Gene Notes

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

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

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas

From all of us, we wish you the happiest of holidays.

Copyright 2010-2017, ACK for Gene Notes

Thursday, December 21, 2017

What? Eight Years? Happy Blogiversary to Gene Notes!

I can't believe I've been blogging for 8 years already! I know 2017 has been sporadic, but it's been a very busy year for me.

I am hoping that in 2018 I'll pick up the pace a bit.

Copyright 2010-2017, ACK for Gene Notes

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Genealogy Bank Update

I have a love hate relationship with the new interface of Genealogy Bank. A case in point is the image below.

I was supposed to be able to choose whether I wanted to save as a .PDF or .JPG. It didn't give me the option as it flew by quickly when I tried to clip it.

My other problems stem from the wrong information. This was my grandmother. She did die while the family was on vacation. He was not surveying a location for the municipal waterworks. He was not employed by Fuller-Maitland at this time, that was earlier in his career. At this point, he worked for the City of Detroit and was construction superintendent of the Waterworks Park intake tunnel. He worked for the city from about 1927-28 until he was forced to retire somewhere around 1960. Mrs. Percival is never mentioned by her given name. It was Mary.  The clipping is from the Kansas City (MO) Star on August 14, 1938, p 4 c 1.

Copyright 2010-2017, ACK for Gene Notes

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Life Has Been Interestingly Busy

I think I need to clean my office. I have been trying to locate some stuff for copying, I know I got it out, bought a thumb drive to store the copies on and send off and would like to get that done. I just can't find it.

Yesterday, DH asked if I was planning on sending out Christmas cards. I had hoped to get a nice photo of the critters in their Holiday Bows, together if possible, but the dog is photo resistant. Oh, and it would be nice to get a holiday letter together to send with the cards. Argghh! Oh and there is cleaning to do, some furniture to move around before a tree can be erected and decorated. And hopefully the indoor fence we bought to put around the tree will keep the dog away from it. It would be a bonus if it kept the cat away too!

So, now I will return to the hunt for thumb drive. Hope you researchers out there are having more fun than I am.

Copyright 2010-2017, ACK for Gene Notes