Rules for Identifying Photographs: Create a Timeline

Rules for Identifying Photographs: Create a Timeline

Timelines are great organizational tools for research. They help you place your ancestor in time within historical context. They can also assist with photo identification. Last week I wrote about studying the photo first. Imagine you have several photos of who you think is the same person. Laine Farley has...Read more
What’s Up with My Ethnicity Estimates?

What’s Up with My Ethnicity Estimates?

Ethnicity estimates have made news this year, especially with AncestryDNA’s updates this past fall. But how important are your ethnicity estimates to your research? We asked genetic genealogist Shannon Combs-Bennett this very question. She’s the presenter on the upcoming live webinar, What’s Up With My Ethnicity Estimates? One thing she...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
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