Saturday, December 31, 2016
Metro Area is the sweetest hold style music you have ever heard. When coupled with Bettinger's work, you can feel it sinking in.
Blaine Bettinger, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.
DNA and the Genealogical Proof Standards, #27510, FleetwoodOnsite.
Metro Area, self titled album.
Monday, December 12, 2016
DNA is not a magic bullet, but when corroborated with documentation of high quality, it can nurture a hypothesis. When DNA is not available, genealogists have had to rely on other forms of evidence, but down to the bone of it, DNA is a form of evidence and it should be consulted if you are fortunate enough to have it and understand it.
This year, I have had leads and a clunker with my own DNA and the testing of various family members.
- I was able to verify the American Indian ethnicity of my great-great (whatever) grandmother with DNA, but had previously been able to assert that identity and ethnicity by applying the Genealogical Proof Standard, so the DNA evidence made the case stronger. Although it cannot answer directly "which tribe" she is from or "who her parents are," but when correlated with evidence by differing reliable informants, it meets the GPS.
- I was able to find the lost sibling of a line, just sitting on AncestryDNA, waiting to be found.
- I was able to verify, with DNA, a connection to a legitimate line on my father's side, that was previously proven with various reliable sources and application of the GPS.
- I was able to get my sister interested in genealogy with DNA.
- The downside was when I offered to a Ancestry tree match to purchase them a DNA test to see if we actually match in effort to triangulate, they declined after seeing me because they did not have my "kind" in their tree.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
We continue the chain of generations and, knowing or not, willingly or unwillingly, we pay debts of the past: as long as we have not cleared the slate, an "invisible loyalty" impels us to repeat and repeat a moment of incredible joy or unbearable sorrow, an injustice of a tragic death. Or its echo."
---Anne Ancelin Schützenberger, The Ancestor Syndrome, xii.
A mentor of mine once said that people who go to college to major in psychology, go to see what makes them tick. I have often wondered if that could be done to those that we are tracing in lineages, to see their patterns, trends and processes to follow them. Why they do what they do. One of my favorite books to trace these behaviors is Devil in the White City and how H.H. Holmes morphs from one identity to the next; what are the portions of his true self that he kept with him during all of those transitions?
I found The Ancestor Syndrome in 2010 by accident. I was on Amazon looking for something else when it popped up. I decided to purchase it and I have not regretted it since then. It aligned with other publications like Psychic Roots and several Jung publications. The Ancestor Syndrome: Transgenerational Psychotherapy and the Hidden Links in the Family Tree is a trip of a book. If you want to look at things differently, specifically with how you do genealogy or how things are passed down, it is definitely worth a read.
It inspired me to write a piece connected to it. In November 2014, I submitted my premature brainchild, a genealogy "theory" piece on the introduction of "Geneapsychology" -- the merging of genealogy and psychology -- to NGSQ for consideration. It was declined and I agree with the reasoning because it was not a fit and not ready. Usually when a piece is rejected for publication, I let it sit and then see if there is anything worth saving, but I am letting this project sit for a few more years. I was happy to see that, as a coinkidink, Stephen B. Hatton's excellent piece in the March 2015 NGSQ titled "Thinking Philosophically about Genealogy," had some of the same reading/studying materials that I cited in my dead piece.
The Ancestor Syndrome: Transgenerational Psychotherapy and the Hidden Links in the Family Tree by Anne Ancelin Schützberger.
And you need something loud for this. Consider Sleigh Bell's Treats, specifically "Infinity Guitars" and "Crown on the Ground."
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Genetic Genealogy in Practice
The FamilyTree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
American Indian Identity
Culture as History
Major Problems in the History of the American West
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
The Ancestor Syndrome
. . . and more.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Couple that with Cozy Cole. I am partial to drummer/percussionists because my husband is one (trained in marimba and a few by Jim Chapin), my brother is one (Norwegian Death Metal and Visual Kei) and my cousin is one (my grandmother's brother's kid is Matt Chamberlain).
