About Me · Historic Events

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

DNA Research

Three Cousins, Three Different Amounts of DNA Shared

I  have three cousins who have had their DNA tested. Three cousins who match me (thank goodness). Three completely different amounts of DNA passed down. How is that possible? Recombination. My three cousins and I have all taken autosomal DNA tests. As I understand it, although everyone who descends from a specific ancestor carries that… Continue reading Three Cousins, Three Different Amounts of DNA Shared

Hawaii Genealogy · Portuguese Hawaiian Roots

Caucasian But Not White: Race and the Portuguese in Hawaii

How would you define your Portuguese ancestors who went to Hawaii?  You might start by calling them Azorean, Madeiran, and Portuguese.  You would call them Caucasian, wouldn’t you?  But, would you call them White?  Those who controlled Hawaii’s business and political interests in the 1870s did not.  The Portuguese who went to Hawaii were officially… Continue reading Caucasian But Not White: Race and the Portuguese in Hawaii

Around the Web · Online Family Trees

10 Tips for a Successful, Pain Free GEDCOM Upload to WikiTree

Are you ready to upload your family tree GEDCOM file to WikiTree?  I’ve done several uploads and learned a few things along the way. These ten tips will help you successfully upload your file without some of the hassles I experienced. My Ten Tips for a Successful GEDCOM Upload to WikiTree Create a GEDCOM file… Continue reading 10 Tips for a Successful, Pain Free GEDCOM Upload to WikiTree

About My Ancestors · Immigration Research

How Many Immigrant Ancestors Are In Your Family Tree?

I sometimes wonder if my ancestor’s experience was the same as other people’s.  I’ve written before about how my family tree is made up of new immigrants.  There are no pilgrims, Puritans, or Revolutionary War heroes in my tree–so far. My first immigrant ancestor didn’t arrive on the scene until the 1840s. What about your… Continue reading How Many Immigrant Ancestors Are In Your Family Tree?