Monday, February 10, 2014

Genealogy exhaustion

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To readers of my Australian Genealogy Journeys blog,

You may have been wondering where I have been for the past few months. My blog has become very quiet (which is appropriate if you know me offline)!

The honest truth is, I realised no matter how hard I tried to keep up my motivation for my genealogy research through my posts on this blog, I was still not living up to my own expectations, which were too high. I was starting to see signs of 'burn out', probably because of my tendencies toward perfectionism and procrastination. I had too many things on my research plate and I was driving myself to genealogy exhaustion!

Emails were remaining unanswered, I had piles of books and articles in my 'to read' basket, and my goals for organising all my information were not being met. And at the same time I was trying to keep up with genealogy news via social media, and trying desperately not to miss anything.

I realised I really needed to relax and focus on fixing other things in my life, instead of using my genealogy research as a distraction from other troubles, which I have done for many years now. This is supposed to be a fun hobby and somehow I had made it a chore!

An email from a genealogy contact back in October 2013 reminded me of an important truth I had neglected to realise:  my ancestors aren't going anywhere! 

I have made the decision to put the majority of my genealogy work aside for a few years, and will be focussing instead on other aspects of life: work, travel, family and friends. I am not dropping everything though, as I am going to continue writing my Fullerton history book, and actually get it finished and published! That would finally give me a sense of achievement and help me realise my years of family history research haven't been wasted. I will also continue dipping into my genetic genealogy research from time to time as I find it a fascinating and an exciting new field for family history. My genealogy blog will be much quieter from now on though, and I probably won't be around much in the world of genealogy social media anymore.

I've had a really fun time with this blog over the last (nearly four) years! Thank you everyone who has followed my blog, commented, shared, and thank you also to all the people who have talked genealogy with me on social media over the last few years. Thank you also to all the genealogy contacts and cousins who have contacted me over the last 10 years. I'm not giving up the family history - I'm just putting it aside for a while so I can work out some other things. And Fullerton cousins, I'm definitely not giving up the book :)

Drop me line via email, Google+ or Facebook sometime if you would like to know what I'm up to anytime in the next couple of years :)

Thanks again everyone.
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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Third Cousin Comparison - FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder Autosomal DNA test

Back in July I made a request on this blog, asking if any of my known cousins would be interested in taking the Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Family Finder test. I was very happy that two of my Dad's third cousins (through the Fullerton family) decided to take the test. I want to thank both of them very much and I hope I can help them in some way to understand the results.

Chromosome Browser

What follows are screen shots of the Chromosome Browser at FTDNA indicating the segments of DNA where my Dad and I match with his third cousins (names have been removed for privacy and replaced with 'Cousin A' and 'Cousin B')

FTDNA Chromosome Browser: A comparison of DNA segments over 5 cM shared between my father and two third cousins. Their common ancestors are William Fullerton/Fullard (c1815-1869) and Mary Dunn (c1813-1858) who were married in Clane, County Kildare, Ireland in 1839 and immigrated to Australia in 1840. Please see my previous post Finding The Fullertons for more information about this couple and their family. 
FTDNA Chromosome Browser: A comparison of DNA segments over 5 cM shared between myself and two third cousins once removed. Our common ancestors are William Fullerton/Fullard (c1815-1869) and Mary Dunn (c1813-1858).

Shared Segments

The Autosomal DNA statistics page on the ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy) Wiki states that third cousins share a mathematical average of 0.718% of DNA with an average of 53.13 shared centiMorgans (cMs) .

