To find which one is our family Orchard!
By Climbing Branches of other DNA matches we get to see who most are likely our Ancestor’s that belong in our missing family orchard. We are trying to locate them by clues in our DNA matches’ archives of their own document tree they happen to have on line.
Remember these are only clues/ possible information, unless they have also put up the source of their tree data they could have copy/mirror from other trees that could be and do contain wrong information!
More on that later let just get the feel for looking and climbing trees
First before you jump up and climb other trees look at the public trees using any surname to open one up and check out the home person (this would be Ancestry if you have subscription) If not then just type in let say https://www.wikitree.com/ A free site and look at what level of the cousinship’s is shown on the branches of theses trees there or google family surnames of friends and see if you can find a public tree to look over.
If this is the first time you done climbing it best to do it on tree that you can see the connection points on branches and understand their relationship to each other’s, especially if you an adoptee that never has done this before.
All I knew before I began was my adopted mother, mother (Nanna to me her brother uncle Joe In this case he was my great uncle Joe) and the cousins from the great grandparents on the farm but as to how they fitted in it was never talk about to me because I was adoptee and didn’t need to know how and where they fitted in the tree even to this day I still not 100% knowledge where they are in that tree!
Now when I married that a different story Husband family has a well build tree with history books on them too, I learn the craft of been a genealogist with all the work done all I had to do was understand it all.
It didn’t happen overnight SO please be patient with yourself as you learn to climb, swing from branch to branch and tree to tree to find what interconnection twigs and branches are from your bio tree that are hidden in the leaves of those trees that you find in your DNA matches pedigree list from which you will pick and place to grow into your ghost Gum tree to colour in your family ancestors from the past, where you will see beginning to growing in your own Family Orchard with all the fruits and berries of your ancestor past.
When you are ready please ask for assistance we are here to help you grow your own patch!
Kerri Small; DNA Advisor; Genealogist; Within These Walls
“When I find an Ancestor I have to find two more! “