Tag Archives: Irish

a serendipitous match

Many of us use DNA to search for leads to solving our brick walls. Sometimes, there are no surviving records on the other side of that brick wall, and a common ancestor with a match may never be identified. DNA testing can still be rewarding! Case in point – October is the one-year anniversary of one of my favorite DNA results, a match I wasn’t even looking for.

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Thanks Mom

Every month, I pick a new genealogy project to focus on. Mother’s Day is celebrated in May here in the US, so I’ve decided this month I’ll work on the origins of my matrilineal line. It’s a quest that starts with family lore, searches for historical documents to support that story, and will end up exploring DNA evidence in order to draw a conclusion. 

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An open letter to my DNA cousins

Dear Cousin,

I’m so glad to ‘meet’ you through DNA testing! I have lots of family history gems to share and explore with you. Perhaps we can help each other. I have copies of wills and obituaries and photos and maps I can send you–and family lore too!

Since March is the month we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I’d offer several Irish examples. (But there’s a Colonial American example at the end too.)

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