by SHARON COHEN Associated Press via Kansas.com, December 24,
"- The father kept the photos of his son tucked in a drawer,
fading reminders of the smiling baby he last held in his arms nearly
60 years ago....
At age 87, Iahn had given up on seeing his son's face again. Then
one day this fall, Iahn's great-nephew, Denny Huff, was chatting with
a friend in this tiny town where secrets are as rare as strangers.
He mentioned his Uncle Bill's long-lost son. The friend happened to
be a genealogy buff and with some surprisingly quick research on the
Internet, she produced a name and phone number in Arizona, where Iahn's
son had been born."
"Every genealogist needs criteria concerning when it's fair to
decide that a "case is closed" and a particular ancestor can be considered
a definite part of your family tree chart."
on this site
Local history and genealogy - a site in progress.
MorningSun.net Sunday, November 2, 2003 by Joan House
"If you do not get the information you want from the first inquiry
then try some other place... "
"Council of Europe anti-torture committee: Finnish officials
forcibly drugged family for deportation The European Committee for
the Prevention of Torture says that Finnish officials once forcibly
drugged the members of a family for a deportation flight out of the
country. According to the Council of Europe body, the members of the
family were injected with sedatives and neuroleptic drugs without
a proper medical examination. In an initial report published last
week following a visit to Finland, the committee called such action
"totally unacceptable". "
By Dan Eshelman
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, IA - 29 Sep 2003
"Many people have become genealogy enthusiasts, whether to trace
a complete family lineage back through several centuries or just to
learn intriguing, and perhaps revealing, details about a particular
By LARISA BRASS
Knoxville News Sentinel, TN - 28 Sep 2003
buffs are using high-tech tools to peel back the dusty layers of their
past. "The old procedure is to dig around in the past and discover
documents that will move your family line on back," said George Schweitzer,
University of Tennessee professor and genealogy expert. "In the past
five to 10 years, two new enhancements to the whole genealogy search
process have come along," he said: DNA testing and the Internet."
Morning Sun. Sunday, September 28, 2003
"Genealogy and history are not two separate fields, they are
different emphasis on the same picture, the history of people. Genealogy
concentrates on specific lineages, while history concerns itself with
what people did in the past. Some local groups have formed genealogy-history
clubs and established libraries and museums."
By Sufiya Abdur-Rahman
Chicago Tribune/The Telegraph Posted September 5 2003
"A single sheet of paper that Kwame Bandele recently received
in the mail brought him part of the answer to a question he had been
asking for years--where did he come from. The letter told him that
a DNA sample he had submitted weeks before for analysis matched identically
with the Kru people in Liberia."
Nature 425, 23 - 24 (04 September 2003)
"A study of 33 ancient skulls excavated from Mexico invites us
to reconsider our view of the ancestry of the early Americans. Unlike
most other early American remains, the skulls resemble those from
south Asian populations."
Canadian Jewish News, Canada - 19 Aug 2003
The Canadian Genealogical Centre Web site is www.genealogy.gc.ca
"The Canadian Genealogy Centre has launched a new database that
contains references to about 200,000 immigrants from 84 countries
outside the British Commonwealth who applied for and received status
as naturalized Canadians from 1915 to 1932. The information is searchable
by surname, given name and country. A search can also be done using
possible name variations."
Waukesha Freeman , July 28, 2003
"Retired physician Stanley Nuland has translated an 830-page
book from Norwegian to English to tell how people from the Norwegian
town of Voss settled here. The book, published in 1930, was written
in a Danish-Norwegian dialect that is longer used but was taught to
Nuland by his mother, who emigrated from Voss"
By RICHARD RAEKE, St. Petersburg Times, July 20, 2003
Tired of fighting white people, the Apalachee Indians quietly disappeared
into Louisiana's woods and bayous in the 1800s. Today they are ready
to be heard - and recognized - by the federal government. Gilmer Bennett
is their voice.
DNA technology helping people learn more about who they are
and where they come from. Baton Rouge Advocate (LA), July 20,
Thursday June 12, 2003 The Guardian
..."When archaeologists found a soft-shelled clam in 12th-century
Viking excavations in Denmark it seemed an unremarkable discovery,
just a detail of domestic diet. But when the species, Mya arenaria,
was identified it became clear it was of major historical importance.
