• By Betty Malesky

Earlier this month, NBC News published results of a new cancer study, led by Lorelei Mucci of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, indicating one-third of all cancers can be blamed on inherited genes.

  • By Betty Malesky Special to the Green Valley News

Once again, Ancestry.com has made a change with little consideration for how it will affect users. On Dec. 8, 2015, the company announced it would no longer sell Family Tree Maker after Dec. 31, 2015. They say they will support the program at least through Jan. 1, 2017.

  • By Betty Malesky

Remember when research meant going to the library and searching through the card catalog to find the needed information? Usually the first thing seen when entering a library was a collection of card catalogs standing in a block waiting for a user — drawers upon drawers of paper cards with in…

  • By Betty Malesky

Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has intervened in a family feud and referred the case to a Judicial Committee for resolution. The committee is expected to use DNA evidence to solve the family’s problem.

  • By Betty Malesky

Do you know what your ancestors did for a living? Did they continue in the same work they did in Europe after they came to America? We sometimes assume all the early settlers were farmers, but that is not necessarily true.

  • By Betty Malesky

The following article was written by Joy Neighbors and first published in her column, “The Joy of Genealogy,” in the Toronto Star on Aug. 28. It is reprinted here with her permission.

  • By Betty Malesky

You’ve been doing research into your family for years. You have accumulated and carefully filed away many pages of information. Some day you are going to write your family’s story.

  • By Betty Malesky

Genealogy is back on television again this season. In case you’ve missed it, the seventh season of “Who Do You Think You Are?” debuted on Sunday, July 26, at 10 p.m. without much fanfare.

  • By Betty Malesky

Lately, it is impossible to miss seeing Donald Trump on the news and hearing whatever he thinks about the subject on which he is currently expounding. He has suggested that others don't have the courage to speak out as he does on immigration, particularly illegal immigration.

  • By Betty Malesky

Last August I wrote about having to find another genealogy software program. I had used The Master Genealogist (TMG) for 25 years. The developer of the program was now ill with a progressive disease and had removed TMG from the market.

  • By Betty Malesky Special to the Green Valley News

Genealogy is a fascinating hobby for most of us who are involved in it. There is the thrill of the chase, the excitement of adding another ancestor’s name, and the pleasure of seeing your family tree grow and expand.

  • By Betty Malesky

Occasionally I write something that gets me in trouble, usually because I have unintentionally used a dubious source. The column I wrote about the Magna Carta was one of those instances where I relied on source material that was evidently inaccurate.

Magna Carta (Great Charter) is one of the most important legal documents in history. It was granted by King John to a group of rebellious English barons and signed following a battle on the plain at Runnymede on June 15, 1215. It combines government accountability with protection of individu…

  • By Betty Malesky

The words emigrate and immigrate are often confused. The root word of both is “migrate,” meaning to move, as a bird migrates south for the winter. Emigrate is the movement from one country to another; immigrate is the movement to another country permanently.

  • By Betty Malesky

Genealogical columnist Dick Eastman noted recently that all of the online ancestry charts for Hilary Rodham Clinton have erred in naming one of her grandmothers. That one error means 25 percent of the ancestors on Clinton’s chart are erroneous.

  • By Betty Malesky

A few months ago, I wrote about the use of DNA to positively identify the remains of England’s King Richard III, found buried under a car park in Leicester. Now he is back in the news again.

  • By Betty Malesky

"Genealogy Today" is celebrating its 10th anniversary tomorrow. It first ran monthly either on Sunday or Wednesday, but has appeared bi-weekly on Sunday for the past five years.

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