A Brief History of Hanukkah (and Our Favorite Jewish Resources)

A Brief History of Hanukkah (and Our Favorite Jewish Resources)

The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees defeated the Seleucid Empire in the second century BC. There was enough oil to burn for only one day, but the light miraculously burned for eight days. Use these links to learn more about Hanukkah history...Read more
BCG Updates DNA Evidence Standards

BCG Updates DNA Evidence Standards

A Science student looking at a model of DNA in a classroom. Credit: Getty Images As more people turn to DNA to answer meaningful questions about their family history, it’s become critical to have standards for accurate, responsible genetic genealogy research. Misinterpreting DNA evidence or handling information inappropriately can have...Read more
MyHeritage DNA Announces Updates at Live Conference

MyHeritage DNA Announces Updates at Live Conference

MyHeritage Live 2018 took place this past weekend in Oslo, Norway. But no worries if you couldn’t trek to Scandinavia to join in person! MyHeritage live-streamed all the sessions, and we’ll brief you on the major MyHeritage DNA updates announced there. The conference opened with a keynote speech from CEO...Read more
AncestryDNA Map Reveals Matches’ Locations—and Yours

AncestryDNA Map Reveals Matches’ Locations—and Yours

A new tool has appeared to help you sort your AncestryDNA matches: a Matches Map. It’s currently shown as being in beta format, so it’s still being rolled out and tested. You can find it on your DNA Results Summary page along the top menu bar, shown below:   When...Read more
5 Genealogy Projects You Can Do From Your Couch

5 Genealogy Projects You Can Do From Your Couch

As the days get shorter, you’ll likely find yourself with less to do outside—and more hours to kill indoors. Make the most of your shut-in time with these five easy genealogy projects that will keep you cozy, further your research goals and complement your favorite warm beverage. 1. Write down...Read more