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Here's an interesting segment on DNA testing that appeared on Sunday Today program last weekend
I provided a guest post for the MyHeritage Blog. While the post is aimed specifically at adoptees, anyone interested in genetic genealogy can get useful tips. That's me in the photo with my adoptive parents.
Great news! Family Tree DNA now accepts transfers into Family Finder from all AncestryDNA tests and all 23andMe tests done since November 2010.
Upload your raw data to receive a full list of matches and the ability to use the Matrix feature FOR FREE.
For just $19, you can unlock the best DNA analysis tools of any test, including Chromosome Browser, myOrigins, and ancientOrigins.
Use the following link and then choose Autosomal Transfer from the dropdown menu under DNA Tests at the top of the page.
Here's another family reunion that was only made possible through DNA testing.
How has DNA changed the way adoptees find birth families? The American Adoption Congress newsletter includes this report of adoptee search results over the past two years.
For a Jewish adoptee, finding one's birth family is especially difficult for the reasons explained in this article. But this case had a successful ending.
Why Taking DNA Tests Can Change How You See Your Family. That's the theme of this interesting story of discovery.
This excellent article supports a change in Connecticut law to open adoption records for older adults, who were adopted before October 1983. Records are already open for more recent adoptions.
I just mailed in my DNA sample to LivingDNA. This test breaks down your ancestry across 80 worldwide regions, as well as over 21 regions in the British Isles. It also reports your haplogroups. This should be useful for people like me with British ancestry. I will report on it after my results are ready. Check it out now to learn more:
Richard Hill answers the most popular questions he gets from those seeking DNA advice.
Once you get your results from any of the autosomal DNA tests (Family Finder, AncestryDNA, 23andMe and MyHeritageDNA), be sure to upload your raw data to GEDmatch. Blogger Jim Bartlett explains exactly how to do it.
A man abandoned as a newborn finds his birth family 39 years later through DNA testing.
I am trying a promising new DNA test. MyHeritage DNA claims Ethnicity Estimates with higher resolution and better accuracy. Plus, they have a global user base that should produce many unique matches Check it out here:
Here's another story of an adoptee who found her birth family through genetic genealogy. She followed the standard advice to fish in all three autosomal DNA ponds. It was the Family Finder test that yielded the breakthrough match.
If you are an adoptee who took an autosomal DNA test at 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA in 2015 or 2016, please complete this survey.
This is the same survey mentioned in my prior post. It is still open for more participants.
This is an excellent summary for adoptees looking to find birth parents and siblings through DNA testing. The key message: "Take every autosomal DNA test you can afford to take."
Why You Should Take a Genealogical DNA Test – Even If You Don’t Think You Need One. This is a good blog post from Legacy Tree Genealogists.
AncestryDNA data reveals the average British person is one-fifth Irish.
One of my favorite DNA bloggers, Roberta Estes, has posted a great summary of where genetic genealogy stands at the end of 2016.
Like all of her posts, it is very long. But if you really want to know more about the subject, I suggest you work your way through it.
This reunion did not require DNA testing; but it probably sets a record for the oldest pair in a mother-daughter reunion.
Here's another sibling reunion made possible by a genetic genealogy DNA test.
Here's an update on the Benjamin Kyle case that was solved through genetic genealogy DNA tests. Note: You may have to X out some ads that clutter this newspaper site.
Which DNA test is best for determining African origins? I recommend the AncestryDNA test, which breaks African Ancestry into these nine regions:
Ivory Coast / Ghana
Benin / Togo
Cameroon / Congo
Africa Southeast Bantu
Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers
Additionally, every African American will have some European ancestry. This test will also measure that and give you some idea what part of Europe that ancestry originated.
Using AncestryDNA match data, this blogger measures the dramatic growth in genetic genealogy DNA testing in 2016 compared to prior years.
This 71-year old woman was united with her birth family through DNA testing. The story doesn't say which tests she did; but she submitted three samples.
I'm guessing she took our standard advice and did three autosomal DNA tests: AncestryDNA, Family Finder, and 23andMe.
We don't know which one produced the first-cousin match that led to the reunion. But that's a good point. No matter what worked for anyone else, you cannot tell in advance where YOUR best match will be found. Do them all!
If you are adopted or gave up a child for adoption, don't pass up this chance to get into the AncestryDNA database. Your family may be waiting.
Here's another adoptee-birthparent reunion brought about by DNA testing. Each of them yearned to know of the other and sealed records kept them apart. Once again, genetic genealogy gets around the secrecy.
My 99-cent Kindle Short Book: "Guide to DNA Testing" received its 200th review. This is what it said:
"This guide was a fantastic, easy-to-read, easy-to-understand outline of what one needs to know and evaluate when pursuing the avenue of genealogical research via DNA testing, without having any background knowledge of it.
As a result, I feel well-equipped to easily make decisions regarding my future genealogical research using DNA testing as a resource."
NOTE: You don't need a Kindle device to read this or any Kindle eBook. Amazon provides FREE reader apps for computers, tablets and smartphones.
I have issued this warning before; but some people are still getting tricked by ads on Groupon etc.
Do NOT confuse the excellent AncestryDNA test with a far less useful test called Ancestry By DNA. Use the following link to get the good one:
You can read the news release from Family Tree DNA about the new Ancient Origins feature that's now included with its Family Finder test. For now, only European origins are covered but Asian ancestry will come later.
23andMe now offers two versions of it's DNA test. The Ancestry-only version is just $99. The Health + Ancestry version that includes some FDA-approved health test results is $199.
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