Thanks for stopping by the website I created to document and discover my family history.

Take a look around and if you are related to me, have any information you can offer, can give advice on where to look up information or just want to send me an email, please use the link located on the contact page.

There are 4692 names in this family tree.
The earliest recorded event is the birth of Richard Evreux in 986.
The last recorded death is that of Evelyn Schlar on March 27, 2020.
The last recorded birth is that of Adin Maxwell Scheinker in October 2014.

The top 5 surnames (meaning those most in the tree) are…
Hathaway (406)
Waters (185)
Simmons (163)
Lynch (107)
Spencer (102)

This website was created on August 14, 2012 and last updated on May 2, 2021.

Amazon Prime Days are here!

Amazon has AncestryDNA tests on sale for $49 for Prime Day! https://amzn.to/2XQFzrp

23andMe, Health + Ancestry. Normally $199, on sale for $99

FTDNA, no Prime Day price, but it gives me a 37% coupon to click which brings the price from $79 down to $50

If you’re unsure which test to get, I always say that AncestryDNA is the best bet for your money. Once you get your results from them, you can transfer your DNA data to FTDNA for free. You can also transfer your results to DNA.land, Geni, Wikitree, MyHeritage, and Gedmatch for FREE. So right now you can pay $49 for the Ancestry test, then free to upload instead of paying for each place (of the ones that offer testing) individually. You cannot upload your data (from anywhere) to 23andMe, so if you also wanted to test with them it would be an additional cost. Oh and use eBates/Rakuten whenever you can to get money back for more savings. https://www.rakuten.com/r/JULIES198?eeid=28187.

*All links are affiliate links and I will get compensation of some type when you make a purchase.

Sale on AncestryDNA and FTDNA

From today until August 15th, AncestryDNA tests are only $69. http://www.tkqlhce.com/p979cy63y5LRQRRVNMLNPMOPOSS

AncestryDNA Sale - August 2017

From now until August 31st, FTDNA tests are 20% off. http://www.familytreedna.com/cj.aspx?ftdna_ref=497

FTDNA Sale - August 2017

If you have already taken the AncestryDNA test, you can upload your DNA data to FTDNA (for FREE). With a test from either site, you can upload your data to Gedmatch (also for free). If you’re looking for lost family, Gedmatch is a great site to use.

Links were taken from this post.

AncestryDNA Discount and Free Access to Irish Records

Now through March 19th you can search millions of Irish records with free access and receive 10% off AncestryDNA kits at Ancestry.com.

My Family Tree: AncestryDNA Irish Heritage

Not sure where to start on your Irish record search? Here’s a pdf to help you get started.

My Family Tree: Ancestry Ireland Free Access

Collections included in the free search are listed here.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from until March 19, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry World Explorer or All Access paid membership.

New… sorta

Something happened with my hosting and my site was deleted. I was able to reinstall WordPress and all of my posts, but some of the photos/graphics I had inserted are gone. And the entire gallery has to be redone. You can still click the link for it in the menu to the right, but there are no pictures currently loaded.

Ancestry’s Cyber Monday Sale

You can get an AncestryDNA test kit for just $69 through tomorrow night. This is normally $99 so it’s a great deal and as low as I’ve ever seen the kit’s sold for.


*Offer expires on Nov. 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Offer does not include shipping costs or applicable taxes.

CousinBait and DNA

CousinBait and DNA - familytree.elementfx.om


I figured that it’s about time I made a post to help bait some new cousins.

I originally tested with AncestryDNA.
username: julie52479
tree: http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/43206629/family

And I transferred my AncestryDNA data to both FamilyTreeDNA and Gedmatch.

FTDNA kit #: B29051
Gedmatch kit #: A384941

Here is a quick reference from my grandparents to my 2nd Great-Grandparents (surnames and places of birth).

CousinBait and DNA - familytree.elementfx.om

Just a quick note…

My 2nd great-grandmother who was born in London, her siblings were all born in Russia or Romania. Being in London when she was born seemed to just be some type of layover from one area to another. There is an entirely different set of Goodman’s from England, but from what I’ve found they were not of Jewish faith and my Goodman line was.

Think we could be cousins? Send me an email at jwaters[dot]ancestry[dot]search[at]gmail[dot]com or leave a comment.

AncestryDNA Updates Coming Soon!

If you have not heard, AncestryDNA is making some changes to the matches we see. This update is happening very soon. How soon we don’t know, just that it’s soon.

You can read more about what you should do to prepare over at this post over at dna-explained.com.

The short version is that some of your matches may disappear, but you should also be expected to gain new matches.

Free Records at Ancestry

Get your genealogy motors going… there are a bunch of record collections that are currently FREE on Ancestry.com. If you have not yet started working on Ancestry, you will need to sign up for an account before you can search the records. It is free to sign up, though if you wish to continue searching these collections (+ other collections, photos, and more later on) you will need to purchase a subscription).

Here’s a list of the collections available for free:
My Family Tree: Ancestry Free Access!

It’s really simple to find your ancestors too.
Just plug in a bit of information and there ya go!
My Family Tree: Ancestry Free Access!

Need help or have any questions? Leave a comment or send an email. I’m happy to help.

*Free access is open to U.S. residents only and ends 11:59pm ET on December 29th.

Ancestry.com to discontinue Family Tree Maker

Family Tree: Ancestry.com to discontinue Family Tree Maker

So you may have heard that Ancestry is planning to discontinue their Family Tree Maker (FTM for short) program. They will stop selling it at the end of this year, but it will still be usable. However at the beginning of 2017 all of the features associated with FTM will stop working.

I understand Ancestry deciding to not provide future versions of the program or even updates of the current version, but to make it stop working entirely? That means they have to change code on Ancestry.com to stop letting FTM work. They are making work for themselves to make something stop working. It just doesn’t make sense.

I’m not a huge user of FTM. Mostly because when I upgraded to FTM 2014 my tree did not properly set up and though the program says my tree is synced with the one online, it actually isn’t. Support members in the Ancestry forums could only recommend that I de-link the tree’s, download the Gedcom from Ancestry, then re-upload under a different name to the Ancestry website and link it to the FTM program. And yeah that would have worked, but my tree would be under a name I didn’t want, as well as none of the documentation, photo’s, etc coming with it and I didn’t/don’t have the money to get a year’s membership and redo everything. So I stuck with just working on my tree on Ancestry.com. Honestly I mostly worked on my tree there anyway and only used FTM when I needed to create files, like event lists, or to create family outlines, etc. If I need to do that now, I just re-upload the current Gedcom to FTM. After FTM is discontinued, I’ll have to find another program to do all that.

What’s your take on FTM being discontinued? Are you a current user? If so, what do you plan to do when it goes away in about a year? Let me know in the comments.