30    Aug 201418 comments

Our Stories: Genetics leads to genealogy

Some people begin with traditional family history and turn to genetics to find more connections, but MyHeritage member Peggy Shackelford, 64, of Southern California began her geneajourney to understand the genetics in her family.

She has two grown daughters and three dogs. She holds a BS in computer and management sciences and works as a business intelligence developer. Although born just outside Chicago (in Hammond, Indiana), Peggy grew up in northern California. Her work involves analytical research and developing business intelligence software.

Peggy and her family at a recent family gathering. Peggy is center back in the peach color.

About 30 years ago she started the journey to discover her family roots. Armed only with some family stories she began her research. It was very hard going back then, she says. There was very little available online and most of her research involved sifting through microfilms of census records to find people and clues. Continue reading "Our Stories: Genetics leads to genealogy" »

29    Oct 20126 comments

Grandmothers: Their place in history

Our grandmothers! What do we remember best about them?

It may be special treats found in their refrigerator each time we visited. Making macaroni necklaces. Teaching us to crochet. Allowing us to do what our parents never did. The always-available baby-sitting provided. The list can go on forever about the nurturing of our grandmothers and the importance of that in our individual development, as well as their place in our families.

Even more interesting is a new study based on computer simulations that supports the "grandmother hypothesis:" That we couldn't have done it without them!

The theory is that humans evolved longer adult lives than apes because grandmothers helped feed their grandchildren over some 24,000 to 60,000 years of development.

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4    Oct 20111 comment

Video: Building a Family Tree for Humanity!

Today we're posting a remarkable video from the clever people over at TED. TED is a a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing paradigm shifting content from inspirational speakers.

Spencer Wells, over this 20 minute talk, demonstrates how to extend genealogy far beyond the usual boundaries. In essence, the geneticist demonstrates how the earliest origins of human ancestry can be examined through the usage of DNA techniques. He has some truly fascinating conclusions:

6    Jul 20104 comments

Genetic Test Pinpoints Origins ‘To Within 5 Miles’

If tracing ancestors through DNA wasn’t futuristic enough already, genetic technology for genealogy is set to get even better.
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