Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Reader's Take on Ancestry.com Problems - Part V: Why Is There No Chromosome Browser?

In response to Dear Ancestry.com: Are You Fixing These Problems? (posted 17 January 2019), I received 38 comments on the post, and several via email.  

One of the email correspondents was a person who has Ancestry and IT experience, and offered knowledge, experience and wisdom for users of Ancestry.com, especially on the trees and the search engines.  The comments are detailed and ring true to me based on my experience (and that of others) working on Ancestry.com.  

A)  In this post, I want to concentrate on the question of why AncestryDNA does not have a chromosome browser.   I commented on it in point 8) in the Dear Ancestry.com: Are You Fixing These Problems? post).  My reader's response was:

The Chromosome Browser
I am not sure Ancestry will ever come around on this one. When they crunch the numbers, the estimates are that only 2-4% of users would actually use a Chromosome Browser. The costs of developing a Chromosome Browser, added to the costs of supporting the browser (lots more calls and emails to Member Services, which means more training and possibly more people), when weighed against the increase in the subscriber base or DNA subscriptions, the math doesn't work out.
The public statements around the Chromosome Browser have mirrored that - most people won't use it, it is of small overall value (to Ancestry), it is complex, and what Ancestry provides is so much better that you don't really need a Chromosome Browser.
The nail in the coffin, though, is privacy. Ancestry has clamped down on DNA test sharing in the past two years, requiring accounts for each test and much more explicit permissions to share results. Chromosome Browsers require DNA comparisons, which exposes them to potential privacy issues - people give their permission without understanding, and then freak out once something bad happens. Ancestry is the biggest target, and a perceived privacy problem could hurt them much more than the goodwill of having a Chromosome Browser would give them. Consider that Facebook, in its terms of service and API agreements allowed sharing of your friends information via its social graph. Even through users agreed to it, that decision - which lasted for only a few years - came back to bite them. Ancestry wants to avoid that, which is why I don't think you will ever see a Chromosome Browser.

B)  Randy's Notes and Comments:



If only 2% to 4% of all AncestryDNA testers actually would use a chromosome browser, that translates to 300,000 to 600,000 of their 15 million AncestryDNA testers.  But those 300,000 to 600,000 Ancestry users are probably year-over-year subscribers - and probably the devoted genealogists who want to learn as much as they can about their genetic genealogy and all of their genetic cousins who show up in their matches; folks like me and many of my readers.  

How is the AncestryDNA superior to other DNA testing services that do offer a chromosome browser?  In my opinion, it is superior only in the number of matches that have a genealogy tree.  In the early years, many AncestryDNA testers had an Ancestry Member Tree;  now, it seems that only about 10% have an Ancestry tree with more than 100 persons.  They might consider the Shared Ancestors feature to be superior to the competition, and it is, but there are very few Shared Ancestor matches for most of us - I have 318 out of 51,000 DNA matches (about 0.6%).  

Not having a chromosome browser has driven some AncestryDNA customers to download their raw DNA data and to upload it to GEDmatch or FamilyTreeDNA or MyHeritage, which do have a chromosome browser and other analysis tools.  The other test analyzers have benefited from Ancestry's decision.  So have the entrepreneurial third party DNA tool providers - like DNA Painter, Genetic Affairs, and others.  Good for them for providing tools that AncestryDNA won't provide.  

I think we all realize that this is not a zero sum game, and that competition makes every company better - there is more innovation and development of tools and techniques.

Concerning the privacy issue, I understand the uncertainty and the concern with the GDPR regulations in Europe.  


C)  See earlier posts on this general subject:

*  A Reader's Take on Ancestry.com Problems - Part I - Ancestry Member Tree Indexing (posted 23 January 2019)



D)  My thanks to my informed and concerned reader for the background and experience as we have worked through my list of perceived problems.  I know that the revealed knowledge has helped many of my readers to better understand, and deal with, the perceived problems.  

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Disclosure:  I have had a paid subscription to Ancestry.com since 2000, and use the site every day.  I have received material considerations from Ancestry.com in years past, but that does not affect my objectivity in writing about their products and services.

