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Mission Impossible

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Ellen’s Questions Part 4

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  Ellen Thompson-Jennings posted 20 questions on her Hound on the Hunt blog three weeks ago – see 
Even More Questions About Your Ancestors and Maybe A Few About You (posted 27 June). 

2)  We will do these five at a time – 
Questions 16 to 20 tonight (we did 1 through 5 three weeks ago, questions 6 through 10 two weeks ago, and questions 11 through 15 last week)


3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook post.

Here’s mine:

16)  
If you’re into DNA which would you say you work on more? Genealogy or DNA? Or about the same? 

I definitely work more on Genealogy than DNA.  I am actively researching descendants of my 4th great-grandparents, and spend more time on searching, data entry and blogging than looking at DNA matches.  I do add the ancestral lines of some of my DNA matches into the RootsMagic tree.

17)  Do you think that your genealogy is ever really done? 

No, I think my genealogy will never be completely finished.  At least back to, say the 1600 time frame.  I have so many unknown parents of ancestors and it sure seems like there are no records for many of those ancestors.  I’m trying, though!

18)  Did you ever search an ancestor’s name on the internet and you were surprised at what you found? 

Yes, all the time this happens.  A birth record, a baptism record, a marriage record (or two or three), death record, burial record, a photo, a military record, a passenger record, a name change record, probate record, deeds, etc.  It only takes one clue to set off the search for more.  

19)   Do you ever feel like your ancestors are nudging you in the right direction in your research?

I really haven’t felt a nudge one way or another.  I haven’t had a dream where someone says “go to this place and find a surprise…” I have walked into a cemetery and quickly found an ancestor I was seeking, but she was right on the main path into the cemetery. 

20)  If you could give one piece of advice to someone new to genealogy, what would you tell them?  

Only one?  How limiting.  Please, please, please, cite your sources so that you can find the record again, someone else can find the record, or someone can evaluate your evidence and conclusions for each event for a person. 

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