Author Archives: Laura

When your DNA ethnicity estimates are revised

It gives you pause. When you’ve completed an Ancestry DNA test, received your results, already gone through the mental gymnastics of understanding your ethnic breakdown and it finally makes perfect sense to you, even though it still kind of doesn’t, … Continue reading

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Dear Ancestor … Author Unknown

“Your tombstone stands among the rest; distinct, but not alone. The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marble stone. It reaches out to all who care. It’s not too late to mourn. You did not know that I … Continue reading

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Richard Hendrickson, 1930 – 2018

It’s been just about a month and a half since we lost my dad. And today my parents’ church observed All Saints Sunday, honoring those who have passed on in the last year. It seemed like an appropriate time to … Continue reading

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School’s out.

In the last couple of days I have wrapped up a 15-week, summer class through the Boston University online genealogical research program. It’s been a great deal of work, but I’ve learned a lot. My research will probably never be … Continue reading

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Learning genealogy …

While some other folks may be enjoying lazy days or summer travel this season, I’ll be hunkered down with my books and computer studying genealogy. I enrolled in the summer session of the 15-week genealogical research course offered online through … Continue reading

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Dutch genealogy at the NGS conference

The weather was lovely and the tulips downtown were in full bloom for the couple of days I recently spent in Grand Rapids, Mich., at the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society. This was my first time attending this … Continue reading

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Digging up that Irish root …

Having recently discovered an unexpected dash o’ Irish in my heritage, I thought St. Patrick’s Day weekend was a good time for a closer look. My journey toward “becoming Irish” started with a smallish but noticeable bit of Ancestry DNA … Continue reading

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RootsTech Reflections for 2018

I manage to get to RootsTech only every other year, and this was just my second time to attend. While this was a briefer visit than the first, I continue to be impressed by the goals of the conference … … Continue reading

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Rootstech 2018: Day 3

The third day of RootsTech (my second full day) was excellent from top to bottom. The morning session with Scott Hamilton was inspiring, and the breakout sessions were uniformly excellent. Hamilton was interesting and authentic. I wasn’t bored for a … Continue reading

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RootsTech 2018: Day 2

One thing’s for sure about RootsTech … there’s never a lack of things to do. One of the hardest parts is choosing … and staying organized. Today I started with the opening session, listening to Brandon Stanton of Humans of … Continue reading

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