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OCCGS BASH Seminar on 9 March Features Crista Cowan

I received this information from Hal Horrocks of the Orange County, California Genealogical Society recently:
The schedule is:

  • 8:00 Doors Open. Registration. Book Faire Open
  • 9:00 Welcome & Information
  • 9:15 Session 1 – DNA and Ancestry – How to Utilize it
  • 10:15 Break
  • 10:45 Session 2 – Ancestry Search Tips and Tricks
  • 11:45 Lunch
  • 1:00 Session 3 – Finding and Sharing the Stories in Your Family Tree
  • 2:00 Break
  • 2:30 Session 4 – Introduction to the Genealogical Professional Standards
  • 3:30 Announcements and Adjournment

The description of the four talks is:

• Session 1 – DNA and Ancestry – How to Utilize it – After a brief review of the tools available on AncestryDNA, we will dive into the techniques used by professional genetic genealogists to discover the connections between you and your pages of AncestryDNA matches.

• Session 2 – Ancestry Search Tips and Tricks – Ancestry currently has more than 16 billion records online and millions more are added every single day. We want to provide you with as many ways into those records as possible. Crista shares some of her favorite tips to make you a search pro and a true researcher

• Session 3 – Finding and Sharing the Stories in Your Family Tree – Studies show that children who grow up knowing the stories of their family’s history (good or bad) are more resilient in the face of life’s challenges. There are stories in every family tree. In this session we will learn easy ways to discover those stories.

• Session 4 – Introduction to the Genealogical Professional Standards – Each of us must decide what information we are comfortable sharing publicly. At the same time, we have an obligation to ourselves, our family, and our ancestors to ensure that the family tree we build and put out there, is as accurate as possible. Join us to review the five steps of the Genealogical Proof Standard and learn how to apply them.

There is more information on the BASH web page:    https://occgs.com/mtg_event/bash/bash.html

Costs and online registration is at:  https://occgs.com/store/store_bash.html

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Toddler Randy -- Post 554 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

Several months ago, I discovered an envelope of small photographs saved when my mother died in 2002 - it was hiding in plain sight in the Genea-Cave! 

Included in the photo cache was this oldie-but-goodie - a photograph of me standing on a landing or a porch as a toddler:

I was probably two years old when this photo was taken, so it was 1945 or 1946.  It may have been summertime since I don't have a shirt on, but I do have a jumper on.  I don't know where this was taken - the two Carringer houses on the 30th/Fern block were one story houses and I don't think had a railing like this.  It may be at the Chamberlains house on Terrace Drive in San Diego - they had a staircase to the upper floor and I seem to recall a railing like that.  

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 19 February 2019


Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last four days include:

1)  News Articles:


RootsTech 2019 FamilySearch Updates


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Ancestry® Announces 94 New and Updated Communities For People of African American and Afro-Caribbean Descent, Delivering More Historical Context Than Ever Before

*  PDF option for English & Welsh GRO records now permanent

*  Accredited Genealogists Ireland elects three Emeritus members

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

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Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 10 to 16 February 2019

*  Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 10 to 16 February 2019

*  New Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of February 19, 2019

3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for February 2019

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar -- Tuesday, 19 February, 5 p.m. PST:  Applying Evidence to Genealogical Research Questions, by Melissa Johnson


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar -- Wednesday, 20 February, 11 a.m. PST: Online Resources for French Genealogy part I: Compiled Records, Church Records and Civil Registration, by Paul Woodbury

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Friday, 22 February, 11 a.m. PST:  Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze Your Research, by Cari Taplin


4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Family Tree Magazine Podcast:  FTMP 129: Genealogy Problem-Solving Tricks and Techniques

*  Family Tree Magazine Podcast:  FTMP 128: Make 2019 Your Most Organized Year Yet  

*  Research Like a Pro Podcast:  RLP 32: Indirect vs. Direct Evidence

*  Extreme Genes Podcast/Radio Show:  Episode 271 – Family Researcher’s Surprise DNA Results Is Still A Source Of Pain

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #46… What To Do With Those Pesky Family Secrets?