Neil D. Thompson and Charles M. Hansen, A Medieval Heritage: The Ancestry of Charles II, King of England and The Genealogist 2.2-26.2 and a wonderful review by Gary Boyd Roberts in 28.1.
Cozy Cole Hits
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
--- Stewart Baldwin, 1 July 2016 "Re: Amateurs & "Professionals" In Genealogy" via soc.genealogy.medieval.
At some point, all of us are going to have to figure out Quaker dates (and their records) and the Draper collection. Those two merged with typically problematic Colonial American genealogy in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and the area that would eventually become states like Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee, and you have yourself a learning opportunity. Even if you do not have ancestors that were Quakers or in these regions, you should study it because will be aware of the nuances duplicated other areas.
Dr. Stewart Baldwin authored the study, "The Family of Edward1 Morgan of Pennsylvania: Daniel Boone's Maternal Kin," which began in the Spring 2001 issue of The Genealogist and carried on until the Fall 2002 issue. Boone lineages have been problematic for years and he focuses on the maternal ancestry. One by one, he states what the lineage issue was and then the research performed to either corroborate or negate the hypothesis. Many problems are resolved in this study, but most interesting is his dissection and analysis of the Draper Collection and then how it is applied to the ancestry.
The dissection and analysis of a theory, hypothesis or claim is why I really like the quote from the Medieval Genealogy list serve by Dr. Baldwin. Colonial and Frontier American genealogy may be hard, but what about Medieval? What he suggests about Medieval genealogy can be done to other regions, time periods and cultures -- and the biggest hang-up will be the language (and we have translators and Google translate for that).
Discodeine is the appropriate music for the occasion because it is like a background hum you did not realize was there.
Dr. Stewart Baldwin, "The Family of Edward1 Morgan of Pennsylvania: Daniel Boone's Maternal Kin," The Genealogist, 15.1-16.2, available to purchase at the fasg.org website.
Dr. Stewart Baldwin's website on the Morgan family.
Discodeine's self titled album.
Monday, July 4, 2016
This is where Melinde Lutz Byrne's book Lost Babes: Fornication abstracts from court records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745 comes into play. Besides minute book entries of depositions, implied births, fines (some contested), and fornication cases where couples did not intend to marry, using this book helped break me of the idea that couples waited. The abstracts provide you with sample women and/or couples in order to: 1.) study the record groups, 2.) do the genealogy math to see likelihoods, and 3.) challenge your preconceived notions that are hiding within. I do not have ancestors in this time period or region, but I have developed a smarter approach for it.
Match that up with Salt-n-Pepa and you have fancy plans. I suspect that many already have at least one of their songs on your music playing device. I went through a phase where I wanted to be Spinderella, with dope beats and fly clothes, doing the Roger Rabbit or Running Man. Personally, Black's Magic is my favorite album of theirs and my favorite album cover.
If Salt-n-Pepa is too much for you, then study Lost Babes with a little Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass, specifically, !!!Going Places!!!
Melinde Lutz Byrne Lost Babes: Fornication abstracts from court records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745 on Amazon, but also at a local library.
Salt-n-Pepa, The Best of Salt-n-Pepa.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Something epic happened about 30 years ago in genealogy and you probably missed it. Elizabeth posted a timely and timeless essay "Ethnicity and the Southern Genealogist: Myths and Misconceptions, Resources and Opportunities," in Generations and Change: Genealogical Perspectives in Social History. She goes right for the jugular of the "melting pot" cliché, anti-hypodescent and misconceptions that still haunt genealogy to this day as more cultures show up to the table.
One by one, she knocks down the myths in true ESM style:
"The traditional genealogist, unconscious of this self-imposed isolation [the lack of knowing about resources other peoples have to offer], approaches the source materials at his disposal with arbitrary ethnic lines already drawn in his own mind."
