The Carr Family and DNA Triangulation

In Elmore Dark Matter I talked about the regular old paper trail steps I followed to uncover Maurice Elmore’s history and his connection to the family of Halsey Orton Elmore. In that search, the key to the entire thing was actually his mother’s family. Deciphering their connections led me down the right path and nicely all that …

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Elmore Dark Matter

In Genetic Genealogy the Hard Way I finally had a close Elmore relative walk right up and bite me. After the invisible hand of fate did me a solid and showed me his last known Elmore, I was left with couple of questions. I have focused on the Elmores in Peoria because of their proximity …

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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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A Few Ways to Leave the Cage Behind

In Time and the Search for Meaning in DNA, I talked about the issues I see with our understanding of the various time scales a genealogist can run into today. I gave an example of compressing time and forcing the facts to make ancient DNA results fit with my idea of my genealogical family. In Meaning, …

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Meaning, Time and the Cages We Make for Ourselves

Continued from Time and the Search for Meaning in DNA. What is the Meaning of This! I want to take a moment to talk about meaning and how we add value to the information we find. One of the first questions a person will ask about DNA results is “What does this mean?”.  You will …

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Time and the Search for Meaning in DNA

The Problem with Time My history teacher in the 8th grade (who shall remain Mr. Baker) said that we have no concept of time. He was the kind of guy I’ve always thought I should be. Well versed in history, pretty physically fit, owned property in the woods that he would clear trails on. He’d …

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Hidden Branches of the Cumberland Cluster

Since the DYS458.2 cluster bomb in 2013 we’ve entered the world of next gen Y testing like Big Y. That testing has compressed the search for relevant SNPs from a years long trudge down to a matter of a few months (along with a bunch of analysis afterwards). In 2013 we knew we had two branches. …

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Hunting Thompsons Again After all These Years

Spending some time with the Thompsons again is kind of refreshing. In the last few days I’ve been able to connect with their Y haplogroup project and get more information on the William Thompson DF103 kit I found there in the last post. Their closest Y match is a Davis from Alabama (distance of 1 …

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U152 Thompsons get a new haplogroup DF103

The backbone M343 Y SNP panel at Family Tree DNA  came back a little earlier than I expected. We have our new haplogroup: DF103. Of course I rushed right out to see what that was all about. So DF103 is a child of L2 which is a child of U152. Getting in the wayback machine, I …

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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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