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.
For many years I have wondered who the other family in this photo is, so I decided to publish it in the hope that someone might see it and be able to identify them. There is a chance that it was taken somewhere in the Rugeley, Brereton, Longdon, Abbots Bromley, Colton, Armitage, or Lichfield areas.
When the 'Sobraon' sailed from Plymouth in September 1883, one of the passengers on board was a young man from Lichfield in Staffordshire. He diarised his voyage, and his story ended up back in Lichfield and was published by The Lichfield Mercury just a few months later. Part 2 completes the remainder of his 100 day trip to New South Wales via Melbourne.
In September 1883, a well-educated young man from Lichfield in Staffordshire embarked on a lengthy voyage that he would likely remember forever. He left England on the 'Sobraon' and sailed for a far away land of prosperity and hope - Australia. I have transcribed the full account of his voyage, as printed by The Lichfield Mercury in two parts in March and April, 1884.
Courtesy of the Australian Government, genealogists researching Australian families are extremely lucky to have free online access to some great indexes and digitised records at the National Archives of Australia and the National Library of Australia.
Due to the political and economic turmoil in Italy after WWII, thousands of Italians migrated to Australia to find work and a new home for their families. In Australia’s 2011 census, over 916,000 persons identified themselves as having Italian ancestry. Some families may have lost touch during and after migration, as siblings and other relatives ended up in different parts of different countries.
From the international tourists who flock here to visit the wonders of the reef and rainforest, to the regular holiday-makers from the southern states escaping cold winters, many people enjoy a little bit of Cairns now and then, and some of us are lucky to experience it every day.