I Have My DNA Results, Now What?

I learned an interesting fact about DNA from Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist. He said “almost all–99.9%–of the DNA of any two people on earth is exactly the same.” [Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne, Genetic Genealogy in Practice, NGS Special Publicatons 120, 2016, page 5] It’s amazing to think that the .1% difference

Genealogy Goals for a New Year

With the beginning of the new year I am ready to shift my focus back to genealogical research. Here in my neck of the woods we are into our second week of a frigid arctic blast, perfect weather for staying indoors and making family discoveries. Just before the holidays I ordered some marriage certificates from the

A Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving

This morning my husband and I joined the throng of travelers going to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s hard to commercialize turkeys and stuffing, and other than the encroachment of Black Friday, Thanksgiving remains a relatively pure holiday. I love spending time with family and friends, eating good

Thank You For Your Service

Ninety-nine years ago on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the major hostilities of The First World War came to an end when the Armistice went into effect. Every year on 11 November we honor the service of all United States Military veterans with a federal holiday. To show appreciation

Taking the DNA Plunge

DNA testing is fast becoming a standard practice in genealogy. Although it will never replace good solid research, DNA evidence can be useful in establishing family connections. According to Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne, authors of Genetic Genealogy in Practice, there are many advantages to DNA testing. For one thing, primary source documents

October is Family History Month

You probably didn’t know it but October is Family History Month. It seems fitting that as the days grow shorter and cooler and thoughts turn to cozy evenings at home with family we take time to reflect on the lives of those who have gone before. Perhaps in honor of Family History Month you can make

Genealogy Is Good For Your Health

This week I had the opportunity of participating in a Wellness Fair at the State Department in Washington, DC. I had a great time talking with so many interesting people and listening to their stories! It seems that nearly everyone wants to learn about their roots. In recent years genealogy has gone from being something

Historical Context Matters

The summer of 2017 was an eventful one on many levels. Personally, after being an empty nester for several years I enjoyed being surrounded at home by family all summer long. Beginning with Memorial Day weekend visits from a niece with her husband and two of my sons (one with his wife and five children

In the News!

Map of the United States highlighting search results. As a genealogist I am always on the lookout for anything new that can aid my research. So hearing about a new technology that makes researching easier is quite exciting! Finding out that I can use the site for free is a bonus! Today I learned about