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The AncestryDNA test is on sale for just $79. This is the test everyone should start with. You will discover many genetic relatives among the three million users and get a breakdown of your ethnic ancestry.
This also includes the new Genetic Communities feature that can place you into one or more recent geographic groups. My Genetic Community is Early Settlers of the Deep South, which perfectly matches my paternal line.
You can then transfer your raw data for free into Family Finder, MyHeritage, and GEDmatch. Sale ends 4/26
Living DNA is having a DNA Day Sale. This is the one that breaks down British ancestry into 21 sub regions. It also reports other ancestral regions; but the real strength is in exploring your ancestry from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. My results are back and I like it.
Family Tree DNA is having a DNA Day Sale. I recommend their Y-DNA tests for men, Family Finder for everyone, and mitochodrial DNA testing for anyone with a specific test objective in the direct maternal line. Last day of sale is April 27.
DNA testing leads to some important discoveries for this woman. She had been told her father was (1) Mexican and (2) dead. Neither story was true.
Today I read a statement from 23andMe that one in every 20 African Americans carries Native American ancestry. That would be in addition to their African ancestry and the European ancestry most likely introduced during the era of slavery.
If I were African American, I would definitely want to do one of the new autosomal DNA tests such as 23andMe. I think the results would be especially fascinating.
My results are in from the Living DNA test. They broke out my ancestry from Great Britain and Ireland into sub regions and reported my haplogroups. If you have significant ancestry from the British Isles, you may want to consider this test.
Note that this test does not currently report your genetic matches from other users. They are promising to add additional features and that may be one of them. I will be following this.
My DNA Testing Update blog has been named one of the Top 60 Genetics Blogs. Most of these are highly technical science blogs. Yet several genetic genealogy blogs made the list. See the following link.
Arkansas is joining the other states who are now giving adult adoptees access to their original birth certificate.
The FDA is allowing 23andMe to add ten new genetic health risk reports for U.S. customers. This includes Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, Celiac Disease and Hereditary Thrombophilia as well as six additional conditions. No doctor involvement required. Just $199 for the ancestry and health reports. The first reports will be available by the end of April.
No matter which autosomal DNA tests you do, you should upload your raw data to GEDmatch. You'll pick up more matches and gain access to a slew of useful tools. Most of them are free. See this web page to learn more.
The best way to learn about genetic genealogy and comprehend what you're reading is through a book. See this web page for my list of recommended DNA books.
I am still waiting for my results from the Living DNA test. But here's a good report from someone with well researched British ancestry.
CeCe Moore is a celebrity genetic genealogist, appearing on or supporting many television shows with an interest in DNA testing. This is one of the many mysteries CeCe has solved through DNA testing.
Adult adoptees in New Jersey are taking advantage of a new law that allows them to access their original birth certificates. This news article includes a link to the official FAQ.
The AncestryDNA test, one of my recommended tests, just introduced a new feature called Genetic Communities. It combines DNA results with geographic information from hundreds of thousands of family trees.
This is a clever way to place us in more recent subgroups than what the ethnic ancestry reports reveal. It will only get better over time. If you have already done this test, log into your account and see your genetic communities. If you have not yet done the AncestryDNA test, you have another good reason to test now.
Use this link, scroll down to Genetic Communities and click "Learn More."
If you're not adopted, you may have trouble understanding what drives many adoptees to search for their birth families. This woman's letter lets you peek inside the mind and heart of one adoptee.
DNA testing helped reunite a Mississippi woman with her biological father. This search was followed and recorded by ABC News. Multiple DNA tests were used.
23andMe has released a new Genetic Weight report to users of its Health + Ancestry version. If your genes predispose you to weigh more than average, it tells you by how much, e.g. 8% more than average.
I checked the results for several family members and the results make sense. For example, I am predisposed to weigh about average and have never struggled with excess weight. But those who have had to work harder to control their weight do show a genetic predisposition to weigh more than average.
The report is is the Wellness section.
No matter which autosomal DNA test my relatives do first, I bring all of them into Family Finder to take advantage of the great analysis tools.
Now there are three options for getting there priced at $79, $19 and $0. See this page to compare the options.
If you would like to listen to my audiobook for free, check your local library's digital collection. The "Finding Family" audiobook is now available through both Overdrive and Hoopla.
Many libraries use one or both services to provide their patrons with popular audiobooks. The following link includes a sample you can listen to now.
What's it like to be African-American and Irish? Here is one man's story with some interesting historical connections between blacks and Irish in America.
MyHeritage accepts free transfers from other autosomal DNA tests.
Based outside the U.S., MyHeritage has the largest international network of family trees. With this wide international reach, you have a great chance of being matched with relatives who live in other countries.
Also, DNA uploaders will soon get the new ethnicity report for free. This is really a no-brainer. Upload now.
The Finding Family Audiobook lets you listen to Richard Hill’s award-winning story, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA.”
This father-daughter reunion resulted from DNA tests at different companies that showed up as a close match on GEDmatch.
GPS Origins claims to "locate the village where your ancestors lived hundreds and hundreds of year ago" Don't waste your money. Read this detailed blog post by Debbie Kennett.
Even the Washington Post is writing about adoptees using DNA tests to reunite with their birth families.
Why Family Finder is my favorite DNA test for genealogists and adoptees.
Who Do You Think You Are? begins a new season on March 5th. Once again they will explore the family trees of several celebrities.
Typically, DNA testing will play an important role in some cases. The series is on the TLC network with episodes available online after the broadcast date.
See this link for more information, including a list of this season's celebrities.
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.
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.
If you already have results from another autosomal DNA test, you may be able to transfer into Family Finder for free.
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