Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 18 December 2018


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

1)  News Articles:


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Regina King and Matthew Morrison Episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? on TLC

*  Down Under edition of Webinar Wednesday announced

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

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Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 9 to 15 December 2018

*  Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 9 to 15 December 2018

*  Latest update from Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives

3)  Genealogy Education Opportunities:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 19 October 2018, 11 a.m. PST:  That Splendid Little War: Researching Your Spanish American War Ancestors, by Michael L. Strauss
  
*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar - Wednesday, 19 December, 6 p.m. PST:   Dr. Jan Joyce: Solving One Name & Many Locations with a Location & Timeline Tool

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family, by Nancy A. Peters

*  Research Like a Pro Podcast:  RLP 23: United States Probate Records Part 1

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #28… End Of The Line? Try This Trick And See If It Doesn’t Shine A Light On The Problem

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast: #27… Fumbling To Find Your Females? Have You Considered This?

*  Extreme Genes Podcast/Radio Show:  Episode 264 – Determined Researcher Changes 300-Year-Old Family History / Dealing With Aliases And Name Changes

*  Ancestry YouTube:  Ancestry Helps Jonty Find His "Dead" Great-Grandfather | My Family Secrets Revealed | Ancestry

*  Ancestry YouTube:  Edward VII's Coronation Robes Are Made by Dawn's Ancestors? | My Family Secrets Revealed | Ancestry

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Understanding Half Relationships = Genetic Genealogy Explained

*  FamilySearch YouTube:  Road to RootsTech, Episode 6: Keynote Speakers and Entertainment 2019

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, December 18,  2018


*  RootsTech 2019 Holiday Special – Save $100!

5)  DNA Success Stories

*  Suddenly siblings: Ancestry.com search reveals family ties

 'Miracle' is 33 years in making

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 14 December 2018?

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Twelve Days of a Genealogy Christmas - Randy's Version

A genealogy oriented version of the "Twelve Days of Christmas" was available on the Internet on  Kimberly Powell's site for many years, but it is, apparently, no longer available.


Several years ago, I decided I would do my own based on genealogy, my own needs and my own research:

On the 12th day of Christmas,


My true love gave to me --

*  Twelve Revolutionary War pension files with the Family Bible pages included (12)

*  Eleven autosomal DNA matches with common ancestors (22)

*  Ten Social Security Application and Claims records (30)

*  Nine Facebook postings from distant cousins (36)

*  Eight probate files (40)

*  Seven census pages (42)

*  Six land deeds (42)

*  Five newspaper obituaries (40)

*  Four marriage records (36)

*  Three family Bibles (30)

*  Two draft registration images (22)

*  A new name in my family tree. (12)

I've put the total number in parenthesis of each item - if you sing the song all the way through, going one number at a time.

My true love is a busy girl, isn't she?

But, but, but ... that would take all the fun out of the ancestor search, wouldn't it?



Note:  Lorine McGinnis Schulze has posted her Twelve Days in   http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/12/12-days-of-christmas-genealogy-version.html.


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Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1880 Declaration of Intention for Elling Erikson Natvik in Dane County, Wisconsin

This week's Tuesday Treasure is the 1880 Declaration of Intention for the naturalization of Elling Erikson Natvik in Dane County, Wisconsin:



The transcription of this record is (handwritten entries in italics):

"STATE OF WISCONSIN    }  
Circuit Court, Dane County  }S.C.T.

"                                        I, Elling Erikson Natvik
an alien, being a free white person, do hereby declare on oath, that it is, bona fide, my intention to become a
citizen of the United States of America, and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign
Prince, Potentate, State or sovereignty whatever, and particularly to King Ocar II King 
of Norway and Sweden.
whereof I am now a subject.                                            his
                                                                    Elling Erikson X Natvik
                                                                                           mark

SUBSCRIBED and sworn to before me, at the Clerk's office, in the City
of Madison, this 30th day of September
A.D. 1880.  
                                                           U.Z. Mul???en, Clerk

The source citation for this Declaration of Intention is:

"Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records, 1807-1992," digital image, FamilySearch (https://FamilySearch.org), Dane County > Declarations of Intention, 1880, image 144 of 226, Elling Erikson Natvik entry.

Elling Erikson Natvig is my wife's 2nd great-grandfather who was born on 12 October 1820 in Eskestrand, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, married Anna Ellingsdtr on 19 November 1845 in Sogndal, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, and died 15 March 1896 in Cottage Grove, Dane county, Wisconsin.  He and his family (four children) immigrated in 1862 to Dane County, and settled in Cottage Grove.  Their youngest child, Anna Ellingsdtr Natvig (1852-1911) married Torger Sjursen Leland (1850-1933) in 1876, who were my wife's great-grandparents.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Monday Genea-Pourri - 17 December 2018

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

1)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society (CVGS) Annual Holiday Luncheon with potluck food, installation of the new Board of Directors, a gift exchange (we got two candles...yecch, we will re-gift them next year if we can find them!), and a forgettable slide show that went on too long.  


