And I Thought I’d Seen It All…

I’ve been doing research on the surname “Shultz.” I thought I had seen all possible versions of its spelling.


Found “Shoulch” on a census.

Today, I got this:

Wow. Just…wow. I also tested my Mom and Dad. No surprises with Mom. Dad’s showed up 3% Scandinavian. DNA testing is very fascinating. I wonder if I’ll ever find my Italian ancestor.

In MuzeNews, I am the proud grant-writer of my second successful grant! I also just had a lovely 132nd Annual Meeting of our historical society. You read that right…132 years. We are the oldest continually operating historical society in Indiana. Our Museum doors have been open 117 years. Needless to say, I am a very proud executive director!

In mid May I’ll be attending my DAR State Conference, and, in late June, I’ll be attending a genealogical research institute in an area of the U.S. where I will have the opportunity to do family research. I finished my research report for my ProGen39 course, and I’ve begun another one for some pro bono research I’m doing.

This year is turning out to be a ROCK STAR!!!

Planning A 2-Part DAR Lineage Workshop!

For: Ladies 18 and up who are interested in joining the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Part 1: August 2017 General Overview

Part 2: September 2017 Completing An Application

I’m working on an agenda right now, plus invitations.  I have the location and dates nailed down so those are a go!  I hope to generate some interest and meet some new ladies.

For Part 1, this is what I have going for an agenda:

Pedigree Chart (handout)
How To Find A Revolutionary War Patriot
 and GRS
     Original v Derivative
     Primary v Secondary
Proving Correct Lineage
  • First Three Generations (You, Parents, Grandparents): Must have birth, marriage, death proof.
  • There must be a connection between each generation, from the Patriot to the prospective member.
  • You must have proof of residence and age for your Patriot ancestor.
Proving Correct Service:
Requirements for Applying to the DAR (paper and electronic)
That’s probably enough for 2 hours.
On a side note, I should be receiving my DNA data soon!  Check out the Genes For Good app on Facebook.  The University of Michigan is conducting a study wherein you answer a few health surveys and they test your DNA…for free!  They have a wealth of information regarding privacy if you’re concerned.  It does take 2-3 months to get your results back.  When I tested through 23andMe, I got results back 2 weeks to the day they received the kit at the lab.  As soon as I know something, I’ll write about it!

Genealogy Do-Over~Week 10

Week 10: 6 Mar – 12 Mar 2015

* Reviewing DNA testing options

I have yet to test my DNA, let alone anyone in my family. I have been studying it, though, to better understand it. This is a very, very basic description of the tests:

Father’s side: YDNA (the Y gene is passed from father to son, only tests men)

Mother’s side: mtDNA (the X gene is passed from a mother to her children, mitochondrial)

Testing autosomal: atDNA (tests across genders, finds cousins)

The Legal Genealogist, Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL, has posted a most excellent article regarding DNA (see here) with many explanations and links to DNA testing companies.  She will not steer you wrong and knows what she’s talking about. Side note, I’ll be hearing her speak at TWO conferences in April! Very excited about that! Back to DNA, I need to have my mom and dad tested, plus a male on my maternal side.

* Organizing Research Materials-Digital

I’ve been working on this all along. Cleaning up what I have on my laptop, moving items to the appropriate folders, etc., before adding anything new. It’s a job but one that needs to be completed for any semblance of organization of my files.