Second cousin or first cousin once removed? Here's an explanation and a catchy song to help you keep it all straight.
I was adopted, and for most of my life all I knew was that my biological parents were English and Irish. A year ago I took a DNA test, and sudden I know a lot more: Who my biological mother was (and the amazing coincidences between our lives), what percentage of my DNA is Neanderthal, and the complexities of Irish identity, ethnicity and genetics.
A few years ago I inherited a Prohibition-era portrait of my ancestors. As I researched who was in it and where it was taken, unknown relatives began to emerge with historical detail and an alternate version of that very portrait. Questions remain. So I'm hoping that more descendants come out of the electronic woodwork.
Retain your cultural identity while losing your religion with this proven method developed by real Jews who came to America from Czarist Russia at the turn of the century.
The story of my life, from The Pale of Settlement to Chicago.
If you are interested in genealogy OR history I have developed a contest to try to add some fun and competition to the mix. First subject: Billy the Kid [WeRelate account required (free)]
Was William T Phillips Butch Cassidy? Inspired by a MeFi post I have launched a monthly contest where genealogists and armchair historians compete to gather facts about interesting people from the past. First up: Did Butch Cassidy really die in South America? [more inside]