Best Bytes is an eclectic collection, in no particular order, of things I thought were interesting during the past week. I hope you find something to enjoy here!
In the News
And they thought no one would find out: DNA Tests Uncover Evidence Of Infidelity In Royal Family Tree
From the Blogs
Fave Photo of the Week
While not exactly a photograph, I do love this image of David Hartley in all his finery: David Hartley: “singular in his dress.”
Just for Fun
And if you believe this one, I’ve got some swampland in Florida to sell you: Astonishing New iPhone App: Lick It DNA.
The Last Byte: I Can’t Do It Over
I’ve been “doing genealogy” for about 28 years. Back in the day, there was no Ancestry.com, no FamilySearch.org… in fact, most homes did not have a personal computer, and if they did, there was no internet (for the non-military among us, I mean). Source citations – when you actually did one – were done the old “PAF Way” with exclamation points, hyphens, and tags in capital letters. So I know there have to be tons of mistakes in my database: citations I “never got around to” adding, other peoples’ databases I blindly added to my own (even overwriting my own data a couple of times), paper documents that got misplaced or never recorded (much less digitized), etc., etc. I was young and stupid when I started researching. After all, it was more than half a lifetime ago for me.
That said, it would probably be an excellent idea for me to participate in the Genealogy Do-Over, especially now that cycle 2 is beginning. Unfortunately, the thought of doing my research over makes me very unhappy, if not physically ill. I may participate in a “go over” this time around. I mean, it never hurts to look at your data again and again, with fresh eyes. And truth be told, many of my genealogy stuffs could use some organizing. But my hat is off to those of you doing it all over, and I wish you many found ancestors! 🙂