While doing some family research on Findagrave, I thought this advertisement getting served up was quite funny…
Feb20a new Ancestry Composition tool that “tells you what percentage of your DNA comes from each of 22 populations worldwide.”23andme recently released
It is a nicely designed chart – although according to discussion on their forums and even my own results, the specificity seems to affected by the current size of the comparison data set.
My ancestry is 50% Irish and 50% Czech and I can name the exact towns where 6 out of 8 of my great-grandparents came from. My 99.6% reported European ancestry is purported to be in the “sweet spot” of their data – however my results have a fair amount of “Nonspecific” percentages. They also show what I think is probably noise in their analysis with tiny amounts of South Asian, Middle Eastern and North African in there as well.
With 23andme’s big push to reach a database of a million people, it will be interesting to see how this composition chart changes over time – assuming they update it regularly as new information becomes available. (Some other reference info on the site has not seemed to keep up with the times.)
Overall, I am quite happy with the service and hopefully I’ll find a match one day that will help me find where them long lost Tierneys came from back in Ireland.
I am happy to report that Grandpa had a clean driving record. Not sure how clean the horse was on the streets, though.
In the 1920 census he lived near the Queens cemeteries where he worked as a stone mason. His entire enumeration district contained only two pages – probably hundreds of times more people buried in that area at the time than lived there. Also: horses.
(Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.)
For now, here’s another random news article with a last line that tickled my fancy:
“Since she saw him, Mrs. Woodruff’s heart has been affected through excessive joy and she is ill.”
I do hope she recovered. and still had the $1,000 to repay the insurance company.
Special to The New,York Times. (1910, Jun 22). ” Dead” brother reappears. New York Times (1857-1922).