Did you know that besides genealogists like me, the DPAA team includes historians, analysts, investigators, combat medics, explosive ordnance disposal technicians, life support equipment specialists, forensic photographers, linguists, trained mountaineers, dive teams, forensic anthropologists and archaeologists, and more? Click through to see some of them in action!
The first of two grants this quarter has been awarded to Regina Dillard. Grant funds assisted with the cost of Y-DNA testing of the only two men of her grandmother's generation left in the family who could be tested, ages 86 and 72.
What are your thoughts and feelings when you read that the vast majority of keynote speakers at genealogy conferences are men, despite the fact that the vast majority of genealogists are female? Admittedly, this could be a contentious issue, but let's not be contentious ourselves. All voices are welcome, so long as civility and respect are shown.
Did you know that there's such a thing as a genetic counselor these days? Unexpected results from a DNA test can bring up all sorts of feelings, complicated and otherwise. Would the possibility of a surprise make you hold back from doing a DNA test?
What would your feelings be if an agency sought to force the sale of your childhood home – site of both happy and tragic memories – via eminent domain? Read one man's story of such a situation – along with lots of other tidbits – in this week's Roundup.
How do you know roots travel has become a 'thing'? When it's common enough to be used to sell luggage! Check out a lovely little video featuring Zoë and Lenny Kravitz in this week's Roundup.
Can you imagine what it would be like to know nothing of your family history and how you would feel if you got to speak to your birth mother after a search that lasted more than sixty years? Read one woman's account of just this situation – plus explore many more goodies, including news of a soldier lost in the Korean War accounted for – in this week's Roundup.
Ever wondered why no reward is seemingly too low for some cybercriminals to target? In the case of DNA test kits mailed to random strangers, the prize hackers had their eyes on were ten-dollar gift cards. Get the full story on this – and more – in this week's Roundup!
Does the idea of vacationing in a restored, historic coastal village in Scotland's Outer Hebrides pique your wanderlust? Check out this destination and assorted tidbits of genealogical lore in this week's Roundup.
How did a kind stranger's insomnia lead to siblings being given the chance to watch and listen to their father as a 22-year-old, months before he married and years before they were born? Find out this (and lots more!) in this week's Roundup.