Friday, April 23, 2010

Amazing DNA Test Deal at 23andMe

I'm still on vacation in Massachusetts, but I wanted to bring your attention to this terrific deal being offered by genetics company 23andMe.

TODAY ONLY, in honor of DNA Day, 23andMe is offering their Complete Edition DNA test - which includes both the Ancestry Edition and Health Edition - for just $99 (limit 10 tests per person). This test regularly sells for $499!

I've ordered 2 tests: one for my husband and one for me, since this deal was too good to pass up! We've already both been tested through Family Tree DNA, so it will be interesting to see how our FTDNA results compare to 23andMe's results. My husband has not had his mtDNA tested yet, and neither of us has had DNA testing for health reasons, so these will be new to us.

So if you're interested in DNA testing for genealogy, health reasons, or both, don't miss out on this opportunity from 23andMe. Visit the 23andMe Store for more information.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Surname Saturday: FAIVRE (FRA>NY>IL>SD>IA)

After watching last Friday's "Who Do You Think You Are," I've been inspired to re-examine what I know - and don't know - about some of my French ancestors. Unlike Brooke Shields, I haven't found any connections to French royalty (yet), but I'm nonetheless intrigued to find out how these folks got from France to the U.S.

Let's start with the FAIVRE family.

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The FAIVRE line connected with my family when Azelia "Zee" Clementine FAIVRE married my great-grandfather George Dames DAGLE. Zee was born on 2 September 1894 in Mt. Sterling, Brown Co., Illinois. She married George and had 2 children: George Marvin (my grandfather) and John Blaine. Zee died on 2 March 1975 in Sioux City, Woodbury Co., Iowa.

Zee's parents were Andrew FAIVRE and Louise REDSUETY. Andrew was born 157 years ago today, on 10 April 1853, in New York. He married Louise on 14 January 1878 in Scioto, Ohio, and they had 5 children, including Azelia. He died on 11 November 1928 in Sioux Point, Union Co., South Dakota.

There's actually a very interesting story I recently discovered about Andrew, Louise, and a court case involving a lot of liquor and some missing fingers. but that will have to wait until I have more time to tell it. UPDATE: Read "The Strong Woman: There's One in Every Family" for more about this story.

Andrew's parents were Andrew FAIVRE and Mary A. PAQUIN. Andrew was born in 1818 in France. He and Mary had 7 children including Andrew. Andrew the elder died after 1880.

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And that's about all I know. As you can see, I still have lots more research to do on this family. I need to put my 2 years of college French to work.

If you think you might have information on the whereabouts of these FAIVRE ancestors, please click on the little "Contact" button over to your left and drop me a line!

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: The Confirmation Boys

"The Confirmation Boys." Digital image. Undated. Original photograph privately held by [NAME AND ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Brevard Co., Florida. 2010.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Benjamin & Ada O'Neal

Benjamin Barber O'NEAL was born on 2 February 1888/89 in Hyde County, North Carolina. He was the son of Benjamin Barber O'NEAL and Barbara PORTER. He died on 22 January 1937 in Pender County, North Carolina.

Ada (Carowan) O'NEAL was born on 12 March 1892 in Hyde County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Bennett Jasper CAROWAN and Dorcas E. POTTER. She died on 30 August 1980 in New Jersey.

Benjamin and Ada married c. 1908 in North Carolina, and had 4 children together. They are buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Belhaven, Beaufort County, North Carolina.


Photo of Benjamin and Ada O'Neal's grave by B. O'Neal. Used with permission.
For sources and additional information about this family, please contact me.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Central Coast Genealogy Calendar: April 2010

"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." ~Mark Twain

Thursday, April 1
Monterey County Genealogical Society
7:00 PM
Tim Reese - "California Genealogy and History Archives"

Saturday, April 3
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
12:30 - 1:00 PM - Research Class: "Leaping to Erroneous Conclusions: What did the record REALLY say?" – Christine Rose
1:00 PM - Business Meeting
1:15 - 1:45 PM - Social time, book and drawing sales, snacks, coffee and tea
1:45 PM – Christine Rose - "Solving the Problem Onsite in 25 Hours or Less!"

Sunday, April 11
Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County
1:30 - 3:30 PM
"Hitler’s Hidden Holocaust" - A Documentary by National Geographic Channel
Bob Rich - "Red Cross Holocaust Tracing Services"

Tuesday, April 13
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Computer Interest Group Meeting
Garl Satterthwaite – "Legacy - Intermediate to Advanced"

Friday, April 16
San Luis Obispo County Genealogical Society
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
"Favorite FREE Genealogy Databases Sites"

Saturday, April 17
Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society
9:30 AM Jean Wilcox Hibben - "Deliveries in the Rear! Getting Family History Information through the Back Door"
11:00 AM Jean Wilcox Hibben - "Clue to Clue: Tracking a Family over Time and Miles"

Saturday, April 17
Ventura County Genealogical Society
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Dotty Wheeler - "The Coming of the Auto to Ventura County"

Tuesday, April 20
Conejo Valley Genealogical Society
6:45 - 8:45 PM - General Meeting

Please send me an email if you would like to have your event included in this monthly calendar series.

Copyright © by Elizabeth O'Neal