Month: February 2021

Huntar DNA Project

I am so excited to have the help of our Hunters working together and sharing their family stories, photos, data and even recently their DNA study.

Being a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies I decided to start a DNA project of my own for the Hunter Surname Study of DNA.

I asked for seven males and who would think I have those Hunter males already. Thank you to all who have decided to help me in this study to find our common ancestor to our ancestral home in Scotland.

Clan Hunter Gathering Tour 2021

Please consider joining me on this one of a kind ancestral tour to Scotland. The tour is open to everyone not just Hunters.

Are you a Viking history nut like myself? Well, the Viking Festival 2021 is one of the highlights on our tour.

Have you ever dreamed of seeing a castle in Scotland and being able to go inside? Well, on our group tour you will be able to see Hunterston Castle and the tour is actually by our Clan Hunter Chief, Madam Pauline Hunter of Hunterston, 30th Laird of Hunterston and we will be attending the Largs Viking Festival as a highlight of the tour.


Where did our Hunter ancestors live?

Tools for Working with Maps & Land Records:



HistoryPin – upload your own photos to show how it used to look

WhatWasThere- upload photos to show how a building or street used to look

United States Map Resources:

American Panorama – an interactive historical map website that is adding new statistical maps in on-going projects.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

Bureau of Land Management Land Office Records – free, searchable database of land records beginning in 1820

USGS Maps, Imagery and Publications

Sites with information on U.S. migratory roads and trails:

Cyndi’s List – Migration Routes, Roads and Trails

FamilySearch Wiki – U.S. Migration Trails and Road

Sites that have large collections covering multiple, if not all, states:

Historic Aerials

Historical Topographic Maps

Library of Congress

OldMapsOnline – Here they have historical maps around the world

USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

U.S. State Collections:

Pennsylvania – Historic Pittsburgh

Library of Virginia – including Civil War maps

Canadian Map Resources:

Library and Archives Canada

In Search of Your Canadian Past: The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project

European Map Resources:

British Library

World Map Resources:

Brigham Young University Library – Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers: Maps and Atlases Online

David Rumsey Map Collection

FamilySearch Wki – Maps

Wikimedia Commons – Old Maps of Cities


I have registered with FamilyTreeDNA our Huntar DNA project and would love for anyone interested in helping with this please let me know.

Websites I visit frequently are:

Beginners Guide to Genetic Genealogy

Blogs I follow are:

The Legal Genealogist – Judy G. Russell frequently writes about DNA topics

Your Genetic Genealogist – CeCe Moore

Professional Organizations:

International Society of Genetic Genealogy

International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki

Companies Selling DNA Tests:


FamilyTree DNA

Living DNA

My Heritage

23 and Me

Note: Being a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies I am able to get a discount

Tools for Analyzing DNA Test Results:


Family Tree Analyzer


Online Learning:

YouTube – “genetic genealogy”

Reference Library:

Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond by Emily D. Aulicino

Genetic Genealogy in Practice – by Blaine Battinger and Debbie Parker

ISOGG’s wiki list of genetic genealogy books


Saturday afternoon always brings Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge and here it is:

  1. Where did your ancestral families reside in 1920? Do you know their addresses or locations? Have you visited the home? Who was enumerated in the 1920 in each family? Are any of your ancestral families missing from the 1920 U.S. Census even if they should be in the census?

Here are my ancestors:

  1. Grandparents: John Wesley Hunter and wife, Honor (Herndon), my paternal grandparents had been married for eight years. Children were Naioma, Nira G, Narvard (my father) and Marshall. My grandfather owned his farm.

2. Paternal Great Grandparents: James Hunter and wife, Mary Jane (Meadows) were living on their farm on Elk Two Mile Road, Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia. There were two children: Wilimina and Thomas. My great grandfather owned his own farm.

That’s it for my ancestors in 1920.