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Questioning the Question

Thinking carefully about a research question before diving in can help to a) highlight what I already know and b) define what, precisely, I want to answer with my research.

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Ethnicity Estimate Comparison Pie Charts…or DNA Doughnuts

Yesterday, in a guest post on the DNA Geek blog, Erik Schaefer used Excel pie charts as a fun way to visually compare different ethnicity estimates, with examples comparing paper records to DNA testing. I gave it a try with my own data. I was able to use Erik’s instructions pretty well, though on my... Continue Reading →

Chromosome Mapping – A First Pass

I’ve seen some of the wonderful chromosome mapping images that others have generated, but I hadn’t yet gotten around to mapping any of my own DNA. Letting the perfect being the enemy of the good, I figured I hadn’t done enough analysis to be ready to map my own data yet. This week, I gave it a try.

Try to Prove Yourself Wrong

If we honestly try to find flaws in our assumptions and in our theories with every piece of evidence we examine, and if our hypothesis stands, then we can feel much more confident that we have come to a reasonable conclusion.

One little word – a difference of two days

I've been researching some French ancestors lately, having fun with websites for archives throughout France. There are some really great records freely available online, but getting everything out of them means not only reading >100-year-old handwritten documents, but also reading them in French (not to mention following the French instructions on the websites - note: I... Continue Reading →

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