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DNA Testing Sales and Deals

The more people that get tested, the more chances you have of ethnicity samples becoming more accurate, and the more chances you have of finding cousins.  If you have had your DNA tested, look back at the results a couple of times per year, you may find more accurate results just from more data being added from new testers. You will not have to pay again.
Or you can pay about $39 to have a DNA test from another company transferred to Family Tree DNA.  The more companies you test at, the greater your chances of having a match with a cousin. 
And information from YourDNAGuide.com about another free option to share your DNA tests.  Download your results to Gedmatch.com   to compare with more users.   GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers and genealogists. Most tools are free.  Read how to do it in the second part below:

 

DNA Testing Sales and Deals

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DNA DEALS

There are so many DNA Deals we had to add a special page for them all. I have to tell you I haven’t met a DNA test that I didn’t like and I’ve tested with every one of these companies. Take advantage of the Father’s Day Specials; for yourself, your dad, your uncle, your aunt. Tell everyone to test, because I’m always looking for cousins.

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Gedmatch.

Gedmatch can be a great place to collaborate with others who have been tested at other companies and gain access to more genetic tools to try to figure out how you are related to others.

It is a FREE (yes, FREE!) service provided by very intelligent and motivated genetic genealogists. Anyone with genetic genealogy test results from 23andMe, FTDNA.com (the Family Finder test), and Ancestry.com.

1. Head over to www.Gedmatch.com and click on “New User.”

Upload DNA Results to MyHeritage for FREE!

Vicki’s note – 5/31/2017 email from Thomas MacEntee:

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Upload Your DNA Data to MyHeritage for FREE!

Did you know that many DNA test companies CHARGE YOU to upload DNA data from another company?

Not MyHeritage! You can click HERE and get started today . . . and you’ll be able to take advantage of the new improvements in the Ethnicity Estimate algorithm at MyHeritage.

I just rechecked my own AncestryDNA data that I uploaded to MyHeritage and WOW! I received more information and it actually resolved some issues I had with the Ancestry results.  I’m finding that the MyHeritage results align more with the research that I’ve been doing!

“MyHeritage, as part of its Founder Populations project, now offers the most ethnic populations than any other major DNA testing company. This project worked with over 5,000 participants from its user base of 90 million, based on their extensive family trees located at MyHeritage. These participants received complimentary DNA test kits to gather data to be used in this database.  “Thanks to this analysis, MyHeritage DNA has become the only mass-market percentage-based DNA test that reveals ethnicities such as Balkan; Baltic; Eskimo & Inuit; Japanese; Kenyan; Sierra Leonean; Somali; four major Jewish groups – Ethiopian, Yemenite, Sephardic from North Africa and Mizrahi from Iran and Iraq; Indigenous Amazonian; Papuan and many others.”

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Skeletons in Your Family Closet and How to “Report” Them, (or Not)

Skeletons in Your Family Closet

and How to “Report” Them,

(or Not)

Vicki’s Note – This is a March 19, 2017 article from MyHeritage.com BLOG by W. Scott Fisher:

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Scandal! Dealing With Skeletons In Your Family Tree

This is a guest post by W. Scott Fisher, the creator and host of Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show, heard on dozens of radio stations in the US and as a podcast. A broadcaster by career, Scott has been a devoted genealogist since 1981. He was featured in People in 2015 for using his skills to locate the family of a murder victim, who had been missing for 32 years.

 

I still remember my verbal response to the very first family scandal I ran across in my research. “WHAAAAT?!!!” The 1893 newspaper article was lit up inside a banged-up old microfilm reader and began answering a long list of questions I had had for years concerning my great grandfather, Andrew J. Fisher, and his wife, Jane.

Where was their New York City marriage record? Who was this “Sarah Fisher” that appeared cryptically in the court file concerning a challenge to his will? Why did that record note “the said Andrew J. Fisher left no widow him surviving”? Of course, he did! It was Jane. She was right there in the will, and lived another six years!

One salacious headline told me all my genealogical conundrums were about to be resolved: “ANDREW FISHER’S RIVAL WIDOWS / One was Recognized by His Will, Which the Other Now Seeks to Break.”

It turned out that “Sarah Fisher” was Andrew’s other, other woman. Three decades younger than he, she had a child by him when he was 58. She claimed common law rights because, said she, Jane, though named in the will, couldn’t be a common-law wife because she was still married to someone else. Hence… no marriage record.

