365 Challenge: Day 352 – Ancestry (LIST: Favorite 365 Moments)

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Ancestry: the origin or background of something

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Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. Since the next group of five Sundays is the final group and the conclusion of the 365 Daily Challenge, I decided to select my five favorite moments throughout the last year of this challenge. This is our fourth week and I’ve gone with ancestry because the concept of DNA has been on my mind the last few weeks:

  1. I had a bunch of helpful hints on Ancestry.com where I matched a few new relatives and met a new distant relative online.
  2. I am visiting England in a few months, which is where a large percent of my ancestors came from and I keep wondering where exactly. Maybe I’ll find out!
  3. One of the main characters (Brianna Porter) in my next novel (formerly known as Father Figure — new name to be released in a few weeks) is searching for her father. DNA and Ancestry becomes a bit important at some point… but ultimately, it’s all about the concept of family drama and connections. Who are we?

 

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365 Challenge: Day 35 – Genealogist

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Genealogist: One who is actively engaged in the study or investigation of ancestry and family histories

We’ve made it through another week and on this fifth Sunday, it’s time to wrap up the first month’s focus on my genealogical heritage. See below for a picture of my Ancestry DNA results.

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In the last four weeks, I selected the 4 countries where I believe my ancestors hailed from, as well as picked the top stereotypical traits people assumed about the people from those places. A quick summary:

  1. Irish: 20%
  2. English: 33%
  3. German: 33% (Includes the Scandinavian as some of relatives were on the border)
  4. Scottish: 13%
  5. Other: 1% (West Asian – I think everyone gets that!)

While the DNA results and the documentation have a 10% disconnect, it’s a very clear picture of who my people were and where I came from.

Why do I study my genealogy? Take a look at this post on my professional website. It will give you some insight into my historical nature and great big quest for the past.

I often wonder why I’m so persistent on it… do I doubt who I am? Do I need more details about where I came from? Is it trying to understand how it all began?

Ultimately, this interest goes back to more than just people… it’s how did the USA begin. What happened to the dinosaurs? What were the original continents like? How did Earth form? What other galaxies are there? It’s more than being curious. It’s more than dedication or obsession. When I’m researching a family member on my laptop, tons of windows open to compare and contrast records, and I stumble upon a find… my eyes light up, I can’t sit still and my fingers can’t keep up with my mind. The discovery is brilliant and I’m ecstatic.

I’m a linear person. I like to start at the beginning. I have to read the first book in a series. I prefer straight lines. I like to create project plans with a starting point and an ending point. I love watching time pass on a clock, counting down to the re-start of the 60 segment process.

I believe it’s the same orderly structure that drives me to research my roots. I like seeing things improve, gain strength, drive forward. Adding more knowledge with each successive chain or generation. I’m sociological, I suppose.

Seeing a family tree, learning how people survived, how they met… what types of jobs and families they had. What made them move? These are all details I enjoy searching for across the internet.

Can you imagine watching from the sidelines as your ancestors moved through their lives? What if we had a time machine and could go back not to change the past, but to watch it unfold on warp speed? Quick enough not to see the tedious things, but slow enough to watch how each generation changed. To see your 4 times grandparents meet on a boat and decide to marry within days. To know your 6 times great-grandmother suffered so many miscarriages due to the poor conditions of medicine and health, but then she finally gave birth to your 5 times great-grandfather. To know how wars impacted your family. To recognize who touched royalty at some point.

It’s not unlike my interest in mystery fiction. Investigation. Detection. Research. As I draft each of these posts, hitting number 35 today, several themes are starting to appear. I’ve always known about them on a smaller scale, but the picture is becoming more clear.

So now I throw it out there… where do I go next?

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms
  • Week 32: How to help an artist with promotion
  • Week 33 – 37: Favorite Book Genres
  • Week 38 – 42: Holidays
  • Week 43 – 47: Objects I adore
  • Week 48 – 52: Favorite 365 Moments

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.

