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Another Connection Confirmed, or, We Are Family! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 15 December 2012 15:36

DNA testing is the latest tool in a genealogist's arsenal, and can be very effective in plugging pesky lineage gaps, and sometimes disproving presumed links, too.

Recently, GFA member Helen Grinnell King (GFA#598) had a DNA test performed at the FamilyTreeDNA website, to see who she might be able to link up with. As it turns out, both my 2nd Cousin, GFA board member David L. Grinnell (GFA#95) and I independently had DNA testing done by the same company. The first results of this proved that David and I were indeed related, proving our lineage back to Robert Jason Grinnell Jr. (1854-1906), but I haven't yet pursued some other names submitted by individuals whose DNA markers matched ours.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 January 2013 17:50 )
Genealogy on the Apple Macintosh Computer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Friday, 22 April 2011 01:16

Try as I might, I just can’t be 100% business on my Mac—either at work, or in this column (not that my media center articles had a whole lot to do with business….). Like many of us, I have a number of hobbies. Some (especially members of my family) say I have too many, but today I’ll focus on just one of them: genealogy.

I’ve been an amateur genealogist for over 25 years, and authored a 700+ page genealogy of the Grinnell family about 12 years ago, mostly done on Macintosh computers. Let me tell you that it wasn’t easy to do so, because the Mac platform isn’t exactly overloaded with genealogy applications. Most of the products that are available have limitations for the genealogy pro, or like me, a genealogy publisher. The lack of Mac-based tools is severe enough for me that I’ve been forced to do a lot of my work on the Windows platform. However, I won’t dwell on the lack of specialized genealogical software tools for the Mac platform because these tools are, well, specialized. I presume most of you, dear readers, do your genealogy research at a more casual level, and that’s going to be the focus of this column.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 September 2011 11:13 )