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...
A DNA Brick Wall: The Mystery Countess

A DNA Brick Wall: The Mystery Countess

A longtime genealogy brick wall gets busted when DNA sheds new light on “the case of the mystery countess.” Janis has been interested in family history since she was just a kid, “rummaging around in my grandparents’ attic and spending way too much time looking...