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In the second season of Relative Race, contestants Joe and Madison Greer receive a mysterious clue about their destination; it’s the address of a DNA match written on the back of a photo. “I think it’s me as a kid, and I’m with this lady,” explains Joe. “I felt like I knew who this was, and yet I didn’t.” Joe, whose mother died when he was a four-year-old, never met his father. In an interview with GenealogyMagazine.com, Joe Greer talks about his journey on Relative Race.

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A conceited look or a spiteful glance sometimes led to an ancestor’s being saddled with an unflattering last name. Surnames Originating as Insults.

Kasia Bryc

Dr. Kasia Bryc, senior scientist and population geneticist at 23andMe, talks to us about the first of its kind “genetic portrait,” ancestry composition reports, and surprises revealed by DNA testing. DNA Does Not Lie.

Mary Parry, Llanfechell, Wales, ca. 1875. Photograph by John Thomas. National Library of Wales.

The internet has aided and abetted the spread of family trees—some with sources cited properly; but many of them must be put in the fiction section. A number belong in the fantasy area and others in Sci-Fi. Is your family tree accurate?

Pilgrims

It has been estimated by Gary Boyd Roberts, of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, that there are some 30 million descendants of the Mayflower families. So even if you don’t carry the surname of one of the 23 progenitors that survived that first winter, it is still possible that you descend from one of them. Finding Mayflower Families.

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Many ancient, illustrious family trees are in need of pruning, if not chopping down. Fraudulent genealogies make their way into books which sit on library shelves, waiting to deceive a new, unsuspecting generation of genealogists. Watch Out for Fake Family Trees!

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Tom Lea in Roots (Photo by Steve Dietl © 2016).

Roots Rebooted