Saturday, September 29, 2012

Collecting my sample for my DNA Kit!

I was very excited to receive this package in the mail! This little box may be the key to learning about a whole new side of my family tree. My research up until this point has lead me to believe that the majority of my ancestors originated from a specific part of Europe. We shall see if I am correct :)

Step 1: Unwrap your box!

Step 2: Inside you will find instructions on the right and your collection container on the left

Step 3: This is the collection device. The instructions say it may take 2-5 minutes to gather enough saliva to fill the container sufficiently. It actually takes much less than I anticipated and I reached the fill line in one try! (Does that make me abnormal? I'm not sure!)

Step 4: Close the lid until it snaps. This mixes some fluid into your saliva sample that stabilizes it.

Step 5: Replace the collection top with the small screw on cap. Time to shake!

Step 6: Place the tube in the specimen bag, seal it up, place it in the mailing envelope, and you're done!

I am dropping mine in the mail today!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Has anyone used Geni? I've been seeing some neat familial connections being posted on twitter and I'm curious to try it out.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012



Friday, September 7, 2012

Finding your past

Ta da! I talked about how I went about locating this birth certificate in THIS post and THIS post...and here it is!

(In the name of 'protecting myself from more identity theft' I went ahead and blocked out some of the information.)

On this day 103 years ago my great-grandmother was very pregnant.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ancestry DNA!

I finally got an offer to purchase's DNA kit! 

Payday is just around the corner and I treated myself to a little genealogy fun :)

Tree Stats

  • People currently on my tree: 1430 (up from 1427)
  • Records currently attached to my tree: 2423 (up from 2391)
  • People with unattached hints: 1100 (up from 1094)
  • Total number of unattached hints: 2910 (up from 2879)
Added new people. Added more hints. My work is never done :)