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I had two uncles named Ralph. One died as an infant and the other lived for about 50 years. I have both of their birth certificates.

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I just got back on SparkPeople. I come and go but this time I want to be more consistent! I joined this group a couple of years ago but was not active at all.

So, I read through a few of the posts and can answer the question/comment about duplicate names. I have found the same but I was so confused when a single family had more than one name - for example John who was born in 1741, died in 1742; then there was a John born in 1745 and died in 1810. That really had me going! did he die in 1742 or 1810. Well, I found through research that sometimes a family had a child die and later had a child that they named the same name. Many times the name is a family name and they want a son to carry it into the future.

Matches/hints (depending on the site you are using) are just hints. We still need to research as not all of the information that is put online is correct. I make notes about differences and if I find more than one hint that says something about my ancestors, I will keep making notes until I can verify that the hint is true. I don't necessarily change a date of birth/death or places if I know that I am correct. Spelling of names is another one that can be deceiving. For example, I have a copy of my paternal grandparents marriage certificate. It has my grandmother's name spelled the way she and her father spelled it. Then, I find out through my research that it is spelled 3 different ways on different documents. A DNA match also spells her last name completely different. So now I have to decide which is correct or keep the names spelled the way they are on documents. It can be confusing that way!

One of the things that intrigues me about my DNA (and I am an over achiever! because I had my DNA tested through Ancestry, MyHeritage AND 23&Me! - long story) is how I have found relatives that I knew but didn't know they were relatives! Love the matches.

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1/27/19 12:03 P

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So many duplicates in my tree it makes my head swim. LOL

Familysearch.com is free. You might want to get an account and then transfer what info from Ancestry into a new tree. Just be advised that others can add or delete items from your tree.

I am currently embarking on writing my family history and by doing so I have found a lot of errors in my tree from my early days on Ancestry. I found accepting "hints" is a bad habit. They are a starting point but by no means correct. Ah well, live and learn.

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Mary's and John's for MY family.




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Thanks Darlene about the notebook as Sany said you can still access your tree without a membership and add to it I used that for awhile. I get confused now as it gives me hints.

On three of my line's we have the same reuse of first names that makes me happy confused with the hints we have the name of Stephen Combs a dozen times and Charles Combs 6 times
Robert , Charles, valentine multiple times Ollie , Fredrick
Reising coming up multiple times as well I won't even get into the repeats of female names.

So confusing at times. Happy hunting!

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Thank you. I didn't realize that because it always asks me to pay when I want to look at anything.



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Darlene, you don't have to have an Ancestry membership to access your tree. Your tre is still available to you & some Ancestry features.

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1/28/18 12:05 A

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I put all my information in a big notebook. Of course, it isn't very well organized. I put one line in each section of the notebook. I had started on ancestry.com at one time a few years ago, but couldn't afford it. While on there I was getting things like my grandmother's date of death coming up wrong. I don't think anyone changed it on my tree, but can't get on there to check anymore. I don't have any family that would be interested in what I find, so I figure keeping it in a notebook is just as good for me.



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Am I the only one who not liking this whole thing of doing research on line and entering information on one's on one of the online sites.

Maybe I've been doing it incorrectly ? . Next week I'm going to the library and make copies of pedigree and family forms among others.

Without seeing it on paper I'm getting lost emoticon

How do you all do you genealogy in this new era?

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Oh, I am talking about the Ancestry trees that show new relations on a tree with no documentation. I haven't got my DNA samples back yet, can't wait. I've been doing a lot of digging and finding that you are absolutely right about using as a clue not as a fact. Sorry I wasn't very clear.

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Not really sure what you mean by 'new lines.' By comparing the trees of your DNA matches you may find parents & siblings of ancestors that you didn't have. You will also find new descendants of your ancestors through their other children. However, be sure to research them before you just accept them as fact. Don't just take one person's word for it. I have many matches whose research has proven trustworthy. It's especially good when they have included their sources. Makes it a lot easier to check them. I've also had a lot of DNA matches who, while I can't say that their information is poorly researched, I just don't feel right about & have not used it. There are even a few that I can say with certainty are just plain wrong.

Suggestion - use the matches as clues, not necessarily facts, unless they have the sources attached to support it.

NOW, having said all that, if you are searching for a particular branch of your family even if you don't know the name (such as adoptees searching birth families), there are steps to take for that type of research. Is that the kind you meant?

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When you receive your DNA report from Ancestry how easy is it to add new lines of relatives from the information?

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This is the place to ask any of your questions related to genealogy. Hopefully, someone in the group will be able to give a helpful answer.

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