Forensic genealogy: Dead men do tell tales.
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Forensic Genealogy: Dead men do tell tales.

  I tend to use a combination of the more general genealogy research techniques as well as some of those considered to be forensic genealogy.   I didn’t even realize I used these techniques or that there was actually a name for them until I read the following article.   While the Bermuda Triangle is the end of a journey, read on…

find out more about your ancestors
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5 ways to find out more about your ancestors.

  You would think, since we live in a digital age, we would be more in touch with exactly who we are and where our families came from. There was a time when most UK and western families were comprised of Britons who could trace their lineage back countless generations. Such is the case with our family.   Those days are quickly read on…

Free genealogy databases and websites.
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Are free genealogy databases a thing of the past?

  In almost twenty years of genealogy research, I have found a considerable amount of the sources, data and images on free genealogy databases online. They still exist in large numbers and can be very valuable.   You might ask, “Are free genealogy databases a thing of the past?”   You might think so, but if you learn how to read on…

Researching and creating a family tree health profile
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Health and your family tree: Researching and creating a family tree health profile.

  Researching your genealogy can be a huge help when researching and creating a family tree health profile for yourself and other family members.   It’s important to know the prevalence of certain diseases, conditions and illnesses throughout your family tree in order to assess the likelihood for you, your immediate family, and future family members. If you decide to read on…

Brain's geometry indicates ancestry and genetics.
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A new wrinkle: Geometry of brain’s outer surface correlates with genetic heritage.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego and the School of Medicine have found that the three-dimensional shape of the cerebral cortex – the wrinkled outer layer of the brain controlling many functions of thinking and sensation – strongly correlates with ancestral background. The study, published online July 9 in Current Biology, opens the door to more precise studies read on…

DNA hard drive.
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DNA: The best hard drive on earth.

It turns out DNA is the best storage medium there is on Earth. Nothing beats it. Think about it, all the directions that make you up are stored on tiny proteins that are hard to see even with a microscope. The human genome (all of those directions controlling your eye color, hair color, height, skin) contains between 25,000 and 30,000 read on…

Access denied - Ancestry.com closes SMGF Database due to controversy over murder case.
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Ancestry.com closes SMGF Database due to controversy over murder case.

Ancestry.com has decided to suspend access to the SMGF database of genetic information after the resource was used by law enforcement authorities to identify a suspect in a decades-old murder case.   The move came after multiple media outlets reported this month that Ancestry.com had divulged the identity of a donor in the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation’s database to the read on…