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DNA – update
July 13, 2014, 2:36 pm
Filed under: DNA

I have been able to get a new kit for my sister and have it sent in. It has arrived so am now waiting for the results. I have completed the July Newsletter for the Langston Family. Trying to decide on which project should have the highest priority.
1. Scanning family pictures (sorting right now)
2. Updating the Grossman Family on in Family Tree Maker
3. Working on DNA matches.

Planning a trip to see my son, need to decide what to take with me as far as pictures and genealogy.

My friend called and told me I have created a monster. Her husband has been spending his time in search of his family, then they talked to another friend and have gotten him excited about searching for his family. She wasn’t sure they could get them off the computer to celebrate the 4th of July. Several questions have come my way, and I am hoping in a couple of weeks to spend a few days with them to answer questions.

My journey continues.


DNA continued
June 30, 2014, 10:28 am
Filed under: DNA

The past few weeks have been quite busy.  Traveled with my brother, his wife, and my sister to Arkansas, to two family reunions.  Reunions are always interesting.

Always enjoy staying with our cousin in the area.  She has just recently retired, so had some free time to spend with us.

Traveled around Izard and neighboring counties, to see family and talk to friends.  Cousins drove us around to see different locations that my grandparents lived during their lifetime.  Visited with Aunt Della.  Also had supper with the children of a cousin.  Except for the fact that a “country mile” has to be at least 3 miles, we finally arrived and enjoyed a visit with them.  Three of them were neighbors, with their mother.  The fourth was visiting from Portland, Ore.

After arriving home I received the  results of my brother’s DNA.  We shared localities but with very different percentages.  I am still trying to decided how to proceed with all of this information.  My sister’s DNA they were unable to process, so I am awaiting a new kit to try again.

Karen:  Great Britain 42%, Scandinavian 22%, Europe East 19%, Iberian Peninsula 13%.

Kenneth: Scandinavian 35%, Europe West 22%, Europe East 16%, Iberian Penisula 9%, Ireland 8%, Great Britain 7%

I called my friends about their DNA and they had missed the email, but I was able to get them started.

Not sure where this journey will take me.


DNA continued
May 29, 2014, 2:19 pm
Filed under: DNA

Since my last post, several things have happened with DNA and the results.  I am continuing to receive new matches, but right now due to family and travel plans, I can’t spend much time working with DNA.


One disappointment, there was not a DNA connection between the Voss family and Lynda.  As she has continued her research, she discovered her grandfather was not my uncle.  Even though we are not connected by blood, I will continue to consider her a part of the family.  Her grandmother was married to my Uncle Henry, and tragic events affected everyone’s life.

My mother’s only living sister has also taken the test, and we are a definite match.  No doubt about it.

Just activated the test for my brother and sister, so will be anxiously awaiting their results. Hoping there will some that will match all three to help narrow things down.

Helped some friends collect their specimen and activate their account. They are now waiting for results.

The next few weeks are going to be busy as we will be doing some traveling to a couple of family reunions.  Then it will be time to get the newest newsletter ready and in the mail.

So it looks like summer is going to busy.

DNA: A New Adventure
May 12, 2014, 4:47 pm
Filed under: DNA

The area of genealogy is never ending.  It can be very addictive.  I have so many projects I would like to do, but need to focus on a couple.

This January our visit with Uncle Henry’s granddaughter was quite an experience.  She has been working on genealogy using AncestryDNA.  After seeing how it works I decided to take the plunge.  This last week I received the results of my DNA test.  OH, my!!

First of all I am definitely European with Great Britain 42%, Scandinavian 22%, Europe East 19%, and Iberian Peninsula 13%, with 4% with trace matches.

So now my challenge is to check out the Matches (hints)  there are only 192 pages of hints with 50 per page.  That makes close to 10,000 matches.  This will not be completed any time soon, and as more people take the test, there will be more matches.

The first thing I did was watch 3 tutorials from Ancestry on YouTube about AncestryDNA.

You’ve received your DNA Results? Now What.

What to do with all those Matches.

Making the Cousin Connection.


Now it is time to work my way through all these names.  I will start out with those that have a shakey leaf.  That reduces the numbers a great deal.  There are 2 possible 3rd cousins, 2 possible 4th cousins, and 35  Distant cousins with shakey leaf matches. There will be plenty to do after I work my way through these names.

The 3rd video shows how Crista Cowen, goes through each name. Marking with a star to continue with, adding a note, about common ancestors and the match. Then about contacting the owner of tree for further information.  As well as other information about following the DNA;

I am writing this out because I have a couple of people that are also having DNA tested.  I am quite sure I will calls from them.

So as this summer progresses and Family Reunions are coming up, a wedding, and another cruise, I have another busy year ahead.  I just need to take time to update my progress, and try not to get distracted and off on a tangent as I look at all of this information. A couple of updates a month will be a goal I want to make for myself.


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