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Ray Whidden
Attended Manning High School (now Paul Rowe HS), Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, The Institute for Computer Studies
Lives in Edmonton, Alberta
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Glad to see this community on G+.  My paternal genealogy is back to New Hampshire, New England about 1662 then in 1760 to Nova Scotia.  The name seems to be English, possibly from Devonshire but further research is needed to confirm that.  The women in the Whidden/Whitten family are mostly also English, Irish and Scottish; I don't know of any Welsh wives.  My maternal genealogy is from Rautalampi, Finland where my grandfather, Heikki Jarvinen came from and arriving in either Quebec City, Quebec or Boston, MA (the family believed for many years he arrived in NYC but none of the many Heikii Jarvinens there seem to be a match) and changed his name to Henry Freeman to better help him get a job.   In Fitchburg, MA, he met and married Maria Syrala, of Somero, Finland, sister of Annie who married Emil Syrjanen.  After marriage, they moved to Wynyard, Saskatchewan where they had six children, four girls and two boys.  After Maria died a couple of years after the birth of the youngest daughter, Henry moved the family to northern Alberta near the hamlet of Hotchkiss.

I have had both y-DNA and mt-DNA (full genealogical sequence) and haplogroups are R-M269 R1b1a2a1a1b4 and U6a3a1.  I have a close match and exact match but neither respond to emails, so may have passed away.
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Hi Ray.
Nice to hear from you, and your information on relatives.
Sounds like you have found a lot of information on our relatives.
I hope this community can help you, in your search.

Have you found the port there your great grandfather left for the states ? There is a few databases with information on ship lists here in Scandinavia.

I have just been to Edmonton,Alberta this summer visiting some of my relatives. It was a great trip and found Alberta to be a very nice place. I will come visiting Canada again.

I am also using the Family Tree DNA, but have not found as close matches as you. Hope you get in contact with the persons.
It is always nice to match your paper search with the DNA, or sometimes get new information.
I have a lot of DNA from Finland, but I have only confirmed relatives in Sweden, but are still looking for the link to Finland.
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Little known fact about the planters of Onslow/Truro area: the Acadians were exiled because of terrorist attacks on English settlers/soldiers and refusal to pledge allegiance to UK crown.  After representatives were elected after 1760, the settlers in Onslow/Truro and other areas refused to take the same pledge for fear they would be conscripted and forced to return to New England to fight against former family/neighbours.  Thus their representative in the Legislative Assembly was refused his seat for a couple of terms until the descendants DID take the pledge of allegiance.  (Source: (pp. 392-3 A Directory of the Members of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia 1758-1958 PANS 1958, found in U of Alberta library.
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Fun science experiment. 
Video It's the rare scientific mind that has the pure intellectual chutzpah to tackle a problem that has troubled boffinry since the discovery of cryogenics – namely, "What happens if you combine liqu...
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Note the time limit at the end of this message.

In order to take advantage of these discount prices, you must first register for a surname project at the FTDNA web site.  In my case it's the WHITTEN/WHIDDEN/WITT (+ many more names) project but if another surname is more appropriate, then check the web site to find it.

One case in our family involves what FTDNA calls an "undocumented paternal event."  The chance that a match does not exist due to infidelity or unreported adoptions occurs 2%-5% of the time per generation. 

A Whidden female married a Graham and one of their sons fathered a boy with local girl.  The boy was raised with the girls family name so his best project was the GRAHAM project.  However with the Family Finder test, he shows as a result in my tests by way of his WHIDDEN mother's DNA.  They had a paper trail that suggested what had happened but DNA confirmed their suspicions.

Thus the suggested test are y-DNA-37 and the Family Finder test. 
The saving for those two tests with the discounts is $110.00 vs $438.00 full price before the discount.  If you've been considering genealogical DNA testing, now is the time to enjoy these prices.

However, my first mt-DNA test was the PLUS or HVR1 & HVR2 test which returned a U6 haplogroup result which later analysis suggested might be U6a1.  A later mt-DNA-FMS/(previously called FGS) yielded U6a3 haplogroup, later analysis resolves to U6a3a1.  Thus to get the more resolved haplogroup you need to order a mt-DNA test.  The HVR1 test is not very helpful so I suggest mt-DNA-PLUS or FMS.

My y-DNA ancestry presumably goes to England but we have yet to find a match to anyone proven to be of English background by traditional genealogy sources.  My mt-DNA is back to Finland but my paper trail only goes back to grandparents, both born in Finland.