5)  Genealogy Education - Video:

*  Ancestral Findings YouTube:  AF-224: How to Communicate with Your DNA Matches the Proper Way

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  What is in the GEDmatch database? - A Segment of DNA

*  Genealogy Adventures YouTube:  S02 E09 Genealogy Adventures Live: Special Guest Phebe Hayes (Louisiana Genealogy)

*  MyHeritage YouTube:  MyHeritage DNA Reveal on Fox & Friends

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  Mondays with Myrt - 18 Feb 2019

*  FamilySearch YouTube:  Road To RootsTech, Episode11: Venue Tour

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Tuesday, February 19,  2019


7)  DNA Success Stories

 DNA test brings half-sisters together after 50 years apart

*  Sergeant Bluff man finds long-lost birth father with at-home DNA test kit

*  After Being Adopted at Birth, Daughter Reunites With Dad 36 Years Later

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 15 February 2019?

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RootsTech 2019 Syllabus Articles Are Available on Mobile App and Web Browser

The syllabus handouts for many of the RootsTech 2019 presentations are available in a web browser or smart device.  A user can read them, print them, and save them.

NOTE:  The images below are from the 2018 blog post about the 2018 handouts.  The process is the same for 2019.

1)  On a smart device, the RootsTech 2019 mobile app has a "Conference Schedule" icon is how you get to the syllabus articles.  It works similar to the web browser process described blow.

2)  On a web browser, use the web site page http://app.core-apps.com/rootstech2019/events/view_by_day?tracks=&type=.  


There are four separate pages - one for each day.  The user can select the day on the gray background line on the screen above, and the day selected has a dark red background.  The screen above shows the top of the screen for Thursday, 1 March.

The remainder of the page has the list of classes offered on that day, ordered by the time of the class.

The user can select to "star" a class if they wish to add the class to their own personal schedule.

Each class has a "track" indicator; for example "RT" is for a "RootsTech" track.  "GS" is for a "Getting Started" track.

Each class has a unique four digit "class" number after the track indicator.

After the "track" and "class" numbers is the title of the presentation.  Below the title is the time of the presentation.

There is an "Adobe Reader" icon next to the time on many of the classes.  This icon indicates that there is a PDF handout available.

3)  When you click on a specific class, more information about that class appears.  Here is the information for GS0290 with Ari Wilkins presenting "Preserving and Organizing Photographic Collections:"


Information is provided on the screen above including a summary of the presentation (not shown above), the presenter, the Category, the Family History Skill Level, the Pass required, the Technology Skill Level, and the Resources.

4)  The Resources is where the Handout is.  I clicked on the link for "Handouts (1)" and another line appeared below that link:


Note the additional line after the user clicked on the "Handouts (1)" link.

5)  Clicking that additional line opens the PDF file with the handout: 


The PDF appears, and indicates how many pages there are (in this case 4).  The user can read the PDF there.

6)  At the top left is the file name for this specific PDF file.  In the example above, it is "67dc8360d5c6619b47ae475b24f57804_1.pdf".  That is not especially useful to me!  

On my PC computer with Windows 7, I have icons on the top right of the screen to "Rotate," "Download" or "Print:" [NOTE:  The details on your browser may differ from mine.]

I selected "Download" and my Windows Explorer window opened with the default file name in the "File Name" line.  I edit that file name by typing in the author's name and the title of the presentation.  In this case, I typed "Ari Wilkins - Organizing and Preserving Photograph Collections:"


I clicked the "Save" button and the file Ari Wilkins - Organizing and Preserving Photograph Collections.pdf was saved in my RootsTech 2018 file folder.

For many of the handouts, I copy the presentation title and paste it into the file name field.

7)  You have to click the Back arrow two times to get back to the list of classes and select another class to download the handout.  

8)  On the RootsTech 2019 mobile app, the user can "Take notes on the Handout," "Download the Handout" or "Email Handout."

9)  NOTE:  You don't have to be a registered attendee to RootsTech 2019 in order to access the class handouts using the web browser.  

It is not known how long the handouts will be available to read, download or print.  It may be for one month after the end of the conference.


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Disclosure:  I am a RootsTech 2019 Ambassador, and have received a complimentary RootsTech 2019 pass.  I have received this and other emoluments from FamilySearch over the past ten years.  

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Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1800 U.S. Census Record of the Burges Metcalf Household in Piermont, N.H.

