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

RootsTech 2017 Live Streaming Schedule

Very exciting.  RootsTech has announced the schedule of sessions that will be LiveStreamed next month, from Wednesday, February 8th, to Saturday, February 11th.  So those of us unable to attend in person can feel part of the genealogy community.  The schedule has been published here and I am posting it below: Wednesday 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. | Innovator Summit… Continue reading RootsTech 2017 Live Streaming Schedule

AncestryDNA, How to Find Your Shared DNA in Centimorgans

Do you know how to find the length of shared DNA with an AncestryDNA match in centimorgans (cMs)?  If not, you are not alone.  This is one of the most critical measures of a DNA relationship, yet Ancestry hides it away so that a user probably has to stumble across it.  Why?!  This week three of… Continue reading AncestryDNA, How to Find Your Shared DNA in Centimorgans

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How to Research Family in Norwegian Records

Lately I have been taking some time to research my husband's ancestors in Norway to present to his family following a reunion last summer.  I have come across a variety of good resources that I wanted to share (and remember myself) that help when researching family in Norway. Just a few points for background when researching individuals in Norway… Continue reading How to Research Family in Norwegian Records

Kids Book Review: When Washington Crossed the Delaware by Lynne Cheney

This Christmas I received the book When Washington Crossed the Delaware by Lynne Cheney to read to my children (yes, it was on my Christmas list, because it is as much fun for me as it is for them).  This book is aimed at children from ages 5 to 9.  The author is probably best known… Continue reading Kids Book Review: When Washington Crossed the Delaware by Lynne Cheney

Kids Book Review: My Little Golden Book About George Washington by Lori H. Houran

Recently while at Barnes and Noble I came across My Little Golden Book About George Washington by Lori H. Houran.  I am always looking for good books for my children to teach them about history and family history.  This looked like a particularly good one, so I bought it for my little ones. The book came out… Continue reading Kids Book Review: My Little Golden Book About George Washington by Lori H. Houran