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

FamilyTreeDNA Now Accepting Transfers of Recent 23andMe and AncestryDNA tests

I wasn't sure this day would come, but I'm excited it has!  Toward the end of last year FamilyTreeDNA was no longer taking Autosomal DNA transfers from the most recent 23andMe and AncestryDNA tests.  To be precise, those are the AncestryDNA V2 and 23andMe V4 test results.  I was worried that they were planning to… Continue reading FamilyTreeDNA Now Accepting Transfers of Recent 23andMe and AncestryDNA tests

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New Season of Who Do You Think You Are? Coming

Exciting!  TLC will be showing a new season of Who Do You Think You Are? starting next month.  The premier is scheduled for the night of Sunday, March 5, at 10/9c.  According to the announcement at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, citing TLC, the celebrities in this season include: Jessica Biel Julie Bowen Courteney Cox Jennifer Grey… Continue reading New Season of Who Do You Think You Are? Coming

DNA Testing, The Difference it Makes Testing One Generation Back: Case Study

It is often recommended to give a DNA test to the oldest generation possible.  But how much does this really matter? When I was starting out in DNA research a few years ago, I thought that testing a child versus their parent didn't really matter.  I thought because a child had half of each parent's… Continue reading DNA Testing, The Difference it Makes Testing One Generation Back: Case Study

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How to Make a Family History Booklet

This weekend I finally finished writing a family history booklet on my husband's Norwegian ancestry.  I also just watched the BCG-sponsored lecture "Writing Up Your Research" by Michael Leclerc, CG.  Here is what I have learned in the process. First, like Mr. Leclerc notes in his lecture, writing up genealogy doesn't mean we have to write a… Continue reading How to Make a Family History Booklet

How to Make a Photo Book for a Relative with Memory Loss

This week my grandmother received a photo book that my brother and I designed for her.  She suffers from memory loss, and my grandfather hopes that seeing pictures of us will help her understand who we are.  Below I have outlined the steps we took to create the book for her. We designed a 20-page… Continue reading How to Make a Photo Book for a Relative with Memory Loss