Mitochondrial DNA test on sale – only to April 1, 2014

FamilyTree DNA will have its Full Sequence Mitochondrial (MtDNA) Test (or upgrades) on sale for a few days only, starting 28 March 2014.

Genetic genealogist CeCe Moore has an article today about this which includes some thoughts on benefits of MtDNA testing for genealogists.

Family Tree DNA Announces the March mtDNA Madness Sale – The Benefits of Full Mitochondrial DNA Sequencing

While MtDNA is not the first testing recommended for genealogy, you may (like me) ‘just want to know’, or you may have some special research reasons for testing.

To learn more, read FamilyTree DNA’s guide - Understanding Your mtDNA Full Sequence Results

Diahan Southard gave a talk at Rootstech 2014 - Magnifying your Maternal Line With Mitochondrial DNA. This was not filmed but her handout is on-line which has some hints. Look for “Session: RT1218 - RT1218_Southard.pdf” on this Rootstech 2014 Syllabus page or in the Syllabus .zip file if you’ve already downloaded it.

 

BCGS Research Tip – February 2014

The BCGS Members’ Tip for 1st February 2014 is: Scan yourself!

Experienced researchers always tell beginners in genealogy and family history to ‘start with yourself’; work carefully backward so as to ensure you knit each of your families’ generations together’. But starting with yourself means more than collecting a few certificates. Be sure to collect and share your favourite photographs of yourself and your friends and family too. And do let the family know which one(s) are your very favourites.

At Flip Pal’s 52 Suggestions blog this week is a moving video.by Mary V. Danielsen and her article, “The case for photo scanning in estate planning”, pointing out how vital it is to see that the favourite family photos, including those of ourselves, are preserved and easily accessible. As she warns, “A few things happen in the hunt for funeral photos.”

Mary V. Danielsen’s own website is: Documented Legacy

In 2014 Flip Pal.com is hosting a series of “52 Suggestions” for safeguarding documents and photographs. You can catch them all here.

BCGS Research Tip – January 2014

The BCGS Members’ Tip for January 1st, 2014 is:  Automate many of your searches.

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What better time than New Year’s to add more Internet search power to your genealogy tool kit. For years, many have entered their key surnames and place names into Google Alerts and kept an eye out for incoming e-mails with links to mentions of these on the web. Google Alerts still functions, but not as well as it did, so I’m now also trying out Talkwalker Alerts – another free service, although not perhaps quite as comprehensive.

If you haven’t used a service like this before for your genealogy searches, it’s easy. You will need to give an e-mail address. (I use a more private one for this type of service.)  Choose some of your more unique surnames and enter each as alert key words. I do not suggest entering very common surnames unless you can also enter a less common place name along with the surname. I’d get far too few useful results entering just ADAMS, for instance, but “ADAMS” and “Shipham Somerset” gets me results.

Editor’s Chat – 25 Nov 2013

Join the monthly BCGS Editor’s Chat Monday, November 25th, at 7 pm PST.

Ask a question about Canadian genealogy, the BCGS journal or website, one of our BCGS projects, or about BC genealogy, or comment on worldwide genealogy news or a find. During the chats, it’s easy to add links and photos for others to see.

This is a text chat right here on the main BCGS.ca home page; no software or headphones are needed. You will be able to type your own message without registering, but if you RSVP / register ahead of time, you will be identified clearly (and you can use an avatar/image to identify yourself).

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Comment on New Genealogy Roadshow Program

Very light on substance – more or less provides conclusions to research that takes place off-show. In several cases conclusion as simple as “you are not related to this person”. Participants pre-submit information and it is generally presented at location of televised show. Show format seems to drive level of information provided. Not much opportunity for learning about genealogical research, even for beginners.

BCGS Editor’s Chat – Aug 26, 2013 – 7 pm at bcgs.ca

Join the BCGS Editor’s Chat tonight, August 26th, at 7 pm PDT.

Ask a question about the BCGS journal or website, one of our BCGS projects, or about BC genealogy, or you can comment on genealogy news or a find. During the chats, it’s easy to add links and photos for others to see.

This is a text chat right here on the main BCGS.ca home page; no software or headphones are needed. You will be able to type your own message without registering, but if you RSVP / register ahead of time, you will be identified clearly (and you can use an avatar/image to identify yourself).