Genealogy Jamboree 2022 | Finding Descendants in Your Family Tree | Finding Descendants in Your Family Tree: A Deeper Look into Finding Living People Now | Diane Henriks
Finding Descendants in Your Family Tree:
Do you need to break down some brick walls in your research? Would you like to find relatives you never knew about, locate living relatives for DNA testing, find or return family heirlooms, find out more about your medical genealogy, find living relatives to an unclaimed estate, and more? Come hear my presentation at this year’s Genealogy Jamboree and learn how to find descendants and living people in your family tree!
Register for the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree 2022, and come hear "Finding Descendants in Your Family Tree" and "Finding Descendants in Your Family Tree: A Deeper Look into Finding Living People Now"!
About Genealogy Jamboree:
Jamboree is the largest "single society" conference in the U.S. and draws family historians and professional genealogists from all over the world!
The 52nd Jamboree conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, August 26-27, 2022, and the 9th Genetic Genealogy conference will be held on Friday and Saturday August 19-20, 2022. Usually held yearly at the Burbank Marriott in Burbank, CA, but following last year's event, this year's conferences will be held virtually. The following presentations, "Finding Descendants in Your Family Tree" and "Finding Descendants in Your Family Tree: A Deeper Look into Finding Living People Now" will be available in the recorded library starting Saturday August 27th.
There will be so many wonderful speakers from all over, including speakers from
MyHeritage, FamilySearch, FamilyTreeDNA, LivingDNA, DNA Painter, the Swedish records site ArkivDigital, AncestryProGenealogists, award winning columnists, and many more!
I hope to see you there!
Meet All the speakers Here: Meet Our Speakers
View the Schedule for Genetic Genealogy and Genealogy Jamboree here to see all the amazing presentations being offered this year!: Jamboree 2022 Schedule
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Having difficulty locating a lost ancestor? Remember, not all family stories are true...Don't keep yourself in a box with them. Sometimes they are just that, stories. 😉
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Ancestry’s New SideView Ethnicity Inheritance DNA Feature!
Ancestry just came out with a new DNA feature that splits your ethnicity inheritance by each parent, upping the genealogy game! They also just updated ethnicity results.
New DNA Ethnicity Inheritance Feature:
They use their new SideView technology with your DNA matches, by assuming your matches are from one specific parent, which is not always the case. 😉 This new technology organizes the DNA you share with them.
They can’t tell which parent is parent 1 or 2, but you can most likely figure that part out yourself. 😉
I checked it our right away today! I’m not so sure how accurate it is though. I also compared it against my mom’s and my uncle’s (my father’s brother). Keep in mind that we get half of our DNA from or mother and half from our father, and we don’t necessarily get half of all their ethnicities, which could explain the discrepancies in mine.
For my uncle though, that fact doesn’t seem to explain why he has no Germanic Europe for our main paternal family line. It shows it on his maternal side. It should be from both sides. I don’t know how far back they are going, but I guess I must also keep in mind that it is believed that our main family line most likely originally came from Switzerland in the 1400’s. 😊
For my mom, I know that for at least the last couple of hundred years or so she had no one from Scotland on her father’s side, only her mother’s. She did have Irish from one line on that side though, and I must also keep in mind that if they go further back, they could have originally come from Scotland, or it is just because they are so close.
I am not a DNA or ethnicity specialist, other than using it to find your unknown relatives or biological family, but I did major in biochemistry. 😉
DNA Ethnicity Update:
They also updated the ethnicities once again.
My ethnic regions stayed pretty much the same, minus the Germanic Europe being taken off and the percentages changed a bit. 😉
They added 2 new regions for my mom, Germanic Europe and Norway. They also changed around her percentages quite a bit. They cut her Irish in half, but it reflects in her Scottish and England & North Western percentages, which makes sense.
They added 2 new regions for my uncle, Portugal and another indigenous area, in which both make sense. His percentages only changed ever so slightly.
If you’ve done your DNA with Ancestry, then go on Ancestry and check it out!
What do you think of this of this awesome new DNA feature from Ancestry? Does yours seem pretty accurate? Let me know what you think about it after you’ve checked it out, in the comments below!
More Genealogy Resources:
Learn about more resources you can use in your genealogy research and to preserve your family history under the Genealogy Resources category and on my dedicated Genealogy Resources page!
More DNA Posts:
Interested in genetic genealogy? Find more DNA posts under my DNA Simplified category!
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MyHeritage LiveStory: Make Your Ancestor’s Photos Talk and Tell Their Story!
Well, there is now another fantastic genealogy resource that you can add to your family history toolbox and photo tools, a new addition from MyHeritage, once again!
MyHeritage announced at RootsTech last month of a new feature they had just added that brings your ancestors even more to life with AI technology, LiveStory! Your ancestors can now speak and tell their own life stories with a video biography! MyHeritage just keeps outdoing themselves!
MyHeritage LiveStory Attempt #1:
I tried it out RIGHT after it was announced at RootsTech, literally within minutes! I did a trial version that I had made quickly to check it out, and I couldn’t wait to do one with some more time spent on it! I was certain that a second round, after getting the hang of it (and with a few more pictures added), would be outstanding!
The voice is obviously not my ancestor's voice, and it would only add the info for the ancestor I chose, their children and grandchildren, not any further. The names are also mispronounced, but it is still so cool, and I have a feeling that MyHeritage will keep improving upon it, as they have for their other tools! I can't wait!
The quickie version was made by them automatically pulling whatever I had in my MyHeritage tree, which wasn't much. Of course, there are more children and grandchildren, but I only added my direct line to the tree for the quickie one and had already planned to add more at a later date, just to try it out.
Check out the result!
