Applying the EAM to DNA: Part 3, Evidence

Why do we take DNA tests? Reasons vary. Many people hope it will “tell me who I am.” That’s a reasonable expectation for adoptees and others with questions about their own parents and siblings. Others swab or spit because they think it will tell them where their ancestors come from. Experienced family historians turn to DNA to help resolve questions for which paper-trail research has turned up no explicit answer.

Applying the Evidence Analysis Map to DNA—Part 1: Sources

Inquiring minds have asked, “About DNA and the GPS: How is DNA related as to source, information, and evidence with regard to the match and the most recent common ancestor?"

Yesterday, we tackled the first issue: separating two different tools that are often mentally merged:

EE Mon, 11/12/2018 - 17:32
A Dozen Conventions You Want to Know About
No. Not the kind of convention where we go for three-to-four days of non-stop learning—or partying. Let's look here at conventions researchers use to ensure they communicate clearly. More specifically, let’s look at conventions for the one thing researchers deal with the most: Names.
EE Mon, 11/05/2018 - 20:51
Documentation vs. DNA: The False Argument
“When documentation doesn’t exist, DNA tells us what’s what.” Or, at least, that’s the argument a genealogist posed in another forum. Where do we begin with this? For today, I’ll ignore the last five words of the quote and address the broader concept: Documentation always exists. Always. Even when we use DNA as “proof,” we still must have documentation ...
EE Mon, 11/05/2018 - 20:40

Nihil Debet

Yesterday’s test document was a doozie. At least, its handwriting was. But, of course, EE didn’t choose it because of the handwriting. We chose it to see what researchers would “do” with this kind of record and what their takeaway would be ...