admin Sun, 03/27/2011 - 00:48
Some time ago I had my DNA tested for use in my genealogy research, and I have even blogged about it in the past (Here, Here, Here and Here). I used familytreedna.com for my testing and they offer 4 levels of Y Chromosome testing, 12, 25, 37, and 67 marker testing. The more markers, the more detailed the "picture" you can get. At the time in 2008 when I had my testing done, there were not that many Toler / Toller / Towler's that had completed the DNA testing. Three years later, in March of 2011 there are still not that Toler / Towler / Toller's that have taken the test. When you first signup with familytreedna.com they ask if you would like to share your results with others, including those you may not know. If you elect to share, every time that someone takes the test and has results that are a close match to you, you are notified by familytreedna.com. I have taken the full Y-67 DNA panel test and recently I just got notified about some more matches.
admin Thu, 03/03/2011 - 01:00
Some of you may know that I am an active member of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR). To be a member you must be able to prove direct descent from an individual that either fought for or in some other manner supported the American cause in the Revolutionary War. I became an approved member on April 12, 2008. The patriot that I used to join with is Joseph Towler.
admin Sun, 02/27/2011 - 22:00
One of the shows that I like to watch if I get the chance is the American version of “Who do you think you are”. It’s a show that traces the family history of the subject of the episode. The American Version of the show to date has focused on celebrities, and the subject of this week’s episode was the actress Kim Cattrall (Samantha from Sex and the City).
admin Tue, 02/22/2011 - 13:05
I have been doing genealogy for around 6 years now, and one of the most important tools in my research has been the internet. One important aspect of the internet is the ability to get to sites like ancestry.com or Footnote.com at any time of the day, as long as I have an internet connection. Another aspect of the internet as a tool for genealogy is the ability to share and get the word out.
admin Wed, 02/09/2011 - 22:00
admin Mon, 01/31/2011 - 23:23
This year I will not be renewing my Ancestry.com membership. Partly because of the Expense, but mostly because I am not using it enough to justify the cost of roughly 160.00 (or a little more than 13.00 a month). I currently have a backlog of items to get done on my own Familytree site, and I have a toddler in the house, so extra time for using Ancestry.com is not likely.
admin Tue, 01/18/2011 - 10:13
It Happens over and over again, you catch the genealogy bug and you are itching to get started. In the rush to get started, you add people to your tree, but you forget to add source information. Ideally every single person in your tree will have at least one source record, indicating where you got the information on the person. Dates of birth, dates of death, marriage, Census information all should have source information attached.
admin Tue, 04/28/2009 - 12:01
The other day I found another feature of Google Maps. You can Use Google Maps to find Latitude and Longitude (Lat / Long) of a point, and its pretty easy. This is a great feature that can be used to add Lat / Long information to your gedcom file. The software that I use (PGV) has a Google Maps module built into it, so this feature is not as important to me, but other may find it interesting.
admin Fri, 04/03/2009 - 02:55
Recently more DNA Genealogy results have come in, and this has caused me to re-examine my lineage. Thanks to the work that I and a few cousins have done, I have been able to trace my linage back 9 generations. Each of these generations has a document or more that helps substantiate the link (again thanks to some cousins for their work).
In a recent book by Ray Toler, Mr. Toler proposes another 5 genearations to my proven 9. I did a review of Mr. Toler's book, and you can read it here. If we use Mr. Toler’s book as a guide, my line would look like this:
admin Sat, 02/14/2009 - 14:55
Its Valentine's Day weekend (is there such a thing??). I Figured that I would do a little bit on my ancestor named Valentine Cox (or sometimes seen as Coxe). Valentine Cox is my 6x Great Grandfather. Valentine is the son of Henry Cox, and husband to Nancy Ann Dawson, and father to Judith Cox. My connection to Valentine is as follows: