Month: November 2018

DNA cM Across Four generations
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How does DNA pass on over four generations?

Blaine Bettinger has done some great work in gathering data on shared cM as part of his Shared cM project. But how about looking at a single family? How do some of those Shared cM amounts line up? Before Blaine’s shared cM project, we just had percentages based on DNA halfing each generation. Because of […]

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What are Legacy NFS Sources on FamilySearch
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What are Legacy NFS sources on FamilySearch?

  When working FamilySearch, do you ever come across extracted Legacy NFS sources and the Personal Pages of your ancestors? Do you wish you knew what to do with them? If you thought the IGI sources were confusing, Legacy Sources are worse. What are the Legacy NFS sources? FamilySearch Family Tree is a compilation database that […]

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Genetic Genealogy - What is a 2nd-4th Cousin Match?
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What are 2nd-4th Cousin DNA Matches?

  You have received your DNA results, and now you are going through your DNA relatives and keep on seeing something like a 1st – 2nd Cousin or 2nd – 4th Cousin. What does this mean in relation to you? We have thousands of cousins, actually, billions of cousins. It is just that most of […]

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What are IGI Sources on FamilySearch
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What is an IGI source on Family Search?

  When working FamilySearch, do you ever come across extracted IGI records and not know what these are or what you should do about them? The IGI sources can cause great confusion for beginning genealogists. The IGI is so well known that it has made an appearance a romance novel where the heroine who happens […]

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Genetic Genealogy: Related in Multiple Ways
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The Confusion of DNA Matching in Multiple Ways

  We receive DNA from our mother and father, who received it from their mother and father. And for most of us, those ancestors going back several generations are unique. But what happens when they aren’t unique? Most of us have a family tree that branches out, growing in size with each generation, and our […]

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Genealogy 101
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How to Search For the Name Behind An Ancestor’s Initial

Did you find an ancestor who appears in multiple records with an initial? Is it possible to determine what the initial standards for? In a previous post, I shared how I began mapping out the problem of, “Who are G. Winfield Underwood’s parents?” I ran into the question of what does G initial stands for? If […]

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Fun with Family History
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Is Finland Part of Scandinavia? – A Genealogical Controversy

  You never know what kind of controversy you can dig up with an offhanded comment. So today, we’re going to tackle one that I made while filming a video about DNA and Ethnicity. If you’ve attended my workshops or watched my DNA videos on YouTube, you’ve heard me say “DNA doesn’t lie, but it doesn’t […]

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Genealogy 101
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Are You Reviewing the Research of Others?

  Do you ever encounter research that someone else has done on a new-to-you ancestor? Chances are you have. Before you start attaching all of that research to your tree – STOP, and Peer Review When you come across another genealogist’s research, you should review what they discovered to ensure that it’s accurate. Genealogists can […]

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Writing Family History

How to Arrange Photos in Family Histories

Reader Question: Where should I put the photos in my writing? Should I put the images next to the paragraph I wrote? Should I put them at the end of a chapter? Or should I put all the photos in a photo section?  ~ Robert Murphy, PA Thanks, Robert. Great question. Having written over 120 […]

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How do I get my kids interested in genealogy?

Do you ever wish your kids were more interested in family history? Do you think, they’ll probably enjoy learning about some of the intriguing and fascinating ancestors more than ‘boring farmer’? Do your children not show an active interest in genealogy? I feel strongly that: Think of the music that your parents shared with you […]

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