Conspiracy Part 5

In part 4, I talked about some general categories of conspirators both intentional and unintentional, internal and external. With care and feeding the conspiracy gains a life of its own. Fear maintains it across time and allows it to continue well beyond its usefulness. By its nature, it can manipulate otherwise nice enough people, into …

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Conspiracy Part 4

In part 3 I talked a little about how a genealogist can get sucked into the conspiracy and find that their environment and priorities have suddenly changed. The addition of barriers transforms the journey and things can become very serious and very personal. These barriers to summary information, unintentionally create a dogged pursuer. At this point, …

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Conspiracy Part 3

In Part 2 I wrote about the unintended consequences of attempts to hide information. Abnormal behavior surrounding mundane information gets more attention than a simple answer would have. I talked a little about how DNA exposed another layer of deception in our family. A repeated pattern, like ripples in a pond, the stone that started it …

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Conspiracy Part 2

Again, a bit of a warning on content, these posts are kind of dark. I’m writing about the people, events and circumstances that conspire to hide information. In part one, using my aunt as an example, I talked a bit about how a little fudgery goes a long way and can have unintended consequences. A …

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Conspiracy Part 1

I’ve touched on this before, but I wanted to devote some real time to it. I want to come up with something a little more thoughtful than my usual angry rants (which I usually delete when thinking more clearly). Here is the forewarning then, I’m going to talk about things that are hidden, dark, mysterious …

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Everybody has Two Family Trees

  Everyone has two family trees. One is a paper trail tree. That tree lives in documentation, court records, land ownership, family bibles and the almighty census. The other tree is a genetic tree, built from the DNA of your ancestors that lives on in you. The two trees may or may not coincide for …

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Genetic Genealogy the Hard Way

In Ancestry DNA and the Awful Feeling of Awfulness I found that I had a fairly close genetic relative with Elmore in their username. Since our Y DNA is Elmer and I’ve targeted the Peoria Elmores as our likely family, finding an Elmore was pretty exciting…until the whole “hidden tree” thing came up. That led …

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