Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Where Are the "Holes" In My Pedigree Chart? Can DNA Help?

While wading through my Genetic Affairs AutoCluster results for AncestryDNA (seMy Last AncestryDNA AutoCluster AutoTree Analysis From Genetic Affairs - Post 1), I noted that I have many DNA match clusters that don't have a known common ancestor, based on my Notes for each DNA Match.  For instance cluster #1 has 26 entries, but no known common ancestor.  I'm pretty sure that the common ancestor for that cluster is on my father's Seaver side of the family, but none of those matches has an Ancestry Member Tree that includes one of my Seaver line ancestors back up to the 5th great-grandparents.

I have about 400 AncestryDNA ThruLines that define Common Ancestors for me based on my tree, DNA match trees, and the Ancestry Big Tree.  These are very helpful, but are not always accurate (my estimate is that about 5% of my ThruLines are incorrect).  

There are more Common Ancestors identified with ThruLines than by Genetic Affairs because of the methodology used by each analysis (Genetic Affairs uses only my tree and a DNA Match's tree, not the Ancestry Big Tree).

How can I figure out who might be the Common Ancestor for more of my DNA Matches, especially in clusters?  The first step should be to define what I think I know and what I don't know about my ancestry.  Here is a 7-generation chart from the FamilySearch Family Tree (out to 4th great-grandparents).  I wish I could make an 8-generation chart to get to 5th great-grandparents!

My unknown ancestors on this chart are:

*  4th great-grandparents, parents of John Richman (1789-1867).

*  4th great-grandparents, parents of Ann Marshman (1784-1856).  The chart shows parents that I think are incorrect.

*  4th great-grandparents, parents of John Rich (1790-1868).  The chart shows parents that I think are incorrect.

*  4th great-grandmother, mother of Sarah Feather and wife of Cornelius Feather.  The chart above calls her Mrs. Cornelius Feather.

*  3rd great-grandparent, a parent of Devier J. Lamphier Smith (1839-1894).  Devier was adopted as an infant, and I'm pretty sure one set of his grandparents are Isaac and Rosanna (Laun) Lanfear (based on DNA matches), but the other parent (male? female?) is a mystery.

*  4th great-grandparents, parents of William Knapp (1775-1856).  Ancestry offers potential ancestors that I am sure are incorrect.

*  4th great-grandparents, parents of Sarah Fletcher (1802-1850).  

I have other "holes" in the 5th great-grandparents not shown on the chart above that may be the Common Ancestors of some of the Genetic Affairs clusters.  

My next step in this analysis process is to identify my AncestryDNA Common Ancestors on the fan chart to see which of my known ancestors don't have any matches, and which clusters might account for one or more of my "holes" in my fan chart.


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Tami on the Softball Field in 1990 (?) #2 -- Post 624 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! I found some more family photos hiding in Linda's family photo boxes. This is one of my favorite photographs:

Both of our daughters played Bobby Sox softball when they were between 9 and 14 years old.  Lori was a pitcher and Tami was a catcher.  The softball field was a half mile up our nearby main street.  Linda managed a team for several years and I coached.  The girls made the All-Star team almost every year in their age-groupings.  After the regular season was over in June, there were All-Star tournaments in several levels.  Tami also played on a travel team for several years in the summer. It was a fun family activity in the spring and summer and provided some travel experiences.  

The photo above shows Tami playing catch with someone at  a softball field, perhaps in Buena Park, California in Orange County where the regional finals were played, probably in the early summer of 1990 or 1991 (?).  Tami's uniform says "Chula Vista All Stars."  She was probably about 13 or 14 at the time.

These photos were scanned from photographs created from developed film prints and are not particularly sharp, but they are what we have!

Several times a year when our children were growing up, Linda sent photographs to her parents and brother in San Francisco. When her father died in 2002, her brother sorted out the photos and gave Linda the ones that were of our family and the ones interacting with them. They were given to us in a big box of stuff back in 2006, and we finally looked at them last year! I've started digitizing them for use in these Wordless Wednesday posts.



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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Genealogy News Bytes - Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Welcome to Genealogy News Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop over the past four days.




