Michelle Carroll uses a combination of genetic genealogy and traditional research to help clients break through genealogy brick walls. In addition to holding a certificate in genealogical research from Boston University, her diverse background has resulted in a breadth of genealogical knowledge including Cherokee, African American, French Canadian/Acadian, and Norwegian ancestry. What got you interested in genealogy?I became interested in genealogy when I was in grade school and built my first family tree. I have been researching on a more serious level for more than 15 years. Helping people solve their family questions and mysteries is one of my favorite things to do. What specifically interested you about Native American research?Learning about my Cherokee heritage has been one of the most rewarding parts of my genealogical journey. I was lucky to grow up in a town with my maternal and paternal grandparents around me. The stories they told me about their …Read more
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A family tree has many branches and researching ancestors can be an ongoing process. In fact, nearly half of our clients order additional genealogy research projects to answer more questions about their family history. One client, Norman E. “Ned” Donoghue, II, embarked on a quest to trace his ancestry half a century ago and has enjoyed learning more about his family’s past. When he wanted to extend his ancestry beyond his own available resources, he reached out to Legacy Tree Genealogists and has since allowed us to complete nearly 20 genealogy research projects for him. Here, Ned shares his personal journey.This article is written by Norman E. “Ned” Donoghue, IIThroughout my life, I’ve traveled far and wide to Europe, Central America, Africa (Morocco), many Caribbean and European islands, and around the United States. I have particularly sought to learn about the lives and struggles, triumphs, and challenges of my mother’s Brumbaugh family and my father’s Donoghue family …Read more
Paul Woodbury is a DNA team lead and professional researcher at Legacy Tree Genealogists where he has helped to solve hundreds of genetic genealogy cases. In this article, a reprint from an issue of NGS Magazine, Paul discusses how genetic ethnicity estimates can provide valuable clues for the composition of a test taker’s family tree. This article is published with permission.Obtaining autosomal ethnicity admixture results is the primary reason many people perform DNA testing. The DNA testing companies recognize this interest and in recent years have made genetic ethnicity admixture estimates the focus of their marketing efforts.In fact, autosomal DNA test results from the major companies include at least two elements: ethnicity admixture estimates and genetic cousin match lists. While the match lists are typically the most useful elements for genealogical research, ethnicity admixture estimates can provide significant context and clues regarding a test taker’s family …Read more
The month of May was Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Ryan Rockwood, who specializes in Japanese genealogy research, discusses a relative newcomer to the Japanese research space that has already become a go-to resource for Japanese ancestry: Mykoseki.com.Mykoseki.com is a not-for-profit website geared towards helping people of Japanese descent request and access their ancestor’s koseki, or family register. The koseki record is the primary place vital information has been recorded and stored in the modern era in Japan and is a gold mine for Japanese genealogical research. Unfortunately, privacy laws in Japan preclude mass digitization and publishing of these records, making it more difficult for those of Japanese descent, especially those who cannot speak the language, to engage in genealogical research. Mykoseki.com is geared towards shepherding users through the process of acquiring their koseki by providing a number of helpful tools and resources for …Read more