What Is GedMatch and How Do I Use It?

If you’ve been around Genealogy DNA for a bit, you’ve more than likely heard of the site GedMatch.  GedMatch is a great (and free!) tool you can use to dive deeper into your DNA results. In simple terms, GedMatch is a catch-all for all DNA testers.  No matter the test (with some exceptions) you can find…

Am I On the Maury Show?!

I remember whenever I stayed home sick in high school, I would spend my day on the couch watching daytime television.  One of my favorite guilty pleasures was the Maury Povich show and the best episodes were always the one with paternity tests.  Talk about drama! To a sixteen year old girl, this was television…

TSLA and DocsBox

I love finding programs that bring history to life and the Tennessee State Library and Archives has just the thing to help.  The TSLA has a new program called DocsBox.  There are several boxes ranging from the Civil War to Vietnam.  All the boxes include specialized lesson plans focused on the specific topic from a…

Tuesday’s Tips: Yearbooks

This week, I received an invitation to my high school reunion.  I’ll refrain to say how many years it’s been…I have to leave something to the imagination!  Anyways, it made me all nostalgic and I found myself looking at my old yearbooks.  As I was looking through them, I realized that yearbooks are full of…

Preview: DNA Week

DNA Week is coming and so are classes, stories, and giveaways!  Below is the schedule for DNA Week.  I’ll be posting soon on how to win an AncestryDNA kit and a free 30-minute consultation! I hope to “see” everyone there! Monday – “Am I On the Maury Show?!” The Who, What, and Safety of DNA…

East Tennessee History Fair

If you’re looking for something to do the weekend of August 18th, I highly recommend heading to Knoxville to attend the East Tennessee History Fair.  I had the opportunity to attend a couple of years ago when the Fair was held in conjunction with the First Families of Tennessee reunion.  I have to admit, this…

FB Class: DNA & Why You Should Care

Hey everyone!  The Facebook DNA class is up on the Cool Girl Facebook page.  The class will be on Aug 22nd from 7-8pm (Central).  If you can’t make it “live” that’s okay!  I’ll keep the class open for a few extra days, so feel free to stop by!  Make sure to go to the Facebook…

Wanted: Who’s Coming To Dinner?

To get the Want Ads kicked off, I thought I’d be a little self serving and share a picture that I’ve been struggling with. This picture includes my 2x Great Grandmother, Stella Alice Baker Martin (m. Frank Martin).  She is the second from the left and sitting with her arm on the table.  Stella was…

I’m Gonna Put It In the Want Ads

This week I’m introducing a new section to the site called “The Want Ads”. We’ve all heard the stories of how someone posted a picture of a lost wedding ring in Florida and through the power of social media it made its way back to its original owner in Washington state.  You’ve also probably heard…