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11 August 2015 @ 05:25 pm
Family Tree  
So one of the things I've been doing to keep myself distracted is genealogy. I've been working on my family tree on and off for 15 odd years, not really getting anywhere, and not paying for an Ancestry.com membership, just using the free version. For my birthday last year, I think it was, Nin got me the DNA test thru Ancestry, and after I got the results, I figured it was time to pony up for a paid subscription. I pay for a few months, stop for a few, start up again. When I pretty much stopped writing, spending the time on Ancestry.com filled the void. I wish I'd done the paid version so much sooner! Finally, I was getting somewhere. I come to discover I'm related to all the royalty :D on my paternal grandmother's side. Wrong side of War of the Roses, and mostly the female line, but I was surprised as heck. Now I know why my great grandmother was, reportedly, such a snob. It was kind of cool discovering Eleanor of Aquitaine was my umpteenth times great grandmother. On the down side, evil King John is my umpteenth great grandfather. The amusing discovery was Rollo aka the first Duke of Normandy, from Vikings, is also a great grandfather. So when we were in SoCal, and we were in Hot Topic, and saw the Rollo bobblehead, I had to have it.

So through all this, my mum keeps asking, what about my side of the family? Unfortunately, her parents died when she was a child, and she was adopted. So her side of the family was a bitch to even get back a few generations. However, Ancestry has been adding a lot of new records from Scotland, so when I wet back to her line this month, I was able to push much farther back, and tada! Robert the Bruce! Now mum is happy :D And I'll never watch Braveheart the same way again. And I've found the same Scots princess on both my father and mother's side. I haven't even figured out how to chart that on Ancestry. Apparently there's a way to merge occurrences, but I'm afraid I'll blow up my tree. I probably need to buy the actual tree creator software they have. I think it would be easier to keep track of.

So that's some of how I've been spending my time. I told Nin it's like playing a video game--you never know what's around the corner. I'm also trying to match my tree with the people Ancestry says are DNA match cousins, but haven't had a whole lot of luck. I've been in contact with a few of the people I'm cousins with, and we're going to try and see if we can meet in the middle somewhere.

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ericadawn16: Nostalgicericadawn16 on August 12th, 2015 12:00 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest the software I use but when I looked for a link, it turns out they stopped supporting it in 2013. I don't really look that much anymore because Ancestry bought everything up and I refuse to pay.

However, it sounds like we're related, squee!
Ithithildyn on August 15th, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC)
Mischief: Tea and Laptopem_kellesvig on August 12th, 2015 01:50 pm (UTC)
Hey, we're related! Couple times, maybe. :D Through Robert the Bruce, King John and his son the Duke of Pembroke, and Eleanor too! If you go back far enough, you'll find you're one of many (many!) of Charlemagne's descendants and through him, the Caesars.

It's really great fun, isn't it? I got stuck with the Pembrokes and the need for an international membership, which I just couldn't afford. Fortunately, my cousin Catherine had done most of the work on that side of the family and I was able to selectively merge our two trees (just the line we had in common).

The ones I found really interesting were the Swiss merchants who spent a couple of years in England: they had a couple of kids while in London so those births show up in the London records. Then they went back to Switzerland. It was very confusing to have those names pop up in both places under the same date until I realized they were the same people, just gone traveling. :)
Ithithildyn on August 15th, 2015 07:19 pm (UTC)
I hit Charlemagne a few months back, and have gone back a few generations randomly. I did one back to the Frankish kings to BC times, which was pretty wild.

Sometimes, it makes my head hurt, especially when you realize the people whose hints you're viewing have dates all messed up, like the mother dying several years before their child was born. Usually, I'm too tired to try and sort it out, so I pick some other branch to fiddle with :D
spockside on August 13th, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
Wow, cool!
Ithithildyn on August 15th, 2015 07:19 pm (UTC)
It has been fun!
Black Wolfdet_munch on August 16th, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
that sounds really interesting. Apparently my library has Ancestry.com and it's free to use
Ithithildyn on August 16th, 2015 12:52 am (UTC)
Yes, there is a free version, that's what I used the last ten years. It's a good place to start.
Black Wolfdet_munch on August 16th, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)
No, they have the paid version but patrons can use it for free
Ith: Japan - Autumn Leaves Geishaithildyn on August 16th, 2015 02:12 am (UTC)
Don't know how that's possible as the subscription- paid or free - is tied to your name/family tree. If it's in the library's 'name' how can you add to your personal tree?
Black Wolfdet_munch on August 16th, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)
just looked it up on the library's website, apparently it's a different website/program.
jedimasterstar: Clintjedimasterstar on August 17th, 2015 08:26 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about doing this myself. It sounds like it would be interesting.
I_llbedammnedi_llbedammned on August 19th, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC)
I would think that finding new parts of your past would be very interesting. You got royal blood in you! Go you!