2)  The old and trusty HP 6350 printer failed (stopped printing black ink), and after trying to clean the printhead numerous times, I finally bought a new HP 6958 printer for my Christmas present.  I installed it on Thursday and finished up the Christmas letter project quickly.  It does two-sided so that's a benefit.  Ink is even more expensive.

3)  Transcribed another deed for Amanuensis Monday - 1828 Bond of Stow and Levi Hildreth with Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass. I need to download more of these deeds from the 1835 to 1859 time frame.

4)  Watched That's New to Me: Unfamiliar Websites for Your Genealogy by Gena Philibert-Ortega, Citations for Beginners by Shellee Morehead, and  101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart by Janet Hovorka, all on 
FamilyTreeWebinars, plus several YouTube videos.  

5)  Participated in today's Mondays with Myrt webinar.  The panel discussed Genea-Santa's navigation system, Myrt's new cat (Bella), the RootsMagic problem with Ancestry signin, MyHeritage DNA features, Old New York and Old Providence maps and postcards, Findmypast Christmas photos, WikiTree, the We're Related mobile app, and Family History Ron's recent video.


6) There were several sessions working in RootsMagic to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other database families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 28,142 of my persons with FSFT.  I continue to use Web Hints from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 51,712 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 98,996 source citations.   I TreeShared two times during the last week (about 200 profiles), and resolved about 640 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 87,423 waiting to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

7)  Have 313 Shared Ancestors on my AncestryDNA list (I had 312 last week), 1050 4th cousins or closer (I had 1050 last week), and 940 pages (over 47,000 matches with at least 6 cM) (was 935 pages last week) of  matches.  I have 23 DNA Circles (was 23 last week).  I have 17 matches that are third cousins or closer (was 17 last week), and 105 matches with 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 105 last week).  My highest match has 779 cM (11.5%), and is one of my known first cousins.

8)  Have 5,261 DNA Matches on MyHeritage (up from 5,190 last week) with at least 8 cM (0.12%), with 38 matches with more than 34 cM (0.5%) or more (was 36 last week).  I have three close relatives, including a first cousin once removed, and two first cousins twice removed.  The highest DNA match is 512 cM (7.1%).

9)  Have 1,016 DNA Relatives on 23andMe (I had 1016 last week) who share at least 0.10% (7 cM) with me.  The two closest relatives are third cousins.  Of these, only 4 share 1.0% or more (was 3 last week), and 54 share 0.50% or more (was 53 last week), with the highest match being 1.54%. My highest match is an adoptee.  I struggle to find out anything about most of these testers.

10)  Have 2,879 autosomal DNA Matches on FamilyTreeDNA (up from 2,875 last week) who share 0.25% (18 cM) or more, with the highest match being 96 cM (1.42%).  I have 12 who share at least 1.0% (68 cM) with me, and 1,548 who share at least 0.50% (34 cM) or more (was 1,547 last  week) with me.

11) Wrote 19 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were press releases.  The most popular post last week was 
Dear Randy - Why Do You Write the 52 Ancestors Friday Posts? with over 235 views.  


12)  Finished work on the Christmas letter, Christmas cards, Christmas tree setup, and online Christmas shopping.  We still need to wrap presents and decorate the tree.  Lori and the boys come on Thursday, and Tami and her crew will come on Saturday for the day.


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Amanuensis Monday - 1828 Bond of Stow and Levi Hildreth with Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1828 bond document of Stow Hildreth and Levi Hildreth with  Zachariah Hildreth of Townsend in the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Land Records: 

[Volume 326, pages 556-557]

The transcription of this deed is:

[Volume 326, page 557, starts at top of right-hand page]


[in right-hand margin]

S. Hildreth &al to Z. Hildreth


[body of text]

