Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday's Tip - genetic generational sharing

Importantly for my DNA and Genetic research into my family..( it's a rainy day so no outside work) is the fact that each of us unless we are twins receive 50% of our genome from our parents but NOT the same 50%..

 Here is my sister Carol Bodofsky and me genetically from a start up but scientifically valid place..DNAland..frequesnted by all the experts

This is why I am testing sister at AncestryDNA where they are going towards 3 million testers. We will have about 20 % different 4th cousins.. a lot!

Thank you, Sister Carol Bodofsky 

Also this is why "we" ( Genetic Genealogists) all struggle with the idiosyncrasies of the 3 major testing companies and utilize Gedmatch and hang out at the same places..

Back to these pictures.. Sister and I share a whopping 50.4% of our genome with each other..same two parents..full siblings.. and so on..

The difference is that our grandparent share is different.. so what our parents got from THEIR parents is different.

That of course is why we also, when possible share with first and second cousins.. they got some different genome pieces from their parents..

Children and grandchildren confirm the inheritance from grandparents.. I have tested 3 of them and get 22.9%, 23.1% and 17.1 %.. quite different..I was astonished but that was early in autosomal testing.. Sister and I were said to share only 15 and 17% from our Norway grandfather ..Norway apparently is a "crapshoot"..

 Our grandparent was born in Saami territory north of the Arctic Circle on the border with Russia and Finland.

It's all exciting to me.. Guess that shows..

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tuesday Tip - Making a DNA ONLY Family Tree

                           My DNA only public Family Tree

AncestryDNA requires a family tree for any success, a reason that I was dragged kicking and screaming to test there. As they pass 1.5 million testers I know that I was wrong in that - but AncestryDNA still has a downside. The downside is that there is no chromosome browser so what segment you inherited from a common ancestor cannot be checked. Presumably that is their own internal "control issue" so that there is less criticism of their matching.

They also came out with a "New " Ancestry genealogy software.. another thing that many of us "old timers" at DNA testing objected to. The visuals were disturbing but OH!! They were correct about the matching being state of the art!

So this month  they came out with a NEW visual change which allows one to choose the color background for trees. Great job, Ancestry! I chose plum after looking them over carefully.
 Here it is:  

About the Tree..Yes it is really necessary..What I have done in the interest of some privacy of records is to make an "Ancestry ONLY Tree" which of course is public. Other trees I have and working trees are still PRIVATE and invitation only.

I do not have my children and their relationships in this tree..It goes out 6-7 generations and I only add collateral relatives ( siblings, aunts, cousins) when DNA matches have indicated I should.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Surname Saturday - Jones - Moses Jones and his descendants

                            John Jones of Moses - Murderkill Hundred

 A cousin and I share  a DNA match that looks like this:

 and AncestryDNA has this to say about it, at least for me:

However until  two days ago we only knew that one couple John Jones and his wife Elizabeth Maloney could have given us that segment..

We then got a match for a man who had only 9 names in his tree.. one of them clicked for us..Maloney..
and then it says this for me:

 Apparently they have determined it is a Jones match? Hmmm..
It is a closer match with her ..4th cousin than it is for me 5th to 8th cousin..

It does make me obsessed to find the origin of our Moses Jones who marries Katherine McNatt's  c. 1740s origin place.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Surname Saturday - My 2016 Brickwall on Swanson Street

                                                    My 2016 Brick Walls
I have been working on brick walls in my line this week and will continue to do so. Another researcher has blogged about hers- what a good idea! 

With all DNA tests I have about 5586 cousin matches at the three main sites. That does NOT include matches that my sister and first and second cousins have that I did not inherit. Wow a lot of folks! So why do I have a brick wall?

Charles Swanson is my 3rd great grandfather. That information was not known in my family when I began working on my genealogy 13 years ago. The family tale was that we were the "Colonial Swedes" Swanson line- like Gloria Dei Church? Swanson Street? See that picture up there?

Well what I found was an Andrew Swanson and a Charles Swanson living in Philadelphia in Southwark by the early 1800s. Charles Swanson was a river pilot and called "Captain" who died on his vessel in August 1849 of cholera. At that time my John Swanson was living in Beverly NJ as were two other men, Edward and William Swanson.

Were they all related? No one at that time really knew. The widow of Captain Swanson, Letitia, maiden name unknown, was living in Southwark with three daughters, a son in law and two grandchildren. Two other sons were living in Philadelphia.

Andrew Swanson, who likely is brother to Charles, is a merchant with one daughter. Charles Swanson names a son Andrew and both are from Sweden. Andrew, born in Goteborg Sweden, interestingly enough, was impressed off a British ship which explains how he got to US. This:  " Peter Coleman and Andrew Swanson, both Swedes, were impressed at Port Royal, Jamaica, on the 8th September 1796 from on board the Brigantine Betsey, by his Britannic Majesties ship Alfred . Samuel Holt of Philadelphia was Captain of Betsy and was affiliated with Old Swedes Church"

For sure I know now, that Charles and Andrew are related, as between my first and second cousins, myself and my sister,  we have  about 15 DNA 4th and 5th cousin matches with descendants of an older brother of  John Swanson and also a younger sister. Proof!

The problem is this: What was Letitia Swanson's maiden name? Do any of these DNA matches come from her line wherever that is from? Her older  and younger sons sometimes say she is from Sweden and sometimes say that she is from New Jersey but speaks Swedish. The "Colonial Swedes" idea again.

Was she  from an early Swedish family? A Swedish researcher has indicated to me that it is quite likely as this was very early for Swedish emigration. Our family is NOT the original Swansons who settle in the Valley.

