Geneaology Blog

Welcome to my blog.  I'll be discussing various topics on the subject of genealogy, DNA and general family research.  I'll also share some stories about research cases I've been involved with.  A list of my blog posts are shown below.  Click a topic that interests you, or scroll through them all.  Each page has a comments section.  Feel free to comment or ask any questions you might have.  If you have an idea for a blog post, or a private question, email me anytime.  To find out more about me and my research, visit my homepage,

January 4, 2023

Can DNA Really Help Me Find My Family?

Yes, it can.  Find out what submitting DNA to a genealogy site can do.

January 16, 2023

Which DNA Kit Should I Buy?

There's a clear winner when it comes to geneology kits.  Find out which is best.

January 29th, 2023

DNA - Some People Just Don't Get It

Many people still don't know about the power of DNA.  Let me help you understand.

February 2, 2023

Bob's Your Uncle

An example of how easily DNA can solve a mystery.

February 13, 2023

Four Hundred Centimorgans

Check your DNA matches.  Find out who those high matches are.

February 24, 2023

Who The Heck Is Liskey?

An unsolved family mystery.  Do you know who Liskey is?

March 3, 2023

Maynard Carlyle Smythe
is Michael Keith Woods

A missing person found after 70 years.  Read the full story here.

March 7, 2023

Get More DNA Matches for FREE

If you're on Ancestry or 23 and Me, upload to GEDmatch.  It's FREE!

March 17, 2023

Non-ID Info Can Be Fake

Yes, it's true.  That adoption info you have might not be real.

March 28, 2023

Understanding Family Relationships
Part 1

Simple genealogy information for beginners.

April 4, 2023

Understanding Family Relationships
Part 2

Learn about half relationships, removed cousins, and more.

April 16, 2023

Family Relationships Quiz

Test your knowledge of genetic relationships with my simple online quiz.

May 1, 2023

How to Contact Birth Parents and DNA Matches

Making contact may not be easy.  Try these simple tips.

May 16, 2023

Proceed With Caution
When Contacting Birth Parents

Think about how your existence might affect others before proceeding.

June 2, 2023

More and More Cousins

Understanding relationships from distant generations can be important.

June 11, 2023

The False Family Line

Are you really a descendent of the family you think are?

June 15, 2023

Eight Hundred Centimorgans

DNA matches in this range are very important.  Do not ignore them.

July 1, 2023

Investigate Your Family

A story about the importance of thorough investigation in genealogy.

July 10, 2023

DNA Numbers Lesson

Learn how to understand centimorgan numbers and find your family.

July 28, 2023

What Generation Am I In?

Age isn't the only factor involved when figuring out generational relationships.

August 8, 2023

The Passaic Baby

A story about a New York City foundling and the challenges of DNA research.

August 21, 2023

Suicide In Sandgate
(William Brayson Was Not Insane)

Find out what genealogical research can reveal about a family's medical history.

September 6, 2023

Find The Grandmother

A genealogy tutorial.  Can you find the missing grandma?

September 15, 2023

Sam Chirumblo, you are NOT the father!

Find out how DNA can solve an eighty year old paternity court case.

October 1, 2023

William Ainsworth, you ARE the father!
(Alfred Brown Does Not Exist)

DNA confirms a crime occurred almost 100 years ago.

October 8, 2023

My Big Fat Greek DNA Match

Never underestimate the power of a single DNA match.

October 20, 2023

Ancient Chinese Secret

Another story involving a single DNA match discovery.

November 5, 2023

DNA Privacy

Should you be concerned about privacy on genealogy sites?  Probably not.

November 21, 2023

DNA Centimorgan Calculator

Use my online calculator to help determine relationships on your match list.

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