Why I did a DNA test with Ancestry

I did a DNA test with Ancestry because I wanted to try and break down some brick walls. I did the test and had more questions than answers.



  • 2 New Ancestor Discovery
  • 16 DNA Circles
  • 59 Shared Ancestor Hints (Green Leaf)
  • 158 pages
  • 205 4th cousins or closer


I think the DNA ethnicity is fun! I think the range is too broad. It was fun to compare with my other family members. It’s great to get the Green Leaf for Shared Ancestor’s because then you are correct in your research. I wish it would catch various spellings.

What makes me mad!

People that took the DNA test and do NOT have a tree. What is the point by wasting the money and not building a tree? The trees can be built on Ancestry for free, you do not have to have or keep a paid subscription for that information. What costs is looking at and saving the documents to the tree. I don’t always keep a paying subscription. I only pay half price for my subscription when I have 1. I am currently waiting for that magical email with a discount! I use Family Search most of the time and usually because their search algorithm is better than Ancestry.

I know it is hard to find the time! I agree with that. The real world takes precedence like my living family and my job. Also, keeping a house clean and having fun. But, researching my ancestors is “FUN!” I can’t always search for my dead ancestors, although the are a lot quieter. I would rather that be my full time job but it doesn’t pay the bills. I also understand it is hard to contact people, return emails or messages. I am terrible at that also. I think about it but can’t always find the time or sit down and  type it up.

I understand the need to keep the tree private. If the person is marked living then the information won’t be displayed, if the tree is public. People steal pictures and act like they were the original owners but, I believe in sharing information. People don’t look at the information correctly or just copy trees and they don’t do it correctly. Yes, that happens…a lot from what I’ve seen. It helps to follow the paper trail of your ancestor along their journey. There are also the emotions if you were adopted. The more reason to make trees public is to get the correct information displayed. Although some people’s username has been more revealing and I’ve been able to figure out their tree, from that.  I kept mine private while I did some major cleanup on it. Then, I made it public and the benefit has been greater. I am fascinated with the DNA circles to see which family members match to an ancestor. I have 16! I love the potential of the ‘New Ancestor Discoveries.’ That the same DNA markings are shared and they have the same surname as some ancestors and are most likely related but trying to find the paper trail…is the issue. I finally had 2 show up for me personally and they showed up for my paternal grandfather also who has the most brick walls. Like I wrote earlier “more questions than answers.”


Please build a tree, if it only contains the names of grandparents, their parents names and so on. That would be more helpful than no tree. Or connect the tree that you have but have never connected it.

Thank You with a Big Shout Out to the people who have taken the DNA test, connected their tree, and it has names in it!!!

I’ve had my mother, father (I just sent in his test), my mother’s sister, maternal grandmother, paternal grandfather, and paternal grandmother take the test. Unluckily, my maternal grandfather passed away before he took the test. Having more people take the test has given different results and made it more interesting with a cherry topping of fascinating.

My Mother:


  • 0 New Ancestor Discovery
  • 10 DNA Circles
  • 60 Shared Ancestor Hints (Green Leaf)
  • 103 pages
  • 169 4th cousins or closer

I like looking at the difference in stats between my mom and her sister.

My Mother’s Sister, a.k.a My Aunt


  • 1 New Ancestor Discovery
  • 10 DNA Circles
  • 38 Shared Ancestor Hints (Green Leaf)
  • 115 pages
  • 235 4th cousins or closer

Maternal Grandmother:


  • 0 New Ancestor Discoveries
  • 5 DNA Circles
  • 33 Shared Ancestor Hints (Green Leaf)
  • 101 pages
  • 172 4th cousins or closer

Paternal Grandfather:


  • 6 New Ancestor Discoveries
  • 0 DNA Circles
  • 10 Shared Ancestor Hints (Green Leaf)
  • 241 pages
  • 404 4th cousins or closer

Paternal Grandmother:


  • 3 New Ancestor Discoveries
  • 6 DNA Circles
  • 55 Shared Ancestor Hints (Green Leaf)
  • 154 pages
  • 302 4th cousins or closer


Hopefully, more discoveries to come this year…



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Wordless Wednesday ~ KLEYSTEUBER

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I found this naming pattern form on a FaceBook Genealogy Group

I thought this was interesting to read. I had not seen it written out until now.


