Robert ‘Bob’ Taylor was almost 10 years old when he was called to the office of the Catholic orphanage where he lived in Salford, Lancashire, England. He was told that his full name was Robert Bernard Taylor, that his date of birth was 12 September 1939, and that he needed to memorise these details.
Those new to DNA testing for genealogy will soon become aware of GEDmatch. Common questions asked in genetic genealogy groups once a member receives their autosomal DNA results include: "How do I upload my raw data to GEDmatch?", "How do I use GEDmatch once I have uploaded?", and "What does it all mean?".
A Family Finder test is a very simple DNA test that anyone of any age or gender can do. It is called 'Family Finder' because it has the potential to find family. Family Finder is very popular with genealogists (family historians) looking to extend their family trees and solve family mysteries.
Thousands of genealogists have tested their DNA for family history purposes, but from my experience it seems that many are not members of DNA Interest Groups (DIGs) or even family history societies - they are going it alone, or getting their support entirely online.
When you test your autosomal DNA, your X-DNA is also examined and included in your raw data &/or match results. When you match someone on your autosomal DNA and also share segments on the X-chromosome, the unique inheritance pattern of X-chromosomes can help isolate your common ancestor to particular lines of your ancestry.
Once your DNA results have been released, you'll be keen to start emailing your closest matches, especially if any of their surnames or places look familiar. If you are new to genetic genealogy, follow the tips below to help you get a better response to your enquiries.
For genealogical purposes, there are three main types of DNA tests that are available: Y-chromosome (Y-DNA) tests for the direct paternal line, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) tests for the direct maternal line, and autosomal DNA (atDNA) tests for finding matches on all your ancestral lines.
Earlier this month I attended the 19th annual Bartlett Family Reunion in outer-suburban Melbourne. It is a lively gathering of descendants of my Tasmanian convict ancestor William Bartlett.
Once you start taking an interest in DNA testing for family history purposes, you will naturally want to find out more about how everything works - the test types, who to test, choice of testing companies, understanding results, taking it further, support groups, online forums, advanced tools, projects, etc.
For those venturing into the fascinating world of DNA testing for family history, be prepared for the occasional influx of emails from prospective relatives. Autosomal DNA tests such as Family Tree DNA's Family Finder test have the potential to find hundreds of matches, initiating many new contacts via email.
To celebrate National Family History Month, MyHeritage family history website is offering free access to Australian historical records from August 15th to 22nd - that's from today until next Friday, so get into detective mode for the weekend and the week ahead and start exploring!
Pietro never knew he had a daughter. Since her mother passed away, his daughter is now looking for him, even though he would be aged in his late 90s if he was still alive. Pietro was in Naples in 1942/43, where he met his daughter’s mother, who loved him very much.
Have you ordered your first DNA test kit and are wondering what it will look like and how you will use it? Or are you considering doing a DNA test to help with your family research and want to learn more before you order - what's in the kit and how you physically take the test?
So, you've decided to test your DNA or that of another family member? Not sure how? Well, once you've decided who to test and selected the appropriate test type, ordering the test kit is quick and easy. Just follow these simple steps and your Family Tree DNA test kit will be ordered and on its way!
Australia’s state-based online information resources can provide vital records to help you grow your family tree or relocate living relatives. If you are just starting your family history research, read about Australia's free national resources first, to locate records of any interactions your family may have had with the government - such as immigration, military service, naturalisation, and patent applications. Also look for news or family announcements published in newspapers.
If you are already an avid fan of Microsoft’s Snipping Tool, then this post is probably not for you - unless you want to see how I make use of it. If, on the other hand, you have no idea what the Snipping Tool is, or you've heard of it but never used it, then you must read on!
For ANZAC Day today, I decided to share two photographs from my family's photo collection. Both photos originate from the same family album belonging to a cousin of my mother. I have limited information about the soldiers in the photos, as the original owner is now deceased, but I would like to share them in case others can claim them as belonging to their families.
Was your ancestor enumerated twice? Success in locating our ancestors’ families in the census returns generally falls into two distinct types: the majority of families that we find relatively quickly and easily (or with just a few tweaks of the search criteria), versus those ‘difficult’ few families that we just can’t locate in a particular census, regardless of how many times we try again, and again, using different search strategies.
Social media and social networking have changed the way genealogists network and carry out their research, compared with, say, 20 years ago. Along with all the new technologies and resources available to us comes a lot more potential for new contacts, collaborations and discoveries.