Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year, New Things

Many years ago when I started this blog, I didn't know how much genealogy research would have changed, which software we would discard or adopt, and more importantly which platforms and hardware we would go through.

I'm pretty sure I was using Windows Vista when I started blogging. I then progressed through Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and then the last straw for me was Windows 10. I never in a million years thought that I would switch to a Mac.

When I started, I used GOD (Genealogy on Display) an old basic program. I was very happy to switch to Brother's Keeper, a DOS program. It worked well and made the transition to Windows (my first version of Windows was 3.1.) I used that for several years, toyed with PAF - Personal Ancestral File, then found Family Origins. I quickly found the program that would stay with me through its evolution into RootsMagic.  I did a two to three year stint with Legacy Family Tree, which I like, but I kept trying to use RM keystrokes with Legacy. I finally switched back to RootsMagic a couple years ago.

This past year, I spent making sure my database integrity was good. Then I made a huge jump from Windows to Mac OS. That was a huge distraction from working on my family history. Also a huge distraction, even though it is family history oriented was getting the results from 23andMe that led to a huge breakthrough on DH's side. Totally unexpected results.

As the new year starts, hubby and I have some plans in the works that we hope will get us back out  traveling the US. One of the things that we planned to do on retirement was travel. It was easier the first few years, but with our health issues, it's gotten a little more difficult. So keep your fingers crossed that we find a solution.

All the above aside, I'm really hoping to focus more on genealogy and maybe not get so distracted by other things.

And of course, I hope you all have a great new year!

Copyright 2010-2017, ACK for Gene Notes

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The State of the Family History

2017 is on it's way out and I can't say that I am sorry to see it go. With each new year I look forward to the changes the world offers.

I did have a break-through in my research in 2017. As you all know or have read in my blog, my husband's DNA results really threw us into a whirl when we got the original results from Ancestry in the late summer of 2015. This past summer, I submitted new specimens to 23andMe and that led me to a second cousin that was from a branch of his family we knew nothing about. Of course hubby's late parents aren't around to help with this, so it took some sleuthing to prove it.  His closest new relative does not want to believe the results, but it can't be explained any other way.

My own research is still brick-walled at the second and third great grandparents level. The second great level is on mom's side and the third great on dad's side. Every day, I hope for DNA break-throughs on those lines. The new year will have me pursuing the DNA leads I get more relentlessly.

I hope you were more successful than I was and here is hoping 2018 is better!

Copyright 2010-2017, ACK for Gene Notes