The truth is, if you haven’t found a scandal in your family yet, you haven’t been researching long enough. Just as we all descend from kings and paupers, we also all descend from saints and sinners.

As a writer of over a dozen books for my family, specifically on the ancestral families of both my wife and me, the 1893 story presented a challenge. How do I present this rather… ahem… interesting tale? And, yes, Andrew Fisher has been dead for well over a century, but what of his reputation?

After a lot of thought, I recognized that Andrew’s story was shared among countless people who knew him, and didn’t, during his lifetime. It was a widely spread story in its day. Needless to say, none of those people were still around, including children, to risk causing personal embarrassment to anyone.

I determined that I would have to include this chapter of his life story without embellishment, simply sticking to the facts. Further, I recognized there were many good things he did in his life… he was a volunteer fireman, for instance, who no doubt saved many lives. A comment from my friend, Janet Hovorka, stuck in my mind: “Every scoundrel has some hero in them. Every hero has some scoundrel in them.”

Further, through this final chapter of Andrew’s life, I was able to illustrate that the way people react to damaging family experiences can affect generations. Andrew’s oldest son, John, followed in his father’s footsteps. He drank heavily, was kicked out of the family by his wife, and led a life of despair. His brother, my grandfather, made a conscious effort not to repeat the past. He married and stayed devoted to his teenage sweetheart who died at 49 of tuberculosis. He never married again. He raised his own two sons as his number one priority. Both, including my father, became very successful.

A study at Emory University from the 1990s shows how building a strong family narrative among children, including how ancestors overcame adversity, developed in them greater emotional maturity and inner strength. Indeed, it was beneficial for them to know about the foibles of their ancestors as well as their moments of greatness.

Dealing with more recent family situations can, of course, be more difficult. Here’s a somewhat minor issue. In transcribing a stack of letters written by my grandmother more than a half-century ago, I made the decision to eliminate an unkind comment she made about a cousin of mine who was, at the time, just a pre-schooler. Grandmother is revered in our family, and I’m certain she would never have imagined her thoughtless scribble could have survived for decades and possibly come back to the ears or eyes of this (now) very successful business and family man.

My personal rule is, the feelings of the living, even if the individual in question is dead, must be taken into account. A record that causes pain or embarrassment is contrary to the purpose of family history research and the strengthening of future generations.

When I wrote the first volume of my father’s story, I talked about his first marriage and the challenges it created for the family when he and his wife divorced. I noted something he once told me. “I walked out of the courtroom with eight dollars in my pocket.” I never imagined his first wife, then in her 90s, would ever read it, yet alone take offense. She did. I removed that quote from the next revision.

Yes, it’s true. As the family historian, you get to tell the story the way you see it. (I warned my mother before she died!) But with the privilege of that opportunity also comes responsibility. Privacy is due to the living as well as living people who were close to those who may now be dead. The law may grant protections and maybe even penalties to living family members over what you make public about them. In the end, if you err on the side of sensitivity and ask permission where needed, you’ll avoid painful family trouble. Even as a historian, there are times where we don’t have to share everything we know… or believe we are aware.

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“Why Should I Use MyHeritage?” Here’s Why . . .

Many of my followers know that I travel around the country presenting genealogy lectures and workshops. Did you know I fly over 50,000 miles each year and I LOVE connecting with other genealogists and sharing the latest genealogy and technology information.

As you can imagine many attendees will ask questions and want to “pick my brain” in between lectures and afterwards. This is another aspect of my job that I love since it gives me an idea of the current issues for genealogists and family historians. One question I get frequently: “Should I be using MyHeritage?” or “What’s the best site to use if I have European ancestry?” or “Why do you like MyHeritage?”

Do You Really Know MyHeritage?

I always tell genealogists that there is no “easy button” in genealogy and NO WEBSITE will provide easy answers. But you need to spend time understanding all the features of a site like MyHeritage and maximize your time spent there.