2)  New or Updated Record Collections:



3)  Genealogy Education - Webinars (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

 MyHeritage Online Events for June–July

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 30 June, 7 p.m.:  The 1939 Register for Family Historians, by Fiona Brooker

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 1 July, 11 a.m.:  Finding a Father for Molly - Using DNA, by Jill Morelli

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Finding Calvin: Following My Enslaved Ancestor Through Multiple Owners - A Case Study, by Renate Yarborough Sanders

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  African American Genealogy Challenges: What You Need to Know!, by Shelley Viola Murphy

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Grandmama Said - Verifying Oral History, by Aaron Dorsey

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  The Second Middle Passage: Following the DNA Trails, by Melvin J. Collier

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  DNA Corroborates Oral Tradition About the Parents of a Freedman, by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  How to link Multiple Word Documents into One PDF, by Amie Bowser Tennant

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:


*  Fisher's Top Tips:  #184r - Learning History


5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):










6)  Genealogy Bargains:

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Review: "Genealogy at a Glance: Polish Genealogy Research," by Rosemary A. Dembinski Chorzempa

The Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore has published another in its series of "Genealogy at a Glance" laminated research guides - this time for Polish Genealogy Research, Updated Edition by Rosemary A. Dembinski Chorzempa.

This "Genealogy at a Glance" booklet has four laminated pages on one 11" x 17" paper (folded). It is designed to give the user the basic elements of genealogy research in the allotted space. They provide an overview of the facts a researcher needs to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with research in the subject.

The description of the updated Polish  Genealogy Research  booklet includes:
Poland is far away and the language is difficult to read, but this updated edition of Polish Genealogy Research will help you overcome these obstacles as quickly and easily as possible. In just four pages, Rosemary Chorzempa, author of the outstanding guidebook Polish Roots, lays out the basic elements of Polish genealogical research, allowing you to grasp the fundamentals of Polish research “at a glance.” The four specially laminated pages of this work are designed to give you as much useful information in the space allotted as you’ll need to move forward with your Polish genealogy research.
Starting with a discussion of names, the guide–which has been revised to include updated URLs, the latest statistics, and most important online databases and resources–focuses on the basic elements of Polish research. These include history and emigration, locating the hometown, maps and gazetteers, geographical areas, and online databases. With a look back at the history of Polish emigration, Chorzempa explains the importance of locating a town of origin in the various countries that make up modern Poland. From there, with the use of online maps and gazetteers, it is a quick jump to locating the civil records and parish records that are key to finding your ancestors. Like other publications in the Genealogy at a Glance series, this guide contains a list of the most helpful online sources and the best reference books in the field. In addition, it provides information on surname maps and genealogical societies, and even guides you to an animated video on the history of Poland.
Finally, with historical Poland divided among so many countries, language itself is a serious problem in Polish research. To overcome this problem, Mrs. Chorzempa provides a chart giving the English, Latin, Polish, and German names of important places in Polish lands. This is especially useful when looking at documents that mention birthplaces or hometown origins, and it is an important tool for the millions of Americans who are of Polish descent.
The booklet has these sections:
  • Contents
  • Quick Facts and Important Dates
  • Polish Names
  • Polish History and Emigration
  • Finding the Hometown
  • Maps
  • Online Databases From Poland
  • Other Resources
  • Areas in Polish Lands

This booklet is designed primarily for the person who has little experience and understanding of Polish Genealogy Research and provides an overview of the basics of finding Polish genealogy resources.

For someone like me that teaches and talks about genealogy a bit, it is invaluable because I can pull it out and provide some guidance to my student or colleague interested in the subject.

The beauty of these "Genealogy at a Glance" booklets is that they are very light and portable in a briefcase or laptop case. They are fixtures in my research case.

This four-page laminated booklet costs $9.95,  plus postage and handling. You can order it through the Genealogical Store, or use the link for the Polish Genealogy Research booklet and click on the "Add to Cart" link.  I recommend buying these at seminars and conferences where they are offered in order to avoid the shipping costs.


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Disclosure: Genealogical.com contacted me recently and asked me to provide a review of this booklet. They mailed me a review copy for my personal use as remuneration for this review.

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Tombstone Tuesday -- Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800) Buried in Sterling, Connecticut

I have collected a number of gravestone photographs from my own camera and from Find A Grave memorials over many years, and thought I would share them one at a time for Tombstone Tuesday.

Here is the gravestone of my 6th great-grandfather, Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800) in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, Connecticut:


I cannot read the inscription from the photograph; the Find A Grave memorial has:


In memory of 
Sylvester Kinyon Esq.
who died May 
3, 1800
in his 89th year

The source citation for this gravestone is:

Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 June 2020), memorial page for Sylvester Kenyon (7 Apr 1710–9 May 1800), Find a Grave Memorial no. 39314115, citing Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, Windham County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Marilyn Kenyon, Psy.D. (contributor 47005688) .

