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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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 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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More About Fred Holzhauser

Today, my son Kurt and I traveled to Vermilion, Ohio, for the graveside ceremony for Frederick L. Holzhauser, Kurt’s step-grandfather. Fred passed away at age 98 on 5 Feb 2018. His cremains were interred next to the graves of his parents in Maple Grove Cemetery. Kurt and I represented the family of Meta, Fred’s wife who

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Learning about German Genealogical Research

While attending the Monday (7 Aug 2017) evening meeting of the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society,  I announced that the Cuyahoga Valley Genealogical Society would be holding a FREE seminar on German genealogical research on Saturday, 9 Sep 2017, at the Independence (Ohio) Civic Center. I mentioned that the presenter was a representative the Palatines to

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Married almost 57 Years

Yesterday would have been 57 years of marriage for my wife and me. Mary Jane (MJ) and I were married on 25 Jun 1960. Unfortunately, she passed away on 19 May 2017, just 37 days shy of that 57th wedding anniversary. It was tough not being able to celebrate this latest marriage milestone with her. Several

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Online Repository Tracks Nearly 10 Years of Genealogy News & Developments

I am constantly amazed by how much news has come from genealogical and family history organizations and companies over the years. One way to track developments is to access the online repository of the Family History Newsletter — Genealogy News, compiled by by Sylvia and Jack Sonneborn. The newsletters are available for viewing on Rootsweb, beginning with

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Grow Your Own Family Tree–Class Announced for Brecksville Residents

Today, we received the Spring 2015 issue of the Brecksville Bulletin in the mail. It’s also available online at <>. It included the following announcement of a class that I will be presenting for the next six weeks beginning next Wednesday, Mar 25, at the Human Services Center. Grow Your Own Family Tree We’ve all

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Did you know that has literally hundreds of learning videos on YouTube? Here’s what says about the The Ancestry YouTube Channel  At Ancestry, we work hard to provide you with the best educational tools available through our Learning Center and our Social Media networks. One of our most popular destinations is our YouTube

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Eastman Online Genealogy News (EOGN) Is 19

This is a somewhat belated birthday congratulations to Dick Eastman on the 19th birthday of his e-newsletter: Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter (EOGN), which is available at Here is a quote from Dick’s first newsletter published on January 15, 1996: Well, it’s started. This newsletter is something that I have been considering for a long time, but

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