What do you really know about MyHeritage? These are the newer features I use the most at MyHeritage and the ones that have really helped me with my own research:

  • Pedigree Map™: “An innovative way to visualize your family history. Pedigree Map™ plots events from your family tree such as births, marriages, and deaths, as well as digital and scanned photos on an interactive world map.” When I have a research issue involving cluster research, I can look at migration patterns and more with Pedigree Map™. I also use this when I’m showing family members our family history since the visual components communicate far better than a family tree chart.
  • Global Name Translation™ Technology: “The technology covers given names and surnames and can tackle names previously encountered in the past, in addition to new names not seen before. It also utilizes extensive dictionaries built by MyHeritage to cover synonyms and nicknames.” I’m finding out more about my Henneberg ancestors and the German, Polish and Russian formats for their first names!
  • Photo Discoveries™: “Photo Discoveries™ makes it easy for you to add photographs to people in your family tree who currently do not have any photos, in just a few clicks, based on the work of other users. Many of us cherish the emotional moment when we see for the first time a photograph of our ancestor or relative whom we’ve never seen before.“ I’ve been able to work with other MyHeritage users and get copies of photos of my ancestors that I’ve never seen before!
  • DNA Matching: MyHeritage has made recent improvements in its DNA Matching technology and I’ve found lots of new matches. And these are in the 1st to 3rd cousin range, not 4th to 6th cousin like AncestryDNA’s matching. Also, I love that DNA Matches allows me to see the surnames I have in common with my matches!
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Gedcoms and Starting a “new” family tree on MyHeritage.com

One of my questions as a beginning genealogist was, “What is a Gedcom?”  It is simply a transfer vehicle file to share your family tree from one database to another.   They do not transfer pictures.  Again something on my list to do.  Each database or software will have different steps to   create and import your family tree.  Geoff clearly shows what is needed to do a Gedcom from Legacy.com to MyHeritage.com.

Geoff’s MyHeritage experiment post #1 – starting my tree

There is an online genealogy service that for years I dismissed. I already have my data in Legacy Family Tree software AND manage a research-in-progress tree at both FamilySearch and Ancestry – do I really need my data in yet another tree? This is what I thought before viewing Mike Mansfield’s excellent webinar, “7 Unique Technologies for Genealogy Discoveries at MyHeritage.” Afterwards my opinion completely changed. I was impressed both with Mike as a speaker and with their technology. About a year later I published the “Top 20 Webinars of All Time” list, and was shocked to see that this class came in at number three – of all time! And now that MyHeritage has entered the DNA community, I’ve decided that they deserve more of my genealogical time and a solid look.

This post is the first of a series where I will investigate and report on my use and impressions of each of the “seven unique technologies” that Mike introduced.

  1. Smart Matching
  2. Record Matches
  3. Newspaper & Free-Text Matching
  4. Record Detective
  5. Instant Discoveries
  6. SearchConnect
  7. Global Name Translation

Combined with the other two MyHeritage-related webinars…

…I have become very impressed with their technology. As with any other genealogy technology, when I learn a little of its potential, I try to make time for a thorough investigation. Previous investigations have resulted in my support and love for tech like AniMap, Google Photos, Flip-Pal, and GoToWebinar. Now it’s MyHeritage’s turn. Either I’ll like it or I won’t, and I look forward to giving you my honest opinions of what I learn.

In this first post, I will describe my thought and decision making process as I determine how I will use the site. Initial questions I have include:

  • Should I just use their search form to see if I get any matches in their trees or records, or like Mike suggested, should I first upload my tree to take advantage of their automated searching?
  • If I do upload my tree, should I upload my entire tree or just the branches I am currently researching?
  • How does MyHeritage protect my privacy?
  • What about DNA? Will they let me import the raw results of the DNA tests I’ve completed elsewhere? If so, is their pool of testers large enough to be of any value to me?

How Should I Start?

In a previous MyHeritage-related webinar I uploaded a GEDCOM that I created from Legacy to demonstrate how the process worked. It was simple. But because I am beginning my serious investigation into their site, want to begin fresh, and to be able to demonstrate for you the steps involved, I’ve gone ahead and removed anything I previously shared.

Next is the decision of “how should I start my tree?” The Family Tree tab at MyHeritage shows that I can manually start a new tree or import a GEDCOM.

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Since my time is valuable and because I already have my data in Legacy, I’ve decided to create and import a GEDCOM into their system. Should I import all 23,702 individuals, or should I import just the ancestors I am actively researching? A few minutes go by…I’ve decided to import my entire family file for this reason – DNA. Although I do not yet know anything about their DNA services, with my experience at other DNA sites, I’ve learned that the more I share the more genetic matches I find.

Good, another decision made. This is way easier than all the decisions I’m making about the new house we are building.

Privacy

Since the file I will upload will contain information about my living family, I’d better check out MyHeritage’s privacy policy. Hopefully they give me complete control over what is public and private. Reading their privacy policy here has given me the confidence that I can share my personal information without fear of it becoming public. I’ve pasted a portion of their policy below.

