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The Level-Up Challenge – For DNA Evidence

Last week I wrote about taking Yvette Hoitink’s Level-Up Challenge for my genealogy research, which pushed me to clarify what I know about my ancestors and helped me focus my research moving forward. As I mentioned in that post, though, when I classified my ancestors at different levels based on how thoroughly I’ve researched them... Continue Reading →

Taking the Level-Up Challenge!

Last week, I wrote about evaluating my family tree in terms of completeness, or simply counting how many ancestors I have identified (with at least some confidence). There is much more to genealogy research, though, than simply putting names on a tree - even if you have one or more pieces of evidence that seem... Continue Reading →

Sim-cM: An Update

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced Sim-cM - a project aiming to provide data from simulated pedigrees for different relationships of genealogical interest. I have now added more data, with results posted for 66 different relationships (including all of those listed in the Shared cM Project Version 3.0). For each relationship, I have included:... Continue Reading →

A New Project: Sim-cM

I've been working on a project to simulate pedigrees and calculate the amounts of DNA shared between pairs of computer-generated relatives in different relationships. Using the Ped-sim Pedigree Simulator,1 I've generated data for eight relationships so far, with 10,000 simulated pairs of relatives apiece.  The main page for Sim-cM has summaries of the results that... Continue Reading →

Researching a Schenectady Family

In the course of some volunteer work at the Schenectady County Historical Society Grems-Doolittle Library (in Schenectady, New York), I got the opportunity to research a local family whose family history diary (started in 1909) had made its way to the library’s collection. Check out the library blog for a post I wrote about the family.

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