Researching paternal or maternal lines: Is one better than the other?

Emery maternal ancestors.

When researching paternal or maternal lines, the tendency seems to be to place more value – and therefore time and effort – into the paternal lines. Is it true that following paternal lines is better than following maternal lines?   In my mind, no. The other side of this question is: “Should genealogy research concentrate …

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 12 Apr 2015.

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions to 12 Apr 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions Belgium Belgium, East Flanders, Civil Registration, 1541-1912 China China Collection of Genealogies, 1239-2014 England England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918 Italy Italy, Napoli, Serrara Fontana, Civil Registration (Comune), 1809-1929 Philippines Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1984 Philippines, La Union, …

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Robert Stone, April 16, 1825

Robert Stone's Last Will and Testament

The following is my transcription of the last will and testament of Robert Stone.   182 Robert Stone 16. This is the last Will and Testament of me Robert Stone of Wyke Regis in the County of Dorset Baker. In the first place I Grant that all my just debts funeral and testamentary ??????? may …

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions: 3 Apr 2015.

FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com Updates and Additions

Following are the recent updates of Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org to Apr 2015.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions   Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Censuses, 1800-1945 Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953 Haiti Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Civil Registration, 1794-2012 Italy Italy, Caltanissetta, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1820-1935 Italy, L’Aquila, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865, 1911-1943 Italy, Taranto, Civil Registration (State …

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 …

MRSA remedy: Looking to the past can solve problems of the present and future.

Bald's Leechbook

A surprising finding by Dr. Christina Lee of the University of Nottingham has been key to discovering that a medieval remedy used to treat eye infections has properties that could be useful today, as described in “AncientBiotics – a medieval remedy for modern day superbugs?”   The recipe for this remedy existed in an old …

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 …

The Knowles Collection: Jewish genealogy database reaches 1 million entry milestone.

Jewish alter in a synagogue.

The Knowles Collection, the Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families, has recently reached over 1 million entries.   Since it’s inception, this free searchable database at familysearch.org has been growing steadily at an average rate of about 10,000 individuals each month, including Jewish individuals from over 80 nations. Genealogy researchers are free to …