Saturday, August 30, 2014

RIP: Grandma Martha Dunham Rider

129 years ago today, on August 30, 1885 (it was a Sunday that year), my fourth great grandmother Martha Dunham Rider died.

In all the years that we have been placing red geraniums (sometimes pink) and white impatiens (lately petunias) on our ancestors' graves, we have never been able to do so for Grandma Martha. The reason why is that they left no death record for her and her resting place is unmarked.

We figure she is buried in one of two cemeteries near Capac in St. Clair County, Michigan. But both cemeteries lack records and what records they have are recreated based on existing tombstones.

So Grandma Martha here are some virtual flowers for you. Rest in Peace and know that you are remembered.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 26, 2014: the 1st Anniversary of this Blog

Today is the First anniversary of this blog.

I did not set any specific goals when I started this. The closest I came to a goal was that I had hoped to post something at least once a month. I did not do too bad with that rather un-lofty goal. There were just three months without a post.

August 2013 - 2 posts
September 2013 - 2 posts
October 2013 - 1 posts
November 2013 - 0 posts (Illness prevented posting)
December 2013 - 0 (Illness prevented posting)
January 2014 - 3 posts
February 2014 - 1 posts
March 2014 - 3 posts
April 2014 - 3 posts
May 2014 - 0 posts (Schedule prevented posting)
June 2014 - 1 posts
July 2014 - 4 posts
August 2014 - 3 posts(so far)

I am not sure if I'll set a real goal for this second year either.  I have multiple things pulling me different ways and I want to keep this a pleasure to write not a chore. Maybe again I'll just hope to make at least one post each month.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Happy Birthday to my 4th Great Grandma Martha DUNHAM RIDER

It is August 17, 2014. And, today would have been her 217th Birthday. She was one of my fourth great grandmothers on my father's side. Her name was Martha DUNHAM

Martha and her family are currently the pile of bricks that I am remodeling from a wall into ... my family history. 

Granted one link is held together by circumstantial evidence but it is good reasoning and what evidence/non-evidence I have found that has helped me confirm what my gut has been saying to me for years. Of course, I still seek a record -- any original record -- that says what I have determined for this particular link.

Martha was born 17 August 1797 in Dutchess County, New York. When she was three and a half years old, her parents moved their large family to what was Upper Canada now Ontario, Canada. Eventually, she married Seneca RIDER.

That is all I can say at present, I am writing this family's story and I am hoping to submit it for publication. Not the whole family's ancestry (there are others working on that) just the details on her parents and their descendants which have not been told before.

So Happy Birthday, Grandma Martha!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I've Gone Researching ... More To Follow

Until I can write the post, you'll have to guess where I was today.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

AncestryDNA $49 Reduced Price Has Expired

Just before I signed into tonight, I thought to check on the reduced price webpage for an AncestryDNA test. It appears the reduced pricing of $49 is now over and the cost of an Ancestry DNA test is now back to $99.

If you missed it, I advise to checking the website often to keep an eye out for any future sales.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Update on: Thank You for a Simple and Uncomplicated Refund

This is an update to my post on July 4th, "Thank You for a Simple and Uncomplicated Refund for my Non-Processed Y-DNA and mtDNA Tests."'s retired test kits for Y-DNA and mtDNA.

It's July 14th. The refund from for my unused Y-DNA and mtDNA tests did not make my latest credit card statement so I was contemplating calling the card company to see if the refund had arrived after the statement was sent out.

But no need to do so. 

Today's postal mail contained a check from (written on July 10th) for the complete price I paid for both tests and the sales tax I paid. So the only thing I lost was $6.19 -- the cost of postage. I can deal with that.

Thank you,

We may not like that you exited the Y-DNA and mtDNA marketplace, but in our case your decision got our butts in gear. Our other tests are performed, mailed and being processed as I write. We have autosomal tests at both and FamilyTree DNA. It will be interesting to see how the ethnicity reports of the two companies compare. I'm not expecting anything surprising or exotic though I do have a couple unknowns in Dad's side of the tree in the only non-German branch.

Hey, FamilyTree DNA how about a sale on the entry Y-DNA tests sometime this year? I may have the money now but I really like a deal.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Save Money on an AncestryDNA Test -- If You Access the Correct Page it Only Costs $49

I discovered this deal tonight July 11, 2014, while checking on the status of an AncestryDNA test that did not arrive at the same time as the other I mailed on the same day. Now, I don't know how long it has been this way or how long it will last.

If you've been thinking about taking an autosomal DNA test it seems has lowered the price -- if you find the right page on its website.

If you are signed into and click on the order button for an AncestryDNA test on either the DNA page or the Store page, you will see that the price of the AncestryDNA test is $99, the regular price.

BUT I discovered a different page when I signed out of my account while on my DNA page. After signing out, a page with lots of information on the AncestryDNA test came up but this page says the AncestryDNA test is now ... $49. That is a $50 savings from the regular price. I tried again to bring this page up without signing into and I was able to get to it again.

At the splash page do not sign in, click the Search at the top to bring up the traditional home page then click on the DNA tab and surprise the AncestryDNA information page with the $49 appears again!

Now if you click the order button from the informational page (where it says $49), it brings up a Create a Free Account page. BUT if you already have an membership or user id, just click on the "Sign in here" which is in small type just under the Create A Free Account headline. Once you are signed in, you are taken to an order page and the price is .... $49.

I don't know if this is a marketing test or a foreshadowing of a change in the regular price.

You can save even more by using the free DNA shipping code -- FREESHIPDNA -- from RetailMeNot which is good until February 1, 2015. (This is the expiration date of the free shipping for DNA offer. I do not know how long this lower price on AncestryDNA will last.)

OF COURSE, you have to decide for yourself how you feel about's commitment to DNA testing in light of its recent exit from Y-DNA and mtDNA testing.

I had two previously purchased AncestryDNA tests from before the June announcement which I finally preformed and mailed in for processing. I also have two equivalent tests (FamilyFinder) from FamilyTree DNA also purchased prior to the June announcement.

Would a price drop like this sway me? Maybe. In essence I could test two people for what would be the regular price of one test. Normally a good sale on this test is about $79. Testing with may be beneficial if you have a tree (public or private) on its website.

Am I considering purchasing an AncestryDNA test at this $49 price? Yes, but I have not decided to do so yet partly because I have to consider who to test and the potential benefit to my research. And I have to consider that with FamilyTree DNA if I order a FamilyFinder (autosomal) test I can order an upgrade test (a YDNA or mtDNA) in the future usually without having to perform another test on the person I had tested.

Many DNA/genealogy experts suggest testing with each company because not everyone tests with each company and you may find a match on one site but not the other. Of course, not everyone can afford to do so. This lower price might make it easier.

DNA testing -- each of the three types Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA -- has proven to be a beneficial tool for genealogists. You just have to learn and know how to apply it. 

NOTE: Just to be clear, no person or company asked me to write this or payed me to do so. It is something I discovered and thought others may be interested in knowing too. The opinions/purchase rationals I presented here are my own.