Younglove Connections to Jane Austen

Younglove Connections to Jane Austen

Jane Austen's been in the spotlight more than usual lately; last month, the Daily Mail published a series of photographs of nineteenth-century aristocrats in their sprawling manors and estates. Unexpectedly, the photo album includes a number of Jane Austen's relatives--Captain Edward Bradford, who lost his arm in a tiger attack, and Fanny Knight, who was [...]

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, [...]

Shelved: Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting

Shelved: Tips and Tricks of Deciphering German Handwriting

I never win anything; my grandmother has won the knitting competitions at the Erie County Fair for the past three years in a row now (no, really, she knits blankets and sweaters and she's made a name for herself in the Buffalo area), but I clearly didn't inherit the same luck. But then again, my [...]

New Year, New Site

New Year, New Site

I'm a teacher. In training. I've referenced my teaching job in a half-dozen posts on the blog before--in posts highlighting the stories of my schoolteacher ancestors or reflecting on the post-graduation period when I was trying to find the motivation to study for the Praxis--but I haven't shared what I do exactly. Back in September, my [...]