This week's Tuesday Treasure is the 1800 United States census record of the Burgess Metcalf household in Piermont, Grafton County, New Hampshire:

The Burges Metcalf entry is about halfway down the page:

The extracted information from this record for Burges Metcalf is:

*  Head of household:  Burges Metcalf

*  Number of males under age 10:  1  [certainly son Chandler born in 1798]
*  Number of males aged 10 to 16: 1  [perhaps son Joseph born in 1784]
*  Number of males aged 16 to 26:  1  [perhaps son Cyrus born in 1776]
*  Number of males aged 26 to 45: 1  [probably son Burgess born in 1772]
*  Number of males over age 45:  1  [certainly Burgess, born in 1741]

*  Number of females aged 10 to 16:  1  [probably daughter Jerusha born in 1789]
*  Number of females aged 16 to 26:  1  [probably daughter Mary born in 1781]
*  Number of females over age 45:  1  [certainly wife Jerusha, born in about 1750]

The source citation for this census record is:

1800 United States Federal Census, Grafton County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Piermont, page 706, Burges Metcalf household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M32, Roll 20.

Ancestry.com indexed the head of household for this record as "Burges Metsa G" for some reason. Other researchers have added Burges Metcalf as an alternate name.

This census record is written semi-alphabetically, so it is impossible to know who the neighbors are.  Burgess Metcalf is the only Metcalf on the page. 


Burgess (1741-1816) and Jerusha (1750-1817) (--?--) Metcalf are my 5th great-grandparents, through their daughter Mary "Polly" Metcalf (1780-1855) who married Amos Underhill (1772-1865).


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Monday Genea-Pourri - 18 February 2019

Here is a summary of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group on Wednesday at the library, with 16 in attendance.  For most of the  two-hour meeting, I highlighted what I've learned from the former Ancestry employee who commented on my problem list, in addition to noting the RootsTech 2019 handout download and livestream sessions.  Several attendees described their research challenges and successes.


3)  Wrote a biography of 6th great-grandfather #434 
John Laver (1722-1799) of South Petherton, Somerset  for my 52 Ancestors post on Friday.  


4)  Watched one Family Tree Webinar this past week -  Reconstructing Your Genetic Family Tree, by Blaine Bettinger.  Also watched Introducing American AncesTREES an
FYR w: CeCe on YouTube.

5)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt.  Subjects discussed were the FamilyTreeDNA privacy problem, Bettinger's Facebook post on Parabon charges, ordering GRO birth and death certificates in PDF, using YouTube video to impress potential society members, the EvidenceExplained website and Facebook page, Jim's society creating a 1 million person county family tree  using TNG, downloading RootsTech handouts, and my reader's comments on the Ancestry Big Tree.

6)  I bought a FOREVER box last March at RootsTech, and started filling it to send in for digitization.  I found about 90 home movies (50 feet each), about 15 boxes of slides, but couldn't find the videotapes I saved some time ago and hid somewhere.  I contacted FOREVER to see how many I could put in the box, and they said "whatever will fit, and there is an ala carte price list"  A 50 foot movie would cost about $15.  I need to pick out 20-30 of them, and pack it up and send it off in the next week.  Hopefully, these will entertain my descendants more than blog posts do :).


7) There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 29,346 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.  

8)  I continue to use Web Hints from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 52,349 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 101,489 source citations.   I TreeShared two times during the last week (about 200 profiles), and resolved about 1100 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 101,086 (Ancestry dumped over 7,000 new Hints on Sunday) to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

9) Wrote 20 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were press releases.  The most popular post last week was A Reader's Take on Ancestry.com Problems - Part IV - The Ancestry Big Tree with over 335 views.  


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Randy's Autosomal DNA Test and Analysis Summary - 18 February 2019

I think my last list of my Autosomal DNA test and analysis results was posted in 

Monday Genea-Pourri - 17 December 2018.


I decided to stop doing the update on a weekly basis, and I planned to do it on a monthly basis.  Two months have passed...I need a calendar, apparently.

