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Jan Marthinus Blomerus, b2..h1

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Son of Jan Marthinus Blomerus, b2c6d2e3f6g2 and Cornelia Susanna Blomerus-Heese
Husband of Private User
Father of Private; Private and Private
Brother of Private User and Private User

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About Jan Marthinus Blomerus, b2..h1

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Why I prefer Geni? - in simple terms...

I remember years ago when I tried Geni for the first time. I did not know or like it at first. I had tabs open on individual profiles, so many that I could not even switch between them. Luckily I was quickly pointed into the correct way to use it, by experienced users. I now only use Geni's View Tree format with direct ancestors to navigate and perform mergers and moves into the single Geni Tree.

Also, I was so surprised when I only merged a few profiles to find that I had a tree going back to before 0. It could not fit the screen!

Since then I realise that Geni is so much more than MyHeritage, where before I had a tree of over 40 000 profiles, which took a lot of time to create and copy, I now had access to everyone's tree and everyone else doing exactly what I am doing, building my expanded tree. And I started digging into this perhaps research like question, how are we related?

And that is where Geni is the real star. I saw I was related to every other South African - the only question is how?!! (that is everyone with a complete tree) And then came the realisation, that if I build trees for others, I am also expanding my own tree from the point where our trees overlap - and in the process expanding the entire tree for everyone else where it would overlap to the entire population over many ages. For those on Geni, and not on Geni, and still to come on Geni or in life!

In this all I see myself as a modern genealogist not only looking into where we all originated from and how we are related, but also constantly where we are heading. I envisage what could happen below the information we see today in anyone's tree view, and I eliminate duplicate profiles (not people! :)) because that could lead to even a greater mess later on. I make sure paths upwards are complete because it may be impossible later to build those paths accurately if we do not capture the knowledge today - there have been many cases of information lost documented, but here also considering the information that is not documented, known by living people and passed on by word of mouth.

Mostly I came to embrace Geni's collaboration principles, and really appreciate that via Revisions information is never truly lost! None of that functionality is part of previous sites I used, and I cannot start to imagine how managing this amount of data and changes can be possible otherwise.

Specifically, working on so many South African trees in single view (i.e. with one tree, the Geni tree) has giving me the insight into how the South African population existed and especially I learnt many short routes to find information quickly (or check the accuracy thereof). With the work done by so many to get the information on Geni accurate, it is nowadays possible to really quickly build one's entire tree in much less than a few hours work and only with access to Geni and other free sites. What for many was previously an entire lifetime, and even a few years back still took decades, is now accomplished with ease and without spending significant capital.

I do get many requests to complete trees, and for that I am truly grateful. People often ask me how it is done so quickly, and for that I can only thank a good memory bank, experience, and the luck of not having to do my own direct tree.

My latest video can be viewed here: Youtube and another following first and Mergers

This is my Geni guidelines: https://s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/ce/86/23/cd/5344484023b84c9a/user-manual-template_original.pdf

If you love something, set it free...

I realised that in genealogy, this means that you share freely. Even your own parents are not your own, for they are children of our big human family.

On 22 April 2017, after noting that I have 27,282 known ancestors and between 100 000 and 1 000 000 known blood relatives here on Geni, I feel very very unique. But also part of a very big family, of which we are all part of. Due to latest "proof" ideas this number is considerably lower, but still in the 10000s!

It is so easy to get caught up in this trap of 'owning'. Also, it is better that others do your tree than you yourself - see notes above - for when you view your own tree you get caught up into all 'moral' kind of issues (which makes us human) and eventually will make a few mistakes. My 2c...

About my DNA

My male DNA (from Finland) - N1c1 - is a rather unique match to the following famous profiles:

atDNA: Origins1: 2% West Africa, 2% Central Asia, 6% East Europe, 19% Scandanavia. 71% West and Central Europe. Origins2: 13% Metal Age invador, 43% farmer, 45% hunter-gatherer.