How I Solved It: From DNA to Nellie Drag

How I Solved It: From DNA to Nellie Drag

Sometimes, when researching my genealogy, the little things are infinitely the most important. And that's the case for this recent find: 197 centimorgans of shared DNA across six segments led me unexpectedly, finally, to my great-great-grandmother's family tree. I want to share how I solved this Drag family mystery--my recipe for success--in the hopes that [...]

In Search of Victoria Drag

In Search of Victoria Drag

Michael & Victoria (Drag) Kuznicki My maternal 2nd great-grandmother, Victoria (Drag) Kuznicki, is a mystery. She was born on December 23, 1890 in Galicia--a historical region in East-Central Europe that is divided between Poland and Ukraine today--and she arrived at Ellis Island aboard the SS Vaderland on March 30, 1909 at the age of 18. [...]

DNA Discrepancies

DNA Discrepancies

To create a customer's ethnicity estimate, DNA companies--including AncestryDNA, 23&Me and MyHeritage DNA, to name a few--compare the customer's DNA to a reference panel, or DNA from individuals of "known origin." If a section of the customer's DNA is most similar to the DNA tied to a reference panel of individuals from Sweden, for example, [...]

Freckles & Cilantro: Reviewing AncestryDNA Traits

Freckles & Cilantro: Reviewing AncestryDNA Traits

Ever wondered where your freckles came from? Or why you hate cilantro? The likelihood that an individual exhibits a certain phenotype is based, in part, on the presence or absence of markers in their genotype that are associated with specific traits. A few weeks ago, AncestryDNA unveiled a new feature--AncestryDNA Traits--that provides customers with insights [...]

My Musical DNA

My Musical DNA

Based on my research, my roots aren't very musical: I have a great-great-grandmother who sang opera and one distant cousin who played almost every instrument in existence, but that's the extent of my family's talent. AncestryDNA has teamed up with Spotify to create "Heritage Playlists: The Unique Sound of Your Ancestry" for their customers, and while [...]