Genealogy Research Tip: Using Autosomal DNA to Connect Families

Sep 11, 2020

[This article is written by Regina Negrycz for Research, Write, Connect]

Autosomal DNA has helped me to connect two Dalton families together when records do not exist.

The Daltons on my maternal side have lived in Mitchelstown, County Cork, Ireland for over 150 years. We can trace them back to William Dalton born circa 1810. Civil registration in Ireland for non-Roman Catholic marriages began in 1845 but registration of all marriages, deaths and births began in 1864. Parish records, depending upon the parish, began earlier. To date, we have not yet found William’s baptism and we do not know his parents’ names.

In August 2008 my mother and I visited Ireland and I introduced my mother to her second cousin, Bob Dalton, whom I had met in 1997. Bob is the 2nd great-grandson of William. Bob took the Y-DNA 37 marker test, which we upgraded in 2009 to the 67 marker test and became part of the Dalton Surname Family Tree DNA project.

In 2011, Bill (William F.) Dalton of the U.S....

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Back to School Sale: Save 30% on All Courses thru 14 September 2020

Sep 05, 2020

September is here and it is the unofficial end of summer. As students are heading back to school, it is also time to think about your own genealogy education plan!  

Whether you are a beginner who wants to explore family history, understand DNA testing and specific record sets, or an experienced researcher hoping to write your family history, or master using Scrivener writing software, then take advantage of the special back to school sale and save 30% on all classes at Research, Write, Connect through Tuesday, 14 September 2020!  

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Offer good until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 14 September 2020.
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Meet the Research Write Connect Instructors: Regina Negrycz

Aug 28, 2020

In a series of posts we will introduce the expert instructors of Research, Write, Connect,. Each expert brings knowledge and proven experience in the fields of genealogy or writing along with a passion for teaching others how to research and write about their families.


 Regina Negrycz began researching her family history when she was eight years old. She wears many hats for her local genealogy society, is a member of seven other societies, serving as a proofreader on one of those societies.

Regina's interest in DNA has earned her a teaching role in Salt Lake City each December at the Salt Lake Christmas Tour. She recently spoke at the Genetic Genealogy of Ireland Conference in Dublin, Ireland in October, 2019.

Regina has also published two DNA quick guides with Family Roots Publishing. Her love of city directories has led to the acquisition of approximately 1,000 city directories which are being documented in a unique database. Regina is on the board for a Friends Group...

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