Descendancy research is just as important as traditional genealogy when it comes to DNA. Jessica provides 4 tips for finding living relatives. Doing DNA research often feels a lot like gambling. Sometimes we get lucky and the shared matches we need to solve our mysteries just appear in our match...
Have you ever wondered how long is a generation? Learn how long a generation is by looking at various historical populations and better understand how generation length may affect your DNA matches in this article from Jayne. Can you think of any unusual generation time situations in your family?...
Why transfer to MyHeritage if you've taken a DNA test elsewhere? Because you might find unique matches --or learn something unique about matches you've already found elsewhere. MyHeritage DNA’s tools helped me connect to a distant cousin who is related on a tricky mystery line that was purportedly...
How can half-siblings of your relatives be "better" than whole ones (at least, from a genetic genealogy perspective?) Here's what Joy learned about using descendants of half-siblings to cluster the shared matches she wanted. How can half-siblings be better than whole ones? At least, from a genetic...
The 1950 census is going public! Here are 3 strategies for making DNA connections using recent censuses. Good news: you don’t have to be an experienced genealogist–or a subscription website member–to search the 1950 U.S. census or use it to explore your DNA matches or build your family tree.
Harvest information from public family trees to help your mystery DNA matches bear fruit! Here’s how to search tree data on Ancestry.com, MyHeritage, FamilySearch and other major family tree websites.
Finding all children of an ancestral couple can help you build a DNA-friendly family tree for your DNA matching experience. Use this collateral research strategy on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch or MyHeritage.
Family history software that syncs with online trees—especially those linked to your DNA test results—can keep your genealogy research experience organized and, well, in synch.
Build a stronger family tree for DNA matching by using vital records (BMDs). Here’s what they are and what you should know to find them.
Clues for building your family tree may be sitting around your house—or a relative’s home. These “home sources” can help you extend your tree and learn family stories. These tips will help you find them.
Organize your DNA matches by linking them to your family trees on AncestryDNA and Family Tree DNA. Here’s how.
Learning about your ancestors’ full lifetime helps you better know and appreciate them—and yourself. It’s one of the (many) psychological benefits of family history!
Need a family tree to attach to your DNA test results? Here are 3 (relatively) quick ways to get one—and the answer to a related question, “What the heck is a GEDCOM?”
Your best family tree for DNA matches should be bursting with siblings, cousins and other relatives. Here’s how to use census records to construct a more robust family tree.
Improve your DNA matching experience with a better family tree. Obituaries can help fill gaps on your pedigree chart, making it easier to identify those 2nd and 3rd cousins.