Thoughts Inspired by Coronavirus

Today, at the end of March 2020, my home space of Minnesota is under a “stay at home” order. As the case and fatality counts mount, my thoughts have been turning to the impact that past epidemics had on my ancestors. In 1911 scarlet fever killed my great-grandfather William...

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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 was updated in January, April, and July 2019, and now it’s time for another update! Journal articles Henningfield, Melinda Daffin. “A Family for Mary (Jones) Hobbs Clark of Carroll County, Arkansas.” National Genealogical Society...

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Armed only with a Smartphone…

Yesterday I visited the Gale Family Library at the Minnesota Historical Society. Usually I have with me a written research plan (or at least a paper list of items to retrieve), along with notepads, pencils, clips, folders, and my MHS copy card. Yesterday I was meeting friends for lunch...

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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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