RootsTech Session Signup and My Sessions
DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
by Roberta Estes
1w ago
It’s hard to believe we’re t-minus two weeks now for RootsTech. For me, this is going to be the busiest RootsTech EVER. This article is about signing up for both in-person and virtual sessions – and about my sessions. I hope to see you there. Another article will follow next week about my booth talks (I think there are 7 now), book signings, and more. A cautionary note – if you want to attend my sessions at RootsTech, you need to indicate your interest by the “add” to schedule button. I’ll show you how in a minute. If there are a lot of people indicating interest in a particular session, and ..read more
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François “dit Lavaranne” Girouard (1616/1621-1686/1690) – Guns, Farms & Dikes: Pioneering Acadia
DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
by Roberta Estes
1w ago
François was born between 1616 and 1621, someplace in France. François’s surname, Girouard was spelled a myriad of ways including Giroir, Girrior, Gerrior, Girouer and Giroud. However, Girouard really wasn’t the name by which he was known. His nickname, Lavaranne, was what he was called by other Acadians. “Dit” names are translated loosely as “said” or ”called” names. Don’t you just love them. Nicknames with a purpose. Maybe. Maybe a hint as to where the person came from. Or, maybe something about their trade or them personally. Was François from the La Varenne region of France? La Varenne, an ..read more
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Ancestry’s ThruLines and Shared Matches Now Require a Subscription
DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
by Roberta Estes
2w ago
Ancestry informed us a few weeks ago that they were changing their platform and that some existing tools would soon be behind a subscription paywall. I wrote about some changes in the article, Ancestry Updates Ethnicity, Introduces New Features and Pushes Some Behind Paywall. A few weeks later, another banner appeared saying that everything “beneath the banner” would soon require a subscription of some type, meaning either DNAPlus or a full Ancestry Subscription. Because Shared Matches was displayed above the banner, I didn’t think that Shared Matches would be behind the paywall, but I was wr ..read more
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Relatives at RootsTech Returns!!!
DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
by Roberta Estes
2w ago
I’m so excited. Relatives at RootsTech is back. I gotta tell you – I LOVE Relatives at RootsTech! Not only will you be able to find cousins for research collaboration, but also cousins for DNA testing and matching. Here’s the link. You’ll need to sign in and sign up to be included. So far, more than 43,000 people have connected, up from just 25,220 two days ago. If you keep scrolling down, you can view the hometowns of attendees, too, if they’ve elected to display that location. Join the RootsTech Event You’ll be prompted to sign into FamilySearch or create an account if you don’t have one ..read more
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Pedigree Collapse and DNA – Plus an Easy-Peasy Shortcut
DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
by Roberta Estes
3w ago
Pedigree collapse can be responsible for you sharing more DNA than expected with another person. What is pedigree collapse? Pedigree collapse occurs when you descend from the same ancestor(s) through more than one path. In other words, you descend from those ancestors through two different children. Therefore, when matching with someone else who descends through those ancestors, you may share more DNA than would be expected from that level of relationship on the surface, meaning without pedigree collapse. Endogamy is different and means that you descend from a community of ancestors who desce ..read more
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Stop Risking Your Information: Facebook Games, Public Posts, Friend Lists & Hackers
DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
by Roberta Estes
1M ago
Are you unwittingly exposing yourself and risking your information on Facebook or other social media platforms? Bad actors are becoming increasingly problematic on social media. There’s been a HUGE UPTICK recently, and we need to keep ourselves safe. Keeping yourself safe also helps keep your friends safe, and vice versa. Please read this article and follow these steps. Share with your friends and family too. Please don’t think you’re immune from this. You’re not. Everyone needs to do a checkup periodically. Sometimes Facebook changes things, and hackers get more wily and cunning all the time ..read more
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Anne Charlotte Girouard (c1660-1742), Tenacious Acadian Octogenarian
DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
by Roberta Estes
1M ago
Charlotte Girouard, also known as Anne, and in one case, Anne-Charlotte, was probably born in France about 1659 or 1660. Although, she may have been born after her parents arrived on the shores of Acadia, the place that would one day become Nova Scotia. We really don’t know which of her names is technically accurate. One was probably her first name, and the second was a middle name. I suspect, based on the fact that she was buried under Anne, and she is recorded as Godmother for a granddaughter named Anne, clearly named after her, that her official name was actually Anne, but that she was call ..read more
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Bennett Greenspan: Meet My Extended Family & Discover Extraordinary Deep Heritage
DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
by Roberta Estes
1M ago
“My ancestors are in my soul. I can’t get them out of my mind.” Bennett Greenspan “And yes, I brake for cemeteries.” Bennett Greenspan gave an incredibly interesting presentation at the 15th International Genetic Genealogy Conference held by FamilyTreeDNA in November 2023. Since his retirement in January 2021, he has been able to focus on his genealogy. Once a genealogist, always a genealogist. Bennett said some things I hadn’t thought about, and now I’m viewing Y-DNA matches with a different perspective – based on how he’s using his results. Ever since I met him, Bennett’s focus has been to ..read more
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Miss Connie – Quilt Sister, Angel of Mercy, Legacy of Hope
DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
by Roberta Estes
1M ago
Miss Connie concluded her earthly journey last night, slipping peacefully away in the early hours, just before dawn. Her life was a cherished gift to us for a time, and now she has returned to the embrace of the cosmos. Today, I’m both wracked with grief and overcome with gratitude. This is a love story like none you’ve ever heard, enveloping both of our families, binding us together like twine. It’s an incredible testimony of inspiration too, a triumph of the human spirit. Connie set the bar high – very high. This is a long article, so consider this the “get your cup of tea and Kleenex warni ..read more
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Honoré Lore or Lord’s 1818 Estate Inventory Provides a Window Into His Life
DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
by Roberta Estes
1M ago
Honoré Lore, or Lord (1742-1818) lived an incredibly interesting life. He was born near Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia, survived the Acadian exile, and served in the Revolutionary War at Fort Albany in New York before settling in Quebec in the late 1780s. Honoré outlived two wives, Appoline Garceau and Suzanne Lafaille, having seven children with each. He married Marguerite Babin when he was 61 years old and brought forth eight more children with her. Marguerite was his wife at his death in 1818 at the age of 76. After publishing Honore’s life story, two readers contacted me with additional in ..read more
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