I know, I know…genealogy isn’t for everyone. My goal this week was to organize my notes in my over organized OCD way. Instead I fell down another rabbit hole… a bigger one this time.
Originally I thought I was getting “the nudge” to reconnect with my aunt but it’s more than that or it has become more. This is more about the stories than the dates and places and I’m not sure where it’s leading but I will follow it for a bit.
Speaking of places….Scotland is all over my grandmother’s ancestry. This is where Ancestry gets it wrong. I understand that 50% of my DNA comes from my father and the 50% that comes from my mother is a crap shoot. So the 50% that comes from my mother starts with the 50% that comes from her father which was mostly English. I knew my grandmother’s people were of Scottish descent from the traditions she told me about when I would ask her questions. Now I have some places and names.
McConkie is a new name to me, the Napier name in this line is not. From what I can tell in my 48 hour window of research the McConkie name started in the Highlands, then it was found “North of River Clyde” South of the Highlands. Later noted as Argyll and Bute and then Glasgow Lonarkshire.
There are other names as well. Gray being the most obvious. My 7th great grandfather Gray was from Scotland. Names like Napier, Henderson/Glass, Law,Dowie,Carnes, and more. The places were Wemyss Fife, Kemnay Aberdeenshire, and Kilmary. Some were just listed as Scotland. Ancestry doesn’t even list Scotland on my DNA story anymore. I don’t need a pie chart to tell me what’s in my blood, I know what I know.
The other thing Ancestry gets wrong is the way they give you information when you pay for it and then won’t let you see it after your subscription expires. You paid for it once, you should be able to see it always. For example when you attach a record to a person, it should always be visible. It’s a racket just like everything else is these days. I will figure it out…even if I have to write it all out by hand. This is where my organizational OCD will come in handy.
I am hoping that once the people and places are in order, the stories will follow. The Thrulines on Ancestry is a new tool since the last time I paid for services. It’s pretty darn handy and has helped with a few of my “Walls”…actually that’s where I found the McConkie name. I have some matches out there, maybe this weekend I will reach out to some people and see what happens.
I have always said the genealogy is a Winter sport and Spring is coming. I need to sit down and focus…basically repeat the last two days but on a bigger scale.
My notes still aren’t organized and now I have new information to add into the mix. At least I know I can whip this project into shape before too long, it just has to make sense to me first….Zia