Canadian WWI and WWII soldiers identified.

Reburial of a New Zealand WWI soldier.

May 13, 2015 is the date eight Canadian WWI soldier will be laid to rest at Caix British Cemetery in Caix, France.   Lieutenant Clifford Neelands, Lance Sargeant Oscar Lindell, Private Sidney Halliday, Private William Simms, and Private Lachlan McKinnon of the 78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force are five of eight …

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

DNA testing kits.

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 …

Ancestry launches Ancestry Academy; educational video courses for family history researchers.

AncestryAcademy training.

I just discovered this press release about Ancestry.com ‘s new ‘Ancestry Academy’ for family history researchers. Even though I do have over twenty years experience researching my ancestors, I have every intention of checking this out. I have never stopped learning new things in the world of genealogy blogging and research, and I’m sure a …

New breakthrough technology from AncestryDNA will facilitate new ancestor discoveries.

DNA testing.

The advancements in DNA research and technology are happening so fast, it’s almost impossible to keep up with them. It appears that AncestryDNA has developed a new breakthrough technology that allows the definitive identification of our ancestors back to the 1700s using just DNA testing – no genealogy research required. Unfortunately, the basic DNA testing …

Oxford University genetics study indicates a complex genetic ancestry of Americans.

DNA Study

The University of Oxford has conducted a study of the “Complex genetic ancestry of Americans,” where the genes of North and South Americans with European and African representation were compared, and found the genetic links of the colonisation of the Americas and the slave trade.   Researchers involved in the study analysed over 4,000 DNA …

Questions raised about the legitimacy of the Plantagenet kings by DNA of Richard III.

Richard III featured

It became known last year that an adulterous affair had broken the male line in Richard III‘s family tree.   In attempts to answer the resulting questions, further genetic testing was done on the skeleton of Richard III, which had been found in 2012 under a parking lot in Leicester. More recent genetic testing was …

British Ancestry: a mixture of genetic DNA from other populations.

DNA Map of UK migration.

Genetic signatures have been found among Britons that strongly illustrate their historical roots from various locations of the UK, resulting in a highly detailed and descriptive map of genetic variations. The analysis shows clusters of genetic variation within the late 1800s, when the population was less migratory, and reflects historical waves of migration by a …