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From: ross kate <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] thoughts on how finding matches could be made easier
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 11:24:42 -0700 (PDT)
I find the pedigrees almost useless. Often only the name of the ancestor is listed no locations or dates; or one or several y-lines are emphasized leaving a mere mention of a female line often without locations or dates. In other words, the pedigrees I have seen are very inadequantly produced with almost no information. Having said this I read all the pedigrees and or ancestral surnames compare them with what I have.
Having read the GedComs and short Ancsestral Surname lists, I am beginning to wonder how much gathering (old style)of family history many participants have done. BTW of 47 matches 19 have no GedComs or Ancestral Surname listed.
I am sounding very negative, but I think FF holds so much promise and would love to hear of ways to make the connections easier.
--- On Mon, 7/12/10, Robert Stafford <> wrote:
> From: Robert Stafford <>
> Subject: Re: [DNA] thoughts on how finding matches could be made easier
> Received: Monday, July 12, 2010, 11:30 AM
> I do not bother with a contact if he
> lists only surnames. Some people put
> more time into listing surnames than it takes to list a
> People who want to contact others should should list their
> all their
> ancestors by generation, not by lineage. They need to start
> only with their
> ggrandparents or gggrandparents, since they should already
> know the names of
> close cousins. They should list the birth and death years
> and residences, so
> people can identify common ancestors. This should go
> a long way to induce
> responses from people who are actually related.
> This format is the easiest for someone unfamiliar with a
> family to
> Great Grandparents:
> John Smith, b. 1870 Granville NC; d. 1930, Mecklenburg NC
> Jane Jones, b. 1875 Granville NC; d. 1942, Meckenburg NC
> Samuel Morse, b. 1875 Granville NC; d. 1919, Mecklenburg
> Emily Ryder, b. 1875 Granville NC; d. 1942, Meckenburg NC
> Great Great Grandparents:
> The firms should set it up so that you can anonymously tell
> the person that
> you have checked his pedigree and found nothing.
> Couples should be listed randomly to make it harder for
> identity thieves to
> guess your mother's maiden name.
> Bob Stafford
> On Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 11:23 AM, ross kate <>
> > Listers:
> > Pertaining to FF matches, IMO it would make it so much
> more productive if
> > FF matchers would give more information under
> Ancestral Surnames. If one put
> > where the first ancestor settled, Pa., where went
> subsequently, Va. and
> > where ended up, Oh., a potential matcher has more
> information to narrow down
> > a possible match. Listing country is not enough
> information with most
> > surnames.
> > Just a thought.
> > I for one would appreciate any thoughts on how finding
> matches could be
> > made easier.
> > Kate Ross
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