Friday, July 26, 2013

Migration & Relationship to Our Ancestors Beginnings

Migration & Relationship to Our Ancestors Beginnings

Migration Patterns are as interesting as genealogy lineages. They actually can hold the key to resolving some genealogical questions. They definitely can help steer you to the data you may need to look at when a family becomes missing or a person has gone away.

A great visual of the potential routes used, that DNA is tending to prove out.

Out of Africa then migrating across the world. 

Purported to have started about a million years ago, moving out of Africa 80 millennia ago, and spread across Eurasia and to Australia before 40 millennia ago. The Americas migration took place about 20 to 15 millennia ago and then the Pacific Islands around 2 millennia ago.

The Indo-European came at the end of the Neolithic Period.  The language is believed to have originated north of the Black Sea (Ukraine and Southern Russia). Then spreading their language to Anatolia, Europe and Central Asia, (Iran) and South Asia.

I am using languages because it represents peoples.

 These people are implied hunter-gatherers.  Basques owe their language to this early group and the indigenous in the Caucasus region.

 Sami (Laplanders) are genetically different and encompass northern parts of Sweden, Norway, Finland and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.  

Sami  peoples have inhabited the northern regions of Scandinavia for thousands of years.
These peoples were seriously affected by the Ice Age and cut off from others for long period of time (is the theory). They lived along the southern shores of Lake Aaninen  and Lake Ladoga in Russia, reaching the River Utsjoki, modern border between Russia and Norway, as early as 8100 B.C. .  . After this the West European came into their region.

With the basics set, here is a brief up to 1600’s in the USA.

Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age

Maps on the site can assist in understanding their movement.

Africa of today's movements early are depicted on these sites.

400 ethnic groups of Bantu peoples

The Sahara starts drying up and migration pushes peoples into the southern region of Africa. Bringing them to what they have  today as they moved about.

Next was the Early Iron Age, between 12th and 9th centuries B. C. E.,  little is known but major movements were happening.

The Great Migrations Periods

This area covers much for us doing research today and  Y and mt DNA. 

Quickly moving along we are now into an era we can find records for doing research in Europe.  It was called the Medieval Period.  Our ethnicity has a lot to do with this time period and the cultures of today.
Late Middle Ages brought the BLACK DEATH one of the most lethal pandemics in human history struck Europe in 1340's. It reduced the population by 1/3 to ½ across the continent.

Not being eradicated until the beginning of the 19th Century in Europe, but is prevalent even yet in the Americas and other areas.

Early Modern Europe

Major migration within Europe  started: Protestants from Spanish Netherlands to Dutch Republic after 1580's, expelling of Jews  and Moriscos from Spain in the 1590's and the removal of Huguenots from France in the 1680's.

The Serbs were welcomed by the Habsburg Monarchs, also offered land and freedom for service in Habsburg army. The Serbs shared space with the Turks there.  The two greatest migrations took place in 1690 and 1737.

Plantations of Ireland settled with Protestant English colonists during 1560-1690.

Germans were recruited by Catherine the Great of Russia to settle the Volga region in the 1800 century.

As we know the Americas where settled by refugees in search of freedom, the want of land and a different way of life, creating the colonization of the early eastern seaboard region by France, Netherlands, England and Spain.

 Part 1   All Rights Reserved By Susi Pentico

Sources:  The Source, Wiki,  Printed Sources,,  FTDna site permission and as posted in urls.

Part 11 covers USA coming next

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lemon Grove Research, Guest Speaker Shirley Becker 17 July 2013

Lemon Grove Research, Guest Speaker, Shirley Becker 17 July 2013

Shirley Becker is a well received speaker in the Genealogy Community.  She has been doing research for many years.

She is Past President of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society. She also did the Newsletter for many, many years, plus other activities.

She will be talking about short cuts on your computer to help you in your research.

We start at 6:10 generally giving everyone a chance to arrive and end prior to 8 pm.

That is the time the Library closes and locks the doors.  I also was told you could park in the school lot behind the library if there is no street parking. I hope that is true. A nice  Library with no where to park.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Society Saturday, San Diego Genealogical Society

San Diego Genealogical Society w Randy Seaver

The meeting was started with Randy talking on: Searching Effectively.

This topic was met by a almost packed house and overfilled parking lot.

There were questions asked and answered and it was very informative. He talked about types of searches, wildcards, basic or advanced search forms, special databases or all databases, and clues on how to navigate the site while doing this.

Ice Cream Social was next, it also appeared to be a positive fund raiser for the group. They also had extra books the library is removing that are not going to San Diego Library for sale.  Alas I bought two more.   : > )

The second portion was on Working on Your Ancestry Member Tree.  It was informative but, surprised Randy let it get dry. He always has such great humor in his talks.  This was an intense talk and covered lots of information.  Alas, the members near me, do not believe in public trees or even sharing much.  Made me wonder how much luck they have in finding clues and ancestors and kin.

