52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition

Last year I stumbled upon the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge and made an attempt to complete the challenge.  I won’t say that I failed to complete the challenge, even though I didn’t post for all 52 weeks but I did enjoy what posts I did complete.  My goal was to get as many of my spousal unit’s ancestors out in the public eye as possible.  And even though the 2014 challenge has ended, I’m still not giving up because…

There’s a 2015 Edition of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks!


Oh yes, I get a second chance to complete this challenge and I’m pumped.  A little late getting started obviously but better late than never!  So I’m going to do my best to catch up to the current post while still doing justice to my post subjects.  And what better place to start than where I left off in 2014?!  My last 52 Ancestors post in 2014 was on the spousal unit’s second great-grandfather, Joseph Victor Bowlby.  So that’s the point I’ll continue from with the 2015 challenge.

There’s been the addition of monthly themes to the 2015 challenge but the themes are optional.  I’m going to try and just continue along my theme of highlighting my husband’s family.  To quote a favorite of my father: “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more…” (http://www.enotes.com/topics/henry-5/etext#etext-dramatis-personae).  So we’re going to channel our inner Doughboy and dig into those genealogical trenches and try to complete the 2015 Edition of 52 Ancestors!  Who’s with me!

British soldier keeping watch in a French trench at the Battle of the Somme
United Kingdom Government Photo, Public Domain


Your Results Are In!


I don’t know if I’ve received a more exciting email. Short, sweet and to the point, that email means my AncestryDNA results that are ready for viewing!! That was so much faster than I expected and now I can’t wait to view them. Sadly I’m not sure I’ll have time to view them right away because I’m so busy with work right now. Here’s hoping I have some spare time in the evening sometime this week to take a look at them 🙂

I’ve been considering uploading my results to GEDmatch. I’ve heard good things about the website from other genealogists. I’ll also be spending some time looking for good resources to help me understand my results. I’ve taken a couple of classes and webinars but those were more introductory level. I’d like to step it up a little and really understand my results.

Have you done your DNA yet? What resources did you use to help you understand your results and did any of your results surprise you?

Sample Received!

I received the following notice from Ancestry about my DNA sample:


Woo hoo how exciting!  I’ve been hearing that DNA results from Ancestry are coming back a little faster than 6-8 weeks but I’m a don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched kind of girl so I’m going to assume it will take the full 8 weeks and if it doesn’t I’ll be very happy!  I wish I could be at the DNA testing facility to see the entire process (how cool would that be?).  There’s no time to be idle while waiting for my sample to come back, however, because I received a batch of death certificates from North Dakota and need to add the information to my genealogy software.  Interesting, one of them is a completely blank death certificate with the exception of the name of the deceased, date of death and certifying doctor’s signature.  Death occurred in 1917…so why would all that information be missing from the death certificate?  The area the deceased lived in was peppered with relatives everywhere.  Hmmmm a new mystery!

I Took the Plunge!!

I finally did it…I took the plunge into the world of DNA.  DNA is an interesting subject to begin with, but the use of DNA in genealogy has been intriguing for me.  I actually wanted to dive into genealogy-DNA close to when it first began to be used for genealogy but I’m a rather cautious person and wanted to let genealogy-DNA refine a little bit before I jumped in.

So I waited, attended classes and webinars to gather information on the subject and I watched the developments made in the area of DNA for genealogy.  And then the DNA companies began offering deals.  And being the cautious person I am I researched the reviews of the companies, attended more classes and webinars, and finally…I took the leap.

I was torn between using 23AndMe and Ancestry.  Ancestry had decent reviews and a large database, but 23AndMe had come very highly recommended.  The final decision came when another genealogist posted about a deal Ancestry was offering for $49 kits and I was actually in a position financially to purchase one.

I’m excited to embark on this journey.  I have no idea what I’ll discover.  Will it be the stories that my grandfather passed along?  Or will it be something different?

My DNA kit arrived in an inocuous little box…drumroll please!


And as you can see below, there’s not many components to the DNA collection kit at all!


I was entirely too excited to wait so I grabbed the instruction sheet included with the kit and began reading to see what I needed to do.


Register your kit with Ancestry, spit in the tube, seal it up and send it back and that’s all there is to it!

DNA collection tube and cap


DNA is in the tube, the cap with the stabilization liquid has been
screwed on tight and the sample is ready to be returned to Ancestry
Place the sample in the enclosed bag for transport thru the mail
Ready for the USPS

And that’s really all there is to it!  I was so excited I dropped the sample in the mail that night.  Now it’s hurry up and wait!  And I can’t wait to see the results.

Happy Blogiversary!

I originally started this post a week before my Blogiversary thinking to post it on the actual day along with the re-launch of my blog. Ah the best of intentions, right? LOL, unfortunately I ran into some technical difficulties with the blog re-launch (typical technology!) so things didn’t quite happen as planned.

But I’m not letting the technical difficulties get me down.  I’m so excited and I can’t believe how quickly time has passed.  I’m really glad that I started blogging.  And I’m very excited about the re-launch of TBG!!!  As a present to TBG and myself I’ve moved to a new domain name!  Make sure to update your links from my old Blogger address to www.talkingboxgenealogy.com 🙂

It’s been a whirlwind year and I can’t wait to see where continued work on both my genealogy and my blog will take me.  The sibling-unit has been working on different pieces of our paternal family genealogy and the maternal-unit has been working hard on organizing her genealogy.  I’m going to let myself believe that my genealogical-motivation had something to do with that, LOL 😉

So many new and interesting things have been popping up in my genealogy research that I haven’t had time to write about them all.  And there’s a very exciting coming attraction that will be popping up in a future blog post…hopefully very soon!  I don’t want to spoil the surprise but…well let’s just say genealogical science will be making an appearance in future blog posts!

Happy Blogiversary TBG!