In so many ways, 2016 was an interesting and productive year, and 2017 looks even more promising. One of my favorite things is teaching, and I had the opportunity to do lots of that! Some of my highlights were beginning to give talks on DNA, presenting a webinar on probate records, and speaking at several local, state, and (inter)national conferences (including the 2016 Celtic Connections … Continue reading the story "Farewell to 2016, Welcome to 2017"
Monthly Archives for January, 2017
In a previous blog post, I described the hypothesis I've been working on: three men named Mackin--Christopher, John, and James--who lived in the Madison, Wisconsin, area in the 1860s were related to each other, perhaps brothers. I have researched all three men and their descendants, and initiated a DNA testing project in order to determine whether this hypothesis is correct. Recently I heard from a … Continue reading the story "Children of James Mackin"
Today AncestryDNA announced that they sold 1.4 million DNA test kits in the fourth quarter of 2016, setting a sales record for the quarter and bringing their DNA database over three million participants.[1. "Ancestry Sets AncestryDNA Sales Record Over Holiday Period and Fourth Quarter," 10 January 2017, Ancestry Corporate, Newsroom, Press Releases (https://www.ancestry.com/corporate/newsroom/press-releases/ancestry-sets-ancestrydna-sales-record-over-holiday-period-and-fourth : accessed 10 January 2017).] Blogger Kerry Scott, whose acuity … Continue reading the story "Tips for Attaching Trees to Your DNA Results"