Why We Need to Know

Why We Need to Know

As I wait for the weeks to go by until my DNA test results return I’m reading and studying up on how DNA genealogy works. It is far more complex than I ever realized. I fear, as I think most people who jump into it completely new do, that it might take an advanced degree to make sense of the results. So I’m not ready yet to talk about how it might or might not help me or anyone else. But there some other interesting things to discuss about DNA family research in advance of all that. My motivations, I’ve…

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Which Tree Do I Use?

The most difficult part of Family History is knowing where to start. Many will tell you to just begin to build your family tree. Years ago, this was a paper-driven exercise. Folks literally would just write it down, usually in a journal or diary of some kind. Many would write their family trees in their family Bible. Over time, the paper trail became more organized as forms were devised and standards were adopted in the early 20th century. These days, of course, we use computers. Computers and the Internet give us nearly unlimited choices when it comes to family trees.…

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Tips for Roots Tech Even If You Can’t Go

Attending Roots Tech is kind of like going to Disneyland. There is so much to see and do you almost don’t know where to begin. Since you are devoting time and resources to the effort it is best to approach it with a plan. If you go to Roots Tech, here are the best things to bear in mind: 1. What’s your motivation for going? If you think you’re going to find the secret to getting past that obstacle on Great Grandpa’s line you might want to check your thinking. Roots Tech will point you to resources, it will connect…

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