Monday, June 26, 2017

FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm


FamilySearch Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm


SALT LAKE CITY, UT (26 June 2017)—FamilySearch, a world genealogy leader and nonprofit, announced today its plans to discontinue its 80-year-old microfilm distribution service. The transition is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology. The last day for ordering microfilm will be August 31, 2017. Online access to digital images of the world's historic records allows FamilySearch to service more people around the globe, faster and more efficiently. See Finding Digital Images of Records on FamilySearch.org and Frequently Asked Questions for additional information. Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

A global leader in historic records preservation and access, FamilySearch and its predecessors began using microfilm in 1938, amassing billions of the world’s genealogical records in its collections from over 200 countries. Why the shift from microfilm to digital? Diane Loosle, Director of the Patron Services Division said, "Preserving historic records is only one half of the equation. Making them easily accessible to family historians and researchers worldwide when they need them is the other crucial component."

Loosle noted that FamilySearch will continue to preserve the master copies of its original microfilms in its Granite Mountain Records Vault as added backup to the digital copies online.

As the Internet has become more accessible to people worldwide over the past two decades, FamilySearch made the decision to convert its preservation and access strategy to digital. No small task for an organization with 2.4 million rolls of microfilm in inventory and a distribution network of over 5,000 family history centers and affiliate libraries worldwide.

It began the transition to digital preservation years ago. It not only focused on converting its massive microfilm collection, but also in replacing its microfilm cameras in the field. All microfilm cameras have been replaced with over 300 specialized digital cameras that significantly decrease the time required to make historic records images accessible online.

FamilySearch has now digitally reproduced the bulk of its microfilm collection—over 1.5 billion images so far—including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide. The remaining microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment.

Digital image collections can be accessed today in three places at FamilySearch.org. Using the Search feature, you can find them in Records (check out the Browse all published collections link), Books, and the Catalog. For additional help, see Finding Digital Images of Records on FamilySearch.org.

Transitioning from microfilm to digital creates a fun opportunity for FamilySearch's family history center network. Centers will focus on simplified, one-on-one experiences for patrons, and continue to provide access to relevant technology, popular premium subscription services, and restricted digital record collections not available to patrons from home.

Centers and affiliate libraries will coordinate with local leaders and administrators to manage their current microfilm collections on loan from FamilySearch, and determine when to return films that are already published online. For more information, see Digital Records Access Replacing Microfilm.


About FamilySearch


FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 5,000 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Family History Blogging Can Help Others Find Their Ancestors


I am so excited to share with you that a previously unknown cousin contacted me recently to tell me some wonderful news.

He left a comment here on my blog. His comment began with this sentence:
"I was so happy to stumble onto your blog, as it has helped me finally crack the mystery of who my three times great grandfather was."
Isn't that awesome!? This previously unknown cousin and I share an ancestor in my Norwegian family line. My cousin's ancestor was one of the brothers of my third great-grandfather, Michael Christian Christopherson. My cousin also said,
"...and thanks to you I now have their parents names as well :) Thanks!"
Wow! You're very welcome cousin!

My cousin went on to say that I was a good DNA match with his grandmother on GEDmatch. Yay!

My new cousin's comments made me feel so good! It really is worth all of the time and effort to write about my ancestors in my blog. Not only is blogging about my ancestors beneficial to me, it's also helpful to others.

Have you had any cousins contact you because you shared your family history in your blog?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, June 9, 2017

Jana's Genealogy Fab Finds for June 9, 2017



NOTE: There will not be a Fab Finds post next week due to family activities. Thank you!

