November 28, 2014

Family Tree DNA Offers $39 Y-DNA Test

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If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to get your paternal DNA tested, that time is here and now. Family Tree DNA is currently offering this test for the very affordable price of $39! This offer won’t be around forever, so now is the time to find out just where your father’s ancestors lived, who they might be related to, and their ethnic origins.

 

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Use this link to order your $39 Y-DNA (paternal) test today.

 

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Elyse Doerflinger on Genealogical Organizational Skills

Quite some time back, in the mid-1990’s I began my serious genealogical research on my families and even though I tried to be organized it’s easy for it to get out of hand. Elyse has presented a 7 minute video and how to get organized, and if you are just beginning genealogy, or are über experienced, it’s worthwhile information that she presents. After a few seconds you can skip the promo ad.

You can also find Elyse at Elyse’s Genealogy Blog. Enjoy!

 

 

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Kiva Lending Team – Genealogists for Families

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In Memory of Joan Miller

I’ve known about Kiva for years, but until earlier this month I hadn’t ever made a loan through them. What prompted me though was the death of one of the genealogy community’s treasured friends, Joan Miller. Joan was the author of her own genealogy blog and passed away on January 4th after a year-long battle with cancer. Her friend Judy Webster in Australia has written a wonderful tribute to Joan on her blog Genealogy Leftovers.

Genealogists For Families – Kiva Lending Team

Genealogists are a world-wide community, but very tight-knit and caring. Even though I was a late-comer to the Kiva Lending Team – Genealogists for Families, I can tell you this group has done some really wonderful things for people around the world through their loans.  Whether you are a genealogist or not, it would be so wonderful if you made your loan through the Genealogists for Families lending team link above. Doing so makes more loans available for more people.

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Carol Wilkerson’s Kiva profile Page

 

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How To Use Genealogy Criteria To Improve Your General Communication Skills

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Make Yourself Understood

When I first began doing genealogical research I was participating in online message boards and mailing lists. One of the things that really became apparent to me early on was that I needed to be specific to make myself understood for the best communication results.

For instance, if I was in a chat room it was imperative to say for whom I was looking, where they had lived and what time frame. Subject lines needed to include surname, location, and possible years, etc.: “YATES, Roane, TN 1840-1918” is one example. On message boards and mailing lists, it was much the same, but I could also include more in-depth information such as collateral names, etc.

Who, Why, What, When and Where

I’ve noticed in this era of shortened messages via Twitter or texting, many people don’t make themselves specific enough when speaking verbally to one another. I know they are trying to be expeditious and get their thoughts out while they have them fresh in their minds, but really, you are short changing yourself and your listener to leave out some facts. The “who, why, what, when, where” of old should always apply.

So, if you are speaking to someone, even if it not about genealogy, make sure you include whom you are speaking of, the location you are citing, and give some sort of time frame at the very least. Example: “When I was in Howell County, Missouri in 1972 I didn’t get to see any of my Yates, Pentecost or Smith cousins because we were just passing through West Plains and I was just picking up a postcard for my grandpa Will Yates who was then living in Washington State, but was born in the Brandsville area.”

Many times, my conversations with family and friends just leave me more confused as they jump from one person to another. It might be their style of conversation, but my advice is, Slow Down and think about what the other person might be hearing. If you get to the end of your story and people look puzzled, or need to ask for clarification, you need to spend extra time thinking about how you present your thoughts.

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