Humans in History

Finding the Remains of Birger Magnusson, founder of Stockholm

Birger Magnusson was the ruler of Sweden for nearly two decades in the 1200s. He was never a Swedish king, but held the title...

Was the Skeleton of Luke the Evangelist Swapped?

Luke the Evangelist is the patron saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students and butchers, and his feast day takes place October 18. Luke the...

The Mystery of Saint Leopold’s Successor

Saint Leopold III was the Margrave of Austria from 1095 until his death in 1136. He was a member of the House of Babenberg....

DNA Analyses Prove the Relics of Saint Birgitta are Fake

Saint Birgitta (Saint Bridget of Sweden) was the most celebrated saint of Sweden and one of the six patron saints of Europe. She had...

Analyzing the Putative Skull of Jan Kochanowski

Jan Kochanowski was a great Polish poet. He was born in Sycyna, a small village in Poland. He studied at the University of Königsberg...

The Genetics of the House of Königsfeld

The Königsfeld’s were members of a small aristocratic class in Reichersdorf, Lower Bavaria, Germany. Historical records show that the St. Margaretha's Church in Germany...

Analyzing the Remains of Prince Branciforte Barresi

Prince Branciforte Barresi was a Sicilian arts patron and benefactor. He was the Prince of Pietraperzia and Marchese of Militello and was born in...

Compare Your DNA to an Ancient Saka Prince and Princess

In 1997, an international archaeological expedition discovered an ancient kurgan in east Kazakhstan near the village of Berel in the Bukhtarma valley dating back...

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Genetic testing for diagnosing rare diseases: are we there yet?

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From genealogy to behavior: Y-DNA insights into the social conduct of our ancestors

Study exploring the idea of biological fatherhood in historical Europe reveals that 1 to 2% of children in each...

A guide to genetic genealogy

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