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Genealogy lovers going high-tech

Genealogy, history are related fields

Black Americans forge links to ancestors with DNA test

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Palaeoanthropology: Tracking the first Americans

Canadian naturalization records for 1915-32 now online

Man traces Nordic tracks to America

The Apalachee trail

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Invaders of the Baltic

'Gene Banking' - Deposits, But No Withdrawls?

Chromosomes Sketch New Outline of British History

DNA 50 Anniversary

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Study: 'Eve' Came From East Africa

History of immigration and settlement from Finland to Australia

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Relative Advance : DNA Testing Helps Find Family Roots

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Father finds son after lifetime apart, and it's `our first Christmas'

by SHARON COHEN Associated Press via Kansas.com, December 24, 2003.

"- The father kept the photos of his son tucked in a drawer, fading reminders of the smiling baby he last held in his arms nearly 60 years ago....
At age 87, Iahn had given up on seeing his son's face again. Then one day this fall, Iahn's great-nephew, Denny Huff, was chatting with a friend in this tiny town where secrets are as rare as strangers. He mentioned his Uncle Bill's long-lost son. The friend happened to be a genealogy buff and with some surprisingly quick research on the Internet, she produced a name and phone number in Arizona, where Iahn's son had been born."

Genealogists follow clear standards to reach conclusion

Lebanon Daily News (PA), Article Last Updated: Monday, December 22, 2003

The Board for Certification of Genealogists

"Every genealogist needs criteria concerning when it's fair to decide that a "case is closed" and a particular ancestor can be considered a definite part of your family tree chart."

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Local history and genealogy - a site in progress.


Persistence pays off in genealogy searches

MorningSun.net Sunday, November 2, 2003 by Joan House

"If you do not get the information you want from the first inquiry then try some other place... "

Council of Europe anti-torture committee: Finnish officials forcibly drugged family for deportation

Helsingin Sanomat International Edition Foreign - Monday 27.10.2003

Flyktingar drogades Nu prickas Finland Vasabladet 28.10.2003
Finland får skämmas för drogbruk då familjen Schymanskyj utvisades Vasabladet 28.10.2003
Trög utredning av utvisningsfall Vasabladet 29.10.2003

Drogad flyktingfamilj upprör Finland Svenska Dagbladet 28/10 2003

"Council of Europe anti-torture committee: Finnish officials forcibly drugged family for deportation The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture says that Finnish officials once forcibly drugged the members of a family for a deportation flight out of the country. According to the Council of Europe body, the members of the family were injected with sedatives and neuroleptic drugs without a proper medical examination. In an initial report published last week following a visit to Finland, the committee called such action "totally unacceptable". "

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Vittisbofjärd in Satakunda - a journey along the old Post Road by Gunnar Nybond

Villages in Ostrobothnia collection of articles translated by June Pelo from Den Österbottniska byn & other sources

Böcker och artiklar av Gunnar Nybond

Genealogy gets wired: Internet helps people connect to the past

By Dan Eshelman
Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, IA - 29 Sep 2003

"Many people have become genealogy enthusiasts, whether to trace a complete family lineage back through several centuries or just to learn intriguing, and perhaps revealing, details about a particular relative."

Genealogy lovers going high-tech

Knoxville News Sentinel, TN - 28 Sep 2003

"Genealogy buffs are using high-tech tools to peel back the dusty layers of their past. "The old procedure is to dig around in the past and discover documents that will move your family line on back," said George Schweitzer, University of Tennessee professor and genealogy expert. "In the past five to 10 years, two new enhancements to the whole genealogy search process have come along," he said: DNA testing and the Internet."

Genealogy, history are related fields

Morning Sun. Sunday, September 28, 2003

"Genealogy and history are not two separate fields, they are different emphasis on the same picture, the history of people. Genealogy concentrates on specific lineages, while history concerns itself with what people did in the past. Some local groups have formed genealogy-history clubs and established libraries and museums."

