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What Car Bumper Sticker Would You Want?

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What Car Bumper Sticker Would You Want?

Vicki Ruthe Hahn

5-17-2018

If you were creating a bumper sticker to tell the world about your genealogy hobby, what would you declare? Genealogy is the number one hobby, (except May – August, when gardening is temporarily the number one hobby!) 

These are sayings thought up by a Library staff committee when we were promoting our new (2013) Ancestry.com Library Edition database at Beloit Public Library.

We still have Ancestry.com Library Edition database at Beloit Public Library!

Find Family

Find Your History

Dig deeper

Past Look

Past Links?

Who’s Behind You?

Connect the dots….

Discover Family

Your History

Family Connections

Beneath the Surface

Indoor Sport

Meet the Family

Meet Your Family

Wild Ones?

Skeletons?

Your Family Book

Family First

Family Tree?

Doing it In the Library

 

 

 

 

 

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Irish DNA Registry’s Facebook Group

Irish DNA Registry’s Facebook Group

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

SGS Stateline Genealogy Sorter

April 7, 2018

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Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library member Karen Bernard inquired about this resource that is new to me.

Irish DNA Registry’s Facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheIrishDNARegistry/

It is a closed Facebook support group that you have to ask to join.

The group is focused on DNA test results connected to Irish results only.

The whole purpose seems to be finding Irish cousins,

and helping genealogy searchers link to finding out more about their Irish (location) origins.

One must first have taken, and gotten results, from a DNA test.

Then upload the test results onto the free universal sharing site –

 

GEDmatch.com  (https://www.gedmatch.com/login1.php)
before joining this Facebook group.
GEDmatch offers a matching tool that may help with interpreting your DNA test results
whether you are Irish or not.

Tools for DNA and Genealogy Research
GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers and genealogists. Most tools are free, but They do provide some premium tools for users who wish to help support with contributions. One will need to upload DNA and / or genealogical (GEDCOM) data to make use of the tools there. Registration requires your name, email and a password of your choice. Click HERE to register.

You can  also upload your DNA test results to FTDNA (Family Tree), or MyHeritage for free, as this will add greatly to your contacts and hopefully your results.
You do not have to have a membership to MyHeritage.

The Irish DNA Registry’s Facebook group has enough members to get results:

Members · 5,152

Getting your DNA tested can help break through brick walls.
There is nothing to lose and so much potential for gain.

There are frequent sales at each of the DNA testing companies for about $60 for a general autosomal test.

Males can spend more, and be tested at FTDNA for their Y DNA.

Once your tests are done, and submitted to the various comparison sites (particularly
GedMatch), it is there for posterity.

Your sample at FTDNA is kept for any future developments, so there is no need to re-test.

Ideally you should have your oldest living relative/s sampled, as well as having siblings, cousins and other more distant known relatives tested.  This for comparison and elimination to narrow down most recent common ancestors (MRCAs). (This is a new term to me.
Include as complete a family ancestry tree as you can plus all
known ancestral surnames. To compare a DNA match one needs clues!

Irish peoples have emigrated all over the world.
Searching Irish ancestry seems to be especially difficult, due to the destruction of key records in Ireland.
Here are some especially helpful links to resources to help you search your Irish Ancestry:

(4-7-2018 I am sad to say that Sean E. Quinn’s “all things Irish” website IrishAncestors.net

is not longer available. It was a great resource.  I do not know what happened, and will let you know if I find out.)

See MANY, many more links at The StatelineGenealogyClub.wordpress.com BLOG under the top tab
Genealogy Links and Electronic Helps and then search alphabetically DOWN  to

“Irish Ancestors, (see also Scots- Irish Ancestors)”

DNA is increasingly proving the links where paper trails fail.

Karen, thanks for letting us know about this Irish DNA Registry’s Facebook group.
I too am finding my Irish Ancestors difficult.
And thanks for reminding me about uploading my DNA results to GEDmatch.com, and FTDNA and MyHeritage.com.
One more thing that I want to do soon.