Know all men by these presents that we Stow Hildreth and
Levi Hildreth both of Townsend in the County of Middle-
sex and Commonwealth ^of Massachusetts^ yeoman are holden and stand
firmly bound and obliged unto Zachariah Hildreth of
said Townsend Gentleman in the full and just sum of
two thousand dollars to be paid unto the said Zachariah Hil-
dreth his heirs executors administrators or assigns to the
which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves
our heirs executors and administrators firmly by these
presents Witness our hands and seals dated the twefth
day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and twenty eight.  The conditions of this Obligation
is such That the above named Stow and Levi their heirs
executors administrators or assigns Shall well and truly
fulfill the conditions of an agreement with the said
Zachariah Hildreth which is as follows that is to say,
that the said Stow and Levi their heirs and assigns provide 
the said Zachariah and Abigail his wife for their sole use 
the east room as a chamber over it and one half of the cellar
a privilege in the west room when needed and a privilege
in the back room subject to the well as to use water as they
need and a privilege to the oven as they need all which places
they have a right to occuppy at all times unmolested the

???? said privileges are in and about the buildings which
the said Zachariah has this day conveyed to the said
Stow and Levi and the said Stow and Levi are to provide a
sufficient quantity of good meat and drink of all kinds
for the benefit of the said Zachariah and Abigail at all times
to their satisfaction and to provide good and suitable cloath-
ing at all times and seasons of the year and in case that
either or both of them the said Zachariah and Abigail
are sick the said Stow and Levi are to provide good doctoring
and nursing for each or either of them during their natural
life or lives and at their death to give them a decent burial.
Now therefore if the said Stow and Levi shall furnish and
provided for the Zachariah and Abigail as above written
then this bond shall be void otherwise shall remain in full
force and virtue.                                 Stow Hildreth  {seal]
Signed sealed and Delivered }           Levi Hildreth  {seal}
in presence of us                    }
Aaron Keyes                         }
Sarah Jepson                        }

Middlesex Ss November 13, 1833. Received and Recorded by
                                                             W^m ? Stone  Reg^r.

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 December 2018), Middlesex County, "Deeds, 1833, Vol. 326," Volume 326, pages 557 (image 292 of 305), Bond of Stow Hildreth and Levi Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth, executed 12 February 1828, recorded 13 November 1833.

This bond document was written, received and recorded on the same day as the deed transcribed in   
Amanuensis Monday - 1828 Deed of Stow and Levi Hildreth to Zachariah Hildreth in Townsend, Mass.  The two documents are on consecutive pages in the Middlesex County land records.

The subject of this bond is the board and care of Zachariah Hildreth Sr., "Gentleman," and his wife Abigail (Hart) Hildreth.  The grantors, Stow Hildreth and Levi Hildreth, are two sons of Zachariah and Abigail (Hart) Hildreth.  Apparently, Zachariah Hildreth Sr. had given or sold this land to Stow and Levi Hildreth in an earlier deed.  In this bond, the deed that Zachariah Hildreth had bought the land back from Stow and Levi Hildreth is mentioned, and the bond and deed will be void as long as the board and care is provided.  The implication is that if Stow and Levi do not perform the agreed board and care, the land would end up in the estate of Zachariah and Abigail.  Zachariah essentially bought the care of he and his wife for $2,000 with the land as collateral.  No time limit is provided in the deed or bond other than their "natural lives."  Zachariah died on 16 March 1829 and Abigail died on 24 November 1846.  

"Stow" Hildreth is certainly Jonathan Stowe Hildreth (1803-1863) who was born in Townsend to Zachariah and Abigail (Hart) Hildreth.  Levi Hildreth (1808-1885) was the youngest son of Zachariah and Abigail (Hart) Hildreth.  

Zachariah Hildreth Sr. (1754-1829) is my fourth great-grandfather, who married (1) Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793) in 1777, and (2) Abigail Hart (1769-1846) in 1794.  I am descended through son  Zachariah Hildreth Jr. (1783-1857) who married Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857).

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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, December 16, 2018

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 10 to 16 December 2018

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:


Challenging Modern Records by Christopher C. Child on the Vita Brevis blog.

 Literacy and Our Ancestors by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

Doing the DNA Happy Dance by George G. Morgan on The In-Depth Genealogist blog.

The Rules of Guardianship by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.

Making the Case:  Proof Argument for Parentage of Lavina (Spencer) Bursley by Lauren Rogers on the GeneJourneys blog.

*  The Archive Lady: DNA and Paper Records, Finding the Rest of the Story by Melissa Barker on the Abundant Genealogy blog.

*  The Pros and Cons of the Main DNA Testing Companies—2018 version by Leah Larkin on The DNA Geek blog.

* Context is Key: Know the Law! by Sue McNelly on the Kindred Past blog.

A Beginner's Guide to Evaluating a Death Record by Devon Noel Lee on the Family History Fanatics blog.

How Much Can You Learn From Your Relative's Obituary? By DiAnn Iamarino on the Fortify Your Family Tree blog.

*  Speaking Negatively : The Difference Between Negative Results and Negative Evidence by Diana Elder on the Family Locket blog.