This should apply to your education. You may not have [race, time, region] ancestors, but you should still know about and understand the nuances.
Race and discussing race in genealogy is still a touchy topic in America. Ranging from color blind racism to denial, this is interwoven in the structure of the United States. Ignoring it and talking around it only adds to the pain and puts off an inevitable discussion.
And it impacts us today. I cannot just pick one race or culture to assign to myself because I am multicultural. Picking Japanese or Hawaiian means I am ignoring the others. I cannot be or have a niche. With that, I must understand and apply methodology to all.
Read it here: Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Ethnicity and the Southern Genealogist: Myths and Misconceptions, Resources and Opportunities.” Robert M. Taylor Jr. and Ralph J. Crandall, eds. Generations and Change: Genealogical Perspectives in Social History. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1986. Digital image. Elizabeth Shown Mills, Historic Pathways. http://www.HistoricPathways.com : 26 June 2016.
Proper genealogy warrior music is Zongamin. Wear your favorite hat with it.
Monday, May 23, 2016
"He needs imagination, toned down by long training, and directed by sound reasoning. Especially he needs an excellent memory. . . A genealogist should not be opinionated, but should always keep an open mind and be ready to admit, on occasion, that his first conclusion was a mistaken one."
---Donald Lines Jacobus, Genealogy as Pastime and Profession, 44.
The only two issues I have with the book is the "he" state of mind where a genealogist is generally a male. Considering the time period, the number of leading genealogists at that time were men, I understand, but Dr. Jean Stephenson was around kickin' a#$ and taking names too. The other issue is the discussion, cut too short, on genealogy and eugenics. On a personal level, any mention of eugenics as a forceful word to make a powerful point is missed unless backed up with statistics, citations and grand examples because without those, it is merely a wordsmith sucker punch only meant to dazzle someone on the sidelines rather than provide constructive criticism.
When you read Genealogy as Pastime and Profession there are parts where it may be thick, but keep in mind the original audience and time period. If it helps, image you are in a fine leather chair, smoking a pipe with 1920s jazz playing in the background. Now, turn that upside down and consider the 1968 version, blast some Edwin Starr, note the historical vibes of that year and take in some timeless genealogy ideas and theories.
Jacobus Genealogy as Pastime and Profession
The Best of Edwin Starr
Monday, May 9, 2016
In a world where everyone is competitive rather than collaborative in order to be number one or to have more than others, we often forget why we do what we do and how we began doing something because it fed our soul. I began doing genealogy for knowledge -- to know the truth. I still do that for my family and for others because I believe that by studying and dissecting the past and seeing how it works (or failed to do so), we can understand the present to then be smarter and more prepared about the future. When we shed the obligations, competitions, territory fencing, we may find we only know about what turf we are protecting rather than looking further. We may disappear without knowing the truth and that freaks me out.
David Mura's book Turning Japanese had many captivating parts that fed my genealogy soul. Trying to understand our grandparents and parents when we are cultures and countries apart is hard, but Mura is able to convey this in a narrative that is quickly readable. And if you do not have Japanese ancestry, that does not mean it does not transcend other cultures and ethnicities. Trying to understand the core of humanity goes beyond ethnicities because the commonalities are astounding.
David Mura, Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei
Digitalism DJ Kicks for hours of non-stop thinkin' music.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Couple it with The Beastie Boys Check Your Head.
Want more? Try this too: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3804311?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents and http://www.ams.org/samplings/feature-column/fcarc-vanuatu
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Don't get me wrong, I love the chase and then figuring out the puzzle, but at that time, I needed a complex case study that resolved multiple identity problems at once in a way that made sense genealogically and then introduced to the audience as such.
Then this happened:
Patricia Law Hatcher, "Untangling the 15 Henry Hoffs of York County," Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 42 (2001): 115-132.
Just read it. And while you are doing that, listen to some Moog Cookbook. Have fun with it.