More Historic Beloit Newspaper Microfilms at the Beloit Public Library

More Historic Beloit Newspaper Microfilms at the Beloit Public Library

February 22, 2018

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn

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Many more  of the Historic Beloit Newspaper Microfilms are cataloged and available now for patrons to use on the microfilm machines at the Beloit Public Library.
These were paid for by FNDN Beloit Public Library Foundation.
The patrons are going to love having these additional microfilms.
I put the reels into the bottom right hand side of the microfilm case.
Once the  rest of the microfilms get cataloged,
I will re-arrange the whole case with the earliest newspapers first, (by title).
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These have been added to the microfilms we have had:
Beloit Free Press (1848 – 1903) with a new one 1900 – 1903.
Beloit Daily Grit (1892 – 1897)
Beloit Daily News BDN (1897 –  March 2015)
(Then look on BPL homepage on-line)
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These are the titles we have added so far:
Weekly Argus (1885 – 1888)
Beloit Weekly Outlook ( 1880 – 1884)
Beloit Deutsche Zeitung 1895 – 1896
Weekly Citizen & Weekly News (1888 – 1906)
Beloit Labor Journal (1902 – 1903)
Soul City Courier (Oct 1976 – Jan 1977)

More information about the on-line Library newspaper holding is under the  BLOG tab “Genealogy Links and Electronic Helps”.

March 1, 2018 Update

More microfilms cataloged and added:

Beloit Outlook  (Jan 3, 1879; Jan 8, 1880 – May 8, 1880)

Beloit Outlook (Jan 3, 1880 – Jun 26, 1880)

Beloit Daily News! (Aug 14, 1945)

Crusader – Rockford IL  (Sep 1952, Nov 21, 1952; Jul 3, 1963 – Mar 29, 1957)

Crusader – Rockford IL  (Sep 6, 1968 – Jun 2, 1971)

 

 

The Value of Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library & Interlibrary Loan & Library Staff

The Value of Stateline Genealogy Club

@ Beloit Public Library & Interlibrary Loan

February 16, 2017

Vicki’s note – a recognition from Cheryl’s, and my supervisor, Michael DeVries and from author Jim Lateer.  We will have the book in the Beloit Public Library.  Thank you Jim.  It is nice for librarians to be appreciated by an author for our work, which we love doing anyway.  The same type of help is available at public libraries for anyone looking to gain genealogical resources.

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Beloit author Jim Lateer recognized and praised Cheryl Blake, Vicki Hahn, and the staff, in the introduction of his newly published 2018 book on the history of the John F. Kennedy Assassination – “The Three Barons”. Jim is a regular member of Vicki’s Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library and a major Interlibrary Loan Services user.
From the acknowledgments:

“The Three Baron’s Introduction:

“Next, I would like to thank the staff of the Beloit (Wisconsin) Public Library. Cheryl Blake is an expert in inter-library loans and a veteran of 30 plus years in that specialty. Vicki Hahn, also of the Beloit Public Library has arranged training for me and others on the best use of the incredible resources of the Wisconsin Historical Society and its unparalleled collection of history books, one of the best such collections anywhere.”

Michael DeVries

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And from Barnes and Nobel:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-three-barons-james-w-lateer/1126060550

And from  Google Books:

https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Three_Barons.html?id=UR_LAQAACAAJ

The Three Barons: The Organizational Chart of the JFK Assassination

Front Cover
Trine Day, Dec 29, 2017History384 pages

The Three Barons proves that it is possible (with enough research), to reconstruct the organizational chart of the JFK plot. This book provides the first useful, in-depth analysis of the 120 phone calls by LBJ in the week following the assassination regarding such items as the Civil Rights Act, demands made by the military and similar political power plays. The Three Barons presents the first use of statistical factor analysis to identify the plotters, using a database of 30 books and 1500 names and examines the military officers allegedly close to the plot, such as NATO Commander Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer, General Lauris Norstad, and JFK’s advisor, Gen. Maxwell Taylor. For the first time, the National Security Council, its structure and its members, are scrutinized for their obvious role in the JFK plot. More specifically, The Three Barons explains the role of Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon and his father, investment banker Clarence Dillon, who likely had fascist sympathies. This book identifies, for the first time, why there were three actual barons involved in the plot and why at least three members of the Warren Commission had powerful Nazi connections, beginning in WWII and continuing through November 22, 1963.

