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Old 12-09-2018, 11:19 AM
 
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.. Wow this is really good information .. thank you .. you are doing great .. you should visit the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints .. it is the organization for helping family and children .. really teach family values .. such as THE family value .. chastity ..

You are doing great .. your children and their children will really by grateful ..
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Old 12-09-2018, 11:38 AM
 
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.. Wow this is really good information .. thank you .. you are doing great .. you should visit the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints .. it is the organization for helping family and children .. really teach family values .. such as THE family value .. chastity ..

You are doing great .. your children and their children will really by grateful ..
You're very welcome.

Most of us here work on Family Search. I keep my public tree there. I have my private tree on Ancestry but do not pay for records because I can get them at Family Search for free.
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:30 PM
 
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I replied in another thread about the various genealogy DNA FB groups and want to post them here too. To go to the original thread, click the arrow in my quote

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I haven't uploaded my uncles to GEDmatch Genesis (a large public database) yet but will when I get my new computer; because I'll add him to the Hungarian DNA FB group which has a tool called Matchmaker that matches people in the group with their GEDmatch and Genesis kits. It's pretty cool. They also have a Scottish DNA FB group as well as Irish, British, Polish, German and Swedish to name a few. They all have the Matchmaker tool which also could help you find more of a paper trail.

I also started playing with DNA Painter to try to figure out what lines my matches are from. There's so much you can do with DNA. The more databases you're in, the better chances you have of finding your family.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:04 AM
 
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Using Q-tips to do ancestry DNA for people that can't spit in the vial or kids

How to do an AncestryDNA test WITHOUT spit

SUPPLIES:

Distilled water
3 clean disposable cups
1 measuring syringe
Simply Saline Adult Nasal Mist (DO NOT get saline with other additives or medications)
GUM Go-Betweens ProxaBrush Cleaners
Your DNA spit kit of choice (I used AncestryDNA)

1: Create Your Artificial Saliva Solution

Pour a fair amount of distilled water into one of the clean cups.
Spray a small amount of saline into another clean cup until it pools in the bottom.
Measure 99ml of distilled water into the third clean cup.
Measure 1ml of saline into the third clean cup.
Discard the two unmixed cups.
2: Take Your Sample

Now the fun part! You will need to obtain your sample.

Measure approximately 5ml of your artificial saliva and fill the test tube 2-3mm ABOVE the fill line. As you remove swabs, liquid will be removed from the container, so overfilling it very slightly will not be a problem.
Swab the GUM brushes on the cheeks 10-20 seconds, then place tip down into the DNA tube to soak for another 10-20 seconds. You may “stir” them in the tube as well. Remove the swab carefully allowing the liquid to drip off of it and into the vial, and scraping the swab along the edge to ensure as much is left behind as possible.
Repeat above until all 8 swabs have been used. While swabbing, it is best to leave the previous swab in the solution to soak.
3: Proceed as normal

At this point, your saliva sample should look identical to actual saliva. It’s actually pretty cool. If you tilt and swish it near a light source, you should be able to see debris from the cheeks and it should be thick and slimy just like actual spit. Screw on the cap with the stabilizing liquid, place it in the pouch, seal the box and ship it in!
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:06 AM
 
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Linking your Family Search Tree at 23andMe *Please note that you have to turn on beta testing. In the top right corner you'll see your name with a down arrow, click the down arrow, click settings. On the next page scroll to Preferences, the very last option in the preferences section is Beta Program where you can start and stop participating.

From the FAQ's - 23andMe Beta Testing Program

Top right corner where your name is, click on the down arrow; you'll see settings listed. Click on it. Scroll down to Personal Information and scroll until you see Enhanced profile, click on Edit enhanced profile; on the next page see Share a link to your online family tree, it will take you to the Family Search log in. It's that easy! You now have your Family Search tree linked to your 23 and Me DNA.

If you have not built a family tree at Family Search, use the directions in the main Family tree & DNA directions post. See where I tell you how to search for your family tree because it's very possible someone has already built one.
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Old 10-25-2019, 09:48 AM
 
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From the thread New (for me) tip for genealogist

