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Happy New Year, Claiming Kin turns 1!

Happy New Year 2012

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Happy New Year everyone and thank you so much for your friendship and support throughout 2011! Today is the first day of  2012 and it is also the one year anniversary of Claiming Kin . . . woo-hoo!

Can you believe I’ve blogged about all things genealogy for one full year?! Yes indeed! Launching my family history blog first at, LiveJournal.com -claimingkin.livejournal.com, and then here at my very own place in cyberspace, has been a great learning experience! Between the two blogs I have a total of:
50 post (including this one)
106 comments
371 subject tags

Not bad for a beginner genea-blogger if I may say so — LOL! But this just means that there’s more interesting family history to share with you this year!

So how do I plan to celebrate this one year milestone?

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I plan to kick-off this celebration by delving into Genetic Genealogy. That’s right! I ordered my mtDNA – Universal Female Test kit from Family Tree DNA, which happens to be based right here in H-town. This test strictly checks the maternal line (all women) with no influence from any of the men along that line. Both men and women receive their mtDNA from their mother. Once my test is complete, I plan on ordering the Y-DNA Universal Male Test for my oldest brother. The Y-DNA test strictly checks the paternal line (all men), with no influence from any of the women along that line. Y chromosomes are passed down from fathers to sons, not from fathers to daughters. So if you’re a female and would like to know about your paternal line, you will need to have a brother or a male relative from that line tested. So I will keep you posted about my family’s genetic genealogy journey and more throughout this year.

Are you using genetic genealogy to complete your family tree? If yes, share your thoughts with me!