Downloading Data for Genome Mate Pro from Family Tree DNA

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If you have done the Family Finder test with Family Tree DNA and are wondering which files you need from there to import into Genome Mate Pro, this post will help you. There are two ways to get the files needed, the first is directly from Family Tree DNA; the second is to download via DNAGedcom.

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Place, Image, Object

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The next subject I’m doing as part of the Diploma of Family History is called “Place, Image, Object” and from first impressions, I think I’m going to very much enjoy it. A week into the subject already and I can see that we’ll be looking at photos and how to date them, as well as maps (and creating a map of some sort), as well as the stories behind objects (and writing one). I’ve also found out that we’ll be looking at conservation and preservations methods, will be interesting to see if I need to change anything that I have been doing. Assessment will be a quiz and two assignments – decisions to be made about the subject matter for each of the assignments.

John Wood

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Artistic Impression of John Wood based on descriptions from records

It is early December 1812, and at the Old Bailey a young man is facing the Common Serjeant. He stands just 5’1″ tall, has a dark sallow complexion, dark brown hair, naturally black eyes, and is aged about 23 years. Three weeks earlier he had been caught in Church Lane St Giles, pocketpicking a watch valued by its owner, the undertaker Richard Andrews, as being worth £1. The young man, John Wood, does not contest the charge against him, only saying “They all swear so hard against me, it is of no use for me to say anything.” and is sentenced to transportation for life.


John Wood has been sentenced to transportation for life, life in a land he does not know, life in a land where he probably does not know another soul. Continue reading

Recap of “Convict Ancestors”

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For someone who thought they’d already found everything for their convict except their birth and death, this unit made me realise that even though I had documentation, I hadn’t really looked at all of it in great depth, and so there was some things that had been overlooked.

In the process of writing my story about my convict (the main assignment), I had need to go looking for some records again to re-source them correctly, and while re-searching for the records I knew I already had, I found records I had never seen before. Whether this was because those records were unavailable before, or whether they had been previously overlooked, I don’t know, but I have those records now, and that’s what counts for me.

Was very pleased with the overall content of the unit, and while I was initially disappointed in a change in submission format for this unit, after a very short learning curve, I had no troubles with that method and found it quite easy to manage, even if the visual formatting was limited.

Convict Ancestors is available through University of Tasmania

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