Thank you to Marilyn Kenyon for creating this Find A Grave memorial and to Robin for taking the photograph.

Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800) and Anna Barber (1717-1800) 
are my 6th great-grandparents.   Sylvester was the son of John and Elizabeth (Remington) Kenyon, and Anna was the daughter of Moses and Susanna (West) Barber. They married in 1740 in North Kingstown, R.I., and had 6 children, including John Kenyon (1742-1831), my 5th great-grandfather, who married Ann Kenyon (1740-1824) in 1764.

A biographical sketch for Sylvester Kenyon is in 
 
52 Ancestors - Week 255: #380 Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800) of Rhode Island and Connecticut.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Monday Genea-Pourri - Week Ending 29 June 2020

Here are the highlights of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Presented "Randy's Top 10 Genealogy Search Tips" at the Chula Vista Genealogical Society General Meeting on Wednesday, 24 June, via Zoom with 16 attendees.  

2)  Participated in Mondays With Myrt today via Zoom.  We discussed John's Dutch pauper records, NIGS certificates, the Genetic Affairs DNA third-party tool, the Yonkers NY records from Reclaim the Records, my Richman and Rich tax records for Hilperton, Tony's source citation question, and software source templates.  

3)  Watched Family Tree Webinar Utilizing the HathiTrust Digital Library for Family History Research by Colleen Robledo Greene.

4)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of 7th great-grandfather #546 Zechariah Barber  (1656-1705) for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday.  

5)  Transcribed the 1717 Bond and Order of Settlement of Estate of Zechariah Barber (1656-1705)  of Medfield, Mass.  for Amanuensis Monday.  

6)  Downloaded the DNA Match Chromosome Browser file from FamilyTreeDNA.  Ran a Genetic Affairs AutoTree and AutoCluster analysis on my FamilyTreeDNA matches.  Analyzed the AncestryDNA results from Genetic Affairs.

7)  Added Notes to 20 more AncestryDNA matches with cM values, relationships and known common ancestors.  Added three more ThruLines to my RootsMagic tree.  Ancestry added 141 new DNA Matches this week.  Reviewed new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe.  

8) There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 36,389 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 165).

9)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 58,101 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 111), and 123,251 source citations (up 392).   I TreeShared with my Ancestry Member Tree two times this week updating 283 profiles, and I resolved 986 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 132,009 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily.    

10)  Wrote 20 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was  Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1683 Marriage Record of Zacharie Barber and Abiell Ellice in Medfield, Massachusetts  with over 301 views.  

11)  We are still fine here at the Genea-cave, hunkered down and not going out much.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Thursday, and it wasn't too busy.  I took Linda to get her hair cut on Sunday.  We did not go to church, even though it was open.  Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing genealogy, eating and sleeping, plus reading ebooks on my laptop while watching TV.

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Candidates For the Parents of 3rd Great-Grandfather John Rich (ca 1789-1868)

One of my 3rd great-grandfathers is John Rich (about 1789 - 1868) of Hilperton, Wiltshire.  He married Rebecca Hill (1790-1863) on 14 February 1815 in Hilperton.  They had 11 children, including my 2nd great-grandmother Hannah Rich (1824-1911) who married James Richman (1821-1912) on 7 September 1845 in Hilperton.

There are several "candidates" for parents of my John Rich (ca 1789-1868) in the Wiltshire baptism records, including:

*  John Braine Rich, baptized 11 November 1785 in Wootten Bassett, son of John and Margaret (--?--) Rich.

*  John Rich, baptized 18 September 1787 in Downton, son of John and Elizabeth (--?--) Rich.

*  John Rich, baptized 6 July 1788 in Christian Malford, son of John and Ann (--?--) Rich.

*  John Rich, baptized 27 September 1789 in Hilperton, son of John and Mary (--?--) Rich.

*  John Rich, baptized 14 November 1790 in Trowbridge, son of William and Betty (Noad) Rich.

*  John Rich, baptized 3 March 1793 in Trowbridge, son of Robert and Betty (Sly) Rich.

*  John Rich, baptized 21 June 1794 in Christian Malford, son of John and Ann (--?--) Rich.

*  John Rich, baptized 28 Jun 1795 in Trowbridge, son of John and Betty (--?--) Rich.

Census records for my John Rich indicate he was born between 1789 and 1794:

*  he was age 47 in the 1841 census,
*  age 58 in the 1851 census,
*  age 70 in the 1861 census,
*  age 79 in his burial record in June 1868.

