Counting Cousins

Months ago, I ordered a DNA test, just for fun or, so I thought. Once I got the results, curiosity had the best of me, and I jumped right into preparing a family tree. I touched the surface of my Dad’s family, and it was straightforward. The ancestors in his family were in the United States since the 1800s, making the census records easy to follow. Before that, his maternal side came from England, and I found the census there simple to follow. At one point, I was even able to zoom in on Google Earth and see where my Great, Great Grandparents lived in Manchester.

Next came my Mom’s Italian heritage. My DNA matches show hundreds of cousins, names I never had heard of before.

I found a helpful chart to figure out the first, second, and third cousin relations, at: cousin chart

The one above is much better than the one I designed to perplex even a Doctor of Counting Cousins.

This project to find Sicilian ancestors is like putting a puzzle together. For anyone searching there are a lot of church and civil records online. The challenge is translating them from Italian or Latin to English. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.


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