Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.


Messages - Eric Hatfield

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 ... 20
1
The Common Room / Re: Concealing the birth of a child
« on: Tuesday 27 November 18 09:10 GMT (UK)  »
I don't know how long, the newspaper report didn't say.

I wouldn't assume "simple mindedness", but she had spent time in the workhouse which was for people who couldn't work for whatever reason, and she did have at least 3 pregnancies without being married, so she appears to have been a victim.

2
The Common Room / Re: Concealing the birth of a child
« on: Sunday 25 November 18 09:58 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Claire, thanks for that story. It adds to the picture of what happened to the person I am researching, and suggests that miscarriages and suspicion about the cause were not uncommon. Thanks.

3
Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: ancestryDNA​ new (at least, to me) features
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 13:23 BST (UK)  »
Quote
You can search on surname but it's not always accurate. Just click on Search Matches on the top right hand side of the listings. You can then enter surname.
The way it seems to work for me is that if you search for a surname, it searches through the family trees of my matches and finds anyone who has someone with that surname in their tree. Sometimes that is also the surname of the match, but that is not what was searched for. If a match has no tree, then you can't find them in the search.

So I can sometimes find someone that way, and it appears to be the only way I can find them, but it only works to find the match name if they have a tree, and only if I know their surname (some people have a username that isn't their surname).

That's how it seems to work for me, and it makes things difficult sometimes.

4
Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: ancestryDNA​ new (at least, to me) features
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 07:26 BST (UK)  »
Temporary insanity doesn't need any explanation, for we all experience it regularly! :) I am particularly prone to it! :(

5
Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: ancestryDNA​ new (at least, to me) features
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 07:16 BST (UK)  »
Quote
I just wish they would ask or listen to what customers want rather than waste time developing features that don't help with research.
Yeah, me too. Comparing ethnicity could help in some cases, but very few. A simple sort function for matches' names, and the ability to download the match list (which can be done with a Chrome extension, but it doesn't work on a Mac) would help, and would take far less programming effort than some of what they are providing.

6
Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: ancestryDNA​ new (at least, to me) features
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 07:14 BST (UK)  »
That makes sense doesn't it Margaret? It just needs there to be several segments on many chromosomes.

7
Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: DNA - Match
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 03:34 BST (UK)  »
Hi Sarra,

You have received some good advice here, but I will offer my own perspective.

1. I would recommend uploading to all three sites that have been mentioned - My Heritage (which you have done), FTDNA and Gedmatch. Everyone's experience is different, but I have found something useful at all four sites. Ancestry has the biggest database by far, but it is the hardest to work with. FTDNA and Gedmatch have less people but very good tools. If a match looks interesting, I often ask them if they are willing to upload, generally to Gedmatch, so I can compare them with other matches (see below). Gedmatch also allows me to easily send comparison tables to send to people I'm discussing with.

2. Two of the features I find most useful are "In common with" and a chromosome browser, both of which provide ways to see if different ones of my matches also match each other. Then if I know that a match is (say) from my maternal grandfather's family (e.g. a relative has tested), then people who match us both are likely matching on that side of my family - if there is a significant match all on the same chromosome segment, known as triangulation, then a joint common ancestor is virtually certain. If you are researching a particular branch of your family, this information can help define which matches to follow up further.

3. Whenever I contact someone on Ancestry, I ask them to invite me to view their tree. That way I can see it whether I am subscribed to Ancestry at the time, or not.


8
Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: ancestryDNA​ new (at least, to me) features
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 00:33 BST (UK)  »
Thanks also to whoever shared the link to the Lost Cousins Newsletter (can't remember now, sorry), that was a real goldmine!

9
Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: ancestryDNA​ new (at least, to me) features
« on: Thursday 25 October 18 00:27 BST (UK)  »
Hi Margaret,

Thanks for the info you posted first, and to everyone for all the interesting discussion. Ancestry is like great big blundering dinosaur - you can't ignore it for it is the biggest kid on the block, but it can be so frustrating and unhelpful. I have become so discouraged with the difficulty of finding useful matches among my 25,000 that I have hardly checked it out lately, so your note about the map was helpful thanks. I, like others here, wish for a chromosome browser and (surely this wouldn't be difficult!) a simple search for match names, but I guess the map is better than nothing.

Like others here, I had only a few of my matches showing on the map, mostly 4th cousins it seems from the ones I checked. Presumably this is because it is only a beta version. But the good news is that I did find someone else who lives in Australia that I hadn't noticed before (I don't regularly look through 500 pages of matches checking out each one!!!) and he had a common match with two people with a surname I am interested in, so that was breakthrough that I might never have come across without the map.

So let's hope Ancestry turns the beta into a full working product that allows as to filter what the map shows, and that they continue to develop other useful tools.

Pages: [1] 2 3 4 ... 20