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FamilyTreeDNA just released an amazing new group of public Y DNA tools. Yes, a group of tools – not just one. The new Discover tools, which you can access here, aren’t just for people who have tested at FamilyTreeDNA . … Continue reading → [...]

I’m still VERY excited about the haplogroup L7 discovery. Mitochondrial Eve’s new 100,000-year-old great-granddaughter. So is the rest of the Million Mito Team We’ve created a short video explaining just why this is so cool. Paul, Dr. Maier, the Population … Continue reading → [...]

Hans Lenz was born in 1645 in Beutelsbach, Germany, three years before the end of the 30 Years War. Unfortunately, the church records for this time period, between 1626 and 1646 were destroyed during that war by the legions of … Continue reading → [...]

Such wonderful news today! We have a birth announcement, of sorts, detailed in our new paper released just today,  “African mitochondrial haplogroup L7: a 100,000-year-old maternal human lineage discovered through reassessment and new sequencing.” Woohoo, Mitochondrial Eve has a new … Continue reading → [...]

In the shifting twilight of consciousness late at night, between wakefulness and sleep, and in the morning between sleep and wake again, sometimes I hear his voice speaking softly to me. Just the sound of his measured tones someplace in … Continue reading → [...]

Think about it, don’t most home kitchens have the sink right by an outside window? How did that happen? Well, kitchen sinks have traditionally been placed under the window is obviously, that is an outside wall. Using as short a waste pipe as possible from the sink to the drains is not only the most […] The post Kitchen Sink by a Window first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

If you or your ancestors grew up in the 1930s – the era of the Great Depression, some of the following slang words will be well known. The word ‘Bingo’ was introducted in the mid-1930s. The game of Bingo was invented in 1929, but Bingo halls didn’t become popular until the 1930s after the Great […] The post Slang of the 1930s first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

The Wham-O company did invent the hula hoop, but they adapted it from a manner of play popular on another continent. Hoops twirled around the waist by swiveling the hips and were popular toys for centuries in other locations and cultures. In Native American rituals, they were used for symbolic purposes to tell a story. […] The post The Fun Hula Hoop first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

The consumption of ice cream in America dates back to the mid-1700s. The first official account of ice cream in the New World comes from a letter written in 1744 by a guest of Maryland Governor William Bladen. The first advertisement for ice cream in this country appeared in the New York Gazette on May […] The post Ice Cream first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

23andMe updated its report on an inherited condition characterized by mild to profound hearing loss. The update to 23andMe’s Nonsyndomic Hearing Loss and Deafness, DFNB1 (GJB1-Related) Carrier Status Report adds six variants that improve the coverage of the test for people with East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian ancestry. “We are extremely excited about […] The post 23andMe Updated Report for People with Asian Ancestry first appeared on Family Tree. [...]

We’re excited to share that we’ve just completed an additional update to the data for our ultimate genetic genealogy tool, Theory of Family Relativity™. Theory of Family Relativity™ can save you countless hours of work figuring out how you might be related to your DNA Matches. It pulls together billions of data points from across […] The post New Update to Theory of Family Relativity™ appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Leading up to Father’s Day, we asked you to send in your photos of father-child, grandfather-grandchild, or other father-relative pairs that share a striking resemblance. To say you did not disappoint is a gross understatement. We were completely overwhelmed with the number of incredible entries! So first, we want to extend our deepest thanks to […] The post The Amazing Winners of Our Father-Child Look-alike Competition! appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

Lisa, a MyHeritage user from England, has been researching her family history for over 30 years. For most of that time, a quarter of her ancestry was blank, as her mother’s birth father was unknown. She set out to uncover his identity using DNA and research… and not only did she uncover his identity, she […] The post I Uncovered the 76-Year-Old Secret of My Mum’s Birth Father… and Unearthed a New Secret appeared first… [...]

The completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 was a watershed moment in the history of science and medicine. The ability to sequence human DNA has made so many things possible that we could never have imagined before — not least of which, of course, is DNA testing for genealogy and the availability of […] The post Scientists Are Mapping the DNA of Every Living Thing in the British Isles appeared first on MyHeritage… [...]

MyHeritage user Isabelle Guilbert, 48, of southern France, spent many years trying to find out where she came from. Thanks to a MyHeritage DNA test, she was able to find her mother. This is her story: I was born on a spring day in the southwest of France. At first I was placed for adoption, […] The post I Found My Mother After More Than 22 Years of Searching appeared first on MyHeritage Blog. [...]

The 1950 US Census has helped countless genealogists. However, there’s a portion of the census that many people are overlooking: the enumerator’s notes. Let’s take a look at what they are, where to find them, and how to associate them with the right people. The 1950 Census Enumerator Notes Unlike other federal censuses, the 1950... The post An Overlooked Part of the 1950 Census: The Notes appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

Digging into military records can yield an incredible amount of information about our ancestors. (My favorite is my 3rd-great-grandfather’s Civil War pension file. It showed that he married his second wife 12 days after she divorced her previous husband. Yeah, that.) While some records will spell out military service, there are times when we need... The post Clues for Discovering Military Service appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

In genealogy, we deal with a lot of names. It can be confusing when our ancestors changed their names or used a name we aren’t expecting. Here’s how you can sort everything out. You can listen to the audio: Or watch the video (or scroll below to keep reading): Our Ancestors Used Multiple Names We... The post When Ancestors Changed Names appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

The 1950 US census will give genealogists another valuable tool to use in their research. Here’s what you can do to get ready for when the 1950 census is released — including how to narrow a location before the indexes are ready! You can listen to the audio: Or watch the video (or scroll below... The post Getting Ready for the 1950 Census appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

FindAGrave just announced two big updates that will have an impact on memorials for the recently deceased and who qualifies for a required transfer. These are changes that members of the genealogy community have requested for years. You can listen to the audio: Or watch the video (or scroll below to keep reading): FindAGrave Updates... The post Major Update to FindAGrave Memorials appeared first on Amy Johnson Crow. [...]

