Saturday, August 24, 2019

Free Genealogical Resources for Teachers!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ancestry adds more than 120 new Canadian communities

"Exciting news there are more than 120 new Canadian communities that have been added to the AncestryDNA product, offering greater insights about British Canadian and French Canadian settlers.

One of many innovations available to customers as part of the AncestryDNA test, communities take your DNA story one step further, connecting you to the places and people that have shaped your personal family history.

The new updated Canadian communities are part of a wider global update to AncestryDNA of over 225 new communities to help our members who have ties to France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, empowering them to unlock even more discoveries about their family history.

AncestryDNA ethnicity results are based on 1000 years of migration within a user’s DNA and are broken down into regions across the world. Ancestry’s Genetic Communities™ technology is based on macro-international analysis, used to discover specific groups of people that a user is genetically connected to, the places that those ancestors called home and the migration paths they followed. 

Communities are particularly valuable for family historians as they can be cross referenced with Ancestry’s historical records to provide even more detail such as ancestral home addresses, schools their ancestors attended and even their place of work – helping to paint a full picture of the connection a user may have to that specific area and community.
The new communities will automatically be added to the results of existing AncestryDNA customers. These will not change the ethnicity estimate of users.

The advancements have been made possible by the combination of Ancestry’s industry-leading 15 million DNA users, new analysis techniques developed by Ancestry’s DNA team and the world’s largest online collection of family history records and trees at"

Monday, May 20, 2019


Author Tammy Tipler-Priolo BASc, PLCGS copyright 5 January 2011

If you could meet one or two of your ancestors, what advice might they give you?  If you read between the lines of those ancestor documents, you just might find some hidden advice.  Like to pay your mortgage on time, land records can reveal if a mortgage has lapsed.  A will can tell you that you had better be nice to your elders, especially if one child was left out of that ancestor’s will.  Now don’t be fooled if you can’t find the eldest son in a will as he usually is given land before the father dies, thus it is assumed he already received his share of the inheritance earlier.  A marriage record for a shotgun wedding would supply advice all young people should heed.

My ancestors have been full of advice in life and death.  My paternal grandfather would always say, “Eat a little of everything, but not too much of one thing.”  My paternal grandmother advised me when I was little how to butter toast the proper way and what to do if I ever got a stomach ache.  My maternal grandfather gave us advice all the time.  Of course, he lived until he was 93 so he must have known what he was talking about.  His biggest piece of advice was to listen to the stories of your elders.  My maternal grandmother died when I was two years old, but she instilled the importance of going to school through my mother.  My father’s favourite piece of advice is to give way, however whenever he was missing something he would tell us to cleanup until we found it.  Mom on the other hand just wanted us to keep things tidy all the time. 

My husband’s grandmother gave advice that dealt with money.  While my husbands’ grandfather showed him how to have fun as you only live once.  His other grandparents showed that family always came first.  His mother believes that one should stay in contact with family members, even distant relatives.  His father believes that there should always be enough food in the house to feed everyone.  My advice to my daughter is to be respectful, compassionate and to be true to herself.  My husband shows her how to be in his own quiet way.  Often the advice we get from our parents, has come from generations before.  Sometimes the advice is from the experiences we have gone through ourselves. 

Ask any genealogist and they will advise you to listen to your elders stories, to write the stories down, to collect and take pictures of your ancestors and other family members, as well as to start your own family history collection.  I hear it so often from people that they wished they had interviewed their parents or grandparents.  I did listen to my maternal grandfather and interviewed my paternal grandfather and sought the truth about my grandmothers’ family histories.  My family is glad I took my own advice and I am too, for you see I now know where I come from and who I resemble.  I can take pride in my heritage and all its wonderful and colourful nationalities.  Good luck to you in finding out what advice your ancestors may have in store for you.

Happy Hunting!!


Tammy Tipler-Priolo BASc, PLCGS
The Ancestor Investigator is also the Ancestor Whisperer!
Genealogical Proof Standard

An explanation of the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) used by professional genealogists can be found in “The BCG Standards Manual” by the Board for Certification of Genealogists Millennium Edition, pgs. 1-19, Ancestry Publishing My Inc., 2000, ISBN 0-916489-92-2”.  It is strongly recommended, that everyone conducting family history research use the GPS, so that the results of their research are the best they can be.  The GPS has five components; basically stated, they are:

  1. Conduct a thorough search of all records available for evidence.
  2. Cite the sources of all searches.
  3. Analysis of the information must be done.
  4. Recognize any discrepancies between evidence found.
  5. Come up with a conclusion from the evidence analysis, with the understanding that if new cited information and evidence, that has been analyzed, comes to light, a more concise conclusion must be created.

This may sound dry but is very important in the grand scheme of your family history research. 

Happy Hunting!!

“May All Your Genealogical Dreams Come True!!!”

Tammy Tipler-Priolo BASc., PLCGS
The Ancestor Investigator