Category: DNA and Genetics

DNA is the molecular blueprint for life. Genetic genealogy studies DNA and gives us more insights into how the human family looks. DNA and genetic genealogy give us answers, but they also unlock more mysteries to solve!

  • How to Find Out if You Have Irish Heritage

    How to Find Out if You Have Irish Heritage

    You can find Irish people and their culture across the world, and since the 1700s, around 5 million Irish people have emigrated to the USA. In America, many people have Irish heritage, and maybe you’re wondering if you’re one of them. If you have a sneaking suspicion that your family came from Ireland, where do […]

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    What is DNA and How Does It Works? Structure & Function

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  • Can a Blood Test Show Ethnicity? The Science Explained

    Can a Blood Test Show Ethnicity? The Science Explained

    Can DNA tell us who we are or where are we from? We live in a fascinating time where a drop of blood can answer these questions. Although, the answer might not be what you expect. Even so, let’s ask it: can a blood test show ethnicity? Blood tests (and DNA tests) cannot prove cultural […]

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  • DNA Explained: How Many Generations Back is 1%?

    DNA Explained: How Many Generations Back is 1%?

    Most people likely associate themselves with their country and ethnicity since they have shaped who they are as a person. Getting a DNA test and seeing that they are 1% Chinese or Russian can be a bizarre experience. So, how many generations back is 1%? If a DNA test shows there is 1% of ethnicity, then that DNA entered the family tree around 7-8 generations into […]

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  • How to Find Out if You Have Italian Heritage

    How to Find Out if You Have Italian Heritage

    You can find Italian culture in cities all over the globe, especially here in America. At the beginning of the 20th century, 4 million Italian immigrants lived in the USA. Today, over 16 million of their descendants identify as Italian-American. So, if there are tales of European relatives in your family, you might be wondering […]

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  • How to Find out if you Have Viking Heritage

    How to Find out if you Have Viking Heritage

    The Vikings were a group of seafaring warriors. At their peak, they had territories spreading from Turkey to Canada, and they frequently intermarried with the locals. So, Viking bloodlines can be found all over the world. And if you have a sneaking suspicion that you might have Viking heritage, you might be wondering how to […]

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  • How to Find Out if You Have Sami Heritage

    How to Find Out if You Have Sami Heritage

    The Sami are an obscure group of semi-nomadic people that come from the far reaches of northern Europe. So if you have stories about Scandinavian immigrant relatives in your family then you might have Sami heritage. But the Sami line isn’t an easy one to follow, so where do you start when it comes to […]

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  • Are All People with the Same Last Name Related?

    Are All People with the Same Last Name Related?

    While dating my now-husband, it made me laugh when people asked him if he was related to famous people with his same last name. Now that we’re married, though, I’m getting that same question about being related to other Starrs. Are all people with the same last name related? Spoiler alert: no. Two people with […]

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  • How Many Generations Until You Are No Longer Related?

    How Many Generations Until You Are No Longer Related?

    Tracing genealogy is a fun thing, but it can bring up some interesting questions – especially in relation to marriages, relations, and potential inbreeding. For example, how many generations until you’re no longer related to someone? The distance (or the number of generations) required before no longer being considered related to someone depends on how […]

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  • What is Forensic Genealogy? 5 Things to Know Now

    What is Forensic Genealogy? 5 Things to Know Now

    While genealogy is amazingly cool, the first time I heard that it could be used to find living people and relatives blew my mind. And it made me wonder – what is forensic genealogy? Forensic genealogy studies evidence left by deceased individuals in order to find specific, still-living individuals of interest for various reasons. This […]

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  • Which Genealogy Test is Best? (Answers and Why)

    Which Genealogy Test is Best? (Answers and Why)

    Have you ever done a quick search for genealogy and DNA tests? There are a ton of options! So which one is the best – and why? Breanne and I sat down to research this – and here is what we came up with. The best general and overall genealogy test is the Ancestry.com atDNA […]

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