About this site

This blog was created way back in 2014 and was intended to be a way for me to publish stories about my ancestors and to also contribute to the #52Ancestors challenge.  I’m a bit behind, but that’s life!  I have now decided to focus this blog on the challenges of my genetic research.  I hope to do 52 ancestors in time, not necessarily per annum!!

I have been working on my own genealogy since about 2006 and became addicted quite quickly. I had read about DNA testing but at that time only the ydna and mtdna tests were available.  In 2010 when FTDNA released the Family Finder product I was quick to sign up as I had been keen to try to verify several theories associated with my ancestry and have been working obsessively with my results ever since.

In 2011, I completed a Certificate in Genealogical Research with the Society of Australian Genealogists whilst I was living in a remote parts of Australia: Katherine, Alice Springs and Darwin. In 2015, as a member of the Society of Australian Genealogists, I started co-ordinating a DNA Research Group based in Sydney, to help increase my knowledge of the fascinating field of genetic genealogy.  I am an administrator for a range of FTDNA projects including the Coats and Cassidy Surnames, Brittons of Ireland and County Wexford. I am on the Executive for the Cassidy Clan and hold the position of DNA Officer.

I manage two other blogs on WordPress:

  • DNA Sydney – An information and discussion forum for members of the Society of Australian Genealogists  DNA Research Group;
  • rayver33 Here and There – Mainly an overseas travel blog, but it also incorporates ‘The NT Sea Change’, ’40 places you must see before you die’ and the ‘Harness Pilgrimage’.

The featured image for the blog was taken in Enniskillen Fermanagh, Ireland in 2011. The ancestral home of my CASSIDY family.

My genealogical research and outcomes of my genetic research are being progressively published on Wikitree.  A summary of my family lines and DNA confirmations can be found under the My Family tab (at the top of this page).

Please use the links back to Wikitree profiles to access further details about my ancestors and sources references used in my blog posts.  You can also find more details about my genealogical tree and confirmed genetic branches at Wikitree by clicking here. My ever growing chromosome map can be accessed at DNA Painter.

Click on the DNA Research tab to find more general information about DNA research Tips, Tools and Techniques!

You can find a full list of blog posts under the main menu tab My ancestors and DNA questions  Or use the categories drop down menu, where specific surnames, places and DNA test types can be selected.  The search bar also provides additional options.

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Please do not hesitate to contact me via this blog or by private message at Wikitree or Facebook.

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