Fun with GEDMatch Chromosome Mapping

Fun with GEDMatch Chromosome Mapping

Have you uploaded your raw DNA files to GEDMatch.com?  If not, you should consider it.  Not only is there the possibility of connecting with new cousins who tested with different DNA companies, there are some nifty tools not available anywhere else.  There are a variety of chromosome mapping tools that allow you to analyze your DNA in a variety of ways. My Ancestry is Split Just a brief note about my ancestry before we get started so you’ll have something…

Read More Read More

Should I Get Rid of My Genealogy Binders?

Should I Get Rid of My Genealogy Binders?

Binders and folders are necessary for genealogy, aren’t they? You have to print your family group sheets and save them somewhere…don’t you? What if I told you I was seriously considering reducing my genealogy binders so that they only hold copies of documents? What if I took it one step further and got rid of them all? I know, crazy talk. Do I Need All These Binders? I started with folders. I still have a whole filing cabinet of them….

Read More Read More

Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner Scans Negatives, Too!

Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner Scans Negatives, Too!

Film negatives, I have a ton of them.  Three shoe boxes and several assorted envelopes scattered around.  Many of them are photographs that were lost long ago.  I’ve been wanting to know their secrets, but I never had a scanner that could scan color negatives.  Now I can scan them with the Epson Perfection V550 Photo Scanner. This is my review. What Comes in the Box? 6400 x 9600 resolution flatbed scanner Two Holders for slides and negatives Reflective Document…

Read More Read More

Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

Closing the Book on Jeanette (Jones) Walther

My quest to find descendants of John Joseph Jones and Mary Jane Haywards so as to work out some of my DNA connections has hit another wall.  Jeanette (Jones) Walther was their last child I needed to research. It appears she died childless. The Three Children of John Charles Jones and Margaret Coffin John Charles Jones, a native of Australia,and son of John and Mary Jane, married Margaret Coffin, a native of New York,  in San Francisco, California sometime around…

Read More Read More

I Didn’t Plan to Research the Whole Village of Maia

I Didn’t Plan to Research the Whole Village of Maia

I didn’t plan on researching the whole village. No, really. I didn’t. I started out following the trail of my great grandmother, Maria (de Braga) Pacheco Smith, in Maia  like a good genealogist.  Maia is a village on Sao Miguel Island in the Azores.   I found more ancestors and added more lines.  I found the siblings and added them.  I found their children and noted them, too. Then, I met a woman who might be related to Maria. We…

Read More Read More