Ethnicity Reports in Your DNA Do Offer Genealogy Clues

I have already done DNA testing on my mother and her brother. Both tested at Family Tree DNA and I really have been one to ignore the Ethnicity reports. But read on as there are clues given in those reports that can be very telling.

I recently asked my mother’s sister to also take a DNA test. Overkill? Well, maybe but I did hear from DNA experts that to get a better picture of the parents it is worthwhile to get three siblings to test if you are able. My mother has four siblings that are still with us so I was very pleased that her sister agreed to take the test.

I decided to test with Ancestry, and not because of the amazing analysis features offered, but because of the number of testers they have, 7 million! My aunt’s results arrived and nothing jumped out at me at first but yesterday I was looking at her matches and there was a group that wasn’t matching her siblings. I looked at each match individually to see if they had trees and sure enough there were two trees that caught my attention. The surname Stickle/Stickles appeared in their trees. STICKLE – are you really kidding me?

Anna Eliza Stickle was my mother’s great-grandmother, we know very little about her before she was in Canada. Anna and her husband Lewis had three children in the USA before settling in Etobicoke, Ontario. The family first appears in the 1852 Canadian census, further information was gleaned on the family from the 1861 census which asked married during the year and the enumerator actually put the year of marriage! 1836.

Anna married Lewis Harrop from Manchester, England, the couple moved to Canada between 1843-1849, as their son John was born in N.Y. in ’43 and daughter Mary in Canada in ’49. William Lewis was their last child and my ancestor.

Lewis died in 1861 and is buried at St. George’s-On-The-Hill Cemetery in Islington with no headstone to mark his grave. Anna remained a widow the rest of her life. Anna Eliza lived with her family until her passing in 1907 in Orangeville, Dufferin Co., Ontario.

For years descendants of Anna have been on a search for her family. Now DNA is pointing us in a direction. The Stickle DNA matches that have trees show the family lived in Dutchess, New York and the origins of the Stickles before coming to the USA is Amsterdam!!

How exciting, after years and I mean years of researching Irish records I now have a new place to explore and learn about.

A peek at my Aunts ethnicity report also seems to support her inheriting more of Anna Stickle’s DNA  –Screen_Shot_2018-03-16_at_7_52_53_PM_1


The New York Settlers ethnicity breakdown is NOT found in either her sister or brother’s DNA results!

Next, I will be researching the locations that the DNA matches have for their Stickle/s family in New York. I hope they have good Methodist records for B/M/D. Seriously though, how cool – Amsterdam!

A new place to add to my list of locations for a ‘family holiday’, good thing my kids don’t read my blog!

And I will be paying a little closer attention to the Ethnicity reports in the future! And test your Aunts and Uncles they may have the clue you need.

Don’t Miss Out on an Event in Your Family Tree by Using This Neat Trick

Do you want to know if today was the day your grandparents were married or a cousin’s birthday?

If you have an iPhone and one of the genealogy apps you can do a few quick things to see what was happening on this day in your family tree. (I am guessing this can also be done on an android phone).

The first thing you will need to do is download the Ancestry app or whatever genealogy program you are using to your phone. You can find it by doing a search in the app store.


(These are the apps I use but I am guessing Legacy and others may also have this option)

Once you have downloaded the app you can allow notifications from the app but there is also another thing you can do.

On the iPhone from your home screen, you have the ability to swipe all the way right to left and you will reach a shortcut screen. Here you can select various items like weather, news and your genealogy app.

How you do this is at the very bottom you will see an edit button, selecting that takes you to the Widget page. This page allows you to add or take-away what is being shown on your shortcuts.



My Widget page

The red means to take away a widget and if you scroll further down you will see a green +. Select what you want to see on your shortcut screen and voila, your notifications will look like this. Because of this I rarely miss an event from my Family Tree.



Today marks the marriage of my great Aunt Mabel

I check this feature every day and will often use the event as a blog post.




Link your Tree to Your DNA Results on Ancestry

I would like to ask anyone who has done DNA testing at ancestry to link a tree to their test. You can make multiple trees at ancestry which means that you can create a DNA tree. This means that your whole family tree does not have to be made public.


What I did is create a DNA tree which is now linked to my results. In doing that my DNA matches can quickly see if we have surnames or locations in common. It actually didn’t take too long and it makes my results more meaningful.

I would also encourage people to take this test. Ancestry’s DNA pool is growing and it is a wonderful way to find cousins, who knows they may have a picture of one of your ancestors that you don’t. Happy spitting everyone!

How Irish Am I? A St. Patrick’s Day Question

I feel like I am pretty Irish. Researching back through my tree I have spent a lot of it stuck in Ireland.
My great grandparents countries or origin are:
Caroline Norton – b. Canada
Peter Jordan – b. Canada
Rachel Hodgins – b. Canada
William Harrop – b. Canada
David Stewart b. Canada
Bridget McMahon b. Canada
Bridget Melody b. Ireland
Samuel Dever b. Ireland

If we go back one generation I have
8 ggrandparents who were born in Ireland
3 in Canada
3 in England
1 in Scotland
1 in U.S.A

I would go back one more generation but most of my 3x great grandparents birth locations are unknown.

My brother did the DNA test at Ancestry and although our breakdown would not be identical it does show him to be predominantly Irish.

I guess it is not a stretch that I can identify with St. Patrick’s Day!