Blaine was a speaker at THE Genealogy Show, in Birmingham and he was gracious to answer several questions, that I emailed him, after the show. These are his answers. 1) When did you first use DNA and why? I ordered my first DNA test (an autosomal
test, believe it or not) in 2003. I was a genealogist since middle school
(about 1989) and was then in a Ph.D. program using genetics, so the
advertisement I saw online for a DNA test combined the two things I loved the
most. 2) Why do you think DNA is important for
family research? DNA is no more special or important than
any other type of evidence. It is simply another type of evidence we consider
when doing thorough genealogical research. Just as we would consult a new book
published about our family, we should consult new DNA evidence. 3) What have been the biggest changes, in
DNA testing, since it first came into the family research. Almost everything! Probably the biggest
changes since my first test in 2003 is the introduction of autosomal …
A few weeks ago I asked Helen to answer some DNA questions, for me, here are her answers. Thank you, Helen.
1)How many years have you be doing
genealogy research and why did you start? I have been researching for 32 years.
I had always had an interest as my father was English but I started research in
earnest to stop my mother plaintively complaining that she never knew her
grandfather (due to a family split which is a whole another story!).I found out one thing then another and was hooked! 2)When did you first use DNA, in your
research and why? I did my first DNA test in the days
when blood was required. Then did a mitochondrial test with Ancestry which
while interesting did not help me much. It was not until autosomal testing
started that I found DNA to be a useful genealogical tool for me personally
though I had been trying to entice some Quested males to do a YDNA test for my
One Name Study (offer is still open, gentlemen!) 3)Has using DNA, helped solve any
puzzles, you had or has it g…
Breathe, breathe, 20 days!!!!! Where has the past six months gone?
It has been a busy 10 days, with lunches, coffee mornings, dinner with friends, SAG Writing Discussion Group, I chair that, the Botany Bay Family Heritage Fair, Mother's Day and organising the last of my transport!
Actually I'm more organised than I thought, with just clothes and research to organise.
SAG Writing Discussion Group was great as I had set a task of using only 250 words and including the five senses, write a family history piece. The pieces were wonerful and one even reduced the group to tears. We all agreed that it was a good excercise.
The Botany Bay Family Heritage Fair is an annual event and was fun. I was on the Getting Started table, helping newbies with their research. Several have promised to keep in informed, as to how they are going.
Mother's Day was relaxing, with both breakfast and dinner out and several hours spent sitting in the sun, knitting or reading. My my daughters rang and …