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Encouragement…

There is a genealogical blog I enjoy reading and today the author shared some shocking revelations she recently discovered about a beloved deceased parent.  Please feel free to check out her original posting (it’s not too long) and learn about the many difficult facts she is wrestling with…a cautionary tale for us all along the lines of “There but for the Grace of God go I”.  Learning about other’s profound challenges can also help us put our own difficult times into perspective and generate an attitude of thankfulness for the challenges we face in our own lives.  My comments to encourage her are in italics below…Blessings to All, Valerie

https://dna-explained.com/2017/04/01/april-fool-meltdown-thanks-to-william-sterling-estes-52-ancestors-154/#comments

valeriecurren on April 2, 2017 at 4:17 am said:

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Dear Roberta,

Thanks so much for sharing your heart rending story…what incredibly powerful & painful revelations to now have to wrestle with. We live in such a fallen, broken world, and even those we love can let us down in unimaginably cruel ways. One way I’ve come to grips with some of the pain of the past is to think of our life experiences (and the choices of our forbears, to some degree) as threads woven together into a tapestry. In this life we only ever seem to view the backside (no pun intended!) of the artist’s creation. However, the God’s-eye view/heavenly perspective is always of the other side…a completed master work of art! Those painful experiences, from our view seem as random, inappropriate threads that would surely ruin the tapestry’s beauty…but God Himself, the Master Weaver, takes what the Enemy meant for evil, and brings out profound good for those of us that love Him!

Regardless of your father’s seeming failures one thing he surely got right…he helped to bring about your existence in this world!!! Certainly your life and the beauty, joy, and inspiration you bring to others are more than enough justification for his complicated existence….Please take your time to “process” these new revelations and when you are ready plow ahead into this new as yet unexplored territory…covering your journeys with prayer, peace, and grace.

Blessings,

Valerie Curren

 

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Commenting on yet another DNA Explained Blog posting

Below is a comment I made to another DNA Explained blog posting  in response to another commentator’s post.  My response was based on relatively recent experiences at the Gaylord, Michigan Family History Center, a local branch where genealogists can access much of the Mormon Church’s massive Family History Library’s holdings.  On the rare times I get to be in Gaylord during the week I will make a concerted effort to access the local FHC…as the ones that are closer to my home require much more travel coordination that the one near my parents’ vacation Cottage.
Here is the article that both Roger (I copied his comment below) and I were responding to:
This above blog posting gives a very thorough treatment of Ancestry.com’s DNA testing, comparing the current to the previous version.  I was given an Ancestry DNA kit relatively recently and have been reading Roberta Estes’ postings on Ancestry DNA as part of my information trajectory for when to send in our own DNA samples, hoping to avoid the upheaval expected at Ancestry as they were transitioning between their old and new test versions…fyi…Valerie

I don’t know if anyone will read this or even care, but want to express my dissatisfaction with the ‘new’ Ancestry.com way of doing business, which also carries over and severely impacts my research of 10 Ancestry DNA kits that I administer —

For the rest of my limited time on Earth (I’m 70), I’m not going to waste it on Ancestry.com phone queues that are ultimately unsatisfactory. I’m done calling you guys — you promise all and deliver nothing.

My 3-year-old cry for support with outgoing in-app messages has never been resolved. In fact, you recently closed my last Ancestry Support Case — 00155616 — without even following up by telling me why.

The last time I phoned, the lady promised me a 3 month complimentary sub when my paid one ran out. Instead, I received — “Roger, we’re sorry auto-renewal took you by surprise.
We automatically renew our membership packages to make sure our members always have access to their discoveries and family history tools. But it seems we weren’t very helpful this time. To make it up to you, we’d like to give you a chance to save 15% on your membership.” — Thanks, heaps!

You shift the burden on us users to call you, instead of allowing me to e-mail. I’ve called at least 8 times over the last year. You’re ignoring me, I guess. Is this your business strategy? Too big to fail?

Oh well, in response, I’m switching over to Geni. Sorry it had to end this way.

