I love watching Finding Your Roots, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Each episode is a great combination of genealogy and general history. A new season has been announced! According to the official show website on PBS, guests this season will include: Aziz Ansari, Scarlett Johansson, Larry David, Garrison Keillor, Amy Schumer, Ted Danson, William H.… Continue reading Season Four of “Finding Your Roots” Starts 3 October 2017
Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, has written a great post about supporting record access: Stand up for record access! The 2018 proposed federal budget includes a cut to NARA funding. Judy includes sample letters that you can customize and send to your representatives. This morning I customized my letter about funding for the NARA, and… Continue reading Support Record Access
Ancestry announced that in two days, July 18th, each new AncestryDNA kit (except for minors) will need to be activated in a unique Ancestry account. Ancestry wrote about it here: Enhancing Collaboration and Roles on DNA Results. This will make AncestryDNA a less desirable product as a result. The company is trying to advertise it as… Continue reading AncestryDNA Soon Requiring Each New DNA Kit to be Activated in a Unique Account
Tomorrow morning registration opens for the awesome Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) next January 21-26, 2018. Some classes fill within minutes. Check out their course list on the Utah Genealogical Society website.
Last week I finally received the results of my first DNA test. Yay. I wrote about it in My DNA Results are Back; Break Out the Chocolate! Like every good genetic genealogist should, I transferred my results to other platforms to connect with other family members and to use their tools. I transferred my Ancestry results… Continue reading How Much DNA I Share With Each of My Grandparents
Yesterday afternoon I watched a wonderful presentation by Ruy Cardoso titled "War Stories: Tales from Military Repatriation Research." It was hosted by the Association for Professional Genealogists (APG). (If you are a member of APG, you will be able see the recording through the APG website soon.) Ruy Cardoso has worked on over twenty cases researching… Continue reading How DNA is Used to Identify Servicemember Remains
Woo-hoo! My DNA has finally been processed! This afternoon I got the email I have been looking forward to for so long, "Your AncestryDNA results are in!" I jumped up and raced to the laptop. They were there! I had such a new and different experience seeing my own results, compared to all of the… Continue reading My DNA Results are Back; Break Out the Chocolate!
Two months ago, during the April DNA Day sales, I ordered my first DNA kit for myself, after ordering over a dozen kits for other family members. I wrote about it in I Finally Took a DNA Test. Well, the results are still not back yet (hopefully will be any day now), but during the Father's… Continue reading I Took A Second DNA Test, 23andMe
This weekend a relative received their DNA results back from Ancestry. As I have written earlier, I started out testing relatives at FamilyTreeDNA. But now Ancestry has a much larger database, so I have started testing family there. I had the chance to talk to my relative on the phone as I looked at the… Continue reading Comparing Ethnicity Estimates at Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA and MyHeritage: Case Study
DNA kit sales are here again, as a lead-up to Father's Day. Ancestry: $79 instead of regular $99, buy from Amazon to save on shipping (just make sure to buy this one). During the last sale Amazon ran out before the sale ended, so buy now rather than wait. FamilyTreeDNA: Autosomal test is $69 plus… Continue reading Another Round of DNA Sales for Father’s Day