Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Family History Federation Newsletter

I had a quick read through this and thought it needed a wider audience, especially at the moment. I think there's something for everyone here!

Family History Federation Newsletter - May 2020

Search other ancestors not just your direct ancestors.

If you now have more time, why don’t you try researching brothers and sisters of your ancestors as this may be the key to unlocking the research challenge you may have.  If your other ancestors have been transcribed wrongly on a census, you may find them through locating another family member.  Although this book was published some time ago, it can give you some pointers of where to go next.

Family History Nuts and Bolts - Problem Solving through Family History Reconstruction techniques is available to purchase from ** www.familyhistorybooksonline.co.uk (http://www.familyhistorybooksonline.co.uk)

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DNA
If you have already had a test done, this could help you when you explore your DNA matches. Find all your matches by using GedMatch so that all tests, irrespective of the testing company you used, can be accessed. It is free. ** www.gedmatch.com (http://www.gedmatch.com)
It really does open up many other doors.

GEDMATCH is a very useful tool for finding matches where you have tested with one company and want to see your matches with others testing with other companies.

GEDmatch.com is a free DNA comparison and analysis website for people who have already tested their autosomal DNA for genealogical purposes at one or more of the following:

AncestryDNA
23andMe
Family Tree DNA
MyHeritage DNA
Living DNA

Once you have submitted your results, it will take approximately forty-eight hours before you will be able to find matches with the total GEDmatch database using the one-to-many comparison result.

If you have uploaded your DNA kit, you can almost immediately investigate your heritage. Heritage is found using admixture tools. There are various programs for looking at your heritage, each specializing in different aspects. I suggest you click on Admixture Oracle with population search and enter the nationality you think best describes you.
You will find this under DNA Raw Data on the GEDmatch home page. When you get to the page with a pie chart, make sure you look at Oracle. That is where your more specific heritage is found. Try repeating your heritage search with other a mixture calculators to get the best understanding of your heritage.

Once your kit has been processed you can use the one-to-many comparisons to see your matches. Matches will be listed in descending order from the closest to the most distant.  Some interpretation needs to be applied at this point. How close is shown in the "Gen" (generation) column.
* One is you or your parent.
* Two is a first cousin; a grandparent is the common ancestor.
* Three is a second cousin, a great-grandparent is in common, and so on.

Names & e-mail addresses have been replaced for privacy reasons. You will see both full name and current e-mail address.

Most matches are likely to be third to fifth cousins.
This is only an estimate as DNA is passed down randomly so should not be considered exact. It is impossible to know how much DNA we get from an ancestor particularly the more distant ones.

Different testing companies measure different aspects, so the Overlap column shows that the more areas of DNA tested in common, the greater the possibility of accurate results. If the overlap data is highlighted in red, there may not be enough data to give accurate matches.

Finding your matches using the one-to-many comparison and heritage are the two most popular GEDmatch tools.

Once a DNA data file has been uploaded to GEDmatch, the test’s kit number, status indicator and name will appear in the Your DNA Resources section on the left side of your GEDmatch dashboard beneath the Legend.

GEDmatch kit numbers consist of two random letters followed by seven digits.

The first letter of migrated kit numbers can be indicative of the test’s origins:
* AncestryDNA kit numbers start with ‘A‘
* 23andMe kit numbers start with ‘M‘
* Family Tree DNA kit numbers start with ‘T‘
* MyHeritageDNA kit numbers start with ‘H‘
* WeGene kit numbers start with ‘W‘
* GenetiConcept kit numbers start with ‘E‘
* Genes for Good kit numbers start with ‘G‘

While your uploaded kit is being processed, the status indicator next to your DNA kit under Your DNA Resources will show a symbol, during which time you can use only a limited selection of tools. A green tick next to a kit number indicates it has completed processing and is ready to use.

You will need to consult your testing company results to find out how to upload your DNA results to GEDmatch.

GEDmatch also has a series of how to information pages. So
upload your test results and have fun connecting with your relatives. It is really worthwhile and provides access to much more than just one test company’s matches.


Transcribe or Index

Many organisations, including your own family history society, are involved in various projects and you can help with these. Check with your local family history society first. If you cannot find a project of interest locally, then register for FamilySearch indexing and help index all those records that are available on the FamilySearch website which we all use from time to time. It is a worthwhile project that helps the family history community as a whole.

Who do you think you are magazine has a selection of weekly projects you can get involved in every week on a Tuesday as part of their Transcription Tuesday initiative so check out their website for the next project.

** http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/ (http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/)


Family Search

Millions of family historians across the world have used the records and indexes that are available free of charge at FamilySearch.

