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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Mulattos of Cochiti: Caste in Spanish New Mexico By Rob Martinez, State Historian

 This is an interesting free video by a member of GSHA. To watch this video hit here



Thursday, November 25, 2021

Being Thankful!--Discovering Her Son She Didn't Know Was Still Alive

 Being it is Thankgivings, we hope all you and your family are having a wonderful holiday. We present this 44 minute video on the reunification of a mom and her son.

Lost & Found is a New Zealand documentary series that sets about reuniting families, uncovering cultural identity and discovering lost family heritage.

Real Families brings you stories of modern day family life from around the world through the eyes of children, parents, and parenting experts. To watch the video, hit here


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Sales, Sales, Sales, DNA Kits are on sale!! Now is the time to act!!!!

 Most, if not all, DNA companies are having their sales on Autosomal kits. Now is the time to pick them up at their lowest cost of the seasons. 

UNDERSTAND THE TEST TYPES

Generally, there are three different test types: Autosomal, Y-DNA, and mtDNA. Today, autosomal tests are the most common. They can be administered to both men and women, and trace back through the lineage of both sexes. The Y-DNA test can only be administered to men, and traces DNA back through the patrilineal ancestry (basically from father to grandfather to great grandfather). The mtDNA is matrilineal and lets you trace your ancestry back through your mother, her mother, and her mother going back. Autosomal tests can get you quality genetic information going back about four or five generations. Because the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests are more focused on one side of the line, you can get information going back farther, but with less data about family structure.

Which test you take depends entirely on what you're looking for. Don't expect perfect accuracy. They can give you indications, but taking a DNA test won't magically produce a history book of your family's background.

GO TEST YOUR OLDEST

Remember, when asking relatives to take the test, always start with your oldest members. The reasons are simple. They can reach back further with a positive match, then you! They also may not be around if you wait. 


Saturday, November 20, 2021

I Took a DNA Test for My Health. It Found Me a Family

 MyHeritage user Lizzie Shaltz, 40, from Michigan, was adopted as a baby. After dealing with some health crises, she decided to take a DNA test because she wanted “no more surprises.” The surprise she didn’t anticipate was that she matched with a half-sister and found her biological siblings. Watch their beautiful reunion below:

Here is Lizzie’s story.

I was born in jail and placed for a closed adoption at 4 months of age. For most of my life, I knew nothing about my birth parents — only that my birth name was Christine and I had a half-brother named Jhonatan. For many years I tried to find more information, but had no idea how.

My adoptive father, a philosophy teacher, passed away suddenly when I was 16 years old. It was a major shock. Then, in 2012, I was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo a series of surgeries that damaged my back and my eyes, impairing my vision. Two years later, my condition deteriorated and I had to undergo surgery again.

For my 40th birthday, I decided to take a DNA test to learn more about my medical history. I didn’t want any more surprises.

The DNA Matches I received at first were not very interesting — just distant cousins. Eventually I decided to let it go. I would get notifications about new matches, but I didn’t even check them anymore.

Then, I got a message on Facebook from a woman named Ayla. She claimed that we were a close match on MyHeritage. So I logged in to check, and there it was — she was my half-sister!

To read the rest of the story, hit here