Before the advent of computers, family tree software, and on-line sources of genealogy data, genealogy was a much slower-paced, somewhat grueling exercise of searching through indexes and then through reels of microfilm or microfiche for our ancestors, with much longer time periods between "finds" and the associated feeling of satisfaction!Documentation included the use of forms for recording family history, including family groupings and family tree templates.The updated result I find rather intriguing here is that I appear to have 6% North Mediterranean Basin DNA.This may back up the oral history regarding my Whitney family line.I was told my grandfather's father's family originally came from the Azores Islands through Bermuda.He worked on a fishing boat that provided seafood in North Carolina.That is, the relevant documents are much more accessible (or at least the indices are), and much of the research can be done from your home, from the comfort of an armchair!Further, photographs and other relevant documentation can be scanned and stored on your computer, so that you do not have to have hard copies made of the originals, or find a place to store them.
You are most likely not the only – or the first – person searching for and building your family tree.
Update – Please note that this feature has now been renamed to “In Common With” to more accurately reflect it’s function.
So yesterday morning, I went to town, and when I came back, Family Tree DNA had rolled out their new Family Finder look and feel. As with anything new, it looks a bit different, but all of the old functionality is there, plus some new things.
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