Posts By: whuskonen

She Was Listed in Outstanding Young Women of America 1971

The other day I did some more cleaning and organizing of “things” around the house. I came across the book Outstanding Young Women of America, 1971. I had forgotten about this volume and the entry for Mary Jane (MJ), my late wife. Here is how the publishing organization describes the volume: “The Outstanding Young Women of

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MyHeritageDNA Helps Adoptees Connect

A few weeks ago, MyHeritageDNA launched DNA Quest, a new pro bono initiative to help adoptees and their birth families reunite through genetic testing. The initiative was launched initially only in the USA. Now, MyHeritageDNA is going global with the program. The company just announced: More than 10,000 applications were submitted so far to receive

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Back to School: Understanding DNA for Genealogy

In a couple days I plan to attend the Ohio Genealogical Society’s 2018 Conference in Columbus, Ohio. I’m particularly looking forward to a number of conference sessions on using DNA for genealogical research. In the process of reviewing the background information I have on hand, I learned about several webinars created and broadcast by MyHeritageDNA

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New App for Storing Genealogy Documents: Tropy

I am gearing up to digitize my family history archival materials, including scans of documents, as well as scans of photo prints, digital photos, and even videos. I have acquired a copy of Denise May Levernick’s book, How to Archive Family Photos: A Step-by-Step Guide to Organize and Share Your Photos Digitally. I purchased my copy from Amazon.com,

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Success Story: Converting a 79-year-old 8-mm Movie to Digital

Last Saturday (17 Mar 2018), I attended an indoctrination session for the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Memory Lab at the South Euclid/Lyndhurst branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. The objective: learn how to convert old home movies to digital files. The Memory Lab has a Wolverine Film2Digital MovieMaker unit that library subscribers can

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What Are Double Cousins? Wikipedia to the Rescue

I just ran across a reference to double cousins and didn’t know what the reference meant. To find out, I went to Wikipedia, my go-to source of information when I have access to a computer or other digital device. I wasn’t sure what I would find or how detailed the explanation would be. But wow,

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Walfrid Huskonen’s Dream: Andover Pattern Co.

My mother, Mary Jane Huskonen (born Dingman), passed along to us the promise that my father, Walfrid Herbert Huskonen, made to himself to be in business for himself by age 45. He achieved that goal when he quit working as a patternmaker at Glauber Brass in Kinsman, Trumbull, Ohio, and founded Andover Pattern Co. in

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Making Sense of My DNA Test Results

I have tested with AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, and FamilyTreeDNA, so I have a lot of results to study and work with. Today, I discovered two YouTube videos by Crista Cowen at Ancestry.com. In them she explains two key aspects of my DNA test results: 1.You Received Your Results. Now What? (Part One) | AncestryDNA 2.You Received

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DNA Testing FAILS at Living DNA — Three Times

Today I received an email from Living DNA stating that my THIRD attempt at testing with Living DNA had failed. Here is the text of the email:https://www.livingdna.com Following on from the testing of your third sample, we are very sorry to have to tell you that this third attempt has also generated a LOW CALL

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