Friday, May 17, 2019

Shared segments: How my 3 siblings compare to me

In addition to my own test, I now have 3 of my siblings who have taken autosomal DNA tests.   I've been concentrating on our paternal line because it contains a research roadblock beyond the 2nd great Grandfather of our Cook(e) line.  I was curious what Paternal DNA I had gotten from Dad that none of my other siblings had.  A little background---We are full siblings.  Dad passed before we began DNA testing.  Our Mom has tested.  I've generated phased kits for myself and my 3 siblings at GEDmatch.

I compared each of my 3 sibling's Paternal Phased kits to my Paternal Phased kit and I painted those segments on my profile at DNApainter.  You can click on this to enlarge.  I didn't include Chr 23(X) in the comparison.  As you can see in the image below there are portions on pretty much each of the chromosomes where none of the 3 match with me. (Note:  You should exclude the first portions of Chr 13, 14, 15, 21, and 22 which aren't included in testing.)




Looking at these paternal segments of each of the siblings compared to me, there is a range of about 200 cM.  My sister and I seem to have gotten a variety of different segments from our Dad. See the comparison of the paternal matching segments for she and I in the image below.



Paternal Overlap with Siblings --Dad (Non-Tested Parent)
Becca to Marie  1499.9 cM shared  42 segments
Michael to Marie  1662.4 cM shared 45 segments
David to Marie 1712.4 cM shared 48 segments

I used the same process explained above to compare the maternal segments.


With very few exceptions it looks like my siblings and I have received more of the same maternal segments.  That would make me think that more of the DNA which Mom had might have been lost.  Thankfully she tested so I have her test for comparison to others.




My sister also shares the least amount in common segments maternally as well.  Still a good bit more In-Common-With segments on the maternal lines than paternal.  My recommendation remains the same.  Test as many siblings as possible.

Maternal Overlap with Siblings--Mom(Tested Parent)
Becca to Marie 2473.8 cM shared  63 segments
Michael to Marie   2605.2 cM shared 56 segments
David to Marie 2696.5 cM shared 63 segments


Monday, May 06, 2019

Info from the Obits of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jakes

I've pulled the information from two obituaries that were posted in the Nashville newspaper in March 1938.  Robert Jakes Sr. was my double 1st cousin 3 times removed.  He died one month and one day after his wife.  I've added some notes(shown in parenthesis below) using information known to me from my research of our families over the years.  I've also included a chart I made showing the intermarriages which it's essential to know when working with DNA matches from that side of my family.  These are all from my Paternal Grandmother's Dad's lines but there are Jakes who marry into the Frizzell family(other than my two lines of Frizzells) which are from my Paternal Grandmother's Mom's lines.

There are additional Jakes/Harger and Morrow/Sutton siblings
which I have not included here so that I could focus on these couples.
Mrs. Robert Jakes(Clementine Pearson Jakes)
Age 78
Place of Birth:  Bedford Co. TN
Parents:  John & Mary Pruett Pearson
Wife of Robert Jakes, Sr.(President of Jakes Foundry Co.)
Died Monday, Feb. 28 1938
Residence:  3509 Gillespie Ave. Nashville, TN
Ill for 3+ years
Member of Nashville Methodist Church for 40 years

Survivors
Husband:  Robert Jakes Sr.
4 Daughters:

  • Mrs. H. M. Goodloe of Nashville(Bertha Lee Jakes)
  • Mrs. Nannie C Ring of Nashville(Nannie Clementine Jakes)
  • Mrs. Tom C Ashley of Valdosta, Georgia(Mary Margaret Jakes)
  • Mrs. Tom McDonnough of Richmond, Kentucky(Ophelia Jakes)

6 Sons:

  • J.W. Jakes of Nashville(John William Jakes)
  • E.F. Jakes of Nashville(Edward Franklin Jakes)
  • Robert Jakes Jr. of Nashville
  • P.W. Jakes of Nashville(Percy Warner Jakes)
  • C.B. Jakes of Nashville(Claud B. Jakes)
  • J. T. Jakes of Newport, TN(James T. Jakes)

Sister:
Mrs. George Jakes of Nashville(Sarah C. Pearson--Geo Jakes was brother of Robert Jakes)

Brother:
Hiram W. Pearson of Weatherford, TN

18 Grandchildren & 3 Great Grandchildren.

Funeral March 2, 1938 (10:30 am)
Officiating:  Rev. John W. Estes with Rev. N. Burch Tucker assisting
Burial:  Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery

"Mrs. Robert Jakes," The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee) Tuesday, 01 Mar 1938, p. 3, col. 6, ; image copy, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 6 May 2019).


