"You have mentioned the Transitional Genealogists mailing list that is for hobbyists wanting to maybe become professionals. Is that list open to anyone?"
Yes it is. You can sign up at Transitional Genealogists Forum.
Question from Kayla:
"Recently, I came across the following article. In here, it goes on to explain how she found that the Ramey family originally came from Egypt and she indeed found she had Egyptian DNA following a test. My question is, I am also a Ramey, from the same family, as they are in my family tree. If she says that a test has proved that her Ramey DNA was top world match Egyptian, what are the chances that I as well could have Egyptian DNA as well, since I am part of her Ramey family?
A DNA test won't tell you if you have Egyptian ancestors specifically but rather it will tell you that you have Middle Eastern ethnicity (assuming that you do). DNA tests can't tell you what country your ancestors lived in, only what their ethnic group is. For example, even if I was born in Egypt and lived there my entire life my DNA would still show that I am 52% British Isles, 43% Central European, and 5% Native American.
You need to look at this person's family tree and identify common DIRECT LINE ancestors and go from there. If the direct line ancestor is Middle Eastern in ethnicity, then you would also have this in your DNA. The percentage depends on how far back this ancestor is and how many direct line ancestors you have that are also Middle Eastern.
"Do you write out your census information by hand on blank census forms?"
No. I save a copy of the actual census page to my computer and then I do an extract and put that in my file. Here is an extract from the 1850 federal census in Pike County, Alabama:
John McMichael, age 23, male, farmer, born in GA
Elisabeth McMichael, age 21, female, born in GA
John McMichael, age 3, male, born in AL
Phebe McMichael, age 1, female, born in AL
Here is one from the 1830 federal census in Burke County, Georgia. In this one you can see how I add who I think each person is:
2 free white males age 5 to under 10 [sons Solomon and Samuel]
1 free white male age 30 to under 40 [Samuel]
3 free white females under age 5 [daughter Mary and two unknowns]
1 free white female age 5 to under 10 [daughter Charlotta]
1 free white female age 20 to under 30 [wife Nancy]
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