What is the name of my Original Tribe?
So, here we are another day unfolding and a bit more info. The latest count on Ancestry.com are over 19,000 DNA matches. Overwhelming on what to do with them. I am so fortunate to have such great DNA matches / cousins that continually assist me. They volunteer their time to help me find my truth; part of it is also theirs. But they have most of their answers; this they do out of their own generosity and for that I am truly grateful!!
My current tree on Ancestry Research Tree: Urdaz Family. all thanks to my cousin George who has uncovered / researched so much information.
So, what has been uncovered.
My maternal great great grandparents; Pedro [Roman] Urdaz & Juliana Correa; also from Arecibo, PR. There’s a story circulating that Juliana’s dad was from Spain. My my great grandparents; Hipolito Rivera and Francisca Urdaz y Correa, circa 1860’s from Arecibo, PR. One of their eight children should be my grandparent. From the way the DNA matches are revealing themselves it seems most likely that one of these three Rivera y Urdaz children should turn out to be it: Jose, Angel or Francisco.
Presently I am leaning towards Francisco 1891-? & his wife Guadalupe Soto y Serrano 1896-1984. Angel 1887-1958 was married to Trinidad Ocasio y Cebollero 1889-1925, Jose 1856-1934 was married to Susana Borras y Menendez 1882-1922 and Carmen Santana y Diaz 1894?
Finally, I can now firmly state that my surnames are: Rivera, Urdaz, Correa, Roman?, Miranda, and Pollaci – from my life sustaining tribe!
Exciting but now what …
So the newest company to join the DNA revolution is Geni.com. You can ‘connect’ your DNA to their database and build your tree for free. I am sure the upgrade to Geni Pro fro the $119 a year would be worth it – but is it worth it if I cannot put my parents in my tree?
I connected my Family Tree DNA account to Geni.com and that was pretty simple to do and very very quick. I guess I should have read up more ion it than starting to write this blog entry. I have some matches that I do not recognize the surnames on. It isn’t showing me to much more than a name and surnames; so I am unable to see any connection. I don’t know how far off the connection is. I am hoping that these user names show up in FTDNA and Ancestry.
Stay Tuned!! I will let you know what I find.
Wonderful fabulous week and it’s only Tuesday!!!
I spend so much time on the DNA sites; checking for new matches; looking at names, looking for hints of information. Calculating how can I be related to this person? How can I connect the dots of their life & world to mine. Where do they live now? Where has their family lived?
Over thinking until I am exhausted and still empty. My cup runneth over with information; but it is too distant for me to make sense of it – YET!!!!
But yesterday …. YESTERDAY I found out I finally have a surname I can call my own … Miranda!!! It’s official! thank good news for MY COUSIN TRACIE, who figured this all out. Her acumen in Gedmatch is to be admired!! I am still pretty green on doing this.
Finally!! Finally!!! Finally!!!! HUGE sigh of relief!!!
Late last night with the last bit of energy I had to stay awake; I exuberantly entered my newly confirmed surname into my profile on Ancestry, FTDNA & 23andme.
It gets better though … I have been in contact via the DNA sites ‘in-mail’, email, phone calls, Facebook, texts and also working on Skype calls.
I have been fortunate to have so many new cousins. These new additions are under the special grouping of primas & family in my contacts. I know each day how increasingly important they have become because each time I see an email or a call or even a FB entry that they have made; I cannot wait to get to it, to answer that call. And when I do, I am smiling from ear to ear! Truly, I consider them friends as well because they are lovely wonderful warm open hearted people.
Well, this Friday I meet my cousin Karen IN THE FLESH.
This is the VERY FIRST COUSINS I WILL MEET IN PERSON!! [squeal squeal squeal]. I cannot wait!