Stateline Genealogy Club@ BPL canceled due to blizzard Friday Feb. 9, 2018, rescheduled for Friday Feb. 16

February 8, 2018

Vicki Hahn

Stateline Genealogy Club@ BPL canceled due to blizzard Friday Feb. 9, 2018,

rescheduled for Friday Feb. 16 Still at 10 a.m. at Beloit Public Library.

“How to Use Family Search.org” by Nancy Ritter, Beloit Family History Center.

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Our speaker would like to reschedule,

And several Club members have contacted me with concerns.

I will try to contact as many of you by phone or email as I can.

I will not be attempting the long drive, and will take off Friday Feb. 9 (tomorrow).

See you in a week and a day.

There is plenty to keep you busy here on the BLOG until then.

Keep safe in the snow whether shoveling or driving!

 

Genealogical DNA Testing Not Perfect!

Genealogical DNA Testing Not Perfect!

Vicki’s note – Here is a partial transcript of a NPR National Public Radio broadcast from Gisele Grayson  – Senior Producer, Science Desk explaining how DNA tests can be “inaccurate” and how different companies can have different results.  You can read the entire transcript linked below, or listen to it.

This may be a partial explanation/answer of Kim Caswell’s DNA questions and dissatisfaction about her MyHeritage DNA test results.  Kim brings up some valid considerations and cautions on getting and interpreting DNA tests for genealogy.

It is always a good idea to always be careful in what we do with Genealogical information that we discover, including DNA testing.  Remember that we only get 1/2 of  each parent’s genes, and any siblings get their own variation of 1/2.  So it is wise to have several people in your family tested if possible to get comparisons, and to get tests at more than one company if you can afford it. 

OR maybe not?  Read the NPR article to help you decide if it is worth it to you.

 

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“Friday, 19 January, 2018

Comment: Hello Everyone,
I have been away from Gen. Club and the blog for far too long but I feel I need to post this warning.
My husband got me the MyHeritage DNA kit for my birthday, I got my results and they are bogus.
First of all, my results came back titled ” Kimberly Buetow’s Ethnicity Estimate”. I never, anywhere, gave my maiden name – they should not have been able to know that. And why come back with my maiden name and not the name I put on the paperwork anyway? Then I got to thinking… at one point I started a family tree search using my maiden name. That could be the only place that they got the name from.
Then I get an email saying they located DNA matches. Surprisingly all the names can be found on MyHeritage web site. Not one name they gave me matches anything I have uncovered. I have been working on my ancestry nearly 30 yrs. with the assistance of actual hand written letters, diaries, journals and verified documents and records handed down through family members going back to as early as 1549. Every one of my grandparents, g-grandparents and back to 4x G-grandparents were born in cities and villages in Germany, Prosen and Prussia but the results say I am 21.2% Polish and the map does show Poland. BUT – many years ago, Poland was Prussia and a part of Germany.

It also says I am 1.1% Nigerian. When I spoke with a contact person I was told that basically every one of us has some African DNA. I’m sorry, bull.
Therefore, I believe people are getting false or misleading results because they are going by what some or many places are called today, not what they once were. Many people are not aware of name or country changes so will take results at face value.
It is my opinion that this will lead many down a false path in their genealogical searches.
SO – after all this rambling – I just want everyone to be very careful in the paths they follow after receiving DNA results.

Kim Caswell”

 

Click here for the following NPR full article.

 

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My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren’t My Genes Italian?

