• Would you do a DNA kit?

    My father was adopted and he is adamant that he DOES NOT want to know who is biological parents are. On the other hand, I am very interested and I have recently been thinking about ordering a DNA kit. I feel that my father would be really hurt if I were to find out information about his family on my own. Should... show more
    My father was adopted and he is adamant that he DOES NOT want to know who is biological parents are. On the other hand, I am very interested and I have recently been thinking about ordering a DNA kit. I feel that my father would be really hurt if I were to find out information about his family on my own. Should I go ahead and order the kit or not? Yes, I have already asked my dad his thoughts and he was not happy about it.
    14 answers · 2 days ago
  • Is this person my cousin, half cousin, second cousin, or...?

    I have a mom. David has a dad. My mom and David's dad are cousins. What does that make David to me? Are we second cousins then or...?
    I have a mom. David has a dad. My mom and David's dad are cousins. What does that make David to me? Are we second cousins then or...?
    8 answers · 20 hours ago
  • How are Moors/North Africans connected to West Africans?

    My father is an African American and with most African slaves coming predominantly from West Africa, is there any overlap between West African and Moorish cultures. My middle name is Maurice which is a French name that means Moor. Is this a fair indication that I have North African heritage or is it purely... show more
    My father is an African American and with most African slaves coming predominantly from West Africa, is there any overlap between West African and Moorish cultures. My middle name is Maurice which is a French name that means Moor. Is this a fair indication that I have North African heritage or is it purely circumstantial? What about Iberia as well? I read that Moors spread well into Spain and Portugal. On my mother's side, I'm about as white as they come, white British. So I doubt it'd come from that side.
    6 answers · 7 hours ago
  • Hey I just wanted to know what was my great great great grandma’s maiden name. Her name was Versilia She was married to Calvin Bess?

    Best answer: She and her family appear on the 1870 census as Calvin Bess 40 Versilia Bess 35 Flora J Bess 5 Isera Bess 2 All are mulatto, b. N. Carolina. They are living in Smiths Twp, Robeson, North Carolina. The nearest PO is Lumberton, Robeson, North Carolina. An Ancestry.com user has corrected the record: Bass rather... show more
    Best answer: She and her family appear on the 1870 census as

    Calvin Bess 40
    Versilia Bess 35
    Flora J Bess 5
    Isera Bess 2

    All are mulatto, b. N. Carolina.
    They are living in Smiths Twp, Robeson, North Carolina.
    The nearest PO is Lumberton, Robeson, North Carolina.

    An Ancestry.com user has corrected the record:
    Bass rather than Bess
    Correction due to an error in transcription.
    Submitted by: EsauBass on 1/14/2011

    It looks like "Bess" to me, so if it should be "Bass", it was incorrect on the original.

    I can't find them in 1880.


    Someone has coupled that census record with this Civil War service record:
    Name: Calvin Bass
    Side: Confederate
    Regiment: 15th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
    Company: I
    Rank In: Private
    Rank Out: Sergeant
    Alternate Name: James C./Bass


    The Mormons,
    https://www.familysearch.org/search
    have
    United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Records of Freedmen's Complaints
    Name Calvin Bess
    Event Type Residence
    Event Date 20 May 1867
    Event Place Lumberton, Robeson, North Carolina
    Event Place (Original) Lumberton, Lee, North Carolina
    Gender Male
    Race Freedman

    You can register with them for free and read the complaint, if you like. That means Calvin was a slave in 1860, which strongly hints, but does not prove, that Versilla was a slave too, and did not have a maiden name. Slaves did not have surnames, one of the many indignities they suffered. This also throws some doubt on that Confederate Service record, as the south did not let many slaves serve.
    6 answers · 10 hours ago
  • Are you proud of your American ancestry?

    My ancestors have been here since the founding of this country
    My ancestors have been here since the founding of this country
    16 answers · 4 days ago
  • Are DNA tests you can order online accurate about your ancestry?

    I told my mother I want to do it. She thinks it's all bullsht and keeps telling me not to do it because it's a waste of money. Knowing her parents and grandparents and great parents and who they were is enough for her
    I told my mother I want to do it. She thinks it's all bullsht and keeps telling me not to do it because it's a waste of money. Knowing her parents and grandparents and great parents and who they were is enough for her
    9 answers · 3 days ago
  • What do many English surbame ending with -TON really mean? Have same meaning as -HAM?

    Same meaning as surname ending with -HAM such as Bonham, Dunham, Langham, Graham etc. . The lastnames ending with ton are Harrington as Dan Harrington (Famous Chess and Poker player), Remington (Shaver Company), Huntington (My friends surname and Huntington disease of course), Carrington, Middleton (Kate Middleton... show more
    Same meaning as surname ending with -HAM such as Bonham, Dunham, Langham, Graham etc. . The lastnames ending with ton are Harrington as Dan Harrington (Famous Chess and Poker player), Remington (Shaver Company), Huntington (My friends surname and Huntington disease of course), Carrington, Middleton (Kate Middleton known as Dutchess of Cambridge), Clinton (Former US president), Hilton (Paris Hilton and Hilton Hotel), Johnston (My former roommate surname), Norton (AntiVirus), Newton (Isaac Newton), Wilton, Thorton, Clayton, Dalton, Kingston, Hamilton etc.. Why do so many English Habitational surnames ending with TONs???? Is it true that the majority of English habitational surnames are ending with Ham and Ton? If there're others what are they?
    6 answers · 5 days ago
  • What kind of last name is Albanese?