Black Americans forge links to ancestors with DNA test

By Sufiya Abdur-Rahman

Chicago Tribune/The Telegraph Posted September 5 2003

"A single sheet of paper that Kwame Bandele recently received in the mail brought him part of the answer to a question he had been asking for years--where did he come from. The letter told him that a DNA sample he had submitted weeks before for analysis matched identically with the Kru people in Liberia."

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Släkten Reichenbach - borgare, prästfolk och gästgivare i Sydösterbotten av Harri Blomberg (in Swedish)

Släkten Hanses - gästgivare och postbönder i Sideby under 200 år av Harri Blomberg (in Swedish)

Owner's marks from Närpes * Bomärken från Närpes * Puumerkkejä Närpiöstä

Vittisbofjärd i Satakunda - en resa längs den gamla postvägen av Gunnar Nybond (in Swedish)

Böcker av Gunnar Nybond (in Swedish)

100 years since the young Saarukka men mined gold in Africa by Ole Granholm

Palaeoanthropology: Tracking the first Americans


Nature 425, 23 - 24 (04 September 2003)

"A study of 33 ancient skulls excavated from Mexico invites us to reconsider our view of the ancestry of the early Americans. Unlike most other early American remains, the skulls resemble those from south Asian populations."

Canadian naturalization records for 1915-32 now online


Canadian Jewish News, Canada - 19 Aug 2003

The Canadian Genealogical Centre Web site is www.genealogy.gc.ca

"The Canadian Genealogy Centre has launched a new database that contains references to about 200,000 immigrants from 84 countries outside the British Commonwealth who applied for and received status as naturalized Canadians from 1915 to 1932. The information is searchable by surname, given name and country. A search can also be done using possible name variations."

Man traces Nordic tracks to America

Waukesha Freeman , July 28, 2003

"Retired physician Stanley Nuland has translated an 830-page book from Norwegian to English to tell how people from the Norwegian town of Voss settled here. The book, published in 1930, was written in a Danish-Norwegian dialect that is longer used but was taught to Nuland by his mother, who emigrated from Voss"

The Apalachee trail

By RICHARD RAEKE, St. Petersburg Times, July 20, 2003

Tired of fighting white people, the Apalachee Indians quietly disappeared into Louisiana's woods and bayous in the 1800s. Today they are ready to be heard - and recognized - by the federal government. Gilmer Bennett is their voice.

Genealogy & Genomes


DNA technology helping people learn more about who they are and where they come from. Baton Rouge Advocate (LA), July 20, 2003.

Invaders of the Baltic

Thursday June 12, 2003 The Guardian

..."When archaeologists found a soft-shelled clam in 12th-century Viking excavations in Denmark it seemed an unremarkable discovery, just a detail of domestic diet. But when the species, Mya arenaria, was identified it became clear it was of major historical importance. Historians had believed the clam had been brought to Europe by Columbus from the Americas - but this archaeological layer had been deposited three centuries earlier. "

The Viking explorers had brought the clams back from what they called Vinland, and we call North America, a couple of hundred years before Columbus. We can surmise that they must have done it deliberately," said Erkki Leppakoski, an expert on marine invaders at Abo Akademi University in Finland. The clam was probably the first alien species in the Baltic, he added."

'Gene Banking' - Deposits, But No Withdrawls?

Plastic.com, June 1, 2003.

"In what could be a glimpse of the issues of 21st century medicine, OpenDemocracy's Tiina Tasmuth writes of the pitfalls of one of the most ambitious, and troubled projects: the Estonian Gene Banking Project,"

Chromosomes Sketch New Outline of British History


New York Times/Electric Scotland, May 27, 2003.

"History books favor stories of conquest, not of continuity, so it is perhaps not surprising that many Englishmen grow up believing they are a fighting mixture of the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Danes, Vikings and Normans who invaded Britain. The defeated Celts, by this reckoning, left their legacy only in the hinterlands of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

A new genetic survey of Y chromosomes throughout the British Isles has revealed a very different story. The Celtic inhabitants of Britain were real survivors. Nowhere were they entirely replaced by the invaders and they survive in high proportions, often 50 percent or more, throughout the British Isles, according to a study by Dr. Cristian Capelli, Dr. David B. Goldstein and others at University College London."

