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Ancestor Troll June 4, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy,War of the Roses — Janet @ 6:42 pm

I’ve completed my search through the ancestors I found on ancestry.com.  And I added a lot of ancestors I never knew I had – do I hear Henry Gates speaking?  Now to go back and sort/sieve the accumulated information.

The first snippet to share with my readers is that I thought I found that one of my ancestors had been beheaded on Tower Green at the Tower of London.  On further examination I found I was following a false trail.  The particular person that lost his head in that way did not belong to me.  A comforting thought.

p.s. Correction- my ancestor was the one who was beheaded.  In fact he was the first to be beheaded in the Tower of London by Richard of Gloucester.  He was 52 years old, father of 7 children.   He served on the Yorkist side in the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross in the War of the Roses.

 

Genealogy Compulsions May 30, 2018

my ancestor count – it’s over 14,000 now and I keep finding more – they are coming out of the woodwork

annotated list of immigrant ancestors – I am adding both names and annotations to this list also     I currently have identified over 300 English Immigrant

following up on clues – some surprising, some misleading, some leading to further treasures,

background reading – immersing myself in American and English history

p.s. not genealogy but knitting is another compulsive activity – here is my latest in my series of hats     IMG_1928   maybe I could try to find out how many of my ancestors were knitters

 

 

Genealogy Research Expanded May 3, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy,Immigrants — Janet @ 10:06 pm

I’ve been working hard at finding more ancestors to add to my family tree and also to identify those who immigrated to North America.

The ancestor count is now nearing 11,000.

And I have a list of over 100 possible immigrants I didn’t identify the first time around.

This work has been rather tedious but I have felt compulsive about it.

Now filling in the missing details will be more interesting.

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Work continues.

 

 

 

Searching For Ancestors April 23, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Family Tree,Genealogy — Janet @ 5:54 pm

Ancestry.com has introduced a new feature whereby they find all your ancestors.  All I have to do is click a few highlighted boxes and presto, each generation unfolds.  So instead of tediously jotting down names and dates and fathers and mothers etc., I can now hit keys on my keyboard in the right sequence and a new ancestor appears.  This is a beta version of a new program.  I’m not sure I like it or that it’s good for me.  It certainly saves paper and notebooks but it is so impersonal and mechanical.  By handwriting names and dates etc. I felt I was getting to know each ancestor a little bit, and I had to do a bit of thinking and digging to connect the dots.

My ancestor count has soared as a result of this new program.  I was close to 8000 ancestors on my tree – now in just a few days of using the new program the count has soared to close to 9000.  And I have to follow up on new names that have appeared in my sublist of immigrant ancestors.  And the additional coats of arms – well I’m overwhelmed.

On the plus side, this feature – beta search for a glowing green symbol and tap the key – should in theory give me more time to search for the information I’m really interested in.  The names and dates of birth and death are just the start.  I want to know where when and how they lived, etc.

 

Another Book To Use In My Genealogy Research January 18, 2018

IMG_5078  Wow – what a compendium.  I can now check what I’ve found so far working mostly with Ancestry.com

 

New Total Ancestor Count December 27, 2017

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Genealogy — Janet @ 11:39 pm

The total ancestor count has reached another milestone – 7200.  Trying to fill in the gaps on my family tree, I keep finding more information.  Either I missed these people initially or more information is coming to light.  Whichever, I am happy to keep working on my genealogy research.  I am particularly pleased when I find more early immigrants to North America.  That list keeps growing.

 

Ancestor Count Keeps Climbing November 28, 2017

Over Thanksgiving weekend the number of ancestors I have identified passed the 7000 mark.  Read the Plantagenets book – finished at last – I found that some of the players mentioned are also to be found in my genealogy.  e.g. George Latimer Neville

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