I need help. Who is Letitia? These names come up on DNA matches whose family is in Burlington County or Gloucester County NJ: Matlack, Holt, Horton, Dalbow, Mattson, Engle.
Any thoughts? Please let me know.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Those Places Thursday - My DNA matches to Wales - Wilds,David,Rees,Jones,Tilton and Carrow

I have three( at the very least)  4th cousin DNA matches to men who still live in the UK and we ( Jones,Kitson,Stanley)  have puzzled to figure this out.. 4th cousin is close ancestrally but if the families are interrelated it can look like that..
We do know as we all four share the same segment of DNA that we share an ancestor..

New research in the form of Delaware Land Records have gotten me back further and more definitive emigrations times: 

"In 1703 they removed to the land purchased by them in Pencader Hundred, and built a meeting-house on the site of the present church. In the same year the membership was increased by the addition of Thomas John, and Rebecca, from Wales; and by profession of faith and baptism, John Wild, Thomas Wild,  Samuel Wild..."

and.." Evan Rees and James Howell were the heads of 
 two Welsh Baptist families who settled in Duck 
 Creek hundred in 1733, having come hither, with 
 others (James Hyatt, Nathaniel Wilds, David Evan, 
 David Rees, Evan David Hughs and Joshua Ed- 
 wards), from the Welsh Tract in Pencader hundred, 
 and were members of that church. (Morgan Ed- 
 wards's ''History of the Baptists in Delaware.") 
 According to this historian, the first emigration 
 from the Welsh Tract into Duck Creek hundred 
 took place in the year 1733."

My John Carrow born in 1783 is thus mostly Welsh.. South Wales..

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wisdom Wednesday - A Genie Friend's Tip- Delaware Land Records at Ancestry - Joshua and Nathaniel Wilds

Joshua and Nathaniel Wilds
February 1739 

My John Carrow lives on Nathaniel Wilds plantation and we think due to that that his wife is Jean( Jane) Wilds. He is entitled to rents from that land, however how and why Joshua Wilds comes there has been shrouded in mists. This shows some clarity and also sheds light on his ancestry as this land record indicates that the older Nathaniel Wilds in Pencader Hundred is his brother. 

William Carrow his uncle is born in New Castle County which had also been a puzzle. Light is beginning to dawn for me as I read how Joshua got into Kent County. They are Welsh Tract Welsh.

"John Kirkpatrick is witness to a 17 May 1735 deed between Nathaniel Wilds,
sadler of Newcastle County upon Delaware, PA and Joshua Wilds, farmer, of 
Cecil County."

Mary Wilds - 28 May 1733- St.Maryanne's Parish, Cecil Maryland to Joshua Wilds  and Ruth.

" Deed 23 Nov. 1739. Ruth Wild of Kent Co., Widow & Admin of hr husband
 Joshua Wild, dcd, also Admin of her brother-in-law Nathaniel Wild dcd.,
 and Esther Lewis of Pencader Hd in NCC for 23 pounds sold to Benjamin
 Elder of Mill Creek Hd in sd Co., their share of messuage tract cont
 150 acres sit. in Pencader Hd. Formerly belonged to David THOMAS
 dcd... by Thomas' Last Will, 3/4 of sd Messuage tract was made over to
 afsd Joshua Wild, Nathaniel Wild & Esther Lewis. Bounds land of John
 England, dcd David Jones, John Evans dcd, Benjamin Cooke and Joseph
 Brown. Signed Ruth Wild, Esther Lewis. Wits John Griffith, Thos James
 Rob Birney.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Those Places Thursday- Delmarva from where exactly?

 As I get older ( this week a milestone birthday) I am particularly interested in knowing where, perhaps 1,000 years ago, my ancestors lived. John Edenfield and William his brother who find their way to Kent County Delaware near Dover at their deaths. They are said to be born in Ovendon Yorkshire and their father and grandfather dies near Halifax Yorkshire

Rebecca  French Wilson who married  a cousin Thomas Wilson and was widowed then marries John Edenfield and becomes son-in-law to William Winsmore who had the estate called"Pipe Elm".

Rebecca's mother Elizabeth was a French who had children with her first husband Matthew Wilson and a daughter Mary with her 2nd husband William Winsmore a prominent planted and settler.

"Wilson, Mathew Of Somerset County, by 1672 transported himself, Elizabeth, his wife, Cornelius Scull, John Collinson, William Thompson, Joseph Thompson, & Mathew Wilson and  Wilson, and By 1667 transported himself, Elizabeth his wife & Elizabeth his daughter"

"Deposition. Christopher Cockram aged about 49 years being legally sworn, saith that about 23 years ago he did live then on the plantation that had been Thomas Willson's being pt/o a tr of land called Great Pipelm, then in possession of John Edenfield who intermarried Rebecca, widow & relict of Thomas Willson, & this deponent saith that about the time afsd there happened a difference about the bounds between Richard Nixon & the afsd John Edenfield who said that as Richard Nixon had possett on his land, that he would press & have his quantity of land out of the land of William Winsmore, who carried said John Edenfield unto a black oak standing near a swamp (sw from said tree, now dead, standing nw by n 21 ft from a white oak, this day marked by Samuel Galloway for Joshua Nickerson & George Hart & George Robisson parties concerned in order to perpetuate their bounds) & that said Wm Winsmore at the time, about 23 years ago, said in this deponent's hearing unto John Edenfield that the dead black oak before mentioned was the first bounded tree of his land & that he could not come any farther into his land & farther saith that said Wm Winsmore brought Benjamin Shurmer to survey the trs of land in dispute who begun the first butt at the black oak now dead, and further saith not. Before me Jno David. Attest. Jno Housman re "