11 August 2015 @ 05:25 pm
Family Tree  
So one of the things I've been doing to keep myself distracted is genealogy. I've been working on my family tree on and off for 15 odd years, not really getting anywhere, and not paying for an Ancestry.com membership, just using the free version. For my birthday last year, I think it was, Nin got me the DNA test thru Ancestry, and after I got the results, I figured it was time to pony up for a paid subscription. I pay for a few months, stop for a few, start up again. When I pretty much stopped writing, spending the time on Ancestry.com filled the void. I wish I'd done the paid version so much sooner! Finally, I was getting somewhere. I come to discover I'm related to all the royalty :D on my paternal grandmother's side. Wrong side of War of the Roses, and mostly the female line, but I was surprised as heck. Now I know why my great grandmother was, reportedly, such a snob. It was kind of cool discovering Eleanor of Aquitaine was my umpteenth times great grandmother. On the down side, evil King John is my umpteenth great grandfather. The amusing discovery was Rollo aka the first Duke of Normandy, from Vikings, is also a great grandfather. So when we were in SoCal, and we were in Hot Topic, and saw the Rollo bobblehead, I had to have it.

So through all this, my mum keeps asking, what about my side of the family? Unfortunately, her parents died when she was a child, and she was adopted. So her side of the family was a bitch to even get back a few generations. However, Ancestry has been adding a lot of new records from Scotland, so when I wet back to her line this month, I was able to push much farther back, and tada! Robert the Bruce! Now mum is happy :D And I'll never watch Braveheart the same way again. And I've found the same Scots princess on both my father and mother's side. I haven't even figured out how to chart that on Ancestry. Apparently there's a way to merge occurrences, but I'm afraid I'll blow up my tree. I probably need to buy the actual tree creator software they have. I think it would be easier to keep track of.

So that's some of how I've been spending my time. I told Nin it's like playing a video game--you never know what's around the corner. I'm also trying to match my tree with the people Ancestry says are DNA match cousins, but haven't had a whole lot of luck. I've been in contact with a few of the people I'm cousins with, and we're going to try and see if we can meet in the middle somewhere.

Look, a real post!
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justhuman: different[personal profile] justhuman on August 12th, 2015 12:36 am (UTC)
Okay, you're encouraging me. I just started paying for Ancestry about a month ago. I'm working on the Italian family and have made it back about to my great-great grandmother, sort of. I can't figure out how they made it into the US, I'm not entirely sure how to spell anyone's names and certainly the census takers had no clue - zero clue, neg-a-tive clues. But when I talk to other family members, the older ones start coming out with all sorts of stories. Oh! that's when so-so must have...

So good and addicting. I'm apparently a fan of my family :-)
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ithildin[personal profile] ithildin on August 15th, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
When I was looking for help on another subject, I came across what the * are for that I kept seeing on names. You can use that when you're looking for people who have alternate spellings to their names, either first or last.

I really wish I'd done the paid years ago, though there's certainly a lot more records available than there were when I started.
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juniperphoenix[personal profile] juniperphoenix on August 12th, 2015 01:17 pm (UTC)
Wow, you've found some really cool stuff. I was very into genealogy as a teenager and hope to pick it up again in the next year or so once I get some other stuff off my plate. I did a free trial of Ancestry a couple years ago and it was amazing how much I was able to find there in just a short time.
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ithildin: My Fic Icons - Isabelle[personal profile] ithildin on August 15th, 2015 07:33 pm (UTC)
It seems between every few months gap that I take a break from it, there's a ton more records added and I'm able to get back farther on lines I'd given up on previously. My great great grandparents came from Iowa to California in the 1860s, and from a census, I knew the g grandmother was from Ireland, but I could never find a record of her anywhere. Then, when I paid up again this time around, lo and behold, I found a new record, a census from Iowa with the parents and siblings! I'm hoping something similar happens with her husband, I have found a ships passenger log, so I know when he came from England, and I know where he was from, but have found no records at all in England for him.
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dejla[personal profile] dejla on August 12th, 2015 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds like fun! My baby brother was working on ours, but since we're not speaking, I don't know how far back he got besides the American Revolution.
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ithildin: Holiday - Frost Candle[personal profile] ithildin on August 15th, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
It definitely has distracted me during the last year and a bit.
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