Friday, June 23, 2017

A Helpful DNA Relationship Chart (Especially for AncestryDNA Users) - Shared cM Project Chart

Blaine Bettinger's shared cM chart available at the Autosomal DNA Statistics page of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki.  I use this all the time when I am analyzing my AncestryDNA matches.

Although AncestryDNA refuses to offer a chromosome browser, they do offer some helpful bits of information.  You can't see where you share DNA with any given cousin match, but you can see the total cM shared and how many segments shared.

A typical scenario: no tree, no chromosome browser, but at least I can see that Ancestry is confident of this match and it tells me how much DNA is estimated to be shared.  AncestryDNA estimated 4th cousin (avg 31 cM shared according to chart above), but it could be anything from a 1st cousin 2x's removed to a 4th cousin 1x's removed, but too much for a 5th cousin (unless there are other people you share that you don't know about).

This chart is very helpful to immediately determine a likely set of possible relationships.  I like that it includes both the average amount shared as well as includes the range of possible shared cM.



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday Night Free Webinar: Elissa Scalise Powell presents "Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush's Father"


One of my former teachers at the Boston University Online Genealogical Program, Elissa Scalise Powell, presents a another great webinar, "Beating the Bushes: Using the GPS to Find Jacob Bush's Father."
Eli Bush's grandfather was reported to be Daniel Bush, but was his father Jacob? Witness the research process unfold as land, probate, census, tax lists, and church records are correlated. Watch out for pitfalls such as different men with the same name and other red herrings.

Runs 1 hour 24 minutes.  Recorded June 20, 2017, and is free to non-subscribers through June 27, 2017.





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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

"Mapsatilla" Was Probably "Mapsey Lilla"

Mapsatilla?  I don't even know where to begin with that.  No one by that name (beside this Mapsatilla) comes up on a search on Google or Bing search engines.  Maybe it is Massatilla?  1850 U.S. census, Madison County, Mississippi, population schedule, p. 143), dwelling 188, family 190, Mapsatilla Herrod; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 20 Jun 2017); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 376.


My 3rd great grandmother Celestine Letiticia Herrod had a sister who was born about 1840 in (likely) Madison County, Mississippi, and her name has been very difficult to figure out.

M. L. Herrod married S. B. Barnes in Madison County, Mississippi.


She is found in the 1860 Census living with S. B. Barnes:

Mapsey L.  Those initials match the marriage index record.  1860 U.S. census, Madison County, Mississippi, population schedule, p. 895, dwelling 797, family 795, Mapsey L. Barnes; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 20 Jun 2017); citing NARA microfilm publication M653, roll 586.



And in 1870 she was living with Silas B. Barnes and 5 year old Narcissa (Bonus: Mom has a DNA cousin match at Ancestry to a descendant of this Narcissa, which was a very cool discovery the past week!):

Clearly says Mapsy.  A nickname, or her actual name?  1870 U.S. census, Madison County, Mississippi, population schedule, Police District No. 4, p. 73, dwelling 572, family 572, Mapsy Barnes; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 20 Jun 2017); citing NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 739.

She likely died sometime about 1877.

I have cast about looking for the origin of Mapsatilla or anyone else on the planet whose name is Mapsatilla, with no success.  So concentrating on the Mapsey name, I did a search for it in the US Censuses 1850-1880, and in general in that era using Ancestry.  I made an interesting discovery.

According to various census records and family trees there was a Mapsy/Mapsey Lillia/Lilla (Wethersbee or Witherspoon) Cotten (born abt 1804 in probably Barnwell County, South Carolina), married to Haley Cotten, living in Franklin County, Mississippi in 1830 (when my "Mapsatilla's parents--Barney Herrod and Susan Wells-- were living there), and by 1850 this Mapsy Lilla was living in Leake County, Mississippi (neighboring county to Madison County, and where some of the the Herrod and Wells people ended up.

Is this a relative?  A family friend?  What kind of name is this?  I need more research, but I think this is possibly the same name of my aunt "Mapsatilla."

Mapsy Cotton in Leake County, Mississippi in 1850.  1850 U.S. census, Leake County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 5, p. 80, dwelling 528, family 587, Mapsy Cotton; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 20 Jun 2017); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 376.



Madison and Leake counties have been next to each other since their creation.
Image from the FamilySearch wiki on Mississippi.



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Monday, June 19, 2017

Celebrations: Juneteenth

Earlier this year, thanks to information shared by her descendant Marco, I learned more about Mary Warren to whom Juneteenth was truly a day for her and her family to celebrate.


[“General Orders, No. 3,” Galveston Tri-Weekly News, June 20, 1865.
Texas Newspaper Collection, Briscoe Center for American History, UT Austin.]



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Celebrations: Father's Day - Harold D. Currey (1902 - 1981)

This picture of the father who raised was taken at my sister-in-law's house in La Jolla a few months before his murder in May of 1981. His wife of 58 years had died the previous October and he's wearing her favorite Navajo silver and turquoise pin in the form of a bug and has tucked the gros point glasses' case I made for her into his pocket.

[From my personal collection]




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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Celebrations: Bernice Evangeline Grenfell's Birthday (1902 - 1980)

Today, June 17th, is the 115th anniversary of the birth of Bernice Evangeline Grenfell Currey, the mother who raised me. This photo from the Currey family album was taken in 1928.

[From my personal collection]




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Friday, June 16, 2017

From the Probate Files: Feriby/Pheraby Sowell - Bertie County, North Carolina, 1814

Last week we looked at the administrator's bond and inventory of Feraby's estate but I postponed examination of the final settlement because the document is large and isn't available online as a single image.*

Affixed to the top of the page is this order from the court:


State of North Carolina}
Bertie County Court   } May Term 1814
                                   Ordered that Hardy
Freeman, Timothy Walton, William Jones and
Mills Jornagan or any three of them
audit & Settle the Accounts of James Ward
admn of Fereby Ward dec'd and that
they make return to next Court
           Test. Jas[?] Blunt[?]


[Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: North Carolina County, District and Probate Courts.]

The Estate of Pheriby Ward dec'd in account with James Ward administrator
======================================================================
1814                                                                                    1814
Feb.          To cash paid Clerk fees           £     18     0         Mar       By account Sale   £181 19   2½
                 To cash paid for keeping old}                                         By bal. due adm.      62 [damage]
                      Negro                               }     4    0    0         _________________________________
                 To my account against said  }
                 dec'd estate rendered            }   135   4    7
                 Comm allowed admn                 4                                                                                         
                                                                  £144  9    7                                                          £144  9    7


                 To bal. due admin.                £ 62   10   4½
                
State of North Carolina}
       Bertie County     } In Pursuant to the annexed order from the Worshipful the County Court of Bertie to us directed We the undersigned have audited and Stated the accounts of James Ward admn. of Pheraby Ward dec'd and find a balance due the administrator of Sixty two pounds ten shillings and four pence half penny as above stated which is respectfully Submitted to your Worships approbation Given under our honor
                                                                                  Hardy Freeman
                                                                                  Timo. Walton
                                                                                  Wm. Jones
                                                                                   Mills Jernigan

You may be wondering why the amounts are mentioned denoted in pounds/shillings/pence but apparently the reference isn't to the British pound sterling but a carryover of the North Carolina pound. Here's the best explanation I've found.



*Here's a scan of the reverse of the entire document.