Thursday, November 7, 2019

1400 emails to go

I am slowly working my way through my emails (down to 1400) and hope to complete that task by the end of this month.

I want to get back to my transcription of the Blake wills as I got sidetracked back in the summer and haven't been able to get back to that.

Now that I am 74 I am thinking in earnest about continuation of some of these projects that I have created. I can see doing them, God willing, into my 80s but I need to be thinking about who might pick up the project and carry it on.

Interestingly one of my daughters is starting to get interested in all of this and may pick up some of the work. That has certainly given me pause for thought.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

H11 Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 4, 2019

H11 Newsletter

Table of Contents

1.    Project Statistics
2.    Changes in how a project administrator can view your results
3.    H11 in the news

1.    Project Statistics:

Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded        49
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups        17
Family Finder       257
Maternal Ancestor Information       301
mtDNA            327
mtDNA Full Sequence        317
mtDNA Plus        324
mtDNA Subgroups          22
Total Members        359
Unreturned Kits          14

Within the study group we have members in every sub-haplogroup except H11a5. I will not do a breakdown of the various groups in this newsletter. Specifically, I will do that in Issue 1 of each year.

2.    Changes in how a project administrator can view your results

FT DNA has upgraded their access to accounts so that the default is Group Access only. If you wish to have your results included in the project then you must grant Limited Access to the Administrator. Minimum access means that I can not see any earliest ancestor information that you may have added to your project.

3.    H11 in the News

Ian Logan has an extensive list of Haplogroup H11 where the samples have been uploaded to Genbank on a website (up to the end of April 2019):

This site lists all of the mutations for the submitted samples. Members of H11 may find this site very interesting.

Any submissions to this newsletter can be submitted to Elizabeth Kipp (

Friday, November 1, 2019

H11 Newsletter is in preparation

Working on the H11 Newsletter and ready probably early in the next week.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Proportional Representation and the Pipeline

Even though I am a Conservative voter normally, I again voted Liberal. I do not want the Carbon Tax eliminated. It is at least a good sized band-aid and starts us on that path to do our best for the environment for the future of our country.

I actually found it hard to believe that Alberta and Saskatchewan would come down so hard on the Trudeau government. After all they bought a pipeline (and I am glad that they did)! We have no idea what condition that pipeline would now be in if it had been left in the hands of the past owner. Would they have continued to just drain the money away and out of our country without putting good improvements into the existing pipeline? It is something to contemplate. Granted there hasn't been a movement towards building the twin to that pipeline but that isn't the fault of the Trudeau government; it is the courts that decide the fate of such things. I am still hoping that the Consortium of Aboriginal Peoples will buy that pipeline and built the twin and put the profits into renewable energy as they mentioned. They think in terms of 50 years not one government mandate and moving off of fossil fuels is definitely supported by the Aboriginal Peoples (and myself). They could do it seamlessly whereas a government mandate would likely complicate it given that they have at most a four year mandate.

Although the idea of Proportional Representation has been tossed about at various times in Canada, I think that the results of last night's vote must point to a real difficulty with that type of democratic process in a country such as ours which has large regional interests. To give one section of the country with very centralized ambitions more seats than they would qualify for in a first past the post election is not fair to the rest of the country. Where the vote does shift back and forth between political parties, like in most parts of the country, one can see that Proportional Representation would be an interesting way to form a government but would likely result in far more minority governments. Unless our parliament can learn to manage minority governments without squabbling constantly about trivial issues, our best bet continues to be First Past the Post.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019


Finally the Blake Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 4, 2019 is published. It is taking me several days now to pull these publications together but I find it to be my time well spent.

The good news is that I may have an article for the next Blake Newsletter that I have not written. I am always ready to include other's research in the newsletter. It will be under their name and with their email as the contact person for that portion. I do reserve the right to refuse an article but I can hardly imagine that that will happen!

I am thinking of having a Query page in the Newsletter if anyone is interested in submitting a query for the Pincombe-Pinkham Newsletter, the Blake Newsletter or the H11 Newsletter. It should be lengthy enough to include sufficient information but not over one page. Again your name and your email will be on the query as I do not want to serve as a go-between for any of this type of research. I can publish the results of the Query if the submitter is willing to prepare that material.

I want to publish all of the transcriptions that I have done over the past sixteen years and these newsletters are giving me that opportunity. I have a lot more to transcribe and my desk is gradually becoming clearer so that I can do that. I am not closing my books on looking further back in time on my lines but that will become secondary as I gather up the loose ends and tie down what I have managed to glean from the records. I will be stricter now on what I find and try to have DNA results to back up these thoughts. I have a great deal of DNA information now on my family with my grandparent's phased.

I am in the process now of updating that phasing with all of the new results of the past six months. I also plan to go to the great grandparents and have eight colours instead of four on the charts. I want to move gradually back in time. As more and more people test particularly at My Heritage I am getting a lot more DNA information on my great grandparents and great great grandparents with relevant matches to them. I ignore anything smaller than 7 centimorgans which was again the recommendation of our last lecturer at the BIFHSGO Conference (Blaine Bettinger). For the X chromosome I pretty much ignore anything smaller than 15 centimorgans. I prefer a 20 centimorgan match or higher before I actually make a decision although the X chromosome is now pretty much set with a few good matches. I am starting to work on the Buller - Pincombe portion which is shared with my brothers as I can see that it will be possible to readily separate Welch-Cheatle-Taylor on the Buller side and Gray-Cobb-Routledge on the Pincombe side. The Rawlings that I inherited from my Father I am still sorting through (it will include the Rawlings-Lywood lines of my great grandmother but also the DNA inherited by her unknown father from his unknown mother). I do have a number of matches that are not Rawlings-Lywood but I haven't really done anything with them yet. I really would need the descendant of one of her half-siblings to do much with that. If the surname that she was given as her third forename is an indicator of paternity, then she possibly had seven paternal half-siblings (six half sisters and one half brother). Her natural mother (and the mother who raised her) had four other children (three who lived to adulthood and had children) and I do see some of those matches. I do have several interesting matches on My Heritage but they do not have the X chromosome displayed in the results. My grandmother had a very happy life and her step father was wonderful to all of his children from what I have heard. She worked as a cook at a manor house in Kimpton until she married when she was 27. But I should probably try to work this out when the information might still be available.