Join a Lineage Society to Preserve Your Research

Over a lifetime, you may discover a great deal of information about your family.  How are you going to preserve it?  We can post our trees online, but will that information still be there in many years?  You can ask your family to donate it, but will a library or society want what you have… Continue reading Join a Lineage Society to Preserve Your Research

How to Make a Shutterfly Book from a PowerPoint Presentation

This month I turned a PowerPoint booklet about my husband's genealogy into a Shutterfly book.  I learned some tricks while doing this, so I am sharing them here. I am starting with a PowerPoint booklet with a title slide, content slides with page numbers starting at 1 after the title slide, and an ending final slide… Continue reading How to Make a Shutterfly Book from a PowerPoint Presentation

Michael Lacopo Speaking at the Sacramento German Genealogy Society Spring Seminar on April 8th

Michael Lacopo will be giving four lectures at the Sacramento German Genealogy Society (SGGS) Seminar in a few weeks, on April 8th.  Two of his lectures will be on DNA and two will be on German-American research.  More details about the event are at the SGGS website here. Dr. Lacopo is a great lecturer, and wrote the great… Continue reading Michael Lacopo Speaking at the Sacramento German Genealogy Society Spring Seminar on April 8th

DNA Origins: Analyzing Results of two Scandinavians, Norwegian and Swedish

Millions of people have taken DNA tests.  Many have taken them not as much to connect with DNA relatives but to find out their ethnic origins.  However, this is still a relatively new and developing field.  Any ethnicity results now are expected to change as the science improves.  They are not expected to be 100%… Continue reading DNA Origins: Analyzing Results of two Scandinavians, Norwegian and Swedish

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In Memory of My Father, Disabled Veterans Home

I often associate my love of genealogy with my father.  He was a computer guy, and bought me my first Family Tree Maker program.  He took my siblings and me to see his hometown in the Central Valley, where we saw places where our relatives used to live and work, collected vital records downtown, and… Continue reading In Memory of My Father, Disabled Veterans Home

AncestryDNA Adds New Feature for Individuals with Parents in the Database

This weekend I was perusing my DNA kits to check for new matches, and I noticed a new feature on AncestryDNA.  On the DNA match list page, in the filters section there is a new button for some profiles.  If a parent was also tested by AncestryDNA, you can filter matches based on that person.  For… Continue reading AncestryDNA Adds New Feature for Individuals with Parents in the Database

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How to Tell When DNA Matches Might be False Positives

So you took an autosomal DNA test, and have pages and pages of matches.  Are all of them family?  The answer is no.  Some will be false positives, matching your DNA by chance rather than because you are related.  How can you tell?  Blaine Bettinger, who brought us the awesome DNA cM relationship chart I… Continue reading How to Tell When DNA Matches Might be False Positives

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How to Make a Suggestion for Ancestry.com

Did you know that Ancestry.com has a Suggestion Box?  It seems a bit hidden on their site, so I thought I would point it out.  Start here: http://www.ancestry.com/cs/suggestions Go to this page to make a suggestions about DNA, Trees, Records, or any of a number of topics.  Give your feedback and help them improve the site for all… Continue reading How to Make a Suggestion for Ancestry.com

The “Veterans History Project” at the Library of Congress, and Great Questions to ask in a Veteran Interview

Today I found out about a great project at the Library of Congress called the "Veterans History Project."  The Project began in 2000.  The goal of the project is collect information from U.S. wartime veterans and certain civilians involved in the war effort (further details about the wars of interest and types of civilian positions are here).  The… Continue reading The “Veterans History Project” at the Library of Congress, and Great Questions to ask in a Veteran Interview