Clans and Families of Ireland and Scotland, a book review

Posted by on Feb 24, 2012 in Genealogy Research | 0 comments

Clans and Families of Ireland and Scotland, a book review

In this post, I offer a brief review of the book Clans and Families of Ireland and Scotland by C. Thomas Cairney, Ph.D. This volume is available for order at Amazon, and I assume other resellers. The book is subtitled, An Ethnography of the Gael A.D. 500-1750. You can also find it in its entirety online at Electric Scotland. The author has a family web site and may be contacted here. I’m not sure how I first heard about this excellent book. It may have been at the Electric Scotland site at the link I posted in the previous paragraph. In any case, I quickly acquired my own copy; and I...

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Forensic Genealogy, a book review

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in Genealogy Research | 0 comments

Forensic Genealogy, a book review

In this post, I’m going to do a review of the book, Forensic Genealogy, by Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., published in 2005 by Rice Book Press. The volume has three major sections entitled The Digital Detective, The Database Detective, and The DNA Detective. As ties in with the book’s title, each section involves the use of some special techniques to resolve some question of genealogical research. The Digital Detective section explores the analysis of old photographs, such as anyone might have in their family records, in order to uncover where and when they were taken, who they were...

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Autosomal DNA tests for genetic genealogy

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in Genealogy Research | 2 comments

Autosomal DNA tests for genetic genealogy

This is another post in a series on genetic genealogy. So far, I’ve written about the general topic, and the use of Y-DNA and mtDNA to trace back either a paternal or maternal line. These testing methods are great, and can take you back even tens of thousands of years in terms of very deep ancestral origins. However, neither one can tell you about closer-in family relationships, like your mother’s father’s brother’s children. This is where autosomal DNA tests for genetic genealogy¬†can play a role. As we’ve mentioned before, we humans have chromosomal DNA in the...

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mtDNA testing for genetic genealogy

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Genealogy Research | 0 comments

mtDNA testing for genetic genealogy

Considering mtDNA testing for genetic genealogy? Here’s our next post in our tour through the use of DNA testing for genealogy. This time the focus is on matrilineal researches using mitochondrial DNA aka M-DNA aka mtDNA. As we mentioned before, the mitochondria is a so-called “organelle” that resides within the our cells, and those of other animals. It is the engine that provides us all with our cells’ metabolic energy. There is a theory that these mitochondria were once independent creatures, but that somewhere in the mists of time, a symbiotic relationship...

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Y-DNA testing for genetic genealogy

Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Genealogy Research | 0 comments

Y-DNA testing for genetic genealogy

Considering Y-DNA testing for genetic genealogy? In my last post, I introduced the topic of DNA testing for genetic genealogy. In this post, I’m going to delve further into Y-DNA testing. First, I should point out that since the Y-chromosome is what will express the “maleness” of a man, that DNA in it will encode for these masculine attributes. However, it is not these parts of the DNA that are of interest in genetic testing. Instead, the focus is on what’s called noncoding or “junk” DNA. In the human genome, as much as 98% of DNA does not actually encode...

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