With the system updates nearing completion members can login again and use the forums. We are now working hard on getting the My Rodoslov system back online as you can see here: https://www.rodoslovlje.com/person-index/ and here: https://www.rodoslovlje.com/moj_rodoslov/king-stefan-nemanjic/

Members will be able to use the system again with the new improvements.

All other content is slowly being moved and adapted to the new website. We are also glad to say that you can now use your smart phone to navigate through the website.


As you might have noticed the site is under heavy maintenance, several things will change but in the end they will boost the user experience significantly. As soon as we are done with the server work the forums will be for members only. There is a full integration with all systems and social media and people will have the possibility to share their genealogy and much more. A new editor interface will make work much easier, and there will be no more complicated menus. There is however one caveat to all of this. Over the past decade we managed to keep our forums and a lot of content open for the public. This will change, there will be a public FAQ and Learning Center together with a public blog. All other content will be for members only. Users can decide if they want their own content in the blog or pedigree be accessible by the public or not. We understand this might come somewhat as a surprise but the costs of keeping everything open is too high and we do not get enough donations and membership fees to maintain the 25000 visitors per month. If you have suggestions or comments, feel free to post them in the comment section. We will soon be done with the server work and post a message here.

Over the past 10 years our website has used several systems to ensure that we could offer our users/members a online platform that would enable them to do research online. With the latest technological developments we decided that it is time to push forward with fully moving to one system. This means that new users will register via our core system, which is Drupal, while existing members continue to use the dual login. In short, if people want to renew their membership they can do this via the new system. Now the payment gateway isn’t the only change that is coming, there are a couple of other changes that we are working on behind the scenes. Down below a summary of what you can expect this year:

– completely translatable website, i.e. when you click Serbian you will only get Serbian,
– online profiles and better integration with networks such as Facebook and Twitter,
– fully fledged online family section for your own research or to hook up with long lost family,
– better privacy options,
– one unified profile,
– a special section for files that you can download depending on your rights, e.g. online books,
– integrated family tree with pedigree,
– an updated layout ready for future,
– fully integrated search feature for the website and all content,

Membership means that we will empower you to do more research with the following

– Quality forums with upload capability to share data with other researchers,
– Create your own family page on our site,
– Free translations,
– Letter templates,
– Our Archival network,
– SGS Magazine
– Being part of a large community that both operates online and offline.
– Always new tools under development.

Nobody in my past was hugely famous, at least that I know of. I vaguely recall that an ancestor of mine who shipped over on the Mayflowerdistinguished himself by falling out of the ship and having to get fished out of the water. He might be notable, I guess, but hardly famous. It is much more fun to think that I am a bloodline descendant of Charlemagne. And in 1999, Joseph Chang gave me permission to think that way.

Chang was not a genealogist who had decided to make me his personal project. Instead, he is a statistician at Yale who likes to think of genealogy as a mathematical problem. When you draw your genealogy, you make two lines from yourself back to each of your parents. Then you have to draw two lines for each of them, back to your four grandparents. And then eight great-grandparents, sixteen great-great-grandparents, and so on. But not so on for very long. If you go back to the time of Charlemagne, forty generations or so, you should get to a generation of a trillion ancestors. That’s about two thousand times more people than existed on Earth when Charlemagne was alive.

The only way out of this paradox is to assume that our ancestors are not independent of one another. That is, if you trace their ancestry back, you loop back to a common ancestor. We’re not talking about first-cousin stuff here–more like twentieth-cousin. This means that instead of drawing a tree that fans out exponentially, we need to draw a web-like tapestry.

In a paper he published in 1999 [pdf], Chang analyzed this tapestry mathematically. If you look at the ancestry of a living population of people, he concluded, you’ll eventually find a common ancestor of all of them. That’s not to say that a single mythical woman somehow produced every European by magically laying a clutch of eggs. All this means is that as you move back through time, sooner or later some of the lines in the genealogy will cross, meeting at a single person.

continue to source article at http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/07/charlemagnes-dna-and-our-universal-royalty/

Ground-breaking technique traces DNA direct to your ancestor’s home 1,000 years ago

Tracing where your DNA was formed over 1,000 years ago is now possible, thanks to a revolutionary technique. The ground-breaking Geographic Population Structure tool works similarly to a satellite navigation system as it helps you to find your way home, but not the one you currently live in — but rather your actual ancestor’s home from 1,000 years ago.

