My favorite place to read is on the southbound Halsted 8 bus between 8am and 10am. I did it every weekday for the better part of two years when I worked in an office in the River North neighborhood of Chicago — finishing entire novels within the span of a Continue Reading
WHAT’S UP, PEOPLE? Sometimes I like to have a YouTube video play in the background while I work. If my editor’s reading this, I’m not just slacking off writing. It helps me concentrate. I promise! One vid that accompanied my writing for work recently was an episode of Finding Your Roots starring Continue Reading
The Iowa City Public Library has finally released the video of my talk to the DNA Interest Group of Iowa City! You can check it out below or find on the library website.
It’s about an hour and I’m incredibly nervous throughout it, but god damn am I proud of doing this.
So I’ve been keeping this under wraps for a while and feel like I should say it now: I’ve been invited to give a presentation on my journey to find my grandfather at the University of Iowa! I was invited by evolutionary biologist and undergraduate director Prof. Bryant McAllister to Continue Reading
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
Fun fact: It’s incredibly difficult to find my ancestor’s Vietnam War veteran military records. Wait. Did I say fun? I mean INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING. So as it turns out, finding the military records for my grandfather is going to be a lot harder than I thought. Like WAYYYYY harder than I thought. Continue Reading
Texas950 made contact again — and this time, she’s got more light to shed on her Vietnam vet relatives. After replying to Texas950’s message to me, I felt hopeful about this lead…that is until another week went by and she didn’t respond. Since patience isn’t my strongest suit, I decided Continue Reading
The previously elusive Ancestry.com cousin Texas950 messaged me back. Readers will recognize her as the Ancestry.com user who is also my mother’s alleged 1st-2nd cousin. After initially reaching out to her in January, I did not get a reply back for a few months. Here’s that original message. No big. I Continue Reading
A quick recap on what we learned, what we questioned, and what’s still keeping me up at night from the ancestry research extravaganza. So a few weeks ago, I resolved to head out into the suburbs to devote myself to a Saturday of pure ancestry research — and we got Continue Reading
A light introduction into the wacky world of biological genetics. Warning: this is going to be a boring post. “More boring than your other posts, Tony?” Shut up, dear reader. And pull up a desk, because school’s back in session. The lesson today: DNA. You know, that twisted ladder thing Continue Reading