Ida (Schavandie) Muhm

The twenty-sixth ancestor (and half-way point) in my 52-week challenge is my maternal 3rd-great-grandmother Ida (SCHAVANDIE) MUHM. Her last name has been recorded in so many different ways, I don't know which one to settle on anymore. It has been recorded as Schavandie, Schwendie, Swinty, Schwinta, … [Read more...]

The End of the mtDNA Line

The twentieth ancestor on my 52 week challenge is my wife's 4th-great-grandmother, Susan (SKINNER) WARNER. Susan is also the furthest back we have documented on my wife's mtDNA line (mother's mother's mother, etc.) Her mtDNA/maternal haplogroup is HV0, which is very heavy in Europe, especially in … [Read more...]

DNA: X? Y? So Many Letters.

My DNA lines

This is Part 2 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven't read it, yet, view Part 1. There are four main types of DNA that can be used for genealogy purposes: Autosomal, X Chromosome, Y Chromosome, and … [Read more...]