    I read that it's Italian origin but it is only applies to people of Albanian descent living in Italy. Am I right or could a full blooded Italian have that last name?
    I read that it's Italian origin but it is only applies to people of Albanian descent living in Italy. Am I right or could a full blooded Italian have that last name?
    5 answers · 1 day ago
  • Genealogy help?

    Best answer: The whole process of finding information is you work backwards and find ALL the records an individual generated during their lifetime, what is available will depend on the country, civil/parish records and date you are looking...... so surname of an ancestor, normally that would be the maiden name of the women and... show more
    Best answer: The whole process of finding information is you work backwards and find ALL the records an individual generated during their lifetime, what is available will depend on the country, civil/parish records and date you are looking...... so surname of an ancestor, normally that would be the maiden name of the women and you will find that once you find the marriage record, that could be civil, could be parish, could be both, also in some countries the birth certs of the couples children show the maiden name of the mother...if the children were baptised in one church, it is 'likely' the couple married in the same church and/or had banns read both would show the maiden name of the women and so that is the first set of real records you look at........... as you don't say whose surname you are looking for, what country or the date it is very difficult to expand on any advice, however think 'out of the box' it is only a brick wall because you are looking at the wrong records or missing records you could look at
    4 answers · 6 hours ago
  • Where are your ancestors from? Did you know your great grandmother and great grandfather?

    Best answer: Where are your ancestors from? Did you know your great grandmother and great grandfather?
    I think it can go either way.

    ~Peanuts2345
    Best answer: Where are your ancestors from? Did you know your great grandmother and great grandfather?
    I think it can go either way.

    ~Peanuts2345
    5 answers · 3 days ago
  • Who is Emma Stone to me?

    Best answer: If Emma Stone's 2nd great grandmother (ES2GGM) is your mother's great aunt, one of your mother's grandparents is a sibling of ES2GGM. So: Generation 1: Your mother's grandparent & ES2GGM = siblings Generation 2: Your mother's parent & ES 1st great grandparent = 1st cousins Generation 3:... show more
    Best answer: If Emma Stone's 2nd great grandmother (ES2GGM) is your mother's great aunt, one of your mother's grandparents is a sibling of ES2GGM. So:

    Generation 1: Your mother's grandparent & ES2GGM = siblings
    Generation 2: Your mother's parent & ES 1st great grandparent = 1st cousins
    Generation 3: Your mother & ES grandparent = 2nd cousins
    Generation 4: You & ES parent = 3rd cousins
    Generation 5: Your (future) child & ES = 4th cousins
    You and Emma are third cousins once removed through her mother or father. I threw in your future child as a bonus.
    6 answers · 7 days ago
  • If my last name is Hidalgo is there a chance I could have some few Irish DNA?

    I investigated a little about my last name and I discovered it was originary from Galicia, Galicia was a Celtic nation and some of them apparently were Irish immigrants, so what s my chance to have some few Irish DNA?
    I investigated a little about my last name and I discovered it was originary from Galicia, Galicia was a Celtic nation and some of them apparently were Irish immigrants, so what s my chance to have some few Irish DNA?
    12 answers · 1 week ago
  • Am I really German if my last name is Gonzalez ?

    I’m a Spaniard and my last name is Gonzalez and I researched it and said it’s origins are Germanic so am I German really ?
    I’m a Spaniard and my last name is Gonzalez and I researched it and said it’s origins are Germanic so am I German really ?
    12 answers · 1 week ago
  • Can I really call myself part Slavic?

    Best answer: I'd just say 'partly, there's at least 4 other countries involved in my ancestry too'.
    Best answer: I'd just say 'partly, there's at least 4 other countries involved in my ancestry too'.
    5 answers · 6 days ago
  • Where would I find records of my ancestors from when in Ireland who came to the USA in 1852?

    Best answer: Do you know WHERE is Roscommon? Do you know WHAT religion they were? http://www.roscommonroots.com/ http://www.failteromhat.com/ There are lots of online resources, MOST are not on the big commercial websites simply as they have not been sold off to them, they are on private often free Irish sites, as local FH... show more
    Best answer: Do you know WHERE is Roscommon?
    Do you know WHAT religion they were?

    http://www.roscommonroots.com/
    http://www.failteromhat.com/

    There are lots of online resources, MOST are not on the big commercial websites simply as they have not been sold off to them, they are on private often free Irish sites, as local FH researchers have spent years transcribing and scanning. If you have more information that narrows down the townland/religion I will add more that is relevant to you
    5 answers · 7 days ago
  • Free Native American genealogy research?

