Research

By tim, 30 January, 2023
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Happy New Year! It's been an exciting month so far. First, I renew my membership to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania and pay a couple visits. Then I profile a pair of prominent business-owning families: the Corrs and the Dambachs. Lastly, I make some progress on a long-standing family history mystery involving the Donleys of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Links are in the show notes.

By tim, 14 January, 2023
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (GBT) — Tim G. attended the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania's first Special Interest Group on Saturday, January 14th. Entitled Genealogists Helping Genealogists, the group meeting was organized by Society Treasurer Frank Straup. Interim Executive Director James M. Beidler and President Valerie-Ann Lutz were also on hand for the event.
By tim, 31 December, 2022
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I wrap up 2022 with a few short updates for December, including some new Find-a-Grave activity. I discuss some recent research into the Sarah Calvert, the mother of our line of Pickersgills in America, and I wrap up with some predictions/resolutions for the new year. I also threw a Christmas surprise in here from the vault. Links are in the show notes.

By tim, 31 October, 2022
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The Berry family is the next stop on my gallery reformatting tour. This month I detail all that I have recently learned about the Berry family, who were early cousins of the Harrisons going back to the late 19th century. I begin the detail with the results of my recent trip to Woodland Cemetery in West Philadelphia, where baby Joseph Berry was buried in 1871. Links in the show notes.

By tim, 13 September, 2022
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — Family historian and webmaster Tim G. upgraded his Y-DNA analysis from Y-37 to the "Big Y" Y-700 test on September 5th of last week. When FamilyTreeDNA extended its summer sale from August 31st to September 6th, it was decided take the savings opportunity.

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By tim, 28 August, 2022
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Although the summer of 2022 has been highly productive, I did not manage to complete even three of my six challenges. I did, however, make some progress cataloging soldiers buried at the Philadelphia National Cemetery's Mexican War Monument. I did visit a local cemetery with my brother and his kids. I did get back some Y-DNA results. I did solve a long-standing family history mystery. I did do some seaside genealogy in Atlantic County, New Jersey. So even though I did not manage to complete even half of my challenges. I still call this summer of research a success. Why? Because it's my show. I do what I want. 😎 Links in the show notes.

By tim, 14 August, 2022
JENKINTOWN, Pennsylvania (GBT) — A long-standing family history mystery was solved late last week with the discovery of two documents from AncestryLibrary's Richmond, Virginia, family records. Katie Anflick, Morris Anflick's paternal grandmother, was listed by name as Katie Shapiro in both the 1920 federal census and the 1926 Philadelphia City Directory. No explanation for Katie's unexpected surname had been apparent until now.
By tim, 11 August, 2022

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.

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By tim, 25 July, 2022
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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. Links are in the show notes.

By tim, 17 July, 2022

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.

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