3 Reasons to Test Your DNA for Genealogy

3 Reasons to Test Your DNA for Genealogy

Why test your DNA for genealogy without even having a specific research question in mind? Here are 3 reasons. My youngest child, Eleanor, is nearly 8, so it was fun to have a 2 year old over the other day. She loved following Eleanor around, and Eleanor was equally...

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Got Old Northwest Territory Ancestors?

Got Old Northwest Territory Ancestors?

Those whose ancestors lived in the Old Northwest Territory of the U.S. are eligible to join a new lineage society. The Ohio Genealogical Society, one of the largest state societies in the country, recently began accepting applicants for its new lineage...

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We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

Here's our weekly roundup of new genealogy records online. Do you see anything you should be searching for your ancestors? Featured: U.S. - SOUTH DAKOTA CENSUS. The 1945 South Dakota state census collection at Ancestry.com has been updated. According to a...

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Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast Episode 133 Is Now Available

Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast Episode 133 Is Now Available

Genealogy Gems Premium Podcast Episode 133 has been published. Its celebration of women and families includes interview with Peggy Lauritzen, AG and Tara Austen Weaver, author of Orchard House.  The newest Genealogy Gems Premium podcast episode, #133, has been...

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When to Do an mtDNA Test for Genealogy

When to Do an mtDNA Test for Genealogy

Should you be doing an mtDNA test for genealogy? Should you have a female relative tested? Here are 3 scenarios in which you should. DNA testing is becoming more and more integrated into our traditional genealogical research. Over 1.5 million people have completed...

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Evernote for Genealogy Tip: Create Your Own Genealogy Library

Evernote for Genealogy Tip: Create Your Own Genealogy Library

Here's an innovative way to use Evernote for genealogy: create your own genealogy library for easy on-the-go reference. Have you ever come face to face with a riveting book at a genealogy conference or bookstore and wondered, “Gosh, do I already have this at home?”...

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We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

Here's our weekly roundup of interesting and new genealogy records online for Brazil, Denmark, England, Ireland and the U.S. BRAZIL CIVIL REGISTRATIONS. Over 200,000 indexed records have been added to a free collection of Pernambuco, Brazil civil registrations...

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Best Genealogy Apps Under the Big Top

Best Genealogy Apps Under the Big Top

Choosing genealogy apps can be like watching a three-ring circus, but not when you let me, your ringmaster, direct you to the best genealogy tools for your mobile device. In my brand new article Under the Big Top featured in the March / April 2016 issue of Family Tree...

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In Defense of DNA for Family History

In Defense of DNA for Family History

In defense of DNA for family history, Your DNA Guide Diahan Southard takes on an NPR writer who says that "family is relationship, not DNA." Recently National Public Radio (U.S.) published an article by Alva Noë entitled “DNA, Genealogy, and the Search For Who We...

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We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

We Dig These Gems! New Genealogy Records Online

Here's our weekly roundup of new genealogy records online. Do you see anything you should be searching for your ancestors? ENGLAND - LAND AND TAX. About a quarter million land tax and valuation records for Plymouth and West Devon (1897-1949) are now searchable for...

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