  • Hey Roger,

    I was recently at a small town Family History Center in Gaylord, Michigan and the manager of that center spent a significant amount of time assisting a patron via the phone and web in handling some type of problem with Ancestry (I’m not sure if that was a DNA problem, per se). She used her FHC leadership position to apply pressure to the seemingly less than helpful Ancestry employee in an attempt to resolve the patron’s problem. This service may be reflective of FHC service in other locations or an example of a lesser trafficked location’s leadership going above and beyond.

    Based on this observation may I suggest that you consider visiting a local Family History Center (you can find them from FamilySearch.org) and seeing if you may be able to get direct help in navigating treacherous Ancestry waters. That FHC manager also mentioned that (at least at that Gaylord “church”) if you joined the “church” that you automatically could/would receive a free Ancestry.com membership. From my perspective this Could mean that if one could locate Mormons that are also involved in DNA this could lead to a group that by definition works with Ancestry and likely Ancestry DNA. Hope this hint may be of some help.

    Best Regards,

    Valerie Curren

Commenting on a Genealogical Black Sheep Article

Here is yet another comment I’ve historically written to the DNA Explained blog and authoress, Roberta Estes.  It was in response to an article she wrote up about her own “black sheep” ancestor.  Such more notorious people can really make genealogical research exciting (and at times “shocking”)…These “colorful” relations can really lead to a convolutedly branched family tree…depending on the arena of their outrageous endeavors!  Below is the original article to which I replied:

Your rogue ancestor reminds me a bit of my husband’s great grandfather who was living with another woman and having several children with her while apparently still married to his (first?) son’s mother. That woman listed herself as a “widow” to him during his lifetime, perhaps to try to avoid the shame. Besides the infidelity and possible bigamy there were several incidents of apparent criminal behavior by the son and grandson. My research is so disorganized currently that I can’t put my hands on the supporting documentation easily, but the newspapers in the DC area of the time carried some very colorful tales about this group: a shooting (accidental?) by a father of his son (in the groin) and of an uncle of a nephew (in the ear), theft, con-man schemes involving jewelry & call girls, various “alias” names to disguise identity, and incarceration of a minor for unknown crimes but a pardon by the Governor of Maryland….black sheep are so interesting to follow/uproot on the family history tree!

Commenting on Genealogy Article

Since it’s been a while since I’ve felt the strength and motivation to write here at Special Connections I decided to post comments I’ve made previously on other sites as a way to easily access some of my occasional other writings…
The blog, DNA Explained, is very inspirational to me from a genealogical and scientific perspective.  There have been a number of times when I will spend seemingly “hours” on reviewing the writings there.  Roberta Estes, the authoress, is thoughtful, thorough, and articulate in a detailed manner that is never boring.  She can wade into the minutia of a topic in such a way that the lay person can gain insight into arenas normally off limits without hefty amounts of topic immersion.  She does an amazing job of bringing her own family history alive and making “genetic genealogy” more accessible to those of us with interest but lacking technical background in that arena…
The comments copied below were in response to the article here:
This article is one in her series of “52 Ancestors”, which I believe was a challenge topic put out there by another genealogist to challenge fellow genealogists to begin writing up their family history in such a way as to get their genealogy together enough to pass along the fruits of their efforts to others.  As such the challenge is to write up an ancestor each week for a year (or so it sounds).  Since this above article is for #92 Ms. Estes obviously didn’t stop at 52.  It is my hope to begin writing up such “reports” on my own genealogical endeavors in the relatively near future…and Roberta’s formatting is inspirational!
Blessings to All,
Valerie

I really enjoyed reading about your ancestors and appreciate so many details and pictures. The quilting heritage reminded me of both my grandmothers and their quilts that have become such a part of all our lives. My mom’s mom used to make a special quilt for her grandchildren for when they were getting married. She signed and dated them in one corner, which makes them even more tangible from a family history perspective. She made many quilts over the years and donated so many of them to their Lutheran Church to use in raffles and various fundraisers which helped to erect a new steeple at that church. At some point I hope to create family history pages like these you’ve shared about your family…they (and you) are an inspiration! Blessings…