Discovering our Ancestors' Travels and Travails

Research Links

Blogs

Some DNA Testing Companies

  • AncestryDNA
    • Autosomal test “Shared Matches”
    • Ancestry subscription for full features
  • Family Tree DNA
    • Autosomal, Y-DNA, and mtDNA tests available
    • Allows uploads
  • 23andMe
    • Health + Ancestry
    • Or just Ancestry Tests
  • MyHeritage
    • More European Focus
    • Allows uploads
  • LivingDNA
    • Partnered with FindMyPast
    • Best Biogeographical estimates for regions within Britain and Ireland

Some Third Party DNA Tools

  • MedBetterDNA, Chrome Plugin for AncestryDNA
    • Shows notes for AncestryDNA Home screen
    • Help organize research and messages
  • GEDmatch
    • Download your DNA results, then upload to GEDmatch
    • Matches from testing companies that you haven’t tested with
  • DNA Painter
    • Easy to use chromosome mapper
    • The Shared cM Project Tool
    • What Are The Odds (The DNA Geek)
  • Promethease
    • Download your autosomal DNA results, then upload to Promethease
    • SNPedia (an independently maintained  Wikipedia for genetic variants)

Genealogy Research

  • Board for Certification of Genealogists. Genealogy Standards, New York, New York : Ancestry.com, 2014.
  • Jacobs, A. J. It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree. Simon & Schuster 2017
  • Wolfman, Ira. Do People Grow on Family Trees? Genealogy for Kids and Other Beginners, The Official Ellis Island Handbook. Workman Publishing Company, 1991

Genetic Genealogy

  • Aulicino, Emily D. Genetic Genealogy: the Basics and Beyond Bloomington, Indiana : Authorhouse, 2014.
  • Bettinger, Blaine T. The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. Cincinnati, Ohio : Family Tree Books, 2016.
  • Bettinger, Blaine and Parker, Debbie Wayne. Genetic Genealogy in Practice. Arlington, Virginia : National Genealogical Society, 2016.
  • Dowell, David R. NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection, Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2015.
  • Fronczak, Paul Joseph with Alex Tresniowski. The Foundling: The True Story of a Kidnapping, A Family Secret, and My Search For The Real Me New York : Howard Books, 2017.
  • Griffeth, Bill (William C.) The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir, Boston, Massachusetts : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2016.
  • Hill, Richard. Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA. Sanger, California : Familius LLC, 2017.
  • Weinberg, Tamar. The Adoptee’s Guide to DNA Testing: How to Use Genetic Genealogy to Discover Your Long-Lost Family. Cincinnati, Ohio : Family Tree Books, 2018.

Polish Research Reference

  • Chorzempa, Rosemary A. Polish Roots. Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, 1993, 2nd edition 2014.
  • Hoffman, William F. Polish Surnames: Origins and Meanings. Chicago, Illinois : Polish Genealogical Society of America. 1993, Second Edition, Revised 2001.
  • Hoffman, William F. and Helon, George W. First Names of the Polish Commonwealth: Origins & Meanings. Chicago, Illinois : Polish Genealogical Society of America 1998.
  • Hoffman, William F. and Shea, Jonathan D. In Their Words – A Genealogist’s Translation Guide – Volume 4: German. Houston, Texas : Language & Lineage Press 2017.
  • Shea, Jonathan D. and Hoffman, William F. Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide Avotaynu 1994
  • Shea, Jonathan D. and Hoffman, William F. In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin, and Russian Documents: Polish Houston, Texas : Language & Lineage Press 2000
  • Shea, Jonathan D. and Hoffman, William F. In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide – Volume II: Russian. Houston, Texas : Language & Lineage Press 2003
  • Shea, Jonathan D. Going Home: A Guide to Polish American Family History Research. New Britain, Connecticut : Language & Lineage Press, 2008

Novels about Poland, Buffalo, and Polish People

  • Belfer, Lauren. City of Light. Delta, 2003
  • Bobrowski, Johannes (Author), Janet Cropper (Translator) Levin’s Mill. New Directions Classic, 1996
  • Kelly, Eric P. The Trumpeter of Krakow. Macmillan, 1928
  • Klinkenborg, Verlyn The Last Fine Time. Chicago, Illinois : University of Chicago Press, 2004
  • Martin, James Conroyd. Push Not the River. Hussar Quill Press, 2014
  • Michener, James A. Poland. Random House, 1983 (multi-generational historic novel, set in area near Sandomierz)
  • Sienkiewicz, Henryk. The Deluge. 1886 (#2, novel about the Swedish invasion of Poland in the 17th century)
  • Sienkiewicz, Henryk. Fire in the Steppe. 1888 (#3, novel about the wars between Poland and the Ottoman Empire in the late 17th century)
  • Sienkiewicz, Henryk. With Fire and Sword. 1884 (#1, novel about the mid-17th century Ukrainian Cossacks revolt in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth known as the Khmelnytsky Uprising)
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