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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by mrblond, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    anyone use it? I know my grandomthers background on my mothers side but it seems pretty useless all.
    Other then that is seems pretty useless to find my fathers family.
     
  2. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    Because of my wife's last name she has been able to trace part of her family back to at lease 800 AD
     
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  3. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    Its like my aunt has traces my moms family back to the 1660s here. I am working on my dads side but nothing is coming up.

    Its disconcerting
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  4. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Im afraid that I'm one of those, could give a poo less, types!
     
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  5. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    There has been some hoopla about some of these genetic research places as of late in the news. I personally will steer clear of them. Who knows who could buy the data, especially when they go from a private corporation to a public one. (bio research)

    but..

    if you run a dead end there may be help on their side if you go that route you may find something. Who knows.
     
  6. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Gypsies, tramps and thieves. Need I say more.
     
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  8. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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  9. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Have used the site and got a lot of information but took years to get. Best resources were the users of the site through message boards or personal contact. Placed who I was researching in personal profile and and other users brought out places and people that were in the family tree.

    Example, two years after placing who I was researching on my personal profile I was contacted by someone who had letters from my grandmother. Found out she was raped by a black field hand and ended up having a baby she gave up. The letters were between mother and child.

    If ya'll are having a problem with the site perhaps it's because there are not a lot of branches in your family tree:D:D:D:eek:
     
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  10. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    no, the part was I do have that part of the tree, its just not showing up in Ancentery. Atleast for now.
     
  11. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried the ancestry message boards...
     
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    Simonpie Portland Active Member

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    I have a percussion rifle stamped with the maker and city in Michigan. I used Ancestry to find the census entry for the guy. Had him listed as a gunsmith in 1860. There was no town there in 1850 and he and his apprentice were gone in 1870. I didn't look much further, but I'm guessing the civil war got most gunsmiths traveling around, or dead.
     
  13. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've never had good relationships with my family and barely know anything about my grandparents and anything beyond that I know nothing about.
    Makes you feel really lost in who you are and where you belong.
    I've always wanted to join and see if there's information on who my family was.
     
  14. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    I am trying to see but I knoiw my great grand dads records wer elost in a fire.
     
  15. notazombie

    notazombie Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    I've never tried the site but am curious. My mom was adopted so I know nothing about her blood family other than what my grandmother told me -- which wasn't much.
    My dad's family name is not super common but enough so that if I meet another we likely aren't related. Almost all of my grandparents' generation is dead now but my dad got in touch with a great aunt in Nebraska (where my great grandparents came from in the '30s) who had lots of family history stories. I'd never heard anything previous to the move from Nebraska. Apparently my great-great grandfather was one of 3 brothers who Immigrated in the 1880s(?) and were swindled on a land deal right off the boat. One brother immediately went back home. The other stayed on the east coast and my great great grandfather headed west. Story goes he was a pretty good shot and would regularly enter and win money in marksmanship contests eventually gaining some regional notoriety. Well, there was a problem in the area with cattle/horse theft and the towns people spread the word that they had hired him to handle it. He never had to do anything and the theft stopped in the area...at least that's how the story goes. I'm curious whether any of that could be verified via the site.
    The only family heirloom remaining that I'm aware of is his old Spencer 12ga that my dad now has. He used it to feed his kids. Hoping to have it on my wall someday.
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  16. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Try Familysearch.org
    The history of my family is pretty important to me. I like to know where I come from, and the history of my linage.
    As far as selling information, this site above won't for sure.
     
  17. Sabertooth

    Sabertooth Josephine County Active Member

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    Ancestry.com is pretty good. I started on my family tree around 1993. Don't be in a hurry. Took me 15 years to find my wife's grandfather. Wrong first name, but everyone only new him by his nickname. The Mormon family history site may also give you some leads.
    Ancestry.com bought up just about all the genealogy web sites.
     
  18. mrblond

    mrblond Salem OR Well-Known Member

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    There are so many things that can never be proven. Like my grandma always told me that Charles Russle woud come for dinner and at one time he carved a horse out of soap for the kids..
    something that could never be proved but a good story.
     
  19. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Been at it for years and get a better picture of where I came from all the time. Got one branch back to the Mayflower. I lost my dad as a young child and no realitives to tell me history so started with names and dates from family bible. I am satisfied now.
     
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  20. Mikej

    Mikej Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Hey now! I have Romany blood in my veins! Or are you saying YOU do too? Miro prala?