ftDNA Has A New Dashboard ~ Its Great! Keep The Bifocals Handy!

Family Tree DNA announced a new dashboard! Love all things new. Why not? I did not read the announcement to see why they made the changes -- whether to create new page formats for smart phones and tablets, or to add new and more page links, or a combination of all the above. All this … Continue reading ftDNA Has A New Dashboard ~ Its Great! Keep The Bifocals Handy!

Genetic Ancestries, What A Can Of Worms ~ The Three Great Races, oops, great languages, oops, great haplogroups

Actually it was in the 18th century, and it was the father of anthropology and his friends that decided to "group" people where this term gained momentum in the lexicon of some folks. Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, called the father of anthropology and Christoph Meiners both, were two of the great thinkers of the day and did … Continue reading Genetic Ancestries, What A Can Of Worms ~ The Three Great Races, oops, great languages, oops, great haplogroups

Genetic Ancestors? Do What? We Only Get Readable DNA From Some Ancestors :-( ~ But there is a way to ‘see’ lots more!

We are all excited to match up with our genetic cousins at the several DNA-for-genealogy-and-other-stuff companies. There are many different features at each company, but few that explain the rules of the road or help us to understand the street signs. We get exactly half of our DNA from each of our parents, but beyond … Continue reading Genetic Ancestors? Do What? We Only Get Readable DNA From Some Ancestors 😦 ~ But there is a way to ‘see’ lots more!

DNA Uploads ~ Autosomal Transfers – Autosomal Additions!

Screen capture instructions below! See Google translate! The phrase 'autosomal transfer' sounds to me like you are moving something from one place to another. With autosomal transfer you do put your data in a new place, but it is still there in the old one, unchanged. It is like copy-paste, not cut-and-paste. When testing DNA … Continue reading DNA Uploads ~ Autosomal Transfers – Autosomal Additions!

To Click Or Not To Click, That Is The Hack ~ The Perils Of Facebook Ads, Online Research And Shopping

In the series of Heirs And Heirlooms Hints and Helps, I am always reminding myself to be careful about what I click on. Just recently I got an email from a person whose genealogy research overlaps with mine, and in my excitement I clicked right through to a nasty fake. It took time to change … Continue reading To Click Or Not To Click, That Is The Hack ~ The Perils Of Facebook Ads, Online Research And Shopping

ЯSK ~ R. Sherman-Kidd ~ Sherman Kidd ~ RSK ~Reginald K Winton ~ Who?

So many signatures and so many places to look for Sherm... HARRY! There is something about Harry. I say he refuses to be found because he wants us to find all these other people first. Maybe ancestors know if we find the answer to a question that we will quit looking, and so Harry Hutton … Continue reading ЯSK ~ R. Sherman-Kidd ~ Sherman Kidd ~ RSK ~Reginald K Winton ~ Who?

Surname Projects Missed The Point Of “Not” Matching ~ “1 in 10 is mistaken about father’s identity”

This story has gone around the Facebook DNA groups like wildfire: One in 10 'is mistaken about identity of father,' by Sarah Knapton from https://www.theage.com.au/world/europe/one-in-10-is-mistaken-about-identity-of-father-20190601-p51tgf.html?fbclid=IwAR1nGpQk8GNknr7du6sYr52_hqj38n3_cz69y_Q8pRhLbP89SfCoJSmaXCo It was 2004 when cousin Buddy first directed me to the trough of y-DNA-for-genealogy magic to read the results for the Lewis Surname y-DNA project. He and I both remarked … Continue reading Surname Projects Missed The Point Of “Not” Matching ~ “1 in 10 is mistaken about father’s identity”

Googleology ~ I Love Google! Google, Google, Google!

When the Google IPO was coming up, I walked into Citibank ready to buy. I met with the investments person and said I wanted in for the Google IPO and made my order - so I thought. Instead I faced an age old bias and the investments officer called my husband and suggested this might … Continue reading Googleology ~ I Love Google! Google, Google, Google!

