Hurray! It’s finally arrived! My dad and I took Ancestry DNA tests 8 years ago in the fall of 2012, and it’s always bugged me that Ancestry said we shared 55 segments of DNA when we know the true biological number is 22 shared autosomes and 1 shared X chromosome, the full length of the chromosome. So we should have seen 22 all these years (because X isn’t counted).
Well, it still isn’t 22, but it’s a darn sight closer!
The shared segment count with Mom is still pretty far off, but at least it’s not 77 any more. I suspect the count is due to Ancestry’s algorithms and/or the chip that was used for her test which was done in fall 2018. Mom also tested at FTDNA (a native kit, not a transfer) and that FTDNA test was the one uploaded to MyHeritage; they’re largely in agreement as one would expect.
The 1st cousin relationship looks fairly consistent the board.
I also noticed that the segment count for my Mom’s Ancestry matches mostly remained the same past 2nd cousin, down to matches of 30 cM, while my matches and my Dad’s matches down to 30 cM showed more adjustment in the segment numbers. Just a fluke? Or something to do with the testing chip used?
Did you see changes? There are polls being done at the Genetic Genealogy Tips and Techniques Facebook group here.
This particular article, about B.F. Copple and the copper mine district near his home in Mesa, Arizona, is about either my third great-granddad, Benjamin Franklin Copple (c 1829 – 1911) or his son Benjamin Franklin Copple (1877 – 1948). The latter was my great-great grandmother Libby’s half brother. I suspect it was the younger of the two men, as this article was published in 1903, when the senior Ben Copple would have been 74 years old.
From what I can determine, copper mining was big in Bisbee, Arizona (southeast of Tucson, near the border with Mexico) at the turn of the 20th century, and is still an important industry in the state today. Thus, this article was published in the Bisbee paper. However, the Dixie Mining District appears to relate to mines in the Maricopa County area, roughly 15 miles from Mesa. (See these links: http://docs.azgs.az.gov/OnlineAccessMineFiles/C-F/DixieMaricopaT4NR5ESec25.pdf and https://thediggings.com/mines/2880 )
“Two Chances,” Bisbee Daily Review (Bisbee, Arizona), 17 Nov 1903, pg 6, col 2;
Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 3 December 2019)
The certificates for the Fall 2018 BU Genealogical Research class have been arriving this week in the mail — and I finally got mine! Just have to share…
Still a long way from true certification, but I sure did learn a lot from this course.
I just completed the Boston University online class for the Certificate of Genealogical Research! Turned in my research report on Sunday the 16th, and the grades for both the report and for the final module (“Professional Genealogy”) were posted yesterday. I have done well enough in the modules (all graded) to get a certificate. I will be looking for it to arrive in the mail within the next few weeks.
When it arrives, I will post a photo — AND my review of this course. The books used were changed for the Fall 2018 session and the course was modified (somewhat) dropping the number of modules to 4 (from 5).
The registration deadline for the next class, starting in January 2019, is tomorrow! More info can be found here.
(For a certificate, your grade for each module must be a “C” or better AND the total grade average for all 4 modules must be “B-” or better.)