The user decides to what degree information on the family tree and other information from the family site will be visible to and discoverable by other users, by setting the Privacy Preferences (described in a detailed section below). The user decides whether to build the family tree on the Website on his/her own, or to make it a collaborative effort by inviting family members to assist, using facilities available on the Website for inviting members. If other members are invited, they make similar choices on entering information into the family tree. All information is entered into the Website directly and is not collected implicitly. The Website prevents information on living people from being disclosed to strangers, to protect privacy, and such information if entered will not be visible outside the family site or discoverable by search engines such as Google. It is often useful however to allow deceased people entered into the family tree to be visible to and searchable by other people, to allow one’s distant relatives to discover it.

The personal information that you and other users enter is stored in the Website only for the purpose of delivering the Service to you and the other users, i.e. displaying the family tree, printing the family tree, searching historical records, and other genealogy features.

Creating the GEDCOM file

The first step is to create the GEDCOM file. This is done in Legacy Family Tree. Follow the steps below.

1. Go to File >  Export > GEDCOM file

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To change WHO you will include in the file, click on the Record Selection button. To change any privacy settings for whom you will export, click on the Privacy Options button. I’m going to leave things as they are because of my reasoning above.

2. Click the “START EXPORT” button in the upper right, select the location (the desktop is a good spot) and enter the name of the file.

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1 minutes 28 seconds later:

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Importing the GEDCOM into MyHeritage

1. On the Family Tree tab at http://www.myHeritage.com, click on the Browse button, locate and select the GEDCOM you just created, and click the orange Import GEDCOM button.

20 seconds later the upload was complete (1:28pm):

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Thinking this would take a while, I got up to go eat some lunch. Then Pavlov’s Theory proved true once again – I got the email notification sound on my phone which meant I immediately checked my inbox. It was just one minute later that I received the following:

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Wow, that was quick.

Clicking the link took me to my tree where the first thing I noticed was the balloons – it’s my son’s 15th birthday in 12 days. Thanks for the reminder!

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Tree Settings

I next went to the Tree Settings page to make sure that the privacy settings are what I expected them to be.

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Since I’m not certain what a “site member” is yet, I’m going to turn off the ability for site members to “download the family tree file” and for now I’m going to change the permissions so I am the only person who can edit the family tree.

Privacy Settings

The privacy settings are on its own page.

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The first option of “include family tree in MyHeritage historical search engines” concerned me as I do not want any living individuals in my tree to be searchable. Hovering over the little information icon, it explained that only deceased individuals will be searchable and viewable to others.

So far so good.

Conclusion

At this point, I am comfortable with my tree and its privacy settings. It was easy to upload and the resulting tree looks appealing and easy to navigate. If I never do any more with MyHeritage, at the very least, I now have another backup of my entire tree just in case. I took a quick peek at the Discoveries page to see if it had found any Smart Matches or Record Matches yet. It hadn’t, but I didn’t expect it to be that quick. I’ll check back in a few days to see what it has found for me.

What’s Next

Coming up next, I will report on the first of the seven unique technologies from the webinar – Smart Matches. Stay tuned.

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Once again Legacy and Geoff are educating us in this activity of family search. Recently at our local Family History Centre Conference I was able to watch a video that could also add to this topic.

For anyone else looking to expand options (yet another backup….) this is worth looking at from
https://www.rootstech.org/videos-fri

Sunny Morton
Big 4: Comparing Ancestry, findmypast, FamilySearch and MyHeritage

DNA testing with My Heritage or Family Tree DNA

Vicki’s note –  CAGGNI  Computer Assisted Genealogy Group Northern Illinois December 2016 Newsletter, with lead article by President Alan Wilson summarized below.  See Link for the full newsletter of various article, and calendar of their programs and events. https://caggni.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/Newsletters/2016/CAGGNI_2016_12_Newsletter.pdf

