Hyper Masculinity

Ever run into one of those hyper-masculine LARP types, who make themselves into a cartoon Viking while thinking they’re reconstructing old Norse religion? These Viking wannabes go and on about Odin, Valhall, and their fighting spirit. One of the ways to spot someone who is still a baby in the faith is that they’ll riff … Read more

This Land

I’ve been wanting very much to read This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption Are Ruining the American West, by Christopher Ketcham (2019). Then I cried the whole way through. “A hard-hitting look at the battle now raging over the fate of the public lands in the American West–and a plea for the protection of … Read more


So. I was using Genome Mate. It was a lot of work for not much result. There was an update. Always more work. I never got around to doing it, and never went back. So now I’m looking at DNAPainter. Worth taking a shot, or will it just be extra useless work? Roberta Estes says, … Read more

Norse Baptism

Even in the days before Christianity the Norse “baptized” their children. Meaning that babies were sprinkled them with water, apparently as a sign of accepting them into the family line. Jackson Crawford, “Norse Pagan ‘Baptism’“, YouTube (Apr. 12, 2017).

Holy Grail, Holy Fraud

Honestly, nothing makiies me crazy quite like supposedly serious genealogists taking data straight from books like Holy Blood, Holy Grail and others of that ilk that should be just entertainment. I often think I should take on a systematic study and create a website devoted to the subject. Not going to happen, so I’m happy … Read more

Banning Anglo-Saxon

This is just sad. And I don’t mean the prospect of “academia” eliminating Anglo-Saxon as a category. I mean Tom Rowsell having a public meltdown, and using overwrought emotion, hyperbole, and ad hominem attacks to support his position — the very tactics he accuses his opponents of using. I would expect robust debate on a … Read more

Antinous the Gay God

Wikipedia says, “Antinous (also Antinoüs or Antinoös; Ancient Greek: Ἀντίνοος; 27 November, c. 111 – before 30 October 130) was a Bithynian Greek youth and a favourite or beloved of the Roman emperor Hadrian.” The Temple of Antinous says, “Antinous is the God of all Gay people, he was a homosexual, and it is therefore our calling as gay … Read more

Foreign Origins

Our European ancestors often did genealogy as propaganda. Nowadays it’s sometimes hard to convince new genealogists, people who might have only a limited historical education, that there wasn’t some secret, oral, underground stream of tradition that has been suppressed by clumsy academics. No. It was pure propaganda, and today we can see through it easily. … Read more

Preserve First, Scan Second

This blog post stopped me in my tracks. I’m doing a huge scanning project right now. Drawers and drawers and more drawers of old paper files. All my genealogical correspondence and papers from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s. A lifetime of work, and omg I was active. And now I’m helping Mom … Read more