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Get Started with Genealogy
This article is meant for beginners and will cover the basics to help get started in this rapidly growing hobby.

Genealogical Proof Standard
Proving facts without direct evidence is tough, but the GPS is there to help you through the process.

Free Genealogy Websites
Check out these 26 totally free genealogy websites to help you uncover your family history.

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This guide will break everything down for you, and help you choose the best test for your specific needs.

23andMe vs AncestryDNA
A comparison of 23andMe vs Ancestry based on the six most important factors to consider before choosing a DNA kit.

Best Genealogy Software
An in-depth look at the best genealogy software to build and manage your family tree. for Beginners
A comprehensive guide to, the world’s largest online genealogy resource.

MyHeritage for Beginners
Learn about the unique features and subscription options available at MyHeritage.

FamilySearch for Beginners
Learn about the FamilySearch website, and find some tips to navigate the various functions and features available.

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Population Genetics

Population genetics is the study of how genes are passed on and how they change within a population over time. It helps us understand the distribution and frequency of genetic variations within and between populations, and how these variations can lead to changes in the traits of individuals. In this section, we’ll delve into the …

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Leeds Method of DNA Color Clustering

In this article, I want to discuss the Leed’s method and provide some examples to allow you to approach this technique with clarity and understanding to help you to put this practice to use within your own genetic research. The Leed’s Method was termed by Dana Leeds, a genealogist who works as a “Search Angel” …

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How Much DNA Do First Cousins Share?

First cousins share an average of 12.5% of their DNA; or 866 centimorgans. The expected range of shared centimorgans is 396-1397, according to the shared centimorgan project. This percentage is the result of genetic recombination that occurs when parents each pass down half of their DNA to their children. This amount of DNA is very similar …

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How Long Does MyHeritage DNA Take to Process?

Genealogical DNA testing has exploded in popularity and there are many choices when it comes to getting tested. MyHeritage DNA offers two ways to gain access to your DNA results, and how long it takes will depend on which one you choose. If you’ve never been tested before, the whole process is going to take …

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FindMyPast Review

There are several giant genealogy sites that can help you with your family history search anywhere in the world. But wide coverage sometimes means limited depth. If you want to go really in depth anywhere in the British Isles, you can’t do better than (click here for a 14 day free trial). The far-flung …

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