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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 I have for now, so till next time, stay tuned for some more Ancestry Adventures!


A bit of info regard “Genetic Communities”




Wish list for 2017

Hello there,

I thought I would join in with Little Bytes of Life‘s December Genealogy Blog Party.

Lets have a look back at my 2014 Wish list

My wish list was
– Another Bookcase, my current one is more than a bit full!
– Bigger filing cabinet, the one I have at them moment is quite small
– I want to gradually fill gaps in my Family History magazines
– Is good number of books on my list, such as ‘Tracing Your …… Ancestors’ of the Pen & Sword Series

Did I manage to tick any of my wish list off? …. I would say mostly yes!

I got a couple of little bookcases for the majority of my books I had all over the floor.

I got another filing cabinet, (which is mostly all my political & activist stuff, which I had in boxes)

I have filled a few gaps in my Family History magazines, but there are still quite a few gaps.

I’ve added a good number of books to my library, including books from Pen & Sword.


So now lets have a look at my 2017 Wish List.

I wish to
– Make several trips/visits to the British Library, for my India line
– Get yet another bookcase or 2, (for my ever growing library).
– Add to my collection of Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates.
– Identify useful Record Offices & go visit if I can. (Though ALL Record Offices are useful).

– Search for Ancestor Grave Sites & go visit if I can.
– Connect with even more cousins & distant cousins.
– Find & DNA test more family members
– Really go though my tree, transcribing documents into it more. (Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates, Censuses, Military, Wills & Probate etc).

Do YOU the reader have any suggestions for me to add to my wish list?

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

WDYTYA 2017 & beyond

Hello there,

@WDYTYALIVE posted a tweet asking  “What do you want to see at the 2017 show?”

So his is just somewhere to list ideas etc for future WDYTYA events.

Just some of the suggestions & ideas I’ve had so far, (which I have already tweeted to them)

A longer block of time (after all the talks are finished) for people to look around etc

Would like to see MORE Local Family History Societies, such as Kent, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, Essex, Norfolk etc.

Workshop/talk ideas
– Illegitimacy  / Workhouses / Causes of Death / House history / Finding Living Relatives
– Ways to organize your family history documents etc (could also be in the showing heading too)

Social History aspect – Occupations, Health, Religion, Crime/Law, Education, Leisure, Fashion etc

Industrialization – Farming, Transport, Railway, Mining,

Historical & Political events over the years – Various Battles, Domesday Book, Suffragettes, Slavery, Guy Fawkes, Historical Royal events
A Showcasing Area
– The clothes/fashions of our ancestors
– Old money (how much would say £50 from 100 years ago be today)
– More old things & artifacts (like the world globe in its wooden stand, which was in the heirloom detective area)

A mock shop/store, kitchen/front room (a little tea shop or even old sweet shop perhaps?)

A quiz that relates to the event (& maybe the talks even) & people find the answers though out the event.

So I ask YOU my blog readers  …. “What do you want to see at the 2017 show & beyond?”

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


Things I learnt -WDYTYA 2016

Hello there,

Things I learnt from this years WDYTYA event

– DON’T get try getting yourself & bags off the train all in one go! (get the rollater off first then your bags!)

– DON’T mess around with your digital voice recorder (need to get one that had has a memory card!)

– Take a surname & place print out with you (Just key surnames & places)

– Book talks a lot earlier (I only booked any of the talks the month just before the event)

– Plan & structure your days (which I did for 2nd & 3rd days so they went really well)

– KEEP CHEEKING WHAT WORKSHOPS YOU HAVE ON EACH DAY! (I pretty much missed my last talk on the first day)

Did you go to the event & what did YOU learn?

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

Ancestry Birth Places

Hello there,

This is going round in various forms – Birth, Marriage & Death places, Cause of Death etc.

Though I would do a birth place chart for my Maternal Grandpa.

Birth Places - Grandpa John

I didn’t bother to do one for my other Grandpa for a few reasons
– His would be a little ‘boring’ mostly London/Middlesex
– Also is still quite a few gaps on his side of my tree

Nor have I done one for either of my grandmothers, due to their lines having so many holes.

Decided to do a 2nd ancestry birth place chart, starting with myself


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

Edit – A few more suggestions people could do
– Longevity (Age at death)
– Naming patterns?
– Occupation/s
– Religion

– Common Characteristics & Experiences – See the link for more info

– DNA Ethnicity (This might be a lot more tricky mind you)

4th May 2015

Hello there,

Havw been quite busy the past few months, as it’s the election period for us in the UK, but in another 2-3 days things will ease off, then its just a matter of wait & see what happens in the weeks ahead.

