Genealogy is the New Astronomy: Interview with Prof. Bryant McAllister

The University of Iowa Pentacrest on a clear, sunny day. The Old Capitol is in the center and in front of it is a grassy area.

A few months ago, I stumbled upon an article in the University of Iowa Alumni Magazine featuring a class called, “Who Are You: Revelations from the Personal Genome.” It was the perfect combination of everything I wanted from a seminar while I was at UI — free genetic genealogy research Continue Reading

I (only) see dead people: Where are the living on Ancestry.com family trees?

The world’s oldest and lamest movie reference aside, I’m starting to realize why I can’t find anyone living on Ancestry.com. In my search to find my grandfather, I’m noticing a bunch of reoccurring themes when it comes to researching family trees: Every census taker ever failed handwriting class in elementary Continue Reading