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Ancestral Discovery

Choosing a DNA test

Hopefully you have read DNA part 1, in which I talked about why to take a test, and ethnic estimates. Let’s start here with some other fundamentals. We are the...

DNA tests — why? how?

DNA tests — why? how? In DNA part 1, I talked about why to take a test, and ethnicity estimates. Let’s start here with some other fundamentals. We are the […]

What can DNA tell us?

I’m going to step away from “documentary” genealogy — which focuses on written records — and talk about DNA or genetic genealogy, which is gaining much...

Counting our ancestors

Hopefully by now, you have spent time gathering existing information, including family stories, starting your pedigree (June 25, 2020), and interviewing relatives (July...

Next stop: vital records

While I have focused on death records in the last three columns due to some personal tragedy, it’s time to look at other evidence of our ancestors’ lives. Death...

Another death too close to home, and more

I’m not one to talk about my personal life in these columns, but my absence last month was due to helping with the aftermath of losing a second nephew. Readers...

Death records as genealogy tools

My last column was probably the hardest one to write, talking about my nephew’s tragic death. But it morbidly inspired me to address a few death records: obituaries,...

The genealogy of heartbreak

Genealogy is almost always a joy for me to talk and write about — today, not so much. I recently returned home from a tragedy that relates to family history […]

What’s so Jewish about genealogy?

For the last three columns, I’ve been writing mostly about basic genealogy concepts, but now it’s time to look at what’s unique about Jewish genealogy. As I said...

Watering your family tree with bureaucracy

If you’ve been following this column for the last couple of months, you have hopefully started your tree by creating a pedigree, and started interviewing relatives (on...