The Gross Human Body was a project I started over a decade ago. It’s now coming back as a biweekly newsletter on Substack. Subscribe to get factoids and weirdness about the human body delivered to your inbox!
Coming soon to ebook services, including subscription and library rentals, Cousins of Nunney Castle: Four Hundred Years of Praters from England to Indiana. It’s an extension to the Prater lineage in My Lineage from the Roots Up, vol. 2.
Watch for its availability here.
It is also available as a PDF at Ko-Fi.
New in GenTales is a discussion about hoarding history. The value is not in hiding sentimental keepsakes away, it’s in the glimpse they offer of the past.
New in Maeflowers is a short review of the causes of Aicardi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder in which the brain does not fully develop. The exact mechanism that causes it is still unclear, but the theories are leading somewhere. Read about them here.
Now available: A partial index for My Lineage from the Roots Up, vol. 1
It’s posted as a coded list at Substack and is best readable on a desktop browser via the Substack website. A full PDF fill be up once the index is complete – subscribe to the GenTales Substack to keep apprised of the progress.
Now available in audiobook format, via Apple Books!
New in GenTales on Medium – Surnames Vary by Region
There are many factors to consider when attempting to follow a lineage via surname. There are also many types of surnames depending on which region you’re working in.
When tracing surnames, it may be a simple process of following the name through the generations. But if you hit a wall, consider where and who you’re investigating, as it may require a bit of detective work to uncover a name change either between generations or for the person of interest themself.
I’ve written before about lowering expectations for genetic genealogy, particularly in the context of ethnicity estimates. In the Lineage Research space at Quora, a lot of questions are asked about why certain ‘known’ ancestries don’t show up in DNA test results. Amidst this confusion, I feel that this topic certainly hasn’t yet been exhausted and compelled to address it once again.
Read about the limitations of genetic genealogy on Substack.