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. GeneaBloggers announces GeneaBloggersTRIBE
  2. It’s not just about blogging… by Pat Richley-Erickson for GeneaBloggersTRIBE
  3. New GeneaBloggersTRIBE Badge for Your Blog or Website by GeneaBloggersTRIBE
  4. GeneaBloggersTRIBE - Answering your questions by Jill Ball, author of GeniAus
  5. Dear Genealogy Bloggers, I love you! AND Salt Lake Tribune Negative Collection by Amberly, author of TheGenealogyGirl
  6. Another Internet Surprise by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  7. USING SURNAME DISTRIBUTION MAPS by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  8. Another gem for researching relatives who served in the Soviet Army during WWII by Vera Miller, author of Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family
  9. Research Like a Pro, Part 2: Analyze Your Sources by Diana Elder, author of Family Locket
  10. What is a ‘Professional Genealogist’? by Amie Bowser Tennant, author of The Genealogy Reporter
  11. New Facebook Group: Historical City Directories by Miriam J. Robbins, author of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors
  12. The mailman brought letters Dad wrote 72 years ago by Becky Jamison, author of Grace and Glory
  13. Our Ancestors and Their Gardens by Melissa Barker, author of A Genealogist In The Archives
  14. “LITTLE BYTES OF LIFE” IS NOW “MY DESCENDANT’S ANCESTORS” by Elizabeth O'Neal, author of My Descendant's Ancestors
  15. The Norwegian Digitalarkivet with new design by Martin Roe Eidhammer, author of Norwegian Genealogy and then some
  16. Mastering Genealogical Proof & Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Colleen G. Brown Pasquale, author of Leaves & Branches
  17. TRACING MY FAMILY TREE AT THE AGE OF SEVEN by David Allen Lambert, author of The Past Finder
  18. Formal citations: Do it for those who follow by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  19. Genealogy Blogging Like It's My Birthday! by Michael Dyer, author of Family Sleuther 

Previous "May I Introduce To You" Interviews on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere Since My Last Fab Finds Post

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My DNA Ethnicity Estimate From MyHeritage

Earlier this week MyHeritage announced their new and improved Ethnicity Estimate.

I decided to check out my results and found them very interesting.

Under the DNA tab, I clicked on the Ethnicity Estimate tab and my Ethnicity Estimate list and corresponding world map appeared.


Here's my Ethnicity Estimate list.


And here's my Ethnicity Estimate map.


When I placed my cursor over a region in my Ethnicity Estimate, the region's color darkened and a box with the Ethnicity Estimate region and percentage appeared.


At the top of the page above the map is a "Play Intro" tab.


When I clicked on it, a separate tab on my computer opened and a video started playing.

The video began like this:


And ended with this:


This cool animated video revealed "who I am" according to my ethnicity estimates. As each region was listed and highlighted on the map, representative music from that region played. It was pretty neat.

When the video ended, this map appeared.


At the bottom of the map is a "Play again" button to view the video again.


Here's another interesting feature. To learn more about a region in your ethnicity estimate, simply click on that region in the map or in the list.

I did that for my Central American region and this is the screen that appeared.


It will be interesting to compare my DNA ethnicity estimates from MyHeritage to my results from Ancestry and Family Tree DNA. I will likely share those comparisons in an upcoming post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, May 26, 2017

No Genealogy Fab Finds Post This Week


Hello wonderful readers!

Just a quick post to tell you that there will not be a Genealogy Fab Finds post today. I've been dealing with shoulder/upper arm pain this week. I'm not sure yet if it's tendinitis, frozen shoulder, or what. It seems to be feeling better than before, but earlier it was difficult to use the computer mouse.

Hopefully Genealogy Fab Finds will resume next week. Thank you for your patience.

Have a great weekend!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, May 22, 2017

Debs and Willis Webster's Vintage Matchbook Collection

During a visit to my mom's house, she brought out this cool bag filled with vintage matchbooks. It belonged to my Grandpa and Grandma, Debs Warren Webster and Willis Quillin Webster.




I talked to my youngest brother and he remembers seeing these matchbooks. In fact, he remembers our Grandpa Webster letting him examine them. I wondered if my grandparents had collected these during their travels. He affirmed that by saying, "They collected each and every one of them from their many travels around the nation."

How cool is that!?


I'm so intrigued by these vintage matchbooks. My grandparents didn't ever smoke, so I don't know why they chose to collect matchbooks during their travels. But I'm glad they did collect them and that they kept them through the years. Not only are they interesting historically, they also give me a glimpse into the lives of my grandparents and where they traveled. My youngest son had a great idea to use these to create a map of where my grandparents traveled.

My plan is to scan these vintage matchbooks and share them here in this blog.

Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, May 19, 2017

Jana's Genealogy Fab Finds for May 19, 2017


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. A Fond Farewell by the Ancestry Insider
  2. Research Like a Pro, Part 1: What’s Your Question? by Diana Elder, author of Family Locket
  3. New! Jewish Geneabloggers List by Emily Garber, author of (going) The Extra Yad
  4. Fun Family History Activities for Father’s Day – #FHforChildren Blog Link Up June 2017 AND BYU myFamily History Youth Camp by Nicole Dyer, author of Family Locket
  5. Witnesses as clues to relationship by Martin Roe Eidhammer, author of Norwegian Genealogy and then some
  6. Skeletons in the Closet by Candice McDonald, author of Finding Your Canadian Story
  7. Cousin Jack--Add Being Deported and Deserting to His Story! by Lara Diamond, author of Lara's Jewnealogy
  8. Those Darn County Lines! by Diane Anderson, author of This Hoosier's Heritage
  9. Playing Favorites: Burton W. Cook by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
  10. Slave Name Roll Project: Estate Record of Peter G Evans by Andrea Kelleher, author of How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
  11. Making Letters Come Alive by Mary Kircher Roddy, author of Searching for Stories
  12. Kerry Landed Estate Courts by Kay Caball, author of My Kerry Ancestors
  13. HOMES IN WHICH I’VE LIVED by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  14. Reclaim the Records is fighting for genealogists by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  15. Creating Free, Beautiful Charts on TreeSeek by Amberly, author of TheGenealogyGirl
  16. Am I The Only One??? by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie

Last week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed It….My Contribution to the Blogosphere Last Week

Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jana's Genealogy Fab Finds for May 12, 2017


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. In search of another Caroline… by fhtess65, author of writing my past
  2. Remembering the Babies: Locate Birth and Death Records for Genealogy by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen for The Genealogy Reporter
  3. Including Family Traditions by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  4. My Ethnicity Fractions – Based on My Tree AND My DNA Results – How do they compare to my tree? (Updated) by Amberly, author of thegenealogygirl
  5. Consider Yourself Invited! Contribute to the Honor Roll Project for memorial Day 2017 by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
  6. Mother’s Day Memory Jar for Mother by Vera Marie Badertscher, author of Ancestors in Aprons
  7. A Personal Milestone for Me and Cyndi's List by Cyndi Ingle, author of Cyndi's List Blog
  8. When the county clerk does you a favor (or not) by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  9. The Golden Rule of Genealogy Volunteerism by Donna Cox Baker, author of The Golden Egg Genealogist
  10. Was your ancestor a miner? by Dayna Jacobs, author of On Granny's Trail
  11. Researching Your Civilian Conservation Corps Relative by Nancy Loe, author of Sassy Jane Genealogy
  12. Photographs in the Archives by Melissa Barker, author of A Genealogist In The Archives
  13. Six Years and (Still) Counting by Jacqi Stevens, author of A Family Tapestry
  14. I Write Like . . . . - SNGF by Nancy Messier, author of My Ancestors and Me
  15. Get Started with Web Indexing by James Tanner, author of Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad...
  16. Facebook vs Blogging: The Pros and Cons by Alona, author of Lonetester HQ
  17. Tuesday's Tip: Genealogy, Free or Fee--Ask for Help by Marian B. Wood, author of Climbing My Family Tree
  18. Down the DNA Rabbit Hole – Collateral Lines by Deborah Sweeney, author of Genealogy Lady
  19. DNA Toolbox by Elizabeth Handler, author of From Maine to Kentucky
  20. The “Secret” Codes on Death Certificates That Can Tell You How Your Ancestors Died by Melanie Mayo for Family History Daily
  21. How Family History Has Changed Me by TheHipsterGenealogist, author of The Hipster Genealogist Blog
  22. What Is The Greatest Thing About A Genealogy Conference? by John D. Tew, author of Filiopietism Prism
  23. Mothers Who Remember by Nicole Dyer, author of Family Locket

Last week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed It….My Contribution to the Blogosphere Last Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How to Add Hashtags in Legacy Family Tree 9


Last Friday I watched the "Discover the new Legacy Family Tree 9" webinar. Geoff Rasmussen demonstrated some of the new features in the Legacy 9 Deluxe Edition. One of the features I really like in this version of Legacy is the Hashtag feature.

Basically, users of Legacy 9 Deluxe can add hashtags to their ancestors and then create lists using the hashtags. For instance, I can add a hashtag for each of my ancestors who lived in Minnesota. Then I can create a list of the people in my database who ever lived in Minnesota. How cool is that!?

Since watching Friday's webinar, I've had way too much fun adding hashtags to my ancestors. And I've only just begun. There's no limit to how many hashtags we can create. And that is awesome. Our database can be totally personalized to our needs.


