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Friday, July 1, 2022

The following is an update from my Blog post 5 Feb 2014 "Granite Mountain Genealogy Records Vault (LDS)"

"Church Completes Major Microfilm Digitization Initiative"

Billions of historical family history records are available to the public with the completion of a microfilm digitization initiative by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

“This is a really incredible milestone,” said Joseph Monsen, director of preservation services for the Church History Department. “For 83 years, the Church has been collecting and using microfilm records to support genealogical research. … 2.4 million rolls of microfilm are all digitally saved now and available.” 

D.R."Doc" Young

Thursday, September 24, 2020

How many Grandparents do you have ?

We begin life with 4 Grandparents

Each Generation thereafter doubles

Great-Grandparents 8

2nd Great-Grandparents 16

3rd Great-Grandparents 32

4th Great-Grandparents 64

5th Great-Grandparents 128

6th Great-Grandparents 256

7th Great-Grandparents 512

8th Great-Grandparents 1,024

9th Great-Grandparents 2,048

10th Great-Grandparents 4,096

11th Great-Grandparents 8,192

12th Great-Grandparents 16,384

13th Great-Grandparents 32,768

14th Great-Grandparents 65,536

15th Great-Grandparents 131,072

16th Great-Grandparents 262,144

17th Great-Grandparents 524,288

18th Great-Grandparents 1,048,576

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Researcher Position

Recently per my Linked-In Account, I received information regarding a 

Researcher Position for a Utah-based company has built a durable heritage of connecting heirs with their rightful inheritances for more than 80 years.

A company called American Research Bureau ( Since 1935, our mission has been to connect heirs to their rightful inheritance.

Description for the Researcher they seek;

  • Creative – a quick thinker who is able to solve complex cases with ingenuity and speed.
  • Friendly and Persuasive – a natural conversationalist who rapidly builds relationships of trust, is an intuitive listener and is able to influence potential clients on the telephone
  • Tenacious – plows through barriers and navigates roadblocks as they research time-sensitive cases.
  • Detail-oriented - can make good judgments and quick decisions based on data and regularly works on projects/cases of moderate complexity.
  • Sense of Urgency – understands the time-sensitive nature of ARB’s business and is motivated to complete tasks quickly with a high degree of quality. Effectively balances short-term tasks with long-term goals.
  • Organized - builds high-quality plans and develops helpful documentation for all cases. With the help of others, stays on top of complex laws, regulations or situations related to a case.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent in years of experience with a strong preference for research and evaluation, or a related field.
  • Investigative by Nature- asks a cascading set of questions to research a case. Can speak, write and get to the point when dealing with lots of data and information, can present and persuade people on the phone.
I can say I do not meet their Qualifications since I do not have a Bachelor's degree, although I have been researching for over 25 years.  

Investigative by Nature I am for the next part of Can Speak, Write & Get to the Point, sounds of placing Pressure on the recipient of the call made...nor do I like the part of persuasion.

For me this sounds of the Turning Off Point of any conversation.  Time Sensitive Nature of this Companies Business...understand to some degree, as this company only makes money if you succeed.  Meaning you make a commission ?

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

My Genealogy Research Journey

11 Sep 1992, I began Genealogy Research of my Father, who I met for the first time in 1968, and of his Mother Thelma Ferne Perry, whom I met in 1969.

Approx. March 1994, I learned my Father as I met him Richard N. Young, was born Newton Richard Begnal, 16 Jul 1924, San Francisco, d. 3 Jan 1995.

I obtained School records approx 1995, My Father was enrolled San Pedro, Los Angeles Co., dated 6 Sep 1930, as Richard N Young, parents Mrs. E. Rose and Earl Young, a step-father William Irby. Those are Not the names on my Father or Uncle's birth certificates, which are/were Thelma F Perry & Clifford F Begnal.  

30 Aug 2012, 12 yrs after the release of the 1930 census in 2000, I found Thelma Ferne Perry Begnal, 9 Apr living in San Francisco, with sons Clifford A & Richard N, as step-sons to Robert J Benesh.  Census shows Thelma F Benesh & Robert married. 

