Saturday, August 19, 2017

Save the NADS

New Ancestor Discoveries (NADs) on the AncestryDNA site tend to sneak quietly onto the main page and, after hanging out a while, they sometimes disappear. NADs can be descendants of ancestors, but they can serve as clues. If your tree is not deep enough, like some of mine, the NADs can be actual ancestors.

Quite a few NADs walked off the pages of my family members recently. Sadly, one NAD that I wanted to research disappeared. A few wandered off my own page and onto the pages of other family members.

Having lost a cherished NAD, I decided it was time to keep track of the NADs. I've created a spreadsheet that includes just the key information, including who the NAD was given to. You may want to keep track of your own NADs, saving that information in case they walk away.

Not everyone has NADs, so I'll show you what one looks like. David Donald Dickey and his wife, Margaret S Hayes, may turn out to be very important to me. They appear to be from my Mother's Pennsylvania lines, possibly through her Lake family or her Kerr family. Fortunately that couple wandered over to another family member. Here's a look at how they appear on the main page and what you'll see if you click into a NAD.

A NAD is a composite of a number of trees and can be a bit of a mess if some of the trees are messy. But a clue is a clue.

Here's my simple spreadsheet.

Now I'm saving my NADs. You might want to save yours.

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