This is an important topic and the job of genealogists who work with DNA test results is to step up to help educate those who don't study this fascinating science.

I can't speak to why Sen. Elizabeth Warren listed herself as Native American or a minority back in the 198...

February 21, 2018

So, let's get down to it. How does this DNA matching work?

First, a centiMorgan is a unit of measurement used to determine the distance from scientifically indentified positions, or markers, on each of our 23 chromosomes. It is not a physical measurement, but a tool to...

February 18, 2018

The popularity of DNA testing has surged in the past few years, and companies such as AncestryDNA, 23andMe and Family Tree DNA are reaping the benefits. 

In 2017, Ancestry alone went from a database of just over 3 million testers in January to almost 7 million in i...

Like the old adage says, "Buyer beware." 

Even if you aren't actually spending money to obtain family history information, it's still prudent to pay close attention to what you find.

Someone related to me somehow has identified this photo of a woman standing next to a ma...

December 18, 2016

A friend of mine, Karen, had me come over to her house to go through a bunch of great Madison photographs that they had found years ago, cleaning out her father-in-law’s house when they were preparing to sell it.

The photos belonged the previous family who lived there....

I just got off the phone with a lovely lady, Mildred Coleman, whose father was Emerson Nale!

She informed me that his wife, Mamie Frances Marshall, was not the only daughter of Don Carlos Sheridan and Rosa Alice (Overton) Marshall. She had two sisters, Betsy Iona and Ad...

Today I was asked a question from someone who is trying to prove a relationship within his family: "How can DNA tell me I'm related to someone if that person is dead and was never tested?"

That's really a great question, and here is a relatively short answer:

We inherit...

One thing that I know for sure about having your DNA tested: You will find relatives you never knew you had.

This has been proven many, many times now since this journey began in 2014. I have tested with each of the Big Three: FamilyTreeDNA (which is on sale for $69 pre...

July 27, 2016

Recently, I completed the Advanced Genetic Genealogy course last week at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.


For anyone who has never attended such an institute, there are many that are very well-respected, including GRIP, which now is offered twice each...

One of my personal flaws is that I assume that if *I* know something, everyone else does too. I've always assumed that nothing can be so complicated, I guess, that I could have knowledge someone else doesn't.

I'm realizing this for a second time in my life with DNA rese...

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