DNA Testing Update

Welcome to DNA Testing Update, my blog that keeps you up-to-date with what's new at DNA Testing Adviser. I’ll tell you about…

  • New or updated articles on the website

  • Significant news from the genealogy and adoption search communities

  • DNA testing tips for paternity, genealogy, and adoption search

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Jan 23, 2018

Adoptee Access to Birth Certificates Protects Their Parents’ Privacy

Adoptees’ right to access their own original birth certificates is being pitted against the alleged rights of their mothers. However, granting adopted citizens equal access will, in fact, keep the parents who “begat” them safer from exposure than keeping the records sealed.

I recently ran across this 2015 post; but it makes some excellent points and provides many links to relevant information.

#adoptee #birthcertificates

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Jan 22, 2018

Best Friends Discover They Are Brothers

After 60 years of friendship, two men in Hawaii learn through DNA testing that they are half siblings. After meeting in the 6th grade, these two boys began a long and enduring friendship.Then in their 70s each one decides to try DNA testing.

#DNA #siblings #Hawaii

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Jan 19, 2018

DNA Test Reunites Twin Sisters

A Virginia Beach woman did a DNA test and discovered she had a twin sister. DNA testing brought the 33-year-olds together for the first time since they were adopted as babies by different families.

#DNA #adoption #twins

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Jan 18, 2018

Working with the New Big Y Results

Family Tree DNA's Big Y test scans the entire gold standard region of a man's Y chromosome, hunting for mutations, called SNPs, that define your haplogroup with great precision.

This test also discovers SNPs never before found. Those newly discovered SNPs may someday become new haplogroup branches as well.

Blogger Roberta Estes has shared a very detailed explanation of Big Y and the recent changes.


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Jan 18, 2018

Tracing African Roots

How to find those elusive African DNA matches on Ancestry? This blog post gives some considerations on how to interpret African DNA matches. Then it provides a step-by-step tutorial on how to sort out your African DNA matches.

#DNA #Africa #Ancestry

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Jan 17, 2018

Add Your MyHeritage Data to Shared cM Project

Now that MyHeritage has overhauled its matching algorithm, Blaine Bettinger needs LOTS of MyHeritage data for the Shared cM Project. According to Blaine, everyone that contributes data to the Shared cM Project from ANY company between now and January 31 will be entered in a drawing for a FREE MyHeritage kit. Use this form for each of your known relatives.

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Jan 17, 2018

"Ask Amy" Got It Right

Many of the advice columnists have failed to give good advice on adoptee issues. This open adoption advocate gives Ask Amy high marks for reaching out to me for help with her answer.

#AskAmy #adoptee

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Jan 16, 2018

Winter DNA Sale at MyHeritage

With a vastly improved matching process, a new chromosome browser and over a million users, the MyHeritage DNA test is now widely recommended. They also have the lowest price at just $59 through Monday, January 22, 2018.

#DNA #MyHeritage #sale

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Jan 16, 2018

GENESIS from GEDmatch Handles New Chip

Both 23andMe and Living DNA are now analyzing DNA with a new advanced chip. While the results are not compatible with other tests, GEDmatch has created a separate site called GENESIS that can handle data from the new chip.

The functions available at GEDmatch are being gradually implemented at GENESIS. To learn more read this blog post by Kitty Cooper.


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Jan 15, 2018

MyHeritage Vastly Improves DNA Matching

Anyone who took a MyHeritage DNA test or uploaded DNA data from another test will now get more accurate DNA Matches and about ten times as many matches.

They also launched a chromosome browser. I was impressed with the changes. To see how they did it, read here.

#DNA #MyHeritage

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Jan 15, 2018

MyHeritage Vastly Improves DNA Matching

Anyone who took a MyHeritage DNA test or uploaded DNA data from another test will now get more accurate DNA Matches and about ten times as many matches.

They also launched a chromosome browser. I was impressed with the changes. To see how they did it, read here.

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Jan 15, 2018

Another Sibling Reunion from MyHeritage DNA

Even though it has the newest database, MyHeritage has been responsible for a lot of successful reunions. Here's another one.

#DNA #MyHeritage

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Jan 12, 2018

My January 25 Presentation at Schuler Books

Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, Michigan has asked me to give a genealogy presentation at their 28th Street Store. I will be sharing highlights of my personal search as I introduce people to genetic genealogy DNA testing.

If you have family or friends in this area that are genealogists, adoptees or just curious about these new DNA tests, please share this with them. Thanks!

#DNA #FindingFamily #SchulerBooks

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Jan 12, 2018

Adopted Woman Meets Father Before He Dies

An Indiana woman, adopted in 1955, uses the AncestryDNA test to find her half brother. Through him, she gets to meet her 96-year old birth father shortly before he died.