My Dad and 'Cousin A' (Third Cousin) Shared Segments
  • A total of 19 segments shared 
  • 170.21 cM (centiMorgans) total shared over those 19 segments 
  • 8 segments greater than 5 cM and 141.5 cM total shared over those 8 segments greater than 5 cM - the smaller the segment the more likely it is to be Identical by State (IBS) rather than Identical by Decent (IBD)
  • 6 segments greater than 10 cM. 
  • Largest shared segment of 30.1 cM.
My Dad and 'Cousin B' (Third Cousin) Shared Segments
  • A total of 9 segments shared 
  • 73.91 cM total shared over those 9 segments 
  • 3 segments greater than 5 cM. A total of 58.26 cM total of shared segments greater than 5 cM. 
  • 3 segments greater than 10 cM. A total of 58.26 cM total of shared segments greater than 10 cM. 
  • Largest shared segment of 22.89 cM.

Triangulation (or 'Matches in common')

Interestingly, while my Dad and I matched both cousins, 'Cousin A' and 'Cousin B', who are also third cousins to each other, did not meet the criteria to be considered matches at FTDNA. They obviously both inherited different DNA from their common ancestors, while my Dad and I happened to inherit a combination of segments of DNA from those ancestors DNA as both cousins. FTDNA's FAQs includes the question What is the probability that my relative and I share enough DNA for Family Finder to detect? The answer states that about 10% of third cousins will not share enough DNA to be considered a match according to FTDNA's criteria. However, these cousins may find that they do actually share smaller segments of DNA, for example if they utilise some of the comparison tools available at Gedmatch.com.

Matches shared in common with my Dad and 'Cousin A'
  • 4 matches in common between my Dad and 'Cousin A' (5 if you include me) 
  • Of these matches in common, 2 match on a segment that overlaps with a segment where 'Cousin A' matches my Dad.
Matches shared in common with my Dad and 'Cousin B'
  • 5 matches in common between my Dad and 'Cousin B' (6 if you include me) 
  • Of these matches in common, 2 match on segments that overlap with a segment where 'Cousin B' matches my Dad.
Now I need to contact these matches and explore further to see how they might be related through my Fullerton or Dunn ancestors. I am also hoping to ask some of my Dad's closer cousins if they would be willing to take the Family Finder test. This would give more data to work with.
Very interesting so far.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

What to do with Autosomal DNA test results - Recommended Methodology (Links)

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Back in July (in my post FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder Autosomal DNA test - Update July 2013) I made a request on this blog asking if any of my known cousins would be interested in taking a autosomal DNA test for the purposes of genetic genealogy. I am very happy and grateful to report that so far two of my Dad's third cousins have taken the Family Finder test with FamilyTreeDNA. One third cousin's results were posted very recently and she matches both my Dad and I.
To assist my cousins and anyone else who has recently taken the Family Finder test, I have decided to put together a list of links to articles I have found useful.

FTDNA's New Look for Family Finder results
+Rebekah Canada at Haplogroup blog
FTDNA Family Finder Gets A New Look Part 1Part 2 and Part 3.

Methodology
+Maurice Gleeson at DNA and Family Tree Research blog -
A Systematic Approach to Analysing your Autosomal DNA Matches - Introduction

DNAAdoption.comA Methodology for Researching Autosomal DNA Results from Family Finder
and Succeeding with Autosomal DNA (by Jim Bartlett)

Kitty Cooper's blog - Making a spreadsheet of autosomal DNA matches and Chromosome Mapper
Organizing your Autosomal DNA Information with a Spreadsheet (by Jim Bartlett)

Advanced Methodology
International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) Wiki - Phasing
ISOGG Wiki - Chromosome Mapping
ISOGG Wiki - Autosomal DNA Tools
ISOGG Wiki - Admixture Analyses
Roberta Estes at DNA eXplained blog - The Autosomal Me - Summary and PDF file

About Gedmatch.com 
+Judy G. Russell at The Legal Genealogist blog - Gedmatch: A DNA geek's dream site

About DNAGedcom.com
+CeCe Moore at Your Genetic Genealogist blog - Brought to you by DNA Adoption Community ...DNAGedcom
+Rebekah Canada at Haplogroup blog - Use DNAGedcom to Download FTDNA FamilyFinder Data and Open and Edit a FTDNA Chromosome Browser File

More options for learning
ISOGG Wiki - Genetic Genealogy mailing lists
ISOGG Wiki - Genetic Genealogy blogs

For more genetic genealogy links see my Genetic Genealogy board on Pinterest.

