Whether you are writing up a genealogy report for a client, for your family, or just to document your research for future researchers to understand what has already been done, writing a genealogy report can be tricky. We share five tips to writing a cohesive genealogy report.Why write a genealogy report?Most professionals will write a genealogy report, for very specific reasons. Besides helping others understand what you have learned about your ancestors, it can help you to organize your research and determine if there are any holes in what has already been done. Writing up a report can also reveal inconsistencies in the records or areas that need deeper research. In so doing, it keeps you on your toes and makes you a better researcher, forcing you to analyze evidence and defend your conclusions in writing—a process which also includes engaging with contradictory evidence and making sure you can prove the accuracy of your hypotheses (this is crucial when you’re dealing with …Read more
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The stories in this article demonstrate how X-DNA and autosomal DNA can be used to solve research problems based on DNA inheritance patterns.*This article originally appeared in NGS Magazine, and is reprinted with permissionThe DNA in humans today has taken a far- ranging journey from ancestors of long ago. The stories in this column demonstrate how DNA can be used to solve research problems based on inheritance patterns. Each human has DNA, a biological code that affects many physical, emotional, and behavioral characteristics. Humans inherit copies of DNA from their parents, who in turn inherited portions of DNA from their parents, grandparents, and other ancestors. The journey that DNA takes from ancestor to descendants, from generation to generation over hundreds of years, follows four major inheritance paths. DNA testing and consideration of these patterns enable researchers to uncover information about their biological heritage. Two inheritance paths, X-DNA and autosomal DNA, …Read more
What untold immigration stories are waiting to be discovered in your family history? We share the story of Japanese immigrant, Seito Saibara.The history of America is an interlacing web of immigration stories from all over the world, many still untold. Every pioneer, either celebrated in life or silent to the grave, has a story worth telling—you just need to know how to go about telling it!Such is the case with Japanese immigrant, Seito Saibara, a name largely unknown outside of the Japanse-American community. His life reflects the pioneering aspirations that many of our immigrant ancestors also experienced. As our ancestors weaved their way into the American dream, Seito saw his opportunity in the rice industry of Texas. His narrative below is one of perseverance, economic opportunity, and determination.Seito SaibaraSeito’s early life before coming to America isn’t as well documented as would be preffered, but a study of Seito’s diary by Kiyoko Kurosawa of Hitotsubashi …Read more
Sheri’s passion for genealogy shows up in her DNA ancestry results—along with her pilgrim and pioneer heritage. Working with her grandmother at a young age, she helped her grandmother complete their family’s four-generation pedigree chart. This experience of bringing the names to life with each personal history and story left a lasting impact on Sheri and her approach to genealogy. It was this same grandmother who guided Sheri to change her major to Family History when she went back to college after raising five children.Sheri has been a professional genealogist for over 12 years. She believes that every person has a story and loves to discover the details of their ancestors’ lives. She enjoys compiling books for clients with their family story and legacy. She has enjoyed the variety of projects she has worked on as a researcher. Now as a project manager, Sheri is as happy as her clients as the findings unfold.She earned a degree in Family History from Brigham Young University …Read more