Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Part II: From Ira Stoddard to Elanthropy Stoddard to Rhoda Chase

In my last blog post, I shared an announcement from FamilySearch, American Ancestors (New England Genealogical Society) and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants that they are working together to make available records for descendants of Mayflower passengers. In exploring the website for this collaboration, I found that I purportedly descend from John Alden andContinue reading “Thanksgiving and the Mayflower Part II: From Ira Stoddard to Elanthropy Stoddard to Rhoda Chase”

Thanksgiving and The Mayflower Part I: Proof of Fern’s Parentage

Thanksgiving: A Mayflower Connection Thanksgiving festivities in the United States commonly harken back to what many call “The First Thanksgiving” celebrated by the Plymouth pilgrims after their first harvest in the Americas in October 1621.[1] Though there are debates about when and where the first Thanksgiving celebration actually happened in what is now the UnitedContinue reading “Thanksgiving and The Mayflower Part I: Proof of Fern’s Parentage”

Encounter with a Wild Cat

It has been several months since I last have last published on my blog, for which I apologize. I hope to be more consistent in the future, but my publications may as yet be infrequent due to the demands of several upcoming conferences presentations, and work in general. I have several blog posts in variousContinue reading “Encounter with a Wild Cat”

The Life of Fern Laurine Stoddard (1929-2020) Part III: A Pioneer Day Scholarship

On 24 July 1847, Brigham Young and the first group of Latter-day Saint Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley to establish a settlement. In the years that followed, residents of Utah, Idaho, Arizona and other areas of Mormon settlement would celebrate the 24th of July as Pioneer Day – a commemoration of the pioneers whoContinue reading “The Life of Fern Laurine Stoddard (1929-2020) Part III: A Pioneer Day Scholarship”

DNA From a Revolutionary War Ancestor: John Woodbury (1752-1821)

On the Fourth of July we specifically commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but we also celebrate many of the events contributing to the Independence and founding of the United States of America including the Revolutionary War, the Constitutional Convention, the War of 1812, and more. In my own family tree, I haveContinue reading “DNA From a Revolutionary War Ancestor: John Woodbury (1752-1821)”

Life of Fern Laurine Stoddard Woodbury 1929-2020 Part II: Growing Up on the Ranch

“Fern was born and raised on a ranch near Bancroft, Idaho.” Even today, Bancroft is remote. The majority of the community is laid out in a grid of four by eleven streets. As of 2018, the population was 348. It was always said that Grandma was born in Bancroft, but in reality, she was bornContinue reading “Life of Fern Laurine Stoddard Woodbury 1929-2020 Part II: Growing Up on the Ranch”

Spanish! Basque! Where Did That Come From? Tips for Tracing the Origins of Unique Admixture Estimates

Let’s face it. A lot of people take DNA tests for the ethnicity admixture estimate. They may not be as interested in solving a family history mystery as they are in knowing the breakdown of their ethnic percentages. How much Irish, Native American, African or Chinese DNA do they carry? So prevalent is this perspectiveContinue reading “Spanish! Basque! Where Did That Come From? Tips for Tracing the Origins of Unique Admixture Estimates”

The Life of Fern Laurine Stoddard Woodbury 1929-2020 Part I: Introduction

This last weekend was the funeral of my grandmother Fern Laurine Stoddard Woodbury. It was perhaps one of the most unique funerals I have attended given the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and the nationwide protests in relation to the death of George Floyd. As part of the funeral, my sister and I wereContinue reading “The Life of Fern Laurine Stoddard Woodbury 1929-2020 Part I: Introduction”

Where Are the Petersons? Considering Lack of Representation

During my college years, I took as many genetic genealogy tests as I could. Even in the early years of testing, I had a large number of genetic cousins in several of the databases, but something disturbed me. Why was it that I did not have any genetic connections to the family of Andreas PetersonContinue reading “Where Are the Petersons? Considering Lack of Representation”

How Much DNA Did I Inherit from Grandpa?

Last week, I shared a process for calculating the DNA that I inherited from my grandmother Fern Laurine Stoddard (1929-2020). In that case, I was fortunate in that Fern performed DNA testing before her death, but what about cases where one of your grandparents is already deceased? For me, determining how much DNA I inheritedContinue reading “How Much DNA Did I Inherit from Grandpa?”

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