNA matches will allow me to break through my FRIAR brick wall, maybe even very soon! I'll write a separate post on that soon!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New AncestryDNA match and I passed 5000 profiles at Geni !!!

I was excited to see I have a new AncestryDNA match at the very top of my 4th Cousins list.  It has been awhile since I've posted, so I thought I'd write a bit about that match today.

They have a short tree (out to their grandparents) and it took me a bit of work but I figured it out.  They are a descendant of William McKenna and Catherine Jennie Mulligan. The match is my 3rd cousin once removed. Our MRCA is James Mulligan/Jane Gabie

You would think this far along into things, I would have all the 4th cousins or closer entered into my tree.

I actually had to merge the two different Geni profiles for William McKenna and Catherine Jennie Mulligan.  This moved my number of "family tree" profiles from 4950 to 4989.   Adding in my new AncestryDNA matches branch of the tree bumped me up to 4994. Adding other relatives in that branch put me over the 5000!

I'm pretty excited about finally passing 5000 in the Family Tree profiles, so it prompted me to do a few Tree Density runs,which I will write more on later.

Back to the AncestryDNA match, I messaged them, hoping to get them onto FTDNA or Gedmatch so I can see the matching segments (Really, really, Ancestry, a !@$%%ing chromosome browser already please!)

I then went to the list of DNA matches in common with the new one, and was super pleased that the highest one had already uploaded to gedmatch, so I could now see the matching segments.  This first ICW match is actually my highest DNA match, predicted as a 2nd cousin, but actually my first cousin once removed, and first cousin to my paternal grandmother Jean Mulligan. There were 2 other kits managed by the same person and they are the daughter and granddaughter.  

Since I am still recreating my GMP database, since the computer crash months ago, I now entered the Gedmatch data for my father and my paternal grandmother, so I could indicate the matching segments.

I contacted the other 3 ICW the new match as I was unable to connect them to my tree.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sandra's top Geni DNA match - Odd Wiking R

Since there is no way to sort according to best matches, I am going by the oldest matches first.  

Odd Wiking R is according to Geni Sandra's 25th cousin. It is not a large overlap.  He is a match from FTDNA according to my GMP file. He appears to be a paternal match for Sandra, but I don't feel we are likely to figure this one out. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Sandra's 2nd top Gedmatch match

Her top match is Andrew K, which has already been covered.

Her second top match is Alisonn. They match in segments of chromosomes 3, 16 and 20. They tested at AncestryDNA.  Some day soon I really need to get at least my half siblings tested at AncestryDNA (my maternal half siblings are all tested at 23andMe, and transferred to FTDNA, but there is no transfer option at AncestryDNA).

I emailed the match, and since I have no family tree to work with am moving on.

Sandra's top FTDNA match - Linton G.

This match matches Sandra in a segment of chromosome 10.  I believe this is a paternal match for Sandra, since they do not also match maternal relatives who do match Sandra in this segment.

I sent an email and also emails to some nearby segments I also believe to be paternal matches.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Mary Jane Tucker

Mary Jane Tucker married Martin Whiteway.

Their children included:

Nehemiah Henry Whiteway

Update on Jan 1, 2017

I was working on a theory as to the parents of Mary Jane Tucker. One possibility was George Henry Tucker and Mary Ann Leith. There is a birth record for a Mary Jane Tucker in 1854, and census records show Mary Jane Tucker with her parents in the 1861 , 1871 and 1881 census.  The problem here is by 1881 she should have been married in Newfoundland, not with her parents in Sorel, Quebec. 

The Mary Jane Tucker, daughter of George Henry Tucker and Mary Ann Leith died in Quebec in 1919, so I'm pretty sure this isn't her.

I think its likely she was born in Newfoundland, and I am having trouble finding records for her.

I hope that 2017 is the year I figure out the parents for Mary Jane Tucker!