December 27, 2014

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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My 23andMe Results Are In! I’m Pleasantly Surprised!

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My results are in and my surprise is that I have a tiny bit of Asian/Native American blood, as well as a super big amount of Scandinavian. No surprise on that second part, with my mom’s Swedish line, but I had always wondered whether anything else would show up.

I used 23andMe as my genetic testing service because we had used them for my husband’s line and we were very happy that his results confirmed he has some degree of Native American blood as well. Actually, we had his dad tested, which presented a much more direct line.

Back to my test results, this is what 23andMe has to say about my testing:

Ancestry Composition tells you what percent of your DNA comes from each of 31 populations worldwide. The analysis includes DNA you received from all of your ancestors, on both sides of your family. The results reflect where your ancestors lived 500 years ago, before ocean-crossing ships and airplanes came on the scene.

I have to say, I was quite surprised by the “Yakut” listing, but it might all tie in with the Native American migration in some way, which I suspect. To be honest, I’m not sure just where my Native American genes might have come from, but I suspect it could have been through my Poindexter family, or my Smith line. Family stories are great for pointing you in certain directions, and in ours they made references to “black indians” and “red indians”. So far, I haven’t found anyone in the family that was an enrolled member of a tribe.

The Poindexter Connection

What have you found in your DNA testing results that surprised you? Was there anything, or was it as you thought it would be? In the past I have used other DNA testing services, but honestly, I think 23andMe is the best when it comes to detailed results. What I like about them too is that they keep refining the results over time so you get an even more clear picture of your genetic lineage.

23andMe Ancestry Composition for Carol PDF file

Check This Chart Before You Add That Picture

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To Download, or Upload, That Is The Question

One of the things that really slows up my blog posts is trying to decide whether or not I’m committing some grievous sin against the Google gods by posting a photo. Well, maybe not Google gods, but photo owners and creators who might send out the creative commons jack-booted thugs to confiscate my files. Seriously, sometimes I just don’t know whether I’m in violation, but this week’s flow chart tells me (and now you) what to do before you post that JPG.

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