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Kathryn

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  1. Yes, I was right, it was GEDmatch that they used. https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/26/ancestry-23andme-deny-assisting-law-enforcement-in-east-area-rapist-case/ And it does not share family members' DNA. The only people on GEDmatch are those who downloaded their own raw DNA files from somewhere and added them to GEDmatch. The fact that you share DNA with relatives means that you can potentially be tracked down using cross-matching, but "your" DNA is not on there unless you put it there (or apparently if you leave it at a crime scene and the police add it to GEDmatch). People also upload family trees to GEDmatch and show where they fit within those trees, so that matches can more easily figure out how they relate. Once they uploaded his DNA, all they had to do was follow the matches/trees. How easy this is depends on how close the matches are, how many know their trees, and how many were the products of traceable relationships.
  2. I searched with google, but it's only pulling up twelve threads and I know I've seen more than that over the years. I had planned to take the kids to Colonial Williamsburg for Homeschool Days this spring, but DH got the flu and it didn't happen. Should I wait until fall for the next one or go next month when we finish school (we just finished Colonial America/Revolutionary War)? What's the advantage of going during Homeschool Days? And I'm looking for advice on lodging, how long to stay, what to do, etc. I'll need room for five (two adults, 12yo, 8yo, 4yo). We'll drive up from 6 hours south and plan to do Jamestown first. I know there are two Jamestown sites. What's the difference? Time required for each? If only doing one, which one? Any and all advice welcome/appreciated!
  3. This is the closest to what actually happened from my understanding. Ancestry and 23andme and the like work from saliva samples. The police had a DNA profile of the criminal but that can't be uploaded to places like Ancestry and 23andme. However, public sites like GEDmatch offer people who have raw DNA results the ability to upload those results and compare them to others who have done the same. This allows people who tested on different sites to compare. I believe they likely used this kind of tool for the raw DNA data they had from the criminal, then used the genealogy of the criminal's matches to find out who he was. At that point, they looked for DNA from the suspect's trash and compared it to their criminal's DNA. Once that came back as a match, they extracted his DNA themselves to run the test to prove conclusively it was his DNA. I've tracked many people's biological families using DNA. Depending on the matches, it's quite easy to track to a sibling group and even down to an individual if there are closer matches to distinguish between siblings or if the siblings were in different locations when the conception occurred (in this case, the crime).
  4. Thank you! I saw this issue listed on the errata and made note of it in the book.
  5. Any chance you could post them here so those of us who haven't started yet don't have to find them ourselves?
  6. With Ancestry.com, everyone who takes a DNA test can attach their DNA to their family tree. Then, you are also matched with everyone else who's tested whose DNA matches yours. If they have also attached their DNA to their tree and you both have the same ancestors in your trees, Ancestry will alert you with a "Shared Ancestor Hint" and show you the path through each of you to your common ancestor. You can also subscribe to Ancestry's databases to access information from the records that they've digitized and indexed and add those togour tree as well.
  7. Since you're looking for more distant ancestors, it would be helpful if you had access to older generations on those lines test. For instance, my husband's 2G-grandfather was unknown. Since his father has twice the DNA my husband has on that line, testing my father-in-law yielded closer matches to that unknown line and enabled me to more accurately predict the relationships, leading me to who the unknown ancestor was. Even if a direct-line ancestor isn't able to test, an aunt/uncle or great-aunt/uncle helps also.
  8. I live in the South. Every summer, we drive up to New England to visit family. I am the laziest person you will ever meet. In other words, not once have I ever thought about joining a gym and certainly not one a thousand miles away from my home. Last summer, while visiting with my uncle whom we hadn't seen in years, he was telling us what he'd been doing in recent years. He told us about how he had run a gym for a few years in (Town 20 miles away that we had never been to) and was looking at doing so again. The next day, my phone was showing me ads for gyms in that small town that I've never been to, never searched for, never thought about.
  9. Ah, yes, the newest chip from 23andme is not compatible with most sites. There's been no word on when that will change. If you test with Ancestry, that one test will allow you to get into all the other sites. You can often find Ancestry tests on eBay from reputable longtime sellers for $40.
  10. This is a good post outlining what you can transfer where: http://thednageek.com/whats-new-in-autosomal-dna-transfers/ Also, because Ancestry is not good at accurately telling customers the possible relationships for a given amount of DNA, this is an excellent tool. You just input the amount of centimorgans you share with your match, and it gives you the possible relationships and their probabilities. https://dnapainter.com/tools/sharedcmv4
  11. I help people find their biological families using autosomal DNA testing and genealogy. The vast majority of people who test do so to see their ethnicity results and have no interest in genealogy or finding family. In fact, it is recommended that those searching for family NOT contact matches until they've been thoroughly investigated because some will delete their results rather than help an adoptee or someone searching for an unknown father. Often, you can figure out someone's family tree based on their username and the shared matches. Newspaper archives, social media, people search sites, and just plain google can give a good picture when trying to figure out how people relate. Some people have very basic family trees that make it easier to trace them back and find the common ancestor. Ancestry almost doubled their number of kits sold this Christmas season. As those results come in over the next few months, expect many more of those matches with no trees as people who got them as gifts for Christmas get added to the database. ETA: also, some people don't know that they can connect their DNA to their tree, so always go to their profile to see if they have a tree but just don't have the DNA attached. The list of matches pages only shows a tree if they actually attached their DNA. You can also download your raw data and upload it to FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage, and GEDmatch for free. That puts you in all the major databases besides 23andme. Ancestry and 23andme are the only ones who don't allow transfers.