So here is the update, with comparison to two months ago.  Since then, the Thanksgiving and Christmas spurts in DNA testing and matches has happened, so I'm curious to see how my numbers have increased:


1)  Ancestry DNA:

*  Shared Ancestors:  318 (was 313 on 12/17/18)
*  DNA Circles:  23 (was 23 on 12/17/18)
*  Total Matches (6 cM or more):  1,045 pages - over 52,250 matches (940 pages on 12/17/18)
*  Matches with 68 cM (1.0%) or more: 20 matches (was 20 on 12/17/18)
*  Matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more:  109 matches (was 105 on 12/17/18)
*  4th Cousins or closer (20 cM): 1,155 matches (was 1,050 on 12/17/18)
*  Highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my known first cousins.

2)  MyHeritageDNA:

*  Total Matches (8 cM or more):   6,031 matches (was 5,261 on 12/17/18)
*  Matches with 68 cM (1.0%) or more:  4 matches (was 4 on 12/17/18)
*  Matches with 34 cM (0.5 %) or more:  49 matches (was 38 on 12/17/18)
*  Highest Match has 512 cM (7.1%), and is one of my first cousins once removed.

3)  23andMe:


*  Total DNA Relatives Matches:  1,089 Matches (was 1,016 on 12/17/18)
*  Matches with 68 cM (1.0%) or more:  4 Matches (was 4 on 12/17/18)
*  Matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more:  66 Matches (was 54 on 12/17/18)
*  Highest Match has 112 cM (1.54%), and is an adoptee.
4)  FamilyTreeDNA:


*  Total Family Finder Matches (18 cM or more):  3,006 Matches (was 2,879 on 12/17/18)
*  Matches with 68 cM (1.0%) or more:  12 (was 12 on 12/17/18)
*  Matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more:  1,625 matches (was 1,548 on 12/17/18)
*  Highest Match has 96 cM (1.42%) and is an unknown cousin

5)  LivingDNA:


*  Total Matches:  0

6)  GEDMatch:

*  Matches with 68 cM (1.0%) or more:  1
*  Matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more: 37
*  Matches with 20 cM or more:  293
*  Highest Match has 86.8 cM and is a known 3rd cousin


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Amanuensis Monday - 1839 Deed of Zachariah Hildreth to James Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1839 deed of  Zachariah Hildreth to  James Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 382, pages 306-307]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 382, page 306, starts at middle of left-hand page]

[in left-hand margin]


Z. Hildreth
     to
J. Hildreth

[body of text]


                                                   Know all men by these presents

that I Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the County of Middle-
sex, yeoman, in consideration of two thousand Dollars to me paid by
James Hildreth of said Townsend, yeoman, the receipt whereof I do
hereby acknowledge, do hereby give, grant, sell & convey unto the said
James Hildreth, his heirs & assigns forever, a certain tract of land
situate in the southeasterly part of said Townsend, on both
sides of the road leading from Henry Seeva's in Townsend
to Lunenburg, bounded, beginning at a stake & stones on the
east side of the road aforesaid, at a corner of Ephraim Spaulding's
land; thence southeasterly on land of said Spaulding's, to a stake
and stones, thence southerly on land of said Spaulding to a stake
& stones at the road leading from said Spaulding's to Joel Emery's;
thence westerly on said road to a corner of the aforesaid road leading
from Henry Seeva's to Lunenburg; thence crossing said last mentioned
road, to a corner of Isaac Spaulding's land at a stake and stones; thence
westerly on land  of said Isaac Spaulding, & land of Lucy Spaulding, to
the School lot, so called, to a stake & stones; thence west, about 41[deg] north,
by land of Samuel Scales & land of Solomon Green, about one hundred &
fourteen rods & two thirds of a rod, to a stake & stones, a corner of land of

[Volume 382, page 307]


