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Blog News Dec 2017

Hello there,

WOW, has been a VERY long time since it last posted a blog. Where to start?, has been quite a busy year. Lots of things have been happening & I’ve hardly done any blogging this year. (Yikes)


Firstly I note it’ll be 3 years on Fri (15th Dec 2014) since I started Ancestry Adventures.

HAPPY 3rd Birthday Ancestry Adventures

On the subject of birthdays, it was a big “mile stone” one for me this year, it was my 40th in July. We (Mum, sister & myself) went to the Hawk Conservancy in Andover.    Agh, it was soo hot, but other than that it was awesome fun & we really enjoyed the day. We saw a couple of flying displays as well holding a Harris Hawk

Pharos Courses

In my first blog of the year, I mentioned I was doing a Pharos Course this was an “Intro to One-Name Studies”  I’ve done 3 other courses since (all in the first half of the year), all really interesting,  gives you more ideas for your own research or Name/Place study.

Am looking forward to next years bundle of courses, subjects ranging from 20th Century Local Community, British Isles Migration, Wills and Admin, Archive Research, Employment, Sickness & Death, Nonconformity, The National Archives, Workhouses & the the Poor and lastly One-Place Studies.

Surname Studies Progress

Well, sadly not much progress made right now, this is manly due to dealing with issues I had no control over in, for the much of the year. But things have got much better, so have pretty much started the Surname Studies from scratch. My study names being “Merriman” & “Whitnall” including variants

Also, in the last couple of months I started Archives for my Study Names, is only a few things right now, all archives have to start somewhere. Some of the items I got were prints. Two of the prints are ‘Merriman’ related, the other is ‘Whitnall’

One of the ‘Merriman’ prints is framed & is by a chap called ‘Peter St Clare Merriman’ the other (an unframed Antique Print 1888) is of a chap called James Merriman who was an Australian Ship Owner.

The ‘Whitnall’ Print (also unframed) is of a chap called ‘Edward Wetenhall’ more about Edward here on Wikipedia

Library Update

Has been a huge revamp of my Family History Library since I posted about it last year

About 2 weeks ago, I finally got round to replacing the bookcase I got last year (not enough shelves), as I got a couple of (new to me) bookcases from Emmaus, the 2nd one is smaller width wise.

So it was quite a hectic few days before & after getting the bookcases. Involved moving stuff out of my bedroom into the living room, rearranging bedroom furniture. I rearranged furniture so to make better use of space. I even have space for another bookcase, well at least a narrow one!!!

DNA News & sales

Got my Dad’s ‘Big Y’ test process going (on FT-DNA), will hopefully get the results in Feb 2018. Also got my Dad a LivingDNA kit (a 3in1 test, more about that here), just need to either go visit or him visit me. Got myself a stock of Ancestry DNA kits, for future DNA testers.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


My Living DNA results

Hello there,

After 3 (very) long months my Living DNA results came in 7 March 2017. Quite a few surprise’s in the results. Will need to (hopefully) get my parents to do the test, so to compare the results to mine.

Regional results

Living DNA - Regional

Europe 86.8%
– Great Britain and Ireland 70.3%
– Europe (South) 13.4%
– Europe (unassigned) 3%

Asia (South) 11.9%
– Indian subcontinent 6.9%
– Sindhi 5%

Asia (East) 1.3%
– South China 1.3%

Sub Region results

Living DNA - Sub Regions

Great Britain and Ireland 70.3%
– South East England 23.4%
– Central England 18.1%
– Devon 9.6%
– Cumbria 9.1% ….. Approx, Cumbria, Dumfries & Galloway
– South Central England 2.5%
– Cornwall 1.6%

Wales 4.8%
– South Wales Border 2.2%
– South Wales 1.5%
– North Wales 1.1%

Scotland .. (need to look quite closely)
– Orkney 1.1%

Europe (South) 13.4%
– Tuscany 11.1%
– Basque 2.3% … Is actually in France not Spain as on the image (going by google)


Central England
Approx – Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire

South Central England
Approx – Somerset, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire

South East England
Approx – London/Middlesex, Surrey, Kent, Essex, Sussex & Hertfordshire


Was VERY surprised in not having any Hampshire or Dorset in the results. Don’t really know why, something to look into.

Not discovered any ancestors from Cumbria, Wales & Scotland so far.

Central England, South Central England & South East England is a mix from both my parents

Guessing Cornwall is one of my paternal 3rd Great Grandmother’s (Charlotte Moyes/Moise) line

Guessing  Tuscany is my paternal Grandmother’s  father’s (Joseph Peter Tognoli) line

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


Worldwide Ancestry Regions (Living DNA)

My DNA: Living DNA Results

Living DNA – a new genetic ancestry test

My Living DNA result has arrived

New Ancestry DNA feature

Hello there,

As the title says, Ancestry has a new DNA feature. The new DNA feature is “Genetic Communities”, at the moment it’s in beta.