A Straw Boater, A Seersucker Suit, Making Senses, Truth In Census ~ Don’t Y’all Just Luv Newspapers!

Wes Pruden passed this week and one must pause and remember the passing of any journalism dinosaur. I think he would have liked the moniker. I will leave it to the big shots to write his obituary and list all his professional accomplishments with praise and admiration - I will remember a chat. We wound … Continue reading A Straw Boater, A Seersucker Suit, Making Senses, Truth In Census ~ Don’t Y’all Just Luv Newspapers!

The Mystery Of The Ghost Girl

WARNING postmortem photo below. There are two possibilities now that I think about it more. I might have gotten this picture at Burke's Antiques out in Eastlake, maybe on 1st Avenue. Or, Web and I might have gotten the picture at Scottsboro, Alabama's First Monday, Trade Day. I am fairly sure I had the picture … Continue reading The Mystery Of The Ghost Girl

Message Boards, Google and Internet Heirlooms ~ More Ways To Find And Honor True Ancestors!

Ever wonder how there came to be so many messed up family trees? Too much prosperity, too much money for chasing after desires and rumors, and too much sharing of mistakes. The rumor mill floats a good story one time and then a million gazillion clones spring up. I am upset with Ancestry.com because they … Continue reading Message Boards, Google and Internet Heirlooms ~ More Ways To Find And Honor True Ancestors!

DNA Projects ~ Surnames, Geographical Regions, Haplogroups, For Boys And Girls (with Google translate on page)

Stirring up excitement for DNA testing, and especially for going beyond the usual autosomal DNA (at-DNA only gives the overview of the last few hundred years), has been my love and my livelihood. People might not know many people or places in their ancestries, but they can learn much from their haplogroups, which can be … Continue reading DNA Projects ~ Surnames, Geographical Regions, Haplogroups, For Boys And Girls (with Google translate on page)

R1b And Other – All Other – Haplogroups ~ Your DNA – All Your DNAs (page with Google Translate)

Haplogroups are a wonderful way to learn about all the whos that make up who you are. I try to say, "Do not think about any haplogroup(s) as associated with a specific place or time." Weeellll -- there are generalities. But learn them, and then run from putting your haplogroups in places, because ancient peoples … Continue reading R1b And Other – All Other – Haplogroups ~ Your DNA – All Your DNAs (page with Google Translate)

“Search This Group” ~ How Tos For Facebook (With Google Translate!)

Share all you like it is free and note the Google Translate will make this in any language! I did not know that Facebook groups could be searched - and I bet there might be others who also do not know the groups can be searched. We join a new group and there are 100s, … Continue reading “Search This Group” ~ How Tos For Facebook (With Google Translate!)

Ancient Ancestors Tour ~ Hotel Palacio de Trasvilla, Puente Viesgo ~ Cantabria!

  DNA for genealogy or anthropology is not just about finding the ancestors, their information and rellies - it is about going to visit people and places from the cemetery down the street to the archives in any country in the world or the Ice-Age art of the caves of southern France and northern Spain. … Continue reading Ancient Ancestors Tour ~ Hotel Palacio de Trasvilla, Puente Viesgo ~ Cantabria!

Finally! After Three Orders ~ The, ‘The’ Book Is Here ~ and Dai Is Reading ~ Its ~Its ~ A Sign

  My abebooks.com account shows the trail of ordering books and how my getting a copy of Genevieve Von Petzinger's, The First Signs, has taken several tries. I have shared my love of Jean Manco's work, her books, her web pages and her saved pages; I have added David Reich's, Who We Are And How … Continue reading Finally! After Three Orders ~ The, ‘The’ Book Is Here ~ and Dai Is Reading ~ Its ~Its ~ A Sign

mt-DNA Haplogroups ~ U5 Mother Ursula Uma

A modern group gave mt-DNA haplogroup U the name of Uma. I believe Ursula was the name that British geneticist Brian Sykes used in his early DNA work. The seven something Eve. But Urusula-Uma is our mother for today. I have family and friends who are descendants of her carrying her mt-DNA maternal line Haplogroup … Continue reading mt-DNA Haplogroups ~ U5 Mother Ursula Uma

