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Old 07-15-2017, 01:09am   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anyone here ever hire an ancestry service?

Planning on heading to Ireland within the next 6 months or so. Before heading over, I'd like to find some of my relatives.

Before anyone says do it yourself...I know it's possible. But I don't want to. Let me rephrase that... I'd like to do it. I have intended to do it for awhile, but I never seem to have the time to really, really dedicate to it.

Has anyone here ever hired someone (or a company) to trace ancestry overseas? Any luck? Good or bad results?

My dad is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He's done that side already. My Irish ancestry appears to come from my mom's side, though.
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Most likely your are Scandinavian then.
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You're going to give them a heads up aren't you? You're not like, going to drop in on them and say "Hi folks, we're cousins!" and then drink all their beer are you?
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Most likely your are Scandinavian then.
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You're going to give them a heads up aren't you? You're not like, going to drop in on them and say "Hi folks, we're cousins!" and then drink all their beer are you?
See, you are not going to get a sensible reply here. Why did you even try with these folks around here.

Not related but my sister gave me a gift of a dna test from ancestry.com. Will do it soon.

Searching ancestry takes time and to do it right you have to immerse yourself in it. I don't blame you for wanting a service.
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I did find this.
http://www.thoughtco.com/top-databas...ealogy-1422740
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You're going to give them a heads up aren't you? You're not like, going to drop in on them and say "Hi folks, we're cousins!" and then drink all their beer are you?
If you let em know in advance, they would probably hide the good stout.
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Most likely your are Scandinavian then.
My DNA (haplogroups) only points to about 3% Scandinavian.

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You're going to give them a heads up aren't you? You're not like, going to drop in on them and say "Hi folks, we're cousins!" and then drink all their beer are you?
What?!?!?! Pffffft. No.

I thought I'd just bust the door down and be like, "Hey bitches, we're here. Bring me a pint. How 'bout that Donald Trump? Hey, by the way, are we on the Catholic side or the Protestant side?" Then every time I finish my pint, I'll slam down the glass and do a "USA! USA! USA!" chant.

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Not related but my sister gave me a gift of a dna test from ancestry.com. Will do it soon.

Searching ancestry takes time and to do it right you have to immerse yourself in it. I don't blame you for wanting a service.
Without a doubt it is definitely something that takes immersion. I started it, but only got as far as my great, great grandparents on my mom's side. Then I got aggravated, flipped the table over and curb stomped my laptop...kind of the way everyone feels 5 hours into a game of monopoly.

Not really, but it was pissing me off a little bit. Two days later and I barely have any leaves? Screw you and your little leaves, Ancestry. I don't have time for you or your auto billing nonsense.

And by "their" nonsense, I mean I'll forget to cancel my subscription for like 12 months in a row and continue to pay. Which may have happened.

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Thanks! I'll check it out.

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If you let em know in advance, they would probably hide the good stout.
Of course they will. My people are not stupid.

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I have not tried, as my Grandparents came over in the 1895 migration from E. Europe/Russia they were age 15 or so, must have been very unsettling crap going on over there for their parents to let the kids go, stick them on a boat and never see them again.... BUT apparently that is the story from both sides of my folks.....and given the history over there, I seriously doubt there are any records left of anyone, anything, any happening.....between the commies/nazis it's all toast.....so why waste the money??

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I wasn't aware such a service even existed. I suppose they're going to want as much PII as you can provide up front which would make me nervous in this identity theft day and age.
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My DNA (haplogroups) only points to about 3% Scandinavian.



What?!?!?! Pffffft. No.

I thought I'd just bust the door down and be like, "Hey bitches, we're here. Bring me a pint. How 'bout that Donald Trump? Hey, by the way, are we on the Catholic side or the Protestant side?" Then every time I finish my pint, I'll slam down the glass and do a "USA! USA! USA!" chant.



Without a doubt it is definitely something that takes immersion. I started it, but only got as far as my great, great grandparents on my mom's side. Then I got aggravated, flipped the table over and curb stomped my laptop...kind of the way everyone feels 5 hours into a game of monopoly.

Not really, but it was pissing me off a little bit. Two days later and I barely have any leaves? Screw you and your little leaves, Ancestry. I don't have time for you or your auto billing nonsense.

And by "their" nonsense, I mean I'll forget to cancel my subscription for like 12 months in a row and continue to pay. Which may have happened.



Thanks! I'll check it out.



Of course they will. My people are not stupid.

First bold =

Second bold = Ancestry.com which was started by Mormons. They baptize the dead and all that. Not physically but still...so, they get everyone to do their work. So^2, kinda creepy there. Actually, lotsa creepy.
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I thought I'd just bust the door down and be like, "Hey bitches, we're here. Bring me a pint. How 'bout that Donald Trump? Hey, by the way, are we on the Catholic side or the Protestant side?" Then every time I finish my pint, I'll slam down the glass and do a "USA! USA! USA!" chant.
Didja see Sinn Fein's new leader Michelle O'Neill? I think I'd get up all in that. For a terrorist she's not half bad. I'd make her start the car though. Just thought I'd mention it.

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Kids got me one of those kits for Christmas but I won't do it....I believe they share your DNA with the government so I wear a tin foil hat !
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Kids got me one of those kits for Christmas but I won't do it....I believe they share your DNA with the government so I wear a tin foil hat !
After 13 years in the USN, I'm pretty sure the .Gov has everything they need from me. I may do the DNA thingy soon.
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No, but one of my grandmothers is big in that stuff, she's registered all the ladies in my family with Daughters of the American Revolution
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My dad is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
My folks were Sons and Daughters of the Potato Famine.

You'll like Ireland. Friendly enough, but they stare and they drive on the wrong side of the road.
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My folks were Sons and Daughters of the Potato Famine
One more generation for me. My mother is a redhead. Maiden name? O'Leary.
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the mormons have a huge database. they even have a website you can enter your info and do a prelim search.
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Good info so far.

Mostly.
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Good info so far.

Mostly.
You mean except for the part about hitting a Provo?
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