Moog Cookbook: Ye Olde Space Bande Plays the Classic Rock Hits
Not available in digital format, treat-yo-self to the self titled album The Moog Cookbook if you can. "Buddy Holly" and "Evenflow" make it worth it.
Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine and available with an AmericanAncestors.org membership.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
--Noel C. Stevenson, Genealogical Evidence, p. 146.
"Now I'm only sour cherry on your fruit stand, right? Am I the only sour cherry on the fruit stand?"
-- The Kills, "Sour Cherry," Midnight Boom.
A classic and essential for the genealogical library is Noel C. Stevenson's Genealogical Evidence: A Guide to the Standard of Proof relating to Pedigrees, Ancestry, Heirship and Family History. Right from the beginning he gets into the dirty deets: illegitimacy. The history of illegitimacy, maternity, paternity and "biological pedigree" are discussed. Biological pedigree itself, should have a book written on it. Chapter two focuses on identity considerations (a great case study on this is Joseph C. Anderson's "Eleven Thomas Abbotts of Berwick, Maine, and Vicinity," in The American Society of Genealogists 75th Anniversary Volume). The chapter on published sources is excellent and is a insightful foreground for authored source evaluation. "Part IV: Simplified Rules of Evidence" dives deeper into biological pedigree and evidence. All in all, reading this provides the genealogist with a early glimpse of standards being published and the processes from 1979 to 1989. Studying the history and metamorphosis of published standards is a must in the field.
Midnight Boom is one of the best albums by The Kills and the lyrics are pondering too. Have fun with it.
Noel C. Stevenson, Genealogical Evidence.
The Kills, Midnight Boom.
Friday, January 22, 2016
When I hit a stopping point in my own family research, I often look into the famous or infamous so that I can learn new regions, time periods and record groups. The Gotti associates example in Tufte's book reminded me of the book The Jews of Sing Sing by Ron Arons, in which he discusses the methodology of researching criminals. Both are creative ways of approaching and chasing down a genealogical problem or question. And the perfect tunes for chasing down ancestors and spacing out on graphs is RJD2's album The Colossus.
Ron Arons, The Jews of Sing Sing: Gotham, Gangsters and Gonuvim
Edward R. Tufte, Envisioning Information
RJD2, The Colossus
Monday, January 11, 2016
The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall by Rising is a necessary addition to any genealogical library regardless of skill level. Analytical tools, collateral evaluation, negative evidence and resolving conflicts within data are taught in a way that is approachable. I have the published 2005 version, but the 2011 version is the same and also available in Kindle.
The Family Tree Problem Solver by Marsha Hoffman Rising
Light & Magic by Ladytron (Just because.)
Monday, January 4, 2016
When we look hard enough at biographies and historical publications, we can see genealogy hiding in the corners or up close and personal within the narratives. Sir Anthony Wagner's 1975 publication, Pedigree and Progress, bias, theory, and the contribution of genealogy to history are discussed. Pages of pedigree provide the reader with what I would call pedigree trees; if you study them you can see the trends, the outliers, and the historical significance of these lineages and how they impact other pedigrees, generations and history. The study of bias itself leads to interesting theory and mindset. As genealogists, we automatically evaluate what is in front of us, optimistic that those independently created sources are truthful, and we test the voracity of records with hypothesis and analysis. Reading this book will shed fresh light on these ideas and possibly lead to new avenues within your research.
Although a passive mention, tribal claims of kinship (Maori Chief Tamarau's recitation of thirty four generations, fourteen hundred names that took over three days) is comparatively shown with Welsh and other heraldry -- which would be a hapu study within itself. Any publication that can slyly integrate a Polynesian example with essays on generally European and British Isles pedigrees will be near and dear to my heart.
While reading Sir Anthony Wagner, I suggest listening to Sound of Silver by LCD Soundsystem. I picture Wagner being a fantastical orator and this album will bring it down a few levels to make you want to curl up and read rather than sit up straight in a drafty home. Enjoy this book for it will open your mind!