Veterans Day

While researching the family history, so many people focus on the basics (birth, death, marriage, and children). You also need to pay attention to what jobs are listed in census records, public directories, draft cards, and in obituaries. Sometimes you stumble military records, military headstones, or obituaries that talk about their military service. This year Read More…

Genealogy Site Software Update

I have been using phpGedView as the framework for my online family tree for about 10 years. The last update for phpGedView was in 2012. The underlying technology the package was designed for has mostly deprecated and the efficiency of the accessing the database was using resources way beyond what I had available. With that Read More…

Garry Richard Tollefson

With a heavy heart I bring you the newest addition to my collection of obituaries, my uncle Garry. Dates: February 3, 1940 – May 8, 2016 Obituary: Garry Richard Tollefson was born February 3, 1940 in Sanborn County near Cuthbert, SD to Lyle Richard and Dorene (Adams) Tollefson. He attended school in Mt. Vernon, SD.  He Read More…

Understanding the Ethnicity Estimate

I was really taken back by the fact staggering 64% Great Britain number. After reviewing some information, I learn how this information is calculated at Ancestry.com and how this compares to other people.  The DNA markers for each region are compared to 40 different samples of your DNA (40 random segments of your DNA are Read More…

AncestryDNA

I ordered the AncestryDNA kit to see if I could expand my family tree and see what the ethnicity estimate would reveal.  My prediction was Scandinavian, English, Western European, and some Eastern European. So I activated and shipped my kit in early February 2016. My timing results mirrored other people: 5 business days to receive Read More…

Charles W Tollefson Family

While researching this family, I found a few things that I found family several misfortunes. I already knew all the people in this family from my research from years prior, but because I only focused on the people and the dates, I didn’t really comprehend what the family actually experienced. For reference, Charles W Tollefson is Read More…

Reproving my Ancestors

I was working a different branch on my family tree and couldn’t quite make a connection. I explored a possible connection and was able to follow the line for 5 generations. I felt excited and discovering all these new people was great. The issue was that I could not actually define a solid link between Read More…