Until recently, I had only a passing interest in genealogy. Genealogy interested me. My interest in it, though, wasn’t very strong, not enough for me to spend hours and hours a week researching my family tree.
On Cyber Monday last year (November 27th) the AncestryDNA kit was on sale on Amazon for $54.99 (original price $99.00), with no sales tax or shipping cost. I hit the buy button. Soon after receiving the DNA kit, I collected a DNA sample by spitting in a tube. I, then, mailed the kit to AncestryDNA.
I received my DNA story from AncestryDNA on Christmas Day.
My DNA Story
The ethnicity estimates did not surprise me, with the exception that Native American was not included. When I was young, my maternal grandmother said that we were part Native American.
In addition to providing my DNA story, AncestryDNA results include DNA matches and DNA circles. DNA matches connect you to living relatives who share parts of your DNA. I have many, many pages of DNA matches. DNA Circles provide the opportunity for you to discover other members who are related to you through a specific ancestor. I am in one DNA Circle. In order to utilize DNA matches and DNA circles fully one must have a paid ancestry account.
On January 6th I purchased a 6-month Ancestry.com subscription. The subscription was on sale, $49 instead of $99. I have heard it said that “genealogy is an addiction“. I can attest that genealogy is indeed an addiction. Since January 6th, I have spent hours and hours researching my family tree. I no longer have a passing interest in genealogy. My interest in genealogy is very strong. Time will tell if my interest remains strong or wanes.
I have made a few interesting discoveries, while researching my family tree.
I discovered that my maternal grandmother had a younger sister, Freda. Grandma Estella was 10 years older than Freda. Freda was born April 23, 1918 and died 5 years later on September 16, 1923. According to Freda’s death certificate, cause of death was Bright’s Disease.
According to usgennet.org, Bright’s Disease is an old disease name frequently found on death certificates. Bright’s Disease is chronic inflammatory disease of kidneys.
Freda’s Death Certificate
I find Freda’s cause of death interesting, given the fact that Mom had one kidney removed. I believe Grandma Estella lost a kidney to disease as well. Perhaps I should pass on this medical history to my physician!
Another day I discovered that a great uncle, Mom’s father’s brother, died on February 28, 1961 here in Warren, PA. He was 70 years old, when he died. Uncle Guy is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, located in Russell. We pass by that cemetery regularly. How about that?!? Perhaps one day I will discover cousins who live nearby.
On January 11th I found twins on my maternal family tree. My 3rd great grandmother, Hannah Heginbotham Cousins and David F. Cousins had twin girls, Dolly M. and Mary O., who appeared on the 1880 census as 3 months old.
A couple years ago I learned of a genealogy book that contains information about my paternal family origins. The genealogy book is called “The Bowser Family History”.
A couple days ago I discovered that not only are my paternal origins contained within this book, but so are my maternal origins! This means that my parents are distantly related. How interesting it would be to find that common ancestor.
If you google “Bowser Family History”, you will find a variety of formats available for free. A PDF file format version of the book has resided on my computer for the past couple years. I recently purchased a Kindle version of the book for $0.99 from Amazon.
Yesterday I traced my maternal family tree from myself to my 8th great grandfather (Mathias Bausser, Sr.), Outlined below is a chart displaying lineal descendants from myself to my 8th great grandfather.
Mathias Bausser, Sr. (8th great grandfather)
Mathias Bausser, Jr. (7th great grandfather)
John Bausser (6th great grandfather)
Julia Ann Bowser (5th great grandfather)
Sarah Flenner (4th great grandmother)
David Cousins (3rd great grandfather)
Sarah Emily Cousins (2nd great grandmother)
Daisy Ethyl Johns (great grandmother)
Estella Mae John (grandmother)
As told in “The Bowser Family History”, Mathias Bausser, Sr., was born in Germany in 1670. He sailed to America from Rotterdam, Holland, on the brigantine “Richard and Elizabeth”. Mathias and his family landed at Philadelphia on September 28, 1733.
I expect that I will share with you interesting tidbits of family history from time to time, as I continue tracing my family history.