• How do I figure out my last name?

    I have a very rare last name that I want to know more about. I linked it to a polish last name. It is pronounced exactly the same but spelled way different, so Americans can pronounce it I assume. My family has no info on our past. Is there a way to see if they changed it when they came to the US or how to link it... show more
    I have a very rare last name that I want to know more about. I linked it to a polish last name. It is pronounced exactly the same but spelled way different, so Americans can pronounce it I assume. My family has no info on our past. Is there a way to see if they changed it when they came to the US or how to link it to the polish version? We even look Polish.
    5 answers · 8 hours ago
  • DNA percentage confusion?

    Best answer: DNA doesn't come in percentages. there are no genes for nationality, ethnicity or place of residence. All there is are bundles of DNA, that have copying errors (mutations, markers) that can be passed on to the ofspring of those who have them. Those bundles are chromosomes (you have 23 from either parent) and... show more
    Best answer: DNA doesn't come in percentages. there are no genes for nationality, ethnicity or place of residence. All there is are bundles of DNA, that have copying errors (mutations, markers) that can be passed on to the ofspring of those who have them. Those bundles are chromosomes (you have 23 from either parent) and mitcochondrial DNA (that everybody gets from their mother).

    If your results say 16% filipino when you expected 50, that's probably because the database doesn't have enough data on other people to associate several chromosomes with a demographic group
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • Are names that end with 'stein' automatically jewish?

    found out my mothers last name ends with 'stijn' which I assume is the dutch version of stein. does this make her jewish?
    found out my mothers last name ends with 'stijn' which I assume is the dutch version of stein. does this make her jewish?
    12 answers · 5 days ago
  • It's certainly unsafe to do online, so are there any centers or organizations or *anything* like that, that help you determine your ancestry?

    OR your ancestor's nationality? Especially the latter? Probably not, but I may as well ask. Thanks a lot
    OR your ancestor's nationality? Especially the latter? Probably not, but I may as well ask. Thanks a lot
    11 answers · 5 days ago
  • How do I know if I am related to Michael Fannon?

    Best answer: Have a DNA test done
    Best answer: Have a DNA test done
    6 answers · 1 week ago
  • Can I trust ancestry dna results?

    The reason I ask is because my dad took the test and the results keep changing drastically. So I don't know if I should trust these or not
    The reason I ask is because my dad took the test and the results keep changing drastically. So I don't know if I should trust these or not
    9 answers · 1 week ago
  • How do I make sure I have found all on-line records of my ancestry, what places other then genealogy websites are there?

    Best answer: Even now there is only a tiny fraction of REAL records online, in the form of scanned images.EVERYTHING else is NOT a record it is just a clue about where to look for the real record.... so really easy, you look at the date /place and research what real records there are likely to be in that time frame then... show more
    Best answer: Even now there is only a tiny fraction of REAL records online, in the form of scanned images.EVERYTHING else is NOT a record it is just a clue about where to look for the real record.... so really easy, you look at the date /place and research what real records there are likely to be in that time frame then research each record for each event of the persons life, working back......... real records are held in local records offices , national archives, local churches and historic centres
    4 answers · 1 week ago
  • Do you sometimes communicate or interact with your distant relatives?

    For example: with your second or third uncles/aunts/cousins and others.
    For example: with your second or third uncles/aunts/cousins and others.
    7 answers · 1 week ago
  • Mexican genealogy?

    So I found out my great grandfather Lauro Vazquez (born in Jalisco, Mexico) and my great grandmother Ezperansa Cobarrubias, but I have no idea who their parent were and I'm not really sure where to look does anyone with experience dealing with Mexican genealogy have an idea where can I turn to?
    So I found out my great grandfather Lauro Vazquez (born in Jalisco, Mexico) and my great grandmother Ezperansa Cobarrubias, but I have no idea who their parent were and I'm not really sure where to look does anyone with experience dealing with Mexican genealogy have an idea where can I turn to?
    9 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • How reliable is FamilySearch.org?

    Best answer: They are the biggest free genealogy site (in English) on the net. The record transcriptions are mostly accurate. Sometimes they are not, so if they have the image, ALWAYS look at it. Whether the record is accurate, as opposed to being transcribed accurately, is another matter. The last inaccurate record I found... show more
    Best answer: They are the biggest free genealogy site (in English) on the net. The record transcriptions are mostly accurate. Sometimes they are not, so if they have the image, ALWAYS look at it. Whether the record is accurate, as opposed to being transcribed accurately, is another matter. The last inaccurate record I found was a fellow who lied about his birth date. He said he was 21 and thus didn't need his parents' consent to get married, when in fact he was 19. He and his sweetie took the train to a different county and got married under false pretenses.

