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 (sometime less in Sales). 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 "sponsor" (i.e., 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 (although maybe chromosome mapping of DNA has become even more important) and I crop signatures whenever I find them in documents. The signatures above and in the blog posting for the Boulton Family are from a few of my ancestors, 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.
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:
- DNArboretum: A Great Free Google Chrome Extension for Viewing Trees on 23andMe (Old-Style Trees) and FTDNA – NEW Blog Posting (4 Sep 2015)
- ADSA is Now Available for GEDmatch Kits! – NEW Blog posting (13 April 2015)
- Cost-Effective Autosomal DNA Options for UK Residents – NEW Blog posting (1 February 2015)
- Genome Coverage: Nehemiah Hornby & Elizabeth Yeats Line – NEW webpage (23 January 2015), the 3rd in a series of chromosome maps from various ancestral lines
- Genome Coverage: Robert Griffith & Elizabeth Hughes Line – Updated webpage (11 January 2015), the 2nd in a series of chromosome maps from various ancestral lines
Page updated 4 September 2015