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Geneology DNA Testing

I provided links to a couple that I see advertised the most. This is not an endorsement of either one just what I have seen or personally used. Just compare each one for you and see what’s best for you.

There are a number of geneology DNA kits.  They all do about the same thing or the basic thing from what I can see. They break down where your DNA might be related too based on region. Some do more things and some do less. You would just have to compare them all and see what’s best for you and for hat you are looking to do. Personally, I did the Ancestry.com.

They vary in price. Some range from $80-200. Depends on a lot of factors.

Ancestry.com DNA


National Geographic Migration

DNA results by Ancestry.com

DNA results provided by Ancestry.com.  I always thought it would be cool to find out roughly where my ancestors were from.

Clan Mackey Country Hiking

Clan Mackey has posted travel information for site seeing.  Last time I have been to Great Britain was high school and we were mainly in London.  Seeing these pictures of Scotland make me want to go back.One day I will be ale to get back there! 

I think Geneology helps people get in interested in history and travel.  For me I got into history because I was fortunate enough to travel when I was young.  It made me curious about who lived in the places I was visiting and what life was really like.  With traveling it made me curious if my ancestors had been through there (guessing most people back in the 18th and 19th century did not visit the Grand Canyon).


Declining Number of History Majors!?

According to NPR the number of history majors are on the decline.  In some schools as much as 30% .  If the information is accurate fewer people teaching and fewer qualified people writing/researching.  Now the current market tends to show an increase interest in engineering and computer science.  Those are many of the jobs tend to be at the moment.  While yes there is a demand for tech jobs but eventually many of those fields will probably be tought in public school.  Which means it will be harder to set your self apart if everyone had the same level of training. 

Not many people can analyze data track trends.  Eventually, with the decline in people majoring in a certain field will create demand.  Much like the nursing field.  Many schools limiting the number of students admitted into nursing programs thus creating hire rates in pay to attract nurses especially ones with experience and qualifications.

If I could do it again, I would still major in history.  People tend to forget all the good things that come with earning a history degree and most people are not willing to put in the work.  The other down side is people seem to want things like jobs and money to come easy.  

30 reasons a company should hire a history major


I know I have been asked this a number of times by people in interviews why they should hire me given with a degree/masters in history and how it relates to the job.  I know a misconception about history majors is relating the degree to the job world.  It can make interviewing stressful when history degrees have a wide array of skills.  


David McKee, who was born in Scotland in 1715, came to the American colonies with his family to escape religious persecution both in Scotland and in Ireland. The McKee family came to America in search of a “church without a bishop and a state without a king.”

John McKee, son of David, was actually credited with the founding of this village in the new world which lay at the confluence of the Youghiogheny and Monongahela rivers. Although the family did some farming, and made some barrels of rum on the side, their actual living was made from operating a ferry on the two rivers, and carrying travelers back and forth over the river banks. Eventually the McKee family bought a good bit of land between the rivers, and the land became known as McKee’s Port (and later, simply as McKeesport.)