Anyway was Crista Cowan who gave me the idea for this, blog post (‏@CristaCowan, Checked my family tree. I have 97 women named Charlotte, 1428 named Elizabeth and 37 named Diana. #RandomFamilyHistoryTrivia #RoyalBaby So cheers Crista.

Family History Trivia

How nany women called Charlotte, Elizabeth or Diana do you have in YOUR family tree/s

I had a look at tree/s and here is mine

On my Dad’s side, 4 Charlotte, 39 Elizabeth & 0 Diana.
On my Mother’s side, 4 Charlotte, 19 Elizabeth & 0 Diana

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


For those who don’t already know, the Duchess of Cambridge very recently gave birth to a baby girl called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

SNGF – Top 10 Genealogy Sites

Hello there,

Here’s another SNGF challenge by Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings. This one is from May 2009 Top 10 Genealogy Sites

Here are mine

1. General Register Office (GRO)
2. Ancestry
3. FreeBMD
4. Family Search
5. Find a will

6. Find My Past
7. Find A Grave
8. Rootsweb
9. Pinterest
10. Cyndi’s List

And a few Blogs

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

Historic Events

Hello there,

Todays topic is ‘Historic Events

What things, people, disasters etc do YOU remember, can also be things that have happen in your lifetime.

Things I remember

– Poll Tax Riots (London) .. I only really remember going on demos with my Mother
– Nelson Mandela released
– End of Apartheid in South Africa
– Dolly the Cloned sheep
– Harry Potter Books
– Scottish Parliament

– Iraq War
– Saddam Hussein toppled from power

– Wikileaks
– Occupy movement
– News International phone hacking scandal
– Madeleine McCann (Disappearance of)
– Osama Bin Laden
– Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton


– 9/11 World Trade Centre
– 7/7 London bombings
– Dumblane Shootings
– Lockerbie bombing (Scotland)

Industrial Disasters
– BP Oil Spill
– Fukushima

Natural Disasters
– Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004)
– Hurricane Katrina
– Hurricane Sandy
– Haiti earthquake

– Mad cow
– Bird flu
– Swine flu
– Ebola

– Fred & Rose West
– Harold Shipman
– Ian Huntley, Soham Murders

– Jill Dando
– James Bulger
– Damilola Taylor
– Milly Dowler
– Hannah Foster
– Sarah Payne

People who have died
– Tony Benn
– Nelson Mandela
– Princess Diana
– Queen Mother
– Margaret Thatcher (1st Woman PM in UK)
– Muammar Gaddafi

– Michael Jackson
– Bob Hoskins
– Robin Williams
– Patrick Swayze
– Rik Mayall

This’ll be an add to when I think of more!

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

To do lists

Hello there,

I don’t wont my blog to get too boring, constantly just doing the blog prompts, so going to break it up a bit, with other topics.

Today’s topic is ‘To do lists’ 

Do you have To do list?, What sort of list/s do you have? Do you have more than one? What do you have on your list or lists? Anything else you care to add about this topic?

My ‘General’ To do list
– Finish looking over the ‘Genea-Musings blog archive, picking out posts I want to look at.
– Have a look though the Blogroll on ‘GeneaBloggers’
– Look though my computer files & folders for some post ideas. (other blogs are useful too)

My ‘Sort of Research’ To do list
– Have a sort out of my ‘Family History Questions’ computer folder
– Sort out & organise my piles of magazine articles
– Go though the other blog I have and pickout a number of the posts I want to print out (My other blog is more Political & Activsm blogging)

My after New Year To do list
– Invest in some acid-free family history ‘stuff’ (folders, file pockets etc)
– Go though my ‘Family Tree docs’ computer folder and print a bunch of those out.
– Print out the posts I’ve pickout from my other blog and add them to my “me’ folder.
– Keep pestering my parents to dig out the photos, family documents & papers etc.

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

Ancesty tree names

Hello there,

Interesting tree names

Just a few tree names I’ve seen (Am not gonna link to the trees, but they are out there!)

– Shoemakers, Weavers, Sailors & Farmers
– A Tree With Too Many Branches
– My Heritage: All Generations
– Stalking Dead People
– My Family Shrub
– My Big Ole Family Tree
– All branched out
– My far flung and ever growing family
– From these I came
– Forever Young

I have posted this on Ancestry and someone added this one

– Who The Hell Are These Freaks?

I think this blog post maybe an, add to as and when I find more great tree names.

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

Reader Interaction
What tree names have others come across, while in the course of your digging?

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