Monday, January 18, 2016

Blake Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 1 2016

Blake Newsletter Volume 5 Issue 1 2016
Table of Contents 
1.   Delayed issue

2.   Galway Blake family 
3.   Blake one name study 
4.   Cornwall Blake family 
5.   Family Finder Results

1 Delayed Issue
The busyness of life has resulted in my actually forgetting to post this issue of the Blake Newsletter. Happy New Year to all readers albeit a somewhat delayed good wish. Not being prone to having New Years Resolutions I should perhaps consider having the newsletter always be on time as one perhaps. This Volume #5 will continue on as the earlier 4 volumes with just the two pages unless I receive items to put in.

2 Galway Blake Family
After the first of April I shall return once again to working on the Galway Blake Family. A bout of illness through November and December made me rethink my priorities and I decided I simply had to draw my own family history together and publish books on myself, my parents, my grandparents, etc. That way all my information would be gathered together in one place along with all the pictures that I have from these earlier generations. In my own case I felt that descendants of my parents reading through my notes is unlikely and so my history was written of nearly 900 pages thus far including many many pictures. I am still in that process which is why it will be the first of April before I return to active one name study research.

3 Blake one name study
No new information on the Blake one name study other than new members in the DNA study most of whom are testing Family Finder. Personally I think this is the way ahead in the future for family research although the yDNA test for the male line will always be the most important DNA test to do.

4 Cornwall Blake family
The Cornwall Blake family continues to be a question mark in my mind. I can not decide if I should publish what I have found or simply store it along with the rest of the one name study material. No one has tested their yDNA that can trace their Blake line back to Cornwall. 

5 Family Finder Results
I continue working on a method to display Family Finder results. Only a sufficient number of individuals in my own line have tested Family Finder so that such a display at the moment would not be helpful to the project. 

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

52 Ancestor Challenge

I do not have enough time at the moment to carry on with the 52 Ancestor Challenge. I will begin again in 2017 with the same group. I want to write this year on my own family lines. I do intend to return to transcription in April on my one-name studies.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Decision Time

I have made a decision that I will step back from my one name studies for a couple of months. I have a couple of projects that I simply want to do and the one name studies do not add anything to those projects. I will maintain the yDNA study and answer correspondence as it works in. I am owing a few emails at the moment but I will not carry out any more one name study research for the  moment. I will return to it in April.

I have one commitment to help with a workshop on DNA the 30th of January and I am starting to prepare those slides but other than that my focus is on writing the story of my family as I  know it. I have actually completed my own story to the present although need now to go back in and add the "personal part" that I can find in my correspondence to my mother for over 15 years and other correspondents namely my cousin Ivan in England over a twenty year period and my Great Aunt Sarah for about five years. I have both sides of correspondence with my mother as she returned my letters to me.

All the Best of the New Year to everyone. I will continue with the 52 ancestor challenge although perhaps the detail will be added where missing over the year particularly for the French Canadian ancestors as I need trips to Library and Archives Canada to flesh out that information.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

New Year's resolutions and this is something I have never really done so probably will not start now.

However, I do intend to have this next workshop/lecture my last one.

Other than that I plan to do my 52 Ancestor Challenge starting on Monday.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Snow finally snow

We finally had a snowfall; not a lot but it has begun. We are so used to snow that not having it seems like a bit of a shock! No skating; no skiing and even walking in the snow is fun when there isn't any ice.

Must get out shopping now that the madness of Boxing Day specials is over. Usually we do not shop on Boxing Day very much. Just too busy and we are in a downsizing mood. Interesting looking back at earlier pictures when our house was much emptier and we were young. Then we spent the next 30 years filling the house up and now we want to empty it again! Interesting concept really and perhaps these days people do less of the filling up.

The end of 2015 and I reached 70 years this year. When I was young I used to wonder what it would be like in 2015. I imagined that we would be further along with space travel. That we would know more about the universe and would be in more control of our planet in terms of protecting the environment. But it is never to late to work on that one as well.

2016 is going to be my year to get things written up. Construct a new path for my one name studies and keep up with my emails which have climbed to 50 in my inbox that need to be answered. For some I just cannot decide how to answer them. Now that I have so much material online I get queries from all around the world wondering why I came up with the thoughts that I did. So many people want to be related to Admiral Robert Blake. I am beginning to wonder if I am the only person in the world who does not mind being related to just the people that I actually am related to! I have no interest in trying to match myself up to any famous ancestors. I just think that is unlikely. My grandfather Blake always said we were not related to Admiral Blake and that is certainly good enough for me. I do not think we are either.

It is just so much fun to find the people that I am related to that trying to work through a maze reaching out to 20th cousins just doesn't really appeal to me.

The next 52 ancestor Challenge and likely I will not repeat that exercise again for a while but it just seemed like an opportune time to relook at all those French Canadian ancestors, my husband's colonial ancestors that I was really tempted to do that.

For myself I continue with my story and I am up to 1992 and over 400 pages. There are hundreds and hundred of pictures included as I decided the best way to tell one's story is in pictures especially given that both my husband and my father were avid picture takers. I also thought that in the future one is more likely to pick up a story about the pictures than to sit and look at the 30 family picture albums that we put together throughout our 50 years of marriage. Yes indeed this year we will be married 50 years. I was 20 when we married and it does seem like a long long time ago. Memories of my life before marriage have faded a great deal plus that house has not been my parent's home for over 40 years so no constant remembrance there.

How to celebrate such an anniversary; it will be with a month long trip through the British Isles (escorted tour) and we are looking forward to doing that.

All in all 2016 looks to be a rather interesting year. I have one lecture left to give and it is a joint lecture with John Reid (he will be the principal speaker) and it is a 2 hour workshop on DNA at the Ottawa Public Library Saturday, January 30th.