Of course, he was born zero to many months before his baptism.

Several of the John Rich baptisms on the list above - the two for Christian Malford, the one for Wootten Bassett, and the one for Downton are for persons who married other women and resided in or near their baptismal towns.

That leaves the John Rich baptized in Hilperton and the two John Rich sons baptized in Trowbridge from the list.  Or some other John Rich who is not in a Wiltshire baptismal record or is baptized outside of Wiltshire.

There is a marriage record for William Rich and Betty Noad, and for Robert Rich and Betty Sly, but not for John Rich and Mary --?-- of Hilperton.

By narrowing down the list of potential parents, I can concentrate on the parents from Hilperton and Trowbridge, assuming that one of them is the correct parents for my John Rich (ca 1789-1868).

Eenie, meenie miney moe?  Or is there a better way to sort this out with the information I have.  A search for death records of each John, and a check of probate records for the fathers comes to mind.

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Amanuensis Monday -- 1717 Bond and Order of Settlement of Estate of Zechariah Barber (1656-1705)

This week's document for transcription is the 1717 bond and order of settlement of the Zechariah Barber (1656-1705) estate of Medfield, Massachusetts, in Probate Packet 3,180 in the Suffolk County, Massachusetts probate court records:

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The transcription of these papers is:

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Know all men by these presents, That we
Zechariah Barber, Nathaniel Partridge and
Samuell Ellice all of Medfield in the County
of Suffolk Husbandmen, within his Majestys
Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New
England are held and Stand firmly bound &
obliged unto the Hon'ble Samuel Sewall Esq'r
Judge of the Probate of Wills &c in the County
aforesaid in the Sum of Three hundred
pounds to be paid unto the said Samuel
Sewall his Successors in the said office or
assigns. To the true payment whereof we
Joyntly and Severally bind our Selves our
Several and Respective Heirs Executors and
Administrators for the whole and in the
whole firmly by these presents Sealed with
our Seals Dated the Sixteenth day of
December Anno Domini 1717 Annoque R???
Georgii Magnae Britannia &c Quarto.

The Condition of this present Obligation is such That
Whereas the Real Estate of Zechariah Barber late of
Medfield in the County of Suffolk Husbandman deced
Intestate (not Admitting of a Division) being apprized
at the Sum of One hundred fifty two pounds and
Ten Shillings by Mess'rs Samuel Barber John Fisher
and Ebenezer Mason upon Oath is assigned unto
the above bounden Zechariah Barber eldest Son of
the said Zechariah Barber deced he the said Zechariah
Barber paying thereout to his Brothers & Sisters
the respective Sum following Viz't to Joseph Barber,
Abial, John, Ruth, Elizabeth and Mary Barber
Nineteen pounds one Shillings and three pence a
piece on or before the 16 day of December which
will be in the year of our Lord one thousand
Seven hundred & Eighteen with Intrest for the same
in the Interim at the rate of five pr Cent pr Anni (being
their Single Shares or Parts of and in the Real Estate
of their said Father's Zechariah Barber deceased

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Now if therefore the said Zechariah Barber his Heirs
Executors or Administrators shall and do well and
truly pay or cause to be paid unto the aforesaid
Persons or those that legally represent them the
respective Sum afore mentioned a peice with Intrest
that shall Grow due for the same by virtue of the said
order or assignment in manner as before expressed
without fraud Coven or further delay then this present
obligation to be void, and of none Effect or else to abide &
remain in full force and virtue.

Signed Sealed & Delivered       Zechariah barbur
In presence of us
Reliance Mayhew                Nathaniell Partridge
John Boydell Esq'r               Samuell Ellice.

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Packet #3,180 (20 images), Zechariah Barber of Medfield, administration filed 1709; "Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1636-1893," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (https://www.AmericanAncestors.org : accessed 26 June 2020); from records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, digitized images provided by FamilySearch.org.

This probate packet contains 20 separate papers: the papers with actions on them include a 1709 bond and letters of administration; a 1709 Inventory of personal and real property; a 1709 administrator's Account; a 1717 Order to apprize the Real Estate; a 1717 Real Estate Inventory; a list of the Heirs and a calculation of their shares; a 1717 Administrator's Account; the 1717 Bond and order of the Court as transcribed above.

