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The (genetic) force is strong in this one ~ Ann Philp of Fife

Back in March I got to hear several presentations from genetic genealogist Angie Bush, and I loved the way she presented DNA matches in charts using Lucidchart.

So, I thought it might be interesting to try it out on one of my father’s family lines where he has quite a few matches – his Scottish line, the Philps of Fife. His great grandmother Ann was born (according to census records) in Ceres, Fife, though I can find no record of her baptism.

Ann PHILP 1840-1895

Ann Philp, born in Ceres, Fife around 1840, and died in Burnham, Canterbury, NZ on 13 March 1895

Ann migrated to New Zealand in 1863 with her husband Martin Burke and their baby daughter Mary, establishing the New Zealand branch of the family. Ann and Martin had two more children after they settled, daughter Annie and son Thomas.

  • Mary married Patrick Riordan
  • Annie married Francis Burton
  • Thomas married Norah Burton

Yes, Francis and Norah Burton were siblings, so their descendants, including my father, are double cousins. You can see this quite clearly in the amount of centiMorgans these cousins share, compared to their Riordan cousins, descendants of Mary. (View a larger version of the chart.)

Chart showing DNA matches and centimorgans shared of the descendants of the Philp family of Fife

I’m amazed at how many matches my father has on this one line, and there are certainly more, but those matches have no trees visible so I can’t identify where they connect.

It helps that the Scottish records are profuse, so you can take the paper trail quite far back. However the Philps seem to be two a penny in Fife, and I’ve reached a bit of an impasse for now going back, so maybe I’ll concentrate on going forwards instead!

Thanks to Angie Bush for the inspiration, and to Blaine Bettinger for his helpful webinar on LucidChart and Other Tools for Genetic Genealogy.

Samuel Lewis Atlas of Ireland, portion of County Kerry

One index is not like the other

I’ve been delving back into my Kerry roots recently, on the hunt for my Callaghans who were leasing land in several townlands during the 19th century, most notably in Kilfelim and Ballymacdonnell in the parish of Killeentierna. 

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Stuff and censuses ~ Sorting Saturday

Some of the blog posts I’ve been reading lately have inspired me to start tackling some of my stuff that’s Not Been Dealt With. For instance, while writing yesterday’s post I realised most of the census records I have collected are just images on my computer, a few have been transcribed, none have been printed…

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Not very ~ Sorting Saturday

I am not very sorted.  Genealogically-wise, I don’t have huge amounts of family ephemera to store, but I have recently amassed a fair amount of research that has Not Been Dealt With. There’s all those wills and letters of administration I photographed at Wellington Archives Office when I was in New Zealand, plus all the…

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