Elisha Conant; thence northerly in a straight line by land of said

Conant, & land of said Zachariah Hildreth, to a stake & stones on
the bank of the Squanicook river; thence easterly by said river,
as it formerly run, meaning to follow the old channel of said
river, to the Clark Bridge, so called, across said river; thence
southerly by the road first mentioned to the bounds first
mentioned, excepting the road passing through said premises.
Also a certain other tract of woodland situated in the southerly
part of said Townsend on Babary Hill, so called, bounded be-
ginning at the southeast corner of the premises at land
formerly owned by Henry Sanderson at a stake & stones;
thence north 60[deg] west, nineteen rods & seventeen & a half
links, by land formerly owned by said Sanderson, to a stake &
stones; thence north, 30[deg] east, sixty five rods by land of said
Zachariah Hildreth to a stake & stones; thence south 60[deg] east
nineteen rods & 17-1/2/ links, by land of Samuel Scales, to a
stake & stones; thence south, 30[deg] west, sixty five rods by 
land of Joseph Steele, to the bounds first mentioned.  Also 
Pew No. 8 in the brick meeting house belonging to the Ortho-
dox Congregational Church & Society in said Townsend.
To have and to hold the aforegranted premises to the said James  
Hildreth, his heirs & assigns, to his and their use & behoof forever.
And I do covenant with the said James Hildreth, his heirs
& assigns, that I am lawfully seized in fee of the aforegrant-
ed premises; that they are free of all incumbrances; that I
have good right to convey the same to the said James Hil-
dreth; and that I will warrant & defend the same premises
to the said James Hildreth, his heirs & assigns forever against
the lawful claims & demands of all persons.  In witness where-
of, I, the said Zachariah Hildreth, & I, Hannah Hildreth, wife 
of said Zachariah, in token & for the purpose of releasing all
my right to dower in the aforedescribed premises, have here-
unto set our hands & seals this tenth day of June, in the year
of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty nine.
Signed, sealed & delivered  }  Zachariath Hildreth     seal
in the Presence of                }             ^          ^             seal
Daniel Giles                        }  Middlesex ss. June 10, 1839. Then
F.A. Worcester                   }  the above named Zachariah Hildreth
acknowledged the above instrument to be his free act & deed.
Before me, F.A. Worcester, Justice of Peace.
               Middlesex ss.  June 12^th 1839.
                                          Rec^d & recorded by
                                                    W^m F. Stone Reg.   

The source citation for this recorded deed is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 2 February 2019), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1836, Vol. 382," Volume 382, pages 306-307 (image 157 of 298), Deed of Zachariah Hildreth to James Hildreth, executed 10 June 1839, recorded 12 June 1839.


 This deed is for two tracts of land in Townsend (no acreage provided), and Pew number 8 in the Townsend meeting house.  James Hildreth paid his father Zachariah $2,000 for this land.  


This deed is paired with a second deed wherein James sells the land back to Zachariah for $3000 if he doesn't fulfill his promise to support his father Zachariah and mother Hannah Hildreth for the rest of their lives.  See Amanuensis Monday - 1839 Deed of James Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass. for the details.


Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) who married Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857) in 1810, is my third great-grandfather.  I am descended from their son, Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married Sophia Newton  (1834-1923) in 1852.

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NOTE:  Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 10 to 16 February 2019

Dozens of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.


Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:


Methodology Monday ~ Resolving Conflicts by Cheri Hudson Passey on the Carolina Girl Genealogy blog.

Did I Find a Scandal in My Family Tree? by DiAnn Iamarino on the Fortify Your Family Tree blog.

GENESIS Basics: GEDmatch Reinvented, Part 1 by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.

Predicting the Keynote Themes for RootsTech 2019 by Caleb Lee on the Family History Fanatics blog.

*  Why I Use Genealogy Software (It's Not Why You Think by Marian B. Wood on the Climbing My Family Tree blog.

*  AncestryDNA: 10 Tips for working with your AncestryDNA matches by Rachel King on the Toll Genealogy blog.

Genealogy Research and PERSI: A Perfect Match by Diana Elder on the Family Locket blog.

Are You Curator, Creator or Caretaker of the Family Archive? by Denise May Levenick on The Family Curator blog.

It Pays to Read the Footnotes and Asking and Receiving by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry blog.

Genealogical Detective Work Solves Looted Art Mystery by Esther on the MyHeritage Blog.

Back to the Issue of Genealogical Standardization of Place Names by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.

How to Find RootsTech SLC 2019 Handouts Free! by Alyson Mansfield on the OnGenealogy blog.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

*  Friday Finds: Week 7 -- 2019 by Martin Roe Eidhammer on the Norwegian Genealogy and then some blog.


*  Friday Fossicking - 15th Feb 2019 by Crissouli on the That Moment in Time blog.


This Week's Creme de la Creme -- February 16, 2019  by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.


Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.


Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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