Book Review: “DNA for Native American Genealogy”

Posted by on Apr 30, 2022 in Book Review, DNA, Genealogy Education, Native American | 0 comments

When the esteemed Roberta Estes of the DNAeXplained Blog writes a book about DNA, there is a justifiable expectation that the work will be accurate, informative and definitive. Among Ms. Estes many accomplishments are launching the Million Mito Project and being a National Geographic Society Genographic Project affiliate scientific researcher. This is a very thoughtful book, intended to put actionable information in the hands of readers that will guide them through the process of learning about Native American genealogical...

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You can search the 1950 US Census!

Posted by on Apr 2, 2022 in Census Records, NARA, Useful Tips | 0 comments

Searching the 1950 US Census will be an awkward and cumbersome search until every field is indexed. But you can give it a try. Be sure you to navigate to the search page: The search has limited features that include: name, state, county and enumeration district. You do not have to enter search terms any field. For example, you can leave the county or the enumeration district blank. If you cannot see the population schedule sheet for the search result on the right, click on...

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It’s Been Confidential for 72 Years: The 1950 Census

Posted by on Mar 14, 2022 in Census Records, Genealogy Education, NARA | 0 comments

There’s been great information published about the upcoming release of the 1950 US Census. I have been collecting it and want to share with you a reference of helpful resources, along with activities that you can do to prepare for the release! Important date: 1 April 2022 What is going to happen The 1950 US Census will be released, 72 years after it was taken. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Artificial Intelligence will give us an initial index including name and...

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RootsTech 2022 lives on

Posted by on Mar 13, 2022 in Genealogy Education, Military research, Speaking Engagements | 0 comments

Another RootsTech has come and gone, but RootsTech 2022 is really is not over! The classes that were recorded for RootsTech 2022 are still available. In fact, RootsTech made a decision to keep classes online for 3 years (unless the content creator asks for them to be removed). That means you have access to content from 2021 and 2022. Be sure to have a free FamilySearch account so that you can create a playlist as you search for classes. The web address is Use the menu on the upper right corner and select the...

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Archaeology and Genealogy

Posted by on Jan 26, 2022 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This past semester I took an introductory class in archaeology. Archaeology is part of anthropology, so the class involved more than digging. I learned that archaeology was one of the four branches of anthropology, with the other three being: Physical (Biological) Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology. Archaeology and genealogy share some similarities. Like genealogy, archaeology looks at peoples and their cultures through the physical things that they leave behind. Historical archaeology is most like...

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Happy Holidays 2021!

Posted by on Dec 25, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hello Everyone, We hope this blog post finds you well and celebrating a happy and healthy holiday season. This year brought Zoom classes, a class accepted by RootsTech Connect 2022, graduation from the amazing ProGen Study Group program, an archaeology class, more WWI research and a new book coming out soon. So, stay tuned for more Zoom classes, books and more from us. Here’s to what 2022 brings! May all your weeks be filled with...

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Book Review: “New Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy”

Posted by on Aug 7, 2021 in Book Review, Irish Research | 0 comments

Being the owner of the Second Edition of the “Pocket Guide to Irish Genealogy” (2002), I was glad to review this all-new, revised and expanded version of the book. Irish genealogy can be challenging, and Ireland’s history has had an impact on researching Irish ancestors. As in previous editions, the book contains a concise outline of the history of Ireland and how it applies to genealogical research. The book contains the maps, as well as definitions of geographical and administrative areas that you will need to know...

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Genealogical Education

Posted by on Jul 13, 2021 in Genealogy Education | 0 comments

One of our assignments in the Professional Genealogy (ProGen) Study Group was to devise an educational plan. It may be daunting to figure out how to know what you don’t know. You can focus on a specific individual, a geographical area or topics you want to use in your research, and fill in the gaps of your knowledge in those areas. Examples: how to map property in land records or mapping tools. Picking a topic like DNA would be too large, so identify a facet of that field you want to learn. Examples would be what test(s) are available...

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“DNA Detectives”

Posted by on May 26, 2021 in Genealogy Education | 0 comments

“DNA Detectives” is a New Zealand genealogy program that presents the DNA stories of two celebrities per episode. Two seasons of the program were created, in 2015 and 2017. Host Richard O’Brien introduces each celebrity, asks about the anticipated DNA results, then briefs the celebrity on the DNA testing results. Finally, he hands the celebrity a device to stay in communication with him. The mysterious device is a smart phone. The celebrities are given cryptic and entertaining clues as they are sent on missions around...

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Book Review: “Guns and Gods in My Genes”

Posted by on Mar 7, 2021 in Book Review | 0 comments

Disclaimer: I have always considered Canada to be our neighbor to the north. It is more than the fact that we share the longest undefended border in the world. It could be all the years I played ice hockey, or all the Canadians I met both on the ice and professionally. Maybe it was what the U.S. did for Canada in the world wars, even serving in their military. Maybe it was the favor Canada did for the U.S. when the Iranian Revolution began. More than these reasons, of all the people I have met from around the world, Canadians and...

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