The Search for Our Ancestry: Interpreting DNA
(24 November 2015)
Siblings’ DNA will match 100 percent (or nearly so) only for identical twins, who formed from one sperm and one egg.
The Search for Our Ancestry: AncestryDNA Revisited
(7 September 2015)
Ancestry.com was offering to send me a free test kit and would reanalyze my sample for free.
The Search for Our Ancestry: Social Media and Genealogy
(8 August 2015)
Genealogists of all stripes have long subscribed to the idea of “reciprocal acts of kindness.”
I usually encourage genealogy researchers to share their family trees online to make connections with others who may be researching similar information.
The Search for Our Ancestry: The DNA Testing Community
(18 March 2015)
The more people who participate in genealogical DNA testing, the more potential relationships can be found.
The Search for Our Ancestry: Are You My Cousin?
(1 January 2015)
DNA testing can give you the means to extend your family tree.
The Search for Our Ancestry: DNA and Family Trees
(6 November 2014)
Contrary to what many believe, DNA tests cannot take a sample of one’s genetic material and magically produce a list of ancestors.
The Search for Our Ancestry: How Can DNA Results Help Our Search?
(16 September 2014)
Our traits have been passed down from our ancestors via the coding described by substances called deoxyribonucleic acids: DNA.
The Search for Our Ancestry: DNA Revisited
(14 August 2014)
Consider the various reasons for having a DNA test.
I have found that when folks plan to find “relatives” in the “old country” they tend to concentrate on relatives with only two surnames: their father’s and their mother’s.
One trick is to search for the name of a nearby neighbor of your family.
The Search for Our Ancestry: What Does that Mean in English?
(9 April 2014)
A novice researcher may face difficulty when unfamiliar with the language of his/her forefathers.
The Search for Our Ancestry: Features on Ancestry.com
(21 March 2014)
This column is not an endorsement of Ancestry, but I urge interested novice genealogists to try the site and draw their own conclusions.
The Search for Our Ancestry: The Three Dimensions of Genealogy
(13 February 2014)
Researching your parents is backward genealogy, researching your siblings is sideways genealogy, and researching your children is forward genealogy.
Generally, it’s a good idea to use FamilySearch and Ancestry.com in concert.
FamilySearch's Learning Center has hundreds of online genealogy courses.
If finding famous ancestors is your sole reason for doing genealogical research, you are likely to be disappointed.
FamilySearch’s homepage is the starting point for the free Mormon site, with a variety of options.
If you have not used FamilySearch recently, it will appear completely different to you.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has had its members travel the world and make microfilm photocopies of all manner of original records from dozens of nations.
I want my DNA tested, not someone else’s, not even my son’s, whose DNA would contain genetic material (his mother’s) that is different than mine.
I’ve heard that “rejection” is not uncommon with any of the venues that offer DNA testing.
Every human has DNA markers that uniquely identify a person but are also shared to some extent by his or her relatives and ancestors.
You may be surprised at how some of your ancestors’ names were listed.
Information on citizenship and naturalization can help to find other records about our immigrant ancestors.
From the earliest days of the United States of America, citizenship was an important status for its residents.
If anyone traces his lineage back 20 generations or so, the odds of finding a “noble” ancestor increase.
A little time spent on researching collateral lines may help you find valuable information about your direct line.
When unsure of the validity of surnames from any country, not just Italy, I use the Internet to get a feel for the name.
The 1930 U.S. Census is important for researchers because it was the last census to include information on immigration and naturalization.
Some of the questions in the 1930 census were unique, and responses to them can be valuable in finding further information about the family.
Thus, this is the first U.S. census in which my name appears, as well as the names of many 50plus Senior News readers.
Sometimes the more common types of records are insufficient to break through a genealogical “brick wall.”
The Church of Latter-Day Saints’ free site FamilySearch is a valuable resource for genealogical researchers.
Regardless of your ancestor’s country, knowing his birth town is essential for extending your research.
The first federal census was in 1790, under Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.
In prehistory, Scotland was settled by an influx of settlers from Ireland, and the two peoples share many common traits.
I’ll pause in my presentation of online methods for researching genealogy to reply to questions from readers.
Most of the various counties, townships, and other political subdivisions of England and Wales have a wealth of records.
This month, I’ll begin my review with the source of the ancestors of the greatest number of Americans, the United Kingdom.
If you’re interested in genealogy, set aside some time to seriously “surf the Web” to see which sites best fit your needs.
There are dozens of online sites catering to the serious and not-so-serious researcher.
The rapid proliferation and growth of Internet genealogy sites calls for a refresher on the subject.
A situation in which no amount of research can find a particular ancestor or generation of ancestors is called a “brick wall” by genealogists.
When a tombstone and a marriage certificate disagree, how do you find a
relative's correct birth date?
Write to Angelo at
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website,
He is the author of the book The Lady of the Wheel (La Ruotaia),
based on his genealogical research of Sicilian foundlings.
For more information, see www.bit.ly/SicilianStory.