FamilyTreeDNA Y-37 Results Returned, Likely Middle Eastern Ancestry Revealed

Submitted by tim on Thu, 08/11/2022 - 17:23

HOUSTON, Texas (GBT) — Tim G.'s paternal line is likely to include Middle Eastern origins, a Y-DNA analysis has shown. FamilyTreeDNA, a genealogical DNA testing company based in Houston, Texas, returned the results of Tim G.'s Y-37 DNA analysis last Tuesday, August 2. Tim G. ordered the analysis in July. The analysis identified 37 Y-DNA markers to predict Tim G.'s Haplogroup to be J-M267, which is also known as J1.


Se. 2, Ep. 7: Down Memory Lane, or Find-a-Grave Escapades

Submitted by tim on Mon, 07/25/2022 - 03:43
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This month on the podcast, in the process of preparing family history media galleries for web publication, I take a stroll down memory lane, and revisit a few research loose ends for ancestor surnames beginning with the letters 'A' and 'B', specifically the Anflicks, Arrighys, Balmers, and Berrys. Then I take on a Find-a-Grave photography project. Lastly, I give updates on last months proposed summer challenges.

Find-a-Grave Digest for Week of 10 July 2022

Submitted by tim on Sat, 07/23/2022 - 10:28
Photo of the Week: Orange Crawford

This week's Find-a-Grave photography focused on fulfilling requests at Philadelphia National Cemetery, which is near my home in Jenkintown. Some users have been very busy adding photo requests to the cemetery, likely in the general interest of moving the viirtual cemetery toward being fully photographed. Other users still are claiming these photo requests and actually not leaving so many for me to claim. That's good. It means that photographing the Philadelphia National Cemetery will be a team effort.

FamilyTreeDNA Receives Tim G.'s DNA Sample

Submitted by tim on Sun, 07/17/2022 - 08:51

HOUSTON, Texas (GBT) — FamilyTreeDNA has received a DNA sample from family historian and GBT webmaster Tim G. at it's Houston facility last Friday, July 15. Tim ordered the DNA sampling kit on Saturday, July 2, at the suggestion of his uncle, Amir Ishaq D. Al-Sulaimani, to determine whether he is among the J1 sub-family of Grahams. Tim received the DNA kit last Saturday, July 9th and mailed his prepared sample the following morning.


Sid Flick Discography Emerges on Discogs™

Submitted by tim on Thu, 07/07/2022 - 17:19

JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — The discography of Sid Flick is emerging on Discogs, an online music collecting aid and marketplace. In early 2017, when Tim G. first used the service, musical releases documented on Flick's Discogs profile numbered five or six. Today, that number is at seventeen, and is expected to grow as website volunteers refine the site's massive database.

Eva Cohen's Death Certificate Discovered on

Submitted by tim on Thu, 07/07/2022 - 12:51
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — The death certificate of Minnie Snyder Anflick's mother, Eva Cohen Snyder Muzicant, was discovered last week on The document had evaded discovery for several months because Eva'a surname had been shortened to Musik. Eva died of bronchopneumonia at Mount Sinai Hospital in Philadelphia on 16 November 1924, according to the document, and was buried at Mount Sharon Cemetery in Springfield, Delaware County, on the same day. Her age was given to be 53 years old, but no date of birth was provided.


Se. 2, Ep. 6: Trees, Tribulations, and Summer Challenges

Submitted by tim on Mon, 06/20/2022 - 14:00
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This month I launch my 14-day free trial of in order to discover photos from public member trees that are not available to AncestryLibrary users. I describe some recent adventures in self-hosting, including hard drive corruption, data loss, and restoration from backup. Lastly, I lay out some personal challenges for my upcoming summer vacation. Links in the show notes.

Technical Issues Hound GBT; Backups Save the Day

Submitted by tim on Thu, 06/09/2022 - 08:58
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A recent update to Genealogy By Tim G.'s primary webserver triggered hard drive corruption last Saturday, leaving the server's file system in a read-only state, and the server's Apache2 and MariaDB services unable to launch.  Backup servers were deployed but were several months out of date. Website users may have noticed a temporary reversion to the website's February 2022 state.

Se. 2, Ep. 5: Digging into the 1950 Census, or FamilySearch Fellow Travelers

Submitted by tim on Sun, 05/22/2022 - 16:35
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In this month's episode, recorded on May 7th, I make some early discoveries in the 1950 Census, including my Grandaunt Sheila's occupation as census taker and my Granduncle Albert's residency Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry. I make contact through FamilySearch with some potential distant cousins along the Smith and Foley lines, including an e-mail contact with a descendant of Bernard Smith of Boston. Lastly, a recent update to the Webtrees software will enable me to whitelist photographs and documents as I clear them for publication.