    Best answer: I found these. I lost them in the mists of time; can't find Moses, May or Pearl in 1920. 1940 Gadsden, Florida Rented, $3/mo; street not given. (Name, relation, race, age, highest education, birth place, occupation) Armstead, Mose, head, Black, 40, 3rd grade, Florida, farm Laborer Armstead, Pearl, wife,... show more
    Best answer: I found these. I lost them in the mists of time; can't find Moses, May or Pearl in 1920.

    1940 Gadsden, Florida
    Rented, $3/mo; street not given.

    (Name, relation, race, age, highest education, birth place, occupation)

    Armstead, Mose, head, Black, 40, 3rd grade, Florida, farm Laborer
    Armstead, Pearl, wife, Black, 35, 2nd grade, Florida, Housework
    Armstead, Cillia M, dau, Black, 10, 1st grade, Florida
    Armstead, Martha, dau, Black, 7, 1st grade, Florida
    Armstead, Sarah, dau, Black, 5, None, Florida
    Armstead, Aron, son, Black, 6/12, None, Florida

    Marriage: 2 Mar 1929, Florida, USA
    Name: Moses Armstead
    Spouse: Pearl Robinson

    Death: Feb 1960, Gadsden, Florida, United States
    Name: Mose Armstead
    Race: Black
    This might not be him, but it looks about right.


    1930, Quincy, Gadsden, Florida
    Jacksons Bluff Road, house # not given, home owned

    Robinson, May, head, Black, 60, wid, Fla, Fla, Fla, Farmer
    Robinson, Florence, dau, Black, 24, Fla, Fla, Fla, Laborer, Field
    Robinson, Paul, son, Black, 22, Fla, Fla, Fla, Laborer, Field
    Robinson, Hansell, son, Black, 21, Fla, Fla, Fla, Laborer, Field
    Armister [sic], Pearl, dau, Black, 20, Fla, Fla, Flor
    Armister, Moses, son-in-law, Black, 53 [23], Fla, Fla, Fla, Laborer, odd jobs
    Armister, Silla M, gr-dau, Black 0, Fla, Fla, Fla
    May was 22 at first marriage, Pearl 19, Moses 21.
    Birth states are self, father, mother.

    The mists of time parted briefly.

    1910, Quincy, Gadsden, Florida
    Shaw, Isaac, head, Black, 22, Fla Fla, Ga
    Shaw, Ethel, Brother Black, 19, Fla Fla, Ga
    Shaw, Samuel, Brother, Black, 13, Fla Fla, Ga
    Shaw, Annie, Sister, Black, 11, Fla Fla, Ga
    Shaw, Donnie, Sister, Black, 10, Fla Fla, Ga
    Shaw, Abraham, Brother, Black, 8, Fla Fla, Ga
    Shaw, Pink, Sister, Black, 6, Fla Fla, Ga
    Shaw, Sallie, mother, Black, 50, wid, Ga Fla Fla
    Shaw, Ella, Sister, Black, 29, Fla Fla, Ga
    Armstead, Mary, Niece, Black, 12, Fla, USA, Fla
    Armstead, Minnie, Niece, Black, 8, Fla, USA, Fla
    Armstead, Moses, son, Black, 3, Fla, USA, Fla

    "USA" means whoever talked to the enumerator didn't know where the children's father was born, but was sure he wasn't a foreigner.
    This looks to me like either
    1) The parents of Mary, Minnie and Moses both died and Isaac took them in, or
    2) Ella had M, M and M out of wedlock to a Mr. Armstead, or
    3) Ella had M, M and M, IN wedlock, then divorced Mr. Armstead and took back her maiden name
    4) Same as 3, but Mr. A. died.
    5) Mr. Armstead died or divorced, she didn't change her name back to "Shaw", but when Isaac said Ella was his sister the enumerator put her last name down as "Shaw" even though she went by "Armstead".

    The fact she is out of birth order with her siblings strongly hints, but does not prove, that 2 - 5 are more likely than 1. (2) would be VERY uncommon in 1910..

    The fact they are in the same town in 1910 and 1930 strongly hints, but does not prove, that this is your Moses both times.

    1900, Quincy, Gadsden, Fla
    Armsteal, Aaron, Head, Black, Jul 1877, Fla, Fla, Fla, Farm Laborer
    Armsteal, Ella J, Wife, Black, Female, May 1879, Fla, Fla, Fla
    Armsteal, Mary A, Dau, Black, Female, May 1898, Fla, Fla, Fla

    This is your Moses' father. Note Ella and Mary match the 1910, and they are still in Quincy. That's as close to a slam dunk as you get in genealogy despite the "Armsteal" mistake.
    The transcriber says that "Aaron" might be "John". If you can find him under either name in 1910, or a death record 1901 - 1909, you might clear up why Ella is with her brother in 1910. I could be death, divorce, or a lucrative job that didn't allow dependents.

    There is a 5,000 character limit here, and I'm close to it. Feel free to ask more questions;
    Where is Aaron Armstead in 1910?
    Who was Aaron Armstead's parents?
    Where is May Robinson in 1920?
    This is 20 times better than "Where did the Smith surname originate from?", which is the normal typical question here. We regulars love a good puzzle.
    6 answers · 2 weeks ago