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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Checking In


Long time, no write.  Thank you to readers and followers who have stuck with me during an online absence that has lasted longer than I thought - my last post was in 2012!

I’m still doing genealogy (just not as much) and still following other blogs.

My research:  Still plugging away on the last family in my “all descendants” research for all of my known great-great grandparents.  Still entering information, one person at a time, in my family trees on Ancestry.  This approach has turned up some interesting information that I hope to write about eventually.  Doing a little bit of transcribing of documents from my 2010 Greenville research trip and hope to write about that as well. Still trying to tabulate and analyze my DNA results from FamilyTree DNA, 23andMe, and Ancestry DNA (see whine #1, below).  

I attended the Fairfax Genealogical Society’s Spring Conference and had a great time.  Continued my “winning streak”:  this time a free book from Arphax Publishers.  Judy Russell, and Dear Myrtle and daughter Carrie were some of the speakers - wonderful presentations!

We are starting to plan a fall vacation in Greenville, South Carolina.  I will do some more research in Greenville and also plan to go over to Anderson County for research.  Not that I have absorbed all of the research I did last time, but I just needed an excuse to get back to the Greenville area.  I also plan to attend the NGS conference in Richmond in 2014.

Some disappointments:

1.  “Tweaking” done by the various DNA companies that results in ... results dropping out, as in, “Oh, this person matched me on the Smith line, but now the Company (Ancestry/FamilyTreeDNA/23andMe) has rejiggered the results and they have disappeared from my list of matches.”  Perhaps the intention really is to fine-tune the matches, but it is pretty difficult to map, calculate, and do statistical studies/spreadsheet comparisons, etc. when the results keep changing.

2.  The disappearance of Google Reader.   I’m sure that plenty of whining has been done on this subject, so I won’t add anything.  Thanks to all who forged ahead, found alternatives and wrote about them.  I have already migrated to Feedly.

I have noticed that I am not alone in my “involuntary” exile, and hope that my fellow bloggers who have also been smacked up side the head by the demands of real life will also be able to return to the blogosphere.

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    1. Thank you - it feels good to be back!

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  2. Happy to see you posting again . . . and especially about your adventures in DNA-land, which I'm about to embark upon myself. Looking forward to your posts whenever you have the time!

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    1. Thank you, Marian - you will find the DNA journey interesting, possibly helpful, and often frustrating. But I think it's worth doing for anyone seriously engaged in genealogy.

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  3. Just know, Greta, that we miss you something awful! Horrible grammar, but the caring is there, eh??

    How bout we all try to slap reality back a year or so?? Would give you an extra hour or so a day if I could figure out a way to do that. You could have first dibs!

    Glad to hear from you. Have fun in Greenville.

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    1. Thank you so much for your unwavering support, Carol. Yeah, I need a time turner. Don't we all!

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  4. So glad to see you waving the flag - especially since it isn't one of surrender! It gives me hope.

    Very curious about how you are organizing and analyzing the DNA information you are collecting. I don't feel like I have a good system in place. We can talk about it in Richmond next year.

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    1. Hi, Susan, glad to hear from you. I use different systems for each of the 3 companies, with Ancestry being where my most systematic efforts are focused (since they don't have chromosome mapping, I'm stuck trying to use volume of results for particular lines as significant indicators). Trying to chromosome map in the other 2, but it's as though the sand shifts under my feet. Look forward to seeing you in Richmond!

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  5. Glad to see you back, Greta. Like Susan, I'd like to know more about your DNA "tweaking" experience.

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    1. Hi Jacqi! In recent experience, it has been the companies doing the "tweaking" and me doing the "squeaking" (or more like squawking). I'm trying to chromosome map, but since I don't have close relatives taking the test, it has been difficult. Guess I need to round up more cousins to take the test. I'll try to post more on this subject.

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  6. Hi, Greta! So glad to see that you are back. And you are exactly right....analyzing DNA results takes some time. Just got my parents' results in, and I am very excited about reviewing the matches. Will watch for more posts from you!

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