New Pages

I have added several new pages from Tate County Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc. in Senatobia, MS.

First Latvian Wedding in Tate County Last Sunday

Latvian Lutheran Church Celebration

A History of Tate County, p. 115, 116

The Tate County Democrat, Thursday, May 27, 1954

The Thanksgiving for Latvians — New Arrivals Here

Correspondence from the James O. Eastland Collection

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New Pages

I have updated U. S. House of Representatives.

I have added several new pages:

Characteristics of 1880 State Census which includes: Nativity, Ages, Occupations, Total Number of Inhabitants, Educable Children, Cotton Raised in 1879, Enumeration of Males over 21 years of age, Enumeration of Females over 21 years of age, Enumeration of Males and Females under 21 years of age, Enumeration of School Children, and Total Number of Farms.

Displaced Persons contains information on displaced persons sponsored by Mississippi Delta farmers, several news articles that I found in historic newspapers, and information on The Latvian Lutheran Church in Senatobia.

The James O. Eastland Collection contains information on the 1948 Displaced Persons Act and a list of farmers who sponsored displaced persons.

Look for more to come on Displaced Persons.

New Page

Today I have posted a page of files from the James O. Eastland Collection regarding Displaced Persons Files.

L. J. Barksdale, James P. Graeber, Tom Laney, John W. McKee, and W. M. Yandell are all from Quitman County.

The Displaced Persons from Lativa that came to Quitman County were sponsored by Harvey Howze. They were skilled in woodworking and in 1949 launched the Latvia Furniture Manufacturing Company. To read more about this click here.

I am still researching Displaced Persons in the Mississippi Delta and will publish more about this later.

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Google Your Ancestors

Google Your Ancestors

This may be the shortest blog you have read, but sometimes you get a lot of information just by googling your ancestors.  Of course, you can use Bing, DuckDuck Go, Yahoo, AOL, or any search engine you like.

Just putting my maiden name into my search engine gives me a Wikipedia article on Notable People with the same last name, a website showing the meaning of my surname, information on migration of the family, variations on spelling, early origins of the family, and the family crest, and many more results.

The reason I mention Google is because I have recently discovered some Google Books on my family.  This book, Mr. Fortner’s Marital Claims, was published in 1892.  I can read through it to see if I am related to this Mr. Fortner plus, I can add it to my library for further reference.  This book by Mona Forkner Paulas is not an ebook but I can see a snippet and I can see places where I can buy this book.  I also have the title and the author so I can see if this book is available at my local library.

Good luck with your search.

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Testing Your DNA

Testing Your DNA

I got my DNA tested at FamilyTreeDNA when it was on sale several years ago.  Look for sales all through the year and especially near a holiday. I took the autosomal DNA test.  The test was easy to take: it only requires a cheek swab. The instructions for taking the test were easy to follow and I got my results pretty quickly.  I was able to load my GEDcom to their website so that I could find matches.

There are 3 types of DNA tests:

  1. Autosomal dna looks at 22 chromosomes from each of your parents so it can be taken by either a man or a woman and can provide information about the families of both parents.
  2. The Y-DNA test can only be done by a male member of the family.  In addition to the 22 chromosomes we get from each of our parents, we also get a sex chromosome.  The Y-chromosome is passed down from father to son. Females do not have a Y-chromosome.
  3. The mtDNA test will give information about your mother’s side of the family.  This test can be taken by a male or female member of the family since mitochondrial DNA is passed down from a mother to all her children.

I don’t usually read the fine print but I think it is important to read through all the legal jargon before purchasing your DNA kit.  Questions you will want to answer are:

  1. Is my information private?
  2. Will my DNA be used to solve criminal cases without my knowledge or approval?
  3. What can I learn from this test?
  4. How accurate is the test?
  5. How long will it take to get my test results?
  6. What information will be shared with a third party?
  7. Does the company keep your DNA test, and if so, how, where, and how long is it kept?  If your results are kept online, is the information encrypted?

You may find that you have other questions too.

There are several places that will test your DNA.  These are listed in no particular order.

  1. FamilyTreeDNA
  2. Ancestry
  3. 23andMe
  4. CRIgenetics
  5. MyHeritage
  6. LivingDNA
  7. Vitagene
  8. Nebula
  9. GPS Origins

So, how do you connect with other family members once you get your results?

  1.  Register at GEDmatch and upload your GEDCOM and your test results to see matches.
  2. You can upload raw results to Gene Heritage from any major DNA testing company.
  3. FamilyTreeDNA
  4. Ancestry
  5. 23-and-Me
  6. MyHeritage

You may find others.

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