July Blog Party: DNA and Appearance

DNA Discoveries (and Clones) are the topic of this month’s The Genealogy Blog Party by Elizabeth O’Neal at My Descendants Ancestors.  For more information on The Genealogy Blog Party and other posts on July’s theme visit: https://mydescendantsancestors.com/2017/07/dna-discoveries.html

I grew up in a family of four; Mom, Dad, me and my older brother Matt.  Throughout the years one thing was glaringly apparent.  One of these things was not like the others, one of these things just didn’t belong.  Mom, Dad and Matt all have dark hair and darker eyes than me.  Matt is the image of my father and I just do not look like I belong.  For years I begged my mother to just tell me the truth – that I was adopted.  I was sure that Matt and I could not possibly be related, my gosh he was just too weird to be related to me. My parents swore that I was their child.  Evidence provided by DNA testing proves my parents were telling them the truth.  I think I would have felt better if I just looked like I was related to them.  Perhaps it was just my awkward self that felt out of place.

Amy Matt Grands New Salem 67
Otis, Ruby, Matt and Amy Clark 1967

Above is a picture of my paternal grandparents, Otis and Ruby Clark, with my brother and I.  I certainly see Matt’s resemblance but not my own.  Below is a picture of my Dad, Matt and I the same day and place as above.  On the left below, a photo of my mother and her father William Skibbe.

Matt, Lloyd and Amy Clark 1967
Matt, Lloyd, and Amy Clark at Lincoln’s New Salem, Springfield, Illinois, 1967.


William Skibbe and Lorraine Skibbe Clark
William Skibbe and Lorraine Skibbe Clark, January 1961


Not seeing too much of a resemblance on my Mom’s side either, until…..

You see a photo of me and my maternal grandmother side by side at the same age.  Finally, I look like I belong.

Amy and Clara
Amy Clark, age 17 and Clara Miottel age 16.

What do you think?  Who do I look like?


PBS to Renew “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.”

Such good news!

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has announced its fall lineup of new television programs. Of interest to genealogists, “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” is returning Oct. 3. Celebrities who will learn about their ancestors include Scarlett Johansson, Aziz Ansari, Bryant Gumbel, and Garrison Keillor.

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Unseated Land

I have been researching in Pennsylvania and ran across the term “unseated land”.   The subject I was searching for was listed twice in the Tax Discount lists of Chester County, Pennsylvania.  In 1812, he was the listed as the owner of land in the township of Sadsbury.  The reason for the tax discount was listed as unseated land.

Seated land refers to land that is occupied, used as a residence,  is improved, or farmed.  Unseated would be privately owned land that has not been improved, reclaimed, or occupied.

In 1815 the same man was in New London (or rather not in New London) and is listed on the discount tax list as  “gone”. A little more digging around in the Pennsylvania records resulted in two more entries that may or may not be the same individual.  In 1807 there is a gentleman living in Sadsbury, who was a Miller.  In 1814 there is a  man listed as an Ironmaster in Sadsbury, perhaps they are one in the same.  The townships of Sadsbury and New London are about 16 miles apart.

Chester County Map
Partial map of Chester County Pennsylvania, full original located at   http://www.chesco.org/1573/Atlases-and-Maps

I am breaking out the checkbook and ordering copies of the records.   I am very interested to read to read more about the records.  Unseated is a new term for me – interesting to find a new term since I just read Sheri Fenley’s post at The Educated Genealogists about genealogical terms and words http://sherifenley.blogspot.com/2017/07/genealogical-vocabulary-words-and.html.