Finding Birth AND Adoptive Families

Finding Birth AND Adoptive Families

Learning about her father’s birth family led to his adoptive family—and his own childhood. Thanks to DNA testing for family history and some diligent genealogy research, now she knows more about his TWO families. Since childhood, Cheryl knew her father was adopted—and...
DNA Testing for Asian Ancestry

DNA Testing for Asian Ancestry

DNA testing for people with Asian ancestry is starting to provide more accurate ethnicity results. Here’s what’s been available—and what’s coming—for those with Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani and other Asian roots. There are good things coming in the...
Jewish DNA? 8 Strategies

Jewish DNA? 8 Strategies

DNA testing is part of exploring your Jewish family history. In celebration of Chanukah, here’s an 8-step guide to DNA testing for Jewish ancestry—and beginning Jewish genealogy—by expert Ellen Kowitt. Thanks to Jewish genealogy expert and guest author Ellen Kowitt...
Detecting Mayflower DNA

Detecting Mayflower DNA

Can DNA tests detect “Mayflower DNA?” This Thanksgiving story looks at early intermarriage and pedigree collapse among early Pilgrims in New England and the possibility of DNA founder effect—and what this means for genetic detection of Mayflower roots by descendants....
How to Tell a Good DNA Story

How to Tell a Good DNA Story

Sharing DNA stories can be rewarding for you AND your listeners–if you know how to tell a compelling tale. Boost your storytelling chops for DNA and family history discoveries with these essential elements of a good story. Whenever someone finds out what I do...