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Thursday, January 17, 2019

What are your Guidelines?

I am certain you are asking, "What!" What are guidelines?

According to Google definition it is a general rule, principle, or piece of advice.

Otherwise: recommendation, instruction, direction, suggestion, advice; regulation, rule, principle, guiding principle; standard, criterion, measure, gauge, yardstick, benchmark, touchstone;
procedure, parameter.

If you have not set up your own guidelines, the National Genealogical Society has provided the benefit for free to those who wish to improve their skills and performance in their genealogical pursuits. As such these are just guidelines!

NGS is neither an accrediting nor an enforcement agency and does not determine whether its recommendations are being followed in any particular case. These recommendations serve their purpose when an individual decides that the guidelines have been applied appropriately in a matter of personal interest.

Below are their guidelines that pertain to several subjects that you may interact on the subject.

Guidelines for Sound Genealogical Research
Guidelines for Using Records Repositories and Libraries
Guidelines for Use of Computer Technology in Genealogical Research
Guidelines for Sharing Information with Others 
Guidelines for Genealogical Self-Improvement and Growth

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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The Impact of the U.S. Government Shutdown to Genealogists

The news media is full of reports about the impact of the U.S. government shutdown, both to government employees and to private citizens alike. I see no point in repeating those stories here. However, I will say that genealogists should be aware of the impact to their research efforts.

If you were planning a genealogy research trip in the near future, you need to be aware that:


The Library of Congress is closed.

The National Archives and Records Administration buildings in the Washington, D.C., area are closed to researchers.

The National Archives and Records Administration Regional Branches all are closed.

All the document research areas overseen by the National Archives at presidential libraries are closed.

Until the shutdown ends, there will be no updates to government websites or social media.

The government offices typically used by genealogists and historians cannot respond to inquiries, conduct research, process inter-library loan (ILL) or material requests. All government-sponsored activities, workshops, and events are cancelled.

And it doesn’t stop there – other federal depositories, libraries, and facilities are closed as well.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Are you aware of the Early Texas DNA Project?

The Early Texans DNA database is now live. Those who join the Early Texans DNA project can compare their DNA to other Early Texans descendants and collaboratively work to solve early Texas genealogical mysteries.



The project helps participants study the DNA of descendants of early settlers to discover information that can contribute to Texas history including:

Determine which admixtures are found in living Texans today.
Link those admixture results to early colonies or settlements.
Learn which segments of DNA are shared with other descendants of early settlers of Texas.
Assist those applying for TxSGS Heritage Certificates. DNA matches support claims of descent from a common ancestor and can provide clues as to where to locate documentary evidence.

The Early Texans DNA Project is sponsored by the Texas State Genealogical Society. You can learn a lot more about the project at: http://www.txsgs.org/programs/dna-project/early-texans/.

The article above was posted first on https://blog.eogn.com/2019/01/01/announcing-the-early-texans-dna-project/ on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

DNA Test Proves the Baby’s Father was not the Agreed Upon Sperm Donor

A Florida couple is seeking damages from a Vermont gynecologist after genetic tests on their 41-year-old daughter reportedly pointed to the doctor being her father, rather than the agreed upon sperm donor.

“This could not have been done accidentally,” said the couple’s lawyer. “It’s fraud, and it’s a question of inserting genetic material into a woman, not of an anonymous donor but rather the physician who is engaging in the conduct itself.”

The couple discovered the reported connection to the gynecologist when their 41-year-old daughter wanted to find her genetic background and learn more about her health and history through a DNA test promoted by several websites.

You can read the full story and watch a video below as well as in the WCAX Television web site at: https://www.wcax.com/content/news/503616351.html.

Moral of the story: Do not be surprised if the results of a DNA test turn out to be radically different from what you expected.

Posted on Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter at https://blog.eogn.com/2019/01/01/dna-test-proves-the-babys-father-was-not-the-agreed-upon-sperm-donor/

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A DNA Match with No Tree? No Problem!

What do you do now if the DNA genealogical match does not post a public tree? With more kits being sold to non genealogy individuals just wanting to trace their percentage of  DNA origins, more matches are being uploaded without any genealogical material attached or worse yet being privatized. Diahan Southard, DNA specialist, and Lisa Louise Cooke, genealogist speaker, teamed up in a live streamed video via RootsTech 2018 which is available online thru the RootsTech website. Please take advantage and watch the video in learning what methods are available in sleuthing for the answers.

You can view the the video by hitting the term linked tree.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Save the image

When you are in research mode, it is best to download the images of records you use on any site. This way you have the images.

Why:
the site may go dormant; (Please see Internet archive, if no longer available)
the site may no longer have the rights to display the images;
or you may decide or need to cancel your membership to the subscription.

Save digital media to your own devices or to the cloud if you have a subscription. If you have the capability to link it to your on or off line tree in your “account,” will require you to maintain that access.


Friday, January 4, 2019

Ethnicity is Just an Estimate

Posted on DNA Explained-Genetic Genealogy

To read the full article please refer to Roberta Estes' blog.

To read the whole article please read it here

Lots of people will have received DNA tests as gifts over the holidays. This pleases me to no end, because I know I’ll match any number of them and maybe, just maybe, those matches will help me fill in those pesky blanks in my tree or break down brick walls.

However, for the most part, those testers probably aren’t genealogists, at least not yet. They are most likely curious about “who they are” or didn’t even realize they might be curious about anything until they unwrapped that gift and discovered a DNA test inside.