Genealogical Evidence-based Writing, Organizational Brainstorming, and ChatGPT (OpenAI’s artificial intelligence)

In my SLIG 2023 class today in Evidenced-Based Writing (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy), we were in a session on writing preparation and organization, so when we were given ten minutes to try an organizational exercise, I thought I'd see what ChatGPT could do in ten minutes. I've been working on a research project for … Continue reading Genealogical Evidence-based Writing, Organizational Brainstorming, and ChatGPT (OpenAI’s artificial intelligence)

Visualizing Complex Relationships: Working with Pedigree Collapse, Multiple Relationships, and Endogamy

I took five genetic genealogy courses this year, most focused on endogamy, pedigree collapse, and multiple relationships. Nicole Dyer at Family Locket asked me to share something about that. This post focuses on visualizing complex relationships, such as multiple instances of pedigree collapse and multiple relationships in one DNA match (e.g., between two close cousins). … Continue reading Visualizing Complex Relationships: Working with Pedigree Collapse, Multiple Relationships, and Endogamy

Overlay Enumeration District Maps onto Modern Street Maps to Find Relatives in Census by Place

To narrow the scope of a researcher's task, overlaying an enumeration district map on top of a modern street map may enable the researcher to focus their line-by-line browsing of census page images by dramatically lessening the number of pages to review.

Reflection Journal: Week 3: Timelines, Source Citations for DNA & Documentary Sources, & File Organization

During the winter-spring of 2022, I am enrolled in the genetic genealogy course, Research Like a Pro with DNA Study Group, from the team at Family Locket of Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin. A weekly reflection journal is one course component. I’m sharing mine. This week's lesson consisted of work with timelines, citations, and … Continue reading Reflection Journal: Week 3: Timelines, Source Citations for DNA & Documentary Sources, & File Organization

Reflection Journal: Week 2: Create a Diagram of your Matches & Write a Research Objective

Introduction: Context, Assignment, and Prerogative As I move into the second week of the course, I build from last week’s work. This week, I use the assessment of our DNA matches and analysis of our pedigree from my previous efforts, and I create diagrams to visualize that information and I refine our possible research objectives. … Continue reading Reflection Journal: Week 2: Create a Diagram of your Matches & Write a Research Objective

Reflection Journal: Week 1: Assess Your DNA Matches & Analyze Your Pedigree

Series information During the winter-spring of 2022, I am enrolled in the genetic genealogy course, Research Like a Pro with DNA Study Group, from the team at Family Locket of Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin. A weekly reflection journal is one course component. I’m sharing mine. This week’s assignment: analyze your pedigree and list 2-3 … Continue reading Reflection Journal: Week 1: Assess Your DNA Matches & Analyze Your Pedigree

Color Coding DNA Matches: Lawrence-Little Ahnentafel Color Schemes, MRCA Pedigree Tables

A Lawrence-Little MRCA Pedigree Table displays confirmed DNA matches as groups with shared most recent common ancestor couples in a pedigree chart; a Lawrence-Little color scheme conveys genetic and genealogical information with color: the hue of a child is an mix of hues of parents; the intensity of color increases each generation. When a Lawrence-Little color scheme is paired with a chromosome segment map, it is easier to see how unknown match segments may be related to known, charted matches.

Little Surname Ancestors Project at GEDmatch

The Little Surname Ancestors Project at GEDmatch came online and went live this week. This is a copy of the initial Welcome! Letter which I drafted and sent to charter members earlier this evening. Little Surname Ancestors Project at GEDmatchGraphic on left: Fabric of Life by René Campbell. Tartan pattern at right inspired but only … Continue reading Little Surname Ancestors Project at GEDmatch

1692 Order Freeing Abraham Little (1671-1720), Indentured Servant, My Surname Immigrant Ancestor

The whole order freeing Abraham Little (1672-1720), about only 40 words, entered on page 319 of the order book recording court business on Sunday, December 14, 1692, reads: "LITTLE v BECKINGTON: Ordered: That ABRAM LITTLE, Servant to ABRAM BECKINGTON, shall be free from his said Master, it fully appearing to this Court that he was free by his Indenture here in Court produced from the 25th day of November last" (Stafford County Order Book 1689-93, page 319; Stafford County Microfilm, reel 7, image 217; Richmond, VA: Library of Virginia).

Lou Bare, 1878-1960, great-grandmother

Lou Bare Lou Bare was born on 4 July 1878 in North Carolina, the daughter of Rudolph Bare (born 29 October 1837; married 23 February 1866; died 30 March 1919) and Fannie Wagoner (born 29 Dec 1848; died 22 Dec 1929). According to the census, she lived in Jefferson, NC in 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, … Continue reading Lou Bare, 1878-1960, great-grandmother