Sunday, December 31, 2017

Genealogy in 2017 & Plans for 2018

Last night, I dreamed my husband's DNA results showed up as him having 31 different ethnicities. 😂

Naturally, his DNA results were in when I woke up this morning (because that's how my dreams work). So I thought I'd write a little round-up of 2017's genealogical progress.

This was the year of really delving into DNA. I know - I haven't stopped yapping about it. Even this morning after my husband's results came in and I said, "I promise to stop geeking out, now," he simply looked at me and said, "You've only just begun."


But I'll start with the most fun I had this year.

The NSGS Conference

I went to my first genealogy conference! It only took twenty-five years. I had such a good time at the Nebraska State Genealogical Society Conference and I am wicked excited to attend again in 2018 with my good friend (and amazing independent historian), Kassie Nelson.

When I lived back home on the east coast, I used to go to the local Family History Library regularly and that was such a great way to talk about people about genealogy, while researching. I missed that aspect of community when I lived overseas and then settled in Nebraska, so this is my new must-attend event every year (in addition to the geek cons I attend!).

Genealogy Books

I also added to my genealogy library in 2017. The titles I purchased this year include:

The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir by Bill Griffeth (interesting!)

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing & Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger (my favorite genealogy book of the year)

Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine Bettinger & Debbie Wayne Parker (fantastic follow-up)

Guide to Finding a Loyalist Ancestor in Upper Canada by Lorine McGinnis Schulze (very useful, no-nonsense guide)

The Family Tree German Genealogy Guide by James M. Beidler (because of hubby)

Trace Your German Roots Online by James M. Beidler (because of hubby)

The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide by Melanie D. Holtz (for me)

The Family Tree Irish Genealogy Guide by Claire Santry (for us both!)


On to the topic I can't stop talking about this year. Today I was looking at how many tests I've administered and the various results.

In 2006, I took my first DNA test for mtDNA with Family Tree DNA. In 2013, I added the Family Finder. In 2010, I started my ex-husband off with the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests at Family Tree DNA. Both our results have been on GEDMatch for a few years.

This year, I took the Ancestry DNA test. For my ex-husband, I added the Family Finder and expanded his Y-DNA test. I also sent him an Ancestry DNA test.

I sent my father an Ancestry DNA test, followed by a Family Tree DNA test. Finally, I had my husband take an Ancestry test.

In 2018, I hope my father does the FTDNA cheek swab, because I would like to upgrade it for Y-DNA and mtDNA. His maternal line ends in a brick wall.

I also hope to have my husband take the FTDNA Family Finder test in 2018, so I can upgrade it in the future.

Alas, no brick walls were demolished in 2017. Will DNA help with that? I hope so. It's certainly a useful tool for confirming relationships and expanding knowledge of the family!

My 2018 goals are to:

1. Continue working on said brick walls and

2. Find a research buddy. I would like someone with whom I can exchange problems to give and receive a fresh perspective. Are you that person? 😉

Looking forward to reading about everyone else's genealogical goals for the new year!

Genealogy in 2017 & Plans for 2018 -

Copyright (c) 2017 Wendy L. Callahan

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