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Today I went to the Library of Congress. It never occurred to me what a treasure trove this would be for genealogist. Duh, I guess. Anyways I never saw the Library of Congress listed as a source for genealogist so I thought I would mention it. So now I have a new place to hang between meetings when in D.C. Between that and NARA I guess I never will get much beyond them. LOL.
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I spent a full 5 days. With planning and intelligent hotel selection my entire week ran me a bit less than 1K living high on the hog(food, lodging, transportation). I had to be here when Congress was in session, however, as a tip to all, you can slash your cost substantially by planning your visits when Congress is not in session as the hotel rates drop. Another tip is to call extended stay type hotels during that time, and negotiated the price. They are usually hammered by high vacancies then and are often very price malleable at those times. And if you drove in really shop around for parking if you are going to do like most and use the metro. If you use the metro and stay far out the cost difference between peak and off hours for a long trip can add up, so plan you day and timing. If you stay close, the difference between peak and off hour is negligible. Of course money matters more to some than others. I do my own cooking when I can, and that $15 a day I save in parking means I can feast on tuna steaks and crab cakes essentially for free since I cook my own, hence my penchant for extended stay hotels (or high end ones with Executive lounges - i.e free food).
Library of Congress - The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world

Digital Collections


American History 127
Government, Law & Politics 91
Performing Arts 85
World Cultures & History 74
War & Military 71
Local History & Folklife 52
Art & Architecture 43
Social & Business History 31
Portrait Photographs 30
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:21 AM
 
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From the thread New (for me) tip for genealogist





Library of Congress - The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world

Digital Collections


American History 127
Government, Law & Politics 91
Performing Arts 85
World Cultures & History 74
War & Military 71
Local History & Folklife 52
Art & Architecture 43
Social & Business History 31
Portrait Photographs 30
Photographic Prints 29
More Subjects
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So, I hesitated to do this, because this is not a travel forum, but I would feel bad if something bad happened to someone. One extended stay hotel I would look at is the Arlington Courts that is part of the Clarion brand, part of the Choice hotels family. It is on the silver/orange line and only 21 minutes from the Library of Congress. You can take the orange line straight from Arlington Courts (two block walk) from the Courthouse station and have it drop you at Capitol South station which is near the Library of Congress. It takes only a few minutes and is a cheap ride, peak or non-peak, around $2.50 or so each way($1.40 senior rate).

You can use this trip planner tool(enter Courthouse Metro Station and Capitol South Metro Station as the locations:

https://www.wmata.com/schedules/trip-planner/

(To get to the National Archives you can go Courthouse Metro to L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station Plaza Metro(Silver line) and then L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station Plaza Metro to Archives Metro (Green line), it will run you $2.25 ($1.25 for seniors). By the way you can simply walk from L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station Metro to the Archives, it is a half mile walk down 7th St and you cross the National Mall.


Arlington Courts is an all suite concept, it is not posh, but a well worn, slightly dated, but well maintained heavy use hotel. It features a nearly full kitchen, two burner stove top, microwave, and full sized refrigerator and freezer, dining room table, chairs, sitting room and my rooms always have two queen beds, and a spacious bathroom. There is a Giant Food Store, Trader Joe's, ALDI, and Mom's Organic Foods all within about a mile, Mom's being 4 blocks away. They also serve a very large complimentary breakfast each morning and an actual full light supper on Tuesday and Wed.

If you book in advance you can get rooms (as of this date) for $108 a night, with $15 parking (not recommended as there is a garage next door for $8-9 a day). There is a free shuttle that will take you to and from the airport or to and form the Metro which is only 2 blocks away anyways.

It is located across from a Hilton Garden another great choice. So the thing about Hilton Garden's is, they have one interesting attribute. They always are located in safe neighborhoods, it is a feature of the brand. You may notice Hamptons, Hiltons, Doubletrees etc may occasionally be on the border of sketchy areas, Hilton Garden's never are, so you can presume something about an area if there is a Hilton Garden there. That is not true of any other concept I know of, and I say this as a 28 year road warrior veteran. So I mention this as sort of a quick and dirty way to vet a location for safety. That is especially important in the D.C. area.

If you want standard upscale hotels, I often stay in Crystal City and ride the Metro. Just pay attention at night. They like to pretend there is no issues in Crystal City but over the 10 years I have stayed there I have had incidents around the Marriott and Hilton which surprised even me. Still and all I would not hesitate to stay there. The Hampton (use to be a Hilton Garden) has surprisingly upscale rooms and clearly was something else before a Garden Inn or Hampton. Be aware parking is expensive in these areas.

I simply now prefer to stay at extended stay hotels that give me kitchen privilege unless I can find a hotel with an Executive Lounge (hey a little pampering for an old road warrior is nice).

Well this post will not age well, but hopefully it will benefit someone and hopefully others will post their stay ideas for those using the Archives or Library of Congress.
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:13 AM
 
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My Heritage - Go to your profile, At the top it says home, family tree, discoveries, DNA, photos, research; mouse over family tree you'll see import GEDcom and manage trees, click manage trees, on the far right under actions you'll see export to GEDcom. My Heritage is limited with free family tree accounts. I have 203 people in my tree, it's telling me I have reached the maximum and will have to pay to add more people.


