About the author

Family history can be a microscope on history as it happened. And the doing of it I believe can be the single best tool for teaching and learning “historical thinking”.

I studied American history in college and got the chance to learn from top folks in the field: Joseph Ellis,
Stephen B. Oates and Stephen Nissenbaum. Been a writer and editor and TV producer. Very stoked when I got to do research in the Smithsonian on presidential inaugural history; later during that project I got Ken Burns to write the intro for the book we were producing.

I’ve been doing my and others’ family tree and history researching since 1984; learned how from weekends at the Mormon research library in Mesa, AZ, and from reading a book called “The Source”. That book was the first mainstream tool put out by the organization that’s now Ancestry.com.

Here’s my blog about being a dad:
Fatherhood Poetic. (Only its name is pretentious. lol)

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8 thoughts on “About the author

  1. Kylen,
    I didn’t think it was possible to bloviate more than Micheal Stanhope. Good Grief MAN! O and I1a is not Plantagenet DNA… If you would like to discuss Katharine Plantagenet’s family Email me back.

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    1. Always fascinated to hear speculations about Plantagenet DNA. You sound quite sure. I mean, that seems odd since…no one yet knows with certainty what their Y-DNA sig was.

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  2. Hi Kylen, I wanted to use one of your Plantagenet family tree charts on my website because it is so good. Can you email me to say this is ok. I will put a link to your blog of course. A.

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  3. I’m an R-M269, B neg blood type, and a Warren.
    Is there a Plantagenet potential?
    I have some things to do and need help with some facts and DNA.
    can you help?

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  4. OMG! Thank you!!
    I’m in Washington state, on beautiful Whidbey Island.
    I have a kit at FTDNA too.
    Where do we start?
    Thank you again! I’m really stuck!

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    1. No way! I’ve been to Whidbey Island…when I was a kid for the total solar eclipse (~1976 or so?; didn’t see it due to clouds). Is it still primarily a Navy facility or suchlike? Anyway, I’ll send you a message from my email & we can go from there.

      Nice making your acquaintance,

      Kylen

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