DNA matching my genealogy

The Big Tree fan chart with DNA matches marked
In my last post, I wrote about the estimates that Ancestry.com made regarding my ethnicity based on my DNA results. That wasn’t why I took the test though. I wanted to see which family lines I matched. By that, I mean I wanted to find other people who have enough matching genetic markers to indicate…

First foray into genetic genealogy

Ancestry Ethnicity Estimate Map
With the new job, I decided to splurge on a genetic test from Ancestry.com, hoping to see if it matched me up with anyone. As a bonus, they guess what your ethnic ancestry is from the results. I don’t actually trust those ethic results much, but they still didn’t surprise me to any great degree:…

401(k) expense ratios

1.24% < 0.08%
It’s been years since I got to participate in a 401(k) retirement plan. Last time was when I worked at Expedia. I put the amount in that would maximize the employer contribution and didn’t pay much more attention. The first thing I looked at this time was which investment options were index funds. There’s one…

Blanshard township property tax assessment rolls

Location of Patrick Parker's farm in Blanshard on satellite
One of the questions I have about Patrick Parker and Mary Murphy is when they emigrated from Canada to the United States. Their family appears in the Canadian census in Blanshard township, Perth county, Canada West on 11 Jan 1852. The next recorded place I have for them is in Glen Haven township, Grant county,…

Merging Ancestry.com trees

Attachments with place-holders
When I first started using Ancestry.com, I made the mistake of creating one tree for my father’s side of the family, one for my mother’s US family, one for her Swedish family, and one for my step-father’s family. Trust me when I tell you this is a dumb idea. The principle holds for other lineage…

Buried Cherry Cookies

Cookies with maraschino cherries
I successfully made cookies for the first time last week. Every other attempt failed miserably, to the point where I’d given up. Cookies are supposed to be easy, but apparently not for me. I’d been invited to an event where cookies were expected, so I gave it a go. I found this recipe in an…

The Age of Mary Parker

Mary Parker Ryan
After a couple of years of little progress mostly due to focusing on other parts of my family tree, I’ve been making huge progress with the Parkers. You’ve probably noticed the multiple posts about them recently. A few weeks ago, I noticed there was a Find-A-Grave memorial for a Leonard Parker at the church cemetery…

Share Icon and Creative Commons

Share Icon (Alex King/CC By)
Alex King is the creator of the Share Icon. I can’t say whether he still owns the copyright or not, but the the thing about Creative Commons licenses is that they are irrevocable. ShareThis Inc., or whatever their legal name is, cannot revoke the license. So long as I give credit to Alex King (which…

Anton Weiss in Cassville

Denniston and Amelia, Cassville in 2013
There was another item in the map I found yesterday that is of interest to me. On one of the other sheets is a city map of Cassville, where my great great grandfather Anton Weiss operated a hardware store for close to 50 years. Just as I was able to find Patrick Parker in Glen…