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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...

The Results are In: My Mother’s Cousin’s DNA

Most of my maternal heritage is English and Irish.  My mother has many Family Tree DNA Family Finder matches for her autosomal DNA but I cannot tell whether they came from her mother’s side or her father’s side.  In order to try to sort this out, I need to...

NERGC 2013 – Saturday

Another early morning.  This morning started with a ProGen breakfast at 7:00 A.M.  It was nice to get to visit with other ProGen members and also to spend some time with my mentor, Sandy Clunies.  Christine Cook from my group was also in attendance.  It was great for...

NERGC 2013 – Friday

Wow, today seemed to go on forever but I’ll try to give a quick recap before going to bed so that I can be back at the conference hotel in less than six hours.  Exhausting but totally worth it!  I’m not used to burning the candle on both ends like this but...

Family Tree DNA announces DNA Day Sale

Family Tree DNA has announced its annual DNA Day sale.  This sale will focus on the FMS full mitochondrial sequence and Family Finder autosomal DNA tests.  With the implementation of The Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for mitochondrial DNA, costs can be reduced...

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