Bipolar Mania vs. Happiness – Can You Always Tell the Difference?

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FindMyPast Fridays – April 19, 2019

I am glad that FindMyPast decided to post it on Thursday this week. Here’s the FindMyPast Fridays for April 19, 2019 –

Durham Bishop’s Transcripts Baptisms

Over 741,000 records have been added to our collection of Durham Bishop’s Transcripts of Baptisms. Bishop’s transcripts are contemporary copies of parish registers and usually contain the same vital details found in parish registers such as baptism place, baptism date, residence, patent’s names and father’s occupation.

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Durham Bishop’s Transcripts Marriages

More than 296,000 transcripts of marriages are now available to search. Including both images and transcripts, these records can provide you with your ancestor’s marriage date, marriage place, father’s name, witness’s names and corresponding details for their spouse.

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Durham Bishop’s Transcripts Burials

Over 554,000 new burial records have been added to our collection of Durham Bishops transcripts. Search these records to discover your ancestor’s burial place, year of death and religious denomination. The records are copies of original parish registers and contain records of both Anglican and Quaker burials.

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National Burial Index for England & Wales

The National Burial Index continues to grow with over 410,000 additional records. This latest update includes new records covering a variety of locations across Essex, Bradford, Durham and North Yorkshire. Each record consist of a transcript that will reveal your ancestor’s birth year, death year, burial date, burial place and denomination.

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International Records Update – Jamaica

Jamaica is the latest country to join or rapidly expanding collection of international records. This week’s update includes five new sets encompassing over 2.4 million parish and civil register entries for births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials dating back to the mid-17th century.

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The Jamaican collections currently available to search include:

  • Jamaica Birth and Baptism Index 1752-1920
  • Jamaica, Church of England Parish Baptisms 1664-1880
  • Jamaica, Civil Birth Registrations
  • Jamaica, Civil Death Registrations
  • Jamaica, Civil Marriage Registrations

British & Irish Newspaper Update

This week we have added 121,734 new pages to our collection of historical British newspapers. We have three new titles covering the west London area, the Ealing Leader, the Hayes & Harlington Gazette and the Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette. The publication of these titles is made possible thanks to our ongoing partnership with Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror).

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We also have extensive updates to the Reading Evening Post this week, with just under 40,000 pages added. We have also added the year 1986 to the Staines & Ashford News.


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It’s Not Your Job to Keep Other People’s Secrets and Lies*

Standard Legal and Medical Disclaimers:

I am not a medical health professional and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as medical advice. If you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency, dial 911 (where applicable) or contact proper emergency service personnel.

I am not an attorney and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult a legal expert who is familiar with the area of legal expertise you need.

*While there are cases where medical professionals, attorneys, certain clergy, and spouses may fall under specific cases where they fall under legal or other restrictions where they are allowed to keep secrets and lies, I am not referring to those individuals. Likewise, there are times when those individuals would not be covered by those restrictions and would be required to report what they learned.

A common enough response in social media posts is something along the lines of it’s not your job to reveal secrets and lies of family members. I am not one to go out of my way to share family secrets and lies, but I am also not going to go out of my way in keeping those lies and secrets buried. People need to realize that family secrets and lies will come out. With the advent of over 15 million people who have DNA tested at AncestryDNA alone, those secrets are coming out on a regular basis. This isn’t only about secrets and lies that can be revealed by DNA as there are many others that will come to light from other sources.

One of the most common explanations for keeping secrets and lies is so you don’t hurt the person the secret or lie is being kept from. You are doing them no favors by keeping it. The truth has a great way of revealing itself. At that point, the person who didn’t know may blame, rightfully so, the people who kept the secret or lie from them. In many cases, those who kept it find themselves no longer trusted by the individual who may feel betrayed or hurt.

One of the dirty little secrets of DNA testing is the belief that not testing will keep any family secrets and lies hidden because the person doesn’t DNA test. From several sources, it’s estimated that at least 60% of Americans can be traced through DNA testing at companies like AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA), etc. even if the person hasn’t DNA tested. I don’t know if it’s true estimate, but I have seen plenty of posts by those who were able to trace unknown birth parents who haven’t DNA tested through unknown siblings, half-siblings, and cousins (cousins often as distant as 3rd or 4th cousins).