And now, I'll show you how to add hashtags to an ancestor in Legacy 9.

See the hashtag icon that the red arrow is pointing to in the image below? It's grey, which means there are no hashtags for my 2nd great-grandfather, Ole Anthon Christophersen

To add hashtags, I clicked on the grey hashtag icon.


This box popped up. As you can see, I already have a list of hashtags that I've created.


Ole was born in Norway, so I checked that box.


To see what other hashtags are on the list, I used scroll bar on the right.


Ole also lived in Minnesota after he immigrated to the United States, so I checked that box.


I then clicked on the "Save" button.


I also added a couple other hashtags that were already on my list: "Immigrant to America," and "Direct Line: Jana's."

Now I'll show you how I added a new hashtag to the list that pertains to Ole. To do that, I clicked on the "Add" button.


The "Add a Hashtag" box appeared. 


After he immigrated to America, Ole lived in Minnesota. I didn't have a "Residence: Norway" hashtag yet, so I added that in this box.


Then I clicked on the "Save" button.


And there it is. The new "Residence: Norway" hashtag has been added to the list. And it was automatically checked for Ole.


I then clicked on the "Save" button.


Now that I added hashtags to Ole in my database, the hashtag icon turned blue. Also, when I hovered my cursor over the blue hashtag icon, all of Ole's hashtags are shown. Pretty cool.


In an upcoming post, I'll show you how to create a Hashtag List using the Hashtag Search feature.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, May 5, 2017

Jana's Genealogy Fab Finds for May 5, 2017


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Major Changes At GeneaBloggers.Com by Thomas MacEntee, founder of GeneaBloggers
  2. Is Genealogy Blogging Dead? by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the Amy Johnson Crow Blog
  3. Typo – Farmlingham not Framlingham! by Simon Last, author of Charnwood Genealogy
  4. How They Do It: Pat Richley-Erickson (DearMYRTLE) by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  5. Family History Storytime – Preschool Books and Lesson Plans by Nicole Dyer, author of Family Locket
  6. Daily Life Binders: Organization Meets Genealogy by Devon Noel Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
  7. Granma’s Tapioca Cream by Julie Preston, author of The Keeper of Stories
  8. Livestreaming Your Conference Experience-An Opportunity to Be a Part of #NGS2017GEN by Cheri Hudson Passey, author of Carolina Girl Genealogy
  9. Favorite Sources: World War I Draft Registration Cards AND Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub by Liane Jensen, author of Genealogy Mom
  10. The Archive Lady: Preserving Old Negatives by Melissa Barker for GeneaBloggers
  11. Don’t be an online genealogist by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  12. “What is Social History and Why Should a Genealogist Care?” AND Genealogy Alphabet Challenge – “A is for Archives” by Krista, author of The Great Ancestor Dig
  13. Just Because They’re Buried There Doesn’t Mean They Died There by Mary Kircher Roddy, author of Searching for Stories
  14. Can You Find Family Histories in the Archives? Yes You Can! by Melissa Barker, author of A Genealogist In The Archives
  15. The Mercantile: Where Our Ancestors Shopped by Melissa Barker for The Genealogy Reporter
  16. Norwegian patronyms by Martin Roe Eidhammer, author of Norwegian Genealogy and then some

Last week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

Thanks for reading!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, April 21, 2017

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for April 21, 2017



NOTE: There will not be a Fab Finds post next week due to upcoming family activities. Fab Finds will resume on May 5, 2017. Thank you!

