Saturday, April 20, 2024

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What Was Your Best Genealogy Research Achievement This Past Month?

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night Again - 

Time For Some More Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  What was your best genealogy research achievement this past month?  Tell us about it - what you achieved, and how does it affect your 2024 goals?

2) Tell us about your recent achievement  in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.  Please leave a link on this post if you write your own post.

Here's mine:

I check for new AncestryDNA "Common Ancestors" matches almost every day (by clicking on DNA > Matches > Unviewed > Common Ancestors).  If I find a new match with a purported common ancestor, I look at the Match's descendancy line from our common ancestor, review the source citations and relationship information, and judge whether each person in the line is correct.

For every "Common Ancestor" match I write a Note on the match to indicate our relationship, whether I've added the Match's line into my RootsMagic tree, the matching cMs and number of segments, the Match's tree size, the Shared Matches (if any), and a comment on who the Common Ancestors are.  If the Match's descendancy line is complete, and I judge it to be "accurate," I add it to my RootsMagic tree with a Note similar to the one on the DNA Match on AncestryDNA, along with sources for relationships and events..

I do similar work with MyHeritageDNA, 23andMe, and FamilyTreeDNA, but there are not as many trees, and therefore not as many known common ancestors from those DNA sites. 

Last month, I found the name of my 4th great-grandmother Mary Partridge (1792-1855), the wife of Cornelius Feather (1777-1853), along with her parents, using the FamilySearch Full-Text Search.  I tested whether I had AncestryDNA matches if she was really the mother of my 3rd great-grandmother Sarah Feather (1804-1848).  I added Mary Partridge, and her parents Thomas Partridge (1758-1831) and Hannah Wakeman (1764-1814) to my Ancestry Member Tree.  

The next day, I checked my AncestryDNA ThruLines and found that I had 15 ThruLines from the Partridge/Wakeman family, with cM values of 8 to 17 cMs, from all of the known married children of Thomas and Hannah.  I evaluated all of them, and judged that these relationships are accurate, and concluded that Thomas and Hannah (Wakeman) Partridge are my 5th great-grandparents (see Do I Have Any 5th Great-grandparents Partridge/Wakeman DNA Matches?).  On top of that, I have several high-value cM Matches (one is 49 cM in 3 segments) from Hannah Wakeman's parents, my 6th great-grandparents.  I have added five of the Partridge lines (the ones with 14 to 17 cMs) to my RootsMagic tree.  

This has added a whole branch to my very sparse Sarah (Feather) Carringer family tree sprig, and I am still working on gathering and evaluating relationship and event information for the "new" ancestral families.  

I didn't have this on my 2024 goal list, but I try not to pass up an opportunity to expand my family tree.  It's been fun!  


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Janice M. Sellers said...

My best research this past month had nothing to do with my own family.

ByAPearl said...

Like you I have been working on DNA matches.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's mine with more to come in the future:

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine after my trials with my computer.