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Use DNA to become a member of DAR


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Those thinking of applying for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) may be able to use DNA test results as a part of their proof of descent from patriot soldiers.

DAR president general Lynn Young announced the group will allow Y-DNA test results as part of a genealogical analysis of evidence, along with all other source documentation from the group’s genealogy department, effective Jan. 1.

Y-DNA will not be considered as stand-alone proof of lineage because, she said, although it can be used as a tool point to a family, it cannot be used as absolute proof for an individual.

The announcement drew swift criticism from a number of nationally acclaimed genealogists, disappointed that the DAR will not allow mtDNA results. Y-DNA comes only from males and traces strictly on the male line, while mtDNA traces female line. The female DNA, used with other evidence, also could prove a relationship by the female line back and connecting to the male patriot with other evidence. Apparently, the DAR is not yet ready to consider this evidence.

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One of the most popular genealogy software programs is Family Tree Maker. Ancestry.com, which owns the product, has confirmed that Canadians can purchase it only as an online download. Canadians also will be unable to purchase the Family Tree Maker Companion Guides or FTM Beyond the Basics books in Canadian retail stores. The products still will be available in the states, though, so snowbirds will want to make their purchases while they’re in Florida.

In the meantime, the company recently released its 2014 version of the software. The company is hyping that the latest edition has “dozens of new feathers and enhancements.” It specifically names a new Family View, which will allow for enhanced charts and reports and print options. It also reportedly has a “more robust and reliable TreeSync” for syncing from a tablet or smartphone. It will set you back $55.99.

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“The End of the Seminole War” will be the topic of Annie Kate Carpenter’s Nov. 8 presentation to the DeSoto Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The group will meet at 11 a.m. in Austin Hall on the University of Tampa campus.

For information, contact pooh1314@verizon.net.

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For those of us who take life one day at a time, planning for a trip that is more than a year away is a novel concept.

But “Cruise Everything Today!” has announced its December 2014 Eastern Caribbean cruise.

The cruise will sail on the Celebrity Silhouette from Fort Lauderdale, with stops in Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and St. Maarten. On the three days at sea, cruisers will hear lectures by Gary and Diana Smith, board-certified genealogist Jana Sloan Broglin, and Dick Eastman.

Visit www.cecruisegroups.com/genealogy-cruise-2014.html or call (800) 959-7447

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Mark Feb. 12 to 14, 2015, on your calendars. That’s when the Federation of Genealogical Societies and RootsTech will combine their annual conferences in Salt Lake City. Another date to mark on the calendar is August 2014 — that’s when registration will open.

FGS also has announced it will hold its 2014 conference from Aug. 27 to 30 in San Antonio, Texas. The group has not released any details on the sessions.

In the meantime, RootsTech 2014 will be held Feb. 5 to 8 in Salt Lake City. You can register for that one now at https://registration.rootstech.org/2014/portal/newreg.ww.

Sharon Tate Moody is a board-certified genealogist. Send your genealogy questions and event announcements to her in care of Baylife, The Tampa Tribune, 202 S. Parker St., Tampa, FL 33606 or stmoody0720@mac.com. She regrets that she is unable to assist with personal research and cannot respond to requests for locating or researching specific individuals.

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