Canadian firm DNA Genotek sues Ancestry.com over DNA testing kit patent infringement .

The readily available and highly promoted $99 DNA test kit from Ancestry.com are the focus of a law suit filed by DNA Genotek.    The service is promoted as a simple and relatively inexpensive means of DNA testing with a few drops of saliva. DNA Genotek and its attorney David Doyle of Morrison Foerster are …

Are our worst fears about the use and sharing of DNA data coming true?

DNA data.

With the rapid expansion and availability of DNA services, there has been a vocal backlash from those who fear the use and sharing of DNA data for purposes contrary to personal rights such as privacy.   The possibility of our DNA information being easily made available to the government, insurance agencies, police, military, etc. could have serious …

Some skeletons in the closet are worse than others.

Jamestown teen girl found to have been a victim of cannibalism.

During my years of genealogical research, I’ve discovered numerous ‘ skeletons in the closet ‘ and scandals that at a shorter distance in time would be hard to deal with.   Separated by decades and even centuries, however, a lot of these misdeeds become more titillating and not quite as scandalous. I’ve found polygamy, traitorous …

Transcription: Biographies of John Sloan Smeltzer, Jules Hugg, James Keating (in part) and including Jacob and Mary Shellhammer.

Vandergrift, Westmoreland, PA

The following is my transcription from the original image of page 563 of “The History of Westmoreland County”, in my case concerning the Shellhammers, but mentioning the Smeltzer, Chambers, Meeker, Fox, Sloan, Stidard, Lawrence, Wicht, Theibert, Beck, Hugg, and Keating surnames.   HISTORY OF WESTMORELAND COUNTY 563 JOHN SLOAN SMELTZER.   The father of John Sloan …

Photoscape image editing software is a gem for the genealogist.

Using Photoscape imaging software

Photoscape image editing software is the one photo imaging and editing program I use most often in relation to my genealogy research. I spent my career life creating, altering or designing images, graphics, documents, etc. However, I have found that using the professional level software packages I once used for editing these images for genealogy to …

Catholic parish register microfilms at National Library of Ireland made available.

Parish register

The National Library of Ireland will be making the Catholic parish registers of Ireland available online to the public on July 8, 2015.   The digitization project has taken over three years and will include over 390,000 digital images of the parish records recorded on microfilm reels. The NLI’s Ciara Kerrigan, manager of the digitization …

New OPenn Digital Resources Platform launched online.

Rare books, manuscripts and documents.

Following is an excerpt from a press release regarding the launch of the new OPenn Digital Resources Platform.   Recently I wrote a post titled, “Researching Welsh Quakers in Pennsylvania” about my own research into our extensive Pennsylvania and Welsh Quaker ancestry and listed numerous links for pursuing similar research. Be sure to bookmark this …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 Apr 2015.

Family Search.org Updates and Additions.

Following are the recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 30 Apr 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions.   Canada Newfoundland Census, 1935 Newfoundland Census, 1945 Nova Scotia Deaths, 1890-1955 Nova Scotia Deaths, 1956-1957 Saskatchewan Cemetery Transcripts, ca. 1850-1994 Costa Rica Costa Rica Civil Registration, 1860-1975 Croatia Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic …