A Tale of Two DNA Matches

At RootsTech last month both MyHeritage and AncestryDNA announced new DNA tools and features. For MyHeritage, these were AutoClusters and Theory of Family Relativity (TFR); for AncestryDNA they were enhancements to DNA match lists and ThruLines. Like everyone in the genetic genealogy community, I’ve been exploring the new tools...

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What’s up in 2019?

It’s a new year! I don’t do resolutions, but I have made some private and public commitments. Education I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll be attending any genealogical institutes this year, but I have committed to a two-day DAR Advanced Genealogy Workshop taught by Debbie Duay, Ph.D. in the...

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2018 Roundup

For a variety of reasons, 2018 was not a typical year for me! Education I did not travel as much as I usually do, so I didn’t attend any national conferences or educational institutes. I did, however, take advantage of online opportunities to learn from webinars and conference livestreams...

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Case Studies using Mitochondrial DNA–Update

In 2017 I published a blog post highlighting published case studies using mitochondrial DNA. It’s now time for an update. Journal articles Mills, Elizabeth Shown. “Testing the FAN Principle Against DNA: Zilphy (Watts) Price Cooksey Cooksey of Georgia and Mississippi.” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 102 (June 2014): 129-152. Elizabeth has made...

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A Neifert Christmas

My mother’s parents were Emerson C. Neifert (1899-1990) and Mary Irene Weaver (1898-1967). They lived in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, in the Elwood Apartments, a building built in the early 1900s by my grandmother’s father Edward Elwood Weaver (1870-1929), who was a builder, contractor, and lumber dealer. Edward died when he...

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