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The MyHeritage DNA test is now sale priced at $69 instead of the usual $99. This is the newest of the four autosomal DNA tests. You get a list of people who share significant amounts of DNA with you and an ethnicity breakdown.
This site has already reunited several adoptees with birth parents or siblings. Sale ends July 24, 2017
Today, July 21, 2017, is the last day to get the $79 sale price on the highly recommended AncestryDNA test. With more than four million users it gives you the best chance of finding previously unknown genetic relatives. It's the #1 tool for both genealogists and adoptees.
DNA testing helps African Americans get around the lack of early records and discover their genetic roots in Africa...and also in Europe.
If you are an adoptee searching for your birth family, I suggest you take one of the excellent online classes offered through the DNAAdoption site. Others can take them too.
Here's another example of two brothers finding each other late in life after doing genetic genealogy DNA tests.
In spite of being the newest autosomal DNA test with the smallest (so far) database, the MyHeritage DNA test is helping a lot of families find each other
Richard Hill answers the most popular questions he gets from those seeking DNA advice.
Whether the concept of haplogroups is new to you or not, the following map will be interesting.
Here's a rather detailed story of how one family is using genetic genealogy DNA tests to solve family mysteries and discover new cousins.
Ancestry created a great tribute to America and to genealogy for the Fourth of July. Read the end note carefully.
I just noticed that the LivingDNA test is on sale for $119 instead of the usual $159.
If you're looking for DNA relatives, this is not the place to start as it does not currently match you with other testers. What it does remarkably well is break down British ancestry into 21 sub-regions within the UK plus Ireland.
If you have significant British ancestry, as I do, you may find the results fascinating and genealogically useful. The test also reports your maternal haplogroup and (for men only) the paternal haplogroup. So it's a nice package of ancestry reports.
In honor of Canada Day here's a article about the ethnic makeup of 70,000 Canadians who had their DNA tested at Ancestry.
After searching unsuccessfully for each other for decades, this mother and daughter show up as a parent-child DNA match on MyHeritage.
Are you in Canada? To celebrate Canada Day the MyHeritage DNA test is on sale in Canada for $69 (USD) now through July 5th. Only Canadian users should see the $69 price at the following link:
For an inexpensive, easy-to-follow introduction to genetic genealogy get my Guide to DNA Testing on Amazon.
Recently updated and expanded, the $2.99 Guide explains the strengths and limitations of all the recommended tests. Plus, it now includes links to the best books and online resources for genealogists and adoptees.
NOTE: You do NOT need a Kindle device to read it. Amazon offers free readers for any computer, tablet or smartphone.
This man tests his DNA on Ancestry and gets a parent-child match to a daughter he didn't know he had
Learn how DNA testing can reveal your ethnic ancestry and geographic origins, including native American, African American, and Jewish ancestry.
Once again, DNA helps an adoptee discover birth parents when other methods fail.
Janice Dean, one of the hosts of the morning show, Fox & Friends, learned the results of her MyHeritage DNA test on live TV.
They also used the vast records at MyHeritage to build a family tree for her. Click the link below to see the clip.
Arkansas is the next state to open adoption records.
Mother and daughter discovered each other through a DNA match on MyHeritage. They and the adoptive mother are all interviewed by a TV station.
MyHeritage has an enormous collection of historical records of great value to genealogists and others. Now they have created a Collection Catalog where you can browse all their collections.
You need a subscription to actually search any of these resources. But now you can what resources they have before you make that decision.
See this blog post for information. In that post you just click the Collection Catalog link to see it.
Here's a detailed blog post about the special challenges of DNA testing for anyone with Jewish ancestry.
The writer has a light-hearted style that makes it a fun read for anyone. But the tips are critical information for Jews and anyone with endogamous ancestry.
Yes, she explains the meaning of "endogamy."
DNA test reunites mother and son after 30 years. Read the story in the Ancestry blog.
If you have done any of the first three autosomal DNA tests, you should definitely upload your raw data to MyHeritage.
Fishing in all four ponds will uncover more genetic relatives.
Plus, MyHeritage has released a new ethnicity report that covers 42 ethnic regions, more than any other major DNA company. This is now included free whether you purchase a test directly or upload your data.
Stories of adoptees finding family through DNA tests are popping up in small town newspapers all over America. Here's another one:
Want a second opinion on your ethnic ancestry results from a DNA test? Upload your raw data to Gedmatch for free and then try one or more of the admixture utilities. Which one? See this Gedmatch admixture guide for tips
A Sacramento TV station compares the ethnicity reports from three popular DNA testing kits- Ancestry DNA, My Heritage DNA, and 23 and Me. The result was a surprise for the person tested. But the results were actually quite consistent.
This is an article about DNA testing that all African-Americans should read.
I have updated and expanded my Guide to DNA Testing. Version 3.0 is now available on Amazon for just $2.99.
This Guide provides the concise overview necessary to choose the right tests and get started with genetic genealogy.
It now includes a list of recommended books and online resources where you can continue your education. You do NOT need a Kindle device to read it. Amazon offers free readers for any computer, tablet or smartphone.
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