One of our researchers, Paul Woodbury, describes the journey of a DNA sample from the instant the sample is taken until it is analyzed in the laboratory. The following article is a reprint from the July-September 2020 issue of the National Genealogical Society Magazine and is published here with permission. How does DNA testing actually work? How can spitting into a tube result in an ethnicity estimate, a list of genetic cousins, and other DNA data? This article reviews the technology that enables genetic genealogy and the five-step process that transforms a saliva sample into a comprehensive genetic report: collection, extraction, amplification, testing, and data analysis (1).CollectionComplete copies of the human genome are carried by most of the trillions of cells in the human body. While red blood cells and some skin, hair, and nail cells do not carry nuclear DNA, nearly any other type of cell can be sampled for DNA analysis.In the early days of genetic genealogy …Read more
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Legacy Tree Genealogists works with researchers from across the globe to access records for our clients. In this article, one of our researchers discusses ways to maximize leads and get around brick walls in Chilean Research.Overview of Chilean ResearchRecords in Chile can be very informative. For the most part, the municipal and civil records are full of information and leads - if everything you are looking for is after the year 1887. The Chilean government started keeping more valuable and more detailed records around that year.Before 1887, the Chilean government did not offer much to a hungry genealogist searching for answers that could break a case wide open. A researcher had a few census records he could sift through or some passenger lists to look at from all the ships relocating new European settlers to South America.So, for the most part, a researcher had to rely on the records provided by the Catholic Church. These happen to include census records kept by the …Read more
One of our researchers uses her own family tree investigation as an example to explain how DNA can be used to break down brick walls, solve an unknown parentage case and uncover surprises in genealogical research.Important Female AncestorsWho are the important female ancestors you would like to honor in your life? Sometimes finding historical records about our female ancestors is not enough. Sometimes, all you can do is send in a DNA test, hoping that somehow, some way, you will find a previously unknown genetic cousin who can give you the answers you need. Below is my female ancestor's story and how the quest to learn more about her story and parentage led to a long-lost relative, broke down a brick wall, and solved a surprise unknown parentage case.Annie Rice was born on 9 July 1876 in Hickman, Kentucky. At the age of 14, she married William H. Franklin in Cairo, Alexander, Illinois (pronounced Care-oh), in 1890. My great-great-grandparents went on to have fifteen …Read more
One of our genealogists discusses how newspapers worldwide can connect family lines and associate ancestors with particular places, especially when vital records are not available.Newspapers! Газети! A window to the PastNewspapers can be invaluable in proving family connections in periods when birth and death records might not exist. They can also show relationships between two different places. And most importantly, newspapers are found throughout the world.Those with roots in the Russian Empire might not think of newspapers as a source for research. Often, the focus is locating metrical records (births, marriages, and deaths) of their ancestors. However, in this digital era, more newspapers are being scanned and placed online daily, including those published in our ancestral homeland. Libraries and repositories worldwide recognize that older newspapers, which were made from poor paper and are already rapidly disintegrating, need to be preserved for their cultural and …Read more