  12. That's exactly what we did. My son had gone through all four levels of FLL (as well as three levels of MCT). He did JAG the year he did W&R 3-4. We took off from grammar this year, but we're going back to WTM for grammar next year.
  13. I would have thought unknown was a predicate nominative and unused was a verb. I can't conceive of unknown being a verb.
  14. My 8yo and 12yo have these and love them. https://www.amazon.com/Parrot-PF727001-Mambo/dp/B01JYR44MY We got the certified refurbished. One stopped working after its first outing and they gave us a full refund and we got another one. We've had no problems with it. We bought the controller for one drone, the other one we just use the smartphone app to control.
  15. W&R is meant to be used along with a grammar program. I used Junior Analytical Grammar with it the year my oldest was in fifth grade (had used FLL and MCT before that). We took off this year (6th) from grammar and next year for 7th will be using WTM grammar.
  16. This. He denied the things he said, calling Nixon's aide a liar, until the tapes came out. Then, suddenly he was embarrassed and falling all over himself to apologize and he didn't really feel that way, he was just going along with what Nixon said... What kind of spiritual advisor would do that? Not to mention his proposal to Nixon that he commit war crimes in Vietnam and kill a million people. And the fact that by passing on the mantle to his vile son and not condemning his words and actions, he indicated to his followers that Franklin had his blessing and support to do what he's done. Everyone has good in them and everyone has bad in them. To pretend that someone was a saint just because they're dead does history no favors. If we can't look at the departed as whole individuals, warts and all, we do a disservice to ourselves.
  17. Sounds like tics to me also. IDK if it's related, but my ADHD son went through a nose-touching tic for about a year when he was 6. He literally wore the skin off several times.
  18. My oldest is on Book 6, Commonplace. I *love* this program. Books 7 and 8 for next school year just came today. My oldest has high-functioning autism and this has been amazing for him. It has just the right amount of scaffolding and does not demand the creativity skills that he lacks.
  19. Thread in question in case you're interested: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/468105-is-holzman-white-washing-slavery-in-sonlight-core-100/page-1 I used Sonlight at one point and though I had dropped it in our homeschool by that point, I still recommended to others. John Holzmann's interactions with me and others on that thread changed that. I now actively discourage people I know from using it.
  20. I use the TOG schedule and discussions as my base and throw out a lot and add in a lot. History is what my homeschool is based around. For logic stage, I've added Human Odyssey, American Odyssey, my state public school State History book, OUP ancient and medieval series, art and music history books, and then lots of books on specific topics throughout the year.
  21. Yes, I don't recall why I had written off LfC, but I know I had back when I looked at it for my oldest. He did well with his progression I mentioned, but he's overall a better student than his younger brother, so I don't want to start the second one on the same thing even earlier than my older did them. I think they'll be good for him later, I just don't feel like he's ready at this point, but I want to honor his enthusiasm since this is literally the only school subject he's enthusiastic about.
  22. My second child is finishing SSL2 and second grade soon and really wants to continue with Latin. He has done really well with SSL. He memorized vocabulary and the chants much better than his older brother did when he was older. Big brother started with GSWL in 4th and then moved on to BBLL. My 2nd grader is enthusiastic about Latin right now and I'm nervous that doing GSWL won't be as fun for him and he'll lose that love he has for it. I was looking at Minimus because a friend said she'd let me borrow it and he saw it and asked for it. I'm nervous about the whole-to-parts after reading old threads. But, then again, I'm not looking for mastery here; the only reason I started him in Latin in the first place was because he wanted to be like his brother. Also, he is a reluctant and very average student overall, with the exceptions being grammar and Latin, which he really enjoys. So, having said all that, where would you go from here? Could I do Minimus next year and let him just have fun with it and then move on to GSWL in 4th?
  23. My boys are both like this. But they both have ADHD. They *know* the material and the process, but they are messy, lose focus or make simple errors because they're distracted. Math can take hours if left to their own devices sometimes. If I sit next to them and "guide," they're fine. And by guide, I don't mean give any instruction, I mean guide to keep them on task. Literally, it's like this: "So what's the first thing that you need to do? Okay, now what? What's next? ... Now make sure you can read that; I can't tell if that's a 9 or a 4..." That can be the difference between 10 minutes to complete an assignment and two hours. I no longer do this with my oldest, and he is much better than he was, but there are still always a few silly errors every day.
  24. Language Arts: Literary Lessons from Lord of the Rings Classical Academic Press: Writing and Rhetoric 7-8 Vocabulary from Latin and Greek Roots 7 Grammar for the WTM Purple Math Lial, probably Prealgebra. He's doing BCM this year and I think he needs another year before Algebra. Science: Elemental Science Chemistry for the Logic Stage History: History is my thing. We do a combo of TOG (*heavily* edited; year 3 next year), Human Odyssey, American Odyssey, and the 8th grade state history book for our state along with other random stuff I pull in. Other: Lively Latin Book 2, Part 2 Critical Thinking Company Building Thinking Skills Level 3 Critical Thinking Company Mind Benders Book 6 Artistic Pursuits Grades 7-8 Book 1 Boy Scouts Track Science Olympiad
  25. As a homeschooler, how did you fulfill the Second Class requirement to participate in a program about the dangers of drugs and alcohol? He's the only homeschooler in his troop (who isn't already Eagle), so the troop won't be doing this since the rest of the boys get it in school.
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