Zechariah Barber died 11 August 1705 in Medfield, leaving a wife Abiel (Ellis) Barber (1662-1716) and seven living children aged 2 to 19. Administration was filed on the estate of Zechariah Barber on 28 May 1709 in Suffolk County Probate Court by his eldest son, Zechary Barbur, now age 23. A bond of £300 was posted by Zechary Barbur, Theophilus Clark and Samuel Smith, the son Zechary Barber was appointed Administrator of the estate of his father. An inventory of the real and personal estate was taken on 8 July 1709 by John Harding, Samuell Barbur and Jonathan Boyden. The inventory totaled £190 6s 6d. The real estate included:

* home lot with a meadow and buildings (£42)
* 4 acres of meadow in broad meadow (£20)
* 2 acres of meadow by noon hill (£10)
* 10 acres of meadow and swamp by Boggastow brook (£18)
* 10 acres of upland by pine swamp near pine valley (£16)
* 2 acres of upland in bridge street plain (£6)
* 6 acres of upland old mill land (£6)
* 11 acres of land in black swamp (£2-15s)
* 5 acres of land in Ren???sion (£2-15s)
* small parcel of land between the bridge and John Bowers meadow (£0-10s)

The inventory was accepted on 23 August 1709 by the Court. Zechariah Barbur filed an account on 19 May 1710, requesting approval of charges and fees of £6-5s-6d, leaving £184-1s-0d. Nothing more was done until after Abiel (Ellis) Barber, the widow of Zechariah Barber, died on 14 August 1716. By Massachusetts law, her one third portion of the estate was put back into the estate of her husband.

An Inventory of the real estate was taken on 5 November 1717 by Samuell Barber, John Fisher, and Ebenezer Mason. The real estate was apprised for £152-10s-0d. A bond of £300 pounds was filed by Zechariah Barber, Nathaniel Partridge and Samuel Ellice, on condition that the real estate be distributed by Administrator Zechariah Barber to his siblings (Joseph, Abiel, John, Ruth, Elizabeth and Mary). A committee stated that the land holdings were not capable of a division among the children.

On 17 December 1717, the Probate Court ordered Zechariah Barber, the administrator and eldest son, to have the whole estate and pay his siblings, or their guardians, £19-1s each plus 5% interest per annum, within one year. There were 8 shares, since the son Zechariah was the eldest child, he received two shares. Zechariah received the whole estate of their parents and had to pay each sibling their share.

Zechariah and Abiel (Ellis) Barber are my 7th great-grandparents, through their daughter Ruth Barber (1696-1761) who married Henry Smith (1680-1743) as his third wife in 1730.

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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, June 28, 2020

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 21 to 27 June 2020

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:


My DNA Breakthrough and Looking For a Needle in a Haystack by Paul Chiddicks on Chiddicks Family Tree.

The Genealogy Research Process: 5 Steps to Maximize Your Research by Robert on Legacy Tree Genealogists.  

A Genealogy of Churches by Christopher Child on Vita Brevis.


10 Lessons From One Month of Daily Genealogy Writing by Steven J. Hanley on The Psychogenealogist.


Using Diaries, Journals & Ledgers to Complement Your Family History Research by Linda Stufflebean on Empty Branches on the Family Tree.

Petticoat Pioneer by Lucy H. Anglin on Genealogy Ensemble.

* Our Puritan Ancestors Fashion War Against Long Hair by Melissa Berry on GenealogyBank Blog.

But the Research Has Already Been Done! by Ken MacKinlay on Family Tree Knots.

The Archive Lady:  Preserving Your Family's Military Memorabilia by Melissa Barker on Abundant Genealogy.

*  7 Free Genealogy Websites That You Might Be Overlooking by Amy Johnson Crow on Amy Johnson Crow.

How To Add Context to DNA Matches by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree.

Genealogy Tip: Spelling Variations For Your Ancestor's Name by Gena Philibert-Ortega on GenealogyBank Blog.

MyHeritage AutoClusters: Update by Dana Leeds on Dana Leeds.

*  FRIDAY FINDS ~ Quaker Church Records - 1701 - My maternal 8th great grandmother, Elizabeth Potter & her daughter Sarah Frampton by Diane Gould Hall on Michigan Family Trails.

The Genetic Detective, GEDmatch, and Me by Kitty Cooper on Kitty Cooper's Blog.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

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

 Friday Fossicking, 26th June 2020 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time.

This Week's Creme de la Creme -- June 27, 2020  by Gail Dever on Genealogy a la Carte,

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and  read their articles, and add the 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 currently am 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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