Mitochondrial DNA Tests Disclose Ancient and Modern Indigenous Ancestry

Mitochondrial DNA Tests Disclose Ancient and Modern Indigenous Ancestry

For decades, archeologists and anthropologists have posited that migrants from East Asia populated the Americas by navigating seaworthy crafts in the Pacific Ocean or by crossing over the Bering Sea land bridge that used to connect Asia and Alaska. In recent years genetic testing has confirmed these theories by revealing the existence of haplogroups that[…]Read more

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DNA for Native American Genealogy

Groundbreaking book for Native American Genealogy: DNA for Native American Genealogy, by Roberta Estes

Written by Roberta Estes, the foremost expert on how to utilize DNA testing to identify Native American ancestors, DNA for Native American Genealogy is the first book to offer detailed information and advice specifically aimed at family historians interested in fleshing out their Native American family tree through DNA testing.  Figuring out how to incorporate[…]Read more

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Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia & South Carolina, From the Colonial Period to About 1820

NOW AVAILABLE BY INDIVIDUAL VOLUME: Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia & South Carolina, From the Colonial Period to About 1820

Now published in three volumes, and 400 pages longer than the two-volume Fifth Edition, Free African Americans of North Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina from the Colonial Period to About 1820 consists of detailed genealogies of hundreds of free black families that originated in Virginia and migrated to North and/or South Carolina from the colonial period to[…]Read more

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Determining Native American Ancestry with DNA Relies on Population Genetics

Determining Native American Ancestry with DNA Relies on Population Genetics

In the following segment from DNA for Native American Genealogy, author Roberta Estes explains the percentage of Native DNA one is likely to possess and how the science of population genetics comes into play in establishing that relationship. “How Much of Them is in Me?” As discussed earlier, while everyone inherits exactly half of each[…]Read more

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DNA for Native American Ancestry

New Book Lays Out Ground Rules for Determining Native American Ancestry

Our new publication, DNA for Native American Ancestry, by Roberta Estes, begins by discussing fundamental issues involved in establishing Native American heritage. The author first defines the concept of “indigenous people.” She then answers questions like “Can DNA Results Identify a Tribe?” and “Can I Join a Tribe?”. Another section covers the requirements and benefits[…]Read more

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Clan Callaghan:The O Callaghan Family of County Cork garners strong review in National Genealogical Society Quarterly

Clan Callaghan: The O Callaghan Family of County Cork garners strong review in National Genealogical Society Quarterly

The September 2021 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, one of the leading periodicals in the field, contains a very positive review of Professor Joseph A. O Callaghan ‘s 2020 revised edition of Clan Callaghan: The O Callaghan Family of County Cork. We have reprinted it in its entirety below. Clan Callaghan: The O[…]Read more

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More New Fall Publications

More New Fall Publications

In recent issues of “Genealogy Pointers,” we have written about Vera Miller’s second contribution to the “Genealogy at a Glance” series that covers the Ukraine. (Vera previously had written a similar guide to Russian research.) We also announced the second edition of Paul Heinegg’s  Free African Americans of Maryland and Delaware From the Colonial Period[…]Read more

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SCOTS-IRISH LINKS, 1525-1825: CONSOLIDATED & INDEXED EDITION. In Two Volumes

SCOTS-IRISH LINKS, 1525-1825: CONSOLIDATED & INDEXED EDITION. In Two Volumes – By Dr. David Dobson

The term “Scots-Irish” refers to the descendants of the Scottish emigrants who migrated to the Irish Province of Ulster at the behest of the English crown. The Plantation of Ulster by Scots beginning in 1606 is a well-known established fact. While most of settlers were from the Scottish Lowlands, some, especially in the late sixteenth[…]Read more

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African American Patriots of Revolutionary War

More African American Patriots of the Revolutionary War

As we reported in December, Paul Heinegg’s new book, List of Free African Americans in the American Revolution: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware (Followed by French and Indian Wars and Colonial Militias), presents the service or pension records of nearly 1,000 free African Americans who served in the War for Independence from[…]Read more

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African American News in the Baltimore Sun, 1870-1927

African American News in the Baltimore Sun, 1870-1927, by Margaret D. Pagan: Another Groundbreaking Resource for African American Genealogy

Genealogists and historians seeking a 19th– or early 20th-century Baltimore connection will appreciate Margaret D. Pagan’s new book, African American News in the Baltimore Sun, 1870-1927. Presented as a chronology, the book contains more than 800 entries highlighting those who emerged as leaders in the fight for equal rights and opportunities as well as those[…]Read more

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Free African Americans of Maryland and Delaware from the Colonial Period to 1810. Second Edition

Free African Americans of Maryland and Delaware from the Colonial Period to 1810. Second Edition

For the second edition of Free African Americans of Maryland and Delaware, Paul Heinegg has assembled genealogical evidence on more than 400 Maryland and Delaware black families (naming nearly 10,000 individuals), with copious documentation from the federal censuses of 1790-1810 and colonial sources consulted at the Maryland Hall of Records, county archives, and other repositories. In[…]Read more

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