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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May 25, 2017

Ethnicity Report Comparison

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.

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May 20, 2017

DNA Surprises for African Americans

This is an article about DNA testing that all African-Americans should read.

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May 18, 2017

Guide to DNA Testing Version 3.0 Available

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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May 18, 2017

Another Adoptee Success Story on TV

Since this one was reported by a TV station, you can read the story or watch the video.

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May 16, 2017

"Finding Family" Passes Milestone

My book, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA" passed a milestone today. It now has 400 reviews on Amazon. If you read the book and took time to write even a brief review, I appreciate it very much

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May 15, 2017

Sperm Donor Meets Biological Daughters

Sperm donors can no longer remain anonymous thanks to genetic genealogy DNA tests. And this can be a great thing for all involved.

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May 10, 2017

Mother-Daughter Reunion After 43 Years

Reunions of adoptee and birth parent don't get any easier than this one. A mother and daughter did the MyHeritageDNA test and showed up as a parent-child match.

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Apr 19, 2017

Woman Finds Father & Ethnicity thru DNA Test

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.

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Apr 17, 2017

Native American Ancestry in African Americans

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.

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Apr 15, 2017

My Living DNA Results Are In

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.

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Apr 14, 2017

DNA Testing Update a Top Genetics Blog

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.

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Apr 10, 2017

Good News If You Were Adopted in Arkansas

Arkansas is joining the other states who are now giving adult adoptees access to their original birth certificate.

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Apr 08, 2017

More Health Testing Reports from 23andMe

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.

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Apr 06, 2017

What is GEDmatch and Why You Should Use It

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.

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Apr 03, 2017

My Recommended Books on DNA Testing

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.

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Apr 02, 2017

One User's Results from Living DNA Test

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.

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Mar 31, 2017

Foundling Had Crying Need to Know Her History

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.

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Mar 29, 2017

New Jersey Opens Adoptee Records

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.

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Mar 28, 2017

AncestryDNA Releases Genetic Communities

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."

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Mar 27, 2017

Dear Adoption: A Heartfelt Letter

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.

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Mar 23, 2017

ABC News Records Woman's DNA Discovery

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.

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Mar 21, 2017

New Genetic Weight Report from 23andMe

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.

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Mar 20, 2017

Three Ways to Join the Family Finder Database

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.

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Mar 20, 2017

"Finding Family" Audiobook at Libraries

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.

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Mar 17, 2017

Irish and Black on St. Patrick's Day

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.

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Mar 09, 2017

Free DNA Transfer Into MyHeritage Database

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.

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Mar 08, 2017

The Finding Family Audiobook

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.”

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Mar 08, 2017

GEDmatch Reunites Father and Daughter

This father-daughter reunion resulted from DNA tests at different companies that showed up as a close match on GEDmatch.

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Mar 06, 2017

Avoid This Useless DNA Test

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.

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Mar 04, 2017

Washington Post Article on DNA for Adoptees

Even the Washington Post is writing about adoptees using DNA tests to reunite with their birth families.

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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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