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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"

Working with POISON DNA Segments

Posted on: January 8th, 2017 by
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Earlier this week Blaine Bettinger posted on "The Danger of Distant Matches."[1. Blaine Bettinger, "The Danger of Distant Matches," 6 January 2017, The Genetic Genealogist (http://thegeneticgenealogist.com/2017/01/06/the-danger-of-distant-matches/ : accessed 7 January 2017). This was a follow-up to an earlier post, "Small Matching Segments--Friend or Foe?," 2 December 2014 (http://thegeneticgenealogist.com/2014/12/02/small-matching-segments-friend-foe/ : accessed 6 January 2017).] In his post Blaine colorfully calls segments smaller than 10 cM[2. cM Continue reading the story "Working with POISON DNA Segments"

What does raisin cake have to do with genealogy?

Posted on: October 29th, 2016 by
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Tomorrow I will be speaking at Hennepin County Library's annual Family History Fair on "Finding Female Ancestors." During my talk one of the topics will be women's historical household roles, including cooking, sewing, and needlework, and what recipes and crafts can tell us about family history. While I was preparing for a previous talk on researching Cornish ancestors--my Trewren and Edmonds ancestors came from Continue reading the story "What does raisin cake have to do with genealogy?"