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30 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 352 – Ancestry (LIST: Favorite 365 Moments)

    mainepaperpusher said:
    March 4, 2018 at 1:45 AM

    Did we ever compare DNA? We have the surname Glass in common, but couldn’t fnd the connection. Maybe DNA will tell us something. Have you uploaded your gedcom to GedMatch? That’s the best place to compare. This will be fun!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 4, 2018 at 7:40 AM

      I don’t think we compared DNA. Mine is on Ancestry. I know I looked through your tree, but

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 4, 2018 at 7:41 AM

      didn’t see any common names. I haven’t done Gedmatch yet, I should next weekend!

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        mainepaperpusher said:
        March 4, 2018 at 2:30 PM

        I just took a look. If you are there under Cudney then we don’t match. Pity, it would have been cool if our Glass families were close enough for DNA to show it.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 4, 2018 at 2:32 PM

        I am under Cudney. It is a shame, oh well.. good try!

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        mainepaperpusher said:
        March 4, 2018 at 2:48 PM

        I will officially adopt you as an honorary Mace. You have been forwarned. 😉

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 4, 2018 at 2:49 PM

        Yay! I can’t wait for the inheritance from Great Great Grandpa… lol… hope your weekend is going well.

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        mainepaperpusher said:
        March 4, 2018 at 2:58 PM

        Haha, you might have to wait a while. Some of my ancestors were fabulously wealthy. Unfortunately, by the time my grandparents came along their collars were blue as blue could be.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 4, 2018 at 3:01 PM

        I know that feeling!

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    Roda said:
    March 4, 2018 at 2:03 AM

    Fascinating…my twin brother and I have absolutely nothing in common! We don’t even resemble one another. So much for DNA! Maybe a switch at birth? Maybe the mail mail stopped by? I will never know…😉

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    mistysbookspace said:
    March 4, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    I can’t wait for the reveal of the new title of your book!!😬

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    scr4pl80 said:
    March 4, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    I haven’t started with my ancestry other than to ask my mom about some old photos and hear stories of her younger years. I know that you have to pay for some of the ancestry sites and I’m not sure I want to do that. Plus, as I can tell from your posts and others who are doing it, it can be another rabbit hole to get sucked into and I don’t need another one of those right now! Looking forward to the new book but are you still going to do short stories of the characters in WGS?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 4, 2018 at 11:40 AM

      Yes. It can be a rabbit hole. Days go by sometimes with my research. :). I am almost done with the first short story. I just haven’t said a lot about it as I am trying to close father figure first. 🙂

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        scr4pl80 said:
        March 4, 2018 at 11:55 AM

        🙂 I know how that goes. Lots of fish in the pan, juggling, that whole bit.

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    March 4, 2018 at 12:19 PM

    I keep promising myself to do the Ancestry.com DNA kit. Our family is so mixed I’m pretty sure it would cover almost every continent. 😄

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    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    March 4, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    I am so interested in this and really want to do one of those DNA things (even though I can get a good guess about it- it’d be so interesting to see where I’m right and where I’m totally wrong 😉 ) It’s cool that you did one! 😀

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    frjameson said:
    March 5, 2018 at 3:36 AM

    Whereabouts in England are you visiting?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 5, 2018 at 7:21 AM

      London. 3 days and then Italy for 2 weeks. It’s a stopover to see a friend and then some work items.

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    I know I’m part Irish on my dads side, and my mother’s family comes fro Eastern Europe, but that’s about it. I keep wanting to trace more of my roots. Maybe someday.

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    Rae Longest said:
    March 10, 2018 at 3:09 PM

    Delightful post! Your graphics are so much fun. One day, I’ll learn to do what you do. (If I live that long LOL)

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    Ann Marie Bryant said:
    March 10, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Enjoy your ancestry journey, my friend…but beware it’s addictive!

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