Also was disappointed to see almost half of the members left before the second talk.  I gather it was going to be a busy day for them.

Was thrilled to hear someone ask, " What is the disadvantage of having a Tree on line and open for people to read"?  Truly nothing, sure some times there are draw backs but you can make that  tree private of public and depending on what source you use for the tree as to whether  you can have family in another state share their data and not have yourself adding it all to the tree.  His talk was about Ancestry's tree. There are others, and they are "in the Clouds", saves space on computer and shaking leaves that are reliable. But saddened my heart to hear people say they would never do that.  Somehow I think we are missing getting the right information out to the members.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Interesting Tidbits, Recently Released

Interesting Tidbits, Recently Released

Thinking that this information should be shared,  NARA in Philiadelphia, PA will be closed 29 July to  some time in late October for upgrades and more modernization. Sounds like a good thing to me.
Glad I saw this because I was going in September and now will not put that trip on my list.  Late September is a beautiful time of year to go to Pennsylvania and its been almost 20 years since my last visit.  This tidbit I got from Dick Eastman's newsletter.

Making Improvements: Summer and Fall, 2013

Roberta Estes sent a great bit of news out regarding Native American's and their use of DNA.
Seems they found a link between a ancient ancestor and a person of today.
5,500 Year Old Native Grandmother Found Using DNA  This excites me, I just want to confirm my Grandmother's Grandmother.  Truly she was Indian, why would people in 1900 say they were and teach you Indian methods if not Indian.

First Ever,  Seminar being held in New York for New York Researchers.
Welcome to NYG&B | NYG&B

The early registration time is past but it would be a great event to attend if you were thinking of a trip to see family around this time.

Syracuse, New York Sept 20-21, 2013. It is a joint effort by NYG&B and Central New York Genealogical Society.

FGS is still headed our way at Allen County Library, Ft. Wayne, Indiana,    21-24 August 2013,
FGS Conference News Blog

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Some Sources for Scotland Research

HI all, I have a friend on Google +, Facebook and other places that has some awesome resources for Scotland and the United Kingdom.

I met her a couple years back on Facebook and have communicated with her since.

If the logistics can be figured out hoping to have her present some Scottish data to us down the road.

She has this site  to find her and more data on other pages.  I can not tell you how much data you just need to go look for yourselves.

(56) Scottish-American Genealogy and History - Google+

Within these pages are many sources of major interest to us researchers.

Drop by tell her hi, I love her title of Scottish-American Genealogy and History, Rednecks, Rebels and Rogues.

Look for her on Facebook also, she is there.

A great bit of news about the Cape Fear Clans.

This area seems to tie into the area near The Lost Colony also.  This site is so loaded it is better you go look.

Working on getting her to chat at one of our meetings. Wish I was more Tech smart.

Dianne Bergstedt is very sharp about sharing and caring about our research.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Historical and Archival Research, Home and Away Wednesday 6 to 8 pm

Historical and Archival Research, Home and Away  Wednesday 6 to 8 pm

At the Lemon Grove Library we will discuss the ways to locate and gather information from
Historical and Archival Mediums.

We have many Historical Societies in our region if your looking for history within our community.
We have many sources through Balboa Park that many never remember to use.

We have many Archival mediums that we can access, at least enough material to know what is available at their site.

We have State Archives, I just read that Georgia is moving much library material to the State Archives which is a move Michigan did to save their resource a couple of years back.  What ever it takes to salvage and save our history that we are loosing by leaps and bounds.

When doing research away do not forget the Historical Societies along with the Genealogical Societies.
Some counties in states back east only have Historical Facilities. Please reach and use them, they have a wealth of information.

It is like using the resource section of your own library, the Who's Who's Books, The Author's books, and other mediums in the reference area of the library.

Chula Vista Library had a fabulous series on American Indians, Some person deleted all the books but the ones for Indians in the local region.  This region was founded by people from other places that was a horrible mistake.

As a State Archivist told me our books represent the people who founded this state, ditto for a library the referencing should reflect the same materials for the people.

 A prime example was my neighbor was California Indian from Northern California and his wife was of New Mexico Indian heritage. Yet they had been here for 35 years, their children born here. So those books were needed.  My heritage is of many tribes on the east coast, some that have been pushed  to central USA.

Do not be afraid to visit our local libraries in our region. We have many and each seems to have a special nook in our society for information.

San Diego County Library System is all over the county, each library carries something different from another library. If your doing Military Research you should look at the history for the area through the eyes of the books in the Imperial Beach Branch on Palm Ave.

Great Books about the development of our local bases.

Chula Vista South Branch on Orange Ave had some awesome map books for the various wars our country has had.