GEN • GEN: Michael Cooley's Genetic Genealogy Blog
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12 May 2016
About Michael Cooley
Genealogy has been one of my hobbies since 1977. Although I've never
worked as a professional genealogist, I published The Pettit Correspondent, The National Queries Forum, and premiered one of the early
non-.edu genealogy websites, Genealogy Online, in 1994 (since
purchased by RootsWeb and, from them, Ancestry.com). My personal genealogy
website is ancestraldata.com.
The news about the mitochondrial DNA extraction from Ötzi the Iceman
in about 1990 was an eye opener for me. A few years later I read about the
Y-DNA research on the Cohens and what is now referred to as Y-chromosomal
Aaron and recognized the potential of DNA for genealogical research.
It wasn't until 2006, however, that I discovered that DNA testing had become
affordable for us peons. I now maintain or help maintain thirteen surname
DNA projects at Family Tree
DNA, including the Cooley DNA
Project. In fact, I started this blog with a collection of emails
written to Cooley project members during the spring of 2016. For that
reason, the name Cooley is frequently mentioned in these articles. However,
the site is not intended to be specifically for and about any one surname.
I'm now including my studies of other names (Duncan, Whitfield and Strother,
for example). Although I outline specific examples, the techniques are
ubiquitous. It's my hope that anyone interested in genetic genealogy will
find some use among these articles.
In my spare time, I teach seminars in genealogy, genetic genealogy,
history, and film for the Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute (OLLI) at Humboldt State University and have given
presentations about genetic genealogy in Oregon, Washington, D.C., Salt Lake
City, and at various venues in Humboldt County, California. I graduated
with a degree in history at HSU in 2013 and received my MA in English
(creative nonfiction writing) through Southern New Hampshire University in
I have, of course, other interests. See my personal website at newsummer.com for