RootsTech Videos on Your Smartphone

I'm looking forward to watching all of the available RootsTech videos from this year's conference, but the only time I really get to watch something on my own is when I'm going to bed and I do it on my smartphone. I was disappointed to see that the videos embedded on the RootsTech website were using … [Read more...]

Passing on the Stories

Now that my daughter is getting older and she now really enjoys reading and stories, I've been trying to think about a neat way to tell her about her ancestry. The things I may find interesting about my ancestry, besides the stories, like dates and history, are usually pretty boring for kids. I … [Read more...]

Frank’s Interactive Timeline

Frank Zalewski

I've been playing with an open source tool called Timeline JS that builds a visually-rich, interactive timeline based on whatever data I tell it to use. One of the options it has is to use data from a Google Docs spreadsheet. Add that ability along with their option to embed one right from their … [Read more...]

Germany, Prussia, Pomerania Church Records

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FamilySearch has a boatload of church records scanned and available online for Germany, Prussia, and Pomerania from 1544-1945, though I would estimate that most of them are in the middle of that range. Currently they're not available for searching, but I did see them in the indexing software, so … [Read more...]

Google Plus Your Passions

Google Plus

If you're a visitor to social networks of any kind, you've probably already heard about Google+ (or Google Plus.) Though, maybe as I have noticed, you seem to hear mostly negative things about it, usually on Facebook. I've read posts about how it's a wasteland or "none of my friends are on it." I'd … [Read more...]

DNA: Autosomal DNA

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This is Part 4 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven’t read it, yet, view Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Today we're going to look into the last set of DNA that you can use in your research, Autosomal … [Read more...]

DNA: X Marks the Spot

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This is Part 3 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven’t read it, yet, view Part 1 or Part 2. I had the YDNA and mtDNA down pretty good in my head. One is paternal, one is maternal, and so on. Then … [Read more...]

DNA: X? Y? So Many Letters.

My DNA lines

This is Part 2 in a series of post dedicated to finding out more information about your DNA test results from 23andMe or Family Tree DNA. If you haven't read it, yet, view Part 1. There are four main types of DNA that can be used for genealogy purposes: Autosomal, X Chromosome, Y Chromosome, and … [Read more...]