Genealogy CSI: Death and DNA

Genealogy CSI: Death and DNA

101 Best Websites for 2011: Tools for finding death records and using genetic genealogy

American Battle Monuments Commission
Search 24 overseas military cemeteries and commemorative Tablets of the Missing totaling more than 214,000 American servicemen and women.

Family Tree DNA
Family Tree DNA is a leader in paid testing services, and its website lets users match their DNA against 327,000 records and 6,300 surname projects.

Find a Grave
Having recently used this unassuming site to break down some brick walls, we’re big fans of this ever-growing, easy-to-search gravestone database. You can search 59 million grave records, many with headstone photos, or browse by cemetery.

The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation has collected more than 100,000 DNA samples from more than 150 countries. Here that data comes together with online family trees and testing services.
A useful supplement to the larger Find a Grave, this cemetery site adds international coverage and data on cemeteries that no longer exist, veterans’ cemeteries, California mission graveyards and Woodmen of the World burials.

Names in Stone
A smaller but snazzier addition to the cemetery-site landscape, Names in Stone offers dynamic updating, interactive mapping and GPS coordinates. Membership ($7.95 per month, $39.99 per year) adds extra privileges, including saved searches, automatic notifications of new data and a cemeteries of interest list.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator
This stateside counterpart to the American Battle Monuments Commission searches burials of veterans and their families in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, and various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries. It also finds veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave bears a government marker.

From the September 2011 Family Tree Magazine.

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