 

“Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You’ve sent off your awkwardly-collected saliva sample and now you’re awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic “switched at birth,” but results that are really different than you expected….

Last fall, we sent away to get our DNA tested by Helix, the company that works with National Geographic. Mom’s results: 31 percent from Italy and Southern Europe. That made sense because of her Italian mother. But my Helix results didn’t even have an “Italy and Southern European” category. How could I have 50 percent of Mom’s DNA and not have any Italian? We do look alike, and she says there’s little chance we were switched at birth.

We decided to get a second opinion and sent away to another company, 23andMe. We opened our results together and were just as surprised. This time, I at least had a category for southern Europe. But Mom came back as 25 percent southern European, me only 6 percent. And the Italian? Mom had 11.3 percent to my 1.6. So maybe the first test wasn’t wrong. But how could I have an Italian grandmother and almost no Italian genes?…”

Stateline Travelers – Part 8 – A Stateline Celebration for 100 Year-old South Beloit, Illinois and Me

Stateline Travelers – Part  8  – A Stateline Celebration for 100 Year-old South Beloit, Illinois and Me

Part of an on-going series by

Vicki Ruthe Hahn, Stateline Genealogy Sorter.

June 24, 2017

 

South Beloit, Illinois will be celebrating 100 years this year.

Their Centennial Celebration will be August 24 – 27, 2017.

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Beloit Wisconsin and South Beloit, Illinois have been linked for our entire history.

Next week the Beloit Public Library is opening their new coffee and food shop, “The Blender”.

I am welcoming South Beloiters to Beloit Public Library to visit “their” GEN Club and Coffee shop here in Beloit.

Opening the week of June 26, 2017

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What a great place to go for a refreshing drink, smoothie, bakery snack, soup, sandwich, breakfast, lunch, or supper –  after doing genealogy at Beloit Public Library, after a Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program.

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…0r anytime.  I believe that the open hours of The Blender will be something like 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday; and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Maybe we can raise a “toast” to great collaborations between Beloit and South Beloit for another 100 years.

I was the Director of the South Beloit Public Library from 1991 – 1993.  Then I got a job as the Head of the Circulation Department at the Beloit Public Library, and I am still here, 24 years later, as the Public Services Librarian.

Catherine Hayes (at that time the former, former South Beloit Public Library Director) was the historian of South Beloit.  All historical knowledge stated here is from the book, “Our Golden History-South Beloit Illinois”, which is a non-copyrighted work by Catherine Hayes.  She wrote the book to inform the people South Beloit of their pre-incorporation roots for the Sesquicentennial.

Catherine and I had many friendly conversations, as she helped me learn how to be a library director, and taught me about the history of South Beloit –

“Always a City, never a Village!”

The South Beloit Centennial Committee is writing a new Centennial history book.

 

 

In 1818, the United States Congress told the people of the Territory of Illinois to form a state government.

A heated debate arose over the correct placement of the northern state line of Illinois.

If the old line of 1787 (Northwest Territory) were kept, Illinois would be much smaller than Wisconsin,

and Chicago would be in Wisconsin because Illinois would have no Lake Michigan shoreline.

A bill passed cutting 8,500sq. miles off of Wisconsin and adding it to Illinois, creating the current state line.

 

By 1838, the village of Turtle became Beloit.

South Beloit became the south part of Beloit.

 

Winnebago County voted in 1842 for annexation to Wisconsin.

However, the south had more people and out-voted the north.

So Winnebago County remained in Illinois.

 

They (south of Beloit) petitioned to become their own city in 1914.

In September 17, 1917, South Beloit became a city.