Update August 2014
Another tool I am finding useful is Genome Mate software, described on the software's web site as:
'a desktop tool used to organize in one place the data collected while researching DNA comparisons. Besides data storage it has many features to aid in identifying common ancestors'.
For more information see Genome Mate Overview on Rebecca Walker's blog Solving Genealogy Puzzles With DNA.

Another useful tool is the Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer (ADSA) Version 2 at DNAGedcom.com.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Motivation Monday - Goals for October 2013

Lots of red crosses and not too many green ticks this month! However, I have been happy with what I have been able to achieve. I have managed to declutter more of my genealogy magazine collection, particularly since the recent release of back copies of Genealogical Society of Victoria's Ancestor journals on CD (1948-2011 Ancestor, Victorian Genealogist & News Bulletin).

My goals for September 2013 were:
  1. Continue sorting and scanning. I still have some genealogy magazines to work through, as well as some papers from my school years. I will then start scanning various family history notes I have only in hard copy. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal). Achieved partially. This is going to be an ongoing goal at least until the end of 2013 I think. 
  2. Tag my photographs for at least one year (1993) with keywords for names, locations, events etc. Delete any duplicate photographs. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal). Not achieved.
  3. Sort through the contents of my 'Dunne' folder within my 'Genealogy' Folder on my hard drive. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal). Not achieved.
  4. Continue extracting data from at least another 10 source documents during August for my Fullerton family history writing project (a continuation of February's Family History Writing Challenge) (Goals for 2013 Writing Goal). Not achieved.
For October 2013 my goals will remain the same.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Stop!...Ethics and Genetic Testing - My Opinion

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If you've read my blog for a long time or followed me on Twitter or Pinterest you will know that  my Catholic faith is very important to me and permeates every aspect of my life. With this in mind, please read on.

If you have not already, I recommend that you read the most recent post on Roberta Estes' DNAeXplained blog - 23andMe Patents Technology for Designer Babies.

Thankfully (and I'm grateful to God for helping me with this) I am not a 23andMe customer. Little hints in previous blog posts from 23andMe made me suspect something like this was around the corner.

I wrote the following a few months ago and was intending to place it on my genealogy blog. I wanted to let readers know that while I like genetic genealogy and I think science is wonderful when used for good, I absolutely object to any unethical, selfish and discriminatory use of genetic technology (and technology in general).
Dear Reader,The following is my personal opinion and I thank you for taking the time to read it. I am very interested in genetic genealogy. However, there are aspects of genetic technologies to which I ethically and morally object e.g. 1. screening of unborn infants which results in discrimination (and often death) for children based on their genetics (their gender, race, disability etc.), 2. cloning, 3. 'designer babies', 4. genetic modification of organisms, 5. the patenting of genes. I want to make sure that readers of my blog know that I have these ethical objectionsI chose to test with FTDNA because I understand they are specifically focused on genetic genealogy. If you are interested in genetic genealogy and you have the same ethical and moral objections that I have, make sure you read about the company you are potentially testing with. Don't just go with the company with the best price. I have read a blog post from the other major company involved in genetic genealogy testing which appeared to imply support for future genetic technology that would allow 'prospective parents' ('if current trends continue') to not only predict medical conditions their unborn child may have, but to 'obtain a rough prediction of traits such as future eye color' of their child. Perhaps I am wrong, but this sounds like 'designer babies'. I would not want to be involved in any health research with that company. If you have any reason to believe that by taking a genetic genealogy test with FTDNA that I am in any way associating myself with such 'research', please let me know. 
No, unfortunately I wasn't wrong. The post I am referring to appeared on the 23andMe blog back  in November 2012: Noninvasive Sequencing of a Human Fetus.
I quote for that post (my emphasis added):
'As with traditional prenatal screening such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS), fetal sequencing can predict a serious medical condition. Fetal sequencing goes further, however, and may enable parents to obtain a rough prediction of traits such as the future eye color of the fetus. If current trends continue, some prospective parents will want such information, while others will prefer to wait until after the baby is born to learn about medical and non-medical conditions. The utility of this test and the decision to use it will depend a great deal on the test’s accuracy, which currently isn’t very high. But it’s clear that testing options for prospective parents will continue to grow in number and complexity'. 
Thank you for taking the time to read my opinions. If you are already a 23andMe customer, make sure you check Roberta Estes' blog (23andMe Patents Technology for Designer Babies) for ideas on what you should do now if you object to your genetic test contributing to this research.