Historians had believed the clam had been brought to Europe by Columbus
from the Americas - but this archaeological layer had been deposited
three centuries earlier. "
The Viking explorers
had brought the clams back from what they called Vinland, and we call
North America, a couple of hundred years before Columbus. We can surmise
that they must have done it deliberately," said Erkki Leppakoski,
an expert on marine invaders at Abo Akademi University in Finland.
The clam was probably the first alien species in the Baltic, he added."
Plastic.com, June 1, 2003.
"In what could be a glimpse of the issues of 21st century medicine,
OpenDemocracy's Tiina Tasmuth writes of the pitfalls of one of the
most ambitious, and troubled projects: the Estonian Gene Banking Project,"
By NICHOLAS WADE
New York Times/Electric Scotland, May 27, 2003.
"History books favor stories of conquest, not of continuity,
so it is perhaps not surprising that many Englishmen grow up believing
they are a fighting mixture of the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Danes, Vikings
and Normans who invaded Britain. The defeated Celts, by this reckoning,
left their legacy only in the hinterlands of Ireland, Scotland and
A new genetic survey
of Y chromosomes throughout the British Isles has revealed a very
different story. The Celtic inhabitants of Britain were real survivors.
Nowhere were they entirely replaced by the invaders and they survive
in high proportions, often 50 percent or more, throughout the British
Isles, according to a study by Dr. Cristian Capelli, Dr. David B.
Goldstein and others at University College London."
"James Watson and Francis Crick unveiled their model for the
structure of DNA in the journal Nature fifty years ago this month.
To celebrate, Nature Science Update looks back at one of the key scientific
achievements of the twentieth century, forward to DNA's future, and
around at the double helix's place in biology."
HELEN R. PILCHER, Nature 30 April 2003
Symbols carved into tortoise shells more than 8,000 years ago may
be the oldest words yet discovered. The findings may also shed light
on the ritualistic practices of Neolithic China.
Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News April 24, 2003
Eve," the female ancestor of all humans, likely hailed from East Africa,
according to a recent study.
the current analysis is correct, East Africa probably served as the
cradle of humanity many thousands of years ago. Sarah Tishkoff, lead
author of the paper and an assistant professor of biology at the University
of Maryland, explained that the term African Eve refers to an ancestral
mitochondrial DNA genome.
Internet Mesoamerica archive should aid virtual excavation.Nature
1 April 2003 HANNAH HOAG
By DONNA MURRAY ALLEN St. Petersburg Times (FL), March 27,
One of these days you'll be able to compare your DNA with samples
from all over the world. By comparing your DNA with that database,
the specifics of your ancestry will be revealed.
By Ken Wells. The Wall Street Journal via Yahoo.com, March
"Jim Wells went to bed one night pondering a maddening and fruitless
decades-long search for the origins of an ancestor. He woke up the
next day to have his history handed to him in an e-mail."
By ERIN ANDERSSEN The Globe and Mail (Canada) Monday, March
"They get at least three angry and bewildered calls each day
from people around the world who asked to be told the secrets in their
blood and then cannot believe the answers returned."
by Lisa Ritter Starr,
See also additional articles
by the same author at Genealogy Today
"There are thousands of adult adoptees today, most of whom have
in some way voiced a desire sooner or later to find their birthfamilies.
"When Iceland's DeCode Genetics published an online genealogy
database last month, history buffs were disappointed to learn they
could access only their own family trees. DeCode itself has used the
database, with family names encrypted, to exploit family pedigrees
for locating disease-associated genes. But privacy laws enacted by
Iceland's Parliament in light of DeCode's research now apply to the
genealogies themselves, restricting who can access information that
was once public."
It can start with a simple curiosity, about origins, an heirloom,
an old picture or perhaps an unresolved family mystery. The reasons
genealogists first get started are many and varied, but there's one
very modern tool they're using to dig up the past. There's still plenty
of legwork, but the internet has taken much of the drudgery away.