Hint – these are the newspapers from Rockford Illinois that would also cover South Beloit Illinois:
Winnebago – Rockford   Crusader                  1952 – 1971
Winnebago – Rockford   Morning Star          1961 – 1963
Winnebago – Rockford   Register Star           1988 – 2007
Winnebago – Rockford   Register-Republic  1952 – 1972
The Rockford Public Library should have these on microfilm.
You can contact them for a search if you cannot get there yourself.
We have the Beloit Daily News (in microfilm at Beloit Public Library, Wisconsin)
which also covers news for South Beloit Illinois.
South Beloit does not have their own newspaper that I know of.
We would be glad to look up local history for you, but Beloit Daily News is not indexed for all the years.
We would need to know which date – at least the month and year.
For requests, please send us more information to our Interlibrary loan email.
Or you can contact me at the BLOG email StatelinegenealogyClub@yahoo.com

Happy Anniversaries to Us

Happy Anniversaries to Us

It has been a lot of fun, and I have learned so much from all of you, and from finding/writing  interesting articles to help you.

I always write as “Vicki Ruthe Hahn, SGS Stateline Genealogy Sorter” if the posting is all my own writing.

If it is someone else’s work, I always put a reference to other writer’s work and add:

A special “shout-out” to Judith Nichols, who brought the idea of a genealogy  club to the Library, and helped me lead it for awhile.

Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library is 5 years old.

AND

Blog  “StatelineGenealogyClub.Wordpress.com” is 3 years old.

Vicki Ruthe Hahn is the Blog creator of:

“StatelineGenealogyClub.Wordpress.com”                                                 June 15, 2014 ;

and the founder of:

Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library                                   April 13, 2012

 

As of June 20, 2017, there have been:

There are 12 WordPress followers, 40 email followers (total 52);

27 likes & 92 comments.

One day there were 62 views, the most ever.

These views seem to be in addition to Followers looking at emails.

My BLOG doubled with 2254 views in 2015, & 5164 views in 2016.

Half-way through 2017, there have been 2,396 views.

These were from 37 countries in 2015; & 77 counties in  2016, and

62 countries in 2017 so far.    Some just show 1 view per country, but

many have several views, so I feel that I am helping genealogists

throughout the world.

3 Year Anniversary Achievement

Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!

You registered on WordPress.com

3 years ago.

Thanks for flying with us.

Keep up the good blogging.

Stateline Travelers – Part 7 – My 3 x Gt-Grandma , and Me. She got teeth & fashion!

Stateline Travelers – Part 7 –

My 3 x Gt-Grandma , and Me.  She got teeth & fashion!

by Vicki Ruthe Hahn, SGS Stateline Genealogy Sorter

Part of an On-going Series

June 11, 2017

Photo composite fun.

Imagine my shock when I realized that these two different looks were the same person – my great great great grandmother, Catherine McIntosh Greenup.

I love looking for the stories as I do family histories, and piecing them together verbally and visually.

In about five years, she completely changed fashions, and became confident (new teeth?) and very urban sophisticated.  She dressed less like the unsophisticated Virginia/Kentucky country look, and more like the “big” city of Macomb, Illinois look.

This is one of the slides that I composed for my genealogy program – “What They Wore When” or “Contemporary Fashion Through the Ages – How to Tell Which Timeline Your Ancestors Are, by What They Wore.”  I have given the program three times, and am booked for two more presentations in the next few months.

 

3 x Gt Grandma photos

 

 

Hint – I never expected to find that I had any ancestors from Kentucky.  Try to learn about all states that your ancestors lived in.

Kentucky was granted statehood in 1792.  it became the fifteenth state in the US and the first state west of the Appalachian mountains.

So it looks like my Gt-Gt-Gt Grandma Greenup was born in Kentucky 17 years before it became a state, and there are zero chances that there will be a state vital record of that.

 

 

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.

AncestryDNA (Canada) Get $20 off their DNA kits.  Click HERE

 AncestryDNA (US) Get 20% off their DNA kits.  Click HERE

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) Save as much as 20% off their DNA kits. Click HERE

MyHeritage Save $20 off their DNA kits. Click HERE

23andMe – Get your genealogy and medical DNA information. Save $50.  Click HERE 

Living DNA Save $40 off their DNA kits Click HERE

 

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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.”

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