Thursday, May 28, 2020

Mixed-race Man takes DNA test-See results

A mixed-race man gets HUGE surprise with DNA ancestry test. His whole life has been based on an incorrect myth. See how the test gives him answers.
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Monday, May 25, 2020

Using DNA to solve adoption cases

The adoption community in the US have developed some amazing tools to help adoptees use DNA to reconnect with their birth families. Maurice will be looking at this methodology and how it can be applied to adoptees as well as ordinary family tree research to help break down brick walls. Both autosomal and Y-DNA will be covered and Maurice will present a real life example of how to use the methodology in practice. This also works if one of your parents or grandparents was adopted.

Dr Maurice Gleeson, MB - Maurice is a psychiatrist, a pharmaceutical physician, & a genetic genealogist. He did his first DNA test in 2008 and since then has used DNA to good effect in his own family tree research, finding relatives in Australia whose ancestors had left Ireland in 1886, and tracing one line of his family back to the 1600's in Limerick. He is now Project Administrator for the Spearin, Farrell, and Gleason Surname Projects and runs several special interest projects, including the iCARA project, which aims to help people with Caribbean ancestry and Irish surnames find their ancestral homelands and even distant cousins living today. Maurice organises Genetic Genealogy Ireland and speaks about DNA and genealogy at international and national meetings.

This lecture was presented at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 (Thurs 16th to Sat 18th April 2015, Birmingham, UK). Please note that these videos are copyrighted to the presenter and should only be used for personal study. They are not to be used for any other purpose without the presenters express permission. Also, please note that because this is a rapidly advancing field, the content may quickly become outdated.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

My Family Secrets Revealed on Ancestry

Barbara and her family want to know more about the African roots they've discovered in their family history, specifically where in their family tree their African DNA first appeared. Will AncestryDNA and family history research be able to help Barbara and her family?

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Borderlands of Southern Colorado Online Talks

Many participants in the Borderlands of Southern Colorado Online Lecture Series have requested recorded versions of their talks. They are happy to share that the recordings are being added to their YouTube channel if you missed them.  To watch the past videos on YouTube, hit the link

Saturday, May 16, 2020

DNA Test, found my dad!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

How to Interview Your Dad, and Why You Should Do It Now

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Shortly after I had my dad on my podcast, I started receiving messages from listeners who decided to interview their own dads. Here’s one of them:

"I just listened to your podcast with your dad and became motivated enough to interview both [parents] individually. Wow. Afterward, I felt such a weight lifted from my chest! They told me old stories I've heard a hundred times before as well as tokens about them I'd never known. We connected and opened up to each other in ways we never had before. It was amazing. These recordings have become my most valuable possessions. If anything happens to my parents during these uncertain times, I know I would regret not having those interviews."

In this post, I'm going to offer interview techniques for those of you who want to play journalist and conduct an interview with Pops — especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, when most people have extra time on their hands and are connecting with family via Zoom. Make no mistake, this interview will require bravery. It forces you to face the white skull of death and to recognize that your dad isn't going to be around forever—and to grapple with the notion that long after he's gone, the recording will remain. Unlike edited video interviews, which present humans in filtered soundbites, long-form audio reveals their contradictions, verbal tics, and run-on sentences—all the stuff that makes us who we are.

Often during an interview, a theme will emerge, and you should allow yourself to just let that happen. As my dad told stories from various periods of his life, it became clear that many of his decisions were tied to his belief that if he approached situations with generosity, the benefits will come back to him in tertiary ways. When you do it right, an interview can be a gift to your subject; it allows them to see the story of their life more clearly. So just remember that every dad has a great story. You just need to ask yours the right questions to unearth it.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Swine Flu Pandemic | Deadly plague of 1918

Historical documentary about 1918 Swine Flu or Spanish Flu and the role of World War I in spreading the disease among troops making it into a worldwide plague of devastating proportions. The video covers where it began, how and where it spread, the symptoms, how it affected America and whether it could happen again. to watch the video, hit here

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Tayrone's Ancestry Reveals More Than Expected

Tayrone was born in Brazil, but has always suspected that he might be of Portuguese descent. He's come to My Family Secrets Revealed hoping an AncestryDNA test might be able to help, but his ethnicity estimate is about to reveal more about his origins that he ever expected.

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