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DNA Evidence to Connect to Your Veteran Ancestors

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Memorial Day is upon us. It’s a day to honor those who served in the military.  Maybe you’re a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), or another lineage society. Or maybe you would like to join one of these organizations. As genealogists, you might have papers, […]

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Ethnicity Estimates

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Everyone always wonders what’s going on when they get their ethnicity estimate from Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, or 23andMe. It hardly ever agrees with their paper trail. Take my paper trail, for instance. Here are the ethnicities of my eight great-grandparents—shown in a table and a pie chart.             Pretty straightforward, right? Well, […]

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Solving Mysteries with DNA

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DNA is being used to find lost ancestors and break through the genealogical “brick walls” in paper research.  DNA is also being used to find unknown parents of adoptees and others.  Using DNA for genealogy is oftentimes referred to as “genetic genealogy.” DNA is inherited from our parents–roughly half from each parent.  Changes in our […]