DNA testing with My Heritage or Family Tree DNA

DNA matching through MyHeritage (MH) – they announced the feature to down
load DNA test results from FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) to MyHeritage (MH). This
provided a much better DNA matching service that one could obtain on the FT
DNA web page becauseMH has a well-developed system to display and
manage a family tree. With DNA data, MH could find matches more precisely than simply comparing names of people and places. Now, with DNA testing, the whole matching function becomes internal to MH. It is also noteworthy that at least for now, Ancestry does not permit DNA test resultsto be downloaded from other testing services into Ancestry. …
In terms of comparison between Ancestry and MH, each service has some advantages and disadvantages. Both services can support trees from subscribers, match them toDNA and find matches and records in databases. …
In my experience, MH is somewhat stronger for matching to European ancestors, while Ancestry is somewhat stronger for matching to American ancestors….
One lesson from experience with Ancestry is that they discarded services and features that were not profitable enough. For example, Ancestry discontinued Y-DNA testing andthey spun off Family Tree Maker software to MacKiev. I would not be surprised to see MH make
similar decisions as they find some services that are more profitable than others….
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We should keep in mind that MH is an Israeli company, so the economic forces from their clients will be somewhat different, as compared to Ancestry.

Maximizing Your Genealogy DNA tests

(Vicki’s note – If you got your DNA tested lately, you can upload the results free at MyHeritage.com.  The basic family tree software is free, with an upgrade for a fee.  Worth looking into – but check the terms of use.  There are other ways to maximize the results of your testing. )

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Fun Discoveries at Your Stateline Genealogy Club March 11, 2016

You can view a free webinar, if you missed today’s Stateline Genealogy Club Program, or review the MyHeritage webinar “Discover Your Scandinavian Ancestors” by clicking on previous webinars here:

http://blog.myheritage.com/category/myheritage/webinars-and-podcasts/

And go to the 18 April 2015 webinar “Discover Your Scandinavian Ancestors”.

Lot’s of helpful information here on Scandinavian / Nordic genealogy, naming patterns, and history.  No wonder finding Nordic ancestors is difficult.

Great sharing and support at the Stateline Genealogy Club meeting.  Here the experiences that our Club members told us today:

We all discovered that our ancestors could have been in any country temporarily as borders change, and people move around.  Your German, Russian, or English ancestors could also be Scandinavian/Nordic.  Don’t blind your pathways to discovery by being a purist ethnic-searching snob.

Help comes from reaching out to other Club members, and by social media, to find over-seas genealogy angels who will help us by sharing pictures and their ancestry research.  Priceless: getting a photograph of your great grandfather at age 8 from a distant Swedish relative; getting a Scandinavian family pedigree researched by first names only (because they did not use surnames), being invited to attend the “Sons of Norway” club in Rockford Illinois to find out more about the language, being put in touch with a newly discovered third genealogist cousin in the next town, and finding out that you have a new (Scandinavian) avenue to find your German ancestors.

Attending any of the Club programs helps us to learn general techniques for our own ancestor’s searches, get hints from others, and a chance to network and enjoy our common hobby, and make friends; and a free door prize (thanks Kim 🙂

Ancestry will keep up to 300 of your  “discoveries” from Ancestry.com when you send them to your email. These do not disappear and are an efficient technique to maximize your Library time to search more; analyze later.

We also learned that you can create/put your Family Tree on Ancestry.com at home without joining.  Then save your Library time on our paid subscription to do your searching. Don’t be afraid to ask for a free trial subscription or extension from Ancestry.com or others.

Resolved – before the next sale on genealogy DNA testing, I intend to:

Be better at documenting sources as I go,

Research and get more ancestors on my Legacy.com pedigree,

Learn how to transfer my Legacy.com family tree by ged.com.to Ancestry.com,

Create a Family Tree on Ancestry.com,

Get DNA tests for my Mom, and brother, and, and…..

Get results on Ancestry.com for finding more relatives from the DNA test results.

Find out if I do actually have some Scandinavian/Nordic ancestors as a basis for my jokes about Vikings and my Scotch/Irish/Welsh/French/German ancestors.

The more through your Family Tree is, the more chances you get for the DNA testing to find correct relative matches, and to find incorrect relatives.  Other genealogists have a better chance at finding your Family Tree common relatives.

A genealogy club is a great support for us genealogists who do a lot of lone searching and data input.  If you don’t have a club available, I am glad to give you this BLOG support.  Consider this your club, no matter where in the world that you live; and happy searching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncover Your Scandinavian Roots using MyHeritage.com

MyHeritage puts exclusive Scandinavian records online

We’re delighted to announce that we have started making good on our promise to digitize and bring online millions of exclusive historical records from Scandinavia. The majority of these records have never been indexed online before.

The records are searchable on MyHeritage SuperSearch and MyHeritage users will now automatically receive matches to those records relevant to their family tree.