Mr. Robert Jakes, Sr. 
President of Jakes Foundry Co. he established abt 50 yrs ago
Age 79
Wife Clementine Pearson Jakes died a month ago(a month & 1 day ago)
Died Tuesday. March 29, 1938 at home of daughter Mrs. H. M Goodloe
POD: daughter's residence--3520 Byron Ave Nashville, TN
Ill for 3 months
Born in Bedford Co. TN Sept. 22, 1858
Member of Knights of Pythias and the Junior Order of United American Mechanics
Active member of West Nashville Methodist Church.

Survivors
4 Daughters:

  • Mrs. H. M. Goodloe of Nashville(Bertha Lee Jakes)
  • Mrs. Nannie C. Ring of Nashville(Nannie Clementine Jakes)
  • Mrs. Tom C Ashley of Valdosta, Georgia(Mary Margaret Jakes)
  • Mrs. Tom McDonnough of Richmond, Kentucky(Ophelia Jakes)

6 Sons:

  • J.W. Jakes of Nashville(John William Jakes)
  • E.T. Jakes of Nashville(Edward Franklin Jakes--middle initial wrong in obit)
  • P. W. Jakes of Nashville(Percy Warner Jakes)
  • C. B. Jakes of Nashville(Claud B. Jakes)
  • Robert Jakes Jr. of Nashville
  • J. T. Jakes of Newport, TN(James T. Jakes)

Brother: 
A. D. Jakes of Nashville

18 Grandchildren & 3 Great Grandchildren.

Funeral March 30, 1938 (3:00 pm)
Officiating:  Rev. J W. Estes & John R. Stewart
Burial:  Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery

"Jakes Funeral Planned Today," The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee)Wednesday, 30 Mar 1938, p. 10, col. 4, ; image copy, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 6 May 2019).

Saturday, May 04, 2019

King cousin in U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 database at Ancestry

Working with some of my Thrulines™ suggestions at Ancestry and found an entry in the U.S. Passport Applications collection for my 2nd Cousin 3 times removed, Arthur Dale King.   I share DNA with several of his descendants.

This database is one that contains actual images of the applications.  Here were a few of the things listed on Arthur's application.

  • Names, Place of Birth, & Date of Birth for Arthur, his wife, & daughter
  • His Father's name, Place of Birth and place of residence.
  • The # of a former Passport Application
  • Arthur was on a pleasure trip in Europe in 1921
  • List of Countries he intends to visit
  • Port he will be leaving thru
  • When he is expected to return.
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Description of Applicant(see image below)
  • Mailing address where the passport could be sent
  • A photo of Arthur, his wife & daughter.
Snippet from Back side of Application for Arthur Dale King  Application #235030


Judging from the information on the application as well as the other Suggested  Records(shown to the right when viewing the record) this family traveled outside of the US several times.   You can find a lot of additional info in the Suggested Records but you need to evaluate them as you would any other hint.  They may not be the person in the original record.  What a great resource.  I'm thinking I might search for others persons with ties to Bedford County, TN or other key areas where my family lived.


Source List:

"U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/uspassports/ : 2007), Imaged from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Roll # 2143.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Obituary: Oscar Pete Earp(1888-1967)

I found my paternal great aunt(by marriage) listed in her brother's obituary.  I thought this was such a great example of how I wish every obit was written--full of details.  It also shows how family becomes scattered out across the country.  This is something to think about for those who are using DNA in our family history research.  The following is a listing of the information contained in the obituary.

Oscar Pete Earp
Age:  79
Born:  March 26, 1888
Died:  November 14, 1967
Place of Birth: Murfreesboro, TN
Parents:  Thomas Jefferson & Lydia Earp

Married:  Sept 1911 to Florence Adcock who died in 1923.  Four children from this marriage--3 sons and 1 daughter.

