Possible 7th great grandparents

James Rutherford and Jane NixonI believe this couple may be my 7th great grandparents. I am currently looking for additional proof that I have identified the correct people. James Rutherford and Jane Nixon married at Simonburn in Northumberland on 23rd May 1738. Vicar clearly had a problem writing in a straight line. The whole page slopes downhill and gets progressively worse as you get nearer the bottom.

3 new topics in DNA plus paper

I was thrilled to receive my relative match list today from the 23andme autosomal test which I took during my summer holidays. Now I just need to find time to figure out what to do with the results and who I would like to try to contact.

I have added three new topics to my page DNA plus paper:23andme relatives

  • 23andme DNA Relatives processed
  • Countries of Ancestry
  • Top Relative Surnames

You can access them from the link in this post or from the menu line of Digging up the Ancients.

New Crackett 4th cousin twice removed

LinkedIn snipThe power of social media🙂  A young man viewed my LinkedIn profile today because we share an uncommon surname: Crackett. I looked at his profile, recognised the name and looked him up in my tree and found that he is my 4C2R. The ancestral couple that we share are my 3rd great grandfather, William Cracket, born about 1791 in the Lowick area and his probable wife Isabella Gowans, shown on some documents as Bell Cracket, born about 1795 at Holburn in Northumberland. Since they are his 5th great grandparents that gives us the “twice removed” from the two generation difference in our relationship to them.

Old Parish Registers

Mary Hutchinson baptismSome of you have asked me why it takes so long to find ancestors a few centuries ago. Just to give you an indication of the challenges in reading records, here is one of the more legible: Baptism of my 4th great grandmother Mary Hutchinson at Felton on 13 Nov 1791. Her parents were Joseph Hutchinson and his wife Mary. Joseph and Mary lived at Felton Moor and I subsequently discovered that her name was Mary Brown.

The past few weeks

Views and visitorsI started to kick myself into daily posting again after my summer holidays. It has been interesting to see the effect that my increased writing activity has had on my readers. A big thanks to all of you who follow my posts. I hope you find something of interest as you browse through my meandering thoughts and random ramblings. I have lots more floating around in my head that I plan to publish. Just need to structure my ideas, pick out photos and “put pen to paper” or hit the appropriate keys on the keyboard.

4 new topics on DNA plus paper

I have added four new topics to my page DNA plus paper:Shared DNA Lyn and Hal

  • DNA % shared with my aunt (with links to a useful calculator and other tools)
  • mtDNA Haplogroup
  • Step 5 at 23andme
  • Progress at 23andme

You can access them from the link in this post or from the menu line of Digging up the Ancients.