Tidbits of research

The last week or so I have not focused on any one particular area of research. Some scattered things that I have done include: downloaded my grandaunt’s raw dna from ancestry and uploaded it to myheritage started laying out a spreadsheet of dna matches in excel to help me understand some distant connections on my … Read more

Giving this another try…

The other day I did some work on my genealogy and thought about blogging again. However, my site was hopelessly out of date. I’ve spent the last 2 days upgrading wordpress, plugins, and themes, and attempting to make sure basic functions still work. I hadn’t logged in to my site host in ages either! In … Read more

Only 15% found

I recently read a post on a facebook genealogy group about calculating the percentage of your ancestors that you have found. Essentially, you have a possible total of 1022 ancestors beginning with your parents through your 7th great-grandparents. Of course, I then had to go through and identify how many I have found so far. … Read more

Indiana Records on Ancestry

Earlier this month Ancestry added some juicy records for Indiana Researchers. Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificate databases went online. These include: “Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011”; “Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940”; and “Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1958-2005.” This is a great feast for anyone researching in the Hoosier State! I’ve taken my first stab at creating an Evidence … Read more

Time flies

Well, so much for posting once a week. I’m about 3 weeks late. No particular cause. Just a little bit of time wasting. Updated my laptop to Windows 10. That is not my main machine, so I decided to install Windows 10 to have a look at it before deciding whether to upgrade my desktop … Read more

52:5 Thomas Smith McClish

So far, I have concentrated on my paternal line. In the interests of not letting my mother get too jealous, today I am posting about her grandfather. Thomas Smith McClish is the son of Frederick McClish and Annie Smith. He was born in November 1894 and is a twin. He completed the 8th grade and then worked for his father and older brother on their farms. From July 1918 to July 1919, he served in the Army (American Expeditionary Forces) during the latter stages of WW1.

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52:4 John Hunter #2 (1788-1846)

I’ve previously mentioned that the Hunter family has a tradition of being stone masons. John Hunter (1813-1883) was a stone mason/brick mason as was his father and a few of his brothers. However, another interesting tidbit about this family is that there seems to be 3 straight generations of John Hunters who married women named Elizabeth. John Hunter (1813-1883) married Elizabeth Wardell. John Hunter (1788-1846) married Elisabeth Parks. And John Hunter (1760-1839) married Elizabeth Consitt. Today, here is some information on John Hunter #2 (1788-1846). 

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North Yorks countryside photos [link]

A while back I was googling the names of the small villages that my ancestors were from in Yorkshire. Some of these include Hackness, Harwood Dale, Silpho, Langdale End along with a few slightly larger villages such as Thornton (Thornton Dale) and Pickering and Malton and Scarborough. In any case, I happened to find a … Read more