Category Archives: Ancestry

Descendant of Divine Hags?

In the Gaelic mythology of ancient Ireland, Wales and Scotland, a cailleach was “a divine hag, a creator deity and weather deity, and an ancestor deity.” More. My sister, Ann Buie Loomis, has discovered that one of the caelleach’s local … Continue reading

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Scottish Remained Clannish in America for Generations

How accurate are geneological records on Ancestry.com? I had assumed the Buies were genetically isolated for hundreds of years on the Isle of Jura, Scotland. But Ancestry.com suggests they may have only inhabited Jura for only a few generations. My … Continue reading

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Did Grandfather x 6 Flee Switzerland to America Because He Murdered Someone?

From Ancestry.com, I learned that my grandfather x six, Jacob Siegristen or Secrest, fled Zermott, Switzerland in the 1700s because he apparently murdered his father’s employer, a nobleman. Over in the states, he may have swindled Andrew Jackson’s father out of land, causing … Continue reading

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Did My Ancestors Really Move So Freely Around the British Isles?

What surprises me in tracing my ancestry is how easily people moved from England to Scotland to Ireland and the European continent, well before the era of trains, planes and automobiles. One branch of the family, originally DeShaw, can trace … Continue reading

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Invisible History of the Human Race

“The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures,” by Christine Kenneally. NYT Review by David Dobbs:”…The book would stand strong on its weird factoids alone. For instance: In Europe, the inheritance of … Continue reading

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What Surprises Do DNA Analysis Reveal About Ancestry?

I’m eager to read this book and to find out what DNA analysis can reveal about ancestry, if anything. From the preface: “An almost limitless archive of our history lies hidden inside our bodies and we carry the ancient story … Continue reading

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Tracing Ancestors Back to English Estate, Lost to Religious Discrimination and Sexist Laws of Inheritance

People who honestly trace their ancestry should be prepared for the good, the bad, and the ugly, unafraid to discover scoundrels as well as angels, failures as well as successes, in their family tree. I purchased Family Tree Maker, along … Continue reading

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