Elizabeth (CORMACK) RENFRO – A Nice, Big X Match (Ancestor 45)

Elizabeth (CORMACK) RENFRO – A Nice, Big X Match (Ancestor 45)

If you’ve been studying genetic genealogy for a bit, you may understand X DNA, but I’ll give a summation here.

X DNA is different from regular autosomal DNA. The 23rd chromosomal pair contains the sex chromosomes – those which determine the biological gender of the child. In all but rare cases, biological females have two X chromosomes (XX), and biological males have one X and one Y (XY). As we may have learned in high school or college biology, it is the male’s 23rd chromosome that determines the gender of the child.
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Henry Pat ANTON (1872-1943) – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 10)

Henry Anton death certificate. Copyright Notice: You do not have permission to download or copy this photo without obtaining it from me. Thank you.

Henry Anton death certificate. Copyright Notice: You do not have permission to download or copy this photo without obtaining it from me. Thank you.

I didn’t know that my paternal grandmother’s father had a middle name until Ancestry  added its “U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007” a few years ago. There is no middle name on his death certificate, and I had not heard of one. Continue reading

Joseph H. VIRKLER – Cheese Manufacturer, Sewing Machine Agent, “Segar” Salesman, and Real Estate Builder – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 18)

I have been halted by perfectionism while writing an article about a different ancestor. It seems like it will never get finished, as I’ve been “working on it” for nearly two years. It will, but will it take another year? I don’t know.

In the meantime, I thought I’d write some short (well, relatively speaking) yet fruitful (my wishful thinking) articles about other ancestors, one every now and then. They say that if you’re going to have a blog, you should write everyday. Yeah, right. That’s me [insert sarcastic tone]. At least you should write once a week. Lately, I’ve been lucky to get something out every 4-6 months! It’s not for lack of starting articles, and this is one of those which had a nice title and no text. It has the research. Now, it will have the write-up.

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Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN (1893-1964) : “Auto Salesman Arraigned in Hit and Run” or How my Grandfather Got into the 1940 Census Twice – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 4)

Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN (1893-1964) : “Auto Salesman Arraigned in Hit and Run” or How my Grandfather Got into the 1940 Census Twice – 52 Ancestors

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