May I Introduce You Article Published Today

I am so honored to be featured by Gini Webb of Ginisology in today’s online issue of Geneblogger.  Here’s the link to the article:



Roots of Faith

There is a new series called Roots of Faith aired on Catholic Life Television.  For air times and more details check their site.

The show explores our ancestral origins to help know more about who we are today.   Very interesting series.




Collaborative Web Sites

Here is a list of sites where genealogist can find and share family history:



FamilySearch Wiki



Resource Checklist

In July 2008, Family Tree Magazine posted a genealogical resource checklist.  Here are some of the suggestions:

Cemetery and Funeral Home
burial records
grave-relocation records
tombstone inscriptions

Church Records
confirmation records

Court Records
civil records
criminal records
estate inventories
licenses and permits
name changes
property foreclosures

Immigration Records
alien registration cards
citizenship papers
passenger lists

birth announcements
engagement/marriage/anniversary announcements
ethnic newspapers
family reunion announcements
legal notices
runaway notices

Published Sources
compiled genealogies
genealogical periodicals
local and county histories
record abstracts and transcriptions



GedMatch DNA Report

I am so confused!!!

GedMatch reports are so much more involved than Ancestry DNA.  If anyone decides to have their DNA done, I would highly recommend uploading the raw data to GedMatch. Don’t get me wrong, both have their pros and cons.

I have a few reports showing a small percentage (2.86%) of Native American heritage. I posted a query for confirmation that I have read the report correctly. No answer as of it.

Today, I have studied Chromosome Painting reports and find them fascinating! The colored graphs are awesome and show all  22 chromosomes by population.  So, my little percentage shows up in a big way! I’ve also learned that in a chromosome graph the paternal side shows from top down and the maternal is from bottom up.  My Native ancestry is predominately on my father’s side, but also some on my mother’s side. How far back and who, I have no idea!

The GedMatch DNA reports confirm most of my heritage is from Germany, England, Ireland and Belgium which ties in with my family research.  However, there are several locations that I didn’t know about and I will need to research further.

This is an extremely detailed project and will take more time to check. Overall, I am extremely pleased so far and well worth doing!





Mastering Evernote for Genealogy Boot Camp

Just ran across this in my email and thought it would be of interest to others too.

Mastering Evernote for Genealogy Boot Camp.

How I Organize Evernote: A Peek Inside My Personal System

Ancestral Paths:

This is a great idea to control all the articles you find on the net. In addition to Evernote, I also use Microsoft’s OneNote. My files are set-up as notebooks by surname. Then I store notes under each surname with pages for each note. Example:

page 1-story

Either software is well worth considering. However, Evernote does have limitations on the free version. I’m not sure if OneNote does or not.

Originally posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter:

A few weeks ago, I wrote a Plus Edition article entitled (+) My Method of Filing Digital Images and Documents. It is still available at In the article, I described the system I use for organizing digital photographs and all sorts of other documents on my computer’s hard drive and in online backups.

I was planning to write a similar article about organizing all sorts of information within Evernote, one of the handiest programs available for genealogists and for millions of other computer users as well. However, when researching the article on the World Wide Web, I found that Michael Hyatt had already written an article about that and his methods are similar to my own. He doesn’t write about genealogy uses of Evernote but most of what he writes applies to genealogy as well as to thousands of other topics.

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