Expanding My DNA Reach So, I finally had just a few minutes to continue my DNA adventure. I decided to expand my reach by uploading my raw DNA results from the AncestryDNA test to MyHeritage. My rationale for doing so is that the analysis they run is slightly different and the DNA database they use
Visualizing Tree Data Problems Open Google Maps and search for “PA.” Although a common abbreviation for “Pennsylvania,” without context Google Maps shows you Panama! The Family Nexus iPhone app automatically maps birth, marriage, death, and burial locations of 6+ generations of your FamilySearch family tree. It uses the “standardized” place associated with locations of life
Development Update Last week we passed the 1,000 download milestone! For the devoted readers of my blog I thought it would be nice to provide an “inside” look at the development status of The Family Nexus mobile app. Since RootsTech we have been focusing on some key enhancements to the free version as well as adding
Last week I discovered a new blogger friend at One Rhode Island Family, Diane Boumenot. She posted a delightful article called “A Sense of Place” that really resonated with me. In her article she provides some very great resources for discovering the exact places your ancestors lived. These resources are specific to Rhode Island, but
A Census is a Census. Right? You would think that a census would have pretty much the same information from one U.S. Census year to the next. However, this is simply not true. When I first began doing genealogical research I was astounded (and intimidated) when someone would tell me, “You need to find the
Attaching Sources in FamilySearch Found Elsewhere RecordSeek.com is a free tool that allows you to create a source on FamilySearch.org or Ancestry.com from any site on the web. To be honest, I had heard about it before, but I hadn’t used it until this week. I was definitely missing out! Let me explain how it works
Index Records With the FamilySearch Pilot Tool Have you ever searched for a historical record on FamilySearch only to discover that they haven’t been indexed? Are you patiently waiting for the day when that record set will finally make it to an official indexing project? This is where the FamilySearch Pilot Tool can come in handy.
My Great-Grandmother is AWOL! Have you ever had a time when you couldn’t find a family in a particular record set, like a census? You are positive the family is in a certain place but you just can’t find them on FamilySearch.org. That has happened to me before! It was so frustrating I felt like
Introducing BillionGraves Tree BillionGraves made a splash on the genealogy scene 5 years ago with their goal to photograph, geotag, and index 1 billion headstones or more. I would argue that they are one of the relative newcomers that has staying power in the industry. (See my earlier review of their BillionGraves Plus features.) At
Memories of my Grandparents’ House Until I was about 12 years old, my mother’s parents lived in Phoenix, Arizona. In fact they lived in a small house at 3612 E. Palm Lane where they lived for over three decades. It was probably less than 800 square feet, but I have big memories of the place.