If you have time available, why not volunteer to help index even more records? A range of different projects are currently in progress, so you can choose one that fits your interests and language skills.

There is more about what is involved, including a guided tour, at this link:
** https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/ (https://www.familysearch.org/indexing/)

Gressenhall Museum are looking for Family History Volunteers

More Than Oliver Twist Family History Volunteers

Volunteers needed! We would love to hear from you if you would be interested in researching the lives of people who lived here in the workhouse at Gressenhall; this is part of the More Than Oliver Twist project! This role requires candidates to have access to family history research databases from home and the relevant skills to carry out this research. Please get in touch via:
** gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk (mailto:gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk)
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quoting MTOT Family History Volunteer.

Workhouse Archive Volunteers

Volunteers needed! We would like to hear from you if you are interested in history and learning more about the union workhouse system. Volunteers are required to help catalogue workhouse archives. This role requires online access, an ability to read curly old writing and to use image and word processing packages. To find out more please contact:
** gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk (mailto:gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk)
quoting Workhouse Archive Volunteer.

Gressenhall Museum are currently experiencing high levels of demand for these volunteering opportunities. In order to support all of our volunteers effectively and fairly, we may need to limit the total number of volunteers we can work with.
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This means you can safely order one of each bundle and be sure to receive thirty different books. So altogether you could receive at least £150 value for only £30.

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Family History Society
Here are just a few ideas that will help you keep your family history fresh in the unprecedented times we are currently experiencing. The key to this is the proactive support that you can receive from your family history society. If you are not a society member, then now is the time to consider joining and perhaps offering your services.

The Gloucestershire Family History Society is based at the Gloucestershire Heritage Hub, facilities we share with Gloucestershire Archives. The Hub was formerly opened in April 2019 by Princess Anne. Little did we know that, a year after the formal opening, we would have to close our doors indefinitely to the public.

The Family History Centre is staffed by a team of volunteers, and the society is run by a committee which meets monthly. The behind-the-scenes work continues to keep the committee busy, with membership renewals being processed, our website and Facebook presence being updated regularly, and our online help facility continuing to deal with enquiries.

The volunteers who staff the centre work different days and hours, and some time ago, one of our volunteers came up with the idea of a newsletter, Generate, which is circulated regularly to volunteers and is posted on the notice board at the Hub. Its purpose is to help keep us all informed of events and important information, and is an invaluable means of connecting with each other.

With the Hub currently closed, Generate continues to be produced, but now with a focus on input from the volunteers. These could be short contributions about their research, interesting discoveries or other family history matters; perhaps a bit about themselves, or why they got involved in volunteering for the society. With the Family History Centre currently closed, this will hopefully help keep our family of volunteers connected during these difficult times.

Meanwhile for the general public, we have made available a miscellaneous CD, - free of charge  - which contains the electoral roll for Gloucestershire 1832, info on Gloucester prisoners, the Poor Law and a return of owners of the land. Plenty to delve into on the Internet whilst we spend our time indoors.

** https://gfhs.org.uk (https://gfhs.org.uk)

New Book by Penny Walters
Historically, family history research and compiling pedigrees was needed for landed gentry, but is now a popular hobby. Why the sudden interest? This book will look at psychological explanations as to why we are interested in our family tree and our ancestors’ pasts. It looks at the psychology of contextualising ourselves, tribal territoriality, kinship, experiencing genealogical voids from separation, the notion of homelands, romanticised heritages, cultural déjà vu, race memory, becoming obsessed with searching, and putting all the pieces together in our jigsaw. Why do we avidly research distant ancestors with whom we share so little DNA, and feel less connection with second cousins? We will discuss the role of gender and culture in devising a tree, and how we develop an apparently seamless narrative based on fragmented information we have gleaned from various sources. Do you like your name? What are the naming patterns in your community? Has social media made us lonely? How do we feel
about death and dying? What do you want on your gravestone? Are we searching for who they were, or who we are?

Author

Dr Penny Walters is a University lecturer in Psychology and Business Studies. Penny was adopted at birth, and has been researching her two family trees for over thirty years. DNA testing revealed ninety-four per cent Irish heritage, which supports her paper trail. Penny lectures internationally and regularly writes articles about genealogy topics, including ethical dilemmas in genealogy; the psychology of searching; adoption; diaspora; ethnicity and identity; mixing DNA results with a paper trail; the 1939 Register; and the future of genealogy. Penny has written the books, 'Ethical Dilemmas in Genealogy' (2019) and ‘The Psychology of Searching’ (2020), both available in paperback or kindle, on Amazon.
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