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I do not know who has the original copy of this photograph; I hope it is ok to post it so that I may ask a question, please?  (My aunt gave it to me perhaps 5-10 years ago; she obtained it from another relative.)

The photo is of my great-grandmother, Dora.  I am wondering approximately when the photograph may have been taken, please?  Actually, I am also wondering if anyone might know the occasion for the flowers(?).  I believe she has coins near the collar but I cannot see them clearly enough to determine if that is true.  She was born in Ontario, Canada; her parents were born in Ireland. 

Any details about the photograph would be appreciated.  Thank you, Lisa

I have a copy of a photograph that was possibly taken in a back garden.  I do not know the date of the photo but it was taken prior to 1925, possibly in the early 1920s? Two ancestors are seated; they could be ages 50-60.  Their five adult children are standing behind them.

After looking at the photograph again, I noticed that the mother has only one shoe showing.  The hem of her dress falls to possibly just below her ankle.  Not having viewed a lot of photographs before, did subjects commonly cross one foot behind the other, or did most people generally sit with both feet on the ground?

The reason for the question is that this lady's daughter had diabetes and eventually lost her leg.  I am wondering if possibly the mother could have had the same problem?  Thank you in advance for any guidance.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Shared Matches, but brother is not included?
« on: Thursday 28 December 17 06:38 GMT (UK)  »
Good Evening:

My mum, brother and eventually my (adult) son and I took DNA tests through Ancestry.  Would anyone know, please, if I look at "shared matches" on Ancestry, what it means if only my son and I share a match with someone?  I understand that without my mum's name being included that the match would be on my father's side.  What might it indicate, please, that my brother does not share the match?  Could it mean that the connection is through my dad's mother's side?  Note:  the possible range for the relationship is 4th - 6th cousins.

Thank you for any guidance.  Lisa

Essex / "Privately Baptised" - Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex, 1795
« on: Wednesday 20 December 17 02:40 GMT (UK)  »
I found a record for an ancestor's sibling stating that she was baptised 24 March 1795 (Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex) and the register's note states: "privately baptised March the 9th".  She was born 18 Feb 1795.  (I have not yet found her death, nor a marriage for her.)

What might be typical reasons for a private baptism, please (and, having a second baptism)?  Thank you in advance for any ideas.  Lisa

The Common Room / Best way to sort paper documents-oldest or newest events on top?
« on: Saturday 16 December 17 22:20 GMT (UK)  »
I have been researching for many years; I have a huge collection of papers in family binders (each "main" branch has its own binder) and (somewhat recently printed) papers that have not yet made it into the binders.  I will photograph/scan them as soon as I can sort everything as I know it is better to save things digitally.

Some binders have papers sorted with older events on top, and some binders have papers with the most recent events on top.  I know that I have multiple copies of some documents/correspondence.  My goal is to reduce the amount of documents by removing multiple copies, which would also make it easier to digitise.

I can't make up my mind which method is better (and I'm getting frustrated with my indecision):  when a binder is opened, be able to read the oldest document (and get a feeling of when and where the family lived long ago), or read the newest documents (which could reference known relatives)?  Suggestions of what has worked best (providing people still have paper records)  ;) is very much appreciated.  Thank you, Lisa

PS  I may have asked this question a couple of/few years ago, but I cannot find the topic and I am now serious about getting this project done as genealogy has taken over our dining room.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / GEDmatch.Com - X-DNA Comparison?
« on: Friday 15 December 17 19:08 GMT (UK)  »
Thank you for the previous assistance regarding DNA and gedmatch.  :)

Would anyone know, please, what "No shared X-DNA segments found" implies?

Also, may I ask what is the difference between Autosomal and X, please?  (After a brief search on the internet, I'm no wiser regarding the difference.)  These were the choices when I tried a One-to-many DNA comparison.

Thank you in advance for any guidance.  Kind regards, Lisa

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Trying to upload results to
« on: Wednesday 06 December 17 20:57 GMT (UK)  »

I saved a RootsChatter's instructions about how to upload raw data to  They were very good instructions but my computer illiterate mind apparently can't complete the process.  I followed the instructions including:
downloaded the raw data from Ancestry.
I created an account with  I have not/will not open the zip file.

I am stuck on:
"...follow your dna company instructions how to will get a number..keep it safe!"

This is where the tech-y part of me falls apart.   ;)  What do I do now, please?  I don't see instructions about how to upload (they're probably right in front of my face).  :-\  Any guidance very much appreciated.  Lisa

Ireland / Terms: Northern Ireland/English Ire - U.S. census images
« on: Monday 04 December 17 00:11 GMT (UK)  »
My Wakefield ancestors were born in Ireland, we believe in Tuam, Co. Galway.  I just found two United States census returns.  In 1930, the person (my ancestor's niece) stated (or someone stated) that her parents were born in Northern Ireland.  In 1910, the person stated (or someone stated) that her parents were "English Ire" (I believe that is what was written).

While I know a little bit about Irish history, I don't know enough to determine if Northern Ireland or English Ire might reference Tuam.  Apologies for my lack of knowledge.   :-\   Could either of the terms reference County Galway, please?  Thank you for reading this post, Lisa.

Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Ancestry: "Probably have relatives...Scotland"
« on: Saturday 25 November 17 05:36 GMT (UK)  »
After reading some posts, I am beginning to understand a bit about DNA testing.  I finally took a DNA test and received my results this week.
Three of the "ethnicity estimates" were:
Ireland/Scotland/Wales    33%
Great Britain                    27%
Europe West                    13%

The indented bubble under Ireland/Scotland/Wales was
Scotland, with the following explanations
- "Ethnicity Estimate - You probably have relatives who lived in this region in the past few hundred years.  Your connection to this region is likely through your ancestry from:
  Great Britain
  Europe West"
- "Places in This Region - Specific places in this region where your family might have lived - Central Scotland & Ulster, Ireland"

To me, "You probably..." sounds like a guess and to my inexperienced mind, seems like a "filler" to my results.  Is there a reason why those statements would have been included?

I looked at my brother's results from earlier this year (knowing that there are reasons why they are different from my results)  ;)  -- two of his results included Ireland (not Ireland/Scotland/Wales) and Great Britain.  Could his test only identify Irish DNA and my test was DNA from Irish and/or Scottish and/or Welsh ancestors?

I apologize for my confusing post.  I can't come up with a clearer way of stating my results and asking questions that are clear.  Thank you in advance for any assistance.  Lisa

PS  I am delighted that I took the test as it confirmed that a suspected 3rd cousin is truly related to me.   :)

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