Ice-Age Ancestors Tour ~ The DNA Of Cave Art

BE sure to see the Google Translate feature in the side/end bar... Finding the documented results of the DNA sequenced from ancient skeletons is like a magical mystery cave art tour itself - Travel With A Challenge, as the site explains, that Genevieve von Petzinger wrote for her article about some of the caves still … Continue reading Ice-Age Ancestors Tour ~ The DNA Of Cave Art

before… Memorial Day ~ Every Week-end Before, From The Time Of Spring Thaws – The Cleaning Of The Graves.

Women riding around with a trunk full of tools, containers of water, empty containers for more water, sturdy shoes and sundry other supplies for cleaning and preparing the graves at all the cemeteries around the towns and counties -- and some across state lines -- for Memorial Day (formerly called in some places Decoration Day). … Continue reading before… Memorial Day ~ Every Week-end Before, From The Time Of Spring Thaws – The Cleaning Of The Graves.

Making The FindAgrave Memorial… Farewell This Stardust Gee Gee

Some days the task of volunteering on the Find A Grave website feels like a burden -- days when it's not just trying to add memorials and gravesites for posterity, but recording the death of a friend - of family. Like mother or sister or friend -- Gee Gee, Georgie Anne Geyer. She loved genealogy … Continue reading Making The FindAgrave Memorial… Farewell This Stardust Gee Gee

The Tour ~ Cave Doodles And Spanish Spas ~ In The Footsteps Of Our Ice-Age Ancestors

Part -1 ~ The Overview Wikipedia Prof saxx [Public domain] / to D48, 24620 Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, France What do Genevieve von Petzinger, Jean Manco and Alex Shoumatoff all have in common? Contributed to the itinerary of the trip... more people to name and credit - with response. With the research of Dai and my haplogroups, we are … Continue reading The Tour ~ Cave Doodles And Spanish Spas ~ In The Footsteps Of Our Ice-Age Ancestors

ftDNA Family Finder ~ The Results Are In! Now What?

Family Tree DNA (ftDNA), my first love, my favorite. But everyone knows I have tested with many companies, love them all, and so what is all the fuss I make about everyone testing with or uploading to (if possible) DNA results with ftDNA?  It is the bells and whistles (DNA for genealogy tools), and they … Continue reading ftDNA Family Finder ~ The Results Are In! Now What?

Who begat whom? Choose your y-dna testing candidate(s) carefully.

There are no two ways about it; non-paternity events happen and have happened forever. I am a haplogroup enthusiast and also insist on trying to prove every ancestral line with DNA, which means not only testing the recent ancestry with autosomal but also using y-DNA and mt-DNA to researching families identify all ancestors' haplogroups. Using … Continue reading Who begat whom? Choose your y-dna testing candidate(s) carefully.

Are you a lick away from Granny’s DNA? Forensic DNA For Genealogy ~ Artifact Testing

Oh, I can't wait. I must have something processed with the new hope, new players for DNA for genealogy testing companies, it might be this will get off the ground this time. Toothbrushes, letters with stamps, hair. My brother-in-law has possession of two of my dad's wisdom teeth that were pulled. I have two of … Continue reading Are you a lick away from Granny’s DNA? Forensic DNA For Genealogy ~ Artifact Testing

I Have My Genealogy ~ Why Do I Need DNA For Anything? & Simplistic Questions, We Need Those The Most

I’m not laughing or amused at simple questions, I am here to answer questions. I might only have 14 years of reading DNA and genetics for genealogy and anthropology, and I might only go back about 35 years working in journalism and digging up people and stories, and I might have only followed my grandmother … Continue reading I Have My Genealogy ~ Why Do I Need DNA For Anything? & Simplistic Questions, We Need Those The Most