Saturday, 20 May 2017

Surprising DNA Match

It has been a very busy couple of months trying to make sense of the DNA matches which all seem to be on my paternal side - not the Palin side.  I was advised to upload the raw DNA data to GEDmatch and when I did that I found another confirmed connection but again on the paternal side.

For those of you not familiar with GEDmatch, it is a 3rd party company that you upload your raw DNA data to and then it looks for matches in its data base.  The GREATEST thing about GEDmatch is that a match maybe from someone who did their DNA test with any other company and it is FREE!  My kit number is A756830.  Let me know if we match!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Why do a DNA test?

So today's blog really has nothing to do with the Palin family research but more to try to explain why researching the family tree was so important to me and my family.
I have a humdinger of a story to tell regarding my paternal family research.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Exciting DNA Match

You will all probably get tired of hearing me go on and on about the DNA results - but everyday there is something new.  Some days it is nothing exciting and other days it can just lead to more questions.

Today's find will keep me busy for quite some time and I am sure it will make a lot of Palins from the USA very excited.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Alfred Palin- Convicted Felon 1878

It amazes me the things that are available online.  Long gone are the days when the only genealogy information  to be found was making a trip to the local Family History Library.

I just saw a blurb on facebook from findmypast stating that they have photographs online and they can be found in hospital and prison records; passport applications; business directories; military records and off course newspapers.  So I select the first one - hospital and prison records and did a search for Palin.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Ancestry's Genetic Communities

Last week ancestry.com came out with a new tool in conjunction with the DNA test - Genetic Communities.  In summarizing, this is where it looks at all the millions of DNA samples and finds where there are geographically lots that match.  It does not look at the names in the accompanying family trees of the DNA samples only the locations from roughly 1800-1850.

To understand the concept of the communities I did a one and a half hour webinar (free till April 6 2017) and then went to explore my communities.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Is she or isn't she our Phyllis Palin?

As I have mentioned before every time findmypast adds a new newspaper I will do a quick general search for the name Palin.  If I am lucky I will find a new article about someone in our family tree.  A lot of the time I will find either an article I already have or it is about a Palin that is not in our Tree. But every once in a while I will feel like I have hit that jack pot and find an article about a member in our tree along with a picture of that person.

This may or may not be one of those times!