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  • Identifying Those Who Sank on the USS Oklahoma

    Jan 19

    The USS Oklahoma was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. A total of 429 men died when the ship capsized. The remains were recovered in 1943, but identification proved to be impossible at the time. Today, there is an effort being made to re-examine the bones and identify the those who sank on the USS Oklahoma. The USS Oklahoma as on ...

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  • The Limitations of DNA Test Kits for Americans

    Jan 12

    Genealogists take DNA tests for two reasons. One is because the results could reveal relatives that they were unaware of. The other reason has to do with health. Some DNA tests can reveal whether or not a person has genes that might increase the risk for certain diseases. However, there is a limitation on DNA test kits for Americans – one that is...

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  • Coffee Consumption Associated with Longer Life

    Dec 22

    There are many who begin their day with a nice, hot, cup of coffee. People enjoy the warmth and comfort the popular beverage brings, and look forward to the kick of caffeine. You may have started drinking coffee after watching your parents and grandparents drink it. A new study found that drinking coffee is associated with having a long life. 23...

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  • Humans are Genetically More Similar to Their Fathers

    Apr 16

    When a new baby is born, family members often try to identify traits that come from the baby's father or the baby's mother. It is typical for people to want to see reflections of the parents in their child. These observations are subjective. A study has found that humans are more genetically similar to their fathers than they are to their mothers. ...

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  • Why Mitochondrial DNA is Important to Genealogists

    Apr 6

    Genealogists seek out information about their relatives and ancestors. They want to know how everyone is related to each other and to “fill in the blanks” where information is missing. Mitochondrial DNA can help genealogists discover new relatives, find out more about their heritage, and provide matrilineal information. Mitochondria is part ...

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  • Being Injury-Prone Could be in your Genes

    Mar 10

    Do you have a relative that has a remarkable tendency to end up injured? It might not be entirely their fault. A review article indicates that a person's genetic makeup could have an influence on their risk of injury. The results of the article are especially interesting to athletes whose livelihoods can be negatively impacted after a severe injur...

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  • Traits You May have Inherited from a Neanderthal

    Feb 26

    There are DNA testing kits that can tell you where in the world your ancestors originated from. National Geographic's Genographic Project can reveal what percentage of your genome is connected to specific regions of the world. It can also reveal if you have Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry. It has been said that there are some traits that peo...

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  • How to Find Out What’s In Your Genes

    Jan 22

    Genealogy and genetics are two different fields of study that have become very overlapped in recent years. In addition to creating a family tree, many genealogists are making a medical family tree as well. Discovering what is in your genes can lead you to locating relatives you did not know existed. It can also point your toward health related deci...

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  • Family History Researchers – Might Need These

    Dec 9

    Need some ideas for anyone in the family who does research on the family ancestors? Or need to add some suggestions to the gift list for yourself? Holiday Season is here. Here are a few ideas that might like to have. The are several good genealogical magazine subscriptions in print or for online that can be very helpful. There is Ancestry Magazi...

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  • What is the Genographic Project?

    Feb 20

    Have you heard of the Genographic Project? It is an interesting opportunity for genealogists. The full name is The Geneographic Project 2.0. (and it is currently in beta). It won't help you find the wedding certificate of your great uncle Fred. Instead, it can give you a much wider view of your family history. Those who wish to participate i...

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