Anyone with Scandinavian roots will be able to explore their family history and learn more about the lives of their ancestors with this robust searchable index of records published online for the first time.
The new collections include:

Danish Records:

As we announced in December, MyHeritage has entered into an agreement with the National Archives of Denmark to digitize and index over 120 million records, including all available Danish census records from 1787-1930 and Parish records from 1646 to 1915. As of today the entire 1930 Danish census (3.5 million records) is available online! The remaining censuses and Parish records will be released during 2015 and 2016.

The 1930 Danish census  is a treasure trove of historical information, for anyone whose families originated in the region. It covers Denmark as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Swedish Household Examination Rolls, 1880-1920:

The household examination rolls are the primary register of the Swedish church, listing the residents of each parish, their families, and important life events such as births, marriages and deaths. The collection includes 54 million records with 5 million color images of which 22 million records are already available online. The remaining records are scheduled to go online before the end of June 2015.

Below is a map of Sweden showing those counties in bold orange whose records have been added today. Here’s some notes about the map:

  • Västra Götaland:  In 1997 this county was formed by merging the three counties of Göteborg och Bohus, Älvsborg, and Skaraborg.
  • Dalarna: In 1997 this county was renamed from Kopparberg.
  • Skåne: In 1997 this county was formed by merging the two counties of Kristianstad and Malmöhus.

Swedish counties

Pssst… We are working on more content that will go live soon, from additional Nordic countries!

Do you have Scandinavian roots? Start searching our new collections and let us know what you discover!

Bruce G. Hodgson April 13th, 2015 – 02:42My surname Hodgson derives from Oddgson and earlier variants. From the 800s-1000s AD, Britain was settled by the Danes from Denmark and the Norse from Norway, the Danes into Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, the Norse initially in Ireland and when forced out by Irish tribes in 902 AD, they crossed the Irish Sea to colonize Cumberland and North Lancashire. Today the name Hodgson is most common in the same areas colonized by these Norse-Viking settlers.
There is a correlation between the population density of the Hodgson surname and the pattern of Norse settlement and DNA affirms a high percentage of Norse blood among male Hodgsons. Most modern Hodgsons may be descended from about 50 tenth-century Vikings. In the North of England, names were Oddgeirson, Oddgson, Oddson and Odesun. Early Norse variants go back to the 900s AD. Oddgeir is found in modern Norway.

The leading ‘H’ in Hodgson comes from the Anglicization of the peculiar Norse pronunciation of the leading vowel, resulting in later variants as in Hrodgeirson and Hodgeson. The silent ‘g’ may well be the survivor of its past syllable ‘geir’, pronounced guy with a soft r.

There is a marked similarity between the Nordic tongue and the present dialect in the upper English dale. It is estimated that about 6% of Y-DNA in the British Isles is of Norwegian origin. It will be very interesting to see how my surname plays out in the Scandinavian records.

Discover your family tree, together with Geni.com

A new paid Genealogy Site with free trial with unlimited access but a limited time, discovered by Kim Caswell.

She found records and family members there that she had not found in years of genealogy searching.  The folks she has contacted there seem to be more serious about using verified information for their family trees, and research before linking others’ family trees to their.

Who’s Using Geni.com; a MyHeritage company?

Families use Geni to work together on their shared family history, to stay in touch with family members, and be reminded of family birthdays and anniversaries.

Genealogists use Geni to collaborate with others on family history research.

Historians use Geni for documenting historical profiles and finding important family connections between historical figures.

Developers use Geni to build applications using data for over 150 million profiles contributed by 10 million users.

Geni’s World Family Tree connects 100,468,752 people worldwide and counting.

Collaborative and Social Resources Help You Build Your Tree Faster

Geni users are very active in discussions, where topics range from collaboration to help for beginners. A wealth of genealogy knowledge is shared in the discussions, and this is a great place for new users to get a feel for what Geni can offer.
View Geni’s Genealogy Discussions

Our Projects feature provides a workspace for genealogists with similar interests to collaborate, share learnings, and discuss challenges and discoveries. Projects can exist for specific lineages, surnames, broad interests, and much more.

Surname pages allow users to quickly discover profiles, document, projects, or discussions where that surname is tagged. Surname pages are crowd-sourced, so every Geni member can contribute to the “About” text for any given surname.

Our frequently updated blog is a portal for learning about new features on Geni, discovering interesting profiles and projects, and getting to know notable members of the Geni community. Follow the blog by subscribing via RSS, liking Geni on Facebook, or following Geni on Twitter.

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