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I can­not re­mem­ber ever re­ceiv­ing an is­sue of Who Do You Think You Are? Mag­a­zine and not find­ing at least one ar­ti­cle that has been ap­pro­pri­ate to my re­search. The Sum­mer is­sue is ex­cel­lent – even though I have been re­search­ing for over 20 years, you al­ways man­age to show just how much more we can learn.

The ar­ti­cle on Fam­i­lySearch (which I started us­ing in the 1990s as the In­ter­na­tional Ge­nealog­i­cal In­dex) by Sharon Hintze has high­lighted some use­ful ar­eas to use, and brought me up to date on the site. Ni­cola Mor­ris’s ar­ti­cle ‘Find your Ir­ish fam­ily’ has given me fur­ther food for thought. Nick Peers’s ar­ti­cle about scan­ning doc­u­ments us­ing your mo­bile phone is ex­cel­lent and a wor­thy app to have for us re­searchers, and fi­nally the ar­ti­cle ‘Paint your chro­mo­somes’ by Deb­bie Ken­nett has an­swered some­thing I was not happy about with my Ances­try DNA kit.

I was fully ex­pect­ing to re­ceive re­sults sim­i­lar to the three other com­pa­nies men­tioned, ie a bar chart or a graph of some kind. Also I get very an­noyed with the num­ber of emails from peo­ple who be­lieve we are re­lated be­cause of the per­cent­age of eth­nic­ity. I have to check them out be­cause some may be gen­uine, but sorry to say that af­ter ex­haus­tive check­ing I have not been able to prove where the con­nec­tion might have been for quite a num­ber of them. How­ever, I am a lit­tle un­sure what Deb­bie is say­ing about up­load­ing the re­sults to ged­match. com. What do we get, and what can we ex­pect to see?

Ad­di­tion­ally the ar­ti­cle on women’s suf­frage in the July is­sue was in­ter­est­ing, as I never found my grand­mother on the 1911 cen­sus although all the rest of the fam­ily were shown (we know that a lot of the ladies re­fused to con­form). She never men­tioned to me any­thing about the suf­frage move­ment, so I am not sure if she was a sup­porter and de­lib­er­ately avoided be­ing counted.

How­ever, I re­ceived an email from an ar­chiv­ist at the Hutt Ar­chives in New Zealand, ask­ing if a lady they are aware of who signed the 1892/1893 suf­frage pe­ti­tions there was re­lated to me. It turned out that she was. They are pre­par­ing to cel­e­brate the 125th an­niver­sary of their suf­frage. Bob Shaw, Old­bury, West Mid­lands

Ed­i­tor replies: Thank you for your praise Bob – it might go to our heads! We hope to run more ar­ti­cles on DNA as we have had a few queries about it. Hope­fully we will be able to an­swer your ques­tions about ged­match.com in a fu­ture is­sue.

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