“I got this list of naming patterns form another list I am on hope this helps.


1st son=father’s father

2nd son=mother’s father

3rd son=father

4th son=father’s oldest brother

5th son=father’s 2nd oldest brother or mother’s oldest brother

1st dau=mother’s mother

2nd dau=father’s mother

3rd dau=mother

4th dau=mother’s oldest sister

5th dau=mother’s 2nd oldest sister or father’s oldest sister


IRISH 1800’s


First daughter was named after the Paternal Grandmother

Second daughter was named after the Maternal Grandmother

First son was named after the Paternal Grandfather

Second son was named after the Maternal Grandfather

Then alternate names using the Grandmother’s,Granfather’s, Aunt’s and Uncle’s 



SCOTTISH 1700-1800 and early DUTCH


First Daughter was named for her Maternal Grandmother

Second Daughter was named for her Paternal Grandmother

Third Daughter was named after her Mother

Other Daughters were named after other Family Members

First son was named after his Paternal Grandfather (sometimes Maternal)

Second Son was named after his Maternal Grandfather (sometimes Paternal)

Third son was named after his Father


ENGLISH and WELSH 1700-1800’s

1st dau= Mother’ Mother

2nd dau= Mother’s Father’s Mother

3rd dau= Mother

4th dau= Mother’s oldest Sister

1st son= Father’s Father

2nd son= Mother’s Father

3rd son=Father

4th son= Father’s oldest Brother




The first name of each Daughter was usually the first name of the Mother

The first name of the Son was usually the first name of the Father


Often times the middle name of each child was the name of the baby’s 

baptismal sponsor and they were usually called by his/her middle name.


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This thread:

  • [GEORGIA] Nameing Patterns by RFAirEagle”
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Amaneunsis Monday ~ Roy FENN ~ Letter Jan 27, 1947



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Amaneunsis Monday ~ Martha CONN ~



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Amaneunsis Monday ~ Estella CONN ~ Letter

Martha CONN, Catherine FENN, and Estella CONN

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Amaneunsis Monday ~ Addie WARD CONN ~ Letter 28-40

This letter was written by Addie WARD CONN to her daughter Jessie Opal CONN FENN BRITTON. This letter confirms the names Nancy PRICE and William WARD that I thought were the parents. My great aunt had this letter but she must have forgotten about this information. I was excited when I found it.


Dear Babe and all

Your letter came last week and found ur all right.

Am glad Mrs Fenn is improving it must be hard for to have to lye in bed so long, but maby she feels like resting.

Things are just the same here. I meant I didn’t think I would be able to  go any place this summer don’t know if I can ride to the reunion and back in a day. My Mothers name was Albany Yount. Dads mothers maiden name was Nancy Price. I don’t know what mothers, mother name was of course her last name was Yount but I cant remember her given name. Dads fathers name was William Ward and his grandparents were John Ward and John Price. The would be my great grand-parents to day have had a lot of rain the last June day. willl se you at the reunion if I can Love Ma

Pas Mothers name was Sarah Catherin Neff.



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Amaneunsis Monday ~ MARY MONROE CAGE ~ LETTER ~ February 1891

