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Request For Public Comment — Genetic Genealogy Standards


From the website:

Public Comment Period (May 15, 2014 – June 15, 2014)

“A group of individuals, including genealogists, genetic genealogists, and scientists, have worked for the past several months 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.

To ensure that this document accurately reflects the standards embraced by the community, we are opening this document for a period of public comment, from May 12, 2014 through June 6, 2014. By clicking the “Document” tab in the left-hand panel, you will be able to download a PDF of the current draft of the standards. Please review that document, come back to this site, and click on the “Comment” tab in the left-hand panel where you will be prompted to leave comments about the standards.
Although there may be discussion of this document in Facebook groups, on blogs, or elsewhere, only comments submitted through this website will be reviewed and considered by the standards committee.
Thank you,
The Genetic Genealogy Standards Committee

CeCe Moore
Blaine Bettinger
David Bachinsky
Traci Barela
Katherine Borges
Angie Bush
Melinde Lutz Byrne
George Cicila
Shannon Christmas
Michael Hait
Tim Janzen
James Owston
Ana Oquendo Pabón
Ugo Perego
Steven Perkins
Ann Turner
Debbie Parker Wayne
Jennifer Zinck”

“Drinking Cold Water” As A Cause of Death?

Death Certificates are not only informative, they can be very interesting to read.  Sound morbid?  Maybe, but a death certificate is important  in a genealogist’s documentation.

This word cloud gives greater prominence to the causes of death that appear more frequently and was compiled from my research on death certificates.

Old age?  Well, that’s not difficult to understand, but “drinking cold water”?  Or how about “gout”?



Memorial Day: Free Access to Military Records

Ancestry.com is offering “free access to draft, enlistment and service records through May 27”.

MyHeritage.com “In honor of this special day, we are proud to provide free access – through May 28 –  to our most popular collections of US military records.”

Findmypast.com  “Free Military Records this Memorial Day Weekend May 24-27”

Findmypast.com is Offering Free Access to Their Military Records

Free Military Records this Memorial Day Weekend May 24-27

“With more than 34 million U.S. and International military records available at findmypast.com , we are offering free access to our military records and collection of veteran’s gravesites to explore and learn about the heroic efforts in your family tree this Memorial Day weekend.”

Access will require registration.

Golden Rules of Genealogy

Reposted from gotgenealogy.com

“You have our permission to use/publish
these Golden Rules as much as you like.
Just give us credit for them, okay?”


Golden Rules of Genealogy


Vital Records Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts

  This has been a fantastic resource.   It contains records of births, deaths, marriages, intentions and more, dating from 1642 through 1895.  It’s available to search in an Ancestry.com subscription, but also through Open Library.

Who Do You Think You Are?

As I have posted earlier, few television shows catch my interest, however there is a new one that I think I’ll check out.  Premiering on NBC on March 5, “Who Do You Think You Are?” could be an interesting show.  The website briefly describes the series:  “Seven celebrities embark on the journeys of their lives–the quest to discover the genealogical roots of who they are.”

There’s sure to be some surprises when individuals explore their ancestry.

PBS Series, Faces of America

Tonight I will tune into a new PBS series “Faces of America”.  Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. who also hosted the PBS series, “African American Lives”, this latest series again uses the “tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans”.

In case you missed the “African American Lives”, the episode are online.

Genealogy Bug

Genealogy has been a hobby of mine for quite a number of  years.  The skills I have learned from this hobby have helped in my practice.  In fact, when I teach people-locating classes, I suggest that the students study genealogy and apply some of those same techniques used when researching family history.

I recently attended a genealogy conference and was glad I did, but almost talked myself out of going.  It had been raining for most of the week and while that’s not unusual for some places, here in the desert, it can make a real mess.  There were road closures, snarled traffic and generally crabby drivers on the roads.  Desert dwellers miss their sunshine.

Allowing myself plenty of time to negotiate the traffic, I arrived early enough to visit the exhibit hall.  I made a couple of purchases, but more interesting was the people-watching opportunity.  In a crowded exhibit hall, one cannot help but overhear conversations and the common interest provides plenty of opportunities to talk with strangers.

There is the “need to know” one’s place in family history, but what is it that compels people to sit in front of microfilm readers until their eyes are red and squinty?  What makes people congregate in a crowded exhibit hall and stand in long lines to purchase a magnabrite® ?  As my mom says, “You tell me and we’ll both know.”

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