Choosing a DNA company

October 31, 2014

Read Lorna Henderson’s  excellent review of how to select a company that can carry out DNA testing and provide meaningful results.

A must read in the DNA Testing Page.


Family Tree Now

October 1, 2014

This new free site may be useful to anyone searching for  recent B__GOOD data in the USA. Despite the claim on the home page a quick search did not come up with many results before the 1940 Census. Searching was quick and could be restricted to a single state. To check it out go to:

Descendants wanted

September 5, 2014

Descendants of Abraham BIDGOOD & Joan DAWE:
I am interested in hearing from any descendants of Abraham BIDGOOD or Turner and Joan DAWE (

My particular interest, in addition to “meeting” relations, is to hear from any who may be interested enough in their ancestry to consider undertaking autosomal dna testing in the form of a FamilyFinder test from FamilyTree DNA.
A subsidy/free kit is available to a suitable candidate, where “suitable” is defined as someone who can prove their descent from Abraham and Joan (DAWE) BIDGOOD, and is in one of the older generations.
Although this is a BIDGOOD project, my interest is actually in the DAWE side, but our interests intersect at this family, and both the BIDGOOD and DAWE researchers can learn from such a test as each test adds information into the wonderful jigsaw of dna knowledge.

I’m trying to add more data to the picture of the DAWE segments of DNA on my DAWE page,
As you can see we already have a number of participants where matches have been detected between descendants of Joan’s siblings Isaac and William. Data from Joan would add to this picture.

FamilyFinder is a great DNA test when looking for relations within the last 4-6 generations max (although many have confirmed relationships detected back beyond 6 generations).
It tests the autosomal DNA (atDNA) we all inherit, randomly, from all of our ancestors.
This is unlike the specific Y-DNA tests which only males can take to learn about their direct male line only, ie father’s father’s father etc, or the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) that we all hold, but is only passed on by mothers to their children and tells you only about the direct maternal line, mother’s mother’s mother etc.
Those are only two of your many lines of inheritance. What about all the rest? Which is where atDNA comes in.

Because the inheritance pattern is random as to which bits of which ancestor makes it down the generations, once you get back to say 4th cousins, there’s only a 50% chance that a specific ancestor’s dna will have survived for comparison, so it’s the luck of the draw that a match can be detected via this means in distant cousins.

These sorts of dna tests are painless (no blood involved), done in your own home, may be as private as you wish (although too private negates the reason for testing, comparison with others to mutually explore shared ancestry), and have nothing to do with forensic or medical testing. There are a useful set of Q & As on the FamilyTree DNA FAQ pages (

To order without a subsidy, simply join the DAWE dna project by following this link
Contact me for further details,
Lorna Henderson
New Zealand


Forgot to add a link to the descendants of Abraham and Joan (DAWE) BIDGOOD that I know about:

UK Census on line.

July 16, 2014

GenesReunited have the Census returns 1841 – 2011 available at:

A search of the 1911 Census (England and Wales only) gave results:

BIDGOOD    784

BEDGOOD      48


BITGOOD        0

B__GOOD Letter #15 found.

June 2, 2014

The missing link to Letter #15 has been restored on the main Letter page.

Judging by the complete lack of feed back over the last three months on the contents of this page it was effectively out of public view, your Editor apologizes for this.

United States Historic Territorial Growth

May 3, 2014

For a linked series of maps showing the growth of the United States during the last 170 years see:

It would be interesting to compare these maps with the spread of the B_GOOD name with time.

Mocavo data site.

February 8, 2014


The Mocavo pay site contains a very mixed bag of data, mainly  from USA, UK and Canada, and ranging from Revolutionary War records to the present. You can search for your names without payment and see a short version of the source which you could then follow up on Mocavo or elsewhere.

A quick search for our B__GOOD names found:

Bidgood   3469

Bedgood   1880

Bedggood   195

Bitgood      697

This suggests that their data is limited but they do seem to have accessed some unusual sources, so worth a visit if not a subscription.