If you’re new to genealogy, you might be very excited about what’s happening with DNA. You should be! But you should be aware of some of the challenges it presents, as well.
An African-American Michigan man wanted to know why his great grandfather was white. So he turned to DNA and now has the story and a whole lot more!
Hey, if you get back far enough…! Actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock Holmes on the PBS Series has been found to be related to Sherlock’s creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
German researchers are having a ball looking into the family tree of President-Elect Donald Trump. One has now found, perhaps, the very reason The Donald is the next President of the United States… his grandfather was kicked out of Germany, which changed history.
Friedrich Trump: Source: Wikipedia
A house in Hamtramck, Michigan has been owned by the same family since 1930. But when the owner recently went to renovate the place he found not one, but two secret rooms. And in them he found trunks filled with family memorabilia. Several states away, the daughter of the man in many of the pictures was stunned at the news!
Bill Tromblay is an enthusiastic pilot and was blown away by an Oshkosh exhibit of World War II era “nose art.” Especially when he found the nose art from his grandfather’s plane, which participated in the bombing of the Bridge Over the River Kwai.
In New York, seniors are dealing with long held issues from their respective pasts by writing their own stories and something called “legacy letters.”
Greenberry Stanton, William Anderson, and John Nelson were among the first regiments of African-American troops to enter the war fighting to free the slaves of the south. Their remains and stories were discovered in an overgrown cemetery by a Boy Scout working on a service project. Those remains have now been moved.
In a world filled with bad news, it’s great to see how many people are thinking of families when they discover something of significance. In this case it was a Purple Heart awarded posthumously to a man who died in battle in the Pacific in World War II.
For anyone to have the opportunity to assist authorities in a crime investigation is a rare and incredible. But as genealogists, our chances are just a little better. (I still think about mine often.) In Phoenix, authorities were looking to solve the case of the 1990s era “Canal Killer.” With DNA evidence available, they turned to a knowledgeable California genie, Colleen Fitzpatrick.