That Chance We Share No DNA

DNA analysis is often about the numbers. When I reviewed my DNA matches one of the first surprises I made was another descendant of Erasmus and Anna Catharina (Groß) Trautvetter. These are not a set of recent ancestors. Erasmus and Anna Catharina were married in 1791 Wohlmuthausen, Thuringen, Germany. That’s where he died in 1841 […]


A Grave Citation Mistake

I believe in citation of sources. But there’s a problem with the citation that is currently being auto-generated by Find A Grave. It’s not in the format, the syntax, or the grammar. It’s in what is “cited.” The cemetery is being cited in the auto-generated Find A Grave citation as having the “original” (after the Memorial number […]

GedMatch Tier 1 Webinar Regstrations Ending on 17 November

GedMatch is a great site to get more from your DNA test results. Registrations and pre-orders of downloads are ending on 17 November for our upcoming GedMatch Tier webinar on 19 November. Our announcement page has more details on this upcoming presentation and our already recorded GedMatch webinar which can be ordered for immediate download.

My First Genealogy Confusion

I’m helping a cousin with her Daughters of the American Revolution application for our mutual ancestor. This cousin and I have a lot of mutual ancestors who came from the eastern United States and Germany to settle in Hancock County, Illinois. That’s where both of us were born and raised. I don’t remember this cousin […]

FamilySearch to Require Use of Free Accounts Starting 13 Dec 2017

From the blog post on FamilySearch: Beginning December 13, 2017, patrons visiting FamilySearch.org will see a prompt to register for a free FamilySearch account or to sign in to their existing account to continue enjoying all the free expanded benefits FamilySearch has to offer. We’re just passing this along. The free account (I’ve had one for years […]

The Iowa Messenger of 1895’s Obituary for Margaret Krebs

Religious newspapers can provide details on individuals not given in other publications. They can be easily overlooked by researchers, particularly if they are not easy to locate or if researchers only focus on traditional newspapers. As more and more newspapers generally become available in digital format online, access is even easier. This 1885 obituary for […]