DNA Tools

Announcing (experimental) DNA Tools!

You may have noticed we have a new menu item on the left. Today, RootsFinder launched an experimental version of our DNA tool kit. With these tools, you will be able to visualize and analyze your DNA matches and tag kits to your tree. We hope you enjoy these tools. They should make it much …

How I Solved It: Annie Catherine Downing: Found Mutilated on the Line

Suzi Brent, blog author of Family Tree Mystery, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”.  Suzi tells the story of how her mother had started the research on Annie. She picked it up to find out what was behind her early death. Newspapers and the inquest being completely …

How I Solved It: Treasures from the Goodwill: From Pearl to Aunt Abbie and Uncle Edd

Alice Clark, blog author and president of the South Bend Area Genealogical Society, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”.  This blog tells the story of the local Goodwill received personal items that included photographs in a recent donation. These items were given to the local genealogy society …

How I Solved It: UPDATE: Anna Merriman Busby: Who’s Your Daddy?

Anne Faulkner, blog author from the website Ancestor Archaeology, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. This blog explains how Anne revisited the profile of the man believed to be the father of Ann Merriman Busby. After reviewing Fold3.com and going through newly digitized records, she confirmed Ann’s …

How I Solved It: Email and Elusive Ancestors

Wendy Mathias, blog author at Jollett Etc., has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. This blog is a good story about figuring out who a little-known person on the family tree actually was. Interest had flagged but then was raised again by an email from a person who …

How I Solved It: Look Around for Clues

Morag Hughson, blog author of Wir Unst Family, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”.  Her blog details how she had no luck until she noticed that the death record was one of three with the same informant. That informant information led to her being able to sort …

RootsFinder updates February 2018

It’s been a while since we posted about our progress on RootsFinder, so we wanted to post an update. We’ve been working hard over the past few months to make RootsFinder even better. Here are some of the things that we’ve added: New research menu on the person page We’ve added a new “Research” menu …

How I Solved It: How DNA Led Me to Change My Husband’s Direct Line

Diane Gould Hall, blog author of Michigan Family Trails, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. This blog discusses how a DNA match leads to clues about husband’s 2nd great-grandparents. Further research discovers a previous marriage which documents in her own possession actually showed but she missed a …

How I Solved It: My Four Children

Chris Child, blog author and longtime member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. Chris’s blog explains how his ancestor had a second family no one knew about. DNA helped find him after he’d left the first family and identified the second …

How I Solved It: Finding Faulkner: Part Ten | And The Heavens Opened Up

Anne Faulkner, blog author from the website Ancestor Archaeology, has shared this blog as part of our ongoing “How I Solved It Series”. This blog explains how Anne was on a mission to sort out her Faulkner ancestors that led her down many paths and resources all the way back to the 1600s.