Have you and a sibling taken a DNA test and were either shocked or confused about why you didn't have the same ancestral DNA results or ethnicity percentages, when you have the same parents? Did you think that you and your sibling should have the same exact ethnicity and percentages, well, because, you're siblings? Not exactly. Let's take a look at why this could happen in genetic genelogy!
DNA Ancestry vs Cultural Ancestry:
Don't siblings Have to Have the Same Ancestral DNA? No, you and your siblings do not necessarily have the same ancestry results in your DNA. DNA ancestry can be quite different than cultural ancestry. Think of it like a bunch of colored marbles in a jar, and that each color represents a particular ancestry.
Ancestral DNA Mini Experiment:
Pretend that you have a jar of colored marbles, and that you cover your eyes, reach in, and pull out a handful; then your sibling does the same. Do you think that you and your sibling will pull out the same combinations? The answer is most probably not. It is the same thing with your ancestral DNA.
Random Mixture of DNA:
Yes, you will each get 50% of your DNA from your mother, and 50% of your DNA from your father, but that DNA isn’t passed down in a single block; not every child gets the same 50% from their mother or the same 50% from their father, just like in the little jar of marbles experiment above. Each child will get a random mixture of that 50% DNA (a particular colored marble) from each parent.
Full Ancestry vs Mixture of Ancestry:
If your parents each have 100% of a particular ancestry (this is not the usual case nowadays), but each has a different ancestry than the other, you and your sibling should each get 50% of each. It’s when your parents have a mixture of ancestry (usually the case) that you and your siblings will have different ancestral DNA results from one another. Since most people are made up of many ethnicities, the mixture in the marble jar will be more varied, thus each handful pulled out has a higher chance of being different from the previous handful.
Have you taken a DNA test and were either shocked or confused about why you and a sibling didn't have the same ethnicity results? How different is your ancestral DNA with your sibling? Do one of you have more of a particular ethnicity than an other? I'd love to find out how different you and your siblings' DNA ethnicity is! Let me know in the comments below!
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EVERYTHING is a Clue in Genealogy!
Did you know that you can build a family tree with just clues?
Make sure you write down EVERY single bit of information you find, read or hear!
I was able to build a tree for my mom's biological father, whom she never knew, with just a name, and a few short remarks she had heard here and there, from her mother, throughout her younger years. These remarks were not necessarily about him, but were definitely clues in me being able to locate him, and build his tree.
I also had a very difficult time finding any records for my father's maternal grandparents, because the information his grandmother gave was false. Because my uncle had interviewed her when he was young, and made a family tree based off of her interviews, I was able to use all of the first names only to find both her lines and build a tree.
I have also tracked down several clients' missing ancestors or living relatives just by following EVERY single clue.
EVERYTHING is a clue! All stories may not be true, especially if there are family secrets, but there are always snippets of truth in each story. EVERY single bit of detail holds clues. Listen carefully to the stories, especially the small details in the stories you hear. Look at EVERY single detail in a record; sometimes the small details are often overlooked and can be a clue for something else.
Sometimes if you can't find someone, it may be possible that there are family secrets, that someone changed their name, that someone falsified documents for an unknown reason, and a number of other circumstances. So if you're having a hard time finding someone, or details about their lives, follow the clues!
The case studies to the above will be talked about in more detail in future blogs, so stay tuned!
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The MyHeritage #DeepNostalgia, doesn't work well on every photo, but it sure did for these of my mother's mother, taken in 1965; my father's father, taken in 1945 on leave from the military; my great grandmother, who immigrated from Mexico in 1916; and my great grandfather, who immigrated from Germany in 1893!
I had only met my mother's mother a few times in life, so didn't remember her well, this helped. :) I had never met my father's father, and this helped me feel like I did. :) I vaguely remember my great grandmother from when I was quite young, and this brought back memories of her. :) I had never met my great grandfather, as he had passed away in 1935 from T.B. that he had contracted during his military service in the Philippines at the turn of the century, when my grandmother was 14, and way before my father was ever even born; this helped me feel like I got to meet him. :) I also animated photos of my mother, who just recently passed, and I can not describe the flood of emotions that came over me when I saw those, it's like it brought her back. :(
If you haven't tried it yet, go to MyHeritage to upload your 5 free trials, and enter their #deepnostalgiachallenge on social media for a chance to win a year subscription to MyHeritage! They outdid themselves again with another amazingly awesome tool! :)
You can learn more about MyHeritage's DeepNostalgia photo tools below and in the Genealogy Resources category, along with other fantastic resources to help you in your family history research!
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RootsTech Connect 2021, hosted by FamilySearch, has come to a close, but not really. Did you know that you can still access RootsTech? They were originally going to close up everything, but access to your Playlist, but have since changed that! Not only can you access everything in your playlist for a year, the sessions/classes and Expo Hall, but they are keeping chat available till the 4th, and you can still access RootsTech relatives as of right now! So, if you want to view any of the 1,000+ RootsTech Sessions, Keynote Speakers or the Expo Hall, they are all still available, and will continue to be available!
Did you know that you can also save the sessions/classes to your YouTube watch later list, if you think it may be easier to access your classes from YouTube as opposed to going onto the RootsTech platform again and again? Just go to the session pin you'd like to save, and click on it. From there, on the upper top right corner of the video, you'll see the watch later clock symbol, and just click it. Make sure you are logged into your YouTube account before clicking it, and once you click on it, it will be automatically added to your YouTube watch later list. :)
Did you know that RootsTech Connect 2021 was such a hit going virtual this year due to Covid, that they went from about 30,000 attendees last year to 1,000,000 this year, Amazing! This was the most fantastic event of the year!
They really outdid themselves with their virtual platform! Did you know that the most time spent on planning for RootsTech this year, after realizing they needed to go virtual to make it happen this year due to Covid, was for the platform they were going to use? It took them 2 months checking out different platform companies, before realizing that none of them had what they needed for an event such as their's, and determined they needed to build their own site for RootsTech! The site for RootsTech was awesome, it was beyond anything I could have imagined! When I first signed up, I thought it wasn't going to be that awesome virtually, and would be most likely like all the other virtual experiences I had this past year, but boy was I wrong! Not only was the content what made RootsTech this year, but it was their platform that brought it all together and was striking, and made you feel like you were really part of an event! This definitely was the event of the year!
I absolutely loved everything about RootsTech, from ALL of the keynote speakers, the sessions, the RootsTech break sessions, the RootsTech relatives, the expo hall, to the chat and more, all of it was fantastic! All the keynote speakers were amazing, but my absolute faves, were the CEO, Steve Rockwood's keynote speech, Sharon Leslie Morgan's keynote speech, Astrid Tuminez's keynote speech, and Nick Vujicic's keynote speech, as those are the particular speeches and personal stories that resonated with me. My other absolute faves at RootsTech were the RootsTech session break videos, that were so thought and emotion provoking, and the Facebook Live Daily Wrap Ups with Ancestry.com's Crista Cowan, and chatting with RootsTech relatives!
I really hope that they keep this platform for next year ( I mean, they spent a lot of time and resources building it, and already have it, so why not?!) and decide doing both an in person event and virtual, then more people from around the world would be able to join, and they may be able to keep close to the amount of attendees they had this year!
So, if you missed the RootsTech Connect 2021 event, you can still view all the classes for FREE!
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