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Ancestral Discovery

Don’t agonize — organize!

There’s a political adage: “Don’t agonize — organize!” This applies to genealogy, too. We often agonize over our unorganized, growing mountain of “stuff,”...

Getting those records is a journey

I previously presented the different kinds of documents that might have captured your ancestors, and where you might find them.

Deciphering census records

First a correction: Last month I implied that immigrants who didn’t want to become citizens don’t have immigration records. Actually, ship manifests — which are...

From whence came our ancestors?

I will not address the politics of immigration here, although there are intersections of Jewish immigration and politics. Instead, I’ll focus on our ancestors’...

DNA testing — the best part

Recap: Part 1 discussed why to do a DNA test. Part 2 about how and where to test. Part 3 delved who to test and the two other genealogical DNA […]

DNA testing — who goes first?

Part 1 on my DNA series looked at why to test for genealogy and ethnic estimates. Part 2 explored who the big testing companies are, the best place to start, […]

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...