Ethnic Origins

Grandpa Evert Huuskonen’s Journey to America

On Oct 6, 2011, I posted an article about how my grandmother and her four children traveled from Finland to America. It involved some records research, some detective work with maps, and some speculation about details. I also wrote an article about the details of my grandfather’s journey to America but hadn’t posted it until

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Learning About Another Country, South Africa, and its Dutch Origins

I enjoy reading detective novels. And I especially enjoy them when they introduce me to another region, country, or culture. I have just finished reading Cobra, A Novel, written by Deon Meyer. This fast-paced detective novel provides an introduction to modern-day South Africa. The author wrote it  originally in Afrikaans, a language that has evolved from

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My Heritage & 23andMe Work to Combine Family Trees and DNA

A few days ago, MyHeritage Founder and CEO, Gilad Japhet, used a news feed on Bloomberg TV to announce and explain a “strategic collaboration” with 23andMe. The announcement was captured and made available on YouTube, which you can view here: http://youtu.be/c1MefhlGTA8. I might point out that MyHeritage < http://www.myheritage.com/>has a very substantial presence in Europe

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Ready, Set, Go: Researching Nordic Roots

I am finishing up my PowerPoint presentation on “Our Nordic Families: How to Research Your Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, and Finnish Families.” I will be presenting it at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland on Saturday, November 1, starting at noon. To register, go here: http://www.wrhs.org/upcoming-event/our-nordic-families/, If you have questions, feel free to contact me by

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Ancestry DNA Results for a Niece

Just got an exciting email from a niece. She reports that she has taken the AncestryDNA test! Her results: Europe 100% Europe West 46% Finland/Northwest Russia 34% Ireland 10% Great Britain 8% Trace Regions 2% At a quick glance, this squares up with what I would expect.  She has great grandparents on her mother’s side

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52 Ancestors – #2: Learning About Matthias Flaugh, Revolutionary War Ancestor

Johann Matthias Flaugh (also spelled Flach) arrived in Philadelphia in 1773 as a 19-year-old immigrant from Rimhorn, Hesse, Germany. He was my fourth great grandfather, living most of his life in America in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. I started gathering information on Matthias early in my involvement in genealogical research. More recently, I have benefited from

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