MyHeritage LiveStory Attempt #1
MyHeritage LiveStory Attempt #2:
During my spring break last week, I finally had time to create another one, after the quickie one that I had done the month before. It took me a good part of the day to create it, but it turned out much better than the first! This one was of my great grandmother from Mexico.
Compare it to the quick version I did last month!
MyHeritage LiveStory Attempt #2
MyHeritage LiveStory Attempts #3 and #4:
Then I became obsessed for a couple of days and made 2 more, each time trying to improve upon it, while checking out the functions! The 3rd one was of one of my paternal 2nd great grandfathers, and the 4th one was of one of my maternal great grandmothers.
After realizing that you don’t have to just create them using their default of pulling some info from your tree, I had done these 3 using their free text chapters that you can fill in and add to yourself.
Take a look at the final products!
MyHeritage LiveStory Attempts #3 and #4
This is one of the best ways to share your family history with the rest of your family and others to get them interested in where they came from! An ingenious move for MyHeritage, once again!
They were letting anyone try it for FREE after RootsTech! I’m not 100% sure anyone can still try it out for free, but it appears that you can!
Try it out for FREE now at the MyHeritage Live Story webpage!
What do you think of this of this awesome new tool from MyHeritage? Have you made one yet? Let me know what you think about it, after you’ve tried it out, in the comments below!
More Genealogy Resources:
Learn about more resources you can use in your family history research under the Genealogy Resources category and on my dedicated Genealogy Reources page!
This post is a participant in the Genealogy Blog Party!
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A Whirlwind of Searching the 1950 Census Digital Images!
Well, the release day of the 1950 census on April 1st was definitely a whirlwind to say the least!
It’s a good thing that it was the first day of my spring break, because I spent the entire day (about 16 hours) searching for my family! Then I was at again the next day! 2 days was my cap, haha! I figured if I couldn’t find who I was looking for manually, then they were most likely not on the census.
Just as many of you have done, I had created a list of who I wanted to find first in the 1950 Census. After I had already made my list, which took quite a while, MyHeritage came out with a super cool new 1950 Census tool, called Census Helper, that does all the work for you (if you have a tree on MyHeritage 😉)!
Using the 1950 Census Distict Finder Tool from Ancestry to Search the 1950 Census Digital Images:
With the 1950 Census district finder tool from Ancestry, that I spoke about last, in Get Ready for the 1950 Census with New Updates and FREE Cool Helps from Ancestry, I was able to find anyone I had an address for, right away!
When it came time to search for anyone with just a city with their tool, it just took a little more effort.
Using NARA to Search the 1950 Census Digital Images:
That’s when I went to NARA (National Archives) and used their tool. With NARA you also are able to search for a name with their 1950 Census Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning index. Don’t confuse it with the standard searchable index that you’re used to though. The AI was better at getting some names more than others, and remember if you search for a last name, it will only be attached to the head of household. I found it much more concise with first names. If you only have a city and name, you will have to look through quite a few digital images. If you only have a county and name, then you will most likely be searching through tons of images!
I also used this tool in conjunction with Ancestry’s 1950 Census district finder; it helped to narrow things down, especially when I had to search counties and sometimes just states. I was able to view other counties around the area of the city and county they should have been in, by finding the enumeration districts of all the areas close by, then plugging them into NARA with names, sometimes just a first name in case the AI couldn’t decipher the last name.
Using MyHeritage to Search the 1950 Census Digital Images:
AT some points, I also took the info from Ancestry’s ED district finder and NARA’s AI/ML searchable by name index and headed on over to MyHeritage to search. I found that MyHeritage had everything much more organized and laid out for me, minus the other’s tools. I also thought their digital image viewing was much easier to see and use.
Using FamilySearch to Search the 1950 Census Digital Images:
FamilySearch also has the 1950 Census digital images available! Although Family Search is usually my first choice for accessing online records, I just didn’t need to access it with the other 3 already being used in conjunction.
I did realize that the most difficult family/ancestors to find were the ones that weren’t where they should have been or moved around A LOT. Of course, for these ones I had to go back into my tree and search for more directories; more of their family members in directories; more marriages, births, and deaths for any of their family members around that time; and more, so that I could get their addresses as close to 1950 as possible.
I eventually found everyone I wanted in the 2 days I had searched, except for my mom and her mom, and one great grandfather. I’m not sure why I can’t find my great grandfather, as I know from directories and other documents of the city he was living in, but for my mom and her mom, I think they just slipped the census. Her mom was an unwed teenager at the time, with my mom being 1 1/2. I know where my mom was born, I searched all family members (painstakingly), and she was with none of them. I searched my mom’s stepfather, who her mom had married just a few weeks later, and she was not with him. I then searched ALL the areas around him, then the entire county, then the state. They are no where to be found, as of yet. 😉
As of today, the states of Wyoming and Delaware are fully searchable in the 1950 Census!
Did you search the 1950 Census for your family on release day? What sites or tools did you use to search through the 1950 Census digital images? Did you prep beforehand with a list of relatives you were going to search for? Were you able to find everyone you had hoped to find? Let me know how it went or ask me any questions, below in the comments!
More Genealogy Resources:
Find other useful genealogy resources under the Genealogy Resources category and on my dedicated Genealogy Resources page!
More Genealogy Records:
Find my other posts on the U.S. Census records under the Genealogy Records category!
As of today, Vermont and American Samoa are fully searchable!
As of today, Alaska, New Hampshire, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are fully searchable!
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I hope my family history and genealogy blog on genealogy research tips, resources, events, and more, along with my own genealogy journeys, will help you in your research and in building your family tree to learn more about your ancestors and family history to preserve for future generations to come!