Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Genetic Communities

Source: Ancestry. Genetic Community result.
Today Ancestry introduced its new Genetic Communities feature within AncestryDNA. So far it looks pretty cool. They are starting with 300 genetic communities to explore, hopefully more will be added in the near future. The image above shows the community for Settlers of the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia from my Mom's results. This makes sense given the large concentration of ancestors who migrated from Northern Virginia through Kentucky and beyond. Surnames for this branch include Read, Whitley/Wheatley, Ballard, Heslopp, Grinstead, Warren, Matthews, Clark, among others.

Source: Ancestry. Genetic Community result.
Within each genetic community you can drill into the detail as it shows people in your tree and connects them back to regions where they may have come from. It looks fairly accurate based on the information from my tree.
Source: Ancestry. Genetic Ancestry landing page.
My Dad's results showed a match for Early Settlers of the Ohio River Valley, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, which certainly links with my research. I like how you can visualize results from your tree within the community and how it pulls up a photo and vital information that you can click into.
Source: Ancestry. Genetic Community result.
Source: Ancestry. Genetic Community result detail.
Source: Ancestry. Genetic Community result detail.
I think our kids will really like seeing the connections visualized this way. It is also interesting to see the little differences between my results and others in the family who have tested. My sister showed up for Mexicans in Sonora and Southern Arizona, which interestingly did not appear as a genetic community when I first started digging around but did show up when I checked again a little later.
Source: Ancestry. Genetic Community result.
Source: Ancestry. Genetic Community result.
I will be spending more time with this new tool but so far it looks fascinating.

Monday, March 27, 2017


Painting by S. Jones, 30 Sep 2016
The paintings above and below are two entries by our daughter in the 2016 Alexandria Reflections Art Contest. The theme of the contest was "What is your story/Cual es su historia?" The one above was titled "Leaves in the wind," and the one below "The long journey". She wrote "the leaves represent the places my family and I have traveled." For the second painting, she wrote "My family has come from places all over the world, so I made this for them." She won a medal for the top painting.
Painting by S. Jones. 30 Sep 2016.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Chairmaker's Land

US Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, Harrison County, IN 1882
Back in September 2012, I wrote about my 3rd-great-grandfather David Detrick Lamon, a farmer and chairmaker from Harrison County, Indiana. David's land appears in the 1882 US Indexed County Land Ownership Map for Scott Township, Harrison County. This matches up with a land patent issued to David in May 1845.
US Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, Ancestry.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Free Clinic Today

Indianapolis Star, 8 Apr 1939
Following yesterday's post of an article in the Indianapolis Star from April 1939 about my great-grandfather Harry E. O'Brien, above is an advertisement for Harry's free clinic at Pearson's. It is interesting to see how Harry offered his expert services around Indianapolis over the years, working with musicians and serving clients for his glass-blown clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Expert Consultation

Indianapolis Star, 7 Apr 1939
I have written quite often about my great-grandfather, Harry E. O'Brien. Here is another article from the Indianapolis Star, published on 7 April 1939, describing how Harry regularly offered consultation and advice to musicians in Indianapolis.
Indianapolis Star, 7 Apr 1939.
For a 1945 article on Harry, see this link.