I wonder if the hits get counted if you refresh g2g every five minutes to see if the Weekend Chat is finally up. =)
Hails and horns, Wilkipeeps! How are we all doing? I'm okay. Survived the second snowpocalypse that hit the Merrimack Valley. This time it was wet and heavy snow. I fell. My dad said it was a "controlled fall". Didn't feel like it! But, I am okay. I'm a little sore. Not the worst thing that's ever happened to me. I've fallen many times.
In genealogy news, Ancestry has rolled out a new filtering system for matches. Some people have gotten the update. Some haven't. It's like when Windows gives users a sneak peak of the new bells and whistles. Perhaps Ancestry has taken a play out of Bill Gates' playbook? Either way, now you can organize your matches, use colors and do all sorts of cool things. I fully expect someone to make a tutorial soon. It's about time they updated.
The awesome and talented Lisa Hazard helped me with some DNA confirmation this last week. I had a bit of an issue trying to DNA confirm my great-grandmother, Clara's father. I have a match who was like 9.9 cMs. I used it for confirmation and it didn't quite cut it. Apparently for 3rd cousins once removed you need to have at least 35 cMs. Fair enough.
So, I checked my mom's DNA match list and saw someone else who fell in the same family as the 9.9 lady. She shared over 100 cMs with my mom. I needed to figure her line out as she didn't seem to have a tree. Luckily I found some clues elsewhere and found the path to my mom. She, like the 9.6 lady is a 3rd cousin once removed to her and a 4th to me. I did some serious detective work. Basically...I am the night. =)
Oh and DNA matches are starting to pop up out of the woodwork! A got two new matches. One on my mom's side and one on my dad's. The one on my dad's was easy to figure out as I had her father in my tree. Guy was at my parents' wedding.
Then there's this match for my mom who comes up. He shares the same name as my 2x great-grandfather, Eugene. No-brainer where this guy is from, right? I've already added two gens of Eugene on my main tree. My grandfather, uncle and a first cousin all have Eugene in their middle name.
Clearly this guy's Italian. I mean....No question. =P
Yes, I sent a message and we'll see how it goes! I'm guessing he's a son or grandson of this guy: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hamel-801