    The user-contributed genealogies are from amateur genealogists. Some are quite accurate, some are appallingly bad. I wouldn't trust anything before 1800. You find out if it is true or not by looking at the sources and verifying them.

    I'll give you an example from Ancestry.com.
    Over 1,200 Public Member Trees have a gentleman named Graves Pack, 1680 - 1723. He supposedly married a woman named Mary Thompson in Virginia in 1700. At least a third of the PMTs cite this marriage record as a source for Graves and Mary:

    Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)
    Marriage: 17 Dec 1702, Farmington, Connecticut
    Groom: THOMAS HART (emphasis added)
    Bride: Mary Thomson

    Even if you have never dabbled in genealogy, you can see some problems with using that as a source.
    6 answers · 1 week ago
  • Are Norwegians, Swedes, Finns and Danes closely related genetically to each other? They look similar?

    Best answer: They individually are probably not "closely" related, but collective they most likely related.
    Best answer: They individually are probably not "closely" related, but collective they most likely related.
    5 answers · 1 week ago
  • Question about DNA test results?

    My results are confusing, it says Europe West and Europe East but not which country, is there a way to know? Ancestry.com test.
    My results are confusing, it says Europe West and Europe East but not which country, is there a way to know? Ancestry.com test.
    13 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Can you help me find a Picture of Ruby Clark? She was from Caneyville, Kentucky?

    Can you help me find a Picture of Ruby Clark? She was from Caneyville, Kentucky?

    Best answer: Ancestry user Rachel Clark shared this in 2012. It is Ben and Mollie, Ruby's parents, date not given. She didn't have a picture of Ruby. I found this: Ben Clark, 1892 - 27 May 1952 https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21655305 Mollie (Allen) Clark, 1898 - 20 Sep... show more
    Best answer: Ancestry user Rachel Clark shared this in 2012. It is Ben and Mollie, Ruby's parents, date not given. She didn't have a picture of Ruby.

    I found this:

    Ben Clark, 1892 - 27 May 1952
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21655305

    Mollie (Allen) Clark, 1898 - 20 Sep 1929
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21655312

    FamilySearch.org has
    Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979
    Marriage: 02 Jul 1915 (County not given)

    Groom: B. H. Clark, Age 23
    Father's Name: Robert Clark
    Mother's Name: Josie Clark

    Bride: Mollie Allen, Age 18
    Father's Name: Tal Allen
    Mother's Name: Lizzie

    1920; Census Place: Caneyville, Grayson, Kentucky; Roll: T625_572; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 30
    Bengman H Clark, 33, head
    Mollie Clark, 24, wife
    Lalley Clark, 0, dau

    1930; Census Place: Durbin, Edmonson, Kentucky; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0003
    Ben Clark, 50, head
    Lily Clark, 13, dau
    Ruby Clark, 10, dau
    Tally Clark, 7, Son

    The age discrepancies and spelling errors are about average for Kentucky. Tally there is probably named for his grandfather Allen.
    6 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Am I a Greek/Italian admixture since I'm related to Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and Spartacus?

    My family tree goes back to Julius Caesar, and Cleopatra and their first child Caesarion, and I'm also cousins to Spartacus and Crixus. They are my 70xgreat-grandparents. Am I still of Greek descent, since Julius Casar and Cleopatra are my 60-70x great-grandparents?
    My family tree goes back to Julius Caesar, and Cleopatra and their first child Caesarion, and I'm also cousins to Spartacus and Crixus. They are my 70xgreat-grandparents. Am I still of Greek descent, since Julius Casar and Cleopatra are my 60-70x great-grandparents?
    17 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Is your surname Bullcock,Maidencock or even Allcock?

    Best answer: No, but someday my MARRIED name might be any of those, depending on whom I choose to marry. Surnames have LANGUAGE origins, and they will tell you very little, if anything about person's genealogy or family history. The only way to know your family history and genealogy (who you are related to) is to do the... show more
    Best answer: No, but someday my MARRIED name might be any of those, depending on whom I choose to marry.

    Surnames have LANGUAGE origins, and they will tell you very little, if anything about person's genealogy or family history. The only way to know your family history and genealogy (who you are related to) is to do the research or pay someone to do it for you, which can get very expensive very quickly. (Professional genealogists charge on average US$20-$23+ an hour.) Start with yourself and work your way backwards, one generation at a time. Gather up your records, such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), newspaper articles and clippings regarding some of your accomplishments, journal entries, etc. Do the same for your parents, grandparents, etc

    As you are working on your family history, you are bound to find several spelling variations of first and last names for various reasons. In some areas, the census enumerators were often the only people who could read and spelled names phonetically, based upon how they sounded. Sometimes people made clerical mistakes, etc.
    9 answers · 3 weeks ago