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The wonderful DNAGedcom software recently added an option to build a chart using the Collins Leeds Method (CLM). Here is a good write-up by Kitty Cooper about the nuts and bolts of the CLM.

Basically, what it does is use your list of Ancestry DNA matches and the ICW file (those matches that share other matches with you) and builds a chart showing all of this in a nice visual format.

Here is my CLM chart, though I may need to update it since I’m not sure the last time I pulled data from Ancestry DNA:

Brian Zalewski Collins Leeds Method 3D chart – as of 17 Feb 2019

As you can see, the chart puts the shared matches into groups. I’ve labeled them manually based on how I know we’re connected. The small grey boxes show that some matches also match into some of the other groups, which makes sense.

I was pretty surprised that my Van Price/Van Parijs line was the largest collection, especially since I usually have a ton of French Canadian matches, but maybe those cousins are more likely to test at Ancestry.

Sadly, not a lot on my paternal grandfather’s side, though there are some, especially in the Kashubian region of Poland. The other large sections are paternal, but on my grandmother’s Irish and German side.

I am waiting for DNAGedcom to finish a very large import and then I will run it for my mom’s Ancestry matches, but I did do a manual version of this and saw similar groupings.

If you don’t have access to DNAGedcom, since it does cost a small amount every month, you can do this yourself manually using either Excel or the free Google Sheets using the original Leeds Method by Dana Leeds.

I’d love to see if using this method opened up any doors for you. For me, it did make me wonder about some possible adoptions or non-parental events on my paternal grandmother’s side (not on my direct line, but off to the side) since some matches have some surnames, but not others and a few other odd things. So, I’m doing some more in-depth research off of those lines.

The eighth ancestor in my 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks project for 2017 is my maternal 4th-great-grandfather, Jacobus Bernardus VAN PARIJS. I am related to him through my mother → her mother (Marjorie DeBROUX) → her mother (Mildred VAN PRICE) → her father (Peter VAN PRICE/VAN PARIJS) → his father (Charles VAN PARIJS) → his father (Jacobus VAN PARIJS).

The Van Parijs line was one that was difficult to find until I found it, if that makes sense. I started with my great-grandmother’s maiden name of Van Price and that’s all I had for years. I could never find more information. Then one day I ran across a forum posting somewhere that stated that Price and Parijs are interchangeable since they have the same sound. Once I starting searching for Van Parijs, everything fell into place. Van Parijs roughly translates to “of Paris” which makes me assume the line originates somewhere in France, which makes sense since the the line is found in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Jacobus Bernardus Van Parijs was born circa 1810 in Watervliet, East Flanders, Belgium which is adjacent to the Dutch border. His parents were Phillipus and Anna (JUNIS) VAN PARIJS. On 21 May 1835, he married Janneke DEES in the IJzendijke, Zeeland, Netherlands which is on the southern side of the province. Their son, my 3rd-great-grandfather, Charles, was born in July 1846, the last of their 5 children.

Jacobus died not too longer after Charles’ birth on 1 January 1848 at the age of 38. I have no specifics on his death besides the record of it, so I don’t know what took him that young. In 1848, there were many diseases or accidents that could have happened. His son Charles is my main Dutch connection and my immigrant ancestor who took his family to America in around 1874.

In terms of DNA, I have not found any direct connections that descend from this line specifically, so it is unknown.

Photo: IJzendijke, central square. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 by Michielverbeek.

I was going to choose a commonly researched ancestor for my first post, but I decided to do it on an ancestor I don’t post about as often. My first 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks post is about my 3rd-great-grandfather, Charles Ludovicus VAN PARIJS. The Dutch surname was Americanized to Van Price not long after immigration. This caused a lot of grief in the beginning, as I’ll talk about.

Charles was born in IJzendijke, Zeeland, Netherlands on 6 July 1846 to Jacobus and Janneke (DEES) VAN PARIJS. There isn’t much else known about Charles’ childhood, but he met and married Johanna Marie KREBBEKX on 22 December 1870 in the nearby town of Hoofdplaat. He and his family emigrated to the US around October 1874 and they finally settled in central Wisconsin along with many other families from the Netherlands and Belgium. Johanna and Charles had 8 or 9 children, depending on the source of information. My ancestor, Peter, was born in Zeeland right before they left for America in 1874. Mysteriously, there is no definitive date of death for Charles as I’ll talk about, since he basically vanished.

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