Saturday, 31 August 2013

Our McLauchlan and Kelly DNA (mtDNA V)

I would like to share our very first 23andme DNA match.  It's a McLauchlan cousin and the best part is that with this confirmation we can identify the mitochondrial dna as 'V'.  My excitement was barely containable and it turns out I had corresponded with her cousin previously.

We know that Charlotte McLauchlan's mother is Elizabeth Kelly (possibly formerly Wylie), and that she was born in Ireland, no marriage to Charles McLauchlan [McLachlan] has been found to date.  Elizabeth has been names as both Wylie and Kelly various BDM records of her children, which leads me to believe she may have been married previously.

See Elizabeth Kelly's descendant chart below:

Possible spelling variations for the McLauchlan name are:
Mclaughlin, Mclaughlen, Mc Laughlan, Mclaughland, McLaughlane, Mclaughlan, Mclaughler, McLaughley, McLaughlien, Mc Laughlig, Mclaughlihn, Mclaughliln, Mclaughlim, Mc Laughlin, Mc-laughlin, Mclaughlinadam, Mclaughlinarye.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

WikiTree - Our Collaborative Family Tree at

Over the years aka have used various formats for displaying our family tree with the main aim of it being a collaborative tree for all family members old and new to particiapate and grow the tree, branch by branch, limb by limb.   Of recent times, I have been wondering what would happen to all our work when I go to meet our Maker.  I am not a fan of as I object to handing my tree over to them and then have them charge potential family members a fee to find and access the information.  The truth can be said for a lot of other "online tree's" as well.

So, after much discussion with family members we have decided to utilise the wonderful  WikiTree is a 100% free, collaborative project which has been growing since 2008.  As a community the object is to create a single worldwide family tree.

It's as simple as creating a person profile page, setting the privacy levels, adding sources, notes and information.  The beauty is that others can request to co-manage the page, add or correct details and grow the information and grow the profile.  You can privatise a profile so that only 'Trusted' people can view as well.  Click here to see Rhonda's fathers profile.

Feel free to join in and help!  The more the merrier :D

Saturday, 3 August 2013

DNA | How to triangulate matches

For those that are new to DNA and genetic genealogy you will hear the term triangulation a lot, and yes I do this with my matches.  Randy Majors has a fantastic page/tutorial on how to do it.  I use it conjunction with 529andyou, a Google Chrome extension.  These are amazingly helpful and useful tools in forming a picture/pattern with your results and matches. Triangulate to find more meaningful matches using ...: Updated May 8, 2013 with new 23andMe website navigation and match figures: The allure and potential of the latest generation of autosomal...