If there are any unknown dirty secrets or lies that my DNA testing can reveal,  the cat’s out of the bag. That applies if it takes years or decades for the secret or lie to come to light once the right person DNA tests. It could happen before I finish typing this post or before it goes live in a couple of hours. How ironic that would be.

The thing to be cautious about with DNA testing is comparing results from different DNA companies that use significantly different SNPs. It’s important because you may find what you think are secrets or lies based on a limited comparison of SNPs between most of the companies.

For example, this comparison SNP What’s a SNP? chart on ISOGG Who or what is ISOGG? shows wide differences in how many or few SNPs you may share between companies. For example if you and a match tested with 23andMe, but one of the tests used the v2 chip and the other used the v5 chip, only 99,894 SNPs are common to both tests out of the 537,428 (v2 chip) or 630,132 (v5 chip) SNPs tested. With the SNPs differences in cases like this example, you could easily get what appears to be a false relationship or a missed relationship.

I know somebody who lied about getting married before he actually got married, then made the mistake of getting married later where the local newspaper publishes marriage license applications.


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FamilyTree DNA Sale Ends April 25, 2019

Updated April 19, 2019 to add photo below.

When I checked FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) for prices just now, they have finally started their DNA Day Sale, ends April 25, 2019. I checked after seeing the sale and noticed they sent me an e-mail announcing the sale at 7:53 P. M. U. S. Central Time.

FamilyFinder (autosomal DNA) $49 sale price, regular price $79.

FTDNA April 2019 Sale

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20 Lessons I’ve Learned by (almost) 20 – Miscellaneously Mikael

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Suggestion to WordPress on Another Option for Comments

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As much as I wish there was another option for WordPress comments, I have decided to go with comments requiring me to approve them. This works well most of the time. Recently it didn’t work so well as a person responded to a comment I made in response to her comment. I had approved the earlier comment. For some reason, WordPress decided her response was Spam and put it in the Spam folder. I missed it for several days as I don’t usually get a lot of Spam comments. When I checked Spam last night or maybe early this morning, I noticed her comment had been sent there. I immediately approved it.

Ideally, the option I would like for WordPress to add is the ability to selectively allow some commenters’ comments to be auto-approved. As it is now, I have two options:

Before a comment appears Before a comment appears Comment must be manually approved
Comment author must have a previously approved comment

I am not sure how the second option works in the above copy/pasted as I have tried it both ways, checked and unchecked.

My third option would have to override both options above as there are some who comment I have no problem with being able to comment with needing me to approve them. A handful of spammers would get around Comment author must have a previously approved comment by posting a comment that would be approved, then posting Spam comments.

Years ago, I had a free e-mail account that got hit by a spammer in a huge way! Thankfully, it had a small MB limit. By huge way, the spammer hit me with auto-generated spam at a rate faster than I could delete the e-mails. It maxed out my e-mail limit. It took a while, but I saw where I could disable receiving e-mail so I turned it off for a day. It took a while to delete the 10,000 e-mails they had sent me. I believe it was auto-generated was I could delete 100 e-mails fast, and before I could do anything else, another 100 Spam e-mails from the individual flooded my Inbox.



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One Blogger’s Comments Requirements

I noticed one blogger who has a detailed explanation about what’s allowed/not allowed when it comes to commenting on his blog. I am sure some consider his restrictions to be over the top. In my experience, a blogger adds restrictions like this for one of two main reasons. In no particular order,

  • A) the blogger had to deal with comments that led to making restrictions
  • B) they noticed blogs where there were no restrictions and saw the results

Granted, not every blogger will face this problem. In many cases, bloggers won’t have a problem with whatever comments are added.

My goal is to keep my blog G rated and family friendly. I do re-blog, share, or link to sites that are not G rated. I may sometimes post things that some may not consider G rated or family friendly, but some people’s definitions of those two concepts are so limited that I doubt many of those blogs would pass their definitions.

Personally, I think every blogger needs to decide which is and isn’t acceptable for both comments and guest blogger posts if they allow guest bloggers.

When I comment on another blog, I have my own set of restrictions on what I will and will not include in a comment. It pretty much mirrors Robert’s list.

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