Gene Notes

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

Monday, November 23, 2015

Face Value

I love Find-a-Grave. I find it so useful and love it when someone has taken the time and effort to record a tombstone and take a picture. I do it, too. It's just been a long time since I've done any.

At any rate, a Zimmeth relative got me going on something last week, regarding a possible adoption, so I dug into my files looking to see if I had a record of it. I didn't, but did find an 1870 Michigan birth record for one Elisabeth Kibler. I knew the family moved back to Buffalo, New York a few years later, and I decided I needed to find a marriage record if possible.

Well, I was lucky enough to find an abstract of the marriage for Elisabetha Kibler, daughter of Michaelis Kibler and Monicae Klaus to William A. Gebhard, son of Nicolai Gebhard and Carolinae Utni. Don't you just love Latin! They were married October 16, 1888 at St. Mary of Sorrow Parish in Buffalo.

Next stop, Find-A-Grave. I did find an entry for Elizabeth Gebhard. Her years are right. Williams? Not so much. His birth year is off by 20 years. He was born in 1866, not 1886. He would have been 22 at his marriage not 2!

While I found a death/burial record for Elizabeth, I did not find one for William. Unfortunate, since I think it would clear up this error.

Thanks to Donna Ruhland Bonning for permission to use this photo on my blog.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Love That DNA

More correspondence on my side with a Zimmeth relative. Between us, we were able to figure out which child was which in a photo. One of our mutual relatives had no children of her own, but she and her husband apparently were very willing to take in relatives' children.

Now if I could just get to load ....

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Monday, November 16, 2015

At Long Last - a Verifiable Connection

I got a message on this afternoon that someone said they were related to my DH. Sure enough DH and this other person share a Nicpon-Krzanowski connection. Her great grandmother and DH's great grandmother were sisters.

And yes, I questioned the relative whether or not they had any European Jewish DNA. The answer was no. So, basically, I hope I can find someone that I can verify as a relative and who also has the European Jewish DNA.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Where Did It Come From?

This is to show you where our daughters got their genes. Since both sets of their grandparents have passed, we will never know exactly how much of their West Europe DNA came from their maternal grandfather, since his Bowman line was German. The green x represents me and the blue y represents my DH. The black ?  Who knows!

For an in-depth look at AncestryDNA, click on Ancestry DNA 101 for a video. I found it highly informative.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Older Daughter's DNA

 This morning I was the glad recipient of another AncestryDNA update. Finally, our older daughter's results were in.

In addition to the estimate above is 10% Great Britain, 6% Ireland and 3% West Asia (Caucasus) and some trace Scandinavian, Italy/Greece/, and Iberian Peninsula.

Incidentally, none of our results took 6-8 weeks. I'm glad because I am not patient.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

More on Ancestry DNA

This morning I woke up to the pleasant surprise of AncestryDNA telling me that they had results. Not on older daughter's test, which has been processing since October 17th, but younger daughter's whose test has been processing since October 23rd.

It does bear out DH's European Jewish ancestry as she has 25% of that. Oddly, she got less than 1% of my British ancestry, but ended up with 6% Irish. The DNA results also had her father and I as her parents. Reassuring, because I was doubting DH's results.

I can hardly wait for older daughter's results.

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