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Act of Valor (2012) was released 5 June on Blu-Ray & DVD; just saw it - great movie main characters are active duty Navy SEALS, based on actual SEAL ops but the story is fictionalized.  Country singer Keith Urban sings "For You" which plays as the credits start, video & making the video included as extras.
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Notikewin/Manning cemetery Vale of Peace where Freeman and Whiddens are buried
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2012 Giro D'Italia winner a Canadian, first to win a grand tour: Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana (in August) other two grand tour races. Bests Steve Bauer previous mark of fourth in the 1988 Tour de France. Only the second time the pink jersey changed hands on the last day of the race. Photo courtesy Gian Mattia D'Alberto/Associated Press.
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Co-author w/Paul David Whidden of MN of "Whidden NH, NS and beyond 1662-2002 a family odyssey" 1650+ pp, 32 pp B&W & color photos, TOC/TOI, Whyddon in Chagford, Devonshire, England, some info about Whiddon/Whidden presumed from England to VA>NC>SC>GA>FL, bibliography, index.  With new info about Ichabod Whidden from Portsmouth, England to Portsmouth, NH b. England 1630 d. Greenland, New Hampshire 1715.  First Whidden/Whitten genealogy/history to show Whitten connection to the current day and descent of both Samuel and John/NH/1662 to the present day. Currently printing copies of ed. 1.5 with new line of Whitten from ME to northern CA.  Work continues on possible 2nd ed.availability TBA.  For more info, contact me at Use the subject: Whidden/Whitten book.
Raising money to continue research and publish a hardcover edition of a book weblog
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Info about the book and purchase/payment info now available at RWhidden's Weblog.
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Acadia University is also home of Planter Study group.  Planters corresponding to the VA to MA/ME planters and came to NS prior to Revolutionary War.  Those who came later, likely neighbours, family of the same people were known as Loyalists.  Based on what I know of Whidden genealogy/history, their children fled in droves to US from east to west coast and parts in between over the next hundred years.
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Wow - ask and ye shall receive!  Thanks +Pamela Wile  He doesn't look like the folks that I know that go back to Scottish immigrant Adam Beveridge  of Victoria County NB clan but perhaps came from the same line.  Your James Beveridge had it all - smarts, character, athletic ability, looks...
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Apple hardware no longer supports Youtube or Google Maps and their own map service is not ready for prime time.  Another reason not to buy the iPhone5.  When a hardware/software provider only wants you to see what they allow you to see, I'm afraid it's time to let the reality distortion field drift away on it's own.  Kinda sad, really. 
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Daemon (2009) and Freedom,  Kill Decision (19 July 2012) are new perspectives on computers and society blended with enough action and thrills to keep you going back for more.  Whether you are a computer gamer or IT techie hang on for a scary ride.  Kill Decision investigates the use of drones and autonomous drones where it becomes hard to figure out who sent them off.
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CTV coverage and interview w/Ryder Hesjedal, 2012 Giro d'Italia winner
Cyclist Ryder Hesjedal has become the first Canadian to win the prestigious Giro d'Italia. The Victoria, B.C. native managed to capture the race with a come-from-behind victory over Spain's Joaquin Ro...
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Looking to add to research and share info on Whidden/ Whitten families in NH, ME & NS plus Whiddon & Whidden from VA to FL.  Does DNA for genealogy both y-DNA-67 and. mt-DNA-full genealogical sequence

Also, maternal genealogy - Jarvinen/paternal from Rautalampi and Syrjala/maternal from Somero genealogy in Finland.

Paternal names:

Whidden, Whitten NH, NS, MA, ME most other US states and Canadian provinces
Whiddon, Whidden from VA to FL and descent around US

Paternal - Maternal names:

Glencross, Rude/Roode in NS

Freeman, Jarvinen, Syrjala in Canada, Flint, Michigan and Fitchburg, Massachusetts and Finland: Rautalampi, Somero


NH - Portsmouth, Newmarket, Londonderry, many other places

MA - Boston area

ME - Calais, many other communities

MI - Vassar and other communities, Flint and area

NS - Truro, Lower Onslow, Maitland, Musquodoboit, St. Marys, Antigonish, Cumberland county, many other places


BLOG info: About me
Gender     Male
Astrological Sign     Virgo
Industry     Technology
Occupation     technical specialist
Location     Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Introduction     You want more..... ?
Interests     computers, genealogy, reading, movies, music, astronomy, science and travel
Favorite Movies     True Lies, Some Like It Hot, Enemy of the State, Inception
Favorite Music     Rush "Clockwork Angels," Michael Sarver, Chris Rene, Rush "time macine/live in Cleveland 2011" Blu-ray, Rush in Rio DVD, Ricky Martin Spanish songs, Yanni, Los Incas, Phantom of the Opera, Barrage, official CD for the Whidden-Whitten book project is Ian and Sylvia's "Greatest Hits" which includes "Farewell to Nova Scotia"
Favorite Books     Jack Whyte's "Camalod Chronicles", "Uther", "Clothar the Frank", and forthcoming book about King Arthur and his Scottish trilogy, "Tuesdays With Morrie", "Atlas Shrugged"

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Compiled two volume family history/genealogy "Whidden NH, NS and beyond 1662-2002 a family odyssey" 1650+ pp 32 pp B&W & color photos, index, bibliography, 3 DVD reference set included, no electronic copy of the book or database in 1st edition
  • Manning High School (now Paul Rowe HS), Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, The Institute for Computer Studies
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