Are any of the following surnames on your family tree: Corlett, Woolfall, Dumbell, Boulton, Aspinall, Hellam/Helme, Hulme, or Atherton from Lancashire; Grieve, Paterson, or Brydon/Bryden from the Scottish borders; Coulthard or Hetherington from Cumberland; Beer, Back, Sambell, or Little from Devon or Cornwall, Griffith, Hughes, Jones, or Thomas from North Wales? If so, you may be related to this Genealogy Junkie.
As well as writing about miscellaneous topics relating to Family History, I'm using this website and blog to post information and questions about my ancestors and other relatives, in the hope that someone out there may be able to fill in a few gaps or provide additional details (and possibly even some photographs) relating to my relatives – yes, I'm fishing for relatives with some cousin bait. I look forward to sharing information, even if we are only very distant relatives.
My ancestors are all from the UK, mostly from England, but also from Wales, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. My ancestral percentages and those for my parents are illustrated in these Ancestral Pie Charts (link goes to blog posting, which provides the source for these).
I'm encouraging as many relatives as possible to have their DNA tested – we all need each other to help identify which DNA segments are from which branch of the family and it also helps us find new relatives and expand our family trees. Costs have come down significantly over the last few years – for example, it is only $99 for autosomal DNA testing. See Invitation to DNA Testing – I've also provided information and various links on the Genetic Cousins menu about this relatively new branch of genealogy research, to make it as easy for you as possible. Do You Have the Right DNA? – if so, I may even be prepared to pay for your DNA testing!
I really love finding a signature of one of my ancestors, although many of the more distant ones couldn't write, so they signed with an "X" and "his or her mark" and their name was written in by someone else. In the absence of having a photo or a drawing of the person, a signature is the next best thing and I crop signatures of all my ancestors whenever I find them. The signatures above and in the blog posting for the Boulton Family are from a few of my relatives, the oldest of which is from my 5th great-grandfather, John Braithwaite (1745-1817), on the Marriage Bond he signed shortly before his 1768 marriage to Agnes Briggs (1746-1770) in Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire.
Recent Updates to Website
As well as indicating when new pages are added, because several pages are "works in progress", I'll include details here when they are largely complete or when there have been significant updates:
- Chromosome Map: Adam Grieve & Margaret Paterson Line – NEW webpage (24 Jul 2014), the first of a series of chromosome maps from various ancestral lines, together with an introductory page, Chromosome Mapping
- What a Difference a Year Makes and My Favorite 3 People on the Genetic Genealogy Mailing Lists – NEW Blog Posting (12 June 2014)
- How to Collect Your DNA Sample – NEW webpage (21 May 2014)
- Template for Y-DNA and mtDNA Haplogroup Trees – NEW Blog Posting (14 May 2014)
- Invitation to DNA Testing – NEW webpage (6 May 2014), providing information for relatives, to encourage you to undergo DNA testing
- Buyer Beware Links – NEW webpage (5 May 2014), with some DNA-testing and genealogy companies where others have reported issues, where you may want to do some background research on them before spending any money
- Complete list of AncestryDNA Presentations added to Presentations on DNA Testing and Starter Page: AncestryDNA – UPDATED pages (3 May 2014)
- AncestryDNA and Family Tree DNA Sales + GEDmatch – NEW Blog Posting (23 Apr 2014)
- Chromosome Mapping of Matching DNA with Adoptees – NEW Blog Posting (17 Apr 2014)
Page updated 24 July 2014