Here are a few serendipitous discoveries from this week that I commend for inclusion on your reading list.
1. A great follow up on the DNA story of Richard II at The Legal Genealogist. It gives a reminder primer on mtDNA, corrects errors in the media, and reminds us all of the difference between an ancestor and a relation. http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2013/02/10/the-chances-of-dna . I enjoy the writing style of Judy Russell and the way she finds topics to write about with a twist. Case in point, have a look at her post from yesterday http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2013/02/15/questions-of-will . I found this to be a delightful read – thoughtful and humorous.
2. A nice little story about the serendipitous discovery of ancestors in a photograph on a restaurant wall at Abbie and Eveline by Kathy Morales.
3. The NEHGS newsletter, The Weekly Genealogist, has a feature known as “Stories of Interest” and it seems I always find the feature title to be true. This week in The Weekly Genealogist, Vol. 16, No. 7 (February 13, 2013), there is a link to the story of the murder of 57 Irish laborers who worked on the Duffy Cut for the Philadelphia and Columbia line in 1832. http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Duffys-Cut-murder-victims-remains-brought-home-to-Donegal-after-180-years-190357551.html
4. Also at The Legal Genealogist -- the poignant piece on remembering an ancestor even when you did not really know him or her. “The Mystery of Marie” http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2013/02/09/the-mystery-of-marie