Married:  1925 to Lillie Mai Adcock
Ten children from this marriage--4 sons and 6 daughters.

One son & one daughter preceded him in death.

Survivors
Wife
Six Daughters:
Dessie Egenes(Storden, MN)
Betty Koch(Bucyrus, MO)
Marie Fields(Roby, MO)
Joyce Inscore(Roby, MO)
Faye Barnes(Sugar Creek, MO)
Sharon Kaye Earp(of the home)

Six Sons:
Alfred Earp(Loda, IL)
Frank Earp(Seattle, WA)
Ervin Earp((Success, MO)
Eugene Earp(Richland, MO)
Marlo Earp(Anchorage, AK)
Harold Earp(of the home)

Sisters:
Emma McKnight(Nashville, TN)
Arminda Jakes(Murfreesboro, TN)

30 Grandchildren
20 Great-Grandchildren

He moved to Missouri in 1935 and lived here until his death.

Member of Roby Baptist Church

Funeral: Friday, November 17, 1967
at Roby Baptist Church with Don Brower officiating.
Burial:  Palace Cemetery
Evans-Elliott Funeral Home in charge.

"Deaths: Earp, Oscar Pete." The Houston Herald(Houston, MO) 23 Nov 1967. Digital images, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com  accessed Apr 24, 2019.) citing original p. 11 col 5.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Check your GEDmatch settings


If you have uploaded DNA kits to GEDmatch please check to make sure your settings on the GENESIS side are as you would like them.  If you have uploaded duplicate kits, the software that they are using seems to mark the 2nd kit as the duplicate.  PLEASE make sure that the 2nd kit isn't the only one you have designated as Public because doing so will keep you from showing up in the One-To-Many Reports of your matches.  You can check the status of any kit by using the DNA File Diagnostic Utility located on the Genesis page under DNA Applications(see image below).  If that is what you want to do that's fine of course but if that was not your intention you will need to modify your settings.






You can change the status of your kits at any time by clicking on edit(the pencil image) beside the kit # and name and then selecting Yes, No or Research for that kit.  Be sure to click on change after any modifications.



This happened with my cousin's kit.  Neither of her kits were showing in the One-To-Many Reports of her half brother, or any of her other matches.  It may not be obvious to the manager if they only view that Kit's One-To-Many Report as they will see all the others they expect when running it for that particular kit.

If you have taken an Autosomal DNA test and haven't yet uploaded to GEDmatch Genesis please consider doing so if you agree with their User Policy.  We have all of our family DNA tests there and have also uploaded or tested at FTDNA & MyHeritage.  I have two tests at FTDNA that aren't at AncestryDNA but they are at GEDmatch GENESIS & MyHeritage.  I know I need to test at 23&me eventually when it becomes financially possible.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Record those events and names from the more recent past

When we are researching, I think sometimes we forget to record and research things we remember from our earlier childhood.  I know I'm guilty of doing that.  Perhaps we think that information will be readily available later.  What if we are wrong?  This past year I contacted the Register of Deeds here in Dickson County Tennessee to inquire about the house which my Grandmother, Pearl Jakes Cooke had rented.  My Mom was fairly sure that it was owned by the Sheltons which the clerk confirmed.   I had also remembered the neighbors.  I've written notes in my Grandmother's file about her neighbors.  Checking with the Deeds office and also consulting online tax records helped to get a picture of who her neighbors were and also who owns the homes today.  Having the listing of the neighbors to verify what I remembered from my childhood helped as I was going thru my Grandmother's papers.  As I was recording and preserving ephemera I was able to identify people who had sent postcards and written notes and zoom in on a time frame because I knew the years she had lived at that address.

Don't assume that those records will be available when you or your family decide they are important.  Go ahead and record them now.


See also:
March 31 1891-Birthday of Pearl Gray Jakes Cooke
Just a Small Portion of a Family's Paper trail


My Grandmother in her yard at 203 North Charlotte St Dickson TN  abt 1973.
The houses across the street are still pretty much the same thought
they show the signs of age.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Gilford Cook--Dickson County Tennessee

In a previous blog post, I'd written a bit about Garrison King who lived in Dickson Co., TN and some of whose descendants are among my DNA matches.  In that post, I also mentioned Gilford Cook who is likely the brother-in-law of Garrison King(Garrison's wife was a Cook).

