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Genealogist Michael Hait has started the Ancestry
Errors Wiki to keep track of the site’s “errors in imaging, programming or organization.”
For example, one contributor noted that on Ancestry.com, “In the 1840 U. S. federal
census, the city of Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, is incorrectly listed in
Edmonson County, Ky.”
You can search the wiki or use a drop-down menu to find errors by state. Have you
discovered such an error? Click
here for instructions on adding a page to the wiki.
Ancestry.ca now includes UK Railway Employment Records, 1833 – 1963, a collection
containing the employment-related records of British railway workers dating back to
the early 19th century. These records from the British national archives give employee
names, home station, date of birth, information on their career progression, salary
increases, rewards, conduct, and notes from superiors. Search
the database here.
Switzerland genetics company iGENEA reconstructed
Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun’s (aka King Tut) DNA profile based on a 2009
study of his DNA. The company determined King Tut belonged to the Y chromosome haplogroup
R1b1a2, the most common Y-chromosome haplogroup in Western Europe—meaning half of
all men in Europe are related to him.
But less than 1 percent of Egypt’s modern-day residents belong to this
haplogroup, according to iGENEA, and it’s unknown how King Tut’s ancestors got to
Egypt. The company is hoping its search for King Tut’s closest living male relatives
will lead to an answer. If you order
a test from iGENEA and match King Tut on 16 markers, the site promises your money
back and a free upgrade.
The 31st annual International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS)
conference starts next Sunday, Aug. 14, in Washington, DC. Online registration is
closed, but you can register on-site. Click here
for more information.