March 28, 2017

Ancestry's Genetic Communities for DNA - My View

So today I login to discover that Ancestry has implemented its new feature, Genetic Communities. Immediately I noticed that I belong to one community and wanted to see how they came about this.

In looking at the layout of what it states, it tells me that I am genetically connected to those in Puerto Rico on the eastern side of the island. Really now?

So what do I have to say about it? FAILURE!

Here is why.  First, it is based upon who has tested.  I am half Puerto Rican and half Dominican.  Of that half Dominican, one eighth of my great grandparents is of Middle Eastern descent.  Why doesn't it associate me to Dominican Republic? Here is why...

I have a family tree on Ancestry associated to my DNA kit.  My tree is more built out on my Puerto Rican side of the family with some lines going back 13 generations.  My tree currently has a total of 6,779 people on it.  I actually descend from the Taino's on that island and the first settlers along with Africans that were enslaved and brought to the island.

I can also say the same thing about my Dominican ancestry, I simply have not added the generations until I can confirm the individuals are truly connected correctly since my tree is public.  However I have many people on that side of the family on my tree. The balance of people who have tested shows that many Dominicans have not tested so the volume is much more less. It is also telling since people that reach out to me are 3 times more likely to be descendants from Puerto Rico.

What Ancestry basically did was look at those that match me, look at their trees (which I have done), and then looked at my tree and said, "Yup you belong to the eastern portion of Puerto Rico".   I did not need their help in that aspect, I figured this out all on my own via documentation. The towns are listed on most of those that I have been able to locate birth, marriage, or death records that speaks to where they are from.

However what Ancestry truly needs to do is provide a chromosome browser and permit their users to use the tool to determine connections. Currently users have to download kits and upload to GEDMatch to confirm and determine relationships. This only works if everyone does this, which they do not.  So Ancestry, stop wasting money on features that are of zero use to many users and provide what we have been demanding; a chromosome browser.

Ancestry Genetic Communities
Nice try but it failed majorly on what I expected. If I pull an example from one of the many kits I manage, which has a limited tree, I get a different result as shown below.  Epic fail on Ancestry's part, better off spending money on a chromosome browser. A waste of money and development.

Genetic Communities 2

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March 11, 2017

Caguas Puerto Rico - Censo de Almas 1886 to 1889

I located this census for Caguas while going through digital images. They have been online since the civil records were made available and I guess I never noticed it and potentially many others.

It is found on the same films as the civil registration records for the region but cannot be seen if browsing through Caguas' digital images.  The census is list below by towns.  Simply click on the town you want to view below and it will open in a new window on your computer.



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March 4, 2017

San Benito de Patillas Baptism Records 1890 to 1917

While not all of the church records for Patillas, Puerto Rico are available online at the time of me writing this post. There are some that are available and should hopefully help some of you who are searching for an ancestor. The collection has approximately 2,300 images to review.

I find that locating your ancestor in church books is much more likely to occur during this time period simply because people were more likely to get their children baptized versus registering the birth in civil records.

The church records only cover the baptisms from 1890 to 1917, hopefully the rest of the books will be available online soon.  Please note that the priest or whomever was documenting baptisms in these books were adding baptisms that potentially belong in a later book and could have ran out of room in a book so they added it to the end in older books with empty pages. 

Most importantly, you will find children being baptized when they are older.  I see children born in 1906 being baptized in 1908.  Never skip reviewing an entire book or two when looking for your ancestors.  The books are as follows and I've broken down the film to make it easier for you to locate the beginning of each book. As always, all links will open in a new tab or window but this page will remain while viewing from a computer.









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