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Archive for August, 2011

Holes in my Genes

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Last week’s post started out as just an example to use in a post about DNA in genealogy. The example grew and grew until it became a post of its own, so this week I’ll backtrack and just discuss a bit about DNA. This post has in turn grown out of control and I’ll have […]

Romanov Cocktail

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

On July 19, 1918 at about 2 am, a firing squad left a puzzle for DNA to solve. Over the previous eighteen months, Russia had undergone two revolutions, capitulated to Germany and suffered an ongoing civil war between communist and anti-communist armies. TheĀ  first revolution led to the Tsar’s abdication. The second revolution and the […]

School of Hard Knox

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

“Aunt Debbie” has been my nemesis for a while now. I’ve mentioned her before as I’ve tried to decide if she is a red herring or an important clue for a client. I know of her from letters that don’t tell me whose aunt she was, let alone how she might be related to one […]

A Visit to the Old World

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

A neighbor and I just took a small herd of kids to one of my favorite living history sites, Old World Wisconsin. I’ve probably been there more than a half a dozen times over the years and like any good bit of living history, you learn something new every time if you keep your eyes […]