It took 21 yrs, 7 mos (approx Apr 2014) searching for a marriage of Thelma Ferne Perry (1906-1979) to Clifford Franklin Begnal (1903-1960), found dated 3 Jul 1922, Oakland, Alameda Co., CA

24 yrs, 3 mos (29 Dec 2016) into my research having known since 1994, that my Father Richard Newton Young, was born Newton Richard Begnal, of his grandmother Elizabeth Shaughnessy (1882-1949) mother of Clifford Franklin Begnal, their marriage of 13 Jun 1900, to Claude B Eaton (1878-1956)

16 Dec 2016, the results of my AncestryDNA test were in.  For the next 2 yrs researching Claude B Eaton as my perspective Bio Father, had not received a AncestryDNA match to the surnames of Young, Begnal or Eaton.

On 29 Dec 2016, I renounced the Begnal lineage of George Felix Begnal of 24 research yrs and his descendants and ancestors, George thought to have been the Father of Clifford Franklin, based on the 1910 federal census Seattle, WA and 1915 NY state census Manhattan, of Clifford Begnal and Elizabeth Begnal.  

Until the 1915 NY State Census find 26 Jul 2012, first proof of this family living together, I had never found a marriage record of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Shaughnessy to George F. Begnal.

I have not found to date, a Marriage of Thelma to William Lewis Irby or an Earl Young, both men named on my Father's School Records.

Dec 2018, I had taken FamilyTreeDNA Y-DNA37 test to find my Paternal blood line.

5 Feb 2019, FTDNA Y-DNA37 results confirm I am an Eaton.  26 yrs 4 mos and 24 days, since I began my Research Journey...and continues to never be completed

To this day results of other's sharing my Y-DNA37 on FTDNA, have been 7 Eaton's, not one Young or Begnal.  

D.R. "Doc" Young

my Ancestry Blaschko, Eaton, Perry/Pereira Cardozo, Shaughnessy, Wilson Family Tree - 

*FTDNA Kit No. 892549 (5 Feb 2019) Y-DNA = Haplogroup R-M269, aka R1b1a1a2

*GEDmatch A476709 (28 Apr 2018) - GEDCOM ID5626977 (13Feb2019)

*AncestryDNA (16 Dec 2016)

*FTM-2019 - Current Version (MacKiev) 1 Oct 2019

Salt Lake Valley, UT


Monday, July 8, 2019

Utah's 1st Asylum 55 who died there

"There were good reasons why it was so far from town and why it took several hours to get there in a buggy on bad roads," said Laurie Bryant, a retired paleontologist who uncovered the names of 55 patients who died at the facility.

"The asylum was little more than a jail where patient treatment could be described as somewhere between cruelty and indifference," she said. "People would be sent there and held for years without any legal process."

Bryant's research and dedication to preserve the memory of those who died at the facility led to the erection of a monument. A stone plaque, unveiled at a ceremony on Tuesday at the Salt Lake City Cemetery's B plat, bears the names of the facility's deceased patients.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

DNA Genealogical Genetics - What Does it All Mean ?

I begin with My Brief Story and my purpose for DNA testing...

...I began Genealogy Research Sep 1992, became a Member of May 2004... 

...1992 my First Genealogy Computer Program was FamilyOrigins, at the time I had Internet connectivity.  The Web (WWW) went commercially 6 August 1991.

By 1994, Prodigy became a pioneer in selling "dial-up" connections to the World Wide Web, thus creating my First Genealogy Research Home Page using HoTMetal an HTML program (1994) and posting Sep 1995 on Prodigy.

I have been In Search of my Paternal Lineage since 1994, when I learned my Father Richard Newton Young was born Newton Richard Begnal 1924

Come forward to Dec 2016, I completed my First DNA test (autosomal) with

AncestryDNA, thousands of 5th-8th Cousins began amassing, gathering 490 4th Cousins or Closer, Five 2nd Cousins and Ten 3rd Cousins Per my DNA Result Summary

I then downloaded my Ancestry's rawDNA data and up loaded 28 Apr 2018 to

GEDmatch - Kit No. A476709, and uploading a GEDCOM file exported from FTM2017 to GEDmatch Gedom# 5626977

I could see many DNA Matches, only I was not learning my Paternal Lineage as being a Young, Begnal or Whom?

Dec 2018, I ordered the Y-DNA37 Test from FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) ID#892549 and mailed off my sample 2 Jan 2019, by 5 Feb 2019...

...received an E-Mail from a Matt Eaton, stating I was indeed a member of the "Eaton" Family.

So it is Official, I belong to the Haplogroup R-M269, also known as R1b1a1a2, a sub-clade of human Y-chromosome haplogroup R1b.