#DNA #Ancestry #adopted

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Jan 11, 2018

DNA Helps Solve the "Baby in a Box" Mystery

During World War II, a baby was found in box on a London Street. Now 74, that man found some answers through dogged detective work and DNA testing.

#DNA #foundling #London

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Jan 10, 2018

Population Clusters in FTDNA myOrigins Report

In addition to uncovering genetic relatives, the Family Finder test at Family Tree DNA breaks down your ethnic ancestry into percentages.

Here's a complete list of the population clusters they use for comparison. Click the + sign next to each one to learn more about the fascinating history of each cluster.

#DNA #myOrigins #FamilyFinder #FamilyTreeDNA

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Jan 09, 2018

Ask Amy Helps Birth Father Reframe His Thinking

A man who fathered a child when he was 16 worries about a "knock on the door" brought about by DNA testing. Amy Dickinson shows him a better way to think about this.

#DNA #fatherhood

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Jan 08, 2018

Sale on 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test

Now through January 31st, 23andMe is running a special offer for customers in the US to receive $30 off each 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service kit.

This includes all the genealogy and ethnicity reports plus many FDA-approved health reports: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Celiac Disease etc.

#DNA #23andMe #Alzheimer's #Parkinson's

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Jan 08, 2018

Search Angels Help Adoptees Find Birth Family

You've probably heard the term "search angel." A well-known search angel explains what they do and offers some tips for adoptees.

#adoptee #searchangel

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Jan 07, 2018

Make a Resolution to Contact Your Matches

If you have DNA test results, here's an important resolution for the new year. To learn the many reasons why this is important, read the blog post by Jim Bartlett.

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Jan 05, 2018

Free Shipping Code for Living DNA Test

One of the most advanced DNA tests is Living DNA. If you have ancestry from the British Isles, this is the only test that breaks your ancestry into 21 sub regions in Britain and Ireland. And that is just part of the 80 world regions they check.

They also report your haplogroup(s).

The test is currently sale-priced at $99 (instead of $159) Plus, you can enter the code DNAFREESHIPPING at checkout to get free standard shipping of your test kit.

#DNA #LivingDNA

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Jan 05, 2018

Using DNA to Uncover Health Risks

Direct-to-consumer DNA tests can uncover health risks. See how you can learn your genetic risks early and prioritize behaviors to reduce those risks.

#DNA #Health #23andMe

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Jan 04, 2018

Understanding the Big Y DNA Test

Many people are familiar with Y-DNA testing at Family Tree DNA. Men test 37, 67 or 111 STR markers to find other men who share an ancestor in the direct paternal line.

The next step for analyzing a man's Y chromosome is one that tests SNPs, like Big Y. This blog post explains the difference and provides a detailed example of Big Y solving a genealogical puzzle.

#BigY #DNA #genealogy

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Jan 03, 2018

DNA Makes Family Secrets Harder to Keep

This article explores the fact that DNA testing has made it impossible to keep secrets about someone's birth.

Adoptees and even children of sperm and egg donors can discover they are not biologically related to the people who raised them. Experts now say It's better to make children aware of their true origins early in life. #DNA #adoption

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Jan 02, 2018

A Real "Switched at Birth" Mystery Solved

After two babies were switched at birth 39 years ago in Moldova, their families found out the truth for the first time. Even in Russia, they have a TV show that does DNA tests. #DNA #switchedatbirth

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Jan 01, 2018

50% Off Ancestry Subscription

Ancestry is offering 6 month subscriptions to new subscribers for half off. If you did their DNA test, the subscription lets you view the family trees of your DNA matches. It will even compare your tree with theirs to find common ancestors.

The U.S. Discovery membership with access to 15 billion records is just $49. The World Explorer membership with 20 billion global records from 80 countries is just $99.

Use my link and then click the Get Started button. Offer ends 1/7/18. #Ancestry #DNA #genealogy

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Dec 31, 2017

Holiday Sale at Family Tree DNA Ends 12/31/17

Family Finder is just $59. Y-DNA tests that trace a man's direct paternal line start at $129. The only test that covers 100% of your mitochondrial DNA is just $169.

My family and I have done all these tests and enjoy the various reports and excellent tools provided to work with your genetic matches.

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Dec 29, 2017

Plea from Adoptee to First Mothers in the Closet: Give Us a Chance

This blog post addresses birth mothers in the closet, urging them to "deal with the reality of their lives: they had a child, and that child may be looking for them, and DNA may find them." #DNA #adoptee #birthmother

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Dec 29, 2017

DNA Helps Adoptees Find Birth Famiiles

This newspaper caught up with what has been going on now for more than ten years: DNA testing can help adoptees find family members. It does include a good quote from genetic genealogist Diahan Southard. #DNA #adoptee

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Dec 28, 2017

Abandoned Baby Finds Family After 50 Years

Under strained circumstances, a young couple abandons their second baby. Then a half century later the two brothers discover each other in a DNA database, which leads to a family reunion.

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