Last week, a circuit breaker
flipped. I was working intensely on two
projects when my circuits apparently overloaded. The projects have been sitting untouched
on my desk for several days now. I’m
running in neutral - idling.
What happened? I haven’t a clue; but it seems useless to
fight it. In the meantime, I’ve been catching up on my reading and surfing the net.
My project trying to connect
Sip families in Poland is temporarily on hold.
That’s OK. The information will
still be there when I get back to it – or maybe more information will have
surfaced by then.
I am hopeful that using
Genome Mate Pro will become clearer to me as discussion continues on the
Until my research gene gets
turned on again, I’ll probably do some writing and reopen the video projects
waiting in the queue. Yep, the video
projects sound good. And I’ll find
topics to keep this blog alive.
Mate is a desktop tool used to organize in one place the data collected while
researching DNA comparisons. Besides data storage it has many features to aid
in identifying common ancestors.
·Multiple Profiles for multiple kits
·Import of 23andMe, FTDNA and GedMatch
·Chromosome Mapping of Common Ancestor
·In Common With (ICW) Groups
·Import of Gedcom data for each Profile
·Surname Matching and Searching
·Display of Overlapping Segments
·X-List of X Chromosome Donors
It sounds like the perfect tool.
The software has been
upgraded since that post, so while the description is good, the screenshots are
no longer accurate.
This software is FREE. It was developed by Becky Mason
Walker as she worked to coordinate and analyze information on her own DNA
matches from 23andMe, FTDNA, and GEDmatch.
This software is also very
complex – because it is very comprehensive.
But there are Youtube videos to help you get going; and there is a 16 part
tutorial on Facebook co-authored by Leah La Perle Larkin and Blaine T. Bettinger. There is also a User Manual. See links below.
I’ve been at this for four
days now, and have gotten to part 12 of the tutorial. So far I’ve watched 3 of the videos. I think that the videos will make more sense
after completing the tutorial. I expect
to need to review some of this material more than once.
I am looking forward to
actually trying to use this app – once I’ve had a first pass through the training
process. I’ll post a progress report.
my own peasant ancestors are fairly recent immigrants, they’re not likely to
appear in books except for city directories.
But I did search for one of my husband’s ancestors and one of my chlldren’s
husband’s 7X GGfather came to The Colonies in 1702. It was a time when Britain
was shipping convicts to the West Indies and The Colonies. Library research had told me That Francis
Foxworthy was shipped to the colony of Virginia having been pardoned of his
conviction for murder. A juicy detail like that demands more research but I set
it aside at the time because I didn’t know where to look.
Google Books for Francis Foxworthy and here it is. Now I know where to get more information.
struggled making the correct Rose family connections before 1812. Search Google Books for Solomon Rose and find
what may be the perfect resource: The Rose Family Bulletin
found the Rose Family Association site which has a list of family reports
available for purchase. I’ve ordered Solomon Rose(w Mary/Polly) Oneida Co., NY; Rock Co., WI
you haven’t used Google Books as a genealogy resource, you may be missing out
on some good information.
I plagiarized borrowed
this title from a post on Olive TreeGenealogy by Lorine McGinnis Schulze because her post describes my feelings as
well. Owning objects that were a part of a person’s life does seem to me like
owning a piece of that life. I have very
few such objects – all extremely precious to me.
I have my Dad’s rosary. My parents were devout Catholics who prayed
the rosary daily. It’s not just
something that belonged to him; it is something that was important to him that
he used every day.
A small diamond that my Dad
gave to my Mom represents their love and devotion to one another. It is more
precious to me than its monetary value.
I have my Aunt Martha’s First
Communion prayer book - in Polish. It was not merely a token of that occasion, but
something she used often enough that the spine is repaired with adhesive tape. She
was a delightful woman full of spunk and spirit.
There are a few more items in my treasure chest - all equally cherished.
Photographs are great, but I
love having something tangible to reinforce the memories and reality of their
It’s time to step back from this family for a
couple of days to let my thoughts and ideas organize themselves in the
background. I’ve collected data and made
spreadsheets that so far result in building a number of family “shrubs” that
may or may not get grafted to my family tree.
Data is incomplete. The same
first names are used repeatedly, as was common in the 18th and 19th
centuries. Example: two male births on the same day given the same name and
registered at the same office. At this point, I’m not certain whether their
fathers were brothers or cousins. There
are a few obvious transcription errors, and probably some subtle ones I haven’t
found yet. Spreadsheets evolved as my
ideas evolved and I’m beginning to confuse myself. I know. I should have taken
the time up front to make a plan. But I didn’t do that.
These various Sip families all
lived in the same region. I believe that they are all connected but the problem
is in finding the connecting thread.
For the next few days, I’ll
be getting back to DNA. I haven’t been
on GedMatch or FTDNA for quite a while. There are new things to learn and, I
hope, new matches for follow up.
With any luck, I’ll be able
to get back to the Sip shrubs refreshed and with new ideas.