How Accurate Are Genealogical Records?

I had assumed the Buies were genetically isolated for hundreds of years on the Isle of Jura, Scotland. But Ancestry.com suggests they may have inhabited Jura for only a few generations, from the 1600s to the 1700s, before sailing to America. My DNA analysis suggests Swedes, Vikings, Northern and Southern Europeans, including from the Iberian Peninsula... Continue Reading →

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Descendant of Divine Hags?

In the Gaelic mythology of ancient Ireland, Wales and Scotland, a cailleach was "a divine hag, a creator deity and weather deity, and an ancestor deity." More. My sister, Ann Buie Loomis, has discovered that one of the caelleach's local names was Bui, and she was associated with the great passage tomb Knowth (Cnoc Bui).... Continue Reading →

Invisible History of the Human Race

"The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures," by Christine Kenneally. NYT Review by David Dobbs:"...The book would stand strong on its weird factoids alone. For instance: In Europe, the inheritance of surnames became common in the last 200 to 900 years, depending on country and culture,... Continue Reading →

Getting in Touch With Your Inner Viking

Click for History Channel Series, "The Vikings" On my recent trip to Scotland, I learned that I likely have Viking heritage, since the Vikings, or Norsemen, Danes, and Swedes, migrated to or invaded the Inner Hebrides islands and Ulster in northern Ireland, establishing the kingdom of Dal Riata around 500 A.D. One of my distant... Continue Reading →

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