News from i4GG by Ellen Thompson-Jennings on the Hound on the Hunt 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 Fossicking -- 14th Dec. 2018 by Crissouli on the That Moment in Time blog.


This Week's Creme de la Creme -- December 15, 2018  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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Added and Updated Ancestry.com Record Collections - Week of 9 to 15 December 2018

The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections list on Ancestry.com during the period from 9 to 15 December 2018 


The record collections added or updated since last week include:

Poland, Modliborzyce Ghetto Register Books, 1939-1944 (USHMM), indexed database without record images, Updated 12/12/2018

As you can see, only one  collection was updated this week.  This is the third week in a row that nothing was listed as ADDED..  
The last ADDED collection was on 6 November.  The last UPDATED Collection was on 12 December.

The complete Ancestry.com Card Catalog is at    http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx. 
 

By my count, there were 0 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,673 collections available as of 15 December, an increase of  0 from last week.   

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Disclosure:  I have had a fully paid Ancestry.com subscription since 2000.  Ancestry.com has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.


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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 9 to 15 December 2018

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at   FamilySearch   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list) every week.

As of 15 December 2018, there were 2,411 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The added or updated collections are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added   ---

North Carolina, Historical Records Survey, Cemetery Inscription Card Index      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/3015313); 178,288 indexed records with 178,288 record images, ADDED 12 Dec 2018

Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2787829); 72,568 indexed records with 72,568 record images, ADDED 10 Dec 2018

Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt, Civil Registration, 1874-1982      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2212665); 79,160 indexed records with 79,160 record images, ADDED 12 Dec 2018

--- Collections Updated ---

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1430936); 5,055,522 indexed records with 3,505,112 record images (was 4,449,987 records with 3,505,112 images), Updated 11 Dec 2018

West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1417434); 2,224,230 indexed records with 2,408,098 record images (was 2,224,130 records with 2,407,998 images), Updated 11 Dec 2018

Ohio, Licking County, Hartford Township Records, 1881-1962      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2068324); 927 indexed records with 989 record images (was 0 records with 989 images), Updated 11 Dec 2018

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2333694); 34,168,489 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,168,489 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 13 Dec 2018

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2017    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1726975); 3,216,751 indexed records with 12,555,984 record images (was 3,018,040 records with 12,555,984 images), Updated 13 Dec 2018

Russia, Samara Church Books 1748-1934   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1807365); 1,951,604 indexed records with 1,909,956 record images (was 1,951,604 records with 1,909,956 images), Updated 14 Dec 2018

Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1601210); 1,675,795 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 1,675,795 records with 2,591,542 images), Updated 14 Dec 2018

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2549721); Index only (40,882 records), no images (was 38,149 records with 0 images), Updated 11 Dec 2018

Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Steinburg, Civil Registration, 1874-1983     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2454663); 203,978 indexed records with 192,128 record images (was 191,613 records with 192,128 images), Updated 12 Dec 2018

Ireland Census, 1911    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2854327); 4,385,217 indexed records with 4,385,217 record images (was 4,385,217 records with 4,385,217 images), Updated 10 Dec 2018

South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2727134); 253,566 indexed records with 253,519 record images (was 241,500 records with 241,453 images), Updated 14 Dec 2018

--- Collections with records removed ---

Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1812-1965     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1674674); Index only (10,633 records), no images (was 10,634 records with 0 images),  21 Nov 2013

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In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Make a Surname Christmas Tree

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.  

Back in 2013, Leslie Ann had a post on her Ancestors Live Here blog last year titled Wordless Wednesday -- Surname Christmas Tree which I thought was a great idea for an SNGF challenge on a Surname Saturday.  We did it in 2014 last - see here!  Are you game?

1)  Read Leslie Ann's post, and figure out how you could make something similar to hers, or to mine below, or even something different.  

2)  Make your Surname Christmas Tree using your ancestral surnames - there's no limit on the number of surnames - and decorate your tree as you wish.  

3)  Show us your Surname Christmas Tree and tell us how you made it in a blog post of your own, in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment here so we can all see your creation.

Here's mine:


Here's how I did it:

*  I used my word processor to add the surnames in an approximate tree shape.
*  I colored the surnames green for the tree and brown for the trunk.
*  I went to Google Images and looked for tree ornaments to decorate my tree, saved them, and inserted them into the word processing page.  
*  I saved the word processing page as a PDF file.
*  I opened the PDF file, reduced the magnification, and used the Windows Snipping Tool to create a JPG image.
*  I added the JPG image as above.

It did take me over an hour to create...I have over 10 generations of ancestral surnames on the tree above.  I hope I didn't spell any names wrong!

I showed you mine, now please show me yours!  


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