Monthly Archives for January, 2017



Farewell to 2016, Welcome to 2017

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by
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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"

Children of James Mackin

Posted on: January 22nd, 2017 by
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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"

Tips for Attaching Trees to Your DNA Results

Posted on: January 10th, 2017 by
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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"