Diggin’ Up Graves – Favorite Posts of 2014 and 2015

Diggin’ Up Graves – Favorite Posts of 2014 and 2015

I began this blog as a response to Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, which began on 1 January 2014. The name, “Diggin’ Up Graves,” is courtesy of my former spouse who, when I would be online researching genealogy, would ask me if I was “diggin’ up graves” again. Continue reading

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Genetic Genealogy – DNA Testing and You

This article is the first in a series that William H. Blue, president of the National Blue Family Association (NBFA), invited me to write some time ago about DNA for genealogy. The series is appearing in issues of The Chalice, the NBFA newsletter.

Genetic Genealogy – DNA Testing and You

For those of you who have tried to understand the topic of DNA for genealogy and become overwhelmed, believe me, I understand. You may be relieved to know that I have tried to make it so that this does not happen from reading this article. I am assuming the reader has no knowledge about DNA or DNA testing except what is covered here. Thus, I hope to begin as top level as possible. There is a glossary, and each introduced term will be in copperplate font and will be defined there.
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Lightening up…

Thank you for the support I received last week after I shared. Things are lightening up. My loved one is home and his pneumonia has healed. He only needs oxygen at night, and he is breathing a lot better.


Today’s moon, from moonconnection.com

A friend and her cousin cleaned my house for me (what a relief), my back is feeling somewhat better (I haven’t moved much), and all pets seem healthy for now.

I have multiple posts on ancestors which I have started. Perhaps I can finish one.



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I can’t even…

In the past month, I have lost, to death, three pets, one very unexpectedly.

A loved one had planned surgery. During his recovery from that, Continue reading

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Thoughts on DNA, Privacy, and Big Corporations

By this time, my few readers should know that I mostly hate AncestryDNA, that 23andMe annoys me, and that I have only minor complaints about Family Tree DNA.

I love genetic genealogy. I encourage DNA testing for genealogy with a passion. I think we all need to be educated about the risks, and to learn the code of ethics, better known as the Genetic Genealogy Standards, which are available for download at Continue reading

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