August 27, 2015

AJ Jacobs and Carol Wilkerson have 27 degrees of separation: Global Family Tree

AJ Jacobs - Carol Yates Wilkerson

There might be some connection in a sideways sort of way, but I think it’s pretty exciting that A J Jacobs and I are only 27 degrees apart by generations. Here’s graphic of my results:

AJ Jacobs - Carol Yates Wilkerson Would  you like to see if you are related to me or AJ? Click here to find out on WikiTree

Please join our family at Global Family Reunion to learn more.

Jacobs became fascinated with the idea that every person on Earth is related to every other after entering his name in several geneaology websites and finding he was connected to people all over the globe. “Once we realize we’re all related,” he says, “we can solve the big problems, like Alzheimer’s”. He is using the event to collect donations, which will be distributed to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association NYC Chapter. – See more at: http://www.curealz.org/events/2014/05/global-family-reunion#sthash.NtDNsuy3.dpuf

So, is it England, the UK or Great Britain? Are you confused too?

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Grammar Girl : What’s the Difference Between England, Great Britain, and the UK? :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

To be honest, this is a topic that I really thought I had a handle on, but it is much more complicated than if Scotland is still part of Great Britain. (It is, the vote failed)

Did you know that the Channel Island are also part of The British Isles? You know, even with this great infographic, I really have to study it to make sure I’m getting it right.

With thanks to Cyndi’s List for originally sharing the graphic from QuickandDirtyTips.com

*Added note, in the article it also explains that Scandinavia is usually considered to be the countries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark. But, if you add in Finland and Iceland, then you have what is known as the Nordic Countries. Truthfully, I didn’t know Iceland was grouped into anything at all. I just thought it was autonomous. Well then, where does that leave Greenland? Obviously, stranded out in the middle of the north Atlantic! :)

Finding Your Roots – S2 EP4 – Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander and Benjamin Jealous

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Reminder: Watch Finding Your Roots on PBS

Just a reminder to tune in tonight for the most recent PBS episode of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Full episodes will be available online after they have aired on TV everywhere.

Tonight’s guests are Ben Affleck, Khandi Alexander, and Benjamin Jealous

Upcoming Episodes for Finding Your Roots

Also listed on the episode page are past episodes that may be available.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Genealogy Site Suggestions

Top Genealogical Sites: How These Could Make Your Work Easier!

Genealogical work used to be equated to two words- tedious task. Not anymore. These days, if one is interested in knowing his roots, then all he has to do is sit in front of a computer and type a few keys.

There are several sites that provide free genealogy. Here is a short list that you could peruse and consider in starting your own ‘family tree’:

Possibly the crowd that is most interested in looking for their kindred dead is the Latter-day Saints. They think that genealogical work is an element of man’s salvation. Their belief is three-fold- missionary work, perfecting the saints (improving themselves while following the gospel) and redeeming the dead (here is where the genealogical works come in).

This feeling led to the manufacture of FamilySearch.org They have all the legal right to claim that they have the largest compilation of ‘free’ family tree, records on genealogy and history in the family in the whole world.

This site offers resources for African-American genealogy, listing of the family history sites ( found in LDS meeting houses or chapels) that are nearest to the researcher’s home, basics of genealogy, guides and maps. And similar to other free online sites, they, too, have free downloadable software (PAF or the Personal Ancestral File software).

The following sites (in no particular order) are likewise free sources of genealogical researches:

Cyndi’s List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet – One of the premier sites for all things genealogical.

MyTrees.com- they have the so-called Ancestry Archive Search, MyTrees Plus (Search and Results), vital records and genealogy from countries like the U.S., New Zealand and Canada. There is in addition a death index for Social Security.

AncestrybyDNA.com- this is different from other genealogical sites because this concentrates on genetic genealogy. It is the ‘youngest’ among the kinds of genealogical searches. One can find his ancestors through genetic research and knowing their backgrounds (ethnic).

RootsWeb.com (by Ancestry.com)- it claims to be the oldest free site on genealogy. It offers resource tools, databases for census records, research on civil war, narratives of slaves, replace for 1890 census, periodical source (index), history of the ‘great’ migration and the biographical index for American genealogy.

Ancestorquest.com- this site has pointers and tips on doing genealogical work, it also has links to several races like African- American citizens, Native Americans, even Hispanic links. A researcher could also publish his genealogical sites.

Genebase.com- concentrates on several areas of genealogy like analysis of DNA, family trees and finding ancestors through last name search. Under this, we can find the famous DNA Ancestry Project.

Linkpendium – Links, links, and more links from the hardworking folks at this fabulous genealogy starting site.

Ancestry.co.uk (for United Kingdom and Ireland)- has a 14-day free trial. It is the site for the biggest collection of records from UK. It is additionally contains the census records from 1841-1901. Genealogical experts are likewise on the standby to help people who are novices at genealogy.

Surnamesite.com- this site incorporates archives of wills, obituaries, biographies, bible and funeral records, all having surnames on them.

These are just some of the top sites for free genealogy. You see, knowing who you are ought not to be a matter of choice but a matter unavoidably. A person’s roots could define who he is or what he could be. Whether you agree or not isn’t the question. The question is, are you willing to let the past stay in the dust, or are you thinking about satisfying dig through and use it to motivate your future?

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