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DNA testing gives Spokane woman a second surprise on her family tree

After discovering her birth mother through public records and the help of a silent benefactor in the late 1980s, Barbara Arnold was shocked once again when new technology revealed the …


Genealogy database, gum help convict DJ in ‘92 killing

A popular DJ pleaded guilty Tuesday to raping and strangling a schoolteacher in 1992 after being identified as a suspect as a result of DNA a relative had submitted to …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 10:22 p.m.

Police: Genealogy helps ID rape suspect in decade-old cases

RALEIGH, N.C. – Investigators compared online family tree data with crime-scene DNA evidence to identify and track down a suspect in a series of North Carolina rapes from a decade …


Investigators say DNA database can be goldmine for old cases

A microscopic thread of DNA evidence in a public genealogy database led California authorities to declare this spring they had caught the Golden State Killer, the rapist and murderer who …


Six tips: Genealogy research basics help you dig into your roots

Digitized records and newer sleuthing tips can bring you closer to ancestors.


Yellowstone wolf family tree and genealogy available online

Details of Yellowstone National Park’s individual wolves and their inter-relatedness can be found in one place: online at Ancestry.com, a website formerly reserved for rooting out human family trees.


Historic recognition: George Washington’s family tree is biracial

The National Park Service and the nonprofit that runs George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate are concluding that the rumors were true: In separate exhibits, they show that the first family’s …


Sold as a baby, Cd’A woman finally locates family

In a search that spanned most of her life, Heather Livergood has found where she came from. And this Christmas she has the gift of family, including two brothers she …


Poring over ’40 census fills in family portraits

A group of genealogy buffs traveled back in time Saturday. They gathered at the Spokane Public Library downtown to mine newly released 1940 census data. After a mandatory 72-year waiting …


Website helps unite long-lost half brothers

When Richard Shutes Sr. divorced his wife some 55 years ago, he left the family home in Miami, never to see his 4-year-old son again. Through the decades, that son, …


Tracing your family tree is not that difficult, experts say

Cecily Kelly’s grandfather died when Kelly’s mom was just 2. Her mother doesn’t remember him, and Kelly never met him, of course, but Kelly has seen his draft-card signature and …


Genealogy buffs to gather

Friday through Sept. 13, the Davenport Hotel will be awash in even more history than usual. That’s because the hotel will be the site of the 2009 Washington State Genealogical …


Rivals Related, But Clinton’s Blood Bluer

President Clinton and Bob Dole have more in common than wanting to be president. They are distant cousins. But Clinton has a snootier pedigree, according to genealogists who say that …