I found two entries in Tennessee Convicts:  Early Records of the State Penitentiary Volume 1. These gave me a lot of additional information on him which I used in the summary below.

Gilford Cook was born and raised in Franklin County, North Carolina and it was there where he married Sarah Bass, December 2nd of 1821.  Gilford was a shoemaker and lived in Wilson Co TN(near Richard Drake) before moving to Dickson Co. TN in 1833. He was charged with and convicted of larceny in a Dickson Co Court and thus sentenced to 3 years in the penitentiary where he was received on the 19th of February 1837. His family lived near Kendrick Myatt's on old Natchez trace 15 miles from Charlotte.  Gilford was discharged January 8, 1840, where his conduct while there was recorded as good.  His description according to this record was:  age 48, 6 foot 2 inches with dark hair and grey eyes.

Below is the 1840 census entry for Gilford Cook's family which would have been almost 4 months after his release.



Sources:

Charles A. & Tomye M. Sherrill, Tennessee Convicts:  Early Records of the State Penitentiary 1831-1850 Vol. 1, (Mt. Juliet, Tenn:  C. A. Sherrill 1997), pgs. 22 & 197.

"North Carolina, Civil Marriages, 1763-1868", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q296-MHWZ : 11 May 2018), Gilford Cook and Sarah Bass, 1821.

"United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYTB-92VB?cc=1786457&wc=31SJ-16P%3A1588669927%2C1588670578%2C1588665902 : 24 August 2015), Tennessee > Dickson > Not Stated > image 11 of 72; citing NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Granville Co. NC indenture --Nov. 1796

While reading thru Granville County, North Carolina court records, I found this record and thought it worth noting.  This record set contains many different types of court records dealing with indentures, enslaved, land, tax, and probate, etc. as it is a running list of items that were taken care of in the court during that time period. 


"Ordered that Reuben Pettiford son of Easter Pettiford be bound to Stephen Melton to learn the art & mystery(sic) of a Black Smith he being about seven years of age until he arrives to the age of 
twenty one years." November Court 1796 Tuesday

Source: NC Court Minutes 1746-1868
Film # 306206 contains 1746-1789  and 1796-1799

North Carolina. County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Granville County) :
Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Dept. of Archives and History, 1961, 1962 and 1973

Digital image of Microfilm hosted at FamilySearch Image 201 of 424 (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLK-X9XV-4?i=200&cat=157946)

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Family Pastimes

Today is Opening Day of Major League Baseball's 2019 season.  Did your parents or grandparents have a favorite baseball team?  When we are writing about our ancestors, sometimes we get so focused on their paper trail that we forget about their hobbies and pastimes.  If we are lucky and they played sports that can be a part of their paper trail.

My Mother has always been a Dodger fan.  I asked her a few years ago about that and she told me that she and one of her friends used to listen to the games on the radio.  I remember her and my Dad's brother smack-talking about whose team was going to win the World Series.  Uncle Morris was a Yankees fan.  I never knew my Dad to support one team or another.  He didn't talk about sports much really.  I do have a letter he wrote home to his brother while he was in the Army, stationed in Korea around August 1953.



He writes,

"Wish I could be there watching the ball games with you.  Well it won't be too long before we will be watching them together.  We hear a ball game every day thru the week over here. They're brought to us by the AFRS. (Armed Forces Radio Service)"
This letter is part of the archived collection of my families papers(Thomas & Pearl Jakes Cooke Family) that I wrote about in an earlier post--Just a Small Portion of a Family's Paper Trail.

Also, think about some of the other sports or group activities.  My Uncle Morris played baseball and basketball in school and also was known for his skills as a bowler.  My mother played basketball in high school when girls just played half court.  My nieces and nephew all played in their school's band.  My brother, David and I were active in the Chorus/Choir at our high school. 

My daughter and I will be watching(via television) our favorite team today--the Atlanta Braves.  ⚾




Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Top 5 of my Top 5 Resources.

This is a listing of the top 5 of each of the top types of resources I use in my research.  Some are for educational services and organization while others are more record content focused.  I do also have memberships in Virtual Genealogical Association, TN Genealogical Society, Middle TN Genealogical Society as well as the local Dickson Co.(TN) Historical & Genealogical Society.  What are your favorites of each of these categories?

