RootsTech, Genealogy and DNA

ancestral origins DNA test

I’m just returning home to Chicago from a busy week in Salt Lake City, Utah, where I not only attended the RootsTech conference but also squeezed in some genealogy research at the Family History Library. One topic of discussion, both at the library and the conference, was that of the ancestral origins DNA test and how far the technology has progressed, even in just the past two years.

DNA Testing Helps Expand the Genealogy Experience

Many of my readers here at GeneaBloggers know that I’m always looking for not just new ways to research my family history, but also new ways to experience that same history. I want to learn and understand every aspect of the daily lives of my ancestors including what they wore, what they ate, how they worked and more. Also, I’d love to know if they suffered from any ailments, diseases and conditions that impacted their descendants.

One way to get a better idea of who you ancestors were and how they connect to others around the world is through the use of a variety of DNA tests. I can’t believe how these tests have not only become more accurate in terms of their information, but also how much more affordable they are as compared to a few years ago.

Which DNA Test is Best for You?

There are a variety of different tests for understanding DNA and genealogy; a good starting point is one that helps determine the origins of your ancestry. With this type of test you not only gain a basic understanding of where your ancestors lived, but often are provided with a map which plots out those regions. In addition, the results of an ancestral origins DNA test are easy to share with other family members and can actually help spark an interest in your family history.

What Will You Find with a DNA Test?

As with genealogy and family history, a wealth of information and even some surprises, can be discovered once you decide to incorporate DNA testing into your research. With the improved technology and affordable pricing, there’s no better time than now to take that first step. Here’s your chance to see if DNA testing can open up new avenues of information for you and your family.

Moreover, collecting samples for the DNA test is so easy and quick to carry out. All you need to do is swab your cheeks with oral swabs you get in a home kit provided. Once you have collected the samples, you just let the swabs dry and send them back for testing. Your results will give you heaps of information about your very own ancient ancestral roots.

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GeneaBloggers Members at RootsTech 2013

RootsTech 2013

Many genealogy bloggers are expected to attend RootsTech conference starting March 21-23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This includes the Official RootsTech Bloggers as well as other bloggers attending the event.

This year, DearMYRTLE will be the official sponsor of the famous “blogger beads” and we can’t wait to see what she picks out for this year’s version! In addition, there will be special events organized just for members of GeneaBloggers so please use the registration form below (or click here) to get your name “on the list!” We’ll be updating the list of members of GeneaBloggers attending RootsTech 2013 below as information comes in.

Count: 83

Lisa Alzo
The Accidental Genealogist
http://www.theaccidentalgenealogist.com

Harvey Baker
Saving Memories Forever
http://blog.savingmemoriesforever.com

Jill Ball
Geniaus
http://geniaus.blogspot.com
Android Genealogy
http://androidgenealogy.blogspot.com
Ku-ring-gai Historical Society
http://kuringgaihs,blogspot.com

Karen Ball
Ball Bureau
http://ballbureau.blogspot.ca

Carolyn Barkley
Genealogy and Family History
http://www.genealogyandfamilyhistory.com

Nancy & Biff Barnes
Stories To Tell Books Blog
http://www.StoriesToTellBooks.com/blog/

Lynn Broderick
The Single Leaf
http://thesingleleaf.wordpress.com

Candice Buchanan
Greene Connections
http://www.greeneconnections.blogspot.com

Bruce Buzbee
RootsMagic Blog
http://blog.rootsmagic.com

Laila Christiansen
Slekt og slikt!
http://lailanc.blogspot.com

Amy Coffin
The We Tree Genealogy Blog
http://wetree.blogspot.com

Audrey Collins
The Family Recorder
http://thefamilyrecorder.blogspot.co.uk

Lisa Louise Cooke
Genealogy Gems
http://lisalouisecooke.com/blog/

Kim Cotton
Walking Your Tree
http://www.walkingyourtree.com

Crista Cowan
Family History In Real Life
http://cristacowan.com
Ancestry.com Blog
http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/author/ccowan/

Grant Davis
The Stephen Sherwood Letters
http://thestephensherwoodletters.blogspot.com

Jean-François de Buren
The de Büren Family
http://threebeehives.blogspot.com
The Grand Tour
http://vodhdb.blogspot.com