God bless.
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Motivation Monday - Goals for September 2013

My goals for August 2013 were:
  1. Continue with sorting and scanning. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal). Achieved. Once again, I didn't make a quantitative goal for the amount of scanning and sorting I was going to do during August, but I was happy with the amount I was able to scan. I will continue this goal in September.
  2. Sort through the contents of my 'Dunne' folder within my 'Genealogy' Folder on my hard drive. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal). Partially achieved. I started sorting my Dunne folder but I have more to sort. I will continue with this goal in September.
  3. Continue extracting data from at least another 20 source documents during August for my Fullerton family history writing project (a continuation of February's Family History Writing Challenge) (Goals for 2013 Writing Goal). Not achieved. Unfortunately I wasn't able to achieve this goal during August. 
  4. Tag my photographs for at least one year (1992) with keywords for names, locations, events etc. Delete any duplicate photographs. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal). Achieved. Photographs tagged for 1992 and I started tagging photographs from 1993.
My goals for September 2013 are virtually the same, just a few little differences:
  1. Continue sorting and scanning. I still have some genealogy magazines to work through, as well as some papers from my school years. I will then start scanning various family history notes I have only in hard copy. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal).
  2. Tag my photographs for at least one year (1993) with keywords for names, locations, events etc. Delete any duplicate photographs. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal).
  3. Sort through the contents of my 'Dunne' folder within my 'Genealogy' Folder on my hard drive. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal). 
  4. Continue extracting data from at least another 10 source documents during August for my Fullerton family history writing project (a continuation of February's Family History Writing Challenge) (Goals for 2013 Writing Goal).
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fathers Day - The fathers in my family tree

DEDICATED TO ALL THE FATHERS IN MY FAMILY TREE.
HAPPY FATHERS DAY.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Edmond Joyce, 1916

In a previous post (Trove Tuesday - Edmund Joyce Obituary 1916) I featured a copy of an obituary of my great great grandfather Edmund (or Edmond) Joyce that appeared in the Bendigo Advertiser and the Bendigonian. Very recently issues of the Rochester Express have been digitised and made available online through the National Library of Australia's fantastic search portal Trove.
The following more detailed obituary appeared in the Rochester Express.

Rochester Express, Tuesday 5 September 1916, page 3.
Obituary.
MR EDMOND JOYCE.
On Friday passed away one of our old district pioneers in the person of Mr Edmond Joyce, of Ramsay street, Rochester, at the age of 84 years. Mr Joyce was born in Co. Galway, Ireland, and arrived in this State when he was 22 years of age, and shortly afterwards took up his residence at Napoleons, near Ballarat, where he followed mining pursuits. He then went to New Zealand, where he made money, and, returning to Victoria, he invested it in bullocks. He then followed carrying, then a lucrative occupation, till his bullocks were carried off by pleura. He again went to New Zealand, and on his return took up land at Pannoobamawm in 1873, and lived on it for 40 years, till about three years ago, when he retired to Rochester. During his long residence in the district he was highly esteemed In addition to his widow deceased leaves seven sons and eight daughters. The sons are - Walter, on the Pannoobamawm farm; Edmond at Nyah; Patrick, at Willaura; John, at Wyuna; Mathew, in Ireland, studying for the church; Father William Joyce, a N.S.W.missionary of the Redemptorist Order; and James, in business in Sydney. The daughters are - Mrs Owen O'Brien, Tennyson ; Mrs Wm. Turner, Ballendella; Mrs M. Brennan, Rochester; Mrs P. Brennan, Langi Logan; Rose, at home; and two religieuses in a N.S.W. convent. There are also 31 grand children. The funeral, which was lengthy, took place to the Rochester Cemetery on Saturday afternoon, and the burial service was performed by Father Griffin. Messrs Humphris Bros. conducted the mortuary arrangements.
Obituary. (1916, September 5). Rochester Express (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), p. 3. Retrieved August 17, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119590137