1.  Blogs--Most of these blogs I read using Feedly.  I do quick reads of the blogs of the major Genealogy Database companies to keep aware of new record availability.
  1. Kitty Cooper's Blog
  2. Genealogy Tip of the Day
  3. The Genetic Genealogist
  4. Behold Genealogy
  5. DNAeXplained
2.  Podcasts: Search For and Listen to them via Google Play, Apple Tunes, Spotify or your favorite podcast listening app.  I usually listen to these podcasts using Google Play on my phone.  If I"m listening from my Desktop PC I use Spotify(basic). 
  1. Generations Cafe
  2. Genealogy Guys
  3. Research Like a Pro
  4. Genealogy Gems
  5. Genealogy Happy Hour

3.  Webinars--There are many sites that offer webinars.  Some are free for a limited number of days or to attend Live with registration.  After the free period, they require subscriptions or membership to access their entire library.  The majority of the webinars I attend are free with registration.  These are such a great resource.
  1. Legacy Family Tree Webinars
  2. Southern California Genealogical Society and Family History Research Library
  3. Georgia Genealogical Society
  4. Illinois State Genealogical Society
  5. Utah Genealogical Association

4.  YouTube Channels--A lot of the channels I used to watch are kind of dated now so I've listed below the ones that have current content and I'm always looking for more that would be helpful in all areas of genealogy research.
  1. Blaine Bettinger
  2. Ancestry
  3. FamilySearch
  4. GeneaVlogger
  5. Allen County Public Library

5.  Subscription Services--These are the services that I feel offer the most value to my research.   You list likely will vary.  The DNA tool sites aren't overly expensive but Ancestry and Newspapers.com can be.  I only purchase subscriptions when they are on sale and I don't combine the two because normally the two sale prices are cheaper than what a combined price would be.
  1. Ancestry.com
  2. DNAgedcom
  3. GEDmatch Genesis
  4. Newspapers.com
  5. DNAPainter





Monday, March 04, 2019

Working with the NEW DNA Analysis Tools at MyHeritage



After my previous blog post about ThruLines™ and how I was using it with my Putman line, I moved on to MyHeritage's new tool  Theory of Family Relativity™.  I have about 12,800 DNA matches at MyHeritage for which about 77 theories were generated.  Among the theories was one for a descendant thru one of the Putman/Tyler children thru which I had previously found no testers descending thru.  Now to verify and check and recheck. 

In the example below, you will notice that there is hyperlinked text which says "View Full Theory."  This will allow you to see additional information about the connection or connections if there are more theories than one. It will also give you a confidence level for the relationship(s) on that page.




I'll be the first to admit, I don't do such a great job of my notes at MyHeritage(or FTDNA).  This makes it hard when I run AutoCluster reports because my note field offers very little hints.  I would recommend that you write notes on your first 100 or so matches at MyHeritage and use the Theory of Family Relativity™.tool for help with your notes before running the AutoCluster tool.  It will make the report far more useful.


Using ThruLines to Visualize DNA Testing Coverage of an Ancestor Couple




In November I blogged about Visualizing DNA tested Descendants of an Ancestor Couple.  For those who have tested at AncestryDNA, the ThruLines™ tool that Ancestry introduced this past week just made this so much easier.  It's not completely automated and even if it were I'd still need to follow good research guidelines but that is a given with any tool or resource.

Putman/Tyler Descendants DNA Testing Chart
From WATO Tool at DNApainter.com

Below is a table which shows the Putman/Tyler Children and how many of their children are represented among my families DNA test matches. The table and the chart I have built using WATO(www.dnapainter.com) also includes any Putman/Tyler descendants that I've identified at other testing sites.

The "Spread" of Putman/Tyler Grandchildren's Descendants
Represented among DNA Matches

I really like viewing the descendants in List View See the example below of my branch of the Putman/Tyler Descendants

List View of  Putman/Tyler Descendants Tested at AncestryDNA



When you are using ThruLines™ and see an error in the way it's working please provide feedback using the Feedback pop-up which is on the bottom right when you are viewing a page in ThruLines™ view.  I've found and reported several. Feedback reports of errors are necessary to improve the performance and ensure that it works as it's intended.