The new DNA feature “Genetic Communities” looks quite cool!

This is what my Genetic Community is


Comment from Debbie Cruwys Kennett (via PM to me, cos I was talking to her about it)
“The main advantage is that it filters your matches. We’re more likely to find connections with people in the communities.” (I have her ok to repost)


Was most interesting to note that my Mother only had 1 Genetic Community, I had expected my Mother to also have an Asian Genetic Community, (is there is such a grouping).

I think what WOULD be interesting is seeing what other “Genetic Communities” there are, is there a list somewhere?

Here are a few “Genetic Communities” from the few people who have shared there DNA matches with me.

English in the West Midlands

Munster Irish

Central Europeans

Settlers of Colonial New England
Early Settlers of the Deep South

What are/is YOUR Genetic Communities? (if your have this feature)

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


A bit of info regard “Genetic Communities”



Mintern Family DNA

Hello there,

Since doing an Ancestry DNA test early in 2015, I have made contact with a distant cousin (7th cousin to be exact hahaha)

We regularly chat on facebook and often share Family News & explore areas of research.

After lots of persuasion (as well as poking & prodding hahaha) Stephen got his parents to do an Ancestry DNA test.  Stephen Robert Kuta

Mintern DNA.png

Stephen has written countless blog posts on the Mintern Family, which you can find on The Lives of my ancestor’s –

So anyway if you descend from the Mintern Family and haven’t yet tested your DNA, we both would certainly encourage you to do so, you won’t regret it, the results and what the test offers can certainly be invaluable.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

DNA Comparison

Hello there,

Well I’ve at last got my Sister’s DNA results in, and they are REALLY interesting.

A number of things that really jump out at me are –

My sister has the least amount of British DNA of everyone I have tested  (our parents), while I am about the same as our parents (38% – 42%)

We have a lot more Scandinavian DNA than our parents, who have 6% -9%

I have more Iberian DNA, which is from our dad,
My sister has more Europe West, again from our dad,

The next two are most interesting

My sister has the most amount of Irish DNA of everyone I have tested (our parents), while I am about the same as our parents (4% – 6%)

My sister has the most amount of Italy/Greece DNA of everyone I have tested (our parents), while I am about the same as our parents (2% – 4%)

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Note – I’m just comparing our Europe DNA

I don’t ‘Adam & Eve” it

Hello there,

Sorry couldn’t resist the tittle!

Just a couple of interesting links for you.

The father of all men is 340,000 years old

Black Man PROVES Adam and Eve Biblical Story is a LIE: His DNA Dates Back 338 THOUSAND YEARS!

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


I just noted the articles are from 2013, but I only came across them today

My AncestryDNA Results

Hello there,

After what seems like AGES, (has only been a month) my AncestryDNA Results have just come in.

Ania's DNA

My “Europe” results are most interesting, as I’ve not discovered any Ancestors from Scandinavia, Iberia or Ireland so far. Was very interesting to discover I’m 2% European Jewish.

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

Edit – Merged the main images into one.

Update – Have since discovered “European Jewish” and “Europe East” are pretty much the same area. (see image below) So I’m more likely to be Europe East than “European Jewish” as my Dad is less “European Jewish” than me and the “European Jewish” is not from my mothers side.

AncestoryDNA Europe Map

Image is part of my Dads results, just to illustrate the point regarding “Europe East” and “European Jewish”

AncestryDNA Test

Hello there,

Well, has been quite a while since I last blogged, haven’t really wanted to blog about anything til now.

I decided “what the heck” and ordered an AncestryDNA kit Tuesday evening (17th), (I should have really waited for another week), 2 days later the DNA kit arrives, have now does the test, now just waiting to post it off tomorrow!.

I should get the results back in 6 to 8 weeks (I estimate it to be 20th Apri, lbut could be a little earlier I don’t know), I expect it’s gonna be a LONGGG few months hahaha. I’ll just have to keep myself busy for a while longer.

So its going to be good as it should help with my both my Grandmother’s lines (Indian & Italtian line)

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

An Ancestry Squee!!

Hello there,

Just a very quick post this time.

Ancestry is expanding its DNA Service to include UK & Ireland, I only discovered this a few days ago, is quite exciting. I had been asking Crista Cowan (Staff at Ancestry) if AncestryDNA was gonna come to the UK, it was initially only the USA that had the DNA Service. But now AncestryDNA is coming to the UK! Squee!! Squee!! …. hahaha

That’s all for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!

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