The link below is to an article that takes a look at 5 common mistakes made when researching census records.
Some times I wish I had a time machine. Honestly, I don’t know which is worse having a writers block when writing a book or hitting a brick wall while working on your family tree. Looking at my DNA results, I was connected to other Furman’s, but no Wades. So it has me wondering, do I not have the gene for a Wade or am I really not related to the Wades at all. Nothing seems correct. I know my grandfathers name, both of them; but After e-mailing one of his daughter’s daughter-in-law, she said she thought her mother-in-law said he might have been adopted. My grandfather said his mother’s name was Bertha Weeks. Only problem, I can not find a Bertha Weeks. Bertha Wade had a sister Anna Margaret, who married a Weeks. I have found that alot of things my grand father had said is not true.
It would be so nice to have a time machine and go back in time to see for myself. It would also have been nice if the government had kept better records of births as well. Ahhhhh, once could only wish. So now I am left with having to go back to my limited paperwork and play detective while connecting the dots. On top of all of this Ancestry.com’s website is down, some ddos thing. I guess it’s good because I was thinking it was my computer and I rebooted it yesterday. I also started a group on Facebook called Wade descendants genealogy. I am hoping it will help us to connect to more family and figure out the right connections. I found two other groups on Facebook, one I know I am not connected to and the other one I am still waiting to be approved for.
Just had a thought, I need to find the military record I have for my grandfather. I know he was a bugler. I really should be more organized. So I am off to retrace my tracks once again.
As always……………Happy Hunting!!
So I check my ancestry.com account today and my results were finally in. According to the results I am 86% European and 14% West Asia. Break that down to 40%Italian/Greek, 20%Scandinavia, 10% Europe West and 5% Great Britain. Ok, I always thought I was 50% Italian because my mom is 100%, both sets of her grandparents come from Italy, so why then am I only 40%? I am half of my mother and half of my father.
What I am surprised with is that when I look at matches who I have a good possibility of being family with, are all from my dad’s lines. I also did not find a match to the Hodgdon family line, but I have a few connections to the Wade line. Hodgdon is suppose to be my grandfather’s father’s line and Wade is his mother’s line. So this only leads my to believe that my g-grandfather is not of the Hodgdon line and what my grandfather’s daughter’s daughter-in-law said about my grandfather being adopted is probably true. I mean looking at the picture of my grandfather and his Supposed father, they look nothing at all a like. Now my grandfather’s half brother, sure looks a lot like his father, even the blonde hair. So now the hunt is on to find out who is the real father of my grandfather.
I was not expecting much from the DNA test on my grandfather’s side, seeing as how the sample was not from a male and ancestry says you will get results from your mother’s side. Honestly I am still very stumped on trying to figure out my mom’s side.
Anyways. I am off to play detective and try to crack the code of where in the heck I hail from and who my family really is. The test did not show any Native American, so maybe it’s all a story just like who my great grandfather is as well.
As always………… Happy Hunting!
So I finally ordered my DNA test from Ancestry.com. I just checked and it is at the post office now, so I am hoping I will get it tomorrow. I have been wanting to do this test for a long time now. I hope it will answer some questions I have had. It will be great if I am connected to new family who may be able to answers questions as well.
So I will post again after I take the test and get my results.