A happy reader
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.