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Ancestral Family Tree DNA Testing / Re: DNA results interpretation help
« on: Wednesday 19 December 12 10:42 GMT (UK)  »
You have to be careful - generally a 12/12 match would indicate a shared paternal ancestor maybe 20 generations ago, or could be a random match, but the person matching 12/12 may have only taken a 12 marker test, and could be a match at 25, 37 and 67 markers. The same could apply to 25 and 37 marker tests.   To be honest, I've never seen the point of taking a 12 marker test, but (as you're finding) most people's knowledge of DNA testing only increases after they have taken a test  :)

It's rather like owning a lottery ticket, but with more numbers on it, and getting prizes with matches you make with others.

You get a small prize for a 12 match, but some people have only 12 numbers on their tickets, and you may have got a bigger prize if they'd had more numbers on their ticket.  Obviously, only by owning a ticket with the most numbers on it can you stand a chance of winning the jackpot with a 67/67 match.

With my own DNA test, I did a 25 marker DNA test, with the intention of upgrading to 37 or 67, should a 25 marker match come along.   I've had loads of 12/12 matches, but if you live in Europe you will share 12/12 matches with people in most places.  No luck on any 25 matches, though.

Your 25 marker matches at no steps means that you share a common male ancestor with these people, and 25 markers at 1 step means that they are a probable match.  The fact that they do not share the same name would most probably be explained by illegitimacy somewhere down the line, but that does not mean that they are any less an ancestor, but it does make the genealogy very tricky  :)

The Lighter Side / 50 Free FindMyPast credits (no signup required)
« on: Tuesday 18 December 12 16:40 GMT (UK)  »
Just follow this link ......

I'm not breaking any FindMyPast Terms and Conditions, in the email they sent me, they said, "Forward this to all your friends"  :D

The code on the page expires on 2nd January, so be quick  8)

No signup required for credit card, but you  do need a login account.

London and Middlesex / Re: Andrews Newspaper Index Cards question
« on: Tuesday 18 December 12 10:35 GMT (UK)  »
I've just added another note on my original post :)

London and Middlesex / Re: Andrews Newspaper Index Cards question
« on: Tuesday 18 December 12 10:13 GMT (UK)  »
I helped to transcribe the Andrews Card Collection for Ancestry, and the cards fall into many categories.  This one appears to be a card for a missing estate beneficiary search.  I would guess that the 'Tsy' stands for Treasuary, which is who publishes the weekly list of unclaimed estates which have no will.   Many of the cards refer to entries in the London Gazette, where missing heirs are advertised. 'P.C.' probably stands for 'Probate Check'. The fact that the card has red lines through it probably means that the case is dead (either because an heir was found, or because it wasn't, and the money went to the Crown), and the other side of the card was re-used.  The collection did seem to be short of a supply of new cards - if you go back a few images from the one in question, you'll see a newspaper cutting glued to the front of a cigarette packet.   This sort of thing was not at all uncommon in this collection.

Note: John T Gennis died in Chelsea in Q2 of 1951 - this was almost certainly a note on a search for heirs to his estate.

Another note: I noticed that there was a John T Gennis who died in Perth, Western Australia in 1953.  This would not have been the man referred to in the Andrews cards, but may have been related.

The Common Room / Re: How did people deal with the death of a child?
« on: Tuesday 18 December 12 09:33 GMT (UK)  »

Interestingly, when I worked as a midwife, we occasionally had stillbirths and one time there was an Asian (possibly Pakistani) doctor on duty at the time and he told the mother she shouldn't be upset as she could always have more children.  We were horrified and he was disciplined but said that child deaths were common in his country and women just got on with it. ::)  I guess with a male attitude like that around them, they would have had to grieve silently.

There wasn't much compassion around in the medical profession.  My mother had a premature child during an air raid in the 1940's.  She was rushed to hospital, but the baby only lived one hour.  She was put into a bed in the maternity unit to 'recover' among all the women and their healthy babies.  Such compassion in those days  ::)

I have an Epson V500 too - had it a few years now.  It's excellent  :)

The Lighter Side / Re: Unusual Baby Names of 2012
« on: Saturday 15 December 12 09:45 GMT (UK)  »
Americas ?  Gawd 'elp us !  ::)

Maybe someone in the UK could could call their offspring UKAS ?   ;D

Suffolk / Re: Church family of Stonham Aspal
« on: Friday 14 December 12 09:35 GMT (UK)  »
There are at least two Church families in Stonham Aspall in the 1800s.  There are at least 10 Ancestry trees featuring Emily Church, and many disagree with each other - I won't say they are 'wrong', because I'm still a little confused myself.  The Church family was very large, and had branches in Mickfield, Swilland, Eye, Crowfield, Gosbeck, Stradbroke and Weybread.

Technical Help / Re: FB doesn't like me today :(
« on: Wednesday 12 December 12 23:33 GMT (UK)  »
Maybe you should start looking at alternative ways to keep in touch, for when FB start charging people to be members ?

"It's free and always will be."

That's what Mark Zuckerberg currently says.  He owns 24% of Facebook.  If he sold his shares to Microsoft (making them the majority shareholder), would he really care ?  Microsoft have already shown keen interest in a bigger investment in FB.  Zuckerberg's 24% is said to be worth $24 BILLON - would he really care about promises made earlier ?  Or would he just walk, and enjoy his money ?  People change when they get wealthy.

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