Tracing where your DNA was formed over 1,000 years ago is now possible, thanks to a revolutionary technique developed by a team of international scientists led by experts from the University of Sheffield.

The ground-breaking Geographic Population Structure (GPS) tool, created by Dr Eran Elhaik from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences and Dr Tatiana Tatarinova from the University of Southern California, works similarly to a satellite navigation system as it helps you to find your way home, but not the one you currently live in — but rather your actual ancestor’s home from 1,000 years ago.

Previously, scientists have only been able to locate where your DNA was formed to within 700kms, which in Europe could be two countries away; however this pioneering technique has been 98 per cent successful in locating worldwide populations to their right geographic regions, and down to their village and island of origin.

The breakthrough of knowing where the gene pools that created your DNA were last mixed has massive implications for life-saving personalised medicine, advancing forensic science and for the study of populations whose ancestral origins are under debate, such as African Americans, Roma gypsies and European Jews.

Genetic admixture occurs when individuals from two or more previously separated populations begin interbreeding. This results in the creation of new gene pools representing a mixture of the founder gene pool.

Such processes are extremely common in history during migrations and invasions, for example, when the Vikings invaded Britain and Europe in the 11th Century and settled with locals some of them formed a new Viking-Anglo-Saxon gene pool, but some married other Vikings and maintained their original gene pool, allowing GPS to trace their Scandinavian origins.

Dr Eran Elhaik said: “If we think of our world as being made up of different colours of soup — representing different populations — it is easy to visualise how genetic admixture occurs. If a population from the blue soup region mixes with a population from the red soup region their off-springs would appear as a purple soup.

“The more genetic admixture that takes place, the more different colours of soup are introduced which makes it increasingly difficult to locate your DNA’s ancestry using traditional tools like Spatial Ancestry analysis (SPA) which has an accuracy level of less than two per cent.”

He added: “What we have discovered here at the University of Sheffield is a way to find not where you were born — as you have that information on your passport — but where your DNA was formed up to 1,000 years ago by modelling these admixture processes.

“What is remarkable is that, we can do this so accurately that we can locate the village where your ancestors lived hundreds and hundreds of years ago — until now this has never been possible.”

Continue to read more: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140430192745.htm

University of Sheffield. “Ground-breaking technique traces DNA direct to your ancestor’s home 1,000 years ago.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1 May 2014. .

Genealogy is a science that has been around for some time, and ever since the internet made its introduction in our lives the exchange of genealogical data has been made easier. Although genealogical research can be rewarding there is also a downside to the developments that have taken place for the past 100 years in this field. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has been microfilming for a long time in a great variety of countries. For us in the West, almost all records have been microfilmed and have been made available for local citizens to be accessed with ease at their national archives.

Software such as Personal Ancestral File and Gedcom were invented to proces and catalog genealogical data easier. These were created by LDS Church and although the LDS Church has contributed they have been undergoing some change over the past decade. Personal Ancestral File has been discontinued and the program has been forked and commercialized. Subsequently commercialization has been going rampant the last couple of years. Data that once used to be in the archives and that were microfilmed by the LDS Church can now be purchased online. Suddenly your family´s data is available online, your relatives has been baptized by-proxy in the LDS Church. Companies like the Ancestry.com that are based in Utah, conveniently use the microfilmed data in what could be described as a major violation of privacy.

But, the standard genealogical data that can be found in national archives isn’t enough. DNA is the new hype, because we are desperately seeking for Darwin’s affirmation? For a commercial fee you can give away a sample of your DNA and in return you will get a detailed analysis of your DNA. This data will also be used in major databases by these firms, with the big exception that people willingly give away their DNA information. Strangely enough nobody seems to care. Edward Snowden and the NSA scandal get more attention than the privacy issues concerning DNA genealogy.

Imagine the possible ramifications in family live if you do a test and come to the conclusion that you have a different father than your siblings! The desire to know everything, how irrelevant this may be, is not always required. Storing fingerprints in number plates is deemed illegal in the EU for e.g. law enforcement. Strangely enough, corporations and agencies can just purchase your DNA in the future. One starts to wonder what the future of genealogy will be? Where does it stop and how far do you need to go back to realize that you are “half a chromosome away from being chimpanzee” (Christopher Hitchens).