Until 5 Feb 2019, AncestryDNA or GEDmatch did not produce a viable link to the Eaton name, or that My Bio Great-Grandfather is/was Claude Brudenell Eaton (1879-1956)

However, I did not/do not have DNA Samples of my Deceased Father (1995), or his Father Clifford Franklin Begnal (1960) to compare with.

Something else I did not know until today "The first company to provide direct-to-consumer genetic DNA testing was the now defunct GeneTree. 

However, it did not offer multi-generational genealogy tests.  In fall 2001, GeneTree sold its assets to Salt Lake City-based Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) which originated in 1999.

While in operation, SMGF provided free Y-Chromosome and mitochondrial DNA tests to thousands.  

Later, GeneTree returned to genetic testing for genealogy in conjunction with the Sorenson parent company and eventually was part of the assets acquired in the buyout of SMGF."

Not all DNA is created equal, however: males have both mitochondrial DNA AND a Y chromosome, so they can trace both their maternal and paternal ancestry. Females, who have mitochondrial DNA but no Y chromosome, can trace only their maternal ancestry.

What a Journey after 25+ yrs of diligently researching Begnal Lineage only to learn I am not genetically connected to Begnal's that I thought were my Paternal Great Grandfather's & Families back to 1847, Meath County, Ireland.  

A total of about 360 names I removed, since learning on 29 Dec 2016, I was not a Young or Begnal, right after have received my DNA Results, based on a 1928 Letter from Clifford age 25 at the time, written to his Aunt.

Since Genealogy DNA testing was not available back in 2004 via Ancestry, my answer may have came 14 yrs ago.  And now 25 yrs later, I have that Answer, part of my Research Goal, or the Goal once I knew I was not a Young or Begnal, only by my Birth Certificate and that of my Father's BC, I thought I was.

Also Means the Time (hours, days, weeks, months & years) I spent at my key-board, not to mention the Money involved to get where I am today as of this post.

and of the knowledge of Research, experience I have gained from researching the accumulation of 4,920+ Ancestors in my Tree thus far...since I originally only knew my Mother, her Mother, my Father of 24 yrs since our first meeting in 1968, who his Mother was...

...However, Nothing of their Lives Growing up, nor who my Paternal & Maternal Grandfathers, of Cousins Nieces or Nephews, which I did learned of an Uncle, born Clifford Anthony Begnal (1923), parents Clifford Franklin Begnal and Thelma Fern PerryPereira Cardozo.

Records between 1941-1947 

SS App 1941, 

Marriage Mar 1942, 
Military Jul 1942, 
1st Child Born Oct 1942, 
2nd Child Born Jan 1945, 
1945 Affidavit following an Adoption of 2nd Child,
Divorce Jul 1946
1946 Marriage 
1947 3rd Child Born came more twists and turns to the Story... was 4 Apr 1930, San Francisco federal census released in 2000, followed with Los Angeles County School records of 6 Sep 1930 obtained before 11 Sep 2001...11 Feb 1931, "Shots Fired" confirms the 4 Apr 1930 census Wife Head of House no longer in San Francisco, now living in Los Angeles County.

Since 1968, I have gained 6 half-siblings from 3 of 4 marriages of my Father, 2 Children of which per the 1945 Affidavit stating Newton Richard Young was not the biological father of Child 1 & 2, obtained by 1996.

The Mother whom Newton Richard m. Mar 1942, followed by Child 1 & 2 born in CA, all the while Newton Richard was in the Army stationed thousands of miles away in LA.  And was the Affidavit the Truth or just a way so Newton Richard was not obligated, as the divorce followed 8 Jul 1946.

Followed by the 9 Sep 1946, Marriage #2.  All this information did not come over night or from those involved, only myself and my tenacity to learn the answers as the possibilities abound, more questions with no one to ask the truth, and if there were, would tell the truth.

As it turns out, I am a Mayflower descendant of Francis Eaton (1595-1633) the Ships Carpenter, the #23rd signer on 11 Nov 1620, aboard ship, of the Mayflower Compact, which was the first governing document of the Plymouth Colony.

D.R. "Doc" Young
FTDNA Kit No. 892549 (5 Feb 2019) 
GEDmatch A476709 (28 Apr 2018) - rev. GEDCOM 13Feb2019 - ID5626977
AncestryDNA (16 Dec 2016)

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