August H Rettammel, Sr circa 1900-1908 in photo


The photo below is one my oldest in my archive of family history.

In the middle of this photograph is my paternal Grandfather August H Rettammel. He has a hat and moustache, slim build. I don’t know all the people or why this group photo but through research-at this time- I think it is a workplace group photo. At this time my assumption is a printing factory in Marinette, Wisconsin.

It is a great photo either way.

August H Rettammel, Sr circa 1900-1908 in photo

Completed ProGen 35 Study Group


In May 2017 I started an 18-month Professional Genealogy study group: ProGen 35 with my fellow colleagues around the country. This month I completed all the requirements and have graduated.

Soon I will receive my Certification of completion.

Now on to other study and eventual National level certification. Next year put together my portfolio for CG officially.

https://www.progenstudy.org/

Completed ProGen 35 Study Group

Ancestry 2018 Ethnicity Update


Thoughtful article and a excellent blog on Genealogy DNA.

DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy

When ethnicity estimates were first produced by vendors, they tended to resemble the wild west.

Today, results are becoming more refined and hopefully, more accurate as reference populations grow and become more reliable.

The Ancestry ethnicity update has been in beta for several months, but this week, Ancestry rolled out the ethnicity update for everyone.

Checking Your New Results

To see your updated results, sign on and click on the DNA Story to the left with Ethnicity Estimates.

Ancestry then explains that while your DNA doesn’t change, the estimates (pay attention to that word) do as the science improves.

Ethnicity Estimate Aren’t Precise

I’ve said this before, and I want to say it again. Ethnicity is the least precise and the least accurate of DNA tools for genetic genealogy. Ethnicity estimates are the most accurate at a continental level. Within continents, like Europe, Asia and Africa, there has been a…

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Ancestry 2018 Ethnicity Update

Genetic Genealogy Standards


I recently learned about a group of  individuals, including genealogists, genetic genealogists, and scientists, who have been working  to develop a draft of genetic genealogy standards. The document is intended to provide ethical and usage standards for the genealogical community to follow when purchasing, recommending, sharing, or writing about the results of DNA testing for ancestry.

Some of you may have known already but here is the link to the website and opportunity for you to download their draft document yourself.

Go to:

http://www.geneticgenealogystandards.com/

 

Genetic Genealogy Standards

Helped Client with Family Tree Maker software.


I have had four working sessions with a client to help manage and teach Family Tree Maker 2017. The client is going on a genealogy trip to Germany in less than a month. I think she is ready to display and use FTM to her advantage and in the field.

It was interesting to see what another people knows about FTM and also doesn’t understand in regards to basic principles of managing data. My years as a Database Manager and instructor skills came in handy for this client.

I hope for more work like this in future, as a to supplement my research client work now.

Exciting opportunities in the field of Genealogy.

Helped Client with Family Tree Maker software.

Oldest building in Wisconsin on its original foundation: Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters


This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters in Portage, WI. The log building was constructed in 1819 and overlooks the site where Louis Joliet and Father Marquette left the Fox River to portage to the Wisconsin River in 1673. It is the oldest building in Wisconsin on its original foundation. The building was used as a home for the Francois LeRoi family for their portage and fur trading businesses.

For more information about the Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters go to: https://www.fortwinnebagosurgeonsquarters.org or their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FortWinnebagoSurgeonsQuarters.org

Oldest building in Wisconsin on its original foundation: Fort Winnebago Surgeon’s Quarters