Saturday, October 6, 2018

New Blog Series: Wicked History

New England Historic Genealogical Society aka my second home
It has been a whirlwind the last few weeks. I have been busy with work travel and lecture prep. I even started working as an on-call genealogist on weekends at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, MA. It's still a busy time but I'm playing catch up and have a lot of exciting projects in the works.

I've been thinking about making some updates to my blog.

I want to highlight some of the historical artifacts and buildings in New England I uncover.  As someone who was raised in New York their entire life, everything feels new and wonderful. My new blog series is called "Wicked History" (kudos to my husband for the name). I will blog about some of the interesting things I find throughout New England and include some genealogy about the persons involved. Coincidentally, I live right near Salem so the blog series name has a double meaning.  I will still have my other series "Genealogy On the Road" on occasion when I have a bit more time while travelling (and hopefully travel to some new locations).

As a RootsTech ambassador, I also want to share some of the latest updates around this event. The countdown is on and it's going to be another fabulous event! I will have a dedicated page on my blog that has the latest updates in a column I call "RootsTech Corner".

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ethnicity Estimate Refining: The Latest AncestryDNA Rollout

It's been over a month since I last blogged and yet it feels longer. A lot has been going on. I recently celebrated my 34th birthday.  I have some upcoming lectures for the next couple of weeks and of course preparing for RootsTech (registration starts 9/20!).

The latest BSO (bright shiny object) was the updated ethnicity estimates rolled out by Ancestry, due to an estimated 13,000 reference samples added to the database. I took a few screen shots to the show difference. I'm showing that I "lost" Scandinavia, Iberian Peninsula and a few other trace regions. My Irish/Scotland and European Jewish estimates increased and I gained Baltic States (refined from Europe East). Overall, nothing drastically different but it does line up more with the paper trail.

What updates did you notice on your AncestryDNA estimates?
Previous AncestryDNA estimate (including percentages)

Updated AncestryDNA Estimate (including percentages)