Category Archives: misc

both mom and dad

June is a month when bloggers sometimes find inspiration in Father’s Day. I’m putting a slightly different spin on it this year. I decided to write about the women in my family who found themselves having to fill the role of both parents to young fatherless children. 

I went through the most recent six generations and created this list of women to honor (presented here with their ahnentafel numbers). 

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CIDIG is back

CIDIG is back! The Central Indiana DNA Interest Group, like many organizations, has been hibernating a bit since Covid-19 burst onto the scene. (Someday our descendants–at least the ones interested in family history–will be very interested in how our day-to-day lives changed during this pandemic.) But now it seems we are beginning to emerge, and CIDIG is looking forward to spending time with everyone again!

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Happy New Year! And happy 6-year anniversary to DNAsleuth, too!

Last month I blogged about my genealogy goals, and one is to continue this blog. But look for changes this year.

My original target was to post new content on the 1st of every month—nearly always DNA-related. I’m ready to adjust my expectations now.

For starters, I’m not going to aim for the 1st any more.

And some months I may post more than once. Other months, I may skip. I still have DNA topics I want to explore and share. (I’ve already started drafting a post about Visual Phasing. And then there’s the surprises discovered when I tested a grandchild that I think you’ll find a little amazing!)

But I may post more often about genealogy that doesn’t involve biology, too. Meanwhile, the calendar in the sidebar of upcoming Central Indiana DNA Interest Group programs should still be current.

Hope to see you around!

Happy sleuthing!

© Jan 2022, Ann Raymont, CG®

Don’t forget the present

I do love exploring past generations.

But sometimes I wish they had labeled those old photos better, taken more pictures, left behind letters or diaries…. Wouldn’t those be treasures?

This month, it occurs to me to blog about genealogy for present and future generations. After all, I want to make memories with the family that’s here and now too. And I realize that I might do future generations a favor by preserving those memories.

So, in October 2021 (after multiple Covid delays), our family finally took a long-awaited trip together to Sedona, Arizona. Here are my five grandkids on Submarine Rock at the end of the Broken Arrow Trail.

Raymont cousins, Sedona AZ, Oct 2021, photo by Ann Raymont

It’s the genealogist in me that’s now considering how to produce something tangible and lasting. A photo book with narrative text that tells our story? A video or slideshow, with audio? Will a digitized version of whatever make it more accessible in years to come? Is there some way to engage the grandkids in the creation?

Like our ancestors, we are more than just birth, marriage, and death dates and places. While you’re trying to recapture your ancestors’ stories, don’t forget to create (and preserve) your own! (And please, feel free to tell me about how you chose to do it!)

© Nov 2021, Ann Raymont, CG®

Prove it

Many of us use DNA for clues in our genealogy. A DNA match may connect us to a cousin or a location where sources exist with the answer to our kinship mystery. Yay! But what about those times when we don’t find a document with the direct evidence; maybe we find more pieces to the puzzle, and we want to use the DNA as part of the solution. If you ever want to say that you’re confident that A is the child of B because of one or more DNA matches, I’ve got a website recommendation for you!

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an adoption story

Most of us, I suspect, have an adoption story somewhere in our family trees. It could be recent—or maybe it’s on a more distant branch that we haven’t identified yet. It might be a formal adoption, or informal. Sometimes openly acknowledged, other times in secret.

The advent of DNA testing means we may discover that a relative was not the biological child of the parents that raised him or her. Our matches may also provide evidence to identify someone’s birth mother or father.

For each of my DNA matches who are my third cousins or closer, I’ve identified our Most Recent Common Ancestor. Several of them had adoption stories, and this month, I’ve invited one of them to tell her story.

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