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Surprise! My Great Grandparents are Cousins

Surprise! My Great Grandparents are Cousins

That sound you heard? That was my DNA imploding. It was the moment I realized that my great grandparents who married in Hawaii were cousins. Distant cousins, but cousins none-the-less. I’m Off on a Tangent As many readers know, I have ancestors from the Azores Islands. I was working in the records for the village of Achada on my Mello line and became interested in a man named Manoel Pacheco de Rezendes. I wondered if Manoel was related to my…

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Fun with GEDMatch Chromosome Mapping

Fun with GEDMatch Chromosome Mapping

Have you uploaded your raw DNA files to GEDMatch.com?  If not, you should consider it.  Not only is there the possibility of connecting with new cousins who tested with different DNA companies, there are some nifty tools not available anywhere else.  There are a variety of chromosome mapping tools that allow you to analyze your DNA in a variety of ways. My Ancestry is Split Just a brief note about my ancestry before we get started so you’ll have something…

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SNGF: The Presidents in Our Lifetime

SNGF: The Presidents in Our Lifetime

Randy has a brand new challenge up for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  Who has been president in my life, my parents lives, and my grandparents lives. One question always leads to another.  I started to think about how only about half of the presidents directly affected the lives of my ancestors.  My first ancestors didn’t arrive until the  James K. Polk was president. In my lifetime, I’ve seen 9 presidents so far… Lyndon Johnson Richard Nixon James Carter Ronald Reagan…

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SNGF: It Began With a Simple Conversation with My Grandma

SNGF: It Began With a Simple Conversation with My Grandma

This week for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Randy asks how we began researching our family tree.  I can still remember the moment when I started this journey. We were visiting my grandma at the rest home where she lived.  It was a beautiful sunny day and we were outside in the patio area having a chat. When my grandma started talking about family history, my ears perked up.  I’ve always been interested in history and wanted to know more about…

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The Golden State Warriors Historic 73 Wins in a Season Brings Back Sports Memories

The Golden State Warriors Historic 73 Wins in a Season Brings Back Sports Memories

The Golden State Warriors did something in 2016 that no other team in NBA history had done before.  They won 73 games in one season.  They had to surpass the powerful Chicago Bulls teams of the 1990s to do so.  They did it in style.  Breaking the record on the very last day of the 2016 season. The Warriors broke several records this season.  Stephen Curry became the MVP by setting the 3 point record.  He ended the regular season…

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