Using GEDmatch and DNAPainter to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
The biographical facts we discover about our ancestors did not happen in a vacuum. Our ancestors were born, lived, and died in specific physical circumstances at specific moments in time. To reconstruct their lives, therefore, the facts we discover about them must be “situated” in their proper historical context. Three 19th-century case studies drawn from Only a Few Bones, a True Account of the Rolling Fork Tragedy and Its Aftermath demonstrate how to use multiple sources to assemble vivid accounts of ancestral events and generate biographies that portray individualized ancestors.
Evaluating a Genealogical Conclusion Including DNA
The facts you discover about your ancestors represent real-life events that took place in a physical place at a particular time. Cartographic collections—maps, atlases, and gazetteers—are essential tools for grounding all of your genealogical discoveries in the real world. This lecture describes different kinds of maps, current and historical, U.S. and foreign, and illustrates the broad range of information they provide. It explains how to use Internet sites to locate cartographic collections in libraries, archives, courthouses, historical societies, as well as those available online in digitized format.