My maternal uncle’s DNA kit is being processed after a six-week wait.
This small update is a great excuse to share this song from Moana, which I have recently seen for the first time this past weekend. It was so good! Definitely one of my favorite ancestor movies right along with The Book of Life and Kubo and the Two Strings. Disney and Pixar have another Dia de los Muertos movie, Coco, that is scheduled for release November 2017.
I loved this song, “I am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)”.
My maternal uncle agreed to take an AncestryDNA test for me and it was just received by Ancestry yesterday. The website notes that lab processing times have increased.
He is under the username CS_DNA (always google interesting matches, it’s worth a shot) and I don’t plan on filling out the tree. His tree is the same as my mom’s “Sauceda Romero Family Tree” since they are full siblings and the link to her tree is included in his profile, anyone looking at his profile will be able to pull it up. You can also see my tab at the top of the page “Maternal Family Tree”. When I started having family members test at Ancestry I didn’t realize you could administer multiple tests from one user account so I had a bunch of separate accounts that I have access to.
I am glad to have another child of my maternal grandmother’s test with Ancestry since I didn’t think she could produce enough saliva to take their test (she was only tested with Family Tree DNA). I will transfer his results to FTDNA where he has Y-DNA results.
He was born on April 6, 1852, in the Village of Rio Tesuque, New Mexico to Jose Miguel Ortega and Francisca Romero. He was baptized in Santa Fe, New Mexico on April 11, 1852.
I somehow failed to notice his death certificate partial information on FamilySearch which gave me the date of his death and the names of his parents (ok, one was wrong, it happens).
Someone on Facebook was able to find his obituary, which read:
“Dionicio Ortega, aged 84 passed away at his home this morning after an illness of several months. He was born in Tesuque but had made his home in Santa Fe for the past 60 years where he made countless friends who will mourn his passing. He was a member of the Cathedral parish and had taken a very active part in church affairs. Surviving Mr. Ortega are four daughters, Mrs. Carolina Garcia, Mrs. Frank Narvize, Mrs. Frank Armijo, and Ms. Isabel Ortega; two sons Celestino and Manuel, all of Santa Fe, [?] grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren also survive. The body was taken to the home 323 Rosario Street this afternoon and will lie in state there [?] of funeral services, which will be announced later by the [?] Andrew funeral home.”
I looked to see if he was in Rosario Cemetery, the same cemetery Sarah Jane Taylor is buried but he wasn’t listed in this index. We visited Sarah Jane Taylor last December.
I asked this Facebook group where I would find a baptism record for Dionisio if he were born in Tesuque in 1852 and the esteemed Patricia Sanchez Rau told me he would have been baptized in Santa Fe, and that she already had the information on Dionisio and his family. Approximately 75% of this journey has been me asking the right people poorly worded questions.
For the record, Patricia sent me her tree for Dionicio Ortega’s family, but she doesn’t have Vitalia Garcia as Francisca Romero’s mother. Since I am just starting on his family I haven’t worked it all out yet. I’ve just looked for the 1860 Census since that would be the first Dionicio would appear. Out of curiosity, I looked up the family on the 1850 census as well.
Or however his last name is spelled. I copied and pasted this paragraph from a post I made elsewhere. Thanks to Ancestry.com users momworldorder and margos1776 for sharing their lovely family photos.
This is Beatrice Ortega. Her maternal grandmother was Mary Ann Brummett of Livingston County, Missouri. The gentleman is Thomas Benton Brummett, one of the few Brummetts I have seen a picture of so far. I’m sure I’m researching the correct family because of their similarities! Thomas Benton Brummett was Beatrice Ortega’s maternal grand-uncle. It was because Thomas named one of his daughters Sarah Evans Brummett in honor of his mother that I was able to confirm Sarah Evans as my 5th great grandmother. He’s one of those ancestors who stands out; I think he wanted us to know of him and his family and I’m very grateful for it.
Santa My mom, April Sauceda, agreed to do yet another DNA test as a Christmas gift this year! Here’s her family tree. I purposefully attached National Geographic Genographic Project’s image of the cute little girl with the skis to everyone like Thomas Benton Brummit who should be our mtDNA matches so people would be like, “Whaaaat?!” and stop to look. #trainwreckgenealogy
How do you like the new look? I felt the old blog was a little too busy.
I did that thing again in which I put off writing so now I have a billion little things to talk about so I don’t know where to start.
I received Joseph Evans’ probate when I was hoping to receive a will. It wasn’t very helpful.
I received and sent back the Genes For Good spit kit! That was exciting.
I have sent off for a copy of a deed in Livingston County, Missouri for William Brummett and his wife Sarah Evans. I’m not really sure what I think this record will show me other than my desperation to snap up any and all documents relating to these families.
After staring at my Ancestry.com tree for what felt like hours I decided to go ahead and order the Family Group Sheet for the Brummetts because it is the index-only record that pops up showing Sarah Evans’ and William Brummett’s birth states. I figure since it matches their information on the 1850 census it was worth a try. Maybe there will be some great hints, maybe it will be like casting Runes. Good times.
I have a picture I received along with Sarah Jane Taylor’s other photos that I don’t know why I didn’t share. Sarah Jane Taylor and Dionisio Ortega are not in this particular photo but I am sure the people are their children (first and second row) and some of their grandchildren (third row). I am particularly drawn to Beatrice Ortega and the young woman standing on the right. There is a reticence about her that reminds me of the photos of my 2nd great grandmother Ramona Ortega, I can’t be sure who the young woman is.
AND FINALLY THE CRAZY-PERSON UPDATE
Update October 2016: This line is wrong. See Sarah Evans Mitochondrial DNA TestI think I’m beginning to understand triangulation.Bear with me. Grandma has a few DNA matches that I believe are related to Sarah Evans/the Evans family and one match that is a definite Sauer. Playing around with the chromosome browser I realized that there is overlap between one of the matches that I believe is related to the Evans family (orange) and the Sauer match (blue). They also match each other which is very important. That suggests they received the same segments from a common ancestor. Who was that ancestor? I don’t know, the ancestor could have been 6 generations ago or more. For grandma that would have been Sarah Evan’s mother (who I believe is Mary L. Ann Sauer/Anna Maria Sauer) or beyond.