Elyse Doerflinger
Elyse’s Genealogy Blog
http://twww.ElysesGenealogyBlog.com

Kathryn Doyle
California Genealogical Society and Library blog
http://blog.Californiaancestors.org

Dick Eastman
Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
http://blog.eogn.com

Valerie Elkins
Family Cherished
http://www.familycherished.blogspot.com
Japanese Genealogy Blog
http://www.advantagegenealogy.com/blog

Banai Lynn Feldstein
The Ginger Jewish Genealogist
http://idogenealogy.com/blog/
Utah Jewish Genealogical Society
http://ujgs.org/blog/

Larri-Anne Fonoimoana
Samoan Genealogy Group
http://samoangenealogygroup.blogspot.com

Deborah Large Fox
Help! The Faerie Folk Hid My Ancestors!
http://irishfamilyresearch.blogspot.com
Spilling the Family Beans
http://www.spillingthefamilybeans.com

Karen Glass
Family History With A “Looking” Glass
http://familyhistorywithalookingglass.blogspot.com

Dick Halsey
Dick’s Genealogy & History Corner
http://rochistory.com/blog/

Holly Hansen
Family History Expos
http://www.familyhistoryexpos.com/wordpress/

Tammy Hepps
Treelines
http://b.treelines.com

Jean Hibben
Circlemending
Http://circlemending.blogspot.com

Daniel Horowitz
MyHeritage blog
http://blog.myheritage.com
Jewish Graveyard Rabbit
http://jewishgraveyardrabbit.blogspot.com

Ancestry Insider
Ancestry Insider
http://ancestryinsider.blogspot.com

Becky Jamison
Grace and Glory
http://beckysgraceandglory.blogspot.com
Canon City Family History Center
http://canoncityfamilyhistorycenter.blogspot.com
Gramma’s House
http://beckyjamison.blogspot.com

Fran Jensen
Heart of Story
http://heartofstory.blogspot.com
Benjamin Kingman Curtis
http://benjamin-kingman-curtis.blogspot.com

Torill Johnsen
Lederblogg
http://www.disnorge.no/cms/lederblogg/lederblogg

Patrick Jones
Frequent Traveler Ancestry
http://jonesandrelated.blogspot.com

Jenny Joyce
jennyalogy
http://jennyalogy.blogspot.com.au

Cecily Kelly
Letters to My Grandparents
http://letterstomygrandparents.blogspot.com
Cone Chronicles
http://conechronicles.blogspot.com

Tonia Kendrick
Tonia’s Roots
http://www.toniasroots.net

Susan Kitchens
Family Oral History Using Digital Tools
http://familyoralhistory.us

Barry Kline
Trippin’ Over Roots
http://trippinoverroots.blogspot.com

Peggy Lauritzen
Always Anxiously Engaged
http://www.alwaysanxiouslyengaged.blogspot.com

Leslie Brinkley Lawson
Genealogy and Other Thoughts
http://lawsonresearch.blogspot.com/p/about-leslie.html

Thomas MacEntee
GeneaBloggers
http://www.geneabloggers.com
Destination Austin Family
http://destinationaustinfamily.blogspot.com

Sue Maxwell
Granite Genealogy
http://granitegenealogy.blogspot.com

Michael McCormick
Enduring Legacy Genealogy
http://enduringlegacygenealogy.blogspot.com

Anne Mitchell
Finding Forgotten Stories
http://finding-forgotten-stories.com

Roger Moffat
Roger’s Ramblings
http://LisaAndRoger.com

Lisa Moncur
Billion Graves
http://blog.billiongraves.com

CeCe Moore
Your Genetic Genealogist
http://yourgeneticgenealogist.com

Sonia Meza Morales
Red de Antepasados
http://www.redantepasados.com

Rosemary Morgan
London Roots Research
http://www.londonrootsresearch.blogspot.co.uk

Dear MYRTLE
DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog
http://www.DearMYRTLE.com

Mark Nicholls
Jewish Ancestors Blog
http://www.jgsgb.org.uk/blog/

Penny OKeefe
Idaho Genealogical Society
http://idgensociety.blogspot.com

Mark Olsen
MyHeritage Blog
http://www.myheritage.com
WorldVitalRecords Blog
http://www.worldvitalrecords.com

