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It’s Family Tree DNA and AncestryDNA Sale Time!

DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. To learn more about it, check out the National Human Genome Institute’s website. Each year to celebrate DNA Day, the testing...

Happy Easter!

As the first grandchild, I was the lucky recipient of Harvey, the bunny that my grandfather won at Wolfe’s Bakery, one of the yummiest places of my childhood. In this picture, it seems as though I was more interested in the candy or whatever else was going on in...

At-A-Glance Excel Pedigree Chart

A while back there was a discussion about building compact pedigree charts in Microsoft Excel. These allow us to quickly have an overview for comparison, especially with DNA matches. I took mine a step further and added locations, as well as the statistically expected...

Where were my ancestors born?

Back in 2013 the genealogical community celebrated Halloween with pedigree death charts. This is the kind of thing we do for fun. I played along here. This week our friend J. Paul Hawthorne sparked a renewed interest in sharing of genealogical pedigrees, this time...

Why can’t I copy that? It’s my ancestor!

This question comes up quite a bit in genealogy discussions. “If you find a picture on Find A Grave and you live too far away to take your own picture, is it legal to copy the picture?” As usual, there are statements like, “Why do they post the photo...

Collecting Cousins

My name is Jennifer and I am a cousin collector. My research plan this morning was to find a living descendant of my maternal grandmother’s brother, Tom. Tom had two sons, who my grandmother referred to as “Timmy and Tommy.” Within 30 minutes, I had...

A Mom’s Proof Argument

“Mommy, Brother says I’m adopted!” I’ve heard that before, when my oldest son convinced my second son that he was adopted. It seems to be the thing for siblings to do. A decade later, when my second son tried it on his little sister, this mom was prepared. Come over...

11th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy – Sunday

Raw notes – Sale at the end. Katherine welcomed everyone to the ISOGG meeting. She gave some background on ISOGG and how it was founded. She showed photos of ISOGG members at booths or on outings in places such as Burbank, London, Dublin, and Glasgow. Katherine...

11th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy – Saturday

Today was the first day of the 11th conference. I am having trouble loading my large photo files so I’ll publish notes now without them to avoid delay. As usual, these are rough notes that I typed during the conference so if you need clarification, please ask. I...

Happy Birthday, Grandfather

Happy Birthday to the man who taught me to read a newspaper, spell the 500 most commonly misspelled words, and who could beat me at a math problem every time, even though he’d give me a calculator while he did his math with his fingers in the air. Franklin Dolan...

NERGC Early Bird Deadline is February 28th!

The 13th New England Regional Genealogical Conference Navigating the Past: Sailing into the Future will be held in Providence, Rhode Island on 15-18 April 2015. The conference will include more than 90 lectures by speakers including Judy G. Russell, Lisa Louise Cooke,...

Decennial Conference on Genetic Genealogy – ISOGG Meeting

Katherine Borges opened the day with the International Society of Genetic Genealogy meeting. Katherine shared about the founding of ISOGG and its mission. In 2002, the Y-Chromosome Consortium wanted to come up with a standardization for the Y tree. ISOGG later began...

Family Tree DNA Announces Free Webinars

Family Tree DNA is now offering FREE live webinars.  Sign up for any or all that interest you.  Kudos to Elise Freidman for including information on X chromosome matching so quickly! There are also three pre-recorded webinars to watch at your convenience.  Don’t...

Not zombies, ghosts, or evil Halloween spirits

What caused the deaths of my ancestors?  Certainly not werewolves or vampires or zombies. Judy Russell spread the word that Nathan W. Murphy of  Family Search is to blame for this cadaverous compendium.  Not to be a spoil sport, I’ll play along. Let’s just...

Autosomal DNA Tests for Parents?

I have already taken an autosomal DNA test.  Should I test my parent(s)? The answer is YES!  Absolutely! Because of the random way in which autosomal DNA is inherited, each child only receives a portion of each parent’s DNA.  The child is made up of 50% from the...

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