There are two types of family trees – Genealogical and Genetic.

Your genealogical family tree is the family tree that contains all of your ancestors that had children, that had children, etc. It is the family tree that you probably spend most of your time researching.

Your genetic family tree is the family tree that contains some of your ancestors – they contributed their DNA to your DNA.

Your genetic family tree overlaps your genealogical family tree, but does not contain everyone in it.

This is part of my genetic family tree – my mtDNA tree. I have included individuals in my genealogical family tree, with those in my mtDNA tree highlighted in red.



I celebrate Christmas. I continue to celebrate Christmas until Epiphany – January 6.

As I was putting up my tree and hanging ornaments, and as I was taking down my tree and packing away ornaments, many memories came to mind. I remembered when I was given an ornament, who gave it to me, who made it for me, etc.

It is important for those memories not to be forgotten. For years, when I have received an ornament, I have added it to my list. I record who gave/made it for me, and usually a little tidbit concerning the gift – was there a special reason for giving me THAT SPECIFIC ornament?

By keeping a list of my ornaments, others will one day be able to know why certain ones were so important to me.

Something to think about.


Once again, I have been sifting through copies which I made about 10 years ago. And, what I have discovered is that the paper copy image is fading. Most of the copies were printed on my home printer, but some were made on copy machines at the library or courthouse. It doesn’t seem to matter – the image is fading.

I am so glad that when I made a copy of an important family photo or document, I also saved it digitally on my computer, on my external hard drive, and a CD. So, now even though I have fading images, I can make new ones from my digital copy.

Something to think about.


Did you ancestor attend a college or university, or even a preparatory school?  If so, it could be that you can discover new things about your ancestor’s life.

One of my female ancestors attended a college that is no longer in existence.  However, when I did a search for the college name, I found a website that had a copy of a magazine article about the college.  The article gave insight as to what was expected of the females at the college.  I did not know that the girls were not allowed to visit with their parents for an entire term!  The article also had photos of the college, taken at the time that my ancestor was attending.

Since I was named after this female ancestor, I have been given her diary that she had when she attended the college.  Many of the entries make a lot more sense to me after reading the magazine article!

If you have an ancestor that attended a college, and the college is still in existence, contact the archives of the college.  I have received information about other ancestors in this manner as well.