Wow! What a truly extraordinary experience that was! The largest gathering of online Genealogists for one event ever and this could even be the largest gathering for any type of online conference ever recorded. The numbers are truly amazing, with over 1 Million attendees over the 3 days from over 200 countries, what a truly … Continue reading My #RootsTechConnect Experience
I am deeply honoured and humbled to be the new face behind Family Tree Magazine’s general miscellany page, known as ‘Dear Paul’. I would like to take the opportunity to thank my predecessors, ‘Dear Karen’ and ‘Dear Tom’ for all their hard work over the years, making the column such a loved and integral part … Continue reading ‘Dear Paul’
This is the first in a series of blogs that will tell the tale of my eight Great-grandparents, first up is William Chiddicks. William Chiddicks was born on 18th March 1866, the first born child of seven children, born to James Chiddicks and Elizabeth Chiddicks nee Lake. William was born in South Ockendon, Essex and … Continue reading The Life and Times of William Chiddicks
So further to my previous blogs covering my DNA journey (see links below), I have recently received an updated version of my ethnicity estimate from my test with Ancestry. The question is how much notice should we take of these ethnicity estimates? There are definitely similarities between the estimates that I have received from Ancestry … Continue reading Ethnicity Estimates, Should we take them seriously?
This blog has been totally rewritten in light of the recent security breach at GEDmatch, Jan 2021. I have previously wrestled with the dilemma of whether or not to keep my DNA on the GEDmatch website and prior to this breach, I had been quite happy to do so. Now after another breach, even with … Continue reading GEDMatch All DNA Kits Deleted
Better late than never, here is my review of the first ever Family Tree Live show held at Alexandra Palace, London in April this year. The show was organised by Family Tree Magazine and sponsored by The Family History Federation, FamilyTreeDNA, My Heritage, Family Search and The Society of Genealogists. The first thing that … Continue reading Family Tree Live April 2019 Review
“To DNA or not DNA that is the question” As a keen amateur genealogist, you can’t fail to have noticed the explosion in recent years of DNA testing and its surge in popularity amongst family historians. The question is though, “is it for you?” What are the benefits to you in your research? … Continue reading “To DNA or Not DNA That is the Question”
So if you are reading blog number 2 you are either contemplating joining the DNA revolution or you are at least half way there and have already taken your test. So how did I decide which test to take myself? In a rather ironic twist, considering this is a very scientific field, there was … Continue reading Choosing a DNA test (2)