Friday, March 5, 2010

Document traces six generations back for some 200 colonial families

A "treasure trove" of colonial data documenting some 200 immigrants of Plymouth, Massachusetts and New Amseterdam (present day New York) has been discovered and is now being offered for sale in the form of eight, 2-foot by 3-foot charts, as reported on, "New Jersey ‘genealogical gold’ is available in Belvidere, Flemington." According to the article, "The data traces the families through six generations. In total, over 3,000 individuals, all related by blood or marriage, are included, providing many genealogical connections for current New Jersey residents. The material was compiled in 1978 by Joseph N. Kearney of the Roadmaps-Thru-History Association in Los Angeles." For those with colonial ancestry, this will be a delight. My own research goes back to New Utrecht, with an ancestor who arrived in 1657, was an early settler of New Utrecht and is said to have died in New Amsterdam. Tracing a line six generations back from 1657 would be something, indeed. The article gives a sampling of names but, alas, our name was not on the list.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Legacy Charting "test drive" offered free for limited time

Millennia Corp., the producer of Legacy Family Tree, has announced the release of new family tree charting software, according to an article in the Jackson Clarion Ledger. Millennia is inviting all genealogists to take a free test drive of this wall chart software, known as Legacy Charting.

Among the key features of Legacy Charting is the ability to create 18 types of family charts and is compatible with Family Tree Maker, Personal Ancestral File (PAF), Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic and GEDCOM files. The finished charts can be easily e-mailed to family members. Legacy Charting is one of the first programs to offer large-scale DNA charts to help DNA researchers present their work, the article reports. Developed by the makers of the popular software Legacy Family Tree, Legacy Charting will be one of the new features with the soon-to-be-released Legacy Family Tree version 7, but until June 15, this special pre-release edition is freely available to everyone.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Middle East DNA testing links to deep ancestry wall chart in Arabic

Announced in a press release yesterday,, offering Family Ancestry testing in the Middle East is now set to launch new wall chart in Arabic. Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences is set to launch a new Wall Chart of DNA Ancestry services to the people of the Middle East to help them invent their deep ancestors from 150,000 years ago. The roots of this tree lie more than 100,000 years in the past, at a time when our hunter-gatherer ancestors were living in Africa. As the branches of the tree multiply, they record the history of our species and the dramatic stories of how pioneering groups of humans explored and populated our planet. The different journeys they made shaped the world we know today.

From a simple mouth swab customers can identify key genetic markers within thier unique DNA. “By comparing these markers with genetic information taken from thousands of men and women living all across the world, we can reveal how your personal family history is descended from these epic events”, said Eng. Aida Omar, Marketing Executive of Eastern Biotech & Life Sciences.

DNA forms an unbroken chain from generation to generation, connecting you to your ancestors some 150,000 years ago, around 7,000 generations back. “Your DNA is passed from both of your parents. That is the reason we offer two paths (Paternal & Maternal) to construct your wallchart” said Eng. Aida Omar.

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