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Most People of European Ancestry Can Be Identified From a Relativeís DNA

"Yaniv Erlich, a computational biologist, was working to understand the reach of such police searches. Were they lucky breaks? Or could nearly every American be found through a third cousinís DNA?   ...  These cases are not exceptional, according to his analysis, now published in Science.  Golden State Killer investigators found their suspect through third- and fourth-cousin matches in a database called GEDmatch, which includes information from about 1 million people. In a database of that size, Erlich and his co-authors show, nearly 60 percent of people have a relative who is a third cousin or closer."

United States of America / Death of Cyrus Carlton Elmes, 1903
« on: Wednesday 10 October 18 23:39 BST (UK)  »
Cyrus Carlton Elmes died in 1903 and was buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine.  According to information posted at Find-A-Grave, "Cyrus went to Mexico to "seek his fortune" after his wife died.  He died in Mexico, and his body was returned to the States for burial."

Can anyone find an obituary for this man or a report of his death in Mexico?

United States of America / Obituary - William H. Henderson, Fresno, California
« on: Sunday 05 August 18 05:46 BST (UK)  »
I am looking for an obituary of William H. [probably Henry] Henderson.  He was born 14 August 1905 in Fresno and died there on 1 June 1972.  He gained some renown as a gardener for Luther Burbank and carried on Burbank's work after his death.

United States of America / Joseph F. Gunn and Marjorie Gunn - obituaries
« on: Monday 30 July 18 00:53 BST (UK)  »
I am looking for obituaries of Joseph Francis Gunn [born 1904 in Iowa and died 12 January 1979 in San Francisco] and Marjorie Hobson Gunn [born 1902 in Fresno, Californa and died 25 November 1954 in Sonoma County, California].  Marjorie might have been called Marjorie Hobson Logan or maybe Marjorie Logan Gunn [I am very confused about her marital history and hope obituaries might clarify the situation].

The Lighter Side / Looking for Yeardley descendants
« on: Tuesday 24 July 18 14:49 BST (UK)  »
"a breakthrough in the excavation this week of a grave believed to be that of Sir George Yeardley, who oversaw the first representative government assembly in English America, and was also one of historyís first U.S. slaveholders.   ....

One of the experts on site is Turi King, the geneticist and archaeologist from Britainís University of Leicester who helped identify the remains of King Richard III when they were found under a parking lot in 2012.  She said she will help process DNA and try to help track down any Yeardley descendants to see whether their DNA matches that retrieved from the skeleton."

United States of America / NYT article, 1908
« on: Wednesday 11 July 18 07:33 BST (UK)  »
If someone has access to the NYT, I would like to see an article from 9 April 1908, page 3, entitled "Terrorist Not Wanted Here; Case of Walter Uppit, held for deportation, referred to Washington."

United States of America / Real estate question
« on: Wednesday 04 July 18 20:51 BST (UK)  »
A question for someone who knows about real estate deals:

I have been looking at property transactions in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, specifically a transaction registered on 24 July 1878 at 4:30 PM.  C.H. Ware granted a 'release' to Andrew G. Buck.  What is a release?  Is it a quit claim, meaning that Buck then owned the property free and clear?  The transaction was registered in Volume 28M but that volume is not available at FamilySearch.  I am guessing that 'M' means that it was a register of mortgages.

What I really want to do is identify the specific piece of property that was transferred.  I have paged through a lot of deeds registered in Outagamie County after 24 July 1878 but I can't find this one.  How long after a release would the deed be registered?  Could it be years later?

The Lighter Side / Another great find
« on: Monday 02 July 18 22:20 BST (UK)  »
I had another great find today  -  video of gg-grandpa's [John Ennis] farm in Wisconsin as it is now.  The land was donated by one of his descendants to form part of the John Muir/Ennis Lake Park in Marquette County.  They've even preserved a little piece of the stone wall of the original barn built, I suppose, in the 1850s - 60s by gg-grandpa and his numerous sons.  John Ennis was one of the first settlers in the area, arriving in 1848.  But his name has been eclipsed by the much more famous John Muir whose father had the property on the other side of Ennis Lake [at least that insignificant pond still bears the ancestral name].   The bit of barn wall has allowed me to pretty much pinpoint the location of gg-grandpa's house.  Up till now, I only knew that it was somewhere at the west end of the lake.  As it transpired, the Muirs picked up moved on but the Ennises, McGwins and Egglestons stayed and preserved the land.

US Resources & Offers / Using Public Land Survey System data on Google Earth
« on: Monday 02 July 18 00:48 BST (UK)  »
For those who are interested in looking at the land once owned by their ancestors in the United States, there is a useful free application that can be used to locate the parcels on Google Earth if you have the survey information from the Public Land Survey System as recorded when they received title to their land from the government.

For example, searching the records I found that in 1911 William H. Ennis obtained 160 acres in Williams County, North Dakota from the government. 

ENNIS WILLIAM H 05 156 N 095 W 017 160 251101 PA 168401 01/05/1911

05 = the fifth principal meridian [the baseline of the survey]
156 N = the township #
095 W = the range #
017 = the section #
160 = 160 acres [a quarter section]
251101 PA = Homestead Act, land patent
168401 = account #

His property can be seen in the southwest quarter of section 17 in the 1914 plat map.  This precise parcel can be seen on Google Earth by entering the data into the PLSS in Google Earth (PLSGE) application.  Sadly, William's land now seems to have a fracking operation on it.

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