Rules of Genealogy

James Tanner often writes about the Rules of Genealogy. These aren’t rules in the sense that you must follow them. They’re common sense parameters for doing genealogy. Natural laws rather than rules of the game, if you will. Rule One: When the baby was born, the mother was there. Rule Two: Absence of an obituary … 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

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

Use Your Phone for Negatives

From Janet Maydem at Family History Daily: Wouldn’t it be nice to see what’s really on all those old family photo negatives or slides you’ve been carefully collecting and storing? If so, you might be ready to try out a negative scanner app (also known as a film scanner app). These free apps are designed … Read more

GEDCOM is not the Answer

James Tanner warns us about using GEDCOM. Info stored in a way that it is only portable by GEDCOM might be lost. “Even if you were successful in having someone in your family accept the information in GEDCOM format, it is very likely that much of the value of the information would be lost.“ “The … Read more

DNA Color Clustering

This looks interesting. It also looks obvious. (So why didn’t I think of it myself?) “Unsure of how other people were sorting their Shared Matches from AncestryDNA, I developed my own method: the Leeds Method of DNA Color Clustering. This simple and quick method helps you easily visualize how your close cousins are related to … Read more

Compare a Face

Which Ancestor Do You Look Like? Use Compare-a-Face at  Looks like I need to upload more family photos. “Unfortunately, there are no menu links to this Family History Activities section of the website. You can most easily find it by doing a Google search for FamilySearch activities. A link to the Activities page is also … Read more

Cousin Baiting

I love the title of this blog post. “Cousin Baiting: What is It, Should You Do It?“, at Occasional Genealogist <>, January 2017. A zillion years ago, so say maybe about 2007 or 2008, there was an article somewhere about “Cousin Bait”. I wish I could find it again. It was my first introduction to … Read more