Family History


Group Contact  - Bren Mead
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         We meet the Second Wednesday at The Red Store, Lerryn
                             We are on a summer break

      Our Next Family History Meeting is Wednesday 13th September   2 - 4.30
                                                   
                  
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Today we had a very interesting talk on general Family History with Peter Finlay, he asked everyone how  far back they have managed to go with research, some have got back to the late 1700’s.

We also talked about the sites we use, be it free or subscription sites, and our preferences and ease of use for each one, again it’s a case of horses for courses, and how long you have used a particular one for, also how familiar you are with it, the problem is each site has its own way of searching and it can take a while to  work out how to go about it, which can lead to you not liking that site at all, then possibly not using it, but it may have the information you are seeking.

All in all it was a very good afternoon.

We are now on our summer break till the Autumn

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April

This month we concentrated on DNA, Malcolm gave a very interesting presentation showing us a video on how DNA is formed into every living thing, also how it can be used in connection with genealogy,when the results of your sample are returned it shows markers (different numbers) if another person tested has the same markers as you (or very similar) it proves you have a common ancestor, therefore you are related, it doesn't tell you who that ancestor was, so you still need to research in the records to find that ancestor. It is not a replacement for good research.  There is no central website that carries everyone's results, therefore you are only tested against other people who have used the same DNA testing Company as the one you chose.

Lin was given an Ancestry DNA testing kit as a Christmas present, she found the results returned from Ancestry disappointing, she wasn't given any markers, (as shown in the video) only shown where her ancestors originally came from, and a list of possible connected people from the Ancestry Tree's. She is going to contact some of them, there was only one surname she recognized  as being in her tree, so this research is on going for her

There are various prices for DNA Testing Kits, the more you pay the more detailed the results, it can cost from about £70 to several hundreds of pounds.

Does it tell you much, I'm not yet convinced it does, also there are issues as to where and what is done with your DNA once it has been analysed by the testing company's, what control do you have once they have it. All things to ponder about

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March

This month we had a very interesting talk given by Chris Batters on the Murder of Charlotte Dymond at Roughtor on Bodmin Moor.

Peter's talk was full of interesting facts & findings about Charlotte Dymond's mystery/murder. We spent a good half hour questioning & trying to solve the "whonunit" murder....Given another hour a so we might have had the case re-0pened!!....Fascinating a/c of the local families & influences at the time.

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February

We had the first meeting at our new home this month, 3 new members joined us, hope they found the meeting interesting, we were talking about Family Tree software, be it installed on our laptops such as Roots Magic or an online based one such as you can use on Ancestry,how easy they are to use, what types of Reports, trees etc. they produce, Malcolm told the group about some free Family Tree software that can be downloaded, which is similar to Roots Magic, it probably isn't as powerful as paid for software, but nevertheless worth looking into if you want to give it a try before paying for a more powerful one.
                                 
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January
             
To celebrate our 4th birthday we had lunch at Cloisters Restaurant, the room was buzzing with so many people, great atmosphere, fantastic food as always from the students, we all enjoyed the lunch very much.

We had an extra meeting this month at The Red Store in Lerryn, this is our new home, we did our own research to ensure the WiFi was strong enough for all our laptops/tablets. 

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Reports from 2016 may be read via this link