Carolina Girl Genealogy

Researching My Southern Roots

"Who are their People? My grandmother used to ask me this whenever we discussed anyone. She wanted to know family connections.
Like her I want to know "My People". This blog is about that discovery.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Genealogy Do-Over Week 10: DNA and Digital Organization

The Week 10  Genealogy Do-Over topics are DNA Testing and Digital Organization.

DNA Testing Options-
      Last year I took the plunge and began DNA testing. My first test was with 23andme. I got lucky and won the test in from a blogger's website. The results got me interested in testing family members and trying out other companies.  My parents and I have tested with AncestryDNA and FamilyTreeDNA, and I have uploaded all the data from all the tests to
       The results showed that my ancestral heritage is mostly from the British Isles with a small amount in Western Europe. That elusive Native American ancestry spoken of by my maternal grandfather's line didn't show up in testing.
   Now that I have begun testing, my 'make-over" will be to work on understanding my results and connecting with other family members. One way that I am learning more about the process and what it means is by taking a course from the Virtual Institute of Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger called "(Finally) Understanding Autosomal DNA".

 Digital Organization-

   Making sure all my Digital Files are correctly named for easy finding and placed where they can be found is something that I have been working on for several months. I have also begun adding Metadata as Thomas MacEntee has suggested. Taking a few minutes during the week to check my folders has helped make the process less overwhelming.
   Backing up my computer is a very important part of my schedule. Monthly backing up to an external hard drive, and a keychain flash drive happens on the first of each month...well that's the plan anyway! I also use Dropbox to store my family files. As I add new files, they automatically go to my Dropbox account.

I would love to hear how your Do-Over is coming along. Have you done any DNA testing? How are you handling your digital records? Thanks for sharing your experiences and ideas.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

52 Ancestors:Week 12~A Mother's Heart

   While doing some research and thinking about the Week 12 Topic "Same" for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2105 Edition I came across the obituary for my maternal Great Great Grandmother, Frances Virginia (McRady) McManus (1856-1903).

Obituary of Frances Virginia (McRady) McManus

  Why did this obituary lead me to using Fannie as my Week 12 Ancestor? The description of her children. The blending of biological and adopted children. Like my Great Great Grandmother, my family is made up of biological and adopted children.
 She and I are the same.
   I wonder how Fannie would feel about this distinction between her children. If we are truly the same, she would let people know that she wouldn't place her children into biological and adopted categories. Wanting people to know that your children are forever in your heart no matter how or why they come to you.
   Fannie was born in Sumter County, South Carolina on 2 October 1856 to Thomas McCrady (1821-1896) and Mary Jane (Brown) McCrady (1821-1894). She was the third of five daughters.
  Francis Virginia McCrady married William A. McManus on 11 December 1872 in Sumter County. It was a double wedding as her sister Rosalie A. McCrady (1853-1899) married Robert J. Watson (1850-1924) on the same day.
   The first record of children comes with twins Lula McManus and Hattie Palmer McManus being born on 11 Oct. 1876. Hattie died just a little over two months later on the day after Christmas, 26 December 1876 followed two weeks later by sister Lula on 10 January 1877. William and Fannie buried their daughters in St. John's Methodist Cemetery in Spring Hill, Sumter, South Carolina.
  Son George Washington McManus (1878-1940) was born a year and a half after the death of his twin sisters and then another daughter Effie Vida (McManus) Burkett (1882-1896), joined the family. Tragedy struck the family again with Effie's death in 1896. Her story can be found here.
  My Great Grandmother, Loretta (McManus) Daughrity (1894-1936) is said to be an adopted daughter of the McManus family. Still alive at the time of her mother's death, she would have been one of the "several adoptive" children mentioned in Fannie's obituary.
 Children Lula, Hattie, George, and Loretta are recorded in the Family Bible. They were the only children known at the time of a visit to Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery where William, Fannie, Effie, George and other family members are buried. A surprise came when the headstone of another child was found. Buried not far from the parents who were raising her was the grave of Bessie McManus (1887-1892). Carved on the headstone are these words: "Adopted Daughter of W.A. and Fannie McManus".
 Were there more children taken in and raised by this family as the obituary indicates? Besides leaving George and Loretta  behind, who were the others indicated as "several adopted children"? No records have been found to answer this question.
   In whatever way Fannie became a mother to each of her children, one thing remains the same throughout time.
 A mother's heart knows no difference.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

March 22-28

March 22~ 
     William Treadford Roberts (1894-1959), my maternal Great Grandfather, was born in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina 129 years ago. He was the son of George Phillip Roberts (1856-1930) and Hattie (Brazell) Roberts (1870-1927).

March 25~

  My maternal 3rd Great Grandmother, Eliza Altiza (Brazell) Roberts (1836-1890), would be celebrating her 179th birthday on this day. Born in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina. Eliza was the daughter of John Brazell (1794- __) and Martha (Parnold) Brazell (1795-1876).

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