For more information about my Joyce family please see the following previous posts:


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Monday, August 5, 2013

Motivation Monday - Goals for August 2013

My goals for July 2013 were:
  1. Sorting and Scanning. I'm putting aside most other goals to concentrate on sorting and scanning during July. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal). Achieved. I didn't make a quantitative goal for the amount of scanning and sorting I was going to do during July, but I have been happy with what I have been able to do so far. What exactly have I been scanning and sorting? Firstly, I scanned in any interesting articles from many of my old genealogy magazines (e.g. Family History Monthly, Family Tree Magazine, Practical Family History, Ancestors, Who Do You Think You Are?Australian Family Tree Connections). Some lucky person has picked up my old genealogy magazines at my local St Vincent de Paul Society Vinnies opportunity shop (and yes, I they all went within a day or two, some genie was interested. I hope they really enjoy them!).  Secondly, I have been scanning in my lecture and tutorial notes from my University courses. When I am finished I will have lots of paper to recycle and I will feel a lot less surrounded by clutter (and ultimately be able to focus better)! 
  2. Post an updated genetic genealogy journey post to this blog. (Goals for 2013 Research and Writing Goal). Achieved. During July I posted updates on my Dad's Y-DNA test, and on the Family Finder Autosomal DNA test
My goals for August 2013 are:
  1. Continue with sorting and scanning. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal). 
  2. Sort through the contents of my 'Dunne' folder within my 'Genealogy' Folder on my hard drive. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal). 
  3. Continue extracting data from at least another 20 source documents during August for my Fullerton family history writing project (a continuation of February's Family History Writing Challenge) (Goals for 2013 Writing Goal)
  4. Tag my photographs for at least one year (1992) with keywords for names, locations, events etc. Delete any duplicate photographs. (Goals for 2013 Organisation Goal). 
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Bridget Gilmore (nee Colbert), 1913

The following obituary appeared in the McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser on Thursday 21 August 1913. It refers to my great great grandmother Bridget Gilmore (nee Colbert) (1844-1913).
Obituary.
We are very sorry to have to record the death which took place at her residence, on Saturday last, of Mrs Gilmore, wife of Mr William Gilmore, Tooborac, after an illness of about a week. The cause of death was internal hæmorrhage. The deceased, who with her husband, has been resident in Tooborac for many years, was 67 years of age, was a native of Cork, Ireland, and came to Victoria about 50 years ago. She leaves her husband, and five sons and two daughters, all of whom are grown up, to mourn their sad loss; one child having died in infancy. The large number who attended the funeral to the Heathcote Cemetery on Monday - there were upwards of forty buggies and several horsemen - to pay their last tribute of respect, speaks well for the esteem in which the deceased was held. The burial service was conducted by the Rev. G. S. Moorhead, who delivered a very impressive address at the graveside. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Perry Bros.
Source: Obituary. (1913, August 21). The McIvor Times and Rodney Advertiser (Heathcote, Vic. : 1863 - 1918), p. 2. Retrieved August 4, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article91426570 

For further information please see my previous posts C is for Colbert and G is for Gilmore
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