12 ancestors in 12 months

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Amy Johnson Crow runs a challenge where you write a post each week about one of your ancestors. But in 2018 I only completed 9 weeks, in 2019 only 8 and 2020 only 10. I didn’t even try in 2021.

So this year instead of doing 52 ancestors in 52 weeks, I have decided to follow the monthly themes instead.

As I complete the monthly post I will link to it on this post:

  • January: Foundations
  • February: Branching Out
  • March:  Females
  • April: Check it out
  • May: Social
  • June: Conflict
  • July: Identity
  • August: Help
  • September: Exploration
  • October: Preservation
  • November: Shadows
  • December: New Horizons

Readers: Are you going to take part in the challenge this year?

Family Snaps

This week in #52ancestors the theme is “Family photos”. Unsure if this meant any photos taken by a family member or photos of families, I thought I would add a few of both in this post as a gallery of snaps. Many of these photos have been used in previous posts.

 

First proper DNA match

In January 2017 I started messaging a few of the DNA matches my mother had that were in the 3rd-4th cousin range. I had already worked out the connections of the first and second cousins.

As soon as I saw Selwyn’s country was New Zealand, I had a pretty good idea where he would connect. My mum’s grandfather George DAVEY had a sister Hannah Selina DAVEY who married Allah Dean MARU. In the early 1900s this family moved from Ulverstone in Tasmania to New Zealand.

When my parents and I went on holiday to NZ back in the 1990s, we looked up some Maru relatives to visit and talk over family history. On that visit, I was given a list of lots of dates from a family birthday book that Hannah Selina had been given.

I have spoken to other Maru relatives on further visits to NZ and many live in the area just south of Tongariro National Park in a small town called Raetihi.

Selwyn lives closer to Palmerston North though. So Selwyn was my first official DNA match that neither my mother nor I knew just from looking at his name. He is my 3rd cousin or my mother’s 2C1R.

 

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