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Life Lessons Learned from Old School Records by Patricia Desmond Biallas, author of GeneaJourneys
  2. Family history tip for BUSY parents … by Jana Greenhalgh, author of The Genealogy Kids
  3. Legacy Family Tree Version 9 Released - Lots of New Features! AND Getting Hints on Legacy Family Tree Version 9 Profiles by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  4. Releasing Isaac, Agg, and Hannah and Two Slave Name Projects by Diana Elder, author of Family Locket
  5. What Happened to Genealogy Blogging? AND Follow Up & Reflection on ‘What Happened to Genealogy Blogging?’ AND Genealogy Blog Reading Philosophy AND Not Quite “On the Clock,” but Getting There  by Julie Cahill Tarr, author of Julie's Genealogy and History Hub
  6. Are We Nearing the End of Genealogy Blogging? by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  7. A New To-Do List  by Elise Ann Wormuth, author of Living in the Past: A Family History
  8. Natural Disasters and Family Misfortunes: Galveston 1900 by Wayne Shepheard, author of Discover Genealogy
  9. Win a Free DNA Test on National DNA Day AND Save on DNA Education for National DNA Day by Amie Bowser Tennant, author of The Genealogy Reporter
  10. Genealogy Throw Back Idea That Worked! by Lori Samuelson, author of Genealogy At Heart
  11. Was my Ancestor Insane or Did They Have Encephalitis? by Jennifer Bullard, author of The Genealogy Laboratory
  12. 10 Ways Busy Parents Can Make Time for Family History by Nicole Dyer, author of Family Locket
  13. DNA Day Sales 2017 by CeCe Moore, author of Your Genetic Genealogist
  14. NEW GENEAGEM: THE GATEWAY TO OKLAHOMA HISTORY AND 52 DOCUMENTS IN 52 WEEKS #15: DANISH LAEGDSRULLER -ARMY RECORDS by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  15. The Forgotten Federal Census of 1885 Can Be Found Online for Free by Melanie Mayo for Family History Daily

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed It….My Contribution to the Blogosphere Last Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Thanks for reading!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter ~ 2017

Mary and the Resurrected Lord
Image courtesy of lds.org

Happy Easter! I'd like to share this very special Easter video with you. It's called "The Prince of Peace: Find Lasting Peace through Jesus Christ."





I'm so grateful for Jesus Christ. I know He is our Savior and Redeemer. I'm thankful for His kindness, mercy and love. I'm so grateful for His atoning sacrifice and for the Resurrection. Because of Him, we will all live again. Through Him we can all find peace. Jesus Christ truly is the Prince of Peace.

I'd like to wish all of you a very Happy Easter.

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, April 14, 2017

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for April 14, 2017



Fab Finds is back! And, my blog is no longer on hiatus. We've been unpacking and settling into our new home. It's going to take a while to get everything the way we want it, but we've been able to accomplish a lot in the three weeks since we moved in. Thank you for your patience!

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. 8th Grade Family History Project: My Story in American History by Nicole Dyer, author of Family Locket
  2. Interactive map returns to the Newberry Atlas of Historical County Boundaries by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  3. Revisiting my ancestor map by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  4. Announcing A New DNA And Genetic Genealogy Resource – NationalDNAday.Com by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  5. Millions of Immigrants Never Set Foot on Ellis Island – Find Their Records Here by Tony Bandy for Family History Daily
  6. On the Trail of Territorial Records by Dayna Jacobs, author of On Granny's Trail
  7. A Letter from John Hains to his daughter Mary by Linda Hall-Little, author of Passage to the Past's Blog
  8. Butterscotch Cookies by Melinda Bowers, author of Family Heritage Recipes
  9. Channeling The Terminator by Mary Kircher Roddy, author of Searching for Stories
  10. U.S. Army Transport Service Records by Kevin Mittge, author of Robbins Roots
  11. Keep, Toss, or Recycle? What to Do with Your Outdated Media by Caroline Guntur, author of Organizing Photos
  12. Do You Need More Than One Filenaming Scheme? by Denise May Levenick, author of The Family Curator
  13. Guilt Free Multi-Tasking Personal History With Social Media by Devon Noel Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
  14. What is that Family Cemetery Really Telling You? by Lisa Lisson, author of Are You My Cousin?
  15. Family Recipe Project by Cassandra Chambers Wagner, author of Consanguineous Connections
  16. Family Food History by KTC, author of Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors & Me
  17. Legacy Family Tree Webinars Offer Free Weekend of Genealogy Training AND 3 New Ways to Use Hashtags for Genealogy by Amie Bowser Tennant, author of The Genealogy Reporter
  18. Legacy's Family Tree Webinars is Free April 14th through 16th by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings


"May I Introduce To You" Interviews on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere Since My Last Fab Finds Post

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

My Updated Family Tree DNA myOrigins Results

Family Tree DNA recently updated myOrigins. The update changed my previous myOrigins map and ethnic makeup percentages.

Here's my previous myOrigins map as of 6 May 2014.


And here's my updated myOrigins map as of 7 April 2017.


Notice that the reference populations have different colors assigned to each one. And, the assigned colors in the Ethnic Makeup chart match the colors on the map.

