August 1, 2015

DAR To Allow DNA Evidence For New Applications And Supplementals In 2014

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DAR DNA

President General DAR Lynn Young’s Announcement Regarding DNA Documentation

In a new announcement today, the President General of the DAR has said that Y-DNA evidence will be accepted as additional documentation for new member applicants and supplementals. A portion of the text reads:

So what that means is that beginning January 1, 2014, NSDAR will accept Y-DNA evidence in support of new member applications and supplemental applications. DNA evidence submitted along with other documentation will be considered along with all of the other source documentation provided to prove heritage. Y-DNA will not be considered as stand-alone proof of linage because while it can be used as a tool point to a family, it cannot be used as absolute proof for an individual.

Read the entire article on President General Lynn Young’s blog here.

To be honest, I never thought this would be something the DAR would agree to, but I am so very glad for all of us that they have. It will be just one more source, and could  make all the difference for families.

21 Days Only – Thank A Veteran T-Shirt Available Here

Thank A Veteran

Just for fundraising, I created a T-shirt that means a lot to me. I belong to the Daughters of the American Revolution, and Jim is a member of the American Legion. In order to raise some donation funds for each organization, today I created Thank A Veteran T-Shirt.  There are only 15 shirts for sale, and only for 21 days, so come October 3rd the sale ends no matter what.  I purchased the first one to start the ball rolling! :) Thanks in advance for your purchases!

Thank A Veteran

100 Only Available: The Ultimate British Genealogy Collection Kit

I’ve been alerted there are only 100 of the kits for the Ultimate British Genealogy Collection, so you may want to take advantage of this offer if you plan on doing some in depth research in the British Isles.

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How Genealogists Can Spread The Love Of WDYTYA Goodness

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For all the seasons that Who Do You Think You Are have been on there’s almost always a love/hate discussion the next day in the Facebook genealogy community. At first, everyone was happy the show was on and promoting the interest in family history. Then, little by little the critques began. The complaints ranged from there being too much detail that made the stories drag on, to not enough content that showed how many hours it took to find the juicy details.

Of course, what some people failed to take into account was that the show is just an hour long commercial for Ancestry.com. There is certainly nothing wrong with that, but it should be understood by those of us who do all forms of research that by criticizing and nit picking the show each week we are doing more harm than good when it comes to promoting the fun of finding family history documentation. We’re darn lucky someone like Lisa Kudrow chose to promote genealogy by producing the programs.

The program has changed from a national station host to The Learning Channel that may or may not be as accessible. As time went by the format for the stories of each celebrity evolved to keep it interesting while staying within a set budget. I’m assuming all this, but I suspect it’s all true.  As has been said recently, many aspects of the episodes can be teaching opportunities for those of us who write about genealogical research. Not just teaching opportunities, but talking points as well.

Now, About Your Own Research

If each celebrity’s life leaves us with questions, that’s a good thing. We might find ourselves with new ideas for our own research. Avenues we haven’t thought of persuing like voter lists, criminal records, church histories, newspaper accounts, or even special censuses for states. Have you considered searching for a topic in Google books? Not just in Google itself, but in their books.

Even more ‘daring’…search for your ancestor by name in a general Google search of images. I’m not advocating just doing research online of course. Find out if your local library has a genealogy section. Maybe your local historical society has a few suggestions for you too. One more suggestion, ask your friends what kind of books they might have that you could use for research. Personally, I have a few genealogy books of my own and can do lookups in them if you ask nicely. 😉

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