A longer version is published here.
According to the Ancestry DNA website, my ethnicity estimate is based on the data that Ancestry collects and the methods used to compare my results to that data. Because Ancestry DNA is always collecting more data and their methods are constantly improving, my estimate may change over time. Read more here.
My ethnicity profile changed. The one surprise in the original results, received just eight months ago, was 6% Iberian Peninsula. That disappeared in the updated version. I can genuinely say that nothing is a surprise in my new results and reflects what I know from my genealogy research. My maternal ancestors (Means, Getchell, Berry, and Johnson families) descended from the Scots-Irish and the English. My Scottish ancestors, the Clan Menzies, were originally from Mesnieres in Normandy. My mother’s blond hair and blue eyes (and two of my sons) hinted at Swedish descent, although the percentage dropped from 35% Scandinavian to 10% Swedish. Vikings raided and settled in Scotland and Ireland in the 9th century so that makes sense. My paternal ancestors, the Rier and Keegan families, originated in Germany and Ireland, respectively.
I knew ancestors from both sides of my family immigrated to America in the early 1700s to late 1800s and settled in Downeast Maine (Machias, Machiasport, Trescott and Lubec).
It’s nice to see that my DNA results match the family tree I have been researching!
This is my original DNA results for comparison.
Dad sailing with my brother David in the Bucks Harbor Race, 1981. This is one of my favorite photos of Dad. Now that’s a happy face!
As kids, my brothers and I spent many hours on the Sailfish, and we continued to sail as adults.
Me sailing on Indian Lake about 2006.
My son, Jason, sailing on the Sunfish, summer 2018.
This year, as in other years, the Passamaquoddy Yacht Club taught children ages 10 to 17 the basics of sailing. Wonderful to see!
Me completing the boat captain course in Rockland, Maine. 2012. Now that’s a happy face!
Whenever our family visited Dr. Bob and Noni at their home in Lubec, there often was fresh blueberry cake in the kitchen this time of year. Mom made it too over the years. Now when I make this cake and the delicious smell wafts through the air, I am filled with memories. Noni’s blueberry cake recipe was published in my favorite old cookbook of Lubec recipes (1988). It’s one of my most valued cookbooks.
I made this cake for family visiting this week. There will be another before August is over.
Of course, I alter recipes a bit for the times. I use real butter, not oleomargarine, and substitute organic sugar for white. I cook it in an 8″ x 8″ pan so it’s nice and thick, wicked moist, adjusting the cooking time.
In my family, great recipes must be handed down. I taught my grandchildren how to make this blueberry cake. This is my eldest granddaughter, Hayley, learning how to make Noni’s cake in August, 2012. She was eight. Hayley won a blue ribbon and first place in the cake section at the Machias Blueberry festival.
Hayley baking 2012.
My grandson Odin, age six, won a blue ribbon for a two-crusted blueberry pie in 2010 and for several years afterwards. See that awesome story here.
Indian Lake Trout Record “Birch Point” USA.
The record begins in September, 1976.
Mom wrote: “1976 was a great summer for trout.” She decided to keep a record of all the fish caught from the Rier wharf, their size, and time of day.
• Rare “sock” fish (15″ trout) caught at 9:30 AM on September 11.
• 13 1/2″ trout caught at 3:00 PM on September 12th.
May Total Catch: 21 trout, including one 7″ trout caught by my daughter Monica on May 24th. She was 7 years old.
June Total Catch: 6 trout, including four 8 1/2 – 9 1/2′ caught by my nephews, Matt and Bob, ages nine and eight.
July Total Catch: 60 trout, including one 9 1/2″ trout caught by my nephew Matt.
August Total Catch: 31 trout, including six (9 1/2″ to 10 1/4″) caught by me.
September Total Catch: 13 trout
1977 Total Catch: 131 trout.
May Total Catch: 7 trout
June Total Catch: 12 trout, including two 9″ trout caught by me on June 18. On June 29th, two 8″ trout were caught by me and my daughter Monica, and one 9″ trout was caught by my son Jacob, age two!
July Total Catch: 13 trout
August Total Catch: 22 trout, including a 10 1/2′ trout caught by my niece Jessica, age seven. Monica caught 3 trout (8/12′ – 10 1/2″). My son Eric (age six) caught one 8″ trout.
September Total Catch: 19 trout
1978 Total Catch: 73 trout. Mom wrote 71. She’s usually right 🙂
May Total Catch: 3 trout
June Total Catch: 6 trout, including 10 1/2″ trout caught by Jessica, and a 9 1/2″ trout caught by Eric.
July Total Catch: 27 trout, including a 10 3/4″ trout caught by Eric.
August Total Catch: 19 trout, including a 10 1/2″ trout caught by Eric. On the 25th, Mom caught a 17 1/2″ trout after 5:30PM Mass. She writes: “Wow! Wow! Wow!”
September Total Catch: 23 trout. On the 17th, Ray McWaters visited, caught a 11 1/4″ trout and left with his fish and rolls. Three fish (11 1/4″ to 12″) were deemed “fat” in the August catch.
1979 Total Catch: 78 trout
“All in all a good season “
The record book for 1976 through 1979 can be viewed here.
To Be Continued. Mom recorded all fish caught from the Rier wharf through 1992.
170 years after their ancestor departed from the Ballygill area of Rathlin Island, all 18 members of the Black family journeyed from America to Ireland to reconnect with their Irish roots. From a 4th of July Céilí to meeting living relatives – like singer Frances Black – it was the trip of a lifetime.