Iberia is purple in the chart and on the map. Check out what happened when I hovered my cursor over Iberia in the chart (see below). Spain and Portugal remained purple on the map and every other reference population on my map turned gray. 


That same kind of thing happened as I hovered my cursor over the other reference populations in my Ethnic Makeup chart. Each reference population on the map stayed the same color as the corresponding color on the chart, and the rest of the reference populations turned gray.

With the recent update, my Ethnic Makeup percentages changed too. The previous Ethnic Makeup percentage chart on the left is from 2014 and the one on the right is the updated chart.



In case these charts are difficult to read, here's the breakdown of the results:

Previous myOrigins Ethnic Makeup Results

Jana Last - Ethnic Makeup - 6 May 2014

European 85%
European Northlands 36%
European Coastal Plain 17%
North Mediterranean Basin 16%
European Coastal Islands 16%
New World 7%
Bering Expansion 7%
Middle Eastern 5%
North African Coastlands 5%
East Asian 2%
Asian Northeast 2%
Central/South Asian 1%
Eurasian Heartland 1%
African 1%
Niger-Congo Genesis 1%

Updated myOrigins Ethnic Makeup Results

Jana Last - Ethnic Makeup - 7 April 2017
European 80%
Scandinavia 45%
Iberia 23%
West and Central Europe 12%
New World 10%
North and Central America 10%
Middle Eastern 6%
North Africa 3%
West Middle East 3%
Trace Results
East Central Africa <2%
Southeast Asia <2%
West Africa <2%
British Isles <2%

The updated British Isles result is surprising. My research shows that my maternal great-grandfather’s ancestry is from the British Isles.

The New World result isn’t surprising. Family Tree DNA states that this cluster includes Native populations. My AncestryDNA ethnicity estimate also lists Native American ethnicity at 10%. I attribute this result to my Mexican ancestry through my maternal great-grandmother, Esther Matus Villatoro, who was born in Arriaga, Chiapas.

I realize that these are just estimates, but they are quite interesting.

Have you had your DNA tested? Were you surprised by your results?

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, April 10, 2017

National Siblings Day 2017

It's National Siblings Day! While searching for photos of my brothers and myself, I found this sweet photo of us with our Grandpa, Debs Warren Webster.


This photo was taken at our Grandpa and Grandma Webster's home in Hacienda Heights, California.

Happy National Siblings Day!

Jana

© 2017 Copyright by Jana Iverson Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging


Wow! It's my 5th blogiversary! I've been so busy with everything around here that I actually forgot about it until I saw some kind congratulations on Facebook.

THANK YOU

I'd like to thank you, wonderful readers, for taking the time to read my posts over the years. I'd also like to thank you for your comments and for sharing my posts on social media. You guys are awesome!

BUSY TIMES

Unfortunately, I haven't been posting as much on my blog this past year as in previous years. Last year was an incredibly busy and eventful year in our family. Two of our children got married, we bought a new-construction home, put our old home on the market, sold it, found a rental home to live in while our new home was being built, moved to our rental home, and then moved to our new home a couple of weeks ago.

We are still in the process of unpacking. This photo was taken almost a week ago. I was actually able to unpack several of thosee boxes and the pile was getting smaller. Unfortunately, the pile has grown again since we moved boxes inside from the garage last night. Sigh....It will be so nice to finally have everything unpacked. It really takes a lot of time to find new places for everything after moving to a new home.


So, with all that's been going on, something had to give, and that something was writing in my blog. Once things settle down and I get back into a somewhat more normal routine, I will hopefully get back to blogging on a more regular basis.

YEAR IN REVIEW

Here are some highlighted posts from last year (since my last blogiversary):

Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster ~ Inventor of The Webster Dehorning Chute - April 11, 2016

My Speaking Engagement in June - May 26, 2016

I Found Sweet Edna Lillie Webster's Death Record - June 8, 2016

More Proof That It's Worthwhile To Have Your Family Tree Online - June 22, 2016

Joyful Times ~ Adding a New Daughter-in-Law's Name to My Genealogy Database - July 5, 2016

A House for Sale and a Wedding - August 16, 2016

More Joyful Times ~ Adding Another New Daughter-in-Law's Name to My Genealogy Database - September 12, 2016

A Precious Photo of Chester Malvin Iverson - March 1, 2017

Thank you to my husband, family, friends, fellow genealogy bloggers, and all of my wonderful readers who follow along with me as I share my family history through blogging.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jana

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