Monday, January 31, 2011

*** Genetic Genealogy for Beginners: DNA is the "Gene" in Genealogy! ***

 Due to popular demand, Family Tree DNA's Elise Friedman will be repeating the Genetic
Genealogy webinar that was posted about a couple weeks ago:

*** Genetic Genealogy for Beginners: DNA is the "Gene" in Genealogy! ***

What is Genetic Genealogy? What tests are available and which one should I
order? How much does a Genetic Genealogy test cost? Do I need to be a
geneticist to understand my results?

If you're a complete beginner to Genetic Genealogy and want the answers to
those questions and more, then this webinar is for you! Attendees will
learn about the history of genetic genealogy, be introduced to DNA basics
and inheritance paths, learn about the different types of DNA tests
available for genealogy, and learn about resources that will help you make
the most of your Genetic Genealogy experience.

Two sessions are scheduled to accommodate different time zones:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
6pm GMT (1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific)

Thursday, February 3, 2011
8pm Eastern (5pm Pacific)

Free registration is required for these webinars. To register, please visit
the Relative Roots Webinars webpage and click the registration link next to
the date/time that you wish to attend:

Also visit the Relative Roots Webinars webpage to learn about other upcoming
webinars and sign up to receive email announcements about future webinars.
As long as there is demand for it, I hope to repeat the beginner webinar
during the first week of every month. I'm also currently working on
scheduling intermediate and advanced genetic genealogy webinars.

At this time, webinars are only available live during the scheduled dates
and times.

Elise Friedman

PS. If you have your own blog or website, please feel free to re-post this
announcement, or link to this blog post:


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Monday, January 24, 2011

Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke

Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke
By Andy Powell

News Release by Jennifer Sheppard

Our own Andy Powell has written a book about The Lost Colony of Roanoke.  Roanoke, North Carolina has the distinction of being the first site where Englishmen landed in America, to establish a permanent settlement.  Yes, 20 years before Jamestown, Virginia was settled and 33 years before the Mayflower landed in Massachusetts, Englishmen landed on North Carolina shores (then Virginia) to establish a colony.

In 1587, Raleigh sent a colony of 117 men, women and children to colonize America. Shortly thereafter; Governor White had to set sail for England to obtain additional provisions but was unable to return until three years later. When he returned to America the colonists had disappeared, leaving the word Croatoan carved on a tree.

Bideford councillor and author Andy PowellIn Grenville and the Lost Colony of Roanoke, Andrew Powell presents information he's gathered during more than three years  of research. He researched the earliest transcripts and first hand accounts; many that have never been previously connected to the story of the Lost Colony.  This work provides a picture of one of the most extraordinary periods in English history and the most famous unsolved mystery in America.

This book examines the crucial role played by Raleigh's cousin, Sir Richard Grenville. Grenville and The Lost Colony of Roanoke contains new revelations, exposes myths, includes modern re-transcriptions of original accounts, and provides the latest evidence and theories as to what happened to the Colonists.

‘If the theories associated with the story are proven, and the evidence in support of them is emerging rapidly from the use of modern DNA testing and new archeological evidence, then the History of America is about to be re-written,’ explains author, Andrew Thomas Powell.”

“This book provides a very fresh perspective on Sir Walter Raleigh’s Virginian enterprises and highlights the key role that Si. Richard Grenville played in them. By looking at the original accounts, the book offers numerous new insights…It is an important new addition to the library of ‘Lost Colony’ research” – Mark Horton, Professor in Archaeology, University of Bristol, UK.

This book reads like butter. No slogging through the mire. Andy Powell not only documents the history of the Roanoke voyages, he solves many mysteries, and weaves it all into a mesmerizing tale. It’s all true, but reads like a mystery book that you can’t put down until the last page is turned.” – Roberta Estes, CEO of and Co-Founder of The Lost Colony Research Group (America’s leading ‘Lost Colony’ authority).

To order Andy's books, follow the appropriate link:

For the UK =

For the USA =

ANDREW THOMAS POWELL was born in Wimbledon in 1959 and settled in North Devon in 1987. He is the former Mayor of Bideford and a Town Councillor. In his private life he spends his time enjoying trekking and attempting to play his Jazz Guitar.  

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book examines Bideford’s role in American mystery

Bideford councillor and author Andy Powell  
Bideford councillor and author Andy Powell
A STORY that started in Bideford’s council chambers four years ago has evolved to take former town mayor Andy Powell across the Atlantic four times and back more than four centuries - and has now resulted in a book which re-examines the founding of America.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Is This Blackbeard's Sword?

Is this the hilt of Blackbeard's sword?
It's one of the latest finds aboard the remains of the ship the Queen Anne's Revenge, known at one time to be the flagship of Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard. The vessel ran aground on a North Carolina sandbar in 1718 and was abandoned; modern archaeologists have been excavating the shipwreck for more than a decade. The design and ornamentation of this newest discovery have led the researchers to believe it likely belonged to the notorious pirate himself.

Click image to see Blackbeard's recovered ornaments

NC Department of Cultural Resources
An imposing figure to begin with, according to historians, Blackbeard cultivated a ferocious appearance to seem even more menacing: a long dark beard, numerous  knives, swords and pistols strapped to his chest -- even lighted fuses in his hair. In May of 1718, he used the ship to blockade the port of Charleston, S.C., and effectively hold the city hostage until he collected a considerable ransom.

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Where Have All the Indians Gone? Native American Eastern Seaboard Dispersal Genealogy and DNA in Relation To Sir Walter Raleigh's Lost Colony of Roanoke

If you have yet to read this paper by Roberta Estes, we highly recommend it.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

DAR Online Library Record Copy Service

There’s a recent genealogy tool you might want to investigate for a connection to a Revolutionary War Patriot. It’s the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution ) Online Library Record Copy service. You can now search the DAR Genealogical Research System. You may purchase a record for $10 if there is a green "Purchase" button. Pay with your credit card. You then have one week in which to download the record.

Read the directions here:
Online Library Record Copy service.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Did Your Ancestor Leave Behind any Exonumia?

Do you often wonder what some strange initials mean that you see listed in obituaries or biographies of an ancestor, maybe even on their tombstone? Or maybe they left behind badges, tokens or metals with strange initials on them and you've been wondering what they meant.

Do you know what IOOF or ISCWM or IOTK&DT mean? Or for that matter Exonumia?
Wonder no more; it's all here. A very large collection of Exonumia. You can probably find even the most obscure references here. And it may give you more insight into what your ancestor cared about and supported.

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