Two Genealogical DNA Entities Exit the Stage

It’s not exactly breaking news that Ancestry.com has acquired GeneTree.com and the assets of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation.  See here. But it was curious to me that yesterday within 45 minutes I received ending reports from both Sorenson and GeneTree. In my early dabblings in online DNA research,  I had used both Sorenson and GeneTree. I was more attracted to …Continue reading →


Happy Mother’s Day, Haplogroup L3!

Yes, a genetic genealogy remembrance of Mitochrondrial DNA Day! Here are my mothers (my matrilineage), as far as I know them, with their spouse’s name in [ ]: Lillian Gines (living)[H.V. Manson] Annie Florida Corrine Long (b. 1902, Kansas City, MO; died 1986, Kansas City, MO)[Wm. E. Gines Mary Elizabeth Johnson (b. 1870, Clay County, MO; died 1946, Kansas City, …Continue reading →


My DNA Adventure, Part II: The Search for Sarah Gilbert

When last we met, I had been going over the results of my DNA submission to the DNAAncestry.com project.  Frankly, nothing I saw came as any huge surprise.   My Y-DNA places my ancient ancestry in West Africa; my mtDNA  also seems to be grounded in West  Africa. There were three “exact matches” on my mtDNA results.  All three of …Continue reading →


My DNA Adventure, Part 1

There’s much to be said about DNA testing in genealogy, but most of it is best said by Blaine Bettinger on his blog, The Genetic Genealogist, which  I highly recommend.  So please visit there soon.  But for now, I’d like to describe my recent experience with Ancestry.com’s DNA offering. I got in on one of Ancestry’s DNA “sales” where the …Continue reading →


SMGF Announces Site Update

The following message was received from Sorenson Molecular Genetics Foundation, which does genetic research for genealogical purposes among other things: Dear Friends of SMGF, SMGF is happy to announce the addition of new haplotypes and genealogical records to the Sorenson mtDNA and Y-chromosome databases. We invite you to search these updated databases to find new family connections at http://www.smgf.org. As …Continue reading →


Henry Gates’ Next Big Thing: Take It to the Classroom

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the sort of fellow who wakes up in the middle of the night with grandiose ideas but not necessarily unique ideas.  The difference is that when Gates has a nocturnal brainstorm, it’s likely to turn into great happenings in the daylight.  So, one can hope, will it be with his next big thing: taking genealogy …Continue reading →


Genea-Jamboree: Day 1

BURBANK, Calif.–The 39th Annual Southern California Genealogical Jamboree got underway this morning at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel. The Jamboree began with a class on “Beginning Genealogy,” which for reasons I noted last night I did not attend. More about what I did instead later. I went downstairs about 12:15 PM and spotted Randy Seaver at the check-in desk. We …Continue reading →


"Until They Are Home . . ."

As we honor our war dead this Memorial Day, we must not forget that some families have no cemetery to visit, no grave to decorate; indeed, no knowledge of what became of their loved ones who went off to war. They may take some comfort in knowing that America is engaged in an intensive effort to find and bring their …Continue reading →


An American Hero: PFC Henry Svehla: Help Bring Him Home

Note: This is the third in a series of four posts about heroic soldiers who were denied or overlooked for the Medal of Honor at the time of their extraordinary acts. Less than ten days ago, Congress authorized the award of the Medal to five of these men.Henry Svehla was born in 1932 in Essex, New Jersey. His ancestors came …Continue reading →


One Drop

A GeneaBlogie Book Review Bliss Broyard grew up in the wealthiest part of Fairfield, Connecticut, one of the wealthiest communities in the nation. She lived a life of privilege as one of two children of New York Times book critic and essayist Anatole Broyard. Her handsome, witty father was well-known in literary and social circles. But Bliss would find out …Continue reading →

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