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4 New DNA Guides for Easy Reference to a Complex Subject – Get all 4 Togther and SAVE 15% Through Monday, October 27th

You first learned about DNA in high school biology. You probably then did your best to forget about DNA until about a decade ago when DNA testing became a reality as an affordable, relatively speaking, individual identifier and tool for tracking one’s family history. Now every genealogist is a DNA expert. Right? OK, probably not. […]

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Autosomal DNA for the Genealogist

You first learned about DNA in high school biology. You probably then did your best to forget about DNA until about a decade ago when DNA testing became a reality as an affordable, relatively speaking, individual identifier and tool for tracking one’s family history. Now every genealogist is a DNA expert. Right? OK, probably not. […]

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Mitochondrial DNA for the Genealogist

You first learned about DNA in high school biology. You probably then did your best to forget about DNA until about a decade ago when DNA testing became a reality as an affordable, relatively speaking, individual identifier and tool for tracking one’s family history. Now every genealogist is a DNA expert. Right? OK, probably not. […]

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Y Chromosome DNA for the Genealogist

You first learned about DNA in high school biology. You probably then did your best to forget about DNA until about a decade ago when DNA testing became a reality as an affordable, relatively speaking, individual identifier and tool for tracking one’s family history. Now every genealogist is a DNA expert. Right? OK, probably not. […]

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Getting Started: Genetics for the Genealogist

You first learned about DNA in high school biology. You probably then did your best to forget about DNA until about a decade ago when DNA testing became a reality as an affordable, relatively speaking, individual identifier and tool for tracking one’s family history. Now every genealogist is a DNA expert. Right? OK, probably not. […]

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Finding Your Chicago Ancestors

When talking about the origins of ancestral roots in America, New York may come first to mind for many people. However, no major city can be ignored in research. Many people can trace their family trees through one or more ports and through one or more major metropolitan areas. Chicago was home to people from […]

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Evernote for Mac for Genealogists

Last year Lisa Louise Cooke brought us Evernote for Windows for Genealogists. Here is a portion of the review I wrote for this guide: Evernote has quickly become a very popular tech tool among genealogists. Likewise, laminated guides have also become popular among family historians looking for solid reference materials to assist in a variety […]

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Genealogy at a Glance: North Carolina Genealogy Research

Reported records of exploration by colonists into the Carolinas began in 1622. Carolina became an official colony in 1663 by charter of Charles II. The province was split in two, north and south, in 1710. This is just part of the “Settlement Background” information found in the new laminated guide, Genealogy at a Glance: North […]

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Graveyards of Chicago, Second Edition – 15% Off Now Through October 23, 2014

Considering that Halloween is coming up in a couple of weeks, it seems a good time to write about cemeteries. A few days ago, I received a review copy of a new book entitled Graveyards of Chicago, The People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries. The book was written by Matt Hucke and […]

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Quicksheet: Your Stripped-Bare Guide to HISTORICAL ‘PROOF’

If you have spent much time reading on this website, then you must have read something by now about Elizabeth Shown Mills. Mills is an expert researcher and family historian. Her works include top selling books on proving and citing sources: Evidence!: Citation & Analysis for the Family Historian and Evidence Explained, Evidence Explained: Citing […]

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Polish Roots is Now in a New Second Edition! 15% Off Sale Extended Through October 20

Rosemary Chorzempa’s Polish Roots has been the leading guidebook for Polish genealogical research for over 20 years. During that time, there have been numerous advances in Polish genealogy research. As all of my reader’s know, the Internet has made the task of locating Polish ancestors much easier, as more information and images are made available […]

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Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective on How, Why, and When Vintage Fashions Evolved

Many of the books that I have reviewed have much to offer not just to genealogist but also historians, scientists, professionals and people from all walks of life. However, most of the books don’t point out their potential value to these other groups. Out-of-Style: A Modern Perspective on How, Why, and When Vintage Fashions Evolved […]

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Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration: A British Government Redemptioner Project to Manufacture Naval Stores

Early Eighteenth Century Palatine Emigration: A British Government Redemptioner Project to Manufacture Naval Stores is a scholarly book, full of details and amassed facts in an effort to explain the mass migrations from the war torn Rhine Valley in the early 1700s.  The Palatines were driven from their homes, into the British Empire, by circumstance […]

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Stage-Coach and Tavern Days

Growing up I read my share of novels. Many of these included fantasy stories where taverns often play a major role as meeting place, rest stop, and center of information. Then there were the stories of the “wild west” where gun fights and town business seem to always center around shady activities and entertainment found […]

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Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition – On Sale for 15% Off Thru Thursday, March 6

The Board for Certification of Genealogists [BCG] has just released a major upgrade to its book, Genealogy Standards: 50th Anniversary Edition. For the record, that is 50 years of the BCG. The guidebook is 14 years old. The Standards were first released in 2000 after a three year initiative to create a combined and clear […]

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