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NY State Census Records

Last week, Ancestry released the New York State Census records for 1892, 1915 and 1925. I had already looked through the 1892 on Family Search and have that document saved on my hard drive, but I was excited to add it to my online family tree, finally.

My hard to research, Irish, O’Connell line was in NY for many years and I was excited to be able to look at them through these newly available records. The most important thing I learned is that my great-great grandfather, John O’Connell told the census taker in 1925 that he was naturalized in Rutland, VT in 1874! I am excited to have another tidbit of his life and hope to be able to find the record.

Of course, with a name like John O’Connell it will probably take forever to flush him out!

Have you had any recent luck with new records online? Please share your stories!

Tuesday’s Tip: Utilize All Forums When Possible

Last week on twitter I was having a quick conversation with someone about a website that I utilize from time to time. When the site first went up, genealogists were all over it. Unfortunately, I do not think that it gets the use today that it did originally. This site is Genealogy Wise (GW), and it is run by the National Institute of Genealogical Studies.

GW is run a lot like facebook, it is a social networking site that is just for genealogists. Right off the bat, you have something in common with everyone on the site, you are into genealogy. There is no glazed over, bored look there. Like facebook, GW has many different groups you can join, some freely and others where you have to request. Many genealogists on this site are offering free assistance to those that need it.

When I am looking for a quick out of state look up, for say an obituary, I will post a message on GW, under the group Look Up Angels. But, I am not done there. I will also go to Ancestry.com and post it in their forum for the specific state and county. To top that off, if I am on my A game, I might also post on Genealogy.com and maybe to my facebook and twitter accounts as well.

The point is, that I am getting the information out there to anyone who happens to be reading that day. Sometimes, I have gotten a reply the very next day and sometimes you have to wait. The only thing I want to remind you of is, if you post to multiple sites, please remember which ones and then go and update all the queries that you have the information. It would not be good to have someone go out of their way to do a free look up for you and you already have the information from someone else on another site.

DNA Test Has Been Received

On 10 November, I wrote a post about Taking my DNA test, which was mailed out that same today. Yesterday, I received an email from Ancestry advising that my DNA sample had arrived at the lab. Wow, thats a long time to get there, 1 month and 6 days.

Anyway, the good new is that the sample has been received and now I await the results. Once they come in (hopefully in the next few weeks) I will be posting about what I have learned and exactly what this test tells me.

Throwing My Hat Into The DNA Ring

I am so excited to share with you that I will finally by taking a DNA test to aid in my research. No, it is not the YDNA, which I would like to have done in the future. Or, should I say I would like for a male member of my family to take. This is a new test that is being put out by Ancestry.

Yesterday afternoon, I received an email from Ancestry. It stated,

Subject of email: “Discover your genetic ethnicity and find family connections with AncestryDNA.”

Email: Dear Terri,

“We have some exciting news about our new AncestryDNA™ service and we want you to be part of it. Over the past year we’ve worked with industry experts and applied the latest science and technology to make it possible for you to discover your genetic ethnicity and increase your chances of connecting with possible relatives through your DNA. Now we’re offering select Ancestry.com members like you the exclusive chance to get this new service for free before it’s available to the public (shipping and processing not included).* “

Color me surprised to be part of the select. To be honest, I actually thought this was a spam email. So, I called Ancestry just to verify that this was indeed sent by them. To my luck, it was!

So, what do I need to do to get the for free? I need to be “one of the first 10,000 to order by Sunday, Nov 6, 2011 and receive your DNA kit for free. Only $9.95 for shipping and processing.

According to Ancestry, “It’s this simple:
•    Order our DNA test by November 6, 2011
•     Receive a DNA collection kit in the mail
•     Follow the simple steps to collect your DNA
•     Mail in your DNA before November 30, 2011
•     Receive your results in early 2012″

So, I ordered yesterday and paid my shipping and processing fee. Now, I patiently wait for my test to be delivered.

This is what Ancestry states I will get from this test,

“What will you get?
•    A breakdown of your genetic ethnicity—See the mix of ethnicities found in the 700,000 DNA markers we test and see how they relate to your family tree.
•    New family connections—Discover new relatives with DNA matching. Increase your chances of overcoming brick walls, confirming family relationships and finding common ancestors.
•    Enhanced, easy-to-use web tools—Use your results and the power of Ancestry.com to make new discoveries and solve family mysteries.”

I am all about solving family mysteries. So, I hope this test can do that for me. I cannot wait to go through the process. Maybe once I complete this, I will be able to talk that male family member to get their YDNA tested so I can try and break down more of that O’Connell brick wall.

SNGF – Ireland is my dream

I love Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! Randy at Genea-Musings is always posting some great things to get fellow genealogists to think about their research and have fun doing so. This week, his post centers around Ancestry.com’s contest, The Ultimate Family History Journey! You can enter this contest daily through 30 Apr 2010!

The question’s he is asking: 

Where would you go? Tell us your dream genealogy trip, using the prize money.

Here is my reply to Randy’s question?

If I won the Ancestry.com contest I would love to dig deeper into my Irish roots. As my readers already know, this is the hardest line in my family to research. Before any travel takes place, the 8 hour session with a professional genealogist would a wonderful consultation to help me prepare for this excursion. 

Beginning my journey in Washington County, NY to get the final pieces of information I need, such as John O’Connell’s death certificate (one of the items on my 2010 goals). Since I  am unemployed, and have been for almost a year, I have not been able to order this record yet.  While in NY there are a few things for me to see. Where John and his son Dennis were buried, it is the same cemetery. Visit some of the address’s where the family has lived. Check out the paper mill that the family worked at. Move to Warren County and visit the cemetery where John’s wife was buried. See if the Church Dennis had been baptized at is still standing. It closed almost 1 year ago. Then finally move on to Jefferson County to meet with family members. Once I have completed this, I would live to visit Canada.

Thorold, Canada is where John O’Connell’s son, Dennis moved in 1917. Dennis is my Great Grandfather. I want to see where Dennis lived and worked while he was in Canada. 

Now that I have the death certificate and seen where Dennis moved to, the next stop on my journey is Ireland! This is truly why I entered this contest. I am not 100% where my Irish ancestors came from in Ireland, which is why I need John’s death certificate. Hopefully, that will have my final clue!

I have looked up some pricing and if I go to Dublin, for 26 days for flight, hotel and car, the total cost would be $2494 per person (I searched for 7/1- 27). That would leave $15,012 for spending. I have not looked into pricing for the NY/Canada part of the trip. I could technically do that by car and it should cost less than $1500. So that would leave $13,512 for spending, $519 per day for 26 days! I believe I can do a lot of sight-seeing and eating for that amount. 

Once in Ireland, I would like to find the church that the family attended and see what records are left. I would love to go back further than John’s family. But, I refuse to get excited about anything else. 10 years of searching has only given small hints into the life of this family.

As for this trip, I am planning the NY part for this summer. I have found cousins of my Grandfather Larry O’Connell and they both 80 + years. This is not a trip that should be put off any longer. If I do, it is possible I would miss the opportunity to meet these relatives. 

To walk were our ancestors once walked is what is all about! 

So, what would you do?

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