DNA

Unknown Soldiers: DNA technology makes it possible for their remains to be identified.

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            Unknown soldiers can be identified! More than 83,000 US service members lost since the start of WWII are still missing, according to a representative of the Department of Defence. Several lie in forgotten graves on the battlefield and below memorials offering no clue to their identities. New techniques in DNA technology may mean we …

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DNA Map of UK migration.

British Ancestry: a mixture of genetic DNA from other populations.

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           Genetic signatures have been found among Britons that strongly illustrate their historical roots from various locations of the UK, resulting in a highly detailed and descriptive map of genetic variations. The analysis shows clusters of genetic variation within the late 1800s, when the population was less migratory, and reflects historical waves of migration by a …

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Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

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             My children’s ancestry branches backward into history, through Welsh Quakers immigrants in Pennsylvania, to Welsh royalty and then to British royalty, including Prince William. It was surprising to learn Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?   The result of these connections is that my husband and children are distantly related (20th cousins …

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DNA, archaeology, anthropology and genealogy open eyes to the past.

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           It seems that every time I turn on my computer to view the internet, I find new articles and posts about discoveries made in DNA, archaeology, genealogy and even science, that shed new light on our search into the origins of our own family and heritage, and the origins of our ethnic groups. Today I …

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Barack Obama

I learn my husband may be descended from the first documented slave in America, John Punch…

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            A while ago I learned from news headlines that President Barack Obama is descended via marriage from John Punch, the first documented African slave in America. He was an indentured servant declared a slave for life in punishment for attempting an escape in 1640. Ancestry.com has been researching Barack Obama’s ancestry for several years …

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Erik IX, Saint, King of Sweden

Erik IX, King of Sweden

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3          3SharesErik IX, King of Sweden, is 26th great grandfather of my children on their father’s side. The odd thing about this ancestry is that it is not through my husband’s mother’s Swedish ancestry, but through his father’s Welsh, and Royal ancestors. Keeping in mind the quality of sources going back that far, I have sourced …

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Cavemen

Do you have Neanderthal DNA? You may well ask if you are hairy, have tough skin, nails and thick hair.

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2          2SharesA while ago, I happened upon an extremely interesting news story on malaysiandigest.com, “Are You A Hairy Diabetic Smoker Who Suffers Stomach Cramps? Blame Your Neanderthal Ancestor“, in which they describe the links between remnants of Neanderthal DNA and several modern health problems. Do you have Type 2 diabetes, lupus, Crohn’s disease and biliary cirrhosis? …

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Study reveals common ancestry for all Native Americans.

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           The indigenous people of North and South America are collectively known as Native Americans. Despite the European invasion occurring several centuries ago, Native Americans are still subjugated and are yet to find a voice of their own. One of the reasons for that is a lack of scientific evidence that manages to bring forth their …

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DNA map of of Britain and Ireland reveals Viking genes | Daily Mail Online

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            The Irish are much more genetically diverse than previously believed and have Viking and Norman ancestry – just like the English, according to new research. A comprehensive DNA map of the people of the Emerald Isle has for the first time revealed lasting contributions from British, Scandinavian and French invasions. Researchers have discovered 23 …

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AncestryAcademy training.

Ancestry launches Ancestry Academy; educational video courses for family history researchers.

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           I just discovered this press release about Ancestry.com ‘s new ‘Ancestry Academy’ for family history researchers. Even though I do have over twenty years experience researching my ancestors, I have every intention of checking this out. I have never stopped learning new things in the world of genealogy blogging and research, and I’m sure a …

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Irish Genetic Homeland Finder: Ancestry by DNA, place names, surnames.

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           The Irish Genetic Homeland Finder website is taking advantage of Ireland being the one country that preceded all others in using paternal surnames, by using the surnames as well as DNA and geographical place names in pinpointing direct male ancestry for approximately 1,000 years. This is an interactive site available to anyone who may be …

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Jack the Ripper identified through DNA testing.

DNA solves mystery of the identity of Jack the Ripper.

