Genealogists today seem to be bombarded with news and articles about DNA tests and their effectiveness in solving crimes and reuniting family members. Some additional bits of related information are included here.

First of all, it is worth noting (again!) that DNA testing puts personal information at risk and the only way to be completely safe online is “DON’T TAKE A DNA TEST.”

Judy Russell (“The Legal Genealogist”) and Sunny Jane Morton have posted this advice at

Also, for anyone taking the test and choosing to”opt out” of a future GEDmatch, it is said the such an option is “an illusion.” Russell’s article, “The choice that really isn’t,” at, mentions that genealogy privacy issues can be “like trying to nail Jello to a tree.”

Many readers have added interesting comments.

For anyone wishing additional information on DNA, a genealogy blog announcing 4 new DNA presentations on YouTube can be found at

And at Ancestry has announced that it has passed 15 million DNA customers.

Finally, when you think you’ve heard enough about DNA testing you need to read “23 and HIM,” at, an article by Patricia Marx in The New Yorker. (We must remember to keep our sense of humor.)

Royal Baby Archie

“The Ancestry of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor” has been posted online at The data is presented in the form of an Ahnentafel chart. Ahnentafel is the German word for ancestor (ahnen) table.

Each number is significant. The number of any individual is twice that of his/her child. The mother’s number is twice the child’s number plus one. Thus, if a child is No. 1, his/her father’s number is 2; his/her mother’s number is 3.

Therefore, baby Archie is No. 1; his father, Prince Harry, is No. 2; his mother, Meghan Markle, is No. 3. Harry’s father, Prince Charles, is No. 4; his mother, Lady Diana Spencer, is No. 5. Note that all males have even numbers; females have uneven numbers. (Number 1 can be male or female.)

An interesting article, “3 Things to do with Ahnentafel Numbers,” can be found at

15 million and counting!

Chronicling America, an online database of U.S. newspapers, now has more than 15 million pages. A collaborative program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress, it has more than 2,800 newspapers from 46 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

Read more at and learn about the special party (#ChronAmParty) that started May 21 and continues throughout the year every third Tuesday of the month.

Father’s Day online

A search in the Chronicling America database for ”Father’s Day” resulted in 29,462 online “hits” including a resolution by the 107th Congress (2001-2002): “encouraging and promoting greater involvement of fathers in their children’s lives and designating Father’s day 2001, as National Responsible Father’s Day.” (Other hits include photos, drawings, cartoons, blogs, recordings, etc. Are any appropriate for YOUR father?) Genealogy is fun!

Queries, as well as a general exchange of genealogical material that readers would like to share, will be printed in the column for free. Contact Joan Griffis by e-mailing

Recommended for you