A few years ago I had my DNA analyzed at Ancestry.com which has opened up so many doors to discover who I really am. I have been involved in working on my family trees for more than twenty years and I must say that involving DNA with my research has been quite exciting.
I am learning so much and discovering plenty of terrific online resources and ideas that I know are too good to keep to myself. Therefore I decided to share my finds with others who are exploring their family history through new technologies.
I hope that you find these resources helpful on your genetic genealogy journey!
In the Spotlight
Irish Ancestry Weblinks – St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and the perfect time to discover your Irish genealogy. Get started with this weblinks library of online resources.
Irish History on Video – A selection of informative films and documentaries covering the ancient to more recent history of the Emerald Isle.
1931 Canadian Census – Library and Archives Canada is preparing to release the historical data contained in the 1931 Census of Canada.
The Dark Queen of Donegal – The Irish queen Iníon Dubh, often Americanized as Ineen Dubh, has been an often-overlooked historical figure who was nonetheless integral to 16th century politics and even to how Ireland looks today. Author and historian Mary Pat Ferron Canes, along with O’Donnell Clan descendant JR Foley, has set out to tell the story of Ineen Dubh in the fictionalization of her life.
Ancestry Storymaker Studio – The Ancestry app that easily allows users to create bite-sized stories from their family history and share them within the Ancestry community and on their personal social media channels.
Scotland’s Witch Trail – VisitScotland launches new Witch Trail, inviting visitors to discover dark legends, truly magical places and observe ways to live like a modern-day witch in Scotland.
Who Was David Bowie’s Great-Great-Grandfather? – One doesn’t need to be a famous person to come across a similar dilemma when climbing a family tree and comparing it with those who have climbed before you on Ancestry or similar communities. What can you do when an individual leads to more than one possible set of parents? How can you determine which is the correct line?
The Henry Bagwell Story – The Henry Bagwell Story is the first biography of an early English settler on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, who survived shipwreck in Bermuda on his way to the Jamestown Colony in 1609. An English author, writing her first book, compiled his story from historical archives in Virginia and Devon, England.
All In the Family – There can be quite a few surprises as you look into your DNA Family, appreciated or not. Some connections will answer questions while others will have you asking more as new cousins appear in your results.
Cluster Genealogy – Don’t ignore the bigger picture in your family research as you may find the link through a non-direct ancestor which will allow you to break through to the other side!
DNA Tips & Tools – There are plenty of Internet resources where you will be able to upload your Ancestry raw DNA to learn more about yourself or your ancestry.
Genealogy for Kids -Discovering so few younger genealogists I realize the importance of inspiring my own grandchildren to take pride in their heritage and an appreciation of history and geography.
Genetic Genealogy – What’s It All About? – As DNA analysis has put an exciting spin on tracing our family trees it can all seem to be an overwhelming and confusing science! The following resources should help us to put a bit of sense and understanding for genealogical tasks.
German Roots: Where to Begin? – I recently purchased the book In Search of Your German Roots – A Complete Guide to Tracing Your Ancestors in the Germanic Areas of Europe,” by Angus Baxter.
Let’s get started with this guide to the how and where to begin!
Getting Started on Ancestry – Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist has a nice selection of videos about Ancestry, genealogy, and your DNA, be sure to subscribe and explore her extensive library of videos.
Guide to Adoption & Genetic Genealogy – Genetic DNA testing has opened new doors where one is able to discover close relatives, cousins, and distant cousins. Through the method of elimination of these kinship matches the adoptee has a better chance of learning where they fit in with their genetic family.
Ireland Reaching Out – The program, Ireland Reaching Out, from the government of Ireland was created to help people of Irish ancestry reconnect with their family place of origin in Ireland.
Polish Family Research – Researching the Polish family tree may pose more challenges than my Canadian, American, or Scottish family. Discovering the history of Poland and the communities within may just be the key to unlocking the mystery.
Promethease – Promethease provides information about the biomedical makeup of the human genome. The process builds a personal DNA report from your Ancestry, 23 and Me, Family Tree DNA and other sources of raw DNA.
Purchase Ancestry DNA Kit – The Ancestry DNA results are just a beginning to many projects and resources where I have explored my genome, learned about which medical conditions to be concerned with, which medications which may or not work for me, and that my genes promote empathy and a long life.
What Is Autosomal DNA? – Resources that will help you to have a better understanding of autosomal DNA and how it is considered when tracing your genealogy.
National DNA Day – National DNA Day commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953.
Genealogy Day – Genealogy Day is every second Saturday in March and this year, it takes place on March 11.
Family History Month – October is a great opportunity to talk about family history and make sure your family story is remembered.
Independence Day USA – On the 4th of July the United States celebrates the biggest holiday of the year with parades, get-togethers, and fireworks!
National Tartan Day – Celebrate Scotland and your Scottish ancestry on April 6 and throughout the year!
International Waffle Day – Celebrate waffles on March 25 and every day with these resources, recipes, and personal shopping selections.
Chinese Lunar New Year – Chinese New Year is the main holiday of the year for more than one quarter of the world’s population.
In the News
Ancestry Expands to 54 More Markets Globally – Ancestry®, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, today announced it has expanded AncestryDNA® to 54 new markets across North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Ancestry Launches New Impact Program – New Facing History and Ourselves partnership and free Danish West Indies record collection expands impact on education and preservation by Ancestry.
MyHeritage Releases Groundbreaking Feature to Animate Faces In Still Photos – Deep Nostalgia™ feature brings photos to life using video reenactment technology licensed from D-ID.
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