Sharpsville, Ind

Feb th 81

Well Folks one and all I will try to night to write a little. I haint wrote a letter for so long I dont know whether I will know when I go a letter wrote or not. I expect I will go to sleep Before I get don I cant stay awake of a night any more. We have all had bad colds. Tom has had an awful bad cold it is getting a little better. It seems like every body else is in the same fix. Lizas was here to day they are slowing around too. Bens was here to day too their children has been nearly sick with colds. Anna has a cold it is a general complaint I guess. There has been several died through the country about Sharpsville. Davises boy is dead he died last Monday night. His leg never broke it was over 26 inches around. I heard a day or two he died his bowels bloated up his face and hands several days before he died. The Doctors open his knee after he died it was something like a cancer his knee was on jointed the bone was broke above the knee he put his boot on. It has been three or four monts ago when he went to pull it off it hurt him so bad he told his Mother then he broke his leg they could feel a harp peice of a bone in his knee and could see it work under the skin. He thought the time he would get well until the last tow or three weeks before he died he said he was read he would get well until the last tow or three weeks before he died he said he was read to died and willing to die it seems like they are having awful bad luck some way with their children. Their other boy next after this one that died come is near as could be a getting kicked in the head by a horse about a week ago. Mizes DAvis the poor old soul she loks like she is nearly wore out she has staid right with that boy day and night nearly all the time and waited on him. They must feel awful lonesome. Bill Davises wife has been right sick. We haint heard from Lizzie this winter. I reckon she is so well tickled over the election they wont get sick nor as long as Cleveland holds this office. Albert has gone to Sharpsville to meeting to night there (can’t read) there they have got about 90 joiners. Uncle Frank wife has joined them and Nackeys and Fletchers are all well. I milk three cows.  butter is on a boom it is ten cts a pound. I dont know what eggs are worth the children are all a asking to send you a card you can keep them or divide them among the children they are going to send some to all out there. Albert only got 12 Nora is going to get 50 more. Mary Maple haint wrote to us yet if you see her tell her we was awful glad to get that letter she wrote back to us.

I will haft to quit we have good sleigh riding for three weeks. I reckon may be longer it has been on so long. write when you can give all of the news Mary Cage to Nan and All

Wednesday colds as greenland & I think it will turn wormer. Tom is going to town.


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Wordless Wednesday ~ Beulah, Geneva, and Bernice STAFFORD

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Amanuensis Monday ~ Mary MONROE CAGE ~ Letter ~ 11/23/1879

November th 23 rd 1879

Sharpsville, Ind

Well Mrs Joneses, I will try to night to scratch you a few lines as I hadent nothing else to do. We are all well as common we are snotting around alittle but that is nothing strange our baby haint been very well he had a gathering behind one of his ears we had to have it opened it is a bout well now. I reckon you are having all the barking now you want to hear. Well it has been pretty chilly yesterday and to day it is fixing to snow it tried to snow to day but it dident know how to get at it. Tom haint quite done gathering corn yet he had two hands part of the time helping him he is talking of buying chickens and fur now. I expect he will get rich we have sold part of our hogs we sold a heifer a couple weeks ago we have bought us a new wagon were are fine now. I haint bee in it yet we sold our old one. Well we had a bid to  surprise supper a while back that was got up for one our neighbor men but we dident go the baby wasnt well and some of the children had sore feet so they couldent wear their shoes we had a bid to a birth day dinner last thursday a week ago out south of town two or three miles at Bill Humphries brothers we dident go there either. Georges went I haint seen Liza since then. I heard that there was about a 150 there well I will have to quit and go to bed.

Thursday night I will try to finish my letter if I dont go to sleep may be I will get to send it the office some time. I dont know what to write I reckon I can tell you how nice and dusty it is getting it rained all day yeserday and part of the day to day. I tell you it is getting spashy.  Well I had a man here to day with a patent washer he done my washing all but renching. I thought it was going to rain so I dident put them out it does good work but it cost to much he went up and washed for Liza this afternoon her children are still having the ague or was a Sunday. Willie was down here. Mary all day she was good as pie we are looking for him out tell him old Hawthorn is married he hot his wife down in Harrison County. Albert was awful proud of his mittens tell Della if she will come out she can knit three or four more pai if Jim comes out there you start him on out this way. I am making me a new dress. I sold grease and buyed it. I sold over thirty pounds of lard two or three weeks ago. Well I am getting sleepy I will haft to quit and go to bed. I have had the headache all day. I have a bad cold. I cant think of any thing more to wrie so I will quit. write soon as you can give all the news.

Mary to one and all

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