DNA / Genetic Genealogy

Genealogy Roundup, November 15

By |November 15th, 2017|

In this week's Roundup: A tribute to the last of the Bedford Boys, a soldier lost in the Korean War returns home, genetic genealogy, "Swedish death cleaning," why you might want to write your memoir even if only you ever read it, and much more...

Genealogy Roundup, May 17

By |May 17th, 2017|

This week: A restaurant born of loss that showcases a spectrum of cultural cuisines - all cooked with love by grandmothers, a retired doctor helped by genetic genealogy to identify the father she never knew, a love letter lost for more than seventy years makes its way to the intended recipient, and much more!

Genealogy Roundup, February 8

By |February 8th, 2017|

This week: explore DNA travel, the George Peabody Library, a fun history mystery book, the story of the researcher who discovered and mapped out more than 3,000 burials of black people in nearly 30 cemeteries, most hidden in secluded woods near sugar cane fields, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, November 2

By |November 2nd, 2016|

This week: The oldest existing Ellis Island ferry to be sold at auction, two formerly missing soldiers laid to rest, an adoption mystery solved, and more...

Genealogy Roundup, October 26

By |October 26th, 2016|

Get ready to time-travel this week: past, present, and future! To start, cemeteries face special challenges in densely-populated urban areas. Check out the fascinating history of a Hong Kong cemetery where lie diplomats, missionaries, opium smugglers, soldiers, revolutionaries and local Christian converts and then concept art for a light-filled potential cemetery in New York City. Next, enjoy a story in which DNA plays a role in introducing two half-siblings to each other. Round off this week's exploration with more on the 2016 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards.

Genealogy Roundup, October 12

By |October 12th, 2016|

In this week's Roundup, explore the long-vacant custodian's apartment at the Fort Washington branch of the New York Public Library (including the "death chute"!) and read about a sad motivation for DNA testing (fortunately the exception, rather than the norm).

Genealogy Roundup, September 14

By |September 14th, 2016|

Lots of goodies in this week's Roundup! British celebrities highlight their "refugenes" in an effort to help refugees. We also have two stories around DNA, two stories in which blacksmiths play a part -- one forging awards from pieces of the Statue of Liberty and the other performing marriage ceremonies(!) -- two stories about segregation in cemeteries, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, August 24

By |August 24th, 2016|

In this week's Roundup, get your funny bone tickled with an Ellis Island cartoon, explore a tattoo shop formerly frequented by medieval pilgrims (and still in the same business!), check out two family sagas you might enjoy reading, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, August 10

By |August 10th, 2016|

This week: a heartwarming video about the trans-Atlantic reunion of sisters who never knew of each other (made possible by DNA, with a little help from Ancestry.com and British Airways), the man who named the Buffalo Bills, empty mansions, and more.

Genealogy Roundup, August 3

By |August 3rd, 2016|

In this week's Roundup: Ukrainian flower crowns (gorgeous! be sure to click through to the gallery in the photo credit), ancestry tourism, a juxtaposition of portraits and genetic ancestry from Brazil, talking statues, and more.