I have been trying to keep up my research into the validity of Ancestry’s Thru lines app, but it has taken many different directions and many lines to explore. On the upside, I have been successful in identifying a few of my DNA matches and placing them properly in my database. Some I am close to but they have made one or two generations above them private and each of those could be one of many siblings on each level. So, messages have been sent and hope will rise if anyone responds.
I have also been working on a manuscript I found in the Farmington, Oakland County Michigan library titled Hotchkiss, Lee, Munn, Tilden and Other Related Families. There is no author named. It does include the one-line notation: A project of The Farmington Genealogical Society of which I am a member. I have asked the longest serving members if they have any recollection of the manuscript. Nope, none. They referred me on to the Librarian who came up with the same response. The manuscript has entries going back to the 1600s. So, I have created a new tree in Ancestry and am building each noted person and relationships into that tree and use Ancestry to look up documents that either support or refute the assertions. This is very interesting as I am getting into ship passenger lists from the 1620s, and 1630s to verify those claims. More to come later.