Irish also more prone to certain diseases, DNA tests show

A new “DNA map” of the Emerald Isle reveals that the Vikings raiders intermingled with local women far more than was previously thought.

Genealogist Gianpiero Cavalleri of the Royal College of Surgeons pieced together detailed map after studying the DNA of over 500 Irishmen and women.

Read More: First genetic map of the people of Ireland

“Plenty of clues already showed that Vikings had been to Ireland, including ruins, artifacts, and Norwegian family names… The [genetic] signatures that turned up in Ireland are most similar to those from the north and west coasts of Norway, where Vikings were most active,” Cavalleri told National Geographic.

This isn’t a pedigree chart drawn to strict genealogical standards, but it is amusing. With the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie being released this week, this is is a “must have” for any genealogist who is also a Star Wars fan.

You can see the Star Wars Family Tree at

A smaller, less visual, but more recent version may be found on Wikipedia at

This is a guest post by Janet Hovorka, author of the Zap the Grandma Gap book and workbooks about engaging youth with family history. Janet writes The Chart Chick and the Zap The Grandma Gap blogs and has written widely and lectured about family history.

I somras publicerade vi ett blogginlägg om att vi inlett fotografering av kyrkoböcker från de svenskamerikanska församlingarna i Nebraska. Se tidigare inlägg. Vi har sedan dess arbetat vidare för fullt, såväl med fotografering som publicering av materialet.

Vi har fotograferat många olika typer av material, allt från församlingsböcker, födelse-, vigsel- och dödböcker till protokoll, räkenskaper och mycket annat. Vi har sammanlagt publicerat över 110 000 bilder, från 110 olika församlingar.

NOTE:I originally published this article in this newsletter in 1998. Yet it is still a problem today. It surfaced again in an email message I received today from a newsletter reader. I receive similar messages most every week from concerned genealogists who don’t like to see online “fairy tales” in user-contributed information that is published in genealogy web sites. I expect to re-publish this article every year or two until the problem is solved.

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:

Good news if your ancestry is from Colombia and Peru! More than one million historic records and one million images from each country were added on FamilySearch this week. Many more records from Brazil, Delaware, Denmark, England, France, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Ukraine and the United States were also published. Search these new free records at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below.


Indexed Records

Digital Images


Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977

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