Category : Genealogy

Genealogy / Genealogy - 1 month ago

From Laois to Kerry – L1402+ Haplogroup

In March 2015, I shared an update for the Seven Septs of Laois. There is a new update and I am once again pleased to have permission to share and document the progress. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that last night I was going through a few papers...

Genealogy / Genealogy - 11 months ago

Tips for Emailing DNA Matches

Each week I get requests from DNA matches that say things like, “Hi! You’re a DNA match to me and I’d love to know how we’re related.” I always look forward to new connections and I’d like to make it easier for us to connect. Here are a few suggestio...

Genealogy / Genealogy - 1 year ago

A new AncestryDNA tool

Ancestry has rolled out a trial tool to approximately 10% of its customers. I know this makes the other 90% of us impatient but let’s hope that good things come to those who wait. This tool seems to be worth waiting for. The aim is to integrate...

Genealogy / Genealogy - 1 year ago

Why use segments when we have circles?

Circles vs. triangulation has been a hot topic for the past couple of days so I thought I’d throw in my two cents. I rarely use a chromosome browser to solve adoption cases. However, there are definite occasions when a hypothesis needs furt...

Genealogy / Genealogy - 1 year ago

Happy Easter!

As the first grandchild, I was the lucky recipient of Harvey, the bunny that my grandfather won at Wolfe’s Bakery, one of the yummiest places of my childhood. In this picture, it seems as though I was more interested in the candy or whatever el...

Genealogy / Genealogy - 1 year ago

At-A-Glance Excel Pedigree Chart

A while back there was a discussion about building compact pedigree charts in Microsoft Excel. These allow us to quickly have an overview for comparison, especially with DNA matches. I took mine a step further and added locations, as well as the stat...

Genealogy / Genealogy - 1 year ago

Where were my ancestors born?

Back in 2013 the genealogical community celebrated Halloween with pedigree death charts. This is the kind of thing we do for fun. I played along here. This week our friend J. Paul Hawthorne sparked a renewed interest in sharing of genealogical pedigr...

Genealogy / Genealogy - 1 year ago

Why can’t I copy that? It’s my ancestor!

This question comes up quite a bit in genealogy discussions. “If you find a picture on Find A Grave and you live too far away to take your own picture, is it legal to copy the picture?” As usual, there are statements like, “Why do t...