Showing posts from February, 2020

Geneanet - now for DNA matching too!

If you have recent immigrant ancestors, especially from France, perhaps you have used Geneanet . The free resources are quite good. So it was with some excitement that I saw: Geneanet now launches Geneanet DNA, a new beta test service which allows you to upload the raw data of a DNA test kit taken with any company, to compare it to other Geneanet members' DNA data. Click here to discover Geneanet DNA The FamilySearch Wiki describes Geneanet:  Geneanet was launched in 1996 by genealogy enthusiasts to help family history researchers sharing their data. They wanted their users to pay only if they want and that’s why they created the Premium service. Most of the website pages and features are available for free but you can take advantage of Ad-Free browsing, more effective search engine and access to additional records by subscribing to the Premium. The site can be viewed in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. They add: Geneanet is especially u

DNA Tools - MyHeritage

Did you get a MyHeritage DNA testing kit this winter, or give one to a relative? MyHeritage does not have the large database that does, but much of their customer base is in Europe and Israel, where they are headquartered. So if you have relatively recent European /Jewish ancestry, your time spent using their DNA tools could be valuable to your research. MyHeritage accepts DNA uploads, so if you have tested elsewhere, you can still match with their database.  Receiving DNA Matches and contacting them is free and unlimited. Unlocking additional DNA features (Chromosome Browser, Ethnicity Estimate, Shared ancestral places, and more) costs an extra fee. - Build a small tree on the site (or upload a small gedcom) and then link you on your tree to your DNA kit or upload. Both a tree and kit are needed to make the tools work for you. If you want to use MyHeritage research tools a membership is needed. And every Family History Cen

Heroes--Challenges and Opportunities

Year of Anniversaries 2020--Have you noticed that there are some momentous anniversaries this year?  The Mayflower landed at Plymouth in 1620--400 years ago !  Do you have Mayflower ancestors?  Are you planning to attend any Mayflower celebrations? A bit closer to present day is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment--Women's Suffrage .  Did you have an ancestor involved with that struggle for equality? There are many other anniversaries this year-- 75 years from the end of World War II , 40 years after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens,   You can probably name many more and please do! Do you have a hero, of either gender, someone you admire for his or her contribution to an eventful struggle? Or did an event impact you or your family?  Here is a challenge and an opportunity to honor a person or relate an event--write a paragraph or two and submit it here for publication. Here is an example of my hero connected to the Women's Suffrage Movement and the 19th Amendment


Recently a short YouTube Family History Fanatics video about Puzzilla popped up which seemed interesting, so I searched a bit and found  Use to Find Genealogy Research Opportunities on  and the website itself. What I like about it is that it can be used for analysis and it is beautiful . It's sometimes difficult to show our research in a way that interests family members. Puzzilla is attractive and interactive as well as useful.  There is a paid version which is available for use at some Family History Centers. Next Research Workshop, I plan to check it out and see how much more there is! I played with both the ancestor and descendants function. First, the ancestors of my grandson Oscar: Grandson Oscar's ancestors: some work to do! Son of our immigrant from the Alsace, Casper Baysinger's descendants: Beautiful, don't you think? Gorgeous! but it's not so pretty when there are few descendants, or the re