My genealogy research has been stalled a bit during this pandemic, with many libraries and archives closed to keep the public safe. So this month, I’ve been indulging in a fun little DNA challenge–have you tried this one?
In genealogy, we spend a lot of time trying to identify the unknown father of an ancestor. To celebrate Father’s Day this month, I thought I’d pick a dad from my tree and chat about how I got him wrong.
I have some friends who became interested in family history and immediately looked for education on how to do it right, before they actually dug in. And then there are folks like me, who spent years working on our pedigree charts, more or less self-taught. Eventually, I discovered classes and conferences and webinars too, and I’ve learned a lot about genealogy best practices since those early days. I apply those standards to my research now, when I work to fill in more blanks in my family tree. But it seems I really ought to revisit some of the conclusions I came to years ago.
Case in point: the father of Magdalena Dorothea Grahling, who was born 19 Feb 1832 in Buffalo, Erie County, New York, married Michael Miller in 1848, and died there in 1883. (Hereinafter, I’ll call her Maggie to save space, though she appeared in records by several other variants.)
Last month I mentioned prepping for a week-long immersion in Meeting Standards Using DNA Evidence—Research Strategies, led by Karen Stanbary, CG, at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG). It was a tremendously valuable experience. I’ll share some takeaways here.
I have spent much of the past month (okay, this past *year*) preparing for my first trip to Ireland, in my quest to learn more about that side of my roots. And DNA plays an important part!
Have you ever come across a public family tree that has the wrong people identified as someone’s parents? Me too. Here are some steps I’m taking to make sure I’m not guilty of the same thing, especially with regard to DNA.
Ever since Ancestry rolled out their new Tree Tag feature, I’ve become a fan. I have two or three favorite tags. Some I use in my public tree (which other people can see). Other tags I use only in my private work tree. This month, I’ll describe one I use in the latter: ‘DNA match’.
How reliable is our genealogy evidence? We ask that question about evidence we mine from documents. When we use DNA, we should consider the reliability of our genetic evidence too.
Every January I spend a little time brainstorming my genealogy goals for the New Year. Genetic genealogy is such a fast-evolving field—exploring new tools will probably always be a worthwhile addition to my annual To-Do List. It’s certainly on my radar for 2019. But I haven’t decided which tool to try next. Why not?
There are so many factors to consider! Here are ten tips to consider when choosing a tool to try.
Do you know how many siblings your grandparents had? Great! And the married names, too, for their sisters?
How about your grandparents’ first cousins? (And both maiden and married names, for the girls?)
Why is that important for genetic genealogy?