I have been an amateur genealogist, on and off, since the 1990’s. The focus of my research has been my own family, beginning with my parents and working backwards. It is a lifelong learning process. Pages and posts tagged with genealogy will talk about my own genealogical journey, tools and techniques, and similar topics.

Recently, this has become an obsession for me. DNA sequencing and matching now makes it possible to find relatives based on matching segments without knowing how you are connected. The hard part now is to make the connections and chart the relationships. I am just beginning to get my head around the genetic genealogy.

When I last was serious about genealogy, in 2002-2003, the techniques were mostly manual, paper-and-pencil, very difficult. I would travel to the local Family History Center (FHC), order some microfilmed records, wait a few weeks, travel back to the FHC to review the records, repeat. Today, there are multiple competing services with online databases of vital records, other researcher’s family trees, DNA matching sites, etc. It is overwhelming how much data is available.

Posts About Genealogy

Hiding Your Mother’s Maiden Name

An article was recently posted to the Archivists and Archives mailing list : WTF: Why Are Vermont’s Vital Records on…


Two Quick Notes About MyHeritage DNA

MyHeritage Password Compromise If you have not changed the password on your MyHeritage web account since June 2018 or earlier,…


It’s né not née

Some time in 2017 I was bitten again by the genealogy bug. Again. I realized that I would be emailing…


It’s Not Me, It’s You (Mom)

I have had several of my DNA matches contact me because either I match both of their parents, or I…


AncestryDNA Provides No Chromosome Browser

AncestryDNA has the largest database of DNA sequenced for genealogy purposes. Despite years of customer requests, Ancestry does not provide…


National DNA Day!

April 25 is the National DNA Day 2018 … celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the Human Genome Project’s completion and…


What Is Your Genealogy Budget?

Here is a question for the hardcore amateur genealogists out there. How much are you spending to support your genealogy…


When Does It Ever End?

One of the nice things about online genealogy sites like Ancestry or FamilySearch is that they provide you with “hints” about…


Use the Source, Rob!

One of the the things that I am learning the hard way would have come from my genealogy Obi-Wan Kenobi,…