In this week's Roundup: how DNA helped one man identify his grandfather and solve a crime, two orphan heirloom stories, Oprah's keynote at the Statue of Liberty Museum opening, and more.
In this week's Roundup: A town for sale (with the tempting name of Story), a perfectly preserved baby boot from the 14th century, using genetic genealogy to catch criminals, a mother-daughter reunion after 82 years apart, and more.
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.
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!
The second of three grants this quarter has been awarded to the Knox County Genealogical Society. The grant funds covered the cost of a special camera and software for photographing and digitizing church records and other historical books, some of which date back to the early 1900s.
In this week's Roundup: an advice column on responding to secrets unearthed by DNA, families are reunited with fallen military members decades later, a unique and intriguing gift idea, and more...
In this week's Roundup: Explore the resurgence of interest in genealogy in China – “Genealogy is like an encyclopedia of Chinese families,” says one enthusiast; check out plans for a future exhibit at Ellis Island, and much more!
This quarter, I'm awarding a grant to Mac Titmus and his co-volunteers of Long Island Genealogy. Long Island research can actually be quite challenging, so I'm really happy to support a resource I've found to be so helpful. Since they never charge for information, the group would like to file for not-for-profit status, which has a number of costs associated with it. The post explains how you can join me in supporting them.