- Genealogist Michael Hait has started the Ancestry Errors Wiki to keep track of the sites errors in imaging, programming or organization. For example, one contributor noted that on Ancestry.com, In the 1840 U. S. federal census, the city of Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, is incorrectly listed in Edmonson County, Ky.
You can search the wiki or use a drop-down menu to find errors by state. Have you discovered such an error? Click here for instructions on adding a page to the wiki.
- Ancestry.ca now includes UK Railway Employment Records, 1833 1963, a collection containing the employment-related records of British railway workers dating back to the early 19th century. These records from the British national archives give employee names, home station, date of birth, information on their career progression, salary increases, rewards, conduct, and notes from superiors. Search the database here.
- Switzerland genetics company iGENEA reconstructed Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun’s (aka King Tut) DNA profile based on a 2009 study of his DNA. The company determined King Tut belonged to the Y chromosome haplogroup R1b1a2, the most common Y-chromosome haplogroup in Western Europemeaning half of all men in Europe are related to him.
But less than 1 percent of Egypts modern-day residents belong to this haplogroup, according to iGENEA, and its unknown how King Tuts ancestors got to Egypt. The company is hoping its search for King Tuts closest living male relatives will lead to an answer. If you order a test from iGENEA and match King Tut on 16 markers, the site promises your money back and a free upgrade.
- The 31st annual International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS) conference starts next Sunday, Aug. 14, in Washington, DC. Online registration is closed, but you can register on-site. Click here for more information.