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Combining genealogy with genetic research

March 23, 2014
Sitting down with a genetic counselor is much like speaking to a genealogist with a medical degree. After all, a genetic counselor works with charts that resemble pedigrees and family trees, though without names, just squares for males and...

Finding romance in genealogy

February 13, 2014
Do you know your parents’ or grandparents’ love story? How they met and where and when? Did they ever take you on side trips to show you the memorable places and events in their lives, such as where...

A short history of Plymouth Rock

January 15, 2014
Recently, vandals painted the renowned Plymouth Rock with one word: “LIES.” A symbol of the Pilgrims landing in 1620, Plymouth Rock was once part of a much larger rock formation, but it was broken, and over time, chipped...

Preserving Keepsake Memories

December 30, 2013
Whether they have pride of place on your mantle or are tucked away in a drawer out of sight, all of us have keepsakes or even family heirlooms with stories to tell. As genealogists, we focus on people, places, events...

Giving thanks genealogy style

November 26, 2013
Etiquette experts often provide tipping guides during the holidays and throughout the year. Let’s take that idea and use it year-round to show appreciation for all the people who have helped our genealogy research.Recently, I...

The Salem witch trials and the Body of Liberties laws

October 24, 2013
When the witch hunt started in Salem Village in February 1692, the Massachusetts colonists were waiting for Rev. Increase Mather to return home from England with a new governor, Sir William Phips, and joint monarchs William & Mary’s...

20 executed in Salem 1692

October 13, 2013
During the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, 14 women and five men were hanged for witchcraft and one man was pressed to death.Hanged 10 June 1692Bridget BishopHanged 19 July 1692Sarah GoodElizabeth HoweSusannah MartinRebecca NurseSarah WildsHanged 19 August 1692George BurroughsMartha CarrierGeorge...

10 misconceptions about the 1692 witch hunt

October 12, 2013
If your ancestors lived in Massachusetts Bay Colony during the 17th century, at some point they were affected by the Salem witch trials of 1692. Perhaps they were one of the accused witches, one of the participants (afflicted “girls...

DNA testing for genealogists

September 12, 2013
In the last decade or so, genealogists have turned to the study of DNA to help trace their family trees or resolve conflicting (or missing) information. Currently, there are three DNA tests that people most often use for genealogy. Y...

The genealogy of Adams National Historical Park

July 18, 2013
How does a house reflect a genealogy? When it's part of the Adams National Historical Park.The National Park Service owns three homes associated with John Adams (1735-1826), the second president of the United States, in Quincy...

DNA USA paints a genetic picture but misses its mark

June 27, 2013
Bryan Sykes, DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America (New York: Liveright Publishing Co., 2012)In the last 10 years or so, genealogists have studied the mysteries of DNA and its potential for furthering family research. Collected from males, Y...

Massachusetts society and library blogs

May 13, 2013
Many historical and genealogical societies and libraries have blogs, from the U.S. National Archives to small, local societies such as the South End Historical Society in Boston. Their blogs are, to some degree, an extension of their mission statements...


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