Show Notes: Learn how to resolve conflicting evidence in your ancestors’ birth dates. Genealogist Leslie Harner joins Lisa Louise Cooke to discuss: 5 questions you should be asking when faced with conflicting birth dates for your ancestor the best substitute birth records a case study of resolving conflicting evidence.  Watch Live: Thursday, July 7, 2022 […] Source [...]

Show Notes: PERSI Learn how to use the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) like a pro!  The Periodical Source Index known as PERSI is a subject index of an amazing array of genealogy and local history articles published by subject experts in newsletters and periodicals from all over the world. Discover bible records, source materials, ancestor […] Source [...]

Show Notes: Restart Your Genealogy! Has it been a while since you worked on your genealogy research? As passionate as we may be about genealogy, the reality is that a little thing called “Life” can get in the way! Getting back into genealogy can actually be a bit daunting. Where did you leave off? Where […] Source [...]

Listen to Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 265   Episode Show Notes If you’ve been wondering how to write and self-publish a book about your family history, my guest has answers for you! In this episode author J.M. Phillips shares: How to be a great family history storyteller Her favorite writing techniques that help create a compelling […] Source [...]

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As it turns out, there is an incredibly straightforward and comprehensive resource that can tell you exactly what records are available for every county in every state in the United States — and plenty of other geographical areas, too. [...]

Public or private? This is one of the first decisions Ancestry.com asks you to make when you create your family tree. Indicating your preferred sharing status is as simple as checking a box, but it’s not a trivial decision. [...]

The 1950 United States Federal Census is set to be released by the National Archives and Records Administration on April 1, 2022. Use this guide to discover how to find and use these fascinating records in your family history research. [...]

The U.S. Census Age Search for years 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010 involves restrictions, guidelines, and even fees - but it all might well be worthwhile if it helps you to fill in more recent blanks in your family tree. [...]

In Myles na gCopaleen’s wonderful parody of Gaeltacht autobiography, An Beál Bocht (The Poor Mouth), the narrator, Gaeilgeoir Bonaparte O’Coonassa, describes his first day at school. The teacher demands, in English: “Phwat is yer nam?” The response, in Irish, begins: “Bonaparte, son of Michelangelo, son of Peter, son of Owen, son of Thomas’s Sarah, grand-daughter … Continue reading "A needle in a haystack of needles" [...]

I’ve often been publicly sceptical about some of the claims of genetic genealogy. “Ethnicity estimates”, in particular, seem to me about as scientific as the old apartheid test that marked a child as “nie blanke”. Does a pencil fall through their (straight European) hair or catch in their (kinky non-European) hair? University College London’s Department … Continue reading "I had myself a bawl" [...]

A few weeks back, someone (Hi Donna) contacted me to tell me about some wonderful estate maps they’d found online. Here they are, and if your ancestors were from Kildrumsherdan in Cavan, congratulations. And then I started thinking about where online the records are. The National Library of Ireland web catalogue has always been more … Continue reading "Online estate maps" [...]

My father’s party piece used to be a lusty tongue-in-cheek rendition of “The Bould Thady Quill”. For those who don’t know it, the song is a wonderful mock-heroic come-all-ye that depicts the ultimate Cork superhero: ” For rambling, for roving, for football or courtin’ For drinking black porter as fast as you’d fill In all … Continue reading "The Bould Thady Quill" [...]

As anyone with an interest in Irish genealogy will know, IrishGenealogy.ie is the greatest thing since sliced bread. After decades playing Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Donkey with the printed General Register Office indexes of births, marriages and deaths, the online release of the entire collection of historic GRO records was (and is) an extraordinary liberation. But like every other … Continue reading "2.9 cheers for IrishGenealogy.ie" [...]

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Here are Healio’s top peer-tested stories from the International Liver Congress 2022, which highlight updates on the outbreak of acute hepatitis in children, hepatitis elimination strategies, antiviral combinations and more. An outbreak of acute, severe hepatitis of unknown etiology in children has grown to 894 cases across 33 countries, according to data presented during a media briefing.“As of June 20, we now have 894 probable cases reported in 33 countries in five WHO regions,” Philippa Easterbrook,… [...]

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Alex A. Adjei, MD, PhD, has been appointed chair of Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute.Adjei previously served as consultant in oncology, professor of oncology and professor of pharmacology at Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science in Rochester, Minnesota.While there, he co-led the developmental therapeutics program at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. He also oversaw oncology drug development, as well as lung cancer research and treatment across multiple Mayo Clinic sites.“It’s an honor… [...]


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