DNA 50 Anniversary

DNA discovery focus from the nature journal: double helix

"James Watson and Francis Crick unveiled their model for the structure of DNA in the journal Nature fifty years ago this month. To celebrate, Nature Science Update looks back at one of the key scientific achievements of the twentieth century, forward to DNA's future, and around at the double helix's place in biology."

Earliest handwriting found?

By HELEN R. PILCHER, Nature 30 April 2003

Symbols carved into tortoise shells more than 8,000 years ago may be the oldest words yet discovered. The findings may also shed light on the ritualistic practices of Neolithic China.

Study: 'Eve' Came From East Africa

By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News April 24, 2003

"African Eve," the female ancestor of all humans, likely hailed from East Africa, according to a recent study.
If the current analysis is correct, East Africa probably served as the cradle of humanity many thousands of years ago. Sarah Tishkoff, lead author of the paper and an assistant professor of biology at the University of Maryland, explained that the term African Eve refers to an ancestral mitochondrial DNA genome.

History of immigration and settlement from Finland to Australia by the Migration Museum Adelaide, South Australia

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Ancient civilization goes online

Internet Mesoamerica archive should aid virtual excavation.Nature 1 April 2003 HANNAH HOAG


DNA database is as easy as sip, swish, spit

By DONNA MURRAY ALLEN St. Petersburg Times (FL), March 27, 2003.

One of these days you'll be able to compare your DNA with samples from all over the world. By comparing your DNA with that database, the specifics of your ancestry will be revealed.

Relative Advance : DNA Testing Helps Find Family Roots

By Ken Wells. The Wall Street Journal via Yahoo.com, March 6, 2003.

"Jim Wells went to bed one night pondering a maddening and fruitless decades-long search for the origins of an ancestor. He woke up the next day to have his history handed to him in an e-mail."

The double helix as storyteller and detective

By ERIN ANDERSSEN The Globe and Mail (Canada) Monday, March 3, 2003

"They get at least three angry and bewildered calls each day from people around the world who asked to be told the secrets in their blood and then cannot believe the answers returned."

The "Secret" of Adoption

by Lisa Ritter Starr, Genealogy Today

See also additional articles by the same author at Genealogy Today

"There are thousands of adult adoptees today, most of whom have in some way voiced a desire sooner or later to find their birthfamilies. ."

Gain for science is history buffs' loss

Once only charming, family trees have become a commodity fewer can access. | By Mark Baard The Scientist

"When Iceland's DeCode Genetics published an online genealogy database last month, history buffs were disappointed to learn they could access only their own family trees. DeCode itself has used the database, with family names encrypted, to exploit family pedigrees for locating disease-associated genes. But privacy laws enacted by Iceland's Parliament in light of DeCode's research now apply to the genealogies themselves, restricting who can access information that was once public."

Digging up the past

By Nicole Manktelow The Age (Australia), January 24, 2003

It can start with a simple curiosity, about origins, an heirloom, an old picture or perhaps an unresolved family mystery. The reasons genealogists first get started are many and varied, but there's one very modern tool they're using to dig up the past. There's still plenty of legwork, but the internet has taken much of the drudgery away.

Computers let everyone play genealogical private eye

With the onset of the computer age, genealogists have found a love affair with technology BY HARRY JACKSON JR. 01/15/2003 07:10 AM St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Collage with photograps by Ina Roos early 1900s

Photos of villagers of Tjöck.

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Tjöck silverbröllop
Tjöck folks at wedding. Place: Tjöck, Finland. Photo: Ina Roos


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Tjöck, Finland


Harvest in Tjöck Foto: Ina Roos
Villagers of Tjöck harvesting. Photo: Ina Roos





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