Denise Olson
Moultrie Creek Gazette
http://moultriecreek.us/gazette
Moultrie Creek Books
http://moultriecreek.us/books
Moultrie Journal
http://moultriecreek.us/journal

Gene Pennington
Pennington Research Association
http://praresearch.blogspot.com
Marin County Genealogical Society
http://maringensoc.blogspot.com

Bret Petersen
Branches of OUR Tree
http://blog.BranchesOfOurTree.com

Carol Petranek
Spartan Roots
http://spartanroots.wordpress.com

Donna Potter Phillips
Tikas Thoughts and Teachings
http://www.tikasthoughtsandteachings.blogspot.com
Eastern Washington Genealogical Society
http://www.EWGSI.com
GenealogyBlog
http://www.GenealogyBlog.com

Liz Pidgeon
Infolass
http://infolass.wordpress.com
Yarra Plenty Genealogy
http://ypgenealogy.blogspot.com.au

Donna Pointkouski
What’s Past is Prologue
http://pastprologue.wordpress.com

Geoff Rasmussen
Legacy News
http://news.LegacyFamilyTree.com

John D. Reid
Anglo-Celtic Connections
http://www.anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com

M. Diane Rogers
CanadaGenealogy, or, Jane’s Your Aunt
http://www.canadagenealogy.blogspot.ca
Postcard Craze
http://www.postcardcraze.ca

Heather Rojo
Nutfield Genealogy
http://www.nutfield.blogspot.com

Jane Rollins
Kitchen Sink Genealogy
http://www.kitchensinkgenealogy.com

Nancy Schlegel
More Time for Genealogy
http://moretime4genealogy.blogspot.com

Randy Seaver
Genea-Musings
http://www.geneamusings.com
The Geneaholic
http://www.geneaholic.com
Chula Vista Genealogy Cafe
http://cvgencafe.blogspot.com

Nancy Shively
Gathering Stories
http://www.gatheringstories.com

Helen Smith
From Helen V Smith’s Keyboard
http://helenvsmithresearch.blogspot.com.au
Postcards From Mary
http://postcardsfrommary.blogspot.com.au
Historical Medical Miscellany
http://historicalmedical.blogspot.com.au

Drew Smith
Genealogy Guys Podcast
http://www.genealogyguys.com

Rhiannan Stahnke
Rhiannan
http://thefamilyineverknewihad

Michelle Taggart
A Southern Sleuth
http://www.asouthernsleuth.com

James Tanner
Genealogy’s Star
http://genealogysstar.blogspot.com

Kathleen Tesluk
Voices From A Distant Past
http://www.voicesfromadistantpast.blogspot.com

Alona Tester
Lonetester HQ
http://www.lonetester.com
Genealogy & History News
http://www.gouldgenealogy.com

Becky Wiseman
Kinexxions
http://kinexxions.blogspot.com

Gayle Wolcott
Genealogy Dragnet
http://genealogydragnet.com

Russ Worthington
Family Tree Maker User
http://ftmuser.blogspot.com
A Worthington Weblog
http://worthy2be.wordpress.com
My Tombstone Collection
http://headstonecollection.blogspot.com

Richard Young
Family History Tech
http://www.familyhistorytech.com

Renee Zamora
Renee’s Genealogy Blog
http://rzamor1.blogspot.com

And remember to stay tuned here at GeneaBloggers where we’ll be listing the latest RootsTech news and posts (and tweets with the #rootstech hash tag).

Disclosure: I have been designated as a RootsTech Official Blogger which entitles me to certain perks including free registration and more. Please see Disclosure Statements for more information on my material connection with RootsTech, FamilySearch and other genealogy vendors.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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FindTheBest Genealogy Database Comparison Tool

FindTheBest

Last year I mentioned that the FindTheBest website had a tool to compare genealogy database software programs. Now they’ve created a dynamic comparison tool for genealogy database sites with records access including Ancestry.com, FamilySearch and  WorldVitalRecords.

In addition, you can now add your own review by setting up a free account at FindTheBest and letting them know how you rank one or more of the sites.

See below for an example or click here to use the comparison tool at FindTheBest.

©2013, copyright Thomas MacEntee

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