Friday, July 29, 2016

Update: New AncestryDNA Feature Rollout this weekend?

Quick note post last night's maintenance period. I saw nothing happen to change my DNA match, tree or individual tree pages overnight so maybe the feature below is just in Alpha test for a select few and I guess I'm not one of them. ;-(

Sandra Mason Comer on the AncestryDNA Matching FB group posted up a very interesting graphic that has popped up on her tree.

Click on graphic to enlarge.
Look at the feature just below the relationship tag in the header above. I don't have it in any of my stuff and I really can't comment of what we have here for sure.

I will say this that there is a scheduled maintenance period from 2am to 6am tomorrow morning so keep a sharp eye out for something new - maybe! ;-)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Uh Oh, AncestryDNA System Maintenance Today

Thinking out loud again! Wonder what wild, wonderful, and wicked changes we will see this afternoon after this system maintenance period? I just now got the spreadsheet up-to-date from the v3 update change. So what surprise awaits me this afternoon. Here is hoping it isn't major!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fall Genealogy Classes at Tri County Community College in Peachtree NC

Before I get screamed at here are the genealogy classes that I currently have scheduled for the fall semester at Tri County Community College in Peachtree NC. You can call Lisa long at 835-4241 to sign up or get on the I am interested list. But please do not delay as some seating will be limited.

Fall 2016 Genealogy Night Classes

Genealogy – Searching for Your Ancestors
Who am I and where did I come from? It's that intriguing question that has made genealogy research one of America's most popular hobbies. But where does one begin such research? What resources exist? How can you prove that what you find is true and valid? How do you go beyond America's borders to find roots in other English speaking nations? This "new" TCCC genealogy course - Searching for your Ancestors - offers the beginner and experienced genealogist alike a fresh approach to genealogy research. Subjects cover the full gambit from organizing your research to exploring your family history using traditional and electronic research, social media, and our newest tool DNA testing. Whether you are new to genealogy or have been family hunting since microfilm days, this course will assist you in researching your family in the 21st century. This beginner/intermediate course is a prerequisite for advanced genealogy courses offered at TCCC. 32.5 hrs. (13 weeks)

August 23 – November 15          Tuesday
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                    $75

Genealogy – AncestryDNA: A Genetic Genealogy Tool for the 21st Century
Science can help you with your genealogy research, but you are going to have to take a test first. That test is a "low cost" autosomal DNA test available at This new course will cover the new and expanding field of genetic genealogy basics and is designed for DNA newbies and other genealogists who want to get the most from their AncestryDNA testing results. Some of the topics to be covered include an introduction to DNA testing and technical terms, how DNA testing will help your genealogy research, what are your ethnic origins, how to interpret your results and the latest changes made in the spring of 2016 (AncestryDNA v3). If you want to demystify genetic genealogy, and you want to use this new and exciting research tool in your family history study, then this course is for you. 12.5 hrs. (5 weeks)

August 25 – September 22         Thursday
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                    $35

Genealogy – Busting Through Genealogy Brick Walls 
Having trouble finding the illusive ancestor? Can't seem to get that lineage any further back? Then this class is tailor made for you. In the genealogy brick wall class you will learn techniques, trick, tips and proven methods to bust through the brick walls in your genealogy. During the class you will have your opportunity to work with the class instructor on your family genealogy brick wall. No prerequisites; open to all genealogy skill levels. 10 hrs (4 weeks)

September 29 – October 20        Thursday
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                    $30

Genealogy – Managing a Genealogy Project:
Are you faced with "piles" of genealogy paper records, correspondence, charts, and genealogy forms in your family history work-space or electronic files scattered all over the computer hard drive? Most successful genealogist will usually end up with an embarrassment of riches - too much information in too many places. Whether you work on paper, electronically scan your genealogy records/files or do everything online, getting organized is essential to keeping track of ancestors and the records you have found about them. This course will rescue you from unhelpful habits and get your workspace—virtual or physical—tidy again. 5 hrs. (2 weeks)

October 27 – November 3            Thursday
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                    $15

Genealogy – Genealogy Research Hints and Tips - Confessions of a Genealogist
After 40 years of genealogy research, 500 weekly genealogy newspaper columns, and teaching 20 years of family history and genealogy classes at TCCC, the instructor of this course will share some of his best tips and genealogy secrets in this two night class. In this class you will learn about the good, the bad and the ugly that he has seen and experienced during his long genealogy research journey. 5 hrs. (2 weeks)

November 10 – November 17     Thursday
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.                    $15

Fall 2016 Genealogy Day Classes

Genealogy – Discovering Your Female Ancestors
This course introduces the student to special strategies and uncommon resources needed to research female lines in their family genealogies. Students learn about genealogical sources created by and about women, and methods they can use to learn the maiden name and parents of our female ancestors. This course is for advanced genealogy students only. Pre-requisite: Beginning/intermediate genealogy course.15 hrs. (6 weeks)

August 23 – September 27            Tuesday
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                     $45

Genealogy – Hidden Genealogy Sources
Discover facts about your ancestors in unexpected places - some right under your nose! This course will explore little-known genealogical sources that may contain information about their ancestors’ lives. Students will study over 100 hidden genealogical sources, how to find them, and how to use them in research projects. Pre-requisite: Beginning/intermediate genealogy course. 17.5 hrs. (7 weeks)

October 4 – November 15               Tuesday
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                     $50