Now to the DNA


My Heritage DNA is normally $79 but it goes on sale for $49. Note, you can upload your DNA from another company for free family matching, exporting DNA matches, contacting matches and shared surnames of matches. For a fee of $29, you can unlock other features like ethnicity, family trees of matches, chromosome browser, shared DNA matches, shared ethnicities, shared ancestral places. They also offer theory of family relativity that tells how you match some people. There is also a AutoClusters for DNA Matches which is a pay feature.

MyHeritage subscribers who already have a Premium, PremiumPlus or Complete Subscription do NOT have to pay anything to unlock the extra features for uploaded DNA kits. They can upload as many kits as they want and enjoy all the premium features for all uploads.

Join My Heritage, upload your family tree GEDcom file. To upload your DNA from another company, go to your profile, you will see the DNA tab where you can upload your raw data. They're saying they will eventually be charging to upload raw data. To upload DNA to another person in your tree, find them on the tree then click their name, it will open a box on the left that has the link to upload.

My Heritage has a lot of neat features they recently added. I'll post a link to their newest blog about it
Introducing the New DNA Match Review Page

My Heritage has also gotten into health testing for $199‎. I've seen it on sale for as low as $99. I have not done it so can not offer experience. When you click the health testing link you can read what they test for. Here is a blog post I found Navigating Your MyHeritage DNA Health Reports

If you're going to upload to My Heritage but you don't recognize any of your matches, consider messaging your Ancestry DNA matches to ask them to upload for free too. I have 2 cousins that helped me out, It's really helped me see how many are related thru my maternal grandmother. I'm able to click a common match and follow them to see if one of my cousins comes up. They offer so much more to find matches then Ancestry.
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Old 11-28-2019, 05:42 AM
 
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//www.city-data.com/forum/genea...l#post56384570

PA2UK blog post AncestryHealth Results are in!
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Old 12-30-2019, 02:00 PM
 
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My Heritage - Go to your profile, At the top it says home, family tree, discoveries, DNA, photos, research; mouse over family tree you'll see import GEDcom and manage trees, click manage trees, on the far right under actions you'll see export to GEDcom. My Heritage is limited with free family tree accounts. I have 203 people in my tree, it's telling me I have reached the maximum and will have to pay to add more people.


Now to the DNA


My Heritage DNA is normally $79 but it goes on sale for $49. Note, you can upload your DNA from another company for free family matching, exporting DNA matches, contacting matches and shared surnames of matches. For a fee of $29, you can unlock other features like ethnicity, family trees of matches, chromosome browser, shared DNA matches, shared ethnicities, shared ancestral places. They also offer theory of family relativity that tells how you match some people. There is also a AutoClusters for DNA Matches which is a pay feature.

MyHeritage subscribers who already have a Premium, PremiumPlus or Complete Subscription do NOT have to pay anything to unlock the extra features for uploaded DNA kits. They can upload as many kits as they want and enjoy all the premium features for all uploads.

Join My Heritage, upload your family tree GEDcom file. To upload your DNA from another company, go to your profile, you will see the DNA tab where you can upload your raw data. They're saying they will eventually be charging to upload raw data. To upload DNA to another person in your tree, find them on the tree then click their name, it will open a box on the left that has the link to upload.

My Heritage has a lot of neat features they recently added. I'll post a link to their newest blog about it
Introducing the New DNA Match Review Page

My Heritage has also gotten into health testing for $199‎. I've seen it on sale for as low as $99. I have not done it so can not offer experience. When you click the health testing link you can read what they test for. Here is a blog post I found Navigating Your MyHeritage DNA Health Reports

If you're going to upload to My Heritage but you don't recognize any of your matches, consider messaging your Ancestry DNA matches to ask them to upload for free too. I have 2 cousins that helped me out, It's really helped me see how many are related thru my maternal grandmother. I'm able to click a common match and follow them to see if one of my cousins comes up. They offer so much more to find matches then Ancestry.
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Another exciting announcement at MyHeritage LIVE was the launch of our new knowledge base, MyHeritage Education. This online hub is filled with resources to enhance your understanding of the MyHeritage platform and help you make the most of your family history research. The free site contains how-to videos, webinars, articles, and downloadable resources. The site is now available in 10 languages and new content is being added on a weekly basis. Read more about the knowledge base in this blog post.
https://education.myheritage.com/?_g...042.1562354527
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