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.
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.
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
“Finding Connection to the Old Country: German Genealogy Research”
One of my current clients has provided an opportunity to use three different databases that have lead me to discover my clients 2nd and 3rd great-grandparents in Posen in the 19th and 18th Century. I had a lot of fun today doing research in German records.
In the recent, Sunday Styles – New York Times (June 17, 2018) article, “Like Facebook, but Based on DNA”, talks about genetic result matches and how features of both 23andMe and AncestryDNA provide a way for connecting with others that do the same DNA test. This part of the article does make a valid point. But is it similar to Facebook?
Though the intent of the genetic companies, from my perspective, is not to be a social network but a scientific tool to find and learn more about how you “might” be related to another living person who is also trying to match or find others that share similar DNA. In other words how many centiMorgans (size of matching DNA segments in autosomal DNA tests) do you have in common?
An aspect that the article does not mention is how Genealogy is more than DNA matching. The article does show how some of the featured individuals do meet relatives they never knew existed or find parents that were unknown to them.
However as a working Genealogists, remember that DNA is one piece to family history searches. The other aspect is the “family story” with support documentation, sources, evidence finding, analysis and genealogical proof.
I support DNA use and have even done it myself but it does not always answer all the questions we have about who we are and where your origins might have begun in the Old World. Just remember that life events also make family stories interesting and explain how we connect.
As the article indicated, there are others who get a DNA test done simply to learn who they are ethnically and not to connect with others who seek them out, no matter how much we may want to meet or talk with them about how much DNA we share. We have to respect that others aren’t ready or have no interest in further pursuit with DNA.