Thoughts from a Retiring DAR Registrar

Last Saturday, April 22, I concluded my second-and-a-half term as Registrar of the Lake Minnetonka chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I thoroughly enjoyed my five years in office, and am happy to hand over my responsibilities to my successor, Shirleen Hoffman, who is also a professional...

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Farewell to 2016, Welcome to 2017

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...

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Children of James Mackin

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...

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Tips for Attaching Trees to Your DNA Results

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 Blogger Kerry Scott, whose acuity and sense of humor I love, commented on Facebook, “The Cousinpocalypse...

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Working with POISON DNA Segments

Earlier this week Blaine Bettinger posted on “The Danger of Distant Matches.”1 In his post Blaine colorfully calls segments smaller than 10 cM2 POISON segments. While I think Blaine is, as usual, right on the money about the risks involved with small segments, I want to share a case...

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