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           It is gratifying that in today’s day and age, science and technology are such that DNA solves mysteries and breaks down walls in more than just genealogy. It holds the promise of possibly identifying the culprits in unsolved crimes throughout history – as long as DNA can be found on artifacts left on the scene. …

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Genealogy News Bites to July 1, 2014.

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           The following are the genealogy news bites and headlines up to and including June 30, 2014. KQED (blog) You Can Transform Your Genetic Ancestry Data into Health Info, But Your … For just $5, Promethease can turn ancestry/family DNA data from companies like 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, and/or ancestry.com into DNA health data. The link here has …

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Genealogy News Bites to June 3, 2014

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           The following are the genealogy news bites and headlines to June 3, 2014. FamilySearch Blog RootsTech 2015 Now Accepting Presentation Proposals The RootsTech Content Committee is now accepting dynamic presentations for RootsTech 2015 that inform and educate both those seeking to begin and those continuing to discover their family story through technology… 15-Year-Old Organizes Unique Genealogy …

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Genealogy News Bites – May 5, 2014

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           In an effort to help ease the load of searching for genealogy news and genealogy events, I prepare a ‘Genealogy News Bites’ post to gather together what I feel are the most important or informative genealogy news headlines from the previous week (or thereabouts). Following are the most recent and relevant genealogy news headlines.   …

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Genealogy News Bites – April 19, 2014

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            In an effort to help ease the ‘news’ and ‘research’ load, I prepare a ‘Genealogy News Bites’ post to gather together what I feel are the most important or informative headlines from the previous week (or thereabouts). Following are the recent stories and headlines of interest to the genealogy community since April 10, 2014. …

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Genealogy News Bites – April 10, 2014

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           Following are the genealogy news bites and headlines up to April 10, 2014. The Week Adolf Hitler’s wife Eva Braun ‘had Jewish ancestry’ Scientists who extracted genetic material from Eva Braun’s hair found she had Jewish ancestry… Gloucester Citizen Old fashioned baby names dying out: The full list from Ancestry.co.uk Research carried out by Ancestry.co.uk …

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Genealogy News Bites to March 28, 2014

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            National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Amara is an online resource that gives individuals, communities, and larger organizations the power to overcome accessibility and language barriers for online videos.  This unique tool is simple to use, collaborative, and fun… National Archives (Great Britain) Last autumn we put out a call to the higher education sector …

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King Richard III’s genome to be sequenced by scientists.

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           Previous posts I’ve written described our fascination with King Richard III and the search for his grave, which ended successfully when his skeleton was unearthed in a Leicester parking lot in England. Now scientists have announced they will be sequencing Richard III’s DNA, which is of great interest to us and numerous other descendants of …

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DNA DataLink by DNA Services of America revolutionizes the DNA services industry.

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           DNA DataLink is an internet-based operating system that allows for complete integration between licensed and franchised services centers, and accurate test results nationwide. Lafayette, LA (PRWEB) May 26, 2013 (Published directly from the original PRESS RELEASE.) DNA Services of America, founded by entrepreneur Jeffrey A. Martin, is excited to announce that they have revolutionized the …

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DNA results: Leicester parking lot remains are those of Richard 3rd.

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           The remains found under a parking lot in Leicester are indeed those of Richard III. The identity was confirmed by tests conducted comparing DNA from the remains and those of Richard III’s nearest living relative, Michael Ibsen, a Canadian who descends directly from Richard III’s sister Anne. Richard III is 1st cousin, 24 times removed …

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Bones unearthed could be those of Richard III, King of England.

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           Richard III, 1st cousin 24 times removed to my children, was King of England from 1483 to 1485, yet is most widely known in our time as the scandalous title character of the play ‘Richard III’ by William Shakespeare. His reign ended upon his death in the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard’s checkered past before …

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DNA Solves Mystery for the Child of the Last US Soldier Killed in Vietnam

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           On Friday, the family of John O’Neal Rucker gathered with Tia McConnell and her husband Allan and their two boys Matthew and Quentin at the Veterans’ Memorial at Linden’s courthouse to honor her newly discovered father. Tia had been an orphan in Da Nang, and was adopted by Karen and Jack Whittier of Colorado after …

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